Benoit Paire stuns Marin Cilic in Dubai

first_imgDUBAI: Benoit Paire fought off four match points at the Dubai Championships on Tuesday, overhauling former US Open winner Marin Cilic 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/1) to reach the second round.In other matches of the day, Dan Evans beat Fabio Fognini 3-6 6-4 7-5, Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat Yoshihito Nishioka 7-5 6-2, Filip Krajinovic beat Joao Sousa 4-6 6-3 6-3, Alexander Bublik beat Hubert Hurkacz 6-2 7-5. AgenciesAlso Read: Spain’s Carreño, Frenchman Paire to kick off Davis Cup semifinalAlso Watch: Khelo India Lawn Bowl Gold Medalist Suranjana Baruah shares candid moment with THE SENTINEL DIGITALlast_img

Amuneke Opens Flying Eagles’ Camp

first_imgTeam Secretary, Ibrahim Aliyu Lawal, said wednesday that the 30 invited players will be camped at the Serob Legacy Hotel, in the Federal Capital Territory, ahead of the first leg of the fixture scheduled for Bujumbura on the weekend of May 20th – 22nd . The return leg will hold in Nigeria two weeks after.The group of invited players is dominated by Nigeria’s 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup winners, including goalkeeper Akpan Udoh and attacking midfielders Chukwudi Agor and Orji Okoronkwo.INVITED PLAYERS:Akpan Udoh, John Lazarus, David Enogela, Kingsley Michael, Funsho Bamgboye, Chinedu Madueke, Chukwudi Agor, Joel Osikel, Ejike Ikwu, Udochukwu Anumudu, Amos Benjamin, Osinachi Ebere, Orji Okonkwo, Chiaha Chisom, Suleiman Abdullahi, Kehinde Ayinde, Anas Mohammed, Douglas Uzama, Ayodeji Bamidele, Jack Ipalibo, Ernest Agenor, Najib Hamza, Johnson Umah, Chukwuebuka Okoroji, Gavi Thompson, Bright Etaghara, Samuel Obehi, Timothy Idoko, Abbas Usman, Yinusa Abdul.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Head Coach of the Nigeria Under-20 boys’ team, the Flying Eagles, Emmanuel Amuneke, has opted to have a three-day open screening for new players ahead of the team’s camping for a 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against Burundi.Burundi progressed to be eligible to square up with cup holders Nigeria after the Democratic Republic of Congo withdrew from the race.Amuneke’s open screening starting today is to end on Saturday, April 9 before a group of 30 invited players will arrive camp in Abuja next Monday.last_img read more

