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Comment: Time to step up action on bribery and corruption

first_imgRaj ThamotheramRaj Thamotheram is CEO and founder of responsible investment think-tank Preventable Surprises.  Other groups that one would expect to be active on such a key issue – Business for Social Responsibility, Council for Institutional Investors, and Principles of Responsible Investment – seem not to be[2] .The silver lining in the cloud that is Donald Trump’s presidency is that he has shown how easily otherwise decent Americans have rolled over and are now a major part of the problem.This quote from a New York Times editorial , published on Friday, says it all:“Government ethics officials had strongly urged Mr Trump to sell off his businesses… But he refused, because under the law he is not prevented from exploiting the presidency to turn a profit, and, unlike previous presidents, he doesn’t much care how that looks. Until Americans and their elected representatives demand statutory changes, Mr Trump and his family seem determined to use his electoral success to make a buck, regardless of how shameful the spectacle.”Put simply, Trump is getting away with it because of a rotten culture, especially – as the Economist noted last month – amongst the “craven… Republican enablers”. Presumably, they in turn believe that those who voted for them (independents too) are going to accept this corruption, or maybe even secretly like this kind of behaviour.For those who are tempted to try the “don’t bring politics into professional life” argument, let me pre-empt that: Please get real about your values in practice and just be authentic about the trade-offs you are willing to support, actively or passively, if you want me to take what you say seriously.So what does being authentic and being part of the solution look like? Hue Chen was the first exclusive consultant to the Fraud Section of the US Department of Justice, and author of the Fraud Section’s Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs document.Here is her explanation of why she felt compelled to resign. Rather than do it quietly, she has been honourably outspoken about why she left.Let me be clear: being authentically part of the solution doesn’t mean resigning! But those who invest in the US and who assert they can ensure appropriate oversight of investee companies in this context have a lot of explaining to do. So do their CEOs, who are largely sitting on the fence. This problem can’t be addressed at the level of corporate governance heads, corporate governance trade bodies, or professional organisations.There are organisations doing good work on this topic. InfluenceMap and the Union of Concerned Scientists are doing good work on the issue of corporate influence on climate policy. There are academics like Harvard’s Michael Toffel also working on what investors should expect companies to do differently.The Centre for Political Accountability covers the full spectrum of issues where corporate capture of politics is a problem, while the Committee for Economic Development takes a more systemic and preventative approach.All of these organisations need the active support of the investors – and especially the large fund managers, which in turn means the active interest of lots of asset owners. Investors headquartered in places where bribery and corruption is less tolerated, such Canada and Scandinavia, have a particular responsibility to use their space to operate and set benchmarks for their US peers – just as, in time past, the US has done internationally.As a consequence of the neglect shown by investors to this issue and over decades, there is a lot of ground to be made up and quickly.Trump is a symptom of a culture that investors have enabled. To see him as an aberration that can be waited out or even excised (aka impeached), before everything then goes back to “normal”, is another big error of judgement. That’s one of the reasons why I say this is probably the number one corporate governance issue for all investors in the US, and especially those who claim to be ESG or sustainability-oriented.What do you think? And, most importantly, how are you going to become a bigger part of the solution? When I first heard the phrase “legalised corruption and bribery”[1] to describe the US, I thought it very apt.The hypocrisy of lecturing emerging markets about this huge problem – and of course there are very corrupt countries around the world – while simultaneously tolerating, even justifying, a cultural variant in the US rather stuck in my throat.I wrote about it in 2012 and, ever hopeful, tried to stimulate mainstream action. But colleagues in the corporate governance field generally thought I was overstating the problem and largely gave this issue a rather wide berth.To their credit, the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) did some work around the disclosure of political donations – including in western countries – a few years later in 2015, but the initiative lacked energy.center_img [1] The phrase seems to have been initially coined by a former chairman of Ernst Young, who was also co-chair of the Committee for Economic Development, but it is now used by many including Thomas Friedman.[2] Checking their sites today, 3 July 2017, I still don’t see any work on this critical issue.last_img read more

