North Decatur JV lost in 2 Sets. 25-21, 25-23.Brittany Krieger contributed 5 kills and 10 digs. Anna Burkhart added 13 digs.North Decatur Varsity won in 3 Sets. 25-17, 25-22, 25-15.We played very consistent tonight which I was pleased to see. Our serve receive had minimal errors and all around, everyone stepped up and contributed in their role to get our second win of the season. Kara Muckerheide was consistent in the role of setter tonight, setting 83/83 with 26 assists and adding 11 digs. Emma Luttel did a nice job stepping up as a setter when Kara would take first ball and set 11/11 with 3 assists. Offensively, Erika Kramer had 13 kills, Erica Gauck had 12 kills and Olivia Bohman had 10 kills. Defensively, Maddy Day added 14 digs, Olivia O’Dell had 12 digs and Erica Gauck added 11 digs. Other notable stats include Erica Gauck adding 5 Aces.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Ashley Gauck.The Lady Cats fell to North Decatur tonight but we played a great match. Just didn’t seem to get all the stars to align just yet. Meredith Bohman lead the team with 8 kills. She had 1 dig, 2 blocks and great serves. Megan Getz had 11 assists, 3 kills, 2 digs and 2 ace serves. Jalynn Rogers had 10 digs and her serves were great. Jenna Orschell and Layne Steele each had 1 kill. Rachel Bischoff had 4 digs. Anna Sacksteder had 2 blocks. We are so close to breaking the WIN barrier!!! We get closer and closer with each game we play. Varsity team travels to the Madison Invite this Saturday. Game time is 9 am.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Jill Mergenthal.
This press release from the North Vernon police department came within hours of a staged sit-in protest from students at Jennings County High School on feeling unsafe in their school. Before the end o the school day, Nine students were located, detained and brought to the police department by officers following the small gathering leaving school property. The students were charged with truancy and released to a parent or guardian at the police department. It was determined that all nine of the students had not received proper permission to leave the school by school staff and had not been signed out by a parent or guardian per school policy.Under Indiana Statute IC 20-33-2-23 law enforcement officers may take children into custody during normal school hours if the child is found in a public place. North Vernon, IN—The North Vernon Police Department has investigated 3 school-related threats over the past week. The lead investigator for all 3 incidents has been the department’s School Resource Officer. The summary of those events are as follows:09/10 – North Vernon SRO was informed a 6th grader made a vague broad threat to the school body on a social media site. This threat referenced prior school shootings. The student was arrested and removed from the school.09/10 – North Vernon SRO was informed that a 9th grader made a specific threat to two other students while in a classroom. This threat did not involve any of the other students or staff. The student was arrested and removed from the school.09/16 – North Vernon SRO was informed that an 11th grader announced a vague broad threat overheard by other students while at the school. The student was arrested and removed from the school.In all three incidents, each student was charged with an allegation of intimidation. No evidence suggests that any of these incidents were coordinated or had prior planning or preparation.
America’s Beth Allen won her first Ladies European Tour title in the ISPS Handa European Masters after Irish amateur Leona Maguire threatened to pull off a famous victory. Maguire, who is the top-ranked amateur in the world, had moved into a share of the lead with her sixth birdie of the day on the 17th, but was unable to save par from a greenside bunker on the last to force a play-off. The 20-year-old from County Cavan had to settle for a closing round of 69 to finish 11 under par, one behind Allen who carded six birdies and one bogey in her 67. “I’m so happy,” said Allen, who finished second in the same event three years ago after carding a triple-bogey on the penultimate hole. “I did not have a lot of expectations because I got my heart broken here in 2012 and had not made the cut since.” Allen, who had Solheim Cup vice-captain Sophie Gustafsson as her caddie at Buckinghamshire Golf Club, added: ” I am just so pleased. I was never sure if it was going to happen. Sophie really kept me grounded and I ended up getting it done.” Maguire revealed misjudging the wind proved costly on the 18th, where her tee shot ran through the green into a bunker. “I knew it was tight coming up 18 and we didn’t really know where the wind was coming from,” said Maguire, whose father Declan was on her bag. “I thought it was downwind, dad thought it was into the wind and it was probably the wrong club off the tee but I’m very proud of the way I played all day. “Going out at the start of the day I would have taken that so it’s been a great day.” Thailand’s Nontaya Srisawang was a shot behind Maguire in third with overnight leader Caroline Masson carding a 75 to slip back into a share of fourth place with Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark and Australian Rebecca Artis. Dame Laura Davies was another shot back after a closing 67 which featured the 11th hole-in-one of her career on the seventh. Press Association
