Tennis News Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic Come Closer To Summit Clash In ATP Paris Masters

first_imgParis: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, fighting it out for the year-end world number one spot, edged closer to a possible Paris Masters final clash as both eased into the last four on Friday. The 33-year-old Nadal, who can secure the end-of-year top ranking ahead of Djokovic by winning his maiden Bercy title, beat French wildcard Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (7/4), 6-1. Nadal is bidding for a record-extending 36th Masters crown and will take on Denis Shapovalov in the last four on Saturday after the Canadian youngster thrashed Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-2. The Spaniard has reached the semis for the first time at the event since 2013, having withdrawn injured before the quarter-finals on his last appearance in 2017.  “I’ve had a lot of injuries in this tournament (historically),” said Nadal. “I’m happy to be back in the semi-finals.”   Djokovic had earlier crushed seventh seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-1, 6-2 and will next face Grigor Dimitrov, who saw off unseeded Chilean Cristian Garin 6-2, 7-5. Nadal has now reached 73 Masters semi-finals in total and is two wins away from his 85th ATP title, but only third indoors. Tsonga was rock solid on serve in a first set which did not see a single service game from either player even reach deuce.But second seed Nadal stepped it up in the tie-break, with two incredible winners on the run helping him take a crucial one-set lead.  Tsonga’s serve briefly deserted him in the second game of the second set, as successive double faults allowed Nadal to claim the first break of the match and he then sped to victory.    Djokovic swats aside Tsitsipas  Djokovic said he played “one of his best matches of the season” to thrash Tsitsipas. The 32-year-old dispatched his Greek opponent in only 58 minutes. The 16-time Grand Slam champion went into the match with a 2-1 losing record against Tsitsipas, but put the young world number seven in his place with a commanding victory. “I played one of the best matches of the season,” said Djokovic. “I prepared myself very well for this match. I lost to Stefanos about three weeks ago in Shanghai. And obviously I went through the videos and understanding on what I did well, what I didn’t do so well, what I can do better.”   Novak Djokovic can ensure the race to be the best player at the end of the year reaches the ATP Tour Finals in London by winning a fifth Paris Masters title. (Image credit: Getty Images)Djokovic will be usurped by Nadal at the top of the rankings next week, but can ensure the race to be the best player at the end of the year reaches the ATP Tour Finals in London by winning a fifth Paris Masters title. The defeat ended Tsitsipas’ run of three consecutive semi-finals and dealt a blow to his confidence ahead of his maiden appearance at the season-ending championships, which start on November 10. Djokovic holds an 8-1 winning head-to-head record against Dimitrov.  “He (Dimitrov) has been one of the best talents we had in the sport in the last decade,” said Djokovic, who is bidding to tie Pete Sampras’ record of finishing as the year-end number one on six occasions. “He’s been playing some terrific tennis this week… I don’t play too bad myself, so it’s going to be for sure a good one.”     Dimitrov marches on  Former world number three Dimitrov last reached the semis at a Masters tournament in Monte Carlo in 2018, but has rediscovered his form in recent weeks after heading into the US Open ranked 78th. The Bulgarian became the lowest-ranked player to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since 2008 at Flushing Meadows, before losing to Daniil Medvedev. World number 42 Garin, playing in his first Masters quarter-final, served for the second set at 5-4, but the 28-year-old Dimitrov reeled off three straight games to claim an impressive victory. Also Read | Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic Enter Paris Open Masters Quarterfinal  Shapovalov cruised into the fourth Masters semi-final of his young career by ending Monfils’ bid to reach the ATP Finals. Home favourite Monfils was one victory away from pipping Italian Matteo Berrettini to a ticket to London, but was blown away by a brilliant Shapovalov performance. “He (Berrettini) had better give me a bottle of wine or something,” joked world number 28 Shapovalov.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Magical Messi leads Barca rout of Juventus

