The United States has been ripped apart following the death of 46-year-old African American man George Floyd. He died after police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes while restraining him. Chauvin has been charged with second degree murder while the other three officers have been charged with aiding and abetting murder. It has led to huge protests throughout the US and several cities across the world, with the Black Lives Matter organisation leading calls for reform. Now Jordan, who is known by most as basketball’s greatest ever player, has announced he is investing in the fight against racism. His manager and spokeswoman Estee Portnoy tweeted out the statement regarding the donation that will be spread out over the next ten years. It read: “Jordan Brand is us, the Black Community. Jordan Brand is more than one man. It has always been a family. “We represent a proud family that has overcome obstacles, fought against discrimination in communities worldwide and that works every day to erase the stain of racism and the damage of injustice. “The will, the work, the excellence the world has come to know is the result of one generation after another, pouring their dreams into the next.” “It’s 2020, and our family now includes anyone who aspires to our way of life. “Yet as much as things have changed, the worst remains the same. Black lives matter. This isn’t a controversial statement. “Until the ingrained racism that allows our country’s institutions to fail is completely eradicated, we will remain committed to protecting and improving the lives of Black people. “Today, we are announcing that Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand will be donating $100 million over the next 10 years to organisations dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education.” read also:‘Messi is ahead of Michael Jordan, Ronaldo, Diego Maradona’ Mr Floyd was being detained on May 25 outside a store in Minneapolis where an employee had reported to police a man matching his description tried to pay for cigarettes with a counterfeit bill. In the video he had can heard begging “please, please, please, I can’t breathe”, which has sparked international protests about mistreatment of black people by police. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Basketball legend, Michael Jordan, has donated $100million to the fight against racism. Loading…
“I was delighted, for what I have been through. read also:Inter Milan delay offering Emiliano Viviano contract “Obviously you have to deal with frustration and lack of game-time, but I always believed that I could do it, and I had done it – but I still think that’s not enough. Obviously you need to beat Chelsea to complete what you have been fighting for. “I have been fighting 10 years to win trophies, not just to reach a final.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Arsenal goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez, believes he would be successful at the club. The Argentine has been at the club for ten years and did not always enjoy success. But he has received his first-team chance under Mikel Arteta and has grabbed it with both hands. “I was emotional,” said the Argentine keeper of his team’s semi-final win over Manchester City in the FA Cup. “Not because we beat City, but more because of how much I have been fighting to play in a final with the club I love.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot Because Viewers Didn’t Like ThemPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithMeet The Happiest Shiba Inu On Instagram!You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Loading…
Super Falcons and Barcelona striker Asisat Oshoala has become one of African football’s biggest women stars even though her family tried to prevent her playing.Advertisement Asisat Oshoala scored as Nigeria beat South Korea for their only victory at the2019 Women’s World Cup in France Loading… “Superzee”, as she is known to team-mates, started playing at school and in the street before joining her first club, FC Robo Queens.“What caught my eye was how fit and athletic she is. She will go on to be my top striker as we had a very good midfield to pass the ball to her to race to goal,” club founder Emmanuel Osahon, who spotted her at a tournament in Lagos, told AFP.“I am not surprised by how far she has since gone in her career because she’s very disciplined, focused and ambitious.”She started as a defensive midfielder and was nicknamed ‘Seedorf’ after the former Dutch midfielder, Clarence Seedorf.She played for Rivers Angels, Nigeria’s leading women’s football club but began to attract attention in Europe when she played as a striker at the 2014 women’s Under-20 World Cup and finished as top scorer.Oshoala joined Liverpool in 2015.“I had other offers, but as I only speak English, I chose this option,” she said.After one injury-hit season on Merseyside, she moved to Arsenal and in 2017 accepted an offer from Dalian in China, before joining Barcelona at the start of 2019.“It was a magical moment,” said Oshoala who displays her appetite for change with her hair.“If I see a colour I like, I dye my hair,” she told the Barcelona web site. “It’s orange at the moment, but next week it could be red, pink or yellow. Not for any special reason, simply because I like a change.” Promoted Content7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveUnderappreciated Movies You Missed In 20198 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More12 Countries With Higest Technology In The WorldTarantino’s Latest Effort Will Probably Be His Best To Date9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Asisat Oshoala was voted the women’s African footballer of the year for a third time in 2017 and shared the stage with the top three in the men’s categoryRed Also: Barca to enforce pay cuts on players who refuse to leaveShe has set up the Asisat Oshoala Foundation in Lagos which works on a wide range of sporting, educational, social and medical initiatives for young women footballers, with financial support from her sponsor Nike.“We only work with girls because boys have enough opportunities anyway,” she said. “It is hard for girls in Africa to play football and other sports.”She has also helped her family, buying her mother a house in the old part of Lagos. Perhaps the arguments of the past have been forgotten. On Friday, the 25-year-old Nigerian will attempt to propel Barcelona toward a second straight Champions League final when they take on Atletico Madrid in a one-off quarter-final behind closed doors in Bilbao.Last May, she came off the bench in Budapest with Barcelona already four down to Lyon and hit a last-minute consolation goal to become the first African woman to score in a European Cup final.“I am proud to have scored Barca’s first ever goal in a European final but was also sad about the result,” she told the Barcelona web site in an interview published on August 16.She was voted Africa’s best woman player in 2019. The fourth time she has won the award.Yet her family wanted Oshoala to give up before she had really started in Ikorodu, a poor and overpopulated neighbourhood on the outskirts of Lagos.“My parents were against Asisat pursuing a career in a man’s sport particularly because she’s a girl and we are devout Muslims, but she refused to give up her dream,” her older brother Abdulbasic told AFP, praising her “tenacity”.Oshoala told the club web site about the opposition.“I must admit it caused a lot of arguments with my mother, but I got my way,” she said.Her parents were shopkeepers. She was one of seven children from her father’s two wives.“It’s normal in my country,” she said. “In a Muslim society a man can have more than one wife. I think it’s quite natural because that’s the way it has always been for me.”
Former United States President, Barrack Obama, has thrown his weight behind the on-going strike at the NBA. Obama praised the Milwaukee Bucks for “standing up for what they believe in” following the team’s decision to boycott their NBA playoff game in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in the team’s home state of Wisconsin. There has been no NBA basketball since Wednesday, With three playoff games on the schedule, NBA players have decided to strike. The move comes after Jacob Blake, a Black man in Kenosha, WI, was shot seven times in the back by police after trying to break up a fight. The Kenosha police officers, who do not wear body cameras, shot Blake in front of his three children. Blake is now reportedly paralyzed from the waist down. As a result, protesters in Kenosha are demanding justice and accountability. The NBA players said they wanted to use their platform to influence social justice before heading to the bubble, and now they are doing it. This is a day that will go down in history. The Milwaukee Bucks put the movement into motion. The Bucks were scheduled to play the first game of the day against the Orlando Magic in Game 5 of their first round playoff series. Minutes before the game was supposed to tip-off, the Bucks informed officials they would not be taking the court. The Magic stood with Milwaukee, saying they wouldn’t accept a victory from the Bucks via forfeit. The league has now announced that the three games have been postponed and will be rescheduled. The NBA can put a make-up date on the calendar, but it won’t matter if the players are committed to striking in protest of police brutality. There was some speculation that players could take a stand on Wednesday, but no one was sure what it would look like. Before Bucks players made their decision, members of the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors sounded off on how the shooting of Blake was impacting them. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder players announced they wouldn’t play either not even an hour after the Bucks’ decision. Players from the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers made the same decision shortly after. The league reportedly did not see a player strike coming. The NBA anticipated all of the games on Wednesday would go on as scheduled in the hours leading up to Bucks-Magic, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Loading… Promoted Content8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World9 Most Epic Movie Robots We’ve Ever Seen7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?
Loading… Instead of playing the game, their squad were granted time off but the club has now been left to deal with a cluster of coronavirus cases which raise questions about why the French league decided to postpone PSG’s match in Lens, only for so many of their players to travel abroad on holiday during a pandemic.PSG are also due to entertain bitter rivals Marseille on September 13, three days after the new date for the Lens match.The existing, strict French league (LFP) rules stipulate that collective team training sessions must be cancelled if a club has at least four positive tests over an eight-day period, with match postponements possible.And the six players, who will now be placed in isolation, will not be allowed to even train with their teammates for eight days under the existing health guidelines.In recent weeks, several Ligue 1 clubs have reported positive tests, including Strasbourg, Lyon, Marseille, Rennes, Nantes and Montpellier.Marseille’s game against Saint-Etienne on August 21, which was set to be the season opener, was postponed because of a cluster of cases.Read Also: JUST-IN: Lionel Messi could stay at Barcelona until 2021However, the LFP is set to introduce an amended protocol which would ensure teams would be able to play games as long as 20 players — including at least one goalkeeper — provided negative tests.The last French season was ended early, with 10 rounds of matches left unplayed, because of the health crisis, although PSG were named champions as they led the league at the time.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Their identities were confirmed to AFP by a medical source close to the playing staff who requested anonymity for reasons of doctor-patient confidentiality. Sports daily L’Equipe reported that Brazilian defender Marquinhos, Argentine striker Mauro Icardi and goalkeeper Keylor Navas — who were also in Ibiza — were the new positive cases. Another PSG player, midfielder Ander Herrera, is also known to have been in Ibiza. PSG are due to play their first game of the new Ligue 1 season away at Lens next Thursday, September 10, but there are increasing doubts as to whether that match will now go ahead. The Lens game was initially due to go ahead last Saturday, but was controversially postponed to give the PSG squad a break after their run to the Champions League final in Lisbon on August 23, in which they lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich. That was despite PSG — by far France’s richest club — having played just five competitive games in the preceding six months. Paris Saint-Germain confirmed “three new positive cases” of Covid-19 in their squad on Thursday, a day after Neymar and two teammates were revealed to have contracted the virus, casting serious doubt over the start of their Ligue 1 campaign. “The latest Sars CoV2 tests carried out on the Paris Saint-Germain playing staff have confirmed that there are three new positive cases,” the French champions said in a tweet, taking the total number of cases in their squad to six. Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes were the first three to test positive, all after a recent holiday on the Spanish Mediterranean island of Ibiza. Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone9 Most Disturbing Movie DystopiasThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth
VINTON, Iowa – A regional champion and 20 of the 25 newly-named IMCA Modified state champions are new to the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Josh McGaha’s title in the Razor Chassis South Central Region made him vote eligible for the 2019 event.Recently crowned state champions joining him will be Jeffrey Abbey in Oklahoma, Drew Armstrong in Arkansas, Chaz Baca in Arizona, Jerry Bailey in Idaho, Eric Barnes in Illinois, Brandon Conkwright in Kansas, Brian Cross in Colorado, Colin Deming in New Mexico, Shane DeVolder in California, Zach Dockter in North Dakota, Bricen James in Oregon, Brekken Kleinschmidt in Wisconsin, Rodney Morgan in New York, Joey Price in Montana, James Roete in Florida, Kelly Shryock in Iowa, Rob Slott in Texas, Kelly Smith in Utah, Andy Strait in Nevada and Shadren Turner in Missouri.Already on the ballot were Side Biter Chassis North Central Region and Minnesota State champion Brandon Beckendorf; Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region and Wyoming State champion Zane DeVilbiss; Jet Racing Central Region and Nebraska State champion Jordan Grabouski; Dirt Works Eastern Region and Michigan State champion A.J. Ward; and South Dakota State champion Bob Moore.Jason Hughes put his name on the All-Star ballot by winning the Duel in the Desert at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Jason Wolla, already on the ballot, won the Fall Classic at Heart O’ Texas Speedway.The 76 drivers now on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot for 2019 include:Jeffrey Abbey, Chris Abelson, Jeff Aikey, Drew Armstrong, Casey Arneson, Chaz Baca, Jerry Bailey, Eric Barnes, Brandon Beckendorf, Eddie Belec, Brad Calhoun, Cayden Carter, Brandon Conkwright, Brian Cross and Jon DeBenedetti.Nick DeCarlo, Colin Deming, Jesse Dennis, Zane DeVilbiss, Shane DeVolder, Myron DeYoung, Zach Dockter, Scott Foreman, Jaden Fryer, Josh Gilman, Jordan Grabouski, Richie Gustin, Michael Hale, Scott Hogan and Bobby Hogge IV.Darrell Hughes, Jason Hughes, Bricen James, Justin Kay, Billy Kendall, Eddie Kirchoff, Brekken Kleinschmidt, Oliver Kollofski, Dennis LaVeine, Tyler Limoges, Ryan McDaniel, Josh McGaha, Hunter Marriott, Rich Michael Jr. and Trevor Miller.Clay Money, Bob Moore, Rodney Morgan, Guy Norton, Kyle Olberding, Toby Patchen, Tyler Peterson, Joey Price, Clint Reichenbach, Ryan Roath, James Roete, Anthony Roth, Joel Rust, Ryan Ruter and Cory Sample.Robby Sawyer, Johnny Scott, D.J. Shannon, Kelly Shryock, James Slawson, Rob Slott, Kelly Smith, Alex Stanford, Andy Strait, Kyle Strickler, Ricky Thornton Jr., Shadren Turner, Dominic Ursetta, A.J. Ward, Jason Wolla and Marcus Yarie.
By Ben DeatherageBANKS, Ore. – Sunset Speedway Park is excited to get back into action this Saturday, June 7 for the fourth race program of 2014. Also for this event is Carload Special, which gets a carload, truckload, RV-load, etc. of fans into the races for only $25. Classes in action include the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, Women’s and 4-Bee’s.Doug Lockwood and Bubba Foster are the only two drivers to have won in the IMCA Modifieds so far in 2014. John Ireland leads the table in victories in Street Stock competition with two over Earl Claypool Jr.’s one. Trevor LaBarge picked up a huge victory in the first Pure Stock race of the year last weekend. Travis Koch, Stan Asanovic, and John Gartner have all been 2014 victors in the 4-Bee ranks after three races and this Saturday will be the first race of the season for the Women’s division. Pit gates open at 2 p.m., the front gate opens at 3:30 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, military with appropriate ID and juniors ages 13-17, $5 for youth ages 6-12 and free for five and under.A family pass (two adults and up to four youth) sells for $35.
Werkmeister is first, last at Super Nationals XXXIIBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 6) – Regardless of how tonight’s main event action plays out, Casey Werkmeister will go home to North Platte, Neb., with a pair of IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s distinctions. First in his Friday night Stock Car qualifying feature, Werkmeister was also the 866th entry to compete during the Sept. 1-6 Super Nationals at Boone Speedway. That car count total is the second highest in event history, just eight fewer than the record set in 2012 *Pre-race ceremonies, including determination of best-looking Modified and Stock Car entries with the ‘Speedy’ Bill Smith Speedway Motors tribute theme, begin at 1 p.m. Fifteen last-chance heats for the Modifieds will be followed by the 25-lap last-chance feature for the Stock Cars. The top six finishers in that event advance to the back two rows of tonight’s big dance.A trio of 12-lap last-chance races each add three cars to the back of the Modified main event field, with the 10-lap Stephenville Starter Race of Champions for Hobby Stocks, the 10-lap BSB Manufacturing Race of Champions for Northern SportMods, the 10-lap Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions for Stock Cars and the 12-lap Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions for Modifieds next. The greatest show on dirt concludes with 30-lap Hobby Stock, SportMod and Stock Car events, and ultimately the 40-lap Modified headliner. * By popular fan acclamation, Calera, Okla.’s William Gould was judged the Modified winner of the best looking car contest.Les Lundquist of Sioux City was the winner in the Stock Car division. Both drivers received trophies. * Rich Lewerke of Mason City had the high card and will start on the pole this afternoon in the Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions for Modifieds. Keith White of Little River Academy, Texas, will start outside the front row.Lining up third through 12th in the 12-lap, $1,000 to win event are Mason Big Eagle of Manor, Sask., 2001 race winner John Logue of Boone, Eric Dailey of Armstrong, Todd Shute of Des Moines, William Gould of Calera, Okla., Mike Petersilie of Hoisington, Kan., defending race winner Dustin Smith of Lake City, Jesse Sobbing of Glenwood, Levi Nielsen of Mason City and Mike Van Genderen of Newton.* Displaying the high card in the Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions draw was Dan Mackenthun of Hamburg, Minn. Starting to his immediate right will be 2008 Sunoco RoC winner Kevin Opheim of Mason City. Completing the third through 10th positions in the 10-lap, $500 to win race will be Scott Pippert of Elberon, Todd Reitzler of Grinnell, Matt Guillaume of Haslet, Texas, Nathan Wood of Sigourney, 2004 winner Mike Nichols of Harlan, Devin Smith of Lake City, Michael Jaennette of Newton and Travis VanStraten of Hortonville, Wis.***Kyle Strickler won again, this time in an afternoon game of roshambo with fellow Friday Modified qualifying feature winner Johnny Whitman to decide the outside front row starting spot.Tyler Droste, Hunter Marriott, Adam Larson, Jeremy Mills, Adam Johnson and Jason Cummins line up third through eighth. * Another driver extending his Super Nationals win streak alive was Casey Werkmeister, who bested a young representative for Justin Temeyer in roshambo to determine the outside front row start in tonight’s Stock Car main event. Next in line will be Rick Mahlberg, John Heinz, Michael Jaennette, Jake Masters, Stefan Sybesma and Scott Pippert.* Werkmeister has to share credit for his qualifying with cousin and crew chief Wade Hill. The freshman football coach at North Platte High School, Werkmeister watched his club blank Hastings 42-0 Thursday night before starting the trip to Boone. He got to the track Friday morning, won both his heat and the qualifying feature, then rock-paper-scissored his way to a front row start. “I wasn’t even going to come but Wade said ‘We’ve got one day, we can do it,’” said Werkmeister. “I think I’ll have as good a shot as the next guy to win the main event. Everything is lining up. Maybe it’ll keep going.”
NEWBERRYTOWN, Pa. (April 11) – It was opening night for the Pennsylvania Sprint Series at Susquehanna Speedway Park on Saturday and Steve Storrie picked up the win in the 20-lap feature for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars.Zach Newlin grabbed the early lead from the pole. On the second circuit, Storrie scooted by Newlin and set the pace en route to the victory by leading the final 19 laps.Newlin tried every part of the track to try to regain the lead but had to settle for second place at the end. Colby Dice finished strong in third. Ken Duke and Randy Kaylor were fourth and fifth, respectively.Dice and Storrie won their respective heat races.Feature results – 1. Steve Storrie; 2. Zach Newlin; 3, Colby Dice; 4. Ken Duke; 5. Randy Kaylor; 6. Sean Kirkpatrick; 7. Billy Ney; 8. Donnie Hendershot; 9. Tyler Lebo; 10. Jaremi Hanson; 11. Cory Thornton; 12. Drew Ritchey; 13. Brandt Cook; 14. John Bordlemay; 15. Terry Schaeffer; 16. Jay Krout; 17. Cody Hockenberry; 18. Erin Statler; 19. Mark Watkins; 20. Scott Ellerman.
JACKSON, Minn. – Jackson Motorplex and Park Jefferson Speedway are pleased to announce the Big Buck Bonus for IMCA Modifieds this Memorial Day weekend.Both tracks will offer $1,000 to win IMCA Modified Fast Shaft All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers this weekend. Any driver who can sweep both nights of racing will earn a Big Buck Bonus of $1,000 on top of their winnings, making their weekend haul a very nice $3,000 paycheck.Starting first on Friday night, May 26 at the famed Jackson Motorplex half-mile, the IMCA Modifieds will take to the newly-renovated oval for the Danny Williams Memorial race. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps scheduled for 7:30 p.m.The following night, drivers head over to South Dakota to Park Jefferson Speedway north of Sioux City for The Clash, where the 3/8-mile oval will see drivers compete for a second $1,000 pay day. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 p.m.Jackson Motorplex is located adjacent to the Jackson County Fairgrounds off Interstate 90 in Jackson, Minn. The track website is www.jacksonmotorplex.com.Park Jefferson Speedway is located 10 miles north of Sioux City, Iowa between Sioux City and Jefferson, S.D., off Interstate 29. The track website is www.parkjeff.com.For more information on this weekend’s racing, contact Jackson’s Doug Johnson at 605 359-4955 or Park Jefferson’s Rod Olson at 712 267-3278.
OSBORN, Mo. (Oct. 23) – Today (Wednesday) is the final day to take advantage of early pre-entry for the first ever Missouri IMCA Nationals on Oct. 25-26. The event at US 36 Raceway features IMCA Modifieds, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern Sport Mods and is sponsored by Westfall GMC, Timberline Trading, NAPA Auto Racing and Boller Motorsports. Friday is practice night and racing will take place on Saturday. The pit gates open at 11 a.m. on Saturday, hot laps are at 1 p.m. and racing starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission and children 12 and younger are free. More information on the event is available at http://www.us36racewaydirttrack.com/driverinfo/. Drivers can pre-enter here: https://www.myracepass.com/register/?n=17636. Modified and Sprint Car pre-entry is $60 and Stock Car and Sport Mod pre-entry is $50. After today’s deadline passes, entry increases to $100. Jet Racing has also provided several gift certificates to be awarded on race day.
PORTLAND, Ind. – Moser Engineering awards more than $10,000 worth of product certificates again this season, to drivers in five IMCA divisions. Runners-up in each of the five regions for IMCA Modifieds and both regions for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars receive $300 product certificates while second place finishers in standings for the two IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock regions and in national standings for Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods get $200 certificates. One hundred dollar certificates go to drivers in those divisions competing at 80 designated specials. Awards based on point standings will be presented during the national banquet in November while special events awards given by the Portland, Ind., rear end components manufacturer and 17-year sponsor will mailed from the IMCA home office within a week after official race results are received. Information about Moser products is available at the www.moserengineering.com website, on Facebook and by calling 260 726-6689. “As long-time sponsors in many forms of motorsports, we have always held the IMCA as one of those special groups that just gets what is important to the grassroots racers,” stated Moser Engineering Marketing Director Jeff Anderson. “So it goes without saying we are proud to continue our sponsorship with IMCA in 2020.” “Moser has been with IMCA and our racers for a long time, notably for making axles and rear ends ideal for IMCA competition,” commented Kevin Yoder, IMCA marketing director. “We are grateful for their support again in 2020.”
More information is also available by calling 515 450-4909 and on Facebook. “Tire Demon is always adding new elements to their program and the addition of the tire saver tools is a great example of that,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder commented. “We have a variety of end-of-the-year drawings that will be a great springboard into the following season.” KELLEY, Iowa – Tire Demon by Love Tap adds to an already impressive IMCA special events program with new post-season awards in 2020. Also new to the Tire Demon program in 2020 is a base machine, wash tub and brush to be presented to the Late Model champion at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. Tire Demon, owned by former SportMod driver Tim Love, begins its fifth season of sponsorship and latest two-year pact with IMCA, and again gives $500 certificates to designated place finishers at 30 specials for Modifieds and at 15 designated specials for Stock Cars and for SportMods. Those certificates are to be applied toward the purchase of a tire prep stand and will be mailed after official race results are received at the IMCA home office. The Modified champion again receives a Tire Demon machine, the Stock Car and Northern SportMod champions both tire scythes. A drawing will determine three winners of right rear tire saver tools given by the Kelley, Iowa, manufacturer to IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod drivers.
Jennings County, In. — Police in Jennings County say a 58-year-old male was found dead living in a tent near State Road 750 and County Road 400 West Thursday. Reports indicate the individual had been living outside for about one year.Officials say anyone with knowledge of someone living without electricity, or in the elements should contact authorities or a relief organization.
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Plainfield, In. — Duke Energy announced today it is awarding $3.2 million in grants to support 131 innovative K-12 education programs across the communities served by the company. Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky will share more than $700,000.“Bright futures begin in the classroom, and every child deserves a fair chance at academic success,” said Cari Boyce, president of the Duke Energy Foundation. “The grants we are making today are focused on providing equal opportunity for all students to have the strong educational basis that has proven to be a key determinant to future success.”The 2019 Powerful Communities grants, from the Duke Energy Foundation with support from Piedmont Natural Gas, aim to close the achievement gap that often separates low-income students from their peers by funding programs that prevent summer reading loss and out-of-school programs.“Funding provided by Duke Energy helps to support the YMCA Camp Readers Program,” states Joanna Castle, district vice president of the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA. “Our goal is to serve 500 children in Citrus County Y Summer Camps through Camp Readers, which provides a minimum of 30 minutes per day, five days a week of purposeful reading activities throughout the summer at camp.”Grants also support energy, engineering and environmental education programs to equip students with the skills needed for successful careers in the energy sector.“Florence 1 Schools is very excited to partner with Duke Energy to provide the Clean Energy curriculum to our students,” said Chris Rogers, Director of STEM Education for Florence District 1 in South Carolina. “This four-course curriculum will expose our students to real-world problem solving. Our students will work with Duke Energy engineers to develop a better understanding of the work they could possibly do if they decide to pursue that career path.”The grants are part of Duke Energy’s new Powerful Communities philanthropic program, which award strategic charitable grants to nonprofit organizations working to build powerful communities by bolstering education, developing the future workforce of the energy sector and conserving and protecting our environment.In 2018, Duke Energy Foundation invested more than $31 million to support communities throughout Duke Energy’s seven-state service area.A complete list of the 131 grant recipients and summaries by state can be found here:North Carolina – $1,345,727 to support 46 projectsSouth Carolina – $485,000 to support 13 projectsFlorida – $669,000 to support 21 projectsOhio and Kentucky – $264,168 to support 21 projectsIndiana – $448,250 to support 30 projects
Vevay, IN—SWITZERLAND COUNTY, Ind.— S.R. 250 will close in Switzerland County on or after Wednesday, June 19, weather permitting, for approximately three weeks for box culvert replacement. The road will be closed five miles east of S.R. 129, between Township Line Road and Scudder Road.S.R. 250 was originally scheduled to close June 17 but has been delayed due to weather.The project was awarded to Olco Inc. for $220,000 in December 2018.The official state detour for the closure is S.R. 56 and S.R. 129.
Columbus, IN—The Columbus Police Department is seeking information on the identity of a man who reportedly stole a car and struck an unoccupied CPD patrol vehicle before fleeing the scene of the crash early Thursday morning.Just before 7 am, CPD officers responded to a report of a suspicious person knocking on the doors of homes on Brookside Court. A CPD officer observed a suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood a short time later and when the driver of the vehicle stepped out to speak with the officer, his unidentified passenger quickly got into the driver’s seat and took off in the sliver Volkswagen Jetta. The suspect crashed into an unoccupied CPD patrol vehicle moments later before exiting the subdivision.Officers observed the stolen Volkswagen a short time later and noted that the vehicle was traveling recklessly and the car had extensive front end damage. The officers observed that the driver of the stolen car was traveling at a high rate of speed without working headlights as it continued north on Jonesville Road towards the road construction area near SR 46 and SR 11. Due to the heavy morning traffic, the officers opted to terminate the vehicle pursuit.Anyone with information on the location of the stolen vehicle and the identity of the driver is urged to contact the Columbus Police Department at (812) 376-2600. Tips and information can be submitted anonymously
Christine Cummings, 63, of North Vernon passed away Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Columbus Regional Health in Columbus, Indiana. Christine was born Saturday, September 22, 1956 in Milan, the daughter of Richard and Alma (Addison) Cornett. She worked 15 years in the health care business for Muscatatuck. She enjoyed puzzle books, socializing, tv, painting, and spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.Christine is survived by her father Richard and step-mother Janie Cornett of Crothersville, IN; sons: David Allen Gerbig of Seymour and Terrance Knight of Indianapolis; daughter Amanda Knight of Indianapolis; brothers: Richard (Kay) Cornett of North Vernon, Steven Cornett of Kentucky, Timothy (Shannon) Cornett of North Vernon, and Robert (Pam) Cornett of Crothersville, IN; sister Cynthia Drake of Hayden, IN; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her mother Alma; sons Matthew Cornett and Benjamin Gerbig; and husband David Allen Gerbig.A service celebrating her life will be held 6 PM Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in Milan with Pastor Harris Long officiating. Family and friends may gather to share and remember her 4 – 6 PM Tuesday also at the funeral home. Memorials may be given in honor of Christine to the donor’s choice. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 S Main Street, Box 243, Milan, IN 47031, (812) 654-2141. Please reach out to the family through our website at www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message or memory of Christine for the family.
Brookville, IN—DAIRY FEMALE SHOW RESULTS:GRAND CHAMPION HOLSTEIN: Luke StengerRESERVE GRAND CHAMPION HOLSTEIN: Luke StengerJunior Champion: Amber Galyen (Holstein-Maggie)Senior Champion: Luke Stenger (Holstein – Cookies and Cream)Senior Reserve Champion: Luke Stenger (Holstein-Rosetta)STARTER CALF SHOW RESULTS:GRAND CHAMPION DAIRY STARTER CALF: Kasey CondoRESERVE GRAND CHAMPION DAIRY STARTER CALF: Pete VolkChampion Light Weight: Laura SchwegmanReserve Champion Light Weight: Lawrence SchwegmanChampion Medium Weight: Pete VolkReserve Champion Medium Weight: Jonathan WeaverChampion Heavy Weight: Kasey CondoDAIRY STEER SHOW RESULTS:GRAND CHAMPION DAIRY STEER: Nate FrondorfRESERVE GRAND CHAMPION DAIRY STEER: Pete VolkChampion Light Weight: Kasey CondoChampion Medium Weight: Nate FrondorfReserve Champion Medium Weight: Pete VolkChampion Heavy Weight: Nate Frondorf
David Charles Lowery, of Metamora, was born on June 30, 1947 in Ohio, a son to Charles and Hazel Brumley Lowery. He was a Vietnam veteran, serving his country with the United States Marines. David married his high school sweetheart, Wanda Wilson on June 15, 1968 in Metamora and together they raised two children; Troy and Lacy Lowery, and Kim and Darin Mathews. He worked at Ford in Connersville for 39 years. David loved spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids and also enjoyed fishing and golfing. On Thursday, August 27, 2020 at the age of 73, he passed away after a short illness at University of Cincinnati Hospital. David will be greatly missed by both his family and church family.Besides his wife and children, he is survived by grandchildren, Courtney McGuire, Charity(Bretly) Jett, Jasmine (Andy) Patton, Trey (Allison) Lowery, Chandler (Victoria) Mathews, Abigayle Lowery and Richard Lowery; great-grandchildren, Audri, Makeena, Alexandria, Braxton, Maddox, Grayson and Bowdrie, and siblings, Danny (Kathy) Lowery, Janet (Russell) Palmer, Sandy (Bill) Treadway, and Rita (Frank) Rogers. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Richard Lowery and father-in-law, Albert (Buck) Wilson.Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, August 30, 2020 from 2 until 6 p.m. at Metamora Church of God. The funeral service will be held on Monday at 12 noon also at the church and burial will follow in Trinity Full Gospel Church cemetery.To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of David Lowery.
RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win EPL: Foxes attack Burnley Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Man City vs. Leicester City Venue: Etihad Stadium Kick off: 6:30PMManchester City welcome high-flying Leicester City to the Etihad Stadium this evening in a match which pits third against second in the Premier League table. The champions trail their visitors by four points after 17 games of the season, while both teams will be looking to take the opportunity to close the gap on runaway leaders Liverpool. While this fixture always looked like a tasty way to head into Christmas for both sides, at the start of the season few would have expected it to have the significance it does now. Man City know that even a victory would not be enough to leapfrog Leicester in the table, and that victory is by no means guaranteed considering how impressive Brendan Rodgers’s side have been. The Foxes have won more games, lost half as many and conceded eight fewer goals than Saturday’s hosts so far this season, while they also boast the division’s best goal difference ahead of even Liverpool. Pep Guardiola’s side will still go into the match as favourites, particularly having steadied the ship with three successive wins since their derby defeat to Manchester United, but there are plenty of warning signs for the champions. Perhaps the main one is that their four defeats this season have all come against teams who punished them with pace on the counter-attack, something Leicester and Premier League top-scorer Jamie Vardy are perfectly equipped to do too. Even League One outfit Oxford United caused them problems in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup on Wednesday night, registering more shots on target than Man City and ending up on the end of a 3-1 defeat which flattered the holders. City’s reward for that victory is a Manchester derby semi-final, giving them an opportunity to avenge the 2-1 defeat to their local rivals in what was their last home game. A final against Leicester could be on the cards, but first Man City must overcome the Foxes in the league if they are to avoid back-to-back top-flight home defeats for the first time since February 2016 and claim successive league wins for the first time since the start of November. Last weekend’s Kevin De Bruyne-inspired win over Arsenal provided Man City with their only clean sheet in their last 12 outings across all competitions, but they have not kept one in front of their own fans since October while Leicester have scored in each of their last 15 games. Guardiola’s side have already dropped as many points as they did throughout the whole of last season and know that they cannot afford any more slip-ups if they retain hope of catching Liverpool in the title race, making Saturday’s showdown a must-win contest for them. Man City’s first task is catching Leicester, of course, but for both teams this match represents a rare opportunity to close the gap on Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp’s side currently away at the Club World Cup. A win for Leicester would reduce their deficit back down to seven points and also set them up perfectly for their huge Boxing Day clash with the league leaders, who are becoming increasingly affected by injury problems through their busy December schedule. It could be that the Foxes are only four points adrift by the time they play their final match of the year against West Ham United next weekend, then, although to do so would mean back-to-back wins over last season’s top two in a Christmas double-header which is just about as hard as they could wish for. Regardless of what does happen in those two games, 2019 has been a great year for Leicester, who at this stage last season sat 12th with 22 points and 21 goals under the unpopular Claude Puel. Fast-forward a year and the Foxes are 10 places, 17 points and 19 goals better off while playing the type of football the fans were desperate to see, leading to Rodgers already signing a new long-term contract with the club. Indeed, Rodgers has been so impressive that he has been linked with the Man City post should Guardiola leave at the end of the season, and a victory at the Etihad – where the hosts have already lost twice this season – would do his chances of landing that job no harm at all. Leicester have every reason to be confident of picking up the victory too, having won a club-record eight league games in a row prior to last weekend’s disappointing draw at home to Norwich City. Progress in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night got them back to winning ways, albeit via a penalty shootout after letting a two-goal lead slip against Everton, meaning that they have now won 16 of their last 19 games across all competitions. Leicester’s away winning streak remains intact too, now six in a row across all competitions, although their only two league defeats this season have come on the road at Manchester United and Liverpool. Even so, the Foxes have picked up as many away points this season as Man City have at home, so the visitors will be confident of more than holding their own on Saturday. Man City possible XI: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Mendy, De Bruyne, Rodri, D Silva, Bernardo, Jesus, Sterling. Leicester possible XI: Schmeichel, Pereira, Soyuncu, Evans, Chilwell, Perez, Tielemans, Ndidi, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy.Tags: Brendan RodgersLeicester CityManchester CityPep Guardiola
RelatedPosts Rangers postpone resumption SWAN begs Gov. Uzodinma to save Heartland FC from extinction Rangers Ifeanyi George gets burial date Norbert Okolie, the Media Officer of Rangers International FC of Enugu, says the club will subdue Heartland FC of Owerri in their Sunday’s encounter. Rangers will face Heartland FC in an oriental derby in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League match day 12 at the Okigwe Township Stadium. Okolie told the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Saturday that “victory is the only language in the club at the moment”. “Rangers needed to have the test of victory once more in the ongoing NPFL because the club has gone seven matches in the league without a win. ”We need to start winning matches and it will be a thing of joy if we start it with an oriental derby in Okigwe,” he said. The club’s spokesman said that the Flying Antelopes were back and good to get a victory in the match, adding that all departments of the team were now good to go. “The players are brimming with confidence and have gone through a lot of transformation under the tutelage of a technically sound coach as Salisu Yusuf,” he said. He said that the team was doing well but that the results were not forthcoming. “We are doing well in terms of performance but the results have refused to come but things are beginning to change. “The goals are now coming, so the players will deliver the good in Okigwe to begin the year 2020 in a positive way,” he said. He said that the club’s recent draw against Nuoadhibuo FC of Mauritania in the CAF Confederation Cup encounter showed there had been a lot of improvement. “We have improved in the defence, there is easy transition now from the back line to the striking force,” Okolie said. NAN reports that Rangers have played seven matches without a win and now occupied the 20th position on the log with six points after eight matches.Tags: Heartland FCNorbert OkolieRangers International FC
RelatedPosts Joe Aribo scoops Young Player, Goal of the season awards Ambrose pens Livington 18-month deal Ambrose set for Scotland return Efe Ambrose is delighted to join a club who share his philosophy in life after ending a frustrating spell by signing for Livingston. The former Hibernian and Celtic defender has signed an 18-month contract after spending more than six months without a club. The Nigeria international had been back in his homeland keeping his fitness up with his local club since leaving Derby last summer. Now he could face Hibernian on Saturday more than a year after his last competitive game came in an Edinburgh derby against Hearts on December 29, 2018. The 31-year-old had kept in touch with former Easter Road teammate Marvin Bartley and secured his help in sealing a return to Scotland. Ambrose said: “Marvin told me it was a great club and a great move for him and he said so many nice things about the club that I was really interested. “I watched the Scottish league a lot back in Africa and I told Marvin I wanted to move back to Scotland and could he help out. He spoke to the coaches and said they were interested. “I never thought they would be interested because I hadn’t played for six months. I have been training morning and evening back at home with my local team and they trusted me with that. I am not coming in for a pre-season, I am ready to go. “Unfortunately I could not come in January because of paperwork. My agent tried to do everything possible but they couldn’t get it done and I thought I had missed out when they signed another centre-back. “I thought it was another door shut and I was frustrated. I kept calling Marvin and he told me not to worry and I kept believing and praying. Last week everything turned round. “Even a day without football is not OK. I have the passion and drive to play football. I have been playing in Africa but I want to be playing in a competitive league. “I had another couple of offers but nothing concrete. So it was difficult, just hoping. “Then Livingston came in. I have watched them play and have seen the ambition of the club. “This is an opportunity for me to come back to the league and see what I can do to help Livingston do what they want to achieve this season – which is the top six and after that fight for the European spots. “Nothing is impossible in football. I always believe you can achieve anything you put your mind to, and I believe this club has that mindset too.” Ambrose invoked a clause in his contract to leave Hibs last January and join Derby but he failed to get into Frank Lampard’s team. “It wasn’t a disappointment because it was just three months,” he said. “It’s difficult in that position to break in because the team was doing well. “But what I got from there – the players, the coaching staff, the training – was massive and I enjoyed my time there. I never regretted the move.”Tags: Efe AmbroseMarvin BartleyScotland
RelatedPosts Aruna Quadri’s uncommon qualities stand him out, says Oshodi Quadri Aruna leads Africa to World Cup Aruna’s arrival attracted interest in Germany — TTBL Following the recurring thigh injury he sustained during the African Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Tunis at the weekend, Africa’s best ranked player, Aruna Quadri, has been ruled out of action for three weeks. This has also forced him to withdraw from the ongoing ITTF World Tour, tagged: “Qatar Open,” holding in Doha. In Tunis, the medical team of the tournament confirmed that the Nigerian had a recurring thigh injury, which he was nursing before the tournament, but further examination in Lisbon, Portugal later revealed that he suffered another hamstring injury in Tunis. The ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup runner’s up has been advised to rest while undergoing treatment. Quadri was closed to picking his tickets from the continental qualifiers in Tunis last week, but he had to withdraw from playing his last match against Tunisia’s Adam Hmam to hand the Tunisian the last ticket to Tokyo. After beating Togo’s Djouji Fanny 4-0 in the first group match, it was during the second group match against Senegal’s Ibrahima Diaw that Quadri cupped the injury, but he managed to finish the game, which went 4-2 in favour of the Senegalese. But based on doctor’s advice, Quadri had to withdraw from playing the last group match, which would have secured him a place in the Olympic Games. From all indications, it is clear that the Nigerian can still pick his spot at Tokyo based on his world rating as the 18th best player in the world. However, the Oyo State-born 2014 ITTF World Player of the Year expressed appreciation to fans across the world for their concern when he sustained he withdrew from the Olympic Qualifiers in Tunis. He said: “I want to thank my family and fans across the world for their support during this trying time. Most importantly the Tunisia Table Tennis Federation (TTTF) for their prompt response when I sustained the injury. The three weeks will help me to recover and I hope to be back for Sporting in the semifinal of the ETTU Cup early next month. Thank you and I will continue to make you proud and always give my 100 percent every time.”Tags: aruna quadriDohaITTF World TourQatar Open
RelatedPosts Solskjaer criticises England over handling of youngster Greenwood Denmark hold England to draw Batshuayi double helps Belgium to massive win over Iceland Raheem Sterling’s last minute penalty salvaged England from another embarrassing result against Iceland as Gareth Southgate’s men survived going down to 10 men and Birkir Bjarnason also missing a late spot-kick to start their Nations League campaign with a 1-0 win in Reykjavik on Saturday.Four years on from one of English football’s most embarrassing nights in losing 2-1 to Iceland at Euro 2016, the Three Lions were far from the free-scoring force that romped through Euro 2020 qualifying in their first match for 10 months. Harry Kane had an early goal wrongly ruled out for offside before Kyle Walker was sent-off for two bookable offences 20 minutes from time.All of Iceland’s good defensive work was undone in the 89th minute when Sverrir Ingason was also harshly dismissed for a second booking when he blocked Sterling’s shot with his arm.With Kane having been replaced by Mason Greenwood, Sterling took responsibility from spot, but the drama did not end there.Straight from kick-off, Joe Gomez was adjudged to have bundled over Holmbert Fridjonsson inside the area, but Bjamason blazed the resulting penalty over.Southgate’s men continued to enjoy the vast majority of possession in the second period, but the closest they came to breaking the deadlock before the dramatic finale was when Iceland’s Kari Arnason flicked Kieran Trippier’s free-kick onto his own post. Moments later Walker’s ill-judged lunge to break up an Icelandic counter-attack left his side a man down.A breakthrough did not look like coming until Sterling collected an overhit corner and the ball struck Ingason’s arm in his attempt to block the shot.Sterling coolly rolled his penalty straight down the middle and how Bjarnason wish he had showed the same composure as his wild finish let England off the hook.Tags: EnglandRaheem SterlingUEFA Nations League
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger maintains his side will not be making any special plans to try to shackle Gareth Bale in Sunday’s north London derby at White Hart Lane. Bale cracked in a superb last-minute strike to secure a 3-2 win at West Ham on Monday night, which moved Spurs up to third in the Barclays Premier League. The Welshman – once scouted by Arsenal when a youngster at Southampton – is being heralded as one of the best in Europe, up alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Wenger, though, insists his team must concentrate on delivering a performance themselves rather than worry about what Bale might do. He said: “We don’t plan for anybody. It is always the same – focus on our strengths and forget about your opponent.” Wenger added: “There is nobody special that you least like to face. All players have different qualities. “What is important when you are a manager is that you are focused, that hasn’t changed over the last 15 years, you always make sure your team is at its best, prepares well and focuses on playing the football that we love. What is important before a game like that is just to focus on our game and forget all the rest.” Despite their recent disappointments against Blackburn in the FA Cup and losing at home to Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash, Arsenal have found some form in the Premier League, where they are unbeaten in five games winning the past three. Should Arsenal – who are now just two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea – secure victory on enemy territory this weekend, the gap on Spurs would be reduced to just one point. “It is an interesting game because there is something at stake,” said Wenger. “We are confident and we are on a good run in the Premier League. If you look at our record, it is very good in recent games, so we will just focus on our strengths, that is it. “Sunday is a very important game because it’s in the final part of the Premier League season, the outcome will give a big boost to the team who wins it. This is a derby and [will be] a very intense game, as usual, it is always very tight, always a big fight. If you look at our record in the last 15 or 16 years, it is very good. Of course we want to continue to maintain that record.” Arsenal will be without defender Bacary Sagna (knee) on Sunday, while midfielder Abou Diaby is rated as 50/50 with a calf problem. Press Association
Full-back Lee Byrne dubbed it ‘the toughest game of our season’ after Clermont Auvergne fought their way past Munster and into their first ever Heineken Cup final. Clermont had to produce a character-building final 10 minutes to resist Munster’s late rally and finish as 16-10 winners of an absorbing semi-final clash in Montpellier. Delighted with Clermont’s progress to the Aviva Stadium final on Saturday, May 18, their Welsh back Byrne said: “It is a dream come true to finally reach a Heineken Cup final. It was the toughest game we’ve had all season and you’ve got to hold your hands up to Munster for that. They wore the famous red jersey with real pride.” He added: “We fully deserved to come through with the win. We had a few opportunities (to score a second try), but the ball didn’t stick. We got a bit nervy, but hopefully we will come back stronger for the final. “Whoever we face it will be another very tough challenge. We will do our homework and come out firing,” he added, with Saracens and Toulon meeting in the second semi-final on Sunday at Twickenham. Ronan O’Gara, the record points scorer and most-capped player in Heineken Cup history, would not be drawn afterwards on whether this was his final outing at this level. The Munster out-half had kicked the visitors in to an early lead and it was his perfectly weighted grubber kick that teed up Hurley for the only try of the second half. The raw emotion was etched on the 36-year-old’s face after the final whistle as the Irish province bowed out at the penultimate stage. “Defeat is extremely hard to take after you have put so much into a game like that. But it is winner takes all in a semi-final,” said O’Gara. Press Association
The retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson after 26 years at Old Trafford seems likely to set in motion a series of managerial changes, the first of which is expected to see Moyes arrive from the Toffees. Hughes, who has not managed since being sacked by QPR in November, stopped short of directly throwing his hat into the ring for a vacancy that is not yet open. Hughes, who played for Everton between 2000 and 2002, told Sky Sports News: “It’s not happened yet but it’s obvious if one manager leaves there is an opportunity for other managers who are currently out of work, which includes myself. It (Everton) is a great club, a club I had the fortune to play for and I really enjoyed my time there.” Press Association He added: “Whoever gets that opportunity it is a really big club and really big shoes to fill. “It’s an opportunity for somebody, and I back myself for most jobs in the Premier League. “It’s a big job, there’s only 20 jobs available and everybody wants to work in the Premier League.” Mark Hughes refused to rule himself out of a return to Everton, should David Moyes become Manchester United’s new manager.
Spurs have resumed pre-season training with their Wales international still very much part of the squad, despite continued rumours of a £30million move to Real Madrid. The north London club are reportedly set to offer Bale – who won last season’s PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year accolades – a new, lucrative £130,000 week contract. Andre Villas-Boas signed Paulinho and Dawson feels more improvements can show Bale that Spurs can deliver his ambitions. “We all know how good Gaz was last year, he was world class and of course we have got plenty of other world-class players, so we have to make sure we keep hold of them all,” Dawson said at the launch of Spurs’ new Under Armour kit. Press Association “Gaz will be the first to admit he cannot do it without the rest of the team. He thoroughly deserved winning both awards last season, it was a great honour for him, he was amazing. But if we keep bringing players in, it is only going to make us better as a squad, that is what we want to do. “We have a fantastic squad with a great manager and good staff – everyone at the whole club is hungry to do well. Every player wants to be in the Champions League, we have just made a great signing and improvement is the key, bringing in players like Paulinho is only going to make the club better. “With the squad we have, if we keep improving that, it is going to take us to the next level.” Dawson added: “You want to keep your best players and also keep improving. We have already improved (the squad), I am sure we will continue to look to do that over the summer. As players, we will take that onto the pitch and then hopefully this time next year we can start talking about being in the Champions League again. “We have to go out there and perform to make sure we are in there again, because it is only ourselves to blame if we are not.” For much of last season, Spurs looked well set to qualify for the Champions League again, only to falter over the final few weeks as rivals Arsenal rallied to snatch fourth and with it secure a two-legged play-off berth in August for another crack at elite level European football. Dawson, though, sees no reason why Spurs should not feel confident for 2013-14. “The new season will start with a fresh campaign, and it is one we are looking forward to, when hopefully we will be able to achieve being back in the Champions League again,” he said. “We will keep fighting and have made some new signings, we all want to achieve things, so we are going in the right direction.” Captain Michael Dawson maintains Gareth Bale would be the first to admit he could not have achieved anything without the support of his Tottenham team-mates, as the club look to take it to “the next level” in the 2013-14 season.
Tottenham’s Paulinho faces a month on the sidelines after sustaining ankle ligament damage in a challenge with Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam, who has denied suggestions of a personal vendetta against the north Londoners. During his time with Blackpool, Liverpool and Stoke, the 28-year-old has previously clashed with Gareth Bale on two occasions and once with Scott Parker. Tottenham’s anger at yet another incident was clear in a statement on Paulinho’s condition released on Tuesday morning, unusually highlighting the perpetrator’s role in the incident. “Following a MRI scan, the club can confirm that Paulinho has sustained significant ligament damage to his right ankle after a heavy challenge from Charlie Adam during Sunday’s win against Stoke City,” read a statement on the club’s official website, tottenhamhotspur.com. “The Brazil international was forced off as a result of the injury and is expected to be sidelined for at least four weeks.” Tottenham are reportedly considering making a formal complaint about the Scotland international, who came close to moving to White Hart Lane from Blackpool in January 2011. Adam has since become a hate figure with Spurs fans and was booed onto the pitch on Sunday, but rejected the notion of having an issue with Tottenham. “Just for the record and to the people tweeting me abuse saying so, I don’t and never have had anything against @SpursOfficial,” he tweeted via his account, @Charlie26Adam. “And I would never intend to injure a fellow professional.” Adam first caught Bale during his time at Blackpool in a Premier League game in May 2011. The Welshman was ruled out for three months with ankle ligament damage. Press Association They clashed again during a pre-season friendly between Liverpool and Spurs in the United States in 2012, after which Bale described Adam as a “coward”. Adam was also sent off after collecting a second yellow card for a foul on Parker during Spurs’ 4-0 win over Liverpool in September 2011. The Stoke midfielder’s challenge on Paulinho also led Spurs and Brazil team-mate Sandro to wade into the debate, if only in tongue-and-cheek style. The 24-year-old posted “Charlie Adams – THE BEAST IS WATCHING YOU!!!” via his Twitter account, with a link to a photo of him staring ominously into a camera. The Brazil midfielder, who impressed in his first start under new Spurs manager Tim Sherwood, was forced off 62 minutes into Sunday’s 3-0 win after being clattered by the Stoke man. Adam avoided a booking for the challenge but not the anger of Tottenham fans and staff, as this was the fourth time he has been involved in a high-profile incident against Spurs.
Press Association The German – a Bundesliga winner with Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg – replaced Rene Meulensteen last week with the remit of lifting Fulham out of the bottom three with only 12 league games remaining. Ahead of Saturday’s game against West Brom, Fulham are four points shy of 17th place and safety, but Magath is optimistic they can secure their top-flight future through hard work. New Fulham manager Felix Magath is sure the Cottagers will avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League. He told Sky Sports News: “In the next months we will have a lot of work to avoid relegation but in the first days here the work we’ve achieved has been very good. “I’m sure we will avoid relegation with this team as the players are willing to avoid relegation. “We have a good atmosphere at the club when we all work together. “We are able to avoid relegation and that’s now the most important thing. “Now we have to concentrate on the next 12 games, especially on the game on Saturday against West Brom.” Magath had been out of work since leaving Wolfsburg for the second time in October 2012 and expressed limited sympathy for Meulensteen and his assistant manager Ray Wilkins and first-team technical director Alan Curbishley, who have all left Craven Cottage. “I was sacked a few times also, I know the situation and I’m sorry for each coach,” he added. “But we have here a situation where the management waited a long time. “I think if you want to change something you have to do it now. It was late to change the team and change the atmosphere to have a chance to stay in the league. “It doesn’t look like it worked well enough so I don’t care about the reason for the manager before (why he was sacked). I don’t know what he had done, I don’t care. “I take over my duties and look forward to doing the best I can.”
With Barclays Premier League survival the target for both sides on show in Norfolk it was Hughton’s Canaries who deservedly ran out 2-0 winners with Robert Snodgrass opening the scoring after 20 minutes. Alexander Tettey added the second with a contender for goal of the season while Marcos Alonso was sent off late on for a second yellow card. John O’Shea headed clear a cross but the dropping ball was hit on the volley by Tettey and it flashed past Mannone and into the far corner. Poyet’s reaction to falling two goals behind was to make a pair of tactical substitutions before the break, hauling off Ki Sung-yeung and Jack Colback and replacing them with Seb Larsson and Lee Cattermole. Fabio Borini finally forced a save out of John Ruddy as he shot across the England international, who easily kept hold of the low drive – but that was the best the visitors could muster from a woeful first-half display. Poyet sent his players out early for the second half with his words of irritation likely to still be ringing in their ears as the game got back under way. But it was Norwich who continued where they had left off as Van Wolfswinkel’s downward header from a Wes Hoolahan cross was tipped over by Mannone moments after the restart. Brown tested Ruddy shortly afterwards as the Black Cats looked to stage an unlikely comeback, with their first real telling period of domination following. Norwich soon stemmed the tide and the game suffered a lull in proceedings as the hosts looked to close the game out without incident. Hoolahan came close to adding a third after a neat interchange with substitute Gary Hooper but Mannone held his shot, with Snodgrass firing a free-kick inches over the crossbar with seven minutes remaining. Alonso, who had already been cautioned for a foul on Snodgrass, was shown a second yellow card by referee Phil Dowd in injury time. Substitute Nathan Redmond came close at the death but it would have only added the gloss to an important win for Norwich. The Norwich players once again seemed to play for their manager, who has come under pressure in recent weeks. Victories over West Ham, Crystal Palace and Hull came at times earlier in the campaign when the strain on Hughton was at its highest and this win certainly ranks in that category. The victory moves Norwich up to 13th and, more importantly, seven points clear of the relegation zone while Gus Poyet has a job on his hands to keep Sunderland afloat. The hosts were on top from the off, forcing a number of set-pieces which all failed to test Vito Mannone in the Sunderland goal, with the Italian not forced into action until Jonny Howson’s drive was hit straight into his arms. The former Arsenal goalkeeper could do nothing about Snodgrass’ opener after a mix-up in the Black Cats’ defence. Wes Brown failed to clear a low cross and the ball fell kindly at the feet of Johan Elmander, who calmly slotted a pass for Snodgrass to steer past Mannone and put the Canaries ahead. Howson came close to adding a second five minutes later as the hosts continued to completely dominate, this time arrowing an effort towards the corner only to see Mannone deny him once more. Ricky van Wolfswinkel, without a goal since the opening day draw against Everton, should have poked home a chance when Elmander’s low drive across goal found the Dutchman but he could not get enough contact on the ball to turn it home from six yards out. The second goal did not take too long to arrive and when it did it was straight out of the top drawer. Chris Hughton’s Norwich side always seem to deliver the goods when their manager’s position is under threat and that proved the case once again as they outclassed 10-man Sunderland at Carrow Road. Press Association
Press Association Matic re-joined Chelsea in January from Benfica, who he joined as a make weight in the deal which brought David Luiz to Stamford Bridge three years earlier. Chelsea showed their faith in Mourinho’s choice and had to swallow their pride to re-sign the Serbia midfielder, who teamed up with Luiz to great effect in Saturday’s 6-0 defeat of Arsenal. Chelsea scored twice in the opening seven minutes against the hapless Gunners and struck a third from the penalty spot after the visitors were reduced to 10 men. Mourinho’s critics suggest the Portuguese would usually have applied a ‘handbrake’ then, preserving the lead and shutting out the game. Instead, the Blues went for the jugular, and Mourinho answered those who question his pragmatic approach with his biggest win as Chelsea boss in counterpart Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th match in charge. “I don’t understand where it comes from,” the former Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss added. “If you say that my teams have a lot of clean-sheets, I say yes. But to have a lot of clean-sheets doesn’t mean you are a defensive team. “It means you defend well. My teams normally score goals. “I have the record of goals in the Spanish League and Italian League. “I have the record points tally in every league I was in. “I had players winning golden boots and being top scorer in the country, even in Europe.” It all makes one wonder how Chelsea would be faring if they had a prolific goalscorer, something Mourinho hopes to add this summer. He said: “If you can have that and add it to the good squad we have and the team we’re building, it will be a plus and give us a chance to be stronger and win more matches.” Matic broke up play and provided clinical passes, including for fellow January arrival Mohammed Salah to score his first Chelsea goal which completed the rout. “It is difficult (for him) to lose the ball,” Mourinho said. “But at the same time he is not the kind of guy to play any square passes. “He can do so and keep possession, but he can see the movement forward, look at the passing into space. “He is very clean. He recovers a lot of balls in a clean way, he doesn’t make fouls in dangerous positions. “I like him a lot because of his stability. He is a very stable player for someone who is still so young, only 25.” The arrival of Matic for a reported fee of £21million – considerably more than his valuation when he left – was offset by the big-money departures of Kevin De Bruyne and Juan Mata. Matic is ineligible in Europe, having represented Benfica already in the competition, so is limited to Premier League appearances, where his influence is already bearing fruit. Jose Mourinho lauded the influence of Nemanja Matic in Chelsea’s Premier League title challenge.
The Northern Irishman has been majestic all week and while he could not match his back-to-back 66s on Saturday, this round was arguably more impressive because of the way he responded to the challenge. When American Rickie Fowler birdied the 12th – picking up his sixth shot of the day – he drew level with McIlroy on 12 under. “It helps that I’ve been in this position before and I’ve been able to get the job done. “I think whenever you have such a big lead you really can’t think about anyone else but yourself. “You have to think about how you’re going to control your emotions, control whatever thoughts you have and focus on what you need to do.” His focus could not be questioned midway through his third round when it seemed his cloak of invincibility was slipping. “I knew Rickie was playing well in front and then I saw on 12 he got to within one of me and then I bogeyed the hole and it was tied,” he said. “But I never panicked. I didn’t feel uncomfortable. I knew I had some holes coming up I could take advantage of and make some birdies. “I was just very patient and waited for my chances and I was able to convert those. “I was conscious that Rickie was getting a little closer or Sergio (Garcia) but it was nice to be able to come up with the goods when I needed them the last few holes.” Ten years ago McIlroy’s dad Gerry and three friends each placed a £100 bet at odds of 500-1 that his son would become Open champion by the age of 25 but not even they could have expected that would mean he would be three-quarters of the way to a career grand slam. That is what is being talked about now though. “It would mean a lot of hype going into Augusta next year,” said McIlroy. “Not a lot of people have achieved the career grand slam and if everything goes the right way tomorrow to get to three-quarters of the way there is some achievement by the age of 25 (only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have done it). “I’d be in pretty illustrious company. I didn’t think that I’d even have the chance at 25 to go for three legs of the Grand Slam so I’m going to try to put all of that out of my head. “It would be way too much to think about. First things first, just play a good solid round of golf tomorrow and if that means that I’m going to Augusta next year with a bit of hype, then so be it.” Within four holes the gap was extended to five after McIlroy eagled the 16th and another eagle at the last edged the gap wider even taking into account Fowler’s birdie there moments earlier. The chasing pack may have little hope of catching the 25-year-old, who is looking to secure the third leg of a career grand slam having already won the US Open and US PGA, but he will not be complacent. “I’ve won from seven back this year (at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth just four days after splitting from fiancee Caroline Wozniacki) so I know how leads can go very quickly and I’m not taking anything for granted,” he said. “If the guys in front of me had finished a little better, finished the way I did, then my lead wouldn’t have been as much as it was. “Instead of a six-shot lead it could have been a one or two-shot lead. “A lot can happen and I’ve been on the right side of it and I’ve been on the wrong side of it, that’s why you can’t let yourself think about winning, you’ve just got to completely stay in the present and that’s what I’m going to try to do for all 18 holes tomorrow.” McIlroy looked happy and relaxed during his post-round press conference and while the Claret Jug is effectively his to lose those sort of thoughts are not entering his head. “This is the third night in a row that I’ll sleep on the lead. I feel very comfortable leading the tournament,” added the Northern Irishman, who pledged to maintain his routine of going to the gym, eating and then settling down to watch a film. Open Championship leader Rory McIlroy is taking nothing for granted despite a third-round 68 giving him a six-shot cushion heading into the final day. Press Association
Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha on a season-long loan deal, both clubs have announced. Zaha returns to Palace after just two appearances for United, despite costing the Old Trafford club £15million in January 2013. The 21-year-old becomes new Palace boss Neil Warnock’s first signing in his second stint in the Selhurst Park hotseat. Press Association Palace said in a statement on their website: “Crystal Palace are delighted to confirm that winger Wilfried Zaha has re-joined the club on loan from Manchester United. “The two-cap England international has agreed a deal that will see him spend the entire 2014/15 season at Selhurst Park.”
