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Africa’s Top Fashion Event cancelled in Niger due to increased Terrorism…

first_imgA leading fashion event in Africa, FIMA, has been called off due to security reasons.“The Niger government has decided to postpone this 10th edition of FIMA due to events in Diffa [southeast Niger], Mali, Chad, Cameroon, France,” said Alphadi, a prominent couturier whose real name is Seidnaly SidhamedAlphadi added that the postponement also aimed to show “compassion” for neighbouring Mali, in national mourning after an attack on a luxury hotel last week that left at least 20 people dead.Niger is at war with the Nigerian-based jihadist group Boko Haram in the south-east of the country. Hundreds of people have been killed in the region from the constant attacks by the terrorist group.At least 1,000 designers, models and celebrities from 40 nations were due to attend the November 25-29 fashion week. For the moment, the fashion fair has been postponed indefinitely.The event that happens every two years was last held under tight security in 2013.Professional footballers Samuel Eto’o from Cameroon and Ivorian Yaya Toure were expected for this year’s launch in Niger’s biggest stadium among other sports personalities and musicians.last_img read more

New charges brought against men accused of robbing Marigot Credit Union

first_img 215 Views   3 comments Share Share LocalNews New charges brought against men accused of robbing Marigot Credit Union by: – April 16, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share Iam Massicot.Eight new charges have been instituted against five men, who allegedly robbed the Marigot Credit Union of $36, 851.45 on the 9th of March, 2012.Police reported on March 10th, 2012 that police officers who were on patrol in the Marigot area on March 9th, 2012 “came upon an armed robbery which was in progress” and were “immediately greeted with aggression” and there was gun fire exchange between the robbers and the officers. During that exchange, one man sustained a gunshot injury while four other men fled the scene.Mitchel Joseph 26 years, Jamie Andrew 19 years, Prinston George 19 years and Michel Azille 26 years of Portsmouth were arrested in connection with the robbery on March 17th, 2012 and appeared before a magistrate on 20th March, 2012 where 3 charges of attempted murder and possession of firearm was read to them. They all pleaded guilty to the possession of firearm charge however were not entitled to plead to the attempted murder charges as they are indictable offences. Michel AzilleOn that date, the fifth accused Iam Massicot 32 years of Paix Bouche was a patient at the Princess Margaret Hospital nursing injuries resulting from a gun fire exchange between the robbers and the police. However, on Monday April 16th, 2012 all five accused men appeared in court before Chief Magistrate Evelina Baptiste where 8 new charges were read to them and the previous March 20th charges withdrawn upon request by Police prosecutor Claude Weekes.The charges are; attempted murder on corporal Boycott Yankey, attempted murder on inspector Oliver Frederick, attempted murder on corporal Hans Francis, conspiracy to possess 1 28” gauge shot gun with intent to endanger lives, conspiracy to possess 1 sub machine gun magazine with intent to endanger life, robbery of EC$36, 851.45 from the Marigot Credit Union, aggravated burglary with the use of firearm on the Marigot Credit Union and conspiracy to possess 9 rounds of 9 mm ammunition.Princeton GeorgeThe accused were not entitled to enter a plea as all 8 charges are indictable offences. Mr. Weekes informed the Court that the prosecution’s objection to bail for the accused men still stands as police investigations into the alleged robbery incident is still ongoing.Weekes told the Court that although he is aware of the accused men’s presumption of innocence until proven guilty, the nature of the offences committed and severity of the punishment they stand to receive should they be found guilty should be considered. He submitted further that some firearms are still missing as well as “a large” sum of cash therefore if released the defendants could impede the police’s investigations.Jamie AndrewAccording to Weekes; all the defendants have previous charges including Iam Massicot who was on bail at the time when the alleged robbery of the credit union occurred.Zena Dyer who represents Iam Massicot told the Court that her client needs a brain scan as she has been informed by a medical practitioner that “some of his brain matter was removed” while they attempted to remove the bullet from his head.She also asked the Court whether her client could sit during the proceeding as well as some “pain killers”. Dyer who did not have a medical report available as it was not ready informed that she would make an application for bail in a week’s time when the documents will be ready.Mitchel JosephMeanwhile Wayne Norde who represents the other accused men; Mitchel Joseph, Jamie Andrew, Princeton George and Mitchell Azille, informed the Court that his clients had been in custody “for 6 weeks” which in his estimation is “sufficient” time for the police to conduct their investigations.He also noted that he would make an application for bail next week when he anticipates that their investigations would be complete considering that “they cannot investigate forever”.Magistrate Baptiste informed the men that their application for bail is “denied” and reminded them to be present on June 13th, 2012 at the Marigot Magistrate’s Court for the preliminary investigation.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Reds deepen Villa woes

