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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Soccer-Greece v Ivory Coast

FORTALEZA, Brazil, June 22 (Reuters) - Greece play Ivory Coast in a World Cup Group C match in Fortaleza on Tuesday. Where: The Castelao arena Capacity: 60,342 When: Tuesday, June 24, 1700 local (2000 GMT/ 4PM ET) Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador) Probable teams: Greece: 1-Orestis Karnezis; 15-Vassilis Torosidis, 19-Sokratis Papasthathopoulos, 4-Kostas Manolas, 20-Jose Holebas; 18-Giannis ...


Greek Authorties Make 2nd Ton Haul Of Heroin In Less Than 2 Weeks

Greek authorities said Sunday they had seized a ton of heroin in a warehouse near Athens -- the second such seizure in little more than a week -- and arrested 14 people, most of them members of a tanker crew. "These coordinated efforts ... led to the largest seizure of heroin on a European level," Shipping Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis said.


Greek PM reshuffles cabinet, replaces finance minister with economics professor

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has reshuffled his Cabinet following the conservative-led coalition government's weak showing in European parliamentary elections last month, including replacing his finance minister with a finance and economics professor.


Ivory Coast faces Greece as West Africa gathers momentum at World Cup

Artesia Daily PressIvory Coast faces Greece as West Africa gathers momentum at World CupFox NewsThe Ivorian football federation has meanwhile said it will double an undisclosed cash bonus to players if they defeat Greece, which lost its opener to Colombia 3-0 but kept its qualification hopes alive by holding Japan to a 0-0 draw with 10 men ...Preview: Greece vs. Ivory CoastSports Moleall 40 news articles »


Two tonnes of heroin seized in Greece

KathimeriniTwo tonnes of heroin seized in Greece3News NZMerchant Marine Minister Miltiadis Varvitsioti said on Sunday (local time) the discoveries constituted "the largest amount of heroin ever seized in Europe". Friday's haul of 986 kilograms had been brought into Greece on a tanker, which has also been ...Greece makes record heroin bust, arrests tanker crewReuters UKSecond massive heroin seizure made in Greece in just over a weekKathimeriniTwo tonnes of heroin found in GreeceNewstalk ZBNDTVall 13 news articles »


Goalless Greece vs. Ivory Coast

It's now-or-never for Greece, which hasn't scored yet in the 2014 World Cup but needs to beat Ivory Coast next or go home.

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Goalless Greece Takes on Resurgent Ivorians

Goalless Greece Takes on Resurgent IvoriansABC NewsThe Ivorian football federation has meanwhile said it will double an undisclosed cash bonus to players if they defeat Greece, which lost its opener to Colombia 3-0 but kept its qualification hopes alive by holding Japan to a 0-0 draw with 10 men ...and more »


WORLD CUP: Ecuador referee for Greece–Ivory Coast Match

Referee Carlos Vera, from Ecuador will be ‘in charge’ of Greece’s ‘final’ against Ivory Coast this coming Tuesday. Earlier in this tournament, Carlos Vera who is celebrating on Monday his 38th birthday- refereed the Iran-Nigeria match. Vera has been an international referee since 2007 and officiated at the Copa America 2011 as well two FIFA competitions: the FIFA Club World Cup 2012 and last year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup. The 20th FIFA World Cup began on June 12 and ends on July 13. A total of 64 matches will take place in 12 cities of Brazil between 32 teams that qualified.  Greece will reach the round of 16 if they win Ivory Coast and Japan fails to beat Colombia on Tuesday. GreekReporter will be live blogging Greece’s third game against Ivory Coast on Tuesday at 4 pm (USA – EST) / 11 pm (Greece).


Cancer Patients Awaiting Treatment for Months

Due to the economic crisis, cancer patients choose to be treated in public hospitals, as they can’t afford the treatment in private health clinics. The waiting list, in state hospitals, for cancer treatments is long, and in some cases it exceeds even two months. Waiting time for radiotherapy treatment may be even longer, three or five months, while the situation regarding radioactive iodine treatment for thyroid cancer is even worse. Due to personel cuts, hospitals don’t function properly. According to an article published by the Greek newspaper ‘Ethnos’, if someone tries to book an appointment for blood screening at the ‘G. Gennimatas’ hospital in Athens, he has to wait for about two and a half months. An appointment for a breast examination at the breast cancer clinic of the ‘Agios Savvas’ hospital may entail a month and a half  of waiting time. The situation at the University Hospital of Patras is much worse. Although the oncology department has a waiting period of approximately four days, the radioactive iodine treatment department waiting period ranges from four to six months. A similar situation is observed at the University Hospital of Ioannina, Western Greece, where although the oncology department faces no delays, radiation therapy department patients need to wait from 20 to 30 days. Waiting lists for cancer patients ‘Agios Savvas’, Breast cancer clinic: 45 days ‘G. Gennimatas’, Hematological clinic: 75 days ‘Evangelismos’, Radioactive iodine: 60 days ‘Agioi Anargyroi’, Radiotherapy: 60 days ‘Attikon’, Radiotherapy: 40-55 days ‘Metaxa’, Iodine therapy, 30 days ‘Papageorgiou’, Radioactive iodine: 50 days ‘University Hospital of Patras’, Radioactive iodine: 180 days ‘University Hospital of Ioannina’, Radiotherapy: 30 days  


Argolic Gulf: The Atlantis of Greece

Scientists from Greece and Switzerland will take part in the PlanetSolar 2014 expedition in the Argolic Gulf , Greece in an effort to discover the most ancient submerged village in Europe. This new expedition called TerraSubmersa is organized by the ...


