WADA suspends Doha anti-doping laboratory

first_img(REUTERS)-Doha’s anti-doping laboratory has had its accreditation suspended for four months after it failed to comply with international standards, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said in a statement yesterday.The decision to ban the laboratory in Qatar, host country of the 2022 soccer World Cup, was a direct result of more stringent quality assessment procedures introduced by WADA to ensure laboratories maintain the highest standards.The suspension, which took effect on Nov. 7, prohibits the laboratory from carrying out any anti-doping activities including all analyses of urine and blood samples.During the ban, samples must be sent to another WADA-accredited laboratory, “ensuring that athletes can have full confidence in continued high quality sample analysis and the wider anti-doping system.”The Doha laboratory has 21 days to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.last_img read more

Bangladesh trounce Zimbabwe in tri-nations opener

first_imgTAMIM Iqbal hit an unbeaten 84 as Bangladesh eased to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the opening match of the tri-nation series in Dhaka.The opener wasted no time in going after the Zimbabwe bowling attack to get Bangladesh to their 171-run target in the 29th over of yesterday’s one-day international clash.Tamim hit eight fours and one six off 93 balls to guide the hosts to victory, Shakib Al Hasan providing support with 37 coming in at number three.A single off Graeme Cremer for Mushfiqur Rahim (14 not out) secured the comprehensive triumph at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, with Bangladesh’s simple run chase coming after Zimbabwe had failed to impress with the bat.The tourists were 2-2 after three balls as Shakib removed Solomon Mire and Craig Ervine, and wickets continued to tumble at an alarming rate.Only Sikandar Raza (52), Brendon Taylor (24) and Peter Moor (33) showed any resilience as Bangladesh’s bowlers enjoyed themselves.last_img read more

Chase Academy and Charlestown Secondary win schools TT team titles

first_img-Wins for Burrowes and Thomas in female singlesCHASE Academy and Charlestown Secondary School registered team victories over the weekend in the Guyana Table Tennis Association, NSC, Ministry of Education, National Schools’ Novices, Elite Teams and Singles Table Tennis Championships, which was played at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.Chase Academy were able to defeat defending champions Bishops’ High School in the Elite U-18 Boys team battle, while Charlestown got past all rivals in the Novice female division.In the singles, 14-year-old Marian Academy student, Thuraia Thomas, repeated as U-18 Elite women’s winner, while Charlestown Secondary’s fifth former, Samirah Burrowes, gained a second win when she defeated her twin sister, Sufah, in the Novice female finals.Charlestown Secondary School players: Samirah Burrowes, Coach Candacy McKenzie, Lisana Ramascindo and Sufah Burrowes.OLD RIVALRYIt boiled down to the old rivals duking it out in the Elite U-18 Boys’ team battle.Bishop’s High went ahead with Jonathan Van Lange defeating Terrence Rausch 3-1 (12-10, 13-11, 8-11, and 14-12), before Jamal Nicholas tied the clash with a 3-1 (12-10, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6) win against Krystian Sahadeo.Nicholas and Rausch then edged out national players, Van Lange and Sahadeo 3-2 in theThuraia Thomas defended her U-18 Elite Women’s title.doubles. They won 10-12, 5-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-4) to go on top.Van Lange kept Bishop’s in with a 3-2 (13-11, 9-11, 11-7, 6-11 and 11-9) win against Nicholas, before Rausch got past Sahadeo 3-0 (11-8, 11-6, 11-8) in the final clash to seal the win.According to Nicholas, the side did some training for their rivals. “It was great to beat the guys this year.”Thomas defeated Crystal Melville in the final of the U-18 female battle, that game ended 3-0 (11-7, 11-7 13-11).IMPROVEMENTMeanwhile, Charlestown females were able to work their way to the top in the Novice division. When they played in the last competition, none of the players registered a win, this year round they have become a dominant force.The girls credit table tennis coach Candacy McKenzie for their improvement.Not only did Charlestown finish first via the racquets of the Burrowes sisters, but their B team (made up of Lisana Ramascindo and U. Hackett) also finished second.Meanwhile, in their battle yesterday in the Novice female finals, Samirah got past her sister, Sufah 2-1 (12-10, 10-12, 11-4).last_img read more