first_img Villa looked on course for a third successive win after leading at the interval through Christian Benteke’s 18th goal of the campaign. But the Reds equalised through Jordan Henderson early in the second period and then skipper Steven Gerrard’s penalty sealed victory for the visitors. Aston Villa remain in the Barclays Premier League bottom three after Liverpool came from behind to win 2-1 and keep alive their faint hopes of securing a Champions League spot. Andreas Weimann had a volley blocked but Gabriel Agbonlahor should have put Villa ahead after 17 minutes. Matt Lowton delivered a superb curling cross into the danger area which picked out the run of Agbonlahor. But the England striker turned his shot straight at Jose Reina when it looked easier to score. Benteke had scored twice in the 3-1 win at Anfield earlier in the season and after 31 minutes he put Villa ahead. Ashley Westwood’s cross was turned back by Agbonlahor to Benteke who drilled a fierce shot past Reina who got a hand on the ball but could not keep it out of the net. It was the 18th goal of the season from the Belgian international. Liverpool needed only three minutes of the second half to get back on level terms. Philippe Coutinho’s defence-splitting pass was seized on by Henderson who flicked the ball past Brad Guzan into the corner of the net for his fourth goal of the season. Coutinho should have put Liverpool ahead in the 56th minute after beating the offside trap to run onto a pass from Luis Suarez but he dinked his shot wide of the post. But Liverpool were not to be denied and went ahead three minutes later. Suarez was brought down in the box by Nathan Baker and the resulting spot-kick was converted by Gerrard. Then Gerrard headed Benteke’s header off the line at full stretch from a Westwood corner. Benteke had the ball in the net in injury time but was clearly a yard offside. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Ireland denied famous victory

first_imgIreland fell agonisingly short of a first series win against a full-member nation following a two-wicket defeat to Pakistan in the second RSA Insurance one-day international in Dublin. Trent Johnston kick-started Pakistan’s collapse when he had Imran Farhat well snapped up by Kevin O’Brien low at second slip before Murtagh struck twice in the next over. He trapped Nasir Jamshed in front without scoring before Mohammad Hafeez, a centurion on Thursday, feathered through to wicketkeeper Gary Wilson. Kevin O’Brien made no mistake when Asad Shafiq nicked Johnston’s next ball into a now-expectant cordon. Pakistan were reeling a 17 for four but skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and Shoab Malik began to look more assured in a 43-run stand before the former offered back a catch to Cusack to depart for 24. George Dockrell then got the crucial wicket of Malik, after he had reached 43, to an lbw decision. Kamran was left with the tail but with Wahab he found a willing ally as they turned the match away from the home side in a stunning late burst. Earlier, Joyce was thrust into action almost immediately as Paul Stirling, who hit his second consecutive century against Pakistan on Thursday, failed to trouble the scorers after spooning to mid-wicket off Junaid. Skipper William Porterfield then chased at debutant Asad Ali soon after and Ireland were four for two. Joyce and Niall O’Brien nevertheless steadied matters in a watchful 65-run stand from 120 balls. O’Brien’s patience broke when he flashed a catch through to wicketkeeper Kamran off Wahab before Wilson’s attempted sweep off Abdur Rehman ballooned up for Hafeez to take at slip. Joyce and Kevin O’Brien finally got the innings rolling when they took 53 from the powerplay, taken at the start of the 34th over. Nine boundaries came in the five-over restrictions but when the field dropped back O’Brien picked out Jamshed in the deep after hitting 38 from 48 balls. Ireland then lost momentum but Joyce remained assured and brought up his century by swatting Rehman, who took four for 48 in his first international match since he was banned for testing positive to cannabis, over the ropes. Ireland had seemed on course for an historic success until eighth-wicket pair Kamran Akmal (81) and Wahab Riaz (47 not out) smashed 93 in 62 balls to break home hearts. Ed Joyce’s first Ireland century had helped the hosts to 229 for nine before Pakistan folded to 17 for four in reply. When Kamran crunched Alex Cusack to the boundary to bring up his half-century Pakistan still required 81 from nine overs. But when Wahab took 24 from Tim Murtagh’s final over Pakistan needed just eight from 18 balls. Junaid Khan hit the winning runs with eight balls to spare. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports-UPDATED

