Calf injury rules Chris Lynn out of ODI series

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) – Aggressive batsman Chris Lynn’s terrible run of luck with injury struck again yesterday with the 27-year-old ruled out of Australia’s squad for their one-day series against England.Lynn, who was brought back into the team after shoulder surgery ruled him out of the squad a year ago, suffered a calf injury in a domestic Twenty20 match last week.“Chris initially left the field … complaining of tightness in his calf,” said Cricket Australia’s Sports Science and Sports Medicine Manager Alex Kountouris.”He reported increasing discomfort over the 24 hours that followed and … medical staff made the decision to send him for a scan.“That scan confirmed the injury, which is expected to prevent him from playing for three to four weeks.”Lynn returned to cricket only last month and while he is batting well he has been hidden in the field by his Brisbane Heat captain Brendon McCullum due to concerns over whether he can dive safely or throw the ball with any velocity.McCullum said he felt the triangular Twenty20 series in February with New Zealand and England would have been better timed for Lynn’s return to the international arena.Kountouris, however, hinted that could be the case anyway.“When Chris recovers, the expectation is that he will need to prove his fitness in match action before being considered again for international selection,” Kountouris said.Lynn’s absence has possibly opened the door for dumped all-rounder Glenn Maxwell to return to the team, with the selectors still mulling their options.Maxwell, who has played 80 ODIs for his country and can be one of the most destructive and entertaining batsmen in world cricket on his day, was surprisingly left out of the squad when it was named last week.Captain Steve Smith and chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said at the time he needed to show he could be more consistent at the international level to get back into the team.The opening match of the five-game series takes place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.last_img read more

…Fashola for President

first_imgBabatunde Raji Fashola I have always been a fan of ex Governor now Minister Babatunde Raji Fashola. As governor he was outstanding. Quite so. As Minister, perhaps he was fed with more than he can chew. But the panache he brought to governing Lagos is yet to be surpassed.He was so good that Buhari (who I no longer like) was ready to defy the pervasive influence of their Jagaban in not only making him a Minister but a super one. Last Saturday, our football playing Minister was one of those who donned the jersey of Lagos Veterans in the final of the Veterans Cup against Kano.He wasn’t on the scorer sheet but am satisfied that anyone who is an active sportsman would be an excellent President. So in 2023 please remind me I said I would vote for BRF …. If Donald Duke is not running.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

USC players to compete in NFL Combine

first_imgSeven USC football players will participate in the NFL Combine from Friday, Feb. 20 to Monday, Feb. 23. The players will take part in interviews and be further evaluated by being put through a variety of drills, specific to their position. Types of these drills include the 40-yard dash, bench press and vertical jump.Players who have been invited to partipate in the combine hope to increase their draft stock and in turn, thei chances of playing professional football in the NFL.Defensive end Leonard Williams, wide receiver Nelson Agholor, linebackers Hayes Pullard and J.R. Tavai, running back Javorius “Buck” Allen, cornerback Josh Shaw and tight end Randall Telfer will represent the Trojans. The seven USC players tie Oregon for most in the Pac-12.On-field workouts will be split up by position over the four days. Specialists, offensive linemen and tight ends will work out on Friday; quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs on Saturday; defensive linemen and linebackers take the field on Sunday; and defensive backs work out Monday.Williams is the most highly touted prospect of the group, sitting at No. 1 on Mel Kiper’s Big Board. He entered the 2014-2015 season as one of the likely candidates to go No. 1 and has decisions off the field, despite being a promising prospect in the secondary.Shaw recorded only 12 tackles in the three games he played, but he had 119 tackles and six interceptions in his collegiate career with USC and Florida.Pullard and Tavai are both coming off strong seasons and look to improve their draft stock. Pullard led the Trojans with 95 tackles last season, 5.5 of them for loss. Tavai fiwnished with 53 total tackles, 13.5 for loss, and his seven sacks tied Williams for most on the team. Both are projected as mid-round picks.Telfer finished with 21 receptions for 197 yards and two touchdowns. He’s projected to be drafted in the last couple rounds.Updated results and recaps will be available on the USC RipsIt Twitter feed and blog.last_img read more

