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DIGICEL Caribbean Junior Squash championships

first_imgWiltshire, Fernandes take individual titlesIN her final year at the Junior Caribbean Squash Championships, Guyana’s Taylor Fernandes ensured she did not come away empty-handed. She collected her first Caribbean junior title after overpowering four-time junior Caribbean champion Amanda Haywood in the Girls’ Under-19 finals at the courts of the Georgetown Club.As the individual category of the Digicel Junior Caribbean Squash Championships came toShomari Wiltshirean end yesterday, Fernandes, and Shomari Wiltshire, who clinched his first Boys Under-15 title, were the only Guyanese title-winners.Guyana had made it into six of the ten finals yesterday, with a particularly intense final going down between Guyana’s Benjamin Mekdeci and Barbados Josiah Griffith, as they battled for the Boys’ Under-19 title.Griffith, an overseas-based Guyanese, was searching for his fourth consecutive title, while Mekdeci, who has not won a title since 2013, was hoping to break his bad luck and finally grab another.Griffith was a player that Mekdeci had his eye on since the tournament commenced last Sunday, and let it be known that he was hopeful of meeting Griffith in the final. However, fate was not in his favour, and in a reiteration of the 2015 Boys’ Under-17 final, Mekdeci went under in a four-set loss, in the last match of the day.Despite spending the last few months upping his game training at Drexel University, Mekdeci still was not ready for the level of play that Griffith brought, though he by no means went out without a fight.Mekdeci let it be known early on that he meant business and dealt the first blow, of the first game. He allowed Griffit only four points for the game. But it was Griffith who came out charging for the second game, and landed three points before Mekdeci could get one in.Guyana’s Taylor Fernandes goes after a drop shot in the Girls’ Under-19 final against Amanda Haywood.Mekdeci retaliated with force and the two traded points, until it was 6-all, before Griffith created a three-point lead.Mekdeci scored only two more points before Griffith claimed the win. For the next two games, Griffith restricted Mekdeci to six and four points, respectively, before he claimed the ultimate win.In the penultimate match of the day, Fernandes denied Haywood a fifth Caribbean junior title, as the two pulled out all the stops in a fierce five-game fight – the only final to go five games.Each player dug deep into their years of experience, as the pair traded games, and Taylor emerged the winner 11-8, 8-11, 12-10, 5-11, 11-8.Earlier that morning Wiltshire gave the home crowd something to celebrate, as he took his first Boys’ Under-15 title, defeating Trinidad’s Christopher Anthony 11-1, 9-11, 11-1, 11-2.In the Girls Under-13 final, for the fourth consecutive year Kirsten Gomes was stopped in her tracks by Barbados’ Sumaira Suleman, in her hunt her first title. For the third consecutive year the pair battled for the title, but again it was Suleman who prevailed as the stronger of the two registering 11-3, 11-4, 11-2 over Gomes.Guyana missed out on another title, when Abosaide Cadogan, was overpowered by Barbados’ Chelsie Samuel, in a swift three-game ending 11-2, 11-5, 11-2.Mohryan Baksh just didn’t have the skills to match Trinidad’s Seth Thong and he lost 0-11, 2-11, 9-11 in the Boys Under-11 final.Fernandes, Mekdeci, and Wiltshire among others, will now forge forward towards Guyana’s hunt for a 13th consecutive team title, when the team competition of the Championships starts today at the courts of the Georgetown Club and National Racquet Centre.last_img read more

