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Fire razes sugarcane plantation

first_imgThe blaze began around 12:20 p.m. fromthe plantation owned by Felicidad Posa then quickly spread to other partsof the field, a police report showed. Arson investigators have yet todetermine the total cost of damage./PN Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)firefighters augmented by volunteer fire brigades placed it under control afterseveral minutes. center_img ILOILO City – Fire struck a sugarcane plantationin Barangay Tuburan, Pototan, Iloilo.last_img

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Bacolod SP OKs 1-month extension of tax deadline

first_imgHowever, there shall be a surcharge of 25 percent of the amount of taxes, fees or charges not paid on time and an interest at the rate of two percent per month of the unpaid taxes, fees, and charges including surcharges, until such amount is fully paid. But in no case shall the total interest on the unpaid amount or portion thereof exceed 36 months. Under the proposed ordinance, the SP may for justifiable reason or cause, extend the time for payment of such taxes, fees and charges without surcharges or penalties, but only for a period of not exceeding six months. BACOLOD City – The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) here has approved a measure that would extend by one month the deadline payment of all taxes, fees and charges imposed by the local government unit for succeeding quarters of this year. Espino noted the deadline to pay local taxes, fees and charges for the fourth quarter of 2020 is set on Oct. 20. Thus, with the approval of the ordinance, the deadline would be extended by November 20.center_img Councilor Al Victor Espino, who authored the resolution, cited the economic impact of coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic in his move to extend the deadline.“It is imperative to move the statutory deadlines and timelines for filing and submission of any document, payment of taxes, fees, and other charges required by law. This would ease the burden on individuals under community quarantine,” he said. The extension was in relation to the uniform implementation of Republic Act No. 11469, with the authority of the Secretary of Finance./PNlast_img read more

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Coole too hot for Thurles rivals

first_img Press Association Tom Cooper’s charge was one of a group of runners to vie for the lead along the back straight, before taking a more solid lead on the turn for home. Another good leap at the last put the race to bed, and Joe Holly was able to bring him home six-and-a-half lengths ahead of Stoney. Coole Avenue produced a fine round of jumping to open his chase account in the Cashel Beginners Chase at Thurles.center_img Ballysteen showed plenty of grit to land the Templemore Beginners Chase. Mouse Morris’ charge was left in a clear lead when favourite Third Opinion unshipped Ger Fox six out, but that gap had been whittled down by the second last. The 13-2 chance pulled out more for Kevin Sexton, though, eventually scoring by 10 lengths from Bar Stool Bob. “He jumped well and deserved it, and we’ll try and find a little handicap for him somewhere,” said Morris. last_img read more

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Miami Dolphins Open Drive-in movie theater at Hard Rock Stadium

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Starting tonight, the Dolphins are turning their home field into a drive-in movie experience, allowing 175 cars to drive right onto the fieldMovies will change every weekend and tonight on Juneteenth the movie will be Selma and tickets are 39 bucks a car.Waiter service is offered in order to help keep everyone socially distant and safe.All proceeds benefit the Miami Dolphins Foundation, which gives out 1000 free meals a day, five days a week, to those who need it in the community.And if drive-in isn’t your thing, there is also an open-air theatre with plush, comfortable seating.The outdoor theatre can accommodate 400 people. They even have a VIP section with pods that can seat up to parties of four, all while keeping everybody socially distant. For more information on movies, times and pricing, click here.last_img read more

