North Decatur High School Girls Varsity Volleyball beat Jac-Cen-Del High School 3-0. 25-13, 25-21, 25-17.The North Decatur Chargers move to 5-4 on the season! JV also won as well, in 2 quick sets! Jenna Geis had an impressive game at the net tonight hitting 15/17 with 10 kills and 1 solo block! Erika Kramer adder 11 kills, 1 solo block and served 15/15 with 3 aces. Kara Muckerheide once again led our offense setting 94/95 with 33 assists! Rounding out the stats, Madelyn Bohman has 6 kills, Emma Luttel 4 aces, Olivia Bohman 13 digs and Anna Burkhart 8 digs. JV won in 2: 25-14 25-15Lainey Crites played with a lot of hustle and had 12 assists on the night & 4 aces. Caroline Stapp added 7 digs and Erin Schwering has 5 kills! Great pair of wins tonight for the Chargers!Courtesy of Chargers Coach Ashley Gauck.North Decatur Girls 8th Grade Volleyball falls to St. Mary’s School 2-0. 25-14, 25-16.The 8th grade had some good rallies but were unable to come away with the win. Kacie Ogden was the leading server with 8 points in the first match while Alana Osborn served up 6 in the second match. Lexey Simmonds, Ella Kunz and Madison Motz each had a kill.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Becky Bingham.North Decatur Girls 7th Grade Volleyball beat St. Mary’s School 2-0. 25-18, 25-6.The 7th grade Lady Chargers dominated the match with excellent serving. Hannah Gorrell led scoring with 24 pts with 20 aces and no errors. Sydney Rohls also scored 14 pts with 8 aces. Claire Kinker and Ally Whitaker both had strong passing nights with 6 good passes each. Setters Hannah Gorrell and Kelsey Haley set up the leading hitters Sydney Rohls and Kelsey Haley who had 3 kills each. Anna Mauer, Ally Whitaker, Kelsey Haley, Hannah Gorrell all had no missed serves for the match.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Molly Waechter.
Mathieu Debuchy has insisted he is staying at Newcastle amid speculation that he could make a swift return to France. The 27-year-old France international full-back was one of five January signings drafted in to help the Magpies avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League. However, after a difficult first few months on Tyneside, he has spent the summer break listening to rumours that big-spending Paris St Germain and Monaco were ready to battle it out to take him home. But Debuchy told the Chronicle: “I don’t know about the rumours saying I have been contacted by Paris or Monaco. I feel good in Newcastle. I want to stay In England. I love the Premier League.” Press Association Debuchy is one of a series of players has been given an additional few days’ holiday after heading away on international duty at the end of the domestic season, and he is expected back at the training ground next week. The bulk of the players will return in stages over the next three days and undergo fitness assessment before pre-season begins in earnest at the weekend. They will do so with significant changes having been made behind the scenes with the arrival of director of football Joe Kinnear and the subsequent departure of managing director Derek Llambias having altered the dynamics behind the scenes. Kinnear is currently attempting to implement the recruitment plan drawn up between he, manager Alan Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr in an attempt to avoid a repeat of last season’s troubles. Debuchy and his fellow new arrivals were thrown in at the deep end as Newcastle belatedly moved to strengthen the squad during the winter transfer window, and the defender admits it was something of a culture shock. He said: “For me, the Premier League was a big discovery. Everything is much harder than it is in France. The game is faster and the teams are better, even the small teams. “I also had to learn a new language as I did not speak English. It was complicated, but right now it is better. I love England, even if it is different.”
Press Association Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla admits he would like to see Cesc Fabregas to come back to the Gunners as speculation mounts about a Barclays Premier League return for the Barcelona midfielder. Fabregas was a big hit during his eight-year spell at Arsenal and was given the captain’s armband in 2008 before securing a dream move back to Barcelona in 2011. However, with Barca set for a period of rebuilding under new coach Luis Enrique following a rare barren season, Fabregas has been widely linked with a return to England this summer. Chelsea are said to be frontrunners for the 27-year-old but Cazorla, who is part of Spain’s World Cup squad alongside Fabregas, hopes the midfielder ends up back at the Emirates. He was quoted by the Spanish press: “I’ve read that he could go to Chelsea but I’d prefer him to come to Arsenal because he’s a great player and they really love him there. “I don’t know what his future is, but I hope that he will be happy and enjoys the team wherever he is.” Cazorla, who joined Arsenal in 2012, also defended Fabregas’ displays in the Primera Division, adding: “I don’t think there’s a big difference between Cesc’s performances in the Premier League and La Liga. “His statistics are great at Barcelona but he’s not valued the same as in England. There’s no difference in his numbers, he’s adapted perfectly to both leagues.”
