Weah, Africa’s only Golden Ball, does not succeed as president of Liberia

first_imgUn Tebas vs Rubiales also in Argentina. The anger between Rubials Y Thebes He has created a school. Argentina He is faithfully replicating the dispute in Spanish football. The two top Argentine leaders, Claudio Tapia, president of the AFA, Y Mariano Elizondo, holder of the Super League, They are on the lookout. The last discussion is because Elizondo refuses to delay the start of the championship to favor the Argentine national team in the Pre-Olympic Tapia accuses Elizondo of putting the interests of the clubs above those of the albiceleste. Anyway, that the anger Tebas-Rubiales crosses borders.Eurocup with facial recognition. The next Eurocup it will be held in twelve European capitals, but the stadium of Wembley, in London, it will host the two semifinals and the final of the tournament, which will be held on July 12. The British police have a new facial recognition technology available to control the ultras. The system is going to be tested today in the wales derby that will dispute the Cardiff and the Swansea If all goes well, it will be one of the police control systems that will be implemented in the Eurocup 2020. Demonstrations in Monrovia. Thousands of people have demonstrated during this week in the streets of Monrovia against the president of Liberia, George Weah, the only Golden Ball that has given Africa (nineteen ninety five). The opposition to Weah accuses him of corruption and claims him for the indeterminate destiny of 22 million euros of public funds. According to the prestigious The Guardian, the president George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah he responded to the protesters with a disturbing challenge: “Whoever thinks he can walk freely through the streets of Monrovia insulting his president, is ready …”.Gento wanted to sign him for Real Madrid. Weah was one of the most accredited scorers of his time, and one of the most sought-after strikers. Paco Gento López, today Honorary President of the Real Madrid, He tried to sign him when he worked as a sports advisor to the former president Ramon Mendoza But it was not possible. The Milan from Berlusconi, then in full boil, he took it on a heel. But Weah was left wanting to play in the Bernabeu because he never hid his admiration for Real Madrid.last_img read more