Second-place finish fuels Ruschell

first_imgTo win a Big Ten championship in wrestling is no easy feat.Just to make it to the championship match is no cup of tea. And to do it as aNo. 5 seed and a red-shirt freshman, as Kyle Ruschell did last year, is simplyunheard of.At last year?s conference championships, Ruschell, wrestlingat 141 pounds, defeated No. 4 seed Cassio Pero of Illinois 6-5 in thequarterfinals. He then went on to upset top-seeded Manual Rivera of Minnesotain the semifinals 7-4 before losing in the title match to Northwestern?s RyanLang 5-1.?I had nothing to lose,? Ruschell said of his performancelast season. ?I didn?t really have too high of expectations because I had towrestle two guys I had lost to (in the regular season). So I went out there, Iwanted to win ? not just not to lose.?Heading into this year?s championships this weekend inMinneapolis, Ruschell has garnered the No. 2 pre-seed, right behind Michigan?sKellen Russell. Ruschell is taking somewhat of the same attitude as lastseason, but with a bit of a twist.?I want to be on the top of the stand,? Ruschell said. ?I?mgoing in with the same game plan ? to get to the title match. But this time winand not be so nervous in the finals, or be so tight, and just happy to bethere.?Ruschell?s performance last season, as well as his workethic both on and off the wrestling mat, led the coaching staff to nameRuschell one of this year?s tri-captains. Head coach Barry Davis knows Ruschellis the type of guy he wants his team to look up to.?He takes time to think of the sport out of the room,? Davissaid. ?And in order to be a captain, you have to take the time outside of theroom, you have to take wrestling with you and think about things. All thosethings come together.?One of only a handful of Division I wrestlers who callKentucky ?home,? Ruschell knew early on that he had to make a name of himselfat a national tournament, rather than his state tournament, to get to where heis now.?In high school, I was a little guy,? Ruschell said. ?I wasa [103]-pounder up through junior year and then senior year I wrestled 119 inKentucky. But out of state at senior nationals I wrestled 112. I did that tohelp get coaches look at me because they usually don?t come to our state tournament.?Davis, along with assistant coach Barry Chelesvig,approached Ruschell at the senior national tournament in March of 2005 andoffered him a chance to be a Badger. It was a move that pleased Ruschell?sparents.?My parents just fell in love with Barry,? Ruschell said.?They felt that he cared about us, that it wasn?t just about us coming here butto help me grow as a person and make me a better person. It?s not just forBarry ? it?s for the university and for me.?Family and friends in Kentucky were all smiles, but therewere some in Madison who didn?t know what to think of the news.?I know the coaches kind of got a little heckling becausethey got a kid from Kentucky,? junior Dallas Herbst said. ?Not a lot of guysknew him or knew what he could do.?Ruschell arrived on campus not quite sure what to expect,but soon learned his place the first day of practice.?I was pretty raw my freshman year,? Ruschell said. ?Iremember my first practice. I was wrestling (Zach) Tanelli. He got my leg andjust lifted it up and smacked me down to the mat. Right then I knew I wasn?tthe best in the room anymore. I needed to work everyday.?As Ruschell enters this weekend’s tournament, he hassomewhat of the same situation as last season. Despite being seeded higher, heenters again having two losses in the Big Ten ? to Russell, and to Illinois?Ryan Prater ? in back-to-back matches. Ruschell bounced right back to defeatthen-3rd ranked Rivera as the Badgers upset the Gophers Feb. 17.Davis thinks it’s situations like these where Ruschell?smentality rises above all.?I think experience played a part there,? Davis said. ?Hethought, ?You know, I?m good enough, I?ll bounce back and put that behind meand move forward.? It just says a lot about him as an individual and hismaturity to let things go and move on.?Entering the weekend, Ruschell has a legitimate chance towalk away on top. With the NCAA Championships just two weeks away after thisweekend, Ruschell feels he?s got a legitimate chance there, too. Either way, hehas made his name known not only in Kentucky, but now in Wisconsin and the restof the nation.?I want to win it, of course,? Ruschell said. ?Anything elseis a little bit of a disappointment. First off, I want to get on the stand, but,second, I want to be at the top of it.?last_img read more

Syracuse wins Candlewood Suites Challenge

first_imgSyracuse had a perfect weekend.The Orange had a huge bounce back performance this weekend after last tournament’s disastrous performances, winning all three matches in straight sets.Syracuse walked away this weekend with its first tournament victory this season, beating Chicago State in straight sets on Saturday afternoon.“Finally they started showing what we are practicing, the way we can play,” head coach Leonid Yelin said. “What we build now, hopefully it will help us next weekend.”Syracuse began the Candlewood Suites Challenge on Friday afternoon with a 25-5 first-set victory over Saint Peter’s, and followed that up with set wins of 25-12 and 25-21.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSophomore hitter Silvi Uattara, who was benched last weekend due to poor play, dominated the game, racking up a team-high 14 kills and five aces.Freshman setter Erica Handley also provided a spark, dishing out 28 assists.Syracuse played its second game of the tournament on Friday night, and the result was the same. SU had no trouble defeating Delaware State in straight sets.The Orange won the first set 25-12 and cruised to a straight-sets victory, winning the final two 25-13 and 25-12. Uattara picked up 11 more kills to once again lead the team in points.Handley again proved her value to the team, racking up a career-high five kills and providing 28 more assists — seven more than the entire Delaware State team combined.“We have to find a way how to play against teams we absolutely have to beat,” Yelin said. “I knew we were going to beat them, I didn’t know we were going to beat them in that kind of manner.”But the night was about more than just Uattara and Handley’s dominance. Junior Lindsay McCabe cracked the Top 10 in Syracuse’s all-time total blocks list.The next day, she cracked the Top 10 in block assists in program history.“It’s very exciting to have your name in the record books,” McCabe said. “And hopefully it will be something that I can look back on in a few years.”With McCabe’s record-setting day, Syracuse cruised to its third and final straight-set sweep, winning the first two sets 25-15 and 25-9. The third set proved to be more of a daunting task as Chicago State put up a fight. After falling down 23-17, the Cougars pulled to within three, but it wasn’t enough. Handley set up sophomore Gosia Wlaszczuk for the kill to end the set 25-21.In addition to McCabe’s effort, junior Nicolette Serratore also stepped up, leading the team with 12 kills and nine digs. Handley also turned in another solid performance, putting up a tournament-high 36 assists.This tournament had a different vibe than the previous one, as the Orange came out with a lot more energy than last weekend. After a lackluster 1-5 start, SU took a step in the right direction.“We just worked on the things we knew we needed to work on from last tournament,” Handley said. “And did just a lot more game-situation stuff and building off that, and getting our confidence up.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 16, 2013 at 4:00 am Contact Eric: esriter@syr.edulast_img read more

