CWI records third consecutive year of surplus

first_img(CWI Media) – Cricket West Indies is reporting three consecutive years of surplus following its achievement of the target set for the financial year (2016 to 2017) which ended September 30.President, Dave Cameron remains optimistic that “the policies in place and the newly formulated strategic plan will continue to keep the organisation’s financial management efficient, even as we look ahead to what could be considered a difficult year ahead up to September 2018.”The Board of Directors, at its last quarterly meeting for 2017 held in Nevis, December 2-3, has accepted the recommendations for the five-year strategic plan which seeks to produce world-class players and winning teams, unlock the full potential of the Windies brand, achieve equity of opportunities throughout the sport in the region and increase the number of Caribbean people involved in the playing of the sport.The focus of the five-year plan has been informed by a series of stakeholder consultations with the policy and operational teams which examined both the internal and external environments of the organisation.CRICKETAs early as January, the organisation will make a series of key announcements regarding new player-contracts, a player registration system, venues for the region’s hosting of the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Championship and the push towards the strengthening of the regional competitions in all formats.The next quarterly meeting for the Board of Directors is due in March 2018.last_img read more

AHEAD OF 2020 POLICE GAMES, Police Give Athletes Best of Two…

first_imgSpeaking ahead of the 12th edition of the Police Games scheduled to hold between February 29 and March 7 in Awka, Anambra State, Mba confirmed that a total of 31 sports would be competed for at the events to take place in four centres in the state.Mba added that police athletes are always encouraged to get to the peak of their respective sports careers.“There are many examples to show that we are always ready to boost our athletes. We grant those exceptional leave of absence and when they retire, we reabsorb them into the service.“This is a huge contribution to development of sports and that is why we want to use the forthcoming Police Games to identify new talents and nurture them to the top,” stressed Mba.He also admitted further that there were plans to use the Games in Awka not only to prepare the police athletes for the forthcoming National Sports Festival in Benin but also to begin the process of bringing out athletes that would take over from great police ambassadors like Chioma Ajunwa, late Sunday Bada and Samuel Peter.A total of 12 zones will be competing at the games with all zones having three states each except zones 2 and 6. Zone 2 comprises only Lagos and Ogun while Zone 6 (Calabar) comprises four states.Rojenny Sports Complex and the NYSC Camp are some of the centres to host 31 sports in the forthcoming competition in Anambra State.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Frank Mba The Nigeria Police Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba has described the force as the best place for sportsmen and women to achieve their full potentials and dreams.Mba, a deputy commissioner of police said at the weekend that the NPF structured the career of serving sports women and men in such flexible way that they can “eat their cakes and have them.”He further admitted that they are always encouraged to have the best of their sports and policing careers respectively.last_img read more

Uncertainty surrounds spring for secondary

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoWatching the Wisconsin Badgers’ secondary these days, it’s hard not to glance at the team’s roster. After years of watching Scott Starks’ signature “2” streaking down the sidelines with the Big Ten’s best and seeing the familiar “18” of Jimmy Leonhard’s jersey deftly hovering in center field, this spring’s squad is far from familiar.The Badgers lost three of their four starters in the defensive backfield from last season (Starks, Leonhard and safety Robert Brooks), with senior Brett Bell as the only returning starter. So with three starting positions, and possibly four depending on the return of Bell — who is sitting out the spring season while he recovers from knee surgery — this year’s spring practice has had a bit more excitement in the secondary than last year’s workouts.“Right now we don’t have a starter,” defensive backs coach Ron Lee said. “We’re going through the whole process, and we won’t have a starter until we line up against Bowling Green. So right now I’m just looking to see what group works the best together.”Tentatively, next season’s starters look like juniors Roderick Rodgers and Johnny White at free and strong safety, respectively. Seniors Levonne Rowan and Bell, whom head coach Barry Alvarez believes will be back in time for the fall season, have the early claims to the cornerback spots. But Lee is quick to caution that these positions are in no way locked up.While both Rogers (6-foot-1, 187 pounds) and White (6-foot-2, 217 pounds) possess ideal size for their positions, something lacking from last year’s pairing, the duo will receive tough challenges from fellow classmates Zach Hampton and Joe Stellmacher.At 5-foot-10, 178 pounds, Hampton isn’t as physically imposing as Rogers, but his effort has coaches enamored. Hampton has seen most of his playing time on special teams the last two seasons and in his first serious bid for defensive playing time has shown flashes of good decision-making on the second-team defense throughout spring ball.On the other hand, Stellmacher has been a solid member of Wisconsin’s defense the last two seasons. After a broken leg prematurely ended his freshman campaign, Stellmacher returned last season and played in every contest for the Badgers. Another hard-working player, Stellmacher’s experience will likely give him a boost in the battle for playing time.But while the top four safeties have all seen a solid amount of action, the same cannot be said of the cornerbacks, where Rowan is the only player with any significant playing experience.With Bell watching from the sidelines, Allen Langford has quickly become a favorite of the coaching staff. The Detroit native’s tenacity and nose for the ball has earned him the majority of reps with the first-team defense. In retrospect, Langford credits his spring success to his ability to practice with his older teammates.“Looking back at [redshirting] now, it definitely was a positive, and … I understand things a lot better now. But I still wanted to play last year,” Langford said. “I just learned from the older guys, Sparky, Jimmy. I just learned from them in the meetings and stuff like that. I still got to travel so I appreciated traveling and it just let me get a feel for everything.”But Langford is not the only freshman defensive back earning the respect of his coaches. Jack Ikegwuonu, also a redshirt freshman, is also earning his ways toward the top of the depth chart. Ikegwuonu has seen most of his playing time this spring with the second-team defense, where he’s been solid against the Badgers’ receivers.At 6-foot-1, 199 pounds, Ikegwuonu possesses the ideal size for the position, an asset against the Big Ten’s bevy of tall receivers. Yet the Madison native believes that it will be the mental aspect of his game more than his physical attributes that will help him find his way on the field.“If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can be the best athlete and it still looks like you’re the worst athlete,” Ikegwuonu said. “I think that a lot of the guys in the past that had success here, they’ve been students of the game. And I think that’s what it’s going to take for me to be successful here.”Coaches are just as excited with the pair’s progress as the players are themselves,” Lee said about the duo. “I feel especially comfortable with Langford right now, and Ikegwuonu.”“I think Jack Ikegwuonu has really done a lot of good things,” Alvarez added. “I think he’s got a very bright future, makes plays every practice and has a lot of ability. Allen Langford I think really had an especially good practice. Those two guys have really stepped up and jumped out at me.”last_img read more