Ferguson Counsels Man Utd Players to be Great Again

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson inspired the Manchester United players with a stirring speech to the dressing room over the Christmas period, according to The Sun.Ferguson, who won 13 Premier League titles as United manager, was invited to speak to the players by current interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Solskjaer, who played under Ferguson at Old Trafford, is said to have brought the legendary coach in to rouse the players – and tell them they can make United great again. A source quoted in The Sun said: ‘He told the lads that this group will make United dominant and successful again.‘He said that he believes in them and he wants them to enjoy themselves and to fight hard for each other and leave everything on the pitch.‘He also told them that the club is in good hands and he promised them that it will become bigger and better in the years to come and they will be part of this success. The players believe that there are some good times ahead.’Solskjaer has a close relationship with Ferguson after scoring the winner in the 1999 Champions League final, arguably the veteran manager’s crowning triumph at United.The address forms part of the Norwegian coach’s attempt to improve the dressing-room atmosphere, which was at rock bottom by the end of Jose Mourinho’s spell in charge.He has already improved results on the pitch, with Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup third-round win over Reading ensuring Solskjaer has won his first five games as manager.It also shows Ferguson, 77, is taking an active interest in United’s fortunes again following his recovery from a brain haemorrhage last May.Meanwhile Paul Pogba’s return to form since the departure of Jose Mourinho has been highlighted by the midfielder being named Manchester United’s Player of the Month for December.The Frenchman was widely criticised for a series of underwhelming displays in the final throes of Mourinho’s troubled tenure, which ended 48 hours after a 3-1 defeat by bitter rivals Liverpool on December 16.Pogba was an unused substitute at Anfield but he was immediately reinstated to the starting XI by by caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.And Pogba has been a revelation as the Red Devils have claimed five successive wins in league and cup.Pogba was handed the club’s player of the month on Tuesday after delaying his arrival in Dubai for a four-day warm weather training camp so he could receive treatment at the club’s Carrington traing base.Pogba missed Saturday’s 2-0 over Reading in the Fa Cup after sustaining a knock in a challenge by Jonjo Shelvey in the win at Newcastle United.Solskjaer told the club’s official website: ‘Paul has had his knock and has had a few days of treatment back home.’‘Hopefully, we can get Paul on his feet during this week.’Solskjaer also provided an update on Fred and Marcos Rojo ahead of Sunday’s clash with Tottenham at Wembley.‘Marcos Rojo has gone back home because his injury is taking a bit longer than we thought,’ he said. ‘Fred’s partner is expecting a baby’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Alex Fergusonlast_img read more

F-M girls basketball beats Liverpool; J-D handles Fulton

first_imgLiverpool had knocked off reigning three-time sectional champion West Genesee earlier that week, but that only seemed to motivate F-M as it went out and grabbed a 15-5 lead by the end of the first quarter.All through the rest of the game, the Hornets withstood each of the Warriors’ attempts to catch up, largely thanks to Roe, who poured in 26 points, including a trio of 3-pointers.Enough help came from Fish, who earned 12 points, as Liverpool still had strong outings from Victoria Morgan, who had 18 points, and Neveah Wingate, who had 11 points. That same night, East Syracuse Minoa lost 47-33 to Auburn, with much of the margin established when the Maroons outscored the Spartans 19-9 in the third quarter.In games on Friday night, Jamesville-DeWitt handled Fulton 75-53, with the biggest story the fact that its offense really started to produce on a consistent basis.Building a 44-27 lead by halftime, the Red Rams maintained that pace as Momo Laclair finished with 16 points, while Kailey McKenna and Lily Loewenguth got eight points apiece.As for Bishop Grimes, it met Syracuse Academy of Science that night and saw everything get away from them early in the second half of a 56-37 defeat to the Atoms.SAS already led 18-13 at the end of a low-scoring first half, but then took full advantage of all the Cobras’ mistakes as it outscored them 24-6 in the third quarter.Rosalie Vincent had eight points to lead Grimes as Rhonee Shea Pal had seven points and Naywel Ayeil had six points. For the Atoms, Alexius Pierce had 22 points and 10 rebounds as Xy’el Bradford had 19 points, eight rebounds and four steals.Two days later, Grimes lost, 53-30, to Academy of Holy Names, from Albany. Ayeil got 12 points and Shea Pal had nine points, but the rest of the Cobras were held to just three total field goals.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Bishop GrimesESMF-Mgirls basketballJ-Dcenter_img All through the week prior to the school holiday break, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls basketball team was eager to show itself as a prime Section III Class AA title contender.One opportunity to do so was taken away when the Hornets’ Dec. 17 game against unbeaten, state no. 15-ranked Baldwinsville was postponed by winter weather, to get made up on Jan. 2 at 1:30.Denied that opportunity, F-M was quite ready when Liverpool paid a visit last Thursday night, and led by Lexie Roe and Lily Fish, the Hornets defeated the Warriors 53-43.last_img read more

