Lone Star coach James Salinsah Debbah has named a 27-man squad for the Group A Day 6 crucial fixture away to Tunisia on Sunday, 4 September 2016 in Monastir.Liberia share top spot with Tunisia on 10 points each, with the West Africans having the edge on the back of a lone goal win in the reverse meeting between the two sides last September in Monrovia.The Monastir clash is one of the top-liners on the final day of the qualifiers as victory for either side will hand them the group’s automatic ticket to Gabon. The Lone Star almost blew the chances of qualification after giving up a two-goal lead to settle for a 2-2 draw with Togo in the penultimate fixture last June at home which saw ‘Les Eperviers’ move to eight points and remain in contention.As part of preparations for the decisive trip to Tunisia, the Lone Stars played a friendly with Morocco’s Team ‘A’ on 31 August 2016 in Casablanca to gauge their readiness before traveling to Monastir.Debbah, a journey man during his playing days, has called up the likes of William Jebor of Wydad Athletic Club (Morocco), Sam Johnson of Djurgarden (Sweden), Anthony Laffor of South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns amongst others in his quest for a positive result to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations for the third time in their history after 1996 and 2002.Meanwhile, Togo will face Djibouti in the other Group A at the same time in Lome.Full SquadGoalkeepers: Tommy Sango (LISCR), Garley James (Invincible Eleven)Defenders: Solomon Grimes(Nea Salamina, Cyprus), Trokon Zeon (LISCR), Gizzi Dorbor (Hapoel Afula, Israel), Teah Dennis(Al Ahli, Jordan), Dirkir Glay (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Omega Roberts (FK Donji Srem Pećinci, Serbia), Trokon Zeon, Gizzie Dorbor (Hapoel Afula, Israel), Dominic Tarpeh Doe (Unattached), Hilton Varney (BYC), Joel Johnson (Charlotte Independence, USA)Midfielders: Anthony Snorti Laffor (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Theo Weeks Lewis (Gabala, Azerbaijan), Murphy Oscar Dorley (FK Trakai, Lithuania), Saah Nyumah, Van Dave Harmon (BYC), Dioh Williams ( Gefle, Sweden)Forwards: William Jebor (Wydad Athletic Club, Morocco), Francis Grandpa Doe (NS Matrix, Malaysia), Sam Johnson (Djurgarden, Sweden), Sekou Konneh (Foruna Sittard, Netherlands), Mark Paye (BYC), Emile Daney, Dauda Bortu (Baerum SK, Norway) and Edward Junior Wilson (Perlis, Mayasia)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Liverpool haven’t been crowned champions of England since 1989/90 and finished 25 points behind City last season.But after reaching the Champions League final in May and spending more than anyone else in the Premier League in the off-season, there is palpable belief that wait will come to an end in May.“We know about our expectations and noticed the very positive atmosphere around us in the whole pre-season,” said Klopp.“It’s good people are positive, but the season again will be unbelievably hard.”Klopp has tried to keep a lid on expectations given the gap to City last season despite spending a reported £170 million.“We cannot be anything different than the challenger because we have not won anything since I’ve been in (charge), a long time. We have to invest more, fight more,” he added.“West Ham will play a good season but they are not the (Manchester) Uniteds or (Manchester) Citys. We have to be ready week in, week out for the different challenges.”– Salah starts over –Happy Mane: Senegal’s Sadio Mane scored twice against West Ham © AFP / Oli SCARFFThere was little tinkering for Klopp to do up front after Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino combined for 91 goals last season, and they again provided the firepower to outclass a sorry West Ham despite their own near £100 million outlay on nine new players.Salah and Mane’s pain at international level was Liverpool’s gain as early exits at the World Cup with Egypt and Senegal meant they could join the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, unlike a host of Premier League stars who returned to training just last week after their exertions in Russia.A revelation in his first season at Anfield with 44 goals in all competitions, Salah is now a marked man.Yet, he was given the simplest of tasks to tap home the opener into an empty net on 19 minutes from Andy Robertson’s pinpoint cross after he was freed down the left by the impressive Keita.Salah should have had more as he was well picked out by a bursting run by Firmino only to place his shot too close to Lukasz Fabianski, who also made a brilliant save to turn Trent Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick behind.Fabianski was by far the busier ‘keeper with Alisson making just one comfortable save and impressing far more with his feet to launch a series of Liverpool attacks.The