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Phoenix Rising School’s Friday Workshops Bring Real World Skills, and Joy,…

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first_imgFacebook23Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Phoenix Rising School“It is a problem that so many children love learning and hate school,” says Nick Gillon, The Phoenix Rising School’s Education Director. “It’s a problem when rich, rigorous, relevant and engaging experiences have become the exception rather than the norm.” At heart, he says, the issue is one of equating ‘learning’ with ‘schooling’, and academic schooling at that.But learning encompasses many other skills which are applicable in everyday life, which is why every Friday, Phoenix students from kindergarten through 6th grade get the chance to participate in workshops that run the gamut from crochet to canning, bmx bikes to propulsion science, and acrogym to candle making. The result is enthusiasm, new skills, pride in their work and – dare we say it? – joy.“I don’t know many schools that make homemade spaghetti, bike ride, weave, do pickling and lots of other things,” says Pyrenees, age ten. “This way kids can learn about things that they love,” explains Chatalain, also age ten. “Sometimes if you just get assigned something, you don’t want to be there. When you can choose it, you can easily feel like, ‘I love this because I chose it and I knew what I wanted to do.’”Students find that the skills they pick up in workshops transfer nicely to the rest of their lives. “If you didn’t know how to ride a bike and you took the biking workshop, you would know how to do that skill,” says Helen, a third grader. “And cooking, that’s something we can use every day.”For teachers, workshops offer a chance to teach a subject they’re passionate about. “I get to choose something that I’m really interested in, so it’s not like actually working because I have so much fun,” says 3rd and 4th grade teacher Megan Moskwa, who has taught canning, soap making, candle making and more.“Seeing kids get excited about making blackberry jam really makes my day,” Audrey Goodwin-Arpin concurs. Four days a week she teaches K-1, but on Fridays she has offered acrogym, crochet, jewelry making, knitting and most recently, cooking. “If I like something and I do it in my own life, I transfer that passion to them,” she says.Students and teachers also get an opportunity to mix with people they wouldn’t normally see. According to Miles, a first grader, “You can get to know other people better.” The different grouping of students add to the feeling of a village, says Audrey. “When I see the students outside at recess, I’ve already been their teacher. There’s a different level of respect and a feeling that we’re responsible for all of them, not just the ones in our class. It’s also a way to keep track of the ones that I’ve already had that have moved on from my class.”Here are some of the workshops that have been taught at Phoenix Rising over the last three years:bmx bikesartfairy housescandle makingsoccercookingsurvival skillsacrogymadvanced electronicssoap makingweavingKorean languagepuppetspianotheaterpotterycartoonjournalismjewelry makingimprovsinginglamp makingcreative dramagardeningfiber artsliving historydanceschool beautifulrace carswater colorcarpentryhandbuilt potteryanimepropulsion scienceoutdoor educationdigital photo and videolast_img read more

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Sogeri students run Games Baton

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first_imgThe Oil Search Games Relay continued its 100 days journey throughout the country with both schools among hundreds visited so far in the past 92 days.The students at Sogeri welcomed the baton with a marching band and later ran the baton around the school while wearing their house colors red, green, blue and yellow.Principal Kive Kererembo thanked the Relay team for visiting the school as many of the students come from other parts of the country.On behalf of the students, the principal conveyed their best wishes to Team PNG, encouraging them to win more medals.The baton then made its way to neighbouring school Iarowari High where the students welcomed the team with a war cry and sang their school theme song.They then lined up around the school oval as the baton was passed on to students to touch.They were proud to be part of the Relay and also passed their well wishes to Team PNG.last_img read more

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West Pointers Await Samukai’s Apology in Township

