A half-million foreign tourists, dozens of Heads of State and the attention of the world’s media. If there were ever a headache for anti-terror forces, it’s the Olympics.In the aftermath of deadly attacks by the Islamic State group in France and elsewhere, Brazil, which has almost no experience combatting terrorism, is beefing up security for the games that start in Rio de Janeiro on August 5. Plans include doubling the number of security forces on the streets, erecting more checkpoints and working closer with foreign intelligence agencies than Brazilians did in the 2014 World Cup. But will it be enough?Terror attacks have been rare, if horrifying at past Olympics. The most notorious was the 1972 massacre of 11 Israeli athletes and a police officer by a radical Palestinian group in Munich. A bomb planted by an anti-abortion protester killed one and injured 111 at the 1996 Games in Atlanta.“But Brazil has a lot of problems that other countries don’t have,” Ford said. “It’s sort of a perfect storm for anyone wanting to carry out an attack.”South America’s first-ever games have been plagued by a long list of problems, from the Zika epidemic and severe water pollution to slow ticket sales and questions about the readiness of infrastructure built for the games.Compounding the security concerns is the deepest recession in decades, which has forced the cash-strapped Rio state government to slash spending and delay paychecks, and a distracting political crisis that led to the removal of President Dilma Rousseff while she faces an impeachment trial. To make up for the shortfall, the federal government has had to step in with almost $1 billion in emergency funding, much of which will be devoted to security. Extra police are also being deployed from other states.To be sure, Brazil isn’t a newcomer to hosting mega-events. Every year it welcomes millions of foreign visitors during the weeklong Carnival celebration, and the 2014 World Cup went off with no major incidents.But it has almost no experience fighting terrorism. The country has long prided itself on having an enemy-free foreign policy, one that rejects military intervention.Not surprisingly, many Brazilians are on edge as the military buildup at airports and elsewhere become more evident. There have also been several bomb scares. The ritzy beach neighborhood of Leblon shut down streets for several hours last week after discovery of a suspicious bag that turned out to contain only clothes.“I never felt like this about terrorism before. I only worried about street crime,” said Fernanda Rocha, a pharmacist in Rio. “I have no idea how to avoid terrorists if they come.”Despite Brazilians’ easygoing attitude, better suited for a street party than an urban lockdown, Ford said there have been major improvements since the 2014 World Cup. Training exercises with U.S. and other foreign militaries to deal with chemical, biological and nuclear attacks have become more frequent. A joint-intelligence center has been created for the games, allowing intelligence services from around the world to share information and investigate threats as they emerge.Precisely because of Rio’s reputation for criminality, elite police units are more battle-tested than their counterparts in major U.S. cities.“They’re used to carrying bigger and stronger guns than we are,” said Bobby Chacon, a retired FBI agent who makes his home in Rio and spent a year running security at the 2004 Games in Athens.There are expected to be 85,000 military personnel and police fanning out across the city, double the number that was on the streets in London in 2012. While most will be concentrated at sporting venues, tourist landmarks will also be heavily patrolled.“They have the police in place and trained to stop a large-scale, coordinated attack,” Chacon said. “But there’s plenty of opportunities to cause harm, and they shouldn’t take anything for granted.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Brazilian forward, Philippe Coutinho was TuesdayÂ reported to have put pressure on the Premier League club, Liverpool FC to let him leave the club and team up with FCCoutinho is set to join Barca for a base fee of â‚¬90 million (Â£81.6m), with bonuses that could bring the deal to â‚¬120m (Â£108.8m).A delegation from Barcelona headed up by Chief Executive Oscar Grau travelled to Liverpool on Monday night to finalise the negotiation, sources in England revealed last night.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The two Manchester teams, City and United have never hidden their Premier League title ambition and the fact that both teams are placed first and second on the table is a testimony to it. However, their resolve would be testedÂ tomorrowÂ by the two most successful London clubs-Arsenal and Chelsea. While the Blues have suffered dip in form-losing 3-0 to Roma mid-week in the Champions League, Arsene Wenger rested his best legs inÂ Thursdayâ€™sÂ Europa encounter ahead of the visit to the Etihad. Though the league is just 11 weeks old,Â Sundayâ€™sÂ result would go a long way in defining their seasonChelsea and Manchester United go head to head this weekend in a match neither club dare lose as Manchester City entertain Arsenal eyeing a chance to stretch their lead at the top of the Premier League. Pep Guardiola’s unbeaten City are smashing records with impunity and are already five points clear of Jose Mourinho’s United after nine wins in 10 games.