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Edin Dzeko goal denies Republic of Ireland win and leaves play-off keenly poised

Edin Dzeko goal denies Republic of Ireland win and leaves play-off keenly poised

first_imgEdin Dzeko denied the Republic of Ireland a precious first leg victory as Bosnia & Herzegovina ensured a tense conclusion to their Euro 2016 play-off showdown. Republic boss Martin O’Neill, who travelled to Bosnia without key players Shay Given, John O’Shea, Jonathan Walters and Shane Long through a combination of injury and suspension, had impressed the importance of both a clean sheet and an away goal on his players. He very nearly left with both, although that would have been harsh on Bosnia, who dominated for long periods in a game which only really exploded into life at the end. However, that away goal could yet prove priceless as Ireland attempt to secure their second successive passage to the European Championship finals to join England, Northern Ireland and Wales in France next summer. O’Neill asked Ciaran Clark to plug the sizeable gap left by the injured and suspended John O’Shea, while Stephen Ward got the nod at left-back in a re-shaped defence on a night when what Ireland were able to do at the back was always likely to prove key to what their hopes of emerging with a positive result. Ireland reached half-time intact, as so often in the past, a testament to their organisation and commitment, and with keeper Darren Randolph having made only one save of note, and that not particularly taxing. However, they were forced to soak up pressure for almost the entire 45 minutes with lone striker Daryl Murphy isolated and playmaker Wes Hoolahan having little impact. Miralem Pjanic fired high over with 11 minutes gone after being set up 20 yards out by Mensur Mujdza and Vedad Ibisevic steered an inviting Visca cross into the side-netting 11 minutes later. But in the meantime, full-back Ervin Zukanovic might have broken the deadlock when a 14th-minute Pjanic corner reached him unmarked eight yards out, but he failed to make meaningful contact. Edin Visca was similarly wasteful after Seamus Coleman had intervened to cut out Dzeko’s driven 28th-minute cross but Zukanovic did prompt Randolph to make his first save four minutes later, with a firm header – but one which lacked the right direction. The visitors mustered their first attempt of the game two minutes after the restart when skipper-for-the-night Glenn Whelan took aim from all of 35 yards, but even with visibility significantly reduced by descending mist, keeper Asmir Begovic was able to watch the ball sail high and wide. But Visca was once again the most influential player, testing Clark and then Richard Keogh with teasing crosses with Ibisevic ready to pounce on both occasions. Randolph had to be alert on the hour when, after a cross was not dealt with fully, the ball fell to midfielder Senad Lulic beyond the far post, and the keeper raced from his line to block. The opening goal finally arrived with just eight minutes remaining, when Brady ran on to Edin Cocalic’s attempted clearance and cut inside central defender Toni Sunjic before blasting a shot into the bottom corner. But Ireland’s joy was short-lived as Lulic combined with substitute Ognjen Vranjes just three minutes later to allow Dzeko to level. Robbie Brady had fired Ireland into an unlikely 82nd-minute lead at the fog-swathed Bilino Polje Stadium in Zenica after the home side had dominated in front of a hugely partisan crowd. However, Roma hitman Dzeko ensured that his team will head for Dublin on Monday evening level at 1-1 and with everything to play for. Press Associationlast_img read more

