19 Oct
2020

‘Big Three’ join #BlackoutTuesday campaign against racial injustice

first_imgGrand Slam winners Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova and Stan Wawrinka were among other players who signaled their support for the campaign.African-American teenage phenomenon Coco Gauff and Japan’s Naomi Osaka have also expressed their anger over Floyd’s death.Replying to Federer’s Instagram post, the 16-year-old Gauff commented: “Click the link in my bio to get resources on HOW YOU CAN HELP! THANK YOU.”Osaka, whose father is Haitian and mother is Japanese, said people should be doing more than posting “the black square”. Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic were among the tennis players who joined the #BlackOutTuesday campaign against racial injustice, as protests continue over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody.Floyd died after a white policeman pinned his neck under a knee for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis on May 25.Men’s world No. 1 Djokovic posted black screenshots on his Twitter and Instagram pages with the message “Black Lives Matter”, and was joined by Federer and Nadal, the other members of the “Big Three” of men’s tennis. Topics :center_img “I’m torn between roasting people for only posting the black square this entire week … or accepting that they could’ve posted nothing at all so I should deal with this bare minimum bread crumb they have given,” she posted on Twitter.The United States Tennis Association (USTA) posted a black screen shot as well as a statement against racism on its social media handles.The USTA, organizers of the US Open Grand Slam, said it was “extremely disappointed, angry, and heartbroken” at the hardships faced by communities of color in the United States.”The African-American community is an integral part of our tennis family and the USTA stands unwaveringly against racism and injustice of any kind,” it added.last_img read more

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18 Oct
2020

Eric Bailly doubtful for Arsenal clash after limping out of Champions League win against Paris Saint-Germain

first_imgEric Bailly doubtful for Arsenal clash after limping out of Champions League win against Paris Saint-Germain Bailly went down after a tackle from Verratti (Picture: Getty)The defender is now a doubt for Sunday’s clash at the Emirates and his injury couldn’t come at a more unfortunate time for Solskjaer.United are without ten first team players at this moment in time, though Anthony Martial could return for the game against the Gunners.The Red Devils took an early lead in Paris through Romelu Lukaku but Bailly was at fault for Juan Bernat’s equaliser.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsUnited retook the lead when Lukaku finished from a fumble from Gianluigi Buffon and the Reds were awarded a late penalty for a handball from Kimpembe.Marcus Rashford stepped up to score the penalty to send his side through to the quarter-finals.MORE: Manchester United make history to stun PSG and reach Champions League quarter-finals Comment Advertisement Eric Bailly limped out of the game in Paris (Picture: Getty)Manchester United could be without Eric Bailly for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Arsenal after the defender limped out of his side’s Champions League win against Paris Saint-Germain.Untied progressed to the last-8 after an astonishing night in Paris in which Marcus Rashford’s late goal gave the Red Devils a 3-1 win in Paris.The Ivorian was selected in an unorthodox right-back position by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and endured a torrid half an hour before being replaced by Diogo Dalot.Bailly was playing so poorly that many felt Solskjaer was simply replacing making a tactical decision to replace the former Villarreal defender.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Bailly was on the end of a nasty tackle from Marco Verratti and hobbled off the field moments later to be replaced. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 7 Mar 2019 6:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShareslast_img read more

