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Early goal costs Montreal Impact in 1-0 loss to last-place FC Cincinnati

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 21:04
MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact are running out of time and solutions to save their season. A 1-0 loss to last-place FC Cincinnati (6-21-3) on Saturday night has seriously hurt Montreal's MLS playoff hopes with three games remaining this season. Eighth-place Montreal (11-16-4) is three points behind seventh-place New England, which has a game in hand after tying Orlando City 3-3 on Saturday. "Losing against Cincinnati is one of the worst things that can happen to the players," said Impact coach Wilmer Cabrera. "Everyone thought we had to win no matter what at home, which is the truth." Montreal conceded a goal in the opening minute of play to Allan Cruz as the already-eliminated FC Cincinnati snapped a four-game losing skid and ended a stretch of nine matches without a victory. The Impact failed to score for the second consecutive game as they dropped to 1-5-1 in their last seven matches, a slump that could see them miss the playoffs for the third straight year. Cabrera's men fired 17 shots towards the Cincinnati goal but only managed one shot on target. "In this game, if you cannot score goals, you're never going to win, you're always going to lose," said Cabrera. "We're trying to find the way, we're trying to practise different things. We're being aggressive. But right now, we didn't do it. "I want to take that responsibility. It's me. I have to find the way to give them the confidence to score goals." Twenty-six seconds is all it took for Cincinnati to jump ahead - its first lead in a game in nearly a month. A cross into the box from Emmanuel Ledesma was poorly cleared by Rudy Camacho and the ball dropped to Joseph-Claude Gyau. The winger's shot was then blocked by Samuel Piette right into the path of an unmarked Cruz, who beat Evan Bush for his sixth goal of the year. "When you go down 30 seconds into the game, it plays into their hands," said Bush, who made two saves. "We're talking about a team that has the worst defence in the league. I read somewhere that they were on pace to be one of the worst defences in the history of the league. "We gave them a 1-0 cushion and let them play the way they want to play." The Impact pressed hard for an equalizer for the remainder of the match but not even Ignacio Piatti's return from an adductor injury could jump start the team's flat offence. In the sixth minute, Piatti stole the ball from a Cincy player in an advanced position but Maximiliano Urruti wasted the chance by not shooting quickly enough. Piatti nearly scored less than a minute later but he botched his shot from 12 yards out and missed the net. Montreal's best chance of the game belonged to Urruti in the 40th. On the Impact's ninth shot, their only shot on target, Urruti sliced a volley from close range but goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton made an incredible reaction save to preserve the clean sheet. Chances were few and far between in the second half. Bush kept his side in the game with an acrobatic one-handed save on Gyau in the 78th minute. That save nearly paid off when Bacary Sagna was taken down in the penalty box by Gyau in the 82nd but referee Ramy Touchan refused to point to the spot. Boos rained down from the 17,159 at Saputo Stadium while coach Cabrera watched incredulously from the sidelines with his arms in the air. But there was no redemption for the Impact, who dropped both their matches this season against league-worst Cincinnati following a 2-1 loss in Ohio back in May. "You find out in these moments what the guys are made of, what the character is of individual guys and collectively," said Bush. "So far, the last two months we've been failing that pretty miserably." Cincy was reduced to 10 men when captain Kendall Waston was shown a second yellow card in the 88th minute for unsporting behaviour. Notes: Montreal plays its final three matches versus the L.A. Galaxy, Atlanta United and New York Red Bulls. ... The Impact were coming off a two-week international break. ... Montreal outshot Cincinnati 17-8. Kelsey Patterson, The Canadian Press