Greek Festival in Denver June 20-22

Greek Festival in Denver June 20-22The Denver ChannelThe festival features live traditional Greek dancing by the Hellenic Dance Academy of Denver and music by Etho Ellas. Attendees can try homemade food and pastries from throughout Greece and check out authentic Greek merchandise including jewelry and ...


Greece makes Europe's 'largest ever' heroin seizure

More than two tonnes of heroin has been discovered in Greek warehouses in as many weeks in what authorities said was Europe's largest ever seizure of the drug. Close to a tonne was found by police in a warehouse near Athens on Friday, a little more than a week after an even bigger haul in the city. Merchant Marine Minister Miltiadis Varvitsioti said Sunday that the discoveries constituted "the ...


Starbucks Is Cutting Coffee Prices. In Greece

ForbesStarbucks Is Cutting Coffee Prices. In GreeceForbesBut there is one country where Starbucks is cutting prices, Greece. According to a store catalogue I obtained during my visit in the city of Thessaloniki two weeks ago, the company has lowered prices substantially for several coffee beverages. A double ...


World Cup: Top 6 Wives And Girlfriends Of Greek National Team Players

Behind every great man there’s a great woman… The lives of soccer players and their mates are with not doubt glamorous, exciting and on the spotlight of media. Here are the top 6 Wives And Girlfriends of Greece’s National Team, exclusively for Kostas Mitroglou is in love with his girlfriend Niki, a 26 years-old Greek-German. They met in Germany and they have been together for almost 7 years. They live in Athens, in the suburb of Nea Smirni. Olympiakos’s midfielder, Yiannis Maniatis is married to Ioanna Gali, daughter of an ex-president of Greek FC Panionios team. Maniatis met his wife when he was a member of Panionios team. The couple’s best man is the famous singer, Babis Holidis. Costas Katsouranis of PAOK Salonika is married to Efi, an AEK supporter! They are both from Patras and have a three year-old son,  named Vasilis. Last summer they all went for holidays to the famous Cycladic island of Mykonos. Greek singer, Eleni Foureira is Giorgos Samaras’s girlfriend. They haven’t got married yet, but they are planning to. When Samaras was playing for Celtic of Scotland, they talked over the telephone for more than 6 hours per day! Last Christmas, Eleni traveled to the island of Crete to meet Samaras’s parents. They are one of the hottest couples in Greek showbiz. Costas Manolas of Olympiakos and Niki Prevezanou are getting married soon. Niki is a 23 years-old beautiful model and met Manolas while he was playing for AEK team in Athens. The wedding will take place in Niki’s village, Gargarlianous, next to Kalamata. Nana Karagouni is national team captain, Yiorgos Karagounis’s wife. Τhe couple is married and have three children. Nana is a doctor. WhenKaragounis returns from Brazil they plan on spending their summer holidays in Elounda, Crete. And now have a look at the photos GreekReporter provided for you! Niki – Costas Mitroglou Ioanna Gali – Yiannis Maniatis Costas Katsouranis – Efi Katsourani Yiorgos Samaras – Eleni Foureira Costas Manolas – Niki Prevezanou Nana Karagouni – Yiorgos Karagounis    


Coast Guard Seized Another Ton of Heroin in Koropi

The Hellenic Coast Guard in an operation that took place June 22 seized about 986,6 kg of heroin. The heroin was found in a warehouse in the suburb of Koropi , Attica and is related to the drug cartel case, whose members were arrested during another operation last week.  The total quantity of  seized heroin now reaches 2 tons, with a value of approximately 60 million Euros.  The heroin was located in a tanker that was earlier this week located at the sea area of Eleusina and was thereafter closely monitored by authorities. Authorities arrested 14 members of the drug cartel, including two Greek nationals, a man who has helped transfer the heroin and a 53-year old woman, representative of the company that owns the ship. Ten of those arrested are crew members of the tanker, all foreigners, from Turkey and India. The tanker NOOR-1 is a Togo-flagged ship belonging to a Greek shipping company whose name the police have not yet released. It was loaded early May at the port of Oman and arrived at the Greek port of Eleusina on June 7 ,where the drug shipment was divided into three parts. Two parts were transferred with trucks and the third one with other luxury vehicles to two warehouses in Koropi and to a villa in the upscale neighborhood of Filothei. The 14 member are kept in custody at the Piraeus Port Authority and on Monday, June 23, they will face the Piraeus Prosecutor.  


Samaras Knows What’s in the National Interest

When Greek courts overturn his polices, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras ignores them because he knows what's best ... and in the national interest.

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Muses and Guests Smile at Hamptons Church

NEW YORK – The international chamber music ensemble Bianchi Musica heralded the first day of summer and delighted the audience at the inaugural Dr. Nikitas Kessaris Annual Musical Concert of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Church of the Hamptons . The guests attending the free concert at the Nicholas S. Zullas Hellenic Center were […]

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Visiting Olympia and other ancient sites in Greece

Visiting Olympia and other ancient sites in GreeceRedlands Daily FactsThe National Archaeological Museum in Athens houses the largest and best collection of archeological treasures of Greece. It is almost incomprehensible to describe the abundance, variety and age of the sculptures, steles and other monumental works.