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first_imgDefense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., Wednesday told the nation he was sorry for the tragic loss of Shaki Kamara, 16, and the shooting of Titus Nuah, but their families want Samukai to deliver the apology in the township in person.  Kamara was shot during the August 20 attempt by the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and other security personnel to enforce the quarantine which the government imposed on the   West Point Township to arrest the spread of Ebola virus there and elsewhere in the greater Monrovia area. Shaki died of his wounds and Titus Nuah, who was shot in the stomach, was rushed to a local hospital where was treated and discharged.Shaki’s grandmother, Eva Nah, told the Daily Observer yesterday that she had heard that Minister Samukai had apologized to the nation. “But we want him to come to West Point to tell us he is sorry for what happened to Shaki.”  Madam Nah regretted that after President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf visited the family on two occasions, “Nothing much has happened to assist the family, as was recommended by the board of enquiry.”  A board of enquiry comprising members of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights, (INCHR) was set up on the orders of President Sirleaf to find out what happened in West Point that led to the shooting incident.  The Commission found Armed Forces of Liberia, (AFL) culpable, and among other things, recommended monetary compensation, counseling sessions by GOL, NGOs, and help for youth to cope with anger ‘brought on them by frustration, poverty, ignorance and stigmatization to offer them hope.” “The Liberian government,” Madam Nah said, “has done none of the things that were recommended to assist us and the community.” As a result, the township’s frustration and disappointment fester deeply.  Titus Nuah, 18, who survived his injury, told the Daily Observer that the government had abandoned him.  He said INCHR’s recommendation of a health center in memory of Shaki Kamara has faded in the memory of the government.  “Look at me,” he told the Daily Observer yesterday, “I can’t hustle like before, because doctors told me I should not do hard work.” To hustle, he clarified, “means for me to sell and bring money to help my family.” Mr. Kissi Johnson, father of Nuah, expressed his disappointment with how the government has turned its back on them since his son was shot.  “It’s been six months since the incident took place,” he said, “and the government has done nothing to help my son.”  Young Nuah added, “Doctors told me not to work hard and to eat special kinds of food as well as sleep in a special kind of place.  “But without help, I’m sleeping in areas that doctors told me not to sleep and eating the foods they told me to avoid because I have no choice.”  He said: “School is about to re-open and without support I don’t know how I’m going to go to school.”  Asked if he had heard the apology extended by Minister Samukai during the Armed Forces Day program on Wednesday, when the Minister said the AFL is sorry for Nuah’s injury, Nuah said, “Somebody told me about it.”  He added, “If Minister Samukai is sincere; if he is really sorry, then he must make sure that all the recommendations made to assist me, and Shaki Kamara’s parents must happen.”  “I want Minister Samukai to come to West Point to tell us that he is sorry for the pain that the AFL inflicted on us,” Nuah said.  He told this newspaper he is doing much better after surgery performed in a local hospital and a trip to Ghana’s Korle Bu Hospital.  How he was able to get to Korle Bu Hospital is another story, he said.  His father Johnson explained that through Frank Jericho Nagbe, former coach of the national soccer team, Lone Star, word reached Ambassador George Weah.  He said: “One month, after a visit by one of his office staff, I received a check for US$2,000.  “I could not believe it, but all the same I received the check, and traveled to Ghana to make sure that the surgery performed on my son was ok.”  He said he had not found words to express his gratitude to Ambassador George Weah, who was reported to have promised to solicit financial support for Nuah from members of his political party, Congress for Democratic Change, (CDC), both at home and abroad.  Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods, delivering the Keynote Address during the AFL’s 58th anniversary Wednesday, called on them to return to West Point to engage in civilian-friendly projects.  “Undertake road construction, build schools, build homes, and assist our people when they are victims of any form of disaster…,” Woods advised.  Many West Point residents interviewed yesterday commended Atty. Woods for his inspiring speech, and hoped that the AFL would translate its meaning into concrete action for the common good of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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In Montserrado Inter High School Debate, Ricks Institute Defeat J.W. Harris