MBB : NCAA acknowledges officiating mistake on Jardine’s backcourt violation in SU’s Tournament loss

first_img Published on March 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Officials made a mistake in the final minute of Syracuse’s third-round NCAA Tournament loss to Marquette on Sunday, NCAA officiating coordinator John Adams said Tuesday in a statement.An over-and-back call due to an inbounds pass from Dion Waiters to Scoop Jardine was not the correct call, Adams said in the statement.‘I have reviewed the play in question and it appears from the video that we have seen, that an error was made in applying the backcourt violation rule (Rule 4.3.8).  The Syracuse player made a legal play and no violation should have been called,’ Adams said in the statement.The play is not reviewable during the game, Adams said in the statement.On the play, Waiters prepared to inbound from just past midcourt with Syracuse tied 59-59 and 51.2 seconds to play. He slightly misfired a pass to his intended target, Jardine, who had to jump to catch it. One of his feet came down on the half-court line, prompting an official to call the backcourt violation.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut according to the 2010 and 2011 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Rulebook, Rule 4, Section 3, Article 8 states: ‘After a jump ball or during a throw-in, the player in his/her front court, who makes the initial touch on the ball while both feet are off the playing court, may be the first to secure control of the ball and land with one or both feet in the back court. It makes no difference if the first foot down was in the front court or back court.’The call gave Marquette possession. On the ensuing sequence, Marquette’s Darius Johnson-Odom made a 3-pointer to give the Golden Eagles a 62-59 lead with 26 seconds left in the game.In the locker room after the game, Jardine said he did not talk to the officials about the call. But he discussed the incident with Waiters, mimicking his catching motion and saying he was sure he did not commit a violation.‘I know it wasn’t backcourt, I know it,’ Jardine said to Waiters in the locker room. ‘But I didn’t see the replay. I want to see the replay.’Jardine declined immediate comment Tuesday when he learned of the NCAA’s statement.After the game, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said he didn’t clearly see the play, so he avoided passing judgment on the officials. He said Waiters should have waited a slight bit longer to inbound the ball.‘I didn’t see it. I couldn’t see,’ Boeheim said after the game. ‘We had a freshman taking it out, and he just didn’t wait a second. He needed to wait for Scoop to get clear a little bit, and just one of those things.’Director of athletic communications Pete Moore said Boeheim and the rest of the program had no further comment Tuesday evening.Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine said in a phone interview that he and Boeheim questioned the call immediately from the bench. The coaching staff did not attempt to discuss the call with the officials, he said.‘You can’t guess as to what could have happened,’ Fine said. ‘But it was a big call when it came. But it wasn’t intentional. That’s what the ref thought it was.’The officials simply made what was a judgment call at the time, Fine said, and the team will not look back on the incident as the reason it lost the game.‘It’s just over,’ Fine said. ‘You can’t cry over spilt milk. People make mistakes sometimes. A mistake was made, and there’s nothing we can do about it now.’bplogiur@syr.edulast_img read more

