Dublin: Cricket Ireland on Friday confirmed that pace bowler Louise McCarthy has been added to the Ireland women’s senior performance squad after an absence of three years. The 26-year old has 74 caps for Ireland after making her debut in 2010, however, took a break from international cricket to complete studies for a Masters of Diagnostic Radiography in Edinburgh. Carrie Archer, Chair of Ireland women’s national selectors, said: “The squad Louise left in 2017 and the one she joins now are vastly different, so we are delighted that Louise’s experience can be added to this young side. She had 74 caps over seven years before her break for study, so her re-inclusion, once she became available again, was a straightforward decision for the selectors.” McCarthy said: “Returning to the Irish squad wasn’t something I had completely written off, but my studies had become the priority. Then I was lucky enough to play for Durham last season in their 50-over and 20-over competitions, and that experience reinstated my fire for cricket. Playing with top quality players and against tough opponents week-on-week was something I realised I missed.” IANS Also watch: #NewsMakers: RK Somorjit Singh, Manipur BJP Spokesperson in an exclusive chat with Oineetom Ojah
THE world governing body of football, FIFA, has showcased the Guyana Football Federation’s new, nationwide, youth football development programme on its popular social media platforms, sharing images from a GFF-Scotiabank Academy Training Centre (ATC) youth football session with millions of football fans worldwide.FIFA’s corporate Twitter account (www.twitter.com/FIFAcom) has 10.3 million followers, while its corporate Facebook account (www.facebook.com/FIFA) has 3.25 million followers. It is the first time a GFF football development programme has been promoted on these platforms.“We are delighted to have this level of support from FIFA, as it increases public awareness of the progress we are making in football in Guyana,” said GFF president Wayne Forde. “It places Guyana, and its football, in a positive light on the international stage.“We also know the value that sponsors place on the power and reach of social media, and we encourage more organisations and people to come on board as we build towards future success.”The images posted by FIFA show GFF Technical Development Officer Sampson Gilbert and GFF Youth Development coach Challus McKinnon leading a group of Under-17 boys through structured training in the first Georgetown Football Association area session on February 17.On Facebook, FIFA said: “(The) Guyana Football Federation is reforming football in Guyana and focusing on laying foundations for future success through youth/coach development.”The GFF-Scotiabank ATC, managed by GFF Technical Director Ian Greenwood, and an expanded technical development team form a nationwide network designed to discover and more effectively develop talented boys and girls all over.
AS England prepare for their ICC Champions Trophy opener with Bangladesh tomorrow, it could be easy to forget this is the tournament that was not supposed to happen.England’s heart-breaking loss to India in the 2013 final was meant to be the last Champions Trophy match, the competition giving way to a Test Championship play-off.But the Test Championship play-off was an idea that never came to fruition, the big three cricketing boards of England, India and Australia scrapping it and overturning the ICC event revenue model.So here we are again, four years on from the last Champions Trophy in England, preparing for another Champions Trophy, in England.And the competition once more finds itself under threat. India’s threatened boycott of the event did not come to pass and they are scheduled to host the tournament in 2021, but the potential advent of a 13-team ODI League in 2019 could yet see the Champions Trophy consigned to history.However, despite seemingly being in constant danger of being removed from the ICC calendar, there is plenty to appeal in the Champions Trophy.Though some of the better matches in the last World Cup came from those featuring the associate nations, the attraction to a shorter tournament with the focus purely on the top eight 50-over sides on the planet is obvious.A West Indies side that typically entertain but often frustrate outside of the demolition derby that is Twenty20 cricket will not be present in England, their absence another sign of that former powerhouse’s drastic modern-day decline.But, while top-ranked South Africa are missing star seamer Dale Steyn, there is plenty on offer to excite crowds in this year’s competition.Boycott avoided, India and Virat Kohli – arguably the world’s best batsman in all three formats – will naturally attract plenty of attention.The likes of David Warner, Chris Lynn, Travis Head and Glenn Maxwell give Australia a potentially destructive edge while the white-ball revolution England have experienced under the guidance of Trevor Bayliss shows no signs of abating.The 2013 final proved an engrossing and tense spectacle, with a largely pro-Indian crowd greeting their dramatic five-run victory with rapturous celebrations.With the talent on show at this year’s edition, there is every chance of a similarly enthralling contest being played out again.And, should that come to pass, then the ICC may again be forced to consider whether potentially ditching the Champions Trophy would be the correct decision.(Omnisport)
