By Dialogo May 05, 2010 The president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, announced Monday the construction of a second bridge that will connect the border city of Foz do Iguaçu with Paraguay, opposite Ciudad del Este. Lula also affirmed that he himself will lay the cornerstone this year, before leaving office. “This second bridge that will be built in Foz, opposite the city of Presidente Franco (Ciudad del Este) in Paraguay, will be useful for economic growth and will create jobs along the border,” Lula said during a meeting with Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo in this border city. The first bridge over the large river that marks the border, the Paraná, connects Foz with Ciudad del Este and has been in use since 1965. Lula said that relations between the two countries “are exceptional right now.” “The whole world knows about my efforts for the success of Paraguay and for that of President Lugo. Brazil is conscious that its neighbors need to be economically strong, that they need to grow,” he added.
Substitute Shane Long’s 91st-minute strike at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday evening denied leaders Poland victory and secured a 1-1 draw and a potentially precious point for the Republic. It was the third time in five games to date in the qualifying programme that Martin O’Neill’s men had struck a blow in the dying embers, with John O’Shea snatching a draw in Germany in October last year with a 94th-minute effort after Aiden McGeady’s last-minute winner in Georgia a month earlier. The Republic were less than impressive before the break as they struggled to gain a foothold in the game, and it was not until Hoolahan was moved from his number 10 role to the left flank, in the process freeing up Jon Walters to join Keane in attack, that the tide changed. Keane said: “We maybe showed them a little bit too much respect. We dropped off a little bit too much. But then you see the difference in the second half. Full credit to the players – we showed a lot of character, a lot of heart. “You saw the desperation for us to get back into that game and, thankfully, we did. We were unlucky a couple of times just before that. If we’d have got the early goal, I think we would have put a lot of pressure on them and I think we probably would have gone on and nicked it.” The draw leaves Ireland still three points adrift of Poland and two behind both Germany and Scotland, the latter of whom who head for the Aviva Stadium in June, and keeper Shay Given, who was recalled to the starting line-up in place of David Forde to win in 128th cap, is predicting a tight finish to the pool. He said: “It will probably come down to the wire. It will probably come down to the last couple of games. “Had we lost, it would have been a big blow to us, of course, but we have still got a lot of games to go, and who knows what that point is going to do at the end of the campaign? It was a massive point, I think. “It was such a late goal, you probably take it as a point gained. We’ll have belief as well going to Poland, especially from the second-half performance. “They are a good team, but you can get at them. If we can play on the front foot out in Poland as well, then we can cause them some problems. The second-half performance was pretty pleasing and, if we could take that into the Scotland game as well, then I think it will be a big point.” Press Association Robbie Keane has warned the Republic of Ireland’s Group D rivals that they will fight until the last second of the campaign to secure a place in the Euro 2016 finals. Asked if a draw with the Poles in Dublin represented two points dropped, captain Keane said: “No. When you go a goal behind and you score in the last few minutes of the game, it’s certainly a point gained. “If we’d have scored earlier, maybe so, if we’d continue to play the way we did in the second half. But when you score a goal in the last few minutes, it’s certainly a point gained. “It will give us confidence as well going into the next game, knowing that we can keep going and fighting until the very end and get something out of the game.” Ireland’s hopes of qualification looked to be hanging by a thread as the game entered its final throes with the visitors tenaciously defending the 26th-minute lead Slawomir Peszko had given them, even if goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski had been grateful for the assistance of the woodwork on two occasions. But, in the first of five minutes of stoppage time, the diminutive Wes Hoolahan rose to head Robbie Brady’s corner back across goal, and Long was in the right place at the right time to beat the keeper. Keane said: “Of course, it certainly gives us confidence. You look at the effort from the players fitness-wise, everyone closing down the defenders and closing down the midfielders and how hard we made it in the second half for Poland. “We have to give ourselves a lot of credit. When you go a goal behind against anybody, it’s always difficult, and when you are chasing the game and chasing the game, you feel like it’s not going to come. “To get that goal at the end was certainly a relief because it was certainly well deserved. It would have been a travesty if we didn’t get something out of the game.”
Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Ben Simmons has been working with a sports psychologist to address his lack of 3-point shooting according to Jackie MacMullan of ESPN.The Sixers’ do-it-all swingman believes people are putting too much emphasis on his 3-point shooting skills and not focusing enough on all the other things he’s really good at.Despite being a poor shooter, Simmons is an elite passer and defender who can run with the ball in his hands really fast. The Australian star can grab the rebound on one end, weave in and out of traffic on the fast break, and either score at the rim with either hand or dish it out to his teammates on the perimeter.Not many forwards outside of LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo can do that at a high level, so Sixers supporters should be thankful that Simmons is on their favorite basketball team.Per MacMullan“I know it’s going to come,” Ben Simmons said. “It’s a matter of me being comfortable doing it. Some of that is getting the reps in. I can take a hook shot from the elbow, because I’ve done it so many times, I’m confident it will go in. It’s second nature.“With 3s, it’s never been like that. I’ve got to make it a point of emphasis. I could be one of those guys shooting 30% right now. But I’d rather be one of those guys shooting 40%.“Some people put so much emphasis on it. It’s a little too much. It made me back check and say, ‘Let me focus on what I’m good at.’ There are things I do on the court where nobody can stop me, when I’m putting up steals, assists, scoring in the paint. Before the 2019-20 season was suspended in March, Simmons was averaging 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 8.2 assists per contest for the Sixers.The lefty attempted just six shots from beyond the arc and made two. He’s 2-of-23 from 3-point land so far with the Sixers since entering the NBA as the No. 1 overall draft pick back in 2016.Moving forward, Simmons doesn’t necessarily have to become a sound 3-point shooter. Most Sixers fans just want the Aussie to develop a solid mid-range game so big man Joel Embiid has some space to operate in the post. Source: ClutchPoints