NorthEast United FC Prove A Point In Kerala Stalemate

first_imgKochi: Ten-man NorthEast United FC stood firm and stayed resilient to play out a goalless draw and deny Kerala Blasters FC a chance to end their Hero Indian Super League campaign with a win at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Wednesday.Having already secured a spot in the playoff, NorthEast confirmed the fourth place in the standings with 29 points from 18 games and will now face Bengaluru FC in the semi-final. FC Goa will face Mumbai City FC in the other semi-final.Blasters ended their league season in the ninth spot with just two wins and 15 points after 18 matches.After a tentative first few minutes, a powerful shot from Courage Pekuson got Kerala going. Twelve minutes into the game, Matej Poplatnik dribbled forward down the left and chipped the ball to Pekuson at the edge of the box. The Ghanaian midfielder chested it down before hitting a fine volley that flew inches wide.NorthEast coach Eelco Schattorie was forced to field a weakened side and his woes were compounded when centre-back Gurwinder Singh was sent off in the 23rd minute. Pekuson dashed forward on a counter-attack and fed Poplatnik through on goal. The Slovenian striker was brought down on the edge of the box by Gurwinder, who happened to be NorthEast’s last man in defence, and promptly received the marching orders. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Lara and Tendulkar roll back the years as bushfire relief fundraiser brings in millions

first_imgSACHIN Tendulkar and Brian Lara rolled back the years as Cricket Australia raised over 7.7 million Australian dollars (£3.9million) in the fundraising Bushfire Cricket Bash on Sunday.At Melbourne’s Junction Oval, a Ricky Ponting XI beat an Adam Gilchrist XI by one run, with superstar line-ups turning out in support of the relief effort.Former Australia captain Ponting made 26 from 14 balls and West Indies great Lara plundered 30 in the 10-overs-a-side match, as the Ponting XI made 104-5 from their allocation.In the reply, Gilchrist scored 17 before he was bowled by former Australian rules star Luke Hodge, before Shane Watson cracked three sixes in a nine-ball 30 and Andrew Symonds added 29.Ponting, Lara, Watson and Symonds all retired to give others a chance to shine in the charity contest, which saw bowlers including Peter Siddle, Courtney Walsh, Wasim Akram and Dan Christian come in for some uncharitable treatment from batsmen.Brett Lee’s 2-11 from two overs bucked the trend, as the former Baggy Green paceman took the wickets of Gilchrist XI stars Brad Hodge and Yuvraj Singh.Tendulkar, who was named coach of the Ponting XI, made a crowd-pleasing cameo between innings when he faced an over shared by Ellyse Perry and Annabel Sutherland.The Gilchrist XI then needed five from the final ball of their 10 overs, but ex-Aussie rules footballer Nick Riewoldt, attempting to club a six, could only scramble a three to leave his team just short on 103-6.Cricket Australia centred the match around its Big Appeal campaign, with television coverage taking the match to a large audience, and its fundraising was boosted by an online auction.At least 33 people died in Australia’s bushfire crisis, with wildlife taking the brunt and homes and large areas of land being destroyed.last_img read more

F-M, CBA football join ESM, J-D in Class A in 2020

first_imgWhat was announced earlier this year – the addition of Fayetteville-Manlius and Christian Brothers Academy to Class A football and the return of Jamesville-DeWitt – was confirmed by Thursday’s announcement of the Section III schedules for the 2020 season.F-M, CBA and J-D all join long-time member East Syracuse Minoa in the Class A ranks, while Bishop Grimes remains firmly entrenched in eight-man football for its fourth season.Among the many changes in Section III for the upcoming autumn was a longer regular season for large-school teams. Instead of seven games, Class AA, down to nine teams with the departures of F-M and CBA, will go with a nine-game schedule and just four teams will make the November playoffs. The realigned Class A includes 10 teams in two divisions. J-D, who is back after a season in the Developmental division (now Independent League), is in the American division with ESM and CBA, plus Auburn and Indian River.F-M, meanwhile, got put in the National division with Carthage, Central Square, Fulton and Whitesboro and will have just seven regular-season contests, the Hornets opening Sept. 11 against Auburn, the first of three straight home games with Central Square and Fulton to follow.A week earlier, on Sept. 4, ESM opens at Waverly and CBA takes on Rome Free Academy. The Spartans and Brothers will have eight regular-season games, but J-D will stick with seven and start its season a week later at South Jefferson. Tags: Bishop Grimes footballCBAESMF-MJ-Dcenter_img Due to the varying lengths of their respective seasons, Class A will continue to utilize an eight-team playoff format, with opening-round games Oct. 30, semifinals a week later and the finals on the second weekend in November under the new roof at the Carrier Dome.As for Bishop Grimes, it will play eight regular-season games as part of a nine-team league in eight-man football. The Cobras begin Sept. 12 against visiting Cooperstown and will meet defending sectional champion Weedsport two weeks later, also taking on New York Mills, Adirondack, Elmira Notre Dame, Morrisville-Eaton, West Canada and Tupper Lake, from Section X.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

