AVB tight lipped on Bale

first_img Reports in Spain even suggested the two clubs would announce the deal on Friday. Bale sat out Tottenham’s 5-0 win over Dinamo Tbilisi, the official reason cited was that he had a foot injury, and it now appears that the 24-year-old has played his last game for the north London club. Villas-Boas tried to dodge the first question about Bale in his post-match press conference by saying he was concentrating on “building a very strong team,” when asked about the progress of Bale’s transfer. When pressed on the forward’s future he responded by saying: “On Gareth I am not able to comment on anything that has been my tone since the start of the season and I will not come out of it.” Regardless of Villas-Boas’ posturing, it seems that Bale is finally closing in on the transfer he has been pining for all season. Madrid have even started selling Bale Real Madrid shirts, it seems. The Spanish giants kept the number 11 free when they announced their squad numbers in pre-season and screen grabs of the club’s official online shop appeared to show the option to buy a Bale replica shirt for 73 euros (£62). Shortly after the screen grabs were taken, the site was down for maintenance. If Bale does seal his move to the Bernabeu in the near future, it will mark the end of one of the longest-running transfer sagas of the summer. It will also give the Wales international the opportunity to shine in the Champions League, where he deserves to play following his stellar performances last season, when he scored 31 goals for club and country. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has pulled off a coup by spending most of the cash from Bale’s sale even before it has been confirmed, thus avoiding the inflated costs often quoted to clubs who are known to have lots of money to spend. Spurs have already spent £60million on four new signings, and the club have also been holding talks in London with Roma officials over the potential signing of Erik Lamela, the highly-rated Argentina midfielder. Lamela’s agent flew into the English capital today to join the talks and Tottenham hope to finalise the signing of the player in the next few days. Doubt has been cast on their pursuit of Anzhi Makhachkala forward Willian, however. The Brazilian has undergone medical tests at Tottenham ahead of a proposed £30million move, but reports have suggested that Chelsea are now in pole position to sign the 25-year-old. Villas-Boas said he had no knowledge of Chelsea’s reported interest in the player. “We were just involved in a game so unfortunately I can’t give you further information,” the 35-year-old said. “I confirmed our interest in the player. Everything is possible, but I’m not aware of the circumstances because of our involvement in the (Dinamo) game. I don’t want it to be a distraction over what we achieved here tonight.” The Blues refused to comment on speculation that Willian could be bound for Stamford Bridge. Press Association Tottenham technical director Franco Baldini flew to Madrid on Wednesday to negotiate the finer details of Bale’s world-record transfer to the nine-time European champions. Real have made no secret of their desire to sign Bale this summer, and they hope to finalise a reported £93million deal for the 24-year-old in the coming days. Andre Villas-Boas refused to comment on speculation regarding Gareth Bale’s future – but Real Madrid already appear to think they have got their man.last_img read more

