The 7th Grade Lady Cardinal St. Louis Volleyball team received their first win of the season by defeating the St. Michael’s Lady Trojans 25-18, 23-25, 15-14. It was a tight match. The Cardinals served up 80% of their serves. The lead score was Ashley Hunter with 10 points. Rachel Suttmann contributed 8 points followed by Kalli Obermeyer and Cora Roth with 7 points each and Lucy Aplanalp and Jaelyn Owens with 1 point each. Sophia Hohenstein had her best passing game to help setup the offense. The offense was led by Suttmann and Abplanalp with 2 hits and Obermeyer and Hohenstein with 1 each. The Cardinals worked hard and dug deep within side themselves to pull the win out against a well-rounded team. The St. Louis Cardinals 8th Grade Volleyball team served a solid game to defeat the St. Michael’s Lady Trojans 25-24, 25-23. The Cardinals serves kept them in this game. Isabelle Wonnell led the team with 8 points followed by Catherine Streator 7 points, Lilly Schebler 6 points, Kate Weber 3 points and Rhea Miller, Ella Moster and Claire Saner 2 points each. Maggie Beiser and Ingrid Tuveson supported the team with their passing skills from the back row. Ava Owens was able to connect with the ball for a kill.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jennifer Meer.
Manager Quique Sanchez Flores accepts Watford’s Christmas fixture list could have been kinder, but sees no reason why his side should not enjoy some festive cheer heading into 2016. The Hornets travel up to Sunderland looking to record a third straight Barclays Premier League win, with a run of just two defeats from the last six putting them in 10th place. It has been a positive start both for the Hertfordshire club on return to the top flight and Spaniard Flores in his first English job. However, the sternest test of just whether Watford have what it takes to hold their own among the elite clubs is fast approaching. After Saturday’s trip to Wearside to face a Sunderland team scrapping to get out of the bottom three, Watford host Liverpool, head to Chelsea on Boxing Day before tackling Tottenham and then Manchester City on January 2. Flores, though, sees no reason to believe his men should not be able to get something out of all of those daunting fixtures provided they continue to deliver the required approach. “For us, I cannot guarantee we will presume (to get) three points against Sunderland or against Liverpool, it is impossible, I do not know what will happen during the matches,” he said. “We will try to analyse things and get the best information to the players, but this is football and anything is possible in football. “It is not the easiest problem for December, but we will just play every game. “We are just thinking about the next match, our idea is always to try to get the result, be competitive and do our work.” The Spaniard continued: “After any result, whether it has been a win, draw or a loss, we remove completely what has happened in the match before and are focused on the next game. “Of course we are positive after (beating) Norwich, but need to control that positive energy and use it well.” Press Association Sunderland may have slipped back to 19th place following defeat at Arsenal last weekend, but Flores has been impressed by the work of new manager Sam Allardyce, whose side won at Crystal Palace then beat Stoke at home before being edged out by the title-chasing Gunners. Flores said: “Sunderland have changed a lot with the new manager and I respect that a lot. He (Allardyce) has a lot of experience in the Premier League and has changed the shape and dynamic of the team. “He is changing systems during the matches, so we have to be ready for different options which they are going to use against us. “Sunderland will be a very tough team, with their fans very close (to the pitch) it will be difficult. “But we have 2,000 fans who follow out team, we have a spirit and so it will be possible for us to get everything also.”
