UK’s Jonathan Hill nominated as financial markets commissioner

first_imgKatainen, prior to assuming the economic and monetary affairs brief – vacated by Olli Rehn when he took up his seat as MEP in the European Parliament this summer – also served as Finland’s deputy prime minister and spent four years as finance minister. Financial markets regulation, in a departure from José Manuel Barroso’s preceding commission, will no longer be concentrated within the internal markets and services commission, overseen by Barnier.Instead, the UK’s Jonathan Hill was nominated as commissioner for financial stability, financial services and the capital markets union.In his role, he will be responsible for the three European Supervisory Authorities, including the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA).While there was no direct confirmation of the fact, Hill’s oversight of EIOPA and capital markets would imply that his directorate general would be the new home of the internal market commission’s directorates G and H – for financial markets and financial institutions, respectively.The financial institutions directorate also contains the pensions and insurance unit, which, under Klaus Wiedner, was responsible for the most recent draft of the IORP Directive.Hill is one of the commission nominees with the least front-line political experience, having until recently served as the leader of the House of Lords, the UK’s upper house.He has worked in a number of economic departments in the UK, and was head of former Conservative Party prime minister John Major’s policy unit.Elżbieta Bieńkowska, the centre-right commissioner from Poland, has been nominated as commissioner for internal market, industry, entrepreneurship and small and medium enterprises.Explaining the decision to split the responsibilities of the internal markets commission, a statement said the EU had published “an ambitious and unprecedented series of regulatory and supervisory reforms to secure financial stability” in recent years.“Therefore,” it added, “the time has come to focus the existing expertise and responsibility in one place.”It said Hill would “ensure that the Commission remains active and vigilant in implementing the new supervisory and resolution rules”.While Juncker has the authority to assign portfolios to the commissioners, the college as a whole will still need approval from the European Parliament, which is likely to begin confirmation hearings the week of 22 September. Jonathan Hill, the UK’s centre-right commission nominee, is to succeed Michel Barnier as the commissioner in charge of financial markets regulation.Announcing the distribution of portfolios, European Commission president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker confirmed a reorganisation of the college of commissioners that sees former Finnish prime minister Jyrki Katainen named vice-president for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness.In his role, Katainen will be the senior commissioner in charge of all economic portfolios, including internal market matters and financial stability.He is currently the commissioner for economic and monetary affairs.last_img read more

Alex Meyer Replacing Milone in Twins’ Rotation

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — Left-hander Tommy Milone is headed to the bullpen, as he’s being replaced in the rotation by prospect Alex Meyer, who will make his first career start Tuesday against the Astros.Meyer, who was called up from Triple-A Rochester on Monday to pitch in long relief, was expected to remain in relief, but will instead be a member of the rotation after excelling in three starts at Rochester.The 6-foot-9 right-hander went 1-1 with a 1.04 ERA with 19 strikeouts and four walks in 17 1/3 innings.Meyer is ranked as Minnesota’s No. 11 prospect by MLBPipeline.com.Meyer, though, struggled in his season debut in a relief appearance against the Tigers in Friday’s 9-2 loss, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk in one inning.He allowed an inherited runner to score in the eighth before getting out of a bases loaded jam with one out.He came back out for the ninth, but gave up three hits to open the inning before recording an out.last_img read more

BHS Football Coaches

first_imgEvan Ulery is the new head football coach at Batesville High School replacing long-time coach, Eric Heppner.  Evan will inherit some excellent football players but will have to replace a large group of senior graduates.Evan has the following people to help with the program.  They include Michael Lanning as varsity assistant; Eric Feller, Neal Ploeger, Ted Henkle, Abe Sitterding, and Ben Siefert as reserve and freshmen coaches.  Jeremy Cook will act as a volunteer assistant for the high school program with emphasis on weight training.The junior high program is headed by Clay Kellerman as coordinator and Chase Meers & Tony Gausman as coaches and Josh Pohlman as a football volunteer.Good luck to Coach Ulery and his staff!*Note:  I apologize to WRBI for omitting their name as a source of information for the article on the Batesville Bats which appeared on Monday.last_img read more

