Rugby World cup quarter-final| Ireland seek another slice of history against New Zealand

first_imgBy Greg StutchburyTOKYO, Japan (Reuters) – Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has been used to making history in his six years in charge and he could make a little bit more tomorrow in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against his native New Zealand.The Irish have never advanced past the quarter-finals at the global showpiece, with the clash against the All Blacks at Tokyo Stadium that kicks off at 19:15hrs. (1015 GMT) possibly their best chance to break that curse.Their structured game plan under Schmidt has led to three Six Nations titles, their first series win in Australia in almost 40 years and, more importantly, their first two victories against the All Blacks – a 40-29 victory in 2016 in Chicago then 16-9 last year in Dublin.Both Schmidt and All Blacks coach Steve Hansen have said the recent results would have little influence on what happens tomorrow, but they have given the Irish players belief that the three-time world champions were fallible.“They have had some pretty successful experiences together. There are a number of players within that side who have contributed to a fair bit of history for us,” Schmidt told reporters.“So the accumulation of those experiences together hopefully builds a bit of confidence – because you need to have some belief.“You can’t go out against an All Blacks side and accept that you’re second fiddle. You’ve got to go out and put your best foot forward.”Ireland’s best foot belongs to inside backs Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton, whose tactical kicking will be crucial in turning New Zealand around and putting pressure on their back three.Their ability to control possession also appears to confuse the All Blacks and creates frustration.While they will be without the suspended Bundee Aki, Schmidt selected his strongest possible side, with seven of the forwards that dominated the All Blacks last November in the starting team.Hansen, who is stepping down after the tournament, said he was well aware of early exits, having been an assistant to Graham Henry when they were bundled out by France in the 2007 quarter-finals.That was the All Blacks’ worst finish at the tournament and they have been unbeaten at the World Cup since, winning the titles in 2011 and 2015.He named his strongest possible side available with Brodie Retallick back in the side after he recovered from a shoulder injury.“We have experienced (an early exit) ourselves in ‘07 and there’s no guarantee we won’t experience it again,” Hansen said.“Ireland are in a situation where they haven’t gone past a quarter-final, so they will be doing their darndest not to go home.“We’ll be the same.”last_img read more

DC Jammers held the late Andrew Ifill in high esteem

first_imgTHE DC Jammers Basketball Organisation, through one of their coaches, Clarence Wallerson, said the late Andrew Ifill will be remembered as one of their fiercest competitor whenever they toured Guyana and they held the Guyanese ‘baller’ in high esteem. Ifill was found dead in the washroom at his place of employment, Lifestyles Motors, in Trinidad and Tobago, on October 20.The former national basketball player’s death sent shockwaves through the sport’s fraternity in both the Twin Island Republic and Guyana, since he was considered by many, one of the best forwards to grace the courts in both countries.The DC Jammers, a team from the diaspora that is made up of current and former national players, as well as players who are eligible to represent Guyana, would usually visit the Land of Many Waters to engage the country’s National team in Goodwill series.Fans would pack Cliff Anderson Sports Hall over the years, whenever ‘DC Jammers’ visit, to see Ifill go toe-to-toe with the visitors.“For many years, he gave us all we could handle and kept us (the coaches) up at night trying to figure out how to win a game when he was on the court,” Wallerson said in a release to Chronicle Sport.Wallerson noted that “Andrew (Ifill) was a fierce competitor who matched wits with some of our best professional players, like Antrick and Gordon Klaiber, Glenn Stokes, Dr Lancelot Loncke, Dr Darren Ainsworth, Dexter Martin, Stephen Nurse, Pierre Goddette, Reggie King, and a long list of other DC Jammer competitors.”The DC Jammers coach is hopeful that Ifill will have a hero’s ‘send-off’ since he thinks it’s only fitting that a player who devoted his life to basketball and represented Guyana with distinction, be given a proper farewell.Meanwhile, according to Ifill’s family, his autopsy revealed that the 40-year-old Guyanese, had an embolus – unattached masses (in this case, it was blood) that travel through the blood stream – in his leg.One medical personnel explained that most times these clots are fragments of bigger clots that are formed in the legs. These free unattached clots are now travelling in the blood freely and travelling clots can lodge in the brain and cause a stroke, and in the lungs and cause chest pain and shortness of breath.There are no details at this time with regard to Ifill’s funeral arrangements, but Michael Singh, president of the GABF, said his federation is more than willing and ready to assist in bringing the former basketball player’s body back to Guyana if his family’s plans are to see him return home.last_img read more

