Real Madrid hang on for win after Benzema brilliance

first_imgMadrid, Spain | AFP | Karim Benzema scored twice on Saturday in an outstanding performance for Real Madrid against Levante, although his side were left hanging on for a 3-2 win on the day Eden Hazard made his La Liga debut.The French striker’s goals came just six minutes apart in the first half on a wet afternoon at the Santiago Bernabeu, before Casemiro put Real 3-0 up.However Levante, who had won their previous two outings, made a fight of it in the second half as they pulled goals back through Borja Mayoral and Gonzalo Melero.While the manner of their victory was not as convincing as coach Zinedine Zidane might have wished, it was a welcome return to winning ways for Real after they had drawn their previous two games.Hazard also came off the bench for the final half-hour to make his first appearance in La Liga after a thigh injury had interrupted the start of his Real career following his 100 million-euro ($110 million) move from Chelsea.The Belgian could now start for Real when they go to Paris Saint-Germain for their opening Champions League game on Wednesday.Gareth Bale will also be available for that match after suspension kept him out here, but Sergio Ramos will be unable to play against PSG because of a European ban.Zidane was also without the injured Luka Modric here. However, as well as Hazard, fellow summer signing Eder Militao came off the bench in the second half and the former Porto defender could start in Paris in place of Ramos.– Barcelona host Valencia – Real would have won by a greater margin here had it not been for some inspired goalkeeping from Aitor Fernandez, who produced a stunning one-handed stop to keep out a Benzema shot from the edge of the area midway through the first half.However, the hosts went ahead shortly after that when Dani Carvajal held up a cross from the right for Benzema to bullet home a header from the edge of the six-yard area.The Frenchman struck again in the 31st minute, with James Rodriguez pouncing when Sergio Postigo headed the ball down into his path, and teeing up Benzema to score his fourth of the campaign.Benzema was also involved in the build-up to the third goal five minutes before the interval, which concluded with Vinicius Junior squaring for Casemiro to apply the finish.Levante pulled one back in the 49th minute as Carlos Clerc crossed from the left to the near post where Mayoral — on loan from Real — converted.Benzema then curled a shot against the post, while Vinicius had a goal disallowed for offside and Hazard tested Fernandez, but it was Levante who scored again.This time substitute Melero proved too strong for Carvajal at the far post as he headed in a marvellous cross by Jose Campana, yet Madrid held out.Leaders Atletico Madrid will seek their fourth win in as many La Liga games when they play later at Real Sociedad in the first game at the Basque club’s newly refurbished stadium.Barcelona are also in action at home to Valencia, who this week sacked coach Marcelino Garcia Toral, replacing him with the former Real Madrid assistant coach Albert Celades.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

WDFW Tentatively Schedules Razor Clam Digs Through December 31

first_imgNov. 20, 2014, Thursday; 5:06 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsNov. 21, 2014, Friday; 5:45 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksNov. 22, 2014, Saturday; 6:24 p.m., -0.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisNov. 23, 2014, Sunday; 7:05 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksNov. 24, 2014, Monday; 7:47 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsNov. 25, 2014, Tuesday; 8:32 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsNov. 26, 2014, Wednesday; 9:19 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Nov. 4, 2014, Tuesday; 4:26 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsNov. 5, 2014, Wednesday; 5:14 p.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsNov. 6, 2014, Thursday; 5:59 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsNov. 7, 2014, Friday; 6:42 p.m., -1.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksNov. 8, 2014, Saturday; 7:24 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisNov. 9, 2014, Sunday; 8:05 p.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksNov. 10, 2014, Monday; 8:47 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsNov. 11, 2014, Tuesday; 9:31 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Facebook202Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeThe first razor clam dig of the season is tentatively scheduled next month with additional digs planned through New Year’s Eve.In announcing the initial digging schedule, state fishery managers emphasized that final approval of all scheduled openings will depend on results of marine toxin tests that show the clams are safe to eat.“We’re announcing this proposed schedule to give people time to makes plans,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “However, none of the digs are confirmed until we announce the results of the toxin tests.”During the first set of digs, scheduled October 7 through October 12, both Twin Harbors and Long Beach will be open all six days, with additional harvest opportunities at Mocrocks and Copalis. Through the end of the year, WDFW has tentatively scheduled a total of 41 days of razor clam digs.Beach surveys indicate an average razor clam population at Copalis this year while Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks show excellent numbers of clams, Ayres said.“Overall, there are a lot of clams out there and we expect this to be another great season,” he said.Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. Diggers may not harvest any part of another person’s daily limit, unless they possess a designated harvester card.Razor clam diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on state beaches. Fishing licenses of various kinds are available on the department’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state. A new WDFW video, which demonstrates how to teach your kids to harvest razor clams, is available at youtube.com/thewdfw.WDFW recently sought public comments on the upcoming razor clam season.  Ayres said he appreciates that so many people sent in comments.“We have done our best to incorporate as many of those suggestions as possible in the months ahead,” Ayres said.Below is the schedule of proposed razor clam digs, along with evening low tides and beaches:Oct. 7, 2014, Tuesday; 6:26 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsOct. 8, 2014, Wednesday; 7:13 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsOct. 9, 2014, Thursday; 7:58 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsOct. 10, 2014, Friday; 8:43 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksOct. 11, 2014, Saturday; 9:28 pm, -0.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisOct. 12, 2014, Sunday; 10:15 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks Dec. 19, 2014, Friday; 4:41 p.m., 0.0.feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksDec. 20, 2014, Saturday, 5:23 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisDec. 21, 2014, Sunday, 6:06 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksDec. 22, 2014, Monday, 6:48 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsDec. 23, 2014, Tuesday, 7:31 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Dec. 3, 2014, Wednesday; 4:14 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsDec. 4, 2014, Thursday; 5:02 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsDec. 5, 2014, Friday; 5:45 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksDec. 6, 2014, Saturday; 6:26 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisDec. 7, 2014, Sunday; 7:05 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksDec. 8, 2014, Monday; 7:44 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsDec. 9, 2014, Tuesday; 8:21 pm, -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Oct. 22, 2014, Wednesday; 6:31 p.m., 0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsOct. 23, 2014, Thursday; 7:07 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsOct. 24, 2014, Friday; 7:44 p.m., -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksOct. 25, 2014, Saturday; 8:22 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisOct. 26, 2014, Sunday; 9:03 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksOct. 27, 2014, Monday; 9:47 p.m., -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsOct. 28, 2014, Tuesday; 10:36 p.m., -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Dec. 31, 2014, Wednesday, 3:05 p.m., 0.6 feet,  Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis For more information on razor clam digging, visit the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.last_img read more