Rebels get stomped by Alabama in series finale

first_imgOXFORD – Mike Bianco grinned, then answered the question in a deeply sarcastic tone.“Yes,” he said after his team swept Alabama in Saturday’s doubleheader. “This is it. We turned a corner.”Ole Miss’ coach has been asked the question dozens of times this season – after winning two in a row against Vanderbilt, after taking a series from Florida: Have you finally turned a corner? Bianco knows his team better than to really say yes.Sunday proved why. The Rebels (23-22, 10-11 SEC) came out flat, getting stomped 13-4 in the series finale against Alabama (23-20, 8-13) at Swayze Field as the season-long struggle to find consistency – and a steady game three starter – continues.Bianco said he’ll look into other options to start next Sunday’s game at Missouri after freshman Will Stokes was yanked just two outs into the first inning.“He just never got out of the gates,” Bianco said. “He just wasn’t ready to go. It’s unfortunate.”The right hander hit the first batter he faced, allowed the next to single and the third to double to bring home the game’s first run with no outs in the inning.Stokes got Alabama’s Cody Henry to ground into the first out, but his dribbler plated another run. Crimson Tide right fielder Casey Hughston broke open the inning two pitches later, blasting a two-run home run to deep right field.“To every team, that (first inning) would deflate you,” said Jacob Waguespack, who relieved Stokes in the first. “We just have to be better.”Waguespack settled things down for a while, working a scoreless second and third before allowing a run in the fourth. He gave up four hits in three innings of relief.The Rebels also clawed back briefly offensively.Austin Knight brought Ole Miss within two of Alabama’s lead in the second with a two-run homer. The senior catcher hit his first career home run in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.Knight paced the Rebels offensively, going 3-for-3.“He looks terrific,” Bianco said. “We’re starting to swing it better throughout the lineup, certainly Austin is one of those guys.”After Alabama scored on a sacrifice fly in the fourth, J.B. Woodman got the Rebels back within two after lifting a solo shot to right field.But the Crimson Tide buried the Rebels behind a six-run, six-hit seventh inning to stretch their lead from 6-3 to 12-3.“We ran out of juice on the mound,” Bianco said.Contact Riley Blevins at Follow @Riley_Blevins on Twitter.last_img read more

Families of missing Panama-registered cargo ship make appeal to PCG

first_imgSIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP The families of the 36 Filipino seafarers onboard a missing Panama-registered cargo ship have sought the help of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in searching for their loved ones.DEEP SEA RESCUE — The Japanese Coast Guard rescues a Filipino crewman off Amami Oshima Island, about 120 km northwest of the sea, after a cargo ship reportedly with 43 people on board sank in the East China Sea during a typhoon. (AFP / 10th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Wednesday said the families asked him to engage the local coast guard and ask them to go to Japan and assist in the search and rescue operations.READ MORE: 38 Filipino crew missing as cargo ship sinks in Japan; Pinoy sailor rescuedThe labor chief has been in regular communication with the next of kin of the missing seafarers since the unfortunate incident. Bello said he relayed the appeal of the families to PCG Commandant Admiral George Ursabia, but was told that it would be logistically difficult. “I had a long discussion with Admiral Ursabia regarding the possibility of sending our coast guard to help in the rescue, he was candid about it, logistically, it will be difficult. Also, we are not familiar with the environment and the conditions there,” he said in an online forum. “With that, we agreed that whatever information they got from the Japanese Coast Guard he will relate to me which in turn I will relate to the family of the seafarers,” added Bello. According to the labor chief, so far there are no positive developments. Gulf Livestock, which sank off the coast of Japan earlier this month, was carrying cattles and 43 crew members, including 39 Filipino nationals. Three Filipino crewmen were later found, one dead and two survivors. The remains of the lone deceased Filipino crewman is set to arrive in the country Thursday (Sept 17). As for the two survivors, they are set to arrive in the country Saturday.READ MORE: Remains of Pinoy seaman due to arrive last_img read more

