Rio Olympics refugee team wins Laureus award

first_img(REUTERS) – A refugee team that competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics with 10 athletes from countries including Syria and South Sudan was named yesterday as winner of a Laureus Award for sporting inspiration.“This award is for the 65.4 million displaced people globally, who cannot go to their homes because of strife,” Kenyan distance runner Tegla Loroupe, the team’s chef de mission, told a news conference in Monaco.“Each of the 10 inspirational people in our team have triumphed over adversity and endured unimaginable journeys to get to the start line.”The hand-picked team of refugees from Syria, Congo, Ethiopia and South Sudan provided one of the highlights of the Games with the athletes taking part in athletics, swimming and judo.One of those attending yesterday’s news conference was Syrian swimmer Rami Anis, who made the hazardous sea crossing from Turkey to Greece after fleeing his home town of Aleppo and ended up in Belgium.“Sport gives everyone a chance, and what happened at the Rio Olympics showed people around the world who have trouble and fear in their lives that there is hope,” he said in a Laureus statement.The International Olympic Committee has yet to decide whether to send another refugee team to Tokyo in 2020.More than a million refugees streamed into Europe in 2016 alone as they fled fighting in the Middle East and elsewhere.Millions more are housed in camps in countries across the world, having escaped wars or armed conflicts in their home nations.last_img read more

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Asian Games Asian Games 2018, Day 7: Tajinderpal Singh Toor wins gold in shot-put

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Asian Games 2018 Day 7 will witness the spotlight shift to the track and field events as athletes kick-star their Asiad journey on Saturday. Stars like Hima Das, Dutee Chand, Niramala Sheoran will be seen in the track events. Many eyes will be on the global stars PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal as they play in the second round of the badminton singles event.ALSO READ: Asian Games 2018, Day 7: India’s complete Schedule, Timings, and moreIndia added a total of seven medals to their take their tally to 25 on the Day 6 of the Asian Games 2018 as men’s quadruple Sculls’ team bagged the gold, while the women’s Kabaddi team settled for the silver. Squash contingent also assured three more medals by reaching the semi-finals, while shooter Heena Sidhu bagged the bronze. Asian Games 2018 Day 7 LIVE Updates:# Shot Put GOLD for India: Tajinderpal Singh Toor makes new Asiad record, throws 20.75 m in his fifth attempt. Wins gold for India.# Squash: Sourav Ghoshal and Ming Chun Au are tied 2-2 in the men’s singles semifinals.#Badminton: PV Sindhu beats Gregoria Mariska 21-12, 21-15 to enter women’s singles quarterfinals# Badminton: Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy bow out after losing 11-21, 22-24 against Q Chen and Y Jia of China.# Boxing: Pavitra defeats Pakistan’s Rukhsana Perveen to advance into the women’s Light (60kg) quarterfinals.# Weightlifting: India’s poor outing comes to an end without a single medal as Vikas Thakur finishes 8th in the men’s 94kg category.# Badminton: PV Sindhu advances to quarterfinals after defeating Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska Tunjung by 21-21, 21-15.# India’s Medal Tally: India 26 medals – 6 gold, 5 silver, 15 bronze# Squash: Dipika Pallikal bags bronze medal after losing 0-3 in the women’s singles squash semifinals against Malaysia’s Nicol Ann David. # Badminton: PV Sindhu wins the first game by 21-12 against Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska Tunjung in the women’s singles Round of 16.# Badminton: Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lsoe byg 17-21 21-19 17-21 against South Korea’s Solgyu Choi and Minhyuk in the round of 16.# Badminton: Saina Nehwal advances to quarterfinals in Women’s singles event after defeating Indonesia’s Fitriani by straight sets.# Badminton: Saina Nehwal takes the first game by 21-6 against Indonesia’s Fitriani in Women’s singles round of 16 match.# Shooting: Anish Bhanwala and Shivam Shukla fail to qualify for the final of 25m Rapid Fire Pistol.# Track and Field: Rajiv Arokia finishes second in Heat 4 of men’s 400m, qualifies for semi-finals.# Volleyball: India defeat Maldives in straight sets of 25-12, 25-21, 25-17.# Track and Field: Muhammed Anas Yahiya finishes first in Heat 1 of the men’s 400m race with a time of 45.63 seconds to qualify for the main event# Volleyball: India take a 2-0 lead against Malaysia in the men’s volleyball Pool F match. # ARCHERY: India beat Mongolia 5-3 to reach women’s recurve team quarterfinalsThe Indian team, comprising of Deepika Kumari, Promila Daimary and Ankita Bhakat, beat Mongolia 5-3 to reach the women’s Recurve Team Quarterfinals# Major medal events for the day: Shooting, Shotput, Athletics, Squash, Archery, Badminton, Boxing and Hockey.# Athletics schedule for the day:last_img read more