Cazenovia girls basketball tops Phoenix, goes to 8-2

first_img Tags: CazenoviaChittenangogirls basketball But here the Mustangs flourished, reclaiming the lead for good thanks to a well-balanced attack. Katie MacLachlan finished with 14 points, with Sarah Fallon earning 12 points. Sam Wynne had nine points and Hannah Durand had eight points.Ally Shoemaker, who passed 1,000 career points in a Jan. 10 loss to Bishop Grimes, paced the Bears with 12 points, eight steals, five assists and five rebounds.Cassidy Kelly got 11 points, while Sarah Lanphear had nine points and six rebounds. Emily Moon had eight rebounds.Looking to recover in Thursday night’s game against Westhill, Chittenango led 13-9 through one period and, despite a Warriors surge before halftime, remained close most of the way.But Westhill outscored the Bears 20-7 in the fourth quarter and Chittenango lost, 60-44, Shoemaker held to seven points, though she also had eight rebounds, six assists and six steals.Moon picked up 15 points and five rebounds, Lanphear getting seven points and Mia McReynolds six points. For Westhill, Jenna Larrabee worked inside for 23 points and Catherine Dadey hit five 3-pointers on her way to 17 points.Having fallen to 7-5 overall, Chittenango would visit Solvay and Auburn this week before hosting Phoenix on Saturday.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story At the forefront again, Lindsey Lawson earned 24 points, half the Lakers’ total. And she had ample support, too, as Julia Bauder got 11 points, Carleigh Szalach had nine points and Molly Brown the other four pointsAs Cazenovia moved on to take part in last weekend’s Juggler Classic at Utica-Notre Dame before this Thursday’s visit from Skaneateles, Chittenango offered quite a challenge to 10-1 Marcellus last Tuesday night, tied going into the fourth quarter before falling 48-42 to the Mustangs.Down 17-9 after one period, the Bears gradually made up the deficit until it had caught up at 32-32 with one quarter left.center_img Working past the midway point of its regular season, the Cazenovia girls basketball team knew that it was important to continue to post high-quality results.The Lakers returned from a week’s rest by traveling to Phoenix last Tuesday and, improving to 8-2 overall, earned a 49-36 victory over the Firebirds.This wasn’t an easy one as Phoenix emerged from a low-scoring first half with a 19-17 advantage, but then Cazenovia took over, outscoring the Firebirds 20-7 in a pivotal third quarter.last_img read more

Wisconsin hockey demolished the South Korean Olympic team this weekend

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team welcomed the South Korean Olympic team to LaBahn Arena this weekend for a friendly exhibition game, but the Badgers would shut-out the Olympians 8-0.Wisconsin was lead in scoring by their co-captain Claudia Kepler and sophomore Alexis Mauermann, who both managed to score two goals during the game. Overall, Wisconsin would see six different people score that night, with three of them being freshman.Brette Pettet, Delaney Drake and Caitlin Schneider all managed to represent for the 2021 graduating class, showing a dominant show of force for this freshman class. A majority of the goals scored Saturday night were from underclassmen, with Mauermann and sophomore Presley Norby scoring the other two.Women’s hockey: Badgers fall short but leave impressive legacyEven though the season came to a bitter end, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team still has so much Read…Many were wondering how this team would mesh together with such a large freshman class, combined with a missing upperclassmen presence due to players competing for the Olympics. Wisconsin graduated two of their top goal scorers last year, and two more left the team to pursue Olympic dreams, leaving quite a large gap for this incoming freshman class to fill.Saturday showed that not only is this freshman class ready to fill the gaps that were left behind, but that they were willing to give it their all and step up to the challenges that come with playing collegiate hockey.Wisconsin also tested out different goaltenders during this exhibition, with Alyson Baldwin, Kristen Campbell and Breanna Blesi all getting some time in net Saturday. The three goaltenders managed to garner five saves for the UW, and all can add a shut-out to their career record.Many thought that goaltender Nikki Cece would be the starting goaltender for this tournament, but Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson wanted the other goalies to get a chance to show their skills between the pipes. Cece is still expected to start in net when the Badgers open their season against Lindenwood next weekend.Women’s hockey: Rookie netminder proves she can fill big skates of her predecessorsAs current University of Wisconsin women’s hockey netminder Ann-Renée Desbiens advances into her final season of eligibility, speculation arises as Read…South Korea is continuing their American tour, heading to Bemidji, Minnesota to take on Bemidji State this Wednesday. Wisconsin will remain at home to welcome Lindenwood for their first home series of the year on Friday at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Two Ghana athletes did not return from Commonwealth Games

