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Mohun Bagan Favorites against Gokulam Kerala FC

first_imgKolkata: City soccer giants Mohun Bagan will be hot favorites when they take on Gokulam Kerala FC in the 129th Durand Cup final at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan on Saturday.Mohun Bagan got the better of Real Kashmir 3-1 in the extra time in the semi-final to reach the final, their first since 2009 after winning the crown a record 16 times.Gokulam Kerala stunned East Bengal 3-2 on penalties in the other semi-final after a 1-1 stalemate in the extra time. “It will be an open match. I don’t think we are favorites. Both teams have same possibility to win. It is 50-50. Both teams are equally good and played tough matches in the semifinals,” Mohun Bagan coach Kibu Vicuna said at the pre-match press conference.Gokulam head coach Fernando Valera added that it will be a battle of nerves in the clash between two I-League outfits. “It’ll be a battle of nerves what I feel. We had played the game against East Bengal with responsibility. Now, we don’t want to lose our focus before the final,” Valera said. IANSAlso Read: Durand Cup: Real Kashmir FC Book Semis Date with Mohun BaganAlso Watch: Government takes step for Assamese film and cinema halls’ improvement | The Sentinel News | Assam Nlast_img read more

Badgers drop 2 heart-breaking matches at McClimon

first_imgHeads hung low Sunday at the McClimon Soccer Complex, as the Wisconsin women’s soccer team suffered another heartbreaking Big Ten loss. This time Indiana managed to upend the Badgers 2-1 in a 90-minute thriller.”This has pretty much been our story all year. We played really well and we played together and played for each other, but we are not scoring,” senior Amy Vermeulen said following the Indiana loss.”The other teams have been finishing their chances and that is what it has been coming down to. It’s really frustrating right now. You just know we are able to beat anyone and we can score goals, it is just the bounces are not going our way.”Indiana started the game aggressively and quickly took advantage of a poor first-half performance by Wisconsin. IU was first to score at 28:19 when Hoosier midfielder Molly Kruger managed to kick the ball past UW goalkeeper Lynn Murray.The score remained 1-0 for another 45 minutes until UW freshman Elise Webber capitalized on an assist from senior Marissa Brown. Weber’s equalizer came with 15:43 remaining in regulation.The game would only be tied for three minutes, though, as the Hoosiers retook the lead at 76:49. Midfielder Kristen Zmijewski scored off of a rebound from a prior shot for the game-winning goal.Despite losing their seventh match by just one goal, Wisconsin managed to out-shoot Indiana 8-5.The Hoosier’s hostile playing style also set up plenty of scoring opportunities for the Badgers. IU had 24 fouls called against them, most of them coming from right outside the IU box.Wisconsin was also unable to convert on a couple of corner-kick opportunities set up by the IU defense.”We missed a lot of opportunities,” junior Kara Kabellis said. “A lot of our problem is finishing. Too much of this season we have only played 45 minutes of soccer instead of 90.””It was a game of two halves,” Dean Duerst, Wisconsin head coach, added. “We didn’t really play as a team in the first half. It was not one of our best halves. We did not create enough chances. In the second half, we came out and the effort was there. We had numerous chances to score. It comes down to finishing.””I believe in this team and I have a lot of faith in them,” Duerst continued. “They played great soccer. We just need to finish. To win games, you need to finish and it was right there for us. It’s very frustrating from a coaching standpoint. Unfortunately for this team right now, it has been there, but we have not been able to get the job done.”Wisconsin’s frustration level was even more apparent during Friday nights’ emotional 1-0 loss to Purdue. The Boilermakers managed to score the game-winner in the final two minutes of the contest.Parissa Eyorkon happened to be in the right place at the right time after Purdue teammate Shauna Stapleton missed a shot, which sent Murray diving to save it. The ball went sailing through Murray’s fingertips and deflected off the right post before landing right in front of Eyorkon, who tapped it into the right corner of the net for the game’s lone goal.Murray finished the game with four saves.”As it turns out the scoreboard doesn’t mean too much when you let one sneak by you,” Murray said. “It is just tough right now. It was another tough loss for us and it seems like we just can’t catch a break.””We just haven’t caught many breaks this season and it’s been tough,” senior defender Jessica Ring added. “We just need to keep our heads up. We need to believe and fight to win.””Our team is just emotionally ripped apart,” Duerst said. “It has been really tough with all of these close games. It’s been heartbreaking. These guys have to believe. There is still hope. There are two more games left that could potentially bring something our way and those two games will make or break our season.”last_img read more

