Senior Army officer takes over Burundi

first_imgBurundi Citizens celebrate following the army take over of BurundiA senior Burundi army officer said on Wednesday he was dismissing Pierre Nkurunziza as president because his bid for a third term violated the constitution, and soldiers surrounded the state broadcaster building in the capital.The presidential office quickly rubbished the declaration by Major General Godefroid Niyombare, who was fired by Nkurunziza as intelligence chief in February, as “a joke”.Niyombare made his declaration to reporters at a military barracks in the capital, while the president was out of the country at an African summit on the crisis.Godefroid Niyombare previously served as an ambassador to Kenya.Soldiers surrounded the offices of the national broadcaster in the capital, Bujumbura.In a radio broadcast, Gen Niyombareh said: “The masses have decided to take into their own hands the destiny of the nation to remedy this unconstitutional environment into which Burundi has been plunged.“The masses vigorously and tenaciously reject President Nkurunziza’s third-term mandate… President Pierre Nkurunziza has been relieved of his duties. The government is overthrown.”Gen Niyombareh’s “national salvation committee” comprises at least five other army and police generals.President Nkurunziza is currently at a summit in Tanzania discussing his decision to run for a third term, which critics say is unconstitutional.“Regarding President Nkurunziza’s arrogance and defiance of the international community which advised him to respect the constitution and Arusha peace agreement, the committee for the establishment of the national concord decide: President Nkurunziza is dismissed, his government is dismissed too,” he said.last_img read more

Syracuse edges Colgate, 1-0, in Nicky Adams’ head coaching debut

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ A flick-on by Syracuse’s Kailee Coonan in the midfield sent Sydney Brackett between two Colgate defenders with a look at goal. Her shot rose, but eventually crashed into the fence behind Colgate’s net for a goal kick. It was her third shot in a three-minute span which saw Syracuse dictating the midfield and finding openings in the Colgate defense after an inconsistent first half going forward. Brackett said first-year head coach Nicky Adams gave the Orange forwards the “blessing” to be creative in the final third. For Brackett, it meant using her speed to open up pockets of space between defenders.Later in the second half, it meant Laurel Ness slotting home the game’s first and only goal with what Adams called a “special” left foot. The coaches only instructions were for the wingers to look for cutbacks , and Mackenzie Vlachos followed the orders to find Ness at the top of the 18-yard box, unmarked. “It’s just about reading and you know, responding to what the other team shows you,” Brackett said. The Orange started Adams’ reign with two preseason losses against Albany and Rutgers. On Sunday night, Syracuse (1-0) played the attacking type of soccer Adams wants to earn a 1-0 victory at SU Soccer Stadium against Colgate (0-2). Following a 3-15 season in which Syracuse scored just 11 goals, Adams philosophy of allowing creativity to shine through and playing attacking soccer was a welcome change, especially for the forwards, Ness said. Last year, the most shots the Orange had in a game was 18. Against Colgate, SU had 17. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe two preseason games were choppy, Brackett said, with coaches stopping play at times to go over instructions with players and the halves being shorter than the typical 45 minutes. The final results weren’t as important in those games as having a sound defense, creating better communication and making sure it all came together come the start of the season. “It’s been a while and our program has gone through a lot of change and we responded in the best possible way,” Brackett said. “All the things we worked on in training, in preseason, all the requirements we set, standards we set as a team in the summer, and everyone did them. And that’s why we won tonight.” Syracuse showed its intent from the initial whistle. Starting with the ball, the Orange attacked down the left wing to send in a cross which looped over the goal and out of play. Yells of “We’re first, we’re first” rang across the field. In the 10th minute, Brackett took the Orange’s first shot of the game, but she shanked the ball with her left foot and sent it flying well over the goal mouth. Play swung from end-to-end but rarely were through-balls weighted correctly. Holding midfielder Georgia Allen fed Meghan Root in the 27th minute for Syracuse’s best chance of the half, but Root’s shot was swallowed by the Colgate goalkeeper who had come out to close the angle.“We were getting forward but making poor decisions in the final third that kept us from really having quality opportunities,” Adams said.During halftime, Adams noted SU was getting too narrow, and out of the break, it started exploiting the wide spaces, creating openings for Brackett and the fullbacks. Adams’ offseason training focused on fitness and creativity in the final third which showed in the second half. Again, the Orange were the first to attack, creating a nice link-up play on the right wing. But Clarke Brown strayed too far and was flagged for offside. Eleven minutes into the second half, Brackett began her barrage of shots toward the net but none had to be saved by the keeper. In the first half, the Orange had looked for short passes, trying to weave their way through the Colgate defense. Now, they played more direct.  The breakthrough came in the 68th minute, when Ness was left unmarked in the 18-yard box to score her first collegiate goal. “I was able to get it right behind their entire defense, just cut it back to the right and just faked everybody out and had the goal wide open,” Ness said. “That easy.”  Ness’ score held the lead for Syracuse’s first win. While the preseason presented hurdles, Brackett said, a win on opening night inspired confidence.“It makes me so excited because if we can do that today, we can do that tomorrow, we can do that Thursday, we can do that in the ACC,” Brackett said.  Comments Published on August 25, 2019 at 11:46 pm Contact Arabdho: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder last_img read more

