20 Oct

Enjoyed article about 109-year-old woman

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionEnjoyed article about 109-year-old womanYour May 7 story about Dorothy McClements and her family was such a nice way to start a day. Maureen VanHeusenSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stoplast_img read more

22 Sep

El-Clasico: Real, Barca clash in Madrid

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Real Madrid vs. Barcelona Venue: Santiago Bernabeu Kick off: 9PMBarcelona make the trip to the Bernabeu to face Real Madrid holding a two-point advantage at the top of the La Liga standings. When Real sat at the top of the standings several weeks ago, Zinedine Zidane still found himself coming in for criticism with his side less than convincing in some of their victories. With just one win coming from their last five in all competitions, which includes defeats in the Copa del Rey and Champions League, Zidane has come under further scrutiny from a demanding fanbase. Although a win over their great rivals will change the mood at the Bernabeu, a second successive loss in La Liga will leave Barcelona five points clear with just 12 matches remaining. When taking the manner of their setback against Man City into consideration, Zidane will feel that today’s showdown has come at the perfect time for his players to prove their worth. Karim Benzema has 18 goals to his name for the season, but the experienced Frenchman has now gone five games without finding the back of the net. The fact that Real have struggled since the 32-year-old’s drop-off in the final third highlights their reliance on the frontman, putting the onus on one of his teammates to step up with Eden Hazard seemingly out until the summer through injury. While Gareth Bale has found himself in and out of the team in recent months, you have to go back to October 5 for the last time that the Wales international contributed a goal or assist for the Spanish giants. Having only featured as a substitute against Man City, it may take a big occasion such as the one today to act as the catalyst for the 30-year-old to rediscover his touch in a Los Blancos shirt. Like his counterpart in the dugouts, Quique Setien felt the weight of responsibility on his shoulders when replacing Ernesto Valverde as Barcelona manager in the middle of January. However, after an indifferent start to life at Camp Nou, Setien has witnessed Barca record three successive wins in La Liga, a streak which has taken the club back into first place. Their unbeaten run was extended on Tuesday night with a 1-1 draw away at Napoli in the Champions League last 16, putting the Catalan giants in a position to take advantage in next month’s reverse fixture. There will be those who still have reservations about the former Real Betis man, but the 61-year-old deserves plenty of credit for improving results when having to contend with numerous selection issues. Although the arrival of Martin Braithwaite has boosted numbers in the final third, Setien is having to manage the workload of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann. The pair have chipped in with six of Barcelona’s last eight goals, strengthening the argument that the club could miss out of silverware this season should either man join Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez in the treatment room. Despite concerns over a defence which have kept just three clean sheets in 10 matches since Setien’s appointment, there is a feeling that Barcelona will always have a chance of victory with their star attacking duo on the pitch. That said, Griezmann’s best work this season has come from the left flank, rather than down the centre in the role he is expected to occupy on Sunday night. Real Madrid possible XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy, Kroos, Casemiro, Valverde, Isco, Benzema, Bale. Barcelona possible XI: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Firpo, Arthur, Busquets, De Jong, Vidal, Messi, Griezmann.Tags: FC BarcelonaLa LigaQuique SetienZinedine Zidanelast_img read more

20 Sep

Crusaders bow out despite victory

first_imgCrusaders bowed out of the Champions League at the second qualifying round stage despite a thrilling 3-2 win over Skenderbeu. But the 10 men responded and levelled on the night through Bernard Berisha (69) and went ahead through Liridon Latifi (77). It would be Crusaders’ night, though, with Matthew Snoddy scoring two minutes into time added on and Andrew Mitchell winning it 60 seconds later. The tie was as good as over after a 4-1 first-leg loss, but they were given a window in this one when Renato Arapi was given an 11th-minute red card. Crusaders then went on to open the scoring, Stephen Flynn on target 50 minutes in. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more