MILO schools football tournament 2019 finalists to be decided today

first_imgTHE two finalists for the 2019 MILO schools football tournament crown will be decided today when semi-final action kicks off.Set for the Ministry of Education ground on Carifesta Avenue, the double-header will begin at 14:00hrs.In the first game, Annandale will go toe-to-toe with Linden’s Christianburg/Wismar Secondary.Both sides had runaway wins in their previous matches and their meeting at the semi-final stage is expected to provide fireworksThe second game of the afternoon pits President’s College against Lodge Secondary – a feisty affair which will see a no-holds-barred kind of footballThe final is billed for next weekend. The tournament is sponsored by the Ministry of Public Health under the ‘Stop Gender-based Violence’ campaign.last_img read more

No end in sight for UCLA’s misery

first_imgThis Saturday, I went over to the dark side: I went to a UCLA football game that didn’t involve USC.A friend of mine offered me a ticket to the Bruins’ game against Oregon, and with the Trojans enjoying their bye week, I decided to take the opportunity to see how the other half lives.The results were not pretty, to say the least.After a grinding first half, the Bruins led 3-0 and fans were hopeful that UCLA was about to get its first win against a ranked opponent and garner a few top-25 votes. The Bruins were on the cusp of their fourth win in five games, something they badly needed to stay afloat in the Pac-10 race.Then all hell broke loose. Four minutes of complete chaos in the form of an absolute meltdown by USC’s cross-town rival.Oregon defensive back Kenjon Barner caught the opening kickoff of the third quarter and 100 yards later, the Ducks were up 7-3.On the first play of UCLA’s next possession, redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Prince’s pass was intercepted by Oregon’s Talmadge Jackson and returned 32 yards for another score.Ducks 14, Bruins 3 — in just 36 seconds since halftime. But the Bruins weren’t done screwing up.On their next drive, Prince dropped back to pass again and was hit from behind, causing a fumble that the Ducks recovered. A few plays later, junior wide receiver Jeff Maehl caught a short pass and turned it into Oregon’s third touchdown in four minutes, effectively putting the game out of reach for UCLA’s anemic offense.Describing UCLA fans’ reaction to the horrible sequence of events they paid to witness would go something like this: mildly discomforted by the kickoff return to utterly pissed off by the interception return, to wholly dejected and devoid of all hope or reason to live after the fumble and third touchdown.As my friend — a diehard Bruin supporter — aptly observed, that must have been some halftime speech by UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel.The Bruins didn’t have the offensive firepower to mount any sort of comeback (they failed to score a touchdown in the game), so they were pretty much sunk after that.The Rose Bowl crowd of more than 77,000 started heading for the exits, many talking about how they would have to drink away their sorrows after the 24-10 loss.And I don’t blame them. Being the compassionate human being that I am, I felt sorry for them.I don’t know how UCLA fans continue to hold on. It seems like with the Bruins, it never just rains — it storms, with lightning and tornadoes.Like last year when quarterback Kevin Craft threw four interceptions against Arizon State, two of which were returned for touchdowns. Or when they had a win in the bag against BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl two years ago and got their game-winning field goal blocked.The saddest part is that all signs pointed to UCLA rising from the dregs of the Pac-10 and narrowing the gap between USC. Neuheisel deserves credit for injecting some energy over the past two years and creating excitement in Westwood about something other than basketball. Bruin fans buy into this and believe that their program is going to get there one day, that any time now things should turn around.So when they don’t, people get angry. They want answers. Why can’t the Norm Chow-engineered offense put points on the board? Why aren’t Neuheisel’s top recruits panning out? Why can’t the offensive line pick up a blitz? Why can’t tight end Logan Paulsen catch the football?When these questions are answered only with sighs, eye rolls and expletives, people start to point the finger — at Neuheisel, at Chow, at players and at each other. It morphs into a losing attitude that feeds on itself and infects the very team everyone is there to support.Neuheisel tried to keep the sinking ship afloat after the game by grabbing a microphone and addressing the fans, something he does after every home game. He asked the fans to keep believing in the team and said he hoped his Bruins could do better next week.That has to sound like a broken record to Bruin fans by now.It’s not easy being a UCLA football fan. Trojan fans simply don’t know how lucky they are, especially those that don’t remember USC football in the 1990s. I was at many of those pre-Pete Carroll games and the atmosphere in Pasadena Saturday took me back to those unspeakable losing days at the Coliseum.But even as I witnessed UCLA fans become unhinged before my eyes, what I was feeling wasn’t quite sympathy.It was pity.“Middle Ground” runs Mondays. To comment on this article, visit or email Josh at read more

