Morocco retain IBSA Blind Football African Championship title

first_imgMorocco’s blind football team has booked a place for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games after beating Cameroon 2-0 at the finals of the African football championships for the visually impaired. It was an entertaining and fitting final between the two sides in Douala, playing in front of a packed but silent crowd.North African defending champions Morocco’s double proved enough to hand the visitors a second title as well as the final slot to the blind football tournament at next year’s Paralympics.As the tournament continues to grow, participants and coaches have called for more countries to participate.last_img read more

Don Bradman’s legendary bat to grace Kolkata museum

first_imgA BAT used by Australia cricket team legend Don Bradman during India’s first tour of Australia in 1947-48 was presented to the Fanattic Sports Museum in Kolkata on Tuesday.It was handed over by former Aussie skipper Michael Clarke on behalf of Nikhil Daftary who is a Melbourne-based collector of sports memorabilia.Since David Warner’s bat too is part of the museum’s collection, it helped former internationals such as Deep Dasgupta, Brad Hogg and Clarke to compare the two and show how thick bats of today’s generation have become.“To have averaged 99.94 with bats of this kind makes you marvel all over again,” said Clarke.last_img read more

Badgers sweep Huskies

first_imgGREGORY DIXON/Herald photoWith their 4-0 defeat of St. Cloud State on Saturday, the Wisconsin women?s hockey team built themselves an eight-game winning streak to start off the New Year.After getting swept in heartbreaking fashion by the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs in late November, the Badgers haven?t dropped a game in close to two months, sweeping North Dakota, Minnesota State, Ohio State and now St. Cloud State to push their record to 18-6-2.With the top three teams in the WCHA all garnering sweeps this weekend, UW was unable to pick up any further ground on UMD and Minnesota, who are first and second in the conference, respectively.In Saturday?s game, which set a new NCAA record for attendance with 5,377 fans filling the lower bowl of the Kohl Center, the Badgers played brilliantly in front of the large crowd, downing St. Cloud 4-0. As was the case last year when UW and Harvard played in front of the then-record-sized crowd at the Kohl Center, senior Jinelle Zaugg stepped up, scoring two goals in the decisive win. Against Harvard last year, it was Zaugg?s overtime goal that sealed the win for the Badgers. Hillary Knight and Mallory Deluce also netted goals for Wisconsin.With the shutout, junior goaltender Jesse Vetter now has nine shutouts on the season, on pace to break her own mark of 15 from last season. She stopped all 18 shots she faced Saturday and made 22 saves Friday.But while the defense seems never to be as much of an issue for the Badgers, the offense?s struggles before the break were causing a lot of problems for the momentum of a team not used to having trouble lighting the lamp.?We had been getting our scoring opportunities, but now the puck is actually going in,? UW head coach Mark Johnson said following Friday?s game. ?It makes a huge difference when you can get the three, four, five goals. I?d say one of the biggest reasons we?ve been more successful the past eight games or so is because the team has been scoring much more than it did earlier in the season.?For a team that isn?t used to playing with a deficit, having their high-powered offense back in full swing certainly has helped the overall mentality of the team.Gaining an early lead eight seconds into the game also helped the offense, as was the case Friday when sophomore forward Jasmine Giles notched her goal faster than anyone in Wisconsin women?s hockey history, breaking a record of 11 seconds set by former Badger Lindsay Macy.After being away from the Kohl Center for close to two months, scoring early was going to be a top priority for the Badgers now that they have a series at home with North Dakota coming up this weekend.?[Giles? goal] is a great way to start a hockey game,? Johnson said. ?If we can patent that start for every game, we?ll take it.?Wisconsin was able to use that momentum to get on the board quickly again in the second period with a Mallory Deluce goal. Senior Jinelle Zaugg continued her recent hot streak by adding her own goal shortly after, with freshman Kelly Nash capping off the game with a wrist shot that singed the top of the net.Next weekend the Badgers are home for a series against the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota and will look to gain on the one-game difference in conference standing between themselves and Minnesota.last_img read more

