Assam-Bengal Tie Ends Draw in Vijay Merchant Trophy

first_imgOur sports ReporterGUWAHATI: The three-day match between Assam and Bengal in the Vijay Merchant Trophy ended as a draw at the NFRSA stadium, Maligaon today. Assam, after following on, scored 235-8 in their second innings when the game came to an end.Brief scores: Bengal first innings 372-7 (dec), Assam first innings 72, Assam second innings 235-8, Manjeet Deka 86 (no), Milind Mondal 4-41. Also Read: Assam Struggling Against Bengal in Vijay Merchant tie in MaligaonAlso Watch:Watch | 7th Late Jatin Islary Memorial Running Shield Football Tournamentlast_img read more

Competitors from five nations confirmed for 2019 Stage of Champions

first_imgCOMPETITORS from five nations, including host country Guyana, will participate in this year’s Camille’s Academy Stage of Champions IV Fight to the Finish, which is scheduled for the Theatre Guild, in Kingston, Georgetown on Saturday,October 19.Coordinator Videsh Sookram confirmed that participants from Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Antigua would join their Guyanese counterparts for the bodybuilding, bikini and men’s physique events.Among the big overseas names expected for the bodybuilding competition are Mr. Suriname 2019, Fabian Wehl, Antigua’s Warren English, T&T’s Barry Copilah, who is the Twin Island Republic 2018 National Junior Champion.English, who captivated the audience last month at the Guyana Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (GBBFF) Senior National Championships as a guest poser, is Guyanese by birth.The overseas participants will face 2019 Mr. Guyana, Marlon Bennett, rising star Derran Harris, who won the U143 pounds category at seniors after winning the novices bodybuilding competition earlier this year, and one of Guyana’s most decorated bodybuilders, Sylvan Gardner, among others.Warren English dazzled the Guyanese audience at the Senior Championships as a guest poser.Gardner, who confirmed his participation over the weekend, has a string of international wins, including the 2008 MuscleMania Superbody Championships, and three gold medals at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Bodybuilding Championships.A number of persons are expected to take part in the Mr. Physique competition, including reigning Mr Novices Physique, Delroy Phillips.So far, two Guyanese women have signed up to compete in the bikini competition: reigning Senior National Ms. Bikini champion Rosanna Fung and Tower Gym’s Amrita Shiwdas. Three Surinamese will also travel for the event: Militia Galimo, Tatiana Bawon and Jo Pereira.Sookram said that along with Camille’s Academy Diamond and Soesdyke branches, Fitness Express and Tower, powered by Unity Gym, are sponsoring the championships.last_img read more