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Successful Youth World Cup skipper Shimron Hetmyer and Guyana Jaguars teammate Vishal Singh were poised for their first taste of international cricket after being picked in a 13-man squad to face Pakistan in the opening Test of the three-match series starting in Jamaica on Friday.The selectors announced the squad yesterday, the final day of the three-day tour game against the Pakistanis in which the 28-year-old Vishal hit an unbeaten 135 and the 20-year-old Hetmyer narrowly missed out on three figures with an attacking 97.Left-hander Kieran Powell will also make his return to the longest form of the game after ending a self-imposed two-year break and subsequently turning out in recent three-match one-day series against England and Pakistan.As expected, the squad will be led by all-rounder Jason Holder and includes the core of the group who lost to Pakistan in a three-Test series in United Arab Emirates late last year but no room has been found for the experienced duo of Marlon Samuels or Darren Bravo.“After winning our previous Test which was against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, the panel felt that we should stick as close as we possibly can to that squad,” chief selector Courtney Browne said.Vishaul Singh“We have a young Test squad which was admirably led by Jason Holder during the last series and, though there are some noticeable absentees, we believe that the players will give a good account of themselves especially in their own backyard.”He continued: “We are happy to be able to give a recall to Kieran Powell for one of the opening slots, although he did not have the best regional first-class season. He showed for the President’s XI that his experience can add value to our team.“In addition, we have included two uncapped players – Shimron Hetmyer and Vishal Singh – with a view to exposing players that we believe have earned an opportunity to play for West Indies.”The left-handed Hetmyer’s progression to the senior team was a quick one. He had a modest Under-19 World Cup with the bat last year but has plundered 496 runs in the Regional four-day championship with four half-centuries to force his way into the selection frame.His breezy knock against Pakistan last weekend would have strengthened his claim.Fellow left-hander Vishal, meanwhile, may consider himself somewhat fortunate, after a poor first-class season that has seen him struggle with 317 runs at an average of 26.However, his heavy scoring last season when he finished with 712 runs at average of 50 with three hundreds, coupled with a magnificent 161 against Sri Lanka A in Pallekele last October, worked in his favour.The 28-year-old Powell, too, has had a less than stellar first-class campaign with just 342 runs at an average of 28 but his prolific run in the Regional Super50 which led to his return to the ODI side, got the attention of selectors.He was also convincing in the tour match against Pakistan with a half-century in either innings and with 21 Tests already to his name, he will bring much needed experience to the Windies squad.West Indies, however, will find themselves short on experience once again as Samuels, who averages 32 from 71 Tests and the enterprising Bravo, who averages 40 from 49 Tests, have been overlooked.Bravo has not played competitively since he was sent home from the one-day tour of Zimbabwe last November for a tweet deemed offensive to West Indies Cricket Board president Dave Cameron. The board has remained palpably silent on the matter.He was good enough to average 45 on the three-Test tour against Pakistan last year.West Indies clash with the Pakistanis in the opening Test at Sabina Park.SQUAD – Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kieran Powell, Vishal Singh.
Brooks’ family added $25,000 to the $25,000 originally donated to Feeding the Frontlines.Brooks had said he would let his kid shave his head if that amount was reached to help provide meals to first responders and healthcare workers in the Washington area.___Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Corey Peters is hosting a virtual book club that Arizona high school students can join during the coronavirus pandemic.The club is called “The Corey Peters Playbook” and will meet weekly on a video conference. A news release from the Cardinals said the goal is to have “in-depth discussions about a variety of books while also providing necessary resources and guidance.” May 14, 2020 Associated Press The book club is part of Peters’ foundation called the Peters Education Enrichment Project, which was created in 2012 and focuses on reading.The 31-year-old Peters is a nine-year NFL veteran who has spent his last four seasons in Arizona. He started all 16 games last season.___Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford says the league expects to distribute nearly all of its projected revenues to member schools for this school year despite the shutdown of college sports amid the coronavirus pandemic.In a video conference with reporters Thursday, Swofford said the league expects to distribute “98%” of its projected totals to league schools. He didn’t discuss specific amounts. The Latest: Wiz coach Brooks’ buzz cut nets $50K for charity Cass said the team sill plans to open training camp and start the season on time, but it “may have to make adjustments.”