NCAA Tourney

first_imgDo you wonder what the deciding factor is in picking the “at large” teams for the NCAA tournament?  The conference tournament championships and league champions are automatics.  You make it as one or the other but not for both.  So how do the others get in?  The factors are: Power Ranking (wins over rated teams) Total wins plus being in a major conference Your coach’s reputation and your fan baseBeing in the top 50, no bad losses, name recognitionThe Committee bias (look good for TV ratings)You probably don’t agree with all of these, and if you ask the committee who picks the remaining teams, they will deny any of those factors that I listed that can not be quantitatively backed up.  How many times have you seen Duke or North Carolina left out of the NCAA?  Case closed.last_img read more

ISG, Sterling Products partner for EBDCA T20 tournament

first_imgSTARTING this weekend, cricket clubs in the East Bank Demerara Cricket Association (EBDCA) will showcase T20 action, as Industrial Supplies Guyana (ISG) teams up with Sterling Products to host a club tournament.During a brief press conference yesterday at ISG’s Nandy Park headquarters, the tournament was unveiledChairman of the Eccles Ramsburg NDC, Mahamad Hafeez, contended that once again, cricket returns to the area, adding, “for too long, cricket has not been played on the East Bank, as it ought to be, like I know in my days.”Natasha Ali, ISG Operations Officer contended that the company is pleased to be on board with the tournament, reminding that such activities help the youths to be involved in more constructive methods to develop life.“Sports brings everyone together,” she said, adding, “If there’s a cricket match playing, no matter the age, everyone is in tune and they are happy.”Acting president of the association, Rohan Sarjoo, expressed delight at the companies’ enthusiasm to revive cricket in that region.“We would like other businesses on the East Bank to come forward and donate and give sponsorship to this association. We are a very small association but we have members with big hearts who are willing to sit and work with sponsors.”He noted that sponsorship has been hard especially on the East Bank with several visits bearing no fruits with the exception of the two title sponsors.Technical Director of the GCB, Colin Stuart, in his remarks commended the job the association has been doing, adding, “We cannot underestimate the role of sponsorship.”“We have to look at sport as a bigger picture, as ISG was looking at it, not just helping to fund cricket for competition but the other benefits that can be realised, like team work.The tournament will target clubs from Linden in Upper Demerara to Ruimveldt and will start this Saturday with fixtures expected to be released later in the week.last_img read more

Beach volleyball’s 16-game home win streak comes to end

first_imgIn an epic home opener at Merle Norman Stadium against a pair of beach volleyball powerhouses —Pepperdine and UCLA — the Trojans fell on the wrong side of both nail-biting matches 3-2. Freshman Haley Hallgren (above) won both of her matches with her teammate freshman Sammy Slater. Sunny Dong | Daily TrojanThe clash between three of the nation’s top programs was one to remember, as the Trojans fought hard but came just short. Both matches came down to third sets in the teams’ final matchups with both teams anxiously watching their final duos play. Unfortunately for the Trojans, both matches ended in losses leading to the end of their 16-game winning streak.Against UCLA, the Trojans split the fourth and fifth courts. On the fourth court, USC seniors Jo Kremer and Jenna Belton defeated UCLA freshman Mac May and sophomore Savvy Simo 21-12 and 21-15. The fifth court saw UCLA junior Izzy Carey and freshman Megan Muret defeat USC freshman Maja Kaiser and graduate student Alexandra Poletto 21-12 and 21-12.On the second court, USC sophomore Joy Dennis and junior Brianna Sizemore dropped their match 21-11 and 21-18, while freshmen Haley Hallgren and Sammy Slater won their match 21-19 and 21-18, setting up a showdown of both team’s No. 1s to decide the dual. In the deciding match, UCLA juniors Megan and Nicole McNamara downed senior Terese Cannon and junior Abril Bustamante 21-17 and 21-18 to lock down the victory for the visiting Bruins. Against the Pepperdine Waves, the Trojans started off strong with the fifth court team of Kaiser and Poletto defeating juniors Nikki Lyons and Kaity Bailey 21-19 and 21-16. However, soon after, the Trojans were put on the ropes. On the fourth court, Pepperdine’s junior Skylar Caputo and freshman Alexis Filippone defeated Belton and Kremer 19-21, 25-23, 15-12 and the first court match saw freshman Brook Bauer and junior Madalyn Roh defeat Cannon and Bustamante 21-19 and 21-18. After the third court duo of Hallgren and Slater were able to overcome the Waves in three thrilling sets (21-14, 16-21 and 17-15) and keep USC’s hopes alive, both squads turned their attentions to court two where Dennis and Sizemore were locked in a tight battle against Pepperdine senior Corinne Quigle and sophomore Deahna Kraft. After splitting two thrilling sets (21-18, 19-21), Sizemore and Dennis eventually dropped the third 15-13 and the Waves’ celebration began.After two tough losses, head coach Anna Collier said that today can be used as a learning experience“We learned a lot,” Collier said. “If we don’t learn from this and grow, this was all for nothing. You’ll learn more from losing than you ever will from winning.”Collier also said that while the passing of the team left something to be desired in her eyes, she said she was happy with how the team adjusted to their new roles and that one or two plays could have changed the result. “We have to pass better,” she said. “I think if we can do that better, we’ll be fine. I don’t think they did anything that was that special, we just have to finish better.”Despite the losses, Collier praised the team’s tenacity and their willingness to adjust to a new year. “We’re all playing different positions because we have new, young team,” she said. “That’s difficult to do and I thought they embraced that.”The Trojans will look to bounce back in Malibu on Saturday where they will take on both Pepperdine and UCLA again in the Zuma Classic.last_img read more

