Batesville, in. — Batesville residents in the Cedar Lane and Catherine Street areas are being cautioned by police following a string of vehicle break-ins. A report from police says the crimes occurred late Saturday into Sunday morning.A total of six cases are under investigation. Police say the thieves got away with mainly loose change.Police ask residents to try to park in a lighted area, lock doors and windows, keep valuables out of open view and never warm up a vehicle unattended. If you see a crime in progress call 911 if you have information about a crime call 812-934-3131.
Mr. Larry Dean Buchanan, age 75, of Columbus, Indiana, formerly of Switzerland County, Indiana, entered this life on May 31, 1942, at home in Ohio County, Indiana, the son of the late, Wilbur Russell “Toots” and Elizabeth Melzena (Bovard) Buchanan. He was raised in Quercus Grove, Indiana and was a 1960 graduate of the Patriot High School. Larry was inducted into the United States Navy on October 25, 1961, in Cincinnati, Ohio, serving during the Vietnam War. He earned the good conduct medal and was honorably discharged with the rank of AK2 on February 24, 1966, in Memphis, Tennessee. Larry was united in marriage on January 22, 1992 in Columbus, Indiana to Brenda Teltoe and to this union arrived a daughter Emilee to bless their home. Larry was employed as a mail carrier for the US Postal Service in Columbus, Indiana, retiring in 1997, after 30 years of service. He was a member of the Columbus Moose Lodge #398. Larry enjoyed coaching softball for many years, golfing and was a Cincinnati Reds fan. Larry passed away at 12:24 a.m., Thursday, March 1, 2018, at his residence in Columbus, Indiana. Larry is survived by his daughter, Emilee L. Andrew and her husband: Dylan of Columbus, IN; his dog, Zoe; his brother-in-law, Kenny Griffin of Vevay, IN and his several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur Russell “Toots” Buchanan, died March 21, 1991 and Elizabeth Melsena (Bovard) Buchanan, died November 17, 1993; his brother, Jim R. Buchanan, died December 3, 2000 and his sister, Verlie Griffin, died September 8, 2012.A celebration of Larry’s life will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the Hartsville United Methodist Church, 175 Jaskson Street Hartsville, Indiana 47244.Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Cards are available at the funeral home.
It was tough night for the Lady Cats at Greensburg Country Club. The Wildcats fell to the Pirates for their 2nd loss of the season 171-180. Junior, Maggie Brack, captured medallist honors with a personal best score of 36. They will be back in action tomorrow night when they travel to Grand Oak Country Club to take on the East Central Trojans.FC Individual Scoring. Maggie Brack-36 (personal best), Abby Orschell-48, Gracie Graf-48, Camryn Brewer-50, Ashlan Hill-48, Taylor McCreary-59, Erin Hesselbrock-57, Sam Ebrens-55, Kelsey Brackney-63.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Marisa Mears.
The Batesville Middle School boys won their cross country meet against Milan, Jac-Cen-Del and Rising Sun on Thursday. Lyle Oesterling finished 4th in the boy’s race, followed by Will Sherwood, 5th, Eli Loichinger, 6th, Emi Lopez, 7th, Tacoma Nicholas, 8th, Jake Chapman, 9th, Talan Rowlett, 10th, Cole Pride, 11th, Carter Walsman, 13th, Landin Hughes, 14th, and Mason Jones, 15th.The Batesville Middle School girls won their meet against Milan, Jac-Cen-Del and Rising Sun. Ava Hanson won the girl’s race, followed by Emma Weiler, 2nd, Sophie Myers, 3rd, Madelyn Pohlman, 4th, Kaylynn Bedel, 5th, Cora Deputy, 8th, Megan Allgeier, 10th, Ella Rowlett, 11th, and Josie Meyer, 17th.Boys. Batesville 30, Rising Sun 60, Jac-Cen-Del 100, Milan 101Girls. Batesville 15, Milan 69, Rising Sun 73, Jac-Cen-Del 117Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.The Jac-Cen-Del Junior High Cross Country teams ran in a four team meet with Batesville and Milan at Rising Sun on Thursday (8/30). The JCD girls’ team finished 4th and the JCD boys’ team finished 3rd in the meet.Aug30@Rising SunCourtesy of Eagles Coach Steve Narwold.
Former Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel, has left the door open for a potential move to the Egyptian Premier League in the future. Mikel The 33-year-old is a free agent after ending his contract with Turkish Super Lig club Trabzonspor by mutual agreement in March. Mikel quit the Black Sea Storm after expressing his fears over playing football amid the coronavirus pandemic. He was recently linked with a move to Brazilian side Botafogo who showed interest to sign him but the ex-Tianjin Teda captain claimed he was yet to make a final decision. During a chat with Egyptian media outfit OnTime Sports, the two-time English Premier League winner was quizzed about a potential move to the Egyptian top-flight. “Playing in the Egyptian Premier League? Why not?” said Mikel as reported by Kingfut.Advertisement “I am a professional footballer and everything is possible. I never ruled anything out. “My goal is to continue playing football, and I hope I will have the opportunity, I do not reject any offers made to me, but rather study them well until I make the right decision.” Mikel left Chelsea after more than 10 seasons at Stamford Bridge. There, he made 374 appearances and won eight major domestic honours and two European trophies. He returned to English football on a short-term deal at Middlesbrough, after a spell at Chinese top-flight outfit Tianjin Teda. read also:Iwobi: How Mikel influenced my Super Eagles career Having represented Nigeria at U17 and U20 level, he made his senior national team debut against Libya on August 17, 2005. Mikel went ahead to feature in two Fifa World Cup tournaments and four Africa Cup of Nations finals, where he won the title in 2013 and bronze medals in 2006, 2010 and 2019. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…
Premier League side Tottenham are reportedly open to a player swap deal with Tanguy Ndombele trading places with Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho.Advertisement However, if a direct swap deal is reached, Barcelona do stand to make a loss on their original signing.Barcelona paid €120m to sign Coutinho from Liverpool in 2018, and with Bayern Munich rejecting their €100m purchase option on him, they have lowered his value to €80m, with Ndombele rated at €55m.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Read Also: Video: Ramos fires home wonder free kick against Real Mallorca Barcelona have been linked with a summer move for the French international, after the former Lyon midfielder has endured a mixed first season in England.Coutinho has also been heavily rumoured to want a return to the Premier League ahead of the 2020-21 season, and according to reports from the Independent, a deal could be struck to suit both clubs.Barcelona are reportedly operating on a tight budget this summer, with player exchange deals likely to form the majority of their transfer dealings. Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All TimeTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksGo Stargazing & Discover The Night Sky At These Cool Locations7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way
Read Also: FC Nantes 3 – 1 Le Havre: Moses Simon scores in friendly Seven first team stars, including Arthur Melo, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Ousmane Dembele, Junior Firpo and Samuel Umtiti could all be sold to raise over €100m in transfer funds. Brazilian international Melo has already agreed a deal to join Juventus, with Rakitic and Vidal also linked with moves to Italy. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona will reportedly axe manager Quique Setien and replace him with Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman after tomorrow’s board meeting. The former Real Betis boss has been widely linked with the sack following Barcelona’s 8-2 Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich over the weekend. Reports from across Spain claim will be relieved of his position less than eight months after arriving in Catalonia, to replace Ernesto Valverde. According to the front page of Monday’s edition of Diario AS, the club have targeted Koeman as their first choice option, ahead of former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino. The report also states the former Dutch international will be tasked with selling a host of first team stars this summer in order to drastically change the club’s fortunes in the coming months.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became Friends15 Extremely Surprising Facts About Disney Princesses9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Great Entertainer Became A Milestone In The History Of CensorshipEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way? Loading…
The only way Coutinho will leave the Camp Nou this summer is if a club comes in with a huge offer to sign him permanently. However, in the current economic climate, the chances of that happening are practically impossible. Bayern Munich refused to pay the 120 million euro option to buy after the 28-year-old’s loan in Bavaria expired at the end of last season. Read Also: PSG thought about buying Messi- LeonardoKoeman now has an extra reinforcement for his squad and plans to use Coutinho as a central midfielder this time around.Under Ernesto Valverde, the former Liverpool player was used as a winger – where he wasn’t able to perform to his high standards.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Philippe Coutinho is set to remain a Barcelona player this season. According to Marca, Ronald Koeman has told the club that he wants to keep the Brazilian, who had been listed on the market for some months. Now, Barcelona have ruled out the possibility of the midfielder leaving on loan for the coming campaign.Advertisement Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People Live5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone
By J.M. HallasPAIGE, Texas (May 17) – Greg Dinsmore got back in the winner’s circle Saturday night at Cotton Bowl Speedway, the 3/8 mile, semi-banked, clay oval, just east of Austin. After recording a victory in his heat race, Dinsmore started outside the front row in the 20-lap IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature and led all 20 laps on his way to the checkered flag. The former Mountain Home and Pleasanton track champion took some time off to enjoy time with his family and focus on his business, Sundowner RV & Truck Repair. Dinsmore ran a very limited number of races, most of which were out-of-state, over the past two years and just recently began running the new Paig track. During his time off, Dinsmore picked up a new BMS Chassis that he has been learning while working out the new car blues. Saturday night he had everything go his way holding off the rest of the 19-car field, including former IMCA national champion and current track point leader Keith White. In a race slowed by three cautions, White caught Dinsmore briefly on the final yellow. The duo battled hard with Dinsmore keeping the top spot and he was able to keep White in his wake as he motored on to the win, in only his second race at the track. Saturday’s win followed up a strong run last weekend that was foiled by a flat tire while running second. “This is really an awesome facility,” said Dinsmore. “They’ve made some great strides since I ran a Late Model here before. The people and the quality of racers here are some of the best I’ve seen.”“I had a good lead until that final caution. Keith got around me on the restart after I hit a rut and pushed a bit,” he added. “I was able to outrun him on the back stretch to get the lead back. This car has a crazy amount of forward bite and made a lot of difference in getting the win.”
KIRKWOOD, N.Y. – James Cornell got the win when Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series came to Five Mile Point Speedway for opening night back on April 13. He’ll bring the point lead to Kirkwood when the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified tour returns to Kirkwood for a Friday, Oct. 10 show, the seventh of nine events on the 2014 series schedule. The feature pays $400 to win, plus a $100 bonus courtesy of Riding The Cushion, and lap money. Main event qualifiers earn a minimum of $100 when they take the green flag. There is no entry fee. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:45 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors ages 65 and over, $5 for students 13-17 and free for kids 12 and under when accompanying a paid adult. A family pack sells for $30 and gets two adults and three seniors or students through the turnstiles. Each also gets a hot dog and a soda. More information is available on Facebook or by calling 607 775-5555. Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series top 20 point standings – 1. James Cornell, Port Crane, 237; 2. Gary Roberts, Afton, 225; 3. Gary Smith, Harpursville, 224; 4. Matt Cole, Binghamton, 209; 5. Chris Fleming, Union Springs, 201; 6. Michael Stoddard, Binghamton, 189; 7. Keith Jack Lamphere, Monroeton, Pa., 187; 8. Tyler Stoddard, Binghamton, 173; 9. Will Ward, Cobleskill, 170; 10. Billy Ward, Cobleskill, 167; 11. Jared Spalding, Troy, Pa., 158; 12. Bumps Scutt, Cortland, 157; 13. Craig Ward, Owego, 107; 14. Brad Smith, Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., 92; 15. Michael Butler, Richmondville, 86; 16. Kenneth Buck, Canton, Pa., 82; 17. Kurt Decker, Nineveh, 81; 18. Rich Keller, Clay, 79; 19. Brian Steigerwald, Norwich, 75; 20. Jason Amidon, Monroe, 71.
By Jerry MackeyDUBUQUE, Iowa (June 19) –The headliner of the Sunday night Fathers’ Day show at Dubuque Speedway was the 25-lap Out-Pace Racing Products IMCA Late Model feature.Luke Goedert advanced from a second row start to take the lead early. While Goedert worked low, Dan Shelliam was riding the high side to pull even. Shelliam took over the point and led for five laps before getting too high in turn two scraping the wall.Goedert went on to lead the rest of the feature for the win while Shelliam recovered to finish second. Bobby Hansen crossed under the checkers in third.The Merfeld Brothers Automotive IMCA Modifieds delighted the fans with plenty of wheel to wheel racing in their 20-lap feature. Tyler Madigan led the majority of the main event before one slight miscue allowed Ryan DeShaw to get inside and take the lead on the white flag lap.DeShaw scored the win ahead of Madigan and Mark Schulte took third.The GSI Collision Specialists IMCA Northern SportMod class saw history made on Sunday night as a first-ever winner made his way to victory lane. Wes Digman has been close on several occasions but Sunday night belonged to the Cuba City, Wis., driver. Digman hit his marks lap after lap in holding off two very good drivers in Troy Bauer and Tyler Soppe.Greg Gill made the long tow from Muscatine and went home with the first place trophy. Gill took the win ahead of Jason Brimeyer.
Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour top 10 point standings – 1. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, 231; 2. Kyle Brown, Madrid, 192; 3. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, 179; 4. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, 166; 5. Jason Brees, Meriden, 158; 6. David Brown, Kellogg, 145; 7. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., 133; 8. Al Hejna, Clear Lake, and Chris Abelson, Sioux City, both 116; 10. Kollin Hobdon, Pahrump, Nev., 108. The Aug. 30 feature pays $1,000 to win and is a qualifying event for the 2021 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. The 2020 Dirt Knights finale will be broadcast by Speed Shift TV. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and racing follows 6 p.m. hot laps. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods are also on the card, in $500 to win features. There are no entry fees for the draw/redraw show. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and ages 6-14, and free for five and under. Pit passes are $30 for adults and $15 for ages 14 and under. VINTON, Iowa – Another chapter in IMCA Modified history will be written on Sunday, when the Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour comes to Benton County Speedway. Braaksma owns the distinction of having won tour features in three different states, Park Jefferson Speedway in South Dakota, Buena Vista Raceway in Iowa and Fairmont Raceway in Minnesota. Sunday’s race will be the 10th tour event held at Vinton since 2011. Most of the previous events were mid-May or Memorial Weekend openers; the upcoming race was rescheduled from May 25. The 100th event in tour history will be held at Vinton, the track where the IMCA Modified division first raced more than 40 years ago. Winner of three of the first six Dirt Knights events this season, Ethan Braaksma is poised to become the 11th different champion in as many years the tour has been held.
The IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) has warned that new swarms of the desert locust are forming in the Eastern Africa region. The organization says locust swarms have been reported in the last 6-weeks in northwestern Kenya, southern, northern and northeastern Ethiopia, northwest and northeastern Somalia.Adult locusts are also in large numbers in the areas where hoppers and bands were spotted in June which is in the trajectories of migrating swarms.Also Read COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalities ICPAC in a statement says, climatic conditions suitable for desert locust development are forecasted to be highly suitable in eastern Uganda, southern to eastern Sudan, northern Ethiopia, northeastern Somalia and northwestern Kenya.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Ecological conditions including the presence of green vegetation are some of the factors encouraging the growth of swarms.Wind direction and speeds, which greatly determine swarm movement is forecasted to be southerly and southwesterly in most parts of the region.Also Read Uhuru calls for rebuilding of the UN to better address emerging challenges“According to our recent seasonal forecast, a drier than usual season can be expected in most parts of Eastern Africa. This could reduce available vegetation for locusts, thereby reducing the number of swarms. Shifting wind directions later in the October, November and December season is likely to change the swarm’s movement southwards yet again, but against a backdrop of lesser vegetation available for multiplication” reads the statement.Also Read Kalonzo applauds Senate for ending revenue stalemateDesert locusts are projected to move from Samburu to Turkana and Marsabit, and West Pokot areas of Kenya to Eastern Uganda areas of Moroto, Kotido, Pader and Kigum.Highest risk areas for Desert Locust swarms and adult locust invasion based on forecasted climate conditions and existing vegetation conditions suitable for an invasion are outlined below:The risk of significant impact to both crops and rangelands is very high due to the sustained multiplying swarms and likelihood of swarms migrating
Share West Florida Sweep Double Header Over Valdosta State April 28, 2007Box ScoreVALDOSTA, Ga. – West Florida (36-16, 10-7 GSC) swept the first day double header over Valdosta State (26-28, 7-10 GSC) with a 4-1 game-two victory on Saturday afternoon in Valdosta State. With the win the Argonauts secured the number three seed in the Gulf South Conference East Division guaranteeing them a spot in the GSC Tournament taking place in Millington, Tenn.In the second inning, Valdosta State took the first lead of the game with on a Chris Harris RBI single up the middle, scoring Brandon Atkins.West Florida evened the score on an RBI single by Peter Antoske (Olmsted Township, Ohio/ St. Edwards HS) in the fifth inning. Antoske’s lined shot knocked in Jacob Whisenhunt (Mobile, Ala./ LB Wallace CC) from third, who reach on a Blazer error.Valdosta State tried to retake the lead in the fifth inning when they attempted to steal home with two outs. With two outs the Blazers shortstop, Justin Huff, took off on a Jon Sintes (Fort Walton Beach, Fla. / Pensacola Junior College) pitch, but an alert Whisenhunt made the play at the plate.The Argonauts took the lead in the top half of the seventh, with three unearned runs in the final inning of the game. Whisenhunt got things going with a single to center field. A pair of walks loaded the bases for West Florida and two runners score on an error by the Blazer first baseman. The final run also crossed the plate following another Valdosta State error.Sintes (8-4) picked up the win going six innings allowing one run on three hits, while striking out seven and walking only one.The Argonauts and Blazers will conclude their three-game series with one game tomorrow afternoon beginning at 12 p.m. Follow the action with “Live Stats” or listen to the live broadcast all at goargos.comPrint Friendly Version
Norman E. Meyer, age 75 of Batesville, died Friday, April 12, 2019 at Margaret Mary Health. Born May 6, 1943 in Batesville, he is the son of Rosemary (Nee: Bedel) and John Meyer. He served in the Army reserve and following his release he would become a tool and die maker for the Hill-Rom Company, retiring in 2007 after 45 years. He married Lucy Burkhart on May 11, 1968 at St. Mary’s Church in Greensburg. A member of St. Louis Church, he also belonged to the Batesville Knights of Columbus Council #1461 and the Batesville Athletic Boosters.Family was a priority with Norman and he loved spending time with his granddaughters, although his family indicated he was a man of few words. His other passion was all things John Deere. He farmed with his brother 54 years, just recently selling the farm. His favorite task was being in the combine during harvest.As a tool and die maker, Norman liked to tinker and fix things. The kids used to leave their broken toys next to his lunch box for him to fix. As they grew, he enjoyed watching all three of the boys play high school basketball and then later, his granddaughters. He and Lucy have traveled to all 50 states with an Alaskan cruise and a trip to Hawaii among their favorites and a cold Budweiser or screwdriver every now and then was a good thing.Norman is survived by his wife Lucy; sons Brian (Mindy), Daryl (Carol) and Alan (Lana) Meyer, all of Batesville; sisters Shirley Rennekamp of Sunman, Mary Moorman of Oldenburg, Janet Rehberger of Oldenburg; brothers John Meyer of Greensburg, Harry Meyer of Bloomington, Indiana, Greg Meyer of Hamburg and five grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by sister Laverne Goedl and brothers Gerald and Virgil Meyer Sr.Visitation is Tuesday, April 16th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17th at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating, followed by burial in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials to the Batesville Athletic Boosters or St. Louis School.
Crit McCoy Ridener, 70, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away Wednesday May 8, 2019 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.He was born October 31, 1948 in Cincinnati, OH, son of the late Crit McCoy Ridener and Millie (Lawrence) Ridener.Crit worked as a laborer for Wayne Water Pumps.He was a man of faith, and he loved the Lord. He enjoyed music, and loved his five parakeets. Crit enjoyed watching golf, sci-fi and mystery movies, especially Sherlock Holmes. He loved listening to the old radio programs.Crit is survived by his loving spouse Darlene (Simonson) Ridener.He was preceded in death by his parents as well as a sister, Patricia Brock.Services will be held at the convenience of the family.Contributions may be made to defray Funeral Expenses. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com
Area Girls Tennis Sectional ScoresWednesday (5-15)ConnersvilleRushville 3 Union County 2Franklin County 5 Connersville 0GreensburgGreensburg 3 Southwestern 2South DearbornEast Central 5 South Dearborn 0Batesville 5 Milan 0The Batesville High School tennis team posted a 5-0 win over Milan in the first round of the IHSAA sectional at South Dearborn.The Lady Bulldogs were led by senior Sophie Brown with a 6-0 and 6-2 win over Maitri Patel at No. 1 singles. Kate Poltrack and Jenna Ertel were also winners at No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively. Poltrack defeated Margo Taylor 6-0 and 6-3, while Ertel beat Lucy Ortt 6-1 and 6-0.The No. 1 doubles team of Corinne Stone and Betsy Harmeyer were 6-0 and 6-1 winners over Delaney Bushhorn and Cheyenne McMullen. Maggie Walsman and Lily Esser teamed up for a 6-2 and 6-3 win over Cici Bailey and Maddy Schmidt at No. 2.Courtesy of Batesville AD Bryan Helvie.
North Vernon, IN—Thursday, Sergeant Cody Low with the Jennings County Sheriffs Office and his canine partner, Axel, conducted a traffic stop on Country Squire Blvd involving a Silver 2004 Pontiac Sunfire for a registration violation. Sgt. Low made contact with the driver, Jason Jackson, 35, of North Vernon, who was found to be driving on a suspended license. Sgt. Low deployed his canine partner Axel to conduct a free air sniff of the vehicle. Canine Axel gave a positive alert to the odor of Narcotics coming from inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle yielded over 3.5 grams of methamphetamine, four syringes, and paraphernalia. The passenger, Johnny Zolton,65, of North Vernon, was also taken into custody on drug charges.Johnny Zolton was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia.Jason Jackson was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Syringe, and Driving While Suspended Prior.
Ronald Dean Strunk, 79, of Versailles passed away Monday, December 9, 2019 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born in Oneida, Tennessee on November 26, 1940 the son of Beatty and Maude Goodman Strunk. Survivors include his daughters Tracy and Deanna of Oregon, Sherry of California, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Edward, Billy, Herman, Willis, Clyde, Harold, and Jr., and his sister Leona. Ronald had formerly lived in Oregon and worked as an auto body technician. Funeral services will be held at 7pm, Wednesday, December 18 at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Doug Cornett officiating. Visitation will begin at 5pm. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.
PRESS RELEASE FROM RIPLEY COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION:As COVID-19 continues to impact our country, we understand the uncertainty our community is feeling during this challenging time.At Ripley County Community Foundation, our mission is to assist donors in building an enduring source of charitable assets to benefit the citizens and qualified organizations of Ripley County. As such, we are positioned to support our community during these trying times.We recognize the economic impact of social distancing in order to limit the spread of the disease. While we appreciate how important it is for us to keep our community safe, it is a difficult time for so many of our neighbors. W are all feeling the impact of this crisis.Please know that your Foundation acknowledges how sensitive this situation is for our community, and we are working with partners to identify ways to navigate the coming weeks. While some businesses can pivot to more online activity, we recognize this isn’t a solution for everyone. We continue to monitor COVID-19 and are working with local and state authorities to support our community during this unprecedented time.We are dedicated to the health and well-being of our entire community. We will continue to rally together to keep our families safe and healthy and support one another. We’re all in this together.
Greensburg, IN—Honda Manufacturing of North America that includes the Greensburg plant is now suspending production through May 1st due to a reported 50% drop in sales for March and according to the letter to employees, the prediction is that April sales will be worse. Honda has directed all employees that as of April 13th, the days will be designated as “No Work Days”.
Indianapolis, IN—The State Fair may be canceled, but there is a new event scheduled to take place during that time. Yesterday, The Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event center announced on social media The Fairgrounds Fun Park coming to Indianapolis this summer. The Fairgrounds Fun Park presented by Indiana 811 will occur from July 31 through September 7 in Indianapolis at the Fairgrounds. The event will feature rides, games, and Midway Food. Early bird tickets are available by clicking here. After many complaints on social media about the State Fair being canceled and this event happening at that same time, organizers responded by stating, “the Indiana State Fair is a complex event that attracts over 850,000 guests, including vendors, exhibitors, sponsors, performers and more, spread throughout a 200+ acre campus. Due to this complexity and the impact of COVID-19 on our event, the 2020 State Fair was canceled in June. We are thankful that our partners at North American Midway Entertainment have found a way to provide a simplified event at our facility this summer. The Fairgrounds Fun Park will be a completely new experience, with rides, games, and food stands lining our iconic Main Street.”
The Indiana High School Athletic Association, with support of its Board of Directors and feedback from its Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, will continue to work in collaboration with Governor Holcomb’s office, the Indiana State Department of Health, and the Indiana Department of Education to provide guidance to its member schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.This Resource Center will continue to be updated with new information as conditions change during the COVID-19 pandemic. The IHSAA believes it is essential to the physical and mental well-being of student-athletes to return to organized physical activity and build team relationships with their peers and coaches. Students who participate learn life lessons in an environment that cannot be duplicated. Academic achievement, the development of leadership and social skills as well as the mental health benefits are known to be greatly enhanced in students who participate in these programs compared to those who do not. There is no doubt that the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has already resulted in thousands of our students missing out on these life-shaping educational experiences over the past several months. A study conducted by UW Health & the University of Wisconsin concluded that more than two-thirds of high school athletes report anxiety and depression since the onset of the pandemic. Another report by the group measured the impact of School Closures and Athletic Cancellations on the health of Indiana adolescents.The IHSAA fully supports its member schools in determining what is in the best interests of the health and well-being of their student-athletes and staff. Each IHSAA member school’s athletic department will operate with the approval of its school administration in moving forward throughout the 2020-21 school year. It will be the decision of each local school district to determine if they can safely conduct athletic practices and contests.Due to the nature of the outbreak, there may be inequities due to geography within the state of Indiana as some areas will have higher COVID-19 rates that may not warrant full athletic participation while another area has lower COVID-19 rates that allow full participation.For workouts, practices, and competitions to continue, social distancing and other preventive measures such as face-covering/masking and frequent sanitizing of hands, implements, and equipment are strongly encouraged. This will likely remain in place until a cure, vaccine or very effective treatment is readily available, or so-called “herd immunity” is confidently reached.As the science about COVID-19 evolves, it will be important to remain vigilant and nimble to respond to newdevelopments. Students and their families, along with school personnel, must recognize these risks and implement best practices to reasonably mitigate these risks. Participation in school activities is voluntary and every individual will need to evaluate the risk versus the benefits of athletics participation. Those immune-compromised students and staff, or those who live with family members with elevated health concerns, should evaluate associated risks of participation and may choose not to participate.According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, and also may be produced when yelling, cheering, singing and spitting. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about six feet). Risk mitigation strategies should be aimed at reducing the likelihood ofa person being exposed to respiratory droplets coming from another person. Every school is different, and every athletics activity is different. Certain mitigation strategies may be feasible in one school or for one activity, but not another.We are also providing sport-specific recommendations and/or considerations that our team has developed inconjunction with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) or a similar governing body. These documents have been shared with member school administrators and links are available below. Note that a rule modification is a modification to a playing rule from the governing body of the sport and is a requirement to adhere to and follow. A recommendation is a consideration to the sport and allows for optional guidelines. Recommendations are not required but are permitted.Again, this Resource Center will be updated as necessary.
