NORTH SOUND, Antigua, (CMC) – Test fast bowler Alzarri Joseph narrowly missed out on what would have been a superb hundred while fellow speedster Jeremiah Louis chimed in with a half-century, as they frustrated Jamaica Scorpions with a brilliant century stand to rescue Leeward Islands Hurricanes.With Hurricanes tottering on 111 for eight after being sent in on Thursday’s opening day, Joseph launched a stunning counter-attack with a pulsating career-best 89 from just 92 balls while Louis struck a measured 75.Together, they put on a 102 for the ninth wicket, a partnership which propelled the hosts to 260 all out.In reply, Scorpions finished on 47 for one, still 213 runs adrift heading into Friday’s day two of the eighth round contest at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.It was the new-ball pair off Marquino Mindley and Derval Green who handed Scorpions the iniative, combining for nine of the wickets to fall.Mindley snatched five for 65 while Green claimed four for 84 as they tore through the Hurricanes top order in a devastating new-ball spell.In fact, the hosts were tottering on 14 for three after Green struck twice in the space of three balls in the morning’s fifth over to remove opener Kieran Powell (11) and Amir Jangoo (0).And when Mindley had Keacy Carty caught at the wicket for four, Hurricanes were danger of complete collapse at 22 for four.Captain Jahmar Hamilton inspired the initial fightback, hitting a fluent 40 off 64 deliveries with six fours, while posting 26 for the fifth wicket with Ross Powell (16), 33 with Hayden Walsh (14) for the seventh wicket and 29 for the eighth wicket with Joseph.Once Hamilton departed, however, Joseph took charge. He struck seven fours and half-dozen sixes, dominated the stand with Louis who faced 146 balls in just over 2-½ hours and counted eight fours and two sixes.When Joseph became Green’s fourth wicket, Louis stood firm to add a further 46 for the last wicket with Kian Pemberton (two not out).
While she only has two assists and one shot on goal for the season, junior midfielder Erin Jacobsen hangs her hat on tough defense and held some of the Big Ten’s most prolific scorers in check this year.[/media-credit]As easy as it is at times to take the word of statistics asthe whole story and the undeniable truth, it’s still very difficult for numbers to tell the complete story.That’s what UW women’s soccer head coach Paula Wilkins wouldtell you in respect to junior midfielder Erin Jacobsen.Through 15 games this season, the only stats to Jacobsen’sname are two assists and eight shots, with one being on target.But that would hardly describe Jacobsen’s value to thesecond-place Badgers. Wilkins has, on multipleoccasions, called Jacobsen the team’s “biggest unsung hero” and a criticalcomponent of a Wisconsin defense that kept opposing team’s scoreless for 930minutes – a program record.More of a defensive midfielder, Jacobsen has yet to miss agame for the Badgers after two and half seasons with the team and hassucceeded in making things difficult for opponents in the middle of the pitchover that stretch.“I think anytime we need to have somebody shutdown theopposing midfield or deal with the pressure in the midfield, Erin is the onethat does,” Wilkins said. “She can cover a lot of ground, she has an amazingwork rate and the biggest thing is that she can shut down some of the bestplayers in the Big Ten – Christine Nairn and Vanessa DiBernardo.”Nairn, of Penn State, and DiBernardo, of Illinois, have acombined 14 goals on the year and are two of the most explosive playersin the Big Ten. The two were largely quiet when Jacobsen commandedthe center of the pitch, as DiBernardo was only able to squeeze off one shot,while Nairn was able to send three on target, but remained scoreless.Jacobsen’s play at the midfield is reminiscent of a safetyin football, although she’s not the last line of defense. She repeatedly interceptspasses and, upon doing so, can quickly determine a way to begin a surgingcounterattack. If an opposing player gets behind her, she catches up and puts astopper on any threat that may have been.That effort has been crucial for the Badger “D,” which hasallowed just eight goals on the year, and four in the run of play.When asked to describe Jacobsen’s style of play – whether itbe offensive or defensive – freshman defender Catie Sessions, as well asWilkins, offered words such as “sneaky” and “hiding,” someone who can wait onthe edge of action and wait for the opportune moment to pounce.