first_imgA DAY of exciting doubles culminated last evening with the Guyanese pair of Jody-Ann Blake and Trenace Lowe battling to a second-place finish in the final of the Women’s doubles, a part of the 61st Senior Caribbean Table Tennis Championships, which is currently being played at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.Along with silver from Lowe and Blake, the host nation recorded two more medals yesterday. Lowe and Christopher Franklin finished with a Mixed doubles bronze after making it to the semi-final of that competition. Joel Alleyne and Nigel Bryan finished with a bronze in the Men’s doubles.Both bronze medal games were close battles. The two Guyanese captains, Lowe and Franklin, had the best chance of advancing to another final.The pair were actually ahead at 10-8 in the fifth set, but the Dominicans, Esmerlyn Castro and Isaac Vila, rallied back to close the game at 12-10. Incidentally, the same pair won the finals of the competition later in the night against Cubans Livan Martinez and Carrazana Fonseca.Jody-Ann Blake (right) goes for the kill during the women’s final last night.In the quarter-final, Franklin and Lowe had defeated the Barbados pair of Mark Dowell and Anthonette Riley (11-5, 11-6, 11-6).Guyana’s other strong teams in the competition were knocked out in the quarterfinals. Dominicans Santos Emil and Eva Brito defeated Bryan and Blake 3-1, while Joel Alleyne and Nathalie Cummings lost to Martinez and Fonseca by a similar margin.Meanwhile the pair of Bryan and Alleyne lost to Emil Santos and Samuel Galvez 3-1 in the Men’s semi-finals last night.The visitors stormed to an 11-6 win in the opener, but then the Guyanese pair, led by a pumped-up Alleyne rallied back to score six unanswered points.They closed that game at 11-6 after leading 9-3. In the third game, the home team led briefly before the Dominicans stormed back to an 11-7 win. The visitors looked set to finish the match with the score at 10-6 in the fourth game, but the local pair rallied back and scored three unanswered points before an unforced serving error by Bryan ended the battle.In the final, Dominicans Brito and Castro (who had just finished the Mixed doubles final) were able to muscle past Lowe and Blake 3-0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-8).Today the competition continues with the U-21 and Masters competitions.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The rambunctious middle-aged man in front of me ran his hands through his hair in one slick motion. Hunched over, he let out an agitated scream.Josh Hart had just flushed home a dunk, giving Villanova an improbable 25-7 lead. This wasn’t why he paid to come to the game. It certainly wasn’t the version of Syracuse basketball that he expected to see.Just six minutes later, though, he turned to me again, grinning and straining his neck to get a good angle. This was more like it.“Someone decided to wake up the high-schoolers,” he said in a dry manner.SU’s ghastly opening act quickly disappeared, and the No. 2 Orange (12-0) played the part of the second best team in the country, bulldozing No. 8 Villanova (11-1) 78-62 at the Carrier Dome. With the convincing come-from-behind win, Syracuse proved that it really is a legitimate top-five team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis was the staple win SU needed to cement itself as one of the nation’s premier, top-echelon teams. Baylor, Indiana and St. John’s are all good teams, but Villanova’s a great team. And, like Jerami Grant candidly said afterward, the Orange is even better.“To be able to come out and get some stops and get some big buckets,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said, “it showed a lot about us tonight.”This signature win, complete with its old-time Big East feel and memorable 20-0 run, showed more about Syracuse than any other win has this season.It wasn’t just that the Orange won. It was the manner in which it did so.Going on a 40-12 run is nearly unheard of in college basketball. To do it against a Villanova team that’s beaten Kansas and Iowa is incredible.A few games into the season, Jim Boeheim called media picking Syracuse to go 29-2 “the height of foolishness.” When SU squeezed out a 68-63 win over an athletic, pesky St. John’s team at Madison Square Garden, Boeheim still said Syracuse wasn’t a good team.“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Boeheim said. “I think we can become a good team, but right now we’re rated high because we started off high and everybody else has lost.“That doesn’t mean you’re good, it just means other teams have lost a game or two.”But after Saturday’s masterpiece, I’m sold. This team’s for real. No one ever questioned Syracuse was a top-15 or top-20 team. People did question whether it was a top-five team — and now that question has a clear answer.Absolutely.With an elite backcourt in sharpshooter Cooney and court general Tyler Ennis, highlight-reel forward Grant and one of the most reliable forwards in the nation in C.J. Fair, Syracuse makes a case for being as good as any team in the country.Against Villanova, Cooney hit five 3s and forced three steals. Ennis had 20 points and no turnovers.Cooney has now canned five or more treys in seven games this year and is shooting a staggering 50.6 percent from downtown, compared to 26.7 percent last season. Ennis has 61 assists compared to just 13 turnovers, and is the only player in the NCAA’s top-100 assist list with fewer than 15 turnovers.“I thought Trevor and Tyler were the difference today,” Boeheim said after the game. “They were absolutely tremendous today.”When teams key in on Ennis and Cooney, Fair’s still there. He casually had 17 points on Saturday. It’s a menacing big three – one that accounted for 58 of Syracuse’s 78 points against ‘Nova.And the big three that prompted the guy in front of me to turn once more, when the game was out of reach, and offer headline suggestions.“Holiday gift,” he bellowed, turning to his friends and guffawing.But the comeback wasn’t a gift, my friend. It was an indication of just how explosive Syracuse really can be.The first nine minutes were the anomaly. The last 31 were a sign of things to come.That deficit was exactly what the Orange needed. An adverse situation, as Boeheim dubbed it. A chance to show the country its remarkable potential.Watch out, folks. Syracuse is for real.Trevor Hass is an asst. sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at or on Twitter at @TrevorHass. Comments Published on December 29, 2013 at 3:27 pmlast_img read more

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Having completed a year of corporate integrations and co-synergies, FTSE100 Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) is looking forward to the Cheltenham Festival 2017, in which the company will display its combined corporate efficiencies.This morning PPB governance published its ‘Preliminary Results’ for full-year 2016, which outlined a proforma ‘double-digit growth across all four operating divisions’, with PPB group revenues hitting £1.5 billion.Further top-line metrics published by the operator saw proforma EBITDA up 35% to £400 million aided by an operating margin increase to 26%. PPB governance would report an underlying group operating profit of £330 million (331p per share respectively).For statutory purposes, PPB would post a group loss of £5.7 million as the company absorbed 2016 merger costs and expenses. The enlarged enterprise would disclose that it had paid out £116 million in cash expenses during 2016.Despite the merger costs incurred, PPB governance remains confident of its future performance as it would declare a 165p per share dividend payback to its investors.Looking forward, PPB governance stated that group integration would continue throughout 2017, as it seeks to bring out the best dynamics out of the two legacy firm’s operations.In its strategic update to investors, PPB governance would present three core group focuses for 2017 which it believes will help the group achieve long-term success. PPB governance outlinedCapitalising on the PBB groups enhanced scale. Both internally for its combined operations and externally for customer products and pricing.Combining best individual Legacy assets. Continuing its ongoing group review, PPB will integrate best individual technologies, operational processes and capabilities for group’s combined strategy. Optimising its brand position within the UK & Ireland. PPB seeks to cement its place a UK market leading bookmaker group.Breon Corcoran, Paddy Power Betfair Chief Executive, commented on 2016 corporate performance“2016 was a transformational year for Paddy Power Betfair with much of the integration of the businesses completed sooner and more efficiently than expected.”“The integration of our technology platforms is on track and customers are already seeing some benefits, including more markets and better odds. In keeping with our dual brand strategy, we are serving different parts of the market with distinct value propositions.”“For instance, at Cheltenham next week Paddy Power has a generous money back offer for second place and Betfair will reward winners with a free bet offer and exceptional odds.”” We have created a business with considerable scale that is stronger and better able to compete than either of the individual legacy companies. The Group is well positioned to deliver sustainable, profitable growth”. Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Share Submit ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020last_img read more

first_imgAlabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa did not have one single-defining moment in 2018 while leading the Crimson Tide to a 13-0 record and fifth consecutive trip to the College Football Playoff.Tagovailoa enjoyed that moment last year with a game-winning touchdown pass on second-and-26 for a 26-23 victory against Georgia in the national title game. That’s one he might never top for the rest of his career. Tagovailoa, however, enjoyed a full-fledged breakout season as the sophomore quarterback of the Crimson Tide. He finished with 3,353 passing yards, 37 touchdowns (to just four interceptions) and a 202.3 quarterback rating. He didn’t throw his first interception until November, and threw just eight passes in the fourth quarter all season. For his efforts, Tagovailoa is the 2018 Sporting News Player of the Year.MORE: Tagovailoa is redefining the Alabama dynastyWhere is that moment, however?”It’s kind of true but that’s just because (Alabama was) so dominant,” SEC Network analyst Tim Tebow told Sporting News. “Usually that moment is in a close game in a fourth quarter and someone will say it’s an amazing highlight play people will remember forever.”Tagovailoa’s last moment — where he left the SEC championship game with an ankle injury — opened the door for Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray to win the Heisman Trophy in a close race. The two quarterbacks can settle that when No. 1 Alabama takes on No. 4 Oklahoma in the national semifinal at the Orange Bowl.Perhaps Tagovailoa can add that defining moment there. In the meantime, Tebow can think of two.”If you had to pick one, I would go with his first drive of the season against Louisville where he spun around and threw a touchdown or his run against LSU to seal the game,” Tebow said.Of course, Tagovailoa had to win the starting job first. He beat out Jalen Hurts in fall camp and set the tone for the season on the opening drive against Louisville. His first touchdown pass, where he spun away from a defender and heaved an 11-yard touchdown to Biletnikoff Award winner Jerry Jeudy, marked the beginning of an incredible year for Alabama’s offense. The Crimson Tide ranked second in the FBS with 47.9 points per game.That dominance continued through October when Tagovailoa led the Crimson Tide to a 58-21 victory against Tennessee, which included a perfectly placed 77-yard touchdown connection to Jaylen Waddle. Tagovailoa raved about the offense after that victory.”I’m very confident,” Tagovailoa said. “It makes it more fun. Things are so much more fun when you don’t have one person to throw to. When you have guys at running back that can make plays for you as well, I mean this is — this is — this is just fun out here.”Then there’s Tagovailoa’s 44-yard run against No. 4 LSU on Nov. 3, which clinched a 29-0 victory — and left a lasting impression on LSU safety Grant Delpit.”I was blitzing on some plays, he saw me and wasn’t even worried about me, already knew I was coming,” Delpit told SN. “He’s just a student of the game and probably the best quarterback I’ve played against so far.”Of course, Tagovailoa dealt with knee, thigh and ankle injuries in the last month of the season, and Hurts came on in relief in a 35-28 victory in the SEC championship game. Tagovailoa should be ready for the Orange Bowl, however, and that will be a chance to show his regular-season body of work wasn’t a fluke. He’ll have another chance to produce that elusive “moment” in the Playoff: the one where he holds up the championship trophy.”You can look at the numbers and see what he’s done,” Alabama running back Josh Jacobs said. “They speak for themselves. He’s an amazing player. He’s surrounded by a group of amazing players. So, when you combine all of that, it’s special.”Sporting News’ Zac Al-Khateeb contributed to this report.last_img read more

first_imgOpen house at 416 GardnerAn open house is being held at 416 Gardner in Wellington Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The home is a two-story home with five bedrooms, three baths, custom cabinets, granite counter tops, two living areas, formal dining and eating space in the kitchen. It is a rare find in Wellington — a newer home with no specials.The open house is being conducted by Coldwell Banker Plaza Real Estate. See map below.For more information contact Shannon Gaskill at 316-200-2136 or e-mail her at read more

first_imgFormer Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja is requesting a new trial in fatal shooting of stranded motorist Corey Jones nearly five years ago.In so doing, he reportedly is planning to use a dozen reasons to justify the need for another chance to prove his innocence in the courtroom.His primary argument is that the killing was “justifiable” in his job as an officer, a claim the jury never considered during last year’s trial, based on a judge’s ruling.Eric Schwartzreich, a criminal defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale, says Raja’s two felony convictions and 25-year prison sentence could be overturned because of that issue.“It’s a winner-winner, chicken dinner, it’s their ace in the hole,” adds Schwartzreich.Raja’s appellate lawyer began the process last month by submitting a 75-page request to the 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach. The state Attorney General’s office has several months to respond, although it will likely be another year before a three-judge panel makes a final decision.The 42-year-old Raja is currently being held at a state prison in Ocala, as the first Florida officer in about 30 years to be convicted for an on-duty shooting.Raja and Corey Jones came face to face on the night of Oct. 18, 2015, on a southbound Interstate 95 exit-ramp in Palm Beach Gardens.The 31-year-old Jones was waiting for a tow truck for his disabled SUV, when Raja approached him dressed in plain clothes while working on a car burglary operation at 3:15 a.m.During questioning, Raja said he first thought Jones’ Hyundai Santa Fe was abandoned.Ultimately, the jury rejected Raja’s self-defense claim of being threatened at gunpoint after telling Jones he was an officer. He told investigators that he left his badge and police vest in his unmarked van.PBGPD ID officer who shot, killed Corey Jones as Norman Raja; was on duty, in plain clothes, unmarked police vehicle— WPTV (@WPTV) October 19, 2015 Prosecutors used Jones’ recorded call for roadside assistance to show that Raja acted aggressively by walking toward Jones with a gun while using profanities.Jones, who worked as a Delray Beach city housing inspector, was hit by bullets in each arm, and by a fatal shot that tore through his heart and both lungs. His licensed .380-caliber handgun gun, which prosecutors said he had only for protection, was found 41 yards from his body, and was never fired.Raja was found guilty on two charges. One of the convictions is for manslaughter by culpable negligence, while the other is for attempted first-degree murder, for bullets that missed hitting Jones.Attorney Steven Malone, who is handling the appeal, feels that the appeals court should throw out at least one of the convictions.“Dividing the homicide into two charges, resulting in two convictions and sentences for the same conduct violates” the law, Malone writes.The main claim in Raja’s appeal is a challenge to a ruling by Judge Marx, which had prevented the jury from considering whether the situation was “justifiable use of force by a law enforcement officer” under state law.Prosecutors say the officer was not trying to make an arrest, and therefore should not be protected by that law.They write, “no facts were presented whatsoever which would create a jury question on the issue of whether the defendant was making an arrest at the time he shot and killed Mr. Jones.”“He made a decision to shoot first and ask questions later … disgracing the badge that men and women wear,” the prosecutor added, blasting Raja as a “reckless killer.”John Kazanjian, president of the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association, says the union remains 100 percent behind Raja and will continue to pay his legal expenses.last_img read more

first_img Four England Golf regional coaches are among the first group of PGA professionals in the UK to complete a new, top-level coaching qualification. The four, who all coach U16 squads, are: Steven Orr, the South East boys’ coach; David Brooks, the West Midlands boys’ coach; Sam Johnston, the West Midlands girls’ coach; and Alex Saary, the South girls’ coach. They’re among a dedicated group of seven PGA professionals who have achieved the Level 4 Certificate in Coaching Golf while fulfilling busy day-to-day roles. Nigel Edwards, the England Golf Performance Director, said: “I am delighted for Alex, David, Sam and Steve. They will have put a huge amount of effort and dedication into gaining this qualification and I am sure they will benefit greatly from the whole process. “It’s always great to see coaches looking to progress and develop their skill set for the benefit of the golfers they coach.” The PGA launched the qualification in conjunction with the University of Birmingham to develop coaching expertise and specialist knowledge and skills. The success of the first seven reflects the ever increasing level of coaching standards among PGA pros who fulfil a range of commitments from grass roots through to European Tour and world level. The four England coaches have all spoken about their experience on the course. Steven Orr is England Golf’s 2015 coach of the year. He is a PGA Advanced Fellow and director of coaching at the Cranfield Golf Academy in Sussex where he is responsible for 18 coaches. His success with the Level 4 qualification has spurred him on to take a PhD. He commented: “It’s probably the best thing I’ve done. I think the reason for that is that it caused me to step back and look at my coaching and look at it as a whole, how I make decisions and why I do what I do.” David Brooks is a PGA Advanced Professional based at The Warren Golf Club, Essex, and the lead coach with Essex Golf Union. He has also built on his Level 4 achievement, by completing a Masters in Sports Coaching on developing mental toughness in young golfers.  He remarked: “Coaching for me has always been about making informed decisions and the more you can make those decisions when they are informed by research and experiences, the better.” Sam Johnston is based at Tidbury Green Golf Club in Solihull. He rated the level 4 course as tough but enjoyable. “It’s easy to carry on in your own bubble,” said Johnson. “But the course forced you to step out of your own comfort zone. It looked outside of golf as well and learning how other sports work was invaluable.” Alex Saary, of the West London Golf Centre in Middlesex, is a PGA Advanced Professional and head county coach for Middlesex. He said: “One of the biggest things I’ve learned is the importance of getting to know the pupil at a deeper level, understand where they are coming from and understand their world more thoroughly and in the process give them a programme more bespoke to them.” The other three professionals who have completed the Level 4 qualification are: Greg Brodie (Foxhills, Surrey), Ben Knight (Chartham Park, Sussex) and Rick Valentine (Loretto School, Musselburgh). Caption: (standing from left) Sam Johnston and Steven Orr; (sitting from left) Alex Saary and David Brooks. (Image © Leaderboard Photography) 1 Mar 2016 Top qualification for England Golf regional coaches last_img read more

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Madigan Army Medical CenterMilitary beneficiary students at River Ridge High School in Lacey can now access healthcare on campus.Madigan Army Medical Center’s new school-based health clinic at River Ridge is a comprehensive, primary care clinic staffed with a nurse practitioner, a nurse and administrative staff who specialize in taking care of teenagers. This service is available to DEERS eligible Tricare beneficiaries at no cost to the student or the school. The school supports this program by providing space to Madigan staff for the clinic and in marketing and outreach efforts to eligible students.“We are committed to keeping students in school, on time, all day, everyday! By providing access to medical services on-site, we are better supporting our students and their parents by reducing the time away from school for routine medical appointments,” said Dr. Debra Clemens, Superintendent for North Thurston Public Schools. “At River Ridge High School approximately 40 percent of our students are military connected; therefore, the classroom truly becomes the clinic’s waiting room. This expansion of services would not be possible without our strong partnership with Madigan Army Medical Center.”Students can be seen for acute, minor and chronic illnesses, sports physicals, immunizations, and to manage long-term medications such as those for asthma and allergies. In addition, students can access counseling for behavioral health concerns, as well as laboratory and basic pharmacy services.“We are excited to directly enhance the readiness of our military parents by providing this high quality, convenient service to their families,” said Col. (Dr.) Keith Lemmon, the medical director for Madigan’s School Based Health System. “We have great data supporting Soldier readiness improvement, improved quality of care in school clinics, and high student and family satisfaction with the program.”All Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System enrolled active duty or retiree dependent teenagers attending River Ridge High School are eligible for the school-based healthcare services.A kick-off event for the opening of the Madigan school-based health clinic is scheduled for Tuesday, October 16 at 8:45 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the River Ridge auditorium located at 350 River Ridge Dr. SE, in Lacey.School-based health clinics for military-connected students are also in place in the Bethel, Clover Park, Steilacoom and Puyallup school districts.To see photos of the ceremony, please visit read more

first_imgSON HEUNG-MIN will be forced to self-isolate for two weeks on his return from South Korea over continued fears surrounding the coronavirus.The Tottenham star was given permission to return to his homeland last month to undergo surgery for the broken arm he sustained in the 3-2 win over Aston Villa on February 16.2 Son Heung-min will self-isolate on his return to the countryCredit: ReutersThe 27-year-old flew to Seoul, just 150 miles from two of the worst affected areas in the country, for the operation before government protocols on travel to and from South Korea were introduced.Son had wanted the same surgeon who helped him recover from a similar injury he suffered in 2017 that left him with a metal plate in his right arm.Boss Jose Mourinho said: “I think the normal advice comes from the authorities, comes from the government. I’m not going to make any comment, I’m nobody, I’m no specialist.”I just get the legal advice and what my club gets from authorities, and of course we follow everything.”That’s why I’m saying that Sonny when he’s back from Seoul we will have to follow the protocols and we are not going to have him immediately here.(Where he will be?) “I don’t know how to be specific with that, I just know we have to follow some safety protocols.”Sonny when he’s back from Seoul we will have to follow the protocols and we are not going to have him immediately hereJose Mourinho on Son Heung-minSon is currently recuperating in Korea and is due back in England this week.Yet the former Bayer Leverkusen ace will be kept away from Tottenham’s Enfield training ground for two weeks as he regains fitness.Son had initally been ruled out of action for the rest of the season with a fracture he sustained in the win at Villa Park when colliding with Ezri Konsa.But Mourinho has now revealed that he could feature at some point with a cast.He added: “That’s another hope but of course we’re far from it.”Mourinho is already without Harry Kane until the final weeks of the season at the very earliest, following a hamstring injury on New Year’s Day.However, SunSport revealed that the England captain is targeting a return in early April as he bids to play in Euro 2020 this summer.Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticMAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesMeanwhile, the Premier League may be forced to hold emergency crisis talks to decide whether Liverpool can be crowned champions if coronavirus wipes out the end of the season.The Reds are currently just 12 points away from clinching their first title since 1990, which will become nine should Manchester City lose a game.While there is no suggestion the campaign will be axed, there is no contingency plan in the league’s own regulations which addresses what would happen if the season had to be scrapped before it is completed.Harry Kane shares training video and insists he is ‘making gains’ after injury in huge boost to Tottenham and Englandlast_img read more