Our Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Assam will start their Ranji Trophy campaign this season tomorrow with the match against Jharkhand. The four-day match will kick off in Ranchi.Assam is placed in group ‘C’ along with Goa, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Odisha, Rajasthan, Services, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh.The domestic season this year started with Vijay Hazare Cricket tournament where Assam failed to put an impressive performance. But the selectors still preferred to go with a number of young players overlooking a few seniors like pacer Abu Nechim Ahmed. There are three new phases in the team in the form of Romario Sarma, Mukhtar Hussain, and Jitumoni Kalita.However, a lot of things would depend on the batting. For the last several seasons the side has been suffering a lot for the poor batting. It was the same story in the recently concluded Vijay Hazare championship also.Assam squad for the first game of Ranji Trophy: Amit Sinha (captain), Pallav Kumar Das, Rishav Das, Riyan Parag, Sib Sankar Roy, Gakul Sarma, Kunal Saikia, Wasiqur Rahman, Romario Sarma, Arup Das, Mrinmoy Dutta, Mukhtar Hussain, Rahul Singh, Jitumoni Kalita, and Ranjit Mali. Also Read: Sports News
Our Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Assam Police Blues thrashed NFRSC 6-2 in the GSA Super Division Soccer League match tie held at the Nehru Stadium here today. It was the worst defeat for NFRSC in this edition of the meet.AP Blues opened their account today in the 9th minutes and were leading 3-1 in the first half. In the second half also they pumped in three more goals. Among the six goals Malaram Basumatary scored twice while Mofidul Islam, Sanjib Borgohain, Ajay Bakla (from penalty), and Monoj Boro scored one goal each. It was the fourth appearances for AP Blues in the competition this year and they registered their first victory. With three points today AP Blues collected five points from their four games and are promoted to fourth spot in the points tally.NFRSC, who were in the third spot in the points tally before this game, were busy in their own defense during most part of the tie today. AP Blues decided to play attacking football and it completely shattered the defense of NFRSC. Bappa Biswas and Sibra Narzary scored one goal each otherwise the story would be more humiliating for them. Like Assam Police Blues, NFRSC also played their fourth games in the competition and now are in fifth spot with five points. Tomorrow’s match: FC green Valley vs Sunrise AC.Also Read: Navajyoti Club Collect Full Points in GSA Super Division Soccer LeagueAlso Watch: Husband Kills Lakhimpur Man in Arunachal over an alleged affair with his Wife
Sparta confident of three-peat; Tucville relish underdog tagWITH the hype around this year’s Georgetown leg of the Guinness Greatest in the Streets Football tournament, both teams are raring to capture for championship honours. Tonight’s action will feature the two-time champions Sparta looking for the three-peat and they are confident of moving past their Tucville-based opponents, according to team representative Sheldon Shepherd.“That’s easy for us. We gonna wrap that up easily. We confident enough, gonna beat them at least 4-1. We giving them at least one or a chance at one,” he said.He continued, “Our defence is proper and we defend properly; we have a proper forward and how it looks, it looks as though our other forward, a national forward (Devon Millington) will be here. We know our strengths.”“We are coming to win; this is we again. There is no other thing we could be thinking. We can’t draw it nor are we going to penalty kicks. If nothing, we are sure of it,” Shepherd reminded fans.Meanwhile on the opposing end, the Tucville players are not feeling any pressure, according to captain Delon Williams.“Yes, we know they are the number one road ball team in the country but we are not pressured in any way; but in the same way we won’t take them lightly,” he added.The skipper noted, ‘We didn’t enter this competition to compete, we entered it to win and that’s what we are going to do,” saying too that his team plan to approach the game as though it is any other game.To the fans that have supported his team, Williams reminded them to come out and support their team, as they will require the full fan support to lift the trophy. He also declined to predict a score line but predicted a victory in his team’s favour.All in all, both teams will have a shot at the $500 000 grand prize on centre stage come this evening with the other having to settle for $150 000.Back Circle and Broad Street Bullies will play for third and fourth and prizes of $100 000 and $75 000 respectively.