Press Association Steve Tandy’s men led 10-8 at the break with Hassler replying to an earlier Gerhard van den Heever try. A Keatley penalty edged the hosts in front but they failed to profit from Rynier Bernardo’s sin-binning. Instead, Keatley had to cancel out a Biggar penalty and two more sure-footed strikes from the Ospreys fly-half steered the PRO12 leaders to their fourth straight win. Munster pressed early on but got no change from 12 attacking phases and full-back Dan Evans’ superb kick out of his 22 gained Ospreys some valuable territory. However, Munster’s solid set-piece game launched them downfield again and after the forwards battered up to the try-line, Keatley swung a peach of a pass out for returning winger Van den Heever to score in the left corner. The try went unconverted and Ospreys were not long in replying, with flanker Justin Tipuric, who was involved twice in the attack, popping a beautiful pass for Hassler to go over unopposed out wide on the right. Biggar nailed the difficult conversion and despite losing the influential Tipuric to a head injury in the 25th minute, the Welsh region continued to carry the bigger ball-carrying threat with Biggar and Webb lively throughout. Munster were finding some joy on Van den Heever’s wing and the South African was hauled down short during a promising break, while a block by Josh Matavesi ruled out a second try for Hassler. A line-out infringement allowed Biggar to fire a 46-metre penalty through the uprights, before Keatley responded before the interval when punishing Dan Baker for taking out Murray at a ruck. The pair outshone their Munster counterparts, first-time captain Conor Murray and Ian Keatley, with the visiting pack also getting a very good return from their scrum. Biggar was unerring with the boot, landing four penalties and converting Jeff Hassler’s 15th-minute try, while scrum-half Webb’s influence as a distributor and tactician saw him deservedly win the man-of-the-match award. As the drizzle came down for the start of the second half, Keatley drilled an early penalty over to move Munster ahead for the second time. The hosts looked to have gained a key advantage when Bernardo was guilty of pulling down a Munster line-out in the 47th minute, but Keatley disappointed with a poor strike off the kicking tee. Biggar and Keatley exchanged penalties as Ospreys coped well with their sudden numerical disadvantage, and the home crowd’s sense of frustration grew. As Munster’s scrum began to buckle, Van den Heever was pinged for holding on in the tackle and another accurate kick from Biggar put his side into a 14-13 lead. Ospreys’ control of the breakdown was particularly evident as they set up another scoring chance for Biggar in the 69th minute and he delivered once again. Some clever tactical kicking from Biggar and Webb kept Ospreys in the right areas of the pitch and although CJ Stander and replacement Jack O’Donoghue sparked a furious late rally from Munster, they could not avoid a second defeat of the season at Thomond Park. Half-backs Dan Biggar and Rhys Webb led Ospreys to a hard-earned 19-14 Guinness PRO12 victory over Munster at Thomond Park.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has refused to rule out a move for Steven Gerrard if the former England captain fails to agree new terms with Liverpool. Gerrard’s existing contract with the Reds ends in June but Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers remains confident the 34-year-old will stay on at Anfield beyond the end of the current season. City have already demonstrated their willingness to put their trust in veteran players this season with the short-term loan signing of another former England midfielder, 36-year-old Frank Lampard, and Blues boss Pellegrini believes Gerrard still has plenty to offer in the years ahead. Pellegrini told several national newspapers: “I don’t ever rate players on their age. It depends on the money they cost and the number of years they have (on their contract). “But, like Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard is a top player and he can continue at a high level for a couple more years.” Rodgers was asked about Gerrard’s future following the 1-0 defeat at Newcastle on Saturday. He said: ‘It’s quite straightforward. I had a meeting with Steven’s representative explaining the situation. I very much want him to be a part of what we are doing here. ”He’s been a brilliant captain for me. I relayed that to the ownership. I’m sure he will go away with that and hopefully his representative will organise a deal. “Steven is very much part of what I’m doing here. He’s a unique player, a unique talent.” Gerrard made his senior debut for Liverpool in November 1998 having first been spotted by the club as a nine-year-old playing for local side Whiston Juniors. Press Association
“I have selected him in spite of the fact he can only play for 20 minutes, because the rhythm of the game in the Premier League is the highest. “It’s match fitness [he needs]. It would be a better contribution if he played with the second team but I cannot do that because on Tuesday we had the match against Stoke and Wayne Rooney was injured. I had to adapt to the needs of the selection [squad].” Van Gaal was hugely relieved after a scan last week on a potential knee injury for Rooney showed there was no problem – the striker has become the key player for the Dutch manager after he chose him as his captain following the club’s pre-season tour to the USA. “Very good!” beamed Van Gaal, when asked about Rooney. “He will play.” He added: “We were in the USA when I decided to make him captain and not for one day have I regretted that. For me the most important thing is that he is captain of our team.” Van Gaal said he was impressed at the team spirit that has developed, highlighted by the Christmas party organised last week by Rooney. “It was fantastic,” van Gaal told MUTV. “Usually, I don’t use words like this, but I think it showed the cohesion in our group from both the players and staff. My wife and I enjoyed it very much. “The squad is very important, and that’s why the timing of our Christmas party was fantastic – it showed the togetherness in the squad. I think we are in a good position.” The match at St Mary’s is being built up as a battle between warring Dutch coaches van Gaal and Koeman, who fell out when they worked together at Ajax in 2004. The pair have refused to discuss their relationship but they appear to have buried the hatchet. According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, at a recent League Managers’ Association meetings Van Gaal complimented Koeman on his work, told him: “You have a good team,” and clapped him on the shoulder. Van Gaal said Falcao’s lack of match fitness means he can only play for 20 minutes or so in the fast pace of the Premier League, and that the demands of the squad mean he has to continue in that role as cover for other strikers rather than work on his fitness. Falcao is likely to be on the bench again at Southampton on Monday and asked if the striker was happy with that role, Van Gaal replied: “I am not interested in that. He has to follow my philosophy – do you understand that? I am here because of that. Press Association Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he is “not interested” in whether striker Radamel Falcao is happy to settle for a substitute’s role and insisted the Colombian is not fit enough to last a full match.
Sunderland would have pushed on considerably further had the key decisions in Saturday’s game gone their way, but ultimately had to settle for a 13th league draw of the season and the seventh stalemate which left them in 16th place and three points clear of the drop zone. Referee Mike Jones’ decision to book rather than send off defender Joleon Lescott for a fifth-minute foul on Danny Graham, which was spotted by assistant Constantine Hatzidakis, irked Poyet more than the pair’s ruling that Adam Johnson was offside after he had appeared to put the home side ahead on the stroke of half-time. The Uruguayan said: “I have watched it 20 times – he stopped and yes, it’s onside. It’s a tough one. I understand that referees are human beings and the linesman from 40 yards, the ball is flying and when he looks, Jonno is two yards behind, the perfect run. He can give the offside. “I’ll take that one. It hurts because it was a goal, but I’ll take it. But the first one, no. The first one was a straightforward red card, and I don’t think there’s any doubt.” West Brom extended their run under Tony Pulis to just one defeat in nine games in all competitions, although by the manager’s own admission, they were not at their best and even Saido Berahino failed to impress in front of watching England boss Roy Hodgson. Pulis said: “Saido has been fantastic for us, but he took a knock early on in the game and he struggled with his ankle. But we wanted to keep him on because he has been playing so well for us. “He can do things, special things, so we kept him on there. He is also a young lad who has to learn when things are not going well for him, he has to work hard for the rest of the team. He has done that and I am very, very pleased. “Although we didn’t play very well and he has had better days, his effort and commitment were first-class.” Press Association He said: “If that’s what people want to say, that’s fine. I believe I bring something to the team – I think I could bring something to most teams. “I’d like to think I help players on the pitch, that’s a key asset for me. I like to think I drive players on and get more out of them. “That’s one of my strong attributes and if that’s been missed, it’s been missed. But I’d like to think I am back now and I want to push on and I want to finish the season strongly.” Cattermole’s return could hardly be more timely for Poyet after back-to-back 2-0 defeats by league rivals QPR and League One Bradford in the FA Cup fifth round had cast a pall over Wearside. The former Middlesbrough and Wigan man could only look on helplessly as a chance to go one better than last season’s Capital One Cup final appearance went begging, but he will not allow himself or his team-mates to dwell upon a missed opportunity. He said: “It killed me watching the Bradford game. I was really disappointed on the back of last season and being so close to winning the Capital One Cup. “That was something I really felt we could go and push on and get a good draw. It would have kept our season really alive, it would have kept a real buzz. “But now we have got to push on and put every bit of focus on the league because it’s such a tough division and it’s proving to be really hard work.” The 26-year-old midfielder returned after a 10-game injury lay-off to provide fresh impetus as the Black Cats were controversially denied a much-needed Barclays Premier League victory over West Brom on Saturday with many commentators citing his absence as one of the key factors in a worrying run of form. Cattermole modestly side-stepped suggestions that his unavailability because of groin and knee injuries had impacted so heavily on Gus Poyet’s team, but vowed to bring his characteristic vigour to the mission to ease the club up the table, which started with a frustrating 0-0 draw against the Baggies. Lee Cattermole is ready to be the driving force behind a Sunderland resurgence as he attempts to spark another successful survival fight.
Advocaat, who has spent much of his managerial career competing for trophies, told SAFSee: “I would still prefer to play at the other side of the league because this is still a little bit frustrating in that we have to fight so hard to stay in. “We thought that with six points, we had enough, and now we have 10 points and we still need three points, so hopefully we can do that on Saturday.” That would provide a successful conclusion to a second remarkable escape in as many seasons, and Advocaat admits he is at a loss to explain why the club has struggled in recent campaigns. He said: “It’s a great club with a great stadium, the facilities at the training ground are brilliant, so in that way you can see that this club deserves more than the bottom, where they have been the last four years.” Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat is hoping to finally complete his survival mission on Saturday after twice having to re-assess his top-flight safety target. The 67-year-old Dutchman arrived on Wearside in March believing six or seven points from the remaining nine games of the campaign might be enough to keep the club in the Barclays Premier League. However, Saturday’s 2-0 win at Everton took his tally to 10 points from six games and the Black Cats are still not mathematically safe heading into this weekend’s showdown with form team Leicester. Press Association
Fiddes said: “He went to the Curragh and everyone was happy. We’ve just been taking our time with him since sending him to Eddie’s. There’s no rush, as there are so many races at home and abroad for him later in the year. “I think he’s definitely getting to the right place now and hopefully he’ll head for the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot. I think he’ll probably need another racecourse gallop between now and then. “Having said that, if he wasn’t cherry ripe, we wouldn’t send him to Ascot just for a day out. He’s a very good horse and we’ll look after him. “He’s only a five-year-old, he was a very good three-year-old and was knocking on the door in Group Ones last year. “I think we’ll have an exciting year with him.” Moviesta is on course for a Royal Ascot return following a racecourse gallop at the Curragh on Sunday. Not beaten far in the Nunthorpe at York and the Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp last season, the five-year-old has recently moved from Bryan Smart’s yard to join sprint king Eddie Lynam. Part-owner Ritchie Fiddes is hoping to see his charge line up in next month’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes if he continues to please his trainer in the next few weeks. Press Association
Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington has not given up hope of qualifying for the US Open, despite missing out in Monday’s qualifying event at Walton Heath. “I have to win 25 world ranking points in that time, something like that. I certainly think a win here or at St Jude will push me across the line, or some sort of combination (of results). “Having missed out yesterday it was very disappointing, but it will be a lot more disappointing in three weeks’ time when I’m sitting on the couch watching it on TV and realising how close it was and really having done all the hard work.” Harrington played the 36-hole qualifying event despite having lasted just two holes of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth with a shoulder injury, and the 2007 champion is confident the problem will not affect his participation in the Irish Open at Royal County Down. ” It’s certainly improved enough that I don’t feel like there’s any doubt about me playing on Thursday,” he added. “It’s not quite 100 per cent at the moment but I was pleased yesterday that as much as a hindrance it was early on, as I got into it more and more it was less of a problem.” Harrington bogeyed the final hole to finish one shot outside a play-off for the remaining four places at Chambers Bay next month, but can still qualify via the world rankings published in the week of the year’s second major. “I believe that the top 60 after the St Jude Classic (in Memphis) still get into the US Open,” said Harrington, who is currently ranked 86th. “So I have this week’s Irish Open and the St Jude Classic. I won’t play the one in between. I’m already on a run of four events. Press Association
Mike Garlick has been appointed Burnley chairman after John Banaszkiewicz stood down from his role as co-chairman. Both men have been joint-chairmen for the last three years, but Banaszkiewicz has decided to step back from his prominent role at Turf Moor. Banaszkiewicz said he had taken the decision in order to spend more time with his family and concentrate on his other business interests. Press Association Banaszkiewicz, who will continue in his role as a director, is predicting a bright future for the club despite their relegation from the Barclays Premier League. He said: “It might seem an odd thing to say on the back of relegation, but the reality is that the club is on a sound footing for a strong future and I am proud of the work the board has done to get it there. “I am confident that if we continue to manage the club as wisely as we have done, we can hopefully bounce back into the Premier League and this time stay there. “I will continue to bring my love for the club and my enthusiasm for doing things a bit differently into the boardroom and into the stands.” Garlick, who joined the Burnley board in 2010, said: “John and I now own over 75 per cent of the club combined and going forward will continue to work together to move the club forward in a positive and progressive way,” “During the past three years we have achieved a great deal working together and we truly believe that the club is in a very strong position to continue improving in all aspects both on and off the field.”
Baily Green will bid to get another deserved win to his name as he lines up in the Follow Punchestown On Facebook Chase. Sophie’s World, meanwhile, should prove hard to beat in the Panoramic Restaurant Mares Maiden Hurdle. De Name Escapes was an easy winner of a bumper at Clonmel in February for Liz Lalor and he makes his debut now for Noel Meade and JP McManus in the Festival Dreams Begin In Ireland With Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Maiden Hurdle. The son of Vinnie Roe has most to fear from Sandymount Duke, Klinnsman and Cabarete. The Punchestown Handicap Hurdle looks a competitive affair with Eight Till Late, Seeyouallincoppers, Shutter Island, Misty Lady, Lucky Pat and Rupert Lamb the main protagonists. The concluding Punchestown.com Flat Race is another open contest, with Free Stone Hill, Kilclispeen, Touch A Million and Matchaway all likely to feature prominent in the betting. Three-times Grade Two winner Argocat is rated just 1lb inferior to Baily Green and he looks his biggest danger. The seven-year-old finished a decent fifth to Menorah at Sandown on his last outing and he is fitted with a tongue-strap for the first time. Make A Track won at Down Royal on his last start and cannot be dismissed, while Rathlin, who won this race in 2013, is another to consider. The opening 15 Euro Admission Rated Chase is another quality affair, with Indevan making his return to action. The Willie Mullins-trained gelding showed his liking for quick ground last summer, winning three in a row. He was last seen finishing second to Shanahan’s Turn in a Grade Two at Punchestown in November. Nicky Henderson brings across French Opera and he should give a good account of himself, while Gold Bullet (first-time tongue-strap), Real Steel, Shanpallas, Savello and Darwins Fox are other leading contenders. The Doorman, As De Pique, Winter Magic and Boss Croaker are a few for the shortlist in the Punchestown For Events Handicap Chase. The Mouse Morris-trained gelding went down by just half a length in the Grade One Boylesports Champion Chase at the Punchestown Festival in April and he again filled the runner-up spot at Killarney last month. He is stepped up to two miles and six furlongs for the first time and it will be interesting to see how the nine-times scorer gets on. Press Association
World number one Rory McIlroy will not defend his WGC-Bridgestone Invitational title next week as he continues his recovery from a serious ankle injury. Medical experts suggested the Northern Irishman could face three months on the sidelines and the 26-year-old confirmed on Wednesday that he would not be able to compete at Firestone Country Club in Akron from August 6-9. “Unfortunately, I will not be defending my World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational title,” McIlroy said in a statement from tournament organisers. “Best of luck to all the competitors and I look forward to returning to Firestone in 2016.” McIlroy won the Open, Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA in consecutive appearances last summer, his wire-to-wire victory at Hoylake meaning he needs to win the Masters at Augusta National to complete a career grand slam. Announcing his decision to withdraw from the Open earlier this month, McIlroy said he was taking a “long-term view” of the injury and would not return to action until he felt “100% healthy and 100% competitive”. Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke suggested that meant McIlroy, who could soon be overtaken in the world rankings by Jordan Spieth, would not be back until ”early next year” as he accepted an award on his fellow Northern Irishman’s behalf at the Old Course. However, Clarke later insisted his comment was meant as a joke and a spokesman for McIlroy told Press Association Sport: ”There was no basis for Darren’s comments. Rory’s rehabilitation is progressing well but his return date is not yet known.” Tournament officials also announced that four-time PGA Tour winner Chris Kirk will not compete in Akron after failing to recover from the broken hand he suffered while playing with his children before the Open. And that increases the likelihood that the four-time major winner will also be unable to defend the following week’s US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. McIlroy suffered a ”total rupture” of the anterior talofibular ligament in his left ankle while playing football with friends on July 4 and was forced to miss the Scottish Open and the defence of his Open title at St Andrews. Press Association
West Brom striker Berahino, meanwhile, hit out after the Baggies blocked Tottenham’s attempts to sign him. Berahino appeared to threaten never to play for the club again after two deadline-day bids from Spurs were rejected. De Gea remained at Old Trafford after the paperwork for his switch to the Bernabeu, which would have included Keylor Navas moving in the opposite direction, was not submitted before Spain’s deadline of 11pm Monday. Real issued a strong statement defending their conduct, insisting they did “everything necessary” to implement the move. That came after United said they had submitted their paperwork on time and had proof of doing so. Real could have the option to appeal to La Liga or world governing body FIFA but that seemed unlikely. They may now have to to wait until January at the earliest to move again for a player they have been linked with all summer. Berahino took to Twitter to criticise Albion chairman Jeremy Peace after Spurs were rebuffed in their late attempts to take the 22-year-old to White Hart Lane. Spurs twice failed with bids last month, the second of which would have been worth up to £21million, but it is understood their latest two offers represented only a marginal improvement. Berahino tweeted: “‘Sad how i cant say exactly how the club has treated me but i can officially say i will never play Jeremy Peace.” United did not officially respond to Real’s statement as they focused on completing their remarkable £36million deal for 19-year-old France Under-21 striker Anthony Martial from Monaco. The amount spent by Barclays Premier League clubs during the summer window passed £800million on the final day of trading, but most of the talk centred around two deals that did not happen. De Gea’s long-anticipated £29million move from Manchester United to Real Madrid collapsed on Monday night and both clubs appeared at odds over who was to blame. The fee for the highly-rated but relatively unproven prospect, who signed a four-year contract, represented a world record for a teenager. There were plenty of other deals concluded with West Ham one of the busiest clubs. The Hammers began the day by confirming the return of midfielder Alex Song for a second season on loan from Barcelona before they captured Chelsea winger Victor Moses, also on a season-long loan. The club then announced permanent deals for striker Nikica Jelavic from Hull and winger Michail Antonio from Nottingham Forest. There were also reports of interest in Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor but the former Arsenal and Manchester City man appeared to be locked in a contract dispute with Spurs. Having apparently given up hope of prising John Stones from Everton for this window, Chelsea completed a deal for Senegal defender Papy Djilobodji from Nantes. The fee was reported to be around £2.2million, just over seven per cent of the £30million they were prepared to pay for Stones. A deal was also agreed for Reading defender Michael Hector but he was immediately loaned back to the Royals. Everton, who rejected three bids from Chelsea for Stones and a transfer request from the player, signed a new defender themselves. The Toffees confirmed an expected deal for Ramiro Funes Mori from River Plate, although the £9.5million fee was considerably more than the £5.5million initial reports had suggested it would be. Southampton announced the signing of defender Virgil van Dijk from Celtic on a five-year deal for a reported fee of £11.5million while Bournemouth landed striker Glenn Murray from Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee. One player did leave West Brom as former England defender Joleon Lescott moved across the Midlands to Aston Villa for a reported £2million. QPR striker Charlie Austin, linked with a number of clubs including Manchester United and Newcastle, looked to be staying at Loftus Road. Jon Walters, who handed in a transfer request at Stoke, also seemed to have failed in his attempts to force a move. Failed attempts to sign David de Gea and Saido Berahino dominated the headlines on transfer deadline day. Press Association
Mourinho, who is appealing against a £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban for comments made about officials following the October 3 loss to Southampton, faces further charges after being sent to the stands by referee Jonathan Moss during the ill-tempered derby at Upton Park. A statement from the FA read: “Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct in relation to his language and/or behaviour towards the match officials in or around the dressing room area at half-time.” Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following his half-time dismissal in Chelsea’s loss at West Ham. Press Association He branded the sanctions a “disgrace” and “absolutely astonishing”, adding “I am happy that I don’t have an electronic tag. I think it’s not far from (that)”. Mourinho, whose suspended stadium ban relates specifically to media comments, perceives inconsistencies in the FA’s disciplinary process and called for his relationship with the governing body to be examined. He has publicly highlighted Arsene Wenger avoiding sanctions for pushing him in the technical area in October 2014 and for calling referee Mike Dean “weak and naive” following Arsenal’s loss at Stamford Bridge last month. The events at Upton Park prompted the latest in a long line of disciplinary events involving Mourinho during his second spell as Chelsea boss. Chelsea were already hit with an automatic fine of £25,000 for six or more bookings in the contest, while Serbia midfielder Matic will serve a one-match ban, missing the Capital One Cup fourth-round tie at Stoke on Tuesday night. After Mauro Zarate’s opening goal, Chelsea felt a succession of decisions went against them. Kurt Zouma had a header cleared off the line, with only goalline technology proving no goal had been scored, before Matic was booked for hauling down Cheikhou Kouyate as he led the counter-attack. Next Cesc Fabregas thought he had scored from Willian’s pass, only to be adjudged offside. It was a decision which infuriated Mourinho, who made his displeasure known to the fourth official and assistant referee. Matic was then shown a second yellow card for a touchline foul on Diafra Sakho. It was an unnecessary challenge in the circumstances as defenders were covering. Louro was sent off and, when Mourinho did not emerge on the touchline for the second half – instead being found in the West Ham directors’ box – it became apparent that he, too, had been dismissed at the interval. Mourinho afterwards did not speak to the media, in breach of Premier League regulations. But the likely fine is the least of his worries. Silvino Louro, one of Mourinho’s assistants, was sent to the stands after Nemanja Matic was sent off for two bookable offences and has also been charged with misconduct. Both the Hammers and the Blues have also been charged for failing to control their players in the aftermath of the challenge which led to Matic’s dismissal. “Chelsea coach Silvino Louro has also been charged with misconduct in relation to his behaviour which led to his 45th minute dismissal from the technical area,” the FA statement added. “West Ham have been charged for failing to control their players in the 44th minute of the game and Chelsea have also been charged with the same offence for an alleged breach in the 45th minute of the game. “All parties have until 6pm on Thursday (October 29, 2015) to reply.” Mourinho’s position as Chelsea boss is under scrutiny after a fifth loss from 10 Premier League games this term, the latest after a first-half implosion. The charges are likely to ensure Mourinho’s relationship with the FA deteriorates further. He is contesting the £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban levied for comments about referee Robert Madley following the October 3 loss to Southampton.
Press Association Eleven days on from beating the Blues on penalties at the Britannia Stadium in the Capital One Cup, Hughes’ side added to the London outfit’s woes on Saturday with a 1-0 triumph over them at the same ground in the Barclays Premier League. Marko Arnautovic volleyed home in the 53rd minute to condemn Chelsea – whose manager Jose Mourinho was absent from the ground due to his one-match stadium ban – to a third league defeat in a row, and seventh of the campaign. And Hughes said after the game: “(That was a) good day in the office. “We played really well and knew we would have to. Obviously at the moment they are not getting positive results but we had to work exceptionally hard against them in the cup and we knew we’d have to again. “We did, and as a consequence we got the three points, which was massive for us. “You know at some point they will ask questions of you – they have fantastic individual talent within a great team. “So you have to stick at it, and we have been able to go up the other end and score a great goal ourselves. “We showed great qualities once again and there were big performances by everybody – I am delighted.” Chelsea had plenty of possession over the course of the contest and went close to levelling when Pedro struck the post. There was also a scare for Stoke late on when Blues substitute Loic Remy hurdled a challenge from goalkeeper Jack Butland and stumbled as he tried to shoot, with the effort missing the target and referee Anthony Taylor awarding no penalty. Hughes – whose side are up to 12th in the table – said of that incident: “Credit to Remy at the end. “He could have looked for a penalty and time and time again you see Premier League players flailing legs behind them just to get contact. “He didn’t do that – he hurdled Jack and credit to him, he was looking to score a goal, as all strikers should. “He could have been a little bit more cynical and looked for the penalty, and who knows – at that stage it probably would have been given.” Hughes admitted it had been strange not to have his opposite number Mourinho alongside him on the touchline and felt sure Chelsea would have missed the presence of their manager. “I haven’t experienced it before where the opposition manager is not standing in the technical area next to me,” Hughes said. “In terms of the influence you can have on your team, most of the work is done beforehand. “But obviously half-time is a key time of the match and sometimes you can affect things in the correct manner. “It is dependant on the manager. And with a manager the quality of Jose, I would suggest yes, they would have missed him to be perfectly honest – to give him credit for his standing in the game.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes praised the hard work his players had produced once again after they outwitted Chelsea for the second time in the space of a few days.
Press Association Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called for blood tests to be introduced as a matter of routine in professional football, insisting his sport is not immune to the scourge of doping. With the issue in the spotlight after recent revelations in athletics, Wenger has called on football to address the matter. “To think we in football are just immune because we are football players is absolutely wrong,” Wenger said. “What I want is deeper tests, better tests, because what we test is superficial. And as well that when people are caught that they are punished and that the clubs are punished as well. “We have to tackle these problems and not to close our eyes, because it’s a little bit unreasonable to think just because we are football we have no problems with it.” Blood tests should be used as urine samples are insufficient, Wenger says. “Today, when you play away in the Champions League, most of the time we lose two hours when there is a doping control because people cannot fulfil the (urine) tests,” he added. “With a little blood test it takes a minute and you can test for much more. “It’s simple. Why can we not do it? And in the other sports they do it.” Wenger’s comments come after a Dinamo Zagreb player failed a drugs test following the Croatian side’s victory over Arsenal in the Champions League earlier this season. The Gunners were beaten 2-0 in Zagreb in October before Arijan Ademi failed a drugs test for the Croatian side, although his ‘B’ sample is still being investigated. The Football Association has contacted the Frenchman after he suggested, in a recent interview with L’Equipe Sport and Style, that he had come up against opposition who may have used performance-enhancing drugs. Wenger has long been an advocate of making advances in testing to ensure drug-free football and said it was a matter of personal pride he had never resorted to cheating, while claiming others may have done.
Without the England international, as well as a number of other players due to injury, the Gunners have still managed to seal top spot heading into 2016. Wilshere’s comeback was initially pencilled in for the new year although it is now looking like the end of February is the new target. But Wenger will not give up on the precocious talents of a player who has already picked up 28 England caps. “I am an optimist,” he replied when asked if he can rely on Wilshere given the number of injuries he has “I always think: ‘Okay, it’s true that he hasn’t played many games in recent years’. I hope at some stage that will stop because he is young and I hope I’m right. “He is a special case because he is a special talent and he comes out of the club. And he is an England international and I hope his injuries will stop at some stage.” Wilshere penned his current Arsenal contract three years ago and Wenger certainly is not ready to give up on the Stevenage-born ace. “He has two years left and I want Jack to stay here,” the Frenchman added. Arsene Wenger is willing to give Jack Wilshere extra opportunities to prove his fitness as he considers the midfielder to be a “special talent”. The Arsenal man has started just 10 Barclays Premier League matches since March 2014 as a host of injuries have kept the 23-year-old sidelined. Several ankle problems saw questions raised over Wilshere’s long-term fitness and he has yet to feature this campaign after suffering a broken leg in the final days of pre-season preparation. “When you love football and at his age, when you wake up in the morning and you can’t practice that’s terrible. “They need support and I try to give it to him. But he is strong and he is dealing with that. He started at 17 and played every single game and suddenly it stopped. So I believe that can make you stronger.” Wenger addressed the media on Wednesday ahead of Saturday’s Premier League visit of Newcastle and dismissed claims Wilshere may yet be ruled out for the entire season. That would mean he would have to sit out England’s European Championship campaign and Wenger believes Roy Hodgson’s side could yet spring a surprise in France. “They can, of course,” he replied when asked if England could win the tournament. “Why not? It’s a similar thing because not to get out of the qualification stage you really need to be suicidal because 16 teams out of 24 qualify and the best third go through so you don’t imagine they don’t qualify. “After that, who are your main opponents? Germany, Spain and France. But I don’t rule England out, but you are not the first favourites. They are in the second tier. If things go well, they have a bunch of young players.” Press Association
Press Association Arsene Wenger has suggested the Stoke supporters who directed chants at Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday will feel ashamed in hindsight. Ramsey has played in four of the past five meetings at Stoke since but on Sunday he was still booed by sections of the home support while chants about him walking “with a limp” were also directed at the midfielder. Wenger, who also thought Stoke were “very physical” in a game that featured no cards, believes those who were singing about Ramsey will feel a sense of shame after leaving the game. “I don’t listen too much. I focus on the game,” the Frenchman said. “I shut my ears and I think that’s the best way to deal with it. I don’t know what to do about it, I have no influence on it. I don’t know what generally you should do about it. “When people get together sometimes they forget their individual responsibility. Maybe when you go home and watch it on television you are less proud.” Arsenal fan Piers Morgan was more critical of the Potters’ supporters in a series of tweets he posted on social media. Shawcross was emotionally distraught after leaving the pitch in 2010 having being sent off for his challenge on Ramsey and attempted to contact him to apologise. “Sounds like Stoke fans had their brains broken same day as Shawcross decimated Ramsey’s leg. #SFCvAFC,” Morgan said on Twitter. “Please tell me I didn’t just hear Stoke fans chanting ‘Aaron Ramsey, he walks with a limp’??????” “Ramsey didn’t have to accept Shawcross’ apology any more than he had to accept my handshake. No excuse for these disgusting chants. #afc” Wales international Ramsey was part of the Gunners side that drew 0-0 with the Potters at a venue where he broke his leg in 2010 during Arsenal’s only ever Barclays Premier League win in Staffordshire. On that day in February six years ago a challenge from Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross left Ramsey out of action for 10 months and sparked a feud between Wenger and Stoke supporters which has dragged on to this day.
