Scorpions confident ahead of Jaguars test

first_imgSteadfast on improving on their performances from the last three seasons, Jamaica Scorpions should now be settling into Guyana ahead of their opening fixture of the new-look first-class WICB Professional League. The Robert Samuels-coached unit, who opens on Friday against two-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars at Providence Stadium, last season finished third. This represented an improvement on their fifth place finish the previous season and fourth position placing in 2013-14. The team in 2011-2012 claimed an unprecedented fifth straight hold on the title, which is competed for by six regional territories. ”I would love to win the tournament yes, but just taking over the team … I am just looking for us to improve our standings over the previous two seasons,” stated Samuels, prior to the team’s departure yesterday. According the former West Indies opening batsman, who has taken over the team from the long-standing Junior Bennett, one of his priorities as well this season, will be to change what he deems as an emerging problematic team culture. He said over the past three seasons with senior players being replaced at a high rate with juniors there has been a lost in team chemistry, something he wishes to change. ”Because the transition that we have been going through we basically have a broken team,” he said. ”Success for me, therefore, is putting out a ‘team’ out there on the park, and, two, moving up the ladder and finishing in the top two.” Samuels, whose was last season the team’s assistant coach, and will see left-arm spinner, Nikita Miller, leading the team at the four-day level for the first time, is also optimistic about the team’s chances, particularly given their pre-season preparations. ”We started preparation from the first of September,” he said. ”We did some technical work out in the middle then some technical work in the nets, and then moved from the technical works to the net sessions. ”We thereafter moved into some two-day and three-day practice games whereby despite the some bad weather at times, we were able to get in some good cricket.” Jamaica Scorpions squad: Nikita Miller (captain), John Campbell, Trevon Griffith, Devon Thomas, Jermaine Blackwood, Brandon King, Shacaya Thomas, Andre McCarthy, Chadwick Walton, Damion Jacobs, Derval Green, Marquino Mindley and Jason Dawes.last_img read more

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first_img Premier League may allow standing LONDON (AP): The Premier League will assess the safety and viability of allowing fans to stand at games. It would require a change to the law mandating all-seater stadiums that was introduced after the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, when 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death in an overcrowded standing area of the stadium in Sheffield. So-called ‘safe-standing’ has been introduced in Scotland where seats can be flipped up and locked in place, providing space to stand behind a waist-high rail. The Premier League was asked by its clubs at a meeting yesterday to explore safety, technical and legal issues around safe-standing. West Ham co-owner David Gold says it’s a “difficult subject” and there’s “so much to be done”. But Gold added that “we probably took the first step” toward safe-standing. FA rebukes Rooney LONDON (AP): Wayne Rooney has faced a highly unusual public rebuke from the England leadership over his late-night revelry at the team hotel between matches. The English Football Association (FA) believes Rooney wasn’t living up to his responsibilities as captain of the national team after being pictured on Saturday night bleary-eyed at a wedding reception being staged at the hotel. Although the 31-year-old striker was off-duty at the time, the FA is unhappy with the conduct of the team’s figurehead. “Obviously, it’s disappointing,” FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn said Thursday outside a meeting of Premier League team executives in London. “I think it’s appropriate that he apologised because it doesn’t set a great tone for the England captain.” England, Scotland face FIFA probe ZURICH (AP): FIFA says it opened disciplinary cases against England and Scotland after players from both teams wore armbands with poppy emblems at a World Cup qualifying match. FIFA did not specify details of the cases, nor would it “speculate on any outcome or provide an estimated timeline”. The laws of football prohibit religious, political or personal statements at national team matches. The English and Scottish federations said before the November 11 match at Wembley Stadium, they were prepared to face the consequences of defying FIFA rules. Both federations face being fined.last_img read more

