first_img(REUTERS) – Pakistan edged South Africa by 19 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method at Edgbaston yesterday to restore their Champions Trophy hopes as rain continued to wreak havoc with the tournament.Hasan Ali led a disciplined bowling display that helped Pakistan to restrict South Africa to 219 for eight wickets in their 50 overs and they were 119 for three in reply after 27 overs when rain stopped play.The match was abandoned two hours later, as the rain persisted, to hand Pakistan their first points of the tournament and leave them with a chance to go through to the semi-finals if they beat Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Monday in their last group game.Pakistan had lost to India in their opening match on Sunday, suffering a crushing 124-run defeat as they chased a rain-revised target.South Africa, who were the top-ranked one-day team going into the tournament, now face a tough fight with India at the Oval on Sunday if they are to advance.South Africa, Pakistan and Group B leaders India, who take on Sri Lanka in their second match today, are all tied on two points. The top two teams from each group progress to the semi-finals.Hasan Ali took two wickets in successive balls on his way to figures of 3-24 off eight overs while Junaid Khan and Imad Wasim also contributed with two wickets each.David Miller toiled to keep South Africa’s batting from not imploding further as Pakistan took regular wickets to shackle an impressive batting line-up.Miller finished not out on 75 off 104 balls after a dogged innings that included a 48-run partnership with Kagiso Rabada for the eighth wicket.South Africa suffered two ‘golden ducks’ with captain AB de Villiers dismissed with his first delivery for the first time in his ODI career, slashing the ball to Mohammad Hafeez at backward point, and Wayne Parnell also going first ball when he was clean-bowled by Hasan Ali.Morne Morkel came on as first change to remove both of Pakistan’s openers in his second over and reduce Pakistan to 41-2 in their reply. Debutant Fakhar Zaman went for 31 and was followed two balls later by Azhar Ali for nine.Morkel had Hafeez caught in the deep for a third wicket but by then Pakistan had accelerated the run rate and gone ahead of South Africa on the Duckworth/Lewis method.Inclement weather has produced two ‘no-result’ matches and interrupted others with a 20 percent probability of rain for today’s India v Sri Lanka showdown in London, according to forecasters.last_img read more

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoWith the news Thursday that senior guard Michael Flowers would be taking a temporary medical leave of absence from the University of Wisconsin basketball team, the emphasis placed on two sophomore guards in the Wisconsin backcourt increased significantly.Speaking Friday at the team’s media day, head coach Bo Ryan didn’t talk about Flowers’ absence except to say that his team would start addressing Flowers’ on-court absence at practice later that day.Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon — both of whom saw extensive action at times last season — will be looked to in the interim to run the offense.After playing on the second team in practice for almost all of last season, Hughes has quickly assimilated himself with the first team offense during practices so far this fall — literally.“Trevon Hughes is as quick a basketball player as I’ve ever seen, and I’ve had an opportunity to see some pretty quick players,” Ryan said. “He’s doing some things. … Now it’s just a matter of having the other guys catch up to him a little bit on some passes. … He can get to places that other people can’t.”Bohannon, who Ryan said was laid up for a time during the offseason, is just now rounding his game into shape.The two both showed flashes of great play at times last season. Hughes’ defense was integral in Wisconsin’s road win over Marquette, and Bohannon keyed the Badgers’ comeback that was for-naught against the Buckeyes, draining three 3-pointers in the second half and finishing with 11 points.With Flowers out, Hughes will likely be thrust into a leadership role and left to continue his development on the fly, which, he says, is not ideal.“No, it will definitely not help me, just being thrown into it. … Taking one guy out of the equation is gonna — it’s like a puzzle you’re trying to put together. It can’t happen,” Hughes said.“Without Michael right now, we’re going in with the effort and energy to become a better team,” Bohannon said. “When Michael gets back in the mix, we’ll be that much better of a team.”During the few instances last year when Bohannon and Hughes were on the floor at the same time, they seemed to have a connection and ability to find each other in open situations to make plays.“Me and Trevon are really close,” Bohannon said. “We understand each other’s play a lot, and we love playing with each other. It helped a lot last year, being able to play on scout team together, just get a feel for each other’s games.”One reason for that love of playing together is their complementary styles of play. Hughes’ slash-and-dish approach to the point guard position is a perfect match with a spot-up shooter like Bohannon.