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Australia postpones T20 series with West Indies

first_imgCricket Cricket Australia has postponed a home Twenty20 series against West Indies as it moves closer to getting the green light for next month’s limited-overs tour of England. Australia were slated to play West Indies in matches on October 4, 6 and 9 as part of their preparation for the T20 World Cup. Cricket Australia has postponed a home Twenty20 series against West Indies as it moves closer to getting the green light for next month’s limited-overs tour of England. The postponement of that has prompted the international schedule to be overhauled with the most notable change being that the Indian Premier League, which will now run from September 19 until November 10 in the UAE. CA and the West Indies Cricket Board have agreed to delay this year’s T20 series, wanting it to coincide with the rescheduled T20 World Cup in Australia either in 2021 or 2022. The Australians are still scheduled to face India in a T20 series from October 11 to 17, but that series will also have to be shifted given it now falls in the middle of the IPL. Justin Langer’s team has not taken the field since the trans-Tasman ODI at the SCG on March 13. The team and support staff are expected to board a charter flight later this month and start a tour of England on September 4, playing three T20s and three ODIs. They will follow the same biosecurity protocols used throughout the recent England-West Indies series. CA has been locked in discussions with all levels of government in Australia since the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic. The governing body, which has already named a 26-man squad for the proposed series in England, wants state-government exemptions to be ticked off before signing off on the UK tour. The most important issue relates to the two-week quarantine period that players must serve upon returning to Australia, either via the IPL or after the one-day tour. Players will isolate in a hotel and follow standard protocols but CA is desperate for them to be given special permission to train. Being stuck in a room for a fortnight will be particularly challenging for Pat Cummins and his fellow quicks, who risk breaking down if they do not build up bowling workloads before the Test series against India. The other notable exemption relates to outbound interstate travel. CA is hoping the entire touring party will be allowed to fly from their respective home cities then catch the international flight on the same date. Finch and star allrounder Glenn Maxwell are both based in Victoria, which has been brought to a halt by the health crisis and is the subject of border closures across the country.last_img read more

