KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Thousands of health workers lined up across Nepal to get the coronavirus vaccine as the Himalayan nation began a three-month vaccination campaign. At a Kathmandu hospital, doctors were encouraging hesitant colleagues to get the vaccine. One said, “We have to initiate this. If we will not take, then who will take this vaccine?” Nepal received 1 million doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine from neighboring India and is trying to get more shipments. It is trying to get 72% of the population vaccinated in three months.
But Liverpool were five points clear with three games left, and that will statistic will stick in Rodgers’ mind for quite some time. A group of Manchester United fans clubbed together to remind Liverpool’s captain about his lack of Premier League silverware. ‘United 20 Gerrard 0’ read the banner which trailed behind a light aircraft which flew over Anfield at kick-off. Gerrard tried to grab the game by the scruff of the neck after the first whistle. The rest of his team-mates froze though, seemingly paralysed by the pressure of knowing this could be the day they won their first title since 1990. Liverpool could not string five passes together, their tempo was slow and their movement poor. Newcastle made it clear they were here to spoil the party. Moussa Sissoko found Ameobi in the box after seven minutes, but the striker made a real hash of his header. Rodgers was up in arms moments later when Sterling went down under pressure from Mathieu Debuchy, but referee Phil Dowd waved play on. The Liverpool manager wheeled away in celebration three minutes later when Suarez lobbed Tim Krul from the right touchline, but Dowd ruled the Uruguayan had taken the quick free-kick when the ball was still rolling. Liverpool’s growing confidence was punctured by Skrtel. The Slovakian stuck out his right leg trying to prevent Yoan Gouffran’s cross finding Ameobi. The ball flew off Skrtel’s right shin and beyond Simon Mignolet. He could not have finished it better if he had tried. Suarez, Gerrard and Sterling all failed with simple passes and the pessimism inside Anfield grew. The ambience inside Liverpool would have been far worse had Mignolet not saved expertly from Gouffran, who was one-on-one with the Liverpool stopper. The news of City’s 39th minute opener filtered through to the home supporters – some of whom had radios pressed to their ears. Sturridge headed well wide from five yards to deepen their misery. Rodgers brought Aly Cissokho on for Jon Flanagan at half-time and Liverpool improved, with Sterling testing Krul with a low drive. But with City now 2-0 up, it no longer mattered what happened at Anfield. That did not stop Liverpool fighting, though. Agger gained half a yard on Debuchy and diverted the ball past Krul from Gerrard’s free-kick to equalise. Anfield finally came to life as the home support urged their team to find a second. Less than two minutes after Agger’s goal, Sturridge made it 2-1 from almost exactly the same position as the centre-back. Cheick Tiote fouled substitute Philippe Coutinho 25 yards out. Gerrard whipped the ball to the back post again and Sturridge tapped his 21st Premier League goal of the season in from two yards. Ameobi did his team no favours by getting sent off straight after the goal when he argued with Dowd in the centre circle as he was about to restart the game. The referee showed Ameobi a yellow card and when the striker continued his protests, he sent him off. Agger missed an easy header from five yards with 10 minutes left before Dummett saw red three minutes from the end for kicking Suarez. Daniel Agger and Daniel Sturridge scored within two minutes of each other to give Liverpool a 2-1 win over Newcastle, who had gone ahead through Martin Skrtel’s fourth own goal of the season. But the celebrations at Anfield were kept to a minimum as Manchester City beat West Ham 2-0 to win the Barclays Premier League. Liverpool rounded off their season with a narrow victory over nine-man Newcastle, but it was not enough to end the Anfield side’s 24-year wait for the title. Press Association In the first half Liverpool were well below their best. Newcastle, who had Paul Dummett and Shola Ameobi dismissed, could have been 3-0 up at the break. But after the restart, Liverpool displayed glimpses of the kind of swashbuckling play that Reds fans and neutrals alike have enjoyed all year. The Liverpool fans hailed Rodgers at the final whistle, and they had every reason to. After all he is responsible for taking the club from seventh to second within a year. He is the man who has turned Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Sturridge from average players with potential to top-class performers an d he has managed to get the best out of Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez. But a little part of the Liverpool manager must have been thinking ‘What if’ as he stood on the touchline at the final whistle. What if Steven Gerrard had not slipped here two weeks ago, handing Chelsea their crucial win at Anfield? What if his team had not conceded three goals in nine minutes at Crystal Palace last week? Liverpool have taken huge strides under Rodgers – this is only their second top-two finish in 11 years, and there will be Champions League football at Anfield next season.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisTAWAS, Mich. – One of the 5 men charged with criminal sexual conduct in the alleged rape of a 17-year-old minor stood in court Monday morning.Defendant Michael Martin Barnes from Whittemore faces three 1st degree criminal sexual conduct offenses.Barnes’ pretrial hearing took place before circuit court Judge David Riffel in Tawas.The other four defendants currently sit in Iosco County Jail: Gary Harrington, 21; Samuel Walmsley, 59; Brian Thayer, 39; and Timothy Monschau, 60. As they await trial, the judge said he does not want the case pushed back any further.Monday marked the second pretrial adjournment.Barnes returns to court Dec. 10.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Insights Into Northeast Michigan: Representing the 106th DistrictNext Wurtsmith military base hit with another PFAS clean-up violation