Hoops dreams alive, well behind China’s Great Wall

first_imgWith the NFL, college football and the World Series all playing simultaneously, the NBA might be the last thing on sports fans’ minds right now. But to many of the one billion-plus inhabitants of China, basketball is the biggest deal in town all the time.This was certainly the case last week when two NBA preseason games between the Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers took place in the cities of Shanghai and Macao. When watching the first of the two games on ESPN, I got the sense that Chinese fans were genuinely excited to watch an exhibition match between two mediocre Eastern Conference teams. Just like in America, LeBron James was the big draw for the crowd. Every time he touched the ball, regardless of what he did with it, cheers would erupt from the stands. And they didn’t seem to choose sides either. Whenever a point was scored, fans could be heard applauding politely, even if it was a role player like Ira Newble or Donyell Marshall. It wasn’t important who won. It was just important that the NBA had made its way to China.Obviously, the Chinese aren’t completely unfamiliar with the sport. They have had professional teams for years and now call one of the NBA’s biggest stars their own. With Yao Ming’s success in America and the Milwaukee Bucks recently drafting Yi Jianlian, China may become as big in the NBA as the NBA is in China.I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the country for three weeks this summer, and I was amazed at the extent to which the NBA in particular, and basketball in general, has permeated the Chinese culture. In the capital city of Beijing, which will play host to next year’s Olympics, American advertisements could be found everywhere, with basketball as a common selling point.One Adidas ad on a major Beijing street featured the Wizards’ Gilbert Arenas, and a Nike billboard featured several Chinese teens dribbling the rock. In Shanghai, the host of the Cavs-Magic game, one shopping mall had entire Adidas and Nike stores with jerseys and shoes of NBAers Kevin Garnett and Tracy McGrady. Maybe it’s because he looks like a 7-foot-6 Frankenstein, but Yao Ming surprisingly didn’t have the star appeal to sell in his native land.A basketball court in downtown Beijing also carried the Nike swoosh all over. Players pay their money to secure a court for a certain amount of time, and then play the game they love amidst the backdrop of Garnett and Dwyane Wade looking on from a Gatorade poster. Gotta love commercialism.At schools and universities in China’s larger cities, many students favor basketball over any other sport, opting to hit the blacktop over the soccer pitch. I had the chance to play a pick-up game with several Chinese kids, and they could definitely ball. They all had their favorite player (Tim Duncan and T-Mac were shockingly more popular choices than Yao) and emulated their styles in our friendly scrimmage. One of the kids even went so far in his NBA fandom as to memorize information about certain players, including what team they play for and what year they were drafted. Just to test his knowledge, I asked about a few obscure players. I was definitely surprised when the student knew exactly who LaPhonso Ellis played for and when Rashad McCants was drafted. It was at this point that I realized the NBA had arrived in the People’s Republic and won’t be leaving anytime soon.For the Chinese nation, there is a greater meaning associated with sports than the mere fun and game of it. As a nation that has been behind the rest of the world in nearly every imaginable aspect, China has taken great pride in finally catching up in the athletic arena.Nothing exemplifies this quite like the upcoming 2008 Olympic Games. In the United States, most citizens take it for granted when our country plays host to one of the most prestigious global sporting events. In the past 27 years, the U.S. has housed four Olympics. When the torch reaches Beijing in 2008, it will be the communist country’s first.In the host city, you cannot turn your head without seeing some hint that the Olympics are quickly approaching. In the modern parts of town, entire stores sell Olympic memorabilia to tourists and natives alike. Signs and ads for the games are everywhere, and clocks count down the days and hours until the opening ceremony. Even in the rural parts of Beijing, you will find Chinese people excited and proud to have the Olympics coming to their city.With the increased popularity of basketball in China, plans are in the works to expand the NBA’s presence there, according to ESPN.com, in what commissioner David Stern called “the second NBA, the NBA of China.” This new Chinese subsidiary will