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Published on October 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: email@example.com | @mark_cooperjr Everyone expected a blowout. One team — Syracuse — was presumed to be vastly inferior in all three phases. Fans likely made other plans during the fourth quarter because it would be no contest by then.West Virginia was supposed to be the team to score 49 points and Syracuse was supposed to score 23.But some bizarre, inverted version of that scenario took place instead — all in front of a nationally televised audience on ESPN. The Orange displayed a juggernaut offense, a tenacious defense and a dynamic special teams unit that dismantled the Mountaineers, to come out on the winning end of a 49-23 rout.‘They completely dominated us on all three sides,’ West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said. ‘There won’t be any finger-pointing. This was a team loss. We have to give Syracuse credit for having more energy and being more excited to play.’This came out of nowhere. After a three-point win over lowly Tulane, whose head coach resigned last week, Syracuse destroyed the No. 11 team in the nation Friday, breaking the Mountaineers’ will. The Orange looked like the team that was unanimously picked to win the Big East back in August, not West Virginia. Syracuse played like the team that could represent the Big East this January in the Bowl Championship Series.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThere’s now a new aura surrounding this team. SU could very well be ranked by the time it plays another game in the Carrier Dome (Nov. 11 vs. South Florida). No longer is Syracuse considered to be so lucky for having a winning record. The Orange lost to Rutgers, but it now feels like SU must be the better team. Rutgers couldn’t do that to West Virginia.The saying goes: You are what your record says you are. And pretty or not, Syracuse is a 5-2 team. And Friday was pretty.‘I’m very excited. We stuck together as a whole unit, offense, defense, special teams,’ safety Phillip Thomas said.Now, in the next two weeks, Syracuse will probably be favored to win road games at Louisville and Connecticut. UConn was just on the other side of a West Virginia blowout, getting shredded 43-16 on Oct. 8.Syracuse was another UConn. The result was going to be the same Friday.But when WVU quarterback Geno Smith tried to duplicate that performance Friday, the Orange defense gave him fits. None more prominent than when the Mountaineers tried to score before the half to cut into a 21-9 deficit. He threw into triple coverage in the end zone, and Orange safety Jeremi Wilkes came away with a pick.Later, after taking a hit on the last play of the half, Smith sat on the ground as everyone ran into the tunnel at halftime, one of the last ones to head to the locker room as he walked slowly off the field.‘Me, personally, I saw a little change in his game and in his eyes,’ defensive tackle Deon Goggins said. ‘So we did what we planned to do.’A month ago, Syracuse couldn’t rattle Matt Barkley as he threw five touchdowns on a poor SU secondary. But the bye week has reinvigorated and improved the health of Syracuse, who at 1-1 in the Big East can still make a run for the conference title.And five winnable games remain on the schedule: Louisville and UConn, then South Florida, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.It’s not exactly murderers’ row. The Cardinals and Huskies have inconsistent quarterback play. USF is 0-3 in the conference. Cincinnati’s at the top of the Big East but was obliterated by a 3-4 Tennessee team. Pittsburgh’s offense is an utter disaster.Syracuse has problems, too. But none of those five teams have put together as complete a performance as SU’s on Friday.A BCS bowl, whether it’s Orange, Sugar or Fiesta, is out in the distance but creeping closer.Marrone didn’t say anything outrageous after the game. He actually didn’t say much at all, deflecting credit for the win and in some ways deflecting the importance of the win itself.But string together a couple of more wins over teams the Orange should beat, and the next time Marrone’s at the podium in the Dome, after a Friday-night win over South Florida, it will be hard for him to keep calm over what would be an 8-2 Syracuse team.‘I think we were much closer to get those three phases,’ Orange head coach Doug Marrone said. ‘ … We’ll go back and look at it, and I’m sure there are a lot of things that we need to improve on as we go forward in this season, but it’s always easier to do that after a win.’Mark Cooper is an asst. sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @M_Coops_Cuse. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
In April, Jon Scheyer sensed his playing days were possibly nearing an end, and he wondered if the next chapter of his career was ready to begin.With his career at a crossroads, Scheyer called Mike Krzyzewski.“I called just to see what Coach thought about me coaching,” Scheyer said, “and he could tell I was ready. He told me he would love to have me back here.“This is a career I want to pursue and I’m excited to do that. I’ve hung up the shoes for now.”One day later, Scheyer called him back and said, “Let’s do it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe former All-American point guard left Duke on top of the world, cutting down the nets after winning the 2010 national championship his senior season. But just a few months later he suffered an eye injury, which still plagues him to this day and kept him from latching on to any professional teams.Conveniently, former assistant Chris Collins left Duke in late March to be Northwestern’s head coach. Now, Scheyer’s path to one day becoming a head coach himself is underway as a special assistant for the No. 17 Blue Devils (17-4, 6-2 Atlantic Coast).