first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Michael Ricketts, said his association is in full support of the plans by Reggae Girlz Foundation co-founders Michelle Adamolekun and Lisa Quarrie to start a football academy for young women in Jamaica. Adamolekun and Quarrie said the academy would serve to develop young girls from six years old for future national teams as well as to provide scholarships for Jamaica’s female footballers. Ricketts told The Gleaner yesterday that his federation held talks with the foundation heads last week and they are now looking at ways to see how they can get this project off the ground. “We have had discussions with them to see how best we can help our different women’s programmes,” said Ricketts. “Of course this is one area that we will support. We will work closely with them in whatever area they are going to help us,” he added. Discussions ongoing “They were here for the two games against Chile last week and so we had discussions on a number of things and these discussions went very well,” Ricketts said. “We have to ensure that we play our part in whatever area we can to make this become a reality,” said the JFF boss. The veteran administrator added that having a female football academy here in Jamaica will certainly raise the profile of the sport in Jamaica. “This would be huge boost if we were to have a girls football academy here because it would be for girls only,” said Ricketts. “We are in the early stages and we are having discussions with them and I am hoping that there will be some positive impact coming out of this foundation that is based in Miami,” he said. The foundation was launched in January 2018 with a mission to inspire, educate, mobilise and support the next generation of young female footballers in Jamaica. The foundation launched a $10 giving campaign recently from which they hope to raise as much as J$30 million.last_img read more

first_imgBy Renee CarrierLAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – This week’s featured Good Samaritan is Zach Sheets (photo above.)  Sheets is  your local financial adviser and represents Edward Jones. As an Edward Jones Financial Advisor by day Zacharly K. Sheets is also multifaceted in his tremendous contributions and community service acts within Campbell County. His mission extends as President for Habitat for Humanity of Campbell County, President of South Campbell County Rotary, Chairman of the Campbell County Enhancement Fund for local charities and much more. However, it doesn’t stop there; Mr. Sheets is also a Jr. Achievement volunteer and a Tennessee Achieves mentor, while also managing to coach little league football. Sheets’ enthusiasm to contribute toward the county’s local canned food and toy drives, along with school supply donations makes him a stellar Good Samaritan. His passion for this community shines and we are excited to have him as this week’s featured guest on WLAF’s “The Good Samaritan.”For the full story, tune-in on Saturday at 9:30am on WLAF TV-12 and web channel www.1450wlaf.com.  The radio version is over AM 1450 and FM 100.9 at 10:30am on Saturday. You can also revisit the episodes on WLAF’s YouTube page and Anchor.fm and all major podcast platforms such as Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Be sure to visit 1450wlaf.com every Friday for a sneak peak of Saturday’s Good Samaritan. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/24/2020-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgPeterborough 1 Brentford 3League One leaders Brentford beat yet another promotion rival – their fifth straight win under new manager Mark Warburton.They went ahead through midfielder Adam Forshaw’s early penalty after Peterborough keeper Robert Olejnik had brought down Sam Saunders in the box.AdChoices广告Posh levelled through Jack Payne but Saunders immediately retook the lead for his side with his fourth goal in as many games.And Clayton Donaldson added the third in stoppage time to send Brentford three points clear at the top.With on-loan Chelsea midfielder George Saville suspended and Will Grigg injured, Saunders continued his good form and drew the foul that allowed Forshaw to convert the opener from the spot.Midfielder Payne equalised with a fine strike from distance that went in off the crossbar, but Saunders restored the lead just before the break with his own effort from the edge of the box.Forshaw had another chance to score from the spot after Donaldson was fouled by Kgosi Ntlhe in the box just after the break, but his penalty was saved.Substitute Stuart Dallas set up Donaldson to put the game out of sight, the striker side-footing his cross into the net right at the death.