not only increase the business of Stern’s league, but will continue to spread the basketball gospel to millions of Chinese ballers.So, basketball fans, be prepared to see a lot more players like Yao and Yi in the NBA as the league continues to gain influence overseas.And you might want to start brushing up on your Mandarin.Tyler is a junior majoring in journalism. If you want some tutoring in Chinese, he only took one semester, but he can try to help with the basics if you contact him at tmason@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Syracuse smashes Dartmouth, 3-0, advances to 3rd round of the NCAA tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 20, 2016 at 4:18 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Sergio Camargo slid forward, flicked his foot and tapped the ball toward the Dartmouth net. In the process, his cleat hit Dartmouth goalie James Hickok in the torso as Hickok lay on the ground with his knees tucked into his chest.The ball hovered over the goal line and Camargo celebrated with Johannes Pieles, who he combined with for four straight passes to set up the score.Syracuse’s two-goal lead just 24 minutes into the game was more than enough as the No. 8 seed Orange (12-3-4, 3-2-3 Atlantic Coast) rolled in the second round of the NCAA tournament with a 3-0 victory over Dartmouth (9-5-5, 5-1-1 Ivy) on Sunday at SU Soccer Stadium. The game was moved up two hours due to the potential storm and snowfall picked up as the game progressed. Syracuse struck early and never allowed the Big Green back into the game.Camargo led the way for SU with two goals and an assist while Chris Nanco had the other score. The victory extended the Orange’s season at least until Syracuse faces No. 9 seed North Carolina Nov. 27 at SU Soccer Stadium in the Round of 16.“You often gauge your team if you’re still having a chance to eat Thanksgiving dinner together as a team, as a family,” Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It means you’ve got a good group.”For the third straight year, the Orange’s season will still be alive on the fourth Thursday of November. Earlier this season, that appeared to be a near lock as Syracuse reeled off eight straight wins — the best start in program history — and set expectations at an all-time high.But a mid-season funk diverted the Orange as SU went winless in four consecutive games. Syracuse climbed back, though, by avoiding a loss in six games before its ACC tournament tie and subsequent penalty-kick loss to Clemson. As each game from here on out will hold more significance than the last, the Orange began its NCAA tournament run with its most emphatic win of the season.And it was Camargo and Nanco who powered SU.Tony D. Curtis | Staff Photographer“We were just moving. We were moving faster than they were,” Camargo said. “They’re a big team so we knew we had to move away from their big players and get open.”Dartmouth entered the game without having allowed a goal since Oct. 29. Three-hundred eighty-five minutes and twenty-six seconds of shutout soccer. But it took just 6 minutes, 45 seconds for the Orange to crack through.Camargo unloaded a shot from the top of the penalty box that Hickok blocked. The goalie couldn’t corral it fully, and it bounced in front of the net. Nanco rushed forward from the right side and kicked the ball in. Syracuse has won all 17 games Nanco has scored in during the senior’s career.Less than 20 minutes later, Camargo combined with Pieles for the nifty goal. The score gave SU a cushion that it leaned on the rest of the way.“When you try to chase the game in those conditions, it makes it very difficult,” Big Green head coach Chad Riley said.Dartmouth’s game plan was to keep the ball away from Syracuse’s playmakers in the middle of the field. The snowy surface gave an advantage to attackers, Riley said, since defenders’ reaction times were slower.After halftime, Nanco delivered a no-look pass to Camargo off the back of his heel and Camargo dribbled through two defenders. When Hickok rushed out at him, Camargo pushed the ball to his left and then into an empty net. All Hickok and the Dartmouth defense could do was watch.“The third goal was going to be an important one as conditions deteriorated,” McIntyre said. “Dartmouth scores and it’s a new game.”But the Big Green never broke through Syracuse’s defense. By the end of the game, around the same time it was originally scheduled to start, a layer of snow had dusted over SU Soccer Stadium’s field. And when the final whistle blew, players on the Orange didn’t swarm to each other. They walked slowly across grass and calmly high-fived.Playing this deep into the season has become the expectation. It showed against Dartmouth. Commentslast_img read more

