CHRISTIANBURG’s Onasha Rogers qualified for this year’s Flow CARIFTA Games when she overpowered longtime rival Kenisha Phillips,while blazing to victory in the girls’ 100m sprint yesterday at the AAG Classic II,at the National Track and Field Centre in Leonora.Rogers became the latest athlete to meet a CARIFTA Games qualifying mark, barely making it in the qualifying period, as yesterday’s meet marked the final qualifying event. Playing second fiddle to Phillips since the season started, Rogers finally got her chance to shine as she came through in 11.98 seconds to the 12.02 seconds that Kenisha clocked.The time was just inside the 12 seconds limit required to qualify in the girls’ under 18 category. Rogers now joins a list that already includes 10 other CARIFTA qualified athletes, which already includes Phillips. Phillips has qualified for the 100m and 200m.Yesterday was a bad day for the Guyana Defence Force’s (GDF) Phillips who also took a beating in the 200m in which she lost to Police’s Alita Moore. Moore came in for the win with a time of 24.48 seconds, whereas Phillips took 24.51 seconds to finish the race.Chantoba BrightAnother of the Girls’ Under- 18 CARIFTA Games qualifier was shining prospect,Chantoba Bright. Bright, who has already qualified for the long jump and triple jump events, further qualified in the high jump at yesterday’s meet. She won the event with a jump of 1.65m, equaling the high jump CARIFTA Games qualifying standard (QS).Also having merited inclusion on the team by clinching qualifying standards are Claudrice McKoy and Natricia Hooper, on the distaff side. Hooper is currently based overseas, and will be in the girls’ under 20 category, where she met QS in the 400m and high jump.On the boys end there are Linden’s Daniel Williams, Tremaine Browne, and Tortque Boyce, all in the under 18 (youth) category.In the under-20 (junior) category there are Compton Caesar, Anfernee Headecker and Samuel Lynch.With yesterday seeing the end of the qualifying period, the AAG is expected to pronounce on the final CARIFTA Games team shortly, and state if any unqualified athlete would be included on the team.
The quartet consists of midfield duo, Ebenezer Ofori and Joseph Larweh Attamah, and attacking duo, Bernard Tekpetey and Raphael Dwamena.Ofori plays for Swedish side, AIK whilst Attamah, a member of the Ghana U-20 team that won bronze at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey in 2013, is on the books of Turkish side, Basaksehir F.K. Relatively unknown Tekpetey plies his trade with German outfit, Schalke whereas Dwamena has been banging the goals for Austria second-tier side, Lustenau.The four players were the surprise inclusion as Grant unveiled his squad to the local press on Monday in Accra, before departing for a 11-day training camp in the United Arab Emirates.There was no place for goalkeeper Fatau Dauda, who recently joined Nigeria giants, Enyimba and Leicester City left back, Jeffery Schlupp.Captain Asamoah Gyan leads the squad as he readies for his sixth successive appearance at the biennial championship. Other notable faces are Ayew brothers, Andre and Jordan; Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Christian Atsu and Harrison Afful.The four-time winners, housed in Group D alongside old foes Egypt, Mali and Uganda are expected to depart for Gabon on the eve of the opening match of the 31st edition of the Africa Cup of Nations.Full SquadGoalkeepers: Razak Braimah (Cordoba, Spain), Adam Kwarasey (Rosenborg, Norway) Richard Ofori (Wa All Stars)Defenders: Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), Andy Yiadom (Barnsley, England), Baba Rahman (Schalke, Germany), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), John Boye (Sivasspor, Turkey), Jonathan Mensah (Anzhi, Russia), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City, England), Edwin Gyimah (Orlando Pirates, South Africa)Midfielders: Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Torino, Italy), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Mubarak Wakaso (Panathinaikos, Greece), Christian Atsu (Newcastle, England), Ebenezer Ofori (AIK Stockholm, Sweden), Samuel Tetteh (Leifering, Austria), Joseph Larweh Attamah (Basaksehir F.K, Turkey)Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ahli, UAE), Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa, England), Abdul-Majeed Waris (Lorient, France), Andre Ayew (West Ham, England), Ebenezer Assifuah (Sion, Switzerland), Bernard Tekpetey (Schalke, Germany), Rahpael Dwamena (Austria Lustenau, Austria).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ghana coach Avram Grant has named four newcomers in his provisional 26-man squad for the Total Africa Cup of Nations Gabon 2017. AFCON 2017
