FILE – Neil Etheridge is the first Southeast Asian to play in the English Premier League. CONTRIBUTED PHOTONeil Etheridge was Cardiff’s hero as the goalkeeper saved a last-gasp penalty from Kenedy to salvage a 0-0 draw against 10-man Newcastle on Saturday.Rafael Benitez’s side were reduced to 10 men in the 66th minute when half-time substitute Isaac Hayden was sent off for an ugly foul on Josh Murphy.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But it was Newcastle who had the best chance to claim a first Premier League win this season despite their numerical disadvantage.However, on-loan Chelsea midfielder Kenedy wasted the opportunity as his weak penalty in the 96th minute was easily saved by Etheridge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Kenedy’s blunder capped a frustrating afternoon for Newcastle, whose travelling fans once again protested at the lack of investment from owner Mike Ashley with chants of “Get out of our club” throughout the goalless stalemate.But having lost their opening match against Tottenham last weekend, Benitez could at least take heart from the way they refused to fold with 10 men. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Benitez responded by sending on Jacob Murphy — the twin brother of Cardiff’s Murphy — making them only the second pair of twins to play against each other in the Premier League after Will and Michael Keane in 2016.But the siblings were in competition for only a matter of minutes before Murphy was taken off.In a dramatic finale, Newcastle were awarded a penalty deep into stoppage-time when Sean Morrison blocked Yoshinori Muto’s cross with an outstretched arm.But Kenedy’s tame effort was straight at Etheridge and he saved to finish as the toast of Cardiff.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Hungry’ Durham has ‘nothing left to prove’ but lead Bolts to PBA title Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cardiff, beaten at Bournemouth in their first game, will rue a missed opportunity to claim three priceless points in what is likely to prove a season-long battle to avoid relegation.Kenedy was fortunate to escape a red card when he kicked out at Cardiff’s Victor Camarasa right in front of referee Craig Pawson, who somehow appeared to miss the incident.It was a day to forget for Kenedy, who failed to compete a single pass in the first half — the first Premier League player to do that in a 45-minute period for eight years.Kenneth Zohore wasted a golden chance to put Cardiff in front soon after half-time when the unmarked striker met Joe Ralls’ cross with a dismal header that drifted wide from close-range.Pawson might have missed Kenedy’s offence, but he got a clear view of Hayden making a studs-up challenge on Murphy and immediately sent him off.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES Asian Games Paalam bids goodbye, settles for boxing bronze Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal It didn’t say when the positive sample was taken. Lawson has been suspended until a full disciplinary hearing.Lawson was fourth in the long jump at the 2016 Olympics and second at last year’s world championships, finishing four centimeters behind gold medalist Luvo Manyonga of South Africa. Lawson also won the 100 meters, 200 meters and long jump for the University of Arkansas at the 2016 NCAA track nationals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Trenbolone helps build muscle mass and formed part of a steroid cocktail allegedly used by Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced FILE – In this Friday, March 2, 2018 file photo, United States’ Jarrion Lawson makes an attempt in the men’s long jump final at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Britain. Lawson, who won silver at last year’s world championships, has been suspended after failing a drug test, it was reported on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. The Athletics Integrity Unit, which handles doping issues in track and field, says Lawson tested positive for a metabolite of the banned anabolic steroid trenbolone. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)MONACO — American long jumper Jarrion Lawson, who won silver at last year’s world championships, has been suspended after failing a doping test.The Athletics Integrity Unit, which handles doping issues in track and field, says Lawson tested positive for a metabolite of the banned anabolic steroid trenbolone.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ
Jon Jones, right, fights Anthony Smith in a light heavyweight mixed martial arts title bout at UFC 235, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Even Jon Jones realizes any discussion of his long-term future in the UFC is tempered by the fact that Jones hasn’t been able to stay in the cage and out of trouble for any lengthy stretch in the past seven years.But after two dominant wins in nine weeks, Jones (24-1) has settled back into his customary spot atop the light heavyweight division and his sport’s unofficial pound-for-pound standings.ADVERTISEMENT Taking flight Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet PLAY LIST 04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet01:43Passengers face long queues at Araneta Center Bus Terminal02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “I figure if you’re going to make the gamble, you might as well go extremely big,” Jones said. “Go big or go home. A Brock Lesnar fight (is) extremely high risk and extremely high reward. I don’t really see myself versus anyone that could bring in the numbers me and Brock could bring in.”Although that superfight is among the biggest events that the UFC could stage in the broader sports landscape, it won’t happen immediately, according to UFC President Dana White.After Jones’ win over Smith, White affirmed his plan to match Lesnar first with heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier whenever Lesnar decides to return to the sport, perhaps later this year.“I think that Brock and Cormier want that fight, so I owe Cormier a lot,” White said. “Cormier wants that fight, and if he wants it, he’s going to get it.”Jones has shown little interest in fighting any other heavyweight, and he repeated that preference after beating Smith. So if Jones stays at light heavyweight, his next fight is likely to be against Thiago Santos (21-6), the musclebound 35-year-old Brazilian currently on a four-fight winning streak after stopping Jan Blachowicz last month in Prague.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Santos is a talented, dangerous fighter, but Jones would be a heavy favorite once again.“I’m excited about the future of the light heavyweight division,” Jones said. “I’m going to have to take on any comer, and the confidence I had as a 23-year-old facing Shogun Rua has only grown. Nobody said my job was going to be easy, but I’m here to make it look easy.”ones’ victory over Smith was his entire career in microcosm: Jones was clearly superior, yet he nearly gave it all away with a mistake.Late in the fourth round, Jones cracked Smith’s head with a knee that landed while Smith’s palm was on the canvas, technically making it an illegal strike — one that would have been legal in, say, California, but not in Nevada due to the sport’s geographically fractured rules.The fight was stopped while referee Herb Dean reviewed the blow and allowed Smith to recover. Smith could have claimed he couldn’t continue fighting, and he likely would have been handed the UFC light heavyweight title by disqualification.“It was nerve-wracking,” said Jones, whose only career defeat occurred when he was debatably disqualified for a prohibited strike against Matt Hamill in 2009. “I was just hoping that it wouldn’t go down like that. I had flashbacks of the Matt Hamill fight, and I was just thinking, ‘Oh my goodness, please tell me it’s not going down like this.’”The challenger decided to fight on after Dean deducted two points from Jones, and the champion cautiously finished off his win — after apologizing to Smith following the fourth-round bell.“He showed the heart of a lion,” Jones said. “He could have done it the easy way and took that option out, but instead he stayed in there. I owe him a beer.”Smith left the cage without winning a round, yet his confidence was unshaken. He is convinced he can fight his way back to another shot at Jones.“That’s a beatable man,” Smith said. “Jon didn’t do anything I didn’t expect him to.” View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After trouncing another overmatched 205-pound opponent at UFC 235 on Saturday night, the champion looked into his future and insisted he is content to keep cleaning out his division instead of moving up to heavyweight.“All these younger fighters should get their opportunity at a world title,” Jones said after controlling every round against Anthony Smith. “When you’re in my position, who am I to deny people?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJones would make one big exception, however.If Brock Lesnar wants another crack at mixed martial arts, Jones would bulk up to heavyweight to accommodate the professional wrestling superstar.
Bong County, still reeling from the grievous impact of the Ebola virus that claimed over a hundred lives, is now confronted with an outbreak of Buruli Ulcer which is trying to edge its way into center stage.While it is not a fast killer like Ebola, the Buruli Ulcer is a chronic infection manifested by large sores that can cause permanent deformity if not treated early and meticulously. And it is spreading in Bong County, threatening primarily children under 15, who are the most susceptible. Announcing the outbreak last Friday, the county’s Chief Health Administrator, Dr. Samson Azoakoi, described buruli ulcer as “a chronic skin and lenient tissue infection that causes weakness and can lead to permanent deformity and disability.” When the Daily Observer first heard of the outbreak last week, the name of the disease was yet unknown, but as our front page photo in Wednesday’s edition showed, the disease is indicated by the hideous sores that break out on the body. As Dr. Azaokoi explains, the disease leads to devastation of the skin, including the soft tissue with large ulcers on the legs and arms. Dr. Azaokoi gave our Bong Correspondent