PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Opener Kyle Hope stroked his second half-century of the game to fire Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to a convincing nine-wicket victory over Windward Islands Volcanoes inside three days, in their opening round of the Regional Four-Day Championship here Sunday night.Set a mere 155 for victory, Red Force sped to their target just after the final drinks break of the night at Queen’s Park Oval, with the right-handed Hope finishing unbeaten on 79 to follow up his first-innings 56.He dominated a 61-run opening stand with Jeremy Solozano who made 19, and added a further 96 for the second wicket with Yannic Cariah who was unbeaten on 52 at the end.The victory gave Red Force 18 points while Volcanoes took four from the heavy defeat.Earlier, the visitors had fallen for 254 in their second innings, after resuming the penultimate day on 135 for four.Tail-ender Shane Shillingford whacked an attacking top score of 65 off 99 deliveries while Sunil Ambris, unbeaten on 16 overnight, made 43.Volcanoes’ start was a good one as Ambris and Kavem Hodge (16) extended their fifth-wicket stand to 53 before being separated.The right-handed Ambris faced 72 balls and struck four fours and a six before he was one of two wickets to fall in the space of three deliveries from leg-spinner Imran Khan.He went caught at the wicket by Steven Katwaroo and captain Liam Sebastien followed two deliveries later in identical manner, without scoring.Shillingford, who belted three fours and five sixes, then rallied the innings by adding 21 with Hodge for the seventh wicket and 49 for the eighth with Mervin Matthew (10), before Volcanoes were dismissed in the third over after lunch.Imran Khan was the best bowler with five for 81.Barbadian Hope then took centre stage in an innings laced with eight fours and a six, which came from 122 balls in a shade over 2-3/4 hours.When the left-handed Solozano was lbw to Shillingford, Cariah arrived to further the stand by striking five fours in a 102-ball knock.Red Force will host long-time rivals Barbados Pride in the second round of the Regional Four-Day Championship starting Friday.VOLCANOES 1st innings 142RED FORCE 1st innings 242VOLCANOES 2nd innings (o/n 135 for four)D. Smith b Cottrell 19T. Theophile b Primus 53J. Robinson lbw b Imran Khan 33N. Deonarine c Hope b Jagessar 5S. Ambris c wkp. Katwaroo b Imran Khan 43K. Hodge lbw b Imran Khan 16L. Sebastien c wkp. Katwaroo b Imran Khan 0S. Shillingford b Imran Khan 65M. Matthew c wkp. Katwaroo b Ottley 10D. Johnson lbw b Jagessar 2K. Peters not out 1Extras: (b-1, lb-6) 7Total: (all out, 77.2 overs) 254Fall of wickets: 1-55, 2-78, 3-91, 4-119, 5-172, 6-172, 7-193, 8-242, 9-246.Bowling: Cottrell 11-2-43-1, Richards 10-2-26-0, Imran Khan 26.2-7-81-5, Jagessar 19-4-58-2, Primus 9-1-38-1, Ottley 2-1-1-1.RED FORCE 2nd innings (target: 155 runs)K. Hope not out 79J. Solozano lbw b Shillingford 19Y. Cariah not out 52Extras: (lb-5, nb-2) 7Total: (1 wkt, 44.1 overs) 157Fall of wicket: 1-61.Bowling: Johnson 6-1-36-0, Matthew 7-1-16-0, Peters 8-1-30-0, Sebastien 9-0-32-0, Shillingford 14-3-32-1, Hodge 0.1-0-6-0.Points: Red Force 18, Volcanoes 4.