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CAF CONFED CUP Rangers, Enyimba Draw North African Oppositions

first_img*Flying Antelopes coach, Ugwu, says no cause for alarmNigerian champions Enyimba have been draw to begin their CAF Confederation Cup away to Morocco’s Hassania Agadir, while Rangers, who were knocked out at the group phase last year, will host another north African team, Pyramids FC of Egypt when the tournament kicks off on December 1.The draw for the group phase of the continent’s second tier club competition had earlier been conducted at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, placing Enyimba in Group D and Rangers in Group A. Enyimba, CAF Champions League winners in 2003 and 2004, also have in Group D FC San Pédro (Côte d’Ivoire) and Paradou AC (Algeria). The Ivorien side will host the encounter against the Algerian club.Mauritania’s FC Nouadhibou will be at home against Al-Masry SC of Egypt in Group A where Rangers feature.However, despite the north Africa oppositions, Head coach of Rangers International F.C of Enugu, Benedict Ugwu, has assured the club’s numerous supporters of a sterling performance in the group stage of the competition despite having two Egyptian heavy weights and a Mauritanian side to contend with in Group A.In a chat after the draws were concluded on Tuesday at CAF headquarters, Coach Ugwu said that it was a good draw for the ‘Flying Antelopes’ and he was positive of leading the Enugu side to its second continental triumph this season.“It is a very fine draw for us and we fear no foe. It surely will be tough but we are physically, psychologically and spiritually prepared for the games of the group stage. Our target remains laying our hands on the trophy for a second time at the end of this season”, stated Ugwu who is popularly called ‘Surugede’ in his playing days.Rangers will kick start the group stage of the competition with a home tie against Pyramids F.C of Egypt on December 1, 2019 with a road trip to Cairo for a date with Al-Masry on December 8 for the match day 2 encounter.The four teams in Group A of the group stage of the competition are: Pyramids F.C of Egypt, F.C Nouadibhou of Mauritania, Rangers International F.C of Nigeria and Al-Masry of Egypt.The seven time Nigeria league champions ended third in the group stage last season where they had two Tunisian sides and a Burkina-Faso side to contend with.In the other groups, Horoya of Guinea, winners of CAF Cup Winners Cup in 1978 and veterans of the continent’s club competitions, will be away to South Africa’s Bidvest Wits on Match day 1 in Group B, while Al-Nasr SC (Libya) will welcome Mali’s Djoliba at a venue to be determined later.In Group C, last year’s finalists Morocco’s RS Berkane will be at home to Benin Republic’s ESAE on Match day 1, on the same day Zambia’s Zanaco FC will be away to Daring Club Motema Pembe in DR Congo.The group stage will be concluded on March 6, next year with the top two teams advancing to the quarterfinals.Enyimba were the last Nigerian team to advance beyond the group stage of this competition. And that was in 2018 when the People’s Elephant reached the semifinals but lost 1-3 aggregate to eventual winners Raja Casablanca.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Trojans look for first Pac-12 win

