Mancini: United deserve title

first_img It has long been simply a matter of when rather than if United would clinch a 20th top-flight title, which made the moment itself less hard to take for the City boss. The Italian said: “It was over three, four, five games ago, not mathematically but it was over. They deserve to win this title, many congratulations to Manchester United for the work they did this season. “They did better than us, they won a lot of games in a row, it was really difficult. We should be also realistic. If there is one team that did better than you, you can do nothing.” City’s defeat by Tottenham last weekend gave Manchester United the chance to reclaim the trophy against Aston Villa on Monday, and they coasted to a 3-0 win. Mancini said: “It doesn’t change this. They deserve to win this title because they won a lot of games in a row. The crucial moment was when we played QPR, Liverpool, Southampton. That moment we had big problems with our players injured. We lost key points. United have more attitude than us, as a club, as a team.” Roberto Mancini insists his confidence has not been knocked by seeing Manchester City lose their Premier League title with five games left to play.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Cleanup Efforts Resume in Bahamas as Humberto Moves Away

first_imgTropical Storm Humberto narrowly missed the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands, which are just beginning the recovery process after taking a devastating hit from Hurricane Dorian earlier this month.By 11 a.m. Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said Humberto was located about 180 miles north-northwest of Great Abaco Island and was moving at 7 mph to the north with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph.The NHC believes the storm will likely become a hurricane by Sunday night, but should remain far from the Bahamas and the U.S. coast by that time.However, Humberto briefly caused the closure of small airports in the Bahamas, and sent people in already damaged homes to seek shelter yet again, temporarily interrupting the distribution of needed supplies, including food and water.As the storm passed, residents and officials resumed their Hurricane Dorian cleanup and recovery efforts.U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited Great Abaco on Saturday to support the ongoing humanitarian efforts. He says, “Hurricane Dorian has been classified as Category 5. I think it’s Category Hell,” adding that he is horrified by the “level of systematic devastation.”The islands’ official death toll from Dorian remains at 50, and another 1,300 are still reported missing. However, officials say the list is preliminary, and some people may just be unable to connect with their loved ones.last_img read more

Cricket News Virat Kohli breaks century drought with 42nd century in 2nd ODI vs West Indies

first_imgVirat Kohli scored his 42nd century in ODIs.Virat Kohli last scored a century in the Ranchi ODI against Australia.Virat Kohli is the first batsman to hit 2000 runs against West Indies in ODIs. highlights New Delhi: March 9, 2019. India vs Australia at Ranchi. That was the last time Virat Kohli had scored a century in ODIs. In the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, Kohli had scored five consecutive fifties but each time, the supporters were flummoxed that Kohli could not convert a fifty into a century. Five months later, Kohli finally broke the century jinx when he blasted his 42nd century and eighth against the West Indies during the Queens Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad on Sunday. The ODI has been a record-breaking one for Virat Kohli as he smashed some major landmarks during the course of his knock.Kohli became the first and only player to go past 2000 runs in ODIs against the West Indies. Before this, Pakistan’s Javed Miandad held the record for the most runs against the West Indies and with this century, Kohli has broken the 26-year record set by Pakistan’s master batsman of most runs against the West Indies. His tally of eight hundreds against the Caribbean side is the most by any player and it is his joint-most against one nation, having smashed eight centuries against Sri Lanka followed by Australia with the same number.The right-hand skipper also overtook Sourav Ganguly’s record for number of runs in ODIs, overtaking Ganguly’s tally of 11363 runs and becoming the eighth-highest run-getter in ODIs overall. Kohli also became a four-hitting machine against the West Indies, becoming the first and only batsman to hit over 200 fours against the West Indies. Kohli played his first ODI against West Indies in the 2009 Champions Trophy in Johannesburg in which he scored an unbeaten 79. His first hundred against the West Indies came in 2011 in Visakhapatnam. Kohli’s domination against the West Indies cane be gauged from the fact that he struck four back-to-back centuries against them between July 2017 and October 2018.This was the 20th century as an ODI skipper while he has scored 19 under the leadership of MS Dhoni. As a skipper, he now has the most centuries against one side with six against the West Indies, breaking the previous record of five held by Ricky Ponting of Australia against New Zealand. India would be looking to win this match and continue their wonderful tour of the West Indies which began on a bang with a 3-0 cleansweep of the West Indies in the Twenty20 Internationals. center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