Our Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Assam’s swimmer Shivangi Sarma bagged two more medals in the South Asian Games in Kathmandu today. With these two medals she took her individual medal tally to 6.Among the two medals, that Shivangi won today, one is gold which she collected in 4X100mts medley relay. On the other hand the swimmer won a silver medal in the 100mts free style. Meanwhile fencer from Assam Kavita Devi bagged second gold in the competition today. This time Kavita collected the yellow metal in Women team event.Also Read: Shivangi Sarma wins 2 more medals in South Asian Games Also Watch: AASU hangs effigies of State Ministers in Kokrajhar against CAB
Mumbai: The National Basketball Association (NBA) introduced curriculum based online basketball sessions as a part of the NBA Basketball Schools, a network of basketball development programs across the globe open to international male and female players between the age of 6 and 18.Following the recommendation of state and central authorities regarding the developing situation related to the coronavirus in India, the NBA suspended all on-ground basketball development programming in India including sessions at the NBA Basketball schools.With the available flexible online learning solutions technology affords, the NBA decided to introduce curriculum based online basketball sessions.”All work and no play makes jack a dull boy! Children sitting at home are constantly on the lookout for physical activity. Our online sessions serve as a perfect platform giving them a chance to brush up their skills and not lose touch with the game, all from the comfort of their homes. The drills are designed in such a way that it will keep the kids active in a fun way,” said Marc Pulles, Basketball Operations team leader, NBA India.A good 17 of the 24 partner schools in India have joined this initiative with two sessions every week hosted by two coaches for 12-15 participants.”A typical session starts with a warmup, then some ball handling drills, form shooting work, and defensive work. We finish up with a group discussion on a basketball related topic and end with usually assigning the participants some videos to watch and give homework to do such as form shooting and show gratitude to your parents etc.,” explained Marc.For 12-year-old Saishaa Patel from Mumbai the online sessions offered by the NBA has helped her cope with the boredom of being indoors. “I have continued to train in basketball via online classes conducted by the NBA Basketball Schools. It has helped me in stay in touch with my peers and teachers and also to keep in touch with my favourite sport. I am thankful for these sessions which have helped me stay on my feet,” said Saishaa of Jamnabai Narsee School, Mumbai. IANSAlso Read: NBA to reopen practice facilities in places with eased restrictions: ReportAlso Watch: NGO Robin Hood Army distributes food & essential items among poor people in Guwahati
Switzerland hung on to their 1-0 lead over Northern Ireland from the first leg of their play-off and played out a goalless draw in the second leg in Basel yesterday to book their ticket to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.Both teams created chances throughout the match played in tough, rainy conditions. Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill will be pleased his side saw more of the ball than they did in the first leg. However, they were not able to score the all-important goal to force the tie into extra time.Within three minutes Chris Brunt attempted a shot on target from almost 30 yards out and forced Yann Sommer into making a diving save. A couple of minutes later Xherdan Shaqiri sent in a dangerous cross to the back post for Haris Seferovic, but the Benfica man was unable to direct his header on target from close range. Switzerland continued to ask questions of Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern from chances by Blerim Dzemaili, Shaqiri and Steven Zuber, but McGovern was up to each challenge, making a string of crucial saves.Chances were few and far between in the second half. Goalscorer from the first leg Ricardo Rodriguez drove a long-range shot a foot wide of goal early in the interval, while Northern Ireland’s Conor Washington missed a header from about ten yards out.Rodriguez cleared a header from Jonny Evans off the goalline in stoppage time, and Switzerland had completed their mission to book their ticket to Russia 2018.The Swiss are heading to their 11th World Cup and their fourth consecutive world finals, which is a run they also produced from 1934 to 1954.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
While a dominating rushing attack can almost always be counted on for the Wisconsin football team, it only means so much when turnovers start to rack up. Following a four-interception performance in their loss against Northwestern last weekend, the Badgers bounced back with a clean slate, not turning the ball over once in their 38-28 defeat of Illinois this Saturday.Per usual for a game in the comfortable confines of Camp Randall, the Badgers’ rushing attack of Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement was relentless, bashing the Illini’s front seven to the tune of 401 yards rushing. Wasting no time, the Badgers stormed out of the gate with a six-play, 80-yard touchdown drive consisting of all rushes and no passes to take the 7-0 lead.Due to the effectiveness of the run-game early, it wasn’t until a third and long on the Badgers third drive of the game that quarterback Joel Stave’s number was called to drop back and pass, which resulted in an incompletion and the subsequent punt. However, on the Badgers fourth possession, Stave was instrumental to the team’s second touchdown drive of the game, completing a key 10-yard pass to Alex Erickson on a 3rd and 9 and another 22-yard strike to Sam Arneson that set up the tying touchdown by Gordon early in the second quarter.Looking back at the offense’s performance against Northwestern, Gordon credited the improvement of ball control in the Badgers’ 38-point bounce-back effort, as the team had zero giveaways during the day. Despite racking up 259 yards against the Wildcats last weekend, Gordon was limited to just one score, and the team as a whole to a measly 14 points.