Chelmsford calls on horsemen to help offset prize-money cuts

first_imgShare Share Submit Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Spotlight Sports takes over MansionBet blog  June 18, 2020 Related Articles Phil Siers –ChelmsfordFollowing recent cuts to prize money across the racing scene, Chelmsford Racecourse has called for further support from horsemen to offset the drop in revenues as a result of loss in media rights.After the introduction of FOBT legislation, which dropped machine stakes from £100 to £2, an estimated 1,100 betting shops have closed their doors which has subsequently resulted in a mass loss to levy contributions. Chief operating officer at Chelmsford Racecourse, Phil Siers, explained that while the Essex racecourse has long been considered to have one of the best prize-money pots for racers, the overall outlook for racing isn’t looking promising. The COO has called for both owners and trainers to consider sending horses to Chelmsford racecourse in a bid to create larger field sizes, which will subsequently unlock larger payments to the course, which will be reflected in the prize-money offered.Speaking to the Racing Post, Siers explained: “Media rights, which allow us to put on big prize-money, have dropped because of the loss of betting shops in the last 12 months and accelerated since April, so our prize-money has dropped, but not as much as it could have,” he said. “If we were doing a comparative pro-rata it might be £5,000-£6,000 per meeting, but if you look at other tracks’ executive contributions you’ll see prize-money is gradually falling and people in racing have to expect prize-money is going to fall.“One of the criteria for courses to get fixtures from the BHA is executive contribution and the other is runners per race, so I’m saying, ‘Guys, help us to keep the prize-money up by sending us the runners and we’ll do our bit with the prize-money’.“These aren’t factual numbers, but if we were 10.5 runners a race instead of 9.5 that would help with additional fixtures.”The plea comes after a number of trainers boycotted several meetings at Arena Racing Company-owned tracks after the group confirmed it would be dropping prize money contributions by £3m. A compromise was eventually reached following a cash injection from the HBLB,  however that also proved short-lived due to an unexpected crash in levy income.Siers added that the best way to keep prize-money up was by the industry continuing to support the course, and added: “Generally speaking we’re delighted with the support we get from owners and trainers.“The owners want to race for more prize-money and we want to give it to them, but we just need everyone, as they are doing, to continue to support us and we’ll try to keep our prize-money as high as possible.”The shape of things to come? Loss of media rights income starting to filter through to prize funds. Our EC disappointingly dropped to £48.3k per meeting still 12.6% above our nearest rival and 54% above the worst. Owners and trainers we need your support to maintain prize funds.— Philip Siers (@SiersPhilip) October 7, 2019 StumbleUponlast_img read more

“I’ve seen players who can’t stand the pressure of Madrid”

