Five of the best women in Beijing

first_imgIn the just concluded 15th World Championships, several athletes entertained fans with their best efforts. However, five women stood out in Beijing, the host city of the meet. They were Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland, Allyson Felix of the United States, Dafne Schippers of Holland, Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia and Cuban Denia Caballero. Before the world’s best congregated in Beijing, Wlodarcyzk had stretched her global record past 80 metres with a mark of 81.08m. In Beijing, the Polish blond dominated with the second and third 80 plus throws in history. Her best was 80.85 metres. Elegant as ever, Felix turned on the speed early in the 400 metres final and left the field gasping in her wake. After a little rest in the third quarter of the race, she floored the accelerator in the last 100m to win the gold medal in 49.26 seconds, a personal best. She was even more impressive in the 4x400m. Her third leg was an outstanding interval of 47.7, the second fastest ever recorded. Runner-up in the 100m, Schippers edged past Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson on the finish line in the 200 metres final. The astounding times – 21.63 to 21.66 seconds – moved the gold and silver medal winners to fourth and sixth fastest of all time. Almaz did a demolition job on the Dibaba family in the 5000 metres. Though pundits picked 1,500 winner and world record holder Genzebe Dibaba to win, Almaz used a long surge to break away. Her dispirited compatriot slipped to third. Almaz’s time of 14 minutes 26.83 seconds did the damage and lowered the old meet record which had belonged to Dibaba’s celebrated big sister, Tirunesh. Caballero had issued a warning by beating reigning discus champion Sandra Perkovic before Beijing. Once there, she ruled. In the end, she made good her threat with a winning throw of 69.28 metres. That’s the longest in World Championship history since the 1991 renewal in Tokyo. Caballero is the first Cuban to win the event at the World Championships.last_img read more

McCarthy misses maiden ton in WICB First-Class Championship

first_imgLed by a solid half-century from Andre McCarthy, Jamaica Scorpions made a positive start to their WICB First-Class Championship clash against Windward Islands Volcanoes at Sabina Park yesterday.McCarthy, batting a number four, scored 92 as the Scorpions, electing to bat, closed the day on 230 for seven.McCarthy, the former West Indies Under-19 batsman, who last season was in and out of the side after a series of low scores, hit two sixes and two fours in a knock that lasted close to 31/2 hours.His innings, which laid the platform for a rally after the Scorpions, had sunk to 126 for five, saw McCarthy displaying a foray of entertaining on and offside shots. This included two huge sixes off left-arm spinner, Alston Bobb, which went over wide mid-on boundary and into the north stand.However, sitting on 92 for over close to 20 minutes, he eventually fell short of triple figures when he played around a straight ball from left-arm seamer, Kenroy Peters, and was adjudged leg before wicket.He was dismissed with the score on 214, a knock which came after he had put on a fighting 88 with David Bernard Jr for the sixth wicket.Bernard Jr, who throughout the partnership largely played an anchor role, finished the day on 32 not out, while with him is leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, who is yet to score.”I went out there and tried to apply myself and wanted to get the team in a nice position going into the second day. However, I got out for 92, which is not acceptable,” explained McCarthy.”I feel disappointed in myself knowing that in nine first-class cricket matches I am yet to score a century, and this should have been it. But I guess I will just have to put that behind me now and focus on the second innings, where if I get the chance I hope to do better.”Earlier, Jamaica, after again leaving out West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman, Chadwick Walton, as well as fast bowler Nicholson Gordon, got off to a slow start.This was after the dismissal of young captain Paul Palmer Jr, who faced three balls before being caught at slip off towering fast bowler, Mervin Matthews, for zero.It was the third failure for the 23-year-old Palmer Jr in as many innings, having made a one-ball duck and a 77-ball against Barbados in the team’s opener at Kensington Oval.However, thanks to a 70-run second wicket stand between opener John Campbell and Kirk Edwards, the Scorpions were able to rally. Campbell made 48, while Edwards got 24.All-rounder Liam Sebastien, with five for 53 off 20 overs, led the way for the visitors. He dismissed Campbell and Carlton Baugh Jr, who made eight, leg before wicket, and Edwards and Brandon King, 17, caught at bat pad. His other victim, Nikita Miller, also went out caught, close to the wicket for eight.last_img read more