After buying into Eaves’ message as rookies, special senior class can skate away knowing they turned

first_imgEvery senior class that comes through Wisconsin’s men’s hockey program wants to put its stamp on history. But while this year’s group could still leave its final mark with a national championship to end their careers, they have already etched their place in the history books — and they did it three years ago when they were just freshmen.Sure, every group of seniors has the moments they will remember. This one will remember three-straight trips to the NCAA tournament, and more specifically, Nick Licari might remember being tied up with a Minnesota State player in December 2003 when the Kohl Center lights went out during the third period.And every class has the games it will never forget — a thrilling overtime win against North Dakota their sophomore year, a game at Lambeau Field and sweeping Minnesota, North Dakota and Colorado College — all on the road — early in their senior year.And there are those they wish they could forget. For this crew, an embarrassing loss to Michigan in the first round of last year’s NCAA tournament and being brutally outplayed last weekend at Minnesota State.But for defenseman Tom Gilbert and forwards Adam Burish, Ryan MacMurchy, A.J. Degenhardt and Licari, their four years have been about much more than specific games and moments.Most people know of the story of Bear Bryant’s “Junction Boys” from the book or movie. It’s the story that chronicles a Texas A&M football team enduring a hellish training camp only to become a championship team.Though they could put the icing on the cake with a championship at the end of this year, the Badgers’ senior class already all too closely resembles that plotline. And that’s why UW head coach Mike Eaves isn’t shy about calling them his “Junction Boys.””We felt that way,” Burish said. “There would be times when we’d come back to the dorms together, and somebody would turn the shower on and say ‘if I don’t come out just leave me drowned in there, just joking around because you’re so sore. It was wild.'””I remember Eaves came to the locker room and said ‘I’m going to demand perfection out here, and if you miss a pass or miss the net, you’re going to do it again,'” Burish said. “Whoever completes a pass perfectly every drill and especially that year when it was such a mess out there. Guys were just kind of losing it, but he demanded we do it the proper way.”This year’s seniors were mere freshmen when Eaves took the reins in 2002. It’s safe to say they had no idea what they were getting themselves into.”I could write a book about it,” Licari said.What they were getting themselves into was a firestorm of pain and trials and tribulations due to a rigorous training schedule and general rockiness that is characteristic of a team under a first-year head coach.”One thing that really sticks out was the five-mile run,” Licari said, trying to pinpoint one of the hardest times of his freshman year. “It was like 95 degrees on an August afternoon, and we just ran around the track, 20 laps. Hockey players aren’t supposed to run like that.”But the five roommates bought into the program. They went to work every day planning to work harder than the veterans.”We didn’t know anything else. When they said get up at 6 o’clock and wrestle on the astro-turf and try to pin a guy, sure, we’re going to do it,” Burish said. “When they said go run five miles, we’re freshmen, we’re going to do what we have to do to get in the lineup.”And it paid off in the form of playing time — MacMurchy, Licari, Gilbert and Degenhardt combined to miss just six games.They continued to work despite a season that saw tension in the locker room, a situation off the ice involving Eaves and former Badger Alex Leavitt, and a win-loss record that made fans cringe. They were just 13-23-4 in that first year.”You could say it was the season from hell,” Burish said. “Every weekend we lost it felt like — you’re hanging your head, you’re embarrassed. We’re up twice a week at 6 a.m. doing ridiculous workouts.”They even lost three of their fellow classmates as Joey McElroy, Brent Gibson and Tom Sawatske chose to go their separate ways over the coming years.But the five current seniors never threw in the towel.”They survived … they stayed with it. They bought in, and they carried the torch,” Eaves said. “Look at them now. They’re a big reason we are where we are. They are truly the Junction Boys of the University of Wisconsin.””It was tough, and there were days when you didn’t want to come to the rink,” Licari said. “You were sore, and you were like ‘Why am I doing this?'”But it was the dedication and open-mindedness of the five to stick with a schedule that beat them up physically, mentally and emotionally that paid off in the long run for the Wisconsin program.The Badgers are 66-36-15 in the three years since that dreadful first season, have made runs to the top ranking nationally in each of the past two seasons and set the record this year for most sellouts in a season at the Kohl Center.”[Freshman year] was a character building year,” MacMurchy said. “[Now] it’s very satisfying. Our class helped turn it around and get through that transition period. All we care about is the program at Wisconsin, so getting that in the right direction now is a big thing for us.”Though they are not Eaves’ recruits officially, they basically have become his over the last four years.They will be able to take a special meaning into this weekend’s senior festivities because they are the first class that has played for four years under Eaves.And like the team that they led this year, the five have become more than just best friends — they are like family.”Us five seniors have pretty much spent every day together for the last four years,” MacMurchy said. “We’re pretty much brothers now. It’s crazy to think it’s almost done. We’re going to be lifelong friends together, and that’s what it’s all about.”This weekend, the close-knit group of five will take to the Kohl Center ice against St. Cloud State for their last regular season series knowing they can say they were a big part of turning the program around.But they are still focused on a time, a little more than a month from now, when they are hoping to put their final major stamp on their class with a national championship in Milwaukee.last_img read more

