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Businesswoman robbed at gunpoint

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first_imgA businesswoman of Chinese descent is now counting her losses after being robbed by two armed men in the presence of her private security detail.According to the Police reports, the woman was returning to her Brickdam, Georgetown residence, escorted by operatives from a private security firm, when two armed men pounced on the security officers.The gunmen were armed with what the victims described as ‘long guns’. Police investigations later revealed that those were actually rifles. The two assailants reportedly discharged several shots into the air before they proceeded to relieve the businesswoman of her valuables.The two gunmen took from the victim $500,000 cash, an iPhone valued at $100,000, a bag valued at $50,000, and $300,000 in jewellery and other valuables before they made good their escape.The Police were subsequently summoned to the scene of the crime, where they recovered three 7.62 spent shells. Police investigations are currently ongoing.last_img read more

Starlets eye CECAFA after Olympic heartbreak

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first_img“We must take that disappointment as a motivator for CECAFA. We have to try and redeem ourselves. We have competed well with teams from different regions and now we are a better team. Always when Kenya goes to CECAFA, we are seen as favorites,” Ouma said.He added; “We have planned ourselves well and hopefully things go well for us and we do well.”His sentiments are shared by striker Mwanahalima Adam who has vowed they will do their all to come back home with the CECAFA title.Harambee Starlets players arrive in Dar es Salaam for the CECAFA Women’s Championship“We have gained so much experience and learnt a lot from the campaign in the Olympic qualifiers. Now that we have missed our target, we will give our all in CECAFA and I want to assure Kenyans that we will do our best not to let them down,” Adam noted.Ouma says the team has learnt a lot from the seven games they have played this season with a relatively new team of young players, having replenished the squad at the start of the campaign.He believes this will be the first step in ensuring the team remains competitive for a long time and believes they have made positive steps forward.“Our performance has shown some development and the strength of the team. Hopefully we can build on from here. I am happy with the learning situation the team has been put through and we have improved from strength to strength,” stated the tactician.Starlets are looking for an improved performance in Tanzania having finished fourth during the last Championship in Kigali last year. In 2016, the team reached the final, but lost to Tanzania.0Shares0000(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Starlets players line up before their Olympic qualification match against Ghana at the Kasarani Stadium on October 8, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 – Harambee Starlets touched down in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Wednesday afternoon, their focus tightly arrowed at bouncing back from the disappointment of exiting the qualification road to next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.Starlets lost 3-2 on aggregate to Zambia to bow out of the race and head coach David Ouma says they will use that heartbreak as their launching pad to a maiden CECAFA title.last_img read more

Vipers come from behind to pile more misery on SC Villa

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first_imgSseninde (left) and Waiswa (right) celebrating Vipers’ third goal against Villa on Wednesday (Photo by Vipers’ media)Startimes Uganda Premier LeagueSc villa 1-3 vipersMandela National Satdium, NambooleWednesday, 24-10-2018NAMBOOOLE – Ten-man Vipers SC defeat SC villa 3-1 away from home in the StarTimes Uganda premier league game on Wednesday at Mandela National Stadium.The hosts were the first to score through Habib kavuma in the 27th minute but their advantage was wiped out three minutes to the break as last season’s top Daniel Sserunkuma converted from close range to make it 1-1.Sserukuma had earlier had a goal disallowed for offside when he made a perfect connection to Duncan Sseninde’s cross into the area.A minute into the second half, Abraham Ndugwa who was making his first league start in a Venoms’ shirt scored a beauty off Noah Wafula’s cross. The former Masavu FC Captain connected with the ball via a scorpion-kick into the roof of the net to put Vipers 2-1 up.Three minutes later, Moses Waiswa made it 3-1 to the visitors, converting from a free-kick just outside the area after Sseninde was brought down.Captain Tadeo Lwanga fouled Albert Mugisa and the referee gave him a straight red card 20 minutes to the end of the game.Despite the one man disadvantage, the Venoms held on to their fourth victory of the season and regain top spot in the standings.Speaking to the press after the match Villa head coach Moses Basena said that his team was very sleepy especially in defence but he is going back to correct their mistakes.“My defence was sleepy and the hosts got away on many times but am going to go correct the mistakes before our next match, said Basena.For Vipers SC head coach Javier Martinez, he was excited for another win and how the boys are quickly learning his style of play.“Am happy for I have not lost any game and the way my boys played today, they showed confidence but am going to go back and correct a the few errors we made, said MartinezThe loss means that Villa slip into second from bottom with two points from their first four games.SC Villa Starting XIYusuf Wasswa, David Owori, Derrick Ndahiro, Savio Kabugo, Habib Kavuma, Manco Kaweesa, Joseph Ssemujju, Albert Mugisa, Ajab Abdulrahman, Bashir Mutanda, Ambrose KiryaVipers SC Starting XIFabien Mutombora, Bashir Asiku, Yayo Lutimba, Geoffrey Wasswa, Livingstone Mulondo, Taddeo Lwanga, Abraham Ndugwa, Moses Waiswa, Dan Sserunkuma, Duncan Sseninde, Noah WafulaThe other results from Wednesday’s games:-Nyamitobora 2-1 Mbarara city-Maroons FC 1-1 URA FC-Ndejje University FC 1-2 Police FCComments Tags: Abraham NdugwaSC VillaStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguevipers sclast_img read more