A Florida man is paralyzed and behind bars after an attempted murder plot gone wrong.Prosecutors say 65-year-old Henry Herbig drove across the country to carry out an elaborate scheme to murder his estranged wife.Herbig, dressed in a disguise, and armed with a gun, and wrench arrived at his wife’s Virginia Beach home on Sep. 8Additionally, he had zip ties, duct tape, and trash bags in his possession.Investigators say he first attacked his stepdaughter outside the home by hitting her over the head with the wrench before going inside and using the same weapon on his wife.The attack was put to an end by Herbig’s stepdaughter who got a hold of a gun and shot him, severing his spine.Police later searched the suspect’s car and recovered a written manifesto detailing the murder plot from beginning to end.Prosecutors believe he planned to stage the murder as a home invasion.Herbig is being held at the Virginia Beach jail without bond on multiple charges, including aggravated malicious wounding and breaking and entering with the intent to commit a felony.He is expected to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 6.
Boris Johnson says he has reached an agreement to free Great Britain from the iron bars of the European Union.The Brexit deal has been agreed between UK and EU negotiating teams before a meeting of European leaders in Brussels.Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control.”We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control — now Parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime and our environment #GetBrexitDone #TakeBackControl— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 17, 2019 But European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said it was a “fair and balanced agreement”.In a letter recommending the deal to European Council President Donald Tusk, he wrote: “It is high time to complete the withdrawal process and move on, as swiftly as possible, to the negotiation on the European Union’s future partnership with the United Kingdom.” The two sides have been working on the legal text of a deal, but it will still need the approval of both the UK and European parliaments.The DUP has cast doubt on its success, saying they still cannot support it.The Northern Irish party earlier released a statement saying they could not back proposals “as things stand”, and – after the PM’s announcement – said their statement “still stands.”Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the deal sounded “even worse” than what was negotiated by the PM’s predecessor, Theresa May, and “should be rejected” by MPs.We are going to get Brexit done #LeaveOct31st pic.twitter.com/4Es8VI4qZ0— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 17, 2019
Authorities in Canada have launched an investigation into a road rage incident after a video from the scene showed one of the women involved using a small dog as a weapon.The incident occurred in Dartmouth, Halifax on July 1st.“The altercation started after two females in one vehicle confronted two females in the second vehicle regarding being cut off in a drive-thru,” Halifax police said.Video from the scene shows one of the women yelling at the others from outside of the vehicle window before she and the passenger start exchanges blows. Authorities at the scene reported that neither of the women wanted to press charges against each other, however, they have since taken matters into their own hands due to public outcry on the situation. At some point during the incident, one of the women is seen dragging the other passenger’s dog towards her own vehicle. The dog’s owner then pursues the woman and that’s when the woman swings the dog by the leash into the owner’s head. The owner manages to grab the dog and both women head back to their vehicles.**Viewer discretion advised**
Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. email@example.com Bio GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 With the Dexter game still unreported, the Eagles were ranked fifth in the Maine Principals’ Association Eastern Maine standings.The 4-4-0 Sumner Tigers were ranked eighth, with a win over Narraguagus still unreported, and the 3-4-1 Bucksport Golden Bucks were 10th in Class C.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWith a win over the 1-7-0 Ellsworth Eagles on Monday night, the Mount Desert Island Trojans improved their record to 5-2 and edged into third place in the Class B standings.The 2-4-2 Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners currently hold down seventh place in the Class D standings.MDI 4, Ellsworth 0The MDI Trojans beat the Ellsworth Eagles 4-0 on Monday night at Ellsworth.Opal Curless led MDI with two goals. Katie Guaino and Jennifer Clemens each scored one goal.Curless scored the Trojans’ first goal just over a minute into the game. Clemens scored next with seven minutes left in the first half.Curless opened the second half again with a score six minutes in, and Guaino scored MDI’s final goal with 19 minutes left on the clock.Ellsworth goalie Callie Hammer recorded 10 saves, and MDI goalie Keely McConomy had six.Bucksport 3, Washington Academy 2Jasmine McDonald scored two goals, including the game-winner, for the Golden Bucks in a 3-2 win over the Washington Academy Raiders on Monday in East Machias.Eliza Hosford also scored for Bucksport.Molly Sheehan and Lucia Aretakis provided the goals for the Raiders.In earlier action:Presque Isle 4, Ellsworth 0Goals by Tori Koch, Olivia Hudson, Jordi Legasse and Maci Desmond lifted the Presque Isle Wildcats to a 4-0 win over the Eagles on Wednesday, Sept. 24, in Ellsworth.Callie Hammer had 12 saves in goal for Ellsworth and Jillian Flynn made 13 stops for the Wildcats.Hermon 4, MDI 0A pair of goals by Savannah Allain and single tallies by Brianna Saulter and Claire Peterson gave the Hermon Hawks a 4-0 win over the Trojans on Wednesday, Sept. 24, in Hermon.Goalkeeper Hailey Perry earned the shutout for Hermon with 11 saves, and Keely McConomy made 17 stops on 21 shots for MDI.GSA 1, Sumner 0Nellie Haldane scored the game’s only goal as the GSA Eagles eked out a 1-0 win over the Sumner Tigers on Thursday in Sullivan.DI-Stonington 2,Bangor Christian 2The Mariners and the Bangor Christian Patriots played through two overtime periods to a 2-2 tie on Thursday in Deer Isle.GSA 2, Dexter 1A goal by Nellie Haldane with just seven seconds remaining in the second overtime boosted the GSA Eagles over the Dexter Tigers 2-1 on Friday in Blue Hill.Morgan Dauk scored the game’s opening goal for GSA, but Dexter knotted the score on a goal by Skyler Theodore with less than four minutes remaining in regulation play.Megan Nowland had eight saves in 12 shots in goal for GSA, and Ashley Reynolds made nine saves on 11 shots for Dexter.Searsport 5, Bucksport 1The Searsport Vikings rolled to a 5-1 win over the Golden Bucks on Friday in Bucksport.Hermon 5, Ellsworth 1The Hermon Hawks rolled to a 5-1 win over the Eagles on Saturday in Ellsworth.Caitlin Bean gave Ellsworth an early lead with the game’s first goal, but the Hawks then reeled off five unanswered goals — two by Claire Petersen and one each by Alex Allain, Savannah Allain and Megan Howes.Callie Hammer made 13 saves on 18 shots in goal for Ellsworth, and Hailey Perry had five stops on six shots for Hermon.MDI 2, Caribou 1Opal Curless scored both goals as the Trojans eked out a 2-1 win over the Caribou Vikings on Saturday in Caribou.Sarah Doak scored the lone goal for Caribou.Keely McConomy had four saves on 10 shots in goal for MDI, and Morgan Outing had seven stops on 10 shots for the Vikings.Penobscot Valley 4, DI-Stonington 0The Penobscot Valley Howlers cruised to a 4-0 shutout win over the Mariners on Saturday in Deer Isle. Latest Posts Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Emily Berry of the Ellsworth Eagles tries to slow down the advance of Opal Curless of the Mount Desert Island Trojans in MDI’s 4-0 win over Ellsworth on Monday. Curless had a pair of goals for the Trojans, giving her 16 for the season thus far.ELLSWORTH — The George Stevens Academy Eagles upped their record to 6-3-0 this week with wins over the Sumner Tigers and Dexter Tigers. Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017
Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Bio Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Latest Posts Bucksport’s Asher Bowden drives toward the basket in the Golden Bucks’ 48-37 win over Sumner on Monday night in Bucksport. Bowden finished the game with 22 points.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSBUCKSPORT — The Bucksport boys’ basketball team scored 15 unanswered points in the second quarter en route to a 48-37 win over Sumner on Monday night.“It was a huge game for both of us,” said Bucksport Coach Larry Deans. “I think we’re both fighting for the same relative position in the standings.”Although Asher Bowden led the Golden Bucks offensively with 22 points, the key for Bucksport was defense.“They were really physical,” Sumner Coach Walter Crabtree said. “They took us out of our offense and kind of confused us.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Our guys kind of broke under the pressure.”Bowden also guarded Sumner’s leading scorer, Sam Smith, who posted 17 points for the Tigers.“He did a great job tonight,” Deans said of Bowden. “Asher’s job is tough. He needs to be one of our main scorers every game, but his other job is to take the best offensive player on the other team and try to stop him.”Bucksport trailed Sumner 10-5 after the first quarter. By halftime, the Bucks led 20-10.“We tend to be a slow-starting team for whatever reason,” Deans said. “The kids really stepped it up in the second quarter.“That’s really what we want to base our team on — being a great defensive team.”Bucksport (2-0) will host Deer Isle-Stonington on Wednesday. Sumner (0-2) will play at Narraguagus on Thursday.“I think we underachieved as a team tonight,” Crabtree said. “But I want to give all the credit to Bucksport because they put us in that situation.”
Latest Posts Bio BANGOR — At the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Riley Swanson scored all of his 11 points in the second half to pace Mount Desert Island to a 53-43 victory over John Bapst on Tuesday.MDI improved its record to 5-12.Alex Mooney led John Bapst (0-15) with 12 points.Sumner 68, Jonesport-Beals 42This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAt Sullivan, Sam Smith and Issac Christansen led a balanced scoring attack with 16 and 15 points to carry Sumner to victory over Jonesport-Beals on Thursday.Jordan Bernier added 10 points for Sumner (7-10), and Tyler Bunker had nine.For Jonesport-Beals (1-14), Austin Grant led the Royals with 15 points.GSA 60, MDI 54At Bar Harbor, Kelsey Allen led all scorers with 24 points to carry George Stevens Academy past MDI for the win on Thursday.Taylor Schildroth contributed 12 points for GSA, which improved its record to 12-3.Graham Good led MDI with 14 points, and Aaron Snurkowski had 13.Bucksport 53, John Bapst 35At Bucksport, Asher Bowden scored 17 points to lead the Golden Bucks by John Bapst on Thursday.Kyle Jackson chipped in with 11 points for Bucksport, which improved its record to 7-9.Alex Mooney paced John Bapst with 14 points. Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016
MOUNT DESERT — Eighty-three teams traveled to the Mount Desert Island and Ellsworth areas this weekend for this year’s edition of the Great Harbor Shootout.A total of 133 games were played in the tournament, which drew more than 3,000 people to the area. Those games began late Friday afternoon and concluded early Sunday afternoon and were played at Ellsworth-Elementary Middle School, Mount Desert Elementary School, the MDI YMCA, MDI High School, Pemetic Elementary School and Trenton Elementary School.Among local teams, the Down East Family YMCA boys’ squad made it all the way to the junior high school school title game. The team lost 60-56 to Skowhegan in the championship game at MDI High School to finish as runner-up.On the girls’ side, MDI won the high school bracket with a 54-44 victory over Lawrence in Sunday’s championship game at Pemetic Elementary School. Among the Trojans’ other wins en route to the title were a 47-34 win over GSA, a 41-18 win over Caribou, a 45-41 win over Deer Isle-Stonington and a 53-49 win over Calais.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe high school boys’ title went to Hermon, which beat Mount Desert Island in the championship game for the second year in a row to claim its third straight Great Harbor Shootout title. Bangor defeated Southern Aroostook 51-24 to claim the junior high girls’ championship.This year marked the 28th edition of the tournament, which was first held in 1992 as a seven-team competition. The event raises money for the Harbor House Community Center in Southwest Harbor.
Mumbai, May 22: An under-pressure innings from Faf du Plesis (67 not out) helped Chennai Super Kings edged past Sunrisers Hyderabad by two wickets in the first qualifier to enter the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Tuesday.Needing 140 runs to win, Chennai chased down the target with five balls to spare.Du Plesis kept on playing sensibly throughout when no other batman clicked and went back cheaply. He played 42 balls and slammed five boundaries and four sixes.Hyderabad will now face the winner of the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 2 on May 25 at Kolkata.Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad: 139/7 in 20 overs (Carlos Brathwaite 43 not out; Dwayne Bravo 2/25) against Chennai Super Kings: 140/8 in 19.1 overs (Du Plesis 67no; Rashid Khan 2/12). IANS
New Delhi: The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) will be launching the Indian Boxing League (IBL) this year in the month of July or August. The announcement was made by BFI president Ajay Singh and league commissioner Atul Pandey on Tuesday during an event in the Capital.Singh said that along with Asian Boxing Champions, boxers from other countries will be taking part in the league. The formal announcement of the league will be made next month. “The boxing league will take place on the line of leagues held in other sports,” Singh told IANS.Meanwhile, league commissioner Pandey said SportsLive will run the IBL. “We are in the process of finding sponsors and franchises for the league. Star Sports and Star Sports HD will broadcast the league to be held in July end or August in the evening from 7 pm to 9 pm.”“We will be announcing the formal launch in about three to four weeks once the owners are signed and once the elections are over as a lot of our decisions are dependent on elections. We will definitely have the league by the third quarter this year. Specific dates will be announced later,” he added. The league will run for three weeks. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWS
(REUTERS)-South Africa will not be using any racial quotas to pick the team to face New Zealand in the first Test later this week despite promising to formally introduce them to a bid to speed up transformation.Coach Russell Domingo said players would be selected on merit only for the first test in Durban, which starts on Friday.“We will continue to do what we’ve always done and that is pick our best eleven players. We are fortunate that it hasn’t been an issue for this particular team,” Domingo told reporters.His comments came three weeks after Cricket South Africa (CSA), which has been criticised by the government over the issue, said it would set a minimum number of black players to be selected in all their national teams.CSA president Chris Nenzani announced these “targets” would be calculated over a year after it had been determined what was realistic and sustainable.“There has been nothing officially recommended to me at the moment,” added Domingo as South Africa began preparations for a two-match series, their first test cricket since losing to England at home at the start of the year.CSA have already introduced quotas for the country’s domestic franchise competitions where teams must field at least six players of colour, including three black African players.South Africa’s sports minister Fikile Mbalula has been critical of what he says is the slow rate of transformation in the country’s major sports, apart from football.The country has seen greater participation among black players across most sports at junior level despite the challenge of providing adequate school facilities in poorer districts.But Mbalula wants to see this reflected quicker at national team level and in April slammed the federations from rugby, cricket, netball and athletics for failing to meet what he says were agreed targets on transformation.He banned them from bidding for or hosting international events like World Cups until they met their targets, with a review of this decision scheduled for next April.South Africa’s 15-man squad for the Tests against New Zealand has seven players of colour but just two black Africans in Temba Bavuma and Kagiso Rabada.
WORLD heavyweight champion Tyson Fury could lose his licence after he revealed he was taking cocaine.The British fighter, 28, who claimed he had retired on Monday before retracting the comment three hours later, has also said he is suffering from depression.British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) general secretary Robert Smith said cocaine use is “against the law”.The governing body, which meets on October 12, stripped Ricky Hatton of his licence after drug use allegations.The British boxer lost his licence in 2010 and the former two-weight world champion has reportedly texted Fury asking him “to give me a ring” if he needs me.The BBBofC meeting has not been called exclusively for Fury’s case, but Smith said the body “can’t ignore the law of the land”, adding: “It’s drug use and we will deal with it accordingly.”BBC Sport has contacted the WBO and WBA – the two organisations with which Fury holds heavyweight titles – but is yet to receive a response.The WBO and WBA are not governing bodies and can strip Fury of the title, declare the titles vacant, or he can vacate them.Smith said: “We deal with the licence, so in theory, if we were to suspend him they would have no choice but to strip him because he can’t defend them, can he?“You can’t just take a man’s licence away, without taking the proper procedures, if we decide that’s the right thing to do.”Fury – undefeated in 25 professional fights – has not fought since November 2015 when he inflicted a first defeat on Wladimir Klitschko in more than 11 years, winning the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts.He was stripped of the IBF strap within two weeks as he could not face mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov and a rematch with Klitschko has twice been postponed.The Manchester-born fighter also faces a UK Anti-Doping hearing in November after traces of a banned substance were allegedly found in a urine sample in June.On Monday, Fury tweeted: “I’m the greatest, and I’m also retired”. But three hours later posted: “I’m here to stay”. (BBC Sport)
THE Youth Basketball Guyana’s (YBG) 11th Annual National Schools Basketball Festival (NSBF) will tip into its final quarter today, with a series of Under-19 games from 17:00hrs at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. Action in the tournament has been ongoing for two weeks and today’s quarterfinals mark the first of the last three days in the event.The first game of the day will see defending champions Kwakwani Secondary match up against Mackenzie High. The Mackenzie side will be looking to deny the defending champs another run at the title.However, it will not be an easy task since Kwakwani will be led by Road to Mecca 3 MVP Stanton Rose. For Mackenzie, shutting down Rose will only be a small part of the game plan with Kwakwani boasting two other Junior National players in Damair ‘Bubba’ Gladstone and Troy ‘Rambo’ David.Following their match-up, President’s College will take on Linden Technical Institute (LTI). Both teams are coming into the game with dominating performances against their opponents in the opening rounds.Jaleel Duke will be hoping to lead his East Coast side into the semifinals while Tahquille Johnson of LTI will be looking to spoil the party. LTI have a history of excelling in knockout stages, but with a fairly new cast, the Linden side will have pressure on their shoulders.St Rose’s High will take on New Amsterdam Multilateral Secondary (NAMS) in the third game of the day. This will be an interesting matchup with both teams boasting high-calibre big men as well as guards.New Amsterdam will have to find a way to cut off the head of Rose’s offence in duo guards Patrice Agrippa and Shamar Huntley. For NAMS, Ramone Fogenay and Kelmar Carmichael’s point guard combo will be crucial. The battle of the big ones will see NAMS’ Neil Marks, Tafawa Daly, Sherland Gillis take it to St Rose’s Akil Vaughn and Leon Ross. So far, Marks has seemed unstoppable with Daly spreading the floor to hit threes and Gillis’ scrappers approach to the game giving NAMS the edge.Georgetown Technical Institute received a bye and will head straight to the semi-finals to await an opponent. Tomorrow will see all semifinals played with the final and closing ceremony on Sunday.The tournament is sponsored by Digicel, Banks DIH Limited and Beharry Group of Companies.
FOOTBALL action in the 2016 COURTS/Petra Under-11 Pee Wee football continues today with third-round action from 10:00hrs at Banks DIH Thirst Park.St Angela’s Primary and Tucville Primary will be the first two teams on the pitch with Success and School of the Nations playing alongside them.From 10:45hrs, F.E. Pollard and Comenius Primary will have a chance to decide the better of the two teams while South Ruimveldt Primary take on St Stephen’s.Mae’s Primary confront St Pius Primary while Smith Memorial have been pitted against Winfer Gardens Primary.Redeemer take on Rama Krishna from 12:15hrs while Stella Maris Primary play St Agnes Primary at the same time.J.E Burnham tackle St Margaret’s from 13:00hrs alongside the Marian Academy vs North Georgetown game while in the afternoon’s final matches St Gabriel will clash with St Ambrose and West Ruimveldt play Enterprise.
By Martyn HermanLONDON, England (Reuters) – Gareth Southgate was handed the onerous task of ending England’s decades of soccer under-achievement at major tournaments when he agreed a four-year deal to become national team’s football manager yesterday.The 46-year-old former international defender had been in temporary charge since Sam Allardyce quit 67 days into his reign in September after becoming embroiled in a newspaper sting.Southgate, who played for Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, impressed the FA during four matches as interim manager and was the overwhelming favourite to secure the job.“I am extremely proud to be appointed England manager. However, I’m also conscious that getting the job is one thing, now I want to do the job successfully,” Southgate said in a statement issued by the Football Association after a lengthy board meeting at its St George’s Park headquarters.“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with the players over these past four games and I think there’s huge potential.“For me, the hard work starts now. There are ways of working that we need to establish to give ourselves a better chance of success in the future.”The mild-mannered Southgate’s first game as permanent manager will be away to Germany in a friendly in March before a home 2018 World Cup qualifier a few days later against Lithuania.It was against Germany that, as a player, Southgate achieved unwanted notoriety for his penalty shootout miss in the semi-finals of the European Championship in 1996 at Wembley.He later starred in a pizza company TV commercial alongside Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle wearing a brown paper bag over his head as they teased him over his miss.GOOD POSITIONEngland last won a major trophy when they lifted the World Cup at home under Alf Ramsey in 1966 and have not reached the semi-finals of a top international tournament since Euro ’96.Southgate’s mission will be to continue the good work he did at the Under-21s now he is in charge of the senior team.They are already in a good position to reach the World Cup, topping their group after four games with Southgate overseeing wins over Scotland and Malta and a draw with Slovenia.Southgate’s appointment is no surprise and FA chief executive Martin Glenn described him as a leader and a winner.“He performed extremely well during the four games he was in temporary charge and he impressed us during a tough interview process,” Glenn said in a statement.Southgate is the youngest full-time England manager since Steve McClaren was appointed, aged 54, in 2006.This is only his third permanent role as a manager, having been at the helm of Middlesbrough from 2006-09 until he was sacked the season after they were relegated from the top flight.He was in charge of England’s Under-21s from 2013 to 16, working with the likes of Harry Kane, John Stones and Raheem Sterling, all of whom are now part of the senior squad.As a player Southgate earned 57 caps and he will now be expected to bring the passion he had as a player to the job of manager as England bid to return to the international elite.
PLENTY action is anticipated as the Trophy Stall Doubles Table Tennis Championship finals continue today. Guyana’s top three tennis players Heimraj Resaul, Afruica Gentle and Anthony Downes have all reached the finals of their categories in what is being dubbed the leading doubles tournament of the year.In the Ladies’ Open Doubles semi-finals the budding Afruica Gentle with partner Cristy Campbell easily defeated Shawna Gentle and Fiona Bushell 6-1, 6-1 while Alana Chung and partner Margaret Subryan went down to Shelly Daly-Ramdyhan and Nicola Ramdyhan 6-0, 6-3.In the Mixed Open Doubles quarterfinals J. Kalekyezi and A. Chung knocked off the pair of Philbert Clarke and Diana Bharat 6-1, 6-3 to reach their first semi-finals, but succumbed to the overwhelming power of the Anthony Downes and Afruica Gentle 6-1, 6-2.The pair of Heimraj Resaul and Kalyca Fraser defeated the young powerhouse of Mark McDonald and Nicola Ramdyhan 6-1 7-5.In the Men’s Open Doubles semifinals Heimraj Resaul and Jordan Beaton dashed the hopes of Oswin Coggins and Stephen Bailey by taking them down 6-0, 6-2 while Anthony Downes and partner Jason Andrews defeated Mark McDonald and Ronald Murray 6-4, 6-4 in what was their toughest encounter of the tournament.The Ladies’ Doubles finals will be played at the National Racquet Centre today from 12:00hrs, with the Men’s Doubles finals and Closing Ceremony to follow.The public is invited to give these athletes support by turning out to witness Guyana’s best doubles players vie for the top championship titles.
DEFENDING champion Angelique Kerber survived an onslaught from fellow German Carina Witthoeft to advance yesterday to the Australian Open third round.Kerber – top seed at a Grand Slam for the first time – struggled with her serve in a second-set tie-break before prevailing 6-2, 6-7(3-7), 6-2.The top seed, who was 29 yesterday, faces Czech Kristyna Pliskova next.Venus Williams beat Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele 6-3, 6-2 to reach the third round for the 13th timeWilliams, who played at her first Australian Open in 1998, is the oldest woman in the singles draw, is still going strong at 36 and is competing in her 73rd Grand Slam.“I have to talk about my age every interview!” the American said. “I’ve played some of the greats.“It’s an honour and privilege to start that young, and play this old.”She later pulled out of the doubles competition with her sister Serena as a precaution to rest a sore elbow.The 17th seed has never won the title in Melbourne, her best result finishing as runner-up to Serena in 2003.She will next play Duan Yingying after the Chinese player beat Varvara Lepchenko 6-1, 3-6, 10-8.World number one Kerber has started the year in less-than-convincing style, going out in the last eight in Brisbane and the second round in Sydney.And Witthoeft, 21, posed a far more serious challenge in this meeting than in the 6-0, 6-0 defeat she suffered against her compatriot at Wimbledon in 2015.After a frustrated Kerber coughed up successive double faults in the tie-break, Witthoeft’s powerful groundstrokes took the opening game of the decider against serve.But Kerber won the next four to regain control and avoid an upset.“To have this pressure is a privilege,” she said. “It’s completely new for me, but I’m doing well. I’m just trying to enjoy it.”BEST OF THE RESTWorld number seven Garbine Muguruza advanced to the third round by beating America’s Samantha Crawford 7-5, 6-4.Meanwhile, Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova, a three-time quarter-finalist in Melbourne, was a 6-2, 6-1 victor over Australia’s Jaimee Fourlis.But 10th seed Carla Suarez Navarro is out after a shock defeat by Romania’s world number 78 Sorana Cirstea.The Spaniard went down 7-6(7-1), 6-3.Canadian Eugenie Bouchard avoided a second successive Australian Open second-round exit by beating China’s Peng Shuai.Bouchard, a Melbourne semi-finalist in 2014 who is now ranked 47 in the world, won 7-6(7-5), 6-2.Australia’s Ashleigh Barty, in her first Australian Open appearance since 2014, moved to the third round for the first time with a 7-5, 6-1 win over American Shelby Rogers. (BBC Sport)
New Delhi: It has been four days since Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team sealed history at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Four days of pure joy as Kohli’s side became the first Asian team to win a Test series in Australia. Four days of absolute joy in ensuring India’s overseas woes ended in dramatic style. However, in the middle, there has been a serious distraction in the form of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s ‘outrageous’ comments on the talk show Koffee With Karan. The duo has been suspended and has been ordered to return home, throwing their participation even in the New Zealand series in doubt. Kohli, in the pre-match press conference, had condemned the views of the two players but insisted that the team morale is high and nothing can shatter that. The fact that India are squaring up against an Australia side that is still lacking in firepower gives them an advantage despite the off-field drama.The three ODIs, in addition to the five ODIs against New Zealand and the home ODIs against Australia are the final 13 ODIs for India to zero in on a combination before the World Cup begins in May which will be held in England. Jasprit Bumrah has been rested for the series and this means Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead the attack with Khaleel Ahmed and Mohammed Shami as the other three pacers. With the pitch expected to assist spin and having a fair sprinkling of grass, the likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav have a big role. Jadeja, in particular, will double up as the bowling all-rounder in Pandya’s absence.Read More | BCCI suspends Pandya and Rahul, asks duo to return homeIndia’s batting is what gives them the edge. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan scored plenty of runs in the 2016 series along with Virat Kohli. The success of the top three has given India a massive edge in the last one year in ODIs. With the return of Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni, the lower middle order also looks in great shape. All eyes will be on Dhoni, who had an underwhelming performance with the bat last year and he will be desperate to make amends before the World Cup.Australia in transitionThe Australian cricket team is searching for good times. So much so that they have gone back to the 80s, a time of retro and disco. They have donned new attire but it will be interesting to see whether their new attire matches their new outlook. The selection of some players in the squad has raised eyebrows.Read More | Australia bring back 80s retro look in ODI jerseys vs IndiaPeter Siddle has not played an ODI for the last eight years while Nathan Lyon has played only 15 ODIs. The inclusion of Ashton Turner in Mitchell Marsh’s place has only increased the inexperience factor. The onus will be on Aaron Finch, who failed in the Tests but is a proven white-ball cricket performer, to carry Australia’s batting. Glenn Maxwell is the difference maker in the middle order while Australia’s bowling, with the likes of Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake and Adam Zampa offer pace and variety.A win for India will put them in pole position to win the series while a loss could stall their momentum as they look to build for the World Cup. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Mumbai also has a strong midfield manned by Sougou, Paulo Machado and Matias Mirabaje. They also have a strong defense but need to pull up their socks and work on their weakness which was thoroughly exposed by Goa. Experienced Mumbai custodian Amrinder Singh was tested severely in the game against Goa and he let in two goals. He would be anxious to put up a better show.But that would be an arduous task as the visitors have French striker Bartholomew Ogbeche, who is the leading goal scorer in the season with 11 strikes, to bank on.Apart from Ogbeche, other North East strikers are Girik Khosla, Juan Mascia, and Kivi Zhimomi. The North East team also have a strong link line manned by the likes of Rowlin Borges, Uruguayan Federico Galle go and Colombian Jose Leudo. The visitors will rely on Gurvinder Singh, Shouvik Ghosh, and Croatian Mislav Komorski, in deep defence, apart from custodian Rehenesh. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights New Delhi: After two back-to-back defeats, Mumbai City FC would be keen to get back to winning ways when they clash with an equally strong North East United FC in an Indian Super League encounter here on Wednesday. Mumbai’s unbeaten run of nine games ended when they suffered a 2-0 loss against FC Goa here at the Mumbai Football Arena in their previous home game.The next ‘away’ outing against Jamshedpur FC also proved to be a damp squib as they lost 1-0. Mumbai coach Jorge Costa would be eyeing to grab three crucial points from this game. At present, after 15 games, Mumbai is in the second spot in the standings with 27 points, just behind league leaders Bengaluru FC (31 points). North East United FC is in the fourth position with24 points from 15 games and a win would enhance their chances of reaching the playoffs.For the hosts, their best bet would be Senegalese media Modou Sougou, who has nine goals to his name so far. He has formed a lethal combination with Congo striker Arnold Issoko, who has five assists to his name. Sougou, who failed to create his magic against Goa, will be eager to do something special this time around.The hosts also have Brazilian striker Rafael Bastos. His rapport with both Issoko and Sougou has also been good. If the trio fire in unison, the opposition defenders will come under severe pressure. Mumbai FC had an unbeaten run of nine games prior to the loss against FC Goa.Mumbai FC currently occupies the second spot in the points table.Modou Sougou has scored nine goals in the tournament so far.
