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Israel is in secret talks with several Arab states on establishing ties, premier Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, ahead of the Jewish state’s first commercial flight to the UAE following a normalization accord.”There are many more unpublicized meetings with Arab and Muslim leaders to normalize relations with the state of Israel,” the prime minister said, without naming any countries.A US-brokered agreement between the Jewish state and Dubai to normalize ties was announced on August 13, making the UAE the first Gulf country and only the third Arab nation to establish relations with Israel, after Egypt and Jordan. The talks in Abu Dhabi will seek ways to boost cooperation in areas including aviation, tourism, trade, health, energy and security, Netanyahu’s office said.Since the agreement between the UAE and Israel was unveiled, there have been frequent bilateral phone calls between ministers and the signing of commercial contracts.On Saturday, the Emirates repealed a 1972 law boycotting Israel.”It will be permissible to enter, exchange or possess Israeli goods and products of all kinds in the UAE and trade in them,” read a federal decree issued by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. The first-ever commercial flight from Israel to the UAE will on Monday morning carry a US-Israeli delegation led on the American side by White House advisor Jared Kushner, who stood next to Netanyahu during the Israeli premier’s remarks on Sunday. “Today’s breakthrough will become tomorrow’s norms,” Netanyahu said. “It will pave the way for other countries to normalize their ties with Israel.”Netanyahu’s office said last week that National Security Advisor Meir Ben Shabbat will lead the Israeli delegation. ‘New sense of optimism’US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week undertook a regional tour, which took him to Sudan, Bahrain and Oman, in the hope of convincing other countries in the region to follow the Emiratis. “While this peace agreement was thought to be impossible, the stage is now set for more,” Kushner said of the Israel-UAE accord on Sunday.”What I felt over the last couple of weeks is a new sense of optimism, and we must seize that optimism and we must continue to push to make this region achieve the potential that it really has.”Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who also met with Kushner on Sunday, called on “other Arab and Muslim states to follow this path of friendship and to establish full and warm relations with the State of Israel –- peace between nations and peoples, peace for peace.”As part of the normalization agreement announced by US President Donald Trump, Israel agreed to suspend planned annexations in the occupied West Bank, although Netanyahu quickly insisted the plans remained on the table in the long-run.The Palestinians dubbed the UAE’s agreement with Israel a “stab in the back”, as it opens the Arab world to the Jewish state while their own conflict remains unresolved.Saudi Arabia, in keeping with decades of policy by most Arab states, says it will not follow the UAE’s example until Israel has signed a peace deal with the Palestinians establishing an independent Palestinian state. Topics :
GUYANA will face Group H third-place side, the Cayman Islands, in the knockout stage of this year’s CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship, in the Dominican Republic at 19:00hrs.Playing in the tournament’s group stage, the Lady Jags’ only defeat came from defending champions Mexico, where they were beaten 3-0. The loss saw them finish second in Group D behind the Mexicans.Leading up to the clash with Mexico, Dr Ivan Joseph, Guyana’s head coach, said that his side will not have featured some of the regular starter, since he would want to ensure that they’re well-rested for that first round sudden-death playoff, and was not going out to play for a win at the expense of injuries or depleting the resources of his team.Cayman Islands narrowly made it out of their group which also featured Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti and St Kitts & Nevis.In their first game against Haiti, Cayman Islands went down 8-0, followed by a 2-0 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago and they then edged St Kitts & Nevis 3-2 in their final Group H game.Guyana, on the other hand, eased past Nicaragua 3-1, downed Puerto Rico 2-1, before closing out against Mexico. (Rawle Toney)