The 10 moments that have Cádiz one step away from Primera

first_imgUntil the break came, the Cádiz season was being framed. Solid leader of Second during 27 of the 31 days, he only dropped from first place on four occasions and in all of them being second classified, or what is the same: always in direct promotion. Throughout the League he has shown superiority that was absolute in sections. The base has been defensive strength and good numbers both at home (where the fans have had a fundamental role), whatever (They have only fallen in five games out of 16). All this is summed up in ten key moments. Ten situations in games, which have Cádiz one step away from First.8/18/2019. Day 1. Cádiz 3-1 PonferradinaCádiz started the season with a victory against Ponferradina (3-1) and against their people to forget as soon as possible the tragic end of the previous campaign, in which the yellows did not win any of the last seven games. This reason deprived them of playing the promotion playoff. Despite the fact that the Bercianos were ahead on the scoreboard with a goal from Trigueros; Javi Navarro, Perea and Nano Mesa, came back to leave +3 in Carranza.09/01/2019. Matchday 4. Racing 1-2 Cádiz.After chaining three consecutive victories and already settled in first place, Álvaro Cervera players went to El Sardinero with the aim of continuing in a positive line. The yellows had to sweat a lot to beat the Cantabrians (1-2). Perea put the visitors ahead in the first half and Barral equalized in the 85th after previously missing a penalty. When everything seemed to indicate that the tie would be the final result, Álex, from a penalty, and in the 100 ‘, put the 1-2.09-14-2019. Matchday 5. Cádiz 2-0 GironaOne of the great tests by fire came on the fifth day. Cádiz received Girona, one of the recently descended and favorites for promotion. However, those of Álvaro Cervera did not shake their pulse and with goals from Álcala, at his own door; and Álex, put 15 in the yellow dotted box. Stuani ended the game prematurely on expulsion. Cadiz began to present a firm candidacy for promotion.09-29.2019. Day 8. Almería 1-2 CádizThe game of the Mediterranean Games was, perhaps, the key moment of the Cádiz season. The yellows arrived at the field of the current leader (they had lost the first place two days before) and they recovered it with a flag victory in a difficult match. Despite the fact that Cervera’s men went ahead on the scoreboard with a goal from Lozano, Marcos Mauro saw the expulsion in the 76th minute and three minutes later the locals tied. However, in 88 ‘, Espino appeared to put the final 1-2 and thus regain the lead.10-18-2019. Matchday 12. Cádiz 2-0 Las PalmasOn day 12, Cádiz was a perfectly greased machine. Las Palmas visited the Tacita de Plata and those of Cervera added a new victory (2-0), which meant the fifth consecutive victory. Fali and Álex, from a penalty, put the goals and placed the yellows to the maximum difference with respect to the playoff of the entire season. A +11 with Fuenlabrada, which dispelled any doubts about the real objective of Cádiz. 11-24-2019. Matchday 17. Cádiz 2-1 LugoCádiz faced the match against Lugo on matchday 17, as a great opportunity to make good the two consecutive draws in two visits to Rayo and Tenerife. The yellows started with doubts after an early goal by Iriome, but recovered thanks to a double by Iza. In the first, the winger appeared through the center of the box to finish off a luxury assist from Mesa; and in the second, a tremendous kick was taken that entered the squad.01-04-2020. Round 22. Ponferradina 0-0 CádizOn the first day of the new year, Cádiz saved an important point from El Toralín, another of the complicated fields of this season. Álvaro Cervera’s did not show their best version before Ponferradina and Cifuentes had to sustain the team with seven stops. The yellows had to play the last minutes of the match with one less player, by expulsion of Quezada, but they were able to maintain the initial result.01-24-2020. Matchday 25. Cádiz 1-0 RacingDoubts begin to arrive in January, where Cádiz begins to weaken and loses part of the advantage with its pursuers. Against Racing, on matchday 25, The yellow team has no choice but to win again after a streak of four games without doing so. Everything seems expensive when the Cantabrians are left with one less player by expulsion from Olartúa, however, and despite the siege of the Cervera team, Cádiz does not manage to break the door down until the 92nd minute, when Cala takes an unstoppable kick from outside the area. Cádiz returns to the lead and will no longer release him.02-08-2020. Matchday 27. Las Palmas 1-2 CádizIn Gran Canaria, Cádiz shows again a version more similar to that of the first days of the League. The people of Cádiz took an important victory at the Las Palmas stadium (1-2). Perea and Álex put the score 0-2 on the scoreboard. The locals begin to tighten and manage to reduce distances through a goal by Rubén Castro, minutes from the end. Mel’s tried to tie on several occasions, but Cifuentes saved the team again with five merit stops.03-06-2020. Matchday 31. Lugo 1-1 CádizCádiz played its last game before the break, at Anxo Carro. Another match where things got difficult from the start. Cervera’s men played 65 minutes with one less player, by expulsion of Cifuentes, but managed to get a point despite being inferior. Lozano put the yellows ahead before the break; and in the second part the figure of David Gil was erected, with several interventions of merit. The locals overwhelmed the yellow goal until in the 81 ‘, Carrillo tied the game. Proud yellow tie.last_img read more

Scorpions aim to keep Hurricanes on the floor

first_imgMuch will be at stake when Jamaica Scorpions play away to the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua in the sixth round of the WICB First-Class Championship, starting today.Campaigning at different ends of the points table, the Scorpions, on 53 points, will be looking to move a step closer to the top two, Guyana Jaguars and Barbados Pride.The Jaguars, on 85 points, lead the championship, while the Pride are second on 63.The Leewards, in the meanwhile, have lost all five fixtures to date and are lurking at the bottom on 13 points. The Windward Islands Volcanoes are fifth on 29 points, with the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force fourth on 37.PRODUCING BETTER RESULTS”If we want to make a run for the title, we have to start producing better results, starting with the Leewards,” stated Jamaica captain Paul Palmer Jr.”They are down, and we need to keep them down by not only winning, but getting as much bonus points as possible.”With a three-win, two-loss record, the Scorpions will be hoping that the addition of batsmen Jermaine Blackwood, Kirk Edwards and Shacaya Thomas will add much strength to their batting, which has struggled all season.Blackwood missed the team’s first five matches due to West Indies duties, Edwards is making a return after missing their fifth round due to injury, while Thomas has been included for the first time this season.”We have strengthened our batting with the addition of (Jermaine) Blackwood and the return of Kirk (Edwards), and we’re looking for better totals,” said Palmer Jr.”This is in addition to our bowling unit, which we will be looking to for continued good showings.”The team’s bowling will be led by West Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell and sidelined spinner Nikita Miller.As for the Hurricanes, who will be captained for the first time by Jamaica’s Nkrumah Bonner, they are hoping that this change, as well as an extended training camp, will make them stronger.”Jamaica is a good team, but we are playing at home and hope to use this to our advantage,” said Bonner.”We have players with talent, but have been struggling with the basics, and if we can correct that, we should be very competitive.”In addition to Bonner, their leading run-getter, the Leewards are expected to bank on discarded West Indies pacer Gavin Tonge, former captain and wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton, as well as promising young batsman Orlando Peters.last_img read more