Hoosiers sign LanderBLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Hoosiers have signed Khristian Lander, who was expected to be one of the nation’s top-rated point guards in next season’s recruiting class. But coach Archie Miller says the 6-foot-2 point guard will reclassify so he can play basketball this fall.Lander is from Evansville and joins Anthony Leal and Trey Galloway as the third major in-state recruit in the 2020 recruiting class. Leal was named the IndyStar Mr. Basketball last month. Galloway and Lander were both second-team selections on The Associated Press all-state team.Indiana also has signed Jordan Geronimo of New Hampshire.DREAM TEAM-SNEAKER AUCTION May 18, 2020 No qualifying for US OpenUNDATED (AP) — The U.S. Open won’t have qualifying for the first time since 1924. Chalk that up to the COVID-19 pandemic that already has postponed the U.S. Open from June to Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot in New York.Qualifying is the hallmark of the U.S. Open. The USGA likes to point out that roughly half of the 156-man field has to go through some form of qualifying. But not this year.Still to be determined is how the exemptions are created for the rest of the players. Among those not already exempt is Phil Mickelson, who has said he won’t ask for an invitation.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-INDIANA RECRUIT Jordan, Magic, Pippen Dream Team sneakers being auctionedNEW YORK (AP) — Sneakers worn by Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Scottie Pippen while they played for the Dream Team are being auctioned.The sneakers, each signed by the Hall of Fame wearer, are part of the Lelands 2020 Spring Classic Auction that runs through June 19. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the sneakers will benefit COVID-19 relief efforts.Jordan, Johnson and Pippen wore the sneakers during the Tournament of Americas, which the U.S. team won to qualify for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. The Americans won gold there in the first Olympics to feature NBA players.The sneakers were given to a team staff member in the locker room after the tournament championship game in Portland, Oregon.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Update on the latest in sports: —USA Baseball has tentatively scheduled July 24 as the start date for its 2020 schedule of summer events. The nation’s sport governing body says the first event would be the 14U Cup from July 24-26 at the national training complex in Cary, North Carolina. Eight other age-group competitions will be held from late July through August.—Premier League soccer teams have agreed on the measures that will allow non-contact training sessions to resume this week amid the coronavirus pandemic. The protocols for socially distanced training in small groups were signed off by the clubs during a conference call following a government decision to ease lockdown restrictions in England. The Premier League has been told by government experts that coronavirus restrictions could endure for at least a year in English soccer, with players allowed to resume only non-contact training from Tuesday.—The Spanish soccer player who threatened to quit his team rather than risk being infected by the coronavirus has returned to training. Cádiz defender Fali Giménez rejoined his teammates at the second-division club about a month after saying he wouldn’t play again unless there was a vaccine for COVID-19 or if he was assured 100% that he wouldn’t get infected after being back on the field.— A soccer player in Germany for third-division club Chemnitz has tested positive for the coronavirus. Chemnitz did not name the player, but the club says he is “completely symptom-free.” That player and two other players who had contact with him will spend 14 days in isolation.GOLF-US OPEN Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — World TeamTennis CEO Carlos Silva says the league is “still on track for July 12” to open its three-week season and is hoping to select a site this week.Silva said in a telephone interview Monday with the AP that four cities are “in the mix.” He mentioned Texas and Florida as possible host states.The International Tennis Federation and the ATP and WTA tours said Friday they were extending their suspensions of play into late July because of the coronavirus pandemic.But World TeamTennis is not sanctioned by those three groups and doesn’t need to follow their guidelines.In other coronavirus-related sports news: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-MARLINSMarlins to open training complexJUPITER, Fla. (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says the Miami Marlins will allow players on their 40-man roster access to their spring training complex to pitch off a mound or hit in batting cages beginning Tuesday. The person confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Marlins made no announcement.The person says the rest of the complex in Jupiter, Florida, will remain closed.According to the source, the optional workouts will be individual, with a staff member present, and those involved will abide by social distancing guidelines. VIRUS OUTBREAK-WORLD TEAM TENNISWorld Team Tennis plans three-week season