Former Syracuse lacrosse player Jovan Miller’s action causes equipment company to pull controversial slogan

first_imgFormer Syracuse midfielder Jovan Miller announced on Twitter last Monday that he would retire from lacrosse if Warrior Sports did not drop its “#NinjaPlease” marketing campaign.Miller said it means “N-word please.”The sportswear company that outfits all eight Major League Lacrosse teams encouraged Twitter users to tweet with the hashtag #ninjaplease for a chance to win a pair of Dojo training shoes. Promotional posters were also released with the #ninjaplease slogan.Miller, who plays for the MLL’s Charlotte Hounds, first became aware of the slogan when retired midfielder and three-time All-American Kyle Harrison called him about it. An email chain starting on Oct. 25 among current and former black lacrosse players followed, including Harrison, Shamel and Rhamel Bratton, Sam Bradman, Milton Lyles, Brendan Porter and Chazz Woodson.“We had a collective idea on what we were going to say,” Miller said. “It was me who put it out there because I’m probably the most popular of all the black players, so once I said something I knew we would get a lot of feedback.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Nov. 5, Miller went public.In the week since, Miller witnessed a groundswell of mixed reactions before Warrior removed any traces of the slogan on Thursday. Miller said Warrior Sports Chief Marketing Officer Dave Dixon spoke with him for five minutes on the phone last Friday and apologized. Miller said he now plans to continue his career.Much of the feedback Miller received was positive, he said, though hateful responses on Twitter and an initial argument with an unnamed teammate who did not understand his position caused him to speak out.Miller said he is basically done publicly protesting the campaign and his decision to go public was meant to express his own feelings in addition to educating young players. The backlash and the campaign have roots in what he sees as deeper problems within the game of lacrosse and the country.“I usually call us a pot of assorted fruits and vegetables; that’s what I call America,” Miller said. “It shows how sad it is that I can’t speak up or I can speak up and be convicted about how I’m feeling, but people still question it and think I just want to be seen.”Miller retweeted several negative reactions throughout the week, many of which contained racial slurs.Much of the criticism of Miller’s protest came from people unfamiliar with lacrosse, he said.Before he publicized his complaint, Miller called former SU head coach Roy Simmons to ask him to vouch for his character. He also reached out to Jim Brown to hear his thoughts on the issue, but received no response.The Hounds and Chief Operating Officer Wade Leaphart did not make an official statement on Miller’s protest. But on Saturday, Leaphart did tweet “#ninjaplease Agree or disagree, the malicious tweets aimed at @jovination23 are pathetic. Be constructive; learn, grow, carry on.”Throughout the controversy as well as his career, Miller said he has been torn between deciding to speak out on racial issues and coming off as “an angry black man.” He recalled a conversation he had in the summer of 2008 in which the parent of an opposing player told him to worry about getting through school instead of getting on the field at SU.Miller said he could not tell his parents, fearing their reaction. Adults set in an opposing viewpoint are unlikely to be moved by his protest, he said, but he felt he could teach uninformed observers.“This whole experience I thought was a very bold stance, it was a very cutthroat stance, it was more meant to educate the kids and obviously tell Warrior I didn’t appreciate the subtlety of their slogan,” Miller said.Woodson, who plays for the MLL’s Ohio Machine, said he was not personally offended by the slogan, but its clearance through Warrior Sports marketing bothered him.Yet he also saw the issue as an opportunity to discuss lacrosse in terms of race, privilege and the sport’s overall image.“Lacrosse has always been viewed as an exclusive, rich sport for Northeast prep-school white kids and there’s so much talk about how, ‘No, that’s not the case,’ but then at the same time there still are very much issues of race that exist in this sport; whether we want to look at it or not, they’re still there,” Woodson said.US Lacrosse came out in support of Miller on Sunday, applauding his intolerance of racism and expressing that a “culture of inclusion” is “essential to our sport’s responsible development.”“Racially derogatory comments and references impede the advancement of lacrosse and have no place within our sport,” said Steve Stenersen, president and CEO of US Lacrosse.Ultimately, Miller feels he did make a difference as the slogan was dropped.“It was more just to help people and not separate or segregate them,” Miller said. “I’m grateful for this opportunity and to know that there are more people with me than against me.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 13, 2012 at 2:19 am Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_last_img read more

Syracuse defense looks to solve communication breakdowns that surfaced in ACC tournament

