YOUNG Berbician cyclist Romello Crawford once again was top of the podium, continuing his amazing run of form, this time capturing the feature Schoolboys & Invitational 35-lap race of the sixth Annual Star Party Rentals 11-race cycling meet.With the title up for grabs, as last year’s champion Hamzah Eastman is competing abroad, Crawford was head and shoulders above the other 20 starters. He crossed the finish line in one hour 17 minutes 21.18 seconds.He was followed by Christopher ‘Chicken Legs’ Griffith while Briton John was third, Paul Cho-Wee-Nam, Deeraj Garbarran and John Williams were fourth, fifth and sixth in that order.The sprint prizes were shared among Griffith and Crawford who had three each while Paul DeNobrega and Dwayne Gibbs Jr bagged one apiece.In the Veterans category, Warren ‘40’ McKay was triumphant in the Under-50 event while Junior Niles and Lear Nunes settled for second and third respectively. In the Over-50 race, Kennard Lovell was the victor ahead of second-placed Bochel Samaroo and Kevin Jeffrey.Meanwhile, Jonathan Ramsuchit was victorious on his return to cycling, copping the Juvenile event ahead of Sherwin Sampson and Steve Bhimsin who were second and third respectively.In the BMX Boys and Girls 12-14 race, Sampson was the winner while Bhimsin and Jaheme Henry finished second and third in that order.
MANCHESTER, England, (CMC) – Head coach Phil Simmons on Saturday underscored the importance of West Indies posting large totals, if they were to be competitive in next month’s three-Test series against England.Speaking in a media conference via Zoom, Simmons said if the Caribbean side’s “world class” bowling attack were to be afforded the chance to take 20 wickets consistently, the batting needed to fire on all cylinders.“I think that’s the important part of this tour,” Simmons said from quarantine at Old Trafford here.“There’s a lot of pressure on the batsmen to perform because the bowling unit has been carrying the Test team for a while now and it’s something that we are harping on a lot.“Not to put extra pressure because there’s enough pressure playing a Test match, but we need to get that total of 400, 450 in order to give this bowling unit, which I think is a top class bowling unit – the fast bowlers especially – a chance in these three Test matches.”West Indies have struggled to post 400 runs in an innings in recent times, passing the mark just once in their last 16 innings. On that occasion, they raised 415 in the second innings of the opening Test against England in Bridgetown last year, laying the foundation for a commanding 381-run victory.Nine times during the same period dating back to the tour of Bangladesh in 2018, West Indies have managed less than 250 in an innings. They have lost eight of their last 15 Tests since inside the last two years and won six.West Indies’ task was made even more difficult with the withdrawal of of experienced Darren Bravo who averages 37 from 54 Tests and rising star Hetmyer, who was instrumental in the historic series win over England last year.Both batsmen expressed concern about their safety on the tour amid the COVID-19 pandemic and declined selection.However, Simmons said while they would be missed, it was critical other batsmen assumed responsibility in their absence.“We know and we understand the quality of these two individuals and we know what we will be missing but in situations like this, we have to work hard with the guys who are here and just make sure that the work we’re doing is putting them in a position to be able to fill those two shoes for the series,” Simmons pointed out.“Hopefully whoever fills their shoes for the series can go on and be as great as they want to be. We’ve just got to work hard with whom we have here and try to get two players to fill those boots.”The series, which bowls off July 8 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, will be the first of its kind to be played in a “bio-secure” environment amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which has already resulted in 294 000 infections and over 41 500 deaths in the United Kingdom.With cricket halted globally since March, both teams will enter the series without match practice and Simmons believes this will create a more even contest.“I think it’s a plus because England haven’t come from a tour or two tours recently and we’ve just been playing cricket at home,” he explained.“In a normal situation we would have been coming from camps and England would have been halfway through their season and the series would’ve been going right now. “So I think that’s a plus for us because it evens out things a little bit due to the fact they have not been playing competitive cricket for a while also.”
