AMSTERDAM (AP) — Stand-in captain Georginio Wijnaldum scored a hat trick Tuesday and Myron Boadu netted on his debut as the Netherlands capped its successful European Championship qualification campaign by beating Estonia 5-0. A 0-0 draw on Saturday against Northern Ireland had sealed the Netherlands’ qualification for its first major tournament since finishing third at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. The Dutch finished second in Group C, behind Germany which thrashed Northern Ireland 6-1 Tuesday night. Wijnaldum, wearing the captain’s arm band in the absence of Virgil van Dijk, opened the scoring with a sixth-minute header and calmly shot past Estonia goalkeeper Sergei Lepmets in the 66th and 79th minute. Defender Nathan Ake grabbed the Netherlands’ second goal with a header in the 19th minute and Boadu drove the ball under Lepmets in the 87th. With qualification assured, coach Ronald Koeman gave debuts to two youngsters from AZ Alkmaar. Netherlands' … [Read more...] about Wijnaldum grabs hat trick as Netherlands beat Estonia 5-0
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Gareth Bale laughed and danced with his Welsh international teammates behind a flag that had the message: “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In That Order.” The forward can look forward to playing in another major tournament with Wales after helping the national team secure a place in next year’s European Championship on Tuesday. Given the way he celebrated qualification, Bale’s future with Real Madrid might not be so rosy. Aaron Ramsey scored twice — the first goal set up by a cross from Bale — as Wales beat Hungary 2-0 in a winner-takes-all match in Cardiff on Tuesday. Wales climbed from fourth to a second-place finish in Group E behind Croatia, leaving Hungary to attempt to get to the finals via the playoffs in March. Slovakia, which beat Azerbaijan 2-0 on Tuesday, finished in third place and will also contest the playoffs. It will be a second straight Euros for the Welsh, after 2016 in France when they reached the semifinals in their first major tournament in … [Read more...] about Bale in Madrid jibe after helping Wales reach Euro 2020
LOS ANGELES, CA — Share-worthy stories from across the Southland Patch cities to talk about tonight: Tom Hanks Discovers He's Mister Rogers' Distant Cousin The two actors have been hailed as the nicest guys in entertainment. As it turns out, it's in their DNA. 'Her Heart Will Still Beat,' Mother Donates Laguna Teen's Organs A Laguna Beach family still grieving the loss of daughter & sister Jasmen Wilkinson, honor her memory through the gift of organ donation. The Woman With The Irish Ring: Jane Doe No. 49 Jane Doe No. 49 died in a fiery wreck on the Hollywood Freeway 20 years ago, and there remain only two clues to her identity. 'Idol' Finalist Alejandro Aranda Talks Instant Fame, New Album Alejandro Aranda was the shy singer on "American Idol," but he just wants everyone to know he's actually a "huge dork." Hat Trick Grants This Duck Baby Naming Privileges Anaheim Ducks center Derek Grant gets to name his friend's baby, after winning a friendly bet, scoring 3 shots in … [Read more...] about Mom Donates Teen’s Heart | Tom Hanks’ Nice Surprise | LA Today
Epstein in his townhouse in 2015. Photo: Christopher Anderson for New York Magazine Perhaps, at long last, a serial rapist and pedophile may be brought to justice, more than a dozen years after he was first charged with crimes that have brutalized countless girls and women. But what won’t change is this: the cesspool of elites, many of them in New York, who allowed Jeffrey Epstein to flourish with impunity. For decades, important, influential, “serious” people attended Epstein’s dinner parties, rode his private jet, and furthered the fiction that he was some kind of genius hedge-fund billionaire. How do we explain why they looked the other way, or flattered Epstein, even as they must have noticed he was often in the company of a young harem? Easy: They got something in exchange from him, whether it was a free ride on that airborne “Lolita Express,” some other form of monetary largesse, entrée into the extravagant celebrity soirées he … [Read more...] about Who Was Jeffrey Epstein Calling?