O’Shea’s backing for Easter

first_imgHarlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea has backed Nick Easter to continue playing for some time after the veteran number eight inspired a 24-18 Champions Cup victory over Leinster. “I’ve always said he can still play for England because he can cover a few positions and is an old head. Sometimes when you’re in those sorts of games you need those old people around,” O’Shea said. “We’ve a lot of youngsters who are learning on the hoof, but when Nick plays like that he’s a very special player. I’m very fortunate that he’s been at the club in the time I’ve been here. “He’s at the tail end of his career, but he’s still got a few more years left in him. (Leinster lock) Brad Thorn is playing aged 40, so he can keep on going.” Wing Aseli Tikoirotuma crossed for the game’s only other try, Nick Evans slotted a penalty before limping off with a groin injury, replacement fly-half Tim Swiel kicked eight points and Danny Care landed an opportunist late drop-goal. Quins, who dominated the scrum to atone for their set-piece horror show at Bath last weekend, have a 100 per cent record in Pool Two ahead of Saturday’s return match in Dublin. Victory avenged the infamous ‘Bloodgate’ defeat by Leinster in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup five and a half years ago and O’Shea was delighted by the display. “We’ve had a tough couple of weeks and not the greatest start to the season, but sometimes you have to show some fight and we did,” he said. “Our scrum has been outstanding and then last weekend happened. That was a great reaction from the pack. Press Association Easter was named man of the match after carrying the fight to the three-times European champions and scoring the momentum-shifting opening try that broke the 9-9 half-time deadlock. O’Shea believes the 36-year-old’s experience could still be an asset for England – he has not played for the Red Rose since the 2011 World Cup – and predicts retirement is still some time away. “When you have your backs to the walls, we have the catchphrase ‘one shot, one kill, and we don’t want to die wondering’. “We now Leinster will come firing back, but our belief will grow from this. It will be an unbelievable contest for us next week.” Evans is a doubt for Saturday’s trip to the Aviva Stadium, but England prop Joe Marler is expected to be fit after sustaining a shoulder injury. Leinster finished with a losing bonus point and head coach Matt O’Connor lamented his team’s shortcomings at the scrum. “That was as good as Nick Easter has played in the last 25 years! Full credit to Quins, I thought they played very, very well,” O’Connor said. “We didn’t control set piece and with a French referee away from home that’s massive. “We thought it would be a lot closer contest up front and the beauty of sport is that we have a week to fix it.” last_img read more

MDI athletes garner conference honors

first_img Luchini named to Maine Running Hall of Fame – August 12, 2020 Latest Posts MDI Hospital to begin contact tracing – August 5, 2020 Bio Liz GravesReporter at Mount Desert IslanderFormer Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.center_img Latest posts by Liz Graves (see all) BAR HARBOR — Three Mount Desert Island High School student athletes earned top honors in the Penobscot Valley Conference in their sports this season. Many more were named to all-conference teams.Senior Steven Hanscom was named baseball pitcher of the year. Senior Madeline Cook and junior Luke Horton, MDI’s number one singles tennis players, were selected as players of the year in girls’ and boys’ tennis.In baseball, Jon Phelps is on the all-conference first team, and Hanscom was named to the second team. Softball players Shelby O’Neil, Hannah Shaw and Sierra Myrick were named to the first team.In tennis, senior Sierra Bloom and junior Mackenzie Myers made the first team for doubles.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe all-conference first team for track and field includes Ralph Magnani for 400-meter dash, Chapin McFarland for shot put, and Lydia Dacorte, Caroline Driscoll, Waylon Henggeler and Isabel Erickson for the 4×800-meter relay. On the second team, Erickson was named for 800-meter run and high jump, Driscoll for 800-meter run and 1600-meter run, and Henggeler for 3200-meter run.The boys’ second team includes Brandon Murphy, Matt Hanna, Josh Bloom and Ralph Magnagni for 4×400-meter relay, Murphy for 100-meter dash, Aaron Miller and Will Richard for high jump, Ryan Bender for long jump and Jalique Keene for javelin.Find in-depth coverage of local news in the Mount Desert Islander. Subscribe digitally or in print. Keene appeals his 2019 murder conviction – July 30, 2020last_img read more