first_imgThe bus ride home after Syracuse’s Atlantic Coast Conference tournament finals loss to Notre Dame on Sunday was more about preparing than reflecting. Instead of trying to forget one of the most heartbreaking losses of the season — a contest in which SU allowed 15 goals for the second straight game — the defensive unit watched game film to pinpoint the mistakes it needed to correct.“We like to improve,” SU defender Matt Harris said. “I know there’s not much you can do on the field right after the game, but I think watching film is just as important as practice.”After going through a five-game stretch to end the regular season in which the No. 4 Orange (10-4, 2-3 ACC) allowed just 9.2 goals per game, the SU back line regressed. Syracuse allowed Duke and Notre Dame to find the cage a combined 30 times in its two ACC tournament games, and now has a nonconference game against Colgate (9-6, 4-4 Patriot) to shake off the dust before the team dives into the NCAA tournament. “That loss was on the defense as a whole,” senior goalie Dominic Lamolinara said. “And we shouldn’t have been that close against Duke. I didn’t play that well. It’s got to improve, that’s for sure.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHarris said the goal for each game is for Syracuse to hold its opponent to fewer than 10 goals — an objective the Orange achieved three times in its five-game winning streak entering the tournament. But then the Orange fell well short of that goal against the Blue Devils and Fighting Irish. Syracuse’s last-second win over Duke on Friday was arguably its best of the season, but SU head coach John Desko said there were too many mistakes and a lack of communication. Though the point was well received by the unit, it was hardly something that needed to be hammered home. “The good thing is we know what we did wrong,” defensive midfielder Tom Grimm said. “So we know what we have to work on. It’d be different if they just outplayed us. It’s just the mental breakdowns on our part.”Grimm said it was his fault Notre Dame attack Matt Kavanagh poured in four goals against the Orange on Sunday. When Syracuse faced UND on March 29, the SU defense — mostly defender Brandon Mullins — held Kavanagh to no goals and two assists.This time, with Mullins guarding Kavanagh again, Grimm said he failed to help direct Mullins after he was picked off. It led to two Kavanagh goals that proved fatal in the 15-14 loss. “I think it was more on our part, to be honest,” Grimm said. “Mullins did a great job on him Sunday. I think he might have scored one goal on Mullins. The rest of them were a lack of communication on my part.”Defensively, it was a weekend to forget.It left a bitter taste in the mouth of the entire unit, but SU tried to wash it away immediately by studying on its ride back to Syracuse from Chester, Pa.This week in practice, the Orange plans to work extensively on its communication and transition defense for Colgate, and more importantly, the NCAA tournament. “You kind of want to get back on the horse and see what you can do about improving as a player, personally and as a unit,” Harris said. “There’s a sense of urgency after the game to kind of see what went on, talk about mistakes, see how we can fix things.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 30, 2014 at 10:44 pm Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3last_img read more

Writing program relocates to Vermont

first_imgDornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Vice Dean for Academic Programs Steven Lamy announced this past week that the Master of Professional Writing program, which was slated to shut its doors in May of 2016, will find a new home at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.Last November, Dornsife Dean Steve Kay informed MPW Program Director Brighde Mullins that the program would no longer be accepting incoming students and would graduate its last class in May 2016 due to a necessary “business decision.”Now, current MPW students will have the option to either finish their degree at USC by May 2016 or receive full transfer credits from the MPW program at USC in order to complete any remaining graduation requirements to obtain a master of fine arts degree in writing from VCFA. Students will also have the third option of completing an expedited MFA degree at VCFA, if accepted into the program.Current MPW instructor Trinie Dalton, who has also been an instructor in the MFA program at VCFA, will lead the new writing program in Vermont.“They’re both programs I’ve felt at home in,” Dalton said. “While I’ll be directing the new full-residential program at VCFA, I still expect the experiences to be very similar in regards to high-quality student work, and passionate faculty members who are talented teachers as well as grand successes in their fields.”Despite Dalton’s enthusiasm for the new program, students are now faced with the difficult decision of potentially choosing to relocate across the country to complete their degree.Student Doug Greco said one of the benefits of the MPW program at USC was that the program offered students up to five years to complete the degree. Greco, who entered the program in 2013, valued MPW’s flexibility in allowing him until 2018 to graduate. After it was announced that the program would close in 2016, he made the decision to continue full-time in an effort to finish his degree by the  deadline. Greco is now faced with the decision of whether he will continue as a full-time student to finish his degree at USC, or relocate to Vermont to finish his degree at VFCA.“The reason I wanted more time to complete my degree [at USC] was so I could work full time here in L.A., so I would hope there would be some option for students who chose to do that route that would be able to continue to live in L.A.,” Greco said.Though Greco would have preferred the program stay at USC, he said that moving the program to VCFA seems to be the best choice possible given the situation.“I think the Vermont program is a great opportunity … The spirit of what we’ve heard so far is that they seem to be pretty flexible, and especially since it’s a smaller school they have a broad perspective on flexibility,” he said.Additionally, VCFA is offering MPW alumni the choice of affiliating with their program. According to Lamy’s statement, MPW alumni can choose to “informally affiliate with either the USC MPW program or with VCFA’s graduate writing program, or with both.”Some alumni, however, are concerned and confused about the different affiliation options. Lynda Rivers, who graduated from the MPW program in 2007, said she fears the program might not have as much weight with potential employers if there are no longer any USC MPW professors to support the alumni.“It’s all shocking and confusing, and I don’t think anyone understands what it means,” Rivers said. “I’m angry and bitter that none of this was done with discussion … It just happened and now these poor students have a big decision to make.”Furthermore, Rivers said she has been very disappointed with the way USC has treated alumni throughout the process of cancelling and then relocating the program. Rather, she has been much more impressed with VCFA’s welcoming attitude and how they have reached out to alumni in a positive and respectful way.“We were sent a formal letter from Dean Lamy, and it referred to numerous topics but did not go into detail,” Rivers said. “Instead of taking time to understand and develop what they should say to alumni, they just sent out kind of a half-a– letter … they don’t understand we have invested a lot of time and money into MPW, and it’s very clear to us they want to wash their hands of us and be done, or at least that’s how they made us feel.”For VCFA President Thomas Greene, it is very important that USC MPW students and alumni feel welcomed into the VCFA program.“We want to give alumni [an]  opportunity to be in touch with us as this program continues to grown and evolve and live,” Greene said.Through affiliating with the VCFA program, MPW alumni will receive invitations to alumni events, be included in all alumni communications, receive an optional e-mail address, have the opportunity to participate in postgraduate conferences and network with VCFA alumni from other programs.“Our hope to is to build on the strength of both institutions,” Greene said. “I think when you look at faculty in this program it is a mix some folks from USC and some folks from Vermont it combines the best of both worlds.”last_img read more

