Ja banking on experience for CONCACAF Beach Soccer Champs

first_imgCoach Andrew Price is counting on his experienced players to lead the team to the knockout stage in the upcoming CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship in the Bahamas. Price who has cut the squad to 12 from 30 players is confident that they can advance from Group A. “We have played against the other teams in the past. We beat Belize 8-4 when the teams met in the group stage two years ago in this tournament. We also beat Guyana six years ago in the only meeting, and defeated Bahamas twice in three meetings,” Price told The Gleaner yesterday ahead of the team’s departure this morning. “The final 12 are players with grit and determination. We are optimistic of reaching the quarter-final as we did two years ago, and take it from there,” he added. The 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship will include a field of 16 teams. During the first four days of the championship, teams will compete in round-robin play in four groups of four teams each. Group A – Bahamas, Jamaica, Belize and Guyana. Group B – Mexico, Barbados, Canada and Guadeloupe. Group C – United States, Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda and US Virgin Islands. Group D – El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama and Turks & Caicos Islands. The winners and runners-up from each group will advance to the quarter-finals. The champions and the runners-up of the competition will join hosts Bahamas as the three CONCACAF representatives at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017, which kicks off in April. Jamaica will open against Belize on Monday, then play against Guyana on Tuesday,and complete their group fixtures on Wednesday against hosts Bahamas. The squad: Kirk Porter, Edsel Scott, Daemion Benjamin, Ryon Powell, Gerald Neil, Michily Waul, Derrick Planter, Andre Reid, Jermain Anderson, Rohan Reid, Gregory Simpson and Phillip Peddie.last_img read more

Jeremy Lin leads Raptors in rout of Bulls, but Kyle Lowry injures ankle anew

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ “I watched the clip,” Lowry said. “I think it was a little bit dirty. He grabbed me and pulled me down. I don’t think he did it on purpose. I know he didn’t think he was going to hurt me.”Robinson, who fouled out with no points in 14 minutes, did not speak to reporters.Marc Gasol had 12 points and 11 rebounds, Pascal Siakam scored 19 points and OG Anonoby had 14 as Toronto reached 50 wins for the fourth straight season.Allonzo Trier scored 22 points and Kevin Knox had 12 as the Knicks lost big one day after Mario Hezona’s last-second block gave them a 124-123 home win over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. New York, which has the worst record in the NBA at 14-57, lost for the ninth time in 10 games.“Toronto is going to be in that mix at the end,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “They’ve got all the ingredients to go after this thing. We took one on the chin tonight.”ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Toronto Raptors guard Jeremy Lin (17)gets fouled on his way to the hoop by New York Knicks centre Mitchell Robinson (26) during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto, Monday, March 18, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors will likely have to wait a little longer to get their entire lineup healthy at the same time.Jeremy Lin scored 20 points, Fred VanVleet had 13 points and 12 assists for his first career double-double, and the Raptors beat the New York Knicks 128-92 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The victory came at a cost to the Raptors, who saw guard Kyle Lowry leave in the third quarter after suffering an injured right ankle. Lowry, who had 15 points and eight assists in 26 minutes, was back in the lineup after missing the previous two games because of a sore left ankle.Toronto coach Nick Nurse said Lowry’s latest injury was “not terribly bad,” although Lowry said after the game that his ankle was “pretty tender.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I’m able to walk, a little bit slower, but I’ll be all right,” Lowry said.New York rookie center Mitchell Robinson collided with Lowry while chasing a loose ball at 5:15 of the third, falling onto Lowry’s legs and taking the All-Star point guard down from behind. Lowry slapped the floor in pain and frustration before being helped to his feet and limping to the locker room. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentscenter_img With the Raptors playing the second game of a back-to-back, forward Kawhi Leonard was given the night off to rest. Leonard scored 33 points in Sunday’s loss at Detroit. VanVleet, who returned to the lineup Sunday after missing 12 games because of an injured left thumb, started in place of Leonard.With forward Serge Ibaka set to return from a three-game suspension Wednesday, Toronto looked set to have its whole roster available for the first time since the trade deadline. Instead, Lowry may be forced to miss at least one of this week’s two games against Oklahoma City. Toronto visits the Thunder on Wednesday before hosting them Friday.“I’ll be doing some treatment all night, trying to get myself healthy and try to get back and not be out long,” Lowry said.Toronto made 14 of 17 shots in a blistering first, including five of seven from long range, and led 38-29 after one. The Raptors led 73-54 at halftime. It was Toronto’s highest-scoring half of the season.After the Raptors opened the second half with an 8-0 run, Fizdale called timeout and removed all five starters.“Not getting it done, not playing at the level I wanted to see the game played at,” Fizdale said. “They understood. I think every guy that was out there owned it.”The change didn’t help, and Toronto took a 101-69 lead into the fourth.TIP-INSKnicks: G Dennis Smith Jr. missed his third straight game because of a sore lower back and F Noah Vonleh missed his second straight because of a sprained right ankle. … Fizdale said G Frank Ntilikina will be reevaluated Tuesday. Ntilikina has not played since Jan. 27 because of a sore groin. … Robinson has now recorded a block in 28 straight games, tying Patrick Ewing for the longest streak ever by a Knicks rookie.Raptors: Ikaba served the third and final game of his suspension for throwing a punch at Cleveland’s Marquese Chriss on March 11. … Toronto is 15-5 without Leonard. … Toronto’s 36 assists matched a season-high. The Raptors had more assists than the Knicks had made baskets (28). Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ATLANTIC ACHIEVEMENTToronto is 8-0 at home against Atlantic Division opponents. The Raptors have won 31 straight home games against Atlantic foes. Their last home defeat to a division opponent was a Nov. 10, 2015, loss to the Knicks.WHOLE AT HALFToronto won its 18th straight game when leading at halftime, extending a franchise record.UP NEXTKnicks: Host Utah on Wednesday night.Raptors: At Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES David Beckham admits using phone while driving, police say Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Exclusive – Leicester boss coy on moves for Liverpool target and Chelsea star