Towns’ near triple-double pushes Wolves past Knicks

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Travel an extra grind for Division I’s smallest schools MOST READ LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson 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 In his first year back with the Knicks after a signing a four-year, $71 million contract in the offseason, Hardaway entered the night averaging 17.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 21 games.UP NEXTKnicks: Host New Orleans on SundayTimberwolves: Host Portland on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Kristaps Porzingis scored 17 points for New York. Porzingis was 3 of 5 from 3-point territory but 3 of 14 from inside the arc. Enes Kanter had his 18th double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, but the Knicks lost for the ninth time in 11 games.After impressive wins against New Orleans, Cleveland and Oklahoma City to start a five-game homestand, the Timberwolves had to work against the struggling Knicks. New York led much of the second half and entered the fourth with the lead before Minnesota went on an 18-4 run to seize control.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Knicks were the hot-shooting team in the first half. New York hit 60.5 percent from the field in the opening 24 minutes and led by as many as eight points.Towns scored the first five points of the second half and slowly the Wolves’ defense recovered. Minnesota used a 14-4 run to start the second half and take the lead. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours TIP-INSKnicks: New York is 4-15 on the road this season. . Former Wolves forward Michael Beasley scored 13 points in 16 minutes off the bench. Beasley had 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting in just six minutes in the second quarter. . The Knicks entered the night with the league’s fewest 3-point attempts, but went 12 of 24 on Friday.Timberwolves: Minnesota had its sixth straight sellout, the longest streak for the franchise since it sold out 48 straight games from 1990-92. The Timberwolves sold out every game of the 1990-91 season and had seven in a row to start the 1991-92 season. Minnesota has nine sellouts this season. . The Wolves are 17-6 at home this season, winning the last seven. . Towns’ nine assists were a season high. . Minnesota allowed more than 100 points for the first time in eight games.HARDAWAY RETURNSTim Hardaway Jr. returned for the Knicks after missing 20 games with a stress injury in his lower left leg. He scored 16 points in 25 minutes off the bench. Coach Jeff Hornacek said Hardaway would play limited minutes in a reserve role as he tries to build up stamina.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, center, lays up a shot as New York Knicks’ Courtney Lee, left, and Enes Kanter, of Turkey, watch in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns fell one assist shy of his second career triple-double, scoring 23 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 118-108 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.Taj Gibson added 17 points and Andrew Wiggins had 16 for Minnesota. The Timberwolves shot 56.7 percent (38 of 67) over the final three quarters to come from behind and win their fourth game in a row and 11th of 14 overall.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

