OAS assistant secretary general calls on member states to join forces in promoting regional tourism

first_imgNewsRegional OAS assistant secretary general calls on member states to join forces in promoting regional tourism by: – June 24, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img 11 Views   no discussions Share Photo credit: topnews.inWASHINGTON, USA — The assistant secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, on Thursday called on member states to join forces to promote regional tourism, since it has “become one of the most important sectors in the world economy and for many OAS member states it is the main source of employment and exports, helping to drive economic growth.”Speaking at the inauguration of the preparatory meeting for the nineteenth Inter-American Travel Congress, which is scheduled to be held September 29 and 30 in El Salvador, Ramdin said the event “is particularly meaningful because it takes place at a critical time for our economies.”The event’s theme will be “Tourism: A Challenge in the Face of Poverty.”The Inter-American Travel Congress, created in 1939 with the objective of promoting the development of tourism in the Americas, is one of the oldest institutions in the inter-American system. The last Travel Congress was held in Guatemala in 2003.“Tourism is one of the economic activities that allowed the region to recover from the recent global financial crisis,” Ramdin pointed out. “In my view, the need for a regional dialogue is more relevant than ever as the region faces not only the global economic crisis and volatile oil prices, but also climatic disturbances, and security challenges, as well as the need to build and strengthen existing strategic alliances within countries with the business community and between sub-regions so as to optimize the existing opportunities.”Ramdin recalled the OAS’s considerable experience in supporting its member states, particularly in relation to small and medium tourism enterprises and in promoting corporate social responsibility among tourism operators.“We must consolidate and expand on the successes of our flagship Small Tourism Enterprise Program or STEP, and replicate where possible the transfer of successful programs to and from different sub-regions,” he concluded.Furthermore, the OAS executive secretary for integral development (SEDI), Mauricio Cortes Costa, offered an assessment of the Hemisphere’s current favorable economic situation and recalled the importance of tourism in promoting social development and economic growth.“Despite the global financial crisis, which reduced tourism activity inside our countries, there is a hopeful panorama today in our Hemisphere,” he said.Presiding over the meeting was the Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the OAS, Ambassador Joaquín Alexander Maza, who reiterated his country’s commitment to improve its tourism sector and collaborate with other countries to make regional improvements.“In offering to host the next Travel Congress, El Salvador wishes to revitalize a process of dialogue and cooperation in the tourism sector that goes beyond a single meeting of ministers and authorities,” he said. “That is why it is appropriate to use this opportunity to create initiatives that would give an active continuity to this mechanism and lead to commitments on the common goals of tourism in the Americas.”The preparatory meeting for the nineteenth Inter-American Travel Congress will take place Thursday and Friday in the headquarters of the OAS in Washington, DC. It brings together member state and permanent observer representatives, alongside other organizations and agencies of the Inter-American system, to debate the topic of tourism as an engine of economic growth in the region and prepare a draft document of hemispheric commitments to be approved at the Congress meeting in El Salvador.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Boone, Independence receive 35-year Modified sanction awards at IMCA banquet

