September 21, 2020
  • 5:16 am Soldado seals Spurs success
  • 5:14 am Young’s full of optimism
  • 5:12 am Wenger has Christmas wish
  • 4:56 am Fingers crossed for Ward – Pardew
  • 4:55 am Pellegrini could go on the attack

first_img(REUTERS) – Kusal Mendis excelled under pressure again, hitting a sparkling 86 and featuring in two important partnerships to help Sri Lanka overcome a shaky start and post 281 all out on the opening day of the second Test against Australia yesterday.The hosts returned to reduce Australia to 54 for two, with Dilruwan Perera dismissing David Warner (42) with the final delivery of the day.Usman Khawaja was unbeaten on 11 with Australia trailing by 227 runs.Paceman Vishwa Fernando made a memorable Test debut for Sri Lanka, opening the attack and dismissing Joe Burns for a duck with his second delivery.It was, however, Mendis who hauled the hosts back into the contest after Mitchell Starc’s two-wicket burst left them reeling at nine for two inside five overs.The 21-year-old right-hander added 108 runs with Kusal Perera (49) and 67 with captain Angelo Mathews (54) to steady the innings.Mendis pulled off a similar rescue act in the first Test at Pallekele where Sri Lanka were six for two in their second innings before his career-best 176 helped secure the hosts’ 106-run victory against the world’s top-ranked Test team.Left-arm paceman Starc (5-44) gave Australia a dream start by dismissing Dimuth Karunaratne for a golden duck after Mathews had won the toss and opted to bat on Galle’s spin-friendly track.Kaushal Silva (five) also fell to an innocuous Starc delivery but Mendis and Perera staged a brilliant recovery, finding boundaries regularly during their century-stand.Spinner Nathan Lyon denied Perera his half-century but runs kept flowing with Mathews dictating terms with clean hitting and decisive footwork against the spinners.The Sri Lanka captain also unfurled the reverse sweep against Lyon to collect a couple of boundaries.Starc dismissed Mendis to claim his 100th Test wicket, ending the right-hander’s 137-ball knock which included 10 fours and two sixes.Left-arm spinner Jon Holland impressed with his flight and loop on his debut Test but had to wait for his first wicket until the final session when he trapped Dhananjaya de Silva (37) lbw with a full toss.SRI LANKA 1st inningsD. Karunaratne c Burns b Starc 0K. Silva c Nevill b Starc 5K. Perera c Smith b Lyon 49K. Mendis c Nevill b Starc 86A. Mathews c Nevill b M. Marsh 54D. Chandimal c Khawaja b Hazlewood 5D. de Silva lbw b Holland 37D. Perera lbw b Lyon 16R. Herath b Starc 14L. Sandakan b Starc 1V. Fernando not out 0Extras: (b-4, lb-10) 14Total: (all out, 73.1 overs) 281Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-9, 3-117, 4-184, 5-199, 6-224,, 7-259, 8-265, 9-274.Bowling: M. Starc 16.1-7-44-5, J. Hazlewood 15-3-51-1, N. Lyon 18-1-78-2, M. Marsh 9-0-30-1, J. Holland 15-0-64-1.AUSTRALIA 1st inningsJ. Burns c D. Perera b V. Fernando 0D. Warner c Mathews b D. Perera 42U. Khawaja not out 11Extras: (lb-1) 1Total: (for 2 wickets, 13.3 overs) 54Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-54.Bowling: V. Fernando 2-0-16-1, R. Herath 1-0-3-0, D. Perera 5.3-1-14-1, A. Mathews 3-1-13-0, D. de Silva 2-1-7-0.last_img read more