Men’s Basketball: Making case for increasing Micah Potter’s playing time

first_imgSince being deemed eligible by the NCAA, Wisconsin forward Micah Potter has been extremely efficient for the Badgers. The junior from Mentor, Ohio is averaging 9.3 points and 6.1 rebounds on 52% shooting for the floor. For many reasons, it remains quite clear Potter should receive increased playing time. The underlying problem is Potter averages just over 16 minutes per game and has yet to start this season. Potter’s lack of playing time makes fans scratch their heads as to why one of Wisconsin’s biggest assets continues to sit in crunchtime situations. After losing three of the last four games, inserting Potter into the starting lineup could be the solution for a reeling Wisconsin team. Initially, many would have thought Potter’s lack of playing time could be adjusting to the system at Wisconsin. Through his first five games, Potter was only averaging 12.8 minutes per game, yet was still extremely efficient, as he averaged 6.6 points per game during that stretch. Men’s Basketball: Badgers disappoint in loss to Minnesota, prepare for The Ohio StateThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (13-10, 6-6 Big Ten) followed up their impressive victory over Michigan State with Read…Potter’s first uptick in playing time came in a critical game on the road against No. 22 Penn State. Playing a season-high 28 minutes, Potter outshined Penn State’s All-Big Ten forward, Lamar Stevens, scoring 24 points and grabbing 13 rebounds on 9-14 shooting. After this outburst, many thought coach Greg Gard would increase Potter’s minutes. The problem is Potter’s playing time continues to be relatively limited given his success. Since his breakout game against Penn State, Potter has only averaged 17 minutes per game. Though Potter has continued to be productive with an average of 8.8 points per game, he continues to not see the floor for a majority of the game.Most recently against arch-rival Minnesota, Potter recorded his second double-double, scoring 11 points as well as a season-high 15 rebounds. After redshirt sophomore Kobe King decided to leave the program on Jan. 29, Potter’s versatility and scoring could help fill the void left by King. At 6-foot-10, not only is Potter a factor inside the paint, but he is also Wisconsin’s best perimeter shooter. Potter is shooting a team-high 48% from the three-point line and has also excelled at the free-throw line, shooting an impressive 91.3% Potter’s ability to shoot from the perimeter is a great compliment to junior Nathan Reuvers. Potter’s presence forces defenders to respect shooters on the perimeter, making it easy for Reuvers to work inside and see less double team looks.Instead of starting freshman Tyler Wahl, who shoots a dismal 23.8% from deep, inserting Potter into the lineup could give Wisconsin a much-needed offensive boost. Men’s Basketball: Kobe King announces departure from UW basketball programRedshirt sophomore guard Kobe King has announced his intentions to depart the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball program in a Read…Potter could also improve Wisconsin’s rebounding numbers. As a team, the Badgers rank third to last in the Big Ten in rebounding margin with an average margin of -0.2. Potter leads the team with 6.1 rebounds per game on average. Adding Potter to the lineup would help hold opposing offenses to only one shot and limit second-chance points. In Wisconsin’s ugly 70–51 loss to Purdue, the Badgers were pounded on the boards, getting outrebounded 42–16. In that game, Potter only saw 14 minutes of action. A concern could be playing both Potter and Reuvers at the same time especially against quick teams that play smaller lineups. For example, in Wisconsin’s 56–54 win against Maryland, the Terrapins countered Wisconsin’s big lineup by playing sophomore guard Aaron Wiggins 34 minutes, forcing the Badgers to play a smaller lineup that excludes Potter. In that situation, playing Reuvers and Potter together would have exposed the team in pick-and-roll situations. Potter has a team-worst 86.6 defensive rating. To counter, Potter’s offensive efficiency is off the charts. Potter leads the team with an offensive rating of 113.7 and has a player efficiency rating of 32.1. Potter’s player efficiency ranks higher than Wooden Award candidates Daniel Oturu and Markus Howard. With Wisconsin ranking 13th in the Big Ten in points per game (65.6), the Badgers may need to trade defense for offense by playing Potter and Reuvers together. Also, the concept of playing two big men at the same time is not new to Gard. Last year, Gard started both Reuvers and Ethan Happ for all 34 games. Reuvers’ efficiency from long-range gave Happ the ability to shine. This year Potter could serve the same role. Men’s Basketball: Following D’Mitrik Trice’s mid-season riseAfter a season of reliance on Ethan Happ, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team needed to fill the production Read…Wisconsin has one of the best-kept secrets in the Big Ten in junior forward Micah Potter. The problem is Potter will continue to be a secret if coach Gard doesn’t increase his playing time. With the Badgers losing three of the last four games and endangering their NCAA Tournament fate, the time is now to insert Potter into the starting lineup.last_img read more

