first_imgThe uncle of a Missouri woman accused of participating in the riot at the U.S. Capitol last month is now facing charges himself. A federal complaint against William Merry Jr. of St. Louis County was unsealed late Thursday. Merry is the uncle of 21-year-old Emily Hernandez, of Sullivan, who was charged on Jan. 16. A charging document says video and photos show Hernandez and Merry holding a broken piece of the nameplate from outside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. Merry’s lawyer says Merry doesn’t condone violence “or any type of insurrection of the government.”last_img


first_imgSergio Ramos was once again Real Madrid’s hero from the penalty kick spot as his side beat Athletic Bilbao 1-0 away from home on Sunday.It was a seventh consecutive victory for the winners, and it has now seen them wrap their tentacles ever tighter around the La Liga title. The hard-fought win took Zinedine Zidane’s side to 77 points after 34 games, seven clear of second-placed Barca who visit in-form Villarreal later on Sunday.Ramos had converted a late penalty kick against Getafe in Real Madrid’s last match.The centre-back once again showed nerves of steel by firing into the bottom corner in the 73rd minute to score a fifth goal in seven matches.He said: “I feel most comfortable during moments of the highest tension.“So, I think I’m the ideal person to take on the responsibility at a moment like this. “The only thing I was thinking about when taking the penalty kick was how important it was to get the three points.”Athletic Bilbao’s San Mames is one of the toughest away trips in Spain and the Basques have beaten FC Barcelona twice there this season in the league and Copa del Rey.Real Madrid also faced a gruelling match even without any fans in the stadium as the Basques continually closed them down and subjected them to their usual aerial bombardment.Raul Garcia forced Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois into a fine early save while Inaki Williams also proved a handful for the visitors.Zidane’s side meanwhile missed three good opportunities before the break. Rodrygo and Karim Benzema missed the target with close range headers and Dani Carvajal bungled a pass which would have handed Benzema an open goal.They finally found a way through when Marcelo sprinted into the area and had his foot clipped by the stray boot of Dani Garcia.The referee went across to the pitch side monitor to review the play before pointing to the spot.Athletic Bilbao had a late penalty kick shout ignored when Ramos appeared to tread on Raul Garcia later on.RelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend But the incident was not reviewed and Zidane’s side clung on for a third consecutive 1-0 win, maintaining their flawless run since the season resumed after the coronavirus stoppage.Ramos said: “It was very important for us to win this one and we’ve done just that. This was one of our hardest games left, against a team who we always suffer against.“You can see how badly we want to win this league title, and by how we went out to win the game from the start.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: Athletic BilbaoGetafeLa LigaReal MadridSergio RamosVillarealZinedine Zidanelast_img read more


first_img Comments Published on February 17, 2019 at 4:10 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @CraneAndrew Leading 5-3 in the second set, Gabriela Knutson suddenly jogged over to her bench after Harvard’s Erica Oosterhout overhand smash went out. Knutson playfully tossed her racket onto the seat, smiled and reached into her blue Babolat bag and pulled out another one. Knutson’s strings broke during the previous point. She was forced to lob the ball with her busted racket because she had no other choice. Knutson watched helplessly as Oosterhout lined up an overhead return. But the ball went out.“It was so funny because she just shanked it,” Knutson said. “I was like ‘Ha.’ My lob was super loose.”The same Knutson smile stayed. Her aggressiveness in both singles and doubles allowed her to overpower slower Harvard opponents. It was also career win No. 162 for Knutson, propelling her into second place in all-time SU wins for combined singles and doubles wins. The SU senior clinched a 6-1 team victory for No. 19 Syracuse’s (6-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) over Harvard (6-4) and won her fourth consecutive singles match after dropping her previous three.“It was just a matter of time and couldn’t be prouder of her and happy for her,” SU head coach Younes Limam said, “She’s always the one who goes the extra mile and does the extra things to be as prepared as she could be.