IFA chief executive Patrick Nelson confirmed to Press Association Sport that he had been in contact with Marios Leskaritis, the CFA president, and that the bombing is currently viewed as an isolated incident unconnected to international football. There are no plans to cancel the fixture at present, but discussions between the associations will continue as facts are established. Nelson told Press Association Sport: “I have been in touch with the president of the Cyprus FA and we will continue to monitor developments.” Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill named a 22-man squad for the match on Wednesday, with the likes of Southampton’s Steven Davis and West Brom duo Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt included. The IFA have substantiated reports that the car of a top Cypriot official – named by the Cyprus Football Association as Leontios Trattos – was damaged by a bomb explosion on Friday morning, leading to all First Division fixtures being cancelled in the country this weekend. Northern Ireland are due to face Cyprus in Nicosia on Wednesday night, with a friendly between Ukraine and the United States also scheduled for Larnaca due to political unrest in the former. Press Association The Irish Football Association are “monitoring developments” in Cyprus after a referee’s car was bombed in the country, where Northern Ireland are due to play a friendly on Wednesday.
Following two road wins against Oregon and San Diego State, the Trojans are set to take on sixth-ranked Colorado on Friday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.With an overall 11-3 record, (5-0 MPSF) the Trojans dominated their competition in last week’s contests, highlighted by a commanding offensive performance by senior attacker Michaela Michael. On the road, Michael matched her career high of seven goals in addition to six draw controls against San Diego State and six goals and 11 draw controls against Oregon. Following a solid week, she also earned her 10th career MPSF Player of the Week Award. Michael has anchored the Trojan offense throughout her senior season scoring at least four goals in eight of USC’s last nine games. Senior Cynthia Del Core has also been an instrumental component of the Trojan offense, recording her 11th career hat trick and three assists in Friday’s contest against the Ducks. In addition, freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller had a strong performance over the weekend, demonstrating her offensive skill with three goals and her fifth career hat trick against San Diego State. With a five-game winning streak, the Trojans are gearing up to take on the Buffs this coming Friday and continue their winning ways. Colorado’s roster is highlighted by junior midfielder Darby Kiernan, top scorer on the team, who earned Player of the Week honors last week following her strong performance against Stanford. On defense, the Buffs are second in the nation in overall defense with senior goalie Paige Soenksen in the net. With a 12-1 overall record, the Buffs remain undefeated in conference play. Miller highlights the Trojan mindset of using each competition as an opportunity to improve. “What we’ve said from the beginning of the season is that we want to get better each and every game so we’re looking at Friday as another opportunity to get better -— defensively and offensively,” Miller said. With both teams exhibiting a strong defensive unit, the name of the game will be capitalizing on opportunities. “They’re a really disciplined team,” head coach Lindsey Munday said. “They play as a unit really well and have a great goalie so we’re going to have to play really disciplined on offense and make the most of the opportunities that we have and make sure to finish our shots when we do get them.”Friday’s game also holds significance as it is Senior Night for the Trojans. “I think it’s going to be a really special night,” Munday said. “This group has been with us really from the beginning and has been with us through the ups of the program and the downs of the program and have stuck through and have now stepped into this leadership role really well and really made this team their own.” In her first season at USC, Miller spoke about the senior leadership and the importance of team chemistry. “Coming in as a freshman the seniors totally took us under their wing, showed us the ropes and set the standard of what the season should be,” Miller said. “Team camaraderie is the biggest thing that we can do to have success — being with the team and having trust in your teammates is what will make us ultimately the most successful.” With a strong team chemistry, the Trojans look to continue their five-game winning streak by working together as a unit, come Friday. “The games that we’ve had so far this season have prepared us for the game on Friday,” Munday said. “We’ve gone through a lot of different situations in games —we’ve been up, we’ve been down, we’ve lost, we’ve beat teams.We’re going to have to be ready to play a full 60-minute game and battle all across the field in order to compete.”
With the holidays over, don’t let leftover block foam stack up in the garage along with used electronic items.Both items can be recycled for free from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Fisher’s Landing Transit Center, 3510 S.E. 164th Ave.Empower Up, a local nonprofit group, will accept computers and other electronic equipment. Refurbished computers are given to students and families in need.Working electronic equipment no more than five years old is preferred, but nonfunctioning and obsolete equipment will be accepted.Recyclers are advised not to bring televisions, computer monitors or microwave ovens.For a list of free electronic waste drop-off sites that accept televisions, visit http://recyclingA-Z.com.Block foam can be any color, but it must be clean and bagged or boxed. No plastic-wrapped yellow urethane foam, spongy polypropylene foam, hot-tub covers, packing peanuts or foam with cardboard, tape or metal attached will be accepted.Only Clark County residents may participate, and people need to remain on site until staff has examined and accepted the material.Businesses may bring in loads of foam no larger than what will fit in a passenger van.