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Man United 1-0 Tottenham: Mkhitaryan nets first league goal in narrow victory

first_img 3 3 Henrikh Mkhitaryan: The Armenian international celebrates after opening the scoring 3center_img After Tottenham’s better start, Mkhitaryan nearly added to Thursday’s Europa League strike at the other end, but his goal-bound shot was vitally blocked by Jan Vertonghen.The Armenia international was on the score sheet six minutes later, putting the hosts ahead on 29 minutes with a powerful strike high into the goal past Lloris.Heung-min Son tested David De Gea before the break with a fizzing 25-yard shot, the Spanish goalkeeper tipping over his bar.Manchester United were quickest out of the blocks in the second half, but the best chance fell to Spurs’ summer signing Victor Wanyama. Eriksen’s left-wing cross was floated in and the Kenyan midfielder was unmarked, but his free header was somehow sent wide of the target.Pogba came close shortly after the hour mark when he was fouled by Mousa Dembele 25 yards from goal. The confident midfielder stepped up to take the resulting set piece, curling a fine free-kick against the woodwork.He had another great chance minutes later when a United counter attack saw Mkhitaryan cross to Pogba, who volleyed into the ground and Lloris made another fine save to keep his side in the contest.The visitors looked to exploit the Red Devils’ weak link in Matteo Darmian, playing left-back. Pochettino identified this by asking Kyle Walker to stay deep, allowing the Spurs attack to isolate the Italian defender and that is something substitute Moussa Sissoko was doing time and time again.Mourinho saw the pattern of play and ordered under-fire Marouane Fellaini to warm up – and the Belgian was given a frosty reception from the Old Trafford crowd.More worryingly, star man Mkhitaryan broke into the Spurs half in the closing stages of the game and a challenge by Rose saw the former Borussia Dortmund attacker land awkwardly, requiring a stretcher to leave the field.After a tense final few minutes with Tottenham camped in United’s half, Mourinho’s men hung on for a vital three points. Henrikh Mkhitaryan opened his Premier League account as Manchester United beat Tottenham 1-0 – LIVE on talkSPORT.Jose Mourinho’s side ended a winless run at Old Trafford that stretches back to September 24 – and the Armenian was the star man. He added to his Europa League strike v Zorya Luhansk in midweek with a fine finish shortly before the half hour, justifying his selection after a difficult few months since joining from Borussia Dortmund.Paul Pogba twice went close in the second half, first hitting the crossbar with a well-taken free-kick before seeing compatriot Hugo Lloris save his close-range effort. More worrying scenes for United fans will be the sight of Mkhitaryan being stretchered off the field in the closing stages of the game, after a challenge from Danny Rose.But Mourinho will be pleased his side could see out the victory over a rival team in terms of the league, after arriving back from their midweek clash in Ukraine in the early hours of Friday morning.This was a thoroughly entertaining encounter, ebbing and flowing from the outset as both defended resolutely, pressed smartly and eked out the odd opportunity. World-record purchase Pogba nearly opened the scoring inside 90 seconds with the first clear-cut chance, when Zlatan Ibrahimovic squared the ball across the box and the Frenchman’s controlled effort was well saved by Lloris.The hosts were conceding cheap free-kicks in their own half around the 15-minute mark and they were nearly punished by Christian Eriksen. The Dane’s resulting set piece was low and powerful and David De Gea had to dive across his goal to get a strong hand to the ball.last_img read more

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Fire Danger Increasing in Western North Carolina

first_imgThe U.S. Forest Service and the North Carolina Forest Service are warning the public of increasing fire danger in western North Carolina.Last weekend’s rainfall was not widespread and not enough to alleviate the dry conditions and persistent drought that has resulted from low rainfall in the past few months. Fuels in the forest will readily burn if ignited. Fire danger is predicted to remain high for the rest of October and into December.Both agencies would like to remind the public to use caution in any outdoor burning. Even when burn-bans are not in effect, conditions may not be advisable for outdoor fires. The public is discouraged from burning yard waste during periods of low humidity or high winds.For people who choose to burn debris, the N.C. Forest Service offers the following tips to protect property and prevent wildfires:* Always consider alternatives to burning.* Obtain a burning permit at an NCFS office or online athttp://ncforestservice.gov/burn_permits/burn_permits_main.htm* Check the weather – don’t burn on dry, windy days.* Know your local burning laws.* Be prepared with water, a shovel and phone.* Stay with your fire until it is completely out.Studies have shown that taking these and other measures can greatly reduce wildfires and the loss of property associated with them. Take time now to prepare your home against wildfires. Tips on protecting your property can be found at www.firewise.org.Additionally, campfires can be a source of wildfires. Follow these guidelines to help prevent wildfires:* Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible* Pour lots of water on the fire, drown ALL embers, not just the red ones* Pour until hissing sound stops* Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel* Scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers* Stir and make sure everything is wet and they are cold to the touch* If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough dirt or sand with the embers.* Continue adding and stirring until all material is cool.* Do NOT bury the fire as the fire will continue to smolder and could catch roots on fire that will eventually get to the surface and start a wildfire.last_img read more