first_imgBy Richard MartinBARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) – A mesmeric Lionel Messi scored twice as he inspired Barcelona to a 3-0 win over Juventus, to get off to a flying start in the Champions League Group D yesterday, avenging last season’s quarter-final elimination by the Italian champions.Messi broke the deadlock on the stroke of halftime by playing a slick one-two off Luis Suarez and arrowing the ball beyond Gianluigi Buffon, finally getting the better of the veteran Italian in his fourth game against him.The Argentine was also the catalyst for the second goal, forcing Juve to scramble the ball off the line and allowing Ivan Rakitic to shoot into an empty net in the 56th minute and add to his strike against Juve in the 2015 final.But Messi was far from done. For his second and Barca’s third he received a pass from Andres Iniesta and ripped more holes in a depleted Juventus defence before lashing beyond a dejected Buffon, scoring his seventh goal in three games.Juventus, who were missing five key players including defensive warrior Giorgio Chiellini, looked a shadow of the team that beat Barca 3-0 on aggregate last season to reach the final, and have conceded seven goals in their last two games in the competition over two seasons.Like Barca, Juve arrived at the game with three wins from three in the domestic league and with their own Argentine Paulo Dybala also in electric form with five goals in three games.But their long list of absentees, which also included Mario Mandzukic, Claudio Marchisio and Sami Khedira, proved costly.Miralem Pjanic did manage to trouble Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the first half but the Spaniards, who have been facing instability off the pitch but look fresh and confident on it under new coach Ernesto Valverde, did most of the talking.Messi gave the Italians nightmares from the word go, but captain Andres Iniesta was also in electric form, while record-signing Ousmane Dembele had an impressive full debut, making for a party atmosphere at the Nou Camp to accompany the show put on by their relentless Argentine talisman.“When we play at this speed it’s very difficult to play against us,” Rakitic told reporters.“Barca don’t change coaches very often but now we have new ideas and we’re very happy with how things are going.”last_img read more