first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. – Two of the race tracks synonymous with the Modified division since its earliest seasons are among the 50 speedways to be honored during the national IMCA awards banquet on Nov. 25 in Lincoln, Neb.Boone Speedway and Independence Motor Speedway will be recognized for 35 years of sanctioning their Modified divisions with IMCA. In all, tracks from 17 states with a total of 740 consecutive years of sanctioning one or more divisions receive awards during the evening.A 30-year Modified plaque goes to Crystal Motor Speedway. Twenty-five year awards go to Mohave Valley Raceway and Sweetwater Speedway for Modifieds, Outagamie Speedway and Redwood Speedway for Stock Cars, and Buena Vista Raceway for Hobby Stocks.Receiving 20-year plaques will be 281 Speedway, BVR and Dacotah Speedway for Modifieds and Davenport Speedway for Late Models.Fifteen-year awards go to Winnemucca Regional Raceway, Modifieds, and Lincoln County Raceway, Stock Cars.Awards for a decade of sanctioning will be presented to Phillips County Raceway, Sherman County Speedway and Thomas County Speedway for Modifieds, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks; Dodge City Raceway Park for Modifieds and Stock Cars; Hamilton County Speedway for Modifieds and Hobby Stocks; Desert Thunder Raceway and Lovelock Speedway for Modifieds; Dubuque Speedway and Farley Speedway for Late Models; Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairground and Quincy Raceway for Stock Cars; and Beatrice Speedway, Independence and Outagamie for Northern SportMods.And 37 five-year plaques will be presented to 28 tracks, including:Crawford County Speedway for Modifieds, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks, Northern SportMods and Sport Compacts; Roadrunner Speedway for Modifieds, Stock Cars, Southern SportMods and Hobby Stocks; 141 Speedway for Modifieds and Stock Cars; Central Arizona Speedway, Cottage Grove Speedway, Jackson Motorplex, Petaluma Speedway, Siskiyou Motor Speedway, Southern Oregon Speedway, Sunset Speedway Park and Willamette Speedway for Modifieds; Merced Speedway for Modifieds and Northern SportMods; Boone County Raceway and Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway for Stock Cars; Lee County Speedway and Stuart Raceway for Hobby Stocks; Cocopah Speedway, Davenport, Eagle Raceway, I-76 Speedway, Maquoketa Speedway, McLean County Speedway, Santa Maria Raceway and Williston Basin Speedway for Northern SportMods; El Paso County Raceway for Southern SportMods; and Clay County Fair Speedway, Hancock County Speedway and Kossuth County Speedway for Sport Compacts.The awards banquet will be held at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in down­town Lincoln. Drivers winning champion­ships and rookie of the year awards will be honored and sponsor awards will also be presented during the evening.Cocktails are at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and the awards ceremony to follow.  Tickets are $35 each and available by calling the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201.Banquet goers can call 866 706-7706 and request the IMCA group rate regarding Saturday over­night accommodations. RSVPs are also requested from those planning to attend the Friday, Nov. 24 open house at the Smith Collection of American Speed, on the Speedway Motors campus in Lincoln.last_img read more

James pens new Foxes deal

first_img The 22-year-old was the lynchpin in the Foxes’ midfield as they sealed promotion from the Sky Bet Championship last season, playing 39 times in all competitions, and winning the club’s young player of the year award. “I’m absolutely buzzing, I can’t think of any other way to describe it. Heading into the Premier League, after the unbelievable season we’ve just had – to sign a four-year deal with this club is just fantastic,” James said. Midfielder Matty James has signed a new four-year contract with Barclays Premier League newcomers Leicester that will keep him at the club until June 2018. Press Associationcenter_img “For any club to offer you a long-term contract is a big compliment and shows a lot of faith in your potential, but to be offered one by a club as ambitious as Leicester City is something else.” Manager Nigel Pearson was delighted to tie down James, who joined Leicester in 2012 after starting his career with Manchester United. Pearson said: “Matty has contributed an enormous amount to the group during the last two seasons – both with his performances on the pitch and with what he brings to the group off it. “Nobody recognises his value to the squad more than his team mates. “We watched him for a long time before he joined us and we were always confident that, given the opportunity to play regularly, he could be a big asset for us. “He’s a great lad, he works hard at his game and he’s only just about to turn 23, so he clearly has time to improve even further.” last_img read more

