September 19

Bire scores hat-trick in Tornadoes win

first_imgRUGBY LEAGUE: HE did not go elsewhere to grasp the skills of rugby league but rather had it in his genes through his late father and former Port Moresby Vipers, Tarangau RFLC including PNG Kumuls late Ben ‘Big Foot’ Bire. William, currently playing outside centre for Harbour City Tornadoes was in try scoring spree when he bagged a hat-trick in Coca-Cola Ipatas Cup Southern challenge (Central leg challenge) on Day One to register a 24-4 win over PNG Ports Rainbow Rangers. His hard yard hit ups, quick footwork and defensive efforts were not put to waste as he again scored the only try for Tornadoes in yesterday’s 6-2 win over ATS DC3. It was an even contest given strong tackles coming from the forward packs of both sides. Directing traffic for the Tornadoes in the halves was versatile five-eighth and skipper Jamie Mavoko. Mavoko was again impressive in his kicking game and also his defense. Mavoko paired up with hooker Ken Isaac, fullback Joshua Winnie and props Alu Kono and the interchange players including Bire in the backline to cause headaches for their opposition (ATS DC3). Conceded penalties in the first half resulted in a 2-all score line in opening minutes of play with successful conversions by Mavoko and ATS DC3’s Aiden Koski. The latter with few minutes into halftime saw Tornadoes forwards working overtime to gain metres in every ball carry to lay the foundation upfront for backline to execute set plays. Tornadoes forward pack efforts was well complemented with a cut out pass by Mavoko that led to Bire scoring the first unconverted four-pointer. Lack of discipline in goal line defense by Tornadoes resulted in winger Peivin Clivson sin binned by match referee Glen Pakii. Again Koski was given the opportunity to convert the extras but failed to find the uprights which gave Tornadoes a sigh of relief for a comeback by ATS DC3. A few of referee Pakii’s calls did not go down well with Tornadoes bench however they hang on to complete their sets and come out victorious with a four-point win. Tornadoes will now be aiming for another must-win three in a row when they face favorites Hohola Emerging today with the kick off set for 12.15pm. Meanwhile, CCIC Central challenge coordinator Wari Ila said their competition has been progressing well with a good turnout by rugby league followers on day one. “The favorites at the moment are the title holders for last year Hohola Emerging but the dark-horses also at the moment are Harbour City Tornadoes. Hohola Emerging have been playing pretty well for the past two days of competition,” Ila said. -BY SIMON KESLEPlast_img read more

September 18

NSC promotes table tennis in Region Two

first_imgBy Elroy StephneyTABLE Tennis coaching continues to be promoted in schools across the country by the National Sports Commission (NSC).Beginning on June 4, primary schools across the Essequibo Coast benefited from the expertise of National table tennis coach Linden Johnson who held daily sessions for the one-week exercise, which ended on Friday.Johnson taught the basic skills of the sport while taking the opportunity at encouraging the prospective racquet-wielders to grasp every opportunity at developing their game.The first half of his training was held at the Agricultural Training Centre in Charity and involved participants from the Upper and Lower Pomeroon districts. His other half engaged schools in the South and was held at the Queenstown Community Centre ground.The more than 150 participants were ecstatic and eager to learn the dynamics of the game. The one-week course was done in collaboration with the NSC, Department of Sport and the Department of Education.Region 2 Sports Organisor Debra Daniels coordinated the activity and was extremely pleased with the outcome. She further expressed gratitude to coach Johnson, NSC and the participating students for their overwhelming support.Meanwhile, Daniels also disclosed that similar follow-up programmes will be conducted while competitions will be hosted to test skill and ability of the aspiring players.She added that the Essequibo Coast/Pomeroon Table Tennis Association is now fully active and will facilitate the advancement of the sport in the Region as well as providing gear for future tournaments.Previous tournaments were already held for players aged 8 to 18 and according to Daniels, the sport is gaining tremendous momentum, hence this current programme will further boost the capability of more players who will compete in the future, given that they will be knowledgeable,” she concluded.last_img read more

