Scotland qualify for Euro 2020: Steve Clarke, Ryan Christie, Darren Fletcher show what it means | Football News

first_imgDarren Fletcher on Sky Sports:“Unbelievable! The shoot-out was excruciating! I am buzzing! David Marshall is a hero to the whole country! But the standards of all the penalties was brilliant.“Talk about character. Those lads weren’t stepping up thinking, ‘Imagine if I’m the one to miss’. They were positive – and then Marshall was the hero.“I fancied every one of them stepping up. There was something about Mitrovic; he was saving himself for fifth. Our main striker stepped up first – bang, into the back of the net. People thinking about glory and headlines; that’s what I thought about Mitrovic.“Then Big ‘Marsh’ – what a hand.” – Advertisement – Scotland’s reward for the win in Belgrade is a place in Group D alongside England, Croatia and Czech Republic – and a mouth-watering Euro 2020 schedule that will see two of their matches – against Croatia and Czech Republic – played in Glasgow. – Advertisement – Aleksandar Mitrovic is consoled after his decisive missed penaltyImage:Aleksandar Mitrovic is consoled after his decisive missed penalty Ryan Christie was moved to tears after helping Scotland secure their place at Euro 2020 with a penalty shoot-out win against Serbia. Scotland have been turned upside down by Clarke’s influence in the dugout with a run of nine matches unbeaten and the boss couldn’t hide his emotions at full time despite claiming “he was calm” during the shootout.Clarke told Sky Sports: “It took a bit of time to get people onside, but we’ve been positive and no one can be more proud than the players on the pitch. One or two of the boys have been in tears and that shows how much it means.“When David Marshall saved the last penalty, I had a little glint in my eye. I may have a cry when I get to my room later. 4:02 Scotland manager Steve Clarke said he may shed a tear back in his hotel room after his side qualified for their first major tournament since 1998. preview image Highlights of the European Championship Qualifying Path C play-off final between Serbia and Scotland. 8:53 preview image 1:42 – Advertisement – “Normally, we fall at the final hurdle or we have the glorious failure, but I thought we were the better team in the game and deserved to be in front. We just couldn’t get the second goal to kill them off.“To concede then from a set play when they were throwing everybody into the box was a big setback, but you have to be so proud of the players, the way they responded to that.“That was a sore one as we were really close to where we wanted to be. The reaction was to dig in during extra time, and we managed to do that. We got to penalties and we’ve managed to produce again from the penalty spot. It’s a magnificent night for everyone in Scotland.“We said we’d try to put smiles back on faces and I hope they managed to enjoy the match as we did here in Belgrade. They can smile tomorrow.”Tearful Christie: An amazing night Christie thought he had netted the winning goal during normal time but a Luka Jovic injury-time equaliser forced extra time. The Celtic man linked the play between the lines with great maturity and this was on show for what looked to be his match-winning moment from 22 yards – a goal that would have graced any major tournament.He was replaced in the closing stages of normal time, so had to watch on from the touchline as the drama unfolded.“It is just an amazing night,” a tearful Christie said.“From the start, we kind of believed. Obviously, the last few camps we have picked up so much belief in each other. Even the way the game went tonight, conceding that late equaliser and still digging in. Penalties and you’re away from home but big Marshy again comes up. He’s unbelievable.“When you are on the pitch, you always feel like you can influence it. When you are off, you can’t watch. Those penalties are the worst thing I have ever been through. It’s just everything. Oh, I’m gone.“It is just for the whole nation. It has been a horrible year for everyone. We knew coming into the game that we could give a little something to this country. I hope everyone back home is having a party tonight because we deserve it.“We have been through so many years. We know it, you know it, everybody knows it. It’s a monkey off the back now. We are just going to move on from here.”Robertson: Most emotional I’ve beenScotland captain and Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson admitted it was “the most emotional he had been after a game” and praised his team-mates’ mentality.“I don’t think I can [sum it up]. There was so much emotion going into the game, and then you get so close and they end up equalising. You have to pick yourself up for extra-time, which we did. When you get to penalties, you always back Marshy and it’s just whether the lads can hold their nerve, and they managed to do it.“We’ve come so far with this squad and I back every one of them as they’ve come through a lot of criticism and a lot of negativity at times.