RelatedPosts Quadri Aruna leads Africa to World Cup Jollof Rice, Akufo-Addo and other things we don’t like about Ghana, by Azu Ishiekwene I will see out my contract at Arsenal, Oezil says Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets surrendered a 2-1 advantage at the end of first half to superior second half performance from Senegal to lose 4-2 in their last group game at the UEFA/CAF U17 tournament in Turkey.Signs that it could turn out a bad day in the office for the five-time world champions manifested when forward Wisdom Ubani picked up an injury during the team’s warm up exercise, which subsequently ruled him out of the game.But despite the absence of Ubani, the Nigerian boys went into the game dictating the pace and opened scoring in the 13th minute through red hot attacker, Olakunle Olusegun, to make it his third goal in the tournament, having scored in both previous games against host nation Turkey and Guatemala.Senegal did not sit back to soak up the pressure, rather they launched attack after attack at their more illustrious opponents in the world of U-17 football and got rewarded for their efforts in the 29th minute courtesy of an own goal.Their celebration was cut short when they also suffered the same fate of an own goal in the 31st minute. The scoreline remained at 2-1 at the interval.A more revitalised Senegal took the game to Nigeria in the second period, bombarding the defence of the Eaglets for the equalizer.They were rewarded with a penalty, which was converted for an equaliser in the 51st minute.It was indeed explosive West African youth football on display on a neutral ground in Turkey, but it was Senegal that went ahead to score two more goals to ensure 4-2 victory at the end of 90 minutes. Tags: senegalWorld Cup
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Ranjeet and Mukhtar demolish UttrakhandOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Terrific bowling from pacers guided Assam to a huge one innings-90-run victory over Uttarakhand in the Ranji trophy tie at Dehradun today. Ranjeet Mali took ten-wicket in the tie.In reply to Assam’s first innings total of 294, Uttarakhand has bowled out 121 runs in the first innings and was forced to follow- on. Later, the home side collapsed paltry for 83 in their second innings.Ranjeet Mali was in superb form and single-handedly demolished Uttarakhand’s first innings taking 6-24. In the second innings, the bowler collected another 4 wickets for 27 runs. He got good support from Mukhtar Hussain in the second innings who collected 6 wickets giving away only 15 runs.Uttarakhand was never in the match when they started their batting yesterday. Only three batsmen scored a double-digit run and Mayank Mishra (52) was the top scorer.Uttarakhand struggled in the second innings also and Assam needed just 35.2 overs to finish their second innings. This time, Unmukt Chand (41) was the highest scorer and only two other batsmen were able to score double figure runs.With this victory Assam collected seven points from this game.Also Read: Assam take the upper hand against Uttarakhand in Ranji Trophy tieWatch | Team India captain Virat Kohli addresses media ahead T20 match in Guwahati
The 16-nation playoffs have twice been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Euro 2020 has been delayed one year.Csányi tells Hungarian media that October and November are options while there is uncertainty about when soccer can resume in Europe. All 55 UEFA member countries are currently scheduled to play Nations League games in October and November.Hungary was drawn to play at Bulgaria in the single knockout Euro 2020 playoffs. The winner will host either Iceland or Romania with a place in the final tournament at stake.Hungary is one of 12 host nations of Euro 2020.___ April 21, 2020 Paul Ricard also hosts a Formula One race. It is scheduled for June 28 but widely expected to become the 10th of 22 races this season to be called off amid the virus outbreak.___South Korea’s professional baseball league has decided to begin its season on May 5.The games will be played without fans until the risk of infection from the coronavirus is gone.The league plans to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule but has decided scrap its all-star game and shorten the first round of the playoffs from a best-of-five to best-of-three series. Associated Press The deputy head of Germany’s national disease control center has cautioned against coronavirus testing for soccer players in order to restart the league.Regular testing of players and team staff is a key element of a plan to resume German soccer in empty stadiums next month.Robert Koch Institute vice president Lars Schaade says he doesn’t “see why certain sections of the population … should be routinely screened.”Schaade says he would prefer testing to be focused on people who show symptoms or who are linked to an outbreak of the virus.Clubs are eager to resume the Bundesliga to avoid financial losses. They are negotiating a tricky political landscape and opposition from some fan groups. The Latest: Euro 2020 playoffs could be in Oct. or Nov. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___UEFA vice president Sándor Csányi says playoffs to decide the last four places in the postponed European Championship could be played in October or November. The governors of German states Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have called for a restart of soccer on May 9 but not all states are on board.___The second edition of FIA’s Motorsport Games has been postponed until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic.The multi-disciple event between various nations was scheduled for Oct. 23-25 at the Circuit Paul Ricard near designated host city Marseille. The new dates are Oct. 22-24 next year at the same place.The next games are set to see the introduction of rally and historic motorsport events. The KBO says it could shorten the regular season if infections erupt. The league will advise players to wear face masks in locker rooms and require them to download smartphone apps to report their daily health status to league officials.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
It would be silly to say a punter could make or break a team’s season, but it’s evident Green Bay Packer fans aren’t happy with Derrick Frost.Multiple times Sunday, the boo birds could be heard at Lambeau Field after a pair of Frost punts failed to satisfy the Packer-backers. Funny thing is, Frost actually improved his punting average after the loss to the Carolina Panthers. Still, he sits near the bottom of the NFL for punting average at 42 yards per boot.Remind me again, why did Green Bay opt to go with Frost over Jon Ryan and his 44.4-yard per punt average from last season?In hindsight, the Packers should have stuck with Ryan. Too late to call him back to Lambeau, though. He’s busy punting for the Seattle Seahawks, where he’s averaging 2-yard per punt better than he did a year ago.So if Green Bay is to go a different route for the remainder of the season — again, that’s an if — there’s a former Badger who would be happy to answer the call.Ken DeBauche began the Packers’ training camp fighting for a spot on the team’s 52-man roster. He left camp looking for a job, as he was cut in late July before the roster was finalized.DeBauche knew his chances of making the team were slim heading into camp, but that wasn’t about to stop the life-long Packer fan from taking a chance with the team he grew up watching in nearby Suamico.“There isn’t much that’s guaranteed in the NFL,” DeBauche told me back in April after signing a free agent contract with Green Bay. “I’ll have to go there right away and punt my best.”Despite doing what he could to impress the Packer personnel, DeBauche was given the boot — as was the incumbent Ryan — leaving Green Bay with Derrick Frost as their punter.You know the old saying about hindsight. Insert it here.While bridges have been burned between the Packers and Ryan, DeBauche would make the ideal candidate to call up to replace Frost. In fact, he was asked to work out in early October after Frost struggled in a pair of lackluster performances against Tampa Bay and Atlanta — both of which were lost by Green Bay.Yet following the workout, DeBauche was still without work, and Frost’s punting woes continued — as did the tempers of Cheeseheads across the state.Let’s look at the hypothetical of what is really a no-lose situation for both sides. Suppose DeBauche comes in and fails to perform at the NFL level. Is that much different than what the Packers have on hand right now? At the very least, it would give DeBauche the chance of a lifetime, even if his only career punt ends up as a 20-yard shank.“All I wanted was a chance. I wanted to get my foot in the door,” DeBauche said in April.Let’s say he finally gets that chance and outkicks Frost. DeBauche is happy, the Packers are happy and their fans are happy too.The only one coming out a loser in this scenario would obviously be Frost.But Frost, a journeyman of sorts, has found work before and after leaving one team. He started with Cleveland and then made his way to Washington for three seasons before finally landing in Green Bay.Every journeyman’s gotta start somewhere, right? The least the Packers could do is give DeBauche a job.Just don’t call it a job.“I don’t want to call it work, because it never will be work for me,” DeBauche said. “And hopefully I won’t have to work ever. I’ll just keep playing football.”Tyler is a senior majoring in journalism. What do you think the Packers should do with their current punter situation? Let him know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments Published on November 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Beat writers Brett LoGiurato and Andrew L. John break down Syracuse’s loss to Louisville and its failure to lock in a bowl bid–what would have been its first since 2004.
The draw for the last eight in the County Football Championship was made last evening.Killenaule go up against Thomas McDonaghs – that’s on next Sunday in Templemore at 2 o’clock.Defending champions Loughmore Castleiney face Arravale Rovers in Clonoulty next Sunday, again with a 2 o’clock throw-in. The second pair of quarter finals take place on Sunday week with Aherlow Gaels and Moyle Rovers doing battle in Ardfinnan while Cahir and Eire Og/Annacarty Donohill meet in Leahy Park, Cashel.Both of these have 2 o’clock throw-ins as well.