3-star cornerback Hudson verbally commits to Orange

first_imgThree-star cornerback Cordell Hudson of Largo (Fla.) High School verbally committed to Syracuse’s Class of 2014, he announced via Twitter Sunday afternoon. Hudson is now the Orange’s 15th verbal commit and third defensive back expected to comprise next season’s incoming class.In his three-year varsity career at Largo, Hudson accumulated 54 total tackles and six interceptions.According to Scout.com, the 5-foot-11, 168-pound Hudson selected SU over offers from nine other schools – most notably Atlantic Coast Conference foes Boston College and Wake Forest, as well as Rutgers, South Florida and Iowa State. Air Force, Ball State, Buffalo and South Alabama were also interested.Hudson is also the second Florida recruit in the Orange’s incoming class, joining quarterback Alin Edouard, as SU offensive coordinator George McDonald continues to reel in recruits from the Southeast United States. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on December 15, 2013 at 5:55 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Irish cricketers hold lead

first_imgIreland hold a first innings lead of 79 runs over Hong Kong in their Intercontinental Cup match in Belfast.After the tourists were bowled-out with the final ball of the day yesterday, Ireland will begin second innings from the start of play this morning at 11am.last_img

Bopanna blasts AITA for captain change; body says “don’t interfere”

first_imgAITA picked Rajpal for the job on Monday, hours before ITF shifted the tie out of Islamabad as the national federation had requested multiple times. “It surprises me that AITA changed the Davis Cup captain before ITF announced the final decision yesterday (04.11.19) and where the tie would be held,” Bopanna said in a statement posted on his twitter handle. “What shocks me more that none of the players were asked or even informed that the captain was going to be changed,” Bopanna wrote. Written By FOLLOW US LIVE TV COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US 10 months ago Davis Cup: AITA writes to ITF over shifting tie; PTF President fumes 10 months ago Rohit Rajpal to be India’s non-playing captain for Pakistan tie WE RECOMMEND First Published: 5th November, 2019 23:02 IST “As far as AITA is concerned, it’s we who have to take a call. He is not supposed to interfere.” Bopanna in his statement further wrote that “there is much more to them than just the skill they bring on the court. Player’s best interest is when players’ are heard. When we bring our patriotism on the court with the racquet in hand, we also bring a voice.”center_img Last Updated: 5th November, 2019 23:02 IST Bopanna Blasts AITA For Captain Change; Body Says “don’t Interfere” Rohan Bopanna on Tuesday expressed his displeasure at players not being consulted before changing Mahesh Bhupathi as non-playing captain for the Davis Cup tie WATCH US LIVE Rohan Bopanna on Tuesday expressed his displeasure at players not being consulted before changing Mahesh Bhupathi as non-playing captain for the Davis Cup tie against Pakistan while AITA asserted that it was not players’ domain to comment on policy matters. The tie against Pakistan, which was supposed to be played in Islamabad on November 29-30, will now be played on a neutral venue. Incidentally, Bopanna along with five others had pulled out the Pakistan tour, citing safety concerns.With captain Bhupathi also pulling out for the same reason, AITA went ahead and named Rohit Rajpal as new captain for the tie at its Executive Committee on Monday in Chandigarh. It must be mentioned in this regard that Bhupathi’s term as the non-playing captain had already got over in December 2018 and he was given an extension to lead the side in the tie against Italy in February this year in Kolkata. Bopanna’s contention is that the All India Tennis Association (AITA) changed the captain before ITF made a final decision on a neutral venue.READ | AITA: ITF to take final call on India’s Davis Cup tie against Pak 10 months ago Shanghai Masters: Rohan Bopanna-Denis Shapovalov exit men’s doubles It’s the Executive Committee of the AITA that decides on selecting a captain. Responding to Bopanna’s comments, AITA Secretary-General Hironmoy Chatterjee said players’ job is to play and not interfere in administrative matters.”They are behaving according to their convenience. They have no right to ask questions on areas that are outside players’ domain. Their job is to play. Who is he (Bopanna) to ask such questions? There is (AITA) administration to look into these matters,” Kolkata-based Chatterjee told PTI.READ | Davis Cup: AITA writes to ITF over shifting tie; PTF President fumes 10 months ago AITA’s decision on Indo-Pak Davis Cup tie post ITF’s ‘security review’ 10 months ago Andy Murray beats Pablo Cueves to enter European Open quarter-final Press Trust Of India READ | AITA’s decision on Indo-Pak Davis Cup tie post ITF’s ‘security review’Hironmoy Chatterjee slammed BopannaBopanna had pulled out of the tie against Spain also in September 2016, citing a knee injury. Asked if Bopanna will still be considered for the tie against Pakistan, Chatterjee said: “That is for the selection committee to decide. We will put up a proper team. He said AITA has been lenient in dealing with players. “We don’t always want to penalize the players. But we kept them out for the Korea tie (February 2013). We are lenient but not weak. Who are you ask these question? Tomorrow he can say why I have not been made captain. This is for the administration to decide,” fumed Chatterjee.READ | AITA on sticky wicket ahead of talks with ITF security consultants last_img read more