Wisconsins men’s tennis stuns Purdue in 4-3 comeback

first_imgThe Badgers’ men’s tennis team pulled off one of its greatest victories of the season with a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over No. 58 Purdue on Friday night at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.“For these guys to be able to step up and overcome adversity was great to see,” Wisconsin head coach Greg Van Emburgh said after the victory. “This [win] should bring a lot of confidence to the guys. They should feel confident about their games again and we should be back to competing at a high level.”The win had a bigger impact on the Badgers than just putting a halt to their losing streak and continuing their dominance of Purdue (10 straight coming into Friday). This win gave the Badgers back their swagger; it gave them back their confidence.“I think this is huge [for our confidence],” senior Billy Bertha said after the win. “We’ve lost the past three Big Ten matches after winning the doubles point, so to come out and not win the doubles point while still being able to win the match really sets the tone for Indiana on Sunday.”Confidence had been something this team was lacking during its recent seven match losing streak – including six conference games. The difference between Friday’s match and those during the losing streak was the fact that this team is once again healthy and has its senior captain back on the court.“It was a lot of fun to get back out there on the court after missing a few games due to back injuries,” Bertha said. “Getting the win just made it that much better.”The Badgers (11-9, 2-6), who came into the match winning five of their past seven doubles points, lost two of three doubles matches to the Boilermakers (16-8, 4-4). Their lone doubles win came by the strong play of Bertha and Alexander Kostanov on court number one over the No. 79 ranked doubles pairing of Krisztian Krocsko and Szymon Tatarczyk, 8-5.Wisconsin’s No. 2 doubles pairing of Alexander Kokorev and Petr Satral fell 8-4 at the hands of Diego Acosta and Aaron Dujovne, which tied the score at 1-1.The Boilermakers earned the doubles point after Mark Kovacs and Pawel Poziomski defeated Jakhongir Jalalov and Oskar Wikberg, 8-6 at the No. 3 position.Sporting a record of 16-1 when winning the doubles point, the Boilermakers put themselves in a great position to win the match, especially after Tatarczyk defeated Satral 6-1, 6-3 on court one and Mateus Silva defeated Frederik Strabo 6-2, 6-2 on court six. The Badgers, however, did not give up and continued to fight on.“When the guys huddled up before singles,” Van Emburgh said, “they pointed to when we lost the doubles point against Minnesota and came back and won four singles, so it felt good that they were all jacked to play the singles.”Of course, digging themselves into a 3-0 hole wasn’t a part of that plan, but the Badgers were willing to do whatever it took to pull out the victory. “For us to come out there and to be down 3-0 to lose the doubles point, set, set three, and match point down just shows a lot of heart,” Van Emburgh said.The Badgers’ first point of the day came at the singles’ No. 2 position as Kostanov defeated Kovacs, 6-3, 6-4. Simultaneous with the conclusion of Kostanov’s match, Bertha was fighting off a team match-point for the Boilermakers and he came up with an ace to keep the Badgers’ hopes alive.“I didn’t know that we were down until my dad told me that I better not lose this match [because then] the team will lose,” Bertha said. “So I kind of turned it on a little bit.”Meanwhile, Jalalov made the Badgers’ far-fetched dreams a reality when he cut the lead 3-2 with a 7-6, 6-4 victory over Krocsko at the No. 6 slot. Bertha won a tight second set 7-6 (8-6) before finishing off Poziomski in the third set for a final line of 1-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3.Suddenly, the senior leader had tied the match at 3-3 and all the Badgers needed to complete the comeback was for a freshman to pull off the biggest victory of his young career.“When Billy got the break in the third I knew it was up to me, Wikberg said. “[When my teammates came to my court to support me], I just wanted to win even more; I wanted to clinch it.”After dropping the first set to Dujovne, 7-6 (7-3), Wikberg rallied and won the final two sets 6-3, 6-1 to clinch it for the Badgers.“He’s one of the hardest workers on the team,” Bertha said of the freshman. “For him to get that win and to see him play better than he has lately – not even in terms of the score but just his play – speaks volumes in the way he’s preparing himself and the way he’s closing out.”The Badgers, armed with newly found confidence, play host to No. 56 Indiana on Sunday with just three B1G matches remaining on their schedule.last_img read more