View Gallery (2 Photos)Wisconsin men’s hockey coach Mike Eaves called forward Tom Gorowsky the poster child for perseverance. When you look at what path the senior from Lino Lakes, Minn., has taken, that title couldn’t be any more fitting.Gorowsky left Centennial High School with a state title under his belt and was named Minnesota’s “Mr. Hockey” in 2004 before coming to Wisconsin. So for such a decorated high school player, the expectations were naturally high as he entered his collegiate career.“When I first got here, I thought I was going to play a lot,” Gorowsky said.But as a freshman, he saw action in just 18 games, finishing the season with only two assists. The lack of ice time was frustrating for the former prep standout.“I wish I knew what the reason was; I don’t,” Gorowsky said. “It’s just the way it works. I don’t really know why.”In his sophomore season, he saw a significant increase in playing time, as he played in 33 games and scored 12 points. But as a junior, he skated in even fewer games — just 17 — than he did as a freshman.During those years, Gorowsky would often travel with the team on road trips. Instead of being on the ice with his teammates, however, he was reduced to watching the game from the press box.“It’s one of the most frustrating and disappointing things I’ve ever had to go through. You just can’t describe the pain,” Gorowsky said. “You work your butt off. You’re the first guy on the ice, last guy off. You’re doing everything you can and you know you deserve to play, but for whatever reason you don’t get to.”He knew all he needed was a chance to show to his coaches and teammates he could do it. Now, in his senior year at UW, that chance has finally come.After not skating in the team’s first four games of this season, an opportunity opened up for Gorowsky to make his way into the lineup. Senior forward Ben Street suffered a major leg injury, and junior Aaron Bendickson has been hampered with a wrist injury that has kept him out of the past three series.So in stepped Gorowsky, making an impact almost immediately.Against Minnesota, his first series of the year, he assisted a Podge Turnbull goal in the Badgers’ 2-2 tie with the Gophers. This past Saturday against North Dakota, he scored two goals — including the game-winner — in UW’s 5-2 victory.“It was really exciting getting the opportunity to play a lot more than I typically do,” Gorowsky said. “It’s been really disappointing and frustrating, but I’ve worked hard and tried to make myself the best player no matter what the circumstance. Luckily, as of late I’ve been getting the opportunity.”“It was nice to see him all smiles on Saturday, because that’s what this young man wants to do is help his team win, and he was able to do that,” Eaves said.For many of the past several years, Gorowsky had been playing on the team’s fourth line alongside junior Andy Bohmbach, another Badger who has seen only limited time on the ice. But Eaves was impressed with the way they had been playing together and decided to move them to the top line to start Saturday’s game.“Me and Gorowsky, we’ve been playing together for the last couple years on the fourth line,” said Bohmbach, who notched a goal in Wisconsin’s second game against Denver. “We’ve got pretty good chemistry and played pretty good Friday night in North Dakota. He decided to move us up and see how it worked.”“We ended up winning, so that’s pretty good news.”While the two were eventually moved to different lines Saturday, their strong play together caught the eye of Eaves — and junior captain Blake Geoffrion.“I’m glad to see those guys have success on the ice and all the hard work pay off,” Geoffrion said.“I just think we know where each other are,” said Bohmbach, a Hudson native who, like Gorowsky, won a state title in high school. “We’re both the same kind of player. We’re not the fastest guys, but we know the ice pretty well and we know where each other are out there, so that makes pretty good chemistry.”Despite the newfound success each has had on the ice, the pair has also grown closer due to what they’ve experienced together outside the rink.“It’s real hard. You practice with them all week. You try to get in the lineup Friday and Saturday night, but if you’re not in, it’s real difficult to watch the game,” Bohmbach said. “You want to be down there so much. At the same time, you’ve got to cheer them on and hopefully win.”“We’ve had similar circumstances,” Gorowsky added. “We’ve been on the ice a lot after practices, hanging out on the ice and working on our skills, so just through that work ethic and that kind of camaraderie, we’ve developed some synergy on the ice.”While they may be enjoying the opportunity now that it’s finally come, both Gorowksy and Bohmbach know they’ll have to fight to keep their spots in the lineup.“There’s been times when I felt like no one’s believed in me but me and my family,” Gorowsky said. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. … I know I’m a good player. Whether I get an opportunity or not, I believe in myself.”
