Lady Chargers Take Volleyball Battle Against Lady Wildcats

first_imgNorth Decatur High School Girls Varsity Volleyball beat Franklin County High School 3-0. 25-18, 25-21, 25-17ND Scoring: Olivia Bohman 6 aces, 4 kills and 9 digs; Kara Muckerheide 28 assists & Sami Luttel 5 assists; Erika Kramer 15 kills; Madelyn Bohman 6 kills & 5 digs; Anna Burkhart 6 digs.ND JV won in 2 : 25-19 25-11. Sami Luttel 4 aces & 10 assists; Brittany Krieger 16 digs; Abby Hartman 4 kills.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Ashley Gauck.  Last night we were unable to capture another win. We lost in 3 very close sets to North Decatur.Kelsey Vail had 2 ace serves and 3 digs. Makyah Richardson had 3 kills, 2 digs and 8 blocks. Mercedez Waddell had 1 block. Rachel Bischoff had 1 ace serve, 1 kill, 3 blocks and 3 digs. Audrey Reister had 1 kill, 3 digs and 4 assists. Kelly Layton had 3 assists and 1 dig. Jalynn Rogers had 9 digs. Charlotte Barrett had 1 assist, 1 kill, 1 block and 1 dig. Rae Ertel had 1 kill. Anna Sacksteder had 1 kill, 2 blocks and 1 dig.We travel to the Madison Invite Saturday and face Madison at 9am. We Are FC!!!Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Jill Mergenthal.last_img read more

Ghana’s 1978 AFCON winner Opoku is dead

first_imgRelatedPosts CAF Champions League: Kano Pillars rally from behind to beat Asante Kotoko CAF Champions League: Gov. Ganduje urges Kano Pillars fans to be of good discipline CAF CL: Asante Kotoko to face Kano Pillars  Ghana legend and former Asante Kotoko star Opoku Afriyie has passed away, Goal is reporting. The 1978 Africa Cup of Nations winner died in Kumasi on Sunday, aged 75. Goal cannot yet confirm the cause of his death. “We can confirm that Opoku Afriyie has passed on. This is unfortunate news to the Porcupine family,” Asante Kotoko Public Relations Officer Kennedy Boakye Ansah told Goal on Sunday. Afriyie grabbed the headlines in 1978 by scoring twice to help the Black Stars account for Uganda in the Afcon final. He also featured at the 1980 tournament. At club level, the former forward also played for Hearts of Oak, but he is more remembered for his fine stint with Kotoko. He was the top scorer in the Ghana domestic football league in 1979 and 1981. After hanging up his boots, Opoku took up roles as team manager and welfare officer of the Black Stars. He was also named team manager of Kotoko in 2003.Tags: AFCON 1978Asante KotokoGoal.comOpoku Afriyielast_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

CCSU looks to end streak vs Bryant

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBryant (12-13, 4-8) vs. Central Connecticut (2-24, 1-12)William H. Detrick Gymnasium, New Britain, Connecticut; Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Bryant looks to extend Central Connecticut’s conference losing streak to five games. Central Connecticut’s last NEC win came against the Wagner Seahawks 86-76 on Jan. 25. Bryant fell 74-65 at Sacred Heart in its last outing. February 14, 2020 CCSU looks to end streak vs Bryant Associated Press center_img ARE YOU EXPERIENCED: Bryant has depended on senior leadership this year while Central Connecticut has been fueled heavily by freshmen. For the Bulldogs, seniors Adam Grant, Ikenna Ndugba and Patrick Harding have scored 41 percent of the team’s points this season. On the other bench, freshmen Jamir Reed, Jamir Coleman, Greg Outlaw and Myles Baker have combined to account for 51 percent of Central Connecticut’s scoring this season.ACCURATE ADAM: Grant has connected on 35.4 percent of the 223 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 36 over his last five games. He’s also made 70.6 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Central Connecticut is 0-24 this year when it scores 78 points or fewer and 2-0 when it scores at least 79.COLD SPELL: Bryant has lost its last six road games, scoring 66 points, while allowing 76 per game.DID YOU KNOW: Bryant as a team has made 8.8 3-pointers per game this season, which is second-most among NEC teams.___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Dikko Opens CAF ‘A’ Licence Course in Abuja