USC’s international population, the largest of any university in the United States, has given the school a unique opportunity — the chance to save a life.Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches, a branch of National Marrow Donor Program, is launching an on-campus drive Thursday to find a potentially life-saving match for Sonia Rai, a 24-year-old Los Angeles native and current Boston resident who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia during the holiday season. The four-hour drive will be held on Trousdale Parkway starting at 10 a.m.Kanika Jain, a first-year graduate student at USC and one of the drive’s organizers, said Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches chose USC because of the university’s large number of international and South Asian students.According to The New York Times, USC had 7,987 international students last year, more than any other university in the United States.“I said to myself ‘Hey, I work and study at USC and there are South Asians everywhere; let’s do a drive here,’” said Elizabeth Jordan, a USC graduate student and a career counselor in the Career Planning & Placement Center.Jordan said she was moved by Rai’s story and contacted Rai’s brother in Boston to help organize a drive at USC. Jordan previously organized bone marrow drives in 2009 and 2010, both of which produced life-saving matches.“I truly believe we will find a match for Sonia and she’s going to be okay,” Jordan said. “We’ve got too much inspiration and momentum to fail.”The drive will ask USC students to sign up for the Be the Match Registry, a commitment to donate blood marrow to a person in need. More than eight million people have already signed up for the registry.“It is a great idea to have the drive at USC,” said Esther Lee, associate director of the Office of International Services. “USC stands out above the rest because of its international students and a lot of the students come here to get a great education, but here is a rare opportunity to save a life.”Jordan said it will take approximately 10 minutes for students to register and take a DNA test. She also encourages students who cannot attend the drive in person to sign up at BeTheMatch.org to learn more about the process of bone marrow transplants.“It’s so fast and easy; just one form and four cheek swabs and you’re done,” Jordan said.According to a 2007 report by CBS Boston, 1.8 percent of the registry’s eight million members are South Asian.“There are so many South Asians at USC but so few in the Be the Match Registry,” Jain said. “Sonia needs more South Asians in the registry to find a match.”Although Rai is searching for a South Asian donor, the organizers of the event encourage all USC students to join the Be the Match Registry.“Our mission is not just to cure Sonia but to help find donors for other patients in dire need,” said Kamini Rai Cormier, Rai’s cousin.Rai’s supporters launched the Cure Sonia Campaign via social media and networking, and have held more than 100 drives across the country during the course of a month. Events have been held in Philadelphia, Chicago, Austin, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
With zero goals scored entering this season, Josh Engelmight not have seemed like the most likely candidate to switch to forward.But with a strong incoming class of defensemen entering thefray for the Badgers at the beginning of the season — including NHL Entry Draftfirst-round picks Ryan McDonagh and Brendan Smith — the position was becomingcrowded, and something needed to be done.”The coaching staff talked about it and brought me in andasked if I would do it,” Engel said of the switch. “We had a lot of depth ondefense, and a lot of good guys coming in. Instead of making the decision tosee who’s going to sit out that game, they just asked me if I would move toforward.”The decision to change positions was a tough one for Engel.After playing on defense for the previous three years of his UW career, Engelknew the move had to be made.”I was a little disappointed at first, but then I kind ofunderstood,” Engel said. “I thought it would be a challenge. I wanted to face achallenge.”I [also] just wanted to do whatever was best for the team.”Doing what’s best for the team meant moving to offense, aposition that Engel has finally become comfortable with.”He’s done really well,” forward Ben Street said. “He keepsit really simple. … He makes a lot of smart plays.”Engel broke out with his biggest game of the year — andcareer — Saturday against St. Cloud State. He had his first multi-goal game asa Badger while skating on the team’s second line with Blake Geoffrion andPatrick Johnson. The second of the two goals, which came with two and a halfminutes remaining in the contest, proved to be the game-winner.”I haven’t had two goals since high school,” Engel said. “Itdefinitely felt really good.””The puck just came right to him, but that can happen whenyou’re in the right place at the right time,” defenseman Davis Drewiske said.”If you put yourself in the right position, your chances of scoring reallyincrease.”The line of Engel, Geoffrion and Johnson has clicked for theBadgers, as they were responsible for four of the team’s seven goals in theweekend series against St. Cloud State.”Being on that line with Geoffrion and Patrick Johnson was aline that has kind of evolved into a line that can play against the otherteam’s best,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “You know what you’re going to getfor the most part.”Even before the multi-goal night, Eaves said he saw the typeof play from Engel that the coaching staff was looking for following his transition.Engel scored in the team’s first game of the season against Notre Dame andlater had a streak in which he recorded assists in three out of four games.”He knows how to play without the puck because he was adefenseman,” Eaves said. “[His line] played so well without the puck that theyactually created scoring chances and took advantage of it.”Despite the recent success he has had finding the net, Engelis the first to admit that he isn’t Wisconsin’s first threat on offense.”I’m not going to be going out there and scoring all thetime like (Kyle) Turris is going to be doing, or [Ben Street] or Blake,” Engelsaid. “I’m sort of fitting into my role right now, which is more