Grant guides Syracuse to win with 8 in overtime, career-high 24 overall

first_img Published on February 2, 2014 at 3:25 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+ When Amile Jefferson and Jabari Parker fouled out, 6-foot-8 forward Rodney Hood became Duke’s center.The Blue Devils’ next-tallest player was 6-foot-5 guard Andre Dawkins. He was tasked with guarding the 6-foot-8, ultra-athletic Jerami Grant.Dawkins had absolutely no chance.Grant ripped off eight points in overtime — including three dunks in a row — en route to a career-high 24 points to go with 12 rebounds. C.J. Fair was the star of the night, but Grant was a consistently dominant second option. His inside presence guided No. 2 Syracuse (21-0, 8-0 Atlantic Coast) to a thrilling 91-89 overtime win over No. 17 Duke (17-5, 6-3) on Saturday, in front of a record-setting 35,446 in the Carrier Dome.“Jerami’s a weapon we have,” SU point guard Tyler Ennis said, “and I think we don’t utilize him a lot.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn the majority of teams in the country, Grant would be the No. 1 option.He’ll likely be a lottery pick next year, and he’s one of the most explosive players in the country. But on Syracuse, he’s the third option, as Ennis and Fair often run the show.On Saturday, Grant was sensational, shooting 7-of-11 from the field and 10-of-10 from the free throw line.After an up-and-down first half, Grant was unstoppable in the second frame. He shot 4-of-5, including a sweet jumper off a pass from Ennis.Yet most of his work came in overtime with the game on the line.“Jerami Grant picked it up,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “They had the little guard in there. He was able to get post down low and get some buckets in the overtime.”Those buckets all came in succession — one throwdown after the next.With Syracuse down 81-78 and in desperate need of a basket, Grant called for the ball inside. He swiveled his body around Dawkins, who frantically tried to cling to Grant before helplessly tumbling out of bounds.The only man Grant had to beat was Hood, who came over to help on the play. They were the same size, but Hood couldn’t jump like Grant. Not even close.So Grant took one power dribble, rose up and flushed it. Right in Hood’s eye.Then he caught a pass in transition from Ennis, shielded Dawkins once again, and stuffed it. He pointed his finger at Ennis as he glided downcourt.“Makes me feel good,” Grant said. “After I got the first dunk down, they just kept feeding me and I kept getting easy layups.”Syracuse made a conscious effort to work the ball inside all game. Duke took a whopping 36 3s, while the Orange shot just four. There was a clear contrast in styles.SU shot 57.4 percent from the floor, but the Blue Devils hung around by way of the 3 ball. Whenever Duke hit from downtown late in the game, Fair or Grant would counter inside or from mid-range.At the end of regulation it was Fair. In overtime, it was Grant.SU guard Trevor Cooney said it’s extremely difficult to guard Grant in the post. For a player who used to just be raw, now his game is polished. The only thing Cooney and Ennis had to do was feed him the rock.“They were all pretty much just twos and 3s out there,” Cooney said. “Then you’ve got Jerami, who’s as big as a five on most teams and you just give him the ball.”On a magical night in the Carrier Dome, Grant helped seal the win that gave Syracuse its best start in school history.He was the spark Syracuse needed on Saturday, and the spark he has the potential to be on a nightly basis going forward.Said Ennis: “We wanted to keep going to him as long as possible.” Commentslast_img read more