#KicksStalker: Lonzo Ball swaps his ZO2s for a pair of Kobes

first_img#KicksStalker: Irving pays tribute to women with new Kyrie 3 colorway Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lonzo wore a pair of adidas James Harden Vol. 1 during his workout with the Lakers, and it’s understandable since UCLA is an adidas school.And even four-time MVP LeBron James, who was in attendance in the Lakers’ 103-102 win over Philadelphia, had to take notice of Lonzo’s brand switch.“Just. Do. It,” James posted on his Instagram with a video closeup of Lonzo’s feet.ADVERTISEMENT Priced at upwards of $495, the ZO2s are worth more than double most basketball sneakers and it’s something LaVar Ball, Lonzo’s over-spoken father, described as ahead of other global brands such as adidas, Nike, and Under Armour.While Lonzo wore his signature shoes in his first two games in the NBA Summer League but those couple of outings both resulted in losses for the Lakers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’On Thursday, however, the Laker rookie ditched his ZO2s and rocked a pair of Nike Kobe A.D. “Purple Stardusts” in a game where he exploded for 36 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, and five steals.This isn’t the first time, though, that Lonzo wore shoes not under his family’s Big Baller Brand. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives against Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot #20 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2017 Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 12, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Los Angeles won 103-102. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPPolarizing NBA rookie Lonzo Ball has been grabbing headlines, sometimes not his own doing, even before the Los Angeles Lakers drafted him second overall in the 2017 Draft.One of the things the public took notice of the former UCLA Bruin was his overpriced signature ZO2 shoes from under his family’s Big Baller Brand.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Over 3000 Youth Have Benefitted from Skills Training

first_imgThe Bangladeshi Contingent serving with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) said at least 3200 young Liberians have benefited from their skills training program.This was contained in a statistic released by the Bangladeshi Engineering Contingent that manages the Bangladeshi Skills Training Program, stationed at the Bangladesh-Liberia Friendship Center (BLFC) in Ganta City, Nimba County.Speaking to the Daily Observer in Ganta recently, the Contingent Commander, Lt. Col Mohammed Anwar Uddin said, “So far, more than 3200 Liberians have been trained in this center.”This center conducts training in computer, nursing and medicare, generator operation and maintenance as well as tailoring.BLFC was established in 2007 by the UNMIL Bangladeshi Contingent under the command of Lt. Col Hoque. Through this center many Liberians were able to acquire skills in many disciplines where today some of them are self employed.Lt. Col Uddin disclosed that every year, the center conducts four packages of training in order to build the capacities of hundreds of Liberians for the job market.Meanwhile, the Engineering Battalion commander, who presently manages the center, is calling on Liberians to utilize the center by coming to get skills for future jobs. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gbarnga-Ganta Road Takes on New Look

first_imgThe Gbarnga-Ganta highway now has a new look as the Chinese road building firm, CHICO, continues its engineering work under the World Bank contract.The new face of the road brought great delight to those who are plying the road daily; especially Nimbaians and those from the south-east.Nearly 40 years since the road was constructed under William R. Tolbert regime in 1976, it has in recent years turned very deplorable owing to what many believe was due to the long civil war.The worst condition was recalled in 2012 when rain damaged almost all poorly constructed roads in the country.The deplorable condition of roads that year hampered movement and made transportation fares to steadily rise.With funding from the World Bank, CHICO and the Government of Liberia in 2012, signed a contract to construct the piece of road from Gbarnga to Ganta Border for over US$ 100m.In mid-2013, CHICO began preparing its camps and setting up mechanism for the construction of the once talk about bad road around Liberia.Despite the late starting, the road work appears to be speeding than expected. At present, the portion of road from Jennepleta in Bong County to a village close to the boundary with Nimba had been paved.And on the Nimba side, the pavement is ongoing beginning from the town called Dukpe, near Kpain and moving toward Sokopa at the St. John River.Prior to the construction of the road, it took a vehicle over 2hrs to reach Ganta or Gbarnga from either side.Even the part of the road that is yet to be paved has been rehabilitated with the old tarmac removed thus creating a smooth condition for vehicles to freely move.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Broncos’ patience pays off