Spring answers some questions for Bielema

first_imgWith the conclusion of Saturday’s annual Spring Game, the University of Wisconsin football team saw its spring practice session draw to a close.Although still much remains to be decided during summer workouts and fall drills, the spring practices gave fans a first look at what Wisconsin might look like in year 1 A.B. (after Barry). Here’s what was learned and what still is a mystery, in each of the position battles that took place this spring.Running backsThe one question that has been on everybody’s mind: who is going to replace Brian Calhoun as the UW starting tailback this upcoming season?At the moment, there is still no answer, especially considering that talented recruit Lance Smith has yet to arrive on campus.”I like how the running backs have come along,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “But we’ll see what Mr. Smith can bring to the table.”Redshirt freshman P.J. Hill has shown probably the most natural talent, and was the first-string runner for the Cardinal squad in the Spring Game. However, Dywon Rowan probably had the most impressive camp of any offensive player, showing great vision and surprising elusiveness to go with his raw power.Jamil Walker has been impressive at times, but inconsistent. He too could very well be the Opening Day starter though. Freshman Jerry Butler is a burner, tough to hit squarely, but didn’t stand out enough. Ditto for freshman Dion Foster.FullbacksEither Bill Rentmeester or Chris Pressley will start; that much is certain. Both have drawn the praise of Bielema for improving from one year ago.”They’ve been able to do the things we’re asking them, more so than they were a year ago, [which] has really made a big difference as far as the way you can think offensively,” Bielema said of his two fullbacks earlier this spring.Pressley looks downright dangerous both as a blocker and especially as a ballcarrier, as he seems too seek out defenders to bowl over. Rentmeester has been very solid, if not spectacular. The two represent excellent depth at the fullback spot.QuarterbacksJohn Stocco is the undisputed starter, and God help the Badgers if he goes down, as both backups Tyler Donovan and Dustin Sherer have been terribly inconsistent, turnover-prone, and generally unfit to lead the offense at their current state of development. Donovan has shown flashes, so for depth the team could use him getting his game back in full stride. A big question: Will UW carry five quarterbacks next year, with the additions of incoming freshmen Maurice Moore and Scott Tolzien?Offensive LineThis has been a serious area of concern for Wisconsin during the spring. Having to replace three starters, as well as dealing with several other injuries along the line, has forced the Badgers to put together something of a patchwork line during spring drills.”We’re not where we need to be along the offensive line, just because of people not practicing,” Bielema said.The good: Kraig Urbik has played excellently, while Mike Van Someren proved that he is dependable and durable, and could challenge for a guard spot this fall, or at least represent solid depth.The bad: There were a bevy of mishandled snaps this spring, and while the quarterbacks are often to blame, new center Marcus Coleman hasn’t made enough strides in spring.”Marcus Coleman isn’t where we need to have him to be for that opening game, Sept. 2,” Bielema said.Will Joe Thomas recover fully? All signs point to yes, but there is still much to be seen.Wide ReceiversJunior Paul Hubbard improved his stock monumentally and should see plenty of playing time this season. Marcus Randle-El showed hands of glue and is very elusive in the open field.A question mark will be ultra-talented Jarvis Minton, who missed most of spring due to injury. Bielema said this was a position where the incoming freshman like Lance Kendricks and Daven Jones can come in and contribute right away.Tight EndsMaybe the most up-for-grabs position on the team. Out of Andy Crooks, Travis Beckum and Sean Lewis — all of whom changed positions — the one that can come out and wow the coaches in fall should get the No. 1 spot.Beckum has the ability to be a game-breaking receiver at this position, but he is still learning.Defensive LineThe deepest and maybe strongest unit on the whole team. The group looked flat-out dominant against the offensive line many times during spring, and that was without projected starting defensive ends Matthew Shaughnessy and Jamal Cooper.Justin Ostrowski could still challenge Jason Chapman for a starting tackle role, but Nick Hayden will certainly start at tackle. Kurt Ware had a monster spring and could be poised for a breakout year.LinebackersIf the defensive line is as good as it should be, and the tackles can keep opposing o-linemen off middle linebacker Mark Zalewski, then Zalewski could be a serious challenger for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Elijah Hodge is being groomed as his successor and is a great No. 2 guy right now.The two outside linebackers, DeAndre Levy on the strong side and Jonathan Casillas at weak side, are somewhat green but very talented. The depth is solid there too.Bielema has raved about the motors of the group and seems to feel as good about linebacker as at any position on the team.CornerbacksSophomores Jack Ikegwuonu and Allen Langford went through the fire a year ago and look all the better for it. The coaching staff believes Ikegwuonu has all the tools to be an All-American corner if he wants.Langford could still be challenged for a starting spot, but he had a solid spring and it isn’t clear who could truly steal a starting spot from him. While Zach Hampton has shown to be a gamer, as well as a dependable option, the depth at this position is lacking.This is another unit that Bielema identified as being open for freshmen to grab playing time.SafetiesThe duo of Joe Stellmacher and Roderick Rogers looks to be a very solid one. Stellmacher is a general on the field and Rogers has shown to be quite the playmaker this spring.Johnny White is a great backup and Shane Carter probably had the best spring on the team, so this should be a position to feel good about come this fall.Special TeamsThe unit is set, period. While kicker Taylor Mehlhaff has been inconsistent on field goals, there is no one on the roster to supplant him right now, so his job is safe.Punter Ken DeBauche is a legit Ray Guy candidate right now.last_img read more