defensive, butthen once we get into the zone I try to get in front of the net and causetrouble for the goalie.”Senior defenseman Davis Drewiske has noticed Engel hasbecome a lot more comfortable at his new position.”Obviously he’s a smart player, so I think he’s made a goodtransition,” Drewiske said. “It’s a different viewpoint playing forward than itis from playing defense. I think he does a very good job with his position, andhe knows where he’s supposed to be.”Drewiske, who played forward a bit at the end of lastseason, understands the difficulty of having to fit into a new role on the ice.”I think it’s a tribute to Josh, and really like a lot ofguys on this team, that they’re willing to do whatever it takes to help theteam,” Drewiske said. “Maybe he wasn’t thrilled about it at first, but he’sworked hard, he’s been excited to be here, and he’s done a great job.”With the background he has brought to UW’s offense, Engelhas been able to help out on defense as well while he’s on the ice.”He’s been a key player for us as a defensive forward,”Drewiske said. “He has great awareness; he understands the defensive side ofthe game very well. … It’s like having a third defenseman out there.”As far as he’s come in his adaptation to the forwardposition, Engel admits that he’s still got a lot to improve upon as the Badgershead into the second half of the season.”You have to learn a different side of the game,” Engelsaid. “It was kind of tough right away, but the coaches are always working withme. I’m trying to learn, but I still have a long way to go.”
UW forward Joe Krabbenhoft scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed six rebounds in the Badgers\’ home win over the Iowa Hawkeyes.[/media-credit]After going on a six-game losing streak, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team has finally battled their way back to .500 in the Big Ten with a win over Iowa last night, 69-52.While the Hawkeyes were able to shoot 50 percent from the floor, the Wisconsin defense held Iowa to just 38 total shots while forcing 14 turnovers. They also scored 29 points off those turnovers — an average of about two points per turnover. The Badgers only had six turnovers on the night.“I have never heard of that,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said of their turnover to points stat. “We need to check that. Who’s in charge of that category? I’ve never seen that.”The defensive stats against the Hawkeyes last night were a change from when the Badgers fell 73-69 to Iowa in Iowa City. During the previous game, Wisconsin committed 10 turnovers compared to the Iowa’s nine and only had six points off of turnovers.“The last time we played them, they were picking us apart off the ball screens and on top of the key,” Wisconsin guard Trevon Hughes said. “It was target practice, I should say. We didn’t have our hands up — our hands were down all the time, and that was our main focus.”The Badgers not only played well defensively, but also on the boards. They out-rebounded the Hawkeyes 27-21 and were able to create 18 second-chance points.“Well is it heart or size,” Ryan said. “We always talk about it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the fight of the dog. I thought our guys looked pretty scrappy as far as how they went to the glass.”Hughes’s performance on the night, 14 points with two steals and six assists, was highlighted at the end of the second half when he stole the ball from Iowa guard Jake Kelly and went in for a layup with 25 seconds left in the first half.Following the play, Iowa forward Matt Gatens pushed Wisconsin forward Marcus Landry to the ground, which resulted in a technical foul and two free throws made by UW’s Jason Bohannon. Off the free throws, Gatens turned the ball over again, and Hughes was able to get the ball to Bohannon for a 3-point basket with four seconds remaining in the half.Overall, the series of plays at the end of the first half resulted in a seven-point swing for the Badgers to give them a 36-24 lead going into the locker room.“It gets us so fired up to get back out there for the second half,” Wisconsin forward Joe Krabbenhoft said. “But we kind of have to calm ourselves down in the locker room. Guys were really excited about the way we finished [the half].”In the second half, Krabbenhoft and Landry led the way for the Badgers, scoring eight and nine points, respectively. Overall, Krabbenhoft had a team-high 16 points with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.“I think Joe had a dream last night that he was going to shoot it pretty well,” Ryan said. “The only thing was I had to get him out and wake him up from the dream. I had to bring him over to the sideline and say, ‘Joe, that’s an open shot you hit, but you didn’t look into the post.’”While Krabbenhoft had a big statistical night, at the end it was all about Landry, who joined the Wisconsin standouts, including Michael Finley and Alando Tucker, in the 1,000-point club. The shot came on a turnaround shot from the post midway through the second half in which he was fouled and made the free throw.“I have been struggling on my free throws the last few games,” Landry said. “If I did have the chance to score my 1,000th on my free throw, I would have probably missed.”With last night’s win, the Badgers climb back to .500 in the Big Ten with a record of 6-6 and a 16-9 record overall. Their record moves them to the center of the conference race and keeps the hopes of an NCAA tournament berth come March a reality.“We are disappointed in some of the outcomes,” Krabbenhoft said. “But we put that behind us. Coach does a great job of keeping us focused on what’s next. We have to forget about the past but learn from it, and we’ve done a good job of that. The learning is what you are seeing here, and that’s why these wins are starting to add up because we’ve learned from the tough losses even a couple weeks ago.”