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Coronavirus FactBox: What You Should Know

first_imgStay home except to get medical careYou should not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transportation or taxis.Separate yourself from other people in your homeAs much as possible, you should stay in a different room from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.Call ahead before visiting your doctorBefore your medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, 2019-nCoV infection. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected.Wear a facemaskYou should wear a facemask when you are in the same room with other people and when you visit a healthcare provider. If you cannot wear a facemask, the people who live with you should wear one while they are in the same room with you.Cover your coughs and sneezesCover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or you can cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can, and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.Wash your handsWash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Avoid sharing household itemsYou should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, or other items with other people in your home. After using these items, you should wash them thoroughly with soap and water.Monitor your symptomsGet medical care quickly if your illness is getting worse (for example if you are having trouble breathing). Call the healthcare provider ahead of time and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, 2019-nCoV infection. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected.Avoid contact with pets and other animalsDo not handle pets or other animals while sick. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with 2019-nCoV, several types of coronaviruses can cause illness in animals and spread between animals and people. Until we know more, avoid contact with animals and wear a facemask if you must be around animals or care for a pet.The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC’s web page 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China. Share Steps to help prevent the spread of 2019-nCoV if you are sick There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Stay home when you are sick.Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. People infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.People who think they may have been exposed to 2019-nCoV should contact your healthcare provider immediately. Share If you are sick with 2019-nCoV follow the steps below to help prevent 2019-nCoV from spreading to people in your home and community. Recently Returned Travelers from ChinaIf you were in China in the last 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.Avoid contact with others.Not travel while sick.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. Share 343 Views   no discussions AnnouncementsCoronavirusInternationalLifestyleLocalNewsRegional Coronavirus FactBox: What You Should Know by: – January 30, 2020 What to do if you are sick with 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Tweet 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people.What is the source of 2019-nCoV?A: Public health officials and partners are working hard to identify the source of the 2019-nCoV. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Analysis of the genetic tree of this virus is ongoing to know the specific source of the virus. SARS, another coronavirus that emerged to infect people, came from civet cats, while MERS, another coronavirus that emerged to infect people, came from camels.                                                         SymptomsHow 2019-nCoV SpreadsCoronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS and SARS.When person-to-person spread has occurred with MERS and SARS, it is thought to have happened mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. Spread of SARS and MERS between people has generally occurred between close contacts.It’s important to note that how easily a virus spreads person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. It’s important to know this in order to better understand the risk associated with this virus. The CDC considers this is a very serious public health threat. Prevention & Treatment Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Solskjaer says ‘no quick fix’ for Man Utd setback

first_imgSolskjaer himself is under growing pressure but is confident United can turn things around on Sunday at Tranmere in the FA Cup fourth round.“For me, we do have a way of doing things,” he said at his pre-match press conference on Friday.“Of course you can see other teams have done well. Jurgen (Klopp) spent four years building his team and they’re doing well now, so of course – I’ve said so many times – it’s not going to be a quick fix.“And it’s not going to be like eight players in or 10 players in one transfer window. We’ve had one proper transfer window in the summer because the Januarys they are difficult, but we are trying to do something now.”Solskjaer believes United have laid the foundations for success, even if the side have lost more Premier League matches than they have won since his permanent appointment in March.“When you start on something, you stick to that plan,” the United boss said. “For me, anyway. I’m not going to change six or eight or nine or 10 months after I got the job and start believing in a different way of doing things. Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime15 Most Astonishing Staircases In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Most Overpowered Live Action Disney CharactersThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?The Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them Back-to-back Premier League defeats to Liverpool and Burnley have been compounded by a toxic atmosphere around the club, with fans voicing their anger at the owners the Glazer family and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains confident that Manchester United see him as the right man to take them forward, reiterating there is no “quick fix” for the stumbling Premier League giants.Advertisementcenter_img Read Also: Rashford reveals likely return date to Man United squad from injury“I’m going to stick to what I’ve been trusted to do by the club and hopefully that’ll be good enough, and they can see what we’re doing is right.“It’s one of these jobs – we know how football is nowadays – but all my conversations with the club have been positive.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

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Bundesliga: In-form Bayern out to ‘boss’ Leipzig in top-of-the-table clash