first_imgTwo members of Ghana’s contingent to the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia did not return. The Ghana Badminton Association have confirmed Stella Amassah and Gifty Mensah disappeared from team Ghana’s camp and have still not been found.This comes on the back of team captain Botsyo Nkegbe’s claims on the Joy Sports Link, Saturday, that he was sure that all the 72 athletes, who went for the Games, were accounted for and had left Australia for Ghana or wherever they came from. The two athletes were active in the Games and represented Ghana in the women’s mixed and team events.Stella Amasah’s run in the competition ended on April 12 when she and Emmanuel Donkor lost to Malaysia’s Goh Soon Huat and Lai Shevon Jemie in the mixed doubles round of 16 match.Gifty Mensah, on the other hand, exited the competition on April when she and Grace Atipaka lost 2-0 to Sonia Cheah and Lai Shevon Jemie of Malaysia in the women’s doubles round of 32. However, they ran away a day after they were eliminated.  The Badminton Association in a statement released on Monday and signed by President Yeboah Evans stated that it has notified the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Australian Border Police and the National security desk, INTERPOL, the Ghana High Commission in Australia and the Ghanaian community.The athletes if found will be prosecuted under Australian law and extradited to Ghana for further prosecution.  UPDATE: Joy Sports understands that the number of absconded athletes is five, although official confirmation has come for only two. Read here for details.Ghana Badminton Participation at the Commonwealth Games 2018 [Statement]Our gallant team of eight elite athletes participated in Badminton events at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia which took place between Thursday 5 April and Sunday 15 April at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre. Badminton is one of ten core sports at the Commonwealth Games and has been continuously held at the Games since its first appearance at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica. Ghana’s participation became the 4th after our maiden Manchester Commonwealth Games participation in 2002.Our badminton programme in 2018 included men’s and women’s singles competitions; men’s, women’s and mixed doubles competitions alongside a mixed team event throughout the 11 days of competition.Ghana Badminton results at the multi-sport Games gave the best in the individual events in Africa, and the best Commonwealth Games performance since Ghana begun participation in the Multi-Sports Games.Our itinerant Coaching programme paid off, despite some technical shortfalls which if we had begun the programme quite early with the necessary resources the team could have reached podium pedestal. Nonetheless, the standing ovation received by the 25,000 seated spectators each point in our matches was a rousing welcome for a better talent performance enhancement in the coming months for our dear sport.Unfortunately, Stella Amassah and Gifty Mensah were declared missing a day after their competition. We had activated and adhered to the necessary protocols and procedures of such situations and the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Australia Border Force, The National Security desk, Interpol, The Ghana High Commission, the Ghanaian Community in Australia, the BWF and the Sporting regulators from Ghana have been duly informed and enforcement action under such acts have already begun. At the bearest, least when found, they will be prosecuted per Australian laws and then extradited to Ghana to face Ghanaian law in full force. As your leader, I am vile at this moment and the course of this depraved and uncouth attitude was completely unnecessary and the Association condemns this act. Internally, our next Board meeting we will bolster our actions on these characters of “dishonourable individuals ”. We left Australia, with negotiations for a kit sponsor deal for our national team with the global firm who kitted 24 countries of the 72 country participants from 2019, a Malaysian Federation training programme for some of our elite athletes in the latter part of next year, and a further negotiations with the BWF that will enhance Ghana’s growth of the Sport.  We will keep you apprised of this development and we welcome BWF Olympic qualifiers which have begun in earnest, the BAG Shuttle time Teachers course with its unprecedented registration across the country, the Coaching and Umpiring Course coming up, the SWAG Awards coming up on May 4th, and the first ever hosting of Ghana International on July 12-15th, 2018. We believe that development is central to the strategic intent we have set forth this year and we remain committed to the enhancement of our members in good standing.Best sporting regard,President, Badminton Association of GhanaYeboah Evans, CGMA —The Games ended last week with Ghana winning a single medal – bronze – thanks to boxer Jessie Lartey.READ ALSO: Australia visa scandal: Why it’s hard to trust Akufo-Addo to punish culpritslast_img read more

