VAR makes football a different game – Vertonghen

first_imgJan Vertonghen has claimed that VAR “takes a lot out of football” after Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.Harry Kane gave Spurs a first-half lead in Saturday’s Premier League clash and the visitors thought they had grabbed a second in the 67th minute when Serge Aurier fired past Kasper Schmeichel.However, VAR ruled that Son Heung-Min was offside in the build-up, with a matter of millimetres separating the South Korean and the last defender. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Leicester equalised two minutes later, before James Maddison hit a 25-yard winner five minutes from time to condemn Tottenham to their second defeat of the season.Vertonghen was left bemoaning VAR’s crucial intervention after the match, but ultimately conceded that the controversial system is “for the good” of the game.”Obviously you have to trust the VAR to make the right decision,” the 32-year-old said.”It went our way in the first half (when Leicester had a Wilfred Ndidi goal ruled out for offside), their way in the second. It makes football a different game, it takes a lot out of it. It’s for the good but it has changed a lot.”Mauricio Pochettino’s men benefitted greatly from the use of technology in last season’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester City.Raheem Sterling’s last-gasp goal was chalked off after a VAR review, which saw eventual finalists Tottenham progress into the last four.Vertonghen admitted that it was “painful” to see Aurier’s strike ruled out at the weekend, as he added: “It’s painful. City probably felt the same in the quarter-final of the Champions League. It was the same distance [as Son’s].”It was tough because I thought we were doing well, we thought we were going 2-0 up. We were defending well. We didn’t create too many chances but we felt comfortable.”The game goes on. It takes a long time to make these decisions. I think we also deserved a penalty in the first half on Danny Rose – it looked like one. Whatever. It’s tough when it goes against you and good when it goes for you.”The Belgium international feels Tottenham are leaking far too many goals at the moment, but he was full of praise for a “quality” Leicester outfit.”If you’re [leading] 1-0 and the way we were playing – we felt good, we were dominating – then maybe you should put the game in the bag,” Vertonghen continued. “We need to keep clean sheets as well.”We didn’t give them many chances. Leicester are a very, very good team. They’ll challenge for the top places. They’ve got lots of quality and we dominated.”Coming from Olympiacos, which wasn’t good, and bouncing back in this way until the disallowed goal is something to look at in a positive way.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

High school scoreboard Dec. 28