Meneses steps aside, puts Lasquety as JRU coach in PBA D-League

first_img“If you’ll look at it, he was listed as the head coach when we submitted our lineup for the D-League,” the mentor bared, making Lasquety the youngest coach in the developmental league’s seven-year history at 23 years of age.Meneses has long been grooming Lasquety as his successor once he decides to move away from Kalentong, even going as far as putting the hardworking swingman as a playing assistant coach in his final year this past NCAA Season 93.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Even during the NCAA season, he was with us when we’re preparing our game plan in the coaches’ room. Every game, he was there with us preparing,” he said.It was easy for Meneses to let Lasquety take over the job, given his impressive basketball IQ. “He knows what’s happening in the court and what the opponent is doing. He tells me, ‘Coach, what they’ll do is this. What they’ll do is that.’ He really is knowledgeable.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lasquety, however, won’t be left alone in the PBA D-League games as Meneses will still serve as the team manager while deputy Cholo Villanueva will be assisting him in the sidelines.The arrangement, however, is just for the PBA D-League as Meneses is still the JRU head coach.The Heavy Bombers will begin their NCAA Season 94 preparation early with the D-League stint as they bank on the leadership of NCAA Most Improved Player Jed Mendoza.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Saunders seeks to defend title in Lemieux’s back yard OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img 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 MOST READ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netVergel Meneses isn’t just a hoops legend or the head coach for Jose Rizal University. He’s also laying down the groundwork for the school’s future this early.The 48-year-old bench tactician is handing down the Heavy Bombers rein to Gio Lasquety this upcoming 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup as he begins his succession plan for the varsity team.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenselast_img read more

Public Works Launches US$5.6M CIDP

first_imgThe newly appointed Public Works Minister, William Gyude Moore, has officially launched the first phase of the Community Infrastructure Development Project (CIDP), which runs from ELWA junction to Roberts International Airport (RIA).According to the Public Works Minister, the CIDP project worth US$5.6 million will last for a period of three years, with commitments to guarantee that the Liberian people get the best of the deal.Making the disclosure over the weekend at his Lynch Street office, Mr. Moore said the Ministry was committed to building roads and laying out alleys that would help provide increased access to various communities and homes throughout the country.He further explained that the Ministry would be aggressive during this dry season in meeting up with some its plans, including opening of alleys and corridors within communities along the road, installations of sidewalks and the planting of curves.He said the government,  under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is committed to ensuring that the route to RIA is properly zoned, well expanded and improved, thus giving it the befitting appearance its deserves as the link to the country’s leading international airport. Minister Moore further disclosed that the grant for the project is being funded from the Japanese Rice Monetization Program known as the Counterpart Value Fund (CVF) and will support the government of Liberia to begin proper layout of communities along the ELWA to RIA corridor.“We want to be aggressive and move as fast as possible in the construction of roads and laying out of alleys for the smooth connections of residences. We intend to be visible and extend access to roads, especially during the rainy season.”According to him, in Monrovia and  all over Paynesville, people build anywhere they decide to build, which seriously inhibits proper layout of our cities and access to communities and homes.“Before we came, the Ministry had already identified 42 alleys and some of them are laid out and we will verify them and work to ensure that they are properly laid out.”The Minister disclosed that the Paynesville Corporation, the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy and the Liberia National Police (LNP) have already been invited to form a working group to help handle these works.At the Cabinet level, Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan has promised to work with him to ensure that the plan to enforce the construction of good roads and the laying out of alleys is realized, said Mr. Moore.Minister Ngafuan said he was glad to participate in the official launching of the CIDP which is intended to bring “delight to the people of Liberia.” “To be at Public Works, you must have the passion to work harder and be someone that can deliver for the people,” said Mr. Ngafuan, who is Dean of the Cabinet.He expressed the belief that the newly appointed Minister will perform with the necessary energy, enthusiasm and strategic vision as well as with the passion of doing the Liberian people’s job.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bility Names ‘Electoral Team’ for March 22