Heading into the postseason, that will have to change if Syracuse hopes to make a deep run. ‘Offensively, we need to stay composed a little bit more,’ Ladouceur said. ‘This goalie, she’s a lefty, but that’s no excuse. You have to do a little hitch move around her and find the back of the net and not look at the goalie.’ Comments And with that, No. 9 Syracuse (12-5, 6-2 Big East) stumbled to No. 12 Georgetown (11-5, 8-0) 10-9 in front of 439 people in the Carrier Dome on Senior Day. SU fell in a tightly contested game, losing its quest for a fourth consecutive Big East regular-season title. As a result, the loss pinned the Orange as the No. 3 seed in the Big East tournament. But down the stretch, SU would struggle to score goals against Georgetown keeper Caitlin Formby. Sporadic chances sailed high, wide and found the post. The effort was there, but the chances just did not find the back of the net. The Orange continuously attempted to fight back but was never quite able to overcome the three-goal deficit. SU is 1-2 on the season when it struggles to score in double digits. And for the fourth time this season, the Orange fell by a one-goal margin. The result has been seen all too often for SU players. Ladouceur used a spirited effort to keep the game close. She used a crafty behind-the-back goal to inch the Orange closer, but a unique style of defense deployed by the Hoyas stymied SU for the rest of the half. Formby was at the forefront of the Hoyas’ defensive success. Georgetown used the misconduct penalty and a stick to the head penalty on freshman attack Michelle Tumolo to extend the Hoyas’ lead to 10-7. With Georgetown leading 8-7, the urgency for the Orange was evident. Senior Halley Quillinan rang the ball off the crossbar. Jackie DePetris was called for a foul, and a comment from Ladouceur to the referee earned a yellow card, putting SU a man down. ‘Some days the pressure maybe gets to them a little bit, but it’s certainly not from a lack of opportunities,’ Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. ‘Normally we would have 15 goals on 30 shots, and today we didn’t get it done. We had some great looks, and it’s just a tough day for the guys finishing on offense.’ The ball sailed 55 yards through the air and over the head of Tee Ladouceur, who fell forward onto the turf. ‘I think we’re there. I think everyone is so pissed off at this point,’ senior defender Eileen Finn said. ‘One-goal losses — I mean, a loss is a loss, but one-goal losses, I mean, it just pisses you off.’ Ladouceur was one of the few players for the Orange who was able to find success against the Georgetown defense. Ladouceur had four goals and three assists in the losing effort. Senior Christina Dove had three goals and two assists, but other SU seniors were held to minimal contributions in their final regular-season game in the Carrier Dome. The Orange jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the second half after junior attack Ladouceur netted her first goal of the contest. Georgetown used a three-goal run to tie the game. Neither team would lead by more than three goals throughout the entire game. firstname.lastname@example.org Catherine Rodriguez had four seconds to find an open player down the field Saturday. With Syracuse trailing by a goal, a desperation heave was in order. The Orange ended up in a situation it had seen throughout the season — locked in a close game with a ranked opponent. This time not finishing cost Syracuse the No.1 seed in the Big East tournament. Published on May 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ ‘It’s a whole team game and if the (offense) is not producing, we need to step it up on defense,’ Finn said. ‘We’re not going to point fingers at anyone. It’s a team game. We win as a team and lose as a team.’
Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojan The USC men’s basketball team hopes to build off the momentum from their home opener, a 95-79 victory over Cal State Northridge, as they prepare to take on Northern Arizona on Friday at 8 p.m.Fresh face · Walk-on sophomore guard Chass Bryan had his first start of the year for the Trojans in their 95-79 win over Cal State Northridge. – Corey Marquitti | Daily TrojanThe Trojans (1-1) bounced back after a 78-65 road loss to Utah State in coach Andy Enfield’s first game with USC and came out with a 95-79 in their home opener against Cal State Northridge on Tuesday. Senior center Omar Oraby led USC with 17 points, while junior forward Byron Wesley finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.USC shot 57 percent from the field as the squad won its home opener for the sixth consecutive year. The two teams combined for 27 turnovers and 48 fouls in the contest.“It’s hard to be up-tempo if you can’t get steals, can’t get stops,” Enfield said after Tuesday’s game. “If you’re constantly taking the ball out of bounds and the other team makes shots, it really hurts your transition game. Tonight, we were able to do that. We got some key stops and also got some deflections and steals. It always helps when you’re good defensively to do that.”Oraby said that even though the team showed promise with their offensive barrage against the Matadors, there’s still lots of work to do before USC will face tougher competition in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in late November.“We improved in a lot of things,” senior center Omar Oraby said. “We have to work on rebounding, keeping [opponents] off the offensive boards, and defense.”Oraby and Wesley have paced USC in scoring by averaging 16 and 15.5 points per game, respectively, over the two contests. Wesley also leads the team with 9.5 rebounds and is second in assists with 5.0 per game, while Oraby has 7.5 rebounds per game. Senior guard J.T. Terrell, the squad’s leading returning scorer from last season who didn’t start against the Lumberjacks for what Enfield called “academic reasons,” is averaging 14.0 points per game.After scoring 65.7 points per game last year, the Trojans are averaging 80 points in the infancy of their 2013-14 campaign.