Tuzla: Street Race 2014 to be Held in Tuzla on the 10th August

first_imgAMC „Bad Boys“ Živinice in partnership with the team „“ is organizing the second race on 402 meters this season to be scored for the SBIH/OP BIH and for the Cup 2014!Street Race 2014 – Championship of B&H, Styling-Tuning, DB, prize contests, auto show, bike races, great fun and lots of other events is what visitors and drivers can expect this year.The winners will receive valuable money prizes and trophies and three most lucky in classes will have the opportunity to drive in a sport plain for half an hour for free.The promo event “Street Race 2014” will be held at the Pannonian Lake in Tuzla the 10th August at 12:00 o’clock. Visitors will be able to take a look at the sports car exhibition, have fun at the beach and of course take all the information they need as well there. Those who will be most lucky will receive symbolic prizes of the partners of this year’s Street Race.Motorbike races will be held during the pauses of car races.This event will take place at the Canton of Tuzla, Municipality of Živinice, Aeroport Lane in Ciljuge.STlast_img read more

Trafalgar culminates volleyball season with West Kootenay Title

first_imgIn the end, it was Trafalgar versus Trafalgar for all the bragging rights.Trafalgar A needed three sets to outlast their school rivals, Trafalgar B, to capture the West Kootenay Junior Girl’s Volleyball Championship Saturday at Mount Sentinel Gymnasium in South Slocan.“This was a great group of girls and their overall play improves so much from the beginning of the year . . . they kind of peaked at the tournament,” said Trafalgar coach Staci Proctor. The interest in the school for volleyball allowed Proctor to enter three teams into the tournament — two teams in Tier I and one in Tier II.Trafalgar A went undefeated through the round robin draw in Tier I, defeating Mount Sentinel, Stanley Humphries of Castlegar, Grand Forks, Rossland and the other Trafalgar squad.Trafalgar B finished a strong second to force the meeting of the two squads in the final.The other Trafalgar side in Tier II finished fourth, losing in the consolation final.“The final was really well played,” Proctor said. “It went to three games with both teams playing very well with three hits to every rally.”Trafalgar not only won the top prize, but the squad finished second in the Team Cheer contest, third in the Team Poster contest and first in Serving Competition.last_img read more

