New Delhi: Christchurch is a city in a recovery. In 2011, the entire landscape of the city was devastated with an earthquake which killed 185 people. The earthquake destroyed the Jade stadium, which was witness to several memorable moments for New Zealand cricket and in 2017, it was demolished. For many cricket fans, the destruction of the Jade stadium was a sad moment as a chapter of New Zealand cricket was destroyed. It took time for the people of Canterbury to recover and they found solace when Hagley Oval was inaugurated as the new cricketing centre. However, the mosque shootings, which has resulted in the death of close to 50 people in Christchurch has once again given more pain to the city and the final international match in New Zealand’s season, the Test match against Bangladesh was cancelled after a joint decision by the New Zealand and Bangladesh Cricket Boards. The Christchurch mosque shootings, which has resulted in many fatalities, will scar the city even more than the earthquake. Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, summed up the magnitude of the incident. “What has happened in Christchurch is an extraordinary act of unprecedented violence. It has no place in New Zealand.” Indeed, if one looked at global instances of terrorism, New Zealand was like an island of tranquility amidst the chaos that had enveloped the world. However, that has been busted by the shootings. highlights The Hagley Oval was the ultimate symbol of New Zealand’s recovery since the 2011 earthquake. When it was decided that Hagley Oval, located in Hagley Park would be redeveloped as a sporting venue in the wake of Jade stadium’s demolition, there was resistance. The resistance came from the Environment Court initially and the Christchurch City Council.When the application was given in 2012, for nearly a year, the situation was in a limbo. However, all that changed in 2013 when the Environmental council agreed to redevelop Hagley Oval but with strict conditions. One of the conditions was, “No more than 13 match days allocated to major fixtures within any cricket season.” There were also major restrictions on the number of temporary stands and facilities that would be present at the Hagley Oval.Despite all the odds, Hagley Oval pressed on. In 2013, despite facing two major incidents of flooding, Hagley Oval was Test cricket’s newest venue in 2014 and since then, it was witness to plenty of magnificent milestones. The marquee Boxing Day Test was played against Sri Lanka, the opening ceremony and the first match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 between New Zealand and Sri Lanka was played. Brendon McCullum hit the fastest century in Tests at this venue in 2016 in what his ultimate farewell against Australia while New Zealand broke a 35-year jinx at home against England with a draw at the same venue in 2018. With every passing year, Christchurch slowly recovered from all the physical scars due to the earthquake and the exploits of the cricketers at the Hagley Oval made it possible. The Test match against Bangladesh was the last international match of New Zealand’s summer and they looked good to end it in style, having swept the ODIs 3-0 and winning the first two Tests. Tim Southee was going to captain New Zealand for the first time while Will Young was set to make his debut. However, the chilling images of the Bangladesh cricket team running through Hagley Park following the shooting as they were preparing to offer prayers at Al Noor mosque which was a kilometer away will scar not just the cricketers, but the city again. Christchurch was recovering from the scars of the earthquake, now they have been dragged back into the abyss in what can be described as the ‘darkest period’ in New Zealand’s history. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. The Hagley Oval Test match between Bangladesh and New Zealand was cancelled.Bangladesh cricket team had a narrow escape as they were about to offer prayers.This has been dubbed as New Zealand’s ‘biggest terror attack’.
— Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier (shuh-ZEER’) has announced his retirement, nearly three years after a spinal injury put his career on indefinite hold. Shazier required spine stabilization surgery after getting hurt in Cincinnati in December 2017. The two-time Pro Bowler became a source of inspiration during his rehab as he learned to walk again. The team placed him on the reserved/retired list during the offseason. The 28-year-old says he still loves football but is ready to begin the next chapter of his life.INDYCAR-JOHNSON-GANASSIJimmie Johnson teams with Ganassi on 2-year IndyCar program CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson will transition from NASCAR to IndyCar with Chip Ganassi Racing in a partnership that could pair two of the most dominant drivers of this generation on one team. The seven-time NASCAR champion will work with the Ganassi organization to finalize sponsorship on a two-year program for Johnson to run the road and street course races on IndyCar’s schedule. If funding is secured, Johnson would be teammates with five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon. — The slumping Yankees turn to rookie right-hander Deivi Garcia in the finale of a critical series against the Blue Jays. The 21-year-old Garcia is set for his third big league start — he overwhelmed the Mets in his debut but struggled against Baltimore in his second game. The Yankees have lost five straight and 15 of 20 to fall three games behind Toronto for second place in the AL East. Right-hander Tanner Roark is set to pitch for Toronto.— Yu Darvish and Trevor Bauer pitch at Wrigley Field in a matchup of ace right-handers headed in different directions. Darvish, one of the front-runners for the NL Cy Young Award, is going for his eighth straight victory for the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs. He has a sparkling 0.98 ERA during his winning streak. Bauer starts for the Cincinnati Reds. He was terrific at the beginning of the season, but he is 0-3 with a 4.08 ERA in his last three starts. — The Atlanta Braves are scrambling for rotation help after losing yet another starter Tuesday. Right-hander Max Fried was an NL Cy Young Award contender before landing on the 10-day injured list with a left-side muscle spasm in his lumbar spine. Atlanta’s entire projected opening day rotation is now out, a list that includes Mike Soroka, Cole Hamels, Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch) and Félix Hernández. Right-hander Tommy Milone will get the ball against Miami as Atlanta tries to maintain its place atop the NL East.NFL-NEWSJalen Ramsey gets 5-year, $105 million extension from Rams UNDATED (AP) — Jalen Ramsey is becoming the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history after agreeing to a five-year, $105 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams. The extension announced Wednesday includes $71.2 million, the most guaranteed money ever given to a defensive back. Ramsey will average $21 million per season, another record for a cornerback or safety. Los Angeles acquired Ramsey in a trade with Jacksonville midway through last season, giving up two first-round draft picks. Ramsey had one interception in nine games with the Rams while earning his third straight Pro Bowl selection.The Rams open their season Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys at SoFi Stadium, their new home.In other NFL news: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSCeltics look to knock out champion Raptors in Game 6LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The season is on the line for the reigning NBA champion Toronto Raptors. They trail the Boston Celtics 3-2 in their Eastern Conference semifinal series and face a win-or-go-home Game 6 matchup Wednesday. UNDATED (AP) — All Puerto Rican players will be allowed to wear No. 21 Wednesday during Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Day celebration. The move to wear the number started with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where all the players and coaches will wear No. 21 against the White Sox Wednesday night. The Pirates and the family of the late Hall of Fame right fielder are hoping to spark a movement to get No. 21 retired throughout Major League Baseball, as MLB has done for Jackie Robinson’s No. 42.Clemente, the 1966 NL MVP, was picked for 15 All-Star Games. He died in a plane crash on Dec. 31, 1972, following takeoff from Puerto Rico on a flight to deliver relief supplies to Nicaragua following an earthquake.Major League Baseball home teams on Wednesday will honor their nominees for the Clemente Award, given annually during the World Series to a player who best represents baseball through character, community involvement, philanthropy and contributions on and off the field. Teams that are not home will honor their nominees when they return to their ballpark for their next home game.Elsewhere in the majors: EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The New York Islanders face the Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday night in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. Islanders coach Barry Trotz says mental fatigue was a factor in New York’s 8-2 loss in the opener. The Islanders spent Sunday flying from Toronto to Edmonton, Alberta, a day after eliminating the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7 of their second-round series. The Lightning led 3-1 before the Game 1 was 11 minutes old, and 5-1 through two periods.The Lightning acknowledge they took advantage of a tired opponent but say they won’t have a similar edge for Game 2.TENNIS-US OPENMoms matchup: Serena vs Pironkova in US Open quarterfinals Update on the latest sports September 9, 2020 NEW YORK (AP) — The battle of all mothers will be waged Wednesday at the U.S. Open when Serena Williams faces unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova (sveh-TAH’-nuh pih-RAHN’-koh-vah) for a