Shaw’s heroism should be praised

first_imgUPDATE: This column ran in the Aug. 26 print edition of the Daily Trojan, prior to the development of new information regarding senior cornerback Josh Shaw’s injury. For up-to-the-minute information on the developing story, please click here and subscribe to the Daily Trojan Twitter account (@DailyTrojan).When news broke that senior cornerback Josh Shaw suffered two high ankle sprains after saving his nephew, my first reaction was, admittedly, a bit selfish. “Oh, hell no.” Because let’s be real: Nickell Robey isn’t walking through that door. The Trojans have a legitimate monster at safety in sophomore Su’a Cravens, but Shaw’s potential at cornerback was intriguing and the Florida transfer was turning heads with his play late last season. High ankle sprains don’t have the most encouraging prognoses, and Shaw could miss a large, important chunk of what was supposed to be a potential playoff berth season.Shaw should not be blamed for his heroic action, but the Trojans will face some of its stiffest competition in the early going. The Trojans will face Stanford in week two, Oregon State in week four and pass-happy Taylor Kelly and the ASU Sun Devils in week five.Shaw’s experience was a major factor in the upset of Stanford last season and his interception in the second quarter against Oregon State at the Trojans’ 16-yard line prevented a would-be scoring drive for the Beavers and shifted the momentum of the game completely in the Trojans’ favor.Let’s not forget that Shaw was a potential NFL Draft prospect, going into a make-or-break season for his draft stock that could have put him in contention for a roster spot at the professional level. This season was to be his litmus test, a way to more firmly entrench him in the minds of scouts as a corner who can use his physicality and ball skills to overcome any shortcomings in his quickness.Which is why my second reaction to the news of Shaw spraining his ankle was mostly sadness. He will be known as the player who sacrificed his final season of eligibility because he had to save his nephew from drowning.It’s impossible to blame Shaw for saving his nephew and forgetting himself for a brief moment — after all, most decent human beings faced with the situation would have done the same thing. There was no time for Shaw to perform a cost-benefit analysis of saving his nephew, or to gauge the risk of injury. He simply knew the right thing to do and did it.USC head coach Steve Sarkisian testified to Shaw’s character, calling the rescue effort a “heroic act” and saying “that’s the kind of person [Shaw] is.” Shaw told ESPN that he wouldn’t have done anything differently.Shaw initially transferred from a BCS bowl-contending Florida team to Los Angeles on a hardship waiver. In an interview with, Shaw explained that his grandfather’s failing health wasn’t his only reason for transferring to USC — his father was about to go undergo reconstructive knee surgery while working two jobs to support the family.“He’s helping out with my grandparents’ house and his own house, so if he can’t work, it really affects the family,” Shaw told in 2012. “It means we could end up losing our house. So I had to come home and help out with the family business in the meantime.”After returning home to Palmdale, California, Shaw had to choose between two schools: UCLA and USC. It’s a testament to the recruiting efforts of former Tennessee offensive line coach and current USC offensive line coach James Cregg that Shaw was pulled from clutches of that other school across town to ensure he suited up for USC.Call me cheesy, but it feels like Shaw was fated to be a Trojan. His commitment and extraordinary loyalty to his family manifested not once, but twice in very public situations. His absence this season is a severe blow to an already thin USC secondary, but the Trojan faithful should instead take heart. A man dedicated to his family, putting others above himself and fighting on through rehab in the face of significant adversity despite sustaining an injury is not just the making of an inspiring viral story.  It’s the actions of a man who just set an example for the entire Trojan community. Josh Shaw chose USC and never looked back — and I, as a member of the Trojan family, cannot be more proud to be in his company.  Euno Lee is a senior majoring in English literature. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Euno What Time it is,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

UCL: Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar nets twice in Porto win

first_imgCameroon star Vincent Aboubakar continued his rich vein of form for club and country when he netted twice for FC Porto to ensure a 2-2 draw at Dynamo Kyiv in a UEFA Champions League game on Wednesday night.The 23-year-old scored his first in the 23rd minute to make it 1-1 and then put the Portuguese side ahead nine minutes from time. However there was still enough time for the Ukrainians to equalise and take a point from the game.Aboubakar has now scored in his last four games, including a goal for his country in a 1:0 win over Gambia in the recent Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.He has only failed to score twice in his last ten games in all competitions, and has racked up 11 goals in the period.Meanwhile Algeria international Yacine Brahimi started the game with Aboubakar and played for 78 minutes before making way, while Morocco international Younes Belhanda was a 71st minute substitute for Kyiv.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Lakers’ problems continue with 120-109 loss to Denver

