Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A bicyclist found a human skull in a wooded area of Ronkonkoma over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.A man riding on his mountain bike in the woods north of Express Drive North made the discovery and called police at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, police said.Investigators believe the human remains have been there for an extended period. They have not been identified.The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.Homicide Squad detectives ask anyone with information about this incident to call them at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
“There is always a period of pressure you will come under,” said Rodgers ahead of the trip to Sunderland. “You can have the ball a lot of the game and you will still have to defend at some points in that game. “You have to remain calm; the single biggest thing has been mistakes. “It is not so much structurally but we have a tendency at times to make mistakes and that has cost us. “That is something we work hard to get the players to eradicate from their game. “From the Crystal Palace game (when they lost 3-1 in late November) we needed to change, get back the model of our work, and from that we have slowly got back to a decent level again. “There is still a lot of work to do but part of that is to ensure we don’t give away silly goals.” West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham stand between Liverpool and Southampton in fourth but Rodgers remains confident, with the imminent return of striker Daniel Sturridge from a long-term thigh injury, it can be achieved. Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accepts his side will have to toughen up defensively if they are to challenge for the top four in the second half of the season. Conceding soft, straightforward goals has been an Achilles heel not restricted to just the current campaign, and the Reds’ problem has often been once they let in one they lose all composure and often look even more vulnerable. They have kept only five clean sheets in their last 37 matches and while their manager believes the seven-point gap to Champions League places is by no means insurmountable, they will have to do considerably better at the back. “It’s going to be tough but I am looking forward to the challenge,” he added. “We have a great spirit at the moment and footballing ideas are returning to our game and will push very hard in the second half of the season to bring success here. “The players are improving and we can see how seven points may seem a lot but it certainly can be whittled away. “You just have to consistently win games and perform well and that is our idea.” Rodgers has already said he does not expect to make many, if any, additions in the January transfer window despite continually being linked with numerous players. West Brom forward Saido Berahino is not a current target and Rodgers was non-committal on the latest speculation surrounding Manchester City’s James Milner. “James is a wonderful player, an outstanding footballer, but players get linked consistently here through agents trying to, by virtue of association, get a better deal,” he added. “I will never speak about any player until they were signed in the door. “You can fire a list of names at me and you will get the same response.” Rodgers also does not expect many departures, apart from possibly on loan. “If everyone stays there might be a few who need to go out on loan because they are not playing so much,” he said. “At this moment I wouldn’t envisage too many departures.” read more
African football legend Kalusha Bwalya says it is too early for Luis Figo to challenge for the presidency of football’s world governing body Fifa.Figo, 42, a former world player of the year, is one of three candidates who will challenge Sepp Blatter on 29 May.”Luis Figo was a fantastic player, a world-class player,” said Bwalya, Zambia Football Association president.”I’d have loved to see Figo go into the Portuguese football association, learn the ropes then come out.”Bwalya, who is also the executive member of the Confederation of African Football (Caf), added: “There are other former footballers, like Davor Suker, who’s heading an association in Europe [Croatia].”It’s the logical way but he [Figo] has decided to go for the big position. It’s going to be very difficult in my opinion.” Bwalya, the 1988 African Footballer of the Year award winner, said most of the associations have already decided who they will vote for, for the Fifa presidency.He said Africa has decided to back Blatter for another four-year term despite the Swiss having been at the helm since 1998.”We as Africa – myself included – have said we will back Blatter for another term because he has the requisite passion to carry football in the next four years,” Bwalya said.”From where we’re standing, it would have been better for him [Figo] to start at association level to know the challenges. He would have been better prepared.”In this situation we have made a commitment to president Sepp Blatter. We are happy with the way he has run things.” Figo, 42, whose career included successful stints with Spanish clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid, will also face competition from Dutch football federation president Michael van Praag and Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein.On whether he himself would consider running for either the Caf or Fifa presidency, Bwalya laughed off any immediate plans.”Everything in its time,” he said.”I think we have good leaders in Issa Hayatou [caf president] and Sepp Blatter.” Both Van Praag (above) and Figo want to extend the size of the World Cup if elected Fifa president, with Figo calling for a 48-team tournamentMeanwhile, Van Praag believes there is less chance of unseating Blatter with both himself and Figo standing for election on 29 May.”What Figo thinks about that I don’t know, but it would be much better for Europe if we presented one candidate,” said the Dutch FA chief.”Figo is more photogenic. All the South American member association presidents wanted to take their photo with him.”But they didn’t want to say if they would vote for him,” he added. read more