Dhawan shines as India post 285/7 vs Hong Kong

first_imgDubai: Opener Shikhar Dhawan (127) smashed a brilliant century to set a perfect platform but some poor batting from the middle-order saw India posting 285/7 runs against Hong Kong in Group A One-Day International (ODI) match of the Asia Cup here on Tuesday.At one point India 240/2 in 40 overs but after the fall of Dhawan, who slammed his 14th ODI ton, the other middle-order batsmen went to pavilion one after another, thanks to clever bowling by the Hong Kong spinners.Put in to bat, Indian openers Rohit Sharma (23) and Dhawan started the proceeding on a positive note, forging a 45-run disciplined partnership in eight overs. Rohit displayed some beautifully crafted shots but was soon picked up by pacer Ehsan Khan. His 22 ball innings included four boundaries.New batsman Ambati Rayudu (60) then joined Dhawan in the middle started punishing the bad balls. The duo played freely and smashing the Hong Kong bowlers all around the park to build a 100-run partnership.Rayudu and Dhawan completed half-century before Rayudu was caught by Scott McKechnie off Ehsan Nawaz in the 30th over. But unperturbed by the fall of wicket, Dhawan kept on playing the attacking game and completed his 14th ton.New batsmen Dinesh Karthik and Dhawan then played attacking cricket and in the process Dhawan gifted his wicket to spinner K.D. Shah. His 120 ball innings was comprised of 15 boundaries and two sixes.It was all going perfect, but after Dhawan’s wicket, spinners attacked Indian batsmen and took wickets in clusters.The first one to go was M.S. Dhoni (0) and then it was Karthik. Kedar Jadhav (28 not out) along with other batters –Bhuvneshwar Kumar (9), Shardul Thakur (0) and Kuldeep Yadav (0), however tried to pace up the innings towards the end but could not breach the 300-run mark.Hong Kong gave a strong reply as they minnors reached 133 for no loss after 27 overs. Openers Nizakat Ali (77) and Anshuman Rath (47) were at the crease. IANSlast_img read more

City move 11 points clear at the top after 2-1 derby win over Man. United

first_imgBy Simon Evans(REUTERS)-Runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City moved 11 points clear at the top after a 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford in their derby clash on Sunday.The victory means City are the first team to win 14 consecutive English top-flight games in the same season. The result ended United’s run of 40 home games unbeaten in all competitions.City’s lead over second-placed United means the title is now theirs to lose and, while Pep Guardiola’s side did not provide a classic display of their manager’s attractive passing football, they showed they have the grit as well as the class to come through the toughest challenges.Jose Mourinho’s team selection suggested United’s manager was intent on playing expansively, with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford chosen as wide support to central striker Romelu Lukaku.But United struggled to get any of their forward players involved as City dominated possession. Mourinho’s team were let down by poor passing and struggled to keep the ball.Gabriel Jesus, playing as the lone central striker with Sergio Aguero on the bench, had an early opening but shot tamely straight at United keeper David De Gea, as did Raheem Sterling when he wriggled some space.City’s dominance was rewarded in the 43rd minute although the breakthrough was not a product of clever passing but sloppy defending from United at a set-piece.Romelu Lukaku failed to clear Kevin De Bruyne’s inswinging corner and the ball fell to David Silva, who was played onside by Ashley Young. The Spaniard gratefully hooked the ball home.Poor defending at the other end allowed United to get level before the break.Marcos Rojo hit a hopeful diagonal cross into the City box but Nicolas Otamendi misjudged a header, Fabian Delph hesitated and Marcus Rashford pounced on the loose ball and drove low past Ederson.At the break, City were forced to replace skipper Vincent Kompany with midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, a switch that meant Brazilian Fernandinho moved back into the defence.United were also forced into a change with Marcus Rojo, who had suffered a head injury, replaced by Swedish centre half Victor Lindelof.City restored their lead nine minutes into the second half after another piece of poor defending.Silva whipped a free-kick into the box and Lukaku, who had a derby to forget, drove an attempted clearance into the back of team mate Chris Smalling. The ball looped to Otamendi who, making amends for his earlier mistake, showed great athleticism to volley home on the half-turn.Guardiola shored up his back line by bringing on defender Eliaquim Mangala for Jesus and allowing Fernandinho to go back into his usual role in the holding midfield position.City had keeper Ederson to thank for the three points after he produced a superb double save at close range six minutes from the end to keep out efforts from Lukaku and Juan Mata.last_img read more

CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 World Cup Qualifiers squad to be selected

first_imgSINCE the conclusion of the GFF-KFC U20 Tournament, the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has begun a series of Talent Identification sessions in each Regional Member Association (RMA) to secure talent to participate in the CONCACAF Men’s Under- 20 World Cup Qualifiers in February 2020.The first session was held on Sunday with players from the East Bank Football Association at the GFF Training Centre, Providence from 09:00hrs to 15:00hrs.Head coach of the National U-20 team and head in this initiative, Wayne Dover, explains the objective of the sessions, stating that they are geared “towards scouting of players for selection to the national Under-20 team, for the purpose of preparation for the CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 World Cup Qualifiers in February 2020.”“This initiative by the Technical Department was undertaken to maximise on the talent available throughout Guyana. This will definitely give the staff and, by extension, the technical department the opportunity to make good selections since a large pool of players will be exposed to showcase their talent. I am very excited to be involved in such a project, especially since it is geared towards development,” Dover said.Dover pointed out that the technical team for this project, coaches O’Neal Heywood, Eon De Veira and Wilson Toledo, will select 40 players from the regional ID sessions after which 25 will be shortlisted for training, scheduled to commence in September of this year. The final Talent ID session with the 40 selected players is scheduled for September 10 at the GFF’s National Training Centre.Meanwhile, GFF president Wayne Forde noted that the national U-20 scouting exercise provides each player with a fair opportunity for selection to improve national team performances.“The other critical advantage is the six months of team preparation we will embark on once the team is selected. The GFF is continually re-examining its development strategy with the aim of finding practical solutions, which will bring about improved performances of our national teams.There is no quick fix to lifting the standard of play across a country but our latest focus on youth development is finally showing dividends,” Forde noted.Before Sunday’s sessions, Golden Jaguars head coach, Márcio Máximo, visited the programme in an observer capacity and shared words of encouragement to the young players. He assured them it’s a new chapter in Guyana’s football and the door is open for their inclusion through hard work, commitment, and discipline.To guide in the selection of the U-20 team the criteria are as follows:Players MUST be registered with a club that is affiliated to the RMA they are from, and the RMA MUST be in good standing with the GFF.Players who are selected to the final pool MUST walk with a valid passport and Police Clearance.Characteristics of Players:Players MUST have good technical ability.Players MUST be able to make good decisions during games.Players MUST be able to adapt to tactical training.Players MUST have a good aerobic fitness base.Players MUST be disciplined.Players’ attitudes:(a) Be punctual at training.(b) Listen and follow coach’s instructions.© Players MUST have an innate desire and passion for the game.(d) Players MUST be coachable (willing to learn).The schedule for the remaining sessions is as follows:Monday August 26, 2019 – West Demerara Football AssociationTuesday August 27, 2019 – East Coast Demerara Football AssociationWednesday August 28, 2019 – Georgetown Football AssociationThursday August 29, 2019 – GFF Elite ClubsFriday August 30, 2019 – Upper Demerara Football AssociationSaturday August 31 – Sunday September 1, 2019 – Bartica Football AssociationMonday-Tuesday September 2-3, 2019 – Berbice Football AssociationWednesday-Thursday September 4-5, 2019 – Essequibo/Pomeroon Football AssociationFriday September 6 – Sunday September 8, 2019 – Rupununi Football Associationlast_img read more