“It’s a massive week and anyone would love to win, but being Scottish it would be that much more special,” Warren said after birdies on the 16th and 18th gave him a 69. “What happened two years ago was tough to take at the time but it was good experience and hopefully it will stand me in good stead. “The course is tough enough anyway, never mind playing the back nine into this wind. After bogeys on the 14th and 15th I said to my caddie let’s try to have a strong finish but to finish three-three-three was beyond my wildest dreams.” Six-time major winner Nick Faldo had threatened to produce something special when he birdied the fourth and fifth and holed from 40 feet for an eagle on the sixth, but the 56-year-old dropped four shots in five holes from the eighth and eventually carded a second consecutive 73 to finish four over par. “I played nicely on the easy holes downwind, then I made a couple of bad swings and it just scared me,” said Faldo, who spends most of his time as a television analyst in America but will also compete at Hoylake next week. “I didn’t know what to do for a while. “I was going nicely, inside the cut line, but then I made a mess of it. Simple as that. I’m here on curiosity, that’s my bottom line. I have a really good day job. I’m just curious to see how I can play this game.” McIlroy set a new course record of 64 at Royal Aberdeen on Thursday, but as the wind changed direction so did the former world number one, who stumbled to a 78 that had him battling to make the halfway cut. His first-round scoring average of just under 68 leads the PGA Tour but his second-round average is almost five shots worse, with rounds of 63 and 78 in the Memorial Tournament the worst example of a worrying trend and part of a run of shooting 40 or more for nine holes in four straight events in America. McIlroy needed another 40 shots to cover the back nine in Aberdeen and had to save par from greenside bunkers on the 17th and 18th to make sure of being here for the weekend. “It’s been the case all year. I’ve got off to great starts and fell away but I am still in the tournament and I can go out in the morning and try to get some of those shots back,” the 25-year-old said. “You are having to talk about it (his Friday performances) so it’s in your mind and I am maybe putting more pressure on myself to shoot a good score. It’s another Friday out of the way, thank God, and I can go on to the weekend. I shot 68 on the Friday at the US Open so hopefully next week will be the same.” Asked if he was shell-shocked, McIlroy added: “Yeah, because when I went to the gym in the morning the wind didn’t seem as strong as it is now so I wasn’t expecting this. Everything was tougher.” In contrast, Ryder Cup team-mate Justin Rose went from woeful on Wednesday to title contender on Friday, carding a 68 to finish five under par and just one off the clubhouse lead shared by Scotland’s Marc Warren and Swede Kristoffer Broberg. Rose, who won the Quicken Loans National at Congressional a fortnight ago, said: “I came here on Wednesday and felt absolutely horrendous. It was like I had lost my game somewhere over the Atlantic. But the last couple of days I have been finding my feet again and that’s part of the reason for playing this week ahead of Hoylake. “It was great to see the course in a completely opposite wind. The par fives are playing very easy on the front nine and there are some tough par fours on the back nine. I did well to hang on to my score on the back nine and made a few good six or seven-footers coming in.” Warren squandered a three-shot lead with four to play in the 2012 Scottish Open at Castle Stuart and admitted it would be a “romantic tale” if he could make amends on Sunday. Rory McIlroy admitted he was shell-shocked after another frightful Friday saw him tumble down the leaderboard in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. Press Association
Officials in our state have taken away guns from 2,000 resident in the year and a half since the Red Flag Law went into effect. However, statistics reveal that much of the state has been slow to enact it.The law allows police to confiscate weapons from individuals who are likely to use them to harm themselves or others. Figures indicate that Broward County, which is inspired the law after last year’s mass shooting, has not been among the most aggressive in using it, ranking 13th statewide.Meanwhile, Hillsborough (which includes Tampa) is 35th, Miami-Dade 39th, Palm Beach County 44th, and Orange County, which includes Orlando, comes in at 53rd on the list.In total, the Red Flag Law has been used 2,227 times between March 2018, when it took effect, and