Syracuse jumps to No. 3 in Inside Lacrosse media poll

first_imgSyracuse jumped one spot in Monday’s Inside Lacrosse Media poll to No. 3. The Orange had been ranked No. 4 for the past four weeks until their comeback win over No. 12 Fighting Irish Sunday afternoon moved them up a spot.Since its No. 13 preseason ranking, SU has not moved down in the rankings all season. Since its blown five-goal lead to No. 1 Boston College and subsequent 14-12 loss, the Orange have only risen after competing with the 11-0 Golden Eagles. SU reached No. 4 after a win over then-No. 4 Northwestern on Feb. 24 and has stayed stagnant until Monday.Over the last month, Syracuse has lost just one game — an overtime loss to undefeated Maryland — while defeating several top-15 teams including Virginia, Loyola and Florida.This week, the Orange clobbered unranked Harvard in the Carrier Dome by nine goals and Emily Hawryschuk’s late goals capped four unanswered goals over Notre Dame in a 10-9 win.The two teams above SU in the poll are their two losses — No. 1 Boston College and No. 2 Maryland. North Carolina flipped places with the Orange this week after a six-goal loss to BC last Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse next plays Albany in the Dome on Wednesday before playing another ranked opponent in No. 13 Duke this Saturday. Comments Published on March 25, 2019 at 3:25 pm Contact KJ: | @KJEdelman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Bingo documentary gets BBC upgrade

first_imgShare Premier League eyes 17 June resumption May 29, 2020 Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Related Articles tweet StumbleUpon GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 The BBC has added its Northern Ireland’s ‘True North – Big Night at the Bingo’ episode to its ‘Our Lives’ social documentary series available on the iPlayer platform for all UK audiences.First broadcast in January on BBC’s Northern Ireland network, Big Night at the Bingo follows the patrons and employees of West Belfast’s ‘Westway Bingo Hall’ on its busiest night of the year, as prize money is boosted into four figures.The documentary showcases the unique rituals and jargon of Westway players, alongside the lifelong friendships that have been developed at Belfast’s oldest bingo hall.“While the world outside is a place of tough working lives and demanding family commitments, inside the Westway all is calm as numbers are drawn at random for a captive audience. We meet the regular players who come back day after day in hope of that elusive win,” said the BBC. ‘Big Night at the Bingo’ originally formed part of the BBC’s ‘True North’ series, a regional broadcast directive allowing up and coming filmmakers to document Northern Irish communities ‘through a modern lens’.Securing further coverage for Big Night at the Bingo, the BBC has commissioned the episode to feature on its ‘Our Lives’ iPlayer series showcasing the best UK social documentaries, which uncover the diverse traits, hardships and complexities which underscore UK society. Submitlast_img read more

