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AP Source: Pac-12 Conference cancels fall football season, postpones all sports until Jan. 1 because of COVID-19

first_img Associated Press August 11, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — AP Source: Pac-12 Conference cancels fall football season, postpones all sports until Jan. 1 because of COVID-19.center_img AP Source: Pac-12 Conference cancels fall football season, postpones all sports until Jan. 1 because of COVID-19last_img

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McQuin Baron caps strong season with Cutino Award

first_imgWarren Poh | Daily TrojanBest of the best · Goalie McQuin Baron will enter his senior year as the reigning top player in college water polo after his stalwart 2016 campaign.Goalie McQuin Baron won the Peter J. Cutino Award on June 4, becoming the fifth Trojan in program history to win college water polo’s highest honor. Baron was a stalwart in cage throughout the men’s water polo team’s 2016 run to the NCAA title game, tallying 247 saves on the season and finishing the year second all-time on USC’s career saves list.Baron thanked his friends, coaches and family as he accepted the award. He also remembered former high school teammate and standout Trojan 2-meter Jon Walters, who passed away in 2014.“I accept this award with a huge hole in my heart, knowing that Jon Walters would have been here receiving this honor instead of me,” Baron said.The Cutino Award caps a strong year of water polo for Baron. The goalie entered his junior season in 2016 after representing Team USA at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and he anchored the Trojans in net upon his return from Brazil, as the team advanced to its 12th consecutive NCAA final.Baron averaged 11.62 saves per game versus only 4.47 goals-against per game, including a career-high 19 saves against Cal in the title match. Baron’s performances earned him MPSF Tournament MVP honors as well as a spot on the All-MPSF First Team and NCAA All-Tournament Second Team.As Baron gears up for his final season in cardinal and gold, he sits just 38 saves shy of matching Joel Dennerley’s all-time program record. Dennerley was also a Cutino Award winner (2011), alongside Kostas Genidounias (2014), J.W. Krumpholtz (2008 and 2009) and Juraj Zatovic (2005). All winners — and the Trojans’ nine finalists — have played under current head coach Jovan Vavic, who was named Pac-12 Coach of the Century in 2015.One day after Baron received his award, five players from the record-setting women’s water polo team earned All-American selections. Senior driver Stephania Haralabidis headlined the pack, as she was named to the All-American First Team for the second consecutive year. After leading the MPSF in scoring last season. Haralabidis finished her Trojan career with 269 goals — second-most in program history.While Haralabidis became just the eighth Trojan to graduate as a four-time All-American, freshman utility Maud Megens started along the senior’s path, earning a spot on the second team in her debut collegiate campaign. Megens led USC in goals last season and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team in addition to a host of conference honors. Her 58 scores were the third-most ever by a Trojan true freshman. Senior 2-meter Brigitta Games and sophomore goalie Amanda Longan were named to the All-American Third Team. Longan secured her second straight All-American selection after earning a spot on the first team following last season’s championship run. She saved 221 shots and averaged 10.91 saves per game. Games wrapped up her three-year career at USC with a strong final campaign during which she netted 57 goals. Games was also a Cutino Award finalist in 2016. Finally, junior driver andsecond-year captain Brianna Daboub rounded out this year’s group of All-American Trojans. Daboub chipped in 20 goals, including a key hat trick in the NCAA semifinal match against Michigan, en route to her second straightAll-American Honorable Mention. The women’s water polo team now looks forward to the 2018 season after setting a national-record 52-game win streak in 2017, only to lose the streak and berths to both the MPSF and NCAA championship games to Pac-12 rival Stanford. The men’s team, on the other hand, gets set to kick off a new year in September, as the Trojans look to avenge their loss to Cal in the 2016 title game.last_img read more

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Navy’s triple option keeps it relevant

