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first_img “After the Heineken Cup final I forgot about rugby for a while. I took a break, came back for pre-season and knuckled down. I’m excited and looking forward to getting out there against Scotland. I was very surprised to be selected, I had butterflies in my stomach, but then I calmed down. “I’m really glad I’ve got my chance now. This will be the biggest game I’ve played in.” Jackson will perform the kicking duties against Scotland, even though South African Ruan Pienaar fills the role for Ulster. “I kicked for Ulster at the start of the season and felt as though it was a matter of keeping Ruan at bay for as long as possible,” Jackson said. “He’s one of the best kickers in the world and has 10 or 15 metres on me. I sat down with (Ulster coach) Mark Anscombe and he said he wanted Ruan to kick. There’s not much you can do about that, but I’ve still been training most days.” Jonathan Sexton’s hamstring injury has given Jackson the chance to prove he belongs in the Test arena and ambition prevents him from being satisfied by performing a supporting role. “We’re all competitive rugby players and everyone wants the starting jersey,” he added. “I know I’m young and coming through, but eventually that’s where I want to get to,” he said. Paddy Jackson insists his chastening Heineken Cup final experience last year has prepared him for his Ireland debut in Sunday’s RBS 6 Nations clash with Scotland. Uncapped Jackson has been selected ahead of Ronan O’Gara for the pivotal clash at Murrayfield. It was a major call for coach Declan Kidney, not least as the 21-year-old rookie failed to cover himself in glory during his biggest match to date, the 42-14 defeat by Leinster in the 2012 Heineken Cup final at Twickenham. Having already experienced the roller-coaster of emotions in his blossoming career, Jackson insists he is ready for what awaits in Edinburgh. “I’ve come a long way since the Heineken Cup final. I’ll be more used to dealing with nerves and don’t think I’ll be as nervous,” he said. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgPAKISTAN 1st innings 133 (C. de Grandhomme 6-41)New Zealand 1st innings 200 (J. Raval 55; R. Ali 4-62)Pakistan 2nd innings (Overnight: 129-7)S. Aslam c Watling b de Grandhomme 7Az. Ali b Boult 31B. Azam c Watling b Wagner 29Y. Khan c Watling b Wagner 1Misbah-ul-Haq c Boult b Southee 13A. Shafiq c Raval b Wagner 17S. Ahmed b Boult 2M. Amir c Astle b Boult 6So. Khan c de Grandhomme b Southee 40Y. Shah not out 6R. Ali c Latham b Southee 2Extras (b-5 lb-7 w-5) 17Total (all out, 78.4 overs) 171Fall of wickets: 1-21 S. Aslam,2-58 B. Azam,3-64 Y. Khan,4-93 Misbah-ul-Haq,5-93 Az. Ali,6-95 S. Ahmed,7-105 M. Amir,8-158 So. Khan,9-166 A. Shafiq,10-171 R. AliBowling: T. Boult 17 – 5 – 37 – 3(w-1),T. Southee 23.4 – 10 – 53 – 3,C. de Grandhomme 14 – 4 – 23 – 1, N. Wagner 20 – 6 – 34 – 3,T. Astle 4 – 0 – 12 – 0.NEW ZEALAND 2nd innings (Target: 105 runs)T. Latham c Shafiq b Amir 9J. Raval not out 36K. Williamson c Shafiq b Az. Ali 61H. Nicholls not out 0Extras (nb-2) 2Total (for 2 wickets, 31.3 overs) 108Fall of wickets: 1-19 T. Latham,2-104 K. WilliamsonDid not bat: R. Taylor, C. de Grandhomme, B. Watling, T. Southee, T. Astle, N. Wagner, T. BoultBowling: M. Amir 7 – 2 – 12 – 1(nb-2),So. Khan 6 – 1 – 21 – 0, R. Ali 6 – 0 – 24 – 0,Y. Shah 9.3 – 1 – 45 – 0, Az. Ali 3 – 1 – 6 – 1. NEW Zealand captain Kane Williamson lauded the performance of his team after the Black Caps crushed Pakistan in the opening Test to end a five-match winless run.Williamson led from the front as New Zealand defeated Pakistan by eight-wickets in Christchurch on Sunday.Set 105 for victory at Hagley Oval on day four, Williamson scored 61 and debutant Jeet Raval finished 36 not out to see the Kiwis to a comprehensive win against the visitors.The result ended New Zealand’s Test drought, having drawn to South Africa in August before losing the second match against the Proteas, while they were swept 3-0 by India in September.“Naturally it’s tough coming off a few losses but it’s good to be home and the boys stepped it up and put some of those feelings of defeat behind us to play a very good test match,” Williamson said in an interview post-match.“The first innings it did a bit for both teams and there were two low scores.“But we knew that second innings would be really important against a strong side like Pakistan who tour very well.“It was a very good performance.”Pakistan resumed at 129-7 – a lead of 62 runs in their second innings – before they were bowled out for 171.Tim Southee (3-53) claimed two wickets on Sunday, despite the best efforts of Sohail Khan (40) and Asad Shafiq (17), who combined for a 53-run partnership.“As a professional, as the number two test team in the world we should be better than that,” said Azhar Ali as the series moves to Hamilton for the second and final Test, starting Friday.“We should have put in a better batting show, especially the first innings. It was quite helpful for the bowlers but I think we could have scored more runs which would have helped because on that kind of track you’re always in the game.”(Omnisport.com)last_img read more