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first_imgRicks Institute put up a stunning performance in the final minutes to defeat J.W Harris Memorial High School in the ongoing Inter High School Debate under the supervision of the Ministry of Education.Ricks Institute (Negative) and J.W Harris Memorial High School (Affirmative) resolved on the topic: “Non-Negro Descent Should Be Granted Citizenship in Liberia”, with Ricks emerging as the winner at the end of the day with a score of 84.98 – 83.11.The debate between Ricks Institute and J.W Harris Memorial High School lived up to its expectation as a Clash of the Titans, with both schools displaying remarkable tenacity and putting up fine arguments. Speaking on the affirmative, the J.W Harris team said: “For many years, the non-negroes…have contributed immensely to Liberia’s growth, but because they are not citizens they leave Liberia for their homeland to make significant investments.“Because non-negroes are not allowed to become citizens, they cannot make huge investments of their profits back into the development of other sectors and not taking their civil responsibilities seriously. “This is the time we should forget about racism in order to allow non-negroes to become citizens of Liberia. Today, around the world Liberians have been granted citizenship in other countries, but yet non-negroes have been denied in our own country.” For negative, the Ricks Institute team said: “Article 26 (b) should be maintained if Liberia must live in peace free from the situation were those aspects of our culture and values such as Poro and the Sande societies will be destroyed when non-negroes become citizens.“Let it be clear that these societies serve as the nucleus of our culture and value that prepared men and women to become responsible citizens, not the non-negro’s own that teaches homosexuality and lesbianism.“We are of the strong opinion that if citizenship is granted to non-negroes, it will cause a situation where blue collar jobs will be exclusively reserved for the poverty stricken as well as cause xenophobia.”Meanwhile, in Zone 1 (Central Monrovia) Calvary Baptist High School (Affirmative) lost to Apostolic Foundation (Negative) 68.88- 74.26 on the topic: “There shall be term limitation for members of the legislature.”In Zone 3 (Somalia Drive) Henri Wilmot Dennis United Methodist School (Affirmative) de Dujar High School (Negative) 77-58 resolved on: “The Pre-condition for foreigners investing in Liberia must require partnership with Liberians.” Also in Zone 3, Special Project High School (Affirmative) lost to Garnerville Wesleyan High School (Negative) 70-84 debating the topic: “The youth of Liberia should take state power now.”For Zone 2, William Ben Institute (Affirmative) of Paynesville fell short to St. Kathleen Mcguire Catholic Memory High School (Negative) by 71-87 points, when they resolved on the topic: “In order to enhance the educational system, the government should make a policy setting 75% as minimum score for passing in our school system.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Pedestrian killed in Berbice hit-and-run

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first_imgA pedestrian was on Tuesday killed as he was attempting to cross the Number 11 Public Road, East Coast Berbice.The car that was involved in the accidentDead is 30-year-old Stanley Bronne of Lot 8 Number 11 Village, ECB.Based on information received, motorcar PTT 8022, which was being driven by a resident of Block X Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, was heading along the roadway at about 10:45h when the now dead man reportedly emerged from behind a parked lorry and began to cross the roadway.Reports are the driver of the motorcar allegedly swerved to avoid a collision but the right front of the vehicle collided with Bronne.Dead: Stanley BronneAs a result of the impact, Bronne fell onto the front windscreen then onto the road and received injuries about his body. He was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he died while receiving medical attention.Meanwhile, Police in a statement said that motorcar PTT 8022 was proceeding west along the southern carriageway when the pedestrian reportedly emerged from behind a parked lorry, which was on the northern side of the road, and began crossing the road from north to south. It went on to say that the driver alleged that he swerved south to avoid a collision. According to the police, in so doing, the right front of the vehicle collided with the pedestrian on the southern side of the road.The dead man’s mother Tajkumarie Bronne said she was inside her home when she heard the impact.According to her, when she ran out from the kitchen, she saw the car speeding away but at the time she was unaware that it was her son who was hit.Tajkumarie related that the Police brought the driver back to the scene since he drove away after hitting her him.Bronne leaves to mourn, a wife and two children ages 2-years and 2-months-old along with a mother, father, sister and a brother.The driver, who passed a breathalyser test, is in custody assisting with the investigation.last_img read more

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David Beckham reveals concerns for Unicef charity match after Paris attacks

