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Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka in T20 for first time

first_imgDHAKA, Bangladesh (AP):Sabbir Rahman hit a career-best 80 as Bangladesh secured their first-ever Twenty20 victory over Sri Lanka with a 23-run win in the Asia Cup yesterday.Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat, only to be reduced to a precarious 2-2 before Rahman steered the hosts to a challenging total of 147-7.Shakib Al Hasan scored 32 to give Rahman useful support as they combined for an 82-run stand for the fourth wicket. Mahmudullah was unbeaten on 23.Bangladesh’s bowlers then did their job, restricting Sri Lanka to 124-8 with fast-bowler Al-Amin Hossain claiming 3-34. Al Hasan, a left-arm spinner, had 2-21.Sri Lanka opener Dinesh Chandimal, reprieved on 0, went on to score 37 and Shehan Jayasuriya added 26.Rahman survived a close call when on 46, Chamara Kapugedara failed to hold on to a catch on the boundary rope. Instead, the ball went for six to give Rahman his third T20 half-century. He was then in full control until fast-bowler Dushmantha Chameera (3-30) got him with a slower delivery. Rahman cracked 10 boundaries and three sixes in his 54-ball knock.Chameera also took the wicket of Al Hasan as he tried to keep the momentum going. Mahmudullah then hit two fours and one six in his undefeated 23.Sri Lanka could have lost Chandimal in the second ball of the chase, but Soumya Sarkar missed a regulation catch in second slip off fast-bowler Taskin Ahmed.Al-Amin Hossain made the breakthrough by dismissing Tillakaratne Dilshan for 12, but Chandimal and Shehan Jayasuriya replied with a stand of 56 runs for the second wicket.Bangladesh bowlers clawed back with four wickets in just 16 runs, including the scalps of Chandimal and Jayasuirya, to turn the match.Fast-bowlers Mustafizur Rahman and Mashrafe Mortaza, and off-spinner Mahmudullah, chipped in with one wicket apiece to help steer the hosts to victory.last_img read more

Wolves shock Liverpool

first_imgLONDON (AP) – Liverpool’s season continues to implode after second-tier side Wolverhampton Wanderers inflicted the latest setback in the FA Cup yesterday.Wolves won 2-1 at Anfield to cap a week of misery for Juergen Klopp. The English Premier League title challenge faltered further by losing to Swansea, and the League Cup run ended in a semi-final defeat to Southampton.Another Premier League challenger came close to a greater humiliation in the FA Cup but Tottenham managed to fight back against fourth-tier side Wycombe Wanderers. Son Heung-min pounced in the seventh minute of stoppage time to recover Tottenham’s 4-3 victory.Results: Liverpool 1 Wolves 2; Tottenham 4 Wycombe 3; Crystal Palace 0 Manchester City 3; Chelsea 4 Brentford 0; Southampton 0 Arsenal 5; Burnley 2 Bristol City 0; Oxford 3 Newcastle 0.last_img read more

‘Focus on young swimmers’ techniques’

first_imgFormer first vice-president at the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) Allan Roy Marsh says young local swimmers are struggling to make a transition from age-group swimming to competing at the senior level because of misplaced priorities in coaching them. Marsh, who represented Jamaica at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, says too much focus is being placed on young swimmers winning at meets rather than them learning to get their techniques right. “I think one of the first things we should look at, in terms of our programme, is that we should spend a lot more time focusing On the early years of the swimmers’ development, particularly in the period before 10 years old, on technique and developing the mastery of strokes of all the different components of swimming,” he says. “The different strokes, turns, dives and streamlines so that as they get older, with the correct technique, it becomes second nature and is instinctive to them. As they get older, they’ll be able to get stronger and more efficient when they swim.” Marsh says that the problem stems from improper coaching principles at some of the local swimming clubs, as he says it comes down to a combination of some coaches not giving enough focus to technical development, while others just do not know better. “Some coaches do know better and are, in fact, focusing on those areas, but there’s also the pressure for success,” Marsh said. “That is a very challenging balance sometimes because the pressure might be there and everyone wants their child to be number one, but it could come at the expense of them not developing properly.” Marsh says that a part of the reason for a lack of transition is that many young swimmers gain scholarships at preparatory (private) schools in the United States and never return to represent the country after. He says that a way to address this is by offering scholarships at local tertiary institutions and attempting to create more swimming events at this level locally, although he admits that there would be a difficulty given the small number of tertiary schools in the island. Former ASAJ president Martin Lyn agrees with Marsh about offering scholarships, but says that the Government also has a role to play. “The problem with Jamaica is that we really concentrate on athletics, which I understand as it has put us on the map,” Lyn said. “As I’ve always maintained, there are so many other sports that Jamaicans can excel at and it gets no support either from sponsors. Sometimes, even the government is reluctant to put funds or infrastructure into other sports. “We don’t lack talent in Jamaica. I’ve said that on every podium I stand on. “One of the main drawbacks is that once the athlete goes to university or college, it becomes a little difficult to finance training, so it really comes down to sponsorship.” OFFER SCHOLARSHIPSlast_img read more