Brittney Sykes’ double-double leads Syracuse in 95-63 blowout of Central Connecticut State

first_img Published on December 4, 2016 at 4:12 pm Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langer On Central Connecticut’s second possession of the game, the ball was in the corner in front of the Syracuse bench. Briana Day had to step out from the center of the zone to guard the player there after that side of the court had been overloaded.As the Blue Devils’ Giocelis Reynoso tried to swing the ball down to the paint, Sykes rotated over from the weak side and knocked the ball away. She started running out in transition, finding Alexis Peterson ahead of her. Peterson kicked it right back to Sykes, who stepped into a pull-up jumper.It was indicative of just a small portion of what Sykes would do the rest of the way, as she spent the entire game stuffing the stat sheet for the Orange. When she wasn’t stealing passes (five) or scoring points (26) she was flying in for rebounds (14), on both ends of the court. She shined in No. 20 Syracuse’s (6-3) 95-63 blowout victory over Central Connecticut (1-6) on Sunday afternoon at the Carrier Dome.“It’s great when she can have an all-around complete game, you want that kind of balance from your players,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “She’s doing a good job of maintaining her aggressiveness in these games but she’s playing under control.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textColin Davy | Staff PhotographerSykes wreaked havoc on the offensive glass, and managed to create after that. On multiple occasions, she went right back up after a rebound to create points for herself. She sprinkled in four assists on the night, and two of those came on kick outs to Peterson for a 3-pointer after an offensive board.One thing that worked well for the Orange all game was executing on baseline out-of-bounds sets. In the second half, Sykes started leaving her fingerprints out of those sets. The first two times SU ran one of them in the third quarter, the ball was lobbed to Sykes, who skied through the middle of the court and laid in an alley-oop. The third time, Syracuse tried the same play. Sykes missed the shot, got her own rebound and put it back in for an and-1.“She’s a great player and has the ability to do so many things on the floor,” Central Connecticut head coach Beryl Piper said. “A couple of times on out of bounds plays, just her athleticism jumping over the top of us and her scoring easy baskets on that … it’s tough for us.”“It’s always fun catching those teams (by surprise),” Sykes said. “You think they’d catch on by now but it never happens.”Colin Davy | Staff PhotographerWhen the Blue Devils crashed the paint, Sykes was ready to hit from outside. Late in the second quarter she spotted up on the left wing. The Orange and Blue Devils were overloaded on the right side. Desiree Elmore got the ball on the high post, with her back to Sykes. Sykes was crouching, hands in motion calling for the pass. When she got it she rose up and drained a 3-pointer. It was one of two 3s she added to her line.There were some off moments for Sykes, as she had five turnovers in the game, sometimes coming off a rebound or steal in which she tried to throw a lead pass through traffic.But the good vastly outweighed the bad for her on Sunday. Midway through the third quarter, one of those turnovers came when she was called for traveling. She pressured the ensuing play, stealing the ball from Central Connecticut’s Aleah Epps right under the basket. She passed it to Chelayne Bailey, who missed a layup. Sykes got the rebound and put it back in.By the end of the third quarter, she had already scored 23 points and racked up a double-double. She didn’t play too much in the fourth quarter, but her multi-faceted performance had already secured a win for her team.“My biggest thing is to just be efficient,” Sykes said. “… It’s never just for me, it’s always something bigger.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