first_imgPhoto Gallery: Cal Poly vs. San Francisco State But it wasn’t. Kamansky knew the game would eventually turn the Broncos’ way. POMONA – Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball coach Greg Kamansky is a tough critic of his team. You would think that a two-point halftime deficit at home to the last-place team in the conference would be enough for Kamansky to rip into his team. “The difference was our shots started to fall,” said Cal Poly senior Dion Cook, who scored a game-high 19 points. Kaelen Daniels scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half on 6-of-9 shooting after halftime. After a 23-point effort in Friday’s victory over CSU Monterey Bay, Daniels’ performance Saturday gave him his best two-game stretch of the season. It was also the first time Daniels had back-to-back double-digit points games since Dec.19-20 in Las Vegas. Daniels also picked up a technical foul with 8:36 to play in the first half when he shoved Gator freshman Derek Fletcher after Daniels had been fouled. Although Kamansky said Daniels’ actions were a retaliation, Daniels’ shove didn’t bother him. “I’d much rather see that, then backing down anytime,” Kamansky said. The technical foul seemed to light a fire under Daniels in the second half, as he scored 12 of his points in the first 6:25 of the second half. It would have been difficult for the Broncos to play an uglier half of basketball than they did in the first half. They made only seven field goals in the half, shot 26 percent from the field and were out-rebounded 21-17. But they trailed only 29-27, as they made 12 of 18 free throws. S.F. State women 74, Cal Poly Pomona 69 Broncos interim coach Michelle Fortier had seen it before, but she hoped she wouldn’t see it again. But Cal Poly struggled down the stretch and couldn’t come up with the tying basket in the final minute in suffering its fourth loss in the last five games. “We made bad decisions. It’s the same story, we had a chance to tie and we didn’t,” Fortier said. The Broncos (6-15, 5-11) dropped to 1-4 in games decided by seven points or less. In a game that included 14 ties and eight lead changes, the Broncos didn’t have a lead in the final 15 minutes. But they had the ball trailing 71-69 with 37.2 seconds remaining but Ally Smith made an ill-advised pass that was stolen by Krystle Mays. The Gators (6-15, 6-10) made three of four free throws in the final 22.8 seconds to secure the victory. “It’s a game we thought we should win, and this loss is like a three-spot swing in the standings,” Fortier said. Ashley Moody led Cal Poly with 17 points and Vanessa Dominguez added 13 points and 11 rebounds. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “I thought we played with intensity from the start,” Kamansky said. “We just weren’t making any shots. I’ll yell at them if we don’t have effort. If we didn’t have effort, we would have been down 15.” Cal Poly made 68 percent of its shots from the field in the second half and routed San Francisco State 79-63 at Kellogg Gym on Saturday night. The Broncos (15-6 overall, 11-5 California Collegiate Athletic Association) finished off a five-game, 10-day stretch with three consecutive victories. The Gators dropped to 6-15, 2-14. “I thought we played excellent, considering it was the last game of the five-game stretch,” Kamansky said. Cal Poly grabbed the lead early in the second half, but still only held a 43-41 lead with less than 14 minutes to go. But a 21-2 run turned a close game into a 64-43 laugher with 7:25 to play. last_img read more

Top-ranked Minutemen moving on

first_imgThe Maranatha High School boys basketball players found out what wearing the bull’s-eye is all about. The Division V-AA’s top-ranked Minutemen survived an early scare before disposing of North County Christian, 78-54, in the second round of the playoffs on Saturday. The Minutemen (18-8) will be on the road in tonight’s 7:30 quarterfinals against Murrieta Calvary Chapel (18-14). “North County came out and hit 10 of their first 11 shots,” Minutemen coach Doug Ravasdy said. “That was sort of a wake-up call. But once we weathered it, we got focused and started playing like a number one seed.” If the Minutemen win tonight, they could face rival Marshall in the semifinals on Friday. Marshall (20-7) is at Linfield Christian (19-8) for tonight’s other quarterfinal at 7:30. “If Marshall can overcome their slow starts, I can see them winning that game,” Ravasdy said. “I’m sure there are a lot of people who would like to see us play again, but we both have a lot of work to get there.” Division II, second round Pasadena (25-2) at Chaffey (14-14), 7:30 p.m. center_img The Bulldogs go back to the Inland Empire, the site of their second-round loss to Perris in last year’s playoffs. The Bulldogs opened with an easy 70-39 first-round win over Golden Valley, while Chaffey disposed of Vista Murrieta, 56-49. Division III-AA, second round Temple City (14-14) at Savanna (19-7), 7:30 p.m. This is a rematch from the Cerritos Valley Christian tournament in December, which the Rebels won, 65-43. The Rams have been playing much better of late. They finished second in the Rio Hondo League and disposed of Montebello, 64-46, in the first round for their fourth consecutive win. Oak Park (21-6) at Monrovia (13-12), 7:30 p.m. The Wildcats helped the Rio Hondo League go 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs with a shocking 64-63 victory over Almont League champion Schurr. The Wildcats now have to deal with Oak Park’s 6-foot-6 forward Kareem Maddox, who averages 19 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks a game. La Ca ada (25-2) at Crossroads (17-10), 7 p.m. The Spartans showed off their defense in a 47-31 opening-round win over Alhambra, but will have a much stiffer test against the Roadrunners, who crushed Workman, 72-45. Windward (20-7) at South Pasadena (18-9), 7:30 p.m. The Tigers’ outstanding season continued with a 70-61 victory over No. 8 Carpinteria to reach the second round. They will host the No. 9 Wildcats, who needed overtime to defeat Animo Leadership, 81-77. Division III-A, Quarterfinal Santa Fe (22-7) at Renaissance Academy (26-1), 7:30 p.m. After surviving a first-round scare, the No. 2 Wildcats rebounded to defeat Paloma Valley, 79-66, in the second round on Friday. The Chiefs are the Del Rio League champions and are coming off a close, 48-46 victory over Santa Ana Calvary Chapel. Division IV-A, Quarterfinal Cerritos Valley Christian (22-6) at La Salle (22-5), 7:30 p.m. The No. 4 Lancers finally get their rematch against the Crusaders, who defeated the Lancers, 46-43, in December to reach the championship game of the La Salle/Temple City tournament. La Ca ada defeated the Crusaders in the final, 59-48. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Inter Milan crash to seal Roma’s Champions League berth

