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Breaking: D’Tigress snatch Tokyo 2020 Olympics ticket

first_imgRelatedPosts D’Tigers, D’Tigress await 2020 Olympics foes D’Tigers, D’Tigress can win an Olympic medal — Kida Two Air Warriors players to attend 2020 Olympics, courtesy of Minister The D’Tigress on Saturday booked a ticket to the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo despite losing to host Serbia in their second group game at the ongoing FIBA Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament 64-70 points. Mozambique’s quest to qualify ahead of Nigeria suffered a heavy knock when they lost scandalously 49-124 points against current world champions USA as the Nigeria Basketball Federation set another enviable record of being the only federation in Nigeria to have two teams at the Olympics. Being in command of the first quarter, which they won 22-21, their good works were undone in the second and third quarters as their inability to convert their chances saw Serbia work their way back into contention winning 22-12 and 16-12 to open a decent lead heading into the fourth quarter. Nigeria’s senior women national team tried to rally back in the last quarter after cutting down the deficit to just four points with less than two minutes to go, but two successive turnovers by Ezinne Kalu put a stop to that. Although, they picked the last quarter 18-11, it was a case of too little too late against the host who on the back of a vociferous home support stood their ground to see out the game. Kalu led the charge for Nigeria with 20 points and three rebounds, while Promise Amukamara scored 15 points and four rebounds on the night. Team captain, Adaora Elonu, weighed in with nine points of her own as well as six rebounds. A conversion rate of 68.75 per centfrom 16 free throw attempts, 38.98 per cent from field goal attempts and 41.03 per cent success from the trey points line summarised the performance of the girls on the night that they found it difficult for their shots to drop against the Serbians currently ranked seventh in the world. On Sunday, Nigeria will take on USA in their last group game, which have no effect on the 2020 Olympics qualification.Tags: 2020 OlympicsD’Tigresslast_img read more

Benteke wants to stay – Sherwood

first_img After scoring 15 goals this campaign thanks to a late-season surge, those big name sides are again being strongly linked with a move for the powerful striker, but manager Sherwood is hopeful he will stay put. “Christian is only a young man but he’s very mature in the way he behaves,” he said. “I think he’s handled the situation well. “I have no reason to believe he wants to seek employment elsewhere. He seems to be very happy here and this morning, at training, he was smiling. “He knows there are big games coming up in Sunday and the cup final and I think he wants to be at this football club. I’m convinced of that.” Sherwood added: “I’d believe him if he told me he wanted to be at this club next season but he hasn’t told me because I haven’t actually asked him the question.” The former Tottenham boss has promised he will field a full-strength side for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League finale against relegated Burnley, despite his own team having already beaten the drop and with the FA Cup final against Arsenal to consider six days later. “We want to go and win,” he said. “We owe it to our fans, who have stuck with us under difficult circumstances and been fantastic and helped pull us over the line. “So we owe it to them to go and put in a performance on Sunday, send them home happy and give them some optimism to want to come back here next season. “It’s a full house, we want to put in a good performance but there’ll be no resting of players. We’re looking to go out with a win.” Speculation over Benteke’s future remains despite his agent recently pledging his commitment to the club. The Belgian forward tried to leave two summers ago, when he was linked with a host of top clubs, before changing his mind and staying in the midlands. Tim Sherwood is “convinced” star striker Christian Benteke wants to stay at Aston Villa next season. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

WPB city commissioners consider proposal to expand restaurant spaces

first_imgCity commissioners in West Palm Beach say they are considering a proposal to allow some restaurants to use street parking paces to expand their serving space.Restaurants in the area were allowed to reopen at 25% of their capacity on Monday, however, some restaurants opted to remain closed due to limited available space and the inability to follow social distancing guidelines.City commissioners are now looking at the proposal which is similar to what some areas in Orlando are currently doing to allow restaurants extra seating space for customers, while also not hindering traffic.Some commissioners say they are concerned that some owners make take advantage of the situation while Mayor Keith James says he wants the restaurants put on a “short-leash.”Christopher Roog, director of Economic Development told commissioners that if restaurants abuse the rules, they will lose their permit for extra space and could possibly be asked to reclose.There has been no vote on the proposal as of yet and it is unclear when and if the proposal will go into effect.last_img read more