Osgood, IN — Batesville Mayor Mike Bettice has stated that the State of Indiana has continued the contract with OptumServe to continue COVID-19 testing throughout the state and will continue until least the end of September. Testing will continue in both Osgood and Greensburg and is available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 8 pm. Those seeking testing can walk in to get tested or set an appointment by going to lhi.care/covidtesting or calling 888-634-1116.
RelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Aguero undergoes knee surgery Injured Aguero heads to Barcelona to see specialist Manchester City star Sergio Aguero was involved in a minor car crash as he made his way to training on Wednesday morning.The Argentine was travelling to Etihad Campus facility centre when his £150,000 LUMMA CLR SV Range Rover Sport was involved in an accident.The 31-year-old fortunately walked away from the crash unscathed as images showed serious damage to the car’s front right wheel.Sky Sports presenter David Gorrido said: “We understand he is unhurt after being involved in a small car collision, we’ve been told that he’s had a bump this morning.“It’s been described as a minor plan, but has reported to the CFA – City Football Academy as well as the rest of the ancestor City squad and we understand he didn’t need to be checked the by medical team.”The incident comes two years after Aguero was involved in another crash in Amsterdam, which saw him suffer broken ribs.The Argentine was a passenger that time as he rode in a taxi before it collided with a pole.City travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace in the evening kick-off on Saturday.Tags: Range RoverSergio Aguero
RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Liverpool vs. Everton Venue:Anfield Stadium Kick off: 5:01PMLiverpool will look to replicate their astonishing Premier League form in the FA Cup when they meet local rivals Everton in the third round this afternoon. Jurgen Klopp’s men are cruising at the top of the table, while the Toffees are enjoying a resurgence of form under new boss Carlo Ancelotti. Thursday’s 2-0 victory over Sheffield United handed Liverpool the incredible record of going a full calendar year without losing a game in the Premier League. The result leaves the Merseyside club 13 points ahead of closest challengers Leicester City with a game in hand, leading many to believe that the title is already destined for Anfield. However, while Liverpool’s resurgence in the league and in Europe has been remarkable, such success has not replicated itself in the FA Cup during the Klopp era. Since the 2015-16 campaign, Liverpool have not gone beyond the fourth round, exiting the competition at that stage on three occasions and losing to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the third round last term. Having not won the accolade since 2006, supporters will hope that their team places greater emphasis on going deeper in this competition – starting with a tantalising meeting with their biggest rivals under the lights today. For Everton, it was their last visit to Anfield in December – a 5-2 defeat – that put the nail in the coffin for former manager Marco Silva, who was sacked soon after. Since then, however, the Toffees have discovered a sense of rhythm that seemed to elude Silva and his players from the moment the 2019-20 campaign kicked off. Following a galvanising victory over Chelsea under caretaker boss Darren Ferguson, the club secured the services of Champions League winner Ancelotti in what must be viewed as a masterful piece of recruitment. The Italian has exerted an immediate impact, recording a pair of dominant victories over Burnley and Newcastle United ahead of performing impressively during a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad. Indeed, Ancelotti will point to the organisation and energy of that performance as a blueprint for how Everton must negotiate the trip to Anfield this weekend. Liverpool possible XI: Adrian, Hoever, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Salah, Firmino, Elliot. Everton possible XI: Pickford, Sidibe, Holgate, Keane, Digne, Davies, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Kean.Tags: Carlo AncelottiFA CupJurgen KloppLiverpool
RelatedPosts H1: GTBank declares 30k interim dividend GTBank named Africa’s Most Admired Finance Brand Breaking: 49 COVID-19 patients discharged in Lagos From February 4 to 16, 2020, Lagos will play host to some of the most prestigious teams for Africa’s premier polo competition, the 2020 Lagos International Polo Tournament. Sponsored by leading African Financial Institution, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, the competition will feature 39 teams, the highest number till date. The teams will compete in four major cups: Silver Cup, Open Cup, Low Cup and Majekodunmi Cup. The finals of the Silver Cup and Open Cup will hold on February 9, 2020, while the finals of the Low Cup and Majekodunmi Cup hold on February 16, 2020. This year, the Lagos International Polo Tournament, themed: “Lagos Develops Polo,” aims to encourage the participation of young and indigenous talented players, while featuring top class action from some of the most experienced and acclaimed polo players in and out of the country, including South Africa’s Chris Mackenzie +7, Argentina’s Andres Crespo +5, Raul Laplacette +7 and Santiago de Estrada +6, as well as Nigeria’s Neku Atawodi-Edun +5, the first black female polo player and the highest-handicapped female player at the tournament. Over the years, GTBank has been at the forefront of supporting Polo, widely revered as the Sport of Kings, and promoting the Lagos International Polo Tournament, which has hosted reputable personalities such as His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales. Played on the grounds of the Lagos Polo Club, Ikoyi, the premier polo club in the country, the tournament has featured polo greats like Alphonso Pieres, Gonzalo Pieres and Alan Kent. Commenting on GTBank’s sponsorship of the 2020 Lagos International Polo Tournament, Segun Agbaje, Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, said: “We love the game of polo, not only because it is one of the most anticipated events in the social calendar of the country, but also because its values such as discipline, rigour and fair play strongly resonates with our brand. “Our sponsorship of the 2020 NPA Lagos International Polo Tournament also reflects our strong belief in the role of sports as a major vehicle of social development and our commitment to championing activities and events that bring people together.” Guaranty Trust Bank is a leading advocate of Sports Education as a major way of promoting the values of excellence and fair play whilst laying a solid foundation for the emergence of sporting talent. The Bank maintains a defined Corporate Social Responsibility strategy focused on championing causes and fostering initiatives that transform lives and uplift communities. Alongside the GTBank Lagos International Polo Tournament, the Bank organises and sponsors several other sports competitions, one of which is the GTBank Masters Cup, a football competition amongst secondary schools in Lagos State.Tags: Alan KentAlphonso PieresGonzalo PieresGTBank Masters CupGuaranty Trust Bank PlcLagos International Polo TournamentLagos Polo ClubNPA Lagos International Polo TournamentPrince of WalesSegun Agbaje
RelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen scored his first goal for the club since last month’s move from Tottenham Hotspur to set up a 2-0 win at Ludogorets Razgrad in the Europa League on Thursday. Manchester United were held 1-1 at Club Brugge and Getafe pulled off a surprise 2-0 home win over last year’s Champions League semi-finalists Ajax in other round-of-32, first-leg ties. Inter were frustrated by more than an hour by their Bulgarian opponents until Eriksen fired a low shot into the net from just outside the penalty area in the 71st minute. Romelu Lukaku sealed the win with a stoppage-time penalty, the Belgian striker’s 22nd goal of the season, after Anicet Andrianantenaina was judged to have handled following a VAR review. United were quickly in trouble in Belgium when Emmanuel Dennis lobbed the ball over Sergio Romero to give Brugge a 15th-minute lead. But Anthony Martial levelled in the 36th minute when he raced through to place a shot past Simon Mignolet. United, with new midfield signing Bruno Fernandes on the bench, struggled to create many chances, although conditions were difficult with heavy rain and a strong wind. Brazilian pair Deyverson and Kenedy scored in each half for Getafe against Ajax. Deyverson finished off a well-worked free kick to celebrate his European debut for the La Liga club with a goal after 38 minutes and Kenedy broke clear to add a second in the last minute. In other matches, Daichi Kamada scored a hat-trick to help Eintracht Frankfurt to a 4-1 win over coach Adi Huetter’s former club RB Salzburg. Viktor Kovalenko scored the winner as Shakhtar Donetsk beat Benfica 2-1 and Sporting defeated Istanbul Basaksehir 3-1. Youssef En-Nesyri equalised as Sevilla rescued a 1-1 draw at Cluj after Ciprian Deac had given the Romanians the lead with a penalty. Reuters/NAN.Tags: AjaxANthony MartialChristian EriksenEuropa LeagueInter MilanLudogorets RazgradManchester United
RelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Roma have decided to suspend their training sessions indefinitely. The players were scheduled to return to Trigoria on Wednesday, but they will have some personalised programmes to follow at home instead. They received guidelines for athletic condition and nutrition. The injured players will receive video instructions with the team’s staff. Roma have not played in a match since the first leg of the round of 16 in the Europa League against Sevilla. They have sent a letter to UEFA requesting the interruption of the competition before it became official.Tags: AS RomaEuropa LeagueSEVILLATrigoriaUEFA
RelatedPosts Abraham: Playing against Lewandowski great for me Tammy Abraham snubs new Chelsea deal Tammy Abraham Chelsea future in doubt Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has described the dramatic loss of confidence he suffered after being subject to racist abuse at the start of the season.Abraham was handed the no.9 shirt as Frank Lampard put his trust in academy graduates to make an impact on the Chelsea senior side, the striker fresh from a successful campaign on loan with Aston Villa the season before. The 22-year-old made his first start of the season on the opening day as Manchester United ran out 4-0 winners at Old Trafford then, three days later, missed a penalty in the Uefa Super Cup shootout loss to Liverpool as Chelsea left Istanbul empty-handed.Abraham has revealed how the miss left him in tears after the game before racist abuse destroyed his confidence, citing it as the lowest point of his career to date.“The season before at Villa, I had only missed one out of eight or nine so I had confidence,” Abraham told the club website. “I remember walking up and the pressure got to me, nobody had missed up to that point so I knew I had to score.“I had what I wanted to do in my head but I changed my mind when I was taking the run-up. Afterwards in the changing room, everyone came round me saying ‘don’t worry, it happens to the best players’ but at the time I just didn’t want to hear it. I wanted everyone to leave me alone, I was in tears.“I lost a lot of confidence after that. I was doing well on my loans but when I came back to Chelsea, it just wasn’t working – I couldn’t get my first goal, I couldn’t do anything. “In my head I was wondering if it was worth all the stress because I was getting abused on Twitter, a lot of racist comments, people saying I wasn’t good enough to be playing for Chelsea. It was the biggest down in anything I’ve done in football.”Lampard continued to show faith in the young striker, who had denied his Derby County side promotion while winning the play-offs with Villa just months prior.Abraham came off the bench against Leicester, before starting at Norwich where he bagged a brace – his first goals of the season.He would do the same at home to Sheffield United before a hat-trick at Wolves, restoring his confidence and helping him score 15 goals before the season was paused.“In my head, I knew that if I didn’t score [against Norwich] then it could be my last starting chance gone,” he said. “When I scored, the emotions just got to me. I ran over to the manager and I was thinking ‘I’ve just scored my first goal for Chelsea!“That’s when the confidence started to come back. I scored the winner in that game as well so from there the confidence came back gradually. The Chelsea fans started to believe in me and I could kick on.“As a striker, you need to believe in yourself and have that confidence. Being Chelsea’s number nine, you’ve got big boots to fill so I need to believe that I’m the man, that I can score and do well for the team. You need that feeling going into every game.”Tags: Loss of ConfidenceRacial AbuseTammy Abraham
There was widespread dismay at Mancini’s removal just a year after winning the Premier League but Pellegrini’s calmness, composure and confidence has done much to win people over. With nearly £90million spent on new players Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic, there is also a freshness about the squad. Captain Vincent Kompany has noticed the difference. The Belgium international told BT Sport: “I think I look at our squad and I am really pleased with the kind of players we have got in. They are not just great players but great characters. “Already they have done some unbelievable stuff in pre-season, not just in the games but in training as well. “The character just fits perfectly. In any team I want to compete on every level, which means you need players who are just positive and always ready to keep going.” Kompany is also enjoying working under Pellegrini, who guided Villarreal and Malaga to the latter stages of the Champions League and has a strong reputation for man-management. When asked for his thoughts on the new manager, the 27-year-old said: “A lot of class, a man with a very soft touch in the sense that he kind of knows what to say at the right time. “His training sessions have been brilliant so far.” Pellegrini is expected to reshape the City side and urge them to play in a more fluid style. The team are thought likely to play in a basic 4-3-3 formation but Pellegrini claims that is far too simplistic a description. He said: “I am very flexible. I don’t have to play every week exactly the same. “We will see for a lot of reasons which is the best one. I am not afraid of playing different ways because the team is prepared to.” Manuel Pellegrini is ready to hit the ground the running as his Manchester City career begins in earnest this week. The 59-year-old has a daunting challenge ahead of him having been told the club not only want to win the biggest prizes, but want to do so in style and with a harmonious dressing room. He also has a host of other responsibilities relating to City’s much-noted “holistic approach” to all footballing matters but none of this fazes him. The former Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga boss said: “It is my first time here in England and it is a different league. “(Whether it is) more difficult or less difficult we will see during the year, but for me (it is) exactly the same. “I worked for nine years in Europe and I saw a lot of matches in the Premier League every weekend. “I played in the Champions League against English Premier League teams so I know a lot about this. “And living here now, of course, I see more.” The mood at the club has been transformed since the turbulent final weeks of the last campaign when, with the title already surrendered, City lost the FA Cup final and Mancini was sacked. The Chilean has slipped effortlessly into the managerial hotseat vacated at the Etihad Stadium by Roberto Mancini at the end of last season. Pellegrini already claims to feel at home and is comfortable with his squad as he prepares to launch their Barclays Premier League campaign at home to Newcastle on Monday. Press Association
“He is back fit and we will see exactly where he is.” And there was some good news for England manager Roy Hodgson ahead of next month’s crucial World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland as midfielder Tom Cleverley has recovered from the knee problem sustained in midweek. “Tom has done a bit of training today as well,” Moyes said. “He is not too serious. He rocked his knee in training and we were a bit worried. “But he has had no reaction. He has done some training today and he will not be too far away tomorrow as well.” Moyes also confirmed contract talks with youngster Adnan Januzaj, whose present deal expires in the summer, are continuing. “As far as I know, things are moving along and as soon as we get the news, we will give it to you,” said the Scot. After complaining about the tough run of fixtures his players were given at the start of the campaign, Moyes’ side now face a less testing examination of their credentials. Press Association Van Persie has missed United’s last two games with a groin injury but has returned to training, leaving manager David Moyes to decide whether to recall the Holland striker for the Old Trafford clash. “Robin will be back involved somewhere,” the Scot said. “Whether we use him, whether we don’t, he has trained today. Robin van Persie will be available for Manchester United’s Barclays Premier League encounter with West Brom on Saturday. Yet the extreme reaction over the past seven days to that hammering at Manchester City and subsequent victory over Liverpool have been a reminder for Moyes of just what he let himself in for when he decided to leave Everton for the challenge of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson. “When you first come into the job as a young manager, it can be difficult,” said Moyes. “I found that as a young manager at Preston, and I found that when I was a young manager at Everton. “But I feel I have come into this job with experience. “I had done a lot of seasons in the Premier League and know exactly how it works. “But you never get used to the enormity of this club, not at least for a while. “Personally, I feel like you have to deal with that. “That’s what happens when you come into these management jobs.” But Moyes does feel he is gradually getting to grips with his new role. “I have been learning since the day I walked in as Manchester United manager,” he said. “I don’t think that is going to change for a long time. “I even think the manager who has just left was continually learning in the job. “I am relatively new to it so I am still learning everything about it.”
“But also, we have [Fabio] Borini, who is also very good, [Connor] Wickham, Ji [Dong-won], so we have a lot of players who can play up front. “Of course I want to play, but at the same time, this is football and any part I have to play in the club, I am prepared to play it.” Whether or not the pair will link up once again at Hull on Saturday remains to be seen, but Altidore will hope for a chance to line-up against the club which gave him his first chance in English football. The New Jersey-born frontman spent the 2009-10 season on loan at the KC Stadium in what proved to be something of a baptism of fire as the Tigers were relegated from the top flight. Altidore appeared as a substitute in a 4-1 defeat at Sunderland in September 2009, but started the reverse fixture in the following April, only to depart early along with Black Cats defender Alan Hutton after both were sent off after an off-the-ball clash in a 1-0 win for the visitors. He admitted: “I remember it, I remember that game. I got a red card I didn’t even know about. I didn’t even know what I was doing in the moment.” Altidore will head for Humberside still awaiting his first league goal in a red and white shirt, but insisting he is not concerned by a drought which currently extends to eight appearances. He said: “I feel like I have been unlucky a little bit and I know that if I keep getting the chances, I am going to score, so I am not really worried about it.” The Black Cats have confirmed that Wickham has returned to Sheffield Wednesday for a second loan spell. The 20-year-old striker spent time with the Championship side last season, making six appearances and scoring once. Wickham will remain with Wednesday until January 1 and could make his second debut for the Owls against Reading this weekend. The England Under-21 international joined Sunderland from Ipswich in June 2011 and has made 40 appearances for the club. Sunderland boss Gus Poyet will take no risks with striker Steven Fletcher as he primes him to fire the club out of trouble. The 26-year-old set the Black Cats on the way to a 2-1 derby victory over Newcastle – their first in the Barclays Premier League this season – last Sunday with a fifth-minute opener which underlined both his potency and his importance to the Uruguayan’s rescue mission. That strike took the £12million man’s tally on Wearside to 13 goals in 33 league appearances since his move from Wolves during the summer of 2012, a return which serves to illustrate just how much he was missed during lay-offs for ankle and shoulder injuries. Press Association Poyet has taken little time to realise how central Fletcher is to his masterplan and as a result, is desperate to strike a balance between getting the most out of him while at the same time protecting him. He said: “Listen, when the top scorers in your team are fit, it’s perfection, I would say because in football, you know you need to keep players fit. “When I signed my contract here, there was a question mark about Fletch to be fit or not in the next few weeks, and then he has played every game for me. “We are trying to make sure that we use him as much as we can, but at the same time, we keep him fit so we don’t lose him for a while. “The understanding and the communication has been great so he knows how important he is for us, but at the same time, how we need to be looking after him in the right way.” Fletcher’s injury problems coupled with Sunderland’s parlous situation – they remain four points adrift of safety – have meant chances to forge a partnership with £6million summer signing Jozy Altidore have been few and far between. The Scot and the 23-year-old United States international had a rare opportunity to play together from the start against the Magpies and although their double-act remains in its infancy, Altidore has already seen promising signs. He said: “He frees up space for me to do other things, and vice-versa. We can only create more and more opportunities if we get the chance to play together.
The club announced that the 33-year-old former Exeter captain has quit with immediate effect due to a back injury. Irishman Hayes spent five years with the Aviva Premiership outfit, making more than 130 appearances. Exeter boss Rob Baxter has paid tribute to Chiefs lock Tom Hayes following his retirement from rugby. “Tom has been a big part of our journey out of the Championship and then into the Premiership,” Baxter said. “He has been there every step of the way, both as a player and as a captain, so obviously him leaving like this is a big loss for us. “In years to come people will look back at this period and he will be one of those guys that will go down in history as being part of the team that not only helped us get out of the Championship and into the Premiership, but then got us into the Amlin and the Heineken Cups and really helped to establish us as a club.” Press Association
Referee Kevin Friend’s decision that it was worthy of a red card left Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, whose team are bottom of the league, livid. And giving his thoughts on the incident involving his centre-back partner Brown, O’Shea said: “When you see the replays of Wes’ tackle it’s frustrating, but obviously it’s one of those things. “It’s so frustrating. We were a goal down at that stage but I thought we were in clear control of the game and it gave Stoke a massive, massive lift. “The ref’s not had the best of days, has he? “Hopefully the red card will get overturned. “He took his time over it but he still managed to get it wrong because Wes has clearly won the ball. I don’t think he even touched Adam.” A few seconds passed between the tackle on Adam – whose goal had put Stoke 1-0 up six minutes earlier – and Friend blowing his whistle. The Stoke player continued running before going to ground off the pitch, and regarding Adam, O’Shea said: “The reaction from Charlie could have been a bit better. Black Cats defender Brown was controversially dismissed in the 36th minute of his team’s 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday after making a sliding challenge on Charlie Adam. Brown, travelling at considerable speed, won the ball with the tackle and replays suggested any contact between the two players had been minimal. Sunderland captain John O’Shea feels “common sense” will have been shown if Wes Brown’s red card against Stoke is overturned by the Football Association. “I think the reaction of their bench is what the ref has gone on, to be honest.” Brown, 34, was starting a second successive top-flight game having not previously been in the first XI for a league fixture since January 2012. And O’Shea said: “You can imagine how gutted he is. He’s worked so hard to get back. “Fingers crossed it will be overturned and he’ll be okay for next week.” He added: “From what we’re hearing the linesman might have said he didn’t think it was a red card, I don’t know for certain. “But with the position we’re in we can’t keep going on about decisions. We need to keep our own focus and work on that. “We know what a player Wes is and with a bit of common sense, which we need at this time, it will be overturned. “It’s fairly simple. These things can be overturned when people have made mistakes, so let’s just move on with it.” Poyet, whose team conceded a second goal in the 81st minute when Steven Nzonzi scored, called after the game for an apology from referees’ chief Mike Riley – something West Brom boss Steve Clarke recently said he had received in relation to the penalty contentiously awarded to Chelsea in Albion’s 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. Asked if he thought such an apology from Riley, the head of the Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOB), might come Sunderland’s way, O’Shea said: “We’ll wait and see. We have to move on. “We’ve got a massive game against Aston Villa (away next Saturday) and it’s one we can get something from.” Sunderland are expected to appeal Brown’s red card. With regard to Riley, it is understood that while there is every chance he will speak to the Black Cats this week, the details of that conversation, including any apology, will not be publicised by the PGMOB as it considers it a private matter – something it also felt in the West Brom case. Press Association
Southampton appointed Gareth Rogers as interim chief executive officer on Wednesday as owner Katharina Liebherr declared her intention to stabilise the club after a torrid week off the field. “I am delighted that Gareth has agreed to step into this role,” she said. “After the events of the past week, my priority has been to bring stability to the management of the club and I am pleased that we have been able to make this appointment from within. “We had a very positive meeting with all the staff of the club on Monday and I am sure Gareth’s appointment will be warmly received.” Rogers, who has been with Southampton since 2011, also declared his delight at taking up the role. “I am very pleased to be able help the club by stepping up to the CEO’s job on an interim basis,” he said. “We have a fantastic staff and everyone is working together to make sure the club ends the season as strongly as possible.” With a replacement for Cortese in place and assurances from Pochettino that he does not intend to step down, Liebherr again insisted she does not want to sell any of Southampton’s key talent. “Having inherited Southampton Football Club following my father’s untimely passing, I am delighted and proud of the exhilarating period of success that the team and the staff has enjoyed these past few years, buoyed by the unstinting support of the fans,” she continued. “I am absolutely committed to ensuring that the club continues this success. I have met our manager Mauricio Pochettino and have given him my complete support to build on the good work that has already been achieved. “We have also said that we have no plans to sell any of the squad during the January transfer window. Yesterday I met the rest of the staff and gave them the same message of support.” Given the news that injured duo Gaston Ramirez and Dejan Lovren both suffered ankle ligament damage in the 2-2 draw with Sunderland, it may be that Pochettino will be requesting funds to add to his squad during January, rather than having the threat of losing players such as Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw to their rivals. Press Association Nicola Cortese resigned as chief executive last week, with Liebherr becoming non-executive chairman, leading to speculation that manager Mauricio Pochettino and several key players could follow the influential Italian out of St Mary’s. But Liebherr has once again moved to quash such suggestions, insisting the appointment of Rogers – who already worked for Saints as their chief financial officer – will benefit everyone at the club.
Press Association “A role at City after his (playing) career? Of course. Like Real Madrid have done with (Zinedine) Zidane, for example,” he said. “Zidane played there and afterwards began working for the club. “Yaya will need a club in the future. We do not want more money or a longer contract, anything like that, just the right attention. “More attention on Yaya, and that he feels happy at the club, that is the most important thing. “I will tell you one more time, we do not need more money.” “Given the goals of Paris, how could you not be interested in a club like that?” Toure told France Football. “PSG have become one of the strongest teams in Europe. It would be an honour to one day play for a club like that. If I can be of service…” In the interview, the midfielder did little to play down suggestions a summer move could be on the cards. “Given the magnificent season Manchester City have had, everyone talks about me and everything is open,” he added. “My agent, Dimitry, is hanging on the telephone and he knows what he has to do, I have complete confidence in him. “Nobody knows what can happen tomorrow, my attention is on the World Cup and we will see afterwards. “Yes, I have said I would like to finish my career at Barcelona. You never know because football moves quickly, you never know.” Seluk reiterated his view from last week that Toure should be offered a job on City’s backroom staff when he finishes playing. Over the last week it has emerged all is not well with the Ivory Coast midfielder after his agent complained the player was not respected enough by the club’s hierarchy, even suggesting the 31-year-old was unhappy his recent birthday was not marked properly. Dimitry Seluk said last Tuesday he rated Toure staying at City as “50-50” and the player’s comments about PSG will only increase speculation he is looking to move on. Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has cast more doubt on his future at the club by admitting it would be an honour to play for Paris St Germain.
A source close to the club told Press Association Sport: “Roy was not offered the job – no-one has been offered it yet. “But he has ruled himself out and asked not to be considered for the position.” The FAI later released a short statement confirming Keane would be staying put. It read: “The Football Association of Ireland today (June 2) confirmed that Roy Keane will travel with the Republic of Ireland squad to the US after he decided not to pursue the informal talks that took place with Celtic any further.” Keane had emerged as the frontrunner for the position vacated by Lennon last week over the weekend. But his departure from the scene now leaves former West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke as the man expected to land the job. Sacked Cardiff boss Malky Mackay and Owen Coyle – who has been out of work since leaving Wigan last year – are also in the race to take the post. Keane’s U-turn comes as something of a surprise after reports on Monday had suggested he was within 24 hours of taking the job. Press Association Roy Keane has “asked not to be considered” for the vacant managerial position at Scottish champions Celtic. The Republic of Ireland assistant manager has ruled himself out of the running to replace Neil Lennon, preferring to continue his work alongside Martin O’Neill. Dermot Desmond, the Hoops majority shareholder, held talks with the former Manchester United skipper last week but it is understood the discussions did not get as far as a formal job offer. O’Neill confirmed on Thursday evening that his 42-year-old number two has held informal talks with the Hoops, for whom he played briefly at the end of his career, after Desmond had made contact. O’Neill said: ”I had a call the other day from Dermot Desmond wanting to speak to Roy if it was at all possible, and I mentioned it to Roy, of course. ”I am sure he was wanting to have chat anyway because a club like Celtic might not come around too often. ”It was just a really informal chat, I think, but if you are asking me would I be really disappointed? Of course if Roy was to leave us.” However, Keane had earlier hinted it would be difficult for him to leave his current role with the Football Association of Ireland. The ex-Sunderland and Ipswich boss – who now doubles his coaching duties with work as an ITV pundit – said on June 23: ”I’ve got a job – I’ve got two jobs – I can’t have another one. They are a brilliant club, an absolutely fantastic football club, one of the best in the world. But I have got a job.” He added with a smile: ”I’m not taking a pay cut for anybody.”
