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Jason Roy added to England squad for Australia ODIs

first_imgMANCHESTER: Explosive batsman Jason Roy has been added to the England squad for the three-match ODI series against Australia beginning Friday at the Old Trafford.In a media statement, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday also informed that Dawid Malan has been named as a reserve. The middle-order batsman was in explosive form in the T20I series as he top-scored with 129 runs and played a crucial role in England’s 2-1 win over Australia in Southampton. Courtesy his performance, Malan has moved to the numero uno spot in ICC T20I rankings for batsmen. Joe Denly, who was originally named in the squad as a reserve, has left the bio-secure bubble and returned to Kent, the ECB statement further read. England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonathan Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood. Reserves: Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Phil Salt. Australia squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam. (IANS) Also Watch: AASU-AJYCP’s New Political Party on Sept 11last_img read more

Ashley Cole Retires from Football

first_imgHowever, his contract with the Rams ran out at the end of last season.“After hard thinking it was time to hang up my boots and look forward to my next chapter,” Cole told Sky Sports.Cole was part of the Arsenal “Invincibles” side that won the Premier League without losing a game in 2003/04.He left the Gunners for a move to West London in an acrimonious circumstances after Arsenal failed to match his wage demands in 2006.Cole went onto win another Premier League title, the Champions League and the Europa League in an eight-year spell at Chelsea.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former England, Arsenal and Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole announced his retirement at 38 on Sunday and plans to forge a career on coaching.Cole won 13 major trophies, including three Premier League titles, and, with 107 caps, is one of just nine men to have made more than 100 appearances for England.After leaving Chelsea in 2014, he had short spells with Roma, LA Galaxy and most recently Derby County, under the management of former teammate Frank Lampard last season.last_img read more

Badgers hope to end home struggles

first_imgGREG DIXON/Herald photoOctober has been a tumultuous month for the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team, which has seen its record fall faster than multicolored leaves around campus. The Badgers (5-5-5 overall, 0-3-2 Big Ten) have struggled to put the nail in the coffin during close games and have lost or tied the last six games while being outscored 13-6. The home turf of the McClimon Soccer Complex has been particularly unkind to the Cardinal and White recently, as the Badgers have failed to notch a win at home since their Sept. 26 romping of Northern Illinois. “We’ve been in games, but we’ve had some times that were disappointing,” UW head coach Jeff Rohrman said. “I think at the end of the day, our guys know that we have to get some W’s and get on a bit of a roll as we prepare ourselves for the Big Ten Tournament.”As October begins to draw to a close, the Badgers will be looking to quell their winless streak when they match up against the Oakland University Grizzlies (7-5-2, 4-0 Summit Conference) Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the McClimon Soccer Complex. The Grizzlies, who have won three of their last five games, will be no cakewalk for a Badgers team that has been plagued by missed opportunities and breakdowns on both sides of the ball. “We’ve played well, but we just haven’t had many bounces go our way,” goalkeeper Alex Horwath said. “We’ve outplayed many of the teams so far, yet we just haven’t had much luck go our way compared to the first five games of the season.”If the Badgers want to come out of tomorrow’s game with a win, they must play a complete game on both offense and defense, something that has eluded them for the better part of the season. “We do a very good job at coming out fired up and intense, but we seem to lose that over the course of the game,” sophomore forward Brandon Miller said. “We need to do a better job of sustaining [momentum] and just take care of the little things, and hopefully that will allow us to avoid the misfortunes we’ve had in the last few games.”Offensively, the Badgers must be in top shape if they hope to light up the scoreboard against a challenging Grizzlies defense. “We know they are going to come out ready to play. They’ve played three Big Ten teams so far this season, and they have been close games every time,” Miller said. “We know they are going to be up to the challenge.” UW junior forward Victor Diaz, who leads the Badgers with 12 points on four goals and four assists, must be heavily involved in the offense to give the Badgers momentum. So far this season, Diaz has gelled nicely with Miller, who has shown a deft passing touch that has led to many scoring opportunities. Rohrman is counting on the two offensive dynamos to create mismatches with the Grizzlies defenders to open things up for the Badgers tonight.“We obviously need a win. We need to get momentum going into the Big Ten tournament during these last three regular season games,” Miller said. “It is important that we win all of these games, and it starts Wednesday.”On the defensive side of the ball, Wisconsin needs to communicate well and be in position to thwart scoring chances for Oakland. Oakland’s Sebastian Harris and Stew Givens, who are tied with 10 points, are the main threats to UW’s defense and must be accounted for at all times. It will be up to Horwath, who may play despite a strained abdominal muscle, to direct players in order to give himself the best chance to make saves. Tonight’s matchup against Oakland is the penultimate home game for Wisconsin before it wraps up its home stand against Big Ten powerhouse Indiana University Nov. 4. With the Big Ten tournament in its sights, a complete game against Oakland and consecutive wins at home are just what Wisconsin needs heading into the toughest stretch of the season.last_img read more