first_img“It’s skill,” junior quarterback Malcolm Perry said of Navy’s blocking scheme. “Being geared toward doing the right things to keep drives going.”Niumatalolo prefers recruits who thrive in high school spread systems. He knows Navy won’t attract top dual-threat players, he said, but he knows he can get an abundance of run-first quarterbacks. Navy doesn’t recruit true wide receivers, though. Players lined up on the edge vary from blocking tight ends to fullbacks to other quarterbacks.But roles aren’t cemented. Abey started 2017 as Navy’s primary halfback, posting 1,413 yards with 19 touchdowns. Before the annual Army-Navy game, he made a transition to quarterback, where the decision-making was put on his shoulders. But his role changed again this season with the rise of Perry. At 6-foot-2 and 212 pounds, Abey is now the Midshipmen’s goalline back.“I wasn’t sure if I would be a quarterback,” Abey said, “but I never thought I’d be in this kind of role in an offense, being the heavy-set fullback guy.”In Navy’s first game this season against Hawaii, Abey ran for 17 yards, far from his 109-yard average last season, but scored four touchdowns.Navy’s scheme, combined with the versatility of its players, keeps it relevant in games. Since joining the American Athletic Conference, Navy has kept 13 of its 15 loses within 17 points. That means the final quarter of a game usually decides the outcome, Niumatalolo said.Navy opened its inaugural AAC season in 2015 with an 11-2 record and followed that up the next year with a victory over Notre Dame. But since its 11-win campaign, the Midshipmen’s win total has dropped by two in 2016 and 2017.“They’re all close losses,” Niumatalolo said. “Last second field goal here, possession there. It’s not like we have to reinvent the wheel. We just have to play better.”With the losses piling up, Niumatalolo became more open to making in-game adjustments. Against Air Force last season, the Midshipmen went three-and-out on their first possession. For the rest of the game, Navy opted to run out of the shotgun.“It’s the biggest change we’ve made ever since I’ve been here,” Niumatalolo said.The triple option started further from the line of scrimmage and resembled a modern spread offense. Navy followed the change by scoring on six of its next seven possessions. With 15 seconds left, Abey faked a handoff and passed for a score to put the Midshipmen up for good, 48-45.Even with that scoring outburst, Navy isn’t looking to radically change its offense in the future, Niumatalolo said. It just wants to compete with top-level teams. Whether it be taking the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy from Army this season or attempting to slow down No. 6 Notre Dame’s offense at the end of October, Navy will have a chance because of its option.“We’ve been doing it for so long that we have so much faith in it,” Niumatalolo said. “We’ve established that when we ride the triple option, good things can happen.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 2, 2018 at 10:56 am Contact KJ: [email protected] | @KJEdelmancenter_img Navy knows it won’t snag top recruits. It can’t effectively run a pro-style offense because it doesn’t have the personnel to do so. So Navy shouldn’t thrive offensively.But the Midshipmen do anyway, because of the triple option.“It gives us to chance to compete against people who are week in and week out bigger and stronger and faster than we are,” head coach Ken Niumatalolo said. “… It’s who we are and have always been.”Unlike most offenses in Division I, Navy (2-2, 1-1 American Athletic) avoids throwing the ball. This season, the Midshipmen have rushed on 88 percent of their plays, the highest mark in the NCAA, while averaging 5.4 yards per rush. Conversely, they’ve thrown the second-fewest passes in the nation (37).Primarily with two halfbacks, a tight end and a run-first quarterback under center, Navy’s “extreme version” of a run-first offense hides its lack of talent, Niumatalolo said. In that formation, a traditional triple option gives the quarterback three choices: hand the ball to the fullback, run it himself or pitch the ball to the halfback. The quarterback decides what to do based on how the defense plays. For example, if the defense crashed the inside and the quarterback, the ball would be pitched to the halfback.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We basically tell the opposition the exact play we’re going to run every time,” senior Zach Abey said. “And say ‘Here you go. Stop us.’”Blessing Emole | Design EditorNavy runs the ball on 88 percent of its plays this season through the traditional triple option. The formation gives a quarterback three options: hand the ball to a fullback, run it himself or pitch the ball to a halfback.Niumatalolo learned the triple option as a quarterback at Hawaii in the late 1980s. He assumed when he arrived that he’d play a classic quarterback role and pass the ball. Instead, then 29-year-old offensive coordinator Paul Johnson offered a new system where Niumatalolo ran more than he threw. Niumatalolo bought in.Fifteen years later, Niumatalolo was reunited with Johnson, Navy’s head coach, as his offensive line coach. The same system Niumatalolo ran in his playing days flourished as the Midshipmen led the FBS in rushing four of his first five seasons.But Johnson left in 2007 to implement a similar system in the Atlantic Coast Conference at Georgia Tech. Niumatalolo took over Navy, promising to run a similar variation of the triple read. The Midshipmen have compiled nine winning seasons and five bowl victories under Niumatalolo.While Navy remains in a triple option formation for almost every play, Niumatalolo’s expertise with blocking has created an array of options for his players. The Midshipmen usually run a veer, but mix in other schemes (trap and speed, midline, two way, and zone options) along with counters and the occasional passing play.Navy’s rushing attack relies on its forward blocking. 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Sunday blog: Talking Safety-Security bond issue, Donald Sterling, Mad Magazine, and Quinn thoughts