“It’s a shooter’s dream a lot of times,” Bohannon said. “Have a guy get in the paint like that and kick it out.“Mike (Flowers) and Trevon both did a great job of that, and we try to play off each others’ strengths.”At this point, it seems as if Flowers’ leave is likely not caused by any personal physical problems. Flowers was reportedly seen playing late-night basketball at the SERF Thursday night.Superman that BoBy the end of last week, the video of Ryan doing the dance to the Soulja Boy song “Crank That” that was shown during the “Night of the Grateful Red” had appeared on YouTube and started making the viral e-mail rounds.“I’m surprised it got out like that, because I never signed a release form,” Ryan joked. “I’ve got my lawyer on it, because all my guys back in Chester (Pa., Ryan’s hometown) got a hold of it on YouTube, and it’s going around.”Ryan claimed he was challenged to do the dance by his daughters, who were listening to the song on the home computer.After watching his daughters’ rendition of the dance, Ryan had to try for himself.“We were just clowning around in the Nicholas Johnson (Pavilion), and if it wasn’t for the pulled hamstring, I would have done it live,” Ryan said. “I’m sticking with that story.”“It’s surprising for somebody that old to do moves like that,” Hughes said.Asked after the Red-White scrimmage Sunday night to showcase the moves she taught her dad, Brenna Ryan politely declined.last_img read more

first_img Published on April 18, 2013 at 12:39 am Contact David: | @DBWilson2 Christmas Eve was decision day in the Megill household. Ray Megill was a star at Maryland in the mid-2000s, but Brian Megill would decide between Syracuse and UMD.He still has the wrapping paper in his room – Maryland on one side, SU on the other – listing the pros and cons for each school as he weighed his decision.“It was Syracuse, Maryland,” Brian said, using his hands to indicate SU sat just inches above UMD. “It was really right there. … It was a phone call away.”He could have followed in his brother’s footsteps and joined the Terrapins.He nearly did, too. His original plan was that if the list came out even, he would choose Maryland to live near his brother. But Ray never pushed him toward Maryland.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I told him, ‘Don’t make this decision because I’m here,’” Ray said. “ … I’m all about making your own decisions.”But Brian had his own plan in mind — he would join the Orange. Blaze his own trail. Create his own legacy.Four years later, Brian is nearing the end of one of the finest careers by a defender in Syracuse history. When the Orange travels to Washington, D.C., on Saturday for a 1 p.m. tilt with Georgetown, a game Ray had hoped to be in attendance for if not for a scheduling conflict, Brian will play the penultimate regular-season game of his storied SU career.A pair of All-Big East honors, an All-American honor and a Tewaaraton Trophy nomination already dot Megill’s sparkling resume, with more of the same likely to come at the end of this season. But none of it would have happened without his older brother.“He’s a huge influence. He’s the reason why I play lacrosse,” Brian said. “He’s also the reason I’m here at Syracuse and not at Maryland.”Ray’s career with the Terps was just as spectacular. He was a three-time All-American and set the standard for what a Megill could do on defense.But Brian never wanted to do just what his brother did. They played the same position, and a career with the Terrapins would have led to inevitable comparisons between the two. With the Orange, he could create his own legacy, and the one he’s made is just as spectacular as his brother’s.But they get it done in different ways. Brian plays an aggressive style. Ray was all about body positioning and creating opportunities in transition. But they’re both leaders.“We communicate a lot on the field,” Ray said. “We’re always vocal.”As a freshman, Brian started all 15 games for the Orange’s top-ranked defense. He started all 17 as a sophomore as SU again boasted a top-five defense.Then, Joel White and John Galloway graduated. Megill went from being a piece to being the focal point. And he’s performed splendidly.Aside from struggling in the Orange’s most recent game — a loss to Alex Love and Hobart — Megill has been nearly flawless, and has turned Syracuse’s defense into one of the best in the country, even playing in front of inexperienced goaltenders Bobby Wardwell and Dominic Lamolinara. It’s given him a chance to exhibit that Megill leadership.“It’s Megill’s defense, we both know that,” Lamolinara said. “We’re not trying to do anything more than we need to.”Brian’s eyes light up at the very mention of his older brother. The usually business-like defender can’t help but smile when he thinks about the profound effect Ray had on his life and lacrosse career.