Press Association The striker is at the centre of yet more controversy after appearing to sink his teeth into Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s World Cup clash against Italy in Brazil on Tuesday. World governing body FIFA is now investigating the matter and the 27-year-old could face a lengthy ban that could be extended to club football. Suarez has twice been banned for biting opponents in the past. Last year he was banned for 10 matches for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic while he incurred a seven-game suspension for a similar offence while at Ajax in 2010. Glenn Hayes, employment law partner at national law firm Irwin Mitchell, said: “The general position is that Suarez’s behaviour in the work environment would usually represent gross misconduct (given that it could be classified as an assault) and would usually result in the dismissal of an employee in most circumstances. “If the matter has occurred outside of work and is not connected to it, for example in the form of a work social, the issue for the employer would usually be whether the actions of the employee had brought the business into disrepute. “In the case of Suarez this could easily be argued – particularly as it is the second time an incident like this has happened whilst he has been with the club (and third time overall), and the Anfield club stood by the player last time despite risk to their reputation and despite his lengthy ban. “The decision for Liverpool however is not really about whether they do what a ‘normal employer’ may do. “With Barcelona and Real Madrid apparently planning to make significant bids for the player after the World Cup, the decision is whether they are willing to dismiss a player and waive a potential huge transfer fee. “Much will depend on what punishment FIFA hands down but if the ban is sufficiently long so that Suarez is unable to fulfil his contract, this so-called ‘frustration of contract’ could lead to claims by Liverpool for breach of contract on the part of Suarez.” The latest Suarez incident in the group match in Natal came amid growing speculation linking the PFA player of the year with a big-money move to Barcelona. European champions Real Madrid have previously been linked with the player. It remains to be seen whether such apparent interest is now tempered. Liverpool have declined to comment on the matter. It is understood the club intend to let FIFA’s process take its course before making their position clear. Yet with Suarez having also been involved in numerous other controversies since joining Liverpool in 2011 – most infamously a race row with Manchester United’s Patrice Evra that led to an eight-match ban – there is the potential for embarrassment for the Reds. Hayes said: “It will be interesting to see how the situation develops over the next few days and what stance Liverpool take in relation to their highest-profile and most-valued employee.” Liverpool could build a case to sue Luis Suarez for breach of contract if he is banned for biting, according to a leading employment lawyer.
Postponed would need to be supplemented for the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster in September, but Cumani is cool on the idea of stepping him up to a mile and three-quarters. He said: “I don’t think he’ll go to the Leger, I see him as a true mile-and-a-half horse. He travels well and quickens well, just like a mile-and-a-half horse, but obviously the owner will decide. He was good, but we’ve always thought he was. We just probably wasted too much time over shorter trips in the spring. “I was thinking what there is left, and there isn’t much, especially as he needs fast ground, so we will have to think long and hard about what we do with him.” Atzeni is confident there is more to come from Postponed, saying: “We always thought a lot of him. Mr Cumani always liked him. He’s a good horse, an improving horse, a typical Dubawi. “They went a nice gallop and that suited him nicely. The ground is very important to him – he likes fast ground. He’s going the right way, which is the main thing.” Cumani mentioned races like the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and Breeders’ Cup Turf as possible targets for Postponed next season. He said: “He’s not a Leger horse. I don’t want him to go further than this as I think he’s a top-class mile-and-a-half horse.” Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner Khalid Abdullah, said of Snow Sky: “We’re very pleased with that, he was coming back at the winner at the end, and I think we’ll look to Town Moor (Doncaster).” Press Association James Given is also looking at the Classic for Odeon. The Lincolnshire handler said: “He will get better in time but at the moment it is like training a firework with the touchpaper already lit. It took two good horses to go past him and I thought it was a great run. We have to go to the Leger now.” Kingston Hill is likely to run in the St Leger without the aid of another run after his late withdrawal from the Voltigeur. Roger Varian left the decision as late as possible but after walking the course with owner Paul Smith, connections took the tough decision to pull their horse out. “I walked the course before racing and my gut feeling was it was too quick,” said Varian. “It’s been an agonising decision. We were very keen to run and it’s not ideal to make a decision like this so late. “It’s very likely we’ll go straight to the Leger now. It would have been lovely to get that run into him but that’s not going to happen. It’s very frustrating, but going off feedback of the lads who rode him and how he ran in the Derby you’d have to be hopeful he’ll stay (the Leger trip).” Aidan O’Brien’s Granddukeoftuscany and Indian Maharaja failed to fire behind Postponed in the Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes at York. Granddukeoftuscany tracked the front-running Odeon into the straight before fading, while his stablemate was always in the rear on his return from an absence. Ridden confidently by Andrea Atzeni, the 5-2 favourite Postponed took the lead off the free-going Odeon with two furlongs to run. Snow Sky had tracked Postponed along the straight and while Sir Michael Stoute’s inmate beat the rest easily, he was two and a quarter lengths behind the winner. Odeon stuck on for third at 40-1 for James Given.
Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert admits he cannot argue with criticism of their lack of physical and mental toughness. Press Association “We lost the individual battles and it wasn’t good enough,” said the £4million summer signing from Southampton, who is likely to start in Bulgaria in the absence of the injured Mario Balotelli having finally got off the mark for his new club against Palace. “There wasn’t anyone in a Liverpool shirt who was good enough and it was wholly down to the players on the pitch. “I do believe it is a lack of confidence at the minute but that will come back. “It is not going ideally but it is up to the players on the pitch to ‘dog’ the performances out. “Whatever the result in any game we have to perform better than we did at the weekend. “It is totally down to the players. They are desperate to get the game under way and try to rectify our performance at the weekend. “Win or lose we have to put in a performance of the standard of a Liverpool team.” Despite a four-match losing streak and poor performances all round, manager Brendan Rodgers retains the confidence of owners Fenway Sports Group and has had messages of support from them this week – although he has not spoken to anyone in person. He has urged his players to display some “aggression and tenacity” which has been lacking this season, starting against Ludogorets as they seek to keep their hopes of progress to the knockout phase of the Champions League alive. “It can happen. It is something that you work towards,” Rodgers said. “Sometimes it takes one moment that can change a season for you and that is something that we have to believe can happen. “It has happened as of late and apart from a half in a game, or the game at Tottenham, we haven’t been anywhere near our levels. “But one thing you can never do is give up. We keep working in the belief that the honesty and belief of the group will get us the results.” Liverpool have lost their last three Champions League games – they have never lost four in succession in the same season and never been defeated in all three away games in a European group stage. Goals have been a problem with the two they scored against Ludogorets back on September 16 their only efforts so far – and one of those was an added-time penalty winner from Steven Gerrard. In the wake of Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace ex-Reds defender Jamie Carragher said the team was lacking in leaders and was bullied in games. Lambert accepts, on that occasion, the former vice-captain’s assessment was right, but he insists the players are determined to put things right against Ludogorets in the Champions League.
The former England Under-21 defender completed his move from north London to south Wales on Thursday evening for a fee understood to be £5million. Naughton has penned a three-and-a-half year contract at the Liberty Stadium and could make his debut in Swansea’s FA Cup fourth round tie at Blackburn on Saturday. “I’m pleased it’s all done because there has been talk since the summer over a potential move,” Naughton told the official Swansea website. “My main aim is to start playing regular football again. I know it’s going to be a tough challenge because there are some very good players here, but that’s my goal. “I’ve had quite a few loan moves over my career, but I actually played 34 games last season for Spurs, which is a fair amount. “The main problem for me, however, was that I was still in and out of the team. That’s difficult at times. “I’m sad to be leaving Spurs because it’s a great club. I was there quite a while and the lads are a great bunch. “But now I just want to settle into life at Swansea and try to play regularly. “It all comes down to playing football – after all, that’s my job.” The 26-year-old joined Tottenham in 2009 after playing 40 games for his hometown club Sheffield United but went out on loan at Middlesbrough, Leicester and Norwich in his search for first-team football. Kyle Naughton has revealed he left Tottenham for Swansea to play regular first-team football. Naughton, who can play either right-back or left-back, made 74 appearances for Spurs and said he spoke to former team-mates and Swansea old boys Michel Vorm and Ben Davies about his new club. “Ben had obviously been at the club the longest and he said it was a great place to play your football,” said Naughton, who trained with the Swansea squad on Thursday morning before the formalities of his deal was completed. “He said it was a good club with a family-feel to it. “To be honest, as soon as I walked into the training ground I could see that for myself straight away.” Naughton becomes Swansea manager Garry Monk’s third signing of the January transfer window following the arrival of Benfica striker loanee Nelson Oliveira and midfielder Matt Grimes from Exeter. “Kyle’s experienced at this level and brings Premier League pedigree,” Monk said. “He’s a good age for us and we look for players who want to prove a point and are hungry to do well. “Kyle enjoyed his time at Tottenham but he didn’t have the amount of games he wanted. “But he will add quality with the other full-backs we’ve got and I’m looking for Kyle to push on and stake a claim for the starting XI.” Monk, meanwhile, said Bafetimbi Gomis remains committed to Swansea despite the French striker’s comments last weekend that he could leave the club in January. Gomis raised fresh doubts over his future when he gave an interview to French television station Canal Plus, the 12-times capped France international claiming Swansea had reneged on promises made to him about the game-time he would receive after joining from Lyon last summer. But Monk said: “I’m confident Bafe will stay here. “I’ve seen his comments and I’ve spoken to Bafe but it’s nothing new, it’s the way it is in football now. “Go back a few years and you wouldn’t see these sort of comments. But the conversation with me and Bafe stays between me and Bafe. “I understand from a player’s perspective as well how he’s been frustrated. He’s not a young player who’s up and coming, he has pedigree as he’s a top performer who’s performed his whole career. “He’s on the training ground with a smile on his face. He is very professional, gets on with his job and works hard. “He’s a pleasure to be with around the group as well and a pleasure to work with every single day.” Press Association
Outsider of four Rawnaq delivered a 25-1 upset in the Flyingbolt Novice Chase at Navan when he got the better of 4-9 hotpot Gilgamboa. Real Steel was Gigginstown House Stud’s sole representative following the late withdrawal of Bishops Road, and he made the running until Andrew Lynch sent Rawnaq into the lead at the fourth-last fence in the Grade Two contest. It looked like Mark Walsh had the move covered on Gilgamboa, who was switched to the far side to make his bid and held a narrow lead at the final obstacle, but Rawnaq – having his first run for 119 days – found more and got on top in the last 100 yards to score by a length and three-quarters. Trainer Matthew Smith said: “He has been off a while. He had a few little issues after his last run in Cork. We got them sorted out and we were hopeful more than confident, but we did think he had a better chance than a 25-1 shot. “That’s three runs here and three wins. He loves coming up the hill. “We had no plan. We said we’d see how we got on today and take it from there. Andrew said it was right to run him over this trip on that ground, but on better ground he’d stay three miles.” Lynch added: “He won well here in his beginners chase. I was disappointed with him in Cork. “He jumped and travelled well and battled on well. I thought we went a nice gallop and I was always happy with my lad. He jumped well.” Press Association
Jose Mourinho launched a thinly-veiled attack on referee Martin Atkinson after Chelsea’s 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw with Burnley at Stamford Bridge. The turning point of the match unfolded in the 70th minute when Nemanja Matic was sent off for pushing Ashley Barnes to the ground in response to a nasty one-footed lunge from the forward. Mourinho insisted that Barnes should not have been on the pitch to commit the studs-up foul as his 31st minute knee on Branislav Ivanovic was worthy of a red card. “A couple of weeks ago when I was here in the press conference after the Liverpool game in the Capital One Cup, the television subtitles had gone on and on about Diego’s crimes. Well compare Diego’s crimes with what happened against Burnley.” Mourinho may have been guarded with his thoughts, but Chelsea’s official website later posted a story which contained no quotes but a breakdown of the incidents. It read: ” MINUTE 30: Branislav Ivanovic is felled by a challenge from Burnley’s Ashley Barnes [pictured above], who escapes punishment; MINUTE 33: The Blues are denied a clear penalty as Ivanovic’s shot strikes the arm of Michael Kightly inside the penalty area; MINUTE 43: A second clear penalty appeal is turned away, this time after Diego Costa was pushed to the ground by Jason Shackell; MINUTE 69: Barnes goes through Nemanja Matic with a potentially leg-breaking tackle, a challenge which ultimately led to Matic’s dismissal.” Mourinho claimed in January that there is a “clear campaign” by “people, pundits, commentators and coaches from other teams” against Chelsea and the Portuguese hinted that Saturday’s events against Burnley have only solidified his belief. “Have I seen a run of decisions like this? I don’t remember. I’m happy that I’m not stupid and I understood everything a couple of months ago. I’m not in the mood to laugh,” he said. “If this story that started a couple of months ago finished today with 12 matches to play with an advantage of five points, I’d tell you we will be champions. But I don’t know if the story ends here, or if there is more waiting for us.” Burnley boss Sean Dyche refused to antagonise Mourinho, though clearly disagreed with his belief that Barnes should have been sent off. “I’ve only seen it as it happened. It looked like a coming together at an odd angle. Then Matic reacts in the way he did,” Dyche said. “I will look back at it again, but I haven’t seen it since. But there’s more to talk about than that because it was an excellent performance. “Barnes was involved in something earlier in what sense? Playing football? A charge in the back? Is there anything else? The grass was too short? “I have total respect for Jose Mourinho, his players and Chelsea. Fantastic manager, fantastic club.” The Chelsea boss also disagreed with Atkinson’s decision to reject penalty appeals when Michael Kightly handed the ball in the 34th minute and Jason Shackell barged over Diego Costa in the 44th minute. Ivanovic opened the scoring for the Premier League leaders before Ben Mee headed home an 81st-minute equaliser. Mourinho, mindful of avoiding another run-in with authorities, chose his words carefully as he criticised Atkinson. “This game had four crucial moments – minutes 30, 33, 43 and 69. This is the story of this game. I can’t comment because it’s difficult for me to not say the truth,” Mourinho said. “I’m making it easy for you because if you look at these moments you know exactly what I think about the game. “What happened to Matic was in minute 69 and minute 69 had a big relationship with minute 30 because normally that player, if I can call him a player, should have been in the shower in minute 31. “There wouldn’t have been a minute 69 if the person in charge had dealt with minute 30 properly.” When asked about Barnes’ tackle, Mourinho replied: “I’ll leave it with you. I’d prefer not to call it because if I call it I’m going to use some words….. Press Association
Memphis Depay has set himself the ultimate ambition – to become the best player in the world during his time at Manchester United. Press Association The 21-year-old penned a deal to move from PSV Eindhoven to Old Trafford when the transfer window opens in July and the Holland ace has lofty ambitions of what he wants to achieve in the Premier League. Depay, who has scored 25 goals this season, has a tattoo emblazoned on his chest that reads “dream chaser” and he is setting out to achieve even more in his early career. “His performance on the training ground is different from other trainers. After the World Cup he told me to stay hungry and I told myself to stay hungry. When I made the decision to stay I wanted to be champion and top scorer. I set those goals and I hope to achieve them. “It will be great to have an opportunity to train with him and work with him. Of course I am looking forward. “I want to improve myself but Dutch players have played also in the Premier League and I spoke with many of them. I believe I can be a big player in the Premier League – I showed my ability in the World Cup. “I am very excited. I was always reading about the Premier League. It has been a big dream and one that came true. But is not the end of the dream, it is just starting.” The dream now is more long-term, to dethrone the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Eden Hazard as the best player in the world. And, with an affinity with former United favourite Ronaldo, Depay has already drawn comparisons to the Real Madrid forward from fellow Dutch international Leroy Fer. Whilst Depay regards Ronaldo as a hero, he also knows he needs to emulate the Portuguese if he is to get close to the dream he is chasing. “I heard Leroy Fer speak about it and it is great to hear that from other players,” he added. “If you read it in the media it is great, but I am 21 and I have not reached the level of Cristiano Ronaldo. “He is a big hero for me and one day I hope to reach that level. He scores so many goals and I want to fight to be one of the best players in the world.” Depay is the first summer signing for United as they look to build on the squad which has all but sealed a return to Champions League football. Meanwhile, United’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward is likely to shed some light on Van Gaal’s spending plans tomorrow. United will announce their third quarterly results at noon and Woodward will then take part in a conference call with investors when the subject of summer spending is likely to be raised. “‘Dream chaser’ stands for me chasing my dreams,” he said. “I believe I can be one of the best players in the world and I have to dream and believe to achieve. It is tattooed on my chest. “You just have to work every day on your dreams. My dreams started with going to the World Cup and then when I was there I scored two goals – becoming the youngest ever Dutch goalscorer – and I was very happy. “But when the World Cup was finished I realised that was not it. I had to take more on to the pitch – there was more to do. “So after the World Cup in pre-season I spoke to my manager and said I have to keep focused. Scoring in the World Cup was good but not the end of it. Now I am on fire.” Depay opted to remain in the Eredivisie last summer despite plenty of interest following those World Cup goals against Australia and Chile. He revealed his former Holland coach and future United boss Louis van Gaal told him to keep improving on his game before he made a move for the forward – fending off reported interest from Paris St Germain and Liverpool. “He is different,” Depay said of Van Gaal.
Dick Advocaat’s team led through Yann M’Vila’s superb free-kick but a Scott Sinclair double before half-time turned the game on its head. However, Villa could not hold on to the lead either and Jeremain Lens levelled for Sunderland early in the second half. Sherwood’s side pushed for a winning goal and had a couple of penalty shouts turned down but it ended all square. Sunderland went ahead after eight minutes through M’Vila’s free-kick. His lovely curling shot around the Villa wall left Brad Guzan, diving at full stretch, with no chance. But the lead lasted just three minutes. Lee Cattermole clumsily leant over the top of Sinclair and referee Robert Madley pointed to the penalty spot. Sinclair took the spot-kick himself and tucked the ball away into the left-hand side of the net, sending Costel Pantilimon the wrong way. Villa were now in the ascendancy and Sinclair went close again before Ashley Westwood’s first-time shot from the right side of the area flew just wide. Carlos Sanchez perhaps should have done better than guide his far-post shot over the crossbar when Leandro Bacuna’s cross from the left evaded everyone in the box and fell at the feet of the Colombia international. Press Association Rudy Gestede, a handful for the Sunderland defenders throughout, then showed good strength with his back to goal to turn Billy Jones and get a shot away which Pantilimon held. Villa made their pressure pay four minutes before half-time when Idrissa Gueye set Jordan Amavi free down the left and Sinclair got between two defenders inside the six-yard box to divert his low cross into the roof of the net. Whatever Advocaat said to his players at the break it got that late first-half disappointment out of their systems – although two substitutions played a big part. The Dutchman replaced Danny Graham and Cattermole with Steven Fletcher and Ola Toivonen, on for his debut following his loan arrival this week from French club Rennes. Fletcher was involved straight away as Sunderland started the second half brightly, with his header having to be tipped over the crossbar by Guzan. Shortly afterwards, Toivonen joined the party. His threaded through ball found Lens, who turned Ciaran Clark and fired his shot beyond Guzan. Sinclair somehow squandered the chance of a second hat-trick in four days as he got on the end of Gueye’s driven cross but the ball struck his body just a couple of yards from goal and ricocheted into the grateful hands of Pantilimon. Villa thought they had a penalty 10 minutes from time when substitute Carles Gil went down under a challenge from Younes Kaboul but the referee booked the Villa man for simulation. Pantilimon produced a good save to deny Ashley Westwood and then kept out a Gestede header as the hosts searched for a winner but Sunderland held on to their point. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Sunderland in lime green – awful.” – Football presenter Richard Keys was unimpressed with Sunderland’s away kit. https://twitter.com/richardajkeys/status/637627451510689792 – @richardajkeys PLAYER RATINGS Villa Brad Guzan 5 Micah Richards 6 Ciaran Clark 5 Leandro Bacuna 5 Idrissa Gana 6 Scott Sinclair 7 Ashley Westwood 6 Alan Hutton 5 Jordan Amavi 6 Carlos Sanchez 6 Rudy Gestede 6 Subs Carles Gil 5 Sunderland Costel Pantilimon 8 Billy Jones 5 Patrick van Aanholt Lee Catermole 3 Jack Rodwell 5 Younes Kaboul 5 John O’Shea 5 Jeremain Lens 6 Jermain Defo e 6 Danny Graham 4 Yann M’Vila 6 Subs Ola Toivonen 6 Seb Larsson 5 Steven Fletcher 6 STAR PLAYER Pantilimon – did not really have much chance with either goal he conceded but made some important saves to ensure his side escaped with a point. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Villa’s second goal was Sherwood’s side at their fluent best – a lovely move rounded off with a sliding finish from Sinclair. VIEW FROM BENCH Sherwood found it hard to hide his frustration when referee Robert Madley not only failed to give his side a penalty but booked Gil for diving. He shaped to kick a clutch of water bottles on the touchline but refrained from doing so. MOAN OF THE MATCH Sunderland employed a few time-wasting tactics late in the game, which is always frustrating to see. WHO’S UP NEXT? Leicester v Aston Villa (Premier League, Sunday 13 September) Sunderland v Tottenham (Premier League, Sunday 13 September) Tim Sherwood said this week it was too early in the season for must-win games but he will be disappointed his Aston Villa side were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Sunderland. Neither team has shown too much so far to suggest significant improvement on last season’s struggles towards the bottom of the Barclays Premier league but on this showing Villa may just have enough as an attacking force to survive. Sunderland, on the other hand, perhaps not so. With their problems lying at the opposite end of the pitch, they will not keep many clean sheets this season.
The Dutchman saw his side lose 2-0 at Bournemouth on Saturday, with Younes Kaboul sent off as the hosts fully deserved their first ever home Premier League win. Callum Wilson opened the scoring for the Cherries inside four minutes before a superb Matt Ritchie volley moments later sealed a memorable result for Eddie Howe’s side. Jeremain Lens had a legitimate second-half header ruled out for offside before Kaboul was dismissed for a second booking haven been run ragged by Wilson all afternoon. And Advocaat, whose side dropped to the foot of the table as a result of the loss, said both he and the players will have to take a look at themselves in the coming days after passing up the opportunity to take three points from what he saw as a winnable game “I’m very angry with the way we started the game,” he said. “We started playing at 2-0 down but by then it is too late. I’m very, very angry with the players – although it is not the first time. “I will think about myself, what I did wrong – the meeting, the training, the wrong line-up, whatever. I also told them you have to face it yourselves as well. “What we bring and what they brought is different. I respect Bournemouth for winning this game but if you see the paper and the names you have to do a little bit more than we did today.” Although it is still only September, Advocaat insisted those involved with Sunderland cannot keep dismissing this run of form as unimportant due to the number of games remaining. “We cannot keep saying that we have 32 games to go – if you play six games and have two points it is not good enough,” he added. “All my respect to Bournemouth and with what they have done but there is no need to lose a game like this in my opinion.” Although Ritchie’s strike will grab all of the headlines, Wilson’s opener saw him move onto five goals from the opening for games of the season. That leaves him as the top goalscorer in the league and Howe praised the forward and backed him to make his mark at international level if given the chance. “He has all the attributes that a modern-day striker needs,” Howe said of the man who scored a hat-trick in the recent 4-3 win at West Ham. “He is very quick, he did really well today for the first goal to show strength and the ability to roll the defender in a tight situation and it was a great finish – he is full of confidence at the moment. “I think it is great that we are playing at this level and our players are being appreciated and talked about and I’d like nothing more than to see Callum go on and make England appearances. “I think Callum’s potential is limitless, he is strong, quick and a good finisher and one of the features today was his hold-up play. He is developing all aspects of his game all the time, he is young and level-headed and keep doing the right things.” Having won away at West Ham, this was Bournemouth’s first Premier League victory at the Vitality Stadium and Howe conceded a strong home record is essential in their battle to stay in the top-flight beyond one season. “I think today was a really important day for us,” he added. “Our home form, every season, is hugely important. You need to be confident and home and deliver good performances in front of your own crowd and get points and today goes a long way to giving the players a boost when they really needed it.” Dick Advocaat will leave no stone unturned in his attempts to halt Sunderland’s stuttering start to the season. Press Association
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho could again face questions over his treatment of former club doctor Eva Carneiro after Football Association chairman Greg Dyke criticised the Portuguese’s handling of the incident. Mourinho is due to conduct his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon ahead of the clash with Southampton and may choose to respond to Dyke’s assertions. The letter was sent following Wednesday’s FA board meeting, since when independent board member Heather Rabbatts launched a stinging attack on the FA for its “seriously disappointing” handling of the Carneiro case. Dyke’s letter makes clear his misgivings over Mourinho’s behaviour. Carneiro was dropped from first-team duties after an incident on the opening day of the season when she was criticised by Mourinho for going on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard. She has since parted company with Chelsea. Dyke says in the letter: “There have been some well-documented issues of late around equality and inclusion in the game, an issue where it is vital we continue to show clear leadership. “I felt the handling of the case of the Chelsea doctor, Eva Carneiro, was a good example of this. We supported Heather Rabbatts’ strong statement on the matter earlier in the month. “Personally I don’t think Mr Mourinho comes well out of the whole saga – he clearly made a mistake in the heat of a game, and should have said so and apologised. “Instead he has said very little and Miss Carneiro has lost her job. “Our regulatory team have investigated this and whilst Mr Mourinho has breached no rules it was clearly a failure of his personal judgement and public behaviour. This should be seen as such by the game.” Mourinho was earlier this week cleared of using discriminatory language towards Carneiro in Chelsea’s opening Premier League game of the season against Swansea. But Dyke said – in a letter to FA council members, a copy of which has been obtained by Press Association Sport – that Mourinho committed “a failure of his personal judgement and public behaviour”. Rabbatts, head of the FA’s inclusion advisory board, said she had “major concerns” regarding the FA’s disciplinary process which saw Mourinho cleared. It has emerged that the FA did not ask to interview Carneiro, although it is understood it asked her lawyers if they wished to provide any evidence. Rabbatts told Press Association Sport: “The FA’s reaction to the treatment of Dr Eva Carneiro has been seriously disappointing. I have major concerns over the way in which the disciplinary process has been conducted and the lack of an organisational response to the wider issues raised by this case. “We had an announcement late (on Wednesday) relating to a high-profile incident which occurred on August 8 and yet it would appear that during that time no witnesses were requested to speak to the FA, including Dr Carneiro, and in the course of the investigation some media were reporting it was likely that no charge was to be brought.” Press Association
Steven Shingler kicked a dramatic stoppage time penalty from close to halfway as Scarlets won the battle of the Guinness PRO12’s top two 25-22 at Parc y Scarlets. Shingler kicked 15 points, while the Scarlets scored two tries through wing DTH van der Merwe and replacement Tom Williams. Munster’s try was scored by full-back Andrew Conway, with Ian Keatley supplying 17 points with the boot. Scarlets selected four of Wales’ World Cup squad players – Ken Owens, Samson Lee, Jake Ball and Gareth Davies, who was named on the replacements’ bench. Munster, who made eight changes from the win against Glasgow, did not include any of their World Cup players. But despite that Munster fully deserved their 13-6 half-time lead making the most of an error-strewn display by Scarlets in persistent drizzle. Early Munster pressure got them on the scoreboard first with a Keatley penalty on six minutes. Twice Scarlets, who had a nightmare in the line-out, found themselves deep inside the opposition 22 only to fluff both efforts. First they gave away a penalty in the shadow of the Munster posts and then, after a Van der Merwe break, Shingler knocked on just short of the line. On 26 minutes Munster scored a try when full-back Conway pounced on a Scarlets handling error, kicking the ball up field three times before winning the race to the touchdown. Shingler and Keatley swapped penalties before the former kept the Scarlets in touch with his second penalty in the final minute of the first half. Press Association The victory sent unbeaten Scarlets back to the top of the table and in the process ended Munster’s own unbeaten record. In a close encounter Scarlets had trailed 22-19 going into the final seven minutes but fly-half Shingler, who had missed a couple of shots at goal, found the target twice when it mattered. Scarlets made a dramatic start to the second half after Van der Merwe got over in the left corner, but Shingler missed the conversion and the chance to level the scores. But seven minutes later Scarlets erred offside, which allowed Keatley to convert his third penalty. However, replacement Tom Williams scored in the right corner to level the scores at 16-16 before he was sin-binned for a high tackle. While he was off Scarlets managed to keep the scores level. Keatley dropped a goal, a score that was cancelled out by Shingler’s third penalty. But, having missed two long range kicks, Keatley split the posts with a 50-metre effort to put his side in front with seven minutes remaining. That was just enough time for Shingler to kick over two more penalties on 78 and 83 minutes to earn Scarlets a famous win as Munster were forced to make do with a losing bonus point.