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first_imgDavid Beckham has revealed the charity match he helped organise at Old Trafford was cast into doubt following the devastating attacks in Paris on Friday night.129 people lost their lives, while that number is set to rise with hundreds of people injured as a result of several coordinated attacks on the French capital, including a suicide bomb outside the Stade de France during a friendly between the French national side and Germany.The former Manchester United and England captain hosted an encounter between a plethora of British legends and overseas icons, including the likes of Ronaldinho and Zinedine Zidane, in aid of Unicef.GALLERY: 10 GREAT IMAGES AS MANCHESTER UNITED LEGENDS BECKHAM AND SCHOLES STAR IN CHARITY MATCHZidane pulled out of the event prior to kick off after the horrifying scenes in his home country, and Beckham fully appreciated his ex-Real Madrid team-mate’s decision.“There was a slight concern [the game would go ahead] obviously once the news hit last night,” said the 40-year-old.“It was obviously terribly devastating to see the scenes that we all saw.“I understood why Zizou [Zidane] took the decision not to play. He was very respectful to me and everything that he’d promised to come over and play.“He’s a friend and a very passionate man and being French meant I think that what happened last night hit him very hard.“On behalf of myself, the managers and the players we all send our condolences to people who have lost loved ones in Paris and our hearts go out to the people of France.”Beckham holds Paris close to his heart after a short, but successful, spell with Paris Saint-Germain at the end of his career, while the Stade de France was also the stage for his 100th England cap.He added: “I have great memories of Paris over the years. The support that I’ve had from the French people has been incredible. It’s always been a special place.”last_img read more

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WOW! WHAT A DAY – AND THERE’S MORE SUNSHINE ON THE WAY!

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first_imgThe sun set creating amazing colours off the Magheragallon coastline in Gaoth Dobhair this Monday evening. Pic by Tommy Curran for Donegal DailyIT was a wonderful blast of summer across Co Donegal on Monday.And tomorrow looks as though it’s going to glorious again as Met Eireann confirmed that we got the best of the weather today.“There may be more cloud in the morning time on Tuesday but it is going to stay mild and very warm for this time of the year,” said a spokesman. “The West and North West got the best of the weather on Monday with highs of 21C to 23C.“It may drop a couple of degrees as the week goes on but it is still lovely weather for this time of the year.“The best of the sunshine will be in the afternoon.”The warm spell will continue throughout the week, although it will be more cloudy. However we will escape the downpours predicted for the south and east of Ireland.In fact temperatures on Monday barely reached 14C in Cork as a blanket of cloud has covered most of the south of the country.Early predictions show that by Saturday temperatures will remain in the high teens. WOW! WHAT A DAY – AND THERE’S MORE SUNSHINE ON THE WAY! was last modified: September 24th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal daily weatherreturn of summersunshineweatherlast_img read more

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Softball Falls To SIUE, 5-4, In Extra Innings

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first_img Full Schedule Roster Preview Live Stats Next Game:center_img at Evansville 3/19/2016 – 2:00 PM EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The SIUE softball team rallied to beat the Drake softball team, 5-4, in nine innings at Cougar Field on Wednesday, March 16. In the first inning, freshman Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) blasted her team-leading fifth home run, a solo shot, and sophomore Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) had an RBI double to give Drake (9-10) a 2-0 lead. SIUE (6-11) took the lead with four runs in the fourth inning as the Cougars had three hits and capitalized on one Bulldogs’ error to lead 4-2. Drake was able to fight back to tie the game with one run in the fifth inning on Frank’s RBI double and one in the sixth frame on sophomore Tasha Alexander’s (Eddyville, Iowa) RBI double. SIUE was the only team to have a base runner in the seventh or eighth inning with one single in the eighth. However, Drake starting pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) worked around the single to force an additional inning. Drake went 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth as SIUE then followed with a strikeout, a single and the runner advanced on another Bulldog error. That base runner then scored on the next at-bat as Alyssa Herren doubled to right field to give the home team the 5-4 win. Newman pitched 8.1 innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits with four walks and 10 strikeouts. Her record dropped to 7-5 with the loss. Frank led the offense with two hits, two runs batted in and one run scored. Alexander, Smith and sophomore Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.) each had one hit as the team had just five hits. Drake starts Missouri Valley Conference play on Saturday at Evansville with two games scheduled. Game one will start at noon. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Madrid Derby on the cards as La Liga Match-Day 23 unfolds