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first_imgThis initiative was established in 2014 as a response to the staggering statistics on cancer. Annually, over 100,000 Nigerians are diagnosed with cancer, and about 80,000 die (approximately 10 deaths every hour) with a dismal survival rate of 1:5. Survival is even lower for other types of cancer such as blood cancers. According to Ms. Pai Gamde, Acting Head, Corporate Services Division, NSE, the NSE Corporate Challenge has continued to help raise awareness on cancer and its early prevention. “By bringing everyone together, the Competition provides a more holistic approach towards raising awareness about cancer and engages the public to take proactive steps in its prevention. More importantly, we are making progress with our quest to procure Mobile Cancer Centre (MCC) Units. These MCCs will conduct community outreach for screening and treatment of prevalent cancers to save lives and significantly reduce our country’s startling statistics of cancer deaths. A significant amount of monies raised annually goes to a dedicated bank account towards the procurement of the proposed MCCs.”According to World Health Organisation (WHO), regular exercise is one of the most simple and fun ways that people worldwide can reduce their cancer risk. The messages around sport are in sync with our cancer messages about the importance of eating healthy, encouraging one another to achieve common goals and working together. Also commenting, Olumide Orojimi, Head, Corporate Communications, NSE said “the NSE Corporate Challenge has grown into a signature fundraising event that many institutions are fast associating with to contribute their quota in raising awareness and funds to fight cancer.Many have also come to appreciate the athleticism value this event adds to wellness of participants as well as its team bonding potentials. We will continue to innovate the experience to make it a sought after event, year on year.” “As at today, we have received sponsorship commitments from Dangote Cement Plc, Fidelity Bank Plc, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, Nestoil Plc, FBN Holdings Plc, Lafarge Africa Plc, Diamond Bank Plc, Unilever Plc, Nestle Plc, Bodyline Fitness and Gym Ltd, Emergency Rescue and Lotus Fitness and Gym Ltd, “ he added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigerian Stock Exchange last week announced that the 4th edition of its annual NSE Corporate Challenge tagged “Erace Cancer 2.0” will hold on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Onikan Stadium, King George V Road, Onikan, Lagos.The NSE Corporate Challenge is an annual, highly competitive and fun-filled 5-kilometre walk, jog and run competition designed to raise awareness and funds for the purchase of 37 Mobile Cancer Centers (MCCs), valued at $613,000 each.last_img read more

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first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – As they have done every year since August 6, 1962 Jamaicans home and abroad will over the next few days celebrate Jamaica’s independence anniversary, the 57th.People will celebrate in different ways – grand balls, house parties, street dances, church services, country fairs, flag-raising ceremonies, a variety of cultural performances, and a Grand Gala in Kingston, Jamaica. But throughout this variety of celebrations, a singular common element will remain – tremendous pride in Jamaica.Wherever Jamaicans live; no matter how long they have lived outside the country; regardless of the problems being experienced in the country, Jamaicans maintain a passionate, and warranted, pride in their nation.In humans, 57 years is a long time. At age-57 one is close to retirement and most likely has had significant accomplishments in one’s life. However, for a nation 57 years is a relatively brief time, a period of youthfulness for that nation.In these 57 years, Jamaica and Jamaicans have made great achievements. Jamaica athletes have successfully rivaled, and out-rivaled, athletes from First World countries like the USA, and other countries. Jamaican music – notably reggae, is now one of the more prominent and entertaining music genres internationally. The Jamaican cuisine has penetrated the kitchens and dining rooms of households and restaurants globally. Scholars from Jamaica rank with the best from any country. Jamaican professionals easily hold their own, and lead in certain areas, with professionals from everywhere. And, Jamaica, for a variety of positive reasons, is one of the most visited destinations internationally.Economically, Jamaica has experienced a “hill and gully” ride over these 57 years and has recently experienced remarkable economic gains. A recent article in a Miami newspaper referred to the phenomenal turnaround of the Jamaican economy in recent years.But among all these achievements; and gnawing away at the pride Jamaicans possess are serious, persistent problems.Despite the seemingly glorious economic gains, there still exist thousands of Jamaicans, men women, and children, who continue to live in deplorable poverty in urban and rural areas. Driving through the streets of Kingston leading to the resplendent upper St. Andrew middle and upper- class communities one still sees shanties and lean-to shacks made from tin, scraps of wood, and even cardboard, that has been in existence for years. One still sees shacks built perilously close to gullies, ravines and river beds. There are people who find it difficult to eat decently regularly; parents with difficulty finding funds to clothe their children for school or buy school supplies. And, too many urban and rural youth are unemployed, hopeless, having children they cannot afford to raise adequately. No, the heralded economic gains don’t extend to all Jamaicans.While most Jamaicans are somehow tolerating the economic and financial challenges, boosting their frustration with faith, prayer and worship at one of many places of worship, they are much less tolerant to the persistent scourge of violent crime and corruption that has engulfed the country.Both crime and corruption are serious blights on the country. But while people can protect themselves against crime by installing iron bars around their house; living in gated, heavily guarded, properties, and staying off streets at night, they find it more difficult to tolerate or accept public corruption.Across the country there’s evidence of corruption – in the church; in business; among legal professionals; within the civil service; among law enforcement personnel; and probably worst of all, among elected public officials including some holding ministerial positions.It’s devastatingly frustrating and demoralizing for people who desperately try to make financial ends meet to accept frequent reports of politicians gaining wealth through corrupt means; corruptly offering wealth to unqualified friends, relatives and associates; taking financial kickbacks for approving public service contracts; and interfering in the law enforcement and judicial systems to prevent the fair allocation of justice.The type of corruption seen in Jamaica today was rare prior to and immediately after independence but has gradually mushroomed since, affecting both People National Party and Jamaica Labor Party administrations. It’s disingenuous to make this cancerous corruption the theme of political debate. Both parties must collaborate assiduously to eradicate corruption among their members and throughout the country.So, at this 57th-year milestone, while Jamaica has achieved much in various areas, there’s also much to be corrected. There’s still a lot of work to be done by politicians, business sector, church, youth, and, yes, Jamaicans living overseas.Everyone wants their home, no matter how humble, to be clean, vermin free, and comfortable to live in. Jamaica is home, commonly called “yard”, to over six million people, half living in and half outside the nation. Those six million should be prepared to share in the responsibility of improving this home, to make it an undeniable truth that “nowhey nuh better than yard.”last_img read more

