The 5th Grade Bulldogs played Sunday at the East Central High School Fieldhouse in the Dirt Road Basketball League Tournament pool play and came away with 3 easy victories to move their overall season record to (23-3). Scores from the day were: Game 1-Batesville 39, South Ripley 9; Game 2-Batesville 70, East Central 4; Game 3-Batesville 48, Franklin County 23.Leading the squad in scoring over the three games were Cayden Drake with 26, Brayden Maple 24, William Kuisel 23, Ethan Schneider 22, Lincoln Garrett 15, Trenton Jordan 12, Caleb Mohr 11, Landon Raver and Jaiden Kuria 10 each, and Owen Enneking 4.The Bulldogs will be the overall number one seed next on Championship Sunday for the DRBL, February 3rd at Batesville High School. Go Bulldogs!!!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Paul Drake.
RelatedPosts Arsenal, Leeds, Everton battle for €40m Dennis FA Cup replays scrapped in 2020-21 to ease fixture pressure Breaking: Arsenal win FA Cup, qualify for Europa League Reiss Nelson hit the only goal of the game as Arsenal took advantage of profligate finishing from Leeds to secure their place in FA Cup fourth round. The Gunners will travel to Bournemouth at the end of the month after England Under-21 winger Nelson finished from close-range to settle a tie which saw Sky Bet Championship leaders Leeds more than match their top-flight opponents. A decade on from a memorable FA Cup shock at rivals Manchester United, Leeds looked set to once again ruffle the feathers of the established order, only to fall agonisingly short after a fine display in front of a vast away following at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta, taking charge of just his fourth match, must have displayed the half-time attributes of someone like his opposite number Marcelo Bielsa – whose first foray into management came when his counterpart was just eight years old – as Arsenal were a different prospect after a dismal first-half. Leeds wasted a glut of chances to take the lead and make it a jittery night for Arteta and the home fans, Patrick Bamford coming closest when he rattled the frame of the goal. But, after the break, Arsenal responded to whatever Arteta demanded of them and Nelson’s tap-in on 55 minutes was enough to seal a hard-fought victory. Nicolas Pepe, having already enjoyed an early run at the Leeds defence, was the first to draw a save out of debutant Illan Meslier in the visitors’ goal. But it was the second-tier side who were using the ball better in the opening stages, working it into dangerous positions without finding an end product. They eventually tested Emiliano Martinez as Jack Harrison stung the palms of the stand-in Gunners goalkeeper, who was then helpless as Patrick Bamford’s strike cannoned back off the crossbar moments later. Arsenal – as they have been so often this season – were creating their own problems as a number of misplaced passes out of defence from the likes of David Luiz and fit-again Rob Holding saw them caught out by a Leeds side full of pressing players. Arteta’s surprise decision to deploy Sokratis Papastathopoulos at right-back was also looking questionable as the Greece international was easily beaten for pace by Ezgjan Alioski, who then angled a shot wide. Despite all of Leeds’ attacking play, they should have been behind on the half-hour mark but Luiz could only head Mesut Ozil’s corner wide having been picked out free in the box. At the other end, Martinez had to spring across his goal to keep out Alioski’s close-range header after the winger once again got the better of Sokratis. Yet another opportunity went begging for the away side as Robbie Gotts, another man making his Leeds debut, miscued a strike as the Arsenal fans began to grow restless. That unrest continued as the half drew to a close and concluded with Sokratis appearing to gesture to a section of supporters to calm down. Arsenal responded by starting the second-half with an urgency that was lacking for the opening 45 minutes, Nelson bursting into the box and then Alexandre Lacazette clipping the crossbar from a free-kick. Lacazette, wearing the captain’s armband in the absence of strike partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, then drew a low save out of Meslier before Matteo Guendouzi’s curling shot bent wide of the post. Leeds were now the side playing on the counter-attack and Bamford tested Martinez as a frenetic opening to the second period continued. Arsenal broke the deadlock from the very next attack as Pepe burst forward and fed Lacazette, who crossed in for Nelson to bundle home despite close attention from Meslier. Lacazette was lucky to escape a red card after aiming a kick at Gaetano Berardi, with both referee Anthony Taylor and the video assistant referee happy that it was not a matter of violent conduct. But there would be no late salvo from a Leeds side who have made something of a trademark from scoring late goals and they will return to their promotion push as Arsenal prepare for a trip to the Vitality Stadium in round four.Tags: FA CupLeedsReiss Nelson