first_imgUSC’s men’s basketball team is in the midst of a three-game losing streak and is looking to get back to its winning ways on Thursday as the Trojans (9-7, 0-3) travel to Salt Lake City, Utah to take on the Utah Utes.The Trojans’ anemic offense might be particularly concerning to USC basketball fans — In the opening three games of conference play, the team has been outscored 259-186.Drive · Junior guard Byron Wesley leads the Trojans wth 17.5 points per game, well above his 10.2 average from last year. Wesley will need to shoot well in order to defeat the dangerous 12-4 Utes.Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanHead coach Andy Enfield addressed the offensive struggles that have plagued the Trojans through their first 16 contests, most notably during a 20-point loss at home to the top-ranked Arizona Wildcats on Sunday.“We definitely turned the ball over too many times and had too many possessions where we didn’t score,” Enfield said. “Against a good team … you have to convert.”The Trojans have dropped their first three contests in Pac-12 play, something that they had not done since the 2011-2012 campaign.That year USC was able to stop their early season slide with a victory at home against the Utes (12-4, 1-3). Enfield’s squad will be hoping to imitate that feat this season on the Utes’ home court.In the past few years, even when former star player O.J. Mayo led the team to the NCAA tournament, the Trojans have looked listless on the court. That does not seem to be a problem for this year’s squad, though.“I’m very proud of our effort,” Enfield said after the Arizona contest.A good deal of that effort is coming from sophomore forward Strahinja Gavrilovic.The Serbia native was seeing only limited action early on in the season, but has seen his minutes increase recently. Against the Wildcats, Gavrilovic provided 10 points and four rebounds coming off the bench in 19 minutes of action.“I just used my chance,” Gavrilovic said. “I tried to play aggressive, give it my best and try to help this team win.”Another player who seems to be making the most of his chances is senior guard Pe’Shon Howard.The former Oak Hill Academy star struggled coming out of the gate this season, but seems to have earned Enfield’s trust, and has become a steadying presence for the Trojans.In the game against Arizona, Howard played the third-most minutes on the team (33), behind junior wing Byron Wesley and freshman guard Julian Jacobs, who has had an impressive first season at USC. With a very young squad surrounding him, Howard’s experience will be key in leading the team during the grueling Pac-12 schedule.If the Trojans want to leave Utah with another win on their resume, Gavrilovic, Howard and the rest of the team will have to have a big day.The Utes are 12-1 at home, with the only loss coming in a two-point nail-biter at the hands of the then 10th-ranked Oregon Ducks. Though they aren’t ranked in either the AP or the Coaches Poll, Utah is fourth nationally in field goal percentage at 51.3.USC fans might feel like they are experiencing déjà vu with this basketball team, as USC has struggled out of the gate in each of the past three years.This campaign, however, has seen USC drop seven games to teams with a combined 85-28 record through Jan. 13. Three of the losses were to teams in the top 25 (No. 1 Arizona, No. 6 Villanova and No. 25 UCLA), while six of the defeats were to teams in the top 68 of RPI standings, a metric taken into consideration when determining the 68-team field for the NCAA Tournament.Following the game at Utah, the Trojans will continue their Pac-12 road trip by heading to Boulder, Colo. to take on the Colorado Buffaloes on Jan. 18. They will then return home to take on Stanford and California at the Galen Center.last_img read more

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Baseball prepares for 2019 season opener series

first_imgOf course, the three players selected in the draft weren’t the only contributors in 2018, and the team will look for strong performances from its remaining key players, if they want to find success on the diamond this season. Six other freshmen round out the Trojans’ stacked class of 2022, which ranked higher than any other Pac-12 or West Coast team. The Trojans have secured 12 NCAA baseball titles, doubling the record of any other team in the nation. Over 130 seasons, they have led the Pac-12 with 38 conference championships and a .634 winning percentage. Junior catcher/outfielder Blake Sabol led the Trojans with eight stolen bases for a perfect success rate in 2018. (Tucker Judkins/Daily Trojan) Junior catcher/outfielder Blake Sabol posted a .390 slugging percentage for the Trojans in 2018 with a .425 in conference play, second only to Paulson’s mark of .500. Sabol was a mainstay in the lineup for the 2018 club, starting all 54 games for the Trojans last season. At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Sabol led the Trojans with eight stolen bases for a perfect success rate last year. He made only one error for a .996 fielding percentage, cranking four home runs on the season and earning himself an All Pac-12 honorable mention. Junior pitcher Connor Lunn and sophomore pitcher John Beller were integral parts of the Trojans’ bullpen in 2018, and they will play key roles on the mound this season. Pitcher Quentin Longrie will also add to the Trojans’ prowess in 2019. Redshirt junior catcher Kaleb Murphy will look to build on a 2018 season that saw him lead the Trojans with a .333 batting average and a .376 on-base percentage, fitting for second on the team. Murphy threw out 16 percent of would-be base-stealers in 2018 and will aim to increase that figure to minimize the running game against the Trojans. In his first season at USC since  transferring from Georgetown University, senior infielder Chase Bushor appeared in 52 games for the Trojans in 2018, posting a batting average of just above .300. Bushor finished the season with 52 hits — second only to Sabol — 11 of them for extra bases and a .382 slugging percentage for second among returning Trojans. Bushor helped lead USC’s middle infield to 0.91 double plays per game, just a tick behind Washington State for first in the Pac-12. Bushor finished the year with an 11-game hitting streak. The Trojans add to their impressive recruiting class with infielder Emilio Rosas, ranked No. 54 by Perfect Game for the 2018 class. Pitchers Carson Lambert and Calvin Schapira and catcher/third baseman Clay Owens also ranked in the top 500 nationally. USC will have to overcome the loss of three key players to the 2018 MLB Draft. Right-handed pitcher Solomon Bates and outfielder Lars Nootbaar were selected in the eighth round and first basemen Dillon Paulson was selected in the 13th. None will be returning to USC for their senior seasons. The USC baseball team looks to bounce back from a below .500 2018 season and reclaim its spot at the top of the Pac-12 with the season beginning Friday against Nebraska Omaha. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Kyle Hurt will look to fill the void left by Bates in 2019. Hurt led the Trojans with 81.1 innings pitched on the year and started 14 games for USC, accumulating a 4.76 earned run average and holding opposing hitters to a modest .238 batting average. In recent years, however, USC has suffered a different fate. The Trojans have not claimed a College World Series title since 1998, won a conference championship since 2002 or finished a season with a winning record since 2015. According to Perfect Game, the Trojans boast the No. 16 best freshman recruiting class in the country for the class of 2018. Outfielder Preston Hartsell is the highest ranked in the Trojans’ class, coming in at No. 15 in the nation. Pitcher Chandler Champlain ranks No. 34, and he was selected in the 38th round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels while ranked the 120th best prospect in his draft class. Pitcher Ethan Reed was the fourth-ranked pitcher in California, ranked at No. 39 overall nationally. USC kicks off the 2019 season with a three-game home series against Nebraska Omaha at Dedeaux Field this weekend. Friday’s season opener will start at 6 p.m., Saturday’s matchup is at 2 p.m. and Sunday’s finale is at 12 p.m.last_img read more