first_imgIn the eve of the official launch of campaign activities of the Liberia Football Association elections, its president Musa Bility, has announced the names of those he considered worthy to be elected in the ensuring elections on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.The football chief, in an emphatic tone, termed nine of the incumbent members of the Executive Committee as “trustworthy, committed and hardworking” colleagues that he could like to work with again in his second term and promised to campaign for their re-election.Mr. Bility on Monday, without mincing words, said he has appointed Madam Rochell Woodson as chairlady for the re-election of his favorite EC members, including the two serving  vice presidents, seven sitting EC members and two new EC members, which he also regarded as ‘true friends.’He named the candidates as: Musa Shannon, for VPA and Adolph Lawrence for VPO. The EC members include: Rochell Woodson, D. Sheba Brown, Wallace Weiah, Ansu Dorley, Matthew Smith, Samuel Karn and Bishop John Allen Klayee.He named Mustapha Raji and Wilmot Smith as the two new acceptable candidates to the EC.The likes of Dee-Maxwell Kemayan, Ibrahim Sheriff and others have been deleted from Bility’s much list.Bility’s emphatic and uncompromising statement indicates that he has drawn the line amongst the candidates.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Player’s ‘hat-trick’ after hospital dash for son’s birth

first_img0Shares0000Ryan Colclough in action for Wigan. Photograph: Davie/ProSports/REX/ShutterstockLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 22 – Wigan’s Ryan Colclough had an evening to remember after scoring twice for the English League One club and then dashing to hospital to make it in time for the birth of his son.The 22-year-old winger was instrumental in the former Premier League side’s 3-0 win over Doncaster on Tuesday, finding the net in each half. He was substituted just minutes after scoring his second goal before racing down the tunnel and dashing to the hospital, still in his full kit, where his partner was in labour with their second child.“What a great result and team effort from all the boys! I’m so happy to mark the birth of my second son with two goals and the win he made it a hat-trick for me! Appreciate all the messages! #UpTheTics,” Colclough tweeted.He included pictures of celebrations on the pitch and one of him holding his son, still dressed in his kit.Wigan chairman David Sharpe shared news of the safe arrival on Twitter, posting: “Congrats to Ryan Colclough who scored a brace tonight in our win before being substituted to make it in time to see the birth of his son!”Colclough received news that his son was on his way at half-time but played on before going out in style on the hour mark after his second goal.“At half-time we got the message that his missus’ waters had broken, his second child,” said assistant boss Leam Richardson.“As soon as the second goal he was off the pitch, because his head was somewhere else.“We’re all men, we’re all individuals… some of the players wouldn’t have gone… they’d be still in the dressing room now.“Others want to get straight out to support their partner, and you respect every individual in what they want to do.”Wigan, who won the FA Cup in 2013 and were relegated from the Premier League the same year, are second in League One, English football’s third tier.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Messi begins road to Russia as Argentina chase World Cup glory

first_imgBut pulling on Argentina’s blue-and-white striped shirt has brought the forward some of the most painful moments of his career.Rarely able to hit the same heights with Argentina that he routinely scales with Barcelona, Messi has endured stinging criticism from albiceleste fans at times.Nobody would dispute Messi’s status as one of the all-time greats, but many in Argentina believe he cannot be considered on the same level as Diego Maradona until he wins a major honour with his country, as his compatriot did at the 1986 World Cup.Rubbing salt into those wounds, Messi has lost in three successive major finals with Argentina as the 2014 World Cup and the 2015 and 2016 Copa America titles slipped from his grasp.“I cried many times because of games like these, for lost finals, for what they mean and for not being able to achieve the dream of a country. It was a hard blow to take,” Messi recently told Argentine television programme La Cornisa.The last World Cup was devastating to Messi as he missed a golden opportunity to put Argentina ahead in the final against Germany, who went on to win 1-0 in extra-time.As if that was not bad enough, for the first time in his career, he missed in a penalty shootout when Argentina were beaten by Chile in the Copa America final two years ago.– Last chance? –Although Messi is still in his prime, the 30-year-old realises the World Cup in Russia, which starts in June, could represent his last chance to hoist the famous gold trophy.He will be approaching the twilight of his career by the time the 2022 edition kicks off in Qatar.Messi will have also noted that key Argentina team-mates Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Angel Di Maria, Nicolas Otamendi and Javier Mascherano will all be 30 or over this year.“Obviously, we depend on results and therefore the thinking in this group is that having got to three finals and not being able to win and even then people say a lot of things about us, if we are not champions then we won’t have another one (opportunity),” Messi said.Having edged through to the finals thanks to Messi’s treble in a 3-1 win over Ecuador in October, Argentina are focused on peaking in Russia, where they will play Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria in the group stage.First up is an intriguing test against an Italy side that failed to qualify for the World Cup.Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli believes the match at Manchester City’s ground will help to sharpen his side before a second friendly in Spain next week.“Each match and training session is fundamental for us in preparation for the World Cup. Playing against Italy, in a venue as important as Etihad Stadium, is an invitation to a great event,” he said.“Every Argentine in the world wants to be there when the national team plays. We are certain they will accompany us for this one.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000In Barcelona’s colours, Messi has experienced nothing but success, but pulling on Argentina’s blue-and-white striped shirt has brought the forward some of the most painful moments of his career © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 22 – Lionel Messi begins his road to World Cup redemption on Friday as Argentina take on Italy in a glamour friendly, desperate to win a major international prize to crown his glorious career.In Barcelona’s colours, Messi has experienced nothing but success, winning eight La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns, while earning FIFA’s Ballon d’Or award five times.last_img read more