Neymar has played only four matches for Paris Saint-Germain since he injured his right foot’s fifth metatarsal in January. Striker Gabriel Jesus said Neymar “obviously is not 100%, but he is at 90%.” “He is doing well, which is great for us,” Jesus told a news conference.Neymar was also stripped of the captaincy by coach Tite this week, but neither spoken publicly about the decision yet. Veteran defender Dani Alves will wear the armband during the Copa America. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Brazil: Neymar sat out Brazil’s training session, a day after he limped off the field with knee pains as the team began its Copa America preparations. Brazil’s soccer confederation said in a statement that the striker would undergo physiotherapy and gym sessions instead of practicing with the rest of the team at the Granja Comary training ground outside Rio de Janeiro.The 27-year-old exited Tuesday’s first full training after feeling pain in his left knee. He is still expected to play a friendly against Qatar on June 5 in Brasilia. The Copa America starts on June 14, with Brazil playing Bolivia on the opening day.
For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: In the seventh game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will lock horns at the Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground in Cardiff on Tuesday. Both the team will be looking to register their first win of the tourno after losing one match each.On one hand, Sri Lanka faced embarrassment when they lost to New Zealand by 10 wickets. The Lankan innings crashed to 136 all out while the Kiwis chased down the total in the 16th over itself. From Sri Lankan side, only the skipper Dimuth Karunaratne could manage to put decent score on the board by hitting half centuryIn the post-match press conference, he said, “I think we have another eight games to go. We need to (keep our) chin up and play very well. We need to see what we have. On the back end we need to get some partnerships, (and in) the middle part. Those are the key areas. We’re looking forward to doing it’’.On the other hand, Afghanistan lost their opening match to the defending champions. The match was held on June 1 at the County Ground in Bristol. Gulbadin Naib-led Afghanistan managed to put just 207 runs on the board which Aaron Finch and Co chased down easily with David Warner scoring half-century in his returning game in the Yellow jersey.Afghanistan is expected to give a tough fight to the demoralised Sri Lanka side as they have some of the best players in the squad.Now, let us take a look at some of the key players who should be watched out in #AFGvSL game:Angelo Mathews – The only veteran player in the Sri Lankan side Angelo Mathews is one of the key players in the squad.Dimuth Karunaratne – Dimuth could play an important role in tomorrow’s match as he is one of the best batsmen of the side.Rashid Khan – The star player of the Afghanistan side Rashid is known for his hard hitting in the death overs or down the batting line-up. He also takes couple of wickets in each game.Mohammed Nabi – Another all-rounder in the Afghan squad is Mohammed Nabi. However, the player was not able to perform well in the first match but is expected to perform better in the upcoming game.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday said the government will not have any say on whether India should participate in next month’s Davis Cup tie in Pakistan as the event is not a bilateral engagement. India’s participation in the Asia-Oceania Zone Group 1 Davis Cup tie, scheduled on September 14 and 15 in Islamabad, is uncertain owing to high political tensions with Pakistan. The country has downgraded diplomatic ties with India after provisions of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, were done away with and the state was turned into a Union Territory. “If it is a bilateral sporting event, then whether India will play with Pakistan becomes a political decision. But Davis Cup is not a bilateral and is organised by a world sporting body,” Rijiju said on the sidelines of an event of the ministry of youth affairs.”Since India is a signatory to the Olympic charter. Therefore, the government of India or the national federation do not have a say on whether India will participate or not,” he added. The All India Tennis Association (AITA) will be seeking a neural venue for the tie but its Pakistani counterpart on Sunday made it clear that it would not agree to a change as preparations are already underway in Islamabad.The AITA will cite the diplomatic tensions and security concerns while seeking a change of venue from the ITF. No Indian Davis Cup team has travelled to Pakistan since 1964 and bilateral cricket ties between the two countries have been dormant since the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai.Since 2017, Pakistan have played four of their five home ties in Islamabad, hosting Korea, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Iran. Hong Kong had refused to travel to Pakistan in 2017, giving them a walkover. The last time Pakistan played on a neutral venue was when it hosted China in Colombo in 2016. In 2015, Pakistan played both their home ties on neutral venues. They played Chinese Taipei in Turkey while hosting Kuwait in Colombo. highlights No Indian Tennis team has visited Pakistan since 1964.India will play in Islamabad on September 14 and 15.Pakistan last played in a neutral venue when it hosted China in Colombo in 2016.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Virat Kohli continued to notch up milestones after milestones in the Pune Test against South Africa. After notching up his seventh double ton, 19th as skipper and also went past 7000 runs in Tests, he clobbered Dean Elgar over wide long on to notch up his 250 and register his highest individual score in Tests. In the third session, both he and Ravindra Jadeja scored at over 10 runs an over and Kohli was especially severe on Keshav Maharaj, hammering him for two sixes while finding the boundary on a regular basis of the other bowlers. He went past Sachin Tendulkar’s highest individual score of 248 which he made against Bangladesh in 2004.This was Kohli’s 50th Test as Indian skipper and this was his ninth 150-plus score as captain, breaking the record set by Sir Don Bradman who had smashed eight. Kohli has scored a century in 11 different venues in India and his 19th century as captain levelled the mark set by Ricky Ponting of Australia. The Indian skipper raised the tempo in the second session as he played risk-free cricket and made great progress.Also Read | There is huge gap between Kohli and rest of world: Brian LaraThe Indian cricket team skipper notched up his double century by glancing Senuran Muthusamy for a couple to fine leg . He now has the most double centuries in Test cricket for an Indian, breaking the record of six set jointly by Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. Also Read | Virat Kohli argues with umpires over controversial DRS, this time vs Bangladesh in 2019 World CupKohli is the only skipper in history to have hit seven double centuries as captain, breaking the mark of five set by Brian Lara. This was his sixth double century in India, having smashed 200 against West Indies in North Sound during the 2016 series. During the course of his knock, he also went past 1000 runs in Tests against South Africa. As captain, Kohli averages 63 and at home, his average is close to 68. He has 12 tons in India while overseas, he has 14 centuries.When he edged Keshav Maharaj for two fours in one over, Kohli notched up his 150. Kohli then edged Maharaj for the third time in two overs and he found the third man boundary. That four took him past his previous highest score against South Africa which was 153 which he achieved during the 2018 Centurion Test. Earlier, Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane had weathered the storm on an overcast evening session on day 1 but Kohli showed his mettle to negotiate the bowling. He notched up his fifty with two boundaries off Vernon Philander as he remained unbeaten on 63. Resuming on day 2, Kohli had his fair share of luck. He edged a full ball from Philander but it just flew past Quinton de Kock for a boundary. Kohli, though, had no problems negotiating the nervous 90s as he notched up a magnificent century by straight driving Philander to the long on fence for a glorious boundary.
Toppin, Grant bring top honors to DaytonUNDATED (AP) — Dayton’s Obi Toppin and Anthony Grant have claimed top honors from The Associated Press after leading the Flyers to a No. 3 final ranking.Toppin was voted the AP men’s college basketball player of the year. Grant is the AP coach of the year. They led the Flyers to a program-record 29 victories.Toppin won the player award with 34 votes from AP Top 25 poll voters. Iowa’s Luka Garza was runner-up with 24 votes.Grant won the coaching honor with 30 votes in his third season at his alma mater. Baylor’s Scott Drew was second with 13 votes. March 25, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTOKYO OLYMPICS POSTPONEDVirus forces postponement of Summer OlympicsTOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021. The International Olympic Committee has decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. Update on the latest in sports: UNDATED (AP) — The Cam Newton era is officially over in Carolina. The Panthers have released the quarterback after nine seasons.The move became a formality after the Panthers made it clear last week they were moving on from Newton, giving him permission to seek a trade before agreeing to a three-year, $63 million contract with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.In other NFL moves:— A person familiar with the situation says free agent wide receiver Robby Anderson has agreed to a two-year contract worth $20 million with the Panthers. He scored five touchdowns for the Jets last season and finished with 52 catches for 779 yards, both second-best totals for his career.— The Jets quickly responded to losing Anderson by giving speedster Breshad Perriman a one-year contract. The 26-year-old wide receiver had his best season in the NFL last year, setting career highs with 36 catches, 645 yards receiving and six touchdowns for Tampa Bay. — Oft-injured tight end Tyler Eifert has ended his seven-season run with the Bengals by accepting a two-year package with the Jaguars. Eifert played in 16 games last year for the first time in his seven NFL seasons, catching 43 passes for 436 yards and three touchdowns.— The Falcons have agreed to a contract with free-agent linebacker LaRoy Reynolds. Reynolds played in 15 games with Cincinnati in 2019. He is expected to add depth and contribute on special teams.— The Lions have agreed to terms with offensive lineman Oday Aboushi to add depth. Aboushi started two games and was a backup in five other games last season in Detroit.— The Seahawks have made a significant addition to their wide receiver group by agreeing to a one-year deal with Phillip Dorsett. Dorsett addresses another need for Seattle, providing depth and additional speed on the outside for quarterback Russell Wilson. — The 49ers have officially announced a deal to re-sign safety Jimmie Ward to a three-year contract. The sides came to an agreement on the deal worth a reported $28.5 million last week but the team had to wait until Ward passed a physical before announcing. The 49ers also have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent receiver Travis Benjamin, according to a person familiar with the contract. TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady says one day he’ll have time to reflect on a historic 20-year run with the New England Patriots.Right now the six-time Super Bowl champion and newest member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is focused on the challenge of helping the Bucs end the NFL’s second-longest playoff drought.The 42-year-old quarterback declined during a conference call to discuss specifics about his decision to leave the Patriots. Instead he reiterated that while he cherishes what he accomplished in New England, he’s just as committed to helping Tampa Bay be successful.NFL-NEWSAs expected, Panthers release Newton NBA-CLIPPERS-FORUMClippers own buying L.A. ForumLOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is buying the Forum for $400 million. That clears the way for the billionaire to build a new arena down the street in Inglewood, California.Ballmer, the former Microsoft executive, and Clippers vice chairman Dennis Wong are making the cash purchase through a newly formed corporation that will continue to operate the Forum as a live music venue.The Forum has been owned by Madison Square Garden Company, which had been in litigation to block Balmer and Wong from building a new arena nearby. The IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The announcement was a nod to the reality that training and qualifying schedules have been ruptured beyond repair as the coronavirus spreads.Next up for the organizers is picking a date when it might be safe again to hold such a massive event. They’ll also have to rearrange the 2021 global sports calendar.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKTrack world championships could be delayed a year NEW YORK (AP) — If the New York Mets ever start their season, they’ll do it without Noah Syndergaard (SIHN’-dur-gahrd).The flame-throwing right-hander will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday after being diagnosed with a torn elbow ligament. General manager Brodie Van Wagenen says Syndergaard underwent an MRI after experiencing discomfort in his elbow before spring training was suspended due to the pandemic.The right-hander received a second opinion on the damaged ulnar collateral ligament from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ head team physician.The 27-year-old Syndergaard is coming off his worst major league season, going 10-8 with a 4.28 ERA and 202 strikeouts in 197 2/3 innings.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-PLAYER AND COACH OF THE YEAR — The Chargers have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent linebacker Nick Vigil. He spent the last four seasons with the Bengals and started every game last year, finishing second on the team with 111 tackles.— Receiver Isaiah McKenzie has reached an agreement to re-sign with the Bills.— The Cardinals have agreed to terms on one-year deals with offensive lineman Max Garcia and safety Charles Washington.MLB-METS-SYNDERGAARDSyndergaard needs Tommy John surgery The school says O’Brien provided free massages on campus to the general student population through the university’s Alumni Association’s finals dinner beginning in 2011 and as recently as last fall.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-GREENEx-Red Storm player diesNEW YORK (AP) — A former St. John’s basketball player has died, reportedly of the coronavirus. Lee Green was a defensive standout who played on two NCAA Tournament teams.The Big East Conference school announced the death Tuesday without identifying a cause. The New York Post quoted former teammate and friend Lamont Middleton, linking Green’s death to the coronavirus. — North Carolina freshman point guard Cole Anthony says he’s delaying any announcements about whether he’ll enter the NBA draft amid the spread of the virus. Considered a likely one-and-done prospect, Anthony averaged 18.5 points for the Tar Heels, though he missed 11 games due to knee surgery and UNC went just 14-19.— The NHL is extending its recommendation for players and staff to self-isolate and stay away from team practice facilities until at least April 6. Multiple people with knowledge of the update say the NHL has recommended players and staff extend their self-quarantine 10 days beyond the original March 27 timeline. The decision further pushes back the earliest date team facilities can reopen.— NASCAR has informed its staff that pay cuts will be imposed across the company until the series returns to racing. NASCAR President Steve Phelps announced the moves in a memo to employees, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press from a person who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. The memo said series executives, including the presidents of NASCAR-owned tracks, will see a 25% reduction in salary. All other employees will have their salary reduced by 20%.NFL-BUCCANEERS-BRADYSix-time Super Bowl champ Brady looking forward, not behind UNDATED (AP) — The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, could be moved from 2021 to 2022 after the Olympics were postponed.World Athletics says it is talking with organizers about “alternative dates, including dates in 2022.”The championships in Eugene are due to run from Aug. 6-15, 2021. That would conflict with the Olympics if the same July-August slot as originally planned for 2020 is used next year.In other news concerning the outbreak:— A Boston Red Sox minor league player has tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the team to close down its training complex in Fort Myers, Florida. The team didn’t identify the player, but said he was doing well. The New York Yankees announced earlier this month that two of their minor leaguers had the virus. The purchase abruptly wraps up the litigation fight and allows the Clippers to move ahead on their goal to open a new arena when their Staples Center lease expires in 2024. The Clippers currently share the downtown arena with the Los Angeles Lakers and the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings.COLLEGE SPORTS-KANSAS-MASSAGE THERAPISTKansas massage therapist accused of misconduct with athletesWICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A massage therapist charged with a sex crime involving a girl also engaged in inappropriate behavior toward at least six female athletes at the University of Kansas, including unwanted touching during massages.Chancellor Doug Girard and Athletic Director Jeff Long said in a joint statement that investigators also found an athletic trainer was aware of at least some of the alleged incidents involving Shawn P. O’Brien but failed to appropriately report the conduct. — Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst says he’s signed tight end Marcedes Lewis, who is back for a third year in Green Bay. The 35-year-old Lewis caught 15 passes for 156 yards and one touchdown last season.— Journeyman cornerback Rashaan Melvin and the Jaguars have agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth $2.25 million. Melvin had 68 tackles and 11 pass breakups in 13 games for Detroit last season.— Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has agreed to free-agent contracts with defensive end Noah Spence and XFL interception leader Deatrick Nichols. Spence was a 2016 second-round draft choice by Tampa Bay and returns to the Saints after joining New Orleans for three regular season games and one playoff game last season.— The Chiefs have agreed to a one-year contract with Jordan Ta’amu, the highest-rated quarterback during the abbreviated XFL season. He will compete with veteran Chad Henne for a backup job next season.— Case Keenum has reunited in Cleveland with the coach who brought out the best in him. The veteran quarterback signed a three-year, $18 million free agent contract with the Browns. He’ll again be working with coach Kevin Stefanski. The pair spent 2017 together in Minnesota. Green was with St. John’s from 1991 to 1994. He played his first season under Lou Carnesecca and his final two for Brian Mahoney.Green was from New York City. He was 49 years old.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Former West Indies team manager, Omar Khan, has questioned the professionalism of the embattled Caribbean side, following their whitewash at the hands of England in recent One-Day International series.After watching the Windies’ capitulation in the final ODI of the three-match series last Thursday in Barbados, Trinidadian Khan said it appeared the players were not taking the game seriously.“It is really disheartening and disappointing to see the way the West Indies are playing at the moment,” Khan told the Guardian newspaper here.“The way they went about their business and I say business because this is business, sport is serious business, I looked at the body language and they did not look like professionals.“If you look at England team they came out there with a purpose and was professional, clinical. They (West Indies) looked more like models and not professionals.”West Indies lost the opening two ODIs at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in Antigua and were hoping to rescue some pride in the final game of the series, only to suffer a 186-run defeat – their heaviest loss ever to the English in a one-dayer.Chasing a huge 328, West Indies narrowly avoided the embarrassment of their lowest ODI total at Kensington Oval when they were dismissed for 142.Only Jonathan Carter with 46 showed any enterprise as the top-order collapsed to leave the Windies languishing on 45 for six at one stage.Khan said the value of professionalism appeared to be lost on the team, with emphasis being seemingly placed on individual performances.“Our players need to understand what is professionalism, what it means to represent the people of the region, what it takes to win, the value of working together and valuing one another,” he contended.“While we may have some brilliant individual performances at times, they need to understand that individual performances alone will not bring the team success. Everyone has to be on the same page.”He also argued that judging from the body language of the players, there were obviously in no frame of mind to compete against the England“The body language they put out was not good at all against the English, it was as if they were defeated from the get go,” he pointed out.“Someone needs to tell the players that body language represents 67 per cent of the communication that one sends and it is important to be positive.”
GUYANA All Stars, comprising mostly of Guyanese living in New York, Canada and their homeland, made it two in a row when they emerged winners of Orlando Premiere League (OPL) softball tournament which climaxed last Sunday in Orlando.Facing Untouchables in the final of the Open tournament, which comprised eight teams, Guyana All Stars romped to a comfortable nine-wicket victory in a high scoring affair.Set a formidable 222 for victory after Untouchables reached 221 for nine in their allotted 25 overs, Guyana All Stars reached the required target in 22.1 overs with openers Navin SinghSkipper Damodar Daesrath poses with the winners’ trophy and cheque.and Richard Latiff leading the way with 81 not out and 78 respectively. Singh struck 13 fours while Latiff counted 10. Martin Dutchin slammed an unbeaten 36 to end the match in fine style. The lone wicket went to Amar Singh.Earlier, Untouchables were led to their challenging total through fine knocks from Prashad Mahadeo and former National youth player Andrew Gonsalves with 57 and 45 respectively.There were three wickets for Bobby Prahalad and two each for Latiff and S. Kayoon. Navin Singh copped the man-of-the-match award.Guyana All Stars were led by former Guyana captain and Canada-based Guyanese Damodar Daesrath. They carted off the winning trophy and US$5 000.The annual tournament is organised by the OPL whose president is Steve Sarju.
THE Hero Caribbean Premier League will be the next time Trinidad and Tobago allrounder Dwayne Bravo suits up for a professional outfit.According to the former West Indies One Day International captain, while surgery on a torn hamstring last year in Australia’s Big Bash League was successful, he will not rush to return to professional cricket.“I want to give myself the best chance of coming back and playing the way I usually play, which is give 100% and do all the crazy things I do. I am not going to rush into anything. My target is to keep training and get my entire body in shape,” said Bravo.The all rounder, who signed with the Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League but could not play because of the injury, said he will play in an exhibition game on Friday but will be careful to see where he is in terms of his recovery.“I’ll bowl two overs, maybe, just to see how it is getting back. International cricket is different,” he said.According to Bravo, the signs are good though and he is much closer to beng the player he was before the injury.“I have improved a lot. I am closer to playing now than I was three-four months ago. The surgery itself was successful. It’s just a matter of continuing my rehab programme. I don’t want to rush things, it’s a very severe injury. I want to make sure I am feeling good and comfortable in my mind,” he said.Bravo plies his trade in the CPL for the Trinbago Knight Riders.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Fast bowling seemed to have been uppermost in the minds of the West Indies selection panel, when they chose the 13-member squad for their upcoming three Twenty20 Internationals against Afghanistan next month in St Kitts.They have chosen to rest Jason Holder, sought to give the attack an edge with the recall of Jerome Taylor to international duty and cast an eye to the future with the choice of Ronsford Beaton as the only newcomer in the squad to be led by Carlos Brathwaite.Holder has been a regular member of the T20I squad since his debut three years ago, but Courtney Browne, the chairman of the West Indies selection panel, said the lanky Test and One-day International captain has been given a break with a view to having him recharged and ready for significant ODI contests in the next two months.West Indies face a race against time to qualify directly for the 2019 ICC World Cup to be hosted by England and Wales, and the selectors clearly see Holder’s role as important to the team’s bid to avoid having to play in the qualifying tournament next year in Bangladesh.The World Cup will feature 10 teams with hosts England, and the top seven other teams in the ICC ODI Rankings on September 30 this year, earning automatic qualification with the remaining two spots being decided at the qualifying tournament.Veerasammy Permaul“He has requested a break and, after discussion with the staff, we have granted him this period to refresh himself and prepare for the upcoming ODIs against Afghanistan and India.”As a consequence of Holder’s absence, veteran fellow fast bowler Taylor gets a chance to give the selectors cogent proof that he is serious about fully resuming his international career, after he had announced his retirement from Tests and ODIs last year.Taylor has played 23 T20Is for West Indies, the last of which was against Pakistan in September 2016, in addition to 46 Tests and 85 One-day Internationals, and is part of a core of experienced players that includes veteran batsman Marlon Samuels, spinners Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine, as well as marauding batsman Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons that Browne hoped would fortify the squad in the game’s shortest format.“After the T20I series against Pakistan, we felt that it was important to keep the same group together so that the coaches can continue developing the young players,” he said. “This, coupled with the vast T20 experience of some of our senior players, can help us to build a very formidable unit.“In developing a high performance unit, there is never room for complacency and our expectation is to win against a team that is ranked lower in the ICC Rankings.”On the inclusion of Beaton, Browne said: “Our head coach Stuart Law has asked for someone who can add some firepower to the attack. We felt that Ronsford has shown he can bowl with sustained pace in T20 cricket and we are confident he will do very well.”The 24-year-old Beaton has not quite lived up to the promise he showed as a precocious teenage fast bowler and has grabbed 31 wickets from 36 T20 matches, most of which have been for either the Guyana Amazon Warriors or Trinidad & Tobago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League.Raymon ReiferAll-rounder Jonathan Carter, who was part of the training squad named ahead of the T20I series against Pakistan in April, was left out, along with opener Andre Fletcher and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, but have been named in a 12-member, Ashley Nurse-led WICB President’s XI squad that will play a warm-up match against the Afghans before the start of the T20I series.“This is an opportunity for the experienced players to restate their desire to represent West Indies again by way of performance and the inexperienced players to show their ability at a higher level with a view to being considered for selection in the future,” said Browne.Nicholas Pooran, whose participation in the last regional season hit a snag, when he chose to play in the Bangladesh Premier League and was subsequently suspended by the WICB, is one of the players named in the President’s XI squad.Afghanistan famously beat West Indies, by six runs, the last time both sides played in a T20I, at the World T20 last year in India before Darren Sammy’s side moved on to win the tournament.Squads:WEST INDIES: Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Ronsford Beaton, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick WilliamsWICB PRESIDENT’S XI: Ashley Nurse (captain), Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Miguel Cummins, Andre Fletcher, Delorn Johnson, Kyle Mayers, Veerasammy Permaul, Nicholas Pooran, Raymon Reifer, Devon Thomas.ITINERARYMay 30: WICB President’s XI v Afghanistan – Warner Park, St KittsJune2: 1st Twenty20 International – Warner Park3: 2nd Twenty20 International – Warner Park5: 3rd Twenty20 International – Warner Park
The Latest: Matches in Belarus postponed because of virus May 11, 2020 Most clubs had already resumed individual sessions. Barcelona restarted on Friday and Atlético Madrid on Saturday.All players were tested for COVID-19 before being allowed to practice.The league says five players on first- and second-division clubs have tested positive. Three staff members have also tested positive.Spanish league president Javier Tebas hopes to restart the league on June 12.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Belarus soccer federation has postponed two matches because players from two teams are suspected of being infected with the coronavirus. Soccer in the country has been suspended since March 13 because of the coronavirus pandemic but Chancellor Angela Merkel said last week it could return subject to strict measures. The league then announced the men’s Bundesliga and second division would resume on May 16.The women’s Bundesliga has six rounds remaining and is to restart on May 29. The men’s third division has 11 rounds remaining and will resume on May 26 and conclude on June 30. Relegation-promotion playoffs will be scheduled in July.The German Cup final has been rescheduled for July 4. The semifinals will be played on June 9 and 10. The women’s cup final is slated for the same day as the men’s.Federation president Fritz Keller says all the matches will likely be played in empty stadiums “but I am convinced that this is by far the best solution.”___ Baseball has begun in Taiwan and South Korea in empty stadiums.___The Portuguese soccer federation says the league, clubs and players must take responsibility for the consequences of the return to soccer in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.The federation says that is the first condition stipulated by government authorities to allow the Portuguese league and the Portuguese Cup to resume as planned by the end of the month.The federation says the league, clubs and players at all times “assume the risk of infection” and “bear the responsibility” of all possible consequences related to the disease and to “the risk for public health.” The government says permitting large crowds in sports stadiums “may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections.”___The Turkish volleyball league has been canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.Turkish Volleyball Federation president Mehmet Akif Ustundag says no team will be declared champion and no team will be relegated.He says “the men’s and women’s leagues have been registered as they stand.” ___The Turkish Basketball Federation says it is canceling its season amid the coronavirus outbreak.Federation president Hidayet Turkoglu says the decision was reached following consultations with all basketball clubs and no team will be declared champion.Turkoglu says “this was the best decision for basketball.”Turkey suspended all league sports in March but the country’s soccer federation announced last week it plans to resume games on June 12 and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August. Pliskova says “it’s a great opportunity for us to play a unique tournament.”The first of the four tournaments that are part of the competition is scheduled for June 13-15 in Prague.___Real Madrid has become the latest Spanish league club to resume individual training.Players were back in action at the team’s training center two months after the league was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. Turkey suspended all league games on March 20 but the country’s soccer federation announced last week it plans to resume games on June 12 and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August.___Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and third-ranked Karolina Pliskova will lead teams in a tennis charity event during the coronavirus pandemic.Pliskova’s team will include her twin sister Kristyna, 2019 French Open runner-up Marketa Vondrousova, Tereza Martincova and Nikola Bartunkova.Kvitova will be joined in her squad by Barbora Strycova, Katerina Siniakova, Barbora Krejcikova, Linda Fruhvirtova and Russian player Ekaterina Alexandrova. The Premier League says it hopes government authorities will allow all 20 stadiums to be used if the competition resumes next month.The police had asked that games be played in neutral venues but that plan was opposed by many relegation-threatened clubs who believe it harms the sporting integrity of the league.Liverpool led the league by 25 points when it was halted in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. There are nine games remaining.Premier League chief executive Richard Masters says “it is the preference of all of our clubs to play at home if possible.”Masters says clubs discussed what would happen if the season had to be curtailed for the first time. ___The British government has told sports bodies to prepare for the resumption of events in England but not before June and not with fans in stadiums.Sports have been shut down in Britain since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.A government document says Step 2 of the plan for easing the lockdown includes “permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed doors for broadcast.”The document states that the resumption cannot happen before June 1. Associated Press Federation spokesman Alexander Aleinik says the players are from first-division club Minsk and second-division team Arsenal Dzerzhinsk. He did not name the players.Minsk and Neman Grodno were to play on Friday and Arsenal was to face Lokomotiv Gomel on Saturday.Soccer matches have been played in Belarus throughout the pandemic but attendance at recent matches has been thin and spectators have been seated in staggered formation in the stands.___The German soccer federation has set dates for the return of the women’s Bundesliga, men’s third division and new dates for the remaining German Cup matches. Ibrahimovic has been keeping up his fitness by training with Hammarby. He bought a nearly 25% stake in the Stockholm-based club last year in his first move into soccer ownership. The striker practiced with the men’s and women’s teams and played in a training match because Sweden is not under strict lockdown measures during the coronavirus pandemic.The 38-year-old Ibrahimovic could return to the club as a player in the final years of his career.Milan and most of the other Italian league clubs resumed training on an individual basis last week before full team training restarts next Monday.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The head of Japanese baseball says the 12-team league is hoping to start play next month but no specific date has been set.Japan is living under a state of emergency that is in effect until May 31.Commissioner Atsushi Saito says “I don’t think anyone can make preparations by setting a specific opening day.”Saito says the All-Star game in July has been canceled for the first time since it was initially held almost 70 years ago. The Japanese season was originally scheduled to open on March 20.Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University professor Mitsuo Kaku says it would be difficult to set a date for the season to start with the state of emergency still in effect. The federation says it received a set of conditions from the government on Sunday.The government recently said it would allow the league and the cup to resume on May 30. The second division was canceled.___Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to return to Italy to spend two weeks in quarantine ahead of the potential return of the Serie A season with AC Milan.He leaves behind plenty of questions in his native Sweden. ___The American Hockey League has canceled the rest of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic.President and CEO David Andrews says “the resumption and completion of the 2019-20 season is not feasible in light of current conditions.”The league’s board of governors made that determination in a conference call Friday.The AHL suspended its season on March 12 after the NHL did. The league hopes to be back next season but that is in jeopardy if sports must be played in empty arenas.
