Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 16-year-old boy was fatally struck by an SUV while crossing a road in his hometown of Miller Place late Tuesday night.Suffolk County police said John Luke was crossing Route 25A at the corner of Miller Place Road when he was hit by a westbound Chevrolet at 11:30 p.m.The victim was taken to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson, where he was pronounced dead.The driver, 35-year-old Francesco Giulietti of Farmingville, was taken to to St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, where he was treated for trauma and released.Sixth Squad detectives impounded the truck, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-854-8652.
The reason why was obvious from Mourinho’s team selection. Evidently he does not believe Fernando Torres is good enough, preferring instead the ‘false nine’ concept he came up against when he faced Barcelona during his time at Real Madrid. Amazingly, this did not include Juan Mata, who most United fans would happily exchange for Rooney, who made his first start since April. As it turned out, the banter was better than the first half action. The chances Chelsea created came courtesy of Oscar, who schemed intelligently in front of United’s four-man defence and twice brought good saves out of David de Gea. United threatened more but with Terry producing a towering performance after shaking Rio Ferdinand’s hand prior to kick-off sights of Cech’s goal were equally rare. Van Persie should have had a corner when his shot flicked off Branislav Ivanovic, then sent a header over before Tom Cleverley’s rising drive was watched on its way by Cech. It all rather brought the focus back to Mourinho, who gave Moyes a hug prior to kick off but was soon prowling his technical area, often in animated discussion with fourth official Mike Dean. Only once did he look like erupting though as he strode out, waving his arms furiously after Kevin de Bruyne had been booked for a challenge on Van Persie that left the Chelsea man with a cut lip. The second period began in much the same unsatisfactory manner. Terry made an important intervention as United pressed, then Danny Welbeck curled an ambitious effort over before lifting a more delicate attempt just wide from Rooney’s short pass. Amid that flurry of activity around the visitors’ goal, Eden Hazard fired goalwards from 30 yards but De Gea barely had to move to make the save. Both sides had desperate penalty appeals, United when Cleverley’s shot struck Frank Lampard on the arm, Chelsea after Ashley Cole hit the deck under pressure from Phil Jones. In the first instance, Lampard was far too close to Cleverley for Martin Atkinson to award United anything. In the second, Cole was lucky not to get booked for diving, such was the minimal contact which preceded his fall. The introduction of Torres failed to change much, so Rooney’s lung-bursting run back to a corner flag to rob Ramires brought a standing ovation. It took Rooney some time to get forward after that but when he did, he brought a full length save out of Cech, before delivering the corner that Welbeck should have threatened with rather than screwing a header back where it had come from. Van Persie had one last shot before an unsatisfactory game was brought to its conclusion. Manchester United and Chelsea ground out a goalless draw at Old Trafford that exposed both side’s shortcomings a week before the transfer window closes. Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to sign Wayne Rooney at some point in the next seven days. Playing in a deeper role than Mourinho would use him for Chelsea, the England forward did well on his first start since April, and tested Petr Cech with one late strike. If anyone looked likely to break the deadlock it was Rooney, who was cheered by both sets of supporters. It did not happen though as both sides were forced to settle for a point which, under the circumstances, neither will be too unhappy with. When United last played a Premier League game at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson told the club’s supporters they had a duty to get behind his replacement. They heeded that clarion call, chanting Moyes’ name at regular intervals and baiting Mourinho for “wanting his job”. It was part of an amusing exchange of crowd banter, that included Wayne Rooney being cheered by both sets of supporters, Chelsea’s adding a cheeky: “We’ll see you next week” after a run at Gary Cahill. Chelsea have already had two bids for the 27-year-old turned down, with a third expected later this week. Although United had the better of David Moyes’ first home Premier League game in charge, they lacked the authority to exert the kind of sustained pressure which might have shaken John Terry out of his defensive superiority. Last season’s Golden Boot winner Robin van Persie barely had a chance of note, his best opportunity coming three minutes from time when his goalbound volley deflected to safety off Gary Cahill and John Obi Mikel. Press Association