___The IOC says it is setting aside $800 million for loans and payments arising from the pandemic that forced the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to be postponed.International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach says $150 million will be available for loans to sports governing bodies and national Olympic committees. They were due payments this year for the Tokyo Games, which are now scheduled to open in July 2021.IOC chief operating officer Lana Haddad says a breakdown of how the $650 million could be allocated will be formulated in the months ahead. It was unclear how much of the money would go to Tokyo organizers. “Given the circumstances, we feel pretty good about that actually,” Swofford said.The NCAA announced in March that it would distribute $225 million in June to 350 Division I schools after the cancellation of its men’s basketball tournament, much less than the original plan of $600 million.But Swofford said the league has offset some losses in savings for canceled championship events as well as less travel and other expenses. Additionally, Swofford said the league expects to be “somewhat ahead” of its projections for its ESPN-partnered TV channel, which launched in August.The league was already depending on the ACC Network to help close a growing financial gap with other power conferences. Swofford said the network ultimately was able to broadcast nearly all of its revenue-generating events, from the completed football season to a basketball schedule that lost the final seven games of the ACC men’s tournament.___ ___Augsburg coach Heiko Herrlich will miss his team’s first game when the German soccer league resumes Saturday because he broke quarantine rules to buy toiletries.Herrlich said earlier Thursday that he left the team’s hotel briefly to visit a supermarket in search of toothpaste and skin cream.Hours later he said he would miss Saturday’s game because “in this situation I have not lived up to my position as a role model to my team and to the public.”The game against Wolfsburg was to be Herrlich’s first game in charge of 14th-place Augsburg. He was appointed in March but had yet to oversee a game because the league was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden held talks on Thursday with soccer authorities as the national coronavirus lockdown starts to be eased. The pandemic will continue to prevent any fans from attending matches if sports events do restart in June after being suspended in March.Dowden says “the government is opening the door for competitive football to return safely in June. This should include widening access for fans to view live coverage and ensure finances from the game’s resumption supports the wider football family.”In a statement, Dowden says soccer authorities need to finalize their plans before government approval will be given for leagues to start up again.Players are still having to maintain social distancing in training, but contact is expected to be allowed if there is no new spike in COVID-19 cases nationally.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks has let his teen daughter give him a buzz-cut — netting $50,000 for a fund that feeds workers involved in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. According to the ruling, the KNVB had to act in the interest of all clubs. Zuurmond says it is “very bitter for Cambuur and De Graafschap, but that is not enough to overturn the decision.”The decision marked the first time a court has ruled in a legal challenge to a one of the major European leagues’ coronavirus stoppages.The Netherlands on April 24 became the first top-tier European league to cancel the remainder of the season. But clubs that felt disadvantaged by the terms immediately announced plans to launch legal battles.___The British government says it is helping the Premier League resume in June but it wants the finances to flow throughout English soccer and more fans to be able to watch games on television. Despite uncertainly around the coronavirus pandemic, all Big 12 schools, including West Virginia, plan to open campuses for the fall semester, a key step toward launching fall sports.It’s not the first time a statement by Gee has turned heads.The then-Ohio State president was criticized in 2010 for saying TCU and Boise State didn’t belong in the BCS title game even if they ran the table because of weak schedules, referring to lesser opponents generally as “Little Sisters of the Poor.” In 2012 he took a shot at Notre Dame in a meeting of Ohio State’s athletic counsel, saying that the school was never invited to join the Big Ten because its priests are not good partners. “Those damn Catholics” can’t be trusted, he said.He later apologized. Auburn University President Jay Gogue predicts the Tigers will play football this season.Gogue told incoming freshmen in a video Wednesday, “We’re going to have football this fall.”Gogue didn’t offer any details in the short video about how the games would be played and did not discuss whether fans would be in the stands. But the Auburn president predicted the coronavirus pandemic won’t keep the campus from having “all the activities that we have every fall.”He said Auburn will reopen classes on campus and have fraternity and sorority and club activities.The Southeastern Conference has formed a task force of medical professionals from the 14 member institutions to discuss the best ways to resume sports. ___A judge has upheld the Dutch soccer association’s decision to scrap relegation and promotion from or to the top-flight Eredivisie as it cut short