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgCSK Favorites Lee said MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings are the crown favorites for the 13th season of the IPL. He says CSK will be the toughest team to beat in the UAE this time around.Lee said older, more mature players are CSKA’s biggest asset. A lot of young players are emerging in CSK. They also have players who have been competing for a long time. “This is CSK’s biggest strength,” Lee explained on Star Sports’ cricket-connected show.Suitable wicketWickets in the UAE are best suited for CSK. For the next three or four weeks, we looked at the weather. The temperature in the UAE is 40 degrees. At the same time, Lee said that he had a well-turned wicket.That’s why CSK feels like home ground there. Just think of all the spinners on the CSK team getting the best turn here. Considering all this, the tournament would be most suitable for CSK. Lee pointed out that they will also be at the forefront of the crown favorites. Dhoni is good at using his spinners in such situations.The return of many playersMany players on the CSK team will return to the field after a long absence through the IPL. Apart from Dhoni, the list also includes Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir, Shane Watson and Faf Duplessis. Many of them are not part of the national team. Some are currently playing only in the IPL.CSK is the team that has reached the playoffs and reached the final more times in every season of the IPL so far. The last time Dhoni won the title was in 2018. They lost to the Mumbai Indians by one run in the thrilling final last season.last_img read more

first_imgBest of luck! Yet another Tipperary GAA Quiz is here and ready for all the Premier County GAA enthusiasts who want to test their knowledge of all Tipp GAA matters.If you fancy having a go just click here.Don’t forget, you must answer all questions and submit your choices before the three minute timer runs out.last_img

first_imgMilovan Rajevac has announced his team for Ghana’s 2010 African Nations Cup and World Cup qualifier against Sudan on September 6.20 players have earned call ups by the Serbian coach for the fourth qualifying game in Group D against the Nile Crocodiles at the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra.Defender, John Paintsil returns to the squad after missing the corresponding game in Omdurman through suspension. Ghana beat Sudan 2-0 in June.Also coming back into the team is Laryea Kingston who was ruled out of June’s qualifiers through injury.The Black Stars sit top of Group D, five points clear in the qualifiers and are in good stead of reaching a second successive World Cup finals.Ghana team Goalkeepers: Richard Kingson (Wigan Athletic, England), George Owu (Al Masry, Egypt) William Amamoo (Vaasaland, Sweden)Defenders: John Paintsil (Fulham, England), Samuel Inkoom (Basel FC, Switzerland), Harrison Afful (Asante Kotoko, Ghana), John Mensah (Lyon, France), Eric Addo (Roda JC, Holland) Isaac Vorsah (Hoffenheim, Germany)Midfielders: Stephen Appiah (Unattached), Michael Essien (Chelsea, England), Anthony Annan (Rosenborg, Norway), Sulley Muntari (Inter Milan, Italy), Laryea Kingston, (Hearts, Scotland) Opoku Agyemang (Al Sadd, Qatar), Haminu Draman (Locomotive Moscow, Russia)Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Rennes, France), Matthew Amoah (NAC Breda, Holland), Prince Tagoe (Hoffenheim, Germany) and Junior Agogo (Apollon Limassol, Cyprus)Source: ghanafa.orglast_img read more

first_imgUniversal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — The first trailer for the big-screen version of CATS debuted Thursday, and reaction has been decidedly mixed. For everyone who loved seeing Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Hudson turned into furry felines via CGI, there were others who saw the effect as downright creepy.One of those in the “creepy” camp was Twitter user Ian Abramson, who mashed up the CATS trailer with the ominous and scary-sounding remix of Luniz’ I Got 5 On It” that director Jordan Peele used in the trailer for his horror film Us.Abramson’s mashup was then retweeted by none other than Peele himself.“I think it fits better,” Abramson wrote.  “Yes,” was Peele’s simple endorsement.CATS arrives in theaters on December 20.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgAUBREY BRUCEBefore, during and after the Thanksgiving Day 2016 Pittsburgh Steelers 28-7 pasting of the 2nd string quarterback sporting Indianapolis Colts at weather friendly Lucas Oil Stadium in “Indy,” nearly everyone including but not limited to: joggers, bloggers and London foggers and many other “Johnny-come-lately” prognosticators and imitators were demanding without just cause, while not even displaying the slightest understanding of why they were demanding the termination, and ex-communication of Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin henceforth and forevermore from the “church of the Black and Gold” because of the perceived difficulties of him being able to keep his “flock of players” in line and for disputed coaching decisions such as attempting two point