Okpodu Happy with Draw at Abia

first_img“Poor calls robbed us of a golden opportunity to beat Abia Warriors hands down right here in Umuahia.“The League Management Company (LMC) has actually done a lot to improve the league, but I believe they still need to put a close tab on some of the referees. The referees in today’s (Wednesday) game were poor.“However, we are happy with the away point; it will serve as a huge boost in our subsequent matches.“I must commend the players for maintaining their composure throughout the game in the face of poor calls.“I’m really proud of the players as well as their performance, they played very well and have ignited a strong hope of survival.“We are certain to profit from this away draw when we confront Akwa United on home soil at the weekend,” said the former Warri Wolves coach to away point at Abia Warriors takes the newcomers’ total earnings to 14 points from possible 60. but they are still rooted at the bottom of the top-flight.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ikorodu United head coach Sam Okpodu has said his side are happy with their first top-flight away point at Abia Warriors.The Oga Boys were forced to a 1-1 draw by the hosts, Abia Warriors, in Wednesday’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday 21 clash at the Umuahia Township Stadium.Attacking left back Anayo ThankGod scored the match opener while Michael Olaha evened the score for the Warriors.Incidentally, the first fixture clash at the Onikan Stadium in Lagos ended in a similar scoreline for the two sides.Okpodu said questionable calls from the referees robbed his side of what would have been a well deserved victory on the road.last_img read more

Gayle returns to Jamaica Scorpions

first_imgSuperstar opener Chris Gayle will return to domestic limited overs action for time in seven years when he headlines the Regional Super50 starting next Tuesday.The 38-year-old Jamaican has been included in the Jamaica Scorpions squad for the January 30 to February 24 tournament, bringing added flavor to a campaign which has lacked star quality in recent years.Premier ODI cricket batsmanGayle is the Caribbean’s premier one-day batsman, with over 9, 000 runs in 275 One-Day Internationals and nearly 12 000 in List A cricket.However, his last appearance in a domestic 50-overs tournament was back in 2011, when Jamaica beat Trinidad and Tobago in the final at the Guyana National Stadium.Andre RussellThe left-hander will be joined by explosive all-rounder Andre Russell who returns to action after serving a one-year anti-doping whereabouts ban, which also kept him out of international cricket.Russell has missed the last three years of the tournament and like Gayle, will bring an added quality to the Scorpions who were last year’s losing finalists.Sunil NarineChampion off-spinner Sunil Narine will also suit up for this year’s competition after being named in the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.The 29-year-old last played in the regional tournament when he snatched an amazing six wickets for nine runs as Red Force beat Guyana Jaguars in the final of the 2015 edition at Queen’s Park Oval.Two former West Indies players will be turning out for overseas teams. Speedster Fidel Edwards, who played 55 Tests and 50 ODIs, will suit for English County Hampshire while Xavier Marshall, who appeared in seven Tests and 24 one-dayers, will be part of the United States set-up.West Indies one-day captain Jason Holder, along with current ODI players Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Kesrick Williams and Marlon Samuels, are all set to campaign in the tournament, as they gear up for the ICC World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe next March.last_img read more