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has however said his team will not adopt a defensive approachÂ on Sunday. Arsenal’s three league defeats this season have come on the road but Wenger is adamant his side will play to their strengths and not risk defending deep against a top attacking unit at the Etihad Stadium. “We’ll of course try to play our game. We’ll not hide. When we go there, we’ll want to defend well. But we cannot go there and be focused on only defending. We want as well to play and have the ball and create dangerous situations. The best way to defend sometimes is to attack,” Wenger told reportersCity’s fluid attacking style of play is already drawing comparisons to Wenger’s 2003-04 ‘Invincibles’ squad, who lifted the title without losing a single league game in the season.Wenger, however, reckons it is too early into the season to assess a team and pointed to Real Madrid’s 3-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League this week as an example of a sudden shift in momentum.“It’s only 10 games played, it’s 28 to go. That’s quite a long way. They (City) are going through a good patch. If you look at what has been said about Real Madrid three weeks ago, it shows you how fragile everything is in the game,” he added.However, Sergio Aguero, who this week became Manchester City’s all-time record goalscorer with 178 strikes, would be the stand-out star at many Premier League clubs. But it is a measure of the attacking riches at Guardiola’s disposal that he has to share star billing with a host of other quicksilver forwards.Aguero is some way down the goalscoring charts, at 12th on the Premier League list, well behind Alan Shearer at the top on 260 goals. But it is his strike rate that catches the eye. The Argentine, who arrived at City from Atletico Madrid in 2011, averages 0.69 goals per match, well ahead of Shearer (0.59) and just ahead of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry (0.68).“What he has achieved has made him a legend. He’s gone down in history, so I would tell him to enjoy,” said Guardiola.Meanwhile, Chelsea would try to rediscover their hunger against United.Chelsea turned last season’s Premier League race into a procession but it’s been a different story this time around, with three defeats already â€“ they only lost five matches in the whole of last season.Manager Antonio Conte criticised his side after they crashed 3-0 in Rome this week, saying they “lacked everything”, though they are still likely to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.Chelsea are already nine points behind leaders Manchester City and defeat against United at Stamford BridgeÂ on SundayÂ would leave them with an impossible-looking task.“We must find the hunger we showed all of last season, and sometimes this season. But this season has been up and down. We need to find consistency,” said Conte.Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho was lambasted for his cautious tactics in a 0-0 bore draw at Anfield last month, with critics saying he had missed a trick by failing to test Liverpool’s suspect defence.Since then they have laboured to a couple of wins against Benfica in the Champions League and beaten Spurs 1-0 on home turf in the Premier League, as well as losing to Huddersfield.Ex-Chelsea boss Mourinho, who held a finger to his lips and told the doubters to calm down after his side beat Spurs last weekend, is unlikely to be persuaded to depart from his pragmatic game plan against Chelsea even though Conte’s men are coming into the match on the back of a poor defensive display against Roma.Elsewhere, Tottenham will look to build on their impressive 3-1 win against European champions Real Madrid in midweek and Liverpool will attempt to stay on the coattails of the Premier League pacesetters at West Ham.Managerless Everton, who host Watford at homeÂ on Sunday, are in free-fall and must find a way to arrest their slide. The Merseyside club, who boast a proud record of being ever-present in the English top-flight since 1954, find themselves in the relegation zone with only two Premier League wins.Caretaker boss, David Unsworth, in charge since Ronald Koeman was sacked, has pleaded for the new manager to be given time to turn things around.“Whoever gets the honour of being Everton boss, including me, needs time with this set of players,” he said. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The No. 2 USC men’s tennis team welcomes an old friend Saturday in San Diego coach Brett Masi.Serving as an assistant for the Trojans from 2005-2009, Masi has since taken over as coach of the Toreros and is in the midst of leading the program’s resurgenceStrong play· Freshman Emilio Gomez, who earned Pac-10 Player of the Week, looks to keep his undefeated record intact against San Diego. – Mannat Saini | Daily Trojan “This match will be really special,” said USC coach Peter Smith. “There’s only one way to treat a former family member, and that’s to beat them.”Smith is not the only one who views this match with particular interest.Many upperclassmen, including senior Jaak Poldma and juniors Steve Johnson and Daniel Nguyen, were coached by Masi and are anxiously anticipating his return.