first_img“Nigeria football is looking to collaborate with La Liga to develop our game, through exchange of ideas and other things.”Dikko represented NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, at the event.Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Christopher Green, charged Nigeria coaches to establish track record through starting from the lower league and rising to the top.“Henceforth, we would take seriously the issue of track record. This is why the NFF is delighted with this course.“We have seen a lot of improvements in our League in recent years. That makes us very happy, but we are determined to continue to enhance the capacity of our coaches in the interest of the Nigeria game,” concludes the barrister at law.Also present at the opening ceremony were NFF Executive Committee member, Alh. Yusuf Ahmed Fresh, NFF Deputy General Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme, National Technical Director Shaibu Amodu and former NFF Technical Director, Kashimawo Laloko (who is a resource person).There were also members of the NFF Technical Committee, including former Nigeria captains Christian Chukwu, Garba Lawal, Mutiu Adepoju and Victor Ikpeba and Chairman of Nasarawa FC, Isaac Danladi.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Football Federation wednesday declared open the first-ever CAF A –Licence coaching course in Nigeria at the FIFA Technical Centre, Abuja.NFF 2nd Vice President who is also Chairman of the League Management Company, Shehu Dikko, said: “We are very happy that our country is holding this elite coaching course at last. The most recent performances of the Super Eagles may not be heartwarming, but just as Germany did when they were also at a very low ebb several years ago, we have decided to retreat, look earnestly inward and prepare hard to rise again.“We are starting with capacity enhancement of our coaches, through this elite program, believing that this will definitely help the development of our game.”Dikko disclosed that as a result of the improvements being witnessed in the Nigeria Professional Football League, the leadership of Spanish top flight, La Liga, would be visiting Nigeria shortly.last_img read more

NIU up next for Badgers

first_imgCatcher Maggie Strange tags out a runner in the Badgers\’ win over South Dakota State. UW hosts NIU today for a doubleheader.[/media-credit]Stepping away from conference play for a bit, the University of Wisconsin softball team continues its home stand Tuesday against Northern Illinois today at Goodman Diamond.The Badgers are coming off a two-game series that resulted in a split with Purdue and their only Big Ten win in 10 tries.Wisconsin (11-25) will face a weaker team in Northern Illinois (18-24) than they would against a conference opponent, and Wisconsin has fared better in nonconference play with a 10-16 record as opposed to 1-9 in the Big Ten.Additionally, despite the Huskies holding a better overall record than the Badgers, UW has a better record against common opponents at 5-3, while Northern Illinois is 4-5.If there is one thing the Badgers need to work on this series, it is their hitting at the bottom of the order. Whether players need to be moved around in the order or different players need to be introduced remains to be seen until Tuesday, as head coach Chandelle Schulte was not available for comment over the weekend or Monday.What the players know is they need to stay positive and continue encouraging each other.“I think you just got to keep pumping each other up,” senior Katie Soderberg said. “Somebody’s up before you, you got to tell them to be aggressive and if they’re hacking away, then you’re going to feed off of that, and you’re going to hack away, and we’ve just got to keep rolling.”Aside from the two games against South Dakota State, in which the number 5-9 hitters combined for 11 hits, that same part of the order has only managed 13 hits between five people in six games at home against quality opponents.Even with the South Dakota State games included, that’s only 0.6 hits per player per game in the first eight games of this Badger home stand. Their lack of hitting included a penchant for strikeouts, as the bottom of the order has 22 in the same time span compared to only nine walks.Two players who exemplify this trend are freshman Kendall Grimm, who has gone 5-for-22, and sophomore Karla Powell, who has hit 2-of-20 in the last eight games. With Powell moving off first base and switching places with offensive leader and former designated hitter Molly Spence, her position at DH may be in jeopardy.“We’ve just got to make sure they each know what their specific goal is,” senior ace Letty Olivarez said of struggling set of hitters. “I feel like they were thinking a little bit too much. They’re just going to have to fix that in practice.”The top of the order has been strong, though, with Whitney Massey and Molly Spence hitting the ball particularly well. Jen Krueger is still struggling compared to last season, but most of the runs and RBIs have been scored or knocked in by the first four hitters.Fatigue may be a factor, as the Badgers have played eight games in ten days. Soderberg mentioned a lack of intensity in their loss to Purdue on Sunday.“I just felt like we were quiet in the first inning,” Soderberg said. “I felt like we had to find the energy from somewhere, and it was really hard.”Catcher Maggie Strange felt the same way.“Obviously we came out on top [Saturday], we came out on fire,” Strange said following Sunday’s loss. “Today we just couldn’t get that fire lit.”Olivarez has been the workhorse for Wisconsin all season, logging 157 innings — the next closest Badger has 41 — and she was pulled in the fourth inning, though she claimed it had more to do with the Purdue hitters and a tighter strike zone than her arm and fatigue. One way to combat both hitters and fatigue is to put batters away early, and Olivarez is focused on doing just that.“I’ve got to just make sure I get ahead,” Olivarez said. “If you don’t get ahead on the batters, it’s not really the easiest to come out with a groundout or something like that. Once I get behind, they’re expecting my pitch and by that time, they usually can foul me off.”last_img read more

