Sprint king Bolt says he’s self-quarantining after COVID-19 test

first_img“I did a test on Saturday to leave [Jamaica] because I have work,” he said, although he did not confirm he had received the result. “I am trying to be responsible so I am going to stay in and be safe.”Also, I am having no symptoms, I will quarantine myself and wait on the confirmation to see what is the protocol and to see how I go about quarantining myself from the Ministry of Health.”Until then, I will call my friends and tell them once they came in contact with me to be safe, quarantine and take it easy,” said Bolt, who turned 34 on Friday.The eight-time Olympic champion, who holds the world 100m and 200m records, last competed internationally at the 2017 World Championships in London.He and partner Kasi Bennet welcomed the birth of a daughter in May.Topics : Sprint legend Usain Bolt said Monday he is self-quarantining after undergoing a COVID-19 test amid reports he was positive for the deadly coronavirus.In a video posted on Twitter, the Jamaican said he had experienced no symptoms, but he urged friends he had been in contact with to take precautions.”This weekend, like everybody else, I checked social media and saw social media say that I’m confirmed of COVID-19,” Bolt said.last_img read more

Group urges cigarette tax increase

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Raise it for Health campaign joined 25 leading Indiana health and business organizations today to call for an increase in the state’s cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack, which would immediately help 50,000 adults quit smoking and prevent 40,000 kids from ever starting. Representatives from each organization signed a letter to state lawmakers expressing their support for the increased tax. The signatories include members of Tobacco Free Indiana and the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana as well as a number of other supporting organizations, including the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana Hospital Association, the Indiana Rural Health Association, the Indiana State Medical Association and the Indy Chamber.Tobacco Free Indiana is a statewide coalition that promotes proven strategies to help smokers quit, prevent youth from starting and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke. “Tobacco remains Indiana’s deadliest addiction, claiming the lives of more than 11,000 Hoosiers every year,” said Bryan Hannon, chair of Tobacco Free Indiana and Raise It for Health. “Policymakers must get engaged in the fight against tobacco if we’re going to successfully drive down smoking rates in Indiana, and an increase of at least $1.50 in the cigarette tax is the surest way to do it.” The Alliance for a Healthier Indiana is a coalition of healthcare professionals, advocates, and community and business leaders from across Indiana who are committed to improving the state’s health. Indiana ranks 38th out of the 50 states in overall health, and the state’s smoking rate of 21 percent is the 41st worst in the nation.“A healthy workforce is essential to a healthy economy,” said Bryan Mills, chair of the Alliance and president and CEO of Community Health Network. “Reducing the high rate of smoking has to be our top priority. Our low health rankings exact a significant toll on our economy and rob us of potential opportunities in the form of investments, jobs and income. We must take action now to not only improve the health of Hoosiers but also keep the Indiana economy growing and thriving.”The letter to lawmakers was delivered on Monday to key House and Senate leadership before the House Committee on Public Health considered legislation to increase the cigarette tax and raise the legal age of purchase to 21.Indiana’s tax rate of 99.5 cents per pack is below the national average and that of nearly all neighboring states. Pointing to data from the nonprofit Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the letter states that with the passage of a $1.50 increase, 50,000 Hoosier adults would quit smoking and 40,000 kids would never start. Indiana would also see 10,000 fewer smoking-impacted births over five years.Signatories called for urgent action. “We cannot sit by while 11,000 Hoosiers die each year and our economy suffers. Increasing the cigarette tax will do more than any other policy to help our state make the shift to a healthier and more productive future for all Hoosiers,” the letter states.The letter highlights some of the negative economic impacts of Indiana’s high smoking rate. Smoking costs Indiana more than $7 billion each year in health care costs and lost productivity. Each smoker costs his or her employer $22 a day in extra business costs, or $5,800 per year.“As we invest in upskilling our workforce, we also need to invest in their health to continue our momentum as a world-class region,” said Michael Huber, president and CEO of the Indy Chamber, which represents more than 1,800 businesses across the Indianapolis region.Hannon and Mills further articulated their support for increasing the legal age of purchase of tobacco products to 21, something five U.S. states have done:“Raise It for Health and the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana support increasing the legal age of tobacco purchase to 21, especially when done in coordination with higher taxes on tobacco products. The longer we can delay easy access to tobacco, the healthier our kids will be. While raising the tax on cigarettes by $1.50 would produce an immediate reduction in smoking among adults and kids in Indiana, raising the age of sale for tobacco products would significantly reduce youth initiation to tobacco products over the long term. Higher tobacco prices and tobacco 21 laws offer a one-two punch that can dramatically reduce both youth and adult smoking rates in Indiana, improving our health and our economy.”last_img read more