first_imgThe Latest: MotoGP to resume with 2 races in Spain in July Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___MotoGP says it will resume next month with two races in Spain following a suspension caused by the coronavirus pandemic. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press center_img The competition organizers say they have confirmed 13 races. They are all at European locations.They say four more races in the United States, Argentina, Thailand and Malaysia could be added to the calendar depending on health and travel restrictions. That decision on the additional races will be made before July 31.The track in Jérez, Spain, will host the first two races on July 19 and 26 before the competition heads to the Czech Republic for the third race.The season is expected to finish before Dec. 13.___ June 11, 2020last_img read more

first_imgDukku Warriors edged Abubakar Malami FC in the championship match of the seventh edition of Dr. Mohammed Sanusi State Super League Finals staged at the Dukku Barracks football ground on Friday.Football stakeholders from far and near gathered in Birnin Kebbi for the finals of the annual competition which also guarantees the two finalists slots in the Division Three of the Nigerian Nationwide League One as representatives of Kebbi State.It was also an opportunity for leading political and business figures in Kebbi State, including Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, to congratulate seasoned administrator, Dr. Sanusi on his renewed mandate (fresh, five-year contract) as General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation. Also at the occasion were Chairman of the Kebbi State Football Association, Alhaji Abubakar Chika Ladan (a former Member of the NFF Executive Committee), Hon. Bello Yakubu Rilisco (Member of the House of Representatives), Dr. Haliru Bala Jikan Daudu (Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission), Alh. Usman Umar Ladan (Ag. Permanent Secretary, Kebbi State Ministry of Sports), as well as government officials from Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara states.The Kebbi State Beach Soccer Association, led by its Chairman, Alh. Mahmud Hadejia presented jersey and gifts to Dr. Sanusi in recognition of his achievements as General Secretary of the NFF in the past five years.Speaking at the occasion, the NFF General Secretary expressed delight that the competition which began six years ago has continued to grow in essence and stature, and achieving one of its main objectives which is to keep the youth off the streets and away from all kinds of social vices.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_img Tags: girls basketballMarcellus Durand cooled off a bit after her first-quarter tear, but still had 24 points. The help arrived as Katie MacLachlan and Emma MacLachlan both earned 10 points, with Hannah Rogalia and Sam Wynne getting nine points apiece.Lawson had to work hard for her 22 points, Marcellus able to contain her for long stretches with double and triple teams.And now the Mustangs would go to CBA, who had its own high-scoring forward in Brooke Jarvis, but was surrounded by a capable supporting cast that had the potential to produce plenty of 3-pointers.Sure enough, it was outside shooting that helped cause the end of the win streak, Marcellus falling 64-49 as it got run over in the first quarters, CBA bursting out to a 41-24 advantage.Durand, with 14 points, and Katie MacLachlan, with 13 points, kept it within range as Sarah Fallon had nine points, Shannon Kellar seven points and Emma Maclachlan six points.Yet the Brothers kept answering every Marcellus surge, with Brooke Jarvis pouring in 26 points and Leana Hetimann finishing with 21 points.The showdown with Oneida looms for the Mustangs on Saturday after trips to Altmar-Parish-Williamstown and Jordan-Elbridge.Up in Class AA, the big focal point for West Genesee, was last Friday’s trip to 14-1 Baldwinsville, where the Wildcats looked to avenge a 52-40 defeat to the Bees in early December.But B’ville prevailed again, 54-37, this time making the decisive move in the second quarter when it outscored WG 16-7. Catie Cunningham still had 21 points, but the rest of the Wildcats were held to just five total field goals.Before that, WG had handled Corcoran 64-41 last Tuesday as Cunningham put in 17 points, while Emma Garvey stepped up for 13 points. Erin Dipaola got eight points as Molly Cooyne earned seven points, Mollie James and Molly Benetti getting six points apiece.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story A lot of special things are happening for the Marcellus girls basketball team, from a long win streak to a no. 13 state Class B ranking and an Onondaga High School League Liberty National division regular-season title already locked up.Even without the services of Mei LaMarre for a month, the Mustangs have swept through all of its opposition, running its win streak to 10 games last Tuesday night by defeating the Cazenovia Lakers 68-46.Marcellus was heading into a challenging regular-season homestretch, with games still ahead against Christian Brothers and Oneida, but it could not overlook a Cazenovia side that was 10-3, second in the OHSL Liberty National standings and led by Harvard-bound senior forward Lindsey Lawson.center_img But after the Lakers scored the game’s first five points, Marcellus junior Hannah Durand took over.In a span of less than two minutes, Durand connected on three consecutive 3-pointers and then hit back-to-back layups, amassing 14 consecutive points to push the Mustangs ahead for good.Cazenovia didn’t immediately go away, cutting a double-digit Marcellus lead to four in the second quarter and staying within sight until the fourth quarter, when the Mustangs’ relentless pressure on both ends, along with its scoring depth, allowed it to get away.last_img read more