Antonio Conte and the Chelsea squad surprised children and their families at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital penultimate Wednesday afternoon.The players spread festive cheer with the visit, delivering presents for the kids, posing for pictures and signing autographs around the wards. Sadly, some of the children were in hospital over Christmas and so the Blues popped in following the morning’s training session at Stamford Bridge. The annual visit to the Chelsea and Westminster, just along the Fulham Road, is a significant one for the players.‘Each year we come and it is important for us as players to do this and to see the kids,’ said Cesar Azpilicueta to Chelsea FC official website.‘I am a parent myself and I know how special this time is. Christmas is normally a very happy time but for these kids and their families it is very difficult so it is nice for us to come here, give them presents and to spend time with them. It is also nice for us to be able to do this and to make people’s day nicer.’One young admirer of the Spanish international was Hannah Pollock, who was delighted to meet the players and receive a selfie stick.‘She has had some issues with her tummy and has go to start a diet of a milky drink for the next six weeks which will get her better,’ her mum Lucy explained. ‘She’s been in and out since November 6, but we will be home for Christmas which is very exciting.‘It’s fantastic to see the players. It’s quite quiet here normally and she feels like she has missed the build-up to Christmas at school with the play, the games and the jumper day, so it’s lovely for the players to come in.’David Luiz too had one special fan. James Middlehurst plays for the Team GB amputee football team. He was thrilled to meet his hero!From the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, it was next stop the West Stand at the Bridge where there were plenty more smiles on faces at the Bridge Kids Christmas Party.There in one of the suites hundreds of junior members of the club plus guests of the Chelsea Foundation, who had been enjoying party food to the accompaniment of balloon modelling and music, were joined by the players for plenty of selfies and signed photos, with one giant selfie taken of everyone together.The undoubted highlight though was a quiz at the end between two teams consisting of two of the kids partnered by David Luiz and Victor Moses, with the final challenge for the youngsters an impression of Antonio Conte on the touchline. The manager himself judged the winner and given they were both hilariously good, he called it a draw.Throughout the day, in the shadow of the West Stand, there was plenty of fun for all the family at a special Chelsea Christmas wonderland full of activities. As well as seeing live reindeer and penguins, children had the chance to take part in a series of challenges and games testing their aim, balance and speed.There were craft workshops and ice sculpture opportunities too, while some competitive table football match-ups, between young and old alike, occasionally took centre stage!Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAt the Bradley Center in Milwaukee Saturday, the Badgers virtually stopped two veteran Marquette guards.Too bad there were three.With Wisconsin leading the No. 25 Golden Eagles by seven points with 17:08 left in the game, one Marquette guard was simply too hot to handle.His name isn’t Wesley Matthews, who led the team averaging 22 points going into the game.It wasn’t Dominic James, who scored 20 points in last year’s contest at the Kohl Center.Instead, it was the Golden Eagles’ third senior guard — Jerel McNeal — who took over the game.That seven-point lead soon vanished as Marquette coach Buzz Williams set up a double screen for McNeal on seemingly every possession. It sure worked.McNeal scored 14 straight points for the Golden Eagles, putting a halt to the Badgers’ attempt at a comeback, and effectively giving Marquette its second consecutive win over Wisconsin.“Offensively, coach put the ball in my hands and I was trying to read their defense and make plays when I could,” McNeal said. “I was trying to do whatever I could to help the team.”Help the team he did, as McNeal finished the game with 26 points on 10-for-18 shooting, to go along with seven rebounds.In the first half, the Badgers’ defense forced the sharpshooting Marquette offensive to only 39.1 percent from the field. They even held McNeal to a mere seven points.But in the second half, Marquette’s athleticism, particularly McNeal’s, was simply too much for Wisconsin’s guards to handle.“He’s good enough to do that,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “He’s a guy on that team that can create things and make a lot of things happen with the ball. At least we were trying to get him to do it in different ways.”“He was making tough shots,” senior forward Joe Krabbenhoft added. “We were switching off, getting a hand in his face, but he really made some great plays.”Despite being noticeably undersized, the Golden Eagles outplayed the Badgers defensively in the second half. McNeal credited that, along with a 21-14 rebounding advantage in the second period to his big game.