The Hornets skipper – who netted 21 times in the club’s promotion campaign last term – opened the scoring in the 43rd minute from a flick by fellow forward Odion Ighalo, moments after each player had hit the crossbar just seconds apart. Almen Abdi wrapped things up in the 69th minute following a mistake by Marc Wilson to spoil Mark Hughes’ 100th game in charge of Stoke, who had gone into the match looking for a fourth straight Barclays Premier League victory. Troy Deeney notched his first goal of the season as Watford ended Stoke’s winning run by beating them 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium. The result sees Quique Sanchez Flores’ side leapfrog their hosts in the table, moving up to 13th while the Potters slip to 14th. Deeney almost found himself presented with a great chance in the opening seconds when Geoff Cameron got in a mess near the Stoke goal, but Glen Johnson was on hand to make a cool interception. Cameron, holding his right thigh, had to come off soon after for Wilson as the home side tried to get a grip on the game. They managed to boss possession for much of the first half and had several corners but were unable to really threaten, with Marko Arnautovic somewhat summing things up in the 29th minute when he shouldered a decent opportunity over the bar. Watford then suddenly sprung into life in attack in the 37th minute, hitting the bar twice in quick succession via Ighalo’s header and a shot from Deeney. They subsequently grabbed the lead when Ighalo bamboozled Wilson as he cleverly flicked Abdi’s pass to Deeney, who took advantage of a Philipp Wollscheid slip to slot in from the edge of the box. Stoke – who moments earlier had been denied an opener direct from Xherdan Shaqiri’s corner by a near-post Heurelho Gomes save – then had protests that Miguel Britos had handled a cross from the Switzerland winger in front of goal waved away by referee Martin Atkinson. Watford got a similar reaction from the official after the break as Ighalo and Ikechi Anya looked his way following challenges on them in the area by Wilson and Erik Pieters respectively. Hughes looked to shake up his attack on the hour by bringing on Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters for Joselu and Shaqiri. But it was Watford who found the net soon after as Wilson lost possession to Ighalo and he teed up Abdi, who burst forward and smashed past Jack Butland. The England goalkeeper then made a good save to keep out an effort from substitute Juan Carlos Paredes, while Walters struck across the face of goal at the other end as Stoke’s hopes faded. TWEET OF THE MATCH “If you told me 13 points from 10 games I’d have taken it in a flash Everyone associated with the club deserves credit” – Watford fan account @watfordfcgossip on the Hornets’ season so far. https://twitter.com/watfordfcgossip/status/657955345617260548 PLAYER RATINGS (Out of 10) Stoke Jack Butland – 6 Erik Pieters – 5 Geoff Cameron – 4 Philipp Wollscheid – 5 Glen Johnson – 6 Glenn Whelan – 6 Charlie Adam – 6 Marko Arnautovic – 6 Bojan Krkic – 6 Xherdan Shaqiri – 6 Joselu – 6 Substitutes Marc Wilson – 5 Jonathan Walters – 6 Peter Crouch – 6 Watford Heurelho Gomes – 6 Nathan Ake – 6 Miguel Britos – 6 Craig Cathcart – 6 Allan Nyom – 6 Ben Watson – 6 Etienne Capoue – 6 Ikechi Anya – 6 Almen Abdi – 7 Troy Deeney – 8 Odion Ighalo – 8 Substitutes Juan Carlos Paredes – 6 Valon Behrami – 6 Adlene Guedioura – 6 STAR MAN Odion Ighalo: Created both goals, hit the crossbar and generally made a nuisance of himself. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Troy Deeney’s goal: The moment the Watford skipper had waited so long for finally arrived, and in fine style. Set up by some nifty footwork by Ighalo, Deeney took his chance with aplomb, striking confidently past Jack Butland to register his first-ever Premier League goal. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Boss Mark Hughes understandably selected the same team that had extended the Stoke’s winning run at Swansea, but the likes of Joselu, Bojan, Xherdan Shaqiri and Marko Arnautovic failed to fire in attack. The manager switched things around on the hour by bringing on Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters, but it made little difference. On the defensive front, Hughes will be pleased Ryan Shawcross is nearly ready to return given Geoff Cameron’s injury and the performance of his repalcement Marc Wilson. Opposite number Quique Sanchez Flores will be pleased all-round; that someone other that Ighalo – who had five of their six goals to date for the campaign prior to this match – has scored, that it was the hard-working Deeney getting off the mark, and with the general way his defensively-resolute side picked up another creditable result. MOAN OF THE MATCH Stoke went into this game with real momentum and it looked on paper – at home, against a newly-promoted side – like a very good opportunity to chalk up another victory. But Hughes’ players ultimately let him down in his 100th game in charge. They saw plenty of the ball, particularly in the first half, but their finishing was wasteful and mistakes at the back cost them. WHO’S UP NEXT? Stoke v Chelsea (Capital One Cup, Tuesday October 27) Watford v West Ham (Premier League, Saturday October 31) Press Association
Defender Chris Smalling is hoping Manchester United can make Liverpool pay for their midweek disappointment at Newcastle. Press Association United head for Anfield on Sunday having slipped to sixth place in the Barclays Premier League table as a result of Tuesday night’s 3-3 draw at St James’ Park. However, Smalling is hoping they can take out their frustration on Jurgen Klopp’s men by completing a double following their 3-1 victory over their rivals at Old Trafford in September. The 26-year-old was astonished to see referee Mike Dean, who had earlier awarded United a penalty for handball against Chancel Mbemba, point to the spot after allowing a series of other tussles go. Smalling said: “We were both jostling for positions throughout the game. The referee said we were both at it, so he didn’t give anything and I think there needs to be that consistency with the decisions. “You can see my shirt was clearly pulled as well, so it’s just about consistency. If you’re going to give them, fair enough, but you need to be giving them on a regular basis.” He told MUTV: “In recent times, we’ve done very well against them – obviously this year at Old Trafford and last season we’ve got very good results, so we’re very confident of going there and causing them a problem.” Smalling and his team-mates headed back across the Pennines on Tuesday fuming after surrendering 2-0 and 3-2 leads against the relegation-threatened Magpies on a night when they placated their critics with some enterprising football, but were unable to match it with defensive resilience. First-half goals from Wayne Rooney and Jesse Lingard put them in charge and after Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic had cancelled out their advantage, Rooney struck again 11 minutes from time. But their joy was short-lived as full-back Paul Dummett lashed home a 90th-minute equaliser to ensure the spoils were shared. Smalling said: “If you came into the changing rooms after the match, it was like we’d lost the game. We put ourselves in such a good position and we could have finished it a little bit earlier, but even when we did so well to get to 3-2, we need to hold on and be a bit stronger. “We got that early goal which settled us down and we could have scored more, but it’s about finding that balance so we’re not giving away these sloppy goals just before half-time and just before the final whistle. “They’re key times in the game and we need to make sure we’re switched on.” It proved an eventful evening on Tyneside for Smalling, who unwittingly deflected Dummett’s strike past helpless keeper David de Gea after conceding the penalty from which Mitrovic made it 2-2 following a wrestling match with the Serbia international.
A White Sox employee’s ceremonial first pitch goes awry when it misses its target by a long shot and hits a team photographer.A photographer almost got taken out by this first pitch at the Royals-White Sox game (via @FSKansasCity) pic.twitter.com/Lyzubr2E77— ESPN (@espn) May 29, 2019 The staffer’s toss hit the camera of a photographer who was capturing the moment on the first-base side of the mound before last night’s Sox-Royals game at Guaranteed Rate Field. The photographer posted on Twitter that he and the camera are doing okay.
The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a 65-year-old woman who has been missing for more than a week.Authorities say Ginger Widger was reported missing by her daughter around October 26th. Widger’s daughter told authorities that she last saw her mother in June and last spoke to her on October 26th.Widger was said to have lived off of the 8000 block of 129th Street, Roseland and could be in the Sebastian or Vero Lake Estates area.If you have any information about Widger you are asked to call the Indian River County Public Safety Dispatch at 772-978-6240.
WPTV Reports:Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) will suspend her presidential campaign, the Associated Press reports.Klobuchar plans to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of tomorrow’s crucial Super Tuesday vote.Despite some solid debate performances, Klobuchar failed to distinguish herself in the crowded race to represent to moderate vote in the Democratic primaries. Biden’s win in South Carolina on Saturday set him up as the leader among moderate candidates.Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to lead all candidates with 60 pledged delegates. Klobuchar picked up seven delegates in the first four states.Klobuchar’s announcement comes a day after former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced that he was ending his presidential campaign.This is a breaking story and will be updated.
A small plane that crashed in a Boynton Beach neighborhood last month, killing the pilot, probably left Lantana Airport with almost no fuel, according to a preliminary report.According to the National Transportation Safety Board’s initial report, which was posted Wednesday morning, the single-engine plane’s two fuel tanks, one on each wing, were both ruptured from the impact, but contained “no evidence of residual fuel.” In addition, the crash site had no smell of fuel and no browned grass.Moreover, the valve that switches between tanks “was devoid of fuel,” as was the engine-driven fuel pump.The March 6 crash of the two-seat Grumman American AA-5 killed 67-year-old John Pardillo, of Miami. His aircraft went into a backyard at Dos Lagos, a gated community near Congress Avenue and Miner Road.The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) interim report states the two-seater was in the air for only 20 minutes.The plane struck a 18-foot-tall palm tree, slicing it at about 5 feet up, before coming to a stop against a fence about 30 feet from the back wall of the home.FAA records show the plane’s registration had expired on Sept. 30 of last year. The report said Pardillo, the pilot, held a valid certificate and had accumulated 350 hours of flying, with about 249 hours of that in single-engine planes.
Trump added, “But yeah, we have people looking at it very, very strongly. Scientific people, intelligence people and others. And we are going to put it together and have a very good answer eventually.”The president expressed optimism that China could be forthcoming, saying, “And China might even tell us. China may tell us.”In terms of potentially not paying on debt held by China as retaliation, he responded, “You start playing those games and that’s tough. You know we have the dollar to protect. That’s a rough game.”That topic came up in reference to a Washington Post report that administration officials have discussed having the U.S. cancel its debt obligations.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday accused China of spreading disinformation and referred to COVID-19 as the “Wuhan virus.”Pompeo told reporters, “The mere fact that we don’t know the answers – that China hasn’t shared the answers – I think is very, very telling.”According to Reuters, a range of options are being discussed to punish China, with the State Department, White House National Security Council, Treasury Department and Pentagon, developing various options.“There is a discussion as to how hard to hit China and how to calibrate it properly,” according to a source. President Trump said during a news conference Thursday that the coronavirus may have been created in a Chinese lab, and shared doubt on possible scenarios that it jumped from animals to humans.“Yes I have. Yes I have,” Trump said when a reporter asked if he has confidence that the Wuhan Institute of Technology was where the virus originated. He added, “We’re looking at exactly where it came from, who it came from, how it happened.”That lab is located near a wet market which has been identified as the likely epicenter of the outbreak that began late last year.The president also addressed the World Health Organization, stating, “I think the World Health Organization ashamed of themselves — because they are like the public relations agency for China. And this country pays them almost $500 million a year, and China only pays $38 million a year.”He added, ‘They should be making excuses when people make horrible mistakes that are causing thousands of people around the world to die.”The prevailing scientific theory at this point is that the virus jumped from an animal species like a bat to humans, which could explain the original outbreak in Wuhan.However, the commander-in-chief is skeptical of that perspective. He said, “You had the theory from the lab, you had the theory from many different – the bats, the type of bat. And the bat is 40 miles away so it couldn’t have been here or couldn’t have been there there. There’s a lot of theories.”The United States will continue to speak out for #humanrights around the world. We call on China to respect the commitments and promises it made to #HongKong. pic.twitter.com/BdA2L1hngv— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) April 30, 2020
A judge granted a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the State of Florida and its unemployment benefit system operators on Wednesday.The lawsuit had been filed by attorneys representing Floridians who are awaiting their unemployment payments due to the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.The hearing was held by phone and through a virtual meeting.Attorneys for the state told Circuit Court Judge Angela Dempsey about steps that officials have taken to get the problematic CONNECT system working and processing payments and applications.One of the attorneys for Gov. Ron DeSantis said Florida law does not have provisions for residents to receive immediate checks. She added there are numerous state and federal requirements that must be met in order to avoid fraud.“We are doing the best we can with the system and the resources we have,” she explained. “It’s not as fast as we would like, it’s not as fast as you would like.”On the other hand, attorney Gautier Kitchen, who represents the residents, suggested the state pay everyone and confirm unemployment later, adding that the DEO is “deterring, delaying and denying. They can pay and chase just like they do with Medicare.”DeSantis has previously called the CONNECT system a “clunker” that was not designed to withstand any type of surge in usage.As of May 5, @FLDEO has paid 481,497 claimants a total of more than $1.017 billion. https://t.co/6wxlTUaZ6K#ReemploymentAssistance pic.twitter.com/qMg9bkB6c5— Florida DEO (@FLDEO) May 6, 2020 Kitchen quoted the governor on those statements while making his plea to the judge.“They had their shot at this, too little, too late, something has to be done, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men cannot fix the system,” he said, adding, “Fifty years ago we put a man on the moon but we can’t enroll people in an unemployment system.”Dempsey ultimately said she had no choice but to grant the state’s request, adding that she does not “have the authority to rewrite the statute or to create a whole new pay and chase system.”The DEO dashboard states that more than $1 billion has been paid to claimants as of Wednesday, which translates to at least one payment being sent to 481,487 people. In addition, more than 1.1 million people in the state have filled for unemployment benefits since mid-March.Gov. DeSantis this week asked the inspector general to investigate the $77.9 million contract under which the CONNECT site was built seven years ago.
Latest Posts Latest posts by admin (see all) admin House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Bio BOSTON — Evan Graves, formerly of Bar Harbor and now residing in Caribou, pounded the pavement for nearly three and a half minutes less than he did last year at the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 20. His place was the top finish for Mainers where he came in 32nd overall with a time of 2:26:11 versus last year’s time of 2:29:39.Bar Harbor native Evan Graves, now of Caribou, on his way to finishing 32nd overall at the Boston Marathon on Monday.—RICK CHALMERSMathew Frongillo of Bar Harbor was the fastest Mount Desert Island resident, cracking the top 100 with a 93rd-place finish. His time of 2:34:29 was roughly six and a half minutes faster than in last year’s Boston Marathon time.Nearly 25,000 runners participated in this year’s Boston Marathon.Gary Allen of the Cranberry Isles ran more than a minute faster than last year, when he crossed the line in 2:57:42 for 1036th place. His best time is a 2:54:20, which he ran in 2006.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textComing in with a time of 3:12:31, Tim Tunney of Ellsworth was about 11 minutes off his best time, 3:01:43, which he did in 2007.Running in his ninth consecutive Boston Marathon, James Newett of Ellsworth was two minutes faster than last year’s time, finishing in 3:20:23. His best time in the event is 3:01:54, which he ran in 2001.Stephen Whalen of Bernard finished his first Boston Marathon holding a pace of 8:23 per mile, ending up with a 3:39:116 as a finishing time.Also in his first Boston Marathon, Matt Homich of Ellsworth managed a time of 3:41:16 with a 8:27 minute per mile pace.The first female from Hancock County to finish was Mary Dudzik from Bar Harbor who was competing in her sixth Boston Marathon. She finished in 3,638th place in the women’s division with a time of 3:44:58. Her best time at Boston is a 3:41:08 in 2006.Ellsworth resident Michele Gagnon shattered her old personal record in the Boston Marathon, which she ran in 2008, by 21 minutes and 26 seconds. Her new best time is 3:49:01.Lou “The Snail” Ingrisano of Bar Harbor, a perennial crowd favorite, who finished his last Boston Marathon in 2006, came in with a time of 4:46:50. Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015
By Mike LowePortland Press-HeraldKINGSTON, R.I. — Improbable? Nah, last week was improbable.This one was stunning, mind-boggling, jaw-dropping, even a little outrageous.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor the second straight week, Kenny Doak kicked a field goal as time expired to lift the football team to victory, this time with a 39-yarder Saturday as the Black Bears rallied past Rhode Island 38-36 at Meade Stadium.“We were up against it today, man,” said Maine head coach Joe Harasymiak. “We’ve got a lot of things to fix, but these kids showed you how bad they wanted to win today. And that’s all that matters. All they wanted to do was win for each other.”The victory lifted the Black Bears to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association, where they remain in first place. Rhode Island dropped to 4-2 and 2-1.Maine won despite compiling 197 yards in penalties, despite falling behind by 16 in the third quarter, despite giving up the lead with 51 seconds left on a drive where the defense committed five penalties.The Black Bears won because Chris Ferguson, playing for the first time since Sept. 22 when he suffered a shoulder injury, was masterful on the final drive, completing 4 of 6 passes for 47 yards to move the Black Bears to the Rams’ 21.There, Harasymiak called a timeout with five seconds left and sent out Doak, who last week tied a school record with a 52-yard field goal on the final play to beat Villanova. His 39-yarder was true. He then turned and sprinted down the field as his teammates leaped in delirious celebration.“I knew I was going to get an opportunity,” Doak said. “I have trust in [Ferguson] and all the wide receivers. Just get me in range.”Ferguson completed 30 of 48 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns — to Devin Young and Micah Wright (10 catches, 125 yards) in his return — and scored on a 9-yard scramble with 2:28 remaining to give Maine the lead for the first time since the game’s first drive.Then the fun began.The Rams took over at their 25 and immediately faced a fourth-and-7 situation. Vito Priore found Marven Beauvais for 21 yards. Then Rhode Island faced a fourth-and-10 situation at its own 49. Priore’s pass was incomplete, but Charles Mitchell of Maine was called for roughing the passer.After an incompletion, Manny Patterson was called for pass interference, moving the Rams to the Maine 21. There, Priore threw 16 yards to Aaron Parker. Another roughing-the-passer penalty on the play moved the ball to the 2. Priore found Parker in the left corner on a fade route and the Rams led 36-35, but Patterson broke up the 2-point conversion pass to Parker.“We knew we had to make one more stop,” said DeVaughn. “Just tried to get a chance for [Doak].”Ferguson knew the Black Bears could do it, even starting at the 25 with 51 seconds left.“We practice that every week. We did it all during camp,” he said. “That’s a testament to all the work we put in the offseason, the trust I have in the guys. We took care of business.”On second down from the Rams’ 32, Ferguson passed 6 yards to Joe Fitzpatrick, who got out of bounds with 13 seconds left.After Rhode Island was called for a second illegal participation penalty, Doak — now called “Kenny Clutch” by Ferguson — came on with five seconds left.Asked if he knew the kick was going to be good, Doak’s teammates replied for him: “No doubt.”Just like the win, right?
CARIBOU — Sierra Andrews’ goal in the second overtime period Saturday gave the Ellsworth girls’ soccer team a crucial road win over Caribou.Ellsworth fell behind early in the second half when Caribou’s Edie Shea scored via an assist from Araya Caverhill to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead. Yet the Eagles find an equalizer just six minutes laters as Andrews scored her first goal of the game with an assist from Lexi Rossi.Although Shea scored a second time to put Caribou ahead 2-1, Ellsworth leveled the score a second time as Addi Laslie converted a penalty kick for the final goal of regulation. Then, with 2 minutes, 26 seconds left in the second period of overtime, Andrews scored on a header to give the Eagles a 3-2 win.The victory marked Ellsworth’s first over Caribou in more than six years. The Vikings had outscored the Eagles 52-7 in the eight previous encounters between the two teams.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth’s next game will be at home against Presque Isle at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. The Eagles will then host Mount Desert Island for Senior Night at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.GSA beats Searsport for 1st winThe George Stevens Academy girls’ team earned its first win of the 2019 season Friday with a 3-0 win over Searsport (3-7) in Blue Hill.The win avenged GSA’s 3-1 loss to Searsport on Sept. 6. It also moved the Eagles (1-9-1) into Class C North’s 10th and final playoff spot with less than three weeks remaining in the regular season.GSA will have 10 days of rest before facing Washington Academy in a pivotal Class C North clash at 5 p.m. Oct. 15, in East Machias. The Eagles will close out the regular with home games against Dexter (4 p.m. Oct. 17) and Orono (4 p.m. Oct. 22).
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Greater Noida: Uttar Pradesh Sports Minister Chetan Chauhan on Thursday announced his government’s decision to give away hefty cash awards to Olympic medallists, that will see the winners getting richer by Rs 6 crore while the silver and bronze medallists will bag a purse of Rs 4 crore and Rs 2 crore, respectively.”Our government has decided to give Rs 50 lakh to gold, Rs 30 lakh to silver, and Rs 20 lakh to bronze medallists of Asian and CWG medal winners. On October 2, our Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will felicitate all the medal winners in Lucknow,” he added.Besides the medal winners, a sum of Rs 5 lakh will be given to each participating athlete in the Asian Games and CWG.Chauhan said the government has taken this decision to uplift the conditions of sports and sportspersons in the state, from where 11 out of 44 athletes have returned with medals from the recently-held Asian Games.”We have taken so many decisions including giving Rs 6 crore to Olympic gold medallists. We know that UP has so much talent and the increased prize money will motivate them to perform at the highest level,” Chauhan said during the jersey unveiling ceremony of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) franchisee — UP Yoddha.”In the recently-concluded Asian Games, 44 players from UP had participated and won 11 medals. Before that UP athletes won 7 medals in CWG. Our players are performing well and it’s our duty to help them financially.””This is probably the first time that a government will give some money to participating athletes. All athletes will be benefited by this decision and it will help uplift the financial condition of athletes residing in UP,” he said.”UP government has also decided to give financial help to retired sportspersons. All the athletes who won Arjuna, Dronacharya and Rani Jhansi awards will get Rs 20,000 per month pension.”We cannot forget those who have brought laurels for the country and state. Being a sportsperson I know what kind of difficulties they had faced. Our main aim is to promote sports culture in UP and these decisions will certainly help,” he added.Chauhan also promised jobs to the medallists from the state, besides allowing them four years to complete their graduation in order to be eligible for Class 2 level jobs.”We have decided that all the medal winner athletes will get class 2 level job in 11 departments of the government. Those who have not done graduation will get four years to get the graduation degree.”Since minimum qualification for class 2 officer is graduation we have decided to give athletes four years to get the graduation degree,” he said.Chauhan said that due to the policy of the state government, the players are coming back to the state.”We have given job to Sudha Singh. Now she is residing in Mumbai but after getting all the support from our govt, she wants to come back to Lucknow. In a way, our policies enable reverse migration. Earlier athletes were leaving the state due to lack of facilities,” Chauhan said.Regarding the growing popularity of kabaddi, he said, “Kabaddi is a game that is played all the time in childhood and with the start of the Pro Kabaddi League, the game is getting corporate backing. Now the audience is also involved.” IANS
New Delhi: The Indian national selectors on Tuesday picked the India ‘A’ team for two four-day and five one-day matches against Sri Lanka ‘A’ to be played from May 25 as also the ‘A’ team for the West Indies ‘A’ tour. The team is set to play three four-day & five one-day matches against West Indies ‘A’ starting July 11.Interestingly, Wriddhiman Saha has been picked ahead of Rishabh Pant in the India ‘A’ squad for the multi-day games against West Indies ‘A’ while K.S. Bharat is the second-choice keeper. Pant has been named in the squad for the five one-day games with Manish Pandey named skipper. Shreyas Iyer will lead the team in the three four-day games against West Indies ‘A’.This tour could be the perfect opportunity for Saha to impress the selectors having lost his place in the Test team to Pant after he injured his shoulder.In the series at home against Sri Lanka, while Ishan Kishan has been named skipper of the four-day leg of the series, Priyank Panchal is the captain of the one-day games against Lanka.India A squad for 2 multi-day matches against Sri Lanka A is as follows: Ishan Kishan (C & WK), Anmolpreet Singh, Rituraj Gaikwad, Deepak Hooda, Ricky Bhui, Shubman Gill, Shivam Dube, Shreyas Gopal, Washington Sundar, Mayank Markande, Tushar Deshpande, Sandeep Warrier, Ishan Porel, Prashant ChopraIndia A squad for 5 one-day matches against Sri Lanka A is as follows: PK Panchal (C), AR Easwaran, Anmolpreet Singh, Ricky Bhui, Siddhesh Lad, Rinku Singh, Shivam Dube, KS Bharat (WK), Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, A Sarwate, Sandeep Warrier, Ankit Rajpoot, Ishan PorelIndia A squad for 5 one-day matches against West Indies A is as follows: Manish Pandey (C), Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), Rahul Chahar, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed, Avesh Khan.India A squad for 1st & 2nd multi-day matches against West Indies A is as follows: Shreyas Iyer (C), PK Panchal, AR Easwaran, Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Shivam Dube, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), KS Bharat (WK), K Gowtham, S Nadeem, Mayank Markande, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Avesh Khan.India A squad for 3rd multi-day match against West Indies A is as follows: Shreyas Iyer (C), Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), KS Bharat (WK), Shivam Dube, Mayank Markande, K Gowtham, S Nadeem, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Avesh Khan. IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWS
Kolkata: Tamil Nadu’s Abhay Singh and Asian team medallist Tanvi Khanna on Tuesday bagged the men’s and women’s titles respectively in the sixth Bengal Open squash tournament at the Calcutta Racket Club.Second-seeded Abhay beat top-seeded Abhishek Pradhan 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 while Tanvi got the better of Tamil Nadu’s Aparajitha Balamurukan 11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 13-11.In the junior (under-15) category, fifth-seeded Tamil Nadu girl Shameena Riaz stunned top seed Soniya Bajaj from Maharashtra 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 7-11, 11-8. (IANS) Also Read: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal felicitates Asian Games medallists
Asuncion: Former Brazil star forward Ronaldinho has been released from jail and placed under house arrest in Paraguay.According to a BBC report, both Ronaldinho, 40, and his brother Roberto Assis have denied any wrongdoing.Their lawyer called the imprisonment “arbitrary, abusive and illegal.”In allowing the pair to leave prison, Judge Gustavo Amarilla said the size of the bail paid was “significant” and would “guarantee they will not flee”,” the report further said.The Brazilian football great and his brother, Roberto Assis, have been held at a prison in Asuncion since March 6 for using fake passports.The pair was relocated to a hotel in the center of Asuncion after agreeing to pay $1.6 million in bail during a court hearing. Judges had rejected three previous bail requests by the brothers.The former FC Barcelona playmaker travelled with Assis to Paraguay on March 4 to participate in a children’s charity event and promote a new book. They were arrested later that day for entering the country with false travel documents.Ronaldinho retired from football in 2018 after a career that included spells at Gremio, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Milan and Atletico Mineiro, among other clubs. He was a part of the Brazil team that won the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea and was twice voted the FIFA world player of the year. IANSAlso Read: Ronaldinho’s smile has ‘disappeared’ in Paraguayan prisonAlso Watch: War against COVID-19: Assam Health Department signs 22 MoUs with private hospitals in Silchar
GORDON Richards amassed some 87 points to end as the top shot in the Guyana National Rifle Association (GNRA) Smallbore Section .22 Precision Pistol competition which went down at the Tactical Service Unit (TSU) Range, Eve Leary last Saturday.Richards took his win ahead of Surujballi Persaud who ended his day with 78 points. Just behind with 76 points was Raval Seojattan, Murtland Smith followed with 64 points and Compton Sarabo concluded his day with 56 points.The competition saw shooters face off at the 5m, 7m, 10m, 15m and 20m distances, with each one required to shoot 10 rounds with their strong hand, unsupported from the 5m, 7m and 10m distances, after which only the top 10 advanced to the 15m range where they shot 10 rounds with their strong hand supported.It was then only the top five who made it in, competed at the 20m mark, with 10 available rounds with their strong hand supported.
