Update on the latest sports

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — A White House spokesman has confirmed that President Donald Trump will attend NASCAR’s season-opening Daytona 500. He is scheduled to spend part of the Presidents Day weekend at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida.The President will serve as grand marshal and give the command for drivers to start their engines. He’s the first sitting president since George W. Bush in 2004 to attend the race.The Federal Aviation Administration issued a flight restriction for Sunday. The U.S. Secret Service also tweeted to fans that drones are prohibited within 30 miles of the race in Daytona Beach, a restriction put in place for presidential visits. — Right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker says he is fully recovered and excited to be back with his original team, the Seattle Mariners. Walker has appeared in only four games since undergoing Tommy John surgery in April 2018 and a shoulder injury last May.— Right-hander Brad Boxberger and utilityman Sean Rodriguez have agreed to terms on minor league deals with the Marlins that include invitations to spring training. Boxberger went 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA for the Royals last year. Rodriguez batted .223 in 76 games for the 2019 Phillies.— Free agent outfielder Jarrod Dyson has finalized a $2 million deal with the Pirates. Dyson hit .230 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs in 130 games with the Diamondbacks last season.NBA-NEWSClippers’ Paul George fined $35,000 for criticizing refs Associated Press Bregman said at a news conference Thursday that he is “really sorry.” Altuve said there was a full team meeting Wednesday to discuss what happened.Astros owner Jim Crane and new manager Dusty Baker — who replaced the fired AJ Hinch — also spoke at the news conference at the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida.Crane raised eyebrows when he said: “Our opinion is that this didn’t impact the game. We had a good team. We won the World Series. And we’ll leave it at that.”MLB didn’t punish any players for the cheating and Crane said the team wouldn’t, either. However, former Houston outfielder Carlos Beltran was forced out of his new job as manager of the Mets following his role in the sign-stealing process.Commissioner Rob Manfred disciplined the Astros after he found the team broke rules by using electronics to steal signs during its run to the 2017 World Series championship and again in the 2018 season. Kuchar birdied his first two holes and never let up until in a 7-under 64 that gave him a three-stroke lead.Russell Henley, Wyndham Clark, Kyoung-Hoon Lee, Harold Varner III and Adam Schenk are tied for second at 4 under.Rory McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay, Jason Day and Bryson DeChambeau are in the mix at 3 under.Tiger Woods eagled his first hole and added two birdies on his opening front nine, but he closed with a bogey to fall to 2 under.LPGA-WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSAstros’ Bregman, Altuve apologize for sign-stealing schemeUNDATED (AP) — Houston Astros infielders Alex Bregman and José Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) have apologized on behalf of the ballclub for its sign-stealing scheme that was investigated and punished by Major League Baseball. TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers are reiterating that the 2020 Games will not be waylaid by the virus spreading from neighboring China.Organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori says he wants to make it clear again that “we are not considering a cancellation or postponement of the games.”The coronavirus has wiped out track meets, golf tournaments, soccer matches and almost all sports in China. It is also keeping Chinese athletes from traveling to qualify.TRUMP-DAYTONA 500Trump to attend Daytona 500 Update on the latest sportscenter_img — Jennifer Hudson will be at the NBA All-Star Game to honor Kobe Bryant with her voice. The two-time Grammy