Aus firm pushes ahead with South African offshore gas project

first_img11 July 2014Australian-listed company Sunbird Energy is pushing ahead with the development of the Ibhubesi gas project off South Africa’s west coast, which could pave the way for a multi-billion rand investment that would significantly boost the country’s gas-to-electricity generation capacity.Last month, Sunbird announced that it had received all the necessary South African government approvals for its acquisition, from US company Forest Oil Corporation, of a 76% stake in Production Right Block 2A, which covers a 5 000 square kilometre area within the Orange Basin and contains the Ibhubesi gas project, South Africa’s largest undeveloped gas discovery.This established Sunbird as the operator of the gas field, with South African state oil and gas company PetroSA holding the remaining 24% of the licence.Block 2A is located 380 kilometres north-west of Cape Town and 70 kilometres off the coast of the Northern Cape province.According to Sunbird, over US$125-million has been invested in exploring and appraising the block since 2000, with seven of 11 wells drilled to date discovering commercial volumes of gas. And in March, the company announced that an independent assessment had determined that the block contained estimated prospective gas resources of 7.8-trillion cubic feet.In December, Sunbird signed a memorandum of understanding with South African state power company Eskom to jointly investigate supplying gas from Ibhubesi to Eskom’s 1 300 megawatt Ankerlig power station, to replace the plant’s current high-cost diesel feed stock.Eskom is also currently developing plans to convert Ankerlig from an open cycle gas turbine to a closed cycle gas turbine plant, so that it can run on gas.Sunbird managing director Will Barker said last month that South Africa’s energy market was both highly constrained and high value, “creating a unique opportunity for Sunbird as the most advanced project for the supply of energy for the domestic market.“We look forward to progressing our gas sales negotiations with Eskom for the supply of gas to the existing Ankerlig Power station that is currently run on expensive diesel, and further exploring Block 2A’s upside potential.”Barker said Sunbird was working to advance the project both technically and commercially, with upcoming milestones including completion of the preliminary field development plan, commencement of the front-end engineering and design studies, and progress on securing the necessary environmental approvals.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

India’s Sukhen Dey to get Rs 5 lakh reward for CWG gold medal

first_imgSukhen Dey clinched a gold medal in the men’s 56kg category by lifting a total of 248 kg Vehemently denying that he has ever misbehaved with CWG gold medallist Sukhen Dey, West Bengal sports minister Madan Mitra today announced a cash award of Rs 5 lakh for the weightlifter, who claimed that he was “hurt” by the attitude of the sports minister.”I came to know from media reports that Sukhen Dey said I had refused to recognize him and misbehaved with him when he called me sometime back. I in my entire life I have never spoken to any athlete or person named Sukhen Dey. I think there has been some miscommunication,” Mitra told PTI here today reacting to some local media reports.”I wish good luck to Sukhen Dey. We will give him Rs five lakh from the sports department so that he can prepare in a much better way for the Asian games. We will provide him all sorts of help,” Mitra said.Dey has also complained about the state’s apathy towards his achievements as he had won a silver medal in last Commonwealth Games too. “I can’t speak of 2010 Commonwealth Games as at that time I was neither the sports minister nor was there a Trinamool Congress government in the state. I think there has been some misunderstanding and miscommunication. I would meet him once he comes back from the Commonwealth Games,” Mitra said.Dey, who hails from Howrah district of the state, won the Gold in the men’s 56kg category by lifting a total of 248 kg (109+139) in the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow yesterday.advertisementlast_img read more