September 18

UGA to play Louisville in Belk Bowl

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — No. 13 Georgia meets No. 20 Louisville on Dec. 30 in a Belk Bowl matchup that matches Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Grantham against his former team.Grantham was Georgia’s defensive coordinator from 2010-13 before taking over the same position at Louisville this season.Both teams have withstood injuries to key players.Georgia (9-3) lost running back Todd Gurley to a torn anterior cruciate ligament after he returned from a four-game suspension. Louisville (9-3) lost starting quarterback Will Gardner to a knee injury last month, and receiver DeVante Parker missed the first seven games of the season with a foot injury.Georgia is 13th and Louisville is 21st in the College Football Playoff standings that were released Sunday. The Cardinals closed the regular season on a three-game winning streak.<!–iframe–>last_img read more

September 18

Gov. Bill Lee COVID-19 Bulletin 16

first_imgFatalities Total Tests   921 505 Confirmed Cases 94 4,634center_img   Recovered Hospitalizations NASHVILLE, TN (WLAF) – Today, Governor Bill Lee provided an update on Tennessee’s efforts regarding COVID-19 relief.Gov. Lee’s daily press conferences can be viewed live this week Monday through Thursday at 3 p.m. CDT here. Gov. Lee has also established a website specific to COVID-19 updates which can be found here.Key Updates Education – Virtual Learning The Department of Education has established a partnership with PBS stations across the state to offer 1st through 8th grade students up to 30 hours of instructional lessons a week. This instruction is made possible by Tennessee teachers teaching with Tennessee curriculum. More information, broadcast schedules, student and teacher packets and access to past shows is available here.The state has also worked to ensure there is support for early literacy through a partnership with an early education app, ReadyRosie, which provides short videos and free resources on topics like literacy and math for Tennessee families with children from birth to 3rd grade. Additional information can be found here.With the passage of the federal funding through the CARES Act, the Department is preparing to deploy one-time relief funds to school districts as soon as the funding becomes available. Federal funds will support meal preparation and distribution, extended learning opportunities for all students, internet and hardware accessibility, and student needs related to homeless and high mobility populations.Partnership with Nextdoor Tennessee is partnering with Nextdoor to provide official, real-time information to Tennesseans about the state’s response to COVID-19.The partnership will allow us to reach thousands of neighborhoods with critical information during this unprecedented time.All Tennessee neighbors on Nextdoor will automatically receive messages. If you’re not on Nextdoor, but interested in joining your Nextdoor neighborhood, you can visit to download the free app.Current Department of Health Testing Results (as of 2 p.m. 4/9) 59,849 For more information on COVID-19 in Tennessee, please visit the Tennessee Department of Health’s website here.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 04/09/2020-7PM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

September 16

Resaul records second win, Perasud picks up first

first_imgGuyana’s under – 14 lawn tennis players are finding their feet in the 2019 JITIC U14 lawn tennis tournament currently being contested in the Twin-Island Republic.  Vadeanand Resaul who picked up a win over the weekend, recorded his second triumph of the tournament with a come from behind 2-4,4-0, 10-6 win over Thomas Chung of Trinidad and Tobago on Monday. Saskia Persaud was also in the winners’ row after she picked up her first win by downing Kiara Youssef 2-1 also of the Twin Island Republic. The championship ends tomorrow.last_img

August 28

Cisse set to eclipse Yeboah’s record

first_imgAnthony Yeboah’s long standing Bundesliga record for the most goals scored by an African player could be eclipsed by Senegal’s Papiss Demba Cisse on Sunday.The Freiburg striker will take his season’s tally to 21 if he scores against Borrusia Dortmund on Sunday and eclipse Yeboah’s tally of 20 set in the 1993/94 season during his time with Eintracht Frankfurt.He is also eyeing the top scorer’s award in Germany which Yeboah shared with other strikers twice.Cisse says he is delighted that he is now tied with Yeboah for the most goals scored by an African but wants more.“I didn’t know I had equalled Yeboah’s record and was only told on the evening of the match,” Cisse told BBC blogger Piers Edwards.“I was very happy but with five matches left, I still want to achieve more.” Source; Kickoff.comlast_img read more

