Russia 2018: Senegal’s Teranga Lions Roar to First African Victory

first_imgSenegal’s Teranga Lions recorded Africa’s first victory at the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, beating Poland 2-1 at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow.The victory evoked memories of Senegal’s most recent World Cup campaign – their debut 16 years ago – in which they defeated holders France in Seoul in the opening match.The Poles are not quite as huge a scalp as Les Bleus, but the African side, were underdogs nevertheless, and belied that status with their energetic performance. Idrissa Gueye’s low drive was deflected into his own net by Thiago Cionek, but the Teranga Lions were good value for their lead. Mbaye Niang seized an opportunity in the hesitant Poland defence to round Wojciech Szczesny and double his side’s advantage after the break.Grzegorz Krychowiak’s decision-making was partly to blame for Senegal’s second and he made some amends by reducing the arrears with a late goal.But it was ultimately in vain as Aliou Cisse’s side held on to claim three points – their first World Cup win since Cisse captained the side to victory against Sweden in the Korea/Japan 2002 Round of 16.The defeat proved the worry of the Polish team’s handlers right. Before the game, they wondered whether their defence could keep out Senegal’s attack without Kamil Glik, who is nursing a shoulder injury.Glik is called “the boss of Polish defence” and it proved impossible to find an adequate replacement for him Tuesday.Poland needs to improve elsewhere too ahead of the next clash against Colombia.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Karolis Kundrotas builds off Lithuanian upbringing as Elon freshman

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Elon administration charged head basketball coach Matt Matheny to go find overseas players. He had already established relationships in different countries when he was an assistant at Davidson. But now in charge, he was tasked with finding international athletes for his own program.He found Karolis Kundrotas at a prep school in London that has served as a basketball hotbed of talent. But London is not where Kundrotas found his love for basketball. It’s from a basketball-obsessed city in Lithuania that has developed numerous NBA talents.“Karolis fits perfectly into what we look for in recruiting at Elon,” Matheny said, “He’s someone that is coachable, that is tough and that is willing to work.”The 6-foot, 11-inch freshman Kundrotas, who was born and raised in Kaunus will come to the Carrier Dome on Saturday at 7 p.m. to face Syracuse (2-0) as a part of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Though he’s scored just five points in 15 minutes this season for Elon (2-1), Kundrotas’ past stops shaped the promising player.Kundrotas moved to England with his mother in 2006 and played at the Barking Abbey Basketball Academy. The academy’s professionalism helped prepare him to play Division I.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter failing to bring in European recruits in past years, Mattheny successfully reeled in Kundrotas.“The coaches there are really sharp,” Kundrotas said of the Academy. “The closest program that I’ve been to that matched American standards.”The Barking Abbey program, which head coach Lloyd Gardner called the British version of an American“prep school,” is linked to a normal British state high school and is regarded as one of the top basketball programs in the UK for developing young players.The Abbey program previously sent fellow Lithuanian Paulius Satkus one year earlier to James Madison and Kundrotas followed a similar path.Program director Matt Clark said that every Lithuanian player comes with solid fundamentals and a 3-point shot, which Clark called a “signature” of all European big men.“Lithuanians grow up with basketball,” Clark said. “It’s their national sport. A large number of their heroes are basketball players.”Kundrotas’ hometown in Lithuania, Kaunus, is a goldmine for basketball stars, producing several NBA players including Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Donatas Motiejūnas Arvydas Sabonis, Šarūnas Marčiulionis and Linas Kleiza.“Being from the same place,” the freshman said, “they’re people that I look up to. I idolize them.”While many young athletes in Lithuania look up to players like Ilgauskus and Montiejunas, Kundrotas said that his hero was another Lithuanian basketball star.Šarūnas “Šaras” Jasikevičius was another product of Kaunus, Lithuania and played point guard in the United States for Maryland. Jasikevičius played a majority of his career overseas, but had a brief stint with the Indiana Pacers in the NBA.“He was the man in my eyes,” Kundrotas said, “with Zydrunas of course, he’s also legend.”Kundrotas hasn’t come close to the level that his heroes have reached yet, but Matheny thinks highly of his future.Matheny believes that despite Kundrotas coming more game-ready than the coaching staff anticipated, he still has a lot to work on and to learn before he can play big minutes for the Phoenix.Both are excited for the opportunity to play at Syracuse. It’s a chance for Kundrotas to play in the type of venue his countrymen became accustomed to.“I can’t believe the opportunity I’ve got from where I come from,” Kundrotas said, “I can’t wait.” Comments Published on November 20, 2015 at 12:02 pm Contact Jack: jfupton@syr.edulast_img read more

