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Leach ‘goes to the wall’ wins MOC 1,600 title

first_imgBY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer JEFFGRANIT staff CBA’s Greg Leach (l) and Justin Wheat lead the pack in the 1,600-meter race, won by Leach, at Sunday’s Meet of Champions in Princeton. Greg Leach knew it was coming. He and Joe Simpson had been down this road before. First at the Shore Conference Championships and last week at the NJSIAA Group IV State Championships. When Simpson, of Southern Regional, went by the Christian Brothers Academy runner in the final 400 meters of their 1,600-meter duel Sunday at NJSIAA Indoor Meet of Champions at Princeton University, Leach knew what he had to do. “I had to stay with him, I couldn’t let him go,” said Leach. At the conference championships in early February, Simpson followed Leach for three-quarters of the race, then blasted by him on the final lap. When Leach didn’t respond, Simpson had the victory. At the Group IV championships, the two runners followed the same script, but this time Leach held on. Sunday was the rubber match between the two, and the stakes were the highest yet — the Meet of Champions crown. When Simpson made his move by Leach, the Colt stayed right on his shoulder. “I was more mentally prepared today,” he said. Before the bell lap on the 200-meter Princeton oval, Leach took the lead back and as the bell tolled, both runners went for it. On the backstretch they were side-by-side with arms pumping furiously. There was contact on the final turn but it didn’t impede either runner in their all-out sprint. “On the last turn there was a little contact,” said Leach. “We were both going for it. It’s nice to have someone on your shoulder like Joe to push you. “I was going to the wall,” he added. “I said, ‘There’s no way I’m going to give in.’ I couldn’t let it go.” Leach didn’t, holding on to his slight lead as he and Simpson hit the homestretch. The Colt was able to add to the lead in the final 50 meters turning in his best time of the season, 4:18.35, with Simpson following in 4:20.21. “This [MOC] has been a dream of mine since I’ve been here,” said Leach. While Leach prevailed in a late-race kick, teammate Chris Horel lost an all-out dash to the line in the 3,200 meters. With two laps (400 meters) left in the race, Horel kicked into high gear with only Cranford’s Joe McKenney able to respond. On the bell lap, Horel held the lead with McKenney right on his shoulder. On the backstretch, McKenney passed Horel and, finding an extra gear in the last 100-meters, held Horel off, 9:20.77-9:22.14. Those are the two fastest times in the state this winter. Middletown South’s Julianne Toto finished second in the first-ever MOC indoor girls pole vault. The Eagle, who owns the best vault in the state this year at 12-foot-6, did 11-6 Sunday. Warren Hills’ Kristen Hafford won the inaugural MOC at 12-0. “I wanted to do 13 feet today,” she said. “I was breaking in a new pole and it affected my swing-up. “I’m still proud of what I’ve done,” she added. “I can’t be that upset.” In the boys pole vault, Matt Bradley of Matawan finished second with his best vault of the season, 14-0. He was beaten by Governor Livingston’s Anthony Abitante, who was the only vaulter to clear 14-6. In the 1,600 that Leach won, Raritan’s Matt Dahl finished fifth, 4:24.70.last_img read more

