Digicel Schools Football semi-finals playoff:

first_imgRedemption for Linden or dominance from Chase? THE Digicel Schools Football tournament moves into the semi-final round today with a pair of matches. The air is heavy with a possible shot at redemption for Linden’s Mackenzie High School as they play defending champions Chase Academic Foundation.The four-time champions who were on course for a repeat last year but were stubbed by a Chase unit that was star-studded. But they now have an opportunity to repay what is owed to a team who have developed as their arch rivals.While many on the final day just under a year ago wanted a change in dominance, there were those who wanted to see a winning streak live on. But a coin has two sides.On the first side, we see a Linden team determined to find a way through to the tournament by hook or crook.They may not be playing the same brand of football that they were known for over their past four titles, but they have team spirit and community backing and those are major factors in any sport.Their reliance on natural talent has also been at the forefront of their arsenal and coming through the ranks of the team has made them something to be feared, even when they misfire.Can Linden’s Christianburg/Wismar Secondary (red and green) stop the rise of a giant? (Delano Williams photo)On the flip side, there is the highly organised and clinical Chase Academic Foundation. They are assembled with one goal, to win trophies and they are as good as Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.Boasting several national players and potential national players all uniting under one banner was no easy task and getting them to gel was an even harder undertaking for Henry Chase and his team, but they have done this, or seemingly so.Their victories have been outright and they have trampled everything they have come across football-wise and as much as those from the mining town may not want to admit it, Chase are the favourites.Still, the Linden-based side relish the underdog tag and must use it to find a way through their biggest hurdle yet; the unstoppable force against the immovable object.One thing is certain; once the dust settles, there will be broken hearts, damaged dreams and one spot less in Sunday’s final. That game is billed for 16:00hrsThe other semi today will ensure that a hinterland team make a trip to the final, with Region 9 champions Annai playing Waramadong in another close contest.Two of the better technically-correct teams in the tournament clash and it will come down to who have the skills to take that decisive spot.Both games will be played at the Leonora Stadium.last_img read more

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Four goals of Džeko among the best of Manchester City

first_imgBiH football player Edin Džeko had a very successful May playing for Manchester City, reports sportsport.baAfter Mancini stopped coaching Manchester City, Džeko got more space to play, and he used that to make several beautiful goals, and his four goals are listed among the best goals of Manchester City for the May.The four goals are the one scored against West Brom, Reading and 2 goals against Chealsea.last_img

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‘Most improved’ girl golfers target Abraham Trophy

first_img19 Jul 2016 ‘Most improved’ girl golfers target Abraham Trophy Talented youngsters from across the country will play off in Monday’s national final of the Abraham Trophy for England’s most improved girl golfers. The field of 21 competitors includes last year’s winner, Sophie Wheeler of Orsett Golf Club in Essex (Image © Leaderboard Photography) who is defending her title. The players have all qualified for the final on the basis of handicap reduction. It takes place on the Masters course at The Nottinghamshire on Monday, 25 July. The Abraham Trophy immediately precedes the English girls’ championships for U18, U16 and U14 age groups which will all be played at The Nottinghamshire from 26-28 July. The Abraham Trophy finalists, from 14 different counties, will play an 18-hole medal competition, off handicap. They are: Bedfordshire Caitlin Thomas, John O’Gaunt Golf Club Buckinghamshire Chanel Fontaine-Geary, Woburn Golf Club Devon Lexi Dart, Churston Golf Club Dorset Scarlett Williams, Parkstone Golf Club  Essex Sophie Wheeler, Orsett Golf Club Hampshire Olivia Ripiner, Meon Valley Golf & Country Club Hertfordshire Rebecca Earl, Bishops Stortford Golf Club Middlesex Julia Kerrigan, Hendon Golf Club Lancashire Chloe Fazackerley, Leyland Golf Club Emily James, Rossendale Golf Club Norfolk Ellie Brown, Barnham Broom Golf & Country Club Chloe Gibbs, Royal Norwich Golf Club Maisie Farrelly, Dereham Golf Club  Northamptonshire Katie Amos, Northamptonshire County Golf Club Northumberland Rosie Belsham, Whitley Bay Golf Club Jess Baker, Gosforth Park Ladies Golf Club Holly Hardy, Alnmouth Village Golf Club, Kate Anne Herron, Bedlingtonshire Golf Club  Staffordshire  Georgia Ann Pritchard, Beau Desert Golf Club Worcestershire Constance Brooks, Gaudet Luce Golf Club Rosanna Halls, Gaudet Luce Golf Clublast_img read more

