Jaguars confirmed winners of Digicel 4-day championship

first_imgST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Guyana Jaguars were confirmed as winners of the 2017-18 Digicel 4-Day Championship, after their nearest rivals Barbados Pride settled for a draw with Windward Islands Volcanoes in their rain-affected match on Sunday.Jaguars completed a nail-biting, two-wicket victory over Jamaica Scorpions inside three days in their eighth-round match on Saturday at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, taking them to an unassailable 135 points – with two rounds of games remaining.It is the fourth straight Headley/Weekes Trophy, symbol of WINDIES first-class supremacy, for the Jaguars, following in the footsteps of previous incarnations of the Pride and Scorpions.“As you can imagine, it’s a very good feeling for us to win the title for a fourth straight year,” said Jaguars captain Leon Johnson. “I am someone that delves into the history of the game – Barbados would have achieved this in the late 1970s, and Jamaica did it between 2008 and 2012.“We are only the third team to have achieved something like this in WINDIES first-class history. It is very pleasing to be part of it and to be at the helm for the fourth consecutive year of us winning this title. It is testament to our hard work. We have won it with two matches remaining, which is a feat in itself.”Barabdo Pride – second in the table on 75.2 points before the match – gained three batting points, three bowling points and 1.6 pace bowling points, moving them to 82.8 points – and no hope of surpassing the Jaguars in the final two rounds of matches.Volcanoes – last on 52.2 points entering the match – earned three bowling points and two batting points, plus 1.2 pace bowling points, taking them to 58.4 points.last_img read more

TASS scholarships available for women golfers

first_img2 Sep 2013 TASS scholarships available for women golfers England Golf has secured four places for young women golfers on the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) for 2013/14 and is seeking applications from students. TASS aims to help athletes to balance academic life with training and competition. It offers physical development and lifestyle support at centres across the country, which the successful applicants must be able to visit. Applications may be made by those who will be aged 17, or older, on 30 September, and includes second year A Level students as well as those taking university or college courses. Rebecca Wood, the England Golf Women’s Performance Manager, said: “These awards will provide fantastic strength and conditioning and physiotherapy and lifestyle support for players, providing that they can visit their local TASS site regularly.” The lead TASS hubs for 2013/2014 are: University of Manchester Sheffield Hallam University Loughborough University University of Birmingham University of Hertfordshire St Mary’s University College University of Southampton University of Bath The partner TASS Sites, which offer limited access to athletes, are: University of Northumbria Leeds Metropolitan University Liverpool John Moores University University of Essex University of Exeter TASS is a Government funded programme which represents a unique partnership between talented young athletes, National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) and the Higher and Further Education sector. Please click here for an application form. The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 25 September 2013. Image shows former TASS scholar Melissa McMahon of Dorset (© Leaderboard Photography).last_img read more

Gautam Gambhir not prioritizing India- Bangladesh match over worrying environmental pollution in Delhi

first_imgAdvertisement lweaxtlNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3b( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 624sWould you ever consider trying this?😱8ya1feCan your students do this? 🌚9zrRoller skating! Powered by Firework The former Indian cricketer, Gautam Gambhir is not prioritizing India- Bangladesh T20 match over worrying environmental pollution in Delhi. The pollution level in Delhi post Diwali becomes too high and it is serious problem to deal with. According to the former Indian cricketer, a cricket match is a very small issue in front of a big problem like environment pollution.Advertisement Gautam Gambhir has joined BJP after retiring from cricket. Now he is also a MP and certainly his views are getting affected with this position. BCCI scheduled the match at Arun Jaitley Stadium knowing the environmental pollution level in Delhi in this time of the year. According to Gautam Gambhir, BCCI should have thought of an alternative venue for this game where the players would feel comfortable to play.Advertisement The practice sessions of both the sides might be cancelled ahead of the match due to this condition. According to the former Indian cricketer, the state Government of Delhi should be more active in reducing the pollution level in Delhi. The central Government has always been very much serious about this. However, the pollution rate in this year is less than the previous years and Gambhir has thanked people of Delhi for this.Sourav Ganguly unhappy with the omission of Gill and Rahane from the ODI SquadAdvertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Meeting sought with Letterkenny bus operator over Long Lane ‘exclusion’

first_imgLetterkenny councillors are seeking a meeting with the operator of the Letterkenny Town Bus over issues with the route and service.A number of concerns about the local bus were highlighted at this month’s council meeting, while Cllr Gerry McMonagle claimed that the entire Long Lane area was being denied access to the service due to a past incident.“The operator is insisting that he won’t go up Long Lane and that’s exclusion,” Cllr McMonagle said. “A number of years ago there was a window broke on one of the buses on Long Lane by a young lad and there hasn’t been a recurrence.“There is no reason why this gentleman should be allowed to deny a large number of people because a window was broke four years ago.”Cllr McMonagle also questioned whether the operator is legally allowed to avoid a road under the licence granted by the local authority.Cllr Ciaran Brogan proposed that the council members meet with the operator to share the concerns of local residents who want to see the service improved. Meeting sought with Letterkenny bus operator over Long Lane ‘exclusion’ was last modified: November 12th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Top things we learned at 49ers HQ on Wednesday

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Jimmie Ward’s collection of broken bones and strained muscle seemed to embody the 49ers’ pain and suffering since his 2014 arrival. Times are different. Ward is healthy, he’s making plays and the 49ers are off to a 5-0 start.Sweet redemption?“No. We haven’t proved anything,” Ward said Wednesday. “I’ve only played in two games. We’re 5-0, that’s cool, but we still haven’t done anything yet.“Maybe if you catch me later on in the season and we’re in the playoffs and we win some …last_img read more

Former ICC chief Ehsan Mani advises PCB not to follow BCCI blindly

first_imgFormer International Cricket Council(ICC) chief Ehsan Mani has advised the Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) to refrain from blindly following the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI).The BCCI has invited Pakistan for a three-match One-Day International(ODI) series in December, ending the five-year hiatus.While it was PCB’s turn to host the series, the Pakistan board refused to go into the debate of revenue-sharing, saying its first priority was to revive cricket with India.The BCCI is expected to earn millions of dollars from the short series, gauged from the fact that television rights will be sold at an estimated 25 million dollars. The PCB, which is facing a budget deficit, will not get a share for the series.However, Mani added that the PCB should have been involved in decision making as well.”It is concerning to see that the BCCI solely took the decision. Their working committee discussed it and their board decided it on their own without consulting the PCB.They blindly followed what the BCCI conveyed to them. The officials showed a lack of competence by saying yes without putting forward the board’s point of view,” Mani said.”However, as far as the resumption is concerned, it will be good for world cricket, fans and help in bridging gaps between the two countries,” he added.last_img read more

Indian hockey team fails to make even semifinal grade of Fifth World Cup championship

first_imgIndia’s try for a goal against Australia: Another missed chanceIndia’s failure to make even the semifinal grade of the Fifth World Cup championship in Bombay casts a long shadow on the immediate future of the game in the country. Making it to the top four in the 12-nation contest would,India’s try for a goal against Australia: Another missed chanceIndia’s failure to make even the semifinal grade of the Fifth World Cup championship in Bombay casts a long shadow on the immediate future of the game in the country. Making it to the top four in the 12-nation contest would have given the much needed elbow-space and confidence the young and less experienced side is looking for.But that was not to be, and a touching irony is that Australia, the only team other than the hosts and Pakistan to play the traditional five-three-two-one pattern, sealed India’s fate on natural grass before a highly spirited and partisan crowd, that for once demonstrated nationalistic fervour by waving tricolours in a sports arena at the Wankhede Stadium.The home team lost both the crucial matches against Australia (1-2) and Holland (3-4) by the narrowest possible margins, but that was only a poor consolation for the team’s lack of cohesion and thrust in the attack which could have at least pushed India into the semi-finals.Easily, the major flaw was the lack of fluency in the half-line, notably on the left flank where veteran Onkar Singh failed to trap the ball well. He was indeed, a poor substitute for Bhaskaran. Incidentally. Bhaskaran’s name also served as a grim reminder of the much-vaunted Moscow Olympic victory of India which was possible only because of the impoverished nature of the contest with several of the top teams boycotting the games.Earnest Efforts: The country’s quest for retaining the World Cup the symbol of world hockey supremacy, began rather earnestly early last year soon after Inder Mohan Mahajan slipped into the saddle as the president of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF). His first act was to disband a camp for selecting the side to take part in the 1981 Pakistan International Airlines Champion’s Cup tournament since he felt a poor showing there may be a damper to a young aspiring squad.advertisementTo him, winning the World Cup. which India had won once at Kuala Lampur mattered more. The inter-zonal tournaments were revived for this purpose. A select 125 players from five zones were short-listed to 44. the number further pruned to 18 and sent on an experience gaining tour of Europe before playing against Pakistan last year-end. This has enabled the players to be together for more than six months before the World Cup contest.While this may have built up a spirit of camaraderie among the team-mates, it has not been equally matched by a consistent effort to combine and play as a well-knit side. Undoubtedly, this has contributed to the team’s undoing in the recent World Cup championship. In the inaugural match on December 29 against Malaysia, India trailed 1-2 rather shamefacedly at half-time and then slowly got back into the game in the second half and won the match 6-2.Right back Rajinder Singh converted three penalty corners in this match and ultimately scored eight of the 21 goals India got from its five pool ‘B’ fixtures. He finished as the second highest scorer at the end of the league matches behind Pakistan’s centre forward Hassan Sardar whose tally was nine.Limitations: India’s forward line, except for Mohammed Shahid and Merwyn Fernandes, was not sharp enough and did not show the emotive strike power largely because of an unstable defence, particularly the half line. Shahid may not have scored a goal but his slick movements and remarkable finesse showed that the graces of the game that India gave the world are still well preserved.In the half line Rajindra Pal Singh did well keeping to the pivotal position of centre-half, but his pushes to both flanks were not accurate enough. Both Rajinder Singh and skipper Surjeet Singh did not wilt under pressure particularly in the matches India lost. For their part the forwards tried to capitalise on their team’s limitations and tried in vain to force penalty corners in the match against Australia.The 7-2 win over USSR was convincing but the 4-2 victory over England was a laboured effort against a tough defence. Said a dejected skipper Surjeet Singh in the dressing room after the last pool match against Australia: “‘With a bit of luck we could have won this match and the earlier one on New Year’s day against Holland.” Added team Manager Jhamanlal Sharma: “There is no excuse. There is no reason for despair. Ours is a young side. We will try and try. Our training and coaching schedules have been systematic but with some more experience. India can steadily get back to the top.” Former Olympian Gurubux Singh also felt that the half line was particularly weak. Says Singh: “It is a paradox that in a championship of goals galore, our boys could not score because of a poor finish.”advertisementViewed in the context of the current performances, India’s prospects are not very bright. There is the additional problem of preparing the team to play on astro-turf at the Asian Games. Further, there will be a change in rule, effective October next, by which the ball cannot be stopped with the hand for taking a penalty corner push or drive.A member of the IHF selection committee told India Today: “The kind of training will change and so will the composition of the team to include those who can play the kind of game demanded by the astroturf.” This means India’s chances of regaining the Asian Games title are as wide open as the winning prospects at the start of the World Cup championship.last_img read more

California wineries assess wildfires longterm effects

first_imgNAPA, Calif. – A month after deadly wildfires swept through California’s famed wine country, hot-air balloons are floating again over Napa Valley vineyards splashed with fall colours. On the heels of the disaster, a new winery is opening, keeping the name it chose some time ago: Ashes and Diamonds.The fires had only a minimal effect on the area’s wineries, according to the Wine Institute, an advocacy and policy group. Of the 1,200 wineries in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino, about 10 were destroyed or heavily damaged, and 90 per cent of this year’s harvest already was complete, the institute said.Most vineyards were spared due to their high moisture content, and some even helped save surrounding structures by acting as fire breaks.But many operators are now grappling with other long-term effects from the fires that killed 43 people and wiped out 8,900 buildings: making up for losses from being closed at the busiest time of year, assessing the impact of smoke and other environmental damage on this year’s vintage, and persuading tourists to return after weeks of news coverage of the fires’ devastation.One of the most graphic scenes of destruction to emerge was that of the Signorello Estate winery engulfed in flames. Lost in the fire was the Napa winery’s signature stone hospitality building. A kitchen, corporate offices, a wine lab and owner Ray Signorello Jr.’s home also were destroyed.“We lost all our servers, systems, computers, the things we used to do business,” Signorello said. But he plans to rebuild and says he’s “trying to get people back to work.”At Cardinale Winery in Oakville, where just one Cabernet Sauvignon vintage is made from prized mountain appellations each year, winemaker Chris Carpenter is eyeing the grapes cautiously. He was a rare winemaker willing to say the fires’ effects would be felt for years, noting there also will be environmental issues to contend with.Only 50 per cent of Cardinale’s harvest was finished when the fires erupted, and he’s worried about smoke tainting what remains.“All the questions are unknown right now, and we hope to have a handle on that after fermentation,” Carpenter said.Carpenter said he had a chance to try some smoke-tainted wines in 2008, and they were not very pleasant – like a bacon-flavoured wine.“If we sense any of that, we won’t bottle,” he said.Things already appeared to be returning to normal for guests at Sonoma’s Gundlach Bundschu winery, where dozens of tourists soaked up the sun outside the tasting room a few weeks after the fires. Nearby blackened hills were the only visible reminder of what recently occurred.The winery celebrated its reopening with a community party that raised $16,000 for a fund to help fire victims, said sixth-generation vintner Katie Bundschu, who oversees marketing and sales.“It was a place to come and give each other hugs,” said Bundschu, whose own family has been dealing with the loss of her parents’ home.Now the push is on to lure visitors back to the three counties, which together saw more than $3.7 billion in tourism spending in 2016.Wineries are filling the pages of the San Francisco Chronicle with ads. “We are open and welcome you back to Napa!” read one. Some are donating their tasting room fees to wildfire relief charities.The state’s tourism commission, Visit California, is spending $2 million on an advertising campaign to encourage visitors to return.“Tourism is the wine country’s lifeblood,” said president and CEO Caroline Beteta. If the groups hosting fundraisers spread their goodwill across the region, she said, “I think they will be back and running and be able to host the world as they were before.”Once people understand everything is not burned down, tourism will return within a few months, said Eric Luse, the winemaker and owner of Eric Ross Winery in Glen Ellen.Standing outside his empty tasting room and looking at passing cars, he mused, “If you’re not optimistic, you are in the wrong business.”last_img read more

Ohio State field hockey wraps up home schedule with 2 weekend matches

OSU sophomore midfield Morgan Kile (8) carries the ball for the on Oct. 2 against Maryland at Buckeye Varsity Field. Credit: Whitney Wilson / Lantern photographerTime and change will surely show this weekend for the four seniors of the Ohio State field hockey team as they play their last two home games at Buckeye Varsity Field for senior weekend. As the season quickly approaches the long awaited tournament time, energy will be high as OSU (8-6, 4-2) faces off against No. 16 Northwestern (10-6, 3-3) on Friday and nonconference opponent California (9-5, 4-1) on Sunday. Coming off of their first win against Iowa on Sunday since 2010, the Buckeyes are moving forward toward with their eye on the Big Ten prize — especially the graduating players. Co-captains and seniors Peanut Johnson and Emma Royce said they look forward to wrapping up on a good note and expect everyone to truly give it their all. “I just want to leave with a good feeling,” Johnson said. “It’s the last two home games so everything’s sinking in, and I just definitely want to play the absolute best that I can”.Royce agrees, recalling her early years on the team when she gave her all for her older teammates.“I just remember when I was a freshman, sophomore, junior, having the feeling of wanting to give everything for those people who are about to leave,” Royce said. “So hopefully we see that extra push from them.”Northwestern’s strong season is being seen as welcome competition from the Buckeyes. OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said she looks for her team to stand up to the challenge. “I like our matchup with Northwestern because we usually have a really competitive game,” Wilkinson said. “We both have a lot at stake, it’s the Big Ten. If we can maintain possession and  finish our chances we’ll be all right.”The 19th-ranked Wildcats are coming off a shutout 3-0 victory against Michigan State on Sunday, leading with shots 25-1, and penalty corners 19-0. Their trek to Columbus on Friday will be their final Big Ten game of the season. Royce said she has no doubt that the Buckeyes are fully prepared both mentally and physically to successfully take on both the Wildcats and the Golden Bears this weekend. “Northwestern has a strong season every year, we’re by no means underestimating them,” Royce said. “But at the same time we have every faith that we’re going to come out with two wins this weekend.”The Buckeyes are set to face off against Northwestern on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and California at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.Senior spotlightPeanut Johnson, forward, Dayton, OhioTwo-time All-Big Ten selection Two-time second-team all-National Field Hockey Coaches Association West RegionHas started 56 of 69 career games with 33 goals and 20 assists for 86 pointsRanks ninth in the Big Ten in goals (nine)Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 16)Three times this year has had five points in a gameGoals in six games this year (OSU is 5-1 in those contests)Team captain in 2015Emma Royce, Back, London, England2013 Big Ten all-tournament teamTwo-time Big Ten preseason watch list choiceTwo-time team captainHas started 67 of 68 career gamesTeam leader this year with five assists13 goals and 12 assists in her career for 38 pointsFour multi-point games this year (OSU is 4-0 in those contests)Team captain in 2015Sydney Stype, goalkeeper, Upper Arlington, OhioThree-time Academic all-Big Ten (2012, 2013, 2014)Four-time NFHCA National Academic selection (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)Four-time OSU scholar athlete (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)Appeared in games during the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons.Annie VonderBrink, forward/midfield, Kettering, OhioAcademic all-Big Ten (2013)OSU scholar athlete (2012, 2013)NFHCA National Academic Squad (2012)Veteran of 40 career gamesTwo goals and two assists for six pointsScored this year in the season opener against Saint Louis. read more

Baseball Ohio State faces crucial Big Ten road test against Maryland

Ohio State junior infielder Conner Pohl (39) runs toward third base after a home run during the game against Michigan on April 12. Ohio State won 10-5. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThis weekend poses the red-hot Ohio State baseball team with an opportunity to climb the Big Ten ladder and produce fireworks with its bats.Ohio State (21-17, 4-5 Big Ten) will travel to take on Maryland (18-19, 5-4 Big Ten) in a pivotal series for conference positioning. The Buckeyes will take their recent winning ways and big bats up against the struggling Terrapins. “We got a big series in Maryland this weekend to climb the standings in the Big Ten,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. In order to improve their Big Ten record, the Buckeyes will look to keep their bats hot against a Maryland squad susceptible to the long ball.The Terrapins have surrendered 42 home runs this season; the weekend starters have contributed 15 to this total. The Buckeyes have launched 36 home runs on the season. Over the past six games, Ohio State has hit a homer eight times and scored an average of 7.33 runs per contest.“Everybody is just calm and relaxed right now, and it is a really good feeling going into the weekend,” Ohio State junior right fielder Dominic Canzone said. Maryland will come into the weekend on a two-game losing streak. The Terrapins will turn to their best pitcher on Friday to try to get out of their recent rut. Senior pitcher Hunter Parsons has excelled for Maryland. The Friday starter has a 2.95 ERA and has averaged more than seven innings pitched per start. Parsons has a 6-2 record on the season and a 3.06 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Senior John Murphy has made a team-high 16 appearances and has a 3.66 ERA with seven saves. He has struck out 31 batters in only 19.2 innings of work. On the offensive side, the Terrapins have struggled to find consistent hitting. The team is hitting a combined .235 batting average, while having only one player hitting above .275. Maryland freshman first baseman Maxwell Costes has carried the torch for the offense. Costes leads the team with a .281 batting average, and also has 30 RBI and six home runs on the year. Maryland, like Ohio State, has the ability to hit the long ball. The Terrapins have hit 37 home runs, but the Ohio State pitching staff has only allowed 22 home runs on the year. The Buckeyes have settled in these past six games. After dropping five consecutive games, they have responded by winning five of their past six. “I think we are moving in the right direction, and just keep that momentum going as much as we can,” redshirt senior senior pitcher Thomas Waning said. Ohio State will open the series against Maryland Friday at 6:30 p.m. in College Park, Maryland. This will be followed by a 2 p.m. game Saturday and a 1 p.m. finale on Sunday. read more