Spring Game back at Camp Randall following hiatus

first_imgYANA PASKOVA/Herald PhotoSaturday will be a day of firsts for the UW football team.Bret Bielema will get his first look at his team in a truly competitive setting as head coach of the Badgers, in his inaugural Spring Game at the UW helm.Moreover, this game will be featured at Camp Randall Stadium for the first time since 2002 — the venue was undergoing renovation in the spring during the past two years — meaning this will be the first Spring Game on that field for many Badger starters.Instead of playing at high school stadiums, Wisconsin will get to show off what it has practiced through the past five weeks at Camp Randall Stadium at the 2006 UW Spring Game at 1 p.m. Saturday.”I’ve definitely been trying to sell it,” Bielema said of the spring’s return to the 80,000-plus seat stadium. “I know there won’t be the same crowd as there is in Camp Randall next year [in the fall], but we’ve tried to get as many people in the stands as possible, make it a game day environment.”That very environment, and the atmosphere created from it, plays a huge role in what the players look forward to when it comes to the Spring Game, according to Bielema.”I know our kids feel it, this is a great place, they talk about it all the time,” he said. “Our student section in particular is something that our guys feed off of.”The format for the spring game, as Bielema mentioned over the course of the past week, will be more relaxed than that of a Big Ten Conference matchup, but the Badgers still intend on taking the day seriously.The game will run four 15-minute quarters, with running clock at the end of the second quarter and tentatively — dependent on the coaches’ decisions — the entire fourth frame.As for teams, the first-string players will be taking on the rest of the team to start. Players like quarterback John Stocco, linebacker Mark Zalewski and safety Joe Stellmacher, among others, will be featured in the early stages of the game, but once the game heads into the second half, more second- and third-teamers that will likely end up at the end of the depth chart or on the scout team will see more field time.Bielema spoke of his anxiety to see just how his starters will match up with the reserves to begin the game, in what he’s calling a “ones against the world” system.”It’s not so much of just them being so good, we want to really see some guys play behind them,” Bielema said of sitting down his premier players early. “Probably this year, more so than any years in the past, I want to see our guys compete in the first half, [first-string] versus the rest of the team, and see them execute and do some things.”Instead of using quirky points systems like Oklahoma did in their nationally-televised Spring Game Apr. 8, Bielema said that the scoring should look basically normal on Saturday.”I haven’t been in a game yet where you get nine points for doing something,” the coach joked. “I want our guys to understand that if we score a touchdown, we get six points, and a PAT, we get another point.”However, Bielema did add that he’s currently toying with the idea of awarding double points to the second-string team for scoring touchdowns.Bielema also announced that he will release a limited depth chart, detailing each position two players deep, after the Spring Game, saying that while there are still decisions to be made based upon on-field efforts, he’d like to get several of his players solidified within their own personal roles on the squad.”The thing that, as coaches, we want to do is roll some people through,” Bielema said. “Even midway through spring drills, we kind of switched some guys to different sides of the football. What I wanted everybody to [have an] understanding of is we want to have open competition.”Bielema even went so far to challenge his top players in admitting that if his reserves find success against the first-string team that the Badgers will face more concerns than they otherwise would.”I want to put them in a pressure situation,” Bielema said. “Because we’re going ones against the world, the ones should be able to execute and do certain things; if they haven’t, then they haven’t taken that step forward, but I think we’ll see that on Saturday.”The Badgers plan to work out for about an hour this afternoon, followed by an informal rehearsal in which the players will familiarize themselves with the Spring Game format.last_img read more

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Badgers capture season opener