Steve Lavin offers insight on career

Steve Lavin offers insight on career

first_imgESPN announcer Steve Lavin discusses his career as a coach and analyst with students at Grainger Hall Monday.[/media-credit]Last night at Grainger Hall, the University of Wisconsin Sports Business Club hosted former UCLA men’s basketball coach and current ESPN analyst Steve Lavin to speak to UW students about mentoring and preparation, drawing his own experiences into his speech.Lavin discussed events in his past that led to his current stature at ESPN, citing several coaches — including John Wooden, Gene Keady and Mike Krzyzewski — as his personal mentors who helped him in college basketball. Additionally, he offered words of encouragement for the students in attendance.He opened by extending his idea of a “50-year plan,” which he said he preached to his players at UCLA, many of whom would not play basketball professionally and had their whole lives ahead of them to make decisions.“You need that bigger picture in terms of your game plan,” Lavin said. “The way you operate day-to-day determines the success that you’re going to have later down in your life.”Although Lavin spoke from his own experiences, he attributed nearly everything he learned and discussed with the group to his mentors and the characteristics that rubbed off on him.“I try to pass on the things I’ve learned from teachers, coaches, mentors, playground directors, bosses I’ve had, colleagues I’ve had,” Lavin said. “There are certain attributes these people have that kept emerging. … I encourage you to seek out these people and to find that part of your game.”These attributes, or as he later referred to as “qualities for success,” ranged from passion to gratitude. However, Lavin spent most of his time discussing what his mentor Wooden taught him — listening.“The skill of listening sounds simple,” he said, “but you learn by listening, not by talking. True listening is when you put yourself in the shoes of someone else and try to see and feel the world from their perspective.”Lavin also brought another one of his mentors and current sportscasting partner — Brent Musberger — into his speech. According to Lavin, the most important aspect of life to Musberger is the importance of “staying interested.”“‘Stay interested’ is a simple statement, but it’s so profound,” Lavin said. “It might seem easy, but you have to challenge yourself to stay interested and be fully engaged in what it is you’re doing.”Several times during his speech, Lavin went back to discuss his mentor at UCLA — Wooden — who, aside from leading by example, gave Lavin the message he carries with him across the country.“John Wooden has what I call the passion of eternal learning,” he said. “He’s probably influenced more people worldwide as a retired coach and as an inspiration for millions. … That’s one of the most important attributes anyone can have; that passion to keep learning like John Wooden.”Aside from discussing his life experiences and lessons learned from his many mentors, Lavin also discussed his view of the Big Ten and the Wisconsin men’s basketball team under head coach Bo Ryan, as well as his view on Ryan as a mentor.“I think it goes back to (Ryan’s) father, who utilized sports to teach us enduring values and important skills that will help people live a good life,” Lavin said in an interview before his speech. “Bo is a natural teacher and coach and motivator. He has an old-school approach with a new presentation.”Lavin also said he thinks that, even though the Badgers are in the midst of rough stretch of four straight losses, they will return to the NCAA Tournament and be a team that could make some noise in the Big Dance.“They’re going to continue to get better because their leader — Bo Ryan — is someone who will continue to find ways to enhance the performance level of this team,” Lavin said. “They’re a team that, going into the NCAA Tournament, will probably be a mid-level seed, but will be really dangerous.”Although he is currently an EPSN analyst, Lavin does have a great deal of experience with adversity. He was fired from his UCLA head coaching position after 12 years at the helm before being offered his current job at ESPN.However, when given the opportunity to coach again at North Carolina State, he continued his theme of back to Wooden, who once more offered him his words of wisdom.“When I was looking for answers, it all went back to John Wooden, who told me, ‘You can’t discount or discard your passion, heart or emotion,’” Lavin said. “But he also said, ‘You must make sure your mind and reason are driving your decision process.’”The Sports Business Club’s kickoff meeting will be Jan. 28 in Grainger Hall at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Women’s tennis to face off against Pepperdine

Women’s tennis to face off against Pepperdine

first_imgThe USC women’s tennis team will travel to Malibu on Friday to take on Pepperdine for the second time in less than a week.After four days off and coming off of a weekend championship, the Women of Troy get back on the court against the No. 30 ranked Waves. The team took down Pepperdine in the championship match of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Kick-Off Weekend. In Sunday’s match, the Women of Troy (3-0) pulled off a sweep with a score of 4-0.Coming off of such a convincing win, it would be easy to fall into the trap of complacency. The team has been working tirelessly, however, to not only prevent a drop-off, but also increase its intensity. Senior Gabriella DeSimone was able to provide insight into how the team competed so effectively.“We got a good jump,” DeSimone said. “We started off strong with doubles and continued that momentum with singles.”One of DeSimone’s coaches also gave her take on what to expect from the Waves this time around.“I’d imagine it would be a closer match,” said assistant coach Barbara Hallquist DeGroot on what USC is expecting from Pepperdine this time around. “It’ll be a good test.”Pepperdine’s top ranked player is No. 17 Lorraine Guillermo, who will pose a challenge for the Women of Troy.One of the most difficult aspects of the upcoming match will be the fact that the Waves have home-court advantage.“They’ll be a lot more fired up,” said DeGroot.  It seems the players are aware of this new challenge and ready to face it head-on.“Home court is a different atmosphere,” said sophomore Zoë Katz. “We’re just going into it with a lot of energy and competitive spirit.”Despite the fact that USC has been able to complete sweeps of each of its opponents thus far, the team is preparing for a vengeful Pepperdine team.Another dynamic that makes Friday’s match one to keep an eye on is the fact that many of the players on both squads have grown up together and competed against each other since they were young.“It’s nice at the end of the day when you can hug them after a match,” said Katz. “It isn’t going to change how you’re acting on the court.”Such a killer competitive streak is something that has certainly contributed to USC’s success on the court thus far this season.“Across the board, from top to bottom, there is such great depth,” said DeGroot. “They are such a cohesive group, they have one mindset, and they’re having a great time while they do it.”The Women of Troy insist that they are not playing with chips on their shoulders, despite not having moved up in the ITA rankings. USC is still hanging tough at the No. 14 spot.“If we keep winning, the ranking will come,” DeGroot said. “It’s so early in the season, it’s easy to get caught up in the ranking.” The rankings don’t mean much to the team when all they’re doing is “concentrating on winning,” where the coaching staff believes the focus remains.Since USC first faced off against Pepperdine in 1977, the Women of Troy are 44-12 against the Waves. This impressive record includes the sweep last Sunday and a 5-2 victory last year.DeSimone summed up her team’s mentality quite completely: “We have to forget that we just played them and beat them.”last_img read more