May 17, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker has turned himself in to police in Broward County, Florida.Baker has been charged with four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. His lawyer, Bradford Cohen, says he has affidavits that will prove Baker’s innocence.Baker had been sought by police since Thursday, along with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar. Warrants were issued for both men after multiple witnesses accused them of an armed robbery at a party Wednesday night in Miramar, Florida.Dunbar had not surrendered to police as of Saturday afternoon.In other NFL news: Golfer Ernie Gonzalez diesPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Former PGA golfer Ernie Gonzalez has died at 59. The PGA Tour said he died Friday in a Chicago hospital of Alzheimer’s.Gonzalez played 119 events over a four-year span from 1985 through 1988, when he finished 207th on the money list. The Californian’s lone victory was in the 1986 Pensacola Open, when he made five birdies and an eagle over his final nine holes of the second round for a 63 and a one-shot lead. The last 36 holes were wiped out because of rain, making Gonzales the victor.His largest payoff was $48,000 for a tie for third in the Vantage Championship, two weeks after his victory in Pensacola.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OBIT-HOFFPAUIR Owners voted Monday to propose salaries be based on a 50-50 split of revenue, a framework players say is tantamount to the kind of salary cap they’ll never accept. Teams gave the players’ association their virus-testing plan Friday and have waited to make their economic proposal.Meanwhile, MLB has created a 67-page draft of its proposed 2020 Operations Manual, which has been obtained by The Associated Press and was first reported by The Athletic.Among the routine changes include players possibly arriving in uniform and being discouraged to take showers at ballparks. Team personnel will be banned from eating at restaurants on road trips, and mascots like the Phillie Phanatic and Mr. Met would be prohibited from the ballparks. The traditional exchange of lineup cards would be eliminated, along with high-fives, fist bumps, bat boys and bat girls.Spitting is prohibited along with water jugs and the use of saunas, steam rooms, pools and cryotherapy chambers. Hitting in indoor cages is discouraged, batting gloves encouraged.Batting practice pitchers are to wear masks, dugout telephones disinfected after each use. Players may not touch their face to give signs, and they’re not allowed to lick their fingers. Teams are encouraged to hold meetings outdoors, players spread apart. Update on the latest in sports: — New York will allow horse racing tracks and Watkins Glen International car track to reopen with the easing of the coronavirus outbreak. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday was quick to add a caveat: “No crowds. No fans.” At his daily briefing, the Democrat says he could envision a return of Major League Baseball in New York, also without fans, adding: “If it works economically, that would be great.”— Germany’s Bundesliga (BOON’-dehsh-lee-guh) resumed its soccer season resumed Saturday after a two-month break caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Borussia Dortmund defeated Schalke 4-0 in the first Ruhr derby (DAHR’-bee) to be played in an empty stadium. Also, Hertha Berlin won 3-0 at Hoffenheim, Freiburg drew at Leipzig 1-1, Paderborn drew at Fortuna Düsseldorf 0-0, and Wolfsburg won 2-1 at Augsburg. They were the first games to be played in the league since March 11.— The head of the World Health Organization said Saturday it will not be easy to make next year’s Tokyo Olympics a safe global gathering after the pandemic. The WHO’s director general called for “national unity and global solidarity” to fight the coronavirus outbreak ahead of the Olympics. The Summer Games were postponed this year and should bring athletes from more than 200 countries to Japan. The opening ceremony is now due on July 23, 2021.NFL-NEWSGiants cornerback sought by police turns himself in MLB has told players their prorated salaries would contribute to an average loss of $640,000 for each game over an 82-game season in empty ballparks. That’s according to a presentation from the commissioner’s office to the union that was obtained by The Associated Press.The 12-page document was dated May 12 and paints a grim picture of a $10 billion industry shuttered by the pandemic. It was an initial step in negotiations aimed at starting the delayed season around the Fourth of July.Some players have publicly balked at the notion of less pay, and the union has called for more transparency in baseball’s financial records.Teams say the proposed method of salvaging a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic would still cause a $4 billion loss and would give major league players 89% of revenue. The Yankees would have the highest loss at $312 million.Teams contend they lose more money with each additional game played. The players’ union, however, believes clubs would lose less money with more games. In addition, many teams and/or their owners have stakes in their regional sports network that would benefit from additional games. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSAP Exclusive: MLB projects $640K per game loss with no fansUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball owners have made their pitch as they try to convince players to accept less pay due to the coronavirus pandemic. Alex Bowman signs 1-year extension with Hendrick MotorsportsCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Alex Bowman has signed a one-year contract extension to remain with Hendrick Motorsports through 2021.The announcement Saturday came the day before NASCAR resumes its season at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. Bowman goes into the event already qualified for the playoffs as winner at California on March 1, two weeks before the season was suspended by the coronavirus pandemic.Bowman is fourth in the Cup standings and in his third full season driving the No. 88 for Hendrick.PGA-OBIT-GONZALEZ — Redskins receiver Cody Latimer is facing five charges, including felony illegal discharge of a firearm, following his arrest in a Denver suburb Saturday morning. The Douglas County sheriff’s office says deputies arrested the 27-year-old after responding to a report of shots fired inside an apartment in Englewood, Colorado. Deputies say they found three individuals in the apartment, one with minor injuries unrelated to a gunshot. Latimer came to the Redskins from the Giants after starting 10 of his 15 games last season, catching 24 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns.— The Rams have re-signed defensive end Morgan Fox and released defensive tackle Tanzel Smart. The team didn’t disclose the terms of its new deal with Fox, who has been a depth contributor on the Rams’ defensive line since 2016. He signed with Los Angeles as an undrafted free agent out of Colorado State-Pueblo.— Former Chicago Bears CEO Michael McCaskey has died after a lengthy battle with cancer at 76, according to the team. McCaskey assumed operational control of the franchise in 1983 as president and CEO following the death of George Halas, a founding father of the NFL and the franchise. Michael McCaskey became chairman in 1999 and remained in that role until George McCaskey took over in 2011.— Former NFL studio host Phyllis George has died at 70 following a long fight with a blood disorder. The 1971 Miss America became a female sportscasting pioneer on CBS’s “The NFL Today.” George got into television in 1974 at CBS on “Candid Camera” and joined Brent Musburger and Irv Cross in 1975 on “The NFL Today.”NASCAR-BOWMAN EXTENSION Teams will be allowed to have 50 players each under the plan, with the number active for each game still be negotiated.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Former Washington Redskins star Dexter Manley is hospitalized and receiving oxygen to treat breathing issues related to the coronavirus. Two of his children told The Washington Post the 61-year-old Manley was hospitalized Friday in the Washington area. Daughter Dalis Manley said the former defensive end tested positive for the coronavirus May 2 and has steadily run a temperature between 101 and 104 degrees. Manley helped Washington win two Super Bowl titles in nine seasons with the team.— The 145th Preakness Stakes has been rescheduled for Oct. 3. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan disclosed the new date for the Preakness on NBC, which also had a hand in the decision because it televises the race. Saturday’s announcement was delivered less than hour before the original post time for the Triple Crown race.— Live golf returns to television Sunday with a four-man charity Skins game at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida, to benefit coronavirus relief. There won’t be any caddies, so Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff will be carrying their own bags. The only rake will be carried by a rules official. Another rules official will be the only person to handle the flagstick, if necessary. It will be the first live action on TV since the opening round of The Players Championship on March 12. Associated Press Ex-Stanford two-sport star Zach Hoffpauir dies at 26UNDATED (AP) — Zach Hoffpauir, a two-sport standout at Stanford who was recently hired to coach safeties on the University of Northern Colorado football team, has died at age 26. The university says he died in his sleep Thursday.Hoffpauir earned All-Pac 12 honors as a safety in football and played two seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ minor league system after starring as an outfielder on the Cardinal baseball team.GOLF-SOUTH KOREA-WOMENLim Hee-jeong leads women’s golf in South Korea by 3 shots SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Lim Hee-jeong shot an 8-under 64 for a 15-under total and a three-stroke lead after three rounds of the KLPGA Championship.She was followed by Park Hyun-kyung and overnight leader Bae Seon-woo.The women’s tournament joins baseball and soccer as sports running again in South Korea.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
NORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC) – West Indies A were once again left to ponder another horrendous batting collapse as India A took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match one-day series with an emphatic 148-run victory here yesterday.Chasing a difficult target of 296 at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, the hosts folded meekly for 147 in the 35th over, in a now familiar display of recklessness and indifference.All-rounder Keemo Paul, batting at number 10, blasted a 16-ball 34 with two fours and four sixes with the game already gone while Sunil Ambris chipped in with 30 to be the only top order batsmen to show any semblance of enterprise.He and left-hander John Campbell (21) put on 51 off 57 balls for the first wicket but once they were separated, West Indies A stunningly lost their last nine wickets for 82 runs.Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya proved their tormentor, claiming five for 25 while Hanuma Vihari picked up two for 23 with his off-spin.Captain Manish Pandey had earlier exhibited the temperament and focus, which was lacking by the Windies batsmen, as he stroked a classy 100 to help fire India A to 295 for six off their 50 overs.Nineteen-year-old opener Shubman Gill hit 77 – his second straight half-century – while Vihari supported with 29 and wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan, 24.Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall claimed 2-37 and fast bowler Romario Shepherd 2-51.Opting to bat, India A lost 21-year-old opener Anmolpreet Singh without scoring in the third over with the score on 13, sending a short ball from Shepherd to Campbell at second slip.However, two century stands then put India A on top as West Indies A struggled to contain the visitors’ batsmen. First, Gill anchored a 109-run stand for the second wicket with Shreyas Iyer whose 47 came from 69 deliveries and included four fours.Gill, who faced 81 balls and struck eight fours and a six, fell to a catch at the wicket off Cornwall in the 25th over and Iyer followed 23 balls later, but Pandey and Vihari added 110 for the fourth wicket to overturn West Indies A’s advantage.Pandey faced 87 balls and smashed six fours and five sixes while Vihari struck three fours in his 39-ball stay at the crease.Asked to chase their highest total of the series, West Indies A managed a solid start as Ambris and Campbell overcame anxious moments to stage a half-century stand.But Campbell ran out of patience and tugged seamer Navdeep Saini to mid-wicket in the 10th over and Ambris followed in the 14th over after hitting three fours in a 32-ball knock, trapped on the crease by one from seamer Avesh Khan that nipped back.Raymon Reifer (19) and captain Roston Chase (15) put on 24 for the third wicket but were part of a spectacular slide which saw West Indies A lose seven wickets for 28 runs.Chase tried to cut one too close to him and played on to Pandya in the 22nd over. Reifer holed out to long on off the same bowler in the 26th over at 102 for four and two balls later with one run added, left-hander Jonathan Carter sliced Pandya to point to depart for four.Devon Thomas was picked up at leg slip off off-spinner Washington Sundar for one and Rovman Powell’s ugly swipe in the 30th over characterised West Indies A’s approach, as the senior team all-rounder skied to Iyer at point off Pandya. INDIA A innings Gill c wkp. Thomas b Cornwall 77Anmolpreet Singh c Campbell b Shepherd 0 Iyer c Powell b Cornwall 47 Pandey lbw b Shepherd 100 Vihari c Ambris b Reifer 29 Kishan b Paul 24 Pandya not out 2 Sundar not out 3Extras: (b-l0, w-12, nb-1) 13Total: (6 wkts, 50 overs) 295DFall of wickets: 1-13, 2-122, 3-137, 4-247, 5-286, 6-292.Bowling: Shepherd 10-1-51-2, Jordan 5-0-37-0, Paul 10-0-53-1, Reifer 9-0-62-1, Cornwall 10-0-37-2, Chase 3-0-32-0, Powell 3-0-23-0.WEST INDIES A Campbell c Iyer b Navdeep Saini 21 Ambris lbw b Avesh Khan 30 Reifer c Gill b Krunal Pandya 19 Chase b Krunal Pandya 15 Carter c Sundar b Krunal Pandya 4 Thomas c Vihari b Sundar 1 Powell c Iyer b Krunal Pandya 1 Cornwall c wkp. Kishan b Vihari 5 Shepherd c Vihari b Krunal Pandya 4 Paul c Navdeep Saini b Vihari 34 Jordan not out 0Extras: (b-4, lb-6, w-3) 13Total: (all out, 34.2 overs) 147Fall of wickets: 1-51, 2-65, 3-89, 4-102, 5-103, 6-103, 7-109, 8-109, 9-117.Bowling: Deepak Chahar 5-0-15-0, Navdeep Saini 5-0-33-1, Sundar 10-0-27-1, Avesh Khan 5-0-14-1, Krunal Pandya 7-0-25-0, Vihari 2.2-0-23-2.
WITH Guyana set to participate in the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship first-round Qualifiers in Curacao from August 17 – 25, Head Coach Akilah Castello said her side’s eight-week preparation saw improvement from the Lady Jags, and that all systems are in place for the side’s showing in the Dutch territory. Castello said the 20-man squad will comprise eight international-based players and 12 from the Guyana-based squad in training four days a week at the GFF’s National Training Centre.With an optimistic mind, Castello said she’s “expecting positive results from this group along with our international-based players who’ve been preparing as well for this U-17 girls’ competition.”“We have some good talent in the likes of Jalade Trim, Shamya Daniels and Samantha Benfield, who played in the last U-15 championship, and Jenea Knight who also played both in the U-15 and U-20 levels who, we believe, will seek to make valuable contributions at this level,” the Lady Jags coach stated.Guyana has been placed in Group D along with the Bahamas, Curacao and St. Vincent and The Grenadines.Guyana will open against Curacao on August 21, followed by a clash against St Vincent and the Grenadines on August 23, and will face the Bahamas in their final Group D match on August 25.According to CONCACAF, there will be 32 participating teams. The qualifiers comprise the lowest ranked 16 teams, based on the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Ranking as of July 2018, where the top finisher of each group will advance to the knock-out stage of the championship. Those teams are Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Guyana, Honduras, Martinique, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines and US Virgin Islands).The remaining 16 teams, consisting of top ranked teams, based on the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Ranking as of July 2018, will participate in the Finals Championship. Each has been placed in four groups – E, F, G and H – and will play round-robin following which “the top three finishers in each of the groups will join the winners of Groups A, B, C and D (from the qualifiers) in the round of 16,” according to Concacaf.The 16 teams participating in the group stage of the Final Championship are Bermuda, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States.The knockout stage of the competition; round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and final – will be played in its entirety in a single match elimination format, with the finalists and third -lace finisher automatically qualifying for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2020.
ESSEX were crowned county champions, while Somerset missed out again, as their title-decider concluded in a dramatic draw at Taunton.Somerset had to win, but rain on all four days left them needing to take 20 Essex wickets on the final day to clinch their first Championship title.Jack Leach’s 5-32 helped dismiss Essex for 141 in their first innings and the hosts forfeited their second innings.That left 63 to win for Essex, who managed to see out the last hour.As Essex’s first innings did not finish until 16:15 BST, Somerset were left with little choice but to bowl again with no time to set a bigger target.Somerset have now finished second in Division One in three of the past four seasons, while Essex have won the title in two of the past three years.With more than 200 overs lost to the inclement conditions over the first three days, Essex knew at stumps on Wednesday that, barring a calamitous collapse, the title was theirs.Despite Somerset director of cricket Andy Hurry insisting his side “would not wave the white flag”, another 90-minute delay on the fourth morning seemed to have wiped out any remote chance of forcing a victory.When play eventually got under way at 12:00hrs, Somerset bowled their three spinners from the off, with most fielders surrounding the bat.Essex were content to block, aided by a couple more rain showers, with Alastair Cook nudging his way to 53 off 148 balls.The former England captain’s dismissal by Leach sparked a flurry of quick wickets as Essex went from 102-1 to 141 all out either side of tea.However, with just over an hour left to pick up another 10 Essex wickets, openers Cook and Nick Browne snuffed out most of the spin threat second time around.With the game drifting to a draw, Somerset legend Marcus Trescothick came on as a substitute fielder for one final time before his retirement, but the 43-year-old could only watch Essex bat out the game.“We knew it was going to be a dogfight with the state of the wicket,” Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate told BBC Test Match Special. “We knew it was prodigiously turning and needed some calm heads at the end there.“I wasn’t nervous, but you never know when the wicket is spinning like that.” What made the difference? Three defeats to oneEssex only lost one match all summer, compared to Somerset’s three.In the past five seasons, no champions have lost more than once, while Middlesex and Essex went unbeaten in their victorious campaigns in 2016 and 2017.Essex also beat Somerset at Chelmsford in June – the second victory in a six-game winning streak either side of the T20 Blast.A UNIQUE DOUBLEEssex have lifted their eighth County Championship trophy just five days after winning a maiden T20 Blast title, and become the first county to win both in the same season.In his post-match interview at Finals Day, Harmer said people still thought of Essex as a “small club” and did not take them seriously.But they now move above Warwickshire as the fifth most successful club in the County Championship’s 129-year history. Only Yorkshire, Surrey, Middlesex and Lancashire have won more titles.“We’ve played out of our skin for nine games, and you still come to the last game of the season and you need to play well to win,” ten Doeschate added.“It’s very rewarding. The team’s come a long way in the last five or six years.” (BBC Sport)
CMC – Bermuda’s cricketers have flown to Oman for the ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League B without Rodney Trott after an administrative oversight regarding his passport forced the vice-captain to stay at home.Trott, 32, who impressed as a stand-in captain midway through the T20 World Cup Qualifier in Dubai last month, has been grounded because of a bureaucratic technicality, as his passport expires within six months of the team’s departure for the Middle East.Trott has blamed the Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) for missing out on the trip.“It is something that could have been avoided,” Trott, who claims the BCB was in possession of his passport since Bermuda hosted the T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier in August, told the Royal Gazette newspaper.“It’s disappointing because I’ve wasted my time with all the training, only to be told at the last minute that I can’t go. This could have been sorted out during the summer when we had the tournament.“My passport is going to expire in the first week of March, but when you travel to countries like that your passport has to be valid for at least six months.“I got away with it in Dubai and have been telling them (the BCB) since summer that I needed a new passport.”But BCB executive director Cal Blankendal hit back, saying: “The board had offered to assist with British passport applications for all players, and those players who came in and provided the documentation to get their passport received theirs with the assistance of the board.“The responsibility of having a valid passport for travel is the responsibility of the passport holder, as they are the only ones who can make an application in person. There were others who asked for services and received theirs, and they have travelled.”Trott’s place in the team has been taken by 38-year-old Coolidge Durham.Trott was initially named as Terryn Fray’s vice-captain in the 15-man squad for the 50-overs format, with the team looking to bounce back after a disappointing time in Dubai, where Dion Stovell stood down as captain for personal reasons.Bermuda lost all six of their matches, but Trott came away with his reputation as a potential leader enhanced.The CWC Challenge League B is the first of three overseas engagements, comprising 15 matches in total, that Bermuda will participate in as part of qualifying for the 2023 World Cup in India.The initial phase of League B runs from December 2-12, with Bermuda’s first match coming against Hong Kong next Tuesday in the capital city of Muscat. Fixtures follow against Italy, Jersey, Kenya and Uganda.
THERE were wins for Golden Grove Secondary, Tucville and Bishops’ High as the Milo Schools Football tournament continued yesterday at the Ministry of Education Ground.In the first game, St Johns College went down 2-3 to Golden Grove Secondary.While it was St Johns who got the ball rolling thanks to Shem George in the 10th minute, Calvin Richmond was the star of the show with his hat-trick for the winners.He equalized in the 26th min, before David Xavier restored St Johns lead in the 38th.Richmond would be savior again in the 52nd before giving his team the lead for the first time in the 67th, a lead that would hold till the final whistle.In the second game, Bishops’ High were overrun by Tucville 0-3.A brace from Simeon Benn (6th and 51st) coupled with Shawn Lewis’ 19th minute strike ensured that the win was a walk in the park.New Central High, on the other hand, had some work in their 3-1 win over Queenstown.Garfield Caesar opened the scoring for the New Central side in the 42nd before Jose Lawson brought the game back level in the 49th.The back and forth strikes on goal continued well into the second half as New Central finally got past the spirited Queenstown defence.Caesar then completed his hat-trick inside two minutes (61st and 62nd mins.)Matches continue next weekend with the tournament also being sponsored by the Ministry of Public Health under its Stop Gender- Based Violence Campaign.
(CMC) – Track and Field’s regional governing body, NACAC, said it did not anticipate any major issues arising after the 49th CARIFTA Games was pushed back until next year because of the novel coronavirus outbreak.Bermuda, who was expected to stage the region’s premier junior track and field championship over the Eastern weekend, has been retained as host and the games will still be designated the 49th edition.Guyana, originally scheduled to host next year’s showpiece, will now be the venue for the 2022 event.“To be quite honest with you, I don’t see any logistical problems beyond the fact obviously the challenge now for Bermuda would be to confirm hotel accommodation which I believe they’re in a good position to do, simply because we have a year out to do it,” said Mike Sands, president of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC).“And obviously (there is the issue of) the travel arrangements into Bermuda. We had several charters lined up that were going to fly from the region including one from Trinidad and one from Antigua.”The decision to postpone the CARIFTA Games was arrived at after talks between the Bermuda National Athletics Association, the CARIFTA local organising committee, the Bermuda government and all CARIFTA countries.Antigua & Barbuda was the first nation to announce its withdrawal from the showpiece in early March and with COVID-19 already impacting several other Caribbean countries, it quickly became apparent the Games were in serious doubt.Already, Bermuda has recorded 57 cases and five deaths, with the Caribbean having reported thousands of confirmed infections.Bermuda’s Sports Minister, Lovitta Foggo, said government fully endorsed the decision to postpone until next year, and Sands said it was important the country was allowed to continue as host.“We took a decision that we would give them the Games in 2021 and it would still be the 49th edition of the Games,” he pointed out.“We’ve already cleared that with them because we’ve been in constant communication with them.”Up to 27 teams had been expected to contest the CARIFTA Games.
Nwamu and Obekpa will be absent due to club commitments and administrative reasons.According to the Team’s General Manager, Musa Adamu, Nwamu whose National team debut was at the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket for men in Tunisia just got traded from Wisconsin Herd to Indiana Pacers franchise and so he needed time to settle in.“Nwamu could not make it. He has just been traded from his club to Indiana Pacers, so he cannot afford to leave immediately.”The team manager of the high flying D’Tigers who are on a 9-game unbeaten streak said the inclusion of Buchi and Ibe Abuchi was based on their outstanding performances in 2018.“Buchi Nwaiwu was the Most Valuable Player of the FIBA Zone 3 club Championship in Cotonou where he helped his club (Rivers Hoopers of Port Harcourt) qualify for the maiden edition of the FIBA Afro League. He played very well and he was the most valuable player and the highest scorer.”“Ibe too was the MVP of the invitational championship played in Kano last year and also put up a good show at the National Sports Festival. Their performances never went unnoticed”, Adamu said.Having qualified for the World Cup holding later this year in China, Nigeria will hope to finish the qualifiers with their unbeaten record intact when they face host- Côte d’Ivoire on the 22nd of February.The team will battle Central Africa Republic on the 23rd while it will be the clash of two basketball powerhouses in Africa when Nigeria meets Senegal on the 24th.Nigeria who became the first country in the world to book its ticket to China defeated Senegal on Sunday, 16th of September 2018 by 81-61 (27-12, 22-17, 17-18, 23-12) with Ike Diogu weighing in with 17points and 9 rebounds.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram WORLD CUP QUALIFIERSRivers Hoopers player Buchi Nwaiwu and Ibe Abuchi Agu of Gombe Bulls have been invited to D’Tigers National team as replacements for Ike Nwamu and Christopher Obekpa.D’Tigers camp officially opens on Tuesday, 19th of February in Abidjan for the last window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
Demola OjoAFCON 2019 hosts, the Pharaohs of Egypt, will need to get past bruised opponents DR Congo to book an early ticket to the second round of the competition.Despite sky-high optimism and enormous support, the Egyptian team only managed to edge past Zimbabwe 1-0 in the opening match in front of a vociferous crowd at the Cairo International Stadium. Superstar attacker Mohammed Salah failed to make an impact against Zimbabwe but the Champions League winner with Liverpool will be itching to deliver a noteworthy performance.Salah may play in a more advanced role against DR Congo, after he was moved from the right-hand side into the middle during the second half against Zimbabwe to little effect, but coach Javier Aguirre may prolong that experiment today.“We considered using him as a striker against Zimbabwe from the game’s start, but Salah was not in top form physically due to his long season with Liverpool, so he started in his regular post,” assistant coach Tito Garcia revealed.“Salah, with his great capacities, is capable of playing in any position and performing well.”However, the DRC are no pushovers, even though they were victims of the one true shock so far in the competition, after being convincingly beaten 2-0 by Uganda in their opening game.Captain Youssouf Mulumbu apologised to supporters for the “humiliating” defeat to a team ranked 80th in the world and previously without a win in the tournament since 1978.And head coach Florent Ibenge concedes his side now have a mountain to climb if they are to advance, as they aim to avoid back-to-back group-stage losses for the first time since the 2004 edition.“We had a bad game and deserved to lose against Uganda. Now we have to do it the hard way,” Ibenge said.“It’s going to be a very difficult game for us, but we will do our best. We will play to have the best result despite the fact Egypt are playing at home. We will not adopt a defensive method, because we want to qualify.”If the Leopards are to stand any chance, star striker Cedric Bakambu will have to fire on all cylinders. Bakambu boasted a good goal return during his time with Bursaspor and Villarreal in European football. Now scoring regularly in the Chinese Super League with Beijing Guoan, the France-born striker will be keen to get off the mark today after disappointing against Uganda.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The President however promised to adequately take care of the athletes welfare, charging them to strive toward gunning for the top of the medals table.“Let me assure you that the Federal Government is fully committed to our delegation’s successful participation at this Africa Games and will ensure that the welfare of the team is adequately taken care of.“I want to charge all athletes and team officials going to the Games to be worthy ambassadors of our great country, both on the field of play and outside the sport arena.“I therefore urge you to keep the integrity of our nation intact by competing clean and fair, devoid of any form of doping at the Africa Games,” he stressed further.In similar vein, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Adesola Oludare, expressed absolute confidence in the ability of the athletes to represent the country well at the Games, while noting that the selected athletes had gone through very thorough training programme to get to this level.In his reaction, President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Habu Gumel noted this is the first time the All Africa Games would be used as a qualifiers for the Olympics stressing that it is an opportunity for the athletes to give their best so as not only to win medals but also qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.He also assured the President that the athletes would be adequately taken care of while at Rabat.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram President Muhammadu Buhari has charged Nigeria’s contingent to the 12th All Africa Games scheduled to hold in Rabat, Morocco to avoid use of performance enhancing drugs, urging them to win only clean medals for the country. A total of 562 athletes and officials will represent Nigeria at the Games.President Buhari who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha at the occasion of the handing over of the athletes to the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC) by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development noted that the country would be proud of them even when they fail to win any medal than win and laterstripped because of use of drugs.
Home-based Eagles Determined to overturn the huge deficit in the return leg against the Sparrow Hawks of Togo, the Home –based Eagles have intensified preparations for Saturday’s 2020 African Nations Championship qualifying battle.Imama Amapakabo and his coaching crew have been training the team at the FIFA Goal Project, National Stadium, Abuja since returning from their failed adventure at the WAFU/FOX Cup of Nations in Senegal last week.The former international goalkeeper realises that they have a mountain to climb, having lost the first leg in Lome 4-1 and then overwhelmed by the same team at the WAFU/FOX Cup of Nations in Senegal. “We have a big job at hand, and I have been drumming it into the ears of the players that we cannot afford to fail. The Togolese won 4-1 on their home ground; nothing says we cannot do better on our own home ground.“We have to be focused and determined. We must create chances and put them away, because we cannot afford not to be at the African Nations Championship,” said Amapakabo.Nigeria finished as runner-up at the last edition of the African Nations Championship staged by Morocco early last year.The winner over two legs between Nigeria and Togo will book a slot at the 6th African Nations Championship finals scheduled for Cameroon in June 2020.NFF’s Director of Competitions, Mr. Ayobola Oyeyode confirmed to thenff.com on Wednesday that the delegation of the Sparrow Hawks for Saturday’s big match, which will hold at the Agege Stadium, Lagos from 4pm, will fly into Lagos aboard an ASKY Airline flight today.The Confederation of African Football has appointed officials from Niger Republic to superintend the match, with Abdoulaye Rhissa Al-Mustapha as referee.His compatriots Sadissou Idi, Abdoul Aziz Yacouba and Zakari Adamou Oumarou will serve as assistant referee 1, assistant referee 2 and fourth official respectively.Mr. Alim Konate Aboubacar, from Cameroon, will serve as match commissioner.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
“The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Mr Manuel Nascimento, President of the Bissau-Guinean Football Association (FFGB), responsible for having breached his duty to protect the physical and mental integrity of others, in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics,” FIFAsaid in a statement.“Based on the information, including video material, gathered by the investigatory chamber, Mr Nascimento had breached his duty, as per the FIFA Code of Ethics, to protect the physical and mental integrity of the man who was the victim of the mobbing.“Consequently, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Nascimento had breached art. 23 (Protection of physical and mental integrity) of the FIFA Code of Ethics and sanctioned him with a ban from all football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level for ten years.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Football’s world governing body FIFA have banned the Guinea-Bissau FA President Manuel Nascimento from all football activity for 10 years.Nascimento has been implicated in an incident of mob justice, but was nonetheless seeking a third term in charge of Guinea-Bissau’s FA, with election set to have taken place yesterday.However, FIFA stepped in on Saturday and announced that Nascimento had breached article 23 of their Code of Ethics, earning himself a 10-year ban and 100,000 Swiss Francs fine.