July of this year.Under the law, a police agency must seek a temporary risk protection order from a judge, in order to keep a gun owner from accessing weapons.Police are not required to seize the weapons. Instead, they may be placed with a family member or trusted friend, as long as the person on the order does not have access to them.After the temporary order is enforced, police can then decide whether to seek a final order, which would block the person’s access to guns for at least one year, unless it is renewed at that point.According to advocates, the law’s preemptive nature is critical. “States use these laws to disarm people who pose significant, credible threats,” says Patti Brigham, who serves as president of the Florida Chapter of the League of Women Voters, which is a founding member of the Florida Coalition to End Gun Violence.A background check is used to help identify someone who should not have weapons based on their past. Red flags, also known as “extreme risk protection orders,” are designed to identify people who could potentially pass a background check but seem at risk of using a gun in the near future.So far, nearly 97 percent of requested temporary orders and 99 percent of final orders have been granted statewide.Broward Chief Administrative Judge Jack Tuter says his county has handled about one case every weekday since the law was passed. There are three categories. The largest one includes people who are suffering “an acute mental health crisis,” such as suicidal people and those who are temporarily committed to receiving mental treatment under Florida’s Baker Act.Other cases include people who have already used a weapon or who have committed a criminal act. Those cases would involve removing the person’s access to the weapons, and would prevent them from purchasing a gun for as long as the order remains in effect, Tuter says.The third category including teenagers accused of threatening schools, as well as people whose behavior prompts a someone else to call the police.Tuter adds, “No one deprived of access to guns has gone on to commit any shooting. It served the purpose it was intended to serve: who is going to argue that a person with a mental health crisis shouldn’t have access to a weapon?”
The National Sports Commission (NSC) is looking to resuscitate the abandoned sports complex in New Amsterdam (NA), Berbice to provide another avenue for youth development.The complex was once the sporting hub for New Amsterdam, and was used for facilitating events such as wedding receptions, parties, and sporting activities and even housed a large pool. The complex, which was formally operated and owned by the Berbice Mining Enterprise Limited (BERMINE), is now the responsibility of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL).Officilas inside the dilapidated sporting complex in New Amsterdam, Region SixDirector of Sport Christopher Jones and a team from the NSC, along with the Mayor of New Amsterdam visited the complex last Saturday. The intention is to take control of the site and make it the NSC’s subcommittee headquarters in New Amsterdam.Jones told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that the NSC, through the Ministry of Education will be writing to NICIL in an attempt to acquire the building. Jones noted that the building will cost approximately $200M to rehabilitate.However, he pointed out that once rehabilitated, the sports complex will be able to generate revenue.“There is need for rehabilitation works to be done on the building. Downstairs there is a sports bar that could easily be rented out for income generation for the commission. There are several spaces that could accommodate persons wanting to host wedding receptions and parties. So therefore, we recognise that this space here can generate income on its own and pay for itself,” Jones explained.The dilapidated poolThe sports complex is expected to be the main hub for sports related activities in Regions Five and Six, and according to Jones, similar initiatives will be undertaken in Regions Seven, Eight, Nine and Ten.Mayor of New Amsterdam, Kirt Wynter is delighted that the NSC will acquire the building. The Mayor said that the complex was once a vibrant building but after the mining company left the town, it was left to deteriorate.Mayor Wynter stated that, “I am glad now that the National Sports Commission is embarking on this venture of taking it up, restoring it and opening it up back to the public where we can all enjoy the facility once again.”Wynter said that once the building is acquired, the council will be supportive in ensuring that the facilities are up and running again.
