Under-17 female football team captain, Rachel Walters, says with minor improvements, this national squad has the potential to qualify for the World Cup Finals in Jordan next year.The young Reggae Girlz beat Haiti 2-1 to lift the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-17 Women’s Championship in Haiti recently, and Walters, one ofthe team’s standout players at the tournament, says this group knows what is at stake and she wants to be the first captain to lead the country into a FIFA women’s championship.”I am very confident in this set of players. We know what is at stake and what we can do to make it to the World Cup,” she told The Gleaner upon the team’s arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday.”We need to improve both our defensive and attacking, but we have more overseas players coming in and I think the team will be better. Plus we will have more camps, and that will help with the chemistry, and when we have chemistry we play better,” Walters stated.The 17-year-old St Jago High School student who plays in defence said the team had to fight hard for success in Haiti and believes she played her role in motivating her team as captain.”I feel very elated; the team went out strong believing in ourselves and that we could do the job. The final was very competitive, but we got an early goal and we dug deep to come out victorious,” said Walters.”I thought I did a fairly good job as captain. I went out knowing what we had at stake and I had to stay focused and motivate my teammates and ensure that the job was done.”I really believe the team can reach the World Cup, and I would love to be the captain who does it,” she added.
With just three weeks of training, newcomer Shauna-Kay Hines made history by becoming Jamaica’s first contestant and medallist in a World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) event, having walked away with a silver medal in the US Open Para Taekwondo Championships in Las Vegas last Wednesday. “She missed the gold by one point!” her coach Conrad Jenkins said. In preparation to compete in the WTF Para Taekwondo in the 2020 Tokyo Para Olympic Games, Hines will have to now compete at the international level to add to the six points she gained in the world ranking system. Twenty athletes from seven countries – USA, Canada, France, India, Mexico, Japan and Jamaica – competed in the US Open Para Taekwondo Championships. Coach Jenkins said Hines was selected to represent Jamaica through an assessment and interview process, by meeting the minimum impairment criteria by the WTF Para Taekwondo Department Classifiers, as well as training and fighting with male black belt holders in Jamaica. “She had no previous experience in Taekwondo, but was a long-distance track athlete,” Coach Jenkins said.
Over at Biñan Football Stadium, Stallion Laguna striker Jess Melliza continued his scoring run as he fired the only goal that lifted Laguna past JPV Marikina.The fleet-footed lefty from La Paz, Iloilo, beat JPV goalkeeper Nelson Gasic from a tight angle in the 77th minute to push Stallion closer to JPV with 26 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogChristiaens found Fernando Rodriguez at the far post for a close-range strike in 19th minute, before punctuating the win with a clinical goal off the counterattack three minutes from time.Spanish midfielder Bienvenido Marañon was also on the scoresheet, firing home from just inside the box in the 50th minute. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A costly, catty dispute finally settled View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Defender Jeffrey Christiaens scored a goal and assisted on another as AFC Cup Asean zone champion Ceres-Negros kept the retooled Davao Aguilas winless with a 3-1 victory on Saturday in the Philippines Football League at Rizal Memorial Stadium.Returning to PFL action just four days after their elimination in the interzone semifinals of the AFC Cup, the Busmen played with verve and urgency as they collected their ninth win of the season to hike their tally to 28 points for fourth spot.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene How to help the Taal evacuees Davao got a late consolation goal from Harry Sawyer in the first minute of second half stoppage time as the Aguilas lost for the ninth time this season.Despite acquiring veterans Phil and James Younghusband, Simone Rota, Matthew Hartmann and Jason De Jong during the transfer window, victory has remained elusive for the Aguilas, who only have six points from 15 matches.The Busmen have played six games less than Meralco Manila, which was held to a goalless draw by Global Cebu also on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES DAY6 is for everybody Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Arellano, TIP collide
LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Defenders: Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Adil Rami (Marseille), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid)Midfielders: Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla), Thomas Lemar (Monaco)Forwards: Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Florian Thauvin (Marseille), Nabil Fekir (Lyon)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations WORLD CUP: Star-studded Croatia has potential to shine How other national coaches must envy Deschamps, who has a forward department bursting with skill and speed and goals. Fans will be unforgiving if he doesn’t get the most out of the finest collection of attacking talent France has enjoyed in a tournament.France has outstanding players elsewhere, including Hugo Lloris in goal, Raphael Varane in defense and Paul Pogba in midfield. However, France still concedes soft goals and coping with the pressure of expectation remains a problem.