Defensive tackle Harvey reportedly plans to transfer from Syracuse

first_img Published on December 13, 2014 at 11:44 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Syracuse freshman defensive tackle Jalen Harvey will transfer, Scout.com reported Saturday night. The Orange will only have five scholarship defensive tackles, according to Scout.com.The reasons for Harvey’s transfer are currently unknown, according to Scout.The 6-foot-2, 315-pound Harvey didn’t play in a game for the Orange, and chose SU just days before national signing day over offers from Austin Peay, Arkansas State and Southern Alabama. Harvey is from Birmingham, Alabama.His departure follows the verbal commitment of Steven Clark, a two-star defensive tackle from Guntersville, Alabama who verbally pledged to the Orange’s recruiting Class of 2015 on Thursday.Clark joined three-star prospect Tyler Cross, of Duluth, Georgia, and Anthony Giudice, a two-star recruit from Avon, Connecticut, as the three defensive tackles in the Orange’s incoming class. There are three defensive ends verbally pledged to the group, as well.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC seeks Pac-12 perfection against UCLA

first_imgIn its final match of the season, the No. 2 USC women’s tennis team will battle crosstown rival No. 5 UCLA Thursday at Marks Stadium. USC is playing hot coming into the match, carrying a 10-match winning streak to boost themselves to an impressive 20-2, 9-0 on the season.UCLA is just behind in the rankings with a record of 18-3, 8-1.Not only are the Women of Troy playing for a perfect 10-0 Pac-12 season, but with a win they will also capture the conference championship. USC has won championships in 2009, 2012 and 2013.“There’s more emphasis because of it being the final match of the season and UCLA,” said standout freshman Meredith Xepoleas.  Xepoleas is one of six USC players ranked nationally in singles.Junior Giuliana Olmos is ranked highest at No. 13, which is only two spots lower than her career-best ranking.  Senior Sabrina Santamaria is just behind her climbing into the    No. 19 spot.Fellow senior All-American Zoë Scandalis is now at No. 61.  USC’s trio of freshman round out the national ranks for the squad with Gabby Smith at No. 75, Madison Westby at No. 78 and Xepoleas at No. 79.“We come to practice with a lot of energy and work on what we need to work on,” Santamaria said.  “We’re ready for UCLA.”UCLA, however, has not been an easy matchup for the Women of Troy in recent history.The last time the Women of Troy were able to beat the Bruins was April 18, 2013 at Marks Stadium with a final score of 6-1 to finish off an undefeated      Pac-12 campaign for USC.The two teams met earlier this season in Westwood on March 4.  UCLA delivered an upset in this match defeating USC 4-3 in a five-hour duel.When asked about how the previous loss plays into the team’s preparation for this match, Xepoleas said that USC knows who they’re up against.“It’s going to be really tough,” she said. “Especially since they just got their No. 1 player back.”  Xepoelas is referring to Robin Williams, who is ranked No.1 in the country.  The Bruins have five other payers in the national rankings.USC is 48-43 against UCLA all-time, but they will be focused and ready to compete going into Thursday’s match said coach Richard Gallien.“It’s easy to get too wound up,” Gallien said.  “It puts a bigger premium on managing yourself.  If you let the emotions run the show, then it’s in the hands          of the gods.”Santamaria reitterated the team’s eagerness to get back on the court against their crosstown rivals.“I don’t see it as the final match because we’ll have NCAA’s,” said Santamaria.  “But it is UCLA and we’re always excited to play UCLA.”  USC is coming into the match with an impressive ten win streak that extends through all of Pac-12 play and dates back to their match against UCLA.Not only is the team playing well as a whole, but the Women of Troy have also been dominating their competition individually.  Olmos has won a team-high 32 singles matches this season.  Smith is next with 25 wins on the season,Xepoleas and Scandalis have each won 23 matches, and Westby rounds out the 20-win crew with 21.Of her 23 singles victories, Xepoleas has won her past 11 in a row.  Smith is the other hot hand coming into Thursday’s match on an eight-match win streak herself.On the doubles side, the duo of Smith and Westby has won their past eight matches.The Women of Troy will be looking for a strong start in doubles, as their record is a perfect 16-0 when winning the doubles point.The match will kick off with doubles at 11:30 a.m.  Singles will follow at 1 p.m. and the match will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network.last_img read more

