RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Foxes attack Burnley EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Manchester United moved up to fifth place in the Premier League on Saturday after goals from Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford gave them a 2-0 win at Burnley on Saturday, which leaves them just a point outside the Champions League places. Martial struck a minute before the break with a simple finish after Andreas Pereira had robbed Burnley defender Charlie Taylor and slipped the ball across to the French forward. United dominated possession in the first half with Burnley struggling to create any sort of openings and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side would have been disappointed to only have a single goal advantage. Sean Dyche’s Burnley were more positive after the break and David de Gea had to pull off a fine save in the 68th minute to keep out a low drive from Phil Bardsley. But after a spell of late pressure from Burnley, United secured the win in stoppage time with Dan James breaking and finding Rashford, who rounded Nick Pope and slotted home.Tags: ANthony MartialBurnleyManchester UnitedMarcus RashfordOle Gunnar Solksjaer
RelatedPosts Immobile extends Lazio contract till 2025 Atalanta whip Brescia to go second in Serie A Genoa hit back with two penalty kicks to draw at Brescia Lazio have been fined €20,000 for their fans’ racist abuse at Mario Balotelli during their win at Brescia on Sunday. Balotelli was on the receiving end of monkey chants as well as other insulting chants throughout the first half in particular. Referee Gianluca Manganiello was informed of the abuse by Balotelli and an announcement was then made to warn the away supporters that further discriminatory chanting could lead to the game’s suspension. “After 21 and 29 minutes of the first half, Lazio fans engaged in a chorus of racial discrimination against a player of the opposing team,” a statement read on Wednesday, confirming the punishment. “These were in addition to other insulting songs against the same player in the 21st, 29th and 42nd minutes. “These led to the referee having an announcement made in the 30th minute of the first half.”Tags: BresciaGianluca ManganielloLazioMario Balotelli
RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has donated €1 million to a hospital in the city to help its overburdened health care system deal with the coronavirus pandemic. The former Spain international, who is the head coach of Al-Sadd in Qatar, has given the money to Hospital Clinic after the medical centre appealed for more resources to aid its response to the crisis. Xavi, 40, made the donation with his partner, journalist Nuria Cunillera, and said in a social media video that the cash would go towards “purchasing sanitary equipment for professionals and patients.” Lionel Messi has already supported Hospital Clinic’s call for action as part of a €1 million donation spread across Barcelona and his native Argentina last month. The Alcantara brothers, Thiago and Rafinha, have also contributed. Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has also provided support to help Catalonia’s battle against coronavirus. He gave €1 million to the Barcelona Medical College and the Angel Soler Daniel foundation last month. Meanwhile, La Liga’s online music festival raised more than €1 million to be used to buy medical equipment in the country earlier this week. Spain has been hit harder than most by the global coronavirus outbreak. The latest figures on Saturday said that 11,744 people have died from the virus in the country – second only to Italy – and that 124,736 people have tested positive. Barcelona vice president Jordi Cardoner is among those to have tested positive in the past few days. He is self-isolating at home and is not in need of hospital treatment. The financial impacts of the coronavirus have also been felt in Spain, and Barca continue to look at ways to minimise the economic effects of the pandemic. After announcing an agreement for the playing staff to take on a 70 per cent wage cut, the club are now scouring the market for players that are out of contract in the summer due to fears their transfer budget will be slashed.Tags: CoronavirusCOVID-19DonationsSpainXavi Hernandez
RelatedPosts Derby County want Jordon Ibe EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Released Bournemouth winger Jordon Ibe is attracting Premier League interest.Cut loose by the relegated Cherries before the Prem restart, Ibe is still attracting top-flight suitors. Report claimed Crystal Palace and Newcastle United are keen on the winger.Ibe struggled throughout his stay at the Cherries after joining for £15 million in 2016.But that isn’t putting off Newcastle and Palace, who are both looking to strengthen their attacking options.Neither club has huge sums to shell out on transfers this summer and Ibe appeals on that front.The fact he has Premier League experience is another driving factor, with both Steve Bruce and Roy Hodgson keen to add more quality to their squads Former England youth international Ibe started at Wycombe before joining Liverpool in 2012.Tags: Crystal PalaceInterestJordon IbeNewcastle United
The deal, which will take Giggs beyond his 40th birthday, has been agreed after an outstanding series of performances from the veteran and will stop speculation that he would retire at the end of the season. The midfielder is already the most decorated player in British football history and will be winning his 13th league championship should United press home their 12-point advantage over Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League. His next appearance will be his 1,000th senior appearance, which includes games for Wales and Team GB at the London Olympics. Sir Alex Ferguson said: “What can I say about Ryan that hasn’t already been said? He is a marvellous player and an exceptional human being. Ryan is an example to us all, the way in which he has, and continues to, look after himself. “He has fantastic energy for the game and it is wonderful to see. Ryan seems to reach a new milestone every week and to think that he now has 23 unbroken years of league goals behind him is truly amazing in the modern-day game. “His form this year shows his ability and his enjoyment of the game are as strong as ever and I am absolutely delighted that he has signed a new contract.” Giggs told Manchester United’s official website: “I am feeling good, enjoying my football more than ever and, most importantly, I feel I am making a contribution to the team. This is an exciting team to be part of, with great team spirit, and we are again pushing for trophies as we head towards the business end of the season. “I am delighted to have signed a new contract. I would like to thank Sir Alex and the coaching staff and I would also like to thank David Gill who has been a tremendous support over my many years here.” Ferguson confirmed Giggs would make his 1,000th appearance at some point this week, either against Norwich on Saturday or Real Madrid on Tuesday. He also said Phil Jones has a “fighting chance” of being fit for the Real return, while Robin van Persie has shrugged off the hip injury when he fell into a television camera at QPR last Saturday. “Phil starts running today,” said Ferguson. “He won’t be ready for tomorrow but he has a fighting chance for Tuesday. Robin van Persie has trained this week. He will be available for tomorrow.” Ryan Giggs has signed a one-year contract extension, Manchester United have announced. Press Association
He added: “We are very unusual with the amount of internationals we have and to have 13 players leaving the club makes things very difficult from a physical point of view. “And because of that reason we couldn’t be our normal selves in possession. I don’t think we were stylish as we normally are, but what we showed is an incredible character. Every player found a way to help the team to keep Norwich very quiet.” It was a sixth goal in six games for Kone, but Norwich boss Chris Hughton felt they shot themselves in the foot after Wes Hoolahan gave the ball away in midfield, while Lee Camp might have done better at his near post. “With us having been so solid, I couldn’t see that goal happening,” said Hughton. “For me, it’s a soft goal. We lost the ball in the middle of the park and one good strike saw them get the goal they needed.” Hughton was frustrated his side ended up with nothing, saying: “When you go away from home sometimes you have to hold your hand up if you’ve been beaten and beaten well but I don’t think anybody seeing the game today would think that. “We certainly deserved a draw and then it’s just going to be about those moments. They had it and we didn’t. “But I thought for an away team we had good periods of the game where we had good control but it’s one moment that’s beaten us. It’s very disappointing.” Arouna Kone grabbed the only goal of the game in the 81st minute to secure two notable firsts, with Wigan managing their first ever league win over Norwich and also their first success of the season following an international break. Martinez said: “Before the game I knew it was going to be a really tricky fixture. First because we’ve never managed to win a game after an international break.” Wigan boss Roberto Martinez declared Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Norwich their most pleasing display of the season. Press Association
Corbisiero, who joined the Lions tour as front-row cover earlier this month from England’s two-Test trip to Argentina, went off early in the second half as the Lions beat Australia 23-21 at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday. Mako Vunipola – a probable second Test starter if Corbisiero is ruled out – has been withdrawn from the match-day 23 for the Rebels clash. On the other side of the coin, centres Manu Tuilagi and Jamie Roberts are in contention after recovering from respective shoulder and hamstring injuries, along with wing Tommy Bowe, who has recovered rapidly after suffering a broken hand against Queensland Reds 15 days ago. Reflecting on the encouraging comebacks of Bowe and Tuilagi, Gatland said: “To have Tommy and Manu fit and back is a great compliment to the medical staff. Tommy is fit for Saturday, he’s running, but the more time he has to heal the better. “The surgeon said that that injury is normally a six to eight-week injury, so to be fit in three weeks is magnificent.” The British and Irish Lions have been hit by an injury blow ahead of next Saturday’s second Test against Australia in Melbourne. The Lions announced that prop Alex Corbisiero is being “treated and assessed” for a calf muscle injury. Ireland prop Tom Court, meanwhile, has been called into the squad ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Melbourne Rebels. Ulster forward Court is currently in his home city Brisbane following Ireland’s North American tour, and he will join up with the Lions squad on Monday. Press Association
Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes wantaway striker Luis Suarez will “rejoin the group” and boost the club’s cause in the Barclays Premier League. At a press conference in Dublin, Rodgers said: “Luis is training on his own and he understands totally where we’re coming from. “It’s been a difficult period for him but it’s my job to protect the group. Once he’s back with the spirit he’ll rejoin the group. “We’re quite calm. The club is in control of the situation. We’ve got no inclination to sell and we’ve been strong on that. “Luis has fought for his life for Liverpool. There will come a point where he’ll recognise the club is not going to sell and then he goes on to the pitch and he’ll give 100 per cent. “He’s a world-class striker. I’ve got no question that when he’s back he’ll have a similar impact [to last season].” Rodgers also confirmed the club was working on strengthening the squad further ahead of a season-opener against Stoke on August 17. With Suarez absent from the travelling squad, striker Daniel Sturridge was a notable inclusion having recently returned to full training following an ankle injury. Boston Red Sox and Liverpool owner Henry has stressed that Suarez will have to stay with Liverpool and join their push for a top-four finish next season. The Uruguay international was not named in a 22-man squad to play Celtic in a pre-season friendly in Dublin on Saturday and he is training on his own after Rodgers took exception to his public pleas to leave Anfield in search of Champions League football. On Friday morning Liverpool owner John W Henry insisted the 26-year-old would not be sold and said it would be “ludicrous” to let him join domestic rivals Arsenal, who have had an offer of £40million plus £1 rejected. According to the Liverpool Echo newspaper, he said: “We are not going to sell Luis. “He is one of the best players in the world. I have no reason to believe that he won’t continue to be. “The club is headed in the right direction and this episode is not going to stop us. It is what we are all focused on right now.” Liverpool’s target is the elite level of European football, and captain Steven Gerrard has said recently that Suarez holds the key to how the club will perform in the new campaign. Henry knows the significance of Champions League football which, as well as offering the prospect of challenging for a trophy Liverpool have won five times, also offers huge financial benefits. Henry said: “I think for all of the top clubs it’s extremely important. Especially for Liverpool, since we have not been in Europe and are not in Europe this year – and we haven’t been in the Champions League for a while – obviously to sell Luis to a rival for one of those positions would be ludicrous. “I have told (Arsenal chief executive) Ivan Gazidis that Luis is not for sale. I am unequivocal on that.”
The Ballydoyle handler has whittled down his options for the informative Group Two over seven furlongs to Minorette, Perhaps and Tapestry. Minorette looked impressive on her sole start, when victorious at Naas in July, whereas Perhaps boast the stronger form, having got to within a length of stablemate Wonderfully in a Group Three at Leopardstown. Tapestry is also unbeaten from one outing, when she beat Chroussa by half a length over six furlongs at the Curragh last month. O’Brien said: “In the Debutante we intend to have three runners – Minorette, Perhaps and Tapestry. “They all worked this morning and worked well.” Trainer Aidan O’Brien is likely to be triple-handed in the Friarstown Stud Debutante Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday. Press Association
Press Association Capped 45 times by the Ivory Coast, Gervinho started his career at the ASEC Abidjan academy before moving on to enjoy spells at Beveren and Le Mans before making a name for himself at Lille. A Ligue 1 and Coupe de France double followed in 2011 and he was identified by Wenger as the player to add goals and pace to his frontline. Gervinho started last season in fantastic form, scoring five goals in the opening seven games before travelling to represent his country at the African Cup of Nations. Roma finished sixth in Serie A last season but have had a busy summer in the transfer market, with Gervinho the 13th addition to Rudi Garcia’s squad. Announcing his departure on their website, Arsenal said: “Everyone at Arsenal would like to thank Gervinho for his contribution to the club and wish him well for his future career.” Arsenal have confirmed the sale of Ivory Coast forward Gervinho to Roma. The 26-year-old found first-team football hard to come by last season and was limited to mostly appearing from the bench for the Gunners. Manager Arsene Wenger signed Gervinho from Lille in 2011 but he was only able to find the back of the net on four occasions in his first campaign at the Emirates Stadium and added seven last term.
Many supporters have been left mystified by Kagawa’s omission, particularly given United only collected one win from their first three games. Yet Moyes is adamant there is nothing sinister going on. “But if you play for Manchester United there is always someone out there getting ready to take your jersey. It is up to you to fight and make sure you keep it.” It does not look like the Baines deal is going to be revived, although there has been some good news at United’s Aon Training Complex over the past few days with the return to training of Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher, who has been plagued by a chronic bowel condition for over two years. “Darren Fletcher came back in on Thursday,” Moyes told reporters. “He’s a long way away from being ready and we’ll use the doctors’ and physios’ advice, but we’ll give him little bits of football and just pick him up over the coming months and see how he goes. “He was back in training on Friday and it’s great to have him around. It looks as if he’s on the road to recovery. “He’s lost a lot of weight and there’s weight to come back but the big thing is he’s back in.” Manchester United manager David Moyes insists Shinji Kagawa’s absence from the Barclays Premier League so far this season is no reflection on his ability. “There are quite a lot of players who have not featured yet,” he said. “But if you look at it most of them were late back from international duty after the Confederations Cup, then they were away for a friendly international and a long-haul flight, then they were away again for another international. “If you look at the reasons why people haven’t played it is more to do with them not being available for that to happen.” Neither does Moyes feel he has any need to speak with Patrice Evra about his attempt to sign both Leighton Baines and Fabio Coentrao on deadline day. “He (Evra) knew exactly what we were doing,” the Scot said. “I just felt we needed to make sure we had good cover for Patrice. “He has played brilliantly well but I hope we are going to have a season that is going to include 60 or 70 games. “Patrice played a big majority of the games last season but I just want to make sure if he broke down I had the right people around to help me. Press Association
Press Association Manchester City put themselves firmly in the title picture with a convincing 6-3 win over leaders Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium. The prolific strikeforce of Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo were again on target while Fernandinho struck twice and David Silva and Yaya Toure also got on the scoresheet. Theo Walcott marked his first start since September with two fine goals to keep Arsenal in contention but Per Mertesacker’s late header was mere consolation for a side ultimately well beaten. It was the Argentinian’s 18th goal in his last 16 games and 19th overall in a so far prolific season. City will hope the injury that later ended his involvement is not serious. City should have doubled their lead as Vincent Kompany showed great footwork to skip around an Aaron Ramsey challenge to feed Negredo, but the Spaniard missed the target. Arsenal finally responded but Mesut Ozil failed to take advantage after Costel Pantilimon, again preferred to Joe Hart, palmed away weakly. The visitors did pull level on 32 minutes after Ramsey robbed Toure and sent Ozil clear. The German pulled the ball back and Walcott coolly slotted in from the edge of the area. City’s lead should have been instantly restored by Negredo but he curled wide from a fine Silva through ball. Negredo did get it right on 39 minutes as he tucked home a Pablo Zabaleta cross from close range after the right-back had been picked out by a Toure crossfield pass. Problems appeared to worsen for Arsenal as Laurent Koscielny suffered a deep cut to the knee in attempting to tackle Negredo and was forced off. Demichelis then glanced a header over from a Nasri corner as City ended the first half strongly. They continued in much the same fashion after the break but suffered a blow when Aguero slumped to the turf with what appeared a calf injury. He was replaced by Jesus Navas but there appeared no discernible difference to City’s performance as they added a third after 50 minutes. Ozil lost possession and Fernandinho took full advantage curling in from the edge of the area for his first goal since his £30million summer move from Shakhtar Donetsk. Arsenal were far from beaten but Olivier Giroud fluffed a shot from in front of goal and then headed wide from a Bacary Sagna cross. The visitors appealed for a penalty for handball against Zabaleta but contact, after the ball had ricocheted off his thigh, was deemed accidental. Walcott did pull Arsenal back into the game with a sublime goal just after the hour. Ramsey found Walcott in space and, spotting Pantilimon off his line, he brilliantly lobbed into the far top corner. City hit back in the way they know best as Navas weaved his way through the defence on the right and pulled the ball back for Silva to side-foot home from eight yards. Navas rounded Wojciech Szczesny as City went in search of more but could only find the side-netting before Toure flashed a long-range effort wide. Fernandinho also stung the palms of Szczesny and Nasri was denied a shooting chance by a good tackle. Nasri put another opportunity over before laying off for Fernandinho to cleverly dink in a fifth goal in the closing moments. Nicklas Bendtner thought he had headed in a late consolation only to be flagged offside but Pantilimon, who earlier saved well from Wilshere, was beaten in injury time by a Per Mertesacker header. Toure had the final word from the penalty spot after substitute James Milner was tripped by Szczesny. City, who have now scored 35 goals in their eight home games this season, fully deserved the three points to move within three of the Gunners. The only major downside for Manuel Pellegrini’s men was the loss of Aguero early in the second half with what appeared a calf injury. Yet for now the statement from City in title terms, particularly at home as they maintain their 100 per cent record, is resounding. As has become the norm at Eastlands, they began at a lively pace. Not in the least bit intimidated by Arsenal’s superb form this season, they attacked at their fluid best. Twice good balls were delivered into the Arsenal box early on but first former Gunners star Samir Nasri could not turn and then Aguero saw the ball nicked away. Remarkably, despite seeing little of the ball, Arsenal actually had the first clear-cut chance but Jack Wilshere screwed a shot horribly wide. City deservedly opened the scoring after 14 minutes when Martin Demichelis flicked on a corner and Aguero once again showed perfect balance to hook in a volley at the back post.
Adam Lallana was irritated by the criticism aimed at him following Southampton’s complaint against referee Mark Clattenburg, according to goalkeeper Kelvin Davis. Press Association The club’s complaint about Clattenburg’s alleged remarks during the Premier League defeat by Everton on December 29 was thrown out by the Football Association and the referees’ governing body Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL). The official was accused of telling Lallana: “You are very different now, since you’ve played for England – you never used to be like this.” Despite the club rather than the player raising the matter, Lallana has been widely ridiculed, something that initially upset the attacking midfielder. However, club captain Davis has been impressed by his response, highlighting his decisive strike in last weekend’s 4-3 FA Cup defeat of Burnley as a sign of his resilience. “I think for the first day he was a bit like ‘why is everyone coming for me?’,” he said. “He made a remark after the game, conversations happen and the end result was the end result. “But anyone that knows Adam knows that first of all he is a good pro, a good lad, a good person. I think after the first day or two he realised that himself, that he hadn’t done anything wrong, he shouldn’t be feeling anything negative about himself and then he banged a goal in against Burnley. That kind of epitomises where he is mentally.” Davis captained the side at Goodison Park and hopes everyone can “move on” from the Clattenburg debate, allowing team-mate Lallana’s talent to be focused upon. A place in England’s World Cup squad is looking increasingly likely for the Saints academy graduate as his rise from League One to be one of the country’s best continues apace. “As he gets older, he has got that bit of belief that what he was doing in the Championship he can step up and do at a higher level,” Davis, in goal when Lallana made his Saints debut against Yeovil in August 2006, said. “I think as well when he first had the Southampton armband, you could see it kind of held him back a little bit. But now the way he has matured, he doesn’t find that a weight now. Again, that comes down to belief. “The manager coming in at the time he did and working closely with him has helped. “The way he has been treated from the very top of the club with his new contract has helped the way he has developed, with the England call-up probably that final turning point in his head. “He has a real opportunity to really become a very good player at this level, so he is obviously great to have around the place.” Lallana will no doubt be key on Saturday if the Saints are to overcome West Brom when they return to league action. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have won just one of their last nine league matches, but veteran goalkeeper Davis is confident they can now kick on. “We’ve looked at certain things ourselves this week, maybe what made the difference in our performances and maybe the difference in us picking up results,” he said. “We’ve played well and not picked up points in that period. We’ve evaluated what we have done in the first half of the season and it is how can we recreate that for the second half of the season. “We have got some fixtures, in terms of the Christmas period, out the way and there is time between games to prepare. “We are in a position in the league where we are still looking up, so it is about those little tweaks and it is about individuals and as a team putting little things right which decide whether you win games or lose them.”
Rooney finally put an end to speculation regarding his future on Friday night when he signed a new contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2019. Rooney is held in high regard by the United fans, but he still has a way to go to merit a place among the top echelon of club icons like Best, Charlton and Denis Law. Rooney could have left for guaranteed Champions League football this summer, but he wanted to stay because he is sure Moyes will eventually bring the glory days back to Old Trafford. “I know the direction that this club is going in, and if we don’t make it this season then we will come back stronger and claim a Champions League spot next season,” Rooney said on his official website. “The future is bright for Manchester United. “This is still one of the world’s leading clubs. We have seen this with the signing of Juan Mata in January. “People have been saying that we may have trouble attracting the world’s best players but I think the fact Mata came here shows this isn’t true. “This is a new era for the club, we have a new management team and a great new manager in David Moyes, there has to be some time for change. “We have some great players here and despite our recent form everyone has stuck together and the team spirit is still good. We will continue to work hard and get Manchester United to the top where it belongs.” Moyes admitted it was “possible” Rooney could replace the departing Nemnaja Vidic as captain at the end of the season. The club confirmed on Friday that Rooney has agreed to become an ambassador for the club when he retires. Press Association But with the prospect of another five-and-a-half years at the club, Rooney has a good opportunity to enhance his standing among the Old Trafford faithful. “Wayne is a great but he’s got a real chance to improve and be a legend,” said United boss Moyes. One obvious way Rooney can write his name into United’s history is by beating Charlton’s record of 249 goals for the club. Rooney currently stands on 208 goals, but he knows he now has a good opportunity to become the most prolific striker in United’s history. “It’s a great opportunity to try to break those kinds of records,” Rooney told MUTV. “I’m not too far away even though I’ve still got a few goals to go, but I’m confident I can reach it. Hopefully it will happen and if it does it will be a really proud moment.” A more immediate goal for Rooney is helping United qualify for the Champions League. The Red Devils sit 11 points off the top four ahead of Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace. David Moyes challenged Wayne Rooney to earn a place alongside Sir Bobby Charlton and George Best in Manchester United folklore after the striker signed a lucrative new contract worth £300,000 a week.
However, despite the emergence of reports from France quoting the selling club’s president Louis Nicollin claiming they and the Magpies have struck a deal, Press Association Sport understands there is still work to be done before manager Alan Pardew gets his man. Newcastle have been chasing the 24-year-old France international – currently on holiday following his return from the World Cup finals – since January when they attempted to sign him to replace Yohan Cabaye. Newcastle are edging closer to signing summer target Remy Cabella after holding productive talks with Montpellier. However, there were unable to reach an agreement then and Nicollin has since done little to encourage them in their ongoing pursuit. But it appears that a deal may now be there in principle, although sources on Tyneside on Friday evening were counselling that a decisive breakthrough may take more than 48 hours. The Magpies have opened discussions too with Dutch club Feyenoord over Holland full-back Daryl Janmaat as a potential replacement for Mathieu Debuchy should he complete his proposed move to Arsenal. Press Association
Cabella told nufcTV: “Yes, that’s something I am here for. I am looking to improve all the time and hopefully become one of the best. I just love improving. “I love to play. Big matches or little matches, I am always there. It makes me want to play more, the fact that this match is such a big one at the start, and I am looking forward to just getting involved in the season. “My first match at Newcastle is something I have been really looking forward to.” Cabella freely admits he modelled himself on Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo as a youngster, but insists he has become his own man as he has matured in the game. He said: “I loved to learn how to dribble like him and do the tricks, but now I am on the professional stage, I have my own way. “I am looking to improve all the time and Newcastle is a well-known, very good club. I just love to improve and that’s what I’m here to do.” Magpies boss Alan Pardew was delighted to have finally landed a man the club had been chasing since January, when they tried to sign him as a replacement for Yohan Cabaye. Indeed, the 52-year-old included himself in a vote of thanks he extended to owner Mike Ashley, managing director Lee Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr for eventually getting the deal done. The 24-year-old France international completed his move from Montpellier for an undisclosed fee on Sunday evening when he signed a six-year deal to become the latest recruit from his country to ply his trade at St James’ Park. He could make his competitive debut for the club in the Barclays Premier League opener against Manchester City next month, and he will do so hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of David Ginola and Laurent Robert. Pardew said: “I’d like to pay tribute to my staff, in particular Graham, myself, Lee and Mike and everyone on the board who worked really hard for this one because he’s a player we think is important. “Obviously, that’s represented in the fee and represented in his commitment to us as well. “I am just looking forward to seeing an exciting talent in the team and someone who can open the door. “Of course, he’s a player who has been on our radar for a while. It’s a marquee signing for us. “He represents all Newcastle fans love in a player. He has real flair, real hard work, commitment. But he is going to bring a talent to St James’ Park that I hope our fans are going to enjoy. “He’s got great ideas when the ball comes to him and, along with [former Ajax midfielder] Siem [de Jong], is going to improve an area where we definitely needed some help. “It’s part of a rebuilding process, and a big part of it.” Pardew finished last season under pressure after Newcastle wilted alarmingly following Cabaye’s departure for Paris St Germain, and he is hoping signings of the calibre of Cabella and Dutchman De Jong can help win over his detractors. He said: “It’s taken us a while to build and we have had to lose one or two great players along the way, Cabaye in particular. “But we always knew that once this summer came, we could make a bigger step, maybe, and hopefully that’s reflected in performances, reflected hopefully in our fans’ belief in the team and more importantly, for the players we have retained, the great players we have retained – [Fabricio] Coloccini, [Cheick] Tiote, Tim Krul, et cetera.” In the meantime, Cabella will return to the holiday he interrupted in Corsica to complete his move before throwing himself into his new challenge. The midfielder said: “It was nice to meet everybody and to come down, but I am definitely looking forward to making the most out of the rest of my holiday before I have to knuckle down and get in and start training with everyone.” Remy Cabella resumed his holiday already planning to establish himself among Newcastle’s great French imports. Press Association
Barton spent the campaign on loan at Marseille as Rangers finished 15 points adrift of safety in 2013 and paid the price for a lack of cohesion on and off the field. Harry Redknapp was unable to rescue the west Londoners after taking over in November that season but his side have made a positive start to their return to the top flight. Rangers’ impressive form at home is in stark contrast to their results on the road where they have lost to Tottenham, Manchester United, Southampton, West Ham, Chelsea, Newcastle and Swansea this season. Redknapp’s side are the only team in England’s top four divisions yet to register a single point away from home and Barton admits it’s a problem that needs addressing. “We have lost seven out of seven on the road but without making excuses, we haven’t been to the easiest places,” Barton said. “We haven’t played teams in and around us. That will be the test for us. We’ve been to some of the tougher places in the league. “I think everyone we’ve played away has been in the top 10 at the time we’ve played them. “We’re very mindful that we’ve got to improve our away form.” Rangers’ awaydays do not get any easier as they travel to Everton and Arsenal before the end of the year either side of home games against West Brom and Crystal Palace. The bottom half of the table remains congested ahead of the busy Christmas calendar with only five points separating QPR in 17th and Aston Villa in 11th. “If you string back-to-back wins together in this league you can propel yourself up the table,” Barton said. “That’s how tight it is. That’s why people tune in. The Premier League is so competitive. “Chelsea’s “Invincibles” all of a sudden go to Newcastle, Newcastle with their eighth-choice goalkeeper or whatever – and all of a sudden he comes on and they go on and beat Chelsea. “There’s not many other leagues where that happens. I’ve just seen on the TV, Real Madrid (have recorded an) 18th straight win. “Arsenal went unbeaten for a year but I can’t see anyone banging 18 wins out on the spin, not in this league, not with how competitive it is. “There’s a different element here, which is why people tune in from all over the globe.” Second-half goals from Leroy Fer and Charlie Austin ensured Rangers took maximum points against Burnley but there was disappointment too as Austin was sent off and will subsequently miss next Monday’s match at Everton. “He’s our top scorer, he’s been the difference for us at various times this season,” Barton added. “To be without him is going to be a massive loss.” QPR midfielder Joey Barton believes this current Rangers side is “poles apart” from the one that finished bottom of the Barclays Premier League two years ago. A 2-0 victory over Burnley on Saturday – their third win in four games at home – saw Rangers climb out of the bottom three for the first time since September. “The performances we have put in at Loftus Road have been exceptional, even in defeat sometimes,” Barton said. “The team spirit and togetherness of the football club is poles apart from that side which went out of the league with a whimper. “We came up and we want to give a good account of ourselves. Slowly but surely we are doing that.” Barton continued: “To look at the table and see yourselves not in the bottom three is always heart-warming. “Hopefully at the end of May that’s the case because that will be job done and goal achieved. There’s a long way to go. This is the 15th game. “After the defeat at Swansea the other day I asked our analyst to pull the table up from the year that QPR went down, the year I was in France. “After 14 games we only had five points and I think it took them 16 games to win a game. So comparatively we’re light years ahead.” Press Association
“But only on TV afterwards could I understand the dimension of the fouls because some of them were really, really dangerous ones. “He’s a lucky kid, but he deserves luck because he’s so fair and honest that he deserves to be lucky. “He’s loyal, he enjoys his game and is not the type of player who when he is winning performs tricks to provoke people and create emotional reactions. “I’m proud of him for being honest on the pitch and I leave it with the authorities to do something about the rest.” “Everyone wants to stay at Chelsea, especially John Terry because he has been here all of his life,” Mourinho said. “He accepts our policy on players over 30 with a smile and accepts it as a challenge. Last season he won the challenge by performing so well and getting the one-year extension. “This season he is winning the challenge and the right to have another one-year extension. It’s what John wants, it’s what the club wants.” Mourinho has two years left on his contract and is unwilling to discuss his future beyond stating he is content at Stamford Bridge. “I want to stay. I think the club is happy. I’m not waiting for offers. I’m not going to give any space for speculation or for interest from other clubs,” he said. “I want to stay, I don’t want to go. My story is a non-story because I will stay for as long as (club owner) Mr (Roman) Abramovich wants me.” Among the talking points from Chelsea’s draw in Paris was the brutal attention playmaker Eden Hazard received at the hands of PSG. “Hazard is a lucky boy not to be injured. During the game I was aware of the number of fouls, I was counting and I was aware that every time he had the ball he was surrounded and fouled,” Mourinho said. Chelsea captain John Terry is on course to secure a one-year contract extension, but Jose Mourinho has refused to comment on reports he is close to agreeing fresh terms on his own deal. Terry stated after Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at Paris St Germain that he would like to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge knowing that club policy is to only grant single season deals to players over 30. Mourinho insists the 34-year-old’s form points towards another campaign with the Barclays Premier League leaders. Press Association
Kane told Spurs TV: “It’s great to reach that milestone. It felt like I was on 29 for ages and to be able to get to 30 now and 20 in the league is special – and to win the game makes it even better. “The season doesn’t finish here, though. There are still five more games left and I’ll be trying to get on the scoresheet in as many of those games and get as many wins as we can.” Kane’s strike at St James’ Park cemented a comfortable victory for the visitors on a day when the home fans staged concerted protests against owner Mike Ashley. Their mood was not improved when Nacer Chadli fired Spurs into a 30th-minute lead, and although Jack Colback levelled within 20 seconds of the restart, Christian Eriksen restored their advantage just seven minutes later. The Magpies committed men to the search for an equaliser as time ran down, and Kane made the most of a lack of numbers at the back in injury-time when he raced through to beat keeper Tim Krul. He said: “We needed it. We’ve had two disappointing results in the last couple of weeks and we had to put that right. “Newcastle is no easy place to come, but we played really well. We kept the ball well, we created chances and deserved the win. “They put us on the back foot straight away [after half-time], which was disappointing from our point of view, but again, it shows our character. We went again and got the second goal, and obviously finished it off with the third, so we were really happy with the win.” The 21-year-old England international became the first Spurs player to reach that mark since Gary Lineker during the 1991-92 season when he netted the third in a 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory at Newcastle on Sunday. He had to wait almost a month after his 29th of the campaign to reach the milestone, but with five games to play before the end of the campaign, he is refusing to rest on his laurels. Harry Kane is in no mood to put his feet up after smashing through the 30-goal barrier. It proved a good afternoon too for Chadli, who took his tally for the season to nine goals in the league with his fine first-half strike, a swerving left-foot effort from distance. He was delighted to get his name on the scoresheet, but even more pleased with a win which helped to erase the memory of last weekend’s 1-0 home defeat by Aston Villa. Chadli said: “I’m working on it. Every week for me, the most important thing is for the team to win and I was happy to score. “We were all disappointed in the week, so it was very important to bounce back. We prepared for this game very well. We trained hard and were focussed in training, so it was important to take the win.” But while there was a general satisfaction around the Tottenham camp as they prepared to head south, it was Kane who was the toast of the Toon as he continued his emergence as a striker of genuine potential. Manager Mauricio Pochettino insisted after the game that there was more to come from the home-grown frontman, but also urged patience to allow him to develop at his own pace. However, there is an appreciation within the dressing room of the talent the club has on its hands. Commenting on Kane’s goals tally, Chadli said:”It’s a lot, and he deserves it. He works every week very hard to make it happen, and he did it.” Press Association
Goalkeeper Rob Green admits QPR need a perfect finish to the season if they are to avoid relegation from the Premier League. An unmarked Leroy Fer volleyed home a corner with 17 minutes to go but Nedum Onuoha’s afternoon took a disastrous turn within the space of five minutes as he was booked for the shirt pull on Martin Skrtel which led to a penalty – which Green saved from Gerrard – before seeing yellow for a second time for a hack on substitute Jordon Ibe. Liverpool ramped up the pressure and three minutes from time Gerrard nipped in to head in Coutinho’s corner. QPR have the worst record in the Premier League for the number of points conceded in the last 10 minutes and it left the players deflated. “It is a feeling of immense disappointment really the way the game went,” added Green. “It is another defeat in the last few minutes against a team no-one would have expected us to take anything from. “It comes down to a good ball into the box and Stevie G meeting it like he did. “Those are the finite details you are working with in the Premier League against top-quality players. “You have a player like Coutinho who can whip in a ball like he can and Steven Gerrard who can attack a ball like he can. “If you concede a lot of corners at some point they are going to be able to meet one.” Head coach Chris Ramsey was equally frustrated. “I have said it week after week: I would rather start the game at 80 minutes,” he said. “We have left so many points on the table after 80 minutes. At 87 (against Liverpool), 88 at Chelsea, 89 at Hull, after 80 at Aston Villa. “Our lapses in concentration are there for everyone to see. We were admirable even after we went down to 10 men.” Steven Gerrard’s 88th-minute header in Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Anfield left the Hoops needing a miracle to stay up. They are seven points from safety with three matches to go and head to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City next Sunday knowing they realistically have to win that. However, should other results go against them – although it would involve the improbably scenario of all four teams who are catchable winning – the previous day there is a chance they could already be down before they reach Manchester. But Green is in no doubt they have to win at the Etihad to ensure their remaining two fixtures against fellow strugglers Newcastle and Leicester do not become irrelevant. When the England goalkeeper was told of how other results had gone against them he said: “Great. We need to win all our games. “We probably need a perfect run between now and the end of the season, starting at the Etihad – which is a big ask.” Green said news of the death of team-mate Rio Ferdinand’s wife Rebecca to cancer hours before kick-off had not affected their performance. “We had to go about our business the same as we always do,” he added. “You have adversity in football and everyone at the club is with Rio and his family at this moment.” QPR looked to have given themselves a fighting chance at Anfield as they weathered a storm – mainly helped by Liverpool’s lack of a cutting edge up front – after going behind to Philippe Coutinho’s 19th-minute goal. Press Association
Press Association Di Maria is currently on leave after his exertions with Argentina at the Copa America, but Van Gaal insists the midfielder will fly to the US on Saturday, as had been originally planned before the tour started. “He will come on July 25,” the United manager said. Van Gaal refused to dismiss reports United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward met with PSG officials to discuss Di Maria’s future on Tuesday. “I cannot answer that,” the Dutchman said. “It is a process. When we think we have to say something, we will.” Di Maria has also encountered problems off the field since his move to England. He and his family moved out of their Cheshire home in February following an attempted burglary. Senior sources at United recently downplayed suggestions Di Maria was unsettled in Manchester, but that has not stopped cash-rich PSG from being linked with a move for the player. Louis van Gaal still expects Angel di Maria to join Manchester United’s tour of the United States on Saturday despite reports the £59.7million midfielder is closing in on a transfer to Paris St Germain. As well as Di Maria, Marcos Rojo and Javier Hernandez are also expected to join the squad on Saturday, when United play their third tour match – against Barcelona at the Levi’s Stadium in California. The trio are not expected to play in the match against Barcelona but will be available for United’s last match – against PSG – which could prove interesting if Van Gaal selects Di Maria. Barcelona’s Pedro is in the frame as a potential new recruit if Van Gaal decides to cut his losses on Di Maria. The Dutchman had hinted he was ready to sign a “surprise” striker at the weekend. But Van Gaal had changed his tune somewhat after United had beaten San Jose Earthquakes 3-1. “I don’t know if I want to buy a striker,” Van Gaal said. “I have read in the media that the striker is a surprise. No. That is not what I said. You are saying that. No. I mean something else.” Memphis Depay scored his first goal for United while Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira also found the net in San Jose, but Van Gaal was not a happy man after the final whistle. “The first half, I was satisfied,” said Van Gaal, who made 10 changes at half-time. “But the second half I think we played very badly. A lot of unnecessary ball losses. The only highlight was the goal from Pereira.” Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger was singled out for criticism. “He was also bad,” Van Gaal said of the £15million signing. “The one highlight was Pereira.” Goalkeeper David de Gea, who sat out the first game in Seattle against Club America, did not play against San Jose. The Real Madrid target warmed up prior to the match, but he did not come off the bench at half-time and Sam Johnstone remained in goal for the whole 90 minutes.. Van Gaal hopes the Spaniard will be fit to play against Barcelona in Santa Clara this weekend. “I have good hope that he can play against Barcelona,” Van Gaal said. “He was still injured. Anders Lindegaard was also injured. It was difficult, so I said, ‘Go stand in the goal so we had a point of direction for my attackers, but don’t do anything to risk your injury more’. “I hope that he can play on Saturday. I think he can play on Saturday.” Di Maria failed to impress at United last season following his record move to Old Trafford from Real Madrid. The 27-year-old spent a large chunk of the second half of the season on the bench at United and he has subsequently been linked with a big-money move to PSG.