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoThe UW Women’s Hockey team began defending their national title this weekend with a season-opening sweep over non-conference opponent Quinnipiac. With a 3-0 win Friday and a 5-1 victory Saturday, the No. 1 ranked Badgers started the season 2-0. Despite a slow start, Wisconsin upended the Bobcats 5-1 Saturday on the strength of a three goal second period that featured 22 Badger shots on goal.Quinnipiac, who finished last season with an abysmal 10-18-6 record, managed to end the first period with a 1-1 tie Saturday, and it took an outstanding save by Badger goalie Christine DuFour on a Bobcat breakaway to keep the visitors from taking the lead and momentum.”There was a lot of special teams play in that first period, and we couldn’t capitalize on our chances,” Badger head coach Mark Johnson said.The Badgers finally got it together when Sarah Bauer weaved her way through the Bobcat defense and beat goalie Laura Brennan with a backhand shot to give the Badgers a 2-1 lead. The goal ignited the Badger offense, which would score twice more in the period to put the Bobcats away.”In the second period we started to compete more than we did in the first period,” Johnson said, “We started to find a flow, and a rhythm, and that’s when we really took control of the game.”We were in a bit of a funk in the first period, but to get going in the second was big for us,” Bauer said. Bauer’s goal was the first of the season for the reigning WCHA and national player of the year.Wisconsin, who also struggled in the first period of their season opening game on Friday, will need to avoid these slow starts when conference play gets underway and they start to face more challenging opponents.”[The team] showed what they’re capable of doing, now they have to do it consistently, instead of playing one period here and there we need to play three periods consistently,” Johnson said. St. Cloud State will come to the Kohl Center next weekend as the Badgers begin conference play in a series that Johnson believes will be a “dogfight.”Friday, Wisconsin opened the season with a 3-0 victory over Quinnipiac on a night that commemorated last season’s title with a pre-game highlight video and banner ceremony.Goaltender Jessie Vetter extended her shutout streak to 260 minutes, and Jinelle Zaugg had a goal and an assist in the opener.Though they didn’t come out with their best hockey, the Badgers were able to rely on Vetter to keep them in the game until they could find their offense.”I’m definitely in a rhythm right now,” Vetter said, playing in her first game since being named the Most Outstanding Player of last year’s Frozen Four. Her shutout stretch was put in jeopardy late in the game, but Vetter made an acrobatic save to prevent a meaningless Bobcat goal with only a couple of minutes to play. The sophomore goalie didn’t seem too concerned with her streak though. “I don’t think about the streak, all I think about is getting a win,” Vetter said.Though they only managed 18 shots, the Badgers were able to score three goals, enough to beat the Bobcats.Captain Bobbi Jo Slusar scored the first goal of the season for the Badgers, firing a laser past Bobcat goalie Laura Brennan on a first period power play. “We know this season will be important,” Slusar said, “it was good to start it off with a win tonight.”On a night when last year’s team was honored, newcomers to the squad also got a chance to show that they’re ready to contribute to the team and their play didn’t go unnoticed.”They’ll all have to contribute,” Johnson said, referring to this year’s freshmen.”Our freshmen looked great, they’ll be a big part of our team this season,” Slusar said.Freshman Kayla Sanders scored the first goal of her career early in the third period and other freshmen Jasmine Giles, Meghan Duggan and Emily Kranz contributed in the winning effort.”It was exciting,” Sanders said on scoring her first goal, “it was a great rush.”last_img read more

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Perform Group’s John Harlow: Reinventing the role of the second-screen for betting