Hedges: Parish teams face challenges in second-round games

first_imgThe Parkway Panthers, Benton Tigers and Plain Dealing Lions advanced to the second round of the LHSAA state high school football playoffs last week.All three will be on the road Friday in the second round.The Airline Vikings and Haughton Bucs saw their seasons come to an end.Parkway, the No. 4 seed in Class 5A, routed No. 29 Captain Shreve 60-21 at Preston Crownover Stadium.The Panthers (10-1) travel to Baton Rouge Friday to face No. 20 Central (7-4), which defeated No. 13 Live Oak 17-0.Benton, the No. 10 seed in Class 4A, rolled past No. 23 Ellender 63-28 at Tiger Stadium.The Tigers (9-2) visit No. 7 Rayne (10-1) Friday. Rayne knocked off No. 26 Lakeshore 49-18.Plain Dealing, the No. 13 seed in Class 1A, crushed No. 20 South Cameron 44-14 in Plain Dealing. The Lions (5-6) visit No. 4 Oberlin (9-2), a 43-0 winner over No. 29 North Central.In Class 5A, No. 21 Airline dropped a 45-35 decision to No. 12 Sulphur in Sulphur, and No. 24 Haughton fell to No. 9 John Ehret 48-27 in New Orleans.The Parkway-Shreve game went about like the teams’ first district meeting.The Gators scored first, but the Panthers dominated after that with 53 straight points.Parkway quarterback Justin Rogers, receiver Terrace Marshall Jr., running back E.J. Williams and running back/receiver Robert McKnight performed as they have all season and were simply too much for the Gators.The defense consistently gave the offense good field position. Malcolm Banks set up one TD with an interception return.Parkway will be facing a Central team that finished tied for fourth in District 4-5A.Central shut out Live Oak, a 4-5A rival, one week after losing to the Eagles 41-2.Xavier Lewis rushed for 214 yards on 17 carries, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate. Freshman quarterback Sam Kenerson rushed for 85 yards.I wouldn’t be surprised if Central gets off to a good start like Shreve did. But I expect the Panthers to be at home Thanksgiving week for the quarterfinals facing No. 5 Landry-Walker, which plays Sulphur in the second round.Benton jumped out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead against Ellender and led 35-6 at the half. Quarterback Garrett Hable, running back Jermaine Newton, and receivers John Westmoreland and Doyle Adams Jr. all had big games.The defense did a good job of containing Ellender’s talented Daveontavean Martin, a Tulane commitment who alternated between quarterback and receiver, although he made a few big plays.The Tigers are playing a Rayne team that shared the District 3-4A title with Leesville with a 4-1 mark.The Wolves’ only loss was to LaGrange 15-14 in their district opener in Week 6. LaGrange lost to North DeSoto 35-29 in the first round.Rayne runs a Wing-T offense. The Tigers got some experience against the Wing-T in a victory over Bossier in Week 10.Rayne played some close games early in the season, winning three games by seven or fewer points. The Wolves have scored at least 48 points in the last four games against relatively weak opponents.According to, Rayne had almost 500 total yards against Lakeshore.Trent Winbush led Wolves with 124 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns. Darien Harmon rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns.It won’t be easy, but I expect Benton to pull off the upset. The Tigers should be able to put some points on the board.It may take a little while for the defense to get a handle on Rayne’s offense. If the Wolves can put together long drives and keep the Benton offense off the field, it could be close at the end.Plain Dealing looked sharp on both sides of the ball against South Cameron. Keldrick Carper scored two rushing TDs and caught a touchdown pass.Derreon Washington scored on offense and defense. The Tigers may not have Washington Friday, though. In a scary moment late in the game, he was knocked unconscious on a South Cameron two-point conversion attempt, suffering a possible concussion and stinger, according to coach James Thurman.Friday’s second-round game is a rematch of last year’s first-round game won by Oberlin 32-18.Like South Cameron, Oberlin is a member of District 4-1A. The Tigers won the district with a 7-0 mark, defeating South Cameron 52-21 in the process.Thurman said the game was close at the half. He believes the Lions have a chance at the upset if they can force some turnovers like they did against South Cameron.Airline looked well on its way to advancing against Sulphur, leading 28-10 early in the third quarter. But the Tors, led by running back J’Cobi Skinner (259 yards), scored five straight touchdowns to rally for the victory.The Vikings finished 6-5 but were in every game except one, a 45-7 loss to 1-5A champ Evangel. Evangel defeated every other 1-5A team just as bad.“Just pleased with the growth of our program,” Airline coach Bo Meeks said. “Obviously, not pleased with the final record, but as far as the way we played and gave ourselves chances, I thought it was a successful season.“Really proud of our seniors. We didn’t have a lot of guys coming back in many spots and they stepped up and provided really good leadership for us. Also, I thought our coaching staff did a good job of preparing, especially with so many guys in new roles, getting them ready to play.”With players like quarterback Brad Fream, receiver Coby McGee, running back Cameron “JoJo” Davis and linebacker Zylon Newson expected back next season, the future looks bright.Haughton fell behind early against John Ehret and trailed 34-6 early in the third quarter. The Bucs bounced back with a couple of a third-quarter touchdowns but it wasn’t enough against a very good team.Junior quarterback Cameron Townsend passed for 155 yards, including a 47-yard TD to Josh Lister.The Bucs finished 5-6 in Jason Brotherton’s first season as head coach.Haughton played a couple of its best games in the first half of the season, handing District 1-4A champion Woodlawn its only loss of the season, 40-6, and falling to 1-4A runner-up Minden 23-20 after leading in the fourth quarter. The Crimson Tide has lost only one game.The Bucs either led or were tied with District 1-5A foes Byrd, Airline and Parkway at the half but faltered in the final two quarters in each game.Russell Hedges is Sports Editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune. He may be reached at rhedges@bossierpress.comTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? 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High school boys basketball: Bossier, Airline, Haughton start season with victories