Manchester United chief executive David Gill has outlined the qualities needed to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as manager amid growing expectation that David Moyes will be confirmed as the new man in charge by the end of this week. He added: “Clearly he has to have the requisite football experience, both in terms of domestic and European experience. It is a small pool.” Moyes’ European experience is not extensive. He has only guided Everton through four European campaigns and never went beyond the last-16 phase in any competition, but Ferguson has never had any doubts his fellow Scot was capable of managing at the very highest level. And Gill confirmed Ferguson, and Sir Bobby Charlton – who has previously suggested Mourinho was not the type of character would sit easily at Old Trafford – would be asked for their input. “No-one knows what managing Manchester United is about more than him,” Gill said. “The board will take his counsel and that of Sir Bobby Charlton in order to get the right person to take it forward.” Charlton would be acutely aware of the problems it caused – first for Wilf McGuiness, then Frank O’Farrell – when Sir Matt Busby remained active at Old Trafford following his retirement as manager. The spectre of Ferguson is going to hang over Old Trafford for a long time, but Gill is confident the Scot will not be a negative presence, and he added: “Sir Alex will be a great asset to the club. He will know when he should and should not be involving himself. “Everyone can rest assured the new manager can get the space and opportunity to do his job without interference. Alex will not make that mistake. Of that we can be certain.” Press Association After confirming Ferguson’s exit on Wednesday morning, it is thought United wish to announce the 71-year-old Scot’s replacement by the end of the week. Although Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has been tipped to take over in some quarters, it is thought Everton boss Moyes is in line to land what Gill describes as a “dream job”. “The qualities are the ones that have been inherent at Manchester United for many years,” Gill told MUTV. “Our two most successful eras were with managers who got involved with all aspects of the club, from the youth team to the first team, to get that degree of loyalty and understanding of the football club.”
Glen Johnson ensured Steven Gerrard’s demotion to the substitutes’ bench became a secondary talking point as the full-back proved the unlikely match-winner as Liverpool stumbled to a 1-0 Barclays Premier League win. The England defender scored with a stooping 85th-minute header to end a three-match losing streak in the top flight in a laboured and often aimless performance. Manager Brendan Rodgers claimed his struggling side had turned a corner in their season with a 2-2 draw against Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets in midweek after opting for more substance and less style in his team selection. On the basis of this performance it had merely led them into a cul-de-sac as even the restoration of Philippe Coutinho in the number 10 role at the expense of Gerrard failed to produce any spark or creativity. Rodgers insists sentiment plays no part in his decision-making so even the 16th anniversary of the midfielder’s debut, when he came off the bench as a late substitute at Blackburn, made no difference to him. The Reds boss said in midweek Gerrard could not play three matches in a week at the level he and his captain wanted so after 90 minutes against Crystal Palace and Ludogorets it was almost inevitable the 34-year-old was rested. It was the first time he had not started a Premier League match since the visit of Hull on New Year’s Day when he was out injured. Rodgers’ team contained just one of his seven summer signings – Divock Origi is on loan at Lille and Mario Balotelli is injured – and five of the 21 players he has brought in at a cost of £215million since he took over in June 2012. Gerrard took his place on the bench among £85million-worth of talent recruited in the last window and was forced to watch the most turgid halves of football at Anfield since the short-lived reign of Roy Hodgson. It was not much of an exaggeration to suggest the only incident worthy of a mention was the early substitution of Steve Sidwell through injury, only for his replacement Glenn Whelan to be taken off at half-time for former Reds midfielder Charlie Adam. Rickie Lambert, on the back of two goals in his last two appearances, found himself on free-kick duty but he drilled one high into the Anfield Road end and defender Martin Skrtel did similarly from a corner. Press Association Stoke could have conceded a penalty had referee Craig Pawson, who made a number of odd decisions and allowed many fouls to go unpunished, not allowed Erik Pieters’ charge into the back of Lucas Leiva to go unpunished. Things improved in the second half but, again, it did not require much. Jordan Henderson, captain for the day, smashed a left-foot volley just wide before Simon Mignolet, under increased scrutiny after a string of unconvincing performances and a blunder in midweek, made the first save of the match when he denied Mame Biram Diouf after he was released by Bojan Krkic. That was after 55 minutes and while that did not signal a shift up the gears for the home side Bojan beating cracking a shot against Mignolet’s right-hand post finally had the desired effect. Raheem Sterling, Liverpool’s brightest attacking threat, fired across goal and wide of the far post before sliding a pass through to Lucas, possibly the worst of his midfield options faced with a one-on-one with the goalkeeper and the Brazilian fired straight at Asmir Begovic. Lambert also side-footed straight at the Bosnia international before Sterling, again, created his side’s best chance with a cut-back to Joe Allen eight yards out which the Wales midfielder smashed against the crossbar. Stoke were defending grimly and Pawson waved away more penalty claims when Coutinho ran into Ryan Shawcross before Rodgers sent for Gerrard with 15 minutes to go. Mignolet, keeping only his third clean sheet in 25 appearances and Liverpool’s first in seven games, produced a brilliant save to deny Diouf at close range from a corner before Liverpool snatched a winner five minutes from time. Henderson’s quality cross was met with a powerful header by Lambert and when the ball bounced down off the crossbar Johnson was fastest to react, charging in to plant a low header into the net and injuring himself in the process. Liverpool could have done without the added seven minutes as a result and a nervous Anfield reserved some of its biggest cheers for a Kolo Toure hoof downfield and a solid catch by Mignolet as Stoke pressed for an equaliser.
AS matches in the GCB/DMLAS/MoE/NSSCL reach the outskirts of the Upper Demerara-Highway District, St Cuthbert’s Mission Secondary created one of the biggest upsets of the 2016/2017 secondary schools cricket league, when they dethroned last year’s Upper Demerara-Highway District Champions, Linden Foundation Secondary.Playing at the Bayroc ground in Upper Demerara, the Highway zone winners St. Cuthbert’s Mission won the toss and took full advantage of such fortune by electing to field first.St Cuthbert’s bowlers troubled the Linden Foundation batsmen, who found it very difficult to score freely, mainly due to consistent and penetrative bowling by their opponents, coupled with high-intensity fielding.As a consequence, Linden Foundation folded for a paltry 123 in just 22.5 overs. Jason Fung-Fee top-scored with 27.Bowling for St Cuthbert’s Mission, Aldin Kattow grabbed 3-7 off 3.5 overs, Zak Ferreira took 2-32 and Rabaul Poousammy 2-33.St Cuthbert’s in reply batted aggressively to reach their target in 14.5 overs, but not before losing eight wickets.Linden Foundation must be commended for their effort in the field, which saw them make a desperate attempt to retain their Upper Demerara-Highway District title.Batting for St Cuthbert’s Mission, Mark Clenkian made an impressive 53, which included five fours and five sixes.Bowling for Linden Foundation, Jason Fung-Fee claimed 3-20 while Wendel Courtman and Immanuel Larose both picked up two wickets.St Cuthbert’s Mission will now advance to play East Bank Demerara Zone champions Diamond Secondary, for the Upper Demerara-East Bank District trophy today at the Bayroc ground in Upper Demerara from 11:00hrs.