With World Cup nearing, Asian teams still hiring and firing

first_imgScientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames 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 MOST READ In this Aug. 28, 2017, photo, then Japan Football Association (JFA) technical director Akira Nishino, right, watches Japan national team’s practice with then Japan’s coach Vahid Halilhodzic, left, before a soccer match against Australia in Saitama, near Tokyo. JFA President Kozo Tashima said on Monday, April 9, 2018, Japan fired Halilhodzic two months before soccer’s World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately with Nishino. (Fumine Tsutabayashi/Kyodo News via AP)SEOUL, South Korea — Japan’s surprise sacking of head coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Monday marked a fifth coaching change from Asia’s five participants at the 2018 World Cup in the past nine months.Only Iran, with Carlos Queiroz in place since 2011, has the same manager now as in June last year. Japan, Saudi Arabia and Australia all will have new coaches who will see their teams in competitive action for the first time when the World Cup kicks off in June. South Korea’s coach Shin Tae-yong was appointed in July 2017 and has two World Cup qualifiers under his belt.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Van Marwijk took the Australia job in February to succeed Ange Postecoglou, who had led the Socceroos to the 2015 Asian Cup title and through qualification for the 2018 World Cup.In October however, Postecoglou resigned for personal reasons leading Football Federation Australia (FFA) to turn to the experienced Van Marwijk just four months ahead of the World Cup on a contract that ends when the Socceroos leave Russia.The challenge for Australia in a limited time is to become accustomed to the more functional approach of Van Marwijk that is expected to be very different to the more expansive soccer favored by his predecessor through four years in charge.“His teams have always been hard to beat and fairly pragmatic in his approach,” Postecoglou told Australian radio after Van Marwijk’s appointment.“I’m kind of the other end of the scale. It looks like one tournament and when you look at the group, the focus now is to get out of that group and I guess a more pragmatic approach may help you achieve that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NBA looks for playoffs not marred by more player-ref strife For a continent desperate to improve on the 2014 World Cup when its four teams failed to record a single win, it is not ideal preparation.Just three wins from nine games since successfully securing qualification with a game to spare last August put Halilhodzic under pressure. This only increased after claims of a breakdown in trust and communication with players that followed friendly games against Mali and Ukraine in March.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 crownAfshin Ghotbi, a former coach in Japan’s J.League with Shimizu S-Pulse, has extensive experience in Asia including with the national teams of Iran and South Korea.“There are many different reasons in Asia but it often comes down to the differences between expectations and reality that can be seen in the form of a team during friendlies and this can lead to panic,” Ghotbi told Associated Press. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Halilhodzic has been replaced by Akira Nishino. Time is short for Nishino but the 63 year-old has extensive coaching experience in Japan, leading Gamba Osaka to the 2005 J.League title and the 2008 Asian Champions League.Giving the job to Nishino is understandable, Ghotbi says, as was South Korea’s decision to appoint an experienced local coach last summer.Ghotbi returned to Korea’s national team for a second stint in October 2005, just eight months before the 2006 World Cup. “With time short, I had the advantage of prior knowledge of the football landscape and that can really help,” he said. “If you don’t, then you have to get to know the players, the opponents, the federation and the backroom staff as soon as possible.”With Korea and Japan returning to local coaches, the lack of time may be a greater problem for Saudi Arabia and Australia who have hired overseas expertise.Saudi Arabia has changed coaches twice since last September. Bert Van Marwijk, appointed in 2015, led the team to a first World Cup since 2006 last September only to leave after being unable to agree a new contract. His replacement Edgardo Bauza was fired in November for poor team performances to leave Juan Antonio Pizzi, also from Argentina, currently in charge.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

