Blairmont Blazers crowned Floodlight Reload champions

first_imgBLAIRMONT Blazers were crowned champions when the Blairmont Cricket Club hosted the third annual fundraiser, the Blairmont Cup Floodlight Reload last Sunday at the Blairmont Estate ground.The hosts whipped Cotton Tree Die Hard by 32 runs, in the one-day tournament, which was affected by the inclement weather. Inserted to bat, the hosts reached 96-8, after the tournament was reduced to eight overs-a-side.Martin Singh hit an unbeaten 54, with six fours and four sixes. He received support from Parmanand Ramdhan and Nick Ramsaroop with 13 runs each.The run chase started positively for the visitors, as they reached 32 without lost in two overs, but thereafter steady bowling from Waqar Hassan (3-24) and Kassim Khan (2-12), restricted Cotton Tree Die Hard to 55-5 after seven overs.They eventually reached 64-5 when the overs expired. Pooran Persaud stroked a 16-ball 31, with three fours and two sixes in a losing effort.Singh was named man-of-the-match as well as player-of-the-tournament. Meanwhile, the one-day tournament was deemed a huge success.last_img read more

After successful playing career at Syracuse, Caira provides guidance as pitching coach

first_img Published on February 13, 2013 at 1:02 am Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesse One thousand strikeouts.It was a mark no pitcher had reached in the history of Big East softball, until Syracuse senior Jenna Caira tossed her way to 1,043 career strikeouts during the 2011-12 season. She also became the only Big East player to be named to the Easton Fastpitch All-America team after going 27-9.No one has put on a Syracuse uniform and had the kind of on-mound success Caira enjoyed in her four years with the Orange. She is the school’s all-time leader in wins, starts, ERA and other pitching categories, and was instrumental in SU’s deep run to Game 6 of the NCAA Regionals a season ago.When Caira played her final game last spring, she set her sights on remaining with the program as a pitching consultant, but head coach Leigh Ross had bigger plans.“Originally, I was going to come back as an assistant and just help out,” Caira said. “But then coach Ross called me in July to offer me the official pitching coach position and I agreed to it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAccepting Ross’ offer was an easy decision for Caira, as the opportunity to stay around softball and share her vast knowledge of the sport was impossible to pass up.As the team gears up for the start of the 2013 season, Caira looks to have her pitching staff in top form. She worked with the girls during the fall. Many were her teammates just a year ago, giving her familiarity with their individual tendencies that could produce sufficient results.“The best thing about her is that she can really relate,” said sophomore Lindsay Taylor, who appeared in 22 games last season. “Having played with her really helps both (Stacy Kuwik) and I because she knows how we operate, she knows how we think and she knows where we need help.”Now the staff’s ace, Kuwik finished with a 14-3 record and 1.60 ERA last season. In her final 15 appearances, she threw 76 innings altogether, gave up just eight earned runs and collected eight wins.“Stacy Kuwik is our senior and this is her time to really shine,” Caira said. “I know exactly what she is capable of doing and I have great expectations for her.”As Kuwik takes on a leadership role for the pitching staff and entire team, Caira has the utmost confidence she will take the torch and run with it. The two were teammates under Ross for three seasons, and thrived with her hard work philosophy that has revived the program.In her first three seasons, Kuwik finished second on the team in wins each year behind Caira. Now Caira will guide her from the sidelines as she takes the final step in her maturation as a collegiate pitcher.“I have become a better player already by being able watch her and play with her,” Kuwik said. “I probably have the best pitching coach out there, and I am really confident in the things that she’s taught me and I’m ready to go out there and use them.”For the coming season, Kuwik is looking to flourish in her first year as a full-time starter, while Taylor wants to command her team’s confidence as she moves into a bigger role.Caira, who met nearly all of her personal goals at Syracuse, had a word of advice for her pitching staff.“If you slack off one day or slack off one pitch, you are setting yourself up for failure,” Caira said. “I always say that every pitch has a purpose, and that it’s not enough to just go through the motions.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Newt Gingrich speaks on China, politics at Bovard

