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first_imgSecurity officers stand at the site of a suicide bombing in Ndjamena, Chad, on Monday. Photo: Reuters Chad’s military says it has carried out airstrikes on Boko Haram positions in neighbouring Nigeria to avenge twin suicide bombings in Chad’s capital that were blamed on the extremist group. The military says its helicopters have struck at least six bases in Nigeria used by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Earlier Chad said it had arrested at least five suspects in connection to the suicide bombings  that killed 34 people.The country has also banned religious burqas- a garment covering the whole body from head to feet worn by Muslim women. Monday’s attacks were the first of their kind in Chad and appeared to be retaliation by Boko Haram for Chad’s leading role in an offensive against the militants.Security officers stand at the site of a suicide bombing in Ndjamena, Chad, on Monday. Photo: ReutersChad said Thursday its military carried out retaliatory airstrikes against Boko Haram militants in neighboring Nigeria after a pair of suicide bombings earlier this week in the Chadian capital that killed at least 33 people. The military said in a statement that the airstrikes targeted six militant camps and caused “considerable human and material losses.” There were no details on where exactly the strikes took place. Monday’s deadly blasts happened at a police headquarters and police academy in N’Djamena where more than 100 people were also injured.Prime Minister Kalzeube Pahimi Deubet said Wednesday that in response to the attacks the government was banning the wearing and sale of burqas in the country. Chad, along with Niger and Cameroon, deployed troops earlier this year to fight Boko Haram after the militants launched a series of cross-border attacks.  Last week, those countries joined Nigeria and Benin in announcing a new regional task force headquartered in N’Djamena to counter the militants.last_img read more

first_img Tweet In other games played on Friday in the Lime National League, Wesley Raptors maintained the perfect record and moving to 6-0 by defeating the Pichilen Pistons to bring their record to 5 – 1. The final scores Wesley Raptors 66 points to Pichelin Pistons 64 points, top scoring for Raptors Steve Hypolite 15 points and Devon Barton 20 points while Yanick Regis 24 points, Kijuan Thomas 18 points and Kimael Registe 11 points for the Pistons. The second game of evening in the Domlec Premier Division suffered another forfeit game when the Marigot Sonics did not show up for the game resulting in the points being awarded to Johnson Drigo Oilers of Castle Bruce. Share Games will continue this week at the Massacre Hard Courts on Wednesday. And the selectees for the national team will begin preparation on Tuesday from 7.00pm at the Lindo Park.   By: Mickey Joseph Sharing is caring! Notwithstanding this disappointment the Police Sports Club and Paix Bouche Snipers had the responsibility , and the fans were not disappointed. The games started around 8.00pm to accommodate the loss of the second game and the Police Sports Club showed improvement by holding the Snipers at half time to a tie game 38 points to 38 points. However the Snipers recognizing the weakness of the ball handling skills of the Police Sports Club played a more aggressive man to man defense which the Police had no answer. The final scores was Snipers 89 points to Police 69 points, top scoring for Snipers were Lenin Paul 27 points, Dave Alexis 22 points and Shane Ferrol 14 points while  Garvin James 15 points, Kaleb Challenger 13 points and Floyd Theodore 11 points for the Police Sports Club.center_img Share 36 Views   no discussions Share Team members in Olympic Day t-shirts. Photo credit: Mickey JosephThe Dominica Amateur Basketball Association dedicated the game played on Saturday to join the rest of the Olympic family to celebrate and participate in the organize Olympic Day activities. There were two games schedule for Saturday in the Lime National Basketball League to celebrate this activity. Regrettably the Premier game between the two teams which participated in last year’s championship did not take place due to failure of The Paix Bouche Eagles to field a team resulting in a forfeit and another win for the defending champions Signman X-Men. NewsSports DABA dedicates weekend game in celebration of Olympic Day activities by: – June 27, 2011last_img read more

first_imgLAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – A Lawrenceburg woman is facing multiple felony charges on suspicion of selling prescription pills out of her home daycare.42-year-old Adrienne Struckman was arrested and charged with four counts of dealing a controlled substance, one charge of neglect of a dependent and one charge of reckless supervision by a child care provider.Investigators say they were informed in July that Struckman was selling the drugs from the home in the 15800 block of Elizabeth Drive in Lawrenceburg.Court documents show an undercover officer bought hydrocodone and clonazepam from Struckman on four different occasions between August 5 and September 4.Between four and six children, all under the age of 18, were present at the daycare during each controlled buy, authorities said.Struckman was booked into the Dearborn County Jail on Wednesday, November 26.last_img read more

