… Aussie Stuart Law is new head coachPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Former West Indies batsman Jimmy Adams is the new director of cricket for the West Indies Cricket Board, according to regional media reports.Adams, who represented West Indies as player and captain during his career, replaces Englishman Richard Pybus who did not seek to renew his contract, the Trinidad Guardian reported.There are also reports that a new head coach, Australian Stuart Law, has been appointed to fill the position left vacant by Phil Simmons who was fired in September.The decision to fill the two positions were reportedly taken at the weekend at the WICB’s final quarterly meeting which took place in St Maarten.Jamaican Adams resigned as head coach of English county side Kent earlier this year after serving five seasons between 2012 and October 2016.Pybus is expected to remain for a while to ease Adams into the position.Law, 48, is the former coach of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh who played one Test and 54 one-day internationals for Australia.His first assignment will be to lead the regional team in February when England visits the Caribbean for a series of three one-day internationals.
The semi-finals of the GTBank Ogun State Principals’ Cup, Season 4, kicks off today at the M.K.O Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta with eight secondary schools competing for final spots in both the male and female categories.The season has already produced an exciting display of football skill and talent, and the semi-finals promises to raise that excitement with eye catching match ups in the male and femalecategories.The first semi-finals in the female category will see Iganmode Grammar School, Ota, tackle Our Lady of Apostles, Ijebu-Ode, while Muslim High School, Isolu, will face Makun High School, Sagamu, in the second match of the day. In the male category, Alamuwa Grammar School, Ado Odo will battle Adeola Odutola College, Ijebu Ode as Pakoto High School, Ifo, challenges Methodist Comprehensive College, Sagamu for the second slot in the finals.Commenting on the tournament, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, Segun Agbaje, said that “over the years this tournament has helped pave the way for youth to cultivate their sporting talents and work towards actualizing their dream of becoming professional footballers, while fostering and building a healthier lifestyle at a critical stage in their lives”.He added that “GTBank will continue to invest massively in youth development through education and sports.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Dolgner was a major part of the volleyball team\’s success over the past decade under Pete Waite.[/media-credit]Amid the successes and failures of the football, men’s hockey and men’s basketball teams lie teams that outperformed their revenue-building counterparts.Three different non-revenue sports have won national championships since 2000, including the men’s cross country (2005), women’s hockey (2006, 2007, 2009) and the men’s indoor track teams (2007).Those numbers also don’t include the national championships earned by the men’s and women’s rowing squads, which are perhaps the most successful of any sports, winning 26 titles between the two programsBut unsurprisingly, most UW sports fans have little knowledge of the powerhouses Wisconsin has built over the past decade.For example, since Pete Waite took over the volleyball program in 1999, the team has been a contender in the Big Ten in nearly every season since.Most notably, the 2000-01 season was a record-breaking one for the volleyball team. In only his second season as head coach, Waite brought the Badgers to the national championship match, losing only four games all season.For the women’s hockey team, its accomplishments are obvious, yet worth noting. Mark Johnson — who is currently taking a leave of absence to coach the U.S. Olympic squad — built perhaps the most successful women’s hockey program in history winning three national championships in four years. Wisconsin will certainly welcome him back next year.Off the beaten path, longtime men’s cross country coach Jerry Schumacher continued his success this past decade, winning a national championship in 2005 to go along with a staggering nine consecutive Big Ten titles. Yes, that’s every single year over the past decade. In 2008, new head coach Mick Byrne took over, only to — you guessed it — win yet another Big Ten title.The women’s basketball team hasn’t been nearly as successful this decade as the aforementioned teams, but it has brought out the best of some wonderful athletes.One year after Alando Tucker broke the all-time Wisconsin basketball scoring mark, senior Jolene Anderson came right back and did the same. Her play was recognized as some of the best in the country, and she was chosen as a second round pick in the WNBA draft.But where there are successes, failures are only expected as well. The UW softball team is the epitome of that fact. Posting an abysmal 15-40 record the past two seasons, head coach Chandelle Schulte has so far proven she cannot manage a college softball team, let alone coach one. Her moves have been questioned constantly, and her players (as well as two Badger Herald columnists) seemingly can’t stand her. However, with a new decade comes new recruits, and that’s where Schulte looks to improve this season.If there is one thing to take from all of this, it is simply that while many complain about the shortcomings of the UW football team, there is an equally good team on the non-revenue side of the spectrum. Whether or not the Wisconsin community begins to recognize this is yet to be seen. Perhaps another decade will give us an idea of what’s to come.
