Miller hails Scorpion unity

first_img Team improving However, after losing their first game to the Combined Campuses and Colleges, the team has been improving ever since. This includes two solid victories over Guyana, a one-wicket loss to Barbados, and return-leg triumph over the previously unbeaten hosts. This, according to Miller, has since instilled belief in the unit that they can go all the way, and it was for them to continue improving. Jamaica is scheduled to play in the semi-finals against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, who occupy the top two positions in Group A, and were playing each other at press time yesterday in Antigua. “We are enjoying this tournament and have excited the fans in a few games, and are thinking to continue in that part,” he declared. “We are focused on our game, our game plan and the way we are playing. The mindset is that we have two more games left, and we are going to take it game by game as we are prepared for any team.” Captain Nikita Miller believes team unity and selflessness have been underlying reasons for the success of the Jamaica Scorpions in the on-going WICB Regional Super50 Tournament. The Scorpions, on the back of a five match winning streak, are through to the semi-finals. The Robert Samuels-coached aggregation progressed as the second placed team in Group B behind after winning six matches and losing two. Co-hosts and pre-tournament favourites Barbados Pride, who have in their line-up, several front line West Indies players, with seven wins and a defeat claimed group honours. “What has impressed me the most thus so is our togetherness,” Miller said. “On and off-the-field, every person has been working in the best interest of the team. “I really didn’t expect this so early on due to the fact that it is a new coach, a new system and a new captain. But the fact that the guys buy into our philosophy, into our way of playing, what we believe in and what we are looking to achieve, is good. “In fact, I believe, win or lose, this team is heading in the right direction,” he continued, before adding “but we are going to win though”. Having failed to make it past the group stages last year and having the history of failing to win the tournament over its last five instalments, not much was expected of Jamaica heading into this season. In fact, it was presumed that the new-look outfit would struggle to stave off last year’s beaten semi-finalists, the Guyana Jaguars, for one of the two available places from the group for a final four placing.last_img read more

Federer ready for Anderson barrage after Miami romp

first_img0Shares0000Roger Federer sweeps into the quarter-finals of the Miami Open with a straight sets win over Daniil Medvedev © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / JULIAN FINNEYMIAMI, United States, Mar 28 – Roger Federer is preparing himself for a barrage of Kevin Anderson big serves after the Swiss superstar sealed his place in the ATP and WTA Miami Open quarter-finals in just 61 minutes on Wednesday.Federer is celebrating 20 years at this tournament and edged closer to his fourth title in South Florida as the up and coming Russian Daniil Medvedev was swatted aside 6-4 6-2. Next up for the 20-time Grand Slam-winning legend is the South African world number seven who famously beat the 37-year-old at Wimbledon in 2018 over five dramatic sets.That triumph was Anderson’s only win over Federer in six attempts – and the only time he’s won a set.But having classily dealt with Medvedev, the former world number one knows it won’t be as straightforward with the 6 ft 8 in Anderson at the other end of the Hard Rock Stadium’s center court.“I think if you beat me at Wimbledon, you’ve got my attention,” smiled Federer.“He’s got a great serve and I’m happy he’s playing again after his injury.“So from that standpoint, I know what I’m about to expect tomorrow. The matches I have played against him I know can be extremely close always, just because of his sheer possibilities that he has on the serve.“I believe that probably the best surface for him is this kind of a type of hard court here in the States where he’s spent a lot of his time practicing, as well.“I’ve just got to make sure I protect my serve very well and slice maybe sometimes, get into the rallies, and then find a way. So it will be interesting to see how it’s going to go.”The key moment against Medvedev came towards the end of the first set, Federer breaking serve for 5-4 – a game which saw him win a 34-stroke rally – before saving three break points on his own serve to seal the first set.– Missed opportunity –The missed opportunity seriously hurt Medvedev who capitulated once he was broken in the first game of the second.“Holding at the end of the first set was very important but in the second I played well and really went for my shots,” added Federer who won 81% of points on his first serve and finished the match on 85%.Defending champion John Isner, meanwhile, powered his way to the semi-finals as Roberto Bautista Agut, who sent world number one Novak Djokovic crashing out in the previous round, was seen off 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 ,(7-5).“I was pretty fortunate out there,” confessed the American, who smashed down 24 aces compared to the Spaniard’s tally of just three and will play the winner of Croatia’s Borna Coric and Felix Auger-Aliassime, the 18-year-old from Canada.In the women’s draw, Simona Halep moved closer to reclaiming her world number one crown after a well-executed 6-4 7-5 triumph over China’s Wang Qiang.Following Petra Kvitova’s exit on Tuesday, Halep needs only to reach Saturday’s final to knock Naomi Osaka off the top of women’s tennis after being deposed following the Japanese’s second major win at the Australian Open earlier this year.Halep’s recovery from 1-5 down in the second set showed the kind of mental toughness displayed by only the very best and the Romanian is looking in good shape to land her first Miami title, even if she’s not overly consumed about the prospect of reclaiming the number one tag.“It doesn’t mean everything to get back to number one. It’s more important to finish the year in that position,” said the number two seed, who will face either world number five Karolina Pliskova or Marketa Vondrousova in the last four.“But if I do it, I will be very proud.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

