Portugal beats Albania

first_imgELBASAN, Albania (AP):Portugal closed in on a spot at the European Championship after midfielder Miguel Veloso scored in injury time to snatch a 1-0 win from Albania in qualifying yesterday.Both teams had hit the woodwork before Veloso headed in substitute Ricardo Quaresma’s pass for the late winner.”I thought the ball was for me, and fortunately, it made it,” Veloso said.Elsewhere, Denmark was stymied by Armenia for a second 0-0 draw in four days, complicating the Danes’ chances to secure a berth for the 2016 tournament with a top-two finish in the group.Portugal increased its lead of Group I to 15 points. Denmark has 12 while Albania has 11, but both Portugal and Albania have a game in hand.Portugal’s Nani hit the goal frame in the 13th minute, while Sokol Cikalleshi of Albania sent a shot off the bar in the 75th.Two minutes later, Cristiano Ronaldo had an opportunity to put Portugal in front, but goalkeeper Etrit Berisha made a save.The victory came exactly one year after Albania stunned Portugal 1-0.Armenia has two points, while Serbia is in last place with one.”After halftime our team had one of its worst matches,” said Denmark coach Morten Olsen. “We failed in the last 20 minutes. The Armenians also proved they can play. The fact they have only got two points must be a mistake.”Portugal hosts Denmark on Oct. 8 when a draw will be enough to qualify, while Albania plays Serbia at home.last_img read more

RCMP dismisses rumours of dog-fighting rings in Peace Region

first_imgMorris worked as an RCMP officer in the north for 32 years, and says pets go missing often, and coyotes or other predator animals are usually responsible for it. “In 2015 we received information of a possible dogfighting ring in Charlie Lake that, upon investigation, was unfounded and turned out to be a false report.”In a follow-up story by CBC, Minister of Public Safety Mike Morris told the public broadcaster that he would need more facts before any action can be taken.“From what I understand, the RCMP in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek have received very few complaints,” Morris told the CBC.“(The RCMP) are concentrating on the organized crime activities … looking for lost pets is probably not high on their radar at this particular time until somebody can show us that there’s some activities,” Morris added.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The conversation around suspected dog fighting rings happening in the Peace Region has started up again.On Thursday, CBC News released a report following their investigative reporter Natalie Clancy’s look into claims that dogs are stolen from homes in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek and forced into dog-fighting rings.Residents reached out to the CBC, recounting their eye-witness accounts of the things they’ve seen and heard they believe could be attributed to dog-fighting. CBC also spoke to citizens who believe their dogs were stolen from their own backyards.- Advertisement -Manager of the BCSPCA’s North Peace Branch Candace Buchamer told Clancy she has seen a dozen dead or injured dogs that have injuries consistent with dog fighting.Responding to the claims, Inspector Mike Kurvers with Fort St. John RCMP says the the detachment only received two reports of missing dogs from owners, and three in 2015. So far this year, zero.“I understand there have been numerous claims on social media and recently media reports of numerous dog thefts or that of an organized dog fighting ring in the area,” he wrote in an e-mailed statement.Advertisementlast_img read more