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first_imgSunderland appoints AllardyceSUNDERLAND, England (AP) – Sunderland hired Sam Allardyce yesterday as their new manager on a two-year contract.Allardyce replaces Dick Advocaat after the Dutchman quit last weekend following a 2-2 draw at home to West Ham. Sunderland surrendered a two-goal lead in the game and have only three points from eight matches so far in the Premier League, leaving them second from bottom in the standings.The 60-year-old Allardyce, who has also managed West Ham, Blackburn, Newcastle and Bolton in England’s top flight, will face West Brom in his first game as manager on October 17.Elias Hernandez, Guemez added to Mexico rosterMIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Mexico has replaced injured midfielder Jose Juan Vazquez and forward Giovani Dos Santos on its roster for today’s play-off game against the United States for a berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup.The football federation of North and Central America and the Caribbean said yesterday that Leon forward Elias Hernandez and Club American midfielder Javier Guemez have been added to the roster.The US play Mexico at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, for the right to represent CONCACAF at the FIFA event in Russia, a warm-up for the 2018 World Cup.Brazil, Argentina loseRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Brazil showed Thursday they can’t win against the best without Barcelona star Neymar, losing 2-0 at Chile as qualifying in South America opened for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.It was the same story for Argentina without their Barcelona marquee player Lionel Messi, falling 2-0 at home against Ecuador.Chile won behind second-half goals by Eduardo Vargas and Alexis Sanchez.Argentina went down to Ecuador in Buenos Aires on second-half goals by Frickson Erazo and Felipe Caicedo.Messi is out with a left-knee injury and is expected to return in late November.In other qualifiers on Thursday, Uruguay overcame the altitude in La Paz to defeat Bolivia 2-0 with goals from Martin Caceres and Diego Godin.Teofilo Gutierrez and Edwin Cardona scored in Colombia’s 2-0 victory over Peru in the Colombian city of Barranquilla and Paraguay defeated Venezuela 1-0.Aguero injureshamstring, faces spell outMANCHESTER, England (AP) – Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was carried off on a stretcher, in tears, with a hamstring injury during Argentina’s 2-0 loss to Ecuador in a World Cup qualifier and faces a spell on the sidelines.Aguero lasted 24 minutes of Thursday’s game before he pulled up sharply, holding his left hamstring, while chasing a long ball.Argentina coach Gerardo Martino said on City’s website that Aguero had arrived on international duty carrying a knock.Aguero scored five goals in 20 minutes in his last game for City in a 6-1 win over Newcastle that returned his team to the top of the Premier League.last_img read more

Ebola Deaths Now Over 7,000, Cases Over 19,000, WHO Data Reports

first_imgDeaths from the Ebola outbreak are now over 7,000, according to the latest World Health Organization data.Time reported that the most hit by the deaths from the virus is Sierra Leone.The WHO data showed that there are 7,373 deaths as of Friday posting.The Guardian reported that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was in Sierra Leone Friday.He is optimistic that the disease is slowing down”We have a long way to go. Zero cases in Liberia, and this entire region, must be everyone’s goal,” he was quoted as saying. Ban also was in Liberia where it is now Ebola-free.The total number of cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia is now 19,031.Up from 18,569.Guinea and Sierra Leone are also taking measures to prevent transmission by imposing bans on new year’s eve celebrations such as “fireworks displays and beach gatherings,” according to The Guardian.The WHO website said the Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated.It added that Ebola virus disease (EVD) first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, one in Nzara, Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo.However, the outbreak in March this year is the largest with more cases and deaths since it was discovered in 1976.”The most severely affected countries, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have very weak health systems, lacking human and infrastructural resources, having only recently emerged from long periods of conflict and instability. On August 8, the WHO Director-General declared this outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern,” the website added.WHO stated that humans are not infectious until they develop symptoms. First symptoms are the sudden onset of fever fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. Vomiting, diarrhea, rash, symptoms of impaired kidney and liver function follow this.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more