Marcus Malayea an even more alarming revelation: “The disease is caused by infection with mycobacterium ulcerans, an organism belonging to the family of bacteria that cause tuberculosis and leprosy. He warned that the disease could cause long-term disability and that if it is not immediately contained, it could affect many children. So far the disease has been discovered in Ziansue, Bong County’s Yellequelle District. Ziansue is the town that lies between Totota and Gbatala on the road to Gbarnga. The Chief Health Officer’s warning should be taken seriously. Health and Social Welfare Minister (MOH), Dr. Walter Gwenigale, who is himself a son of Bong, told the Daily Observer Wednesday that he knew of the disease, but did not know that there were any new cases in Liberia. We are certain that he has already consulted with the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bernice Dahn and other colleagues in the Ministry to decide the most appropriate and effective response to this new and growing illness. Whatever the response, we hope it will be effective, immediate and decisive so that this other infection does not get out of control. If necessary, the World Health Organization (WHO) should be alerted in a bid to mobilize resources to contain and arrest the spread of buruli ulcer in the county and wherever else it may be lurking in the country. If the disease is contagious, then victims should be immediately quarantined. TB and leprosy, which are caused by the same family of microbes that cause the buruli ulcer, are not new to Bong County. Since the early 1960s, there has been a leper colony in Suacoco, where Cuttington University, the Central Agricultural Institute (CARI) and Phebe Hospital are located. The sooner we can arrest the spread of this new disease outbreak, the better. It will demonstrate that we have learned from our Ebola experience–that a stitch in time saves nineShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A 15-year-old US-based Guyanese was on Friday busted at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport following the discovery of two pounds of cocaine in the handles of his suitcases.The teenager travelling alone, was about to board an Eastern Airlines flight destined for the United States. The young man was returning after spending his summer vacation in Guyana.The teen allegedly told Police that he did not pack his bag.Moments after the discovery, the teen’s mother and two others who dropped him off at the airport were arrested since it is believed that the young man was not aware of the contents of his luggage.The three people are being questioned by Police in connection with the discovery of the illicit substance.Earlier in the month, Kapil Thakurian of Fouls, Enmore, East Coast Demerara, was arrested following the discovery of 88.2 kilograms of cocaine in a shipment of frozen seafood destined for the United States.According to information reaching Guyana Times, the drug was detected while the shipment of seafood was being processed at the CJIA.The cocaine was neatly sealed in white tape and plastic and placed just above the backbone of fish that were in the shipment.The 175 pounds of cocaine was found in 35 boxes of seafood.The businessman was reportedly overlooking the preparation of the drug-laden cargo. The Police narcotics branch and the Custom Anti Narcotics Unit have stepped up their game since cocaine mules have became very innovative in the ways of shipping.
Former Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker has returned to the club as an under-18s coach and club ambassador.The 36-year-old, who quit his playing career on Wednesday after four years with Fulham, spent two seasons at White Hart Lane between 2011 and 2013, making 63 appearances.“I’m delighted to be back at Tottenham and look forward to immersing myself in the job,” he told tottenhamhotspur.com.“Obviously it wasn’t an easy decision to call time on my playing career, though I’m looking forward to this new chapter and am grateful to Spurs for handing me this opportunity at such an exciting time in the club’s history.“It is a great honour to represent the club both as a coach and ambassador.”Head of coaching and player development John McDermott knows Parker’s capabilities well as the former England international spent some time at the club doing his coaching badges.“He’s been planning a career in coaching for a number of years and during his time here he was not only completing his coaching qualifications, but dealing with players in real-life situations,” he said.“Scott’s role within the academy will be to manage the under-18s players and to instil the standards required to be an elite international and Premier League player.“I know how passionately Scott feels about the personal qualities Mauricio (Pochettino, first-team manager) needs from players to be a success in our first team and I know he will develop these qualities in our players on and off the training pitch.” 1 The 36-year-old spent two seasons at White Hart Lane between 2011 and 2013