I will SLAP Roy Hodgson if John Stones doesn’t start at Euro 2016, Danny Murphy warns!

first_imgJohn Stones is far and away England’s best central defender and has to start at Euro 2016, Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT.Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson still doesn’t appear to have settled on a first-choice defensive pairing ahead of next summer’s finals.He fielded Chris Smalling alongside Phil Jones for last week’s friendly defeat to Spain, while Stones and Gary Cahill played in Tuesday’s win over France.But Murphy believes there MUST be a place for Stones in Hodgson’s team, after the 21-year-old impressed with his calmness and his composure against the French.“Come the start of the Euros next year, I will be at the game and if John Stones isn’t starting I will gladly walk down and get Roy, Ray Lewington and Gary Neville and slap them all with a wet fish because he is so far ahead of the other centre-halves in our country in terms of his ability to come out with the ball and pick a pass,” the former England international told Colin Murray.“He is just so comfortable. When you have got a centre-half who is good on the ball, able to go past someone, come out with the ball and see the bigger picture, as a midfielder and striker it frees up time for you and gives everyone more confidence in what you are trying to do.“Smalling, Cahill, Jagielka and Jones are all good players, all very talented lads but, for me, they are competing for one spot. If Stones is fit, he starts.”Stones’ form for Everton sparked interest from Premier League champions Chelsea in the summer, while Barcelona are reportedly keeping tabs on the youngster.He has been likened to former England captain Rio Ferdinand by Barca’s Gerard Pique, and Murphy believes he is destined for the very top.“I would say he is further on than Rio at the same age,” said Murphy.“I think he is the real deal and very much worth getting carried away about.“There is no one else in that England squad that stands out that is going to be the next Rio, the next [Steven] Gerrard, the next Michael Owen. There are some good players but none are at his level in terms of potential.”last_img read more

No league title, but Lancaster duo has accomplished much

first_img If the Eagles win their remaining three league games and capture their first-round playoff game, they can set a school record with 21 victories. “We can’t win the league at this point, but we want to finish the season strong,” Gallen said. Indispensable: Knight freshman guard Malika Jackson has become one of the top players for the Hawks. She has started every game and averages 8.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. “She’s advanced well beyond her years in terms of understanding the game, and she leads the team in minutes (played), which for a freshman is just amazing,” Knight assistant coach Danny Henderson said. Goal-oriented: At the start of the season, Knight (13-11, 6-3) set out to finish in third place, make the playoffs and win a playoff game. The Hawks were in third place heading into Wednesday’s game against fourth-place Highland (11-9, 5-3). “As a first-year varsity program, we have a chance to reach all our goals, and that’s pretty exciting for the kids,” Henderson said. Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Lancaster High’s Golden League girls’ basketball loss Friday to Palmdale was especially hard to take for senior guard Andrea Bobic and forward Jessie Maxted. The loss virtually eliminated Lancaster (17-6, 7-2) from title contention, so Bobic and Maxted, who have been on the varsity team since they were freshmen, in all likelihood will not achieve one of their biggest high school goals. In a meeting with the players earlier this week, Lancaster coach John Gallen told them that they had achieved more important objectives, even if it didn’t seem to them that they had at the time. He believes lessons about commitment to teammates and the work ethic they developed have translated into excellence on the court and in the classroom. Both have overcome ACL injuries to position themselves to play at four-year schools. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “They’ve accomplished a lot,” Gallen said. “In striving for that goal, they learned so many things that are a lot more important than winning a championship. As far as I’m concerned, they’ve learned a lot more than a lot of kids who are on championship teams. “Even if they don’t play basketball, they’re going go to college, and they’re going to have productive lives.” Gallen said both players epitomize what is most important about the high school sports experience. “If you tell me that we’re spending hundreds of thousands of dollars for high school athletics just so we can develop great athletes, then we’re not doing it for the right reasons,” he said. “There are a lot of things that you can learn from competing, and it’s not just to see who wins the game.” With Palmdale (13-9, 9-0) on course to win its fourth consecutive league title, Gallen said Lancaster’s objective the rest of the season is to secure its second-place standing and play for the best possible playoff seeding. last_img read more