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports-UPDATED Elsewhere in the majors:— The Toronto Blue Jays put shortstop Bo Bichette on the injured list, a day after he strained his right knee in a suspended game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Manager Charlie Montoyo said Bichette had hurt himself while stretching before an at-bat and is undergoing testing, including an MRI. Bichette is batting .361, second-best in the American League.— Reds players and staff were tested for COVID-19 again as Major League Baseball tried to determine if more than one Cincinnati player has been exposed to the coronavirus. The last two games of a series between the Reds and Pirates were postponed Saturday after the player tested positive. The Pirates worked out Sunday at Great American Ball Park and returned to Pittsburgh, where they will start a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday. The Reds expect to get results of their latest tests on Monday.NBA-JAZZ-CONLEYJazz guard Mike Conley leaves bubble for birth of son The American won her first LPGA Tour title in nearly three years along with a confidence boost ahead of the British Open. The 35-year-old Lewis took a swig of champagne beside the 18th green on Sunday after securing a 13th victory on the LPGA Tour. It’s her first win since the birth of her first child, Chesnee, in October 2018. F1-SPANISH GPNo worries: Hamilton wins Spanish GP for 88th victory in F1MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Lewis Hamilton has coasted to victory at the Spanish Grand Prix to extend his championship lead. Hamilton clinched his 88th career victory on Sunday to move within three wins of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record. The talk before the race was whether Mercedes’ tires would be vulnerable in the searing summer heat of Spain, after experiencing problems in the last two races at Silverstone. But there were no such issues as Hamilton finished a sizable 24 seconds ahead of Max Verstappen, who has eight podiums in the past nine races. Hamilton leads Verstappen by 37 points. Valtteri Bottas placed third to fall further behind Verstappen in the standings. QB Alex Smith activated by Washington, cleared for practiceUNDATED (AP) — Quarterback Alex Smith has been activated off the physically unable to perform list by Washington’s NFL team. It is the latest step in a remarkable recovery after his right leg was broken in two places during a game nearly two years ago. Sunday’s move means that Smith now is allowed to participate in Washington’s padded practices when the team can move to that phase of training camp Tuesday. It could make for an interesting dynamic at QB, where Washington also has Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen. The 36-year-old Smith is signed through 2022. He hasn’t played since November 2018.In other NFL news:— The New York Jets have agreed to terms on a contract with veteran Chris Hogan to boost their banged-up wide receiver corps. Hogan spent last season with Carolina but caught just eight passes for 67 yards in seven games while missing a large chunk of the season following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. The Jets were in need of a veteran receiver with rookie Denzel Mims missing the first few practices with a hamstring injury and Vyncint Smith also sidelined Sunday. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Utah Jazz said guard Mike Conley left Walt Disney World on Sunday to return to Columbus, Ohio, for the birth of his son.The sixth-seeded Jazz begin a first-round playoff series against No. 3 seed Denver on Monday. Players who leave the bubble are subject to a quarantine upon their return, though the length won’t be determined until then. It’s a blow to a Jazz team already missing Bojan Bogdanovic (BOY’-ahn bahg-DAH’-noh-vich), who underwent right wrist surgery in May. Denver and Utah are also scheduled to play Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.The 32-year-old Conley is averaging 14.4 points and 4.4 assists in his first season with Utah. He was acquired as part of a deal with Memphis on July 6, 2019.NFL-NEWS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULEIslanders beat Capitals 2-1 in OT, take 3-0 lead in seriesUNDATED (AP) — Mathew Barzal scored 4:28 into overtime, lifting the New York Islanders to a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round series Sunday. — Max Kepler hit a two-run homer to support another strong start from Randy Dobnak, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2. Dobnak, the surprise right-hander who was promoted four levels last season before making a postseason start, continued his impressive run in 2020 with two runs allowed, both on solo homers, in 5 1/3 innings. Dobnak gave up just three hits, while his ERA rose from a majors-best 0.90 to 1.42. Alex Avila doubled, walked twice and scored a pair of runs for Minnesota, which has won four of six after being swept in Kansas City last week.— Brandon Lowe hit a solo home run in the ninth inning to keep up his power surge and lift the Tampa Bay Rays over the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 in the completion of a suspended game. Saturday night’s game was halted in the fourth inning because of rain with the Rays leading 1-0. The Rays and Blue Jays were to follow Sunday with a seven-inning game. Lowe homered in his fourth straight game, connecting for a tiebreaking drive off Jordan Romano.— Kyle Tucker hit a game-ending homer in the ninth inning, and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 for their fourth straight win. Tucker drove a 96-mph fastball from Erik Swanson deep to right for his first career game-ending homer. Houston also got a terrific effort from its bullpen in its fifth win in six games overall. The Astros won for the 24th time in their last 26 games against the Mariners.