Tristan Connelly has Cinderella win at UFC event in Vancouver

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 21:02
VANCOUVER - It didn't take Justin (The Highlight) Gaethje long to take care of business at UFC Fight Night Saturday. Gaethje, ranked No. 5 in the world, used a thundering right hand to knock Donald (The Cowboy) Cerrone to his knees before stepping in to land blows before the referee stopped the match at 4:18 of the first round of the scheduled five-round lightweight bout. It was the 18th time Gaethje, of Arvada, Colo, has won by knockout. His record improved to 21-2-0. Cerrone, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was hoping to use the fight to re-assert himself as a title threat. He holds the UFC record for wins (23) and finishes 16. His record dropped to 36-13-0. It also was a Cinderella night for Tristan (Boondock) Connelly. The Vancouver-based fighter who was a late addition to the card, defeated Brazil's Michel (Demolidor) Pereira in a unanimous decision in a welterweight bout. Connelly, who is originally from Victoria, stepped in just last week after Pereira's original opponent Sergey Khandozhko dropped out due to visa issues. The crowd at Rogers Arena roared their approval when the win over the flashy Pereira was announced. "I knew I was going to win," said the Victoria native who last competed as a lightweight. "I was expecting more flash from him. "He fought a lot smarter than I thought he would. His jiu jitsu was better than I thought it would be. He wasn't transitioning much. I thought I'd be able to finish him a lot quicker, but he defended well. This is just what happens when you fight a guy in his hometown. Connelly, who last competed as a lightweight, improved his record to 14-6 while Pereira is 22-10. In another bout with Canadian content light heavyweight Misha Cirkunov used a chock hold to force Australia's Jimmy Crute to tap out just 3:38 into the first round of their match. The No. 15-ranked Cirkunov is from Riga, Latvia, but now fights out of Toronto "I dedicated my entire summer for this moment, I worked like a dog," said Cirkunov who improved to 15-5-0. "I know I have a bright future in UFC, I know it's just a matter of time until I'm in the top 5. Taking out someone like Crute is proof to myself and UFC fans to not count me out." It was Crute's first loss in 11 fights. It was a tough night for Canadian fighters. Cole (The Cole Train) Smith of Squamish, B.C., suffered his first loss in split decision against Miles (Chapo) Jones of Dallas in a battle of undefeated bantamweights. There were chanted of "Cole Train" from the crowd but it wasn't enough as Johns improved to 9-0-0 while Smith dropped to 7-1-0. Austin (Thud) Hubbard of Denver, Colo., won the night's opening lightweight bout in a unanimous decision over Kyle (Killshot) Prepolec of Windsor, Ont. Hubbard improved to 11-3-0 when all three judges scored the fight 29-28. Prepolec's record dropped to 12-7-0 In another unanimous decision, Winnipeg's Brad (Superman) Katona lost to Hunter Azure of Phoenix in a bantamweight match. Katona, The Ultimate Fighter season 27 winner who finished the fight with a bloody face, dropped to 9-2-0. Judges scored the fight 29-28, 30-27 and 29-28. Azure remains undefeated at 7-0-1. In the fight before the main event Glover Teixeira of Brazil won his fourth straight match with a split decision in a light heavyweight match against Nikita (The Miner) Krylov of Ukraine. The No. 9-ranked Teixeira improved his record to 30-7-0. Krylow, who had never gone the distance in a fight before, is 26-7-0. In other fights, Louis (Da Last Samurai) Smolka of Kapolei, Hawaii, improved to 16-6 with a TKO victory against Ryan (Main Event) MacDonald (10-2-0) of North Platte, Neb., in a bantamweight bout. Smolka won the fight with a vicious left hook that dropped MacDonald at 4:43 of the first round. "I hit that left hook and it felt like it went right through his head," said Smolka. "It felt amazing." Chas (The Scrapper) Skelly of Arlington, Tex., improved his record to 18-3-0 with a unanimous decision over Jordan (Native Psycho) Griffin of Milwaukee in a featherweight fight. Griffin dropped to 17-7-0. It took Brazil's Augusto Sakai just 59 seconds to drop Marcin Tybura of Poland in a flurries of punches to win their heavyweight battle with a knockout. Sakai, ranked No. 15, saw his record improve to 14-1-0. Tybura, ranked No. 14, is 17-6-0. Uriah (Prime Time) Hall of Kingston, Jamaica, earned a split decision over Anton (Cara De Sapato) Carlos Junior of Rio de Janeiro, in a middleweight fight. Hall, ranked No. 12, has a 16-9-0 record while No. 13 Carlos Junior is 11-4. A heavyweight bout between Todd Duffee and Jeff (Lights Out) Hughes was ruled a no contest. A doctor stopped the fight early in the first round after Duffee was poked in the eye. Jim Morris, The Canadian Press