first_img LA JOLLA, Calif. (10-6) — Destiny Villareal 3, Marisa Urbano-Sedlord 17, Te-Hing Paopao 4, Bobi Mack 4, Pua Tufaga, Jazzy Anousinh 14, Paris Atchley 10. Totals 22 (6) 6-10 56.Camas 3 7 7 11—28La Jolla 7 14 12 23—56Oregon HoopFestAt Bend, Ore.MARIST (Ore.) 51, HOCKINSON 48HOCKINSON (4-3) — Emma Dietel 13, Mackie Kelly 3, Bailey Garner 0, Gracie Brammer 11, Adyson Dyer 2, Jasmine Shigeno 13, Meggie Kistler 0, Addie Chappelle 0, Lillie Mueller 3, Kylie Ritter 2, Rowahchuk 1. Totals 19 (6) 4-13 48.MARIST, Ore. (4-3) — Madeline Mahalak 2, McKenna Williams 7, Maegan Cary 8, Kallie Harding 0, Jessica Roth 0, Maggie Stephenson 4, Mo Cavinee 0, Ruby Vlahov 18, Madison Ficek 3, Sydney Johnson 9. Totals 21 (3) 6-14 51.Hockinson 14 10 4 20—48Marist 15 14 12 10—51NIKE INTERSTATE SHOOTOUTAt Lake OswegoMILWAUKIE 50, MOUNTAIN VIEW 49MOUNTAIN VIEW (3-7) — Jocelyn Sampson 0, Dejah Wilson 12, Paytin Ballard 10, McKenna Stephens 0, Arielle Pinzone 2, Lauren DeLargy 6, Lauren Coop 14, Gillian Murphy 0, Jenna Carlson 5. Totals 18 (2) 11-14 49. By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor Published: December 27, 2018, 11:26pm High school scoreboard Dec. 28 Subscribe Today HUDSON’S BAY (8-2) — Gabriela Garcia 1, Juliann Medrano 0, Shelby DeLong 2, Maria Mendez 0, Jaydia Martin 17, Xena Le 5, Aniyah Hampton 12, Kamelai Powell 14, Lose’ Tamo’ua 0. Totals 20 (1) 10-19Juanita 10 12 15 18—55Hud. Bay 15 9 14 13—51COLUMBIA RIVER 42, LIBERTY 33COLUMBIA RIVER (6-1) — Liz Canton 2, Lily Jonas 7, Sydney Flores-Tucker 9, Erin Baker 6, Ari Kuschner 2, Jordan Ryan 14, Ellie Christian 2. Totals 15 (5) 7-16 42.LIBERTY (3-7) — Grace Moawad 7, Brooke Pedersen 2, Devynn Warns 3, Miki Vermeulen 3, Lexi Morris 4, Amaya Martin 8, Alexi Sparrow 2, Heaven Manning-Bruce 4. Totals 12 (3) 6-8 33.Col.River 15 7 14 6—42Liberty 10 4 10 9—33KELSO 54, LA CENTER 40KELSO (4-5) — Natalie Frey 11, Alexis Kieven 20, Erin Tack 5, Alexandra Harman 9, Cayla Gutenberg 2, Capri Franzen 4, Kylee Gibbs 3. Totals 19 (10) 6-9 54. LA CENTER (2-5) — Sierra Frasier 0, Mya Ecklund 0, Ava Fox 0, Natasha Lewis 4, Kylee Stephens 15, Mia Edwards 5, Taylor Stephens 16. Totals 12 (7) 9-13 40.Kelso 19 17 6 12—54La Center 7 12 8 12—40BURLINGTON-EDISON 81, EVERGREEN 21No other details reportedLAKE CITY (ID) 56, UNION 31No other details reportedNON-LEAGUEKING’S WAY CHRISTIAN 62,MORTON-WHITE PASS 17MORTON-WHITE PASS (1-8) — Jacie Dunlap 11, Elexcious Hampton 0, Jayla Townsend 0, Kaylen Collette 0, Hannah Smathers 4, Jaiden Linder 1, Shelby Karns 1, Breejah Townsend 0, Gabi Hughes 0. Totals 5-29 (3-15) 4-7 17.KING’S WAY CHRISTIAN (5-5) — Kinsey Tindol 4, Kira Zook 8, Hannah Moats 7, Laurel Quinn 13, Amber Kolb 0, Abby Cummins 4, Tyra Schroeder 0, MacKenzie Ellertson 20, Lacey Zook 6, G. Conway 0, S. Nelson 0. Totals. 26-55 (4-18) 6-11 62.MWP 5 6 5 1—17King’s Way 20 17 17 8—62 Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Hockinson vs. South Eugene, 5:45 p.m. at Oregon Hoopfest, Mountain View HS, Bend, Ore.Woodland vs. Cle Elum, 3:30 p.m. at Central Washington, EllensburgThree Rivers Christian at Seton Catholic, 4 p.m.Castle Rock at Morton-White Pass, 7 p.m.Evergreen Holiday TournamentR.A. Long vs. Juanita, 10 a.m.Hudson’s Bay vs. South Kitsap, 11:30 a.m.Columbia River vs. Burlington Edison, 1 p.m.Mark Morris vs. Liberty, 2:30 p.m.Evergreen vs. Monroe, 4 p.m.La Center vs. Union, 5:30 p.m.Kelso vs. Skyline, 7 p.m.Skyview vs. Lake City (Idaho), 8:30 p.m.WRESTLINGCamas, Heritage, Mountain View, Prairie, Ridgefield, Skyview, Union, Woodland, Fort Vancouver, Washougal, Evergreen at Pacific Coast Championships at Mountain ViewFort Vancouver, Stevenson, Skyview, Union at Washougal River Rumble girls tournamentBOYS BASKETBALLLES SCHWAB INVITATONALAt Hillsboro, Ore.SKYVIEW 67, SOUTH SALEM 60SOUTH SALEM — Treyden Harris 14, Eric Lungu 10, Jaden Nielsen-Skinner 14, Trey Galbraith 17, Ryan Brown 4, Jacob Winstead 0, Parker Johnson 0, Peyton Keitzer 1. 