D’Tigress Turn Focus on Cameroon after Tunisia Victory

first_imgNigeria, who beat Senegal in the final two years ago, saw off the Tunisians 75-26 at the Dakar Arena to make the idea start in Group B.Evelyn Akhator was a key figure in Bamako two years ago and indicated she could be a central figure in the Senegal capital too with a 13-point performance, including 10 rebounds and three steals.The D’Tigress are without key 2017 players Ndidi Madu and Cecilia Okoye, who have retired from professional basketball.Akhator remains a key figure however as they are favourites to finish above Cameroon and Tunisia in their group.Mali also began their campaign in Group C with victory, beating two-time champions Angola 71-63 to start strongly in what has been subbed the “Group of Death”.Group C contains three former champions, however, it was 2007 winners Mali who got the best of 2011 and 2013 victors Angola.All three nations will have ambitions of topping the group, although Mali’s highly experienced squad – including five-time AfroBasket athlete Meiya Tirera – may give them an edge.Cape Verde, Kenya and Mozambique are in Group D, with the latter side looking to finally break their title duck having been runners-up in 1986, 2003 and 2013.Mozambique are favourites to top the pool, although both their rivals – competing at the finals for the first time since 2013 – will have their eyes on a potential upset.Hosts Senegal will be eyeing a record 13th title at the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Women’s Afrobasket in Dakar.In the late game, hosts and favourites Senegal began their quest for a 13th Women’s AfroBasket title with victory over Ivory Coast in Group A.Senegal made a nervous start and trailed 18-5 at the end of the first quarter, however they turned on the style with 50 points across the subsequent two periods to which Ivory Coast had no answer.They will win the group with victory over Egypt on Tuesday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FIBA WOMEN’S AFROBASKETReigning Women’s AfroBasket champions D’Tigress who got their title defence off to the perfect start with a crushing victory over Tunisia in Dakar on Saturday are warming up for an encore against Cameroon on Tuesday.The D’Tigress are highly favoured to be the one automatic qualifier from Group B and can make certain of their knock-out spot by beating Cameroon on Tuesday.last_img read more

AFCON 2021 Qualifiers: South Africa name squad to face Ghana and Sudan

first_imgSouth Africa have announced the team they will use in their first two AFCON 2021 qualifiers against the Black Stars of Ghana and Sudan in November.The Bafana Bafana are hoping to make another AFCON after their quarter final exit from the 2019 edition and their coach, Molefi Ntseki, has put together the best team available to him for the two matches.The likes of Dean Furman and conqueror of Egypt in the last AFCON, Thembinkosi Lorch, have all been named in the team for the two matches.However, Keegan Dolly will not feature in the match due to injury.In all, Ntseki has called up 25 players for the two matches.Goalkeepers: Darren Keet, Ronwen Williams, Ricardo GossDefenders: Thulani Hlatshwayo ©, Sifiso Hlanti, Buhle Mkhwanazi, Erick Mathoho, Thapelo Morena, Thamsanqa Mkhize, Innocent Maela, Mosa Lebusa.Midfielders: Kamohelo Mokotjo, Bongani Zungu, Thato Mokeke, Dean Furman, Lebogang Phiri, Thembinkosi Lorch, Thulani Serero, Mothobi Mvala, Themba Zwane, Aubrey Modiba.Forwards: Lebo Mothiba, Bradley Grobler, Percy Tau, Kermit Erasmuslast_img read more

October award for Fergie and Mata

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson and Juan Mata have been named Premier League manager and player of the month respectively for October.Manchester United went on an unbeaten run in October, scoring ten goals as they defeated Newcastle, Stoke and Chelsea, and Ferguson has been honoured, the 27th time he has claimed the monthly prize.News of his award came on the 26th anniversary of his appointment as Manchester United manager and he was delighted to pick up the honour.“We’ve got a great set-up here, I’ve got great staff, and the players of course – they are the reason I’m getting this award. There is no question about that, so I am very pleased,” Ferguson commented.Mata, meanwhile, scored three goals for Chelsea during the month and set-up another three to keep the Blues’ title hopes alive.“My main job is to assist not to score, but of course the best feeling if you are a football player is scoring goals, so this month has been very good for me,” Mata, who was named Player of the Month for the first time, said.last_img read more