first_imgThe Bossier Bearkats, Airline Vikings and Haughton Buccaneers all won. Lang scored all 17 of his points in the final two quarters. Parker scored 18 in the second half, including 12 in the fourth quarter. Airline pulled away in the second half for a 66-46 victory over Northwood at Northwood. Haughton gave new head coach Terry Josting his first win. The Bucs routed Magnolia School of Excellence 81-58 at Haughton. At Northwood, the Vikings led 30-26 at the half and 48-41 at the end of the third quarter. Airline dominated the fourth, outscoring the Falcons 20-5. Ken Lang added 17 and Malachi Burks 16. At Southwood, Cody Deen pumped in 21 points to lead Bossier. Tim King added 17. Otis Smith scored 11 and Dante Bell nine. Bossier led 31-30 at the half and 49-45 after three quarters. The Bearkats outscored the Cowboys 20-13 in the final quarter. Bossier, which won the District 1-4A title last season, defeated defending District 1-5A champion Southwood 69-58 at Southwood. Haughton led 29-17 at the half and then kicked its offense into high gear in the second, outscoring Magnolia 52-29.center_img At Haughton, Ken’trell Parker, coming off a solid 2018-19 season, scored 29 points to lead the Bucs. Despite losing two key players, Jacoby Decker and Kaalas Roots, off last season’s Class 4A runner-up team, the Bearkats appear ready to make another big run this season. About the only negative for Haughton was at the free-throw line. The Bucs made just 21 of 44. Brayden Thompson and Kendrick Crawford led nine Airline players who scored with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Bossier Parish teams got off to a good start as the 2019-20 boys basketball season opened Tuesday night. Major Wiese and Wineglass both hit 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Wineglass and McConathy had two each in the game. Last season, balanced scoring was a hallmark of a Vikings team that won 19 games. It looks like it could be the same this season. Kaleb Martin, Amir Wineglass and Kyle McConathy all scored eight. NOTE: Game statistics provided by coaches.Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Chelsea linked with keepers amid speculation over Kepa’s future