23-51 (6) 8-11 60. HUNITINGTON BEACH, Calif. (8-10) — Sean Sterbentz 0, Nick Saccacio 12, Richard Imagawa 6, Ben Bernstein 2, John Stenlund 5, James Downs 5, Mateo Wilson 4, Michael Hennessy 0, Lorenzo Gueco 1, Jack Johnson 8. Totals 17 (6) 2-2 42.Prairie 19 11 11 14—55Hunt. Beach 4 7 10 21—42FORT VANCOUVER TOURNAMENTPARKROSE (Ore.) 90, MOUNTAIN VIEW 56PARKROSE, Ore. (6-1) — Ethan Nguyen 4, Damontae Burns 15, Brian Bilbrew 5, Solomon Campbell 7, Jason Davis 19, Shawn Briggs 14, Tre Anderson 19, Raheem Ola 7. Totals 34 (10) 12-23 90.MOUNTAIN VIEW (5-5) — Colby Smith 0, Austin Lee 7, Trevor Binder 11, Mason Wulf 10, Jordan Cook 5, Ethan Blanchard 3, Sam Frosh 3, Eba Abu 2, Devin Velott 2,  Kaden Horn 5, Rodolfo Montiel 8. Totals 19 (7) 13-0 56.Parkrose 25 20 21 24—90Mtn. View 14 12 12 18—56KENTLAKE 63, FORT VANCOUVER 54KENTLAKE (6-3)— Garrett Eversole 16, Michael Alar 9, Jalen Taylor 7, Miles Connors-Williams 8, Elijah Hayden 3, Jaleel Walton 14, Vlad Palichuk 6. Totals 24-49 (7-16) 8-17 63. (360) 735-4538 By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. TILLAMOOK, Ore. (2-7) — Not available.Non-League UNION 60, LINCOLN 54UNION (10-0)— Brad Lackey 9, Houston Combs 4, Ariya Briscoe 3, Josh Reznick 2, Tanner Toolson 15, Ethan Smith 21, Mason Hill 0, Ty McCullum 0, Curtis Youngren 6. Totals 19 (7) 15-18 60.LINCOLN (7-1) — Julien Simon 11, Jayden Simon 15, Earnest Yearby 7, Armoni Bashay 2, Mykel Campbell 5, Kashaud Babbs 9.Union 17 18 2 23—60Lincoln 12 9 15 18—54SETON CATHOLIC 62, LA SALLE (Ore.) 58LA SALLE, Ore. (8-4) — Ian Simmons 3, Isaac Kersey-Bronec, Kendric Taylor 0, Nic Boyd 7, Jace Norton 25, Liam Crowley 1, Rudy Massaad, Jake Owens 0, Alex Boyd 8, Rudy Assaad 8, Justin North 8. Totals 19 (6) 11-19 58.SETON CATHOLIC (8-2) — Taj Muhammad 2, Isaiah Parker 13, Kellen Ball 6, Luke Pitzer 1, Hayden Miller 0, Malik Williams 7, Gabe Anderson 13, Delano Morgan 8, Xavian Rushing 2, Andrew Olson 6, Zach Cowger, Griffin Young 4. Totals 21 (6) 14-19 62. FORT VANCOUVER (1-9) — Vincent Bennett 5, James Husband Jr. 21, Keyontae Cage 0, Ezekial Block 2, Kahlil Singleton 14, Tre Cannon 0, Sergio Hunt 8, Justin Vernon 0, Tyrique Cargile 2, Jonavin Salavea 2. Totals 17-53 (9-27) 11-14 54.Kentlake 24 10 17 12—63Fort 19 9 18 8—54CANBY TOURNAMENTAt Canby Ore.LAKERIDGE (Ore.) 52, EVERGREEN 50EVERGREEN (4-5) — Camren Smith 0, Jaden Stanley 2, Travis Huffman 2, Zyell Griffin 8, Tyler Ricketts 6, Izaac Romero 0, Isaiah Enyinwa 0, Carter Monda 23, Mario Herring 7, Tae Marks 2. Totals 22 (5) 1-6 50.LAKERIDGE, Ore. (6-3) — Calvin Migchelbrink 2, Nima Vaday 5, Charlie Maynes 2, Jack Leimbach 0, Lawrence Chen 13, Mason Nelson 2, Noa Bothe 0, Cooper Justice 10, Ryan White 5, Carter Larrance 13. Totals 19 (6) 8-14 52.Evergreen 12 11 20 7—50Lakedridge 18 14 6 14—52DULCICH MEMORIAL At Astoria, Ore.RIDGEFIELD 