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Strange and different. In the minds of Quentin Hillsman and Erica Morrow, that’s what Syracuse women’s basketball feels like without Nicole Michael in an Orange uniform. When Hillsman took over the SU program four years ago, Michael was one of his first recruits. She had an immediate influence in her first season with the Orange, setting school records and leading the team in scoring and rebounding.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text For Morrow, now a senior guard, Michael played a major role in her decision to come to Syracuse. The two had played AAU ball together since Morrow was in eighth grade. She described their relationship as big sister to little sister. But this year, there will be no big sister for Morrow at SU. Michael now plays halfway across the world for Gran Canaria in Spain, where she ranks second in the Liga Femenina de Baloncesto with 17.3 points per game. When the former SU forward graduated last year, she left as the program’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, creating a major void in Syracuse’s lineup. This season, Hillsman, Morrow and the rest of the Orange will have to learn how to play without Michael’s presence on the floor. SU takes on Northeastern in its first game since Michael’s departure at 9:30 p.m. Friday in the Carrier Dome. ‘It’s strange,’ Morrow said. ‘I’ve been playing with Slinky (Michael) since I was in eighth grade. … It’s a little strange definitely when I know that’s my go-to person at the end of every game. If it wasn’t me, it was Nicole. I had all the confidence in her.’ Hillsman feels the Orange has the talent to fill that hole created by Michael’s departure. He said in October there are seven players that could start in any given game for the Orange this year. Seniors Morrow and Tasha Harris return as starters. Tyler Ash, Kayla Alexander, Carmen Tyson-Thomas and Elashier Hall will look to improve upon their performances from a year ago. Iasia Hemingway joins the Orange after transferring from Georgia Tech. Hillsman also added that he prefers to rotate 10 players into a game and felt he had the depth to do so. It may be all 10 of those players that have to fill in that gap left by the departed Michael. ‘She has big shoes to fill, very big shoes, size nine,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘… I think we’re going to come together as a team. Slinky (Michael) led us a lot last year. We were on her back for the most part. But I think we are looking to fill those size nines very quickly.’ In addition to depth, Hillsman also said the Orange will need a slight change in scheme to adjust to playing without Michael. When she played, he tried to keep her out on the perimeter. She shot 32.6 percent from beyond the arc throughout her career, ranking her eighth on SU’s all-time list. But now, Hillsman wants that small forward position to slide in a few steps in SU’s sets. He said the players this year will become more effective shooting from the free throw line area or working the baseline. Instead of raining 3-pointers from the outside, Hillsman hopes the Michael-less Orange will be able to score more in the paint. ‘Hopefully, we have enough inside where we can step in and make some more baskets at the rim,’ Hillsman said, ‘and take up her slack with some rebounding from our perimeter guards.’ Even with the talent on this year’s team and the scheme adjustment to make up for Michael’s absence, it is still a major loss for the program. Last year, the forward led the Orange with 14.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. She led SU in scoring 14 times and led the team in rebounding 15 times. Her averages were slightly higher in rugged Big East play, with conference standings on the line. As a freshman, she became the only player in Syracuse history to score more than 500 points in a season and then did it again her senior year. Replacing the program’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder will not be easy, and Hillsman acknowledged that. But he is optimistic the talent on this year’s team can step up and fill in for one of SU’s all-time greats. ‘It’s a humongous loss,’ Hillsman said. ‘She’s been around since I’ve been here so we’ve been together and just not having her face here is different. But we have plenty of capable players to come in and take up the slack.’ zjbrown@syr.educenter_img Published on November 10, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