Athens lawyer unexpectedly qualifies for marathon at Rio Olympics

first_imgHe couldn’t believe his eyes. He looked at the list again to make sure he wasn’t mistaken. But there it was, his name among the runners who qualified for the marathon at the Rio Olympics this summer.It was early May when lawyer Michalis Kalomiris saw this unexpected piece of news while reading a website dedicated to athletics. He had worked hard in the preceding months to improve his performance by squeezing in training sessions before and after work, but he did not expect to qualify for the Olympics – particularly as his time was nearly 10 minutes slower than that needed to pass.Without realizing, the 30-year-old had in fact qualified for the Games in March 2015, when he ran the Rome Marathon in 2 hours and 29 minutes. The limit for men in the Olympics is supposed to be 2 hours and 19 minutes, but the regulations of the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) state that an athlete qualifies regardless of timing if they finish in the top 10 of a Gold Label event. The Rome Marathon last year was one such event as it met the IAAF criteria for the Gold Label, including having at least five elite men and five elite women of four different nationalities at the starting line. Elite men are those with times of 2 hours and 10 minutes or under and women with 2:28:00.“The conditions were very tough, with constant rain and cold,” remembers Kalomiris about the race in the Italian capital. “Better athletes in the race decided to give up.”When the news of Kalomiris’s qualification finally emerged, a small war broke out in the Greek running community on social media. Some thought the decision unfair, arguing that there are faster marathoners in Greece (Kalomiris finished fifth in the National Marathon Championship). Others expressed support, viewing his qualification as a victory for all amateur runners.Kalomiris says he is an “amateur training at sub-elite level.” For the past four years, he has been working at a legal firm in Athens, running at a sports center in the suburb of Aegaleo after work or waking up early in the morning to get some early training in. He runs in different parts of the capital on the weekends, choosing routes in areas such as Anavryta and Filothei. Depending on where he is in his training regimen, he will cover between 110 and 200 kilometers a week. When he has a court appearance outside Athens, he always takes his running shoes along.“When you really like something a lot, you find a way of fitting it into your life,” he tells Kathimerini.Kalomiris’s qualification comes at a time when running is enjoying particular popularity in Greece and amateur races have increased sixfold in 10 years. In 2005, the Athens Marathon had around 800 Greek runners; last year, there were 7,500 at the starting line.Kalomiris’s father was the president of the Run for Health Association of Athens (SDYA), a pioneer in mass sports that also supported the Athens Marathon back when it was sparsely attended. Kalomiris started running at a young age but went though a four-year lull before returning to vigorous training in 2012. “I had toned down the pace and intensity of my life. I was sort of run-down,” he explains.The other Greeks running in the Rio Games marathon this August are Sofia Riga, Rania Rempouli and Panagiota Vlachaki among the women, and, among the men, Christoforos Merousis (every country can send up to three runners in each category).Kalomiris is now in Karpenisi, central Greece, where he is focusing on his training. “When I asked if I could take three months off at the office, they were ready to support me. It was very important because it spared me the anxiety that I was letting them down,” he says.Kalomiris’s performance does not match that of professional runners. The fastest to qualify for the Rio Olympics is a runner from Kenya with a time of 2:03:05. For the lawyer from western Attica, though, what counts is “the dream of participation” and the effort for improvement.“I would like to think that this story makes everyone involved in running believe more in themselves and keep up the effort,” he says.Source: KathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mignolet, Fellaini ruled out of Belgium’s Nations League games with injury

first_imgGoalkeeper Simon Mignolet, midfielder Marouane Fellaini and striker Christian Benteke will not be a part of the Belgium squad that will face Scotland and Iceland after they were ruled out with injuries.The Belgian Football Association (RBFA) made the announcement on Wednesday but did not disclose the nature and extent of the injuries.Liverpool, on the other hand, said Mignolet was expected to be fit for the Premier League away clash against Tottenham Hotspur on September 15.Fellaini had been called up by Belgium manager Roberto Martinez at the back of his first start for Manchester United in their 2-0 league victory at Burnley last weekend.Benteke has started all four Premier League games for Crystal Palace this season but has yet to score.Also read – Germany begin road to redemption with UEFA Nations League opener vs FranceThe uncapped Davy Roef, on loan at Waasland-Beveren from Anderlecht, has been called up, although fellow keepers Thibaut Courtois, Koen Casteels and Matz Sels are already in the squad.Belgium face Scotland in a friendly at Glasgow’s Hampden Park on Friday and Iceland in a Nations League match at Laugardalsvollur stadium in Reykjavik on Tuesday.SOUTHGATE RETAINS TRUST IN ENGLAND YOUTH FOR FUTUREEngland manager Gareth Southgate will continue to select younger players who can adapt better to his tactics and preferred formations as he looks to build on the side’s impressive World Cup showing in Russia.Southgate, who guided a relatively inexperienced squad to the semi-finals in July, told reporters ahead of Saturday’s Nations League match against Spain that he planned to retain a policy of promoting from England’s youth teams.advertisement”We looked through different players over the last couple of years and decided, because of the way we want to play and the type of players we want to work with, that there are some guys who didn’t fit that model,” Southgate told Sky Sports.Also read – Raheem Sterling pulls out of England squad with back injury”We’re into a fresh cycle of probably not going back to players who have been in before and that we’ve had a good look at,” the former England under-21s coach added.”So the next group that we’re looking at are probably coming through our younger age groups.”Southgate has also been forced to look for fresher options after the experienced duo of defender Gary Cahill and striker Jamie Vardy ended their international careers last week.England won the Under-20 World Cup, the Under-17 World Cup and the Under-19 European Championship last year and Southgate has continually pushed for regular game time for some of those players in the Premier League.England will be without the injured Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling for the Spain clash as well as the friendly against Switzerland at Leicester’s King Power Stadium on Tuesday.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more