The No. 9 University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team (2-2) struggled at the HotelRED Invitational this past week, falling to No. 7 Marquette and No. 5 Baylor on back-to-back nights at the UW Field House.Despite entering the week ranked No. 4, the Badgers were unable to defend home court against in-state rival Marquette (5-1).In 20 previous matchups with the Golden Eagles, the Badgers never lost. That all changed Thursday when the Badgers fell in five sets, 25–22, 25–22, 27–29, 30–32, 9–15. Despite winning the first two sets, Wisconsin dropped the final three en route to their first-ever loss to Marquette.Even in the loss, the Badgers impressed as a team. Four players finished with double-digit kills, including junior Dana Rettke who shared a match-high 22 kills to go along eight blocks. The difference-maker was Marquette’s ability to finish late, as they finished with a 14-kill advantage (81–67).Badger volleyball to take on Marquette, Baylor at homeThe No. 4 University of Wisconsin volleyball team will be participating in the HotelRED Invitational at the UW Field House Read…The match looked like it was going to be all Wisconsin for the 21st straight match between the teams, but Marquette found their groove in the third set and never let up.Head Coach Kelly Sheffield particularly noticed the defensive shift from the first two sets of the match to the last three sets.“We blocked them a lot early and we weren’t late,” Sheffield said. “They were hitting under .100 after the first two sets and over .400 in the last three. It came down to us not being able to stop those guys.”After a disappointing Thursday, the Badgers came out on Friday looking to get back to their winning ways. Unfortunately for them, Baylor (5-0) had other ideas, winning in four sets by scores of 25–22, 22–25, 25–27, 17–25.Similar to Thursday night, the Badgers pulled off a first set win before losing three straight to the Lady Bears. The Bears’ offense was too much to handle for the Badgers, as they outhit the Badgers with a .285 hitting percentage compared to just .215 for Wisconsin.Women’s Volleyball: Wisconsin looks to take a step forward after Elite Eight exit last seasonThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team just got their season underway following the Big Ten/ACC Challenge against Florida State Read…Rettke put up 11 kills and eight blocks, while junior Sydney Hilley had her first double-double of the season and 25th of her career, finishing with 40 assists and 13 digs.Senior Tiffany Clark, who led the team with 15 digs, explained that the two losses might be a good thing for the Badgers.“It’s good that this happened early in the season,” Clark said. “Now we know where our weaknesses are and now we can grind on them in practice. I’m excited for the opportunity we have next week to play.”Clark’s take on the game perfectly encompasses what most Wisconsin players and fans are probably feeling right now — disappointment paired with hope as the team figures out their identity and moves forward.While Wisconsin looked amazing in their first two games, not dropping a set to either Florida State or North Carolina, the Badgers got a wake-up call playing two tough ranked opponents. They will look to turn things around this weekend at the Clemson Invitational, where they will play South Carolina and Clemson back-to-back, Friday and Saturday.
The No. 8 University of Wisconsin football team (10-3, 7-3 Big Ten) lost 34–21 against No. 1 The Ohio State University Buckeyes (13-0, 10-0) in the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis Saturday night.In a game that almost nobody gave Wisconsin a chance to win, the Badgers looked like the better team throughout the first half, jumping out to a 14–0 lead behind impressive performances from quarterback Jack Coan and running back Jonathan Taylor.On the first drive of the evening, Wisconsin moved the ball with ease. Coan opened the game with a deep pass to receiver Quintez Cephus, and the Badgers kept it rolling with a pair of runs by Taylor and Coan to get another first down. Taylor capped the drive with a 44-yard touchdown, giving Wisconsin some much-needed energy early on.Wisconsin’s defense played off that energy on the ensuing possession, holding OSU on a fourth-down attempt to regain possession. The Badger defense returned to their early-season form for much of the first half, holding OSU to a turnover on downs, a punt and a fumble through the first 27 minutes of the game.Football: Wisconsin’s Rose Bowl projections in ruthless Big Ten landscapeThe Wisconsin Badgers pulled off the feat of capturing the Big Ten West title despite the fact that both Iowa Read…Coan stunned the world early in the second quarter, keeping the ball on a read-option for a 14-yard touchdown and a 14–0 Wisconsin lead.With just over three minutes left in the half, the excitement ramped up quickly.OSU finally found success offensively, driving down the field in just over two minutes on a drive that ended with a touchdown run by running back J.K. Dobbins to cut the Badger lead to 14–7.With less than a minute remaining before halftime, it