IDNR releases 2018 Special Events Calendar

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Advance copies of the 2019 Department of Natural Resources special events calendar are available in PDF format by emailing specialevents@dnr.IN.gov. You can request a hard copy by calling 317-232-4140. Events are also posted at nature centers and park gates.After Dec. 1, the calendar will be available online at StateParks.IN.gov/3282.htm or on the DNR calendar at calendar.dnr.IN.gov so you can check periodic changes in event schedules as they occur. The calendar includes special events at state parks and state forest recreation areas across the state.Some state parks also offer periodic electronic newsletters with event details. A list of these is at public.govdelivery.com/accounts/INDNR/subscriber/new.Highlights on the 2019 calendar include the winter dog hike at Brown County State Park on Feb. 2, the Full Moon 5K at Patoka Lake Aug. 16, and “Hoots and Howls Weekend” at Mounds State Park on Oct. 25-27. Easter egg hunts, paddling events and fireworks are also on the schedule among other events.“In addition to these special events, our interpretive naturalists offer a wide range of hikes, talks and other outdoor experiences to introduce Hoosiers to our natural and cultural resources throughout the year,” said Ginger Murphy, deputy director of Indiana State Parks.For camping reservations, visit Camp.IN.gov (available 24 hours) or call 1-866-6CAMPIN (1-866-622-6746) between noon-8 p.m. Reservations can now be made year-round up to six months in advance to ensure that you have your favorite campsite.For reservations at Indiana State Park Inns, visit IndianaInns.com or call 1-877-LODGES1 (1-877-563-4371).last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: — Fans will be allowed to enter baseball stadiums today for games in Taiwan for the first time this season. It is part of a gradual easing of restrictions amid the pandemic. The China Professional Baseball League said up to 1,000 people would be permitted to enter ballparks after an agreement between the league and Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center.— New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio doesn’t see games returning to Yankee Stadium or Citi Field very quickly, at least not with fans. De Blasio says bigger events are going to be one of the last things that will really fit the equation as the country restarts. He says the perfect time to reopen big events is when the new coronavirus has been “beaten back to next to nothing.”— WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman expects professional boxing to return without spectators and with judges officiating by video from home. Sulaiman said the World Boxing Council has produced a protocol for fights during the coronavirus pandemic that limit, for instance, a four-fight card to about 40-50 people at a venue.— More than 30 workers have accepted voluntary severance packages from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. It’s part of the organization’s attempt to trim up to 20% of its expenses in response to shortfalls caused by COVID-19. Furloughs and involuntary layoffs are expected to begin next week.— The televised match involving Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and two of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks is raising $10 million for COVID-19 relief. Turner Sports is producing the May 24 event that will be simulcast on its networks, including TNT and TBS. Woods and Peyton Manning will take on Mickelson and Tom Brady at Medalist Golf Club. UNDATED (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee has sent a letter to NCAA leaders, conferences and schools requesting details about how college athletes can be compensated for their names, images and likenesses.Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., sent 20 questions to each Power Five conference, dozens of colleges and universities and committees at each of the NCAA’s three divisions.Wicker’s letter comes a day after Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., released a letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert urging the association to take further action on name, image and likeness compensation for college athletes.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSIndyCar to open delayed season in Texas KANSAS-NCAA INFRACTIONSNCAA calls alleged Kansas basketball violations “egregious”LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The NCAA struck back at the University of Kansas and its men’s basketball program Thursday, calling five Level I violations that are alleged to have occurred “egregious” and arguing that they undermine and threaten” college athletics.In the latest in a series of back-and-forth filings, the NCAA reiterated in a 92-page response its claim that Adidas representatives were acting as boosters when two of them — T.J. Gassnolo and Jim Gatto — helped to arrange payments to prospective recruits. Those transactions became a central point in a wide-ranging FBI probe into college basketball that has ensnared Kansas, Louisville and several other high-profile programs.Officials from Kansas have said coach Bill Self and assistant Kurtis Townsend said they were unaware of the transactions, backing up a statement Gassnola made during sworn testimony. The Texans won a regular-season game at Arrowhead Stadium in 2019, then blew a 24-0 lead in the divisional round of the playoffs.Another highlight of the opening weekend will have Tom Brady’s regular-season debut with Tampa Bay against Drew Brees at New Orleans on Sept. 13 — the first matchup of 40-plus quarterbacks in NFL history.The opening of SoFi Stadium in the Los Angeles area that Sunday night has the Rams hosting the Cowboys. Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas will debut on the Monday night, Sept. 21, with the Raiders facing Brady and the Buccaneers.The NFL schedule, not to mention offseason activities and the preseason, is considered tentative given the current prohibition on large gatherings.In other NFL news: UNDATED (AP) — IndyCar has gotten the green flag to finally start its season in Texas.The race will be run June 6 without spectators at Texas Motor Speedway.IndyCar President Jay Frye says IndyCar worked closely with track and public health officials on a plan to “ensure the safety of our event participants.”The June season opener will be on a condensed schedule with practice, qualifying and the race taking place on the same day. There will be strict access guidelines limiting the number of personnel on site, with health screening system administered to all participants and personal protection equipment provided to everyone entering the facility. Social distancing protocols will be in place.