August 26

Federal judge halts deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A federal judge in Michigan blocked the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals on Monday, giving the immigrants time to make their cases in court before the government can attempt to deport them.U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith entered a preliminary injunction that would give the immigrants at least three more months to argue their cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the courts, before the government can attempt to send them back to Iraq.In his ruling on Monday, Goldsmith said the potential deportees, many whom are Chaldean Christian, would face “grave harm and possible death” in Iraq because they are considered minorities there.The Iraqis were targeted for deportation because they had overstayed their visas or committed crimes — typically misdemeanors, according to advocates.Many of those targeted entered in the U.S. as children and more than of them half had been in the country for more than a decade because Iraq had refused to take them back, according to the ruling.Earlier this year, the Trump administration said it would remove Iraq from its updated travel ban and the country agreed to start accepting deportees from the U.S. after refusing to do so for many years.In June, 234 Iraqi nationals were arrested and detained on removal orders that were, in most cases, dormant for between five and 10 years.Those detained — most of them from Detroit, which has a large Chaldean Christian population, have been scattered around the country in different federal detention facilities with limited access to legal advocates and their families, the court said.Goldsmith determined that returning them “to the lawlessness and senseless religious hatred that engulfs much of Iraq would subject them to persecution, torture, and possible death,” according to the ruling.“In these singular circumstances, a federal district court is armed with jurisdiction to act as a first responder,” Goldsmith wrote, adding that the court can assure “that those who might be subjected to grave harm and possible death are not cast out of this country before having their day in court.”The American Civil Liberties Union, which had previously obtained a temporary order that blocked the Iraqis’ deportation, said the ruling could save lives. The previous order was set to expire at midnight Tuesday, according to the ACLU.“This ruling continues to block the government from recklessly sending these individuals into harm’s way,” Judy Rabinovitz, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project said in a statement Monday. “The court’s action could literally save lives.”There was no immediate response by the U.S. Justice Department, although lawyers at earlier court hearings signaled that an appeal was likely if Goldsmith granted an injunction, according to The Associated Press.“This court and petitioners rely primarily on conditions in ISIS-controlled territory to establish harm. But no alien would be removed to that part of Iraq,” the Justice Department’s William Silvis said in a court filing last week. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

August 14

How John Stockton’s shot became ‘The Shot’