Semi-final Matches (Women) Kano Pillars Vs Katsina Utd – Lagos Rangers Vs Nasarawa Utd – Kano The semi final matches of this year’s AITEO Cup competition for men and women will hold today with the exception of the clash between champions Rivers Angels and Bayelsa Queens in the women’s event.In the men’s event, Kano Pillars, who overpowered CAF Confederation Cup semi finalists Enyimba FC in the quarter-finals, will light up the Agege Stadium in Lagos with in-form Katsina United. At the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano, five-time champions Rangers International will lock horns with Nasarawa United, who got the better of El-Kanemi Warriors in the last eight.The mouth-watering encounter between Rivers Angels and Bayelsa Queens set for the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu has been put on hold as the NFF Disciplinary Committee meets today over a protest filed by Sunshine Queens of Akure, questioning the eligibility of two Rivers Angels’ players. The champions had beaten Sunshine Queens 2-0 in the quarter finals.That game has now been scheduled for Friday, 12th October.Meanwhile, NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi confirmed on Tuesday that the grand finale of the women’s competition will hold at the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa on Tuesday, 23rd October, while the grand finale of the men’s competition will be played at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, capital of Delta State on Wednesday, 24th October.AITEO CUP 2018Semi-final (Men) Ibom Angels Vs Edo Queens – OwerriRivers Angels Vs Bayelsa – Enugu (Friday, 12/10)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
It was almost effortless.With the No. 9 USC women’s volleyball team’s Pac-12 opener against No. 8 UCLA a mere three days away, it looked more than ready to face off against the Bruins, as it routed Cal State Northridge on Tuesday in straight sets — the final game of the team’s nonconference slate.Cream of the crop · Senior outside hitter Alex Jupiter led the Women of Troy with a team-high 13 kills in their final nonconference matchup. – Daily Trojan file photo“We’re lucky we got out of there in three,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “It was good to see[freshman setter/opposite] Emily [Young] with an excellent performance [at the end of game two] and we’re hoping she keeps coming since she’s got such great potential.Despite an upset loss to Central Florida on Friday, the straight-set victory over the Matadors propelled the Women of Troy (5-2) to their fourth consecutive win. It also marked the 12th consecutive set the team had won — its fourth straight sweep.Even with pre-game temperatures nearing 102 degrees as a result of no air conditioning at the Matadome in Northridge, Calif., USC got off to a hot start, grabbing an early 14-4 lead in the first set behind strong play from senior outside hitter Alex Jupiter, who led the Women of Troy with a team-high 13 kills.While eventually winning the set 25-16, Jupiter and company ran into a bit of a dry spell in the second frame, leading just 15-13 midway through the set. The Women of Troy, however, went on a late 8-3 run to make it 23-16 in the waning moments. Eventually, they closed the set after freshman setter/opposite Emily Young posted back-to-back kills.“We need to figure out how we are going to score more points because that seems to be the problem lately,” Haley said. “We need good production out of Kirby. Alex [Jupiter] has been great, while [junior outside hitter/opposite] Katie Fuller has been hot and cold.”Holding a decisive 2-0 lead, USC struggled at times during the final set, as Cal State Northridge was able to grab a 18-17 lead.Jupiter knotted the score at 18 with another kill.USC eventually closed out the set, 25-21 following kills from Fuller and freshman middle blocker Hannah Schraer. The duo also finished with a total of 14 kills — seven each.USC will open Pac-12 play on Friday against UCLA at Galen Center.The Bruins remain undefeated, while USC has fallen twice this season — to then-No. 1 Penn State and Central Florida.“I don’t think either team is playing the way their coaches want,” Haley said. “But I think if we can get our legs back, all this traveling to the East Coast has taken a toll, and we can get rested by Friday we can deliver a good game.”As it hosts crosstown rival UCLA in what will be the first ever Pac-12 women’s volleyball game for both programs, the Women of Troy will attempt to break the school’s all-time attendance mark.“I think people are going to have to get there early, because what I hear from the ticket office it is going to be packed,” Haley said.