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first_imgGetafe vs Celta VigoColiseum Alfonso Perez, GetafeSaturday, 09-02-2019 @03:00pmThis Saturday’s early game sees Celta Vigo travel to Getafe and it’s a significant one for both sides. The hosts are hoping to get back to winning ways after a testing period in which results have suffered and they’ve lost their discipline at times. Celta meanwhile are in the midst of a relegation battle in La Liga and are looking to build on a much needed win last time out.That victory is largely seen to have kept Miguel Cardoso in a job. Celta had suffered 5 straight defeat to plummet down the table before claiming a vital 1-0 home win against Sevilla last time out. The win saw them climb out of the drop-zone but they only have a one point advantage on 18th placed Rayo so there is clearly plenty of work to be done over the coming weeks if Celta are to avoid a tense finish to the campaign.Getafe are in no danger of going down but their hopes of European qualification have been dented in recent weeks. They remain in 5th, which is outstanding for a club of their stature, but two of their last three matches in all competitions have seen them end with 9 men which leaves them with a few selection issues here and in the weeks to come due to some heavy punishments dished out following a post-match brawl in their feisty cup game at the Mestalla.To some extent they did well to compose themselves and grind out a 0-0 draw last weekend at Levante, even with their first choice central defenders both banned. A week off will probably have helped them after a busy start to the year in the cup and they should be fresher here for this one.Overall the hosts do look much the more likely winners. They’ve been impressive at both ends of the pitch in recent months. Getafe boast La Liga’s second best defensive record with only 0.82 goals per game conceded. They also have three forward players who have been finding the net with Jaime Mata, Angel and Jorge Molina all in good form.Celta may have beaten a tired looking Sevilla last weekend but some of their recent showings, particularly away have been woeful. 5 of their last 6 away games in all competitions have ended in defeat. They’ve been badly missing Iago Aspas and while he is back in training this week, it’s doubtful he will be 100% fit here.Atletico Madrid vs Real MadridEstadio Wanda Metropolitano, MadridSaturday, 09-02-2019 @6:15pmThe big games are coming thick and fast for Real Madrid right now and they travel to city rivals Atletico Madrid this Saturday, just three days on from the clasico. The winners will take 2nd place at the end of the match and that would certainly represent a moral victory for Real, who have found some form in La Liga at last under Santi Solari.Los Blancos have had a good few weeks overall with players returning to form and 4 straight league victories heading into the clasico. They picked up a decent draw in the 1st Leg of their Copa del Rey Semi-Final at Camp Nou and now face two more huge away games in the shape of this match and their trip to Ajax in the Champions League next week.Atletico Madrid’s early cup exit has at least given them a week to prepare for this but they come into the match on a bit of a downer after they lost at Real Betis last weekend, only their second league defeat of the season. They are 6 points behind Barcelona but they really need all the points here if they are to sustain a realistic title challenge.Overall, it’s hard to see too many goals in this one. The most recent clash between the two Madrid rivals finished 0-0 earlier this season while the only previous meeting at the Wanda Metropolitano did likewise last term. All in all, 6 of the last 7 league Madrid derbies have produced under 2.5 goals so the recent history suggests it could be tight.Atletico Madrid’s defence is as solid as ever with a 73% home clean sheet ratio this term while 77% of their league games overall have produced under 2.5 goals. Real Madrid may be playing better football now but they are still bit wasteful at times in the final third with the likes of Vinicius not totally convincing in terms of his ability to take chances.Despite some significant attacking recruits, the same could be said of Atleti who average only 1.45 goals per game in La Liga this term. All eyes will be on Alvaro Morata here as he lines up against his old club in his home debut for Atleti but it was an unconvincing display from him at Betis last weekend.Espanyol vs Rayo VallecanoRCDE Stadium, BarcelonaSaturday, 09-02-2019 @8:30pmThis is a really significant game at the bottom end of La Liga. A few months back it would have seemed impossible that these two sides could have ended up playing a genuine relegation six pointer but Espanyol have collapsed while Rayo Vallecano have found some form. The visitors would actually go above the Barcelona club if they can get