“Everything that we did tonight, especially for [the second half] of the game, was predicated off us playing unbelievable defense,” McNeal said. “We were getting stops and rebounding and forcing turnovers, giving us a chance to run. That is what our team is all about.”With four starters averaging double-digit scoring, Marquette had many options on offense. Though McNeal took over the game on Saturday, nearly every starter on the Golden Eagles is capable of having a big game offensively. Following the game, McNeal commented on the team effort that led to the victory.“It wasn’t just me, it was all five guys on the floor,” McNeal said. “I was just trying to read their defense and make plays. I’m just in a situation where I’m trying to do whatever I can to help the team win.”The loss dropped the Badgers to 6-2, with both losses coming against ranked teams, including No. 2 Connecticut, which also boasts three guards who score in double digits.Ryan noticed the discrepancy in athleticism between his team and Marquette, citing the Golden Eagles’ guards’ ability to make plays off the dribble. Furthermore, with the Texas game around the corner, the Badgers will have yet another big task ahead of them, as they will have to defend more elite guards in A.J. Abrams and Damian James.“James and McNeal are quicker than anybody we have,” he said. “Trevon (Hughes) isn’t far behind … but our sophomores and freshmen just have to keep getting better if we want to compete in the Big Ten.”
Despite recent struggles for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (8-18, 4-10 Big Ten), discouragement is the last thing on head coach Bobbie Kelsey’s mind as the Badgers prepare for their final two opponents of the season.Although the Badgers have dropped five consecutive Big Ten games, Kelsey seemed upbeat at her Monday press conference while the team prepares for a showdown Thursday night on the road against the Indiana Hoosiers (5-22, 0-14).Although the Badgers have hit a rough patch, Kelsey has been encouraged by her team’s attitude.“I am proud of our team from last night’s game (68-59 loss at Nebraska),” Kelsey said. “We were down a lot but didn’t give up. We persevered in the face of adversity. It is very encouraging when you don’t give up. This group has a lot of pride and wants to do well.”One surprise that’s emerged as of late is freshman point guard Lacia Gorman, who’s caught the eye of Kelsey lately and is starting to adjust to the college game.Although it’s been a challenge to find her place on the court, Gorman has shown promising development the last two games, scoring 19 points over the recent stretch for Wisconsin. UW’s head coach has taken notice of Gorman’s improvement and had encouraging words about her young point guard.“Lacia did a great job,” Kelsey said. “She has been coming on as of late and has gained a lot of confidence these last two games. She can handle the ball and has a lot of upside to her. It carries a lot of responsibility to be a point guard.”The Badgers will look to build momentum as they end the regular season this week with matchups at Indiana Thursday night and a home game against Illinois Sunday. It’s an important stretch for a team that is looking for a spark heading into the Big Ten Tournament.Wisconsin’s game against Indiana poses a lot of challenges, starting with the fact that Indiana has yet to win a conference game and is hungry to get its first Big Ten victory.“Indiana is scary because we don’t want to be the first team to lose to them,” Kelsey said. “They don’t have anything to lose, and we cannot take them for granted. We are not looking at it as an easy game. This is an important stretch for our team because you always want to play well going into a tournament and have the confidence to know you can play with anyone.”As the Badgers’ season winds down, there have been a lot of good memories to reflect on. Sunday will be a special day as the seniors play their final home game at the Kohl Center.Entering the season, Kelsey didn’t know what to expect. She said that things could go very well or very badly. Taking over a new group and a new program is tough for most coaches; however, she praised the leadership of her seniors.“I am so grateful to the seniors from day one,” Kelsey said. “It was almost like having 12 freshmen at the beginning of the year. I have to credit the group and their maturity to accept someone they don’t know.”After accepting the coaching position, Kelsey knew she wasn’t going to inherit a Stanford-caliber team. She understood that the transition was not going to be easy and that hard work would be critical in building a record of success.Kelsey, who was previously an assistant coach for four seasons at Stanford, helped lead the Cardinal to a 137-14 record and four consecutive Final Fours. Her plans for success are the same in Madison as she tries to resurrect the women’s basketball team into a title contender.The new coach believes she can bring her experience to Wisconsin and make a lasting contribution to the program.“The challenge is to take a group without all the names and accolades and see what they can do,” she said. “I felt it was time to help another group. [The journey] must start somewhere, and there isn’t a place I would rather do it than Wisconsin.”