Okafor’s personality, demeanor stand out both on, off court for Duke

first_img Published on February 13, 2015 at 12:50 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Jahlil Okafor’s younger relatives will text and call him, telling the 6-foot-11 freshman that they saw him on TV, in Sports Illustrated or that their friends are talking about him.For Okafor, it’s not about the NBA mock drafts that project him to go No. 1 overall, the constant praise from national media or even those hailing the 19-year-old as the best player in the country.“For me the best part is having little brothers and little cousins that look up to me and them being able to see that,” Okafor said to The Daily Orange via Duke Athletics. “It makes them happy and it makes me feel good about myself.”This season, Okafor is averaging 18 points and 9.1 rebounds, among the best numbers in the Atlantic Coast Conference, for a No. 4 Duke (21-3, 8-3 ACC) team that will visit the Carrier Dome for a matchup with Syracuse (16-8, 7-4) at 6 p.m. on Saturday. But for the freshman phenom, there’s a lot more than what’s visible on the court.Okafor’s unique experiences, which include the passing of his mother when he was 9 years old, have given him a different perspective on life, Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel said. Okafor is now not just a teenager who possesses a skill set uncanny for his age. He exudes a composure beyond his years, which not only makes him amicable off the hardwood, but an effective presence on it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s probably the happiest young person I’ve been around,” Capel said. “He’s a guy that gets fouled a lot and they’re not called. And he’s able to handle it the right way and without being demonstrative, without complaining, without being overt, he does that.”A typical morning for Okafor is just like one for any other college basketball player. He’ll wake up, go to the team’s film session and then walk to class. He joked that he’ll even text center Marshall Plumlee to make sure Plumlee doesn’t sleep through his class.Then it’s back to his room on Duke’s East Campus to hang out with suitemate and freshman point guard Tyus Jones. There’s nothing about Okafor’s routine that shows he’s the highest-touted freshman in the country.“He’s funny, he’s nice, he’s a class act,” senior walk-on Sean Kelly said. “I guess a lot of people probably just see him on the court, but off the court he’s just as good as he is on.”Kelly said that there’s no sense of secluded friend groups or cliques among the team and that Okafor’s lighthearted personality is one of the main catalysts for that.In the locker room, Okafor will crack jokes all the time, Kelly said. He added that when Okafor puts on a song that he likes, the rest of the team often says, “Oh man, I really like that.”And whenever Okafor is driving on the street and sees what he called a “beautiful“ dog, his soft side comes out and he stops just to look at the animal he said he plans on owning several of in the future.“Jahlil Okafor is a fun-loving guy,” Okafor said.Almost six minutes into Duke’s game on Monday, the Blue Devils had yet to score and trailed Florida State, 2-0. FSU’s Phil Cofer caught a swing pass just inside the 3-point arc, took one dribble and elevated to dunk right over Okafor for an and-one.It happens so rarely that Okafor took to Twitter after the game to poke fun at himself. More times than not, it’s the freshman on the other end of a dunk, often followed by a finger point to acknowledge the teammate who passed him the ball.And whether it’s the opponents he’s dunking on or his little brothers, people constantly look up to Okafor. The person he’s molded himself into has allowed him to be a 19-year-old superstar, but it’s what people don’t see that he prides himself on.“He’s able to feel things and see things from a different lens in a different way than most young people,” Capel said. “Just a really, really special and unique young man.” Commentslast_img read more