HALF-centuries from Raymon Reifer and Anthony Bramble spur Guyana Jaguars to first innings lead over Windwards Volcanoes in their Digicel Regional day/night match being played at the Darren Sammy Stadium.Jaguars resuming at their overnight score of 71 for 4, were able through Bramble 58 and Reifer 52 to reach 219 all out thereby getting past the Volcanoes 192 all out made on day one. Bowling for Volcanoes Dolorn Johnson took four 54 and Mervyn Matthew three for 43. Volcanoes batting a second time were 63 for 3 up to press time.
Big screens, happy hours, pocket-friendly finger food and a whole lot of cheering is what Pune-based software project manager Subhabrata Chattopadhyay looks out for.And the celebrations go a notch higher when you have supporters of two different teams under a single roof, he says. ‘Monkey Bar’ in Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi and Bangalore has introduced a ‘half-time’ menu for the month long tournament.Football snacks from around the world including ‘Football Farsan’, ‘Mexican Wave’, ‘Kahn’s Hot Dog’ and ‘No. 10’ and some irresistible deals on beer and drinks will add to the fun quotient at the gastropub.The menu is designed to encourage community dining with easy to consume dishes that complement the beverage selection,” Dheeraj Varma, Head Chef, Monkey Bar, said. They will also be splitting their space in two, for football fans to pick a side to root for. ‘The Park’ in Hyderabad has also curated a special menu with dishes inspired by legends of the game.There is the Lev Yashin pigs in blanket (Russia), Muller’s striking sausage and sauerkraut turnovers (Germany), Neymar’s free kick chicken and palm heart pasties (Brazil), mesmerizing Messi’s corn and cheese empanadas (Argentina) and a lot more. Chaibreak in Kolkata too has named items on their menu after players — Messi’s magic calzone pizza and Ronaldo kick Mexican quesedilla. “The city of lights resonates its love for the game and this season we bring out the fervour in terms of our specially crafted menu,” corporate Chef Sudipta Saha said. While Social in Bangalore won’t be doing a special menu, it will host tournaments of its own to set the mood. “There will be foosball tournaments, FIFA PS4 tournaments and FIFA quizzes during the season,” Anuj Sama from Social, said. So, get ready for a roller coaster ride, FIFA World Cup madness has already touched sky high and it will only rise! ‘After Stories’ in the city has come up with a pizza menu inspired by popular teams — Peppy Portugal, German Magic, Belgium Rush, French Connection, Argentinian Ooze and Brazilian Treat being some of the options one can check. New Delhi: Head straight to restaurants, bars, and cafes around the country that have decided to give themselves a makeover with fancy menus and football themes, and get a taste of the FIFA World Cup without spending for a ticket to Russia.For Waled Adnan, a Kolkata-based football fan, watching a match at a sports bar is the closest one can get to being at the stadium.”It’s the feeling of unspoken camaraderie that you go for.”The kick of walking in and getting to know who is supporting who, and then connecting with them drives Adnan to a bar instead of watching a match at home with friends.”Usually, a missed goal or a foul or even better, an actual goal, is a good way to find your team, if they’re not wearing jerseys to begin with, that is,” he told PTI. Now, restaurants have come up with creative ideas to ensure a new experience for thousands of fans like Adnan. For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: When one looks at overseas bogies for Team India, Australia and South Africa feature prominently. In South Africa, they have won three Tests in 26 years and have never achieved a series win. Their record is woeful in Australia, where they have won just six Tests in 71 years of touring Down Under. After winning the first Test in Adelaide by 31 runs, Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team squandered the advantage by losing the Perth Test by 146 runs. Heading into the Melbourne Test on Boxing Day, the stakes cannot get any higher. India head into the match low on confidence after once again encountering a worrying trend in overseas games. They also encounter excess historical baggage at a venue which is considered one of their ultimate bogey grounds.Before the start of the series, the major concerns regarding India’s obstacles to victory were lower order batting from the opposition and batting collapses. The first point of the opposition tail wagging almost hurt India in Adelaide but stung them hard in Perth. India’s batting did not collapse in heaps in Adelaide but their collapse syndrome was repeated in the second Test. However, a third problem has cropped up in overseas tour and that is the failure to maintain a lead after winning or drawing the first game of the series. Read More | Sourav Ganguly reveals angry message to Virat Kohli after Perth lossIn the last 15 years, India has won the series after winning or drawing the first game only twice in the SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia). In 2007 against England, they drew the Lord’s Test, won the Trent Bridge game and ultimately their first series win after 21 years. In 2009 against New Zealand, they won in Hamilton and drew the Napier and Wellington Tests to secure a series win in New Zealand after 41 years. Apart from these two instances, the story has been painful for India.Read More | Mitchell Johnson slams Virat Kohli, calls his behavior ‘disrespectful’In 2003, after winning the Adelaide Test, India squandered the advantage in Melbourne to lose by nine wickets against Australia. In 2006, they won the first Test against South Africa in Johannesburg only to spectacularly implode in Durban and Cape Town. In 2013, they drew the Johannesburg Test but lost in Durban against South Africa. In 2014, they drew the Trent Bridge Test and won in Lord’s but they lost heavily in Southampton, Old Trafford and at The Oval to lose the series 3-1 to England. The inability to sustain the lead in a long series continues to hurt India and they face an uphill task to correct it at a venue where they have a horror record.Melbourne woesIn foreign countries, India has plenty of bogey grounds – meaning venues where India do not have a great record. Melbourne is one such ground which has given India plenty of nightmares. It is hard to imagine that this is the same venue which gave India their first-ever Test win in Australia in 1977. It was the sight of the most heroic performance by an Indian in 1981 when Kapil Dev, injured groin and all, bowled Australia out for 83 to give India victory by 59 runs.Read More | What should be the playing XI for Virat Kohli’s India in MCG Test?However, that was the last instance of glory. India have endured nothing but pain in 37 years, losing four and drawing two games. Melbourne is in the long list of bogey grounds for India overseas. Sydney, the venue of the New Year Test, Edgbaston, Basin Reserve in Wellington, Newlands in Cape Town and Supersport Park in Centurion, Kensington Oval in Barbados and Harare in Zimbabwe are the others. Out of 57 Tests played at these venues, they have won just five games and have a win-loss ratio of just 0.135, which is the worst among all teams with more than 20 Tests.India will have to overcome a massive baggage of history and numbers if they have to create history. Breaking a 37-year hoodoo is the ideal way to ensure India end their overseas jinx.
New Delhi: The BCCI on Friday put out a picture of the Indian Team’s jersey bearing IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s name and number 1 on it as a tribute after his return to the country from Pakistan.Varthaman returned home from Pakistan on Friday to a hero’s welcome, two days after he was captured following a dogfight when his MiG 21 was shot down.Pakistani officials handed over Varthaman to Indian officials, including from the IAF, at the Attari-Wagah Border late Friday. “#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan You rule the skies and you rule our hearts. Your courage and dignity will inspire generations to come #TeamIndia,” BCCI wrote in its twitter handle along with the picture.Sports persons, including top former and current cricketers, also took to twitter to welcome Varthaman. “A hero is more than just four letters. Through his courage, selflessness and perseverance, OUR HERO teaches us to have faith in ourselves.Also Read | Proud to hand over legacy of Indian jersey to future generations, says MS Dhoni#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan,” batting legend Sachin Tendulkar wrote in his page. India skipper Virat Kohli also shared a picture of the Indian hero in his social media account.“Real Hero. I bow down to you. Jai Hind,” he wrote. Former India opener Virender Sehwag also posted a sketch of Varthaman on his twitter handle.“How proud we are to have you ! Bow down to your skills and even more your grit and courage #WelcomeBackAbhinandan . We love you and are filled with pride because of you. #WeAreSupposedToTellYouThis,” he wrote along with the picture. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has recommended four cricketers for Arjuna Award 2019. Poonam Yadav, Indian team pacers Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, spinner Ravindra Jadeja have been recommended by the board. Earlier, a senior BCCI official had said that the nomination for Arjuna Awards will be decided on the basis of seniority. “We will decide on the nominees on the basis of their seniority. There will be both men and women cricketers who will be in the list that Karim presents.” The Arjuna Awards are given by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India to recognize outstanding achievement in sports. The cash reward of Arjuna Award carries INR 5,00,000.Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav is the only female cricketer in the list recommended by BCCI. Yadav has played 41 ODIs and 54 T20Is for India, taking 63 and 74 wickets. Jadeja has been the key figure in the Indian test lineup and he has played 41 Test matches for the team taking 192 wickets.
Arkansas St. looks to end streak vs Little Rock February 20, 2020 Associated Press STEPPING UP: The Trojans have been led by Markquis Nowell and Ruot Monyyong. Nowell has averaged 16.7 points, 4.9 assists and 2.1 steals while Monyyong has recorded 12 points, 9.7 rebounds and two blocks per game. The Red Wolves have been anchored by Marquis Eaton and Caleb Fields. Eaton has accounted for 12.4 points while Fields has averaged 10.8 points per game.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Eaton has either made or assisted on 43 percent of all Arkansas State field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has 17 field goals and 10 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Arkansas-Little Rock is 0-7 when scoring fewer than 66 points and 18-2 when scoring at least 66.COLD SPELL: Arkansas State has lost its last three home games, scoring an average of 64.3 points while giving up 73.3.DID YOU KNOW: Both Arkansas-Little Rock and Arkansas State are ranked atop the Sun Belt when it comes to getting to the foul line. The Trojans are ranked second in the conference and have averaged 22.8 free throws and 29.6 per game over their last five games. The Red Wolves are ranked first with 26 foul shots per game, including 29.2 per game against conference foes. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditArkansas-Little Rock (18-9, 12-4) vs. Arkansas State (15-13, 7-10)First National Bank Arena, Jonesboro, Arkansas; Saturday, 5 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Arkansas-Little Rock looks to extend Arkansas State’s conference losing streak to seven games. Arkansas State’s last Sun Belt win came against the Troy Trojans 78-62 on Jan. 25. Arkansas-Little Rock fell short in a 76-65 game at Texas-Arlington on Saturday. ___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
___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 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditUTEP (16-14, 7-10) vs. Rice (15-15, 7-10)Tudor Fieldhouse, Houston; Saturday, 2 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: CUSA foes meet as UTEP battles Rice. UTEP knocked off Middle Tennessee by four in its last outing. Rice is coming off a 72-57 win over Southern Miss in its most recent game. March 5, 2020 SAVVY SENIORS: Rice’s Robert Martin, Ako Adams and Josh Parrish have collectively accounted for 38 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 47 percent of all Owls points over the last five games.SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Daryl Edwards has made or assisted on 59 percent of all UTEP field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for 32 field goals and nine assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Rice is 0-9 this year when it scores 64 points or fewer and 15-6 when it scores at least 65.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Owls have recently created baskets via assists more often than the Miners. Rice has 42 assists on 69 field goals (60.9 percent) across its previous three contests while UTEP has assists on 39 of 70 field goals (55.7 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Rice has made 9.9 3-pointers per game as a team this year, which is most among CUSA teams. UTEP, Rice meet in conference play Associated Press
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditAURORA, Colo. (AP) — Let’s go to the tape.NFL teams are having to rely more heavily on game film of college prospects as they prepare for the draft at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has halted business as usual across the globe. The social distancing spawned by the new coronavirus has halted pro timing days at college campuses. It’s also led the league to forbid teams from hosting prospects at team headquarters or visiting them for in-person interviews, meetings that are usually such an integral part of the annual evaluations that they can make or break a franchise’s fortunes. April 1, 2020 “He was a transfer there from Tennessee and he had a little bit of a baggage background,” Dorrell said. “But when I met the kid we had a great conversation at the combine, we continued to stay in contact with each other, I continued to do my research with coaches both at Tennessee and at Colorado State. “And you know we felt that we got a steal, to make a long story short, when we were able to pick him up as an undrafted free agent in Miami last year,” Dorrell said. “If you don’t dive into the information like that, you tend to miss a lot of things.” As Elway prepares for a draft unlike any other, he said a radical decision Fangio made this spring is paying unexpected dividends as the team builds its draft board for the April 23-25 selection process.Fangio didn’t take his assistant coaches to the combine in Indianapolis at the end of February and instead had them work remotely back in Denver evaluating players at their respective positions.“It helped us tremendously, I think,” Elway said. “Vic had the coaches stay home from the combine and spend one full week on the draft so all the coaches got all of their reports in on the players in this year’s draft. That was beneficial. Then, we’ll hold interviews with the players over the telephone or whether it be in Zoom instead of having the 30 visits that we’ve had. Associated Press “We’ll just have to conclude the best we can from what we can see on the tape,” Denver Broncos general manager John Elway said in a conference call Tuesday.Broncos coach Vic Fangio said scouts and college personnel appraisers are fond of suggesting that ninth-tenths of the evaluation of a player is based on what he did in college, with just 10% coming off the NFL scouting combine, college pro days and personal interviews.“This is the year it will really be tested,” Fangio said. “It will be 90% what you see on tape, and we’ll go from there.”Fangio is putting a positive spin on the situation.“We do not have the workout times that you normally have to evaluate guys, but sometimes those workout times and that information just clouds the issue,” Fangio said. “It’s nice to know what a guy runs a 40 in, but how fast does he look on tape is more important. NFL teams rely on tape with virus altering pre-draft routine “To me it’s always been best when I see it live and when I see them running around, when I see them competing against each other. Those are the best telltale signs of making your evaluation,” Dorrell said.And, Dorrell said, that holds true whether it’s an NFL assistant assessing college talent as he once did or a college coach checking out a high school prospect as he’s doing now.“I’d rather see the person to evaluate a person. When I was in the NFL evaluating receivers, the combine’s fine, but that’s a group setting and you’re not really getting specific information that you need,” Dorrell said. “I would get more out of when I went back to that particular student-athlete’s university and worked him out and got him on the board and we talked football and we did all these different things.”A recent example he pointed to was former Colorado State receiver Preston Williams, whose off-the-field issues kept him from getting drafted last year.Williams signed with Miami after getting bypassed in the seven-round draft and had 32 catches for 428 yards and three touchdowns before a knee injury cut short his sensational rookie season. “A lot of times you can guess how fast a guy runs, generally speaking. It’s more important what the tape says.”Less than an hour’s drive from the Broncos’ headquarters, new University of Colorado football coach Karl Dorrell is lamenting how FaceTime has replaced face time with his players because of the shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders that have been issued amid the pandemic.While emphasizing that these measures are what’s most important to curtail the spread of the virus, Dorrell, who left his job as the Miami Dolphins receivers coach to take over at Colorado following Mel Tucker’s departure in February, said truer evaluations are made in person.“Tape kind of gives you an idea, but from my experience, it’s getting your hands on the players on the grass,” Dorrell said. “That’s when you know what you have. You can kind of feel their movement, their explosiveness, their lack thereof, anything that are important ingredients for you to make an assessment.”That’s why he’s so eager for normalcy to return, so that he can get up-close looks at the roster he inherited. “So, I actually feel pretty good about where we are. With the draft staying where it is, it is fine. We’ll just move ahead and deal with the hand we’re dealt.”___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
GUYANA’S Sunburst champion and national men’s champion, Narayan Ramdhani, moved up to the number 3 spot in the men’s singles of the Badminton British Columbia Senior Rankings in Canada, where he is currently training and studying with Shuttlesport Badminton Academy, in Vancouver.Ramdhani was among the top three on a list that included 24 players, when Badminton Canada released the Week 12 rankings.Ramdhani was number 3, with 878 points on the list which is headed by Antonio Li with 1 348 points. Li ranks seventh in Canada’s overall ranking.Canada’s overall ranking is topped by Jason Ho-Shue of E Badminton Training Centre.Ramdhani’s latest ranking marked a move from number four in Week 11, and being at number 10 in Week 8. His upward performances come after playing in only three tournaments so far; reaching the semi-finals and bringing third place in all three and also winning one consolation tournament.In a statement issued yesterday the Guyana Badminton Association (GBA) extended congratulatory remarks to Ramdhani, noting that the body “is extremely happy with his progress after just coming out of the junior category and playing in the senior circuit as of 2017”.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) — Inspired by a comprehensive victory over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force last weekend, Jamaica Scorpions are now banking on other teams to do them a “favour”, if they are to have any hope of winning the Regional four-day championship.Scorpions led the standings at the mid-season break but slipped off the top on the backs of two defeats, following the restart of the competition earlier this month.Victory by 87 runs inside three days at Queen’s Park Oval, however, has reinvigorated the side and though the odds are heavily stacked in leaders Guyana Jaguars’ favour, Miller still seemed to hold out hope of a dramatic turnaround in the last two rounds.“I think Guyana are now 14 points ahead of us with two games to play at home, and they are really good at home,” Miller told the Gleaner newspaper here.“We will need the other teams to do us a favour [and beat Guyana] and we continue to do what we need to do, which is win our final two games.”Scorpions, who lie third on 95.2 points, face a tricky test in the ninth round against Windward Islands Volcanoes at Arnos Vale in Kingstown before wrapping up their campaign with a difficult assignment against second placed Barbados Pride at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.Volcanoes are fourth on 74.2 points while Pride have 99.2.Miller, whose Man-of-the-Match nine-wicket match-haul propelled Scorpions to victory against Red Force, said it was had been important to end the losing slide.“It’s a bit refreshing that we could break the losing spell that we had,” the left-arm spinner said.“I thought we showed a good level of fight as there were parts in the game that we were down in both innings, and individuals stood up and came up with big innings for the team.“This includes Fabian Allen in the second innings and Derval Green in the first. (Devon) Thomas as well should be congratulated as himself and Allen put on a 50-odd runs partnership that helped set up the game for us.”Allen, in only his second first class game, slammed a maiden first class half-century — an attacking 60 in the second innings — to bail Scorpions out of trouble.The tournament undergoes a week-long break before resuming on April 7.
(REUTERS) – European Athletics called yesterday for new record ratification rules to maintain the integrity of the sport which could impact heavily on existing marks.The organisation wants higher technical standards and increased doping control measures, with recognition for previous race records not satisfying new rules to be transferred to performances that meet the criteria.European Athletics will forward a report to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) which will study it at its Council meeting in August.The report proposes that world and European records should only be recognised if the performance is achieved at an approved event where high standards of officiating and technical equipment can be guaranteed.It also calls for an agreed number of doping control tests in the months before the performance and the doping sample after the record to be stored and made available for re-testing for 10 years.“I like this because it underlines that we (athletics governing bodies) have put into place doping control systems and technology that are more robust and safer than 15 or even 10 years ago,” IAAF president Sebastian Coe said.“There will be athletes, current record holders, who will feel that the history we are recalibrating will take something away from them but I think this is a step in the right direction and if organised and structured properly we have a good chance of winning back credibility in this area.”
RISING Pune Supergiant dismissed Kings XI Punjab for just 73 as they sealed an Indian Premier League play-off berth.Kings XI Punjab slumped to their lowest-ever Indian Premier League total as they missed out on a play-off spot to the benefit of Rising Pune Supergiant, who claimed a nine-wicket win.Supergiant’s defeat to Delhi Daredevils in the last match made their final regular-season game with Kings XI, who went into the contest trailing Pune by just two points, into a de-facto play-off for the last top-four berth.Defeat for Supergiant, whose time in the competition will come to an end after this season, would have made Sunday’s meeting their final one in the IPL.But a dismal collapse from Kings XI left Supergiant needing just 74 to win, and they promptly chased down that scant total in just 12 overs, finishing second to set up a Qualifer 1 clash with Mumbai Indians, who topped the table.Kings XI got off to the worst possible start when they lost opener Martin Guptill for a first-ball duck, and they had only added 19 to the total by the time Shaun Marsh (10) holed out to Australia teammate Steve Smith.An excellent direct hit from man-of-the-match Jaydev Unadkat ran out Eoin Morgan for just two, and the sixth over proved a nightmare one for Kings XI as Shardul Takur accounted for both Rahul Tewatia (4) and Glenn Maxwell (0).Wriddhiman Saha (13) had been a rare constant for Kings XI but his stay came to an end when he nicked Dan Christian (2-10) to MS Dhoni.It was Christian who struck again to remove Axar Patel (22) – the only Kings XI batsman to top 20 runs – and the tail was quickly cleaned up by Unadkat (2-12) and Adam Zampa (2-22) – the visitors bowled out with 25 deliveries to spare.Rahul Tripathi was the only man to fall for Pune in their reply, losing his wicket after hitting 28 off 20. However, Ajinkya Rahane (34 not out) and Smith (15 not out) guided Supergiant home with ease. (Sportsmax)
Hikers male team dominate, but females edged by GCC Spice on opening nightTHE annual Noble House Goals Galore Indoor Hockey Championships got off to an exciting start on Tuesday at the National Gymnasium with reigning champions Pepsi Hikers posting the most emphatic performance of the evening with 19 unanswered goals.The tournament, which follows the unique concept of teams being awarded goal handicaps at the beginning of the tournament, allows junior sides to compete against the more mature and experienced sides.The top-ranked Pepsi Hikers entered their match against Old Fort Gosh with a 14-goal deficit due to the handicap given to the younger side.Hikers dominated possession and made it a long night for Gosh, as they were subjected to chasing the ball around the floor and taking it out of the back of their own net.The Hikers side had scored eight goals by the half to make it 14-8 in favour of Gosh, and would go on to net 11 more in the second half against a tiring young Gosh team to come out with the 19-14 victory.National striker Aroydy Branford led all scorers with eight goals, Jamarj Assanah, Shane Samuels and Andrew Stewart each had hat-tricks while Devin Munroe and Robert France scored one each, all for the Hikers.The most exciting women’s match of the evening saw GCC Spice (+2) try to hold off Woodpecker Hikers (+4).This match seemed to be a foregone conclusion as Hikers scored three unanswered goals in the first seven minutes of play to make up the deficit and take the lead by 5-4.A Nicole Eastman penalty corner in the third minute, a Kenisha Wills finish off a Maria Munroe pass from the right in the 5th and a Latacea Chung goal in the 7th seemed certain to assure the Hikers an easy victory.Spice finally found the Achilles heel of the Hikers, however, in the 16th minute, as Tiffany Solomon managed to squeeze past Latacea Chung on the goal line with a low penalty corner flick to even the score at 5-5.Spice managed to neutralise the potent Hikers attack of the first half and threw the game out of balance once again with a second penalty corner goal by Solomon 8 minutes into the second half. The final 12 minutes of the match failed to produce any goals, leaving the GCC Spice the victors by 6-5.The youngest men’s side in the competition, Old Fort Warriors (+20), suffered an opening defeat to senior counterparts Old Fort Damn (+8) with the latter securing a 24-20 win.With the Warriors starting the match with 20 goals in their favour due to the handicap, they were the only side to score with seven in the first half and nine in the second for the win.SHC Old Dogs (+12) managed to overcome the HHC Recruits (+14) by 17 – 16 in the final men’s clash of the evening while the Old Fort Shooting Stars upstaged the youthful GCC Spartans by 14-13 in a ladies’ matchup.The tournament continued last evening and games will also be played tomorrow and Saturday of this week with the final scheduled to begin at 18:40hrs on Saturday.
THE quarter-finalists and semi-finalists of the 2017 Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) Smalta Girls U-11 football tournament will take place today at the Ministry of Education ground.In the first of the games, St Angela’s will go toe-to-toe with Tucville while F.E. Pollard play St Pius Primary from 11:00hrsWest Ruimveldt will also be in action against Redeemer from 11:45hrs while South Ruimveldt and North Georgetown will clash.After lunch, the loser of the Tucville versus St Angela’s game will play the loser of the F.E. Pollard against St Pius fixture. The winners of the two fixtures will play for the first spot in the final.At 13:45hrs the loser of the West Ruimveldt versus Redeemer game will face the loser of the South Ruimveldt and North Georgetown fixture.The winners of those two fixtures will also vie for the second spot in the final.
