Fonte extends Saints’ unbeaten run

first_img Saints were good value for three points, maintaining a fierce tempo throughout at the KC Stadium and creating a host of fine chances. Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez were both in profligate mood, raising Hull’s hopes of a battling draw, but Fonte settled things in the 69th minute when he stabbed over the line at the second attempt. Jose Fonte’s second-half strike saw Southampton extend their unbeaten run to six Barclays Premier League matches at Hull, who remain within touching distance of the relegation scrap after this 1-0 defeat. Having timed his run to perfection Lambert took a slightly heavy first touch, allowing Steve Harper to close the angle and save with his legs. In doing so the veteran keeper clashed with team-mate Paul McShane, with both men needing treatment before the latter was taken off on a stretcher. Hull collected themselves in the break of play and, with no natural defender on the bench, sent on George Boyd in a revised 3-5-2 formation. The change almost paid immediate dividends when Ahmed Elmohamady found Shane Long in the Southampton area in the 13th minute. The Irishman leapt highest and was unlucky to see his header come back off the inside of the post. Boyd was following up for the rebound but the ball would not settle for him and Artur Boruc was able to tip over comfortably. Things continued at a lively pace and on the half-hour mark, Southampton again came close. Hull failed to close down Rodriguez 20 yards from goal and he proceeded to lift a delicate shot out of Harper’s reach but flush against the crossbar. Saints were playing with considerably more craft than their hosts, but Jake Livermore’s long-range strike and Nikica Jelavic’s pick-pocketing of Fonte kept Hull in the argument. Rodriguez almost nicked the opener in the final seconds of first-half injury time, but could not keep his far-post header down after good work by Lallana. Hull were firmly on the back foot after the restart. Rodriguez tried and failed to execute a bicycle kick at the far post, Luke Shaw breezed past David Meyler and Elmohamady in one swift movement and Lambert worked Harper having met Davis’ deft pass. But for all their superiority, Southampton were struggling to find a finish to match. Hull were quickly settling into a siege mentality, though the decision to leave both Jelavic and Long up front did mean that the visitors could not afford to switch off at the back. The home side’s defence eventually buckled with 21 minutes remaining but not without a major fight. Harper played his part, getting down well to keep out Fonte’s headed effort and then recovering to make a point-blank block as Lallana attempted to bury the rebound. The ball squirmed loose and returned to Fonte, whose side-footed effort crept over the line despite Figueroa’s best efforts. Goalline technology confirmed the ball had crossed but it would not have affected the scoreline, with Lambert netting unequivocally seconds later. Either side might have scored in a frenetic closing period, but somehow the ball stayed out. Shaw left Harper at full stretch with a skiddy effort that looked destined to creep in, and Jack Cork struck the outside of the post as Saints attempted to put the game to bed. Jelavic or Sone Aluko’s chances for Hull were less clear-cut but both gave the home fans cause for late excitement on an otherwise disappointing night. The Portuguese defender needed the Goal Decision System to claim the goal, with Lambert rifling home on the follow-up after Maynor Figueroa tried in vain to clear the danger. Lambert had earlier missed a pair of wonderful chances in the opening seven minutes, while Rodriguez struck the crossbar from 20 yards. Hull were far from passengers in the contest, striking the woodwork first when Shane Long’s header kissed the inside of the post, but they could not match Saints’ energy around the park and tired visibly as the game progressed. Having taken four points from Tottenham and Sunderland this month, their attempts to pull clear of the strugglers were duly stalled. Adam Lallana wasted no time in carving out an early chance for Saints, exchanging passes with left-back Calum Chambers before clipping a cross from the byline. Curtis Davies deflected into the ball into Lambert’s path and he looked certain to score, only to shoot a yard wide from 12 yards. With time and space, he should have done better. That miss might still have been on his mind three minutes later when Steven Davis’ precision pass presented an equally good chance. Press Associationlast_img read more

USC out of MPSF Playoffs

first_imgThe USC men’s volleyball team lost to No. 4 BYU in Provo on Thursday night in its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation playoff game.Sunny Dong | Daily TrojanComing off a remarkable upset against No. 3-seeded Pepperdine, the No. 6 Trojans hoped to use their momentum to take on the overall top-seeded Cougars, who earned a quarterfinal bye last weekend. Before the game, head coach Jeff Nygaard spoke about the different dynamics of postseason play. “Regardless of what happens in the regular season, once you get to the playoffs, everybody’s at the same level, at the same footing,” Nygaard said. BYU did not take USC lightly and reminded everyone why they are the favorite to take home the championship. With a 21-6 record on the season (10-2 in conference), BYU had already defeated the Men of Troy twice this season, both times 3-1. In addition, the Cougars demonstrated an ability to close out games against fellow ranked foes, such as Grand Canyon University, Lewis University, UC Santa Barbara and Ohio State, all of whom defeated USC. Conversely, USC’s predominantly underclassmen squad consistently showed great flashes of potential by hanging tight with teams for half or most the game before being unable to close sets in the final points. That proved to be the case once again against the Cougars; USC was tied 12-12 in both the first and second set, and even led 21-20 in the third set, before eventually losing all three by margins of 25-17, 25-17 and 25-22. For the Trojans, star redshirt junior outside hitter Jack Wyett went out in his final game with a relatively average 10 kills. His fellow junior outside hitters Gianluca Grasso and Ryan Moss were also held below their usual production; Grasso finished with nine kills, three aces and two blocks, while Moss had seven kills and two blocks. Freshman middle blocker Sam Lewis, who is expected to be one of the bona fide leaders next season, finished with four kills and two blocks. BYU won with a collective effort throughout the night. Senior outside hitter Brenden Sander had 12 kills, while freshman opposite hitter Gabi Garcia Fernandez had 12 kills. Sophomore outside Cyrus Fa’alogo also chipped in 12 kills. As a team, USC was significantly outhit .529 to .205, out-digged 24 to 13 and out-aced six to three. Overall, it was a bittersweet season for the Trojans to say the least. After starting the year off in the top 15, the Trojans stayed in it for the first half of the season, but failed to collect a win against another ranked team. With only four departing players and many young players, the Trojans seemed to find joy in trusting the process and believing the results would come with time. At times, they were able to see the payoff at times, most notably their big-time Senior Night win versus crosstown rival UCLA, as well as their quarterfinal upset against Pepperdine. Though their season is over, the team redefined its idea of success relative to what they had going for them, and in doing so, set the stage for even greater things in the coming years. While USC will look largely the same on paper next year, fans can expect a completely different product on the court with a year of experience together under their belts and fresh motivation to prove the next phase in their collective growth.last_img read more