winner and Oscar winner will perform just before Sunday night’s player introductions. It will be a tribute to Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the seven other victims of the helicopter crash that took their lives in Southern California last month.NCAA-SOUTH CAROLINA-BASKETBALLNCAA finds serious infractions committed by GamecocksCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has become the latest school to receive an NCAA notice of allegations over the federal probe into college basketball.Athletic director Ray Tanner says the school received the notice about a violation alleged to have been commited by former assistant coach Lamont Evans, who worked for coach Frank Martin for four seasons from 2015-16. The NCAA has categorized the infraction as Level I, the most serious of its violations and what it calls a “severe breach of conduct.”Evans moved on to Oklahoma State and has admitted to accepting $22,000 in bribes as a college assistant to connect players with runner Christian Dawkins and others hoping to represent them after college. Evans was sentenced this past June to three months in prison.PGA-RIVIERAKuchar leads at RivieraLOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kuchar (KOO’-chur) is the leader late in the first round of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. UNDATED (AP) — The NBA has fined Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George $35,000 for critical comments toward the officiating after his team’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.George pointed out the Clippers were called for eight more fouls than Philadelphia in the 76ers’ 110-103 win at home, referring to that disparity as “home-court cooking.”This is the fifth fine and stiffest financial penalty given to George for commenting on officials.In other NBA news:— Suns guard Devin Booker is headed to his first NBA All-Star Game, replacing injured Trail Blazers backcourt ace Damian Lillard. Booker was chosen by Commissioner Adam Silver after feeling snubbed by voters and coaches when he didn’t make the original list for Sunday’s game in Chicago. Lillard injured his groin on Wednesday night. In other MLB news:— Diamondbacks right-handed pitcher Mike Leake has a fracture on his non-throwing wrist but still hopes to be ready for the beginning of the regular season. The 32-year-old Leake had an MRI on Wednesday and said it revealed an old fracture that was aggravated by a fall while he was chasing his dog.— Major league teams improved to 5-1 in salary arbitration this year when the Red Sox beat pitcher Eduardo Rodríguez Thursday. He will earn $8.3 million rather than his request for $8,975,000. The right-hander was a career-best 19-6 with a 3.81 ERA in 34 starts last season, when he made $4,325,000.— Boston manager Ron Roenicke (REHN’-ih-kee) says injured second baseman Dustin Pedroia won’t report to spring training with the rest of the position players next week. Pedroia has played in just nine games the last two seasons while trying to recover from an injury he sustained in May of 2017 when Baltimore’s Manny Machado slid spikes-high into his knee.— The Dodgers have agreed to pay pitcher Kenta Maeda’s (mah-EH’-dah) a $1 million assignment bonus as part of his trade to the Twins. Los Angeles also agreed to pay the Twins $3 million to cover part of Maeda’s salary and reimburse Minnesota for up to $7 million of his earned bonuses, according to information obtained by The Associated Press. February 13, 2020 Ewart Shadoff leads Women’s Australian OpenADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Jodi Ewart Shadoff has shot a 7-under 66 to take the lead in the first round of the Women’s Australian Open.Ewart Shadoff had seven birdies in her round of 66 at Royal Adelaide, giving her a one-stroke edge over U.S. Open champion Jeongeun Lee6 and Inbee Park. Marina Alex, Amy Olson and Jillian Hollis were tied for fourth with 68s and defending champion Nelly Korda is three off the pace.TOKYO OLYMPICS-VIRUSTokyo, IOC officials reiterate that the Olympics are onlast_img read more