Mars, asteroid could be on a collision course

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe asteroid, named 2007 WD5, is about the size of one that exploded over Siberia in the Tunguska event of 1908. The force of that explosion, the equivalent of 10 million to 20 million tons of TNT, turned hundreds of square miles of forest into a flattened expanse of scorched logs. An impact from 2007 WD5 would likely be smaller, Chesley said, about as much as 3 million tons of TNT. Chesley and others on the Near Earth Object team routinely scan the skies for asteroids approaching our planet. 2007 WD5 passed 4.3 million miles away on Nov. 1 before being spotted three weeks later through a telescope in Arizona. During a routine check to see if it would pass Earth again in the next 100 years, Chesley noticed the asteroid could be on track to hit Mars. “As soon as I saw that this was going to have a very close approach to Mars and might even hit, I immediately started calling the other observatories,” he said. LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE – Mars could be starting 2008 off with a bang, literally. An asteroid the length of an Olympic-size swimming pool is racing toward the planet at 28,000 mph. JPL astronomers give it a 1-in-75 chance of hitting Mars on Jan. 30. “It would be kind of exciting to have this thing actually hit – it would be an incredible scientific bonanza,” said Steve Chesley, a member of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Near Earth Object office at JPL in Pasadena. “They send Mars rovers out there with little shovels to dig little tiny holes – this thing would blast a hole half-a-mile wide,” he said. More sightings of the faint object were necessary to fine-tune its path. Finally, after being delayed by inclement weather and snowbound observatories, Chesley was able to get a fifth peek at the rocky interplanetary traveler Tuesday, confirming its close approach. “Asteroids have a one-in-a-million chance of hitting the Earth all the time, but seeing an asteroid that has a 1-in-75 chance is quite remarkable,” he said. Still, there isn’t enough data to know whether 2007 WD5 will smash into Mars, or pass more than 400,000 miles away from the planet. “It’s important to emphasize that it’s pretty near 99 percent that it’s going to miss,” Chesley said. With the asteroid rushing farther and farther from Earth and getting obscured by the coming full moon, astronomers are unlikely to learn more about its future until after New Year’s Eve. Even then, Chesley said, only the planet’s biggest telescopes such as the brawny Keck Observatory in Hawaii will be able to spot the rocky projectile. Until then, Mars’ fate remains in the air. elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GAA NEWS: ROSS MARLEY THE STAR OF THE SHOW FOR GAELS U14’S

