49ers place Dekoda Watson on injured reserve

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — Dekoda Watson went on the 49ers injured-reserve list Saturday, a day before he figured to bolster their special teams and help the pass rush in the season opener against the Vikings.Watson, 30, injured a hamstring in practice Friday.An eighth-year veteran, he’s known best for special teams, and he had six tackles on those units last season.A potential replacement on the roster is Pita Taumoepenu, who went on the practice squad Sunday after getting waived. …last_img


We steer Mandela’s course: Zuma

first_img9 May 2009Newly inaugurated South African President Jacob Zuma says his administration will stay true to the course of nation-building and reconciliation set by former president Nelson Mandela.Delivering his inaugural speech at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday, exactly 15 years from the day Mandela was elected South Africa’s first democratic president, Zuma said Mandela had healed the country’s wounds and firmly it as the “rainbow nation”.Mandela had “made reconciliation the central theme of his term of office,” Zuma said. “We will not deviate from that nation-building task. Thank you Madiba, for showing us the way.”Zuma hinted that this would be the theme of his presidency when, after being elected President in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, he said: “As President of the Republic, I will do my best to lead the country towards the realisation of Madiba’s vision of a truly non-sexist, non-racial South Africa, united in its diversity.“With the support of my organisation the ANC, as well as all South Africans, I hope to lead the country on a path of friendship, cooperation, harmony, unity and faster change.”Mandela arrived at the Union Buildings earlier on Saturday wearing a heavy black overcoat and black-and-white shirt, aided by his wife Graca Machel.When Zuma arrived on the main stage set up for his inauguration, he got down on his knees to address Mandela as an elder.He also embraced Thabo Mbeki and his wife Zanele and, in his inauguration speech, paid tribute to the former president who, in 2005, fired him as deputy president of the country.Zuma said Mbeki had taken South Africa forward as a true statesman, while making a massive contribution to strengthening its democracy, economic growth and development.Mbeki “made our country an integral part of the continent and worked tirelessly for an African rebirth,” Zuma said. “Through his leadership, South Africa’s stature grew on the continent and globally.”Zuma also acknowledged South Africa’s former second deputy president, FW de Klerk, who worked with Mandela in the resolution of the apartheid conflict and participated in shaping a new South Africa.Finally, Zuma acknowledged outgoing President Kgalema Motlanthe, describing him as his friend, comrade and brother.He said Motlanthe – who took over as President last year, when Mbeki stepped down – had brought calm, stability and certainty to the government of the country during a period of great anxiety.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more


Violence against LGBTQ Russians prompts change in policy around deportation

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada is giving some failed asylum seekers from Russia a chance to stave off deportation, saying conditions in that country have changed.The Immigration Department says reports of violence against the LGBTQ community in Chechnya mean people could be at risk if they’re forced to return.The department says that means people from Russia may now be eligible for a pre-removal risk assessment if they received a final decision on their case between July 1, 2016, and June 30 of this year.The PRRA, as it is known, allows those slated for deportation to argue they cannot be sent back to their country of origin for safety reasons.Currently, people whose asylum claims are not accepted can’t apply for a PRRA for at least 12 months, but the immigration minister has the authority to exempt some or all people from that restriction.Refugee advocates have been pushing the Liberal government to make it easier for members of the Russian LGBTQ community to get to and stay in Canada after reports emerged earlier this year that gay and bisexual men were being imprisoned and tortured in Chechnya.The Liberals had condemned what they called “serious human rights violations” back in the spring and urged Russia to investigate, but stopped short of meeting the demands for a targeted asylum program aimed at those trying to get out of the country.The Immigration Department announced the change in policy Friday.“Reports of violence against members of the LGBTQ2 community in Chechnya has resulted in a change of country conditions within the Chechen Republic in Russia,” the notice said.“As a result, individuals from Russia are exempted from the one-year bar on accessing a PRRA as individuals could face a situation of risk that may warrant an additional assessment. It is important to note that the ability to apply for PRRA does not guarantee the outcome of the risk assessment.”The department also says that those who have not received a final decision on their claim as of June 30 will still be barred from applying for the assessment, as current country conditions will be taken into account when the decision is made on their claim.last_img read more