Reconstruction of Miller Street should end by July

Reconstruction of Miller Street should end by July

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Road repairs on the north side of town should come to an end by July, but that may also mean seeking alternate routes during your daily commute.The City of Alpena is completing its reconstruction project on Miller street, between Walnut and Second Avenue.Drivers, remember to slow down and watch for crew members during work zone hours. And heads up — no parking on Miller Street is allowed between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Post weekly calls for serviceNext Photo of the Day for Wednesday, April 24last_img read more

City of Alpena Fire Department receives updated air packs

City of Alpena Fire Department receives updated air packs

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — pena’s city council approved funding for the fire department to outfit their trucks with air packs in the fall of 2019. The equipment was delivered to the fire station this week, and was installed on the trucks this afternoon.Deputy Chief Training Officer for the City of Alpena Fire Department, says, “This is basically what firefighters wear when we go into hazardous atmospheres, whether it be a fire or an industrial-type setting. It’s what we would wear for respiratory protection.”Each pack, also known as a self–contained breathing apparatus, is strapped to the back of a firefighter before walking into one of these dangerous situations, but they serve a variety of functions beyond supplying firefighters with air.Edmonds says, “It’s got a thermal imaging camera that actually picks up heat sources so we can actually see the shape and heat of a person if they were a victim. Whether it be a person or an animal, the firefighters can see it because a lot of the times in the smoke, we can’t see what we’re doing.”They also use GPS to locate firefighters if they show signs of inactivity or have a hard time navigating smoke and debris. Officer Edmonds says this is something the previous equipment couldn’t do with it’s outdated technology.“We had CBAs before that were about 15 or 18 years, actually, I think 18 years old, so they were kind of obsolete. We were starting to have some failure issues with them. Just some overall general maintenance issues with them, just because they were old.”With the upgrade, officer Edmonds says the department is able to feel more secure while doing their jobs, and they’re thankful the city agreed to invest in the well–being of first responders.“This was a major purchase for the fire department. It costed about $186,000 for all of the packs. We just appreciate the fact that city council was gracious enough to see the need and allow us to purchase these, because it was definitely something that needed to be upgraded for the firefighters’ safety and survival.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: air, air packs, airpacks, Alpena City Council, Alpena City fire, city counil, City of Alpena Fire Department, fire, Fire DepartmentContinue ReadingPrevious Glennie senior charged with embezzlementNext 911 emergency lines working again after statewide outagelast_img read more

All Africa Games: Black Queens to face Ivory Coast in semis after lots are drawn

All Africa Games: Black Queens to face Ivory Coast in semis after lots are drawn

first_imgThe Black Queens are through to the semi-finals of the All Africa Games after lots were drawn on Monday morning.The Games Organizing Committee had to draw lots after the Queens finished second in Group B with South Africa. A 1-1 draw between Ghana and Cameroon on Sunday kept all three teams; Cameroon, Ghana and South Africa on two points each.But per Article 12 (D) of the regulations of the competition, Cameroon has the edge, having scored more goals – two against one each by Ghana and South Africa.Article 12 (D) states “In case of equality of points after all the group matches have been played, the classification of the teams shall be established according to the following criteria: a) Greater number of points obtained in the matches between the concerned teams.b) Goal difference resulting from the matches between the concerned teams.c) Greater number of goals scored away from home in matches between the concerned teams (for the preliminary tournament only).d) Superior goal difference from all the matches played in the group.e) Greater number of goals scored in all the matches played in the group”.Still tied, Article 39 thus becomes the final resort which states “cases unforeseen in these rules are to be decided upon by CAF competent bodies in accordance with the regulations of the African Cup of Nations”.Group B winners Cameroon will face Nigeria at the semis while Ghana books a date with Cote d’Ivoire.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more

Ed Trimmer: Was House Bill 2453 about religious freedom or discrimination?