Men’s volleyball falls to No. 1 Long Beach State

first_imgMental preparation has been key for the Trojans while facing top-ranked teams like Long Beach State and UC Irvine in the last week. The USC men’s volleyball team fell 1-3 to defending national champion and top-ranked Long Beach State on the road Friday. Senior setter Josh Tuaniga was crucial to the Beach’s win with five aces and seven digs, while senior libero Jordan Molina contributed 11 digs. Moss added that the team hopes it will develop the ability to completely internalize the scouting report. “Our coaches have done an immense amount of work on preparation and scouting reports and getting us prepared with a solid game plan,” he said. “When we go out onto the floor we’ve done so much preparation, we’ve watched so much film that we know what every guy wants to do, we know rotation by rotation what they want to do.” The teams traded leads in the third set until the Trojans pulled ahead with an 18-14 lead that the Beach could not make up. The set ended 25-19, making USC the first opponent that Long Beach State has lost a set to this season. The Beach fired back in the fourth, quickly gaining a 6-1 lead that they maintained for a 25-17 finish. Moss credited the team’s coaching staff for the hard work and late nights they put into preparing the Trojans for any opponent. Senior outside hitter Gianluca Grasso, sophomore middle blocker Sam Lewis and Moss led the Trojan offense with nine, seven and 14 kills, respectively. Senior libero Matt Douglas led the defense with seven digs. The Beach dominated the Trojans 25-17 in the first set. USC, now 5-3 on the season, shifted the momentum in the second set, gaining an 11-8 lead and keeping the score tight throughout the frame, although Long Beach State ultimately prevailed 26-24. “If you’re anxious, if you’re excited, you know that means you’re ready to compete, and you want to play. The ups and downs, all the highs and lows and emotions just come with the game.” “I remember stepping out onto the court for the second set and looking around and seeing the stadium packed,” said senior outside hitter Ryan Moss. “It was a really exciting environment, and I just felt very grateful to be playing in that environment.” “We hope to get better and better as we go, but we want to get to the point where once the game starts we don’t have to worry about what they’re doing because we already know, and we can just focus on us,” he said. “That first set we really got knocked back, we took a punch to the face there, but I was really proud of how we responded,” Moss said. “We were able to make the rest of the match competitive, we were able to take a set off them, and I think our team just did a really good job of focusing on our side of the net and doing the things we’re good at, rather than letting our opponents dictate the flow of the game or how the match was played.” Long Beach State received its national championship banner during a brief ceremony before the game, making for an energized  crowd. “I think nerves are so important to acknowledge, and we’ve done a lot of work in the offseason with our mental preparation,” Moss said, crediting team psychologist Dylan Firsick for preparing the team for high-pressure situations. The Trojans are back home this week to host Princeton on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Galen Center. They will then travel to square up against UC Irvine on Saturday at 7 p.m. Senior outside hitter and co-captain Ryan Moss has been an integral player this season, leading USC in kills (97) and points (116.5). (Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan)last_img read more