Published on April 26, 2017 at 9:24 pm Top-ranked Syracuse begins the 2017 ACC tournament on Friday at 6 p.m. against No. 4 seed North Carolina in Durham. The Orange (11-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) has won nine-straight games and four straight against UNC (6-7, 1-3) dating to 2015. The Tar Heels, meanwhile, have dropped back-to-back games, including a loss to SU on April 15 on their home turf.Our beat writers answer three questions surrounding the Orange.What will it take for Syracuse to beat North Carolina for the second time in as many weeks and win a third straight ACC tournament?Charlie DiSturco: To beat North Carolina, Syracuse will have to avoid the off-ball screens and be physical with Luke Goldstock, who ripped through SU for six points earlier this season. The defense has to stay on top of its slides and have Scott Firman stick with Goldstock throughout. What’s more important overall, however, is the Orange’s offensive production. It seems at times, the offense stalls and struggles to pull SU out of a rut. Other times, it erupts for a huge run. This is why so many games end with a margin of one goal. The inconsistency on offense will need to fade for SU to win its third consecutive ACC tournament.Sam Fortier: Syracuse cannot fall behind. The Orange fell into a 10-5, late-third quarter hole against the Tar Heels last time out and narrowly beat Binghamton last week. After winning so many one-goal games, having so many near-miracle runs come through, SU cannot rely on the same magic in the postseason. The second and third quarters of these two teams’ past matchup was one of the worst defensive performances of the season, defender Firman said. Goalie Evan Molloy identified UNC’s successful inverts as a culprit. No matter what it is, the Orange must lock it down to have a shot come Friday. And, as we saw last season, beating North Carolina twice in three weeks is possible.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatthew Gutierrez: What’s most important is a steady Williams at the X and bounce-back performance from the SU defense on Goldstock, who scored three goals and had three assists against SU on April 15. Syracuse probably doesn’t win if Goldstock or any opponent goes off like that again. In a broader sense, an early deficit doesn’t seem to faze Syracuse and, in some ways, almost ignites this group. That’s not a recipe for success, but it could set up SU for another series of thrilling finishes here in the final weeks. The Orange has beaten UNC four straight times and a win Friday — what would be SU’s 10th straight — would give Syracuse the momentum it needs to win its third-straight conference tournament.With Syracuse’s title run nearing, how much can SU trust an on-and-off Ben Williams at the faceoff X? C.D.: You have to trust Ben Williams. He’s been the go-to guy at the X for years and is an All-American. Even with his inconsistencies, Syracuse has been able to win. By taking him out, SU loses that physical presence after each score. Danny Varello has been good when replacing Williams, but he’s too young to entrust an ACC tournament game with. That’s when you go to a guy who’s been comfortable playing in big games — regardless of how he’s been playing.Daily Orange File PhotoS.F.: This is a tricky one because while Williams is having his worst season ever at the X by percentage (.552), he’s come up in the clutch. He won the only overtime faceoff against Johns Hopkins and North Carolina, and after losing 11-of-16 before the fourth quarter against Binghamton, Williams fought back to win 3-of-4 in the final frame to lead SU to victory. He struggled with an injury earlier this season but SU head coach John Desko has said multiple times he’s OK now and just working on his form. But Syracuse doesn’t have that kind of time in the postseason. If Williams struggles early, we could see Danny Varello, but it’d take a lot for Desko to bench an all-time Orange great.M.G.: Over five games, Williams has won a shade over 60 percent of faceoffs against North Carolina’s Stephen Kelly, including 10 of his last 12. That figures to give Williams and Syracuse the edge come Friday night. Whether that translates to the games thereafter is pretty much up in the air. Williams is unquestionably on a long leash, but if he goes cold over a full half, Varello could see a lot of minutes this weekend and beyond. That’s not a bad thing, as Varello has proved he can hold his own.Who is Syracuse’s biggest offensive threat? Does it even matter?C.D.: The biggest offensive threat for Syracuse is Nick Mariano. Wherever he