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Spring Sports

first_imgBelieve it or not, the spring sport season is rapidly coming to a close for the high schools.  Except for a couple of sports (baseball, for example) the season will be over at the end of May or the first week of June.With the bad weather we had through most of the spring, teams either lost a lot of playing dates or they had to double up the last couple of weeks.  Most spring sports are not able to reschedule.  It is too difficult to find open dates for both teams involved or it is very difficult to replace officials or playing sites.  What this means for some sports is that the athletes must compete in less than ideal conditions.I know there are headaches involved, but I would like to see the spring sport schedule begin one month later and run into June.  This, of course, would mean that all the summer programs we now have would have to be changed.  As I said, it would involve a lot of headaches, but wouldn’t it be nice to have 70’s and 80’s and dry days rather than 40’s and 50’s and rain?last_img read more

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Pellegrini sets new year target

first_img City lived up to that bullish statement as they secured an ultimately comfortable victory over the Swans at the Etihad Stadium thanks to a Samir Nasri double and Alvaro Negredo free-kick. The win lifted them up to third in the table and maintained their 100 per cent home record. The priority is now to carry that form into away performances, starting with next week’s trips to West Brom and Southampton, after losing four times on the road this season. Asked if he was confident of reaching the top during December, Pellegrini said: “I can answer your question after we finish the two games we are going to play away. “I have a lot of trust in this team. We have to play six more Premier League games during December. “We hope we can do it, it will be very important for us. “We are six points behind Arsenal, that is too much. “We will try to cut this, but if Arsenal continue winning it is not easy. Pellegrini revealed in his programme notes prior to his side’s 3-0 win over Swansea in the Barclays Premier League that he wanted to begin 2014 at the summit. “I would like to arrive at the new year in first place but if that is not possible, then no more than three points from the number one position,” he wrote. Press Association Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini accepts his team must now deliver away to make good on a challenge to reach top spot by new year. “It will be difficult but if you can’t be top a good target for our team is to be three points behind.” After thrashing Tottenham 6-0 last week, City looked in the mood for more goals as they tore into Swansea early on and went ahead through Negredo after just eight minutes. But Swansea responded and dominated the remainder of the first half. They should at least have been level by the interval but Jonathan de Guzman put a good chance over. City upped the tempo after the break and eased to victory with goals from Nasri in the 58th and 77th minutes. Nasri, after toiling last season, is enjoying a rich vein of form but Pellegrini insists there is no magic formula to his revival. He said: “I think Samir played very well, especially the second half. He also played very well in the Champion League. “He is playing free, he is happy and he feels again he is an important player. “The way he plays maybe is very comfortable for him also.” Pellegrini was happy with his side’s second-half display. He said: “I am very pleased because we won against a very strong team. It is not easy to play against them. “They have a lot of possession of the ball. “We played too quickly in the first half after the goal. We lost too many balls and they started attacking but in those moments we defended very well. “That was important. I just remember one clear chance of Swansea in the first half. “In the second half we improved with the ball. We scored two goals more and we had three or four clear chances.” Swansea boss Michael Laudrup felt his players could be pleased with their performance despite the scoreline. The Dane said: “I think it is a little strange to stand up here after a game you lost 3-0 and feel we did many things right. “I think we played very well in the first half and even at the start of the second half. “But to win against teams like this, especially when you play at their home, you have to take the few chances you get and keep on playing. “But I think we did well until the third goal, and after that the game was over. “It is a strange feeling. Of course I am not happy we lost 3-0 but on the other hand I am not really disappointed because I think the players did what they could, what they should.” last_img read more

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Benteke – I knew my time would come

