Other Sports Belgium Tour Success Will Boost Confidence For Tokyo Olympics: PR Sreejesh

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India won the Olympic Test event by beating New Zealand 5-0.The India Women’s team is ranked No.10 in the world.The FIH Olympic Qualifiers will be held in November. New Delhi: A successful away outing against world no.2 Belgium will definitely boost the confidence of the Indian men’s hockey team ahead of the Olympics qualifiers, feels experienced goalkeeper PR Sreejesh. The Indian team is coming off a successful Olympic Test event in Tokyo where they were crowned champions after thrashing New Zealand 5-0. The world no. 5 Indian men’s team will next tour Belgium in September before the all-important Olympic Qualifiers in November.  “The tour of Belgium is a massive series for us. They are the no. 2 side in the world and if we perform well against them then it will be a big confidence boost for us ahead of the FIH Olympic Qualifiers. Hopefully, we will win the series at their home turf,” Sreejesh said.  Talking about the success at the Test event, the 31-year-old, who was rested along with several senior players, said the team has the right balance for the upcoming FIH Olympic Qualifiers. “It’s been amazing to see the way our team has performed in the last couple of months. Our victory in the Olympic Test event showed that we have an excellent bench strength. The team has the right balance at the moment and we are confident of booking a place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” he said.  Like their male counterparts, the Indian women’s hockey team also returned triumphant from the Test event after beating hosts Japan 2-1 in the final. Analysing the team’s performance, goalkeeper Savita said on-field communication was key to the team’s success at Tokyo.  “We were extremely pleased with our performance at the Olympic Test Event. Being unbeaten was a very heartening performance and especially playing toe-to-toe with world no. 2 Australia gave us a lot of confidence. The players are communicating very well on the field and therefore we have been able to win tournaments,” she said.The Indian women’s team, ranked 10 in the world, will take on England in September ahead of the FIH Olympic Qualifiers. “We have gained momentum at the right time with victories. However, we cannot get carried away with the results and need to continue to focus on improving our game. Playing the world no. 4 England side will be a tough challenge in a five-match series, but if we continue to communicate well on the field then we will surely produce great results,” Savita said.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Badgers head to Mankato to take on struggling Mavericks

first_imgAfter a late season nonconference series, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team heads on the road to face struggling Minnesota State, who still has yet to record a conference win.Badgers’ freshman forward Annie Pankowski, who notched her second career hat trick this past weekend against Clarkson, will face the team that gave her the first one. Pankowski led the Badgers (19-4-3 overall, 14-4-2 WCHA) with four goals in the previous series against the Mavericks in mid-November.The Badgers outscored Minnesota State (2-21-1, 0-17-1) 16-2 in their last series at LaBahn Arena and want to continue to improve down the final stretch.“Now you have eight games left, and the main thing is to maintain what you’ve done the past three weeks and try to make some improvements in some areas where you need to improve and get yourselves ready for the playoffs,” Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson said.Despite Minnesota State having a difficult season, Wisconsin cannot take them lightly.“I think if we start to worry about the opponent and what they are doing, or worrying about individual play, that could throw us off,” sophomore Sydney McKibbon said. “But if we stick to our game, we will be fine.”The familiarity of playing a conference opponent again helps the Badgers come out confident and strong.“We obviously know them better because we played them before and we know their style,” freshman Maddie Rolfes said. “We know what to expect, so we can go in harder and not timid because we know how they play.”A winless conference season thus far could make the Mavericks come out fired-up for the third-ranked Badgers, but Wisconsin will try not to let an upset-minded team throw them off.“Focusing on ourselves and looking at them as if we are playing Minnesota or Clarkson, or anyone else,” McKibbon said. “They are no different and we have to come out ready to play Friday night.”This last stretch of games, no matter who the opponent, will be vital in getting the Badgers prepared for a potential playoff run. For Wisconsin the goal is to win all of the games, but the most important aspect is improving in all areas to make a complete team.The puck drops at 7 p.m. Friday night for the series opener in Mankato, and 3 p.m. Saturday to close out the series.last_img read more