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Police Depot Justice

first_imgTHE MORNING WEATHER felt cold all around and many people in the community expected some showers since the September month had begun to rain cats and dogs. Nearby, the local police depot wedged at the corner, and behind the corporation hall where the community handled their perennial issues that affected them. The hall was also located in the office of a small detachment of officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization. The day before, two women, one pregnant and younger and the other older and matured had visited the police depot, determined to make a report about a fight.The young woman’s protruding stomach indicated that her pregnancy had reached an advanced stage but she looked very bored as the older women dragged her behind her. It was apparent that the young woman had lost interest in what they had planned to do but she had little choice and to the police station she had arrived. It was on Monday, September 5. “Don’t be silly,” the older woman told her when she realized her reluctance. “We need the police to teach her a lesson.” The woman was her mother-in-law and the one she had threatened to punish was another young woman who had had some misunderstanding with her, and felt she deserved to be punished.As the women ambled their way towards the police station in the local community, the elder woman instructed her what she must say at the police depot.“I am going to tell them she assaulted you,” she said, “and when the officer ask you, you must confirm that she did just that and you bled for two days.” The young woman listened and nodded, with apparent disinterest about the venture.At the police depot, the desk officer straightened his shoulders, readjusted himself on a stool behind his counter and welcomed the mother and the young woman to the office. There was no flurry of activities for the rains had made sure of that, in a community that had experienced reports and counter reports by many on flimsy issues.“Have a seat,” the desk officer instructed. “What is your problem?”Like she had taken time to study the narrative, the older woman explained about a violent physical assault committed by a young woman she identified as Taneh on her daughter in law.“The assault happened on a silly issue,” the woman said, “and a mother like me when I went to separate them,” she pointed at the pregnant girl, about eighteen or twenty, “Taneh cared little and beat on her.”“Then what happened?” the officer probed on, and the woman went on.“It was too bad so people in the community came and prevented her from causing more damage than what she had already done to us,” she ended her complaint and lowered her head, lifted the edge of her lappa to wipe her face.The officer turned and regarded the pregnant girl and then said, “You took her to the clinic I will presume?”“Yes,” the woman said, and the pregnant girl looked embarrassed and turned her face away from the officer.The officer wanted confirmation, and so he turned to the pregnant woman.“Is that what happened to you?”With a grin, the young woman nodded, “Yes.”“And you bled for how many days?”“Yes,” she said, “since yesterday.”“Did you go to any hospital or clinic?”“Yes,” she said, and turned to look at the older woman for assistance, who then nodded,“Ok,” the officer said, “we’ll try to get Taneh to the station here to answer to some questions.”THE NEXT DAY, a police officer brought Taneh to the police depot to answer to accusations against her involvement in the alleged assault on the pregnant woman.“You are accused of assaulting a pregnant woman yesterday?”“Me?”“Yes.”“I never fought any pregnant woman,” Taneh said. “It was an older woman who jumped on me to fight after she spoiled my room door.”The officer listened to her objection, and though she admitted the altercation involved an older woman and not a pregnant woman and though apart from the complaint there was nothing tangible to support the assault top the complainant’s story, the officer would not give Taneh the benefit of the doubt and therefore decided to use the common practice.“I am going to keep you in jail until I see the end of the case,” he said.“But officer,” Taneh protested, “I never fought any pregnant woman.”TANEH WAS THROWN in the police cell, awaiting further confirmation of the earlier report. Thirty minutes later, two men arrived at the police station and enquired about Taneh’s detention and what could be done to release her. The desk officer told them that the case involved the life of a pregnant woman so Taneh could not be released until the complainant decided the next course of action.“One of our officers has investigated the case yesterday,” the officer said, and began to check in a ledger but did not find the report. He grabbed a mobile phone and after a couple of calls and a flurry of conversation, the officer confirmed to the two men that the officer who handled the case had told him that he could not get any confirmation about the bleeding allegation as well as the clinic where the pregnant woman allegedly sought treatment.Then one of the men said, “Since this is the case, I am asking you to release Taneh from further detention and I will come back if you give me the time to meet with the complainant.”“No,” the desk officer said. “It is not done that way.”“Is there any case as far as you are concerned? Are you convinced that Taneh did what she is alleged to have done?” The desk officer could not answer but would not agree to let the detainee out of the cell.THE TWO men decided to bring the pregnant woman and so they enquired about her residence and ten minutes later, they held a conference with her.“You told the police that Taneh fought you?”“Yes.”“You said that you bled after the fight?”“Yes.”“Did you go to the clinic for any treatment?”She hesitated and then said, “Yes.”“Do you have any receipt from the clinic?”Surprised at the question the young woman changed gears and said, “I won’t say anything until my mother-in law is here.”“But you made the complaint at the police station and so we really don’t need your mother in law, do we?”Hesitating further, she said, “I can’t say anything again till my mother-in law is here.”“Where is she?”“She’s gone to the market.”It became apparent that the story about the bleeding and the clinic were lies because the two men realized she wanted her mother-in-law to be present, since it was the mother in law who had made the complaint at the police depot.BACK AT THE police station ten minutes later, the two men narrated their encounter with the pregnant woman to the desk officer and followed it up with their request that they would sign to get custody of Taneh. The desk officer then directed the men to the Depot Commander, who was then occupied, reading a local newspaper.“Can we release Taneh from cell since we are becoming aware that there is something fishy about the case.”“Ok,” the commander said, and directing his attention to the desk officer, told him, “Check what the report about the case indicates and let me know.”For several minutes the desk officer went through the ledger and finally with some difficulty located the report and handed it to the Depot Commander, who also went through it and realizing something was amiss, gave an order.“Take the girl from the cell and let her sit on this bench,” he ordered the desk officer, who immediately fished out a couple of keys and proceeded to the cell. In about three seconds, Taneh followed the desk officer to the complaint room and sat on a bench directed by the officer.SEVERAL HOURS LATER, Taneh was informed that she could secure her release with Ld1, 000. Though the complainant did not return to the police station to follow-up the case, the police would not release Taneh unless the amount was paid and family friends came around and she was able to raise at least Ld800 as a compromise with the police and was subsequently released on her own cognizance.“Whoever is first to take a case to the police depot,” said a young man who heard the story after Taneh’s release, “is the good guy no matter the case and the accused would eventually pay to be free.”“Who receive the money?”“The money was paid to the officer who arrested the accused and it is shared with others. This is how police depots in Liberia handle cases because police officers don’t realize that they are trampling on the rights of their fellow countrymen.”THAT EVENING ONE of the two men who had made some effort to secure Taneh’s release from police detention cell received a newspaper report conducted by a commissioner of the Governance Commission on human rights abuses by police officers across Liberia, along with fears by Liberian citizens on the doom that could overshadow them when UNMIL eventually completes its drawdown sometime in 2016.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Door is always open for Gerrard, says Klopp