Tyson-Thomas’ 1st-half offense propels SU in laugher

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on December 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Delaware State took the full 40 minutes to score more points than Syracuse’s Carmen Tyson-Thomas did in 17. The sophomore guard scored. She rebounded. She played tight defense. She did everything in the first half for SU. Her maximum effort in the first half allowed for her and the rest of the Orange’s first team to have a breather in the second half. Syracuse turned the game into a laugher. ‘Personally, I was all over the place, yeah,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘But our team, we were all really hustling.’ And until Delaware State hit a layup with 28 seconds to go, Tyson-Thomas was tied with the entire Hornets team at 15. Tyson-Thomas finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and two steals as SU blew away Delaware State, 87-17.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Despite an abbreviated day of work for the sophomore, who came into Saturday averaging 24 minutes per game, Tyson-Thomas put up big numbers. ‘Carmen’s a good player, so nothing surprises me when she does this,’ SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘She’s definitely one of our better players on the team, and she plays very hard. She’s very athletic on the boards, she can do everything on the floor.’ At times, it was easy. Tyson-Thomas caught an inbounds pass from Tasha Harris right under the hoop and for a quick layup early. But it was the other times, the hustle plays, when Tyson-Thomas made her mark. She slashed under the hoop to rebound a Troya Berry miss and got to the line after getting fouled on the putback. After a Phylesha Bullard miss, Tyson-Thomas was there to swarm the DSU rebounder, along with Bullard and Elashier Hall. Tyson-Thomas came out with the ball and took it in for another layup. The sophomore finished a rebound short of her fourth double-double of the season. ‘We were kind of all over the place and kind of rebounding, crashing,’ Tyson-Thomas said. Rebounding is the key to Tyson-Thomas’ success. Not a great shooter from 3-point range (22 percent on the season) or from anywhere on the floor (37 percent), Tyson-Thomas relies on getting offensive rebounds and putbacks to score her points. Despite being only 5-foot-9, Tyson-Thomas is SU’s leading rebounder, averaging two more rebounds per game than Kayla Alexander, the Orange’s 6-foot-4 center. The six inches in height difference mean nothing to Tyson-Thomas. She averages almost four rebounds per game on the offensive glass and had six Saturday. ‘It gets her going,’ SU guard Erica Morrow said of Tyson-Thomas’ rebounding. ‘Carmen’s a little weird, a little different, so different things get her going. Not necessarily scoring, but getting rebounds, getting hustle plays.’ Alexander and Tyson-Thomas work together on the glass. In the second half Saturday, when a rebound was just out of the center’s reach, Alexander used her height to tip the ball back in the air. Somehow, Tyson-Thomas leapt through and ripped the board down on its second time falling. On the ensuing SU possession, after a Hall miss, the ball was tipped around until it seemed to land in a Delaware State player’s possession. But Tyson-Thomas tipped the ball away from her and took it, making a one-handed layup from the baseline. ‘I can’t always get all the boards, and Carmen is a huge rebounder,’ Alexander said. ‘It’s good to have her in the game, get the easy buckets.’ Late in the first half, Tyson-Thomas held the ball at the top of the key. She fed it down low to Shakeya Leary, but the guard wasn’t done with the play. Tyson-Thomas swooped around her defender, and Leary gave it right back as Tyson-Thomas cut inside to receive the pass. She went up, made the basket despite a foul, and then sank the free throw to complete the 3-point play. Right after that, she was subbed out. Her right hand was bleeding from the contact on the foul. And less than two minutes later, she was back on the court, right hand bandaged but her motor still at full speed. ‘That was just a little cut, that was nothing,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘But effort, we all had the same amount of effort. We’re all very fiery, all over the place, and we just kept it going.’ mcooperj@syr.edulast_img read more