all the points this Saturday.They did suffer a setback on Monday night though. A 2-1 defeat in the Madrid derby against Leganes saw them slip back into the bottom three and ended a fine run of 4 wins out of 5 in La Liga. They face Barcelona and Atletico within their next four matches after this one so they will certainly be keen to at least get something from their trip to the RCDE.Espanyol will feel as though they stopped the rot in their last league outing. They’d lost 9 out of 10 heading into their trip to Villarreal and looked to be on their way to another defeat. However 2 goals in the final 15 minutes salvaged a point from the game against fellow strugglers so Rubi’s men will at least carry a bit of belief into this match.This is one of the tougher games to call this weekend. It’s hard to seriously fancy either side to pick up the win. Espanyol have certainly slipped out of the winning habit that they found at home in the opening stages of the season. Their only victory in the last 11 was a pretty unconvincing 1-0 victory over Leganes and defensively they’ve been much more vulnerable of late, conceding twice or more in each of their last 4 outings.The hosts are the favourites here but Rayo have been playing some decent football of late and look capable of getting a point. They missed the suspended Santi Comesaña on Monday night but should be able to get more control in midfield here with him back. Their average of 1 point per away game is respectable for a side battling the drop and given the kind of form Espanyol are in.Girona vs HuescaEstadi Municipal de Montilivi, GironaSaturday, 09-02-2019 @10:45pmThis Saturday’s game is one of a number of significant matches at the bottom of La Liga this weekend. It sees a Girona side that is struggling for results host rock bottom Huesca, who will take confidence into this having scored four in a convincing win over Valladolid last time out. They will be desperate to build on that here as they seek to start an unlikely escape act.Huesca are still 9 points from safety so their chances of survival remain slim but victory here away to the side directly above the drop-zone would suddenly spark a real sense of belief that it is not an impossible task. They haven’t been as bad as some of their results this season suggest with their finishing letting them down badly until last weekend’s surprise avalanche of goals.Girona have almost had the opposite problem with Cristhian Stuani clinical up front but much of their football this term hasn’t been that impressive. They impressed in the Copa del Rey but that run may just have left them jaded in some of their recent league outings and they are without a win in 12 matches heading into this one, which has to be a concern for Eusebio.Overall there looks to be some value in backing the visitors to get a result here. They also got a result in their most recent away game, grinding out a draw at Real Sociedad and they don’t look out of their depth at this level despite what the league table may suggest. They average 1.12 Expected Goals per game this term, giving up 1.28 at the other end, figures that are considerably better than you’d expect from a team in their position.Girona have inferior records in both departments so this has the potential to be an even game and if Huesca are as clinical as they were last week, they’ve every chance of getting a result. Girona have only won 2 of their last 16 home league games.Leganes vs Real BetisEstadio Municipal de Bertaque, LeganesSunday, 10-02-2019 @2:00pmThis Sunday’s clash in La Liga features Copa del Rey Semi-Finalists Real Betis and struggling Leganes. It’s a fixture that has always been won by the home team whenever the sides have met in the Primera Division and the Seville outfit will be hoping to buck that trend here as they head to the capital.Betis were involved in a remarkable match on Thursday. In front of a record crowd at the Benito Villamarin, the Betis fans created an extraordinary atmosphere as their side initially seized control of the Copa del Rey Semi-Final with Valencia. Joaquin scored direct from a corner to make it 2-0 but Los Che fought back, scoring in Stoppage Time to seal a 2-2 draw and put themselves in pole position heading into the 2nd Leg. Betis are also in Europa League action this coming week so may need to make use of their squad here.Leganes will be hoping this is a decent time to be catching them. They’ve been in decent form themselves having won a derby at Rayo last Monday to climb all the way up to 13th. Defeat in that game would have seen them fall into the drop-zone which is testament to how tight things are at the bottom so they’ll be hungry to try and put some more distance between themselves and the bottom three.Overall, there’s plenty of reason to fancy the hosts here. This is a really quick turnaround for Betis, particularly with the midday kick-off so they’ve had