seemed like Head Coach Paul Chryst was satisfied with the first half result, allowing Taylor to carry the ball to run out the clock. However, Taylor broke free for a huge gain.Three plays later, Coan ran for his second touchdown of the game from one yard out following a nice catch by Cephus. Heading into the break with a 21–7 lead, Wisconsin was rolling in one of their best halves of the season.Football: Four takeaways from Badgers’ dominant win over Minnesota in border battleThe No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten) reclaimed the Axe and booked their ticket to the Big Ten Read…But the Buckeyes proved to be too much for Wisconsin.The second half opened with a quick drive for OSU, as they found the endzone in less than two minutes thanks to a huge 50-yard pass by quarterback Justin Fields to get the Buckeyes into the red zone.On the next Wisconsin possession, the Buckeye defense quickly stopped Wisconsin before punter Anthony Lotti fumbled on the punt, falling on it but allowing OSU to take over with great field position.The Badgers held the Buckeyes to a field goal, but OSU proceeded to score touchdowns on their next two drives, scoring all 27 points in the half to win 34–21 for another Big Ten title.Coan finished 17-for-33 for 232 yards, also picking up two rushing touchdowns. Taylor finished with 148 yards in another impressive performance, although nearly all of those yards came in the first half. Cephus added 122 yards on seven catches.Football: Ohio State rolls over Wisconsin in Columbus, ruins Badgers’ hopes for CFPThe University of Wisconsin men’s football team (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) lost to The Ohio State University Buckeyes (8-0, 5-0) Read…In the end, the better team escaped with a victory. The win guarantees OSU a spot in the College Football Playoff when the rankings are released tomorrow afternoon.The Badgers will cross their fingers, as they hope to stay ahead of Penn State in the rankings. If they do so, they will earn a spot in the Rose Bowl against the highest-ranked Pac-12 team, which will almost certainly be the Oregon Ducks.But, if Wisconsin falls below Penn State in the rankings, they will be forced to settle for a weaker bowl game. Either way, the end result was a disappointment for Wisconsin following a strong first half as they end the regular season with a 10-3 record, including two losses to OSU.
Hosts Egypt have recalled Amr Warda to their Africa Cup of Nations squad two days after they sent the midfielder home for disciplinary reasons.The 25-year-old, who plays for Greek club PAOK, was suspended after social media conversations between him and a number of women were released.Africa Cup of Nations: Amr Warda sent home by Egypt for disciplinary rea… Midfielder Amr Warda is sent home from the Africa Cup of Nations by hosts Egypt after social media conversations…Warda missed Egypt’s group win over DR Congo but his ban has been reduced and now runs to the end of the group stage.Egypt 2-0 DR Congo: Mohamed Salah helps Africa Cup of Nations hosts into…Mohamed Salah’s goal helps hosts Egypt beat DR Congo and move into the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations.He has apologised to family, friends and team-mates in a video on Twitter.Hours earlier, team-mate Mohamed Salah tweeted: “We need to believe in second chances… we need to guide and educate. Shunning is not the answer.”Mohamed Salah on Twitter“We need to believe in second chances… we need to guide and educate. Shunning is not the answer.”Egyptian Football Association president Hani Abu Reda met with the players and technical staff on Thursday, along with Egypt’s minister of youth and sports, Dr Ashraf Subhi.An EFA statement read: “Hani Abu Reda praised the spirit of solidarity between the players, their desire to pardon their colleague Amr Warda and to lift the suspension from him, and their commitment to any decision issued by the football association in this regard.Egyptian Football AssociationThe Egyptian Football Association is the governing body of football in Egypt. It was founded on 3 December 1921,…“He decided to reduce the penalty of suspension until the end of the first round of the tournament only.”Wednesday’s win means that tournament favourites Egypt are already through to the last 16, when Warda will be available again, having missed the final group game against Uganda on Sunday.He appeared as a substitute in the hosts’ opening game, a 1-0 win over Guinea last Friday.Nigeria 1-0 Guinea: Kenneth Omeruo goal takes Nigeria into last 16Nigeria become the first team to qualify for the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations as they beat Guinea 1-0.The decision to effectively overturn Amr Warda’s suspension has caused a split among sections of Egyptian society and also put a rare dent in Mohamed Salah’s iconic status.Having often stood up for women’s rights previously, Salah’s call for Amr Warda – who has had several sexual harassment claims against him in the past – to be given a second chance has not impressed many.Many Egyptian women believe that sexual harassment is largely condoned in local society, and the decision to allow the player back has only strengthened these beliefs, given the message it has sent out.Some have called for women to boycott Egypt matches, while one male Egyptian fan has spoken online of people now willing the team to fail – a dramatic twist as the Pharaohs seek to win the tournament for a record-extending eighth time.