first_imgKevin Willis | Associated PressKnown as a Jazz-killer for his big games years earlier as a member of the Phoenix Suns, Eddie Johnson came off the bench to burn the Jazz with a game-high 31 points on 12-of-17 shooting, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range.Johnson was so open that Jeff Hornacek quipped, “He could have reached over and taken a drink of Coke before some of those shots.”Utah actually jumped out to a 31-18 lead after one quarter, but the Rockets dominated the second and tied the game at halftime 51-51. Houston pushed the lead to 12 in the third quarter, but the Jazz made one last rally to pull within five midway through the fourth quarter before the Rockets pulled away.Game 4: May 25, The SummitRockets 95, Jazz 92 | Associated PressThe Jazz were coming off a five-game series win over the Lakers while the Rockets were coming off a grueling seven-game series with Seattle that finished two days earlier.And it showed.After falling behind early, the Jazz took a nine-point halftime lead, thanks to the play of the reserves and a 35-foot bank shot at the buzzer. The Jazz kept a steady lead in the second half and their two stars, Karl Malone and John Stockton, both finished with double-doubles as Malone had 21 points and 13 rebounds, while Stockton finished with 16 points and 13 assists.“This was obviously a very frustrating night for us,” said Charles Barkley, who also refused to use fatigue as an excuse.“If you’re tired, go home,” he said. “Get the (bleep) on the next bus tomorrow. We’re not going to make excuses.”Game 2: May 21, Delta CenterJazz 104, Rockets 92 Charles Barkley tries to drive on Karl Malone | Associated PressAfter being fairly quiet during the first four games of the series, Malone came up big in this one, showing why he was the regular-season MVP.Malone finished with 29 points and 14 rebounds as he slightly overshadowed Olajuwon, who finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds. Johnson, the Rockets’ hero the two previous games in Houston, was held to just 2-of-7 shooting.The Jazz were never able to break the game open, leading by three after the first and second quarters and by seven after three quarters before winning by five.”This is the one game we played to win, and not to not lose,” said Jazz coach Jerry Sloan. “We had a lot of people play awfully hard and with a great deal of intensity.”Game 6: May 29, The SummitJazz 103, Rockets 100 Related Eddie Johnson | Associated PressOnce again Johnson came up big for the Rockets, sinking what he called, “the biggest shot I’ve ever hit” to give the Rockets the series-tying victory.Johnson barely beat the final buzzer with a high-arcing 3-pointer from 25 feet to give Houston the dramatic victory. Besides Johnson, the Rockets’ big three of Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and Barkley were solid with 27, 20 and 16 points, respectively.The Jazz got 22 apiece from Stockton and Malone, but while Stockton sank 9 of 12 shots, Malone managed to hit just 10 of 28.Utah had a great chance to take the lead in the final minute but Stockton missed an open 16-footer, Greg Foster had two tip-in attempts and then Bryon Russell missed a 3-point attempt, the latter with under 10 seconds to play.Game 5: May 27, Delta CenterJazz 96, Rockets 91 The Shot revisited: An oral history of John Stockton’s most unforgettable moment The Jazz shot heard ’round the world Utah Jazz’s John Stockton, right, walks off the court with teammate Karl Malone, center, and coach Jerry Sloan after beating the Houston Rockets 103-100 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals Thursday, May 29, 1997, in Houston. | Associated PressThe home team had won each of the first five games of the series and it looked to be happening again when the Rockets took a 13-point lead in the final quarter and still led by 10 with just under three minutes remaining.That’s when the Jazz rally started as Russell sank a 3-pointer and, after a Greg Ostertag block on Olajuwon, Stockton hit a pair of free throws to cut the lead to five.”Coach is always saying, “Never give up, never give up,” Stockton said. “We were down … and he convinced us to keep playing.”After Barkley made two foul shots, Russell hit another 3-pointer, followed by a Stockton layup. Then Stockton stole the ball from Drexler and tied the game at 98 with 1:03 remaining. Barkley made two more free throws, but Stockton answered with a six-foot runner in the lane to tie it at 100. Drexler, who had scored 33 up to that point, tried to drive on Russell, but after being converged on by several Jazz players, he threw up a wild bank shot with six seconds left that Malone rebounded to give Utah one last chance. Jazz starters accounted for all but five points as Stockton led the way with 25, followed by Malone with 24, Hornacek with 18, Ostertag with 16 and Russell with 15. Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich | Associated PressThis game was more about rough play, the Rockets complaining about the way the Jazz played in Game 1 and then going out in Game 2 and trying to do something about it.After the first game, the Rockets had complained about some of the picks or screens, particularly those by Stockton, calling them illegal. They talked about it before the game with coach Rudy Tomjanovich sending his captains to discuss it with the officials. Afterward, Barkley even admitted to trying to hurt Stockton, saying, “Obviously the refs aren’t going to do their job, so I was trying to separate a shoulder or break a rib,” and then added that he was “serious.”The Jazz seemed to take it all in stride as they led the entire way and outrebounded the Rockets 56-37. Stockton had one of his better games of the postseason, finishing with 26 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds.Game 3: May 23, The SummitRockets 118, Jazz 100 SALT LAKE CITY — It happened 20 years ago, May 29, 1997, and it still might be the biggest moment in Utah Jazz history — John Stockton hitting the winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to defeat Houston and move the Jazz to their first NBA Finals.Everyone knows about Stockton receiving the pass from Bryon Russell with 2.8 seconds left and letting fly with his shot from 26 feet as Charles Barkley came over with his hands raised in an effort to block the shot, which swished through the hoop as time expired.Then came Stockton’s exuberant leap in the air before he was mobbed by Karl Malone, Jeff Hornacek and the rest of his Jazz teammates as they realized they were going to the NBA Finals.What might be forgotten are a couple of key facts surrounding Stockton’s momentous shot.For one, it came in Game 6 of the playoffs, not Game 7, meaning the Jazz weren’t on the brink of elimination and could have afforded to lose the game in overtime and go back to Salt Lake City for a chance to close out the series at home.Another fact often lost in the shuffle of Stockton’s last-second heroics was the amazing comeback the Jazz had to make during the last three minutes to give Stockton a chance for his heroics. Utah had trailed by 10 points with 2:59 left but went on a 17-4 run the rest of the way as Stockton made the last three baskets of the game for Utah.Stockton’s shot also overshadowed what transpired previously in the series against a talented Rockets team featuring three future Hall of Famers: Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and Barkley.Other highlights from the series included a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Houston’s Eddie Johnson in Game 4 to tie the series at 2-2, the Rockets whining about Stockton’s “illegal” screens after the first two games, and the many colorful comments of Barkley in advance of his future career as an NBA analyst on TV.Here’s a look at each of the six playoff games in the Utah-Houston series:Game 1: May 19, Delta CenterJazz 101, Rockets 86 Hollis column: Stockton and all of Jazz Nation celebrated ‘The Shot’last_img read more

