Tragedy-hit Chapecoense to redevelop stadium

first_imgRio de Janeiro, May 5: Grief-stricken Brazilian football club Chapecoense has received a grant from the Brazilian government to help upgrade its stadium. President Michel Temer on Thursday pledged $5 million in public funds to the project, which previews the redevelopment of the southern and western stands of Are Conda, in the southern Brazilian city of Chapeco.Seventy-one people died, including 19 Chapecoense players and all of their coaching staff, when the LaMia charter plane in which the team was traveling slammed into a hillside near Medellin, Colombia, last November. There were just six survivors, reports Xinhua news agency.“The team no longer belongs just to this city, but to the world,” Chapeco Mayor Luciano Jose told reporters on Thursday. “Starting with the solidarity shown by Colombia, Chapecoense has become dear to all of Brazil and the world.”The stadium refurbishment plans include provision for a new museum, featuring a memorial section paying homage to victims of the air disaster.Officials said the venue’s current capacity of around 23,000 spectators would be maintained. IANSlast_img read more

ICC World Cup Was Rohit Sharma Out or Not Out? – Dodgy DRS call dominates India vs West Indies encounter

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Rohit Sharma has scored most runs for India in 2019 World Cup. Virat Kohli has scored four centuries in last six games against West Indies. West Indies need to win against India to stay in contention for semi-finals. center_img New Delhi : The 34th encounter of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between India and West Indies at Old Trafford in Manchester started off on a dramatic note with Rohit Sharma’s dismissal making all sorts of controversies. Batting first, the Indian team was off to a decent start with both KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma applying themselves beautifully.In the initial overs, the duo was able to score five runs an over to set the pace well.  However, in the sixth over, Rohit Sharma, who seem to be quiet till then, opened his arms and went after West Indies speedster Kemar Roach and smashed him for a six and four and it looked that momentum is with India. However, on the last ball of the over, Kemar bowled a good length delivery and there was a noise as it went past the bat and West Indies reviewed it. The soft signal from the on field umpire was ‘not-out’ and third umpire needed a conclusive evidence to change the decision. The ball was pitched on a hard length and jagged back sharply into the right hander. From a distance, it looked, there was a gap between bat and pad, and the ball must have snaked through that. However, the third umpire Michael Gough said it’s bat which left Indian fans bewildered.Eventually, the onfield umpire had to change his decision and Rohit Sharma, who looked good for his 18 runs had to take a long walk back to the pavilion. As he walked back, he had a little smile on his face and appeared that he doesn’t think there was an inside edge.Seeing the gravity of the dismissal, the broadcasters showed it on big screen a quite some time, and people around the world got an opportunity to see it closely. The highlight on the dismissal clearly showed that there was a slight inside edge and it hit bat and then pad. In the end, it was a right decision by the third umpire. last_img read more