Press Association England boss Roy Hodgson needs to make room for Ross Barkley in his starting XI, according to Everton manager Roberto Martinez. The 21-year-old playmaker was the stand-out performer during Euro 2016 qualifying wins against Estonia and Lithuania over the past week. But Hodgson must make a big decision if he is to fit Barkley into his team either in midfield or the number 10 role ahead of next summer’s tournament in France. Martinez said: “It’s one of those moments you keep saying that if you work hard and you set real standards, football will pay you back. “And I think Phil Jagielka is the clear example that we have in house. Any youngster who wants to look up to somebody that’s a leader and a captain, that’s Phil Jagielka, and in my eyes he’s been the most consistent and the best English centre-half in the last 12 months. “Then to have the opportunity to lead the England team. He’s the first Everton player to lead the team out for England and I think that’s a fitting reward. And the way he performed was magnificent.” Everton return to Premier League action on Saturday with a home match against Manchester United. It is their first outing since a 1-1 derby draw with Liverpool two weeks ago that spelled the end for Reds boss Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers has been swiftly replaced by former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, and Martinez expects the popular German to be a big hit in the Premier League. “It’s for everyone to see how impressive he was during his time in Germany,” said Martinez. “Not just the way that his teams play, I think the way he brings that contagious approach of being brave and creating really difficult teams to play against. “I think his quality as a coach and a manager was one of the biggest strengths of the Bundesliga and I’m sure he’s going to be a really good fit for the Premier League.” Martinez could have John Stones, Seamus Coleman, Tom Cleverley and Steven Pienaar all back after injury for the United clash, while he expects full-back Leighton Baines to be in contention in a fortnight. Barkley’s performances for England were a continuation of his Everton form this season and Martinez feels the buzz around his displays does him something of a disservice. The Toffees manager said: “I think his best position is on the pitch. “When you’ve got that outstanding talent, you just need to fit it in a team. There’s no right answer, depending on what role you want him to do and what you want the team to do. “What is clear is he’s a sensational prospect, as we all know. He’s still a very young man. “I’m a bit surprised about the hype that has developed just because of the two performances with England. We’ve been seeing Ross hitting that level since the first day of the season. “He’s someone that has been through so much and it’s not just a sign of a potential player any more, he’s a very strong footballer with incredible quality.” It was a landmark international break for Everton, with Phil Jagielka becoming the first Toffees player to captain England. With qualification already assured, Hodgson used the opportunity to rotate his squad, and it was 33-year-old defender Jagielka who led out the team against Lithuania.
Don Cossack and Faugheen were joint-winners of the Horse of the Year Award at the annual Horse Racing Ireland Awards ceremony at Leopardstown. Press Association “I’m sorry he let the side down in the Morgiana. He’s a great horse, but he flopped that day, for whatever reason,” said Ricci. “I hope he comes back the next day. We still have confidence in him. Hopefully he’ll do the business at Kempton and get back on track.” Mullins said: ” He did cut his mouth (at Punchestown), but that took a day to recover from and most horses wouldn’t feel a little cut on their mouth. I wouldn’t use that as an excuse. He’s in great order.” Don Cossack was last seen winning the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal at the end of October and is set to return to action over the Festive period. The King George VI Chase at Kempton has long been considered his likely target, but connections are not ruling out Leopardstown’s Lexus Chase. Gigginstown House Stud’s manager Eddie O’Leary said: ” Obviously we love him and let’s hope he stays lucky. It will be the King George (next), or the Lexus. Every option is open.” Mullins picked up the National Hunt Award, while Pat Smullen was the winner of the Flat Award. Smullen was keen to pay tribute to his boss Dermot Weld, and said: “I t goes without saying you can’t achieve what I’ve achieved this year without having the job I have. “This was arguably our best year together and I’m hopefully looking forward to more in the future. I have a great agent in Kevin O’Ryan and it’s a big team effort.” The Point-to-Point Award went to Enda Bolger, trainer of top-class hunter chaser On The Fringe, who completed the Cheltenham-Aintree-Punchestown treble last spring. Bolger said: “T he horse is great and obviously we’re going to try to repeat what we did last year. I’m very surprised to receive this award as there’s some great people around and I’m just honoured. I have a great horse, a great owner (JP McManus) and a great jockey (Nina Carberry).” Rising star Jonathan Burke was given the Outstanding Achievement Award. The 19-year-old jockey dedicated the award to his late mother. “I’m doing something that I love and something that I’ve dreamed of from a very young age. I’m very lucky to be in the position I’m in. I had a great grounding working for Willie Mullins, Noel Meade and Gordon Elliott. I’ve had great people round me and I’m very lucky,” he said. Legendary commentator Des Scahill won the Contribution to the Industry Award, while Leopardstown won Racecourse of the Year. Brian Kavanagh, chief executive of HRI, said: “The reputation of Irish racing and breeding is built on the achievements of the extraordinarily talented people in our industry. The HRI Awards allow us celebrate these trainers, jockeys and horses who give us so much to be proud of and I wish all our winners and nominees continued success in 2016.” For the first time in history the award was shared as voters were unable to choose between the Willie Mullins-trained Champion Hurdle winner Faugheen and Gordon Elliott’s five-time Grade One-winning chaser Don Cossack. Faugheen suffered a shock defeat at the hands of stable companion Nichols Canyon on his seasonal reappearance in last month’s Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown, but owner Rich Ricci is confident he will bounce back when defending his crown in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton.
He made just eight appearances for Southampton this season – the last of which came against Liverpool in last month’s 6-1 Capital One Cup quarter-final defeat – but only one of those was a Premier League start, back in August. Liverpool’s scouting department were more than familiar with the centre-back as he was a target for previous manager Brendan Rodgers. While Liverpool’s injury problems may be easing at the back up front there is no chance of a swift return to action for striker Divock Origi after he underwent a minor knee operation. The Belgium international was expected to be back in training in the next week after a hamstring injury sustained on Boxing Day against Leicester. However, the 20-year-old has had surgery to fix a long-standing issue with his knee. Press Association Sport understands the procedure was just a “clean-up” of the joint but it does mean Origi will be sidelined for another three to four weeks. With Daniel Sturridge still not ready to return from a hamstring strain sustained at Newcastle on December 6 and Danny Ings out for the season after cruciate knee ligament surgery, it leaves manager Jurgen Klopp with just one fit striker in Christian Benteke. He also has the option of playing Roberto Firmino as a “false nine” for Wednesday’s visit of Arsenal. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s desire for Premier League experience in a centre-back led him to sign QPR’s Steven Caulker on loan. He will provide cover to what has become a threadbare unit with hamstring injuries to Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren sidelined for a few weeks, with Kolo Toure (cramp) and Mamadou Sakho (knee) expected to return to face Arsenal on Wednesday. “We looked for Premier League experience because in this short time, you need that experience,” Klopp told liverpoolfc.com. “We looked for a good header [of the ball] because that’s what we need – we want to play good pressing, we want to press the opponent and so they have to play long balls. “If they play long balls, you need people in the last line who can help you with headers and we’ve found it with Steven Caulker. “He was not in the best situation in Southampton, didn’t play too much, but this is January and we want to have the best solution for us and we are absolutely convinced that Steven is the best solution for us. “I am looking forward to working with him. He will be here today and then we can start working, so everything is good. “January is the only month where we can do something. We did it in this position [defence] and now let’s go on.” Liverpool finalised a deal before the noon deadline meaning Caulker will be available, if needed, for tomorrow’s visit of Arsenal and the defender travelled north to be able to train with his new team-mates late in the day. The German had been linked with a host of names, including Neven Subotic at former club Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan’s Andrea Ranocchia – he is interested in Schalke’s Joel Matip, but only in the summer when he is out of contract – but plumped for a defender with knowledge of the British game. Caulker, a former Tottenham centre-back who has also played for Swansea, Cardiff and QPR in the top flight, was on loan at Southampton but due to a only making a handful of appearances his deal was cancelled in order for him to move to Anfield. Press Association
An 18-year-old has been taken into police custody after he allegedly beat his three-year-old cousin to and stuffed her into a garbage can.The incident occurred Thursday around 5:15 pm along Northwest 27th Circle.According to the report, the three- year-old child was spending the day with her grandmother and her cousin Tristin Tavares Bernard.At some point, the grandmother realized that both the child and the teen were missing.A neighbor eventually found the child stuffed inside of a trashcan and called rescue crews.The child was taken to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital where her condition is currently unknown, however, family members did report that she has severe head injuries.Bernard was arrested later that day after a came forward and told authorities that they saw the teen beating the child with a brick.He now faces child abuse, aggravated battery and attempted murder charges.
A former administrator at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland has retired early, in the midst of a Broward school district investigation about his role in last year’s shooting.Jeff Morford was an assistant principal at the school when the massacre that took 17 lives and injured another 17 people occurred on February 14, 2018. He has been accused by a state commission of failing to help prevent such a situation.Morford had signed up for a deferred retirement program last year and was planning to leave in 2023, according to district records. However, his last day was September 4.Lisa Maxwell, executive director of the Broward Principals and Assistants Association, says he decided to retire early as a result of “overall trauma” from the massacre. She adds, “He’s been re-traumatized over and over again. He’s just done.”According to Maxwell, prosecutors in the criminal case for killer Nikolas Cruz have required the former assistant principal to repeatedly watch video of the shooting, which killed coach and security monitor Chris Hixon, with whom Maxwell was good friends.The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission, which is still investigating the tragedy, concluded that Morford had mishandled a September 2016 threat assessment of Cruz, who was a student at the school at that time.A 2018 report from the commission states that Morford was not competent in such tasks, and had never handled such evaluations during his 31-year career.Assistant Principal Denise Reed told the commission, “Jeff is old school. He only did operations. He never did any discipline at where he was at his previous location and so Jeff said: ‘I don’t even know where to find a threat assessment.’”A student told the commission that he and a classmate warned Morford that they were concerned about Cruz being a school shooter, since Cruz had reportedly looked up guns on a school computer, pretended to shoot birds on campus, and alleged that he liked seeing people in pain.The student said that Morford and a deputy did not seem concerned, and that Morford told the student to Google “autism,” implying that Cruz had the condition.The report adds, “Morford told the students that Cruz was being sent to alternative school and they did not need to worry.”The commission asked the district to investigate how Morford handled the threat review. Upon finding that Morford’s inability to answer detailed questions did not seem credible, they hired a law firm to review his actions, as well as those of two other assistant principals and a security specialist. Former Principal Ty Thompson was added to the list last March.Runcie informed the commission that the investigation should be finished later this month or next month.The administrators were transferred to new jobs this summer. Morford had been serving as an assistant principal at Coconut Creek High School, but was reportedly not able to avoid the daily stress caused by the shooting.In addition to his administrative duties, Morford opened a bar in Pompano Beach last summer called the Axe Throwing Society. It features 14 ax-throwing “lanes” that look like fenced-in batting cages, where customers can fling lightweight axes at wooden targets.
A Dallas Police office’s adult son his recovering in the hospital after his father mistook him for an intruder and shot him.The incident occurred around 6 p.m Saturday near DeSoto.When authorities arrived to the home, they found the victim bleeding from his right forearm.The victim was then taken to an area hospital for treatment on the non-life-threatening injury.Authorities say that they are continuing to investigate the incident, however, no arrest have been made and no charges have been filed.“The DeSoto Police Department has treated this like every other case that we would have had and we would’ve handled it the exact same way that if any charges are appropriate later on, they’ll be forwarded over to the DA’s office for them to make a decision,” Pete Schulte, DeSoto police spokesman said.The names of the two parties involved have not yet been released.
An alarming incident caught on camera of a Florida teacher physically removing the 14 year old student from his classroom at Palm Coast Middle School.Jeffrey Paffumi was arrested this week for the incident at Buddy Taylor Middle School, some of which was captured on cell phone video by a student.The student’s father tells WESH he wanted to press charges immediately after seeing the footage.According to the arrest report, the student admitted to calling the teacher a racial slur. Investigators say the teacher said the student was playing music from his computer and refused to turn it off. He also said the student slapped his hand away before he attempted to remove him from the classroom.The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office says Paffumi removed the 14-year-old from his chair, carried him out of the class, and shoved him down the hall. The 47-year-old teacher was hit with a battery charge. Officials say Paffumi has been in trouble with the law before. He was also charged with criminal mischief and battery in 2012. Paffumi has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Nelson Jimenez, 31, launched his attack in front of a crowd of bystanders who had gathered on a sidewalk near 183rd Street and Davidson Avenue in University Heights to watch the arrest of 27-year-old robbery suspect Yoemdy Castro, law enforcement sources said.In the footage, you can see the officer standing over the suspect who is lying face down on the pavement being cuffed by another officer. Suddenly Jimenez who is pacing around in the background can be seen striking the standing officer in the side of the head knocking his hat off. The officer who was struck immediately turns around and fires his Taser, but it’s unclear if it struck Jimenez.Jimenez then runs away, with the cop close behind, the video shows.Spectators can be heard cheering on the suspect, imploring the suspect to “run.”Officers later caught and arrested Jimenez in a nearby bodega, law enforcement sources said. Charges against him are pending.A second cop who responded to the fracas was also punched in the head in an off-camera incident, according to sources.The suspect in that assault, Brandee Isom, 25, was arrested and charged with assault and obstructing governmental administration, sources said. Amid the death and disease in New York, an NYPD police officer helping another cop during an arrest in the Bronx Tuesday is suddenly sucker-punched by a man wearing a protective mask who was standing behind him and it is all caught on cell phone video.NYC people are dying, and suffering as COVID-19 plagues thousands but the same scumbags continue to roam the streets of NYC and attack NYPD cops. Sadly the wrong people are suffering. Welcome to DeBlasios NYC pic.twitter.com/St6UoXV9wZ— SBA (@SBANYPD) April 8, 2020
The Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are on the lookout for a suspect who they say fired a gun at a detective while they were in the middle of an ongoing drug investigation.Police say the suspect, 26-year-old Marques Mathis, fired a gun at a detective Tuesday night in Pompano Beach, and is wanted for first-degree attempted murder of a law enforcement with afirearm.Investigators say Mathis fired the gun when he noticed one of the detectives, and missed. The bullet struck a wall near where the detective was standing, and Mathis fled the scene.The firearm was found at the scene, and no one was hurt.Anyone with information on Mathis’ whereabouts is urged to contact Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.
A Texas man has been arrested after being accused of sexually assaulting and killing his 9-month-old daughter.According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrested 23-year-old Luis Luna accused of sexually assaulting his infant daughter.Police responded to a report of an unresponsive 9-month-old infant at a Houston apartment complex, last week. The infant was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.Investigators later performed an autopsy and determined the baby girl had been sexually assaulted and died due to asphyxiation during the assault.When officials interviewed Luna they determined he was behind her death. He now faces a charge of capital murder.
Latest Posts Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Fenceviewer Staff BUCKSPORT — Clean out those closets, find those old cleats and don’t put that old baseball glove in storage. Instead, put that out-grown, gently used sports gear to work for a good cause.The Bucksport Middle School wants yard-sale-worthy sports gear to benefit the seventh grade Sports Extravaganza on Feb. 11.Donors will get an “early bird” ticket to the event to pick up other sports gear at reasonable prices.Gear donations will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 10, at the Middle School.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textCall the school in advance (469-6647) during regular school hours to donate items, or call Sue Bernier at 469-1971 to arrange for pick-up or drop-off after school or on weekends.The Sports Gear Extravaganza has already received a large donation of sports gear.Soccer moms, baseball fans, skaters and skiers are encouraged to think about next year and get the gear growing kids will need.The Sports Gear Extravaganza will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Middle School.Money raised by the event will help send RSU 25 seventh-graders to Kieve Leadership School in April.The five-day Leadership School program involves students in activities which encourage goal setting, critical thinking and problem solving.The Kieve Leadership School experience, traditionally attended by Orland students prior to the RSU 25 merger, also helps to build bonds between Orland, Bucksport, Verona, and Prospect students.Call Bernier for more information or to volunteer on the 10th or 11th.For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Bio Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014
ELLSWORTH — Every semester Andy Beardsley assigns his class “Romeo and Juliet,” he hears the same line from students:“There’s no such thing as love at first sight.”“Oh yeah?” The Ellsworth High School English teacher and legendary cross country coach will ask before playing a tape for the room full of teenagers. “Listen to this.”“I just met this girl,” begins a message Andy recorded of himself some three decades ago — the day he met his future wife. The voice of a smitten 19-year-old spends the next 10 minutes raving about her beauty and love of “Lord of the Rings.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“She’s amazing,” Andy says in the recording. “And I’m going after her.”Five years later, Andy married the girl who his students now know as their science teacher, Andrea Beardsley. After 26 years of working together at EHS, Andy and Andrea are moving to Virginia to live closer to Andy’s brother, Scott.“We’d honestly thought about doing something different before,” Andrea says. “But this all is happening really fast.”A plan took shape in mid-May when Andy, 51, and Andrea, 49, attended Scott’s graduation ceremony at the University of Pennsylvania. He had just earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership.“Andy and Scott are very close,” Andrea says. “For their entire adult lives, they’ve lived on different continents.”Scott, who is just 10 months older than Andy, is in the process of moving from Belgium, where he worked for a management consulting firm in Brussels. He will begin his new job as dean of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in August.“Scott is really good at making people push themselves,” Andrea says. “During our trip, he asked us, ‘Why don’t you do something different? We can make this big life change together.’“That’s what got us thinking.”Two months later, Andy and Andrea have committed to the move. They are leaving July 28.The couple sit at their kitchen counter in their Ellsworth home, poring over photo albums and sharing memories. Andrea points to a picture, taken of the two shortly after they began dating, in which Andy is holding a novel. “That’s a Tolkien book,” she says.When asked what they’ll miss most about Ellsworth, Andrea’s eyes turn red.“Are you going to cry?” Andy teases her.“No, shut up,” Andrea smiles, looking up to keep tears from falling. “I can’t help it. It is sad! It’s a happy-sad thing.”Andy and Andrea’s journey to Ellsworth began in 1983 before they had even met. Though they both had family roots in Blue Hill, Andy moved away in middle school, and Andrea arrived in 10th grade. She graduated from George Stevens Academy.Their paths crossed at Bates College in Lewiston when Andrea caught pneumonia her first month there.“I was stupid as a freshman,” Andrea says. “I ate donuts and didn’t sleep. I got horribly sick.”Meanwhile, in Blue Hill, Andrea’s mom expressed concern over her daughter’s health to a good friend, Andy’s grandmother. Andy, a sophomore at Bates, consequently received instruction from his grandma to check on Andrea.“OK, Nana,” Andy says he responded. “I’ll go meet this girl.”Andy knocked on Andrea’s dorm room door and was greeted by a tall, intimidating man with his arms crossed. It was Parents Weekend, and that was her dad. Andy slinked past him to meet Andrea.Small talk between the two about where they each grew up quickly uncovered one major connection: Andy and Andrea both had lived in the same house in Blue Hill.Andrea doesn’t have a recording of her thoughts the day she met Andy, but she does have a mental image of him walking out of her room.“He had a little brown cap on, and he was limping because he had hurt himself,” she says. “While watching him walk away, I remember specifically thinking, ‘I’m now at the age where I am meeting people I could end up marrying.“‘I could end up marrying that guy.’”Andy and Andrea have five children, two of whom they adopted six and a half years ago from Ethiopia. They have taught their oldest sons and watched them both graduate from EHS.“Andy and I actually don’t see each other that much at school,” Andrea says. “We run in different circles.”Their days overlap through their students. Andrea says kids will often tell her, “Mr. Beardsley told a story about you today.” Or Andrea will occasionally use Andy as an example in her anatomy class to perhaps explain the cardiac output of a runner.“We share common students, and that’s how we interact,” Andrea says. “One of the main things we try to establish is a rapport with the kids. I think in that way, we have similar teaching styles.”Andy and Andrea fell in love with each other, as well as with teaching, over their three years taking education courses together at Bates.Andy, a year older than Andrea, graduated in 1986 and entered graduate school at the University of Maine-Orono while Andrea finished up her last year at Bates. Andrea then worked in Portland as a teacher at Deering High School until Andy earned his master’s degree.With their education behind them, their lives together could finally begin. They moved to Ellsworth in 1988 after Andrea accepted a teaching job at EHS. Andy applied to five different high schools in Hancock County, all of which didn’t hire him.To get by, the newlyweds worked at the Colonial Motor Lodge. Andrea served as a receptionist nights and weekends while Andy cleaned rooms full time.Andrea recalls one particularly busy night when a woman checking out of the hotel offered her some advice:“‘Dear,’” Andrea mimics the visitor. “‘You seem like a very intelligent young woman. Why don’t you continue your education so you can do something beyond this?’”“Actually, I’m a teacher,” Andrea replied, adding she had earned her bachelor’s degree from a small, selective liberal arts college.The woman persisted: “‘Well, uh, maybe if you had an advanced degree…’”“My husband has his master’s,” Andrea cut her off. “He’s cleaning toilets down the hall.”A position opened up at EHS in 1989 when a group of young, newly hired teachers, including Andrea, couldn’t handle the oversized population of problematic students.“We’re talking at least 10 boys who were 17 years old, physically violent and still freshmen in high school,” Andy says.Andrea — the veteran teacher of the bunch with one year of experience — met with staff members to find a solution.“So they hired Andy to be the muscle,” Andrea says, laughing, while Andy pretends to flex his arms. “Which, to anybody who knows him, is extremely funny because he’s the sweetest, most compassionate person.“He would just stand at the back of the room looking big and scary.”Later in the school year, the EHS head of the English department took a leave of absence, and Andy filled the position. Then, he never left.“It’s funny how things happen for the best,” Andy says. “When you get rejected or something bad happens, and you’re all upset about it. Then, you end up thinking, ‘I’m really glad that didn’t happen.’“If I had been accepted at one of those other schools, my whole career path would have been different.”Two and a half decades later and the job search was back on.After returning from their trip to Pennsylvania in late-May, Andy and Andrea began applying to schools in the Charlottesville area. Andrea — Hancock County’s 2014 Teacher of the Year — scored a position as a chemistry teacher at Albemarle High School within days of beginning her search.“I have a very positive reputation here at Ellsworth,” Andrea says. “From a professional point of view, I want to challenge myself to start fresh and see if I can develop that same reputation later in my career.”The Beardsleys emphasize repeatedly that their decision to leave has nothing to do with Ellsworth.“We feel blessed to have been able to teach in the Ellsworth school system,” Andrea says. “It’s an amazing system.”Alone in his classroom in late June, Andy packed up photos and awards accrued over his 26 years coaching cross country and track at EHS. A gifted athlete himself, Andy has coached some of Maine’s greatest runners, including Louie and Joey Luchini, Steve and Corey DeWitt, Ben Shorey, and, most recently, Aleta Looker and his nephew Dan Curts — all of whom went on to compete on a national stage.“I just feel really lucky to have had so many outstanding runners,” Andy says.Andy and Andrea had only just begun informing friends and family of their decision to move. They had quit their jobs and bought a house in a Charlottesville neighborhood centrally located so their kids can walk to school.Everything had just about fallen into place.It took Andy nine hours to clean out his classroom. Surrounded by bare walls and stacks of memories, he received a text message late that afternoon. The principal of a private school he had applied to work for, St. Anne’s Belfield School, wanted to interview him for an English teaching position.Andy got the job the next day. He will also serve as assistant coach of the school’s cross country and track teams with head coach Sintayehu Taye, who, coincidentally, was a star runner for Portland High School.“It’s scary, and it’s exciting,” Andy says. “I’m going to be a new teacher and a new coach where nobody knows me.”But the Beardsleys are not saying goodbye forever. They plan on returning to Ellsworth for two months every summer.“We’re not selling the house,” Andrea says. “We want this to still feel like home.”Andy and Andrea Beardsley are hosting a gathering before they leave at their home Thursday, July 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. Call 667-7128 for more information. Bio Latest Posts 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. 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Mumbai, June 1: Cricketer Irfan Pathan says his family cherishes bonds and their values very dearly. Cricketers and brothers Yusuf and Irfan Pathan shot for an episode of the dance reality show “High Fever…Dance ka Naya Tevar”, a statement said. Sharing his thoughts about being on the show, Irfan said: “Hailing from a joint family ourselves, we cherish family bonds and family values very dearly and this show is surely making family bonds stronger with dance.”Instead of sharing few dance moments on stage, the brothers played cricket in a slow-motion style. “High Fever… Dance ka Naya Tever” is aired on &TV. IANS
GUWAHATI, Sep 16: Udalguri girl Bhagyabati Kachari claimed gold medal at the Ahmet Comert Tournament in Istanbul, Turkey. Playing in the light heavyweight category (81kg) Bhagyabati got the better of Selma Karakoyun. She was declared the most scientific boxer of the tournament, and the Indian women’s team finished third.Bhagyabati Kachari was also presented the ‘Best Technical Boxer Award’ of the tournamentAssam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has congratulated Bhagyabati Kachari for her victory.https://twitter.com/sarbanandsonwal/status/1041241508681142274The 26-year-old boxer who hails from Udmari village near Tangla in Udalguri is the daughter of Deben Kachari and Chaitra Kachari. She had previously participated and won a number of medals in national boxing championships along with clinching bronze in Asian Women’s Boxing Championships held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia way back in 2012.Simranjit Kaur (64kg), Monika (48kg) also won gold medals for India.