The Latest: UK Athletics says to stop training amid outbreak

first_imgThe events offered Olympic qualifying spots.The women’s championships were due to be held in Paris from April 30-May 3, and the men’s championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, from May 27-31.Also called off are European rhythmic gymnastics championships in Ukraine and the European trampoline championship in Sweden, both in May.The UEG says it hopes the events can be rescheduled for the second half of the year.___ Associated Press 12:10 p.m.Formula One CEO Chase Carey has apologized to fans for the early part of the series being called of by the coronavirus outbreak.The Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne wasn’t canceled last week until teams and drivers forced it. A McLaren team member had tested positive and some drivers had already flown home, but F1 still waited to cancel until just before practices were scheduled to start.The following three races in Bahrain, Vietnam and China have all been postponed.In an open letter on the F1 website, Carey wrote: “We apologize to those fans affected by the cancellation in Australia, as well as the postponement of the other races to date. These decisions are being made … in rapidly changing and evolving circumstances, but we believe they are the right and necessary ones. We also want to extend our thoughts to those already affected, including those in the Formula 1 family.” ___10:10 a.m.The Kosovo judo team has been self-isolating as it prepares for the Tokyo Olympics.Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi, four other judokas and five staff members have closed themselves in at a training center in Peja, 85 kilometers (50 miles) west of Pristina.Kelmendi is the first athlete from Kosovo to win an Olympic gold medal. BHA chief executive Nick Rust says its “first duty is to the health of the public, our customers and to racing industry participants and staff,” while saying it will do its best to support those whose livelihoods depend on what Rust said is a “4 billion pound industry.”___1 p.m.The men’s and women’s European gymnastics championships have been canceled.The European Gymnastics Union says it tried to find ways to keep its events going despite the spread of the coronavirus but found it impossible because of government restrictions and travel bans. Coach Driton Kuka is among the group. None of them has been infected by the virus.Kosovo has had 16 coronavirus cases. All sports and other entertainment or cultural activities have been suspended in the country and schools, cafes, restaurants, gyms and pools have been closed.___9:55 a.m.The Diamond League has called off its first three track meets of the season. March 17, 2020 Hertha Berlin’s players and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after one of the players tested positive for the coronavirus.The Bundesliga club doesn’t say which player was affected.The team had been due to return to training on Tuesday after three days of individual exercise.Hertha doctor Uli Schleicher says “the player complained about the usual symptoms and we immediately separated him from the group. A test then produced a positive result for the virus. All players in our squad must now stay at home for the next two weeks.”Hertha general manager Michael Preetz says “it was to be expected that the virus would reach the team sooner or later. The most important thing now is that everyone sticks to the rules.” The Spanish soccer league has offered about 500 coronavirus tests for its clubs.The tests have been distributed prioritizing teams that traveled to risk areas or already have players infected.Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay on Sunday became the first Spanish league player infected with the virus.The distribution of tests began last Thursday as part of the league’s actions to support its clubs during the pandemic. ___ The Latest: UK Athletics says to stop training amid outbreakcenter_img UK Athletics says all clubs and groups should not be training or taking part in competitive races amid the coronavirus outbreak.The guidance follows directives outlined by the British government about limiting social contact.UKA said the suspension also applies to coaching and officiating.___1:40 p.m. On Monday, tire provider Pirelli said one of its staff tested positive for the virus and was undergoing treatment in Melbourne.___11:45 a.m.Soccer in Russia has been suspended until April 10.The Russian league was the best attended sports competition still operating in Europe last weekend with more than 33,000 fans at one of its games. The Kontinental Hockey League and the VTB United League in basketball have suspended play.Both leagues say they will stop until at least April 10.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL. It had previously said it would pause for a week to draw up a new playoff format. It’s been left with six Russian teams in an eight-team bracket after Finnish team Jokerit and Kazakh team Barys withdrew.___1:10 p.m. 1:05 p.m.All horse racing in Britain will be suspended starting Wednesday.It was the last remaining major sport to be continuing in the country amid the coronavirus outbreak.But the British Horseracing Authority says the race meetings in Wetherby and Taunton — being staged without fans on Tuesday — will be last until the end of April.The BHA says the decision was taken “to protect essential emergency services and the health and welfare of staff working in the racing industry.” The Diamond League was scheduled to start in Qatar next month. Two meets in China in May were to follow. The Diamond League says travel restrictions and disrupted preparations caused by the coronavirus outbreak have made it impossible to stage those competitions on time.The season is now tentatively set to begin in Stockholm on May 24.Only one of the three canceled meets has been rescheduled. The event in Shanghai is now set for Aug. 13. The meet in Qatar and the second Chinese meet have been postponed indefinitely but could be restaged after the Diamond League final in September.The 2020 season was supposed to see a shift in how the Diamond League is run with an extended 15-meet season and fewer events at each.China has already resumed a partial track and field schedule after the virus outbreak subsided. It was supposed to host the world indoor championships this month in Nanjing but that event was moved to 2021. The Russian Football Union says its board agreed to immediately suspend all competitions at a meeting Tuesday.That follows a wave of tighter restrictions on public gatherings and events across Russia and a decision by CSKA Moscow to cancel its upcoming game against Zenit St. Petersburg.Fans made ironic references to the virus outbreak at games last week. Fans of Zenit chanted “we’re all going to die” on Saturday and CSKA supporters displayed a banner on Sunday with the club crest and the message: “This virus is inside me. I’m its carrier.”___10:35 a.m. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___1:45 p.m. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Bolt not worried over Carter case