first_imgA look at stories in Sunday’s newspapers involving Chelsea…Chelsea continue to be linked with goalkeepers amid speculation over the future of Kepa Arrizabalaga.Blues boss Frank Lampard recently dropped Kepa, prompting reports that the Spaniard could leave at the end of the season.AdChoices广告Several keepers have recently been touted as a possible replacement for him, including Burnley’s England international Nick Pope.Now the Daily Star Sunday claim Chelsea are targeting a move for Dean Henderson, who has impressed at Sheffield United while on loan from Manchester United.Reports have suggested that Kepa could move on this summerThe Sunday Express, on the other hand, say Chelsea could move for Marc-Andre Ter Stegen if the German decides to leave Barcelona this summer.Meanwhile, Tammy Abraham has turned down Chelsea’s latest offer of a new contract, according to the Sunday Mirror.Abraham is said to be looking for wages on a par with the top earners at Stamford Bridge.Scottish connection?The Mail on Sunday reports that Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour is set for a call-up to the senior Scotland squad for the Euro 2020 qualifier against Israel.It comes after Gilmour earned rave reviews for a fabulous performance in this week’s FA Cup victory over Liverpool.And The Sun on Sunday say Chelsea are looking into buying a club in Scotland in order to get around a Fifa ruling on stockpiling young players.The newspaper say Chelsea “have already looked deeply into one particular club” and that Blues owner Roman Abramovich “has plenty of allies who would take on a Scottish club for him” given that there are rules against owners taking stakes in clubs in more than one country.The reported plan would potentially enable Chelsea to comply with the Fifa ruling because, instead of sending youngsters out on loan, they could instead join the acquired Scottish side on permanent deals with buy-back agreements in place should they develop into top-level players.[scriptless] Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

