Buck bullish over Blues profits

first_img Improved commercial activity, the new Premier League broadcasting deal and a significant surplus on player sales during the 12-month period contributed to the profit. In a statement Chelsea, who pointed out ticket prices had been frozen at 2011-12 levels, said increased turnover demonstrated: “business growth continues in seasons without trophy success as well as in years when silverware is won”. The statement continued: “In the past year we have signed new partnerships with Rotary, Hackett, Coral, William Lawson’s, Indosat and Guangzhou R&F Football Club. “The latest financial results combined with those from the previous two years mean that for the second monitoring period for FFP we will fall comfortably within the limits set by UEFA, who measure expenditure against the income from football-related activities. “Chelsea also complied with FFP criteria over the first monitoring period.” Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck believes ambitious plans for commercial expansion will help the club continue to meet the requirements of Financial Fair Play after they recorded a profit for the second time in three years. The results – following the £1.4m profit generated two years ago – ensure the club continues to satisfy UEFA’s break-even criteria under the FFP regulations. “The club is naturally pleased to record a significant profit for 2013-14,” said Buck. “By reaching the Champions League semi-final and maintaining a challenge in the Premier League until the final week of the season we demonstrated that, while improving our financial figures, we remained competitive in football’s toughest club competitions. “We financed player purchases from sales as the squad for this current season was shaped and our philosophy since Mr Abramovich acquired the club in 2003 has been to build upon success on the pitch. “That is evident in the partnerships we signed and in our fanbase growth which contributed to the new record turnover figure and the profit made. “We have done all of this at the same time as creating one of the world’s leading football community programmes through the Chelsea Foundation. “Going forward we have ambitious plans to build a pioneering global commercial programme, partnering with innovative and market-leading organisations from around the world. “In the era of FFP, we must progress commercially to continue the circle of success to invest in the team and get results.” Figures released on Thursday show the Stamford Bridge side made a profit of £18.4million – the largest surplus during Roman Abramovich’s 11-year ownership – in the financial year ending June 2014. Turnover increased for the fifth successive year to stand at a record £319.8million, up from £255.8m for the previous 12 months. Press Associationlast_img read more

Scudamore focused on player quality

first_imgPremier League chief executive Richard Scudamore insists he is “not at odds” with the Football Association on the objective of increasing the number of English players in the top flight, but reiterated his opposition to a quota-based system. “We do have our own rules but the progress we’re making in youth development, the enormous strides in quality of our investment and development program, the Elite Player Performance Plan, will ultimately come through.” Scudamore said 180 England-qualified players have played in the top flight this season, a 10 per cent increase on last year, which was itself a 7 per cent increase on the year before. “We are seeing the trend and, if allowed to continue, I’m convinced we will see more players in our squads, and that work has got to be allowed to continue and come to fruition,” he said. Scudamore argued that focusing on the numbers was the wrong way to address the issue. “You’ve got to get away from the raw numbers,” he said. “It’s about quality… Those percentages are going back up. We’ve reached the low point but those percentages are going up in terms of English-qualified players playing. “Roy Hodgson has said himself he has a quality group of players from which to pick and that’s what it’s about – it’s not just a numbers game. “The Elite Player Performance Plan objective is to increase not just the number but the quality, so it’s about producing more and better homegrown players. Better is just as important as more.” Scudamore insisted the league’s approach would not be swayed by headlines on the issue. Press Association “We know what we’re doing,” he said. “We made a huge commitment in youth areas going back to England-Croatia in 2007 when we didn’t quality for the Euros. “Something had to change. We’re not going to be thrown off course. The work the academies are doing, the clubs are doing, the coaches…the quality of that work is exceptional. “All through the business it pervades everything we do. We’re not going to be thrown off by headlines.” FA chairman Greg Dyke has published plans to increase the number of homegrown players in Premier League squads from eight to 12, but Scudamore insisted the league’s own existing policies were already bearing fruit and should be allowed to continue. “We want more homegrown players in Premier League squads, so we’re not at odds with that,” Scudamore said on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek. “But the way to do it in our view is with investment in youth development on qualitative basis, not necessarily on quotas and rules. last_img read more

