US: Germany is ‘highly valued’ station for American troops

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Germany’s Defense Ministry says U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in his first conversation with her since taking up his new post that Germany is “highly valued” as a station for American soldiers. Former President Donald Trump last year ordered the reduction of the U.S. military contingent stationed in Germany by more than 25% and the Pentagon has been studying how that could be done. German officials have hoped that order will be rescinded, and German’s Defense Ministry said Thursday Austin “emphasized that Germany is highly valued as a station and that American soldiers feel very comfortable here.”last_img read more

Shubhankar Sharma Puts Up a Strong Show on Day 1 of KLM Open 2019

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a good day for India at the KLM Open 2019 being played at the international golf course in Amsterdam, Netherlands.Shubhankar Sharma had the better day amongst the Indians as he ended the first round at T-26 with a score of 2-under par on Thursday. Playing on a Par 72 course, Shubhankar Sharma got off to a flying start carding three birdies in a row on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th holes but bogeys on the 6th and 7th haltered his progress. Shubhankar Sharma carded two bogeys on the 11th and the 17th, eventually ending the round with six birdies and four bogeys to garner a total of 70.Gaganjeet Bhullar on the other hand, had a strong start to the day with birdies on the 3rd and 6th. Soon after, Bhullar carded a double bogey on the 7th which majorly dampened his progress. Further, bogeys on the 10th and 17th added to his woes. Though, he finally salvaged a par score as birdies on the 11th and 16th became the saving grace. Bhullar’s final score at the end of round 1 was 72 i.e. par and tied at T-65.The performance of the day came from Callum Shinkwin. The Englishman carded an eagle on the 3rd hole along with 5 birdies which helped him atop the leaderboard on Day 1 of KLM Open 2019 with a score of 66 (6 – under par). The KLM Open 2019 is being broadcast on DSPORT. IANS Also Read: Shubhankar Sharma and Gaganjeet Bhullar to Lead India’s Charge at KLM OpenAlso Watch:AASU along with 30 other indigenous organizations hold a meeting in Guwahatilast_img read more

Baldwinsville enjoyed packed, exciting winter sports season

first_imgEditor’s Note: After the cancellation of the rest of the high school winter sports state tournaments, we’ll be periodically looking back at the top local teams and athletes from the 2019-20 season. This edition features Baldwinsville winter sports.From the basketball court to the bowling alley to the swimming pool, it was, in many different ways, a memorable winter for Baldwinsville’s group of varsity winter sports teams.On a team and individual basis, Section III championships were earned, records were broken, and so much promise was fulfilled, even if, at times, the ending was not quite what Bees fans imagined. Tags: Baldwinsvillewinter sports A featured player throughout this story was boys basketball sophomore J.J. Starling. What he and his B’ville teammates did, in the course of 23 games, caused more excitement than the program had ever seen.It began Dec. 3 with a win over long-time powerhouse Jamesville-DeWitt and continued through all kinds of personal milestones for Starling, who broke the school scoring record on his way to averaging more than 28 points per game.And so many of those games were memorable, from the big fourth quarter Starling used to knock off reigning state champion West Genesee Jan. 3 to last-second shots that twice took out rival Liverpool and, in the sectional playoffs, impressive wins over Auburn and Rome Free Academy.center_img All along, Starling got enough help from the likes of Dan Fabrizio, Bo Nicholson and Chase Trombley to push the Bees to the brink of its first-ever sectional title, only to get stopped in the title game by Corcoran, with everyone now wondering if Starling, recruited by the likes of Syracuse University, will stay for his remaining two years.While all this was going on, B’ville’s girls basketball team was dead-set on ending its own sectional title drought, dating back to 1995, and up until the end seemed poised to do so.Going 19-1 in the regular season, the Bees had reliable anchors in seniors Katie Pascale and Jordan Roy, strong support from junior Hannah Mimas and big-time production from the sophomore duo of Ola Bednarczyk and Sydney Huhtala, plus consistent bench contributions from the likes of Kyrah Wilbur.This worked against every opponent except one – Cicero-North Syracuse, who split two regular-season games with B’ville and then, in the March 7 sectional final at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall, snuffed out the Bees’ title drams in a 52-37 decision.That same day down on Long Island, another fine B’ville athlete, senior boys swimmer Nick Schultz, was making his own history, nearly earning a state championship in the 100-yard breaststroke.Schultz finished second to Dansville’s Aidan Kreiley, but that wasn’t the big story. All season long, Schultz had improved his time in the 100 breaststroke and, like any good swimmer, peaked at the end.First in the qualifying round of the state meet, and then again in the finals, Schultz bettered the Section III record in the 100 breaststroke once held by Liverpool’s Garrett Clarke, ultimately establishing a new mark of 56.14 seconds to cap off his high school career.For all the accolades elsewhere, though, the lone Section III team title for B’ville in winter sports came from an unlikely source – boys bowling.These Bees had only gone 6-6 in the regular season, but it saved its best performance for the Feb. 9 sectional tournament at Utica’s Pin-O-Rama, where it led from the second game onward and bested runner-up Oswego by 250 pins.Not only that, but B’ville’s Tanner Rozyczko led all individuals with a six-game total of 1,450, an average of 241.67 per game, while Dylan Williams was sixth with a 1,296 set. Unfortunately, the Bees’ hopes of competing in the March 15 state tournament at Strike-N-Spare Lanes was wiped out by the COVID-19 outbreak.Elsewhere in winter sports, B’ville’s ice hockey team fell again in the sectional semifinals in a 3-2 thriller to eventual champion Syracuse, but it had beat the Cougars earlier in the season to win its own Bobby Conklin Memorial Tournament.And in indoor track, B’ville missed, by just three points, winning the sectional Class AA title Feb. 8 at SRC Arena, Connor Waldron (600 meters) and Steven Miller (weight throw) both advancing to the state meet in March, while on the girls side Lauren Addario and Karen Ekure both qualified for the state meet, too, Ekure having claimed sectional honors in the 55 and 300-meter sprints.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Mbappe hailed as new global superstar