Mo Ibrahim Foundation to Launch 2018 Ibrahim Index

first_imgThe IIAG contains analysis across 102 indicators from 35 independent African and global data institutions to cover all 54 African countries in the areas of Safety and Rule of Law, Participation and Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development.On African Governance; what Liberia could do to achieve transformationThe Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) says it will launch the 12th annual Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) on Monday, October 29, when the results and analysis will be shared with the public.According to a release, to mark the launch, Dr. Mo Ibrahim will participate in a Facebook Live event to discuss this year’s striking results, and the trends measuring Africa’s public governance progress.Mo will be joined by a panel of African experts representing the continent’s growing next generation voices, Yvonne Apea Mensah from Ghana, and Nasi Rwigema from South Africa.The two will provide their own opinions of this year’s Index findings. The panel, the release said, will also respond to questions in real time from online users.Following the launch, MIF in partnership with the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), will host a high-level discussion on the findings on Friday, November 2 in Pretoria, South Africa.Global Launch of the 2018 IIAG: 29 October 2018 The IIAG is an unmatched resource providing the world’s most extensive analysis of the quality of governance in African countries.With the Index, MIF seeks to enable governments, citizens, business, academia, policy makers and analysts to use its findings as a tool to assess accurately the delivery of public goods and services and drive conversations about governance in Africa.As such, the data are made freely available each year via the IIAG Data Portal. The 2018 IIAG launch will take place online during a 30-minute Facebook Live event with Mo and two African next generation voices, taking the discussion directly to the public to encourage dialogue across social media using the hashtags #IIAG and #AskMIF.With ten years of data to draw from, the 2018 IIAG is uniquely positioned to measure trends in governance, providing in-depth analysis on how the quality of governance has changed over the past five years (2013-2017) within the context of the last decade (2008-2017), and what has or could be an important component to Africa’s transformation.In every MIF’s iteration, assisted by the IIAG’s Advisory Council – looks at improving the structure, components, and methodology of the IIAG. Due to this annual revision, every year MIF recalculates all scores in the Index.Previous iterations of the IIAG covered data from 2000 onward. The 2018 IIAG is for the first time providing comparable governance data for the last decade only, to strengthen the robustness of the findings.For the first time, an assessment of youth inclusion is part of the IIAG. Through the indicator Promotion of Socioeconomic Integration of Youth (provided by Global Integrity), the Index assesses whether there is a government policy/strategy to increase the socioeconomic integration of youth.This year’s IIAG will have the added focus of analyzing the data through thematic frameworks and broader themes including an economic opportunity for Africa’s citizens, the demographic dividend, transparency, and accountability.The ten-year time series includes the most recent governance performances, raising the bar in areas such as Health, where countries should benchmark themselves to more current standards.The IIAG contains analysis across 102 indicators from 35 independent African and global data institutions to cover all 54 African countries in the areas of Safety and Rule of Law, Participation and Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development.The Data Portal is a user-friendly interface that offers a bespoke analysis of governance ranks, scores and trends for each country. Users can create printable charts and graphics from the data. A country’s overall governance is monitored and examined. What can Liberia do to benefit from the IIAG?In 2017 Liberia scored higher than the African average (50.8 out of 100) but still came lower than the regional average for West Africa (53.8 out of 100). The country achieved her highest category score in Safety & Rule of Law (61.4) and its lowest category score in Sustainable Economic Opportunity (39.6). The country’s highest sub-category score was in National Security (88.9) and its lowest sub-category score in Infrastructure (33.7).In terms of Overall Governance in 2017, Liberia scored 51.4 out of 100, ranking 28th out of 54 in Africa.It would mean that the Liberian government will have to ensure the diligent application of safety and rule of law as they affect Liberian citizens and others. The Liberian government will also have to ensure Liberians’ participation in the government and the respect of their human rights; how Liberians who share different opinions are not abused and the government must ensure the human development of the citizenry.Other areas are accountability on the use of the country’s resources, personal safety, national security, public management, business environment, infrastructure, rural sector, welfare, education, health, participation, rights, and gender. The above indicators, if carefully enforced and applied for the benefit of the people, could give the Liberian a leeway to improve the country’s ranking and move her forward.In fact, the IIAG believes that Participation & Human Rights is the only category in which Africa accelerates progress. In its analysis, the Mo Foundation said Participation has the second largest range (85.5 points between the highest and lowest scoring countries) of the 14 sub-categories (after Rule of Law). It therefore suggests that if the Liberian government will have the political will to make concerted decisions at most of the indicators, the government would succeed to gain respect in a world that many believe, nothing good could come from Liberia and President Weah could gain trust in its partners to fulfill his dream for the country’s transformation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BM Soat on board for Guyana Cup horse race

first_imgThe Guyana Cup horse racing mega-event slated for August 9th has garnered even more support, as BM Soat Auto Sales have thrown their weight behind the race, set for the popular Rising Sun Turf Club on the West Coast of Berbice (Region Five).Roy Jafarally accepting the cheque from BM Soat Auto Sales representative Nandanie PersaudBM Soat Auto Sales recently handed over their sponsorship during a simple ceremony, wherein Roy Jafarally, member of the organising committee, and BM Soat both thanked each other for their mutual support ahead of the event.With now more than $15 million in cash and prizes up for grabs, this event is open to all imported and locally bred horses of all classes, ages and sex. The main supporting race is the three-year-old Derby, an 1100-metre event with a top prize of $2 million, which features only Guyana-bred horses.Other races include the G1 and Lower 1400 metre race, which would bag the winner $1,550,000. Guyana and West Indies-bred horses classified G1 and Lower, and imported horses classified E3 and Lower, who did not earn in their last race, are eligible to compete in this race.Other exciting races are expected in the H3 and Lower category, which would be contested over a distance of 1100 metres for a cash prize of $1,350,000; the two-year-old Guyana-bred, which would be contested over 1100 metres and have a cash prize of $680,000; the I Class and Lower event, to be contested over 1400 metres and have a cash prize of $581,000; the J3 and Lower race, to be contested over 1400 metres for a cash prize of $485,000; the L Class race, to be run over 1400 metres for a cash prize of $390,000; another L Class race to be run over 1400 metres for a similar cash prize of $390,000; and the L Class race to be run over 1100 metres for a prize of $290,000 cash.last_img read more

