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January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Members of the Fort St. John Elks Speed Skating Club were in Calgary over the weekend, January 3 to the 5, for the Canada Cup 2 and the 2020 Canadian Junior Long Track Championships.The skaters competing in Calgary from Fort St. John included Josh Telizyn, Kieran Hanson, Jack Hanson, Nicholas Guliov, Amanda Mitchell, Brooke Braun, and Sidney Bennie.Here are the speed skating results:- Advertisement -Canada Cup 2:Josh Telizyn500m – 12th, 36:011000m – 21st, 1:11:75Advertisement Nicholas Guliov500m – 47th, 38:801000m – 45th, 1:15:62Sidney Bennie500m – 47th, 45:491000m – 39th, 1:29:47Josh HansonAdvertisement 500m – 71st, 42:701000m – 72nd, 1:25:24Brooke Braun500m – 40th, 43:68 Kieran Hanson500m – 25th, 37:071000m – 25th, 1:12:97Amanda Mitchell500m – 32nd, 43:001000m – 26th, 1:23:29Advertisementcenter_img Canadian Junior Long Track Championships:Kieran HansonAdvertisement 500m – 9th, 37:15 seconds1000m – 10th, 1:13:461500m – 14th, 1:56:325000m – 29th, 7:41:11Jack Hanson500m – 40th, 42:66 seconds1500m – 37th, 2:12:835000m – 30th, 7:42:74Nicholas Guliov1000m – 22nd, 1:16:131500m – 21st, 1:59:395000m – 26th, 7:38:70Josh Telizyn500m – 4th, 36:35 seconds1000m – 5th, 1:16:625000m – 20th. 7:28:43Sidney Bennie500m – 22nd, 45.431000m – 23rd, 1:32:731500m – 23rd, 2:22:503000m – 21st, 5:11:27Amanda Mitchell500m – 13th, 43:371000m – 9th, 1:25:411500m – 7th, 2:10:903000m – 7th, 4:39:58Brooke Braun500m – 17th, 4:151000m – 18th, 1:28:70last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img**SubmittedThe weather cleared off in time for the Blizzard Bike Club time trial in Baldonnel at 7pm on Thursday evening, Jul 2nd. In the 8km distance Tristan Bourassa was in second place with 26:50 and his grandmother Barb Polehoykie first at 26:21. In the 16km distance in top place was Bob Andrews with 25:29, second was Gil Bilodeau with 25:54, third Roger St. Jean with 26:08, fourth Les Elliot in 26:54 and fifth place Kevin shaw at 28:15. – Advertisement -Other times for the evening were Sam Keats 28:42, Simon Andrews 29:18, Ken Nix 29:37, Kevin Fell Jr. 29:42, Adam Bilodeau 30:17, Owen Giebelhaus 30:42, Rob Churchill 31:27, Adam Currie 32:16, Larry Joyce 33:05, and Brandon Joyce 33:41. The BBC is back in action this weekend, with a Cecil Lake road race on Sunday. A few members will also head to Stony Plain, for the half-ironman triathlon, while Colter Young is in Beauce (rhymes with Dose) Quebec, for the junior national championshipslast_img read more

December 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgSpeaking this afternoon in the Dáil on pre-EU Council meeting statements, Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Pádraig MacLochlainn said the Government failed to place Ireland on the agenda at the EU council meetings this week, and have allowed the unravelling of the Greek situation to bury any serious consideration of the same events that are ‘heading our way’.Deputy MacLochlainn warned: “As terms of agreement for the second Greek bailout, the IMF and EU are insisting Greece pass further new austerity measures.  When this is done, the Irish debt crisis will return to the top of the crisis agenda once again. There is no doubt about it.“The Government failed to really place Ireland on the agenda at the EU council meetings this week, and they allowed the unravelling of the Greek situation to bury any serious consideration of the same events that are heading our way. “A second, third, or fourth bailout will not solve the Greek debt crisis. Further austerity measures will only deepen it. The Greek people know this. It is why they are furiously protesting day after day, demanding that their government reject the EU bulldozer.”The Donegal TD said the Greek people want a viable alternative – and the only other possibility open to them is to exit from the euro, return to the Greek currency, and restoration of control over their national economy.He said it was no coincidence that the pressure mounting for more and more bailouts is coming from the core EU countries – ‘the very countries that facilitated and profited from the excess lending that contributed to these crises in the first place’.The Sinn Fein politician went on: 
”International observers agree that the faster Greece accepts the inevitability of default, the faster they will return to solvency. Anything else simply prolongs the agony. The Greek people know it.  The Irish people know it. Why, then, is this Government hell-bent on walking us into the same situation? “Our government is sleep-walking the Irish people into a delusional Shangri La concocted by the Troika in the interest of the ECB and the powerful States of Europe. Enough of the mad chat that Europe is favouring us with loans, at extortionate interest rates. Loans need to be paid back. A loan is not a gift.  Santa Claus has not come to town. The EU and ECB are committing us to crippling debt for decades to come.“Last week, Minister Noonan said the Irish Government was in a strong position to impose losses on bondholders of two failed lenders. The revival of the pre- election pledge to go after senior bondholders in Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide coincidentally happened on the Government’s 100th day in office. The ECB has not changed its resistance to any such measure.”Deputy MacLochlainn added: “They could not have made it clearer. Minister Noonan’s window dressing of events proved little more than a publicity stunt and political manoeuvring. 

