Early preparation, desire to win form part of Pride’s success

first_img(CMC) – EARLY preparation, a desire to win and above all else, fitness, president of Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) Conde Riley says are responsible for the success of champions-in-waiting Barbados Pride in the Regional four-day competition.In fact, Riley referred to the squad as the region’s “fittest team”, and said the men had put in the necessary work.Although the championship has been suspended with two more rounds left, due to the Coronavirus pandemic that has affected the region, Pride ended the eighth round on 134.8 points, giving them an unassailable lead.“Once we are fully fit and we have all our players available, we would be a hard unit to overcome. But I think the key was fitness. It’s a supremely fit team,” Riley said on the Mason & Guest radio show here.“For the last two years we have been the fittest team in the Caribbean. The guys pay a lot of attention to that and they prepared very well.”The BCA boss said the squad had been practising from day one of their contract and with the assistance of the coaching staff, had made sure they were ready to defeat five-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars in the 10-round West Indies Championship.“We worked hard and they wanted to win. Having won all the junior competitions in the region over the last two years, they felt that this was the time to do it,” Riley said.Pride won six of their eight matches. They are 40.2 points ahead of Trinidad and Tobago Red Force who are on 94.6 points.Jaguars and Jamaica Scorpions share third place on 91.8 points, followed by Leeward Islands Hurricanes on 78 points, and Windward Islands Volcanoes at the bottom of the six-team standings with 52.5 points.Two rounds are left to be played in the championship when it resumes and teams can collect a maximum of 48 points.last_img read more

Cross country striving for 7 straight in Purdue

first_imgAs temperatures decrease, the Badgers men’s cross country team is peaking at the right time. Coming off a record-setting 10th consecutive Big Ten Championship — the first under new head coach Mick Byrne — the team is making strides.This weekend they travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to run in the Great Lakes Regional Championships, a meet hosted at Purdue University, a place where the Badgers have won six consecutive times. To advance to the national championship, the Badgers need to finish within the top two to automatically qualify.The Badgers have numerous runners anxious to repeat their winning tradition. This past week, Byrne earned the title of Big Ten coach of the year, while sophomores Landon Peacock, Jack Bolas and senior Christian Wagner all garnered first team All-Big Ten honors. Stu Egan and Craig Miller each earned second team all-Big Ten.Peacock will undoubtedly use the momentum from the Big Ten championship to propel him in this weekend’s regional.“Coming in second at Big Ten is definitely a confidence booster,” Peacock said. “That was probably my best collegiate race so far, so when you have a race like that, you know you’re doing something right.”The depth of this team is exemplified by its last race. A model of consistency all year, senior Matt Withrow struggled at the Big Ten Championship. Filling the void was Peacock, who ran his best race of the year at 24:35, finishing second in the entire tournament.“Stuart Egan and Matt Withrow didn’t have their best days.” Byrne said. “You know the sign of a good team is when two of your top guys are off their top game, and the other guys picked up the slack.”Peacock and Wagner certainly proved they were big time performers.“They were there in the supporting role, but as it turned out, they stepped into the leading role,” Byrne said. “We need solid races from Stuart and Matt [to compete this weekend].”Not only will contributions from the entire team be essential for improving their streak of six consecutive victories, but timing will also play a vital role at the Great Lakes Regional, as only nine seconds separated Peacock from the first place finisher at the Big Ten Championships.“At the Big Ten race, I kind of put on my move a little bit too early, and [for this race] maybe I’ll hold back a little bit longer,” he said.“The overall objective for this tournament is just to go in and get one of those two spots,” Byrne said.The difference between this tournament and the rest of the regular season for the Badgers is that the Great Lakes Regional acts as a stepping stone to the NCAA Championships.“[The goal for this weekends tournament] is just to qualify and move on,” Peacock said. “The goal is just to go out and get our job done. I don’t want to put everything out there on the line because not much more than a week later, we have the national race and that’s the race that really matters.”Looming on the horizon is the NCAA Championships, a plateau the Badgers have had their eyes on for the entire season.“It’s the National Championship,” Byrne said. “We’ve got to go in there healthy; we need to go in there with our big guys firing on all cylinders, and if we do that, we’ll be going in there with five or six kids competing for that national trophy.”last_img read more