London: In a first, an English Cricket Club is planning to switch from using traditional leather balls to new “vegan” ones.Popularly known as the vegan cricket club, Earley Cricket Club in Reading — a town 40 miles (64 kilometres) west of London — is testing vegan cricket balls which are made using a rubber covering, reports the Daily Mail. The English Cricket Club had already introduced a vegan tea for their players two years ago.Chairman Gary Shacklady, who turned vegan five years ago, is confident that adopting a solely plant-based lifestyle will give the team the edge over their opponents.“It does behave like a leather cricket ball, but it bounces more and it’s more difficult to grip,” Shacklady said. “But we’re enthused by it and we’re hopeful of finding a better version.”The Earley Cricket Club was set up by Shacklady 12 years ago. However after he turned vegan, Shacklady found he could no longer eat match teas — usually ham sandwiches. He also felt that the club’s meat-based catering meant Muslim and Hindu players were being excluded.“We had one member who was against it,” Shacklady said. “He felt that it was quite exclusive and against people’s right to meat.”“The teas have been well received as our players understand and support the reasoning behind the decision. It also means we can produce a far larger quantity of food for a lower cost,” he added.Ham and beef sandwiches at the club have been replaced by the likes of Moroccan tagine, lasagne and meat-free spaghetti Bolognese.The club owner now hopes that other teams in the Berkshire Cricket League will switch from the traditional leather-covered balls to the synthetic animal-free ones. (IANS)Also Read: A cricket ball that has gone ‘vegan’, Covered in rubber instead of the traditional leatherAlso Watch: Mangaldoi youth opts for celebrating Republic and Independence Day in a unique manner
JOHANNESBURG: Former South Africa captain and Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Director of Cricket Graeme Smith said that “internal agendas” within the country’s cricket governing body has been a “cancer” that has affected it for a while.”I think it’s been a cancer from within the organisation for a while and it’s not getting any better,” he was quoted as saying by News24. “You try and sit and work out who in senior positions in this organisation is doing this, and why? What is the end goal? Is it serving cricket? It’s quite clearly someone in a high-profile position, whether it is in the business part or the board part, because some of the stuff being leaked can only be from those parties within the organisation and that’s disappointing. Also Read – Meghalayan mid-fielder Phrangki Buam joins ISL side FC Goa “It doesn’t help cricket, it doesn’t help us build relations, it doesn’t help us put our right foot forward. We’re an organisation that spends all our time talking about these other things instead of the game of cricket. “It certainly does feel that there are people within these positions that have ulterior motives.” IANS Also Watch: GET SET GLOBAL: GLOBAL ASSAMESE – UNCONVENTIONAL PATHS TO SUCCESS
With the women’s team finishing second, and the men’s team finishing third, the Championship title was once again beyond Guyana’s grasp as the team ended third overall among the countries taking part in the Caribbean Senior Squash Championships,which was played in Trinidad and Tobago.The team’s final placement can be considered creditable since one of its players,Sunil Seth,was carrying an injury.Guyana will be looking to capture all the titles next year in St.Vincent,which will next years championships.The Guyana women’s team was unable to defend their title despite wins by Caribbean junior champion Larissa Wiltshire and national champion Taylor Fernandes,which were not enough to keep Guyana from going under to Barbados in the women’s team finals on Saturday,moreso with the Bajan lineup including current ladies singles champion Meagan Best, and three-time ladies single champion Karen Meakins.Witshire took a hard-fought win against Lilanna White, defeating her 11/6, 11/5, 6/11, 11/8, while Fernandes was in for a win when she came up against Muffin Stollmeyer ,whom she overpowered in straight sets (11/6, 11/5, 11/6).But these were to be Guyana’s only wins in the five match clash. Ashley Khalil and Mary Fung-a-Fat were looking at some tough competition even before they hit the court, being pitted against Meakins and Best, respectively.Meakin’s, who earlier scored wins against Guyana’s Akeila Wiltshire and Mary Fung-a-Fat during the ladies singles,again prevailed 11/6, 11/7, 11/5 against Khalil. In the ladies singles, Best, who is also the reigning Caribbean junior girls’ under 15 champion, had shown just how superior she was when she took a come-from-behind victory against Meakins.So it was a tough time for Fung-a-Fat as she tried to take her opponent down. In the end Fung-a-Fat’s best was just not enough and the Bajan won the match 11/7,5/11,11/4,11/5.In the other game of the women’s team battle,Wiltshire lost 8/11, 4/11, 4/11 to Amanda Haywood, the current Caribbean junior girls’ under 17 champion.The men’s team fight for third place saw them facing a rematch against Cayman Islands, following their earlier pool match against the same team on Friday. Despite losing 3 – 2 against the team last Friday, this time around the Guyana men reversed the result, thanks in part to Nyron Joseph,who clinched a win against Alex Fraser, whom he had lost to on Friday.Joseph defeated Fraser 3 – 1 (11/7, 2/11, 11/5,11/8), while wins were also had by Jason Khalil and Kristian Jeffrey.The veterans team also concluded their participation in the competition on Saturday with a close 3-2 lost to the Cayman Islands. Winning for Guyana was Ramon Chan-A-Sue in the 40+ category and Alwyn Callendar in the 60+ category. They ended up placing fourth in their category.
RAVICHANDRAN Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja’s unbeaten seventh-wicket partnership of 67 pushed India towards a first-innings lead over England in the third Test.England added just 15 runs to their overnight total before their first innings was brought to a close with 283 on the board, a total that India are now just 12 runs adrift of following day two in Mohali.India largely dominated proceedings and half-centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara (51) and captain Virat Kohli (62) had them past 150 with just three wickets down.Ajinkya Rahane (0) and Karun Nair (4) each went cheaply, though, and Kohli’s exit with 204 on board seemed set to be the key moment in an England turnaround.Ashwin (57 not out) and Jadeja (31no) had other plans, however, and steadied the ship to steer India to 271-6 at the close, as they seek to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.Adil Rashid (4) went in the second over of the day and, though James Anderson posted an unbeaten 13, England failed to surpass 300 – Mohammed Shami (3-63) dismissing Gareth Batty (1).Murali Vijay (12) and Parthiv Patel, playing in his first Test since 2008, put on 39 for the first wicket before Ben Stokes (2-48) had Vijay caught behind.Patel was unable to mark what had looked a promising return to the Test arena with a half-century as he was given out lbw at the hands of Rashid (3-81) on review for 42.But, in typical fashion, Kohli’s arrival at the crease tilted matters firmly in India’s favour.The India skipper continued his tremendous form from Visakhapatnam – where he scored 167 and 81 in the second Test – to combine with Pujara for a patient stand of 75.Pujara, who hit eight boundaries for his 51, was finally removed when Chris Woakes claimed a superb low catch.Two overs later Rashid had his third wicket of the day as Rahane lasted only six balls, with Nair then undone by a direct-hit run out by Jos Buttler.Stokes had been reprimanded by the ICC for an exchange he had with Kohli following his exit on day one and the all-rounder referenced that episode by covering his mouth after Kohli nicked his delivery behind to Jonny Bairstow.However, it was the batting of Ashwin and Jadeja (31 not out) that did the talking late in the day, the former hitting eight boundaries in 82 balls in a counter-attack that brought about his ninth Test fifty.(Omnisport).ENGLAND 1st innings (Overnight: 268-8)A. Cook c P. Patel b R. Ashwin 27H. Hameed c Rahane b U. Yadav 9J. Root lbw b Yadav 15M. Ali c Vijay b Shami 16J. Bairstow lbw b Yadav 89B. Stokes st P. Patel b Jadeja 29J. Buttler c Kohli b Jadeja 43C. Woakes b U. Yadav 25A. Rashid c P. Patel b Shami 4G. Batty lbw b Shami 1J. Anderson not out 13Extras (b-8 lb-3 nb-1) 12Total (all out, 93.5 overs) 283Fall of wickets: 1-32 H. Hameed,2-51 J. Root,3-51 A. Cook,4-87 M. Ali,5-144 B. Stokes,6-213 J. Buttler,7-258 J. Bairstow,8-266 C. Woakes,9-268 A. Rashid,10-283 G. BattyBowling: M. Shami 21.5 – 5 – 63 – 3, U. Yadav 16 – 4 – 58 – 2,J. Yadav 15 – 5 – 49 – 2, R. Ashwin 18 – 1 – 43 – 1, R. Jadeja 23 – 4 – 59 – 2(nb-1)INDIA 1st inningsM. Vijay c Bairstow b Stokes 12P. Patel lbw b Rashid 42C. Pujara c Woakes b Rashid 51V. Kohli c Bairstow b Stokes 62A. Rahane lbw b Rashid 0K. Nair run out (Buttler) 4R. Ashwin not out 57R. Jadeja not out 31Extras (b-8 lb-3 nb-1) 12Total (for 6 wickets, 84 overs) 271Fall of wickets: 1-39 M. Vijay,2-73 P. Patel,3-148 C. Pujara,4-152 A. Rahane,5-156 K. Nair,6-204 V. KohliTo bat: J. Yadav, M. Shami, U. YadavBowling: J. Anderson 16 – 3 – 36 – 0, C. Woakes 15 – 5 – 47 – 0,M. Ali 9 – 1 – 19 – 0(nb-1), A. Rashid 24 – 4 – 81 – 3,B. Stokes 15 – 2 – 48 – 2, G. Batty 5 – 0 – 29 – 0.
AMERICAN decathlete Ashton Eaton, who won gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016, has retired from athletics.Two-time Olympic decathlon gold medallist Ashton Eaton has announced his retirement from competitive action with immediate effect.Eaton defended his Olympic title in Rio last year, breaking his own world record in the process, having first claimed decathlon gold at London 2012.The 30-year-old was also prolific at the World Championships, bursting onto the international scene in 2011 when he won silver behind United States teammate Trey Hardee.Eaton beat Hardee by 198 points in the London Games, before going on to seal back-to-back World titles in Moscow and Beijing.With a glittering career behind him Eaton has opted to step away from athletics, saying: “Frankly there isn’t much more I want to do in sport.“I gave the most physically robust years of my life to the discovery and pursuit of my limits in this domain. Did I reach them? Truthfully, I’m not sure anyone really does.“It seems like we tend to run out of time or will before we run out of potential. That makes humanity limitless then, as far as I’m concerned. And I think that’s inspiring.”His wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton also announced her retirement and steps away from a career in the heptathlon, having claimed bronze in Rio, adding to silver medals in the Moscow and Beijing World Championships.“Crossing the 800m finish line in Rio I didn’t have this feeling,” she said.“I was mentally exhausted. I have never been so thankful to be finished something in my life. I felt like I never wanted to do another heptathlon again.“I gave the last 4 years everything I could. I put my life on hold. Track and field was the priority before everything else: my family, my friends, my marriage, my future. This is something I chose to do and I don’t regret it for a second. It made me happy to pursue something I was so passionate about.“I no longer have the passion for track and field or the heptathlon that I used to, because I know I can’t advance any further in the sport. I’ve given it all I can and I refuse to come back and half-ace it because I love and respect this event and sport too much.” (Sportsmax)
Dubai: The decks were finally cleared on Friday for the Asia Cup as BCCI officially handed over its hosting rights to the Emirates Cricket Board. “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Emirates Cricket Board signed an agreement today for the United Arab Emirates to host the 2018 edition of the Asia Cup,” the BCCI stated in a release.The agreement was signed in Dubai with the BCCI being represented by its acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and CEO Rahul Johri. The chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board, His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, signed on their behalf.Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will take part in the tournament. They will be joined by a sixth team—the winner of the Asian Cricket Council qualifier event.The tournament will be held from September 15 to 28 in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.Also Read | Asian Games 2018: Schedule, Timings, When and where to watchThe event was originally scheduled in India with BCCI playing the hosts but Pakistan’s participation was an issue considering the prevailing political situation between the neighbouring countries.The BCCI couldn’t procure relevant clearance from government security agencies to host Pakistan.Earlier this year, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) decided that the tournament will be shifted to UAE but India will be hosting the tournament.BCCI acting secretary Choudhary said:”We are thankful to the Emirates Cricket Board for hosting the 2018 Asia Cup on behalf of the BCCI. We will see some of the sport’s powerhouse nations go head-to-head for ultimate glory and I am confident that cricket fans around the world will enjoy every moment of this prestigious event.”However, the COA faction was not on the same page with BCCI office bearers regarding handing over the hosting rights to the UAE.Since organisation would involve financial transactions in foreign currency, a senior BCCI office bearer had pointed out that FEMA (Foreign Exchanges Management Act) rules need to be thoroughly checked after the IPL II fiasco when Cricket South Africa hosted the cash-rich league in 2009.The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) sanctions USD 2.5 million to the hosts for organisational purposes but it was pointed out that operational costs shoots up in the UAE.The BCCI release does not state what will be the profit sharing mode from the ticket sales. The TV broadcast money goes to ACC.The major attraction of this tournament is two assured Indo-Pakistan clashes.Also Read | Injury-hit Kohli could be more dangerous in third Test, says BaylissFrom ECB, it’s chairman said, “It is a matter of great pride for the UAE to host a prestigious event like the Asia Cup. Our country is home to a large section of people from the participating nations and we feel privileged and excited by the opportunity to bring their favourite sport right here to their doorstep.“This is the biggest cricketing event to be held in the UAE and we will ensure every support to make the 2018 Asia Cup a huge success.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
highlights New Delhi: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang spearheaded Arsenal’s revival by scoring twice in a 3-0 win over Rennes to reach the Europa League quarter-finals 4-3 on aggregate, as Chelsea and Napoli also booked a last-eight spot on Thursday. The Gunners canceled out their 3-1 deficit from last week’s first leg in France inside 15 minutes as Aubameyang swept home from close range before teeing up Ainsley Maitland-Niles to head home. However, Rennes had cause to complain as Aubameyang should have been flagged offside before the second goal.With VAR not in use for the Europa League unlike the Champions League, there was no recourse for Rennes and the Ligue 1 side will also reflect on missed opportunities after the break as a historic European run for the club came to an end. M’Baye Niang struck the post and Sead Kolasinac’s last-ditch tackle denied Ismaila Sarr before the Bosnian wing-back crossed for Aubameyang to give Arsenal breathing space. Aubameyang spearheaded Arsenal’s revival by scoring twice in a 3-0 win over Rennes.Pierre-Emerick reaches the Europa League quarter-finals 4-3 on aggregate.Winning the Europa League also offers Arsenal and Chelsea the safety net of Champions League qualification. Winning the Europa League also offers Arsenal and Chelsea the safety net of Champions League qualification should they fail to make the top four in the Premier League. But Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who won the Europa League three times as Sevilla coach, also wants the glory of a trophy in his first season in charge.”It is not only the possibility to go to Champions League, but it also is one title and we can feel the possibility to win one title,” said the Spaniard. Chelsea cruised into the last eight with greater ease as six Premier League sides will take their place in Friday’s quarter-finals draws with Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham in the last eight of the Champions League.After a 3-0 victory in last week’s last 16, first leg at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea was even more dominant in Kiev as Olivier Giroud scored his first hat-trick for the club.”We started very well. We wanted to start in this way,” Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri told BT Sport.”We played a wonderful first half and managed the game in the second half.” Giroud, who is yet to start in the Premier League in 2019 after the signing of Gonzalo Higuain, netted a first-half double before Marcos Alonso slid home a third on the stroke of half-time. Frenchman Giroud completed his hat-trick before teenage winger Callum Hudson-Odoi rounded off the scoring. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
— The Oilers pulled out a 2-1 win over the Wild on Alex Chiasson’s (CHAY’-sahnz) power-play goal 1:08 into overtime, Mikko Koskinen (MEE’-koh KAHS’-kih-nehn) stopped 42 shots and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tallied in Edmonton’s third straight win. Oilers forward Leon Draistaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) picked up his league-high 108th point with an assist.— San Jose ended Toronto’s three-game winning streak as Evander Kane provided two goals in the Sharks’ 5-2 victory against the Maple Leafs. Stefan Noesen (NAY’-sehn) and Antti Suomela (soo-oh-MEH’-lah) each added a goal and an assist for the Sharks. The Leafs wasted Auston Matthews’ 46th goal of the season.— The Islanders continued their slide from an Eastern Conference playoff berth with their fourth straight loss, 6-2 against the Canadiens. Joel Armia (ahr-MEE’-uh) and Brendan Gallagher each had a goal and an assist as Montreal beat New York for the sixth time in seven meetings. Carey Price needed to make just 20 saves and blanked the Islanders until Brock Nelson made it 4-1 with just under 14 minutes left.— Forward Kyle Connor has a career-high 35 goals after scoring twice while furnishing an assist in the Jets’ 3-1 victory over the Sabres. Connor scored on the power play and at even strength, and he set up a short-handed goal. Tucker Poolman also tallied and Connor Hellebuyck (HEH’-leh-buhk) made 25 saves for Winnipeg.— Kevin Fiala (fee-AH’-lah) scored for the fifth straight game and Minnesota moved ahead of Nashville in the Western Conference playoff race by topping the Predators, 3-1. Luke Kunin (KOO’-nihn) and Zach Parise (pah-REE’-say) also had goals and Alex Stalock (STAY’-lahk) made a season-high 37 saves for the Wild, who have won four times during Fiala’s streak. The Predators lost their third straight game and had a seven-game winning streak against Minnesota snapped. Portal’s cycling team, Ineos, says the former rider turned sports director died suddenly at his home in Andorra on Tuesday. Media reports say he had a heart attack.As Froome’s sports director, Portal helped plot the Briton’s wins at the Tour, speaking into his ear via radio from a team car.Froome says on Twitter that “He was the kindest, happiest guy I knew and always lived life to the fullest.” Associated Press March 4, 2020 Update on the latest in sports: NBA-NEWSKyrie Irving has shoulder surgeryUNDATED (AP) — Kyrie Irving has undergone surgery to repair the injured right shoulder that ended his first season with the Brooklyn Nets after just 20 games.The Nets say the procedure to relieve the impingement was performed Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery. The team says Irving is expected to make a full recovery.Irving began having trouble with the shoulder as he worked to get back in shape after another injury in the preseason. He missed 26 games before returning in January. NHL-SCHEDULEBruins nip LightningUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins have added two more points to their lead in the NHL’s Atlantic Division by notching their third straight win.Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk provided power-play goals in the Bruins 2-1 triumph at Tampa Bay. Marchand opened the scoring in the last minute of the opening period and DeBrusk doubled Boston’s lead midway through the second.Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask stopped 20 shots and blanked the Bolts until Mitchel Stephens notched a short-handed goal late in the second period. Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard delivered 25 points and the Clippers picked up their fifth straight win by defeating Oklahoma City, 109-94. Paul George received a warm reception from Thunder fans before scoring 16 points against the team that traded him last summer. Montrezl (MAHN’-trehz) Harrell also had 16 points against the Thunder, who matched their most lopsided home loss of the season.Dennis Schroder (SHROO’-dur) scored 24 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari each added 15 for Oklahoma City.The Nuggets were stunned by the lowly Warriors as Eric Paschall (PAS’-kul) furnished nine of his 22 points in the fourth quarter of Golden State’s 116-100 win at Denver. Andrew Wiggins finished with 22 points and 10 assists in the Warriors, second win in their last 11 games. The Nuggets led by 12 midway through the third quarter before the Warriors embarked on a 43-15 run.Checking out Tuesday’s other NBA action:— Anthony Davis scored 18 of his 37 points during the second-quarter to lead the Lakers past the 76ers 120-107. LeBron James had 22 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds for the Lakers, who moved to 47-13 with their ninth win in 10 games. Glenn Robinson III matched his career high with 25 points and Tobias Harris had 18, but the 76ers suffered their ninth straight road loss since Jan. 20. In an interview with Bloomberg News, Chief Operating Officer Donald Remy did not dismiss the possibility of games being played with no fans in arenas. The games presumably would still be televised.The NCAA declined further comment to the AP on the possibility of no fans in the stands. Also, the NCAA announced it has established a coronavirus advisory panel of medical, public health and epidemiology experts and NCAA schools.TOKYO GAMES-POSTPONEMENT?Japan Olympic minister says games could be held any time in 2020TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Olympic minister says the contract to hold the Tokyo Games only specifies the event has to be held during 2020. Spartans beat Nittany Lions, catch TerrapinsUNDATED (AP) — Michigan State has pulled into a first-place tie with Maryland in the Big Ten.The 16th-ranked Spartans are 13-6 in the conference after turning a 19-point, first-half deficit into a 78-71 victory at No. 20 Penn State. Xavier Tillman Sr. scored 23 points and had 15 rebounds for Michigan State, which trailed 46-31 at intermission before scoring the first nine points of the second.Rocket Watts added 18 points, Cassius Winston had 14 and Aaron Henry chipped in 12 for the Spartans.The Terrapins lost for the third time in four games as Jacob Young came off the bench to score a team-high 17 points in Rutgers’ 78-67 win against Maryland. Montez Mathis added 15 points and Gio Baker had 11 as the Scarlet Knights snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 19-11 overall. — Houston ace Justin Verlander says the groin tightness that has slowed him this spring is no longer worrisome. Verlander made his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday, throwing 2 2/3 innings against the Cardinals.— St. Louis pitcher Andrew Miller will be sidelined for an undetermined amount of time as he tries to regain the feel for his pitches. The two-time All-Star and 2016 ALCS MVP with Cleveland says there’s no pain, but that his release simply doesn’t feel right.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NCAA TOURNAMENTAn NCAA Tournament with empty arenas? It can’t be ruled outUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is ruling out no contingencies when it comes to coronavirus and the NCAA Tournament. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEClippers pass Nuggets for No. 2 seed in the WestUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have moved a game ahead of Denver for second place in the NBA’s Western Conference. — Caris LeVert pumped in a season-high 51 points and the Nets halted a four-game losing streak by outlasting the Celtics, 129-120 in overtime at Boston. Brooklyn erupted for 51 points in the fourth quarter to erase a 17-point hole before outscoring the Celtics, 11-2 in OT. Jaylen Brown finished with a team-high 22 points and Kemba Walker had 21 for the Celts, who fell 1 ½ games behind the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors.— Toronto ended a three-game skid as Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) provided 33 points and Kyle Lowry added 28 in a 123-114 win at Phoenix. Siakam scored 12 in the third quarter to help the Raptors erase a seven-point halftime deficit. Norman Powell added 26 points while backup Chris Boucher furnished 19 points and 15 rebounds.— Malik Beasley contributed 28 points and D’Angelo Russell scored 14 of his 23 in the second half of the Timberwolves’ 139-134 downing of New Orleans. James Johnson scored 19 points and helped Minnesota shoot 55.7% from the field and 17-for-20 from the line. Zion Williamson scored 25 points and Jrue (jroo) Holiday had 27 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, who are four games behind Memphis for the final Western Conference playoff berth.— Dejounte (deh-ZHAHN’-tay) Murray scored 21 points and the Spurs gave Tim Duncan his first victory as an acting head coach with a 104-103 victory at Charlotte. San Antonio longtime coach Gregg Popovich missed the game while dealing with “personal business,” according to the team. Bryn Forbes added 15 points for the Spurs, who trailed by 17 in the first half.— De’Aaron Fox poured in 31 points and the Kings blew a 28-point lead before winning for the sixth time in seven games since the All-Star break, 133-126 versus the Wizards. Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with 21 points and Buddy Hield (heeld) added 17 as Sacramento had seven players score in double figures. Seiko Hashimoto’s response to a question in the upper house of parliament implies the Olympics could be held later in the year and would not have to start on July 24 as planned.The issue of a delay follows the fast-spreading virus that has been blamed for 12 deaths in Japan and has shut down most schools, sports competitions and Olympic-related events in the country.OBIT-PORTALPortal, who helped guide Chris Froome at Tour, dies at 40PARIS (AP) — Nicolas Portal, a team official who helped guide four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome to victory at the race, has died. He was 40. Irving signed with Brooklyn in July along with Kevin Durant, who is recovering from surgery to repair his Achilles tendon.In other NBA news:— The Pistons say guard Derrick Rose suffered a sprained right ankle during the first quarter of Sunday’s loss at Sacramento and is expected to be re-evaluated in two weeks. The 31-year-old Rose is averaging 18.1 points over 50 games this season, his highest scoring output since 2011-12. He was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2010-11 but hasn’t played more than 66 games in any season since.— Suns forward Kelly Oubre (OOL’-bray) Jr. will miss at least four weeks after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Phoenix has gone 0-3 while the 6-foot-7 Oubre sat out because of the injury. Oubre ranks third on the team with 18.7 points per game and is averaging 6.4 rebounds.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE The Bruins lead the division by nine points over the Lightning and pace the entire NHL with 96 points.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Brayden Schenn broke a 1-1 deadlock midway through the third period before the Blues completed a 3-1 victory over the Rangers. Jaden Schwartz added an empty-netter and set up the deciding goal as St. Louis won its eighth in a row to expand its lead in the Central Division to three points over Colorado. The Rangers remain seventh in the Metropolitan Division after their third straight loss.— The Penguins ended their six-game losing streak as Sidney Crosby scored and collected his 800th career assist in their 7-3 rout of Ottawa. Bryan Rust collected his third career hat trick for the Penguins, who tied a season high in goals and ended their longest slide in eight years. Pittsburgh defenseman John Marino tallied 48 seconds into his return after missing 11 games due to facial surgery.— William Karlsson notched his 100th career goal and Robin Lehner stopped 27 shots in his 300th career game to spark the Golden Knights to a 3-0 win over the Devils. Lehner recorded his first shutout of the season and improved to 2-0-0 since joining Vegas from Chicago at the trade deadline. Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-REH’-tee) and Ryan Reaves also scored as the Knights kept their two-point lead over Edmonton atop the Pacific Division. — Dylan Strome (strohm), Alex Nylander (NEE’-lan-dur) and Patrick Kane hit the net on consecutive shots late in the second period of the Blackhawks’ 6-2 trouncing of the Ducks. Strome scored twice and added an assist in the rout.MLB-NEWSSale has elbow sorenessUNDATED. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox say starter Chris Sale has undergone an MRI after experiencing soreness in his throwing elbow.Manager Ron Roenicke (REH’-nih-kee) said Sale felt the soreness in his elbow Monday morning, the day after his 18-pitch batting practice session. Sale missed the last seven weeks of last season due to elbow inflammation, finishing the year 6-11 with a 4.40 ERA in 25 starts. Jalen Smith had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Maryland, while teammate Anthony Cowan added 19 points. But the Terps shot a horrendous 6 of 32 from 3-point range, including 2 of 16 in the first half.The Spartans and Terrapins will have company atop the conference if Wisconsin and Illinois each win their next game.In other top-25 action:— John Fulkerson scored a career-high 27 points and Tennessee rallied from a 17-point deficit to upset sixth-ranked Kentucky, 81-73 at Lexington. The Wildcats appeared in control leading 51-34 early in the second half before the Volunteers outscored them 29-9 over the next 10:09. Tyrese Maxey had 21 points and Immanuel Quickley 15 for the Wildcats.— Eric Hunter Jr. dropped in a career-high 19 points and Evan Boudreaux added 14 with 14 rebounds to help Purdue beat No. 18 Iowa, 77-68. The Boilermakers dominated inside, scoring 30 points in the paint and enjoying a 47-33 edge in rebounding. Luka Garza led the Hawkeyes with 26 points and 12 rebounds, his 15th double-double of the season. Sale already was slated to start this season on the IL after reporting to camp with pneumonia.In other MLB news:— Carlos Carrasco made his first start for Cleveland since last May, allowing two runs over two innings against the Angels. He was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia last May and missed three months while undergoing treatment. He returned to pitch 15 innings of relief in September.— An arbitrator has accepted Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein’s rationale for delaying Kris Bryant’s debut at the start of the 2015 season. The ruling was that there was no proof of “a nefarious motive” by Epstein to delay the third baseman’s eligibility for free agency. The decision accepts Epstein’s explanation that injuries to Mike Olt and Tommy La Stella prompted the timing of Bryant’s call-up to the Cubs in April 2015. Had Bryant been brought up one day earlier, he would have been eligible for free agency after this season.—Yankees outfielders Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are likely to miss the team’s season opener at Baltimore on March 26 because of their injuries. Judge is having more tests to determine the cause of soreness in the right pectoral area near his shoulder. Stanton strained his right calf last month.
