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McGovern called up for qualifier

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first_imgNorthern Ireland have called up Falkirk goalkeeper Michael McGovern for their World Cup qualifier against Russia after Alan Mannus withdrew from the squad with a shoulder injury. Manager Michael O’Neill named only two keepers – St Johnstone’s Mannus and established number one Roy Carroll – for the match, which takes place at Windsor Park on Wednesday. Mannus played 90 minutes for St Johnstone in their 0-0 draw against Kilmarnock on Sunday, but is not fit to join the national side in Belfast. Press Associationcenter_img McGovern has one cap to his name, having come off the bench in a 2010 friendly against Chile. His call-up suggests there has been no change in Lee Camp’s position. Camp, released by Norwich at the end of last season, was first choice for a period under former boss Nigel Worthington but opted to make himself unavailable after O’Neill made Carroll his number one. last_img read more

Guwahati Cricket Coaching Center’s Summer Camp Concludes

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first_imgA Sports ReporterGUWAHATI, July 19: Summer Cricket Coaching Camp of Guwahati Cricket Coaching Center ended successfully today. Sandipan Debnath teach the Coach & Navjit Kaushik was the Trainer while Mintu Chakraborty Co-ordinated the camp. Total 70 players participated in the camp. In the closing ceremony, Rajib Prakash Baruah (President, GCCC), Mukibuddin Ahmed (Treasurer, GCCC), Nabab Ali (Coach-cum-Secretary, GCCC), Tapan Chakraborty (Coach), Nazir Ali and Biswajit Choudhury were present. GCCC has been organizing Summer Camp since 1988.last_img read more

Sparta Boss destroy Back Circle for GT Beer Futsal title.

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first_imgON a night when there was no shortage of goals, Sparta Boss was on the delivering end as they stuck to their guns to be crowned winners of the second Annual Petra/GT Beer Futsal competition.In a physical final at the National Gymnasium, the Sparta side ‘bossed’ their opponents Back Circle for a 4-2 win when the final whistle sounded in the wee hours of Sunday morning.The game started at a fast pace as the Sparta side seemed to want to overwhelm their opponents from the word go with well put together passes and steady raids on goal; and it wasn’t long before a deflection off a Back Circle defender gave Sparta the opening goal.Sparta used this as a springboard to continue their assault on the Back Circle side, with national forward Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson sticking home goal number two in front of a packed Gymnasium in the 22nd minute.Jermaine Beckles would then put a flicker of hope in the hearts of the Back Circle fans just four minutes later after pulling off a ‘lambada’ and striking for goal, sending fans into wild Jubilation.But Sparta were not going to let that go unanswered and three minutes later regained their two goal advantage through Solomon Austin in the 29th as the whistle sounded to end the half at 3-1On the return from the half, Back Circle seemed to have a renewed vigor and pressed more into the Sparta half with several enterprising runs either fizzling out or skewing wide of the mark.Beckles would come to their rescue again, clawing to get the Back Circle side level with another beautiful effort in the 34th as the fans were now on their feet, cheers of a comeback filling the Gymnasium.Back Circle turned that goal into momentum for them as they began pressuring the Sparta side with more frequent shots but all it took is one run away ball and a precision one-two play to seal the deal for Sparta, Calvin Shepherd two minutes from time breaking the Back Circle hearts.By this time, the writing was already on the wall and many began to leave the Gymnasium, with the final whistle only sounding to let lose the Sparta fans from the stands to celebrate with their team.In the earlier third place game, a close game between Sophia and Bent Street saw the former winning 7-6 in a scoring frenzy.Sparta carted off $400,000 and the championship trophy, while the runners-up Back Circle took $200,000, Sophia $100,000 and Bent Street $50,000.last_img read more

Walsh cites Simmons as ‘father figure’