Cowboys schedule 2019: Dallas faces daunting road back to playoffs

first_imgBiggest breaks: There’s not much here. The Giants and Redskins twice might not work out as nicely as they sound, so the Cowboys need to take advantage of their games against the Jets, Dolphins and Bills from the AFC East.Bottom line: Counting it all up, one can’t feel confident about the Cowboys hitting 10 victories again in 2019. But if they somewhat take care of business in should-win games at home, finishing above .500 is on the table.That might be enough to scratch out a wild card in a top-heavy NFC playoff field. Record prediction: 9-7 MORE: Who has the hardest NFL schedule?The Cowboys’ projected win total in Las Vegas (8.5) says it could literally go either way. Here we break down the schedule the Cowboys will need to navigate in 2019.Cowboys schedule 2018Cowboys regular-season schedule:Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota VikingsAway: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York JetsWeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 8vs. Giants4:25 p.m. ETFOXWeek 2Sept. 15at Redskins1 p.m. ETFOXWeek 3Sept. 22Dolphins1 p.m. ETFOXWeek 4Sept. 29at Saints8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 5Oct. 6vs. Packers4:25 p.m. ETFOXWeek 6Oct. 13at Jets4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 7Oct. 20vs. Eagles8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 8BYE—Week 9Nov. 4 (Monday)at Giants8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 10Nov. 10vs. Vikings8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 11Nov. 17at Lions1 p.m. ETFOXWeek 12Nov. 24at Patriots4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 13Nov. 28 (Thursday)vs. Bills4:30 p.m. ETCBSWeek 14Dec. 5 (Thursday)at Bears8:20 p.m. ETFOXWeek 15Dec. 15vs. Rams4:25 p.m. ETFOXWeek 16Dec. 22at Eagles4:25 p.m. ETFOXWeek 17Dec. 29vs. Redskins1 p.m. ETFOXCowboys preseason schedule:Week 1at 49ersAug. 8-12 (TBD)Week 2at RamsAug. 15-19 (TBD)Week 3vs. TexansAug. 22-25 (TBD)Week 4vs. BuccaneersAug. 29-30 (TBD)MORE: Full 2019 NFL preseason scheduleToughest tests: The Cowboys are in the middle of the pack with their strength of schedule (tied for 14th) because their opponents combined for a .504 winning percentage last season. The NFC East competition always provides a tough floor of challenges, and the NFC North only adds to that.Including two games against the Eagles, who finished second in the division last year, the Cowboys have six games against 2019 playoff teams. Among those, the Patriots, Saints and Bears headline a brutal road schedule. The Cowboys have traded their 8-8 ways under coach Jason Garrett for on-again, off-again playoff trips. Dallas returned to the top of the NFC East in 2018, making it two division titles in three seasons. The team posted a 10-6 record, only one game better than its output the year prior. So will the Cowboys yo-yo back to out of the postseason in 2019 or build on that success with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott? The Cowboys’ schedule in 2019, which in addition to the typical NFC East rivalry matchups features games against teams from the AFC East and NFC North, makes that an interesting question.last_img read more

Šetkić and Brkić in Semifinals of ITF Tournament in Antalya

first_imgB&H tennis players Aldin Šetkić and Tomislav Brkić qualified for the semifinals of the ITF Future tournament in Antalya, worth 10.000 dollars.In the quarterfinals Šetkić won against Bastian Trinker from Austria with 6:3, 6:7 (5/7), 6:2, while Brkić won against Mario Haider-Maurer, also from Austria, with 7:6 (7/3), 7:6 (7/4).In the fight for the finals, Šetkić will play against Tucker Vorster from South Africa, and Brkić against Tim Nekic from Germany.(Source: Fena)last_img