England v Sri Lanka: second Test live!

Send your thoughts to dan.lucas@theguardian.comOr tweet them to @DanLucas86The Bouncer: new guard take holdMike Selvey: Robson epitomises new England

3.10pm BST

31st over: Sri Lanka 84-1 (Karunaratne 43, Sangakkara 17) Broad again and he's decided that full and wide of off is the way to go to Sangakkara. It was actually the short ball from Anderson that got him in the first innings, but such is his predilection for the off-drive that this makes perfect sense. Kumar is tempted by a slightly straighter one and drives it exquisitely to the man at mid-off. A maiden.

"Don't get me wrong," begins Tom van der Gucht, backtracking on Swann, "he was undoubtably my favourite cricketer of the past decade (if not possibly all time) and the swaggering, presence he brought to the field of play, not to mention his video diaries and bon mots in press conferenes, lit up the game and the England team is something of a shadow without him in terms of enteratinment factor.

3.06pm BST

30th over: Sri Lanka 84-1 (Karunaratne 43, Sangakkara 17) Plunkett sends down a short one from around the wicket that keeps low and deflects off of Prior's boot and away for four byes. Thereafter, the batsmen exchange singles into the on-side.

Meanwhile Sara Torvalds tweets regarding the return of the OBOcassionals:

@DanLucas86 Any OBOers out there looking to come play cricket in Finland in August?

@DanLucas86 Pics from the ground we'll be playing on are available here:

3.03pm BST

29th over: Sri Lanka 78-1 (Karunaratne 42, Sangakkara 16) Sangakkara gets a single before Karunaratne runs another two down to third man, steered deliberately wide of the slips. And again a couple of balls later, although a miss by the diving gully fielder means he gets three for it. The field for Sangakkara is set to minimise the effectiveness of his beloved cover drive, with a short- and a deep extra cover and a mid-off. Broad slants it across him but Kumar is a wise, wise man. Broad's last two overs have gone for seven and six.

@DanLucas86 Sangakkara has decided that he's playing at Galle and not Headingley hasn't he? In the form he is enjoying, he might as well be.

2.59pm BST

Today's trivia: My girlfriend asked me last night what the average Test average is, which flummoxed me. I'd guess around 23, though that's completely arbitrary. On Twitter, Dave Tickner noted that the average score per wicket in Tests is 32.12, but that that counts extras. So any answers?

2.58pm BST

28th over: Sri Lanka 72-1 (Karunaratne 37, Sangakkara 15) Plunkett, who I'd say has been given a bit of a shoddy ride by Cook so far in this innings, is back on. His first ball is a wild bouncer, miles outside the batsman's off stump, and is called a wide. Karuanaratne drops the ball to the third man boundary, where it's fielded and kept to two. Daniel Harris notes that, according to TMS, Sangakkara is now the first Sri Lankan batsman ever to register 300 runs in a series in England, which is a surprise. I guess the reason is that Sri Lanka often get the short end of the stick when it comes to tour lengths and are only ever here for two or three Tests at a time.

2.53pm BST

27th over: Sri Lanka 69-1 (Karunaratne 35, Sangakkara 15) People of Yorkshire: it's a beautiful sunny Sunday, warm and pleasant, and there is a finely balanced Test match taking place. Go to the cricket; Headingley's stands are looking depressingly sparse right now.

Broad is bowling around the wicket to Karunaratne, but with men out on the hook the short stuff is an obvious ploy that the batsman is wise too. As such, he continues to eschew the shot and instead feels confident that driving the fuller stuff is the way to go. He flicks one of said fuller balls through mid-wicket for three runs. The final ball is overpitched and timed gloriously on the up, through extra cover by Sangakkara for four. Swoon.

2.48pm BST

26th over: Sri Lanka 62-1 (Karunaratne 32, Sangakkara 11) Chris Jordan is the bowler, Karunaratne the batsman and the first ball is a nice bumper that rises into the batsman's ribs, forcing him to fend. Michael Holding is surprised Plunkett was pulled after just three overs and so am I; despite him looking easily the most hostile, the most threatening, I guess that Alastair Cook is keen to ensure that Sri Lanka don't race into a lead here before losing a couple more wickets. It's mostly short stuff from Jordan, which doesn't induce the hook, but the fuller, wider one gets a drive, with four men in the slip cordon, that's stopped at short extra cover. A single is taken from the final ball.

"It could be that Swann's dressing-room reputation was built on language too ripe for radio," suggests JOHN STARBUCK, "so he could well be finding it awkward to start with on TMS. We shall probably not know until the after-dinner speech circuit reveal all. However, he did persuade the team to celebrate a series victory with the sprinkler dance so we can cut him some slack for now. Anyway, he makes a nice change from the increasingly irritating professional Yorkshiremen who are running rife on the airwaves."

2.43pm BST

By my reckoning we've had 39 overs today, plus the two for the change of innings, so we're four behind the requisite rate.

2.42pm BST

Hello folks. I, Dan Lucas, will be your glorious leader through the remainder of an intriguingly balanced day. Either we'll be watching Liam Plunkett rip through the batting lineup like a Northern Curtly Ambrose, or we'll be watching Kumar Sangakkara bat. Either way, we win.