The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted its weekly Students Talk Back event in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on Wednesday afternoon. Students and panelists at the event discussed the 2016 presidential election, possible candidates and effective campaign strategies.Wednesday’s panel featured political consultant and USC Dornsife Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics, Professor Robert Shrum and President of Multiplicity Media Productions Jonathan Wilcox. The panel was co-moderated by Kerstyn Olson from the Unruh institute and Sarah Dhanaphatana, news editor of the Daily Trojan.The panel covered topics ranging from potential candidates, campaign finances, length of campaigns and modern changes to the presidential campaign process.Olson posed questions to the panelists about the effect of candidates running early on in the race and what problems may arise from candidates discourse throughout the election season.Shrum spoke about his experience working on former presidential campaigns, including President John F. Kennedy’s 1960 campaign, and how those compare to modern campaigns.“When JFK announced in 1960, he announced on January 3rd of that year, and the press wrote about how unprecedented it was to announce that early,” Shrum said. “Ever since then, people have been announcing earlier and earlier. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? It’s an inevitable thing.”Dhanaphatana discussed the impact of presidential candidates announcing their candidacy this early on before primary elections. She asked both panelists which candidates voters should expect to run in the election. She also asked which crisis communication strategies candidates should consider in light of large national scandals, citing Hillary Clinton’s recent email scandal.Shrum discussed current campaign challenges, especially fundraising, and how those have forced modern presidential candidates to declare their candidacies earlier on in the election season. Recently announced candidates, such as Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, have been forced to announce their intentions to run early in order to keep up with the fundraising power of more established candidates, such as Jeb Bush.He also commented on the division within the Republican Party between the establishment and insurgents and how that division could influence their selection of a presidential candidate. He explained that Bush, the establishment candidate, could theoretically face a significant challenge by one of the insurgent candidates, such as Rand Paul or Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.Wilcox discussed the ways in which the Republican Party will have to adapt in order to improve its public image and appeal to more voters in order to overcome that division.“They themselves have to make the choice and figure out the balance between the extent to which things now aren’t good enough and how to change, but at the same time, be somebody or a couple of somebodies who the voters can feel good about, not just feel angry towards something else,” Wilcox said.Panelists also discussed the role that age could play in candidates appealing to one of the largest voting blocs: millennials. Shrum mentioned one argument made by opponents to Clinton that her age alienates her from younger voters and creates a generational divide.“Listening to my own students, I don’t think that argument has any traction,” Shrum said. “They do not see Hillary Clinton as some sort of throwback to the past … the idea that there’s a translation between candidate’s age and the voters’ decision is dubious at best.”Wilcox highlighted new challenges, particularly apathy or lack of interest in politics, facing presidential candidates today in gaining support from voters.“More people are more unhappy, more disagreeable and more distant from politics, politicians and the political system than any time I’ve seen before … so to me, the great candidate going forward is going to have to be inspiring, but at the same time authentic,” he said.In order to overcome those new challenges, Shrum encouraged better development campaign messages, and he cited President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign, and the use of media to encourage voter turnout to highlight the importance of messaging in targeting voters.“One thing you have to understand when people say they’re building a social media platform or hiring social media experts, as the best of them would tell you, if you don’t have a compelling argument to make to the voters, it doesn’t matter,” Shrum said. “The medium doesn’t matter without the message.”