USG presents transportation survey

first_img“Even if you’re not a commuter student, it could benefit a lot of people,” Donahue said. “I have a lot of friends who have to travel for internships, so that would be another really good purpose for this.”  McMorran and Donahue also presented their recommendations for USG’s next steps toward implementing the project. They proposed the implementation of a 50% U-Pass subsidy for undergraduate students beginning in the middle of spring semester or next fall.  The program could also be used for more than commuting between home and campus.  McMorran discussed President Folt’s sustainability plan in relation to transportation goals. “It’s really encouraging that USC Transportation has been really great and really receptive and is definitely looking for the student voice and student perspective,” Donahue said. “I think we’re just kind of waiting for next steps.” The survey, which received nearly 960 valid responses, attempted to gauge student interest in providing public transit U-Pass subsidies for undergraduates. It also asked respondents how U-Pass subsidies would affect their current riding habits, their optimal price point and how often they traveled to Los Angeles International Airport.  The survey found that free or subsidized public transportation has doubled projected ridership.  “It’s something that we can make happen, and then, working with senators last year, and [President] Carol Folt coming in and having a big focus on sustainability, has really started the ball rolling, so we’re really excited about that,” McMorran said.  “There was still very heavy interest in the program,” McMorran said. “This kind of shocked both of us, the degree to which people were interested.”  Daily Trojan USG Senators Chris McMorran (left) and Emily Donahue (right) discuss 960 valid transportation survey responses. Survey results showed a large interest in free or subsidized public transportation from noncommuter respondents.(Kacie Yamamoto | Daily Trojan) “It was good for us to see that this is something that really does matter outside of USG,” McMorran added. “I think that will also encourage USC Transportation and the administration to know that we are representing the students here. This isn’t just us coming up with a little pet project, this is something that will really benefit a lot of people.”  Undergraduate Student Government Sens. Christopher McMorran and Emily Donahue presented the results of their undergraduate transportation survey at Tuesday’s USG meeting.  Despite 75% of the survey’s respondents identifying as noncommuter students, there was still a large interest in free subsidized public transportation. “I think this has been talked about by a lot of people for a while now,” Donahue said. “The graduate students have it, so I think we were just wondering why it wasn’t available to undergraduates.”  The newly hired executive directors of the Black Student Assembly, Jaya Hinton and Calvin Carmichael, were also presented to the Senate by Senior Director of Programming Montana Houston. The position of assistant director remained vacant due to a lack of applicants for the position, but a secondary election may occur.last_img read more

How an old football drill has boosted Syracuse tennis

first_img Published on April 3, 2018 at 11:57 pm Contact KJ: kjedelma@syr.edu | @KJEdelman Facebook Twitter Google+ On a windy day in Boca Raton, Florida last month, Syracuse head coach Younes Limam had a feeling the weather conditions would create trouble for his team. So, before SU’s matchup against Florida Atlantic on March 13, Limam told his players to “trust their feet, move their feet,” because wind makes the balls move in funky directions.Will Hicks, SU’s assistant athletics director for athletic performance, was there listening to Limam. That’s when he had an idea.As Limam spoke, Hicks thought back to a drill he utilized with the SU football team in the early 2000s. The exercise begins with Hicks dropping two tennis balls in front of him. The players then grab the balls, one in each hand, before they bounce on the ground twice. Prior to the match, the players gathered to try it out. Hicks believed that the drill could guide the Orange tennis team to a win, even in unfavorable conditions. And it did.Hicks’ ball-dropping drill is a mix of increasing reaction time while expanding movement and focus. It’s become central to the pre-game ritual for No. 25 Syracuse (14-3, 6-3 Atlantic Coast). Since its introduction to the team’s weekly routine three weeks ago, the Orange has gone 5-1, including wins against No. 44 Clemson, No. 48 Louisville and No. 3 Georgia Tech.“When you’re moving during the drill you got your juice,” Hicks said, “and it makes everything you do much better.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThere are two parts to the exercise. The first component focuses on the team as a whole, while the second is more individualistic. Players gather in a circle, either in the middle of Manley Field House or on center court before the match. Hicks tells the team to “get rowdy.” Players clap their hands and yell at one another. It’s a boost for the team, Hicks said, and gets everybody involved.One player gets singled out, and she must line up parallel to Hicks. While the rest of the team cheers on, Hicks yells out a number, usually one to four, to signify the number of claps the player must enact before grabbing the balls. A couple of seconds later, he drops two tennis balls in front of the participant. The goal is for the player to grab the balls one-handed — without letting them bounce twice. Whether they catch the balls or mistime their grab, the partaker must run to the back of the circle and keep their feet moving.“The energy is infectious,” Hicks said.Daily Orange File PhotoBefore its place in women’s tennis, Hicks carried out similar “get off” drills for defensive linemen on the football team. Linemen would get in a stance and attempt to catch a tennis ball that was dropped by Hicks. He toyed with the height of the drop and how far away the player would have to be from him. One of the first participants in it was Syracuse football legend Dwight Freeney.“I’d drop it one yard away from (Freeney),” Hicks said, “and gradually get back to keep him on his feet. It’s the same type of philosophy with tennis. You see it, react to it, and get to the point where you don’t even think about it.”There are several benefits to the drill. For one, it keeps the central nervous system focused and forces a person to expect constant feet movement, Hicks said. On that same note, Limam said it can modify a player’s attitude and can keep their body from getting cold before a match. Players like sophomore Miranda Ramirez enjoy the challenge because it keeps them “mentally sharp and pumped up.”While Hicks’ job is to prepare SU tennis players for the mental and physical toll of a tennis match, his willingness to mirror his practice schedule with coaching input has helped the team tremendously, Limam said.“If you build it for success,” Hicks said, “you get more with sugar than you do with others. You get a great player.” Commentslast_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