first_img Loading… After getting a mid-week “wake-up call” in the German Cup, Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich are relishing the chance to prove their might in a top-of-the-table clash at home to RB Leipzig on Sunday. Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic insists the defending champions want to show nearest rivals Leipzig “who is the boss” at Munich’s Allianz Area. Kimmich (R) expects a tough showdown against former club RB Leipzig on Sunday Salihamidzic said the hosts are embracing “the role of favourites”, adding that Leipzig had been “weakened a bit” by poor results. Bayern swept to the top of the table last weekend for the first time since October and have won their last eight games. However, Hoffenheim found plenty of space to attack in Wednesday’s German Cup third-round tie as Bayern conceded two goals in the final 10 minutes as a comfortable 4-1 lead became a nervy 4-3 victory. “Perhaps it’s quite good to realise before the Leipzig game, that things won’t simply work of their own accord,” admitted Bayern midfielder Joshua Kimmich.Advertisement Haaland has scored a record eight goals in his first four games for Dortmund Lewandowski is making the headlines with 35 goals in 29 games after scoring two more in Wednesday’s cup win against Hoffenheim.However, a big factor is the space and chances being created behind him by Mueller, who has seven goals and nine assists in the 14 games since Flick replaced Niko Kovac as head coach in November.Mueller’s form has sparked debate in Germany over whether head coach Joachim Loew should recall the player for Euro 2020 despite telling the 30-year-old last March that his international career is over.Key facts180 – The minutes Haaland has needed to score eight goals in four games for Dortmund.22 – The goals Lewandowski has scored in 22 league games. Only Gerd Mueller, in the 1972⁄73 season, has ever scored as many goals in the same number of games.17 – The age of Dortmund midfielder Giovanni Reyna, who scored his first goal for the club in Tuesday’s cup defeat at Bremen when he beat two defenders and curled his shot into the top corner.44 – The goals Lewandowski and Mueller have scored between them for Bayern in all competitions this season.Fixtures (all times 1430 GMT unless stated)FridayEintracht Frankfurt v Augsburg (1930)SaturdayWolfsburg v Fortuna Duesseldorf, Werder Bremen v Union Berlin, Hertha Berlin v Mainz, Freiburg v Hoffenheim, Schalke v Paderborn, Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia Dortmund (1730)SundayBorussia Moenchengladbach v Cologne, Bayern Munich v RB Leipzig (1700)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Head coach Hansi Flick called the narrow win a “wake-up call”. Leipzig, who spent more than a month over Christmas top of the table, have had cold water poured on their title aspirations in recent weeks. A shock 2-0 loss at Eintracht Frankfurt a fortnight ago cost them a four-point lead. Then Bayern went a point ahead at the top after Leipzig’s 2-2 draw at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach last Saturday. Another loss at Frankfurt in mid-week, when top-scoring striker Timo Werner and playmaker Emil Forsberg both started on the bench, saw Leipzig dumped them out of the German Cup. “Leipzig will want to show a reaction,” Kimmich said. Sunday’s clash will also see the league’s leading scorer Robert Lewandowski, who has 22 goals in 20 games, go head-to-head with his nearest rival Werner, who is on 20. Before Bayern and Leipzig slug it out, third-placed Borussia Dortmund could go top on Saturday with a win at Bayer Leverkusen. Erling Braut Haaland, 19, has a record eight goals in his first four games for Dortmund, who were knocked out of the German Cup in midweek when they went down 3-2 at Werder Bremen.Sports director Michael Zorc slammed the team for playing “listlessly, comfortably and slowly”.Haaland has yet to play a full 90 minutes for Dortmund as he works his way back to full fitness after a knee injury in December.One to watch: Thomas MuellerMueller (R) and Lewandowski have scored 44 goals between them for Bayern in all competitions this season Promoted Content6 Things Women Found Really Attractive In The 60’sEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsThe Best Cars Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

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Bus plunges into reservoir, killing 21

first_imgAT least 21 people have died and 15 injured after a bus plunged into a reservoir in China. Eyewitnesses said those on the bus included high-school students on their way to take the “gaokao” university entrance exams. EPA The cause of the crash is currently under investigation. Those on board reportedly included students who were scheduled to take the “gaokao” university entrance exams, state media said. The driver, who is among the dead, had worked on this bus route since 1997, Xinhua said. The vehicle was travelling on a bridge on Tuesday in Anshun, Guizhou province when it crashed through a roadside barrier and fell into the water. It’s unclear how many people were on the bus at the time and how many of those were students. (BBC)last_img

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New study evaluates impact of new tax law by state

first_imgBatesville, In. — A new study from WalletHub recently conducted a study to determine which states get the best tax breaks from the Jobs and Tax Reform Act.Following the evaluation of all 50 states and the District of Columbia Ohio earned the 7th best ranking. Indiana hit the list in the 22nd spot.A link to the full study and Tax Fairness Questionnaire is here.last_img

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Trump Cheers Record Jobs Numbers

first_img(Washington, DC) — President Trump is cheering the latest record-setting jobs report, calling it “spectacular news.” Four-point-eight million jobs were restored in June and the unemployment rate fell to eleven-point-one percent. It was 13-point-three percent in May. Trump told reporters that the new figures shattered expectations and argued that the U.S. economy is roaring back. He noted that consumer confidence is on the rise and said the U.S. stock market is soaring. Trump also said 80% of small businesses are back open.Trump repeated a prediction that next year will be an incredible year. The economy was devastated by the coronavirus outbreak and the virus is surging again in more than a dozen states. Trump said the coronavirus “hot spots” will be tamped down quickly. “Today’s announcement proves that our economy is roaring back,” Trump said, rattling off different sectors that saw job gains according to the monthly report. “These are historic numbers.”Thursday’s report, Trump said, “suggests that workers are confident about finding a new job.” He added, though, that the White House and Congress continue to negotiate on another round of stimulus, frequently called “Phase 4,” to help the economy withstand a pandemic now in its fourth month.last_img read more

