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first_imgArmed with that information, he said, researchers can understand whether a molecule will possess the properties desired — whether it will bind to an enzyme or protein, whether it will catalyze certain reactions, and whether a material will possess specific traits.“This is arguably the most valuable application for a quantum computer,” he continued. “Commercially, the market for fine chemicals is estimated to be worth $3 trillion. A number of other teams, including researchers at Microsoft and national labs, have made this area a priority.”But without quantum computers, Aspuru-Guzik said, that search would amount to little more than a guessing game.That is why “I like to call this a disruptive innovation,” he said. “All the methods we have now are approximations, which means if we want to discover a new battery or a better LED, our calculations will sometimes fail. But the change a quantum computer brings is that the answer is exact. Period. That trust will allow us to discover molecules much quicker, make molecules that are much more interesting, and explore chemical spaces significantly faster. When I started at Harvard in 2006, I never imagined that 10 years later we would be at this point.”The future is likely to bring hardware advances.“We are currently fabricating a new generation of quantum chips that will enable much larger calculations,” said co-author Ryan Babbush, a quantum engineer at Google. “We are optimistic that these chips will be large enough to model small transition metal complexes, which are notoriously difficult for classical computers.”The study has implications to other areas of study, such as machine learning.“I very much like to think of variational quantum algorithms as a quantum generalization of neural networks,” Google co-author Hartmut Neven said. “Naturally we expect quantum neural networks to be more capable than their classical counterparts in describing quantum systems. An interesting open question is whether they will also prove superior in learning classical data.”Harvard’s Office of Technology Development has filed several patent applications relating to the software that drives Aspuru-Guzik’s quantum computing platforms.The study was funded by the Luis W. Alvarez Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computing Sciences at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, and the National Science Foundation. Breakthrough could change myriad science fields Related Imagine a future in which hyper-efficient solar panels provide renewable sources of energy, improved water filters quickly remove toxins from drinking water, and the air is scrubbed clean of pollution and greenhouse gases. That could become a reality with the right molecules and materials.Scientists from Harvard and Google have taken a major step toward making the search for those molecules easier, demonstrating for the first time that a quantum computer could be used to model the electron interactions in a complex molecule. The work is described in a new paper published in the journal Physical Review X by Professor Alán Aspuru-Guzik from the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and several co-authors.“There are a number of applications that a quantum computer would be useful for: cryptography, machine learning, and certain number-theory problems,” Aspuru-Guzik said. “But one that has always been mentioned, even from the first conceptions of a quantum computer, was to use it to simulate matter. In this case, we use it to simulate chemistry.”“There are millions or even trillions of possible molecules,” said Jonathan Romero Fontalvo, a Ph.D. student in Aspuru-Guzik’s lab and one of the lead authors of the study. “If you are an experimentalist hoping to find a new molecule for a drug, you need to consider a huge number of possibilities, and you need to synthesize and test them all. That is extremely costly and requires a great deal of time and effort.”Classical computers can model simple molecules, but they lack the horsepower needed to model all the possible interactions that take place in more complex molecules.A molecule like cholesterol, Aspuru-Guzik said, is all but impossible to model exactly in traditional systems because it would require decades to describe how its electrons interact.Though Aspuru-Guzik and colleagues had described an algorithm to model molecules using quantum computers more than a decade ago, quantum computing resources were limited at the time, meaning the team was only able to test certain parts of the algorithm.The new study not only marks the first time the entire algorithm has been tested in a scalable manner, but also implements it with a new algorithm, dubbed the variational quantum eigensolver. Even more importantly, Aspuru-Guzik said, both algorithms were implemented in a scalable approach, meaning that while they were tested on a small molecule, they would work equally well on a larger, more complex compound.“We were actually able to compare our old algorithm against the new one,” he said. “The machine is so powerful we can do that. And because it’s scalable, the same algorithm we would run against any molecule in this case was run against a small molecule.”Using the algorithm, Aspuru-Guzik and colleagues are able to model the electronic structure of a given molecule, and then to “read” that information, giving them precise data about behavior and interactions. Quantum (not digital) computinglast_img read more