55, TILLAMOOK 28RIDGEFIELD (5-3) — Carson Knight 6, Nick Jenkins 2, Ben Poppert 0, Josh Mansur 15, Stefan Vossenkuhl 8, Jordan Imai 3, Tyler Poorman 1, Logan Rossman 0, Matt Gama 8, James Corey 8, Curren Whitsitt 4. Totals N/A. GO The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. STADIUM (3-5)— Eddie Brown 2, Davion Gaines 10, Jaden Call 2, Ricky Jackson 6, Donnell Irvin 18, Corry Sanders 11, Andre Higgins 8. Totals 23 (7) 4-5 00.Camas 18 16 16 18—68Stadium 15 9 17 16—57Wednesday’s resultARBOR VIEW 59, CAMAS 52CAMAS — Carson Bonine 16, Zach Chilian 2, Armand Nuñez 3, Titan Phillips 0, Mason Triplett 0, Isaiah Sampson 13, Fox Bessinger 5, Josh McPhun 5, Jackson Clemmer 10, Caadyn Stephen 0. Totals 21 (7) 4-4 52.ARBOR VIEW, Nev. — Donavan Yap 16, Ziyon White 0, Favour Chukwukelu 11, Ameer Muhammad 7, Tyre Williams 4, Adrian Armstrong 0, David Moore 0, Jaylon Lee 11, Larry Holmes 10. Totals 22 (5) 10-11 59.Camas 12 12 10 18—52Arbor View 23 4 14 18—59Cactus JamAt PhoenixPRAIRIE 55, HUNTINGTON BEACH (Calif.) 42PRAIRIE (3-6) — AJ Dixson 2, Zeke Dixson 11, Aidan Fraly 12, Mark Frazier 2, Brady Gagnon 0, Thomas Hapgood 6, Bronson King 4, Gabe Lilly 0, Kameron Osborn 14, Reece Walling 4. Totals 19 (7) 10-14 55. Share: AC DAVIS (2-6) — Earl Lee 12, Jose Reyes 21, Xavier Guerrro 6, Marcus Cook 8, Dhantaye Bennet-Jose 12. Totals 23 (3) 10-17 59.AC Davis 14 15 10 20—59Washougal 12 11 8 12—43LAKE CITY HOLIDAY TOURNAMENTAt Lake City, IdahoPOST FALLS 58, COLUMBIA RIVER 54COLUMBIA RIVER (5-2) — Nate Snook 16, Alex Miller 4, Matt Asplund 2, Josh Kukula 0, Evan Dirksen 20, Caden Dezort 10, Jack Armstrong 2, Dylan Valdez 0. Totals 20 (6) 8-12 00.POST FALLS, Idaho (5-4) — Gennett 20, Hauser 0, Rutherford 5, Ballew 4, Shields 0, Desjarlain 11, Horning 16, J. Rutherford 0, Mitchell 2. Totals 19 (4) 16-26 58.C. River 19 15 8 12—54Post Falls 16 11 16 15—58Oregon HoopFestAt Bend, Ore.LA CENTER 92,MILWAUKIE (Ore.) 71LA CENTER (7-1) — Hunter Ball 0, Colby Shaw 8, Parker Ball 0, Ben Kelley 0, Tobey Deemer 7, Evan Norris 8, Avery Seter 30, Matt Bryant 14, Cedric Hubler 9, Hunter Ecklund 10, Jeremy Humphrey 4. Totals 36 (9) 11-17 92. MILWAUKIE, Ore. (1-2) — Emily Hyatt 0, Makenna Presley 10, Ashlee Hawkes 5, Jaydyn Tuel 2, Cali Denson 26, Khloe Hawks 1, Sydney Holtz 6. Totals 18 (5) 9-19 50.Mtn. View 12 10 13 14—49Milwaukie 8 11 15 16—50Evergreen Holiday TourneySKYVIEW 56, SKYLINE 42SKYVIEW (11-0) — Michelle Winter 2, Alexis Perez 0, Maddie Hendricks 7, Ava Harmon 1, Remingtin Riley 12, Tanariea Deloney 2, Kazz Parks 17, Emily Norton 15. Totals 17 (7) 15-26 56.SKYLINE (2-7) — Natalie Triche 0, Brooke Mayes 2, Julia Hepperle 4, Emily Sakamoto 8, Danielle Amodo 6, Ashley Lin 3, Emily Cook 0, Holly Streamer 2, Mel Duenaz 7. Totals 18 (2) 4-11 42.Skyview 16 16 10 14—56Skyline 10 5 10 7—42JUANITA 55, HUDSON’S BAY 51JUANITA (5-4) — Kayla Huff 11, Emma Languein 2, Chelsea Hill 9, Jordan Schroeder 9, Julia Ryan 6, Madi Kisker 0, Kirsten Casper 8, Lexi Intong 10. Totals 20 (2) 13-17. ARCHER — Heimanson 0, Charles 2, Fernandez 0, Jefferson 0, Chen 5, Fa 0, Traenkle 0, Brown 5, Lee 0, Soriano 7. Totals 7 (2) 3-7.Ridgefield 18 22 15 12—67Archer (Calif.) 