first_imgUSAIN Bolt is paying cursory attention to the drug case involving Nesta Carter, though it has implications for the gold medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games he had to return.Carter tested positive for Methylhexanamine during a re-test of the samples from the Beijing Olympics, meaning the gold medal he won as part of Jamaica’s 4×100-metre team was revoked.That team was made up of Bolt, Carter, Michael Frater, Asafa Powell, and Dwight Thomas.Carter took his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in November, where he argued the drug was not on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list in 2008. The court will disclose its judgement early in the new year.“I can’t really stress. I haven’t really been following it (Carter’s hearing). I am just waiting on the time for them (CAS) to say what is what,” said Bolt.According to Bolt, his performances have not been questioned and he is a satisfied man, only looking forward to what’s next.“I am just focusing on which direction I want my career to go. I have already done it. Yes, the medal is gone, but I already performed, and I’m now just trying to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my career, and when they decide, they decide,” Bolt said.“It was all worth it. The losses, the injuries – everything I’ve been through – it’s all worth it. It’s a wonderful thing to look back and see what your career has brought you. I’m very happy and proud of myself for the work. It’s just a good time and I am in a good place,” he added. (Sportsmax.com)last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThree-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray was beaten in his second-round match as he continues to work his way back from a pair of hip operations. Felix Auger-Aliassime dispatched Murray, 6-2. 6-3, 6-4.It was a successful day for the No. 2 singles seeds.Dominic Thiem (teem) earned a spot in the third round on his 27th birthday, posting a 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 win over over Sumit Nagal.American Sofia Kenin has won her second-round match at the U.S. Open against unseeded Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3. Kenin had more winners than unforced errors and never faced a break point.Daniil Medvedev beat Australian Christopher O’Connell 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the third round. The Clippers took charge in the second quarter, outscoring the Nuggets 38-20 to take a 69-51 lead. Los Angeles held Denver to 25% shooting into the second quarter.Paul George scored 19 points and Marcus Morris added 18 for L.A.Denver guard Jamal Murray was held to just 12 points on 5-for-15 shooting. He averaged 31.6 points in the Nuggets’ seven-game series against Utah.NBA-NETS COACHNets Steve Nash as coach Associated Press Victoria Azarenka won the battle of the Belarusians with a 6-1, 6-3 win over fifth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka.There was a pair of top-10 upsets on the women’s side. Romania’s Sorana Cîrstea knocked off No. 9 Johanna Konta, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 to earn her spot in the third round. Tsvetana Pironkova has reached Round 3 in her first tournament following a three-year maternity break, beating No. 10-seeded Garbiñe Muguruza (moo-gah-ROO’-thuh), 7-5, 6-3.NFL-NEWSNewton to start for PatsUNDATED (AP) — Cam Newton is officially the new starting quarterback of the New England Patriots. NASCAR drivers cautious of COVID-19 as playoffs begin CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has decided it will not grant COVID-19 relief during the playoffs, meaning a positive coronavirus test will end a driver’s championship bid. The playoffs begin Sunday at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina without a safety net for the 16 participants during the pandemic. It’s up to each driver to protect themselves from COVID-19, understanding there is no cushion for missing a race. But the Flyers blew a 2-0 lead and had to come back from 3-2 and 4-3 deficits before Provorov ended it with his second OT goal of the series. Michael Raffl (RAH’-ful) and Scott Laughton provided the tying tallies.Mathew Barzal (bahr-ZAL’) and Derick Brassard each had a goal and an assist for New York.Game 7 is Saturday.Like the Flyers, the Canucks have forced a seventh game after trailing 3-1 in their second-round series. Thatcher Demko stopped 48 shots for his second straight win as Vancouver stifled Vegas, 4-0. J.T. Miller and defenseman Quinn Hughes each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who carried a 1-0 lead into the final period. Jake Virtanen (vur-TAN’-ehn) and Bo Horvat also scored for the Canucks, who were outshot 48-23. NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSProvorov goal lifts FlyersUNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders owned overtime periods while winning four straight Stanley Cups in the 1980s. Those days are over.The Philadelphia Flyers have forced a seventh game in their second-round series after Ivan Provorov (PROH’-vah-rahv) scored 15:03 into double-overtime to complete a 5-4 win over the Islanders. All three of Philadelphia’s series wins have come in OT.Carter Hart turned back 49 shots and was perfect after Mathew Barzal scored with 30 seconds left in the second period. September 3, 2020 Update on the latest sports — The Titans have made a switch at kicker, agreeing to terms with veteran Stephen Gostkowski (gahst-KOW’-skee) and waiving Greg Joseph. Gostkowski is a four-time Pro Bowl kicker who has made 87% of his field goals with the fifth-best field goal percentage in NFL history. — The Browns have acquired safety Ronnie Harrison from the Jaguars for a fifth-round pick. Harrison has played in 28 games and made 103 tackles along with three interceptions.