“He’s been a trailblazer for me,” Brian said. “As much as I say I don’t want to follow in his footsteps, I wouldn’t mind it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ From around the summer of 2009 until the spring of 2014, Mac Irvin’s Chicago-based AAU basketball team, the Fire, ended all its practices the same way: with a dunk from its 6-foot-4 center Amber Witherspoon.When the routine began, Irvin gave Witherspoon five attempts to dunk a volleyball. If she couldn’t convert, the team ran sprints. In a little over a year, Witherspoon dunked volleyballs with ease, and graduated to a full-sized basketball.“By the time she was a junior in high school, it became really consistent,” Irvin said. “I started to make her dunk with two hands. The one hand got a little easy for her, so I had to make it a little tougher.”A reserve center for No. 23 Syracuse (17-7, 7-4 Atlantic Coast), Witherspoon has played in 16 of SU’s 24 games. Though she averages just over five minutes a game, the freshman possesses a skill set that once led Orange head coach Quentin Hillsman to call her “the best natural athlete” in the entire 2014 high school class.When Irvin first saw Witherspoon in seventh grade, he saw what everyone else saw, and what years later Hillsman would see: a lanky center with a defensive prowess and an offensive game that lagged behind. Irvin saw a clean slate, someone who didn’t have any deficiencies. He saw the “gracefulness” of how she ran.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe thought to himself, “We can do some good things with this kid.”Irvin, whose program produced Jabari Parker and Jahlil Okafor on the men’s side, worked with Witherspoon every other day from seventh grade to her high school graduation. They worked on “Mikan Drills,” which help post players develop rhythm, time jumps for rebounding and score in the paint.Defensively, Witherspoon immediately became a forceful shot-blocker. Offensively, the long center lacked superior back-to-the-basket skills, so Irvin used her in pick-and-rolls with Linnae Harper — now a Kentucky guard — and took advantage of her height with over-the-top lobs.“She had pretty good timing and a lot of blocked shots,” Irvin said. “Offensively, she never brings the ball down. She keeps it high.”In an AAU tournament in Las Vegas before her senior year of high school, Witherspoon dunked in a game for the first time. The Fire was on a fast break, and the point guard threw an outlet pass up the right side. Out of nowhere, Witherspoon slashed down the middle, caught a pass in stride and dunked in rhythm.“The whole gym went crazy,” Irvin said.Witherspoon’s AAU development mimics her progression now at Syracuse. The center, who continues to work on her footwork with SU assistant Sasha Palmer, has eight points in 85 minutes and has shot just 2-of-8 from the free-throw line.For Hillsman, Witherspoon possesses the one attribute coaches can’t coach — athleticism. Witherspoon has had two blocks in a game three times and averages just over a rebound per game.“When I finally got to play and I started getting more comfortable with the different types of footwork, that’s when (I felt like I could compete in college),” Witherspoon said.And on the offensive glass, SU forward Taylor Ford said, she’s closer to 6 feet, 9 inches with her arms out.Then there’s the dunking factor, something that has never been done by an Orange player during Hillsman’s nine-year tenure. On Jan. 29, before Syracuse played then-No. 8 Louisville, Witherspoon showed a glimpse into the future and dunked during the Orange’s pregame warm-up.“You don’t see a lot of girls dunk,” Ford said. “I think if she were to do that in a game that would be fantastic. I think it would shock us and I think it would definitely shock the other team.” Comments Published on February 11, 2015 at 12:11 am Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edulast_img read more

first_imgSchmidt has named an experimental side for the non-capped fixture, which will represent a chance for the likes of Dan Tuohy, Luke Marshall, Craig Gilroy and Tadgh Furlong to make an impression on the Ireland coaching staff.Leinster’s Shane Jennings will captain a star-studded Barbarians selection on what will be his final game before retirement.Kick-off tonight in Limerick is at 7.45.last_img

first_imgA Spokesperson for the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Kofi Asare Brako, has blamed the failure to pay the outstanding salary of former head coach, Kwesi Appiah on economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic which has caused financial constraint on the ministry.Appiah is owed $185,000 in salary arrears from his time as Black Stars coach and has been on the neck of the Sports Ministry for his money.But according to Asare Brako, salaries of coaches have always been paid through sponsorship packages but the case of James Kwesi Appiah not receiving his money is due to the ripple effects of COVID-19.“The salary of the head coach of the Black stars has always been paid through a sponsorship package, and it is unfortunate this has now dragged into the period of the coronavirus pandemic,” Kofi Asare told BBC Sport Africa.