— Jon Gray struck out seven over a season-high seven solid innings and was backed by a 14-hit attack as the Colorado Rockies beat the Texas Rangers 10-6. Gray was roughed up in his previous start but allowed just three hits on Sunday, including two homers. He retired 11 of his last 12 batters following Joey Gallo’s solo homer in the fourth and ended his day with a strikeout of Derek Dietrich. The Rangers had the tying run at the plate in the ninth after two bases-loaded walks by Jairo Diaz but Carlos Estevez came on for his first save. — Max Scherzer struck out 10 over seven innings, and the Washington Nationals scored an unearned run in the eighth to break a tie and squeeze past the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 Sunday. Washington got the decisive run after Scherzer blew a four-run lead during an up-and-down performance in which he gave up a pair of solo homers to Anthony Santander and a three-run shot to Pedro Severino. With the score 5-all, Juan Soto drew a one-out walk from Travis Lakins and took second on a groundout. Kurt Suzuki followed with a two-out grounder to third baseman Rio Ruiz, whose throw bounced past first baseman Renato Núñez, enabling Soto to score NEW YORK (AP) — Kei Nishikori (kay nih-shih-KOHR’-ee) has tested positive for COVID-19 and will pull out of the tune-up tournament at Flushing Meadows that starts next week. The 2014 U.S. Open runner-up is withdrawing from the Western & Southern Open but he did not say what his plans are for the Grand Slam tournament that begins Aug. 31.LPGA-LADIES SCOTTISH OPENLewis wins Ladies Scottish Open title after 4-way playoffNORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) — Stacy Lewis holed a long birdie putt to see off three rivals at the first playoff hole and win the Ladies Scottish Open. Testing of athletes will need to increase when competition begins. The availability and turnaround times of COVID-19 tests is still a problem in parts of the country. Hainline told CNN: “Right now, if testing stays at it is, there’s no way we can go forward with sports.”The NCAA has no jurisdiction over major college football, so the conferences have been left to make their own calls. At the highest level of college football, four conferences — including the Big Ten and Pac-12 — have postponed fall sports and are hoping to make them up in some fashion in the spring. Six leagues, including the Atlantic Coast Conference, Southeastern Conference and Big 12, are moving forward with plans to play in the fall.On Sunday a group of Big Ten football players including Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields posted an online petition on Twitter asking the Big Ten to reinstate the schedule the conference released six days before it pulled the plug. Player parent groups from Iowa, Ohio State, Penn State and Nebraska have sent letters to Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren asking for the conference to reverse course.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NISHIKORI2014 US Open finalist Kei Nishikori tests positive for COVID In other racing news:— When IndyCar officials gave each car a boost of horsepower leading into Indianapolis 500 qualifications, the Honda-powered cars took off. The Chevrolets did not, and the large gap led to Honda sweeping the front row of the starting grid and claiming 11 of the top 12 starting spots in next week’s race. But the disparity already may be shrinking. During the first two days of practice, without the power boost, the two engine manufacturers were more competitive and it happened again in Sunday’s practice following the second and final day of qualifications for next weekend’s race. INDYCAR-INDY 500An Andretti wins first Indy 500 pole for family in 33 yearsINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marco Andretti has won the pole for the Indianapolis 500 in a lightning-fast first step toward snapping the infamous “Andretti Curse” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Andretti logged a four-lap average of 231.068 mph in qualifying, and an Andretti now will lead the field to green for the first time in 33 years. Mario Andretti won his third and final pole for the Indy 500 in 1987, when his grandson Marco was an infant.The third-generation driver was greeted by his Andretti Autosport teammates, then shared a strong embrace with his father, Michael, the team owner. Mario Andretti scored the only Indy 500 win for the family in 1969; Michael Andretti fell short in 16 tries and the Aug. 23 race will be Marco Andretti’s 15th attempt. August 16, 2020 Associated Press — The Carolina Panthers have signed tight end Andrew Vollert and wide receivers Tommylee Lewis and Marken Michel. Vollert earned national attention when he was shown on “Hard Knocks: Los Angeles” telling Chargers coach Anthony Lynn to his face “you’ve got to be (expletive) kidding me” after learning he was being released on Aug. 1. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSNCAA’s top doctor: COVID-19 testing needs to improve to playUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA’s chief medical officer says there is a narrow path to playing college sports during the coronavirus pandemic and if testing nationwide does not improve, it cannot be done.Dr. Brian Hainline told CNN late Saturday that “everything would have to line up perfectly” for college sports to be played this fall. Elsewhere in MLB:— The Chicago White Sox tied a major league record with four consecutive home runs, all against reliever Roel Ramirez in his major league debut, and went on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2. Ramirez is the first pitcher to allow four straight homers in his debut. Yoán Moncada, Yasmani Grandal, José Abreu and Eloy Jiménez connected during a six-run fifth inning. Ramirez took the mound in the fifth with Chicago leading 1-0. He struck out Luis Robert to start, but things went south quickly. After two singles, a caught stealing and a walk, Moncada smacked a three-run homer to right.