Public Asked to Protect Honey Bees by Reporting Sightings of the…

first_imgFacebook76Tweet0Pin1Submitted by Washington State Department of AgricultureAs summer gets into full swing and people spend more time outside, state and federal officials and local beekeepers hope the public will keep their eyes open and report any sightings of Asian giant hornet.“When it comes to preventing and stopping a new invasive species, we all have a role to play and this is a great example,” said Justin Bush, executive coordinator of the Washington Invasive Species Council. “The first detection of Asian giant hornet in the entire United States was made by an aware member of the public. Every other detection since has been made by everyday citizens. Being aware of new plants and animals or changes in your community and then letting the experts know if something seems like a problem can save thousands, if not millions of dollars, in damages.”This bee-killer already has been spotted in two different cities in Washington this year even though Asian giant hornets aren’t expected out in larger numbers until July or August. That’s when worker hornets become active and the queens stop leaving the nests.The hornets tend to be most active in the summer and fall when workers search for food away from their nests. Officials ask the public to report sightings as quickly as possible and give details of what they saw and where. Photographs are strongly encouraged if they can be taken safely. If the hornet is dead, please save it for testing. Reports may be made using the Washington Department of Agriculture’s (WSDA) Hornet Watch Report Form, the WA Invasives reporting app or on the Washington Invasive Species Council’s Web site.For those who wish to trap hornets on their own land and report results to the agency, WSDA created citizen scientist trapping information. No commercial traps are available for Asian giant hornets. While anyone can get involved with trapping, residents of Clallam, Island, Jefferson, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties especially are encouraged to participate.“The public has, and continues to, play a critical role in the response to Asian giant hornet,” said Sven Spichiger, managing entomologist for the WSDA. “We can only put up so many traps, but if people are on the lookout for them, it greatly increases our odds of finding and eradicating them.”When Asian giant hornet reports are confirmed by WSDA additional traps likely will be placed in the area to help determine the exact location of an Asian giant hornet nest. WSDA will eradicate nests when they are found.“We are closely monitoring the situation and providing technical and financial support to WSDA as they work to find and eradicate this pest,” said Tim St. Germain, State Plant Health director with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). “These finds indicate that there’s a population of Asian giant hornets in northwest Washington, but APHIS does not consider the population to be established. APHIS considers a pest to be established in an area when there is evidence of a reproducing population over multiple years.”For more information, visit the WSDA Web page dedicated to Asian giant hornet, as well as the Washington Invasive Species Council’s Web site where resources, Webinars and fact sheets on all types of invasive species are available. Join a network of citizen scientists trapping Asian giant hornet by visiting the WSDA trapping Web page.last_img read more

Former U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo gives birth to twins

first_imgHe said the twins, the couple’s first children, were born on March 4 and came into the world “in the midst of a pandemic,” adding that the experience had been “an incredibly stressful time for us.”He only added that the babies had required a stay in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). and took the opportunity to thank health workers who are addressing the coronavirus pandemic.“We would like to thank all of the amazing nurses and doctors who helped care for our babies during our time in the NICU and we would also like to thank all of the healthcare workers who have been on the front lines fighting this pandemic, day after day. day, “he said. The former goalkeeper of the soccer team of United States, Hope Solo and her husband Jerramy Stevens, they welcomed their twins to the world, the women’s soccer star announced.Solo, a former goalkeeper of the United States women’s national team, and twice an Olympic gold medal, announced through her social networks the birth of her twins, adding that they are called Vittorio Genghis Stevens and Lozen Orianna Judith Stevens.“What have we been doing during our time in quarantine? Well, as you can see, we’ve been incredibly busy,” he said on his account. Instagram.last_img read more

#JaVotes2016: EOJ denies claims of malfunctioning machines

first_imgDirector of elections at the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ), Orette Fisher has rubbished claims that election equipment have been malfunctioning at polling stations across the island. It was reported that many persons across the island, who turned out to cast their votes, had to return home without doing so because lines were too long and election equipment had been malfunctioning. Candidates from both the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People’s National Party (PNP) have also been complaining of the slow voting process and that the electoral machines were malfunctioning. According to reports from the EOJ, as at 1:00p.m. over 500,000 persons had voted, which accounts for 31.54 per cent of the voting population. There are 1,824,412 electors on the voters’ list. Polls opened at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 5:00 p.m. EOJ said special accommodation will be made for voters who were in line before 5:00p.m. This will allow them to cast their vote.last_img read more