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Mbappe Overcomes Coronavirus Scare, Tests Negative

first_imgPSGwill be hoping Mbappe recovers in time to play a part in today’s Champions League last-16 second leg tie against Borussia Dortmund.The Ligue 1 champions trail 2-1 in the tie thanks to Erling Haaland’s double.Mbappe assisted Neymar’s equaliser with a sparkling run at Signal Iduna Park, before Haaland fired home an emphatic 20-yard winner 13 minutes from time.If PSG fail to overturn the narrow deficit, they will suffer a Champions League last-16 elimination for a fourth successive season.PSG boss Thomas Tuchel revealed Mbappe has been struggling with angina, a type of chest pain.The German coach said: “Kylian is sick.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kylian Mbappe has reportedly tested negative for coronavirus after missing PSG training due to illness.The 21-year-old has been sidelined for two training sessions due to a throat infection.And French media, L’Equipeclaims he tested negative for coronavirus, the deadly disease which has infected over 115,000 people worldwide, including more than 4,000 deaths.last_img read more

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Davies, Smith shake off rough start to season, look for WCHA awards

first_imgDespite a rocky start to the 2009-10 season, Wisconsin junior Brendan Smith is the nation\’s top-scoring defensemen.[/media-credit]This weekend’s WCHA Final Five features five ranked teams loaded with talent, and the third-ranked Badgers have multiple players flaunting gaudy statistical seasons.Two of those skilled individuals, senior forward Michael Davies and junior defenseman Brendan Smith, are in solid position to earn postseason recognition for their efforts, but that did not seem likely after the first series of the season.It was before that series that Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves made one of the hardest decisions a coach ever has to make.October 16th marked the start of the 2009-10 season for Eaves and the Badgers, but that wasn’t the case for Davies.He watched the entire series in a suit and tie.According to Eaves, the senior St. Louis native needed to prove his work ethic to the coaching staff before he could see time on the ice.“It started in the summer because Michael wasn’t where we wanted him to be conditioning wise,” Eaves said. “We had a very honest talk, and unless he met a certain criterion he probably wasn’t going to play.”Smith, on the other hand, suited up for the season opener, but after a shaky night in his own zone, Eaves knew Smith’s play needed to improve, and he felt the first round draft choice needed to be held to the standards expected of a veteran defenseman.“It was a heart-to-heart talk, and it was hopefully a moment in his life that he’ll remember,” Eaves said. “It was time to hold him accountable as to what he needed to do for him to be effective — being responsible with and without the puck.“We didn’t want him to just be a one-way player.”Wisconsin lost that season opener to Colorado College, but the Badgers salvaged a point by earning a tie in game two.UW was in a fight to the bitter end with Denver to win the regular season WCHA title (a fight Denver won), and the failure to grab those points proved to be costly. But Eaves hoped the short-term damage would allow the two players to grow.“It might have hurt us that weekend to be quite honest with you, but the hope was that is would help us in the long run,” Eaves said.A tough pill to swallowComing into his senior year Davies had posted over 70 career points in three seasons.Thanks to his tremendous stick handling, Davies became known for his offensive skill in space, but his abilities weren’t on display at the start of his final season, and that was a difficult reality to accept.“It was obviously disappointing, coming back as a senior and not being in the lineup,” Davies said. “Coach said I didn’t deserve to be playing and looking back on it maybe I didn’t deserve to be out there.”Davies needed to better condition himself for the rigors of WCHA play, and once that was in place, his work in the offensive end still needed improvement. The UW coaching staff wanted to see more than the pretty dekes and toe-drags.They wanted to see grit.“The message was to get my nose in the corners and just be a tough player to play against,” Davies said about the conversation he had with Eaves.Smith’s meeting was admittedly emotional, and the benching took its toll on the talented defenseman.