— -Keston Hiura and Orlando Arcia homered, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 6-5 for their third straight win against the NL Central leaders. Arcia had three hits and scored the go-ahead run on Ryan Braun’s seventh-inning single off Jason Adam. Hiura belted a tying three-run drive in the third for his fifth homer. Eric Yardley, the first of four Milwaukee relievers, pitched a scoreless inning for the win. Josh Hader got three outs for his fifth save.— Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to help the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 6-2 and complete a three-game sweep. McCutchen entered the game in left field after starter Jay Bruce was injured. The Phillies had tied the game at 2 in the seventh. McCutchen went deep off starter Rick Porcello for his first home run of the season. Zack Wheeler gave up two runs and struck out four over seven solid innings to earn the win for the Phillies.— The Cleveland Indians beat Detroit for the 20th straight time, nearing the major league record for most wins by a team over a single opponent, as Franmil Reyes hit two home runs to defeat the Tigers 8-5. Baltimore holds the mark with 23 consecutive wins over Kansas City in 1969-70. The Indians can match the record when they host Detroit in a three-game series next weekend. The Islanders are up 3-0 in the series, putting Washington on the brink of being eliminated in the first round for the second straight year after hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2018.New York’s Anders Lee broke a scoreless tie late in the first period. Evgeny Kuznetsov (kooz-NET’-sahv) pulled the Capitals into a tie with a power-play goal early in the second.Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv) stopped 22 shots for the sixth-seeded Islanders. Braden Holtby had 32 saves for the third-seeded Capitals.Game 4 is Tuesday night.In other playoff action: The Sweden native was off to a career season when he was diagnosed in December with Ewing’s sarcoma, a tumor that grows in the bones or in the tissue around bones. He completed radiation treatments July 2 and weeks later signed a $9 million, three-year contract extension.Lindblom turned 24 on Saturday and a day later he received a rousing applause from the Flyers hours before they prepared for their playoff game against Montreal. Lindblom had 11 goals and 18 points in 30 games this season.MLB-SCHEDULEMarkakis’ 3 RBIs help Braves beat Miami 4-0 to take seriesUNDATED (AP) — Nick Markakis drove in three runs and five pitchers combined on a two-hitter to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 4-0 and tighten the NL East race. Atlanta took two of three games from the first-place Marlins and trail them by only percentage points. The Braves haven’t lost a series to their division rivals since 2017, and are 31-10 against Miami over the past three seasons. Markakis’ RBI single in the sixth off Nick Vincent gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead. The Braves added three runs in the seventh, and Markakis’ two-run double made it 4-0. —Dallas scored 16:05 into overtime after Joe Pavelski forced the extra period by completing a hat trick in the final seconds of regulation and the Stars beat the Calgary Flames 5-4 on Sunday to even their Western Conference playoff series. The series is tied 2-2 with Game 5 Tuesday. Pavelski recorded the first playoff hat trick since the Dallas franchise moved from Minnesota in 1993. Tobias Rieder tied an NHL record with his third short-handed goal of the playoffs. Calgary got one in a third straight game against Dallas for a 4-3 lead.NHL-NEWS-FLYERS-LINDBLOMLindblom joins Flyers for playoffs after cancer treatmentTORONTO (AP) — Oskar Lindblom has joined the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL playoff bubble in Toronto. Lindblom is with the team for the first time since he was diagnosed with bone cancer in December. There is no timetable for a return to the lineup. MLB-NEWS-YANKEES-LEMAHIEU Yankees’ LeMahieu on injured list with sprained left thumbNEW YORK (AP) — American League batting leader DJ LeMahieu was placed on the 10-day injured list by the New York Yankees because of a sprained left thumb, joining Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton on the sidelines. Miguel Andújar was recalled from New York’s alternate training site at Scranton. LeMahieu was hurt during an awkward swing in the fourth inning of Saturday night’s 11-5 victory over Boston and left the game two innings later. LeMahieu broke the same thumb in 2018 while with Colorado.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw feels good after solid rehab start

first_imgRANCHO CUCAMONGA >> The final decision might not come for a day or two, after Clayton Kershaw has time to determine just how much 34 pitches to Single-A hitters affected his back.But if he has any input, and if he feels as good as he did Saturday evening, his next appearance will be in a National League game.“I think I’m pitching in four days, or five days,” Kershaw said after a one-hit, five-strikeout performance for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes against the Modesto Nuts.“I think they’re still ironing some stuff out, but at this point it’s still kind of a pitch count deal, making sure that I can contribute and not just go out there. It helps that it’s September, and we’ve got a lot of guys out there in the bullpen. “We’re still working the kinks out, but we’ll see.”