”This begs the question, where do this Government’s priorities lie? Is this Government committed to the EU or to the people of this nation?“What message are we really delivering to our European partners at the EU Council this week? 
”While we watch the future of our nation being tragically played out in Greece, our Minister for Finance is negotiating more lending. That used to be called fiddling while Rome burned.  It has to be asked:  Are we completely blind? Or are we completely bullied? Or is it a tragic combination of both?”GOVERNMENT HAS LET EU OFF THE HOOK, CLAIMS DONEGAL TD was last modified: June 22nd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crisisdonegal tdeconomyeu bailoutgreek crisisIrelandPadraig MacLochlainn TDlast_img read more

December 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A higher percentage of people die prematurely from heart disease and stroke in the South Los Angeles area and in some communities in the northern and eastern parts of Los Angeles County than in more affluent areas, according to a report released Monday. The report by the county Department of Health Services found the high rates of premature deaths are tied to the levels of economic hardship in those areas. “We found that communities that have problems of overcrowding, poor housing stock, poverty, high levels of unemployment, poor educational attainment, high levels of dependency on government programs and low incomes are the communities where we have the highest rates of premature death from heart disease and stroke,” county Health Officer Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding said. The first-ever report documenting the burden of heart disease and stroke found the differences in individual communities likely reflect behaviors like smoking and physical inactivity, as well as socioeconomic disparities in access to health care and differences in work and living environments. Of 133 cities and communities studied, the 33 with the highest rates of premature deaths included Lancaster, Lake Los Angeles, Long Beach, Norwalk, Pomona and South El Monte. The cities with the 10 lowest rates of premature deaths included Beverly Hills, Calabasas, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Marino, Sierra Madre, Westlake Village and La Ca?ada Flintridge, which had the fourth lowest rate of premature deaths. “Well, I think it’s great,” La Ca?ada Flintridge Mayor Anthony Portantino said. “Obviously, heart disease and cardiovascular issues are a significant problem in America. My father died of a heart attack at age 48. It’s something I think about as I turn 45. I’m glad to see in this community that people are walking, exercising and eating right.” In recognition of February as American Health Month, Portantino said the city declared it “Wear Red Month” to help bring awareness to cardiovascular diseases. The report found that chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes have become the leading causes of death in the county, accounting for 80 percent of deaths and $48 billion in health care costs in 2002. Heart disease and stroke were the leading causes of premature death and disability, accounting for 40 percent of deaths. “Cities and counties can play a vital role in improving the health of their populations,” Fielding said. “Policies and programs that increase physical activity, improve nutrition, discourage smoking, and increase access to health care can have the potential to greatly reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke, as well as diabetes and other chronic diseases.” The report gave recommendations for cities and residents to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. For example, cities can promote physical activity by creating more walkable communities and establishing joint-use agreements with school districts to more fully utilize school land and facilities for community recreational programs. Communities can organize walking clubs. Cities can reduce the rates of smoking among youth by establishing retail tobacco licensing and using the fees to support enforcement of laws prohibiting tobacco sales to minors. (213) 974-8985last_img read more

