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Uganda’s She Cranes are Africa netball champions

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Ugandan champions. PHOTO VIA @UgandaMediaCentFINAL RESULTSUganda ??   67  Zambia ??  50Malawi  71 Botswana 39Zimbabwe 68  Namibia 37Uganda’s She Cranes are Africa netball champions.With five wins out of five, the She Cranes capped a memorable tournament by beating Zambia 67-50 baskets on the final day of the six-nation event at Lugogo, Kampala.Spurred by goal attacker Proscovia Peace, Uganda humbled Africa’s top ranked team Malawi Queens and defending champions Zimbabwe Gems  in the tournament as they scored a record 335 baskets.Malawi Queens are ranked 6th in the world, Uganda is ranked 13th,  Zimbabwe 16th and Zambia 15th.The She Cranes entered the final day walking tall, after they got a boost from Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, who gave them and the U-20 netball teams a sh96 million .Team       P  W  D  L   PTS     GOAL AVUganda      5   5   0   0     10        335Malawi      5    4   0    1    8           284Zimbabwe 5   3   0    2    6           273Zambia      5   2   0    3    4           266Botswana  5   1   0    4    2Namibia    5   0   0    5    0 Uganda She Cranes:center_img Lilian Ajio – Goal Defender, Stella Nafuka – Goal Keeper, Wycline Natwentwa –Wide Defender, Betty Kiiza – Centre, Halima Nakachwa – Wide Attacker, Stella Oyella – Goal Attacker and Peace Proscovia – Goal Shooter.****OTHER RESULTSDay 1Uganda 72 def Botswana 29(20-7, 42-14, 57-22, 72-29)Day 2Malawi 55 def Zimbabwe 45(17-9, 28-21, ..-.., 55-45)Uganda 69 def Nambia 31(15-11, 38-15, 56-24, 69-31)Zambia 57 def Botswana 42Day 3Uganda 66 def Malawi 43(13-11, 27-22, 48-29, 66-43)Zimbabwe 56 def Botswana 37Zambia 56 def Nambia 46Day 4Malawi 64 def Nambia 35(17-10, 35-19, 48-31, 64-35)Zimbabwe 59 def Zambia 58(19-11, 30-29, 44-45, 59-58Day 5Uganda ?? 61  Zimbabwe 45 ??Botswana  57   Namibia   38Malawi      51    Zambia     45last_img read more

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Neymar gets China red-carpet treatment as speculation grows

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Neymar also posted on Weibo a picture of himself with fellow Brazilian forward Hulk, who plays in the Chinese Super League for Shanghai SIPG.Even following the training-ground bust-up in the United States, after which Neymar appeared to storm off, his Barcelona team-mates said they wanted him to stay at the Camp Nou.“Neymar and I, we are very close and I want him to stay and I know the situation,” defender Gerard Pique told ESPN FC.“Right now he doesn’t know what to do and we are trying to help him — the ones (on the team) that are more close to him — to take the right decision.”PSG’s pursuit of Neymar has angered some in Spain, where football league chief Javier Tebas says he will file a complaint with UEFA for financial fair play breaches by the French club. Shanghai, China | AFP |  Neymar hit the red carpet in Shanghai on Monday as speculation mounted that the Brazil star could be set to quit Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record 222 million euros.The 25-year-old striker is at the centre of an apparent tug of war between the two European giants in what would be the most expensive transfer fee in football history.A training spat with new Barcelona signing Nelson Semedo during a pre-season tour in Miami ramped up chatter that Neymar could be about to swap Spain for the French capital.Neymar, who has remained tight-lipped about the transfer rumours, posted a message for Chinese fans on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, after arriving for a promotional visit.“Ni Hao China! I’m Neymar Jr. and I’ve just arrived in China,” he wrote.“I’m in Shanghai at the moment. I would like to send a huge hug to all my Chinese fans, thank you very much for your support.”He later posed for a scrum of photographers and television journalists and answered questions about fashion, before attending an evening event for a clothing brand.last_img read more

