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Benthic to Carry Out Caspian Sea Geotech Survey

first_imgBenthic, a geosciences company, has secured a contract for an offshore geotechnical investigation in the proposed Azeri Central East platform location in the Caspian Sea.Benthic will execute the geotechnical scope of work from the Topaz Caspian Supporter in Q1 2018.The Benthic Portable Remotely Operated Drill (PROD) will collect a number of geotechnical borehole samples and PCPT samples across the pipeline, platform and pipeline crossing location.Following the completion of offshore operations and laboratory testing, relevant geotechnical data reports will be prepared.last_img read more

Euro 2020: Prosinecki resigns as Bosnia coach after Armenia debacle

first_imgRelatedPosts UEFA president Ceferin said leagues ready to play behind closed doors Ireland appoints new manager Coronavirus: Premier League extends suspension Robert Prosinecki stepped down as Bosnia’s head coach after their 4-2 defeat in Euro 2020 qualifying on Sunday left them with only a forlorn chance of reaching the finals, the Balkan nation’s football association said. “I have spoken to everyone and the crux of it is that I have resigned,” Prosinecki was quoted as saying on the Bosnian FA official website on Sunday. “When I took over I was confident we’d qualify for the European Championship and we’ve failed. My successor will have enough time to prepare the team for the Nations League playoffs. “I was very optimistic and I still think Bosnia is a very good team but something obviously isn’t right. It seems I have failed to motivate the team,” said the 50-year old former Croatia midfielder. The defeat left the Bosnians fourth in Group J on seven points from six games, eight behind leaders Italy who have won all their five matches. Second-placed Finland, who lost to Italy 1-2 on Sunday, have 12 points from six games and third-placed Armenia are on nine from six after their impressive home win over the Bosnians. Although they have only a mathematical chance of reaching Euro 2020 by finishing in the top two in their group, Bosnia could still advance to the finals via the Nations League. They topped their League B group ahead of Austria and Northern Ireland, meaning that they have qualified for the playoffs also including Denmark, Sweden and Ukraine, the winners of the second tier’s other three pools. The playoff winners will qualify for the European Championship to be held across Europe next year. Prosinecki, who won the 1991 European Cup with Red Star Belgrade and finished third with Croatia in the 1998 World Cup as a player, took over at Bosnia in January 2018 and enjoyed a 10-game unbeaten start. Reuters/NAN.Tags: ArmeniaBosniaEuro 2020Robert Prosineckilast_img read more

Hancock County basketball teams compete in regional quarterfinals

first_imgELLSWORTH — Five Hancock County basketball teams played regional quarterfinal games at Bangor’s Cross Insurance Center, and three have advanced to the semifinals.Mount Desert Island’s boys’ team defeated No. 7 seed Belfast (10-10) 45-35 in Class B North on Friday. Graham Good led the Trojans (16-3) with 13 points, Andrew Phelps scored eight and Russell Kropff added six. MDI faces Central (16-3) at 2:05 p.m. today, Feb. 22.On Saturday, the MDI girls faced No. 1 seed Houlton and Kolleen Bouchard, one of Maine’s top players. MDI (12-8) was within one point with less than five minutes remaining, but Houlton (18-1) won 47-39 to keep its quest for a third straight state title alive.The Deer Isle-Stonington girls were in action against the fourth-seeded Easton Bears in Class D on Monday. The Mariners (11-8) took the early in the game, but Easton (11-8) recovered from an early shooting drought to win 45-23. It was the Bears’ first playoff win in 30 years.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe top-seeded George Stevens Academy boys (19-0) were in action against Woodland (10-8) on Wednesday and continued their dominance of Class C with a 72-31 win. GSA’s girls’ team (17-2) topped Calais (14-6) 49-40 earlier today.last_img read more

Chukwu Unfazed by Zamalek’s Continental Record

first_img“The match against JS Saoura of Algeria was an eye opener and it has put our players in continental mood.”Rangers eliminated JSS from Algeria on the away goals rule, while Zamalek were drawn bye to the first round of the Champions League after they lost in last year’s final to Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa.Meanwhile, FC IfeanyiUbah’s Cameroonian import, Tamen Medrano has attributed the team’s ouster from the preliminary round of this year’s CAF Confederation Cup to politics of African club football.The Anambra Warriors lost 3-0 on penalties to Al Masry of Egypt after the regulation time had ended 1-1 on aggregate.But the Cameroonian who was in action for 90 minutes stated that so many things transpired in Egypt beyond the pitch but that they have learnt their lessons and would be better prepared next time.“It was very tough for us in Egypt and they got away with all they did because we were new in the competition and are not used to the politics of the game,” Medrano told Goal.”Imagine all the fans and supporters of Al Masry all staying at the back post of where penalties were to be taken. There were other things that happened that won’t be said here.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Enugu Rangers Chief Executive, Christian Chukwu, has declared the Nigerian champions have respect for five-time African champions, Zamalek, but are not afraid to take on them.Rangers will first play away to the Egyptian giants next month in a CAF Champions League first round match with the return leg in Enugu a week later.The overall winners will qualify for the money-spinning stage of the continent’s foremost club competition.Chukwu who once captained Rangers and later coached the Flying Antelopes said the Nigerian champions are prepared to battle Zamalek next month.“We are fully ready for Zamalek. We respect them but we are not afraid of them,” declared Chukwu.“We have already started preparation ahead of that encounter.last_img read more