Turbo Charged…‘Championship Horse Racing’ (CHR) seeks to bring F1 script to racing in 2019

first_img StumbleUpon Share Related Articles UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Share Submit Racing DiRSG launches LGBT+ awareness module for PRIDE  June 25, 2020 Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 2019 will be a year of new concepts and propositions for the sport of horse racing, as its stakeholders seek fresh ideas to re-engage with the wider general public.This December, further foundations for ‘Championship Horse Racing’ (CHR) were announced, a new proposition seeking to deliver racing’s first league competition featuring high profile teams competing to be champions of ‘The Series’.CHR is led by Jeremy Wray (CEO), the former chairman of Swindon Town FC who puts forth the ambitious mandate that CHR will ‘ providing a simple, accessible format that’s gripping, thrilling and unmissable’.“No, it’s not a joke. We want CHR to demystify horse racing, starting with its identity crisis. We must ensure that even the casual viewer knows what is happening the moment they start watching.” Wray statesPlanning to launch next summer (July-September period), CHR aims to feature twelve branded teams, similar to F1 racing, with squads of 30 studs and four riders, competing in a £ multi-million league format.Setting a high target, Wray and CHR seek to stage 48 syndicated races within the UK and Ireland, which will all feature a minimum of £100,000 in prize money.Heading into 2019, CHR announced its most important update, confirming that eight UK/IRE racecourses have committed to staging ‘The Series’. The proposed courses are: Ayr, Epsom Downs, Goodwood, Haydock Park, Leopardstown, Newbury, Newmarket July Course and Sandown Park.Securing the commitment of the Jockey Club, which will stage four of the eight fixtures, Wray states that CHR had achieved its first milestone:“We’re thrilled that The Series is due to take place at such prestigious courses and that it will debut in three countries. They are great locations and have superb facilities for summer evening racing that promises fans something they’ve never experienced before. Fans will be encouraged to engage with the teams and our aim is to help tell the stories about the tens of thousands of people involved in the sport.”Despite gaining its racecourse commitment, CHR is still in its concept stage, as its 2019 schedule has to be approved by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), who stated to racing news sources that it was reviewing CHR fixture proposals and that it was in open dialogue with organisers’.last_img read more

First Victory of B&H Basketball Team in Slovenia

first_imgBasketball team of Bosnia and Herzegovina has achieved the first victory at the European Championships in Slovenia. In the third round of the B-group Euro-basket, B&H basketball team yesterday in Jesenice won against Montenegro with 76:70 (13:17, 21:20, 15:22, 27:1).Thanks to this victory, the basketball team of B&H remained in the game to win one of the top three places which lead to the next round of competition.The most effective players from representation of B&H were Teletović with a “double-double” performance of 18 points and 11 rebounds, Gordić with 17 and Đedović and Šutalo with 13 points, while from Montenegro Team the most effective players were Dubljević with 16 and Rice with 13 points.In the next round on Sunday, B&H plays against Macedonia, while in the final round on Monday will play with Lithuania.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