— All NFL and NFL Players Association facilities will close on Election Day, and the league and union will televise a one-hour program next week for players to highlight work being done to advance social justice. The league and the players’ union said Thursday they want to “ensure that every member of the NFL family has an opportunity to exercise the precious right to vote” on Nov. 3. — Giants co-owner John Mara reiterated his support for a player’s right to protest social issues. While he prefers the team to stand during the national anthem, he will support the rights of those who choose to kneel and make a statement. NCAA-FOOTBALL In other MLB news:— The Mets paid tribute to Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver with a series of salutes before their game with the Yankees. Each Met had a smudge of dirt on their right knee. That’s a nod to how Seaver’s uniform looked when he pitched, with his knee dropping low to the mound for more power. Seaver died Monday at age 75. — Dick Allen’s No. 15 was retired by the Phillies in a ceremony prior to Thursday’s game against the Nationals. It’s a long overdue honor for one of the franchise’s greatest players who fought against racism during a tumultuous period with the team in the 1960s. Former teammate Mike Schmidt called him “an amazing mentor” who was wrongly labeled a “bad teammate” and “troublemaker.”TENNIS-US OPENSerena wins, Murray ousted…No. 2s Thiem, Kenin advance UNDATED (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have hired Steve Nash as their coach, putting the Hall of Fame point guard in charge of the team that hopes to have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together next season.Nash is a two-time MVP as the engineer of the high-scoring Phoenix Suns teams under Mike D’Antoni. He had been a player development consultant with Golden State, where he worked with Durant. The Nets finished the season under Jacque Vaughn, who will remain on staff as Nash’s lead assistant.In other NBA news:— Memphis guard Ja (jah) Morant is the runaway winner of the NBA Rookie of the Year Award for 2019-20. He’s the first Grizzlies player to win the award since Pau Gasol (pow-gah-SAHL’) in 2001-02. Morant averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 assists this season, picking up three Western Conference rookie of the month awards along the way. Miami’s Kendrick Nunn was second and New Orleans’ Zion Williamson was third. — The Hornets have fired play-by-play radio broadcaster John Focke (FOH’-kee) after he used a racial slur on his Twitter account last month. The decision comes after the team investigated the matter in which Focke used the slur while Tweeting about the Jazz-Nuggets playoff game on Aug. 17. He has since deleted the tweet and apologized, saying it was a typo.center_img Game 7 is Friday.RACIAL INJUSTICE-NHLNHL, players unveil series of anti-racism initiativesEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The NHL has unveiled a series of anti-racism initiatives more than eight months after Akim Aliu (ah-KEEM’ ah-LEE’-yoo) brought the topic to the forefront in the predominantly white sport.The league and NHL Players’ Association are planning mandatory inclusion and diversity training for all players at camp. They are partnering with the Hockey Diversity Alliance to launch a grassroots program for young players of color in the Toronto area They are also working together on several inclusion committees aimed at encouraging diversity among executives, pro and youth players and fans. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSAnunoby’s buzzer-beater lifts RaptorsLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — A buzzer-beating basket allowed the Toronto Raptors to beat the Boston Celtics, 104-103 and pull within two games to one in the Eastern Conference semifinals. MLB-NEWSMengden tests positive for coronavirusUNDATED (AP) — Oakland Athletics right-hander Daniel Mengden has tested positive for the coronavirus and is quarantined at home in Houston. He received the result that forced Oakland and Major League Baseball to postpone four games this week. A’s general manager David Forst said that Mengden is asymptomatic and was placed on the 10-day injured list. The A’s don’t know how Mengden contracted the coronavirus. MLB said the A’s will resume their schedule on Friday. NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams’ drive for her 24th major championship continues at the U.S. OpenThe 38-year-old Williams has advanced to the third round with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Margarita Gasparyan.Williams improved her career record to 20-0 in the second round at Flushing Meadows and will play Sloane Stephens in the next round. Williams leads the series 5-1.Williams had 27 winners and seven aces to put away Gasparyan.Stephens continued her path toward a second U.S. Open championship with a dominant 6-2, 6-2 win over Olga Govortsova. OG Anunoby (an-uh-NOH’-bee) grabbed a crosscourt inbounds pass from Kyle Lowry and drained a 3-pointer at the horn. It came just a half-second after Daniel Theis (tys) dunked to give Boston a two-point lead.Lowry played virtually the whole way, finishing with 31 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Fred VanVleet scored 25 points, Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) had 16 and Anunoby 12.Kemba Walker scored 29 points for Boston, which lost for the first time in seven playoff games.The Clippers had a much easier time winning the opener of their Western Conference semifinal series. Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard scored 29 points and the Clippers shot 57% from the field in a 120-97 trouncing of the Nuggets. The moves come amid mounting pressure from current and former minority players for the league to take concrete steps to address systemic racism. MLB-SCHEDULEClevinger loses in Padres debutUNDATED (AP) — Mike Clevinger wasn’t bad in his San Diego Padres debut, but he wasn’t good enough to get a victory.Clevinger allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings of the Padres’ 2-0 loss to the Angels. He didn’t retire the Angels in order until the sixth and allowed the leadoff batter aboard in each of the first four innings. A person familiar with the situation said Thursday that Newton was announced as the starter during a team meeting. The move was expected after the 2015 league MVP outperformed second-year Jarrett Stidham and veteran Brian Hoyer during training camp. Newton signed with the Patriots in July after being released by Carolina. He succeeds Tom Brady following his departure to Tampa Bay in free agency.In other NFL news:— The Seahawks are bringing back Josh Gordon on a one-year deal as the talented wide receiver awaits reinstatement from the NFL after his latest suspension. Gordon was banned indefinitely by the league last December, his eighth suspension either by the league or his team. — The Dodgers earned a 5-1 win over the Diamondbacks behind Clayton Kershaw, who allowed one hit while fanning eight over six shutout innings. Chris Taylor and Kike (KEE’-kay) Hernandez each had two hits and an RBI to help Los Angeles win for the 18th time in 21 games. AJ Pollock homered as a pinch-hitter for the NL West leaders.— Bryan Reynolds slammed a three-run homer in his return from paternity leave to lead the Pirates past the Cubs, 6-2. Reynolds also doubled leading off the second and celebrated by pretending to rock a baby to sleep. JT Brubaker picked up his first big league win by navigating in and out of trouble for five innings, allowing just one earned run despite seven hits.— Alec Bohm hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Phillies a 6-5 victory and a four-game sweep of the Nationals. Pinch-hitter Andrew McCutchen’s RBI grounder off Daniel Hudson tied it at 5 in the eighth. Trea Turner hit an inside-the-park homer and Michael Taylor went deep for Washington, but the defending champs suffered their sixth consecutive loss. — The Mets erased deficits of 4-0 and 7-4 before beating the Yankees, 9-7 on Pete Alonso’s two-run blast in the bottom of the 10th. J.D. Davis tied it with a solo shot in the ninth before Alonso came through with his first career walk-off homer. Amed Rosario had three hits and three RBIs as the Mets gained a split of the six-game season series.— Teoscar (tay-AHS’-kur) Hernández was the hitting star in the Blue Jays’ 6-2 win over the Red Sox, hitting a go-ahead, three-run homer in the 10th inning after breaking up Boston’s no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the seventh. Lourdes Gurriel (gur-ee-EHL’) Jr. added a two-out solo homer to cap Toronto’s four-run 10th. Andrew Heaney allowed only three hits over seven innings to help Los Angeles deal San Diego its second shutout loss of the season.Andrelton Simmons and Justin Upton each had two hits and an RBI for the Angels, who snapped a three-game losing streak. In Thursday’s other MLB action:— Aledmys (ah-LEHD’-mees) Díaz belted a three-run homer and Michael Brantley added three RBIs to support Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) in the Astros’ 8-4 thumping of the Rangers. Greinke struck out a season-high nine in six innings, allowing three runs and six hits to get to 3-0. Brantley had three hits, capped by a two-out, two-run double in the eighth that pushed the lead to 8-4.— Luis Robert’s 458-foot home run capped the White Sox second-five-run inning in an 11-6 dumping of the Royals. Robert was one of three White Sox to homer in the contest, joining Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN’) and Tim Anderson. Dylan Cease (sees) picked up the win, yielding three runs on four hits in five-plus innings. NCAA oversight has ideas for early enrolling freshmanUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA football oversight committee is recommending early enrolling freshman football players not be allowed to play games for teams conducting winter or spring seasons. West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons heads football oversight. He told the AP on Thursday night the committee worked on setting parameters for a 13-week winter/spring season that included an April 17 end to regular-season competition but no uniform start date.Lyons said the committee will send a report with its recommendation to the Division I Council for approval by next week.NASCAR-COVID CONCERNSlast_img read more