“It was very tough. That was the first time I was a healthy scratch in my life,” Smith said. “I was very disappointed. It was hard, but I think it helped me out. Coach and I talked a lot; we had a lot of meetings, and ultimately I knew I had to play better defensively.”Message receivedA week later Davies and Smith returned to action, and they have been mainstays in the lineup ever since.As UW prepares for St. Cloud State in the semifinals of the WCHA tournament, it’s Davies who leads the team in points with 48 and Smith who has been identified as a Hobey Baker award candidate.For Eaves, the growth of these two players from the rocky start of the season has been a joy to watch.“It has been very rewarding,” Eaves said. “Whenever a young man maximizes his potential it’s one of the best things about coaching.”Davies has improved his game along the boards while showing a willingness to deliver hits, and the offensive production has followed.He has been the facilitator of the power play, displaying flawless passes right to the sticks of his teammates. And he is currently riding a three-game scoring streak heading into round two of the WCHA playoffs.So, what role did the early season benching play in Davies’ breakthrough season?He says it’s one of the main reasons he’s improved.“Had I not sat those two games, I don’t think I’d be the productive player that I am today,” Davies said.Much like Davies, Smith has taken his game to another level after his removal from the lineup.“It definitely shook me,” Smith said of the benching. “But it motivated me to prove what kind of player I am.”Smith has accepted his defensive responsibilities and refined his game at the back end, but that hasn’t limited his offense.In fact, Smith, who recorded four points in the first round of the WCHA tournament, is the highest scoring defenseman in the country.Both players were sent an early season message; both players have excelled as a result. And according to both Badgers, the key to their success centers on one key attribute — consistency.“Anybody can get taken out of the lineup at any time and it’s a privilege to be playing,” Smith said. “Ever since [the benching] I’ve taken that to heart. Every practice and every game you have to be your best.”Davies echoed his teammate’s sentiments.“I used to be very inconsistent, I’d put up three points one night and then go pointless the next five,” Davies added. “It’s all about consistency at this level, and the reason I’ve been so good this year is because I’ve been consistent.”Postseason conference awards will be handed out Thursday before round two and both Davies and Smith will be in attendance, along with several other Badgers, hoping to be recognized by the WCHA.The seasons they each have compiled are noteworthy considering where it all began, but though the potential recognition is appreciated, Davies and Smith have their minds set on different award, one they can share with their teammates.“It’s an honor to be up for those individual awards,” Davies said. “But hopefully we can keep it going and eventually get that team award at the end of the season.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary between Tuesday, Sept. 17, and Wednesday, Sept. 18. Crimes against propertyat 3:26 P.m. on Sept. 17, a staff member reported five chairs missing from a room in the Doheny Eye Institute.at 3:36 p.m. on Sept. 17, a suspect entered the Norris Dental Science Center and removed miscellaneous dental equipment.crimes against a PERSONat 9:35 a.m. on Sept. 17, a staff member backed her vehicle into the vehicle of another staff member in Parking Structure C. There was no visible damage.at 2:12 a.m. on Sept. 18, DPS officers observed a burglary at Normandie Avenue. LAPD officers detained two suspects, one of whom was in possession of narcotics. Both were arrested.last_img

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Badger Herald Sports Update Dec. 8

first_imgIt’s a big week for Wisconsin sports as the men’s basketball team faces off against Kennesaw State at the Kohl Center and the men’s hockey team plays host to #1 Minnesota Duluth. Badger Herald sports editors Mike Fiammetta and Kelly Erickson will fill you in!Press Conference video by: Mike Denruiterlast_img

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Syracuse uses any means necessary to win faceoffs