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Didier Drogba opens first of five hospitals in Ivory Coast

first_imgFormer Ivory Coast international Didier Drogba has launched the first of the five hospitals he earlier promised to offer to the country as part of his charity activities.Situated in the Attecoube district of the country’s commercial city Abidjan, the $1 million health complex will mainly cater for less privileged women and children, according to officials.Built on a plot of 800 square meters, the hospital has many facilities including an ultrasound room, a maternal and child protection unit, an x-ray block, an ultra modern laboratory, a pharmacy and hospitalisation and isolation wards.About 50,000 patients are expected to get treatment at the facility every year, according to Guy Roland Tanoh, secretary of Didier Drogba Foundation, which is handling the project.The remaining four hospitals are under construction in the Ivorian cities of Yamoussoukro, San Pedro, Man and Korhogo and will be inaugurated in the coming months.Drogba’s foundation will hold a gala event in London on April 18 to raise funds. The Chelsea striker and the Elephants all-time top scorer remains an icon in his homeland despite retiring from the national team, which won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea in February.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

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The 10 moments which won Leicester City the Premier League title

first_imgAfter Leicester clinched a remarkable Premier League title, we take a look back at 10 moments when fate turned the way of Claudio Ranieri’s side…4 April 2015 – Andy King sparks relegation fightEight games without a win, four victories all season and staring relegation square in the face. Nigel Pearson’s Leicester were in free fall ahead of the visit of West Ham. They sat three points adrift of QPR and seven points off 17th placed Sunderland. A dismal first campaign back in the Premier League for a decade looked doomed, before Welsh midfielder Andy King fired a winner four minutes from time at the King Power Stadium to gift the Foxes a vital three points, and a springboard for the rest of the season. They never looked back. They won each of the next three games and seven of the last nine to secure their top-flight status for another year with a 0-0 draw at Sunderland on May 16. Not only was it a great escape, it was emphatic. They scored 19 goals, conceded only seven and picked up 22 points from a possible 27 on the final straight.13 July 2015 – Claudio Ranieri drafted in Pearson masterminded Leicester’s escape, but the club’s owners decided to dispense with his services to widespread bemusement. The final two months of the season had masked, however, a season where their manager had looked out of his depth. In came, to widespread incredulity, Claudio Ranieri. Not seen since guiding Greece to a disastrous home defeat by the Faroe Islands, the Italian’s appointment was largely derided. Famous for finishing second and labelled the ‘Tinkerman’ after his four-year spell in charge of Chelsea, many tipped the Italian to be a disaster.8 August 2015 – Jose Mourinho-Eva Carneiro rowWhile Leicester slammed four goals past Sunderland, last season’s convincing champions Chelsea started on rocky ground. Having looked so strong as they strolled to the title in May, Jose Mourinho’s side displayed a frailty at home to Swansea that would become familiar over the coming months. The game ended 2-2 but is remembered more for Mourinho’s public criticism of the Chelsea club doctor Eva Carneiro for treating Eden Hazard on the pitch, and temporarily reducing his side to nine players as they clung on to a point. Mourinho, ever the arch-pragmatist and serial winner, was furious that his side would be further weakened at the closing stages of the 90 minutes. The incident led to the doctor leaving, and lost Mourinho plenty of respect. The season nose-dived, and he was sacked in December as the Blues’ title defence went up in flames. 24 October 2015 – Ranieri’s pizza bribe pays offLeicester’s remarkable start to the season had everyone purring. They suffered their first defeat at the end of September, and lost only one of their first nine. They sat sixth in the table and nearly halfway toward making the magic 40-point mark that had been targeted for Premier League safety.But the Italian was not content. His side had let in 17 goals and failed to keep a clean sheet. Displaying the care-free attitude and flexible man-management that has defined his reign, he promised his side a pizza in return for a shut-out. It finally arrived in the shape of a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on October 24, and Ranieri made good on his word. A new defensive discipline was born.28 November 2015 – Jamie Vardy breaks Ruud van Nistelrooy’s goalscoring record Leicester’s failure to keep clean sheets hardly mattered as Jamie Vardy transformed into the most prolific goalscorer in Premier League history. The England international had enjoyed a solid debut season in the top flight but shattered all expectations in his second. From a late penalty against Bournemouth at the end of August, up until a 1-1 draw against Manchester United in late November, Vardy scored in every single league game – 11.By the time he stopped scoring, when Riyad Mahrez powered a hat-trick past Swansea on December 5, the Foxes were top of the table.29 November 2015 – Santi Cazorla’s injuryChelsea’s implosion removed one potential rival from Chelsea’s path. Manchester City’s chronic inconsistency, a failure to win back-to-back league games between October and April, constantly undermined their challenge. Arsenal stood to gain from the inertia of others, but in a time-honoured tradition Arsene Wenger’s men fluffed their lines. A strong showing through September and October saw them share the lead with Manchester City before injury struck.The loss of Santi Cazorla with a serious knee injury robbed Arsenal of their deep-lying playmaker, the man who makes them tick and who had been a lynchpin in their title aspirations. Wenger’s side Arsenaled it up in true style in February. Danny Welbeck’s last-minute winner against Leicester brought them within two points of the table-topping Foxes to give them hope. But they followed it up with defeats to Manchester United and Swansea, and within a matter of weeks were eight points back. 13 January 2016 – Robert Huth’s winner at TottenhamLeicester’s remarkable run continued into the new year, though they tasted defeat at Anfield on Boxing Day. They were held to a second goalless draw in a row by Bournemouth in early January and Arsenal built a two-point lead at the top. They were seven minutes away from a third 0-0 before Robert Huth powered a header past Hugo Lloris at White Hart Lane. Tottenham had been developing a title charge of their own, but Leicester were now joint-top following Arsenal’s 3-3 draw at Liverpool. Just as they looked to be losing momentum, after three games without a win, they snatched it back again. A draw at bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa was followed by comprehensive wins over Stoke, Liverpool and Manchester City. This was no flash in the pan.2 March 2016 – West Brom point, title rivals all lose Danny Welbeck’s last-minute winner against Leicester had seen Arsenal charge back into the title race. With the lead cut to two it had the potential to derail their season. After 89 minutes against Norwich that seemed to be the case. But Leonardo Ulloa’s last-minute winner saw the lead stretch to five. A win over West Brom would have stretched it to eight, but Tony Pulis’ side strangled the life out of Leicester in a frantic 2-2 draw.A chance to press home their advantage seemed to have disappeared. But the inconsistency that had plagued their rivals returned with a vengeance. Arsenal were beaten by Swansea, Tottenham by West Ham and Manchester City by Liverpool. The lead remained three points over Spurs and six over Arsenal, with City 10 behind.10 April 2016 – Belief takes holdChampions League football was guaranteed by a 2-0 win away at Sunderland but the result also moved Leicester to within three wins of the title. It was the moment that belief really set in, as Ranieri left the pitch in tears as emotion overcame him.Vardy scored twice as Leicester kept a clean sheet for the fifth game in a row. Sunderland tried to stop Leicester playing on the counter but the Foxes bided their time until Vardy struck. The improbable become plausible. 2 May 2016 – The dream becomes realityAfter a 1-1 draw against Manchester United on May 1, with Wes Morgan equalising after Anthony Martial’s opener, Leicester knew they had to wait to lift the trophy. They only had to wait a day as Tottenham’s failure to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday night ensured that the most likely of titles had been won. It descended into a filthy match at the Bridge, with Spurs completely losing their head. But in a season when all others lost theirs, Leicester emerged rightful champions.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Carlos Boozer, Jeremy Lin rest in Saturday’s practice

