Coach Sellas Tetteh has made no changes to his Black Satellites side as they take on Zambia in the second Group B match of the ongoing African Youth Championship in Senegal.The national U-20 team defeated their South African counter parts in their opening game and Coach Tetteh has named the same starting lineup for Thursday’s match.Defender Kofi Yeboah who was suspended for the match against South Africa due to card yellow card accumulation during the qualifiers, is available for today’s match.A win for the Black Satellites today will see Ghana qualify to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup which will be held in New Zealand.The match is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 pm.Below is the Black Satellites starting lineup for the match against Zambia: Ghana XI: Muntawakilu SieduJoseph AdjeiJoseph AidooJoseph Owusu BempahPatrick AsmahClifford AboagyeMichael OtooProsper KassimAsiedu AttobrahYaw YeboahBenjamin Tetteh.
Lauren Hill, left foreground, slaps hands with teammates as she practices with her NCAA college basketball team at Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati on Thursday Oct. 23, 2014. Soon after deciding to play basketball at the Division III school, she started feeling bad and got tests that found an inoperable mass in her brain. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)CINCINNATI (AP) — A clock above the court reminds everyone that it’s only 5:58 a.m. Fifteen slow-moving women’s basketball players at Division III Mount St. Joseph form a circle near one of the baskets and stretch quietly.Coach Dan Benjamin walks briskly around the court, sipping a Mountain Dew for a little caffeine. He has the two-hour practice mapped out, including a special play he’s installing for the Lions’ sold-out season opener. A black whistle dangles in front of his gray “Play for 22” T-shirt.No. 22 would be freshman Lauren Hill.She’s moving slowly today. There are days when the inoperable tumor squeezing her brain also saps her energy and robs her of coordination. She finally comes out onto the court carrying a water bottle and her teammates call out to her in encouragement: “Hey Lauren!”Given how she’s feeling, it would be easy to skip the practice. But since her diagnosis a year ago, she has made sure no opportunity gets wasted.“That’s kind of how I look at it,” Hill said, resting in a folding chair after practice Thursday. “I’m spreading awareness and also teaching people how to live in the moment because the next moment’s not promised. Anything can happen at any given moment. What matters is right now.”Acknowledging the urgency, the NCAA made a special exception to move up Mount St. Joseph’s opener against Hiram College to Nov. 2, despite its rules that require seasons to start later in November. The scheduling change gives Hill a better shot to get on the court — the only chance she may get before the growing tumor that hinders her play also claims her life.After the move, Xavier University offered its 10,000-seat arena so more people could attend. The game sold out faster than a Cleveland Cavaliers exhibition earlier this month.College basketball players and sports teams from around the country are signing No. 22 jerseys and sending them to Lauren for support. The United States Basketball Writers Association has voted her for the Pat Summitt most courageous award, which is usually given out at the Final Four.“This is an amazing young lady who’s made an impact on the world, more than I will ever do,” said Benjamin, a coach for 25 years. “I wish everybody could meet her.”Hill played basketball and soccer in nearby Lawrenceburg, Indiana. On her 18th birthday last October, she decided to commit to play basketball at The Mount, as it’s known locally. A few weeks later, she started feeling bad. Tests found the cancerous tumor growing throughout her brain. Surgery wasn’t an option. Six weeks of radiation, an experimental drug and two months of chemotherapy didn’t help much. Doctors estimated she had a year to live.“I try not to — try really hard not to — but it’s hard to not think about down the road,” she said.While she prepares to play, she does as much as she can each day to raise awareness about pediatric cancer, hoping donations might fund research that gives others a chance of beating the disease.A lot of people are going out of their way to get to know the ponytailed player who is showing everyone — with each deliberate dribble, left-handed shot and each time she just shows up — what it means to live each day fully.NCAA President Mark Emmert called to offer encouragement. The school’s president, Tony Aretz, stopped by with his wife to watch her practice and chat with Hill and her mom.Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still stopped in unexpectedly this week. Still’s 4-year-old daughter, Leah, has cancer, and he has worked with the NFL team to raise more than $1 million for pediatric cancer treatment.“It’s like she’s beyond her years,” Still said. “She understands her purpose. In her 19 years of being here on Earth, she’s done a lot more than a lot of older people have done.”Hill’s parents and two younger siblings are trying to pack as much as they can into however many weeks she has left.“You try not to concentrate on it too much because you can get caught up in the grief of the sheer fact that you’re probably going to lose your child,” her mother, Lisa Hill said. “But if I grieve and get depressed and curl up into a ball, I rob myself and her of today. Why?“We’ve got today. I can spend today with her doing everything we want to do — just chit-chatting, listening to music, going shopping, whatever she wants to do. If I didn’t get out of bed, I’d miss out on all those things.”Although she’s right-handed, Lauren has to shoot with her left because the tumor is affecting her right side more severely. She gets dizzy if she moves her head side-to-side, so she has to move her upper body instead. Her balance is a little off. She’ll be able to play only a few minutes at a time on Nov. 2.Even with all of that, she refuses to think of it as her one and only game.“She says, ‘I hate that. If I can play one more game, I’m playing one more game,’” Lisa Hill said. “If she’s upright and able, she’ll still be out there.”___Online:https://thecurestartsnow.webconnex.com/lauren