FIL Lacrosse world championship – gear/uniforms

first_img Share on other sites Members Share on other sites Totally not uniform related but I had a class at Penn State with Drew Adams, the starting goalie. Pretty cool. Share on other sites 0 Sign in to follow this   lacrosse Sports Logo News Share this post Location:Smack dab in the DMV Posted July 13, 2014 Followers 0 2,136 posts Posted July 11, 2014 link to view iroqouis nationals gear here – looks like nike used zero creativity, giving the iroquois the exact same jersey as usa in different colorsi do like the addition of the hiawatha wampum patternthe “sublimated” logo on the back of the cleats is really sweet, too… Share this post 15 FIL Lacrosse world championship – gear/uniforms 0 Posted July 13, 2014 Posted July 12, 2014 Posted July 12, 2014 15 15 0 Share on other sites SportsLogos.Net 0 5,026 Members Share on other sites MJWalker45 2 Posted July 11, 2014 colinturner95 I think this tournament illustrates a major issue in lacrosse uniforms. Think about it. In football, Nike works outside the lines for team uniforms (Ducks Alamo Bowl, Mizzou Alt, Seahawks). Lacrosse uniforms consist of coloring the stitching of the uniform and that’s it. The US and Iroquois teams wear mostly the same uniform in different colors. Same goes in college lacrosse. There isn’t anything outside the lines. End of my rant. as you all were. Well, there are lacrosse uniforms that go outside the lines. They’re usually Warrior’s when they aren’t nuking their PR department through social media, and they’re usually god awful.Like wizkid, one of my high school teammates is on Netherlands (Ryan Phillips if you wanna look him up) and they’ve more or less got the same uniforms as 2010, which isn’t a bad thing. The roads kinda look like Princeton’s 2006-08 set, while the homes utilize a bit of blue. Members Link to post 22,252 posts Link to post Location:Smack dab in the DMV Agree on the USA helmet. There’s no grey anywhere else so it looks out of place. I think if Nike made a sleeved version of that jersey they’d be a good look for any team. I wonder if they will have both options available during the tournament. Members Share this post leggman01 3,326 kewp80 Members Members Link to post Favourite Logos:Old-school: Montreal CanadiensNew-school: Minnesota Wild Location:Levittown, NY Next Uhhh… yeah… that grey helmet is horrible looking. The stripes down the middle make absolutely no sense to me. The stripes on the Canada helmet though… genius. Love how it looks like ice breaking into little maple leaves. kewp80 Share this post 0 0 Share this post 2,362 2,136 posts hockeyny13 25 15 Location:Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN Share on other sites Posted July 12, 2014 Posted July 14, 2014 Link to post 15 15 2,362 My old high school teammate, Tim Mayorga (Tusculum College NCAA Div.2) is starting for Colombia. Their jersey and shorts were done by Encore Brand. Grand Pooba of Walksylvania I think this tournament illustrates a major issue in lacrosse uniforms. Think about it. In football, Nike works outside the lines for team uniforms (Ducks Alamo Bowl, Mizzou Alt, Seahawks). Lacrosse uniforms consist of coloring the stitching of the uniform and that’s it. The US and Iroquois teams wear mostly the same uniform in different colors. Same goes in college lacrosse. There isn’t anything outside the lines. End of my rant. as you all were. WizKid Link to post Link to post Members 15 France has the worst unis in the tournament. The blue horizontal stripes make them look like a cross between prison uniforms and pajamas.Argentina’s black-and-sky-blues, on the other hand, look really nice.Edit: During the Iroquois-Japan game, they pointed out that on the back of the Iroquois helmets is the seal appearing on Haudenosaunee passports – a reference to the passport issues that kept them out of the 2010 championships in the UK. Location:HSP, NC 121 leggman01 15 leggman01 2,362 leggman01 0 21 leggman01 Viper Share this post Location:San Antonio, Texas 0 Share this post Posted July 12, 2014 Share on other sites 3,326 Members Share on other sites 0 WizKid 0 All Activity 25 2 Location:HSP, NC 6,791 posts Share on other sites Share this post Link to post anyone else see germany uniforms yet? i love their matte black helmet and gold stripes on top. their jerseys aren’t bad either! 25 Sign in to follow this   Link to post Share on other sites 1 Im not a fan of the US’ grey lids. Navy or white could have been fine. Also, Team Uganda looks spot on. I’m so glad that they were able to attend! #blaxerpride 15 Posted July 14, 2014 trying to find a picture that i saw of spain…very unique uni’s edit: not the best picture, but you can see spain in the background.. 