Despite warnings issued by law enforcement authorities months ago, skimmers continue to fleece Florida consumers by stealing their credit card information at petrol stations across the state.According to the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam H. Putnam inspectors have identified 276 credit card skims for the first six month of 2017, which compares to 219 for all of 2016.In a release earlier this week Putnam said, “”Identity theft is the last thing Floridians and visitors want to deal with while traveling.” An educated consumer is the best defense.”Credit card skimming works with the skimmers placing a small, battery-like device discreetly inside gas pump cabinets which they open with a universal gasoline pump key. The device then reads consumers credit and debit card information including the pin numbers inserted by consumers when they purchase petrol. The information gathered by the skimmers is then used by the skimmers illegally for purchases elsewhere.According to reports, it has been found that each skimming device found included some 100 credit card numbers, with an average of $1,000 stolen from each credit card that was skimmed.Detecting the skimmers is a multi-agency effort involving both local municipal law enforcement agencies and the Florida Department of Agriculture.The agriculture department indicated the gas skimming scam is an organized crime operation. Often the department stated the stolen credit card information is sold on the internet or used to make fake credit cards.The Florida Agriculture Commissioner’s office recommends consumers should try to protect themselves against being skimmed at gas stations by adopting the following methods:Avoid using credit or debit cards to purchase gas at gas pumps. Preferably use cash, and if cash is not available, present the card to the attendant at the petrol station.If you do use a debit card to purchase gas use it as a credit card so as not having to put in your pin number at the gas pump.Use the pumps in front of the petrol station as the skimming device is usually placed on pumps out of sight of the station’s attendants.Keep an eye on your bank and credit card for unusual and unauthorized charges.
(Epic Games) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/7b/bb/fortnite-revolver_1gbimx51zqrfy11y9bdagw46u7.jpg?t=-1900206021&w=500&quality=80 New Weapon: The RevolverAvailable in Epic and Legendary variants.Fires Medium Ammo.Holds 6 rounds.63 / 66 damage per shot.Headshot multiplier of 2.Available from Floor loot, Chests, Vending Machines, Supply Drops, and Loot Carriers.Epic Games describes The Revolver as “Simple, reliable, powerful. Try out this new take on a classic.” We figure this item will be about as useful as the Pistol. Worth picking up early game when you don’t have any weapons, but not really worth keeping throughout.Vaulted WeaponsRare Tactical Assault RifleImpulse GrenadesRift-To-GoPirate CannonIn getting rid of the Tactical Assault Rifle, Epic Games explains: “With the unvaulting of the Suppressed Submachine Gun, we wanted to make sure loot distribution in this class of item was well distributed.” Getting rid of the Rift-To-Go is an interesting change, although with the Slipstreams and Ballers added in it makes sense. There’s plenty of other transportation available to make the Rift-To-Go no longer an important item. The Pump Shotgun is back!At the start of Season 9 in Fortnite, Epic Games made the shocking decision to get rid of the Pump Shotgun. Users were not happy with the news, and grew increasingly angry over the new Combat Shotgun because it became too OP. Also, the Tactical Shotgun was pretty much useless in gameplay, meaning if you didn’t get a Combat Shotgun, you weren’t winning most fights. Well, Epic Games listened and announced the return of the Pump Shotgun in its v9.30 Content Update on Tuesday.MORE: All Beach Party locations needed for new Fortnite challengeThis is why Pump Shotgun is back in FortniteThe Uncommon and Rare Pump Shotgun is now in the game. They are available in floor loot and Vending Machines.Here’s what Epic Games said about bringing the weapon back:”There’s been a lot of feedback around the Tactical Shotgun and Combat Shotgun effectiveness, and so we’re experimenting with a world where the Pump Shotgun joins the current shotgun lineup.”When Epic Games initially vaulted the Pump Shotgun, it was because the weapon was being used too much for eliminations compared to others. Here’s the reasoning behind the initial vaulting: “Specifically when it comes to Pump Shotguns, they stand out significantly: they currently account for over 26% of eliminations in default playlists, with the next weapon type not even coming close. Rather than nerfing the Pump Shotgun to a point where it no longer lives up to its fantasy, our preference is to return it to the vault, giving us an opportunity to revisit the general balance of the item, while introducing a new shotgun.”I don’t have access to Fortnite’s numbers, but I’d assume the Combat Shotgun was probably close to the Pump’s 26% of eliminations number. Now, users will have the choice between the Combat and Pump, which could be interesting.Other Fortnite 9.30 Content Update Patch Notes Unvaulted WeaponsPump ShotgunShockwave GrenadeSuppressed SMGWe already covered the Pump Shotgun. As for the SMG, Epic Games explains: “We feel the Suppressed Submachine Gun can fill a complementary role to the Burst Submachine Gun as a viable alternative.”As many streamers have noticed, the Burst SMG hasn’t been a great weapon. Bringing back the Suppressed SMG should be a good move.Weapon ChangesThe Tactical Shotgun, Burst SMG, SemiAuto Sniper Rifle, FlintKnock, Infantry Rifle, Minigun, DrumGun and Heavy Assault Rifle all received minor changes in either damage or availability. You can read the full Patch Notes on Epic Games’ website. The Supply Llama also received minor changes as they ncreased the material count from 200 of each to 350 of each and also increased the total number of Llamas per match from 3 to 5.