No. 8 USC poised to wrap up regular season

first_imgWrapping up a regular season that has been filled with highs and lows, the men’s volleyball team will look to end conference play on one more high note this weekend. The No. 8 Trojans will have a home-and-home series with unranked Cal Baptist today and Saturday before heading into the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference tournament.Cal Baptist (6-20, 2-18 MPSF) is the only conference rival that has yet to face the Trojans (16-8, 13-7) this season. The Trojans currently sit in fourth place in the conference standings, while Cal Baptist is second-to-last.The Trojans beat the Lancers in four sets (25-13, 25-22, 21-25, 25-21) at home last year and then took all three sets (25-22, 25-21, 25-22) at Cal Baptist.Two wins this weekend against Cal Baptist would guarantee that the Trojans can maintain their fourth place ranking in the conference standings. The teams with the eight best records in conference play out of the 12-team conference will qualify for the conference tournament. The winner of the conference tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCAA national championship tournament.The NCAA tournament features six teams, with four conferences having automatic bids and two        at-large bids up for grabs.Finishing in the top four would guarantee that the Trojans host the first round of the MPSF playoffs. In his weekly media recap, Coach Bill Ferguson said this would be crucial to the chances of the team winning the tournament.“That’s huge,” Ferguson said. “When we set out every year, we want to win the national championship, and the first way to do that is to finish in the top four of the MPSF.”The eight-team, three-round MPSF tournament happens over the course of two weekends. The quarterfinals are all played at the home court of the four higher seeds. The semifinals and finals are both hosted the following week at the home court of the top overall seed.This season, the Trojans are 10-3 at home but 6-5 on the road.“Everything is a little more advantageous when you’re at home, so that’s the goal,” Ferguson said.The last time the Trojans qualified for the NCAA tournament was in 2012. The Trojans finished the season in first place in the MPSF, swept Cal State Northridge in the first round of the tournament and then were upset by fourth-seeded UC Irvine in the semifinals. The Trojans nonetheless earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, advancing to the national championship game but falling again to UC Irvine in the final.Last year, the Trojans qualified for the MPSF tournament as the final seed but were knocked out by top-seeded BYU in the first round. In 2013, the Trojans did not qualify for the MPSF tournament.“We’d obviously like to win it every year, but to finish top four and to host that first round playoff match and to get things going, we’ve had tremendous success when we host a first round playoff match,” Ferguson said. “If we’re finishing in the top four of the most competitive athletic conference in all of college sports, then we’re feeling like we’re on the right track.”The Trojans currently sit behind No. 1 Hawai’i (23-3, 18-2), No. 4 UC Irvine (24-4, 18-3) and No. 2 Pepperdine (22-4, 17-4) in the MPSF standings. Just trailing the Trojans are fifth place and No. 6-ranked BYU (15-9, 12-8). No. 9 UC Santa Barbara (15-9, 11-9), currently in sixth place, could also hypothetically jump the Trojans for fourth place. USC will need to win both remaining matches to guarantee the fourth place spot.USC has split with all five of the other MPSF teams in the top six spots of the conference standings.Last week, the Trojans had a relatively relaxed schedule, with only one non-conference match. The Trojans took down Concordia in four sets (25-22, 23-25, 25-21, 26-24) using a roster primarily of backups.Junior outside hitter Alex Slaught led the team with 19 kills, with senior opposite Cristian Rivera and freshman outside hitter Jack Wyett adding 15 kills each. Redshirt sophomore Michael Mullahey got the start at setter and recorded 54 assists. Redshirt freshman libero Riley Mallon pitched in 10 digs.Usual starters like senior setter Micah Christenson, senior middle blocker Robert Feathers, junior libero Brooks Varni and sophomore middle blocker Andy Benesh had the night off. Ferguson also said that the team had a couple days off during that week of practice.The Trojans began the season on a seven-game winning streak, climbing as high as No. 2 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association national poll, but faced much more difficulty through the latter half of conference play. Nonetheless, the Trojans have proven that they can compete against the top teams in the country with three victories over top five teams, including a win over                               top-ranked Hawai’i.The Trojans visit Cal Baptist today at 7 p.m., then host the Lancers at the same time on Saturday.last_img read more

Fast reacton: 3 quick takeaways from No. 3 Syracuse’s 11-10 overtime loss to No. 8 Johns Hopkins