US Immigration News for You

first_imgUSCIS releases revised Fiancé(e) Visa Form The USCIS recently revised its form I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) and K-3 visas and since June 9, 2017, this form 4/10/17 edition is the only one which will be accepted. The good news is that Form G-325A is incorporated into the new I-129F form, so a separate G-325A (Biographic Information) for each spouse no longer needs to be filed. The bad news is that the form contains a “Petitioner’s Declaration and Certification” which informs the U.S. Citizen sponsoring a Fiancé(e) or bringing a spouse to the U.S. on the K-3 that he or she may be required to have their biometrics (fingerprints, photograph and/or signature) taken. This has been done in the past petitioners with a criminal history and may become more frequent in the future.DREAMERS advised to renew DACA status 120 days prior to expiration The USCIS recommends that DREAMERS holding DACA status renew their Deferred Action status and Work Authorization early in order to avoid a lapse in permission to work. DREAMERS should apply for renewal no later than 120 days prior to expiration. The process for renewal is nearly identical to the initial process for DACA status, except the initial documentation to prove eligibility is not required.There’s a new form and USCIS DACA Filing Fees have increased from $465 to $495. Applicants are advised to write “Renewal Request” in large letters on the bottom of each form and include:Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood ArrivalForm I-765, Application for Employment AuthorizationForm I-765WSImmigration question and answerQuestion: I am applying for my citizenship and the form asks about all my trips in recent 5 years. I travel a lot for work and I have lots of trips and some of the US entry stamps are stamps on top of stamps and I cannot read the dates accurately. Does it matter if I make a mistake just because I cannot clearly see the dates? Answer:  As is often the case, U.S. and foreign border officers alike, simply stamp your passport page without even considering whether it is legible or not. In most naturalization cases, making the best guess you can for illegible dates is the best you can do and the USCIS will not fault you for it. However, fortunately, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has a website which allows travelers to access their U.S. travel history going back five years from the request date. To access the information, go to the CBP website and click on “Get Travel History” and print out the report.Copyright 2017 – Caribbean National Weekly Newslast_img read more

Creator of Cancelled Metroid II FanRemake Hired to Work on Ori Sequel

first_img Last year saw the release of the fan-made, AM2R. This project was a complete remake of the classic Metroid II: Return of Samus. Though it was praised by those who played it, it didn’t take long for Nintendo’s lawyers to issue a cease-and-desist order to its creator, Milton Guasti. Though Nintendo wasn’t exactly happy with Guasti, it seems others have recognized his talent.Today on Twitter, Guasti announced that he has been hired by Moon Studios to work on the upcoming sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest. “It’s a special day for another reason,” said Guasti. “I’m now part of Moon Studios; I’ll be working on level design for Ori and the Will of the Wisps.”It’s a special day for another reason. I’m now part of Moon Studios, I’ll be working on level design for Ori and the Will of the Wisps.— Project AM2R (@AM2Rgame) August 6, 2017Ori and the Will of the Wisps was announced during this year’s Xbox E3 Briefing. Like Ori and the Blind Forest, Will of the Wisps will have “Metroidvania“-style gameplay. Because of that, it makes sense why Moon Studios hired Guasti to work on the title. He has experience working on (unofficial) Metroid games, so being a developer for the Ori sequel should come naturally to him.This story is somewhat reminiscent of what happened with Sonic Mania. Though an official title from Sega, the folks developing it originally started out making their own fan-made Sonic the Hedgehog games. Unlike Nintendo, Sega applauded their efforts and hired them to make games. Guasti’s case is somewhat different, however, since he is being hired to work on an entirely new title that has no relation to his fan-project. Either way, I’m sure he feels somewhat vindicated given what ended up happening with AM2R.Speaking of Metroid II remakes, Nintendo is set to release Metroid: Samus Returns on 3DS on September 15. Unlike AM2R which was sprite-based, Samus Returns will have 3D graphics. Despite the graphical upgrade (and the fact you need four Amiibo to unlock all its content), this is still the same game folks remember playing on Gameboy back in the day.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target SCUF Prestige Falls Short of Being a Must-Have Premium ControllerOrigin PC Ends Console Wars With PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch Combo Case last_img read more