Coach Debbah Confident of Prosperous Soccer Future

first_imgThe newly hired head coach of Lone Star, James Salinsa Debbah has expressed confidence that his appointment is the beginning of a prosperous future for Liberian football.The ex-Liberian celebrated football star said his preferment will return the country to its rightful place in continental and international football.Coach Debbah made the assertion over the weekend when he and other former Lone Star players were officially appointed as coaches of the various national teams.The Mighty Barrolle icon stated that the training and inclusion of former Lone Star players to spearhead the various teams is unprecedented in the history of Liberian football.“I first want to give thanks and appreciation to the President of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Mr. Musa Hassan Bility for initiating this program to incorporate former Lone Star Players,” Coach Debbah said.“This initiative by the President is unprecedented in the history of football in this country, and I am very optimistic that this is the beginning of a bright and prosperous future in Liberian football, a future I believed that will put us back on that pedestal of international relevance in football.”FA boss with approval from the Executive Committee and the Ministry of Youth and Sports announced James Salinsa Debbah, head coach and Kervin Sebwe, deputy head coach for the Senior Lone Star and Washington Blay as the Administrative Manager (Team Manager).For the U-23 Lone Star, Thomas Kojo and Janjay Jacobs have been appointed as head coach and deputy head coach, while Christopher Wleh and Oliver Markor are coaches for the U-20.Joe Nagbe and George Gerbro were appointed to takeover the U-17 Lone Star and for the U-17, Vamah Kpoto and Jonah Sarwiah were hired.Coach Kelvin Sebwe has also been appointed as the head coach for the Female Lone Star.Mr. Bility said the coaches will be given 100% freedom to recruit players.The president said the coaches will begin a month orientation hopefully this week to develop their programs.Debbah indicated that because of qualifying the national team twice to the African Cup of Nations, and the near qualification to the World Cup, as part of the George Weah’s 11, expectations of the Liberian people will be high, and urged them to be patience.“I want the Liberians to be aware that this program is not an event, but rather a process that will require time, energy and resources to yield fruits,” Coach Debbah said.In a grave tone, he appealed to the Government of Liberia under the patronage of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to provide the team with the necessary support in order to carry out their functions efficiently.“Brazil’s achievements in international football were not only based on skills and their passion for the game, but due to their commitment to players and their development,” Coach Debbah noted.Debbah said: “If these requirements are met, I am positive that we will prevail in all our endeavors.”For his part, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Lenn Eugene Nagbe thanked the LFA for the recruitment of former players to steer the affairs of the national teams, arguing that it’s an international practice.He pledged the government’s support to the LFA and the teams, saying that the country will remain supportive to football and revealed that plans are underway for Debbah and other coaches to attend an international coaching abroad, but he did not state how soon.The technical director of LFA, Henry Brown said in compliance with the regulation of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the coaches underwent 160 hours of training in three weeks to earn a License B Certificate in coaching.Coach Brown wished the former players success in their new undertaking unlike the former Liberian coaches who failed miserably.One of the former Lone Star players of the George Weah’s 11, Jonathan ‘Boye Charles’ Sogbie said the appointment of Debbah  is inspirational as a former linchpin player and argued that he carries the necessary ingredient to national teams and would serve as a role model.He said the preferment of Kervin Sebwe is unique because he is a disciplinarian, who keeps players together.“I’m happy to hear that other former players have been appointed in the feeder teams, like Christopher Wleh, Oliver Markor, Vamah Kpoto and others.”Liberia’s international match commissioner, G. Andy Quamie said the idea to bring the former national team players in the football program is a welcoming idea, arguing that other countries like Brazil, Argentina and Nigeria did the same.“We hope the government will support the national teams to reach higher heights and also hope the LFA will give them all the necessary support.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