Bingo in Hall @8.30 in Hall in Convoy Lotto results LD,LH,MHWH 5 MATCHED 2 Liam O Keeffe ,Caroline woods ,Eileen Harkin Convoy V.Deery,Jonathan Kelly Ballbofey Next weeks Jackpot €2600 Lottos available from Committee Members and proceeds go towards the up keep of the ClubMembership is now due €30 per adult and €3 per child Reg will take place this Friday 25thjan from 6-7 for under age membersTickets for Donegal v Kildare in Croke Park on Sat 2nd Feb can be ordered now Adults €13 u 16 €5 all orders must be paid for no refunds Contact Secretary Sabrina (0877766086)by 12 noon Tues 29th Jan St Marys annual dinner Dance took part last night with a great turn out The Minor and Under 21 teams both received their County Medals Well Done lads.Senior Awards Senior Player Packie Mailey Most Improved Benny Bonner Most Dedicated Ryan Kettle & Emmet PattersonReserve Awards Reserve Player John A Mc Mullan Young Reserve Player Paul O Leary Most Dedicated Gavin SweeneyLadies Awards Senior Player Fiona Allan Young Player Cathy De Ward Most Improved Ciara Gallagher Awards to Players o County Panels Minors Raymie Mc Namee & Conor CairnsLadies on County Panels Minors Annie Rose Quinn,Ciara Gallagher,Alannah O Donnell and Fiona Allan and Senior Ladies Kelly Wilson ,Niamh Mailey Ciara Gallagher &Fiona Allan .Presentation to outgoing Secretary Julia Blake Thank you for all your hard work over the past 6 yearsPresentations were also giving to Special Guests New County Chairman Sean Dunnion and Uachtarain Chomhairle Uladh CLG Aogán O Fearghail and his wife Francis thank you for your attendance and your kind words also.Sam and the Anglo Celt cups were also in attendance and many guests availed of this very special photo opportunity with cameras flashing in all corners of the room. Thanks to Jacksons Hoteland Staff for the Lovely meal and service a great night was had by all 170 guests and also to anyone who sponsored prizes for raffle and helped in any way to make the night a great success .Special Thanks to our Minor boys and girls who entertained us with fine dancing skillsGAA NEWS: ST MARY’S, CONVOY CLUB NOTES was last modified: January 20th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:St Marys Convoy Club notes
Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack 1 Serie B officials have rubbished claims that the second tier of Italian football has been suspended.Stories emerged of the weekend’s games in the second tier not going ahead due to the ongoing row about how many teams should be involved. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Latest Football News BEST OF possible standings Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures MONEY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Pro Vercelli appeared to be getting a Serie B reprieve after getting relegated last season smart causal impact After a verdict in a court in Rome on Tuesday, Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) official Franco Frattini told Italian radio the league had been suspended.A statement later in the day on the league’s website, though, began: “Serie B is not suspended, the championship continues.”Serie B has had 22 teams since 2004 but three clubs – Avellino, Bari and Cesena – went bankrupt over the summer and it was decided to continue this season without replacing them.This immediately prompted several legal challenges from teams that were either relegated last season or just missed out on promotion.It had seemed that these challenges had failed earlier when CONI, the organisation which governs almost all sport in the country, rejected them but a regional court has now upheld an appeal against that decision from Serie C side Pro Vercelli.Frattini, the president of CONI’s sports justice court and a legal expert and politician who has twice served as Italy’s foreign minister, told inBlu Radio that football gives him more headaches than the mafia trials he has to preside over. RANKED silverware “The new development is that the court in Lazio, as well as suspending the ruling, has also suspended the league,” said Frattini.As a result of this new ruling, he said CONI would re-examine the issue of whether the league should be a competition for 19 or 22 clubs on Friday and, if the decision is for 22, it will decide which three should be brought in on Monday.The league described Frattini’s remarks as “improvident” and insisted this weekend’s fixtures will be played as normal.“Such is the confusion that there is even someone talking about the suspension of Serie B,” the statement read. “Improvident in this regard are today’s statements by (CONI) president Franco Frattini.“Instead the championship continues as planned because that’s what millions of fans want. There is no prohibition provision that ordered the suspension.”The Veneto-based AS Cittadella currently lead Serie B after three wins from three games. Serie C, meanwhile, has yet to even start.The league statement continued: “The precautionary ruling did not say anything in relation to the Serie B championship, otherwise it would have had to be suspended for the third matchday, which was played as scheduled.“(This is) untruthful news that is damaging on an organisational and economic level and to the image of sponsors, partners, fans and clubs.”