first_imgThe Oldenburg Academy Twisters battled The South Dearborn Knights in Baseball action on Saturday, April 15th.SD won the Varsity Game 8-2.SD           121 102 1             8    8   2OA          010 000 1             2    3   1OA Hitting:  Adam Huber 1-3; Michael Hoff 1-3, run; Dalton Mooney 0-2, bb; Adley Kuhlmann   run; Zach Wegman 1-3.OA Pitching:  Michael Hoff 6 IP, 8 runs, 7 earned, 8 hits, 1 k, 2 bb,  5 hbp     Loss; Hunter Sullivan 1 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 k, 0 bb, hbp.Twisters Varsity record: 2-5.  Next game (4-17) at Edinburgh.The Knights won the JV Game 18-1 in 4 innings.Adley Kuhlmann, Will Yunger, Glenn Geraci, Hunter Sullivan and Abe Peetz all pitched for OA.  Will Yunger, Abe Peetz, Zach Wegman and Aaron Weber each had a hit for OA.JV record 0-2. Next game, Wednesday (4-19) at Lawrenceburg.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Europe’s top clubs could take a 20 per cent to 25 percent hit to their enterprise values because of the “unprecedented crisis” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.A study conducted by KPMG revealed this, taking into account players’ devaluation as well as the performance of the largest listed teams in recent months. It then compared this with KPMG’s data collected earlier in the year.“… KPMG’s forecast of the devaluation of the football sector at the top end of the market is between 20 percent and 25 percent, when compared with our recently published results of clubs’ EV as of Jan. 1 in 2020,” KPMG’s global head of sports, Andrea Sartori, said in a statement.“Having said that… peak devaluations for individual clubs can range from 15 percent up to 30 percent.“This depends on the strength of a particular club’s balance sheet, level of debt, structure of revenue mix and dependence on player trading activities.“Obviously, each club’s situation and EV impact will need to be assessed individually upon availability of their 2019-2020 financial statements.” The study estimated that the squad value of French champions Paris St-Germain could drop by 25.4 per cent after Ligue 1 was cancelled in April.That figure would have been around 18 per cent if top flight action had returned from its enforced break.The other four of Europe’s “Big Five” leagues – England, Spain, Germany and Italy – have all resumed their seasons, but matches are being held without fans present in stadiums.Spanish giants FC Barcelona’s squad value could fall from an estimated 1.136 million euros ($1.28 billion) in February to 903 million euros – down 20.5 per cent, the study added.Manchester United’s squad value could drop by 13.8 per cent, while that of Bayern Munich faces a fall of 15.8 per cent. Reuters/NAN.Tags: COVID-19DeclineEnterprise ValuesEuropeFootball Clubslast_img read more

first_img Pellegrini is proud not only of the position City are in heading into their final game of the Barclays Premier League season but of the manner in which they have got there. Pellegrini has advocated an attractive brand of attacking football all season and, despite criticism his approach was too reckless at times, he has rarely deviated. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will celebrate one of his greatest achievements if his side clinch the title this weekend. With City now realistically needing just a draw against West Ham on Sunday to secure a second title in three seasons, his methods are close to receiving significant vindication. The Chilean said: “I repeat, the reality is the way we did it is one of my best achievements in this season. “The first thing I can say is we chose the right squad for what we needed to do this year.” Pellegrini now expects his side, which moved two points clear of Liverpool at the top by beating Aston Villa 4-0 in midweek, to complete the job against the Hammers. He knows the possibility for jitters still exists, however, and will want his players to follow his ice-cool example. Pellegrini has betrayed little emotion all season and that is an approach he has honed from experience, having been “different” in his younger days. “I think when I started this career I had, absolutely, a different character,” the 60-year-old said. “As a player I was a different character to the one I am today but to prepare to be a manager I think you must change a lot of things. “You have to understand you are not a player and have another attitude with the players.” Asked if he does suffer from nerves, the former Malaga coach said: “I know how to control (them) – it is different. “After so many years, it is very important to control your emotions because when you have to take decisions under emotion normally you do it the wrong way. “I think it is very important of the manager to be calm, to try to repeat what we did the whole year. “I expect to win. We are thinking not of winning one point but just winning the match, and the best way to do it is to play the way we always do.” Pellegrini has a fully-fit squad available with Sergio Aguero back in contention after a groin injury. Aguero, top scorer with 28 goals in all competitions this season, missed the game against Villa after limping out of the action at Everton last weekend. Pellegrini said: “The whole squad is fit for Sunday. It is very important, always for a manager, if you have your whole squad and choose from all your players.” Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgThe Nnewi-born tactician spoke about his team’s priority and the importance of the maximum points during a pre-match press conference yesterday before wrapping up preparations for the big game at the Soccer Temple.“I’m aware they have a strong team with quality coaches and quality players as well playing on the continent but beating them is our priority for now and we want to do just that on Friday.“The game is very, very important to us and we are prepared well enough to face Rangers because last season we were not able to beat them both home and away.“The maximum points is so crucial to us and I’m sure we will do all our best to defeat Rangers which I know will not be easy but we will beat Rangers by God’s grace,” the youthful coach told FC are in fourth place on the 20-team Nigerian top flight table with 13 points with two outstanding matches at hand against Rivers United and Wikki Tourists. Rangers on the other hand are fifth from bottom of the log with nine points from seven NPFL games.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NFPLHead coach of high-flying Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club, Fidelis Ilechukwu has said his side’s priority for the moment is to defeat reigning Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enugu Rangers tonight.The Olukoya Boys will host the Flying Antelopes in one of Matchday 10 fixtures of this weekend at the Soccer Temple, Agege Township Stadium in Lagos.last_img read more

first_imgThe star that shines brightest in the constellation of power basketball conferences remains, now almost perpetually, the Big East. From No. 3 Syracuse to the No. 25 upstart Cincinnati Bearcats, eight schools from the nation’s most complete conference continue to litter both NCAA polls. A Big East-flavored top 25 is about as close to a given as sports will allow.Each year since 2004, the gauntlet from hell, which poses as the Big East conference, has yielded at least five schools in the year-end polls and has sent more teams to dance in March than any other conference in the country. And it appears that in 2011 we will not encounter an aberration to that compounding trend.But what has made this conference into the powerhouse that it has become? Why do we, year in and year out, find ourselves staring at Jim Boeheim’s shiny head on the big stages or have to, once again, root against another Bob Huggins-coached team replete with players who have no intentions to graduate from college?It’s the coaching.Whether athletes remain in college for the full four years or not, rosters frequently change, meaning that, barring removal from their positions, coaches are often the only constant.And the head coaches in the Big East are far and away the best group in the country.Two of the coaches, Boeheim of Syracuse and Jim Calhoun of Connecticut, are now fixtures in the record books as they, with each passing season, climb closer to the acme of all-time wins by a head coach (currently held by Bob Knight with 902).Boeheim (843 career wins), a devout professor of the 2-3 zone, consistently produces teams that frequent the late rounds of the NCAA tournament. But aside from Carmelo Anthony, with whom the Hall of Fame head coach won his only national championship, the list of superstars that have come through Syracuse runs rather short. In fact, the list might end with ‘Melo. Derrick Coleman? Sherman Douglas? Maybe that’s why the practice facility is already named the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center.Seven regular season titles with an abbreviated list of remarkable players leads me to believe that Boeheim is directly responsible for the school’s success.Jim Calhoun, a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee himself, has encountered even more success than Boeheim, winning two national championships and six Big East championships over the course of his career. During those title runs, he has had the aid of several outstanding athletes such as Ray Allen and Richard Hamilton.But even with future NBA champions, winning two titles with distinctly different teams points to Calhoun as the reason why.The list of coaches in the Big East who have made a significant impact, not only in the conference, but also