“We’ve stuck together and battled through it. I really hope everyone back home can see the positive side to this as we’re absolutely delighted. I really hope that during a really tough time, we’ve managed to put a smile on a lot of faces.“It’s the most emotional I’ve been after a game but we can look forward to next summer now.”Analysis: Mitrovic was going for glory Ryan Christie poured his heart out while the usually reserved Steve Clarke admitted he may “go for a cry later” as emotions were on show after Scotland’s triumph in Serbia to qualify for Euro 2020.Scotland put their fans through the wringer as they qualified for their first major tournament since 1998 after David Marshall saved Aleksandar Mitrovic’s penalty in a shootout to send them to Euro 2020.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Biden-Trump showdown looms after Sanders ends presidential bid

first_imgBiden seeks party unity Biden immediately hailed Sanders as “a good man, a great leader, and one of the most powerful voices for change in our country.”He urged Sanders supporters to join his campaign, which already has the backing of nearly all other ex-rivals in the race including senators Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar, and former Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg.”I see you, I hear you, and I understand the urgency of what it is we have to get done in this country,” Biden said in a statement to Sanders and his supporters.”I hope you will join us. You are more than welcome. You’re needed.”Trump made his own pitch for Sanders’s supporters, though in a more abrasive tone.”Bernie Sanders is OUT!” the president posted on Twitter. “The Bernie people should come to the Republican Party, TRADE!” Trump said.Trump won the 2016 election with help from disaffected working-class voters who believed they were being left behind by politicians in Washington.Sanders also appeals to those voters.He said he would not remain in an unwinnable campaign that would “interfere” with important anti-coronavirus work while the country is gripped by crisis.Biden said his focus is on ending the pandemic, but promised to continue campaigning despite the logistical challenges.”First things first: how we’re going to keep America safe and get this crisis under control and provide economic assistance,” he said during a virtual fundraiser.  Leftist US Senator Bernie Sanders suspended his presidential campaign Wednesday, clearing the way for rival Joe Biden to secure the Democratic nomination and challenge Donald Trump in November.The feisty 78-year-old democratic socialist shook up the 2020 race with his relentless pursuit of “economic justice” for all Americans and a demand for universal health care.But he acknowledged his campaign had fallen short, as party voters determined Biden would be a stronger candidate to go up against Trump in the general election.  ‘Strengths where I have weaknesses’ And he repeated a pledge to choose a woman as his running mate — a topic on which he said he has asked former president Barack Obama for advice. At a second virtual fundraiser later in the day, he seemed to imply he had an eye on former rival Harris, who had hoped to become the first black woman president.The two had one particularly memorable clash on a debate stage before she dropped out of the primary in December and later endorsed his candidacy. “And I’m so lucky to have you as part of this, this partnership going forward,” Biden said of 55-year-old Harris, who also made a virtual appearance Wednesday.”We can make a great deal of difference, and the biggest thing we can do is make Donald Trump a one-term president. So I’m coming for you, kid,” Biden said. Trump injected his own comments into his rivals’ contest during a coronavirus briefing, wondering why Obama had not yet endorsed his former vice president, who Trump regularly dismisses as “Sleepy Joe.” “He knows something that you don’t know,” Trump warned voters of Obama’s silence so far. But Obama did not endorse the previous Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, his former secretary of state, until June 2016, after it became clear she would be the party’s nominee. Sanders stressed he would remain on the ballot and seek to gain as many delegates as possible in order to “exert significant influence” over the direction of the party.And while Biden may be to the center of Sanders, former Obama team member Jon Favreau pointed out last month that Biden “will run on the most progressive platform of any Democratic nominee in history,” crediting Sanders and his supporters for that change in the party’s ideology.  