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: CFL-COMMISSIONER-CANCELLATIONCFL commissioner: Canceling season most likely scenarioOTTAWA (AP) — Canadian Football League Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said the most likely scenario is to cancel the season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Ambrosie made the admission for the first time while testifying Thursday to a House of Commons standing committee on finance.News broke last week that the CFL had requested up to $150 million Canadian in assistance from the federal government. During his testimony, Ambrosie said the league’s future is “very much in jeopardy.” May 8, 2020 — The New England Patriots have signed four members of their 2020 draft class. Linebackers Josh Uche and Cassh Maluia, kicker Justin Rohrwasser and offensive lineman Justin Herron have all agreed to terms on rookie contracts. The Patriots entered last month’s draft with 12 picks and after making several trades over three days, wound up selecting 10 players.— The lawyer for the wife of Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas said she is being subjected to an “unfounded ongoing investigation” by Texas police after she allegedly pointed a gun at her husband’s head upon finding him in bed with another woman last month. According to a police affidavit, Nina Thomas tracked down her husband at a short-term rental home in Austin in the early morning hours of April 13 and found him and his brother, Seth, in bed with two women.— Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is pushing for a change that would allow football players to enter the NFL draft after their freshman or sophomore seasons in college. Currently, players are not eligible for the NFL draft until they have been out of high school for at least three years. It is a policy in the collective bargaining agreement that runs through the 2030 season.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETESSenators send letters to NCAA leaders with NIL questions — The head of China’s football association says teams will implement temporary player pay cuts of 30% to 50% to help teams manage losses from the coronavirus outbreak. The official (Chen Xuyuan) also told state broadcaster CCTV that matches would be resumed on a staggered schedule but gave no specific dates.— Sporting events in Oregon are likely to be without large crowds likely through at least the end of September because of the new coronavirus. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced steps the state is taking in its reopening next week. Brown asked those planning large gatherings to cancel or significantly modify plans for anything scheduled in September.— The NFL has set protocols for reopening team facilities and has told the 32 teams to have them in place by May 15. Commissioner Roger Goodell mapped out several phases of protocols in a memo obtained by The Associated Press. The first phase to deal with the coronavirus pandemic would involve a limited number of non-player personnel. The individual clubs would decide which employees could return to the facility and when, once the buildings reopen. No players would be permitted in the facility except to continue therapy and rehabilitation for injuries that were underway when facilities were ordered closed in late March.— The Cleveland Cavaliers are one of a handful of NBA teams planning to reopen their training facilities today for individual player workouts. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the team has worked with health officials to ensure players and coaches are safe.— NBA teams have been asked to help the Mayo Clinic with a study that could help researchers come closer to finding a solution to the coronavirus problem. Mayo Clinic officials need volunteers for a study largely centered around antibodies. Teams were told that the study would help doctors understand the prevalence of COVID-19 among infected individuals who were asymptomatic or experienced only mild symptoms. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NFL- SCHEDULEKicking off: Texans at Chiefs to open season Sept. 10UNDATAED (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs will open defense of their Super Bowl championship by hosting Houston on Sept. 10 in the NFL’s annual kickoff game — pending developments in the coronavirus pandemic, of course. Associated Press Storen was general manager of the Indiana Pacers and Kentucky Colonels and president of the Atlanta Hawks. He owned the ABA’s Memphis Sounds, worked for the Cincinnati Royals of the NBA and the Houston Astros.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 OBIT-MIKE STORENEx-ABA commissioner Mike Storen, dad of Hannah Storm, dies at 84Mike Storen, a former ABA commissioner and multisport marketing whiz and the father of ESPN broadcaster Hannah Storm, has died. He was 84.Storm says her father died Thursday at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta of complications from cancer.Known for his hearty laugh and creative mind, Storen rose to executive spots in basketball, football, baseball and tennis during a four-decade career in sports. NBA-ANTETOKOUNMPO-ACCOUNTS HACKEDBucks, relatives say Antetokounmpo’s social media was hackedMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo’s (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-pohz) social media accounts were hacked on Thursday afternoon and several bizarre and offensive tweets were posted, according to the Milwaukee Bucks, Antetokounmpo’s brother and the player’s representatives.More than a dozen tweets popped up in Antetokounmpo’s feed in the span of about five minutes, and they appeared to clearly be the work of someone other than the reigning MVP. The tweets included racial slurs, profane attacks on other players and a claim that Antetokounmpo had the coronavirus.The tweets weren’t up for long before disappearing from Antetokounmpo’s account. The Bucks said in a statement that an investigation is underway.last_img read more