By Alan BaldwinLONDON, England (Reuters) – Formula One title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel should both be wary of resurgent Red Bull after Max Verstappen’s victory in Malaysia at the weekend.While the Dutch 20-year-old and his Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo are not championship contenders, they could yet be kingmakers.How they fare in the remaining five races may play a big part in determining whether the drivers’ crown ends up at Mercedes or Ferrari, even if Hamilton looks the clear favourite.With the Briton now 34 points ahead of Ferrari rival Vettel and 125 points left to be won, any further success for Red Bull would help tilt the title towards Hamilton unless he suffers misfortune.Hamilton is almost at the point where a string of second places would be enough for him to be world champion for a fourth time, even if Vettel were to finish first in every remaining race.Assuming Hamilton keeps up his impressive run of 20 successive scoring finishes, Vettel needs to win repeatedly and be supported by team mate Kimi Raikkonen.Even then, three Ferrari one-two finishes in succession would still see Hamilton lead the championship into the penultimate round if he finishes third every time.Were Verstappen and Ricciardo to become the filling in a red and silver sandwich, finishing behind the two Ferraris but ahead of the Mercedes pair, then that would change everything.That may just be wishful thinking on the part of Ferrari fans stunned by their team’s recent implosion — both drivers colliding at the start in Singapore and then handicapped by power unit problems in Malaysia.Few will need to be reminded that Hamilton has won the U.S. Grand Prix, a race yet to come, five times in the past six years and ended 2016 with four wins in a row.Yet Mercedes, winners of nine out of 15 races so far this year, are alert to the danger.“Probably if you look at the real pace today, it would have been P5 (fifth place). And that is worrisome,” team boss Toto Wolff said after Hamilton finished second without ever challenging Verstappen.“On paper the Ferrari is the fastest car, followed by the Red Bull and then us,” the Austrian had observed after qualifying.Had Raikkonen lined up in second place in Malaysia, rather than retiring before the start, and Vettel had not been sidelined in qualifying, there is every chance that Ferrari and Red Bull could have kept Hamilton off the podium.“There are some real big problems that I can’t really explain to you,” Hamilton said after a race that saw team mate Valtteri Bottas, with a package of supposed improvements, finish only fifth.“I don’t know which one of these next races is going to be good for us, which races are not, but we’ll do everything we can to try and stay ahead.”
During his introductory news conference, Stefanski said he knew about Cleveland’s east side-west side divide and wasn’t sure where to live. He wound up settling in a western suburb.Stefanski and his staff have been holding daily Zoom calls during the team’s offseason program, which has been forced to be virtual because of the virus. On Monday, Cleveland’s rookies joined the meetings.Stefanski believes the sessions have worked well.“Players, young people, are a resilient bunch, and I think they learn under these unique circumstances,” he said.___ The NCAA Division II conference currently has 13 members but will lose one with UC San Diego moving to Division I. The remaining 12 members are all part of the California State University system. Chancellor Timothy White announced Tuesday the 23 schools in the CSU system would use online learning for the majority of classes during the fall semester.The league sponsors men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball during the fall.“The CCAA member institutions will continue to advocate strongly to maintain NCAA championship opportunities for all of our student-athletes, including our fall sports, during the 2020-21 academic year and recommend competition resume when it is safe and appropriate to do so for all of its members,” the league said in its announcement.___The Seattle Mariners have informed its personnel working under uniform employee contracts that certain employees will have a five-month reduction in pay, but there will be no furloughs or layoffs through Oct. 31. The league is expected to set a date for games at a meeting of clubs Wednesday.No Austrian league games have been played since early March. LASK Linz leads Salzburg by three points at the top of the standings.___The Diamond League circuit of track meets has a new, shorter schedule from mid-August through mid-October because of the coronavirus pandemic.World Athletics says the adapted program can “give athletes time to prepare mentally, stay motivated and adjust training for competition.” Those will include messages from Mayor Muriel Bowser, Mystics owner Ted Leonsis and coach Mike Thibault, an appearance by player Natasha Cloud, and the first episode of a documentary about the championship run.