berth in the semifinals. Williams missed more than a year of competition when she had a daughter in 2017, and has since been seeking a record-tying 24th major title. Pironkova is playing in her first tournament since she took a break of more than three years to have a son. In another women’s quarterfinal matchup, No. 16 Elise Mertens will face unseeded Victoria Azarenka, who is also a mother. Azarenka has won nine consecutive matches, including the final in the Western & Southern Open that was played in New York as an in-the-bubble warm-up for the U.S. Open. Two men’s quarterfinals are also scheduled. No. 2-seeded Dominic Thiem (teem), a three-time major runner-up, meets first-time Slam quarterfinalist Alex de Minaur, a 21-year-old Australian. No. 3 Daniil Medvedev, last year’s Open runner-up, plays No. 10 Andrey Rublev. The path to the men’s title is wide open after overwhelming favorite Novak Djokovic was disqualified Sunday for unintentionally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball. Each of the men’s quarterfinalists is seeking his first Grand Slam title.MLB-SCHEDULEMLB observes Roberto Clemente Day The partnership announced Wednesday would also leave room for Johnson to compete in select NASCAR events because Ganassi fields only two cars in the Cup Series. Johnson has spent his entire 20-year Cup career driving for Hendrick Motorsports, which is currently at the four-car maximum and would not have room for Johnson after he retires from full-time NASCAR competition in November. Johnson, who turns 45 next week, tested an Indy car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Ganassi in July. The Celtics controlled start to finish on the way to a 111-89 win in Game 5. Boston is 6-3 against the Raptors this season, with four of those wins coming by at least 15 points.This is the fifth time that Boston has started a postseason run 7-2 or better through nine games; the other four instances were in 1961, 1964, 1969 and 1986, and the Celtics went on to win the NBA title in each of those seasons.Also Wednesday night is Game 4 between the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets, with the Clippers leading that Western Conference semifinal matchup 2-1.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSIslanders try to rebound from lopsided Game 1 loss to Lightning Associated Press
Photo © Ladies Football Facebook That game gets underway at 1.15pm on Saturday afternoon, and Tipp FM will have live updates of the game. Tipp’s ladies footballers are hoping to retain the Munster intermediate title when they meet Clare in Mallow.Tipp are so-far unbeaten this season, having beaten Wexford in a replay to take the Division 3 league title and Limerick in June in the first round of the Championship.Their manager Shane Ronayne says they’ve a fully fit squad to pick from on Saturday.
West African Boxing Union (WABU) welterweight champion, Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, will return to action at GOTv Boxing Night 18, where he is slated to fight the tough Ganiyu “Energy” Kolawole in a challenge contest.The GOtv Boxing NextGen graduate and former GOtv Boxing Night best boxer award winner, is scheduled to join others at the event slated to hold at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Liberty Sadium, Ibadan, on 21 April. For the fight, the WABU champion has promised his opponent hell.“Energy will be in trouble from the first to the third round, when he would be knocked out. I have been out of action for a while, so I am rearing to return and do what I do best: messing up faces. Energy will have his face thoroughly messed up. Quote me. I will school him in boxing,” he said. The fight is one the eight scheduled for the event, which will be headlined by tbe African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight title defence of Nigeria’s Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph against Ghana’s Success “Brave Warrior” Tetteh. The super featherweight division will also feature a title fight between Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola and long-reigning cchampion, Taofeek “Taozon” Bisuga.Another big one is the international light middleweight challenge bout between Akeem “Dodo” Sadiku of Nigeria and Republic of Benin’s Ekpresso Djamihou. in a light middleweight challenge. Other big names linedOther big names slated to be in action include Tawio “Esepo” Agbaje, best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 16; Adeyemi “Sense” Opeyemi, best boxer at GOtv Boxing NextGen Search 4. The best boxer at the event, to be beamed live on SuperSport, will go home with a cash prize of N1million alongside the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy. The show will also feature three professional debutants, all graduates of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The Black Stars are to open camp on Monday ahead of Zambia clashGhana will start their training today (Monday) in preparation for Friday’s all-important World Cup qualifier against Zambia.Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah will supervise his first training at the Accra Sports Stadium ahead of the match in Kumasi.The Ghana players have shown a strong desire to crush the Zambian opposition with swift arrivals for the match which is just four days away.Captain Asamoah Gyan and goalkeeper Fatau Dauda are among the players who arrived early for the camp and will be available for training in the evening.Other players in camp are Kwadwo Asamoah, Mubarak Wakaso, Christian Atsu and the South African-based Fatau Dauda, Awal Mohammed and Rashid Sumaila.Micheal Essien has also arrived in the country ahead of the Black Stars final group qualifier only to be met with news of his father’s death. It is not known if he will be excused from the qualifier.The Chelsea ace is making a return to the national team after almost two years out with various niggling injuries and withdrawing from national team call ups.