Cook earns praise

first_imgCook made 5-of-7 3-point attempts and earned California Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball player of the week honors. Cook also scored 21 points in Friday’s win over UC San Diego. The bad was an injury to junior starting center Kaelen Daniels in the final five minutes of regulation. Daniels landed awkwardly and jammed his big toe while spraining his other ankle. Daniels left the game and did not return. He will not play this weekend against Cal State L.A. on Friday or Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday. “It changes everything,” Kamansky said of Daniels’ injury. “As of right now, we’ll start Kevin (Neveu). Other guys will have to step up. Obviously, it’s a major loss.” Kamansky said the doctor indicated Daniels could be out for two or three weeks. Since this is the last week of the regular season, he could miss the NCAA Division II West Regional next week. There was a little bit of everything, good and bad, on Saturday night for the Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team in its regular-season home finale at Kellogg Gym. The good was Dion Cook, who scored a career-high 39 points, and Luis Pulido, who made the game-winning 3-pointer with 7.9 seconds left in overtime of a 70-69 victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills. Cook’s 39 fell one point short of the single-game school record. All of his points came in regulation, including 31 in the second half alone and 17 straight Cal Poly points to start the second half. “He hit some 3s that were ridiculous,” Cal Poly men’s basketball coach Greg Kamansky said. “When he’s able to make 3s, he’s tough to guard.” center_img “We’re hoping it’s more like a week and a half,” Kamansky said. Daniels, who had started Cal Poly’s first 25 games this season, is averaging 11.5 points, 4.7 rebounds in 23 minutes per game. He scored 16 points in 26 minutes in Saturday’s win. Neveu, a junior, is averaging 5.2 points, 2.0 rebounds in 14.2 minutes per game this season. TSAI HONORED Cal Poly Pomona junior tennis player Jenny Tsai was named the CCAA women’s tennis player of the week for last week. Tsai went 2-0 at No. 1 singles and 1-1 at No. 1 doubles in matches against Cal State Bakersfield and Division I San Jose State. Tsai is 4-1 in dual matches at No. 1 singles this year for the Broncos (1-4 overall, 1-2 CCAA). A WIN THE EASY WAY The Cal Poly women’s basketball team picked up a win after San Francisco State had to forfeit its 74-69 victory over the Broncos at Kellogg Gym on Feb. 10. A San Francisco State (6-19, 6-14) player did not serve a mandatory suspension for the game against Cal Poly (8-17, 7-13). Krystle Mays was ejected from the Gators’ Feb. 6 game against CSU Monterey Bay but played against the Broncos, scoring 11 points with six rebounds. It has not been confirmed whether Mays was the player in question. FINAL COUNTDOWN There were no changes at the top of this week’s NCAA Division II men’s basketball poll, the last of the regular season before the postseason starts next week. Humboldt State is still No. 1, followed by Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona. Kamansky said if Humboldt wins its final two games this weekend, he thinks the Lumberjacks will host the West Regional. “I think they (NCAA) would give them the chance, because they meet the minimums,” Kamansky said. “But there are things that could be a concern, like the quality of hotels.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