Barca pull 10 points clear as Juve lose first of the season

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first_img Tags: French Ligue 1German BundesligaItalian Serie ASpanish La Ligatop Messi scored a hattrick against Betis this past weekend (Agency Photos)Barcelona pulled 10 points clear at the top of the Spanish La Liga thanks to a 4-1 victory away to Real Betis on Sunday.Lionel Messi continued his impressive form this campaign, scoring a hattrick while Luis Suarez got the other goal. Loren Moron scored Betis consolation on a night that the Estadio Benito Villamarin gave Messi a standing ovation straight after completing his treble.The victory sees Barca move onto 66 points for the season, having won 20, drawn 6 and lost only two of their 28 games so far.For second placed Atletico, their chances of winning a second League title in five years were all but shuttered as they lost 2-0 away to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.The 2013/14 champions struggled throughout the first 70 minutes and were eventually punished with 13 minutes to play as Inaki Williams put Bilbao ahead. Simone’s side looked to have woken up but the home side landed a sucker punch with 5 minutes to play as Kenan Kodro scored a second.Atletico now remain on 56 points, 10 behind leader Barcelona with just 10 games to play.In Madrid, Zinedin Zidane got off to a winning return as Madrid coach, defeating relegation threatened Celta Vigo 2-0 at the Bernabue.After a goalless first half, Real took the lead on 62 minutes through Isco. Gareth Bale added a second 15 minutes later to seal the victory.This is Real’s 17th win of the current campaign and it sees them remain third, two points behind Atletico.Elsewhere, the battle for the fourth and final champions league spot intensified with 4th placed Getafe and Valencia (7th) drawing 0-0 at the Mestalla while Deportivo Alaves (5th) and Sevilla (6th) both won their respective fixtures.Alaves were 3-1 winners at Huesca while Sevilla defeated Espanyol 1-0. Only six points are the difference between Getafe and Valencia.Also on the weekend, Villarreal, Valladolid and Girona were the other winners. The Yellow Submarine made it two wins on the trot as they defeated Real Vallecano 3-1, Valladolid were 2-1 winners away to Eibar while Girona powered past Leganes 2-0.In Italy, Juventus were subjected to a first loss of the season as they went down 2-0 away to Genoa.This was Juve’s first loss of the seasonWith star-player-Cristiano Ronaldo rested, the Old Lady paid dearly, ending a 27 game unbeaten run since the start of the season.Both of Genoa’s goals came in the second half with Stefano Sturaro scoring the first on 72 minutes and Goran Pandev adding the second 9 minutes later.The loss means Juve are now 15 points ahead of Napoli in the race for this year’s Scudetto, with just 10 games to play.For Napoli, they were 4-2 winners at home to Udinese.  Amin Younes, Arkadiusz Milik, Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens were all on target for Carlo Anchelloti’s side while Kevin Lasagna and Seko Fofana scored for the visitors.Victory for Napoli means they reduce Juve’s lead at the top to 15 points after 28 games.In the Milan derby, Inter defeated AC 3-2 at the San Siro to return into third on the standings. Inter raced into a 2-0 lead by the 51st minute thanks to Matias Vecino and Stefan de Vrij’s goals. AC pulled one back through Tiemeuo Bakayoko but Lauturo Martinez struck from the spot on 67 minutes to restore Inter’s 2 goal caution. Mateo Musacchio scored a second for AC late on but could not stop Genaro Gattuso’s side from losing in the end.Luciano Spalleti’s side retain 3rd spot on the standings with 53 points while AC are now 4th, two points behind Inter.In the race for other European spots, Roma lost 2-1 at SPAL, Lazio defeated Parma 4-1 while