Enthusiastic women’s rugby club growing

first_imgRecruiting in any type of collegiate sports program has inherent difficulties, but having to overcome preconceived, negative notions and unfamiliarity with the sport makes the task much more demanding.The USC women’s club rugby team faced this situation in its inaugural season during the spring semester of 2009.Physical situation · The USC women’s rugby team takes part in a scrum at UC San Diego’s annual Scrum by the Sea. The club is recruiting heavily on campus in preparation for its upcoming second season of action. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanAs a newly established club, filling the minimum of 15 players needed to play in games proved to be a significant challenge.“It was a real struggle. A lot of times we didn’t have subs and we were playing against teams with two times the players,” senior Shawna Kleban said.In certain circumstances, the team was forced to use players from other colleges as fill-ins, which made creating team chemistry difficult.“Having to borrow players made it hard to develop camaraderie,” USC coach Peter Tillotson said.To promote a stronger connection within the team, the club is focusing on recruiting. But the lack of recognition of rugby, especially in Southern California, creates hardships in finding newcomers willing to try out the sport.“It is difficult to recruit new girls, because many are not familiar with the sport,” Kleban said.Given the adverse situation, the club has continued with an aggressive recruiting campaign in hopes of filling the dire need for players during the upcoming spring season.Recruiting tactics have included manning a booth at the involvement fair, selling T-shirts, having team members bring friends to practice and giving talks at sorority house dinners to increase awareness and attract new members.The Greek presence is beneficial to the team as its looks to increase its numbers.“A decent amount of the team is Greek. We are trying to build on the sisterhood idea,” sophomore Kimberley Carder said.As the number of team members and each one’s individual commitment increases, the club strives for continued growth and the ability to function on its own.“Our goal is to make the club self-sufficient,” said junior Jessica Choi, president and founder of club.To achieve this aspiration, the club plans to establish a rookie development program, headed by Carder.“[The program] will peg a rookie with an experienced player,” Carder said. “This mentor program will help promote a better understanding of the sport.”As part of this initiative, Carder looks to hold an additional practice composed of solely rookies to teach essential skills and rugby vernacular, and to build teamwork.Successful implementation of this program would allow the club to build on some of the strong points that Tillotson has emphasized.“The team’s biggest strengths are their enthusiasm and ability to pick up the game,” he explained.The club’s roster currently lists 27 members, but it is always looking for more to try out.“We would like to field at least two teams with 15 players each,” Tillotson said.Currently the team has been participating in off-season training and the club has made evident strides over the course of the semester.The team has played in several games to maintain playing shape, including the Scrum by the Sea Tournament in San Diego on Nov. 7 and 8, where it was able to win two matches.Ultimately, Tillotson would like to see the club be on par with other rugby programs around the nation.“[The aim] is to reach the level to compete with the more experienced clubs, and to play at the high level which [USC is] capable of playing,” he said.The coaching staff has played a critical role in helping the team achieve some of its success in the off-season.“Coach has been great in the development of the core of the team,” team captain Bonnie Wong said.As the team develops, it looks to be competitive in the Collegiate Women’s Second Division of the Southern California Rugby Football Union.Although the club continues to grow and achieves greater amounts of success, the team maintains a true sense of what sports are fundamentally about.Junior Luisa Lam explained that the main purpose of the club is “learning about the game, not necessarily winning, but enjoying rugby and having fun.”With this outlook, the club looks to continue and grow in number and in spirit by embracing the multifaceted sport of rugby and establishing long-lasting bonds between players.last_img read more

SU curling club competes at National College Curling Championship

first_img Published on April 22, 2019 at 11:57 am Contact Joshua: jbaker04@syr.edu Comments A year ago, Syracuse junior Paul Mokotoff attended a curling tournament, also known as a bonspiel, at the Utica Curling Club. At the time, Syracuse didn’t have a curling team. Mokotoff had to pull together enough interested students, secure a location to practice and find opportunities for competition. SU sociology professor Rebecca Schewe and Mokotoff created the SU curling club about a year ago, coordinating with Recreation Services and officially establishing the team on April 4, 2018. The team currently has eight members, but Mokotoff, now the club president, hopes that their success this season can be used as a recruiting tool.“We do not hold tryouts,” Shewe said. “As a new club, we welcome all members. We have a few members who have curled previously but most are brand new.”Curling is a sport that combines hockey, darts, and shuffleboard. Players slide stones towards a target area that is segmented into four concentric circles on a sheet of ice that is somewhat different from ice for hockey or figure skating. Two teams of four take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called rocks, across the ice curling sheet towards a circular target on the ice called the house. As the rock slides across the ice, two players sweep the ice ahead of the rock to increase its distance. Each team has eight stones, with each player throwing two. The goal is to accumulate the highest score for a game; points are scored for the stones resting closest to the center of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones. A game usually consists of eight or ten rounds.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShewe learned to curl what she was a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin. She has been a member at the Madison Curling Club, the Dunedin Curling Club in New Zealand, the Kalamazoo Curling Club and now the Utica Curling Club. The team is affiliated with the Utica Curling Club and the United States Curling Association. After just one year, the team qualified for the National College Curling Championship on March 8-10 against Broomstones Curling Club.The team plays in head-to-head matches against others schools and works on various skills. Helping the newer curlers hone their skills in delivering and sweeping is especially important now that they are headed to the National Championships soon. “The more experienced players and newbies are both working on their different throwing weights (speeds),” Mokotoff said, “which will help us get a better sense of the required weight (speed) a stone needs to be thrown for certain types of shots during a game.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Kansas, Big 12 champs no more: What life looked like last time that happened