2.41pm BST

25th over: Sri Lanka 61-1 (Karunaratne 31, Sangakkara 11)

Broad replaces Plunkett - I wonder if we'll see him back on in a moment, just at the other end. His second ball surprises Sangakkara - it's a little quicker off the pitch - and he presses into a nothing shot, that lands not that far shy of Broad's follow-through. Not much else, and drinks.

2.37pm BST

24th over: Sri Lanka 61-1 (Karunaratne 31, Sangakkara 11)

Quicker one from Jordan, snapping away from Karunaratne, squared and flat-footed. He's working himself up here, and grimace-smiles ruefully when Karunaratne slashes hard, between slip and gully for four. The ball went high, though, so doubtful anyone would have caught it, Roger Harper not being in attendance.

2.31pm BST

23rd over: Sri Lanka 57-1 (Karunaratne 27, Sangakkara 11)

Plunkett tempts Karunaratne into a drive, the ball ending up at mid-on. But Sangakkara makes amends next ball, again bending the knee and again lasering a drive through cover. He looks in the mood, right enough. A less interesting over.

2.28pm BST

22nd over: Sri Lanka 52-1 (Karunaratne 26, Sangakkara 7)

Another maiden - we're all just waiting for another Plunkett over, really - so a diatribe. Excllent. Here's Tom Van der/Van den Gucht:

2.24pm BST

21st over: Sri Lanka 52-1 (Karunaratne 26, Sangakkara 7)

It's hard to fathom why Plunkett wasn't on earlier, and his first delivery to Sangakkara is a further beauty - shorter, even sharper, threatening the hands - and Sangakkara does well to ride it down into the pitch, even running two. Then, one slips out, shoots wide of the popping crease and goes for four, then another wide one, Sangakkara down on one knee to pound it delightfully through cover. Interesting over.

2.19pm BST

Except it's not a lull because Plunkett is on, and this is a jazzer. Fourth stump line, bouncing sharply, moving away, kissing the outside edge. Very good indeed.

2.19pm BST

21st over: Sri Lanka 40-0 (Karunaratne 26, Silva 13)

You can tell this is a lull, because they're talking about DRS - except it's not a lull, because Sri Lanka are slowly clambering back into things.

2.18pm BST

20th over: Sri Lanka 39-0 (Karunaratne 25, Silva 13)

Given what's to come, this is a very useful stand - Silva batted very well in the second innings at Lord's too, especially not being an opener. He edges one off Jordan, but with soft hands, so's it drops just short of Bell at second slip. And the final delivery is a goodun, holding its line and too sharp for Silva, passing the outside edge.

2.13pm BST

19th over: Sri Lanka 36-0 (Karunaratne 23, Silva 12)

Here's Ged Travers: "Many thanks to your lunchtime Nairobi correspondent who jolted me into the realisation that I'm in a designated non-cricketing nation, Greece, so I can watch the action via the ECB feed on youtube. Talking of over/underrated cities and, incidentally TVs (later), I'm currently residing in Thessaloniki which I find a most charming place to live. True, the post-Junta (bit of politics, sorry) architecture is an abomination but the presence of ancient Greek, Roman ruins and some wonderful Byzantine churches and towers compensate the eye a treat. The people are very warm and friendly, the tea (black tea here) is dirt cheap and they've even got me loving their frappe (iced frothy coffee) which originated here. Yesterday there was a colourful and vibrant Pride carnival which, in addition to the annual film festival, the diverse range of museums and the general sense of wellbeing anyone from Coventry gets when beside the sea, all adds up to a great place to live."

2.13pm BST

It's missing leg-stump by nuff and bare.

2.12pm BST

19th over: Sri Lanka 36-0 (Karunaratne 23, Silva 12)

Balls are passed through hoops or not passed through hoops, and Liam Plunkett is given a different one. And immediately, he finds some lift, sending one straight down the middle and back of a length as Silva presses forwards then hops and sways back as it morphs into a bouncer. That's beautiful. And then a full-bunger that we'll call a yorker - there's an excited appeal - not out says Billy Bowden. Prior insists on a review...

2.06pm BST

18th over: Sri Lanka 36-0 (Karunaratne 23, Silva 12)

Not entirely sure I grasp Alastair Cook's tardiness in introducing Plunkett, because there's not a whole lot coming to pass here. And on schedule, England complain about the ball, which isn't taking wickets in the way that they've commanded it. Naughty ball!

2.02pm BST

17th over: Sri Lanka 35-0 (Karunaratne 23, Silva 12)

Sun's out now, which won't especially please the bowlers - though it might help Stuart Broad's highlights and lowlights. At what age does caring about your appearance cease to be even marginally acceptable?

1.57pm BST

16th over: Sri Lanka 34-0 (Karunaratne 22, Silva 12)

Jordan, now bowling to three slips and a gully, cedes two from his first delivery, but finds a better line and length thereafter, forcing Silva to play. It's a funny Test/track/ground this - lots of sedate stuff punctuated by intense buzz, for which we must be close to due. And then Jordan tempts Silva into a drive outside off, avoiding the outside-edge by very little, and then from the last ball, a swish that becomes a leave - sensible. That's Jordan's best over so far this innings.

1.52pm BST

15th over: Sri Lanka 32-0 (Karunaratne 22, Silva 10)

Anderson slants one across Karunaratne from around the wicket, and it brushes his thighpad on its way down leg-side. There's an appeal. There's a maiden.