March 10, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 3 seed Boston University (20-13, 14-6) vs. No. 1 seed Colgate (25-8, 16-4)Patriot League Conference Tourney Championship, Cotterell Court, Hamilton, New York; Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Boston University is set to take on Colgate in the Championship of the Patriot League tournament. Colgate won both of the regular season matchups earlier this season. The teams last played on Feb. 10, when the Raiders outshot Boston University 47.5 percent to 43.3 percent and made five more 3-pointers en route to the 16-point victory. BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Max Mahoney is averaging 15.4 points and 8.2 rebounds to lead the way for the Terriers. Walter Whyte is also a primary contributor, maintaining an average of 13 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. The Raiders have been led by Jordan Burns, who is averaging 15.7 points and 4.5 assists.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Javante McCoy has either made or assisted on 44 percent of all Boston University field goals over the last three games. McCoy has 20 field goals and 15 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Boston University is 0-9 when scoring fewer than 63 points and 20-4 when scoring at least 63.UNDEFEATED WHEN: Colgate is a perfect 18-0 when it holds an opponent to 69 points or fewer. The Raiders are 7-8 when opponents score more than 69 points.DID YOU KNOW: The Colgate offense has recorded a turnover on only 16 percent of its possessions, which is the 24th-best rate in the country. The Boston University defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 17.6 percent of all possessions (ranked 274th among Division I teams). Associated Press Colgate meets BU in Patriot League finals ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
THERE were big wins for Carmel Secondary and Sir Leon Lesson when the Petra organised Milo U-18 football action continued yesterday at the Ministry of Education ground on Carifesta Avenue.It was a destructive effort from the Carmel Side as they hammered Brickdam Secondary 12-0,thanks to a hat-trick from Shaquille Cox who scored in the 9th, 14th and 37th minutes, as well as a pair of braces from Darron Niles (17th and 20th) and Romel Maxwell (19th and 28th).Single strikes from Shaquille Baptiste (2nd), Ryan Fredericks (3rd), Shawn Harvey (12th), Stefon Duke (46th) and Romel Smith (51st) also ensured that the win came by a huge margin.In game two, South Ruimveldt overcame Christchurch 3-2 with Nergal McBean’s hat-trick (55th, 57th and 60th) bettering Christchurch’s Patrick Joseph’s double in the 19th and 40thmin.Game three saw Queenstown beat out Cummings Lodge 4-3 with a brace from Denzel Ross (36th and 52nd) and singles tries from Jermaine Padmore (26th) andShaquille Stephens (50th)Cummings Lodge had Keon Hamer-(14th), Britton Capriano (19th) and Leonardo Wilson (21st) each on target.Meanwhile, Sir Leon Lesson had a clear win over Richard Ishmael 5-1,with a hat trick from Adrian Aaron (5th, 10th and 16th) and single strikes from Meshach Barratt (41st) and Tyrese Forde (42nd).Richard Ishmael had Shemar Albert (21st) on target. Matches continue today.
… Valleys/Alleys face Block 22 for $1.2MBy Joe ChapmanSILVERCITY/Valley/Alleys and Block 22 will collide in tonight’s final of the CBR Hotshots Entertainment STAG Bowl Inter-Ward football tournament at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground, where the winner will pocket $1.2M. Kick-off time is 20:30hrs.Thanks to National striker and guest player Delon Lanferman, Silvercity/Valley/Alleys outclassed Blueberry Hill 3-1 and Block 22 prevailed 3-1 on penalty against Silvertown/ Canvas City West Watooka after regulation and extra-time saw the two level 1-1.The Silvercity/Valley/Alleys will field a strong lineup with guest players – Lanferman, Solomon Austin, Konata Manning, Colwyn Drakes and Clarence Beaton.Their rivals Block 22 will field imported players Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson, Delroy Fraser and Trayon Babb, as well as Kevin Sullivan, Deshawn Joseph and junior national goalkeeper Jonathan Copeland between the uprights.In the semi-finals, watched by a vociferous crowd at the town’s premier sporting facility, Lanferman was clearly in a zone of his own, netting a double for the finalists.Sheldron Holder had placed Blueberry Hill in the lead with his goal in the 29th minute but Silvercity/Valley/Alleys were able to level the scores 1-1 in the 67th minute from a strike by John Waldron.Just when things looked heading to extra time, Lanferman, on the stroke of the 90th minute, was able to convert from the penalty spot after a foul was called in the box against the Blueberry Hill side which sparked some protest, but later quelled to allow for the spot kick to be taken.In injury time, Lanferman tucked in a brace netting his team’s third goal which effectively signalled the conclusion of a hard-fought battle for a finals slot.Earlier that evening Richardson put his team Block 22 into the lead against Silvertown West Watooka when he netted a 17th minute goal. But their opponents Silvertown/Canvas City/ West Watooka levelled things in the 67th minute off their reliable striker Tony ‘Spirit’ Adams.But, after a scoreless extra time, Block 22 were able to convert their chances from the penalty spot and walked away 3-1 winners.The finals will be preceded by the third place playoff match between the losing semifinalists Silvertown and former champions Blueberry Hill at 18:30hrs.The losing finalists get $500 000, third place winners receive $300 000 and fourth $150, 00.The main sponsors are Ansa McAl behind their STAG beer brand while Babaloo’s Car Rental, Trophy Stall, Alex Bunbury, Bella’s Lumber Yard, Premier Sportz Fashion and Eagles United FC also contributed significantly towards the hosting of the tournament.
Rahaman, Alves take first Men’s Open winsADAM Alves and Javed Rahaman gave a temperate start to the Men’s Open, as they registered the competition’s first wins when the Digicel Senior National Squash Championships commenced yesterday at the courts of the Georgetown Club, on Camp Street.Men’s veteran Joe Mekdeci easily overthrew Medhi Ramdhani in a slow start, but things picked up as an energetic Allan Downes tried to outmanoeuvre the more skilled Khalil Alli, but came up short. David Fernandes was also in winners’ row after he had a fun time in his match against Guyana Squash Association (GSA) president Robin Low.Alves began his competition against Douglas DeGroot, and DeGroot let him know early on that he meant business. He took the first point in every single game that played out to be a four-game battle.For the first game, the pair rallied and traded points, with DeGroot getting in eight before Alves closed off the game. The second game had another 11-8 margin, but this time in DeGroot’s favour.Alves seized the next two games, both ending with 11-6 margins.It was another four-game match when Rahaman took on Steven Xavier winning 12-10, 4-11, 11-6, 11-9.Mekdeci bettered Ramdhani 11-1, 11-8, 11-5 in a quick match. However, in the second match of the night, Downes almost sent his match against Khalil to a four-set clash.Khalil had the upper hand in skills, but a spirited Downes pushed him hard. Khalil eventually won the match 11-6, 11-6, 11-9, just as things were getting a little more than he could handle.In the lone veterans Men’s Over-50 match Fernandes showed better court coverage in his 11-9, 11-6, 11-6 win over Low.The tournament continued last night with the round of sixteen matches in the Men’s Open, first-round matches in the Women’s Open and more round-robin matches in the veterans categories. The tournament ends on Saturday.
Update on the latest sports Associated Press SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAK-OKLAHOMAOklahoma athletics cutting $13.7M from budgetUNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma athletics department is cutting $13.7 million from its budget, blaming those cuts on fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.Budget cuts include a 10% salary drop for any employee earning at least $1 million per year. Athletic director Joe Castiglione said the moves were the “first steps” in responding to the financial losses associated with virus outbreak. In other NFL news:— The Green Bay Packers have signed each of their two top draft picks: Utah State quarterback Jordan Love and Boston College running back A.J. Dillon. Green Bay gave the Miami Dolphins a fourth-round draft choice to move up four spots in the first round and take Love with the 26th overall selection back in April. The Packers chose Dillon with the 62nd overall pick. Both selections were somewhat surprising because the Packers already have two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers at quarterback and Aaron Jones at running back.— Some NFL players are raising concerns about playing football amid the coronavirus pandemic while others are ignoring advice of medical experts by working out with teammates. JC Tretter, a center on the Cleveland Browns and president of the NFL Players Association, wrote an open letter to players saying they have to fight for “necessary COVID-19 protections.” New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins said last week that “football is a nonessential business and so we don’t need to do it.” Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward has asthma so he wants to “take every precaution” if he plays.NHL-COYOTES-KESSELHealthy Kessel expected to give Coyotes a boost in return The 34-year-old Smith hasn’t played in the league since November 2018, but the 2013 Sixth Man of the Year is a longtime trusted teammate of James. They won the NBA title together with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 and reached four consecutive NBA Finals.In other NBA news: — Houston’s Thabo Sefolosha is opting out of the NBA’s restart in Orlando. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the decision hasn’t been announced. Sefolosha is in his first season with the Rockets. The 36-year-old is a 15-year NBA veteran who has also played for Utah, Atlanta, Oklahoma City and Chicago. The Rockets are schedule to resume the season on July 31 against the Dallas Mavericks.— Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says Lou Williams is expected to join the team for the NBA’s restart in Florida. Williams has described himself as “50-50” on whether he would finish out the pandemic-interrupted season. Rivers says he doesn’t think any of the Clippers are opting out from resuming the season. The team heads to Orlando next week.— Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown says All-Stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are healthy for the NBA restart. Brown says Simmons is “good to go” following a lengthy layoff with a back injury. Embiid was recovering from surgery on his left hand and had just returned after missing five games with a sprained left shoulder at the time of the shutdown. Brown says he expects Embiid to return to play in the best shape of his professional career. — The baseball organization that presents the annual MVP awards will consider whether the name of former commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis should be pulled from future plaques. A longtime official of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America says the issue will be put up for discussion. Former NL Most Valuable Players Barry Larkin, Mike Schmidt and Terry Pendleton say they would favor removing Landis’ name because of concerns over his handling of Black players. Landis was hired in 1920 as MLB’s first commissioner and no Blacks played in the majors during his quarter-century tenure.NBA NEWSLakers add veteran J.R. Smith for Orlando championship pushLOS ANGELES (AP) — J.R. Smith has joined LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers for their championship push.The Lakers announced their long-anticipated signing of Smith as a substitute player. Smith is the Lakers’ replacement for Avery Bradley, who cited family reasons for his decision not to finish the season with the Lakers in Orlando. The hearing came as three states have signed athlete-compensation bills into law, with Florida’s set to take effect next summer. Sankey said there’s a risk of states “one-upping each other” with their own versions without a federal law.In other NCAA news:— The NCAA’s infractions case against the University of Kansas men’s basketball program has been accepted into a newly created independent investigation process that was created to handle especially complex cases. It is the first step in a process that was created in August 2018 to deal with select cases and minimize perceived conflicts of interest. Kansas has been accused by the NCAA of committing five Level I violations, which are considered the most egregious, as part of the fallout of an FBI investigation into college basketball corruption. The case hinges on whether representatives of apparel company Adidas were acting as boosters when two of them arrange payments to prospective recruits.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SCALLEYUtah defensive coordinator Scalley to keep job after review – The Dallas Mavericks have signed guard Trey Burke as a replacement after center Willie Cauley-Stein decided not to rejoin the team for the planned resumption of the season.— The Brooklyn Nets don’t look ready for a restart, but general manager Sean Marks says there was no discussion of the team not traveling to Florida for the resumption of the NBA season. DeAndre Jordan and Wilson Chandler aren’t going, and Spencer Dinwiddie’s status is uncertain after both he and Jordan tested positive for the coronavirus. Marks also says neither Kevin Durant nor Kyrie Irving will return from injuries to rejoin the Nets this season. The GM says he will support any other players who choose not to play. Brooklyn is currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. NFL-PRESEASONAP Source: NFL cutting preseason in half, pushing back startUNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the NFL will cut the preseason in half and push the start of exhibition play back a week to give players more time to get in shape. Teams haven’t been able to gather together since last season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league and the players association have been meeting to find ways to make sure they can have games in a safe environment. The exhibition slate will now begin Aug. 20 instead of Aug. 13. Teams will begin reporting to training camp July 28. SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley will remain on staff but will take a pay cut and must undergo diversity training after being suspended for using a racial slur in a 2013 text message. Utah announced Scalley will participate in diversity and inclusion education, and have his salary cut from $1.1 million to $525,000. His contract also was trimmed from a multiyear deal to a one-year deal, and he will no longer be the designated head coach in waiting. Scalley was suspended last month when his use of a racial slur in a text message was posted on social media.WNBA-MAYA MOORE-PRISONERMissouri man freed from prison with help from WNBA’s MooreJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man was freed from prison Wednesday after a county prosecutor declined to retry his case, punctuating years of work by WNBA star Maya Moore and other supporters who argued he was falsely convicted of burglary and assault charges.Moore was on hand when Jonathan Irons, 40, walked out of the Jefferson City Correctional Center. She clapped as Irons approached a group of people waiting for his release. She then dropped to her knees at one point before joining a group hug around Irons. The Rocket Mortgage Classic’s latest policy change on the coronavirus means Cameron Champ can play the tour this week in Detroit. Champ tested positive for the virus last week when he arrived for the Travelers Championship. That meant he had to self-isolate for 10 days without showing symptoms. Champ was asymptomatic when he tested positive. The tour says he had three negative tests over the next three days. The tour consulted with the CDC on its policy change. Now, anyone who is asymptomatic and tests positive will be eligible to return with two negative tests at least 24 hours apart.In other coronavirus related sports news:— UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma is asking for federal help to get foreign students that include athletes back to campus. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said he and other members of Congress plan to press the Department of Homeland Security to grant exemptions for the students, similar to ones given to professional athletes last month.— Coach Dawn Staley would be prepping the U.S. women’s basketball team for the Tokyo Olympics this week if not for the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, she’ll hold a Zoom conference call with players who are vying for a spot on the roster in 2021, if the postponed Olympics are held next year. Staley’s focus these days involves getting her South Carolina women’s team back on campus in a safe environment. Her team finished No. 1 in the last AP poll and won the SEC Tournament before the NCAA Tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus.— Six players with FC Dallas have tested positive for COVID-19 and the entire team has been quarantined ahead of the MLS Is Back tournament. The team says the players tested positive upon arrival in Florida for a tournament that starts next week. All of the league’s 26 teams are sequestered in hotels in advance of the tournament played without fans at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World. He had been serving a 50-year prison sentence stemming from the non-fatal shooting of a homeowner in the St. Louis area when Irons was 16. Moore and Irons became friends after meeting through prison ministry, according to the Times. The 31-year-old Moore, a Jefferson City, Missouri, native who starred at UConn before helping lead Minnesota to four WNBA titles, put her career on hold last season to help Irons.BOBSLED-WORLD CUPBobsled, skeleton still planning for full World Cup seasonLAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Bobsled and skeleton officials indicated Wednesday that they are still planning for a full World Cup season, releasing detailed schedules for eight races as well as the world championships that remain scheduled for February in Lake Placid, New York. Also still on the schedule: a season-finale at the new track built for the 2022 Beijing Olympics. The addition to the revised schedule released Wednesday was the addition of women’s monobob to the schedule for Lake Placid’s two weeks of world-title races. In other baseball news:— An emotional Chicago Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy is recovering from a severe case of COVID-19 that quarantined him for 30 days. The former major leaguer learned he had the virus on the third day he felt ill following a nasal test. Hottovy tested negative about two weeks ago and still gets winded easily. Hottovy isolated in a spare bedroom with a relentless fever, difficulty breathing, dehydration and an increased heart rate. It was particularly bad at night, making sleep just about impossible.— The Kansas City Royals have launched what they are calling a “Fanbassador” program in which up to 500 fans may purchase a plastic cutout of their likeness for $40 apiece that will be displayed in a seat at Kauffman Stadium during the abbreviated 2020 season. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Royals Respond Fund.— Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich says he supports outfielder Ian Desmond’s decision to sit out the 2020 major league baseball season over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic and other issues in society. Desmond’s will be replaced by veteran Matt Kemp. The slugger has agreed to a minor league deal with the Rockies and could get the DH job.— Catcher Patrick Bailey has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants that includes a $3.8 million signing bonus. He was selected 13th overall in last month’s amateur draft, The 21-year-old hit .296 with six homers, including three grand slams, and 20 RBIs in 17 games in the pandemic-shortened season as a junior at North Carolina State. He earned the Johnny Bench award as the top Division I catcher, an honor also won the Giants’ Buster Posey in 2008 and Joey Bart in 2018. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-BASEBALL RETURNSMLB players begin reporting for tests as first workouts nearUNDATED (AP) — Baseball players began reporting to their teams Wednesday in the most significant step yet as MLB presses ahead with its plan for a 60-game sprint of a season. Most players underwent a battery of health checks, not only for COVID-19 but also for any other lingering ailments from spring training, ahead of planned workouts beginning Friday and Saturday. And one thing was clear: Despite rising numbers of positive tests and some players opting out, most players and executives are bullish about the season taking place in just a few weeks. RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A healthy Phil Kessel should give the Arizona Coyotes a big lift when the NHL season resumes. Kessel labored during the first part of his inaugural season in the desert while battling injuries. The 32-year-old right wing suffered a groin injury early and didn’t have the same explosiveness he had in the past, scoring 14 goals with 24 assists in 70 games. The NHL’s shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic allowed Kessel to heal, giving the Coyotes hope of a deep playoff run.Elsewhere in the NHL:— Carolina Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell says executive Rick Dudley won’t return. The 71-year-old Dudley had worked as the Hurricanes senior vice president of hockey operations since 2018, part of nearly five decades in professional hockey. Waddell says the Hurricanes are still in talks with longtime TV play-by-play announcer John Forslund on a new deal.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKUNDATED (AP) — Webb Simpson is competing on the PGA Tour again after his family had a coronavirus scare. One of Simpson’s daughters tested positive for the virus, leading to him withdrawing from last week’s tournament as a precaution. Simpson says the daughter, along with his wife and other kids, later tested negative. Webb leads the tour in FedEx Cup points and scoring average. He is attempting to become the PGA Tour’s first player with three victories during this pandemic-interrupted year. Chad Campbell has withdrawn from the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit after becoming the sixth PGA Tour player to test positive for the coronavirus. — For the first time in almost a century, Mexico has cancelled its professional baseball season. It’s the first time in 95 years a whole season had been cancelled. The season was scheduled to start Aug. 7, but the 16 team owners decided that they could not guarantee the safety of fans and players. -If basketball icon LeBron James gets his way, NBA arenas and other sports venues around the country will be mega polling sites for the November general election. The Atlanta Hawks and the Detroit Pistons have already made deals with local elections officials in their cities. The effort will advise sports franchises around the country on how to follow suit.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETESSankey: federal NIL law needed to ensure fair competitionUNDATED (AP) — Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey has told a U.S. Senate committee that there needs to be a uniform federal law to regulate the compensation of college athletes instead of a series of state-level versions with different requirements. July 1, 2020
Officials last week declared “substantial completion” of 65,000-seat Allegiant Stadium after nearly 1,000 days were spent building the $2 billion home for the Raiders.Both the New York Jets and Giants previously announced they would play without fans this season. Most other teams are hoping to be able to have at least limited crowds.The Raiders relocated from Oakland, California, after last season.___The National Hockey League says there have been zero positive coronavirus test results since 24 teams entered quarantined bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Cleveland Browns have placed third-string quarterback Garrett Gilbert on the reserve/COVID list and activated punter Jamie Gillan. He had tested positive for coronavirus. Seven St. Louis Cardinals players and six staff members tested positive for COVID-19, causing Major League Baseball to postpone the team’s four-game series at Detroit.The series was to have been played at Comerica Park from Tuesday through Thursday.St. Louis has been in quarantine since Thursday in Milwaukee, where the Cardinals’ series last weekend was postponed, and the team is being tested daily. St. Louis last played July 29 at Minnesota and is tentatively set to resume its schedule this Friday at home against the Chicago Cubs.The Cardinals are the second team sidelined by the novel coronavirus since the season started July 23. The league announced it had administered more than 7,000 tests to players, coaches, staff and officials over the past week. Teams with 52-member traveling parties entered the bubbles July 26.There were also zero positives the previous week when teams were still in their home cities for training camp.___Results of COVID-19 testing conducted Sunday show there were no new positive results for the Philadelphia Phillies. The team was traveling to New York to resume its schedule against the Yankees in a night game. Associated Press The Phillies (1-2) have not played since July 26. Their opponent in that opening series, the Miami Marlins, had at least 18 players test positive for the coronavirus. Although the Phillies didn’t have any players test positive, their games last week were postponed as a cautionary measure.___Danish organizers say the Tour de France start due to take place in Copenhagen next year has been moved to 2022 to avoid being held in the same month as the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics and the European Championship soccer tournament.Copenhagen Mayor Frank Jensen says the move means the three-stage Tour start in his city will now be planned for July 1-3, 2022, adding that he hopes the coronavirus pandemic will have passed by then.The 2021 Tour was scheduled set to start on July 2. The Miami Marlins are set to resume play Tuesday in Baltimore following an outbreak within their traveling party that sidelined half the players. Miami has not played since July 26.Because the outbreak occurred in the visiting clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies were sidelined for a week while they were tested daily.___The Raiders will play their first season in Las Vegas without any fans at their home games because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The team sent a letter to season ticket holders on Monday saying that after discussion with health care officials and local leaders, the decision was made not to allow fans. August 3, 2020 The Tour’s French organizers have yet to announce a replacement city for Copenhagen, although there have been reports that the three-week event could start from the French region of Brittany in 2021.This year’s Tour, which was supposed to start in June, will now be held Aug. 29-Sept. 20 — starting in Nice.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Browns also placed safety Karl Joseph on the active/physically unable to perform list with a foot injury. He was signed during the offseason and is expected to start. Gilbert joined the Browns last season to back up Baker Mayfield, a close friend from their high school days in Texas. Gilbert is third on the depth chart now after the Browns signed veteran QB Case Keenum. Last week, first-year Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said he didn’t see the need to keep his quarterbacks separated because of the virus. Other teams have considered the move in case of an outbreak.Gillan set a team record for net average last year as a rookie. He was placed on the COVID list last week after testing positive when veterans reported.___ The Latest: Browns announce two COVID-19 related moves.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Army has finalized its football schedule and the Black Knights will play 11 games, eight at home. Navy and Air Force remain on the schedule. Athletics director Kevin White says it is “imperative to be both adaptable and compliant in anticipation of hosting fans in the near future.”___The Norwegian government says it will make an exception from its travel ban to accommodate a Nations League soccer game against Austria on Sept. 4 in Oslo.Culture and sports minister Abid Q. Raja says “we make this exception to ensure that both teams can field a full crew.”Raja adds “this is not a general exception … this is an exception for this match.” ___Duke will open its season for football and other fall sports with no fans at home games because of the coronavirus pandemic.Duke says traditional parking lots used by fans on gameday will be closed. The school will contact football fans who have purchased season or single-game tickets or have seating and suite contracts in Blue Devil Tower regarding potential options.The school will allow fans to purchase a fan cutout of a person or pet to be placed in seats for football games. The school will offer varied packages and stadium locations along with weekly prize drawings and the ability to have football coach David Cutcliffe autograph the cutout.The school says sales proceeds will go to Duke Athletics for student-athlete support. Bundesliga team Schalke has reported a positive case of the coronavirus in an unidentified member of staff at its training camp in Austria.“The affected person is currently self-isolating after the test result. Contact tracing is already underway,” the club says on its website. Schalke was due to play Würzburger Kickers in a friendly game later Monday but that has been called off as the club conducts further tests. Team doctor Patrick Ingelfinger is liaising with local authorities on what the club should do next. “We will do everything we are told to do by the authorities. The health and safety of everyone involved is the most important thing,” sports director Jochen Schneider said. Attendance for the first two games in West Point, New York, is expected to be limited to the Corps of Cadets and exclude the general public.Decisions on fan attendance for the remaining home games at Michie Stadium will be decided later.The Black Knights will open the season Sept. 5 at home against Middle Tennessee State. The rest of the home slate includes Louisiana-Monroe, BYU, Abilene Christian, The Citadel, Mercer, Air Force and Georgia Southern.Road games are at UTSA, Tulane and Philadelphia for the 121st Army-Navy matchup.___ The Latest: Army football schedule includes Navy, Air Force Associated Press August 24, 2020 Norway captain Omar Elabdellaoui and striker Alexander Soerloth both play in Turkey.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Joe Gray has become the third Harlequins player in the space of eight days to have his contract extended until 2014.Mike Brown and George Lowe recently signed new deals at The Stoop, where Gray, 23, has impressed since arriving from Northampton Saints two years ago.“I am really pleased to have re-signed,” said the former England Under-20 hooker.AdChoices广告“Since joining Harlequins, not only has my rugby improved but also my enjoyment for the game. The team plays a great style of rugby and I am excited about the future.”Quins director of rugby Conor O’Shea said: “Joe has made an incredible impact. The person, as much as the player, is an important part of what we believe in.“We believe Joe has the ability to get better and better, and we are looking forward to him achieving his goals with us over the coming years.”
By Michelangelo JacobusDefending champions Barbados took on Jamaica in a top-of-the-table clash as the Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 continued at the GCC ground, Bourda.Jamaica won the toss and elected to bat, but were stifled by the Barbados bowling attack and could only muster 214-6 which Barbados chased down in 35.3 overs .Haley Matthews led with a brilliant century while Kycia Knight once again played a supporting role with an unbeaten half-century to hand Barbados victory by eight wickets.The win means Barbados have now cemented their status as favourites to retain the trophy.Jamaica took first strike and found scoring tough as Barbados tightened the screws with some quality bowling. However, Jamaica’s in-form skipper, Stafanie Taylor, once again led from the front. Fresh off a match-winning century against host nation Guyana in their last match, she once again showed her quality, composing a patient 80 (117 deliveries) which included four boundaries, to lead her side to a par total of 214-6.At one point, the Jamaicans looked set for a big score at 120-2 with Taylor and her deputy, Chedean Nation, at the crease, but the Bajan bowlers were tight in their line and length with Hayley Matthews turning in a good spell to eventually restrict the Jamaicans to just 214.Three of Barbados’ bowlers shared the wickets evenly with Hayley Matthews taking 2-36 from her 10 overs while Shenika Bruce and Shamilia Connell had figures of 2-32 (6 overs) and 2-34 (9 overs respectively).Chasing 215 for victory, Matthews began the innings by slapping the first ball through the offside for four before adding another with a crunching drive.She was especially severe on Karla Cohen, carrying her for a six and two fours in the third over as Barbados raced away.Barbados brought up their 50 in the eighth over and by then the game looked to have gotten away from Jamaica.Matthews offered a chance when she was on 68, chipping Stafanie Taylor to mid-off who was unable to hold on to a brilliant effort.Meanwhile Kycia Knight was her able supporter with a solid half century and by the time Matthews fell, bowled by Nation for a well played 108 (101 balls, 14x4s, 2x6s), victory was well in sight.Enter Deandra Dottin who knocked off the remaining runs to end the innings unbeaten on 23 off 13 deliveries with two fours and two sixes.Barbados will next face Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday.
(REUTERS)-Kevin Durant scored 33 points and the visiting Golden State Warriors held on to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 113-105 in Game 4 of the Western Conference first-round series on Sunday afternoon.After winning both games in Los Angeles, the Warriors own a 3-1 series lead heading to Game 5 on Wednesday night in Oakland, Calif.Klay Thompson scored 27 of his 32 points in the first half for the Warriors. Stephen Curry shot 3-for-14, including 1-for-9 from 3-point range, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a season-high 25 points for the Clippers.Danilo Gallinari scored 16 after a scoreless first quarter, Patrick Beverley had 12 points and a team-high 10 rebounds, and Lou Williams scored 12 off the bench for Los Angeles.The Warriors received strong contributions off the bench from Andre Iguodala, Alfonzo McKinnie and Shaun Livingston in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, helping expand a three-point lead to 100-91 with 7:05 left in the game.Curry checked back in with 5:50 remaining and Golden State leading by six points, and the Clippers never got any closer.The Clippers had taken their biggest lead of the series at 82-77 on a fast-break dunk by Montrezl Harrell with 3:57 left in the third quarter, but the Warriors outscored Los Angeles 10-2 the remainder of the quarter to take an 87-84 lead into the fourth.Curry made his first basket of the game on driving layup to stretch the lead to 46-40 with 5:59 left in first half. The Warriors stretched lead back to 10 on two occasions in the second quarter beforeDurant’s four-point play with 2.5 seconds left in the half made it 62-54 at the break.Gilgeous-Alexander scored 14 of the first 20 points for the Clippers, and Thompson made his first seven field-goal attempts and scored 17 of the first 28 points for Golden State.The Warriors scored the final 12 points of first quarter to take a 32-22 lead into second.Golden State has led by at least eight points after the first quarter in every game of the series.
THE Georgetown Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Championship culminated on Saturday night at the Durban Park Tarmac with defending champions, Gold is Money, retaining their title and winning $500,000 in front of a capacity crowd as Albouystown-B failed to dethrone the back to back Georgetown champions.Action between Gold is Money (white bibs) and Albouystown-B in the Georgetown Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Championship.Jermin ‘Pankie’ Junor’s fifth-minute tap-in was all Gold is Money required as they held Albouystown scoreless; Gold is Money’s defence withstood the stern challenge of negating Albouystown’s attacking Lennox Cort, keeping a third consecutive clean sheet on the night.Earlier, regulation time and extra time failed to separate Sophia and Broad Street in the third-place playoff as both periods of play ended goalless, however, Sophia held their nerveto win 1-0 from the penalty spot on sudden death penalties.Meanwhile, Leopold Street defeated Sparta Boss 2-0 in the Plate final to grab $60,000. En route to that final, Leopold Street beat Tiger Bay 5-0 while Sparta required extra time to get past Back Circle with a 2-1 victory.With their win, Gold is Money pocketed $500,000 along with a trophy while Albouystown-B settled for $300,000 and a trophy. Third place finishers, Sophia, got $200,000 plus a trophy while fourth placed Broad Street copped $100,000.NSC Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, hands over the winner’s trophy to Gold is Money’s Hubert Pedro as Guinness Brand Manager, Lee Baptiste (extreme right) and other players look on.All six teams have also earned berths to the National Championship which is slated for August 9th and 10th at the Durban Park Tarmac.Beacon and Police from Bartica, High Rollers from Linden, Brothers United along with Showstoppers, Ballers Empire and Up Top Bosses from West Coast Demerara, Melanie-B and Paradise-A from East Coast, Tralfagar from Berbice and Gold is Money, Broad Street, Sophia, Albouystown-B, Leopold Street and Sparta Boss will be in action on Friday and Saturday nights when the National Playoffs kick off.
By Clifton RossGEORGETOWN’S woeful performance continued in Round 3 yesterday, as they were hammered for the third consecutive time in the League. Lower Corentyne pacer Niall Smith scythed through their batting for a meagre 104 to win by 7 wickets.Luck at the GCC ground, Bourda, seems to be with the visitors this season as the home team were blown away in the 37th over. Smith, the right-arm speedster seemed to be clocking high-speeds as he bagged 6-41 in 9 overs.Batting first proved to be wrong as it turned out to be another dismal batting outing with the experienced home team succumbing to Smith’s lethal spell. He removed the likes of ;Joshua Persaud (0), captain Leon Johnson (0) and all-rounders Chris Barnwell (11) and top-scorer Steven Jacobs (19).For the second match at Bourda, Barnwell was unlucky to be given out to poor umpiring, a botched lbw decision which attracted mixed reactions on and off the field.Apart from Barnwell’s misfortune, Georgetown were hapless from the start, being reduced to 55-7 with half the allotted overs left. Smith left no stone unturned as his pace and movement ruffled the feathers of the Georgetown batsmen.The 25-year-old Berbician pacer forced opener Raymond Perez to retire hurt following a stiff blow to the ribs, while a few others in the line-up were also peppered with a barrage of short balls.Jacobs hit a few sixes while Barnwell looked set for a good score, following his recent lean run but after they fell, the rest of the side eventually wilted.As a result, the Berbice side cruised to their target reaching 105 for 3 in 28.4 overs. The shepherd was again veteran middle-order batsman Johnathan Foo who stroked four fours in his unbeaten 42.Foo followed up his fifty from a few games ago to play a subtle innings mixed with aggression and maturity to see his side safely over the ropes.National youth player Kevlon Anderson hit three fours in his 35 to aid Foo in the chase as the home bowlers toiled and struggled. Spinner Steven Sankar grabbed 2-27 with support from Windies Youth spinner Ashmead Nedd who chipped in with 1-17.Openers Junior Sinclair (10) and Maxie Dejonge (13), set the tone with some positive strokes as they both reached double figures. Lower Corentyne endured a few hiccups as they reached 98-3, following the removal of the openers by Sankar and Nedd respectively.Foo and Seon Hetymer (2*) then saw off the bowlers without any further bumps, to easily hunt down the mediocre target with wickets and overs to spare.