Nelson gets back to work as Colts hold 1st padded practice

first_img WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 18th August, 2020 12:50 IST Nelson Gets Back To Work As Colts Hold 1st Padded Practice The two-time All-Pro guard dressed in shoulder pads, pulled on a helmet and finally got back to work at the Indianapolis Colts training complex. It doesn’t get much better than hitting guys across the line of scrimmage Associated Press Television News Quenton Nelson’s 7 1/2-month wait finally ended Monday.The two-time All-Pro guard dressed in shoulder pads, pulled on a helmet and finally got back to work at the Indianapolis Colts training complex. It doesn’t get much better than hitting guys across the line of scrimmage.“I always love to be able to strap it up,” Nelson said. “It’s fun to be back out there.”What’s fun for Nelson and one of the NFL’s top offensive lines doesn’t sound especially entertaining for defensive linemen around the league or even teammates.Worse for opponents, Nelson hasn’t appeared to miss a beat during this unusual offseason.He started working out in Colorado, headed to Chicago, met some ex-college teammates and trained at a gym owned by former Chicago Bears center Olin Kreutz when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down many other workout facilities.Now the guard has returned for his third NFL season focused, fit and eager to get into football shape by banging bodies before Indy’s scheduled season-opener Sept. 13 at Jacksonville with only 11 padded practices.Nelson insists the reduction in full-contact workouts won’t be problematic in getting into game shape.“We’re out there competing as hard as we can,” he said after Indy’s first full workout. “We’re going hard, trying to get the best of each other. But it’s about being smart, not trying to hurt anyone out there or give that extra shove or anything like that.”Striking the proper balance could be tricky based on Indy’s circumstances.Like 31 other NFL teams, none of the Colts participated in the traditional offseason workouts or mini-camps.But unlike most other teams, the Colts made a quarterback change. Jacoby Brissett, who made 15 starts last season in place of the retired Andrew Luck, was relegated to backup duty when eight-time Pro Bowler Philip Rivers signed as a free agent.Now, after 16 seasons with the San Diego and Los Angeles Chargers, Rivers is relearning a new, though familiar playbook and an entirely new cast of teammates.“I feel pretty confident in our relationship with Phil,” Kelly said. “He brings a high football I.Q., one I haven’t seen before, because of all his years of experience. So it’s sort of trial by error and we’ve done a great job of trying to get all five guys on the same page.”A multitude of Zoom meetings helped Nelson and other offensive linemen hear Rivers’ voice and figure out his inflection. Rivers credited that work to avoiding any false starts on the first day of camp. And while the walk-throughs that kicked off camp allowed offensive players to gain even more familiarity, the real test will come on the field.Monday’s workout looked promising with Pro Bowl receiver T.Y. Hilton catching a long pass near the sideline and Rivers distributing the ball to a wide array of receivers.Kelly, for one, has been impressed with what he’s seen from Rivers.Some things are still a work in progress.“Cadence is a big thing. I can’t stress enough how important that is when you have a guy that can really work the cadence,” center Ryan Kelly said. “It really enhances the game and helps us out by slowing down the defensive line.”Nelson doesn’t believe he’s a finished product, either. He wants to improve his techniques and fundamentals, and the Colts’ feature attraction at camp could be seeing Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner working against the Colts’ interior linemen.And one can only imagine what that might look like if Nelson and Buckner square off.“To be able to go against guys like Quenton is going to be a great opportunity for not only me but also the other guys in the room,” Buckner said. “Being able to go against the best every day — when you go to the games, it’s going to be easy for you. There are not a lot of guys that are like me – big, lanky, powerful and can also show some quickness. So it’s going to be a mixture of things that I can give the offensive line – different looks at to really approach. I hope I make their jobs easier come game day and vice versa.”NOTES: Defensive end Justin Houston sat out Monday after injuring his neck Sunday with what coach Frank Reich described as a collision. Cornerback Kenny Moore III left early with an injured groin.Image credits: AP COMMENT LIVE TVcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By First Published: 18th August, 2020 12:50 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more