first_imgLeicester City boss Nigel Pearson has refused to comment on rumours he is keen to sign Jermain Defoe and Mark Schwarzer in the January transfer window.Toronto striker Defoe is reportedly eager on a Premier League return, with Queens Park Rangers interested and Liverpool sounded out over a possible deal, while Chelsea goalkeeper Schwarzer is also said to be wanted by Pearson.But when the 51-year-old joined talkSPORT to discuss his side’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle United in the FA Cup, he remained coy when asked about the two moves.Pearson told Matchday Live: “Sorry to disappoint you but Mr Straight Bat here is going to tell you that when there is something to tell you we will release it.“Until deals are actually effectively done it’s always dangerous to speak too publicly about them. I’m not trying to be difficult. I just think you have to consider a lot of things in any transfer window. The most important thing is the wellbeing of the player and the two clubs.“Deals can fall through very late in the day and it’s always important to protect everybody’s interest.“We’re trying to be as active as we can and when we do deals we will announce it but I don’t like getting involved and disrupting other people’s squads when deals aren’t done.”last_img read more

Manchester United receive double boost for Swansea trip

first_img1 Robin van Persie and Louis van Gaal Robin van Persie is expected to go straight back into Manchester United’s starting line-up at Swansea on Saturday after overcoming injury.The Dutch striker missed the 3-1 win over Preston in the FA Cup clash on Monday after picking up a knock, but has been passed fit for the trip to the Liberty Stadium.His return means Louis van Gaal will have to decide whether to hand his fellow countryman a start at the expense of Wayne Rooney or Radamel Falcao – or drop his captain into midfield.Van Gaal will also welcome back defender Phil Jones, who missed the victory against Preston with a knee problem.The meeting with Swansea has come too soon for Michael Carrick, however, with the experienced midfielder expected to return to training next week having been sidelined with a calf injury since the end of last month.Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Van Gaal said: “They [Jones and Van Persie] are fit to play.“Only Carrick is still injured. I think he shall train with the group next week. I expect that, but you never know. You’ll have to wait and see.”United head to Wales having lost just one of their last 19 games, but the run of good form has not spared Van Gaal from criticism from fans not entirely taken with the style of play under him.The Dutchman knows improvements must be made, although he insists producing positive results remains his main priority.“I am never 100 per cent happy,” the 63-year-old said.“We can play better but the main thing is to win your match, not to lose.“We have shown this year a lot of times team spirit and that is very attractive for the fans but also for the coach, because then you can see a player wants to follow you.”last_img read more