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first_img(CMC) – Novice West Indies leg-spinning all-rounder, Hayden Walsh, says he has embraced head coach Phil Simmons as a ‘father figure’, following his international debut for the regional side last year.“He’s like a father and I’d say he’s like a father-coach,” Walsh told the Observer here.“He’s stern when he needs to be stern, he jokes around when it’s time to joke around and when things are not right he puts them into place, so it’s like when your parents or father sees things are out of place and they would put them in place.“I think he has been a real father figure for all of us, even the big stars and stuff, so I really enjoy playing under him.”The 27-year-old’s debut for West Indies last November coincided with Phil Simmons return for his second stint as head coach of the embattled side.Walsh’s graduation to maroon colours came following an outstanding season for Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), when he topped the tournament wicket-tally with 22 for the eventual champions.Instructively, Simmons also served as Tridents head coach, overseeing the franchise’s first success in the tournament since 2014, following several lean seasons.“I really enjoyed the Tridents setup last year with the whole coaching staff and the team and everyone just gelled ,,,,” said Walsh, who was born in the US Virgin Islands and has already represented United States at international level.“And even in the times where we looked as if we were going to go out quite miserably we still stuck together and fought it out to win the championship. So I think that was the most rewarding part of being part of the setup.”Walsh has had a decent start to life at the top level, averaging 33 with the bat from 10 matches and taking 12 wickets at 27 runs apiece. His unbeaten 46 under pressure against Ireland helped West Indies win the second ODI in Bridgetown last January and take the three-match series.His T20 form has been unflattering, however, with a mere 11 wickets from 16 appearances, with an economy rate of eight runs per over.last_img read more

Football INDEX unveiled as main sponsor of Bristol Rovers FC

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first_imgShare StumbleUpon Share EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Related Articles QPR names Football Index as new shirt sponsor August 21, 2020 Football Index selects beBettor to lead customer affordability demands July 30, 2020 Submit League 1 football club, Bristol Rovers has revealed a record deal for the club, unveiling Football INDEX as its new front of shirt sponsor for the 18/19 season.The world’s first football stockmarket provides users with an exciting alternative to traditional betting markets where traders can buy and sell shares in professional footballers with real money.Football INDEX Founder and CEO Adam Cole commented on the new partnership: “We are delighted to further strengthen our position as part of the fabric of English football and look forward to a successful season in partnership with Bristol Rovers.“The sponsorship will showcase our brand-new logo which will be rolled out across our website and media channels over the next few weeks.” Tom Gorringe, Commercial Director of Bristol Rovers F.C added: “This is a landmark deal for the club, with the front of shirt sponsorship sold for the first time in a decade. “Football INDEX is an innovative concept and so it is great kudos for the club to be aligning ourselves with such a progressive brand. We’d like to thank the team at Football INDEX for opting to showcase their new brand on our first team kits for the 18/19 season.”As part of the partnership, the Football INDEX logo will be on the front of all first team and adult replica home and away shirts for the upcoming season.last_img read more

Black Starlets to play South Africa in Essipong

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first_imgThe Ghana Football Association has confirmed the Essipong Stadium in Sekondi as the venue for Ghana’s match against South Africa in the qualifying for the 2013 African Under-17 Championship.Ghana will host the second leg clash in the final round on Saturday, December 1.The Black Starlets go into the second leg, leading 3-2 from the first leg and need a good aggregate result against the Amajimbos to reach next year’s finals in Morocco.last_img