… Jada Mohan fails to take Marian Academy over President’s CollegeYANNICK Tappin, the Mackenzie High School (MHS) point guard, was a ‘man amongst boys’, as he poured in a tournament-high 44 points, to lead his team to a 91-76 points victory over the Linden Technical Institute (LTI).As a result his team won this year’s Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) Titan Bowl, which wrapped up on Sunday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.In the Girls’ final, despite a game-high 19 points by basketball protégé Jada Mohan, Marian Academy lost 23-24 to President’s College (PC) in an entertaining encounter.Meanwhile, Tappin, after showing off his skills and the reason he’s probably one of the top High School ‘ballers’ in Guyana, the eventual Most Valuable Player (MVP) awardee saved his best performance for last, unleashing an all-round performance unlike any other in the tournament this year.Tournament MVP Yannick Tappin goes hard to basket during his sensational 44-point performance in the final of the YBG Titan Bowl against LTI.He dished out six assists, picking up eight steals and grabbing six rebounds to go along with his 44 points.The Linden Technical Institute had no answer for Tappin, who was supported by Kevlon Cadogan (14 points, seven rebounds) and Leon Benjamin (13 points, 11 rebounds).Jamal Gilkes had a huge game on both ends of the floor for LTI, scoring 18 points and hauling in 15 rebounds. He had the support of Dillon Pellew (14 points, 10 rebounds) and George Yearwood (13 points).In the female final, Mohan, known as the best female player in Guyana, did all she could but her great performance was not good enough to stop Marian Academy from falling to President’s College (23-24).Mohan, along with her 19 points, had six steals and seven rebounds, but it was PC’s Roschelle Campbell’s six points, 15 rebounds and three steals that made the difference.Annalisa Barclay also turned in a good performance for ‘PC’ netting seven points, and grabbing five rebounds.This year’s ‘Titan Bowl’ was the seventh edition of the YBG showpiece, which marks the end of their school’s basketball season.
The American was playing in a weekend tournament in Atlanta and was tested after feeling symptoms during his match on Friday. He withdrew from the event the following day and said he was following the recommended quarantine protocol.He was set to play for the Washington Kastles during the World TeamTennis season, set for July 12 to Aug. 2. It’s being played entirely at The Greenbrier in West Virginia because of the pandemic, instead of around the country as usual.Under league rules, a player had to test negative before being allowed to travel to the resort. The league announced Monday that because Tiafoe’s positive test was within the advance travel window, he was ineligible to compete this season.Tiafoe, a quarterfinalist at the 2019 Australian Open, will not be paid for this season.______ Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell says shortstop Luis Urias and pitcher Angel Perdomo tested positive for COVID-19 before the intake process.Counsell says both players are asymptomatic.This marks the second setback for Urias since the Brewers acquired him from San Diego in November. Urias, who is expected to compete with incumbent Orlando Arcia for the starting shortstop job, underwent surgery in January to repair a broken bone in his left hand.Major League Baseball and the players’ association announced Friday that 31 players and seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during intake for the resumption of training, a rate of 1.2%. Teams resumed workouts Friday for the first time since the coronavirus interrupted spring training on March 12, two weeks before the season was to start.___ The Titans sent a letter to their season-ticket holders Monday. The team also posted a notice on its website.Tennessee told season-ticket holders the team suspended any payment plans July 1 for this season.Team officials will be working with state and local governments on how many fans will be allowed to attend games at Nissan Stadium, which seats approximately 69,143.But the Titans say the coronavirus pandemic makes it “increasingly likely” that NFL teams will be playing in front of fewer fans this season.___ The league and teams didn’t reveal who the players were. All 137 WNBA players were tested over the past week as the teams prepared to head to Florida on Monday for the upcoming season, which will be played at IMG Academy.The Fever will delay their travel by at least five days to self-quarantine in case any of them came into close contact with the infected players.The WNBA hopes to start training camp later this week, with the regular season set to begin around July 24.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports July 6, 2020 The Latest: Tiafoe out of World TeamTennis season The National Hockey League says 35 total players have tested positive for the coronavirus over roughly the past month.The league says 23 of 396 players checked for COVID-19 at team facilities have tested positive since voluntary workouts began June 8, a 5% rate. In that same period of time, it is aware of 12 additional positive test results.The NHL and NHL Players’ Association on Sunday night agreed on protocols to start training camps and resume the season. That includes daily testing once games get under way for players, coaches and staff.Resuming is contingent on each side approving an extension of the collective bargaining agreement and the return to play agreement.___ Following nine seasons with Baltimore, Markakis was entering his sixth season with Atlanta. He was competing for a spot in a crowded Braves outfield following the offseason signing of Marcel Ozuna.Manager Brian Snitker plans to play Ozuna and Ronald Acuña Jr. every game, though Ozuna could be the designated hitter. Markakis, Ender Inciarte, Adam Duvall and others were competing other spots and were joined by rookies Cristian Pache and Drew Waters.Markakis hit .285 with nine homers and 62 RBIs in 2019, a year after he was an All-Star. He said he doesn’t know how opting out could affect his hopes for playing in 2021.___Count the Tennessee Titans among the NFL teams offering season-ticket holders the option of opting out of this season and putting that money toward 2021 or getting a refund. The Washington Nationals have canceled Monday morning’s team workout because of COVID-19 testing delays.Players and staff were tested Friday, and general manager Mike Rizzo says the team still hasn’t received its results. Rizzo said it’s not safe to continue holding camp without accurate and timely testing and that the workout was canceled to prevent putting players and staff at risk.Rizzo says: Major League Baseball “needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, summer camp and the 2020 season are at risk.”___Two players on the Indiana Fever were among the seven positive tests for the coronavirus across the WNBA, the team announced. Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis has opted out of the 2020 season.The 36-year-old Markakis said he was uneasy about playing the season without fans and then was swayed by his telephone conversation with teammate Freddie Freeman, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has fever and other symptoms.“Just hearing him, the way he sounded on the phone, it was tough,” Markakis said Monday. “It was kind of eye-opening. What everything that’s going on, not just with baseball but all over the world, it makes you open your eyes.”Markakis became the second Braves player to opt out. Over the weekend, pitcher Félix Hernández said he wouldn’t play this year.Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington infielder Ryan Zimmerman and Colorado outfielder Ian Desmond are among the other players who have opted out. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Frances Tiafoe will not play in the World TeamTennis season after testing positive for the coronavirus. Associated Press
Update on the latest sports Eskimos reportedly changing nameEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos reportedly will change their name, although the team wouldn’t confirm that information.TSN and Postmedia said Friday the team will make a switch following a decision to do the same by Washington’s NFL team. The team issued a statement saying it takes this issue seriously as has been demonstrated by the three years it has spent engaging in Canada’s north and conducting research related to the name.NHL-NEWS Associated Press The Athletes Village and the main press center have also been lined up for 2021.That was the message delivered Friday to IOC members by Tokyo organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori and CEO Toshiro Muto. They spoke from Japan to a full session of the IOC membership meeting online.Estimates in Japan say the delay will cost $2 billion to $6 billion, with Japanese taxpayers picking up most of the bills.IOC MEETINGBach warns against Olympic boycotts, seeks re-election Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPGA-MEMORIALBig finish allows Woods to make Memorial cutDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods teetered on the cut line before earning two more rounds at the Memorial. — Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (leh-MAY’-hyoo) has returned to the field after missing nearly two weeks with COVID-19. LeMahieu was not in the lineup for Friday’s intraquad game but hit in a batting cage and was to take grounders on the field. Manager Aaron Boone wants LeMahieu to build up his legs and said it’s not clear whether he will be ready for Thursday night’s opener at Washington.— Royals pitcher Brad Keller is back with the team after missing two weeks due to COVID-19. He immediately hit the field for a 30-pitch bullpen session and had no issues. Keller was the Royals’ starter opening day last year. — Los Angeles Angels right-hander Justin Anderson will have Tommy John surgery. Anderson was a candidate for a spot in the Angels’ bullpen after going 3-0 with a 5.55 ERA in 54 appearances last season. He recently had an MRI that showed a torn ligament in his right elbow. — All-Star right-hander José Berríos (beh-REE’-ohs) will be the Twins’ opening day starter. Berríos went 14-8 with a 3.68 ERA and 195 strikeouts in 200 1/3 innings last year, all career bests. The 26-year-old native of Puerto Rico made his major league debut in 2016.NBA-POSTSEASON AWARDS UNDATED (AP) — New details released by the National Transportation Safety Board show Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a pilot struggled to open an airplane’s wing emergency exit as the aircraft began to burn and fill with smoke before the race car driver and his family managed to escape from the main door during a 2019 crash in Tennessee. Documents released Thursday by the NTSB provide pilot, passenger and witness statements about the Aug. 15, 2019 plane crash at an airport in Elizabethton, Tennessee. Earnhardt was with his wife, 15-month-old daughter, two pilots and the family dog when their Cessna crashed. TOKYO-COMPETITION SCHEDULETokyo Olympic venues lined up, schedule remains the sameTOKYO (AP) — The 42 venues for next year’s delayed Tokyo Olympics have been secured and the competition schedule will remain almost identical to the one that would have been used this year. NBA won’t consider seeding games in postseason award votingLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA has told teams that none of the seeding games will be taken into consideration for any postseason award. Voting for honors such as All-NBA, rookie of the year and defensive player of the year will be completed before the July 30 restart of the season. Statistical championships, such as the scoring, rebounding, assist and steal titles, are technically up for grabs through the end of the seeding games in mid-August. Also around the NBA:— Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer confirmed Eric Bledsoe tested positive for COVID-19 but remains cautiously optimistic the veteran point guard will be ready for the start of the season’s resumption. Budenholzer’s comment came a day after multiple reports indicated Bledsoe said he had tested positive but was asymptomatic.The 30-year-old Bledsoe is averaging 15.4 points, 5.4 assists and 4.6 rebounds.FOOTBALL-EDMONTON ESKIMOS-NAME CHANGE GENEVA (AP) — International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is warning against Olympic boycotts. China’s human rights record is an expected target ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Some lawmakers and diplomats have criticized China for its detention and treatment of its Muslim minority Uighur people and pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. The issue is personal for Bach, who won a gold medal in team fencing at the 1976 Montreal Olympics but could not defend the title when West Germany joined the United States and others in refusing to send teams to the 1980 Moscow Games. Bach also confirmed he will seek re-election as IOC president next year. WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-INDIANA-GORTONBea Gorton, Indiana’s 1st women’s hoops coach, dies at 73BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The first women’s basketball coach at Indiana, has died. Bea Gorton was 73. Woods followed Thursday’s 1-under 71 with a 76 that puts him at plus-3 in his first PGA tournament since the coronavirus pandemic. He missed a pair of 3-foot putts and took a double bogey from the fairway before a birdie-par finish left him one over the cut line. Woods is a five-time winner at Muirfield Village, but his current 36-hole total is his worst since his first time playing it 23 years ago.Ryan Palmer fired a 68 to pull into a tie for the lead with Tony Finau (FEE’-now) at 9 under. Jon Rahm is one stroke back.MLB-NEWS5 more Major League Baseball players positive COLLEGE BASKETBALL-MICHIGAN-LIVERSMichigan’s Livers forgoing NBA, returning to WolverinesANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan forward Isaiah Livers has announced that he was removing his name from NBA draft consideration and will return to the Wolverines for his senior season, saying he was excited to come back to Ann Arbor. Livers has started 46 games in three seasons at Michigan. He led the Wolverines in scoring last season at 12.9 points per game, although he was limited to 21 games because of injury problems.EARNHARDT-PLANE CRASHDetails released in crash of plane carrying Earnhardt Jr. A total of 223 Division II games are off.In other college sports developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— Indiana University has put its voluntary football workouts on hold after six participants tested positive for COVID-19 this week. Athletic department protocols require each person with a positive test to self-isolate until further notice as contract tracing begins. Anyone deemed to be in close contact with someone who has tested positive also will be quarantined.— Southeastern Conference schools will honor the scholarships of athletes who opt not to participate in fall competition because of concerns about COVID-19. The SEC says athletes will remain in good standing with their team. The league said it will determine later if the policy should be extended at least to the spring semester.— The Atlantic 10 Conference is postponing its fall sports season, which includes soccer, cross country, field hockey and women’s volleyball. The conference announced it will try to play those sports in the spring semester, and has agreed to a “look-in” window during September to evaluate whether it is possible to conduct shortened, conference-only seasons in fall sports. UNDATED (AP) — Five more baseball players tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, raising the total to 80 since testing started in late June. Major League Baseball and the players’ association said six out of 10,548 samples were new positives in the week ending Thursday, a rate of 0.05%. The week included a five-day span with no new positive tests. Including the initial intake screening that started in late June, 93 of 21,701 samples have resulted in new positives, a rate of 0.4%. The positives included 80 players and 13 staff members. In other MLB news:— A top Canadian government health official says problems remain with Major League Baseball’s proposed plan to play in Canada amid the coronavirus pandemic. Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Njoo said the federal government is still looking very closely at the proposals by MLB and the Blue Jays, who have been given clearance by Ontario and Toronto officials to play at Rogers Centre. Njoo credits the Blue Jays for their willingness to live in a quarantine environment while they host games. NHL announces 3 finalists for the Vezina TrophyUNDATED (AP) — Tampa Bay netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) has been selected as a Vezina (VEH’-zih-nuh) Trophy finalist for the third consecutive season.Vasilevskiy now has a shot at becoming the first back-to-back winner of the NHL’s top goalie award in 12 years. He finished with an NHL-leading 35 wins, which included a 21-game stretch in which he went 19-0-2Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyk (HEH’-leh-buhk) and Boston’s Tuukka (TOO’-kuh) Rask round out the list of finalists released on Friday following a vote by the league’s general managers.In other NHL news: — Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson says a preliminary assessment shows storm damage to Rogers Place is not structural and the arena will be able to hold upcoming NHL games. Iveson says Thursday night’s flooding and damage to the arena’s roof caused “cosmetic” damage. Edmonton and Toronto were chosen as the hub cities for the playoffs that were suspended when the pandemic hit in March. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSMore than 300 Division I football games have been canceled or postponed because of the pandemicUNDATED (AP) — A total of 315 Division I football games have been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Associated Press research, 102 Football Bowl Subdivision games are off. That number is 255 for the Football Championship Subdivision. Included in those numbers are 42 matchups between FBS and FCS teams. The Colonial Athletic Association, Ivy League, Patriot League and MEAC (MEE’-ak) have canceled or postponed their seasons. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have canceled nonconference games. The CAA is allowing its members to play as independents this season. Gorton still has the best winning percentage in school history at .738 and holds the distinction of coaching the program’s only All-American, Debbie Oing. July 17, 2020
___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Big Ten university based in New Jersey said the positive results were for student-athletes in men’s lacrosse, gymnastics, and wrestling. Rutgers said the athletes and the staff member have been quarantined. The university and public health officials are conducting contact tracing to identify any individuals with whom the student-athletes have had contact.___LSU has decided to allow fans to occupy up to 25% of 102,000-seat Tiger Stadium for its home football opener against Mississippi State on Sept. 26.LSU also said in its announcement on Wednesday that it would ban tailgate parties on its Baton Rouge campus and that all available tickets would go to either season ticket holders or students. September 9, 2020 The Latest: Middle Tennessee to allow fans for home opener Willian José made the announcement on his Instagram account. He has been quarantined at home.Real Sociedad says results came back negative for the rest of the players after the squad underwent tests on Tuesday. The club says other players who had tested positive have already rejoined the squad.Real Sociedad plays at Real Valladolid on Sunday.___The Champions League draw on Oct. 1 has been moved from Athens to Nyon, Switzerland, because of the coronavirus pandemic. Miami Marlins second baseman Isan Díaz has been optioned to the team’s alternate training site in Jupiter, Florida.Díaz opted out due to concerns about the coronavirus early in the pandemic-shortened season before changing his mind. He petitioned Major League Baseball and was granted the right to return this season.Díaz had been working out at Jupiter before being officially optioned to the training site on Wednesday. He opened the season as Miami’s starter at second base. ___Rutgers has had four student-athletes and a member of its athletic staff test positive for COVID-19. Athletic director Chris Massaro announced the update Wednesday.Tailgating will not be allowed. Massaro says the plan was drawn up after consulting with university, local and state health officials. Of the seats, 1,000 will be held for students. Massaro says the seating capacity could expand or contract depending on how people follow the guidelines at the opener and if COVID-19 cases continue dropping locally. All seats will be re-assigned for social distancing, and fans will be required to wear a mask inside the stadium and in the parking lots.The NFL’s Tennessee Titans host Jacksonville on Sept. 20 in Nashville with no fans allowed at Nissan Stadium. The difference there is Nashville has its own local health department overseeing capacity issues during the pandemic.___ Tailgate parties across campus are a central part of the game-day experience at LSU. Now such gatherings will be forbidden unless they occur within the footprint of a limited number of permitted motor homes and are restricted to members of the traveling party in each recreational vehicle.Other changes include expanding the perimeter around Tiger Stadium to allow for social distancing among fans entering the venue and a requirement that fans wear masks. Motorist access to campus on game day also will be restricted to those with parking passes.___The coronavirus pandemic has caused the Oklahoma State athletic department to lay off 10 employees and put 66 in a furlough program as apart of a plan that will remove about $13 million from its budget.The school made the announcement in a news release on Wednesday. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Middle Tennessee is allowing 20% fan capacity, or about 7,000 fans, inside Floyd Stadium on Sept. 19 for the Blue Raiders’ home opener against Troy. UEFA will make the 32-team group draw at its headquarters with no club officials or spectators.UEFA intended to stage the draw and the ceremony for its 2019-20 season awards at the new national library complex in Athens.UEFA says after talks with Greek public authorities that such an event “would violate public health restrictions and constraints regarding indoor events.”Players who win UEFA’s end-of-season awards could still attend the no-frills replacement event.UEFA will make the 48-team Europa League draw on Oct. 2 in Nyon. Athletic director Mike Holder said he and every head coach agreed to pay cuts.The salary cuts range from 2.5% to 25%, with the department’s highest paid employees taking the biggest cuts. Holder said there may be further measures ahead, with the budget deficit estimated to be around $30 million.___Real Sociedad striker Willian José says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and is out of the team’s opening game in the Spanish league.
ACTION in Guyana’s first-ever national U-20 club tournament, the GFF/KFC U-20 Independence Cup, kicked off yesterday at the GFF National Training Centre, Providence, with an intense nail-biter between Timehri Panthers U-20s and Agricola Red Triangle U-20s.Following the march past of the teams, an East Bank Football Association affair had to be decided by penalties after regulation time and extra-time could not produce a winner.Agricola grabbed the early advantage through the boot of Randy Simon who put his side 1-0 up after just 13 minutes. In the first half no other goals were scored. However, Tyrone Burnette would get through Agricola’s defence early in the second half and equalised for the Panthers, slotting calmly past the Agricola custodian.With no further goals recorded in regulation time and neither side finding the net in extra time, it all went down to the wire from the penalty spot. It was the Panthers who held their nerve to win 5-4 on penalties.That matchup was the only competitive game of the day but fans were treated to an exhibition match between a select Guyana U-17 side and Elite league team Den Amstel.Teams from each member association across the country will play in a straight knockout tournament, with the winners from each region then coming together to compete in playoffs to decide who will be crowned national champions.The tournament, which is sponsored by KFC, part of the Beharry Group of Companies, will continue in the coming week.
KWAKWANI Secondary will battle President’s College (PC) in the final of the Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG)-organised National School Basketball Festival U-18 Boys competition, this Saturday evening at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH).The Berbice River school has also booked places in the Boys’ U-14 finals and the Girls’ Developmental final. Those championship clashes are also billed for this Saturday from 17:30hrs.In their semi-final clashes, last Sunday evening at CASH, Kwakwani Secondary and President’s College surged to emphatic victories over Berbice school teams – New Amsterdam Technical Institute (NATI) and Berbice High School (BHS) respectively.Led by a double-double from small forward Richard Semple, PC registered a 46-31 point victory over BHS.Semple, who pulled down 10 rebounds, scored 10 of his 12 points in the opening period to lead the winners to a 22-13 half-time lead.Rakin McDonald also played well for PC to finish with 11 points and seven rebounds, while Gabriel Lim added eight points and seven rebounds and Jushaun Bayley seven points.PC used their quick hands to undermine their opponents, since they were able to tally 12 steals compared to a single steal by BHS.PC also out-rebounded their opponents 33-20, although Charles Williams finished with a game-high 11 rebounds and six points for the defeated side.Rickford Blair led the BHS attack with 12 points, while Kezron Cort added nine points.ALL-ROUND PERFORMANCEKwakwani surged to a 16-point victory (60-44) in their clash against NATI, due to their quick hands, passing and team scoring. Nine of the 11 Kwakwani players scored, while six of the NATI players got buckets.Leading the winners was Rawle Sampson, who once again showed his range from deep, as he knocked down three shots from deep in a top score of 13 points. Elijah David added 12 points, Royon Shortt 11 points, nine boards and David Conway 10 points.Berbice Regional winners NATI had a number of second shot opportunities as their players out-rebounded their opponents 51-35, and although Jermain King finished with a game-high 16 points (12 of which were scored in the opening period) and 10 rebounds. NATI were outgunned.The only other NATI player in double digits was Gevon Schultz with 11 points and six rebounds. M. Durant added five points 13 rebounds and Jamal Chishom six points nine rebounds.The Festival is sponsored by Edward B. Beharry and Company Ltd, National Sports Commission, Banks DIH, ExxonMobil and Bounty Ltd.
VANGUARD Volleyball Club rebounded from a first game loss to emerge as overall champions when the curtain came down on the National Sports Commission (NSC) Guyana Volleyball Federation (GVF) LFS Burnham Female Volleyball Festival, which was organised by Sports Officer Allister Munroe.After their opening loss to the Port Mourant Training Centre (PMTC) Volleyball Club, the Georgetown side re-grouped with the help of a few missing players and were able to stamp their authority on the competition, which was played this week at the National Gymnasium.They got past Kakuri Warriors Volleyball Club in a tough three-game battle (25-20, 25-23, 15-9).In the grand finale, a good all-round performance from MVP Cherry Ann Fraser propelled the Georgetown side a 2-0 win against the Castrol Volleyball Club. Victory was no easy feat as the games were close at 29-27 and 25-23. In the third place clash, Kakuri Warriors defeated PMTC by a 2-1 margin.All the teams received volleyballs along with their respective trophies, while the players from the top three teams received medals as well.In an invited comment, Director of Sport Christopher Jones said that NSC will continue to support federation/association in promoting their respective sports in Guyana and as the director he will continue to sponsor sports programme as a respect in remembering all of our past presidents of Guyana. Jones also applauded Munroe for a job well done.It was also confirmed that the NSC would sponsor a male volleyball competition shortly.Munroe in his comments, appealed to the volleyball sub-associations to work with their governing body (GVF) in moving the sports forward. He made this statement after the competition had been rescheduled twice before it was served off.
JOFRA Archer is “progressing as expected” as he recovers from a stress fracture in his right elbow and is set to make a return to action for Sussex in May.The pace bowler suffered the injury during England’s tour of South Africa, featuring in just the first of four Test matches before withdrawing from the Twenty20 series against the Proteas.In a statement released on its website, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Archer has undergone a repeat MRI scan and, following a review by the medical team, is focussed on being fit for the first Test against West Indies in June.The 24-year-old, who will again be assessed in April, had hinted at potentially being fit in time to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Rajasthan Royals, but will instead make his comeback in the County Championship.“Following a repeat MRI scan undertaken this week in London, Jofra Archer has been reviewed by the ECB medical team and is progressing as expected from the stress fracture to his right elbow sustained during the South Africa tour in January,” the statement read.“He will have a further scan in mid-April before a return to competitive cricket.“Archer’s focus will be playing for England, starting with the West Indies Test series, which commences in early June.“He will play County Championship cricket in May for Sussex to ensure his preparation is optimal for Test cricket.”Archer helped England win the Cricket World Cup last year and has played in seven Tests so far in his international career, taking 30 wickets in the longest format at an average of 27.40.He recently signed a two-year contract extension with Sussex, saying: “I am very happy to commit long-term to the club.” (Omnisport)
“I WAS working with the West Indies squad at last year’s World Cup. After India’s loss to England, Jason Holder, Chris Gayle and Andre Russell said to me, Mushy, India didn’t want to see Pakistan qualify for the semi-finals,” Mushtaq Ahmed told Pakistani news channel ARY SportsAll-rounder Ben Stokes talking about India’s run-chase against England in the 2019 World Cup in his book has taken a new turn now with former Pakistan spinner Mushtaq Ahmed saying that West Indies players had told him after watching the game that India lost the game to stop Pakistan from entering the knockout stages.Stokes has denied the claims that in his latest book “Ben Stokes on Fire”, he suggested that India deliberately lost to England at the 2019 World Cup in the round-robin stage.Former Pakistan bowler Sikander Bakht recently claimed on Twitter that Stokes, in his book, has said that India lost intentionally to England to remove Pakistan from the World Cup. “Ben Stokes writes in his book that India lost to England deliberately to remove Pakistan from world Cup 19 and we predicted it,” Bakht tweeted.In response to Bakht’s tweet, a Twitter user asked where has Stokes made such comments. In response to the user’s question, the star England all-rounder himself responded: “You won’t find it cause I have never said it… it’s called “twisting of words” or “click bait”.”IANS has also reviewed the book and there was no such mention. In his book, Stokes does talk about the approach of the Indians in that chase and how it was surprising to see them looking to keep wickets in the kitty and take the game to the backend.Stokes, in fact, also speaks about how this might no longer be the smart way of approaching the game as the required run-rate starts piling up and it starts impacting those that come in at the fall of a wicket.(Reprinted from Hindustan Tines)
(BBC) – Chelsea have agreed a deal with RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner.Reports suggest the 24-year-old, who has scored 25 goals in the Bundesliga this season, has a release clause of about £54M.The Germany international had been linked with Liverpool and said he was “proud” of that association.But BBC Sport understands Liverpool are not interested in signing Werner, who has netted 11 times in 29 games for his country.The Reds have no plans to sign anyone during the next transfer window.Last month, French striker Olivier Giroud extended his contract by a year.Werner would be Chelsea’s second signing for next season after already completing a £37M deal for Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech in February.He has impressed at Leipzig following his 2016 transfer from hometown club Stuttgart.Werner scored a hat-trick in Leipzig’s recent 5-0 victory over Mainz and he also netted three times against the same opposition in an 8-0 win before Christmas.In January, Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard was linked with Paris St-Germain forward Edinson Cavani and Napoli’s Dries Mertens but neither deal materialised.
“The FIFA President and Secretary General will arrive in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Sunday, 24th July on a two-day working visit to Nigeria,” Pinnick disclosed.During the visit, Infantino and Samoura will pay a courtesy call on President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, hold meeting with a legion of African FA presidents who are expected in Nigeria to join the NFF to receive the FIFA top shots and attend an evening session with Corporate Nigeria in Lagos.The FIFA bosses will also meet with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State before watching the finals of the NFF/ZENITH Bank Future Eagles Championship.A welcome dinner put together by the League Management Company and also attended by members of the diplomatic corps is on the cards.At the one-hour meeting involving Infantino, Samoura and Pinnick on Sunday, Nigeria’s Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung spoke with the FIFA boss and expressed Nigeria’s readiness to welcome the FIFA team.Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura, 54, was appointed FIFA Secretary General at the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City on 12th May.The Senegalese, who has wide experience working with the United Nations in several countries, is the first-ever woman to hold the position in FIFA’s 112 –year history.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram To meet Buhari, watch NFF/Zenith Bank Future Eagles Championship finalFIFA President, Gianni Infantino, is to pay a two-day working visit to Nigeria from July 24, during which time he will be received by the country’s President, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have announced.Infantino will be accompanied on the two-day working visit by FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura.The Italian-Swiss, who was elected FIFA President at an extraordinary general assembly in Zurich on 26th February 2016, confirmed the trip following a meeting with NFF President Amaju Pinnick in Paris, France on Sunday.