API in GBA’s corner for Junior Caribbean Schoolboys Boxing Championship

first_imgWITH the Junior Caribbean Schoolboys Boxing Championship quickly approaching, Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) gained another sponsor. Through their Premyum line of products, Associated Packers Industry (API) threw their support in the corner of the GBA.At the simple ceremony, Deputy CEO of the company, Marissa Bujan, presented a quantity of food-based products, including milk, corn, oil and rice to Assistant secretary/treasurer of the GBA, Stacy Correia.To this end, Correia noted that the gesture will aid GBA’s efforts to pull off another successful championship.She revealed; “We currently have 20 (local) boxers encamped at the Gymnasium, and we just want to say thank you (to API) and we would like and hope that you would continue with your support.”Meanwhile, API’s Bujan noted; “We are proud to support such an event. We always support the idea of young people behind sport and we find it very imperative for their development.”The championship which will span three days (August 16-18), is set to be staged at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) and will feature youth boxers from Guyana, Barbados, Grenada, Cayman Islands, Dominica, St Lucia, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Trinidad & Tobago.Already on board are E-Networks, Massy Distribution and COURTS Guyana. The Championship will box off at 18:00hrs daily and ringside tickets cost $1 500 each, stands $500 and season tickets $4 000.last_img read more

Live Blog: Syracuse hosts Pittsburgh with hopes of qualifying for 3rd bowl in 4 years

first_img Published on November 23, 2013 at 11:58 am Follow along as beat writers Stephen Bailey and Trevor Hass provide live updates from the Carrier Dome, where Syracuse takes on Pittsburgh. Both teams are playing to compete in the postseason, and with Boston College waiting for the Orange next Saturday, this is likely SU’s best chance to gain bowl eligibility. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img

Briana Day’s 31st-career double-double powers No. 20 Syracuse to blowout win over Wake Forest

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse’s immediate start to the game looked similar to the one it had on Sunday night. Both times, the Orange won the tip. Both times, the first shot of the game was a 3-pointer from Brittney Sykes on the left wing.Against then-No. 7 Notre Dame on Sunday, Sykes hit the shot and the Orange ended up shooting 46 percent from deep to keep the game close. But SU lost that game largely because the Fighting Irish more than doubled the Orange’s rebound total, 44-20.On Thursday night, Sykes’ 3-pointer missed softly off the rim and bounced up in the air. Briana Day skied up and snagged the offensive rebound. She went back up, got fouled and made both free throws. Midway through the second quarter, she had a double-double.“I didn’t have too well of a rebounding game last game, so I needed to redeem myself,” Day said. “And I feel like I did.”While No. 20 Syracuse (19-9, 10-5 Atlantic Coast) was coming off its first home loss, Wake Forest was coming off arguably its best win of the season, an 89-77 victory at then-No. 15 North Carolina State. In that game, the Demon Deacons (15-13, 6-9) won the rebounding battle by four, and coming into tonight’s game was the second-best rebounding team in the ACC. But it was the Orange who dominated on the glass in an eventual 85-64 victory. Day was in the thick of it, notching her eighth double-double of the season and 31st of her career.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I that thought really was what our Achilles’ heel was in the first half, was giving up way too many O-boards to (Day),” Wake Forest head coach Jennifer Hoover said. “It was almost as if we didn’t talk about it coming into the game.”Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said after the game that he didn’t think Thursday night’s efforts came from Day wanting to prove herself again. Whatever the difference was in her game, it was noticeable right from the opening tip.Wake Forest couldn’t do much to slow her down. The Demon Deacons starting center, Milan Quinn, came into the game averaging nearly a double-double with 11.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, while seeing 30.9 minutes per game. Thursday, she was limited to just four points and two rebounds in 18 minutes.Hoover said she liked what she got out of the other two centers, Ona Udoh and Tyra Whitehead. Still, the Orange got what it wanted, going into halftime with a 13-rebound advantage.“They have really good post players too,” Hillsman said. “But I thought that Brianna just did her job … offensively, when she was rolling to the basket (or we) were shooting the ball, she really attacked the glass.”Day’s 15 rebounds were the second most she has had in a game all season. Eight came on the offensive end. When Syracuse struggled to shoot the 3-ball early, going 3-of-17 in the first half, she was right there to clean up misses.Her presences inside also forced a change in Wake Forest’s defense in the third quarter. Twice early in the frame she set a screen for Alexis Peterson. Both times, Peterson’s defender couldn’t make it over while Day’s defender chose not to hedge, which led to easy buckets for Day at times on Sunday. Instead, though, Peterson ended up stepping back and knocking down two jumpers, one of them from deep.In the penultimate home game of the season, Day struggled on the boards. In what could have been her last game at the Carrier Dome, she more than made up for it.“I know I’m a great rebounder, I know I just had an off game,” Day said. “That’s what I aim to do every game … I just knew I had to have a good rebounding game.” Comments Published on February 23, 2017 at 10:57 pm Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langerlast_img read more

ESL, id Software and Bethesda reveal $1,000,000 Quake World Championships

first_imgThe newly released Quake Champions will have a $1,000,000 (~£787,800) World Championship taking place at QuakeCon in late August. The qualifiers for the finals, which will take place in Dallas, start on the 29th June and will be split across the “Duel” and “4v4 Sacrifice”. 8 Sacrifice teams will qualify and 24 Duel players will travel to QuakeCon 2017 and compete for the prize money. In addition, eight additional Duel players will qualify at the QuakeCon BYOC Qualifier in Dallas. Credit: Quake World ChampionshipsESL will be working with id Software and Bethesda to bring the action to a wider audience. “I think ESL and Bethesda have a great opportunity with Quake Champions because of how good a spectator sport Quake is. Quake has the potential to unite viewers of all game genres,” commented Michal Blicharz, VP of Pro Gaming, ESL on the ESL website. He continued: “ESL has Quake in its DNA and we are a perfect esports partner for id Software.”In the same release, Tim Willits, Studio Director, id Software said: “Quake is back in the esports scene in a big way with Quake Champions, and the Quake World Championships will be the ultimate test of skill for the best competitive players in the world. Working with ESL, we’re excited to produce an incredible competition featuring amazing pro player talent, all vying for the million dollar prize pool and the title of the very first Quake World Championships champion.”Quake has a storied history with esports and the Champions relaunch come as it looks to reestablish itself as a modern esport. Tim Willits told Red Bull in an interview: “Quake has always been a competitive game, we’ve run esports events for 21 years, so it’s funny – a lot of people that run esports companies got their start playing Quake, they just love Quake.”Esports Insider says: Big news from Quake Champions as it looks to reestablish a place in esports. There’s clearly a lot of affection for the title from past players, so it’ll be interesting to see if it can capture the minds of those that never played or watched the original.last_img read more

Why the death of George Floyd has resonated throughout the NBA

first_img Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant Legions of fans have been waiting for months to see NBA players gather again in the same building — but not like this.The scene at Minneapolis City Hall was grim and somber, as Stephen Jackson — flanked by Karl-Anthony Towns, Gary Trent Jr. and Josh Okogie among others — spoke passionately and painfully about George Floyd, the man he called “my twin” for their close physical resemblance.Floyd’s death is now famous nationwide after a video was released showing his arrest: While Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the ground with his knee across Floyd’s neck, Floyd complained that he couldn’t breathe before eventually appearing to pass out. Bystanders asking Chauvin to stop the chokehold were largely ignored. Floyd was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.“A lot of times, when police do things they know that’s wrong, the first thing they try to do is cover it up, and bring up their background to make it seem like the (expletive) that they did was worthy,” said Jackson, a 14-year NBA vet who once played for the Clippers. “When was murder ever worthy? But if it’s a black man, it’s approved.” The momentum of outrage of Floyd’s death, however, has spurred consequences: Four officers involved in the arrest were fired; as of Friday, Chauvin had been arrested and charged with third degree murder. Protests sparked throughout the country, with at least seven people shot in Louisville and the destruction of a police precinct in Minneapolis. Public officials have been caught between attempting to empathize with the frustration of citizens tired of the deaths of black people at the hands of police, while also hoping to maintain a sense of order as riots have escalated.While NBA stars have long been vocal about this particular issue, perhaps most memorably dating back to the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012, the NBA is particularly close to this case. In addition to being Jackson’s friend, Floyd died in Minneapolis, an NBA market. While in another year, the NBA playoffs might keep some occupied from speaking out on social issues, with the league on hiatus, off-court interests are especially piqued, and frustration is being expressed throughout the NBA about Floyd’s death and other similar cases in the last few months.The scale of these responses has spread throughout whole organizations: In an internal memo reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta Hawks announced they would bring in a diversity expert to conduct a workshop for company employees, and invited anyone disturbed by the high-profile deaths to speak out. But many are reacting as individuals, as concerned citizens dismayed by what they see as a chronic injustice.“It’s a sad thing to see young minorities being murdered on camera by people supposed to protect us,” Lakers guard Quinn Cook told Southern California News Group. “You don’t know what can happen. We need to pray for our country, pray for George Floyd and his family, and we have to keep being a voice for reason.”There’s an inherent tension for black athletes between the game and league that has helped them become famous, and the reality that many black people still face profiling and excessive violence for the color of their skin. On “Get Up” on ESPN, former player Jalen Rose spoke to the juxtaposition: “I wish America loved black people as much as they love black culture. Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ “We’re not here designed only to entertain,” Rose added. “We’re actually living and breathing human beings that have a multitude of intelligence, work ethic, discipline and talent.”Recent years have seen the NBA’s biggest stars make efforts to expand the scope of their influence, perhaps no one moreso than the Lakers’ LeBron James. His media company Uninterrupted carries the tagline: “More Than An Athlete.” He famously has skirmished with conservative show host Laura Ingraham, who once advised him to “shut up and dribble” (James later backed a documentary by the same name about the history of social activism in sports).In the last few days, James has tweeted frustration about the death of Floyd, posted a photo of himself wearing an “I CAN’T BREATHE” T-shirt from when Eric Garner died in 2014, and posted workout videos of himself listening to hip-hop group Public Enemy’s “Fight The Power.”But James is far from the only NBA luminary to weigh in, and not all are black: Golden State Steve Kerr tweeted early in the week that he believed the Floyd video showed a case of murder. In an interview with Yahoo Sports, Kerr underlined that the black community needs white advocates to help enact real change.“I think most people in my circle can talk about this stuff and we are horrified. And then we move on. Move on to the next day,” Kerr said. “Human nature is to live your own life, take care of yourself, take care of your family. When you see something horrifying, you wanna do something about it. But when you don’t live it, when it’s not in your backyard, not your children, it’s easier for things to slide by. Even when people are outraged.”Related Articles Photos: Lakers defeat Trail Blazers in Game 4 of first-round playoff series Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead last_img read more