___Swedish soccer players will not be required to take a test for COVID-19 before practice sessions or matches.Players will instead have to fill in a self-assessment form each morning before arriving at training or a match. The club doctor will then assess whether the player is healthy enough to take part. Players must stay at home if they have any symptoms.The Swedish league says the principle in the country is that only people who are feeling so ill that they must visit the hospital get a ”full-scale corona test.” USA Gymnastics will not hold any top-tier events the rest of this year.The organization announced Tuesday it is scrapping the U.S. Classic and the national championships because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization had initially hoped to reschedule the events for later in 2020 after Tokyo Olympics were pushed back to the summer of 2021.USA Gymnastics president Li Li Leung called the decision “in the best interest” of the gymnastics community after receiving guidance from health experts and consulting with coaches and athletes. The 2021 U.S. Classic will be held in Hartford, Conn., on May 21. The 2021 national championships will be held in Fort Worth, Texas, from June 3-6. A new date for the Olympic trials, initially scheduled for June in St. Louis, has not yet been set.The organization’s national congress and trade show, which typically runs simultaneously with the national championships, will be held virtually this year. USA Gymnastics said tickets already purchased for the 2020 events will be valid for the new dates, though it will offer refunds for a limited time. All games in the 26th and final round will be held on June 7. The playoffs will follow with the season scheduled to end on July 29.The league says games will take place at various times during the daytime and evening “so that as many matches as possible are made available to football fans” while stadiums are closed.FC Midtjylland leads FC Copenhagen by 12 points at the top of the standings.___The Diamond League event in London is the latest track meet to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The California Collegiate Athletic Association has suspended all fall sports for the upcoming year, the league announced on Tuesday. Although the Cavs won’t be competing for a title, Nance empathizes with players who may not get to finish what they started if the league winds up scrapping the season.“We’re not in position to win a championship this year but if I was, if I was Giannis (Antetokounmpo), if I was LeBron (James), if I was Kawhi (Leonard), if I was on one of those championship caliber teams I’d be pretty upset about it, because it’s very rare in this league that a chance like this comes along and that’s taken a valuable year off someone’s career.”Nance was recently able to work out on a court for the first time since March as the Cavs reopened their training facility for players last week. Nance said he felt confident in returning to the floor because of the “well regimented” health and safety measures implemented by the team.A huge soccer fan, Nance said he has been closely monitoring the return of other leagues worldwide as potential test cases for the NBA to follow.___ The return-to-play protocols have been presented to Sweden’s public health authority. A decision is expected this week on whether the Swedish league can start next month.Swedish society hasn’t completely shut down during the coronavirus outbreak because the government and medical authorities have chosen not to impose as many restrictions as other countries.___The club that hosts the Wimbledon tennis tournament says it has made donations worth about $1.5 million to emergency services and charities amid the coronavirus pandemic.The All England Club says it has also made contributions to a relief program to support players whose income is particularly affected by the virus outbreak. The NCAA has canceled both sessions of the NCAA Basketball Academy in July because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The sessions were scheduled for July 20-26 at Utah, Winthrop, Wichita State and Connecticut.Up to 1,600 players from the high school graduating classes between 2021 and 2023 were to be selected to the academy, with up to 400 assigned to each region during the two sessions.The NCAA created the basketball academy in 2019 in a revamping of the recruiting process following a pay-for-play scandal uncovered by a federal investigation in 2017. The new recruiting calendar includes fewer live periods with AAU teams, evaluation periods with high school teams and the basketball academy.___ ___Browns coach Kevin Stefanski can finally call Cleveland home.After delaying his family’s move from Minnesota because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stefanski, his wife and his young kids made the trip to Ohio over the weekend.“We did an 11-hour drive on Friday and powered through that,” he told ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt late Monday night. “I was proud of myself. It was interesting. The license plate game is hard right now because there’s not a lot of cars on the road. But the kids were pretty good. Thank God for the iPads, and now happy to be in Cleveland.”Stefanski spent 14 seasons as an assistant with the Vikings before he was hired by the Browns in January. The Latest: Division II league in Calif suspends fall sports ___German soccer clubs will decide whether to adopt a rule change to increase the number of substitutions when they meet by video conference on Thursday.The International Football Association Board agreed last week to let teams use two extra substitutes per match in 2020. That should help leagues clear a backlog of games created by the coronavirus pandemic.Leagues can choose whether or not to adopt the rule change.The German league is scheduled to restart on Saturday. The meet had been scheduled for July 4-5 at the Olympic Stadium.British Athletics says “the decision has been made in light of the ongoing global pandemic.”