Field hockey Bees stopped in regionals by Guilderland

first_imgNot content with this margin, the Dutch got a goal from Sophia Sericolo with 18:30 to play. Only here did B’ville, down 3-0, begin to pick up its own attack, Emma Brushingham breaking up the shutout as she scored six minutes after Sericolo converted.A lot of time remained, but Guilderland held on from here, advancing to a regional final against Section IV champion Maine-Endwell.Meanwhile, B’ville pondered an off-season where it would see nine seniors, including Brushingham, Leah Tuch, Sarah Smiley, Mackenzie Dickman, Julia Guidone, Bailey Nicholson, Sarah Dusse, Kendall Corni and Maren Roy, graduate.That takes care of most of the Bees’ starting lineup, though Julia and Victoria Schultz return for 2020.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Guilderland, by contrast, had never won a championship before the Lady Dutch topped Shenendehowa in overtime in Sunday’s Section II final, just as B’ville was using two late goals by eighth-grader Julia Schultz to put away Rome Free Academy in its title game.Right away, Guilderland applied pressure to B’ville, and after a series of missed opportunities, the Dutch went in front 1-0 with 12:47 left in the first half as Hannah Risko converted off a feed from Jess Coton.Less than seven minutes later, the margin doubled, again with Risko, whose goal this time was assisted by Ava Thompson. Though the Bees’ defense settled down from there, it still went to halftime trailing 2-0. An up-and-down regular season that the Baldwinsville field hockey team endured was all worth it by the time the Bees claimed its second Section III Class A title in three years.But the program’s first state championship remains elusive as B’ville was topped 3-1 by Guilderland in Wednesday afternoon’s opening round of the regional playoffs at Gloversville High School.At least in this instance, it was the Bees that carried the experience advantage. Several of B’ville’s players had faced state tournament pressure before as part of the 2017 team that reached the state final four before falling to Ward Melville in the semifinals.center_img Tags: Baldwinsvillefield hockeylast_img read more