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Syracuse loses grip on early momentum, ties Penn State 2-2

first_img Published on November 1, 2014 at 9:04 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus By the time the buzzer sounded to mark the end of the first period, Syracuse already scored two goals and put 23 shots on net. The Orange dominated puck possession and generated numerous scoring opportunities.“Once we started scoring and going it was a good start for us,” forward Julie Knerr said.But the strong start wasn’t enough.Syracuse totaled 52 shots on goal to Penn State’s 17, but the Orange (2-3-5, 1-0-1 College Hockey America) ultimately tied the Nittany Lions (3-4-3, 0-1-1), 2-2, at Tennity Ice Pavilion on Saturday. SU controlled the beginning of the game, but still wasn’t able to pull out the victory.“It’s a 60-minute game and I was proud of our kids, the way we started the game,” head coach Paul Flanagan said, “but when we can’t bury those chances and we let a team hang around, bad things can happen.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“There are good ties and there are bad ties and I just thought that we gave away a point tonight.”Just five minutes in, SU forward Jessica Sibley sent a pass from the point to Knerr, who backhanded a shot toward the goal. Forward Alysha Burriss picked up the puck and slid it around Penn State goalie Hannah Ehresmann’s pads for a score.Syracuse maintained the momentum halfway through the first until Penn State’s Laura Bowman scored 15 seconds into a power play caused by a Nicole Renault penalty.The goal was Penn State’s first shot of the game and one of two power-play goals for the Nittany Lions on the night.“Our penalty kill is anemic,” Flanagan said. “Just people not making their reads and it’s veterans too, people that have been doing basically the same kill for three years.”After plenty of chances, Syracuse broke through again with only a minute and a half left in the first. On the power play, the puck slipped through Ehresmann’s legs during a scrum in front of the net. A review confirmed the puck crossed the line and Sibley was credited with a goal.In the second and third periods, the game became more physical and Penn State earned more possessions and got shots on goal.“Maybe we got comfortable with the lead,” Burriss said. “We just kind of laid back, took it easy. We got to keep up the energy that we had in the first.”At the start of the second, SU goalie Jenn Gilligan gloved a slap shot from the point and then had to make an undefended, breakaway save after Renault and SU defenseman Megan Quinn collided with one another, giving up the puck.She made multiple big saves in the second and third periods and Syracuse looked like it would be able to keep the one-goal lead because of it. But with 3:22 to go, PSU’s Amy Peterson wristed a shot top shelf past Gilligan.“The game-tying goal was exactly what we needed to do all night,” Flanagan said. “Those top corners were wide open and their kid Peterson, that’s a nice shot. I give her credit. We couldn’t seem to do that all night.”The third period finished and then the five-minute overtime period ended as SU has been accustomed to this season — without a game-winning goal. Five of the Orange’s last eight games have now ended in a tie.For the first time in 10 tries, the Orange failed to defeat the Nittany Lions, despite a convincing 3-1 victory on Friday.“I would say our kids are pretty down,” Flanagan said “… Our kids are dejected that we let that slip away and we didn’t put them away.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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USC travels to Tempe to face Sun Devils

