The main domestic competition was hastily renamed the Diego Maradona Cup, and games in the first stage of group matches kicked off across the country after a minute’s applause from those present in the fan-free stadiums. Referees wore shirts with “Gracias Diego” emblazoned on the back, and players dedicated goals to the former World Cup star who died from a heart attack on Wednesday. The club that Maradona coached at the time of his death, Gimnasia y Esgrima, took to the field wearing shirts with Maradona 10 on the back and were filmed chanting his name in the dressing room after their 1-0 win over Velez Sarsfield.
A 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers is being eroded and efforts to revive the pact face a new challenge with the killing of Tehran's top nuclear scientist. The accord's restrictions on Iran's atomic work had one objective: to extend the "breakout time" for Tehran to produce enough fissile material for a bomb, if it decided to make one, to at least a year from about two to three months. Iran maintains that it has never sought nuclear weapons and never would.
Artists are taking over New York storefronts made empty by the coronavirus pandemic, receiving invaluable free exposure and breathing life into depressed shopping streets.
The exacting standard to which New Zealand rugby fans hold All Blacks coaches is evident again at the end of a turbulent 2020 season in which the national team played only six test matches. The All Blacks retained the Bledisloe Cup for the 18th straight year and likely clinched the Tri-Nations title with Saturday’s 38-0 win over Argentina at Newcastle. The All Blacks finished the year with three wins, two losses and a draw — a poor record by their high standards.
China on Sunday reported 11 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for Nov. 28, compared with six cases a day earlier, the health authority said. All of the new infections were imported cases, the National Health Commission said in a statement. China also reported 10 new asymptomatic patients, compared with four a day earlier.
All Blacks coach Ian Foster was a relieved man Sunday after New Zealand restored order by thumping Argentina, saying his team were still developing but always believed in themselves.
Alex Winter, the "Bill and Ted's" actor who is himself a noted director and producer, saw in Frank Zappa's story an icon who embodied everything about music and culture in the 1970s. At the same time, he wanted to capture the man behind the myth. With the blessing of Zappa's wife, Gail, he and producer […]
There are 400 cars, lorries and vans for every cyclist using some green roads in cities around Britain, a Sunday Telegraph investigation has found. Analysis of eight new cycle-friendly routes introduced to promote more active forms of travel revealed few cyclists were using them compared with other vehicles during the morning and afternoon rush hour last week. The investigation has prompted questions about whether the £250 million so-called "green transport revolution" introduced by Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, intended to promote cycling and walking, is changing patterns of transport behaviour. The research shows that on some routes where cycle lanes have taken up carriageways previously used by cars they may actually contribute to more congestion and pollution as traffic jams build up, meaning some motorists may have taken longer to reach their destinations. Traffic counts were conducted in Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Gloucester, Hull, Liverpool and Southampton on either Thursday and Friday. The types of vehicles passing a single point were totted up to produce the most in-depth picture of how new cycle lanes were operating over two and a half hours for rush hours. The locations were chosen because there was no heavy rain or winds or freezing conditions which could have deterred cyclists from taking to the roads. Because the count was conducted during lockdown the real figures could soar when people are due to work once all restrictions are lifted.
Michigan State was ready. Matt Coghlin made a tiebreaking 48-yard field goal with 3:35 left, and the Spartans handed Northwestern its first loss of the season with a 29-20 victory Saturday. The Wildcats (5-1, 5-1) were coming off a 17-7 victory over Wisconsin that moved them into contention for a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the government slashed its initial eight-year schedule and will deliver the remaining C$1.405 billion from a total of C$1.75 billion promised in August 2019, directly to farmers in only three years. The package for dairy farmers also build on a $250 million CETA on-farm investment program, Bibeau said in a statement https://www.canada.ca/en/agriculture-agri-food/news/2020/11/government-of-canada-announces-investments-to-support-supply-managed-dairy-poultry-and-egg-farmers.html. The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the free trade agreement between Canada and the European Union, sets out the removal of tariffs on 99% of all goods types traded between the EU and Canada, some over a period of up to seven years.
New Zealand coach Ian Foster declared himself satisfied with the All Blacks after finishing "an immensely difficult year" with a five-try rout of Argentina that almost certainly secured them the Tri-Nations title. An international season that started with a 16-16 draw with Australia on a chilly night in Wellington ended in a Newcastle furnace but it was the two defeats to the Wallabies and Pumas that came in between that many will remember best. The All Blacks squad boarded a flight on Sunday for New Zealand, where they will spend two weeks in quarantine because of restrictions in place to keep COVID-19 out of the country before joining their families for Christmas.