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Share Last week, John Harlow, SVP for Betting at Perform Group, revealed the slogan that explains why they’re seeing such interest in more detailed player data – ‘The game is the same, but the fan has changed’.Seven days on, we asked him to explain how much of this behaviour change is a derivative of fantasy sports, and tease some of the biggest product developments for Opta in 2018.SBC: Let’s look a bit closer at this message: “The game is the same, but the fan has changed”. How much of this change is a derivative of behaviours picked up playing fantasy sports?JH: Fantasy is a huge driver of interest in players and their stats, particularly in players from other teams. It’s great for sport and it’s great to give fans a reason to stay engaged for an entire season, even if their team has zero chance of winning anything or has been knocked of the World Cup. It’s a massive passion-driver that helps fans feel a real sense of ownership of THEIR team and THEIR players and in many ways, betting on player performance is a highly similar sensation.Opta’s live or post-match statistics actually power major fantasy sport providers around the world, which creates a reassuring consistency for fans and operators, similar to what we discussed last week. If I’m betting on shots on target for example, I expect to see the same numbers wherever I happen to look, be that on the TV, in the Fantasy Premier League app, on Google or in my betting app.Fans have, however, changed in many more ways than just taking more of an interest in player performance. Their attention spans are shorter than ever – described as 90 seconds not 90 minutes; they want to feel involved, not peripheral; they want personalised experiences; they can be impatient, need instant gratification; and of course they’re heavy social media users. These are additional reasons why ‘choose your own adventure’ single-game accumulators and player bets (eg on passes, tackles, goalkeeper punches; events that we’re collecting all the time) are quickly establishing themselves amongst the mainstream.SBC: Can you tease some of the biggest product developments for Opta in 2018?JH: The first big step is we’ll deliver all our deep player statistics in a live incident feed, like a detailed version of RunningBall’s API (RunningBall is Perform’s ultra-fast data service). We’ve been working towards this for a long time and there seems to be a genuine buzz from clients about what they can turn it into and what it will mean for bettors.Just as RunningBall helped pioneer in-play betting at scale, and Opta helped drive fantasy sports, now we’re going to do the same for pre-match and in-play bets on player performance. Operators can confidently increase the number of matches and leagues offering player bets, with much faster resulting – a real win for bettors and for client product and marketing teams, who will be able to start telling some truly unique stories, given the number of new ‘games within the game’  that can be created.Just as important is our continued focus on reinventing the role of the ‘second-screen’ for betting, hopefully in time for the World Cup. We think this is a big missing piece in the puzzle and getting it right will make the front-end betting experience significantly stickier and much more entertaining.Last but not least for now, we’re also looking at how some of the innovation coming from Opta’s data scientists can be applied in our sector. The potential there is enormous. It’s almost like someone’s given you x-ray specs, to see what’s really going on. A great example is the ‘expected goals’ metric (xG), which measures whether a given shot should have been scored (in real time) based on deep analysis of 300,000 chances from our database. Broadcasters like the BBC have started using these stats, so they’re starting to get into the mainstream language of sport. Earlier this season Arsene Wenger even explained during a post-match interview that Arsenal might have just lost, but according to Opta’s analysis of the game’s scoring chances, they should have won… tough to award him the three points for that but can’t argue the logic!Providing greater insight into underlying match performance could help everyone from odds compilers wanting deeper understanding of pricing trends, to marketing teams looking to activate or understand bettors. If the ‘expected score’ is displayed alongside the real score, that’s potentially more useful (and usable) at-a-glance information than traditionally basic statistics like WDL form guides – especially as our algorithm calculates the expected score live.One of the UK newspapers wrote an article on Opta last year saying we’d changed football and are shaping its future – I don’t think we’ve changed it in reality, as it’s of course still the same game, but I think we’re definitely changing what can make sport even more interesting for fans and I suppose it does mean we’re helping to shape its future. That’s a big responsibility, but a tremendously exciting place to be and we can’t wait to see the experiences our content will help to create.Perform Group will be exhibiting at ICE London (6-8 February), stand S1-240. 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Miller: Clayton Kershaw survives 7th inning, Dodgers just hum along