Brett Lauther hits late field goal, Roughriders beat Alouettes 27-25

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 20:42
REGINA - Brett Lauther kicked a 39-yard field goal with 25 seconds remaining to lift the Saskatchewan Roughriders to a 27-25 victory over the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday. The game-winning kick served as redemption for Lauther, who missed a field goal and a convert earlier in game. William Powell scored two touchdowns for the Riders, who improved to 8-4. Powell rushed for a game-high 94 yards on 15 carries. He added three receptions for 30 yards. Cody Fajardo completed 19-of-27 pass attempts for 254 yards and one touchdown. The loss snapped Montreal's three-game winning streak and dropped the Alouettes to 6-5. Powell's five-yard run early in the fourth quarter gave the Riders a 24-18 lead. A major Montreal miscue set up the Saskatchewan score. Punter Boris Bede fumbled the snap on a punt attempt and was tackled at his 19-yard line. Two plays later, Powell was in the end zone. The Alouettes counterpunched on the ensuing possession when Vernon Adams Jr., threw a 27-yard touchdown strike to Eugene Lewis. The Alouettes led 25-24 with eight minutes remaining in regulation. Lewis led the Alouettes with eight catches for 130 yards and one touchdown. Adams Jr., threw for 344 yards. He completed 22-of-35 pass attempts. The Montreal offence sputtered in the red zone in the early going and settled for three field goals from Bede. The Alouettes led 9-0 midway through the second quarter. Saskatchewan closed the first half with 10 straight points and took a 10-9 lead into halftime. Fajardo connected with Powell for a 10-yard touchdown and Lauther booted a 14-yard field goal. William Stanbeck rushed four yards for a touchdown and DeVier Posey caught the two-point convert from Adams Jr., and Montreal restored a lead at 17-10 lead midway through the third quarter. The Riders answered when Fajardo marched the Riders on a 62-yard scoring drive late in the third quarter. Fajardo raced seven yards to the corner of the end zone and added the two-point convert to knot the score at 18-18. Saskatchewan's Charleston Hughes, the CFL sack leader, did not play due to an undisclosed injury. Next up for the Alouettes is a home date next Saturday afternoon with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers visiting. Saskatchewan will enjoy a bye week. Craig Slater, The Canadian Press

One dead, five injured in Saturday evening shooting in Mississauga, Ont.

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 20:38
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - One person was killed in a shooting that sent five others to hospital west of Toronto Saturday evening, police said as they hunted for suspects in the case. Circumstances surrounding the incident were scant, but Const. Iryna Yashnyk of the Peel Regional Police say it happened outside an apartment building in a residential area of Mississauga, Ont., just after 6 p.m. One person died at the scene, while five others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds. “It’s early in the investigation, and it’s still very much an active scene and a dynamic investigation,” Yashnyk told reporters as police officers went door-to-door in the nearby apartment building looking for more victims and potential suspects. She said she didn’t know if the shooting was targeted or if the victims knew the shooter or shooters. Officers didn’t have any suspect information to provide, she said, noting that nobody had been arrested as of 9 p.m. Yashnyk also declined to provide information about the people who were shot. Paramedics, meanwhile, said the person who died was a male, though his age was unknown. Supt. Kyle Johansen of the Peel regional paramedics added that a woman was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. He said two of the injured were under the age of 18. A male teenager had serious injuries, he said, as did a girl who was even younger. He said both of them were expected to survive. Numerous police cruisers remained outside the apartment building on Saturday night. The Canadian Press

Decks collapse during firefighter event; at least 22 injured

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 20:17
WILDWOOD, N.J. - A home’s multilevel deck collapsed Saturday evening at the Jersey Shore during an event weekend, trapping people and injuring at least 22, including some children, officials said. No deaths were reported. The collapse happened around 6 p.m. Saturday in Wildwood during the annual New Jersey Firemen’s Convention. It was unclear how many people were on or under the decks at the time, or how many were firefighters, but authorities said those who were trapped were quickly removed. The annual convention attracts thousands of current and former firefighters to the resort town. Firefighters were likely among those hurt or trapped. Cape May Regional Health System said 21 people were taken there, at least three of them children. Eleven patients had been released by 10 p.m., including all the children who were admitted, hospital spokeswoman Susan Staeger said. AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City said at least one additional person was taken there. The conditions of the remaining hospitalized people wasn’t known. Photos and video on social media showed firefighters trying to lift a piece of decking. Images showed multiple levels of decking ripped away from the building and reduced to beams and splintered wood. The decks appeared to have been attached to a three-story building and topped by a fourth-floor overhang. The second and third levels appeared to have pancaked onto a first-floor deck. The overhang looked intact. Nearby resident Joann Devito saw the collapse from a deck across the street. “I was sitting on the deck up there, and I heard this noise, so I turned and looked and saw the whole thing caving in,” she said. “I saw two women running and screaming. It was horrible.” Wildwood Fire Chief Daniel Speigel said authorities would not make a statement Saturday amid attempts to clean up and investigate. More information is likely on Sunday, he said. The Associated Press