August 6

Maradona: If Koulibaly was white he’d be playing for Madrid or Barça

first_img On Conte he said: “The coach of the Italian national team signs for Chelsea! That seems shameful to me.” 26/04/2016 “Juventus have phenomenal players, but also the Italian referees! It’s nothing new, when there are doubts the Juve players are always right,” he added.  “[Napoli president] De Laurentiis ought to make himself respected, the way other Napoli directors did in the past. Fiorentina’s disallowed goal yesterday was scandalous…” Upd. at 15:23 The former Napoli player also made controversial comments about Juventus, who in his opinion are favoured by referees, and Italian coach Antonio Conte, who will take over at Chelsea next season.  Sport EN “Racism still exists in football. The white players are always favoured over black players – and that is a disgrace.”  “If Koulibaly was white he would be playing for Real Madrid or Barcelona,” the Argentine said in an interview with Piuenne TV.  CEST Diego Maradona has lamented the fact that racism still exists in football and used Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly as an example.last_img read more

August 6

PSG confirm they no longer pursuing de Ligt

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisement 9lg8hNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8jmyWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3xck2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8eblWould you ever consider trying this?😱mCan your students do this? 🌚9b1k3a5Roller skating! Powered by Firework Paris Saint Germain’s new sporting director Leonardo Araújo has confirmed  that they are no longer in the race to sign Matthijs de Ligt.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesFollowing a spectacular campaign for Ajax and Netherlands, de Ligt became one of the hottest targets for European heavyweights this summer window, namely Barcelona, Manchester United and also PSG.However, agent Mino Raiola confirmed that the 19-year old Amsterdam skipper had his heart set on a move to Juventus, agreeing personal terms with the Serie A champions, and also expressed his desire to become a teammate of Turin talisman Ronaldo.Advertisement “I always wanted to be Cristiano Ronaldo” – the Dutch defender spoke to Voetbal International.Leonardo, who recently joined the post of sporting director for the Ligue 1 giants, confirmed that de Ligt will not arrive at Parc des Princes.Advertisement In an interview with French outlet Le Parisien, the 49-year old Brazilian said they will stop pursuing the Ajax center back.“De Ligt will not come to PSG. There was a possibility. He is a great player but it was not a good time to make a big investment.”“We must calm down a little. We don’t have an envelope of €200 million to spend.”“We need a defensive midfielder and maybe a player to complete the central defense. In attack, we have many solutions. It will also be important this season to see young players get on the main team.”“But there is also important data, it should not be hidden: it is financial fair play. The rules and criteria in force must be respected.” he added. Advertisementlast_img read more