“She’s really sneaky – all of a sudden somebody will beturning (with the ball) and [Jacobsen] will win the ball and be running theother way,” Sessions said.“She hides behind the midfield, so anything that pops out, she’s able to get a shot on goal or stop the counterattack,” Wilkins said ofJacobsen.Earlier in the season, when Wisconsin had allowed five goalsin four matches, defending set pieces had been a major concern for the Badgers.Since then, however, the team has bottled up that threat, having not allowed agoal off of a set piece since, and part of that development can be attributedto Jacobsen’s marksmanship.“She always tracks players that are running through the boxand makes sure that if somebody’s running through that we get someone on herright away,” Sessions said.Jacobsen’s commitment to the team, though, is one of herqualities that stand out more than others. Not only has the Wheaton, Ill. nativenever missed a game for the Badgers, but as a freshman, she also elected tograduate high school early in order to join the team a semester early.“Ever since I got here I’ve been very committed to this,”Jacobsen said. “I mean, it’s what I’ve always wanted to do ever since I waslittle, was play college soccer.”“I’m all for it, I’m always committed to it.”A member of Wilkins’ first recruiting class at Wisconsin in2008, which ranked 21st in the nation, Jacobsen’s arrival helped spark a changein the team’s culture which helped Wilkins’ efforts in implementing hercoaching philosophy and turning it into the upstart program it is today. The coach was high in her praise of Jacobsen.“Her athleticism, technical ability and her work rate,that’s all helped change the culture of the program, and so the tenacious stuffand the competitive stuff, when she came in it was definitely something that weneeded in our midfield, and she’s really been an unsung hero and stalwart forus.”
Senior midfielder Nicole Molen notched two goals in the first half of Friday’s overtime loss to UCLA in Westwood. Molen tallied 4 goals and three assists during her final regular season at USC. Photo by Ollie Jung | Daily TrojanIn front of a NCAA-record crowd of 11,925 fans, the No. 6 women’s soccer team traveled to Westwood last Friday to take on crosstown rival No. 5 UCLA, but fell 3-2 in overtime. The Women of Troy were looking for a rebounding win coming off a disappointing loss to top-ranked Stanford last week. “We don’t get a better teacher than this game,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said after his team’s loss to the Cardinal. “To get to play this game will prepare us for every game moving forward.”The Trojans appeared to take McAlpine’s words to heart, seizing the early momentum against the Bruins. USC dominated possession, and when UCLA controlled the ball, the defense pushed the Bruins to the edges of the pitch and quickly regained possession. The Trojans opened the scoring early into the match. In the 11th minute, sophomore defender Julia Bingham launched a cross in front of the Bruins’ goal. In traffic, senior midfielder Nicole Molen elevated and landed a powerful header, sending the ball past UCLA goalkeeper Siri Ervik. Despite USC’s control on the game, the Bruins found the equalizer in the 26th minute. Sophomore defender Kaiya McCullough broke up the field past redshirt senior forward Alex Anthony and shot a long, rolling ball from outside the 18-yard box inside the far post to knot the score at one.Just minutes later, the Bruins threatened to steal the lead from USC with a header on frame, but redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kaylie Collins denied the attempt, setting up the Trojans to go on the attack. The Women of Troy returned to the attacking third and strung together a series of scoring opportunities but were turned down on all attempts — until the 34th minute. Freshman midfielder Savannah DeMelo launched a corner kick into a scrum in front of the net. After a scramble at the goalmouth, the ball eventually found its way to Molen once again. The captain tapped in from point-blank range to record a brace with her fourth goal of the 2017 season.