But he was eclipsed by a surging Biden, who won the vast majority of remaining primaries and now holds a commanding lead in the all-important race for delegates who choose the nominee.Sanders brought his liberal ideological platform — including a call for universal health care and a $15 hourly minimum wage — into the mainstream.”Together we have transformed American consciousness as to what kind of nation we can become, and have taken this country a major step forward in the never-ending struggle for economic justice,” Sanders said.Several lawmakers have come out in support of his policies, and Biden has shifted leftward to incorporate some Sanders positions, although he does not support Sanders’s Medicare for All plan.center_img “I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful,” Sanders told supporters in a livestream from his home, where he has remained for the bulk of the coronavirus pandemic that put all in-person campaigning on hold.”Vice president Biden will be the nominee,” he said, adding that he congratulated his rival, a “very decent man, who I will work with to move our progressive ideas forward.”Sanders, who challenged Hillary Clinton for the party’s nomination in 2016, mounted a formidable 2020 bid.He raised astonishing amounts of money from record numbers of donors, becoming the frontrunner early this year and earning the most votes in the first three state-wide contests. 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More Britons seeking German citizenship

first_imgThe Guardian newspaper said the number of German citizenships granted to Britons last year was the largest for 16 years.Daniel Tetlow, co-founder of the British in Germany association, told the paper there is little doubt Brexit triggered the clamoring for German passports.”Of those Brits that have managed to get a German passport, all of them reported Brexit as a key motivation,” said Tetlow, who co-authored a report on Brexit and migration patterns along with the Oxford in Berlin research partnership and the Berlin Social Science Centre.”For most of the people we spoke with, it didn’t mean any kind of rejection of Britishness but more the compliment of being British European,” he said. “And it’s a plain insurance policy, a no-brainer for Britons who have their livelihoods here and want to continue to have the rights and freedoms that come with an EU passport.” There has been a sharp rise in the number of British people acquiring German citizenship, something experts link to the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.Destatis, Germany’s federal statistical office, said in a data release on Wednesday that the nation granted a total of 128,900 naturalized citizenships in 2019, 15 percent more than in 2018.Of that total, 14,600 naturalized citizenships went to Britons, which was 2,300 percent more than the 600 granted to Britons in 2015, the year before the UK voted in a referendum to leave the EU. Since the UK’s decision to leave the EU in 2016, a total of 31,600 Britons have acquired German citizenship, the country’s office for statistics added.Most Britons have elected to keep their UK passports, something that has been possible in the past but that will end for people acquiring citizenship after the transition period closes on Dec 31, when the UK ceases to follow EU rules and conventions.Foreign nationals must live in Germany for eight years before they can apply for citizenship.Tetlow said German immigration offices had been “committing more staff to deal specifically with British applications”.The Reuters news agency said Britons have been seeking EU passports as the clock ticks down to the end of the transitional period because they want to hang onto the right to freedom of movement within the EU, and the right to work in any member state.As Europe’s biggest economy, Germany has long been popular with Britons because of the opportunities it presents.Topics :last_img read more

Classic clashes: Five games that defined the Syracuse-Georgetown rivalry

first_imgMarch 10, 1984Graham’s left hookIn one of the testiest games between Syracuse and Georgetown ever, the Hoyas pulled off an 82-71 win in the Big East tournament with the help of an extremely controversial call. The Orange held a three-point lead late in the game. Georgetown’s Michael Graham and SU’s Andre Hawkins were fighting for a rebound off of a Hoya miss when Graham punched Hawkins in the side of the face. Despite punching Hawkins, Graham was only called for a two-shot flagrant foul and was never ejected. Georgetown went on to win the hotly contested game.Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim didn’t veil his emotions afterward.“I have only one thing to say: My kids did everything possible tonight, but the refs purely and simply took the game away from us,” Boeheim told reporters. “The ref didn’t even have the guts to call the correct foul, and then he had the nerve to turn around and call a five-second violation against my team.