1.49pm BST

14th over: Sri Lanka 32-0 (Karunaratne 22, Silva 10)

Jordan from the other end, to four slips and no gully. Cook and Anderson are still chuntering, about what who knows, but demonstrative gesticulation and body movement is involved. Silva turns four away to fine leg when Jordan's last ball strays.

1.44pm BST

13th over: Sri Lanka 27-0 (Karunaratne 21, Silva 6)

Anderson begins, and shapes one away from Karunaratne, who ignores it, but with some trepidation. He then goes at the next, carving four well away from his body, but doesn't pick the inswinger, staying leg-side and just about bunting it into the ground. Next, an outswinger, deceives him - he plays - and sneaks a single from the final ball.

1.39pm BST

Out come your batsmen.

1.38pm BST

"It may indeed be 4.30am here on the 'edge'," says Ian Copestake. "But some things are worth lingering for. Especially if it is all to be over by the time the sun rises."

Fair while til it's settled in a final location, but. It's a great video, that - here's another, an older favourite.

1.34pm BST

Alan Mullaly's Twitter avatar is exceptional.

1.31pm BST

Lunchtime correspondence:

"Why are the Sky commentators the only people with access to what the stump microphones pick up on the field? Why is Joe Public excluded from this little club?It's irritating to hear the Sky team allude to what fielders are saying. 'I can tell you they are all having a real go out there,' was one such comment this morning.Wouldn't public access to the stump mike do away with the worst of the sledging (at least until it was a long way from the microphone)?

1.25pm BST

Lunchtime correspondence:

"London might be the most under-rated city. 33 years after I first lived here, I can't quite believe how fantastic it is", enthuses Gary Naylor, in clear breach of OBO etiquette.

1.02pm BST

Well, that's a handy morning for Sri Lanka. They harried England out for as few as possible, and have knocked 22 off the lead, as well as some shine off the new ball, with only one alarm. England will need to address their lengths this afternoon, and I'll be back shortly (spicy beef stew, with plantain).

1.00pm BST

12th over: Sri Lanka 22-0 (Karunaratne 16, Silva 6)

On comes Jordan, for what England will hope is the penultimate over before lunch. He asks for five men behind the wicket and gets them - four slips and a gully. "Alright there, CJ", inspires Bell, invoking memories of Baywatch. But he can't induce shots with his first four ball, before going wider of the crease and finding a better line, into the bat - Silva handles it without demure, but it's better - and he's beaten next up, past his outside edge. Lunch.

12.55pm BST

11th over: Sri Lanka 22-0 (Karunaratne 16, Silva 6)

Anderson drops short and wide, Silva getting through the shot too quickly - so can only force three through midwicket. But Anderson's fifth ball is delicious, bouncing and seaming away as Karunaratne pretends he knows where it's going.

12.51pm BST

10th over: Sri Lanka 19-0 (Karunaratne 16, Silva 3)

England are banging them in, so Nasser points out that Broad's only bowled two full deliveries so far - "and look what happened with one of them. Forward, drive, nick gap". It does seem that most wickets are coming with fuller balls, caught behind the stumps, and as such, this mini-session has been mainly wasted. Maiden.

12.47pm BST

9th over: Sri Lanka 19-0 (Karunaratne 16, Silva 3)

Headingley is pretty empty today - you can follow the conversations of the players. Ballance has just asked Bell what he thinks of the policy process in the modern capitalist state, to which Bell responded "come on boys!"

12.43pm BST

8th over: Sri Lanka 18-0 (Karunaratne 15, Silva 3)

This is now a good start for Sri Lanka, and Ian Terence is not happy, leading to the following exchange with Michael-Mikey.

12.39pm BST

7th over: Sri Lanka 14-0 (Karunaratne 12, Silva 2)

Couple moving away from Anderson, and then an in-ducker, which Silva plays well, defending on the back foot with a dead bat. Otherwise, another quiet over.

12.35pm BST

6th over: Sri Lanka 13-0 (Karunaratne 12, Silva 1)

A fuller one from Broad induces Karunaratne to drive, and he edges - but between third slip and gully, just wide of Ballance. Still, that's much better bowling; England might be thinking about an over or two from Plunkett before lunch.

12.31pm BST

5th over: Sri Lanka 7-0 (Karunaratne 6, Silva 1)

Commentary box discussion about short-leg - Anderson doesn't want when coming around to the left-handed Karunaratne, but Cook's overruled him. He's been out there in this series, but Anderson's bowling for drives and edges. Maiden.

12.27pm BST

4th over: Sri Lanka 7-0 (Karunaratne 6, Silva 1)

Broad hasn't quite got his range yet, though circumstances are set for one of his bousts. In the meantime, he gifts Karunaratne runs with a short, wide one - but he shows his state of mind by reaching and lifting it gingerly over cover.

12.24pm BST

3rd over: Sri Lanka 4-0 (Karunaratne 4, Silva 0)

Anderson gives Karunaratne some width, and he slashes, getting four behind point without ever being in control. Ian Bell is prattling away in the gully, meanwhile, and Anderson whips in to confuse his man, slanting the ball across him and his edge. It flies down the hill to Chris Jordan, crouched at second slip, and chest high, he spills it! He's fallible!