SBC’s On The Ball – La Liga plots controversial US growth

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Share With football fans all over the world already enthralled by the club season, this week’s edition of On The Ball looks at some major stories from the business of football. Taking a deeper look at La Liga’s US expansion, as well as some big news from broadcasting. Spanish La Liga seeks stateside expansionIn a proposal that could come to fruition as early as this year, La Liga is planning on hosting regular season games in The United States.The League has not currently revealed which clubs, or how many it plans on taking to the States, but should the deal go ahead, it seems highly likely that at least Real Madrid and Barcelona will be utilised by the League as it looks to boost its US footprint.La Liga president Javier Tebas commented: “We’re devoted to growing the passion for soccer around the world. This groundbreaking agreement is certain to give a major impulse to the popularity of the beautiful game in the U.S. and Canada. Relevent has filled stadiums across the U.S. with the International Champions Cup, [and] we’re thrilled to partner with them on a joint mission to grow soccer in North America.”Relevent chairman and owner Stephen Ross added: “This extraordinary joint venture is the next giant leap in growing soccer’s popularity in North America,” . “This unique relationship will create new opportunities for millions of North American soccer fans to experience the most passionate, exciting, and highest level of soccer in the world.”Furthermore, The Spanish Footballer Association has responded to the plans: “Like usual, La Liga has not consulted the opinions of the players and has made a move that only benefits themselves. This overlooks players health and even more so the feelings of fans who are forced to watch their team abroad.”The news has sparked much speculation that the English Premier League could look into a similar venture, however the dwindling attendances of Premier League clubs in the States over the summer may lead to reluctancy from the league over making this decision. As well as this, the backlash over the previously touted 39th game is likely to be replicated amongst English fans, should the league propose such plans again.ESPN+ well up for the cupLeading US broadcaster, ESPN has reached an exclusive, multi-year rights agreement in the United States for the US on Emirates FA Cup to be broadcast on ESPN+. The agreement will bring 79 FA Cup matches to the US,  kicking off with the first round in November and running through the final, which will be exclusively shown on the subscription streaming service. Additional content will be featured across ESPN+ and other ESPN platforms, including FA Cup highlights shows following match days, FA Cup preview shows and live coverage of the FA Cup draws. Furthermore, the semifinals and final matches of the FA Youth Cup – contested by registered clubs featuring players under 18 years of age – will be carried live on ESPN+.Tom Gracey, The FA’s Senior Broadcast Manager outlined: “The Emirates FA Cup remains the world’s most famous domestic cup competition, with unrivalled appeal both at home and abroad. Thanks to ESPN+, we are delighted that football fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy premium coverage of the competition from the First Round, through to The Final.”BT brings French football back to UK screensAfter much worry that French football wouldn’t be broadcast in the UK, BT Sports has extended its broadcasting deal with Ligue 1, recommencing this weekend and running until 2021. BT hosted an abundance French action last year, however the opening round of fixtures weren’t broadcast in the UK last weekend, leaving many fans to fear the UK platforms had turned their back on the French League. Commenting on the BT Sports website, Andy Haworth, managing director of strategy and content, BT Consumer, said: “We’re delighted to continue as the home of Ligue 1 Conforama until 2021 and we look forward to bringing our viewers comprehensive coverage of all the action from France, with live matches every weekend on TV and mobile via our award winning BT Sport App.“Combined with our lineup of exclusively live matches from the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Premier League, Emirates FA Cup, SPFL, Betfred Cup, FA WSL and Bundesliga, BT Sport is the best place to be for your football fix across all the major competitions, and using the latest broadcast innovations whether it’s UHD with Dolby Atmos on BT TV or on the award winning BT Sport App.”British Chairmen warn over Brexit backlash British football Chairmen have warned that Brexit could have a significant impact on English football clubs, specifically when it comes to lesser clubs signing top European players.Speaking to The Mirror, Burnley Chairman Mike Garlick emphasised: “The destructive Brexit path being pursued by the government threatens to have a hugely damaging effect on clubs across the country. It threatens to make the widening inequality gap in our top division even worse.“The hit to the value of the pound against the euro, largely caused by Brexit uncertainty, is already making it harder for clubs to sign players. And ending freedom of movement will make it much more difficult for teams to attract the right talent, if the government brings in more restrictive conditions for work visas for players from Europe.”Stoke was also a region that voted heavily to leave the EU in June 2016, however the club’s long serving Chairman Peter Coates also spoke out about the possible implications of Brexit: “The politicians are failing to sort out this mess, and they are not listening to the voices of employers and businesses up and down the country. If this goes badly, it will be places like Stoke that suffer the most.” Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020last_img read more