SAN DIEGO >> More than 40 family and friends will greet Luke Walton in his native city.They will see the same man that helped University High of San Diego win a state title his senior year patrol the Lakers’ sideline. They will see whether Walton can guide the Lakers (2-4) to an upset victory against his former employer in the Golden State Warriors (4-1) tonight at Valley View Casino Center. And they will see a statue unveiling of Walton’s Hall-of-Fame father (Bill).Though Walton admitted “it’s always special to go home,” he described his return as “more of a business trip” for reasons beyond already visiting there as a former NBA player and Golden State assistant.Arena officials stressed to the Lakers not to worry about a slippery floor, which ended last year’s exhibition between the Lakers and Warriors during the third quarter. But Walton still sounded annoyed by the ordeal. Positive vibesThe smile kept widening as Nick Young glowed about Walton’s positive coaching style. Then, someone interrupted Young’s interview to report a negative review about his game.“Everything I said today about how good he’s been playing was not true in practice today,” Walton said. “He was awful through practice today. But throughout camp, he was better.”Young laughed off the incident, blaming his poor practice as “one of those days.” Otherwise, Walton has considered Young and Jordan Clarkson the team’s best perimeter defenders. Walton also said he has felt “very very pleased with Nick” after averaging 12 points on a 55 percent clip in preseason play.To explain his improvement, Young offered an obvious swipe at Byron Scott’s system the previous two years.“He didn’t want us to shoot 3-pointers,” said Young, who averaged 7.3 points on a career-low 33.9 percent clip last season. “This year is more free flowing and a lot more creative. We’re getting out there and going. It’s a different atmosphere and offense.”The Lakers have noticed those differences improving Young’s mood.“Nick is one of the greatest guys and greatest teammates I ever had,” Lakers forward Julius Randle said. “He’s not about all himself. He cares about his teammates and cares about his friends. I’m happy to see him up and I was definitely in his corner. I think he can be great for our team.”Injury updateThe Lakers listed backup point guard Jose Calderon as out for Wednesday’s game against Golden State. He has sat out of the last two practices and Saturday’s exhibition against the Warriors because of a slight left calf strain. “It’s a week before the regular season and we’ve got our All-Stars sliding on every other play,” Walton said. “Obviously you want to play them for the fans that paid good money to come see them. But at the same time, you have to worry about them not getting injured. So they assured us we won’t have that issue again.”In hopes of bolstering the Lakers’ bottom-ranked defense, Walton also devoted recent film sessions toward pointing out the Warriors’ effective defense in Saturday’s loss. They usually contrasted how the Lakers played.“They’re going to score no matter what, but it’s easy to tell and talk to the players with a visual aide,” Walton said. “If we play good defense and they make a shot, we’re fine with that.”Walton did not find the Lakers doing that as Golden State opened the first half with 74 points. He lamented the Lakers gave Kevin Durant “open shots” and slipped under screens for Klay Thompson.“Letting a team like that swing the ball freely without putting any pressure on them defensively to take them out of their rhythm, you’re not going to beat them,” Walton said. “You can’t let them have an offensive rhythm or they will score at will.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