hosts finally doubled their lead to give the score the half-time reflection it deserved when another teasing Robertson cross was pulled across goal by James Milner and Mane left unmarked to side-foot home.Mane produced a fine finish for his second eight minutes after the break after good work by Firmino, but had the linesman to thank just as much for the assist as he somehow wasn’t flagged offside before firing past Fabianski.Former City and Real Madrid boss Manuel Pellegrini is used to competing at the top of the table.Yet, despite the vast investment in the East Londoners, on this evidence Pellegrini will do well to better West Ham’s 13th-placed finish last season as the visitors were happy to limit the damage after the break.“Every time that you bring so many players it is difficult. We are just starting the season, but we need to analyse this game,” said Pellegrini. “We are clear and sure that we need to improve.”Sturridge inflicted the final blow two minutes from time with his first touch after replacing Salah.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Up and running: Mohamed Salah celebrates his first goal of the season © AFP / Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Aug 12 – Jurgen Klopp warned much tougher challenges lie ahead of Liverpool’s quest to end a near three-decade wait to win the Premier League after brushing aside West Ham 4-0 at a jubilant Anfield on Sunday.Mohamed Salah opened his account for the season, Sadio Mane scored twice and Daniel Sturridge added a late fourth in an impressive display by Klopp’s men as £65 million ($83 million) goalkeeper Alisson Becker kept a clean sheet on debut.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Smith, the offensive MVP, also sat out this year’s opener, but has improved steadily since then. He completed 19 of 28 passes for a career-high 342 yards and ran for another 66 in 13 attempts. “First of all, I want to let you know that sitting out of last year’s bowl, I didn’t think about that as much as you probably think I did,” Smith said. “To me, this year’s seniors, this group of guys on the field, that’s what it was about. I don’t like taking a lot of credit for what goes on on the field because it takes 11 guys.” Antonio Pittman, who rushed for 136 yards in 21 carries, broke free on a 60-yard touchdown run to seal the victory with 1:46 to play. Ginn caught eight passes for 167 yards. He zigzagged into the end zone on his long run to help the Buckeyes take to a 21-7 halftime en route to their third Fiesta Bowl victory in four years. Holmes caught five passes for 124 yards. A.J. Hawk, Ohio State’s Lombardi Award-winning linebacker and the game’s defensive MVP, sacked his girlfriend’s brother, Brady Quinn, twice. Hawk also ran down Quinn to stop a third-down play early in the fourth quarter. TEMPE, Ariz. – Troy Smith found a measure of redemption and Notre Dame found itself a bowl loser again in a Fiesta Bowl matchup brimming with big plays by the Buckeyes. Suspended from last year’s Alamo Bowl for taking $500 from a booster, Smith hooked up on a pair of long touchdown passes and fourth-ranked Ohio State beat the No. 5 Irish 34-20 Monday night, sending them to their eighth straight bowl loss. Santonio Holmes set a Fiesta Bowl record with an 85-yard TD catch, then said he forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL Draft. Ted Ginn scored on a 68-yard end around and caught a 56-yard touchdown pass for the Buckeyes (10-2). Darius Walker scored all three touchdowns for Notre Dame (9-3). The Irish fell to 13-14 overall in bowls, a disappointing end for Charlie Weis in his first year as their coach. Quinn, a third-team all-American behind USC’s Matt Leinart and Vince Young of Texas, completed 29 of 45 for 286 yards but no touchdowns. Walker gained 90 yards in 16 attempts. The Irish gave up a season-high 617 yards, 275 on the ground. “Those big plays are our Achilles’ heel,” cornerback Mike Richardson said. “We always harp on big plays. Giving up those plays put it out of reach.” A crucial play came when a video replay nullified what would have been an Ohio State turnover in the third quarter. With Notre Dame trailing 21-13 and the Buckeyes driving, Smith threw over the middle to Anthony Gonzalez, who dropped the ball at the Irish 12. Tom Zbikowski picked it up for Notre Dame and ran 88 yards to the end zone. An illegal block would have brought it back to the Buckeyes’ 21, but a video review of the play determined Gonzalez juggled the ball and it was ruled an incompletion. “That was THE play,” Weis said. “What I said to the official on the field is I hope your guy upstairs was right because that changed the whole complexion of the game.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