Andre Charles appointed ‘Football Ambassador’ of Paramakatoi

first_imgWAYNE Forde, president of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), has appointed Andre Charles as a ‘Football Ambassador of the Village of Paramakatoi’ following his visit to the community August 26-28.Forde’s visit to the Region 8 community was on invitation from the Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs and Patron of Women’s Football, Hon. Valerie Garrido-Lowe.In a letter to Charles, Forde said, “I left your village with a renewed sense of purpose, clarity and direction. The many wonderful memories and inspiring moments I took with me will be cherished for the rest of my life. Your beautiful Paramakatoi is a picturesque village that is second only to the warmth of its lovely people.”The appointment is for one year and according to the federation, Charles will be responsible for attending meetings with the Sports Council as a representative of the GFF president, attending GFF’s Congresses, welcoming visiting officials to the village on behalf of the GFF president, travelling with the GFF president to regional events and promoting the beautiful game of football throughout the regionDuring the visit, the president and the minister witnessed community football matches and also interacted with the villagers.last_img read more

Hetmyer fitness retest set for February 14

first_imgWEST Indies star batsman Shimron Hetmyer is to redo a fitness test next Friday (February 14) after failing the first test conducted by Cricket West Indies (CWI).The left-hander reported for training yesterday having not reported on Wednesday as the Guyana team held final practice session for the Professional Cricket League (PCL) four-day game against the Jamaica Scorpions.When the news broke on Tuesday that the Guyanese, along with Evin Lewis, was dropped from the side, the hope was that he would be drafted into the Guyana team for the upcoming regional match.However, Sanasie explained that it is customary when cricketers return from International duty, they are to report to their territorial boards, something Hetmyer failed to do upon return from the Ireland series.As such, the Guyanese was not considered for selection into the Guyana team for the Jamaica Scorpions clash which began yesterday at the Providence stadium.However, Sanaise cleared up the situation, saying, “Hetmyer has since reported for training and he is getting ready to redo his fitness test which is set for next Friday.”He noted that the Guyanese will be hard at work ahead of the test.last_img read more

Wisconsin softball eyes repeat performance in Big Ten Tournament

first_imgThis time last year, the Wisconsin softball team was about to enter into the first round of the Big Ten Tournament to take on Northwestern. The 2013 roster easily defeated the Wildcats 3-0 and went on to walk over both Michigan and Minnesota in two 9-3 victories to win the conference tournament for the first time in program history. This time around, the Badgers don’t take the field until the quarterfinals, in which they’ll take on either Michigan State or Northwestern.Senior infielder Stephanie Peace reflected on this time of the year, when the 2013 roster was preparing to attend the Big Ten Conference Tournament for the first time, saying that last season’s experience could play to Wisconsin’s advantage this weekend.“Last year we had older girls, but we hadn’t been there before and it was just kind of a find out what we were doing,” Peace said. “This year we know what we’re going into. We’ve been to a conference tournament, and the experience is helpful.”Fresh off a 2-1 series victory against sixth-ranked Michigan, Wisconsin (33-17, 15-7 Big Ten) learned three of its players earned all-conference awards. Mary Massei received first-team All-Big Ten, and Michelle Mueller and Taylor-Paige Stewart received second-team All-Big Ten.With the regular season over, Wisconsin is looking to keep the momentum going this weekend, with hopes that the big end-of-season wins could be exactly what the Wisconsin bench needs to jump-start a tournament run.“We’re playing really good competition here at the end of the season, and it’s right where we want to be as far as wins and losses,” Peace said. “We’re getting better every day and working hard.”Peace continued to explain the Badgers know they’ll be facing the toughest of the competition this weekend and are preparing themselves to hit the ground running.“We’re going to have to be ready for all the speed of the potential teams that we’re going to face,” she said. “We can’t dwell on errors that might occur. You mess up, it doesn’t matter, you still have to get ready for the next pitch.”But the competition has been working hard, too. Northwestern (32-15, 14-9), which is the higher seed in its first-round matchup with No. 12 seed Michigan State, is seeded just behind UW at No. 5 in the conference and has had a similar season to the Badgers.Four Wildcats made the Big Ten First and Second team rosters (two on each), and they’ve been able to get at least one win against three of the Big Ten’s top four teams, including Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin.The Wildcats and Badgers last met in mid-March when Northwestern walked away with a 2-1 series victory. But all three games were neck-and-neck as none of the games were decided by more than two runs. Freshman Chloe Miller says Wisconsin’s previous meeting with Northwestern will help ensure it is ready.“We feel pretty prepared,” Miller said. “We saw [Northwestern] a couple months ago, and I think we’ve really grown since we last saw them so we have a lot of confidence going into the game, and it really couldn’t have played out any better.”The winner of the Friday night’s game between Wisconsin and either Northwestern or Michigan State will advance to the semifinals the following evening, against the winner between No. 1 seed Michigan and either Iowa or Illinois. However the weekend plays out, the Badgers know they’ll have their work cut out for them.“We’re just trying to play really good softball, play our style of ball all weekend long,” Peace said. “Whoever steps on the field against us, we’re going to give them our best game.”last_img read more

