Russia lay maker in five star victory over Saudia

first_img“Love for football unites the entire world in one team, regardless of people’s language or ideology,” Putin said to thunderous cheers.Then, to the delight of the home fans, Iury Gazinsky headed Russia in front in the 12th minute after a cross from Aleksandr Golovin. Substitute Denis Cheryshev rifled home a second shortly before half-time.Another substitute, Artem Dzyuba, made it 3-0 with about 20 minutes remaining, putting the game out of Saudi Arabia’s reach.Cheryshev scored a stunning goal with the outside of his left foot in time added on and Golovin sealed the rout with a goal direct from a free-kick.Victory for Russia, ranked a lowly 70th in the world — three places below Saudi Arabia — was vital for the home nation’s hopes of progressing, with tougher games against Egypt and Uruguay to come.Earlier, British pop star Robbie Williams caused a stir during his performance at the opening ceremony by making an obscene gesture to a camera.The former Take That star raised his middle finger at the end of his performance at the Luzhniki after appearing to mouth the words “I did this for free”.– High stakes –Iury Gazinsky of Russia celebrates with teammates Fedor Smolov, Ilya Kutepov and Aleksandr Golovin after scoring. Photo/COURTESYRussia is spending more than $13 billion (11 billion euros) on hosting football’s showpiece, the most important event in the country since the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics.The buildup to the tournament has been dogged by controversy and diplomatic scandals and has shone a light on the challenges facing the country.On the day of the curtainraiser, Russia freed the main opposition figure to Putin, Alexei Navalny, from jail after he served a 30-day sentence for organising an illegal protest.But British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was arrested for holding a one-man protest against the country’s record on gay rights, hours before kick-off.The World Cup favourites — Germany, Spain, France, Brazil — enter the fray from Friday onwards.Brazil and their superstar Neymar are seeking a sixth global crown while Germany, who won their fourth World Cup in Brazil four years ago, will be determined to draw level with the Brazilians.France boast possibly the most talented squad while Lionel Messi is desperate to make amends for Argentina’s defeat in the 2014 final.The preparations of 2010 winners Spain are in tatters after coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked just two days before their opening game on Friday against Portugal. He had angered his federation by taking the job of Real Madrid manager.Neymar, the world’s most expensive player, has recovered from a broken bone in his foot in time.Egypt’s coach said prolific striker Mohamed Salah is “almost 100 percent” to play in their opening match against Uruguay on Friday after he had intensive treatment on the shoulder injury he suffered playing for Liverpool against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.– Hearts and minds –The 2018 World Cup is under way in RussiaThe money lavished on the tournament will boost Putin’s already sky-high prestige at home by giving many of the 11 host cities their first facelifts in generations.The tournament also offers Putin a chance to project Russia as a global player that is accepted and respected even while being at odds with the United States.He is attempting to do so despite Russia being hit by international sanctions following its invasion of Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014.Moscow’s military backing of the Syrian regime and alleged meddling in the 2016 US election on President Donald Trump’s behalf only deepened its worst rift with the West since the Cold War.Putin hopes the most-watched event on the planet provides Russia with the “soft power” needed to capture a sceptical world’s hearts and minds.– Racism and riots –Russian authorities have gone to great lengths to ensure nothing soils the country’s image.Neo-Nazi hooligans who organise mass fights in forests and chant racist slurs at players have been a feature of Russian stadiums for years.The anti-discrimination network Fare said Russia’s football federation was making matters worse by punishing those who reacted to racist abuse “while ignoring the perpetrators”.Security services have either locked up or restricted the movements of hundreds to make sure they do nothing to tarnish Russia’s image.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Golovin celebrates scoring their fifth goal with team mates in an opening game win. Photo/COURTESYMOSCOW, Russia, June 14 – MOSCOW, Russia, June 14 – Russia kicked off their World Cup in style on Thursday, thumping Saudi Arabia 5-0 in front of an ecstatic crowd in Moscow after President Vladimir Putin officially opened the tournament.Putin told the 80,000-strong crowd at the Luzhniki Stadium before the match kicked off: “I congratulate all of you at the start of the most important championship in the world.”last_img read more