first_imgDuring the event, titled “Facing America’s Biggest Threat,” Gingrich spoke on the economic and political relationships between the United States and China. The USC chapter of Young Americans for Freedom hosted Gingrich as part of a tour to promote his new book “Trump vs. China: Facing America’s Biggest Threat.” He criticized American infrastructure, saying the U.S. is falling behind other nations like Japan because of excessive bureaucracy and regulation. Gingrich said without sufficient infrastructure, such as improved public transport and better education, China would be able to dictate American economic interests. Gingrich argued that the U.S. government should protect domestic companies from Chinese buyout. He cited the NBA’s recent decision to bow to pressure from the Chinese government, saying that it is an early example of China’s economic power.  Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich called for a more aggressive stance toward China to an audience of nearly 300 at Bovard Auditorium Tuesday.  “They’re looking to position China as the next Russia,” Ollivier said. “Because the Republican Party has always done best when they have a clear enemy that they can target outside of the country.” Newt Gingrich visited USC Tuesday as part of a promotional tour for his book “Trump vs. China: Facing America’s Biggest Threat.” The event was hosted by conservative student group Young Americans for Freedom. (Catherine Lyang | Daily Trojan) Earlier this year, YAF hosted political commentator Michael Knowles as part of his speaking tour. His talk, entitled “Men Are Not Women and Other Uncomfortable Truths,” prompted students from Trojan Advocates for Political Progress, Queer and Ally Students Assembly and other groups to organize a walkout over transphobic comments Knowles has made.  Alix Ollivier, a class of 2019 alumnus who attended the event, disagreed with Gingrich and said his rhetoric painted China as a foreign enemy. “Definitely [China is] a threat to America,” Wnuk Lipinski said. “It’s crazy that some liberals in America want to do the same thing that they’re doing in China, in the sense of censorship, in the sense of data collection. There’s literally no privacy there.” TAPP also called for the University to stop recognizing YAF as a registered student organization because it believes the organization has broken University anti-discrimination policies.  “We can’t get our act together to build anything,” Gingrich said. “I was recently in Japan, riding around on a bullet train. Then I get on Amtrak the other day. I mean, it’s embarrassing.” Ava von Wnuk Lipinski, a UCLA student, agreed with Gingrich and said the U.S. should take a harder stance against China. USC YAF holds speaking engagements for notable conservative figures on campuses across the country. “We are in a competition,” Gingrich said. “At the end of which either we will either be doing what the Chinese want or we will be sufficiently strong that the Chinese will avoid fighting with us and avoid trying to put pressure on us because we will be too dangerous.” YAF also hosted conservative commentator Ben Shapiro last October, sparking protests outside Bovard Auditorium. Tuesday’s event faced little opposition. While Kailee Evans, a business administration major and YAF activities chair, said that a few posters advertising the event were torn down, there were no protests leading up to or during the talk.  “He was our former U.S. Speaker of the House. I don’t think Ben [Shapiro] or Michael Knowles are controversial figures, but a lot of people do,” Evans said. “I don’t think Newt has that same connotation in most people’s eyes.”last_img read more

Men’s Soccer: Struggling Badgers fall to No. 4 Indiana, unranked Marquette

first_imgComing into the season, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team surely predicted that Indiana would test their defensive endurance and force them to respond on the attack.If so, they were right.Ranked No. 4 in the nation, the Indiana Hoosiers welcomed the Badgers to Bloomington on Friday, promptly defeating them 3–1 in a game underscored by a stark shot differential and Wisconsin’s offensive inconsistency.Men’s Soccer: Badgers look to right the ship following disappointing weekThe Wisconsin Men’s Soccer team dropped two critical non-conference games last week to Butler and Portland, mainly due to a Read…Following a blistering pace set by the home side to start the match, the Badgers conceded a penalty in just the ninth minute, converted by Hoosier Captain Victor Bezerra.Wisconsin managed to settle into the contest shortly thereafter, but no further scoring came in the first half of the match. Goalie Dean Cowdroy recorded three early saves to keep the Hoosiers in check, providing the Badgers momentum throughout the closing stages of the half.Already down 8-1 in total shot count at the half, Wisconsin came out of the locker room and quickly established their preferred tempo — measuring possession and attacking when possible. This formula proved to be successful as the Badgers lulled the Hoosiers to sleep, finally pouncing on an opportunity in the 76th minute and equalizing.The Badgers’ only goal came from sophomore Matthew Comiskey, the first of his career. Comiskey’s header came with an assist by Michael Russell and ended a 286 game-minutes scoring drought for the team that spanned nearly three full games.Men’s Soccer: Sluggish start dampens post season hopesThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team came into this regular season with what were certainly high expectations following a Read…Unfortunately, the positives ended there for Wisconsin. Indiana capitalized on an uncharacteristically forward back line, scoring a second goal in the 79th minute as well as a decisive third in the 90th.In the end, Wisconsin tallied three shots to Indiana’s fifteen, committed six more fouls and obtained only one corner to the Hoosiers’ eight. The difference in attacking opportunities made all the difference, as Indiana made every minute of possession count.While the Badgers were eventually overwhelmed by the strengths of the Hoosier squad, there certainly were positives to take out of their conference opener. Per UW Athletics, Head Coach John Trask praised Indiana for game management, but credited his team for the late equalizer.“It was a good Big Ten match. I was very pleased with many moments of the game but credit Indiana, once we tied it they found a set piece goal and effectively killed off the game. We’ll learn from this and obviously Jerry Yeagley Field is a tough place to play,” Trask said.Wisconsin then returned home to face I-94 rival Marquette Tuesday, but failed to translate the offensive momentum seen at Indiana into a goal. The Badgers fell 2—0 despite yet another impressive outing from Cowdroy, who managed to record five saves on the night.Badger soccer looks to gain momentum heading into Big Ten playThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team looks to bounce back following a disappointing performance at the Lakeside Classic in Read…Once again, Wisconsin fell behind in total shots (13-3), but had more set piece chances than the Golden Eagles with eight corners and numerous free kicks from the attacking third.Ultimately, the Badgers had more room to generate attacking opportunities but failed to convert, leading to their fifth shutout loss of the season.Sitting at only 2-6, Wisconsin has plenty of work to do in Big Ten play to retain any hope of salvaging what looked to be a promising campaign. The schedule gets no easier for them though, as they take on the reigning Big Ten champions  Maryland Friday at McClimon.last_img read more