Luckily, the restaurant was approved for the loan. The next steps for El Cholo involved adapting to the new normal, which meant adding online ordering for the first time and arranging deliveries through GrubHub. The restaurant has been able to sell food, albeit at a significantly lower rate than its usual dining-in experience. Chicharroland has also taken up delivery and pickup orders to comply with state and local guidelines. These orders have been easier for Fonseca to make because he has a bit of a heads-up from customers. It makes the process less stressful than dining in, but it is still no replacement for the in-person connections Fonseca makes with his customers. The restaurant is also going to continue to maintain its delivery and takeout business, which Salisbury estimates will make up an important part of sales for the next 12 to 18 months. About a 10-minute drive down Vermont Avenue is a place that also has close ties with its customers. With Love Market and Cafe is known for three essential things: its grocery store, cafe and community programs. Even during the pandemic, With Love remains committed to community service. “I thought it was going to be a lot slower,” Fonseca said.” “I’m just thinking of people not being able to work, not having that income that they’re used to. Of course, I felt like that was going to eventually affect us economically. So the fact that it really hasn’t — that’s what surprised me.” “The same people keep coming through, so it becomes like a family thing where you do miss the people,” Fonseca said. “Even though they still come to pick up the food, there’s not really much talk between us going on, and it’s just kind of getting your food and then [leaving].” “He was like, ‘I could tell that you guys care about the business — not just because of the money, but like you’re sharing a tradition with us,’” Fonseca said. “I feel like our foundation, our overall take on this business — I think is what makes those stand out versus just [making] money out of people.” Although With Love has a market and a cafe, the cafe side of their operation was the most popular part of the business. College students would gather in the cafe to study for midterms and finals. The spring season was also With Love’s busiest time due to graduation parties and extra catering orders. This year, With Love founder Andrew McDowell had to quickly determine how he was going to adjust to his business. Similarly, at Chicharroland, it is all about family. Chicharroland is run by the Fonseca family, who have been taking care of the restaurant for 11 years. Chicharroland sells chicharrones, a Mexican dish that is generally made out of fried pork. After the restaurant industry was hit hard by the pandemic, Roberto Fonseca, co-owner of Chicharroland, was shocked to find his business still running. Moving forward, the restaurant is creating contingency plans to reimagine business under post-pandemic guidelines. The restaurant is figuring out different ways to set up the facility, taking into consideration the distance between tables and what the space might look like on the busiest nights. “So, obviously, there’s no idea of what it’ll actually look like when we get there, or even when we get there, but it doesn’t hurt to kind of have that planned out,” Salisbury said. The future remains unpredictable for McDowell and his business, but he hopes to one day grow With Love by adding a pizzeria to the store. For now, he is working almost every day to keep his business running and remains optimistic that he will emerge stronger from these struggles. “I think there’s 530 people that we employ,” Salisbury said. “They get their health insurance from us. They put food on their table. Some people have worked for us for 40, 50 years.” They say the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. And after nearly 100 years in the business, El Cholo couldn’t agree more. For Salisbury, it’s not about making money. It’s about the history of the restaurant and the families who rely on the business. But as safer-at-home orders were slowly put in place, the once lively restaurant chain turned silent as El Cholo shut its doors for the longest time in its history. In order to ensure the safety of their employees and customers, the restaurants did not serve food for about a month. During that period, Brendon Salisbury, the chief financial officer of El Cholo, enacted protective measures as sales began to fall at the restaurant. Although there was an extra demand for grocery items, McDowell experienced a shortage of staff. To help alleviate the financial struggle, El Cholo applied to the Paycheck Protection Program, a loan disbursed by the U.S. Small Business Administration that allows employers to keep their staff on payroll. “It’s probably like 25% of what we would usually do sales-wise,” Salisbury said. “It’s just so limited. We’re a full-service restaurant — you come in, you can get a margarita, you can sit down, you know, order dessert and stuff like that.” To do so, With Love created a share box program through which customers can buy a box full of grocery supplies, such as rices, flours, beans and sugars, and it also partners with different organizations to deliver the boxes to families in need. Additionally, With Love is hiring drivers to employ more workers for the business. Fonseca has not received any additional help from the government, even though he applied to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan which, according to the SBA, is meant to provide economic relief to businesses experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. “We had to figure out pretty much overnight what we could do to be able to serve our community and be able to keep our employees,” McDowell said. “Pretty quickly, we realized that our grocery — which is an area we haven’t focused on very much and wasn’t as popular as some of the other things — became super popular immediately.” “I feel like you want to do more than you should, which is always the goal, right?” Fonseca said. “To do something better. But as a small business, you don’t really have the financial support where you could just invest $20,000 into a new look, for example. So it just kind of humbled me down. You don’t need to have all of that as long as your food is good and the people like it.” Fonseca is grateful for the loyalty of his customers, crediting their support and friendship as one of the reasons why Chicarroland has been able to thrive. Since the pandemic started, Chicharroland has been receiving more positive reviews on Yelp. To investigate further, Fonseca asked one of his customers one day what makes him come to his restaurant. (Claire Wong | Daily Trojan) For now, Salisbury is using the tradition El Cholo grounded in to continue to motivate him. El Cholo is family-run, and Salisbury — who is the fourth generation of Salisburys to take over the restaurant — is not leaving any members of the El Cholo family behind. “Figuring out staff is difficult because in the middle of a pandemic, you have staff [whose] lives are changing too,” McDowell said. “It’s not just your business. Can they still come to work? Are they living with high-risk people? Do they have a cough?” After experiencing loss in clientele due to Trader Joe’s opening in USC Village in 2017, With Love’s market is suddenly reaching new peaks in sales. The cafe side of the business, however, is operating at 10% to 15% of its normal capacity. To keep business going, McDowell started a program to send lunch boxes to hospital workers. “It definitely means a lot more than just trying to [make] money or whatever,” Salisbury said. “It’s keeping a business alive. I mean, my great grandparents and grandparents survived the Great Depression, so I think I could survive COVID-19.” The pandemic, however, has not crushed Fonseca’s spirits; in fact, it’s allowed him to learn more about himself and his business. “I didn’t have a salary,” Salisbury said. “We kept only one person on our head of human resources just to have a contact for employees to reach out to and stuff like that. It was basically me and her turning off gas at a certain restaurant, locking it up, making sure that they were all safe.” About half of With Love’s staff couldn’t work within a couple of days of the safer-at-home order. To remedy the shortage, McDowell picked up extra hours at the store. El Cholo is Los Angeles’ very first Mexican restaurant, founded in 1923 by Alejandro and Rosa Borquez. It has outlasted the Great Depression, World War II and the Rodney King riots. The restaurant has become more and more successful through each phase in history — so much so that it was able to expand to six different locations throughout Southern California. “We wanted to get into that program and help us, support us and bring our staff back on so we could start paying staff again,” Salisbury said.
Students, staff and community members lined up outside the Lyon Center Tuesday and Wednesday to receive free H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines, though there was confusion over the availability of the vaccines.USC was one of several makeshift vaccination clinics run by the Los Angeles County Health Department situated around the County. Though some students and faculty members visited the clinic to receive a flu shot, most visitors were members of the surrounding community, according to Dr. Lawrence Neinstein, director of the University Park Health Center.“I think it’s a good thing for the campus, I think it’s a good thing for the community and I think it’s a good thing for the relationship between the campus and the community,” Neinstein said.Because the vaccine supply was limited, vaccines were only administered to individuals who fell into set priority groups. Neinstein said most students fall into at least one of the groups, which include pregnant women, people living with or caring for infants under 6 months old, emergency medical services personnel and healthcare workers, children and young adults ages 6 months to 24 years old, and people 25 to 64 years old with chronic medical conditions such as heart or lung disease, asthma, diabetes or weakened immune systems.Even with these limitations, the injectable seasonal flu vaccines — inactivated vaccines given with needles — were gone by 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and the center ran out of injectable seasonal flu vaccines again Wednesday.“We knew there was going to be a limited supply and there is actually a limited supply all over the county,” said Tammie Akiyoshi, nursing director at USC.The shortage prevented some individuals — pregnant women and those with chronic health issues — from being able to receive the seasonal flu vaccination. Healthy individuals could still get the seasonal flu nasal spray — a live virus sprayed into the nostril — but many did not because of fear of the nasal spray’s side effects or confusion about the situation.Many visitors to the clinic were confused because some UPHC workers directing people at the door on Tuesday said all seasonal flu vaccinations would be unavailable until Wednesday.“People are not used to [the nasal spray], they’re used to the injection and they fear the word ‘live’ because they are somehow concerned they’re going to get the flu,” Neinstein said. “There have been no serious side effects, and the nasal vaccine is very good for those between the ages of two and 50 who have no chronic illness.”Despite the confusion about the seasonal vaccine, students who lined up for seasonal or H1N1 vaccines toward the end of the day Tuesday said that their waits were short, and the process was simple.“I waited five minutes, It took me as long as it took to fill out the form,” said Robert Atchinson, a junior majoring in theatre (acting). “A lady said I looked lost, she asked me if I was under 24 and then told me to get in line.”Some students said they were glad for the opportunity to get vaccinated for free.“For the past month or so I’ve been checking the health center to see when they got [the vaccines] in,” said Kristin Jung, a junior majoring in human performance. “They seem to always run out.”Although Neinstein said he was happy to see a large community turnout at the clinic, he said he wished there had been a greater turnout of students getting the H1N1 vaccine.Neinstein said young adults are among those at highest risk have often experienced the most significant health issues in connection with the H1N1 virus, including hospitalization and death.“If you look at some studies, only 40 percent of young adults intend to get the vaccine, so those highest risk are least interested in getting the vaccine,” Neinstein said. “Students should be getting the vaccine whenever and wherever they can.”Neinstein said while UPHC has vaccinated about 600 students so far, they currently only have enough supplies to cover about 10 percent of all eligible students.“We are hoping that more vaccine will be coming in the next two to six weeks,” Neinstein said.Akiyoshi said students who missed the free vaccinations should check the UPHC as often as possible for $10 H1N1 vaccines and $25 seasonal flu vaccines.
The Graduate and Professional Student Senate passed an initiative this week to subsidize the travel of graduate students to and from conferences for up to $500 per academic year.GPSS President Jenny Novak said the Conference Travel Fund was the biggest item on the budget this month. The fund has approximately $160,000 available for graduate students who will present or attend conferences. Too often the funds are left unused, which is why GPSS is hoping this new initiative will encourage greater participation, Novak said.“This is the first year we’re trying to open it up to students who just want to attend conferences,” she said. “In the past, it was only for students who were presenting original research.”Yet, according to the approved initiative, presenters will receive priority funding, and remaining funds will be split among students who wish to attend the conference.Kathleen Ritterbush, a GPSS senator and finance committee member, said this initiative will help graduate students develop their careers.“It has a huge impact on our careers. Conference travel is particularly important for the earth sciences; without it, no one would see the work we do,” said Ritterbush, a graduate student studying geological sciences. “We need resources to help fund traveling to, and paying for, the conferences. Traveling is a lot on a pocketbook of a graduate student.”In addition to funding from GPSS, graduate students can also receive money to help subsidize the cost of travel to and from conferences from various departments, cultural and ethnic organizations, and certain deans.Emad Bahrami Samani, a graduate student studying computational biology and bioinformatics, said he is looking forward to utilizing funds from the initiative.“You don’t always have a paper to present and the university might not pay for it. This is a way to have an opportunity to go to a conference so that’s a great idea,” Samani said. “Conferences are a really great opportunity to meet people in your area of research.”Though the initiative might mean more work for members on the GPSS funding committee, Ritterbush said it is worth it.“As a finance member, it’s going to be a lot of work,” Ritterbush said. “But we would be thrilled if every drop of that money at the end of the year had gone to USC graduate and professional students who have presented or attended a major conference in their field because it will make a huge impact on their career.”
Published on April 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ For Katie Hursey, this weekend is one that has remained highlighted, circled and underlined on the calendar for a very long time. With the anticipation piling up, Hursey can’t help but feel a few butterflies in her stomach. But in Hursey’s mind, that’s a good thing. ‘I’m usually pretty nervous right before the race,’ Hursey said. ‘But it works. Usually, when I’m not nervous is when I don’t do well. I think it’s just adrenaline. Once the gun goes off, I’m able to breathe.’The Big East Outdoor Championships begin this Friday in Cincinnati. With the meet just a few days away and Syracuse looking to improve its ninth- (men) and 12th- (women) place finishes last season, runners have been looking forward to this weekend all season. And good health and calm nerves will be two things on the minds of the team before they begin the meet.Hursey is coming off her best time of the season at the Penn Relays this past weekend in the 4×1500-meter relay event with a split of 4:26.9. Riding a bit of recent momentum, she is eyeing a top-three finish in the 5000-meter run this weekend.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd Hursey isn’t the only one coming into the meet prepared and confident, looking forward to the opportunities this weekend presents. ‘I try not to think much about anything unless it’s about the race,’ graduate sprinter Antoine Clark said. ‘I try to visualize my race and I try to visualize myself being aggressive. I try to visualize me winning the race. I wouldn’t say meditate, I would say focus.’Clark, whose 10.84 and 22.06 marks in the 100- and 200-meter dash events this past weekend at the Cornell Big Red Invitational earned him qualifying trips to both the Big East championship and IC4A Outdoor Championships, understands the value of late-season preparation. For Clark, the Cornell meet was the last confidence builder of the season. He knows he needs to hold himself to a higher standard to reach his full potential in the conference championships.In regard to this weekend, Clark is focusing on being more aggressive at the start of the race to ensure stronger times and smoother finishes. That’s the primary focus as he attempts to help SU improve upon last season’s results.‘I want to go there and do pretty well,’ Clark said. ‘I’m looking (to) set a standard for myself for everything after that meet. I’m going to have to be much more aggressive, whether I have faster people in my heats or not. It’s up to me. That’s how it’s always been and that’s how it will be.’As a current sophomore making his second trip to the conference championships, hurdler Matthew Callanan feels much more confident getting ready for big events his second time around. He is able to center himself for longer, and staying cool before a race has come much more naturally.‘During my warmups, I try to build up to the race and to a point where I’m mentally excited and ready to run,’ Callanan said. ‘Then right before, I take a minute to clear my mind and relax. There’s nothing more you can do, so just get ready to run fast.’Since competing in more collegiate events, Callanan is getting better at channeling feelings of excitement before a race and being able to eliminate pressure to perform. This weekend, he is looking to match his 14.84 qualifying mark in the 110-meter hurdles in hopes of reaching the finals. Whether you’re a sprinter, hurdler or long-distance runner, keeping control of your nerves is always the first order of business. Assistant coach Dave Hegland is a big advocate of maintaining a cool head. ‘There’s some technical things that just don’t happen when you’re tensed up,’ Hegland said. ‘One thing you don’t want to do is try and do something out of the ordinary. We want to go in there and represent Syracuse really well.’firstname.lastname@example.org Comments
DEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoOn a cold and rainy Sunday afternoon at the McClimon Soccer Complex, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team (6-10-0, 1-4-0 Big Ten) snatched its first Big Ten victory of the season as it defeated Michigan State (6-5-5, 2-3-1) in overtime by a score of 3-2.With only two minutes remaining in regulation time, Michigan State sophomore Rauwshan McKenzie tied the game at 2-2, sending the match into overtime. After already having lost to Washington, Ohio State and Penn State in extra time this season, Wisconsin broke its overtime curse with a strike by sophomore Erik Ortega in the 98th minute of play.”Giving up a goal in the last couple of minutes of regulation can sting,” head coach Jeff Rohrman said. “A lot of times that carries into overtime, so I was proud of our guys for coming out in the overtime and going about it the right way — finding a way to pull a win out.”Wisconsin took its initial lead in the 31st minute when junior captain Aaron Hohlbein earned a corner for the Badgers. Freshman standout Zack Lambo whipped the corner to the far post and found the head of junior Hamid Afsari, who sent his header back across the goal over Spartan goalkeeper Jason Tillman and into the side netting.It took Michigan State only seven minutes to respond when freshman Doug DeMartin scored off a rebound from a McKenzie shot in the 38th minute. The strike was DeMartin’s fifth of the season thus far.Following a 1-1 scoreline at the break, the Badgers struck first in the second half when junior Frank Iaizzo sent a through pass to redshirt freshman Victor Diaz, who was taken down harshly in the penalty area. Diaz cooly placed the penalty into the upper-left hand corner of the net past the outstretched fingertips of Tillman. The 64th minute goal was Diaz’s third successful penalty kick of the season.After Wisconsin grabbed the lead, Rohrman attempted to secure a win by dropping another defender back and playing more defensively. However, as a result of numerous fouls, the Badger defense found itself under constant pressure.”I thought where we beat ourselves down the stretch and let them back in was in some foolish set pieces that we gave them,” Rohrman said. “There were a couple there that they missed on, and then we gave them one opportunity … for us to foul the way we did — that’s what hurt us.”In the 83rd minute, the Spartans almost tied the match when senior John Kaczmarek crossed a ball from the right channel onto the head of McKenzie, whose flick-on soared past Badger keeper Jake Settle, but only found the woodwork.McKenzie made up for his misfortune just five minutes later when he scored on a loose ball in the six-yard box to send the match into overtime.After already having lost seven games by one goal this season, the Badgers were determined to change their luck and play the part of the victorious side Sunday. Receiving a pass from Iaizzo, Ortega made no mistake with his finish as his game-winning shot deflected off of a Spartan defender and into the back of the net.”I just controlled it, I was thinking about going inside, but then I cut it back and found a little opening,” Ortega said. “I took a shot, and lucky for me it skipped off of someone’s leg and went straight in.”Although Sunday’s victory only marks the team’s first Big Ten win, Rohrman believes his squad has been highly competitive in all of its matches.”I think, maybe with the exception of the second half against Indiana, we’ve competed well against all of the teams we’ve played against,” Rohrman said. “It’s good to see us get a bounce go our way and for us to rebound and earn a good win against a quality team.”
Michael Poppy This week’s topic was a tough one to decide upon. I threw poker, competitive eating, dominoes, And 1 Streetball and anything involving a Frisbee in a hat to pick.The result: And 1 Streetball! Wow, picking names out of a hat was an even better sport than that.Now don’t get me wrong, I love basketball and even the street game, but And 1 represents none of it.Once upon a time it was cool — back with Rafer “Skip To My Lou” Alston pushing the mix tapes with his killer moves — but once it got its own show and went mainstream, it was done for.I mean the show has become so boring — the guys don’t even do anything basketball-related. Every move they try to do is some sort of combination of a travel, carry, double dribble or any other violation. Then all the guys do is complain about how they’re not in the NBA. Duh! It’s obvious why they’re not: They can’t play by any rules whatsoever!Plus they don’t even follow the rules for adding new players on their so-called tour — they just add and kick them off as they please, like when a couple of them get into a fight about passing the ball. If that’s what people really want to see, just tune in to the New York Knicks and “Starbury” for about a week or two.The worst part about And 1 Streetball, however, is the annoying DJ — if you can even call him that — on the court attempting to do play-by-play, if you can even call it that. All the guy does is shout players’ names (“A-OOO!”) and dance around like Napoleon Dynamite. That’s what an announcer and half-time entertainment is for, buddy.Maybe if the mix tape tour would bring back Escalade, I’d be more sold on it, but for now And 1 Streetball earns the title of worst sport ever.Dave McGrathSomewhere on the planet there should be a pantheon of the world’s worst sports.Included would have to be shrines for televised poker, Chinese checkers, whale rodeo and whatever sport Richard Simmons is playing at the time.But without a doubt the worst sport ever invented would have to be race walking. The sport of race walking is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a race — but you can’t run. A race walker has to keep at least one foot on the ground at all times. If at any point he doesn’t: game over. First off, many race walkers win the same way many NASCAR races are won — in the pit stops. The problem is that in race walking there really aren’t any pit stops built into the race. Should a racer have to use the bathroom at some point during the race, they just have to let it go. For some reason, stomach cramps tend to be common for race walkers, so things, as you imagine, can get pretty messy for these 50-kilometer races. Plus, who would want to dedicate their lives to walking, anyway? Does any kid grow up with a race walking poster on their wall? If they do, they probably get beat up all the time. If you ever saw a race walk you would probably think you’d stumbled onto a bunch of crazed power walkers — and you’d be right. Heel-to-toe, heel-to-toe, that is the race walker anthem. Much like power walkers you might see on the street and bike paths, these guys are ridiculed more than the aforementioned Mr. Simmons. The only thing is that they are actually even more deserving.
Many athletes may refuse to shave off a goatee or wash their socks in fear of ruining a winning streak, but senior runner ‘A Havahla Haynes tries not to follow any rituals — except one. Haynes zones out before meets by listening to music, most recently “Best of You” by Foo Fighters and “Sexyback” by Justin Timberlake.Haynes has many reasons aside from music to pump herself up for every race because this season marks a pivotal year for her as she runs her last season on the University of Wisconsin Women’s Cross Country team.With continuous improvement throughout the past years, Haynes is working toward her biggest goal yet, becoming an All-American in both cross country and track. Coming from the small town of Phillips, Wis., where her high school consisted of 400 students, she worked toward becoming the best, and that meant coming to UW-Madison. “Peter Tegen was here first and he had a great program,” Haynes said of the former coach. “And I wanted to go to a school that would make me improve to be the best I can be.” Her goal to become the best started in 7th grade when she began running merely for the camaraderie, but it soon became a passion by her junior year of high school. What has constantly pushed and inspired her to work harder is the competition. “My brother had won state in high school and it kind of was a competition between me and him,” Haynes said. “I got here and I saw all these people running so fast and I thought, why can’t I do that? It’s something that you want to get better and better at. How can I improve? How can I be the best in the nation?”The competition with her brother and fellow runners pushed her to be the best, but it was her competition with herself that forced her to come back this year fully prepared for the season. With her final season underway, she has returned this year with focus and determination to be an All-American.”For cross country I want to be All-American, and in track I also want to be All-American in the steeple chase for outdoors,” Haynes said. By running 75 miles a week this past summer and starting harder workouts with running at continuously faster paces of eight miles at a six minute pace, she maintains to challenge herself and work toward her goal of becoming one of the top 35 runners in the nation. While running may seem to occupy most of her time, Haynes emphasizes her decision to put school first. “School comes first, running can be put on the back burner,” Haynes said. “If I have a test I will put my running in between studying time.” Being a student athlete takes up the majority of her time, but the girls on the team have become Haynes’ best friends and it is their similar schedules and ambitions through cross country that allow for them to be each other’s support. “You don’t have much social time,” Haynes said. “Your team becomes your friends. I hang out with a lot of the people who are runners since we’re on the same schedules.” With the support of her friends and teammates, Haynes pushes herself toward her goal of becoming an All-American, but it seems as though her biggest challenge will come after graduation. After graduating with a tentative degree in sociology, Haynes intends to continue running by hopefully qualifying in the B-standard for the Olympic trials. She will need to continue a rigorous training schedule by increasing her speed from a 10:19 in the steeple chase to a 9:55 or faster, which will qualify her among some of the nation’s best.By following her own advice, Haynes’ unwavering determination and desire to become a top runner will undoubtedly push her to achieve her goals, and running at UW has given her challenges that she willingly faced head on. “You have to know you want to be here and be the best because a team like this won’t wait for you to jump on,” Haynes said. “You have to know coming in that you want to do the work. There will be frustrations but everyone has them and you just need to work through them.”
This weekend is going to be a little more special than others for the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (5-4-2, 2-2-0 in the Big Ten).Sandwiched between match-ups against Michigan (5-5-2, 1-2-0) and Michigan State (4-6-1, 2-3-0) will be a celebration of 25 years of women’s varsity soccer in Madison. More than 100 current and former players are scheduled to be in attendance Saturday at a reception at the Kohl Center to join in the festivities.”It’ll be really great for our players to actually see the history of the program, to be a part of that history so that they can carry on that tradition,” UW head coach Dean Duerst said.Duerst, who has been with the women’s soccer program for 18 years, said he has seen how the campus and the people have changed, but the one constant has been the type of players Madison has recruited.”Wisconsin attracts a very special [player],” Duerst added. “Not only top athletes, but we’ve always had such great academics and players that have just really had wonderful careers after soccer. So it’s great for them to come back.”In order to make the weekend even more special, the Badgers are looking to sweep their two foes from Michigan.”Obviously, we want two wins,” sophomore forward Sheri Ferron said. “It’s going to be a huge weekend. I think getting two wins would be great for us.”If the past three matches have been any indication, Ferron could play a large role in getting the sweep. Ferron has scored in three consecutive games, including a pair of goals in last Sunday’s come-from-behind victory over Minnesota.”I’ve just been given opportunities,” she said. “The team’s been coming together, and I guess it just so happens that, yeah, I might be the one scoring them, but I think it’s just the whole team coming together and starting to mold.”Ferron currently leads the team in goals with four and in points with 10, but one of the more remarkable aspects of her recent surge is that she’s done most of it by coming off the bench. Ferron has started only three of the 11 games thus far, but she has no problem with her role on the team.”In the beginning, I was coming off the bench and that is a different role and it just takes a mindset,” Ferron said. “You have to fill whatever role you’re given because there are certain things you can’t control.”If I’m starting, then I’ll fill that role. If I’m not, then I’ll look to be the best person off the bench,” she added.While Ferron may be the catalyst for the Badgers this weekend, both the Wolverines and Spartans have their own go-to players.Michigan is led by junior Melissa Dobbyn who has three goals and nine points on the season, while Michigan State relies on freshman Lauren Hill. Hill currently leads the Big Ten in scoring with 16 points and is tied for the lead in goals with seven.For both players, Duerst says while his team needs to be aware of them, he doesn’t want to become too concerned with either player.”When you have dangerous players, you typically need to be extra aware of them,” Duerst said. “And if the time is right, say ‘OK, let’s commit somebody right on her all the time.’ That becomes a minor adjustment versus a major one. I think that’s the important thing in the psychology of the sport is to not be over-consumed with a player.”Shutting down Dobbyn and Hill will be huge if the Badgers want to celebrate their 25th anniversary weekend in style, but while the anniversary is no doubt huge for the program, there are at least two other reasons why it will be a special weekend.Last Tuesday, the new NSCAA Great Lakes Regional poll was released and the Badgers were tied for 10th with Ball State, marking the first time this season that the Badgers have been ranked in this ballot.Duerst said the new status is proof of the progress the team is making this year.”It just shows we’re moving in the right direction,” he said. “There’s a great challenge that lies ahead of us, in terms of that ranking, and obviously we want to be in that top four.”Directly ahead of Wisconsin in the Great Lakes Regional poll at No. 9 is Michigan, and if the Badgers can knock off the Wolverines, Duerst will be celebrating his 150th victory. While he admits that, much like the program’s 300th victory less than two weeks ago, the milestone is important. He said he’s got only one thing on his mind this weekend.”I just want to win Friday night,” Duerst said. “That’s really where I want to be focused on and keep the small important details for the team and those kinds of things.”But then again, this is a special weekend, so you [also] look back on the years you’ve been involved.”