Ed Trimmer: Was House Bill 2453 about religious freedom or discrimination?

first_imgIt has been noted, that the RPS may have saved utilities money because the amount of greenhouse gasses utilities are allowed to emit are based on total energy production including renewables. The standards require that utilities produce 20% of their energy by 2020 and they are already between 16 and 17%.  Utilities have indicated they will have no problem reaching the 20% by the target date. The legislature will have the week of March 17-21 for committee work and some debate on the floor.  On March 24th, 25th, and 26th the Legislature will be in full debate, before the April break.  The last few days of March and the first week of April will be devoted to conference committees and voting on any reports they might advance. The standards were not implemented until the Parkinson Administration. Renewable Portfolio StandardsA recent Americans for Prosperity ad, the funding for which they refuse to disclose, claims that because of the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), which they allege were adopted during the Sebelius Administration, your utility costs have increased by more than 50 percent.  As former Republican Senate President, Dave Kerr, pointed out, in an article in the Wichita Eagle on February 25th, the claims are “provably false.”  The following are some of the reasons for this claim: Spanking BillNot all of the legislation, which has received negative publicity was sponsored by ultra-conservative Republicans.  A bill to allow a child to be spanked up to ten times and to the point of allowing bruises, was introduced by a Democratic legislator.  I believe children need discipline, but striking them to the point of leaving bruises is overly abusive.  This bill did not get to the floor of the House, but if it had, I would have voted “No.” Opponents to renewables argue that these sources should not receive any kind of subsidy because it violates free market principals.  They forget that we have given hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry over the years, and that we have a Keystone pipeline running through Cowley County that will not pay a dime in property tax for 10 years, while receiving possibly $600 million in tax credits.center_img According to the Kansas Corporation Commission, which is the governing body that approves rate increases for utilities, only 1.6% of the increases in utility rates have been due to the RPS since its inception.  With so many different groups creating political spin about issues coming out of Topeka, I believe it is important to look at the entirety of an issue before making a decision about a piece of legislation.  Some groups are very skilled at giving bills titles that may not always represent what the bill stands for.  That is why I believe it is important for legislators and the public to read legislation and to know exactly what it does not just what someone tells you it does. Americans for Prosperity is but one of a number of political action groups founded by or financed by the KOCH brothers.  KOCH industries is primarily involved in oil production. Ed TrimmerThis is part two of my mid-point legislative update.  The following issues were some of the more controversial ones we have considered this session.Religious Freedom or Discrimination?Recently there has been a large amount of controversy over House Bill 2453.  The bill, titled “Religious Freedom”, extended the right of individuals, who work for government entities, to refuse goods, services, and information to other individuals whose gender or lifestyle violate their religious beliefs.  The bill was created by a national think tank and introduced in several states.The bill did make it to the Governor’s desk in Arizona where it was vetoed.  The Kansas House passed the bill, but the Speaker of the Kansas House called the move a mistake after significant public outcry.  The Senate has indicted they will not work the bill.  While I have supported religious freedom in the past, I voted against this bill because I believe it did not improve the protection of religious freedom, but instead legitimized discrimination.Proponents argued that, if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Kansas constitutional provision that defines marriage as between one man and one woman, there would be a significant increase in lawsuits against businesses.  An example was a Colorado business that was sued because the owner refused to provide services for a wedding involving a gay couple.  In Kansas, gay people are not a protected class in our constitution, which would mean a similar suit would not have standing in this state.  Businesses can refuse to serve people as long as they do not use race, religion, or gender as a reason.HB 2453 went a step further and said that any individual in a business or government agency could refuse to serve an individual based on “marriage status or gender”.  Later in the bill the term “gender identity” was also included.  There was a clause that required government agencies to attempt to find someone to serve these individuals.  If, however the agency could not find an employee who would serve them, they could be exempted from this provision and would be allowed to refuse the goods or services.I found this problematic.  Many local agencies have only one worker in an office, and that could mean that an individual whose lifestyle violated someone’s religious beliefs would not be served.  