first_img Press Association Tim Sherwood was appointed in February after Lambert was sacked and since then Benteke has scored more goals than any other player in the league – including eight in his last six games. A winning strike against Tottenham on Saturday gave Sherwood a win on his return to White Hart Lane and steered Villa six points clear of the bottom three and Benteke revealed he always had self-belief he would rediscover his devastating touch. “You know the expectation, it is high,” he said. “But when I came back I knew it was going to be hard. “But I didn’t put pressure on myself. I knew my time would come and I would get back to my old level. “I have a big faith. In life you have some bad times and some good times and maybe now it’s my good time and I just try to enjoy it.” Sherwood has overseen three league victories since taking charge at Villa Park and Benteke said he has felt a new lease of life under the former Spurs head coach. “He give us a lot of confidence and freedom and we try to deal with it,” added Benteke. “He has tried to give me a lot of responsibility and tell the players to play a lot with me, try to be in a position where I can shoot and get some chances. He knows our strengths and he tries to use it, simple.” The Belgian international had a superb first season at Villa Park – scoring 23 goals and attracting attention from across Europe – and although he remained at the club he did not hit the same heights last year and has seen his third campaign plagued by injury. A ruptured Achilles tendon in April saw Benteke miss the World Cup and he did not make his comeback until October – by which time Villa were looking at another season of scrapping for their top-flight future under Paul Lambert. Christian Benteke insists he always knew he would get back to his best after a frustrating season – with his recent run of goals putting Aston Villa in a position to maintain their Barclays Premier League status. Sherwood himself said he had talked to Benteke after taking charge as he looked to utilise the goalscoring capabilities of the 24-year-old. “I think Christian was on the back of being dropped I think,” the Villa boss said. “Yes I’ve had chats with him, told him what I think of him, and how everyone in Europe seemed to want him a year ago. “That doesn’t just vanish, so let’s get him back to firing, let’s get him back to training properly, and scoring goals. He’s worked hard on the training pitch, everyone else has worked hard behind him.” Benteke has the support of his manager and team-mates as Ron Vlaar, who shackled Harry Kane and Tottenham’s other strikers with a classy display in north London, knows the forward’s form could be the difference in the battle to survive. “He’s massive and unbelievable for us,” the Dutchman said. “He is our main target. He can score goals and we need his goals to stay up. He gave us a win at Tottenham – which is massive. “I wouldn’t like to play against him. He keeps you sharp in training as well and makes you better. He was unlucky to get that big injury and is back now.” Benteke will be hoping to continue his goalscoring form when Villa take on Liverpool in a Wembley FA Cup semi-final next weekend, although Sherwood will be without suspended Carlos Sanchez after he was sent off late on at Spurs. Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ciaran Clark could also miss out having been replaced due to injury in the win – which leaves Tottenham down in seventh in the table and with Champions League qualification now looking improbable. Nacer Chadli, a compatriot of Benteke, believes a discussion is needed amongst the Tottenham squad to ensure their season does not peter out into a mid-table finish. “We all have to help each other,” he said. “The oldest ones need to help the youngest ones and the youngest ones need to help the oldest ones. That is how the group is working. I guess we need to have a little chat this week to sort it out. “Probably we will maybe talk about it this week and see what everyone has to say. I don’t really know the reason why we have been flat but we have to sort it out that is for sure.” last_img read more

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Man arrested in cold case murder of Fort Myers mother

first_imgSaturday, police arrested a man in connection with a 2016 cold case murder of a Port St. Lucie mother of two.Earl Antonio Joiner was taken into custody in Polk County just after 10:30 a.m.He is expected to be extradited to Lee County within the next few days.The victim, 26-year-old Heyzel Obando, was found dead in her Crestwood Avenue apartment on Valentine’s Day three years ago.The suspect was her boyfriend at the time and is the father of her two children.Joiner initially reported finding Obando shot to death after her family said they hadn’t heard from her in several days.It is unclear what evidence led to Joiner’s arrest.This story is developing.last_img

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Cricket News Indian cricket team ready to counter ‘tall Australia bowlers’ in their own conditions: Rohit Sharma