first_img“As a child, they told me I didn’t have the mind to succeed” He started playing as a child in his garden, with his brother: “Yes, since I was the little brother, I had to recover the ball, it bothered me a little (laughs). More than once we stopped because I was crying. But because I have been a competitor since I was young, I wanted to challenge him, even if he was taller than me. He trained me mentally and also in the way I play football. “He entered his first club at age 7: “I was quite tall, and I learned all the basic technique and worked it with my father. Then I could play a few months with my brother. I was lucky to have my brother on the team, and he was the captain (laughs). Later From that, I always worked like this: I arrived with humility and did my work in the field. Then I gradually integrated. “In Le Pôle-Espoirs de Liévin he had a difficult time. Why? “For uprooting. And then it is adolescence. Between the ages of 13 and 15, we ask ourselves many questions about our future. Do we focus more on football? Do we put more emphasis on studies? What do we do on studies? These are the usual questions for teenagers, but under soccer pressure, boarding school pressure, competition … Besides, I suffered a lot of injuries. It was difficult. “He also had a growth disease and played with pain: “Yes. I always knew how to adapt and clench my teeth. I have played many games with pain, but you must know how to deal with it. Some players do not know how to do it or they cannot do it. I have this ability, I try to know myself well. I interact a lot with the Medical staff and doctors know that when I say something or that I have feelings I am not mistaken. It helps me in my career today. “He has a great mental strength: “It’s not 100%, but talent is only a small part of a career. The mind is the most important thing. I don’t think it was mentally gifted. There are cracks that are noticeable at 10 years old and we say” He will succeed ” “Not me. It was good, but it was not a phenomenon. As a child, I was told that I did not have the mind to succeed. I was too kind, I was not bad enough. When I was more troubled, fewer people believed in me and how much the more he revealed to me, the more really good he was. My best years were when I was promoted. And my worst years were when I played in my category. “ This is the ninth season of Raphael Varane at Real Madrid. The Frenchman, one of the veterans of the white team despite being only 26 years old, is going through a great moment in a personal way. In this holiday break, he looked back with Onze Mondial magazine and in an interview he took stock of his career, analyzed his problems with injuries, talked about his signing for Real Madrid and his evolution in the Madrid team and did not save praise to Cristiano, Zidane and Benzema. Varane gives the clue about Benzema: “Psychologically it is appeased.” “Benzema is at the top of his game. Psychologically I see him calm” There is an anecdote with Cristiano Ronaldo, who tells you during a training: “Varane, go to the middle!” He replies: “I am not Varane, I am Rapha!” Don’t you want disrespect? “No, no, no, it was not disrespectful! I am super nice, I am great, even in the locker room. I am also quite shy. But besides that, when there are difficult times or when you have to show your personality, you can count on me The players who have known me for a while now know it Of course, it is not the aspect of my character that you see more or that you see first, or even that marks more, but there was a time when they should not step on it It was not a matter of respect or disrespect, it was just a matter of “I am not seen, I am not considered too much.” Then it was like: “Oh, I am also here, I also have a name.” It was more like that (laughs). “Soon he dominated the Castilian: “It was more to fit in the dressing room, to be able to communicate with others and understand what is happening. Because I like to understand everything (he smiles).”Pressure in Madrid: “It’s a different pressure. Every day, there are many newspapers, televisions, radios, etc. And what happens in Madrid often has repercussions all over the world. It’s global. The pressure inside the club is also enormous. The fans are extremely demanding Winning is good, but it is never enough, you can always improve things in the game A draw is catastrophic It is a level of standards higher than any club We are sorry and we live with it Not all players can live with this. I’ve seen players who can’t stand it because sometimes it gets in their heads … “He won the Champions League and the World Cup in the same year, but the individual trophies went to other players. Your kind side may have influenced? Shouldn’t it be more extravagant? “Extravagant means making more noise. I’m already in the shade. There are the goals, the most spectacular actions, the different media appearances too. I’m like that, I don’t need to change. I’m not going to change to get something.”He played seven years with Cristiano Ronaldo. What memories do you keep? “Great, great … On a human and football level I don’t even have words anymore. He accomplished something extraordinary: he made the feat normal, banal. And to do that … There are no words to explain it, it’s huge, it’s extraordinary. He taught me a lot and also surprised me. How many times have I said to myself: “Wow, this is strong.”In Madrid he plays with several French: “It goes very well with them! We integrate Ferland Mendy very well. We have a good atmosphere. We laugh a lot together, we stay together. The Spaniards sometimes tell us:” We are going to have meetings in French now (laughs). “Benzema is in top form: “He is clearly at the top of his game. Psychologically, I see him (thinks) … calm. The word that comes to me is appeased. He took his leading role as an attack leader very seriously. No, it doesn’t surprise me anymore. What I find strong the consistency of its performance. Not only the statistics, not only the goals, but what it does in the game, the content of the game, is huge. And that, every three days. “ Then comes Madrid. Why do you choose it? “I was talking about that with Gervais Martel, the president of Lens. I had to accept, it was an exceptional opportunity. I also discussed it with my agent at that time, then with the family. It was a choice. We told ourselves that if it didn’t work it always existed. the possibility of returning. “Zidane put his name on the table and Mourinho agreed: “Yes! It is also his talent. It is they who saw things in me.”It arrived with a conquered territory then: “No, not at all! They make a bet. No one in the club knows me except them (smiles). In Madrid, among the media nobody knows me, among the players nobody knows me. So no, this is not conquered territory.” The return of Zidane: “Good. I know his working method very well. He knows what he can expect from me, he knows me. It’s going well, we’re starting to restart the machine, to find feelings individually and collectively.”However, when you first arrived in 2016, it took a while to completely trust you: “He was not a starter, it is true. He played, but not with the responsibilities he wanted. It lasted about six months. There was also an injury before the Euro, it was not easy. It shows that there is no gift for anyone, it is the high level, without luxuries It made me think a little more. At that moment, I wanted more, and I was a little frustrated, yes. “Tell me a phrase that represents you: “There was a phrase in the Pôle-Espoirs that marked me: ‘Falling is allowed, getting up is mandatory.’ It is something to say to oneself in difficult times.”last_img read more