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKnutson’s day started alongside Miranda Ramirez, similar to how it often has over the last three years. And their match ended similar to how many prior points had been earned on Sunday with Knutson smashing an overhand volley past a diving Natasha Gonzalez. Aggressive net play was something that Syracuse worked on after they lost five-straight doubles points. SU’s top pair saw right away that they could exploit a slower Harvard duo.Knutson said that a stigma of women’s doubles matches is that it’s played all from the baseline. Knutson’s overhead smash was the pairing’s third match point, and Ramirez’s forehand return on Gonzalez’s serve allowed Knutson to step up toward the net with her arm outstretched. The previous point, Knutson was jammed on her backhand from the corner and it went out. Close to the net, the senior converted.Three games earlier, Knutson waited patiently at the net and lined up a Harvard defensive lob. Her volley split the Crimson pair, both standing behind the baseline, and bounced high above Gonzalez and Oosterhaut’s outstretched arms. “The typical women’s doubles is like even having two girls at the baseline which is not what we want to do at all,” Ramirez said. “We want to close, we want to finish at the net, we want to take charge of our points.”Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorIn singles, up 4-2, Knutson was a point away from breaking the Crimson senior. Oosterhaut fired a serve, and Knutson’s return barely touched the back line. Oosterhaut swung at the ball on a short-hop, and her forehand went out. Afterward, Oosterhaut glared at the line, as Knutson flipped the score card from four to five. Knutson dropped the next two games, but recovered to go up one set, halfway toward her historic win.During a back-and-forth second set, Knutson was never able to pull away. Some Knutson shots found the back line, some found the sidelines. At times, her aggressiveness got the best of her. Knutson went up 4-2, but lost three-straight points and lost a break opportunity.Then at 5-3, her racket broke. Knutson said she was nervous because it took her a couple of points to get used to the racket. In some of the most important points late in the match, she said she didn’t “have time” to adjust. At 40-all, match point, her backhand shot was too short.Five points later, at match point again, Knutson pranced behind the baseline. She took two steps forward and met Oosterhaut’s serve with her racket extended. The next shot by Oosterhaut grazed the top of the net and bounced out. Knutson smiled and walked up to the net. For the 162nd time in her SU career, she shook hands a winner. “I wouldn’t expect anything less,” Ramirez said.After the match, when asked what wins No. 161 and 162 meant to her, she was confused. “Really, what does that mean?” she asked. Knutson knew she entered Sunday with 160 wins, but wasn’t aware of where that stood.Her next question: “Who is number one?” was answered with Jana Strnadova, who has 40 more wins than her. “It’s OK,” Knutson said, knowing that top spot is almost impossible for her to achieve in her final collegiate season. After defeating Oosterhaut, she sat down and threw a towel around her neck. In the Syracuse record books, that win will keep her name etched as No. 2 in the future. But on Sunday, it was a clinching singles point, one that won Syracuse its second-straight match.“At the end of the day…it could be my 140th win, or my 170th,” Knutson said, “but if the team isn’t winning, it doesn’t really matter.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementWith Argentina and Iceland playing out a stalemate in the opening fixture of Group D, both Croatia and Nigeria will look to gather all the 3 points and top the group. It is very crucial for both teams to start their world cup on a winning note.Croatia’s midfield, with the likes of Real Madrid play-makers Luka Modric and Barcelona Midfielder Ivan Rakitic alomg with Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic upfront has no shortage of talent and experience. On the flip side, The super eagles have former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel, Chelsea player Victor Moses and Arsenal striker Alex Iwobi.While Croatia’s attack boasts of several stars, their defense is a state of a worry as they have kept only 2 clean sheets in their last 11 games. Nigeria will look to overturn their ill fated luck in the world cup as they have won only once in their 12 games at the world cup.Here is how the teams have lined up for today’s match :Here we go – Match 4! #CRONGA pic.twitter.com/UokPd4IbtX— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 16, 2018Read also :FIFA World Cup 2018 : France vs Australia Review FIFA World Cup 18: Argentina vs Iceland Reviewlast_img read more