“It’s much more up-tempo,” Oraby said. “We’re trying to push the ball as fast as we can. As you can see, we’re scoring more points than we used to last year. It’s based on just pushing the ball and trying to get easy baskets in transition.”Northern Arizona (1-1) is currently in the middle of a four-game road trip to start the season. The Lumberjacks won their opener 74-63 over UTSA, and are coming off an 88-68 loss to Texas Tech. Forward Max Jacobsen led the team with 15 points and seven rebounds, while guard Quinton Upshur added 14 points.Last year, the Lumberjacks finished 11-21 and 8-12 in the Big Sky conference, with just a 4-13 record in road games.“[We’ve been] focusing on their offensive sets, their personnel,” said senior guard J.T. Terrell when asked about practice leading up to the game. “[We’re] focusing on getting better with our rotations and defensive positioning, and working on rebounding.”USC is 2-0 all-time against Northern Arizona. The last matchup between the two teams was a 60-52 USC win on Dec. 11, 2010.USC will continue their four-game homestand next week with showdowns against Cal State Fullerton (1-1) on Tuesday at 8 p.m. and West Alabama (1-0) on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Go back 15 years or so, to Oct. 26, 2002.That, to my best recollection, is the most recent time the Angels received a break.I mean an actual, genuine, dumb-luck kind of break, one that fell at their feet so unexpectedly they could have tripped over it.That was the night then-Giants manager Dusty Baker handed the ball back to departing starter Russ Ortiz during a seventh-inning pitching change that altered the course of the World Series. Only this time, it’s not. Instead, it’s the Angels or Padres or Mariners. OK, it’s the Dodgers or Cubs, too, along with the Rangers or Giants.But the Angels are very much alive, thanks mostly – it would appear – to their location, Ohtani, like anyone searching for a new home, realizing the importance of where that home is located.By being in nothing more than the right place, the Angels now have a chance to secure the serves of an affordable, potential two-way star who could greatly increase their relevance in the standings and everywhere else.This franchise is suddenly one decision away from becoming so much more than Mike Trout, a bunch of pitchers at various points of injury rehab and a late second-half fade into oblivion.By saying yes to the Angels – and, therefore, no to the Dodgers – Ohtani would shift at least a sliver of the local focus away from the franchise that continues to dominate everyone’s attention.Teams like the Angels just don’t get players like Ohtani, right? Not this easily. Not this dramatically. Not this soon.Oh, sure, the Angels could have acquired a Shohei Ohtani in the past. But it wouldn’t have happened until Ohtani was 37, his career stretched precariously, not unlike his last remaining intact elbow ligament.Maybe you’re thinking I’m wrong, that the Angels received an enormous break just eight years ago, when 21 teams – including the Nationals and Diamondbacks twice – passed on drafting Trout.The Angels finally took him with their second pick of the first round, at No. 25 overall. But his selection wasn’t just brainless luck, the Angels seeing something in Trout that so many other teams missed.This Ohtani situation feels more like a crazy bit of outrageous fortune that arrived at Angel Stadium like an early Christmas present.No doubt, the team impressed Ohtani with its initial presentation. But I’m certain the Yankees and Red Sox and Indians and every other club that seriously wanted Ohtani was impressive, as well.From what we know, have been led to believe or can surmise, he’d prefer to play on the West Coast, in a smaller market, on a team without an established Japanese star and for a franchise that will permit him to hit as well as pitch.The Angels can excitedly offer Ohtani all that, while trying hard to ignore the one obvious flaw in their plan. See, when he’s in their lineup but not pitching, Ohtani likely would be the Angels’ designated hitter.This is a position they already have filled, and, just when you thought it wasn’t possible, there’s another reason why Albert Pujols and the four years and $114 million left on his contract is bad for this team.In this case, Pujols’ ill-fated deal could unequivocally block Billy Eppler’s attempt to improve the roster, the general manager unable to hide a player who simply looms over this team.There’s a thought that, if he reports to spring training in good enough shape, Pujols could play more first base in the future. But we’ve heard that before, the reality being he has appeared defensively only 34 times the past two seasons.Still, obstacles or not, the Angels remain in the Ohtani derby, one of just seven teams that could sign him in the next two weeks.It seems too good to be true, frankly, a franchise for years mostly running in place stumbling into an opportunity this promising.But then, Ohtani was going to be a Yankee, remember, and Dusty Baker was going to be a World Series-winning manager. Following the unusual exchange, the Angels immediately came back from a five-run deficit to steal Game 6. They then won Game 7 for the franchise’s lone championship to date.While it’s unlikely Baker’s semi-celebratory gesture directly ignited the Angels, there’s no denying the move unnecessarily tempted the baseball gods, who responded by giving the Giants a swirly for the ages.That moment in Angels history is what I thought about this week when it was reported that the team is one of seven still in the running for Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani.The Angels? Among the chosen ones? No way. For this franchise, a break is usually something that ends up in a cast and a two-month stay on the disabled list.Until the latest news broke, it was generally accepted that Ohtani would be joining a higher-profile club, such as the Yankees or Red Sox or Dodgers. It’s always the Yankees or Red Sox or Dodgers, huh? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Josh McCown isn’t sure if he’s going to return to the gridiron in 2019.The veteran quarterback announced Tuesday that he still feels the drive to play, but the desire to be with his family has him unsure if he’s willing to commit to the Jets for another season. Update on @JoshMcCown12 pic.twitter.com/Rt2u6YzRRA— Mike McCartney (@MikeMcCartney7) March 12, 2019″While I still have the strong desire to continue playing, my family dynamics at this point are such that I would like to take more time before making the commitment to play in 2019,” McCown said, via management firm Priority Sports. “I have spoken to the Jets to make them aware. I’m excited about spending time with my family as we process what’s next.” McCown, who will turn 40 in July, spent the last two seasons with the Jets. He was the starter in 2017 but was moved to the backup slot in 2018 behind rookie Sam Darnold. Related News During his starting season, he threw for 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. In the three games he started in while Darnold dealt with an injury last season, he threw for one touchdown and four interceptions.McCown has also spent time with the Cardinals, Lions, Raiders, Dolphins, Panthers, 49ers, Bears, Buccaneers and Browns before landing with the Jets. NFL free agency rumors: Jets signing linebacker C.J. Mosley to 5-year deal
DES MOINES — More than half of the state is considered to be in drought or some type of dry condition.Tim Hall of the Iowa Department of Natural Resource says the wettest part of the state remains in the northeast corner of Iowa. He says the dry conditions have been spreading to the east and could eventually hit there too. “Drought tends to be the result of an accumulated longer-term deficit of rainfall — so if things continue to dry up — we’ll start to see some of those areas perhaps get impacted,” Hall says.But Hall says the northeast Iowa area is sitting pretty good right now. “There’s still counties in northeast Iowa, they’ve received more than their normal rainfall in the last 90 days — do that’s good for them,” according to Hall.Hall says were are starting to run out of the wettest portion of the year and the other counties will have a hard time catching back up. “If we just get an inch of rain a week and we get normal rainfall, we are still going to be carrying an eight-inch deficit in parts of the state, so it’s going to take a while. Drought has got a long tail in period and it’s got a long tail out period,” he says.Northeast Iowa got a lot of the extra rain early this year as part of the rare aftermath of a tropical storm that reached the state.Here in north-central Iowa, the counties of Winnebago, Hancock, Wright, Franklin, Butler and Kossuth are listed as “abnormally dry”, the first level on the drought monitor scale. The rest of the area is listed as normal.
By John Burton |FAIR HAVEN — For the four candidates campaigning for the two Borough Council seats available in Fair Haven on Nov. 7, it’s about proven experience say the Republicans, as opposed to the Democrats who see the choice as a way to ensure a diversity of voices in the decision-making process.Incumbent Republican Councilwoman Susan Sorensen and running mate Elizabeth “Betsy” Koch are competing against Borough Councilman Christopher Rodriguez who is running with Jessica Patel for the two, three-year terms. Sorensen has served two terms and Rodriguez has been on the council for one year, having been elected last November to fill an unexpired term. Koch and Patel have not held elected office.The six-member council currently has five Republicans and one Democrat, with a Republican mayor.While she’s never held an elected position, Koch points to her years of involvement in community and government work. Koch has been a member of the borough Zoning Board of Adjustment, a quasi-judicial body responsible for rendering decisions on land use applications; she has been a member of the parks and recreation committee for 27 years; and has been a career educator who had taught in the borough public school system for 20 years. During her more than four decades living in the community, Koch said, she has volunteered for the PTA and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.“I’ve always been active and want to continue to serve,” Koch said. Koch’s husband, the late Jerome Koch, had been a borough councilman for a number of years at the time of his death in 2014. Betsy Koch said she served as his sounding board, absorbing much of the information he acquired in his council duties and would like to put all her experience to work.