first_img Clayton Kershaw strikes out 11 as Dodgers win World Series opener Dodgers activate Corey Seager and Brandon McCarthy, drop Curtis Granderson and Kyle Farmer World Series Game 2: Dodgers vs. Astros, lineups, starting pitchers, TV info OK, now back to the baseball, which the Dodgers placed in the completely capable left hand of Kershaw for the franchise’s biggest game in roughly a generation.“He had a lot of awkward swings tonight and a lot of awkward takes,” first baseman Cody Bellinger said. “When you see that as a defender, it’s an awfully good sign.”Kershaw has been this team’s star for several seasons now, though his postseasons have been just as famously star-crossed.But, before Tuesday, of course, he had never pitched in a World Series. At age 29, he made quite a debut.Kershaw secured 21 outs, 11 of which were strikeouts against a lineup that struck out fewer times than any other in baseball during the regular season.He had all of his pitches working, which means he had all the Astros guessing or lunging or muttering, several Houston hitters clearly disapproving of umpire Phil Cuzzi’s version of the strike zone.“Kersh is the best,” Seager said. “It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is. He’s the best. I think he pretty much proved that tonight.”Chris Taylor and Justin Turner supplied the only runs Kershaw needed with homers and the bullpen finished what he started with two more innings of perfection, which, at this point, L.A.’s relievers have nearly patented.WATCH: Chris Taylor leads off World Series with home runWATCH: Justin Turner’s HR leads Dodgers to Game 1 victoryThe whole thing was wrapped up and mailed into history in a remarkably efficient 2 hours, 28 minutes, the Dodgers making their fans wait 29 years for a World Series game and then delivering the tidiest of victories.For a team that won a baseball-best 104 times and is now 8-1 in the postseason, this October win looked a lot like something in July while carrying the weight of the heaviest game yet.“That’s what we’ve been doing all season,” Kiké Hernandez said. “That’s been the motto all year long. Having that good chemistry and knowing that if you don’t get the job done the guy behind you is going to do it.”Kershaw, for his part, left little to chance Tuesday. He began with a nine-pitch, 1-2-3 first inning, which he followed with a 10-pitch, 1-2-3 second inning.He permitted a single to Josh Reddick in the third but struck out the side to obliterate any notion of a Houston uprising.In fact, the Astros’ lone “rally” lasted just one swing, Alex Bregman leading off the fourth with a home run that had Kershaw yapping at himself in frustration.After that blip, Kershaw struck out the next three Astros on – in order – a slider, a curveball and a fastball, those three hitters being Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel.Related Articles The meat of Houston’s order was ground into cheap chuck by Kershaw’s full and dominant arsenal, pretty special for a guy who, since returning from a back injury in September, hadn’t looked to be quite himself.“He struck out 11,” Hernandez said. “That tells you how good his stuff was. On the mound, we had a guy who’s as tough as it gets.”But, before he was through vanquishing the Astros, Kershaw first had to defeat the demons.Entering Tuesday, in games he started, he had a career postseason ERA of 25.50 in the seventh inning, an inning that had seen him make playoff stars of far too many opponents.This time, after surrendering an ominous-feeling leadoff single to Altuve, Kershaw induced two harmless ground balls and a routine fly out, walking off the mound as a conquerer and, soon enough, a winner.“Definitely feels good to say it was the World Series,” Kershaw said, “and it feels good to say we’re 1-0.”A few minutes later, in a quiet part of the victorious clubhouse, one of Kershaw’s teammates offered his assessment as the two Dodgers met.“Great stuff, Kersh,” Ross Stripling said. “Pretty sick, man.”Pretty sick, indeed, on a night when the Dodgers felt their healthiest in 29 years.PreviousActor Rob Lowe waves a flag before Game 1 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Racheal Robinson widow of Jackie Robinson tossed out the ceremonial prior to game one of a World Series baseball game against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Sandy Koufax speaks with Racheal Robinson widow of Jackie Robinson who tossed out the ceremonial prior to game one of a World Series baseball game against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsGeorge Lopez runs with a flag before Game 1 of baseball’s World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Magic Johnson and Tommy Lasorda watch during the second inning of Game 1 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Comedian George Lopez waves a Dodgers flag from atop the dugout before game one of the World Series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Magic