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Australia is currently suffering a slump in their fortunes in all three formats. Their batting has been robbed of Steve Smith and David Warner who are banned for a year while their confidence is at an all-time low following the ball-tampering scandal. On top of that, their next encounter is against Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team, who are high on confidence. However, Rohit Sharma, speaking to reporters during the practice session in Brisbane ahead of the first Twenty20 International on November 21, has said Australia’s tall pace bowlers pose a challenge in these conditions but India is ready to counter it.Read More | Maninder Singh’s advice to India in Australia: Read conditions well“India has always played either at Perth (venue for second Test from December 14-18 this time) or Brisbane. These two conditions are challenging and the Australians have tall bowlers who exploit those conditions and use it to their advantage. Indian batsman are generally not that tall, so it is not easy for us but the guys are determined to change things this time, we are ready to accept the challenge. Most of the guys have come to Australia before. So they understand the conditions. As a batting unit, we are prepared,” Rohit stated.Read More | Virat Kohli’s India side have golden chance to break Australia jinxThe Australian pace battery for the Test series will feature the fast-bowling trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. Cummins is 1.92 meters tall while Starc and Hazlewood are 1.96 meters. In the last series played in Australia which was the Ashes in 2017/18 against England, the trio had a magnificent time as they used the conditions brilliantly. Cummins finished with 23 wickets, Starc with 22 and Hazlewood with 21 as Australia won the series 4-0.Leave our mark in AustraliaIndia has endured a tough time when it comes to overseas tours. In 2011/12, they were whitewashed 4-0 in both England and Australia. In 2014/15, they lost 1-0 to South Africa and New Zealand, 1-3 to England and 0-2 to Australia. However, Rohit said the team wants to do well Down Under and added in the last series that India put up a good fight which is not reflected in the score-line.Read More | Shastri questions India’s ‘poor travellers’ tag ahead of series “Australia is one place where we want to leave our mark and do well as a unit. Last time we played a Test series here, although we lost two games and drew two, but I thought we played few close games, especially at Brisbane. We want to make it count this time around, there is a real good feeling inside the group. The motive is to seize all the moments and win. When you do well in Australia, you feel good as a team and thinking about the World Cup ahead, it can only give you confidence winning here,” Rohit said.Read More | ‘Sensible decisions key for Indian team’s success in Australia’Rohit has enjoyed playing limited-overs cricket in Australia, averaging over 57 and in the last series in 2016, he blasted 171 in Perth. The right-hander said the good bounce and pace allows him to play his natural game.“I had a good time playing white ball cricket here. In places like Brisbane and Perth, the good bounce allows me to play my game because I have grown up playing on cement pitches back home. I have done well in limited overs here but the challenge obviously is red-ball cricket which right now I am not thinking of, just want to do well in T20 format and take it forward where we go,” Rohit added.India start their two-month tour of Australia with three Twenty20 Internationals, with the first match on November 21 at The Gabba. The T20Is will be followed by four Tests beginning in Adelaide on December 6 while the tour ends with three ODIs. last_img read more

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Season’s over: UW knocked out by OSU

first_imgMembers of the Wisconsin women\’s hockey team skate off the ice Saturday following an emotional season-ending 4-3 loss to Ohio State.[/media-credit]VERONA — Just one year after storming to an NCAA National Championship, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team saw their season cut short with a final blemish in a year filled with pockmarks.Both games went down to the wire as the Badgers were upset by visiting Ohio State in the first round of the WCHA playoffs.In a best-of-three series, UW could not contain OSU’s two Patty Kazmaier Award nominees, Hokey Langan and Natalie Spooner, as each recorded hat tricks en route to the Buckeyes sweeping the Badgers in two overtime games at the Eagle’s Nest in Verona.National champions just a year ago, the series loss marks the first time Wisconsin has failed to qualify for the WCHA Final Face-Off since the league expansion required a quarterfinal series to be played prior to the tournament.Taking off from where they left things in a 3-2 win in game one, the Buckeyes entered game two of the series with an efficient offense that kept the Badgers on their toes.Nearly seven minutes into the game, Langan found an open look from the right side of Wisconsin goaltender Alannah McCready where she deked and pushed it through.The Buckeyes displayed a strong offense early that was able to sustain possession of the puck long enough to create good looks at the net.“A lot of their shots got through,” McCready said. “They were blocking a lot of ours, which was unfortunate but they never gave up and were working hard until the end and it paid off for them.”Things continued to look grim for the Badgers. About two minutes later, Langan again struck for the Buckeyes on a power play, firing down an open lane from the right faceoff circle and in the net.However, the Badgers refused to lie down and watch the Buckeyes escape unchallenged as they would even the score before intermission.Two minutes after Langan recorded her second goal, freshman Alev Kelter fired a laser from the left faceoff circle that was redirected by sophomore Carolyn Prevost in front of the goal to cut the lead in half.Later, with 54 seconds left in the first period, Wisconsin struck again when team captain Jasmine Giles knocked in her sixth goal in five games after receiving the feed from sophomore forward Brooke Ammerman.“Brooke had it behind the net, she luckily got the pass out to me and I threw it to the far side,” Giles said. “I just luckily got it in and over her shoulder.”Momentum began to steadily swing in Wisconsin’s favor in the second period, but the Badgers could not quite cash in. Though Wisconsin maintained strong possession of the puck near the Ohio State goal the Badgers were repeatedly turned away as the Buckeye defenders successfully clogged the lanes.Out of 30 second-period shots, the defense blocked 13.“We shot right into them half the time,” senior forward Kyla Sanders said. “We were talking about it in the locker room, how there were so many attempted shots — we just had to make that quick move to get around them but it didn’t work out.”The Buckeyes reclaimed the lead 16 seconds into the third period when Langan completed her hat trick off a shot from the left circle that hit the bar and bounced in.Competition heated up from there as the referees allowed several small physical altercations to play out.“We noticed the refs maybe put their whistles away for a moment but they brought them back in overtime,” interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser said. “I think they were just trying to maintain control and safety through the game but at the same time, letting the intensity and the emotion take its course.”As time continued to tick away, the intensity of the Badgers grew.But thanks to a high level of preparedness, panic never settled in. The Badgers pulled McCready for an extra skater, and Sanders was able to push the puck into the net with 1:06 remaining to secure overtime.“We had practiced a scenario like that — we figured it would be a one-goal game either night and so we practiced pulling our goalie,” DeKeyser said. “They executed, which was great to see.”Although they were riding a wave of momentum heading into overtime, UW committed a devastating turnover three minutes into the period and could only watch as OSU’s Raelyn LaRocque broke free and took on McCready one-on-one before flipping the puck into the net for the 4-3 win.“Unfortunately we got so excited in the offensive zone we had five people below the tops of the circles and that generated a breakout for them,” DeKeyser said.Friday’s game featured a similar script; only it was Wisconsin that jumped out to an early lead.Five minutes into the game, Ammerman put back a rebound off an attempt from Giles near the goal. Seven minutes later, Breann Frykas launched a shot from the right face-off circle that gave UW a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.Ohio State stole the momentum back in the second period when Spooner recorded two goals to tie it up heading into the second intermission.After a scoreless third period, Spooner delivered the final ingredient of her hat trick in overtime, shooting nearby the goal to collect the 3-2 win.last_img read more