first_img0Shares0000Jamie Carragher has tipped former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard (pictured) to become a managerLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Nov 25 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on Thursday that the club’s ‘door is always open’ for Steven Gerrard if he wants to return in a coaching capacity.Gerrard, who is widely considered to be Liverpool’s greatest ever player, announced his retirement after an 18-year career which started at Anfield in 1998. The former Reds captain has been linked with a coaching role at his former club and Klopp said he will help the 36-year-old if he wants to get his managerial career off the ground.Klopp told reporters: “The door is always open for him. From our side, if he wants to make whichever career change from his former career, then we want to help him. There’s nothing else to say.”The German mentor also stressed to the media that they should give Gerrard time and space to decide his next move.The former Borussia Dortmund boss added: “Steven Gerrard, 186 goals, the first thing what you should all learn is if somebody wants to help Steven Gerrard then stop being so excited about the next step.“In life you need space to jump into the next thing that is new. He was a young player and now he will be a young whatever. I’m the wrong person to talk about it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Could Peace River North vote in an Independent? Poll shows it may be possible

first_img“The poll wasn’t an involved poll. It was done by phone across the riding. It was a very early poll, so we did not distinguish between Independent candidates.”Giesbrecht said the 25% the poll showed was for Conservative, Green, and NDP all combined. The wording was as followed for the telephone poll: If you are planning to vote Liberal, please press 1 nowIf you are planning to vote Independent, please press 2 nowIf you are planning to vote for NDP, Conservative, or Green, please press 3 now FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the provincial election creeping up in British Columbia, many people are wondering what the results will be on May 9.In the Peace River North riding, there are three Independent candidates: Jeff Richert, Bob Fedderly and Rob Fraser.A poll isn’t always correct, as we saw during the 2013 Provincial Election in which polls were suggesting that the NDP would come away with a dominant win. Then came election night and Christy Clark ended up winning by a fairly large margin.- Advertisement -But according to a poll that was released by Bob Fedderly’s campaign, it shows that 45% of individuals that responded are planning to vote Independent in the 2017 election.A poll released by Bob Fedderly’s campaign appears to show that Peace River North could vote Independent/Photo: Elect Bob Fedderly – FacebookJared Giesbrecht, Campaign Manager for Bob Fedderly said the poll conducted did not allow voters to vote for a specific Independent candidate.Advertisementcenter_img Fedderly’s campaign says that the poll was sent out to ‘thousands’ in the riding and they received a few hundred responses back.Giesbrecht says the poll was conducted by a company that provides phone polling services.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Parents need phones to talk one-to-one