first_img“I’m already coming back and feel like I can move better and quicker,” said Henry, who re-signed this offseason with the Lakers to a one-year deal worth around $1 million. “Once I get back to my normal times, I can produce the way I want to.”Should that happen, Scott believes Henry will need to temper his aggressiveness. “I loved his athleticism and the fact that he could attack the basket,” said Scott, who also raved about Henry’s passing and shooting. “His relentlessness to attack the basket contributed to the injuries as well.”Despite nursing injuries to his left wrist and right knee that kept him out for 39 games, Henry sounded defiant on how he will play.“I don’t think I have to adjust my game,” said Henry, who appeared in his second D-League assignment on Saturday. “You can turn an ankle like this. For me, my strength is being able to go where I need to go using my power, speed and aggressiveness.” Quick returnScott believed he would need to phase Lakers reserve Wayne Ellington back into the lineup after spending time with his family the past two weeks grieving over his father’s murder.But Ellington appeared in the entire fourth quarter of the Lakers’ loss to Dallas because of the large margin of defeat. After scoring eight points, Ellington also participated in Saturday’s practice. Scott said Ellington “looked good” and will be available to play today against Denver. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Sometimes that can hurt you more than help you. That probably wore him out for the game,” Scott said. “He’s probably playing with the dogs and girls and having a good time. But at least it’s not the constant running up and down and jumping. He’ll save his legs for tomorrow, hopefully.”X FactorConflicting feelings have emerged between both Scott and Xavier Henry on what the Lakers’ swingman can provide after having both surgery and Regenokine treatment to treat his right knee. Henry has averaged only 2.2 points in 9.6 minutes through nine games, a sharp decrease from his career-high 10 points he posted last season with the Lakers.“He’s not that explosive guy he used to be,” Scott said. “I don’t know if that will come back or not.”center_img The Lakers have experienced a new wave of injuries, but none of which the team feels are serious. Forward Carlos Boozer (sore left shoulder) and guard Jeremy Lin (sore back) sat out Saturday’s practice, while Kobe Bryant stayed at home at his Orange County residence to rest his 36-year-old body.The Lakers are listing both Boozer and Lin as probable to play when L.A. (3-10) hosts the Denver Nuggets (5-7) Sunday at Staples Center,As for Bryant, he cited heavy legs for his 17-point performance on 6-of-22 shooting in the Lakers’ 140-106 loss Friday to the Dallas Mavericks. But Scott revealed that he found out Bryant fit in an early afternoon shooting session before the game that lasted until he made 300 shots. Scott held out optimism the day off could restore Bryant’s energy for Sunday’s game. last_img read more

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