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -13 Vote up Vote down Not a sheeple · 327 weeks ago I will have to vote NO come election for the simple fact we don’t know what the effects will be after the election of the implementation of Owebamacare on small business’s around town with the auto tax they will have to pay and how much it will cost me to insure. Too many unanswered question’s due after the elections. I will not fall for that $5 a month crap anymore. Report Reply 0 replies · active 327 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Not a sheeple · 327 weeks ago I am just adding this to put in prospective what I said in last post. Local business owners might be hoping the Affordable Care Act’s insurance mandates cover sticker shock. The law’s employer coverage mandate doesn’t take effect until 2015, but early plan renewals are starting to roll in. And for some businesses, the premium jumps are positively painful. Local insurance brokers are reporting spikes ranging from 35 percent to 120 percent on policies that renew from July to December. The increases are especially acute among employers with workforces made up of younger, healthier men. That’s because Obamacare prohibits offering lower rates to healthier groups. It also narrows the allowed premium gap between older and younger enrollees. “It’s like if there were no more safe-driver discounts with State Farm,” said local insurance broker Frank Nolimal of Assurance Ltd. “Everybody has the same rate, whether you have three DUIs, or you’re a (nondrinking) churchgoing Mormon.” Do not get stuck with sticker shock and VOTE NO ON SCHOOL BOND. Report Reply 1 reply · active 327 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Redress · 327 weeks ago VOTE YES. I WANT MY GRANDKIDS SAFE FROM ACT OF GOD AND HUMANS. Report Reply +5 Vote up Vote down ebb · 327 weeks ago I’m a little tired of being told I don’t have the sense to understand a bond issue. Give the “taxpayer” a break! We can make a decision! Ask the people of Moore, OK. if a Safe Room is necessary! And I need someone to explain to me about the “foyer” at Eisenhower? Is it safe enough for an EF5? Right now, I’m on board for the Safe Rooms. I would have voted “Yes” if it had been separated, but not the “whole ball of wax”! Just to much. Report Reply 1 reply · active 327 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Redress · 327 weeks ago The whole ball of wax is needed now. The school board needs to have a inspection plan in place after all the work is done to keep on top of repairs. Then the cost would not be so high. I don’t want the roof falling in on the kids like it did in Argonia but no class that day. That was good. VOTE YES FOR THE WHOLE BALL OF WAX Report Reply +14 Vote up Vote down Tracy Goodrum · 327 weeks ago From what I have learned, there will be an information campaign kicking off soon regarding the bond issue. Over the last week, I have made it a point to learn about it and ask questions. It looks to me that there has never been at BETTER time to do a bond issue such as this. Based on USD353 median income and how it compares at a state level, 52% of this bond WILL be covered by the state! Let me say it again….. 52%!!! I challenge the Parents and Taxpayers of Wellington to take 15 minutes of your time to learn about this issue and when you go to the polls in June, be informed! Report Reply 0 replies · active 327 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 327 weeks ago Tracy comparing the bond question to Tin Cup is apple and Oranges. Tin Cup is a fictional movie based upon a fictional golfer. Even though it is one of my favorites of all time everyone that has played the game would have layed up. So we take the chances of making sure we have safe rooms for ALL the kids because we need to knock it over the water and get it all. Wellington is so far behind in Security measures. Outside of a camera update at the Wellington High School..this district has done nothing in the past ten years. Travel around and be amazed at what is around us. I agree the middle school needs a gym and that parking lot is a mess. I do not have the answers either, If what Tracy Goodrum is saying is true then that 52% discount would make a huge impact…first I have heard about this….guess we shall see. But don’t insult the reader/voter if it is written clearly it could be understood. Report Reply 0 replies · active 327 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Harold Gaines · 327 weeks ago Al Feldstein wasn’t the publisher of MAD; he was the editor. As probably anyone who used to read MAD back in the old days can tell you, William Gaines (no known relation) was the publisher until his death in 1992. Report Reply 0 replies · active 327 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Mob mentality…Donald SterlingThe Los Angeles Clippers Donald Sterling controversy is repulsive on so many levels.Sterling’s racists remarks were offensive and indefensible. He deserves whatever punishment is coming to him. I wonder if this clod realizes just how much chaos he has created for his family, his organization, his players, and the fans who paid good money to watch his pathetic basketball teams over the years?  Justin Bieber must be attending the “Don Sterling School of Public Relations.”But it doesn’t stop with just him. His girl friend’s tape recording the private conversation, whether Sterling knew he was being recorded or not, was a direct assault on privacy.So all you V. Stiviano defenders out there comfortable with the fact that your private conversations can be recorded and put on the Internet?Then there is the political posturing. The NBA players were threatening a walkout if Sterling wasn’t suspended indefinitely. Well that’s fine and dandy, but what about the fans who pay thousands of dollars to live vicariously through your team? Are you saying the season doesn’t matter?The TMZ people are weasels. ESPN always has to make it into a morale crusade. Everyone seems to have an agenda. The further away we get from this issue the better. And with that, I’m done talking about it. 2. Lots to think about…I hope no one thinks the previous Cueball thought is a ringing endorsement of the bond proposal.Truth be known, I have some serious questions myself and am firmly in the “undecided” category.For one thing, I seem to be swimming against the tide of conventional wisdom. A large proportion of people say they would be for the safety rooms and security measures, but not anything else.I’m just the opposite.If the question was only about the auxiliary gym and repairing that awful, embarrassing, grotesque middle school parking lot, it would be a slam dunk “yes” for me. I know what I’m voting for.The questions surrounding security measures and safety rooms are much more ambiguous.The question is not whether we want our children to be the safest and most secure possible. Of course we all do.The question is whether this is the best plan for USD 353 to take.On the security issue, my questions are numerous. What are other school districts doing to address security? Is re-constructing the buildings the best way of going about it, or are there more practical and cost effective methods? Is Wellington tackling an issue that may eventually be federally mandated, thus taking the expense out of local taxpayers?The storm shelter question bothers me because I had the benefit of covering both the 2001 new high school bond question and the one today. And the dialogue has changed.While it is true, the Wellington school board  went to the voters on three different occasions from 1999 to 2001 in hopes of building a new high school, people seem to forget that they also brought three different proposals to the voters.The first proposal failed due in part because storm shelters were not part of the original plan. The board added the construction of safety rooms in every USD 353 building except for Roosevelt and Eisenhower in the final proposal to the voters. Roosevelt, at that time, was the location of the sixth grade which was to be migrated into a new Wellington Middle School and the alternative school, now at Roosevelt, was located at the now railroad museum in Sellers Park.The school architect determined that the huge foyer in the middle of Eisenhower Elementary was considered an adequate storm shelter room, and felt building another one was not needed. That was why Eisenhower never got a safe room built while other schools did.The construction of the safety room and the donation of land at the high school were key tweaks to the overall proposal that pushed it over the top with voters. I can’t believe I’m saying this now because at the time I was so mad when the bond issue failed the first time around. Thank goodness voters turned the first two proposals down, because the third one was a much better plan.Sumner Newscow will be delving into the safety rooms-security bond proposal as the election approaches with a series of in-depth stories. 4.My favorite colors are orange,purple, lime green,band white. 1. Right decision…The Wellington school board made the right decision the other day by not separating the June 24 USD 353 Security and Safety Room Bond Proposal into two questions. At a special meeting last week, the board contemplated whether or not to divide the question up. One question would be for the safety rooms, the security measures, the roof repairs, and the middle school parking lot. The second separate question would address the middle school auxiliary gymnasium only. They ultimately decided to go with one question and lump all items together (see story here).Good decision.It reminds me of a 1996 golf movie called “Tin Cup” in which this character Roy McAvoy would rather go all out and either win a golf tournament outright or lose it completely, than do the safe thing and get the tie. If there is a need for an auxiliary gym, go for broke. In the board’s eyes, one school improvement should not be less important than the other.A few bloggers on this site have also unfairly accused the board of calling the electorate stupid when citing “voter confusion” as a reason not to separate the question. No, what the board was saying, that not every voter going into the election booth is going to be informed. Some would interpret the two questions as being either-or or pitted against the other as opposed to a proposal and another additional proposal.The key to success of every retail business is keeping things simple for the masses. Ballots are no different. If the ballot isn’t simple, it ends up in voter chaos. Just ask President Al Gore, who won the 2000 Presidential Election by narrowly carrying the state of Florida. 3.I really want a go pro.Just the endurance is pretty cool. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for May 4, 2014…center_img 4. Mad Magazine… Before there was The Onion, The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live, or even the late night comedians we know today, there was this magazine called “Mad Magazine,” that mocked the establishment for the phonies they were like no other. Last week Al Feldstein, the publisher and soul of Mad Magazine during its heyday of the 1960s to 1980s, died.Mad Magazine may have influenced me more than any other publication growing up. For one thing it appealed to my anti-establishment argumentative nature. It was also funny as hell.Don Martin was one of my favorite cartoonists. I loved Spy vs. Spy. The movie satires were better than the movies themselves. “The Lighter Side of” was great stuff. Alfred E Neuman, the gap toothed cover boy for the magazine, brought everything together and set the tone for everything that was inside.To this day if I’m at the grocery store and pass by a magazine rack, I’ll grab a copy of Mad Magazine and thumb through it. You are never too old to laugh.RIP Feldstein. Heaven is a funnier place with you there. 5. Quinn’s thoughts….Run for your lives, Quinn is thinking again.by Quinn McCueI’m introducing Topics To my thoughts.It’s just a main subject my thoughts are based around. This weeks topic is ME.Leave a topic idea in the comments! 2.Fun fact i despise celery. I’m serious even the smell triggers a gag reflex. 1.There’s a cat right by my feet. 5.Yesterday I was playing dodgeball at redline and BOTH times I was the last man standing, so I did pretty good. Also at redline i was playing Just dance 2 and I ROCKED IT! I named out to Tick Tok by Kesha, Toxic by Brittany Spears, and When I Grow Up by (I can’t remember).Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Advantage Ronaldo but Neymar warns it’s not over yet