Men’s soccer breakdown: Badgers, Nittany Lions settle for double overtime draw

first_imgOn a crisp fall night at the McClimon Complex, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team came back from 2-1 down to Penn State to claim a second consecutive home draw.The Badgers (4-9-3 overall, 1-2-3 Big Ten) opened the scoring five minutes into the second half, only to see the Nittany Lions (6-6-3, 2-3-2) storm back and take the lead 2-1 with 10 minutes left in the game. Sophomore midfielder Mike Catalano came to UW’s rescue as his 85th minute shot deflected off a PSU defender and found the back of the net from 25 yards out.It was an exciting offensive showdown between the two Big Ten teams with both teams tallying a combined 36 shots during the match. Neither squad was able to find a winner in either overtime period, and Wisconsin now sits in last place in the Big Ten with six points.The Badgers now have a week off before they travel to Indiana for a Halloween matchup in the penultimate Big Ten game of their season.Mueller the menaceUW sophomore midfielder Chris Mueller was a pain in the side of the PSU defense all game. Mueller netted his team-leading fifth goal of the season, and was a constant threat down the left wing. Mueller finished the game with four shots on goal, but was unable to score the game-winner.Catty-lystCatalano made his first home start since early September, returning from a hip injury that caused him to miss a considerable portion of the season. Catalano was active throughout the match, and he was the one to answer the bell when the Badgers were searching for an equalizer. His 25-yard effort managed to find the goal and force overtime. Catalano has now scored in two consecutive games following his match-winning goal against UW-Milwaukee.Collective effortSenior captain Drew Conner was sent off in the 87th minute after receiving his second yellow card of the game, which forced the Badgers to play with 10 men for the remainder of the match. UW held strong, defending and attacking as a team to see out the draw. Fellow senior captain Carl Schneider made a sliding goal-line clearance in the waning seconds of the second overtime to ensure that Penn State only left Wisconsin with one point.Senior nightThe Badgers honored their 2015 senior class at the beginning of the game. Fans recognized Conner, Schneider, Anders Kristensen, Connor Revsbeck and Adam Lauko for their meaningful contributions to the Wisconsin men’s soccer program over the past four years.QuotableCatalano’s thoughts on the game:“We aren’t satisfied with the result at all. We are just going to keep working, keep our confidence high and get ready for Indiana next week.”Catalano on scoring his first home goal since being injured:“It’s a good feeling, especially at home. Being out, you lose a little bit of confidence and you’re just out of things.”Catalano on UW’s remaining Big Ten matches:“There’s still a lot left to play for. The season is not even close to over. Postseason, Big Ten tournament — we’re all psyched up for that. We are finally playing a lot better. Last year against Indiana was a massive game and we should have beat them. We are going back there and we owe them a little payback.”UW head coach John Trask on the team’s performance:“That little 15-minute period is something that, if we are trying to extend our season more than just a few games here, we are just going to need to be more resolute. In fairness, I thought that when the guys went down to 10 men, they battled a little bit. That’s a move in the right direction for this group of players.”Trask on the return of Catalano to the starting lineup:“[Getting Catalano back] is huge. I said it the other day, but Mike had a game winner against UW-Milwaukee, and easily could’ve scored three goals that day.”last_img read more