Chelsea captain John Terry will leave the club at the end of the season after more than two decades there.He is their most decorated individual, with four Premier League titles, one Champions League, five FA Cups, a Europa League and three League Cups.He has made 713 Chelsea appearances since his 1998 debut – 578 as captain.“I feel I still have plenty to offer on the pitch but understand that opportunities here at Chelsea will be limited for me,” Terry, 36, said. Centre-back Terry, who has scored 66 goals for the club he joined as a 14-year-old, has made just four Premier League starts this season.He is the club’s third highest all-time appearance maker, behind Ron Harris and Peter Bonetti, and holds the club record for appearances as captainTerry, who made his debut for Chelsea as a 17-year-old in a 1998 League Cup match, has gone on to score 40 Premier League goals over 19 years.He has played almost all of his career at Chelsea, other than six loan appearances for Nottingham Forest in 2000.“I will, of course, always be a Blue and am desperate to end my final season as a Chelsea player with more silverware,” said Terry, whose team have a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.“I’ve always been conscious that I depart at the right time, in the right way, and I feel that the end of this season is the right time for the club and I.”Terry, the club and Premier League’s top-scoring defender, is one of just five defenders to have won the PFA Player of the Year award.He retired from international football in 2012 after winning 78 England caps and signed a one-year contract extension with the Blues in May 2016.“I’m eager to carry on playing and so will be looking to continue with a new challenge,” Terry added.“Words cannot describe the love I have for our football club and our amazing Chelsea fans. You mean the world to me and I will never forget the incredible journey we’ve been on.”Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: “He will always be held in the highest regard by everybody at Stamford Bridge and we look forward to welcoming him back in the future.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Barcelona outclassed Real Madrid to seal a stylish El Clasico victory that further damages their bitter rivals and Madrid’s stricken manager Julen Lopetegui.Despite missing Lionel Messi through injury, champions Barca started and ended in unstoppable fashion, while Real for long periods chased shadows under the burden of a winless run that now stretches to five games in La Liga.Jordi Alba had already torn dangerously free down the left wing once when his cut-back found Philippe Coutinho unmarked 10 yards out, the Brazilian sweeping home the opener past the Thibaut Courtois and Sergio Ramos on the line. It was a move that summed up the home side’s early dominance, and more was to come.Suarez was clumsily brought down by Raphael Varane in the area, the referee awarding the penalty after consulting with the video assistant, and Lopetegui pounding the air furiously because play had initially been allowed to go on.Real Madrid, winners of the past three Champions Leagues, were looking desperately short on confidence, but they emerged from the break transformed and almost dragged themselves level in a 10-minute spell of clear superiority.First Marcelo poked home from close range after good work by Isco and substitute Lucas Vazquez down the right, before Gareth Bale clipped the inside of the post with a strike that left Marc-Andre ter Stegen relieved to see the ball ping out and back across his goal-line.And Real again came close to drawing level when Karim Benzema missed with a header from a delightful Vazquez cross.But when the next goal did arrive, it was Barca’s Suarez who found the net with a decisive, predatory header, the Uruguayan powerfully directing his second goal past Courtois from a standing start and stopping the Madrid revival in its tracks.And the best was yet to come from Suarez. As the visitors crumbled at the back, Suarez ran clear. With only Courtois to beat to seal his treble, the former Liverpool striker dinked a wonderful chip over the ex-Chelsea keeper and across the line.There was sheer, unbridled delight in the stands, where Messi, wrapped up against the autumn cold on and still recovering from his broken arm, would have more than approved.But the loudest cheer of the night came as Arturo Vidal headed in a fifth goal in the closing stages, the final flourish to a scoreline that left Madrid’s players crestfallen as they trundled off the Nou Camp pitch, soundly beaten and fully aware of the reaction this result will bring.They had begun the day within four points of Barca but now trail the leaders by seven and find themselves ninth in the table after 10 matches. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Former Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki says she “ran out of steam” in a surprise first-round defeat by Russian world number 68 Veronika Kudermetova at the French Open.The Danish 13th seed lost 0-6 6-3 6-3 despite winning the first seven games and said her opponent had “got lucky”.“It’s definitely frustrating,” the 28-year-old former world number one said. Caroline Wozniacki has set up clash with Maria Sharapova in the Third Round of the 2019 Australian Open “It hasn’t been a great year for me so far, so I’m going to work hard and try and turn it around.”Wozniacki, who wore strapping on her left calf, won 62% of the total points in the opening set but crumbled in the second and was broken three times.She went 3-0 behind in the decider before losing a first-round match in Paris for only the third time since 2007.“I think she got very lucky at the start of the second set and took advantage of the opportunities she got,” Wozniacki added.“I ran out of steam in the end and made some unforced errors that I don’t usually do.“She had a few net cords and good shots on some of the important points at the start of the second set.”The Dane, a two-time quarter-finalist at Roland Garros, withdrew from her first-round match against American Danielle Collins at the Italian Openearlier this month because of a calf injury.It was the second successive tournament Wozniacki retired early from after she pulled out of her opening match at the Madrid Open with a back injury.She had won just four matches on clay before her meeting in Paris with Kudermetova, who was playing in only her second Grand Slam main draw.“I hadn’t really been able to play or practise for some weeks, then played my first points a couple of days ago and went from there basically,” Wozniacki said.“But my calf now feels good, so that’s a positive. I have to try and stay positive and obviously it’s not as easy to stay positive when things aren’t going your way.”Wozniacki’s exit comes after Czech sixth seed and Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova withdrew on Monday with an arm injury, while Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber suffered a shock 6-4 6-2 defeat to world number 81 Anastasia Potapova on Sunday.Kudermetova will now face Kazakh world number 99 Zarina Diyas in the second round.Elsewhere, Dutch fourth seed Kiki Bertens comfortably defeated French world number 66 Pauline Parmentier 6-3 6-4 on Suzanne-Lenglen.And Australian Open quarter-finalist Ashleigh Barty, seeded eighth, beat American world number 72 Jessica Pegula 6-3 6-3.Latvian 12th seed Anastasija Sevastova won6-1 6-4 againstThailand’s Luksika Kumkhum, but could face a tougher test in the second round.She faces Mandy Minella, who caused an upset when she beat world number 13 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 6-2.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Giana Wameling beat out a bunt single. Then, on a 3-2 pitch, Alayna Harbaugh tripled to the wall, scoring Wameling, and then trotted home on Brandi Feeney’s RBI single.Brooke Nicolaos walked, and so did Ally Cifaratta to load the bases. Jordyn Maldonado watched Young throw a wild pitch to plate another run and, moments later, singled home Nicolaos and Cifaratta. It was 5-0 before B’ville had even recorded an out.Young was pulled in favor of Taylor Tripodi, who kept C-NS from adding to that total the rest of the first inning and, for the rest of the night, would do a superb job, only surrendering single runs off wild pitches in the second and fourth innings.Still, that early outburst made the ultimate difference, partially because Corasaniti, as she put it, was “as focused as I could be” in atoning for her struggles in her last outing against the Bees.Twice, B’ville tried to put together sustained rallies. In the third inning, two walks, plus Kaycee Hawk’s single, loaded the bases, but though a wild pitch scored a run, Corasaniti prevented anything more.Then, in the sixth, C-NS, up 7-1, had one more nervous moment. Two leadoff singles, plus one by Tripodi with two outs, created another bases-loaded situation, and Chloe Branshaw singled to bring two runs home.Corasaniti recovered to strike out pinch-hitter Kyrah Wilbur to end that threat and then, in the seventh, retired Mattison Phinney, Madison Ascioti and Hawk in order, fanning Hawk to end it, her ninth strikeout of the night.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Just as all of them do when such a feat is accomplished, members of the Cicero-North Syracuse softball team posed for pictures with the championship banner after it defeated Baldwinsville 7-3 in Monday night’s Section III Class AA title game at Carrier Park.But that wasn’t enough.Head coach Mary Beebe invited some of the Northstars’ biggest fans for more pictures. Then she brought in parents, grandparents, other relatives and friends for one more round of photos. All of them enjoyed, as much as possible, C-NS’s accomplishment of a third consecutive sectional championship, earned against a B’ville side that was aiming for a first-ever title and fought hard all the way to the end – but never recovered from the devastating early blow the Northstars threw at them.So much of this game was a direct response to the Bees beating C-NS 14-8 back on May 8, a game where B’ville got to Northstars pitcher Ariana Corasaniti for five first-inning runs and led 14-0 before hanging on late.Here, Corasaniti weathered a top of the first where an error and single put two B’ville runners on base before Kayla Young lined out. Then C-NS had its turn at the plate. Tags: BaldwinsvilleC-NSSoftball
Fresh off its historic run to the Section III Class A team championship, the Christian Brothers Academy girls tennis team would follow up with having both of the singles’ finalists in last week’s sectional Division I tournament.This tournament, which started last Tuesday at Syracuse University’s Skytop Courts, offered a rematch of sorts, since Fayetteville-Manlius was also in the field and still remembering how the Brothers beat the Hornets 4-3 in the sectional semifinals Oct. 10 before edging Baldwinsville by that same score in the championship round a day later.No one could beat CBA’s top singles duo of Gieselle Vlassis and Grace DelPino. Vlassis did not drop a game against F-M’s Trisha Adivikolanu in the quarterfinals and then won 6-0, 6-2 over B’ville’s Paige Tromblee in the semifinals. F-M meanwhile, had its doubles team of Anna Manta and Phoebe Wang prove just as dominant, not dropping a set in any of their matches on the way to the Division I sectional title.Manta and Wang just three games of its first two matches before a hard-fought 6-4, 7-6 win over Liverpool’s Julia Schewe and Angelica Underwood in the semifinals. Then, in the finals Saturday at Oneida High School, Manta and Wang claimed a 6-1, 6-1 romp over West Genesee’s Angelina Llanos and Katie Viau.CBA had Grace Catalano and Aubrey Mills earn a berth in the state qualifier thanks to sweeping F-M’s Alexis Ahn and Emma Zogg 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. Catalano and Mills lost in the semifinals to Llanos and Viau 6-2, 6-2.Schewe and Underwood had taken out CBA’s Annie Kilmartin and Isabella Mead in the round of 16, with F-M’s Maya Mckenzie and Camila Wojtasiewicz beating the Brothers’ Lily Geneocco and Maddie Tallman 6-3, 7-5 before Llanos and Viau beat them 6-0, 6-2.Jamesville-DeWitt, taking part in the Division II sectional tournament, had its doubles team of Mona Farah and Tara Pollock earn the championship in a classic battle with Oneida’s Mattie Hicks and Sydney Lusher.A first set tie-breaker went 7-6 in Farah and Pollock’s favor. Hicks and Lusher won the second set 6-3, but the final set went to the J-D pair in a 6-4 decision.Prior to this, Farah and Pollock beat Julia Guest and Sadie Urtz (Cortland) 6-1, 6-1 before topping Chittenango’s Abbie Austin and Allison Soulier by those same scores. In the semifinals, Farah and Pollock stopped Whitesboro’s Kylie Cleary and Karlie Cubino 6-1, 6-2.J-D’s Riya Sharma and Lana Wisniewski lost in the round of 16, as did Libby Blair and Serena Patel, with each of these Red Rams pairs falling in two sets.Moving to singles, J-D’s Inika Gajra won 6-7, 6-0, 6-3 over Homer’s Ellis Han in the first round, but lost a 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 battle with New Hartford’s Nicole Farkouh in the quarterfinals as Celia Reid lost in the first round to Chittenango’s Brooke DiFlorio 6-1, 6-1.East Syracuse Minoa had two teams in the doubles field, with Julia Barnwell and Alana Day losing in the single-set opening round and the Spartans’ duo of Katie Schmidt and Megan Volz doing the same.In Division IV, there was Manlius-Pebble Hill having Parmees Fazeli reach the singles semifinals. Fazeli blanked Beaver River’s Caitlynn Woodward 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals before a 6-3, 7-5 semifinal defeat to Utica-Notre Dame’s Emily Lyga.In doubles,Amitees Fazeli and Caroline Mezzalingua also got to the semifinals, winning in the quarterfinals 6-4, 6-3 over Sauquoit Valley’s Ella and Olivia Luczak before a 7-5, 6-2 semifinal loss to Utica-Notre Dame’s tandem of Samantha Fluty and Caitlyn Snyder.Bishop Grimes’ Sarah Falgiatano and Sofia Ziankoski won a first-round 6-4, 6-3 decision over MPH’s Emma Gross and Eden Hldebrandt before Flury and Snyder beat them 6-1, 6-4 a round later.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Meanwhile, DelPino got a 6-3, 6-1 quarterfinal win over the Hornets’ Samhitha Adivikolanu and met another B’ville star, Brooke Tutor, in the semifinals, with DelPino winning 6-0, 6-3.Facing each other in the sectional final Friday on their home court at CBA, Vlassis proved too much for DelPino, prevailing in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.Tutor had earlier eliminated F-M’s Angela Iskander 6-1, 6-1, while another CBA singles player, Julia DelPino, could not get out of the opening round, falling 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 to Liverpool’s Diana Kozenyatko. Tags: CBAF-MJ-DTennis
Each of the Baldwinsville indoor track and field teams traveled to Utica College’s Hutton Dome Friday to compete in the sixth Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association meet of the winter.And the boys Bees proved victorious, earning 90 points to hold off Utica Proctor (84 points) amid a 23-team field. The B’ville girls finished third with 54 points behind Clinton and Rome Free Academy.As a starting point, the B’ville boys went 1-2 in the 3,200-meter run, Jack Michaels going nine minutes, 59.35 seconds to hold off teammate Colin Delaney, who was second in 9:59.81.In the 4×400 relay, the Bees won as Owen Weaver, Logan Hayes, Andy Davis and Connor Waldron posted 3:45.39, beating Whitesboro (3:46.28) by less than a second.Waldron went from there to beating the field in the 600-meter run in 1:26.96, holding off Vernon-Verona-Sherrill’s Dion Putaski (1:27.31) as Nate Hludzenski finished 10th.To cap things off, Waldron, Michaels and Delaney paired with James Cary in the 4×800 relay, where the Bees, in 8:35.76, were nearly 23 seconds ahead of runner-up Central Valley Academy (8:58.73).Sam Mellinger was third in the 55-meter dash in 6.74 seconds, while Cary was sixth in the 1,000-meter run in 2:51.31. Mellinger, David Mahar, Malik Davis and Robert Thompson were second (1:36.12) to Proctor (1:33.17) in the 4×200 relay.Owen Weaver rose to second place in the triple jump, going 40 feet 9 ¼ inches, and was fourth in the long jump, going 19’2 ¼” as Thompson was eighth and Curtis Hey ninth.Adam Graham had a sixth-place shot put toss of 42’7”, with Alex Boak sixth (44’9”) and Steven Miller seventh (43’9”) in the weight throw. Aidan Priest was sixth in the pole vault, clearing 11 feet.Moving to the girls MVITA meet, B’ville again got a top-two sweep from the 55 sprint, where Karen Ekure, in 7.49 seconds, edged out Lauren Addario (7.54 seconds) for the title.Ekure and Addario, paired with Allyson Surowick and Courtney Bostic, went 1:50.48 to win the 4×200, well clear of runner-up Clinton (1:57.84) as the Bees were fifth in the 4×800 relay in 11:09.74.Addario finished second in the triple jump, going 36’1 ¼” behind Proctor’s Tamiah Washington (36’7 ¼”) as Ekure cleared 4’10” for second place in the high jump and Surowick had a seventh-place long jump of 15’ ¼”.Kathryn Mitts went 32’5” in the weight throw to finish seventh, Ella Smith clearing 8 feet in the pole vault for eighth place. Madison Kennedy got eighth place in the 600 in 1:49.17. with Anna Conklin 10th as Sarah Fawwaz was ninth in the 3,000-meter run and Vivian Holden-Betts ninth in the 1,500-meter run.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Baldwinsvilleindoor track
“That’s the beauty of organic methodology where you don’t know anything, you’re just discovering things every day, you’re discovering things as you go along,” Diaz said. “It’s a very fluid thing.” Acclaimed Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz followed a screening of his documentary “Storm Children, Book One” with a Q&A at the Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre Monday night. The two-and-a-half-hour long film follows the daily lives of a group of children in Tacloban City months after Typhoon Yolanda, the largest and deadliest typhoon in the Philippines’ history. “We have focused primarily on East Asia, which is China, Japan, Korea,” Ryu said. “But we do hope to expand to Southeast Asia and South Asia so this was a wonderful opportunity to bring a Southeast Asian filmmaker here to campus.” Lav Diaz’s latest film titled “Storm Children, Book One” documents the experiences of children from Tacloban City in the Philippines following the historic and destructive Typhoon Yolanda. (Mia Islas | Daily Trojan) The documentary subverts many expectations American audiences hold when walking into a theater. There is little dialogue and no underscoring; the film structure is simply a procession of tableaux, where the camera is at a fixed angle and rarely moves. One of the most touching moments is when two boys unearth a small ball from a pile of wreckage which audiences watch them dig through for a half hour. “There’s this endlessly fascinating sequence in the film where the boys are unearthing things that clearly had been buried after the ravages of the storm,” Ago said. “And, quite frankly, it was almost hypnotic, just sort of following what they were doing there, especially when they actually start extracting things.” The screening, which was moderated by Alex Ago, director of programing and special projects at the School of Cinematic Arts, was a collaboration between SCA, the American Cinematheque and the East Asian Studies Center. Grace Ryu, the associate director of the East Asian Studies Center, was familiar with Diaz’s work through streaming his other films and thought the screening was the perfect opportunity to expand the center’s programming. Diaz told the crowd about how he met the children at the focal point of the project and how he gained their permission to film them. “They just forgot about the storm, just forgot about the devastation,” Diaz said. “I was struck by their innocence and their beauty, so I started focusing on them.” “We start very observational, but then as things progress, we start to actually see a little bit more of the filmmaker, because they’re speaking to [Diaz] directly,” Ago said. “The first time that I went there, I noticed the kids,” Diaz said. “It’s really chaotic and at the same time it’s real, when that storm happened … So many people came, even Anderson Cooper was there, so it’s the whole world that’s coming. I was behind the scenes shooting them, and then I noticed the kids.” The majority of the footage showed children sifting through rubble in hopes of finding something of value or children playing in the flooded streets. This caught Diaz’s attention, as the children had returned to their normal activities while the adults were still immobilized by shock and grief. Diaz is a stylistic filmmaker, known for his frequent use of black and white and his pioneering role in the slow cinema movement, with many of his films having a run time of around nine hours. While the runtime of this documentary is only a fraction of his typical work, he utilizes the same long, drawn-out shots he is famous for. Diaz did not arrive in the Philippines with the intention of focusing his project on children, but the protagonists of his story became evident when he saw young people frequently ignored by post-disaster mainstream media coverage. Filmmaker Lav Diaz was struck by innocence and resilient nature of Tacloban City children in the Philippines. (Mia Islas | Daily Trojan) It is the juxtaposition of the horrific tragedy the community is struggling to heal from and the way the children maintain their playful attitudes that makes this an acclaimed documentary. In one shot, a group of young girls sings Frozen’s “Let It Go” as the camera focuses on a broken road filled with remnants of destroyed homes. The disaster zone is turned into a waterpark as children use broken roofs to raft down flooded streets and turn abandoned ships into diving boards. Despite the lack of narrative elements viewers expect, the documentary’s emotional resonance comes through the ceaseless daily activities that suck the audience in. Diaz said he had no expectation or narrative in mind when he arrived in Tacloban but rather allowed the real lives of the people recovering to tell the story. “I just stayed there. I lived there for a month, and then they became my friends, they didn’t mind it at all. I said, ‘I’m going to shoot you guys and follow your lives.’”
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoJohn Clay was frustrated after he lost a fumble in the first quarter Saturday. He did a good job making up for it.After a 27-yard run on Wisconsin’s game-tying drive, Clay took three straight carries in overtime, the last of which scored the touchdown that allowed Philip Welch to kick the game-winning extra point.“They gave me the nod to finish the game off, and that’s what I did,” Clay said.“They just kept feeding me the rock and they knew I was going to get positive yards.”Clay was put in the game to start the overtime after P.J. Hill suffered an injury on his two-point conversion in the fourth quarter.“I woulda went in,” Hill said, “but I didn’t want to put my team in a tough situation.”With Clay in the game, the Badgers kept the ball on the ground.“What we wanted to do was play basic power football,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said, “and John, for those runs, was probably a better option at that time for us.”In the first quarter, Clay had a lost a fumble on the Badgers’ opening possession that led to a Mustang score.“I had to make up for that fumble,” Clay said, “so every opportunity I got a made a positive out of it.”“They told me they was going to need me, so I just stepped up and did my job.”Despite the injury, Hill was fine watching Clay finish off the game.“He was able to make plays when it was time to make plays,” Hill said. “It was a real crucial situation, and he made something out of it.”Clay finished the game with 107 yards and two touchdowns while Hill finished with 61 yards and a pair of scores. Toon scores first touchdownIt may have been unconventional, but Badger wide receiver Nick Toon scored his first career touchdown late in the first half.Toon had a ball thrown his way at the Mustang goal line, but the ball was knocked high in the air after two Cal Poly defenders converged on him. The freshman stayed with the ball and caught it on the rebound in the end zone.“It wasn’t the prettiest thing, but it feels good to get the first one, and hopefully there are many more to come,” Toon said. “I think it hit the defensive backs helmet — I tried to jump up and grab it and it bounced in the air and I tried to concentrate on it and come down on it.”Bielema was impressed with the play.“Tremendous concentration by Nick Toon to close out the half there when the ball got deflected and he stayed with it and ended up with a touchdown,” Bielema said.Toon finished the game with two receptions for 40 yards and the touchdown. He did miss on a fourth-down catch in the fourth quarter that gave Cal Poly the ball in good field position.“I should’ve had it — it was kind of a weird ball,” Toon said. “I should’ve caught it.” Bowl location still up in the airWith the win, the Badgers are now 7-5 on the season, but the team isn’t sure yet which bowl game it will end up receiving an invitation from to close out the season.Bielema said he didn’t yet have information on where the team would be heading.“I told the guys in the locker room, ‘All I know is we won the football game, and that’s definitely not going to hurt us,’” he said.