first_imgMadrid, Spain | AFP | Paris Saint-Germain face a huge task to reach the Champions League quarter-finals after Cristiano Ronaldo defied talk that his powers are waning with two goals as Real Madrid won 3-1 in the first leg of their last-16 tie.Billed as a contest between World Player of the Year Ronaldo and his Brazilian heir-in-waiting Neymar, the 33-year-old Portuguese came out emphatically on top as he became the first player to score 100 Champions League goals for the same club. “He who never fails”, said sports daily Marca of Ronaldo’s latest decisive contribution on a pulsating evening at the Santiago Bernabeu.Ronaldo dragged Real level with a penalty — his 100th Champions League goal for the club — after Adrien Rabiot had given PSG the lead, fed by a cheeky Neymar backheel.As PSG seemed to be heading for a draw that would have put the French side in the driving seat for the return leg on March 6, Ronaldo turned the match in Madrid’s favour with a scrappy goal that bounced in off his knee.Marcelo then completed the turnaround to show PSG — who have never won the Champions League — the value of the experience of winning the competition 12 times.Zinedine Zidane’s side have been flagging domestically, leaving the French coach under pressure, but Madrid’s other major sports daily As called the performance “the late push of a team who still rule in Europe”.– ‘We love the Champions League’ –? FT: #RealMadrid 3-1 @PSG_English(@Cristiano 45′ (p), 83′, @MarceloM12 86′; Rabiot 33′).#RMUCL | #Emirates pic.twitter.com/z5EISrCmyE— Real Madrid C.F.???? (@realmadriden) February 14, 2018“Real Madrid love the Champions League and as players we can feel that on the pitch,” Ronaldo said after being named man of the match. “Today things worked out for me, scoring two goals and helping the team win, but we know the tie is not finished yet.”Neymar, who cut a dejected figure at the end, said his side “committed errors at certain moments”.“We didn’t play badly, but I think we need to be better if we want to eliminate Real Madrid. It is difficult, but nothing is impossible,” the 26-year-old Brazilian said.The return leg at the Parc des Princes will be the hottest ticket in Europe.Zidane will take credit for sending on Marco Asensio, who set up the two late goals, although Alfredo Relano in As warned that the young Spanish star now “has to play every time”.The Frenchman, meanwhile, paid tribute to Ronaldo, who despite showing signs of fallibility in La Liga this season has scored 11 goals in Europe in just seven matches.“With Ronaldo it’s difficult to always say the same thing. He has shown once again that he always turns up in the big games,” Zidane said.PSG coach Unai Emery, who has never been further than the Champions League round of 16 in five previous attempts, gambled with a young line-up, starting with 21-year-old Argentinian midfielder Giovani Lo Celso and 22-year-old defender Presnel Kimpembe.FULL TIME: PSG down but not out. There’s still 90 minutes left to play… #RCMPSG pic.twitter.com/z7alWMcaUa— PSG English (@PSG_English) February 14, 2018He also took off Edinson Cavani in the second half, replacing the club’s all-time record goal-scorer with a right-back in Thomas Meunier rather than Angel di Maria.“Emery, bets lost”, said France’s L’Equipe, although the front page of the sports daily struck a defiant tone, saying: “It’s not finished”.The Paris side’s Qatari owners stuck with Emery last season despite a humiliating 6-1 defeat to Barcelona in the last 16, but they are unlikely to show the same patience if their expensively assembled squad fails to overcome Real.“The team played well and deserved better,” Emery said. “We have to be optimistic and positive for the match in Paris. We still have a good chance of getting through.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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The uncertainty surrounding Indian domestic cricket