That means the government could discriminate and deny an individual the right to license a car, pay taxes, or receive legal representation, to name just a few services that could be denied.Under the bill a teacher could even refuse to teach a gay student.  That could be a significant problem in small schools where there is one math, science, music, social science, or English teacher.  The bill would also allow discrimination if a person does not recognize a non-Christian marriage.  The bill further includes “gender” as a reason for refusal of service.  This would directly violate the Kansas constitutional protections for gender discrimination.According to most legal experts, the bill would actually increase the number of lawsuits in Kansas, not eliminate them because the bill could result in the violation of a number of individual rights.  Bills written by national groups frequently do not consider individual state laws or constitutions and run into trouble as a result.The carrier of the bill and others, who voted for it, admitted they had not read the legislation before they voted. Many felt they had been lied to about the impact of the bill.  I have learned to trust but verify when it comes to legislation.I recently heard another Kansas Legislator claim that if we don’t pass this law it could lead to taking away voting rights for women and minorities.  Even after 36 years of participating in competitive debate, I don’t begin to understand this line of logic.  I believe it would be exactly reverse because the bill institutionalizes discrimination.  Every weekday during the session, I say the flag salute in the House of Representatives.  At the end I say “…with liberty and justice for all”, not, “…with liberty and justice for those with whom I agree.”The Other Religious Freedom BillAnother bill regarding religious freedom was introduced on the floor of the House, but was referred back to committee.  I supported the motion to refer the bill back to committee because this bill actually took away religious freedom.  Part of a Presbyterian congregation in Johnson County wants to split away from the church.  According to church doctrine, the building belongs to the Presbytery, so the Presbytery would arbitrate the dispute and decide which congregation would own the church.  The bill would have removed the right of church governing bodies in cases like this and would put the dispute in the hands of a civil court.  The bill was opposed by several church governing bodies, including the Presbyterian, Methodist and Lutheran denominations.I found it interesting that many of the people, who voted for HB 2453 on the grounds it protected religious liberty, voted for this bill that would take away the liberty of church organizations to be self-determining. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down guest · 334 weeks ago You talk about political spin, this entire article is nothing but your political spin, so hypocritical. Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 334 weeks ago Those evil, evil koch brothers buying the government. Lol http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-07-14/presenti… Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down MJE · 332 weeks ago Although I support the spirit of the bill, it was very problematic as written. Should a business owner have the right to refuse service to a customer or client because providing that service would violate one’s religious beliefs? Yes! There was a case in Canada where a Muslim barber refused to cut a woman’s hair, because his religion prohibited him from touching women other than his wife or other family members. This barber only served men. A woman who he had refused to serve filed a complaint against him and won. The issue goes beyond religious beliefs to freedom of expression in general. We don’t have true freedom of expression if an individual or business can be compelled to participate in or assist the expression of speech with which they disagree. Should a print shop have the right to refuse to print protest signs for Westboro Baptist Church or the KKK? I think so. What about refusing to print signs for a gay pride parade or programs for a homosexual wedding? We can’t pick and choose which speech is protected and which isn’t. Where my objections to this bill came in, though, were with extending those rights to individual employees without repercussion. As a business owner, I couldn’t afford to hire employees who might choose to refuse to serve customers that I want served! An employee who objects to part of his job duties on religious grounds needs to either find a different job, or the owner/manager can VOLUNTARILY choose to make accommodations, but the government should not compel employers to make those sorts of accommodations. If I run a day spa with a mostly female clientele, I’m not going to hire a male whose religion prevents him from serving female clients, but I may be willing to hire a female who doesn’t serve male clients, because of the needs of my business. If I run a grocery store, I’m not going to hire a Muslim or Jewish cashier who refuses to ring up or bag pork. They could work for me stocking produce, though. Report Reply 0 replies · active 332 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Federer leads Europe to maiden Laver Cup title