the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.The top two clubs in the second-tier Keuken Kampioen Division, Cambuur Leeuwarden and De Graafschap Doetinchem, launched a legal challenge to the April 24 decision, seeking to seal promotion in court.In a ruling streamed live Thursday, Judge Hans Zuurmond rejected their arguments, saying the Dutch association, the KNVB, has the power to make such a decision.Zuurmond says because of the coronavirus, the KNVB “had to take a decision with its back to the wall. Doing nothing was not an option.” “We will be prepared,” he added. “If we get the go-ahead from public health officials, if we get the go-ahead from governmental officials, if the necessary agreements can be reached, we will be prepared and we’ll get it going.”The Brewers are working with other companies and local firefighters to help provide 1,000 meals to workers at Milwaukee-area hospitals. Stearns spoke after food was given to employees at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center.___West Virginia University president E. Gordon Gee vows that the Mountaineers will play football this fall “even if I have suit up.”“I’ve got my ankles taped, I’m ready to go in,” the 76-year-old Gee joked in an interview with WOWK-TV broadcast this week. “But I think again, with everything we’re going to do it based on what is safe, what is healthy for our fans and what is healthy for our student athletes. But I do believe that we will play football.” Augsburg says Herrlich will take charge of training again only after twice testing negative for the coronavirus.___Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns says he hopes a potential return of Major League Baseball from a pandemic-imposed hiatus could “provide a diversion” and be “part of the solution to what everyone is going through right now.”Stearns emphasized that it would need to be done “in a safe and responsible manner.”“The truth is we don’t know what scenario is coming,” Stearns said Thursday outside a hospital as the Brewers helped donate meals to hospital workers. IndyCar officials have announced NBC will air a four-hour program on May 24, the original date of this year’s Indianapolis 500, that will look back at last year’s race.Mike Tirico will interview race winner Simon Pagenaud and runner-up Alexander Rossi during the broadcast.This year’s Indy 500 has been rescheduled for Aug. 23.“While this Memorial Day weekend will certainly be different, we’re pleased to join our partners at NBC Sports in continuing this tradition through this special TV presentation,” Penske Entertainment Corp. CEO Mark Miles said in a statement. “We look forward to recognizing both our military and frontline COVID-19 heroes while providing motorsports fans some intense and behind-the-scenes IndyCar action through the race replay.”Pre-race coverage will include honoring frontline workers during the pandemic as well as the military traditions associated with the 500. The program also will preview this year’s season opener, which is scheduled for June 6 at Texas. The Swiss government announced Wednesday that Olympic sports federations based in the country can apply for federal loans. The IOC will put up half the money for those loans, with federal and state authorities providing 25% each.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle and the school’s five highest-paid head coaches have agreed to take a 10% pay cut for the first six months of the upcoming fiscal year to help offset revenue losses from the COVID-19 pandemic.Coyle announced the pay cuts on Thursday for him, football coach P.J. Fleck, men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino, women’s basketball coach Lindsay Whalen, men’s hockey coach Bob Motzko and volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon. The group of six previously took a one-week voluntary salary reduction, enacted last month. The university said the combined savings from the reductions will be about $615,000. Fleck is the highest earner, at $4.6 million in 2020.“I appreciate their dedication to Minnesota and willingness to help in a time of financial uncertainty,” Coyle said.The next fiscal year starts on July 1. Coyle told the Board of Regents last week that the department is on pace to finish the current fiscal year with a $4 million deficit. The 2019-20 operating budget for Gophers sports was $123 million. The athletic department has projected a loss of up to $75 million of expected revenue under the worst-case scenario of a canceled 2020 football season. A milder hit of $30 million in lost income is forecast if football games are played without fans.___ ___The Baltimore Ravens intend to compensate stadium workers if NFL games are played before a limited numbers of fans — or no one at all — due to social distancing requirements during the coronavirus pandemic.Ravens president Dick Cass says the team is working on a program to provide for the estimated 3,300 people employed a typical game day.“If we don’t have that kind of staff because we have a reduced crowd at the stadium, we are planning on creating an employees’ assistance fund,” Cass said, noting that “we have not terminated or laid off or furloughed anybody and we don’t intend to.”Instead of watching from the sideline at a minicamp practice, Cass was in his home Thursday morning, speaking in a teleconference arranged by The United Way. He noted that in a normal year on this date, there would be 90 players having breakfast at the team headquarters.