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Djokovic, Osaka top seeds for U.S. Open

first_img(REUTERS) – World number ones and title holders Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka have been named the top seeds for the U.S. Open which starts on Monday in New York.Three-time U.S. Open champion Djokovic, who comes into the tournament having won his fifth Wimbledon title, is followed in the seedings by 2017 winner Rafael Nadal.Roger Federer will begin his quest for a 21st Grand Slam crown as the third seed. He is followed by Austrian Dominic Thiem, Russia’s Daniil Medvedev and Germany’s Alexander Zverev.Former champions in the list of 32 men’s seeds also include Marin Cilic (2014) of Croatia who is 22nd and Stan Wawrinka (2016) of Switzerland who is 23rd.French Open winner Ash Barty is seeded second behind Japan’s Osaka, followed by Czech Karolina Pliskova and Wimbledon champion Simona Halep.American Serena Williams, last year’s finalist who is seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, is seeded eighth while another former winner, Sloane Stephens, is 11th.Angelique Kerber, the 2016 champion, is seeded 14th.last_img read more

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Point-counterpoint: Best MLB offseason move

first_imgMike AckersteinThe offseason gives teams a chance to rebuild and restock their rosters in hopes of improving the performance from the previous season. Unfortunately, many moves franchises make bring unwanted pressure upon them, as fans expect big returns from investments made by the signed free-agents and the traded players. Instead of adding more pressure, however, one organization used the offseason to take it away.The Florida Marlins’ trade with the Detroit Tigers that sent Marlins star hitter Miguel Cabrera and attention-whore/pitcher Dontrelle Willis to the Tigers is the best move since the season?s end because it means the Fish won?t have very high expectations going into 2008.In trading away Willis and Cabrera, Florida has effectively killed any chances that pundits and fans will expect a finish higher than fourth place in the NL East. Because the goals won?t be so lofty, the atmosphere should be relaxed, creating perfect conditions for the young Marlins and the centerpiece of the deal ? former Tigers first round selection, pitcher Andrew Miller ? to grow at their own pace.Instead of dealing with questions about why they aren?t winning more games or what moves they need to make for a playoff run, the Marlins can allow their cheap and youthful lineup a chance to flourish under the radar. While this should certainly help the team win games in the future, it may even give them a chance to sneak up on opponents late in this season, giving them the opportunity to make a year-end playoff push as Florida has done in years past.No pressure? No problems. Marlins for the win.Tyler MasonRaise your hand if you have heard of two or more of these players: Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller, Mike Rabelo, Burke Badenhop, Eulogio De La Cruz or Dallas Trahern.I don’t see many hands in the air.Those are the players Florida got in return for Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis. To me, the level of talent doesn’t balance out, despite the disparity in the number of players each team acquired in the trade.This deal puts Detroit in the AL Central driver’s seat. Adding Cabrera to an infield that already boasts Carlos Guillen, Edgar Renteria and Placido Polanco is scary. And when you throw outfielders Magglio Ordonez and Curtis Granderson into the mix, things get even scarier for opposing pitchers.This wasn’t even the best move in the Tigers’ division, however. That would belong to the Minnesota Twins.Now, looking at the off-season transaction reports, you will note Minnesota hasn’t made any big trades. Yes, they got Craig Monroe, the hot-tempered Delmon Young (yes, the same Delmon Young that threw his bat at an umpire in a minor league game) and veteran infielders Adam Everett and Mike Lamb. But perhaps the best move came through inaction.The Twinkies’ pride and joy, left-handed ace Johan Santana, remains a Twin (for now), signaling a victory for Minnesota. During the hottest parts of the hot stove season, Santana remained the biggest name in trade rumors. Yet here we are, in late January, and Santana hasn’t moved. Minnesota GM Bill Smith was faced with a tough situation after his predecessor, Terry Ryan, jumped ship. So far, though, Smith has stuck to his guns and not backed down when discussing trade options with the always-influential Steinbrenners in New York, as well as the Red Sox and Mets.Without Santana, the Twins are hopeless. Put him together with fellow ace Francisco Liriano, and this team could give the Tigers a run.last_img read more

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Malone improving in second season with Syracuse