The Latest: Michigan State says football team quarantining

first_imgThe Latest: Michigan State says football team quarantining Senior Health Ministry official Yoon Tae-ho also says fans will be allowed at professional soccer games starting on Aug. 1. But professional golf tournaments will continue without galleries at least until late August.Both baseball and soccer teams will be initially allowed to sell only 10% of the seats for each game as officials plan to control the level of attendance based on the progress of anti-virus efforts.Spectators will continue to be banned in the city of Gwangju and nearby South Jeolla Province towns.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said the team would be patient in working Bledsoe back into action and that they’d see how he progresses over the next several days. The 30-year-old Bledsoe said he never felt sick during his quarantine. ___Atlanta Dream forward Glory Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss the start of the season.Earlier Friday, the team said center Kalani Brown tested positive for the coronavirus on July 9 and remains under quarantine as the team prepares to play in the WNBA bubble.In a statement released by the team, Johnson says she tested positive two weeks ago following several negative tests. Spadafora says “obviously the stadium can’t be filled like before but rather a series of measures currently being studied will need to be respected.”The Serie A soccer season is being completed without fans and is scheduled end on Aug. 2. Next season should start in mid-September.___The Chinese basketball league is set to allow limited numbers of spectators into games this Sunday before being fully open to fans from July 31 for playoff games in Qingdao.The Chinese Basketball Association says medical professionals, teachers and police and public security officers will be eligible in the first intake of fans since the league resumed last month following a lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic. The team had already paused workouts after a staff member tested positive. The athletic department said Friday that testing conducted over the last week included a second staff member and an athlete testing positive.“All members of the football team will quarantine or isolate, while awaiting completion of a 14-day quarantine,” the athletic department said in a statement.Surveillance testing of athletes was completed Wednesday and is set to be repeated before they are cleared to return to workouts.___The Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon in Detroit is joining other large cities in canceling its fall event because of the coronavirus. ___Milwaukee Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe practiced with his teammates Friday for the first time since learning he had tested positive for the coronavirus.Bledsoe had arrived at Walt Disney World for the relaunch of the NBA season on Wednesday, about two weeks after the team got to Florida. Bledsoe said after Friday’s practice that he savored getting “back to my sanctuary.”“I got up and down the court,” Bledsoe said while wearing a mask throughout his Zoom session. “Just touching the basketball, getting a feel for it again, it was pretty fun.’’The Bucks play the second of their three scrimmages Saturday against the Sacramento Kings as they prepare for the resumption of the season after a 4 ½-month layoff. Donte DiVincenzo replaced Bledsoe in the starting lineup for the Bucks’ first scrimmage, a 113-92 victory over San Antonio on Thursday. “In March, when our world as we knew it seemed to change, we were hopeful that we would be able to run together in October. As time has gone on, it has become clear to us that this will not be the case,” organizers said Friday.It would have been the event’s 43rd year. It offers a 26.2-mile race that takes runners over the Ambassador Bridge to Windsor, Ontario, and back to the United States through the Detroit River tunnel.There are also two half-marathons, one that follows the international route and another that stays in Detroit.Runners who had registered can participate in a virtual event, roll their registration to 2021 or 2022 at no cost, or get a 50% refund. Details on the virtual races will be announced July 30.The Chicago Marathon, New York City Marathon and Boston Marathon were also canceled. Johnson averaged 7.3 points per game for Dallas in 2019, her seventh season in the WNBA.Brown says she has battled “challenging” symptoms include headache, sore throat, chills, body aches, fatigue, loss of the sense of taste and shortness of breath.Brown says she is feeling better but won’t be able to play when the Dream opens its season on Sunday against Dallas.Atlanta acquired Brown from the Los Angeles Sparks on Feb. 10 in exchange for guard Brittney Sykes and center Marie Gülich.___center_img Associated Press The league says fans older than 12 “who have missed the stadium will have the opportunity to enter the Qingdao Guoxin Sports Center Diamond Stadium to cheer for their favorite teams and players” from July 31.Fans will have to buy tickets through an online registration system on a “one ticket, one certificate” basis within 48 hours of testing negative for COVID-19.Physical distancing measures will be in place inside the stadium and spectators will have to show identification, wear face masks and undergo body temperature testing before entry.___South Korea says it will allow baseball fans to return to the stands beginning Sunday as health authorities outlined a phased process to bring back spectators in professional sports amid the COVID-19 epidemic. The next Premier League soccer season will begin on Sept. 12 and finish on May 23.This season will end on Sunday. That is two months later than originally scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The dates for next season were agreed to by the clubs during a conference call.