first_imgAdvertisement 2reyrdNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8ouslWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Et2om( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) zi9a8Would you ever consider trying this?😱wv36Can your students do this? 🌚8tpxtRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Coronavirus Pandemic has curtailed sporting action across the globe and cricket is no different.Advertisement The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) like most of governing bodies are busy scurrying up frantic plans to fit in as many domestic matches as possible, the modus operandi though will be for a truncated domestic season.The normal practice would be to commence domestic tournaments in August, but given the current scenario, there is no clarity about the schedule. However, the BCCI is optimistic that with an altered plan, matches can go ahead, albeit with an altered schedule.Advertisement The set pattern is the season kicks off with Vijay Hazare trophy in late August followed by the Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Incidentally, last year’s season-ending Irani Cup was cancelled due to announcement of Lockdown 1.BCCI’s plan BWithin the corridors of the BCCI, it is understood that the policymakers are prepared to try out a few scenarios with the Ranji Trophy before coming out with a foolproof plan. The BCCI is prepared to play the waiting game as they are clearly in no mood to tamper with the Ranji Trophy, however, the other tournaments may not bear the same fate.Advertisement Per se, the BCCI will come out with a concrete structure for the only first-class tournament in the domestic circuit that is the Ranji Trophy. With a significantly compromised calendar, however, a zone-based league before the knockouts is touted as a possible outcome to avoid logistical inconveniences. When it comes to the Plate division, there are a few geographical obstacles which the BCCI will have to ponder about.It is to be understood that the BCCI will have a window from December first week considering that the IPL is likely to conclude towards the fag end of November. So the shortened domestic season is likely to get rolling from December and conclude before March 2021, which then gives time-frame for IPL 2021.In fairness, considering this scenario, time will be a problem for Vijay Hazare Trophy (50-over matches), which is likely to be scrapped. Keeping in mind that the T20 World Cup takes place next year, the BCCI might just be tempted to squeeze in Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament in the fixture list.BCCI clear about safety guidelinesAsked about domestic cricket and junior cricket calender, BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly had an uncomplicated answer: Important, but not at the cost of players’ safety!“It is necessary, but it will happen only after coronavirus. When it is safe, only then, especially junior cricket.”Ganguly reasoned that India was a large country and teams needed to travel from one place to another for their matches and hence domestic cricket won’t start till everything is safe.“We don’t want to expose young players. Our country is so large and our domestic cricket is so robust that everyone has to travel and play. So till the time, it is not safe, it will not happen,” clarified the BCCI President.In April this year, Ganguly had announced a handsome pay hike for Indian domestic cricketers. Given the financial difficulties owing largely to the pandemic, it is learned that the BCCI will none-the-less proceed with the promised increments across the domestic circuit.The Saurashtra Cricket team pose with the Ranji TrophyThe players takeWhile the BCCI administrators and State Association officials have adopted a wait and watch policy, former cricketers feel the need of the hour is for the BCCI to come up with an altered plan for cricket to continue on the domestic front.Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan says the BCCI should keep players’ interest in mind before deciding the future course of action.“There is still no clarity on the domestic season this year and it will depend on how things pan out over the next few months. India’s domestic structure is one of the best in the world and over the last few years, the number of matches has gone up — which is a fantastic thing,” Pathan opined.Another former player and wicket-keeper batsman Deep Dasgupta says the ground realities have to be considered before reaching any decision.“For this season, we need to keep a couple of things in mind. We have to reduce travel as much as possible and the number of venues must be restricted. It is important to continue with first-class cricket because you cannot waste a year. At some point in time, you need to have first-class cricket, maybe a curtailed version. We might have to reduce the number of tournaments, say, for example, the Duleep Trophy could be axed. But you still need to have Ranji Trophy,” Dasgupta feels.The foreign angleIn the United Kingdom cricket scheduling has taken a real beating owing to lockdowns and curfews. The early period of the County Championship has been glaringly altered, while a new competition, the Hundred, a city-based limited-overs franchise tournament has been postponed for 2021. While in countries like Australia and New Zealand-nothing much has been affected as it is usually an off-season for them.The BCCI clearly is in no mood to make a hasty decision and the outcome of the domestic season may rest with how India copes with the virus till December.ALSO READ:How the IPL 2020 will affect India’s tour of Australia Advertisementlast_img read more