9 2 6 2—19At Scripps Ranch, Calif.PRAIRIE 63, OLMSTED FALLS (Ohio) 54PRAIRIE (8-0) — Dayna Vera 0, Meri Dunford 12, Alli Corral 8, Kendyl Carson 10, Brooke Walling 5, Mallory Williams 4, Cassidy Gardner 14, Claire Heitschmidt 4, Haley Reed 6. Totals 24 (5) 10-12 63.OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio (6-2) — Hradck 3, Stevens 2, Milligan 2, Khalaf 2, Kelly 22, Carr 9, Gsalaka 5, Simon 9. Totals 7 (11) 7-8 54.Prairie 13 16 16 18—63Olmsted 17 11 8 18—54PIL HOLIDAY CLASSICAt PortlandLA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY 56, CAMAS 28CAMAS (6-4) — Jalena Carlisle 6, Regan Cooke 2, Haylie Johnson 3, Katelynn Forner 2, Haley Hanson 6, Hannah Booth 0, Katie Hancock 3, Faith Bergstrom 2, Kyra Seggewiss 2, A. Bauer 2. Totals 11 (1) 5-8 28. Tim Martinez Columbian Assistant Sports Editor Share: La Salle 11 13 14 20—58Seton 13 11 27 11—62JV — La Salle wonHOOD RIVER VALLEY 64, -HUDSON’S BAY 61HOOD RIVER VALLEY (5-4) — Noah Webster 9, Ian Searcy 8, Cruise Hawk 7, German Diaz 15, Carson Flores 10, Brandon Smiley 0, Brandon Rivera 7, Jack Siekkinen 8. Totals 24 (7) 9-17 64.HUDSON’S BAY (1-8) — Carter Morse 4, Skylar Buker 0, Trent Palen 11, Treyce Teague 7, Eli Hoover 33, Trenton Jackson 2, Brent Leguyader 0, Anthony Morgan 0, Isaiah David 3, Tony King 1. Totals 22 (4) 13-19 61.Hood River 8 18 23 15—64Hud. Bay 20 8 16 17—61GIRLS BASKETBALLSurf N SlamAt San DiegoRIDGEFIELD 67, ARCHER (Calif.) 19RIDGEFIELD (5-3) — Devi Dugan 10, Karli Oliver 6, Kylie Greenwald 0, Courtney Beyer 6, Grace Goode 13, Mackenzie Dewey 2, Allie Andrew 16, Morgan Harter 7. Totals 26 (2) 13-19. The Dalles (Ore.) at Stevenson, 7 p.m.GIRLS BASKETBALLCamas vs. Clackamas, noon at PIL Holiday Classic, Franklin HS, PortlandBattle Ground vs. Squalicum, 3:25 p.m. at Crush in the Slush, Port TownsendPrairie vs. Archbishop Mitty (Calif.), noon at Surf N Slam at Scripps Ranch (Calif.)Mountain View vs. David Douglas, 12:30 p.m. at Nike Interstate Shootout, Lake Oswego (Ore.) HSFort Vancouver vs. Evergreen-Seattle, 4:30 p.m. at Fort Vancouver Holiday TournamentRidgefield vs. Mission Bay (Calif.), 3:15 p.m. at Surf N Slam, University City, Calif. MILWAUKIE, Ore. (1-5) — Tionte Hardy 2, Dustin Stradley 26, Adrian Gama 2, James Lumanglas 15, Mason Plumb 16, Jalen Mey 2, Arthur Katahdin 7. Totals 32 (0) 7-11 71.La Center 33 16 28 15—92Milwaukie 22 14 18 17—71SURF N SLAMAt San DiegoBATTLE GROUND 68, ENCINAL 61ENCINAL, Calif. (4-7) — Maurice Freeman 18, Hasani Hockenhull 15, Alijah Kopelman 20, Jalen Hercules 6, Shane Rivera 2. Totals 26 (4) 5-8 61.BATTLE GROUND (7-3)— Jaiden Linville 0, KeAndre Hunter-Holliday 10, Vincent McCormic 7, Colin Barton 9, Nathan Millspaugh 27, Brendan Beall 11, Lukas Karlsson 0, David Reed 4. Totals 25 (10) 8-17 68.Encinal 17 18 11 15—61B. Ground 17 13 13 25—68UNIVERSITY CITY (Calif.) 59, HOCKINSON 55No other details reportedTOURNAMENT of CHAMPIONSAt SeattleCAMAS 68, STADIUM 57CAMAS (7-3) — Carson Bonine 10, Zach Chilian 2, Armand Nuñez 0, Blake Asciutto 0, Titan Phillips 2, Mason Triplett 3, Isaiah Sampson 18, Fox Bessinger 20, Josh McPhun 5, Jackson Clemmer 6, Caadyn Stephen 2. Totals 26 (10) 6-7 68. SKYVIEW (7-2) — Alex Schumacher 26, Squeeky Johnson 8, Sean Boss 5, Lowell Dunmire 4, Alec Marshall 0, Kyle Gruhler 11, Jace Chatman 11, Derek Lewis 2, Colby Barkee 0, Cody McKinney 0. 