“Everyone’s really embraced me coming back, which has meant a lot to me,” said Scheyer, now 26 years old. “I feel Duke is a very special place, so the fact I was able to play here and now work here is something I’m really, really grateful for.”He’s there every day at practice, but he’s not involved with coaching players on the floor. But once the Duke coaches hold their meetings to game plan, Scheyer has an established voice in the room.It’s been a learning process for Scheyer. The coaches are starting to mold him, and have taught him the ways they scout, edit and analyze film. He didn’t realize just how much work is required of a coach until he became one.“The biggest thing I’ve been learning from those guys is it’s a different art form,” Scheyer said.His biggest joy from his new position has been talking to the players and seeing those same players thrive on the hardwood.It’s the same selfless attitude Scheyer had as the team’s point guard and captain just a few years ago, as he rounds out a coaching staff that includes four former Blue Devil captains.“Most teams have captains but to be quite frank, at some places I don’t know how serious it is,” associate coach Jeff Capel said. “Here, it’s a pretty big deal.”Scheyer can relate to the current players better than the rest of the coaching staff. It was just four years ago that Scheyer ran the point for a program he called “the most high-profile place in the country.”Now he can easily connect with and remind the team of the high expectations that come with joining such a highly regarded program.“He tries to give back his knowledge of what he took from the game and help our guards out right now,” said shooting guard Rasheed Sulaimon. “He’s always giving us feedback and advice to become better.”After Scheyer won the national title, he went undrafted and never signed a guaranteed contract.He was playing with the Miami Heat’s summer league team when a defender took a swipe for the ball and instead got Scheyer’s right eye, essentially ending his NBA hopes.The injury required five stitches to close a cut on his right eyelid. Surgery was required to reattach his torn retina, but damage to his optic nerve couldn’t be repaired.His playing confidence took a hit as he adjusted to wearing protective goggles on the court. Scheyer had opportunities with three NBA franchises, but none worked out. He tried a stint in Israel and was even satisfied with his play last year in Spain.But Scheyer felt it was time for a change, and Krzyzewski’s staff at Duke had a hole to fill.“By the time it was said and done after playing for a few years,” Scheyer said, “I was really proud of what I was able to do. But I was ready to coach.“I kind of feel like those things happened in order for me to come back this year.” Comments Published on January 31, 2014 at 3:55 am Contact Phil: email@example.com | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says he intends to visit the hurricane ravaged city of Houston where residents took a battering from Hurricane Harvey over the weekend.“I wish to express my empathy and solidarity with the government of the United States of America and more particularly, the residents of the state of Texas, Houston more specifically,” Skerrit said on Tuesday, describing the situation as “a catastrophic disaster which took place in Texas.We know very well in Dominica the extent of dislocation, the extent of damage that these natural disasters can cause, and just almost exactly two years ago, we suffered a similar fate.”“I wish to express my empathy and solidarity with the government of the United States of America and more particularly, the residents of the state of Texas, Houston more specifically.”Skerrit said that when he looked at the thousands of families that have been affected,” it really, really touches my heart as a world citizen, and I know that we have several Dominican families resident in Houston.“ I have had the opportunity to reach out directly to some of them and to express our concern and indicated to them the willingness of Dominica to assist where we can. I intend to visit Houston myself personally at the earliest opportunity to meet with Dominican residents there and to see how we can assist in restoring their lives to normalcy.”Help for Dominicans in Houston The Dominica prime minister said that one of the things he would like to propose “is for us to reach out to our new citizens, in particular, those high-net-worth citizens and see whether we can have some fund raising drive to assist our Dominican citizens who have been affected by this tragic flooding and so forth.“Just looking at what is on the news, it is really touching, and speaking to Dominicans who were affected, who had to be rescued by small boats and pubic authorities, they recounted to me the loss of their homes, their belongings, their homes are flooded completely.”Skerrit said that he also has friends who are resident in Houston.“They themselves had to be rescued indicating that they had lost everything; some of them recently bought homes. So it really a tragedy and we want to express our solidarity with the President, the government and people of the United States, the Governor and Mayor of the city of Houston.“We want to reach out to them and say that our prayers and thoughts are with them in this very difficult circumstance, and for any country, notwithstanding the size and the economy of the United States of America, no matter how small or large you are, you will be affected, and these disasters, you never know when they are coming.”Skerrit reminded his nationals that the Caribbean is still in the hurricane season and “we in Dominica have to continue to be vigilant and the rest of the Caribbean. We are really sorry for what happened.”