first_imgThe winner of the Specsavers competition in conjunction with Donegal Daily is Margaret Gallagher, Ballyshannon.Margaret has won TWO tickets to this weekend’s match between Donegal and Dublin at Croke Park.It’s one of the most highly anticipated matches in the GAA for years, as the All-Ireland winners from 2012 take on the All-Ireland winners from 2011 and 2013. Congratulations to Margaret and the lucky friend she decides to bring with her for what promises to be a wonderful occasion.WINNER OF THE TWO TICKETS TO SEE DONEGAL VERSUS DUBLIN IS…….. was last modified: August 29th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:competitiondonegaldublinFeaturesMatch ticketsnewsNoticesSpecsaverslast_img read more


first_imgDomestic violence unit moves a step closerThe first sod will be turned on the Donegal Women’s Domestic violence accommodation unit in Letterkenny next Monday.The day will mark the end of a 21 year campaign to have the unit opened at Lismonaghan. Manager of the DWDVS, Fiona Doherty said the centre could not come at a better time.She said the recession was having a major impact on their resources with more and more women coming to them for help.Leap to it A proposal card sent by a woman on February 29th has ben found in a collection of memorabilia at Donegal County Museum.The 80 year old card originally belonged to John C Gallagher, an army man who was originally form Letterkenny who never married.Resource centre under threatThe resource centre in Manorcunningham could close because of the lack of funding.An emergency meeting on the future of the centre will take place for Tuesday, February 28th.The majority of the group’s funding came from the International Fund for Ireland but this is now due to end. DrugsLetterkenny Town Mayor Cllr Gerry McMonagle has said he is very concerned about the reported availability of class A drugs such as heroin in the town.DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF….DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF was last modified: February 17th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cross Country Races Well To Open Season at Hawkeye Invitational

first_img Men’s Results Yeager’s time in the men’s race was trailed by Kyle Brandt’s (Maple Grove, Minn.) 14th-place finish in 18:24.9 while freshman Kurt TeBeest (Montevideo, Minn.) was 40th and Xavier Lechleitner (Edgar, Wis.) came in 43rd. Maximilian Fridrich was 48th to complete the scoring for the men’s team in the 76-runner field. Women’s Results Story Links Print Friendly Version Drake Women’s Results – 4k10. Bailee Cofer, 14:25.734. Mykaela Cole, 15:23.236. Elizabeth Aho, 15:30.539. Morgan Garcia, 15:43.540. Millie Bretl, 15:44.144. Olivia Rogers, 15:52.149. Paige Nicholson, 16:13.851. Kenzie Mente, 16:15.452. Kayla Giuliano, 16:19.855. Rachel Selva, 16:40.357. Meghan Kearney, 16:54.4 IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Drake University men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their seasons with encouraging performances Friday, Sept. 1, evening at the Hawkeye Invitational.Senior Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) had the team’s top performance on the day, finishing 10th in the women’s 4-kilometer race with a time of 14:27.7. Josh Yeager (Center Point, Iowa) had the men’s team’s top finish with a 12th place showing in the 6-kilometer race and a time of 18:14.0 The Bulldogs return to competition next Friday, Sept. 8, at the Oz Memorial in Falcon Heights, Minn.center_img Photo Gallery Mykaela Cole (Urbandale, Iowa) was the second Bulldog across the finish line in the women’s race in 34th place followed by Elizabeth Aho (Grayslake, Ill.) in 36th, Morgan Garcia (Marion, Iowa) in 39th and Millie Bretl (Milwaukee, Wis.) in 40th among the 61-runner field. 2017 Hawkeye InvitationalAshton Cross Country Course – Iowa City, Iowa Drake Men’s Results – 6k12. Josh Yeager, 18:14.014. Kyle Brandt, 18:24.940. Kurt TeBeest, 19:14.843. Xavier Lechleitner, 19:16.248. Maximilian Fridrich, 19:22.653. Matt Cozine, 19:27.058. Joe Romain, 19:33.760. Chris Kaminski, 19:41.461. Justin Philips, 19:43.565. Cole Friedman 20:12.972. Alec Bognar, 21:32.9 “In the women’s race, Bailee Cofer showed her summer training with a top-10 finish and two freshmen, Elizabeth Aho and Millie Bretl, scored for us, so that was a great start to the season for our women,” said first-year Drake head coach Mark Carroll. “Josh [Yeager] and Kyle [Brandt] looked like they put in some good work over the summer and it was a great start overall. Hopefully we get stronger week after week.” The Bulldogs competed against host Iowa, Iowa State, UNI, Illinois State, Creighton and Central Iowa in the meet that was scored as a double dual amongst the teams. Drake’s men’s squad defeated Creighton in that scoring.last_img read more