When Hunter Pence made the All-Star team this year as a member of the Rangers, Bochy was one of the first people to reach out with congratulations, a meaningful gesture to Pence knowing Bochy was busy trying to uplift a struggling Giants team.Those are a small portion of the gestures Bochy extended and the deep individual bonds he built in 25 seasons as an MLB skipper. A host of former players and front-office coworkers descended on Oracle Park after his final game Sunday to honor him and participate in an emotional ceremony, appreciating his role in their own achievements. Bochy retired having won 2,003 games and three championships. “You can definitely have success with many people, but I think he was a huge driving engine,” Pence told Sporting News. “He was the leader, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that he also went to a World Series with the Padres and then came over and he went to three with the Giants. These things don’t just happen.”MORE: Potential Joe Maddon replacements in ChicagoPence played for the Giants from 2012 to 2018, winning two titles with the franchise. He said one of his favorite examples of Bochy keeping himself close to his players throughout grueling 162-game schedules was the manager’s penchant for wandering the rows of the team plane to banter with each member of the squad. He’d catch up, talk trash, play cards and generally entertain a sometimes weary group.Others noticed that effort, too, and identified it as a testament to the manager’s leadership strength.“It’s one of the things I love for a manager,” Sandoval said. “When you’ve got a good relationship with your players and you’ve got the chance to joke around, that means respect. He earned that with everyone around here.”Bochy has also long earned praise for his in-game coaching skill. During his run of three championships in five years, he had a habit of making the ideal bullpen maneuver or lineup tweak, maximizing the production of his role players. For those in the opposite dugout, it could be a challenge to keep up with his cunning moves.“Guys like Boch, they set the bar. Boch and Tony (La Russa) and Jim Leyland … there’s guys that you know are really good,” said Marlins manager Don Mattingly, who also managed regularly against Bochy while at the helm for the Dodgers. “You look at the championships and the way he handles his teams, it seems like every move he made was the right move during those times.”Bochy built up credit with a staggering range of people in and around the league in his career, many of whom came to Oracle Park on Sunday to show what he meant to them. Among those faces was Tim Lincecum, a recluse since leaving the game in 2016. The two-time Cy Young winner, ace and fan favorite under Bochy made an exception to his reserved post-baseball ways. He strode onto the field before Bochy’s ceremony speech to a huge ovation from the crowd.His appearance prompted perhaps Bochy’s deepest understanding of what he’s meant to others over the past three decades. He said Lincecum’s walk onto the field after the game brought him to tears. The right-hander had hoped he could make that kind of impression.Sandoval refers to Bochy as “Papi.” Lincecum, meanwhile, called him “f—ing dad.”“He had an understanding of the type of people we were,” Lincecum said in a TV interview. “He took an effort in understanding who we were outside the game of baseball. … With that, it felt personal playing for him.” SAN FRANCISCO — When Pablo Sandoval signed here in 2017 two years after ripping the Giants franchise and cutting off communication with its personnel amid a contemptuous exit, he felt nervous at how he might be received. Manager Bruce Bochy told him on his first day back that he was happy to see him. Bochy made him feel welcome at a time when he needed a supportive home.When Trevor Hoffman’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony last year coincided with a weekend series for San Francisco, Bochy did not hesitate to board a redeye flight across the country so he could be there in person for his former player while taking the minimum possible time away from his current team. Before the postgame retirement ceremony, Bochy was recognized by the rival Dodgers in an otherwise meaningless regular season finale. Manager Dave Roberts, who once played for Bochy, lauded Bochy’s effect on the sport. Clayton Kershaw, pitching in relief, tipped his cap to Bochy as he walked off the mound in the fifth inning. It was a rare display of civility between organizations that typically do not like one another.Now, as Bochy moves away from baseball and into a phase of his life where he can go fishing and spend time with his grandchildren, many others are left to think about the small moments they shared with the manager that added up to lifelong connections.“Having a relationship with a player as a manager when they’re playing is one thing,” Roberts said, “but then that reflection of a player when they’re done, to have that gratitude … speaks volumes.”