• Related Story: Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw’s presence helps Rancho Cucamonga Quakes selloutIf Kershaw is about to return to the rotation, odds are that it will be Friday in Miami, the opener of a 12-game road trip. It would be his first appearance in a big league game since June 26, when he was roughed up in a 4-3 loss at Pittsburgh right before going to the disabled list, with what turned out to be a herniated disk.Not a bad September callup, at all, for a team trying to expand on a two-game lead in the National League West: A guy with an 11-2 record and 1.79 ERA, whose team was 14-2 on days he pitched before he went to the disabled list.For the record, the Dodgers were 27-34 in games he didn’t pitch before he went to the DL. They’re 10 games over .500 since, following Saturday night’s 5-1 victory over San Diego. Just imagine the possibilities. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Certainly, the way Kershaw toyed with California League hitters allowed Dodger pulses to race a little bit. He threw 22 strikes in his 34 pitches, was between 92 and 94 mph with his fastball most of the night, and overmatched a lineup with no one hitting over .280 or driving in more than 59 runs.He had a 10-pitch first inning, striking out the first two hitters he faced and getting a first-pitch ground ball for the third out. He threw 11 in the second, getting a broken bat grounder and two more strikeouts, both swinging.The only hit he allowed? Catcher Robbie Perkins hit a 2-2 pitch maybe 10 feet, at most, and beat catcher Will Smith’s throw for an infield single with one out in the third. Kershaw got a double play grounder to finish the inning, then went to the bullpen to fulfill his mandate of 45 to 50 pitches.He gave the kids the full mix of pitches.“The fastball and slider were pretty decent,” he said. “The curveball needed a little work. It wasn’t there at times. I threw a couple of good ones, but a few got away from me. I guess for as much time as I’ve missed, I’ll take it.“But once you get into pitching real games in the major leagues, there’s not going to be so much forgiveness. I definitely need to be more consistent.”Performance, however, was less important than the condition of his back. The full verdict might not come for a couple of days but Kershaw said he felt progress, building on what he experienced following a simulated game Tuesday in which he pitched to Quakes hitters at Dodger Stadium.“I felt good,” he said. “I was able to warm up and sit in between innings and everything, stuff that’s bothered me in the past. It’s fun to pitch in a game setting again, and have some normal game-type situations.“The last few times when I’ve pitched, once I cool down and kind of sit for a little bit, it’ll stiffen up. As long as I’m OK doing that tonight, it’ll be a good test.”These rehab stints are necessary, and they’re fun for the fans who are more used to seeing the prospects. Still, it’s kind of weird to see Kershaw wearing a Quakes jersey, or to hear the LoanMart jingle after his strikeouts instead of the opening bars of Beethoven’s Fifth, as he hears at Dodger Stadium.Brett Anderson would have been happy with those problems. He pitched only two innings of a scheduled five-inning stint and gave up six runs and nine hits, including two doubles and a triple.For some reason, no one was asking when his next start might occur.last_img read more

Russell Westbrook trade rumors: Thunder send star to Rockets for package including Chris Paul

first_imgIn the deal the Rockets gave up Paul, 34, and first-round picks in 2024 and 2026.The teams also have the right to swap picks in 2021 and 2025.The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, pick swaps in 2021 and 2025, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2019The Thunder traded Westbrook, 30, to the Rockets at the behest of the 2016-17 MVP. He wanted to reunite with James Harden, who he played with in Oklahoma City from 2009-12, according to ESPN.Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti worked with Westbrook and his agent, Thad Foucher, to deliver the former MVP to his preferred destination: A reunion with James Harden, per sources.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2019This trade was set in motion when the Thunder dealt Paul George to the Clippers on Saturday to join up with Kawhi Leonard. In that deal Oklahoma City acquired two good players in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari, but the big kicker in the agreement was the draft picks that came with it.Oklahoma City got back three unprotected first-round picks from the Clippers (2022, 2024 and 2026), two more which initially belonged to Miami (2021 unprotected and 2023 protected 1 through 14) and the right to swap picks with the Clippers in 2023 and 2025.That move all but signified a rebuild for the Thunder and generated buzz surrounding a possible Westbrook trade. He initially reportedly considered going to the Heat to join up with Jimmy Butler, but obviously he has been moved to Houston.With these two moves now done, the Thunder have an assortment of first-round picks over the next few years which should help the team build up for a long time. The only issue could be that the Clippers and Rockets are expected to be good, so they could be late in the first round. The Rockets have acquired Russell Westbrook and moved Chris Paul.Houston has picked up Westbrook in a trade with the Thunder, according to ESPN. As for Houston, there was reportedly a rift between Paul and Harden in the locker room and the team was considering dealing Paul and his contract for a while. Paul has three years remaining on the four-year, $159 million deal he signed with Houston in 2018.Westbrook also has four years remaining on his five-year, $206 million contract (one is a player option), so the money is a bit of a wash in this, but the Rockets get back a player who is four years younger.He would not talk to the media Thursday after the reported trade.#Thunder PG Russell Westbrook refuses to talk to media before his comedy show event. Took the stage and introduced his comedian friend, Juice Deason. #nba pic.twitter.com/IHECPzuIbU— Luke Slabaugh (@LukeSlabaugh) July 12, 2019last_img read more