“We have paid him for the two-year contract period of 24 months. What is left is the extended contract period of eight months, of which we have already paid three months.”“We are still in touch with the former coach and in no time we will pay him. Soon, all money will be paid to Appiah.”The 59-year-old coach, who led the Black Stars of Ghana at the 2014 World Cup, has told BBC Sport he is prepared to take his claim to football’s world governing body FIFA if he does not receive his money soon.“I gave the GFA a three-month deadline (earlier this year) but neither the GFA nor the Sports ministry has met with me,” Appiah said.Brako has refuted Appiah’s claims stating his outfit is in touch with the former head coach of the Black Stars/“I can say categorically that the chief accountant of the Ministry of Youth and Sports has been in constant communication with Appiah,” Brako added.“We are still in talks with him. If we have to structure a payment plan, we will do that but if he insists we have to pay all at once we have no choice but to do it.”The Ministry of Youth and Sports has not given an exact time frame as to when Appiah’s salary will be paid but Brako assures it will be paid ‘soon’.Appiah’s contract was not renewed following his team’s disappointing outing at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations where the Black Stars exited in the Round of 16.Ghana was the first team to ever reach four Nations Cup titles but have not won the trophy since 1982.BackgroundFormer head coach of the Black Stars, James Kwesi Appiah earlier this year stated that he is owed $185,000, most of which cover five months’ unpaid salary.Appiah’s outstanding payment of $185,000 equates to five times his monthly salary of $35,000 in addition to a $10,000 bonus for beating Sao Tome prior to his contract expiring in December 2019.last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The League of Women voters is inviting residents to celebrate their love for the cause this Valentine’s Day.On Friday, the organization will host an open house at the Alpena County Library to celebrate the 100th year of the League. Topics to be discussed include the census, voting rights, and redistricting. Voter applications and registrations will also be available, along with post cards to send to state and national legislators.The league is non–partisan and supports, nor opposes candidates. Again, the meeting is this Friday, February 14 at the library from 1 until 3 p.m.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena County League of Women Voters, Alpena County Library, League of Women Voters, Open HouseContinue ReadingPrevious Boys and Girls Clubs closes for deep clean during flu seasonNext No license needed to fish this weekendlast_img read more

first_imgThe investigation into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 soccer World Cups found no significant evidence of corruption that would cause Russia, which will stage the 2018 tournament, or Qatar, which will do so in 2022, to lose the right to host.Hans-Joachim Eckert, the German judge who heads the adjudicatory arm of FIFA’s ethics committee, released a report on Thursday after reviewing the work of Michael J. Garcia, a former United States attorney and the head of the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee. In his 42-page summary of Garcia’s report, which is said to be more than 400 pages, Eckert wrote that while Garcia found some potential ethics violations by Qatar and Russia, the discoveries were “far from reaching any threshold that would require returning to the bidding process, let alone reopening it.”In fact, the heaviest criticism with regard to ethical violations during the bidding process was directed at two losing bids: England’s attempt to stage the 2018 tournament, and Australia’s bid for the 2022 event. The United States, which bid to host the tournament in 2022, was not found to have committed any significant wrongdoing.Eckert indicated in his report that Garcia should bring charges against individuals suspected of committing violations but closed the investigation into the bidding process as a whole. FIFA issued a statement saying it welcomed the opportunity to pursue planning for the two tournaments, though it still remained unclear when the Qatar tournament would be played.Holding the tournament in the summer, its traditional period of play, is now seen as unfeasible in Qatar, meaning that a winter tournament — possibly as late as November and December of 2022 — is a possibility.Eckert’s report did little to quell criticisms of FIFA’s transparency, and it will almost certainly increase pressure to release the findings of Garcia’s full investigation. While Garcia and other soccer officials have called for Garcia’s report to be made public (with appropriate redactions), Eckert has said that confidentiality issues preclude that from happening. In his summary, Eckert reiterated that full publication of the investigative report was “impossible.” The voting in 2010 on which countries would host the two tournaments was seen as strange from the beginning. Voting on two World