I went for the win against City, says Benitez

first_img“It was not about resting players for Saturday,” Benitez said. “It was about trying to play the best players possible to try to get something from this game. We were trying to win this game.“We cannot forgot we have a couple of games in a few games time against teams at the bottom of the table, but today the idea was to have players with pace to play counter-attack, and try to create something.“We did that in the first half with Rolando [Aarons], and we had a couple of chances in the second half where we were very close.“We were not thinking too much about [the goal difference], we were thinking about trying to get points, but if you lose it is better to lose 1-0 than 4-0.“That was not the idea though. The idea was to try to get points and win if we could, but we knew that to win we would have to do everything perfect and they would have to have a bad day.”The Magpies have now lost five of their last six league matches, and won just once in their last 11, leading Benitez to call for signings in the January transfer window.“I think that this club still has great potential,” he added. “If we do the things that we have to do now in January and we stay in the Premier League, it’s one of the teams that has to be in the top eight.“If you talk about the massive money that has been spent in football in these years, maybe it is not easy. But you never know. To improve teams like Newcastle, if you do the right things it is enough to be stronger and bigger and compete.“If you spend £200m, £300m every year, obviously even if you make mistakes you have a good team, but without spending so much money, you can still improve and do well. That is my idea if we are capable to stay in the Premier League.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez, pictured in August 2017, downplayed the fight between his players Jamaal Lascelles and Mohamed Diame, saying he had seen worseLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 28 – Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez explained his team selection after Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City at St James’ Park.The Spaniard made five changes for the match, in which a single goal from Raheem Sterling gave City their 18th consecutive win, but insisted that it was not done with one eye on Saturday’s clash against Brighton & Hove Albion.last_img read more

‘We have 50 more points than last season. We believe!’ – Leicester star Fuchs

first_imgChristian Fuchs has told talkSPORT Leicester have the belief to close out the season and finally clinch a stunning Premier League title win.The Foxes have been unmoved at the top of the table since January and maintained their seven point lead at the summit with a 2-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday.It’s been a whirlwind 12 months for Leicester, who have transformed from a team narrowly escaping the clutches of relegation last season to frontrunners for the top flight crown.And while centre-back Fuchs insists there is confidence in the camp, he admits the team know all too well the dangers of complacency with five games still left to play“At exactly the same date last year we had 50 points less than we have this year, so it’s been an incredible season for all of us,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“We’re having a lot of fun and we believe in our game.“But the manager is right to be humble, because all we can affect is the next game, we can’t do any more.“There are five more games, so there are 15 points we can give away and we are seven points ahead, so we all know that everything can happen very fast.“Leicester is the perfect example of that, we’ve come from all the way down [the table] last year to all the way up this year. Things can change very fast.”The Foxes guaranteed their place in the top four and a Champions League qualification spot with their victory on Sunday, and Fuchs is excited about playing in Europe’s top tier once again, having tasted previous success with former club Schalke.“I already have some experience in that field,” the Austrian added.“I played [and he scored!] against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu and won 4-3 with Schalke two years ago [Real still progressed to the quarter-finals 5-4 on aggregate].“I can only tell you it’s amazing and I’m very much looking forward to playing with Leicester in the Champions League.“It’s something we have achieved now and can be proud of but there are still have five games to go and we want to win them.”last_img read more