first_imgU-14 Division 2 Northern Board Championship Final.Letterkenny Gaels 4-07 –  Robert Emmetts 1-13 Letterkenny Gaels came from behind to win the Division 2 Northern Board Championship on Friday evening last in Ballybofey.Having trailed for the entire match to a well drilled Robert Emmets team, Gaels eventually ran out winner on a score line of 4-07 to 1-13.Ross Marley was the herofor the Gaels scoring a sublime goal to put the Letterkenny men into the lead by two points for the first time with six minutes remaining and converting a ’45 in the dying minutes to secure victory on an evening when the Gaels were on theback foot for most of the match.Marley opened proceedings scoring the opening point but Corrie Lee Bogan playing at centre half forward for Robert Emmets was causing problems for the Gaels back line. While Junior contained him well for periods of the game, whenever he won possession scores usually followed. Fortunately the Gaels defence forced him into shooting for points and throughout the game only conceded one goal in the second half.Mickey Sweeney scored a goal after a fine solo effort in the first half to leave Gaels trailing by 1-03 to 0-09 at half time.The introduction of K Patton at the start of the second half at centre half forward gave the Gaels some additional aerial power and helped turn the tide.It was Robert Emmets who started the brightest and scoredtwo quick points and a goal, while a point from the Gaels left the score 1-11 to 1-04 in favour of Emmets before the Gaels slowly started their fightback.D Cahill was beginning to forage deep into his own half and made several of his own solo attacks.K.Patton drove from the half-back line with a fine pass picked out by R Frain who in turn laid off a pass to D Cahill and crashed the ball to the back of the Robert Emmetts net and narrowed the gap. R Marley scored the next goal and then with just under six minutes to go Marley won another ball and scored the goal which left that Gaels leading by two points.Gaels won the ensuing kick out and had another goal chance blocked for a ’45 which Marley converted and ensured that Gaels lifted the cup.Letterkenny Gaels showed great commitment and never dropped their heads and eked out a win against all the odds on the day.Congratulations to Corrie Lee Bogan (Robert Emmetts) who was the deserving winner of man of the match. Next up for the Gaels is the county semi final on Sat 12th venue and opponents to be confirmed.GAA NEWS: ROSS MARLEY THE STAR OF THE SHOW FOR GAELS U14’S was last modified: July 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAALetterkenny GaelsNoticesSportlast_img read more

Women’s Tennis Blanks Evansville, 4-0

first_img 5. Lomas, Joely (DU) def. Doreen Crasta (UE) retired Drake 4, University of Evansville 0Apr 16, 2016 at Evansville, IN (Harrison Tennis Courts)  2. Johnson, Maddie (DU) def. Marina Moreno (UE) 6-1, 6-0 Doubles competition Singles competition 4. Marina Darzyan (UE) vs. Brills, Summer (DU) 3-6, 3-0, unfinished 6. Kennedy Craig (UE) vs. Jaglarz, Mela (DU) 7-5, 1-1, unfinished EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Drake University women’s tennis team shutout the Evansville Purple Aces, 4-0, on Saturday at the Harrison Tennis Courts.The Bulldogs improve to 12-10 overall and 2-2 in Missouri Valley Conference action.Drake jumped out to a 1-0 lead by a dominating performance in doubles. Seniors Mariel Ante and Maddie Johnson rolled past Marina Darzyan and Doreen Crasta. 6-0 at No. 1, while Summer Brills and Joely Lomas secured the point with a 6-1 win at the No. 2 spot.Drake continued its momentum into singles. DU went up 2-0 when UE’s Crasta retired to Lomas the win at No. 5. Sophomore Tess Herder put together a perfect performance, beating Katie Delgado, 6-0, 6-0 at No 3. Johnson cruised past Marina Moreno, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 to clinch the match for the Bulldogs.Drake travels to Southern Illinois on Sunday to close out its weekend.center_img 1. Ante, Mariel/Johnson, Maddie (DU) def. Marina Darzyan/Doreen Crasta (UE) 6-0 1. Andjela Brguljan (UE) vs. Ante, Mariel (DU) 6-3, 2-2, unfinished 3. Herder, Tess (DU) def. Katie Delgado (UE) 6-0, 6-0 2. Brills, Summer/Lomas, Joely (DU) def. Marina Moreno/Andjela Brguljan (UE) 6-1 3. Katie Delgado/Kennedy Craig (UE) vs. Herder, Tess/Jaglarz, Mela (DU) 4-2, unfinished  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more