Brandon McCarthy, Dodgers hopeful recovery is complete

first_imgNow, he seems to reject that description.“I’m not rejecting it. I don’t care what people call it. It just is what it is,” McCarthy said after his most recent start this week. “Now it’s not something I think about and it’s not something I carry with me. Give it whatever name you want in the world. It’s just there.”McCarthy returned to pitch twice in September, once in relief when he was unable to retire any of the six batters he faced. There were reports the Dodgers had tried to dump his contract on the Milwaukee Brewers as part of a trade that would have exchanged outfielders Yasiel Puig and Ryan Braun. Left off the Dodgers’ postseason roster, McCarthy spent his winter putting last season behind him.“The offseason was nice that I just got to reset. I was able to go to work on a good program,” said McCarthy, who lives in the Phoenix area and worked out daily during the winter at the Dodgers’ complex in Glendale. “It was very easy for me to just enjoy my time at home with my family. Be a dad. Be a husband. Then come to work and focus individually. It was good to clear everything out, and then when spring started I noticed it was just business as usual.”Despite last year’s weirdness, McCarthy said it has been “a totally normal spring” for him this year. Any feeling that he had to prove himself trustworthy again – to himself or to the Dodgers – has been sublimated.“Maybe somewhere in the sub-conscious. But it wasn’t a conscious thing,” McCarthy said. “It was very much just go out there and throw. I’d been throwing well in the offseason. I’d progressed. Everything I wanted to do, I’d done. The mentality there was just clear everything out and start spring training trying to throw hard, trying to throw strikes, trying to do everything you can do and then start to pitch in games and see where you’re at.”Whatever McCarthy went through last season, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said “he seems like he’s over it and past it.”“We’ve turned the page on that,” Roberts said. “I think he’s trying to look at this season as a clean slate. … He’s where he’s supposed to be.”That appears to be back in the Dodgers’ starting rotation, at least to start the season. That was not a foregone conclusion before spring training started.“If I felt that was a significant achievement, I’ve aimed way too low,” said McCarthy who has allowed 10 runs (only seven earned) on 14 hits in 13 innings over his first four spring starts. “Twelve years in, I’ve been doing this for a long time. Winning a spot is not where my focus is. My focus is on making 33 starts, pitching in the postseason. It’s doing everything I need to do as a solid major-league starter. Winning a rotation spot is step one. I came to spring this year with the attitude of doing everything every day to be ready for the start of the season, wherever it is.” Fifteen months after undergoing Tommy John surgery to replace the damaged UCL, McCarthy returned to a major-league mound, pitching five scoreless innings against the Colorado Rockies just days short of his 33rd birthday in July.McCarthy made four more relatively effective starts before he lost his way. In three consecutive starts, he walked 15 in 8 1/3 total innings. In his final start against the Pirates on Aug. 13, he faced 13 batters, walked five of them, hit one, gave up two hits and retired only five.Afterwards, McCarthy essentially put himself on the DL – “I need some time off,” he said to reporters after the game, clearly distressed by his own performance.“Coming back, you don’t spend that time focusing on your mechanics. You focus that time on being healthy,” McCarthy says now of that experience. “Every pitch you throw, the velocity is there but you’re not worried about the velocity. You’re not even that worried about the command of it or what you’re doing with it or what your mechanics are doing or how sharp you might be. You’re just making sure you’re not blown out and you can keep going with it.”Last fall, McCarthy referenced “the yips” – the forbidden word used to describe an athlete’s inability to perform the routine but subtly complex tasks required in his job. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img GLENDALE, Ariz. — Brandon McCarthy has certainly returned from injuries before. His career is pockmarked by those challenges – most prominently, serial shoulder woes including surgery that sidelined him for the entire 2010 season and a frightening skull fracture caused by a line drive back to the mound in 2012 that resulted in seizures and required medication months later.But returning from Tommy John surgery was somehow different.“Just a big bowl of weird soup, I guess,” the veteran right-hander said by way of assessing his 2016 experience.Signed to a four-year, $48 million contract by the Dodgers before the 2015 season, McCarthy made only four starts the following April before being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow – an all-too-familiar diagnosis with one of sport’s most famous remedies.last_img read more