Crosby’s nifty move lifts Penguins to 6-5 OT win over Oilers

first_imgCrosby opened the scoring in the first period and his second goal of the season was the winner. Crosby moved from the left boards, slipped the puck through a defender’s legs, moved past Oilers goalie Cam Talbot and lifted a backhand shot over Talbot’s glove for the win.“I’m going out there every night to try and create things, and come up with big plays when they’re needed,” Crosby said. “I’m not any different than (McDavid) is as far as understanding my responsibility, and wanting to be at my best.”Despite the hype ahead of the matchup that pitted two of the game’s brightest stars in McDavid and Crosby, Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan said Crosby just put his head down and got the job done.“He doesn’t really get caught up in a lot of the story lines from game to game regardless of who we play,” he said.“He’s just a real good player that tries to be the best that he can be. I thought he had a great game, he gets two goals. The overtime goal was one of the prettiest goals that I’ve seen.”Jamie Oleksiak and Patric Hornqvist also had two-goal games for the Penguins, who have won two straight.Leon Draisaitl and Alex Chiasson each scored twice, while Connor McDavid had the other for the Oilers (3-3-1), who lost their second straight.“I felt that we deserved those two points tonight,” Oilers forward Milan Lucic said.“I think we are trending in the right direction as far as our game goes. We are starting to get contributions from other guys throughout the lineup. I feel we are one mistake less from taking that stride to that next level.”Matt Murray had 41 saves in the win, while Talbot kicked out 25 shots in the loss.The Penguins started the scoring 11 minutes into the first period on the power play as Crosby tipped home a Kris Letang shot that was going wide past Talbot. It was Crosby’s first goal in seven games, the longest he had gone without a goal to start the season in his 14-year career.Edmonton tied the game just over a minute into the second period, when Draisaitl picked up a loose puck in the slot and beat Murray with a wrist shot.The Oilers went up 2-1 a couple of minutes later when Chiasson laid a big hit in the corner and then got the puck back in front and scored while falling to the ice. It was his first goal of the season in his second game as an Oiler.Pittsburgh tied the game seven minutes into the second frame, when a nice three-way passing play was chipped in by Oleksiak.The Penguins regained the lead midway through the second when a give-away led to a goal by Hornqvist.The see-saw second continued with Edmonton pulling even when Chiasson scored his second of the game on a 2-on-1 with five minutes left.The Penguins made it 4-3 in the final minute when a puck went in off of Hornqvist’s skate for his second of the game.Edmonton took the lead again early in the third on a pair of power plays as McDavid put a shot past Murray and then set up Draisaitl for his second of the night.Pittsburgh tied it up once again seven minutes into the third on a slap shot by Oleksiak.NOTES: The Penguins have points in five straight games. … Edmonton hasn’t had a regulation win over Pittsburgh since Jan. 10, 2006, although the last seven games between the two squads have now been decided by a single goal. … The Oilers were winners in their home opener last Thursday when they beat Boston 3-2 in overtime, but were then shut out 3-0 by Nashville.UP NEXTPenguins: Continue a Western Canadian road swing in Calgary on Thursday.Oilers: Close out a four-game homestand against the Washington Capitals on Thursday.___More AP NHL: and Edmonton Oilers’ goaltender Cam Talbot (33) reacts as Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) scores during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Codie McLachlan/The Canadian Press via AP) EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Sidney Crosby isn’t about to let the younger stars of the game pass him by.It was vintage Crosby on Tuesday night as he made a slick move through two defenders, skated through the slot and lifted a backhander into the net at 2:12 of overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 6-5 victory over Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.“Listen, I’m not changing the way I play,” Crosby said.last_img read more