Tall order for Gilas as it eyes top spot in ‘group of death’

first_imgIndian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LATEST STORIES Those facts aren’t lost on Reyes, and that’s why he’s taking a deliberate approach in the Philippines’ preparation for the tournament against the taller foes.“We all know the size of Iraq because we saw it in the Jones Cup. We all know how big Qatar is and of course, that’s China. The good thing is they all play one way. We’re not gonna change up from playing a Korea to a China, so they’re all going to be big teams and hopefully, we can find a way to beat those teams,” he said.It’s a tall order for Gilas as it has to finish on top in the group stages to advance and that means toppling China in the first day of the competitions.“The key is to finish first in our group in the first round. And that means we have to beat China in the first day,” he said.“We have our own sets of problems and we’re not even complete. It’s gonna be really difficult, but we’re going to try our best.”ADVERTISEMENT Gilas Pilipinas leaves for Beirut, Lebanon on August 6.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Fajardo aware of tough road ahead for Gilas, but believes ‘nothing is impossible’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ “(Our group is) very tough. It might be the biggest group, the tallest group,” he said.Seeking to defend its gold medal from 2015, China is still the favorites in the tourney, with studs like Guo Ailun and Zhou Qi expected to lead the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Qatar, meanwhile, is parading a youthful team under coach Qusai Hatem which still packs a lot of punch.Though ranked 94th in the world, Iraq is poised to parade a towering roster bannered by naturalized player Demario Mayfield. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIn coach Chot Reyes’ eyes, Gilas Pilipinas has been slotted in the so-called “Group of Death” in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup.Placed in Group B together with defending champion China and Middle Eastern contenders in Qatar and Iraq, the outspoken mentor knows Philippines has its work cut out for it.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Cassell Reiterates Call to Stop Violence against Women, Children

first_imgThe Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Julia Duncan-Cassell has reiterated calls to prevent violence against women.  Min. Cassell also highlighted health implications of violence against women and children as she launched the 16 Days of Activism in Monrovia yesterday. The 16 Days of Activism, a campaign against gender-based violence (GBV), is a part of activities to commemorate this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.Activists campaign for an enabling environment where women and girls can live healthy lives, free from all forms of violence.“There is a need to demand not just good intentions but well coordinated and funded strategies by the Government, civil society, community and international bodies. There is a need to move away from talk and take the actions,” Min. Cassell said.She disclosed that women and children are still being violated; she, however, called on all Liberians to push to end violence against women and children.The Director of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Col. Christopher Massaquoi buttressed the call for all to stand up against violence against women and children.The Police boss urged parents to send their children to school stating that if they are educated it will bring more development to the country.He pledged the LNP’s support in providing maximum protection to women and children adding: “The LNP has selected a group of young men to work on gender issues as an effort to stop violence against women and children.”Meanwhile the activities for the 16 days activism are: November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women, November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1 World AIDS Day, December 3, International Day of Disabled Persons, December 6 Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, and December 10, International Human Rights Day.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgMETEROLOGISTS are forecasting snow for the hills of Donegal this Thursday.And high speed winds of more than 50 miles per hour are also set to hit the county as the remnants of ex-Hurricane Ophelia sweeps past the north west of Ireland en route to northern Scotland.No damage is expected from the storm at this stage. Peter O’Donnell, of irishweatheronline said of Thursday’s forecast: “It will be turning quite cool in westerly to northwesterly winds 30-50 mph, squally showers, lows near 7 C and highs near 12 C north to 14 C south. Risk of hail and even a bit of snow on higher summits of Connacht and Donegal.”The cold snap will bring a shuddering shivering end to what has been some of the mildest weather we have seen in Co Donegal in October for years.BREAKING NEWS: ‘SNOW ON WAY TO DONEGAL HILLS’ – FORECASTERS was last modified: October 5th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BREAKING NEWS: ‘SNOW ON WAY TO DONEGAL HILLS’ – FORECASTERSHurricane Ophelialast_img read more