___World Cup winner Giuseppe Bergomi says he had COVID-19.The former Italy defender says that for 20-25 days beginning in early March his back was in so much pain that he couldn’t sit down. He adds in an Instagram chat that he felt constantly weak.The 56-year-old Bergomi says he has recovered.Bergomi played for Inter Milan and is now an analyst for soccer matches on Italy’s Sky TV. He helped Italy to the 1982 World Cup title.___The qualifying tournament for the 2021 Women’s Cricket World Cup has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Premier League clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Tottenham and West Ham all play in the capital.The mayor’s office says the league should resume only “when it is safe to do so.”British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday that sports events in the country could resume in June if there is not a new spike in COVID-19 infections.Liverpool led the league by 25 points with nine games remaining when the league was suspended in March.___ The German league also says it will stop publishing centralized statistics for its coronavirus testing program and will leave that up to the clubs.___The Danish soccer league will resume on May 28 with games in empty stadiums.The league has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus outbreak.The first game will be between AGF and Randers to complete the 24th round. The 25th round will start on May 29. All England Club chairman Ian Hewitt says “Wimbledon has the responsibility and the capacity to act as a force for good.”This year’s grass-court Grand Slam event was canceled on April 1. It is the first time Wimbledon has been shelved since World War II.___The Austrian soccer league is set to resume next month in empty stadiums following clearance from the government.Soccer federation president Leo Windtner met with vice chancellor Werner Kogler and says the path is clear to restart. Training could resume this week. Bangladesh, Ireland, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United States, the West Indies and Zimbabwe were to play in the tournament in Sri Lanka from July 3-19 and three were to qualify.The International Cricket Council has not set new dates.The Women’s World Cup is in New Zealand in February and March.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 FIFA has rescheduled two women’s events for next year and will hold its 2020 annual meeting online.FIFA says the Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica and Panama will start on Jan. 20 and the Under-17 Women’s World Cup will be in India from Feb. 17.Both 2020 tournaments were postponed in April because of the coronavirus pandemic.FIFA says both tournaments will retain their eligibility rules. The same players can be selected even if they have a birthday early in 2021.The FIFA Congress was due to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sept. 18 but will now be an online event. Belmont Park’s main track re-opened for training Tuesday, with preparations underway for a resumption of live racing and the start of the spring-summer meet, which has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.Wearing face masks and gloves, outriders and gate crew led horses to the main track for exercise. The dirt training track has remained open throughout the suspension of live racing.Assistant trainer Blair Golen says the horses are able to relax more on the main track and not be passed by anybody because of the space.Only essential personnel are allowed at the track and they undergo daily temperature checks. They also must abide by requirements for masks, gloves and social distancing.___ On the day they were supposed to hold a parade to mark their 2019 WNBA championship, the Washington Mystics have revealed plans for what the team is billing as a “virtual celebration.”The Mystics originally planned to take to the streets of the nation’s capital on Tuesday, but that was scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic.Also set aside was a banner-raising ceremony scheduled for the home opener against the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday.It’s not known when the season will begin.So Saturday will feature online festivities. The pay reductions of at least 20% are for staff making $60,000 or more. The UEC covers employees on the major league coaching staff, coaches and coordinators in the minor league system, scouts and performance coaches. Those with larger salaries are expected to take a cut more significant than 20%. UEC employees will receive full benefits through October.Approximately half of its employees working under a UEC will not have any reduction in pay. The team had previously told employees working under the UEC that they would receive full pay through May 31.___Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance thinks it’s important for the NBA to crown a champion in this pandemic-altered season.Speaking on a Zoom conference call, Nance said he’s cautiously optimistic about the league resuming after pausing play for two months. The series is now set to start in Monaco on Aug. 14 with two more European meets scheduled for later that month. Four more European meets in September will be followed by Shanghai on Sept. 19.The Prefontaine meet in Eugene, Oregon, is set for Oct. 4. The season-ending meet is Oct. 17 in China at a city to be decided.World Athletics says Zurich will now have the finals in 2021 and 2022 and Eugene has agreed to push back its finals back by one year to 2023.___London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he believes it is too early for the Premier League to be planning a resumption of the season amid the coronavirus pandemic. May 12, 2020 Associated Press