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PPP is dynamic in leading fight for working class

first_imgDear Editor,Over the past three years of this APNU/AFC Coalition Government, numerous challenges to our nation emerged, threatening with full-force the pillars of Guyana’s set development agenda and that of our residents. Characteristically, the coalition has tried to camouflage its poor performance and dictatorship approach with overutilised excuses of blaming the PPP/C for its inefficacies. Our citizens, as the judge and jury, will pronounce upon the coalition’s shallow defences as an absolute measure of lack of delivery, and will take required corrective actions.The 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE) again afforded citizens across the length and breadth of our land the opportunity to react to the many issues affecting them. Reacted they have, and the results signal a majority disenchantment with the duplicitous approach of the Government. They have provided a sound warning of intolerance to the partisan approach and serious mismanagement by APNU/AFC Coalition, which has brought the abyss much closer than the evasive good life.Notably, the role of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is critical in delivering the expressions of the populace. Its key functions have been under serious scrutiny, with many of the Secretariat’s principal actors and procedures being the subject of serious investigation for financial mismanagement and maladministration. Many stakeholders have justifiably criticised the organisation, which still have a lot to accomplish in establishing a transparent balance of its operations.In the lead-up to the elections, there were far too many issues, including the inconsistencies in the approach of many Returning Officers, which affected the dissemination of required public information that was transferred into the E-Day operations. The expected standard Information Clerks were visibly absent from polling stations; and that would have resulted in absolute mayhem, but for the ‘electronic App’, which allowed persons easy access to information regarding which station they had to attend to vote. Notwithstanding the strong requirement to improve transparency and address issues related to evidence of corruption, the results of the LGE are indeed a revelation for the PPP/C.The PPP/C, as a collective, has been very dynamic in leading the fight for the working class under the fearless, astute and masterful leadership of Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo. His masterstroke to put a winning structure in place to manage and prevent rigging is highly commendable. Under his rejuvenated stewardship, he has led and walked on the ground in managing a brightened and spirited approach by members and interested stakeholders that certainly provide hope for all Guyana. There is no doubt that this approach significantly contributed to the PPP/C’s massive win at the LGE, and will be central to future considerations of the path of the Party going forward.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

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Senate Leadership Discusses Bryant’s Death

first_imgLofa County Senior Senator Sumo Kupee has suggested to the plenary of Senate that further discussions on the demise of Charles Gyude Bryant, former Chairman of the erstwhile National Transitional Government of Liberia, be dealt with at the level of the leadership of that august body.“We don’t need to haul this too much,” said Sen. Kupee, “because Chairman Bryant’s contribution to this country was good for all of us, and if there is a problem I do not think that we should be pulling and hauling at this time of his demise. I think we can deal with it at the level of the leadership of the Senate, [who] will subsequently inform the plenary what the decisions are.”Describing the issue as a very sensitive state matter, Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley agreed with Senator Kupee that it be handled at the level of the leadership of the Senate.The decision by the Senate at its 28th day sitting Thursday was prompted by a verbal concern raised by Maryland County Senator John Ballout on the lack of discussion from the position of the Senate on the death of Chairman Bryant, who passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia, at the age of 65.Senator Ballout, who hails from the same county as the late NTGL leader, said the lack of discussion from the position of the Senate concerning the death of former Chairman Bryant, as well as the bereaved family’s decision to exclude the Government of Liberia from official participation in his funeral ceremony, needs that body’s attention.“I opted to bring to the attention of the plenary the lack of discussions of the passing of a very eminent past leader, and for whatever reason or circumstances surrounding his death and the implications therein contained, it still doesn’t stop this plenary from being informed of his passing, from discussing his passing or having a representation to the family. We are talking about somebody responsible for transitioning this country from war to peace. His death has to be formally brought to the attention of the plenary, but that has not been done.”Responding to Senator Ballout’s concern, Pro Tempore Findley disclosed that neither he, nor the President of the Senate or Secretary of the Senate has received any official communication from the family of the former Transitional leader.“I think there are some issues between the family and the state, and I don’t know if those issues have been resolved. But as soon as those issues have been resolved we expect information from the Executive Mansion to the Legislature.”The late Bryant led the country’s sixth interim government, known as National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL), from October 2003 to January 2006 as the consensus choice of the three major warring factions – Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL), and Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia.According to the family, it was Chairman Bryant’s wish that there be No Panegyric, No Official Gazette issued, No Laying in State, No 21-Gun Salute, No Military Escort, or any State function over his remains. The families intend to carry out his wishes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Sterling shines as England blow Spain away