Spots available for ‘Echo Nation Youth Leadership Camp’

first_imgBatesville, In. — There a few spots open for the Echo Nation Youth Leadership Camp Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21.Echo Youth Programs, Coalition for a Drug-Free Batesville, Batesville Mayor’s Youth Council and the City of Batesville invite 4th or 5th graders to learn about teamwork, decision making and self-confidence. The goal is to help young people understand the impact they can have in the community.The camp is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day with lunch and a snack provided each day in the Batesville Middle School Commons. The camp culminates with a Camp Wrap-up and Showcase Friday, June 21 at 4:30 p.m. (Campers must attend camp each day in order to participate in the Showcase)To register email kim@drugfreebatesville.org or call 812-932-0591.last_img read more

Disturbance in the Mid-Atlantic Could Become TS Isaias

first_imgArea of clouds 1000 miles east of the Caribbean has a 90 percent chance of development in the next five days.The area is moving west at 10-15 mph and conditions are favorable for a new Tropical Depression to form in the days ahead.Computer models show anything developing would move towards northeast Caribbean Thursday and southeast of Bahamas on Saturday.The next name on the 2020 hurricane list is Isaias. Visit the National Hurricane website here.last_img

Q&A with Syracuse legend Casey Powell

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Casey Powell is one of the greatest players in lacrosse — specifically Syracuse lacrosse — history. The former No. 22 is part of one of lacrosse’s most storied families: His brothers Michael and Ryan each starred for SU and donned the famous No. 22. Powell was a three-time first-team All-American for the Orangemen, a two-time most outstanding player, and is Syracuse’s second all-time leading scorer. Now, the legend of the sport is hosting a show on Sirius XM Radio leading up to the final four. The Daily Orange had a chance to talk with Powell at final four media day on Thursday.The Daily Orange: You know about as much lacrosse as anybody, so what should the more casual fan know about Denver?Powell: Well, they’re a very dynamic team. They have a lot of Canadian players. Canadian players are very tough to defend. They play a pick-and-roll game that, as Americans, you don’t see a lot growing up, so it’s new and it’s a different way of attacking the defense. They’re obviously well coached, a long-time rivalry for Syracuse-Princeton and now Coach (Bill) Tierney has brought that program up to relevance, so this should be a great matchup that way. But they get the ball up and down the field and they play well all over, so this should be a fantastic season.Syracuse, at the beginning of the season, didn’t look as strong, but they’ve learned how to win, they’ve had a lot of close, one-goal games and this could be a heavyweight fight.The D.O.: Syracuse’s defense has held opponents to single-digit goals in six straight games now. How do they match up with that Denver offense?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textC.P.: Well, their defense is playing good at the right time, so it’s going to be important. It’s going to be important that they keep this going the same way. Obviously, historically Syracuse is a run-and-gun team, but I don’t think that’s going to be the case this game. I think they’re going to have to control the ball, obviously it’ll be important at the faceoff circle to do a better job there and control the ball on offense, play less defense and see Denver’s offense as little as possible.The D.O.: People say this might be John Desko’s best coaching job, taking the No. 12 team, running a different style than people are used to — do you think this is as good a job as he’s done?C.P.: I really do. It’s unbelievable what he’s done with this team. As I said, at the beginning, being a former Syracuse player, we weren’t too optimistic about this year’s team’s performance after watching them play early, but they’ve really come together. They’ve shown how hungry they are and Coach Desko and his staff has done a great job putting all the pieces together. Their offense is playing great, the defense is playing great, they’ve figured out the goalie situation and they’re kicking on all cylinders, so I commend Coach Desko and his staff for the job they’ve done this year.The D.O.: It’s a No. 1 seed, a No. 4 seed, a No. 7 seed and an unseeded team. Can you remember a final four this wide-open?C.P.: You know, when we saw the bracket, the top 16, we knew it was going to be good. Bryant and Detroit maybe on the outside, maybe Towson, too, but there was at least 10 teams that would win it all. I knew this would be great and last weekend was unbelievable matchups and it just keeps getting better.The D.O.: JoJo Marasco is the only No. 22 to not have a national championship, but he’s a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist. What has he done to elevate his game this season after maybe disappointing in his early years?C.P.: Well, I wouldn’t say disappointment. Disappointment in his mind, in his eyes. He strives for the best, and that’s what I like about him. He continues to work hard. His goal is to win a national championship and here he is, in position A, ready to do so. But he’s been an outstanding leader, he’s represented not only the No. 22, but Syracuse University to the fullest, we’re very proud of him. I’m glad he’s worn No. 22 and his name will be next to Gary Gait’s and mine and my brother’s in Syracuse lacrosse history.The D.O.: Any predictions for this weekend?C.P.: I do, I’ve got a prediction. I’ve got Syracuse-Cornell in the Battle of Upstate. And I’ve got RIT winning, and I’ve got Le Moyne winning. And then Onondaga winning.The D.O.: Upstate sweep?C.P.: Upstate sweep. Then hopefully they’ll shut the town down. Comments Related Stories Syracuse, Denver coaches swap traditional styles of play, prepare to meet in final four Syracuse seniors rejoice, reflect ahead of final four Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on May 24, 2013 at 1:16 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Albany upsets No. 3 Syracuse men’s soccer, 2-1