Syracuse locked in as No. 3 seed in conference tournament after 5-0 loss to No. 9 Robert Morris

first_img Published on February 23, 2018 at 10:59 pm Contact Adam: | @_adamhillman Three minutes into the third period, SU head coach Paul Flanagan looked dejected with his hands on his hips as Syracuse faced a four-goal deficit to No. 9 Robert Morris.With a top-two finish and a first-round bye in next week’s College Hockey America tournament up for grabs entering the weekend, Flanagan had no answer to his team’s performance.“Wish I knew (what went wrong),” Flanagan said.Syracuse (12-19-2, 11-7-1 CHA) has clinched the third seed in next week’s CHA post-season tournament after falling 5-0 to No. 9 Robert Morris (19-7-4, 13-3-3 CHA). After failing to score on 16 first-period shots, SU only tallied 10 more for the rest of the game.In order to reach the top two in the conference, the Orange would have had to defeat the No. 9 team twice in two days. While SU will now have to win three games in three days starting next Thursday in order to win the first CHA title in program history, the Orange remain confident that it can “break the streak.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The team’s faced nothing but adversity so it’s not like we can’t win (the title),” redshirt junior Brooke Avery said. “It’s a little more difficult now; it’s not out of the question. It’s just another battle for us.”With six and a half minutes remaining in the second period, the Orange faced a two-goal deficit. After senior forwards Stephanie Grossi and Alysha Burriss failed to convert on a 2-on-1 breakaway, the Colonials sped back down the ice, trying to ice away any opportunity for an SU comeback.Robert Morris junior defender Kirsten Welsh received the puck at the blue line on a return pass from senior forward Jessica Gazzola. SU senior defender Megan Quinn began to skate towards her, late to recognize the play.Welsh’s shot fake tricked Quinn, opening up a clear chance at net. While senior goaltender Abbey Miller was able to stop the first attempt, the rebound went right to freshman forward Lexi Templeman, who stuffed the puck into the net and propelled Robert Morris to a three-goal lead.“If I was watching this game, just showed up and watched this game, I would label us as a poorly coached team,” Flanagan said. “We didn’t have them ready for that second or third period.”Even though SU ended up with one more shot than the Colonials, it was outscored by five. This is the ninth time that Syracuse has failed to score this season.The “disappointing” effort has now forced the Orange into a predicament where it has to win three games in three days at next week’s CHA tournament. Before the playoffs begin, the team is confident that it can turn its fate around if it approaches tonight’s loss against RMU with the right attitude, Grossi said.With the loss, SU will now face last-place Rochester Institute of Technology on Thursday, March 1. The Orange outscored the Tigers 22-3 in four matchups this season.“Past couple years we’ve had that automatic bye,” Avery said, “but it’s not like it can’t be done.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