is on the field — midfield or attack — he’s a huge problem for defenses. He’s extremely accurate when shooting and has been able to create space even after opponents cut off his left hand. Sergio Salcido is the facilitator of the offense, but is way too inconsistent with his shot. In the end, it doesn’t matter. Syracuse is such a balanced offense and that’s why the team’s No. 1 in the rankings. Even without Mariano and Salcido, SU has more than a handful of players that have proven to be offensive threats.S.F.: Mariano. He’s more consistent than Salcido, more versatile than Brendan Bomberry, more productive than Jordan Evans and occasionally draws a short-stick. Yet full disclosure: I picked Mariano because a) I believe it and b) I didn’t want to cop out, but ultimately I don’t think it matters. Reserve attack Stephen Rehfuss had four straight points to bring SU back at North Carolina two weeks and the first and last goals of regulation in that game were scored by a short-stick defensive midfielder. Take away Syracuse’s best shots and, somehow, they’ve got more in the chamber.M.G.: When I asked UNC head coach Joe Breschi whom he fears most on Syracuse, he laughed. He said he was pleased with how his defense played in Chapel Hill, despite blowing a lead. Syracuse “proves you don’t need a No. 1 guy,” he said. It matters very little because SU is so well spread out in the six-on-six. The Orange has the country’s second-best man-up unit and eight players have eight or more goals. Heck, the defensive midfielders are practically a potent threat by themselves. That said, with the game on the line you want Mariano (three game-winners) taking the shot. He’s a proven winner who won’t shy away as the clock winds down. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Two African American women, neither of them named Williams. Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens will square off for the final Grand Slam title of 2017 at Flushing Meadows, a maiden Grand Slam title is up for grabs, and it will be a life changing moment for the winner. No one could have predicted this final at the start of the tournament, Keys and Stephens both brought good form into New York but both have only just recently returned to competitive actions after frustrating injury setbacks. After all the setbacks, both will leave everything out on the court today in what should be a highly competitive final. This match-up will features an interesting contrast in styles, the extreme power of Keys up against the incredible athleticism of Stephens. It was Stephens won the only previous match between the pair in straight sets in Miami of 2015. Who will step up and rise to the occasion?A fourth different Grand Slam winner of the season will be crowned at the US Open today after Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens made it through to the final.With four American women lining up in the semi-finals of a major for the first time since 1985, it was the much heralded next generation of stars who advanced into the showpiece, but the journeys of Stephens and Keys have been anything but straightforward. The pair have been regarded as the future of women’s tennis since bursting onto the scene as teenagers and having now reached their first Grand Slam final they will give the US its first All-American final since the Williams sisters in 2002.Stephens did her part first, ending Williams hopes of a third Grand Slam final of the year with a three-set victory in the opening semi-final on Arthur Ashe Stadium – coming through 6-1 0-6 7-5 and she was joined by Keys who had a more routine 6-1 6-2 triumph over CoCo Vandeweghe.While both finalists have endured their share of injury frustrations, it is Stephens story that surprises most.At the start of the year she was working as a reporter for the Tennis Channel and was in the midst of an 11-month lay-off due to a foot injury that required surgery and as recently as three months ago had her in a protective boot.She returned to the courts at Wimbledon and suffered a second round exit before an early defeat in Washington left her with a lowly ranking of 957 as recently as a month ago.Playing under a protected ranking, Keys’ runs to the semi-finals of both Toronto and Cincinnati have brought her back inside the world’s top 100 and her victory over Williams take her into Sunday’s showdown on the back of a fairy-tale run of 14 wins from her last 16 matches.“I have no words to describe what I’m feeling, what it took to get there,” she told the crowd in her on-court interview.