QPR’s Anton Ferdinand today gave the Football Association his account of the incident involving Chelsea’s John Terry in the recent west London derby at Loftus Road.The FA are investigating accusations that Ferdinand was racially abused by the Blues captain. Terry strongly denies doing so and has pledged to prove his innocence.In a statement released by his club, Ferdinand said: “I have very strong feelings on the matter, but in the interests of fairness and not wishing to prejudice what I am sure will be a very thorough inquiry by the FA, this will be my last comment on the subject until the inquiry is concluded.AdChoices广告“I would like to thank the club, [chairman] Tony Fernandes, [vice-chairman] Amit Bhatia, [manager] Neil Warnock, the supporters and my fellow professionals for their unwavering support.”
In response to the ongoing construction on and around campus, USC Transportation has made temporary changes to its tram and Campus Cruiser operations to minimize traffic delays and adverse effects on commuters.Waiting · Construction around campus has caused some delays to service by USC Transportation’s tram and the Campus Cruiser program. – Brandon Hui | Daily Trojan According to Jeff Shields, associate director of operations for USC Transportation, Transportation has experienced some periodic disruptions because of traffic caused by construction — particularly the construction of the new Exposition Light Rail Transit Line.Though the trams and Campus Cruisers are following their usual operational schedule, Transportation has made adjustments to its services because of detours and road closures.“[The construction] has certainly required us to think outside of the box in order to accommodate our customer base, and I believe we have done a good job of communicating changes to the campus community,” Shields said.Students who use the tram service to get around campus generally said the ongoing construction has not had any significant effect on their experiences.“It hasn’t affected me because I take the A route and it doesn’t go to where the construction is being held,” said Jenny Paredes, a graduate student studying accounting. “The construction is over there on Exposition [Boulevard] so I don’t see why it would affect my route.”Brittaney Robinson, a senior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention, said the natural variation in the tram’s arrival times makes it hard to tell if construction has caused any delays.“I feel like it’s the same. The Track a Tram on the [transportation] website has helped a little, but you never know when it’s going to come,” Robinson said.Students and faculty who take USC transportation from Union Station also noted the construction has had no discernible effect on their commute.“I haven’t noticed any difference,” said Jefferey Sellers, an associate professor of political science who regularly rides the USC shuttle to work from Union Station.Shields said he has received some complaints from commuters about the lack of updates about construction developments but pointed out that USC Transportation often does not have access to that information.“Unfortunately, we don’t always receive the information ourselves, [but] we have taken a very proactive approach by attending meetings with the various contractors on campus as well as the Expo Line in order to improve in this area,” Shields said.Timely communication with the public will be a priority while construction continues to minimize inconvenience for commuters, Shields said.“We try and e-mail the campus community timely in an effort to notify them of any potential delays and changes to the traffic patterns on and around campus,” he said.
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUELiverpool hammers Porto 5-0 to set sight on qâ€™finalsA Cristiano Ronaldo brace helped Real Madrid come from behind to boost their hopes of once again retaining the Champions League during a pulsating last-16 3-1 victory over Paris St-Germain at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu last night.The Portuguese forward scored a late close-range strike after his penalty had cancelled out Adrien Rabiot’s opener at the end of a thrilling first half. Brazilian left-back Marcelo wrapped up the victory minutes after Ronaldo’s tap-in with a goal created by Marco Asensio.The emphatic spot-kick meant Ronaldo became the first player in Champions League history to score 100 goals for the same clubLast season, Zinedine Zidane’s Real became the first team to retain the Champions League and won La Liga for the first time since 2012.This term they are already out of the Copa del Rey and fourth in La Liga, 17 points behind leaders Barcelona as pressure on their French manager has mounted.PSG played their part in an end-to-end contest, with Neymar’s delicate assist for Rabiot a highlight and Kylian Mbappe forcing a strong save from Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas.But the result puts Real in control heading into the second leg at Parc des Princes on March 6.However, Zidane’s side also survived a second-half penalty claim with the scores level when Rabiot’s shot hit Sergio Ramos high on the arm.Elsewhere on the night, Sadio Mane scored a hat-trick as Liverpool marked their first Champions League knockout game for nine years with an emphatic victory at Porto.Mane opened the scoring when home goalkeeper Jose Sa failed to hold his placed strike.Mohamed Salah then showed wonderful composure to steer the ball home for Liverpool’s second and his 30th of an incredible debut season at the club.With two away goals scored, the visitors could have been forgiven for taking a more conservative approach from then on but instead they went for more.A swift Liverpool counter-attack ended with Sa spilling Roberto Firmino’s shot into Mane’s path and the striker made no mistake, before Firmino scored his 21st of the season, sweeping home James Milner’s cross.Mane got his third with a driven strike late on to become only the second Liverpool player to score a hat-trick away from home in Europe since Michael Owen in 2002.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
MASON CITY — A Mason City man is in jail after he allegedly threw knives at police officers responding to a domestic disturbance.Police were called Sunday night to 1017 1st Northeast, where on arrival the suspect started to threaten officers with large knives, which were thrown at the officers as they attempted to arrest him. The knives missed the officers by a couple of feet.35-year-old Joshua Martin allegedly hit a woman on the face inside the residence and then grabbed her throat.Martin was taken into custody and charged with two counts of assault on persons in certain occupations with a dangerous weapon, domestic abuse assault impeding the flow of air or blood, and interference with official acts.He’s being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $10,000 bond.