“We knew that, on set pieces, they were weak, and we could exploit them there,” Molen said. “So I believe that’s where that second goal came from. It was just kind of bouncing around, and I just poked it in.”The remainder of the first half was scoreless, and USC led 2-1 at the intermission. The Trojan offense was blazing through the opening 45 minutes, tallying nine shots while the USC defense limited the Bruins to just four. It seemed as if the Women of Troy had ironed out their problems from the Stanford game, but the bane of USC’s season returned in the second half. UCLA dominated possession in the second period, allowing the Trojans to spend very little time in the offensive zone and holding them to only two shots. In the 65th minute, a defensive breakdown resulted in a breakaway for UCLA redshirt sophomore midfielder Anika Rodriguez. One-on-one with Collins, Rodriguez sent the ball past the keeper to tie the score at two.The match ended in a stalemate after regulation time, but overtime proved to be a short-lived venture. In the 92nd minute, UCLA’s sophomore forward Sunny Dunphy entered the Trojans’ box and played a backward pass to fellow freshman forward Ashley Sanchez. Freshman forward Tara McKeown was able to get a leg on the ball to change its course, but it was not enough as Sanchez’s shot found the back of the net for the game-ending golden goal.“You hate to lose to your rival,” McAlpine said. “You hate to lose a game, but knowing that [we] have the postseason coming up, just like last year, we have a chance to redeem ourselves.”USC fell 1-0 to the Bruins in 2016’s regular-season finale, but the team rebounded to reel off seven consecutive postseason wins — all the way to a national championship.The Women of Troy conclude their 2017 regular season with a 14-3-1 overall record and an 8-2-1 conference mark. USC now awaits the NCAA Selection Show on Monday at 1:30 p.m. for the team’s seeding and matchup in the NCAA Tournament.
Diarmuid Connolly has opted not to appeal against his 12-week suspension.The Dublin forward received the ban for laying his hands on sideline official Ciarán Branagan in their win over Carlow last weekend.He’ll now be out of action until Dublin’s possible All-Ireland semi-final.
Submit Share Chris Murphy, Editor of SBC Americas, takes a look at some of the political infighting happening in the UK around FOBTs and suggests that the industry should be working with each other rather than against. The fixed odds betting terminal. Crack cocaine of gambling or simply a misunderstood gambling prodigy? Whichever of those two you agree with, or perhaps it’s something in the middle, there can’t have been too many game styles over the years that have divided opinion with such force, such vitriol.At this point in the proceedings, I think it’s only fair to admit that I’ve written about the subject from both sides of the debate. As former Editor of the weekly coin-op title Coinslot it was my job to hound FOBTs, to publicly berate their very existence and highight things written in controversial tones about gamblers losing their kids’ shoe money on these insatiable, money-devouring machines.Now, wearing my Sports Betting News hat, the tone has been altered to a more moderate flavour. I can’t quite shake off total uncertainty about the FOBT, but I do understand the need for a balanced, less hysterical way of looking at the debate than was encouraged by some stakeholders from the high street gaming sector.In the grand scheme of things, it’s a pyrrhic victory in a war that will have taken the UK gaming and betting business backwards by some considerable distance.One view that I always held privately was that the coin-op industry should have just left the FOBT well alone. My theory was that as long as bookies retained access to higher stakes, there would always be a positive starting point when it came to negotiations over stakes for Category C gaming machines.But it hasn’t been left alone; quite the opposite. As a result, the event horizon could feasibly be the introduction of a £2 stake for FOBTs. The coin-op sector will undoubtedly view that as a victory and a levelling of the playing field. Perhaps some punters might even migrate back to the adult gaming centres from whence they allegedly came.But in the grand scheme of things, it’s a pyrrhic victory in a war that will have taken the UK gaming and betting business backwards by some considerable distance. The latest report by the regulator on FOBT stakes was equally scathing about the Cat B3 machines operated largely in the adult gaming centres.Let’s put that into context. Since the implementation of the Gambling Act 2005, the government has looked to the gambling industry to demonstrate exactly why it ought to be trusted with a more liberalised approach to regulation. Instead, it has squabbled and bickered, particularly over FOBTs. The