Toyota to take GM’s top spot?

first_imgNAGOYA, Japan – Toyota plans to sell 9.85million vehicles worldwide in 2008, the company said Tuesday, setting an ambitious target despite worries about a slowing U.S. car market, as it tries to become the world’s top automaker. Toyota, which has its U.S. sales base in Torrance, also said it plans to produce 9.95million vehicles worldwide next year, up 5 percent from this year – the same as the projected annual percentage jump for Toyota’s global sales. Its recent growth has put Toyota Motor Corp. on track to beat U.S.-based General Motors to become the world’s largest automaker by sales. GM has said it estimates this year’s sales to total 9.3 million vehicles, against Toyota’s estimate of 9.36 million sales. Toyota’s growth been based in large part on the popularity of models such as the Camry sedan, Corolla subcompact and the Prius gas-electric hybrid. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonSoaring gas prices have dramatically boosted the appeal of smaller, fuel-efficient models that are Toyota’s main strength. General Motors has been fiercely fighting back, boosting its overseas business, and could still keep the top industry spot, which it has held for 76 years. GM has not given a forecast for the number of vehicles it expects to produce or sell in 2008. The Detroit automaker has the industry record for annual global vehicle sales, with the 9.55million vehicles sold by GM in 1978. Toyota executives acknowledged Tuesday that they have worries about the U.S. market, which has been hit by the subprime mortgage crisis and soaring oil prices. But they nonetheless projected increasing U.S. sales by 1 percent to 2.64 million vehicles. last_img read more

Depot rehab price escalates

first_imgNORTH HOLLYWOOD – After years of false starts, the MTA is finally advancing plans to renovate the historic Lankershim train depot for $3.6 million – triple the original estimate. But history buffs, who have criticized the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for delaying the face-lift, now worry that the latest plan fails to guarantee the 1896 structure will remain at Lankershim and Chandler boulevards. They have protested proposals to relocate the structure. “They haven’t done anything. They’ve really let it deteriorate,” said preservationist Guy Weddington McCreary, whose family has lived in the San Fernando Valley for generations. “It’s crazy – $1.2 million; then it jumped to $2 million. Now they’re talking about $3.6 million. By the end of 2003 they were supposed to have the thing rehabilitated.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The MTA plans to spend $3.6 million to refurbish the dilapidated structure with a new foundation, architectural flourishes and fresh paint. Eventually MTA officials plan to establish a customer-service center at the 110-year-old depot to replace the San Fernando Valley facility that was closed last year. But they also want to maintain flexibility in what has become a prime redevelopment area by allowing the depot to be moved to a nearby site if a developer chooses. “We wanted to get this thing reconstructed, stabilized. We decided just to go ahead and fix it all up,” said the MTA’s Kathleen Sanchez. “We’ll ask the developers to incorporate it in the design, keep it in the same block.” The MTA and the Community Redevelopment Agency have been working since 2001 to renovate the depot, which served as a stop for the Red Car and Southern Pacific lines a century ago. The CRA approved work in 2003, but canceled the project a year later after MTA officials decided to explore the possibility of relocating the station as had been suggested by developers. The delays have proved costly. The price tag skyrocketed along with construction expenses to the new estimate of $3.6 million. The depot parcel is a target for developers as properties around the subway and busway stations become sites for mixed-use housing and retail construction. In the past, various uses – from a restaurant to a bicycle shop – had been considered for the structure, but now MTA officials are focusing on the customer center, which would be funded separately. But proposals to move the station – even to the edge of the block with Tujunga Avenue – have stirred outrage in McCreary and the preservation group Save the Depot, who fear it will lose prominence and historical accuracy. McCreary, whose family has owned a nearby parcel for generations, is additionally concerned that the building will continue to deteriorate as the project drags. MTA officials plan to get proposals from builders in coming months and start construction next year. The project would take two years to complete. Transit advocate Kymberleigh Richards is among those who have pushed the MTA to put a customer center at the site after the agency shuttered the Van Nuys office that sold bus passes and tokens and gave out bus maps for decades. Richards serves on the MTA’s Valley governance council, which has asked the MTA to make putting a customer center there a priority. But she said getting the depot fixed is the first priority. “We’ve got to worry about rehabbing the depot,” she said. “We’ve got to fix the structural problems.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com 160Want 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