“It’s definitely going to be a tough match because [Masi] knows all of our games,” Nguyen said. “We’ve got to be focused, and treat this as if it were a match against Cal or UCLA.”No. 47 Toreros (3-1) are coming off split matches at last weekend’s ITA’s Kickoff Weekend in Knoxville, Tenn.They lost to No. 3 Tennessee 6-1, but responded with a win last week against No. 60 South Carolina 7-0.To prepare for San Diego, the Trojans (5-0) are looking to continue to focus on their singles play and aim to be more consistent.So far, the team has played solidly in the singles department, but is still trying to shake things up and find what works for doubles.“We have two solid doubles teams, but we’d like to win 3-0,” Johnson said. “That comes with more practice and more communication. We need to find the combinations that work best, and our doubles will be just as good as they have been in the past.”Smith likes the way the current matchups look, even though he is unsure if he will stick with them down the stretch.“I feel really good about doubles now that Steve’s healthy,” Smith said. “We have older and younger pairings, and I like our leadership.”That leadership is eased by the strong play of the freshman class, including newcomer Emilio Gomez, who was named Pac-10 Player of the Week.Nguyen, who played doubles last season with sophomore J.T. Sundling, and now plays alongside Gomez, is confident that this communication and comfort will come as the season progresses.USC hosts the Toreros Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Stadium.
After their morale-boosting victory against the Phobians on Monday, Kotoko look set to beat the bottom-of-the-table Dwarfs.For Hearts of Oak, the best away form in the league means they are favourites to win at Berekum Chelsea. Meanwhile, Techiman City, unbeaten in five home games, will be tested by visiting league leaders Wa All Stars.There are more talking points here, including the effect of Hearts’ three-match home ban and more.Analysis by Joy Sports Gary Al-Smith and Kweku Arhin.CLICK HERE TO WATCH —
And does Rivers have the appetite to remain on the sidelines to coach the Clippers through some version of a rebuild?The suggestion that he may look to earn his paycheck elsewhere is only the beginning of the high stakes the Clippers will face this summer.Staying readyRivers caught some off guard earlier last week when he said Paul Pierce might be able to contribute down the stretch for the Clippers.Before Thursday night in Denver, Pierce had not played since Feb. 5 in Boston.“My job is just to be ready,” said Pierce, who plans to retire after this season. “I ain’t played too many games this year, so my job is just to stay ready.”In his 19th NBA season, Piere said his lack of court time this season has not affected his approach.“I’m thinking I’m going to play every game,” he said. “I prepare like I’m going to play every game. That’s how I prepare. I come here, I work, I prepare mentally, to get ready to play.”Rivers said Thursday that Pierce could help out as a smaller power forward in certain lineups.“He’s so smart,” Pierce said. “When we’re playing with the smaller four I think Paul can help us.”Pierce started the second and fourth quarters for the Clippers against Cleveland, finishing with 7 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 14 minutes. Mid-way through the fourth he scored on a one-handed dunk from the baseline. Rivers, whose primary residence is in the Orlando area, coached the Magic from 1999-2003.When Rivers arrived from Boston in 2013, he said, he established the goal of establishing a sense of “pride of place” with L.A.’s less popular NBA team.“When I took this job that was my goal,” he said. “I haven’t accomplished that yet. That’s my goal that drives me to make this a destination that you want to come to and have pride in. I think we’ve improved it greatly but it’s still not where… I haven’t reached my goal at all, and I’m fully aware of that.“I am a goal seeker, that’s who my life has been and that’s my goal right now. That’s my only goal.”The ramifications of another first round have the potential to be dramatic. Will Paul and Griffin want to reunite for yet another run when each of the first six together have been fraught with disappointment? Can they afford to pay Redick market value with the salary cap at an all-time high? LOS ANGELES >> Doc Rivers forcefully refuted a report that he is considering an offseason exit from the Clippers that would lead him back to the Orlando Magic, the team with which he got his start in coaching.