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Time has passed since Tipp bowed out of Munster to a pacey skilful Cork team and Eamon felt the time would have been used well. He said it was a “time to reflect and address things that needed to be addressed. You know, every game is going to be different now.”The former Kilruane McDonaghs star continued “I think there’s energy in that group and I’d have massive belief in both the players and the management so I think it’s for right now, I think its time to rally behind the team and management and I think Tipp will give it a good crack. I’m always optimistic anyway but I’d be optimistic for this team.”Tipp named three debutants in the team to take on Westmeath, Darragh Mooney in goals, Thossy Hamill at full back and Joe O Dwyer at wing back. The former All Ireland winning coach believes there’s a lot of strength in the Tipp panel. He said “Listen to do anything there’s got to be constant evolution and the important thing is that we’ve got a very good base of player in the squad. We’ve got players with good attributes to come in. By its nature you have to change, so, I think we will see that evolving over the new few months hopefully. I’m looking for a long summer.” He added “I’ve huge faith in the squad and in the manager.”Eamon O Shea took charge of Tipp in 2013 and was at the helm until 2015 when selector Michael Ryan took over the hot seat. I asked Eamon did he miss management and he responded with an emphatic no!! “I’m quite content to look from where I am it’s really nice just to look on.” The Economics professor continued “Its always an honour to manage your own county, and more importantly to work with the group of players and also the current manager I worked with as well and it was a real pleasure for me to be involved with players of that level of ability and that level of skill who gave us all that much enjoyment and certainly gave me so much enjoyment so I wont forget it.”Overall, he feels hurling is in a good place but the new hurling proposals have to be taken in context “I think it’s good there’s a lot of competition in hurling. The more competition we have the better. We need exciting games. There’s nothing like a hurling match to transform the mood of a county and the mood of a country when they see a good hurling match.”He added a note of caution to the changes in the game “We need to be mindful of those changes. My experience has been if you have a very competitive league followed by a very competitive championship it can squeeze club games and it can create a huge burden on players as well so if we are evolving we need to address the way the league is set up at the moment.”Eamon continued “We just need to be mindful that we bring everybody along and the club game as well because it’s more than what we see on the televisions.”He finished with an absolute truth that is often forgotten in GAA circles “It’s a game of the people”.Tipp v Limerick- Preview by Stephen GleesonLooking to the first of the double headers in Thurles it’s a game that Tipp will relish as they have a chance to atone for their Munster semi final defeat. Limerick arrived in the Ragg that day and produced an excellent performance beating Tipp who hit 14 wides. To add salt to the wounds Limerick went on and beat Cork in the Munster final.Tipp come into this game on the back of a tough outing against Cork and will look to Captain Mary Ryan and Clonoulty Rossmores Cait Devane for leadership and inspiration.Brian Boyle’s charges have worked away under the radar and I caught up with them recently after training in Borrisoleigh Brian and Cait said they were looking forward to the game and another crack at Limerick.Tipp v Cork-minor hurling- Preview by Stephen GleesonLast Thursday’s game was a classic Tipp v Cork battle of old. Watching alongside Ken Hogan all present went through every emotion and in the end two great teams get the chance to do it all again next Monday night.Tipp had inspiring performances from all over, in particular Craig Morgan, Kieran Breen and in particular Jerome Cahill in defence who had a great battle with Cork star forward Brian Turnbull who hit 0-10 (four from play) for the rebels.JK Brackens player and Our Lady’s Croke Cup winner Paddy Cadell starred in the middle for Tipp while Conor Bowe and goal scorer Ray McCormack put in a great performance as well. The second goal scorer Darragh Woods had a big impact on the game when introduced and he contributed a massive 1-4 (0-2 frees) for Tipp.Cork had their heroes as Daire Connery, Diarmuid Lenihan and Rob Downey hurled particularly well. It was an epic game with the result in doubt till the last puck of the game and we await Mondays replay down by the Lee. The slightest move could tip the balance in this one.I spoke with Tipp Minor manager Liam Cahill after Thursday night’s drawn gameRemember the senior hurling, camogie and replay of the Munster minor semi final will all be live here on Tipp FM. What a great weekend of sport in store, we have only just caught our breath after last nights epic Tipp v Cork minor hurling game and now its the double header in Thurles and the replay of the minors back on the horizon. – by Stephen GleesonLooking to the Westmeath game first I met up with Eamon O Shea who was the keynote speaker in Upperchurch on Wednesday night talking about building vibrant communities for all ages in rural areas.The former Tipp manager gave Tipp FM Sport an exclusive interview this week and looked ahead to a great summer of hurling-“Tipperary is starting off now on a new championship, so they’ll be looking to win against Westmeath and it’s not going to be easy after a five week break. I think we’ll need a little bit of patience and hopefully they’ll get through that game and look, I’d have huge confidence in the team and in the squad and in the management so I just look forward to the next two months.”
Photo © Pixabay There will be hopes of a fifth Irish medal at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Hungary today.After posting the second fastest time in the semi finals, Miriam Daly competes in the women’s 400-metre hurdle final this afternoon.The sprint relays also take place today, as do the semi finals of the men’s 800-metres.