Jose Fuenzalida gave reigning champions Chile an eighth-minute lead, but Enner Valencia equalized for Ecuador from the spot. Sanchez bagged the winner, his 43rd goal for his country, but Chile finished with 10 men after Gabriel Achilier’s red card a minute from time. Chile top Group C with a perfect six points ahead of their clash with Uruguay at Rio’s iconic Maracana tomorrow. Ecuador are left staring elimination in the face after a second straight defeat, knowing they must beat Japan in Belo Horizonte tomorrow to stand any chance of progressing. “We lacked the intelligence to control the game after the first goal,” Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda said.
Egypt surged forward at the start, but wasted chances and did not find Zimbabwe an easy proposition as the game wore on. Egypt is hosting its first major sporting event since the 2011 uprising that toppled former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and led to years of violence and civil unrest that is still being felt. Egypt has put in place a vast security plan for the month-long tournament, which is the first African Cup to be increased from 16 to 24 teams. Egypt are record seven-time Africa Cup champions, but won the last of their titles in 2010. Salah helped lead Egypt back to the final two years ago, when they lost to Cameroon.
ReutersAustralian Hannah Green on Friday pitched in from 60 yards to save par early in her second round en route to a three-shot halfway lead over Ariya Jutanugarn at the Women’s PGA Championship in Chaska, Minnesota. Green’s unlikely save at her third hole, the par-four 12th, came after she had hit her second shot into a penalty area she barely knew existed at Hazeltine National. At seven-under 137, Green set a cracking pace in the major championship, her morning score holding up for the rest of the day. She was alone in second place, while defending champion Park Sung-hyun (71) and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko (70) were equal third on three-under. “I was overly optimistic about how I could play this week and the status of my wrist,” she said.
AFP, LOS ANGELESThe US Soccer Federation (USSF) and the nation’s women’s national team are to enter mediation after the FIFA World Cup to settle a discrimination lawsuit, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. Citing people familiar with the negotiations, the Journal reported that both sides had reached tentative agreement for mediation aimed at resolving the dispute between the federation and 28 members of the US national team. The women’s legal team contacted the USSF after the start of the World Cup in France to float the possibility of mediation talks, the Journal reported. The federation confirmed that it had agreed to enter mediation, the report added. The federation later said that it had been caught cold by the lawsuit, insisting it believed “all female athletes deserve fair and equitable pay.”
APWall Street on Friday finished a milestone-setting week on a downbeat note after a late flurry of selling nudged stocks lower, ending the market’s four-day winning streak. At the same time, traders remain concerned that corporate profits might suffer should the kind of economic slowdown that would prompt the Fed to cut rates take hold. The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Friday dropped 34.04 points, or 0.1 percent, to 26,719.13, jumping 2.4 percent from 26,089.61 a week earlier. The Russell 2000 on Friday slumped 13.87 points, or 0.9 percent, to 1,549.63, but still gained 1.8 percent for the week. The modest dip cut into some of the market’s gains from Thursday, but did little to dent Wall Street’s rally this month.
The electric debuts come as European finance ministers are expected later this week to discuss ending aviation fuel tax exemptions to curb greenhouse emissions. The spread of social media posts “flight-shaming” air travel has also jangled executives’ nerves and added pressure to electrify, following the auto industry’s lead. However, unlike cars, electric planes must heft their power packs aloft — a reality that limits them to small aircraft on the shortest routes, as even their proponents concede. The aircraft, with a flattened profile and propellers at its wing tips, was designed as an electric plane from the ground up, Eviation founder and chief executive officer Omer Bar-Yohay said. UBS Group AG predicts demand for US$178 billion in green aviation technologies by 2040 as they become more mainstream.
By Kristine Owram / BloombergAs cannabis legalization spreads across the globe, another mind-altering drug is trying to follow in its tracks: magic mushrooms. Denver on May 8 voted to decriminalize the fungus that contains psilocybin, a psychedelic compound popularized by 1960s counterculture. Advocates say mushrooms have untapped medical potential that could be as big as cannabis, particularly for treating depression and addiction. Levy believes it is only a matter of time before others — including many former cannabis executives — realize the potential of psychedelics and start to look for investors. However, unlike cannabis, research into psilocybin’s medical applications is limited by the fact that the drug remains illegal virtually everywhere.