first_img Published on September 16, 2013 at 10:45 pm In the first meet of the season, Margo Malone placed first overall in the women’s 4200-meter race. She followed it up with a seventh-place finish at the Dartmouth Invitational.A year ago, as a freshman, Malone typically finished in the middle of the pack. But two meets into her sophomore year, Malone is already showing promise for an improved season.“Since last year I have focused on improving all the small aspects of the sport and learned to be patient for the results,” Malone said.At North Hills High School in Pittsburgh, Malone won the 1600-meter race at both the AAA State Championship and the PIAA Track and Field Championship, and earned second-team All-State honors in 2011.As a freshman at Syracuse, Malone struggled in the beginning of the season. She placed 135th overall in the 4K race at the Toledo (Ohio) Inter-Regional Bubble Buster in September.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“A lot of freshmen come in and have a little bit of a struggle,” senior Alexandra Clinton said.Malone improved her flaws throughout the first season and by October she was finishing in the Top 10, peaking with a sixth-place finish in the 5000-meter race at the John Reif Memorial Run. She turned in a great summer of hard training, Clinton said, and has been focused since the start of the new season.Coaches Chris Fox and Brien Bell have set up an improved training plan to help the team be its strongest by the end of the season for the most important meets, Malone said.“We don’t want to be firing on all cylinders until late October and November,” assistant coach Adam Smith said.These team workouts have helped Malone and the Orange improve by giving all athletes a chance to help correct their flaws. Having a team that motivates one another and works out together makes coming to practice fun, Malone said. Not only does the team keep Malone motivated, but her dedication also helps influence her teammates to strive better, Clinton said.“I think some people may slip here and there but she is one person that’s completely dedicated to what she does,” Clinton said. “That is what makes her run that well.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Just another Bo Ryan campaign

first_imgThe Badger basketball team struggled once it reached the postseason, falling in the round of 64 to Ole Miss. The 57-46 loss showcased Wisconsin\’s inconsistency shooting the basketball in 2013.[/media-credit]Starters: B-Wisconsin’s starting five provided, as usual, the bulk of the offense this season, scoring on average 70 percent of the team’s total points per game. Defensively, the group was as solid as any in the country, spearheading a Badger defense that ranked top in the Big Ten and seventh nationally, allowing just 55.9 points per game.This was a balanced group across the board, but the Badgers suffered at times because there was no go-to guy like Jordan Taylor a season ago to look to during crunch time or offensive droughts. Just two players in the starting five registered in the conference’s top 30 scorers, a compliment to UW’s balance, but also a damnation of the starters’ weak offensive production.Senior forward Jared Berggren proved, always an extremely reliable defender, set the Wisconsin program record in blocks this season while altering so many of his opponents shots with his lane presence. But foul trouble plagued Berggren late in the year and often disappeared offensively for long stretches.Junior guard Ben Brust developed into a more well-rounded offensive threat and greatly improved on defense after being thrust into the starting lineup after Josh Gasser’s ACL injury in the preseason. Brust brought his scoring average up to 11.1 points per game this season, leading the team in that category.Besides Brust and Berggren earning All-Big Ten recognition in some form or another, neither sophomore point guard Traevon Jackson nor redshirt senior forwards Mike Bruesewitz and Ryan Evans performed at a continued high level for more than two games in a row during the season.Because of two players, this