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Florida man who received more than $1.9 million in coronavirus relief funds faces up to 20 years in federal prison for laundering most of the money through a fake business and purchasing a luxury car and a pickup truck. The U.S. attorney’s office in Tampa says 48-year-old Keith William Nicoletta pleaded guilty Monday to a conspiracy to launder stolen COVID relief funds. Prosecutors say Nicoletta falsely claimed on a loan application last May that he had a scrap metal business with 69 employees and a monthly payroll of more than $760,000. Authorities say none of the money he received was used for payroll.last_img read more

first_imgComm for Children w/ Special Health Care NeedsLouisvilleKy. The Oklahoma Family Network, Inc.Oklahoma CityOkla. Parents Helping Parents of Wyoming, IncBuffaloWyo. Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc.WashingtonDC PATH Parent to Parent/Family Voices of CTNorthfordConn. Rhode Island Parent Information Network, Inc.CranstonR.I. Bayou Land Families Helping FamiliesThibodauxLa. Delaware Family Voices, Inc.New CastleDel. Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership CenterPittsburghPa. Parent to Parent of NYSTupper LakeN.Y. Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of New JerseyNewarkN.J. Family Voices of OhioColumbusOhio University of Southern MississippiHattiesburgMiss. Idaho Parents Unlimited Inc.BoiseIdaho Parent to Parent of Georgia, Inc.AtlantaGa. Oregon Health and Science UniversityPortlandOre. The Parent’s Place of MarylandGlen BurnieMd. The University of IowaIowa CityIowa Support for Families of Children w/ DisabilitiesSan FranciscoCalif. Family Network on Disabilities of Florida, Inc.DunedinFla. SEMHA PPA FCCYSHCNDetroitMich. Exceptional Children’s Assistance CenterDavidsonN.C. West Virginia Parent Training and Information, Inc.ClarksburgW.Va. The Arc of IllinoisFrankfortIll. Family Voices of North Dakota, IncEdgeleyN.D. PACER Center Inc.MinneapolisMinn. Arkansas Disability CoalitionLittle RockArk. Raising Special KidsPhoenixAriz. Washington PAVETacomaWash. Utah Parent CenterSalt Lake CityUtah Hawaii Pediatric Association Research & Education FoundationHonoluluHawaii Vermont Family NetworkWillistonVt. Non-Competitive Awards Parents, Let’s Unite for KidsBillingsMont. OrganizationCityState The Arc Wisconsin Disability AssociationMadisonWis. Stone Soup GroupAnchorageAlaska Families Together, Inc.WichitaKan. Family TIES of Nevada, IncRenoNev. For more information on the program, and other HRSA maternal and child health programs, visit is external).  For additional information on the Affordable Care Act, visit is external) .The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), part of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. For more information about HRSA and its programs, visit is external) .SOURCE Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) ROCKVILLE, Md., May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Curators, University of MissouriKansas CityMo. Federation for Children with Special NeedsRoxbury CrossingMass. Colorado Nonprofit Development CenterDenverColo. Family Connection of South Carolina, Inc.ColumbiaS.C. Maine Parent FederationAugustaMaine Family Voices of Alabama Inc.MobileAla. Family Voices IndianaGrangerInd. Tennessee Disability CoalitionNashvilleTenn. Parents Reaching Out to HelpAlbuquerqueN.M. NH Coalition for Citizens w/DisabilitiesConcordN.H. PTI NebraskaOmahaNeb. South Dakota Parent Connection, Inc.Sioux FallsS.D. Texas Parent to ParentAustinTexas HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $4.9 million in new and continuing grants to support the Family-to-Family Health Information Centers, primarily non-profit organizations run by and for families with children with special health care needs, including Vermont Family Network. Funding for the centers was extended through 2012 by the Affordable Care Act. Created in 2005, the centers are state-wide, family-led organizations that provide information, education, training, outreach, and peer support to families of children and youth with special health care needs and the professionals who serve them. “In the last year, the work of these Family to Family Health Information Centers has had a real impact on the families, and community and state systems that serve them,” said Secretary Sebelius.  “After working with these Centers, more than 90 percent of the families surveyed,  reported they were helped in finding or navigating community services for their children with special health care needs.”The Family-to-Family Health Information Centers are staffed by trained family leaders who have children with special health care needs, and expertise in navigating federal, state and local public and private health care systems. These Centers are also staffed by and/or linked with health professionals. HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) oversees the program.”More than 900,000 families of children with special health care needs were served at Centers in the past year,” said HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.  “And over 400,000 providers and other professionals were able to benefit from their services, making invaluable information regarding the needs of these children more widely available than ever before.”Since the program’s inception, Family-to-Family Health Information Centers have served hundreds of thousands of families and health care providers.  Today’s funding will support 51 centers, of which six are newly HRSA-supported (Delaware, the District of Columbia, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, and Oregon).  Each grant award is up to $95,700 per year.Family-to Family Health Centers Fiscal Year 2011 Competitive Awards Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondVa.last_img read more