___Italian Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora says fans will be allowed back into stadiums in September if the virus is kept under control. July 24, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Michigan State says all members of its football team will quarantine or isolate after another staff member and an athlete tested positive for COVID-19. Formula One races in Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic and three others have been added.F1 says the Eifel Grand Prix will host a race at the iconic Nürburgring in Germany on Oct. 11. That will be followed by the Portuguese GP in Portimão two weeks later and the Emilia-Romagna GP in Italy on Nov. 1.The U.S. GP was initially scheduled for late October. Brazil and Mexico were then to host races in November. Canada was already postponed from its mid-June date.The three new races take this season’s total to 13. All of them are in Europe.___last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe LPGA Tour has confirmed the 2020 Buick LPGA Shanghai has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.China’s government last month announced all international sports events in the country would be canceled until the end of the year, and organizers of the Oct. 15-18 women’s golf tournament made the cancellation official in a statement Wednesday citing “the current health concerns and significant travel restrictions put in place due to the COVID-19.”The LPGA plans to return next year to the Qizhong Garden Golf Club in Shanghai. PGA events, men’s and women’s tennis tournaments, cycling and a Formula One Grand Prix are among the events that have already been canceled. Update on the latest sports He scored in every way imaginable, from well beyond the 3-point line, on blow-by drives, short jumpers and at the foul line. Lillard finished 17 of 32 from the floor and 9 of 17 from beyond the arc while making all 18 free throw attempts. Carmelo Anthony added 26 points on 10-of 17 shooting for Portland.Kristaps Porzingis scored 36 points and Luka Doncic had 25 points.In other Tuesday hoop action:—Jeremiah Martin and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot each scored 24 points, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Orlando Magic 108-96 on Tuesday as both teams looked ahead to the playoffs. Dzanan Musa added 17 points and Tyler Johnson had 14 for the Nets, who improved to 5-2 in the restart with their third straight victory. —Jayson Tatum scored 29 points and the Boston Celtics ran past the Memphis Grizzlies, 122-107. The Grizzlies missed another chance to guarantee themselves a spot in the Western Conference play-in series. Boston, which has already locked up the Eastern Conference’s third seed, won its fourth straight. Gordon Hayward added 19 points and five assists. Ja Morant led Memphis with 26 points and 13 assists. —Keldon Johnson had 24 points and 11 rebounds and San Antonio kept alive its chances of becoming the first team in NBA history to make 23 consecutive playoff appearances with a 123-105 win over the Houston Rockets. San Antonio has won three straight and five out of seven inside the bubble. DeMar DeRozan added 23 points. Jakob Poeltl finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Russell Westbrook had 20 points and seven turnovers in his first game back in the lineup for Houston after missing two games with a bruised right quadriceps. Less than an hour after the Big Ten’s announcement, the Pac-12 called a news conference to discuss a meeting with its universities’ presidents.Two people involved in the Pac-12′s decision told The Associated Press the season would be postponed until the spring, along with all fall sports. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the conference was still planning an official announcement.The Big Ten’s announcement comes six days after the conference that includes historic programs such as Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State had released a revised conference-only football schedule that it hoped would help it navigate a fall season with potential COVID-19 disruptions.Instead, all fall sports in the Big Ten have been called off and a spring season will be explored. The decision was monumental but not a surprise. Speculation has run rampant for several days that the Big Ten was moving toward this decision. On Monday, coaches throughout the conference tried to push back the tide, publicly pleading for more time and threatening to look elsewhere for games this fall.SUPREME COURT-NCAA Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTS Big Ten, Pac-12 won’t play football this fallUNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten and Pac-12 won’t play football this fall because of concerns about COVID-19, taking two of college football’s five power conferences out of a crumbling season amid the pandemic. Astros coach faces 20-game suspensionOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Houston Astros hitting coach Álex Cintrón faces a 20-game suspension and a fine for his role in a benches-clearing brawl at Oakland. That word comes from a person with direct knowledge of the punishment. In addition, the person said Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano will receive a six-game suspension and a fine.Laureano was hit by a pitch from Humberto Castellanos with one out in the seventh inning of Oakland’s 7-2 victory Sunday. He began exchanging words with a gesturing Cintrón then left first base, threw down his batting helmet and began sprinting toward Cintrón.In other MLB news:—Houston Astros hitting coach Álex Cintrón has received a 20-game suspension and a fine for his role in a benches-clearing brawl at Oakland. Cintrón’s suspension is the longest for an on-field transgression in 15 years. Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano was given a six-game suspension and a fine. He is appealing the punishment. — The Cleveland Indians placed starters Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac on the restricted list after the pitchers broke team rules by leaving their hotel in Chicago and risking exposure to the coronavirus. Clevinger and Plesac went out Saturday night with a group of people following the Indians’ win over the White Sox. The team immediately sent Plesac home in a car service after learning he had violated the team’s code of conduct. The Indians were not aware Clevinger had been with him until after he flew back to Cleveland with the team and staff.—The Minnesota Twins have acquired infielder Ildemaro Vargas from the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash considerations. The teams announced the deal on Tuesday. The 29-year-old Vargas was one of the D-backs’ primary backups last season, playing in 92 games while batting .269 with six homers and 24 RBIs. He can play all four infield positions. — The Detroit Tigers put first baseman C.J. Cron on the 10-day injured list with a left knee sprain. Cron exited Monday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox in the fourth inning. He was hurt on a freak play in which a hard-hit ball by Danny Mendick bounced off him and was recovered by pitcher Daniel Norris, who retired Mendick with a diving tag. —The Chicago White Sox have reinstated shortstop Tim Anderson from the injured list and put infielder Leury Garcia on the IL with a sprained left thumb. Garcia appeared to be hurt after sliding into first in Monday night’s game at Detroit. He stayed in the game as a runner but was replaced defensively. NHL-HURRICANES-BRUINS POSTPONED After waiting hours for ice, Bruins, Hurricanes postponedTORONTO (AP) — The playoff opener between the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes was postponed on Tuesday night after the previous game in the same building went into a fifth overtime. Game 1 of the series will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday instead.The Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets began their game at 3:30 p.m. EDT in Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena. They remained tied 2-2 after four overtimes more than five hours later, when the NHL announced they would not keep Boston and Carolina waiting around any longer “due to the length of the Lightning-Blue Jackets game.” When the game reached the 48-second mark of the fifth overtime, it became the fourth-longest game in NHL history.KRAKEN SEASON TICKETScenter_img MLB-SCHEDULE-WHITE SOX-TIGERSWhite Sox break through early, beat Tigers 8-4DETROIT (AP) — Eloy Jimenez hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Chicago White Sox snapped Detroit’s four-game wining streak with an 8-4 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday night.Edwin Encarnacion also went deep for the White Sox, who won for only the second time in seven games. Austin Romine hit a two-run shot for Detroit. Jose Abreu had three hits, including a pair of RBI doubles. Gio Gonzalez was pulled one out shy of the win. He allowed two runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings. Matt Foster was credited with the win after striking out four in two perfect innings.MLB-ASTROS-ATHLETICS SUSPENSIONS Associated Press NBA SCHEDULE-BLAZERS-MAVERICKSLillard pours in 61 to lift Blazers past Mavs, 134-131LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Damian Lillard tied his career high with 61 points, willing Portland to a 134-131 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night that moved the Trail Blazers into eighth place in the Western Conference. The Blazers will clinch a spot in the play-in series with a win Thursday against Brooklyn.Lillard made nine 3-pointers in his sixth 50-point game of the season. He’s the 12th player in NBA history to score 50 points in back-to-back games after dropping 51 on the 76ers on Sunday. Ruling keeps NCAA from limiting some athlete compensationWASHINGTON (AP) — A court decision the NCAA says will hurt college sports by allowing certain student-athletes to be paid “vast sums” of money as “educational expenses” will go into effect after the Supreme Court declined Tuesday to intervene at this point.Justice Elena Kagan denied the NCAA’s request to put a lower court ruling on hold at least temporarily while the NCAA asks the Supreme Court to take up the case. It plans to do so by mid-October.Kagan declined to put on hold a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In May it upheld a lower-court ruling prohibiting the NCAA from limiting compensation for education-related expenses for student-athletes. The ruling applies to athletes in Division I football and basketball programs.The NCAA said the ruling “effectively created a pay-for-play system for all student-athletes, allowing them to be paid both ‘unlimited’ amounts for participating in ‘internships’” and an additional $5,600 or more each year they remain eligible to play their sport. Kraken to start season ticket seat selection in late AugustSEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Kraken will allow fans who put down deposits on season tickets to begin selecting their seats later this month. The Kraken said Tuesday they will begin reaching out to fans beginning Aug. 24 so they can select seats and plans for when the team begins play for the 2021-22 season. The team has created 40 different seating plans and will be offering more than 9,000 22-game plans. The Kraken say the number of 22-game plans is the most in the NHL. They intend to have 5,000 season ticket plans priced at less than $100 per seat, per game and will have 500 single-game tickets priced at $40 or less. LPGA-BUICK-SHANGHAILPGA confirms Buick LPGA Shanghai is canceled August 11, 2020last_img read more