12.19pm BST

2nd over: Sri Lanka 0-0 (Karunaratne 0, Silva 0)

Broad's finding some pace and bounce here, but unfortunately Mikey-Michael isn't in commentary. Anyway, another relatively easy maiden - but with the sky cloudier than before, things might soon intensify.

12.14pm BST

1st over: Sri Lanka 0-0 (Karunaratne 0, Silva 0)

Anderson in, and you can see England are excited by the conditions, lots of chatter and patter. It's swinging for him, though Anderson isn't quite grooved yet - a maiden, though one that's menacing more than its dangerous.

12.12pm BST

Talking of autographs, a mate had a bat upon which his elder brother had signed "Ian Botham". This was a sobering moment; you want the name of a famous person on something, you can indeed write it yourself.

12.11pm BST

Out come the batsmen. When I were a lad, I'd windmill my bat like Botham (even though he once offered to trample my head into the floor when I was part of a gaggle of kids seeking his autograph). Now, I think I'd do that walk-trot-run into a forward-defensive.

12.09pm BST

"If a spinner isn't among the best 5 bowlers available, don't pick one", tweets Gary Naylor. "A spinner isn't among the best 10 bowlers available now".

I'm not sure about this - the best sides, in any sport, tend to be balanced. And if we have a dry summer, not sure Monty wouldn't be one of the most useful.

12.05pm BST

The heavy roller is on.

12.05pm BST

So, good and bad for both sides. An excellent morning for Sri Lanka - the lead isn't unmanageable, and there was plenty in the pitch. On the other hand, they have to bat on the thing now, against an attack superior to their own - a couple early, and this game could be over today. Other hand, Kumar and Mahela - any reading screenwriters, there's your next buddy movie right there, you're welcome - are good enough to make runs in any conditions. If they, or their pals, can get a lead of anything beyond two hundred, the Lankans are in the game. Meantime, they're 108 runs behind.

12.01pm BST

Perfect ball to tailender, a straight bouncer that's aimed at getting bat, not head. Anderson has no idea how to cope, so deflects it into the air, and Eranga collects from under the nostrils.

12.00pm BST

116th over: England 365-9 (Prior 27, Anderson 0)

What a strike from Prior, twinkling down the track towards leg, and then when the ball follows him, punishing it for six over midwicket. "Great hands, lovely hands," rhapsodises David Ivon. Then, he tries hooking a bouncer which is bigger and quicker than he thought, miscue dropping just short of the scurrying Karunaratne at square leg, while the batsmen scurry two runs.

11.56am BST

115th over: England 356-9 (Prior 18, Anderson 0)

Prior's had enough, and steps down the track to a back-of-a-length delivery from Mathews, zetzing one high past the bowler down to long-on for four. Then, a single off ball four, leaving Anderson two to defend, so he plays an extravagant swish - which misses, obviously - and then shoulders arms.

11.51am BST

114th over: England 351-9 (Prior 13, Anderson 0)

Prior can't find the four-balls he's seeking, so takes a single from the fourth. Anderson plays and misses, then gets everything behind a forward-defensive.

11.47am BST

113th over: England 350- (Prior 12, Anderson 0)

Russell Arnold in with a "last evening" - imagine the wonder of a world in which it was contagious.

11.46am BST

Who doesn't love lower-order runs? This is great ball from Mathews, illustrating exactly why he invited himself into the attack. The ball starts well outside off and nips back a mile, Plunkett nowhere near the shot by the time his middle stump is rapped to the horizontal. Batting on this will be fun over the next couple of days.

11.41am BST

112th over: England 349-8 (Prior11, Plunkett 2)

Prior, who's faced hardly at all this morning, slices a pair through the covers, then ads a single and another two through midwicket.

11.37am BST

111th over: England 344-8 (Prior 8, Plunkett 0)

Here's Harry Tuttle on England's spin options:

11.33am BST

What an important wicket this is. Mathews offers Broad the chance to drive, but he's uncharacteristically tentative and pushes, guiding the ball directly to a cleverly stationed wide gully.

11.31am BST

110th over: England 343-7 (Prior 7, Broad 4)

Who can't love watching Stuart Broad bat? Eranga serves him a wide one, so he leathers it to the fence behind square on the off-side, and presumably he'll continue hustling things along. This is could be a deeply enjoyable period of the game, because Matt Prior isn't the sort to let someone else get on with it. Ah! The second "last evening" of the day - things are looking up already.

11.25am BST

Good ball this, tempting Jordan forward, but by the time it arrives he's not sure what to do, edging a tentative drive. And this time, both men proximate move, Jayawardene at two diving in front of Sangakkara at one, to claim a handy snaffle.

11.24am BST

109th over: England 337-6 (Prior 6, Jordan 17)

Another quiet one - this can't be the start Mathews envisaged, but he doesn't seem minded to improve matters.

11.18am BST

108th over: England 334-6 (Prior 4, Jordan 16)

Prior gets his first run of the day when Eranga strays down leg - he doesn't clobber it as anticipated, though, hoiking round to long leg. And then, just as Michael Holding is talking about a gripping seam, Eranga persuades the seam to grip - this is an excellent delivery - and the delivery moves across Jordan, who edges. But Sri Lanka have only two slips, neither of whom dive, the ball passes between keeper and first, for four.