Hoornstra: 10 easily overlooked things to watch in baseball in 2018

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first_imgInvisible tickets?Invisible injuries?Invisible free agents?Baseball is changing in some important but imperceptible ways. As the 2018 season begins, here are 10 easy-to-miss trends worth your attention. If each of these players is simply waiting for a major-league job, every significant injury to a player at their position will thrust their name into someone’s imagination. If they’re lucky, maybe that someone will be a major league general manager.THE HEALTH OF MINOR LEAGUE PITCHERSMaking an Opening Day roster carries more honorary significance than practical significance. It’s only one day.For pitchers, though, the difference between starting the season in the minors or the majors means a bit more in 2018. Minor League Baseball imposed a 15-second pitch clock with no runners on base at the Double-A and Triple-A levels. The only affiliated league to experiment with a 15-second clock before, the Class-A Florida State League, saw a rise in pitcher disabled list stints. There’s reason to believe that isn’t a coincidence.It’s something to keep in mind if your favorite pitcher is suddenly unavailable for a call-up, or develops an injury only after being demoted to the minors.MOUND VISITSTo combat the ever-expanding pace of play, teams will be limited to six mound visits in nine-inning games this year. In spring training, that led to some misunderstandings. Players seem to think stealing signs will be easier if pitchers and catchers can’t meet to change them.In any event, veteran umpire Ted Barrett told ESPN in March that any remaining nuances with the mound-visit rule would be clarified by Opening Day. If umpires and managers are still sorting out their misunderstandings on the field, the pace of games definitely won’t pick up.NAIL IN THE COFFIN OF PHYSICAL TICKETSDodger Stadium is among the venues introducing a new ticket-taking technology, exclusive to iPhones and Apple Watches, that will someday make physical tickets look like 8-track players. Just scan the code on your device and you’re in.YOU WOULD THINK THAT WOULD LOWER OVERHEAD, BUT …… tickets aren’t getting cheaper, at least in Southern California. According to VividSeats.com, the median price of a Dodgers ticket rose 11 percent from 2017 to 2018, from $75 to $83. Angels tickets rose 20.9 percent, from $48 to $58.Looking to the secondary market? No help there. The average Dodgers ticket rose 16.5 percent to $92, according to TicketIQ.com.At least neither team won the World Series. The Houston Astros inflated ticket prices more sharply than any team over the winter, and now own baseball’s most expensive median ticket at $96.CONCUSSIONSBaseball’s concussion risk might be miniscule compared to football and hockey, but it’s demanding more attention than ever.Dale Scott didn’t umpire a game last year after April 14, when an errant foul ball left him with a concussion. He chose to retire at age 58. Yasmani Grandal and other major league catchers recently invested in Force3, a company that manufactures what they hope is a safer mask.FASTBALLS, OR THE LACK THEREOFPitchers have thrown fastballs at a declining rate since 2008, when pitch type was first reliably tracked. At one point in last year’s playoffs, Astros pitcher Lance McCullers threw 24 curveballs in a row. Why? It’s his best pitch.As more and more pitchers embrace this strategy – and eschew the conventional wisdom of “establishing the fastball” – there’s little reason to believe the trend will stop.THE YULI GURRIEL SUSPENSIONFive games without pay, effective later: that’s the suspension Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel received during last year’s World Series for making a gesture and uttering a phrase that many interpreted as racist. Yu Darvish, then with the Dodgers, quickly encouraged fans to forgive and move on.Gurriel’s suspension begins Thursday. He told reporters in January that he’s already completed the sensitivity training mandated by Commissioner Rob Manfred. Meanwhile, The Athletic reported that various advocacy groups have reached out to Manfred with their own concerns.In a perfect world, we won’t be writing about the incident after this week.THE LAST 3,000TH HIT FOR A WHILEA week from Friday, the Angels will give away an Albert Pujols figurine commemorating his countdown to 3,000 career hits. Pujols is healthy and sitting on 2,968 hits. It isn’t too ambitious to expect another 32.And hey, why not celebrate early? There won’t be many 3,000th hits in the years to come. After Pujols, Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who turns 35 in April and is under contract until 2023, is next with 2,636. Robinson Cano, 35 years old and the owner of 2,376 career hits, is third on the active list.It’s a dying milestone. Better celebrate it while we can. THE BASEBALLSESPN recently commissioned a USC professor, Meng Law, to put a batch of eight baseballs through a CT scanner. It was a blind study, so Law didn’t know the source of the baseballs.It turns out, four of the balls were bought off eBay after being used in the first half of the 2015 season (and authenticated by MLB). The other four were used in the 2017 season. All Law could tell was that half of the balls were significantly less dense than the other half.As you might have guessed, the 2017 baseballs were less dense. Other studies have supported the conclusion that the composition of balls changed in the second half of the 2015 season, which coincided with a rise in home runs. MLB is expected to complete a study of its own, in consultation with independent experts. There is no timetable for the announcement of the results.THE UNSIGNED FREE AGENTSIt makes no sense to pay attention to players who aren’t on the field. Then again, can you remember a year when a dozen similarly talented players in their early-to-mid-30s remained unemployed on Opening Day?The ranks of the jobless include Matt Holliday, Jose Bautista, Mark Reynolds, Melky Cabrera, J.J. Hardy, Brandon Phillips, Seth Smith, Stephen Drew, Carlos Ruiz, Andre Ethier, Greg Holland, Joe Blanton, John Lackey, Ricky Nolasco and Scott Feldman.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Breaking down golfing barriers