India gives 27,000 free tickets to avert World Cup ’embarrassment’

first_img0Shares0000Twenty-four nations are competing in the Under-17 World Cup, which is being held in New Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Kochi, Guwahati and Kolkata © AFP / PUNIT PARANJPENew Delhi, India, Oct 6 – India gave away 27,000 tickets for the opening games of the Under-17 World Cup in New Delhi on Friday in a bid to avoid the embarrassment of empty stands when Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends, an official said.Thousands of children filled the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium to boost India’s first major sporting event since the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which was marked by vast open spaces in stadiums. Sales for the youth World Cup have been disappointing despite the presence of Brazil, Spain, Germany, England and other top teams.India lost their opening encounter against the United States 3-0 at the 56,000-capacity Nehru Stadium, with Modi watching the first few minutes of the game.“We have given away 27,000 tickets to schools around the Delhi region and will also provide pick and drop facility. It will be embarrassing for us if the stadium looks empty,” an organising committee member told AFP on condition of anonymity.School children and local fans cheered as two-time champions Ghana edged past Colombia 1-0 in the first game of the day in Delhi.“It is a relief to see such a good atmosphere. One is always jittery on the first day of a tournament, but as they say, well begun is half done,” said a FIFA official. The event, which runs until October 28, has been dogged by fears over India’s pollution. Greenpeace issued a report that said the poor quality of air in India’s cities poses a “serious health risk” to players and spectators.Twenty-four nations are competing in the event, which is being held in New Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Kochi, Guwahati and Kolkata.Greenpeace said all six cities “share dangerous levels of air pollution” but singled out New Delhi as the venue with the highest risk.“Air pollution levels during the Indian tournament could be significantly worse than during the 2008 Beijing Olympics,” the report warned.India’s capital will host its last game of the tournament on October 16, just before pollution levels spike around the Diwali festival, when Hindus celebrate by setting off huge amounts of fireworks. Media reports said matches were deliberately kept out of Delhi after October 16 because of pollution fears.India’s Supreme Court has ordered authorities to take precautions ahead of the festival, and measures under consideration include pulling some cars off roads and closing polluting industries.World Cup organisers did not comment on the Greenpeace report.The 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi were meant to showcase India’s ability to stage key events but left memories of shoddy venues, empty stadiums and massive budget overruns.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Benteke spares Mignolet’s blushes as Liverpool qualify for Europa League knockout stages

first_img Christian Benteke 1 Christian Benteke’s excellent strike spared Belgian counterpart Simon Mignolet’s blushes as Liverpool recovered from a goal down against Bordeaux to reach the knockout stages of the Europa League.Mignolet bizarrely gifted the French side an opener just after the half-hour mark, holding onto the ball illegally for 20 seconds and allowing Henri Saivet to curl home the resultant indirect free kick.James Milner sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the penalty spot to equaliser minutes later after Benteke had been fouled.And the Belgian striker’s crisp turn and finish just before half time earned the win that booked the Reds’ place in the last 32 with a game to spare.With the Reds rocked by the news of a latest setback for injury-plagued striker Daniel Sturridge – this time a foot problem – prior to kickoff, Benteke was reinstated as a recognised striker after Klopp opted to go without in the win at Manchester City on Saturday.And initially Liverpool seemed bereft of the same fluidity on show in the Etihad mauling, and Kolo Toure had to make a crucial early block after Mignolet had inexplicably headed it straight to a Bordeaux attacker.And Mignolet was at fault again soon after. After long surpassing the six-second rule for holding onto the ball, the referee penalised the goalkeeper by awarding the Ligue 1 side an indirect free kick inside the penalty area.Bordeaux duly capitalised on Mignolet’s misjudgement as Saivet emphatically placed into the top corner.Liverpool were behind for just five minutes though and their equaliser came through Milner’s confident penalty after Benteke had been hauled down by Bordeaux captain Ludovic Sane.And the Reds went in front on the stroke of half time, Benteke controlling Nathaniel Clyne’s low cross and dispatching a stinging first-time effort past goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso’s reach before he could react.Liverpool sprung out of the blocks quickly after the break and Benteke again was heavily involved, first blazing over from 12 yards and then having a goal disallowed for a foul on Sane.Jordon Ibe then burst past his marker but could only fire straight at the feet of Carrasso before the game became increasingly scrappy in the latter stages.Mignolet went some way to appeasing the Anfield faithful after his first-half error with a stoppage time save as Bordeaux pushed for a late equaliser in vain.Elsewhere in Group B, Rubin Kazan kept their faint qualification hopes alive with a 2-0 win over Swiss side and Liverpool’s next opponents FC Sion.last_img read more