December 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It was a “dog-gone” good time at the first ever Eukanuba Performance Games, recently held at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington. The games are a series of competitions that require a strong team bond between a dog and its handler for success.The Eukanuba Performance Games lasted four days from September 14 through 17. There were 1,300 registrants (and their dogs) at the event, traveling from as far as Florida and Washington to compete.“We are thrilled with the success of the first-ever Eukanuba Performance Games this year,” said Andrea Goldstein, external communications manager for Royal Canin USA. “We can’t imagine a better way to introduce the new Eukanuba Field and ROYAL CANIN RING event venues at The Roberts Centre. From the competitors and attendees, to the community and the venue, we were amazed by the response we received for the event in only its inaugural year.”The competition was split into six different divisions to test the dogs and their handlers’ skills. The Fast Cat division tested the dogs’ speed in a timed 100-yard dash. The dock diving event challenged dogs to jump off a dock as high or as far as they could into a body of water. Scent work competitions highlighted dogs’ ability to discern certain smells. Once a dog noticed a specific scent, he/she would alert their handler.Disc games featured and emphasized the bond between handler and dog, as they threw andConley and Dorothy also participated in the dock diving contest.caught discs in a variety of different games. The barn hunt competition promoted dogs’ predatory instincts, as they worked their way through a maze of straw and hay to locate rats that were enclosed in aeriated tubes. There were also agility games to test the dogs’ ability and willingness to work with their handlers. The dogs and handlers navigated through obstacle courses and completed tasks.Marla Conley and her border collie, Dorothy, of Delaware County participated in the inaugural contest. The team is fairly new to the sport, having just started this year.“We competed in disc events and in dock diving this year,” Conley said. “There are a few different games within the disc event. There is throw and go, which is essentially toss and fetch with your dog, and then there is a game called ‘fris-gility’ which is a series of obstacles the dog has to do before the dog catches the disc. You earn points by throwing the disc to different zones in a field. When you get points, you can win titles and then you can move through different levels too. The levels just kind of measure your competency and skill.”Marla Conley and her border collie, Dorothy, of Delaware County participated in the inaugural Eukanuba Performance Games in Wilmington. Photo by Taila Lewis.Most events are only split between two levels.“There were about 40 to 50 teams in the disc contest, and we were able to place tenth overall which was really exciting, especially since this is the first time they have held this event,” Conley said. “We competed in four different disc games over the four days and then they took our cumulative score to place us.”She and her dog Dorothy also placed second in the throw and go games at level 2, which is for teams that have advanced skill and competency.Preparing for the games required many hours of practice from both the handler and the dog.“I have to practice my accuracy and my distance with my disc throwing,” Conley said. “In the competition, you have to keep the disc inbounds on the field and then you’re aiming for the spots that give you higher points too. Dorothy and I will also practice together too. We practice a lot of communication skills together.”Conley and Dorothy also participated in the dock diving contest. Dorothy jumped a personal best of 24 feet and two inches. They also are working on learning to do free style, which is aThough they are a fairly new team to these kinds of events, Conley and Dorothy had a very successful outing. Photo by Taila Lewisroutine for the handler and the dog that involves tricks.“Right now Dorothy is able to do a few tricks,” Conley said. “She is able to do a flip in the air when she jumps. I just have to make sure she is safe and that we start slow.”Conley and Dorothy plan to participate in more dog shows throughout the year.“I love going to the shows because of all the great people you get to meet,” she said. “Everyone is so helpful and just really nice. It’s a competition but everyone is rooting for each other to do well.”Eukanuba and Royal Canin are already looking forward to hosting the games again in 2018 and, likely, for years to come.last_img read more

December 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Sept. 19, rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 (RHD2) was detected in a domestic rabbit in Medina County. This is the first confirmed case of RHD2 in the United States. It’s important to remember RHD2 does not pose a threat to humans or other animals, but is highly fatal in rabbits.The rabbits at this location were housed in horse stalls and ran free in those stalls. They have been on site for several years and there has been no movement of rabbits on or off the premises recently. The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) will work with state and federal partners to conduct surveillance of wild rabbits near the location.RHD is a viral disease that causes sudden death in rabbits. It can be spread through contact with infected rabbits, as well as by materials having contact with infected animals. Again, this disease does not affect people or other animals. There are two main types of RHD — RHD1 and RHD2. This is the first detection of RHD2 in the United States. Currently there are no vaccines for use in the U.S. so the best way to protect rabbits is by enhanced biosecurity practices.The time from infection to first signs of RHD2 disease may be up to nine days. Affected rabbits may develop a fever and die within 12 to 36 hours. Infected rabbits may appear dull and be reluctant to eat; have congested membranes around the eyes; show nervous signs, incoordination or excitement; and paddling. Breathing may be difficult and a blood-stained, frothy nasal discharge may be seen at death. Rabbits shed RHD2 in the urine or feces for as long as four weeks after infection. RHD virus can be spread on contaminated food, bedding, fur and water. Transmission of the RHD virus over short distances can occur by the contaminated clothing of people, biting insects, birds, rodents, wild animals, fur or vehicles.Although RHD2 does not pose a threat to humans, other animals or the food supply, it must be reported to state or federal authorities immediately upon diagnosis or suspicion of the disease. If you suspect cases of the disease, have questions or need more information, please contact ODA Division of Animal Health at (614) 728-6220.last_img read more