first_imgAfter snapping their three-game losing streak in a win over the San Diego State Aztecs, the Women of Troy, now ranked third in the Pac-12, are headed to Tempe, Ariz. to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils. The match will be the last of USC’s conference and regular season schedule.USC’s second-leading goalscorer, sophomore attacker Izzy McMahon, tries to get past an Arizona State defender. Ling Luo | Daily TrojanThe Pac-12 conference game against the Sun Devils carries substantial weight. The Trojans currently sit at 5-4 within the Pac-12. With a loss to the Sun Devils and a win by the Oregon Ducks over the first-ranked Colorado Buffaloes, the Women of Troy would sit at a tie with the Ducks at 5-5 within the division. The Trojans are 1-1 against the Ducks thus far in 2018.Earlier this season, the Trojans overpowered the Sun Devils 14-3 at McAlister Field. Despite heavy showers, the Women of Troy’s first ever conference game within the Pac-12 ended up being their first-ever win as members of the conference.The Sun Devils currently stand at 6-10 for the season and are ranked No. 6 in the Pac-12. Their season has fluctuated repeatedly; despite their record, they do have a few impressive wins under their belt for the season.The Trojans have been preparing for Arizona State all week after last week’s triumph over San Diego State in their final home game of the season.The 17-7 win improved USC to 7-0 all-time against the Aztecs and 35-10 all-time at McAlister Field. The win was also the Trojans’ first win over SDSU since USC left the MPSF conference.“This win against the Aztecs was an awesome way to end the home schedule and sums up the last four years with the team,” USC senior goalie Gussie Johns said after logging her 12th career game with double-digit saves, and her fifth of the season (11 saves). “This win was really special and a great experience,” Johns said. Leading up to the match this week, the Women of Troy practiced hard and fixed errors from the previous matches with hopes of a win over SDSU. Their hard work and effort reflected on the field when it came to game time, winning the match with a 10-point lead. Sophomore midfielder Kerrigan Miller caused two turnovers for her 68th-career CT, and in the process moved into third in the program’s history. Miller was pleased with the win against the Aztecs.“Feels great that we got this win for the seniors and it’s a great feeling to win our last home game,” Miller said. The Women of Troy have been a successful group throughout the season, but they still need strong performances from their graduating seniors — each of whom played a vital role in their big win over San Diego State on Senior Day.All-American senior defender Lydia Sutton scored her first goal of the season last week to go along with an assist. However, her impact was felt the most on defense, where she recorded five ground balls and caused four turnovers against the Aztecs. The team should also expect big performances from its leading scorers: Miller, who is coming off a 2-goal and two-assist performance and sophomore attacker Izzy McMahon who scored 4 goals to go along with one assist against the Aztecs. A win this weekend would make the Trojans a lock to hold the third seed in the conference. With their conference standing on the line, the Women of Troy look to dominate this weekend to secure their spot as the third-ranked team heading into the Pac-12 Tournament.last_img read more

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FIFA Women’s World Cup: USA put 13 past Thailand

first_img Source: BBC The United States recorded the biggest ever victory in the Fifa Women’s World Cup as they crushed Thailand 13-0.The 2015 winners were 3-0 up at half-time, scored four times in 10 minutes in the second half and then added six more goals in the last 16 minutes.Alex Morgan scored five times for the United States with two goals apiece for Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis.Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also scored to beat Germany’s 11-0 win over Argentina.The United States’ previous biggest win in the tournament was a 7-0 success over Chinese Taipei in 1991, while Germany’s thrashing of Argentina came in 2007.How the goals went in1-0, 12 minutes: An unmarked Alex Morgan nodded in Kelley O’Hara’s cross.2-0, 20 minutes: Rose Lavelle’s powerful strike was helped into the net by the keeper.3-0, 31 minutes: Lindsey Horan scores from six yards out after Wilaiporn Boothduang fails to clear Tobin Heath’s free-kick.4-0, 50 minutes: Samantha Mewis’ deflected effort gave her the 800th goal in Women’s World Cup history.5-0, 52 minutes: Morgan tucked in after Thailand failed to clear a free-kick.6-0, 54 minutes: The ball bounced kindly to Mewis in the box and she struck another.7-0, 56 minutes: Mewis turned provider this time for Lavelle, who placed in the seventh.8-0, 74 minutes: A neat turn and finish from Morgan completed her hat-trick.9-0, 79 minutes: Megan Rapinoe timed her run to perfection and completed a flowing move.10-0, 81 minutes: Morgan hit a cracking strike from the edge of the box for her fourth of the night.11-0, 84 minutes: Substitute Mallory Pugh rounded the goalkeeper and rolled the ball in.12-0, 87 minutes: Morgan’s brilliant flick and powerful finish delivered the best goal of the night.13-0, 90+2 minutes: Carli Lloyd raced through the middle and slotted in from close range.Ruthless USA do not let upThe USA players refused to take their foot off the accelerator in the closing stages, taking an 8-0 lead into the final 12 minutes before adding five further goals.Several of Thailand’s players were clearly upset at the final whistle, with tears streaming down forward Suchawadee Nildhamrong’s face, while some members of the USA team attempted to console their opponents.Five-goal striker Morgan said: “With the scoreline tonight, we have to look at the group stage as every goal counts.“It was important for us to continue to go. We knew every goal could matter.”The defending champions have lost just one international game since July 2017 and have now won seven games in a row, scoring 36 goals in the process, and not conceding in five matches.last_img read more