Although the season is still very young for Syracuse, a trend has emerged. SU has struggled to pull away in the first half in each of its first three games, all at home against weaker opponents that rank outside the Top 120 teams in the country, per Kenpom.com.It happened again on Saturday night. Every time Syracuse looked like it would go on a run, something happened. Syracuse made two-of-three shots in the span of one minute halfway through the first half to take its first lead, but then Tyus Battle picked up his second foul and sat the rest of the way. With 1:31 left to go, Geno Thorpe scored a transition layup and got the and-1, but then missed the free throw. Texas Souther University hit a 3-pointer immediately after.“Tonight was the first time we’ve seen a 2-3 (zone),” junior point guard Frank Howard said. “And we were kind of just a little stagnant in the first half.”But, just like it has in the first two games, Syracuse (3-0) played much better in the second half. Battle drained a 3-pointer over the outstretched arm of a defender 11 seconds into the new frame. Nearly eight minutes into the latter stanza, he spun baseline to get out of a trap in the corner and cocked back a vicious one-handed dunk. In between, the Orange went on a 15-0 run to start the half, helping it pull away from Texas Southern (0-4), 80-67, Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome.“Offensively, the first half, it looked like we didn’t see a zone before,” head coach Jim Boeheim said bitingly. “Second half we moved the ball, got it in the high post.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGoing into this game, the Orange had shot just 37.2 percent in the first half of games. In the second half that number jumped up to 52.6.A similar thing happened against TSU. The Orange shot 41.4 percent in the first half. It got up to 50 percent in the second.SU seemed lethargic in the first half. Howard motioned to his teammates to pick up the pace early in the game. Assistant coach Gerry McNamara jumped up and yelled at Thorpe for having his hands down on defense.Thorpe did score 13 first-half points, though, helping keep the Orange in the game.“I felt like when I checked in that I needed to bring some type of energy to the game just because it was going back and forth,” Thorpe said. “I think the second half we picked it up a little bit more … we were patient on offense, trying to find open shooters.”The Orange team was faster and more aggressive, picking up three steals in the first five minutes of the frame. Those steals led to easy fast-break buckets, led by Battle who racked up 16 second-half points.The Orange leveraged an eight-point halftime advantage and the early run to go up big on TSU. The Tigers tried clawing back. Donte Clark, who burned the Orange in the first half, picked up six points in the second half. When he wasn’t scoring he was throwing lobs to 7-foot-2 center Trayvon Reed. With 6:38 to go, TSU had cut SU’s once 23-point lead to 12.Unlike the first half, though, SU found its knockout blow. Frank Howard knocked down a 3-point shot and Oshae Brissett made his first two shots of the game to bump the lead back up.Boeheim and Battle were both critical of the team relaxing late in the game and allowing TSU to get back in it, even if it was only for a little bit. The bigger issue for the Orange, though, seems to be its inability to get going earlier. SU plays Oakland next, its toughest opponent so far per Kenpom.Howard attributed the slow starts to a young team that gets more comfortable as the game goes along. He said that should be improving, though.“I think by now, this game, or next game, they should probably be starting on because we’ve seen a few different defenses,” Howard said. “And I think they’re learning, I think they’ll be better prepared.” Comments Published on November 18, 2017 at 9:25 pm Contact Tomer: firstname.lastname@example.org | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+
Lee Westwood and Jamie Donaldson are 3-down to the USA in their fourball contest, while Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kymer are 2-down against Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth.But Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter and Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson are both up in their matches.Overall, Europe lead 5-3.
Joe Ward secured a silver made in the World Boxing Championship final.The Westmeath man gave it his all but it wasn’t enough as he lost to Julio La Cruz in Hamburg.
Bayelsa State Governor Henry Seriake Dickson has rewarded victorious Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Champions Bayelsa Queens with N22million for clinching 2017/2018 Nigeria Women Premier League.The Restoration Girls spanked defending Champions Nasarawa Amazons 2-0 in a keenly contested final at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.While receiving the girls at the Government House in Yenagoa, Governor Dickson said plans are on to equip the Sports sector with world-class sports facilities that will see Bayelsa among the leading states in the country when it comes to sports facilities. Stressing that Bayelsa Queens triumph has shown that Bayelsa State is a state that does not associate itself with failure.He also directed the commissioner for transport in the state to immediately release one of the brand new coastal buses to the Restoration Girls.On his part, the stat’s Commissioner for Sports Development, Mr Perekiye Buruboyefe, said the success story of the triumphant Queens is incomplete without thanking the state government for their massive support.While appreciating the government he also explain how the (NWPL) is been run.In a message of appreciation, Bayelsa Queens Chairman, Mr Ebiki Timitimi, lauded the state government for the developmental stride put in place towards galvanizing sports in the state.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