November 29, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Read Next “We want to give an opportunity for more people to see the games,” he said.READ: SBP starts forming best PH team for 2018 Fiba 3×3 World CupFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPreviously, Fiba 3×3 events were held inside malls. SM Megamall in Mandaluyong served as hosts for the 2014 World Tour Manila Masters, while Robinson’s Place Manila in Ermita had the rights in the 2015 edition.“I think we’ve been very successful holding it in the malls. Almost 4,000 people are watching the games. But now, we chose to move it to a bigger venue,” said Panlilio. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Miranda, Isip bring leadership to Marinerong Pilipino Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “From a Philippine basketball point of view, that gives an opportunity for the youth to watch the game. From the point of view of SBP and Fiba, we want to see bigger crowds in 3×3 and that’s something we want to deliver to Fiba. Hosting events have put the Philippines in the map and shows that we can host events like this, and that’s the reason we also pushed for the hosting of the 3×3 World Cup.”READ: High expectations for 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup hostingGilas Pilipinas backer Ronald Mascariñas of Chooks-to-Go also thinks that this event could break attendance records in the 55,000-seater arena.“It’s in the discussion if we’re going to break the record in attendance. But I think the question there is not if we’re going to break, but how many more times we will. Because Fiba should see how passionate the Filipinos are about basketball. That’s a given,” said the Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president.The current mark for biggest attendance inside the world’s largest indoor stadium is held by the PBA, set last October 27, 2017 in Game 7 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals where 54,083 fans trooped to the venue.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCompared to past 3×3 events staged in the country, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is going big at home as it is set hold the 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup at massive Philippine Arena in June.SBP president Al Panlilio feels that it’s time for the halfcourt game to be staged in bigger venues so that it will be seen by bigger crowds.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

November 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPhilippine boxing star Manny Pacquiao, WBO world welterweight champion, scored a big political victory on Thursday when the elections commission declared he was among 12 new members of the upper house of Congress.Last week, about 80 per cent of 55 million eligible voters cast their ballots to choose a president, vice president, 12 senators, 200 members of the lower house of Congress and 18,000 local officials in general elections held every six years.’WILL HELP NATION'”I can focus and discipline myself, the way I did in boxing to help the nation,” Pacquiao told reporters, saying, as a new senator, he would push for free education at all levels.The 37 year-old two-term congressman also said he favours restoring the death penalty for drug-related and other serious crimes. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has said he will ask Congress to re-introduce a death penalty that was repealed in 2006.”In the eyes of God, it is not unlawful,” Pacquiao said of capital punishment.OVERWHELMING RESPONSE The former eight-division world boxing champion, who stood as a member of one of the losing presidential candidates, won more than 16 million votes to come in seventh place for 12 vacant seats in the upper house of Congress.Opinion polls showed Pacquiao was among the top choices for a senate seat but he dropped a few notches down in the polls after he made an anti-gay remark in February.A month before elections, his ratings improved after a convincing victory over American champion Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, knocking him down twice in the 12-round bout.advertisementlast_img read more

November 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgInter boss Luciano Spalletti believes Mauro Icardi still has more to give following his late heroics in the midweek Champions League win over Tottenham.Icardi equalised with a sweet 85th-minute volley before Matias Vecino completed the hosts’ quickfire turnaround to secure a much-needed 2-1 victory at San Siro.Inter’s skipper had been largely anonymous until his equaliser and finished the match with just 16 touches, the fewest of any starter. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Spalletti urged Icardi to continue raising his game to new heights ahead of an important Serie A trip to Sampdoria on Saturday.”[It takes] a bit of everything,” he said.”He must make movements that will benefit the team, just as they must consider what his qualities are, putting him in a position to express himself better.”A few seconds of talent are enough to be a top footballer, but to be a champion it takes 95 minutes of personality.” Inter’s success against Spurs came despite an unconvincing start in the league which has yielded just four points from as many matches.A 3-0 victory over Bologna is their only domestic scalp of the season so far, with losses to Sassuolo and Parma both ringing alarm bells at the club.Spalletti hopes the confidence gained from the Champions League will lead to a consistent run of results.”If we’re able to win these games, we come out of them stronger because it means that we’re capable but we have to keep doing it,” he said.”We also benefitted from the enthusiasm after such a win. It could be that we follow up on the win tomorrow and to do so would mean much more than winning two individual matches.”I hope that the guys become aware of their abilities.”Inter next travel to Sampdoria on September 22 before they then host back-to-back league games versus Fiorentina on September 25 and Cagliari on September 29.last_img read more