first_imgALBANY, N.Y. — There was little celebration. There was no signature mob in the corner of the field. But as soon as Jonathan Interiano connected with the ball, there was no doubt.Interiano’s 75th-minute goal stunned Syracuse. A cross from the right corner booted around until it landed on the turf, right at Interiano’s foot. After the Albany senior forward poked home the eventual game-winner, he ran toward midfield and kissed his bicep muscle.The score lifted the Great Danes (5-3-2, 0-0-1 America East) to a 2-1 upset victory over No. 3 Syracuse (8-2-1, 2-1-1 Atlantic Coast) Tuesday night at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium. What could have been a tune-up for Syracuse’s high-octane offense against Albany’s mediocre defense — the Great Danes entered Tuesday ranked last in their conference with a 1.67 goals-against average — was anything but.“We didn’t get anything right tonight,” senior midfielder Oyvind Alseth said. “Everything was off.”The Orange, since starting the season 8-0 for the best start in program history, has gone its last three games without a win — something that had not happened since October 2013. It’s just the third time in 30 regular season nonconference games since joining the ACC in 2013 that SU didn’t win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTuesday’s matchup could have doubled as a jump back into the win column for Syracuse, and a primer for Mo Adams, who slotted into Miles Robinson’s spot after Robinson left for the United States National Team. Instead, Albany prevailed.The Great Danes didn’t make it easy for Syracuse. They scored less than three minutes in, applied defensive pressure all game and kept Syracuse’s defenders on their toes.“We just weren’t ready for it,” Alseth said.Syracuse has played Albany in each of the last four seasons, and entering Tuesday had outscored the Great Danes 8-2. This time, Albany finally broke through.The Great Danes’ defense was sharp, denying runs toward the goal, cutting off passes and blocking attempted shots. Until Orange defender Kamal Miller scored before the half, Syracuse had generated a few quality looks but hadn’t capitalized.With Miller’s score came optimism. He struck a rebound into the net from straight away for just his first goal of the year and fourth of his career. The sophomore galloped in excitement. It was Syracuse’s first goal in 158 minutes of game time, its longest such streak in two years.“I thought we’d go back and win the game,” Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said.But that was all the Orange could do. In the closing seconds of the first half, Sergio Camargo didn’t square up a ball on a quality look from the left side. It fell softly into the hands of Albany goalie Danny Vitiello.As players walked off the field, Camargo stood in that spot for several seconds, hands on his head. He pressed his hands to his thighs.“Just didn’t get the right power on the ball,” the senior said. “Hit it over him. That’s the way my night went. Couldn’t put it in the back of the net.”Since its historic start, Syracuse has lagged. And it won’t get easier. On Friday, Syracuse travels to No. 8 Louisville to play yet another top 10 team — what will be its third in two weeks. A trip to No. 5 Clemson comes at the end of the month.After the game-winner, Syracuse goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert fetched the ball and boomed it down field.Interiano looked at the ball he had just drilled home, held his arms out wide and jogged to celebrate with his teammates — a sight that was painful enough itself for Syracuse. Comments Published on October 4, 2016 at 10:53 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Meet the coach: Kelly Sheffield