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownDeschamps is six years into the job and has had long enough to find the right balance. Fans will be optimistic he can do so, on the 20th anniversary of France’s only World Cup triumph.Topping Group C will give France momentum, with only Denmark a serious threat. But a second-place group finish could see doubts creeping back in. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film DEFENDERSIt would have been a serious headache for Deschamps to choose between Raphael Varane, Laurent Koscielny and Samuel Umtiti for his center half pairing. That was solved in unfortunate circumstances when Koscielny was seriously injured, rupturing his Achilles playing for Arsenal in May. Barring further mishap, Varane-Umtiti will be France’s first-choice pairing. Varane recently won his third Champions League title with Real Madrid. His pace and reading of the game are crucial. Umtiti is stronger on man-to-man marking and also quick. He has excelled for Barcelona this season. With Koscielny out, Deschamps drafted in veteran center half Adil Rami as backup.MIDFIELDERSAs usual, all eyes will be on Paul Pogba. This is his chance to end the debate as to whether he is truly world class by leading France to victory. He’s had a difficult season for Manchester United, however, with coach Jose Mourinho losing patience. But Deschamps remains fiercely loyal and protective of Pogba, even though he has yet to fully repay his manager’s faith in him. Pogba’s lack of tactical discipline sees him often pushing up too much when Deschamps prefers him to stay back more. N’Golo Kante is a sure starter in the holding role. Blaise Matuidi’s consistent season with Juventus may be enough to earn him a place alongside Pogba and Kante. Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso provides excellent backup with sure passing and an eye for goal. Dimitri Payet shone at times during Euro 2016, but missed out this time after getting injured playing for Marseille in the Europa League final.FORWARDSExpect nothing different here in terms of who starts. Deschamps will go with his trusted partnership of Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud. It just depends what formation he chooses. In a 4-4-2, he can use both as his center forwards and complement them with the scorching pace of 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe down the right flank. A 4-3-3 also suits the same trio, albeit with Giroud in the lone central striker’s role and the other two switching and rotating around him. Griezmann’s elusive movement and superb touch are vital to ensuring a high tempo. With 30 goals, the consistent Giroud is equal fourth on France’s all-time list. Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, the third most expensive player in the world behind Mbappe and Neymar, gives Deschamps another exquisite option. Dembele is even quicker than Mbappe, which takes some believing. Deschamps left out Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette, Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman, Manchester United’s Anthony Martial — and, of course, Benzema — underlining further the depth of talent available to him.GROUP GAMESFrance will be based on the outskirts of Moscow in Istra and opens on June 16 against Australia in Kazan. It then faces Peru on June 21 and Denmark on June 26 for a likely group decider in Moscow.FULL SQUADGoalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain) Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours FILE – In this Tuesday, Oct.10, 2017 filer, The French team poses before the World Cup Group A qualifying soccer match between France and Belarus at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, outside Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS — France has options, too many perhaps. Especially up front where the dilemma is who to leave out at the World Cup.And that’s without Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema, a four-time Champions League winner once again overlooked by coach Didier Deschamps.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Here’s a closer look at the France team:COACHAfter the disappointment of losing the European Championship final at home to Portugal two years ago, Deschamps has a settled squad with experience and excitement. Given the talent at his disposal, French fans expect at least a semifinal place in Russia. With a contract until 2020, Deschamps has the chance to emulate his achievements as France’s captain when Les Bleus won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.GOALKEEPERSWith 97 caps, Hugo Lloris is the undisputed first choice, and has been for many years. He remains as agile as ever on his line and unflappable on crosses. However, Lloris has made a couple of errors for Tottenham and France during the past season, letting in a very sloppy goal against Colombia and getting lobbed from the halfway line against Sweden during qualifying. More recently, Lloris was also at fault for Italy’s goal in a 3-1 win. Backup Steve Mandanda has made 26 appearances for France and is a fine shot-stopper, but is prone to big lapses in concentration. Alphonse Areola could pressure him for the No. 2 spot following a good season with Paris Saint-Germain.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal But left with enough time on the clock, Sean Manganti scored on a magical game-winner with 0.7 seconds left that preserved Adamson’s undefeated streak and bumped the Falcons’ record to 4-0.Ahanmisi said it was his team’s fortitude that got them through the perilous situation.