first_img0Shares0000Raheem Sterling’s opening goal was his first in 1,102 days for England, even more remarkable given he added his second 22 minutes later © AFP / JORGE GUERREROSEVILLA, Spain, Oct 15 – Raheem Sterling scored twice as England delivered one of their finest victories of the modern era by beating Spain 3-2 in Seville on Monday.Away from home, and against a Spanish side in scintillating form under their new coach Luis Enrique, this was certainly England’s best win under Gareth Southgate and, perhaps, their most impressive since thrashing Germany 5-1 in Munich in 2001. Marcus Rashford was the other scorer in a breathless opening 45 minutes, which witnessed Spain conceding three on home soil for the first time in their history.“To play the way they did, this should be a great reference point for this team for the future,” Southgate said.Paco Alcacer, on as a substitute, headed in before the hour to spark hopes of a comeback but England were home and dry by the time Sergio Ramos scored in the 98th minute, with the last action of the match.Spain’s Sergio Ramos scored in the 98th minute but too late to change the final result, 3-2 to England © AFP / JORGE GUERREROIt means England keep alive their hopes of finishing top of Group 4 in the UEFA Nations League, the position Spain had needed only a point to all-but-guarantee would be theirs.It was a night for streaks ending and records tumbling. Sterling’s opening goal was his first in 1,102 days for England, even more remarkable given he added his second 22 minutes later.“The only thing we did say is when he scores he will score again,” Southgate said. “He managed to do so pretty quickly.”The last time England won away against Spain was 1987 — which was also when they last scored against Spain away from home, Gary Lineker on target.With an average age of just over 23, this was also the youngest England starting line-up in the 21st century. That will be the most exciting aspect for Southgate.For Spain, Alcacer now has an astonishing 10 goals from his last 10 shots on target. But defeat represents something of a reality check. “Waving the flag for goals,” read Marca’s front page on Monday. They had scored 12 in three games since Luis Enrique took charge.“Clearly it wasn’t our night,” he said. “We have made mistakes on an individual level and their goals were medicine for them and poison for us.”England’s Harry Kane (R) showed the value of a top-class centre forward to set up England’s second goal in a 3-2 win over Spain © AFP / CRISTINA QUICLERBut Eric Dier set the tone early on. He left Sergio Busquets, sluggish throughout, hopping out of his first pass and then slid through Ramos, who was also out of sorts.After a frantic start, England settled and in the 13th minute, scored. Under pressure at the back, they kept the ball until the risk was too great and Jordan Pickford drove forward to Harry Kane.With Spain caught upfield, he was able to turn and find Rashford, whose quick switch set Sterling free. He finished into the top corner.“We are staying up,” sang the away support as Thiago Alcantara danced around England’s midfield with flicks and tricks. But to little effect.Instead, Kane showed the value of a top-class centre forward for England’s second. He outmuscled Ramos to win Pickford’s punt downfield, outpaced Nacho to the loose ball with a superb reverse pass in behind. Rashford only had to finish.Spain’s early confidence was gone and England added a third before the interval, which was greeted by whistles from the home fans.Ross Barkley’s sumptuous ball over the top caught Ramos napping again and Kane squared for Sterling to tap in. “Are you Scotland in disguise?” came the taunt from the corner.Spain were sent out early for the second period, among them Alcacer, who replaced Saul. He scored with his first touch, heading in Marco Asensio’s corner, given away after a fumble by Pickford.It was a nightmare few minutes for England’s goalkeeper, who then dallied and was tackled by Rodrigo.Pickford scrambled the ball away but probably fouled Rodrigo in the process and Spain were adamant they deserved a penalty. The referee was not convinced.England played for time, with a handful of players going down injured, and Spain’s pressure gradually eased. Rodrigo shot wide in the final 10 minutes. Asensio went even closer.Marcos Alonso then deflected onto the bar deep into injury time and Ramos headed home in the 98th minute. But there was not even time for a restart. England’s win was complete.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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AROUND THE COUNTY: DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF

first_imgOVER & OUT: A LIFFORD Celtic player faces a year out of local soccer after pushing the referee during a Donegal League match with Kilmacrennan Celtic. The Ballybofey official abandoned the game at Letterkenny Community Centre after half an hour because of the incident. Players found guilty of assaulting referees face a minimum 12 month ban. The player has since apologised.JOBS DELIVERED:  More than 80 jobs have been created in Killybegs since the launch of a scheme aimed at creating positions in the support industries for the fishing industry. An official announcement on the success is expected next week.PUMPED UP: The threat by the ESB to cut off power to the sewage system in parts of Letterkenny has been lifted. The company has shelved the bill after a meeting with Letterkenny Town Council. TOP DOG: The Donegal Association in Dublin is seeking nominations for the Donegal Person of the Year Award for 2012. The closing date is Wednesday, November 30th. Forms are available from here www.donegalassociation.ie, or by writing to The Donegal Association, The Teachers Club, Parnell Square, Dublin 1, or contact Sorcha Ní Dhomhnaill at 087 9184072.GET ME OUT OF HERE: Bundoran independent councillor Florence Doherty has called for the town’s council to be dissolved. “It’s not fit for purpose and is a waste of money,” she said.TESC-NO: Tesco is facing objections to its plans for a petrol station at its Letterkenny store from Eddie Tobin, the owner of a service station on the Port Road. Tesco makes more money per head of population in Ireland every year than in any other country.FACELIFT: Buncrana Town Council is hoping to get funding to give the town’s Main Street a facelift. The council wants to win gold at next year’s Tidy Towns competition. ARDARA’S GOT TALENT: Ardara GAA club is organising an ‘Ardara’s Got Talent’ competition on Saturday week, November 26.  Tickets are on sale at Diver’s Newsagents and at the venue itself, the Nesbitt Arms Hotel.AROUND THE COUNTY: DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF was last modified: November 15th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AROUND THE COUNTY: DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEFlast_img read more

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