Ella Saada and Polina Shemanova power Syracuse 3-1 over Notre Dame

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 2, 2019 at 12:09 am Contact Alex: athamer@syr.edu | @alexhamer8 Midway through the fourth set, Ella Saada rose up for an attack on the Syracuse left side. She made a perfect connection with the ball, freezing a Notre Dame defender. The ball ricocheted off her for an SU point. While the Fighting Irish blockers threw their hands up in frustration, Saada simply walked away with a wry smile as she embraced her teammates. The kill sparked a dominant sequence for Saada, whose four kills in the next six points helped double SU’s lead from four to eight. An ace for Saada to end the sequence gave the Orange a match point, as the outside hitter from Israel also tied her career-high with 21 kills — more than she had recorded in the previous three matches (19) combined.  “(Saada’s) a confidence player,” SU assistant coach Derryk Williams said. “She hit a ball in the fourth set, if you look at all of us on the bench we were like, ‘Holy smokes, where is that coming from.’ So, I think with her it’s a big confidence thing and she really showed up today.” Saada, along with Polina Shemanova’s 22 kills and three aces, propelled Syracuse (7-11, 4-7 Atlantic Coast) to a 3-1 win over Notre Dame (15-6, 8-3). Despite this disparity in the standings entering the match, SU head coach Leonid Yelin felt Syracuse has been the better team throughout the season, noting that the Orange might’ve even won by more had more players stepped up outside of Saada and Shemanova. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“With all my respect to Notre Dame, I don’t think they are a very strong team,” Yelin said. “We are kind of a little down this year, but when you look at the numbers, but again with respect to all of our players, everyone did what they could to win, but I feel that we have very few players could help us to score little bit more points.”Yelin said the Fighting Irish’s discipline in their system limited their mistakes in the first set, forcing the Orange into uncharacteristic mistakes. Notre Dame was able to get two, if not three blockers, in the way of every SU attack, causing Saada and Shemanova to fire balls far beyond the backline and out-of-bounds. At one point, middle blocker Dana Gardner had a rare attacking opportunity, but fired her strike right at three Notre Dame blockers. Yelin quickly subbed Gardner out, but not before letting her know what he thought of her decision.Conversely, SU left gaping holes in its defense. Right after an SU timeout, neither Aliah Bowllan nor Saada moved to return a Notre Dame serve, with the pair dropping to their knees in a futile attempt to dig the ball out and make up for their miscommunication as the Fighting Irish recorded their fifth ace of the set.Williams said SU switched formations from a 6-2 to a 5-1, opting to move a fifth player into the frontline to help shut down Notre Dame’s outside hitters. Syracuse made offensive adjustments too, moving Saada and Shemanova around more into the middle from their normal positions on outside, which the Fighting Irish failed to deal with, Williams said. Playing with more free roles helped Shemanova and Saada cut down on their errors, instead opting to fire powerful attacks directly at UND blockers. Whether it was quick cross-court strikes, or kills right down the throat of the Notre Dame defense, Saada and Shemanova simply overpowered the Fighting Irish. Balls constantly flew wildly off of Notre Dame hands, not allowing the Fighting Irish any chance of digging the ball out as they had in the first set. “Today in transitions we had more free balls,” Shemanova said. “And that’s why Ella (Saada) could run and that’s why it worked.” Saada’s posted a .600 hitting percentage in the set, Williams said. She said she spent extra time in practice this week working on her chemistry with setter Elena Karakasi, who recorded a career-high 43 assists. Though Saada and Shemanova were SU’s standout players on the night, Williams also praised the contributions of rarely-utilized libero Berkley Hayes. Williams said Hayes was a key part of a Syracuse service game that improved quickly after the first set and was pivotal in the victory.  “I think she had two or three aces, and they were out of system almost every time she served the ball,” Williams said. “So you know for a freshman to come in and take care of that was impressive today.”Despite their turnaround in the second and third sets, the Orange won both sets by just two points. However, the signs of improvement displayed in those sets served as a preview for that domination that would follow in the fourth set. SU strolled to a 25-19 victory in the set, with Saada and Shemanova recording all 12 of the Orange’s kills in the set. As Syracuse players walked off the court and towards the conference room where post-match meetings are usually held, Hayes was surprised to hear Yelin had decided a meeting was not necessary. “We already said on the court, ‘Great job, see you in practice tomorrow,’” Williams said. “We would say the same thing we said out there: We won, and then we can talk about how we can get better tomorrow.” Commentslast_img read more