24-49 (10) 9-9 67.S. Salem 13 15 19 13—60Skyview 18 16 18 15—67SunDome ShootoutAt YakimaKING’S WAY CHRISTIAN 64, ROYAL 43KING’S WAY CHRISTIAN (4-5) — Khal Cason 8, Kobi Cason 3, Kefentse Cason 11, Bryce Dodge 10, Justin Frahm 4, Brady Metz 8, Bailey Meek 6, Bryson Metz 14. Totals 27 (4) 6-8 64.ROYAL (4-4) — Angel Farias 6, Luis Rodriguez 2, Sawyer Jenks 7, Gage Christensen 10, Caleb Christensen 2, Owen Ellis 16. Totals 18 (5) 2-3 43.King’s Way 18 12 21 13—64Royal 16 9 10 8—43AC DAVIS 59, WASHOUGAL 43WASHOUGAL (2-6) — Kol Mael 8, Alex Orr 8, Carter Murray 4, Brevan Bea 7, Dalton Payne 10, Judson Mansfield 0, Ian McEwen 1, Aaron Ackman 5. Totals 16 (3) 8-0 43. @360TMart FRIDAY’S SCHEDULEBOYS BASKETBALLCamas vs. Foster, 1:15 p.m. Tournament of Champions, Franklin HS, SeattleSkyview vs. Barlow, 11:30 a.m. Les Schwab Invitational, Liberty HS, Hillsboro, Ore.Battle Ground vs. Sacred Heart Prep, 1:45 p.m. at  Surf N Slam, University City, Calif.Union at Bellarmine Prep, 7 p.m.Prairie vs. Colony (Alaska) at Cactus Jam, Scottsdale, Ariz.Mountain View vs. Shelton, 11:15 a.m. at Fort Vancouver Holiday TournamentFort Vancouver vs. TBA at Fort Vancouver Holiday TournamentEvergreen vs. Sheldon (Ore.), 3 p.m. at Canby (Ore.) Winter InvitationalKelso vs. Lincoln, 5:30 p.m. at Bellarmine Prep, TacomaRidgefield vs. Redmond (Ore.), 11:45 a.m. at Dulcich Memorial Tournament, Astoria, Ore.Mark Morris vs. Ellensburg, 1:30 p.m. at SunDome Shootout, YakimaWashougal vs. Eisenhower, 7:30 p.m. at SunDome Shootout, YakimaWoodland vs. Toledo, 8 p.m. at Central Washington, EllensburgColumbia River at Mead, 3:30 p.m. at Lake City (Idaho) InvitationalHockinson vs. Mulgrave (B.C.), 9 a.m. at Surf N Slam, University City (Calif.) HSKing’s Way Christian vs. Brewster, noon at SunDome Shootout, YakimaLa Center vs. Del Norte (Calif.), 4 p.m. at Oregon Hoopfest, Summit HS, Bend, Ore. tim.martinez@columbian.comlast_img read more

Yellen says Fed is monitoring softer economic data to see if recent

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Yellen says Fed is monitoring softer economic data to see if recent slowdown is temporary WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen noted Thursday that some recent economic data have pointed to weaker-than-expected gains in consumer spending and job growth. She said the Fed will be watching to see whether the slowdown proves only a temporary blip caused by severe winter weather.Yellen told the Senate Banking Committee that the Fed will be alert to upcoming data to make sure that the U.S. economy keeps strengthening.“We have seen quite a bit of soft data over the last month or six weeks,” Yellen said. “We need to get a firmer handle about how much of the softer data can be explained by the weather.”Responding to a question, Yellen repeated the Fed’s assurances that its pullback in stimulus for the economy is “not on a preset course” and could be modified if there was a “significant change” in the Fed’s outlook. The Fed is gradually reducing its monthly bond purchases, which have been intended to keep long-term loan rates low to encourage