698 Location:HSP, NC 21 15 By leggman01, July 11, 2014 in Sports Logo News 785 posts 121 2x MegaBowl Champion – The Poster Formerly Known As bkknight95 Location:Boise, Idaho 1 leggman01 25 Link to post 211 5,026 TShaw528 Prev Link to post 15 15 2,136 posts Share on other sites leggman01 lacrosse gear Posted July 14, 2014 Posted July 15, 2014 Members hockeyny13 colinturner95 The FIL world championships started last night with USA vs. Canada – Great pictures of the entire uniforms in action can be found hereA little disappointed in the team USA helmet…I love the matte grey helmet, just not for USA – I do like the contrast of the matte grey and the gold chrome cage, though…the team Canada helmet on the other hand is beautiful – matte black with red metal flake decals, red chrome cage, and the mohawk stripe is greatI’m torn about the team USA uniform…not sure I love the sleeveless look, but the team USA uniform is WAY better than the team Canada uniform, which is a mess…Broncos stripes on the side/front, Adidas stripes on the shoulders and shorts, mis-matched wordmark and number fonts…uglyhere are some links (here and here) to other international teams and their gear…i particularly like team Thailand’s lookyour thoughts? Page 1 of 2   scroll through the photos in this link to see tons of teams…japan’s uniform is pretty cool, aside from the red numbers which were not very visible on tv – love the metallic decals on their helmets – not sure why they use so much blue, either, but the uniforms are very unique…no template therei absolutely love the simplicity of the new zealand look…can’t wait to see them in their dark uniforms, and their helmet is a thing of beauty….matte black with the logo below in white…the russian uniform is interesting and the czech republic helmet is very solid Share on other sites Share this post JayMac Share on other sites leggman01 2,362 785 posts Followers 0 leggman01 australia bucket…really nice and from the back on instagram – helmet on instagram – Location:HSP, NC Location:HSP, NC MJWalker45 Link to post 6,684 posts 211 All Activity Members Link to post WizKid 15 WizKid Location:Columbia, MO 3,326 Posted July 14, 2014 FKA – jmac11281 leggman01 0 leggman01 15 15 more good pics here, including the best looking game of the tournament to date…bermuda vs. ugandaedit: more pics hereAm I the only one that would have put a very excessive amount of money on Uganda on not having an national lacrosse team?I wouldn’t have expected them either 2,136 posts 64 Link to post Recommended Posts Forums Home RyanMcD29 Share on other sites Posted July 12, 2014 leggman01 Share on other sites more good pics here, including the best looking game of the tournament to date…bermuda vs. ugandaedit: more pics hereAm I the only one that would have put a very excessive amount of money on Uganda on not having an national lacrosse team? Link to post Location:HSP, NC 2,362 Members Link to post leggman01 Link to post Link to post 64 Posted July 12, 2014 Soarindude JayMac This topic is now closed to further replies. colinturner95 0 Share this post 3,236 posts 121 5,026 0 0 6,168 posts 0 211 0 Posted July 11, 2014 15 Link to post 64 15 Members 0 zztrying to find a picture that i saw of spain…very unique uni’s edit: not the best picture, but you can see spain in the background..Ok. Well, I’ll redact the rant to college teams and the US and Iroquois teams. 2,136 posts 28 Share this post 698 691 posts 469 posts Share this post 2,136 posts Members Soarindude 2,136 posts Share this post Link to post Go To Topic Listing 15 15 Sports Logo News FIL Lacrosse world championship – gear/uniforms Sports Logos leggman01 2,136 posts 15 Share this post colinturner95 FIL Lacrosse world championship – gear/uniforms 0 Share on other sites Members Location:HSP, NC 21 Share this post Share on other sites Members 0 15 Members Posted July 14, 2014 TShaw528 Share this post Location:HSP, NC Posted July 12, 2014 RyanMcD29 Members 28 Viper 698 28 more good pics here, including the best looking game of the tournament to date…bermuda vs. ugandaedit: more pics here Link to post Next 3,765 posts SportsLogos.Net Page 1 of 2   leggman01 3,765 posts Members 0 Sports Logos Members 25 Posted July 13, 2014 Share this post A Big Member 4,442 posts Favourite Logos:AZ Hotshots Prev Favourite Logos:AZ Hotshots 25 Share this post Location:Boise, Idaho Share on other sites leggman01 15 I think this tournament illustrates a major issue in lacrosse uniforms. Think about it. In football, Nike works outside the lines for team uniforms (Ducks Alamo Bowl, Mizzou Alt, Seahawks). Lacrosse uniforms consist of coloring the stitching of the uniform and that’s it. The US and Iroquois teams wear mostly the same uniform in different colors. Same goes in college lacrosse. There isn’t anything outside the lines. End of my rant. as you all were. i disagree, and present these uniforms as visual evidence 2,362 Share this post 15 Share on other sites Posted July 14, 2014 2x MegaBowl Champion – The Poster Formerly Known As bkknight95 Members best i can do for the germany uniforms…uganda vs. ireland Forums Home Share this post 15 Share on other siteslast_img read more