Gomes has no regrets over blanking 1983 rebel tour

first_imgFORMER Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies cricketer Larry Gomes has no regrets over blanking the infamous WI rebel tours of South Africa in 1983.Gomes made this point during an interview on the Barbados-based Andrew Mason and Guest radio show, from his home in Toronto, Canada, on Tuesday evening last.Reflecting on the enticement of a spot in the unsanctioned WI rebel team, led by Lawrence Rowe, Gomes said, “I was in Toronto on holidays. The phone kept ringing, Lawrence calling, (Dr Ali) Bacher calling, ‘Crofty’ (Colin Croft) calling, they wanted me to come down and join them down there.”Bacher, now 77, was a former South Africa captain, manager and administrator, who played a key role in organising rebel tours from West Indies, Sri Lanka, England and Australia during the 1980s, when South Africa were banned from international sport due to their apartheid policies.Gomes continued, “I had met with Dr Bacher in Manhattan, (United States) with my advisor Hugh Henderson, at a hotel privately. We went about doing a contract, but I didn’t sign it because I wanted to come back to Toronto and talk to my wife.Former South Africa captain Dr. Ali Bacher played a key role in organising rebel tours from West Indies, Sri Lanka, England and Australia during the 1980s“At the time was the apartheid system so I was in two minds. If I’d gone, I’d be set for a lifetime. With the apartheid thing and studying if I want to go back home (to Trinidad), I don’t think they’d welcome you too much at that time. That made me not want to go there.”During that time, Gomes was yet to cement a place in the WI middle order, which featured captain Sir Clive Lloyd, Sir Viv Richards, Faoud Bacchus, Collis King, Alvin Kallicharan and Gus Logie.“It was very difficult to turn down,” admitted Gomes. “Dr Bacher and I decided not to disclose the contract. I still have the contract but we agreed not to disclose the details.”Gomes, a passionate horseracing fan, and a former racehorse owner, said, “I even had a racehorse in the contract.”However, he noted, “I have no regrets. I was sad for the guys though. The kind of monies they went for, I don’t think that’ll be enough, knowing that your careers would be at stake and that’ll be the end of them. I think I was the only one who negotiated a contract with (Bacher). Most of the guys ended up in South Africa without the contract.”The then West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) banned the players who featured in the 1983 and 1984 rebel tours from playing First-Class and international cricket, under its auspices, for life. The ban was lifted in 1989, and Barbadian fast bowler Ezra Moseley played a pair of Tests, against England, in 1990.Gomes said, “At the time it’s not like the money you’re getting now but it was real good money.”Asked if he has ever communicated with the players who went to South Africa and if they regretted making the trips, Gomes replied, “Maybe some of them were happy that they went but most of them, afterwards, realised maybe they made a mistake by going.If you look at a few of them, for some reason, they didn’t end up well in life (after) going there. You had Richard Austin who turned a vagrant, it was sad to see him in Jamaica. And there were a few others, it wasn’t nice to see having played with them.”The 66-year-old Gomes, who played 60 Tests (3,171 runs at an average of 39.63) and 83 One Day Internationals (1,415 at 28.87) between 1976 and 1987, mentioned the value of country and league cricket in England for helping the WI players of his era become the unstoppable force in world cricket, during the 1970s and 1980s.“Why we were strong (was) most of the players were playing professionally in England,” said Gomes. “There was no restriction on the foreign players. We were used to playing day in, day out.”What will he suggest for the present crop of WI players to improve their game? “To recommend for our guys now, the education level of the guys, especially the younger ones, they need guidance to solve their problems from early on, in crisis situations,” he responded. “They need mentors and advisors. Also, I don’t know how much of them set goals.”During the interview, Gomes mentioned that he enjoyed playing against Australia because of their competitive nature and on-field banter (he scored six Test centuries against them). He also rated his knock of 123 at the Queen’s Park Oval against India in 1983 as his best.With the array of pace bowling during his playing days, Gomes described Jeff Thomson, Michael Holding and Wayne Daniel as the fastest bowlers he faced and his favourite pitches were at Sabina Park, Jamaica (“it was a good atmosphere, I enjoyed it there”), and Adelaide, Australia (“I had a couple centuries there”).On his most memorable moments, Gomes listed his first Test (in June 1976 against England at Nottingham) and winning the World Cup in 1979 (“it was a fantastic achievement”), while the 1983 World Cup final defeat to India was his most disappointing.Gomes also touched on the famous 1984 Test victory against England at Lord’s, London, when Sir Gordon Greenidge made an unbeaten 214 while Gomes was 92 not out, as WI romped to a nine-wicket victory, on the final day.“I always tell him he robbed me of a hundred at Lord’s,” said Gomes, in jest. “At the time, we were concentrating on winning the game. We made it very easily. Gordon went haywire and I played my role, rotated the strike as usual and we got (the total) with overs to spare.”(Reprinted from Newsday)last_img read more