Perchlorate study sought

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsPerchlorate is a rocket fuel chemical that in large doses has been linked to thyroid problems. It’s a known contaminant at the Whittaker-Bermite site south of Soledad Canyon Road, where the explosives and rocket testing occurred more decades until operations ceased in 1987. The chemical migrated into the local aquifer, which led to the capping of six wells since 1997. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control is overseeing cleanup of the land, while water agencies led by the Castaic Lake Water Agency has prepared a water decontamination plan. Though not a federal defense site, Levin said the amendment may have some impact on the Bermite property. “Under the language of the amendment, the Department of Defense would be required to identify all potential parties who stored perchlorate on their sites,” he said. “It affects not only military installations, but also contractors.” Baca’s 43rd Congressional District also is hit with severe perchlorate contamination – the chemical has migrated from defense sites and has been found in large concentrations in both the Rialto-Colton and Chino groundwater basins, Levin said. A San Bernardino congressman is pushing legislation that would require the Department of Defense to study perchlorate contamination at former defense sites, but it’s uncertain if private defense contractors such as the former Bermite operation would benefit. The House passed an amendment Friday calling for the study. The 996-acre Whittaker-Bermite property in Santa Clarita – linked to perchlorate contamination in groundwater – is not a federally designated Formerly Utilized Defense Site. But Rep. Joe Baca, D-Rialto, author of the amendment, believes federal resources should help remedy contamination cleanups now handled by state and local authorities. “It’s important and helpful, at least to uncover the full scope of the problem and assign responsibility, and therefore create more of an impetus for funding of federal cleanup,” Michael Levin, a Baca spokesman, said Friday. “The congressman believes the federal government has responsibility for cleanup because defense is a national and federal issue.” One Rialto well found perchlorate levels of 1,000 parts per billion, compared to the state standard of 6 parts per billion. Municipal wells in Santa Clarita showed concentrations of about 45 parts per billion. In California, perchlorate has impacted 319 wells. The amendment is part of the House of Representatives’ National Defense Authorization Act, which allocates $512.9 billion in defense and national security programs at the Department of Energy. It includes $50 million toward the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is under debate on the House floor. Baca also proposed another amendment to the defense bill granting funds for local communities involved in perchlorate cleanup, but it failed to pass. “I will continue working on federal funding for perchlorate cleanup,” Baca said in a statement. “Most of the contamination resulted from the federal government, so local communities should not get stuck paying the bill.” (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgBeginners and senior ladies at beginners first night on the course.The weather last week was glorious and sometimes nearly too hot for golf but as it probably won’t last, we won’t complain! Magees Chemist Open was, as usual, very popular with the ladies, both members and guests.The best 36 handicap was Catherine Ryan, Mary Murray achieved the only 2, the visitors prize was won by Ann Spence from Spa (20 points), Connie Reddan won the front 9 (20 points), Catherine Cooke Harkin the back 9 (20 points), 3rd place was Liz Geddes (Spa, 37 points), Marian O’Sullivan won gross (28 gross points), Runner-up was Nuala McGarrigle (39 points BOT) and the winner was Mary Murray (39 points). The Thursday 13 hole competition was won by Peggy Forde with 24 points and Marian O’Sullivan was runner-up with 23 points BOT. Well done to all prize winners and thanks to the sponsors.It was a very encouraging sight to see 9 lady beginners take their first trip out on the golf course. An enjoyable and informative evening was held with the beginners and some of the senior ladies (in golfing years only!) and we look forward to these beginners taking full part in our club, both golfing and social. The popular mixed foresomes competition took place on Friday and was enjoyed by all. This competition encourages the gents and ladies to play together and to socialise afterwards and is something that should be run several times during the year. The winners were Maura Cavanagh and Christopher Duffy, runners up were Gerard Duffy and Cynthia Fuery and Eddie and Eileen Harvey were third.Best wishes to Mr. Captain Henry McCahey on this his Captain’s week from all the Letterkenny ladies.Lady Captain Sandra McMonagle with Magees Chemist winners. Mary Murray (winner), Nuala McGarrigle (2nd), Marian O’Sullivan (gross). Also in photo are Bridget McClaffety and Eileen Daly, prize winners in previous week’s 13 hole competition. GOLF NEWS: LETTERKENNY LADIES WELCOME NINE NEW MEMBERS was last modified: July 15th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Ladies Golf Club noteslast_img read more

Internet key to better campaigning

first_img “We were really able to use our Web site to build an online community,” Swanson said. “I think it’s really important in campaigns, because not everyone is going to want to knock on doors and make phone calls, but a surprising number of people will get online and get information from the Internet.” Harrison Sheppard, (916)446-6723 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “Empowerment is the ability to make a difference. Empowerment affects who the candidates are, what the issues are and how they’re addressed.” Before the creation of the Internet, Cole said, people felt informed – but not necessarily empowered – by print and broadcast media. Now they feel they can participate directly in campaigns from their own homes, he said, organizing demonstrations and campaigns, sharing views with other citizens and raising money more easily. The center, which moved to USC from UCLA last year, surveys the same group of 2,072 people across the United States every year, and does similar surveys in about 25 other countries. The survey released today was conducted by phone between January and March. Robin Swanson, a spokesman for the Alliance for a Better California, said the Internet was an important component of the labor coalition’s effort to defeat Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ballot measures in last month’s special election. SACRAMENTO – The Internet has become an increasingly valuable tool in political campaigns, with a growing number of users saying the technology is empowering their political decisions, a study released today says. Nearly 40 percent of Internet users said they feel that going online gives them more political clout – up from 27 percent the year before, according to the survey by the Digital Future Project at the University of Southern California. And almost 62 percent of respondents said they believe the Internet is important to political campaigns, according to the survey by the project, which has surveyed thousands of Internet users over the past five years. “Empowerment means much more than just (receiving) information,” said Jeffrey Cole, director of the University of Southern California Annenberg School Center for the Digital Future. last_img read more