Women’s Basketball Starts Home Slate Against South Dakota and CSUN

first_img Live Stats DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team hosts South Dakota Thursday in the team’s home opener. Tipoff at the Knapp Center is set for 6 p.m. and all of the Bulldogs’ night contests this season will tip at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast locally on Mediacom/MC 22 and digitally on ESPN3. This season, the second quarter was key in both of Drake’s road wins. Combined the Bulldogs outscored the Cornhuskers and Leathernecks, 59-19, in the second quarters. Drake shot a blistering 70.0 percent (21-of-30) from the floor and 75 percent (12-of-16) from beyond the arc in the two quarters. Redshirt junior Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) was named the first Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week on Monday. It is the fourth player of the week award all-time for Rhine, who was the 2018 MVC Sixth Player of the Year, and the 91st for the program. Rhine’s award, which she earned behind back-to-back double-doubles, is the 25th MVC player of the week award for a Drake player since Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk took over the program in 2012-13. Drake Game Notes ESPN3 South Dakota South Dakota Game Notes This season, South Dakota earned wins at Creighton and a home victory over Incarnate Word. The Coyotes are coming off a 29-7 record in 2017-18, including sweeping the Summit League regular season (14-0). Junior Taylor Frederick is the reigning Summit League Player of the Week who leads the team in scoring at 17.5 points per game. Drake (2-0) starts its home slate against a familiar regional rival in South Dakota (2-0). The Bulldogs and the Coyotes first played each other in 1979, but didn’t play again until the first round of the 2012 WNIT. Drake won the first four meetings in the series, but South Dakota has won four of the past five games, including a pair of victories in Des Moines. The last matchup was a 92-87 overtime thriller won by South Dakota. Following Thursday’s home opener, Drake welcomes CSUN Sunday at 1 p.m. in the first-ever meeting between the teams. The Matadors, who play in the Big West Conference, won the 2018 Big West Tournament. CSUN lost to the eventual NCAA champions, Notre Dame, in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Sunday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN+. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

Marseille want Chelsea youngster in exchange deal – report

first_imgMarseille want Gael Kakuta in exchange for Cesar Azpilicueta if they are to sell the Spanish right-back to Chelsea, according to the Daily Mirror.It is claimed Marseille have rejected a £5m bid for Azpilicueta and are holding out for more money but also fancy Kakuta either on loan or in a permanent player-plus-cash deal.It follows an interview with L’Equipe in which Kakuta, 21, appeared to suggest he wants to return to France and that Marseille are one of the clubs he would be interested in joining.The Daily Mail say Chelsea are refusing to be held to ransom in their pursuit of long-term targets Edinson Cavani and Hulk.The Blues are reportedly threatening to withdraw from both chases, with Napoli striker Cavani believed to be haggling over wages and Porto keen to negotiate a higher price for Hulk.Meanwhile, West Ham have failed with an attempt to sign Clint Dempsey from Fulham, the Mail report.The Hammers are said to have made an approach for the American, who has been linked with several clubs this summer.QPR striker Jay Bothroyd is heading towards a move to Sheffield Wednesday, according to The Sun.Bothroyd played for Cardiff under Owls boss Dave Jones, who is reported to be tracking him after deciding not to sign Marlon Harewood.Jones is apparently willing to pay £1m for the England international, who has been told he can leave Loftus Road.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Senior Bowl 2019: Meet two small-school gems who can help any defense