When Christopher Columbus set out to find a route to Asia, he consulted the works of the most knowledgeable cartographers and scientists in recorded history at that time to determine the best, safest and most efficient route from his point of departure in Palos, Spain to the Eastern shores of the same land mass he departed. Maps and Explorers’ Christine Sawyer traces his efforts to build a case for funding such a voyage; he had to obtain permission as well as the sponsorship for what would prove to be a very costly series of expeditions.Crucial to his case, Sawyer writes, was his estimation of what was then known as the oecumene – the combined landmass of Europe, Asia and Africa.Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) on engraving from 1851. Explorer, navigator and colonizer. Engraved by I.W. Baumann and published in The Book of the World, Germany,1851.Ptolemy, one of the earliest sources consulted, believed that this landmass stretched across 180 degrees of the planet’s surface.Later cartographers would estimate 225 degrees of longitude, and despite a history of debate on the matter, Columbus believed that 225 degrees was an understatement, thus shortening even further the distance he would have to travel to reach the east coast from the west.A printed map from the 15th century depicting Ptolemy’s description of the Ecumene, (1482, Johannes Schnitzer, engraver).In reality, the oecumene spans less than 180 degrees of longitude, and so when Columbus sailed west and reached land, he quickly correlated the places that he found with his maps of the east coast of Asia despite having found the east coast of North America.As the Encyclopaedia Britannica notes, Columbus would repeat this miscalculation on several successive voyages believing he was founding Spanish settlements throughout eastern Asia.“Columbus map,” drawn c. 1490 in the Lisbon workshop of Bartolomew and Christopher Columbus.In recent years, researchers have begun to collect and study the maps that would have informed Columbus’ voyages in an effort to dig deeper into the explorer’s curious navigation. In particular, LiveScience’s Laura Geggel writes, researchers have returned to the oldest surviving maps from the period with new technology to extract more information from them than was previously available.Christopher Columbus at the gates of the monastery of Santa María de la Rábida with his son Diego, by Benet Mercadé.Using multispectral imaging, a team led by Chet Van Duzer of the University of Rochester’s Lazarus Project has scanned and analyzed a 1491 map of the world that Columbus would likely have consulted as he made his preparations.Though the map has faded over the centuries, Geggel writes, the team was able to recover a significant amount of text and graphical information from it by scanning it with a variety of different wavelengths of light which are reflected or absorbed differently by the different inks and materials employed by the original cartographer.Map of the world by Henricus Martellus Germanus, preserved in Yale University. Christopher Columbus used this map.The map, which was previously “an almost unstudiable object” according to Van Duzer, was created by the German cartographer Henricus Martellus very shortly before Columbus’ first expedition.Martellus’ map was itself the result of secondary research and consultation of a variety of scientific texts including a popular and contemporary treatise on biology and the testimony of Africans during the Council of Florence.Henricus Martellus, explanatory inscription on his world map of 1491.The map shows the oecumene as taking up well over 75 percent of the longitude that it shows.Columbus’ contention with smaller estimates of the oecumene’s size was his belief that earlier scientists were unaware of the size of its eastern reaches, but there is surprisingly little water between the edge of the continent and the edge of the map in Martellus’ depiction – it is missing the entirety of the American continents, as well as nearly everything in between these and the oecumene.The world map of Henricus Martellus Germanus (Heinrich Hammer the German), Florence 1489. The first map with the Dragon Tail. It is a mixture of Ptolemy, recent Portuguese discoveries and unknown sources. Displays the Cape of Good Hope, rounded by Bartolomeu Dias in 1488.Still, the recently-revealed map was a feat for its day and age; it showed the correct orientation of Japan, which other maps did not, and likely influenced the next generation of maps that began to appear following Columbus’ misguided discoveries.Read another story from us: The mystery of the Christopher Columbus letter stolen from VaticanVan Duzer speculates that if Columbus didn’t see Martellus’ map, he likely saw a version of it – it was an influential depiction and among the best of the age. Thanks to the work Van Duzer’s team, we are now able to view it as Columbus did.