Federer leads Europe to maiden Laver Cup title

first_imgOn Sunday, the winner of each rubber earned three points, against one on Friday and two on Saturday.Alexander Zverev then took Europe within sight of the trophy by beating Sam Querrey in straight sets, but world number one Rafael Nadal missed his chance as he lost to big-serving John Isner in straight sets.Sock and Isner beat Berdych and Cilic 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (8/6) with Sock’s vicious forehand leading the charge on the American’s 25th birthday.In the day’s second rubber, a break in each set was all German youngster Zverev, the world number four, needed to beat 16th-ranked American Querrey 6-4, 6-4 in their first-ever encounter.Isner’s moment was yet to come as the world number 17 edged Nadal, this year’s French and US Open champion.Nadal lost his serve in game one with a double-fault before Isner’s errors helped him draw level in game ten, but Isner broke back at once and finished the set with the help of two second-serve aces in the last game.He then swept Nadal in the second-set tie-break after both held on to their serves.Skippered by Bjorn Borg, Team Europe also comprised Dominic Thiem, while Frances Tiafoe and Denis Shapovalov played for John McEnroe’s Team World earlier in the tournament.The organisers said Sunday Chicago would host the next edition of the Laver Cup at the United Center sitting 23,500 people on September 21-23, 2018. Share on: WhatsApp Prague, Czech Republic | AFP |  World number two Roger Federer handed Team Europe the maiden Laver Cup title after beating Team World’s Nick Kyrgios in a super tie-break thriller in Prague on Sunday.Federer, this year’s Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, won 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 11/9 to give Team Europe an unbeatable 15-9 lead.But the 36-year-old Swiss legend struggled against the 20th-ranked, 22-year-old Australian and his flawless serve, losing the first set on a single break.When he finally broke Kyrgios halfway through set two, he yelled “Come on!” in relief, only to lose his serve again in the next game.But Federer capitalised on the system of the tournament he had founded — forcing Kyrgios into longer exchanges, he edged him in the second-set tie-break, then came back from 8-5 down in the decisive super tie-break.“I was ready to go. The boys played fantastic all weekend,” said Federer. “We knew it was going to be tough.”The start of their clash saw the controversial Kyrgios briefly kneel on the court in a gesture which sparked speculation that he was joining the ongoing protest against US President Donald Trump.A host of NFL players chose to kneel in games across the US on Sunday during the playing of American national anthem in a demonstration against racial inequality.Team Europe, the odds-on favourites with five of the world’s top seven players, entered Sunday with a 9-3 lead which narrowed as Jack Sock and John Isner beat Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic in the opening doubles rubber.last_img read more