WATCH: LeBron James Jr. throws down first in-game dunk, drops 27 in L.A. debut

first_imgThe James family is taking over hoops in Hollywood.While his dad brings new life to the Lakers, LeBron “Bronny” James Jr. is only beginning to dominate the middle school basketball circuit as he scored 27 points in his L.A. debut with Santa Monica Crossroad’s eighth-grade team Monday. Two of those points game on Bronny’s first in-game dunk.Bronny dunking with ease in his first game in LA. 👀🙌 (via @jarbasfaria) pic.twitter.com/AoAWYypWku— House of Highlights (@HoHighlights) December 5, 2018Bronny gave the crowd a preview of his dunking ability in pregame warm-ups, so we can expect to see several more slams from the 14-year-old.Bronny dunking with ease now 👀💥(Via @HoopJourneyHJ) pic.twitter.com/Z6ENRnOVAb— MaxPreps (@MaxPreps) December 4, 2018However, arguably more noticeable than the elevation on the 5-10 Bronny’s dunk, was the No. 23 on his uniform. He wore No. 0 on the AAU circuit.James told reporters Tuesday he he was “proud” to see his oldest son wearing his number. Bronny James wearing Number 23 I’m witnessing history 🏀 🔥 pic.twitter.com/DkpmY4oa2J— Mookie (@JaKwinAnt) December 4, 2018″My kid has his own personality, he has his own DNA. We share the same name but he has his own path,” James said. “But it was cool when he came downstairs the other day and showed me that he was wearing 23.”James’ youngest son, 11-year-old Bryce, wore No. 6 (his dad’s uniform number from the Miami Heat and the Olympics) in his first game Monday.LeBron’s son Bryce wearing #6 and drilling it 💦 @KingJames pic.twitter.com/PM2aMaTHlS— Overtime (@overtime) December 5, 2018″It’s like a really good feeling,” James said. “The tough part is when I’m on the road and they’re doing those things as well, so that’s a tough part, but the availability when I’m here and they’re working, I get to relax — a little bit.”last_img read more

Jeremy Lin sits while Los Angeles Lakers struggle again on defense vs. Golden State Warriors

first_img“There were a lot of guys we were going at in our session, mostly our bigs because they did a poor job of recovering,” Scott said before the game. “Our pick and roll coverage was mostly soft.” The Lakers also struggled offensively. Nash and Bryant combined for only nine points on 3-of-18 shooting. Wesley Johnson also bricked a fast-break dunk, sparking loud boos that were usually reserved last season for Dwight Howard’s return or Mike D’Antoni’s presence on the sideline. Words of wisdomDespite his looming presence, Bryant has said he has adopted a more patient leadershop approach with the Lakers’ young roster. “He’s been a little softer with older age,” Scott joked about the 36-year-old Bryant. “It’s fun watching it. He takes it very seriously. When he pulls guys aside, he’s really trying to show them little things about being successful in this league.”Scott mentored Bryant during his rookie season 18 years ago. The only element of “hazing” involved Bryant delivering Scott donuts or water. “He was one of those guys who was a student and real serious as an 18 year old,” Scott said. “I just remember this guy is driven. The last thing I remember telling someone is he will be the best player in the NBA.” ONTARIO >> Thankfully for the Lakers, these games do not count. Unfortunately for the Lakers, they are already dealing with issues that plagued them in past seasons.The Lakers cannot defend. They cannot keep their players healthy, either.Lakers guard Jeremy Lin sat out of the Lakers’ 116-75 preseason loss on Sunday to the Golden State Warriors at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario a day after spraining his left ankle in Saturday’s practice. Lakers coach Byron Scott described Lin as “walking gingerly” and believes he can play Thursday’s exhibition against Utah in Anaheim. But Lin said his ankle feels “sore” and walked in an arena hallway pretty slowly. Lin joins a heavy cast of players already sidelined, including Jordan Clarkson (left calf muscle), Nick Young (right thumb), Ryan Kelly (left hamstring) and Xavier Henry (back spasms). “I’m not really worried about it,” Scott said. “Unfortunately for Jeremy and unfortunately for Nick, it gives other guys an opportunity. I really don’t look at this as unfortunate unless it lasts longer.”Kobe Bryant may have stayed in the lineup, while Steve Nash returned after resting for one exhibition to preserve his 40-year-old body. But for a team that has put heavy emphasis in training camp on bolstering its defense, the Lakers haven’t seen immediate returns on their investment. The Lakers opened the first quarter of their game on Sunday against the Warriors allowing them to open with a 20-4 lead, punctuated by Stephen Curry’s consecutive 3-pointers and an alley oop lob to Harrison Barnes. The Warriors converted on two four-point plays in the first quarter. The Lakers conceded 17 points in transition. Lakers guard Ronnie Price even drew a technical with 8:50 left in the second quarter for throwing his loose shoe at the Warriors’ Andre Iguodala apparently to stop a fast break. Add it up, and the Warriors easily won their first preseason game in Ontario after four appearances in the past five years. All this happened only four days after the Lakers hosted the Warriors at Staples Center where they conceded a combined 45 points to Curry and Klay Thompson.So much for the Lakers’ film session on Saturday that involving critiquing their defense. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