“Our mental toughness showed today and I think our team is built together right now but like I said it shouldn’t have come down to that point,” said Ahanmisi who had 15 points, two rebounds, and three assists.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Adamson University pulled off the most dramatic win so far in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament, stunning University of the Philippines 69-68 in a comeback win.ADVERTISEMENT While it may have been a thrilling finish, star guard Jerrick Ahanmisi said the Soaring Falcons should not have allowed themselves to rely on a final heart-stopping shot to get the win.“I believe that it shouldn’t have come down to that point,” said Ahanmisi after the game. “We were down the whole game but we just kept our poise.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Soaring Falcons were down 57-47 heading into the fourth quarter and still trailed by as much as eight, 65-57, with 3:56 left until they mounted a 10-1 run to take a 67-66 lead in the last two minutes.It seemed, though, that the Maroons were headed for the win after Bright Akhuetie followed up Paul Desiderio’s missed three for the 68-67 lead with 5.7 seconds left. LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil From zero to hero: Sean Manganti redeems himself with game winner
Ezequiel Lavezzi 1 Liverpool and Tottenham target Ezequiel Lavezzi could be set for a shock return to Argentina.Both Premier League clubs have expressed an interest in the talented Paris Saint-Germain forward whose future in France looks uncertain.Lavezzi arrived from Naples in 2012 but has found his first-team game time increasingly limited and it would be further reduced should PSG manage to land Angel Di Maria from Manchester United.Regardless, 30-year-old Lavezzi started just 19 Ligue 1 games last term and it has been reported that he may leave this summer in search of more regular football.He has been suggested as a potential replacement for Raheem Sterling, should he leave Liverpool, while Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of his fellow countryman.But now, according to reports in Argentina, Rosario Central have emerged as a potential summer buyer.Lavezzi is a die-hard fan of the Argentine top-flight side and even has a tattoo of the club’s crest and it has been suggested that it is his dream to play for El Canalla before he retires.
RETAILER ARGOS has issued an urgent alert for five child car safety seats it has been selling in Donegal.The company says parents should immediately stop using certain child car seats because of fears over their safety.The warning affects five types of seats from the expensive Mamas & Papas range. There are concerns that if there was a crash, the models’ shells could crack and they might not be able to protect youngsters.In a statement, Argos said: “We have identified a potential safety concern.“In the event of an accident the car seat shell may crack and therefore not provide the intended level of protection to the user.”The retailer is offering a full refund to customers, saying: “If you have purchased any of the seats, you should immediately stop using the product and return the car seat to your local Argos store for a full refund. “We wish to thank you for your co-operation and apologise for any inconvenience caused by this recall.”If people have any questions they can contact the Argos customer service team on 1800535091.The affected models are::: Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 1 Black (Argos catalogue number 297/7526).:: Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 1 Grey (Argos catalogue number 411/9100). :: Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 1-2-3 Black (Argos catalogue number 305/6037).:: Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 1, 2, 3 Grey (Argos catalogue number 397/9530).:: Mamas & Papas Mercury Group 2-3 Black and Grey (Argos catalogue number 245/4829).SAFETY ALERT: ARGOS ISSUES URGENT RECALL OF FIVE DANGEROUS CHILD CAR SEATS was last modified: May 2nd, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Argoscar seatMamas & Papasrecallsafety
After Friday night’s 1-1 draw at Finn Park, Finn Harps and Drogheda United will have to do it all again on Monday night when they two sides meet again at Hunky Dory’s Park in the FAI Cup Quarter-Final replay (kick-off 7.45pm).As the only First Division club still left in the competition, it looked like Harps would pull off the shock of the round as they led through Kevin McHugh’s first half goal.However, with just five minutes remaining Mark Daly broke the Harps supporters hearts when he slotted home to give Drogheda a second chance on their own patch on Monday. But that doesn’t tell the full story of the game. Harps played all but eleven minutes of the second half with just ten men after Ciaran Coll was sent-off after fifty six minutes, something that angered Harps boss Peter Hutton who was also sent to the stands.Hutton was rightly proud of the efforts of his team.“I thought the players acquitted themselves extremely well and certainly deserved to go through especially being down to ten men for such a long time. We knew it was going to be a physical battle and that it was, but I honestly don’t think there was a bad tackle in the game.”However, Hutton said that quite a few off-the-ball incidents – which didn’t go unpunished – left one of his players with missing teeth. “The game was very competitive and there were certainly a lot of off the ball incidents which resulted in a few of our players been elbowed in the face, to an extent Damien McNulty had his teeth knocked out!