After adjusting to life in the US, Amanda Bäckebo is playing her best hockey

first_img Published on March 3, 2019 at 10:47 pm Contact Danny: | @DannyEmerman Amanda Bäckebo started with animals. Then telling time. Then short phrases.Sitting in her first grade class in Leksand, Sweden, Bäckebo learned English with ease. But, every now and then, she still has difficulty pronouncing some words. She had to learn technical terms for specific stretches and exercises. She pronounces “jacket” as “yacket,” and laughs it off when her teammates “give her the gears,” redshirt junior Lindsay Eastwood said. As Bäckebo’s English became more fluent, her Syracuse teammates called her one of the funniest players in their locker room.Bäckebo moved to the U.S. to play collegiate hockey, leaving almost all of her childhood friends more than 3,700 miles behind. Bäckebo also changed positions and adjusted to cultural changes to become a serviceable forward for Syracuse (10-21-3, 10-8-2 College Hockey America).Most recently, the junior scored her first collegiate goal Saturday against Robert Morris. As SU heads into the CHA tournament, which starts Wednesday against Lindenwood, the No. 3 seed Orange will need Backebo’s offensive quickness and playmaking to advance in the playoffs.“She is a player that I would want to have on my team if I was a coach,” redshirt senior Brooke Avery said. “She does everything she’s asked for. She does, actually, a lot more.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBefore coming to Syracuse, Bäckebo had never spent significant time in the U.S.  She once visited relatives in Minnesota before going back to her hometown with a population of 5,934 people, and then later played in a U-18 Tournament in Buffalo.Still, Bäckebo was shocked when she moved to Syracuse in 2016, despite the similarity between Swedish and American cultures, she said. Small things made the difference seem huge — the tomato sauce on her pasta tasted different and people greeted each other more casually and warmly.But her biggest adjustments came on the hockey rink. In Sweden, she competed on an Olympic-size rink her whole life, so sizing down to smaller dimensions posed a challenge. In her first week of practice in Tennity Ice Pavilion, Bäckebo skated backward into the boards, and said she inadvertently crashed. In Sweden, there was “more ice to cover,” she said, and the American game moves faster.Once she figured out the dimensions of the boards, she joined a deep unit of defenders as a freshman. She racked up the second-most blocks among SU freshmen but struggled with the physical aspects of the game because of her 5-foot-3 frame.Growing up, Bäckebo played as a forward on a men’s team, she said, before switching to defense on women’s teams. So, after her freshman year, in which she appeared in 18 games, Flanagan moved her to forward, where she’d be less physically disadvantaged.To combat her small size, she’s used extra weight training sessions and stayed after practice for extra sprints, building up muscle in the process.“So, if I go into, like, close competitions there, I have no chance,” Bäckebo said. “I (had) to have a play style that didn’t involve too much physics.”In games, she tries to “sneak out” from physical confrontations along the boards, often turning away from contact. She tries to turn her physical limitations into strengths with bursts of quickness.Bäckebo’s style of play paid off last weekend against Robert Morris. In the third period, Bäckebo snuck out from a scrum in front of the net and found herself in perfect position to slot home a rebound off sophomore Victoria Klimek’s miss. It was Bäckebo’s first career goal, but she called her shot before the game, with the CHA Tournament in mind.“Sometimes people don’t realize how much she really does,” Avery said. “You really can’t ask for much more out of her.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Mourinho willing to bide time

first_imgThe former Chelsea boss has been heavily linked with replacing Manchester United’s under pressure manager Louis van Gaal.Mourinho says he’s not agreed a deal with any club, despite various rumours.last_img