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WPIAL Holiday Classic basketball tournament action photos

first_imgMICHAEL SIMS—(11) of Central Valley drives by Jassir Jordan (1) of Aliquippa, Central Valley edged the Quips 44-40 in the C J Betters Holiday Classic.MALIK HOOKER—of New Castle scored 26 points to led the Red Hurricane to a 87-59 win over Blackhawk in the C J Betters Holiday Classic, Hooker is an Ohio State football recruit.ELIJAH MINNIE—of Lincoln Park throws down two of his 27 points in the Leopards 76-63 win over Steelton-Highspire in the C J Betters Holiday Classic, Lincoln Park wore Midland throwback uniforms to honor the 1965 state championship team, who were led by WPIAL Legends, Simmie Hill and Norm Van Lier.DAN STRATTON —of Beaver Falls goes up for two of his 27 points in the Tigers 75-65 win over Mars in the C J Betters Holiday Classic. (Photos by William McBride)last_img read more

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Leafs outlast Braves in Super Bowl day shootout

first_imgThe Braves pushed the Leafs to the limit before losing a wild one Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena 8-7.The last time the Leafs met the Braves at home Spokane squeaked out a 3-2 win.Nelson, sweeping the Grand Forks Border Bruins twice Thursday and Friday, now meet the Castlegar Rebels in a home-and-home series.The teams open Friday in Castlegar before returning Saturday for a 7 p.m. contest at the NDCC Arena.The Rebels, following a weekend split against division leading Hawks, will finish second in the Murdoch and meet the Leafs in the first round of the playoffs. The Nelson Leafs continue to build for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs after pulling off a weekend sweep against the weaker sisters in the Murdoch Division.However, the way the Spokane Braves have been playing the Leafs, maybe it’s a good thing the American team is heading off to meet Beaver Valley in the first round of the playoffs instead of the Green and White.last_img read more

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A’s Matt Chapman has shoulder surgery

first_imgOAKLAND — A’s third baseman Matt Chapman underwent shoulder surgery on Friday, his second surgery this offseason.The A’s expect him to be ready for spring training. He first experienced pain in the shoulder during a recent workout.Chapman had a procedure done on his right thumb Oct. 16.Chapman, 25, had a breakout season in 2018, hitting .278 with 24 home runs in 145 games. He won a Gold Glove Award at third base and the American League’s Platinum Glove Award as the league’s best …last_img

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Dakshin Dare Rally Day 3: Sandeep, Nataraj maintain leads from Day 2

first_imgDakshin Dare Rally 2014Sandeep Sharma with co-driver Varun Davessar, and Nataraj Rajanna remained at the top of the overall classifications among four- and two-wheelers respectively at the end of Day 3 in the Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare Rally in Karnataka on Thursday.The top three spots were taken by Sandeep Sharma and Varun Davessar (1h:57m:19s), Sanjay Agarwal and Venu Ramesh Kumar (1h:58m:52s), and Suresh Rana and Parminder Thakur (1:59:20), all driving Gypsies.In the Moto category, the two TVS and the Duke of Natraj (1:36:05), Pramod Joshua (1h:40m:04s), and Mohit Verma (1h:44m:28s) stood at first, second and third. All three bikes were faster than the fastest Gypsy, with Nataraj pulling out a lead of 21 minutes.In the Endure category (TSD format), Karthick Maruti and navigator Shankar Anand, with a penalty time of 1m:36s, retained their top position, while Sachin Singh and Pratima Naidu came in second with 2m:14s, and Ganesh Murthy and Nagarajan came in third with 2m:26s.Results from Day 1Extreme 4 wheel1st – Amanpreet Ahluwalia and Sudeep (30:35) in Gypsy2nd – Sandeep Sharma and Varun Davessar (30:42) in Gypsy3rd – Druva and Roopesh (31:03) in Honda CitySuresh Rana is currently in 6th position with a time of 31:42.Extreme bikes1st – Nataraj (30:56) in TVS RTR 2502nd – Mohit Verma (32:18) in Duke 2003rd – Promod Joshua (32:22) in TVS RTR 250Both Amanpreet and Natraj are defending champions from last year in their respective categories.Results from Day 2Extreme 4 wheel1st – Sandeep Sharma and Varun Davessar (1:02:27) in Gypsy2nd – Sanjay Agarwal and Venu (1:03:02) in Gypsy3rd – Karan AM and Shahid Salman (1:03:15) in Baleno4th – Suresh Rana and Parminder (1:03:23) in GypsyadvertisementAmanpreet Ahluwalia slipped to 8th spot because of a stop and penalty. Druva and Roopesh suffered a major crash and had to exit the event.In extreme bikes1st – Nataraj (45:36) in TVS RTR 2502nd – Mohit Verma (47:17) in Duke 2003rd – Promod Joshua (48:44) in TVS RTR 250.last_img read more

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Over 2000 matches held in 201819 domestic season BCCI