Atalanta were held to a 1-1 draw at home to bottom side Cheivo.Elsewhere, Sampdoria, Cagliari, Bologna and Empoli also registered victories in their respective fixture.In France, PSG edged closer to another League title, dispatching 10 man Marseille 3-1 at the Parc de Princes on Sunday.The Parisians who were still without the injured Naymer and Edison Cavani took the lead through teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe on 45 minutes but Marseille responded a minute into the second half off Valeri Germain’s strike. Angel Di Maria scored twice in the second half that also saw Marseille captain Steve Mandanda sent off for handling outside his area and Mbappe missing a penalty in the dying minutes of the game.Di Maria scored PSG’s last two goals against MarseilleThe three points mean PSG now move to 77 points for the season having won 25, drawn 2 and lost only one of their 28 games so far.Lille who occupy send on the table, lost their weekend’s game 1-0 at home to a resurgent Monaco.Calros Vinicius scored the game’s only goal in the 90th minute after both sides had proved to be wasteful in front of goal throughout the first 89 minutes.Despite the loss, Lille remain second with 57 points, 20 behind PSG.In Lyon, home side Olympique Lyon fought hard to defeat Montpellier 3-2 on Sunday. Batrand Traore, Martin Terrir and Houssem Aouer scored for Lyon while Florent Mollet and Souleymane Camera struck for the visitors.Lyon move to within four points of second placed Lille, six ahead of Marseille who are fourth.Saint Etienne and Reims also continued their push for a European position with comprehensive victories in their weekend’s fixtures. Etienne defeated Caen 5-0 while Reims were 1-0 winners over Nantes.Elsewhere, only Guingamp were victorious in the bottom three as they defeated Dijon 1-0 at home.In Germany, the top two of Bayern Munich and Dortmund were victorious in their games this past weekend. Bayern trounced Mainz 6-0 withe James Rodriguez scoring a hattrick while Dortmund required a late Marco Reus strike to overcome Hertha Berlin 3-2 away from home.James scored a hattrick in bayern’s 6-0 win over MainzThe two remain locked at 60 points apiece at the top of the Bundesliga with only 8 games to play.In the battle for the other two final Champions League spots, third placed Leipzig defeated Schalke 04 1-0, Monchengladbach (4th) were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Freiburg while fifth placed Frankfurt defeated Nuremberg 1-0. Leipzig now have 49 points, Gladbach are on 47 while Frankfurt have 46.For 6th placed Bayer leverkusen, they were defeated 3-1 at home to Werder Bremen (8th) while Wolfsburg (7th) were 5-2 winners over Fortuna Dusseldorf.Elsewhere, only Augsburg who defeated Hannover 96 3-1 were the only winners in the bottom half of the Bundesliga.All Results from the La Liga:-Real Sociedad 1-1 Levante-Huesca 1-3 Deportivo Alavés-Real Madrid 2-0 Celta Vigo-Athletic Bilbao 2-0 Atletico Madrid-Leganes 0-2 Girona-Eibar 1-2 Real Valladolid-Espanyol 0-1 Sevilla-Valencia 0-0 Getafe-Villarreal 3-1 Rayo Vallecano-Real Betis 1-4 BarcelonaAll Results from the Serie A:-Cagliari 2-1 Fiorentina-Sassuolo 3-5 Sampdoria-SPAL 2-1 Roma-Torino 2-3 Bologna-Genoa 2-0 Juventus-Atalanta 1-1 Chievo-Empoli 2-1 Frosinone-Lazio 4-1 Parma-Napoli 4-2 Udinese-AC Milan 2-3 Inter MilanAll Results from the French Ligue One:-Nice 1-1 Toulouse-Lille 0-1 Monaco-Angers 0-0 Amiens-Caen 0-5 Saint Etienne-Guingamp 1-0 Dijon-Nîmes 2-2 Strasbourg-Lyon 3-2 Montpellier-Reims 1-0 Nantes-Bordeaux 1-1 Rennes-PSG 3-1 MarseilleAll Results from the German Bundesliga:-Gladbach 1-1 Freiburg-Schalke 04 0-1 Leipzig-Stuttgart 1-1 Hoffenheim-Augsburg 3-1 Hannover 96-Wolfsburg 5-2 Dusseldorf-Hertha Berlin 2-3 Dortmund-Leverkusen 1-3 Bremen-Frankfurt 1-0 Nuremberg-Bayern 6-0 MainzComments last_img read more