Shaw, Blue Jays beat Marlins 5-4 in MLB’s return to Buffalo

first_img First Published: 12th August, 2020 09:29 IST LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE In the first major league game in Buffalo since 1915, Travis Shaw hit an RBI single in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays settled into their new nest with a 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.Barred from playing in Toronto by the Canadian government over concerns about the coronavirus, the Blue Jays spent nearly three weeks on the road before moving into the ballpark of their Triple-A affiliate as their temporary home this year.Francisco Cervelli’s three-run homer with two outs in the Miami ninth made it 4-all. Logan Forsythe then nearly put the Marlins ahead with a long drive in the 10th that originally was ruled a two-run homer, then reversed to a foul ball on review — the replay cameras were among the upgrades made at the park to get it up to big league standards.The Blue Jays loaded the bases with one out in the 10th and Shaw singled to right field for his first RBI in 25 at-bats with Toronto.Bo Bichette hit a three-run homer in the sixth and Cavan Biggio added an RBI single in the seventh for Toronto.A.J. Cole (1-0) got the win. Stephen Tarpley (2-1) gave up Shaw’s game-ending hit.Toronto starter Hyun Jin Ryu allowed two hits in six innings and struck out seven.Brian Anderson also homered for Miami. Starter Elieser Hernandez struck out five over 5 1/3 innings.WHITE SOX 8, TIGERS 4DETROIT (AP) — Eloy Jimenez hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and Chicago snapped Detroit’s four-game wining streak.Edwin Encarnacion also went deep for the White Sox, who won for only the second time in seven games. Austin Romine hit a two-run shot for Detroit.Jose Abreu had three hits, including a pair of RBI doubles.Gio Gonzalez was pulled one out shy of the win. He allowed two runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings. Matt Foster (2-0) was credited with the win after striking out four in two perfect innings.Tyler Alexander (1-1) allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings in his first start of the season.Harold Castro hit an RBI single as part of Detroit’s two-run ninth.CUBS 7, INDIANS 1CLEVELAND (AP) — Jon Lester looked comfortable on a mound where he helped make history and Jason Heyward hit a three-run homer, leading Chicago to a win over Cleveland, which welcomed back manager Terry Francona after a couple bumpy days.Lester (2-0) allowed three hits in six innings as the Cubs moved to 11-3 for the first time since 2016.For the first time this year the Indians gave up more than four runs, ending the second-longest run (18 games) to open a season.Francona returned after missing eight games to rest and treat a gastrointestinal ailment that has bothered him for nearly a year.NATIONALS 2, METS 1NEW YORK (AP) — Max Scherzer showed no effects of hamstring trouble, navigating heavy traffic early for his first win this season, and Trea Turner hit a record-breaking leadoff homer to help Washington beat New York.Howie Kendrick had three hits and Victor Robles blooped an RBI single for the Nationals, who have taken the first two in a four-game series between NL East rivals. New York (7-11) dropped to 3-7 at home this season.Rick Porcello (1-2) threw six solid innings but was outpitched by Scherzer (1-1).Scherzer needed 60 pitches to get through the initial two innings, but stranded five runners by striking out Wilson Ramos to end the first and Jeff McNeil to close the second. He lasted six innings and threw only 45 pitches over his final four to finish with 105. He gave up six hits, struck out seven and walked two.Turner hit his 10th career leadoff homer, a Nationals record. Alfonso Soriano hit nine in his lone season with Washington (2006).YANKEES 9, BRAVES 6NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge dented an advertisement with a scorching home run before making an unusual early exit, Jordan Montgomery pitched efficiently against a lineup missing its brightest young star and New York beat Atlanta.Atlanta scratched Ronald Acuña Jr. about 90 minutes before first pitch with a sore left wrist.Judge smashed his homer off a sign above the home bullpen in right-center field, leaving his mark on a shot leading off the fifth. Then his night came to a bizarre end. Yankees manager Aaron Boone sent Mike Tauchman to pinch-hit for Judge in the sixth inning with New York leading 8-3.Luke Voit hit a three-run drive in the first inning off Braves starter Touki Toussaint (0-1), who allowed six runs — five earned — in four innings.Montgomery (2-1) cruised through five innings before allowing a three-run homer to Marcell Ozuna in the sixth. He threw 78 pitches over six innings, allowing three runs, four hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Zack Britton pitched a perfect ninth inning for his sixth save.REDS 6, ROYALS 5, 10 INN.CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto doubled home the winning run in the 10th and Cincinnati blew another late lead before rallying past Kansas City.The Royals tied it 5-5 in the eighth on Ryan McBroom’s pinch-hit, two-run homer off Amir Garrett, but they couldn’t keep their four-game winning streak going.With a designated runner on second base in the 10th, Josh Staumont (0-1) walked Nick Castellanos and Votto doubled off the wall in center.Lucas Sims (1-0) gave up a walk in the 10th with a designated runner on second base but escaped the threat.Matt Davidson and Jesse Winker hit consecutive homers off left-hander Kris Bubic in his first road start as Cincinnati pulled ahead 5-3, but Cincinnati’s leaky bullpen let another lead slip away.Image credits: AP Written By FOLLOW UScenter_img COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 12th August, 2020 09:29 IST Shaw, Blue Jays Beat Marlins 5-4 In MLB’s Return To Buffalo In the first major league game in Buffalo since 1915, Travis Shaw hit an RBI single in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays settled into their new nest with a 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night Associated Press Television News last_img read more

The President is first and foremost a soldier

first_imgDear Editor,I crave a space in your widely spread paper to voice my opinion on the current political dilemma as it relates to the disrespect shown for our Constitution by Brigadier Granger.The President is first and foremost a soldier, trained in the dogma that deception is the foundation for strategy and tactics which simply means by any means necessary; this is the guiding motive by Brigadier Granger and his sidekick Colonel Joseph Harmon.Long before December 21, 2018, does not continue onwards to date.There is no sentiment attached to this dogma since it is rigid in its concept and any action taken by him is solely to frustrate the Opposition’s opportunity to start protests and give him the opportunity as Commander in Chief to call out his well-placed ex-officers in the ten regions to suppress civil liberties and instil fear in the country.One only has to read between the lines of the recent Ramjattan statement in the media to grasp the content of this conspiracy as it relates to the force to be used, underscored by the unbalanced expansion and recruitment of members over the last four years to reinforce and strengthen his kit and kin ideology. However, the nation is wiser now and all outreaches, gifts, and great promises are nothing but smokescreens.David Arthur Granger, Brigadier and Commander in Chief Officer and a gentleman who swore to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law has now proven by his actions over the last four years to be anything other than honourable with Major Lowenfield of GECOM complicit.Respectfully,Thomas De Santoslast_img read more