first_imgMOBILE, Ala. — If the names Jaylon Ferguson and Nasir Adderley don’t ring a bell, you’re probably not alone.Neither played at a Power 5 program, Ferguson spending his college career at Louisiana Tech and Adderley at FCS school Delaware. Yet spend a week at the Senior Bowl and you’ll hear their names drawing rave reviews as two small-school defensive standouts who might both go in the first round come April.Ferguson, a defensive end who led the nation with 17.5 sacks, said he models his game …last_img read more

Ikusasa’s exceptional students join Brand SA at Constitution Hill

first_imgMathiba MolefeKwaZulu-Natal students Chirinda Takunda ,Yolanda Mvinjelwa, and Zinhle Shange rewarded for their selfless work in their communities. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)On Friday 12 August Brand South Africa invited three students from three different KwaZulu-Natal high schools to join them at Constitution Hill and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg. The students, leaders in their own communities, got to learn more to about South Africa’s constitution, one widely considered by many to be one of the most progressive constitutions in the world, and the forces that helped shape it.Yolanda Mvinjelwa, Chirinda Takunda and Zinhle Shange are all involved with the Ikusasa Cross-mentorship Programme, the sister programme to the Bokamoso Education Trust. “They don’t do what’s required of them, but what they feel is right for those around them,” explains Monde Hadebe, the project leader and one of the founders of the Ikusasa Cross-mentorship programme. “Their selfless characteristics are ones that can serve more than their communities but the entire country.”The Trust, through the programmes it runs, aims to improve the lives of youth across the country. They provide the opportunity for kids to flourish and make good of their potential.“They don’t do what’s required of them, but what they feel is right for those around them,” explains Monde Hadebe (far right).DISTINGUISHED TRIOIt was the community inspired work of the trio that earned them a trip to Johannesburg. Here they were given insight into the lives of the heroes that shaped the history of our country. Heroes like Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Ghandi, and Walter Sisulu, from whom they could draw inspiration.Cast from a similar mould, the three students looked to make as big an impact as they could on the lives of those around them, sacrificing their own personal time in order bring smiles to those they feel are most in need, and these are their stories.Mvinjelwa collected and donated blankets to local street kids in her area. Even in Durban, where she lives, winters can be cold enough to require a blanket if you live on the street.She is also involved in the Durban Youth Council (DYC). She works to encourage young people to become involved in finding solutions to problems affecting them.Shange took the time to help clean a local hospice that cared for elders and those suffering from illness in her area. “She also created a programme where high school learners like herself go to local primary schools and educate learners about the pressures of high school, what to expect when they take that step up and how to best prepare for it,” Hadebe explained.Takunda is a reformed drug addict who took it upon himself to help those going through the same drug related difficulties that he had managed to overcome. He also started a Facebook page called Say No to Violence, We Can Make a Differenceto encourage people to fight against violence of all kinds and support those facing challenges resulting from violence.The students, leaders in their own communities, got to learn more to about South Africa’s constitution, one widely considered by many to be one of the most progressive constitutions in the world, and the forces that helped shape it.Gumede says that all three of the learners “are driven by something deeper than them, not what they are told but what they want to experience in their world.“They are actively living out the change they want to see in the world. As young people who have never been told that, they hold that as a powerful tool in their lives going forward,” he said. “These to me are future leaders, not because of their accolades or initiatives, but simply because of their selflessness and simply leading their own lives, influencing many others along the way.”GET INVOLVEDIf you want to play a part in the development of promising young people like Takunda, Mvinjelwa and Shange, you can have a look at the Bokamoso website or the Ikusasa Cross-mentorship Programme Facebook page for more information.last_img read more