Elaine Carey provides spark for No. 4 Syracuse field hockey’s offense in win over No. 7 Louisville

first_img Published on September 30, 2016 at 6:59 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Liz Sack weaved through Louisville defenders, creating an open shot. She wound up to it, but missed the ball. She turned her body to still get off lofty air ball toward the center of the net. Elaine Carey, who was waiting for the ball, tapped it in, tying the game at 1-1.“We drove the baseline so many times and I said to Lizzie when she drives the baseline, no one can stop her,” Carey said. “(I) saw a space around the penalty spot so I went in there and the ball came high, and I didn’t even think. I just swung on it.”While Lies Lagerweij eventually won the game on a penalty stroke goal, Carey stepped up for the No. 4 Orange (9-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) on offense as it beat No. 7 Louisville (9-2, 1-2), 2-1 in overtime. Carey was in the middle of the play for most of SU’s scoring chances and accounted for 33 percent of the team’s shots, with five.At times, she was the one starting the play. In other instances, she was ready to shoot off a rebound or a cross from her teammates.On one play, Carey drove in on the Louisville defense, releasing a shot and colliding with Louisville goalie Ayeisha McFerran. The ball, still in the air, headed toward the goal but a Cardinals player hit it away way. Carey looked up toward the ref for a penalty corner that never came.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe next closest player to Carey in shots on the day was Emma Lamison, with three. In the team’s last game against Pennsylvania, Carey also had five shots, though she did not score a goal. She is currently the team leader in shots with 31 and second in goals, with six.Trying to pull away from Louisville, Carey drove to the baseline often, crossing the ball in hope of an easy tap in. There were many close calls, but SU was only able to score one goal throughout regulation time.“It was really good,” Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley said of Carey’s performance. “Very aggressive, very feisty and very fast. Just wreaked of determination.”Carey was getting past defenders with ease because of her speed. On one play, she tapped the ball past her defender, who was closing in on her. She ran around the defender and set herself up for an open shot on goal. However, McFerran was there, sticking her leg out and hitting the ball away.While she was active on offense, Carey was also helping out on defense as well. On plays where Louisville gained possession deep into its own territory, Carey was there to put on-ball pressure. That caused many forced passes that resulted in easy interceptions by midfielder Laura Hurff and the rest of the team.“Elaine really stepped up today,”  Hurff said. “I felt like she was always there, like when I turned around, she was always on the ball or tackling back.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Women’s hockey: No. 1 Wisconsin returns to LaBahn Arena for first home series of the year against St. Cloud State

first_imgThe No. 1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (21-3-0, 11-3 WCHA) welcomes the St. Cloud State Huskies (8-16-2, 3-12) for its first home series of the new year.The Badgers retained their No. 1 national ranking after a hard-fought series split on the road against No. 2 Minnesota (22-3-1, 12-3-1) last weekend, earning 13 of a possible 15 first-place votes in the USCHO.com national poll.Wisconsin is 76-8-2 all-time against St. Cloud State dating back to 1999, and has won 17 straight against the Huskies. Most recently, the Badgers put on an offensive clinic against their WCHA rival in St. Cloud, Minn. en route to a series sweep — 8–2 and 3–1 — Dec. 7-8.Women’s hockey: Badgers split second regular season installment of Border BattleSimilar to their first meeting this season, the No. 1 Wisconsin women’s hockey team (21-3-0, 11-3-0 WCHA) and the No. Read…To say the Badgers have been solid on power plays this season would be an understatement. Wisconsin boasts the best power play in the country with 21 power play goals on 77 chances, a .273 percentage. Wisconsin has a perfect 14-0-0 record when scoring a power play goal in 2018-19, with nine different Badgers having scored.Though they have struggled mightily in 2018-19, the Huskies rank second in the nation in total saves, with 966. Against the Badgers, junior goalie Janine Alder recorded a season-high 46 saves Dec. 8. Alder ranks first in the WCHA and fifth in the nation in save percentage with a .939 mark.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Badgers wrap up year with dominant sweep of St. Cloud StateThe top-ranked University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team earned two more commanding victories over the weekend, defeating the St. Cloud Read…On the offensive end, freshman Jenniina Nylund’s six goals rank fifth in the WCHA among her first-year peers. She is also tied for the team-lead in points, with senior forward Julia Tylke with 18.Several Badgers are approaching career milestones entering this weekend’s tilt with the Huskies. Senior standout Annie Pankowski is two assists away from becoming the seventh Badger in program history to record 100 career assists, while senior Sam Cogan and junior Abby Roque are both nearing 100 career points, with 97 and 96 respectively.Puck drop Friday is set for 7 p.m., and Saturday’s matchup begins at 6 p.m. from LaBahn Arena. Both games can be watched live on BTN Plus or FloHockey, or followed live on Twitter @BadgerWHockey.last_img read more