Despite panic, no evidence of shooting at movie theatre

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 20:14
ARLINGTON, Va. - Authorities in northern Virginia say they have found no evidence that a shooting occurred at a movie theatre that is part of a popular mall. Reports of a shooting had prompted panic and a large police presence Saturday night. But the Arlington County Police Department later tweeted that authorities had completed a preliminary search of the theatre at the Ballston Quarter mall in Arlington without finding any evidence that a shooting took place. As fears over the possibility of a shooting dissipated, many continued to eat and drink inside restaurants and bars in the area. Police spokeswoman Ashley Savage says police planned to clear and search the whole mall, not just the theatre, as a precaution. Authorities say one person suffered a minor injury while evacuating. The Associated Press

Roughriders beat Alouettes 27-25 with last-minute Lauther field goal

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 20:05
Saskatchewan Roughriders kicker Brett Lauther wasn’t perfect Saturday night, but he hit a 39-yard field goal with 25 seconds left to give the Roughriders a 27-25 win at Mosaic Stadium. Lauther missed an extra-point attempt and a 33-yard attempt earlier in the game. Roughriders quarterback Cody Fajardo completed 19 of 27 pass attempts for 254 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed in a score. Saskatchewan running back William Powell found the endzone twice in the game, one on the ground and one through the air. He recorded 94 yards on 15 carries. Als quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. completed 22 of his 36 pass attempts for 344 yards and a touchdown. More to come…

Two students dead, several seriously injured in Vancouver Island bus rollover

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 19:57
Two University of Victoria students died and more than a dozen other people were injured Friday after a bus on its way to a marine research centre rolled over on a narrow gravel road on Vancouver Island. The incident happened between the communities of Port Alberni and Bamfield, said the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria, which received a call for assistance at around 10 p.m. “It’s pretty austere out there. Lots of trees, lots of hills, lots of rugged terrain, and the weather wasn’t really co-operating,” said navy Lt. Tony Wright, a public relations officer with JRCC. The pilots couldn’t land the helicopters at the scene so ambulances took the injured to an airport in Port Alberni, he said. From there, three people were airlifted to hospital. Two of them were in critical condition and one was in serious condition, said Andrea Visscher, a spokeswoman for British Columbia Emergency Health Services. Fourteen others in stable condition were taken by ground transportation to local hospitals, she said. BC EHS couldn’t provide an update on any of the injured people’s conditions. “Once they’re admitted into hospital, we don’t get any further updates from them,” Visscher said. A school bus drove 29 others away from the scene, she said. The RCMP is investigating the cause of the crash. The Wilson’s Group, which owns Wilson’s Transportation Ltd., said in a statement that one of its buses was involved in the accident. “Our immediate concern is with the passengers, the driver and their families,” read the statement. “Management and ownership is working with authorities and the University of Victoria to address those immediate concerns.” Wilson’s Transportation is a charter bus company that serves Victoria and Vancouver Island, according to its website. It operates more than 140 vehicles. A statement from the university said the students on the bus were headed to the Bamfield Marine Science Centre. “Our heartfelt thoughts go out to the students’ families and loved ones, to whom we offer our sincerest condolences,” said Jamie Cassels, the university’s president. The research centre also acts as a shared campus of several post-secondary institutions, according to its website. An employee who answered the phone Saturday declined to comment on the centre’s programs or why the students were travelling there, but according to its website it offers summer field courses, as well as a five-course fall semester program in marine sciences. Robert Dennis, chief councillor for the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, was driving home with his wife when they passed by the scene “There were some people laying on the ground, laying on what appeared to be blankets and were being looked after by the rest of the students,” he said. “They were definitely panicked.” The bus was overturned and about six to nine metres down an embankment, he said, adding that it rested against some trees, which seemed to have stopped it from rolling further down. People were helping remove others from the bus and getting them up to the roadway, Dennis said, adding that he and his wife provided them with water and a rain poncho for warmth. He said he and his wife stayed at the scene to help in any way they could. Dennis said the area has no cellphone reception and he estimates he was at the scene for about two hours until first responders showed up. He said the incident occurred on a “dangerous” narrow stretch of the road, noting that the First Nations community has been asking the provincial government for the road quality to be improved for years. They would like to see it chipsealed, which he says would be a better pavement surface. The road is more than 80 kilometres long and mostly gravel, said Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions. It was once mostly heavily used by logging companies, she said, but now it’s also frequented by tourists and people living in coastal communities. “It’s a challenging road at the best of times. It’s narrow and (winding),” she said, adding its condition is not up to standard. “It’s a concern for sure.” The city has supported the First Nations community’s call for improvements, she said, reaching out to the provincial government as well. She’d like to see it paved or chipsealed, receive regular maintenance and increased lighting, and offer cellphone service for at least emergency calls. But, she noted, the section of road was graded the day before the crash. She said Western Forest Products maintains that portion of roadway, and workers have agreed to continue to maintain it despite currently being in strike action. Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press