By Clifton RossGUYANA Jaguars new cap, Kemol Savory, says he’s more engrossed than ever on upping his cricket, after being named in the team for the upcoming Colonial Medical Insurance Cup, which bowls off on November 7.Savory, Essequibo wicketkeeper/batsman, is one of two fresh faces in the team with the other being pacer Nial Smith. He was the leading run-scorer for the Jaguars 50 Overs League which ended last Thursday and was subsequently named in the 14-man team; on Friday when Cricket Guyana Inc. (CGI) released the squad for the Regional 50 Overs tournament which is being played in Trinidad.Guyana Chronicle Sport caught up with the classy left-hander after his call-up and the Essequibian said despite being joyful over his selection, he was more eager to do more to keep his cricket at a high level.“The feeling was great, especially putting in all the hard work over the years and now being rewarded. But my plan right now is to focus on my game, play basic cricket so if I get the opportunity to play in the Cup I can hopefully help Guyana win the title after a few years,” said Savory.With 337 runs from the 7 rounds in the Jaguars League, the left-hander racked up scores of 81, 37, 32, 84, 51, 46 and 6. He continued to progress as he followed up 2019 with another strong performance, coming off of the 2018 season where he had knocks of; 103, 39, 56, 30, 28, 44* and 62.With the gloves, the former Guyana Under-19 player ended with 15 dismissals in last year’s tourney, but bettered his feats this season as he ended with 18 victims – a true testament to his improving athleticism and clean glove-work behind the stumps.“It was very important to be consistent especially when you’re looking for your first call up,” said Savory who acquired more runs off the bat this season and continued exceptional wicket-keeping as factors which aided in his selection.With Anthony Bramble being Guyana and, possibly, the Caribbean/West Indies next big wicket-keeper/batsman, given his talents, the chances of Savory becoming the future of Guyana’s ’keeping is likely, especially with just a handful of players who could fit into a similar role.Meanwhile, the 23-year-old said that despite all the good fortune, he’s not fazed by doing too much and plans on sticking to his training regime and putting in the work when he steps out in the middle.He further credited Safraz Sheriffudeen, CEO of VNET for his continued support and sponsorship, which he has provided over the years.
… Tournament resumes today KNOWN for its unwavering support of sporting disciplines, Trophy Stall of Bourda Market became the latest entity to throw its support behind the inaugural Rio Indoor Street-ball championship, donating the playing vests which will be used by the competing teams during the tournament.The presentation occurred at the entity’s Bourda location. Speaking on behalf of the tournament coordinator Three Peat Promotions, Wayne Griffith stated, “We are elated for the timely support which will aid in making the tournament a success.”Trophy Stall is an entity that is synonymous with sport development at all levels, especially the community and grassroots levels through its esteemed proprietor Ramesh Sunich.“We are thankful for the contribution and will work to ensure that the sponsorship is used in a manner that reflects overall professionalism and commitment of the company towards sports. We also look forward to maintaining this wonderful relationship for years to come.”The competition resumes today at the National Gymnasium on Mandela Avenue with another round of matches.In the opening match, Kingston will oppose Melanie from 19:00hrs, while Tiger Bay battle Ol Skool Ballers from 19:30hrs and Spot-7 engage Back Circle at 20:00hrs.In the fourth match, Gold is Money will match skills with Island All-Stars from 20:30hrs while Future Stars take aim at Showstoppers from 21:00hrs and Sophia lock horns with Gaza Squad at 21:30hrs. In the final match, Bent Street will confront Avocado Ballers from 22:00hrs.The competition will continue on Saturday at the same venue. Island All-Stars will face-off with Gaza Squad from 19:00hrs, while Rio All-Stars oppose Spot-7 at 19:30hrs and Stabroek Ballers clash with Albouystown at 20:00hrs.In the fourth match, Avocado Ballers will oppose LA Ballers from 20:30hrs while BV tackle Bent Street at 21:00hrs and Gold is Money challenge horns with Sophia. In the final match, Sparta Boss face-off with Alexander Village from 22:00hrs.FixturesDay-3 Thursday, November 21Melanie vs Kingston – 19:00hrsTiger Bay vs Ol Skool – 19:30hrsSpot-7 vs Back Circle – 20:00hrsGold is Money vs Island All-Stars – 20:30hrsFuture Stars vs Showstoppers – 21:00hrsSophia vs Gaza Squad – 21:30hrsBent Street vs Avocado Ballers – 22:00hrs Day-4 Saturday, November 23Island All-Stars vs Gaza Squad – 19:00hrsRio All-Stars vs Spot-7 – 19:30hrsStabroek Ballers vs Albouystown-A – 20:00hrsAvocado vs LA Ballers – 20:30hrsBV vs Bent Street – 21:00hrsGold is Money vs Sophia – 21:30hrsSparta vs Alexander – 22:00hrs
By Steve Keating(REUTERS) – Russia should be hit with a four-year Olympic ban and barred from all world championships for the manipulation of data retrieved from a tainted Moscow laboratory, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Monday.The recommendations were made by WADA’s independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) and will be put to the executive committee at meetings in Paris on Dec. 9.In a 26-page report CRC said the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) should be declared non-compliant after an investigation found data handed over from a tainted Moscow laboratory was neither complete nor fully authentic. Weary of a doping saga that has dragged on since 2015, WADA looks prepared to follow through on threats it made to come down hard on Russia if it failed to get control of the doping crisis.A four-year ban would prevent Russia from taking part in next year’s Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. The CRC recommendations did, however, leave the door open for the participation of Russians as happened at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games where some of the country’s athletes competed as neutrals under the Olympic flag.These athletes would have to demonstrate that they are clean and meet a number of other strict conditions. The CRC also recommended that Russia not be allowed to host or bid for any major sporting event and any events that have already been awarded should be moved to another country, unless it was legally or practically impossible to do so.In addition, Russia may not bid for the right to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, irrespective of whether the bidding takes place during a ban.For a four-year period athletes and officials representing Russia, including the president, secretary-general, CEO and any member of the executive board of the Russian Olympic Committee, would not be welcome at any major sporting event. Russia can appeal any sanctions to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Russia was again under the doping microscope when WADA said in September that historical data supplied by the country’s anti-doping authority contained “inconsistencies” that resulted in a decision to open a formal compliance procedure.In a controversial decision last September, the WADA executive committee voted to conditionally restore RUSADA’s accreditation on the agreement that Russia would turn over data in a discredited Moscow laboratory.The Russian agency missed the December deadline but after last-minute brinkmanship a WADA inspection team was finally allowed to retrieve the data in January, recovering more than 2,200 samples. That was expected to bring an end to the Russian doping affair until the evidence of tampering was unearthed.
THE finalists of the second edition of the Trophy Stall and Upper Corentyne Cricket Association (UCCA) Under-19 Inter-club 50 overs cricket tournaments have been decided.The finalists are Scottsburg United and No 73 Young Warriors.In semifinal play, No, 73 Young Warriors got the better of No. 72 Cut and Load by 27 runs in a close encounter, in their game played at the No. 72 Cut and Load ground.Young Warriors batted first and fought their way to 109 all out in 29 overs. Victor Latchman top-scored with 34 while Niradt Singh made 16.Bowling for Cut and Load, Seeraj Chatterpaul led the way with 4 wickets – Charran Singh taking 3 and Mukesh Edwards 2.In reply, No. 72 Cut and Load were cut down for 72 in 18.5 overs with Salim Somdat contributing 27.Bowling for Young Warriors, off-spinner Rawle Jabbar 5-20 and leg-spinner Salim Khan 5-24 were the destroyers.In the other game, Scottsburg United defeated No. 73 Mandir by 4 wickets in their game played at the Scottsburg ground.No. 73 Mandir batted first and were dismissed for 92 in 14 overs with Andrew Tahal 33 and Inderpaul Singh 21 the top-scorers. Bowling for Scottsburg United, Joel Dhanraj and Aktar Nohar picked up 4 wickets each.Scottsburg United. in reply. reached 93-6 with all-rounder Joel Dhanraj making 21, Brandon Nandalall 20 and S Blair 18. Tahal picked up 2 wickets bowling for No. 73 Mandir.The final is set for today at the Crabwood Creek groundThe tournament is sponsored by Trophy Stall Port Mourant Branch through its General Manager Ramesh Sunich.Seven participated in the competition, the others being No. 43 Cricket Club, No. 66 Cricket Club and No. 73 Mandir and No. 52 Cricket Club.The Trophy Stall with head office in Bourda Market is one of the leading sponsors of sporting activities in Guyana. It is also one of the leading sports and trophy stores in the country.The Trophy Stall, which opened a Branch in Port Mourant Corentyne last year, is happy to give back to the people of Berbice for their unstinted support over the years.General Manager Ramesh Sunich was happy with the way the competition was organised last year and readily agreed to sponsor the competition again. He has committed to further sponsorship.
(ESPNCricinfo) – After months of pain-staking preparation, cricket’s long-awaited return was held up not by bio-security protocols, the addition of saliva to a ball or a shortage of hand sanitiser – but by the weather. Perhaps it was inevitable after months of sunshine in the UK that rain and bad light would play their all-too-familiar parts, but that did little to lessen the disappointment as only 17.4 overs were possible at the Ageas Bowl.During the three small windows of play possible, England dug in after stand-in captain Ben Stokes won the toss and chose to bat, as Rory Burns and Joe Denly led the recovery after the loss of Dom Sibley only 10 balls into the innings. It looked like a good toss to lose, with overcast skies offering assistance for seamers but the pitch seemingly slowish underneath a firmer top.Jason Holder said he was “not too disheartened” to be bowling first and asked for “discipline” from his bowlers, after opting to pick an extra batsman in Jermaine Blackwood and fielding four frontline quicks including himself.So, 117 days after the last ball in international cricket – a Pat Cummins bouncer which Trent Boult slashed at to offer a steepling return catch in Sydney – Burns defended Kemar Roach into the off side to get proceedings underway, but in all the teams managed just 82 minutes of action.The delayed start offered a chance for Sky – whose £1.1 billion, five-year broadcast deal had given the ECB such an imperative to get this series on – to show off all the new toys in their coverage. Those included a new Big Brother-style diary room for mid-match player interactions and the robot that filled in for a presenter at the toss, but the build-up was primarily dominated by more important issues.Michael Holding and Ebony Rainford-Brent spoke candidly and openly about their experiences of racism, and players and staff from both teams took a knee before Kemar Roach’s first ball, as a sign of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. England wore the names of key workers on their training shirts, and observed a minute’s silence to remember both those who died during the pandemic and the late Sir Everton Weekes.If there were any concerns that the unprecedented circumstances might in some way distract players from the task at hand, West Indies’ opening bowlers made sure that England’s top order were unable to lose focus. Roach started immaculately, finding hints of movement, while in his first over Shannon Gabriel jagged a length ball in off the seam which Sibley ill-advisedly left alone, turning round to see his off stump pegged back.Gabriel’s opening burst was slightly wayward at times, but despite his status as a late addition to the squad after being asked to prove he had overcome his ankle injury, he regularly hit 90mph/145kph and found late movement as the ball passed the bat.He nearly accounted for Denly in his fifth over, who edged him with hard hands through the vacant fourth-slip reason for four, while Roach nagged away from the Hotel End, landing the ball on a sixpence in the off-stump channel.Burns and Denly found scoring slightly easier against Alzarri Joseph – included ahead of Rahkeem Cornwall as West Indies decided to back Roston Chase as their only main spin option – before bad light intervened around teatime. A combination of drizzle and dark cloud kept the teams off the pitch until the umpires eventually decided they had seen enough just before 18.15hrs.The main talking point overnight had been Stuart Broad’s omission from the England team, which Ben Stokes admitted had been “a very tough decision” as he opted to partner Mark Wood with Jofra Archer for the first time in Test cricket.Broad and Chris Woakes, the other man to miss out from England’s 13-man squad, “took it like champions” according to Stokes, presumably in the knowledge that an opportunity would arise later in the series. James Anderson described England’s schedule – which features six Tests in the space of seven weeks – as “gruelling”, and rotation will be an inevitable feature of the summer.There was almost a breach of social-distancing protocols as soon as the coin had landed at the toss when Stokes’ attempted fist bump was met by Holder’s handshake, but with so little time in the middle it was hard to draw any conclusions about the new normal.The broadcasters pumped in a low-level hum of crowd noise, which was conspicuous only when it failed to turn into a ripple of polite applause after each boundary, but the ICC’s ban on the use of saliva may only be noticed when the ball gets older.SCOREBOARD ENGLAND 1st InningsR Burns not out 20D Sibley b Gabriel 0J Denley not out 14Extras (nb1) 1TOTAL (wkt 1, 17.4 overs) 35Fall of wicket: 1-0 (Sibley).To bat: Z Crawley, O Pope, *B Stokes, +J Buttler, J Anderson, J Archer, D Bess, M Wood.Bowling: Roach 6-4-2-0, Gabriel 5-1-19-1, Joseph 3.4-1-11-0, Holder 3-1-3-0.WEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel.UMPIRES: Richard Kettleborough, Richard Illingworth; TV – Michael Gough.
Globacom in a press statement in Lagos yesterday commended the Super Falcons for beating the Senegalese and ensuring that Nigeria will be represented at the 2016 African Women Cup of Nations holding in Cameroun.The two goals were scored in the second half the match played at the National Stadium in Abuja.“We commend the fighting spirit and determination the team demonstrated in the match against Senegal and we believe Nigeria will stand out at the AWC. The team has the character and pedigree to achieve the ultimate goal of picking the gold medal in Cameroun,” the statement said.Globacom added that, “The Super Falcons should start preparations in earnest and work towards another victorious outing in Cameroun to consolidate their position as the number one women team in Africa.”The next generation network gave kudos to the Florence Omagbemi-led coaching crew, and urged both the crew and the team to work hard and evolve the right strategy to ensure that the team comes top at the forthcoming African Women Nations Cup.Globacom is the official telecommunications partner of the Nigerian Football Federation and the major sponsor of the Nigerian national teamsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s female national team, the Super Falcons has been commended on their victory over Teranga Lionesses of Senegal.The Super Falcons defeated the Senegalese Women National team 2-0 in the last qualification match played in Abuja on Tuesday.The Super Falcons who moved ahead on 3- 1 aggregate, having played a 1-1 draw during the first leg encounter in Dakar four days ago also qualified for the 2016 African Women Cup of Nations.
Willett hopes Sunday’s win at Augusta, where he took advantage of a back-nine meltdown by defending champion Jordan Speith to land his first major title, will signal the start of more success.“It’s about the quiet self-belief that I’ve gone about my business,” said Willett, who has leapt from a ranking in the 100s to world No 9 in a year and a half.“I’ve done all the preparation and I’ve worked hard over the last 15 years to try and get in that situation.“You work hard, you never quite believe it’s going to happen – all the practice and all the hours that you put in, you dedicate yourself to what you’re doing, they just pay off.”Reflecting on what has changed in the past 18 months, Willett said he had been able to put a few years of injury behind him and was finally playing the level of golf he was capable of.“A lot of it was injury – I think I got my card in 2008, I’ve been on the tour for a long time now,” he said. “I had a couple of good years when I first started, then I had a couple of torrid years with injuries.“It took a long time to get back from that. You need the six months break and then you need to rebuild everything, do all the rehab work for your body and then obviously do the rehab work for your golf swing and try to improve it.“That’s what set me back and then over the last three years I’d say it’s been a nice progression slowly up there, more so the last 12 to 18 months, it’s been a real upward shift.”It doesn’t look like ending there. Willett’s victory at Augusta has made him a certainty for the Ryder Cup in September, while his place on the Great Britain team for the Olympics is almost assured.All players within the top 15 of the Olympic rankings on July 11 will be eligible, although no more than four players can come from any one country.“That’ll really finish this year – just awesome – going from little man [his son] to the green jacket, to then obviously playing for Europe in the Ryder Cup, it really will be a dream,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Danny Willett is enjoying being home with his wife and baby while reflecting on a meteoric 18 months that have taken him to the top of the game.The first Englishman to win the Masters in 20 years is back in Sheffield soaking up the adulation with his wife Nicole and their baby son Zachariah, who was born just two weeks ago.
Fans at the recently concluded ITTF Premier Lotto Nigeria open table tennis championship in Lagos were disappointed that no Nigerian qualified for the final of the competition, a situation that led to calls from some quarters for the services of a foreign coach for the nation’s players. In this piece Kunle Adewale writes about national team player, Olufunke Oshonaike’s of a foreign coachGermany-based Funke Oshonaike, a five-time Olympian and was optimistic after the draws for the ITTF Lotto Nigeria Open that she had all it takes to cart away the biggest prize of the competition considering her form and the kind of training she has had. But it was not to be. She was knocked out in the semifinal to the disappointment of the crowd at the Molade Okoya Sports Centre of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.“These people (foreign players) are just coming here every year to take away our money (prize money) and our players could not just do anything. Our last hope had just been dashed,” a fan who could not hide his disappointment said as he watched Oshonaike bow to the superior play of her Portuguese opponent. Questions were then raised about the quality of training new players get and why no players has been able to dethrone Oshonaike over the years, so much so she would be in Rio for her sixth Olympics.Oshonaike feels that with the number of ex-internationals around, Nigeria does not need the services of a foreign coach.“We have some very good coaches in the country that could hold on to their own anywhere, calling for the service of a foreign coach who does not understand our culture, mentality and nature would be a wrong move at this time,” the Olympian said.The player is indeed hoping to coach the table tennis national team after her career which she admitted has at its twilight, should the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation consider her as a coach.“I would gladly accept the offer to coach the country if it would mean adding quality to Nigerian table tennis. After all, I’m over 40 years with lots of experience in the game during my long stay abroad. I understand those areas many Nigerian players are lacking which have in most cases prevented them from rising to the world stage in the game,” she noted.Oshonaike also lamented the lack of enough competitions to keep players busy. A situation she said was killing the sport.“Things were not the way it used to be when I started the game as a schoolgirl. Then, there were lots of competitions to participate in, which kept us busy and also improved our skills. But not so any more, which is very unfortunate and its really taking its toll on the upcoming players. It’s the main reason table tennis in Nigeria is going down every now and then.“I’ll therefore suggest that the federation should aggressively seek sponsors to save the sport from sinking further. But unfortunately, the economy is not buoyant as most corporate organisations that would have come to the rescue of the game are struggling to keep afloat. But maybe some wealthy individuals should just come and save table tennis and help young potential players fulfill their dreams,” she notedThe other area Oshonaike wants the federation to pay attention to is grassroots table tennis not because she began her career from there, but due to the burgeoning potentials at that level for the good of the country.Oshonaike explained that if the grassroots coaches played their role by discovering and harnessing these young talents, they could be integrated into the national table tennis team where they would be under the tutelage of national coaches.She noted: “We have a lot of problems with grassroots table tennis because the grassroots coaches are not doing enough to bring young players for professional coaching.“For instance, when I started playing table tennis, there was the cadet, junior and senior. Then, if you are in the cadet level and they observed that you played very well, you would be moved to the junior team and consequently, if you performed well, you would be moved to the senior team. Therefore, a player should begin from grassroots before playing at the national level. The coaches at the grassroots have to do their jobs before the coaches at the national level can come in.”For every glorious career, there is always a starting point. Oshonaike’s foray into table tennis began in elementary school on the streets of Shomolu, a bustling suburb of Lagos. While in Shomolu, Oshonaike started developing her potential which she described as a “talent from God” using a makeshift table and soak away slabs to play the game with her elder brother.From there, the ship sailed to her secondary school, where she represented the school at competitions, earning her awards and recognition. This opportunity did not only launch her into limelight, but set her apart as a rare talent with promises and potential.“I started playing table tennis at the age of 12, during my primary school days in Shomolu and I was driven by the belief that it was a God-given talent and the role my elder brother played was also an inspiration. We had a small makeshift table to play with before somebody in my street bought a table tennis board and from there a coach discovered me. Then I started representing my school, the state and the country. At the state level, I won several awards and was also recognised by the state.“The journey has been wonderful and I have no regret whatsoever. Table tennis has taken me everywhere and given me everything I have achieved today. Though, there have been some challenges, but that is life; nothing good comes easy. There have been good and bad times in my career, but I try to move on despite these ups and downs. One of the saddest moments in my career was during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2011, when I was dropped from the team. Despite that, I did not lose faith in the team and the country; today I still represent the country.“Table tennis is something I have the passion for; so much so that over 40 years I am still playing. Sometimes, the situation of the country tends to weigh me down. I think probably it is because of my German lifestyle. Over there, things are quite different. But I realise that this is Nigeria and we have a way of doing things. I am hopeful that one day things will change,” Oshonaike said.The All Africa Games in Congo, Oshonaike again booked a ticket to represent Nigeria at the Brazil 2016 Olympic Games slated for Rio, which will be her sixth appearance, something she attributed to hard work. “Hard work does not kill but would rather help one to do things effortlessly where others are struggling,” she pointed out.She admitted that Rio would be her last Olympics after which she intends to take to coaching.The 2003 All Africa Games would however remain special to the Sports Club Poppenbuttel III player. “It was just some few months after I gave birth to my first child and I therefore had to take the baby to camp and ironically, the games turned out to be my best ever, after winning four gold medals to emerge Nigeria’s best athlete in the competition,” she recalled.Oshonaike was indeed full of praise for the President of Nigeria Table Tennis Federation, Enitan Oshodi, for the wonderful work he is doing to move the sports to greater height, while admitting that it was because of the support of Oshodi and the board that she is still in the sport despite her age.She added that the federation had provided a lot of facilities for the development of the sport and this gesture is really laudable. She explained that the facilities have helped players to train better. Though the only thing they are lacking, according to Oshonaike, is money, on the whole, they are doing excellently well.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Manager Koeman said on Wednesday: “It will be around 11-12 months before he is back. That is a big disappointment but he will come back.”Bolasie is due to have a second operation – on his anterior cruciate ligament – in the coming weeks.The DR Congo international signed for Everton from Crystal Palace in a £25m deal in August, and had played in every league game this campaign up until his injury.Manchester United’s Memphis Depay could be brought in to fill the position in attacking midfield, with Koeman having this season expressed his desire to sign his fellow Dutchman.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Everton’s Yannick Bolasie damaged his right knee in a challenge with Manchester United’s Anthony MartialEverton winger Yannick Bolasie could be out for a year with a knee injury, says manager Ronald Koeman.Bolasie, 27, injured his right knee during the Toffees’ 1-1 draw with Manchester United on 4 December.
After the show of shame on the opening day of the Nigeria Football Professional League (NPLF), FC Ifeanyi Ubah put behind their disgraceful no-show at Kano Pillars at the weekend to dump MFM FC 4-0 as Plateau United bashed Enyimba 3-1 at home in continuation of NPFL action today.Ifeanyi Ubah had abandoned the opening game of the new season on Saturday and have since been sanctioned by the league organisers.They put all their troubles behind them to record a big home win over MFM FC,who ironically also won big at the weekend at home against Niger Tornadoes.First half goals by Yaya Kone, Jimoh Oni and King Osanga as well as Ifeanyi Onuigbo late in the second half gave Ifeanyi Ubah their first win of the season. In Jos, Plateau United showed they were truly at home when they raced to a 3-0 lead against seven-time champions Enyimba, before Ikechukwu Ibenegbu made the scores a lot more respectable with a late face-saved for ‘The People’s Elephant’.In Gombe, It was a game of misfortune for debutants, Remo Stars, as Fabason Djoufouna 87th minute strike secured maximum points for Gombe United and ended the dreams of Remo Stars picking a point on the road.The Sky Blue Stars drew first blood after Captain Victor Mbaoma converted a free kick beautiful in the 20th minute and Ndukwe was right on point to make consecutive saves to deny Gombe United an equaliser after the restart.The first half ended in level terms and at the start of the second half Gombe United showed intent and approached the game more physically but we’re contained by the offside trap as the high line defence of the Sky Blue Stars did a decent job.Late into the second have in the 87th minute Fabason Djoufouna who arrived late into the box was right on time to slot home a low cross from Giwa Isaac to give the dessert scorpions the lead and eventually the winning goal of the encounter.The Sky Blue Stars will head back to Sagamu as they prepare to get their season back on track with a win.There were also home wins for Lobi Stars, Abia Warriors and Sunshine Stars.NPFL MATCH DAY TWO ResultsSunshine Stars 1-0 Shooting StarsNasarawa United 1-1 Enugu RangersGombe United 2-1 Remo StarsNiger Tornadoes 1-1 ABS FCAkwa United 1-1 Rivers UnitedPlateau United 3-1 Enyimba FCLobi Stars 1-0 Kano PillarsFC Ifeanyi Ubah 4-0 MFM FCAbia Warriors 2-0 Katsina UnitedTodayElkanemi Vs WikkiShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The Lagos State Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode,Â has approved with immediate effect, the dissolution of the 36 State Sport Associations excluding the State Football Association under the supervision of the Lagos State Sports Commission.The dissolution, according to the Executive Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Tandoh,Â becomes necessary to enable the state government to rejig and reposition the activities of all the sports associations in line with the vision of the state becoming the sports hub of Africa. The sporting associations which boards were dissolved are athletics, badminton, baseball, boxing, cricket, cycling, chess and darts.Other are, fives, football, gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, karate, Kick-boxing, kung fu, tennis, rugby, rowing and yachting, scrabble and shooting. Also included are, squash, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tug of war, weightlifting, wrestling, volley-ball, golf, deaf sports, para sports, traditional sports, triathlon and sports medicine.Tandoh, on behalf of the Lagos State Government commended and thanked the chairmen and members of the dissolved boards for their dedication and the voluntary services rendered towards the development of sports at the grassroots in Lagos State. It would be recalled that the present boards of the 36 state sports associations were reconstituted in 2012 and their tenure had expired since 2016.Yellow House Tops Beehive School Inter-house SportsYellow House has successfully defended its position as the best house in Beehive School as it emerged champions of the schoolâ€™s 2018 inter-house sports competition for the second year in a row.The house topped with a total of 28 medals consisting of 12 gold, 10 silver and six bronze medals.Red House came second with 29 medals made up of 11 gold, seven silver and 11 bronze medals while Blue House was third with six gold, 12 silver and five bronze medals, while Green House was fourth with 22 medals -five gold, five silver and 12 bronze medals.The event, which was held at the schoolâ€™s newly constructed sports arena, witnessed a large turnout of parents, invited guests and pupils from schools around the Ikeja environs, who participated in the schools invitational relays.Pupils took part in various track and field events such as the 25 metres and 50 metres race for the nursery section while the primary pupils took part in the 100metres and relay races, high jump, sack race and filling the basket event.There were also field events like high jump, long jump and taekwondo demonstration by the children.Speaking at the event, the schoolâ€™s PTA chairperson, Mrs. Bridget Elesin said, â€œWatching our children compete and have fun brings us the true joy of learning that education goes beyond just reading. Thanks to the proprietress, Mrs. Latifat Dosunmu and Beehive management for providing the facilities and developing sporting programmes that our kids enjoy being part of.â€Speaking at the event, the proprietress Beehive School, Dosunmu restated her commitment to developing well-rounded children that can compete with their peers globally and promised investment in facilities to ensure that the pupils can develop their potentials to the fullest.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Former England captain David Beckham will receive the UEFA President’s Award for his contribution to football and promoting the sport in “every corner of the planet”.Beckham played for Manchester United, La Galaxy, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Paris St-Germain in a 20-year career.His “tireless humanitarian efforts” were also praised by UEFA. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram “Beckham is a true football icon of his generation,” said UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin.Previous winners of the award – which “recognises outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities” – include Johan Cruyff, Bobby Charlton, Franz Beckenbauer, Bobby Robson and Paolo Maldini.Beckham, 43, made 115 appearances for England and won 19 club trophies, including 10 league titles.“I am proud to join the illustrious list of players who have previously won this award,” said Beckham, who is also an UNICEF ambassador and owner of a Major League Soccer team in Miami.He will receive the award in Monaco later this year.
Curtains will this Sunday be drawn on this year’s edition of the Fast Moving Consumers Games at the YabaTech Sports Complex by 12p.m.Over the past four weeks, the Games has stayed true to its name by offering an exciting, captivating and entertaining tournament.This year’s edition features the likes of Nestle, Unilever, FrieslandCampina, Guinness and Reckitt Benckiser in feature events; football, athletics, board games; (chess and scrabble) and table tennis. This weekend sees table toppers Nestle take on FrieslandCampina in the battle for the Football crown, while Reckitt Benckiser trade tackles with Unilever in a dicey but yet promising match which can potentially take the winner up to second.Other events for the weekend includes the Athletics finals in both male and female category and the conclusion of the scrabble events.The past weekend saw the conclusion of the table tennis and chess events which saw Nestle and FrieslandCampina claiming gold.The football event witnessed FrieslandCampina defeating arch-rivals – Unilever by a lone goal and Reckitt Benckiser earning their first victory in the competition by defeating Guinness.The event was graced by notable dignitaries from the participating companies; Dayanand T.S. – General Manager West Africa, Reckitt Benckiser, Ayodele Alabi – Corporate Communication Manager, Guinness, Torinmo Fabanwo – Human Resources Manager, Reckitt Benckiser, Kenneth Omeni – Head, Audit, FrieslandCampinaWamco and Odoemene Okezie – Human Resources Business Partner, Unilever.The battle for who becomes the Overall Champion and also who wins the Football Trophy goes down to the wire as the stakes are high and more medals will be claimed this weekend.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Arsenal thrashed Spurs 4-2 on the back of a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace. There were plenty of highlights from the match – Auba’s curling strike from the edge of the 18, Laca’s game-winning deflected effort while falling – but the most enjoyable came late on when Lucas Torreira lashed the ball into the back of the net for his first in an Arsenal jersey.The new season for Tottenham has been defined by highs and lows. To their credit, Spurs’ had a very successful transfer window which saw them bring in some elite players in the midfield in Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso while also prying the promising young Ryan Sessegnon away from Fulham.Despite the improvements, Mauricio Pochettino’s squad has continued a puzzling run of performances in the league that began late last season.After winning their home opener against Aston Villa, they drew Manchester City and then lost at home to Newcastle. Their four points has them three behind Arsenal and sitting 7th in the (albeit very early) table. Regardless, you can be assured that all of that will be thrown out of the window when Spurs take the short trip to the Emirates.Arsenal have a very real possibility of distancing themselves from the rest of the other teams chasing top four spots, and a victory today would put them five points clear of their rivals and in control of third place. A draw or a loss would further stoke the flames of discontent that had been only recently somewhat pacified.Tottenham may find inspiration in north London where they could not last week to Newcastle. Mesut Özil is available but it would be a surprise if he features in the starting lineup considering the likelihood of Unai Emery selecting Nicolas Pépé, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in an attempt to overpower Spurs.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur faceoff today at the Emirates Stadium with both points and pride at stake. In recent times, Tottenham have usurped the Gunners as the preeminent team in North London, reaching the Champions League final last season and regularly finishing top four place in the league.On the other hand, Arsenal have struggled to keep up with the pacesetters in the league with last week’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool showing just how far they still have to go to compete with the best.Today however presents Arsenal another chance to show their pedigree and top four potential with last year’s affair at the Emirates serving as motivation.