conversions during a time when possibly attempting to kick one point conversions with a “unique” placekicker, were sometimes almost as risky as trying to kick a greased pigskin into the teeth of a 200 miles per hour generating wind machine.But fortunately regarding the job security of one Michael Pettaway Tomlin, cooler heads prevailed because the Rooney family and the Pittsburgh Steelers decided not to throw the headmaster out with the bath water because those sitting in the “coliseum of life” all displayed the thumbs down sign when it came to continuing his employment as the Pittsburgh Steelers big man on campus.Many cerebral Steelers aficionados’ figured out sooner rather than later that there was nothing ailing the Steelers that facing the Cleveland Browns armed with a third string signal caller and the Indianapolis Colts team minus their star QB as well as several other key players couldn’t remedy.  As far as the remainder of the Steelers 2016 season is concerned, they have five remaining games. They are scheduled to face the New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns in Pittsburgh at Heinz Field. They have to go on the road to face the Buffalo Bills and The Cincinnati Bengals.  Their only looming defeat might come when they travel to the tundra dominated landscape of Buffalo, NY to face the talented but topsy-turvy Bills. Therefore an 11-5 record should win another AFC North title for them but alas, the New York Giants or the Baltimore Ravens can never be counted out, especially the Baltimore Ravens.The Ravens always have an extra turn up the heat button when it comes to facing their bitter and longtime rivals, the Steelers.   Beating the Browns and the Colts are by no means a signal to celebrate for the Steelers or their faithful and Pittsburgh is by no means out of the woods.  As a matter of fact, the Steelers have just exited the forest but are now entering the swamp like final leg of their season.  If they ae not careful, the quicksand if failure is awaiting their very next step.No one fears your weapons if the outcome of your efforts are hit and miss.  Competitors respect sharpshooters not those that can only rarely and randomly hit their targets because as I said in a recent column there is no sense in having the greatest firepower without being able to focus on and hit the intended destination.The Steelers have to hit on all cylinders; offense, defense and special teams.  If they experience even a minor misfire, they most likely will be out on a deer hunting or fly fishing expedition in January of 2017, while the crème de la crème of the NFL will still be in the hunt for a Lombardi Trophy.  Don’t expect any more help from the 3rd string QB’s of the NFL.  There does not appear to be any forthcoming assistance on the horizon.Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412.583.6741Follow him on Twitter@ultrascribe.last_img read more

first_imgMAYO 2-13 LEITRIM 2-13 (Mayo win 4-1 after Penalty Shoot-Out) There was a first yesterday in the Quarter Final of the FBD League when Mayo and Leitrim took part in the first ever Penalty Shoot out in a Connacht Competition, with Evan Regan converting the winning kick for Mayo after a brilliant Leitrim comeback saw them claw back an 8 point deficit in the 2nd half to earn a 2-13 to 2-13 draw.Leitrim came out of the blocks faster, with Dean McGovern causing problems on the edge of the square linking well with Pearce Dolan for 2 nice early scores, giving his team a 0-3 to 0-1 advantage. Mayo then woke up and struck for two brilliant goals in quick succession, Brian Reape weaving through the defence to blast to the top corner for the first before Fergal Boland got on the end of a trademark powerful surge by Donal Vaughan to smash t the net also. This was one of the first instances of the new rules being in effect in a competitive game, and they had very little impact, although perhaps encouragingly both teams showed more of an inclination to kick the ball, with Seamus O’ Shea in particular feeding quality kick passes through to the forward line at every opportunity. Mayo continued in the ascendency until the half time break where they led 2-9 to 0-8, Evan Regan and new comers Colm Moran and Fionn McDonagh landing nice scores for them in this period.The second half started with Jack Heslin blazing through from the throw in only to see his fine effort well saved by Rob Hennelly. Indeed that was one of a number of golden goal opportunities that Leitrim spurned, and on reflection had they taken at least one of those it could be them preparing to travel to Tuam to play Galway next weekend. 