Familiar faces, young talent providing scoring spark

first_imgHead Coach Mark Johnson knew it would be more of a challenge for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team to score goals this year. After netting 170 goals in 38 games last year, the Badgers lost 62 of those scores in the form of departing players. Everyone, especially the freshmen, had to step up their game and produce goals. Through the season’s first five games, the team has done exactly that.Wisconsin hasn’t missed a beat from last season, when the team averaged around 4.5 goals per game. This year’s squad is averaging four goals per game, with 18 goals in the past four games. The team has done well to replace their former teammates, especially the freshmen, who have used their speed and enthusiasm to make up for the lack of college playing experience. New Badgers Angie Keseley, Erika Lawler and Tia Hanson have stepped in nicely, combining to tally 10 points in their first five games of collegiate play.However, a key part of goal production this year has come from a pair of familiar faces, junior Sara Bauer and senior Sharon Cole. The two play on the same line and feed off of each other’s skill. The duo had a pretty passing exchange that resulted in a goal for Cole against Vermont and another great play when Cole scored off another feed from Bauer against Minnesota State last weekend. Bauer, a prolific goal scorer, has already collected 10 points in only five games this season. Cole, the team captain, has recorded six points thus far. “We’ve played together for a while, so we know how each other plays and works position-wise,” Cole said of her playing with Bauer. “I think we just compliment each other well with passing and getting [the puck] on net.”The freshmen have also stepped up to provide a reliable source of goals. Lawler, who stands at only five feet tall, uses her speed to disrupt defenses and create scoring opportunities and breakaways. She has collected three points in the season, scoring her first goal of the season in the opening series against Minnesota-Duluth. She has created numerous scoring chances for herself and her teammates, although a goal against Minnesota State was taken away due to the net being knocked out of position.Freshmen forwards Hanson, Keseley and Kayla Hagen have also all seen significant playing time and have performed well. Hanson and Keseley created a two-player breakaway last Saturday against Minnesota State, with Hanson scoring in the third period to give the Badgers a 3–1 lead.”The freshmen are doing well,” Johnson said. “They’re still getting their feet wet in regards to college hockey and getting used to being a college student … but I like the team we have and the offensive chances we’re creating.”One negative aspect of the Badgers’ offense is the lack of production from the powerplay. The Badgers were 0-for-7 on the powerplay Saturday against Minnesota State and are just 1-for-15 in the past three games.However, Johnson isn’t worried about the powerplay just yet. He knows that it’s difficult at first for the players to read each other and anticipate what their teammates will do. This is especially true with the special teams units, where it takes time for a squad to come together. Johnson is confident that this will happen with time.”We were 0-for-7 up at Mankato, and that’s something that we have to work on … some people have to get used to one another and the chemistry has to develop,” Johnson said. “We did some pretty good things (on the powerplay), we just didn’t score. We got the puck in (the offensive zone) and moved it around pretty well … we’ll work on the powerplay tomorrow (in practice) quite a bit and get the girls ready for Friday afternoon … so we should be able to create more scoring chances.”The Badgers will face the North Dakota Fighting Sioux Friday at 2:07 at the Kohl Center. Like last week’s matchup against Minnesota State, the team expects another tough physical battle this weekend.”You can expect a physical battle out of all the WCHA teams, everybody wants to get that conference win,” Cole said. “Especially against us; we have pretty good speed so teams tend to be physical to slow us down.”last_img read more

Yoga with Fisher combines art, exercise on campus

first_imgElizabeth Holmes probably never associated yoga and art together, much less expected them to be combined in a program. After moving to Los Angeles with her husband and son, she spent a great deal of her time collecting art, and eventually donated 29 pieces of work to what would become her museum, the Elizabeth Holmes Fisher Gallery at USC. She had one simple wish for the place: that all of their programs were free and open to the public.It’s because of this wish that recreational athletics is collaborating with the USC Fisher Museum to provide free yoga classes every fall and spring semester. As of 2016, the program, known as Yoga with Fisher @USC, has attracted enough people to reach an eight-year milestone and is kicking off their spring session with artist Lita Albuquerque’s first showcase with the museum after 33 years — 20/20 Accelerando. The program itself is taught by composer Francois Dompierre, who has worked with the Fisher Museum in the past, including the course of the previous exhibition. Yoga this semester will be on select Tuesdays from Jan. 26 through April 10 from 10:45-11:45 a.m., with 20 spots available on a first-come, first-serve basis.Because of its open-ended, minimal commitment and free structure, Yoga with Fisher @USC works with all schedules. People can join classes based on their own availability, and as a result, the program has managed to reach out to people of all backgrounds.“It’s not just students that join, but also faculty and staff,” said Ani Mnatsakanyan, the education and program coordinator. “For some, this is their first experience with yoga; others are experts. This yoga class is open to anyone who wants to begin or continue their practice while getting in touch with art.”For Kay Allen, associate director of the museum, yoga and art is an unlikely combination that helps attract more visitors.“People average probably less than a minute in front of every work of art when they visit,” Allen said. “With this experience, they may focus on a work of art and really look at it as they’re doing their stretches, meditations and so on.”While the yoga collaboration shifts based on every exhibition, overall, the concept is the same: to foster a meditative relationship between yoga and the arts as well as help guests spend some time away from the busy world and just concentrate on themselves and the space they’re in.“One of my favorite parts about the program is how happy people look once the class is over,” Mnatsakanyan said. “Not only do the students get to view the exhibition in a new perspective, but they get to reflect on the art during the practice… If one hour of weekly yoga helps battle everyday stress, then our yoga program has been successful.”last_img read more