“It’s big because when you turn over the ball like that, it’s hard to win ball games,” Gordon said. “So you have to do your best to keep the ball in your possession and try to score, but when you turn over the ball, it’s just hard to win. You give them a short field and it’s just tough in this conference.”While turnovers weren’t the cause, the Badgers still had issues with giving the Illinois offense short fields in the beginning of the game. The combination of two short drives with poor starting field position and ineffective punts gave the Illini two different starting drives inside the Wisconsin 50 in the first quarter alone. On both occasions, Illinois marched down the field with two short drives that ended in touchdown passes from quarterback Reilly O’Toole.The Badgers front seven didn’t have an answer for the Illini rushing attack early in the game, as O’Toole and running back Josh Ferguson combined for seven carries and 59 yards in the first quarter. With the score tied at 14 late in the second quarter, the Badgers had forced the Illini into a fourth and two from the Wisconsin 36. The Illini’s decision to go for it set up what was the defining play of the afternoon.The play call was a standard run up the middle with Ferguson, and a battle of sheer strength between the offensive and defensive fronts. Recognizing the play early, outside linebacker Vince Biegel immediately stuffed the lane and stopped Ferguson for no gain. Immediately following the turnover on downs was a 34 yard-rush from receiver Kenzel Doe, and a 30-yard touchdown run from Gordon to seal the deal. In more than 35 seconds, the Badgers went from being in danger of trailing the Illini to taking a 7-point lead.Biegel’s fourth down stop was one of six tackles he had on the day in what Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen believed was one of his best days as a Badger. Biegel’s teammate, safety Michael Caputo, said that drive stood out above the rest in dictating the direction of the game.“That was the momentum shift for the game I really thought,” Caputo said. “It was big, every drive counts, but I feel like that one was very significant in the momentum turn and just turning the whole morale in our direction.”Although the rushing attack lead the way on both of Wisconsin’s second half scoring drives, Stave showed an improved presence in the pocket and didn’t try to force any throws into coverage. While his numbers weren’t spectacular by any means, finishing the game 7-14 with 73 yards and no touchdown passes, Stave helped the Badgers maintain their lead and didn’t make it easy for the Illini offense to move down the field, as he didn’t turn the ball over once all game. Last week against Northwestern, Stave had three interceptions with one of them coming in the end zone and another deep in Wisconsin’s own territory.Stave, who didn’t start for the first five games of the season, noted the importance of preparing as if he was the starter no matter where he found himself on the depth chart. While the general thought going in he would split time with fellow quarterback Tanner McEvoy, Stave ultimately played all but one series on offense in what he described as a nice return to the field at Camp Randall.“It was exciting, it was a very familiar feeling for me, but it never gets old,” Stave said. “Walking over to the stadium on Friday afternoons, going through the game plan one more time, waking up on Saturday mornings, it’s a fun feeling.”While he missed some opportunities for big plays down the field, Andersen emphasized the importance of Stave getting back on the field and experiencing the atmosphere of conference-level competition for his development going forward.“I think Joel’s ability to be in the moment in these Big Ten games is a feel right now that is a positive situation, and I think it’s good to know that he’s been in those moments,” Andersen said. “I think the throws down the field, even though not connected, it’s invaluable.”
Ballintubber are Mayo champions for the third time, deposing Castlebar Mitchels with a 2-9 to 1-9 win. St. Brigid’s have won the Roscommon title with a 3-12 to 0-7 win over St. Faithleach’s.For a record eighth straight year, Portlaoise are Laois champions, having beaten Arles-Killeen 2-14 to 0-9Navan O’Mahoney’s have secured a 19th Meath football title with a narrow 2-11 to 2-9 win over Donaghmore/AshbourneSt. Gall’s dominance in Antrim continues, with a 1-11 to 0-10 victory over Cargin, sealing their eighth straight title. Slaughtneil have won the Derry football championship, beating Ballinderry 1-8 to 0-9. Kilmallock beat last year’s All Ireland semi finalists Na Piarsaigh 1-15 to 0-14 to claim an 11th Limerick hurling championship. Kilcormac-Killoughey are Offaly hurling champions for the third straight year following their 2-18 to 1-9 win over St. Rynagh’s.In the Wexford Hurling final it finished St. Anne’s 1-10 Shelmaliers 0-13 – a draw.Raharney claimed the Westmeath hurling title with a 2-12 to 1-9 win over Castlepollard at Cusack Park. St. Mullin’s were 0-9 to 0-7 winners over Naomh Eoin to claim the Carlow hurling title. Carrick are Leitrim champions following a 3-20 to 0-7 win over Gortletteragh. Monaghan’s Clontibret have beaten Kilcoo of Down in the Ulster Football championship first round, 1-9 to 0-11 the final score. Ballincollig are Cork football champions for the first time following their 1-13 to 1-10 win over Carberry Rangers at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. For the seventh time, The Nire are Waterford champions following a 0-11 to 0-6 win over Stradbally.