ï»¿Astymin Boosts Sâ€™Eagles World Cup DreamAs part of its efforts at ensuring the Super Eagles make an appreciable impact at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Astymin is joining millions of soccer loving Nigerians to cheer the team get past its previous record to the final stage of the tournament for the first time with the launch of its â€˜One Goal One Million Naira, Campaign.ï»¿According to the campaign, every goal scored by the Super Eagles at the World Cup would attract a sum of N1m to the scorer.Speaking at the companyâ€™s corporate headquarters in Ikorodu Road, Lagos on Thursday, the company’s Executive Director, Sales & Marketing, Mr. Olugbenga Olayeye, said: “All they have to do is score as much goals as possible. This is our own way of supporting the Super Eagles. Astymin ‘One Goal One Million Naira’ World Cup campaign is an off-shoot of the brand’s 2018 #Go The Distance’ campaign that emphasises the need for Nigerians to strap up their full potentials and be the best they can in every area of their endeavour.“Astymin is much more than just the most trusted brand of Amino Acid. We are committed to ensuring that Nigerians are physically and mentally active and healthy in order to be able to reach for their various life dreams,â€ Olayeye said.He said futher that, Astymin shares the passion of Nigerians for football and the desire of the countryâ€™s national team to excel at the World Cup. â€œAstymin symbolises good health and excellent performance, which is why we are encouraging the Super Eagles to give their best and go the distance,â€ he said.The campaign is however not for only the Super Eagles players, but soccer-loving Nigerians have also been given opportunity to win mouth-watering prizes by participating in a special World Cup quiz competition and match predictions.Astymin is happy to be a significant part of every success story and the only way to do this is by supporting individuals with what we believe is most critical to achieving success and good health. You can only achieve your goals when you strive hard towards it, and to do that, you need your best self. You need to be healthy and active both physically and mentally, which is where Astymin comes in”, Olaleye opined.ï»¿Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Following the non-qualification of Nigerian teams for the age-grade competitions within and outside Africa,Chairman of Nath Boys FC, Yemi Idowu, has urged the leadership of state Football Associations (FAs) to revive grassroots soccer to aid the development of the game at that level.Idowu, a director on the board of the Lagos Junior League believes there must be conscious efforts by those in charge of football to give adequate attention to youth football to ensure that quality players graduate to the senior national teams in future. He admitted that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has done a good job so far with the senior national teams but that the states need to meet up with their obligations at that grassroots level.â€œAfter we won the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, we had players from the tournament coming through to the senior national teams and we were all excited about the teamâ€™s qualification for the World Cup. But we must not relax and believing that all is well,â€ he stressed.Idowu, a former chairman of the National Academicals Sports Committee (NASCOM) charged the football body to start building junior teams despite the countryâ€™s inability to make it toÂ age grade CAF and FIFA competitions this year.â€œWe donâ€™t have to be relaxed hoping that we will assemble teams when we have competitions but we must start building now so that some of these players can make the senior national teams in three to five years time. If we donâ€™t do this, this is another disaster waiting to happen,â€ he warned.For the Lagos Junior League, Idowu lamented the delay in commencing the competition, adding that the league has become a good platform to discover quality players for the national teams.With likes of Kelechi Iheanacho, Dele Alampasu and Wilfred Ndidi coming through the league, Idowu believes when the Lagos Junior League kicks off, more players would be unearthed for the country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Last Updated: 4th August, 2020 08:21 IST Vikings Sign GM Spielman To Multi-year Contract Extension The Vikings signed general manager Rick Spielman to a multi-year contract extension on Monday, matching their recent commitment to head coach Mike Zimmer and making the latest move toward maintaining continuity among the club’s key leaders LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US The Minnesota Vikings have doubled down on their reliance on stability as a vital ingredient for securing that elusive Super Bowl trophy.The Vikings signed general manager Rick Spielman to a multi-year contract extension on Monday, matching their recent commitment to head coach Mike Zimmer and making the latest move toward maintaining continuity among the club’s key leaders.The Vikings did not divulge the length of Spielman’s deal, but Zimmer signed a three-year extension last month . Their previous contracts were synced to expire simultaneously. Both Spielman and Zimmer had begun the final season of their contracts, until gaining the extra measure of job security this summer. This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic delaying the start of practice and causing all kinds of havoc on the sport, the status quo could be more important than usual.