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20 Sep
2020

Top sides will take note of Japan upset – Johnny Sexton

first_img Japan’s 34-32 victory over double World Cup-winners South Africa in Brighton lit up the opening weekend, shrewd coach Eddie Jones masterminding the greatest upset in the competition’s history. Fly-half Sexton believes Ireland’s 50-7 victory over Canada in Cardiff looks even more impressive in the context of Japan’s stunning triumph. Press Association “Our game was really good and we got the result we deserved, but we maybe saw the flip-side of what can happen if you maybe take your eye off the ball and the gap is narrowing.” Ireland motored north from Cardiff to their new base of St George’s Park in Burton-on-Trent on Sunday, at the Football Association’s purpose-built facility. Team manager Mick Kearney declared an injury-free squad following the Canada battle, save for the hamstring trouble Robbie Henshaw continues to fight. Connacht centre Henshaw remains in contention to be fit to face Romania at Wembley, but is yet to return to training. “Thankfully in relation to yesterday apart from the normal bumps and bruises associated with Test rugby we’ve got a clean bill of health which is good news,” said Kearney. “Robbie is progressing very well through his rehab and the expectation is that he’d be available for selection for the Romania game on Sunday. “He hasn’t trained yet but the expectation would be that would train this week.” Ireland lost their final two warm-up matches against Wales and England, but almost flicked the switch back to grind back into top gear against Canada. British and Irish Lions playmaker Sexton said Ireland are starting to feel match-hardened now, and just when it matters most. “That’s what those games are for really, to make sure we’re ready,” said Sexton of the warm-up fixtures. “That’s why we play them and they are badly needed. “You can’t get match-fit training hard. “We trained really hard in the summer, but the fitness you need in the match is totally different. “I felt a lot better at the weekend. “We’re all starting to get our match-sharpness and match-fitness and that’s what we want at this time now.” Ireland face Romania at Wembley Stadium next weekend, with Sexton calling on Joe Schmidt’s men to maintain their focus. “That victory for Japan has given the sides that are the so-called minnows a boost, to see Japan do that,” said Sexton. “You saw Uruguay do that against Wales, they put it to them for the first 20 minutes and made life difficult for them. “Argentina were obviously making life tough for New Zealand too. “It gives everyone a boost to know anything can happen. “And it’s given us an alarm call I suppose. “It was great to watch Japan win like that, and it made our performance and our result over Canada a lot better, seeing them beat a team like South Africa. “We obviously could have been on the end of something similar a couple of hours earlier. Johnny Sexton believes Japan’s shock victory over South Africa has handed Ireland a World Cup “alarm call”.last_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

Braun: NCAA Tournament lock for Bo’s squad

first_imgFor you few avid Point-Counterpoint followers, you would know that a couple weeks ago, I predicted that the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team would make the NCAA Tournament.You probably all would have laughed in my face, considering the Badgers couldn’t buy a win at the time. They were in the midst of a six-game losing streak and blew lead after lead.Now, four wins later, including two big home wins over then-No. 23 Illinois and a tough Ohio State squad, I think I can safely say that the Badgers are NCAA Tournament bound. This time, though, I don’t think I would get ridiculed for saying so.Whatever was plaguing the Badgers during their six-game losing streak seems to have gone away. Saturday’s game is a perfect example to show how Wisconsin has put its rough stretch out of its mind.For those who watched the game Saturday, it seemed like the Badgers wouldn’t be able to pull out the victory. I mean, if you saw the way they played two weeks ago, you would just figure that they would find a way to lose the game. They couldn’t beat Iowa or Northwestern, but they would be able to pull out a win over a very talented Ohio State team?Well, I guess the Badgers are back.Before the game on Saturday, ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi had the Badgers as one of the last four teams in the Big Dance. Now, with a big win against the Buckeyes on the nation’s center stage, getting to the tournament shouldn’t be much of a problem.UW has two home games and three road matches remaining on its schedule. Although it might be presumptuous to say the Badgers will beat Michigan State or Minnesota on the road, they should be able to win the rest of their home games quite easily.First, Wisconsin heads to Indiana to take on Tom Crean’s joke of a basketball team. The Hoosiers have only beaten one team in the Big Ten, and with the Badgers playing as well as they have of late, a loss at Assembly Hall seems a bit far-fetched.After they face Michigan State, the Badgers come home to play Michigan and Indiana again. If you remember the way Wisconsin’s defense manhandled the Big Ten’s leading scorer in Manny Harris in the teams’ first match this season, a win at the Kohl Center shouldn’t be too far out of reach.That would leave the Badgers at 10-7 in the Big Ten going into their last game of the season (assuming they beat Indiana twice and lose to Michigan State), a tough road game against Minnesota at The Barn.The first time Wisconsin played the Golden Gophers, it blew a 14-point lead, something that reoccurred time after time during the Badgers’ losing streak. Now, though, the Badgers have a swing of confidence that they didn’t have earlier in the season, especially during that streak.With the season winding down, these aren’t the same Badgers that were NIT bound just two weeks ago. They’ve been doing what they’ve had to do to win their last four games.They’ve been able to allow an opponent to shoot over 50 percent from the field and still get a win.Jason Bohannon can shoot 1-for-8 from 3-point range and the Badgers can still pull it out.Trevon Hughes can miss eight of his nine shots, but it won’t really matter throughout the course of the game.Simply put, everything that wasn’t working then is working now.With only five games remaining, it won’t take so much for the Badgers to get a bid. As Bo Ryan put it after the win against Ohio State, “You have to just find a way.”If the Badgers continue to follow that slogan, then getting to the NCAA Tournament won’t be much of a challenge at all.Jonah is a sophomore majoring in journalism and Hebrew and Semitic studies. Still don’t think the Badgers will make the NCAA Tournament? Can Bo Ryan make it 11 straight seasons for Wisconsin? Send him your thoughts at jbraun@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