Irish squad to train this morning while Wales worry over injuries

first_imgRob Kearney is expected to step up his involvement after a gluteal injury curtailed his training yesterday. Elsewhere, Ahead of tomorrow’s rugby union World Cup match against Fiji, Wales head coach Warren Gatland doesn’t know if his squad can cope with many more injuries.Centre Scott Williams and wing Hallam Amos became the latest to be ruled out of the tournament, joining an already long list of injured players. Gatland says the depth of Welsh rugby isn’t huge – and that makes the win against England even more special.last_img read more

Katsina Kicks National League for Postponed League Opener

first_imgBalele said that the decision to cancel the match contravened the Nigeria National League law that stipulated that teams be given two-week notice in advance before a game can be postponed. He said they were only notified of the postponement of the league 48-hours to the game.Balele vowed that Katsina who are in Group A 1, would defy the order by going to Gombe to play Gombe United in A 2 for the match even if there is nobody in the stadium.He said he could not approach Governor Aminu Masari for money again to honour a replay after tax payers’ money had already been released for the match.“My players are already in Abuja after leaving Katsina. We planned to sleep in Jos on our way to Gombe, and they are saying there is no match because the league is on hold. Why are they changing the rule? We have asked Katsina Government to provide us money to go to Gombe and can’t now go back and ask for another money because the match is cancelled. There will be a day of reckoning, “he raged.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Special Adviser on Sports to Katsina State Governor, Aminu Balele Kurfi, has joined issues with the Nigeria National League for putting off the league till May 28. The action resulted in the cancelling a scheduled fixture between Katsina United and Gombe United.Katsina United were already on transit in Abuja en-route Gombe, when they were told that the fixture billed for this Saturday had been put off.The short notice enraged Balele, who in a fit of anger described the decision as ‘unacceptable’.last_img read more

Miami-Dade’s Board of County Commissioners Passes Domestic Violence Resolution

first_img“I am very appreciative of the Board of County Commissioners for sponsoring Vice Chair Sosa’s Resolution and for promoting an awareness campaign to fight domestic violence,” said State Attorney Fernandez Rundle. “Our victims need to know they are not alone.” “We need an awareness campaign to ensure potential victims in our community know the courts are open and issuing protective orders, and police are available to respond to abusive and violent calls. Shelter and services are available”, she said in a release. State Attorney Fernandez Rundle appeared before the Commission to make an important presentation regarding domestic violence, delivering the message that staying home does not mean staying trapped in a situation of domestic violence. For those who have been living in an abusive relationship, domestic violence is a great concern especially during this time. Being in self-isolation due to this COVID-19 crisis and staying at home with someone who is an abuser could be a matter of life or death. The SAO MOVES (Mobile Operations Victim Emergency Services) program staff are providing community outreach services throughout the community for domestic violence victims, contacting victims to assess their immediate needs, offer safety planning and services, and attempting video pre-file conferences in effort to protect the victims and ensure a stronger case when the matter goes to court. As of May 4th, shelters in the community are available and all are CDC compliant. The State Attorney’s Office prosecutors and support staff, both misdemeanor and felony, are working remotely to file criminal cases and assist victims. center_img Miami – At the Miami-Dade County Commission meeting held on May 5th, 2020, Vice Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa advanced legislation supporting the creation of an outreach campaign with State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle to inform domestic violence victims that shelters, domestic violence courts and service providers are available and have taken steps to keep families together and safe from the COVID-19 pandemic. Miami-Dade State Attorney, Katherine Fernandez Rundle Victims can call the State Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Unit at 305-547-0140. For services, victims can call Miami-Dade County’s Coordinated Victims Assistance Center (CVAC) Helpline at 305-285-5900.last_img read more

Aspire global unveils Portuguese expansion

first_img Related Articles Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Share Nuno Gomes joins BetConstruct and FeedConstruct as brand ambassador June 18, 2020 Aspire Global has announced that it is expanding with the launch of a sportsbook in Portugal.The move comes after the company’s platform was legally and technically certified for the sports vertical, with local partner Cofina Media being granted a betting license. Aspire Global entered the newly regulated Portuguese market at the end of September, 2017, through the launch of the casino Nossa Aposta; the gaming experience will now be completed through a unique sports betting offering well in time for the World Cup.Being reigning European champions, the Portuguese sports betting market is expected to do very well; driving acquisition and betting volume throughout the World Cup and beyond – with significant financial contribution from partner-royalties to Aspire Global already within 3-6 months from launch.Aspire Global CEO Tsachi Maimon stated: “We are delighted to launch sportsbook with an operator of Nossa Aposta’s calibre. As the World Cup approaches, the ability to drive traffic and provide sports betting will be the key to achieving optimal growth in the exciting Portuguese market.”Aspire Global currently is active in six regulated markets. Nearly 70 percent of the company revenue in 2018 is expected to be generated from taxed, regulated or soon to regulated markets. The Portuguese online gaming market for 2017 amounted to around 123 MEUR in gross gaming revenue, 68 MEUR of which was generated from sports.Sports betting is the single most popular gaming category in Portugal and Cofina media is one of the leading traffic providers to sports operators in Portugal. EGBA responsible advertising code gains European broadcaster approval July 3, 2020last_img read more