Tipp’s hurlers ‘will require a much better performance’ against their second round qualifier opponents next weekend.They overcame Westmeath yesterday 2-18 to 15 points, with what their manager described as a below-par performance.Tipperary can be drawn against any one of Dublin, Waterford or Kilkenny – the winner of next weekends games face the provincial runners-up in the All-Ireland Quarter finals. Tipp manager Michael Ryan says they’ll need a much better performance against their next opponents.
Femi SolajaThe Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 2017 Lagos Governor’s Cup Tennis competition on Tuesday ruled that fans coming to watch the annual prestigious event will have to pay to get access to daily actions.The new development is a clear departure from the old order which encourages all comers into the arena for the ITF sanctioned tournament at no cost to the fans.At a crowded press conference Tuesdsay, the Tournament Director, Prince Wale Oladunjoye, explained that with many top players from around the world taking part in the tournament, â€œit is fair enough to have people pay to watch them in action.â€Oladunjoye, clarified that tennis enthusiasts need to buy tickets for a minimum of N1,500 for popular seat and a maximum of N5,000 for the VIP seat.“We can’t be watching the best players play without paying to watch them. We have to start the option of making people pay before watching. We must have some level of payment for entertainment. “We must pay for the talents that we want to watch. What we are starting now is not a full tickets fee, we want to start with a segment. We will still invite people and give them tickets, but we have to start somehow.“Some people want to pay but they don’t know how to pay. It doesn’t matter if we end up with a scanty arena but what is certain is that we have to start from somewhere,” he asserted on Tuesday.The organisers of the tennis fiesta said tickets for the $100,000 prize money tournament are available at the rates of N1,500 for regulars and N5,000 for VIPs on the platforms of Ariya Tickets and Naija Tickets Shop.Meanwhile, the President of the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF), Ifedayo Akindoju, has listed the gains of the annual Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship.The NTF President who spoke at the press briefing to herald the commencement of this year’s competition, noted that the tournament is already exposing the Lagos to the world with the caliber and number of players who come into the country every year.He encouraged the journalists on ground to ensure they give the tournament a wide coverage and project the country in a positive light.“These Futures 4 and 5 are the only ones that combine both male and female players in Nigeria having done the 1, 2 and 3 early in the year.“I encourage the media personnel to advertise this sport and let the world know that there is tennis in Nigeria.“Report the tournament to project Nigeria in a very positive light. There are a lot of gains from this tournament.â€œOver 500 players coming here for the tournament means that we are moving the world to Lagos,â€ concludes the new NTF chief.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Morocco’s star player Hakim Ziyech then unleashed two shots which missed the target as the 1976 AFCON champions pushed for the opening goal.The Brave Warriors defence was looking solid and impenetrable which forced the Atlas Lions to shoot from distance.Ajax Amsterdam playmaker Ziyech pulled the trigger from range in the 35th minute and Kazapua was well-positioned to make a save.The score was 0-0 at the interval with Namibia having frustrated Morocco in the first-half.The Brave Warriors continued to frustrate the Atlas Lions attackers, who were unable to seriously test Kazapua in the Namibia goal-posts.Just before the hour-mark, Morocco head coach Herve Renard decided to introduce attacker Sofiane Boufal, who is on the books of English Premier League side Southampton.The skillful winger tried to make an immediate impact when he unleashed a shot from the edge of the Namibia box, but Kazapua produced another great save.Pressure mounted on the Namibia defence and the Moroccans were unfortunate not to score when Ziyech’s deflected shot was brilliantly cleared away by Kazapua in the 71st minute.Renard’s charges never lost hope and their pressure paid off as Itamunua Keimuine scored an own-goal from Ziyechi’s free kick in the 89th minute to seal Morocco’s victory over Namibia.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Atlas Lions of Morocco began their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group D campaign with a 1-0 victory over Namibia at the Al Salam Stadium yesterday afternoon.The Atlas Lions got off to a bright start as they applied some pressure on the Brave Warriors’ defence led by England-based defender Ryan Nyambe.Namibia goalkeeper Llyod Kazapua was called into action 10 minutes into the match and he produced a fine finger-tipping save to keep out Nabil Dirar’s long-range shot.