Dodgers Notes: Chase Utley shakes off slump as playing time increases

first_imgST. LOUIS >> How did Chase Utley feel about hitting .098 through the first five weeks of this season?“It wasn’t ideal,” the laconic veteran said. “It’s not something you really anticipate. But it is what it is. I’ve been through some funks over the course of my career before. You try to stay positive, try to stick with what you know and what helped make you successful. And hopefully, it turns around.”This funk played out in slow speed. Re-signed to a one-year, $2 million deal by the Dodgers just as spring training was starting, Utley was relegated to role player status with Logan Forsythe expected to get the lion’s share of playing time at second base this year. So Utley started just 13 times in the Dodgers’ first 32 games with 58 plate appearances to get to that .098 average on May 8.That Utley’s worst start came in his first season without every-day at-bats is not a coincidence. “Your guess is as good as mine,” he said when asked to explain the turnaround. “Getting some at-bats helps your timing and getting some hits helps your confidence.“(Now I’m) hitting the ball where they’re not playing. I’m getting good pitches to hit and squaring some balls up, putting some good at-bats together. Having a little success can breed confidence and I’ve always had the opinion that a confident hitter is a good hitter.”Turner updateTurner has increased his activity level the past two days, running the arc of the basepaths and taking batting practice on the field. But Roberts said he believes Turner is still a week away from returning from his hamstring injury and will miss the three-game series with the Washington Nationals that starts next week’s homestand.“We’re still, realistically, a week away from thinking about him being back with us,” Roberts said.AlsoReliever Josh Fields rejoined the Dodgers on Wednesday after staying back at the team hotel Tuesday due to illness. …Outfielder Andre Ethier has still not progressed enough from the herniated disc in his back to include baseball activities as part of his workouts. The issue is his ability to recover without undue pain the day after running as part of his workout. Roberts said he does not expect Ethier to be ready to play until after the All-Star break. …Dodgers’ ownership has valued the team at $2.5 billion during their attempts to sell a minority stake, according to a Bloomberg report citing an anonymous source involved in the potential sale. The Guggenheim Group purchased the Dodgers for $2.15 million in 2012. The Dodgers enlisted Galatioto Sports Partners to broker the sale of a minority stake this winter. No timetable has been set for that sale nor is there any specifics about how large a stake is available. …Former Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton was given his unconditional release by the Cardinals on Wednesday. Broxton, 32, allowed two runs and four hits in the ninth inning against the Dodgers on Tuesday, raising his ERA for the season to 6.89. Broxton spent the first seven years of his career with the Dodgers, earning 72 saves from 2008-10. “Chase is never going to make an excuse. But it’s something that he’s never done before,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “So to, No. 1, buy in and embrace it and do the best he can is one component. Still after his great career never having done it, it’s a completely different regimen and preparation.“I guess we could go back and look at the first 50 at-bats and there was some consistent playing time in there. I just don’t think his swing was right those first 50 at-bats. Now when you take the fact that his legs are under him, his swing is right mechanically and he’s getting run out there on a consistent basis, that certainly helps his production.”Utley’s playing time increased in May as first Forsythe and more recently Justin Turner went on the disabled list, freeing up at-bats for an extra infielder. Opposing teams have stopped feeding the Dodgers a steady diet of left-handed pitching. That has brought Utley’s bat back to life. Through Wednesday, he has started 17 of the Dodgers’ past 22 games and gone 22 for 60 (.367) with nine extra-base hits (three doubles, three triples and three home runs), 14 RBI, six multi-hit games and a .460 on-base percentage in that time.“I think if you look at the past three weeks, he’s been as good as any player in the National League – the on-base, the production,” Roberts said. “If you throw out those first 50 at-bats, he’s off to a great, great start.”That isn’t allowed. And Utley only partly blames his poor start on the adjustment to being a part-time player.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more