Families, farmers and businesses still receiving Government help after Donegal flooding – McHugh

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first_imgFamilies, farmers and businesses are still receiving Government help after the Donegal floods, the Government Chief Whip has said. Deputy Joe McHugh was reacting after Fianna Fáil Deputy Charlie McConalogue raised the issue in the Dail.The Inishowen TD said he was urging the Government to “get to grips” with the flooding issue. However, Deputy McHugh has said that many people may be surprised to see that Fianna Fail are seeking to turn their plight into a ‘political row.’Minister McHugh said: “The Department of Social Protection has provided emergency cash payments to 140 applicants at Stage 1 of the humanitarian assistance process.“Since then 28 families have received Stage 2 payments with another 22 payments pending for items like electrical goods and furniture.“So far two payments are pending under Stage 3 of the assistance scheme – which is a longer-term payment to help with things like re-wiring and plastering. “Under the Red Cross Scheme introduced by the Department of Defence so far 29 small business forms have been received and 13 businesses have been paid the initial €5,000.“Six of the applications are with Donegal County Council, four are to be processed by the IRC, two were rejected due to the presence of insurance while four are awaiting additional information.“A total of two Volunteer/Community/Sporting club forms were received and both have been paid the initial €5,000.”Minister McHugh continued: “Dozens of bridges and roads were washed away. We visited homes flooded by water, sewage and domestic heating oil – homes built on a flood plain during to so-called Celtic Tiger boom of the early 2000s. Another mess left by Fianna Fail for this Government to clean up.“Families are being helped. I have visited those affected and many are surprised that Fianna Fail are seeking to turn their plight into a political row. “Farmers too are being helped; a scheme to help them has been launched with a closing date of this Friday so that the Department of Agriculture can begin to process payments. Other assessments are ongoing.“Our response across all sectors of life in north Donegal has been speedy. It hasn’t stopped though. It will be take many months, even years, before all the damaged infrastructure is put in place – dozens of bridges and roads need replaced; with damage recorded at more than 500 locations.“At all times during those first few hours and in the days and weeks afterwards Ministers across Government and officials in all Departments of Government worked tirelessly to ensure the response was quick and effective. The OPW, the Department of Transport and other departments continue to assess long term measures. I want to again pay tribute to Donegal County Council staff and personnel from Government departments who continue their work on behalf of those affected by the flood. The focus of this Government is continuing on a daily basis and will continue in the months ahead.“I remain thankful there was no loss of life, due in no small measure to the heroism of local people and the support given by the emergency services,” Minister McHugh concluded. Families, farmers and businesses still receiving Government help after Donegal flooding – McHugh was last modified: September 26th, 2017 by StephenShare 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:Charlie McConaloguedaildonegalfloodFLOODINGJoe McHughlast_img read more

Who will the Raiders play in 2019 preseason and where?

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first_imgThe Raiders announced their 2019 preseason schedule Tuesday morning, and it includes one nationally televised game and a matchup at an undetermined neutral site.The Raiders begin the preseason hosting the defending Super Bowl runner-up Los Angeles Rams at the Oakland Coliseum before visiting the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 5 p.m. PST on ESPN. The Cardinals own the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, and that matchup could pit the Raiders against rookie quarterback Kyler Murray if …last_img read more

Summer Intern needed

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentSummer Intern Position: Champaign, Clark, Darke and Miami CountiesThe position will be located in Miami County and is a part-time position, 20-30/week. Position Summary.To apply please send resume and cover letter to:Miami County Farm Bureau 1554 McKaig Avenue Building B Troy, Ohio 45373 or email to [email protected]Deadline to apply: Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. Anticipated start date May 1.Primary Duties 1. Provide support/event coordination to county leaders on county program and special projects as assigned by the Organization Director in pursuit of Ohio Farm Bureau and county Farm Bureau goals and objectives. 2. Assist Organization Director with membership prospecting with agribusiness, local businesses, affinity partners, and other community groups in an effort to grow membership by developing business partnerships. 3. Assist Organization Director with membership prospecting with consumers and farmers in an effort to grow all individual/family membership classifications for members and supporters. 4.  Suggest new ideas and updates related to membership. 5. Assist Organization Director, County Office Administrator and county leaders in maintaining a robust social media presence in the area. 6. Assist County Office staff as assigned by the Organization Director in all areas of county office operations, to include but not limited to accounting, member correspondence, Nationwide agency support, member service and membership marketing. 7. Other duties as assigned by Organization Director.MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATIONS -High School diplomaMINIMUM SKILL QUALIFICATIONS -Proficient in basic computer skills -Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and vehiclePREFERRED SKILL QUALIFICATIONS -Organizational skills -Capacity to motivate, enthuse and recognize volunteers -Public speaking abilitiesREQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS -Interest in agriculture/rural Issues -Knowledge or experience in agriculture   Leave a Commentlast_img read more