Police: No evidence of shooting at northern Virginia mall

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 19:56
ARLINGTON, Va. - Authorities in northern Virginia say they have found no evidence that a shooting occurred at a movie theatre that is part of a popular mall. Reports of a shooting had prompted panic and a large police presence Saturday night. But the Arlington County Police Department later tweeted that authorities had completed a preliminary search of the theatre at the Ballston Quarter mall in Arlington without finding any victims or evidence that a shooting took place. As fears over the possibility of a shooting dissipated, many continued to eat and drink inside restaurants and bars in the area. Police say everyone who had been sheltering in place inside the movie theatre has been evacuated. The Associated Press

Tristan Connelly has Cinderella win at UFC event in Vancouver

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 19:53
VANCOUVER - It was a Cinderella night for Tristan (Boondock) Connelly on the undercard of the UFC Fight Night Saturday in Vancouver. Fighting on short notice, the Vancouver resident defeated Brazil's Michel (Demolidor) Pereira in a unanimous decision in a welterweight bout. Connelly, who is originally from Victoria, stepped in just last week after Pereira's original opponent Sergey Khandozhko dropped out due to visa issues. The crowd at Rogers Arena roared their approval when Connelly, who last competed as a lightweight, was awarded the win. His record improved to 14-6 while Pereira is 22-10-0. In another bout, a long summer of hard worked paid off for light heavyweight Misha Cirkunov. The No. 15-ranked Cirkunov, who is from Riga, Latvia, but now fights out of Toronto, used a chock hold to force Australia's Jimmy Crute to tap out just 3:38 into the first round of their match. "I dedicated my entire summer for this moment, for all these fans, I worked like a dog," said Cirkunov who improved to 15-5-0. "I know I have a bright future in UFC, I know it's just a matter of time until I'm in the top five. Taking out someone like Crute is proof to myself and UFC fans to not count me out." It was Crute's first loss in 11 fights. Other Canadian fighters didn't fair as well prior to the main event that saw Justin (The Highlight) Gaethje battle Donald (Cowboy) Cerrone. Cole (The Cole Train) Smith of Squamish, B.C., suffered his first loss in split decision against Miles (Chapo) Jones of Dallas in a battle of undefeated bantamweights. There were chanted of "Cole Train" from the crowd but it wasn't enough as Johns improved to 9-0-0 while Smith dropped to 7-1-0. "I came here into enemy territory against a very good, very tough, undefeated opponent," said Jones. "When I walked in I could hear the boos for me and the cheers for him, so there was a little bit of pressure." There boos from the crowd when Austin (Thud) Hubbard of Denver, Colo., won the night's opening lightweight bout in a unanimous decision over Kyle (Killshot) Prepolec of Windsor, Ont. Hubbard improved to 11-3-0 when all three judges scored the fight 29-28. Prepolec's record dropped to 12-7-0. In another unanimous decision, Winnipeg's Brad (Superman) Katona lost to Hunter Azure of Phoenix in a bantamweight match. Katona, The Ultimate Fighter season 27 winner who finished the fight with a bloody face, dropped to 9-2-0. Judges scored the fight 29-28, 30-27 and 29-28. Azure, who remains undefeated at 7-0-1, didn't mind fighting before a hostile crowd. "It's good to come in here and show the world where I'm at and I'm just going to keep coming and getting better," he said, "Fighting Brad in his back yard didn't change much. I'm fighting to be number one." In other fights, Louis (Da Last Samurai) Smolka of Kapolei, Hawaii, improved to 16-6 with a TKO victory against Ryan (Main Event) MacDonald (10-2-0) of North Platte, Neb., in a bantamweight bout. Smolka won the fight with a vicious left hook that dropped MacDonald at 4:43 of the first round. "I hit that left hook and it felt like it went right through his head," said Smolka. "It felt amazing." Chas (The Scrapper) Skelly of Arlington, Tex., improved his record to 18-3-0 with a unanimous decision over Jordan (Native Psycho) Griffin of Milwaukee in a featherweight fight. Griffin dropped to 17-7-0. It took Brazil's Augusto Sakai just 59 seconds to drop Marcin Tybura of Poland in a flurries of punches to win their heavyweight battle with a knockout. Sakai, ranked No. 15, saw his record improve to 14-1-0. Tybura, ranked No. 14, is 17-6-0. Uriah (Prime Time) Hall of Jamaica earned a split decision over Anton (Cara De Sapato) Carlos Junior of Brazil in a middleweight fight. Hall, ranked No. 12, has a 16-9-0 record while No. 13 Carlos Junior is 11-4. Jim Morris, The Canadian Press