USC’s core returns for another title shot

first_imgIn sports, teams are not always afforded a second chance to win a championship. But for the 2010 USC women’s water polo players, a second chance is in the works.Team leader · Senior two-meter Kami Craig is part of a returning group of players who hope to improve upon last season’s NCAA final loss. – Katelynn Whitaker | Daily Trojan That is because the Women of Troy, although they finished with a near perfect 26-2 record and a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) title in 2009, fell to crosstown rival UCLA 5-4 in the finals of the NCAA Tournament one year ago. After two consecutive seasons losing in the NCAA finals, the Women of Troy are out to capture that elusive championship in 2010. But despite the fact that the losses have left bitter tastes in their mouths, they remain optimistic.“You learn from every season,” redshirt senior two-meter Kami Craig said. “You’ve been in finals, and you just learn from those experiences. It definitely gives you some extra motivation throughout the season. We’re just excited to come back stronger this year.”And looking at the preseason outlook, the Women of Troy have a good shot at coming back stronger and earning that elusive national championship. According to the latest national poll, the Women of Troy are ranked second overall, just behind Stanford, who they finished 3-0 against last season.What inspires so much confidence in these Women of Troy is a solid returning core of players in addition to a young, talented group of freshmen.Craig, the 2009 recipient of the MPSF player of the year award, leads a offensive unit that accounted for most of the team’s scoring output last year. The Women of Troy return five out of their six top goal scorers, including Craig and junior driver Joelle Bekhazi.“We have a lot of great players coming back, including Kami,” returning All-American senior goalie Tumua Anae said. “She is obviously a big offensive threat. And we have our two defenders coming back. I think we have good balance this year. Everyone is just hungry and ready to go.”Anae, along with Craig, leads a group of four returning All-Americans, who will look to rely on their past experience together to help them reach their ever-elusive goal — an NCAA title.“Experience should help,” Craig further noted. “The longer you can get girls playing and everyone caught up to speed helps. Our freshmen are coming in competing with us, competing with the older girls. You know it’s just experience and practicing like you’re competing in a game. That really brings out the overall experience.”Anae is a good player in her own right, as the 2009 All-American finished with 123 saves and 4.9 goals against per game last year — some of the best totals in the nation.Anae’s mental fortitude and leadership should be even more crucial for the Women of Troy this season.“Last year we learned how to win,” Anae said. “A lot of people in my grade had never won the tournament or the MPSF. I think the experience of winning and knowing how to do well in those big games will serve us well. We just need to execute.”USC will get its first test today as it takes a quick trip south to face Long Beach State in the season opener.A strong start will go a long way toward helping the Women of Troy reach their goal of an NCAA championship.“We all want it more than ever,” Craig said. “It’s our last opportunity to win a ring and we’re just going for it this season. We want to dominate.”last_img read more

Oscar De La Hoya blasts IBF after Canelo Alvarez stripped of belt

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearHowever, Golden Boy Promotions CEO De La Hoya has reacted angrily to the news, insisting Derevyanchenko’s camp “never had any intention” of securing a bout with Alvarez.In a statement sent to media outlets, De La Hoya said: “We are extremely disappointed at the IBF for forcing the world’s best fighter to relinquish his world title.”We have been in serious negotiations with Sergiy Derevyanchenko’s promoter. We offered his team an unprecedented amount of money for a fighter of his limited stature and limited popularity, but the truth is that I’m now certain they never had any intention of making a deal. But instead they wanted to force us to relinquish Canelo’s belt. Oscar De La Hoya has launched a furious tirade against the IBF and announced he is considering legal action after the organization stripped Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of his 160-pound title.Alvarez lost his IBF belt on Thursday after his promoters failed to agree on a deal for a fight against mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko. “This is an insult to boxing and more importantly an insult to the boxing fans of the world.”This decision validates already existing concerns about the credibility of the IBF championship. Canelo inherited a mandatory challenger by defeating Daniel Jacobs, the man who beat Derevyanchenko, so to strip him of his title without giving him enough time to make the best fight possible is truly what is wrong with boxing, and I plan to aggressively consider all legal actions possible.”Derevyanchenko is now expected to face Alvarez’s rival Gennady Golovkin for the newly vacant IBF belt.last_img read more