first_img Published on March 28, 2018 at 10:10 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 After more than 19 goalless minutes, Nate Solomon broke Syracuse’s drought. Back within a goal of No. 3 Duke, Syracuse, which hadn’t won a faceoff in the quarter and was 7 of 20 in the game, needed the ball.Insert Nick Martin.The redshirt sophomore, who had only taken four faceoffs prior to Saturday, won the final five faceoffs of the game. Just two of them came off Martin’s ground ball pickups.Martin’s faceoff style isn’t to blow past an opposing faceoff specialist for a fast break. Known as a “raker,” his method centers around getting underneath the opposition’s stick, head coach John Desko said, and pushing the ball to open space.“We wanted to turn it into a ground ball,” Desko said. “I think our poles on the wings did a good job of getting us possessions in a very important part of the game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAgainst Duke, which ranks last in the Atlantic Coast Conference in faceoff winning percentage, SU salvaged a win with a late-game adjustment — something par for the course for SU this season. The Orange has won fewer than half its faceoffs following the graduation of all-time program faceoff leader Ben Williams. Starting faceoff specialist sophomore Danny Varello, who was primed to take over Williams’ role, has won exactly half of his attempts this season, placing him 42nd out of 73 players listed by NCAA.com.Entering No. 10 Syracuse’s (4-3, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) matchup with No. 7 Notre Dame (5-2, 1-0) on Saturday, the Orange will have won the faceoff battle in three of its eight games. Halfway through its season, the Orange isn’t excelling at the faceoff X. But it’s winning just enough and by any means possible.Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorTo start the season, SU relied heavily on Varello, who had succeeded when subbed in for brief stints last season. But things quickly changed after SU was decimated by the No. 1 faceoff man in the country — Albany’s TD Ierlan — and started 2-of-10 against then-No. 9 Army at the faceoff X.During the second half, Desko placed two long poles at the wings. This challenges the opposing faceoff specialist, Desko said, and exploits their sometimes weaker stick skills. In the third overtime against Army, the second long pole at the X sealed the game for SU, as Grant Murphy’s groundball eventually led to a Ryan Simmons goal on the ensuing break.A week later against then-No. 4 Virginia, a Top 10 faceoff team, Syracuse bested the Cavaliers by five draws. The Orange played with long poles on the wings for most of the game, which at times helped stop fast breaks, sometimes leading to turnovers. From there, the SU poles transitioned well into offense, with Brett Kennedy scoring twice in the game, once off a faceoff turnover by UVA.Before SU played Johns Hopkins on March 10, JHU head coach Dave Pietramala addressed the idea of incorporating long poles at the faceoff.“You bring two poles up there to the wings and you try to muck it up a little bit,” Pietramala said before the game. “Make it more of a groundball rather than an actual faceoff where technique is important.”Pietramala said that his team prepared to play against two long sticks leading up to the game through having wing players practice disengaging from the scrum to open up an outlet pass. In addition, the Blue Jays practiced putting additional defensive pressure on their faceoff specialist Hunter Moreland, who wins nearly two-thirds of the faceoffs he takes. That success rate, which contributed to an eight faceoff advantage over SU, leads to a more defensive-minded approach from opponents, Pietramala said.While Hopkins’ star faceoff specialist solved the Orange scheme on his own, Rutgers benefited from SU mistakes. Syracuse committed a season-high 22 turnovers against the Scarlet Knights, two of which came off faceoffs.“I think our faceoff ability and our ability to get the ball is fine,” Varello said the week following the Rutgers game. “We are really fine with that in that sense. But we really limit the turnovers we get after faceoff wins. If we win the faceoff battle, we need to convert that to offense and not turn the ball over.”Against Duke, the wins didn’t come early. So as it often has, the Orange turned the faceoff X into a ground ball battle, one which it dominated. And for the third time this season, with the game within a goal, Syracuse won the final possession, even if it looked a bit messy. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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South Africa Condemns CAS Ruling on Semenya