10 minutes into the second half the game was flipped on its head with two scrappy Leitrim goals from the impressive Evan Sweeney and sub Ryan O’Rourke stunning Mayo. Domhnaill Flynn levelled the scores minutes later, and they would go on to trade points until the final whistle, with Damien Moran levelling the game and forcing the penalty shoot out with his last gasp score. Captain Jason Doherty, Brian Reape, Man of the match Fergal Boland and Evan regan all converted their kicks to win the shoot out 4-1 infront of a huge crowd at AvantCard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada who very much enjoyed the novelty of the occasion, and indeed the cracker of a game that preceded it.New Leitrim manager Terry Hyland will be absolutely delighted with the performance from his charges, in particular their rip roaring comeback in the second half. It perfectly sets up a good tilt at the national league in a few weeks for them, and for James Horan it gives him the opportunity to pit his charges against Galway next weekend in Tuam, who have had the upperhand in the last number of meetings between the teams.LEITRIM: Diarmuid McKiernan, Paddy Maguire, Fergal McTague, Aidan Flynn, Conor Reynolds, Ray Mulvey, Shane Quinn (0-1), Dean McGovern (0-1), Shane Moran (0-1), Sean McWeeney, Cillian McGloin (0-1), Jack Heslin (0-2), Evan Sweeney (1-3, 0-2fs), Pearce Dolan (0-2), Domhnaill Flynn (0-1f) SUBS M Plunkett, R O’Rourke (1-0), G Plunkett, D Moran (0-1) D RooneyMAYO: Rob Hennelly (0-1 ’45), Eoin O’Donoghue (0-1), Ger Cafferkey, Brendan Harrison, Lee Keegan, James McCormack, Donal Vaughan, Seamie O’Shea, Stephen Coen, Fionn McDonagh (0-1), Jason Doherty (0-3fs), Fergal Boland (1-3), Colm Moran (0-1), Brian Reape(1-1), Evan Regan (0-2, 0-1f).SUBS C Crowe, J Kelly, B Doyle, O McLaughlin, C Tracey( Courtesy of Brían Mangan on Connacht Gaa website)center_img print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

first_img“When the crowd is chanting ‘Roger’ I hear ‘Novak’,” freshly-crowned Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic said with a smile on Sunday.A fairly implausible claim, perhaps, but the comment hinted at the phenomenal feats of mental strength and focus the Serb deployed in beating Roger Federer in the longest singles final in the tournament’s 133-year history.“It sounds silly,” he conceded, “but it is like that. I try to convince myself that it’s like that. It’s similar ‘Roger’ and ‘Novak’,” he added laughing.The absurdity of the claim was comical, but the lengths to which Djokovic had to battle the almost blanket support for his adored Swiss opponent was no joke.The Serb had fought his great rival, and most of the 15,000-Centre Court crowd, for almost five hours before securing a 7-6)5) 1-6 7-6(4) 4-6 13-12(3) win for a fifth Wimbledon crown.“It was probably the most demanding, mentally most demanding, match I was ever been part of,” the 32-year-old said.“I mean, that was one thing that I promised myself coming on to the court today, that I need to stay calm and composed, because I knew that the atmosphere would be as it was.”UNYIELDING INTENSITYBefore the match, all the talk had been of records, statistics and places in history, but Sunday’s showpiece boiled down to something far more elementary – a battle of artistry versus industry.Ultimately, Djokovic’s unyielding intensity and athleticism prevailed in the face of Federer’s beautiful, hypnotic, flowing strokes as the two preternaturally gifted men toyed with their own different forms of perfection on one of the world’s greatest sporting stages.While Federer’s mercurial shot play brought constant gasps of admiration from the crowd, Djokovic’s super power, while less obvious, prevailed.The top seed and defending champion was mentally rock solid. His concentration was absolute. His focus unwavering.He never hit the ball with the same panache as the second-seeded 37-year-old Swiss, he never had the crowd shaking its head in disbelief, but he was a wall.“I thought most of the match I was on the back foot actually. I was defending. He was dictating the play. I just tried to fight and find a way when it mattered the most, which is what happened,” said the world number one.“I just told myself before the match, I’m going to try to switch off as much as I can from what is happening around us, and just be there, be present.“I thought I could have played better. But at the same time one thing that probably allowed me to come back and save match points and win this match was the mental stability in those moments.“You need to be constantly playing well throughout five hours if you want to win a match like this. I guess there is an endurance part. But I think there is always this self-belief. You have to keep reminding yourself that you’re there for a reason and that you are better than the other guy.”OBDURATE DEFENCECompared to Federer’s flashing strokes, the 32-year-old Serb’s obdurate defence is never likely to win a crowd over. But that is not to say there is not a form of brilliance in the Djokovic resilience.It saw him claim a Bjorn Borg-equalling fifth Wimbledon crown, and allowed him to narrow the Grand Slam gap in the spread between the ‘big three’.So ultimately, there was no escaping the statistics.Djokovic now has 16 major singles titles, Federer has 20, with Spain’s Rafa Nadal — Federer’s semi-final victim — squeezed between them on 18.