Â Nigeriaâ€™s Under-20 girls, Falconets have been drawn in the same pool as perennial foes Germany, China and Haiti in Group D of the 9thÂ FIFA Under-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup taking place in France between August 5th and Augus 24th 2018.Â At the Draw Ceremony held inside the Opera House, Rennes on Thursday, Africaâ€™s other flag-bearers Ghana were thrown into the same Group A as hosts France, New Zealand and The Netherlands.Â Group B is headed by Korea DPR and also has England, Mexico and Brazil, while USA, Japan, Paraguay and Spain will battle it out in Group C.Â Two-time runners â€“up Falconets begin their campaign with a huge test, against Germany at the Stade de Marville in Saint-Malo on Monday, 6thÂ August. Germany edged Nigeria to lift the trophy the two times Nigeria got to the championship final â€“ in 2010 in Germany and 2014 in Canada.Â Chris Danjumaâ€™s maidens will then be up against Haiti three days later at the same venue, before moving to Dinan-LÃ©hon, where they play China at the Stade du Clos Gastel on Monday, 13thÂ August.Â Ghana will go up against hosts France in the tournamentâ€™s opening match in Vannes on Sunday, 5thAugust. Concarneau is the other city that will host matches during the championship.Â Nigeriaâ€™s Group D opponents Haiti will be taking part in their first â€“ever FIFA womenâ€™s tournament, and FIFA General Secretary Fatma Samoura said: â€œIâ€™d like to send my regards and warmly congratulate Haiti, who just qualified for their first-ever FIFA women’s tournament, on their remarkable road to France. Well done, girls, for taking this huge step.Â “Itâ€™s so encouraging to see these young girls pointing the way forward through playing football. For FIFA, increasing the participation of women in football is an imperative. The development of women’s football is at the top of our list of priorities in our strategy ‘FIFA 2.0: The Vision for Future’.â€France will also host the 2019 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup finals.Â THE DRAWÂ GROUP AFranceGhanaNew ZealandThe NetherlandsÂ GROUP BKorea DPREnglandMexicoBrazilÂ GROUP CUSAJapanParaguaySpainÂ GROUP DHaitiChinaNigeriaGermanyÂ Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The Greek community has a noticeably large presence in Undergraduate Student Government — the result, many say, of strong organization.Of the four USG presidential tickets this year, two — Dylan Dann and Addison McCaleb and winners Chris Cheng and Nehi Ogbevoen — have ties to the Greek community. Combined, they captured 77 percent of the presidential vote, though only 22 percent of the study body is Greek.This is not a coincidence — more than 55 percent of the Greek community voted in the election, accounting for 43 percent of the total votes.Though none of the Greek councils are allowed to endorse candidates, Interfraternity Council President Eric Ronan, who oversees 1,990 males in 23 fraternities, said the two Greek-affiliated tickets made their platforms accessible to the most students.“Both tickets did a great job of coming up with a clear and concise message that resonated with the USC undergraduate student population,” he said.USG defines Greek voters as active members of USC-chartered fraternities or sororities belonging to the IFC, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Multicultural Greek Council, Panhellenic or Asian Greek Council. Non-Greek students are considered to be residential if they live in the 90007 or 90089 zip codes, and commuters if they do not.Of the 4,684 votes cast in the presidential race, 49 percent came from residential voters, 43 percent from Greeks and 8 percent from commuters. USC Student Affairs calculates the current student body composition as 37 percent residential, 22 percent Greek and 40 percent commuter.A factor in the large Greek turnout, some say, might be the system’s organizational structure, which allows candidates to quickly address groups of 200 people by attending house meetings.President-elect Cheng said he tried to attend as many Monday night dinners as possible at the various fraternities and sororities.“We met the large houses but also the small ones,” he said. “It took a lot of hustle and effort, but a lot of them really appreciated it and it showed in the results.”Parker Adams, IFC’s vice president for public relations, said the large Greek turnout shows the community’s investment in the future of the university.Adams also said the sense of community in the Greek system gives Greek candidates an advantage over other candidates.“When you’re in need of the support of people from that network, they are able and willing to give it,” he said. “There’s nothing in the USC residential community quite like that other than shaking hands and kissing babies on Trousdale.”Ronan said students in IFC fraternities are not voting for other IFC Greek males because they are told to or believe they need to, but rather out of a sense of having a better understanding and appreciation for a member of their own community.“Not to say IFC Greek males don’t understand nor appreciate non-IFC members, but rather it is an issue of familiarity,” Ronan said. “Its just like when a democrat decides to vote for another democrat.”Janice Kim, a sophomore majoring in communication, said, although she voted because one of the candidates came to her residence at Webb Tower and encouraged students to vote, others probably voted based on their group affiliations.“A lot of students organizations like Greeks have issues they really care about, and they make sure they are heard by motivating members to vote,” she said.Tommy Sander, a sophomore majoring in architecture, said the overall voter turnout reflects the underexposure of student government.“I don’t see any of the changes student government produces, if any, so for me to even care about elections about someone who to me really doesn’t do much isn’t happening,” he said. “They get votes from where they get exposure.”Sander said the high Greek participation highlights the fact that it is an organized system that can vote more as a unit.Alex Schaff, a junior majoring in biology and economics and a member of an IFC fraternity, which he preferred not to disclose, said word-of-mouth about candidates travels faster in the small Greek community than in the larger university community.“I just voted because I’m a Greek, a friend told me about a [candidate], and I wanted the Greek guy to win because I saw he had a lot of the same interests as me,” he said.
