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Utah Utes basketball: Loss to New Mexico drops Utes to MWC pack

Utah Utes basketball: Loss to New Mexico drops Utes to MWC pack

first_imgALBUQUERQUE – Utah’s inside track to an outright Mountain West Conference title vanished at The Pit Tuesday night where New Mexico took a 77-71 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 18,018.With the victory, the Lobos are now tied with the Utes at 11-4 in the MWC race. The Utes dropped to 20-9 overall, while New Mexico improved to 20-10.Tony Danridge scored a career-high 29 points to lead the Lobos, while Daniel Faris scored 16 and Roman Martinez added 13.Tyler Kepkay led the Utes with 20 points, while Luke Nevill scored 16 before he fouled out Shuan Green scored 13.The Utes shot 56.4 percent from the field, but were hurt by 18 turnovers to 7 for New Mexico and were outrebounded 32 to 24.The Utes can clinch a share of the MWC title with a victory over TCU Saturday at home. If Wyoming can defeat BYU tonight and New Mexico on Saturday, the Utes will own the title by themselves.E-MAIL: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

Lessons from the Kenyan elections

Lessons from the Kenyan elections

first_imgDear Editor,The results of the elections held in Kenya in August have been annulled by the Supreme Court of Kenya. It is a signal victory for Opposition Leader Raila Odinga.Odinga had contested four consecutive elections in the past, but claimed he was cheated of victory on every occasion.Following declaration of election results, the opposition had filed an election petition challenging the results, and called for fresh elections to be held.According to the official results announced by the Kenyan Elections Commission, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party won 54.3 % of the votes cast, while Odinga’s National Super Alliance won 44.8 %In a matter of just two weeks, the elections petition was heard, and a ruling cancelling the elections results was made by the Supreme Court of Kenya, comprising six judges.The Supreme Court ruling is a big embarrassment for the foreign observers, including the Carter Center team led by former US Secretary of State John Kerry, the African Union team led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki, the Commonwealth team led by former Ghanaian President John Mahama, and other foreign observers who had travelled to Kenya to observe the elections process and had claimed it was free and fair.The Supreme Court ruling is an indictment of the Kenyan Elections Commission. The ruling has brought the Commission into disrepute, and calls have been made for its members to be prosecuted and brought before the court for electoral crimes committed against the people of Kenya.Of great significance in the history of Kenyan Jurisprudence is the ruling of the Supreme Court deeming the elections results “null and void due to massive irregularities.”Kenyans have lost confidence in the court as an institution for dispensing justice. Many expected the Supreme Court to ‘go with the flow’ and to maintain the status quo ante, but according to Odinga, “The Supreme Court ruling sets a precedent, is historic, and (is) a triumph for Kenyans.”The court ruled that fresh elections are to be held in six months.Of great importance was the observation made by the Opposition Leader — that the “gathering of the evidence was critical for the presentation of a credible case.Ten days before the elections, the IT expert attached to the Kenyan Elections Commission was murdered under questionable circumstances. The Opposition believed that his death marked the beginning of elections’ rigging by hacking into the electronic voting system.Tallying and transmission of the results were areas where considerable fraud was committed.The elections in Kenya is instructive for Guyanese elections’ watchers. First, there is the need to always bear in mind our own experiences with rigged elections. Second, there is need for zero tolerance with electoral malpractices. Third, we need to realize that election is a process beginning from the selection of the Chairman of GECOM and ensuring the independence of the Commission. The selection of elections officials; the registration of electors; and the preparation, verification and cleanliness of the voters’ list; casting of ballots; transmission of the tally sheets; Counting the votes at the places of poll; and the transmission and reliability of the data on the tally sheets are all very important.Fourth, foreign observers should not consider casting of votes at the places of poll as the single most important criterion for validating elections as free and fair. Fifth, the introduction of voting machines together with the tallying and transmission of votes cast electronically in a country where elections were never held in that way before is fraught with grave challenges, if not dangers. Sixth, the need for the opposition party contesting elections to have smart, strong and knowledgeable polling agents at each polling station. The agents must be capable of recording accurate and reliable data and irregular occurrences as future evidential value at each polling station. Seventh, the independence of, and non-interference in, the work of the judiciary.Eighth, the sloth of the court system here in Guyana. In Kenya it took only two weeks to hear an election petition and dispense justice. Here in Guyana it is more than two years now since an elections petition was filed in court. Justice delayed is justice denied. Both Kenya and Guyana are Commonwealth countries.Guyanese must take note of the Kenyan election experience, and always remember that “Those who forget the past are bound to repeat it.”Sincerely,Clement J. Roheelast_img read more

KOZACHUK SELECTED BY MONTREAL ALOUETTES IN CFL DRAFT

KOZACHUK SELECTED BY MONTREAL ALOUETTES IN CFL DRAFT

first_imgAt the CFL Combine, he tied for the top vertical jump at 39 inches, while also leading all linebackers in the 40-yard dash (4.81 seconds), the broad jump (10′ 1.25″) and the shuttle run (4.33 seconds).  Kozachuk’s selection marks the seventh time in the past eight seasons that a Varsity Blues player has been selected in the Canadian draft. Story Links University of Toronto Varsity Blues linebacker Paul Kozachuk was selected 46th overall by the Montreal Alouettes in the 2018 Canadian Football League (CFL) draft on Thursday night (May 3).center_img Standing at 5-foot-11, 212-pounds, Kozachuk shone at both the Ontario Regional and CFL Combines. The London, Ont., native ranked second on the Blues with 48 tackles and led the squad with two forced fumbles in 2017. Defensive back Hugo Lopez was drafted by the Edmonton Eskimos (14th overall) in 2011, while linebacker Wilkerson DeSouza was taken in the sixth round in 2012. Four Varsity Blues in Aaron Milton, Alex Pierzchalski, Aaron Wheaton and Christopher Johnson were drafted in 2014, while Kevin Bradfield was selected 55th overall in the 2015 draft. In 2016, both DJ Sackey and Llevi Noel were selected by their hometown Toronto Argonauts, with Sackey being chosen 13th overall. Last season, offensive lineman Danny Sprukulis was drafted by the Saskatchewan Rough Riders 46th overall.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Vidal gives Bayern slender lead against Benfica

Vidal gives Bayern slender lead against Benfica

first_img0Shares0000Arturo Vidal Put Bayern ahead after only two minutesBERLIN, April 5 – Arturo Vidal gave Bayern Munich a slender 1-0 lead for their Champions League quarter-final return leg at Benfica next week, after hitting the winner just 109 seconds into Tuesday’s first leg.Bayern produced an off-key display at Munich’s Allianz Arena and their fifth straight appearance in the Champions League semi-finals is far from assured. Rui Vitoria’s Benfica can take plenty of heart before the second leg at the Estadio da Luz on Wednesday April 13, after subjecting Bayern to a frustrating second half in Munich.However, the Portuguese league leaders will be without top-scorer Jonas after the 32-year-old picked up a second-half booking, his third of the tournament.In the build-up, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola had described Benfica as having “perhaps the best back four” in Europe, after leaking just 19 goals in the Portuguese league this season.But it took less then two minutes for Bayern to break the Benfica defence.Franck Ribery crossed from the left and Juan Bernat, untroubled by the Benfica defenders, found Vidal in space to nod comfortably past Ederson.Benfica failed to cope with Vidal’s late runs from midfield as he again got on the end of a cross with half-time approaching, but the ball bounced harmlessly onto the roof of the net.Having scored Bayern’s winner with a spectacular bicycle kick last Saturday against Eintracht Frankfurt, Franck Ribery tried the trick again, but without the same success.Vidal took a painful blow for the Bayern team just before the break when he blocked a shot from Benfica captain Nicolas Gaitan with his nether regions.But as the game wore on, Benfica’s back four began to back up Guardiola’s compliment by frustrating Bayern’s attack, especially Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller.Vitoria’s men will be without their Brazilian hot-shot Jonas, who has scored 30 goals in the Portuguese league, for the return leg after a 58th-minute foul on Vidal.In a bid to shut Benfica’s attacking game down, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola switched Joshua Kimmich for Spain international Javi Martinez with an hour gone.Bayern started to live dangerously.There was pandemonium in the Bavarians’ penalty area on 65 minutes when only desperate defending denied Jonas, who got off three shots.With 20 minutes to go, both coaches threw on game changers as Guardiola introduced fleet-footed France winger Kingsley Coman, then Mario Goetze for the final five.Vitoria brought on Mexico forward Raul Jimenez for Kostas Mitroglou.Bayern have only themselves to blame for not doubling their tally in the dying stages.Lewandowski got in behind the defence and drew Ederson, but his pass to an unmarked Philipp Lahm was too long, just a minute from the whistle.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Exclusive – Piers Morgan: ‘Wenger is finished at Arsenal. Bring in Klopp!’

Exclusive – Piers Morgan: ‘Wenger is finished at Arsenal. Bring in Klopp!’

first_imgOutspoken Arsenal fan Piers Morgan believes Arsene Wenger’s time has come as Gunners boss and has called for the club to target Jurgen Klopp as his replacement now, or risk losing him to a rival.The man-of-many-opinions joined talkSPORT for an exclusive chat following his beloved side’s north London derby defeat to Tottenham, where a brace from Harry Kane – who he claimed wouldn’t even get a place on Arsenal’s bench – sealed a 2-1 win at White Hart Lane.Having ended their long hunt for silverware with FA Cup glory last term, Arsenal seemed to be on the rise with an impressive performance against defending champions Manchester City last month.But, with the loss to fierce rivals Spurs seeing them slip out of the top four, Morgan believes their performances have been over-hyped; insisting the club need a fresh outlook following 18 years with 65-year-old Wenger at the helm, with the Borussia Dortmund boss his perfect man to fill the role.“My view is that Wenger has had more than enough time,” Morgan told Call Collymore.“Which top four club in the world would keep a manager who had won one second-tier domestic trophy in ten years? To me this is completely unacceptable.“Our recent form has been exaggerated. We had a very good performance against Manchester City away, but I was at Southampton when we got hammered on New Year ’s Day and our record against the top four or five teams over the last few years has been absolutely terrible…shocking.“We’re sixth in the league, we’re out of the League Cup and yes, we’re still in the FA Cup, but the big yardstick for a team like Arsenal always should be the Premier League, and we have absolutely no hope of winning the league, yet again, for the tenth year running, and we’re only in February!“So I simply say to Arsenal fans who disagree with me: At what point of failure do we say, ‘this is not good enough’, and we try someone else?”When asked who that man might be, Morgan added:“I will stand by the person I have been calling for a couple of years, and that it Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund.“He took a team that was really struggling and he’s won the Bundesliga title twice in the last five years against a Bayern Munich team many believe is one of the all-time great teams.“He’s dynamic, passionate, the fans and players love him and he’s 20 years younger than Wenger. We need to give someone like him the chance to come in and I believe he would be brilliant for us.“If we don’t get him right now, when there’s a very real chance to get him, he will end up at another big club and do brilliantly for them.”last_img read more

Arsenal line up v Chelsea: Mouthwatering Gunners XI to deal with Blues?

Arsenal line up v Chelsea: Mouthwatering Gunners XI to deal with Blues?

first_imgArsene Wenger will be aiming for a first win in 13 attempts against one of Jose Mourinho’s teams, when Arsenal play Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium.The Frenchman has lost seven and drawn five in all competitions in his head-to-head with Mourinho, but Arsenal head into the game in fantastic form, having collected more points than any other Premier League side in 2015, with 33 in the bag.But an away win for the Blues would leave them just three points shy of sealing a first Premier League title since 2010, while dealing a blow to the Gunners’ optimism that next season they could take the crown.The key to delaying Chelsea’s title charge would seem to be Arsenal scoring first, as Mourinho’s team have netted first in all 20 of their matches in all competitions in 2015, and are notoriously difficult to break down once they get in front.Arsenal will also need to nullify the in-form Eden Hazard, who is favourite to land the PFA Player of the Year award and has 13 Premier League goals this season.But the home side have in-form players of their own in the shape of Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud, with the latter bagging 10 goals in his last 12 matches in all competitions.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will probably miss out with his latest muscle injury, while Per Mertesacker faces a late fitness test after picking up an injury against Reading in last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final win.But who will Wenger pick for such a big clash? talkSPORT takes a look at how they could line up…GoalkeeperWenger’s preferred choice in the Premier League continues to be David Ospina and this won’t change for now.Ospina has been a stand out player for Arsenal this season and is the only regular Premier League goalkeeper to statistically not make an error leading to a shot.Wenger’s choice was made even easier after a nervy performance by Wojciech Szczesny in the win against Reading at Wembley on Saturday.DefenceMathieu Debuchy was given a start on Saturday in the FA Cup and will have done himself no harm in challenging Hector Bellerin for a start on Sunday.However, Wenger may favour Bellerin’s pace in an attempt to stop Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.Nacho Monreal may also take his place back from Kieran Gibbs at left back and if Mertesacker passes his late fitness test, expect him to continue the partnership with Laurent Koscielny.Despite the quality of the Chelsea team, Arsenal will no doubt be plased that the Blues will potentially be without Loic Remy and top goalscorer Diego Costa, through injury.MidfieldWenger has an array of midfielders to choose from for this game, with Jack Wilshere, Coquelin, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Flamini, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky and Aaron Ramsey all fit to play.But look for the Arsenal manager to pick Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Sanchez and Ozil to start the game – a midfield combination that have served the team so well over the course of 2015.The most important man in that midfield may be Coquelin and his ability to shut down Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas.The Blues’ midfielder has an astonishing 20 assists for the club this season and is integral to how Mourninho likes to play his football.If Arsenal can stop Hazard and Fabregas from playing, then they will have a great chance of closing the gap at the top of the league.AttackDanny Welbeck was largely ineffectual against a stubborn Reading defence at the weekend and it will be surprising if he gets the call to start up front ahead of Olivier Giroud.The Frenchman has 10 goals in 12 games of late and 18 in all competitions this season and Arsenal will be relying heavily on him to score the necessary goals to win the game. Will Wenger finally win against Mourinho? 1last_img read more

`Kieta is your friend’

`Kieta is your friend’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2A Whittier-area-grown educator, Kieta, who turns 58 Friday, said her goal as a history teacher is to help students connect events in the past with potential trends toward the future. Last week, Santa Fe Springs City Council members honored the St. Paul High School alumna as the Whittier Union High School District’s latest Teacher of the Year. Kieta had been previously honored with the merit on May 16 during the district’s annual awards dinner. “I didn’t even know I was nominated; I was in shock,” Kieta said. “It’s a little embarrassing.” According to district Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson, Kieta had been officially named the 2005-06 Teacher of the Year late last summer. However, her public recognition didn’t come until the May 16 district event. Thorstenson said the La Serna High instructor had been nominated by the Whittier Secondary Educators Association, which elects one teacher for the merit each year. “It’s a combination of professional skills and her high level of dedication, coupled with her outstanding teaching strategies, that have resulted in excellent students achievement,” said the superintendent. “She’s personally and professionally committed to serving her students well,” Thorstenson added. Kieta’s approach to teaching steers away from traditional lesson plans and gravitates toward a hands-on strategy that “makes history come alive” for students, according to Thorstensen. “I like to stir things up, to make connections with what’s happening in the world and what’s happening in history,” Kieta said. “As we get to those \, students are predicting what’s going to happen, and it makes history and the patterns of history part of their world.” For example, Kieta helps students take a personal approach to the topic of World World II and the Holocaust, as she recreates, in the classroom, a glimpse of what visitors to the Museum of Tolerance experience during a trip to the Los Angeles exhibit. Kieta said she designates one Holocaust victim to each student in her class and helps the teenagers follow that child’s life throughout the lesson. At the end of the unit, “students will determine whether their “adopted child” survived the Holocaust. She also helps students compare their regional population with the number of people killed during the Holocaust. Kieta’s impression on her students is evident in the tributes they leave for her in the classroom. There are the messages the students impart on Kieta’s incoming students, advising them to read their books and not proscrastinate. But there are also more permanent reminders of students’ appreciation for their teacher. Several of Kieta’s students built her a podium from scratch, decorating it with a Statue of Liberty figure that resembled the petite, brown- haired educator. The painting even depicted “Lady Kieta” clenching a tablet that read, “In Kieta we trust.” Kieta said she’s been inspired by the district recognition, but it doesn’t change her outlook on her career. What does make the difference is students’ growth in – and out of – the classroom, she said. “I don’t think about winning awards, I just think about teaching,” Kieta said. “I look at kids and see that `A-ha’ in their eyes, and I see that they get it. “That’s why I enjoy teaching.” araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – To several of her students, La Serna High School educator Patricia Kieta is a god. Posters along the social studies teacher’s classroom walls list guides for succeeding in social studies classes, especially when it comes to passing Kieta’s Advanced Placement courses. “Kieta is your friend,” “Kieta is god,” students from her AP classes wrote. “I told them to write things that they’ve learned about surviving high-rigor classes,” said Kieta, chairwoman of the social studies department at La Serna. last_img
Riordan supports 3rd terms

Riordan supports 3rd terms

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2While most cities with term limits have two four-year terms – such as Los Angeles’ current system – Riordan said it should be changed. “What happens is the moment someone is elected they hear the clock ticking and they are trying to make a name for themselves without really looking at the consequences,” Riordan said. “You see it in Sacramento. They all feel they need to get their name on a bill to win election to their next office and we end up with some crazy laws.” Ron Gastelum, executive vice president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce – which joined with the League of Women Voters to advance the proposal with a series of ethics reforms – said he believes the time is right to review how it has worked. “Term limits came about in the early 1990s as kind of a high-profile frenzy in reaction to a couple of public figures,” Gastelum said. “Now we’ve had some time to see how it works and a lot of us believe it is time to re-examine it.” Former Mayor Richard Riordan, the man who brought term limits to City Hall in 1991, has thrown his support behind a fast-tracked proposal to add another four years to council members’ tenures. “I think I made a mistake on the two terms for council members,” Riordan told the Daily News. “I still think two terms for the mayor is appropriate. After eight years, I was ready to move on and it was time for a change. But I do think we need more experience and time on the council.” Riordan is among the highest-profile civic leaders so far to publicly support the move as final language for a ballot measure is being developed that would make Los Angeles one of the first cities in the nation to liberalize a term limit. Nationally, few officials track municipal term limits, but officials with the League of California Cities and the National League of Cities said they could recall no successful effort to extend them. But it is expected to be a difficult campaign – one in which political leaders will have to overcome public support of the current system and suspicion of politicians. “We recognize the cynicism and skepticism that is out there,” Council President Eric Garcetti said. Garcetti said he will speak in favor of the measure, if asked, but will not campaign for it. In return for giving council members a third four-year term, the proposal calls for a series of ethics reforms regulating the political work of lobbyists, banning them from commissions and requiring greater disclosure of donors to independent expenditure committees. But getting voter approval will be difficult, most experts agree. “The attitude of voters toward term limits has been fairly clear,” said Mark DiCamillo, editor of the California Poll. “Over the years, you don’t see much of a change in attitude and when we do ask people what they think of it, most like it and believe it has improved state government. “It would take a major, major effort to turn that around,” DiCamillo said. Bob Stern of the Center for Governmental Studies said he believes one of the arguments against change is the results that people have seen. “Look at the City Council we have today and I would have to say it is one of the better ones we have had, and that’s because of term limits,” Stern said. “You have a mix of people with City Hall experience with outsiders with those who have served in the state Legislature.” But Councilwoman Janice Hahn said she thinks the public might be willing to support some change. “I come from an area where people still remember and talk about my father and the 40 years he spent as supervisor and recognize the time it took to get things done,” Hahn said. “And, even if this is approved, it’s no guarantee any of us will be re-elected. That’s what elections are for.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390 IF YOU GO: The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and League of Women Voters have scheduled their first forum on an ethics reform package for 5 p.m. Monday at the chamber’s offices, 350 S. Bixel St., Los Angeles.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