first_imgTEACHING children to talk is easy. They will pretty much learn the complexity of language on their own. Teaching children when to hush is nearly impossible. That’s why my wife and I don’t talk much anymore. Ten years and three children into our marriage, we spend most of our together time responding. Thoughtful exchanges of views and opinions are becoming fewer and further between. Our relationship was built on a foundation of long conversations. Sharon and I once made a 10-hour drive without once turning on the car radio. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityI love talking to my wife. Unfortunately, it’s a trait I passed to each of our young daughters. Today, when I start to share the day’s events with Sharon, one little girl or another often will step over and say “Mommy” while I’m in midsentence. I generally allow no more than two “Mommy” interruptions before biting off the offender’s head. “Can you not see that your mother and I are having a conversation?” At that point, the daughter typically switches into frustrated-standby mode and impatiently waits for an opening. Only problem is, 5-year-olds haven’t developed the skill to distinguish a conversational pause from a conversational end. There’s almost always one more ill-timed “Mommy.” “What did I just tell you about interrupting our conversation?” I shout. “I thought you were done.” “I’ll tell you when I’m done. … OK, I’m done, since you made me forget what I was going to say next.” This is where holding on to the adult position is most difficult. I must fight hard to keep from vindictively blurting my own “Mommy” each time the little darling opens her mouth to speak. “Guess what, Mommy,” she says. “What?” “I swallowed my gum.” That’s the kind of all-important news a child deems worthy of risking her father’s wrath. Without even trying, my wife came up with a fantastic idea for resolving this problem outside the use of corporal punishment, which never leaves anyone in the mood to discuss the day’s events. Anytime Sharon leaves the house, with or without the kids, I can almost count down the seconds to the exact moment the phone will ring with her on the cell phone at the other end. “Do you realize,” she recently said while waiting for dance lessons to dismiss, “that the only time we really talk anymore is when we’re on the phone?” That set the light bulb to flashing inside my head. Telecommunication is the one area where we’ve made measurable progress in teaching conversation etiquette to our girls. They know how to answer the telephone politely, and they know that if they address either of us while the device is pressed to our ears, the house had better be on fire. Now when I want to share my day with Sharon, I simply take the cell phone into the bedroom, dial up the land line and say in a high-pitched voice: “Hello, little girl. Can I speak with your mother?” “Here, Mom,” the would-be interrupter says. “It’s Dad calling you from the bedroom again.” That’s my girl. Mark Rutledge writes for The Daily Reflector in Greenville, N.C. Write to him by e-mail mrutledge@coxnc.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Arsenal transfer ALERT! Gunners handed boost in Julian Draxler chase

first_img Arsenal have been tracking Germany star Julian Draxler for many years Arsenal have been put on high alert after it was revealed Wolfsburg would now consider selling Julian Draxler.The gifted midfielder has been a target for Arsenal for years and they reportedly came close to finally landing him during the summer.However Wolfsburg refused to sell the young German which meant the Gunners were forced to look elsewhere for midfield recruits.It was even suggested that they snubbed a huge £59million bid from French champions Paris Saint-Germain, so determined they were to keep him in Germany.But now Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs has revealed the Bundesliga club may soften that stance should they receive a bid in January.And that could tempt Arsenal into reigniting their pursuit of the 23-year-old star.Allofs told Sport1: “We’d evaluate it differently now and maybe give our approval the next time.” 1last_img read more

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Christian shops facing change

first_imgSome 337 stores closed last year and 437 stores opened, putting the number of association stores at 2,144. Store owners also have reported an increase in the amount of the average sale per transaction, but traffic has been down. Anderson said revenue growth has ranged from 2 percent to 4 percent, with some reporting double-digit growth. Sitting inside the mammoth Colorado Convention Center during the show, Wallington talked about the industry and his mail order and supply business, Christian Supply Inc., which was founded 53 years ago. He referred to the past several years as a sort of “retail Darwinism.” He was forced to cut full-time workers in favor of part-time employees and he trained his staff across departments to improve versatility. “You could either use it as a chance to be bitter or be better,” Wallington said. “I think stores that are seeing some success now pretty much all chose to make themselves better because of it.” Wallington said there are tiers of retailers in the industry: mom-and-pop businesses that are almost a hobby, a middle tier where owners make a decent living with eight to 15 employees and larger stores with 20 to 40 employees. He believes the smaller stores probably will survive because they do not necessarily have to make a profit, while the larger stores are probably safe because they have the ability to strategically make decisions and try alternatives. But mid-tier stores doing about $1 million to $1.5 million a year in sales need to grow to survive, Wallington said. “The ones in the middle are the ones I worry about,” he said. “That’s not the sweet spot … And unfortunately that’s where a lot of our stores are. I think they need to get bigger if they’re going to survive.” Wallington believes the key to long-term success is keeping the customer’s attention, as well as a variety of products and unique service in which his employees listen to personal problems of customers and, at times, pray with them. “I can’t imagine them going into a Wal-Mart in and sharing that with the clerk,” he said. “But they come into a Christian bookstore because they feel like it’s a safe environment.” Kris Urdahl, who manages a 500-square-foot store at Grace Lutheran Church in Huntington Beach, said several customers have told her they can purchase some books cheaper at a warehouse club store, and she agrees. But then she ticks off reasons why they should buy from her – the store’s nonprofit, she offers more expertise and a wider variety of products. “I think it’s great that they’re distributing those books,” she said. “I think there’s plenty of room for growth and there’s room for all of us.” Evelyn Martin of Arrowhead Christian Center in Johnston City, N.Y., said the industry will continue to grow. “I think that people are very aware of spiritual things right now. And a lot of people are searching,” she said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“It’s like we’ve been playing a really strong game of college football. We came back at halftime and the NFL showed up on the field,” said Bill Anderson, president and chief executive officer of CBA, a Christian retail trade association based in Colorado Springs. Some specialty stores, particularly smaller operations, closed while others cut costs, moved to better locations, improved the efficiency of their operations, redesigned interiors and re-created business models. Others are re-emphasizing customer service. “This is not a fight for turf,” said Anderson, who was in Denver recently for the annual CBA International Christian Retail Show. “This is who is going to best serve the customer … It’s raised the bar for us.” Wal-Mart spokesman Jack Wertz said the giant discount chain has sold Christian products for years, primarily books, DVDs and movies, though he conceded that specialty stores, regardless of the category, have wider variety and selection. Wal-Mart does not release sales figures for specific products. Today, the Christian specialty retail industry has begun to rebound. Christian product sales totaled $4.34 billion in 2004, up from $4 billion in 2000, according to the latest CBA study. Of that, 53 percent was purchased at Christian stores, followed by 31 percent at general merchandise stores. DENVER – Chuck Wallington is probably one of the few retailers who welcomes Wal-Mart to the neighborhood, if somewhat reluctantly. Wallington, who runs his family’s business in Spartanburg, S.C., and his fellow Christian business owners walk a tightrope between their religious calling and the need to earn a living as they adjust to new competition from big-box retailers. “As a Christian retailer, you’re kind of torn because your mission statement, a big part of it, is getting the word of the gospel out,” Wallington said. “If Wal-Mart is carrying Christian books, is that a bad thing? I’m not sure it is. But obviously, from a business standpoint, it’s challenging.” From church nooks to national chain stores, Christian retailers have long had the corner on a market built on books, music and gifts. About five years ago, as they were coping with the effects of a recession and weakened consumer confidence, they found themselves up against mainstream businesses and Internet sites trying to fill a skyrocketing demand for Bibles, music, greeting cards, children’s games and movies such as Mel Gibson’s 2004 blockbuster, “The Passion of the Christ.” last_img read more

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Teachers to vote on new contract