Game Rewind | Look back at UK’s 41-3 loss

first_imgRefresh this page regularly throughout the University of Kentucky’s game Saturday against LSU for updates, video highlights and commentary. The Cats kick off at 7:30 p.m. in Tiger Stadium.Final: Mercy. This one’s over. LSU 41, UK 3.Said Tigers coach Les Miles on the field: “I think we’re improving. I think our quarterback managed situations. I think we threw the ball effectively. We ran it. There was balance in the offense.“…Give credit to Mark Stoops and that Kentucky team. They’re a good football team. They just ran into a tough night in Tiger Stadium.”LSU 41, UK 3: Wildcats stumble, Tigers roll in routWHAT WE LEARNED: Takeaways from the blowout lossREWIND: Look back at a tough night on the BayouINSTANT ANALYSIS: Breaking down the 41-3 loss to the Tigers Tweet by Kyle Tucker3:12, 4Q: Tick, tick, tick…LSU is keeping its offense grounded late here, running out the clock on a UK blowout.And how about this stat? Les Miles is 55-0 as the Tigers’ coach when his team rushes for 100-plus yards while holding an opponent to fewer than 100. That one courtesy of ESPN.6:18, 4Q: Post-interception, UK went three and out with Josh Clemons going for no gain on a rush and two Patrick Towles incompletions.On the night, Towles is 19 of 36 for 146 yards. Rushing-wise, carries are even, with six players combining for 71 yards.7:19, 4Q: Future star LSU quarterback Brandon Harris went for the end zone — yes, LSU is still up 38 points and throwing deep — but UK’s Marcus McWilson snagged it to record the first turnover of the night for either team.Tweet by Kyle Tucker10:40, 4Q: In comes the backup for LSU. The Tigers are driving and across midfield thanks to quarterback Anthony Jennings’ 31-yard scramble, after which Les Miles brought in freshman signal caller Brandon Harris to finish the drive.13:12, 4Q: Mikel Horton opened the fourth quarter with a 20-yard rush that set up UK in the red zone, but the drive ended on a 4th and 3 shot to the end zone. Sophomore Rickey Jefferson tipped a Patrick Towles pass out of the reach of Cats freshman Garrett Johnson, returning possession to the Tigers at their own 9.The score remains 41-3 LSU.0:00, 3Q: UK’s on its best drive of the half having just converted 4th and short on a dump pass off to fullback D.J. Warren, whose 6-yard gain has the Cats at the LSU 36 to start the 4th quarter.3:27, 3Q: All the talk entering Saturday’s game was about LSU running back Leonard Fournette, but it’s Terrence Magee lighting up UK.He accounted for all 53 yards on the Tigers’ most recent scoring drive, rushing for 35 yards before a 23-yard touchdown run that made it 41-3.On the night, Magee leads LSU in rushing with 127 yards and receiving with 44 yards.4:19, 3Q: Held to 151 yards of total offense on the night, and trailing 34-3, the Cats punted again. They’ve booted it away on 7 of 9 possessions. The other two ended with a field goal and turnover on downs.Dorian Baker may face the same fate as teammate J.D. Harmon, too, after laying out what appeared a defenseless LSU player. Officials didn’t call targeting, though they didn’t have to do it last week with Harmon either for Harmon to land a suspension.6:11, 3Q: It’s too little, too late, perhaps, but the Cats’ defense is still fighting and forced an LSU punt. Demarco Robinson fielded a fair catch at UK’s 24.Tweet by Kyle Tucker8:00, 3Q: Two possessions, two punts for the UK offense to start the half.Mikel Horton picked up eight yards and a first down, but the drive stalled from there, with Patrick Towles sacked on 