first_imgThe bad news is the University of Wisconsin football team lost to an unremarkable team, Brigham Young University, last week.The good news in college football is that redemption is rarely more than a week away.In the first Big Ten match-up of the season, the Badgers are traveling over to Kinnick Stadium to face the Iowa Hawkeyes, in what will be their toughest challenge to date.In the Hawkeyes’ first three contests they’ve remained undefeated, which isn’t a given (see: University of Wisconsin), including a win against Iowa State, who despite their 0-2 record could turn out to be a decent victory as their two losses are close ones against the Hawkeyes and No. 5 Oklahoma.The Badgers head into Kinnick a bit banged up, and with outside linebacker and hair icon Andrew Van Ginkel questionable for Saturday’s evening contest, they’ll need to fill his defensive intensity to prevent a repeat of last week.Wisconsin’s motivation for this game is obvious, as they seek to bounce back from the worst game in a few years, but it’s also personal for Iowa.Last season Iowa paid Camp Randall a visit, and surely wished they had just stayed home. The Badgers blew out the Hawkeyes to the tune of 38-14, and more importantly completely stymied Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley in the passing game. Stanley left Madison having only compiled an unimpressive 41 yards on 24 attempts and eight completions — what amounted to the worst showing of his career. Though to be fair to Stanley, he showed resilience by returning the next week to upset Ohio State with a 5 touchdown–0 interception performance.Stanley will likely gain additional motivation from his roots, which lie in Menomonie, Wisconsin. His teammate and leading rusher Toren Young may have an even greater claim, as he’s a Madison transplant. Young never received a scholarship offer from UW.Expect Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor to have a resurgent performance as well. He only rushed for 117 yards last week, which for Taylor is far below the high standard the Heisman hopeful has set for himself.Iowa fans will be rabid Saturday and will afford the Badgers their first opportunity to play the villain, which should energize them after such a lousy week.last_img read more

first_imgFlykite Productions, organisers of GOtv Boxing Night, have reached an agreement with commercial bus operators to move fans from the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, at the end of the 17th edition of the event (GOtv Boxing Night 17), which holds on Friday.According to the organisers, the transportation arrangement has been made to make it easy for fans to return to their various homes when the show ends at night. The agreement with transporters will see them make their buses available outside the venue to move fans from there right up to Ojota. Fans who use the buses are expected to pay the fares.A spokesman of the organisation explained that the event, which will feature eight fights, including a World Boxing Federation (Intercontinental) super featherweight title fight and musical performances by Burna Boy, Wande Coal, Teni da Entertainer and Daddy Showkey, is a cross between boxing and party. “This event is conceived to provide maximum festive season entertainment. We have made arrangements with bus operators to provide vehicles to move fans from the venue after the show. This is to ensure that fans do not endure difficulty on their journey back home. We have also made arrangements with LASTMA to ensure smooth traffic flow. Security in and around the venue will be top-notch,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgCounter Logic Gaming (CLG), has announced a new partnership with the high-speed internet provider, Spectrum.As part of the deal, Spectrum will outfit the CLG performance centre with dedicated Fiber Optic Internet service and will become a presenting partner of the centre’s newly renamed, Spectrum Gaming Lounge.Nick Allen, COO of CLG spoke about the deal: “We’re extremely proud to partner with Spectrum and to usher them into the esports industry, esports exists because of the internet and it only makes sense that we work with an industry leader such as Spectrum. Every millisecond matters in esports and we wanted to provide our players with the best possible training environment.”As part of the deal, Spectrum will also feature across CLG social media channels and live streams, though the internet provider will not feature on the teams’ jersey.Adam Hobbs, Director of Marketing of CLG had this to say: “The internet is central to everything we do here at CLG and Spectrum allows our entire staff and players here at the CLG Performance Center to work efficiently and without interruption, when you have multiple teams practicing and playing here and a sizable staff running CLG’s operations, you don’t want bandwidth to ever be an issue.”Spectrum joins a host of CLG partners including, Twitch, OMEN by HP, Corsair, Squarespace, Legendary Builds and Flexfit.Esports Insider says: The internet is the lifeblood of esports, so partnering with an internet provider is a no-brainer for a brand like CLG. Plus clinching the naming rights to the CLG performance centre is a smart bit of business by Spectrum, much akin to a football team selling their stadium naming rights.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more

first_imgJordan Ayew is set to have a third manager at Aston Villa this season as French manager Remi Garde has left his position at the club by mutual consent.The Frenchman has struggled since taking over from Tim Sherwood in November and leaves the Midlands club rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table with 16 points.Villa are nine points from safety and Eric Black will take over as acting manager until someone permanent comes in.The club’s official website released a statement saying: “Manager, Rémi Garde, has today left Aston Villa Football Club by mutual consent.”The Club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Rémi for all his efforts during a difficult period and wish him well in the future.” – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more