Tipp Minors begin Championship campaign

first_imgThe two sides’ last meeting in Munster in 2013 resulted in a comfortable six point victory for the Premier County, a result they’ll be hoping to repeat this evening.Cork face Limerick at Pairc Ui Rinn in tonight’s other quarter final. Tipperary’s Minor hurlers will take to the pitch this evening in their first Championship outing of 2015.The Premier County are taking on Waterford in the Munster quarter final in Semple Stadium with a throw in time of 7 o’clock.Several of the starting 15 have inter-county experience under their belts with four players from last year’s side.last_img read more

3,000 Pregnant Women Take Part in LaLiga Project Searching for the…

first_img90 future mothers and their stories were chosen from all those submitted and treated to a 5G ultrasound scan, thanks to which they, together with their babies, became part of LaLiga history. Through these scans LaLiga captured the sound of 90 tiny beating hearts, representative of its 90 years of history and the heartbeat which unites all football fans across the world.In addition, six of these future mothers starred in a series of emotional videos which intimately and realistically reflect their moving stories – representative of millions of women across the world – and which can be seen at latidosdelfuturo.com.These #LatidosDelFuturo (#HeartbeatsOfTheFuture) will provide the foundations for a far greater future project, both national and international, which will make these future babies the true stars of LaLiga.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The initiative (#HeartbeatsOfTheFuture), which marks the competition’s 90th anniversary, seeks to find the fans of tomorrow through their mothers’ stories.3,000 expectant mothers have signed up to the #LatidosDelFuturo initiative, a project set in motion by LaLiga to celebrate the organisation’s 90th anniversary together with its fans of the future, those who are yet to be born into football-mad families. The project also honours the mothers who transmit their passion and love for the game to their children, even before birth.The success of the sign-up process surpassed all expectations, with thousands of women taking part and telling their stories at latidosdelfuturo.com in the space of just seven days. Incredible stories of overcoming adversity, love and, above all, passion for football that clearly show how this is a sport which transcends borders and how the love for it is passed from generation to generation. You don’t become a true fan. You’re born one.last_img read more

Platini tips Pirlo for Ballon d’Or

first_imgUEFA President Michel Platini is confident Juventus and Italy hero Andrea Pirlo “can win the Ballon d’Or.”The veteran midfielder is one of three Italians on the short-list along with Gianluigi Buffon and Mario Balotelli.“Pirlo is playing very well and I think he can win the Ballon d’Or, but there are also many other strong candidates for that award,” Platini told Radio 2 in Italy.The UEFA President was also asked about the recent controversy over refereeing decisions and the potential introduction of technology.“If we introduced that then we would have to decide every single offside, every single free kick, and every corner using technology – because the referee can get it wrong at any moment.”last_img read more