“Georgetown has a great team, but tonight the best team did not win.” Unrivaled historyFor more than three decades, Syracuse and Georgetown have played one of the most heated rivalries in college basketball. The games have been marked by incredible shots, heroic individual performances, controversial calls and verbal slights flung from both sides. It’s a rivalry between two founding members of the Big East that came to define the league as one of the best basketball conferences in the nation. With this being the final season for both teams in the Big East before Syracuse moves to the Atlantic Coast Conference, here’s a look at some of the highlights from the battles Syracuse and Georgetown have played through the years. March 10, 2006McNamara’s heroicsIn one of the greatest performances of his career, Gerry McNamara single-handedly led Syracuse to an incredible win over Georgetown in the semifinals of the Big East tournament. The Orange was the No. 9 seed heading into the tournament, but put together a remarkable run thanks to McNamara. Against the Hoyas in the semis, McNamara scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half, which helped SU overcome a 15-point deficit at halftime. He hit a 3-pointer – his fifth of the game – that brought Syracuse within one with 48.1 seconds remaining in the game. Then, with about nine seconds left, he found Eric Devendorf around the basket for the game-winning layup that sent the Orange to the final round against Pittsburgh.“You know, it was our time,” McNamara told reporters after the game. “We didn’t want to come down here just to win two games and go home. We wanted to come down here and try to win it.” Jan. 29, 1985Washington’s shotSyracuse’s Pearl Washington hit a jump shot with eight seconds left in the game to send Syracuse to a 65-63 win over Georgetown in the Dome. The Hoyas entered the game ranked No. 1 in the nation. They turned the ball over with 34 seconds left in the game, prompting Boeheim to call a timeout. He drew up a play that ended with Washington hitting a 15-foot jumper to give the Orange a 64-63 lead. Georgetown’s Michael Jackson missed a desperation heave from almost midcourt with one second left in the game. The Orange won in front of 32,229 fans, which was the third largest crowd ever in the Dome to that point.-compiled by Chris Iseman, sports editor, Comments Feb. 13, 1980Thompson closes Manley Field HouseAdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe game kicked off an intense rivalry that spanned three decades, and set the tone for the type of battles Syracuse and Georgetown would play for years to come. The Orange was ranked No. 2. The Hoyas, unranked. But Georgetown came into Manley Field House and upset Syracuse 52-50, ending the Orange’s 57-game home winning streak. Syracuse held a 14-point lead at halftime, but saw it disappear in the second half.  Eric “Sleepy” Floyd hit two free throws in the game’s closing seconds to pull off the upset win.After the game, Georgetown head coach John Thompson famously said, “Manley Field House is officially closed.”center_img Published on February 22, 2013 at 2:20 am March 4, 1990Three techs for ThompsonWith 2:14 left in the first half, Georgetown head coach John Thompson drew his first technical foul when the Hoyas’ Dwayne Bryant was called for fouling Syracuse big man Derrick Coleman. As Coleman stood at the line taking his free throws, Thompson continued to yell at referee Jim Burr. Burr gave him a technical foul for abusive language. Reacting to the call, Thompson stomped the floor angrily, so referee Larry Lembo gave Thompson a technical foul for that. After retreating to the bench, Thompson decided to come back out on the floor. Referee Pete Pavia gave Thompson his third technical foul and ejected him from the game.Thompson’s son, Ronny, was playing for Georgetown at the time. When he entered the game in the second half, the Carrier Dome crowd greeted him with chants of, “Where’s your dad, Ronny, where’s your dad?”Coleman hit one of his two free throws from the personal foul, then knocked down five of six from the technical fouls. Billy Owens drained a 3-pointer for Syracuse right after to give SU a 43-36 lead. With one second left in regulation and Georgetown holding a two-point lead, the Hoyas’ Sam Jefferson fouled Owens. He hit both free throws and tied the game. Syracuse ended up winning in overtime, 89-87. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Salvador Perez injury update: Royals catcher will undergo Tommy John surgery

first_imgMLB Network reported that Kansas City already has been in touch with free agent Martin Maldonado.Perez has a career slash line of .266/.297/.442 and has averaged almost 18 home runs and 63 RBIs in his eight-year MLB career. He has caught 35 percent of attempted base-stealers and has a career .995 fielding percentage. Perez suffered an undisclosed injury to his right elbow last Wednesday and according to an initial report, Tommy John surgery was on the table but wasn’t necessary. He later sought out the second opinion of Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache, who confirmed he would undergo the procedure.Salvador Perez’s second opinion from Dr. ElAttrache confirmed original diagnosis. Perez will have Tommy John surgery tomorrow.— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) March 6, 2019Perez is expected to be out until 2020.The team has not offered any details on how Perez suffered the injury. But talks of his replacement are reportedly taking place. The original diagnosis for Royals catcher Salvador Perez has been confirmed. According to a report from, the six-time All-Star will undergo Tommy John surgery Wednesday to repair ligament damage in his right elbow.last_img read more