“It’s just a journey. I have no words. When I started my comeback, if someone told me I’d make two Grand Slam semis and a final, I would probably have passed out.“It required a lot of fight and a lot of grit. I just worked my tail off and ran down every ball. We played some incredible points in the third set. I am honoured to play at the same time as one of the greats of the game. She is the most graceful, the most elegant player.”Vandeweghe had no answer to Keys’ power and the 22-year-old blasted 25 winners on her way to a 6-1 6-2 victory that her own injury problems behind her.“I’m still shaking. I think I played pretty well tonight,” Keys told the crowd. I knew I had to rise to the occasion and I’m just really happy to be in the final. I couldn’t feel better than I feel right now.“Sloane is a new person right now, she’s really loving being out on the court again and she’s obviously playing really well.“I’m really excited we get to play each other in a US Open final. It’s pretty cool to say.” The final promises to be an almost perfect match-up between the all-court prowess of Stephens and the fearsome hitting of Keys as the potential of both finally bears fruit.It’s been a long journey for the pair, who are close friends off the court, and having initially made their mark as teenagers, today one will get to crown that journey with a maiden major.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
FIBA WORLD CUPNigerians have eagerly waited for this day to come as D’Tigress take on Team USA with the Women’s World Cup now a lot tougher. And it is surely another day to bank on making history for the Nigerian ladies.In today’s quarter final clash with reigning champions and favourites USA, D’Tigress are clearly the underdogs just as they were before they faced Turkey and swept past them; they faced the South American champions Argentina and made them pay dearly for what happened at an entirely different event in Russia last June. Nigerians desired vengeance for what the Super Eagles suffered in the hands of Lionel Messi and his colleagues and D’Tigress rose to the occasion fulfilling their promise. The Greeks are known for world-class basketball but that did not stop D’Tigress from believing in themselves.It can be rightly said that having gone this far more Nigerians have come to believe in them. But there were not many individuals and corporate bodies that believed in these young ladies way back in 2017 as they prepared to face the entire Africa in Mali AfroBasket but the ladies believed in themselves and so did AFA.About two years ago some young Nigerians with a dream to maximize the potential of the game of basketball in the country assembled in Lagos. This gathering gave birth to Africa for Africa sports but commonly known worldwide now as AFA Sports. The company became the first ever African sports apparel manufacturer to feature in a major international tournament as they became the proud kit sponsors of D’Tigress at a time no other big name companies were ready identify with them. But AFA Sports and D’Tigress kept the faith and made history together in Bamako. That success reverberated around the world and those who had forgotten Nigeria began to put calls through to the Nigeria Basketball Federation to schedule negotiations.The Chief Executive Officer of AFA Sports, Ugo Udezue says he can beat his chest now because he believed in them early enough.He says, “We saw a world-class team even when some others saw otherwise and decided our money on them. They hadn’t played a game but we believed in the organisational structuring from which the team was emerging. Perhaps a monumental part of this journey to the world is how much their performance is powered by the support from AFA Sports. The CTG technology in the AFA shoes provides extra grip, speed and precision so that you are always one step ahead of the competition. The soft micro mesh material allows athletes to stay hydrated in the most humid of climates.“The truth is that no one can understand the needs of an African athlete more than a fellow African, and these products were tailor made to fit the needs of the African athlete like a glove. Now we can all gladly say go D’Tigress and the joy is for every fan of the team.”Even after they conquered Africa there was still just a modest sense of expectation that the Nigerians could do something positive in Spain. They had stopped over in Ankara to camp and play the Turkey national team who incidentally were in the same group at the World Cup. The Nigerians were beaten from the tip off to the buzzer that that those who had no investment in them gave them no chance in Spain. Australia beat Nigeria 86-68 to help those in doubt and their investors were satisfied that they played well against the Opals. They responded remarkably drilling the same Turkey 74-68 in a quick turnaround. They have moved on to an unprecedented three straight wins and a resounding quarter final battle against the classy USA.It’s a fairytale for everyone involved as team captain Adaora Elonu, who is a EuroLeague Women regular and has WNBA minutes to her name told FIBA.Basketball.