first_imgAs one number 10 trudged off — the player wearing an Argentina shirt with Messi’s name on — another in the blue of France took the plaudits.“Move over, Messi, a new global superstar is born at the World Cup,” was the headline in the Sunday Times in Britain.“In this game, the Messi was him,” French sports daily L’Equipe said above a photograph of Mbappe celebrating. “He showed his talent to the world and overshadowed Lionel Messi.”The double strike made the boy from the Paris suburbs the first teenager since a 17-year-old Pele to score twice in a World Cup game.The Brazilian legend tweeted: “Congratulations, @KMbappe. 2 goals in a World Cup so young puts you in great company!”“He’s got a lot more talent than me,” France midfielder Paul Pogba said of Mbappe.“And he’s not going to stop there. He’s got so much talent.”– Baby Bleus –Argentina were simply swept aside by a new generation, and not just Mbappe — another of France’s scorers, Benjamin Pavard, is only 22 himself.“When you have players having a day like Mbappe had today, it’s very difficult to stop them,” said Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli.With an average age of 25, a France side lacking major tournament experience were feeling the flak after three underwhelming group-stage matches reaped one penalty, an own goal and only one scored from open play.But coach Didier Deschamps’ “baby Bleus” silenced the detractors with the scintillating win over the 2014 finalists that put France back on course for a tilt at emulating France’s 1998 Cup-winning exploits, when Deschamps was captain.Mbappe was not even born when France won their only World Cup, on home soil.“I can’t really take it in,” said Pavard, a defender so unaccustomed to scoring he did not know how to celebrate his superb strike.“I was running around everywhere, I didn’t know what to do.”Mbappe will be unleashed next on Uruguay, whose steely defence should provide a far sterner test than the shambolic Argentine rearguard.It may be too early to talk of lifting the trophy in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, but Deschamps was bubbling with excitement.“I experienced a lot of great joy and happiness as a France player, and the reason I took this job was to feel the same again,” said Deschamps.“The lads are young, they have character. As the man in charge, especially when things go wrong, I’m very proud of this team and very happy for them.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kylian Mbappe is the first teenager since Pele to score twice in a World Cup game © AFP / FRANCK FIFEKAZAN ARENA, Russian Federation, Jul 1 – France players and the world’s press hailed Kylian Mbappe as an emerging superstar after the 19-year-old eclipsed Lionel Messi in a match that felt like the passing of a torch to a new generation.Mbappe’s speed and power ruthlessly exposed Argentina’s defence in Kazan in a thrilling 4-3 victory on Saturday that re-established France among the World Cup favourites.last_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL SINGERS THROUGH TO NEXT STAGE OF VOICE OF IRELAND

first_imgDONEGAL singers Roisin Carlin and Shane McLaughlin are through to the next round of the Voice of Ireland.Fahan singer Roisin was voted through by the public.And just minutes later Shane was also voted through – again in the public vote. The public vote was announced live on the RTE programme just before 10pm.Shane, from Downings, had received massive support along with Roisin from the Donegal public.Both singers had failed to woo the judges.However they went through automatically through to next week.  BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL SINGERS THROUGH TO NEXT STAGE OF VOICE OF IRELAND was last modified: March 18th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL SINGERS THROUGH TO NEXT STAGE OF VOICE OF IRELANDRoisin CarlinRTEshane mclaughlinThe Voice of Irelandlast_img read more