Neymar fires PSG to UCL quarter-finals

first_imgRelatedPosts Neymar bags two-match ban Neymar risks seven-game ban, Gonzalez 10 Neymar, four others sent off as Marseille grab rare win at PSG Paris St Germain beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in an empty stadium due to coronavirus fears on Wednesday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals 3-2 on aggregate. Neymar and Juan Bernat scored before halftime to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit and send the French champions into the last eight for the first time since 2016 as Dortmund finished with 10 men after Emre Can was sent off in the dying minutes. PSG made it past the last 16 after painful exits at the same stage in the last two years. They let slip a 4-0 advantage in a 6-5 aggregate defeat by Barcelona in 2017 and lost to Manchester United on away goals after beating the English side 2-0 at Old Trafford 12 months ago. PSG were without captain Thiago Silva, who had not fully recovered from a hamstring injury, while Kylian Mbappe started on the bench after suffering from a sore throat. The home side dominated possession and had the first clear chance when Edinson Cavani’s cross shot from Di Maria’s through ball was deflected by keeper Roman Buerki. Neymar put the hosts ahead in the 28th minute as he headed home Angel Di Maria’s free kick for his 35th goal in 57 matches, making his presence count after missing the return leg against United through injury last season. Bernat doubled the lead on the stroke of halftime by flicking Sarabia’s attempt past Buerki. PSG pressed high after the break while Erling Haaland, who scored a double in the first leg, never looked likely to add to his 10 Champions League goals this season. Thorgan Hazard and Axel Witsel made way for Julian Brandt and Giovanni Reyna as Dortmund coach Lucien Favre looked to freshen up his attacking line and PSG were suddenly on the back foot. A brawl erupted two minutes from time after Can fouled Neymar and pushed the Brazilian to the ground. Can was sent off while Di Maria picked up a yellow card which means the Argentine will be suspended for the first leg of PSG’s quarter-final.Tags: Borrusia DortmundChampions LeagueEmre CanNeymarParis St. Germainlast_img read more

‘Exciting’ Douvan all set for chasing debut at Navan

first_img Press Association Ruby Walsh expects Douvan to make a “good transition” to the chasing game on his eagerly-awaited debut over fences at Navan on Sunday. The son of Walk In The Park was a dominant winner on each of his four starts after joining Willie Mullins from France last season, proving himself the cream of the crop in the two-mile novice hurdling division with key victories in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham and the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown. Henry de Bromhead’s Sizing John, behind Douvan at Gowran, Cheltenham and Punchestown last season, has already made a flying start to his chasing career with successive triumphs at Punchestown and Douvan gets his chance to show his worth over the larger obstacles in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Beginners Chase. center_img “He seems to be in great form. He did really well over the summer. He was a big, raw horse last year and looks to have developed and matured a bit,” Walsh told Racing UK. “He’s schooled well over fences and of the horses who ran behind him last year, Sizing John has run twice and won twice, which is franking the novice hurdle form a bit. “Hopefully he’ll make a good transition. If he jumps on the track like he has at home, it should be a good transition. “He seems to have plenty of stamina, but he definitely has loads of speed as well. He’s quite a quick horse for a big horse. “He was a very accurate jumper of a hurdle and if he’s as accurate at a fence, it’ll be exciting.” Douvan, who is already a best priced 9-4 favourite to strike Cheltenham Festival gold once more in the Arkle Trophy, will face 13 rivals this weekend. Tom Taaffe’s course scorer Rogue Trader is one of five runners in the field for leading owner JP McManus, while Tony Martin saddles Blair Perrone and Bobbie’s Diamond. last_img read more