Pennsylvania's highest court on Saturday night threw out a lower court's order preventing the state from certifying dozens of contests on its Nov. 3 election ballot in the latest lawsuit filed by Republicans attempting to thwart President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the battleground state. The state Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, threw out the three-day-old order, saying the underlying lawsuit was filed months after the expiration of a time limit in Pennsylvania’s expansive year-old mail-in voting law allowing for challenges to it. “They have failed to allege that even a single mail-in ballot was fraudulently cast or counted,” Justice David Wecht wrote in a concurring opinion.
Britons will be encouraged to plant trees to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 70th anniversary on the throne as part of a plan to create a greener country in honour of her seven decades of service. The 94-year-old, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, is due to mark her Platinum Jubilee in February 2022. The government is planning a four-day celebration that summer, featuring an extra day's public holiday, with tree planting to be a feature of the milestone, according to an announcement on Sunday.
The Denver Broncos faced the prospect of playing an NFL game Sunday without a quarterback after three signal callers were declared ineligible as close contacts from Covid-19 tracing.
The Denver Broncos will face an unprecedented situation on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints after all three of the teams' remaining quarterbacks were ruled out for the game because of COVID-19 concerns, according to a report from ESPN on Saturday night. The quarterbacks -- Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles -- each were removed before the start of Saturday's practice because of contact tracing involving fellow quarterback Jeff Driskel, who tested positive for the coronavirus earlier in the week.
Citing the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, trustees of the Directors Guild of America - Producer Pension and Health Plans have created a premium-free limited benefit health plan for members who lost coverage following the production shutdown. The new plan, dubbed the Bronze Plus Plan, will provide coverage for the period of Jan. 1, […]
A Republican candidate is hanging onto a single-digit lead in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District after a recount in a race that will help determine the size of Democrats’ majority in the House of Representatives. Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks had just six more votes than Democrat Rita Hart after the recount wrapped up Saturday in Clinton County, which was the last of the district’s 24 counties to reports its results, the Iowa Press-Citizen reports.
A slow-moving storm swept across the Texas Panhandle on Saturday, November 28, bringing snow to the city of Amarillo.This footage posted by Twitter user @texas_farmhouse shows big snowflakes fluttering down by Lake Meredith near Amarillo, Texas.The NWS warned of below-freezing temperatures across the Texas Panhandle until Sunday night with a possibility of roads refreezing. Credit: @texas_farmhouse via Storyful
He was an important writer of the 16th century, but Robert Greene is remembered today for just two words: "upstart crow". It was not his only sneering dismissal of William Shakespeare. He even suggested that his young contemporary was a plagiarist, in writing that he had "beautified himself in others' feathers". Having been mocked in Ben Elton's sitcom Upstart Crow, starring David Mitchell as Shakespeare, Greene can now feel some poetic justice as research has attributed to him a play - a revenge tragedy, no less - that appeared under Shakespeare's name in the Third and Fourth Folios. Complex linguistic analysis by Darren Freebury-Jones, a lecturer at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, has led him to conclude that Greene is the likely author of The Lamentable Tragedy of Locrine. He said of it: "That play fits into the expectations for Greene's prosodic, linguistic and phraseological habits in almost every respect." Published in 1595, the play is about the mythical founders of Britain, an ailing King Brutus and his son Locrine, whom he describes in Act I as "the columne of my familie,/And onely piller of my weakned age". Its title page stated that it was "newly set forth, overseen and corrected, By W.S" - initials that had suggested Shakespeare's involvement. The play was included in Shakespeare's 1664 Third Folio, of which the trust has one of the few surviving copies, and the 1685 Fourth Folio. It was described by the eminent scholar Edmond Malone in 1778 as one of his early works. Another academic, Peter Kirwan - in a 2015 study for Cambridge University Press - raised "the possibility of Shakespeare's contribution" to Locrine. Others have singled out Greene and George Peele, suggested as Shakespeare's co-author on Titus Andronicus, among 16th-century authorship candidates, but Dr Freebury-Jones's study is the most rigorous attempt ever undertaken to determine the scope of Greene's dramatic canon. Using an electronic database called "Collocations and N-grams", which contains the texts of 527 plays dating from 1552 to 1657, he discovered "little to no linguistic commonality" between Locrine and Shakespeare's plays, while "Greene shared more unique ... phrases with the play, such as 'with silver stream' and 'thunder forth revenge', than other authorial suspects". Dr Freebury-Jones examined Greene's verse style, analysing word combinations and linguistic quirks characteristic of him, such as the frequency of his use of metrical line fillers - notably "for to" and "like to" (meaning "like"). The research will appear in the peer-reviewed academic journal Style, to be published by Penn State University Press next month.
The NFL's San Francisco 49ers were sent scrambling to find a new home Saturday when California's Santa Clara County enacted a contact sports ban lasting until at least December 21.