Black Stars lose to Bosnia in World Cup warm-up

first_imgThe Black Stars of Ghana began their preparation towards the 2010 World Cup on a disappointing note, going down 2:1 to Bosnia.Bosnia gave the Black Stars just a teaser of what to expect from Serbia, another Eastern European country in Ghana’s World Cup group, along with Germany and Australia.It was Inter Milan’s midfielder Sulley Ali Muntari, returning to the side from his controversial Nations Cup disciplinary suspension, who shot the Black Stars in front with a left footer.But the Bosnian’s responded with a well taken Ibsevic strike which eased past goalkeeper Daniel Agyei in the 39th minute.Jarnic, after 63 minutes, exploited a poor positioning lapse by the young goalkeeper to fetch what turned out to be the match winner.It was the Bosnians who dictated the pace in the opening embers of the game but created almost next to nothing. The Stars gradually warmed themselves into the game with Kwodwo Asamoah and Prince Tagoe combining well in the final third, but also failing to test the opposing goalkeeper.Two moments of sheer brilliance from Sulley Ali Muntari and Kwodwo Asamoah culminated in Ghana’s opening goal in the 21st minute.Asamoah meandered his way past three Bosnian markers, picked up Muntari on the edge of the 18 yard box, and in a typical fashion, the Inter Milan player unleashed a low thunderbolt which zoomed into the right hand corner of the post for the opener.The Stars looked more confident and exhibited some sweet passing game which left the Bosnians chasing their shadows.Asamoah picked up an injury and had to be substituted by Derek Boateng, and that took the shine away from the Stars performance as the Getafe midfielder took sometime to settle in his new role. The Bosnians quickly recovered and looked more potent with quick counter attacks, one of which caught the Ghanaian defence napping.The Zmajevi (Dragons) turned defence into attack with a long searching ball to Jarvic in the 39th minute after Eric Addo had come through with a late and ill-timed challenge. Jarvic located Ibisevic in the vital area and the striker wasted no time dispatching a low ball which eluded Agyei for the equalizer.The Bosnians ended the half the stronger side, pounding the goal area of the Stars, but Agyemang Badu and Lee Addy were resolute.Coach Rajevac introduced Asamoah Gyan and Dede Ayew for Mathew Amoah and Prince Tagoe respectively on the stroke of half time, signaling his intention for victory and that looked palpable, but Ayew, gifted with an unpardonable goalkeeping error, shot feebly to be cleared on the goal line.A 63rd minute long range shot by Jarnic was poorly anticipated by Agyei as it took an awkward bounce before entering the net for Bosnia’s second goal. The Stars from then on looked more ordinary, with much difficulty puting their passes together. But a slippery terrain appeared also to have frustrated the Stars as they kept tripping and falling at the least contact.2-1 it ended in favour of the Eastern European side, giving Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac lots of work to do if the Stars really desire to make an impression at the World Cup some 99 days away.Story by Nathan Gadugah/ read more

Vettel finds reason to smile for Ferrari

first_imgThe four-time champion, in his final season with the Italian team, led the way as the two Ferrari drivers reached Q3 for the first time in three attempts this season.Their improvement also helped erase some of the embarrassment after they had crashed into one another on the opening lap of last Sunday’s Styrian Grand Prix.He said the team’s aerodynamic upgrade package had produced a significant improvement in performance even if he was 1.3 seconds off the pace set by pole-man Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.“It’s much better than the previous weekend,” said Vettel referring to Ferrari’s embarrassing outing at the Styrian Grand Prix. “For the first time, we have both cars in Q3.“We know that Austria didn’t really suit us and we lost a lot of time in the straights and here there are a lot more corners to make up for it.“The car felt better balanced as well, so we are much closer compared to the people around us, let’s say Racing Point, Red Bull and even McLaren,” he said. “So that is positive.“We need to make sure we keep that up and now all that matters is to prepare for the race.”Leclerc said he felt the team had improved in form thanks to a reduced emphasis on straight-line performance and predicted further improvement in Sunday’s race.“It feels much better, fifth and sixth,” he said. “And I think our race pace is a bit better than our quali’ pace so hopefully we can score some good points for the team.“This track doesn’t have many straights and at the moment we are quite quick around the corners so that is what makes us a bit more competitive this weekend.”last_img read more