Award for golf volunteer James Drury

first_img Teenage golf volunteer James Drury is putting something back into the sport he loves. The 18 year-old has clocked up more than 50 hours of his free time helping out at Gaudet Luce Golf Club in Worcestershire and his achievement has been recognised with a certificate and pin badge from England Golf. As well as supporting the work of PGA professional Russell Adams in running coaching sessions, the Droitwich Spa High School pupil has been helping younger members of the club make their mark. He has also been helping out at special sessions to help blind people get into golf by acting as a mentor. James said: “I started playing golf when I was 12 as my brother had just started and after my first lesson I came away thinking this is what I want to do. Both my parents also play, including my mum who only recently took up the sport. “Russell has been very supportive of me joining in on the coaching side. I have helped out with New2Golf practice evenings on the range, blind golf coaching sessions by pairing up with a blind person and their guide on the par 3 course, as well as girls’ county coaching sessions – Russell is the girls’ county coach. “I’ve also helped some younger members achieve their handicaps by completing handicap cards for them. I want to try and give them the feeling I got when I first started, which I can’t value any higher.” James is a member of the England Youth Panel, adding: “I was excited to be selected as it is a great opportunity to discuss ways in which we can encourage more young people to get into golf.” James’s ambition is to work in the golf industry, adding: “I’m working on getting my handicap down to four and studying for my A levels with the hope that one day I may be able to complete a golf degree and work within the industry.” He would recommend golf to people of all ages, saying: “I would encourage everyone to take up golf as it’s an incredibly rewarding sport with a very good social side, which means making new friends is easy. “I was very lucky when I first started as my local club is very accommodating and welcoming to every one of all ages and abilities. Russell and his team of coaches have a fantastic knowledge and were able to provide quality coaching to give me a perfect footing in the game, but with the priority being on fun and enjoying golf.” Mark Laing, development officer for the Worcestershire Golf Development Group, says: “James should be congratulated for the time and effort he has put back into the sport. “Volunteers are the lifeblood of many clubs and organisations and the hours of unpaid work they undertake are vital to the well-being of the sport. “They carry out that work without looking for recognition for their efforts, but it is nice once in a while to pay tribute and say thanks for everything they contribute to the golfing world.” 23 Sep 2015 Award for golf volunteer James Drury last_img read more

Suisham’s winner lifts Steelers over Browns 30-27

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham (6), left, is congratulated by teammates agter hitting a 41-yard field goal as time ran out in the fourth quarter of the NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 30-27. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Johnny Manziel’s time is coming. For now, the most famous backup quarterback in football is merely a student.Brian Hoyer, the journeyman veteran who beat out the Heisman Trophy winner for the starting job in Cleveland, provided a lesson in resilience on Sunday. Then Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers provided another in how to finish.Again.Roethlisberger hit Markus Wheaton twice during a last-gasp drive to set up Shaun Suisham’s 41-yard field goal as the Steelers survived 30-27.“Well, that was exciting, wasn’t it?” joked Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.That’s one way of putting it. Another might be harrowing after Pittsburgh let a 24-point lead evaporate.Still, in the end it was Roethlisberger doing what he always seems to do when he faces the Browns. Roethlisberger improved to 18-1 against Cleveland after one last audible set up Wheaton for a 20-yard gain.“When (Suisham) lines up to kick it, I was on the sideline like, ‘This was why we have him,’” Roethlisberger said. “There was never a doubt he was going to make it.”There never is when the Browns (0-1) play in Pittsburgh (1-0). Cleveland hasn’t beaten the Steelers on the road in 11 years, though for the first time in a long time the gap in the decidedly one-sided rivalry appears to be narrowing.Roethlisberger passed for 365 yards and a touchdown, running back Le’Veon Bell had 197 total yards and a score and Antonio Brown caught five passes for 116 yards with a touchdown. Brown added a highly entertaining (if illegal) kick to the face of Cleveland punter Spencer Lanning — and still the Steelers needed every last second to hold off the Browns.