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APOD: Orion and Aurora over Iceland (2014 Mar 24) Image Credit & Copyright: Þorvarður Árnason http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140324.html Explanation: If you see a sky like this -- photograph it. A month ago in Iceland, an adventurous photographer chanced across a sky full of aurora and did just that. In the foreground lies the stratovolcano Öræfajökull. In the background, among other sky delights, lies the constellation of Orion, visible to the aurora's left. Auroras are sparked by energetic particles from the Sun impacting the magnetic environment around the Earth. Resultant energetic particles such as electrons and protons rain down near the Earth's poles and impact the air. The impacted air molecules obtain excited electrons, and when electrons in oxygen molecules fall back to their ground state, they emit green light. Auroras are known to have many shapes and colors. http://www.thorri.is/ http://facebook.com/ThorriPhotoFilm/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140324 #APOD

Krul out as Dutch cut squad for French friendly | Reuters

(Reuters) - Goalkeepers Tim Krul and Maarten Stekelenburg were among 10 players cut by the Netherlands on Friday from a provisional 33-man squad named for next Wednesday’s friendly against France.<p>Newcastle United's goalkeeper Tim Krul celebrates after beating Tottenham Hotspur in their English …

Rodgers stays grounded as Liverpool fans dream | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - As Liverpool fans start to dream of a first Premier League title in 24 years manager Brendan Rodgers is intent on keeping feet firmly on the ground.<p>Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers throws the ball back onto the pitch during their English Premier League soccer match against Hull …

Czech Berdych through to second successive Dubai final | Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) - Tomas Berdych subdued Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5 7-5 in the semi-finals of the Dubai Championships on Friday and will now face Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer in Saturday’s final.<p>Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic celebrates after defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany …

Cardiff's Solskjaer promises to repay Tan's faith | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he can repay the faith shown in him by controversial owner Vincent Tan by keeping his struggling side in the Premier League this season.<p>Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks on during their English Premier League soccer …

City manager Pellegrini hit with European ban | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has been banned for three European matches for his comments about the referee after his side’s Champions League defeat by Barcelona, UEFA said on Friday.<p>Manchester City's manager Manuel Pellegrini reacts before their Champions League …

Spain to play El Salvador in final World Cup warm-up | Reuters

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain will play their final warm-up game before they head to Brazil to defend their World Cup crown against El Salvador in Washington, D.C. on June 7, the Spanish football federation (RFEF) said on Friday.<p>The world and European champions will travel to the United States on June 2 …

Bayern make no apologies for Bundesliga dominance | Reuters

(Reuters) - Bayern Munich are offering no apologies for their dominance of the Bundesliga in the last two seasons, chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Friday.<p>“I don’t remember anyone in Sochi demanding that the dominant German luge competitors should so slower that so that the opposition …

'Blade Runner' Pistorius faces day in court | Reuters

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius will stand in a Pretoria dock on Monday to face a charge of murdering his girlfriend, opening the decisive chapter in the story of the rise and fall of one of the world’s most recognisable athletes.<p>Oscar Pistorius stands in …

Red Bull improve on day two in Bahrain | Reuters

(Reuters) - Struggling Red Bull had cause for optimism following day two of Formula One’s final pre-season test in Bahrain on Friday, with Daniel Ricciardo recording the team’s fastest lap in six days of testing in the Middle East.<p>Red Bull Racing Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany test …

Mourinho rails against schedule ahead of Fulham derby | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hit out at the Premier League schedule, saying his players have not had a chance to recover from their midweek Champions League match before playing Fulham on Saturday.<p>Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho reacts before the start of his team's …

UEFA to name financial fair play offenders in April | Reuters

NYON, Switzerland (Reuters) - Seventy-six European clubs are under the microscope as UEFA prepares to bring in its financial fair play rules next season, European soccer’s governing body said on Friday, adding that offenders would be named in April.<p>UEFA secretary general Gianni Infantino said 76 …

Hoey fires seven birdies in a row as Fisher leads Tshwane Open | Reuters

PRETORIA (Reuters) - Michael Hoey sunk seven birdies in a row on his back nine, but finished his second round three shots behind leader Ross Fisher at the European Tour’s Tshwane Open on Friday.<p>Michael Hoey of Britain watches his tee shot during the final day of the Qatar Masters tournament at the …

Man Utd team with Google to put faraway fans pitchside | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester United have joined forces with technology giant Google to allow a handful of football fans around the world to follow next month’s clash with Liverpool as if they were pitchside at Old Trafford.<p>A Google logo is seen at the garage where the company was founded on …

FOTA finish for F1 teams' association | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) has been disbanded after members decided it was no longer needed as a representative body.<p>FOTA said in a statement the teams had “re-evaluated their requirements in the face of a changing political and commercial landscape in Formula One”.<p>…