by Jim LitkeAP Sports Columnist LONDON (AP)—The question was whether the U.S. Olympic basketball team could be beaten.“Sometimes a team wants to show that this is their tournament,” French coach Vincent Collet said Sunday, after getting blown out 98-71 in Sunday’s opener. “They did it today.”Those were the last two sentences of his answer. The first was how he hoped to have a chance to try again. The dozen or so in between were how Collet had hoped to accomplish it the first time around. All of them can be summarized by something heavyweight-turned-thespian Iron Mike Tyson once famously said:“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.”In Collet’s case, his plan was to limit turnovers on one end by having his players protect the ball and second-chance points on the other by controlling the defensive boards. The French succeeded at neither, largely because their opponents played without much in the way of opening-night jitters and with way more defensive intensity than some of the packed-with-NBA-superstar squads that USA Basketball sent to the games in the past.That said, it’s not as if the French didn’t know what to expect. They boast a half-dozen NBA players of their own, the second-largest contingent in London, and were the darlings of the U.S.-can-be-beaten crowd. But after hanging tough early—France trailed by a point at the end of the first quarter—the opportunistic U.S. defense and their own frigid shooting from beyond the 3-point arc (2 of 22) doomed any hopes of an upset.Afterward, the same question put to Collet was put to a few of his players.Tony Parker pronounced the U.S. team would be “very, very tough to beat,” and none of his teammates objected very loudly. Boris Diaw, who claimed a starting spot alongside Parker in San Antonio for the stretch run of the NBA season, said: “Definitely not by shooting 10 percent from 3-point range. And we turned it over (18 times) way too much.”The most optimistic assessment, ultimately, came from the young and freshly minted Portland Trail Blazer millionaire Nicolas Batum.“You have to play a 40-minute game, really” he began. “Play a 40-minute game, continue to rebound. Take care of the ball and play good defense.“Some teams can do it, you know? I think some teams can beat them,” Batum added, trying to pump himself up. “Really.”Besides his own team, Batum nominated Spain, Argentina and Brazil. That’s no coincidence, since all three gave the U.S. side some trouble on the road to London. After one period Brazil was ahead by 10 and Spain by 1; Argentina cut a 20-point deficit to four. All three eventually got punched in the face.Those moments of vulnerability are why few people—other than Kobe Bryant—have been willing to compare this bunch to the original Dream Team. Well, that, and the fact that the first edition featured a then-and-still-without-peer Michael Jordan in his absolute prime, a still capable Magic Johnson and a much, much deeper and more reliable bench.When Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant are all in sync and on the floor together, the comparison doesn’t seem unreasonable. But put together a different combination—say Bryant with Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook, none of whom would ever be mistaken for a “pass-first” player—and one ball is never going to be enough.So it might not take a perfect storm to sink the U.S. gold medal cruise. Maybe they get into foul trouble early, or fall in love with the three-point shot on a night they’re not falling. Maybe they run into a team with a point guard who doesn’t turn the ball over and deftly finds his big guys underneath, where the U.S. team has no true center other than Tyson Chandler.Sounds a lot like Spain, when Jose Calderon is handling the ball smartly and feeding big men Pau and Marc Gasol on a regular basis. Of course, that composite team sounds a little like France, too, if you substitute Parker for Calderon and Ronny Turiaf for the Gasol brothers. But Turiaf himself doesn’t buy the argument the U.S. team is short on big men, or that it can’t beat any rival playing small ball.“They are so versatile that, for me, it’s a false debate,” he said. “If you can foul out Tyson, so what? In comes Carmelo or LeBron. And really, who’s going to take advantage of them?”“It’s a case of…of …” Turiaf paused, looking for a phrase. He didn’t look pleased, either.“A case of ‘pick your poison?’” someone offered.“Exactly,” he said, nodding gravely. “Pick your poison.”(Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at email@example.com and follow him at Twitter.com/JimLitke.)
Several persons were injured on Wednesday afternoon when a minibus bound for Mahdia in Region 8 reportedly suffered a blowout in the vicinity of Moblissa on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway and toppled several times.While details of the accident are sketchy, this publication understands that the driver of the bus, who hails from Amelia’s Ward, Linden, lost control of the vehicle after the blowout.The injured passengers were taken to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC). They are 26-year-old Mark Cartwright of Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara, who suffered lacerations to the right foot; 46-year-old Burt Samuels of a West Bank Demerara village, who has been hospitalized in stable condition; 38-year-old Curt Cox of a Pomeroon river community, who suffered trauma to the head and left hand; 26-year-old Jerry Jones of 1265 Section B, South Sophia, Greater Georgetown, who suffered head and shoulder injuries; and 39-year-old Mark Benjamin.Cartwright and Benjamin were treated at the hospital and sent away, while the other injured passengers were admitted in stable condition.