Men’s basketball: No. 22 Wisconsin’s recent struggles remind Greg Gard of past successful teams that found way through

first_imgTimes are tough for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team, but as head coach Greg Gard said Tuesday, it is nothing the program has not seen before.Gard was quick to point to the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. Both of those seasons featured tough stretches during Big Ten play, but both teams managed to rebound (a conference tournament appearance in ’13, a Final Four in ’14).The confidence required to finish the season strong and make deep tournament runs is still there for No. 22 Wisconsin (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten), Gard said.Men’s basketball: Wisconsin senior Zak Showalter feels sense of urgency in final seasonWhen the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball staff began asking the team’s seniors to start filming their videos for Senior Read…“I think they’re fine,” Gard said. “They understand. Some of them have been through it before when they were younger and understand that it’s part of it. You don’t like to go through it. It’s not fun to go through. It’s painful at times.”In 2013-14, the freshman season for Vitto Brown, Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes (and the redshirt freshman season for Zak Showalter), the Badgers lost five of six at one point, going from the third-ranked team in the country to unranked.That, along with sticking to the gameplan, should get UW through this rough patch, Gard said.“You can’t deviate too far from your plan,” Gard said. “You adjust and try to get better and fix things that need to be fixed, but also understand and not flinch, I guess, in the moment.”Riley Steinbrenner/The Badger HeraldUW assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft is no stranger to dealing with low stretches as a player. Krabbenhoft has delivered a positive message to players during recent weeks, Gard said.“Joe’s talked about that before this, just all the different roller coaster rides he went on as a player and how guys fought through it, what was talked about in the locker room and how guys responded,” Gard said. “It’s part of it. He mentioned to me the other day it’s how you come out of those type of things that you remember.”Showalter, who has seen his share of losing streaks during his five seasons on campus, can speak to that.“Honestly, just knowing that this is the Big Ten, this happens to teams, don’t panic, don’t lose our togetherness,” Showalter said, “I think that’s the main thing.”Next up for the Badgers is Iowa (16-13, 8-8), who will visit the Kohl Center Thursday night. After losing three straight, the Hawkeyes have rebounded with two wins over Indiana and Maryland.Big Ten standings rely upon UW wins over OSU, MSU this weekendBronson Koenig is back. That much was evident following the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s 71-60 win over Maryland Read…Iowa sports the second-best scoring offense in the Big Ten (80.6 ppg) and the worst scoring defense in the conference (77.7 ppg). Despite allowing a season-worst 84 points on Sunday at Michigan State, the Badgers still lead the league in scoring defense (62.1 ppg).Peter Jok, a senior guard-forward combo, leads the Big Ten in scoring at 20.6 points per game, nearly two full points ahead of Caleb Swanigan, the Purdue big man considered the front-runner for Big Ten Player of the Year. Jok converts free throws at a 92.2 percent rate. He has made the third-most 3-pointers in the Big Ten. Jok’s 70 threes is just behind Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig’s mark of 71.Gard said UW has done a better job of taking care of the ball. That will be key against Iowa, a team that likes to play fast in transition. The Hawkeyes also tend to change defenses and pressure offenses in the backcourt, providing other challenges. Gard sees the Hawkeyes as a more mature team than when he watched them get blown out by Virginia early in the season.“It’s a good team that’s really improved and can put a lot of points on the board,” he said. “They can score in a hurry from a lot of different places.”Jordan Bohannon, the brother of former UW players Jason and Zach Bohannon, plays for Iowa and is off to a nice freshman season, chipping in 9.2 ppg. Gard remembers the younger Bohannon running around the family home in third or fourth grade when he was an assistant recruiting Jason more than a decade ago.“He’s obviously had great tutelage,” Gard said. “He’s worked hard.”Gard said Bohannon was on UW’s radar during the recruiting process, but UW’s uncertain scholarship situation inhibited it from offering and Bohannon committed to Iowa in the beginning of his senior year of high school.Riley Steinbrenner/The Badger HeraldRedshirt freshman guard Tyler Cook averages 11.8 ppg and is shooting 51 percent from the field to complement Jok and Bohannon.It was a tough road trip defensively for the Badgers, who saw Ohio State shoot 62.5 percent from three and score 83 points, only to allow 84 points at Michigan State on Sunday. Gard said he thought the team’s defense was better in terms of aggression and physicality against the Spartans, and the majority of what he has seen on film is correctable.“That’s the one thing that allows me to sleep a little bit better at night,” he said.Another recent problem for UW is its trouble scoring inside. Unofficially, Gard tallied Wisconsin at 17-for-36 from inside the paint against Michigan State. That, coupled with poor free throw shooting, doomed Wisconsin. Gard said he’d like the Badgers to be in the 70 percent success rate from down low.“Finishing inside,” Happ said, when asked where the team needs to improve right now. “And defensively.”last_img read more