“I’d like to continue his legacy,” she offered. “I’m at the point in my life when I have the time and desire to do this.”Patel is a stay-at-home mom with four school-age children attending local schools. Patel also stressed her participation in community organizations in her 10 years living in the borough, working with the PTA and as a Cub Scout den mother. “I think this a good time to put myself out there,” she said of her run for office. “I want to take it a little further.”She holds a master’s degree in early childhood education, is a certified yoga instructor, and has begun working with her husband on designing a fundraising social network smartphone app. She hopes to bring a “new energy” to the council, offering a new voice going forward. “I’m really looking forward to the new experience.”Sorensen, a telecommunications wholesale sales executive, has a longstanding tradition of volunteerism on her résumé, extending more than 20 years. She points to her work with the PTA, parks, recreation committee and a number of others.During her time on the council she has worked to establish the Foundation of Fair Haven, a not-for-profit group that fundraises for borough activities, which also has Koch as a member; and has chaired the Fair Haven Day organizing committee (which started as the Centennial Committee, which she also chaired) and Oktoberfest organizing since 2012. “I think I’ve worked very hard improving the community,” she said.Rodriguez works in the financial services industry, as owner of an interest rate swap exchange, as well as the global head of a financial technology company. He’s married with three children, who attend local schools.He’s seeking a full term on the council because he said he “just scratched the surface” with his own work on the governing body and also with the council’s efforts on a number of fronts, he said.Rodriguez noted the projects looming for the immediate future, as officials consider options for a renovated police headquarters and a new or renovated Public Works facility and community center. These are potentially big expenditures, he said, requiring planning and thought. “With my financial background, I think I can bring good decision-making,” he said.“The borough is looking at spending significant money,” Sorensen said. “Not only is it crucial that we look at building the right facility, whatever we build, we have to make sure it’s without it being a huge burden for future generations.”Over her time as an elected official she said the council has shown itself to be financially sound, taking a long view that has benefitted the taxpayers. She noted that for over the last nearly eight years the municipal budget has remained either flat or seen a slight reduction in the tax rate, with the borough retaining its AA-bond rating. She attributes that to the experience she and others have shown. “I’m really proud of being part of such a successful team,” she said.Koch sees the council member role as continuing that legacy, as she has done in other capacities, ensuring that “Fair Haven remains Fair Haven,” progressing into the future but retaining the cornerstones of the community – the charm and livability – that continue to attract families.“We helped create an atmosphere that is very inviting,” Koch said of her and Sorensen’s efforts.“We truly believe we’ve earned the right to ask people to vote for us,” Sorensen added.“We can be a voice and an ear,” especially for those who may not regularly attend council meetings or other forums, Patel said. And she and Rodriguez feel they are “approachable,” and hope to advocate for improving the lines of communication in the community to make sure everyone is informed, and preserving the quality of life.“The mutual focus of our campaign is to prepare for the next generation while preserving the traditions of Fair Haven,” Rodriguez said. “That’s why people move here.”This article was first published in the Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.
He President of Conmebol, Alejandro Domínguez, highlighted this Thursday the financial strength of the organism to make against the impact of COVID-19, during the 72nd Ordinary Congress held for the first time by videoconference as a preventive measure against the pandemic.“This crisis today finds us in a solid position, In 2019, Conmebol continued to advance and achieved great achievements, being the confederation of highest growth in the world “, Domínguez said from the agency’s headquarters, in the Paraguayan city of Luque, and in connection with the authorities of the ten member federations.In this sense, Domínguez recalled the decision to make 65 million dollars available to the clubs that dispute the Libertadores and Sudamericana cups, temporarily suspended by the coronavirus, as an advance payment of up to 60 percent of their participation rights.“We are experiencing an unprecedented situation, a global pandemic that threatens not only our health but also our economies, the way of relating and even the way of living the passion that unites us, soccer, “added Domínguez.The top leader of South American football, who has been in office for four years, emphasized that the situation derived from the pandemic “is critical” and recommended “not to underestimate it” and that it is a “battle in which we must play at home, stay home to stop the virus. ““As a leader we must take care of football, be aware of its importance, of the source of work that generates not only footballers but everything around them, “he stressed. In his report to Congress, which reviews his management during the year until December 31, 2019, Domínguez recalled that 28 championships have been organized in each period in all modalities we had and that the Copa América of Brazil had the highest collection in the history of this tournament“Our club competitions reached record numbers, we distribute more than 210 million dollars in our club tournaments of which 162 million were for the liberators and 52 million for the South American Cup, “he detailed.At the proposal of Domínguez, the