LOS ANGELES – Dave Roberts penciled Kristopher Negron into the number-5 slot in his lineup Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Negron is a speedy utility player, not usually the type found in the middle of a batting order, but circumstances are on his side.Negron began the day with a nine hits in 23 at-bats since joining the Dodgers, a .391 average. He was seeing an average of 4 ½ pitches per plate appearance, among the best on the team. Negron was hitting just .217 when he was acquired from the Seattle Mariners on July 28.Negron’s pace is almost certainly unsustainable. Still, Roberts likes what he’s seen from the 33-year-old veteran.“I think we’ve done a very good job of, there’s no real stereotype of where you need to put a guy” in the batting order, Roberts said. “Every day is different. Robby (Ray, the Diamondbacks’ starter Friday), the slider down below is a tough pitch to lay off. He still has a good chance to conduct an at-bat.” “There’s a lot of similarities to the (Astros’) approach to the game,” he said.White has not seen his fortunes improve dramatically since the trade. He had one hit in his first 14 at-bats since the trade through Thursday. White was hitting .225 when he was designated for assignment by the Astros.As veteran infielder Jedd Gyorko nears the end of his rehab with Triple-A Oklahoma City, White’s window to make an impression at the major league could be closing. Gyorko is expected to join the Dodgers as early as next week, Roberts said.Negron has done his part to earn a longer look.“Since Day 1 I felt infinitely more confident, coming into this clubhouse and seeing the confidence they bring on the field every day,” he said. “I just kind of became more of myself as well.”INJURY UPDATESRoss Stripling (neck) has not resumed throwing since his scheduled minor league rehabilitation assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga was postponed. His last six appearances with the Dodgers came as a starter, but Roberts said Stripling might shift to the bullpen upon his return.“That option is probably the most logical,” Roberts said.Time isn’t on Stripling’s side. Forty-four games remain in the Dodgers’ season. Their 5-man starting rotation will be full once Hyun-Jin Ryu will be activated from the injured list Sunday. Even before he was placed on the injured list July 25, Stripling was more likely to pitch out of the bullpen than the rotation in October.Roberts said Stripling has yet to resume a throwing program.MINOR TRADEThe Dodgers acquired catcher Jose Lobaton from the Mariners for cash and assigned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City. The trade was permissible after the July 31 deadline because Lobaton was on a minor league contract.Lobaton had a .236 batting average, 13 home runs and 38 RBIs in 75 games this season with the Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Ray’s best pitch is his slider and Negron has proven adept at hitting sliders. Ray throws with his left hand and Negron bats right-handed. Both were valid reasons behind Negron hitting fifth for just the second time in a career that began in 2012.The change of scenery helped, too. The Dodgers are on pace for 106 wins, the Mariners 67. The expectations are different. Negron said he has more information at his disposal now, too.“Seattle’s kind of up and coming on the analytical side of stuff,” he said. “I was only there for just the year and September (of last year). As soon as I got traded over here, they’re just on top of everything. All the little things, all the analytical stuff, just feeding me information – I’m picking and choosing stuff that gets thrown at me. They’re definitely ahead of the curve here in L.A.”It’s a familiar sentiment among recently-acquired Dodgers, ever since Andrew Friedman was named the team’s president of baseball operations. Negron said the changes he’s incorporating in his approach are subtle, out of proportion with the change in his stats.Negron’s experience stands in contrast to that of another new Dodger. First baseman Tyler White was acquired three days earlier than Negron in a trade with the Houston Astros, who are renowned for taking an analytical approach to coaching and player development. Providing each hitter with as much data as he can handle was nothing new to White. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Keibert Ruiz, the Dodgers’ 20-year-old catching prospect, suffered a fractured pinky finger Saturday when he was struck on the hand by a pitch. Lobaton will back up Austin Barnes, who had been the everyday catcher at Oklahoma City in Ruiz’s absence.Negron, who played with Lobaton in the Mariners’ system, described the 34-year-old as an “awesome clubhouse guy” who “really keeps things loose.”“Great leader. Really cares about his craft and what he works on, cares about the pitching staff. I know he worked a lot with the guys down in Tacoma. He worked with the pitching coach as well as the whole staff, bullpen, everybody. Just a great person, great teammate, great guy. Playing with him this past season, he’s just a genuinely great person.”UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Kenta Maeda) vs. Diamondbacks (LHP Alex Young), 6 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570-AM Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error