NCAA Season 93 Preview: EAC Generals target Final 4 berth

first_imgHead coach: Ariel SisonLast Season: 6-12 (8th)Holdovers: Sidney Onwubere, Hamadou Laminou, Francis MunsayacKey losses: Igee King, Jorem MoradaKey additions: Juju Bautista, Jerome GarciaIt’s now Final Four or bust for Emilio Aguinaldo College.ADVERTISEMENT LSU title parade draws massive crowds Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit That’s the ultimatum coach Ariel Sison gave to his Generals as they prepare for war this coming NCAA season.“To be honest, we want the Final Four now,” he said with emphasis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’One can’t blame Sison wanting to go all-in.After all, this will be Sidney Onwubere’s final season, and the husky-voiced mentor wants a proper sendoff for his star forward. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos “This is Sidney’s last playing year so we’re looking to reach that,” he said.EAC won’t be relying on Onwubere alone, as it will still have Francis Munsayac and able-bodied transferees in Juju Bautista and Jerome Garcia to aid in this year’s campaign.The bad news, though, is that Cameroonian big man Hamadou Laminou is out for the first two weeks of the season as he nurses a knee injury.However, Sison still believes this Generals crew will be a force to be reckoned with this season.“Our bench got deeper and I think that they’ll be capable of helping us to achieve what we’re aspiring for,” he said. “Every day in our practices, we remind them to give their 100-percent in training and especially in the games. And I can see that everybody is willing to step up for us to win.”ADVERTISEMENT Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation MOST READ Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks To end, Sison reaffirmed his vision for EAC this year and made it clear that there’s only one goal in mind.“We’re hoping that we’ll be in the Final Four and we want it now.” LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Pacquiao: There will be a rematch Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’last_img read more

Blood on the carpet

first_imgCarvil Duncan is Chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC) and by virtue of that office is also an ex officio member of the Police Service Commission and of the Judicial Service Commission. In his substantive position on the PSC, Mr Duncan is in charge of making appointments to public offices; removing and exercising disciplinary control over persons holding or acting in such Offices. This is a key office in the running of the Guyanese state and as such is a constitutional office that received the robust constitutional protection.Last year, in a case that is still ongoing Mr Duncan was charged with criminal fraud allegedly committed when he was a member of the Board of GPL and which he is contesting. In April of this year, reports surfaced in the press that the government wanted Mr Duncan to resign from his chairmanship of the PSC. Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo claimed, as constitutionally required, he wrote Mr Duncan to show cause why the the president should not appoint a Tribunal to consider his fitness for continuing to hold his constitutional offices. Mr Duncan claims he never received any such letter and no proof has been proffered that he did.The President went ahead and appointed a Tribunal, which included one sitting judge over whom Mr Duncan technically would have supervisory authority. Mr Duncan then made a startling revelation that back in February, before the PM claimed to have written him, President Granger, in the presence of Minister of State Joseph Harmon, made him an offer that included a financial inducement for him to resign from his Constitutional positions. According to Mr. Duncan, the president insisted three times he did not want to “have blood on his carpet”. Mr Duncan asked to be given time to consider the offer which he later refused.The British expression “blood on the carpet” means that in an employment context, one could be fired precipitately. And directly after Duncan’s revelation, which Minister Harmon denied, President Granger suspended Mr Duncan from his constitutional offices. In the meantime, Mr Duncan had appeared before the Tribunal and informed them, of the reasons why they had no jurisdiction over him. He would be proceeding to the High Court to make the definitive determination.In light of the foregoing, it would appear that the administration was determined to remove Mr Duncan from the aforementioned commissions and was prepared to go to any lengths to do so. The first contentious issue is what exactly what grounds would the Tribunal be using as the determinants of “fitness”. Mr Duncan had exhibited no “physical or mental” challenges to make him arguably unfit and the only other ground was his probity in reference of the criminal charge against him. But as his lawyer pointed out, the presumption of innocence still exists in Guyana – including its constitutional protection. The question arises as to why then would President Granger have suspended him.The PPP has claimed the PNC dominated government is making a condign example of Mr Duncan because he is from their “constituency”, yet he has chosen to align himself with the party of “the other”. While this may or may not be so, the more troubling issue is the administration is clearly prepared to circumvent the rule of law to to have its own way. At a minimum, they should have waited for the High Court to pronounce on the bona fides of the Tribunal and then for the Magistrate Court to issue its judgement on the fraud changes against Mr Duncan.The inclination to subvert the rule of law by the Executive is also seen in the directive of the Cabinet to the Board of the GHPC – an autonomous entity – to send home and not renew the contract of its CEO. State Boards should be allowed to make their own determination on matters within their mandate without Executive directives.Guyana is clearly on a slippery slope; where are the guardians of democracy?last_img read more