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Manchester United and Chelsea played out a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Monday in a game that failed to live up to its pre-match billing.The fixture marked the first time that David Moyes locked horns with Jose Mourinho as United manager but neither manager could gain the psychological upper hand, although the point puts the Blues clear at the top of the Premier League.Oscar tried to prise open a tight United defence in a lacklustre first half but twice wasted good opportunities with weak efforts straight at David de Gea. Robin van Persie had United’s best effort when he hit the side netting from inside the area.The second half followed a similar pattern and England international Danny Welbeck will rue his wastefulness after digging an effort wide after good work from Wayne Rooney. United also had claims for a penalty when a Tom Cleverley shot struck Frank Lampard’s hand in the box.Moyes named Rooney in his starting XI for the first time, with the striker the subject of two rejected bids during the close-season from Monday night’s opposition. Ryan Giggs dropped to the bench to allow for his inclusion.Chelsea started the game with a surprise as Andre Schurrle led the line. Kevin De Bruyne was also given the nod as Juan Mata and Demba Ba were omitted from the side that started against Aston Villa on Wednesday. Both sides struggled to create openings in a tepid opening 45 minutes. It was the away side who had the first chance in the 10th minute when a low De Bruyne cross rebounded to Oscar who hit a tame effort straight at De Gea.Chelsea had managed to quash the threat Van Persie for the opening 20 minutes but the Dutchman had United’s first meaningful effort. Michael Carrick dispossessed Ramires in midfield and the former Arsenal man picked up the loose ball on the edge of the box but he went too wide before firing his effort against the side netting.Rooney then had his first effort on goal. He showed a neat piece of skill to feint inside Gary Cahill but his shot from 20 yards was weak and rolled harmlessly to Petr Cech.United were beginning to enjoy more of the ball and, in the 38th minute, Phil Jones’s low cross was only half-cleared by John Terry and Cleverley hit a first-time shot from 20 yards that cleared the crossbar.The half ended with a weak shot from Oscar after a series of neat passes in the Chelsea midfield – the Brazilian will feel that he could have done more to trouble De Gea. After a slow start to the second half, United should have taken the lead after 56 minutes. Rooney showed good control just outside the area before slipping a neat through-ball to Welbeck but the striker fluffed his lines as he chipped his effort over from 10 yards.Cahill was unlucky with a 30-yard drive that De Gea got down well to save, before United had claims for a penalty.Cleverley’s half-volley hit Lampard’s hand in the area but referee Martin Atkinson deemed that the midfielder had not deliberately made contact with the shot.Rooney almost had the last say late on when he tested Cech with a strong 25-yard effort. The shot may have been going wide but the Chelsea man took no chances.With two minutes remaining, United had another penalty shout when John Obi Mikel turned into Van Persie’s volley but the decision would have been harsh on the Nigerian who knew had no time to dodge the shot.
The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico after their joint bid beat Morocco’s proposal to host it.The ‘United 2026’ bid was selected by Fifa member nations, winning 134 votes compared to 65 for Morocco.The 2026 tournament will be the biggest World Cup ever held – with 48 teams playing 80 matches over 34 days.”Football is the only victor. We are all united in football,” US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said.”Thank you so, so much for this incredible honour. Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege.”Of the 211 Fifa member nations, 200 cast a vote at the 68th Fifa Congress in Moscow on Wednesday, with the winning bid needing a majority of 104. Canada, Mexico, Morocco and the US were exempt, while Ghana was absent after the country’s government said it had disbanded its football association amid allegations of “widespread” corruption.Three US territories – Guam, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico – were among the other member nations to not vote.Both Mexico (1970 and 1986) and the United States (1994) have previously hosted World Cups.Canada staged the Women’s World Cup in 2015.—- Follow the World Cup with the Multimedia Group! With live English radio commentary on Joy 99.7 FM radio, Akan radio commentary on Asempa 94.7 FM and live streaming on Myjoyonline.com, we’ve got you covered all-tournament long.