Republic drop in FIFA rankings despite recent wins

first_imgMartin O’Neill’s side drop two places despite wins over Georgia and Moldova earlier this month.However they now find themselves above Northern Ireland who have dropped six places to 36th.Qualification rivals Wales are down one place to 11th, one place above England who are unchanged in 12th.last_img

Everton hope for quick McCarthy recovery

first_imgStaying on Merseyside and Liverpool great Jamie Carragher says next month’s game with Chelsea could be a crucial in the Premier League title race.The Merseysiders are six points behind Antonio Conte’s leaders – after beating Everton 1-nil.Carragher tells Sky Sports News his old club couldn’t afford to lose last night’s derby.In Scotland, Celtic will go 14 points clear with a win at home to Partick Thistle this evening.Skipper Scott Brown is available for the Hoops having served a suspension.Kick off is at 7.45 Everton hope that James McCarthy can make a speedy recovery from the injury he sustained in last nights defeat to Liverpool at Goodison Park.The Ireland midfielder was withdrawn at half time in the match and replaced by Gareth Barry.It remains unclear if he’ll be available for their next match against Champions Leicester on Saint Stephens day.last_img read more

SportsRISQ secures English football double with Everton & Fulham

first_img Insider Sport: On the ball – FIFA announces player protection fund February 14, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Sportech strengthens product and commercial teams with three new hires December 9, 2019 Share TAG Media launches US-Odds.com as first ‘US FTP property’ December 10, 2019 Max Hamilton – RISQSports structured finance modelling and risk assessment specialists SportsRISQ (Risq.uk) has confirmed that it has secured English football clubs’ Everton FC (Premier League) and Fulham FC (Championship) as new platform partners of its ‘RISQ Performance Dashboard’.Moving forward, Everton and Fulham will utilise the RISQ Performance Dashboard as a business intelligence tool specifically designed for football club executives.The dashboard enables football stakeholders to track, analyse and control the increasing financial impact of performance by combining the club’s contractual, commercial and financial data with RISQ predictive analytics.Commenting on the RISQ platform capabilities Robert Elstone, CEO of Everton, stated: “Everton is committed to ensuring its forecasting, reporting and control procedures are accurate, timely and comprehensive. Accordingly, we were extremely impressed by the capabilities of the SportsRISQ platform.Further financial proficiencies sees the RISQ dashboard able to integrate detailed, real-time analysis, reporting and projections into their weekly, monthly and season-long planning and administration.Sean O’Loughlin, Financial Director at Fulham FC, backed RISQ technologies: “The RISQ Performance Dashboard will give us the tools to run, plan and report our finances more effectively than ever – something that is integral to the club given the growing financial stakes in football.”Signing his firm’s first major commercial contracts of 2017, Max Hamilton Head of Sport at RISQ welcomed the firms two new football partners “Results on the pitch, combined with the increased use of performance clauses in contracts, have major financial implications for football clubs. In Everton and Fulham we are delighted to have two forward-thinking partners improving control over their finances across the season with the RISQ Performance Dashboard,” Related Articleslast_img read more

IOC picks Senegal as first African host for Youth Olympics

first_imgThe IOC has picked its first African host of any Olympics, awarding the 2022 Youth Games to Senegal.Senegal President Macky Sall was present Monday to see International Olympic Committee confirm the executive board’s preference from last month.Senegal will host the youth games in three places: Dakar; a new city of Diamniadio, close to the capital; and the coastal resort of Saly.Sall says the government-backed project will build a 50,000-seat Olympic Stadium.The IOC says the games will be held in May or June, at the end of the dry season to “greatly reduce the prevalence of tropical diseases.”The other bidders were Botswana, Nigeria and Tunisia. The decision was taken on the sidelines of the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics.last_img read more