A federal appeals court has reinstated a verdict that found Connecticut’s Department of Correction violated the Constitutional rights of an inmate by forcing him to wear full shackles during outside exercise periods. The court upheld Wednesday a jury’s decision that convicted killer Michael Edwards was subjected to cruel and unusual punishment by the department and then-warden Angel Quiros while at the maximum-security Northern Correctional Institution between September 2010 and March 2011. The ruling Wednesday found that inmates have a right to exercise outside their cells. The state Attorney General’s office said it is reviewing the decision and deciding next steps. Quiros is now acting commissioner of the Department of Correction.
Former England and Manchester United star Paul Scholes has been the most outspoken in questioning why Wilshere’s development has stalled since making his debut in 2008. The 22-year-old issued the perfect response against the Barclays Premier League champions, reacting to Sergio Aguero’s opener by lobbing Joe Hart before teeing up a sublime volley for Alexis Sanchez. But Scholes was greeted by an irrepressible display that argued a watertight case for being involved in the advanced role favoured by Wilshere and Wenger. England coach Roy Hodgson has used him more defensively, but Wenger believes his strengths demand a different approach. “Jack was always a boy who was at his most dangerous in the final third. That’s why I prefer him to play higher up the pitch,” Wenger said. “One of his qualities is penetrating in the final third, but I’m not against him being defensive. He can do both because he is a good footballer. “For a long time he didn’t kick the ball well because of his ankle injury. “The big difference now is that he stays on the feet, whereas before for a while when he was not as confident to push on his ankle he would go down. “Now he has that solid aspect to the game he had before he was injured.” Wilshere took the diplomatic line by stating he is happy in either midfield role, but his words also made his preference clear. “Naturally I want to go forward more. In Arsenal’s formation it’s nice to play forward and in the England one it’s different. I’m happy to play either way,” Wilshere said. It was Wilshere’s first goal since January and the Arsenal academy product admits he needs to be more prolific. “I want to score more goals and my goalscoring record hasn’t been good enough,” Wilshere added. “In the formation we play I should be scoring more goals. We play with one holding and two going forward and I’m the one who gets forward. “I’ve had a few chances already this season and I should be scoring more. Hopefully that will be one of many.” Wilshere highlighted the new found spirit that ensured Arsenal would not fold after slipping a goal behind and City captain Vincent Kompany was impressed by what he saw. “They have definitely made progress. They are a better side. They have more quality all over the pitch,” Kompany said. “Obviously they played well but they didn’t have too many clear-cut chances. “They didn’t need too many to score twice, which is the sign of a strong team.” Martin Demichelis’ late header salvaged a 2-2 draw for City, but it was the dynamic Wilshere who really caught the eye. “The best place to answer critics is on the pitch,” said Wenger, who was forced to defend the unimpressive Mesut Ozil once again. “That’s what Jack did, but I don’t believe we can explain his good performance through the criticism of Paul Scholes. “But you have to respond to critics when you’re in a public job. You have accept criticism, go on the pitch and show you have the talent. “The most important thing is to go show how good you are. “Jack finished with his right foot and chipped a goalkeeper who knows him well. I’m very happy with that way he finished. “He looked dangerous in the first half as well because he has found his pace again. I’m very happy.” Debate has raged over Wilshere’s best position with Scholes highlighting the uncertainty before Saturday’s Emirates Stadium showdown in his role as analyser for BT Sport. Arsene Wenger insists Jack Wilshere silenced his critics by inspiring Arsenal’s fightback against Manchester City. Press Association
VENEZUELA and Uruguay made their way into the semi-finals of the 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup on Sunday, overcoming the United States and Portugal, respectively.The day’s first game came to life in extra time after a goalless 90 minutes, with Venezuela emerging 2-1 thanks to goals by Adalberto Penaranda and Nahuel Ferraresi.Later in the day, Portugal and Uruguay couldn’t be separated over the course of 90 minutes, finishing level at 2-2. The deadlock continued through the additional 30 minutes, and Uruguay emerged victorious 5-4 in a penalty shootout. Santiago Bueno netted the decisive kick in a dramatic climax.Here’s how the action played out on Sunday in South Korea, with Venezuela and Uruguay making strides into the last four.Having impressed so many in their four matches at the competition so far, Venezuela were big favourites against the United States on Sunday.In truth, they should have finished the game long before extra time. Sergio Cordova and Ronaldo Chacon hit the bar with headers, and the Vinotinto let a string of other chances slip by. It meant they had to wait until extra time to make their dominance count.It was Penaranda who did so. The forward, a threat throughout the contest, found space in the box and diverted a cross brilliantly into the corner. Scouted Football highlighted the Watford forward as the star man after the game:Ferraresi looked to have made the game safe for Venezuela in the 115th minute, heading home from a corner. But the United States set up a nervy end to this draining clash, with Jeremy Ebobisse halving the deficit two minutes later. It was the first goal Venezuela conceded in the competition.While there were some edgy moments for Venezuela from that point on, they never looked to be in real danger of surrendering their lead.Afterward, football journalist David Cartlidge picked up on the profligacy showcased by the South Americans and praised the performance of skipper Yangel Herrera, who was supreme in the middle of the park:Venezuela will face Uruguay in the last four. The Celeste overcame Portugal in another entertaining semi-final, as the contest ended in a dramatic penalty shootout.Portugal were in front with just a minute on the clock, as Xadas robbed possession in midfield and fed Xande Silva in the penalty area; he made no mistake.Uruguay responded well and were deservedly back on level terms in the 16th minute, as Bueno nodded home a loose ball in the box. However, Diogo Goncalves put the Portuguese back in front before the break, lashing in a stunning shot from long range in the 41st minute.Uruguay showcased their trademark spirit in the second half. Having been so impressive in the opening period, Xadas conceded a penalty. Federico Valverde converted with composure in the 50th minute to level matters once again.Despite an open finish to the game, neither side found a winner inside 90 minutes.Opportunities came and went in extra time too, with Portugal on the front foot for the majority of the additional 30 minutes. But the guile and sharpness that was on display early in the game was absent at the end of the breathless encounter.The penalty shootout lifted tensions and shredded more nerves. The first eight kicks were expertly finished before none of the next five were netted, with Uruguay and Portugal both spurning opportunities to guarantee their progression.However, after Uruguay stopper Santiago Mele denied Andre Ribeiro—the goalkeeper’s third save of a thrilling shootout—Bueno kept his cool to send Uruguay into the last four. They will now face Venezuela on Thursday to earn a spot in the final.
MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNReady? Here are 27 very specific predictions for the 2019 season. Why 27? Why not?1. Mike Trout will hit .319 with 36 homers, 96 RBIs and a .452 on-base percentage. He’ll be worth 9.8 WAR but will not win the AL MVP award. That’s because …2. Aaron Judge will have another 50-homer season — exactly 50 — along with a .430 OBP and a 1.090 OPS. He’ll be worth nearly 11 WAR for the world champion Yankees. (I’ll get to that.)3. Ronald Acuña Jr. will hit .288 with 34 homers and 106 RBIs. He will win the NL MVP award, with 7.6 WAR.4. Bryce Harper will have a 6 WAR first season in Philly, leading the league with 38 homers. He’ll finish a close second in MVP balloting.5. Manny Machado will have a strong first season in San Diego, hitting 31 homers and driving in 93 runs, for a total of 5.1 WAR.6. Clayton Kershaw will again finish the season with just nine wins, thanks to multiple stints on the injured list.7. Jose Altuve will win the AL batting title with a .344 average.8. Freddie Freeman will win the NL batting title with a .328 average.9. The longest winning streak of the season will belong to the Cardinals, who will reel off 11 straight in July.10. The longest losing streak of the season will belong to the Marlins, who will drop nine straight in May.SN’s EXPERT PICKS:Predicting the World Series, award winners for 201911. The Orioles will have two eight-game losing streaks.12. Jose Altuve will have the longest hitting streak of the season, at 26 games.13. Mookie Betts will fall just shy of another legit 10 WAR season, finishing at 9.7, which is, you know, still pretty good.14. Oakland’s Khris Davis will hit exactly .247, which isn’t so much a prediction as just reminding you what Khris Davis does.15. The Nationals’ Juan Soto will hit 32 homers, with 21 of them coming before the All-Star break. Speaking of the Nationals …16. Max Scherzer will throw a perfect game, in which he strikes out 14 Marlins, but will lose another no-hit bid in the ninth inning against the Reds. 17. Bartolo Colon will sign a free-agent contract with the Mets and join the team in May. He will win six games and hit zero home runs.18. The Phillies will win 91 games and win the NL East, but won’t make it out of the first round of the playoffs.19. The Cardinals will win the NL Central by three games over the Cubs.20. The Dodgers will claim the NL West (again) by 10 games over the Rockies. But their pennant-winning streak will end when the Cardinals beat them in six games in the NLCS.MORE: DAZN’s Adnan Virk talks “ChangeUp,” making baseball coverage fun21. The Yankees will win 97 games to take the AL East by two games over the Red Sox.22. The Indians will win the weakest division in baseball with 86 victories. They also won’t make it past the first round.23. The AL West-winning Astros will be the only 100-win team in the majors, but will lose to the wild-card Red Sox in the ALDS.24. The wild-card Red Sox will lose to the Yankees in the ALCS in four games.25. The Rays will be the other wild-card team, but will be shut out by the Red Sox in the one-game playoff. 26. The Yankees will win the World Series in five games over the Cardinals. Aaron Judge will be named series MVP, thanks mostly to his four home runs.27. Paul Goldschmidt will have slightly better numbers than Judge in the World Series, highlighted by a .480 on-base percentage and seven RBIs.So there. When making predictions for a baseball season, it’s all just a best guess. Because nobody really knows. We can look at stat projections and previous seasons and make informed assumptions, but it’s all a crapshoot. Maybe not like throwing darts at the board while blindfolded, but more like throwing the darts toward a specific quadrant with your eyes open and taking your best aim. You might hit the spot, you might not.And while I took part in Sporting News’ official 2019 predictions and made some sort of obvious guesses, I’m taking a different approach here. I’m going to tell you exactly how everything will play out. Everything you’re about to read is definitely going to happen. Write it down, then review in awe in October. Or, mock me on Twitter when I inevitably get something wrong. Either is fine.