Production indicators signal economic decline – Ali

first_imgAs public outcry continues as a result of the stagnant state of Guyana’s economy, former Minister and Economist, Irfaan Ali, believes if nothing is done to halt the economic decline, then the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government’s promise of a good life will be as elusive as the promise to ‘feed, clothes and house the nation’.According to Ali, the latest statistical bulletin published by the Bank of Guyana on the first quarter of 2016 is characterised by “sluggish activities in wholesale and retail trade, financial and insurance and other services industries” and declining performance in sectoral output when compared with the corresponding period last year.He noted that except for the mining sector – which registered commendable growth in the production of gold, diamond and bauxite – all key production indicators suggest the economy is in a deep coma.Ali pointed out that the figures from quarterly report confirmed that after one year under the coalition regime, almost every key production indicator is signalling that the economy is on the decline. This, he reasoned, does not reflect a growth forecast for rest of the year.“Based on the downward trends observed in all the key production indicators, it also means that growth will be based largely on the expanded output of the large scale mines. While on paper the growth in gold output may appear appealing, the sad reality is that the impact will be less pronounced than when the small and medium-scale miners were responsible for the unprecedented performance of the sector,” he stated.The former Minister went on to say that unlike the large-scale miners, the small and medium-scale miners supported the small shop keepers, local operators in the transport sector, and suppliers of mining equipment and invest their earnings in Guyana. These miners also provide employment opportunities to thousands, he added.Former Minister and Economist, Irfaan AliNevertheless, Ali said that during the first quarter of 2016, the production of gold, diamond and bauxite increased by 124.8 per cent, 37.5 per cent and 13.9 per cent respectively. He noted that the increased output reported for the first quarter was due primarily to the output from the Guyana Goldfields and Troy Resources Inc; two large-scale mining companies that were established under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government.Moreover, he posited that the notable contraction in sand output and stone output was not surprising, and if there were any doubts that the construction sector was slowing, then the marked reduction in these two key inputs is adequate evidence that the sector is slowly grinding to a halt. Sand output registered for the first quarter of 2016 was not only 68 per cent lower than the corresponding period last year, but the below the levels registered in corresponding periods of any year between 2011 and 2012.The former Minister outlined that this particular development is of grave concern for the reason, among others, that sustained decline in the construction sector will compound the unemployment problem and misery contractors and suppliers of building materials have been faced with, since the change in Government last year.Moreover, Ali highlighted that the agriculture sector too reported significant reduction in output for all major commodities during the first four months of the year. He stressed that the output of sugar during this period was 4.7 per cent or 1915 tonnes lower than the 2015 level.On the other hand, he said that rice production, which increased continuously between the period 2011 and 2015, has declined sharply in the first quarter of 2016 with the output during the first three months being 56,593 tonnes. This was 37.3 per cent or 33,706 tonnes lower than the level recorded for the corresponding period last year.“There is no need for any academic explanation of the impact of the decline. Rice farmers are losing income and defaulting on their loans,” Ali remarked.As it relates to poultry, the former Minister noted that there was a 7450 tonnes output recorded, which represents 6.6 per cent or 4450 tonnes lower than the period last year.He went on to say that the manufacturing sector registered a decline in the production of several commodities, including rum, beer and stout, soft drinks, malta, ice cream, biscuits, flour, tablets, ointment, stock feeds, and paint.More specifically, the production of rum and soft drinks during the first quarter of 2016 was lower than the output level for the corresponding quarter of any year since 2011. The production of rum and soft drinks during the first quarter of this year was 47.3 per cent and 54.4 per cent lower than the corresponding period last year.Meanwhile, pharmaceutical products, particularly tablets and ointments production for the first two months of 2016 was also below the 2015 level.Other manufacturing commodities such as the production of flour were lower than the level reported in the first quarter of any year since 2011. Flour production slipped by 5.9 per cent; while paint production for the first two months also fell behind the level reported during 2015. This reflected the notable decline in construction activities.last_img read more