3rd and 11.Up 34-3, LSU takes over at its own 25.10:30, 3Q: Following the kick return, freshman Stanley “Boom” Williams went down on the field, laying on his right side. Eventually, he sat up, showed movement and walked off with help after taking a number of hits on the return, including one on his back.Tweet by Kyle Tucker10:37, 3Q: Now LSU is pouring it on.Terrence Magee’s 9-yard touchdown rush capped a drive he dominated, also contributing a 38-yard run and 14-yard reception.On the scoring play, UK’s Fred Tiller wound up injured but eventually walked off the field.It’s 34-3 Tigers.13:03, 3Q: Out of the half, it was three and out for UK again. The Cats went to Stanley “Boom” Williams on all three plays — two rushes and a screen pass — but got just four yards combined.Following a 34-yard Landon Foster punt out of bounds, LSU will take over at its own 36.It’s not often a team comes back from 24 points down in front of this sized crowd, which LSU announced at 101,581.Tweet by Kyle Tucker15:00, 3Q: UK will start the second half with the ball (that is, assuming the Cats field the kickoff this time).Halftime: It was an unceremonious end to the half for UK, which trails 27-3 at the break. The Cats were going to attempt a hail mary pass, but Patrick Towles was sacked before he had the chance.Said Mark Stoops: “We’ve got to get it cleaned up. It’s been all special teams and penalties. They’re playing very good defense.”“…We’ve just got to make some plays. I thought we were moving the ball well.”Tweet by Kyle Tucker0:07, 2Q: LSU had 12 seconds left and no timeouts on 3rd and 2. Rather than risk the clock running out, the Tigers turned to kicker Colby Delahoussaye for a 35-yard field goal. He hit it, barely, bouncing one off the left upright and through to make it 27-3.0:44, 2Q: The SEC Network came back just in time for a huge UK gaffe. Kicking from the 20, LSU dribbled a ball near the left sideline and no Cats players jumped on it. Tigers ball at the 37.Tweet by Kyle Tucker0:44, 2Q: We know, we know. TV’s out. As soon as SEC Network cut away, LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings found Travin Dural for a 32-yard touchdown. Make it 23-3.Tweet by Anthony Wireman1:33, 2Q: Just another solid special teams play for the Tigers, whose Tre’Davious White returned a Landon Foster punt 21 yards to the LSU 47.1:48, 2Q: Now it’s LSU that will get one last chance before the half. The Tigers’ defense overcame an offsides call — Patrick Towles never got a pass off — to force yet another UK punt.3:11, 2Q: Referee down. Rick Lowe, the umpire, was tangled up in a skirmish away from the ball. With a banged up knee, Lowe is staying in the game.3:36, 2Q: The Cats’ defense forced a three-and-out, but LSU’s special teams came up big again to pin UK deep in its own territory at the 7. With two timeouts left, Mark Stoops’ bunch has to go nearly the length of the field if it wants to pull within a score at the half.5:16, 2Q: UK went with its Wildcat formation on 4th down, a play LSU completely blew up to take over on downs.Patrick Towles motioned to the left, and by the time Jojo Kemp took the snap, he had nowhere to go.The Tigers have it back at their own 31, still ahead 17-3.5:21, 2Q: Patrick Towles, on a play-action pass, rolled right and overthrew receiver Javess Blue on 3rd and 2 from the LSU 27. The Cats then lined up to go for it before Mark Stoops called for timeout.8:56, 2Q: ESPN’s Brent Musburger suggested it — if this game started over, how would it finish? UK played itself into a 17-0 hole but now trails 17-3 and