“We can’t apologize for the way we win,” Roethlisberger said. “We just have to win games.”Cleveland’s second-half rally came without receiver Josh Gordon (suspension), running back Ben Tate, who left in the second quarter with a knee injury, and tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder).It also came without Manziel. He spent his NFL debut in a baseball cap watching Hoyer nearly engineer one of the unlikeliest upsets since the franchise’s reincarnation in 1999.The northern Ohio native who was nearly out of football when the Steelers gave him a short stint as a backup in 2012 completed 19 of 31 passes for 230 yards and a 9-yard touchdown to Travis Benjamin. That tied the game at 27 with 11:15 to go.“I told those guys at the end of the game that I’ll take that team to the end of the Earth if we’re going to fight back like that,” Hoyer said.Scrapping is nothing new to Hoyer, who held off Manziel during an uninspired training camp battle. Coach Mike Pettine promised the well-traveled Hoyer he wouldn’t have to spend games looking over his shoulder. Pettine flatly answered “no” when asked if he considered going to Manziel after the Browns fell behind 27-3 at the half.“The way the game went we just never felt the need for him,” Pettine said.The Browns ditched their methodical attack for an uptempo no-huddle that kept Pittsburgh off-balance. When Tate went to the sideline, rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell provided a jolt.West darted for 100 yards and Crowell scored a pair of second-half touchdowns as the Browns somehow pulled even.It just wasn’t enough. After sometimes frantic play for the first 50 minutes, both teams squandered chances to take control. Cleveland’s last gasp came with a first down its  20 with 1:53 to go. A sack, an incompletion and an ill-advised screen gave the Steelers the ball back at their 43.Roethlisberger found Wheaton for an 11-yard gain on second down and connected with Wheaton again at the Cleveland 24. Suisham, who signed a contract extension during training camp, smacked the winner down the middle.Earlier, surrounded by playmakers and emboldened by an expanded no-huddle offense, Roethlisberger passed for 278 yards — including a beautiful 35-yard rainbow touchdown to Brown — in the first 30 minutes as the Steelers raced to the 27-3 halftime lead.The highlight came on a rollicking punt return by Brown in the second quarter. He tried to leap over Lanning, only to have his cleat smash into Lanning’s face. The play drew an unnecessary roughness penalty on Brown — perhaps the first ever by a punt returner — and comic laughter from the sun-splashed crowd delighting in what appeared to be  another mauling in a series full of them.“I tried to get over him,” Brown said. “There was no intent to hurt him. It was just a bad outcome of a play.”The penalty hardly stopped the Steelers, who needed two plays to spring Bell for a 38-yard touchdown run that made it 24-3.NOTES: Cameron caught two passes for 47 yards before aggravating a shoulder injury that has bothered him all summer. … The Steelers are 11-1 in their last 12 home openers. … Pittsburgh RB Dri Archer left the game with left knee and ankle injuries and did not return.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Junior Stars fall to Uzbekistan in friendly

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars Under-23 skipper Joseph Okumu and his Uzbekistan counterpart Zabihil Orenboyev during the two teams’ friendly match in Uzbekistan on March 26, 2018. PHOTO/Sports.uzNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26- A late goal from Doston Tursunov saw hosts Uzbekistan pick up a narrow 1-0 win over Kenya’s Under-23 team in a friendly match at the Istiqlal Stadium on Monday evening.The reigning Asian Under-23 champions revenged for the 2-1 loss they suffered under the Kenyan side coached by Mathare United tactician Francis Kimanzi on Friday, scoring six minutes into stoppage time. Kimanzi made only one change from that team that won last week, Vihiga United centre back Bernard Ochieng starting ahead of striker Chris Onyango with Joseph Okumu retaining the captaincy.The hosts came into the tie charged to make amends from their misgivings in the first of the two friendly games, taking the game into Kenya’s half from the first minute.However, the defence marshalled by Okumu managed to hold their own and ensure they didn’t collapse under pressure.Uzbekistan continued with the pressure in the second half, camping in Kenya’s half and forcing teh Kenyans into tackles that resulted in dangerous set pieces, but none could trouble the backline.From a good scoring position in the 52nd minute, Uzbekistan won a free-kick but Islam Kenjabayev drove it straight to the wall and booted the rebound way up into the stands.From a swift counter attack, Kenya nearly broke the deadlock after 54 minutes. Bolton Omwenga broke away on the left and curled in a wonderful cross, but Piston Mutamba’s connection came up against the upright.Ulinzi Stars midfielder Ibrahim Shambi followed it up with the goalkeeper down, but his header from the edge of the six yard box came off the crossbar.The hosts knew they had to act fast to get a goal and Aziz Turghunbev came close when he dribbled into his favourite left foot, unleashed a dipping effort from range but keeper Timothy Odhiambo pushed it behind for a corner.The home side kept pushing and were awarded in virtually the last minute of play when Tursunov broke into the box to head home a cross from the right.The team now comes back home with lots of positives from the two games with the eyes fixed on next year’s African Under-23 Championships which will also act as Africa’s qualifiers for the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more