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first_imgEx-Asante Kotoko and Accra Great Olympics coach, Joseph Emmanuel Sarpong has urged Ghana Premier League clubs to demand compensation from the Ghana Football Association (GFA) after the season was cancelled.After more than two months of no football due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Ghana, the GFA’s Executive Council finally took a decision to annul the league season, with uncertainty rising on a date for return.The league was halted on March 15 at Match day 15 with Aduana Stars on top of the league table.In an interview with Akoma FM, the veteran head coach believes the inactions of the football governing body in Ghana did not do much to ensure the game is brought back amid the rise of cases of the Coronavirus pandemic.“The inaction of the Ghana Football Association caused the cancellation of the league,” Sarpong, who has had stints with Asante Kotoko, Aduana Stars, Liberty Professionals, Ebusua Dwarfs and Great Olympics. They [Ghana FA] didn’t put in enough effort to get the league restarted. They didn’t do enough to ensure that the league bounced back. Clubs must make a case for compensation for all the wasted efforts and resources caused by the cancellation of the league.”BackgroundThe cancellation of the league came two weeks after the GFA revealed it was engaging the Government of Ghana over the possible resumption of football under strict and safe protocols such as playing matches behind closed doors.Ghana’s ban on all contact sports, including football, remains in effect until at least July 31.last_img read more

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first_img“After extensive evaluation, I determined it is best to move in a different direction with our head coaching position. I want to thank Igor for his work this past season and wish him the best with his future endeavors.”A search will begin immediately for the team’s next head coach, the Suns said, and that search is expected to target 76ers assistant Monty Williams as Kokoskov’s successor, ESPN reported. Related News Here’s a factor in the timing of Kokoskov’s dismissal: The Suns are planning to target Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams, league sources tell ESPN. Lakers are planning a second interview with Williams soon, sources said.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 23, 2019Kokoskov’s first season in the NBA didn’t go well. He led the Suns to a 19-63 record, which tied the Cavaliers for the second worst mark in the league.Phoenix has a 14 percent chance to win the lottery in the 2019 NBA Draft, the same odds as New York and Cleveland. The young team struggled to find identity throughout the season, and it appears the front office thinks there is a better fit to lead the franchise in the future. The Suns will have a new head coach next season.The team issued a late-night statement Monday from general manager James Jones confirming that Igor Kokoskov had been fired: The Suns had one of, if not, the worst point guard rotation in the NBA. But they could count on the talent of star shooting guard Devin Booker to carry the scoring load and serve as the primary distributor. Deandre Ayton also had a promising first season, showcasing top quality scoring and rebounding skills.center_img NBA free agency: Kevon Looney would ‘love to stay’ with Warriors Malcolm Brogdon injury update: Bucks guard (foot) ‘progressing’ toward returnlast_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers said they would continue to follow government- and NBA-mandated health guidelines.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions center_img The Lakers have completed a 14-day quarantine prescribed by the team’s doctors. While two players have tested positive for COVID-19, the team said in a statement that all players remain symptom-free for the time being.Finishing an isolation period likely means little practical changes for players as California and much of the country remains sheltered in place under the threat of coronavirus with more than 160,000 reported cases in the U.S. alone.The Lakers first asked players to self-isolate two weeks ago following the revelation that four players on the Brooklyn Nets, the last team to play them on March 10, had tested positive for COVID-19. The Lakers received word of their two positive tests more than a week ago. The team has not disclosed which players tested positive.The Lakers have stayed in remote contact with players since the quarantine went to effect, with the front office holding conference calls and the strength and conditioning staff sending daily workouts. The team might clear one-on-one work that was taking place before the isolation period: LeBron James said on the “Road Trippin’” podcast last week that he expected he would be cleared to work out with his longtime trainer Mike Mancias once the quarantine was complete. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed last_img read more