“We didn’t know what to expect from the World Cup as none of us had been here – it’s just a ride that we’re taking,” she confessed. “I’m happy for us, because we’ve been through a lot and our motto was to stay together and we stayed together.“The national team is who you are and your culture. It just resonates so much stronger than any other team – not to take anything away from any other team.“But here, the girls, what we’ve been through and what we’ve had to fight through just to get here, preparations, treatment – it’s been really hard.“But the way that we stick together and have fun off the court, on the court, this is just a great moment.”And what should Nigerians expect from the game against Team USA?“Playing USA does sound really nice,” Elonu said. “I don’t know what to expect, but we’re just going to keep pushing. We go with the same mentality. As a player, as a competitor, you have to go with the same mentality.“We’re not here, you know, just being happy to still be here. This is a new experience, but we want to put on the best show and performances that we can.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte has signed a new two-year contract extension with the Blues.Conte told Chelsea’s official website: ‘I am very happy to have signed a new contract with Chelsea. We worked extremely hard in our first year to achieve something amazing, which I am very proud of. Now we must work even harder to stay at the top.” ‘The Chelsea fans have given me so much support since I arrived here one year ago and it is important we continue to succeed together.”47-year-old Conte turned Chelsea’s fortunes around last season by lifting the Premier League at the first time of asking, as the Stamford Bridge outfit could only finish 10th in the 2015/2016 season. Chelsea Director, Marina Granovskaia, added: “Antonio achieved incredible success last season, adapting to English football very quickly and leading us to the Premier League title.”“This new contract reflects our belief that he can continue to deliver results both domestically and as we return to European competition in the Champions League.”The Italian will now lead Chelsea on their pre-season tour of China and Singapore, where Chelsea will face Arsenal, Inter Milan, and Bayern Munich.Related
Sepp Blatter has added to speculation that he could yet attempt to stay on as Fifa’s president – three weeks after he announced his plan to step down over the organisation’s corruption crisis.Blatter, addressing an audience at the topping-out ceremony for Fifa’s new museum in Zurich, said he had not resigned and had merely made his mandate available – and joked that he was “not ready for a museum, or for a waxwork”.Blatter, who opened his comments with a quote from Pablo Picasso – “Give me a museum, and I will fill it” – appeared “fresh and full of energy,” according to the Swiss newspaper Blick, “with the worry-lines disappeared from his face”.The 79-year-old was quoted by the newspaper as responding to a question over his long-term future by saying: “I have not resigned. I am making my mandate available at an extraordinary congress.”Talking about the museum, he added: “Only those who know the past can understand the present and shape the future. Or in other words: the ball is round – but only those who come from outer space know the actual dimensions of our sport … For me personally, the museum is a labour of love. But do not get me wrong: I’m not ready for the museum nor for a waxwork yet.” Speculation that Blatter could perform a remarkable U-turn on his decision was originally sparked by comments made to another Swiss paper, Schweiz am Sonntag, by the 74-year-old Zurich-based communications consultant Klaus Stöhlker.Stöhlker acted as an advisor to Blatter throughout his low-key re-election campaign, when he was not supposed to draw on central Fifa resources, but his contract expired on 31 May. Fifa responded by stating that Stöhlker no longer has a mandate to speak for Blatter.Scepticism from those hoping for reform is inevitable, since Blatter also promised in 2011 that his fourth term as president would be his last before changing his mind and declaring his “mission” unfinished.Stöhlker had told the paper that Blatter had a “fair chance” of remaining in power, adding: “It’s hard to find someone who is an equal. Blatter has built the organisation into a global, highly successful company – and he’s a top diplomat.”–