Cam Newton difference ‘like night and day’ with new throwing motion

first_imgA post shared by Cam Newton (@cameron1newton) on Aug 7, 2019 at 9:18am PDTIn the second half of last season, Newton was obviously unable to push the football downfield. Secondaries pushed closer to the line of scrimmage and Carolina was forced to insert backup Kyle Allen on plays that required a desperation heave into the end zone.According to Stats Perform data, Newton finished 20th in the NFL with only 22 big play passes that went for 25 yards or more.That shouldn’t be the case as the team has made it a point to post one Newton deep ball after another on social media throughout camp.Curtis Samuel doing Curtis Samuel things 🙌 pic.twitter.com/qlnu8X7w6Y— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) August 13, 2019Quarterbacks coach Scott Turner has described Newton’s new motion as more compact, closed off and efficient. What that means for how Newton approaches the game is still unclear.Speaking to NBC Sports last month, Newton wouldn’t say if he’s lost a chunk of velocity, but he doesn’t think that really matters entering his ninth season. “To see him come back like he’s doing, I expect big things from him.” Bills running back Christian Wade hopes to hinge hype to roster spot While Newton will not make his preseason debut Friday against the Bills as many had expected, according to a report from The Athletic, the 2015 NFL MVP has been sharp through training camp.“It’s like night and day,” Bills defensive back Captain Munnerlyn (and member of the Panthers in 2018) told reporters this week after a joint practice (via The Charlotte Observer). “[Newton’s] arm looks a whole lot better now. Man, to see him come back from that injury, I know it’s been tough on him. Related News Philip Rivers: Tom Brady, other elite QBs can’t be judged solely by Super Bowl winscenter_img It feels like ages since Cam Newton last took a snap with defenders scratching and crawling to get to him in the pocket.Since being shut down for the season last December, Newton has undergone a second surgery on his throwing shoulder and re-invented his throwing motion to cope. His first tosses and minicamp in June gained a live broadcast by the Panthers on Facebook that’s been watched more the 160,000 times. View this post on Instagram “When you get old, you have to change certain things,” he said. “It kind of keeps you young. I actually look forward to it. I embrace this whole process because it’s made me feel like a rookie again. Learning certain things, learning new mechanics, focusing on the little nuances of playing a quarterback position and trying to master it. So at this point in my career, it’s not about velocity. It’s not about throwing a ball 70 yards. It’s about efficient football that’s gonna win football games.”That’s a mature approach from Newton, regardless of whether or not he was forced into it. Now we wait to see if there’s a payoff.last_img read more

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Hinson wins with 78% of GOP Primary vote

first_imgMARION — State Representative Ashley Hinson of Marion easily won the GOP Primary in Iowa’s first congressional district, which includes Worth and Mitchell counties in our immediate listening area. She defeated fellow Republican Thomas Hansen with 78 percent of the vote.“It’s been a trying several months for all of us as we’ve been making our way through the COVID-19 pandemic and the chaos and dysfunction in Washington, D.C. hasn’t helped,” Hinson said in an online news conference Tuesday evening, “and and I think and voters are very clearly asking for change.”Hinson said one of the lessons from the pandemic is that the U.S. needs to protect its own.“China is a bad actor, as we’ve seen. There’s been some challenges there in dealing with this pandemic, not to mention the trade challenges we face with China,” Hinson said, “so I look forward to making sure we’re focusing on America First policies and, most importantly, Iowa First policies.”Hinson, a former television anchor and reporter, has been a member of the Iowa House since 2017. She’s challenging incumbent Abby Finkenauer of Dubuque, a Democrat who’s serving her first-term in the U.S. House. In a written statement, Finkenauer praised Iowans for record voter turnout under very difficult circumstances and she pledged to work to ensure Iowa is a place where everyone can earn a good living and live a good life.In Iowa’s third congressional district, there’s a rematch. First-term congresswoman Cindy Axne of West Des Moines, a Democrat, will face former Republican Congressman David Young of Van Meter this fall.last_img read more