Five major trophies Hearts of Oak have won since being founded 108 years ago

first_imgHearts of Oak are without doubt one of Ghana’s biggest ever clubs.Aside their over 100-year history, Hearts of Oak are one of the country’s most successful clubs, winning over 30 domestic and continental laurels.Hearts of Oak also placed 7th in CAF’s list of the best African clubs of the 20th century.With the club celebrating 108 years since it was founded today, let’s relive five of their biggest successes.2000 CAF Champions LeagueHearts of Oak began their memorable CAF Championship campaign against Guinean club, Horoya FC, beating them 3-2 on aggregate. In the next round, the Accra-based club beat DC Motema Pembe 4-3 on aggregate to seal a spot in the group stages of the competition.Hearts finished top of a group which included Egyptian side, Al Ahly; Lobi Stars of Nigeria and  Senegalese Club Jeanne d’Arc without losing a single game. With the top sides in the two groups qualifying for the final, Hearts faced Tunisian giants Esperance in a two-legged final. After winning the first leg in Tunisia 2-1 with goals from Ishmael Addo and Emmanuel Osei Kuffour, Hearts won the second leg 3-1 with both players getting on the scoresheet yet again (Kuffour with a brace). Kuffour scored 10 goals to finish as the tournament’s top marksman as Hearts won their first, and so far only, Champions League crown.2001 CAF Super CupHaving won the CAF Champions League the year before, Hearts of Oak earned the right to contest the CAF Super Cup against the winners of the African Cup WInner’s Cup, Egypt’s Zamalek.The side led by coach Cecil Jones Attuquayefio triumphed yet again, picking up a 2-0 win, with Charles Taylor and Champions League hero Emmanuel Osei Kuffuor finding the net.2004 CAF Confederation CupHaving been knocked out of the CAF Champions League that year at the Round of 16 stage, Hearts of Oak entered the new CAF Confederations Cup tournament at the Playoff stage. They earned a narrow 1-0 victory over Senegalese side AS Douanes after two legs to make it through to the group stages. Hearts won their group which included Cameroonian sides Coton Sport FC and Sable FC and South Africa’s Santos FC, winning four of their six matches. In the final, they face their fiercest rivals, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, with the tense first leg ending  1-1, after a late Louis Agyemang strike cancelled out Michael Osei’s goal for Kotoko.  In the second leg, another late Hearts goal, this time by Lawrence Adjah Tetteh stopped Kotoko from claiming the trophy after Charles Taylor had given them the lead. The match went to a penalty shootout with Edmund Owusu-Ansah and Amankwah Mireku missing the first kicks for both Kotoko and Hearts respectively. After both sides scored their next four penalties, the shootout went to sudden death, with both teams finding the net on their next three tries. Crucially, however, Joe Hendricks missed for Kotoko with Michael Donkor hitting the back of the net with his effort.2008/09 Ghana Premier LeagueKicking off the campaign with a 2-0 win at St Mirren and ending it with the same scoreline at home to the same team, Hearts of Oak were crowned Premier League Champions in July 2009.It wasn’t a walk in the park however as Hearts finished only three points clear of Asante Kotoko in second place. They started the season in fine form, winning nine of their first ten games, including a 2-1 win At Asante Kotoko and drawing the other. And despite losing 1-0 in Accra to Kotoko, Hearts eventually held on to capture their 20th league title. They have not won a league title since.2000 FA CupHeart of Oak’s run to the 2000 FA Cup was a long and tedious one as they beat Okwahu Youngsters (2-0), Hasaacas (5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw), B.A. United (1-0), and Dawu Youngsters (1-0) en route to the final. In the match against Okwahu United, goals from Ishmael Addo and Emmanuel Osei Kuffour gave Hearts a 2-0 winlast_img read more

