By Voice of America March 25, 2020 On March 5 the United States slapped sanctions on Nicaragua’s National Police and three top police commissioners for what it calls serious human rights abuses against anti-government demonstrators.“The [Daniel] Ortega regime has utilized the Nicaraguan National Police as a tool in its campaign of violent repression against the Nicaraguan people,” U. S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. “Treasury is committed to holding accountable those who seek to silence pro-democracy voices in Nicaragua.”Any assets the police or the three officials (Juan Antonio Valle Valle, Luis Alberto Perez Olivas, and Justo Pastor Urbina) have in the United States are frozen and U.S. citizens are barred from doing business with them.The Donald Trump administration accuses Nicaraguan police of using live ammunition against peaceful protesters, organizing death squads, arbitrary killings, and kidnappings. It says some of the victims have been opposition political leaders.Protests erupted in Nicaragua in 2018 over cuts in welfare benefits and soon grew into overall anger against President Daniel Ortega’s government. The opposition accuses Ortega — a one-time leftist hero — of becoming more and more autocratic, like the dictatorship he helped topple in 1979.He has so far refused to resign or to call for early elections.Human rights groups say police’s crackdown on protesters has killed more than 300 people, a number Nicaraguan officials dispute.
Desperate attempts by two promotion seeking amateur football clubs to step up into the Nigerian Nationwide League, the lowest tier of the domestic league, has landed both clubs in trouble.The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Tuesday suspended all the four clubs involved in the scandalous scorelines during promotion play-offs on Monday.In a show of shame that reduced the Akwa United, Calabar Rovers 13-0 saga to a child’s play, Plateau United Feeder team manufactured a 79-0 victory over Akurba FC while Police Machine FC demolished Babayaro FC 67-0 to go down in history as the greatest scandalous scoreline ever recorded in the history of the game in the country.All teams were involved in promotion play-offs in which the winners would qualify to play in Nigeria Nationwide League Division 3.But Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, who felt scandalised by such mind-boggling scorelines immediately directed the NFF to probe the four teams involved in the show of shame.“The moment we got wind of this scandalous result yesterday, the minister and chairman of the National Sports Commission (NSC), immediately got in touch with the NFF to find out what happened in the two matches,” revealed a top NSC official Tuesday. Chairman of the NFF Organising Committee, Chief Mike Umeh, who is also 1st Vice President of the federation, also raised the alarm when informed about the scandalous scoreline. In line with the minister’s directive, he promptly directed that the four teams at the centre of the scandal be grounded, pending further sanctions on all the persons involved in the match-fixing.“It is unacceptable. This is a scandal of huge proportions. The four teams involved are suspended immediately and indefinitely, pending further sanctions. We will investigate this matter thoroughly and get to the bottom of it,” Umeh assured Nigerian football fans.NFF’s Director of Competitions, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi assured that the Organising Committee would mete out severe sanctions on all persons and institutions indicted by the investigation.“For now, that centre is suspended. The teams involved, their players and officials, match officials, coordinator and anyone found to have played some role in this despicable matter would be severely dealt with,” Sanusi said.
MORE: Watch the U.S. Open live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Tiger’s game plan was sound: He was excellent off the tee and left himself in manageable situations with his approach. His short killed him, however, and it cost him.Tiger finished the day par for the course, tied for 40th overall. The good news is that he made the cut. The bad news? It’s looking like he won’t challenge for the U.S. Open title, seven shots behind leader Justin Rose.Sporting News tracked scoring updates and highlights from Tiger Woods’ second round at the 2019 U.S. Open. Follow along below.Tiger Woods’ score: Updates, highlights from Round 2Hole (Par)Round 2 score (Overall) Place10 (4)Even (-1)T-2911 (4)1-under (-2)T-1412 (3)1-under (-2)T-1413 (4)1-under (-2)T-1414 (5)1-under (-2)T-1415 (4)1-under (-2)T-1516 (4)1-under (-2)T-1617 (3)1-under (-2)T-1618 (5)1-under (-2)T-151 (4)1-under (-2)T-152 (4)1-under (-2)T-153 (4)1-under (-2)T-154 (4)1-under (-2)T-155 (3)1-under (-2)T-186 (5)1-under (-2)T-187 (3)1-under (-2)T-188 (4)Even (-1)T-329 (4)1-over (par)T-40Hole 9: Par 4, 529 yardsShot 1: Tiger didn’t like that from the get-go. Hung his head as his ball sailed for