Syracuse loses to Georgia Tech on 2nd-straight walk-off

first_img Published on April 27, 2019 at 5:17 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu Syracuse entered the bottom of the seventh inning in the exact same position as it did on Friday — tied with Georgia Tech. On Saturday, the Orange were looking to avenge a walk-off from the previous day.But SU was handed the same fate. Junior Alexa Romero entered for sophomore Sophie Dandola in the pitcher’s circle, and she was unable to record an out. GT’s Breanna Roper earned a walk and took second on an error by catcher Gianna Carideo. Roper then scored following back-to-back Yellow Jacket singles. Roper’s run gave Georgia Tech (29-23, 10-10 Atlantic Coast) an 8-7 win over Syracuse (20-27, 8-12). Syracuse jumped on top in the first inning, when first baseman Alex Acevedo singled in Alicia Hansen. Lailoni Mayfield came to the plate with a chance to double the lead with Acevedo on second, but she struck out swinging.After consecutive effective outings, sophomore pitcher Miranda Hearn started the game for SU. Unlike those previous outings, Hearn struggled with her control. She walked four batters and allowed six runs, only two earned. The Yellow Jackets grabbed a 2-1 lead by the end of the opening inning. The next time through the order, though, the top of the lineup delivered for Syracuse. Hansen launched a three-run home run to left-center field to give SU a 4-2 lead.GT answered again. The Yellow Jackets’ Kaylee Ellebracht doubled down the line in left to score two more runners and tie the game. After Alexis Kaiser’s home run in the fourth, SU head coach Shannon Doepking opted to keep Hearn in the game. Hearn recorded just one out before she was pulled for  Dandola, who hadn’t pitched since March 30. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDandola was SU’s number two pitcher for most of the nonconference season, and Doepking declined to comment about the extended absence. She pitched 2.2 innings in relief and allowed just one run before she was pulled entering the seventh inning.While Dandola kept the GT bats under control, SU clawed its way back to a tie in the sixth and seventh innings. Carideo singled in pinch runner Jessica Skladal in the sixth, and sophomore Neli Casares-Maher singled in pinch runner Logan Paul in the seventh to tie the game. In both innings, SU also squandered opportunities with runners in scoring position. Prior to the series with Georgia Tech, Doepking called on her offense to provide more production at the plate. And while SU’s offense improved in the first two games of the set, the Orange have two losses to show for it.SU will close out the three-game set with Georgia Tech on Sunday at 10 a.m. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Louisiana Tech beats Miami 14-0 in Independence Bowl