Palm Pre’s New Strategy: Forget iTunes, Hello Wireless Amazon Downloads

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout sarah perez 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…center_img When the Palm Pre debuted, one of its most useful features was its ability to sync with Apple’s iTunes software. Unfortunately, how it went about doing this was a little bit underhanded: it pretended to be an iPhone. The most recent version of the hack – yes, there were several – was made possible by Palm’s use of Apple’s USB hardware vendor code provided by the USB Implementers Forum, an industry standards group. The Pre simply used Apple’s code so that iTunes would see the Pre as an Apple device. Apple of course, was not happy, and purposefully broke this functionality in subsequent iTunes software updates. Palm responded by complaining to the Forum, but the group took Apple’s side. Now, finally, the Apple/Palm war seems to have ended. With the latest update to Palm Pre’s webOS software, the company has come up with a new tactic altogether: forget about iTunes, use Amazon instead. Palm vs. AppleThe back-and-forth between Apple and Palm was getting ugly. A cat and mouse game transpired involving hacks, crippling updates from Apple, and then re-hacks from Palm which did nothing for either company’s image. Some felt that Apple had every right to protect their software from being used with other devices – after all, if something went wrong with Pre syncing, consumers could easily blame Apple’s software for the troubles. They may even call in for support, not understanding that Apple wouldn’t be able to handle issues arising from the use of a competitor’s hardware. Others, however, felt that Apple should open up. With their dominance over the entire digital media player industry, keeping their proprietary software a closed system was a way to make sure that no up-and-comers could ever have a shot at becoming a popular alternative to the iPod or iPhone. Palm, of course, felt this way, too. They complained to the USB-IF saying that consumers should have a right to decide how they use the media they purchase. That is, if they bought content from iTunes, they should be able to sync it to the Pre. The USB-IF did not agree, though. They sent letters to both companies explaining that Palm’s use of Apple’s USB vendor code actually violated the group’s rules and would need to end. Clearly, Palm lost this round, too – but don’t count them out just yet.Palm Releases webOS 1.2Yesterday, Palm released an update of the Pre software, webOS. While most of the reporting surrounding the new OS involved the important update which brings paid applications to the Pre’s App Catalog, another under-reported feature is actually just as (if not more) important. The Pre now lets you download over-the-air from Amazon’s MP3 Store.According to the Official Palm Blog, the Amazon integration now works over both WAN or Wi-Fi, meaning that you don’t need to be hooked up to a PC via USB to purchase music on your Pre. You can do so directly from the device, just like Apple iPod Touch and iPhone users can do through Apple’s mobile iTunes Store. Although the iTunes experience overall may have been the preferable option for many users, Amazon at least provides a viable alternative for Pre owners. Amazon’s online catalog may still be a few million short of that of Apple’s, but often their prices are much more affordable thanks to daily deals and albums that start at $4.99. While Palm hasn’t officially responded to the USB-IF’s letter – despite being told they had to do so within a week – it seems that they have, without actually saying so, made their decision. The latest update’s release notes do not mention iTunes syncing, and, as many expected, it has not been re-enabled. It looks like Palm Pre has given up the fight for good, now betting entirely on Amazon. The company’s original plan to sync with iTunes was a calculated risk and one which now leaves consumers holding the short end of the stick. How many Pre owners bought the Pre because it synced with iTunes? How many are angry or disappointed because it doesn’t now? It may have been better if Palm never went this route to begin with and worked on making the Amazon integration the key selling point from day one. Of course, hindsight is always 20/20. However, their decision may end up having a major impact on the company’s future, considering they’ve essentially bet the farm on webOS, ending support for devices running both the original Palm OS and Windows Mobile. Will giving up on iTunes impact device sales for the struggling company? Or will extricating themselves from this nasty war with Apple end up being the best thing they could have done? 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#mobile#music#news#NYT#web last_img read more