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first_imgReid Williams, 88, of Clearwater, died Tuesday, May 13 at the Clearwater Nursing and Rehabilitation in Clearwater.Graveside Memorial Services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday May 16th at the Clearwater Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday at the First Christian Church in Clearwater. A memorial has been established with the Clearwater Ambulance and the Paralyzed Veterans of America. To leave an online condolence please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.Reid Madison Williams was born on January 16, 1926 the son of Lloyd and Josephine (Prunty) Williams in Wellington, Kansas. Reid served his country in the United States Army during World War II in the Philippine’s. He was united in marriage with Lillian Ann Gandy on January 13, 1954 in Wellington, Kansas. Reid farmed in Sumner County for many years, drove a cattle truck and worked for Sumner County. The couple then moved to Clearwater in 1964 and Reid worked for the Gas Service Company until his retirement.He enjoyed helping local farmers during harvest and continued to own cattle. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. and American Legion. One of the highlights of his life was taking the Honor Flight to the to the World War II memorial in Washington D.C.Survivors include his loving wife  of over 60 years, Lillian Williams, six children; Rebecca Hammeke and husband Mike, Peggy Malotte and husband Randy, Barbara Harper, Douglas Shelton, Linda Crites, Loretta Miller-Boring and husband Gerald; grandchildren: Melissa Richardson, Matthew Harper, Adrianne Moore (Brian), Amie Wignall (Damon), Jennifer Schneider (Josh), Emerald Bedwell (Ryan) and Jeremy Miller; great grandchildren: Lillianna Stumbaugh, Isabella Richardson, Rachel Moore, Matthew Moore, Victoria, Jacob and Chloe Wignall, Cooper Schneider, Danielle Bedwell, Grace Bedwell and Joshua Miller and great-great granddaughter, Charlotte Wignall. He is also survived by brother Robert Williams.Reid is preceded in death by his parents and grandson C.W. Emberson and brother Lloyd Williams.last_img read more