“Don’t compare this Hearts team to the 64 Battalion yet” – Dan Quaye

first_imgFormer Hearts of Oak defender Dan Quaye believes the current set up of the Phobians is markedly different from vaunted 64 Battalion side he featured for. Led by coach Attuquayefio, Hearts of Oak put together a stellar team that won the 2000 Caf Champions League, the 2001 Caf Super Cup and the 2004 Caf Confederations Cup.Quaye was part of that team which also won six straight league titles between 1999 and 2002. “I will say that the team of the year 2000 was very different. I call it a dream team and I hope this current team will replicate what we did.”But this current team is a long way away from that side in terms of discipline, skill and sheer dominance. Quaye, who now plays for Olympics, feels the progress of this Herbert Addo led team in Africa so far should not lead to complacency. “Even though Hearts won in Mali, Djoliba are also coming to Ghana to get a result. The Phobians must be determined to qualify so they must prepare very well.” Hearts, who have already scaled two previous rounds, will play against Mali side Djoliba on Sunday the Accra Sports Stadium in a second leg of the Caf Confederations Cup game.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

2014 Little League World Series…Mo’Ne Davis doesn’t pitch but hits RBI in Pennsylvania’s win over Texas

first_imgPhiladelphia’s Mo’ne Davis drives in a run with a single to right field off Pearland pitcher Clayton Broeder during the first inning of a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Thirteen-year-old pitching sensation Mo’Ne Davis didn’t pitch Aug, 17 during the Taney Dragon’s (Pennsylvania) matchup against Pearland East (Texas) in the 2014 Little League World Series tournament in Williamsport, Pa. Little League rules require pitchers to rest a full three days between pitching performances.But Davis’ absence from the mound didn’t stop her from making an impact in Taney’s 7-6 comeback win over Texas.Instead of pitching, Mo’Ne played shortstop on defense and contributed in the batting lineup Sunday night. She popped a RBI single near center field in the first inning to help her team take an early 2-0 lead, and was walked during her next at-bat in the bottom of the fourth inning. She later hit a ground ball and was quickly thrown out during her third and final at-bat in the fifth inning. With her RBI single, she became the sixth girl to record a hit in LLWS history and fourth to post an RBI.With Davis resting her arm, the team’s next best pitcher, 12-year-old Jared Sprague-Lott, started the game for Taney. Sprague-Lott threw eight strikeouts but also gave up two home runs and five earned runs total. Sprague-Lott was replaced in the fifth inning after giving up his second homer. Joe Richardson took over the pitching mound for Taney but gave up another run to push Texas ahead, 6-3, in the top of the fifth.Zion Spearman came up big for Taney with an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth and Kai Cummings added an RBI single to help cut the score to 6-5 heading into the sixth inning. Taney then clinched its comeback victory after Spearman smacked a RBI triple in the sixth inning to tie the score at 6, followed by a Texas throwing error on a walk-off single by Tai Shanahan to give Taney the 7-6 win over Texas.Taney (2-0) will see it’s next LLWS action on Wednesday, Aug. 20.  Mo’Ne Davis will start the game as pitcher.– See more at: http://www.afro.com/mone-davis-doesnt-pitch-but-hits-rbi-in-pennsylvanias-taney-dragons-win-over-texas/?utm_source=Afro+Weekend+Sports+Wrap-Up+E-Blast%3A+August+18%2C+2014&utm_campaign=Sports+Lineup&utm_medium=email#sthash.9godUIv9.dpuflast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Figure Skating Club