“Personally, I think the coronavirus is being used obviously for a bigger agenda,” Porter said. “It’s being used for population control in just terms of being able to control the masses of people. I mean, because of the virus the whole world is being controlled. You’re required to wear masks. And who knows what will happen when this vaccine comes out? You might have to have the vaccine in order to travel. Like, that would be crazy.”NBA RESTART: Schedule | Playoff Bracket | Bubble, explainedMichael Porter Jr going off on coronavirus 😬 pic.twitter.com/8SaX0Icsva— The NBA Hustle➐ (@TheNBAHustle) July 28, 2020Porter Jr. was called out on Twitter once his comments were made public, but his own team wanted to talk with him as well. Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly spoke with Porter, Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.While Malone said he wouldn’t “muzzle” Porter or any player who speaks their mind, he did say people should be aware of what comes out of their mouth.”Obviously, I’m not the thought police,” Malone said on Zoom call, per ESPN. “I’m not going to tell any of our players what they can and can’t say. All I would say is just be sensitive to the current situation in our country and throughout the world in regards to coronavirus. Michael Porter and any other player on our roster, they’re entitled to their opinions and ability to have free speech, and I will respect that as long as it doesn’t become a distraction. What Michael stated, being around our players this morning at breakfast and practice, has not become a distraction at all.”Malone went on to say that Connelly and Porter came to an understanding.”I know that Tim Connelly, our front office, has talked to Michael about his comments long before I realized what was said,” Malone said. “So it has been [discussed with] him; he understands the situation. Once again, we as an organization, I’m not going to put a muzzle on anybody. If somebody has a strong belief on something, they have the platform and freedom to use that. We will just try to educate guys so that they understand the impact of what they may be saying.”Snapchat also responded to Porter by putting him in “time out” for violating their community guidelines. (Snapchat) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/83/a1/porter-jr-snapchat_muxfpsk6atup17vdhnn3voq56.jpg?t=-1612302965&w=500&quality=80NBA commissioner Adam Silver also commented on Porter’s comments during an interview with CNN.Adam Silver responds to Michael Porter Jr’s comments on Coronavirus being used for population control. (via CNN) pic.twitter.com/vKZly5ypbH— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) July 30, 2020″It’s unfortunate that he said that,” Silver said. “I would only say in our league, we have 450 players, guys are young. They’re occasionally going to say silly things. I think most people quickly dismissed that comment.” Michael Porter Jr. received backlash on social media after inaccurate comments he made on Snapchat about the coronavirus.The Nuggets forward was participating in a fan Q&A when he was asked, “Bro speak on this coronavirus being over blown to scare people into being controlled & you know about all that.” Porter responded by saying, “that’s facts” and continued to elaborate on his conspiracy.
According to the Department of Health, there were 200,111 total cases of COVID-19 in Florida as of Saturday morning. The number of cases rose by 10,059 from the previous day.At least 3,832 people have died from COVID-19 in Florida, as 18 new deaths were reported overnight. The youngest death recorded in the state is an 11-year-old boy from Miami-Dade County.Palm Beach County: 16,836 cases-542 deaths-Men: 8,324; Women: 8,313-1,914 hospitalizations-687 new reported cases since Saturday-1 new reported death since SaturdayBroward County: 21,239 cases-412 deaths-Men: 10,273, Women: 10,564-2,333 hospitalizations-1,664 new reported cases since Saturday-3 new reported deaths since Saturday Miami-Dade County: 47,011 cases-1,043 deaths-Men: 23,316, Women: 23,077-4,175 hospitalizations-2,282 new reported cases since Saturday-5 new reported deaths since SaturdayTesting in Florida:-Total Tests: 2,202,095-Positive: 200,011-Negative: 2,000,088-Overall Percentage of Positive Cases: 9.1%