Two separate crimes against children in recent days have one haunting similarity: authorities have pointed to Voodoo rituals as a possible motive.
Juventus vs Tottenham
On Tuesday night in Turin, the Champions League roars back into life.
Tottenham, who topped their group ahead of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, have been draw against Juventus in the last-16.
Both Juventus and Tottenham warmed up for the match with wins over the weekend.
Juve were in action on Friday night, as they beat Fiorentina 2-0 away from home.
In an impressive result from the Bianconeri, goals from Federico Bernardeschi and Gonzalo Higuain sealed the win.
As for Tottenham, they beat Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley in the north London derby.
Harry Kane was again the Spurs hero as the striker leapt like a salmon to head home his 23rd Premier League goal of the season.
Juve’s incredible defensive stats
But will Kane be so successful against Juve?
Arguably the Spurs centre-forward is coming up the tightest and best defence in world football right now.
Not only are Juve winning matches week after week, opponents simply cannot score against them right now.
Indeed, Max Allegri’s side haven’t conceded a goal in their last seven matches.
Moreover, Juve have only conceded one goal in sixteen matches. SIXTEEN!
Hellas Verona are the only team to have breached their defences, and they still lost 3-1.
It’s worth noting that in Juve’s first 18 matches of the season, they let in 22 goals.
Overall, Juve are conceding less than two shots on target per game.
#Juventus bunker d'Europa. La svolta dopo la sconfitta di Marassi. Nelle prime 18 partite incassati 22 gol e nelle successive 16 solo 1. Meno di 2 tiri in porta a partita subiti (#CorSport) pic.twitter.com/dBidMTe4S3
— Giovanni Capuano (@capuanogio) February 11, 2018
Juventus injury problem vs Spurs
One of the players whom Juventus have been missing in recent weeks is Argentine forward Paulo Dybala. Dybala suffered a thigh strain in a match against Cagliari before the new year.
Dybala has been sidelined for over a month, but there’s an outside chance the South American star returns for the Spurs game.
Blaise Matuidi is out of contention. So is former Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado, who is out for six weeks.
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● MO-Sen, MO-02: Very interesting. In response to reports (all of which have relied only on anonymous sources) suggesting that GOP Rep. Ann Wagner might be reconsidering her decision not to run for the Senate, Wagner herself isn’t shooting down the notion. In a new interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Wagner didn’t rule out a run, instead saying, “I am focused on my work … in the 2nd Congressional District.” When pressed further as to whether that constituted a proverbial “Shermanesque” disavowal, Wagner would only say, “I won’t be quoting Sherman today.”
If Wagner goes for it, of course, that would set her up on a collision course with state Attorney General Josh Hawley. And while his campaign has gotten bruised up lately, he still remains the apparent favorite of much of the Missouri GOP establishment. But Wagner at least is unlikely to blame human trafficking on the sexual revolution, and while she has her weaknesses, she’s a very strong fundraiser, an area where Hawley has lagged. (His burn rate, in particular, was much higher than Claire McCaskill’s in the fourth quarter of last year.)
There’s also another reason why Wagner might want to seek a promotion. On Tuesday night, Democrats flipped a dark red seat in a state House special election in Missouri (see our item below), a district that happens to be contained almost entirely within Wagner’s congressional seat. Ominously, that legislative district, the 79th, is considerably redder: Donald Trump won it 61-33, a far wider margin than his 53-42 win in the 2nd Congressional District. By contrast, Trump won Missouri 56-38, though of course Wagner would be a challenger rather than an incumbent if she ran for Senate, and McCaskill is no pushover.
But even at home, it’s not necessarily smooth sailing. Wagner’s drawn a credible Democratic opponent in attorney Cort VanOstran, who actually outraised her last quarter, $115,000 to $104,000. Wagner still has a huge cash lead of $2 million to VanOstran’s $334,000, but Missouri’s 2nd is one of the best-educated and most affluent districts in the country—precisely the sort of suburban turf where Trumpism plays worst. Wagner might have a rocky 2018 no matter where she runs.