Share StumbleUpon Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Related Articles Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Share Submit Paddy Power has announced the launch of its ‘first-ever documentary series’, further supporting its sponsorship of the ‘2018 – CONIFA World Football Cup’ (London 31 May – 10 June).Last March, the bookmaker announced its lead sponsorship of CONIFA’s tournament, stating that it wanted to support ‘football’s rebel nations’, who are currently not recognised by FIFA.Sponsoring CONIFA 2018, the bookmaker stated that it wanted to partner with a summer football tournament whose organising parties’ supported racial diversity, gay rights and English football fans…Competing teams at ‘CONIFA London 2018’, will include the exiled people of Tibet, the Zimbabwean region of Matabeleland, Northern Cyprus and the Isle of Man.Paddy Power marketing releases the first video of its ‘in-house scripted, produced and edited’ documentary series, which will be broadcast across the bookmaker’s YouTube Channel and CONIFA partner website Goal.comSpokesman Paddy Power said: “We love the idea of a tournament which represents the underdog, and sticks one up FIFA.“English fans have little or no incentive to go to Russia, so we thought we’d give them an alternative right on the doorstep… CONIFA 2018 has no millionaires, no prima donnas, just decent lads who are every bit as patriotic as every other international player.”
Abner Mares (25-0-1, 14KO) successfully defended his WBC super bantamweight title in an action packed unanimous decision victory over former WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno (33-2-1, 12KO).Mares applied heavy pressure all through the bout and finally caught Moreno with a hard right cross that dropped him at the end of round five. Mares was warned on numerous occasions for fouls, at least twice for low blows and the other for a punch to the back of a turned Moreno.Instead, however, it was Moreno who was penalized a point in the eleventh round for pulling on the head of Mares while clinched, as referee Raul Caiz Jr. did his best Russell Mora impression (Mares vs. Agbeko I).Judges scored the bout 116-110 (twice) and, inexplicably, 120-106, in favor of Mares.
For the second successive season the race for the title in the CAL bank beach soccer league will go down the wire with rivals Havedzi Mighty Warriors and Keta Sunset Sports battling it out for who emerges kings of beach soccer in Ghana.Defending champions, Keta Sunset will have to defeat city rivals Havedzi Mighty Warriors to annex the gong for the third successive season.It’s been a tale of two halves with the Warriors dominating the first round of the campaign but Sunset Sport doing the exact same in the second round.A run of nine successive wins have seen the champions not only go level on points with their rivals but also over take them via goal difference. Having dropped points unexpectedly at some stages in the second round, Havedzi still racked up an impressive seven wins from nine games in the second half of the season.This run has ensured that Havedzi still dictates the pace at the top. The Warriors are responsible for one of the two defeats inflicted on Sunset Sports thus far this year and will hope to repeat that feat which will see them being the first club aside the Champions to win the crown.Aside the tussle for the title, three teams will also slug it out against different oppositions in their quests to make the top four. East Legon Sharks have move from relegation candidates in previous campaigns to top four contenders this season. Currently sitting third with 30 points, the Sharks will look to wrap up their impressive campaign with a win against 6th place Teshie United.Debutants Gulf powers have also surprised all with their energetic displays and will be keen on sealing a place in the top four with one more energetic show against Dansoman.The newboys had a tough start in the league but they have improved in leaps and bounds that has seen them climb to fourth on the log.The ”landlords” Wuo Gbee are the last of three contenders for the top four slot, and may have left it late in their surge but three points could do the trick. Currently lying 5th on the log with 28 points, the La based side have an outside chance of sneaking into the top four as they will not only have to get the results but also hope for other results to go their way.Ada Assurance and Nima BSC have been by far the most disappointing teams of the season, and rightly so they occupy the bottom two positions on the log and will play their soccer next season in the second tier of Ghana Beach Soccer.Their places will be taken by the Nungua United who will be making a return into the top flight after suffering demotion last term and Golden Eagles who have put up some electrifying performances this season. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports