Woman killed in downtown Columbia crash

first_imgA deadly crash over the weekend has left a woman dead.Katie Paul, 25, died Saturday night after she and Patricia Beasley, 25, were hit on Ash Street in downtown Columbia Saturday morning just after midnight.According to Columbia police, Kelsey Stephens, 25, was driving east on Ash at Eighth Street, and hit Paul and Beasley while they were walking south across Ash on the east side of Eighth.Law enforcement said it’s still investigating whether Stephens was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.At last check, Beasley was in critical condition.last_img read more

South Korea’s Chung Mong-joon running for FIFA president

first_imgFormer FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon, one of the most influential figures in Asian soccer, said on Thursday he is entering the race to replace Sepp Blatter as president of football’s world governing body.Chung, the 63-year-old billionaire scion of South Korea’s Hyundai industrial conglomerate, said in an interview he would make a formal announcement next month in Europe, which he called “the centre of world football”.Also read: English comedian showers fake notes on FIFA chief Sepp Blatter “I am going to stand as a candidate for the FIFA presidency,” he said, acknowledging he had a tough fight ahead of him. “It’s not easy, but people don’t want to be part of corruption. They want to be part of the solution.””We cannot leave FIFA in this kind of disgrace.”Chung said he did not yet have the required backing of five FIFA federations that would allow him to stand, but he was confident of getting that required support.”I hope to have more than five nominations,” he said, adding he had received assurances of support from within CONCACAF on a recent trip to the United States. CONCACAF is the ruling body for football in North and Central America and the Caribbean.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Eric Dier insists England haven’t succeeded yet

first_imgThe young England side arrived in Russia for the World Cup 2018 with little expected from them. However, the Three Lions have surprised the fans and the experts by reaching the semi-finals of the tournament for the first time since 1990.Their successful run at the quadrennial event has led to massive celebrations back home in England. But midfielder Eric Dier is adamant that for all the progress, success has yet to be achieved for the Three Lions at the World Cup in Russia.”I don’t think we have succeeded yet success is hard to define but in my eyes and I think in everyone else’s eyes back at the (team) hotel I think this isn’t a success yet,” Dier said.England face Croatia on Wednesday in the last four with a chance to face France or Belgium in Sunday’s final in Moscow on the line.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe players have seen the videos of fans wildly celebrating their quarter-final victory over Sweden and are aware of the mood in England but Dier says their eyes are fixed on their next task.”We are hungry for more and we want more and hopefully we can show that on Wednesday. After the Sweden game we fixed our attention purely to Wednesday. We are as focused as ever on that game, there has been no complacency, no talk of anything else other than Wednesday.Dealing with Croatia’s midfield biggest test for Southgate”We have kept things the same throughout the whole tournament, keep going in the same way and we will do also leading up to Wednesday,” he said.advertisementDier is likely to start on the bench with manager Gareth Southgate preferring Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson in the defensive midfield slot but he could well feature at some stage against a Croatia side whose strength is in central midfield.But the Tottenham Hotspur player, who grew up in Portugal and answered questions from Brazilian media in fluent Portuguese, says that a great part of the team spirit has been the commitment and approach of all players, regardless of their place on the team sheet.World Cup 2018: England’s Ashley Young enjoying ‘holiday’ in Russia”100 percent I think you can see that in the way that we play, everybody the whole 23, willing to put everything aside, whatever their personal interests might be, purely for the team to be successful,” he said.United Kingdom divided as England battle for spot in World Cup 2018 final”I think you can see that in the way that we play, the way that we fight for each other. The way we train during the week is fantastic, always with high-intensity, everyone pushing each other. It is a fantastic attitude and mentality. We are just trying to be in the best possible place on Wednesday.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more