Johnson greets visitors at Dodger Stadium in game one of the World Series Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Dodgers won the game 3-1 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Actor Ken Jeong runs with a flag before Game 1 of baseball’s World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Astros owner Jim Crane and wife Whitney listen to the national anthem before Game 1 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)George Lopez runs with a flag before Game 1 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Actor Rob Lowe runs with a flag before Game 1 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Actor Ken Jeong waves Dodger flag prior to game one of a World Series baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Actor Rob Lowe waves a flag before Game 1 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Racheal Robinson widow of Jackie Robinson tossed out the ceremonial prior to game one of a World Series baseball game against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 12Racheal Robinson widow of Jackie Robinson tossed out the ceremonial prior to game one of a World Series baseball game against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Expand Chris Taylor embraces the moment early in Dodgers’ Game 1 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Video: Dodgers Kershaw, Turner, Taylor provide spark in Game 1 Whicker: Underneath the noise, Dodgers’ Corey Seager comes back comfortably This Game 1 victory Tuesday resembled so many other performances during an already historic season that the Dodgers appeared strangely comfortable on a night when the rest of the stadium struggled to breathe.The first-pitch temperature was an all-time postseason record 103 degrees. So, let’s get the jokes out of the way right now:It was so hot the statue of Jackie Robinson had armpit stains.It was so hot 38-year-old Chase Utley was mistaken for being one of the California Raisins.It was so hot a Dodger Dog was seen covering itself in relish. LOS ANGELES — He survived the pressure, the heat and, ultimately, the Astros.Most notable of all, Clayton Kershaw survived the seventh inning, his personal Achilles’ heel that had swelled into more of an Achilles’ entire foot, from his ankle to the tips of his toes.And because of that – plus swings from two of the team’s budding autumn legends – the Dodgers returned to the World Series for the first time since winning the thing in 1988 and looked like they never left.PreviousActor Rob Lowe waves a flag before Game 1 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Racheal Robinson widow of Jackie Robinson tossed out the ceremonial prior to game one of a World Series baseball game against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Sandy Koufax speaks with Racheal Robinson widow of Jackie Robinson who tossed out the ceremonial prior to game one of a World Series baseball game against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsGeorge Lopez runs with a flag before Game 1 of baseball’s World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Magic Johnson and Tommy Lasorda watch during the second inning of Game 1 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Comedian George Lopez waves a Dodgers flag from atop the dugout before game one of the World Series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Magic Johnson greets visitors at Dodger Stadium in game one of the World Series Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Dodgers won the game 3-1 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Actor Ken Jeong runs with a flag before Game 1 of baseball’s World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Astros owner Jim Crane and wife Whitney listen to the national anthem before Game 1 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)George Lopez runs with a flag before Game 1 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Actor Rob Lowe runs with a flag before Game 1 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Actor Ken Jeong waves Dodger flag prior to game one of a World Series baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Actor Rob Lowe waves a flag before Game 1 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Racheal Robinson widow of Jackie Robinson tossed out the ceremonial prior to game one of a World Series baseball game against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 12Racheal Robinson widow of Jackie Robinson tossed out the ceremonial prior to game one of a World Series baseball game against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Expand“That’s just awesome,” shortstop Corey Seager said of winning the franchise’s first Fall Classic game – 3-1 over Houston – in nearly three decades. “Just thinking about that is super cool. Glad to be a part of it.” Astros tip their caps to Clayton Kershaw after 11-strikeout performance last_img read more