St. Michaels FAI Junior Cup defence continues

first_imgClonmel Town will play Galway Hibs in the 6th Round, after they beat Mayo side Iorras Aontaithe by 2-1.Nenagh Celtic are also through, after winning 2-1 at Bridge United of Clare.However, Streamstown Celtic are out, after losing 4-0 at Evergreen of Kilkenny.last_img

Bayern Thumps Besiktas to Reach Champions League Quarter final

first_imgSandro Wagner wrapped up a comfortable aggregate 8-1 win for Bayern with a tap-in.Besiktas – the first Turkish side to win a Champions League group – fielded six players aged 30 or older.They started stronger than Bayern but it was the visitors who had the first chance when David Alaba’s free-kick was palmed low into the path of Thomas Muller, but he sliced over.Thiago broke the deadlock with a simple tap-in from Muller’s perfectly weighted cross, quelling Besiktas’ early energy with his second Champions League goal of the season.But he lasted just 35 minutes before being substituted.Bayern extended their lead moments after the start of the second half when Turkey international Gonul flicked the ball into his own net from a Rafinha cross.Besiktas improved and were rewarded when they pulled a goal back following a mistake in the Bayern defence, Love slotting into the bottom corner past Sven Ulreich for his first Champions League goal since 2011.They could have had a second just minutes later when Mustafa Pektemek’s shot from close range was deflected behind by Alaba.But Bayern scored their third of the night with six minutes remaining when substitute Wagner chested a deflected cross into an empty net.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Bayern Munich reached the UEFA Champions League quarter final last night for the seventh successive year with a 3-1 thumping victory over Besiktas.The German champions led 5-0 on aggregate after the first leg, and Thiago’s early goal in Istanbul extended their advantage.A Gokhan Gonul own goal immediately after half-time doubled Bayern’s lead, before Vagner Love pulled one back.last_img read more

Suns’ Deandre Ayton starts in return from suspension, says lesson learned

first_img“I spent every day with him because he was my guy,” Williams said, describing Shamet as “coachable, competitive, anal about everything.”That notion echoed what Shamet’s current coach had to say only minutes earlier, when Doc Rivers called him “the most serious young kid I’ve every coached.”Said Williams: “Too serious sometimes. You kinda tell him to just be normal, (he’s) just really regimented, and when you met his mom (Melanie Shamet), you understand where it all comes from.”Shamet returned from a 17-game absence predicated by a sprained left ankle Saturday in Chicago, going 3 for 4 from 3-point range en route to 11 points in a 109-106 loss to the Bulls to close the six-game trip. LOS ANGELES — It was a long bus ride to Staples Center for Deandre Ayton, where his family members were out in force Tuesday to see him reinserted into the Phoenix Suns’ starting lineup against the Clippers.Tuesday marked Ayton’s first NBA action since the former No. 1 overall draft pick was suspended for 25 games on Oct. 24 for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for a diuretic.During the suspension, Ayton stuck close to the Suns, who were 11-15 going into Tuesday’s game against the Clippers.Ayton joined his teammates on every trip, spent significant time beside them in the weight room (“his body’s changed a little bit,” Phoenix coach Monty Williams noted), participated in every bonding activity – but had to scram when game time approached. He’d watch his team play without him from the game room of his home or his hotel room on the road, he said. “It was tough on days they played and I had to leave,” Ayton said, crediting his teammates for “talking to me and not leaving me out” and his organization for “just trusting me that I was gonna learn from this and bounce back the right way.”Before Tuesday’s game, the 6-foot-11 Bahamian – who denied knowingly taking the diuretic, and who opted not to appeal because he didn’t want to create a distraction for his team, he said – discussed some of the lessons he’s gleaned from the experience.“It was the biggest mistake – an unintentional mistake – that happened in my life and it’s just something to learn from and build from it, ya know?” said Ayton, who averaged 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds last season as a rookie. “It’s a mistake and everybody makes mistakes, and it’s just how you bounce back, really.He suggested that going forward he might try “closing the circle much tighter and probably cooking my own food, maybe.”Mostly, he stressed his appreciation for the support he received from the Phoenix franchise: “I learned that this organization that I’m a part of really loves me and supports me as well and they helped me through this journey and I matured a lot – and I just can’t wait to play basketball.” Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum SERIOUS STUFFClippers guard Landry Shamet made a serious impression on Phoenix’s Williams, who was a part of the coaching staff for the Philadelphia 76ers, with whom Shamet started his pro career last season.Related Articlescenter_img Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img read more