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Positionless basketball taking hold in college

first_imgPittsburgh forward Talib Zanna (42) shoots as Florida center Patric Young (4) and forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) defend during the second half in a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Basketball coaches long ago developed numerical shorthand for positions on the floor to define players’ roles and help diagram plays.The point guard is referred to as the 1, the shooting guard 2, small forward 3, power forward 4 and the center is the 5.Those numbers don’t add up quite as much anymore.With the game becoming more up-tempo and players developing a wider array of skills, more coaches are willing to throw out the concept of positions and put their best five players on the floor.Welcome to the era of positionless basketball.“Teams are going smaller and caring more about skill,” UNLV coach Dave Rice said. “There are still some teams that play big — and we still have the ability to do that some — but I think you see more and more across the country (is) positionless basketball, just playing more skilled guys, multiple guys on the floor who can handle the ball, multiple guys who can space the floor and just make plays for each other and share it.”From the early days of basketball, players’ roles were defined by their positions: The point guard distributed the ball, the shooting guard and small forward were the slashers and shooters, the power forward did the heavy lifting inside and the center camped near the rim at both ends of the floor.Now, true point guards are hard to find, replaced by combo guards who are just as good at scoring as setting teammates up.Back-to-the-basket big men are all but extinct; the tallest players on the court are often their teams’ best perimeter shooters.  Small forwards and shooting guards are essentially the same player on most teams. A player who has one position on offense may switch to another on defense.Everyone on the floor, it seems, can do a little bit of everything.“The mentality, especially for a lot of our guys, is they can play any position at any time,” Duke junior forward Amile Jefferson said. “Because they can do a lot of things on the court, they can be at different positions.”Don Nelson was one of the innovators of what was once called small ball — the original was called Nellie Ball — using four-guard lineups to create mismatches against bigger opponents while coaching the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1980s and later with the Golden State Warriors.In this Sept. 18, 2014, file photo, Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski speaks to members of the media during a press conference in Durham, N.C. Duke is No. 4 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25.(AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has long been a proponent of ignoring positions and has used the concept while coaching Team USA in international competition.The difference now is positionless basketball has become more prevalent. Except for a handful of teams that have a true point guard or back-down center, college basketball is filled with teams that spread the floor and rely on interchangeable parts.UConn won the 2014 national championship behind a team full of multi-skilled athletic players, led by 6-foot-1 guard Shabazz Napier, and the rest of this decade’s champions — Louisville, Kentucky, UConn again in 2011 and Duke — have had similar makeups.“Our game doesn’t have a position,” Krzyzewski said. “You have five guys working together trying to stop the other five guys from creating a shot. The fact that a big guy is going to play closer — what if you didn’t have a big guy?”Used to be if a kid was big, youth coaches would park them under the basket, and teach them to turn and shoot over the smaller players.Those big kids don’t want to stand in one place anymore.Following the example set by big, athletic players like Kevin Durant and LeBron James, the new bigs seem far more interested in losing someone with a crossover dribble or stroking in a 3-pointer than shooting a jump hook from 3 feet. Personal coaches and elite travel team coaches have added to skill development, creating taller players with guard-like skills.And with that, the game has changed, becoming more up-tempo and more reliant on the 3-point shot.“The skill level with what I call the proliferation of the workout coach is as high as it’s ever been,” Rice said. “Guys are working on individual skills all the time. As long as they coach, we can take the development of those skills and blend them into a team concept, and I see those are positive changes.”But the positions — and their corresponding numbers — aren’t likely to disappear completely.The players may have skills that fit multiple roles, but coaches still need the positions to diagram plays and tell the players what to do.Otherwise, it would be like being out on the sandlot, coaches yelling out players’ names and pointing to where they should go.“When you’re talking about positions, you’re creating labels to help you organize your team and communicate to your team about roles and responsibilities. From that standpoint, it may be important,” Arizona State coach Herb Sendek said. “But if you’re talking the difference between a 2-guard and a small forward, for instance, it may be a subtlety at best.”And it’s led to a huge change in the game.___AP Basketball Writer Aaron Beard in Raleigh, North Carolina, contributed to this story.last_img read more

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