first_imgYou’ve seen our monster Festival Guide…now we want to give you free passes to get out and have some fun! Enter here to win all month long! We’ll be selecting weekly winners as well as a Grand Prize Winner including 4 four-day passes to FloydFest14! The Grand Prize Winner will also walk away with a brand new Big Agnes Stillwater Pad & Fish Hawk 30 Sleeping Bag! All entries will be entered to win the Grand Prize.This contest is complete.Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the contest sign-up page by 12:00 Midnight EST on June 5th, 2015. One entry per person. One winner per household. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled, mistranscribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash, or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply. Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors office on or before June 5th, 6:00 PM EST 2015. Winners will be contacted by the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7 days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received.last_img read more

first_img April 15, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News What court records should be posted online? Associate EditorIt’s fear of the “jammiesurfers” vs. adventurers of total access on the Internet frontier.That’s how Jonathan D. Kaney, Jr., general counsel for the First Amendment Foundation and vice chair of the legislature’s Study Committee on Public Records, summed up the debate about putting court records online.The most controversial recommendation of the committee’s final report, released February 15, calls for a two-year moratorium on “certain court records as determined by the Florida Supreme Court that are not part of the official record should not be accessible on the Internet.”And so, the issue of how best to balance privacy rights and public access to court records goes back to the Supreme Court for the appointment of yet another study group — the third one — to address the issue. The court has not yet taken any action, said spokesman Craig Waters.“Jammiesurfers” are those nosey souls who might want to check out titillating details of a neighbor’s divorce while anonymously clicking around on court clerk Web sites in the comfort of their own homes – but would never think of going down to the courthouse and publicly requesting the hard-copy file to rifle through page after page of documents.The judges on the study group, led by recommendations of Judge Jacqueline Griffin of the Fifth District Court of Appeal (who worked on the issue for the Judicial Management Council and was appointed by the chief justice to this legislative study committee), argued that court clerks are not screening their Web sites to be sure that information exempt under public information law is not included. For example, certain details in a juvenile’s record or family studies in a custody battle in family court should not wind up in cyberspace for the whole world to see. They are concerned by what Kaney describes as the “magnified effect of the Internet” — and the challenge to responsibly filter out the exempt material from the nonexempt.The court clerks on the study group, R.B. “Chips” Shore of Manatee County and Charlie Green from Lee County, don’t like the moratorium. Basically, their argument goes like this: We are clerks. We don’t create the court records. We are the custodians.“I’m a public information access person. I think it’s extremely beneficial to society to have an abundance of easy, accessible information. The moment you limit access to information, you form oligarchies or dictatorships,” Green told the Bonita Daily News.So on the day of reckoning, on the vote regarding the moratorium, it was four in favor of the judges who wanted restrictions on Internet access and four in favor of the clerks who wanted total access.All eyes turned to Kaney whose vote would break the tie on the most contentious issue that began as a permanent ban of court records on the Internet and ended in a compromise.To many people’s surprise, Kaney voted for the moratorium as a way to buy two-years time to do things thoughtfully and deliberately. He doesn’t want so much concern over the information getting into the “wrong hands” — like gruesome crime-scene photos showing up on — to mean they would throw the baby out with the bath water and have no Internet access of court records at all.“Why should we die on Internet Hill?” he asks.“I see it at two levels. From a public records advocacy point of view, where I come from, you’d like to think public means public and nothing is too public,” Kaney explained.“But I respect the privacy issue and that there should be some exemptions. When the legislature creates an exemption, that is the law. It will ruin public access if we don’t have exemptions. I tell my colleagues exemptions are our best friend, if done right.”Kaney said he also had a problem with the clerk’s proposal for users of the clerk’s Web site to have an ID password “to make sure you’re not the guy in the pj’s leering.”“I just can’t go along with selective access,” Kaney explained. “So Judge Griffin and I are temporary allies. She wants to do it never. I want two years. I think we can figure out a way to deal with exemptions and not turn Internet access into something handed out by 67 bureaucrats in 67 counties.”A court record needs to be equally accessible to judges, lawyers, and “Joe Sixpack,” Kaney argues.