To many, this is the most embarrassing day in French football history. Four years on from losing the World Cup final to Italy in a penalty shootout, the French squad in South Africa was in disarray. The players refused to train following the decision by the French Football Federation to expel striker Nicolas Anelka for a verbal onslaught on coach Raymond Domenech. Two days later, France crashed out of the World Cup, coming last in its group, after losing its final match against the host 2-1. The ignominy was complete.
PHOENIX, Arizona, CMC – A controversial extra-time penalty by Raul Jimenez shattered Haiti’s CONCACAF Gold Cup dreams as they went out of the competition with a 1-0 defeat to Mexico in the first semi-final here Tuesday night. Regular time at State Farm Stadium ended with the scores still locked at nil-all but the game changed in the third minute of the first period of extra time when Herve Bazile was adjudged to have fouled Jimenez with a high boot in the area.The Wolverhampton Wanderers forward then calmly finished low to the right of goalkeeper Jhony Placide to put Mexico ahead for good in the contest.Minutes later, Jimenez almost doubled his side’s advantage when he curled his drive just over the crossbar from 17 yards out and with the pressure intensifying on the Haitian goal, Placide was forced into a one-handed save at point blank range to deny Rodolfo Pizarro. In the dying moments, Haiti almost snatched the equaliser but substitute Mikael Cantave smashed his curling long-range volley onto the uprights with goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa beaten.Mexico had earlier had the lion share of chances in regular time, Jimenez firing over from six yards out in the 12th minute and Carlos Salcedo blasting wide in the 56th minute. Captain Andres Guardado then forced Placide into an acrobatic save in the 66th minute with a superb free kick, as Mexico continued to dominate.
Cobb County Sheriff’s Office (ATLANTA) — A 75-year-old former Florida cult leader has been arrested in Georgia on charges of abusing and murdering a toddler, and authorities said an unfolding investigation reveals that many more children were abused under her care.Anna Elizabeth Young was arrested in Cobb County near Atlanta Thursday after the investigators in Central Florida determined through a year-long investigation that she allegedly murdered a toddler between ages 2 and 3 between 1988 and 1989 while operating the House of Prayer in Micannopy, Florida, Art Forgey, public information officer for the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, told ABC News.Young allegedly killed the toddler, Emon Harper, by withholding food and by “willfully torturing” and “maliciously punishing” him, causing him “great bodily harm” and “permanent disability” or disfigurement, Florida State Attorney Bill Cervone said in a press release, citing an investigation into the child’s abuse and death from March 1988 through June 1992.The investigation into Harper’s death began about a year ago when a relative of Young’s who witnessed violence and deaths take occur at the House of Prayer as a child came forward to police to detail what she witnessed, Forgey said. The witness’ account opened up a “Pandora’s box” for investigators as they looked into Young’s past and continued to find more witnesses and cooperating evidence, Forgey said.Now, authorities believe that Young has been abusing children since the 1960s across several states.Authorities believe that Young began abusing children as early as 1968, when a minor may have died “as a result of her treatment,” Forgey said.She is also believed to be connected to a 6-year-old who went missing in Michigan 1973. Young is even listed on the original missing person report and is now believed to have buried him before reporting him missing, Forgey said. She was never considered a suspect until the investigation into Harper’s death began, he added.Investigators believe that Young established roots in Alachua County in 1983 and came to the Micanopy area in 1985, founding the House of Prayer shortly after on Southeast 138th Avenue, Forgey said.Police are also investigating similar cases of abuse that may have been committed by Young in Puerto Rico in the 1980s as well, after she had moved to Alachua County but before the House of Prayer had been founded, Forgey said.In 1992, a 13-year-old girl who was placed in Young’s care by her parents was burned badly after Young bathed her in a bathtub full of chemicals, Forgey said. The child’s parents had brought her to the House of Prayer for “schooling” and “teaching,” Forgey said.After the incident, Young fled the area and was found eight ears later living in an attic of a relative’s home in Illinois, according to the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office. She was then extradited back to Florida and served prison time for that crime after she was convicted in 2001, Forgey said.The real life ‘Kimmy Schmidt’: Twin sisters, former Children of God members, describe life inside controversial religious sectAt the time of Harper’s death, Young had been running the House of Prayer for All People, described as a “religious boarding school” by the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, on Southeast 138th Avenue in Micanopy, Forgey said.