One goal enough as Uganda Cranes tops Group E

first_imgCELEBRATIONS: Oloya (left) joins goal scorer Miya. PHOTOS KCCAUGGroup EUganda 1 Congo Brazzaville 0SundayEgypt v Ghana 7pmWhile many thought they should have scored more goals, Cranes captain Geoffrey Massa insists they did very well with the one shot past Congo Brazzaville.“Like I said before the match, all we need is a win. With the one goal we got, we got the win we needed and I am very satisfied,” Massa told the press, who wanted him to explain the many chances fluffed in the 2018 World Cup qualifier at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.Uganda’s goal came early in the game, with a rampant Farouk Miya striking after a good combination with Luwagga Kizito in the 16th minute.Belgium-based Miya beat Wolfrigon Ngobo from inside the box  after passing unlocked the Congo defence.They did get some good chances after this, but the strikers, Massa especially, failed to find the net when it looked easier to score.Coach Milutin Micho Sredojevic weighed in by insisting Cranes results actually speak for themselves, saying Congo Brazzaville are not walkovers and should be respected. “Our aim was to create at least five chances, which we did. We knew we would miss some of them,” Micho said. He said thorough preparation was key to the current Cranes winning run, and said the team was still growing into the World Cup qualification matches.To those criticizing his team despite the win, Micho said, “you have a right not to like us, but please respect us.”He however lamented the poor turn up of fans. “I am not happy to see about 10,000 fans in the stadium to support a team that has qualified for the African Cup of Nations for the first time in a long time,” he said.The result put Cranes top of Group E.Standings  P W D L F A PtsUganda         2   1    1  0 1 0  4Egypt              1   1    0  0 2 1  3Ghana           1   0   1   0 0 0  1Congo             2   0   0  2 0 1   0LIVE FEED#MujjeTulumbe TweetsShare on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Farah shock winner of BBC award

first_img“It is pretty amazing and hard to think about,” Farah, who was not present at the awards ceremony in Liverpool, told those in attendance via video link.“I didn’t imagine I was ever going to win this but anything can happen. If you work hard you can achieve your dreams.“I just cannot believe I have won.”Roger Federer was voted BBC overseas sports personality of the year for a record fourth time earlier in the week after an astonishing season during which he picked up two more Grand Slam titles.Share on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | Britain’s four-time Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah was named BBC sports personality of the year for the first time on Sunday, edging out motorcycling champion Jonathan Rea to the award.Farah, 34, successfully defended his 10,000-metre title at the World Championships in August, although he missed out on another distance double after taking silver in the 5,000m.He retired from the track later that same month to focus on road racing and has said he could run the marathon at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.Farah earned 83,524 votes — 2,957 more than Northern Irishman Rea, who became the first rider to win three consecutive World Superbike titles, while double Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock came third.Heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua, the bookies’ favourite to land the prize, finished fourth in a year that saw the 28-year-old defeat Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko in an epic world title fight.last_img read more

PNG men’s basketball rearing to go

first_imgThe crowd is building slowly with American Samoa supporters out with their flags.It’s expected to be a close match with PNG ranked seventh while American Samoa never made the top eight at the last Games.PNG so far has lost to New Caledonia 74-77 last night.In previous results today, Guam defeated Samoa 79-72 while Solomon Islands lost to Tahiti 76-35.last_img