Kenny tipped to join Leeds and Barton’s future expected to be resolved

first_imgBolton are ready to step up their interest in Leeds United goalkeeper Andy Lonergan, potentially paving the way for QPR’s Paddy Kenny to move to Elland Road, according to The Bolton News.Kenny is tipped to join former boss Neil Warnock at Leeds following Rangers’ signing of Robert Green.Meanwhile, Joey Barton’s future could be clearer by Monday or even today, the Daily Mail report.An apparent internal investigation by QPR following Barton’s violent outburst against Manchester City is expected to be concluded soon.Barton kicked Sergio Aguero and aimed a headbutt at Vincent Kompany after being sent off for elbowing Carlos Tevez.The FA subsequently banned him for 12 matches and Barton is not expected to be named in manager Mark Hughes’ 25-man Premier League squad if the player remains at Loftus Road.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

African leaders pledge climate talks unity

first_img5 May 2011Meeting at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, the leaders of South Africa, Gabon and Kenya have pledged to take a united stance at the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban in November.“The question for us leaders is how committed we are to be a little less selfish and to think of the community as a whole,” Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba said in a session on the second day of the meeting on Thursday. “It is important for us as Africans to get together,” Ondimba said. “We will be determined to speak with one voice.”COP 17 will aim to shape a legally binding agreement on global warming to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which is set to end next year.Failure in Durban ‘not an option’“There are parts of the world where the challenge [of climate change] is very severe,” South African President Jacob Zuma told delegates in Cape Town. “For some, it is a question of life or death. The question that faces all of us is how we respond: are we ready to have a legally binding agreement that would try to accommodate all of us?”Failure in Durban was not an option, said Kenyan President Raila Odinga, with rising food and energy prices, due in part to climate conditions, adding to the urgency. “There is a need to act now; there is no need to wait,” Odinga said.To succeed in Durban and in the broader fight against global warming, governments must work with both business and civil society, the leaders agreed. “It is important to get the business community on board because financing is important,” Ondimba said. “Government cannot shoulder the whole burden.”Business ‘ready to play its part’The business community is prepared to play its part, said Pat Davies, chief executive of South African petrochemicals giant Sasol. “We need a Team Africa approach to make this a success.”However, Davies added, whatever agreement is reached by governments “must not compromise competitiveness, growth and the alleviation of unemployment and poverty.” It was important to balance mitigation and adaptation efforts with economic development and growth, he said, warning against setting hard targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions without a clear understanding of their impact.‘People first’South Africa should lead the talks in Durban with the principle of putting people first, said Sheila Sisulu, deputy executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, stressed the need to address the impact of global warming on women and children.“We have to look at the social dimensions of climate change,” Sisulu said. “If Team Africa fails to fight for the inclusion of people, it would be more than unfortunate.“The point is to act now,” Sisulu said, “not to act after Durban and an agreement is reached. This is not about what will happen. It is happening now.”Noting that Africa’s potential as a global breadbasket could be compromised by climate change, Anand Sharma, India’s minister of commerce and industry, told participants that, as the international community aims to agree on a post-Kyoto framework, “equity is vitally important.”There had to be equitable sharing of technology and resources, Sharma said. “Responsibilities cannot be compartmentalized. It has to be a team effort, a global partnership. No country or group of countries can address a problem of this magnitude.”Source: World Economic Forumlast_img read more

Bitcoins … What Are Those Again? [Video]

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… nick statt Bitcoins, the digital currency that’s been making headlines almost nonstop lately, suffered a major price crash yesterday, losing more than half its value in under 24 hours.That shock movement is shaking the peer-to-peer economy and any shred of trust in the currency’s stability. And it’s also making a lot of people stop and realize that they don’t really understand what bitcoins are.Bitcoins were trading at an all time high of $266 (USD) as of Wednesday morning before they suddenly entered free fall. After regaining some strength, they closed the day at $105. The proximate cause: the currency’s biggest exchange, Mt.Gox, buckled under increased demand, causing a slowdown in its systems that ushered a mass panic and massive sell-off.  All this sounds like standard after-the-fact market analysis, except that we’re talking about a digital currency with no central bank or government regulation. Bitcoins can be used to donate to Wikipedia or purchase add-ons to your WordPress page. They can also be used to purchase illegal firearms, hire a contract killer, or buy drugs over what’s known as the darknet—an underground web of sites, like the infamous Silk Road, where users communicate with complete anonymity. That’s where the true value in using bitcoins lies—anonymity. Through complex processes, your recognized currency is transformed into bitcoins and becomes ready for instant peer-to-peer transactions, leaving no trace of where the money originally came from thanks to cryptography. Even more mysterious is the fact that nobody even knows who invented the bitcoin. What are those complex processes? Designer Duncan Elms has created a visually stunning piece, narrated by Australian journalist Marc Fennell, that helps explain what the heck bitcoins are and what their purpose is. Because of the volatile nature of the market of late, some of the numbers—specifically the trading amount of bitcoins—are already outdated, but the step-by-step breakdown is spot-on. It’s a must-watch for everyone who’s been trying to wrap their heads around the currency. Bitcoin Explained infographic Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Bitcoins#Darknet#online payments 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more