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 3 Syracuse (5-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) suffered its first loss of the season, an 11-10 overtime defeat at the hands of No. 8 Johns Hopkins (4-2) on Saturday afternoon at Homewood Field in Baltimore.After owning a four-goal lead to start the game, the Blue Jays came storming back to tie the game at seven with 23 seconds left in the third quarter.A highlight-reel Nick Mariano goal and a smooth finish from Sergio Salcido, helped SU get its lead back. But John Crawley brought the Blue Jays within one with just over two minutes to play. Then JHU won the next faceoff, which led to the game-tying goal, and the only faceoff in overtime, which led to the game-winning goal.Here are three quick takeaways from the game.X marks the spotAdvertisementThis is placeholder textBen Williams was on his way to proving why he’s considered among the best faceoff specialists in the country. But despite winning 11 of the game’s first 17, he only won two of the final seven. That cost the Orange as Williams’ third violation of the second half resulted in a penalty and Johns Hopkins tied the game on the ensuing possession with 38 seconds left.At the start of overtime, with the game hanging in the balance, Williams squared off against Hopkins’ Hunter Moreland, who cleanly won the faceoff and forced Williams off the field. The Blue Jays cycled the ball on offense for nearly three minutes before Wilkins Dismuke scored the game-winner.The game ended and SU’s offense never even established a legitimate possession in the final two minutes of regulation and nearly three minutes of overtime. And that comes back to Williams’ late struggles at the X.Messy AttackIn the slick conditions, the two teams combined for 28 turnovers, squandering several possessions that never developed. In the first half alone, Syracuse had nine turnovers, one more than it did in an entire game against St. John’s last week. Each starting attack, Dylan Donahue, Jordan Evans and Tim Barber, had two turnovers in the first half. Balls bounced underneath players’ sticks and dribbled out of bounds eliminating chances to sustain strong ball movement to open up shots.Syracuse was charged one of its two second-half timeouts for coming out of the locker room late. Then its first offensive possession ended when a pass flew over Barber’s head. Throughout the season, head coach John Desko has stressed that limiting SU’s turnovers on offense will lead to more success. It hindered the Orange on Saturday.As Hopkins tied the game with its seventh and eighth goals, the Blue Jays’ Patrick Fraser scored back-to-back goals on extra-man opportunities, another example of sloppy play costing SU.Three’s companyFor the third straight game, Mariano recorded a hat trick. He lifted Syracuse’s offense in the first half with two goals on two savvy dodges. In the first quarter, Mariano curled around from behind the crease, cradled with the stick in his left hand and got his arms free. To create a bigger angle to shoot at, Mariano extended his arms and whipped a sidearm shot into the back of the net past Hopkins goalie Brock Turnbaugh.In the second quarter, Mariano took on midfielder Joe Carlini with a left-alley dodge. He used his 6-foot, 182-pound body to back Carlini down and then took another lefty shot. The natural lefty and attack canned the shot again by taking advantage against a short stick.With 13 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Mariano came from behind the cage and didn’t turn around to shoot. While facing the opposite direction, he took a backhanded shovel shot and pinned it into the top right corner as he scored the best goal of the day.Until 6:01 left in the fourth quarter, he was Syracuse’s only player with multiple goals. Comments Published on March 19, 2016 at 6:31 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more

Basketball With Signature of B&H Basketball Players on Auction

first_imgUSAID B&H, in cooperation with the sales site Pik.ba, organized a humanitarian auction whose funds will be directed to the ‘Fund for Education of Children from Socially Vulnerable Categories’ and for which former and current B&H basketball players held a humanitarian match on 31 August in Skenderija.A basketball with signatures of all players was offered at the auction, as well as the signatures of B&H basketball players from 1993.The auction will last for two weeks, and all visitors to Pik.ba will have to chance to become an owner of the signed basketball, and would thereby ensure a quality education for socially vulnerable youth, announced portal Pik.ba.(Source: Fena)last_img

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to join the best Football Club in the World?

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic, the famous Swedish striker, will leave Manchester United, but he could stay in Europe, although it is speculated that he will wear the LA Galaxy jersey.These days, Spanish and British media have announced a sensation. Allegedly, his manager Mino Raiola offered him to Real Madrid.It is stated in the media that the Swedish would ask a salary in the amount of 10 million Euros per season from Real, and in the case of transfer, Real would bot pay anything for him and he would arrive to the Santiago Bernabeu for free.Raiola made a plan of using Ibrahimovic as a substitution for Moratta in Real, who is likely to continue his career at Manchester United.(Source: faktor)last_img