Barkley looks to return

first_imgSenior quarterback Mitch Mustain took most of the first-team reps at practice on Tuesday, but it was the player who stood on the sidelines most of the time that garnered the most attention.Fighting back · Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley injured his ankle against Oregon State, but says he will be ready to face UCLA. – Mannat Saini | Daily Trojan As USC prepares to play its last game of the season against UCLA on Saturday, all eyes are on sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley.More specifically, his left ankle.Barkley was in uniform and limited in practice Tuesday. He is battling a high-ankle sprain he suffered before halftime in the Oregon State game two weeks ago and didn’t play at all against Notre Dame.After USC’s loss to the Fighting Irish, however, Barkley said there was no doubt he would play this week and remained equally optimistic on Tuesday.“That’s the mindset you got to have,” Barkley said. “I think it’s a little more probable [playing] this week but I’m definitely anticipating being back in.”USC coach Lane Kiffin said Barkley threw the ball well in his limited snaps on Tuesday but needs to show that he can move around unhindered by his ankle for him to start Saturday.“I hope he’s going to play, I think he’s going to play, but I don’t know for sure if he’s going to play,” Kiffin said. “We’re going to go throughout the week and it’ll probably be a gametime decision.”Barkley wore a thin brace on his left ankle on Tuesday, but said it doesn’t inhibit him at all and only prevents the movement that injured his ankle. He said his ligaments are healed for the most part.“Pain scale is the only thing I’m dealing with right now,” Barkley said. “The injury itself is pretty healed up, pretty quick, which I’m happy about. All the rehab I’ve been doing paid off. So it’s just really a bone bruise which I’m trying to get rid of and ease the pain off that. It’s hard in practice to get your mind off it when that’s the only thing you’re dealing with, but in a game when your adrenaline is pumping through your veins you don’t really think about it.”Barkley has started at quarterback every game this year except last week and hopes he can finish the way he started.“This is my team. I feel like I need to be out there with those guys,” Barkley said. “But at the same time, if I’m not going to be ready for the job Mitch can definitely handle it.”—Walk-on sophomore Tony Burnett received most of the first-team reps at safety Tuesday. Starting sophomore safety T.J. McDonald was not in uniform and had a sling over his right shoulder which he separated against Notre Dame, and fellow starting sophomore Jawanza Starling was limited with an injury that kept him out of the last game.Burnett came in for McDonald last game and Kiffin said he was impressed with his play.“For a guy who really hasn’t played that much football for a long time, just really played on special teams for the most part this year, he did well,” Kiffin said.last_img read more

GOtv Boxing Night 14: Beninois Vows to Beat Baby Face to…

first_imgDjossou “Agoy” Basile, the Beninois opponent of Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde for the West African Boxing Union (WABU) welterweight title bout scheduled for GOtv Boxing Night 14, has vowed to reduce the Nigerian to pulp.The fight, along with six others, will hold at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Lagos, on 14 April.Basile, whose fightinh record is impressive, said he is aware that Baby Face is unbeaten, a record he is coming to end. “I will crush him like paper waste. I know he has not been defeated, but that is because he has been fighting his mates. I am not his mate. In terms of boxing, I am his father. A father can whip his son whenever the son is naughty,” Basile said through an interpreter at the weekend.Similarly, scheduled to be in action at the event is Nigeria’s Waidi “Skoro” Usman, who is scheduled to take on Kenya’s Michael “Shaka” Nyawade for the African Boxing Union featherweight title.In yet another title fight, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu will attempt to win the national lightweight title when he takes on Kazeem “Ijoba” Badmus.Also in the lightweight category, ABU champion, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph will face Prince “Lion” Nwoye in a challenge bout.In the cruiserweight division, Ramon “Hyena” Razak will clash with Abiodun “Finito” Afini, while Chukwuebuka “Wise King” Ezewudo will fight Semiu ” Jagaban” Olapade in the super middleweight category. The event will also see Majesty Maduka up against Sulaimon Adeosun.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