came up with yet another stop, forcing a successive LSU punt.Demarco Robinson accepted a fair catch at the Cats’ 35-yard line. Now UK has a major opportunity.Tweet by Kyle Tucker12:00, 2Q: UK ran out of downs, forced to punt on a promising drive, but at the very least the Cats finally flipped the field on LSU.13:08, 2Q: Demarco Robinson came down with a moon shot of a pass on 3rd and long, picking up 33 yards along the left sideline to get the Cats out of the shadow of their own goalposts.12:35, 2Q: UK’s defense came up with its first stop, pressuring LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings into an overthrow on 3rd and long to set up a Tigers punt.The Cats accepted a fair catch at their own 9-yard line.0:00, 1Q: The first quarter came to an end with an LSU holding call that set up 1st and 20 before Leonard Fournette stumbled to a 3-yard gain. It’ll be 2nd and long to open the second quarter.A great stat courtesy of ESPN, though: LSU is 18-1 under Les Miles when the Tigers score a special teams touchdown.1:15, 1Q: UK picked up the tempo and used a series of quick passes to drive to the red zone. When the drive stalled, Mark Stoops called on kicker Austin MacGinnis for a 33-yard field goal.MacGinnis converted, and the Cats cut into LSU’s lead. It’s 17-3.Tweet by Kyle Tucker5:47, 1Q: On 1st down, UK went to the Wildcat formation and LSU didn’t flinch. For 2nd down, Patrick Towles and his receiver had a miscommunication. And on 3rd, Towles scrambled and landed at the line of scrimmage.The ensuing punt led to yet another major special teams play for LSU, a 67-yard touchdown return for Tre-Davious White. Make it 17-0, and a UK offense with -3 yards through two drives will take over again.Tweet by Kyle Tucker7:30, 1Q: LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings missed a wide-open receiver on 3rd and goal, and so the Tigers settled for a 21-yard field goal, making it 10-0 early in Death Valley.LSU is getting 4.8 yards per play.Tweet by Adam Himmelsbach11:00, 1Q: UK punted after going three-and-out. On 3rd and 7, Patrick Towles threw behind Braylon Heard on a screen pass. After tipping the ball, he actually lost 6.LSU takes over again with good field position, helped with a 17-yard punt return, set to start its drive at its own 48-yard line.12:09, 1Q: That was quick. Helped by another UK penalty — Za’Darius Smith roughed the passer — LSU closed to the goal line and finished an opening scoring drive with a 1-yard dive by star freshman running back Leonard Fournette.Make it a 7-0 deficit for the Cats on the road.14:50, 1Q: Not an ideal start for UK. A pair of penalties added to a long return. LSU will start its first drive from the Cats’ 29.15:00, 1Q: UK won the toss and deferred to the second half. LSU will receive to open the game.Les Miles, speaking with ESPN’s Maria Taylor before kickoff, was asked what it’s like on a Saturday night in Death Valley: “It’s the best. There’s no other place in America.”Pregame: A Les Miles-coached LSU team hasn’t lost a Saturday night game against an unranked team at Tiger Stadium. But UK is on the doorstep of the Top 25 and looking to break in for the first time since 2007 with a victory.At least one expert is siding with the Cats. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit picked them on College GameDay, and his Twitter handle promptly trended in Louisville after 1,400 users retweeted it.Tweet by College GameDayUnder the lights, UK will wear blue helmets with gray tops and blue bottoms.Tweet by Kyle TuckerTweet by UK Photolast_img read more