No luck Wildcats have little to show after hockey weekend

first_imgby Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIf the Kootenay Wildcats didn’t have bad luck the team would have no luck at all.Despite being in every game, even out shooting the opposition by a wide margin during one of the losses, the Cats came away with a 1-3 record during the B.C. Female Midget AAA Hockey Super Weekend this past weekend in Nelson.
“I’m happy with how we came out of the weekend and what we learned and now we have something to focus on for the next few weeks,” said Kootenay coach Mario DiBella.“What I’m not particularly happy with is the results. We get an “A” for effort and a “C” for results,” DiBella added.Kootenay finished the weekend losing 4-1 to Fraser Valley Phantom at the NDCC Arena.Trailing 2-1, Kootenay saw its bad luck grow after missing two glorious scoring chances that would have evened the contest. As luck would have it, Fraser Valley came back to score the next goal to win the contest. Aimee DiBella’s shorthanded tally had given the Wildcats a brief 1-0 lead in the first period. Brianne Burns was in goal for Kootenay.The Wildcats opened the round robin tournament that included teams from Vancouver, Prince George, Thompson/Okanagan and Fraser Valley, Friday dropping a 4-2 decision to Vancouver FusiomDespite out shooting the Fusion 45-19, it was the Lower Mainland squad coming away with the victory.“We out shoot Vancouver by a wide margin but get a bad bounce when our goalie goes out to clear the puck . . . it hits the heel of her stick and goes right to the opposition who shoots it into the empty net,” DiBella explained. “We press for the tying goal but (Vancouver) gets an empty net goal and we lose 4-2.”Aimee DiBella and Christina Bonacci scored for the Wildcats.Kootenay then dropped a tough 9-2 decision to Thompson/Okanagan Rockets. Stephanie Schaupmeyer scored three times for the winners. Shea Weighill and Kiana Strand replied for Kootenay.Kootenay’s lone trip to the win column came later Saturday when the Cats dumped Prince George Cougars 5-1. Bonacci led the attack with two goals and two assists. Aimee DiBella also scored twice with Randi Brown adding a single.Thompson/Okanagan came away undefeated during the weekend with wins over Vancouver Fusion (8-2), Fraser Valley (2-1) and Prince George (4-3).The other scores had Prince George edging Vancouver 4-3 and Fraser Valley blasting the Cougars 10-2.Kootenay, 4-4 has a week break before returning to action November 6-7 with a two-game series against Fraser Valley in Pitt Meadows.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Ontario fire crews arrive in FSJ to battle Liard/Smith fire

first_imgPhoto: Firefighters from Ontario arrived at the Fort St. John airport around noon on Friday – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caThe province has called in fire crews from Ontario and Alberta, to assist in containing the Liard River Fire.- Advertisement -Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell announced on Friday that the province is taking advantage of the resource-sharing agreement it has with other provinces, and asking for additional crews.The Liard/Smith fire is estimated at around 200 square kilometers in size. Ontario crews arrived in Fort St. John on Friday, and are expected to help battle to blaze for 14 days.Among the staff are 60 firefighters, two fire behaviour specialists, one fire behaviour specialist apprentice, and one agency representative.These personnel will be deployed to the Smith River fire. Meanwhile, Alberta crews arrived yesterday at the Kamloops Fire Centre and are expected to stay for 14 days.Advertisement The staff includes a seven-person incident management team.last_img read more

The Liverpool stat Man United and Chelsea fans are LOVING today!

