Ashmita Chaliha storms into semis at 13th South Asian Games

Posted On Sep 20 2020 by

first_imgPokhara (Nepal): India shuttlers continued their dominating show at the 13th South Asian Games (SAG) after four individuals and as many doubles pairs entered the semi-finals here on Wednesday. With the entry into the last-4 stage, the shuttlers will at least win bronze at the competition.Top-seed Siril Verma started the day on a winning note for India when he beat Pakistan’s Murad Ali 21-12, 21-17 in the men’s singles quarter-final match while, in the women’s singles quarter-finals, 16-year-old Gayathri Gopichand stunned second-seed Pakistan’s Mahoor Shahzad with a convincing 21-15, 21-16 win.Joining Gayathri in the semi-finals was top-seed Ashmita Chaliha, who also thrashed her Pakistani opponent Palwasha Bashir 21-9, 21-7. Aryaman Tandon was another Indian after Verma to reach the men’s singles semi-finals after he registered a 21-17, 21-17 win over Sri Lanka’s Ranthushka Karunathilake. (IANS)Also Read: Ashmita Chaliha storms into second round of Syed Modi Badminton ChampionshipAlso Watch: UBPO demands immediate creation of Boro Kachari Autonomous Council outside BTC districtslast_img read more


Williams sisters add another chapter to great sibling rivalry

Posted On Sep 19 2020 by

first_imgBy Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) – An Australian Open, electrified by the revivals of seasoned champions, will bathe in the warm glow of nostalgia today when the Williams sisters contest the women’s final at Rod Laver Arena.Melbourne Park was where Venus and Serena Williams first clashed in a tour match in 1998 and nearly 20 years on, the Americans will add another chapter to tennis’s greatest sibling rivalry.In 1998, they were teenagers with cornrows and coloured beads in their hair sharing in an awkward second-round encounter that 17-year-old Venus won in two sets.Venus hugged her sister, younger by a year, at the net and apologised for having to “take (her) out”.Today, 35-year-old Serena will bid for a record 23rd grand slam title in the professional era while Venus will strive for her eighth, and first in almost nine years.Serena drew level with Germany’s Steffi Graff on 22 when she claimed her seventh Wimbledon title last year but her crowning moment was delayed when, as top seed, she was upset in the U.S. Open semi-finals by Czech Karolina Pliskova.Serena no longer cares to talk about the record and stiffened when asked about it after her semi-final victory over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, as if the weight of such an achievement might prove too heavy.But a seventh title at Melbourne Park would add further credit to Serena’s claim as the greatest of all-time, despite being one short of Australia’s Margaret Court, whose 24 major titles were split between the amateur and professional eras.For 13th seed Venus, her first grand slam final in eight years is already a stunning victory of perseverance in the face of her struggles to manage Sjogren’s syndrome, an auto-immune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain.Both players stormed into the semi-finals without a set dropped.However, where Serena romped into the final with a 50-minute demolition of Lucic-Baroni, Venus needed to summon her peerless experience to fend off feisty fellow American Coco Vandeweghe in three sets.Today’s final will be the Williams sisters ninth at a grand slam and their first since Wimbledon in 2009, where Serena won in two sets.RIVALRY SHAPED GAMEAs tempting as it may be, to see the Melbourne Park decider as a last flickering of a rivalry that shaped the women’s game for a decade may be premature.Eras have come and gone but Serena has never left the stage, winning nine grand slam titles since turning 30.Venus spent four years in the wilderness from 2011-14, a period in which she was unable to surpass a fourth round at any of the majors.But since a drought-breaking quarter-final at the 2015 Australian Open, Venus has risen again.It took her sister to end her run at Wimbledon in the fourth round that year and again at the U.S. Open in the quarter-finals a few months later.Her semi-final run at Wimbledon last year was further evidence that Venus still has the hunger and the game to trouble the best.“I think people realise this is an amazing job, so it’s best to keep it,” she said of her longevity.Whether she can still beat the best will be decided today, where she will bid for her first Australian Open title, 14 years after her only other final at Melbourne Park ended in a three-set loss to her sister.Serena, who holds a 16-11 winning record over Venus over their careers and leads 6-2 in the grand slam finals, is favourite to win but knows better than to underestimate her sister’s competitive spirit.“She’s my toughest opponent — nobody has ever beaten me as much as Venus has,” she said.“This is a story. This is something that I couldn’t write a better ending. This is a great opportunity for us to start our new beginning.”last_img read more