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14 Aug
2020

Wellington Humane Society to hold “Ride for the Paws” All-vehicle Poker Run Saturday, Sept. 28

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Humane Society will hold a “Ride for the Paws” All-vehicle Poker Run on Saturday, Sept. 28.Of course, motorcycles are the most popular means of transportation for the event, but in the past years families have enjoyed traveling the route in their family vehicle.Registration will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Lions Club Shelter in Century Park – three blocks south of Pizza Hut.Deadline for the last bike or vehicle out is 11 a.m. The route from Wellington will be to: Oxford, Udall, and Belle Plaine and due back to the Wellington VFW by 1 p.m. for prizes and yummy homemade tacos.A highlight of the event will be a silent auction which will end at 1:30 p.m. at the VFW. You need not be a participant to bid on the items. Included in the auction are several authentic NFL jerseys.The project is to fund the annual spay/neuter project in February, sponsored by the local Wellington Humane Society. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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13 Aug
2020

Citing errors, Iowa removes list of felon voters amid review

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa election officials have stopped using a long-flawed database of felons who are ineligible to vote as they rebuild it from scratch.Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s office removed the database, which contained more than 100,000 entries, from the statewide voter registration system on Jan. 3.Workers are recreating the list by reviewing each entry and adding back those that are verified felony convictions. They hope to complete the review before the November election.Pate spokesman Kevin Hall said newly registered voters, who must attest that they aren’t felons, will be compared against only the verified entries to check their eligibility.For years, the list has been blamed for causing confusion and wrongly disenfranchising some who are eligible voters.Pate’s office told auditors last month that it found “numerous errors” in the database, which included cases that weren’t felony convictions and ridiculous data entry mistakes. It blamed those errors on the Iowa Judicial Branch, which supplies the list’s data.A review by The Associated Press of 700 entries found that 4 percent of the cases weren’t felony convictions and shouldn’t have been included. The AP also found that errors resulted in the Des Moines Police Department and the State of Iowa being listed as felons.last_img read more

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31 May
2020

Arthurs, Joy Named to 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District Teams

first_imgCoSIDA ReleaseFRISCO, Texas – Sophomore defender Carli Arthurs of Stephen F. Austin was named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team while junior forward Kaitlyn Joy of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi earned a Second Team selection, the organization announced Thursday. Joy also holds a perfect 4.00 mark with a major in environmental science. The junior defender from Dripping Springs, Texas, helped pace the Islanders to their most successful season in program history. A&M-Corpus Christi advanced to the postseason this year for just the second time since its inaugural 2013 season. First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be announced in December. Arthurs holds a 4.00 grade point average with a major in mathematics. She is the only member of the District 7 team with a perfect GPA. She helped the Ladyjacks to a runner-up finish at the 2017 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament, earning all-tournament distinction along with honorable mention all-conference after the regular season. The Ladyjacks finished the season ranked first in conference play in goals allowed (eight) and goals against average (.72) and ranked second with six shutouts in 11 Southland contests.last_img read more