first_img FOLLOW US 8 months ago Doncic scores 24 on return, Mavericks hold off Spurs 102-98 Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE WE RECOMMEND J’Mar Smith threw a touchdown pass and had a late scoring run to help Louisiana Tech beat Miami 14-0 on Thursday night in the only shutout in the Independence Bowl’s 44-game history. Louisiana Tech (10-3) hit double-digit victories for the first time since 1984 and ran its postseason winning streak to six. Miami (6-7) completed its second losing season in 12 years.Smith connected with Israel Tucker on a 26-yard touchdown strike on a screen pass in the second quarter, capping a 13-play, 91-yard drive. Smith added an 8-yard scoring run with 1:15 left.Bulldogs running back Justin Henderson was selected the Most Outstanding Offensive Player after rushing for 95 yards on 22 carries. Smith completed 13 of 28 passes for 163 yards with one interception.The teams set the game record for punts at 18, with both tying the single-club record of nine.THE TAKEAWAYLouisiana Tech: The season will forever be tainted by “what if” for the Bulldogs. Following a season-opening loss at Texas, Louisiana Tech rattled off eight straight wins before Smith was suspended two games for violating an undisclosed program policy. The Bulldogs lost those two games and won the regular-season finale when Smith returned. What if Louisiana Tech would have run the table? Could it have challenged Memphis for the Group of 5 slots in the College Football Playoff’s New Year’s Six?Miami: During bowl week, Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz said the “plan” wasn’t to play three quarterbacks. Sure enough, Miami played three quarterbacks — Jarren Williams, Tate Martell, N’Kosi Perry — and found no success. Perry, who didn’t play until the fourth quarter, showed the most promise through the air, although none of the three threw for 100 yards. SUBSCRIBE TO US 8 months ago Despite work at fullback, Pats’ Roberts still defense first 8 months ago Yuvraj Singh trolls himself in Sachin Tendulkar’s throwback post on Instagram Written By COMMENT Last Updated: 27th December, 2019 11:37 IST Louisiana Tech Beats Miami 14-0 In Independence Bowl J’Mar Smith threw a touchdown pass and had a late scoring run to help Louisiana Tech beat Miami 14-0 on Thursday night in the only shutout in the Independence Bowl’s 44-game history. 8 months ago Japan revises Fukushima cleanup plan, delays key steps LIVE TV First Published: 27th December, 2019 11:37 ISTlast_img read more

SWAN Congratulates Aruna Quadri on Latest ITTF Ranking

first_imgFor this feat Quadri has brought immense goodwill to Nigeria and become a role model to the African continent, where a lot of youths are looking for mentors and role models to guide them especially in sports.The Association lauds Quadri for his drug-free career and called on him not to rest on his oars by bring more honours to the country.“We are indeed proud of what Quadri has done for Nigeria. He is a shining star and one that should be emulated in the sporting world where some athletes have engaged in the use of performance-enhancing drugs.“With his immense rise and God-given talent, he has brought hope and direction for many youths in Nigeria who are in the sport. It is a challenge to them and belief that they can rise even beyond Quadri’s feat. We urge government at all levels to create conducive environment for sports men and women desirous of Quadri’s feat ”The Association also commends the League Management Company (LMC) for the various innovations it has brought to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) leading healthy rivalry among the various clubs.While SWAN commends the Shehu Dikko-led LMC for its latest attraction of sponsors to the NPFL, the committee should continue to make policies and programmes that will uplift the league and make it the best in Africa.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) commends Nigeria’s number one table tennis player, Aruna Quadri on his latest feat by becoming the first African to be among the top 25 players in the world.Shortly before departing for the Rio Olympic, Quadri inscribed his name in world table tennis history by becoming the first African player to be among top 30 players. He further cemented his place by becoming the first African to reach the quarterfinals of table tennis event in the Olympic.last_img read more

Brazil 2014:Ghana’s shirt numbers revealed

first_imgGhana’s camp announces the official squad numbers as players opt for their own unique shirt numbers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.This follows the submission of Kwesi Appiah’s final 23-man list to FIFA.Captain Asamoah Gyan sticks to his number 3 shirt while Kevin Prince Boateng swaps the 23 jersey he wore at the last World Cup for the number 9 shirt.Michael Essien, who wore the number 8 shirt in his World Cup debut in 2006, has settled for the number 5 shirt. Andre Ayew will wear his favourite jersey, the number 10 this time round as his brother, Jordan, making his debut goes for the 13 shirt that he – Andre – used at the 2010 World Cup.Ghana squad numbers 1 Stephen ADAMS2 Samuel INKOOM3 Asamoah GYAN4 Daniel OPARE5 Michael ESSIEN6 Afriyie ACQUAH7 Christian ATSU8 Emmanuel AGYEMAN-BADU9 Kevin Prince BOATENG10 Andre AYEW11 Sulley MUNTARI12 Adam KWARASEY13 Jordan AYEW14 Albert ADOMAH15 Rashid SUMAILA16 Fatau DAUDA17 Rabiu MOHAMMED18 Abdul Majeed WARIS19 Jonathan MENSAH20 Kwadwo ASAMOAH21 John BOYE22 Mubarak WAKASU23 Harrison AFFULlast_img read more