Update on the latest sports

Posted On Sep 19 2020 by

first_imgThe White House says the commissioners thanked the president for his “national leadership and for his interest in the sports industry.” He called on them to continue efforts to support their fellow Americans during the current challenge. A wide range of sports league officials participated in the call, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.None of the leagues released public comment about the call.A person with direct knowledge of what was discussed on the call said Trump believes the NFL season will start on time on Sept. 10 with fans in seats.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The president is reassuring Little League baseball players that they should be playing the game again soon. Little League president and CEO Stephen Keener reassured that the players would be back soon. Little League has suspended activities until mid-May, when the situation will be assessed, according to its website. April 4, 2020 McLaughlin wins virtual IndyCar event racing from AustraliaUNDATED (AP) — Australian V8 SuperCars champion Scott McLaughlin has won IndyCar’s second virtual race.McLaughlin and NASCAR’s seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson were invited guests by IndyCar to participate in the iRacing Series meant to entertain fans during the stoppage due to the coronavirus. He beat Team Penske teammate and fellow Aussie Will Power in Saturday’s race from virtual Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.McLaughlin was scheduled to make his IndyCar debut for Team Penske on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May before the race was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.NHL-RANGERS-RACIST HACKER Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSPresident lauds sports leagues, players in handling of coronavirusUNDATED (AP) — The White House says the president spoke with commissioners of the country’s sports leagues in a conference call Saturday and told them he recognizes “the good work being done by many teams and players” to care for their communities and fans dealing with the new coronavirus. Update on the latest sportscenter_img Hacker posts racial slur on fan chat with black NHL playerNEW YORK (AP) — A hacker posted a racial slur hundreds of times in an online fan video chat Friday with a black New York Rangers prospect.The NHL team scrambled to disable the hacker on the Zoom chat with K’Andre Miller, the 20-year-old former Wisconsin defenseman drafted No. 22 overall in 2018. The hacker repeatedly posted the one-word slur in all capital letters on the Rangers’ “Future Fridays” series on Twitter.The Rangers said in a statement that “a vile individual hijacked the chat to post racial slurs, which we disabled as soon as possible.” The team said it is investigating the matter.The NHL also released a statement condemning the hack, saying “No one deserves to be subjected to such ugly treatment and it will not be tolerated in our league.” — The Spanish league and players are still far apart on the size of the salary cuts. The league is trying to reduce the financial impact caused by the outbreak, but players say the organization wants them to carry nearly half the total losses. The league and the players’ association have been in talks to try to find ways to mitigate losses that could reach about $1.08 billion if the season cannot be restarted because of the pandemic. Players have said they are willing to reduce their salaries, but not as much as the league or the clubs want.— English Premier League soccer players have rejected a move by clubs to cut their wages by 30% during the coronavirus pandemic. The stance from the union followed talks involving clubs and the leagues. Liverpool and fellow 2019 Champions League finalist Tottenham have announced that some non-playing staff will be furloughed since the competition has been indefinitely suspended.BASKETBALL HALL OF FAMEKobe, Duncan, Garnett headline Basketball Hall of Fame classUNDATED (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s resume has yet another entry to prove his greatness. He’s now officially a Hall of Famer. Bryant and fellow NBA greats Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett headline a nine-person group announced Saturday as this year’s class of enshrinees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. They got into the Hall in their first year of eligibility, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings.Two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich (tahm-JAHN’-oh-vich), longtime Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, 1,000-game winner Barbara Stevens of Bentley and three-time Final Four coach Eddie Sutton were also selected.All eight finalists who were announced in February were chosen to get in by the panel of 24 voters.Former FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann is also headed to the Hall. He was selected as a direct-elect by the international committee.INDYCAR-VIRTUAL RACING OBIT-HONDURAS-CALLEJASEx-Honduran leader caught in FIFA scandal dies in U.S.MEXICO CITY (AP) — A former president of Honduras convicted in the FIFA soccer bribery scandal has died in the United States. Rafael Callejas governed Honduras from 1990 to 1994, but he was better known for soliciting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in the wide-ranging FIFA soccer scandal over lucrative broadcast rights. The 76-year-old Callejas pleaded guilty in 2016 and was reportedly being held at a prison in Atlanta when he died Saturday.He pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy in a New York federal court. He said he distributed a significant portion of his bribes to delegates of the Honduran soccer federation so he could remain its president, a position he held from 2002 to last August.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more