In front of the Notre Dame goal, JoJo Marasco spun relentlessly to try and get free. With two Fighting Irish defenders hounding him down the right alley, Marasco sprinted toward the goal line.There, he spun back once more and found Stephen Keogh. End of sentence.‘When given the opportunity, Stephen Keogh is automatic at finishing,’ said Zach Babo, a staff writer for Inside Lacrosse, in a phone interview. ‘… Keogh is the end-of-the-sentence kind of guy. He is going to finish what the rest of the offense is going to generate.’Keogh’s goal against the Irish represented a new wrinkle in No. 1 SU’s offensive scheme that has propelled the team to four straight wins. Ever since attack Tim Desko injured his knee against Princeton, Tom Palasek has played — and played very well — in his spot. It has allowed the Orange (13-1, 5-0 Big East) to adjust its lineup so that it has a dominant dodger on either side of the goal on offense. Palasek has commanded the attack from behind the goal for the most part, while Marasco has thrived in front of it as the fourth attack or a midfielder.Babo called Palasek and Marasco ‘quarterbacks’ of the Syracuse attack. And the ability to have one of them running the offense from behind the goal and the other out front has invigorated a once-dreary Orange attack.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has averaged more than 12 goals per game in its four wins since losing to then-No. 5 Cornell on April 12.‘You kind of have that dodging, great-vision quarterback above the cage and that dodging, great-vision quarterback behind the cage,’ Babo said.‘It’s a very difficult thing to defend for defenses because they have two different guys that can feed them the ball.’Marasco and Palasek have thrived as distributors of late and added a punch to head coach John Desko’s offense. During Syracuse’s four-game winning streak, the pair has handed out 11 assists combined.Three of those 11 have gone to Keogh, whose production has improved with the additional playmaker in the lineup. He netted four goals Saturday in SU’s 11-8 upset of then-No. 1 Notre Dame — a performance that drew praise from Irish head coach Kevin Corrigan.‘I think he hurt us when we didn’t slide off of him, and I think he hurt us when we did,’ Corrigan said. ‘That’s a pretty good player right there.’In addition to superior field vision, Palasek and Marasco bring speed to the Syracuse lineup. Against a Notre Dame defensive unit that boasted an average height of 6-foot-3 among its starters, their quickness posed problems. Something illustrated in Marasco’s ability to shed two Irish defenders and find Keogh streaking toward the crease for the catch-and-shoot goal.In all, Marasco and Palasek played a hand in five of the Orange’s 11 goals. In a 12-2 win over Rutgers on April 23, they were involved in eight of 12.‘I feel like when we’re moving and our spacing is right, the speed really helps us out,’ Palasek said. ‘So if we can play fast out there, it’s tough for any guy out on the field to stay with us.’It’s a duo that Babo feels could hold the key to SU’s postseason chances, especially considering the type of player that Keogh is. The senior from Canada is much more likely to move off the ball and get open for a shot than he is to create one for himself. So if Marasco and Palasek can continue to orchestrate the offense at a high level, the Orange’s success will continue, too.‘(Keogh’s) production is so much an end result of the way the rest of Syracuse is clicking on a given day,’ Babo said.And in a game that was thought to be a defensive struggle between two of the stingiest units in the country, Syracuse’s ability to click and make plays was the difference. The Orange attack used its agility and lateral quickness to find the creases in the Notre Dame defense and exploit the Irish for 11 goals — two more than the unit had given up in a single game this season coming into the weekend.And the front-back combination of Marasco and Palasek, respectively, was one big reason.‘I thought our middies had some good looks down low,’ Desko said. ‘And then when they started covering us up down low, we were able to move the ball back up top.‘I thought we were moving off the ball, and anytime you’re moving like that it’s harder to cover people off the ball.’firstname.lastname@example.org Published on May 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: email@example.com | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments
Published on May 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: firstname.lastname@example.org | @nicktoneytweets Gina Biascoechea understands the benefits of Title IX. But the sophomore Syracuse women’s rower doesn’t understand why her sport has to be split by sex.‘Our team (the SU women’s rowing team) gets an earlier season, more team gear and more scholarships,’ Biascoechea said.The NCAA has never been affiliated with the country’s oldest intercollegiate sport, men’s rowing. But women’s rowing is a different story.When the SU women’s rowing team raced on May 1, on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., it finished fourth in the Big East championship, in an NCAA-affiliated meet. Women’s rowing is an official NCAA sport with recognized conferences and an official NCAA championship in three divisions. Men’s rowing is not.The Intercollegiate Rowing Association is the men’s answer to NCAA rowing exclusion. But SU men’s rowing head coach Dave Reischman said winning a Big East championship would be more glamorous than winning the IRA.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It’d be great for the men’s team to be able to say we were the best in the Big East,’ Reischman said. ‘People get that, and name recognition would come easily because of the Big East conference. ‘The reason for the divide in collegiate rowing between genders is simple. It comes down to Title IX. The 1972 Title IX Amendment of the Higher Education Act stipulates that all federally funded programs must offer equal opportunities and dedicate equal resources to men and women.Women’s rowing became an NCAA-affiliated sport in 1996, in part to help the scholarship inequities addressed by Title IX legislation.The size of a Division I college football roster makes resources less available for other men’s teams. Syracuse football has 85 permitted scholarship athletes.Women’s rowing teams help offset the gender disparity created by football. Reischman said teams can have up to 60 participants and 20 full scholarships.‘I don’t find it fair that the women’s crew team has more advantages than the men’s team because of the football team,’ said Biascoechea, the SU women’s rower.Adding an entire men’s rowing team — and the scholarships, trips, meals, housing and other services that come with NCAA athletes — would further scramble the gender participation balance Title IX strives to achieve, regardless of how long colleges have been racing.But to Craig Amerkhanian, Stanford’s director of rowing, excluding deserving student-athletes isn’t fair, regardless of gender.‘Men’s rowing would enhance the image and mission of the NCAA,’ Amerkhanian said. ‘They would perform at the highest level in the classroom and on the water, just like any other student-athlete.’Amerkhanian said men’s rowing needs the major conferences associated with rowing — the Pac-10, the Big Ten and the Big East — to get behind deserving rowers and propose legislation to affiliate men’s rowing with the NCAA. But men’s crew has made no such proposal, said Cameron Schuh, the NCAA’s associate director of public and media relations.A few schools did petition the NCAA for inclusion in 2005. But it didn’t garner enough support. Reischman said the doomed petition was the last window of opportunity for men’s crew to become NCAA-sanctioned.If the implementation of Title IX started to close that window, the customs associated with more than 150 years of men’s rowing may slam it shut. Many rowers and coaches nationwide don’t want the NCAA to interfere with the way they’ve always operated.Syracuse men’s team co-captain Mike Gennaro said keeping rowing traditions intact outweighs any prospect of gender equity in the sport.‘I can’t see men’s rowing becoming an NCAA sport because of all of the tradition involved with the sport,’ Gennaro said. ‘It’s been this way for decades, and changing things now could potentially complicate things just as much as it would organize things.’One of those traditions is shirt trading, a custom in which the winning boat of a race receives the shirts of the losing team’s rowers. Reischman said that at the IRA Championships, a rower in the winning boat will receive 16 shirts from 16 losing teams.But shirt-trading would be viewed as gambling should men’s rowing become NCAA-affiliated and the tradition would be subject to NCAA sanctioning, Reischman said. Two more rowing rituals, freshman races and lightweight crew, would also end under NCAA rules.Traditions aside, Amerkhanian believes a potential NCAA inclusion would benefit all of men’s rowing. The United States Olympic Rowing Team, for instance, would have a broader field of student-athletes to pick from.‘It is absolutely time for the oldest collegiate sport to become a part of the NCAA,’ Amerkhanian said.But if NCAA inclusion for men’s rowing becomes a question of gender impartiality, Reischman said the answer isn’t that obvious.‘Was it fair that from 1852 — when our sport first started racing — to about 30 years ago, women had limited opportunities in sports across the board?’ Reischman said. ‘It wasn’t fair. And if staying out of the NCAA is something that helps correct that in some small way, then I’ll stay with the IRA.’email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 1, 2012 at 11:32 pm Contact Austin: firstname.lastname@example.org Leonid Yelin knows the Big East conference inside and out. Yelin, who coached 15 seasons at Louisville, is prepared for the challenges ahead for Syracuse.“Everybody knows it’s about life or death,” Yelin said. “It’s very different. Every game you play is against a rival.”After conference opponent Marquette swept SU on Sept. 22, the Orange played its final nonconference game on Wednesday against Niagara. Syracuse (8-10, 0-3 Big East) then hit the road for two Big East games, losing to DePaul and Notre Dame. The Orange is 13th out of 14 teams in the Big East.Yelin’s team has dipped two games below .500 after the two weekend losses and remains winless in conference play. The team’s final 12 games are against conference opponents, and Yelin said that stretch will be a tough task for his team.The freshmen are not only new to the collegiate atmosphere, but to conference play, especially against Big East powerhouses. SU assistant coach Stephanie Cantway played four years at Louisville under Yelin and described Big East conference play as competitive.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think it’s hard when you know that every game is a pressure situation,” Cantway said. “You have to play every game to make sure you make it to the conference tournament, to make sure we have a chance to go to the NCAA tournament, which is our overall goal for the whole season.”Cantway said the team has to step up in conference games, which feature tougher opponents and a more competitive environment, to make the NCAA tournament after going 8-7 in nonconference play.Senior middle blocker Samantha Hinz is one of the most experienced Big East competitors on the team.“Big East is really challenging not only because of the caliber of the teams, but it’s how much each game means,” Hinz said. “In preseason, if you win the right games, you can get pushed into a better seed.“In Big East, every game matters,” she said. “I think that’s the pressure we feel sometimes.”Sophomore libero Melina Violas thinks conference play is like another season.Violas said the nonconference games didn’t go as well as the Orange had hoped, so it has to rely on success in conference games to put itself in position for postseason play.Violas says conference play for the remainder of the season is a fresh start because Syracuse can win the Big East tournament and then make it to the NCAA tournament.Despite the team’s low position in the conference standings, Cantway doesn’t think teams get excited to play the Orange, especially because they know what they will have to face.“We definitely haven’t given up,” Cantway said. “We’re still a team that I don’t think people want to come play. I know people don’t want to play us in the Carrier Dome; they don’t want to do things that are different because they’re nervous. I think we are still on people’s radars.” Comments
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 25, 2012 at 2:56 am Contact Ryne: email@example.com The Syracuse defense has transformed from one of the worst in the Big East to a swarming, formidable unit in a single season.It’s a transformation middle linebacker Siriki Diabate said started with the “little things.” He watched as players jogged from the sidelines to the huddle in 2011. Now, they’re all sprinting onto the field for each possession.“We’re worrying about the little things just enough,” Diabate said. “And making sure that when someone’s down, you’re picking up their tempo and making sure they’re rallying to the ball every time.”Diabate credits the SU coaching staff for the change in mentality that has the unit ranked third in the conference in total defense. Playing with that tenacity will be crucial when the Orange (3-4, 2-1 Big East) takes on B.J. Daniels and South Florida (2-5, 0-3) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.The unit surrendered big plays and points in bunches to opponents in a forgettable 2011 campaign, but it is suddenly sparking the team to victories in 2012. The change has been on display in SU’s Big East victories over Pittsburgh and Connecticut, in which the unit held its opponents to 13 and 10 points, respectively.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange will look to continue that dominant play against a USF team that has given it fits during head coach Doug Marrone’s tenure. The struggles have stemmed from the play of the Bulls’ dual-threat quarterback Daniels, who has started in the last three matchups.“He’s been here as long as I’ve been here,” Marrone said during the Big East coaches’ teleconference on Monday. “He’s a very, very talented quarterback and the problem is when you try to contain him, he kind of really opens up things for other players on their offense.”In USF’s last two victories over SU, Daniels has been stellar, throwing for 462 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 149 yards and a score. But in 2010, the Orange defense stole the show, holding Daniels to zero yards rushing while forcing him to throw two interceptions.Daniels has been turnover-prone during his team’s five-game losing streak, throwing eight interceptions compared to seven touchdowns. Syracuse strong safety Shamarko Thomas said he and his teammates are looking to continue that trend on Saturday.“He’s a good quarterback, but he also has mistakes,” Thomas said. “He throws it in the air and that gives DBs opportunities, and to capitalize on turnovers is great because it gives the offense the opportunity to score.”But Thomas and his teammates also realize Daniels is still the same dynamic playmaker he’s been for three years. All they need to do is watch the film of last season’s 37-17 loss when Daniels ran all over the field for 117 yards.Defensive coordinator Scott Shafer said he was outcoached that day. Shafer reviewed the film during the offseason, and he’s watching more this week to make adjustments and prepare his defense.Diabate said it was tough to watch the defense struggle through the 20-point loss. And this year, Diabate said the coaches are stressing “rallying to the ball” on every play.The linebackers and secondary can’t get lost covering wide receivers downfield this time, Diabate said. They need to stay focused on Daniels and where he is on every play to prevent him from taking off for big gains.“He’s a freak athlete,” Thomas said. “He can make you miss on the ground, shake you so it’s contain him — blitz him and contain him and just make him throw it in the air and make plays off it.”And that starts with the defensive line, which has been the force behind impressive defensive play.Defensive end Markus Pierce-Brewster said the linemen feel the outcome of the game comes down to them. Their position coach, Tim Daoust, has repeated the mantra all season.When they do get Daniels moving in the pocket, Diabate and the rest of the defense need to finish the job.“We’re going to come out there on Saturday just with a great intention of stopping him every single play,” Diabate said, “and focusing on the little things and make sure when we do make a mistake, we have everyone rallying to the ball so it’s not so much as bad as last year.” Comments
Published on November 11, 2012 at 11:40 pm Contact Austin: firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday was an emotional day for seniors Zoe Guzman, Samantha Hinz and Laura Homann.Not only was it the last time they would represent the Orange on the court, but their careers were capped by a come-from-behind win over Seton Hall in the Carrier Dome in front of 357 fans.Syracuse finishes its first season under head coach Leonid Yelin at 12-18 overall and 4-11 in the Big East. The Orange’s most impressive win came on Sunday, when it fought back to win after a 2-0 deficit.“Our defense was good because of the blocking,” Yelin said.Tied at 15 in the first set, the Pirates scored five of the next six points to take a 20-16 lead, prompting Yelin to call timeout to regroup his team. Seton Hall came out of the timeout with another 5-1 run to win the first set 25-17.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Pirates jumped out to 12-6 in the second set, and Yelin again called a timeout. Syracuse struggled out of its timeouts in the first set, but came out strong on a 5-1 run after its first break in the second set.SU’s run out of the first timeout was helped by a Seton Hall forward touch violation and kills from outside hitters Silvi Uattara and Nicolette Serratore. Leading 12-9, the Pirates added a point after a Serratore service error. Syracuse tacked on two more with a kill by middle blocker Monika Salkute and an attack error by Seton Hall’s Molly Grammer.Seton Hall cruised from there. Trailing 20-17, Yelin called timeout hoping to stop the bleeding. It didn’t work. Seton Hall came out on a 3-0 run due to sloppy play from Syracuse. The Pirates went on to finish the set 25-21, one set away from finishing Syracuse’s season and the careers of Guzman, Hinz and Homann on a sour note.The third set was looking like it was going to once again be all Seton Hall. The Pirates led 9-3, but suddenly something clicked for the Orange. Syracuse went on a 9-2 run, forcing Seton Hall to call a timeout. Leading 12-11, SU extended its lead to 14-11 coming out of the timeout.But Seton Hall battled back to take a 22-20. The Orange finished on a 5-1 run to win the third set 25-23.“I think we just stopped thinking so much about it, stopped freaking out about it, and we decided we were just going to go out and play for each other and for our seniors,” Serratore said.In the early stages of the fourth set, the fans in attendance started to become increasingly vocal. Syracuse started with an 8-3 lead, including three kills from Uattara and two blocks from Hinz.Tied at 25, Syracuse needed two more points to force a fifth set. After kills from outside hitter Gosia Wlaszczuk and Hinz, the Orange won the fourth set 27-25 and Syracuse stayed alive.The fifth set was highlighted by Uattara, who chipped in four kills and three blocks. A kill by Serratore gave the Orange a 15-14 lead. The next point was decided on a Seton Hall net violation, giving Syracuse the fifth set 16-14, and the match comeback win 3-2.Syracuse ended up with an advantage over Seton Hall in kills. Uattara had 22 of Syracuse’s 64 kills, while Serratore had 13, Wlaszczuk had 14 and Salkute contributed 10.“We weren’t playing well in the first two sets,” Uattara said. “Then we felt the excitement and caught on.”Guzman exited her Syracuse career on a high note with 31 digs. Serratore added 22 and Wlaszczuk had 14.However, players say they wanted to win this game for their seniors.Shortly following the game, Serratore appeared emotional, with red, teary eyes. However, these emotions were joyful.“It was definitely special,” she said. “It was our second chance to get a win in the Dome and for our seniors to go out in such a historic place. We were playing for them and for each other.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Related Stories Syracuse’s rigorous stretch continues with Hobart rivalry gameHobart attack Love stars for Statesmen, plays in brother’s memory Published on April 16, 2013 at 9:43 pm Contact Trevor: email@example.com | @TrevorHass Alex Love torched Syracuse all night.Love’s goal with 2:12 remaining – his sixth of the night – propelled Hobart (6-6, 2-3 Eastern Collegiate Athletic) to a stunning 13-12 come-from-behind win over Syracuse (9-3, 3-1 Big East) at the Carrier Dome Tuesday night in front of 2,362 fans. Cal Paduda dominated at the faceoff X for the Orange and Dylan Donahue paced SU with three goals, but in the end Love was too much for Syracuse to handle.The Statesmen trailed 12-10 with less than eight minutes to go and their chances at an upset were slim. But a goal by Derek Akner cut the deficit to one with 7:17 to go, and Hobart was within striking distance.Gryphin Kelly, who struggled all night at the faceoff X against Cal Paduda, controlled possession for Hobart and Cam Stone made the score 12-11. Another goal by Akner knotted the score at 12, and Love’s fireworks came shortly thereafter.He scored with 2:13 remaining, and just as he had all night, burned the Syracuse defense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe shot came from straight on, about 10 yards out, and it capped the comeback for Hobart. Love’s six goals featured multiple sidearm shots, a shot he’s crafted for years that gives opposing teams fits.Syracuse was the latest victim. Brian Megill contained Love in stretches, but he was simply too dynamic. He scored from all over the field and showed why he ‘s one of the most prolific scorers in the nation.Steve Ianzito sprinted downfield for the Orange in the game’s final seconds. Syracuse had one last chance to tie the game up, but Peter Zonino, who was effective in goal all night for Hobart, saved the shot.Ianzito buried his face in the ground and Syracuse’s four-game winning streak came to a screeching halt.Donahue, Paduda and Derek Maltz helped SU get out to a lead, but the Statesmen came back in dramatic fashion.At the end of the game, Love sprinted over to his teammates after the game and chest-bumped teammate Ryan Munnelly. He hoisted the Kraus-Simmons trophy and saluted the Hobart fans.The comeback was complete. Love finally beat Syracuse for the first time in three tries. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Published on October 2, 2013 at 1:05 am Contact Trevor: firstname.lastname@example.org | @TrevorHass Syracuse cornerbacks Julian Whigham and Wayne Morgan don’t know if Brandon Reddish will suit up against No. 3 Clemson on Saturday, but they’re preparing to play significant snaps in various packages regardless.“I’m just focused on film,” Whigham said Tuesday night. “Studying everything, making sure I know everything and when I get in there, play my game.”Reddish, a junior cornerback, suffered a lower-body injury in the first half of Syracuse’s 52-17 pummeling of Tulane on Sept. 21 and didn’t return to the game. Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer listed Reddish as questionable during his weekly teleconference Tuesday. Reddish hasn’t practiced since then, Morgan said, but he expects him to return Wednesday.Defensive backs coach Fred Reed said Reddish’s status for Saturday is still up in the air.“Really toward the end of the week we’ll have a better indication of what’s going on (with Reddish),” Reed said. “His rehab really went well, so we’ll see how it goes.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the event Reddish doesn’t play, Morgan said he’s re-familiarized himself with the playbook in the past week just in case.If he does take Reddish’s playing time on Saturday, he’ll be rudely greeted by the nightmare that is the high-octane Clemson offense. Highlighted by quarterback Tajh Boyd and wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant, the Tigers’ offense is among the most explosive in the country.Reed said Watkins is the best receiver Syracuse has faced this season. He called Watkins dynamic and said his speed is “legit.”“He can really fly,” Reed said.Penn State’s Allen Robinson and Northwestern’s Tony Jones combined for 318 receiving yards against the Orange. That was with Robinson missing the first half of the Penn State-Syracuse game.SU’s depleted secondary will be in for its toughest task Saturday in the Orange’s first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference matchup. Reddish’s potential absence would make the task that much more difficult.“They don’t make mistakes often,” Whigham said. “We’ve really got to be on top of our game.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 3, 2014 at 4:47 pm Contact Stephen: email@example.com | @Stephen_Bailey1 Jim Boeheim stormed onto the court and screamed at Baye Moussa Keita.The senior center had been slow getting back on defense early in the second half of Syracuse’s 70-48 win over Eastern Michigan on Tuesday, and the Eagles capitalized with an easy breakaway dunk.Boeheim berated Keita all the way from half court to the bench after taking a timeout, where Keita sat down alongside fellow centers DaJuan Coleman and Rakeem Christmas. With Coleman out with a left leg contusion and Christmas coming off what Boeheim called Christmas’ worst half of the year, the moment marked a low point for the three SU centers.“Going forward, we’re going to miss DaJuan,” SU point guard Tyler Ennis said. “But I think our big men our going to fill his void.”Syracuse will look for improved play from the group, which will likely be without Coleman again, when the No. 2 Orange (13-0) hosts Miami (8-5, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) on Saturday at 2 p.m. in its first-ever in-conference game as a member of the ACC.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor Christmas, the clear deficiencies are rebounding and defensive positioning. For Keita, it’s his lack of offensive contributions. So without Coleman — whose defense has also been inconsistent despite his thinner frame and quickened foot speed — Keita is Syracuse’s only adequate defensive center and Christmas its only productive offensive one.If Coleman can’t play, Jerami Grant is expected to start on the wing, while Christmas will make his second consecutive start in the middle of the 2-3 zone.“We just want to go into the ACC strong, show everyone what we can do,” Christmas said. “A lot of people think we will not do good in the ACC. So we just want to go in there and be strong.”Christmas matched a career-high with 15 points against the Eagles, but grabbed just three boards in 22 minutes and struggled to keep drivers in front of him while playing both the wing and middle positions in the zone.He caught and finished a couple lobs from Ennis, but was pulled immediately after a minute-long stretch that included two bad fouls and an irate Boeheim late in the first half.“There’s more than one or two things (he needs to work on defensively),” Boeheim said. “I don’t have time for that.”Keita disappeared at times against Eastern Michigan after helping energize the Orange to its 78-62 comeback win over then-No. 8 Villanova last Saturday.Through SU’s first 12 games, the three centers mixed and matched to hold their weight. But the EMU game was the first where their performance was a more glaring weakness. A better team than the Eagles could take advantage.The Hurricanes, who are in the middle of a rebuilding year, likely are not that team. However, they are led inside by be senior forward Donnavan Kirk, who averages 9.6 points on 47.7-percent shooting and could exploit SU if it’s without Coleman.Kirk also grabs 7.3 rebounds and is second in the ACC with 2.2 blocks per game.“Miami has really improved,” Boeheim said. “They started slow and have a lot of young guys, but have really improved their last few games.”To keep Kirk and sophomore center Tonye Jekiri in check, the Orange will need consistent production from its centers.The three have proven they can be successful together, but with Coleman’s status uncertain Christmas and Keita could have more weight to carry.Kirk and the Hurricanes offer a measuring stick. The centers’ first chance to match up against an ACC frontcourt this year and an opportunity to gain some momentum with SU’s game against No. 19 North Carolina on Jan. 11 quickly approaching.Center depth could be a strength for the Orange by the end of conference play, or it could rival secondary ball handlers for the team’s biggest question mark.Said Boeheim: “I think we’ve put ourselves in the best position we could possibly put ourselves in. Now we just start something over where we’re 0-0, and we need to focus on that.” Comments
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Jimmy was not a great individual defensive player, but he was very smart. He knew how to play angles offensively and defensively.Dave Bing If you want to learn zone, there’s only one zone to study. That’s Jim Boeheim’s 2-3 zone.Seth Greenberg, ESPN analyst & former NCAA head coach Published on January 28, 2014 at 3:25 am Contact Stephen: email@example.com | @Stephen_Bailey1 Jim Boeheim stands by the Carrier Dome court and shrugs off question after question as he watches his players warm up before practice.The questions are the same ones he’s been asked over and over again — the same ones he’s downplayed for years. The longtime Syracuse icon stretches his lips and tilts his head, continuing to understate everything about the 2-3 zone that one former Big East head coach called one of the greatest weapons in the history of the sport.“The zone is like the Mariano Rivera cutter,” said ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla, a former St. John’s head coach. “Mariano will throw the cutter 3-2, two outs in the ninth, and that’s how Jim’s zone is. If man-to-man is a fastball, normal zones are curveballs, Jim’s zone is the Mariano Rivera cutter, nearly impossible to hit.“You may break a bat on Jim’s zone on occasion but you’re not hitting grand slams on it.”Boeheim has been studying the 2-3 zone defense for 52 years to be exact — longer than about 70 percent of the American population has been alive. There may be no icon in sports history more closely associated with a singular tactical operation.And yet there was no eye-opening moment of enlightenment. The man described by others as ingenious and masterful describes the growth of the zone as gradual. He talks about the defense not the players. And he even presents the system as simple and replicable — though that’s just his inclination to skate over and simplify it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFrom Boeheim’s first days trying to crack the Lyons Central junior varsity zone in practice, to orchestrating Syracuse through his first 20 years, the head coach accrued a vast wealth of knowledge. He’s absorbed every possible wrinkle and rotation on the hardwood and instructed hundreds of players how and when to utilize them.That’s why, around 1996, he decided to switch to the zone full time.File Photo“Finally it dawned on me,” said Boeheim in a candid moment after his team’s 61-50 win over Indiana in last year’s Sweet 16, “after about 27 or 28 years that if we played zone all the time and didn’t waste time playing man-to-man and put some wrinkles in the zone, that our defense would be better.”But before all the flash and fame, Boeheim was a scrawny, 6-foot-3 guard for Lyons Central High School. At about 155 pounds, he was a pretty good physical model for the guards he would recruit half a century later.But he was more offensive minded. Had there been a 3-point line, teammates agreed his team-leading scoring average as a senior would have been higher.His coach, Dick Blackwell, first introduced the concept of zone defense to Boeheim and six of his friends who played together from sixth grade through graduation.“He taught me a lot about basketball,” Boeheim said.Teammates Don Oakleaf and Mike DeCola remember their sophomore year when the deft-shooting Boeheim was bumped up to varsity. In practices, the JV squad would often play a zone and have to extend their guards up on Boeheim.“Personally I don’t think there’s any question that his experience in high school carried over,” Oakleaf said. “He had plenty of time to see how effective they were.”Courtesy of Don OakleafBlackwell used the 2-3 and 2-1-2 zones about 30 percent of the time against most teams, but predominantly in the team’s two games against rival Newark Valley each year.Oakleaf — the center who was only slightly taller and about 20 pounds heavier than Boeheim — said the team had to play zone against a stockier opposing big man.“We never lost to Newark,” Oakleaf said with a chuckle.Coming to Syracuse as a freshman in 1962, Boeheim’s next coach was Fred B. Lewis. He was more of a yeller than Blackwell. And he played more zone, but relied most heavily on full-court pressure.The same rotations Boeheim practiced in high school carried over to college, where he starred alongside fellow freshman and roommate Dave Bing. Bing said that as a player who thrived with the ball in his hands, Boeheim’s ability to communicate with him on the court was crucial to the team’s success.His perception was unmatched by other teammates, and as Boeheim moved into coaching, Bing said it allowed him to slow the game down and notice smaller details of the defense.“I think he just picked up on what they were doing,” Bing said, “the little nuances that we didn’t do well back then.”He was hired as a graduate assistant by Roy Danforth in 1969 and became a full-time assistant soon after. Boeheim said he often asked Danforth to play more zone. And once Danforth left for Tulane in 1976, Boeheim did it himself.Close friend P.J. Carlesimo, who was an assistant coach at Fordham at the time, remembers how quickly Boeheim’s first few teams mastered the zone.“A lot of those teams were not nearly as athletic as the later teams,” Carlesimo said, “but they always played the zone very, very well.”Boeheim utilized the zone more than his predecessors, but not all the time. He encouraged his teams to trap in the low post and the corners — the same fundamental defensive principles Blackwell outlined when he started playing.Defending the corner 3Defending the low postBoeheim plugged players of all different shapes and sizes into his system.The Lee brothers, Jimmy and Mike, highlighted Syracuse teams in the early 1970s before giving way to the Louis and Bouie show. Louis Orr and Roosevelt Bouie revolutionized fast-break offense coming out of the zone.And some of that duo’s success stems back to a conversation Boeheim had with Bouie, his first-ever recruit and a 6-foot-11, 225-pound speedster of a center.It was Bouie’s freshman year in 1976 and he was struggling to adjust to college life, as well as the zone’s intricate defensive slides.The troubles shook his nerves. So Boeheim told him not to overthink the technical movements. Just focus on moving quickly.“If you can work so hard in practice every day that when you finish practice it’ll take you 15 minutes before you can bend over and take your shoes off,” Boeheim said, “what more can I ask of you?’“That took a big weight off my shoulders,” Bouie said.File PhotoAs the years went on, Boeheim gradually ran more and more zone. He learned to work in each rotation during the preseason and integrated a six-on-five drill that allowed the first-team defense to prepare for the next game.If the upcoming opposition featured a sharpshooter, Boeheim would pluck another player from the sideline — Leo Rautins in Bouie’s era — and have them prepare the guards for extra-fast slides.If the upcoming opposition featured a high-post threat, Boeheim would place an extra man there.He even learned to adapt with the game. When the 3-point line was introduced in 1986, Boeheim pushed his wings up to defend the perimeter and dropped his center. The zone defined the heyday of Big East basketball for some, as many coaches labored to find a way to beat it.Pete Gillen, who was an assistant coach at Villanova (1978–80) and Notre Dame (1980–85) before taking the helm at Providence from 1994–98, recalled a ploy he took from longtime Louisville head coach Denny Crum: back-screening the weak-side guard.Weak-side guard screenSix days after getting stomped by the one-loss Orangemen on Jan. 7, 1998, Gillen’s 6-7 Providence squad dropped 76 points in the Carrier Dome en route to a mammoth upset.“We probably weren’t a very good team, but we beat them up there,” Gillen said.Boeheim had plenty of games like that during his first 32 years of growing the zone. In truth, he had plenty of every kind of game during that span. And through it all, the zone proved to be the key ingredient in his winning formula.As the Carrier Dome horn blew, indicating the start of practice, Boeheim raised his eyebrows before answering one last question in typical Boeheim fashion.So why did you decide to go to the zone full-time?“I just thought we were best with it.”Read part 2 → Comments
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