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first_img England Golf is working with cultural groups to find ways to broaden the appeal of the game among black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. Relationships are being developed with organisations such as Sporting Equals, which promotes ethnic diversity across sport, and the Muslim Women’s Sports Foundation. As a result, the Surrey and Middlesex County Golf Partnerships set up a Get into golf stand at the recent London Mela cultural festival – and took the opportunity to canvass views and opinions among the visitors. The BAME communities account for only a tiny proportion of regular golfers and the CGPs were seeking information about ways to make the game more attractive to them. Andy Willems, the England Golf’s Senior Regional Manager, said: “London Mela is a huge festival which attracts about 80,000 people and gave us a great opportunity to do research.  The vast majority of people we spoke to had never played golf but would be willing to learn, particularly in an informal, social setting. “We want to promote golf to these communities in a way they find appealing and to let them know that golf is a welcoming and inclusive game.” The England Golf Strategic Plan 2014-17, ‘Raising Our Game’ identifies aims which include increasing the number of regular golfers and removing barriers to participation.  Richard Flint, the England Golf Participation and Club Support Director, remarked: “We want to broaden the appeal of golf to attract people from different backgrounds in local communities. “We are developing a relationship with organisations such as Sporting Equals to work together to make the sport more inclusive and to highlight the opportunities available through our Get into golf campaign.” Get into golf is designed to inspire adults across England to take up golf. It offers affordable coaching for beginners and returners to golf and all sessions are run by PGA professionals. Equipment is provided so participants simply book through the Get into golf online system and turn up on the day in comfortable clothing.  To find out more click here Arun Kang, the chief executive of Sporting Equals commented: “Sporting Equals is delighted to be working with England Golf to open up the sport to black and minority ethnic communities. An important part of England Golf’s strategic plan ‘Raising Our Game’ is to increase participation and break down barriers. “Attending big cultural events like the London Mela is a good way to begin this process by connecting with new people and raising the profile of the game. I would encourage England Golf to attend more events aimed at these audiences and to work with Sporting Equals to increase participation ahead of golf being included in the Olympics in 2016.”   Rimla Akhtar, Chair of the Muslim Women’s Sports Foundation, added: “The MWSF is really pleased to have supported England Golf have a presence at the 2014 London Mela. We know England Golf are looking to increase the diversity of the sport and this is one important step they have taken towards connecting with the BAME community so we hope to see our community engage in this great sport.” 23 Sep 2014 Breaking down golfing barriers last_img read more

Down big, SMB ‘showed fight of a champion,’ says Lassiter

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first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “This was the fight of a champion, we were relentless, we never gave up,” said shooting guard Marcio Lassiter Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. “We just showed how we are as a championship team.”San Miguel fell behind by as much as 23, 71-48, but the only thing that the deficit did to the Beermen was force the kings to come down from their throne and quell whatever rebellion the Hotshots tried to concoct.The Beermen first displayed their kingly poise in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Hotshots 26-12 in the final 12 minutes of regulation with 2013 MVP Arwind Santos drilling a clutch triple that tied the game at 86 with 19.5 seconds left in the period.After the first overtime ended at 94-94, San Miguel unleashed its full might.San Miguel outscored the Hotshots, 14-5, in the final five minutes  to win its 25th title.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil There’s a saying that goes “come at the king, best not miss” and oh did Magnolia miss.ADVERTISEMENT San Miguel was gunning for its fourth straight PBA Philippine Cup and the Hotshots were hell-bent on stopping the Beermen from making history.And in the first three quarters of Game 5, it seemed that the Hotshots were well on their way to extending the finals to at least the sixth game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThen the fourth quarter rolled in, then the first overtime, then the second, and the Hotshots realized that they were in a world of trouble.The Beermen went on to win, 108-99, and continue their reign yet again. View comments ”We really had to fight for this one and it was hard,” said Lassiter, who had 16 points, four assists, and two steals. “We didn’t want to give them any momentum and we all felt like we can win the game because 24 minutes is a lot of time and anything can happen.”“We want to show to everyone we will fight and win the game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Cabagnot wants San Miguel to be standard of PH basketball Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Another display of witch-hunting