Over the course of eight days, swimmers and divers from Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA would battle it out in various portions of the Section III championship meets.Going into it, J-D/CBA already had a diver headed for the March 6-7 state meet on Long Island – Lucas Dekaney, who took home the sectional Class A title on Feb. 8 by a big margin.Earning 514.75 points, Dekaney was well clear of West Genesee’s Justin Byrne (462.90) and Oswego’s Jack Tonkin (454.35), both of whom surpassed the 450-point state qualifying standard.Dekaney repeated in last Wednesday’s state qualifier, earning 546.90 points to the 516.30 earned by New Hartford’s Moaz Elazzazi in second place.But it was here that F-M’s Connor Gleasman earned his ticket to the state meet, picking up 490.55 points to easily surpass the 450-point qualifying standard and finish fifth.Overall, a Section III record seven divers advanced to the state meet – Dekaney, Gleasman, Byrne, Elazzazi, Tonkin WG’s David Puma and Mexico’s Kian Long.Then F-M put on quite a good performance in Thursday’s Class A meet at Nottingham. With 263 points, it earned second place in the 12-team field, trailing only Liverpool’s winning total of 381.5 points.The highlight of the sectional meet was having Quinn Smith, a sophomore from Cazenovia, go out in the 500-yard freestyle and prevail in four minutes, 48.77 seconds, nearly 17 seconds faster than his previous best of 5:05.70.That effort, along with a second-place time of 1:59.63 in the 200 individual medley, will allow Smith to compete in two races at the state meet as, in the state qualifier, he improved to 1:58.92 in the 200 IM.In that same race, F-M’s Lucas Weires got third place in Class A in 2:04.03, while Jason Porter was seventh in 2:09.53 and Ben Rabin (2:10.54) was eighth. Weires’ 2:03.12 in the state qualifier put him in fifth place.Weires, Quinn, Ben Rabin and Eric Bang were second in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:21.67 in Class A and repeated that finish in the qualifier, going 3:19.94 to Liverpool’s winning 3:17.79.Smith, Rabin, Weires and Porter were fifth in the Class A 200 medley relay in 1:41.66, less than a second from the state qualifying standard of 1:40.67, and had a 1:41.74 in that event in the state qualifier.Miguel Aldana took seventh in the Class A 500 freestyle in 5:16.98. In the 100 breaststroke, Richard Wan was seventh in 1:05.65, just ahead of Rabin (1:05.87) in eighth. Bang took ninth in the 200 freestyle in 1:57.63, with Carter Page 10th in the 100 backstroke in 1:03.04.For J-D/CBA, who finished sixth in Class A with 219 points, it included Nate Wales, Nathan Chen, Peter Hatton and Conlan Rourke finishing fifth in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:33.71.Rourke made his way to fifth place in the 50 freestyle in 22.50 seconds as Hatton (23.81) finished ninth. In the 100 freestyle, Rourke took 49.44 seconds to finish sixth.Chen swam to fourth place in the 100 breaststroke in a season-best 1:02.89 and took sixth in the 200 IM in 2:09.37, also helping Hatton, Rourke and Wales post 1:42.72 for sixth place in the 200 medley relay.Wales was sixth in the 500 freestyle in 5:12.46 and seventh in the 200 freestyle in 1:56.87. Chen, Hatton, Rourke and Wales were fifth in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:33.71. Bobby Diel finished ninth in the 100 butterfly and 10th in the 200 IM.Among the swimmers at the state qualifier, Rourke was seventh in the 50 freestyle in 22.64 seconds and improved to 49.14 seconds in the 100 freestyle, again finishing seventh. Chen was fifth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.33.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: F-MJ-D/CBAswimming
The USC Office of Admission has seen a small increase in the number of transfer applications received this year, though officials say the jump is not dramatic.According to Tim Brunold, director of undergraduate admission, the number of transfer applications is up about 3 to 5 percent.Brunold said the increase of California applicants is not drastically different than the overall increase in applications, though he suspects the slight increase can be attributed to the current turmoil in higher education.“It’s probably been a 200 application increase from California, which would be proportional to that overall increase,” Brunold said.With the recent budget cuts to California higher education, state community colleges and University of California schools have had to cut back on the number of courses offered to its students, raising a possible explanation for the increase in transfer applications.“I wouldn’t say that the increase has been dramatic,” Brunold said. “It’s not as if we are seeing a huge percentage increase from a certain type of school, but there definitely has been a reasonable size increase from the UCs. Last year we got about 400 from the UC system, and this year we have about 450 — an increase that is more than coincidental.”According to preliminary data, the quality of the transfer applicant pool has also stayed at a high level, a trend that the admission office said it sees every year.“We do ask for students to self-report what their GPA is, and that number is at the same high quality it has been in past years,” Brunold said. “Those patterns look similar, which is a very positive thing for us.”For Kevin Khakshouri, a junior majoring in policy, planning and development, his transfer from Santa Monica College to USC brought with it a change in work ethic.“You have to do a lot more reading; it’s basically more work,” Khakshouri said of his transition to USC. “I could get by without doing the reading, whereas at ’SC I can’t wait till the last minute. I have to stay consistent.”For USC, the recent transfer applicant pool is indicative of the increasing caliber of students looking to transfer.“Our transfer applicants are very high quality. Last year the average transfer had a 3.65 GPA. Every indication so far is that the quality has stayed the same. It certainly has not gone down,” Brunold said. “It’s getting to the point where the typical rate of transfer admission is similar to freshman admits.”
The Wisconsin softball team ended a seven-game home losing streak Monday afternoon with a doubleheader sweep over the North Dakota State Bison. The Badgers won the first game 7-0 and the second in a more exciting fashion, by a score of 5-3.This was the first meeting between the Badgers and the Bison in history as NDSU just this year joined the Division I ranks, playing as an independent. The match would prove to be disastrous for the Bison, however, and it would also be a record setting day for the Badgers.The Badgers made club history in the first game of the doubleheader, setting a school record for home runs in a game and tying records for home runs in an inning and consecutive home runs.Initially, it appeared as though NDSU pitcher Allison Bakke was going to roll after she retired the first four batters Wisconsin sent to the plate, but those thoughts were eradicated on a blast by designated hitter Anastasia Miller. After a walk by Joey Daniels, Miller took a pitch that was left up in the zone deep over the left field fence, leaving no doubt about it upon contact, and put the Badgers up 2-0 early.The Badgers then put up an offensive show in the third inning. With one out, shortstop Kris Zacher got things started with a triple to the right field gap, adding to her school record of 10 career triples. After a groundout by Sam Polito, freshman Katie Hnatyk sent a shot over the center field fence that put the Badgers up 4-0. Catcher Boo Gillette then teed off three pitches later, adding to the Wisconsin lead. Then, with Daniels on base, Miller went deep for the second time in the game — the Badgers’ fourth home run of the game.The second Miller home run set the school record for home runs in a game with four. Three other records were tied in the inning. The back-to-back shots by Hnatyk and Gillette tied a record for consecutive at-bats with home runs. The three-home run third inning tied the record for most home runs in an inning — set April 2 against Ohio State — and the two home runs by Miller tied the record for most home runs by a player in a single game, set by Ricci Robben earlier this season. “I was very happy with our offensive attack,” head coach Karen Gallagher said after the game. “They went up there aggressive, and they seemed really relaxed at the plate. I think it’s good to have some games like this where they’re feeling good and making good contact.”In the bottom of the fourth, Wisconsin threatened again with the deep ball, but a catch by NDSU centerfielder Grete Peterson robbed Zacher of her sixth home run of the season.While the Badgers piled up runs, the Bison kept knocking on the door against pitcher Katie Layne. While putting a runner on in each of the first four innings, the Bison continued to threaten, but they failed to capitalize. They threatened in the top of the fourth when NDSU loaded the bases with two outs, but Layne was able to strike out Ashley Leier to get out of the jam. Two innings later, the Bison once again loaded the bases, with just one out this time around, but Layne once again snaked her way out of trouble with the Badgers’ Big Ten-leading fifteenth double play of the season off the bat of Jennifer Morse. That would be the best the Bison could muster, and they would fall in the first game 7-0.Layne got the complete game shutout in the match, giving up only three hits on three walks and six strikeouts.The bats settled down early for the Badgers in the second match of the afternoon. Bison pitcher Bekki Rasmussen got to Wisconsin right from the start. She held UW hitless in the first three innings, and the Badgers were stymied.Shoddy defense by the Wisconsin fielders caught up with them in the fourth inning. An error in centerfield by Polito allowed NDSU leftfielder Lynnae Foshag to advance to second base after her leadoff base hit. A bunt by Bakke advanced Foshag to third, but Brock struck out Erin Troup for the second out of the inning. Aimee Enzler then hit a slow dribbler to Daniels at third base, who let the ball slip through her legs, allowing Foshag to break the scoreless tie.Wisconsin answered back in the bottom of the fourth inning with two runs by Zacher and Polito. The Badgers added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth, and the rout was on — that is until the top of the seventh inning. With the score 5-1, the Bison managed to score two runs on a couple of Badger errors, but with the bases loaded and two out, Brock forced Foshag to ground out to second base to preserve the victory.Despite the inconsistent defense, the Badger pitchers continue to have confidence in their fielders.“I struggled a little bit today with the zone, but it wasn’t because I didn’t think the people behind me were not going to do their jobs,” Layne said after her shutout. “I always have confidence in my defense, and I know Eden does, too.”
As November rolls in the pressure is on.With just three weeks remaining in the Big Ten season, the conference frontrunners –particularly No. 15 Michigan — feel the weight of the trap games ahead, as the rest of the conference feels the heat of trying to move up in the standings or gain a bowl game bid with that elusive sixth win.The situation at hand is a game between in-state rivals: Michigan versus Michigan State. “I think that pressure is something that young people in college football deal with every single week, whether you’re an undefeated football team right now playing, whether you’re looking for your sixth win or whether you’re trying to move in that direction such as Michigan is,” Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said during Tuesday’s Big Ten Teleconference.Michigan State has the No. 3 scoring offense, third-leading rusher in Javon Ringer and top receiver in Devin Thomas. Despite all this, the Spartans are losers of two straight and sit at 1-4 in the Big Ten and 5-4 overall.“What we have to do is make sure our players stay together and we come out and continue to work throughout the week and be emotionally prepared Saturday,” Dantonio said.The problem for Michigan State has been its inability to come through in close games. As frustrating as it may be, Dantonio wants to make sure that his players don’t beat themselves.“We need to build up our young people, not tear them down, and we’ll continue to do that, and I think we’ll learn from these things,” Dantonio said. “And ultimately when we start to win these games, we’ll begin to believe that when it comes down to crunch time we’ll win it.”After missing the past two weeks and a combined five games this season due to injury, quarterback Chad Henne and running back Mike Hart are practicing again this week. Still, Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr won’t know until later in the week whether his two offensive stars will be available Saturday.In order to remain neck-and-neck in the battle with Ohio State for the Big Ten title, Michigan will likely need those two players healthy.Northwestern failed in its quest last week to secure a bowl bid, losing 35-17 against Purdue. After finishing 4-8, 2-6 Big Ten last season, the Wildcats are 5-4, 2-3 this season. Running back Tyrell Sutton returned last week for Northwestern. The Wildcats will need Sutton to play to his potential as they make a push for their first Bowl game in two years. “It was just great to get him back out there,” Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “He just adds some more fuel to our fire.”Northwestern will face an Iowa team which pulled off an overtime win over Michigan State last week to also remain in the hunt for a bowl berth with a 4-5 record.For three straight weeks, Indiana has tried and failed to win a sixth game. Given that the program hasn’t appeared in a bowl game since 1993, and it dedicated the season to the late Terry Hoeppner, people may think that the Hoosiers and quarterback Kellen Lewis are playing a little anxious right now. But that’s just not the case.“Just because we’ve gotten beat in the last couple of weeks, I don’t think it changed our kids,” Indiana head coach Bill Lynch said. “I think the reality of it is we’ve played three pretty good football teams and we didn’t play well enough to win.”So unlike Michigan State or some of the other teams on the brink, Indiana isn’t getting bogged down.“I don’t think it has been a case where our kids feel pressured in anyway,” Lynch added.Indiana will go out of conference this weekend to face Ball State.Adding more conference gamesA thought has come up in the conference of removing two nonconference games out of the regular season schedule and adding two more Big Ten games. This would allow each team to face the entire conference.“I think there’s the advantage that the Big Ten Championship would be determined on the field and it would impact your home schedule, and that’s really the reason for the 12th game anyway — trying to get an additional home game to generate revenue,” Carr said.While it certainly would help the top teams separate themselves from the middle of the pack, it would also affect BCS standings as each team would face a higher chance of picking up a loss along the way, so the odds are that the notion won’t come to fruition
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAs the second quarter wound down Saturday afternoon, Wisconsin sophomore wide receiver Kyle Jefferson was hit by Minnesota linebacker Simoni Lawrence after receiving a pass over the middle. Jefferson was unconscious when the Wisconsin medical staff reached him. He was taken off the field via ambulance on a stretcher but was able to speak and move his arms and legs by the time he was taken away.“Any time one of your players is injured the way that Kyle was, you become very afraid of bad news and results that may come soon after,” head coach Bret Bielema said. “But preliminary reports are very, very encouraging.”Jefferson was tested for head and neck injuries following the hit. He was released from the hospital Sunday after it was determined he suffered a concussion.Anderson has career dayLast week, sophomore wide receiver Isaac Anderson was praised by his coaches for his impressive downfield blocking abilities. Saturday, Anderson did a little more than just block. He finished the game with a career-high 114 yards on six catches.“Any receiver is waiting for a game where he can break out for 100 yards,” Anderson said. “It’s just a blessing to have this opportunity to make plays.”His teammates weren’t surprised with the breakout game.“I definitely knew Isaac had this in him,” cornerback Allen Langford said. “Isaac is a guy who’s always working hard. Even when I’m staying after practice, Isaac wants to come and work with me.”Anderson dropped a ball in the second quarter that could have been a 63-yard touchdown.“I just dropped it, flat-out,” he said. “No excuse. It’s a ball I should have caught.”But he rebounded on the very next snap, converting a first down on a pass over the middle.“I just really thank the coaches for giving me another opportunity to make another play,” Anderson said. “I appreciate the opportunity that (offensive coordinator Paul) Chryst gave me the very next play, gave me a nice little slant pattern. I got a confidence boost from that also.”Anderson also connected on a fourth-quarter 39-yard strike from Dustin Sherer that was initially called a touchdown, but was overturned after further review.“We lined up and (wide receiver David Gilreath) said, ‘This ball’s coming to you,’ and luckily it did,” Anderson said.Jump Around battleDuring the famous Jump Around tradition between the third and fourth quarters, both the Wisconsin and Minnesota sidelines started to get riled up, almost egging each other on.“(Defensive line) coach (Charles) Partidge told us, ‘If they’ve got more guys jumping around than we do, it’s a problem,’ so we all were jumping around,” defensive end O’Brien Schofield said. “Coach Partridge started jumping around, and it just became a battle from sideline to sideline.”“It was almost like we were competing,” safety Chris Maragos added. “Everybody kept inching closer.”Although Bielema had to settle things down, the scuffle did seem to light a fire under the home team, which outscored the visiting Gophers 18-8 in the final frame.“The way that crowd reacted to start the fourth quarter was huge and something our kids really fed off of,” Bielema said.
Wisconsin middle linebacker Culmer St. Jean and the rest of the Badger defense will have to keep eyes on Pryor at all times if they hope to slow down the Buckeye offense at Camp Randall Saturday.[/media-credit]En route to a 5-1 start this season, the No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers have faced a number of talented quarterbacks.Against Arizona State, Wisconsin was reacquainted with former Michigan nemesis Steven Threet. In the Big Ten opener at Michigan State, UW encountered Kirk Cousins. Last weekend in the Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe, the Badgers squared off against Minnesota’s Adam Weber.As good as those signal callers may be, however, one thing Wisconsin hasn’t seen in 2010 is a player with the pure talent of Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor.“If you get out of your pass rush lane, he’s going to beat you real quick because he’s fast, he’s quick and he sees his holes,” defensive end J.J. Watt said. “So, we need to learn how to pressure the quarterback, and that’s what we’ve been working on all week – without getting out of our lanes.”Saturday night, Camp Randall Stadium will get to test its lights out in the first – and only – night game of the season. Increasing the magnitude of the showdown will be the presence of ESPN and its famous College GameDay pregame show. Yet, the task remains simple for Wisconsin – shut down Terrelle Pryor.“Oh my gosh, I got jacked up immediately,” safety Aaron Henry said of hearing the OSU game would be played at night. “People started calling me, making sure they had tickets and everything, man. …Any time there’s a night game here, man, people love Madison. It’s going to be a crazy atmosphere. But it’s an extra incentive; the number one team in the country is coming here. It’s going to be big for both parties man, it’s going to be big for both parties.”Indeed, the Buckeyes took over the No. 1 ranking after Alabama fell to South Carolina last Saturday. As has been the case for most of his two-plus years in Columbus, Pryor has been Ohio State’s biggest weapon. Standing at 6-foot-6 and weighing 233 pounds, Pryor also has the speed and mobility of a running back, epitomizing the menace of a dual-threat quarterback.Thus far in 2010, Pryor has lived up to every bit of the hype, throwing for 1,349 yards, 15 touchdowns and only three interceptions, good for a 170.47 quarterback rating. On the ground, the Pennsylvania native has gained 354 yards on 57 carries (6.2 yards per) and has rushed for 3 touchdowns. Impressively, Pryor has zero fumbles this season, a testament to improving on his turnover-ridden 2009 campaign.“This year, I would say he’s a whole lot smarter than he was last year,” Henry said. “He isn’t making lazy throws like he was last year, but it’s still a whole bunch of opportunities there. A lot of announcers have announced him as one of those guys to go out there and make plays. He’s become a better passer, and I think he’s become a better passer because the wide receivers, they put him in good situations.”After seeing Pryor throw 11 interceptions last season, seeing his decision-making improve only magnifies the natural intimidation he provokes. So, then, how can Wisconsin expect to stop him?“We just need to get pressure on him and kind of get him rattled, and hopefully he’ll make some mental mistakes,” Watt said. “There’s not much difference between quarterback to quarterback; if you get pressure on them, they’re gonna get a little bit rattled, so that’s what we need to do.”Against an Ohio State offensive line that has allowed 13 sacks this season – tied for second-worst in the Big Ten – the Wisconsin pass rush will have to significantly augment its pressure. The Badgers have sacked the quarterback 12 times this season – tied for second-best in the Big Ten – and will look to do the same against Pryor.However, Wisconsin’s defense has been prone to giving up big plays, something that Pryor surely will aim to exploit.“We’ve got to play within ourselves,” defensive coordinator Dave Doeren said. “We’ve got to be gap-sound, we’ve got to be smart in coverage and we’ve got to have that quarterback pinned in.”Outside of Pryor, the Buckeyes’ running game has not produced much this season. OSU’s leading rusher, Dan Herron, has ran for 355 yards – only one more than Pryor. Consequently, the Badgers may be able to devote their defensive line – particularly ends Watt and Louis Nzegwu – even more to contain on Pryor.“We really focus on contain,” middle linebacker Culmer St. Jean said. “That’s one of the big things. Just keeping him contained and allowing him to stay in the pocket and hopefully we get pressure and allow our d-line to get sacks.”While Wisconsin hasn’t faced anything close to the dual-threat that Pryor presents, the Badgers did receive a taste in the 2009 Champs Sports Bowl. Against the favored Miami Hurricanes, Wisconsin held quarterback Jacory Harris to 188 yards on 16 for 29 passing. Most importantly, though, were Harris’ rushing stats: Nine carries for negative-one yards.“Nothing against Jacory Harris, but Jacory Harris is one of those guys who likes to sit in the pocket and just throw the ball,” Henry said. “Jacory Harris, there wasn’t a time in that game where he threatened to run. I think with Terrelle Pryor, you have a running back, but you also have a quarterback that can play running back. This guy gets outside the pocket, and he can be dangerous.”At Ohio State last year, Wisconsin found itself in a defensive struggle for most of the game – but still lost 31-13. Pryor finished with 35 rushing yards – despite a gross yardage of 59 – on 10 carries, but was only five for 13 with 87 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception. This season, Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel and his staff have opened up the playbook more for Pryor, putting him on pace to pass the ball 306 times, which would be a career-high.“They’re getting closer to 50-50, that’s for sure,” Watt said of OSU’s run-pass breakdown. “You can see it this year. They’re giving No. 2 a little bit more freedom. If they want to go pass first, that’s fine because that opens up more opportunities for pressures and sacks.”Along with preventing big plays, getting those pressures and sacks will be the principal focus for Wisconsin as it aims to slow down Pryor. Stopping him altogether may prove to be near impossible, especially with the season he has been putting together, but the Badgers plan to use every opportunity to force Pryor into making mistakes.“My coach was talking today, he was like, ‘A lot of times, teams who come in with a big name, other teams allow the logo on their helmet to beat them.’ Just because they’re Ohio State, a lot of teams will be afraid or scared because they have Terrelle Pryor and they have a big ‘O’ on their helmet,” Henry said.“But this is Big Ten football, man. We live for moments like this. So, I’m just looking forward to it and I’m going to try to embrace the situation and take advantage of every opportunity that’s presented my way.”
Published on February 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments When Syracuse takes the field in the Carrier Dome on Sunday, it will be searching for an identity. After losing seven starters and All-Americans from last season’s roster, the Orange enters the season as an unknown in college lacrosse for the first time in years.With the first scrimmage of the season this weekend, Tommy Palasek hopes to see the team begin establishing its identity.‘I think we’ve been doing a pretty good job figuring it out,’ Palasek said. ‘But as far as everyone else is concerned, I mean really no one’s seen us play since Maryland, so we have a whole new team for the most part. I think that we’re getting there.’Syracuse will be back in action for the first time since falling to Maryland in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals last May, taking on Le Moyne and Hofstra in a pair of scrimmages at the Carrier Dome on Sunday. The exhibition matchups will serve as a chance for the Orange to evaluate its progress two weeks before its season opener against Albany. With seven holes to fill going into the season, the tune-ups will also be a crucial to solidifying the starting lineup.Head coach John Desko said he is close to determining the starters and lineups on the field after nearly three weeks of practice.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRight now, the head coach said goaltender Matt Lerman will start in net. On close defense — where the team must replace two starters — Desko listed four candidates to join veteran Brian Megill, who is currently battling injuries. And in the midfield, 10 different players are in the mix to see significant playing time. JoJo Marasco, Hakeem Lecky and Bobby Eilers appear to be set as the starters thus far.Though Desko has an idea of his plans heading into the season, there is still some uncertainty surrounding the final roster. And Sunday will allow him to mix and match players on different lines to see how different combinations respond in game situations.‘We see some different things happen in game situations and how different players react. Some rise to the occasion, some take a step back,’ Desko said. ‘And we see how well those have learned the offenses and defenses when they get in a game situation, so that tells us a lot in these types of scrimmages.’With 10 players fighting for time at midfield, Desko said he actually feels more comfortable with the line as a whole than he did heading into last season. Though they don’t have the same experience as last season’s group, which included three All-Americans, Desko said the intense competition has them clicking and learning the offense.The constant battling every day has started to form the identity the Orange is searching for.Bobby Eilers remembers a grueling team workout before leaving for Winter Break. At 6 a.m., every player did six-minute squat holds, grimacing in pain while pushing each other to finish the exercise that left their legs shaking.‘The whole team did it and everyone lasted six minutes, and that’s just what we’re kind of like this year,’ Eilers said. ‘We’re all just sticking together and doing things together, and it’s paying off. We’re meshing very well out there.’Eilers said he hopes that togetherness translates to success on the field for the Orange, specifically in the midfield.The defense — which ranked third in the nation in scoring defense and set a school record for man-down efficiency last season — has been Syracuse’s identity in recent years while the offense has struggled. But the senior wants to see the offense pick up its production this year and return to SU’s old ways when the Orange seemed to go on a scoring outburst every game.Palasek feels the Orange has the ability to achieve that. After a few weeks of practice, the attack characterizes Syracuse as an unselfish group that is always looking for the next pass and has the athleticism to get up and down the field.And though SU won’t know its identity until the regular season begins, Palasek is confident this group will continue the program’s success the same way it always has.‘We’re just trying to stick with the Syracuse way,’ Palasek said. ‘And that’s always been the Syracuse way and play unselfish, and we’re just trying to keep that identity.’email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm Contact Chris: firstname.lastname@example.org | @chris_iseman Naesean Howard, a running back from West Genesee High School in Camillus, committed to Syracuse on Saturday, Scout.com reported.Howard is the first member in the Class of 2014 to commit to the Orange.The 5-foot-11, 185-lb. Howard is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com. His only other offer so far was from Buffalo, according to Scout.comHoward rushed for 1,486 yards on 172 carries this past season for West Genesee. He scored 23 touchdowns.He’s also played on the other side of the ball at safety.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 22, 2013 at 1:27 am Contact Jesse: email@example.com | @dougherty_jesse Standing over the left side of the batter’s box in the bottom of the third inning, Shirley Daniels used the top of her bat to draw a cross in the dirt, the letter “D” in the top-right corner of it. Just two weeks ago, Daniels’ friend died in a car crash. The cross and “D” is a way for her to remember him before each at-bat.Daniels fouled back Seton Hall pitcher Danielle DeStaso’s first offering, then used the second one to honor her friend in an even grander way. Daniels smacked a solo home run that cleared the netting of the outfield wall and landed well behind the fence in right.“I always play for God,” Daniels said. “But today was also in remembrance of him.”After dropping both games of Saturday’s doubleheader, Syracuse (17-24, 5-9 Big East) edged Seton Hall (16-24, 4-10) 4-3 at SU Softball Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Daniels’ speed is what makes her a recognized name throughout the Big East, but she showed Sunday she can do more than just run. She delivered not only with her legs but with her bat and glove, as well, to help the team avoid a weekend sweep.Her routine has been one the Orange can rely on.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDaniels led the game with a walk after an eight-pitch at-bat. She then took head coach Leigh Ross’ sign from across the diamond and readied herself to run. When DeStaso tossed her first offering to Veronica Grant, Daniels flew toward second and slid in way ahead of the throw.Safe and untouched.“Shirley comes everyday and wants to produce for us, and today she did a good job,” Ross said. “To know that she can always take second base and we don’t need to give up an out helps our offense out so much.”She’s attempted 26 steals on the season and has been safe every time. Her steal in the first inning on Sunday added to her Big East-leading total, and helped her pass former SU speedster Stephanie Watts for fourth on the program’s all-time, single-season list.“I didn’t know I had that many steals,” Daniels said of her stolen base mark. “26, really? I guess it’s pretty cool to be leading the conference in something.”After starting the game with a walk and a steal, Daniels displayed sure-handedness in the field and a versatile skill set at the plate.“We need someone to step up, and it’s nice to have her doing it,” Grant said. “We definitely needed a spark and she provided that today.”After Kuwik walked Seton Hall shortstop Brittany Hammer with two outs in the top of the third, DeStaso slowly walked to the plate. DeStaso owned SU on Saturday, grabbing a win in game one of the doubleheader and collecting four RBIs on four hits in the two games, including a home run in each.She took the first offering from Kuwik and drove it deep to right field. Daniels tracked the ball while running backward, but it seemed like it would easily clear the fence. Then, she jumped up and grabbed it out of mid-air, pulling the would-be home run back into the field of play just before DeStaso gave the Pirates a two-run lead.As Daniels used the fence to push herself up, the SU crowd erupted and her teammates waited for her at the first-base line.But there was no time for celebration. She was due up first in the bottom of third and hastily grabbed her bat and helmet so she could time DeStaso’s pitches in the on-deck circle.She put the Orange on the scoreboard with her fourth home run of the season.“That catch that she made was incredible,” Ross said. “And then for her to quickly run in and get focused on hitting was even better. Showed how tough she is.” Comments
Published on July 14, 2013 at 2:17 pm Contact Trevor: firstname.lastname@example.org | @TrevorHass Former Syracuse forward Wesley Johnson will join the Los Angeles Lakers.Johnson and the team agreed to a one-year contract for the veteran minimum of $1 million, as first reported by The Los Angeles Times and later confirmed by ESPN Los Angeles.Drafted fourth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2010, Johnson has averaged 7.7 points per game in his three-year NBA career. Last season he scored eight points per game and started 21 times for the Phoenix Suns. Johnson scored in double figures in 16 of the Suns’ last 25 games.Johnson, a 6-foot-7 sharpshooter, averaged 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in 2009-10 for Syracuse. He guided the Orange to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and a trip to the Sweet 16.The Lakers waived Metta World Peace under the amnesty clause and Kobe Bryant may miss the start of the season with an Achilles injury. Johnson will look to help the Lakers bounce back after a tumultuous 2012-13 season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Published on September 10, 2013 at 10:50 pm Contact David: email@example.com | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+ Drew Allen will once again be the starting quarterback for Syracuse on Saturday against Wagner. But, once again, he won’t remain in the lineup for the entire 60 minutes.Quarterbacks coach Tim Lester said on Tuesday that Terrel Hunt will get some snaps under center when the Orange plays its first game in the Carrier Dome at 4 p.m.“I know Drew is going to be our starter,” Lester said. “He has the most reps, he’s running the offense well. But Hunt’s going to play. We’ve committed to giving him a shot.”Allen has started each of SU’s first two games, but has thrown six interceptions to just one touchdown. Hunt, meanwhile, played Syracuse’s final series against then-No. 19 Northwestern on Saturday, rushing for his first career touchdown.Hunt was visibly excited on Tuesday, and said that coaches have been giving him a bit of extra attention during practice. He’s once again getting snaps with the first team and felt comfortable during his first appearance of the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Drew is kind of down, you know,” Hunt said. “And I just want to get a shot.”He believes he did enough in his one drive to warrant more playing time, and now he’s getting that.Aside from the turnovers, Allen did improve from the Penn State game on Saturday.He completed 27-of-41 passes and threw his first career touchdown. He spoke on Tuesday before it was revealed that Hunt would play, but he knows the reason that he will be benched for part of Saturday.“I know I can play a lot better than I did,” Allen said. “I have full confidence in my ability and full confidence in the offense to do better. Take away those plays and I feel like as a whole we did a great job.”But right now, those mistakes are too glaring. He’s not making up for the turnovers in enough other ways that Syracuse can leave him as the unquestioned starter. He’ll have a chance to fix that, but Hunt’s coming up fast.“Drew’s just got to fix that one major mistake,” Lester said, “that, for us, is the No. 1 thing that we try to avoid.” Comments
Priya Jaikumar, an associate professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, discussed how her personal experiences affected her ideas on film and education as part of the What Matters to Me and Why lecture series Wednesday at the Ground Zero Performance Café.Like the movies · Priya Jaikumar, an associate professor in the School of Cinematic Arts, says film allows her to understand the world from the perspectives of other people. – Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanJaikumar worked as a journalist in India when the opportunity arose for her to study abroad in the United States in 1991. She said her decision to come to the United States embodied a conflict particular to Indian women of her generation and social situation.“My life was at a crossroads, and I didn’t know how significant my decision would be,” Jaikumar said. “It was a choice between a settled personal life [in India] and a complete unknown entity. My dilemma was very specific to the 20th century as it was something I faced as an educated woman. It was a particular privilege, a precarious privilege.”She said this privilege ultimately affected her values and beliefs as she realized the opportunities afforded to her because of her education.“What I particularly value is to make such instances of mobility and opportunity available to more people,” Jaikumar said. “A majority of humanity does not have this. We do not have the privilege or choice of following our hearts.”Jaikumar also addressed how film allows her to make an impact on education because it expresses and communicates new worlds.“Using my classes as a platform to bring [film] forward and open up a range of sensibilities for my audiences is very important to me,” Jaikumar said. “Part of education is walking a mile in someone else’s shoes and opening up your sympathies. Film allows you to see in other perspectives and alter your perception of the world.”Jaikumar said she joined the critical studies department because it combines two of the most influential forces in her life: the creative impulse to make tangible contributions to the world and the critical impulse to think about the connections between the world we create and the world we inhabit.“I believe the best creativity in the sciences and in the arts are born only when there is support of the critical impulse,” Jaikumar said. “This is why I’m in the department of critical studies.”Jaikumar said her decision to study abroad still affects her values to this day.“In my lifetime, I had a choice,” Jaikumar said. “I left my family behind, and I’m here, so my students and colleagues are important to me. My life I have made here is important with my husband and my child.”Jaikumar, who serves as a residential faculty adviser to Parkside Arts & Humanities Residential College, is working on a book about places that become visual icons entitled Where Histories Reside: Filming India as Location. She plans to continue to write, engage with other people and retain her curiosity and sense of wonder.“Those who remain open and curious can transcend the linearity and fatality of time,” Jaikumar said. “That is what I’m invested in and, independent of film, that is what I dedicate my life to.”