first_imgBut the Lakers’ problems also point elsewhere.They conceded 54 points in the paint. Denver forward Kenneth Faried posted a team-leading 28 points and 15 rebounds, providing the sort of energy Scott likened to former Lakers teammates Kurt Rambis and A.C. Green. The Nuggets also closed out the final 4:43 with a 17-9 run.“We have to keep working and trusting each other,” Scott said. “All our players have to do better. All of us coaches, myself, have to do better.”That did not just drop the Lakers into a four-game losing streak for the second consecutive season under Scott. The outcome also overshadowed other positive developments against the Nuggets (2-2). After spending most of his offseason improving his 3-point shooting, second-year guard Jordan Clarkson tied his career high with 30 points on 12-of-19 shooting and a 4-of-6 clip from 3-point range. After spending recent weeks showing off his power and versatility, Lakers forward Julius Randle continued to power through with 15 points on a 7-of-13 clip. Randle went to the locker room with 3:38 left in the second quarter after getting poked in his left eye. But he returned to the court wearing goggles and still appeared dominant. After earning last year’s NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award with Toronto, Lou Williams kept the Lakers close by scoring 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter. Instead, that just brought more attention on why Williams’ fourth-quarter emergence came at the expense of Russell. Though he called it a “great learning experience” to watch from the sideline and hear Metta World Peace’s feedback on spacing and defense, Russell hardly expected this role as the team’s No. 2 pick.“If Lou wasn’t playing the way he was playing, I would’ve brought him back in,” Scott said of Russell. “I have to balance that knowing he’s young and he will have to experience this stuff in the fourth quarter when the game is on the line. That’s the only way he will learn.”But the Lakers have yet to learn how to defend, something Bryant attributed to the team’s inexperience in mastering defensive reads.“The sky is the limit for them, but it’s about recognizing those situations,” Bryant said. “We have a lot of defensive potential.”Yet, that has not translated into any wins. Neither has Bryant’s reduced workload. Or Russell’s continuous learning. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error But underneath the hand-wringing surrounding the Lakers’ aging star (Bryant) and their franchise cornerstone (Russell), there is another area of concern. The Lakers keep losing, their 120-109 defeat to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday at Staples Center marking the second consecutive year they have lost their first four games. It did not help that Bryant posted only 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting, including 1 of 5 from 3-point range, in 29 minutes. “I sit for 30 minutes,” said Bryant, who said he plans to reduce his practice regimen without sharing specifics. “If you come into the game, you’re going to be a little tight.”Or that Russell’s seven points on 3-of-11 shooting offset his six assists and partly contributed toward sitting in the entire fourth quarter. “I have no idea,” Russell said when asked what he can do to close out games. “It’s something I’ve got to deal with.” center_img As Kobe Bryant fought frustration with Father Time and a pummeling shooting percentage, Lakers coach Byron Scott encouraged him to rest.“Sometimes you need to get away from it just for a second,” Scott said. “It puts everything in perspective.”As D’Angelo Russell fought frustration with a steep learning curve and a restless fanbase, Scott suggested the Lakers’ 19-year-old rookie reduce his post-practice and pre-game routine to calm his nerves.“He can’t get wrapped up into everything being said,” Scott said. “As long as he keeps developing as a point guard in this league, he’ll be all right.”last_img read more

Winners Foundation Celebrates Over 30 Years of Service to Employees of CA Horse Racing Industry

first_imgARCADIA – A few months before the doors opened for the inaugural Breeders’ Cup at Hollywood Park on November 10, 1984, the doors opened for Winners Foundation which, like the Breeders’ Cup, continues working uninterrupted to this day.   But unlike the Breeders’ Cup, which celebrates two days a year, the work of the Winners Foundation is largely uncelebrated 365 days a year, often 24 hours a day as the Foundation continually assists those who work with and care for the horses and the racetracks.The Winners Foundation provides a vital service to the California horse racing community, with a large referral base and relationships with a myriad of mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities – both in and out patient, city and county services, sober living environments and mental health practitioners. All arrangements and referrals made by Winners are at no cost to the employee or his/her family member, and confidentiality is paramount.“The racing community has always been about taking care of its own and Winners Foundation is blessed to be allowed to offer and support second chances for those employees who have life style struggles” says Bob Fletcher, Executive Director of the Foundation.In 1984, Lou Rowan, one of the original founders of the Oak Tree Racing Association, enlisted several other prominent horsemen including Gino Roncelli, Herman Smith, Jr., and Joe McAnally to develop a service to help and heal those with these afflictions. From that mission statement, Winners Foundation was established. From the backstretch to the Front Office, Winners Foundation has expanded its reach to help more employees and their families get a second chance at life and at work.“There is little room for error on the track and in the barns when dealing with the power of a race horse,” said one noted Thoroughbred trainer in support of employees helped by Winners Foundation. “We need everyone sharp-eyed and clear-headed when handling these beautiful horses. In this industry, we take care of our own. Good talent is hard to come by. Winners Foundation has counseled several of our employees back to a sense of fulfillment, peace of mind, and a productive life. We want to continue this legacy of taking care of our horses and our workers. Winners Foundation helps us get there.”“Having Winners Foundation and their services available provides an enormous value to the racing industry,” said one California race track executive. “Their referral services, programs and ongoing support allow us to help all our valued employees return to a normal life and regular employment. The return of a renewed employee outweighs the economic cost to us every time.”CONTACT:                     BOB FLETCHER       626-574-6498 OR   626-945-0880JULIE VALLANTE     626-574-6498 OR 626-233Founded in 1984, Winners Foundation is a non-profit organization established to provide information, support and referral services to employees and family members of the California thoroughbred horse racing community.Our primary purpose is to assist men and women whose personal and professional lives are being adversely affected as a result of substance abuse, compulsive gambling or mental health issues.We have a large referral network of confidential community-based services and agencies. Each situation is geared to best supporting an individual’s desire to change their lives for the better.For confidential assistance, more information or ways you can help, please call 626-574-6498 or visit us at Winners Foundation is a 501 (c) 3.   Tax ID #: 95-3929755last_img read more