“How the fourth official failed to see any of those incidents and yet only seen Ciaran Coll’s reaction to being himself deliberately tripped when trying to get back into position, typified the officiating at the game, baffling,” said a frustrated Hutton.“I would rather though focus on the positives of the team’s performance and how proud I was of each and everyone of them as they more than matched Drogheda for long spells after a shaky start.”The Harps Manager was also full of praise for the big crowd who descended on Finn Park.“I thought the crowd too certainly played their part, the atmosphere was electric and that really inspired the boys. It was a really good cup tie and I’m sure the crowd got their money’s worth though not the right result. “We now look forward to Monday’s game and whilst the players were obviously gutted at not finishing the job on the night, they will be ready mentally and physically to go again on Monday.”On the team front, Ciaran Coll is suspended due to his red card on Friday while Michael Funston is unavailable due to work commitments. Tommy McMonagle took a blow to his troublesome foot injury and is a doubt. Sean McCarron though returns after a one game ban which saw him miss Friday’s initial game.Harps have not played in Drogheda since 2008 – their last visit there saw them record a 2-1 victory with Stephen Parkhouse grabbing the goals for the visitors.With a place in the semi-finals up for grabs, both teams will take the field already knowing who they will play should they get there as the draw takes place on MNS on RTE at 7.00pm. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~TEAM NEWSSuspended: Ciaran Coll.Doubtful: Tommy McMonagle (foot).Unavailable: Michael FunstonInjured: None.HARPS PLANNING TO FINISH THEIR CUP JOB AGAINST DROGHEDA was last modified: September 15th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
UNI 4/24/2018 – 6 PM ESPN+ Pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) continued her dominance over conference opponents in the circle. Newman, who has yet to allow an earned run to a Valley opponent, scattered five hits and struck out seven. She improved to 16-2 with the win and lowered her league-best ERA to 0.44. Her ERA ranked second in the nation coming into the series versus Illinois State (18-27, 9-9 MVC). Preview PDF Box Score Watch Live The Bulldogs tacked on an insurance run in the fifth inning as they started the inning with three consecutive singles by Roemmich, Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) and Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa), who drove in Roemmich for her 17th run batted in and to put Drake up 3-0. Live Stats Next Game: NORMAL, Ill. – The Drake University softball team defeated Illinois State Sunday, 3-0, in Missouri Valley Conference action at Marian Kneer Stadium. Drake (35-9, 18-0 MVC) claimed its eighth series victory over an MVC opponent, extended its program-record winning streak to 21 and matched the 1993 Drake team for most wins in a season. Full Schedule Roster Story Links Newman helped herself at the plate by driving in Drake’s first run of the game in the second inning. Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) led off the frame with a single to left field and two batters later with two outs, Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.), walked. Newman followed with her second double of the year as Pena scored. Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) was the next batter up and she singled up the middle to score Wright and extend her hitting streak to five games as Drake led 2-0. Newman, who one-hit the Redbirds Saturday in the series opening win, allowed just one baserunner past first as a Redbird made it to second base in the fourth. Newman is now just 20 career strikeouts away from Jenna DeLong’s (2008-11) school record of 760. Drake hosts UNI Tuesday night at Buel Field. The Bulldogs swept the Panthers in a doubleheader on April 17. First pitch Tuesday night is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the in-state contest is on ESPN+. Print Friendly Version
Uganda’s team poses for a picture after winning the 2019 Zone 4.4 Youth U16 Team Chess Championship. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Ugandan youngsters put up a dominating display in Kenya to win the 2019 Zone 4.4 Youth U16 Team Chess Championship.In an event played at Luke Hotel, Nairobi, Uganda garnered 6 points out of the available seven. The team, composed of Sharif Ssenabulya, Mathew Mwase and siblings Victor Kanyike and WCM Maria Nakanyike were unstoppable and deservedly clinched the championship.Uganda won their first five games with much ease and despite losing 3-1 to Tanzania in the penultimate round; the youngsters were declared clear champions following another enviable performance against South Sudan in the final round.The side coached by Farouk Fauza Kizza beat South Sudan 3-1 to make sure that they returned home with a Gold medal.Individually, Mwase was the best player in the team. The rated 1353, playing on board four won all his seven games. Not only did that performance make him the best on board four, Mwase ended the tournament as the overall best player.Kanyike with 4.5 points came 11th in the overall rankings, Nakanyike 18th with 3.5 and Ssenabulya 21st with 3.5 points. Substitute Janice Mubiru Namiiro played just one game and therefore was not graded.Kenya (Stormy Knights) came second with five points winning silver while Kenya (Blitzkrieg) completed the podium places with four points. The Blitzkrieg tied points with Tanzania, Kenya (MSA1) and Kenya (Nacha Sports Academy) but won bronze on a tiebreak.Comments Tags: 2019 Zone 4.4 Youth U16 Team Chess ChampionshipKenyaMathew MwaseSharif SsenabulyaSouth SudanUgandaVictor KanyikeWCM Maria Nakanyike