first_imgThe defeat means third-placed Roma — coached by former Sassuolo boss Eusebio Di Francesco — are sure to finish in the top four and return to the Champions League after losing in the semi-finals to Liverpool this month.Roma host champions Juventus on Sunday with the Turin giants needing just a point to seal a seventh-straight Scudetto.Inter are two points behind fourth-placed Lazio who can rubber stamp their ticket to the Champions League if they beat lowly Crotone on Sunday.If not, both Lazio and Inter go head-to-head next week in the Stadio Olimpico.Coach Luciano Spalletti lamented a “messy and confused” performance which failed to reflect Inter’s dominance.“It’s never the fault of a single player, after going a goal down we had plenty of time to do things calmly and take the game to crush them,” said Spalletti.“After the second goal the team lost its balance and chaotically tried to get back into the game.“The result is also down to our own mistakes. Sassuolo probably felt comfortable after securing their Serie A safety.“At times we were too chaotic and rushed, but we had the time. Andrea Consigli made two or three fantastic saves.”– ‘Eat their words’ –Sassuolo had secured their Serie A safety last week.And coach Beppe Iachini said his side had come out firing after hearing that Inter were aiming to get six past them to even out the goal difference with Lazio.“Of course they motivated us,” said Iachini. “There was a lack of respect and we read some things that were downright offensive. Whoever wrote that should eat their words.“We’ve lost only one of our last 11 games, finding confidence and balance. We played our game.”Politano found the way to goal after 25 minutes with a clevery-taken freekick under the wall.Inter star Mauro Icardi’s goal was ruled offside, with Ivan Perisic then setting up the Argentine ace only for Consigli to again clear.And Berardi blasted in the second after 72 minutes before Rafinha pulled one back eight minutes later for Inter.Consigli’s heroics continued deep into injury time to leave Inter stuck fifth and looking at Europa League football again next season.“This is a heavy defeat,” added Spalletti. “The lads were just distraught in the locker room, as they cared so much.”In Naples, Cheick Diabate scored a late winner as relegated Benevento gave their fans a lift with a 1-0 win over Genoa in their final Serie A at home.Goalkeeper Christian Puggioni saved midtable Genoa from conceding until four minutes to go following a run by Enrico Brignola from his own half to cross to Diabate who finished off.It was Malian striker Diabate’s seventh goal in nine games since joining the struggling newcomers from outside Naples in January.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000On target: Sassuolo forward Domenico Berardi celebrates after scoring against Inter Milan © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINAROME, Italy, May 13 – Inter Milan crashed to a 2-1 defeat to Sassuolo at the San Siro on Saturday which ensured that Roma get to play Champions League football next season.Matteo Politano and Domenico Berardi scored in either half with Sassuolo goalkeeper Andrea Consigli proving heroic for the visitors to severely undermine Inter’s slim hopes of elite European action.last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal-born priest who fell off a roof while trying to do repairs has vowed to leave it to the professionals the next time.Fr Paddy O’Kane, who is a curate in the Holy Family parish in Ballymagroarty, Derry, fell 14 ft in the fall last week.He fell through the roof and hit his head on impact. He was rushed to Altnagelvin Hospital but his injuries were not serious.“Let’s face it, roofing Is not my strongpoint. I’ll leave it to the professionals the next time,” h said.Prayers were said across the Derry Diocese for Fr O’Kane last week.  PRIEST WHO FELL OFF ROOF VOWS TO LEAVE REPAIRS TO PROFESSIONALS was last modified: February 9th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DerryfallFR PADDY O’KANEROOFlast_img read more


first_imgTHREE women and a man have been charged tonight in connection with the seizure of €360,000 worth of cannabis in Donegal on Tuesday evening.The women – one in her 60s and two in their 20s – and a man in his 30s will appear at Letterkenny District Court on Thursday morning.All four are Chinese nationals. They are charged in connection with possession and cultivation of cannabis with intent to supply.The four were formally charged with the offences – in the presence of interpreters – at Letterkenny Garda Station tonight.The arrests followed a lengthy investigation by the Letterkenny Drugs Unit and surveillance of premises at Navenny Street, Ballybofey.Gardaí spent today examining the premises and removing a large number of cannabis plants.They have been sent for analysis, with a pre-analysis street value of €360,000.BREAKING NEWS: FOUR CHARGED OVER €360,000 DONEGAL DRUGS HAUL was last modified: January 23rd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyDrugs findDrugs squadletterkennyNavenny Streetlast_img read more