the bunker.Shot 2: Tiger lays it up in the rough 54 yards short of the green.Shot 3: Great layup gets Tiger on the green a few feet from par. Shot 4: He missed it. Worst possible finish here assuming he cleans up bogey.Shot 5: Bogey. Bogey. Bogey. Absolutely terrible.Hole 8: Par 4, 418 yardsShot 1: Another fairway found. Tiger’s only got two more chances to find another birdie this round.Shot 2: Tiger’s approach is short — just past the cliffs and right before the bunker. Might have to scramble for par.Shot 3: Cleared the green and is in the back fringe. Needs 20 feet to avoid a bogey.Shot 4: Another near miss, but this time it costs him. So tough considering how many times he nearly hit birdie.Shot 5: Bogey.Hole 7: Par, 114 yardsShot 1: GIR, but it rolls back to about 20 feet from the pin.Shots 2, 3: Another two-putt … par. Hole 6: Par 5, 531 yardsShot 1: Fairway again. Don’t know if Tiger will attempt a GIR on the second shot or set up an up-and-down birdie attempt.Shot 2: Nice approach lands Tiger just short of the green, in pretty good position for a layup.Shot 3: Decent chip, but Tiger could have got a smidge closer. Looking at maybe 8, 9 feet for birdie, which he has not hit today.Shot 4: Tiger’s short game is killing him. Just missed again.Shot 5: You already know: par.Hole 5: Par 4, 184 yardsShot 1: Tiger’s on the green, his 10th GIR of the day. Looking at 15-plus feet for birdie.Shot 2: Too much break on the ball. It lands about a half-foot away.Shot 3: Par.Hole 4: Par 4, 337 yardsShot 1: And Tiger’s on the fairway again. Moving on.Shot 2: Excellent approach lands Tiger a GIR — looks like it’ll roll off the green, but it stops and rolls back down the slope toward the hole. Looking at an 8- or 9-footer for birdie.Shot 3: Oh, man. Tiger just can’t hit it. He misses it by an inch pro side.Shot 4: Don’t want to call par disappointing, but that’s a disappointing par.Hole 3: Par 4, 381 yardsShot 1: Tiger hits a nice booming shot that overshoots the fairway by just a few yards. Still in great position.Shot 2: Tiger’s not quite on the green, landing in the fringe short of the hole. He has a good look at an up-and-down par. Shot 3: Was right on line but didn’t have enough on it. Stops about a foot short.Shot 4: Guess what? Par.Hole 2: Par 4, 516 yardsShot 1: Tiger uses his 3-wood to safely hit his ninth fairway of the round. Solid shot.Shot 2: Beautiful shot. Tiger reaches the front of the green with his 6-iron, and the ball rolls toward the hole to set up a makeable birdie putt.Shot 3: Another near-miss by Tiger. Two-putt par upcoming.Shot 4: Par it is.Hole 1: Par 4, 369 yardsShot 1: Tiger uses an iron to slap it down the middle of the fairway. That’ll do nicely.Shot 2: With a 9-iron, Tiger pitches it onto the right edge of the green. He’ll have a long birdie putt.Shot 3: Too much on it, and too far right. Tiger misses his 20-foot birdie putt to set up a 3-footer for par.Shot 4: Got it. Another par.Hole 18: Par 5, 522 yardsShot 1: It’s on the fairway, but a bit shorter than Tiger wanted.Shot 2: Tiger lays it up short of the green, about 125 yards away from the hole. He’ll still have a chance at a birdie.Shot 3: A pretty pitch onto the green to set up a tough-but-makeable, 25-foot birdie putt.Shot 4: Just left. The ball misses the edge of the cup by about an inch.Shot 5: A tap-in for par.Hole 17: Par 3, 179 yardsShot 1: Tiger’s on the green about 10 feet from birdie. Masterful.Shot 2: Looked to be right on line for a birdie but it slips past not even an inch off the mark. It’ll scoot by a few feet, and that’s what Tiger will have for par.Shot 3: No doubt on that. Par.Hole 16: Par 4, 407 yardsShot 1: Tiger hits the fairway again. He’s feeling it off the tee today.Shot 2: Tiger’s bounces off the green into the rough pin-high. Shots 3, 4: Wow, very impressive up-and-down for Tiger to keep par. Onto Hole 17. Hole 15: Par 4, 403 yardsShot 1: And Tiger hits a nice stinger down the left-central side of the fairway. Shot 2: Tiger breaks out the 9-iron and lands a GIR, some 20-plus feet away from the hole.Shot 3: Tough break there. Tiger just misses the long birdie attempt by an inch to the left. He’ll settle for the walk-in par.Shot 4: Par. Hole 14: Par 5, 583 yardsShot 1: Tiger’s on the fairway but still looks about 300 yards out. Not really in a position for a GIR attempt.Shot 2: Approach lands him about 123 yards to the hole.Shot 3: Uh-oh. Tiger hits the green but it rolls back down in the rough, probably 40 yards away. He’ll need an up-and-down for par. Shot 4: Nice chip gets Tiger back on the green, roughly 5 feet from a very salvageable par.Shot 5: And he saves par. Not ideal considering the par, but better than getting back to even for the round.Hole 13: Par 4, 456 yardsShot 1: Another drive to the left side of the fairway. Looking pretty good.Shot 2: And another nice iron shot lands Tiger about 20 feet downhill from the pin.Shot 3: Looks like Tiger’s on the low side with his birdie attempt. Two-putt par coming up.Shot 4: Par. Tiger Woods could not have picked a worse way to finish Round 2 at the U.S. Open.After scoring an early birdie on the 11th hole, Tiger hit 14 consecutive pars, barely missing additional birdies on Holes 1, 2, 4 and 6. He just couldn’t hit them. Then, he ended the day with two straight bogeys on Holes 8 and 9 to go 1-over for the day and par through two rounds. Hole 12: Par 3, 206 yardsShot 1: Tiger’s on the green somewhere in the 20-foot range for birdie on the par-3.Shot 2: Ah, he came up just short on the lag putt. Tough, but a good look from him. Par upcoming.Shot 3: Par. Hole 11: Par 4, 400 yardsShot 1: Tiger drives down the left side of the fairway. Been hitting that pretty well so far here at Pebble Beach.Shot 2: More good iron for Tiger. Looks to be within 10 feet of another birdie.Shot 3: And there it is. Birdie. Solid, solid start for Tiger.Put it in reverse, @TigerWoods.First 🐦 of the day. pic.twitter.com/jGaJNdo1r1— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 14, 2019Hole 10: Par 4, 479 yardsShot 1: And we’re off. Tiger smokes it down the fairway to get the day started.Shot 2: Tiger’s already within 10 feet of the hole, looks like, with just his second shot. Birdie upcoming?Shot 3: Not much going there. Missed it on the amateur side. Par to start off.Shot 4: Par
But he couldn’t get out of trouble at the par-four 13th, his fourth hole of the day, after another tee shot went left into a scrub hazard.An irked Woods took an unplayable lie, then missed the green. His chip rolled through the putting surface and he walked off with a double-bogey that put him two-over and outside the cutline.– Solid turnaround –Woods responded with four birdies coming home.He gave his massive gallery — sent scampering several times by his errant drives — something to cheer about for the first time all day when he rolled in a 50-foot birdie bomb at the first hole.“It was nice to get one to fall in there and get something positive going into the back nine,” Woods said.He got back to even par with a birdie at the fifth, a short par-five, where a solid drive trickled into the first cut of rough and his second shot left him off the green but his chip left him an easy birdie.“My short game’s been good all week,” Woods said. “I’m just trying to get used to the firmness of the greens. We can hear the ball land from the fairway.”Woods got up and down for birdie at the seventh, but was back outside the cut line after a bogey at the par-three eighth.“I was just trying to get under par for the day,” he said of his inward push. “I thought that would be a good, solid turnaround from being two-over at the turn.”Woods was looking forward to testing his game under pressure over two more rounds. He’ll tee off on Saturday at the 10th hole of the South Course at 10:10 a.m. (18:10 GMT).“It’s one thing to do it at home, it’s totally another thing to do it out here,” he said. “These guys are all going low and I haven’t done that in a long time.”Share on: WhatsApp La Jolla, United States | AFP | Tiger Woods birdied his final hole on Friday capping a back-nine rally that saw him make the cut in his return to the US PGA Tour at the Farmers Insurance Open.The 14-time major champion wrestled four birdies from his last nine holes on the North Course at Torrey Pines, carding a one-under par 71.That was just enough to make the cut — his first since the Wyndham Championship in August of 2015 where he finished tied for 10th.Since then Woods has battled back trouble that sidelined him for all of 2016. He is playing his first official tournament since missing the cut here last year in an abortive comeback bid that ended with spinal fusion surgery in April.“I was grinding my way around the golf course today,” said Woods, who hit just three of 14 fairways and nine of 18 greens in regulation. “I fought hard. I was trying to post a number, which I was able to do.”Woods was one shot outside the cut line when arrived at his final hole, the par-five ninth.He was in the right rough off the tee and his second shot left him on the edge of the green, 75 feet from the pin.He nestled his first putt a few feet from the cup and made that for the needed birdie — capping a 71 for a total of 143 and offering a big smile to cheering fans.Woods was 10-shots off the 36-hole lead held by American Ryan Palmer, who carded a five-under par 67 on the North Course for 11-under 133.Spain’s defending champion Jon Rahm, who could seize the world number one ranking from Dustin Johnson with a victory, carded a six-under 66 and was alone in second on 134.Luke List carded a 66 to share third place on 135 with first-round leader Tony Finau, who carded a 70.Woods had opened the tournament on Thursday with a respectable even-par 72 on the South Course — scene of his 14th and most recent major title at the 2008 US Open.But he struggled off the tee all day — sending his first drive at least 50 yards left.He laid up in the rough and two-putted for par at the par-five 10th from about 40 feet.