“It was run, obviously, like kind of a religious institution,” Forgey said. “However, the treatment and care that these children received was anything but biblical or church-related.”Alachua County authorities had investigated the House of Prayer prior to the 1992 incident, but “nothing was ever substantiated at the time,” Forgey said.It is unclear how many people participated in the cult, Forgey added. Young’s husband was allegedly also involved in the operation, The Gainesville Sun reported.“Really, the hard part here is we know there were probably a lot more people who were associated with her and knew her and may have been at the House of Prayer, Forgey said. “There were no records of who were there and what children were there.”Investigators hope that the media attention garnered by Young’s arrest will inspire additional witnessed and victims to come forward, Forgey said.Young was charged with first-degree murder for Harper’s death, an indictment filed by Cervone last week shows.After an arrest warrant was secured, U.S. Marshals located and apprehended in Cobb County, Georgia, near Atlanta, according to the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office. She waved extradition, Forgey said, and is currently being held in the Cobb County Jail without bond.There is no attorney record for Young on file, Glenn Daniel, public information officer for the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, told ABC News.Young will be held without bond once she is transferred back to Florida, according to the indictment.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Related
SALT LAKE CITY — For Luka Drca, it’s his last chance as well as his first.As the only senior playing on the Utah men’s basketball team — now that Kim Tillie is sidelined for a couple of weeks with a knee injury — Drca wants to make the best of his senior season and perhaps take home another Mountain West Conference championship.Drca and his teammates get their first chance today to show off their MWC title when TCU pays a visit to the Huntsman Center for a 1:30 p.m. contest.The 7-7 Utes are coming off a pair of their best performances of the season, which also happened to be perhaps Drca’s best two games of the season.In a 69-47 win over UT-San Antonio, Drca scored a career-high 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting. And in the come-from-behind 61-59 win at LSU, Drca led the team with 14 points, 5 assists and 2 steals and was the best player on the floor, according to coach Jim Boylen.”We’re all excited,” Drca said. “We, as older guys, know about conference play and talk to the younger ones about it. It means a lot to me because it is my last conference play.”Drca feels his team has played solid defense most of the year but has to play better on offense. Going 13-for-21 from the field in the last two games is a big improvement for Drca; he shot 37 percent before that.”I’ve picked up my game,” he said. “I was struggling with the shooting at the beginning of the season, but it’s coming around. I think I put too much pressure on myself earlier in the year.”TCU (8-7) is coming off a 59-50 victory over Air Force in its conference opener Wednesday night in Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs are just 1-4 in road games this year, with their win coming at SMU, 60-53.The Horned Frogs are led by forward Zvonko Buljan, at 14.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Point guard Ronnie Moss is right behind him at 14.5 points per game and leads the MWC in assists at 6.5 per game. Other starters are guard Edvinas Ruzgas (13.1 ppg), forward Kevin Butler (6.7 ppg) and guard Greg Hill (6.5 ppg).”Their team’s quickness has always bothered us, and they’re fast again this year,” said Boylen. “They have team speed and multiple ball-handlers. Buljan is one of the better players in the league, and Moss is a very difficult guard to cover. They’re very disciplined on the offensive end, they’re difficult to guard and they’ll put a lot of pressure on us.”With Tillie out, the Utes are expected to start true freshman Shawn Glover at forward in a lineup that includes David Foster, Jace Tavita, Marshall Henderson and Drca. Carlon Brown and Jay Watkins will come off the bench and play major minutes, along with Jason Washburn.Utah is 11-4 all-time against TCU and has won the last three games against the Horned Frogs.Following today’s game, the Utes go on the road for a game next week against New Mexico on Wednesday night and one at UNLV next Saturday. They’ll play TCU again in Fort Worth on Feb. 10.Utes on the airTCU (8-7, 1-0 MWC) at Utah (7-7, 0-0)Today, 1:30 p.m.; Huntsman CenterTV: The mtn. Radio: 700 AMe-mail: [email protected]
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