Cup hosts simultaneously was unprecedented, and many thought it invited vote-trading. A report about a cash-for-votes scheme appeared in the British newspaper the Sunday Times before the voting was even conducted. Those revelations led to the suspension of two members of FIFA’s executive committee before the vote.In considering the 2018 host, the 22-member committee went through two rounds of balloting before Russia received the necessary 12 votes to win the bid. The other candidates were England; a joint bid from Spain and Portugal; and a dual application by the Netherlands and Belgium.When it came to the vote for the host of the 2022 tournament, four rounds of voting were required before Qatar received 14 votes. It edged out the United States, which received eight votes. South Korea, Japan and Australia were eliminated in earlier rounds.Continue reading the main storyBoth selections were notable — Russia will be the first country in Eastern Europe to host the event, and Qatar will be the first nation in the Middle East to do so and the surprising results quickly led to questions about the bidding and voting process.News media reports about impropriety began to trickle out almost immediately, and it quickly became difficult to keep track of just who was accusing whom of what. Two members of the selection committee — Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago and Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar — were later removed amid allegations of unethical behavior, including payments from Bin Hammam to Warner and others. In an odd twist, another member of the executive committee, the American Chuck Blazer, reported Bin Hammam and Warner to FIFA’s ethics committee. Two years after emerging as a whistle-blower, however, Blazer was suspended by FIFA for “various breaches of the code of ethics.”In all, at least six of the 22 voters who awarded the next two World Cups have been connected to serious allegations of impropriety. In the years since, FIFA has changed the voting process to involve all 209 member nations, as opposed to only the executive committee.Garcia, who became known for prosecuting the former governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, spent millions of dollars in his investigation of FIFA, gathering evidence and conducting interviews all over the world. He did not have subpoena power and at times encountered resistance from FIFA officials, who for years have been plagued by allegations of corruption. Three members of the executive committee declined to participate in his investigation, the report said, and two others could not be contacted.As recently as June, Franz Beckenbauer, a former star player for Germany and a member of the executive committee, was suspended by FIFA’s ethics committee after refusing to answer questions from Garcia. Beckenbauer subsequently agreed to respond.last_img read more

first_imgHead of the Local Black Stars management committee Fred Pappoe says they might boycott the upcoming COSAFA Cup in South Africa if Xenophobic attacks get worse.Foreigners in the Southern African country have suffered anti-immigrant violence with at least seven people reported dead.Despite word by some Ghanaians and the South Africa Football Federation that all is well with expatriate players, Pappoe insists they will not hesitate to forgo the competition if the situation escalates“We have not heard anything from the organisers except a message on their task from SAFA which was issued last week,” said Pappoe in an interview with Joy sports“It is not a competitive tournament but a preparatory tournament that we have been invited to so it is not like an extremely important event that if we are not able to participate in, it will have any consequences, it is good if it comes on.“Nobody will sacrifice his life for the tournament; if it comes on fine but if it doesn’t we can go on. “The important thing is that our preparations are on course and geared towards our qualifier against Ivory Coast in October.”Meanwhile Zimbabwe’s Football Association (ZIFA) says it will send a team to the tournament despite the ongoing attacks on foreigners which have been condemned across the world.The COSAFA is one of a kind on the international calendar, given that no other regional event can boast a similar longevity or as wide a reach as the event.COSAFA member countries are Angola, Botswana, the Comoros Islands, Lesotho Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, the Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.last_img read more

first_imgSecurity video from St. Coleman Church on Pompano Beach shows a man tackling a deacon during a Saturday evening mass.Several other churchgoers ran to help as the man wrestled with the deacon on the floor.28-year-old Thomas Eisel was arrested on charges of battery and disturbing the peace.A Broward County judge ordered Eisel held without bond for violating his probation in a Volusia County case.It is unclear why Eisel attacked the deacon. The Archdiocese of Miami told WSVN the deacon suffered some bruises but is otherwise OK.last_img read more