Several injured when decks collapse during firefighter event

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 19:47
WILDWOOD, N.J. - Multiple levels of decking attached to a building collapsed Saturday evening at the Jersey Shore, trapping people and injuring several, including children, officials and witnesses said. The collapse happened around 6 p.m. Saturday in Wildwood, New Jersey, during the annual New Jersey Firemen’s Convention. It was unclear how many people were on or under the decks at the time, but authorities said those who were trapped were quickly removed. The annual convention attracts thousands of current and former firefighters to the resort town. Firefighters were likely among those hurt or trapped. The number of injured was unclear, but neighbours said several people required hospitalization. Children were among those injured, a witness said. No deaths were immediately reported. Photos and video on social media showed firefighters trying to lift a piece of decking. Images showed multiple levels of decking ripped away from the building and reduced to beams and splintered wood. The decks appeared to have been attached to a three-story building and topped by a fourth-floor overhang. The second and third levels appeared to have pancaked onto a first-floor deck. The overhang looked intact. Wildwood Fire Chief Daniel Speigel said authorities would not make a statement Saturday amid attempts to clean up and investigate. More information is likely on Sunday, he said. The Associated Press

Early goal costs Montreal Impact in 1-0 loss to last-place FC Cincinnati

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 19:46
MONTREAL - A goal in the opening minute of play by Allan Cruz was all last-place FC Cincinnati needed to defeat the Impact 1-0 on Saturday night, seriously hurting Montreal's MLS playoff hopes. Goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton made one save for the clean sheet for the already-eliminated FC Cincinnati (6-21-3), which snapped a four-game losing skid and ended a stretch of nine matches without a victory. Cincy was reduced to 10 men when captain Kendall Waston was shown a second yellow card in the 88th minute for unsporting behaviour. Evan Bush made two saves for the slumping Impact (11-16-4), who have one victory in their last seven games. With three matches remaining this season, eighth-place Montreal is three points behind seventh-place New England, which has a game in hand after tying Orlando City 3-3 on Saturday. Twenty-six seconds is all it took for Cincinnati to jump ahead - its first lead in a game in nearly a month. A cross into the box from Emmanuel Ledesma was poorly cleared by Rudy Camacho and the ball dropped to Joseph-Claude Gyau. The winger's shot was then blocked by Samuel Piette right into the path of an unmarked Cruz, who beat Bush for his sixth goal of the year. The Impact pressed hard for an equalizer for the remainder of the match but not even Ignacio Piatti's return from an adductor injury could jump start the team's flat offence. In the sixth minute, Piatti stole the ball from a Cincy player in an advanced position but Maximiliano Urruti wasted the chance by not shooting quickly enough. Piatti nearly scored less than a minute later but he botched his shot from 12 yards out and missed the net. Montreal's best chance of the game belonged to Urruti in the 40th. On the Impact's ninth shot, their only shot on target, Urruti sliced a volley from close range but Tyton made an incredible reaction save to preserve the clean sheet. Chances were few and far between in the second half. Bush kept his side in the game with an acrobatic one-handed save on Gyau in the 78th minute. That save nearly paid off when Bacary Sagna was taken down in the penalty box by Gyau in the 82nd but referee Ramy Touchan refused to point to the spot. Boos rained down from the 17,159 at Saputo Stadium while coach Cabrera watched incredulously from the sidelines with his arms in the air. But there was no redemption for the Impact, who dropped both their matches this season against league-worst Cincinnati following a 2-1 loss in Ohio back in May. Notes: Montreal plays its final three matches versus the L.A. Galaxy, Atlanta United and Red Bulls. ... The Impact were coming off a two-week international break. ... Montreal outshot Cincinnati 17-8. Kelsey Patterson, The Canadian Press

Police: No evidence of shooting at northern Virginia mall

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 19:32
ARLINGTON, Va. - Authorities in northern Virginia say they have found no evidence that a shooting occurred at movie theatre that is part of a popular mall. The Arlington County Police Department tweeted Saturday night that authorities were continuing to search the theatre at the Ballston Quarter mall in Arlington, but investigators had not found any victims or evidence that a shooting took place. Reports of a shooting had prompted panic and a large police presence. The Associated Press

Police: No evidence of shooting at northern Virginia mall

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 19:26
ARLINGTON, Va. - Authorities in northern Virginia say they have found no evidence that a shooting occurred at movie theatre that is part of a popular mall. The Arlington County Police Department tweeted Saturday night that authorities were continuing to conduct a search the theatre at the Ballston Quarter mall in Arlington, but investigators had not found any victims or evidence that a shooting took place. Reports of a shooting had prompted panic and a large police presence. The Associated Press

Officials: Possible shooting at northern Virginia mall

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 19:05
ARLINGTON, Va. - Officials in northern Virginia say a possible shooting has occurred at a mall. The Arlington County Office of Emergency Management said in a tweeted alert that the possible shooting occurred Saturday night at the Ballston Quarter mall in Arlington. Police are on the scene. The Associated Press

Several injured when decks collapse during firefighter event

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 18:52
WILDWOOD, N.J. - Multiple levels of decking attached to a building collapsed Saturday evening at the Jersey Shore, trapping people and injuring several, including children, officials and witnesses said. The collapse happened around 6 p.m. Saturday in Wildwood, New Jersey, during the annual New Jersey Firemen’s Convention. It was unclear how many people were on or under the decks at the time, but authorities said those who were trapped were quickly removed. The annual convention attracts thousands of current and former firefighters to the resort town. Firefighters were likely among those hurt or trapped. The number of injured was unclear, but neighbours said several people required hospitalization. Children were among those injured, a witness said. No deaths were immediately reported. Photos and video on social media showed firefighters trying to lift a piece of decking. Images showed multiple levels of decking ripped away from the building and reduced to beams and splintered wood. The decks appeared to have been attached to a three-story building and topped by a fourth-floor overhang. The second and third levels appeared to have pancaked onto a first-floor deck. The overhang looked intact. Wildwood Fire Chief Daniel Speigel said authorities would not make a statement Saturday amid attempts to clean up and investigate. More information is likely on Sunday, he said. The Associated Press

Two students dead, several seriously injured in Vancouver Island bus rollover

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 18:49
Two University of Victoria students died and more than a dozen other people were injured after a bus on its way to a marine research centre rolled over on a narrow gravel road on Vancouver Island on Friday. The incident happened between the communities of Port Alberni and Bamfield, said the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria, which received a call for assistance at around 10 p.m. “It’s pretty austere out there. Lots of trees, lots of hills, lots of rugged terrain, and the weather wasn’t really co-operating,” said navy Lt. Tony Wright, a public relations officer with JRCC. The pilots couldn’t land the helicopters at the scene so ambulances took the injured to an airport in Port Alberni, he said. From there, three people were airlifted to hospital. Two of them were in critical condition and one was in serious condition, said Andrea Visscher, a spokeswoman for British Columbia Emergency Health Services. Fourteen others in stable condition were taken by ground transportation to local hospitals, she said. BC EHS couldn’t provide an update on any of the injured people’s conditions. “Once they’re admitted into hospital, we don’t get any further updates from them,” Visscher said. A school bus drove 29 others away from the scene, she said. The RCMP is investigating the cause of the crash. The students’ bodies were removed from the scene on Saturday afternoon as rescue officials continued to try to pull the bus out of a ravine. The Wilson’s Group, which owns Wilson’s Transportation Ltd., said in a statement that one of its buses was involved in the accident. “Our immediate concern is with the passengers, the driver and their families,” read the statement. “Management and ownership is working with authorities and the University of Victoria to address those immediate concerns.” The company added that “details are unclear at this point” and declined to answer further questions, saying it would release another statement once “confirmed details have been released.” Wilson’s Transportation is a charter bus company that serves Victoria and Vancouver Island, according to its website, and has been operating since 1962. It operates over 140 vehicles. A statement from the university said the students on the bus were headed to the Bamfield Marine Science Centre. “Our heartfelt thoughts go out to the students’ families and loved ones, to whom we offer our sincerest condolences,” said Jamie Cassels, the university’s president. The research centre also acts as a shared campus of several post-secondary institutions, according to its website. An employee who answered the phone Saturday declined to comment on the centre’s programs or why the students were travelling there, but according to its website it offers summer field courses, as well as a five-course fall semester program in marine sciences. Robert Dennis, chief councillor for the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, was driving home with his wife when they passed by the scene “There were some people laying on the ground, laying on what appeared to be blankets and were being looked after by the rest of the students,” he said. “They were definitely panicked.” The bus was overturned and about six to nine metres down an embankment, he said, adding that it rested against some trees, which seemed to have stopped it from rolling further down. People were helping remove others from the bus and getting them up to the roadway, Dennis said, adding that he and his wife provided them with water and a rain poncho for warmth. He said he and his wife stayed at the scene to help in any way they could. The JRCC said it sent two Cormorant helicopters and one Buffalo search and rescue aircraft from 442 Squadron in Comox to help with the rescue effort. Dennis said the area has no cellphone reception and he estimates he was at the scene for about two hours until first responders showed up. He said the incident occurred on a “dangerous” narrow stretch of the road, noting that the First Nations community has been asking the provincial government for the road quality to be improved for years. They would like to see it chipsealed, which he says would be a better pavement surface. The road is more than 80 kilometres long and mostly gravel, said Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions. It was once mostly heavily used by logging companies, she said, but now it’s also frequented by tourists and people living in coastal communities. “It’s a challenging road at the best of times. It’s narrow and (winding),” she said, adding its condition is not up to standard. “It’s a concern for sure.” The city has supported the First Nations community’s call for improvements, she said, reaching out to the provincial government as well. She’d like to see it paved or chipsealed, receive regular maintenance and increased lighting, and offer cellphone service for at least emergency calls. But, she noted, the section of road was graded the day before the crash. She said Western Forest Products maintains that portion of roadway, and workers have agreed to continue to maintain it despite currently being in strike action. The research centre’s website warns travellers to drive slow on the “logging road,” which it says can be rough, but is usually well maintained. It also states that there is no cellphone service between Port Alberni and Bamfield. Dennis said his thoughts are with the families of those killed, as well as the people injured, and he hopes the incident will lead to increased safety measures on the road. Minions echoed that sentiment. “I’m incredibly saddened that it had to come to this,” she said, “but at the end of the day, we don’t want to see it happen again.” Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press