Kendall Coleman and Alton Robinson dominated in 2018, but their success this year hinges on SU’s entire defensive line

first_imgOf 130 Division I FBS football teams, only No. 22 Syracuse returns more than one player with double-digit sacks in 2018: senior defensive ends Alton Robinson and Kendall Coleman.The duo finished last season with 10 sacks each, helping lead an SU defense that sacked the opposing quarterback a whopping 43 times last year — a 27 sack increase from 2017.“I didn’t know that,” Coleman said of his and Robinson’s stats, “But that’s exciting news. I’m glad to know it now.”Coleman and Robinson are arguably the best defensive end pairing in the country, but they alone were not why SU’s defensive line was so successful in 2018. Former nose tackle Chris Slayton — now with the New York Giants — constantly commanded a double-team in pass protection and wreaked havoc in the run game. Slayton’s presence allowed Coleman and Robinson to work one-on-one versus opposing tackles, something they may not enjoy this year.Often, Slayton’s efforts in the middle allowed SU to pressure quarterbacks without blitzing. With him gone, Coleman and Robinson are sure to command more attention from opposing blockers while Syracuse sorts out its defensive line rotation in the middle. If the Orange can even somewhat replace Slayton’s impact in the middle, Syracuse could have one of the best front-sevens in the country. They are, as the signs in their meeting room say, “earning the right to rush forward.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We wanted to make sure our coaches were comfortable with us and understand that we could do our jobs, basically,” senior tackle Kenneth Ruff said of the sign’s meaning. “Being aggressive up front, just taking up gaps, being able to be productive up there with just (the defensive line).”Being able to pressure the quarterback with only four pass-rushers creates a greater numerical mismatch for a defense. Without blitzing linebackers or safeties, the Orange can defend in the secondary with a seven-to-five player advantage. Playing with a nickelback instead of a third linebacker, SU’s defense played its best the second half of the season — save for Notre Dame — averaging 4.25 sacks per game in the final five games of 2018.With Slayton gone, the model to generate pressure has changed. Attention will shift to Coleman or Robinson, who may command now double-teams, leaving interior linemen like Ruff, Josh Black and Kingsley Jonathan a chance to collapse the pocket from head on.“Alton (Robinson) and I get a lot of attention,” Coleman said. “A lot of notoriety, but we’re not the only guys on this defense. So I personally feel that if they send double teams either of our way and leave it one-on-one in the middle, our opponents will find there are guys there too.”While much of what SU wants to do defensively hinges on the interior of the line, Coleman and Robinson are still the clear headliners.Robinson — who came out of high school as a three-star recruit with offers from Alabama and Michigan — looks the part of NFL pass rushing prospect at 6-foot-4, 260 pounds and a potent combination of speed and strength coming off the edge. Coleman, who came to SU as an undersized freshman, struggled in his first season, but has earned himself a starting spot opposite Robinson.Babers raves about Coleman’s football acumen and technique, noting he’s never coached another player remotely like him. As he honed his skills and mind, Coleman physically caught up and last season finally overcame his early struggles.Though each end has their own archetype — Robinson is the dominant athlete, Coleman the technician — they can mimic each other’s abilities seamlessly. Robinson can switch it up and use more technique-driven pass rushing moves and vice versa for Coleman with power and speed moves.“They’re a fabulous combination,” Dino Babers said of his defensive ends in camp. “I think sometimes Kendall doesn’t get his due because of the way Alton carries himself and rightly so. But I think you saw in the West Virginia game, where Alton didn’t play, how explosive Kendall is.”The Orange’s four listed starters for Saturday’s opener at Liberty are all upperclassmen: Robinson, Ruff, Black and Coleman. Three of those four have spent their entire careers at SU — Robinson transferred from a junior college — and played significant time as freshmen and sophomores on SU’s defensive line.As underclassmen during Babers’ first year, the defense surrendered nearly 40 points per game and helped generate a meager 16 sacks in a lost 4-8 season in 2016.But all the struggles and lows are paying off now. In a recent scrimmage, the sound died down for a moment and Coleman heard Robinson yell from the other end of the defensive line, “Hey Kendall, it’s coming your way!” The handoff went right at Coleman.The ability to decipher opponents plays pre-snap and communicate it quickly down the line is perhaps SU’s biggest advantage up front. With four players starting who have a combined 113 games played (66 starts), it’s arguably SU’s most experienced group of starters.“The keys, the backfield sets, even the eyes of the O-linemen,” Ruff said, listing different bits of information used to figure out the opponents call. “We know what we’re going to get.”In Liberty, the defensive line and Syracuse’s defense as a whole are dealing with the extra challenge of studying multiple sets of film. LU head coach Hugh Freeze has yet to coach a game for the Flames, so SU has doubled up on film, watching both Liberty’s personnel from last year and Freeze’s schemes from Ole Miss and other past stops.Luckily for Babers, the Orange has a defensive line that’s up to it. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 29, 2019 at 1:49 am Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