French bullet train shatters rail speed record, hitting 357.2 mph

first_imgABOARD TRAIN V150, France – The speedometer climbed higher and higher – and so did my heart rate. Inside the last of three double-decker cars sandwiched between two engines, those of us aboard the French bullet train trying to set the speed record on conventional rails watched the digital numbers flash on a screen in kilometers per hour: 400, 450, 500, 550. Looking out the windows, the French countryside became a green blur. Then the magic number appeared: 547.8 kph, or 357.2 mph – faster than any humans had ever traveled in a train on rails. As fast as an airplane, but on the ground. But this was more than a stunt. The demonstration was meant to showcase technology that France wants to sell to multibillion-dollar overseas markets such as China. In Preny, tension aboard the V150 mounted as the doors closed – it was too late to turn back. Alstom Transports, which built the train, transformed the passenger cars into a laboratory for the event so technicians could gather data to improve future TGVs. As the train quickly gathered speed on a new rail line to open in June between Paris and Strasbourg, we watched a mini-pendulum suspended by reporters to gauge the train’s sway. Journalists were not buckled in, but were told not to move because we might interfere with live television broadcasts from the train. When we hit 242 mph, it felt like an airplane taking off. The pressure sent pains through my ears as we rocketed past applauding and cheering crowds on bridges and adjacent country roads. Outside, the train roared by like a jet, sparks spit from the overhead power lines and a trail of dust sprayed out behind. Inside, the pendulum swung widely, and the train shook and roared. We soon broke the 1990 record of 320.2 mph – also set by a French train. Then, near the village of Le Chemin, we hit the record of 357.2 mph. The train was speeding far faster than a passenger jet taking off. In fact, we kept up with planes flying overhead taking photos. I thought we were about to derail. Only 15 minutes had passed since we departed. Officials aboard applauded, and the train immediately slowed. In comparison to its record, its cruising speed of around 190 mph felt escargot-paced. “There are about 10,000 engineers who would want to be in my place,” said the operator, Eric Pieczac. “It makes me very happy, a mixed feeling of pride and honor to be able to reach this speed.” Alstom Transports President Philippe Mellier said before the test that it would try to outdo the record of 361 mph set in 2003 by Japan’s nonconventional magnetically levitated train. But in the end, the French train fell just 4 mph short. Pierre-Louis Rochet, former head of French state-run rail network SNCF’s international division, said this may be as fast as it gets on standard rails. “There is no interest” in going faster, since after that “the costs will increase too much,” said Rochet, now rail director for international engineering firm Arcadis. China plans to build more than 7,500 miles of high-speed railways in coming years at a cost of more than $250 billion. Construction is to start this year on a high-speed line between Beijing and Shanghai, cutting travel time from nine hours to five. France competes with Germany and with Japan for contracts. Earlier Tuesday, Transport Minister Dominique Perben received California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez. The state is studying prospects for a high-speed line from Sacramento to San Diego, via San Francisco and Los Angeles.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The air pressure made my ears ache. Frankly, I was happy when it was over – and not because the journey quite literally ended in Champagne. The chrome and black V150 looked majestic as its engines hummed on the platform near the town of Preny, east of Paris, before Tuesday’s record run. For its mission to break the speed record, the train was modified with a 25,000-horsepower engine, and adjustments also were made to the track, notably the banking on turns. The rails were treated so the wheels could make perfect contact, and electrical power in the overhead cable was increased from 25,000 volts to 31,000 volts. The V150 was equipped with larger wheels than the normal French TGV – or “train a grande vitesse” – to cover more ground with each rotation, said Alain Cuccaroni, in charge of the technical aspects of testing. French TGVs normally cruise at about 185 mph. last_img read more