Healthy Clippers crush Nuggets in clash of contenders

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac dunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 132-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard is fouled by the Nuggets’ Jerami Grant as he shoots during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, right, shoots as Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDenver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers reacts as he attempts a shot in front of Gary Harris #14 of the Denver Nuggets during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers calls for a foul behind Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket on Jerami Grant #9 and Torrey Craig #3 of the Denver Nuggets during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers is fouled by Jerami Grant #9 of the Denver Nuggets as he shoots during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris, right, moves to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, left, shoots as Nuggets forward Torrey Craig, center, and forward Jerami Grant defend during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. Montrezl Harrell had 18 points and 10 rebounds as one of seven Clippers to score in double figures in their 132-103 win. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Nuggets forward Torrey Craig, left, shoots as Clippers forward JaMychal Green defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers attempts a shot in front of Jamal Murray #27 and Paul Millsap #4 of the Denver Nuggets during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Jerami Grant #9 of the Denver Nuggets blocks the shot of Ivica Zubac #40 of the LA Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers looks to pass to Montrezl Harrell #5, in front of Mason Plumlee #7 and Will Barton #5 of the Denver Nuggets, during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson, right, shoots as Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Reggie Jackson #1 of the LA Clippers celebrates his 3-pointer after a Denver Nuggets timeout during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Clippers guard Reggie Jackson, center left, celebrates with guard Patrick Beverley, center right, after hitting a 3-point shot as Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee, left, walks toward his bench during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Reggie Jackson #1 of the LA Clippers scores on a layup in front of Will Barton #5 of the Denver Nuggets during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers scores on a layup past Jerami Grant #9 of the Denver Nuggets during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers argues a foul call with referee Mark Lindsay #29 during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Ivica Zubac #40 of the LA Clippers reacts as he is fouled between Paul Millsap #4, Nikola Jokic #15 and Gary Harris #14 of the Denver Nuggets during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers scores on a dunk during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket on Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: JaMychal Green #4 of the LA Clippers scores on a jump hook in front of Mason Plumlee #7 and Will Barton #5 of the Denver Nuggets during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers scores on a layup in front of Gary Harris #14 of the Denver Nuggets during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Montrezl Harrell #5 and Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers talks during the fourth quarter in a 132-103 win over the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 132-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Reggie Jackson #1 of the LA Clippers celebrates a three pointer from Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers after a timeout during the fourth quarter in a 132-103 Clippers win over the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets is defended by Ivica Zubac #40 of the LA Clippers during the fourth quarter in a 132-103 Clippers win at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Michael Malone of the Denver Nuggets reacts during the fourth quarter in a 132-103 LA Clippers win at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac, right, defends and forward Kawhi Leonard watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 132-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Will Barton #5 of the Denver Nuggets reacts as he is called for a charging foul on Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers as Mason Plumlee #7 and Landry Shamet #20 look on during the fourth quarter in a 132-103 Clippers win at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers scores on a dunk in front of Reggie Jackson #1 during a 132- 103 win over the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers reacts to Paul George #13 with Marcus Morris Sr. #31 during the fourth quarter in a 132-103 win over the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Jerami Grant #9 of the Denver Nuggets is fouled on his drive by JaMychal Green #4 of the LA Clippers past Reggie Jackson #1 during the fourth quarter in a 132-103 Clippers win at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Denver Nuggets forward Will Barton, center, shoot as Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson, left, and forward Montrezl Harrell defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 132-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, upper left, shoots as Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee, second from right, and forward Jerami Grant, right, defend while forward Will Barton watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 132-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig, second from left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Landry Shamet, left, defends while guard Rodney McGruder, right, and forward Patrick Patterson watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 132-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr., center, has the ball tied up by Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, left, and guard Jamal Murray during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 132-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac dunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 132-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard is fouled by the Nuggets’ Jerami Grant as he shoots during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 41The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard is fouled by the Nuggets’ Jerami Grant as he shoots during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Two of the Western Conference’s elite squads clashed in a physical, fast-paced game