first_img— Marge Schott, the controversial owner of MLB’s Reds, died March 2.  — Phil Mickelson had yet to win his first golf major, which he accomplished in April at the Masters. We’ll end on that. For the first time since 2004, the Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball team will not win the Big 12 regular-season championship.That was Bill Self’s first season with the Jayhawks. They finished 24-9 and reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. Kansas then reeled off 14 consecutive seasons with at least a share of the regular-season conference championship, a run that ended Tuesday when the Jayhawks were eliminated from title contention with an 81-68 loss to Oklahoma.  NCAA BRACKET PROJECTIONS: Where are the Jayhawks seeded?The last time this happened was March 2, 2004, when Oklahoma State clinched the Big 12 championship. The Cowboys went on to the Final Four that season before losing to Georgia Tech.  What else was going on the last time the Jayhawks didn’t win the Big 12? Sporting News wants to take you back:— “Yeah” by Usher, featuring Lil John and Ludacris, was on a 14-week run as Billboard’s No. 1 single. Don’t think for a second we’re not moving on in this article without getting “Yeah, yeah, yeah … yeah, yeah, YEAH” stuck in your head all day.  — The fifth season of “The Sopranos” premiered on March 7 and drew a 23.8 Nielsen rating. The show finally won the Emmy for outstanding drama series later in the year. We’re eagerly awaiting the final season of another HBO hit, “Game of Thrones,” to start April 14.  Don’t think we’re moving on without getting the opening theme stuck in your head, either.— If you didn’t have HBO, the network TV battle in 2004 was between “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” on CBS, “American Idol” on Fox and the final season of “Friends” on NBC. You know we’re going there, too . . .  — We don’t know what kind of cell phone you had, but chances are it was one of these.  — “The Passion of the Christ,” which premiered Feb. 25, was the top movie in the United States.   Now, a few more from the sports world . . .— Nick Saban was preparing for his final season as LSU football coach. Saban would leave Baton Rouge after the 2004 season for a two-year stint with the NFL’s Dolphins before beginning his reign of terror with Alabama in 2007.  — The Patriots defeated the Panthers in Super Bowl 38 — which was best known for the halftime wardrobe malfunction involving Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson — on Feb. 1. Tom Brady became a two-time Super Bowl champion at that point, and this was three years before he started dating Gisele Bundchen.  — Saint Joseph’s guard Jameer Nelson was named SN’s College Basketball Player of the Year. He led the Hawks to the Elite Eight, where they lost to Oklahoma State.  — Eli Manning was the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft on April 24, but he refused to play for the San Diego Chargers. He was soon sent to the Giants in exchange for Philip Rivers, whom New York selected fourth overall.  — Barry Bonds was preparing for another MVP season (his seventh) with the Giants, a season in which he hit his 700th career home run.last_img read more