11.13am BST

107th over: England 327-6 (Prior 3, Jordan 11)

Prior faces his first balls of the morning - and, indeed, they're from Mathews. He trundles through a maiden as unthreatening as the term suggests, while his pals Prasad and Pradeep chill in the field.

11.09am BST

106th over: England 327-6 (Prior 3, Jordan 11)

Apparently, Martyn Moxon made it clear to England that the heavy roller should not be used, as it'll take all the pace out of the wicket. But it turns out that they know better, and stuck it on this morning - and the pitch will get another going-over before Sri Lanka bat. Eranga is on from the Kirkstall Lane End, and snakes one past the bat first up - it's almost a leg-break. Then one the other way that brushes Jordan's pad - there's a muted appeal -and another in that direction, turned away for two.

11.03am BST

105th over: England 325-6 (Prior 3, Jordan 9)

Mathews invites himself to open - perhaps he's just allowing the bowlers to swap ends - and presents Jordan with a full Lankan equivalent, slow and wide. So Jordan reclines and tucks in, cutting it away for four through bac on kward point. The remainder of the over is better, just a quick single from the final ball and four dots.

10.59am BST

Point to ponder: with Stokes likely to be available for India, and a spinner, if not essential, certainly idea, who, if anyone, drops out?

10.57am BST

Jerusalem, players, huddle. Here comes the batsmen.

10.56am BST

It's sunny at Headingley. So, the outfield should be even quicker, but it's unclear how England will approaching things. The general Headingley method is to go easy in the morning, but with Jordan and Prior in, then Broad and Plunkett to come, it's hard to see that, especially as even another hundred, and Sri Lanka are in serious trouble.

10.48am BST

Uvver fings vat are magnificent every time: and followed it up with that swallowed giggle, suggesting to Mahela that this might be his last Test in England. He says "I need to keep doing the right things and get those big runs you're used to."


10.45am BST

Uvver fings vat are magnificent every time: Athers has already given it a "last evening".

10.44am BST

Uvver fings vat are magnificent every time:

10.37am BST

Uvver fings vat are magnificent every time:

10.28am BST

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Sunday, June 29

by  Associated Press Sunday, June 29 by The Associated Press, Associated Press - 21 June 2014 20:02-04:00

Today is Sunday, June 29, the 180th day of 2014. There are 185 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

1520 - Montezuma II, ninth and last emperor of the Aztecs, dies in Tenochtitlan of wounds he received, according to Spanish accounts, from his alienated subjects when he tried to speak to them three days earlier.

1529 - Religious civil war in Switzerland ends with Peace of Kappel, where the Catholic cantons give freedom of religion to the Protestants.

1847 - Convention of Gramido ends civil war in Portugal.

1848 - Austria's Archduke John is elected Regent of the Reich, replacing German Confederation.

1880 - Australia's most infamous bushranger, Ned Kelly, is wounded and captured at Glenrowan, Victoria.

1880 - France takes control of South Pacific island of Tahiti.

1888 - Professor Frederick Treves performs the first appendectomy in England.

1896 - Expedition under Major Marchand leaves France to advance on Fashoda and claim Sudan.

1913 - Bulgarian forces attack Serbian and Greek troops in Macedonia, sparking Second Balkan War. Bulgarians are defeated in August.

1939 - First commercial plane flight from United States to Europe is completed as Dixie Clipper lands at Lisbon, Portugal.

1943 - U.S. forces land on New Guinea in Pacific in World War II.

1946 - British arrest more than 2,700 Jews in Palestine in attempt to stamp out terrorism.

1949 - South Africa begins implementing apartheid, its racial segregation rules.

1963 - Dispute between Soviet Union and China worsens as Soviets demand recall of three officials at Chinese embassy in Moscow.

1966 - Hanoi, North Vietnam's capital, and Haiphong, its principal port, are bombed by United States for first time in Vietnam War.

1967 - Israel defies international protests and unites divided city of Jerusalem for first time in two decades, following victory in Six-Day War.

1974 - Soviet ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov, touring with the Bolshoi Ballet, defects in Toronto, Canada.

1990 - Lithuanian parliament agrees to a 100-day moratorium on declaration of independence in exchange for an end to the economic blockade ordered by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

1991 - Yugoslav federal army threatens to take "decisive military action" against Slovenia unless the republic stops fighting government troops.

1992 - Mohammed Boudfiaf, head of the Algerian ruling council, is assassinated.

1993 - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif imposes emergency rule in Punjab province, where more than half of the country's 120 million people live.

1995 - A posh five-story department store in Seoul, South Korea, collapses, killing at least 114 people and injuring 910.

1999 - A pre-dawn fire sweeps through a three-story summer camp in Hwasung, South Korea killing 23 kindergarten and grade school children.

2000 - An overloaded ship carrying almost 500 people, many fleeing sectarian violence in the Maluku islands, goes missing in remote eastern Indonesia. There are 10 known survivors.

2001 - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is unanimously re-elected to a second term by 189-member General Assembly. He pledges to redouble efforts to strengthen human rights and start carrying out a global plan to lift millions out of abject poverty.

2002 - A North Korean navy vessel sinks a South Korean naval patrol boat in an exchange of fire in the Yellow Sea. Four South Korean sailors are killed in the battle and 19 were injured.