New Bird Flu Strain Rattles China

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first_imgBEIJING—Another novel strain of avian influenza has made the leap from birds into humans. But virologists believe that the deceased patient is likely to have been an isolated case.On 30 November, a 73-year-old woman from Jiangxi province in southern China was hospitalized with severe pneumonialike symptoms; she succumbed to respiratory failure on 6 December. Several days later, Chinese authorities notified the World Health Organization (WHO) that doctors had isolated the H10N8 virus from the patient’s blood. While H10 viruses have popped up on occasion in people, this is the first known human infection of H10N8, says Malik Peiris, a virologist at the University of Hong Kong.Flu experts are not hitting the panic button. For starters, they aren’t convinced that H10N8 was the primary cause of the woman’s death. She was a cancer patient whose thymus had been removed. The thymus produces T cells, which help fight off infections. “Her immune system was already severely compromised,” says George Gao, deputy director-general of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) here. “There’s no evidence yet this [virus] is the direct cause of death.” For that reason, Peiris says, “I don’t think it necessarily means we will see many more cases.” H10N8 may end up following a similar pattern to another newly emergent strain, H6N1. It was detected in May in Taiwan, in a woman who recovered after antiviral treatment. 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China CDC has advised Jiangxi authorities to temporarily close a live poultry market where the woman is believed to have contracted H10N8. And scientists are now probing the H10N8 genome for “any unusual features, and how similar it is to H7N9,” Peiris says. H7N9 is seen as a graver threat: That strain has infected 143 people and killed 45 since emerging in southern China in March. Four of those cases were reported in the past month. “The more cases there are, the more chances there are for the virus to adapt to human transmission,” Peiris says. “That is the biggest concern.”last_img read more

Patiala House review

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first_imgBijis, Baujis, Bhangra and Fast BowlingPatiala HouseDirector: Nikhil AdvaniStarring: Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma, Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Usman QureshiRating:   Preview: Patiala HouseBijis, baujis, bhangra. It’s a tried and tested formula that doesn’t always work. But add to it Bollywood’s new favourite Punjabi kudi Anushka Sharma and lots of cricket on the eve of the cricket World Cup and it’s a surprisingly watchable movie. Ah yes it has Akshay Kumar but director Nikhil Advani has very wisely disguised that fact by giving him minimal dialogues and maximum fast bowling (Akshay does look good bowling flat out). And thank God for it. Akshay plays the strong silent suffering type, Parghat Singh Kahlon, who gave up his dream of playing for England because his father, the self-appointed sarpanch of Southhall, thinks all goras are evil (yes shades of Amrish Puri in everyone’s favourite Punjabi film, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge). There’s his father Rishi Kapoor, who is trapped in 60s England where the English are racist and the Indians don’t own half of Kensington. And his mother Dimple Kapadia, the equally silent type, who doesn’t utter a word as her son’s dream of playing for the goras (England) is cruelly quashed.Anyway to cut a long story short, Gattu (for that is Akshay’s nickname in the movie) meets the spunky Anushka Sharma, who ran away briefly to try and become a heroine in Bollywood. Now she cuts hair in a saloon and lives with her friend’s 12-year-old cricket mad son. She makes Akshay believe anything is possible–even wearing tight T-shirts, shiny blazers, drinking shots and dancing to Punjabi rap (yes, it’s that sort of a movie where the lead stars discover themselves only under influence–cue Kal Ho Naa Ho and Namaste London).There’s an army of other minor stars, who all play various chachajis, chachijis, and bachchajis. And there’s an even larger army of cricketers, from West Indies’ Kieron Pollard to Australian Andrew Symonds and Dirk Nannes. Former players Nasser Hussain, David Gower and Graham Gooch play English selectors. The point of the movie is to bring Master Akshay back to the crease to play for England 17 years after he gave up his dream to run a shop in Southhall. Master Akshay will of course achieve it and help England win the T-20 World Cup but not before various things happen–Hard Kaur is transformed from bhajan singer to rapper, Anushka Sharma proves yet again why she is the brightest spark among the younger actresses and Akshay proves that less is more when it comes to his acting.Everyone eats rajma chawal, hopes for a Yash Copra wedding, has an alter ego, and Akshay gets a chance to say his one big speech–this one is about aap jee sakte hain, hamen to sirf saans lene ki permission hai. With lines written in Yash Chopra land–kal chup ek biwi thi, aaj bol ek maa rahi hai; and gaaliyon ka shor taaliyon main chhup jayega–and enough cricket to keep the kids happy, this is a family drama for the family.advertisementlast_img read more