Matt Beaty should be a comfortable fit on Dodgers’ bench

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies GLENDALE, Ariz. — After finding his way into 99 games as a rookie last year, Matt Beaty should have a certain level of comfort about his place in the Dodgers’ plans this season.Nope.“I mean, you just look at all the guys in this clubhouse. The 40-man that we have is incredibly deep so you’re never really comfortable,” Beaty said. “You’re always proving that you belong and should be there. So for me, it’s the same – just proving that I belong and going out there and playing my game.”Beaty’s game last season was good enough for a .265 average, nine home runs and 46 RBIs with a .775 OPS. Of the nine rookies who made their big-league debuts in 2019, Beaty seemed the most unruffled in his new surroundings – reflected in a .379 (25 for 66) average with runners in scoring position. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “No. I did not,” Bellinger said with a smile Wednesday. “I didn’t even hurt myself. I had a knot in my back two days ago. I just swung today and it was 100 percent. I don’t even feel anything.“I’ve got a full practice today. … You guys can use that ‘100’ emoji.”Bellinger laughed off the connection between his golf swing and missing Monday’s game.“I mean, it makes sense. I understand,” he said. “But, no, that wasn’t the case.”Roberts said Bellinger is scheduled to play again Thursday against the Oakland A’s.ALSOUtility player Chris Taylor has had a rough spring training. First, a checked swing led to a sore right forearm that limited him for a few days. Then in his first game back last Thursday, he was hit in the back of the left shoulder by a pitch during the Dodgers’ game against the Cleveland Indians. Taylor tried to play through it, but he has missed the last few games and is not expected to play again until Friday.center_img “If you look at our roster and who we have I’d say so. I’d say yeah,” Roberts said. “He’s shown the ability to come off the bench and hit. He’s shown the ability to really play well against right-handed pitching and I feel good with him defensively.“So I’d say inside track is more than fair.”KNOT GOLFCody Bellinger was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice after being scratched from Monday’s game when his back tightened up during early work that day. The missed game followed a charity event at TopGolf where a number of players bombed away with golf clubs.The video of Bellinger’s big swing made the rounds and raised the question of whether he had injured himself on the driving range.Related Articles “I think the main thing is that he’s got a very simple approach and swing. That’s one part of it,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He was able to understand major league pitching as far as the approach side of things. But it’s a very simple, vanilla way of attacking things, which is not necessarily a bad thing.“I think understanding who he is as a hitter – a guy who can take good at-bats and hit line drives – that’s all we need out of him.”The Dodgers are actually asking a little more of Beaty this spring. He has been working at third base during drills more frequently and has already seen action there in Cactus League games. He played there occasionally last year along with left field and first base. The extra work at third seems to elevate Beaty as the Dodgers’ only left-handed option there.“He looks really good over there,” Roberts said of Beaty’s original position in high school and college. “The ball goes in the glove and he looks comfortable. For him, it’s like riding a bike. It just makes him more valuable and gives us more options.”The rule expanding rosters to 26 this season also gives the Dodgers more options when filling out their bench. Beaty would seem to have an inside track to one of those spots. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more

LeBron James says he and rapper Drake have ‘grown closer every year’

first_imgOver the weekend, the thousands who packed Staples Center to watch rap artist Drake perform were treated to a special guest.Running up on stage to join Drake and Travis Scott for the song “SICKO MODE,” LeBron James made a concert splash in his new city – which actually isn’t all that out of place in the last few years of his career.He spoke with the media Monday about going on stage with Drake, Jay-Z and Dave Chappelle – artists he’s admired over the years, but also come to know.“I’m just blessed and honored that I can be in the same room with some of the greats in their respective fields and that’s Chappelle and Jay and Drake, and I got an opportunity to speak to Barack Obama, be in the Oval Office,” he said. “I was even, actually on stage with him before. So I just look at myself sometimes and say I’m just a kid from Akron and I’m able to be around people who will be known forever even long after their years of existence.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe closeness of James’ and Drake’s relationship was on display in the second episode of “The Shop,” James’ HBO show, when the rapper made a lengthy appearance with James and Maverick Carter. He discussed topics that have been touchy for him in the last year: his son born out of wedlock; his beef with rappers Kanye West and Pusha-T; how he’s struggled learning how to untangle the experience of his own childhood as he’s tried to become a father.James, who has known Drake for more than a decade, was one of Drake’s confidants over the summer as his son was revealed publicly in a rap feud.“We’ve grown closer and closer every year, and I’m proud of who he is today,” James said. “Not only as an artist, not only as a son, but as a father. And he’s one of the biggest stars that we have on this planet right now, and it’s because of who he is and his hard work and dedication to his craft so, it’s pretty cool.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“The Shop” has, in one light, offered some insight into the reach of James’ celebrity. While NBA stars have been on the show, so have rappers like Drake and Snoop Dogg, as well as comedian Jon Stewart.“When you grow up in the inner city and you don’t have much, all you do is have aspirations and dreams and things of being more than what you actually can be,” he said. “When I made it to the point I am, where I knew I could exercise some of those things that I dreamed about, you’ll be able to tap into them.” Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more