LeBron James goes into detail about relationship with Kyrie Irving

first_img“I think I’ve always loved Kyrie, from before I met him, until when I became his teammate, to even now,” James said Saturday during his All-Star weekend media availability. “So the phone call, more than for me, I think just to see his growth … It takes a real man and a real person — and a real person to understand who they are — to be able to call, or to do anything and be able to see their wrongdoings or believe they have some wrongdoings.  “And then be able to come to grips with that and then be able to either apologize or say that, ‘At that point and time, I thought I was ready for something, but I really wasn’t.’ I love Kyrie. I love everything about Kyrie.”LeBron James on his phone call from Kyrie Irving: It takes a real man to come to grips with what happened and apologize or say that, “‘At that point in time, I thought I was ready for something, but I really wasn’t.’”— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) February 16, 2019Amid frustration with the Celtics’ youth, Irving revealed last month that he called James to apologize for “being that young player that wanted everything at his fingertips” when the two were teammates for the Cavaliers for three seasons. The call came after Irving was critical about some of his current teammates, saying, “The young guys don’t know what it takes to be a championship level team.”Irving, on the other hand, wasn’t as willing to talk about his relationship with the Lakers star. When the topic came up, Irving simply said, “That’s none of your business.”Kyrie when asked about the nature of his relationship with LeBron“That’s none of your business.”Next question. #NBAAllStarMediaDay— Karisa Maxwell (@KarisaMaxwell) February 16, 2019 LeBron James was candid on his relationship with Celtics star Kyrie Irving after the two made headlines earlier this season following the Celtics guard’s apology phone call.James explained he has “always love(d) Kyrie” and that he saw a lot of “growth” in the 26-year-old to be able to make a phone call like he did.last_img read more

Passing Michael Jordan ‘beyond crazy’ for LeBron James

first_img MVPs, 30-point games, season averages — Where LeBron James trails Michael Jordan after points milestone “I watched him from afar, wanted to be like MJ, wanted to shoot fadeaways like MJ, wanted to stick my tongue out on dunks like MJ, wanted to wear my sneakers like MJ. I wanted kids to look up to me at some point like MJ. It’s beyond crazy.”Why it is so crazy to me right now seeing where I’m at in the scoring of all-time greats in the game of basketball, because I’ve never been about scoring.”@KingJames reminisces on the influence Michael Jordan had on him growing up, and what it means to pass him on the all-time scoring list.— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 7, 2019James added: “Me and my best friends, all we talk about is MJ. Outdoor court we would play in the snow, in the rain in north-east Ohio and we all wanted to be MJ.”Every last one of us wanted to be MJ. My high school best friends they text me, they cannot believe it, I cannot believe it because we just remember walking up and down Akron streets singing ‘I wanna be, I wanna be like Mike’. LeBron James ranks the “beyond crazy” achievement of passing his inspiration Michael Jordan on the all-time list of NBA points scorers as “right up there” with the best of his career.The four-time MVP added 31 points to his tally in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 115-99 defeat to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday to better Jordan’s total of 32,292. LeBron James passes Michael Jordan: Who’s above the Lakers star on the all-time points list?center_img James is now the fourth-highest scorer in NBA history and the Lakers superstar had to pinch himself after eclipsing the legendary Jordan’s mark.”A lot of stuff that I’ve done in my career…this ranks right up there at the top,” he said. “For a kid from Akron, Ohio needing inspiration, needing some type of positive influence, MJ was that guy for me. Related News “When you are an inner-city kid from Akron, Ohio growing up you look for anything that can inspire you, because you are always put up against the numbers of failure.”The numbers of guys like myself; single-parent household, only child, underprivileged making it out is not high at all.”MJ had a lot to do with me making it out along with my mother, along with the city itself, along with the lower-league coaches. Mike had no idea he was doing when he was growing up a 45-minute flight from Chicago.”last_img read more


first_imgBILL NEAL:10—I am kicking this one off with the ongoing Legends Series…I am just telling you what Kenny Durrett told me, and when Kenny Durrett talked basketball, people listened.  And I quote, “Look, when it came to that team, Petey…aka Petey Gibson…handled the ball and there was none better. And I was a big man that could do small man stuff. But Marv Snowden could do it all . . . Marv could just play.  He did it all and well and he would “D” you up the moment he got off the bus!” So if K.D. said it…well, you know.  (And please you so called basketball historians, try to remember the night Marv Snowden came home with the West Virginia team he played for and came off the bench to drop 24 on the Panthers. Yep, the stuff legends are made of!!!:09—Needless to say, I could go on until Christmas about the owner of the L.A. Clippers and his super stupid, but real racist comments that by now you’ve heard about.  But I won’t.  I will tell you this, anytime a man pimps his so-called girlfriend out by telling her she can sleep with Blacks, but don’t hang around them at the games tells you this…IF – IT – LOOKS – LIKE – A – DUCK – AND – WALKS – LIKE – A – DUCK – AND QUACKS – LIKE – A DUCK – MMMAAANNN – IT’S – A – DAMN – DUCK! Yes, boys and girls, you can change behavior, but you can’t change attitudes!last_img read more