Sterling signs new contract with Manchester City

first_img SharePrint Raheem Sterling has signed a new five-year deal with the reigning Premier League champions and is expected to earn around £300,000 per week, making him the highest-earning English footballer.The 23-year-old England international’s performances improved considerably under Pep Guardiola and has managed to score 7 goals already since the beginning of the season.The forward who joined from Liverpool in 2015 stated:“I’m delighted to sign – my development here has been incredible. I felt from the minute I got here it was the right choice for me. It’s really paid off for me and I’m really grateful.”WhatsApp <a href=’” alt=”last_img” />


STAR PREVIEW Man City v Spurs

first_imgOf the 98 teams in Europe’s top-ranked leagues, only one – Manchester City – are still in with a shot of winning each trophy they’ve competed for this season. The fact that we are in April and still able to write that is a remarkable testament to the quality of Pep Guardiola’s side but their place in the Champions League is at risk with Tottenham holding a 1-0 lead heading into tonight’s second leg.It was always going to be tough to get a result from Spurs’ new stadium but the sheer speed and coordination of Spurs’ pressing was immaculate, with Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-Min clamping anything that moved down the flanks as Dele Alli reduced Fernandinho’s influence.Last week Guardiola, perhaps wanting to keep the tie in the balance until tonight’s second leg, was more conservative than normal, with Kevin de Bruyne dropped and then brought on in the remaining minutes, whilst Fabian Delph played alongside Fernandinho too in what as a rather unusual approach.Tonight will be a much more attacking approach and the market expects home turf to prove all the difference, but things might not be that simple. Last season City went off favourites in the 90-minute market against Liverpool when trying to turn around a 3-0 deficit, took a 2nd minute lead and lost 2-1.This is a different task, as they do not have so much chasing to do, but if Tottenham manage to score once then City will need three goals and whilst if any side is capable, they are, of breaking down this Spurs defence in such a situation it is an extremely tall task – even for Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and David Silva.Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose were all tremendous last week and Hugo Lloris’ penalty save last week (along with another clean sheet since) should give him plenty of confidence after a tough couple of weeks. They will present an intimidating rearguard for City to break down from the first minute tonight.A potential season-ending injury to Harry Kane is a blow, but Spurs have coped without him for long periods of time already this season. There were four Premier League wins without Kane in the team after he was injured against Manchester United, plus a hugely impressive first-leg win against Borussia Dortmund in the last 16. Heung Min-Son scored in four straight games after Kane was injured plus the winning goal last week and with Erisken and Alli in midfield, and the potential for Lucas Moura – who scored a hat-trick against Huddersfield at the weekend – to play on the break is immense.Man City v Tottenham HotspurUEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg20:00 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)APR 2019 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Tottenham 1-0 Manchester CityOCT 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 0-1 Manchester CityAPR 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 1-3 Manchester CityDEC 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 4-1 TottenhamJAN 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 2-2 TottenhamOCT 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 2-0 Manchester CityFEB 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 1-2 TottenhamSEP 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 4-1 Manchester CityMAY 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 0-1 Manchester CityOCT 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 4-1 TottenhamJAN 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 1-5 Manchester CityNOV 2013 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 6-0 TottenhamCity are absolutely capable of turning this round, but Tottenham are just 13/20 to score with and that will leave City needing three goals. It is hard to see why, in such a specific situation, they are as big as 17/2, but it is impossible to ignore 20/21 on a two goal handicap, which wins as long as City don’t win by more than one.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)5pts SPURS (+2) at 21/20 with starsports.bet1pt MAN CITY 2-1 at 15/2 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 272.22 points(excluding Premier League ante-post, RBC Heritage)last_img read more