Leon StewartEdgar “Leon” Stewart died on April 17th, 2014 after a brief battle with lung cancer.Leon was born on December 15, 1947 in Mayfield growing up with his sisters: Barbara and Maxine. Leon worked in the aircraft industry for more than 30 years becoming exceptional in his skill craft. Leon was a GOD fearing man who displayed great integrity to those who knew him. He enjoyed road trips with friends, riding motorcycles, hunting, fishing and teaching. Leon taught some valuable lessons to his five boys: Corby, Michael, Titus, Shay and Caleb. His most important lesson was “Take care of your family.”Leon is survived by his wife of more than 32 years, Bobbie Stewart, sister; Maxine, his five sons listed above and his grandchildren: Deric, Briawna, Abigail, Chloe, Madison, Tanner, Tatum, Sheadyn, Loudyn, Gage and Greyson. Leon will be missed but never forgotten.Â A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Church of the Nazarene in Wellington.In lieu of flowers/donations, please consider an anonymous kind act and pay it forward. God Speed.To share a memory or to leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington.
CHARLES CITY — Charles City is working to become a “livable community” – a place where extra attention is paid to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults. Progress on that front was showcased over the weekend when AARP Iowa hosted a jamboree to celebrate Charles City as Iowa’s next livable community.Mayor Dean Andrews says Charles City took a bold step to transform the heart of downtown when it opened the state’s first whitewater park in 2011. “We have the first whitewater kayak course in the state. As it’s turned out, it’s been a really great opportunity as far as the fishing is actually better than it was before. People just go down and walk along the river, sit along the river, and have lunch along the river.”After Des Moines was designated Iowa’s first livable city in 2012, AARP state director Brad Anderson says leaders in Charles City wanted to know how their community could be more age-friendly. “They reached out to us and they said, ‘We understand that half of every dollar that is spent is spent by someone over the age of 50, so how do we attract more folks who are over 50 to our community?’ ”Mark Wicks is the community development director for Charles City and wants all age groups to feel welcome there. “Charles City is a very progressive community, but you look at benefits of a livable community, including being able to safely go for walks, safely cross the streets, ride your bike downtown, get around without a car – spending time outdoors and socializing in public places – a chance to make where you live a life-long home.”The Riverfront Park in Charles City was the site of many weekend events where a stone amphitheater, naturalized play area, picnic shelters and public art have been constructed to make the community more livable.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has approved the appointment of Ms. Nyanda F. Davis as Director of Passports & Visas, a positioned she has acted in for the past few months.According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOF), the President‘s approval of the appointment followed a recommendation from Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan for Ms. Davis to assume the position after effectively serving as Acting Director.The statement added that the President’s concurrence with the Minister’s recommendation is due to Ms. Davis’ career path as a young professional, and the testimonials of her level of dedication, commitment and ability to deliver on an assigned task.Her appointment will take immediate effect.Prior to her appointment to the new portfolio, Ms. Davis served as Deputy Director for Passports & Visas and, the release noted, she efficiently and effectively managed and supervised the administration of Liberian Biometric Passports both in Liberia and at Liberia’s diplomatic missions around the world.Before coming to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ms. Davis served as Technical Analyst, President’s Young Professional, Office of the Minister of Finance where she analyzed Debt and Aid Management and served as Secretary to the National Budget and the Debt Management Committees, respectively, said the MOFA release.The new Passport Director, who is a graduate of the Cuttington University Graduate School, holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Finance and an undergraduate Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting (BA) from CU.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)