USC locks down amid Ferguson protests

first_img Razan Al Marzouqi | Daily Trojan Razan Al Marzouqi | Daily Trojan Razan Al Marzouqi | Daily Trojan Razan Al Marzouqi | Daily Trojan Razan Al Marzouqi | Daily Trojan Razan Al Marzouqi | Daily Trojan For more photos and videos, visit our gallery here.The USC campus was briefly put on lockdown Monday night following a large contingent of protesters marching near the university on Figueroa Street. The demonstrators were protesting following a Missouri grand jury decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of black teenager Michael Brown.The campus lockdown occurred from roughly 10:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. All university gates were closed, and students were not allowed to enter or exit campus.The protest began in the Leimert Park section of Los Angeles after the grand jury decision was announced at approximately 6:30 p.m.  Dept. of Public Safety Captain Ed Palmer and Chief John Thomas were in attendance monitoring the situation prior to the grand jury announcement.“Captain Palmer and I, we both were at Leimert Park. The crowd was peaceful protesting, and they decided to walk,” Thomas said. “It just got bigger, a lot bigger.”As the protest grew, it marched in the direction of USC. The demonstrations eventually reached the southeast border of campus at the intersection of Exposition Boulevard and Figueroa Street shortly before 10 p.m.DPS had prior preparations to conduct a modified closure of campus if demonstrators approached the university, according to Deputy Chief David Carlisle. Thomas also mentioned that extra officers were dispatched around campus in order to prevent potential vandalism and trespassing of campus grounds.Some students who were stuck on campus expressed discontent with the lockdown.“I thought it was pretty frustrating because it was a peaceful protest and they were locking us down on campus as a form of protection,” said Jennifer Binley, a senior majoring in international relations who was in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center when the lockdown began. “I thought it was kind of ridiculous because it’s going to be an important part of our history and the fact they weren’t letting us see it or even let us participate was frustrating.”But not all students were kept from the march. Passing protesters were heard chanting “out of the dorms and into the streets” as they passed nearby off-campus apartments, and some USC students joined the demonstration. One student participant, Jon Sine, said he was there to demonstrate unity with the marchers.“I’m tired of police brutality, and I want to show solidarity,” Sine said, who is a junior majoring in political economy. “This isn’t a one race issue, this is an issue for all within the United States.”As of press time at 11:30 p.m. Nov. 24, the protesters had moved to the Interstate 110 freeway.Jordyn Holman and Joseph Chen contributed to this report.last_img read more

Florida governor pardons jailed pain medication user

first_imgPaey and his supporters have argued that he never distributed any drugs – that he purchased and consumed huge amounts on his own for constant pain. Paey has been debilitated by a 1985 car accident suffers from multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair. He refused to accept a plea because he didn’t want to be branded a drug dealer. The case illustrates flaws in the law and how people who are dependent on strong pain medication can get tangled up in the government’s effort to combat drugs, Paey’s attorney, John Flannery of Leesburg, Va., said. Because of mandatory minimum sentences, the judge in Paey’s case had no choice but the 25-year sentence after he was convicted. The board – Crist, State Attorney Bill McCollum, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink and Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson – voted unanimously to approve Paey’s release, overriding the recommendation of the parole commission that his application be denied. “We aim to right a wrong and to exercise compassion,” said Crist, who moved for the pardon after the board heard emotional testimony from Paey’s wife, two daughters, a son and neighbor. State Attorney Bernie McCabe, whose office prosecuted Paey, said he had no reaction to the news. Paey had a broad smile as he exited the vehicle driven by prison officials to his Hudson home in Pasco County. “In the immortal words of Dorothy…there’s no place like home,” Paey said, pausing in midsentence to kiss his wife, Linda.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A disabled former attorney who said he needed large amounts of drugs to numb his pain was released from prison Thursday after the governor and the rest of the state clemency board pardoned his drug trafficking charges. Richard Paey, 48, learned Thursday he’d be released after four years. He expected to die in jail, and credited Gov. Charlie Crist and national advocacy groups with helping free him. “He’s a brave man, and it takes a great leader to show a small person mercy,” Paey said of Crist. Paey was sentenced to 25 years in prison after prosecutors argued that he had forged so many prescriptions and purchased so many pain pills he must have been selling them, despite no additional evidence. The case gained national attention as an example of outrageous mandatory minimum drug sentences. last_img read more