2004 - The U.S. military announces the formation of a five-member military tribunal to preside over the first trials of terror suspects held at its naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

2005 - Hundreds of U.N. peacekeepers raid a Haiti slum filled with gangs loyal to ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, killing six gunmen and wounding five others.

2006 - Female voters in Kuwait, who won the right to vote and run for office last year, cast ballots in parliamentary elections for the first time.

2007 - Britain thwarts an attack in London's busy theater district when police defuse a lethal mix of gasoline, propane and nails discovered in an abandoned Mercedes. A second explosives-rigged car is also found nearby.

2008 - Zimbabwe's longtime ruler Robert Mugabe is sworn in as president for a sixth term.

2009 — Iraqi forces assume formal control of Baghdad and other cities after American troops hand over security in urban areas in a defining step toward ending the U.S. combat role in the country.

2010 - Drug cartels, which fund a tenth of Mexico's economy, insert themselves into politics, killing the leading candidate for governor of a northern state only days before elections in 12 states.

2011 - Greece fends off a bankruptcy that threatened to roil global financial markets, approving severe spending cuts and tax increases in the face of violent protests by Greeks who say they have suffered enough.

2012 - German lawmakers approve Europe's new budget discipline pact as the eurozone's permanent euro 500 billion ($623 billion) rescue fund hours after Chancellor Angela Merkel defends concessions she made to financially troubled European nations at a summit.

2013 — Thousands of Egyptians take to the streets on the anniversary of the inauguration of President Mohammed Morsi, demanding his resignation.

Today's Birthdays:

Giacomo Leopardi, Italian author/philosopher (1798-1837); Pietro Angelo Secchi, Italian Jesuit/astrophysicist (1818-1878); George Washington Goethals, U.S. builder of Panama Canal (1858-1928); Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French aviator and writer (1900-1944); Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands (1911-2004); Robert Evans, producer/former actor (1930--); Gary Busey, actor (1944--).

Thought For Today:

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers — Lord Alfred Tennyson, English poet (1809-1892).

News Topics: General news, War and unrest, Parliamentary elections, Government and politics, Racial and ethnic discrimination, Elections, Discrimination, Human rights and civil liberties, Social issues, Social affairs, Race and ethnicity

People, Places and Companies: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mikhail Gorbachev, Nawaz Sharif, Kofi Annan, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Robert Mugabe, Angela Merkel, Mohamed Morsi, Gary Busey, United Kingdom, United States, South Korea, Vietnam, Middle East, Greece, Western Europe, Europe, North America, East Asia, Asia, Southeast Asia

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MARYHILL, Washington (AP) — As their sons returned wounded, dead or not at all from heavy fighting across the Atlantic in 1918, people in this small Columbia Gorge town sought to commemorate their sacrifice.

On a visit to the original Stonehenge in England, a Quaker named Sam Hill heard stories of dark doings and ritual killings. What better way to mark the Great War then raging, he thought, than to construct a replica near his estate in Maryhill, Washington state, a town on the state's southern rim with Oregon.

Hill argued that combat between nations was an irredeemable folly and the dead soldiers an offering to the "god of war." So he built a West Coast incarnation of Stonehenge in tribute.

The monument nearly lines up with sunrise on the solstice, just like Stonehenge — though stories about Bronze Age human sacrifices there were almost certainly false. The original structure was likely one of the earliest calendars.

And much like Stonehenge, the replica draws a coterie of neo-Druids, pagans and wiccans each year on the summer solstice. On Saturday, about 30 turned out in small groups from Oregon and southern Washington state.

Hill's testament to the World War I dead stands alone on a reedy outcropping several hundred feet above the Columbia River. Inscribed inside are the names of slain soldiers from Klickitat County. Like Stonehenge, it contains an outer ring of 16-foot (5-meter)-tall stones, an inner grouping of 9-foot (2.7-meter)-tall stones and five pairs of arch-like stone pillars called trilithons.

Religions that treat the sun as a deity turned to the summer solstice as a holy day. Greeks celebrated their god of agriculture, Vikings planned raids and early governance around midsummer, and Plains Indians, including the Sioux, marked the occasion with a days-long ritual.

This year, Elise Mesnard, a 24-year-old artist from Portland, Oregon, said she arrived early Saturday and embraced the first rays of sunlight, which didn't peek around the Columbia Gorge cliffs until about 5:30 a.m.

"It's a beautiful, meditative area," Mesnard said.

Egypt Rose of South Prairie, Washington, got started before the sun came up. She lit a candle and dropped wax figurines into a cauldron. The site is a public park, so the open-fire option she prefers wasn't legal.

She and seven others chanted to the Egyptian god of the sun, Ra, and circled the Stonehenge monument three times, signifying the banishment of evil and the discovery of renewal on the longest day of the year.

"Personally, I don't really call it a religion, because to me that involves other people," Rose said. "It's hard to describe it that way. I guess some people would call it paganism."

Other solstice celebrations included thousands practicing yoga in New York City's Times Square. At the original Stonehenge, 36,000 sun-watchers gathered Saturday on the Salisbury Plain about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southwest of London. Couples kissed, dancers circled with hoops and revelers took part in a mass yoga practice as part of the free-form celebrations.

"We're celebrating the midpoint," Mesnard said, "where it's not gonna get any better than this."

News Topics: General news, Wicca, War and unrest, Paganism, Religion, Social affairs

People, Places and Companies: Washington, Oregon, United States, North America

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