Maxwell Konadu’s 20 men for the Cosafa Cup

first_imgGhana coach, Maxwell Konadu, has settled on his 20-man list for the 2015 Cosafa Cup tournament currently underway in South Africa.Konadu, who is leading the home-based group of the Black Stars as the tournament’s guest, has drawn out a strong squad comprising the Ghana Premier League’s finest top scorer Nathaniel Asamoah, former Maritzburg forward Yakubu Mohammed and Fatau Dauda, who last played for South African clubs Orlando Pirates and Chippa United.The team’s new schedule will see them leave Accra on the night of April 21 and play the winner of Group B on Sunday, May 24.In the opening games of Group B on Monday, Swaziland nicked one over Tanzania while Lesotho lost 1-2 to Madagascar. They play the second round of matches at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Wednesday and the final group games on May 22.Ghana then faces the winner of this group at the quarterfinals stage on Sunday. The game is fixed for the Moruleng Stadium with kick-off at 5pm GMT.Ghana squad for Cosafa Cup Goalkeepers: Mozart Adjetey (Heart of Lions), Fatau Dauda (AshantiGold), Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars)Defenders: Godfred Saka (Aduana Stars), Joshua Tijani (AshantiGold), Emmanuel Asante (Asante Kotoko), Ahmed Adams (Asante Kotoko), Asiamah Badu (Heart of Lions), Abeiku Ainooson (Asante Kotoko), Alfred Nelson (Liberty Professionals)Midfielders: Zakari Mumuni (WAFA), Michael Akuffo (Asante Kotoko), Isaac Twum (Heart of Lions), Hans Kwofie (Medeama), Bernard Morrison (AshantiGold ), Daniel Darkwah (Aduana Stars), Malik Akowuah (Medeama)Forwards: Kwame Boateng (Great Olympics), Yakubu Mohammed (AshantiGold), Nathaniel Asamoah (Medeama)The tournament so far Namibia 2-0 MauritiusSeychelles 0-1 ZimbabweTanzania 0-1 SwazilandLesotho 1-2 MadagascarZimbabwe 2-0 MauritiusNamibia 0-0 SeychellesTodayMadagascar v Tanzania    Lesotho v Swaziland–last_img read more

Reminder: No school tomorrow or Monday!

first_imgSumner Newscow report — Wellington USD 353 will not have school tomorrow or Monday, Sept. 2 because of Labor Day weekend. We knew it would be too good to last!  Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Golfing welcome for disability sport’s Charter for Change

first_img England Golf has welcomed a new charter which aims to grow the number of active disabled people.The Charter for Change, from the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS), outlines the key changes needed to ensure many more disabled people can reap the benefits of being active for life.Jamie Blair, the England Golf Disability Manager, said: “We believe that this framework emphasises the approach we are already taking with golf clubs. We are engaging with disabled people, finding out what they want and including them within golfing activity at clubs and facilities.”England Golf is currently working with 17 counties, identifying three clubs in each which offer a high quality experience of golf for disabled people wanting to take part.“We are encouraging these clubs to talk to disabled participants and find out what they want from our sport – whether it’s range based-activity or support to become a championship golfer,” said Jamie Blair.Examples of club activities include:Padbrook Park, in Devon, ran a taster session for the Exeter Deaf Academy before Christmas and now sessions are being organised at the club. PGA professional Stuart Disney is completing an Effective Communications Course so that he can provide a better experience and integrate students into the club’s existing junior programmes.The School of Golf at Little Channels, Essex, worked with the City of Chelmsford Mencap group to set up a Discover Golf project. Students visited the club for taster sessions and eight of them took part in a five-week structured coaching course which concluding by playing on the course. Club members support the sessions and new beginner sessions are being set up to continue the relationship.Leamington and County, Warwickshire, has a wide network of connections to local special educational needs schools and hearing impairment units. Professional Paul Aitkens is also BSL Level 2 qualified and uses these skills in all his coaching, disabled or non-disabled. Victoria School pupils are regularly involved in golf, enjoying the fun of the game and all being able to participate together.Hatchford Brook, Warwickshire, hosted a golf festival for local special educational needs schools run by students taking Applied Golf Management Studies at Birmingham University. The club have since offered coaching sessions to three of the six schools and continue to support events, such as Wheelpower Primary Sports Camps, ensuring that there are continuing opportunities to learn at Hatchford Brook. Boringdon Park, Devon, is connected to the Plymouth Deaf Children’s Society and is planning a family day for May. It is seen as a perfect opportunity for parents to be involved in activity with their children as well as offering the opportunity for all of the family to be involved in golf.England Golf’s county network will support the MIND “Get Set to Go” project which aims to get 74,000 people with mental health wellbeing issues active in sport. County Development Officers will work with local MIND Sports Coordinators to offer golf as part of a multi sports club and to create Get into Golf opportunities in their area.The EFDS Charter for Change asks that:•    Everyone involved in providing sport or physical activity will support disabled people to participate.•    Disabled people will have the same opportunity as non-disabled people to be active throughout their lives.•    All communications about sport and physical activity will promote positive public attitudes towards disabled people’s participation.For more information on the Charter click hereGolf clubs can access resources and examples of best practice through the England Golf website. 18 Mar 2015 Golfing welcome for disability sport’s Charter for Change last_img read more