“It’s not just by chance but by the hard work the team has put in,” Ghana’s assistant coach Maxwell Konadu said when asked about the Black Stars’ consistency at the tournament.“The players are always willing to do something for their nation. One thing we all dream to achieve is to win the cup this time around.”Konadu confirmed that Black Stars are hopeful of having skipper Asamoah Gyan – a survivor of the 2008 squad – back fit from the adductor injury suffered in their last group game against Egypt and that kept him out of the DR Congo win.Meanwhile, Razak Brimah will hope to keep his place in goal despite being fined $2,500 by the Ghana Football Association after upsetting supporters with an outburst on Facebook.Razak said he was responding to insults directed at his mother but nevertheless issued an official apology.“I accept that as an ambassador for my country Ghana and a role model for many across the globe, I should not have reacted this way,” said the 29-year-old.Franceville was the venue for Cameroon’s penalty shoot-out win over Senegal in the last round.So while Ghana had to travel to the south-east of Gabon from Oyem, Cameroon were able to stay at their base in the nearby town of Moanda.There Hugo Broos’ side have been preparing in the knowledge they have already exceeded expectations in making it this far.Their build-up has been slightly tarnished over a disagreement relating to bonuses, with Broos saying the country’s federation has shown the team “a lack of respect”.But the coach insisted that the issue will not be held up as an excuse if their run ends here.“We have not been happy since the start of the tournament but you have never seen that on the field,” he said. “If we lose it will not be because the money is not good, it will be because Ghana are better than us.”Cameroon progressed from their group at the expense of hosts Gabon and then edged out a much-fancied Senegal thanks to a Sadio Mane miss in a penalty shoot-out that followed a goalless draw.They have put behind them the withdrawals of key players before the competition, including Joel Matip and Eric Choupo-Moting, and are flourishing under their Belgian coach.“The players who didn’t come have their own personal reasons why they didn’t come and we are not looking back,” said the defender Fai Collins.Collins remembers well the win against Ghana at the same stage nine years ago when the Indomitable Lions side featured stars like Samuel Eto’o and Rigobert Song.“I remember I was at home, watching the game with my parents,” he said.“It was an extraordinary feeling for us beating Ghana knowing they had a very good squad. Now I am here and I hope I can have the same feeling as I did back then.”PAST ENCOUNTERS Date Match Result Score Competition 14 Jul 1978 Ghana v Cameroon W 2-1 African Games 09 Mar 1982 Cameroon v Ghana D 0-0 AFCON 1982 05 May 1982 Cameroon v Ghana D 0-0 African Friendship Cup 30 Nov 1994 Ghana v Cameroon W 1-0 Simba Cup 04 Oct 1998 Cameroon v Ghana W 1-3 AFCON 1998 22 Jan 2000 Ghana v Cameroon D 1-1 AFCON 2000 07 Feb 2008 Ghana v Cameroon L 0-1 AFCON 2008Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ghana’s Black Stars go into their sixth consecutive semi-final at the Africa Cup of Nations when they face Cameroon in Franceville this evening. Kick off time is 8pm.However, the Ghanaians have not won the trophy since 1982, instead gaining a reputation for coming up just short all too often over the last decade.Avram Grant’s side lost on penalties to the Ivory Coast in the final two years ago, while their current run of near misses began with a 1-0 last-four defeat to Cameroon at home in Accra in 2008.But in Gabon they have seemed like a side on a mission to end their long title drought and a 2-1 quarter-final win over DR Congo in Oyem on Sunday, secured thanks to a goal each from the Ayew brothers – Andre and Jordan – took them through to the last four.
Arsenal could not find a way past a resolute Sunderland defence as they began life without Robin van Persie with a goalless draw.Van Persie’s replacements Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud failed to score on their debuts with substitute Giroud off target from 12 yards.Abou Diaby also had a fine first-half shot saved by Simon Mignolet.But other than an impressive debut for Santi Cazorla, it was a frustrating afternoon for the Gunners.As profligate as Arsenal were, credit must also go to Sunderland, who were tireless in closing down space on a sweltering afternoon in north London. First-half opportunities for Podolski, Cazorla, Diaby and Theo Walcott must have left the watching supporters wondering what might have been had their top scorer from last season been on the pitch. However, other than their inaccuracy, there were signs that the new signings could prove astute purchases given more time to integrate into the side.Sunderland threatened before the break when first James McClean and then Jack Colback went close to spoiling Arsenal’s new dawn even further, but boss Martin O’Neill will be pleased with a point as his team stuck to a strict game plan.The Black Cats played with just Stephane Sessegnon up front, and once McClean had given Wojciech Szczesny an early wake-up call, they were quick to retreat with Lee Cattermole typically tigerish in midfield.Despite the Sunderland skipper’s attentions, it was clear Cazorla was having no trouble in getting up to Premier League speed as he foraged behind fellow debutant Podolski.The former Malaga midfielder shot wide early on, and showed his full repertoire of skills when he threaded a pass to Walcott but Podolski could not turn in the winger’s cut-back as Kieran Richardson closed in. Diaby shot from the edge of the box as Arsenal pushed Sunderland further back, and only isolated efforts from Colback gave the Gunners defence anything to concern them.On the day agreement with Barcelona for the sale of Alex Song was confirmed, the midfield trio of Diaby, Cazorla and Mikel Arteta linked well and showed there is plenty of depth in that department, given Aaron Ramsey only started on the bench and Jack Wilshere is still to return from injury.Try as they might, though, they could not fashion many clear-cut openings after the break, with the Sunderland defence quick to close any gaps on the edge of the penalty area.Podolski was replaced by fellow new signing Giroud after the hour mark, with Ramsey and the returning Andrey Arshavin also introduced.Former Montpellier forward Giroud then had the best chance of the afternoon, but his shot wide – after being set up by Cazorla – summed up the hosts’ afternoon.