PDC hits the spot with Sportradar extension

first_img Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Submit David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) and long standing partners Sportradar has announced an extension to its relationship.Through their “multi-faceted cooperation,” Sportradar is to continue in its role as official data and live media rights partner to the year’s biggest competitions. David Lampitt, MD at Sportradar, said: “The PDC is an ambitious organisation and their appetite for innovation matches our own. Darts continues to see phenomenal growth with a compelling World Championships further evidence of the scale of the sports attraction driven by the team at the PDC. “We are proud of the role we have played in supporting that strong growth and we are excited about continuing to work with the team at the PDC to bring the best quality official darts content to our clients around the world.”Sportradar, who has worked with the PDC since 2011, is to see its official data partnership renewed across all events for a further five years, stretching to the end of 2022.This will see the firm distribute official data to the betting industry exclusively, while distributing data to the media industry on a non-exclusive basis.In addition Sportradar is to also hold exclusive live rights for over 700 matches each year, extending that deal by a further four years, which will also see its culmination at the end of 2022.Amongst the matches featured from the PDC, which boasts an £11m prize pot on its global circuit,  are a selection spread across the World Series of Darts (WSOD) and the European Tour (ET).Matt Porter, PDC Chief Executive, added: “This year’s PDC World Championship witnessed a significant changing of the guard but we are excited with the continuity of our partnership with Sportradar. “They have been by our side for over six years and we are delighted they will be with us for at least the next five. They get what we are trying to do as an organisation and as a sport, and we are delighted that we can continue working together, delivering more great content and insights to our increasing fan base around the world.”last_img read more

#GUSA2020: Rose Yeboah sets new high jump record

first_imgGhanaian high jumper, Rose Yeboah has won the gold medal in the ongoing 2020 GUSA Games held at the University of Ghana on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.Photo Credit: Osei Bernard EsarThe 19-year-old from the University of Cape Coast jumped a height of 1.85M in the competition to break the record set by Abigail Kwarteng in 2016 who recorded 1.70M.Rose has improved on her personal best which stood at 1.84M; a feat she reached in the African Games in Rabat last year.Photo Credit: Osei Bernard EsarThe victory is her first in 2020 and will be looking forward to achieving greater heights.Her new record has put her at par with Margret Simpson (1.85M), Ruky Yeboah (1.85M) and just 0.2 metres below Abigail Kwarteng who is the national champion with a record of (1.87M)last_img read more

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