The construction of a new reef in the Piankatank River is set to start this week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, has just announced.USACE’s crews will be working about a half-mile from shore, Monday through Thursday for 10 hours a day initially, using barges and cranes to place granite rock within the project limits.For the first time granite rock will be used to construct the Piankatank River reef, previous reef construction projects in the tributary consisted of shell or crushed concrete.The new reef construction isn’t expected to impact navigation in the waterway, but will be marked with danger signs to avoid any potential issues, USACE said in its release.Once complete, the Corps will monitor and adaptively manage the reef to ensure its long-term success.The Piankatank River Project is being constructed in partnership with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and The Nature Conservancy, and includes reef restoration projects in Maryland and Virginia.
Star midfielder Luka Modric returned from injury for a matchup with his Real Madrid teammate Ronaldo, but both he and Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic struggled to sparkle as they had earlier in the tournament. It was another Real Madrid player who had the best chance of the first-half when Pepe nodded Raphael Guerreiro’s dangerous free-kick over.Ivan Perisic was Croatia’s hero with the winning goal against Spain, but he pulled their best chance of the opening 45 minutes into the side-netting from a narrow angle.Croatia upped the pace at the start of the second period having enjoyed a day’s more rest than Portugal and Marcelo Brozovic should have done better when he blazed over from a quickly taken corner.Santos looked to inject some life into the Portugal midfield by introducing wonderkid Renato Sanches and the 18-year-old, who Bayern Munich paid Benfica €35 million for last month, nearly made an instant impact. After a lovely series of one-twos with Nani, Sanches took aim from the edge of the area only to drag his weak shot wide.Domagoj Vida headed a great chance wide for Croatia from Rakitic’s fine cross as the game began to come to life in the final quarter. Nani then had strong claims for a penalty waived away by Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo when he appeared to be kicked in the chest by Ivan Strinic as he burst into the box.However, unlike so often at Euro 2016, there was no late drama as both sides settled for the stalemate to take the game into extra-time. Croatian boss Ante Cacic replaced ineffectual Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic with Nikola Kalinic, but the Fiorentina forward fired the only chance of the opening period of extra time wildly wide.Vida had another golden chance when he headed wide with the Portuguese goal gaping after Rui Patricio failed to collect Brozovic’s corner seven minutes from time. However, Patricio made himself a hero seconds later when he turned Ivan Perisic’s header onto the post.And Portugal then snatched their first victory of the tournament at the death as Subasic’s reflex save to keep out Ronaldo went unrewarded as Quaresma jubilantly nodded the ball in to the gaping net.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ricardo Quaresma headed Portugal into the quarterfinals of Euro 2016 three minutes before the end of extra-time to break Croatian hearts with the only goal in Lens. Ronaldo was denied matching Michel Platini’s record of nine goals in European championship finals by a fine save from Danijel Subasic, but the ball fell kindly to Quaresma to head into an empty net. He sprinted to the corner flag where he was mobbed by his teammates.Portugal will face Poland in the quarterfinals in Marseille on Thursday after the Poles beat Switzerland 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw earlier on Saturday.Ronaldo had been kept extremely quiet for the vast majority of the game as the dull encounter became the first match in European championship history where neither team managed a shot on target during the regulation 90 minutes.Portugal were the only side to progress to the last 16 despite not winning any of their three group games and coach Fernando Santos took an extremely cautious approach.Ronaldo did not even touch the ball in the Croatia box during the first-half, but Portugal were doing enough to limit a Croatia side that had thrilled in beating defending champions Spain 2-1 in midweek to precious few chances.
Ghana Premier league side Inter Allies will not play in the CAF Confederation Cup next year after withdrawing from the CAF inter-club competition. The Tema-based side by virtue of losing the 2013/2014 MTN FA Cup to league champions Asante Kotoko secured the ticket to play to in Africa for the first time.But after carefully assessing their financial situation, they believe it will be prudent to forfeit going to Africa.“It took a while to assess our financial situation and we realized that it will be extremely impossible to play in Africa with our limited resources,” said Delali Senaya CEO of Inter Allies“We have reached out to our partners across Africa and Europe but the response from them was not encouraging and the funds we had planned to use for the competition also lost some value.“So we just don’t have the resources to play in Africa.” The MTN FA Cup Committee is likely to name Feyenoord Fetteh as Ghana’s representative for the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup.
Riyad Mahrez 1 Claudio Ranieri says there is no chance Leicester sensation Riyad Mahrez will leave the club in January.The 24-year-old has been among the Premier League’s standout performers this season, with 13 goals and seven assists to his name already.His sensational form has helped turn the Foxes into unlikely title challengers and has led to speculation of a big-money swoop by Manchester United in the New Year.But Ranieri has no concerns he will lose the Algerian, telling reporters on Tuesday: “He wants to stay with us, we want to keep him and that’s it.“He has to improve and when he improves, the team improves and when that happens why would he want to go away? He’s a king here.”Mahrez is currently one of the favourites to be crowned PFA Player of the Year, but Ranieri has warned he must learn to deal with the adulation coming his way.“He can grow with the team because if you stay at the bottom and fight no-one knows you but now everybody is talking about you and that is maybe a bit of pressure,” said the Italian.“You have to manage this kind of pressure. It’s important for him to manage this stress. It’s important he understands on the pitch is one thing and the TVs and newspapers are another thing.”Amazingly, 12 months after being bottom at Christmas, Leicester head into the festive period two points clear at the top of the table.They are third favourites to go on and win the title, but Ranieri is not getting carried away.He said: “The pressure is on the big teams. Leicester had the pressure last season in this period, bad stress. Now they must enjoy it. They must play free, without pressure. It’s stupid if we have pressure. Why? Enjoy it. All the world are speaking about you.“When we achieve 40 points we’ll stop for one second and have a meeting. Maybe they want to go one side, I want to go one side, we have to go together.”