first_imgCas found the rules for athletes with DSD, like Semenya, were discriminatory – but that the discrimination was “necessary, reasonable and proportionate” to protect “the integrity of female athletics”. But, in making the ruling on Wednesday, Cas said it had “serious concerns as to the future practical application” of the regulations.Semenya, a multiple Olympic, World and Commonwealth champion, said she believed the IAAF “had always targeted me specifically”. “We are reeling in shock at how a body held in high esteem like Cas can endorse discrimination without flinching,” said ASA in a statement on Wednesday.“For Cas does not only condone discrimination but also goes to lengths to justify it, only undermines the integrity that this body is entrusted with. “We are deeply disappointed and profoundly shocked.” Semenya is still eligible to compete at the Diamond League meet in Doha on Friday and can make an appeal against the Cas ruling to the Swiss Tribunal Courts within the next 30 days.ASA said it was “encouraged to take the matter further” because of some of the observations raised by Cas in the ruling.“ASA was confident of a favourable outcome given the human rights, medico-legal and scientific arguments and evidence that we believe invalidated the regulations,” it added.“It is these facts that have left ASA shocked that Cas rejected these compelling factors in favour of the IAAF.“ASA reiterates that this may not be the end of the matter.”The rules, applying to women in track events from 400m up to the mile, require athletes to keep their testosterone levels below a prescribed amount “for at least six months prior to competing”.However, 100m, 200m and 100m hurdles are exempt, as are races longer than one mile and field events.Female athletes affected must take medication for six months before they can compete, and then maintain a lower testosterone level.The rules were intended to be brought in on 1 November 2018, but the legal challenge from Semenya and Athletics South Africa caused that to be delayed until 26 March.The United Nations Human Rights Council has called the plans “unnecessary, harmful and humiliating” and South Africa’s sports minister called them a “human rights violation”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Athletics South Africa (ASA) says it is “reeling in shock” after Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya lost a landmark case against athletics’ governing body. The South African, 28, challenged new IAAF rules which attempt to restrict testosterone levels in female runners.Athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) must now take medication to compete in some track events or change to another distance. ASA said the decision “goes to lengths to justify” discrimination.Semenya had challenged the IAAF’s new rules at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) but on Wednesday it announced it had rejected the appeal. “We believe their decision is disgraceful,” ASA added. And it said by justifying discrimination, Cas had “seen it fit to open the wounds of apartheid” – the South African political system which enforced white rule and racial segregation until 1991 – which it pointed out was “condemned by the whole world as a crime against humanity”.last_img read more

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Miramar Cultural Center Presents an Original Tribute to the O’Jays

first_img(MIRAMAR, FL.) – The City of Miramar is excited to present the 2nd annual Community Theatre showcase original production, A Musical Celebration of Life Honoring the Legendary O ’Jays. The opening night performance is scheduled for Friday, March 20, 2020, at 7:30PM and Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 2:00PM for a Family Fun afternoon, with free pre-show art activities including face painting. It is an original music production written and co-directed by JoMarie Payton (TV personality, Singer, Actress Director) from the hit TV show, Family Matters, and featuring students from the program. JoMarie will be available for on-air interviews and/or tapings.Miramar Community Theatre is structured as 10-week sessions where students engage in hands-on-participatory activities including acting, voice, musical instruments and costuming that culminate in the development of a full stage production. This learning through the arts initiative encourages creative thinking, breaks down barriers and builds self-confidence while honing both on stage and behind- the-scenes skillsets.The dedicated Community Theatre youth, along with surprise guest, will present A Musical Celebration of Life Honoring the Legendary O ‘Jays in an original production written and co-directed by JoMarie Payton!All tickets are $15.00 per person and open to the Community! Visit Ticketmaster or the Miramar Cultural Center box office at 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL to purchase tickets. Your support of this show is also support for the preservation and progression of Cultural Arts for future generations!last_img read more

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Each NFL team commits to compete in debut Madden NFL Club Championship

first_imgThe NFL has announced that all of its 32 teams will take part in the inaugural Madden NFL Club Championship, according to an ESPN report.In partnership with Electronic Arts, the event will kick-off with the much anticipated release of Madden NFL ‘18 on 25 August and will consist of a set of online leader board competitions, allowing players to compete for the chance to represent their favourite NFL franchise. The victor of each league will then go onto play in offline competitions at the at the Pro Bowl Experience in Orlando, Florida and Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis, during January and February, with the prize on offer for the overall tournament winner being two free tickets to attend Super Bowl LII and $403,000.Taking advantage of a refined version of the Ultimate Team game mode Ultimate Team Champions, its the incentive of competitors to unlock and win new players to improve their teams. NFL commissioner Rodger Goodell said: “Competitive gaming and esports are one of the most exciting ways to engage a larger, younger and digitally savvy NFL audience.“Collaborating with EA to create the Madden NFL Club Championship presents a unique opportunity to capture the excitement of NFL action and the passion of our fans with competition that anyone can participate in.”The Club Championship is the third competitive Madden NFL Championship Series, however this year’s tournament marks the first time a that a complete sports league has committed to tournament participation. Esports Insider Says: We’ve seen EA Sports regimented push with FIFA this year so it comes as no real surprise that this is happening across the States. We now have both the NBA and NFL taking note of esports, albeit in the form of sports simulation games. It will be interesting to see the content coming out of the series, and whether or not it inspires other NFL franchises to start investing in bigger esports. Should it go well, it could truly open the door for the likes of the Overwatch League and other bigger esports.last_img read more

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