group gets above an average grade. If not for Brust and Berggren, it might have been an F.Bench: B-If one player can ever singularly define the work of an entire group, that player was Sam Dekker.For the greater part of the 2012-13 season, the freshman forward was the lone source of offensive production for a unit that otherwise relied heavily on its starting five to score. The freshman missed out on the Big Ten’s Sixth Man of the Year award but put together one of the finest freshman campaigns from a Badger in recent memory. Building a reputation for hitting shots that often turned the tide in Wisconsin’s favor, Dekker led UW in both overall and three-point shooting percentage on his way to posting 9.6 points per game.Aside from Dekker, it was sophomore forward Frank Kaminsky and redshirt freshman guard George Marshall who proved as the only other significant bench contributors. Kaminsky served as a serviceable backup to Jared Berggren in protecting the post, finishing the year with 17 blocks. But the offensive outbursts – like his 19-point outburst against Illinois – were too rare for him to fill in as a scorer in Berggren’s absence.After losing an early-season battle for the starting point guard spot, Marshall’s ankle-tying crossover and speed were a valuable change of pace from usual starter Traevon Jackson. The shifty redshirt freshman never reached double figures again after breaking out for 20 in a mid-January loss to Iowa, proving most valuable as a defender.Offense: DThere’s no easy way to put it: The Badgers stunk in 2012-13 when it came to scoring points. Like the patented 10-plus minute scoring drought that has become a trademark of head coach Bo Ryan’s teams for the last three years, Wisconsin was often night and day when it came to offensive production.There were the games where the team looked like world beaters, such as the road upset against Indiana, a home thrashing of Ohio State and two solid wins against top 10 teams in the Big Ten Tournament. But there also games where the team looked like they couldn’t beat a rec team, such as mind-numbingly cold shooting performances against Ohio State and Ole Miss at the end of the year.The Badgers had plenty of talent that could score. But too often the Badgers would fall in love with the three-point shot. The offense, in turn, lived and died by the success from beyond the arc. In all but three of the team’s 12 losses on the year, the team failed to shoot more than 30 percent from deep. In fact, there were several instances this year where 50 percent or more of UW’s shots came from beyond the arc.In 10 of Wisconsin’s 12 losses this year, the team failed to score more than 60 points. And the only player to register in the conference’s top 15 field goal percentage was freshman Sam Dekker.For that, the Badgers get a big ugly grade.Defense: A-Even for a program built around forcing opposing offenses into extreme discomfort, it is fair to say defense carried Wisconsin to its fourth-place Big Ten finish.When the shots did not fall – an all too common issue for the Badgers – their ability to slow down even the nation’s most prolific offenses (think Indiana) kept them in games. Limiting opponents to 55.9 points per game – tops in the conference and second only to Florida among teams that qualified for the NCAA tournament – it took time for the Badgers to find their collective offensive identity.Sitting at 7-4 through the season’s opening stretch, less-heralded defensive players like senior forward Ben Brust and sophomore guard Traevon Jackson made impressive strides to help Bo Ryan to his seventh-straight 20-win season. Their growth, coupled with the defensive anchors of senior forwards Jared Berggren and Ryan Evans, usually proved enough to withstand lengthy scoring droughts.In his final year on the floor, Berggren was a defensive force inside and led the Big Ten with 73 blocks this year. Evans, often responsible for guarding the opponent’s most lethal scorer, did an admirable job using his athleticism to make up for the height he often surrendered to the players he defended.last_img read more