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Playtech offloads casual games subsidiaries

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Plus500 named as the main sponsor of Legia Warsaw August 10, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Related Articles Playtech Plc has offloaded its casual games subsidiaries FTX Games and Plamee Studios to US games publisher Tilting Point, following an undisclosed agreement.Games news sources report that Tilting Point has agreed to take over all major IPs and key employees of FTX Games and Plamee.In 2014, Playtech launched its Plamee casual games studio, a subsidiary division formed by its $20 million acquisition of YoYo Games. Following its acquisition of YoYo Games, Playtech acquired Funtactix – the founding company of FTX Games, a casual games publisher for entertainment franchises including The Hunger Games, Mission: Impossible, Power Rangers and Rocky. Launching Plamee, the former FTSE100 technology group stated that the casual games sector would be its next growth entertainment marketplace, having secured ‘peak capacity’ within gambling.Playtech’s venture into the casual games market coincided with the firm’s costly expansion into FX trading – in which Playtech undertook a series of multi-million acquisitions to develop its financial services division.However, having seen its share price nosedive from its 2018 highs and with the company unable to deliver on corporate expectations, Playtech investors demanded that the company refocus its business on the recovery of its gambling portfolio.Investor demands saw Playtech sell its 10% shareholding in FX platform Plus500 for $230 million, with the group underlining that all financial services assets had been placed under review as part of the firm’s wider restructuring.last_img read more

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Rita Jeptoo: Kenyan marathon runner banned for doping

first_imgKenya’s Rita Jeptoo, winner of the Boston and Chicago marathons, has been banned for two years after failing a drugs test.She became Kenya’s first high-profile athlete to fail a test, when she tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in September.Jeptoo, 33, says she may have been prescribed some banned substances at a local hospital after a road accident.She has become the 45th Kenyan athlete to have failed a doping test.David Rudisha, the Olympic 800 metres champion, said he fears for Kenya’s hard-won reputation after repeat allegations of doping.”Athletics Kenya followed due process in her matter and it was appropriate that she serves a two-year ban,” said the governing body’s chief executive Isaac Kamande. The ban comes only a few days after Athletics Kenya announced that eight more Kenyan athletes have been suspended for between one to four years for taking performance-enhancing drugs.Over the last two years Kenya has been in the spotlight after a German television programme claimed that many Kenyan athletes are doping.Jeptoo, one of most successful runners in Kenyan history, was due to be crowned world Marathon Major Champion for the year 2014 but the ceremony was called off soon after news of her failed test.She has won the previous three Boston and two Chicago marathons and also previously won the Stockholm, Paris, Milan and Lisbon marathons.last_img read more