Stars Beat Rangers in OT, 3-2

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first_imgNEW YORK — The Dallas Stars are fighting to stay in the playoff race. They got a little help Feb. 8 with Rangers star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist out with an injury.Ales Hemsky scored 1:02 into overtime as Dallas overcame a late tying goal by Chris Kreider to snap a three-game skid with a 3-2 win over New York.Hemsky snapped the puck past fill-in goaltender Cam Talbot for his ninth goal of the season to lift the Stars after being outshot by the Rangers 20-2 in the third period.“There were a lot of bodies in front of the net so I just took a shot and it went in. I’m happy about that,” said Hemsky, 31, who joined the Stars this season after spending nearly his entire NHL career with Edmonton. “If you want to make the playoffs, you need every point. Today we had a break. Hopefully we can keep going.”Kreider tied it with his 12th of the season, on the power play at 18:40 of the third.Jason Spezza and Erik Cole each scored second-period goals for Dallas. Spezza opened the scoring on a 5-on-3 power play for the Stars at 2:53 of the second period with his 10th goal of the season. Tyler Seguin and John Klingberg assisted.Carl Hagelin scored for New York at 15:27 of the second, putting a pass from Kevin Hayes past Dallas netminder Kari Lehtonen, who made 34 saves. The goal was the 11th for Hagelin. Defenseman Kevin Klein also assisted.“It really was a huge relief to win it quick in overtime,” said Lehtonen. “You do your best and try not to think too much. It was a big win.”With the victory, the Stars (24-21-8) moved within five points of Calgary and Vancouver for a playoff spot.“I think it helps you believe again because we have had some tough stuff happen to us,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “But to win in overtime, that helps us.”Cole put the Stars ahead 2-1 at 18:05 of the second with his 14th goal when he finished off a passing play with Hemsky with shot that slipped past Talbot, who was making his third straight start in place of the injured Henrik Lundqvist. On the winning goal, Talbot said he lost sight of the puck when Hemsky shot it.“I didn’t see it,” Talbot said. “I looked around to see the initial start and then he went straight back in the other direction. Once it came off his stick, I lost the puck completely.”Both teams were coming off losses on Feb. 7 and had to travel for the peculiar 5 p.m. starting time. The Rangers (30-16-5) lost 3-2 at Nashville while the Stars were defeated in Buffalo.Eight of the last 10 games between the Rangers and Stars, including each of the last six, have been decided by one goal. The Stars also won the previous meeting between the teams, 3-2 on Dallas on Dec. 29.Still, the Rangers have won 12 of their last 16 home games and 20 of their last 26 games overall, since Dec. 8 when they beat Pittsburgh in overtime.Rangers coach Alain Vigneault, who benched the Rangers top line of Rick Nash, Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis for the latter part of the second period, had praise for Talbot.“He gives us a chance to win every game,” the coach said. “He’s doing what a goaltender is supposed to.”As for benching his top goal scorer — Nash and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin have a league-best 33 goals — Vigneault said it was a matter of using players who were having a better game.“Rick hasn’t had very many games this year where he’s been off,” Vigneault said. “Sometimes it happens. At that time, we had no puck possession. We were spending almost the total time in our own end.”Before the game, Lundqvist expressed hope he would return from a throat-area injury before the playoffs.Lundqvist was injured when he was struck with a shot Feb. 7 against Carolina. He termed it sprained blood vessel that will be re-evaluated in two to three weeks.“If I keep playing now, there’s a big risk of having a stroke,” the 32-year-old goaltender said. “You don’t play around with this. It’s not like a sore shoulder or something. You have to listen to the doctors.”Talbot, 27, should play a career-high fourth-straight game in the NHL when the Rangers start a four-game road trip in Toronto on Feb. 10They also have road games against Colorado, Arizona and the Islanders before returning home to face Vancouver on Feb. 19.Backing up Talbot is 20-year-old Mackenzie Skapski, who has yet to play an NHL game. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more