Women of Troy sweep weekend series

first_imgSitting in a tie for third place in the conference, the Women of Troy were hoping to open the second half of the Pac-10 schedule with two wins at the Galen Center.Hands up · Junior setter Kendall Bateman and freshman outside hitter Alexis Olgard jump to block a Washington State spike. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan And that’s exactly what they did.The No. 8 USC women’s volleyball moved to 8-3 in the Pac-10, beating Washington State on Friday night before coming back and defeating No. 7 Washington — the first team to hand the Women of Troy a loss earlier this season — on Saturday afternoon.USC dominated in Friday night’s match, sweeping the Cougars in three sets, 25-14, 25-16, 25-15.“I think we did pretty good,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “That was maybe the best of the focuses we’ve had because we were ahead in both of the first two games with good concentration and serving.”Junior outside hitter Alex Jupiter recorded 12 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Katie Fuller had eight. Freshman middle blocker Alexis Olgard added seven kills in the match and hit .700 on the night.“We played great as a team,” Olgard said. “We had a lot of energy.”Haley praised his team’s strong execution in the match against Washington State, a team that was searching for its first conference win of the season.“Washington State really brought a lot of heat on us [Friday]. I think they thought the second round they’ll come with a lot of top spin,” Haley said. “We were kind of ready for it.”Sophomore middle blocker Natasa Siljkovic made her debut for the Women of Troy and recorded her first kill of the season in the second set.“Natasa certainly got her feet wet, so that was good,” Haley said.Friday’s match only lasted an hour and 17 minutes, something Haley thought could help the Women of Troy as they moved into Saturday’s match against the Huskies.“That’s really good because that shouldn’t take very much out of us,” Haley said.Saturday’s match, however, was a bit of a different story. The Huskies came out firing and took an early 16-6 lead in the first set before winning that game 25-15.“[Washington] played really really well in the first set, and usually you can’t play five games that well. In fact, usually you can’t play three games that well,” Haley said.Fortunately for the Women of Troy, that turned out to be the case, and USC was able to fight back.Down 9-7 in the second set, USC went on a 7-0 run, helping the Women of Troy finish the set with a 25-17 victory. USC followed by winning the third set, 25-19.“The key for us was to not get discouraged, to not lose our focus and just stay with it,” Haley said.In the fourth set, the two teams found themselves in a 22-22 tie. Washington ended up winning the set thanks to a kill by middle blocker Bianca Rowland, who hit .500 on the night.Late in a very intense fifth set, USC had a 14-13 lead on the Huskies. Jupiter dealt the final blow to Washington, recording her 30th kill of the night and helping USC win the fifth set, 15-13, and walk away with the victory.“Alex was superb. No emotion — just kept dissecting them,” Haley said.Freshman outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana had a breakout game, recording a career-high 21 kills, while also adding eight digs and two aces.“I think she grew up tonight. I think she’s now a different player. That’s the first time she’s carried the load for us,” Haley said of his freshman phenom, later adding, “She  finished extremely good. That’s another step forward.”The impressive play for USC did not stop at the number of kills the outside hitters recorded. Serving was another strong component of the team’s performance.“We didn’t serve as accurately as we wanted to, but we served aggressively, and I was really pleased with how they went after the other team,” Haley said.The Women of Troy will next head on the road to face California on Friday and Stanford on Sunday.last_img read more

Syracuse women’s basketball opponent preview: Visual breakdown of Connecticut

first_img Published on April 4, 2016 at 5:01 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Brianna Butler – Kia Nurse Create bar chartsBrittney Sykes – Gabby WilliamsCreate bar charts  AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPositional ComparisonAlexis Peterson – Moriah JeffersonCreate bar charts Isabella Slim – Morgan Tuck Create bar chartsBriana Day – Breanna StewartCreate bar chartsBig NumbersConnecticut has lost just one time in the last 1,119 days. That came on Nov. 17, 2014 to Stanford in overtime on the road.The Huskies are going for their fourth-straight NCAA title, making the senior class the first to win national championships each year.Connecticut already has a record 10 national championships. A win would give the Huskies their 11th.UConn has won all 37 of its games this season by at least 10 points. Notre Dame was the closest team to beating Connecticut when it lost by just 10 points Dec. 5. The Huskies average margin of victory is 39.9 points and its closest NCAA tournament game so far was 21 points. Comments Team ComparisonSracuse vs. Connecticut Create bar charts Overview Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