A recent report released by the NCAA showed that USC varsity athletes who enrolled from 2002-05 graduated at a rate of 79 percent — the seventh-straight year USC’s percentage has increased in this evaluation.The rate increased from 66 percent in 2007, to 68 in 2008, to 69 in 2009, to 74 in 2010, to 78 in 2011 and now to 79 in 2012, according to the university.The new figures, however, did not bear all good news for USC.According to the new numbers, the football program posted a 57 percent graduation rate over the time period — a four-point drop from last year’s figure. In the Pac-12, USC ranked ninth.For other sports, the picture was a little brighter. Five sports — men’s golf, women’s rowing, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball — had a 100-percent graduation rate over the time period. Women’s lacrosse and sand volleyball were not evaluated since the NCAA looked at athletes who started college from 2002–05, according to the university.Notre Dame had the highest national graduation rate for freshmen entering the university from 2002 to 2005, with a rate of 97 percent. Rutgers was ranked second with a 91-percent rate and Stanford was ranked third with a 90-percent rate.
Journalist Willow Bay was named the new director of the School of Journalism at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism on Wednesday morning.New directions · Journalist Willow Bay looks forward to taking on her new position as the new director of the School of Journalism. – Photo courtesy of Max Iger Bay, who will start her position in July, brings in a wide range of experience. Currently the senior editor of the Huffington Post and a special correspondent for Bloomberg TV, Bay additionally has been an author, producer, digital news editor and national broadcast and global television news anchor.“[Bay’s] prominent broadcast experience includes stints as co-anchor of ABC News’ Good Morning America/Sunday; co-anchor of CNN’s Moneyline News Hour; host, lead writer and producer of CNN’s long-form program Pinnacle; substitute anchor on NBC’s Early Today and other MSNBC/NBC programs; co-host of NBA Inside Stuff; and host, writer and executive producer of the Lifetime documentary Spotlight 25,” a press release released by USC stated.Bay, who has never worked in an academic setting before, said her new position at the Annenberg School will allow her to influence a new wave of young journalists.“I think Annenberg represents an extraordinary opportunity,” Bay said. “First, to educate and inspire a next generation of journalists, but also to bring into a world of practice, a new skill set and really new ways of covering stories that Annenberg students learn, and frankly that they are fluent in and well-versed in when they graduate.”Bay’s position as director will begin right before the grand opening of Wallis Annenberg Hall, something she is excited about.“It is a tremendous [occasion] for Annenberg to take an important role in a conversation, frankly a global conversation, about the future of journalism,” Bay said. “I think one of the key goals will be to settle in to the new Wallis Annenberg Hall and to fully leverage all of those technologies.”Bay originally began working as a model when she was 15 years old, but said that journalism was always her true passion.“I have always wanted to be a reporter ever since I was in high school, and that is actually, how I got into modeling,” Bay said. “I went for an internship at Seventeen Magazine. I started my career in a pursuit of a job in journalism!”Wallis Annenberg, chairman, president and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation and USC Board of Trustees member, expressed immense pride in Bay’s appointment.“I cannot think of a greater director for the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, or a greater model of what journalism can achieve in today’s world,” Annenberg said in the press release.Bay’s work spans over a diverse array of the media landscape, and she noted that it’s exactly that diversity that will allow her to stand out as the new director.“I have worked in so many sections of the industry, and it gives you a familiarity with the needs of those industries and I think that will help me hugely in Annenberg,” Bay said. “Hopefully, I can use that to the advantage, not just of the school, but of the students.”Ernest Wilson III, dean of the Annenberg school, predicts that Bay’s leadership will usher the school into the future.“We have a new building, a new program and a new era. I’m thrilled that Willow Bay will be here to provide new leadership for our School of Journalism,” Wilson said in the press release.
Approximately 25 students along with alumni, professors and Los Angeles community members met with Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles Raquel Beltran as part of the first “Lunch with a Leader” event. The luncheon was hosted by the Sol Price School of Public Policy’s Judith and John Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise at the Widney Alumni House.Reaching out · Executive Director of the League of Women Voters Los Angeles Raquel Beltran poses with Raphael Bostic, director of the Bedrosian Center on Governance. – Photo courtesy of Aubrey HicksThe Bedrosian Center hosts events that connect students with leaders in the community in order to educate students on the strengths and workings of governance, as well as policy and its effects on citizens.The theme of the event was how to increase voter participation and the quality of votes cast.At the beginning of the event, Raphael Bostic, director of the Bedrosian Center, posed two questions to the attendees: “Why do we see such little turnout in our elections?” and “What should we do about it?”Responses varied from requiring voting by all citizens, having a raffle for every person who votes, informing people more effectively of when elections are, closing down all the business on Election Day and investing more time and energy into civic engagement.“Voter turnout is the last step in the process,” said Terry Cooper, a professor at the Price school. “Civic engagement starts before that.”The group brainstormed different ideas for several minutes.“Let’s have public informational and neutral meetings in large public places, like libraries, to help inform people of elections and the process,” said Seema Yedavalli, assistant director for career services at Price.Beltran, who has led the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles for six years, responded in opposition to the suggestion and opted for a different approach to the same idea.“Find out what meetings are already taking place, and have an audience and leaders and ask if you could present your issues there,” Beltran said.One of the issues is that the voting population of Los Angeles does not account for renters.According to Beltran, two-thirds of Los Angeles’s population is made up of renters, but two-thirds of its voting population is composed of homeowners. She emphasized that citizen participation was necessary to address the diverse needs of Los Angeles residents.“It’s nice to see the League is interested in getting broad participation [from] people who do not normally get involved,” said Erik Yesayan, an ’08 alumnus. “This is what inspires me to stay involved. I loved the idea that voting should be the last step and that a lot needs to get done before and after for more civic engagement.”The event ended with Beltran encouraging students to get involved.“I always say do something,” she said. “Do something. Find out where you’re comfortable and just get into it. If every single one of you does something at the level you can manage and something you’re comfortable with, that is a big change.”
Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanAlumni from the class of 1989 gather in front of Doheny Library on Saturday for a homecoming tailgate before the football game against the University of Colorado, Boulder. Alumni Park was sectioned off for the day for alumni from different graduating classes to participate in homecoming festivities.
Five USC students plan to launch the bike-share program, Ryde, on campus this upcoming fall semester.Ryde allows students to use bikes located all over campus. Ryde is controlled by an app where users can pay by use or through subscription. The app allows users to locate bikes near them and also reserve a bike when they are on the way to receive it. The team is also developing a feature that allows the bike to lock itself after use or when left idle.The Ryde team includes Pranav Sudesh, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering; Ashan Marla, a freshman majoring in computer science; Caroline Zhong, a senior majoring in international relations (global business); Jon Koehmstedt, a junior majoring in computer science; and Spencer Pearlman, a freshman majoring in business cinematic arts.The team has received help from Paul Orlando, an adjunct professor who runs the USC Incubator, during their program’s development.According to Sudesh, Ryde will improve student transportation on campus.“You don’t have to worry about owning a bike [or] maintaining it, but it’s always there when you need it,” Sudesh said.Sudesh said bike sharing can help free up space on campus.“Administration is not so pleased with the number of bikes on campus,” Sudesh said. “Bike sharing has a lot more potential than just giving out free bikes, because … it’s pretty easy for people to share 100 bikes. On the other side, you’re removing 200 bikes from campus, because all of those people, instead of owning their own bike[s] … are sharing a system that declutters the area.”Ryde was a finalist in the USC New Venture Seed Competition and is still waiting to hear back on who won. Ryde also participated in Startup Equinox and and a SparkSC event: Arts, Grooves and Food.Marla said Ryde will begin in fall 2015.“We’re aiming to roll out a soft launch in this coming fall,” Marla said. “We will be somewhere supplying somewhere between 10 to 20 bikes and just seeing whether USC is ready for bike sharing and whether this bike-sharing system that we’ve developed [can] work on campus. We also want to see how students react to it, because at the end of the day, this is for the students.”The bike share program also worked with USG to create a plan to implement the sharing system that targets future freshmen.Marla said USG’s help has been important for program development.“USG has been the leading advocacy for Ryde up until now and we’re here and we’re going to be launching as a result of them supporting us so much,” Marla saidMarla said Ryde could possibly branch to other campuses if the USC system is successful“We’re first trying to see ‘does USC respond well to it’,” Marla said. “We’re trying to really tailor … [this] service to the Trojans [but] later on if it works, awesome, that’s something we can share with a lot more people, but right now our focus is just enhancing and making it optional for a USC student just to hop on a bike.”
Students marched on Trousdale Parkway Wednesday afternoon to advocate for the installation of solar panels on USC roofs as part of a protest organized by the USC Go Solar Campaign, a branch of the Environmental Core.Connor Mitchell, a freshman majoring in business administration, said the University has a unique opportunity to reduce its carbon footprint of because of Los Angeles’s commonly sunny weather.“USC should adopt solar because we have days like this all year long, and there is this energy out there that can power our planet,” Mitchell said.The protest began at the Annenberg Amphitheater as dozens of students convened to distribute posters emblazoned with slogans like “USC is Bright, Let’s Use the Light” and “Why Aren’t We Using Our Roofs.” Environmental Core co-directors Ethan Bialick and Zach Manta gave brief speeches detailing the group’s efforts to bring solar panels to the University, as well as the goals of the protest.“Today we’re coming here with a proposal that literally says this company will pay USC to put solar on these roofs,” Bialick said. “We’re bringing this to them, and we’re going to protest that they need to do this now [and] they need to make a commitment now.”Demonstrators then marched down Trousdale Parkway, before circling in front of Tommy Trojan. Students, led by Manta, chanted slogans such as “This is the hour for solar power” and “Solar makes sense.” Afterward, students shared their own reasons for why they thought solar power was a top priority for USC.“I support USC switching to solar because, as a world-class University at a time when renewable is readily available, there is no reason why we should be relying on dirty fossil fuels,” said Olivia Pearson, a freshman majoring in environmental engineering.After the protest, the Environmental Core presented administration officials with a proposal from the energy company SolarCity to lease USC’s unused rooftops to install solar panels owned and maintained by the company. The University will only need to host the panels and collect the lease payments from Solar City, which will alleviate the financial burden of the solar panels.“We’ve repeatedly been told by administrators that they’re not willing to put the money down and invest in solar systems because the payback period is too long for their high-risk, high-reward financial strategies,” Manta said. “Although solar does financially make sense, we want to be very clear that this is not primarily a financial decision.”Bialick hopes that the protest will show the University’s administration that installing solar panels is both socially responsible and financially feasible.“Ideally, they would recognize that they have a sustainability plan that says they’ll procure renewable energy when economic, and this [proposal] literally pays them to get renewable energy,” Bialick said. “If they refuse this, they’re essentially breaking from what they said.”
Photo courtesy of USCBeginning Spring 2018, the Keck School of Medicine will offer a new two-unit elective course, “SCRM 517: Historical and Contemporary Stem Cell Research.” The course, which is geared toward master’s students, will be taught by Professor Rong Lu in the Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Lu plans to cover significant developments in stem cell research history. Unlike other courses, she says SCRM 517 will also emphasize the experimental techniques and methods used in past developments, allowing students to gain applicable skills for future research.“[The course’s] idea is to think about how to address the question, how to design the experiment and to understand the goal of the experiment, the potential problem, and what are the new knowledge we can gain from the experiment,” Lu said. “[This will give] them an overview of experimental design and … a platform to discuss the research and potential problems.”While Lu will start teaching the course in her third year at USC, the idea for the course came years prior during her postdoctoral work under Professor Irving Weissman at Stanford’s Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Weissman noted that while many classes involved research, few taught students how to do so. With that, an idea was born.“[Research is the] kind of a thing we are doing everyday but there’s not … a direct thing [to teach that],” Lu said. “Most of the courses just teach you what we learn from those studies, but exactly how those studies came about, why people do this study … how does those specific study … give us the new knowledge [isn’t taught].”Although Lu is unsure how many will take the course, she hopes to have between 10 and 20 students enrolled to ensure a workshop-style feel in the class. To provide a refreshing and entertaining perspective on course materials, Lu will also utilize in-class discussions and exercises based on the research conducted to allow students to practice their skills. And for Lu, there’s no better discussion topic than stem cells. She’s been fascinated with them since 1997, when Dolly the sheep became the world’s first cloned mammal, during her senior year of high school. “I feel like this is a very interesting question, a very interesting problem and also has enormous medical potential,” she said. She hopes the class will spark in her students the same inquisitive interest that’s driven her for the past 20 years. “I want it to be a little bit more interactive … [with] more experimental and more exploring in class,” Lu said.
The No. 3 USC men’s golf team, playing without the injured Jamie Lovemark and on the brink of having a promising season end prematurely, shot a final round four-under par 284 to grab the last NCAA national championship qualification spot by one shot over New Mexico. The Trojans were led by freshman Steve Lim, whose last day 66 was deemed “hands down, the best round of the year” by coach Chris Zambri. Lovemark, a two-time All-American, sustained a muscle tear in his rib section two weeks ago during practice and was clearly not his usual self in the first two rounds of the NCAA West Regional at Lake Merced Golf Course, shooting 76 and 83. He withdrew from the tournament before Saturday’s final round, meaning that all four of USC’s other golfers would have their scores count, severely limiting the Trojans’ room for error. “The safety net [of the fifth player] makes it a lot easier,” sophomore Matt Giles said. “It’s difficult playing with only four guys.”The Trojans got off to a rough start, with senior Tom Glissmeyer six-over par after his first five holes and no other player under par at the time. “Even though I was struggling early on, I knew that I needed to grind it out,” Glissmeyer said. “Every stroke could be the difference and it turned out it was, one stroke.”Glissmeyer settled down and was one-under par on his remaining 12 holes, finishing with a 77. Giles had two birdies in his last five holes to shoot 72, while sophomore Tim Sluiter birdied four of his last seven holes to shoot 69. Lim, the only non All-American regular starter for USC, was the unexpected source of the low round on Saturday, making six birdies and an eagle over his last 13 holes. “He’s been a great addition to our team all year,” Zambri said. “The only thing he hadn’t been doing was finishing off good rounds that he had started. On Saturday, our assistant coach [Josh] Brewer walked the course with him the whole time and just kind of talked him through every shot because the decision making can be tough when [you’re under pressure].” The decision to have Brewer basically caddy for the freshman proved huge down the stretch when Lim shook off a bogey on an easy 16th hole to finish birdie-birdie and help USC qualify for the NCAA finals to be held at Inverness Country Club in Toledo, Ohio. The focus for the Trojans now turns to fine tuning their games and waiting to see if Lovemark will be healthy enough to play in less than two weeks. Even without Lovemark, the Trojans believe they have as good of a chance as anyone at taking home the national title. “Every guy on our team, of the four that are going for sure, has proven that they can play big time golf on a big stage,” Zambri said. “Everything else was just preparation,” Glissmeyer added. “I don’t really care if we went the whole season without winning if we get this next one. That’s all that matters.”
After piling up nine consecutive victories, the No. 9 USC women’s soccer team will face its toughest test yet when they head north this weekend to take on No. 1 Stanford and No. 21 Cal.The showdowns in the Bay Area, with No. 3 UCLA also set to take on the Golden Bears and the Cardinal, could go a long way in deciding the eventual Pac-10 champion.Senior goalie Kristin Olsen, who has six shutouts in seven games, looks to be on top of her game against the Bay Area teams. – Katelynn Whitaker|Daily TrojanThe Women of Troy (10-3, 2-0) have recorded shutouts in six of their last seven games and have ridden strong defensive play and timely saves from senior goalkeeper Kristin Olsen to a tie atop the conference standings.“I think we’re getting comfortable with each other,” Olsen said. “At the beginning of the season we had a lot of people injured and a lot of people switching in and out of the positions. Now we have a good comfortable back four and we’re able to produce more opportunities for our forwards.”Olsen and the back four will have their hands full on Friday at 7 p.m. in Palo Alto, Calif., with the Cardinal’s dynamic attacking trio of forwards.Senior forward Kelley O’Hara, a three-time All Pac-10 player, leads the conference with 15 goals on the season, including a hat trick in the Cardinal’s 5-1 romp over Oregon last Sunday.Junior Christen Press is second in the Pac-10 with 12 goals and leads the conference with 10 assists while sophomore Lindsay Taylor, last year’s Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, has posted four goals and seven assists.Stanford boasts the nation’s most prolific offense, averaging 3.7 goals per game, and hasn’t been shut out all season.“I think it’s actually good for us,” junior midfielder Alyssa Dávila said of the test against Stanford. “We have nothing to lose so we can just go up there and play like we can.”USC will then take on Cal (8-3-1, 2-0) on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Berkeley.The Golden Bears got back on track last weekend with victories over Oregon and Oregon State, following a turbulent couple of weeks for the Cal women’s soccer program.After Cal lost 1-0 to Sacramento State at home on Oct. 2, the Golden Bears’ second consecutive loss to an unranked opponent, a reportedly frustrated Neil McGuire resigned as head coach indefinitely.His sudden announcement left Cal without its coach for their game two days later against Santa Clara, a contest they drew 1-1.McGuire returned to the team the next day, citing personal reasons and apologizing for his conduct.“I put myself ahead of our team,” McGuire said in a statement. “I need to be a better coach and mentor and will work towards this goal.”Last weekend’s two wins seem to have stabilized the situation and Cal looks to be a major player in the conference championship race.The Golden Bears are led by Alex Morgan, a junior forward that tops the team in both goals (10) and assists (4).Facing two ranked teams and riding a nine game winning streak, the hype surrounding the USC women’s soccer team is as intense as it’s been all season.“I don’t care about rankings…the streak, the record — to me that stuff is irrelevant,” USC coach Ali Khosroshahin said. “It’s just about improving. If we improve, the result will take care of itself.”
The comparison began the minute running back Joe McKnight committed to play football for USC rather than homestate Louisiana State University in 2007.He was going to be the next Reggie Bush.Bush, who declared for the NFL draft in 2006, left a legacy at USC after winning the Heisman Trophy in 2005 and cementing his place as one of the best running backs the Trojans have ever seen grace the Coliseum.His 2005 rushing numbers: 1,740 yards, 16 touchdowns and an average of 8.7 yards per carry.His 2005 receiving numbers: 37 receptions for 478 yards, two touchdowns and an average of 12.9 yards per reception.And after returning one punt for a touchdown early in the season, Bush simply didn’t receive many more punts to return. Opposing teams opted to kick the ball out of bounds rather than deal with the superstar who had skills that made five-star recruits look like they were playing the wrong sport.Bush’s final line was staggering, and he rightfully took home the Heisman Trophy following his junior campaign.Then, like many expected, he turned pro.USC was left without the flair and excitement that Bush provided when the Trojans played the 2006 season, but 2007 was to be different.Joe McKnight was to be the new man.The new Bush.But he never was.McKnight showed glimpses of greatness at times, but he battled injury problems throughout his stay in the Cardinal and Gold, and he never did seem to grasp the concept of holding onto the ball all that well.Only after declaring for the NFL draft after the 2009 season did McKnight state that the lofty expectations placed on him to be the next Reggie Bush negatively affected his play on the field.“I could have been better,” he said.“That’s what my biggest problem was, trying to be so much like [Bush], instead of just being Joe McKnight and playing Joe McKnight football,” he added.McKnight’s most recent season, his best at USC, ended with 1,014 rushing yards, eight rushing touchdowns and an average of 6.2 yards per carry. He also caught 22 passes for 146 yards, but didn’t score a single receiving touchdown.Those stats are very un-Bushian.So now, the question still remains.Who is the “next Reggie Bush?”That may be impossible to answer. Maybe, just like the NBA question of who is the next Michael Jordan, there is no one that can fill Bush’s cleats.Maybe Trojan football will never see another star juke, jump and, yes, even push like Bush did during his time at USC.Or maybe, just maybe, the next Bush has arrived.Lane Kiffin seems to believe in the latter.The new USC head coach has compared new freshman running back Dillon Baxter to none other than No. 5 himself.And unlike McKnight, Baxter, who graduated early from high school so he could enroll at USC in January and participate in spring practice, likes the comparison.“It’s an honor to be compared to Reggie Bush,” the 19-year-old said.Just like Bush, Baxter hails from San Diego and possesses the quick, make-you-miss moves that Bush had in college.Nothing can be proven until the season begins and Baxter shows what he can contribute as a Trojan, but early in spring practice Baxter is being used at a number of different positions, similar to Bush. Baxter has seen time at running back, receiver and even quarterback on the field.“Hopefully, I’ll get all these positions down,” Baxter said. “I’m not sure where I’ll be playing. They’re going to move me around once I get all the running back plays down.”At Mission Bay High School, Baxter impressed recruits by not only rushing for 2,974 yards but also throwing for 1,922 yards as quarterback.Those are skills even Bush didn’t bring with him to the college level.Baxter has all the potential to make the big plays with his arm and legs.Maybe it’s time to dust off No. 5’s old cleats. We might have a perfect fit.“Soft Hands” runs on Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Jon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The setup: Senior backup quarterback Mitch Mustain made his long-awaited first start in a Trojan uniform after sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley went down with a high-ankle sprain in last week’s loss to Oregon State. Mustain led the Trojans against a struggling Notre Dame team in a game with little hype and fanfare — for the first time since 2001, both teams came into the game unranked.Road block · Sophomore defensive end Nick Perry forced a fumble on Notre Dame’s eight-yard line during the third quarter on Saturday. The fumble recovery was one of four turnovers the Trojans forced in the game. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan The story: It was a fairy-tale ending for Mustain. The Trojans had the game-winning touchdown in the final minute in their grasp.Then everything slipped away.In a emotional twist usually found only in movies, the Trojans went from utter jubilation to shock and disappointment as the usually sure-handed senior wide receiver Ronald Johnson dropped a 53-yard touchdown that would’ve put USC up 23-20 with just 1:17 remaining in USC’s last game in the Coliseum this year.“I was shocked,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said about the dropped pass. “It’s something that we’ve worked on with that coverage. It’s just a shame.”However, the blame can’t be put solely on Johnson. USC still had multiple chances after that drop with a 14-yard completion to redshirt junior tight end Rhett Ellison on fourth-and-seven and a 16-yard completion to freshman wide receiver Robert Woods on the next play. However, Mustain would throw an interception to end the drive.USC receivers were dropping passes all night long, which didn’t make life any easier for the first-time Trojan starter.Senior tight end Jordan Cameron attributed the multitude of drops to a lack of focus.“It was concentration,” Cameron said. “You got to make plays and be focused. I think a lot of guys took their eyes off the ball, focusing on the yards after the catch but you need to focus when it comes to you. You feel terrible when you drop the ball. It happens to the best of us, you gotta have a short memory.”Defense rules: In a dramatic turn from where this team began at the start of the season, the Trojan defense was the unit keeping the team in the game with four takeaways that led to all of USC’s points.On top of only allowing 15 first downs, the second fewest the USC defense has allowed this year, the defense picked off Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees three times and advanced a fumble to the Fighting Irish’s two-yard line that led to the only touchdown from the Trojans.“It was a surprising game from the aspect that prior to the last play of the game we were plus-four in turnover margin,” Kiffin said. “You think that you’d win that game but obviously we got to make more points off the turnovers.”However, two-minute defense was the one thing that reminded everyone this was still the same unit as the one that took the field against Washington and Stanford earlier this year. All three of Notre Dame’s touchdowns came with less than 2:39 left in each half.“I’m not sure [why we can’t stop teams in the two-minute drill],” sophomore linebacker Devon Kennard said. “[Saturday] was a little different in that they were getting big runs on us but usually it’s big passes. We got to play more consistent in the second and fourth quarters.”Injured Trojans: While Mustain made his first start of his Trojan career, Barkley suited up and participated in the captains’ coin toss at the start of the game but wore a baseball cap on the sidelines during the entire contest. He said he knew sometime before the game that he wouldn’t be able to play but said that it was tough watching. He’s anxious to get back on the field next week.“I’m going to play this week. There’s no doubt about that,” Barkley said. “Whatever needs to happen, I’m going to make it happen.”Barkley’s injury occurred last week, but another important Trojan was injured on Saturday. Sophomore safety T.J. McDonald, who leads the team in tackles, left the game after making a tackle on the first play of the second series of the game. McDonald separated his shoulder and did not return.“I came and it was a big hit on the sidelines,” McDonald said. “I got up and it didn’t feel right. I knew something was wrong.”Walk-on sophomore Tony Burnett took McDonald’s place and recorded 10 tackles, second-highest on the team.“He did a great job coming in for me,” McDonald said. “I was helping him on the sidelines and to be put in my position in a rivalry game, that’s a big job and for him to come in and do that, that’s great.”The Trojans are now very thin in a secondary that was already extremely young and inexperienced with its starters at the beginning of the year, as sophomore safety Jawanza Starling, redshirt freshman cornerback Torin Harris and junior cornerback T.J. Bryant are not playing because of injuries.Senior Day blues: For Mustain, Johnson and a few other key Trojans on the field, this was the last game they played in the Coliseum. To go out in a loss to Notre Dame with the game decided in the final minute wasn’t the way many of these seniors expected to go out.“It’s extremely disappointing,” senior linebacker Malcolm Smith said. “As disappointing as it gets.”
Amir Carlisle isn’t an ordinary freshman.Through nearly three full weeks of fall camp, the first-year tailback from Sunnyvale, Calif., has continued to impress coaches and teammates alike, namely USC coach Lane Kiffin, who has likened him to a pair of successful freshmen from last season.“[His] maturity, preparation for the game are very similar to the two guys that had the great freshman years in [wide receiver] Robert Woods and [cornerback] Nickell Robey,” Kiffin said. “It’s so rare for a true freshman to make an impact regardless of how physically talented they are unless they are mentally prepared and driven and focused, because there are so many distractions as a freshman.”Standout · Though just a freshman, running back Amir Carlisle has shown in fall camp he is capable of starting the season opener. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanFollowing senior tailback Marc Tyler’s suspension in late July, the Trojans have been without a proven tailback to start the year. Of the team’s four running backs competing to start the Sept. 3 season opener against Minnesota, only sophomore tailback Dillon Baxter appeared in a game for the Trojans in 2010.Carlisle, as a result, remains fortunate to be in such a position.“I just bring energy to it and determination,” Carlisle said. “The other backs are great backs. I’m just going to go out there and give it my all each and every play and leave the rest up to the coaches.”With the opener little more than a week away, Kiffin confirmed that the race to replace Tyler had not been settled.“No, we still haven’t figured it out,” Kiffin said of the competition.Carlisle routinely broke through the line for big plays during snaps against the second team defense, and despite his small stature — 5-foot-10, 180 pounds — Carlisle believes his determination compensates for what he lacks in size.“You know I’m a competitor,” Carlisle said. “I’m going to go out there and give it my all each and every play. I really pride myself on toughness.”Yet Carlisle also admitted he still has plenty to learn.“I try to learn the playbook as best I can. I’m new to it,” Carlisle said. “I have made mistakes, but I make it a point to get extra time in the playbook, really try to learn it.For the first time this camp, Tyler made an appearance in pads at Wednesday’s practice, largely playing with the scout team, but Kiffin downplayed the event.“It’s the next step in the process of [Tyler] hopefully coming back,” Kiffin said. “This isn’t a major step; he’s not cleared for the second game. It’s just something that we had in place as he goes through this process.”Though the Trojans gained one player in Tyler on Wednesday, they lost others.Kiffin announced that freshman fullback Charles Burks was injured earlier this week and will require knee surgery, forcing him to miss the entire season. Other injuries, however, were not as serious.Junior guard Abe Markowitz left practice with a foot injury and was replaced by freshman Marcus Martin.“Marcus has a great future here,” Kiffin said. “I think he’s a very talented athlete who really loves football.”The team’s oldest eligible tailback, Curtis McNeal also sat out during Wednesday’s practice, complicating some of the team’s position battles.During special teams drills, the punt return squad appeared confident in a variety of drills early, often pressuring freshman punter Kyle Albarado.In the field goal and extra point drills, junior safety T.J. McDonald also blocked two attempts, while the kicking team converted the rest.