Jones is first female featured on WLAF’s Crime Stoppers

first_imgLauren Ashley Jones is this week’s most wanted on Crime Stoppers. Jones is currently wanted on a probation violation, according to reports. She was originally charged with promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine and reckless aggravated assault.  The 29-year old Jones is from La Follette and has been booked into the county jail eight times.  She was most recently released from the Campbell County Jail in June 2018.Through Crime Stoppers, the community can call the CCSO at 423-562-7446  if they see the person.“Please do not approach anyone you see on Crime Stoppers,” said Campbell County Sherriff Robbie Goins. “Call the sheriff’s department and report where they are. We don’t want anyone to try to apprehend these people, just tell us where they are if you see them.” (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/15/2018-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Who’s next at Michigan? Les Miles?

first_imgMichigan made the inevitable a reality Tuesday when it fired coach Brady Hoke. One of the most famous and tradition-rich programs in college football starts its third coach search since 2007.Interim athletic director Jim Hackett will be in charge. A former Michigan football player, his career overlapped with that of LSU coach Les Miles with the Wolverines. Read into that fact what you will.Who will be the next Michigan coach? Some possibilities and why they do or do not make sense:Les Miles, LSU coach. Miles has been one of the most successful coaches in the country during his 10 years with the Tigers. He is 103-28 with a national championship and another title game appearance. The last two times the Michigan job was open, Miles came up as a possible candidate. Things are different this time around, from the people making the decisions to the people influencing those decisions. The 61-year-old Miles, who makes over $4 million per season, he has spent 10 years being under-appreciated at LSU. Maybe it’s time to go somewhere he would be embraced?Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers coach. The former Michigan quarterback turned Stanford into a power and immediately turned around a 49ers franchise that had been languishing. Signs suggest he is not coming back to college, even if his rocky time in San Francisco ends this season. Plenty of NFL teams would gladly have him. Michigan has to at least make a pitch — if it already hasn’t. And call his brother, Ravens coach John Harbaugh, while they’re at it.Dan Mullen, Mississippi State. The Bulldogs put together a dream season and Mullen has built a program that should be successful going forward, but it’s not realistic to think he’s about to rip off a string of double-digit win seasons in Starkville, where State has the smallest athletic budget in the SEC West. The 42-year-old native Pennsylvanian has spent much of his coaching career in the Northeast and Midwest before going to Florida with Urban Meyer in 2005. He is 46-30 in six seasons at Mississippi State.Greg Schiano, former Rutgers coach. Michigan courted Schiano back in 2007. Since then, he did a short and unpleasant stint in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. What Schiano did at Rutgers cannot be understated: The Scarlet Knights were barely worthy of inclusion in Division I when he took over. Now they are consistent winners. Michigan doesn’t need that kind of overhaul, but it does need somebody with a broad vision of how a top-notch program should be run from top to bottom. Having a track record of excellent academic performance by his teams helps, too.Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State defensive coordinator. If you can’t beat ’em, hire ’em. Michigan entrusting its program to a first-time head coach doesn’t seem likely. It happened with Lloyd Carr, but he was a longtime Michigan assistant. Still, the Spartans have owned the Wolverines in recent years and Narduzzi has been a big reason why. The 48-year-old Connecticut native will be a head coach at some point. Why not in Ann Arbor?Butch Jones, Tennessee coach. Jones is a Michigan native and former coach at Central Michigan and Cincinnati. He won big in both spots and now is in Year 2 of rebuilding Tennessee. He and his staff have been cleaning up in recruiting, and he got a team desperately lacking experienced players bowl eligible against a tough schedule this season. The arrow is pointing up for the Vols so it’s hard to imagine why the 46-year-old Jones would walk away from Knoxville.last_img read more

Chelsea’s Ake on Reading learning curve

first_imgSee also:Chelsea’s Ake joins Reading on loan Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Chelsea’s Nathan Ake has told the Reading website he hopes to learn a lot during his brief loan spell at the Madejski Stadium.The 20-year-old Dutchman signed a one-month deal with the Royals before the international break and finally got to make his debut in a 1-1 draw at Cardiff on Saturday.He is expected to figure again for Steve Clarke’s side when they travel to Blackpool on Tuesday night.AdChoices广告Ake, who has made 11 first-team appearances for the Blues, said he wanted to develop as a footballer during his time at Reading.He said: “This is what you want to do as a player, play games. I’ll train well and hopefully I can play in a lot of them.“I want to get the experience from first team football and learn from those experiences.“I am really happy to get this opportunity. It’s close, not far from Chelsea and I can still live in the same home. So for me it’s good to be here.”The versatile Ake, who can also play across the back four, started in central midfield in the game at Cardiff and earned praise for his performance.And he hinted he hoped boss Clarke would keep him in the middle of the park for the rest of his loan spell.He said: “I can play left back or in central defence, but I prefer to play in midfield where I was at Cardiff.“I like to get the ball at my feet and to play, so I think that is my best position.”last_img read more