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Manny Machado makes his Dodgers debut, ready for ‘new journey’ with team

first_imgThe addition of Machado had Kemp in a playful mood in Milwaukee.“I’ve know for a couple weeks,” he told reporters of the trade. “Naw, I’m just playing.”Kemp called Machado “one of the best right-handed hitters in baseball, one of the best defensive players in baseball” and said he was “excited” to see him in the Dodgers lineup.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“He’s doing a lot of great things at a young age and he’s going to help us win a lot of games,” Kemp said.As news of the trade for Machado broke, Justin Turner and Alex Wood were enjoying an All-Star break vacation. A video soon made the rounds of them high-fiving and celebrating on a boat in Lake Tahoe. The moment might have been recreated but the excitement was genuine, similar to the excitement that rippled through the team plane when news of the Dodgers’ acquisition of Yu Darvish broke at last year’s non-waiver trade deadline. This is bigger, Wood said Friday.“Definitely, Yu is an incredible pitcher but, for me … Manny is a top-five guy in the game,” Wood said. “He might be top three as far as talent. It doesn’t get much bigger than that, to me.”The expectations could not get much bigger either. The addition of Machado – “the biggest difference-maker” expected to change teams this season, as GM Farhan Zaidi put it – reinforces the ‘World Series or bust’ presumption attached to the Dodgers.“I’m going to bring what I bring to the field every day. I’m not going to overdo it, not going to try to do too much, not going to try to carry the team,” Machado said of the expectations. “This ballclub is already good enough without me. I’m just going to go out there and be me, bring what I can bring, try to help win games.“Honestly, just go play. Whatever I do out there will talk for itself.” Relieved that the trade speculation will go away, Machado will now have another question hovering over him. Machado is headed toward free agency this winter with a number of teams likely to line up ready to pay the 26-year-old a king’s ransom to play for them.Can anything happen over the next three months that would change that and convince him to make Los Angeles his long-term home?“Honestly, this has all been so fast, everything is so crazy right now, I haven’t even really thought about it, to be honest,” Machado said. “I’m just trying to live in the moment, trying to enjoy this. Coming here, I saw my jersey, saw my hat. I was excited to put the blue on. I’m just looking forward to putting on that jersey tonight.”There is one thing very LA about Machado already. The Miami native is an admitted fan of the NBA’s Heat but also of former Lakers star Kobe Bryant. His dog, an Alaskan Klee Kai, is named Kobe and Bryant is also part of the reason Machado switched from No. 13 with the Orioles to No. 8 with the Dodgers.“No. 8, I wanted to change up, new beginning, new journey, new team, so I wanted to go that route,” Machado said. “I was a huge Kobe fan growing up … so that had a little bit to do with it as well, along with the new beginning.” MILWAUKEE – After months of speculation and an All-Star break that didn’t give him much of a break, Manny Machado knew exactly how he felt about putting on a Dodgers uniform for the first time Friday afternoon.“Relieved,” he said, sitting in front of reporters at Miller Park in Dodger blue shorts, T-shirt and hat. “Relieved it finally got done.“I’m just excited to be here. I know it’s a great group, a great organization. Got a lot of baseball history. I’m just going to come here, try to fit in as another piece of the puzzle that’s already here. Try to go out there and win some games for the ballclub.”Outfielder Matt Kemp memorably posed for a second-base selfie with his future teammate during the All-Star Game. Machado said it was just a coincidence, that he was going to do it with any All-Star who got as far as second base and Kemp “just happened” to be the first National Leaguer to get there. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Where and when to watch and listen to the NBA Draft on TV, Internet and radio

first_imgTeams that include the Los Angeles Lakers, the Philadelphia 76ers and even the Boston Celtics are looking to Thursday’s 2017 NBA Draft to bolster their rosters with top college prospects.You can follow the NBA draft live on cable TV, radio and the Internet.The 2017 NBA Draft will be broadcast live on ESPN beginning at 4 p.m. Pacific time (7 p.m. Eastern) on Thursday, June 22, 2017, from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.ESPN will also be streaming the draft, and fans can follow the picks via live coverage at espn.com/nba/draft/live, or via the NBA’s Draft web site at nba.com/draft. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersESPN Radio is broadcasting the NBA Draft live on stations that include 710-AM in Los Angeles and 830-AM in Orange County.• LIVE COVERAGE: Latest Lakers, Clippers news and rumors ahead of NBA Draft and free agencyThere are two rounds in the draft, with 30 picks in each round. Teams are free to trade their picks, and many have done so in advance of Thursday’s draft.The Boston Celtics recently traded their No. 1 pick to the Philadelphia 76ers, who are expected to select 6-foot-4 guard Markelle Fultz of Washington, an insider told the Associated Press.The Los Angeles Lakers have retained their No. 2 pick and are expected to pick UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, a 6-foot-6 point guard who has drawn as much attention for his opinionated father LaVar as for his own play on the court. Don’t cry too much for the Celtics. They have the No. 3 pick in the draft, which they acquired from the 76ers via the Sacramento Kings.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more