first_imgIt is 25 years to the day since Liverpool last won the league. A quarter of a century, 190 players later and over £770m spent, the Anfield side are still waiting for their 19th league title.Predictably, Manchester United and Chelsea fans have taken to Twitter to gloat on the Merseysiders failure, see what they have been saying below… 1 Liverpool League winners, 1990 last_img

DONEGAL GAA TEAM BANNED FROM BOOZING – BY THEMSELVES!

first_imgTHE Donegal GAA team  have been hit with a new booze ban – brought in by themselves.There will be no Guinness for the boys who play for McGuinness!The players even turned their nose up an offer by management to have a couple of drinks in their quest for glory. Alleged booze binges before and after games by some players in recent years have haunted Donegal teams.But now a self-imposed ban by the players under new manager Jim McGuinness is reaping plenty of rewards.Proof of their new discipline came when management gave players permission to have a couple of drinks after they beat Meath two weeks ago.However not one of the players decided to have a drink that night in a quest to continue their good form. Donegal GAA legend and pundit Martin McHugh said he is very impressed by the new-look Donegal and of the self-imposed booze ban.“That is a big change for Donegal,” he admitted.McHugh said he was very happy for Jim McGuinness and the backing the players have given him.“Players are getting up early and doing weights in the morning and going to the field on their own,” said McHugh, who was known to be a perfectionist when he played.And he added “I’d say this is the best set-up Donegal have ever had. They are a very happy camp,” he said. However the Kilcar man warned about people getting too carried away too early with the rebirth of the Donegal team.“The most important thing for Donegal is that supporters and the press don’t get carried away as has happened in the past after a few wins.“They may not be good enough against the bigger teams yet but it is going in the right direction, and it is a two of three year plan,” he said.Ends DONEGAL GAA TEAM BANNED FROM BOOZING – BY THEMSELVES! was last modified: March 23rd, 2011 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)last_img read more

FINN HARPS LAUNCH MONSTER FUNDRAISING DRAW

first_imgHarper the mascot joins Michaela Ramsey , James Doherty , Blaine Curtis and Shauna Scanlon to launch the 2012 Finn Harps Monster Draw. Tickets cost just €10 and are available from the Harps Clubhouse or can be bought online on www.finnharps.com (no booking fee)The fabulous prizes include: 1)€50002)€1000 Voucher for McElhinney’s Store3)42” TV (Irwin Expert)4)Toshiba Laptop 5)Lawnmower “Garden Care” (G Browne Tool hire)6)Ulster Tyre Centre €250 Tyre Voucher7) 500 Lts heating Oil Quinn Fuels8) 2 Nights B&B at any Signature Park Hotel9) B&B for two Villa Rose Hotel with Spa FINN HARPS LAUNCH MONSTER FUNDRAISING DRAW was last modified: May 22nd, 2012 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:Finn Harps Monster Drawlast_img read more

Calls for women who take time off work for abortion to get full pay

first_imgThomas Pringle has called for full pay for women when they take time off work to have an abortion.The Donegal Deputy said an existing maternity and infant scheme could be extended to grant leave to women planning a termination.The scheme enables pregnant women to free visits with their GP and obstetrician.They are legally entitled to paid time off for antenatal appointments under Maternity Protection Acts. It is believed that most workers planning terminations since abortion services were rolled out got a doctor’s cert and took sick leave.But this can leave many facing a dramatic fall in income, as employers are not obliged to fund their wages.This could leave many dependent on the social welfare Illness Benefit payment of up to €198 a week, once they have made enough social insurance contributions.Mr Pringle said it would make sense to extend an existing maternity scheme rather than trying to come up with a new one. “Ultimately, it’s the only way to ensure full pay because some employers don’t pay sick pay at all,” he told the Independent.ie.“Some mechanism needs to be set up to ensure they get some form of sick pay.”Irish Congress of Trade Unions equality officer David Joyce said the union umbrella body does not have a policy on the issue as abortion services have just started.“I understand that in the UK, the normal sick leave arrangements apply,” he said. “As there is no right under employment law here to be paid while on sick leave, that could be a serious deterrent to staying out of work – in particular for lower-paid women.”He described Mr Pringle’s proposals as interesting.Ibec director of employer relations Maeve McElwee said extending the scheme might cause problems for women as they would have to disclose they are pregnant.“Most doctors’ certs will simply say there is a medical illness, and employers will never know what that was,” she said. Calls for women who take time off work for abortion to get full pay was last modified: March 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:abortiondonegal womenlast_img read more