UKGC sets out key focus areas in 2019-20 strategy

first_img UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has set out its key areas of focus for the next 12 months as part of its 2019-20 Business Plan, detailing the ways it plans to protect customers, prevent harm, raise industry standards and improving regulation.As the regulator moves into the second year of its 2018-2021 strategy, the UKGC intends to “secure a more sustainable funding structure for education, prevention and treatment – ensuring the outcomes are measured and evaluated.”Neil McArthur, chief executive of the Gambling Commission, said: “This business plan highlights the projects and milestones we will complete during 2019-20 as we move into the second year of our Strategy 2018-2021. “Our overriding objective is to make gambling fairer and safer for consumers, in what is a constantly developing market. I am proud of the progress we have made with our ambitious strategy, but I am also clear that there is much more to do.”Alongside the new Business Plan, the UKGC is also set to launch its National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms which will explore issues facing the industry at the minute such as the use of credit cards to wager bets. The plan detailed: “We put consumers at the heart of our approach, which requires us to strike a balance between the enjoyment people get from gambling and the risks that gambling can present. “Managing those risks is not just the responsibility of the individual consumer. That is why we assess risks by looking at the providers of gambling, the products that are offered and the places in which people gamble. “Our approach allows us to respond to emerging risks and issues, whilst constantly seeking ways to drive up standards. This is especially important due to the challenges and opportunities online gambling and smartphone technology are bringing and the effect that is having on consumer behaviour.” Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Great Victory of BH Tennis: Dzumhur won against Nadal!

first_imgDamir Dzumhur (23) managed to make a surprise and celebrate in a fantastic match against the great Rafael Nadal (29), after the Spaniard retired in the third set of the match. The result was 1: 1 in sets (6: 2, 4: 6), while our tennis player was leading with 3: 0 in the third set.Spanish tennis player easily won the first game after his serve, and then Dzumhur returned with successful service that lasted for more than 10 minutes, in which our tennis player saved nine break points.In his fourth service, Dzumhur had 40:30 and a chance to decrease the score that he did not manage to do and Nadal won the first set with the score 6: 2 after 44 minutes of play.Nadal took the lead with 1: 0 after his service in the second set. Then Dzumhur had a successful service with a successful “challange”. Then came the period of fantastic game of our player. Dzumhur made break and then won his service, not letting Nadal to win a single point. It was 3: 1 for Dzumhur.Great game of Dzumhur woke up Nadal who did not allow a single point to our tennis player in his service and he reduced lead to 4: 3, after which Nadal continued in the same rhythm and took a break for 4: 4.It is interesting that Dzumhur requested “challange” twice during his service and both times he was right.Nadal had a service and Dzumhur returned balls to famous tennis player with his impressive game, winning points and made new break which was preceded by another successful “challange”. Our tennis player had a score 5: 4 and service to equalize sets. He won the service without problems for impressive 1: 1.It was obvious that Nadal has health problems which our tennis player used to get 2: 0 in only 13 minutes in the third set.Dzumhur continued in the same rhythm and made a new break for 3: 0, but it must be admitted that the Spanish tennis player looked devastated in those moments. During the break, doctor approached him and advised him to retire if he feels bad, but Nadal refused. He returned to the field, however he handed over the match shortly after.(Source: O. T./ read more

Josh Hader trade rumors: Five teams that should trade for the relief ace

first_imgIt doesn’t sound like the Brewers want to sip the Hader-ade anymore.The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that Milwaukee could look to move super reliever Josh Hader this offseason to anyone thirsty for bullpen help. It’s a curious thought, considering the Brewers were in it until a wild card game collapse this year.  MORE: The Brewers revealed new uniforms, an old logo and all is right in the worldIn any case, Hader is due for raises through the arbitration process over the next four seasons, which means he’ll be fairly inexpensive for a pitcher of his caliber — which means he could be expensive for teams looking to deal for him.So which teams have the trade capital to pony up and get the relief ace? Here are five squads that could — and should — make a deal for Hader’s services.New York MetsThe Mets tried to shore up their bullpen last season, which turned out to be the main reason they were playing golf come October. Brodie Van Wagenen signed Jeurys Familia to a three-year, $30 million pact, which blew up in their faces, and then made the splash trade for Edwin Díaz and Robinson Canó, which didn’t exactly work out.Really, it’s not a surprise that the Mets were one of the teams specifically named by Rosenthal that could make a run for Hader, and other reports have corroborated that. After all, the Mets’ GM sounds like he wants to make a splash, and Hader would provide some insurance in case Diaz is medicore-to-bad again in 2020.The Mets probably understand that their window is right now; even though their core position player group is young and controllable, the same can’t be said about their starting rotation. While Jacob deGrom is locked up through the 2023 season (he has an option for 2024), Marcus Stroman is a free agent after this season and there’s some doubt surrounding the future of Noah Syndergaard in a Mets uniform, though he has one more year of arbitration left after 2020. Zack Wheeler is a free agent and doesn’t sound like he’ll be returning to New York.Expecting Díaz to get right could be a dangerous game to play, but making sure there’s an insurance policy for New York in the backend of the bullpen would be wise.Tampa Bay RaysNo, the Rays don’t particularly need Hader in the bullpen, but for a team that won 96 games last season, took the Astros to a Game 5 in the ALDS and are only going to get better as the years go on, Hader would be a great addition to a team that knows how to maximize its pitching talent.The 2020 Rays rotation could feature the following: Charlie Morton, Blake Snell, Tyler Glasnow, Brendan McKay and Yonny Chirinos. Knowing the Rays like to get sweaty and find ways to uproot pitching norms, it would be fun to see how they would employ Hader alongside that rotation, as he would be a weapon no matter where you place him.Hader would also give the Rays a certainty out of the bullpen, where they’ve had a lot of moving parts over the past few years.MORE: Rays of hope — Tampa Bay is built for now, and the futureHouston AstrosSpeaking of teams that know how to maximize pitching talent, the Astros could use someone like Hader in their bullpen. Again, pitching might not be the hole for the Astros — their bullpen performed well through the playoffs last season — but a controllable relief ace like Hader would certainly pair well with Roberto Osuna at the back end of the bullpen, and add some insurance as well.If the Astros were to trade for Hader, he would give them three relievers in the top 20 in baseball in K rate, along with Josh James and Ryan Pressly. Pressly dealt with injuries the second half of the season, and James was something of a question mark throughout the year, including that playoff run.If you had to point to one weakness of the AL champs, it’s their bullpen, and Hader would certainly give them a leg up in the Junior Circuit again.Washington NationalsHey, the defending World Series champs have holes just like everybody else. And as it turns out, they have some in the bullpen.While the relief corps performed up to snuff in their playoff run, even after the Washington front office rebuilt it in the middle of the year, it was among the worst in baseball. Still, the Nats’ bullpen pitched to a 4.95 xFIP in the second half of 2019, third worst in the majors, and their 240 1/3 innings pitched from relievers was the fifth fewest in that same span.Luckily for the Nats, the workhorse rotation led by Max Scherzer logged a lot of innings in that second half, so they didn’t exactly have to lean on their bullpen, but they shouldn’t sit idly this offseason and expect that to be the case again in 2020. Washington does have prospects it can move in the farm system, but some of what they’re willing to give up likely depends on where two of their marquee free agents — third baseman Anthony Rendon and starter Stephen Strasburg — wind up this offseason. Atlanta BravesThe Braves have spent some money this offseason, which is an encouraging sign that they’re not going to make half-measures in defense of their NL East title this offseason. Hader would fit nicely in a bullpen that was middle of the road when it comes to xFIP, K rate and ERA.Atlanta did give Will Smith a pretty lucrative contract, but that would be no matter considering Hader’s arbitration situation — even if he is due for a hefty raise. Pairing the lefty with another pretty dominant lefty in the bullpen would create matchup nightmares for opposing offenses and give the Braves a bit more stability in the relief corps than they’ve had in years past.last_img read more

Funnel cloud spotted in Clear Lake Sunday evening, prompting sirens to go off — no touchdown reported

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — A little bit of a scary moment last night in Clear Lake when a funnel cloud was sighted, prompting the activation of the city’s outdoor warning system. The Clear Lake Police Department stated in a social media post that a possible funnel cloud had been spotted at about 7 o’clock last night and prompted everyone to seek shelter. The funnel cloud did not touch down and the National Weather Service did not issue any type of warning for the area.last_img