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17 Jan
2020

PPP/C awaits State-broadcaster’s invoices for ‘political advertisements’ – Rohee

first_imgNCN forensic auditSubsequent to the report of the forensic audit conducted on the state broadcaster, National Communications Network (NCN) which revealed that the company failed to bill the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) for advertisements it aired, totalling some $18,204,750, the party’s General Secretary Clemet Rohee has alleged that the PPP never received the invoices for these advertisements from the company.The summary of PPP/C’s advertisements aired by NCN includes $4,704,000 for 100.1 Fresh FM; $5,667,500 for 98.1 Hot FM; 3,878,250 for Channel 11 and $3,955,000 for the Voice of Guyana 102.5.Also included in the PPP/C’s debt is $12,988,500, which was recorded as Public Service Announcements (PSA). The auditor pointed out that NCN could not have presented a documented policy on PSAs, but noted that political advertisements are not approved as PSAs.Meanwhile as it relates to 2015, PPP/C was not invoiced for advertisements aired by NCN to the tune of $3,708,200.In relation to the PPP/C advertisements during the 2015 Elections Campaign, $39,200 was for 100.1 Fresh FM; $1,453,750 for 98.1 Hot FM; $492,000 for Channel 11 and $1,723,250 for Voice of Guyana 102.5.The General Secretary stated that the Party had requested the relevant invoices and documents from the NCN some time ago, but they are yet to receive such.“We have asked for the data, we have asked for the invoices… we have also asked for the materials to be attached as proof and evidence of these debts and we haven’t received anything as yet,” he stated.When asked whether the Party would pay the outstanding monies, Rohee responded in the affirmative, saying “the Party pays for whatever services it purchases or solicits or procures or it outsources”.However, he added that they will not be issuing any new calls for this document as “they [NCN] have correspondence from us that remains unanswered”.In relation to the audit reports that were submitted, the General Secretary related that he is yet to analyse them, however; he is of the opinion that the past chairpersons of the companies being audited should have played a part in reviewing the reports.“We have not seen those audit reports, I understand that they are on the Ministry of Finance’s website but I haven’t accessed them as yet. And we have always maintained that the Audit reports should be shared with the former chairmen of these boards and with those members of the boards who served so that they could give their assessments of what is in these audit reports. I don’t think those who are serving now can do that as it’s early,” Rohee stated.last_img read more

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29 Dec
2019

Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, July 6

first_imgThis Wednesday morning on Sportsday we look ahead to tonight’s massive Euro 2016 semi-final between Wales and Portugal. We also discuss the big talking points from Jose Mourinho’s first press conference as Manchester United manager and look ahead to another busy day of action at Wimbledon as Andy Murray takes on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.All brought to you by Russ Hargreaves and the team!last_img

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29 Dec
2019

Exercise – to a point – helps fight off colds, flu

first_img The problem is that marathons are held every month of the year, and many athletes’ workout schedules are dictated by the events they compete in, Flynn said. David C. Nieman, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., and a former president of the International Society of Exercise Immunology, said his research shows that moderate exercise increases the recirculation of important immune cells, especially from bone marrow, the lungs and the spleen. It has the effect of cleaning up the body. “Over time this adds up, much like a housekeeper who comes to your house every day for a half hour. At the end of a month, your house looks a lot better,” Nieman said. But to achieve such beneficial effects, someone has to exercise about five times a week, Nieman said. Nieman agreed with Flynn that grueling endurance training can hurt the immune system: For athletes running 60 miles a week, research shows, their odds of sickness double compared with those who run less. “You can push it too far, and the body says, ‘This good thing is hurting me here,”‘ Nieman said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita But at a certain point, the physical stress of a long workout undermines the immune system and leaves the endurance athlete even more vulnerable to infection than before a workout. “The general consensus, I believe, is that 30 minutes, three or four times a week, is generally considered to have positive effects,” said Michael Flynn, who studies exercise’s effects on the immune system at Purdue University in West Lafayette. One study showed that jogging about 10 miles a week was beneficial to the body’s defenses, but 20 miles was associated with an increased risk of infection, Flynn said. “There’s pretty good evidence that the intensity of prolonged exercise suppresses certain aspects of the immune system,” Flynn said. “If someone is just doing fitness exercise, it seems like their resistance is better.” So should marathon runners simply scale back their workouts during the cold and flu season? INDIANAPOLIS – Ingrid Ozols Perdue runs several miles a week, lifts weights, cycles, does Pilates and even gets in an occasional kickboxing workout – a regimen she credits with keeping her free of colds and the flu. “I really haven’t been ill,” said the 50-year-old dermatologist from the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel. “I think I’m healthier when I exercise. I think it’s positive for me.” Experts say she’s right – to a point. Research shows moderate amounts of aerobic exercise such as jogging, brisk walking and cycling during the cold and flu season boost the body’s defenses against viruses and bacteria. last_img read more

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