first_img“Our number one thing is what’s good for kids,” she said, “and a strike is not.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ACTON – Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District officials and the union representing district teachers were at an impasse in contract talks for eight months. But this week, teachers will vote on a proposed two-year contract that would increase salaries by 4 percent in the first year and at least 2 percent the following year. “It is tough in our district to recruit and retain high-quality teachers because of (low pay),” said Diana Baker, president of the Acton-Agua Dulce Teachers’ Association. “But I am certainly hopeful that this new school district and this new school board and the new superintendent intend to rectify it.” Baker called the contract proposal, which teachers discussed Friday, an “innovative” way to bridge the gap between the district’s limited budget and teachers’ demands for more equitable pay. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Teachers will vote on the contract proposal from Wednesday through Friday. Their last contract expired a year ago, and the two sides were at an impasse for eight months until they came up with the proposed contract. “Overall, I can certainly say that we are trying to be creative and not approach everything in the same way it’s been approached,” said school board President Melissa Harnett. One aspect of the contract relates to health and welfare packages. Instead of getting a uniform package from the district, teachers would get an extra $9,437 on their salary and would pick the health insurance plan they want. That way, if a spouse’s plan covers him or her and the children, the teacher could spend part of the $9,437 on the district’s cheapest health plan and pocket the remaining money, union negotiators said. The union, an affiliate of the California Teachers Association, represents about 85 members. Teachers have worn buttons protesting their pay, but Baker said the union has taken a measured approach. last_img read more

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Will Arsenal halt Liverpool’s title charge? Premier League preview show

first_imgIn the latest Premier League preview show, talkSPORT’s Tom Rennie and David Walker are joined by former Manchester City and West Ham captain Steve Lomas and ex-Crystal Palace defender Matt Lawrence.The big topic of discussion is obviously the title race – what is going wrong at Man City? is it all about Fernandinho’s absence or do the problems run deeper? And who is going to stop Liverpool from motoring on? Do Arsenal have it what it takes this weekend as they visit Anfield?All this and every other game discussed ahead of Gameweek 20 of the Premier League season.Brighton v Everton is live on talkSPORT 2 on Saturday, kick off 15:00, followed by Liverpool v Arsenal on talkSPORT at 17:30This weekend’s fixtures in full…last_img read more

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‘Nothing wrong’ with USA’s World Cup celebrations against England – Kelly Smith

first_img Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT “They’ve reached their third World Cup final in a row and they’re the best team in the world so you have to raise your game.“It was always going to be a difficult game for us, and I thought we had enough to do it, but the girls should be proud of themselves.“They shifted the perception of the women’s game, they made TV viewing history, and I just hope they can bring that bronze medal home on Saturday.”Listen back to Kelly Smith on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above England legend Kelly Smith has told talkSPORT there was nothing wrong with the United States’ celebrations during and after their World Cup semi-final victory.The Lionesses lost 2-1 in Lyon, after Ellen White had a goal ruled out for offside via VAR and Steph Houghton missed a late penalty which would have put the game into extra-time. The USA were blasted for being ’arrogant’ in the build-up to Tuesday’s clash – which broke UK TV audience records for a Women’s football match.And they were criticised further after star striker Alex Morgan taunted England with a ‘tea-sipping’ celebration, while England captain Haughton branded US midfielder Lindsey Horan ‘disrespectful’ for interrupting a post-match interview by loudly celebrating with a team-mate in the media area.Morgan’s celebration, in particular, sparked a huge reaction on Twitter. revealed latest The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 MOST-VIEWED FOOTBALL HEADLINES getty Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ OFF gameday cracker 3 3 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ deals Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Ellen White fired England level before Alex Morgans winner – with Houghton going on to later miss a penalty scrap Getty Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update But England’s record goalscorer, Smith, says the world’s number one team had every right to celebrate ‘however they wanted’ after reaching their third consecutive World Cup final.Speaking on Wednesday’s Sports Breakfast, the former striker said: “Do you know what, they’re the number one team in the world, they’re hungry and successful and it doesn’t bother me one bit.“I took my boot off and kissed in 2007 and I got told I was arrogant. 3 LATEST SORRY “You live for these moments. You train your whole life for that moment. So when you score in the World Cup semi-final you can celebrate how you want.“It doesn’t bother me one bit.”Despite the disappointment of the result, and their manager Phil Neville saying before the game not reaching the final would be classed as failure, Smith says the Lionesses can come home with their heads held high after a brilliant tournament.They could still come away with a bronze medal, after all, as they will take on either Netherlands or Sweden in Saturday’s third-place play-off.“When you play the USA, you have to play at your best,” added the ex-Arsenal Ladies forward. Getty Kelly Smith began kissing her boot after scoring during her peak for England – seen here against Japan in the 2007 World Cup The United States were just too good for England, with Morgan scoring her sixth goal of the tournament Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos last_img read more

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