Dekker electrifies Badgers in 1st half

first_imgWith a commanding 13-point lead by the halftime break, one notable freshman shouldered much of the offensive load for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team in a 81-56 victory over California.Freshman phenomenon Sam Dekker – who entered Sunday night’s game as the third-highest scoring freshman in the Big Ten – attacked the basket early and often, an essential tactic in the Badgers’ (5-3) eventual rout of the Golden Bears (6-1). The defining series of Dekker’s 10-point half came after he sunk a three-pointer, forced a steal, then raced down to the other side of the hardwood and completed an old-school three-point play after a Cal defender fouled him.After UW missed its first five shot attempts of the game, the 6-foot-7 forward’s aggressive approach anchored a momentum-turning 19-4 run at the Kohl Center.“He was able to get a couple creases and he’s pretty good at finishing around the basket,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “So other teams we’ve played, they take that away, and some teams, because of the way they play, he might get a couple of those as long as you’re finishing strong.”The former Sheboygan Lutheran Star is now tied with Ryan Evans as the Badgers’ No. 3 scorer with 10.5 points per game and proved exactly why he’s such an exciting prospect for Wisconsin fans. Showing a firm handle on the ball throughout the opening period, he attacked the hoop with impressive control both head-on and along the baseline; seven of his 10 points came on layups (one was an “and-one”). It was enough to make a lasting impression on Cal head coach Mike Montgomery, a man who has spent nearly four decades coaching college basketball. “He’s a good player; there’s no question about that,” Montgomery said. “He’s the real deal; he could be a stretch four, could be a three. He’s got a really nice stroke and he’s very, very confident for a freshman. He came in and I think he probably surprised Allen [Crabbe] one time; he posted up and got a foul on him.”Despite an electric first half in which he went 4-5 from the floor, Dekker missed all three of his shots in the second half and did not contribute a single point. Ryan pointed out that he tried to force scoring opportunities later in the game, as the second-half drought showed that while the freshman is comfortably ahead of the typical learning curve, he is still adjusting to the collegiate game. “He’s just learning, but he did give us a good spark,” Ryan said.Turnovers key in pulling awayIn a game where bodies flew to the floor and loose balls abounded, Wisconsin’s 25 points off turnovers proved a deciding factor in the lopsided final score.The Badgers forced their Pac-12 opponent to fork the ball over a season-high 23 times, the combined product of strong defense and sloppy ball control by the Bears.“Two things you stress are not turning the ball over for baskets and not giving up second-chance points, and we gave up 43 (combined), so that didn’t give us much opportunity to win,” Montgomery said. “But we had fumble-itis out there; most guys couldn’t catch the ball.”After falling victim to uncharacteristic defensive lapses in a loss to Virginia Wednesday, UW managed to hold Cal’s standout guard Justin Cobbs – the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week who averages 20 points per game – to 11 points and, most importantly, seven turnovers.Wisconsin itself turned the ball over 13 times, but Cal converted those miscues into just 10 points. As the Badgers cruised to victory over a team that qualified for the 2012 NCAA Tournament, Ryan’s trademark defense was once again a key ingredient in the recipe for success Sunday afternoon.“When Cobbs was getting in the lane; we tried to drop it off a few times to the bigs,” senior forward Mike Bruesewitz said. “Our guards did a good job of coming down and helping us out, of just getting their hands on the ball.“We don’t really track tips, but if we were to look at this game, how many tips we had, how many of those tips resulted in steals, it would be a pretty high percentage and that’s kind of the biggest thing that happened in this game.”Follow Ian on Twitterlast_img read more

Power in contention at OHL Classic

first_imgThe former Open champion is 7 over after a 75.Fabrizio Zanotti shares the lead on with Chris Wood on 6 under. The Waterford man is 3 under after a 68 while Graeme Mc Dowell is 4 over after a 75.Chris Kirk leads by 1 on 8 under.Meanwhile, At the Nedbank Sun City Challenge in South Africa Padraig Harrington has endured another tough day.last_img

Irmatov’s Ref Record

first_imgWORLD CUP 2018 COUNTDOWN…9 – matches at the FIFA World Cup have been officiated by Uzbekistan’s Ravshan Irmatov, more than any other referee in the tournament’s history. He took charge of a World Cup fixture for the first time during the Opening Match of the 2010 World Cup between hosts South Africa and Mexico. Four more games at that edition followed, including the semi-final between the Netherlands and Uruguay, before Irmatov added another four to his total at Brazil 2014, putting him ahead of France’s Joel Quiniou, Mexico’s Benito Archundia and Uruguay’s Jorge Larrionda, who have all refereed eight World Cup games each.Irmatov became a FIFA referee in 2003 and since then, his ability and authority on the pitch have continued to improve.Aside from the World Cup, he has overseen four Asian Champions League finals, two FIFA Club World Cup finals and an Asian Cup final, as well as countless other big matches that he has handled with calm and confidence.Irmatov will have the opportunity to extend his record in Russia, as he was included on the list of referees for the 2018 World Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

CARICOM and Commonwealth sign MOU

first_imgThe Guyana-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat have signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) providing for further cooperation in a number of areas including justice, crime and security as well as climate change.CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque and Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland signed the MOU, which will facilitate joint implementation of programs and projects while harnessing the experience and resources of the two organizations. A statement issued following the signing ceremony on Thursday noted that the accord will build on areas of interest agreed to in an earlier MOU, signed in 1996.Areas of cooperationIt said the areas of cooperation will include, the economy, supporting more inclusive economic growth and sustainable development as well as climate change, strengthening the resilience of small and other vulnerable states, including adaptation and mitigation against climate change.The MOU will also provide for cooperation in justice reform, promoting more effective, efficient and equitable public governance as well as crime and security, promoting the development and implementation of programs aimed at combatting crime and enhancing citizen security.The statement noted that in the area of youth, sports and gender, there will be the promotion of increased youth development through education and employment and develop programs to promote sports and women’s rights.last_img read more

Dragons in Heart, Dragons on the Field!

first_imgOfficial FIFA web site announced the official slogans of all representations participants of Mundial. Slogans with the greatest number of votes in the polls, launched by FIFA, will be written on the busses from representations.Regarding the BH football selection, on the BH team bus, the slogan: Dragons in heart, Dragons on the field! , will be written.(Source: Reprezentacija.ba)last_img