BHA begins Cheltenham investigation after deaths of six horses

first_img Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Related Articles The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is to launch a review after six horses died at last weeks Cheltenham Festival.During the first day (Tuesday 13 March) of the four-day event, Mossback and Report to Base died, while Sandsend broke a leg in the County Hurdle in a race to the finish on the final day (Friday 16 March).Also on that final day Some Plan, Dresden and North Hill Harvey all died of injuries sustained in the Grand Annual Chase.Jamie Stier, Chief Regulatory Officer for the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), said at the conclusion of the festival: “I must first express my sympathy towards to all those who will have loved and cared for the horses who suffered fatal injuries this week. Everyone who follows this sport does so because we love these fine animals and it is extremely sad when we lose any horse.“The BHA will be reviewing the circumstances leading to the fatalities at the Cheltenham Festival. We will examine the evidence from the past week over the next few days before deciding how we will pursue the review.“We continue to use research, safety measures, regulation and education to reduce fatality rates to as close to zero as possible. This is what has contributed to the overall fatality rate within British racing reducing by a third in the last 20 years, and the fatality rate in Jump racing reducing to below 0.4% of runners.“We will also be examining whether the existing penalties for misuse of the whip, and how they apply, constitute an adequate deterrent to jockeys.” Sharelast_img read more

#Donkomi: Dani Ceballos joins Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid

first_imgThe Gunners have completed the season-long loan deal of Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid.The 22-year-old joins Arsenal for the 2019-2020 season and joins Gabriel Martinelli as the clubs second summer signing.The Spanish international has been on the tabs of Unai Emery as he sees him as a replacement for the departed Aaron Ramsey.The involvement of the Unai proved a turning point as the U-21 European champion picked Arsenal ahead of Tottenham Hotspurs.After completing the loan move, the midfielder spoke the Arsenal Media and this what he had to say:“I knew I had the confidence of the coach, which was very important for me from the start,” he told the club’s website.“I was aware of the responsibility that wearing this shirt entails and it was a tremendously proud moment when I decided to join Arsenal.“The coach was the turning point in terms of me joining this massive club. He’s a Spanish coach and he knows me from my time at other clubs. I’m really happy to be able to help Arsenal achieve our objectives.“He’s a very tactical coach and I think that’s going to really help me to perfect my positioning. I think we’re both going to try our best to make me a better player.”Emery said he is delighted to add a player with technical and creative ability into his squad ahead of the 2019/20 season.“We’re excited to see Dani join us. He is a talented player with big technical ability, creativity and precision,” he said.Ceballos is the second summer signing of the Gunners who are reported to be looking for more improvement.The deal to sign William Saliba from Saint-Etienne is reported to be edging so close to a conclusion as both clubs have reached an agreement.last_img read more

Q&A: Ghana’s Joseph Amoah offers explanation for 100m failure at Doha 2019

first_imgJoseph Paul Amoah is one of ten athletes competing for Ghana at the ongoing IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha.Things haven’t started well, as he finished 6th in heat 3 of the 100m. His 10.36sec time was not enough to make the semis and he spoke to Joy Sports and other media following the race.On the race…JPA: I knew the first part of my race was the bad part. I have been working on it since I got back from African Games. I just wanted to perfect that side but I have been battling injuries too. You know I got back to school to try and train for the competition. It was like an up and down thing. Sometimes I would like to go to practice and wouldn’t finish because of the injury and all that but I thank God for helping me to come out of the race healthy.On what it means to race at the highest levelJPA: It’s every athlete’s dream to be at the World Championships and Olympics, so racing at this level is like a dream come true – and there are still more years. I am young and still learning so I will take this as a lesson to get better.On why he fizzled out after starting brightly.JPA: I started breaking down and you know [that] competing in the NCA is a very long season and you know we are still trying. Next year, we will try and minimize the races that I will run in the NCA to get the chance to run better in the Olympics.I think I run that first part well and I feel like fatigue hit me, so I feel like if it wasn’t for that I would have come out of the race with a better time.Message to the Ghanaians supporting him JPA: I will tell them to still keep supporting. This is not the end, this is just the beginning. I am going to do my best to come out the next time in a better way. It might be a disappointment but I feel like I will do better next time.On how the race is going to help this relay teamJPA: I believe in my team and they also trust me. I think we just have to get the [baton] around and after getting some rest I think we will come out with a better time. We are trying to make the finals so we will just come on here and execute the race and hopefully we get the best results.On if he wouldn’t have competed in the 100m if he had it his wayJPA: Actually my coach and I looked at how practice was going back in school so he felt that looking at the previous races after the NCA Championships, that the 100m was going to be the better odds. And I didn’t really run 200m races after the NCA Championships. The race in Guyana was 100m and African Games was also 100m so I think we [made] a better choice. Hopefully, when we see how next season is going to be, we will know which race to pick and that is the main reason why he made me run the 100m.On if the temperature affected his performanceJPA: I wouldn’t really blame the temperature. Some of us got here a little bit late – and you know the rest. We haven’t been able to have time to get used to the weather and the time change and all that, so it might be a factor. But I wouldn’t really blame it on that. I will just do better next time.George Addo Jnr is in Qatar for the Joy Sports team, with coverage sponsored by DBS Roofing and Adonko Bitters.—last_img read more