West Genesee, Marcellus girls win; Ludden falls to South Jefferson

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_img Tags: Bishop LuddenJ-EMarcellusskaneatelesSolvayWest GeneseeWesthill Amid the activity in area girls basketball before the holiday break, West Genesee took out some early-season frustrations while welcoming back its alumni.All of this took place during the Wildcats’ game last Thursday against Corcoran, where after a defeat to Liverpool earlier in the week it came out roaring in a 74-39 win over the Cougars.Up 20-5 through one quarter, WG didn’t let up until it had established a 60-28 margin by the end of the third quarter, doing so with just a single field goal from Catie Cunningham.It was Molly Benetti leading the way thanks to her 16 points as Meredith James earned 12 points. Molly Coyne had seven points as Julia Logana, Emma Garvey, Isabella Commesso and Ellen Kearney had six points apiece.That same night, Westhill continued to go through its own early-season ups and downs, unable to recover from a rough start in a 55-45 defeat to Cazenovia.The Warriors, who fell to 2-3 on the season, were held to four points in the first quarter, and though it stayed within touch through the game’s middle stages, the Lakers were able to pull clear in the closing minutes.No one on Westhill could contain Cazenovia’s Harvard-bound senior forward, Lindsey Lawson, who poured in 28 points, more than twice the total of Jenna Larrabee, who had 13 points. Catherine Dadey had nine points, with Erica Gangemi and Jada Doss earning eight points apiece.Moving to Friday’s action, Marcellus traveled to Homer and was dominant in a 70-34 victory over the Trojans, the Mustangs building a 34-20 edge by halftime and then erupting for 25 points in the third quarter to pull further away.This was a showcase for Hannah Durand and Katie MacLachlan, both of whom set career marks. Durand poured in 29 points, while MacLachlan gained 23 points.As that went on, Solvay faced Jordan-Elbridge, and the Bearcats would improve to 4-1 on the season, earning a 47-27 victory over the Eagles.Defense helped Solvay throughout the game as it held J-E under 10 points in each of the last three quarters.Ryleigh Bidwell had nine points and 13 rebounds, with Gianna D’Agostino getting 13 points. Isabella Macauley and Kaya Watts had seven points apiece as Haley Muehl had six points.Then, on Saturday, Bishop Ludden, who with its 5-0 start had risen to no. 6 in the state Class A rankings, went up north to challenge state Class B no. 1-ranked South Jefferson.It turned out rough for the Gaelic Knights, who fell 60-38 to a Spartans squad who leaned heavily on Jackie Piddock.Hitting on all kinds of shots, Piddock poured in 35 points, adding six assists and four rebounds. She helped South Jefferson, up 32-19 at halftime, outscore Ludden 20-4 in the third quarter to get away.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more


Shafer discusses red-zone issues, shoots down bowl-game implications

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse leads the Atlantic Coast Conference with 12 red-zone field goals. The Orange also has more touchdown-less red-zone trips than any other team in conference.SU has only reached the end zone 10 times out of its 27 chances in the red zone — a touchdown percentage of 37.04, third worst in the Football Bowl Subdivision.Efficiency in the red zone will be amplified this weekend when Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 ACC) hits the road to take on No. 21 Clemson (5-2, 4-1) on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Tigers boast the best red-zone defense in the ACC, holding opponents to points on 66.7 percent of red-zone possessions, and a high-flying offense that isn’t easy to keep up with.“It’s not frustration. It’s just, ‘Go to work,’” SU head coach Scott Shafer said on the ACC coaches’ teleconference Wednesday morning. “You’re trying to come up with more touchdowns rather than field goals.“So you go to work, you put your head down and be diligent about the process and you move forward. You try to turn that tide in the second half of the season.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFortunately for SU, Cole Murphy’s emergence as a reliable starting kicker over the struggling Ryan Norton has allowed the Orange to come away with points in the red zone 81 percent of the time.Still, penalties and poor execution inside the 20-yard line have been inescapable demons for Syracuse throughout the entire season.“I think if you sit there and overthink things that are uncontrollable, that’s when you get in trouble and you create anxiety,” Shafer said. “We’d rather be stressed about practice and the things that we can (control) and get better at them and work on that stress as opposed to having some sort of mental anxiety that you have no control over.“Go to work and just keep pounding until you get to the point where you feel good that you’re turning field-goal opportunities into touchdowns. Simple as that.”Shafer was then asked if he thinks his team can reach a bowl game without improving its severely below-average red-zone touchdown percentage.“That’s not a very good question,” Shafer responded. “You make a bowl game if you win enough games and that’s what we’re going to bust our ass to do.” Comments Published on October 22, 2014 at 2:48 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbblast_img read more