Badgers have 1 last chance to play ‘A’ game

first_imgRAY PFEIFFER/Herald photoThe University of Wisconsin football team picked up a hard-fought, 35-10 win over Bowling Green. In the minutes following the game, head coach Bret Bielema spoke of satisfaction in victory, but also said there was a lot more work to do. He also noted his belief that most teams make the biggest jump from their first game to their second.But that turned out not to be the case with the Badgers this season, as the team went on to turn in an uninspiring blowout over I-AA opponent Western Illinois.This has left Wisconsin with only one more chance to get primed for the Big Ten season before conference play begins, as they welcome San Diego State into Camp Randall Stadium for Saturday’s contest.”It is extremely important, because all the preparation phases are almost over,” said Badgers wide receiver Paul Hubbard. “This is our last game before the Big Ten season. So we need to go out and play a crisp game, hit on all cylinders on offense and defense so that we can make sure that we are ready for the opening Big Ten game in a hostile environment.”However, while the Badgers will have a great deal of focus on cleaning up their own house, they can’t afford to look past San Diego State, who will almost certainly represent the most formidable opponent UW has seen to date on both sides of the ball.”I know this, they have an experienced group of guys coming back on the defensive side,” Bielema said. “Offensively, they lost one of their key players in their starting quarterback, but [Darren] Mougey came in and did some things to ignite that offense. I think he kind of brought a little spark and brought them back in that UTEP game.”Indeed, Mougey did spark a turnaround for the Aztecs, as he engineered three straight scoring drives late in the game, after coming in for injured starter Kevin O’Connell, who is expected to miss several weeks after undergoing surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right thumb. Mougey finished the game 12-for-16 for 178 yards and two rushing touchdowns and appears undaunted by the task of having sole control of the huddle now as the lead signal-caller for SDSU.”I’m really excited for the opportunity,” Mougey said. “I’ve been here for a couple years now and gotten some playing experience, but this is my first real test. I’m excited for my first test to be a big test, against the best in Wisconsin. I’m excited to prove to my teammates, myself and this community that I can play at this level.”Bielema doesn’t foresee any drop-off in the quality of quarterback play from O’Connell to Mougey.”The guys from San Diego State, both quarterbacks combine for [an] almost 80-percent completion percentage,” said the first-year head coach. “And both of them had good numbers while they were in there.”Mougey, a mobile, dual-threat quarterback, will also have had two weeks of practice to get comfortable in the starting role and also to prepare for Wisconsin. This has to be something of a worry to Bielema, considering their offense probably was dynamic enough without double the preparation time.”What I expect Saturday is they’re coming in with the idea and the philosophy that they’re going to be able to be probably very fast,” Bielema said. “I like the team speed that they show. Their two wide receivers have done good things. I like their running backs. It’ll be interesting to see how the game unfolds, and only Saturday will tell that.”While the Badgers are heading into the game with their minds set on improving and taking the next step forward in their evolution into a conference contender, the Aztecs are looking to send a message throughout the world of college football that SDSU is for real, with an upset victory on the road.”We’re excited to play,” said Aztec head coach Chuck Long, who coached with Bielema at the University of Iowa from 1995-99. “This is the type of game that puts you on the map as a program not only for your own confidence, but also for recruiting. It gives you that national exposure that every football coach covets.”In order to get that coveted upset victory, the Aztecs will first have to figure out how to slow down UW tailback P.J. Hill, who has been impressive in his first two career starts, rushing for over 100 yards both games and breaking into the end zone four times.”He reminds me a lot of (former Badger running back) Ron Dayne,” Long said. “He’s very strong and compact, and he runs hard. We have to do a good job of gang-tackling (him). That’s going to be a big focus for us.”They do have some guys up front that are 320-pounds-plus, and we know that they want to smash that football in there a number of times,” said Long of a UW offensive line boasting five Badgers that weigh in at 314 pounds or more. “We have to make sure that we are very sound in our gaps defensively, because that’s where they’ll take advantage.”The Aztecs do realize that playing in Camp Randall can be quite harrowing for opponents and are mentally preparing for the hostile environment.”I think the biggest thing is not getting overwhelmed by the environment,” said Aztec wide receiver Chaz Schilens. “It’s easy to go into a place and have more butterflies than you would in a regular game. We have to block out the crowd and realize it’s just a football game, and when the crowd does get into it, we have to thrive on that.”Wisconsin, on the other hand, just wants to see its young team continue to grow. The team believes that if it takes the next step versus San Diego State, everything will finally fall into place. “I’ve said that I believe that teams make the most improvement between Week 1 and Week 2,” Bielema said. “That hasn’t happened with us, so we’ll just have to see if we can do that [this] weekend.”last_img read more

Aintree Festival gets underway

first_imgAfter his Gold Cup fall, Cue Card guns for victory in the Betway Bowl – one of four Grade Ones on the opening day of the Grand National Festival at Aintree.The Manifesto Novices’ Chase gets the day’s action underway there at 1.45.There’s a big field for the Foxhunters which will be run over the National fences.Here at home, Limerick hosts a seven-race card where the first is off at 2. Stock photo of horse racing | Photo © Pixabaylast_img

Red Cross Creates ‘Missing Types Campaign’ to Encourage Donations

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIn order to encourage more people to give blood, the American Red Cross is joining an international movement to launch the ‘Missing Types Campaign.’During the campaign, the letters A, B, and O the main blood groups are disappearing from brand logos, social media pages, signs and websites to draw attention to new and current blood donors.According to the Red Cross only 3 percent of the U.S. population donates each year. You can join the ‘Missing Type Movement’ by encouraging the donors to give before the letters A, B and O are missing from hospital shelves.There will be upcoming blood donation opportunities in Northeast Michigan beginning this week until July 3rd. Listing of local drives includes:Hillman High School: Tuesday, June 19th from 11 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.Lincoln Senior Center: Wednesday, June 20th from noon until 5:45 p.m.Posen: St. Casmir School: Thursday, June 21st from noon until 5:45 p.m.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Cruising through Mackinac for the Annual Lilac FestivalNext Celebrating Those Who Love to Learnlast_img read more