Working the count; 30-somethings grinding to extend careers

first_img FOLLOW US COMMENT LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Written By Last Updated: 28th February, 2020 13:47 IST Working The Count; 30-somethings Grinding To Extend Careers  Jarrod Dyson kept waiting for the phone to ring. As December faded and the hot stove cooled, one thought kept running through the free agent outfielder’s mind.center_img First Published: 28th February, 2020 13:47 IST  Jarrod Dyson kept waiting for the phone to ring. As December faded and the hot stove cooled, one thought kept running through the free agent outfielder’s mind.“You mean to tell me I can’t help nobody win?” said Dyson, who stole 30 bases for Arizona in 2019 before hitting the open market last fall.Dyson’s won plenty. He offers the World Series ring he earned while playing for the Kansas City Royals in 2015 as proof. He appeared in 130 games at age 34 last season for a Diamondbacks team that hung around the playoff picture until the final week of the season. He’s been part of a rebuilding projects and raucous October celebrations. Now in the final innings of a decade-long career, he wouldn’t mind another shot at a playoff run.Yet the only palatable job offer Dyson received came from Pittsburgh. The Pirates are in need of a stopgap in center field after dealing Gold Glover Starling Marte to Arizona last month. So Dyson signed for one year and $2 million. Sure he considered holding out for a chance to catch on with a team that’s not hitting reset following a last-place finish in the NL Central in 2019.He needed a gig. Pittsburgh offered him one that pays a healthy wage. Things could be worse. A lot worse.“Everybody wants to be with a winning team but at the same time, you’ve got to get in where you fit in,” Dyson said. “I can’t be sitting at home waiting on a playoff team to call me. The Pirates gave me an opportunity, I’m going to take advantage of it.”Dyson is hardly alone. Scan down (way down in some cases) spring training rosters and you’ll find names that look out of place, All-Stars, postseason heroes and established veterans just trying to stave off the next phase of their lives on teams where expectations (and in most cases, payroll) are modest.Pence has made more than $125 million during a career that includes winning a pair of World Series with the Giants in 2012 and 2014. That didn’t stop him from spending the offseason giving his eclectic swing a massive overhaul last spring in hopes of finding something better suited for the bat speed of a guy on the back half of his 30s.“It takes time but it wasn’t necessarily hard,” Pence said. “Because when you’re doing something you love to do a labor of love is no labor at all. I’m having a blast. It was a joy.”At least Pence has a guaranteed roster spot. Sandoval and Kemp not so much. Both players headed to their respective camps as non-roster invitees, baseball code for “show us you’ve still got it.” Kemp, a three-time All-Star, insists he still does. If it has to be with the perennially irrelevant Marlins, so be it.“This is a redemption year,” Kemp said. “I had 40 at-bats last year. I was an All-Star in 2018. Seriously, I can still play.”The 35-year-old Kemp believes he’s still got at least three or four more seasons left. The addition of a 26th roster spot this season may turn out to be the lifeline players of his generation need. In a league that’s getting ever younger, having one slot slated for someone with an impressive resume and the consummate swag that goes with it could prove to be valuable.“We need leadership with our young guys,” said Marlins manager Don Mattingly, whose relationship with Kemp dates to 2008, when both were with the Los Angeles Dodgers. “Matt was second in the MVP (in 2011). A lot of us thought he should have won the MVP that year. He was one of the top players in the game, maybe a bag away from being a 40 (home run)-40 (steal) guy. Matt has done a lot of things in the game. That’s one of the things he brings to the table.”None of that will matter, however, unless Kemp rakes this spring. For a player with 12 years service time who is financially set for the rest of his life, catching on with a team that struggles to bring fans to the ballpark and win in equal measure might seem like an unnecessary hassle. In a way, though, Kemp figures he’s just paying it forward.When he broke into the league in 2007, veterans like Juan Pierre, Marlon Anderson, Tori Hunter and Junior Spivey showed him the ropes. They shaped him into a star. He’s here to do the same.“Its just you wanting to help younger guys be their best selves,” Kemp said. “That’s going to be my job.”One the well-traveled Maybin will be doing during his third stint with the Tigers. He’s played for eight teams across 13 seasons and seen just about everything. He was part of the now infamous Houston team that won it all in 2017. Four months ago, he was in the playoffs with the New York Yankees as they came within one game of a trip to the World Series. The near miss stoked the fire to keep pushing.Detroit isn’t New York. And the $1.5 million salary — which could rise to more than $2 million with performance bonuses — isn’t near the $9 million he made in 2017. Such are certain economic realities that exist for players in their 30s that didn’t a half generation ago.While Dyson, Kemp and Maybin and others may still be able to make an impact, are they three or four times more valuable than a decade younger still on their rookie deal? To teams on a budget, maybe not. It’s a reality that hit Dyson as he sat home relentlessly checking his phone.“The game is tough right now, especially for older guys,” Dyson said. “We’ve got to be solid out there. You’ve got to stand out. Other than that you’re going to find it difficult to get a job. We’re going to grind to stay in uniform.”And teach while they do it. Maybin understands what it’s like to be a rising prospect on a team spinning its wheels. He’s hopeful he can help this group of Tigers avoid the mistakes he made.“(When you’re young) you want to go out there and do well for yourself and make a name for yourself,” Maybin said. “But I’ve realized that for me, in my situation, being a guy who’s had to work, the success comes from having to fail a little bit. Having to grow through it, it makes it a little bit sweeter. Hopefully, I can share some of that.”And who knows? Maybe the old guys get hot. Maybe they stay healthy. Maybe their impact in the clubhouse they’re currently in helps set the stage for an improbable run. Or maybe they find themselves dealt to a contender over the summer. Their passion for the game — and let’s be honest, a paycheck they likely won’t be able to replicate once they move on — overrides any sense of ego.“It’s kind of messed up, the direction it’s going,” Dyson said. “But you’ve got to wear it on the chin bro, keep your head up, go out there and continue to play.” SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News last_img read more