West Indies 269 for six vs England in opening ODI | Reuters

(Reuters) - West Indies totalled 269 for six in their 50 overs against England in the opening one-day international at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in North Sound, Antigua on Friday.<p>West Indies' Darren Sammy attempts to hit the ball during the first one-day International against England at …

On-loan Traore faces possible early Everton exit | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The future of Everton’s on-loan striker Lacina Traore will be decided next week, with the injured player facing the possibility of an early return to parent club AS Monaco, Everton manager Roberto Martinez said on Friday.<p>CFR Cluj's Lacina Traore reacts after missing a goal during …

Japan's Hasebe undergoes another knee operation | Reuters

(Reuters) - Japan captain Makoto Hasebe has had surgery on his right knee for the second time in a month, his Bundesliga club Nuremberg said on Friday.<p>Japan's captain Makoto Hasebe applauds the spectators after their 2011 Asian Cup final soccer match win against Australia at Khalifa stadium in Doha …

Carnival erupts as Brazilian protests, World Cup plans continue | Reuters

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Carnival got under way across Brazil on Friday interspersed with simmering antigovernment protests and alongside preparations in 12 cities for the upcoming soccer World Cup.<p>Samba dancer Flavia Lopes (C), performs during the rehearsal of the Mocidade Independente Samba …

Struggling Soldado's World Cup hopes fade away at Spurs | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Roberto Soldado was a regular in the Spain squad before joining Tottenham Hotspur in the close season but the striker’s poor form for his new club means he has little hope of going to this year’s World Cup in Brazil.<p>Tottenham Hotspur's Roberto Soldado celebrates after scoring a …

Swann brands Pietersen 'childish' after Prior row | Reuters

(Reuters) - Graeme Swann called former England team mate Kevin Pietersen “childish” after the South African-born batsman replied to a verbal attack from Matt Prior by suggesting the wicketkeeper would find it hard to win a test recall.<p>England's Graeme Swann (R) celebrates after taking the wicket of …

West Indies beat England by 15 runs in opening ODI | Reuters

(Reuters) - West Indies beat England by 15 runs in the opening one-day international of a three-match series at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in North Sound, Antigua on Friday.<p>England's Tim Bresnan (R) looks on as West Indies' Dwayne Bravo hits out during the first one-day International …

I'll be Netherlands coach after World Cup - Hiddink | Reuters

(Reuters) - Guus Hiddink says he is line to take over from Louis van Gaal as coach of the Netherlands after the World Cup in Brazil.<p>Head coach of Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala Guus Hiddink gestures during a training session of his new team at Belek in Antalya Province February 18, 2012. …

Red Bull dismiss Vettel tantrum report | Reuters

(Reuters) - Formula One champions Red Bull recognised on Saturday they were well behind rivals in pre-season testing but dismissed reports that Sebastian Vettel had “thrown a hissy fit” about the situation.<p>Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives during day two of Formula …

Broad rues England's late bowling efforts in Antigua | Reuters

(Reuters) - Captain Stuart Broad lamented England’s late bowling after his side lost to the West Indies by 15 runs in Antigua, the opening game of a three-match series of one-day internationals.<p>England's captain Stuart Broad looks on during the first one-day International cricket match against the …

'Balkan Messi' Halilovic set to join Barcelona | Reuters

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Croatia teenager Alen Halilovic is poised to join Barcelona from Dynamo Zagreb and will initially play for the club’s B team, coach Gerardo Martino said on Saturday.<p>The 17-year-old attacking midfielder, dubbed the ‘Balkan Messi’ after Barca’s Argentina forward Lionel Messi, …

Broken thumb for McCaw piles on Crusaders agony | Reuters

(Reuters) - Richie McCaw is expected to be sidelined for at least eight weeks of the Super Rugby season after fracturing his thumb in the Crusaders’s defeat by the Blues.<p>New Zealand's All Blacks captain Richie McCaw takes part in his team's captain's run ahead of Saturday's international friendly …

Suspended Higuain misses Napoli trip to Livorno | Reuters

(Reuters) - Goran Pandev, Jose Callejon and Duvan Zapata are vying to replace the suspended Gonzalo Higuain up front when third-placed Napoli visit third from bottom Livorno in Serie A on Sunday.<p>Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring against AC Milan during their Italian Serie A soccer …

Barcelona juniors get surprise Cameroon call-up | Reuters

YAOUNDE (Reuters) - Barcelona reserves Macky Frank Bagnack and Jean Marie Dongou have a chance to secure a place at the World Cup after they were unexpectedly included in the Cameroon squad for Wednesday’s friendly against Portugal.<p>The teenagers play for Barca’s B team, among several young …

Warner century puts Australia on top | Reuters

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Opener David Warner hit a run-a-ball century as Australia took charge of the third and final test by reaching 195 for two at tea on the first day at Newlands on Saturday.<p>Australia's David Warner plays a shot on the first day of their third test cricket match against South …