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian domestic season 2018-19, participated in by state associations, finished on a high with the conclusion of the women’s U-23 Challenger Trophy final in Ranchi. While the Indian Premier League (IPL) final will officially conclude the Indian cricket season 2018-19, the current domestic season marked many a first in the history of Indian cricket. For the first time ever, the Indian domestic season witnessed as many as 2024 matches involving 37 teams amounting to 3444 match days as compared to 1032 matches involving 28 teams amounting to 1892.5 match days in the 2017-18 season, stated a BCCI media release. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju “The scheduling of tournaments ensured leaner tournament window and reduced operational encumbrances of longer tournament windows. It’s a whopping 81 per cent jump in match days, which was accommodated with just a 21 per cent increase in season window,” the release added. 13015 player registrations were received throughout the season, while 6471 players participated in the 2018-19 season. Over 100 cities across India hosted senior as well as different age-group matches, stated the cricket board. The BCCI also said that it engaged the services of 170 video analysts and as many scorers, who ensured every game was scored live on the official website.last_img read more

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NCAA finds no new violations at OSU

The NCAA has informed Ohio State that the university will not face charges of failing to monitor its football team. The NCAA report also said it has not uncovered any new violations by OSU officials or players. The NCAA agreed with the university that former head coach Jim Tressel was the only university official aware of any violations by football players. “The enforcement staff, institution and Tressel are in substantial agreement as to the facts of both allegations and that those facts constitute violations of NCAA legislation,” according to the statement that OSU received Thursday and released on Friday. “There are no remaining issues regarding either allegation.” The statement reiterated that Tressel’s actions were wrong, that he acted alone, failed in his duty to report violations and wrongfully fielded ineligible players. “Other than (two names redacted) and (Ted) Sarniak, there is no indication that Tressel provided or discussed the information he received from (Chris) Cicero with anyone else, particularly athletics administrators,” the statement said. The statement said the need for a hearing is necessary due to the nature of the case, but there are no new violations to be reported. “Nonetheless, the enforcement staff believed that a hearing was appropriate, rather than a summary disposition report, due to the nature of unethical conduct involving the head football coach,” the statement said. Due to this response from the NCAA, the university is not going to face charges of a lack of institutional control or failure to monitor. That means OSU will not face the harshest penalty the NCAA has to offer, the death penalty, which could have prevented the Buckeyes from participating in the 2011 football season. On Aug. 12, when OSU will meet with the NCAA on these violations, the university could learn what punishments the NCAA could give to the university. “The enforcement staff reviewed information related to the institution’s education and monitoring efforts prior to and during the time frame of the violations but concluded that a failure to monitor charge was unwarranted,” the NCAA informed OSU. The NCAA said it believed the university provided student athletes with proper education on compliance protocol. “The institution demonstrated that each fall and spring during the time frame of the violations, it provided education to football student-athletes and staff regarding extra benefits and preferential treatment,” the NCAA continued. “Thus, the student-athletes were aware that it was impermissible to receive payment, benefits and free or discounted services on the basis of their athletics reputation or skill.” In April 2010, local attorney Chris Cicero sent Tressel an email saying that several players were involved with a now-convicted drug dealer. Cicero said this tattoo parlor owner and drug dealer, Edward Rife, had several pieces of memorabilia belonging to current student athletes. In March, Tressel, university president E. Gordon Gee and athletic director Gene Smith, addressed the media and public that Tressel had knowledge of these violations without reporting them. Tressel resigned from his post of head football coach on May 30. Since his resignation, the terms have changed to a retirement, and the original $250,000 fine inflicted on him was waived. Former quarterback Terrelle Pryor, one of the players involved in the scandal, left the university on June 8 to pursue a professional career in the NFL. In addition to Pryor, five other players that received suspensions because of their affiliation with Rife and the tattoo parlor. Wide receiver DeVier Posey, running back Dan Herron, linemen Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas all received a five game suspension in 2011. Linebacker Jordan Whiting also received a one-game suspension. A Columbus news station, WBNS-10TV, reported Friday that Tressel verbally disclosed the tip he received about the players’ involvement with Rife around Dec. 16, when he was interviewed as part of OSU’s internal investigation. This information differs from the investigation by the NCAA that Tressel disclosed the information to university officials in January. The university “categorically” denied the report by 10TV, standing by the facts presented by the NCAA in its statement to the university. read more

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Guendouzi Playing for France is still my goal

first_imgArsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi insists playing for France at senior level remains the dream for himThe 19-year-old has impressed in his first season of Premier League football and has started in 18 of his 24 appearances at Arsenal.Recently, Morocco attempted to convince Guendouzi to switch his allegiances and play his international football for them instead of France.The Paris-native is eligible to play for the Lions of the Atlas due to his Moroccan heritage and the fact that he’s only represented France at youth level.But Guendouzi insists his commitment to Les Bleus has never wavered.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I always played with young French teams,” Guendouzi told RMC.“The France A team is an objective, a dream. I know I have the capacity to go there one day. It will be up to me to continue working, not to get big-headed.“There are very big players in the middle of the field, international stars. I will continue to work and if one day I have to be there, I will be there. In any case, I strongly believe in it.”Guendouzi will likely feature in Arsenal’s trip to Anfield on Saturday against Premier League leaders Liverpool.last_img read more

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