Professional esports claims official recognition from the Finnish government as pro players are now regarded as athletes.According to an article on the Nordic Business Insider, the Finnish Central Tax Board recently announced a decision to consider esports players as athletes for tax purposes. The statement justifies the move by describing how sports “can also mean mental games of skill, where success is primarily based on something other than physical performance.”The news comes just one week after we reported that the Games and Amusements Board in the Philippines officially recognised esports for the purposes of their support and regulation.The decision by the Tax Board was reportedly made after review of a Finnish tax resident who was contracted by an American organisation to play, practice and perform marketing duties such as attending events, performing interviews, and taking part in photo shoots.This ruling will now mean that the player’s wages and tournament winnings will now qualify as ‘professional sports activities earnings’. Consequently, a portion of this income can be placed in an investment fund which receives sheltering from tax. The fund’s purpose is help aid athletes transition as their sports careers come to an end – which will be a welcome addition for esports players, who commonly stop competing before hitting their thirties.Earlier this year, we reported on Finland’s status as a rising giant in the games industry, with over a billion people playing games that have originated on Finnish soil.Esports Insider says: It appears that the floodgates have begun to open for governments lending support to esports worldwide. Moves like this one, as well as helping regulate the industry and support its athletes, also lend serious credence to its organisations. That may prove pivotal in securing them more and more non-endemic business partners as the scene develops.
The senior national soccer team, the Black Stars, have received thirty Umbro official match balls from CAF for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.This forms part of the organizing body, CAF’s commitment towards participating countries. Each participating country has been supplied 30 Umbro leather footballs to train with ahead of the tournament.The essence is for all 24 countries to get accustomed to the round ball before the tournament commences on June 21, 2019.The Black Stars used the new Umbro leather football during their friendly game against South Africa at the Police Stadium in Dubai.Umbro, the English Sportswear and football Equipment supplier won the bid to manufacture the official match ball for this year’s tournament, having wrestled the rights from mitre who produced the official match ball during the previous edition.The evolution of African football is visible in the development of the AFCON ball, which has gone from a leather-bound pig’s bladder to the high-tech, synthetic spheres we see sold in stores and marketed around Africa and the rest of the world. Source: Ghana FA
The Port St. Lucie Police Department has arrested a 30-year-old man who reportedly set a woman’s house on fire after they got into a dispute at another location.The incident occurred Saturday at a home on the 400 Block of SW Crawfish Drive in PSL.Authorities say Richard Caldwell and the woman were at a bar when they got into a dispute, the woman then left the bar with friends to return home but when she arrived, she found Caldwell inside of her home.That’s when the woman asked Caldwell to leave. Caldwell reportedly told the woman “you’re going to regret this,” while holding a a bottle with lighter fluid.The woman then decided to leave the home. When she returned, she found her home engulfed in flames.Caldwell later returned to the scene while authorities were present and a K-9 detected fire accelerant on his shoes and in his vehicle.He was arrested and is now facing arson and burglary charges.