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first_imgArgentine football star Lionel Messi and bride Antonella Roccuzzo pose for photographers just after their wedding at the City Centre Complex in Rosario, Santa Fe province, Argentina on June 30, 2017. AFP PHOTORosario, Argentina | AFP |  Lionel Messi said “I do” to childhood sweetheart and mother of their two children Antonella Roccuzzo on Friday in his Argentine hometown Rosario, where footballers and celebrities gathered for the “wedding of the century.”Following the private ceremony, the couple appeared happy and relaxed as they walked a red carpet before hundreds of journalists at a hotel and casino complex, Roccuzzo donning a tight, mermaid-style gown by Spanish designer Rosa Clara.The couple’s children Thiago, four, and Mateo, one, had front seats at the ceremony attended by some 260 guests, including Shakira and her husband, Messi’s teammate Gerard Pique, and numerous footballers such as Messi’s Barcelona strike partners Neymar and Luis Suarez. Argentine media called it the “wedding of the century” for Rosario, the gritty northern port city where Messi, 30, and his bride, 29, met when the player was nine years old.Former Barca and current Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas was in attendance, along with Argentina and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.– Roast gizzards –The party was to be a respite for Messi from his legal woes. A Spanish court last month rejected his appeal against a tax fraud conviction.Brunette bride Roccuzzo wore a white, curve-hugging dress with a deep sweetheart neckline and embroidered straps by Rosa Clara — a Spanish designer who has dressed actress Eva Longoria and Spain’s Queen Letizia.The wedding was held at 2200 GMT in the City Center casino, which stands right next to a crime-ridden slum run by drug gangs.The civil wedding ceremony and party were all slated to take place inside the venue, and the guests will be lodged there too.The feast will reportedly feature Argentine delicacies such as roast gizzards.Uruguayan pop bands Rombai and Marama plus singer Karina, Aguero’s wife, will perform at the reception.There were also rumors that there would be singing by Shakira, the Colombian diva famous for “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Whenever, Wherever.”Shakira had recently denied rumors that she would miss the wedding due to a quarrel with Roccuzzo. – Humble couple –Messi and Roccuzzo live in Barcelona where he plays, but still return regularly to Rosario for vacations.He moved to Spain when he was 13 to join FC Barcelona, but the couple kept in touch.Messi has gone on to win the top Ballon d’Or award five times and is widely regarded as the world’s best footballer.But various old friends of the couple in their home city said the bride and groom are humble folk who have never forgotten where they come from.“They are the love of each other’s lives,” Messi’s childhood friend Diego Vallejos told AFP.Instead of wedding presents, they have asked for donations to a children’s charity.– ‘Leo and Anto’ –The couple have reportedly spent the past two weeks in Rosario with family, but have kept out of sight of the reporters who have invaded the city.Rumors circulated of bachelor and bachelorette parties, but the only evidence that emerged was a photo, posted by ex-Barca goalkeeper Jose Pinto, of Messi enjoying a barbecue with a few friends.Some friends of Roccuzzo have shared pictures of her relaxing with relatives.On the eve of the wedding, a festive atmosphere reigned in the Las Heras neighborhood where Messi grew up.“We will celebrate,” said Damian Lugoni, 27, a local sausage sandwich vendor.“I wish good luck to Leo and Anto, who is just as simple and nice as him.”“We are all happy for them,” said Lisandro Urteaga, an artist who was called in to paint a mural of Messi in the neighborhood for the occasion.“Let him celebrate the way someone like him deserves. He is a real example as a human being — although when he plays football he doesn’t seem to be from this planet.”center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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first_imgIn seven months of competition, Thibaut Courtois has traveled through all moods. Of the unsafety at the beginning of the season fueled by statistics (nine goals conceded in the first five games) and by the shadow of Keylor Navas, goalkeeper of the three Champions followed by PSG, he went to the frustration to feel pointed after the win of the PSG (3-0) and whistled in the Bernabéu against Bruges (he conceded two goals and stayed in the locker room at rest for some stomach discomfort). After, reborn with merit stops and zero goals, acting as a hero against Valencia (he headed in the discount a corner that opened the way for a draw to one of Benzema) and in the Supercopa of Spain (fantastic during the final against Atleti, Thomas was penalized in the batch and gave the title to Madrid). And when I was in full physical, psychological and with an outstanding service sheet, against Levante doubts returned in Morales’ goal, where he was inexplicably seen to shrug his arms.For Courtois, the turning point of his season came on October 22 in Istanbul, when Madrid won the Galatasaray (0-1). Before that meeting, he felt on the target after the wreck of Madrid in Mallorca (1-0), in that game against Bruges where he did not play the second half for an indisposition (2-2) and in the debacle of Paris ( 3-0). In addition, in the other games he did not offer that image of ‘miracle goalkeeper’ so of Real Madrid. But in Ali Sami Yen, Courtois fell apart. “Against Bruges we got a point that was key to classify us. But against Galatasaray I got a‘ click. ‘Suddenly I had that feeling that no one surpassed me. Then Roberto Martínez, the coach, told me: ‘There I have seen the Thibaut of the World Cup again,” said the Real Madrid goalkeeper in statements at Proximus Sport. That night in Turkey stopped all the auction shots that came to him and sent a message outside the field: “I am the goalkeeper that I am and I never doubted myself. I know where I am and I am only interested in constructive criticism.” After the match in Turkey, Courtois only conceded 10 goals in 19 games (0.5) and registered eleven ‘goals to zero’. Contrast with the 12 goals in nine clashes that precede the appointment against Galatasaray (1,3) and only twice unbeaten. The Belgian was one of the pillars of that streak of 21 games without losing that Madrid had. “The important thing for me is not to show doubts; I will not shake my defense either, ”he said. Some doubts that seem to have returned in the last two games, where those of Zidane have lost five points (2-2 against Celta and defeat 1-0 against Levante), at the least opportune moment of the season. JAVIER GANDUL & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Courtois, against Galatasaray.JAVIER GANDUL (DAILY AS)last_img read more

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first_imgLAHORE, Pakistan (CMC):Pakistan’s cricket authorities want West Indies to play a day-night Test during their tour in October as they prepare for their historic pink-ball Test against Australia in December.West Indies are set to play two Tests, five one-day internationals, and two Twenty20 Internationals during the series set for the United Arab Emirates, and media reports here say the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent a proposal to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to play one of the Tests under lights.Former Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq, an adviser to the PCB’s cricket committee, said it was important that the national team had practised with the pink ball before taking on Australia.”If you don’t have match practice, it will become difficult to play at Test level. It was one of the things discussed in the cricket committee’s previous meeting,” said Misbah.”The bowlers are at (an) advantage in the evening session, and it becomes very difficult for batsmen under lights. That is one reason the cricketers from other countries are also reluctant to play Tests under lights.”He added: “One more reason is the lack of match practice with the pink ball. The players have hardly played any cricket under these conditions at the domestic levels. They need more match practice before playing it at international level.”Even if the proposal is rejected by the WICB, the PCB plans to stage matches under lights during the first-class competition in order to prepare players.International games have not been played in Pakistan in over seven years because of the volatile security situation here.Earlier this month, the WICB rejected a proposal from the PCB to play limited-overs matches during the upcoming series on Pakistan soil.last_img read more

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