Hall runs wild and Pitt beats No. 23 Virginia, 23-13

first_imgPittsburgh running back Darrin Hall (22) lunges into the end zone for a score as Virginia linebacker Zane Zandier (33) holds on during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Charlottesville, Va., Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Darrin Hall ran for 229 yards and three touchdowns and Pittsburgh beat No. 23 Virginia 23-13 on Friday night.Hall scored on runs of 41, 2 and 75 yards, the latter a play after Virginia closed to 14-13 in the fourth quarter. The Panthers (5-4, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) botched the extra point attempt but forced a three-and-out by the Cavaliers and went on to their fourth consecutive victory in the series. Alex Kessman’s 53-yard field goal, his fourth from 50 and beyond this season, padded the lead.Bryce Perkins threw for 205 yards and a touchdown for Virginia (6-3, 4-2, No. 23 CFP), but Pittsburgh never allowed him to get untracked in the running game and sacked him five times for 46 yards in losses. The Cavaliers’ three-game winning streak was snapped as Pittsburgh took over first place in the ACC’s Coastal Division.Pittsburgh trailed 10-7 at halftime, but used a 15-play, 84-yard drive to go ahead. The Panthers converted four third downs on the drive and Hall finished it with runs of 18 and then two yards as the Virginia defense, which lost three starters to injury during the game, began to wear down. After being limited to 24 plays in the first half, the Panthers ran 21 in the third quarter alone, mostly grinding on the ground.The Cavaliers drove for Brian Delaney’s second field goal, bringing the crowd alive, but Hall quieted them with his long scoring burst.Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi, right, welcomes running back Darrin Hall (22) back to the sideline after a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)THE TAKEAWAYPittsburgh: The Panthers are very much a power running team, but Darrin Hall especially has break-away speed, too, as he showed on his long scoring runs. With tailbacks Hall and Qadree Ollison each weighing in at 225 pounds, their bruising style wore Virginia down during two long possessions to begin the second half.Virginia: The Cavaliers to find more offensive weapons to employ when teams focus great attention on Perkins, Olamide Zaccheaus and Jordan Ellis. Terrell Jana’s 42-yard touchdown catch more than doubled his receiving yardage for the season (29), and he caught two more passes before halftime. And tight end Tanner Cowley had just three catches for 28 yards in the first eight games before taking a pass from Perkins 40 yards down the Virginia sideline in the first half.UP NEXTPittsburgh returns home to face long-time rival Virginia Tech in its final home game.Virginia wraps up a three-game homestand with its final home game, and last out-of-conference game, against Liberty.___Follow Hank on Twitter: AP college football: and read more

Southland Bowling League Lands Four Squads in NCAA Tournament

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – For the fourth time since 2015, four member schools will represent the Southland Bowling League at the NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship. The championship matches will be played April 11-13 at RollHouse Wickliffe in Wickliffe, Ohio. The Mid-American Conference and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission are the hosts.Vanderbilt will headline the field as the tournament’s No. 1 seed and will await the winner of Sacred Heart and Caldwell. The Commodores lead the nation with 94 wins this season and will look to repeat after claiming the 2018 national title.Arkansas State earned an at-large bid into the championship following a loss to Stephen F. Austin at the 2019 Southland Bowling Tournament. The Red Wolves are making their 12th consecutive berth at the NCAA tournament and will take on Medaille College in an opening-round matchup on April 9 at RollHouse Wickliffe.Sam Houston State makes its way back onto the national stage after capturing its first-ever Southland Bowling League title last weekend at USA Bowl in Dallas. The Bearkats were led by the league’s Newcomer of the Year, Bea Hernandez, as SHSU swept the field for a 4-0 record. SHSU is an automatic qualifier into the tournament.Stephen F. Austin rounds out the participants from the Southland Bowling League at the NCAA championship event. The Ladyjacks are another at-large bid in the tournament and will take on the Prairie View A&M in the opening round in Houston at Emerald Bowl on April 5. Should SFA defeat Prairie View A&M, the Ladyjacks will move on to face Sam Houston State.The championship bracket will be a double-elimination format, with each round consisting of a best-of-three match that includes the use of three-team game formats – baker total pin fall, five-person team match and a best-of-seven baker match play. The champion will be determined using a best-of-seven baker match play. The championship final will air at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Saturday, April 13 on ESPNU.last_img read more