2019 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket: We Wanted It More – Akhator

first_imgD’Tigress star Evelyn Akhator believes Nigeria’s triumph at the 2019 FIBA Women’s Afrobasket in Senegal was down to their “zeal to win” which she said was much more intense than all the opponents they faced on their way to retaining the trophy.Nigeria retained their title with a 60-55 points victory over hosts and eleven-time champions Senegal on Sunday in Dakar to complete an impressive unbeaten run that has now stretched to 13 games dating back to the bronze medal match against Angola in the 2015 edition in Yaoundé, Cameroon.Speaking to busybuddiesng.com after the team touched down at the Murtala Mohammed International airport on Monday night to a heroic reception, the Centre/Forward who was named in the team of the tournament for the second consecutive time after achieving a similar feat in Mali 2017 said the entire both old and young were driven by an intense hunger for glory. Photo Credit: FIBA“It’s just all about the zeal, the zeal to win. The young ones wanted to win gold and we wanted to retain the tournament in Africa, we wanted to retain the Cup.“The thing is just believing in ourselves and we tried to do it as much as we [could],” the 24-year old Perfumarias Avenida of Spain player said.Download AudioFacing hosts Senegal in front of a reported 15,000 home crowd – the largest ever recorded for a basketball event on the continent – must have been daunting and it was evident in the way the game swung with the D’Tigress who had led in the first three quarters having to dig deep to claim the win after Senegal drew level in the fourth quarter with a little over two minutes left on the clock.Akhator said D’Tigress always knew they’d face Senegal at some stage in the tournament and knew they’d also have to deal with a hostile crowd. That mental preparedness she said, helped the team keep their heads during Senegal’s resurgence late in the game and also helped them cope with the febrile atmosphere in the Dakar Arena.“I think it’s our poise, our zeal and our patience to just keep calm,” Akhator explained about how the girls were able to cope in the face of overwhelming support for the home side.“[On Sunday] we were playing against 15,000 in the crowd, that’s a lot! But the poise and the calmness to just.., we knew before we left Nigeria that we were going to play against Senegal, not just the players but also the crowd. We knew that for sure and we kept our poise I think that’s what actually helped us.” Download AudioAt the sound of the final buzzer, the entire team erupted in pure joy but Akhator says the whole thing still seems a bit surreal and it would probably take a few days for the reality of their feat to sink in.“I’m excited, I’m so excited [but] it hasn’t dawned on us yet, maybe two, three, four days time, it’s going to dawn on us that we are still retaining the trophy and we are the African champions. It hasn’t dawned on us yet, we are still living in the moment and the joy and I’m excited [about] that.Download AudioNigeria’s win also means they have qualified to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualifiers November where they will come up against Congo DR and Mozambique in Group A.Despite their high status as Africa’s best side and having dispatched Congo DR with ease at the 2019 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket, Akhator who had a stint in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) as the 3rd overall pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft by the Dallas Wings, said D’Tigress will not “take any team lightly” as they plot their way to the Olympics after narrowly missing out on the 2016 edition in Rio.“We’ve seen Congo [DR], we’ve played against [them] before and Mozambique we played against them two years ago, and they gave Senegal [a] tough time. “We can’t take any team lightly, we’ve got to prepare and come together again and do what we’ve got to do to play.”Download AudioRetaining the trophy – Nigeria’s fourth overall – is yet another impressive feat by D’Tigress who last year in Spain, became the first African team to reach the FIBA Women’s World Cup Quarter-Finals.And for young women inspired by D’Tigress feat looking to take up the sport, Akhator who averaged 11 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in the tournament has a word of advice – keep at it, no matter the circumstances.  “Believe in yourself, keep working no matter how hard it is, just keep working. It might not happen today but in the long run, it definitely will happen.”Download Audio RelatedWomen’s FIBA Afrobasket: Otis Invites 15 Players for Title Defence as Nigeria Camp Opens in LagosJuly 25, 2019In “D’Tigress”2019 AfroBasket: Unbeaten D’Tigress Beat Senegal To Retain TrophyAugust 19, 2019In “Africa”Basketball: D’Tigress Face Mali After Mozambique Win In pre-Olympics Qualifiers.November 17, 2019In “BasketBall”last_img read more

Ghana Grand Prix to be institutionalized – rLG

first_imgVice President, John Dramani Mahama is among dignitaries expected to grace the maiden edition of the Ghana Grand Prix which will take place at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Saturday August 6, 2011.Over hundred national and international professional athletes are in the Garden City to compete in the one-day track and field event.Title sponsor of the competition, rLG Communication, says the programme falls in line with the company’s core brand values of beauty, confidence and energy.“If you look at all these core values they fall directly under sportsmen; what sportsmen can do and considering the fact that both local and international athletes are coming on one stage and the fact that Kumasi is the centre of Sports activities… that is why we’re on board this Grand Prix”, said Millicent Atuguba, Head of Communication at rLG.About eight Ghanaian athletes including long jumper, Ignatius Gaizah, sprinters, Aziz Zakari and Vida Anim as well as heptathlete, Margaret Simpson are expected to participate in the Grand Prix.Other international athletes participating in the games include Women’s Long Jumper, Tiana Madison, sprinter Terrel Wilks and Jamaican Indira Spence. Ms. Atuguba expects the maiden event to be grand.According to her, plans are far advanced to institutionalize the event, stating that rLG is proud to be associated with the event because “it’s a way of penetrating the West African market”.rLG would be marketing its range of locally assembled mobile phones and laptops at the Grand Prix.Story by Kofi Adu Domfeh/Luv Fm/Ghanalast_img read more