first_imgKelly Sheffield takes over at Wisconsin after leading Dayton to four straight A-10 conference titles.[/media-credit]Meet Kelly Sheffield, the newest head coach of the Wisconsin volleyball team.Named to the position this past December after former head coach Pete Waite resigned, Kelly comes to Wisconsin leaving behind a trail of success in his immediate wake. Coming from the University of Dayton, where he coached for five years and compiled four straight Atlantic 10 conference championships, multiple coach of the year awards and a 131-33 record, Sheffield takes over a Wisconsin team that has failed to make the NCAA tournament since the 2007-2008 season.The Badger Herald got a chance to sit down with the newest addition to the Badgers’ family of head coaches Tuesday afternoon in his office.Badger Herald: What makes the University of Wisconsin and its volleyball program an attractive position for a coach?Kelly Sheffield: I think this is one of the best jobs, if not the best job, in the country. So much in our profession is recruiting and can you sell. For me personally, I’ve got to believe in what I am selling. The types of people I want to be around are people that are well-rounded and want to live extraordinary lives. And I think you can do that here. You’ve got absolutely one of the best academic universities in the country. You’ve got one of the absolute best fan bases in our sport right here and a great facility, with incredible tradition and a really, really fun campus environment. Those are things that you can sell and people can get excited about. So when you go into a recruit’s home or you talk with club coaches, you can go and speak to the best players in our sport and have something to tell them. And they’ll get excited about it. When you’re in the mix of trying to go after the best kids, in our profession, you want to do it. I want to do that. I want to be around that type of program, and I think you’ve got that here.BH: Was there any influence, in the process of recruiting you as coach, having a former coach like Barry Alvarez as the athletic director?Sheffield: Yeah, certainly. I think everyone in the country knows there are great coaches here. The athletic department is ran really well. There’s a lot of underachieving athletic programs in the country and this is definitely not one of them. There’s a lot of success across the board. I think you want to be in an environment where you are surrounded by excellence. Certainly that starts with coach Alvarez, but it’s more than him. There’s a lot of people that have their hands in this. There’s a lot of help. It makes everything more fun when that tide is high. It’s fun for everybody and that’s certainly a factor in the decision to come to a place like this. Yeah, there’s great leadership. You don’t go to a university that has poor leadership. I’ve learned that over the years. You’re just banging your head up against the wall. I’m at a point in my career that I want to be places where everybody is all in and everybody is trying to do the same thing. And there is no question that Wisconsin is that place.BH: A lot of times, programs struggle in their first year with a new head coach because of different styles, systems and personnel. What do you have to do to avoid a first year slump?Shefield: There’s a lot of stuff that’s going on. It’s new for everybody. It’s new for our kids, it’s new for our staff, it’s new for myself and families. It’s new for the administration and staff members here. What you try to do is get yourself up to speed as quickly as possible, but you also don’t try to rush things.Every new coach that comes in, the culture is going to be a little bit different and some are going to be more dramatic changes than others. You try to just systematically go step by step. For me and my coaching staff, I brought everybody that was with me at [Dayton] so that certainly makes things a little bit easier. We can meet and say ‘all right’ and say ‘do this,’ and they are off and running. You don’t have to explain how you want things done because you’ve already been down that road.We’re at a time right now where the players are getting used to me and what my expectations are, and I’m getting to know them and seeing what they are capable of doing. That can be a really, really fun time. It can be a really fun time for the players because there’s kind of a clean slate and the challenges are different. For some people – if they don’t want to try new things – it can be really, really tough, but these guys have been really open. There’s some talented players on this roster.BH: What did you say to your team when you first met them?Sheffield: We had our opening meeting and you are trying to get them as comfortable as possible of knowing what things are going to be like. So, you go over your expectations and how the culture is going to