first_imgThe Barclays Premier League trophy and FA Community Shield will make a visit to Finn Park during Friday night’s game against Salthill Devon.The two trophies, which Manchester City won last summer, will appear on the pitch at half-time of the game.The Donegal Branch of the Manchester City Supporters Club are match sponsors at the game and have arranged for the trophies to make a brief visit to Finn Park. Please note, there will be no opportunity to have pictures taken with the trophies during their visit to Finn Park. Those wishing to get a closer look at the two iconic trophies can do so in Bonners Corner Bar before or after the game. A Soccer Quiz will also be held in Bonners after the match. PREMIERSHIP TROPHY AND COMMUNITY SHIELD TO GO ON DISPLAY AT FINN PARK was last modified: April 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

US TV debut for Trevor Noah

first_imgAward-winning local stand-up comedianTrevor Noah will be the first SouthAfrican and African to appear onThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno.(Image: MEDIA CONTACTS • Trevor Noah Bookings+27 11 726 7611RELATED ARTICLES• SA film wins international award • Shaken and stirred in Cape Town • The boy who sees in pictures • Mandela quotations book published Wilma den HartighAward-winning local stand-up comedian Trevor Noah will be the first South African – and African – to appear on the popular late-night American talk show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.A chance to perform a comedy act on The Tonight Show, which is watched by millions of people every day, is a major career break for Noah and puts the spotlight on South Africa’s comedy talent.He got lucky when he was spotted by the show’s scouts who were searching for talented performers to appear on the show. After a tough audition process, he was selected as one of the comedians to perform on the show.In an interview on Talk Radio 702, Noah says it is a great honour to appear on a show that has such a huge following in many countries.“Having this appearance on my credentials will put me head and shoulders above many comedians. Many American comedians haven’t even been on the show,” he says.Noah is in illustrious company, as other famous comedians who have appeared on The Tonight Show include Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld, Drew Carey, Steven Wright, Roseanne Barr and Joan Rivers.Telling the story of South AfricaNoah first made a name for himself performing for South African audiences and he has often been seen on stage with some of South Africa’s funniest people, such as Riaad Moosa, Darren Simpson, Marc Lottering and the ever-popular Barry Hilton.Recently Noah became closely associated with mobile services provider Cell C, as its “customer experience officer”, a personality developed as part of the company’s new brand identity. His job was to represent consumers, keep the company on its toes and assist them in understanding the needs of their subscribers.He has also received awards for his ability to get people laughing. At the South African Comedy Awards in 2008 he was the winner in the Best Breakthough Act category.For the past six months, he has been touring the US, entertaining American audiences with his signature brand of stand-up comedy.He says that most of what he talks about, even to American audiences, is about South Africa. His act for The Tonight Show will be no different.“I love telling the story of South Africa whenever I travel the world. We have such an amazing history and telling my story, which is a tiny part of South Africa’s history, is a great joy for me,” he says.In an interview with South African-born arts and entertainment journalist Nadia Neophytou, on her blog Miss Ntertainment, Noah says that he also hopes to use the opportunity to showcase South African comedy, which he believes is of a high standard.“The truth is, there is good and bad comedy everywhere in world. In South Africa we have international quality comedy,” he says.In preparation for his appearance on the show, he has been performing at comedy clubs and shows across the US to perfect his five-minute set.“I have bouts of nervousness, but it is a great opportunity to be on a show like this. I am as ready as I can be,” he says.Trevor Noah’s appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Show will air in the US tonight, and be broadcast on CNBC Africa (DStv channel 410) on Tuesday 10 January at 21:00.last_img read more