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Days of Heart in Mostar: Amel Tuka participated in Race with Students (Gallery)

first_img[wzslider autoplay=”true”] Within the campaign “Days of heart”, in the organization of the Sports Association of the City of Mostar and the Association of Cardiologists of HNC, the race for elementary and secondary schools was held on Saturday in Mostar.Students who participated in the race were divided into six age categories. Students of fifth and sixth grades were running section of 400 meters, while the others were running sections of 800 meters. After the race followed the announcement of the awards ceremony.In the promotion of healthy lifestyle also participated BH athlete Amel Tuka, who said that combining school and sport is the most beautiful, and said that the maintenance of such sporting event is extremely positive and that it can attract the children to sport.Famous BH athlete on this occasion received the award of the City of Mostar for top sports results, which was awarded by Mayor of Mostar, Ljubo Beslic.(Source: faktor.ba)last_img read more

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Bombers dump Wolves en route to third-place finish at Grand Forks tourney

first_imgLVR jumped out to a 17-4 first quarter lead and never looked back.Mansveld and Roch each added six points for LVR.Sara Elliott scored six points for the Rockers.The joy was short lived as Rossland pounded LVR 53-31 in action Thursday at the LVR Hangar.Samantha Fleming had 12 points while Jessica Semenoff added 11 to lead the Royals.Parker had 12 points for the Bombers.Rough road trip to Okanagan for LVRLVR finished tenth at the tough Immaculata Invitational Senior Girl’s Basketball Tournament held recently in Kelowna.The Bombers lost a close 51-43 decision to St. John’s Eagles.LVR then dropped games to Kelowa Owls 46-23 and Richmond’s McNeil 64-34.Player-of-the-game awards for the tournament went to Mirva, Watt and Roch. Seniors Devyn Parker and Jayden Roch led by example to spark the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a third-place finish at the Grand Forks Invitational Senior Girl’s Basketball Tournament Saturday in the Boundary City.The Bombers finished off the eight-team tourney with a 58-28 win over host Grand Forks  Wolves in the third-place contest.Player-of-the-game for LVR, Kyley Mirva led the Bombers with 12 points in the win over the Wolves.Roch was a offensive machine for the Bombers, totalling 32 points in two games while Parker dominated the paint, leading the scoring in the tournament with 50 points.LVR opened the tourney with a 62-46 win over Lumby. Marley Watt, LVR’s player-of-the-game, paced the offence with a double-double — 12 points and 10 rebounds.Unfortunately, Watt turned an ankle and was not available for the semi final action against Rossland Royals as the Bombers lost 71-29.Defensive phenom Paige Mansveld was LVR’s player-of-the-game.Bombers split mid-week actionNew recruit Danica Dahlin scored 15 points and Parker added 10 sparking the Bombers to a convincing 50-14 win over Stanley Humphries Rockers in West Kootenay AA Girl’s Basketball action Tuesday in Castlegar.last_img read more

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Lee “Flash” Garap set for kickboxing World Title

first_imgThis title fight is recognised by the World Kickboxing Federation (WKF) and World Muay Thai Council (WMC).Garap is currently the WKF World Ranked No.1 Muaythai fighter in Welterweight 66.8kg and WKF World Ranked No. 3 Light Welterweight (64.5kg) weight divisions.The PNG World No.1 will fight Thailand’s Petchhanong Banchamek on October 31, in Port Moresby to improve his ranking.Garap has won all his 38 fights as an amateur while professionally he has had 43 wins out of 52 fights including his latest PNG National Muay Thai Light Weight title.The Flash lives up to his name with his fast kicks and quick body movement.He trains two hours every day in five days a week and does distance running every Saturday.“After losing my last fight in September 2014 due to a technical fault as my opponent was much heavier, I have been training hard to win this next fight.“I am strong and confident I will win this fight against Banchamek.“I have never watched him fight before as I do not want it to affect me mentally,” he explained.The event will also feature 10 other fights including four national titles.Muay Thai kickboxing is a sport in which martial artists fight using elbow and legs.last_img read more

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Revenue for State agencies on downward spiral – Ali

first_img2018 Mid-Year report…projects $22.8B deficit for public entitiesThe 2018 Mid-Year report, which was laid in the National Assembly, is characterised by disturbing projections for important public enterprises. This is according to Opposition Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali.According to Ali in a statement following the document’s release, a number of such enterprises have had their projected income revised downwards, thus reflecting a worsened financial status than expected. His examples included the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), two of the agriculture sector’s most important public enterprises.“Failed public enterprises are the hallmark of incompetence and mismanagement,” Ali stated. “GRDB now projects to post a deficit of $279.5 million for this fiscal year, in stark contrast to the budgeted $8.5 million surplus that was projected.”“Guyana Post Office Corporation is expected to record an overall deficit of $25.9 million for 2018, against a budgeted surplus of $0.8 million. Revenues are anticipated to decline by $41.9 million, while operating expenses and capital expenditures are expected to increase by $4.1 million and $11.1 million, respectively,” Ali also noted.When it comes to the Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL), Ali noted that this entity is now projected to record a deficit of $9 billion, down from $5.5 billion that was initially projected by Government.A downward projection also holds true for the Guyana National Printers Limited (GNPL), which anticipates ending 2018 with a deficit of $77.8 million. This is a reduction from a budgeted surplus of $3 million, as total revenues are anticipated to be $3 million below budgeted and total expenditures, $81.6 million above.“GuySuCo now anticipates closing the fiscal year with a deficit of $11.5 billion, a worsening from the budgeted deficit of $5.2 billion that was previously projected by the Honourable Minister,” Ali also noted.“Further, in Budget Speech 2018, (Jordan) projected an overall deficit of $10 billion for all public enterprises, down from $12.9 billion that was recorded in 2017. This, however, in 2018 Mid-Year report, was revised to a whopping $22.8 billion deficit, by end 2018. To finance this deficit, $21.5 billion is anticipated to be sourced domestically, up from $7.8 billion that was originally projected.”SectorsInterestingly, the Mid-Year report admits that “weak institutions within Government continue to hamper the quality and delivery of Government programmes. Institutional strengthening has been identified as a priority for budget agencies to accelerate across all sectors.” And the strength of these institutions is not helped by revenue loss from the sectors they oversee.Despite the economy growing by 4.5 per cent in the first half of 2018, the report notes that traditional sectors, such as sugar and rice, have seen decline in their performances, with contractions of 30.6 and 3.8 per cent respectively.The gold sector also suffered a decline of 9.1 per cent. This is equivalent to a decrease of 288,114 ounces in gold declaration. The report also revealed that this represented a 19.4 per cent shortfall.However, despite these issues, the report indicated that growth in the economy was more broad-based than in 2017, with robust performances in the agriculture, fishing and forestry sectors of 3.4 per cent. Other crops, fishing, livestock and forestry industries all experienced growth over the same period, with the latter two growing by a commendable 29.1 per cent and 18.1 per cent respectively.Growth of 8.2 per cent was also recorded in the services sector, and 13.4 per cent in the construction sector. This significant increase in the construction sector is attributed to higher building imports by 24.7 per cent.Meanwhile, production in the bauxite industry reached its highest level since 2013, surpassing 2017 by 21.1 per cent. This has led to a revision of the forecast growth of the industry upward from 23.3 per cent to 29.9 per cent. There was also growth in other mining of 31.2 per cent, driven by the production of diamonds and other stones, which increased by 13.3 per cent and 45.5 per cent respectively.In addition to that, the Government has also revised its growth rate for 2018 to 3.7 per cent, which is close to the initial rate of 3.8 per cent.last_img read more