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Sox not colorful, just good

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The White Sox of ’59 went on to lose to the Dodgers in six games. These White Sox seem determined to avoid the ill-starred path of their predecessors at least they did Friday evening when they cuffed John Lackey around for five runs in the first five innings and rode the stellar four-hit pitching of Jon Garland to an impressive triumph that gives them, at least momentarily, command of these mid-October hostilities. And this time they didn’t even need the assistance of their Game 2 umpiring savior, Doug Eddings, who was encamped down the right field line and did nothing more compelling than remain imperturbably poker-faced as the patrons showered him with verbal abuse throughout the proceedings. One looks at the White Sox starting lineup, and it’s overflowing with well-traveled castoffs, lifetime journeymen and a lot of guys who have resided in the shadows during their careers. I mean, I’m willing to bet anyone a Joe Jackson baseball card if I had one Jackson was the most famous White Sox player to receive a lifetime ban from commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis for his involvement in the infamous 1919 Black Sox World Series scandal that not one person reading this sterling prose can name the starting lineup of the White Sox. The Go-Go, Nellie Fox-Luis Aparicio White Sox of 46 years ago faced the Dodgers in Game 3 of a World Series that was tied at 1-1 and they dropped a 3-1 decision before a roaring crowd of 92,394 at the Memorial Coliseum. The No-Name White Sox of Ozzie Guillen faced the Angels Friday night in Game 3 of an American League Championship Series that was tied at 1-1 and they emerged with a 5-2 win before a disappointed crowd of 44,725 at Angels Stadium. Dwight David Eisenhower was President. Bobby Darin had a couple of No. 1 hits called “Mack The Knife’ and “Beyond The Sea.” Ingemar Johansson knocked out Floyd Patterson to become the world’s heavyweight boxing champion. South Vietnam was an obscure country in Southeast Asia that was still several years away from forging itself into the consciousness of the American populace. It was 1959, and it was the last time the Chicago White Sox had made a postseason appearance in Southern California until Friday night when they squared off against the Los Angeles Angels. center_img That’s about as likely an occurrence as trying to locate someone in the sprawling L.A. basin who actually fashions himself or herself as a White Sox fanatic. Such a person, of course, doesn’t exist or at least I’ve never come across one in my lifetime. The leadoff batter for the White Sox and he opened the game against Lackey with a single and would score his team’s first run is left fielder Scott Podsednik, who was first signed by the Texas Rangers and did tours with Seattle and Milwaukee before arriving in Chicago in the offseason in a trade involving Carlos Lee. The No. 2 hitter is Tadhito Iguchi, and I’m not sure anyone in Chicago, much less the rest of the country, had ever heard of this exceptional second baseman from Japan before the White Sox signed him last Jan. 27 and it’s even more unlikely than anyone can correctly pronounce his name. In the third spot for the White Sox is right fielder Jermaine Dye, who was with Atlanta, Kansas City and Oakland before signing with the White Sox last December, amid modest fanfare. What I remember most about this guy is that he suffered a terrible knee injury during a playoff series with the A’s when he fouled a ball off it. The White Sox’s cleanup man, Paul Konerko, who drilled a two-run first-inning homer against Lackey, is a known commodity in these parts because he once was a well-regarded prospect with the Dodgers, who mistakenly got rid of him in the summer of 1998 for a reliever named Jeff Shaw, whose stay in L.A. was brief. This is one transaction that Tom Lasorda would prefer to forget during his brief tenure as the Dodgers’ GM. Following Konerko in the Chicago order is the designated hitter, Carl Everett, known throughout his turbulent career at five previous venues the Florida Marlins, the New York Mets, the Boston Red Sox, the Texas Ranbgers and the Montreal Expos for his tempestuous outbursts, especially when he was with the Red Sox and Jimy Williams was the field commander. The No. 6 White Sox hitter, Aaron Rowand, might be familiar to baseball people in this area because he was, after all, a big star once upon a time at Cal State Fullerton, but he isn’t exactly the center fielder you think of when you list the top ones playing the position these days in the major leagues. The next White Sox hitter, A.J. Pierzynski, has become more renowned for his beefs with teammates at Minnesota and San Francisco than he has for his catching skills, and gained more publicity for the vital role he played in his team’s Game 2, ninth-inning win against the Angels he’s the one who conned Eddings into his colossal blunder than he had in his five previous seasons combined. The press guide insists that third baseman Joe Crede, who bats eighth, has been with the White Sox full time since 2003, but I never knew what a Joe Crede was until he struck his game-winning double on Wednesday night. The No. 9 hitter, Juan Uribe, natch, was acquired from another team Rowand and Crede are the only everyday starters weaned in the White Sox minor-league system but the former Colorado Rockie doesn’t exactly come to mind when one ranks the game’s prime shortstops even though he does have a reliable glove and an occasionally explosive bat. The White Sox don’t exactly have the intimidating aura of, say, the New York Yankees, although their pitching the past two games against the Angels has been stifling as it has been throughout the summer. Mike Scioscia’s troops managed only five hits and a run against Mark Buehrle in Wednesday night’s 2-1 loss and Orlando Cabrera’s two-run, sixth inning homer was the only time Garland faltered Friday evening. “This is one of the top couple games pitched against us all year,” said Scioscia afterward. Scioscia was characteristically upbeat and optimistic, as he always is after his team falters. “We’ll come back,” he promised. Maybe so, but the Angels will have to start getting more production from the slumping Vladimir Guerrero he finally got a meaningless hit Friday night but he’s now 1 for 12 in the series and they’ll also have to start playing smarter baseball, which Darin Erstad failed to do in the second inning when he foolishly tried to stretch a double into a triple and was cut down doing so with his team behind by a 3-0 score. This was not a glorious evening for the Angels, who face the harrowing prospect tonight of having to beat a longtime nemesis, Freddy Garcia, with their 22-year-old rookie, Ervin Santana. The Pale Hose look bright and energetic and self-assured. The Angels look just plain pale. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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