be and what they can expect out of me and the rest of my staff, and you just go from there. Then you get in the gym and kind of see what they can do. I think we are learning a little bit about each other every day. What I am learning is who is in it for the long haul. Everybody can make that change over a week or two, but who’s in it for the long haul? For me, it’s more than just wins on the court. There’s way more than just wins on the court. Certainly that has to be a big part of it, but they’ve got to do things the right way off the court and they’ve got to be enthusiastic about what we are doing. They’ve all got to be in and so far they seem to be. You don’t just go take a wrecking ball to the thing, that’s not the program that I walked into. There are a lot of good things going on here and there are some things that we have to do differently. So we are just kind of systematically moving from day to day and we are spending a ton of time recruiting.BH: You said you wanted to make some changes. What would you say is the No. 1 change you want to make?Sheffield: We’ve got to change our attitude. We have to embrace the hard work. We have to be able to respond to adversity better than what they’ve probably done in the past and in this conference, there is going to be a lot of it. It’s a bear, man. You better embrace it and find a way. I’m not so sure how good they’ve been at that recently and so we’re working them really hard. My belief is through hard work, you get confidence. And we want our team to be really confident in their abilities and each other and know that when things get really tough, nobody’s going to bail on them. The first thing you try to get them to try to understand is what the hard work is and then through that there’s some tremendous benefits that come along with that.BH: What are your initial impressions of your team as people and as athletes?Sheffield: As people, they seem like really good people. They are willing. I think they are buying into change and that makes it a lot easier on my end. Every day they seem a little more enthusiastic. Every day it’s getting a little bit better. We’ve got a long way to go, but I’ve been impressed for the first month and a half that we’ve gone. They’re excited about the future. They can feel like they are getting better. I think there is optimism. Great teams and great athletes have an optimism about themselves even when things get really hard. Things are hard right now because they are learning and we are trying to change the culture. They are working really hard but I see them bouncing back. It’s early, but I’ve been impressed so far.BH: Pete Waite had the No. 1 recruit Lauren Carlini committed to Wisconsin before he resigned, and she decided to stay with UW even after he left and you were hired. What does that mean to this program and what does that say about her commitment to this university?Sheffield: This is a place where you can get the best. There are a lot of kids on this roster that were really highly touted recruits. So, she’s certainly not the only one, but there are other players that everybody in the country wanted that are currently on this roster. And hopefully we’ll be able to bring in those types of kids. This is the type of school, you get them on campus and they want to come here. The well rounded kids want to be here. The people who really want a good college experience and an elite college experience, this is a place for them. So even if you have a coaching change, people are still going to be excited about coming here. I mean, the school sells itself. I think it’s one of the best places in the country to get your undergraduate degree. Across the board, I think it’s one of the best. The fact that nobody changes their commitment – that doesn’t surprise me at all. It tells me two things: it tells me about the character of the kids who made the commitment here and number two, it tells me what an unbelievable university Wisconsin is.BH: You have won numerous conference titles in your career, so you know what it takes to get to the top. How far away would you say Wisconsin is from making it back to the top of the Big Ten conference?Sheffield: I don’t come in here and say, ‘All right, we’ve got to win in this many years.’ We’re talking about winning it now. You better have those discussions. That’s our goal. When you are here at Wisconsin, when you are a part of the volleyball program here at Wisconsin, you should be thinking about championships. If you’re not talking about that, then you are selling yourself short. I believe in my core this is a ‘sky is the limit’ type of a program here. I don’t know if our kids are believing it right now, but you better be discussing it. And then everything is just about getting better. You don’t talk about it all the time. You put it out there and you say, ‘Look at this, this is what we are trying to accomplish here, this is what we are capable of.’ Then you just focus at getting a little bit better every day and that’s where your entire focus better be. It shouldn’t be on wins and losses. Your daily concern isn’t about winning. It’s about getting better. If you can put your focus in on that, then you are going to find yourself moving up. You are going to find yourself competing for championships. But the focus has to be on the daily commitment to get better and that’s what we are trying to do.BH: Personally, starting at Albany then working your way up to Dayton and now coaching, like you said, at one of the best programs in the country, how satisfied are you with your career and where you are at now?Sheffield: I don’t look at my career that way. I want to get better and I want to have a program that people around us are proud of and be around people I enjoy being around and I enjoy coaching – people who have bought in. We were able to have that at both of those other schools that you mentioned and that makes it really, really fun. Hopefully we’ll get to that point here where everybody is brought in, everybody is moving in the same direction, everybody is busting their tails to squeeze every ounce of their potential out of them. And along the way we can have some fun. With that said, to be in this conference – nothing is better. To be at this school is incredible. I’m excited about the future, I can tell you that. I am really excited about the future because this is a place where I think people want to be at. I can tell the energy is just bubbling for us to get back to our winning ways. I’ve probably heard from 20 alums just letting me know how proud they are about this place and telling me a lot about the history of the program. Shoot, I go to the men’s basketball game and I have five people who are trying to shake my hand and welcome me here. That was a little awkward but there’s so much passion around here. Every day I’m finding people that are inspiring me and motivating me to do as good of a job as I can do. You are not walking to a place that nobody cares about. People care about the volleyball program, people care about the athletic department here, they care about the university. They want to see great things in all of their sports. I’m humbled and it’s awesome. It’s just awesome to be at this place.BH: Your wife was a collegiate volleyball player. Does she provide a second set of eyes and how helpful is that for you?Sheffield: She was a great player. She played at Villanova for a couple of years and won a Big East Championship there. Then she went to Virginia and went to the NCAA tournament. Her dad is a club director. Her brother played college volleyball. Her sister played college volleyball – it’s a volleyball family. Do we talk? Yeah, she’ll give me thoughts on the team’s play, personalities and how we are working together, the match environment. And she’s great at that. But I’m also somebody – anytime I come into contact with anybody – I ask them what they’re thinking.I value what she has to say a lot. But I’m trying to get that from everybody that comes in contact. I ask a lot of questions, so if they don’t like being asked questions, they need to get away from me because I’ll ask them. Probably more important than just what she is seeing on the team is the fact that she understands what the lifestyle is. It’s tough. A week and a half ago I was in five states in six days and eight cities. Right now, I was in Chicago for two days, Omaha [Neb.] for two days, I’m here for one – just today only. Then I’ll be in Houston tomorrow and Austin [Texas] the next day and Iowa for the next three days. So, just being around somebody that kind of understands what the coaching profession is makes it a lot easier because it’s not an easy lifestyle.BH: What would you want all of the alums and fans that love the volleyball program to know about you or what bring to the table?Sheffield: It’s a family. Just because there is a coaching change, we still want them to feel like they have access to the program. As coaches, we are just here for a short period of time. We are just kind of your stewards of the program but when you wear that jersey, you are a part of that forever. Sometimes when there is a new coach that comes in, there is this disconnect. I’ve told all of them that I would hate for that to happen. I want them to always feel proud to be Badger volleyball players and that they are always welcome here. They can always come into my office and sit in the chair and talk. They are always welcome to come in and watch a practice or even jump in on an open gym and things like that.I want them to know me and my staff are going to do everything in our power to make sure this is a program that they will continue to be proud of. And I know that they are right now.last_img read more