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Smug Arsenal fans react to Newcastle ending Chelsea’s ‘invincible’ run

first_imgChelsea’s unbeaten run has come to an end at St James Park thanks to a brace from Papiss Cisse, condemning Jose Mourinho to another defeat in Tyneside.The result means Arsenal remain the only side in England to go through a whole Premier League season unbeaten, and it is safe to say that the Gunners faithful are pleased to see the result.Check out some of the best reaction from Twitter below. Arsenal celebrate their unbeaten season 1last_img

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GOVERNMENT SLAMMED FOR NOT FAST-TRACKING REPORTS INTO DONEGAL FLOODING

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue has hit out at the Minister for the Office of Public Works Simon Harris, for refusing to fast-track a number of vital reports into flooding in the Letterkenny and Ramelton areas.Charlie McConalogue TDIt has been revealed in correspondence to Deputy McConalogue that the OPW does not plan to publish its findings and recommendations on flooding in the Ramelton and Letterkenny areas until the second half of 2016.The Donegal TD said, “The reports and studies that the OPW have commissioned will essentially advise what can be done to prevent flooding in these areas in the future. However the timelines outlined by the Minister are completely unacceptable and are essentially pushing any works even further down the road, until after the General Election. This leaves the communities of Letterkenny and Ramelton at risk of flooding this winter and next without any contingency plan in place. “The flooding of the past few years remains fresh in the memories of people whose homes and businesses were damaged by the high water. Letterkenny General Hospital was plunged into complete disarray on two separate occasions in 2013 and 2014 as heavy rainfall flooded the Emergency Department, forcing it to close. Meanwhile, in Ramelton, the local community centre was all but destroyed, and a number of homes were badly damaged by the floods.“The threat of flooding remains all too real for these communities and will not be lessened until some preventative works are completed. These fears are not unfounded given the fact that this flooding has been a characteristic of the past two years. However, Minister Harris’s refusal to fast-track the relief works will effectively condemn these communities to more flooding over the next number of years. Donegal County Council has essentially been left at a standstill, unable to proceed with any works until the recommendations of the OPW reports are published.“It is simply unacceptable that the Minister is aiming for a target date some time in mid-late 2016. Urgent action is required to ensure that proper flood defences are put in place to protect against future flooding. This work cannot begin until the council receives these recommendations. It is essential that these works are carried out without delay so that these communities can be protected from future floods”.GOVERNMENT SLAMMED FOR NOT FAST-TRACKING REPORTS INTO DONEGAL FLOODING was last modified: July 28th, 2015 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)last_img read more

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