little time to recover from the emotional and physical exertions of the cup game. They’ve had midweek fixtures for five straight weeks now too so there is bound to be a bit of fatigue creeping in particularly given Quique Setien has really targeted the cups, often resting key men in La Liga.He may do that again here but he is a bit short on numbers particularly at the back. Wing-back Junior Firpo and centre-back Aissa Mandi are both suspended here while key defender Marc Bartra is still a doubt with injury. That will offer plenty of encouragement to Martin Braithwaite and Youssef En-Nesyri, who have impressed up front for Leganes in recent weeks.Valencia vs Real SociedadEstadio Mestalla, ValenciaSunday, 10-02-2019 @6:15pmValencia’s struggles was one of the great mysteries of the first half of the season in Spain. Marcelino was believed to be on the brink of the sack at one point but they appear to have found their feet again and are favourites here against in-form Real Sociedad, who themselves have picked up of late. The sides are level on points in La Liga and this Sunday’s match is a significant one in the race for European qualification.That was the minimum expectation for Valencia this season having so comfortably reached the top four last term before spending pretty big in the summer. They aren’t where they’d like to be in La Liga but they now look good to reach the Copa del Rey Final after another fine comeback saw them salvage a 2-2 draw in their Semi-Final 1st Leg at Real Betis on Thursday.Sociedad have a slight advantage in terms of freshness given they’ve long since been knocked out of the cup and they have been going well in La Liga of late, winning the Basque derby with Athletic last weekend. They remain unbeaten in 7 matches in all competitions under new coach Imanol so this won’t be easy for the hosts although they are the clear favourites.This game certainly has the potential to serve up goals. Valencia matches have really started to open up of late with all of their last four seeing 4 goals scored in total with both teams on the scoresheet. 64% of their home league games this season have also produced goals at both ends.55% of Sociedad matches have done likewise and that figure could increase with a more attack-minded coach at the helm now. 4 of their last 5 games have seen both teams score with the exception being the 0-0 draw with Huesca when the Aragonese minnows were very defensive. This should be far more open and backing Both Teams to Score appeals.Going for Valencia to score over 1.5 Goals also looks good. It’s a bet you couldn’t have considered earlier in the season but their forwards have finally found some form with Rodrigo scoring 5 goals in 6 games while the much maligned Kevin Gameiro largely turned their Cup Semi-Final around in midweek with a fine display. They’ve been creating chances all season but with the finishing touch now present, they are well capable of scoring plenty of goals between now and May.Sevilla vs EibarEstadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, SevilleSunday, 10-02-2019 @08:30pmThis Sunday’s game in La Liga sees Eibar travel to play Sevilla on a ground where they are still awaiting their first ever top flight goal. This will be their 5th visit and again they head there as major underdogs although they will be encouraged by a lacklustre Sevilla display last weekend, when they were beaten by struggling Celta.Sevilla’s problem is a familiar one for them in truth. At home, in front of some of the best fans in Spain, they are a force to be reckoned with and they seem to back themselves to beat just about anybody in European football. On the road though, they all too often fall apart and we’ve seen fresh evidence of that already this year with a heavy 6-1 cup defeat at Camp Nou in the middle of 3 straight road defeats in La Liga. They still have a 4 point advantage on 5th placed Getafe heading into this round of fixtures but there is now some hope for the chasing pack in the battle for the 4th Champions League place.Eibar would be only 4 points off Sevilla were they to win this but they have never been a club to get ahead of themselves. Another safe mid-table finish would still be a fine achievement and their chances of that were boosted by an impressive 3-0 win over Girona last time out. They’ve taken 7 points from their last 3 league games so they take decent form into this game.Overall though you still have to fancy Sevilla to get the job done at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. They’ve enjoyed this fixture in recent years and their most recent away league win was actually against Eibar so they are hoping to complete the double here. A much-needed midweek off will help them prepare for this one better than recent games that have been sandwiched in between testing cup fixtures.A record of 12 wins from 14 home games in all competitions also points to a Seville win here but we shouldn’t necessarily expect a huge number of goals. 