Syracuse inefficient in 1-0 loss to RIT

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 15, 2019 at 8:16 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman Commentscenter_img Syracuse outshot RIT 40-26, but couldn’t finish chances on Friday night in the Gene Polisseni Center in Rochester. RIT (11-14-4, 7-8-0 College Hockey America) senior Mallory Rushton’s goal 49 seconds into the second period was the difference in SU’s (8-19-2, 8-6-1) first conference loss in February. SU nearly doubled RIT in first period shots and controlled possession, winning 12 of 19 faceoffs. Despite the solid start, SU gave up the lead when Rushton broke through. More of the same continued through the second, as Syracuse out-shot the Tigers 17-11 but couldn’t capitalize. Senior Brooke Avery, who had four shots in the game, hit the pipe. SU’s leading scorer Emma Polaski paced the Orange offensively with eight shots on net and four other skaters recorded four chances. Defenseman Allie Munroe launched 18 shots, but only four ended up on goal. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAdy Cohen, making her second straight start in net, stopped 25 shots. She earned CHA Goalkeeper of the Week last week by recording her first shutout of the season against Mercyhurst. As a team, the Orange struggled on power plays, going 0-for-3 on the night. Entering the night, SU led the conference in power play goals per game (0.93). RIT and Syracuse meet again tomorrow night in Tennity Ice Pavilion at 7 p.m.last_img read more


All Nigeria Championships: Ogunlewe defends 100m crown

Posted On Sep 9 2020 by

first_img…As Okagbare completes sprint doubleSeye Ogunlewe is Nigeria’s fastest man again after winning the 100m Men’s title at the All-Nigeria Championships which ended on a high note on Friday. Ogunlewe who won his first national title in Warri in 2015 beat his rivals as he ran a new Personal Best time of 10.12secs to retain his crown and also book a slot to the Rio Olympics having surpassed the set standard.Oduduru Divine with a time of 10.25secs and Egwero Ogho-Oghene with a time of 10.36secs finished in second and third place respectively.Speaking after his victory, Ogunlewe said he worked very hard to defend the title and would even work harder to make some impact in his debut appearance at the Olympics.“I give thanks to God for making this possible, winning the 100m event again and qualifying for the Olympics is a dream come true,” the UK-based athlete stated.Ogunlewe with a time of 21.28secs also won one of the finals of the men’s 200m event.In another high point of the day, Blessing Okagbare also completed a sprint double; winning the women 200m event (Final A) with a time of 22.78secs.The fleet-footed Queen of the Tracks who won her seventh 100m Women’s title a day earlier made a light work of the 200m event.Lawretta Ozoh won the women’s 200m final B with a time of 23.71secs.Having finished second in the 100m event, Oduduru had a lot to cheer as he won the 200m Men’s event with a time of 20.51secs.Also on Friday, the Nigeria duo of Emmanuel Gyang and Deborah Pam both won the 10,000m in the men and women categories respectively.Gyang finished first with a time of 31:31:58 while Solomon Yilbam finished second with a time of 32:05:19.Daylong Sylvester of Nigeria Immigration came third with a time of 32:29:71.In the women’s 10,000m run, Deborah Pam, also of NSCDC, won the race with a time of 36:53:73, while Olamide Oluwaseun came second on 37:25:17, Olumidi Aderonke however finished third.Kunle Fasasi also became the new men’s 400m champions; dethroning Chidi Okezie with his winning time of 46.22secs.It was Theddus Okpara who won the men’s High Jump; scaling 2.10m while Obiora Arinze finished 2nd jumping a height of 2.05m.There was big upset in the Men’s 400m hurdles event where  Henry Okorie emerged champion, finishing in 50:12s to take the national title from Miles Ukaoma who could only manage a third place finish.In the women’s race, Amaka Ogoegbunam retained her 400mH title, running a time of 57:61secs.With the Nigeria Olympic trials over, attention will now be shifted to Saturday’s Confederation of Africa Athletics (CAA) Grand Prix, Warri Relays also taking place at the Sapele Township Stadium. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