NBA 2019-20: Boston Celtics profile, roster and season schedule

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Also Read | NBA: Things To Look Forward To Ahead Of The Upcoming 2019-20 SeasonNBA 2019-20: Boston Celtics roster DATE TIME (IST) OPPOSITE VENUE First Published: 22nd October, 2019 11:59 IST COMMENT 10 months ago NBA: Things to look forward to ahead of the upcoming 2019-20 season Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia Last Updated: 22nd October, 2019 11:59 IST NBA 2019-20: Boston Celtics Profile, Roster And Season Schedule NBA: Boston Celtics have their first season game against Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday, Oct 24 Here is team profile and roster for the NBA 2019-20 season. Boston Celtics were not in the best of the form last NBA season. They ended their playoff run with four consecutive losses to Milwaukee Bucks. As both Kyrie Irving and Al Horford departed, Celtics roped in point guard Kemba Walker, who could be a key player this season. The team also signed Enes Kanter, Vincent Poirier, Grant Williams, Romeo Langford, Carsen Edwards and Tremont Waters. Celtics also officially announced that they have signed Jaylen Brown to contract extension. Gordon Hayward, who recently suffered from a minor elbow injury, did not participate during the team practice on Monday. Boston Celtics will start their NBA 2019-20 season with a match against the Philadelphia 76ers.  October 24 5:00 am Philadelphia 76ers TD Garden Also Read | NBA 2019-20 Milwaukee Bucks Profile: Roster And Season Schedule October 31 5:00 am Milwaukee Bucks Devika Pawar Madison Square Garden FOLLOW US Jaylen Brown, Carsen Edwards, Tacko Fall, Javonte Green, Gordon Hayward, Enes Kanter, Romeo Langford, Semi Ojeleye, Vincent Poirier, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Daniel Theis, Kemba Walker, Brad Wanamaker, Tremont Waters, Grant Williams and Robert Williams.Also Read | NBA 2019-20: Houston Rockets Profile, Roster And Season ScheduleNBA 2019-20: Boston Celtics preseason form Boston Celtics won all four of their preseason games and proved how cohesive their team could be. Daniel Theis, Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum and Gordon Hayward have worked well as Celtics’ starting unit. Rookies Carsen Edwards and Grant Williams have also performed well. Edwards was the top performer for their 118-95 win against Clevland Cavaliers with 30 points. Also Read | Addressing Growing Fan Behavior Problem Top Priority For NBANBA 2019-20: Boston Celtics first five fixturescenter_img Might want to get to know this guy, we hear he’s sticking around 😏⤵️ pic.twitter.com/vw61HevXs7— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 22, 2019 LIVE TV With the announcement of @FCHWPO re-signing with the Celtics, here’s what he had to say about what a successful season looks like for him: pic.twitter.com/MdRHIzwe6g— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) October 21, 2019 October 26 4:30 am Toronto Raptors 10 months ago Addressing growing fan behavior problem top priority for NBA WATCH US LIVE Written By November 2 5:00 am New York Knicks October 27 5:00 am New York Knicks 10 months ago NBA 2019-20: All about the Eastern Conference sides this season WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago NBA 2019-20: Houston Rockets profile, roster and season schedule TD Garden TD Garden 10 months ago LA Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma not to feature in NBA season openerlast_img read more

WCQ 2018: Comoros to face Ghana,Sellas Tetteh’s Sierra Leone lose out

first_imgThe tiny island nation of the Comoros and  Chad both unexpectedly advanced to the second round of Africa’s World Cup preliminaries with away goal triumphs in qualifying matches on Tuesday.They were joined by Botswana, Burundi, Liberia, Madagascar, Namibia, Niger and Mauritania while Djibouti failed to arrive for their tie in Swaziland.Comoros booked a second round knockout tie against Ghana next month after they held Lesotho to a 1-1 draw in Maseru, netting a vital away goal after a 0-0 draw in last week’s first leg.French-born Mohamed Mchangama scored 20 minutes from time for the Indian Ocean island nation.Chad  qualified despite losing 2-1 to Sierra Leone in the second leg of their preliminary round tie.The match was played in Port Harcourt, Nigeria because there is a ban on international football in the Ebola-affected Sierra Leone. Chad had won last week’s first leg 1-0 and doubled the aggregate score when Leger Djimrangar netted just before half-time.Sierra Leone left it late with two goals but needed a third to advance.Mauritania and Niger both won 4-0 at home to dispatch South Sudan and Somalia respectively while William Jebor scored a hat-trick as Liberia won 3-1 away in Guinea Bissau for a 4-2 aggregate triumph.Swaziland, who were 6-0 winners away in Djibouti last week, were left twiddling their thumbs after Djibouti were stranded in Nairobi with visa problems.“We are going to discuss the way forward concerning the match but it is likely to be played within the next 48 hours,” said Frederick Mngomezulu, the chief executive of the Swaziland football association. If Djibouti do not arrive by Wednesday, however, Swaziland will get a walkover to confirm their second round meeting with giants Nigeria, officials added.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more