spending and growth.Yellen said that while she was open to changing the pace of the Fed’s reductions in bond purchases, “I wouldn’t want to jump to conclusions” that such a change will be needed.Yellen repeated remarks she made to a House committee earlier this month that the job market’s recovery is “far from complete.” She said she expects Fed policies to favour low interest rates “for quite some time.”Yellen’s appearance Thursday completed her first twice-a-year report to Congress since becoming Fed chair this month. Her Senate appearance had been postponed by a snowstorm that shut federal offices in Washington on Feb. 13.In both her House and Senate appearances, Yellen sought to emphasize policy continuity with her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, who stepped down last month after eight years leading the central bank.Yellen said that she, like Bernanke, believed the economy is strengthening enough that the Fed can gradually pull back its monthly bond purchases.The Fed has cut the pace of bond purchases at both its most recent meetings. It reduced the original $85 billion monthly pace in December and again in January in $10 billion steps to a current level of $65 billion.Many economists think that as long as the economy keeps improving, the Fed will keep cutting the bond purchases by $10 billion at each meeting this year until ending the program in December.The Fed has stressed that it’s standing by a plan to keep a key short-term rate at a record low near zero for an extended period. At the past two meetings, it has said short-term rates will remain low “well past” the time unemployment drops below 6.5 per cent. The unemployment rate is now 6.6 per cent.Many economists think the first rate hike won’t occur until late 2015. But minutes of the Fed’s last meeting showed that “a few” policymakers felt it might be appropriate to make the first move to raise short-term rates “relatively soon.”The Fed has held its benchmark for short-term rates near zero since December 2008.The discussion revealed in minutes of the Jan. 28-29 meeting, released last week, drew the attention of financial markets. The “few” Fed officials who raised the possibility of a rate hike weren’t identified.But some Fed officials have worried that all the moves to provide support for the economy through trillions of dollars in bond purchases and ultra-low rates could eventually spark inflation pressures.But economists believe this Fed group remains in the minority. Yellen and many other Fed officials say the economy still needs support from the Fed until the job market and economic growth improve further. They note that inflation remains well below the Fed’s 2 per cent target. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, before the Senate Banking Committee to deliver the semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress. Yellen noted that some recent economic data have pointed to weaker-than-expected gains in consumer spending and job growth. She said the Fed will be watching to see whether the slowdown proves only a temporary blip caused by severe winter weather. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 27, 2014 11:47 am MDT read more