CHICAGO — Ronnie Arrow felt the itch. Having sat out from coaching for two years on a self-imposed sabbatical, the former South Alabama coach was ready to get back to coaching. He and his wife decided by the time their brand-new house was built, he would have a job back on the sidelines.”I was hungry; I was out of coaching for two years,” Arrow said. “My spark was back, and I was ready to go.” Right on cue, with his new home only three weeks from completion, Arrow — with a little help from his friend Tim Floyd — was hired as the new head coach of upstart Texas A&M Corpus Christi.When No. 2-seeded Wisconsin takes the floor Friday afternoon against No. 15 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the Badgers will be taking on an opponent that has built itself up from nothing in only nine years. “That’s very impressive. It says a lot about the coach and the coaching staff and the players that are there, how focused they are, how willing they are to buy into the system,” UW senior guard Kammron Taylor said. “Probably a couple years ago, nobody would ever have thought they would be here. So it’s a good story to see them here playing in the tournament.”Just nine years ago, TAMUCC didn’t even have a basketball team. They only had a dream, a hope of one day hosting big time college basketball. That dream comes true Friday, as the Islanders — in only their eighth year of play, and in just their first year of non-independent status — have reached the small-school mountaintop: the NCAA tournament.”We are very thrilled to be here; we paved the way to be here,” said senior Taurean Mitchell, a native of Corpus Christi. “I’ve been here four years. [Now] we have a chance.”It wasn’t easy starting from scratch. “This program has been my baby, from the embryo stage on to now,” Arrow said. “Nine years ago, we had nothing. We had no logo; we didn’t have pencils and papers. I was in four different offices. … We had nothing.”Nothing but a coach. Next, the school needed a team. That part wasn’t too difficult, as the island university in many ways sells itself.”Our university is on an island right on the Gulf of Mexico,” Arrow said. “They can go 25 yards out of their apartments and catch supper. It’s a beautiful, beautiful place. We can sell Texas A&M Corpus Christi.”Senior guard Josh Ervin put it a little bit differently.”It’s really sunny, we’ve got some great weather, pretty ladies and everything,” Ervin said. Once the school had players and a coach, they needed a place to play. That’s when things really got hard. Playing in an ice rink with a floor over it in a chilly make-shift arena referred to by Arrow as “The Cold Dome” — cold enough to see your breath — the Islanders weren’t exactly playing in Madison Square Garden. “We’d drive-by recruits,” Arrow said. “We’d say ‘That’s where we play,’ and keep on going. There was no way we were showing them that place.”The team finally received a more fitting home in 2004, when the American Bank Center was completed, with the team playing its first game there Nov. 6.”It may not be as big, but it’s nice as any place in the country,” Arrow said. The school had a coach, a team and now an arena. Now they needed success. While playing in the purgatory that is Division-I Independent play, the Islanders had flirted with .500 in their first five years. However, in the 2004-05 season, the team won 20 games, and then repeated the following season, becoming the first Independent school since Notre Dame in 1989 to accomplish the feat. But for all of its hard work, all Corpus Christi could get as a reward was a long vacation, something the Islanders would gladly trade for an invitation to a post-season tournament. Despite the 20-win seasons, an invitation didn’t come.”The guys who came to our university the past eight years had no chance,” Arrow said. “For the past two years, we were the first Independent since ’89 with Notre Dame … to have back-to-back 20-win seasons, but we didn’t have a chance to get into [the postseason].”The players were equally frustrated.”The first three years I was here that we weren’t in a conference, we went 20-8 and still didn’t get a bid anywhere,” Ervin said. “We really wanted to prove to a lot of people that Texas A&M Corpus Christi can really play some basketball.”This year, the Islanders get their chance, gaining admission to the Southland conference. The team promptly showed its gratitude for being added to the league by going 26-6, taking the regular-season Southland title, winning the conference tournament and stealing the automatic-bid to the NCAA tournament in just its first year.”We are so appreciative of being able to get into the Southland Conference,” Arrow said. “We don’t want to wait for any more committees to invite us; we invited ourselves.”Now, Corpus Christi finds itself in a dream position, with the chance, finally, to dance and to knock off one of the nation’s premier schools. “This is a one-shot deal; this isn’t a series and on any given night,” Arrow added. “We understand that in the history of the NCAA tournament only four times has a 15 (seed) beat a two (seed), and we hope to be No. 5.”The Badgers realize their opponent cannot be taken lightly at all, or else UW could find itself as the latest seemingly impossible mission accomplished by TAMUCC.”Our eyes are open. It’s not like a non-conference game or a regular-season game; … anyone can knock you out,” senior forward Alando Tucker said. “You can’t overlook any opponent, and we recognize that.”In truth, it would be an act of pure wonderment for Wisconsin to overlook a program that has to garner so much respect for the amazing job of rising not from the ashes, but from the dirt itself to become an NCAA tournament team. “You do it with hard work and perseverance and because in America you can,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said.Nine years ago, Arrow was working on completing a house. Now he is looking to complete building his program. The Badgers had better be ready.”I know and respect the job that they do,” said Arrow. “But we’re comin’ to play.”
Last season, the Wisconsin passing attack stumbled out of the gates, struggling to find consistent success through its first four games before finally settling into its groove.There were no such problems Saturday, as the Wisconsin offense racked up 486 yards of total offense and scored 42 points in a season-opening victory over Washington State. Highlighting the offensive explosion was the pass-and-catch combination of seniors Tyler Donovan and Luke Swan.Swan kicked off his final season in fashion, establishing new career-high marks for receptions (8), receiving yards (170) and touchdowns (2).Along the way, the UW captain emerged as the go-to receiver for Donovan, the team’s new starting quarterback.In the opening drive of the game, Donovan completed his first pass of the season to Swan. Seven plays later, Donovan and Swan connected again for a 5-yard touchdown to cap a nine-play, 61-yard scoring drive. The offense gained 48 of those yards through the air.”They tried to set a statement, try to stop the run early and we wanted to take advantage of going over the top [of the defense],” Donovan said.Thanks to the game plan from offensive coordinator Paul Chryst and accurate passing from Donovan, Swan was able to set the Washington State secondary ablaze.”Tyler and I have a great comfort level,” Swan said. “We came in together, and he threw a lot of great balls and coach Chryst made some great calls.”Another factor contributing to Swan’s great day was the fact that Washington State started three new players in their defensive backfield — cornerbacks Chima Nwachukwu and Devin Giles, and strong safety Alfonso Jackson.”You want to attack that in some ways,” Donovan said of Wazzu’s inexperience. “There were some situations where we knew we were going to get some one-on-one [coverage] opportunities, and we tried to take advantage of it.”One such opportunity presented itself with less than one minute left in the first half. Already leading by a touchdown, Swan was able to beat single coverage deep, and Donovan hit him in stride in the end zone for a pretty 38-yard touchdown pass with 30 seconds to go.”We’ve got a lot of go-to receivers on this team … and Luke’s one of them,” Donovan said. “If you ever get a one-on-one with Luke, you try to take advantage of it.”That touchdown pass was just one example of Swan’s ability to find himself open, either behind or between defensive backs.”I think it was more what coach Chryst brought to the table,” said Swan, not taking full credit for his great day. “He saw the zones, had a great game plan, the other guys were working for me and I did the same for them and got some catches.”By day’s end, Swan’s season opener was one for the record books. With his 170-yard effort, he found himself on a short list of players who have had 170-yard receiving games, mentioned in the same breath as former UW greats Lee Evans, Al Toon, Chris Chambers and Pat Richter.”I really didn’t have any idea coming in what would happen at all,” Swan said. “As a freshman, I was just looking to play football, get on the field in some way. It’s been a fun ride and I’ve really enjoyed it.”While Swan was Donovan’s favorite target on the day, the quarterback found success seemingly everywhere he looked. Aside from a handful of throws he missed to open receivers, Donovan was sharp, surprising none of his teammates.”He showed he was a competitor in Iowa and against Buffalo,” Swan said. “He just came out and did exactly what he does every day in practice. I’m really happy with the way he played, the way he was competitive and really led the team.”
COLUMBUS, Ohio ? That was the ending they were hoping forlast time.A year after having its conference championship hopes dashedon the very same court, the Wisconsin basketball team stayed atop the Big Tenrace with a 58-53 win over Ohio State at the Value City Arena Sunday.“That was a great win for us,” guard JasonBohannon said. “Ohio State played pretty good today. ? For us to come inhere and get a victory was pretty good.”Bohannon led all scorers with 16 points and MichaelFlowers added 14 as the Badgers (23-4, 13-2 Big Ten) overcame 12 first-halfturnovers to hand the Buckeyes (17-10, 8-6) their second consecutive loss.Marcus Landry narrowly missed his second double-double ofthe season with a 10 point, nine rebound effort for 10th-ranked UW.Wisconsin took what had been a back-and-forth defensivestruggle between UW’s man-to-man and OSU’s 3-2 zone and created some separationfor itself midway through the second half.Trailing by two after Jon Diebler made his only 3-pointerof the game, the Badgers used their balanced offense to go on a 9-0 run thatsaw no UW player contributing more than one field goal.The spurt was started by Flowers, who leaped high atmidcourt to intercept a pass from Ohio State’s Jamar Butler and then went infor a layup that eventually fell in after nearly coming to rest on the back ofthe rim.“I have never looked up and seen a guy that size thathigh up in the air. ? What a great read,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryansaid. “And that was a big play.”The next UW possession, Flowers found Bohannon open forone of the guard’s four 3-pointers. After Brian Butch made a mid-range jumperoff an assist from Tim Jarmusz, Landry finished off the run with two freethrows with 5:08 to play.As it turned out, the Badgers would need just about everyone of those points, as their next points came on Landry’s breakaway dunk toput the game away with 11 seconds left.The Buckeyes picked up the pressure defensively, bringingback the full-court trap used in the first half and swarming around the ball totry to create turnovers. While the Badgers were able to deal with the zone,limiting their turnovers to just three in the second half, at times theystruggled to get off a good shot.“They even got more aggressive those last fiveminutes,” Landry said. “They picked up their defense even more. ? Youhave to make the right decision at the right time or else something bad mighthappen or you might not get the shot you want.”But just as Wisconsin struggled to score at the end of thegame, so too did Ohio State. After drawing to within three points with 3:18 togo on two Butler free throws, the Buckeyes couldn’t score the rest of the way.Included in that drought were two missed layups that forward Brian Butch wasable to alter.“I was just trying to be strong more than anything,and be big,” Butch said. “I’m 6?-11?, and just try and get the ball.?“The first one on (OSU forward Matt) Terwilliger Ijust got a good block on and got the rebound. Then (Evan) Turner tried takingit in and got a little piece of it. I didn’t try to jump and block that one;usually that’s when you get a foul called.”In total, Ohio State missed its last five shots and wasnot able to come completely back.“I think we won the first war, and then towards themiddle to the end of the second half they were up seven and I think that’swhere we could never recover from,” Terwilliger said.After trailing by as many as seven early on, Wisconsin wastied with Ohio State 32-32 at the end of a sloppy opening half. Wisconsinturned the ball over 12 times in the first 20 minutes of play, nearly matchingits season average for a complete game. The Buckeyes were also careless withthe ball, losing possession 10 times.The Buckeyes at times extended their 3-2 zone to afull-court trapping zone to bother the Badgers, and it got to two of UW’s morereliable ball handlers. Michael Flowers and Joe Krabbenhoft each contributedthree turnovers to the total.Wisconsintook the upper hand early thanks to an 8-2 run to open the game. But Ohio Statestormed back, eliminating the deficit with a 15-4 run to take a seven-pointlead ? its largest of the game ? with just under eight minutes left at 19-12.
Zetlin:Well, Mase, we’ve reached the end of the road. Tomorrow’s paper will be the last of ours as editors. It’s been a fun ride since you and I covered the women’s basketball team together two seasons ago. We’ve worked countless nights together in the office; you’ve done the majority of the work, I’ve done the majority of the complaining, but not half as much as Mike Ackerstein.As for my favorite Herald writing memory, I’ve narrowed it down to two, both of which came this semester while covering the football team — probably because my memory disallows me from remembering anything from much farther in time.After Allan Evridge was replaced by Dustin Sherer against Penn State, I attended Bret Bielema’s Monday press conference for one, sole purpose: to ask him about the future.“After starting three senior quarterbacks in three years, does next year have any bearing on your decision for Saturday?” I asked.He stared at me, moved toward the microphone and replied, “Absolutely none,” moved back, eyes still deadlocked with mine.That was fun.Weeks later, following the Badgers’ victory over Illinois, I asked him about a third down timeout call that he called frantically along the sideline.“With everything that happened in the game (it was Wisconsin’s first Big Ten victory of the season) that’s what you want to know?” he said to me. “You’re in the right profession, my man — you’ve always got a good one.”That just about sums up my relationship with ol’ Coach B.I’m gonna miss you, Mase. Who’s going to text me dozens of times a day about women’s hockey this and cross country that? Those days are over, my friend. It was fun while it lasted.Mason:It’s tough for me to pick just one favorite memory after three semesters and three different beats — women’s hoops with you, softball and now men’s hockey the past two seasons.I won’t cop out like you and choose two though. The one I pick, however, may surprise you.It wasn’t the trip to Chicago for Big Ten football media day, where — as you mentioned in your column today — we rubbed elbows with the likes of Joe-Pa, Tressel and Kirk Herbstreit. It wasn’t the NCAA hockey tournament last year, where the Badgers were one period away from advancing to the Frozen Four. (I was already planning a mental vacation to Denver, where Wisconsin would have been headed had it held off North Dakota.)It was two years ago. I wasn’t even an editor yet, just a beat writer covering the women’s basketball team. As you also graciously pointed out in your column, I’ve been in the UW band all four years, and have had to juggle it with the Herald.Only once, however, did I play with the band at a game and cover it for the paper at the same time.I headed out to Indianapolis with the band for the Big Ten Tournament, where Jolene Anderson, Janese Banks and Co. topped Michigan in the opening game before falling to Katie Gearlds and Purdue in the second round.People on campus might not care about the women’s basketball team as much as they do the men’s. They also might not care much about the band. But isn’t the goal in life to do what you love? I got to live out both my passions that weekend — music and writing.Doesn’t get much better than that.It’s been fun beating you in PCP on a weekly basis, Zet. Maybe we could get a TV deal out of it.
After wrapping up two victories at home last week, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team is packing up for the Stanford Tournament, in what is sure to be one of its toughest tests of the season.The Badgers meet No. 12 Santa Clara (5-2) and No. 3 Stanford (7-0) this Friday and Sunday.The tournament will offer quite a road challenge for the young Badgers. Seven of the team’s top 10 players in playing time (excluding goalkeeper) have been underclassmen, including three freshmen.“I think that a lot of these young players have a lot of energy and they want to win,” senior captain Krista Liskevych said. “I think it is our responsibility as upperclassmen to show them the ropes and use that energy constructively.”“I think both Santa Clara and Stanford provide us with a great opportunity to play the best teams in the country,” head coach Paula Wilkins added. “I think this is an opportunity to figure out what we are good at and what we need to improve at, and I think that is the biggest test going into the Big Ten.”In preparation for the tournament, the Badgers have been focusing on improving the offense’s ability to put the ball in the back of the net in scoring opportunities.“We’ve been doing a lot more finishing drills,” Wilkins said, “trying to keep them focused more on getting the ball on net, keeping the ball alive and being competitive about that area.”The Badgers (4-2-1) have not been short on opportunities to score this season, but the results have been meager thus far. Through the last two games, Wisconsin has outshot its opponents 28-12 — including a shots-on-goal ratio of 16-4, which yielded three goals, and set an NCAA record for most corner kick attempts in a game with 23 in a 1-0 victory over UW-Green Bay.“The one thing is that we’re creating those opportunities, and I think that as long as you’re continuing to create the opportunities, that’s an important part of the whole entire deal,” Wilkins said. “I think as we mature as a team, we’re going to get better at the front half of the field.”Wisconsin did show signs of that maturity late in Sunday night’s game, receiving a boost of offensive energy from freshman midfielder Alev Kelter after heading in two goals in the last 15 minutes of play to eclipse DePaul 2-1. Both goals were results of corner kicks from sophomore defender Meghan Flannery.But Wilkins warns that it should be everyone who answers the call to improving the team’s offense.“It should be something special inside the box,” she said.Kelter answered the call confidently.“I think a lot of people will get goals this week,” she said.The team’s strength lies firmly on the defensive side of the ball, where the results have been concrete, posting four shutouts in seven games.“The defense is awesome,” Kelter said. “I think we have a solid back four. I feel like we all play great, solid defense.”Confidence is soaring for defense.“I’m more than confident. From the communication that we have back there and the confidence that we have in each other, there’s no reason that we shouldn’t hold them scoreless, definitely, this weekend,” said Michele Dalton, junior goalkeeper. “I think we really work well together, and I think that shows in all the games we’ve played thus far.”While she expects the dynamic offenses of Santa Clara and Stanford to put her defense under a lot of pressure, Wilkins also expects the unit to remain consistent.“It’s all I ask of them, to be consistent and be as competitive as they can,” she said.Dalton displays a clear understanding of what that consistency calls for.“Shutouts. Always. That’s the No. 1 priority for us. The goal for us is to maintain good communication and not let anything through.”
UW\’s Keaton Nankivil gets a hand on a jump ball, while guard Trevon Hughes watches to the right. Hughes played only 24 minutes after picking up two early fouls in the first half of Wisconsin\’s win.[/media-credit]When the Wisconsin offense struggled recently, it seemed as if it were only a matter of time until the Badgers would find their rhythm and go on a hot shooting streak.That time came Tuesday night.On a night when No. 5 Michigan State shot just 37 percent overall and 22.2 percent from beyond the arc, the 16th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers made better than 50 percent of their shots and 34.6 from 3-point land.After shooting as low as 34 percent from the field and 16.7 percent beyond the arc against Michigan on Jan. 20, the Badgers have shot better of late, hitting more than 40 percent of their shots in the four games.Never one to overreact to something positive or negative, UW head coach Bo Ryan noted that shooting streaks are simply a part of the game of basketball.“Some games we can’t buy a bucket early, some games you get on a little run,” Ryan said. “You just have to stay even-keeled with your players. And the players have to stay that way and have to believe that if we get an open look, we’re going to shoot it.”Wisconsin had plenty of open looks in both halves, but the Badgers were especially effective before halftime.On 15 first-half attempts, UW shot 40 percent, hitting six threes. Michigan State, on the other hand, missed its only 3-point attempt in the first half.Coupled with 15-of-27 shooting overall before the break, the Badgers’ hot hand gave them a 38-23 lead over the Tom Izzo-led Spartans, which entered the game a perfect 9-0 in Big Ten play.As they have in the past against highly ranked opponents, Wisconsin jumped out to an impressive lead early, pushing the score to 10-1 in the first four minutes before MSU made a field goal in the game.“It got the crowd into the game and threes are better than dunks because dunks only count two and threes count three,” Izzo said. “Early, we have to look to ourselves, give them credit, they made open shots… [but] for whatever reason, we didn’t play with the energy we normally play with defensively.”Making the Badgers’ hot shooting even more surprising is the fact senior guard and captain Trevon Hughes sat out the final 16:57 of the half after picking up his second foul.In that way, the Wisconsin-Michigan State matchup took on a similar feel to the Badgers’ win over then-No. 4 Purdue on Jan. 9. Against the Boilermakers, Hughes went out within the first five minutes as well, forcing fellow guards Jordan Taylor and Jason Bohannon to step up and carry the load.They did just that, scoring 12 points apiece in the first half.According to Taylor, the team never doubted itself when Hughes went out just over three minutes into the game.“We just try to stay aggressive and try to make something happen.”One play in particular that demonstrated just how well the night was going for the Badgers offensively came late in the second half when Taylor hit a contested three as the shot clock wound down.Bohannon dribbled around for much of the possession trying to find a shot or an open teammate. Finally, with under five to shoot, he found Taylor on a pass that was nearly intercepted by an MSU defender before the 6-foot-1 guard from Bloomington, Minn., hit the 3-point attempt to make it 58-42 and all but seal the UW victory.According to Bohannon, his pass was one that assistant coach Howard Moore criticized as he let it go, but ended up working out for the Badgers.“I was trying to make a play and see what happened. … I saw Jordan out of the corner of my eye and I threw it as quick as I could,” Bohannon said. “I usually don’t hear things on the floor, but I heard Coach Moore yelling at me in the background, ‘What kind of pass was that?’“Luckily [Taylor] got it, and it wasn’t picked and went the other way and Jordan hit a three.”Wisconsin’s aggressiveness, along with excellent shooting all night, allowed the Badgers to overcome two things that usually lead to losses: a lack of both rebounds and free throws.As in two of their three Big Ten losses, the Badgers were outrebounded by the Spartans — by a margin of 33-26 — and shot fewer free throws (four) than Michigan State made (13) in the game, a stat that is typically reversed when UW plays at the Kohl Center.Wisconsin made up for its poor performance on the boards and lack of trips to the line with its usual excellent ball security. Heading into the game, UW led the nation with only 9.4 turnovers per game, while Taylor’s +3.89 assist-to-turnover ratio also is the nation’s best.The Badgers turned the ball over just five times in the game Tuesday night, compared to 13 for Michigan State. As a result, UW finished with a 17-4 advantage in points off turnovers.“When you get 17-5 assist-to-turnover ratios and they’re 11-13, that’s 13 times they’re not getting a shot at the basket and only five for us,” Taylor said. “You just try to make the right decision and… it’s pretty easy when (Ryan) pretty much tells us what to do.”
Published on October 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: email@example.com Comments Mark Brode’s name was announced a little bit louder than most substitutes as he entered against Cincinnati midway through the second half on Saturday.Brode, the Syracuse midfielder whose season was in doubt after he suffered a severely sprained ankle Oct. 1, made a surprising return to the pitch.‘I’ve been waiting for this moment for the past five games,’ Brode said, ‘so to finally get back out there is awesome. Unbelievable.’Brode, a junior midfielder, injured his ankle against Pittsburgh in Syracuse’s (3-10-1, 1-5-1 Big East) second Big East match. When he went down for four full games, he took with him not just his strong, physical presence in the midfield, but his experience, too. And that experience is needed on such a young SU team that features 19 new players.So to have him back for the stretch run of the season is an advantage that SU head coach Ian McIntyre is grateful for.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘To have a player who’s played, in his third year in the Big East, he’s probably played more games than the rest of the team put together,’ McIntyre said. ‘So it’s good to have someone with a little bit of experience.’When he entered the game against the Bearcats in the 68th minute, SU and UC were tied 1-1. With Brode in the game, Syracuse pulled ahead by three goals en route to its first Big East win of the season.And although Brode insists that he’s not the kind of player to bring a spark into the game, he did hope that his presence made some sort of difference for the Orange. Especially after it looked like Brode was finished for the year.In the game against Pitt, Brode ran across the field trying to mark his brother Ryan, a senior midfielder for the Panthers. Brode tripped and rolled his ankle, resulting in what he called a ‘real bad sprained ankle.’But Brode went to rehab consistently, sometimes twice a day, working with SU’s trainers to overcome the injury and keep the swelling down. To finally be able to play for the first time in weeks was gratifying.‘At first when it happened, I thought I was out for the season,’ Brode said. ‘But I just pulled it off, so now I’m back.’Brode’s height and physicality allow him to elevate the performances of both the offense and the defense. His play on the field doesn’t necessarily translate in the box score — he’s scored just one goal on the year — but his presence in the midfield helps support a young defense while controlling the flow of the offense.And against Cincinnati, he again displayed his control of the ball and helped the defense out with a few clears to keep the ball away from the SU goal en route to the team’s first conference win under McIntyre.‘He’s got some size, a physical presence and allowed us to kind of solidify things a little bit,’ McIntyre said.He has been a consistent starter for the three years he’s been on the team, something few others can say. And to SU midfielder Nick Roydhouse, having one of his fellow starters back in the middle is key for a team trying to secure a spot in the upcoming Big East tournament.‘It’s great to have him back,’ Roydhouse said. ‘It was a big loss when he went out. He looked good out there. He’s ready to go.’Brode said his ankle is still not 100 percent, but it’s improving. And if Saturday’s game is any indication of the play SU will see from Brode in its final two regular-season games, then he’s happy with the direction the Orange is headed with him back.Brode reconsidered his original thought that he didn’t provide a spark for SU.‘Maybe I did bring a spark in the game,’ Brode said. ‘It was great coming in at 1-1, and before I knew it, it was 4-1. It was such a great feeling to get out there.’firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Twitter Google+
Related Stories Syracuse role players provide spark off bench in win over WagnerGallery: Syracuse rolls over Wagner 88-57 in home opener Syracuse teased Wagner in the first half.The Orange’s shots clanked off the rim, spoiling good looks at the basket. Syracuse’s misses let the Seahawks stay close, giving them false hope that they could stay competitive for the duration of the game. That hope didn’t last long.The Orange (2-0) broke the game open in the second half, shooting 19-of-28 from the field to cruise to an 88-57 win over Wagner in the Carrier Dome on Sunday in front of 17,273 fans. Brandon Triche continued to assert his role as the floor leader for Syracuse with 21 points, but Michael Carter-Williams sliced Wagner’s defense to create open looks for his teammates.The sophomore finished with 11 assists, eight of them coming in the second half. He dished the ball off effectively and SU’s offense clicked because of it.“I thought he really played like a point guard today,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He really got the ball to people. I thought he did a really good job of that, finding people. He had 11 assists, he probably could’ve had 15 or 16 if we made a couple jump shots there.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse shot just 36.1 percent in the first half. Boeheim said his team’s offense was “in and out.” Its jump shots were off the mark and Wagner handcuffed the Orange down low to contest what could’ve been easy layups. But mostly, it was the outside shots where SU struggled the most. Syracuse was just 1-of-10 from beyond the arc.The Orange took a 36-23 lead into the break, but it could’ve been closer if Wagner shot better than a paltry 25 percent from the field. The Seahawks also sent Syracuse to the line 14 times, where it hit nine of those free throws.Against a team that fell to Delaware State in its season opener, Syracuse’s first half was a surprise.“I think we started getting our rhythm in the second half. We started to play Syracuse basketball,” Carter-Williams said. “I think a lot of games are going to be like that when we don’t play well in the first half. We’ve just got to play better in the second half.”Carter-Williams took on the role of playmaker for the entire second half.He found a wide-open C.J. Fair in the right corner less than a minute into the half, and Fair hit the 3-pointer to put Syracuse up 16. About two minutes later, he stole the ball from Wagner’s Kenneth Ortiz, then raced down the court to convert a fast-break layup that gave Syracuse a 45-26 lead.“Mike definitely ran the show in the second half,” forward James Southerland said. “Michael Carter-Williams did a good job of adjusting to the pressure in the second half. He did a good job of finding plays for his teammates, he got us open shots.”Carter-Williams also helped create some crowd-dazzling plays. Four minutes into the second half, he lofted a pass to Rakeem Christmas for an alley-oop. Christmas slammed the ball through the hoop to put Syracuse up 48-29.Everyone on the SU bench rose to their feet and applauded the play that seemingly put a stamp on the game for the Orange.“I was just trying to get other players involved,” Carter-Williams said. “That’s my role on this team, is to get everyone involved and to get everyone open shots.”He even had a dunk of his own at the 13:21 mark. After Seahawks guard Latif Rivers lost the ball, SU guard Trevor Cooney picked it up and dished to Carter-Williams for a fast break slam that made it 54-31 Syracuse.Carter-Williams fed Southerland all through the second half for both shots from the outside and precision passes for dunks. Carter-Williams assisted Southerland on all seven of his second-half points.The sophomore point guard created plays and powered Syracuse’s offense after halftime. The Orange shot nearly 68 percent in the second half, and Carter-Williams was seemingly responsible for all of it.“He’s one of the best guards in the country. He showed it today,” Cooney said. “He not only was able to get to the basket and finish, but he was also able to find open shots for us. He’s able to do that, and when he does that, it only makes us so much better.” Comments Published on November 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm Contact Chris: email@example.com | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+
Brittany Sykes’ steal and miracle heave Wednesday gave Syracuse a wild 60-57 win over St. John’s, helping the Orange improve to 16-2 on the season. With 2.8 seconds left and St. John’s in possession on its own offensive end, Sykes stole the inbounds pass, turned and launched a two-handed prayer. Her shot banked in as Syracuse players ran onto the floor in celebration.Video courtesy of SU Athletics. Audio courtesy of Brian Higgins, Syracuse IMG Sports Network. Comments Published on January 23, 2013 at 4:15 pm Facebook Twitter Google+
When his first 3-pointer swished through the net, Trevor Cooney was ready to unleash his second. By the time his fifth rolled around, Cooney knew he was in for a special night. And when his ninth grazed the net, Cooney was part of Syracuse history.The sophomore sharpshooter etched his name into SU lore Monday night, joining Gerry McNamara, Andy Rautins and James Southerland as the only players to hit nine 3-pointers in a game.“That’s pretty darn good company,” McNamara said.Cooney was electric in guiding No. 1 Syracuse (22-0, 9-0 Atlantic Coast) to a 61-55 win over Notre Dame (12-11, 3-7) in front of 25,850 at the Carrier Dome on Monday night. On a night in which C.J. Fair shot 2-of-13 and Jerami Grant and Tyler Ennis were ineffective, Cooney had the best game of his career.He scored 33 points, hitting 11-of-15 overall and 9-of-12 from beyond the arc. The slump he found himself mired in midway through the season is history.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He was outstanding,” McNamara said. “It’s rare you get to see performances like that.”Two days removed from his best performance ever, Fair was ice cold. He had the same open looks he had against Duke, but nothing was falling.Ennis and Grant were also stagnant. The Orange needed a spark.They got one.“Fortunately Trevor must have got the message early that they were not going to play well and score,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.By the time halftime rolled around, Cooney had already hit five 3s. Four of them were nothing but net. Two were from NBA range. And the last one, soaring in from 5 feet beyond the arc, came with three seconds to go in the half.Cooney pumped his fist as he floated off court before getting mobbed by his teammates.That’s when he knew he was in a groove — this wasn’t a typical night.“When he hit the 3 going into halftime,” McNamara said, “I was like ‘Alright, kid’s got it going on a little bit.’”Cooney, who hit just 13-of-50 3s in a recent six-game stretch, regained his stroke. He nailed both 3-pointers he took against Duke on Saturday and finished with a solid 14 points.But Monday, Cooney was far more than solid.The fun didn’t stop in the second half. He hit two 3-balls early in the frame, riding the momentum he gathered early.It didn’t matter what part of the floor Cooney shot from. It was going in regardless.“You could tell that he was locked in,” Grant said. “He wasn’t missing.”And when Notre Dame cut the deficit to 45-41 with six minutes to go, Cooney hit another 3. This one was right over Tom Knight’s fingertips from the corner.Nothing but net.Tre-vor Coo-ney, Tre-vor Coo-ney.The chants rained down from the student section. A crowd struggling to cope with the fact that the Duke game was no more found a reason to cheer.Then he converted an and-one off a nifty pass from Rakeem Christmas, and chest-bumped his backcourt mate Ennis before swishing the free throw.Cooney became the first Syracuse player since 2004 to have more than half of SU’s points in a game.The player in 2004 was McNamara.“I’ve been saying it for years about Trevor,” McNamara said. “The guy can just flat out shoot it. Tonight he did a great job of putting us on his back.”Not including Cooney, Syracuse shot 10-of-32 overall and 1-of-4 from the arc. Going forward, Boeheim acknowledged Cooney “won’t have breathing room,” which he said will ultimately help other players.That also means that Cooney will need to continue to find ways to get open, something he’s struggled to do in stretches.“Guys will probably know what gum I’m chewing,” Cooney said.But on Monday, when Syracuse needed someone — anyone — to put the ball in the basket, Cooney did just that.He may never shoot as well as he did against the Irish, but if he can pose a threat from downtown over the next few months, Syracuse becomes that much more dangerous.Said McNamara: “I think it makes us a different team offensively and takes us to another level because he’s such a great shooter.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 3, 2014 at 9:00 pm Contact Trevor: firstname.lastname@example.org | @TrevorHass