Several injured when decks collapse during firefighter event

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 18:45
WILDWOOD, N.J. - Multiple levels of decking attached to a building collapsed Saturday evening at the Jersey Shore, trapping people and injuring several, including children, officials and witnesses said. The collapse happened around 6 p.m. Saturday in Wildwood, New Jersey, during the annual New Jersey Firemen’s Convention. It was unclear how many people were on or under the decks at the time, but authorities said those who were trapped were quickly removed. The annual convention attracts thousands of current and former firefighters to the resort town. Firefighters were likely among those hurt or trapped in the wreckage. The number of injured was unclear, but neighbours said several people required hospitalization. Children were among those injured, a witness said. No deaths were immediately reported. Photos and video posted on social media showed firefighters trying to lift a piece of decking. Images showed multiple levels of decking ripped away from the building and reduced to beams and splintered wood. The decks appeared to have been attached to a three-story building and topped by a fourth-floor overhang. The second and third floors appeared to have pancaked onto a first-floor deck. The overhang looked intact. Wildwood Fire Chief Daniel Speigel said authorities would not make a statement Saturday amid attempts to clean up and investigate. More information is likely on Sunday, he said. The Associated Press

Federal food safety watchdog says batch of baby formula recalled

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 18:36
OTTAWA - The federal food safety watchdog says a batch of powdered baby formula has been recalled due to rancidity. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says there have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of the product, which it notes was also off-colour. Abbot Laboratories says it voluntarily recalled one lot of its Calcilo XD powder, which it notes is available in Canada by prescription only. The CFIA says the formula was distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan. The agency says it’s conducting a food safety investigation, which could lead to other products being recalled.  The affected product has the batch number 79696K80 on the bottom of the can. The Canadian Press

Several injured when decks collapse during firefighter event

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 18:30
WILDWOOD, N.J. - Officials say several people were injured when decks collapsed on one another at a three-story residence on the Jersey Shore. Authorities say the collapse happened around 6 p.m. Saturday in Wildwood, New Jersey. It occurred during the New Jersey Firemen’s Convention. The annual event attracts thousands of current and former firefighters to the resort town. Firefighters were likely among those hurt or trapped in the wreckage. It was unclear how many people were on or under the decks at the time. But authorities said people who were trapped were quickly removed. A witness says children were among those injured. Photos on social media showed multiple levels of decking ripped away from the building and reduced to beams and splintered wood. The Associated Press

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