debate may have been conducted in grown up tones, by men in serious suits. But all too often, the adult vernacular that is typically required when it comes to winning the hearts and minds of policy makers has been sorely lacking.So where does the UK gambling and betting industry go from here? Having run their socks off in a race to the bottom in the war over FOBTs, it’s vital that stakeholders look to reshape the narrative on gambling to become more collegiate, more thoughtful. It’s time to generate more light than heat.We work in a sector of business that has gambling at its core, yet is incredibly multi-faceted. If we are to convince the powers that be that we can be trusted with a less onerous regulatory regime, our approach must alter to clearly reflect that. StumbleUpon Share
Here at Esports Insider we love nothing more than keeping busy and getting out and about industry events across the world.The next three weeks are extremely busy for events, and Esports Insider will have presence at as many as we possibly can. If you would like to talk about the ESI Super Forum or just esports as a whole we’re raging coffee addicts who don’t tend to bite.Here’s the ESI agenda for the month coming:Gamesforum – 23rd – 24th January – London – OllieOllie will be attending the inaugural Gamesforum in central London where he will be speaking and contributing on the second day. The track for the day is hosted by the ever-boisterous Mike Stubbs and brings together some familiar names from in the industry.The panel Ollie is taking part on is focused around the “Growth of the esports economy”. The panel will be moderated by Mike Stubbs, (average) Esports Journalist and will feature Ollie, Joanne Watson – Chief Brand Officer, Maestro and Alim Jaffer, VP Product at Heroic Labs. If you would like to speak to Ollie and arrange a meeting, he will be in attendance from 12.00 on the 23rd and all day on the 24th. Feel free to email email@example.com-Taca CTT – 23rd-24th January – Braga – SamWhilst Ollie’s freezing in London and spouting nonsense about the esports industry, Sam’s off to rosier shores. Heading out to Braga for Qwatti’s event “e-Taca CTT” – the event sees a mixture of stakeholders from the Portugese sports system meet with those involved in and around esports.It’s not all feet-up on the beach pleasure, as Sam is tasked with moderating a roundtable during the two days. He will be joined by Pedro Correia – Executive Director of Liga Portugal (the Portuguese Professional Football League); Sergio Benet – General Manager of Valencia CF eSports; Miguel Pacheco – International Business Development Executive at Celtic Football Club.Should one be heading to Braga and would like a meeting – do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.ICE – 6th – 7th February – London – Ollie & SamAs thousands descend onto London for everybody’s “favourite” gambling event, we’ve got our Fit-Bits ready as we’re set to march up and down the exceL for meeting after meeting. We’ve already got a fair few meetings lined up for the two days we’re there so if you’re interested in meeting for a natter then drop by our stand or drop us an email. If we’re not at a meeting, we’ll be perched alongside SBC Global’s stand at SD2-C&D. Come and say hello. Esports BAR – 11th-14th February – Cannes – Ollie & SamAnother chance to catch the “Ant & Dec” of esports is on Valentine’s Day down in Cannes for the Esports BAR. There’ll be no better setting as the ESI team is set to run two sessions through the conference – one focused around football clubs activity in esports and the other around gambling. It’s the perfect teaser for the ESI Super Forum which will take place in March, so make sure to get in touch and organise a meeting to discuss. Rocktech – 15th February – Paris – SamThere’s no rest for the wicked. Instead of shooting straight home after Cannes, Sam will be heading up to Paris for a brief stop at Rocktech. The February session is dedicated to esports and gaming startups, and the organisation bids to turn entrepreneurs into rockstars.Sam has the entrepreneur down to a tee, so if you’re up for forming a rock band – don’t be shy and get in touch.To organise a meeting for any of the above events, feel free to contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org – we would love to meet you.
‘We can’t win Champions League like this’ – Lionel Messi blasts Barcelona’s style of play under SetienAugust 29, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: mmfausynf.
