11:13 A.M. England plays one half in semi-final of World Cup …

England was not among the top 10 nations in ticket sales before the tournament , but the team’s progress caused gallivanting supporters to flock to Moscow.The front of the stands behind one goal was filled with more than two dozen white banners with a red Cross of St. George , pledging support from many of the island’s clubs , from Bradford to Wolverhampton …

Back home , a crowd of 30,000 was in London’s Hyde Park for a large-screen viewing , the British Beer and Pub Association predicted supporters would buy 10 million extra pints at pubs during the match , and No.1 Court at Wimbledon was less than one-third full for the men’s quarterfinal between John Isner and Milos Raonic …

Promise seemed about to be fulfilled when Kieran Trippier curled in a free kick in the fifth minute for his first international goal , above leaping Dejan Lovren and Mandzukic and past the desperate dive of goalkeeper Danijel Subasic. Choruses of ‘ God Save the Queen ‘ began in England’s end.

‘ We had a couple chances after that to get the second , give ourselves a bit more breathing room ‘ England captain Harry Kane said …

I was watching the game and thinking to myself .. If they can just score their second … It’s a done deal … They seemed to have slipped into a ‘ nursing the one goal ‘ thing for aou 20 minutes … They controlled the ball for the most part … Save for a few times THEY put it back to their half of the field to regroup , the play was in Croatia’s side …

Much to my relief , they found a set up several attempts at that second goal put couldn’t quite complete the finishing touch … A missed Harry Kane header springs to mind …

Then Croatia sent in a new team for the second half !!! …

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And it was all over … As much as I loathe the goalkeeper unfairness of penalty kicks to decide a game … I found myself hoping for an England goal to force one !!! … I’d given up on them taking the lead again … Even tho their was time , in this sport , left …

Oh well .. The final four  out of 32 to teams to qualify is a reasonable acheivment … tho not too consoling at this time ..

Well … I don’t have to think about footaball ( Ooops .. Soccer ) for another four years for me anyway …

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The picture above says it all …

MORBNOTE ; Good thing I held off posting anything up ’til this point … Would have turned out like my Leaf watch last spring !!! …

 

 

Source: Croatia wins thriller over England, advance to World Cup final – Sportsnet.ca

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10:01 P.M. Car Crashes into House in Brampton …

According to emergency services , a vehicle crashed into a home in the area of Sandalwood and Edenbrook Hill …

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No injuries have been reported and there are no immediate hazards…

The building inspector is set to assess the damage …

Wait for it tho ……

… UPDATED : A 47-year-old man is in police custody for excess blood alcohol levels …

Well I’d say that explains the parking job … Like that’s a surprise ?!! … Booze ?!!! …

Source: Car Crashes into House in Brampton | inbrampton.com

9:58 A.M. Ovie … Plus Holtby ( LARGE !!! ) … Squeak out the series evener …

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I didn’t watch the game … But , by the score , I could see it was a different game then the free-wheelin’ , goalfest the first one was … 

As a goalie in the past I appreciate great efforts like Braydon Holtby’s on this ‘ hail Mary-Get-Something-On-It ! ‘ desperate , and a tad lucky ! save with under two minutes to go in regulation … Had it gone in , the game would have been tied and the Capitals could be down two games in the series …

I find myself leaning a bit more toward Washington in this final now … For Ovie … And also for Holtby … I forgot how long he’s been in the league and always among the top goaltenders but one tends to forget about him since the Capitals have never managed to get past the first two rounds during his tenure …

Should be good when it moves to Washington for the next two … Enough of the Vegas Bullshit to open it up !!! … I can see the first game … It is Vegas after all … But EVERY GAME ?!!! … It’s already gotten old !!! …

Just play the damn sport !!! …

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8:08 P.M. Then start doin’ something about it Ahmed !!! …

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen is using some of his strongest words to date to try to discourage people from crossing the Canada-U.S. border between legal checkpoints …

‘ We do not appreciate or welcome irregular migration ‘… Hussen said in an interview on this weekend’s edition of The West Block …

The minister noted that if people want to come live and work in Canada , but are not fleeing persecution or otherwise in need of Canada’s protection , there are formal avenues that can make their goals a reality …

Source: ‘We do not appreciate or welcome irregular migration’: Hussen – National | Globalnews.ca

4:42 P.M. Ovechkin says to Hell with tradition !!! …

Alex Ovechkin waited too long to win the Prince of Wales Trophy to just leave it on the table …

One long-standing and somewhat believed superstition is that if you touch the conference trophy , you won’t get to touch the Stanley Cup …

But Ovechkin , in his 13th NHL season and playng for a conference champion for the first time , cares not for your superstitions … The Washington Capitals captain even called his shot ( touch ? ) with NBC Sports’ Pierre McGuire in a post-game interview ahead of the trophy presentation …

‘ You’re gonna see right now ‘ Ovechkin said after he was asked if he would touch the Prince of Wales Trophy ...

OV3It’s good to see OV finally get to the finals … Ya gotta like this guy … He really wears his emotions on his sleeve when it comes to his love for hockey … Poor bastard has looked so dejected after all those years of his team falling short in a couple of rounds …

Now it’s a toss up … I still want to see Las Vegas go the distance cuz you only get the one chance to win the Stanley Cup in your first year … But I’d be happy for OV if they pulled it off … The Knights have had a season that will be talked about for a long time and it’ll be even longer before another expansion team comes close to what they have accomplished ..

Should be a great final …

Source: Ovechkin fears nothing, makes joke, then touches Prince of Wales Trophy