first_imgNelson Figure skaters include Breanna Tomlin, Courtney Shrieves, Isabella Kroker Kimber, Christina Champlin, Charly DeFouw, Morgan Sabo, Tia Berrrens, Lila McKechnie, Helena Keating, Courtney Donaldson and Lulu Nyiti.The final big event of the year is “Express To The Stars”, a musical tribute to the golden age of train travel. As always, all members of the club perform from the tiniest tots to the most seasoned skaters with music from “Madagascar”, “Polar Express” and much more. The show will be performed on May 10 from 2 – 3 p.m. Tickets available at the door. The Nelson Figure Skating Club enjoyed a banner season as the club completed the campaign on ice with a boatload of medals during local major competitions — Kootenay Regional ChampionshipsStaff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to honour the skaters with Team of the Week status.last_img read more

BLINGISMYTHING & FANTICOLA HEAD A FIELD OF 10 IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 ROYAL HEROINE STAKES AT A MILE ON TURF

first_imgALEXIS TANGIER, BIRDLOVER & QUEEN OF THE SAND HELP ROUND OUT COMPETITIVE FIELD ON GOLD CUP DAY ARCADIA, Calif. (June 24, 2015)–Graded stakes placed Fanticola and Graded stakes winner Blingismything head a field of 10 in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up going a mile on the turf.Beaten a nose and a neck in her last two races, trainer Phil D’Amato’s Fanticola will attempt to return to winning form in the Royal Heroine, her last victory coming in the Megahertz Stakes at a mile on the turf Jan. 17.Second in the Grade III Santa Barbara Handicap on April 18 to Royal Heroine contender Queen of the Sand, Fanticola was beaten a neck in her most recent outing, the Grade I Gamely when east-coast invader Hard Not to Like scraped along the rail to nail her on the wire May 25.Owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, the 5-year-old mare by Silent Name has two wins, a second and a third at the distance. She is 16-4-5-6 overall with $348,300 in earnings.Graded stakes winner Blingismything was a close third in the Grade I Gamely after sitting second throughout, beaten only three quarters of a length, but gained her first graded stakes victory two races back when going a mile on the turf in the Grade III Wilshire on April 26.Trained by Eric Kruljac and owned by Class Racing Stable Blingismything’s last four races have all been in graded stakes here at Santa Anita including a third place finish four races back in the Grade II Buena Vista Feb. 16 and another third place finish in the Grade II Las Cienegas April 11.Like Fanticola, Blingismything has two wins, a second and a third from four tries at the Royal Heroine distance.Blingismything is 11-4-2-4- overall with earnings of $282,330.A winner of four out of her last six races, Doug O’Neill’s front-running Birdlover comes into Saturday off a third place finish to Blingismything in the Wilshire after leading throughout with a win in her most recent race, the Mizdirection Stakes, run at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course.With all horses assigned 119 pounds, here is the field for Saturday’s Grade II Royal Heroine Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys in post position order: Blingismything, Tyler Baze; Generosidade, Tiago Pereira; Stormy Lucy, Flavien Prat; Birdlover, Mike Smith; Mangita, Aaron Gryder; Famous Alice, Gary Stevens; Fanticola, Joe Talamo; Queen of the Sand, Rafael Bejarano; Alexis Tangier, Victor Espinoza; One More, Mario Gutierrez.                 First post time on Saturday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more