USC women’s tennis prepares for two Pac-12 weekend matchups

first_imgThe Trojans will face two Pac-12 teams this weekend, heading to Washington to take on Washington State on Friday and Washington on Sunday. The weekend in Washington will be a building time for the team after taking a small step upwards in the Oracle/ITA rankings over the weekend.This weekend, the Trojans will start off against a program that remains winless in Pac-12 conference play. Washington State is 9-8 overall on their season, but sits at 0-3 in the conference. The Cougars have struggled throughout March, losing five meets in a row and taking difficult 4-3 losses on the road at Colorado and Utah. The team also does not boast any nationally ranked singles players or doubles teams.Washington has fared better on the season, retaining a No. 35 ranking nationally with a 13-4 overall record. The Huskies are 4-6 in Pac-12 conference play after a dominant weekend of road victories, taking down Utah 4-0 and Colorado 5-2. Two Washington singles players sit in the bottom tier of national rankings, with Miki Kobayashi at No. 111 and Stacey Fung at No. 118. The pairing of Kobayashi and Nour Abbes is ranked No. 39 nationally.The Trojans held onto their national rankings over the weekend, with several teams breaking into the top tier of national play. The most recent national rankings were released on Tuesday, moving the Trojans up one slot to the No. 39 national ranking. The move came after USC beat out Loyola Marymount in a 4-3 victory last week. Three of the top 25 teams in the rankings are Pac-12 teams, led by No. 8 Stanford and No. 14 California.Three Trojans also remain in the top national rankings for singles after rankings for both singles and doubles were released last week. Junior Gabby Smith moved up five places in the overall rankings, earning a spot at No. 20. The week saw drops in rankings for both sophomore Jessica Failla and senior Zoë Katz, with Failla falling to No. 47 and Katz falling to No. 96.Meanwhile, four Trojan duos remain in the top 50 teams in the nation for doubles.Failla and sophomore Rianna Valdes took a major leap in rankings as they moved up from No. 75 to No. 33, while Valdes and Westby found their way into the rankings for the first time to tie for No. 74. Katz and Smith dropped to No. 34, while Kulikove and Westby also fell three slots, taking No. 67.This weekend will allow the Trojans to defend their national rankings and to continue to cement their place in the conference early in Pac-12 play.last_img read more

Abraham Boakye Wants MidSea Case Re-opened

first_imgMr. Bright Akwettey, counsel for Abraham Boakye, who has sued the Ghana FA over the sponsorship of the Ghana Premier League, has appealed to the High Court of Ghana to allow his client to re-open his case.Akwettey wants the High Court to subpeona certain key personalities in relation to the case. The people Akwettey wants called are Director of the Ghana Immigration Service, the Secretary of the GFA and the chairman and secretary of the Professional League Board.It is worth noting that both the defence and the plaintiff have closed the cases. But in an affidavit in support of a motion, Mr. Akwettey believes subpoenaing those people to produce documents and information was relevant to the determination of the case.According to Akwettey, during the evidence in chief of the first witness for the GFA and Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi, the president, the witness raised new issues about some minutes of meetings – six in number, he said – purportedly taken during meetings between them and representatives of Globacom Nigeria.His contention is that there were no such minutes taken and that no such meetings took place. “That, secondly and more significantly, some of the persons stated in the minutes as having been present at those meetings, did not in fact attend such meetings and therefore falsehood was what fed to the court.”“That the evidence available in official circles, to wit, the Ghana Immigration Service, suggest strongly, that Randy Abbey and Rene Williams Kuoe Bi were not present in this country as some of the dates stated in the exhibit, which exhibits the plaintiff maintains are forgeries,” Mr. Akwettey said. Akwettey argues that to ensure that all relevant information was made available to the court to determine the truth, it would be fair and would accord the principles of justice to receive the minutes of the PLB of October 14, 2008 in evidence.BackgroundThe Ghana Football Association announced a five-year sponsorship deal worth $15 million with the Nigerian telecommunications giant as title sponsor for the premier league in December 2008.Abraham Boakye, aka One Man Supporter wants legal credit of introducing Glo and the GFA to the sponsorship. He believes no agency role was required to firm the deal, questioning also why the GFA should be paying a 10 percent agency fee to the aforementioned entities.The political heat generated from the case caused GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi to hold a press conference on September 3, 2011 where he said that MidSea Company Limited had secured the Glo sponsorship deal for Ghana’s professional league.But a Director of the construction company, Professor Marian Ewurama Addy later said her outfit had never received money from the Ghana Football Association for any service. Professor Addy has repeatedly explained that none of the directors of the company knows or has dealt with Renee Williams, the supposed agent who represented the FA and Mid Sea on one hand and the Globacom Ghana on the other. .last_img read more