“It seems like I’m getting closer,” Djokovic said. “But also they’re winning slams. We’re kind of complementing each other. We’re making each other grow and evolve and still be in this game.“The fact that they made history… motivates me as well, inspires me to try to do what they have done, what they’ve achieved, and even more.“Whether I’m going to be able to do it or not, I don’t know. I’m not just a tennis player, I’m a father and a husband. You have to balance things out.”Post final press conference, delight for Djokovic, despair for FedererFederer does everything right but falls short on match points Mind tricks help Djokovic to fifth Wimbledon crownBy Ossian Shine How did Roger Federer end up losing the 2019 Wimbledon final?It was a question that was being asked over and over again at the All England Club on Sunday after the crowd favourite did almost everything better than Novak Djokovic – except convert the two match points he earned deep into the fifth set.Those two misses at 6.21pm local time (1721 GMT) on Sunday are likely to haunt the Swiss great for many years to come and maybe even for the rest of his life.When Federer was 8-7 40-15 up on his serve, he was a shot away from holding aloft the Challenge Cup for a record ninth time and claiming a record-extending 21st Grand Slam title.Aged 37 and 340 days, he was a shot away from becoming the oldest man to win a major in the professional era.The fact that the one single winner he needed so much never came on Sunday will hurt – and hurt badly.Only 48 hours after Federer had said how tennis can “sometimes be brutal” as “there are no draws in our sport”, he felt the full brunt of those feelings when a forehand wide on his first match point followed by a cracking cross-court passing shot winner from Djokovic on the second killed off his dreams.After the Serb had battled on for another 46 minutes to complete a heart-stopping 7-6(5) 1-6 7-6(4) 4-6 13-12(3) win in the longest singles final in Wimbledon history — with the clock finally stopping at four hours 57 minutes — the first words Federer uttered were: “I will try to forget (this final).“I don’t know what I feel right now. I just feel like it’s such an incredible opportunity missed, I can’t believe it.”Neither could the majority of the 15,000 crowd who created a raucous football stadium-like atmosphere on Centre Court.CRAZY CLIMAXFans were so desperate to see Federer win a 21st major – and widen the gap with Rafael Nadal (18) and Djokovic (16) – that they started giving standing ovations to every error flying off the Serb’s racket as the match headed towards a crazy climax.But for all the partisan cheers and roars, it was top seed and defending champion Djokovic who ended up crawling over the finishing line as he picked up his fifth Wimbledon title.Federer, meanwhile, became the first man to lose a Wimbledon singles final after holding match points since 1948 when John Bromwich failed to convert three of them against Bob Falkenburg.For a player who sets milestones almost every time he steps on a court, this is not one he will be in a rush to stick into his own personal scrapbook.Federer is no stranger to coming off second best from being a point away from victory — he suffered the same fate against Kevin Anderson in last year’s Wimbledon quarter-finals and versus Djokovic in the 2011 U.S. Open semi-finals.However, even the world number three will be wondering how he could have outclassed his great Serbian rival in almost every department and still not ended up with the trophy he called that “golden thing”.The statistics suggested Federer should have won.The second seed produced more winners (94-54), won more break points (7-3), had a higher first serve percentage (63-62), served more aces (25-10) and, most tellingly, won more points during the contest (218-204). But Federer did not win.Three weeks shy of his 38th birthday, he will not want to get consumed by the “what ifs” that will no doubt play over and over in his mind.No matter where Federer goes or what he does, even he will find it difficult to escape the question: Will he ever get a better chance to win that 21st major title?The Swiss has now featured in the two longest men’s singles finals at Wimbledon.Eleven years after he described his defeat by Nadal in the 2008 five-set twilight epic as “brutal”, Federer was again left wondering what went wrong.“I know what I did well, how close I was. You try to forget, try to take the good things out of this match. There’s just tons of it,” said Federer.“Similar to ’08 maybe. For now it hurts, and it should, like every loss does here at Wimbledon.“Sure there’s similarities (with the defeat in 2008). I’m the loser both times, so that’s the only similarity I see.”last_img read more