Barcelona star, Lionel Messi has criticised his team’s style under manager, Quique Setien claiming the side cannot hope to be successful with the current system.In an interview with Sport, Messi said winning another Champions League title is not possible unless a major change is made to the team’s style of play. “It is not possible to win it by playing as we have been playing. My opinion is based on the fact that I was lucky to play the Champions League every year,” he said.His comments didn’t go down well with his manager, however, who believes they are in a good position to win the Champions League.Barcelona last won the Champions League in 2015“We are convinced that we can win the Champions League. We have to improve some things, but without a doubt we are convinced that the team has the potential to win the Champions League. ‘We can win it. We are convinced we can win the Champions League, of course we can,” Setien told BeIn Sports.Barcelona have won the last two La Liga titles and are currently top of the table.They have, however, failed to win the Champions League since 2015.Prior to that, they had won the European Cup three times in six years between 2006 and 2011.They drew 1-1 against Napoli in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie before the season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
LOS ANGELES >> Before Yu Darvish joined the Dodgers, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt did his homework, studying video of the right-hander from throughout his career with the Texas Rangers.To Honeycutt’s highly trained eye, what he saw on video and what he saw in person during Darvish’s three starts with the Dodgers – particularly his last two before going on the DL with lower back tightness – was significantly different.Honeycutt noticed Darvish would sometimes tilt his back shoulder down farther during the first half of his delivery than he had early in his career. The result was a higher arm slot when Darvish released the ball.After Darvish’s start against the Chicago White Sox 10 days ago, Honeycutt knew he would have some time to work with Darvish in the bullpen. So he asked the right-hander if he had noticed his arm slot changing since he returned having from the elbow-ligament replacement surgery in March 2015. Kershaw rehabBefore going on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City, left-hander Clayton Kershaw argued that it was unnecessary and he could just start for the Dodgers on Saturday instead.He might have had a point.Kershaw faced 16 hitters in five innings for the OKC Dodgers Saturday and struck out half of them. He allowed two hits – a solo home run by Jorge Soler leading off the second inning and an infield single. He picked that runner off base.Kershaw threw 64 pitches in his five innings, 43 strikes. His next start will be for the Dodgers during next weekend’s series in San Diego. Kershaw has been out since July 23 with a lower back strain.Bellinger returnCody Bellinger said he ran the curve of the infield as close to 100 percent as he could before Saturday’s game and had no instability or discomfort in his right ankle. Bellinger has been on the DL since spraining that ankle a week ago.He is eligible to come off the DL Wednesday in Arizona.“We’re right on track,” Bellinger said.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said there’s no reason at this point to think Bellinger won’t be activated Wednesday but the training staff “has right of first refusal.”McCarthy statusRight-hander Brandon McCarthy started a rehab assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga by pitching three hitless innings Friday. But Roberts said McCarthy was “a little disappointed” with the results because there were “a couple misfires in there.”McCarthy has been on the DL since July 20, ostensibly for blister problems on his pitching hand. But the right-hander is also dealing with some of the same command and delivery issues that derailed his 2016 season after he returned from Tommy John surgery.Roberts said McCarthy will throw a bullpen session with Honeycutt at some point in the next few days and is tentatively scheduled to throw another rehab game for Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday.AlsoOutfielder Andre Ethier moved his rehab assignment to Triple-A Oklahoma City Saturday and started in left field behind Kershaw that featured six players with major-league experience.Ethier went 5 for 25 with a double and six RBI in eight games with Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa before moving to OKC this weekend. He is expected back with the Dodgers after rosters expand on Sept. 1. “It was actually perfect timing,” Darvish said through his interpreter Saturday. “I was actually thinking the same thing.