After opening its season on the road and coming away with a victory against defending NCAA champion UC Irvine, the USC men’s volleyball team returns to the Galen Center to host one of its biggest rivals.Spiking it ·Junior Tanner Jansen finished with eight kills in USC’s straight-set victory over the top-ranked UC Irvine Anteaters on Jan. 11. He has 13 kills on the season entering Friday’s match against Stanford. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe No. 7 Trojans (1-1) will take on No. 2 Stanford on Friday night, facing off against a squad that has amassed a 4-0 record to begin the season.“They’re a really skilled team,” USC coach Bill Ferguson said. “They’re going to want to get [Stanford middle blocker] Eric Mochalski the ball quite a bit. Brian Cook and Steven Irvin are two of their pin attackers, and those three are what really make them go.”After being swept by UC San Diego in their opening match, the Trojans rebounded with an emphatic win over the Anteaters in straight sets (25-21, 25-23, 27-25). The victory not only enabled USC to earn its first win of the season but also allowed the team to avenge its tough loss at home to UCI in last year’s NCAA championship match.Sophomore middle blocker Robert Feathers shined on both sides of the court, registering a team-high 12 kills to go along with six blocks. Freshman outside hitter Alex Slaught and redshirt junior opposite Tanner Jansen each notched eight kills to pace the Trojan attack alongside Feathers, while the defense was anchored by freshman libero Brooks Varni (eight digs) and sophomore setter Micah Christenson (seven digs).“I liked that no one major stood out,” Ferguson said. “I thought everybody brought something to the table and it was a team victory. The thing that was very important to me was us responding to a bad loss and showing the perseverance to leave that behind and do well in the next match.”Ferguson’s club is attempting to make up for the departures of two key players in the team’s 2012 championship run–outside hitter Tony Ciarelli, the 2012 national player of the year, and All-American middle blocker Steven Shandrick. The Trojan squad consists of 18 underclassmen; of the nine players to start in each of the team’s first two games, only one — opposite Tanner Jansen — holds junior status.“We came out of our staff meeting wanting to make sure our guys were as professional as possible,” Ferguson said. “There are going to be some young guys who aren’t playing as much right now who need to be ready when their number is called. What we really want to see from our younger guys is how well they’re going to respond to adversity, because it’s going to come as the season progresses.”Though Stanford poses a tough challenge, the key to success for the Trojans will be limiting the strong Cardinal attack.“We’re going to expect to see a heavy load of Mochalski, Cook and Irvin. If we can hopefully alter or slow them down a little bit, we’ll have a better shot if we limit one or maybe even two of them,” Ferguson said.Last season, the Trojans defeated the Cardinal in each of the teams’ two meetings, once in Palo Alto in February and again in a late season home game in March. In the first matchup, USC knocked off then-No. 1 ranked Stanford behind 12 kills from Jansen. Senior opposite hitter Maddison McKibbin also chipped in 10 kills in the team’s 3-2 win.In the second meeting, USC again outmatched its foe, this time more handily in a 3-1 win. The Trojans’ defense was particularly strong, limiting the trio of Mochalski, Cook and Irvin to just 27 combined kills The defense will have to contain those three again in order to improve their record to 2-1.USC and Stanford are set to square off at 6 p.m. at the Galen Center.
As the Trojans gear up to hit the road to take on the Colorado Buffaloes on Friday night, they will be playing in a climate very different from that of their home base.The frigid temperatures in Boulder are a far cry from the sunny, warm days in Los Angeles, but interim head coach Clay Helton does not consider that an excuse for poor performance from his players.“We’ve always taken the approach of we don’t make excuses, whatever the factors are out there,” Helton said. “They pay us to find the answers, not make excuses.”The high in Boulder on Friday is projected to be 53 degrees, but temperatures are expected to fall below freezing by gametime. The plan, especially in the high altitude, is to substitute more frequently.“It should be a really nice night for football, especially with no precipitation,” Helton said. “With the altitude, you’ve always got to get used to it to go up there, but [Colorado’s] got to play in it, too. We’ve got plenty of depth right now that I think we can roll guys in. If it turns into a 100-play offensive game for them, we’re going to have to roll a lot of guys. Hopefully that doesn’t happen.”USC has played in near-freezing temperatures this season already when the team lost to Notre Dame, 41-31, in South Bend back on Oct. 17.Helton described redshirt senior quarterback Cody Kessler’s clever strategy to get acclimated to the weather, something that Matt Barkley also did during his time under center at USC.“They’ve got the bag of ice out there, freezing their hand up and throwing with their hand being cold all week,” Helton said. “That’s kind of a ritual around here.”USC is 4-0 all-time at Colorado and 9-0 overall. The last time the Trojans played in Boulder was in 2013, when Kessler completed 19-of-28 passes and threw for 184 yards and two touchdowns in 29-degree weather.“We really feel like we operated effectively the last time we were there,” Helton said. “We’re not going to use [the weather] as an excuse.”At practice on Wednesday, the Trojans focused on defending the red zone in what is expected to be a high-scoring affair.“We focused on our red zone, which is going to be critical against a very good offense,” Helton said. “The bend but don’t break defense and, offensively, scoring touchdowns instead of field goals.”On the injury front, redshirt senior running back Tre Madden will not play, sidelined with a bone bruise in his knee. Madden has been playing through an injury and saw limited action in USC’s win last week against Arizona. His absence will place a heavier load on USC’s other featured tailbacks, freshman Ronald Jones II and junior Justin Davis.“[Madden’s] knee right now is still hurting,” Helton said. “We decided we’re going to rest him this week and reevaluate next week. It may be a couple week thing. We’ll have to see. At this point in time, we want to get him 100 percent healthy.”Madden will travel with the team, however, with Helton hoping to utilize the senior as a leader and a mentor.“He’s too good of a leader,” Helton said. “He keeps me sane. There’s no way he won’t sit right beside me on the plane. He’ll be assistant head coach this week.”Redshirt senior defensive end Claude Pelon, who has a knee injury, and redshirt sophomore center Khaliel Rodgers, who has a shoulder injury, are expected to play. According to Helton, Pelon will be limited to 15-30 snaps on Friday.Helton also revealed that freshman linebacker John Houston Jr., an All-American last season for Junipero Serra High School, is undergoing rehab for a back injury that carried over from high school. Houston Jr., a four-star recruit, was the top-ranked inside linebacker by ESPN coming out of high school.
Junior shooting guard Julian Jacobs was named to the top ten finalists list for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. The watch list, selected by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, narrows down the competition for the final award, which will be announced on April 8.Named after Hall of Famer and 1959 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player Jerry West, the award recognizes the top shooting guards in Division I men’s college basketball. This is only the second year that the award has been given out by the Naismith Hall of Fame. Last year, it was given to former Ohio State University guard D’Angelo Russell.Averaging 12.1 points, 5.9 assists and 5.2 rebounds, Jacobs has played an integral part in leading the Trojans to a 17-5 record. This season has been the best start since 1991. Jacobs isn’t just a scoring leader for the USC offense — he’s also an offensive leader throughout the entirety of the Pac-12. He leads the division in assists per game and ranks sixth in steals per game, with an average of 1.5.His dynamic energy on the offense has garnered 22 dunks this season, providing an explosiveness that the Trojans need in order to stay competitive throughout the rest of their season. Jacobs will be key in solidifying an already strong season for the Trojans.This honor ranks Jacobs right alongside national superstars from powerhouse programs, such as Buddy Hield from the University of Oklahoma and Grayson Allen from Duke University. The pair will provide stiff competition. Hield has averaged 26.2 points per game while leading his Oklahoma squad to take the number one spot and put up a staggering 46 points and seven assists in the team’s triple-overtime loss to the University of Kansas. Allen, meanwhile, averages 20.3 points and 3.7 assists despite a disappointing season for the recently unranked Blue Devils.The competition will be narrowed down to five finalists in March before the final announcement at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show in April. The show is also in its second year and will take place at the Nokia Theater, where the Hall of Fame will also present the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award, the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award and the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award.
Published on June 28, 2016 at 11:58 pm Contact Charlie: email@example.com | @charliedisturco Related Stories Syracuse field hockey becomes 1st women’s team in school history to win national championshipGallery: Syracuse field hockey wins national titleJess Jecko’s late saves help lead Syracuse to national championship winEmma Russell sets points record en route to national championship winHow Ange Bradley finally got the national title she’s been chasing for 25 years The Syracuse field hockey team’s 2016 schedule was released Tuesday morning. The Orange is slated to play nine teams that participated in last year’s NCAA tournament, including Atlantic Coast Conference rival North Carolina, whom the Orange defeated in the national championship game in 2015.Fresh off its first national championship in program history, the Orange will display its championship banner during its home opener against Boston College on Sept. 9.The Orange starts the season with three games at neutral locations against Temple, Maryland, and Liberty. The team’s first road game will be against Hofstra before returning for its first pair of home games.The last game of the season will be on Oct. 30 against Indiana. Overall, Syracuse will play 16 games with six staying within the Atlantic Coast Conference.Below is the full 2016 schedule:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textACC games in bold* – Neutral LocationsFriday, Aug. 26, 1 p.m. – vs. Temple*Sunday, Aug. 28, noon – vs. Maryland*Saturday, Sept. 3, noon vs. Liberty*Sunday, Sept. 4, 1 p.m. – at HofstraFriday, Sept. 9, 3:30 p.m. – vs. Boston CollegeSunday, Sept. 11, 2 p.m. – vs. StanfordSaturday, Sept. 17, 5 P.M. – at Wake ForestFriday, Sept. 23, 6 p.m. – at North CarolinaSunday, Sept. 25, 1 p.m. – vs. PennFriday, Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m. – vs. LouisvilleSunday, Oct. 2, noon – at BucknellFriday, Oct. 7, 5 p.m. – vs. DukeSunday, Oct. 9, 3 p.m. – at CornellSaturday, Oct. 15, 3 p.m. – at VirginiaSunday, Oct. 23, 1 p.m. – at Boston UniversitySunday, Oct. 30, 1 p.m. – vs. Indiana Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Published on August 24, 2017 at 1:36 pm Contact Andrew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @A_E_Graham Syracuse men’s rowing will host two races at the James A. Ten Eyck Memorial Boathouse during the 2017-18 season.In the fall, SU will take part in three events, including the world’s largest two-day regatta on Oct. 22: the Head of Charles Regatta. The Orange last competed in the event in 2013 when the eight-man boat with coxswain placed 19th.The Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges season begins April 7, with SU taking on Wisconsin. A week later, SU hosts Cornell and Navy as it vies for the Goes Trophy. Then on April 21, Syracuse will try to repeat as Conlan Cup winners when it heads east to Boston to race against Boston University and Columbia. After wrapping up the regular-season slate against Dartmouth, postseason races for the EARC title begin on May 13 in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta will be held in West Windsor, New Jersey, starting June 1. In 2017, the Orange’s varsity eight boat finished eighth, it’s best finish since 2012, where it finished fifth. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+
Published on October 5, 2017 at 8:24 pm Contact John: email@example.com Darron Wallace sat in the Schine Student Center dining area on a Friday at the beginning of the first semester of his junior year. Simply being there, at Syracuse, Wallace has fully committed to the life he wants to live, even though, to many, he gave up too much.Three years ago, at Montgomery (New Jersey) High School, Wallace was a football and basketball standout. On the gridiron, he starred on both sides of the ball, receiving interest from Division I football programs like Penn State. But, in a practice in August of his junior year, everything changed.His team was doing 40-yard dashes on the track and it was Darron’s turn. He took his mark, ran, crossed the line and then he heard a “pop!”It was his left knee.The injury redirected Wallace’s life and landed him at Syracuse. Since he decided to come to SU, friends and family often asked why he stopped playing football and why he turned down an Ivy League scholarship. To Wallace, the answer is simple. He always wanted to play college basketball more than anything else, and, after SU basketball cut him, he lives that dream on the club team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“There was disbelief in the way he got injured,” said Zoran Milich, Wallace’s high school football coach. “Then I thought he might be out a day or two, at the most.”Doctors diagnosed a torn PCL in his left knee. While Wallace was thankful it was not as devastating as an ACL, it still ended his junior season, the most important to earn the big-time football offers he sought. Zack Tamuzza, a friend of Wallace’s, could not believe what happened.“We all knew how great of a player Darron was since he was a little kid,” Tamuzza said. “Sitting in the student section without him there was devastating,”Wallace didn’t have surgery but chose to rehab and limped all through his junior season of basketball. Not being fully healthy for basketball season made Wallace question whether football was worth the pain he felt during the slog of practices and games.“I played the whole year on one knee,” Wallace said.After a painful yet successful basketball season, Wallace decided to stay with football. He played well enough during his senior season to earn the attention of Ivy League schools, like Cornell and Dartmouth. The Big Red came to Wallace’s practices and the two parties talked back and forth. Dartmouth and Penn were there, he said, but Cornell remained persistent, so Wallace went on official visit. In order to make the schedules work, he skipped two basketball games.While in Ithaca, all Wallace could think about was how his basketball team back home was playing. He knew then he didn’t want to play football in college. While it may seem difficult to give up a scholarship and an Ivy League education, Wallace found the decision easy.“I could not keep playing,” Wallace said. “When I knew I would be in the training room every day, doing hours of treatment, on top of practice and schoolwork, it was not hard to decide.”So, Wallace needed to make his next step. When he got his college admission decisions back, he decided on Syracuse so he could be close to home. Still thinking he had the athleticism to play basketball, Wallace tried to walk on to the Orange basketball team. Throughout the tryout process, he practiced with the likes of Tyus Battle and Frank Howard, and still talks with some of the players. He also met coaches Adrian Autry and former assistant Mike Hopkins.After a few rounds of tryout cuts, Wallace didn’t get an invite to come back the next day. He came to the tough realization many walk-ons must face. After the whole process, Wallace said Syracuse basketball did not give him a fair shot.“I thought it was very political,” Wallace said. “Adrian Autry’s son tried out and he made it, and I thought I was better than him.”Wallace returned to being a regular student, going to class while he tried to move on after coming up short on his dream. But then, in the fall of his sophomore year, he discovered another athletic outlet he’d always had in the form of club basketball. After talking to his friend on the team, he went to tryouts.This time, he made it.“I am so happy I found it because it fuels competitive fire,” Wallace said, “and I get to keep playing.”In the Schine Dining Center, Wallace gathered his things. People gathered across the room for an alumni event. Wallace picked up his food tray, needing to leave for a 3 p.m. lecture. Before he left for class, he turned around.“I would have been lost without being able to play,” he said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 9, 2017 at 11:43 pm Contact Tomer: firstname.lastname@example.org | @tomer_langer Syracuse (4-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) faces Wake Forest (5-4, 2-3) at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Carrier Dome. The Orange is coming off a tough 27-24 loss to Florida State in which it had the chance to tie the game with a field goal at the end. The Demon Deacons last game was a loss to then-No. 5 Notre Dame.This will be SU’s first home game since it upset then-No. 2 Clemson on Oct. 13. Here’s what to know about WFU.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 4-2Last time they played: The Orange fell to the Demon Deacons in the first weekend of October last year in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Syracuse’s offense struggled having to contend with rainy and windy conditions brought on by a hurricane. The Orange had just 326 yards of offense, more than 100 fewer than its season average.The Wake Forest Report: In his fourth year at the helm, WFU head coach Dave Clawson has turned the program around from a bottom-feeder (six wins in his first two years) too a respectable side (12 wins in these last two years with three games left this season).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe offense ranks inside the top 50 in both rushing and passing and averages 31.9 points per game. Senior quarterback John Wolford helms the air attack and he’s aided by his top receiving option, Greg Dortch. Dortch ranks fifth in the conference in catches per game (6.6) and receiving yards (722). His nine touchdowns leads the conference.Lead running back Matt Colburn II has run for 437 yards this season, averaging 4.8 yards per carry. Additionally, Wolford has added 400 yards on the ground this season. WFU also ranks 16th in red zone offense.The strength of the Demon Deacons’ defense is its pass rush, as WFU ranks fourth in the conference with 2.56 sacks per game. That unit is led by redshirt senior Duke Ejiofor, who has 6.5 sacks this season.How Syracuse beats Wake Forest: Protect Eric Dungey. SU’s starting quarterback missed an early portion of last week’s game against FSU after being knocked out briefly with an injury. Postgame, he was spotted wearing a boot on his foot. The Orange offense struggled to get anything going without him against the Seminoles. Head coach Dino Babers said that Dungey would be ready to go for Saturday, but the Orange has to ensure that he can finish the game and keep Wake Forest’s tough pass rush away.Stat to know: 27-24Three of Syracuse’s last four games have ended with this score, including two home wins against Pittsburgh and Clemson. If the Orange defense can hold WFU under 30 points, it should have a decent shot to win.Player to watch: John Wolford, quarterback, No. 10Wolford leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in passing efficiency (161.2) and has racked up 1,991 yards and 17 passing touchdowns while completing 65 percent of his passes. Additionally, he’s picked up 327 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. He’s a dual-threat who is the key to Wake Forest’s high-powered offense. Comments
Despite suffering their first loss of the season in heartbreaking fashion last Sunday at Michigan, little has seemed to deter the confidence of the No. 13 Wisconsin women’s soccer team (7-1-0) as they return home for a weekend match against Nebraska (4-3-1) this Saturday.Following a series of successful road trips — which featured wins against Portland, Washington and Michigan State — Michigan put an end to the best start (7-0) in Wisconsin team history with a stunning final-second goal. The score came from Wolverines’ redshirt freshman forward Ani Sarkisian, which was her second goal of the night. Wisconsin fifth-year senior goalkeeper Genevieve Richard recorded a season-high six saves in the loss, while allowing just her third and fourth goal of the season in eight games played.At her weekly news conference Monday, Wisconsin head coach Paula Wilkins looked back at that final score and how things broke down.“I think the disappointing part of it was we had two times to clear it,” Wilkins said. “One, a free header at the very beginning, and the second one not-so-clear and we didn’t do such a great job. When we talk about getting better and taking care of things, that’s the things that we have to focus on and learn from and not let it happen again. I think it was a group focus.”Instead of dwelling over the frustrating defeat, however, junior midfielder Kinley McNicoll said the team has taken the high road and believes it’s a slip-up that will only make the team stronger in the end.“We are definitely going to use this loss as motivation and as a learning experience, and take our mistakes from the last game and fix them,” McNicoll said. “Hopefully they won’t carry into Nebraska on Saturday.”In a stinging twist of irony, the Badgers suffered an identical kind of loss in the final seconds of a game last year as well. And it was to none other than Nebraska at home. The Huskers went on to win the Big Ten Title last season.While it’s difficult for the team to not have last year’s result in the back of their mind, especially after last Sunday’s debacle, Wilkins believes this team has matured more than last season and is ready to focus on preparation for their Big Ten home opener.Perhaps the chance to play in front of their home crowd will be all the Badgers need to get back on track come Saturday. They have been virtually untouchable at home this season with a 4-0 record, 11 goals scored and only one allowed so far.McNicoll, who was been a focal point of the Badger’s offense thus far with six goals in eight games, believes an aggressive attack will work best against their Big Ten rivals.“I think we’re just going to have to use people’s individual talents to the best of our abilities and highlight the best parts of people’s games,” McNicoll said. “I think with the offense we have, we can do that, and we’ve got such a strong defense. We’re definitely going to test their backline and hope to push them back on their heels.”The Badgers are anxiously awaiting the return of star senior forward Cara Walls, who was on a blistering pace with seven goals in six games prior to missing the Michigan trip with an injury. Wilkins described Walls’ status as “day-to-day.”As she reflected back on the weekend, Wilkins acknowledged that the Badgers would have to introduce some new strategies against the Huskers to compensate for the potential absence of their top striker.“I think when you have your leading scorer [Walls] who is third in the country, out in both games, it’s a little bit challenging and we are really thin right now on the forward position,” Wilkins said. “So I think that also lended us to having to defend a little bit more because we couldn’t keep it up top and I think we have to find different ways to approach it against Nebraska.”Freshman midfielder Becca Harrison has offered a possibility for filling the void on offense. She made a name for herself last Friday against Michigan State, scoring both goals in Wisconsin’s 2-1 overtime win over the Spartans.Harrison’s two goals were the first and second of her Division I career, and they could not have come at a better time in the Big Ten season opener.“It was amazing to start off the Big Ten like that was just such a good feeling,” Harrison said. “I feel like a win like that just brings the team really close together, and it was just so fun to celebrate with everyone.”The Badgers’ defense could have their hands full Saturday against Nebraska sophomore forward Jaycie Johnson. Johnson is off to a commendable start this season with six goals and two assists tallied in eight games. The Huskers will look for redemption this weekend as well, as they are coming off a disappointing 3-0 home loss to Illinois last Sunday.The Badgers’ Big Ten home opener is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Wisconsin was close, but the Badgers only had one comeback attempt in them this weekend.After coming back from a 4-1 deficit Saturday to win in walk-off fashion over Iowa, Wisconsin (17-22, 2-9 Big Ten) couldn’t complete the same feat Sunday in a 3-2 defeat in 10 innings.After hitting the game-tying home run Saturday along with pitching a complete game, Taylor Paige Stewart took the mound for the Badgers to square off against Shayla Starkenburg in a rubber match full of missed opportunities to score.In the opening frame both pitchers were in danger of giving up runs, but Iowa (14-31, 5-9) left two runners on base while Wisconsin’s Chloe Miller narrowly missed a two-run homer after flying out to the warning track.Iowa’s Alyssa Navarro capitalized on the windy day in the top of the second with a solo shot to left-center to give the Hawkeyes a 1-0 lead. Unlike her previous outing, which featured seven strikeouts in the first two innings, Stewart struggled early with command and loaded the bases with two outs in the same frame, but a pop out to center field prevented any further damage.Iowa picked up right where they left off with leadoff double from Molly Hoffman in the third. First basemen Kaitlyn Mullarkey nearly cleared the bases with a two run shot to left, but it was caught at the warning track as the Hawkeyes again stranded a runner on third.It took until two outs in the bottom of the third for Wisconsin to put a hit on the board, after Maria Van Abel legged out an infield single with no one able to cover first base. Marissa Mersch followed up with a line drive, but it went straight to third baseman Sarah Kurtz to keep Starkenburg’s shutout intact and Iowa’s lead at 1-0.Wisconsin put forth its first considerable scoring threat of the day in the bottom of the fourth, after a leadoff triple to right-center from Kelsey Jenkins brought up the looming possibility of a tie game. After two consecutive outs, Ashlee Van Zeeland capitalized with an RBI single right up the middle to even the score, just the third hit of the game by the Badgers.A single by Navarro loaded the bases up for the Hawkeyes with just one out in the top of the fifth, which allowed Erin Erickson to drive home the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to right field. But a strikeout stranded runners at the corners as Stewart kept the damage to just one run going into the bottom of the frame.Wisconsin was in position to tie the game back up in the bottom of the fifth with two runners on and two outs, but its efforts were cut short when Van Abel was thrown out trying to steal home. Iowa catcher Hoffman quickly noticed the attempt and got in position to make the easy tag.With Wisconsin still trailing in the last of the seventh, Megan Tancill tripled to jumpstart the game-tying rally. After Starkenburg struck out the next two hitters, it looked as if Wisconsin might come up short with a runner in scoring position again. But Mersch stepped up with an infield single, just barely beating the throw, as the Badgers tied the game at two. With Mersch on third, Starkenburg kept her team alive with a strikeout to end the inning and send the contest into extras.In a game where both teams combined to leave 32 runners on base, Van Zeeland believes it’s important to keep things in perspective with so many games in a season.“The coaches always tell us to learn from games like this,” Van Zeeland said. “We had a lot of little mistakes that we can fix, so if we just come together as a group and stay with it. We’ll be fine.”With the bases loaded for Iowa in the top of the eighth, shortstop Megan Blank made a crucial play for Wisconsin with a throw to home plate to get the lead runner and keep the game tied. Katie Christner then came up with a full speed catch, crashing hard against the fence afterwards to end the top of the frame in style and help UW escape danger.Just like the Hawkeyes, the Badgers found themselves with the bases loaded and just one out in the bottom of the eighth, with the winning run for the game and the series just 60 feet away. It was the defense again, however, that seized the moment with a strikeout and groundout keeping the Hawkeyes in business.They finally capitalized on that in the top of the 10th inning.A towering homerun from Megan Blank over the right field fence gave Iowa a 3-2 lead, an advantage that they wouldn’t relinquish. The Badgers made the last out of the game on the base paths, with pinch runner Brianna Flugaur trying to advance to third on an infield grounder. On the same play, Van Zeeland was on third and would’ve come across to score if it were not for the out.Despite the disappointing outcome for her team, UW head coach Yvette Healey emphasized the positives moments where her players stepped up in big moments instead of dwelling on their shortcomings at the end of the contest.“It’s a heartbreaker. We got a great performance out of Taylor [Stewart], which is wonderful to see. I think that’s super important, and she threw a great game. We’re proud of her,” Healey said. “Their hero just came up bigger than ours. Megan Blank is their big kid, and she stepped up when it counted. A lot of our best kids had the shot, but we just didn’t convert. I’m proud of the kids that did convert.”Game 1Iowa set the tone early in the series opener, rattling freshman starting pitcher Mariah Watts to the tune of five runs in a third of an inning. Hoffman recorded two hits in the first inning alone, with three RBIs in the process. The Hawkeyes scored 10 total runs in the first inning, as Wisconsin managed only four runs in the 16-4 final.Game 2Following a two RBI double by Hoffman and two-run home run off the bat of Mullarkey in a third inning, the Badgers found themselves in a 4-1 hole in the bottom of the sixth inning. With opportunities waning, Mersch delivered an RBI single, followed up by a sacrifice fly from Miller to chip down the deficit to one. A scoreless frame by Iowa in the top of the seventh left the Badgers needing one run, which was delivered by Stewart’s first career homer to tie the game. Van Abel’s walk-off fielders choice gave Wisconsin the stunning comeback victory.
The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team will face their in-state rivalry Saturday with Marquette at the Kohl Center. The Badgers are coming off a pair of Big Ten games against Ohio State and Penn State that they split 1-1, which featured a blowout loss at home to the Buckeyes and a tight road win at State College.Wisconsin and Marquette have split their last two matchups, with the road team winning each time. But Wisconsin (4-5) currently holds the all time series record of 64-55. The Badgers have been struggling with inconsistency in the early season and had a tough time rising to the challenge against top competition. The matchup against the Golden Eagles will give the Badgers another opportunity to make up for their early season disappointments.Head coach Greg Gard has been tinkering with his lineups recently to see what groups of players perform best together. A lot of those lineups have featured freshmen, giving the young team hope for future seasons. Four of their top eight players in minutes per game are freshmen, which means this team is inexperienced but with room to grow. Although the Badgers have endured challenges in the early season, they have time to prepare for January’s Big Ten play. Marquette will be another tough test for Wisconsin.Badgers in the NBA, where are all of your favorite former UW players currently at?The time has officially come for the NBA to shake off the dust on their uniforms and get back onto Read…The focal point on each end of the floor so far this season has been 2017 Third Team All-American forward Ethan Happ, who leads the team in scoring and rebounding, as well as in assists and blocks. Happ has managed to be the anchor on defense while being main scoring option, which is no easy task.The Golden Eagles are led in scoring by Markus Howard and Andrew Rowsey, who average 22.4 and 21.6 points per game, respectively. They have been shooting the lights out so far this season with 3-point shooting percentages. Both players hover around an impressive 40 percent.This will be a tough challenge for the perimeter defense of Wisconsin, who has had a lot of trouble with opposing 3-point shooters this season, particularly against Xavier and Ohio State. The Badgers will have to limit these two perimeter scorers in order to take down Marquette. It is likely that Coach Gard will play Brad Davison to log heavy minutes in an effort to limit their offensive production.Tipoff for Saturday’s rivalry game will take place at 11 a.m. at the Kohl Center, and will be available to stream on FOX Sports 1.
Published on September 26, 2018 at 3:47 pm Contact Billy: email@example.com | @Wheyen3 A few of the best teams in Section III kept crawling up the rankings as a new week’s state poll came out on Wednesday morning, voted on by the New York State Sportswriters Association.In Class AA, Cicero-North Syracuse (4-0) moved up to No. 6 in the state. The one-spot advancement comes after a win over state honorable mention Fayetteville-Manlius. Corcoran fell out of the state rankings after being ranked in each of the first two polls.Class A’s Section III representatives remained the same for the third-straight week. Whitesboro (4-0), the three-time defending sectional champ, moved up a spot to No. 10. Indian River (4-0) jumped two spots to No. 14. Those two teams don’t face off in the regular season.The highest-ranked Section III team comes in Class B: Skaneateles (4-0) moved up a spot to rank No. 2 in the state. The Lakers sit only behind Chenango Forks of Section IV, one of New York’s storied programs with five state titles. Vernon-Verona-Sherrill (4-0) ranks at No. 20 in the state in Class B, up two spots, and Cazenovia (3-1) fell two spots after its first loss of the season.General Brown (4-0) sticks at No. 5 in Class C for the third-straight week. Canastota (4-0), Utica Notre Dame (4-0) and Lowville (4-0) all maintained their spots in the poll, ranking at Nos. 8, 11 and 18, respectively. Mount Markham fell out of the rankings after dropping to 2-2 on the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter losing for the first time this season, Beaver River (3-1) fell out of the Class D state ranks. Herkimer (3-1) dropped one place to No. 10. Two new Section III teams entered the Class D state ranks: No. 6 Frankfort-Schuyler (3-1) and No. 8 Dolgeville (2-1).The writers aren’t ranking eight-man football teams, but did list the remaining undefeateds. In Section III, there are four: Bishop Grimes, Altmar-Parish-Williamstown, South Lewis and Weedsport, all at 2-0. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
The Premier County had twelve points to spare against the Déise men in last night’s opening round game at Semple Stadium running out 2-16 to 1-7.Tipp’s goals came from Jack Delahunty and sub Brendan Martin.After defeat to Kerry in last year’s semi-final, manager Charlie McGeever says there’s an expectation within the team that they can go on to reach the decider this time around. Elsewhere, defending champions Kerry beat Clare by 14 points to 3 in Tralee and will now face Cork in the semi-finals.The Rebels were 2-15 to 2-7 winners over Limerick.Limerick face Waterford in Necastlewest next Wednesday, for the right to take on Clare in the second play-off with the winners of that facing Tipp
as it has been confirmed that Aaron Cunningham has torn his hamstring while playing club hurling.The 22 year-old scored two goals against Limerick last weekend but will now miss their All-Ireland qualifier in July.
In the South Tipp Intermediate Football League Championship Fethard were 1-13 to 10 points winners over Fr Sheehys.
Camogie Association President Catherine Neary made her comments as the countdown to this year’s event in Tipperary and Waterford continues.Hundreds of U14 hurling, handball and camogie players will be coming to both counties for the event, which takes place between the 17th and 19th of this month.Catherine says the benefits for those that take part will be huge.
Ahead of their opening Test against the Springboks on Saturday, Joe Schmidt will name his starting team after the work-out.Former Ireland captain Keith Wood believes that South Africa are vulnerable this weekend…Wales have made five changes for Saturday’s opening rugby Test against New Zealand. Sam Warburton has recovered from injury to captain the side in Auckland. Prop Gethin Jenkins, hooker Ken Owens and lock Bradley Davies also return, as well as centre Jonathan Davies. Uncapped flanker Ellis Jenkins is among the replacements.