“My constituents — the board of the First Amendment Foundation made up of several editors — understood the distinction. We have not had an editorial blasting the moratorium,” Kaney said.He also takes issue with those who argue personal information should remain private.For example, he represented the media groups who did not want Dale Earnhardt’s autopsy photos exempt from public records.Thom Rumberger, chair of the Study Committee on Public Records who represented the Earnhardt family, argued to seal the records, which ultimately succeeded, because disclosure would inflict emotional trauma on the family of the deceased.As Kaney counters: “If we purify public records to prevent emotional trauma,” there go public records in a wide array of cases, including details in criminal case probable-cause affidavits.So now the big job of balancing privacy issues and public right to access issues is back at the Supreme Court.“What we want the court to do is tailor the moratorium so it deals with problematic categories of files, such as family law files or juvenile files,” Kaney said. “I know they will want input from the clerks before drafting an order on Internet restrictions.. . . This process needs to be a clear and open process.”To read the final report of the Study Committee on Public Records, go to the Web site for the governor, under Task Forces and Commissions: What court records should be posted online?last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Ozil’s future is under the microscope (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)‘If you think of the money it’s costing Arsenal… £18million-a-year, that the equivalent of the interest payments when they took out a loan on the Emirates Stadium.‘That’s how restrictive that has been. They need to cut their losses and pay him off.‘It sends a message to the group, creates a new culture, and allows them to move on, because at the moment it’s become unhealthy.‘Nobody will be happy with this, nobody wants to see the back of Ozil.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘We want him to play football, but right now the best option for everyone is for him to leave and go quietly.‘He can be fantastic somewhere else. He needs to look at himself right now and I don’t think he is.‘It’s that oxygen when you play, you can breathe when you play and he can’t breathe at the moment.‘Isn’t there enough money in the bank now? It’s a short career and he’ll look back thinking he was denied the opportunity to play, but he hasn’t played his part to change that.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement ‘Go quietly’ – Martin Keown sends message to Mesut Ozil after Europa League snub Metro Sport ReporterFriday 9 Oct 2020 4:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.9kShares Keown thinks it’s time for Ozil to go (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown has told Mesut Ozil to ‘leave and go quietly’ after he was left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad.The former Arsenal centre-half is convinced that Mikel Arteta doesn’t fancy Ozil because of his lack of work rate and doesn’t think he’s a good influence on younger players at the club. After Ozil was chopped from Arsenal’s 25-man Europa League squad, there is a sense that he will not play another game for the Gunners after seven years of service.And Keown believes the time has come for Arsenal to pay him off and for him to leave quietly so the two parties can move on.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘One assumes that Arteta would’ve given him an opportunity and he’s not really happy with Ozil’s work ethic,’ Keown told TalkSport.‘He’s not someone the others can learn off. I actually think he’s got a good heart, because of what he does for charity, but when he questions giving up a percentage of his wage which affects everyone else, I don’t think it’s his place to do that. He needs to fall in line. View 5 commentslast_img read more

first_img“Furthermore, the approach should be tailored to the unique features of the Swiss equity market,” the investor said.Managers pitching for the business should have at least CHF200m under management in the strategy, and at least CHF1bn across the firm.The minimum track record required is one year, but the investor would prefer a 10-year record if available. Performance should be stated gross of fees to 31 December 2017.The investor stated: “This mandate can potentially be integrated into the umbrella structure of an existing single-investor fund with our custodian UBS.”The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email A Swiss pension fund is seeking exposure to its domestic equities market through a factor investing mandate, via IPE Quest.According to search QN-2413, the investor plans to allocate CHF350m (€302m) to a multi-factor strategy.The strategy should include exposure to value, momentum, low risk and quality, the pension fund said.It added that “additional factors can be included, if the added value can be shown”.last_img read more