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first_imgDear Editor,I will wholly agree with the Leader of the Opposition’s response to the unjustified charges of misconduct in public office. There is no basis for such a charge, since Dr Ashni Singh was carrying out the mandate of Cabinet.According to reports, the three plots of land were sold for $31.9 million, $18.5 million and $5.8 million per acre. This is not a case where the buyers colluded with the minister or the Government to commit a fraud. There is no evidence to suggest that.Chapter 73:05 Financial Management and Accountability Act, Section 85 clearly states the criminal liability of an official. It states that an official who falsifies any account, statement, receipt or other record issued or kept for the purposes of this Act, the Regulations, the Finance Circulars or any other instrument made under this Act, or conspires or colludes with any other person to defraud the State or make opportunity for any person to defraud the State, or knowingly permits any other person to do so, is guilty of an indictable offence.It is clear that SOCU came up empty-handed but the political dictates must ensure that the previous Government faces public embarrassment in yet another display of witch-hunting. It must be recalled that they had made public utterances about corruption and stealing of public funds, which they abysmally failed to substantiate even though millions were spent on CoIs, so now they must appease their supporters.But even among their die-hard supporters, there are many who have realized that all of this is a drama into futility. These are just baseless and spurious allegations! This is wasteful spending to enrich a few of their cronies.Let me refresh and enlighten the public what took place in 1991 when there was an insane haste by the PNC Government to privatize more than 40 state entities. That was the time when our per capita income was just around US$370.In February 1991, the PNC Government sold Demerara Woods Limited for 9.7 million pounds sterling to Lord Beaverbrook, and he obtained a 50-year lease of 1.1 million acres of rainforest. Two months later, he sold his interests for 61 million pounds sterling. In 1992 it was resold for 74 million pounds. It was estimated that the rainforest alone at that time was valued between US$160 million and $206 million.Another similar case is Guyana Timbers Limited. The book value of this entity was stated at US$130 million, but it was sold for a paltry US$23.2 million in 1991. Registration and other fees amounting to US$1.6 million were waived.The GRMMA complexes at Black Bush Polder and Corriverton were sold off in 1991 for US$3.8 million, but these complexes were valued at US$14.9. The Complexes at Ruimzeigt and Wakenaam and fertile lands were sold for US$2.5 million, the valuation was for US$8.5 million. At Anna Regina, the Complex valued at US$14.2 million was sold for US$4.2 million. In all these cases, local investors made higher bids, but the complexes were sold to foreigners. These are just a few.When the PPP/C took office in 1992, they could have done a lot to embarrass the PNC, and even prosecute many of the ministers; but it was a time for healing, reconciliation and nation building. Instead, the PPP/C put their shoulders to the plough and started a Herculean effort to build this nation from scratch, since our economy was comprehensively bankrupted and the masses were literally starving. Our debts were so debilitating that only 5% of our GDP could be used to run the country! The remaining 95% went towards repayment of debts and interests! It was a crime to have certain food items!Let us contrast with what this PNC-majority- controlled Government inherited. They inherited a booming economy that was on an upward trajectory. They inherited a full Treasury and a GDP per capita from US$370 to US$4,000. Yet this Government is bent on a collision course with the Opposition, although they preached about social cohesion and a good life for all Guyanese. Instead of continuing the nation building process, we find that this Government is now using the ‘red herring’ fallacy to divert attention away from the crumbling economy and the cancerous manifestation of corruption, mismanagement, cronyism, and unaccountability.This Government should provide answers to the Auditor General on how nearly $1 billion was spent on the D’Urban Park project. There are missing financial records, and the company has since been liquidated. The Government should provide answers to the lopsided oil contract, the many allegations of corrupt public procurement and cronyism, among many others. We need CoIs on these as well.I am sure that all these vexatious and vengeful efforts by the Government will come to nothing. I fully support the conclusions of Dr Jagdeo. The approval to sell came from Cabinet having received recommendations from the Privatization Unit and the Board.Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region 6last_img read more