Jerry Manuel, son work to help youth in baseball

Jerry Manuel, son work to help youth in baseball

first_imgIn this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, former Major League Baseball manager Jerry Manuel, talks with young ball players at the Jerry Manuel Foundation charter school in Elverta, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)ELVERTA, Calif. (AP) — Jerry Manuel’s spring training these days consists of collecting stray baseballs sent back over the fence by a neighbor farmer, checking on new trees beyond the outfield, and coaching teens to the background noise from crowing roosters on a rundown field just down the street from a humongous cow pasture.As pitchers and catchers reported to spring training this past week, Manuel, the former manager of the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets, has been busy working alongside son Anthony to keep young men — many, like the Manuels, African-American — on the right path academically by providing baseball opportunities. The students come from throughout the Sacramento area to a school recently reopened with the necessary enrollment boost from those in the Jerry Manuel Foundation program. No matter that facilities are modest at best.“It was a gut thing, like, ‘We need a school for these kids,’” Manuel said of a vision that began with getting the players going in travel ball. “I told my son: ‘I need these kids all year round because the education is bigger than travel ball. If they’re not getting that, we’re not doing them a service.’ Here we are.”The Jerry Manuel Foundation draws middle-school students and a small group of ninth-graders to this rural town for baseball that isn’t geared strictly toward winning.The 60-year-old Manuel, Chicago’s 2000 AL Manager of the Year, would love to get back in a big league dugout managing, or even as a bench coach if he found the right fit.“I get withdrawals,” Manuel said. “Spring training, for a manager, is probably his most relaxed time.”But Manuel, who last managed the Mets in 2010, was unwilling to wait around. He considers it his duty to help keep young Black men headed to baseball, not just football or basketball.In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, former Major League Baseball Manager Jerry Manuel, shows Tyler Ewing, the proper way to grip a baseball at the Jerry Manuel Foundation charter school in Elverta, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)“It’s a passion for me because I see the lack of participation at the major league level,” Manuel said. “It saddens me. The game will survive. Baseball is a beautiful game, even if they just played it at the Little League level, she’s going to survive. She’s that way. But the level of play is missing out on that dynamic player because he’s going to other sports. We’re leaving this and choosing one sport early, but nobody’s helping them choose baseball. That’s what I’m trying to do.”In addition, Manuel is advising the process of building a new college program at William Jessup University in nearby Rocklin. Playing a role in developing players is paramount for Manuel, who regularly reminds his son winning isn’t everything at this level. These two cherish their time together.Given that Manuel’s demanding major league baseball job kept him on the road for nearly half the year, they have discovered how passionate both are about making a difference.“It’s awesome,” Manuel said. “He was the one in the family that everything was baseball. This is an awesome opportunity for both of us to grow together and for me to pass on what I know without the pressures of winning and losing.”Anthony is the foundation’s head coach and director of baseball operations. He has aspirations of managing himself.“I don’t take anything for granted, I get as much from him as I can,” Anthony said. “We’re not like a normal baseball program. School comes first. My dad makes sure we don’t stray away from that. They’ll have a place to go when they leave.”Each morning, most of the 50 young men are dropped off at Alpha Middle School to take part in Manuel’s program, which received financial support from Sacramento native and former slugger Derrek Lee. The kids and parents don’t pay for anything but getting there.The 31-year-old Anthony, a former minor leaguer now married with two young children, teaches homeroom before students go on to their regular classes. There are regular reminders about Jackie Robinson’s core “nine values” — courage, determination, teamwork, persistence, integrity, citizenship, justice, excellence, commitment. For February’s Black History Month, Anthony discusses an African-American baseball player each day.Tutoring is available, and some students in the first freshman class work independently through their course work on computers.“If you’re not doing well in school, it’s difficult to get on the field,” Manuel said.Eventually, Manuel hopes to receive funding from Major League Baseball for transportation and facilities upgrades. A second field is in the works.The Elverta School Board had hoped to reopen Alpha Middle School but faced financial challenges and other issues.“They get up every morning and they’ve got more of a reason to go to school,” Superintendent Michael Borgaard said. “It’s wonderful to see them succeed. It’s really been one miracle after another.”Tobias Menefee is one. He showed up in the foundation’s “clubhouse” in fall 2012, accompanied by his single mother, Tara Robinson. Manuel decided to give Menefee a chance even though he had never played baseball. He couldn’t catch or throw, didn’t even know how to properly grip a bat.“A lot of people wouldn’t give him a chance,” Anthony said.Fast forward and Menefee is the program’s best player, with a baseball future. In the rain last week, Menefee and fellow 14-year-old prospect Fred Johnson were in the batting cage — built on an old bus turnaround — taking their cuts.“This means, for me, a better chance to have my family be successful in life. I don’t want to struggle in life,” Menefee said. “Like everyone in the world, I want to live with a good financial payment and do all the things I want to do and have a good retirement after. Baseball’s my ticket there.”last_img read more

Pochettino warned Spurs stars of health risks in training during pandemic

Pochettino warned Spurs stars of health risks in training during pandemic

first_img2MAURICIO POCHETTINO has revealed that he was in contact with his former players at Tottenham to advise them during the coronavirus pandemic.Sacked in November, the Argentine spent over five years in charge of the Premier League club and most recently took part in a World Health Organisation video to inform fans of best practice to prevent the virus spreading.2 Pochettino showed his caring side for his old Tottenham players during the outbreakCredit: ReutersJose Mourinho’s men are still in training during the outbreak of the virus and Pochettino suggested he might have taken a different decision if he was still the boss.Speaking to Radio Del Plata, via Evening Standard, the 48-year-old emphasised the danger society faces with coronavirus.He said: “I told them that there is no need to be at risk and that football takes second place to health.“It seems good to me that measures have already been taken. It is the best way to try to control the virus until a cure is found.”Burnley are understood to be the only other top-flight club still training together during the pandemic.Arsenal’s training ground was reopened on Thursday after coach Mikel Arteta’s positive test for coronavirus prompted its closure – and the squad are reportedly due back early next week.⚠️ Read our Coronavirus in Sport live blog for the latest news, updates and cancellationsmost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himPochettino added his thoughts that the outbreak has been poorly managed by authorities, with sporting events cancelled en masse despite the likes of Formula 1 and the Premier League attempting to hold off on abandonments.He added: “They handled themselves irresponsibly and made late decisions.“I understand that the economic aspect comes into play in football and is a deciding factor much of the time, but seeing everything that is happening, I think that in Europe, they managed irresponsibly and made late decisions.”CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWGet the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Wenger, Mourinho and Pochettino combine in fight against coronavirus as they reveal five tactics to dodge infectionlast_img read more