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Live updates: Energized Raiders beat Broncos 27-14

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first_imgGet live updates, news and analysis Monday at 5:15 p.m. when the Raiders play the Broncos in perhaps their last game ever at the Oakland Coliseum.It remains to be seen if this will be the final game here in Oakland, but the Raiders (3-11) would like to go out in style, just in case it us. They’ll be taking on a Denver team that was eliminated from playoff contention when it fell to 6-8 by losing to the Browns a week ago. Oakland had one of its worst performances of the …last_img

FW de Klerk receives his smart card ID

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first_img25 July 2013South Africa’s new smart ID card will enable the country to crack down on identity fraud, former president FW de Klerk said after receiving his new ID from Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor in Cape Town on Tuesday.“I think with all the bad experiences with regards to falsification of documentation, this is a good step in the right direction of ensuring that all citizens of South Africa, firstly – but hopefully also all those with permanent residence and visitors to the country – will have proper documentation,” De Klerk said.De Klerk asked Pandor whether the card would already be accepted by the releveant institutions around the country or whether he should keep his green ID bar-coded ID book as back-up for some time.Pandor said the department had recently gazetted a proclamation stating that the old ID book was being replaced by the new smart ID card.However, she advised him and members of the public to hold on to their green ID books for now because not all retailers and banks had the necessary readers for the new ID cards yet.She said Home Affairs offices were currently being fitted with technology necessary to process the cards, adding that the department aimed to have 27 offices up and running with the equipment by the end of August.By the end of the year, the department aims to have 70 offices capable of handling applications for the smart ID cards.According to Home Affairs, the roll-out of the smart ID cards is likely to take a number of years. The public will shortly be invited to apply for the smart ID cards, with applications to be made in accordance with applicants’ month of birth.The smart IDs will be issued free of charge to 16-year-old first-time applicants, while all other applicants will be expected to pay R140.As part of the launch, a number of leading South Africans – including Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, former president Thabo Mbeki, struggle stalwarts Ahmed Kathrada, Frene Ginwala and Sophie De Bruyn – and several senior citizens between 80 and 109 years old were recently handed their smart ID cards.One of the first smart ID cards was handed over to former president Nelson Mandela through his daughter, Zindzi Mandela.Pandor was scheduled to visit Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in Cape Town on Thursday to hand him his new ID card.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

SA Sevens rugby targets Rio Olympics

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first_img7 February 2014 The South African men’s and women’s Sevens rugby teams will automatically qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio if they secure top-four finishes in their respective 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series competitions, the International Rugby Board (IRB) confirmed on Thursday. This follows ratification by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of the inaugural Rugby Sevens qualification process that will feature a blend of the existing men’s and women’s series structures, regional competitions and a world play-off, ensuring universal representation and the participation of the best teams and players.Qualification structure Under the qualification structure for the men’s competition, four nations will qualify from the 2014/15 Sevens World Series, one nation from each of the six IRB regional competitions, one from the world play-off, and automatic qualification for Brazil, as the hosts of the Olympic Games. The women will follow a similar format, with four teams confirmed via the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series, six from the regional competitions, the world play-off winner and automatic qualification for Brazil.Strong medal contenders South Africa currently leads the 2013/14 men’s World Series standings by a slender margin over rivals New Zealand. Should they continue to be one of the leading lights in the World Series, the Blitzbokke will go into the Rio Olympics as one of South Africa’s strongest contenders for a gold medal. In the past five years, South Africa has won the World Series once and finished second twice. After placing second in 2012/13 and winning three tournaments, coach Neil Powell’s charges have lifted two titles in four events so far this season, which suggests the team is finding greater consistency and playing at a higher level than ever before.Springbok Women The Springbok Women Sevens, meanwhile, finished the 2012/2013 World Series in eighth position. A similar finish in 2014/15 would leave them outside of the core group featuring on the 2013/2014 circuit. However, with the South African Rugby Union having contracted 15 players to the elite women’s Sevens squad, their chances of qualifying next season will no doubt be higher.‘Great for rugby’ IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset said in a statement on Thursday: “We are excited and honoured for rugby Sevens to be making its Olympic Games debut in Rio and believe that the Games will be great for rugby and rugby will be great for the Games. “We are working in partnership with the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and the IOC to deliver a rugby Sevens event that delivers outstanding competition, showcases our most skilful players, delivers a very special vibrant atmosphere and engages new and young audiences around the world.” Referring to the continuing spread of the Sevens game, Lapasset added: “We are delighted to be announcing a truly global qualification structure that presents the opportunity for all our member unions to participate, ensures at least one team from each IRB region qualifies, and delivers the best teams and players to ensure Rugby Sevens contributes significantly to the success of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.” SAinfo reporter and SA Rugbylast_img read more

Barcelona crash out of Champions League after goalless draw vs Juventus

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first_imgBarcelona’s hopes of staging another sensational Champions League comeback fell flat against a hardened Juventus side who held the Catalans to a 0-0 draw at the Nou Camp on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals 3-0 on aggregate.The Italian champions barely gave Barca a glimmer of hope of repeating their historic turnaround against Paris St Germain in the last 16 and protected their healthy advantage from the first leg by starving the hosts of space and clear sights of goal.Lionel Messi came closest to giving Barca a route back into the contest with four strikes at goal but failed to hit the target with any of them and frequently came up short against Juve’s intimidating centre-back pairing of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci. (None of the other teams will want to play Juventus after ousting Barca: Leonardo Bonucci)”Juventus are a great team and they were better than us in the tie and overall they deserved to go through. I wish them the best and I think they could win the trophy,” Barca defender Gerard Pique told reporters.”It was a very difficult result to come back from although we tried until the end. They’re Italian and they defended very well. They knew how they wanted to play and got their objective. We created chances but little by little we realised we had a mountain to climb.”Twice European champions Juve lacked the spark and power of their thrilling first-leg victory in Turin, but there was rarely any doubt they would exact revenge for their defeat by Barca in the 2015 Champions League final by reaching the semis for a 12th time.advertisementBarca coach Luis Enrique had said before the game that if his team managed to strike early then the noise of the Nou Camp would suck the other goals in.Juventus, however, showed in the opening stages that they are made of sterner stuff than PSG, who gave up a 4-0 first-leg advantage.Massimiliano Allegri’s side pressed Barca in their own half and limited the supply to the front three.Messi almost managed to pick out Jordi Alba with a hooked pass and later played a one-two with the Spaniard before dragging narrowly wide of the far post.Ivan Rakitic and Neymar also missed the target with hopeful efforts but Juventus’ aggressive gameplan limited how much attacking Barca could do without leaving themselves exposed. (Neymar in flood of tears as FC Barcelona get knocked out of Champions League)Gonzalo Higuain cracked a shot over the bar before the break while the probing Juan Cuadrado almost picked out the Argentine striker in the middle, but was thwarted by a brilliant block from Pique.Barca increased their grip on possession after the break and spent most of the remainder of the game in their opponents’ half trying to carve out chances, but Juve were always ready for them.Messi whipped a free kick on to the roof of the net and slammed another shot wide before spurning his best chance, a volley which fizzed over the bar.Barca right back Sergi Roberto attempted a repeat of his heroic strike against PSG, but also missed the target, unable to prevent his side’s second successive elimination at the quarter-final stage, which will provoke much soul-searching at the five-times European champions.last_img read more

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