Tipperary club championships in full swing

first_imgIn the County Senior hurling championship Killenaule beat Lorrha 1-23 to 2-16 and Lorrha were without Patrick Bonner Maher for that one. In the other evening game JK Bracken were convincing 1-16 to 0-12 winners over Carrick Swans. In the West championship Clonoulty Rossmore v Cappawhite in Pairce Ciocaim at 7.30 while in the mid Tipperary championship reigning county champions Thurles Sarsfields take on the county Intermediate champions Moyne-Templetuohy in Templemore at 7.30 in Templemore.Yesterday there was three games played in North Tipp Championship when Ballina beat Kilruane McDonaghs 2-17 to 2-14 in the early game with Michael Breen playing an important role for Ballina while Silvermines beat Borrisokane 5-21 to 1-16 with Jason Forde to the fore in that one. Portroe were also victors, beating their keen rivals Burgess on a scoreline of 2-16 to 0-18.last_img read more

Man City draw PSG in CL

first_imgThe holders Barcelona will face fellow Spanish side Athletico Madrid.Bayern Munich will take on Benfica while Real Madrid will play Wolfsburg.The matches will take place on April 5 and 6 and April 12 and 13.last_img

Liverpool, Dortmund Reject Barca’s Quest for Coutinho, Dembele

first_imgFC Barcelona may still have to wait longer than necessary in their quest to fill the vacuum created with the exit of Neymar to PSG last week following the rejection from FC Liverpool for Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Debele.Although reports claim the duo are willingly to jump for the Catalan club offer, their respective clubs are not looking into that direction to sell any player.Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp said midfielder Philippe Coutinho would not be sold at any price, as British media reported the club had rejected a second bid worth 100 million euros ($117 million) from Barcelona. Barcelona had already been rebuffed last month in an 80 million euro bid for the 25-year-old, who joined Liverpool from Inter Milan for 8.5 million pounds ($11 million) in 2013.The 24-time Spanish league champions increased the offer to 85 million euros plus 15 million in add-ons but Liverpool have rejected the second bid, maintaining their stance that the player is not for sale, according to the reports.“Liverpool is not a club that has to sell players. That is set in stone. So what they offer in the end doesn’t matter,” Sky Germany quoted Klopp as saying.“From a financial standpoint, there is no price limit to let him go. No price at which we are ready to give in. Our goal is to have the best possible team. So we want to keep our guys and add new ones. That is our plan.”While Spanish media have suggested that a deal for Coutinho’s move to Barcelona was close to completion, British media say Liverpool have not and will not make any plans to discuss the player’s future with the Catalan club.On the same issue, Borussia Dortmund confirmed that they have rejected an offer from Barcelona for Dembele.Although the German side’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, insisted no deal has been struck, speculation increased yesterday when coach Peter Bosz revealed Dembele missed training and that the club could not contact him.Shortly afterwards, an announcement was released revealing that negotiations had taken place, but a deal is “not currently likely”.“Borussia Dortmund has held talks with the Catalan football club FC Barcelona regarding the possible transfer of the BVB player Ousmane Dembele to FC Barcelona.“During this meeting, the representatives of FC Barcelona submitted a bid which did not match the player’s extraordinary footballing ability or value to the club, nor the present economic market situation of the European transfer market. BVB therefore rejected this offer.“As there is no other offer from FC Barcelona to date, there is currently no transfer of the player to FC Barcelona and this is not currently likely.”The Bundesliga club have insisted it will take a bid of over €100 million to sign the France international, who has scored 10 goals in 50 games for the club since joining from Rennes for €15m July in 2016.The Bundesliga Rookie of the Season for 2016-17 revealed in June that Barca had made contact with him before.He told Mundo Deportivo: “Last year I had contact with the Barcelona sports director.“I’m good at Dortmund. I have a contract until 2021. I don’t pay attention to what is said.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Daily COVID-19 update 4-20-20

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisDaily cases have been dropping for the past week. There were 576 newly confirmed cases and 77 new deaths reported. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 32,000 with 2,468 deaths.Alpena County jumped from 2 to 14 cases over the weekend, passing Cheboygan who is reporting 13. There are only five counties in Michigan that have yet to report a single case. All of them are in the upper peninsula.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: COVID-19Continue ReadingPrevious New Michigan coronavirus task force aims to tackle racial disparitiesNext Shut down order costs conservation organization Huron Pines $900,000last_img