“I have a past with the Magic,” Rivers said Saturday. “I have no future. My future’s here.”Rivers is in the third year of a five-year contract to serve as both the Clippers head coach and president basketball operations. However, with Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and J.J. Redick all set to hit free agency, there is a league-wide expectation that the Clippers roster could undergo a significant shakeup if the Clippers fail to make a deep run in the playoffs.According to a report from ESPN.com on Saturday, that could include Rivers. Depending on how the rest of the season plays out, the report suggests that owner Steve Ballmer could explore changes throughout the organization. If Rivers were seeking an exit strategy, the option that has coursed through the NBA’s grapevine would be a return to Orlando, where General Manager Rob Hennigan is on the hot seat. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum The Clippers won 111-106 in a game featuring 16 lead changes and multiple mood swings.It was the Lakers’ fourth consecutive loss, but it seemed unlikely when they led by 10 at halftime and by 15 after Kawhi Leonard’s turnover became Avery Bradley’s layup in the third quarter.That was the Clippers’ 12th turnover. They would make only four in the final 21:26.The Lakers had 63 points in the first half. They had 43 in the second and shot 4 for 23 from 3-point land.The Lakers batted away eight Clippers shots in the first half, including an epic chase-down by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. They had two in the second. So, if you must draw conclusions from the Clippers’ 33rd game and the Lakers’ 31st, you can say with tentative confidence that the Lakers don’t have anybody like Harrell and nobody has anybody like Leonard.You can also surmise that both teams have lots of bandwidth to fill since the Lakers are still relative strangers and the Clippers haven’t had their full cast until now.“We’re nowhere near what we’re going to be, I really believe that,” Rivers said. “It might not happen until the playoffs for all I know. But we know we’re not there yet.”“It’s a great stepping stone,” Harrell said. “We had to come on in the second half with a great mindset. We know we can’t put ourselves in the position we did in the first half. We just had to be the hard-playing team. If they still beat us with that, then we just have to live with it.”The Lakers and Clippers meet again Jan. 28 and March 8. For fans of what the NBA ought to be, there are few other reasons to live. Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error And Kyle Kuzma was 2 for 7 after halftime, 8 for 17 before.“We were letting him fly around freely,” Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell said. “His first four shots were uncontested. We just weren’t playing hard enough. We were doing more complaining than playing.”So Harrell flexed his heavy hands and scored 12 of his 18 in the second half, freeing the rim from the Lakers’ protection. (Such a thing might have been more difficult with more minutes from JaVale McGee).Leonard, doing his best-player-in-the-world impression, patiently chopped away with 35 points.The Clippers overcame a combined 8-for-26 effort from Paul George and Lou Williams, who scored 23 when they average nearly 44.And while the Lakers’ offense devolved into three onlookers waiting for James and Anthony Davis to invent something, the Clippers played and, particularly, defended as one.“It’s relentless,” Harrell said. “We put ourselves in position to get their rebounds, and then we got those 50-50 balls in the second half. We just have the luxury to switch a lot of things defensively, so if one thing isn’t working, we can go to something else.”The Lakers went where everyone knows they’ll go on the final possession after the Clippers had gone ahead by three.“They must have set four screens for him (James),” Harrell said. “We just kept switching. Pat got right up in him. You’ve seen these plays before. You give him space and he just sidesteps and raises up and shoots a 3. Pat wouldn’t let him put the ball on the ground. He took his air space. He’s not All-Defense for no reason.”Beverley reached up and jarred the ball loose, and a replay showed James was the final man to touch it before it went out of bounds.But Clippers coach Doc Rivers also liked Beverley’s offensive rebound of George’s missed 3-point shot with 5:42 left. That allowed George a second chance, and he hit a 20-footer to bring the Clippers to within three.Harrell got three offensive boards in the final 4½ minutes. He converted one of them for a 103-103 tie, and then the Clippers pointed Leonard toward the foul line, where he cashed six of eight.After James found Davis for a dunk with 4:58 left, the Lakers stayed outside the paint and got only one more field goal.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — Did you get your money’s worth? Considering the money it took, that’s hard to say.Was it a couple of hours well-spent on a strato-cumulus Christmas evening? Unquestionably.The Lakers and Clippers kept enforcing their belief this was just another NBA game, but we all know that’s not true, because we’ve seen other NBA games. They do not look or feel or sound like this. Nor are they priced like this. StubHub’s cheapest ticket was $450 late Wednesday afternoon.Patrick Beverley didn’t believe it either, screaming at friendly and hostile faces in the crowd after he dogged LeBron James into a sideline turnover with fewer than four seconds left. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2