The Two River Times is pleased to welcome our newest advertiser, ShopRite, offering quality, variety and value in 29 supermarkets in central New Jersey, including Aberdeen, Hazlet, Marlboro, Middletown, Neptune and West Long Branch.To celebrate, the store has been offering a rare coupon that is worth $10 off a $100 purchase at any of its stores. Look for it in the newspaper at your newsstand, or subscribe to the TRT to get your copy on Thursdays by calling 732-784-7582.The owners are the Saker family, who have been in the grocery business for the past 100 years after starting with a small “mom and pop” shop in Freehold. The Sakers strive to provide a “World Class Shopping Experience” by exceeding customer expectations.The Sakers support their local communities through fundraising efforts to provide support for people suffering from ALS as well as those afflicted with childhood blindness. Following Superstorm Sandy, Saker ShopRite pledged $200,000 to several Monmouth County charities involved with Sandy relief. The local stores support their towns in a variety of different ways.
Praja Rajyam Party chief K Chiranjeevi on Thursday said he strongly desired to merge his party with Congress in the temple town of Tirupati where he launched his party two years ago. The actor-turned politician said he had floated his party on August 26, 2008 on a grand scale and on the same magnitude he would like to merge the PRP with Congress. However, Chiranjeevi said that he left the final decision to the Congress High command on the venue of the merger. The PRP has now 18 legislators in the 294 member Andhra Pradesh Assembly.- With PTI inputs For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
Real Madrid encouraging Arsenal, Man City offers for Iscoby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are encouraging offers for Isco.The Spain midfielder has been on the outer of coach Zinedine Zidane’s plans this season.And AS says Real are eager to find a buyer in January.Arsenal are keen and hope to repeat the same move that landed Dani Ceballos, on-loan to the end of the season. But Manchester City have been following Isco long-term. City boss Pep Guardiola has long appreciated the midfielder and sees him as David Silva’s successor. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
New Delhi: A 19-year-old drug addict was arrested for allegedly killing a person following an argument in west Delhi’s Vikas Puri area, police said on Thursday. Shivam, a resident of Uttam Nagar, was drunk at the time of the incident late Monday night, they said. Aneesh Kumar Yadav, 24, was stabbed under a flyover near the Janak Puri District Centre. He was rushed to DDU Hospital where he succumbed, a senior police officer said. Yadav had come to the District Centre with his uncle and a friend. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Around 10.45pm that night, he went near the flyover to relieve himself when he had an argument with the accused, police said. During investigation, police scanned the footage from CCTV cameras from the area and spotted a suspicious bike near the place of incident. They traced it to Nawada Metro Station. “On Wednesday, police got a tip-off that Shivam would come to Nawada Metro Station near Kabadi Road to take the motorcycle. Thereafter, a trap was laid and the accused was arrested near Vikas Puri after a brief chase,” said Monika Bhardwaj, the deputy commissioner of police (west). Interrogation revealed that Shivam and the Yadav had an argument after which he stabbed Yadav three times and fled from the spot, police said. Shivam was previously involved in four cases of robbery and theft, police said, adding that a knife, blood-stained clothes and a bike were recovered from him, they said.
Kananga: Two men suspected of involvement in the murder of two UN experts investigating mass killings in the Democratic Republic of Congo escaped from prison overnight, a defence lawyer said Tuesday. The pair, Evariste Ilunga Lumu and Tshiaba Kanowa, fled the central prison in Kananga, in central DRC, Lumu’s lawyer Tresor Kabangu told AFP. He was informed of their disappearance by the military prosecutor’s office. At dawn on Tuesday, heavy gunfire could be heard from the vicinity of the prison in Kasai-Central province. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAn AFP correspondent reported that by morning, the situation at the prison was tense with inmates in the yard threatening to attack anyone who ventures inside. Military and police officials were at the scene, awaiting reinforcements to enter the prison and do a headcount to determine how many have escaped. The experts — Zaida Catalan, a 36-year-old Swedish-Chilean national, and American Michael Sharp, 34 — were in Kasai on behalf of the UN Security Council to investigate mass graves associated with a rebellion.