“After Tommy John surgery my arm slot had moved up. Now that I’m healthy and getting stronger, it’s something I was able to work on (with Honeycutt).”Darvish threw two bullpen sessions during his 10 days on the DL, making that adjustment in his delivery. The idea is to “make all his pitches come out of the same window,” Honeycutt said.Darvish will be activated from the DL and start Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers, having refined his mechanics and refreshed his body during his time on the DL.“Last year, I only threw 100 innings after coming back from Tommy John surgery,” Darvish said. “So it’s about the time of year when a lot of players start to feel some fatigue. I think it (his time on the DL) came at a very good time for both of those reasons.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Though he is reluctant to sing Betts’ praises as a hitting coach too loudly, Barnes has said his new teammate has been instrumental in getting him on the right path at the plate.“Mookie’s great. I can’t say enough about him and what he’s doing in the clubhouse,” Barnes said. “He’s helped me tremendously. I don’t know if he wants it all out there. He kind of wants it under the radar. But he’s helped me swing-wise. He really has. Just talking about the game, talking hitting. He’s helped me in the cage. He’s been in there with me, watched me swing.“That just shows you what kind of teammate he is for him to take time out of his day to help someone else. He’s been great.”Barnes said Betts “reached out to me which was pretty cool.”“He just thought he could help and he really has,” Barnes said. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers manager Dave Roberts calls Barnes’ offensive reclamation project a collaboration among Barnes, Betts and hitting coaches Brant Brown and Robert Van Scoyoc.“Mookie just kind of did some things to free up his mind, give him some clarity, give him some cues, some keys mechanically,” Roberts said. “It has landed with Austin. Just using the big part of the field, staying in the strike zone and some things mechanically that they’ve talked through. It’s paid big dividends up to this point.”Barnes said part of the breakthrough has been mechanical. But being in a better place mentally has also been a big factor in rediscovering the skill set that made him a .298 hitter in the minor leagues and a .289 hitter during his first full season in the big leagues three years ago.“It’s nice going up there, feeling like you’re going to hit the ball hard,” he said. “I think they kind of play off each other a little bit (the mental side and swing mechanics). I made a couple adjustments mechanics-wise. When you’re hitting the ball on the barrel, that shoots your confidence up at the plate. They kind of work hand in hand.”GONSOLIN SENT DOWNRight-hander Tony Gonsolin pitched a career-high six innings in Tuesday’s win, extending his scoreless streak over three starts this season to 14 2/3. But that wasn’t enough to change the Dodgers’ plans.After throwing those six innings, Gonsolin would have been unavailable for a few days. With the Dodgers currently using a six-man starting rotation, his turn wouldn’t come up again until Monday, an off day. So Gonsolin was sent back to the Dodgers’ alternate training site Wednesday and lefty reliever Victor Gonzalez was recalled.Roberts acknowledged that Gonsolin’s performance is “very much” forcing the Dodgers to reconsider how they might use him going forward — but not yet.“I think the way he pitched — performance certainly does matter,” Roberts said. “I don’t think that right now we have to be set in the rotation to finish the season or even think about the postseason. But Tony has done everything he can do. That’s a good thing for the Dodgers. Our message to Tony was just to continue to keep that edge, keep pitching well and be ready. Certainly what he’s done here in three starts is not lost on anyone.”ALSOAfter throwing three innings in a simulated game Tuesday, left-hander Alex Wood (shoulder inflammation) is scheduled to throw a four-inning sim game on Monday. …The Dodgers had planned to move their secondary training site from USC to the minor-league stadium in Rancho Cucamonga when students returned to campus. With no plans for students to attend classes in the near future, however, the Dodgers will keep their training site at USC for the duration of the season. …Right-hander Josh Sborz, catcher Rocky Gale and utilityman Zach McKinstry traveled with the Dodgers as the taxi squad for the two-game series in Seattle.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Austin Barnes has heard a lot of voices over the past two seasons as he tried to rediscover his identity as an offensive player.The ones inside his head were probably the worst.“I feel good mentally up there right now. I feel free up there mentally,” the Dodgers catcher said Tuesday. “I was a little clouded before. It’s hard to hit like that, that’s for sure.”The freedom Barnes has found recently has resulted in a seven-game hitting streak (through Tuesday) during which he is 12 for 24 with five multi-hit games. And Mookie Betts gets credit for an assist.