“As we’re going through some of these new challenges that we have to face, that everybody has worked together so long and the culture that we have in this building plays a critical piece to our success,” Spielman said.Spielman was hired in 2006 as vice president of player personnel. He had his role elevated to general manager with full authority over the roster in 2012. Since that promotion, the Vikings have made the playoffs four times in eight seasons, with two NFC North titles. They are 72-54-2 over that span, the fourth-best record in the NFC.The Vikings, like most teams, have had a few costly first-round busts, but their drafts since he took over have frequently been productive. Most of their core players — including safety Harrison Smith, linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks, defensive end Danielle Hunter, running back Dalvin Cook, tight end Kyle Rudolph — were drafted under Spielman.As for free agency, the verdict on the value the Vikings have received for their investment in quarterback Kirk Cousins is still pending. They’ve drafted well enough, though, to divert most of their salary cap space toward second contracts for homegrown players rather than having to frequently overspend on the open market.On a video conference call with reporters, Spielman was asked what he sees as his signature on this competitive yet title-lacking team.“I think it’s hopefully the type of leadership that I bring to the organization, trying to put others first, trying to give everybody the ability to do their job, the freedom to do their job and flexibility to come up with creative new ways to look at things,” Spielman said. “Because I think if you stay the same and you don’t change, you’re going to get stuck.”The franchise’s family ownership group, led by Chairman Zygi Wilf and President Mark Wilf, that acquired the team in 2005 has long favored stability at the top. Zimmer is in his seventh year, tied for seventh among NFL head coaches for longest tenure with their current team.“Rick and I have a great relationship. We see things really through the same eyes 99% of the time. Very, very rarely do we ever argue or get in a situation like that. He can be hard-headed. I can be hard-headed. But at the end of the day we know that we both have to work extremely well together, and we certainly do,” Zimmer said.The next extension could go to Cook, who has begun the final year of his rookie contract . He reported to team headquarters last week as required for the first round of virus testing, but it’s unclear whether he will take part in practices without a new deal once on-field work begins later this month.“I’m not going to sit here and talk about the business side, but I know how important Dalvin Cook is, and I know we’ve been working closely with his agent, and we’ll continue to work to try to see if there’s a deal that we feel is not only fair to Dalvin but fair to us as well,” Spielman said. “I can’t predict the future, so I just know where we’re at now, and we’re working extremely hard with him and his agent on trying to come to a common place where we can get him locked up.”Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News COMMENT First Published: 4th August, 2020 08:21 IST Written By WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US
Hearts of Oak their first win in the pre-season with a 1-0 win over Swedru Professionals.The Phobians scored the only in the 35th minute through talented midfielder Isaac Mensah who powered from just outside the box.The win will come as a huge reprieve for Kenichi Yatsuhashi who has seen poor results in the pre-season.The Phobians are trying to right the wrongs after a disastrous campaign at the FirsTrust G6 tournament.Elsewhere, Wa All Stars beat Inter Allies 3-0 at the Tema Sports Stadium. Ishmael Abdul Ganiyu bagged a brace and Maxwell Baakoh was got on the score-sheet.The Wa-based side are stepping up their pre-season plans and are set to embark for a tour of Saudi Arabia next week.Inter Allies were playing their second friendly in two days after beating Dreams FC 2-1 on Friday.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Marcus Stroman calls Red Sox broadcaster Dennis Eckersley ‘clown’ after critical comment Hicks underwent an MRI for further evaluation, which revealed the severity of the injury.The club added it is still determining the next course of action, and Tommy John surgery is a possibility, though the procedure would surely sideline Hicks into the 2020 season. Craig Kimbrel likely to make Cubs debut later this week, report says Jordan Hicks is in jeopardy of missing time this season and beyond.The Cardinals on Monday announced the right-hander has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Related News MLB All-Star Game 2019: Angels’ Shohei Ohtani would like to participate in HR Derby pic.twitter.com/aFKl1M6bnJ— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) June 24, 2019Hicks, 22, left Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Angels in the ninth inning with the injury and will likely be placed on the injured list this week.He is 2-2 with a 3.14 ERA and a team-high 14 saves through 29 games this season.The Cardinals could lean on John Gant to move into the role of closer in Hicks’ absence.