These stunning snaps were sent in to us yesterday, by Adam-Rory Porter and Brendan Rodgers, which show why Donegal is regarded by many as one of the most stunningly beautiful counties in the Ireland. The good weather is expected to continue over the Bank Holiday weekend, so if you’re out and about enjoying the beauty our wonderful county has to offer, then please send your snaps in to firstname.lastname@example.orgPICTURES SHOW WHY DONEGAL IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COUNTY IN IRELAND was last modified: May 29th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BeautydonegalFeaturesnewsPhotographspicture specialweather
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK (AP) – Wall Street suffered a sharp reversal Thursday, with the Dow Jones industrials dropping 133 points as concerns over corporate profits and economic growth reasserted themselves. Wednesday’s rally, which sent the Dow up 128, proved short-lived as Pfizer Inc. withdrew its profit forecasts for 2006 and 2007, increasing investors’ worries about the vulnerability of corporate profits. Intel Corp. spurred such jitters earlier this week in lowering its forecast for sales of its computer chips. Members of the Federal Reserve’s interest rate-setting committee also fed inflation concerns, leading investors to wonder whether a continued rise in interest rates would slow the economy too much and lead to more corporate profits shrinking. “Yesterday was a pretty good up day, but we were well oversold, so we shouldn’t probably get too excited about that,” said Linda Duessel, market strategist at Federated Investors in Pittsburgh. “This is just the beginning of the heavy earnings results from the third quarter, and from everything we’re seeing so far, the results are pretty mixed, but guidance in general is kind of cautious for the fourth quarter.” The Dow fell 133.03, or 1.28 percent, to 10,281.10 after gaining 128 points on Wednesday. Broader stock indicators also pulled back. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 17.96, or 1.5 percent, to 1,177.80, and the Nasdaq composite index dropped 23.13, or 1.11 percent, to 2,068.11. Bonds lost ground, with the yield on the 10-year Treasury note rising to 4.48 percent from 4.44 percent late Wednesday. The dollar was lower against most major currencies, while gold prices also fell. Oil prices fell sharply despite concerns about Hurricane Wilma, due to enter the Gulf of Mexico by the end of the week. A barrel of light crude settled at $61.03, down $1.38 on the New York Mercantile Exchange – a sharp drop, but one that had little effect on stocks. “Energy prices really have fallen to a distant second as far as concerns for the market,” said Scott Wren, equity strategist for A.G. Edwards & Sons. “The big concern is whether the Federal Reserve is going to keep raising interest rates and, if they do, whether that’s going to slow the economy too much.” The Conference Board said its index of leading indicators, which attempts to forecast future growth, fell 0.7 percent for September, worse than the 0.5 percent drop expected by economists. The index slipped 0.2 percent in August. In earnings news, Pfizer said profits fell 52 percent in the third quarter due to acquisition costs. While the company beat Wall Street forecasts for earnings before items, revenues were below expectations. That, combined with the company’s lowered forecasts, sent Pfizer shares tumbling $2.07, or 8.6 percent, to $21.90. Dow component McDonald’s Corp. slid $1.29 to $32.40 after the fast-food chain met Wall Street’s profit forecasts, though overall profits fell 6 percent for the quarter. Strong international sales helped the Coca-Cola Co. post a 37 percent increase in profits. Shares of the beverage maker, which beat analyst earnings estimates by 4 cents per share, rose 30 cents to $42.10. SBC Communications Inc. added 13 cents to $22.54. The Dow industrial said costs associated with its pending acquisition of AT&T Corp. and hurricane damage at its Cingular Wireless joint venture dragged profits down 40 percent. But the company nonetheless beat Wall Street profit estimates by 7 cents before one-time charges. Growing global cell phone demand pushed Nokia Corp.’s profits up 29 percent for the third quarter, helping the Finnish manufacturer beat Wall Street estimates by a penny per share. Revenues, however, failed to meet expectations, and Nokia dropped $1.15, or 6.7 percent, to $15.90. Ford Motor Co. slipped 5 cents to $8.42 after posting an expected loss. Sluggish North American sales hurt the automaker, which said its full-year profit would come in at the low end of previous estimates. The company also said it would announce plans in January for a new round of plant closures and job cuts. Declining issues outnumbered advancers by about 3 to 1 on the New York Stock Exchange, where preliminary consolidated volume came to 2.64 billion shares, compared with 2.69 billion traded on Wednesday. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 10.74, or 1.68 percent, to 627.54. Overseas, Japan’s Nikkei stock average rose 0.5 percent. In Europe, Britain’s FTSE 100 closed down 0.07 percent, France’s CAC-40 gained 0.36 percent for the session, and Germany’s DAX index rose 0.38 percent.