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Women’s soccer prepares for Big Ten tourney with NCAA bid on the line

first_imgIt’s a new season for the Wisconsin women’s soccer team. The 10 wins, six losses, two ties, an impressive 6-2-2 road record and an up and down season with remarkable wins and demoralizing losses has come to an end. The end of the regular season marks the beginning of what the players and coaches are calling a “new season” for the Badgers as they head to Champaign, Ill., as the six seed in this year’s Big Ten Conference tournament. The Badgers (10-6-2, 5-5-1 Big Ten) earned a berth into the tournament by beating Northwestern this past Saturday and will kick off the tournament against the third seed, Penn State Nittany Lions (13-5-1, 7-4-0 Big Ten), Wednesday.Winning just two out of seven games heading into the Northwestern game, the Badgers put themselves in a must-win situation. Having been shutout in their previous two games, head coach Paula Wilkins was happy to see her team bounce back with three goals and gain some momentum before the Big Ten tournament.“Yeah it gave us some confidence,” Wilkins said. “I think the biggest thing was getting three goals and getting a lot of opportunities. I think that was something we needed to do. We had a lot of opportunities against Minnesota and Indiana but just weren’t able to complete them, so that was important as well as getting the win.”Wisconsin’s opponent Wednesday, Penn State, beat the Badgers in their only matchup of the season earning a 2-1 win in Madison in early October. Penn State comes into the tournament having won three out of their last five games with senior Maya Hayes leading the way. One of, if not the best players in the Big Ten, Hayes leads the Big Ten in points (70) and goals (31) by a long shot. The next closest player in each category has just 46 points and 20 goals. Penn State also leads the Big Ten in goals (70), goals per game (2.69), assists (85) and assists per game (3.27).It will undoubtedly be a tough test for the young Badgers squad, but junior Cara Walls understands the challenges the Nittany Lions will present them and the key to stopping such a high-powered offense.“They have a lot of really good one-on-one players,” Walls said. “So we’re going to have to defend smartly and as a group. But we know that they’re a beatable team right now so we just have to exploit their weaknesses and defend well.”With 18 of the 26 players on the team being freshmen or sophomores and just one senior in the starting lineup, the Badgers come into the tournament as one of the younger teams in the eight team field. Despite being the lone senior in the starting lineup, Alev Kelter, sees her fellow teammates as a unified team with each player providing their own leadership role.“I think everyone has a leadership role on the team,” Kelter said. “So I think as far as my role goes, just bringing the aggressiveness and doing the little things well. We’re going to stay cohesive as a unit and do the simple things well.”Wilkins also believes that there isn’t just one leader on this Badger squad but sees a leader at each position group on the team.“Everybody can lead us,” Wilkins said. “[Genevieve Richard] has been a consistent factor for us in the back and I think she’s done a great job. I think you look for some leadership from your seniors on the field and I think [Alex Heller] has done a great job essentially in the back. And again from [Rose Lavelle], our freshman, she needs to do something special.”That something special from Lavelle, who was named Big Ten Freshman of the year, or any other player, will try to push the Badgers through the Big Ten tournament and into the NCAA tournament. It will be a tough challenge for UW with Nebraska (1), Michigan (2), Indiana (4), Illinois (5), Iowa (7) and Minnesota (8) rounding out the rest of the field for the tournament.Despite being the third lowest seed, Walls, Kelter, Wilkins and the rest of the Badgers’ team are upbeat about their chances not just Wednesday, but for the rest of the tournament, realizing it’s a new season and their work throughout the year culminates to the next couple of days.“This is a new season, a new start for us,” Walls said. “We get to go at winning a Big Ten championship and it’s something that we should go for.”“It’s a fresh start,” Kelter added. “We’re going to keep being simple and play our game. We just know that it will be a new season from now on.”It will be about consistency and focusing on one game at a time in the single elimination tournament according to Wilkins.“It’s one game at a time,” Wilkins said. “We have to focus and put everything in that one little moment that we can. The details are going to matter. Everything we’ve done the whole entire season is leading up to this.”Wednesday’s game is slated to kick off at 10:30 a.m. from the University of Illinois with the victor taking on the winner of the Michigan (2) and Iowa (7) game.last_img read more

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Port Harcourt Agog for Yobo’s Testimonial

first_imgThe Garden City of Port Harcourt will stand still this evening as former Eagles Skipper, Joseph Yobo, will stage a testimonial match in celebration of his retirement and centenary appearance for the national team.The Joseph Yobo Foundation organised the event in conjunction with the Rivers State Government to honour the player who had a record 101 caps for the Super Eagles.Coordinator of the event, Waidi Akanni, said yesterday that all was set for the testimonial match.“About 10 players from various parts are already in town. Tressor Lua Lua, the Ayew Brothers: Andrea and Jordan, Sulley Muntari, are some of the players already in town. David Moyes and John Terry will arrive Abuja this morning en-route Port Harcourt. We are set for this big event,” Akanni said. Other top players from various parts of Europe especially the EPL arrived Lagos yesterday evening and are to be flown with a chartered flight to Port Harcourt this morning for the match.Samuel Eto’o flew in straight from his base in Turkey into Lagos last night to honour his long time friend.Didier Drogba, John Terry, Thierry Henry and Wayne Rooney are some of those still being expected to arrive early today for the testimonial match.Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi and his assistant, Ahmed Musa are part of the team to fly into the Garden city this morning.Vincent Enyeama, Samson Siasia, Nwanko Kanu and Emmanuel Emenike are some of the Nigerian players (past and present) expected to feature in the match.Rivers State Governor, Nyson Wike, is expected to kick off the encounter with a penalty match against Enyeama at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium,.Meanwhile, CSKA Moscow star, Musa told AfricanFootball.com yesterday that Yobo deserves to be celebrated by his colleagues both within and outside Nigeria after what he has achieved in the game.“Skippo (Yobo) deserves to be celebrated by all of us. He has paid his dues as a footballer for the country and his various clubs.“I am happy to be among those to honour him because it’s a deserving one. To win 101 caps for any national team is no joke,” stressed Musa last night.Yobo represented Nigeria at Under-20 and full international levels, playing at three World Cups. He played for several top European clubs including Everton, Norwich City, Olympique Marseille, Standard Liege and Fenerbache.Some of the corporate bodies who have indicated their support for the Joseph Yobo Centenary Game include, Sifax Group, NICON Insurance and Beko Electronics Ltd.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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CHEPTEGEI IS WORLD 10,000M CHAMPION!