Rome: Defending French Open champion Rafael Nadal can’t wait to hit the clay courts of Roland Garros after claiming his first title this season and ninth Italian Open trophy. Nadal defeated world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 for a record 34th Masters, leaving his vanquished foe to label the Spaniard as “the No. 1 favourite for Roland Garros”. “I am going to be there with time enough, as always,” said 32-year-old Nadal, who wants to capture a 12th trophy in Paris. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”I’m going to repeat my normal routines. For sure I can’t wait to be there and have the feeling, see the stadium, watch all the new great things that Roland Garros is doing,” the 17-time Grand Slam winner said of the rebuilt Philippe Chatrier Centre Court. “I saw a picture. Looks great. Still open, still not closed. Is a different stadium, but the feeling probably will not be very different. “This year, I don’t see a big difference. The wind is going to be the same as always. Court is still big.” Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersHis first title this season, and particularly on his favourite clay surface, is a huge boost for the Spaniard. “Happy to reach that level in the last tournament before a Grand Slam,” said Nadal. “But, as I said, for me I don’t want to talk about Grand Slams now. I never did in the past. Important title, now’s the moment to keep going.” Djokovic — winner at the Madrid Open last week — gave an error-strewn display in his 54th meeting with second-ranked Nadal, having spent six hours on court in his previous two matches. “For me, the most important thing is to feel myself playing well and feel myself healthy, with the energy that I need,” said Nadal. “If that happens, experience is that I am going to fight for titles sooner or later.” The 32-year-old had not dropped a set all week before the final taking a 6-0 set from four his five rivals. “During the last couple of weeks, every day and every week have been better. And here we are finally with this great trophy, an important victory.” Nadal pulled out of Indian Wells with a knee injury, and had not gotten past the semi-finals in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid. “After Indian Wells, there have been some tough moments for me in terms of recovering again,” he said. “I didn’t arrive very well prepared to Monte-Carlo. There have been some low moments for me. “The first round in Barcelona, that was a disaster.” Nadal had been stunned by Stefanos Tsitsipas, a player 12 years his junior, in the semi-finals in Madrid.
Rabat – The second session of the Morocco-US strategic dialogue opened this Friday morning in Rabat, under the co-chairmanship of minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, and US secretary of state John Kerry. Themed “strengthening solid cooperation ties between the two countries”, the meeting is an opportunity for the two countries to promote and expand economic, political, social, educational and cultural partnership. Rabat and Washington have repeatedly expressed resolve to open new horizons in their ties, in keeping with the joint communiqué released last November following the summit-meeting held in Washington between King Mohammed VI and President Barack Obama. Three work sessions, held as part of this dialogue, will look into “political and security issues”, “economic and trade relations” and “cooperation in education and cultural fields”.
The Indiana Pacers held on to Game 5 by a fingernail clipping, defeating the Miami Heat 93-90 and forcing the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals back to Miami for a Game 6. After the Pacers’ Game 4 loss, spearheaded by potent small-ball lineups from the Heat, the onus was on Indiana to make an adjustment. Indiana coach Frank Vogel’s adjustment was mostly to refuse to adjust: He didn’t do anything new; he just did more of what’s been working.This is the third consecutive year that the Pacers and Heat have met in the playoffs, and — although Lance Stephenson has taken over for Danny Granger the past two seasons for Indiana — a consistent pattern has emerged: Indiana’s starters can more than hold their own against the Heat, but things rapidly fall apart when the Pacers go to their bench.Indiana Pacers’ Point Differential vs. Miami HeatIn Game 5, Vogel essentially eliminated Rasual Butler and Ian Mahinmi from the Pacers’ rotation, instead playing his starters for 31 minutes. As a group, that’s the most minutes they’ve played in this series, and it’s more minutes than they played in Games 3 and 4 combined.The point differential numbers in the table above shows how even a few extra minutes from the Pacers’ starters can make a huge difference. To put those per 100 possession numbers in context, the San Antonio Spurs led the NBA this season with a per 100 possession point differential of +8.1. The worst mark in the league, belonging to the Philadelphia 76ers, was -10.7.There were extenuating circumstances last night. The Pacers’ Paul George poured in 31 second-half points, many of which came on difficult shots. According to the NBA’s SportVU Player Tracking Box Score, he made 10 of 18 contested shots in Game 5, or 55.6 percent. He had made just 32 percent of his contested shots in the series over the first four games. The Heat’s LeBron James also picked up five fouls in just over 23 minutes, about five times his normal foul rate. He sat for almost the entire second and third quarters, and the Pacers’ starters were just even with the Heat while he was on the floor.The Pacers’ starters aren’t going to outplay the Heat in every stint on the floor or overwhelm every small lineup Miami coach Erik Spoelstra dreams up. But Indiana’s starting five is orders of magnitude more effective than any other lineup the Pacers have.