before an energized Friday night crowd at Staples Center – and it wasn’t close.The Clippers, fully healthy for only the seventh time this season, improved to 7-0 with a full lineup. This time, they sprinted past the Denver Nuggets for a convincing 132-103 victory.L.A. entered the game sitting in third place in the conference standings, a game behind the second-place Nuggets, and well aware of what was at stake when the teams met for the second of three times this season.A Denver win would have given the Nuggets the season tiebreaker; a Clippers victory would give them a share of second place in the conference standings. “It just brings good vibes… it allows everybody to be special in their spots” @Reggie_Jackson speaks on what good ball movement does for the team#ClipperNation • @Kristina_Pink • @LAClippers pic.twitter.com/6kgEgnGTwL— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) February 29, 2020 What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 The Clippers surged off the starting line and maintained that advantage en route to their third straight victory and their 24th at home.“How we started and sustained that energy and focus throughout the whole game, when we do that we’re hard to beat,” Kawhi Leonard said.Doc Rivers’ squad moved the ball on offense and moved their feet and their mouths on defense, and, in the process, limited the league’s sixth-best offense to 45.1 percent shooting. On the other end, they hit their shots at 53.3 percent clip and buried 18 3-pointers against the league’s 10th-best rated defense.The Clippers had just 10 turnovers and assisted on 35 of their 48 baskets, led by seven assists apiece by Lou Williams and Jackson. Leonard had five assists, the 27th time this season he notched at least that many – more than in any of his previous eight NBA seasons.“Ball movement tonight was extraordinary,” Rivers said. “We took care of the ball, moved the ball, I thought we made the right plays, they didn’t need to force it. That is all we talked about today: They are a terrific defensive team, they pull in a lot and make you make the extra pass, but if you are willing to do it, you are going to get shots and I thought our guys did it tonight.”Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “We’re just taking it one game at a time.. we’re blessed to have everybody healthy right now”@MONSTATREZZ talks w/ @Kristina_Pink after what might be one of their biggest wins of the season #ClipperNation • @LAClippers pic.twitter.com/9N0NFurNeM— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) February 29, 2020 “It’s a big win… I think that was just important for us to get that game going into the weekend”@TeamLou23 reflects on the importance of the win tonight#ClipperNation • @LAClippers pic.twitter.com/iKNEoDp0If— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) February 29, 2020 “For sure, we look a day ahead to every game,” forward JaMychal Green said at shootaround Friday morning, when the Clippers looked around and recognized how focused they all were. “This one is going to be a big game for us tonight; if we beat them, we will be tied for second and we need that spot. It’s like a playoff game – playing against a great team, we are a great team, so it is going to be a dogfight.”Before the game, Denver coach Mike Malone downplayed the standings situation, but concurred on the quality of the matchup: “Tonight will be a hell of a challenge on the road against a very tough opponent.”A couple of hours and a solid drubbing later, Malone was fuming: “We were soft tonight from beginning to end. They got what they wanted, we couldn’t run offense because they took us out of our stuff and we just allowed them to do it in 48 minutes.”The Clippers (40-19), on the other hand, were in high spirits after they imposed their will and had a ball doing it.“A blast, it was a blast,” said Clippers guard Reggie Jackson, who finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in his fourth game since signing with the team. “It was amazing, like being a kid in a candy store.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐉𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐬𝐨𝐧@Reggie_Jackson with the steal and the three. 👌🏾 pic.twitter.com/13ZVvfyLv7— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) February 29, 2020 WHOLE team getting BUCKETS 🤘Fifth 👌 of the night for @TeamLou23 #ClipperNation • @LAClippers pic.twitter.com/VYBOkdTfXT— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) February 29, 2020 Seven Clippers finished in double figures, led by Paul George with 24 (on 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point range). Leonard had 19, Montrezl Harrell had 18 (and 10 rebounds), Williams had 17, Landry Shamet had 12 and Ivica Zubac and Jackson both contributed 10.In the third quarter, with 6:52 left on the clock and Leonard at the free-throw line being serenaded with “M-V-P” chants, George and Beverley embraced at the other end of the court, in fine spirits as the lead grew to 81-63, the largest to that point.Beverley didn’t score, took only one shot, and finished plus-13 in the box score, with three rebounds and four assists.“He’s just such a winner, he really is,” Rivers said. “Like, was anybody happier tonight but Patrick Beverley? Every young player should look at Patrick Beverley tonight – not the stats, but during the game, and how happy he was, that we were playing well, that he was making plays. I tell you man, you need those type of guys on your team and I’m glad I have him.”With Beverley’s energy as a guide, the Clippers tended to their lead and it only increased, growing as large as 33 points while the Clippers flexed their depth as their reserves blew it open, outscoring Denver’s bench 73-49 and its starters 73-54 and sending the Nuggets (40-19) to their worst loss of the season.NOTEThe Clippers have won at least 40 games in nine consecutive seasons, the third-longest active streak in the NBA behind Oklahoma City (10) and San Antonio (20). Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Sixth 👌 of the night for @Yg_Trece 📼: @tacobell #ClipperNation • @LAClippers pic.twitter.com/ikD2ffpcAX— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) February 29, 2020 Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

FC Široki Brijeg, FC Sarajevo, FC Željezničar and FC Zrinjski among top 600 football clubs of Europe

first_imgInstitute for Football History and Statistics published the list of top 600 teams of Europe in period 2001-2012, and four BiH teams are on this list.FC Široki Brijeg is best placed, and it’s at 301st place, FC Sarajevo at 307th, FC Željezničar at 342th, and FC Zrinjski at 405th.Best placed is FC Barcelona with 3224 points, followed by FC Manchester United with 2987 points and FC Real Madrid 2828 points.last_img