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — It was an exciting afternoon over at Bay View Park despite the cold and windy temperatures.Those temperatures are actually a good thing for the new outdoor ice rink being installed right off of Lake Huron. Volunteers helped assemble the new rink this afternoon near the band shell. The group friend’s of the Alpena outdoor ice rink received the approval last night for the new rink at a city council meeting.“It’s very festive, it will drive people downtown, so they’ll shop and get coffee and just meet up with their friends,” said Bauer LeMonds.The goal is to have the rink ready to rock by this weekend but that is all up to mother nature. Maintenance for the rink will be run on a volunteer basis. Members of the group hope to bring back memories of the last time Alpena had an outdoor rink.“We all grew up with big rink out at Mich-e-ke-wis, and it was just a blast, everybody loved it,” said Organizer Kara Bauer LeMonds. “It was just a great place to come if you weren’t that great of a skater to get your confidence up, so you could start open skating in the bigger rink, and so we just thought what a great idea.”Once the ice is set, the group will host a grand opening celebration with festivities. Volunteers are still needed to help maintain the rink.If you’d like to help out or would like updates on when the rink officially opens, contact the Facebook group Friend’s of the Alpena Outdoor Ice Rink. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Bay View Park, Friend’s of the Alpena Outdoor Ice Rink, Ice Rink, ice skating, Lake Huron, Mich-e-ke-wis Park, Outdoor Ice SkatingContinue ReadingPrevious Insights into Northeast Michigan: A Look at Climate ChangeNext 8th Grader Creates a Special Seat for Classmates
The final match of the 2013 UAE World Cup between three-time champions, Nigeria and defending champions, Mexico on Friday in Abu Dhabi would be a game of wits.This much was the verdict of Coach Manu Garba, Golden Eaglets’ Head coach after Nigeria handed a 3-0 defeat to Sweden at the Rashid Stadium in Dubai on Tuesday in the semi-final.ResilientGoals by Taiwo Awoniyi, Samuel Okon and Chidera Ezeh were enough to break the resolve of a resilient Swedish side that earlier played a 3-3 draw with Nigeria in their Group F match.– I still maintained that the Mexican team are a very technical team and we can see their resilience by coming from a 6-1 loss to us (Nigeria) and still be in the final, Manu said at the post-match media conference.Manu said the Golden Eaglets are now turbo-charged after a commanding performance throughout the tournament where they have won all their previous matches bar the 3-3 draw against Sweden in the Preliminary Round. Pressure– We showed today that we are a very strong side, maintained Manu, a World Cup winner as an assistant coach in 2007.– We are not going to be on any pressure against Mexico in the final because we would prepare mentally, physically and psychologically for the final.– The Mexican team I maintained are at very technical team and I believe the final is going to be a great one but by the grace of God, we shall win this trophy for Nigeria and Africa, he noted.