national associations unanimously approved the constitution of statutory reserves for the first time for an amount of 27 million dollars.Regarding the investment plan, the assembly approved an amount of $ 1.8 million at a training and technology center at its headquarters in Luque (Greater Asunción).Each of the leaders participated by videoconference and prior to the start, representatives of the associations from Europe and Africa were invited.As a preamble to Congress, the President of FIFA took part, the Italian-Swiss Gianni Infantino, who also referred to the solidity of this entity in the face of the situation in football.However, Infantino insisted that “Health comes first and will remain so until this disease is defeated.”In addition to the break in the Libertadores and Sudamericana cups, Conmebol postponed to 2021 the next edition of the Copa América, which was scheduled for June and July in Argentina and Colombia.For its part, FIFA postponed, at the request of Conmebol, the start of the South American qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View comments Harden, who leads the NBA with 36.2 points a game, was asked if it’s a relief to not have to carry the offense every night now that stars such as Clint Capela and Chris Paul have returned from extended absences.“Yeah,” he said. “I just take what the defense gives me. Making shots or missing shots, I’ll take the same shots every single game … and I got off the ball and multiple guys got open shots. I don’t really try to press anything. I just try to take what they give me and be effective.”The Rockets won despite a big performance by Kemba Walker, who finished with 40 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Hornets lost their second in a row.“For him to come in here and compete at this stage without a lot of his guys out there on the floor says a lot about his character and who he is as a person and as a leader,” Charlotte coach James Borrego said.Houston led by as many as 28 in the third quarter but a big run by the Hornets cut the lead to 13 to start the fourth.ADVERTISEMENT Cavaliers stun Raptors in Kawhi Leonard’s return; 2 ejected for fight Harden scored 28 points and Eric Gordon added 22 as the Rockets cruised to their season-high ninth straight win, 118-106 over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.“It was a total team effort,” Harden said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Rockets, whose 11-14 start had them in the basement of the conference standings, now sit in third place, just 3 ½ games behind the Warriors, who they meet next.A night after Gordon ended a streak of 43 straight games where Harden led the team in scoring, the Beard was Houston’s top scorer again. But Gordon had another strong outing, making five 3-pointers for the third straight game and the fourth in five games. Coach Mike D’Antoni was a bit disappointed that his team let Charlotte get back in it after building such a huge lead.“Maybe it’s a new reality and maybe players need to get used to that — that you can’t take your foot off the pedal,” D’Antoni said.A three-point play by Walker cut the lead to 10 with about 3 1/2 minutes left. But a 7-2 spurt by Houston, highlighted by a dunk from Kenneth Faried, made it 116-101 with about 90 seconds left and Houston’s starters went to the bench.Walker was encouraged that the Hornets kept fighting despite the early hole.“I’m not a big fan of moral victories, but hopefully we can build off this, especially as far as our energy and our passion,” he said.Houston got 19 points and 15 rebounds from Capela. Paul had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Harden had 10 assists and six rebounds.A night after squeaking past the Mavericks 94-93, the Rockets led this one for all but the first few minutes. The Hornets scored the first five points with a hook shot from Willy Hernangomez and a 3 from Jeremy Lamb before the Rockets scored the next eight points to take a lead they would not relinquish.Houston led by 19 after one and was up 71-44 at halftime.TIP-INSHornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist missed his second straight game with a strained left knee. … Lamb received a technical foul in the first quarter. … Frank Kaminsky had 15 points off the bench. 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Phillip)HOUSTON — James Harden was forced to carry an almost-impossible load on offense for big stretches of this season while many of the Houston Rockets were out with injuries.Now that the Rockets are at full strength, Harden is enjoying seeing his teammates shine on offense and help Houston make a late push for the top spot in the Western Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rockets: Faried had 16 points and nine rebounds in his return after sitting out five games with a hip injury. He has scored at least 10 points in 16 of his 17 games with Houston. … It was Houston’s 11th game this season with at least 70 points in the first half.DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENTThe Rockets have held their opponents to 97.8 points in the last five games after allowing each of their previous six opponents to score 110 points or more. Charlotte shot just 42.7 percent on Monday for Houston’s fourth straight game where it held a team to less than 45 percent shooting.UP NEXTHornets: Play the third of four straight road games when they visit Washington on Friday night.Rockets: Host Golden State on Wednesday night with a chance to sweep the season series for the first time since 2009-10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title