“Galway Baybes” Bid To Challenge Race Around Ireland Record

first_imgA Team of Four Cyclists from Galway will set out in August to challenge one of the toughest endurance races in the World. The Race Around Ireland is an ultra distance cycling event, offering amateur leisure or elite professional cyclists the adventure of a lifetime. Galway Bay FM Sport It is a non-stop cycle, which starts in Trim, Co. Meath on August 27th, will take the riders on a route around the island of Ireland, past some of Ireland’s most historic sights.What is different about this event is that it is non-stop. Solo riders will spend up to 22 hours on their bikes, while the teams rotate as part of a relay, for 24 hours a day. They only have 5 days to finish.It is listed as one of the World’s Toughest Endurance Events, and the heroes of this event are the amateur riders who get an opportunity to compete in this Irish Event with elite riders from all over the world, while endeavouring to finish this mammoth adventure in the allotted time.The team, known as the “Galway Baybes” will attempt to break the women’s relay record for the event.Joanne Murphy, one of the Baybes, joined John on Over The Line shortly after the team was launched. They also spoke about different events coming up in the Triathlon World including the forthcoming Lough Cutra Triathlon.Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/GALWAY+BAYBES.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. The Galway Baybes Team: Galway Bay FM Sport Galway Baybes Bid To Challenge Race Around Ireland Record 更多 Currently Playing Forward 60 seconds Back 15 seconds print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galway Bay FM Sport Back 15 seconds Galway Baybes Bid To Challenge Race Around Ireland Record Galway Baybes Bid To Challenge Race Around Ireland Record Forward 60 seconds Joanne Murphy, Jonathan Gibson, Nigel Forde, Marie Boyle, Brid Naughton, Karen Cassidy and Padraic Bensonlast_img read more

Smoke…

first_img…and cancer sticksAt long last, we have a piece of legislation to help us deal with that insidious “slow poison” known as “cigarettes”. Your Eyewitness has long harboured a suspicion that the Indigenous peoples — who were “discovered” by Columbus and soon exterminated from the West Indies –had their revenge on Europeans by passing on the use of tobacco to them!! The Amerindians used tobacco only occasionally, for religious purposes!Even though James I of Britain denounced — in his polemic of 1604, titled “A Counterblaste to Tobacco” — the use of tobacco as a “custome lothsome to the eye, hatefull to the Nose, harmefull to the braine, dangerous to the Lungs, and in the blacke stinking fume thereof, neerest resembling the horrible Stigian smoke of the pit that is bottomelesse,” nobody listened to him!After all, there were big bucks to be made from the “blacke stinking fume”!! Soon Africans slaves were hauled over the Atlantic to grow tobacco on PLANTATIONS – to keep up with the demand for the addictive stuff that created its own market!! The colonies that would become the United States of America soon became the biggest producers of tobacco, and eventually the largest producers of cigarettes. Fast forward to the middle of the 20th century, and medical research began to show the harmful effects of tobacco on the lungs etc, via the 4000 odd (very odd!!) chemicals produced when tobacco’s burnt. The wonderful ingenuity of US democracy — which changed the concept “bribery” to “lobbying” — soon kicked into gear on behalf of the US tobacco companies, to convince the public that cigarettes were actually not just “sexy”, but GOOD for them!!But with the evidence showing that even ‘second hand” smoke from those around folks could give them cancer, the manufacturers had to do something! They couldn’t just give up all those profits, could they? They looked around and saw that the natives in what was now the “third world” didn’t know better. Why not sell it to THEM? After all, they wanted to live just like the Americans and Europeans, didn’t they?And so said so done. With the First World exporting the cancer sticks, after 50 years, we’re now the biggest smokers on the planet! But finally, we’re taking action against this scourge. We now have “The Tobacco Control Bill 2017”, which bans smoking in all indoor workplaces, indoor public places, and public transport. We hope our citizens will get wise to what’s really in their interest and support this ban.Your Eyewitness never got into smoking after, as a youth, he answered a question posed by the philosopher Bertrand Russel.“Can you imagine a cow inhaling smoke from burning grass? He couldn’t!!…and tensionJust when you thought the smoke had cleared from the Camp St ruins, it seems to have stuck in the eyes of the law enforcement personnel who’re looking for the convicts who absconded. (You can’t REALLY call fellas who WALKED OUT the front gate of the prisons “escapees”, can you? They just “left”!!) The ones from the Lusignan Cow Pen are real “escapees” – they did things the approved way – like digging tunnels under the noses of the guards, and stuff!!But back to our protectors with smoke in their eyes. What else can you say when a bunch of them – armed to the teeth – shoot and kill a fella who was running away from their menacing shouts? What else was this chap expected to do? Stand still and be shot, like what happens to folks of a certainty ethnicity in interactions with the police in the US?Is anybody keeping count of all the false arrests, beatings, shootings, and search-and-seizures those folks have been subjected to after July 9th?…and mirrorsBy the time you read this, the coronation of VC Griffith would’ve taken place. But rather than the promised “500 national, regional and international representatives”, just the faithful ones showed up!!Courtiers-to-be?last_img read more