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A slow start

first_imgReigning conference champion Marshfield girls basketball is 1-3 on the young seasonBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield girls basketball team went undefeated in the Wisconsin Valley Conference last season and lost just three games, the last one coming in the WIAA Division 1 sectional finals, just one game away from the state tournament.Fast forward to the start of this season, and things are not going quite as well for the Tigers.Marshfield, which returned three starters and four key players from last year’s team, is playing without junior forward Hannah Meverden, who is out with an injury, and has not been able to find its groove through the early going.With 18 games remaining, starting Friday night at Wisconsin Rapids, the season is far from lost. Head coach Heidi Michaelis said following the Tigers’ loss to Stevens Point in their Wisconsin Valley Conference opener on Tuesday that she is confident her team will rebound from an uncharacteristic 1-3 start to the year.“It’s so early,” Michaelis said. “Most teams have seven or eight games in. We have four. There’s a lot of season to be played. Do I want us to (do) better than we were? Yes, I do, but we’re talking about four games out of 22. That’s a lot of games. Playing hard — whether shots are going in or not — plays a big part of it. If you have four people out of five on the same page or three out of five that are out there, it doesn’t work. We all have to be on the same page, and right now we’re definitely not. It’s a long season, a lot of time to get things corrected, and we will.“It’s way too early to put your head down. I want to be the best we can at the end of the season and for sure not on Dec. 13. We’ll keep working.”A common theme, and an unusual one at that for a Michaelis-coached team, has been the lack of defense. Marshfield has allowed more than 70 points and at least 24 made field goals in all three of its losses.“If we don’t play defense better than that, and we don’t get stops and compound that by not rebounding, (it is) tough to win games,” Michaelis said. “In our three losses, we have given up over 70 points. That’s not how we’ve been able to be successful, and we have to figure out a way to play better team defense. Right now, we’re just struggling.”While the Tigers have been OK on the offensive end, with senior Ema Fehrenbach averaging 19 points and senior Maddie Nikolai scoring 11 points per contest, they have been inconsistent.Marshfield shot better than 50 percent in its opening two games but combined to go only 42 percent in its last two. The decline is a result, in part, of its defense not making stops and getting out in transition to score easy hoops.“We’ve been able to score points, but if you continue to give up quick baskets on the other end, it doesn’t really matter how much you can score,” Michaels said. “We don’t have enough to outscore someone in the 70s. You have to be able to score, but then you have to come back and get three stops in a row. We have not done that. The result is, simply, we’re going to lose.”Following Friday’s game at Wisconsin Rapids, Marshfield will be home for its next three games: Dec. 20 against Merrill and for its annual holiday tournament on Dec. 28-29 against Hudson and Oshkosh North.Paul Lecker is publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at paul@marshfieldareasports.com.last_img read more

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Bsquare: Internet of Things enterprise rollout requires assist

first_imgRelated Posts How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Installing a lightbulb that connects to your blinds and TV might be confusing, but it’s a walk in the park compared to the task at hand for enterprises looking to deploy an Internet of Things (IoT) system.As businesses look to connect their entire fleet, engineering firms like Bsquare attempt to make the transition easier and the costs lower for companies, by deploying a software stack to advise, monitor, and report all data to the business.See Also: Has the Internet of Things gone too far? Bsquare’s software stack DataV offers a range of services to relieve some of the IoT worries, like modules for connecting devices, analyzing data, and scanning for defects in the system. According to chief executive Jerry Chase, this will allow customers to “get results more quickly” on whether the IoT deployment has been successful, and optimize the system.IoT deployment requires broad collaborationSpeaking to IDG’s Stephen Lawson, Chase said the customer is able to deploy DataV to the entire infrastructure or just parts of it, and the software stacks works fine third-party services. The ability to choose parts of DataV worries Chase, saying in the interview that some customers are not taking full advantage of the software stack, and are missing out on crucial services that could save time and money.Bsquare has a decent portfolio of partners using DataV, including Intel, Microsoft, and Aaeon.It is not just small firms working on enterprise IoT services. IBM, General Electric, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have been building entire systems to help with the deployment and snapping up startups. However, the scale of enterprise IoT deployment requires broad collaboration between services providers, which is why we see Bsquare and other firms accepting third-party services on their software stack.The benefits of moving to a fully connected system might be difficult for some firms to realise, but with Gartner and IDC projecting over 25 billion smart devices in four years, it is clear the industry at large is moving towards a more connected future. Tags:#Bsquare#DataV#enterprise#Internet of Things#Software center_img David Curry The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…last_img read more