Alex Igelman – Millennial Esports – Betting on esports

Posted On Aug 29 2020 by

first_imgIndustry conference and exhibition Betting on Esports 2017 is taking place in London at the Kensington Olympia this September 13-15. Millennial Esports is the Platinum Sponsor of this event which’ll include a dedicated esports betting exhibition area, six panels with over 25 speakers, a FIFA tournament and ample networking for the duration. Betting on Esports is a part of the wider Betting on Sports Conference (#BOSCON2017) which’ll bring together the gambling industry and relevant connected stakeholders with over 1,000 attendees expected. Alex Igelman, Millennial EsportsHere we caught up with Alex Igelman, Millennial Esports CEO, ahead of the event. Esports Insider: Why did you decide to exhibit, sponsor and speak at Betting on Esports?Alex Igelman: Rarely do we have the opportunity to be in front of such a diverse group of business executives and decision makers as we will at BoE. The event will be a great networking opportunity for our company and affords the chance to introduce our products and services to an entire industry in one convenient setting.ESI: Millennial has been making some interesting moves in the space such as the acquisition of Stream Hatchet and Ideas + Cars. Where is Millennial trying to position itself as a company in the industry?Alex: We are a publicly traded pure play esports company and as such are focused on many aspects of the industry. We believe that esports is still evolving and we are witnessing its early development. We have identified key sectors in the esports ecosystem that we feel have the greatest potential, are underserved or both. “Rarely do we have the opportunity to be in front of such a diverse group of business executives and decision makers as we will at BoE”By making strategic investments and acquisitions, we are leading the way in many of these areas. Our vision of Las Vegas as a global hub for esports was a key factor in our decision to build the first permanent studio and arena there. The lack of relevant business intelligence for interested parties, brands and sponsors in the streaming sector led us to acquire StreamHatchet.  We will continue to seek out unique opportunities, make strategic investments and acquisitions and break new ground in the esports ecosystem.ESI: What are your thoughts on the future of esports betting in Las Vegas? The Senate 420 Bill is an exciting proposition for operators and stakeholders there…Alex: The State of Nevada has always led the world in terms of gaming and betting. The State’s approach to esports betting is cautious yet pioneering.“In the foreseeable future a bet on a Rocket League or DOTA match will be as common as a bet on an NFL or NBA game”I think that the future is bright for esports betting but it will take time to evolve. In the foreseeable future a bet on a Rocket League or DOTA match will be as common as a bet on an NFL or NBA game. I am confident in time you will see the esports betting market blossom in Nevada.ESI: What can attendees look forward to hearing you discuss on the ‘Saving Las Vegas’ panel?Alex: Well I don’t want to give away everything before the panel, but I think the audience will hear some interesting updates as to where Las Vegas currently is with esports and where it is heading!ESI: Millennial’s latest acquisition was a company called IDEAS+CARS – what interested you in this? Alex: Motorsports and racing has mass universal appeal. The average person may not understand League of Legends or Hearthstone, but that same person is quite familiar with motorsports and racing. I believe that the esports racing genre has huge potential and our acquisition of Ideas and Cars solidifies our position in the sector. Darren Cox is a pioneer in racing and esports and with him at the helm, we are confident we are on the right track (no pun intended).ESI: Where do you see the esports opportunity for European casinos? After all, this isn’t Las Vegas…Alex: Frankly, at the end of the day the millennial generation of Europe is quite similar to the millennial generation of North America, Asia, or anywhere else in the world for that matter.“Casino operators need to be prepared to adapt or get ready to close their doors”It is not the case of the European casino market being different than its counterpart across the pond. It’s a matter of getting in touch with what the new customer is seeking in terms of entertainment value and being ready and able to deliver it. Ultimately, the experience will not be exactly the same on both continents but the writing’s on the wall for everyone. Casino operators need to be prepared to adapt or get ready to close their doors.As a part of SBC Global, Esports Insider is an organiser of the Betting on Esports conferenceAnyone with any questions can reach out via sam@esportsinsider.comlast_img read more


GFA insist Congo game is top priority

Posted On Aug 28 2020 by

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association insists that the Nations Cup qualifier against Congo remains priority number one as criticism grows that they are concentrating too much on the international friendly against England.Ghana are due to face the Congolese in a Nations Cup qualifier with a big bearing on the country’s prospects of qualifying for the 2012 Nations Cup in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.But much of the talk in the build-up to the game has been overshadowed by the prestigious friendly against the English, prompting a stinging editorial from the state-owned Graphic Sports about how too much attention is being focused on that game.GFA vice-president Fred Pappoe disagrees. “For the GFA, priority number one, two and three is the Congo game and we have made that very clear from day one. If the media chooses to focus a lot on the England game that cannot be out fault,” he said.“The game in Congo is a competitive qualifier and the one in England a friendly regardless of the pedigree and reputation of our opponents and we have to out that within the proper context.”Source: Kickofflast_img read more


Healthy Eating with Tips on Cooking for One

Posted On Aug 28 2020 by

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisWhen you’re use to cooking for a family, downsizing can be difficult for seniors, but learning how to prepare meals is key.While grocery shopping seniors tend to buy processed foods. Cutting down on salt and replacing it with herbs and spices is one change that’s encouraged.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Youth Volunteer Corp receives gold level statusNext 40 Figure Skaters to Perform in ‘Icepirations’ Show St. Patrick’s Weekendlast_img