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) 2017 Tennis League opener taking place at the Abuja National Stadium on Saturday, August 5 and Sunday August 6 will further highlight the emerging rivalry between fast rising Joseph Imeh of Team Muller and former national champion, Abdulmumuni Babalola, of Team Civil Defence.Babalola and Imeh met in the finals of the prestigious CBN Senior Open Championships a couple of months ago with the â€˜veteranâ€™ winning 6-3, 6-4 in a match the youngster, playing his first ever senior finals, failed to find the form that took him to the championship match. â€œI think it is going to be different this time aroundâ€ said Imeh, dripping sweat from a heavy workout. â€œThe team championship is usually different for me because I tend to play my best game. Last year I beat Sylvester Emmanuel in Kaduna and won all my singles matches.â€œHowever, I know Babalola is in very good form and has a lot of experience as a Davis Cup playerâ€¦. we shall see,â€ Imeh said.Team Civil Defence, winners of the 2015 edition also have in their ranks Clifford Enosoregbe, another former national No.1 who has rediscovered his form and Christie Agugbom, the leading female player in Nigeria who will be seeking to avenge her upset loss to Ronke Akingbade at the CBN Senior Championships.The tie will feature two menâ€™s singles matches with reverses, one ladiesâ€™ singles, one menâ€™s doubles and a mixed doubles.The league, the first of its kind in Africa, is offering a consolidated prize money of N23 million with the champion team bagging N7 million. It will also take topflight tennis to 12 cities in Nigeria up from 10 last year.The Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung and the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, are expected to serve-off the championship which starts at 10 am on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Calling the Wisconsin versus Marquette matchup Saturday afternoon a “game of contrasts” would be an accurate, if simple way to define the I-94 rivalry.In Milwaukee, they boast a Big East — read: national exposure — private school that has been consumed with its basketball team since Al McGuire roamed the sidelines. Here in Madison, UW fans are treated to a Big Ten, public university and a hoops squad that often takes a backseat to football, and occasionally even hockey.While all of these differences may make for an entertaining lead up to the game itself, only one contrast mattered on the floor in the Badgers’ 72-63 win.MU’s speed against UW’s size.Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan made it quite clear after the game which he prefers.“Marv Harshman, great coach at Washington, when asked would he rather have size or speed, he said size. And the reporter asked him why, he said, “Because when people get tired, speed slows down. Size doesn’t shrink,’” Ryan said before backing off the statement a little bit. “Size is good. Speed is good. The combination is good.”With Marquette starting a lineup that had their forwards listed at 6-foot-7 (Joseph Fulce) and 6-foot-6 (Lazar Hayward and Jimmy Butler), Wisconsin’s second-leading scorer Jon Leuer knew he would have some opportunities in the paint.Simply put, he took advantage of them.The junior forward poured in 24 points for the game on 9-of-14 shooting and by reaching the free-throw line seven times.Wit turnaround jumpers, baby hooks and even sinking the lone 3-pointer he attempted, Leuer showed off an arsenal that cannot be stopped, and on this day, even slowed down.“(Leuer) was really good off the bench last year,” MU head coach Buzz Williams said. “I told our guys, ‘I don’t know if you remember him, but he is really, really good.’ His length, his skill set, his intelligence level is a really, really hard matchup.”With Leuer going off for 24 points at UW-Green Bay in the Badgers’ loss Wednesday night, the UW plan from the start was to ride the hot hand.Finding Leuer deep in the post and even for a tip-in alley oop in the first half, the Badgers occasionally just gave the 6-foot-10 forward the ball anywhere on the court and let him go to work.Finishing the first half with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting, UW was able to ride Leuer’s quick outburst to a 40-31 lead.“The game plan was to get him to the post,” senior guard Trevon Hughes said. “Marquette’s first losses were against Florida State and North Carolina State, and they were losing early on in the game because they were taking bad shots.“Jon was hitting some tough shots, and at the same time, he was getting them into decent foul trouble. We had the size advantage, and we wanted to take advantage of that. That was our plan all week.”To Ryan, the most impressive part of Leuer’s performance was his ability to get open in spots he was comfortable with.With up to four different defenders getting their shot trying to front Leuer in the post, the UW big man was often pushed out to 15 feet or further but still able to capitalize.“Jon works to get open. So, if you get open, then you should get the ball,” Ryan said. “I don’t want to be simplistic, but he worked hard to get open in the post — he cut hard, and he is stronger this year.“He’s getting in position a little better, and he gets rewarded because his teammates know that he can do something with [the ball] when he gets it,” Ryan continued. “But you still have to make the shots, and he’s been doing that.”