November 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWhile Harry Kane didn’t contribute to the glut of hat tricks in European qualifying for the World Cup, the England striker grabbed a crucial equalizer in a chaotic finale against Scotland on Saturday.A dramatic final six minutes in Group F at Hampden Park saw Scotland come from 1-0 down to take the lead through two Leigh Griffiths free kicks. Kane, captain of England for the first time, volleyed home deep into stoppage time to make it 2-2.Things were simpler for Germany and Poland, who were aided by hat tricks as the pair continued to dominate their groups.Despite fielding a weakened team against minnow San Marino, Germany stayed perfect in Group C with a 7-0 win. Sandro Wagner scored a hat trick on just his second appearance for Joachim Loew’s side.Poland stayed unbeaten as Robert Lewandowski’s hat trick took him level with Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the scoring charts. Lewandowski scored two penalties during a 3-1 win over Romania.But that wasn’t Group E’s only treble. Stevan Jovetic scored Montenegro’s first ever hat trick in a 4-1 victory over Armenia.Kane, who has led the Premier League’s scoring charts for the last two seasons, had mixed emotions at fulltime.“It (the goal) is definitely up at the top, it was a special day,” he said. “It looked like we were going to win the game and then like we were going to lose when 2-1 down in stoppage time.To get the goal was special. I did not know whether the keeper was going to come, so when I saw him stay on his line … what a ball it was, and it was just a good side-foot into the net.”GROUP CIt was only ever a question of how many goals Germany would score against San Marino at Grundig Stadium in Nuremberg.Julian Draxler, one of the few regulars in a weakened Germany squad, opened the scoring before Wagner claimed his first international goal five minutes later, and he didn’t have to wait long before claiming his second, after fans indulged in Mexican waves.Midfielder Amin Younes claimed his first goal for Germany before the break, and there were more cheers after it when Shkodran Mustafi scored two minutes into the second half.Fans needed a bit of patience before the sixth arrived courtesy of Julian Brandt, whose first international goal came in the 72nd, and Wagner completed the rout with five minutes remaining.Norway and the Czech Republic played out a 1-1 draw in Oslo as Theodor Gebre Selassie scored from close range 10 minutes before the break, but Norway’s Alexander Soderlund equalized from the penalty spot.Northern Ireland took advantage of the result as Stuart Dallas scored an injury-time goal to consolidate second place in the group, five points behind Germany, but four clear of the third-placed Czech Republic.GROUP EPoland stayed six points clear as Lewandowski got on the scoresheet for an 11th consecutive qualifying match. He emphatically headed home in the 57th before sealing his hat trick with another penalty five minutes later.Romania scored the goal of the night in the 77th through Bogdan Stancu’s stunning strike but its qualifying hopes look bleak after losing ground to second and third-placed Montenegro and Denmark.Montenegro started fast as Fatos Beciraj gave it the lead after just two minutes, before Jovetic took matters into his own hands. The captain doubled his side’s lead with a low strike in the 28th, and scored Montenegro’s 100th international goal to make it 3-0.He saved the best until last, converting with a stunning scissor kick in the 82nd. Ruslan Koryan bagged a late consolation for Armenia.Denmark kept pace with Montengro in the race for second place as it beat 10-man Kazakhstan 3-1 in Almaty.Nicolai Jorgensen opened the scoring in the 27th and Christian Eriksen added penalty before Islambek Kuat pulled one back for the home side. But substitute Kasper Dolberg sealed the win in the 81st.GROUP FEngland’s position at the top of Group F was weakened as Slovakia and Slovenia both won, but it left Hampden Park relieved to have kept its eight-year unbeaten run in tournament qualifying matches intact.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench to give England the lead before Griffiths’s free kicks looked to have snatched victory for Scotland.But Kane popped up deep into stoppage time to preserve a two point cushion for England in the standings.Its nearest challenger is Slovakia, which secured a crucial 2-1 victory in Lithuania.Marek Hamsik set up Vladimir Weiss for the opener and added a stunning free kick of his own after the break.Slovenia is just one point further back in third place after a comfortable 2-0 win against Malta.Josip Ilicic gave his side the lead with a fine curling effort from an acute angle before setting up Milivoje Novakovic to seal the victory.SAM JOHNSTON, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more