90% of their home league games this term have produced under 3.5 goals in total with both their home matches and Eibar away games averaging 2.4 goals per game.Athletic Bilbao vs BarcelonaEstadio San Mames Barria, BilboaSunday, 10-02-2019 @10:45pm4 days on from the clasico in the Copa del Rey, Barcelona have a tough game against Athletic Bilbao in La Liga. They head to the Basque Country this Sunday hoping to further extend their advantage at the top of the Spanish top flight and it’s one of the biggest remaining obstacles to them winning another league crown.Barca will be a bit disappointed to have only drawn their home 1st Leg against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey Semi-Finals in midweek. However with Leo Messi not fit enough to start the game, it could have been worse had Los Blancos taken some 1st Half chances and Barca will still fancy their chances of progressing to yet another Final.Athletic Bilbao will provide a genuine test. They’ve really improved since appointing Gaizka Garitano and have become much more difficult to play and score against. However they did suffer their first league defeat in two months last time out, going down to a 2-1 defeat at Real Sociedad in the Basque derby, although they may consider themselves a bit unfortunate to have not picked up a result in the end.There are reasons to think they could take points off Barcelona here. Even when he came on, Leo Messi did not look anywhere near his usual self in the clasico. If he’s not fully fit, Ernesto Valverde may consider resting him here with some huge games coming up over the next month as Barca resume their Champions League campaign whilst also travelling the Bernabeu twice as well as Sevilla in La Liga.Even with Messi, they’ve not been quite at their best of late. They were held by Valencia at Camp Nou last weekend and rode their luck at times against Girona in their last away match with the hosts creating several chances. That should offer encouragement to Athletic, who are unbeaten in 6 home league matches and are always up for the big games at San Mames.Deportivo Alaves vs LevanteEstadio de Mendizorroza, Gasteiz Monday, 11-01-2010 @11:00pmThe Monday night game this week in La Liga comes from the Basque Country where two sides who started the season well but haven’t been quite as convincing of late meet. Alaves remain in the race for European football but may struggle to make it now having seen their squad weaken over the last month, largely due to the sale of Ibai Gomez.They also let Rubén Sobrino leave for Valencia so their attacking options have weakened overall but loanee Takashi Inui is available now and could make a difference if he can fit into the side’s style of play. Alaves come into this game following 3 straight defeats to nil so there is pressure on them to at least stop the rot here.Levante are a bit of a mixed bag in truth. They’ve been exceptional at times on the road this term, winning away to the likes of Betis and Real Madrid. However they’ve also conceded 11 goals against Sevilla this season, the most recent of which was a 5-0 loss in their last away outing in La Liga.It’s difficult to know which Levante will show up here but right now it’s quite hard to fancy Alaves. Ibai Gomez was such an important player in terms of their set-piece threat, which was responsible for a number of their goals this term. Their strikers don’t convince and with less creativity now, it’s just very hard to see where their goals are going to come from which will add further strain on their defence, which has mostly been pretty solid.They parked the bus at the Bernabeu last time out and although clearly they will be more positive here, they will be wary of a Levante side that is best on the break. That could lead to something of a chess match developing and with neither side looking too convincing in the final third right now, it’s hard to see many goals.Levante have failed to score in 4 of their last 5 matches with forwards Roger Marti and Jose Luis Morales not getting much service.BET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments Tags: Spanish La Ligatoplast_img read more

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Giants earn another walk-off win over New York Mets

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first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — Mike Yastrzemski hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Giants a 3-2 win over the New York Mets at Oracle Park.With the two teams playing their third extra-inning game in four days, Yastrzemski took a Robert Gsellman changeup the opposite way as it barely cleared the left field wall for his ninth home run of the season. His walk-off blast gave the Giants the series win against …last_img

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