Like Rivera, Jansen’s near-exclusive weapon is a cut fastball. And, like Rivera, Jansen’s mere appearance dampens the opposing dugout. The Nationals had beaten up Jansen in Game 3 when Roberts unwisely threw him into a trailing situation, the type of keep-us-close assignment that often bores a closer. Jansen could have lost his mystique right then. Instead, he was back to normal in Game 4, when doing his normal thing, and brilliant in a different way two days later.Jansen was happy to do this. But he had little choice. The current Dodgers don’t respect comfort zones. When 11-year veteran Howie Kendrick plays left field not because he can’t play second base anymore but because it accommodates Chase Utley, there is nothing that’s above (or below) anybody’s pay grade. This franchise has come a long way from the day when four Dodgers outfielders were grumbling over the division of three spots, or when team leader Jeff Kent dressed silently in a corner. More important, young guys like Corey Seager and Joc Pederson now see that championship teams require players to be teammates, too.So how much is Jansen worth to the Dodgers?More than they probably want to pay. Closers are volatile. Although saves, per se, aren’t the best way to measure a closer’s impact, it’s interesting that Jansen is the only closer who has ranked among the top 10 in major league saves in each of the past three years. Fernando Rodney, Greg Holland, Trevor Rosenthal, Santiago Casilla, they come and they go,In each of the past two years, Jansen has the best WHIP of any closer who has saved at least 35 games. This year it was 0.67 — the ratio of hits and walks per inning, or 0.17 better than Baltimore’s Zach Britton, who was 47 for 47 in saves. In 2015 Jansen’s WHIP was 0.78. That’s a lot of 1-2-3 innings.Perhaps the Dodgers should ask Bruce Bochy, still bearing the powder burns of the Giants’ suddenly flammable bullpen, if Jansen is worth the money and the years.Still, B.J. Ryan signed a five-year deal for $9.6 million in Average Annual Value and was done one year before it expired. Brad Lidge had one presentable season out of the three on his contract ($12.5 AAV). No reliever has had an higher AAV than Rivera’s $15 million. Jansen might exceed that, since he is 29 with a clean arm history. So might Chapman, another free agent in waiting.Or the Dodgers could hope to find another frustrated minor league catcher who, having proven he can’t hit, saves his career on the mound. That was their lucky day, as was Thursday, when Jansen proved he wasn’t about the save, but the situation. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error He didn’t win that battle, but Jansen forever marked himself as a warrior among diva closers. His middle name is Geronimo, after all.This is an expensive realization for the Dodgers, since Jansen can become a free agent when this is over. But it is a welcome realization, too. Their only chance against the Cubs is to somehow decide the games in the bullpen. The Cubs’ relief is much better since they traded for Aroldis Chapman, but Chapman was asked to get six outs in Game 3 in San Francisco and could not.The 51 pitches were far more than Jansen has thrown in a single appearance this season. He needed 30 in one inning on July 19 in San Francisco, with the All-Star break looming, but survived.Rivera, the imminent Hall of Famer closer for the Yankees and the man who brought down the gavel in almost all their postseason victories from 1997 through 2009, never threw more than 48 pitches in a playoff game.But the Yankees frequently ushered him into eighth innings. As their closer, Rivera had 32 playoff saves in which he got more than three outs. He only blew three multiple-inning saves in that time. Visually, they’re as different as a water buffalo and a ballerina.Viscerally, Kenley Jansen on Thursday night became the closest thing baseball has to a descendant of Mariano Rivera.The Dodgers’ 6-foot-5, 270-pound closer threw a staggering 51 pitches in Game 5. And he was indeed staggering in the ninth, with two walks that brought in Clayton Kershaw to finish the ninth and give the Dodgers a Division Series title in Washington. “We needed to get Jayson Werth,” manager Dave Roberts said, “because Clayton was going to have to get Daniel Murphy. Kenley went out there and competed.”
President Donald Trump said that he wishes Ghislaine Maxwell “well” during a White House news briefing Tuesday.Trump held the news briefing to address the administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.Maxwell was arrested on July 2 on charges of enticing minors, sex trafficking of children and perjury. Prosecutors allege that Maxwell groomed minors to be sex trafficked to powerful men. She was tied to accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, who died while awaiting trial last year, prosecutors said.
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