GTU, MoE salary proposal negotiations stalled

first_imgNegotiations between the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) and the Ministry of Education (MoE) on a proposal to see teachers’ salary being increased by 25 per cent, among other demands, have been stalled to ensure that the Ministry fulfils its promises in the last agreement.This is according to President of the GTU, Mark Lyte. In an interview with this publication on Tuesday, he explained that this decision was made during a conference the GTU held in April from the 23 to 26.He was keen to note that this is the highest decision-making body for the Union and executives are required to follow these suggestions.“The position is that the conference which you know is a high decision-making body indicated that we shouldn’t proceed with the talks until we have all the outstanding matters addressed in the present agreement…we are putting our energies and time into ensuring that the few outstanding things are settled and after that we will go full speed ahead in terms of addressing the new proposal,” Lyte stated.He, nevertheless, assured that the Union and the Ministry have been engaging to ensure the outstanding matters are addressed.A few of those matters include debunching for teachers and non-payment of clothing allowance.In addition, the GTU Head said, “We are seeing some implementation of almost every other thing like the class size. We are having some issues with the Whitley Council and its interpretation but that is being addressed with the CEO [Chief Education Officer] presently, where some of the regions are not acting as they should in terms of allowing for the allowance to take effect, so we are addressing that”.Another issue had to do with the scaling of teachers but that too is being addressed presently, the executive pointed out.According to him, “The Ministry had to get information from each teacher to know which file they are in and at what stage of the scale they should be placed and that was completed so they are…some of the far-flung regions’ information was slow in coming but they are on course with getting that”.Lyte said he hopes to have these issues sorted out before the end of this term so that the Union can enter negotiations on the new proposal soon.Along with a 25 per cent salary increase, the Union has proposed that some of the already existing policies be maintained such as Whitley Council for three years, instead of four, and a few others.This proposal also requests that grants be given to schools instead of having materials supplied as complaints have been flagged in the past of sub-standard materials and cleaning suppliesIn addition to this, the GTU President disclosed that the Union also requested the maintenance of duty-free concessions in the existing categories.Moreover, the new proposal seeks to extend gratuity for persons leaving the profession before the age of 50 to 55, while the issue of class size for Special Needs Schools was highlighted.last_img read more