By Han Cheung / Staff reporterJUNE 24 to JUNE 30Accusations of “Green Terror” reignited this week as the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) increased sentences and fines for people spying for China (and other countries) on Wednesday. They did so by amending the National Security Act (國家安全法), which was implemented on July 1, 1987 before the lifting of martial law on July 15. This ban ended with the lifting of martial law less than a month later. On the anniversary of the May 19, 1986 rally to end martial law, crowds gathered again to oppose the act. Article 2 prohibits people from gathering or forming groups for unconstitutional reasons, promoting communism or attempting to divide the country.
The victory earned the Brumbies, champions in 2001 and 2004, the long trip to Buenos Aires on Friday to play the Jaguares, who beat the Waikato Chiefs 21-16 in their quarter-final. Centre Andre Esterhuizen crossed as the Sharks fought their way back into the contest in the second half, but comeback wins in successive weeks proved beyond the travel-weary South Africans. “The Sharks threw a lot at us at various times and the way the boys dug deep was really special,” Brumbies captain Christian Lealiifano said. “Really good fight there in the second half,” Sharks skipper Louis Schreuder said. “It went down to the wire and the Bulls threw everything at us, particularly in the second half,” Hurricanes captain Dane Coles said.
AFP, LEEDS, EnglandLasith Malinga insisted he had done nothing new, despite being hailed as a “legend” after starring in Sri Lanka’s stunning Cricket World Cup win over England on Friday. The veteran paceman took four for 43 as Sri Lanka, defending a seemingly modest total of 232-9, beat England by 20 runs to open up the race for a semi-final spot. Just as importantly for Sri Lanka, the 35-year-old, renowned for his unorthodox “slingshot” action, struck telling blows. Malinga, who briefly returned home earlier in the tournament following the death of his mother-in-law, rocked England at the start of their chase when he had Jonny Bairstow lbw for a golden duck. England then saw Malinga have stand-in opener James Vince caught at slip.
However, McEnroe believes that Kyrgios elevates the game like few others. McEnroe said that the lack of effort was more concerning than the outbursts. “I don’t care if he throws a chair on the court or does what he does,” he said. It would be hard to believe he wouldn’t think that,” McEnroe said. “He doesn’t need to say what he said about Novak in this podcast,” McEnroe said.
By Yang Mien-chieh / Staff reporterThe Travel Agent Association of Taiwan is considering whether to hold a protest tomorrow against EVA Airways (長榮航空) and its flight attendants who are on strike. EVA flight attendants launched industrial action at 4pm on Thursday after negotiations with airline management broke down earlier in the day. “We hope the airline and the flight attendants can resume talks soon,” Hsiao said. The association also called for legislation that would require workers’ unions to give advance notice before launching a strike. FLIGHTS CANCELEDThe airline yesterday announced that it would cancel 113 flights today, affecting about 24,000 travelers.
AFP, BANGKOKSoutheast Asian nations could launch a joint bid to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup, Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai said yesterday, in a bold play to bring the biggest sporting show on earth to the region for the first time. The only Asian hosts of the World Cup so far have been Japan and South Korea in 2002. However, the 10-member ASEAN bloc, meeting in Bangkok this weekend, is keen to steal a march on the regional superpower. “The idea will be proposed to the leaders” of ASEAN before the end of the summit today, a Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman said. Since the inaugural World Cup in 1930, 17 nations have hosted the event, many of them in Europe and South America, where millions of fans have descended to support their home country’s teams.
Reuters, LONDONRiding a bicycle around a velodrome nonstop for 24 hours sounds like a form of penance, but for 48-year-old James MacDonald, it is just another extreme two-wheeled challenge that needs to be crossed off his list. To break the velodrome 24-hour distance record set by Austrian ultra-cyclist Christoph Strasser in 2017 — a 3,767-lap grind after which he vowed never to ride on a track again. “It’s about trying to see what your limits are,” said MacDonald, who already holds the world record for the fastest return cycle ride between Land’s End and John O Groats. “The 24-hour record is the ultimate thing to achieve.”MacDonald’s record attempt might only be successful if he can limit toilet stops to the absolute minimum — preferably none at all as he will need to keep his average speed at about 40kph. “I’ve known James for five years and we’ve collaborated on a few attempts,” Wade said.
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The sun setting over an open road, small towns down on their luck — and a horse galloping through the desert? Springsteen followed the song with “Tucson Train” in May, which tells the story of a man turning his life around. This is not the first time Springsteen has looked to California for inspiration. He moved there himself in 1991, where he married guitarist Patti Scialfa, who is still a member of the E Street Band. “Western Stars” is Springsteen’s first studio album since 2014’s “High Hopes,” which followed “Wrecking Ball” in 2012.
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