Casinos celebrate as sports gambling begins

first_imgSeveral casinos around the state held ceremonies and began taking their first sports bets Thursday as it became legal at noon.The sports book operator counted down three-two-one and the ribbon was cut to cheers at the Prairie Meadows Casino in Altoona, Republican state senate majority leader Jack Whitver of Ankeny says some Iowans were already betting illegally.“We decided the right path forward was to bring sports wagering out of the darkness into a controlled, regulated environment that offers consumer protection along the way,” Whitver says.The state will collect taxes from sports gambling, but it may only be a small percentage of what is already collected from casinos. Whitver and State Senator Tony Bisignano of Des Moines made the first bets at Prairie Meadows. Bisignano bet on the New York Yankees to win their game and Whitver – who was a standout wide receiver at Iowa State — picked the Cyclones to beat Iowa this year in football. Customers lined up after the ribbon cutting to place their bets.Mick Schminkey of Pleasant Hill put 40 dollars down on a few N-F-L preseason games. He says he’s been waiting for Iowa to approve sports gambling since the Supreme Court threw out a federal ban last year. Eventually Schminkey hopes to win a few bets, but this was for the experience.“It’s just fun to have that first bet in my pocket. I probably won’t ever throw this ticket away, unless I win,” Schminkey says. Iowa is one of the early states to adopt sport betting but others are close behind. Places like Oregon, Illinois and Indiana are working out the final details. A similar ceremony took place at the Isle Casino Hotel in Bettendorf . Bettendorf Mayor Bob Gallagher placed the ceremonial first legal sports bet on his alma mater.“Seeing as though I am an Iowa grad, my son goes to school there, and I was actually Herky the Hawkeye while in school, I’m going to take the Hawkeyes in their season total wins to beat seven and a half,” Gallagher says. William Hill is running the sports betting for the Isle and Vice President Michael Grodsky says they are ready for sports gamblers.“Any questions you have at all or any concerns you have about how to bet or what way to make a bet, we are here for you,” Grodsky says. “We know this is brand new to the midwest, and we’re excited to be here.” Eighteen of the 19 state-licensed casinos plan to offer sports betting. Ten of them were ready to go for the first day and the rest are expected to complete the process in the next week or so.last_img read more

Saudis suspend World Cup referee over bribery

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Mirdasi was chosen to referee Saudi Arabia’s Kings Cup final between top clubs Al-Faisaly and Al-Ittihad on Saturday but was pulled from the roster just a few hours before the game. In a statement, the disciplinary and ethics committee said Mirdasi had approached the president of Al-Ittihad asking him for a bribe to enable his team to win.“The Ittihad president Hamad Al-Sanayeh called the Saudi Football Federation to state there was evidence that Fahad Al-Mirdasi had reached out via text messages on WhatsApp. He asked for an illegal sum of money in exchange for helping his team win the game,” it said. The case was referred to the Saudi Football Federation, then the General Authority for Sport — the highest sports authority in the kingdom — triggering an administrative investigation. Mirdasi confessed to the charges, according to the statement, and it was decided “to deprive him from participating in any football activity for life”. ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Overjoyed Sharapova shares court with ‘GOAT’ Nadal China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls The committee recommended that Saudi Arabia officially request FIFA to remove Mirdasi from the list of referees participating in the 2018 World Cup and suspend him for life. “Our integrity is above all considerations,” said Turki Al-Sheikh, head of the General Authority for Sport.Mirdasi was one of five Arab referees chosen by FIFA to officiate at the 2018 World Cup. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding FILE – In this file photo taken on October 18, 2016 Saudi referee Fahad al-Mirdasi gestures during the Asian Champions League football return match between Qatar’s El-Jaish and UAE’s Al-Ain at the Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium in Doha. The Saudi Football Federation have banned referee Fahad al-Mirdasi for life over bribery and urged FIFA to remove him from the pool of referees for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. AFP PHOTO / KARIM JAAFARThe Saudi Football Federation have banned referee Fahad al-Mirdasi for life over bribery and urged FIFA to remove him from the pool of referees for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Mirdasi was suspended after admitting offering to take a bribe to influence the outcome of a match, the federation’s disciplinary and ethics committee said late Tuesday. ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations The 32-year-old is one of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent referees, having earned a FIFA badge in 2011 and officiating at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 and the Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017. In a statement to AFP, FIFA said it was looking at the case and seeking more information.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“FIFA notes the information that referee Fahad Al Mirdasi has allegedly been banned for life from all football-related activities by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF),” it said.“FIFA has requested more information from the SAFF before making any further comments.” Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

UPDATE: Camp Street Prison Break

first_imgThe Guyana Fire Service has confirmed that no burnt bodies were recovered from what remains of the Camp Street Prison following the devastating fire which erupted on Sunday.Up to this morning, Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson was touring the now gutted facilities.However the penitentiary remains cordoned off while the prisoners were relocated to the Lusignan, Timehri and Mazaruni prisons. Three escapees are reportedly still on the run.last_img