End of UK affair… Tabcorp moves to terminate Sun Bets

first_img Submit Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead  August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Share Tabcorp raises $371m through institutional entitlement offer August 24, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Australia ASX gambling group Tabcorp Holdings has entered discussions with News UK to terminate its involvement in the Sun Bets joint-venture.Launched in 2016, the operating woes of Sun Bets have been well documented, with the Tabcorp-News UK joint venture reporting operating losses of AUS $46 million (£26 million) for FY2017 trading.Last October, Tabcorp governance moved to place an underperforming Sun Bets ‘under strategic review’, as the ASX gambling firm merged with main Australian market rival Tatts Group.“The review has concluded and Tabcorp is now in discussions with News UK about a proposal to exit its agreement to operate Sun Bets. These discussions remain ongoing and an agreement has not been reached at this stage.” details Tabcorp in its market update.Although the joint-venture has a ten-year contract, it is believed that Tabcorp governance will trigger a pre-2019 termination clause, allowing the firm to end its UK business partnership.As the brand lead, News UK is set to receive ‘termination fees’ from Tabcorp including a £1.5 million payment. Furthermore, Tabcorp will incur all costs attributed to winding down the Sun Bets business.In its corporate update, Tabcorp informs that it has begun ‘collective consultations’ with Sun Bets 60 employees, in line with UK employment laws.The termination of Sun Bets, sees Tabcorp end its UK market ambitions. Partnering with Rupert Murdoch’s News UK tabloid, Sun Bets aimed to leverage The Sun newspaper’s vast digital audiences towards online betting.Tabcorp initially launched Sun Bets, under its proprietary in-house developed betting platform, seeking to replicate the UK success of established operators Sky Bet and bet365.Nevertheless, from its initial launch, the Sun Bets platform faced a number of issues attached to scale and gaining market traction within the cutthroat UK online betting market.On a marketing front, the Sun Bets brand would be severely tarnished by its involvement in the 2017 FA Cup ‘Piegate’ scandal, which saw the betting brand fined £84,000, for offering odds of 8-1 that the substitute goalkeeper Wayne Shaw would finish an entire pie while the game was in play.last_img read more

Wellington Rotary takes Kenny Roads Championship

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 (2) 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. 0 Vote up Vote down Garrett Wilson · 376 weeks ago Editor’s Note – The Rotary defeated the Wellington Kiwanis 8-7 Friday. Not the Lions. Report Reply 0 replies · active 376 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down C.J. · 376 weeks ago O ya i was apart of the merchants when we won the league regular season and the league tournament. glad to see they are back to winning. Report Reply 0 replies · active 376 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Wellington Rotary teamby Garrett Wilson, Sumner Newscow — Memorial Weekend means many things to Wellington natives. For some the big event of the weekend is the annual Kenny Roads Memorial Weekend Tournament.This year’s tournament took place Thursday through Saturday and ended in a rather interesting way. It saw the crowning of a champion that had never won the tournament before.This year’s title was taken by the Wellington Rotary. For those of you who are trying to recall what color uniform the Rotary wore back in your day, you can stop.The Rotary was the formerly known as the Wellington Merchants. The 2013 Championship is technically the first title for the Rotary.The Rotary got started Friday night with an 8-7 win over the Wellington Lions to move to 1-0 in pool play. They came back Saturday morning to defeat the Wellington Banks 16-6 and claim the top seed in Pool A.Saturday evening, the Rotary squared off and defeated Pool B champion the Wellington Knights of Columbus 9-5 in the Kenny Roads Championship game.The members of the Rotary are as follows: Skyler Struble, Dylan Jones, Sage Ferguson, Tristan Stoddard, Chevy Nuss, Dylan Ferguson, Logan Jones, Aaron Schoeman, Ethan Redford, Layton Corley, Caleb Stover, Jeremy Jones, Nick Struble and Jason Nuss. read more