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.
SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Associated Press Television News COMMENT First Published: 6th August, 2020 06:31 IST Stefon Diggs has a new beginning with the Buffalo Bills. And he isn’t dwelling on his departure from the Minnesota Vikings.Speaking with Buffalo reporters for the first time since his blockbuster trade in March, Diggs repeatedly expressed excitement over his new surroundings while also downplaying his role in leaving Minnesota.“As far as my past with Minnesota, I never actually said anything,” Diggs said. “But, granted, this new situation, I can say I’m excited. There’s no right or wrong or problems to be fixed or something to replace with my old situation. I have a lot of respect for the Minnesota Vikings.”Last season with the Vikings, Diggs was fined more than $200,000 for unexcused absences from practices in October. He was also known for cryptic tweets that may or may not have offered insight into his situation with the team. Prior to being traded to Buffalo, Diggs tweeted “it’s time for a new beginning” — and hours later he was a member of the Bills for four draft picks.In Buffalo, he’s expected to be the unquestioned No. 1 receiver on a team hoping to win the AFC East following Tom Brady’s exit from the division.“I never really was too vocal about it. ‘It’s time for a new beginning’ was enough said,” Diggs said. “I’m super excited with my new situation. I feel like this is also a great organization built on a lot of hard-working guys, a lot of guys that really grind to get to where they’re at.”I trust the people that are in place. I’m just happy to be a part of it at this point. I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel or anything like that, I’m just trying to be as helpful as I can, be a puzzle piece, try to mesh as well as I can to help this team win.”Diggs has been a game-breaker throughout his career and the Bills are hoping he’s the finishing piece who can put them over the top. Diggs finished last season with a career-high 1,130 yards receiving and he was fourth in the league with an average of 17.9 yards per reception. He’s considered one of the best route runners in the NFL and is set to form a solid receiving trio alongside John Brown and Cole Beasley.Priority No. 1 for Diggs with his new team is to work on establishing chemistry with quarterback Josh Allen. The two met up for unofficial workouts in Florida earlier this summer, but have plenty of work to make up with the lack of a traditional offseason.“I’m super excited,” Diggs said. “He’s going into Year 3. As a quarterback, as a guy, big arm, big quarterback, a lot of heart, he runs around, he’s mobile, can extend the play. He does a lot of things extremely well. More so focused on how I can help him, anything I can do to help him. Always be in his ear, having communication with him, if he needs something from me … I’m just there to be his supporting cast on whatever he needs and play receiver.”So far, so good according to teammate and standout cornerback Tre’Davious White.“Obviously he’s a Grade A talent,” White said. “To have a transcendent talent like that to add with the other guys that we have … on paper, it looks great. Those guys are going to have to continue to work each and every day. Just on paper, we look sexy (on offense), we look good.”After expressing some concerns one month ago about playing football this year — and hours after White said that he was unsure about his own plans for this season — Diggs said that he will be playing amid coronavirus concerns.“Seeing that the deadline is tomorrow, I’m pretty much bought in on playing football,” Diggs said. “I’ve been here buying into the process as far as getting to know my teammates, getting to know my coaches, kind of starting to get the ball rolling. I put in a lot of time in the offseason training and (working on) my craft … I made some arrangements where I’m going to be playing football this year.”NOTES: The Bills activated CB Ike Brown and S Siran Neal off the reserve/COVID-19 list. To make room on the roster, Buffalo released RB Antonio Williams and DE Jonathan Woodard.Image credits: AP Written By Last Updated: 6th August, 2020 06:31 IST WR Stefon Diggs Embracing Fresh Start With Buffalo Stefon Diggs has a new beginning with the Buffalo Bills. And he isn’t dwelling on his departure from the Minnesota Vikings FOLLOW US
As part of the grassroots activities, the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina will organize a round table and panel discussions on the topic “Integration of Migrants Through Football” in Bihać on Friday, 26th June.With this project, the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina wants to encourage social cohesion, and enable regular sports activities for migrants, with the aim of integration into society.The aim of the round table is to gather in one place relevant people from local government, NGOs, sports community and all others who can contribute to the planning and implementation of the project.The project will discuss the needs of migrants, and in what way and in which centres a football game can be organized, taking into account primarily the safety and health of migrants and the staff who work with them.Lecturers, who have extensive experience in organizing similar projects, will participate in this event live and online.