It has just been made official how British heavyweights Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora will meet in a rematch of their 2011 clash on July 26th. The rematch, which will be an official WBO final eliminator, will take place in Manchester at The Phones 4U Arena.Unbeaten 25-year-old Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) outpointed 30-year-old Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs) three years ago, but Chisora was carrying excess weight and “Del Boy” has promised he will be in tip-top shape this time. Both men want a shot at Wladimir Klitschko and a win on July 26th will take either man a big step closer to that.Fury-Chisora II has been dubbed “The Fight for The Right.” BoxNation TV channel in the UK will show the fight live
Kershaw, who had 10 pickoffs last season, picked off his second batter of the spring.“It can get you out of some jams,” he said. “It’s something I worked on for sure.”Alex Guerrero hit a solo homer off Sale in the fourth. Howie Kendrick hit a run-scoring triple in the third.Thompson impressesThe Dodgers are giving a long look at athletic outfielder Trayce Thompson, who played center field Saturday. Thompson, the brother of Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors and son of former Laker Mychal, “can do a lot of different things,” manager Dave Roberts said. “We want to see him as much as we possibly can, putting him in center, in left a little bit, in right a little bit.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Chris Sale pitched 5 1/3 innings and Clayton Kershaw went nearly that far in a matchup of left-handed aces Saturday, with the Chicago White Sox beating the Dodgers 4-2 in Glendale, Arizona.Sale made his Cactus League debut after pitching in a “B” game earlier in the week. He allowed two runs and six hits, walking one and striking out three. Kershaw, pitching on his 28th birthday, gave up two runs and six hits, walking none and striking out four. Jerry Sands and Tyler Saladino hit RBI singles in the second.“At one point or another today, I felt like I used all my pitches effectively,” he said. “I gave up a few hard-hit balls, but some bloopers that found some holes, too. But overall, I felt like I’m on a decent progression for sure.” Thompson made an outstanding catch on a line drive to center by Avisail Garcia.“It was definitely nice to make that catch,” Thompson said. “There have been a couple balls that been inches away from my glove that I feel I usually make.”Though Thompson can play any outfield spot, “I feel like I’m a center fielder,” he said. “I want the ball. I’ve always had that mentality. I pride myself a lot on my defense.”Pujols producesAngels manager Mike Scioscia liked the two mammoth home runs Albert Pujols hit in the third inning against Milwaukee. But he also liked the veteran slugger’s first at-bat, a two-out, RBI single to the opposite field.“It’s great to see him hitting the ball to right field with a guy in scoring position, which is what he does when he’s on,” Scioscia said after Pujols sent the Angels past the Milwaukee Brewers 15-7 in Tempe.After his first-inning single scored the streaking Yunel Escobar, Pujols led off the third against Wily Peralta and homered onto the berm in left-center. The Angels went on to bat around, and Pujols faced Peralta again with a man on and two out.This time, on the first pitch, Pujols cleared the hedge behind the lawn area in left and capped an eight-run inning. Pujols had one spring homer entering Saturday.“He got two pitches up and just killed them,” Scioscia said.Escobar went 4 for 4, extending his consecutive hit streak to seven. The Angels’ new third baseman is batting .471 and has yet to strike out in Cactus League play.Yunesky Maya made his first start for the Angels after six relief innings. He didn’t fare as well this time, though four of the five runs against him were unearned.Maya allowed five hits and walked four after issuing no walks in any of his previous outings. The Cuban last pitched in the majors for Washington in 2013. Tejada joins CardsThe St. Louis Cardinals signed free-agent shortstop Ruben Tejada to a one-year, $1.5 million guaranteed contract. Tejada hit .261 with 23 doubles, three homers and 28 RBIs with the New York Mets last year. His season ended when the Dodgers’ Chase Utley broke Tejada’s right leg with a takeout slide in the NL Division Series.Tejada signed with the Mets in 2006 and spent parts of six big league seasons in New York. But after the Mets offered him a contract on Dec. 2, they signed free-agent shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and acquired second baseman Neil Walker from Pittsburgh. With Wilmer Flores also on the roster, Tejada’s future with the team became uncertain and he was released on Wednesday.