first_img31CROATIA0011 24FRANCE0112 31BURKINA FASO0011 31SWITZERLAND0011 27PORTUGAL0101 Doha, Qatar  | THE INDEPENDENT | Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda won the men’s 10,000 metres world title in Doha on Sunday with the second fastest ever time in the championships history of  26min 48.36sec.The 23-year-old — silver medalist in 2017 — is the first Ugandan to win the title.“He is in his best shape ever,” his coach Addy Ruiter had predicted before the race. “We have a plan A, B, C and if it fails, D.”He becomes only the fourth Ugandan to win World Athletics Championship gold, joining steeple-chaser Dorcus Inzikuru in Helsinki 2005, Stephen Kiprotich off track in the marathon in Moscow 2013 and Halimah Nakaayi in the 800m at Doha 2019.Other medals for Uganda at the Worlds have been two Silvers by Davis Kamoga Athens 1997 and Joshua Cheptegei 2017; Bronzes by Moses Kipsiro Osaka 2007 and Solomon Mutai in Beijing 2015. 24COLOMBIA0112 11POLAND1236 31MOROCCO0011 31NAMIBIA0011  Joshua Cheptegei (UGA)26:48.36 WL 24BELGIUM0112 4PR OF CHINA3339 12SWEDEN1113 6GREAT BRITAIN & N.I.2305 31SPAIN0011 31ECUADOR0011 2KENYA52411 9UGANDA2002 Share on: WhatsApp 12BAHRAIN1113 Yomif KEJELCHA (ETH)26:49.34 PB 31NEW ZEALAND0011 Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei holds the national flag after winning the Men’s 10,000m final at the 2019 IAAF Athletics World Championships at the Khalifa International stadium in Doha on October 6, 2019.  PHOTO AFP 27BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA0101 Rhonex KIPRUTO (KEN)26:50.32 17GRENADA1001 17NORWAY1001 On Sunday, Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia took silver (26:49.34) and Kenyan Rhonex Kipruto the bronze (26:50.32).The reward for winning a World Championship gold is a tax-free $60,000 prize.Prize Money1st $60,0002nd $30,0003rd $20,0004th $15,0005th $10,0006th $6,0007th $5,0008th $4,000 9NETHERLANDS2002 27ALGERIA0101 17VENEZUELA1001 23CANADA0145 8JAPAN2013 TOTAL 21UKRAINE0202 15BAHAMAS1102 31HUNGARY0011 3JAMAICA35412 31ITALY0011 7GERMANY2046 RankOrderNameResultNotes 21ESTONIA0202 1UNITED STATES1411429 16QATAR1012 31GREECE0011 17AUSTRALIA1001 12CUBA1113 31NIGERIA0011 5ETHIOPIA2518 31COTE D’IVOIRE0011 30AUSTRIA0022 RANKCOUNTRYlast_img read more

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Your Golf Travel announced as title sponsors of Brabazon Trophy

first_img13 May 2015 Your Golf Travel announced as title sponsors of Brabazon Trophy England Golf is delighted to announce that Your Golf Travel will be the title sponsor of its flagship men’s championship, the Brabazon Trophy.The agreement means that the 2015 champion will be re-presented with the trophy by Your Golf Travel ambassador, Lee Westwood.The Brabazon Trophy – the English men’s open amateur stroke play – is one of the majors of amateur golf and attracts entries from leading players around the world. This year it will be played at Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell) from 24-27 June.Your Golf Travel, the world’s largest golf travel company, are long-standing supporters of England Golf and its strategic plan. Raising Our Game aims to create a brighter future for the game, including creating more players, more members, stronger clubs and identifying and developing winning golfers.Andrew Harding, the co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Your Golf Travel, said: “We’re delighted to extend our relationship with England Golf to include title sponsorship of the Brabazon Trophy.“It is one of the premier events on the amateur calendar and we look forward to seeing some of the world’s best golfers take on Hollinwell in June. Additionally we’re also pleased to announce that Lee Westwood, Your Golf Travel ambassador, will present the trophy to the winner later in the year.”David Joy, the Chief Executive of England Golf, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Your Golf Travel as title sponsors of the Brabazon. We already work closely together to grow the game and this underlines our relationship and will help us to raise the profile both of the Brabazon Trophy and golf in England.”The field for the Brabazon is made up of exempt players and 60 who come through qualifying events. The southern qualifier was held this week and won by Ben Amor (Marlborough), a member of the England Golf A squad, who set a course record 65 at Liphook in Hampshire. The northern qualifier will be played on Tuesday at Clitheroe in Lancashire.Click here for more information about the Brabazon Trophy.Image © Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

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Chambers puzzled, disappointed at non-selection for World Championships

first_img Plagued by injury over the past three seasons, this has been the healthiest Chambers has been since 2010, when he clocked 44.54 seconds and was the second fastest Jamaican that year behind then clubmate Jermaine Gonzales, who set a National Record of 44.40 in Monaco. The return to health and the gradual improvement of his times, he hoped, would have been good enough to get him on the team to Beijing, a goal he had set for the current season. “I am very disappointed that I didn’t get selected,” he said. “Up to a few days ago, in my mind I was going to the World Championships based on my performances. After the team was selected and the addition with the NACAC guys and I wasn’t on the team, I was very disappointed because at this time Jamaica has a really good chance at a medal in the four by four and if I was on the team, based on my performance, we would have a really good chance at a medal.” He said, though, that not being selected has only served to fire him up for next season when Jamaica will be sending a team to the Olympics in Rio, Brazil. “It gives me more motivation towards next year. Every single time I step on the track next season, I am going to remember that I need to win the trials to make sure that I guarantee my spot on the team to Rio. So I am going to be training smart and hard next year,” he said. Chambers, who turned pro during his junior year at university, returned to the USA last year to complete his degree at Florida State University. He missed his graduation on August 8 so that he could compete at the NACAC Championships. “This season, I compromised so much for track. Going to school and doing track didn’t allow me to spend any time with my family. It was worth it because I ended up going to NACAC and getting a season’s best. I am back in 44 shape again. It’s been years since I last ran 44 because I have been injured, but it’s time now to get back where I was and go after the national record. I have the talent, experience and everything I need to go after that record,” he said. Return to health It was a puzzled Ricardo Chambers who spoke to The Gleaner yesterday after Jamaica’s team to the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing, China, was named Monday night and he was not on the roster. Chambers, who has a season best time of 44.93 seconds, set during the semi-finals at the just concluded NACAC Senior Championships in Costa Rica, was expecting to be a member of the strong mile-relay team in Beijing. He had finished third at the National Championships in June, but was disqualified because of a lane violation. Still, he believed his performance in Costa Rica, where he won bronze in finals in 45.27, would have ensured him a spot on the team. “I am really puzzled why I am not on the team. Because of my performances during the last part of this season, I would have assumed that I would have been selected for the four by four,” he said. “I know that I was disqualified at the national trials for stepping on the line, but according to the rules, the first three are selected, but the next two are at the discretion of the selection committee, so I am not sure. “It is puzzling to me, but I give God thanks for remaining healthy this season,” he said.last_img read more

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