Chris Paul leaving Clippers to team with Houston, James Harden

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error In order to execute a trade, Paul had to agree to opt in to the final year of his contract, which will pay him just over $24 million, setting him up to enter free agency next summer. Thanks to the “over-38 rule” within the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which Paul helped negotiate as president of the players’ union, Paul will be eligible to sign a five-year deal worth approximately $205 million with Houston next summer when he is 33.On Tuesday, Paul made his feelings known in a meeting in Los Angeles with Doc Rivers and Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ executive vice president of basketball operations. At that point, the Clippers faced two grim options: trade Paul for a collection of role players or let him walk for nothing.Last week, reports surfaced that Paul would exercise an opt-out clause in his contract after power forward Blake Griffin did the same. However, the opportunity to pair with James Harden toppled plans to have Paul re-sign and keep the Clippers’ All-Star core intact.Before being traded to the Clippers in 2011, Paul spent six seasons with the New Orleans Hornets. He has career averages of 18.7 points, 9.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game. He has led the league in assists four times (twice as a Clipper) and steals six times (three times as a Clipper).Paul’s arrival gave birth to “Lob City” and infused a dormant Clippers franchise with excitement and hope. With Paul, Griffin and center DeAndre Jordan forming a true “Big Three,” the Clippers enjoyed the greatest period in franchise history. However, they were never able to get beyond the second round of the postseason, falling short in especially painful fashion in 2014, with a second-round loss to Oklahoma City, and in 2015, when the Clippers blew a 3-1 series lead to Harden and the Rockets.It’s not quite as dramatic as Kevin Durant jilting Oklahoma City for the Warriors, but Paul is leaving the Clippers to team up with a former foe, Harden, who on Monday became the runner-up for the Most Valuable Player award for the second time in three years.While it’s unclear how exactly those two ball-dominant guards will coexist, The Vertical reported the two “were determined to play together.”It’s a crippling blow to the Clippers, whose championship hopes were largely contingent on the front office’s ability to retain Paul and Griffin. The Clippers finished 51-31 last season and earned home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, only to lose in seven games to the fifth-seeded Utah Jazz after Griffin was injured in Game 3.The Clippers won 50 games in each of the past five seasons, and won 40 in a lockout-shortened 66-game season in 2011-12, Paul’s first with the team.Earlier this offseason the Clippers hired NBA legend Jerry West as a front-office consultant and also announced plans to explore building a new arena in Inglewood. The team also emerged from last week’s NBA draft with two players after owner Steve Ballmer agreed to pay cash for the two second-rounders: Oklahoma State point guard Jawun Evans and South Carolina shooting guard Sindarius Thornwell. The Clippers are just days removed from a thought they could be on the cusp of being one such super team, with reports that they made efforts to acquire Paul George and that they were eyeing LeBron James in the summer of 2018. Now, with Paul out of the picture, the Clippers will turn their attention to re-signing Blake Griffin when teams can begin negotiating with free agents at 9:01 p.m. Friday.If the Clippers are able to re-sign Griffin they would be left with an $8.4 million mid-level exception to use on other players.The 28-year-old Griffin opted out of the final year of his contract last week, and is expected to command interest from teams including the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. However, the Clippers can pay Griffin $175 million over five years while another team could only offer four years and $130 million.Griffin averaged 22.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists last season, but in the past three years has made just 163 appearances, barely two-thirds of the Clippers’ total games in that span. Consensus around the NBA had been that if the Clippers could only retain one, they would much prefer to hold on to Paul, and let Griffin depart.In a Twitter post Wednesday morning, Paul thanked Clippers fans for supporting both he and his family, and described an “unbelievable amount of emotions.”center_img After six seasons and just as many playoff disappointments, Chris Paul’s time with the Clippers is over.After Paul informed the Clippers he would sign as a free agent with the Houston Rockets, the teams negotiated a trade that sent the perennial All-Star to the Rockets in exchange for seven players and a 2018 first-round draft pick.The Clippers will receive former Lakers reserve Lou Williams, small forward Sam Dekker, big man Montrezl Harrell and point guard Patrick Beverley. They also landed three players with non-guaranteed contracts: Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins and Kyle Wiltjer.Meanwhile, Houston is attempting to field a star-laden squad to contend with the juggernaut Golden State Warriors.last_img read more