Pochettino hails ‘huge’ potential after Madrid draw

first_img“It was a magnificent opportunity to show we can compete and play against a team used to playing at this level,” said Pochettino.Borussia Dortmund’s 1-1 draw at APOEL Nicosia means the Germans and Cypriots remain six points adrift of the group leaders.Spurs crashed out at the group stages last year against less exalted opposition, and Pochettino hailed the progression of his young side over the past 12 months.Tottenham Hotspur’s manager Mauricio Pochettino shouts instructions to his players during their UEFA Champions League Group H match against Real Madrid, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, on October 17, 2017 © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS“We are a team in construction. Last year against Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow we managed just seven points, this year against teams like Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and APOEL we already have seven points.“It has been an important step forward. The team is competing and that is something that has to give us confidence to continue on the way we have chosen to do things.“The potential the club has for the future is huge.”Lloris’ heroics also drew praise from his French compatriot and Real boss Zinedine Zidane.“Benzema’s header is one of those where Lloris saves it one in every 10,” said Zidane, who couldn’t hide his disappointment at dropping two points at home.– ‘Now comes Wembley’ –But Lloris hailed Spurs’ resistence against a side that has won the Champions League in three of the past four seasons.Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane (R) fights for the ball with Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane during their UEFA Champions League Group H match, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, on October 17, 2017 © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS“It was a great challenge for a young team, to show the face of Tottenham against the best team in the world,” Lloris told BT Sport.“At this level it’s a great feeling to get a good draw.”It could even had been better for the visitors had Keylor Navas not produced a stunning save to prevent Harry Kane enhancing his burgeoning reputation on the continent 19 minutes from time.“A point at the Bernabeu, you’d take that every day of the week. It shows how far we’ve come as a team,” said Kane.The two sides meet again at Spurs’ adopted home Wembley with top spot in the group on the line.“It’ll be tough again,” added Kane. “But we’ve shown we can handle it at this level and that’s what it’s all about.”Real, though, have shown they have the potential to win anywhere in Europe over the past few seasons and midfielder Toni Kroos expects them to be inspired by playing at the home of football.“Now comes the game at Wembley. We are capable of winning anywhere, Wembley is a special stadium and I am desperate for that game to arrive,” said the German World Cup winner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris dives for the ball sduring a warm-up ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group H match against Real Madrid, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, on October 17, 2017 © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Oct 18 – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed his side’s maturity after taking a huge step towards the Champions League last 16 by holding defending champions Real Madrid 1-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.The English side had to rely on two stunning second-half saves from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to deny Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, but were good value for a point that keeps them level with Madrid on seven points at the top of Group H.last_img read more

Musacchio’s Tottenham transfer update: Whopping £39.6m fee to derail move?

first_img1 It is pretty clear where Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino thinks his squad needs strengthening – defence. The Argentine has already bought centre-back Eric Dier, left-back Ben Davies and goalkeeper Michel Vorm to improve things, but his chief target remains Villareal defender Mateo Musacchio. talkSPORT brings you all the latest news on the defender’s possible move to White Hart Lane.Musacchio in ‘advanced’ talks with TottenhamAccording to the Daily Mirror and Sky Sports, Spurs have agreed a £17million fee with Villarreal for the defender and are now locked in advanced talks to bring the Argentine defender to north London. Spurs are believed to be ready to offer Musacchio a five-year deal as Pochettino seeks to address his side’s leaky defence.River Plate pricing Spurs out of a move?Musacchio’s former club, River Plate, are threatening to derail any move for the defender by demanding he is sold for a whopping £39.6m, reports the Evening Standard. The Argentine club retain a 35 per cent sell-on clause for the defender and want to make the most out of any move for the 23-year-old, much to Spurs’ frustration.Arrival will not spell the end for VertonghenThe Daily Mail report that Mauricio Pochettino is keen on pairing Musacchio with Jan Vertonghen in the middle of the defence and that the Argentine’s arrival does not spell the end for the Belgian star. Instead the Tottenham boss is understood to be desperate to get Vertonghen to agree fresh terms at White Hart Lane.Villarreal boss accepts the inevitableThe transfer might be getting complicated due to former club River Plate, but that has not stopped Villarreal manager, Marcelino, appearing to concede defeat in their fight to hold onto Musacchio. Over the weekend he is said to have told local reporters: “There is a situation with three parties: the player, the buyer and the club in the middle and, as I said many times, if the club sell an important player, it’s because the right conditions are in place. Things will change a lot. The quality and level [Musacchio has] will make it difficult to find a replacement.”Tottenham fans, what do you make of Musacchio? Will he improve Spurs’ defence? Comment below. Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio has been linked with a move to Tottenham last_img read more

Where are they now? England and Germany’s 2009 Euro Under-21 finalists

first_img1 The England team line up ahead of the Euro U21 final defeat to Germany in 2009 England v Germany in the European Championship U21 semi-final is live on talkSPORT on Tuesday 27 June at 5pm (BST)It is now eight years since the two nations faced each other in the final of the same competition.On that occasion England lost the match 4-0 to a Germany side that included a number of future World Cup winners. But where are all the players who started the match now?ENGLAND U21s XI v GERMANY U21sScott Loach: (Hartlepool, senior caps 0) The goalkeeper replaced the suspended Joe Hart in the 2009 final. Has joined National League side Hartlepool this summer.Martin Cranie: (Huddersfield, senior caps 0) Joined David Wagner’s side after a spell at Barnsley and formed part of the promotion-winning side. Micah Richards: (Aston Villa, senior caps 13) Won FA Cup and the Premier Leage at Manchester City before moving to Villa after a loan spell with Fiorentina. Relegated in 2016. Nedum Onouha: (QPR, senior caps 0) Started at Manchester City and had a loan spell at Sunderland before transferring to QPR. Currently club captain. Kieran Gibbs: (Arsenal, senior caps 10) Still part of the Gunners squad but is expected to move on after falling down the pecking order behind Nacho Monreal and new signing Sead Kolasinac. Lee Cattermole: (Sunderland, senior caps 0) Moved from Wigan to Sunderland for £6million after the 2009 final. Suffered relegation last season. Fabrice Muamba: (Retired, senior caps 0) The midfielder’s career was cut short after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch while playing for Bolton against Tottenham in 2012.Mark Noble: (West Ham, senior caps 0) Despite continuing to be a vital component for his boyhood club Noble has never made a senior England appearance. Played his 400th game for the club last season. James Milner: (Liverpool, senior caps 61) Won a number of domestic trophies at Manchester City and is now the Reds’ first-choice left-back. Retired from England duty last year. Adam Johnson: (Prison, senior caps 12) The ex-Manchester City and Sunderland winger’s career is effectively done. Currently serving six years for grooming and sexual activity with a girl aged 15. Theo Walcott: (Arsenal, senior caps 47) Heading into his 12th season with the Gunners but has never found the consistency to be deemed an automatic first-choice. Has three FA Cup titles to his name. GERMANY U21s XI v ENGLAND U21sManuel Neuer: (Bayern Munich, senior caps 74) The World-Cup winning goalkeeper has won everything with Bayern since moving from Schalke in 2011. Widely considered the best stopper in the world at the moment.Andreas Beck: (Besiktas, senior caps 9) Has won the Turkish league twice since moving from Hoffenheim in 2015.Benedikt Howedes: (Schalke, senior caps 44) The Schalke stalwart and captain played every minute of Germany’s World Cup winning campaign in 2014. A central figure for his club.Jerome Boateng: (Bayern Munich, senior caps 67) After a forgetable spell with Manchester City the defender has developed into one of the world’s best at Bayern. Clean sweep of club honours and a World Cup win.Sebastian Boenisch: (1860 Munich, senior caps 14 for Poland) Boenisch switched allegiance to the country of his birth in 2010. Currently with 1860 Munich who have just been demoted to Germany’s fourth tier. Mats Hummels: (Bayern Munich, senior caps 57) After several succesful seasons at Dortmund, where he won two league titles, the defender moved back to Bayern last summer to claim more honours.Fabian Johnson: (Borussia Monchengladbach, senior caps 56 for USA) The son of an American serviceman, Johnson was called into the US setup in 2011. Gonzalo Castro: (Borussia Dortmund, senior caps 5) Joined Dortmund from Bayer Leverkusen two years ago but isn’t in the international picture. Sami Khedira: (Juventus, senior caps 70) After winning a Champions League title the midfielder moved to Juventus where he continues to win trophies on a regular basis. Mesut Ozil: (Arsenal, senior caps 84) The Gunners’ record £42.5million signing from Real Madrid, the creator starred in Germany’s 2014 World Cup win. Frequently showcases his ability in the Premier League as well.Sandro Wagner: (Hoffenheim, senior caps 3) Considered a late developer and only won his first cap at senior level earlier this month.  England U21s v Germany U21s is live on talkSPORT at 5pm (BST) on Tuesday 27 Junelast_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL athlete Mark English set a new ‘A’ Championship best at the Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium in London this evening.He finished sixth in a time of 1.44:84 – just two hundreds of a second outside the Irish record in the 800m.The 20-year-old beat the British No1 in the process. Tonight Ireland team manager Patsy McGonagle described the run as “astounding and outstanding.”He told Donegal Daily: “This was the best run ever by a Donegal athlete. I can’t think of enough superlatives to describe that run.“It was out of this world. This boy is still 20 and is off to Moscow to represent Ireland in the world championships.“Honestly I’ve never been so proud. English was brilliant.” Full Result:SYMMONDS Nick1:43.67SBSOLOMON Duane1:44.12JOHNSON Brandon1:44.19KINYOR Job1:44.35MULDER Tyler1:44.72ENGLISH Mark1:44.84PBABBOTT Joe1:45.04PBRIMMER Michael1:45.46KSZCZOT Adam1:45.65MOHAMMED Mukhtar1:45.67PBGREER Elijah1:45.96SCHERER MatthewDNFBREAKING NEWS: WORLD CLASS MARK ENGLISH ‘BEST RUN EVER’ was last modified: July 26th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BREAKING NEWS: WORLD CLASS MARK ENGLISH ‘BEST RUN EVER’last_img read more