State presents plan to save Salton Sea

State presents plan to save Salton Sea

first_imgLOS ANGELES – After two years of often intense debate and research, state officials have finished an environmental report providing eight alternatives for saving the Salton Sea, California’s largest lake. The report, scheduled to be released today, outlines various solutions to increasing salinity levels, dropping water levels and threats to critical habitat areas, according to an executive summary obtained by The Associated Press. The lake is a key North American stopover for several species of migrating birds. “All of us are relieved,” said Dale Hoffman-Floerke, chief of the Colorado River and Salton Sea office for the Department of Water Resources, which prepared the report along with the Department of Fish and Game. “This has definitely been work over a long period of time.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe alternatives include various levels of new infrastructure with construction costs ranging from $2.3 billion to $5.9 billion in today’s dollars. They also feature a reduced lake, various levels of habitat protection and air quality management, said Hoffman-Floerke. “We don’t have all the answers. There is still a lot of uncertainty out there as far as water quality issues, but I think we’ve done a pretty good job … with the information we have,” she said. As required by the California Environmental Quality Act, the report also includes two “no action” alternatives for comparison. The Salton Sea, a 35-mile-long lake stretching across the Imperial and Riverside county line, faces an uncertain future largely because of agreements to transfer water from the area to more heavily populated San Diego. Experts say the lake, already dependent on water flows to balance high salinity, is on a perilous track. The lake was created in 1905 when floodwaters broke through a Colorado River irrigation canal. Studies have shown that if nothing is done, it could shrink by more than 60 percent in the next 20 years, exposing dusty shoreline in a farming region already plagued by worsening air quality. “It’s a huge public health threat,” said Michael Cohen, senior associate with the Pacific Institute, an Oakland-based think tank that has studied the lake. “Obviously we need to protect the birds that rely on the Salton Sea, but certainly people are a critical concern.” Although Cohen, who sits on the Salton Sea Advisory Committee, praised the state for completing the report, he expressed disappointment with the offered alternatives. “None of them are really going to fit the bill,” Cohen said. “The way they are put together right now is not really the answer. But we could use the pieces and put them together in a different way, a way that is going to get local and environmental support.” One of the largest stakeholders is the Salton Sea Authority, which is comprised of local officials. The authority’s proposed alternative, included in the state report, would create a recreational portion in the north with key habitat areas in the south. One of the more expensive options, the authority’s alternative also features an 11,000-acre freshwater reservoir. Rick Daniels, executive director of the agency, said the report was long overdue and that inaction has already resulted in fish die-offs and consequently strong odors in the area. The authority has been advocating a restored Salton Sea to help drive economic opportunities in the region. “The Sea will either be an asset or a liability,” Daniels said. “It has taken forever to get to this point, and I think we are at the last best chance to restore the Salton Sea.” The state will now enter a 90-day public comment period before a “preferred alternative” is submitted to the state Legislature. Because the report was finished later than expected, state officials will miss by about two weeks the Dec. 31, 2006, deadline for the alternative imposed by the Legislature.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Livingston relegated despite astonishing comeback against Stranraer

Livingston relegated despite astonishing comeback against Stranraer

Livingston were relegated from the Scottish Championship after a thrilling 4-3 win in the play-off semi-final second leg was not enough to prevent an 8-6 aggregate defeat to Stranraer.The home side had a mountain to climb after a 5-2 defeat in the first leg but Liam Buchanan gave them hope in the 18th minute when he rounded Stranraer goalkeeper Cameron Belford to open the scoring.Livi were then awarded an indirect free-kick just seven yards out in first-half stoppage-time after Belford picked up a backpass and, after the initial effort was blocked, Jordan White struck to further reduce the deficit.Stranraer’s nerves were eased when Paul Cairney’s 25-yard lob doubled their advantage but Danny Mullen pulled one back in the 89th minute and there was more drama to come as Craig Halkett converted a free-kick in the fourth minute of stoppage time to level the scores on aggregate. That took the match into extra time but Stranraer were not to be denied. Liam Dick’s run down the left and cool finish in the 109th minute put them back in front before Jamie Longworth added another to set up a promotion showdown with Ayr. read more