UCL Preview: Barca, Chelsea, Bayern to ensure progression, Arsenal hope for a miracle

first_imgBarcelona will be looking to secure their safe passage through to the knockout rounds of the Champions League on Tuesday evening in their penultimate group game against Roma.The holders, who are five points clear at the top of Group E, will qualify for the last 16 with a draw against the Italian opponents at Camp Nou.Luis Enrique’s side were at their best on Saturday as they dismantled bitter rivals Real Madrid 4-0 at Santiago Bernabeu in the first El Clasico of the season, with a double from Luis Suarez doing the damage, along with goals from Neymar and Andres Iniesta. Tuesday evening’s tie pits the Spanish coach against former club Roma, whom he managed from 2011 to 2013.Despite missing Lionel Messi through injury for much of this season, Barca have had no problems in finding the back of the net, while also being resolute at the back, having kept clean sheets in each of their last three games.Messi could start against Roma, having come on as a substitute against Real, although Enrique will surely be tempted to stick with the side that won so convincingly on the weekend, particularly with Barca’s place in the next round all but assured.With two games remaining, Roma are only in the top half of Group E by a single point from Bayer Leverkusen, with bottom side BATE Borisov, who they face on the final matchday, two points behind. The Giallorossi have not been at their best in the competition so far, with a surprise defeat at BATE leaving them in danger of not making it out of the group.They earned a credible draw with Barcelona in the return fixture on matchday one and secured a vital win over Bayer Leverkusen last time out, but defeat to Barca here could leave their qualification hopes in the balance.Arsenal must beat Dinamo Zagreb at the Emirates to maintain their hopes of qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League.The Gunners have progressed from the group stage every year since 1999, but their destiny is out of their hands with two games remaining. Should Olympiakos avoid defeat at Group F leaders Bayern Munich then both sides will qualify for the last 16 and Arsenal will be out.However, if Bayern win and Arsenal triumph against Dinamo, then the Gunners could still progress ahead of the Greek side on the final matchday.The good news for the hosts is that Dinamo have lost all three Champions League matches since winning the reverse fixture 2-1 in September and have not won any of their last 11 away games in the competition.However, Arsene Wenger admitted his side are in a “difficult moment” after losing 2-1 to West Brom on Saturday.The Gunners have won just one of their last five games in all competitions and saw Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta join a lengthy injury list at the weekend. Chelsea could secure their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with victory over Maccabi Tel-Aviv on Tuesday.If the Blues win, and Dynamo Kiev fail to beat Porto, then the Premier League champions will qualify for the knockout stages, while a draw would be enough if Dynamo lose.They start as favourites against struggling Maccabi, who are yet to pick up a point in Group G and lost the reverse fixture 4-0 at Stamford Bridge.Jose Mourinho acknowledged his side will “be in trouble” if they lose but says confidence is improving after the 1-0 win over Norwich at the weekend.The Blues have struggled on the road in the Champions League recently, winning just two of their last 10 away games. Bayern Munich and Olympiakos meet on Tuesday knowing a draw would take both through to the Champions League last 16 and eliminate Arsenal.Hosts Bayern are likely to be without left-back David Alaba, who has an ankle injury, for a game boss Pep Guardiola calls “a bit like a final for us”.”We know how strong Olympiakos are,” said the ex-Barcelona boss. “They play good football.”We can qualify for the next round as the top side in the group [if we win].” Bayern are top of Group F on nine points, level with Olympiakos, after four of the six games, with Arsenal third on three points.Guardiola added: “They will not allow us much space, especially in front of their goal.”Their wingers are very quick and they have some tall players too.”Olympiakos did not play on Saturday after the Athens derby against Panathinaikos was called off following crowd trouble. Other fixtures:BATE Borisov vs LeverkusenFC Porto vs Dynamo KievZenit vs ValenciaLyon vs Gent–These games will be live on SuperSport, your world of champions.last_img read more