Volleyball Picked Sixth In Preseason MVC Poll

first_imgGrace Schofield and Odessa Cody also return after notching 175 and 186 kills, respectively last season. Schofield is also the team’s returning leader in aces and is second in digs and her efforts last season helped the Bulldogs rank second in the Valley in aces and digs. The Bulldogs aim to build off their best season since 2010 after going 17-15 in 2016 to record the program’s first winning season in six years. The team’s 17 wins and its eight Missouri Valley Conference wins were also the most by the Bulldogs since 2010. The Valley will look to continue to build off the success of another tremendous season in 2016 that saw three teams make the NCAA Tournament.  It was the seventh time in league history at least three Valley teams made the NCAA field. The MVC was one of seven leagues to earn three or more bids, joining the Big Ten (8), Pac 12 (8), Big 12 (6), SEC (4), ACC (3), and Mountain West (3). The Drake University volleyball team has been picked sixth in the annual Missouri Valley Conference preseason coaches poll, the MVC announced Wednesday, Aug. 16. The Bulldogs’ projected finish in the poll is the program’s highest preseason projection since the 2011 season. Missouri State, the defending regular-season MVC Champions, were the unanimous favorite to repeat as champions, followed by UNI in second and Illinois State in third. Loyola and SIU were tabbed third and fourth, respectively. Drake was voted ahead of MVC newcomer Valparaiso, Bradley, Indiana State and Evansville. The Bulldogs return six student-athletes that made significant contributions in 2016, including senior and three-year starter Kyla Inderski. Last season, Inderski recorded 400 kills, the eighth most ever by a Bulldog in a season, for a 3.31 kills per set average. She enters this season with 1,044 career kills to rank seventh all-time in Drake history. She also ranks seventh all-time in digs at Drake with 1,058 and is just the fourth Bulldog ever to record both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. The Bulldogs also added one of the top recruiting classes in the Missouri Valley Conference and earned honorable mention honors from for their recruiting efforts. Joining the Bulldogs in 2017 will be Oklahoma transfer Cathryn Cheek as well as highly touted signees Natalie Fry, Gillian Gergen, Hannah McCarthy, and Emily Plock. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Matt Chapman not himself at plate lately as A’s fall to Astros

first_imgHOUSTON — The A’s needed a strong outing from Aaron Brooks with the offense still a little out of whack.That did not happen.Brooks was not sharp and the A’s offense mustered up just one extra-base hit in Saturday’s 6-0 loss to the Astros at Minute Maid Park. It was the first time Oakland has been shut out this season and the fifth time they have scored two runs or less in their last 10 games. The A’s also lost back-to-back games for the first time since their opening series against the …last_img read more

Organic Farmer Sues GM Farming Neighbor

first_imgSYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—In a landmark case, an organic farmer in Western Australia state is suing his neighbor for allegedly contaminating his crop with a genetically modified organism (GMO), GM canola. This is the first claim anywhere in the world by a “non-GMO farmer against a GMO farmer,” says Joe Lederman of the specialist law firm FoodLegal in Melbourne.Australia lifted a nationwide moratorium on GM crops in 2009. Only the state of South Australia prohibits planting of GM crops, a ban expected to hold until at least 2019. Because it is legal to sow GM crops in Western Australia, the case now being heard in the Western Australia Supreme Court in Perth turns on whether the GM farmer was negligent in the sense of not taking strict enough measures to contain GM material on his property, says University of Western Australia legal expert Michael Blakeney, an adviser to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.In court documents, Steve Marsh states that his organic farm, southeast of Perth, was contaminated in 2010 by GM canola, which he claims came from Michael Baxter’s farm. As a result, that year Marsh lost his National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA) organic certification for approximately 70% of his property, on which he grows oats and rye and keeps sheep. 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They argue that Marsh should sue NASAA for imposing unrealistic standards. The association has zero tolerance for GM material of any sort. In contrast, the United States allows products with up to 5% GM material to be labeled “organic.” Even the European Union, where public perception of GM crops is generally negative, allows up to 0.9% GM material. “Zero tolerance is not realistic for crops growing in the vicinity of GM crops,” says plant scientist Graham King of Southern Cross University in Lismore.The case does not question the science or safety of GM crops that have Australian regulatory approval. The outcome, however, might impact labeling and product information of both GM and non-GM foods, says bioethicist Rachel Ankeny with the University of Adelaide. She claims that such information is “currently inadequate in Australia.”The case not only pits neighbor against neighbor; it’s also shaping up as what some see as a David versus Goliath battle. According to the Australian Associated Press, Marsh’s legal costs are being partly funded from a crowdsourced Internet appeal, while the biotechnology giant Monsanto is backing Baxter. The case is expected to run at least another week.last_img read more