888 appoints VC expert Limor Ganot as a corporate advisor July 20, 2020 Playtech offloads casual games subsidiaries July 16, 2020 Submit Share A turbulent first half of 2017, has seen FTSE-listed online gambling group 888 Holdings declare pre-tax losses of $17.3 million (H1 2016: £21.5 million), with the company impacted by ‘exceptional costs’ of +$50 million recorded during the period.Updating investors, 888 governance reported that the costs would offset a ‘record’ H1 performance for the company, as 888 recorded key metric growth and KPI gains across its product verticals.The firm would record H1 2017 corporate revenues of $270 million, up 3% on corresponding H1 2016’s $262 million, driven by the strong performance of its B2C casino division within regulated markets.The firm’s strong revenue performance would see 888 declare a period Adjusted EBITDA of $47.6 million representing a 8% increase on H1 2016: $44 million.Nevertheless, 888’s growth would be impacted by exceptional charges of $50.8 million booked during the period, of which the gambling firm has prioritised $45 million to cover “potential past VAT matters” relating to the German market.Adding to 888 earning woes, last week the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) ordered the operator to pay a record £7.8 million fine relating to social responsibility failures relating to vulnerable customers.In it H1 interim results, 888 governance detailed that it had set aside £4.2 million in preparation for its UKGC fine.Closing a turbulent H1 2017 period Itai Frieberger, Chief Executive Officer of 888, commented on company performance“888 has delivered further revenue growth and operational progress in the first half of 2017 resulting in a 9% increase in revenue at constant currency. This pleasing outcome was driven by continued growth in 888’s core Casino vertical, strong momentum in the fast-growing 888Sport and a good performance in Poker.The Group’s strong strategic momentum continued as 888 developed its positions in regulated geographies, achieved greater diversification across products and markets and further enhanced operational efficiencies.Our progress was driven by 888’s technology, leading CRM capabilities and cutting-edge marketing expertise. 888 is an agile business with an adaptable and entrepreneurial culture and team. Whilst the industry will continue to face regulatory headwinds in the second half of the year as further described below, trading in Q3 has started well and in line with the Board’s expectations. Underpinned by this momentum as well as the proven strengths of the Group’s business model the Board remains confident that 888 will achieve further progress and deliver its expectations for the full year.” StumbleUpon Related Articles GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile August 25, 2020 Share
CHICAGO >> Kenta Maeda’s last two starts have been his shortest of the season. Neither lasted longer than three innings.This is the opposite of “peaking at the right time,” that old cliché teams tend to dispatch once they’ve done something in the playoffs, and it could pose a real problem for the Dodgers and their next starting pitcher.For all the glory of their do-or-die Game 5 win over the Washington Nationals, the Dodgers could use a long start on Saturday in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. Six different pitchers saw action on Thursday. Starter Rich Hill, pitching on short rest, lasted 2 2/3 innings. Closer Kenley Jansen threw 51 pitches, a career high. Clayton Kershaw used his between-starts throwing day to record the save, picking up an exhausted Dodgers bullpen.Enter Maeda, who lasted all of three innings in Game 3 of the NL Division Series and only 2 2/3 innings in the Dodgers’ regular-season finale. He probably isn’t the ideal choice to start Game 1, but the Dodgers weren’t flush with choices. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Last time around I couldn’t really pitch the way I wanted to,” Maeda said through his interpreter. “With that in mind, I want to definitely pitch well and hopefully contribute to a win for the team.”While the short starts are concerning on paper, Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt discounted each game for different reasons. In Maeda’s final regular season start, Honeycutt said, “we wanted him to get some work in. Going down the stretch we were trying to protect his innings and pitches. The playoffs are totally different.”To that end, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has quickly proven that he is managing innings differently now, with greater urgency. Such was the case when Maeda was removed after throwing 63 pitches in Game 3.Maeda’s velocity was well within his normal range. His two favorite pitches — the slider and four-seam fastball — were generating swings and misses. But the Nationals sprinkled in some big hits in big moments and took an early 4-1 lead. With Maeda’s spot in the batting order due to lead off the third inning, Roberts decided to hand the game to his bullpen. “It wasn’t that (Roberts) didn’t want (Maeda) going back in,” Honeycutt said, “but he felt like we had to make an adjustment.”Like the Nationals, the Chicago Cubs will be seeing Maeda in person for the first time. Wrigley Field is an omnipresent variable, a pitcher’s park on some days and a hitter’s park on others. Making definitive predictions is an even more foolish task than usual.Roberts said Friday that he expects Maeda to be better this time around.“He’s not scared and I think that it’s just about execution,” Roberts said. “I think that for him, I don’t think it’s a nerves issue. I think that he’s very familiar with the Cubs. As far as the scouting, he’ll be prepared.”Roster changes afootBoth teams can reset their 25-man rosters for the NLCS, and the Dodgers’ roster will feature “two to four” new names, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said.That includes some extra help in the bullpen. The Dodgers employed eight relievers against the Nationals — including rookie Julio Urias, who can also start. The bullpen could grow to nine and feature some new faces. Right-hander Brock Stewart, and left-handers J.P. Howell and Alex Wood, weren’t on the NLDS roster but continue to travel with the team.Left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson, and utility players Kiké Hernandez and Rob Segedin, will be with the team for the NLCS. Their roster status is to be determined.Umpires announcedGary Cederstrom is the crew chief for the NLCS and will be the second base umpire in Game 1, Major League Baseball announced.The rest of the crew, along with their Game 1 assignments: Paul Nauert (home plate), Eric Cooper (first base), Angel Hernandez (third base), Alfonso Marquez (left field) and Ted Barrett (right field). Bill Welke is the replay umpire for Games 1 and 2 and will swap duties with Nauert for Games 3 and 4.Quick hitsThe Cubs’ starters for the series: Jon Lester (Game 1), Kyle Hendricks (Game 2), Jake Arrieta (Game 3) and John Lackey (Game 4). … Roberts said he is deciding between Carlos Ruiz and Yasmani Grandal to catch Maeda in Game 1. … Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was named rookie of the year by Baseball America.