first_imgChristchurch Press Editorial 28 July 2015For the second time Labour MP Sue Moroney has had a bill to extend paid parental leave to six months drawn from the ballot of private member’s bills.   The bill was  defeated as recently as last February,  when it was last before the House, on the votes of National and Act. Finance Minister Bill English said then that even if the bill had made it through all stages, he would have vetoed it, as he was entitled to do, on the ground that it would if passed make a material difference to the Government’s finances.This time, after the election of Winston Peters in the Northland by-election, Moroney should be able to muster enough votes to win a majority for it. English has not said whether he would veto it again. He said he had not considered the matter again and did not want to get ahead of the process.  In any event, he cannot exercise the veto until the bill has been through committee stages and had its third (and final) reading in the House.English and the Government should give the matter more thought.  If they do not wish to pick up a Labour bill, they should consider one of their own providing for more generous leave.The matter is not, after all, one of principle.  Parental leave has been available for more than 20 years now and paid parental for more than 10. In the last Budget, the Government itself increased provision from 14 weeks to 16 weeks as from April 1 of this year. It will go up for another two weeks from April 1 next year.The Government has also proposed other changes to come into effect in April next year to make leave more flexible.  These include extending it to casual and seasonal employees and those with more than one employer. It also wants to extend entitlements beyond parents to other “primary carers’ such as whangai, parents and others with permanent care arrangements. read more

first_imgLawrenceburg, IN —On Wednesday, another arrest was made from a case that was developed from an early morning fire alarm that went off at the Baymont Inn in Greendale back on May 4th. Jessica Henry, 34 of Middletown, Ohio was arrested on allegations of Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.Back on May 4, when the fire alarm went off at the Baymont Inn, Officers also responded to an overdose death there as well. Officers learned that the room where the overdose occurred was rented to a Bette Staub, of AuroraIn developing leads from local law enforcement entities, Detectives from the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department assigned to the Special Crimes Unit subsequently arrested Bette Staub on June 8th. Immediately preceding Staub’s arrest, surveillance was conducted. Staub left Aurora for Fairfield, Ohio. It was observed that Staub met with Jessica Henry at a grocery store. Staub left the location in Fairfield and proceeded back to Indiana, where she was arrested. On June 8th, Staub allegedly was in possession of 68 grams of a drug believed to be methamphetamine along with digital scales, miniature measuring spoons, and several plastic baggies.After the arrest of Staub, Officers learned that the female Staub allegedly purchased the methamphetamine from in Ohio was Jessica Henry.last_img read more

first_imgKarius’ blunders were the culmination of an evening that started brightly for Liverpool but turned sour after start player Mohammed Salah came off injured after 30 minutes. In retrospect, Cristiano Ronaldo’s withering stare at Salah in the tunnel moments before kick-off was perhaps, a sign of things to come as the Egyptian came off worse in a tussle with Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos.Salah seemed to suffer a serious shoulder injury that puts his World Cup participation in doubt, after Ramos landed awkwardly – if not cynically – on him, as they both fell to the turf. With Liverpool’s most potent attacking weapon out of the game, Madrid took control of proceedings and ramped up the pressure on their English opponents.Despite being pegged back by a Sadio Mane equalizer from a corner kick in the 55th minute, Madrid’s exceptional quality and strength in depth came to the fore as Bale, who came to Madrid for a world record fee and also scored in the 2014 final win over Atletico Madrid – stunned Liverpool with what will surely go down as the best goal in Champions League history.French forward Karim Benzema had put Madrid ahead in the 51st minute by sticking out a leg as Liverpool’s German keeper Karius attempted to throw the ball to a team mate, sending it trickling over the line, but Sadio Mane levelled from close range for Juergen Klopp’s side.Bale then sealed Madrid’s record-extending 13th European Cup win and piled more misery on Karius with a long-range strike in the 83rd minute which went straight through the hands of the hapless goalkeeper.It was a night which confirmed Real’s ability to superbly manage the biggest of games and highlighted Liverpool’s continued problems with the goalkeeping position as well as an overreliance on Salah.Real become the first side since Bayern Munich in 1976 to win the trophy three years in a row and Zinedine Zidane is the first coach to win three back-to-back titles. For Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp this was a sixth successive loss in a final, including a 2013 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich while Borussia Dortmund coach.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Demola OjoGareth Bale came off the bench to help Real Madrid win an historic third Champions League in a night full of drama in Kiev. Bale scored a magnificent overhead kick in the 64rd minute to put Madrid 2-1 up three minutes after coming on as a substitute, before blasting a ball through Liverpool goalkeeper Lorius Karius from outside the box for Madrid’s third and final goal in the 83rd.In truth, the German keeper should have done much better with the shot instead of fumbling it into his net and it was his second costly error of the game after allowing Madrid’s French striker, Karim Benzema intercept his roll-out pass for the first goal of the game in the 51st minute.last_img read more