nationally, goes on.A rung down from the two Hall of Famers sits a group of coaches who have already found their own success in the nation’s toughest conference. Rick Pitino, whose mantra remains “shoot now, ask questions later,” has led three different schools to the Final Four (Providence, Kentucky and Louisville), a resume that seems to fit nicely with the rest of the conference’s coaches.Also in that second tier, Jamie Dixon, in his eighth year as head coach at Pittsburgh, has molded his team into a perennial high seed in the NCAA tournament; an impressive feat considering the Pittsburgh job is the first head-coaching gig he has held.Throw in Mike Bray of Notre Dame, the third-longest tenured coach in the Big East (behind Boeheim and Calhoun) and West Virginia’s Bob Huggins who, aside from his maligned reputation of failing to graduate his players, continues to produce deep tournament runs, and you come up with a wealth of accomplished head coaches unrivaled by any other conference in the country.But even then, the list of talented Big East coaches continues. Jay Wright of Villanova has led his team to six straight 20-win seasons with two Elite Eight and one Final Four appearance over that stretch. And the new coaches on the block, Buzz Williams of Marquette and Georgetown’s John Thompson III, have had early success as well.No other conference in the land has the collection of quality at head coach like the Big East. The ACC may have Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams and Gary Williams, but after that, the names read rather vapid. Again, the ACC is undeniably down this year.In the Big 12, after Bill Self and Rick Barnes, no one has proven themselves as a great coach. The verdict is still out on Frank Martin until he wins without Michael Beasley.The reason for the Big East’s dominance is clear: they have the best coaching. And the success of those coaches perpetuates the inflow of good players who want to play for a thriving program in the best conference in the country.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Floyd Little got a glimpse of the structure that will forever enshrine him on the Syracuse University campus. A look, just to see, before a ceremony on Saturday would make its existence official. A statue of Little that people will walk by and always know what he meant to the football program and the school.He wanted his look to be quick. He wanted the moment on Saturday to still feel novel, as if he was seeing it for the first time, just like everybody else.“To see a statue,” Little said, before pausing. “I don’t know how to feel, because it’s something that’s totally different. To realize that you’ve lived long enough to see a statue of you on the campus of Syracuse University in perpetuity. All the kids for years to come will be able to see an image of me on the campus. That’s huge for me.”On Saturday at 11:45 a.m. outside the Ensley Athletic Center, Little will be honored along with Jim Brown and the late Ernie Davis. Each will have a statue side by side in what is being dubbed Plaza 44. When the groundbreaking took place in May, the school announced the restoration of the No. 44 out of retirement, but its future has been in ambiguity ever since.Later in the day at 3:30 p.m., Syracuse (3-6, 1-4 Atlantic Coast) will host No. 1 Clemson (9-0, 6-0) in the Carrier Dome. It’s a moment that Little says is a “separate entity” from the festivities that morning. And one he’s looking forward to because his entire extended family will be there to support him.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“To be able to go back and honor our three great legends of 44 … is sensational,” Cliff Ensley said. “Floyd was always my hero and still is.”Director of Athletics Mark Coyle and Chancellor Kent Syverud will both be in attendance. Brown had yet to  respond about his attendance as of Monday afternoon, but Little said he’d love for the fellow Syracuse icon to come.Regardless, Little said being cemented in Syracuse history next to two other No. 44 legends is all that he could ask for.“It’s important we recognize some of the heroes,” Little said. “It’s like the Pro Football Hall of Fame, to honor the heroes of the game. That’s what this is all about. Honoring the heroes of the game.” Comments Published on November 12, 2015 at 9:40 pm Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3last_img read more

first_imgComing off its second straight Atlantic Coast Conference championship, No. 5 Syracuse (10-4, 2-2 ACC) plays Colgate (4-9, 2-6 Patriot) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday at 1 p.m. Before the Orange matches up with the Red Raiders check out three questions facing SU.1. How did Syracuse pull off this feat of winning the ACC championship after a relatively lackluster season?Connor Grossman: There’s a better reason than Evan Molloy’s emergence in net, although his performance can’t possibly be understated against two of the country’s best offenses. Ben Williams has been SU’s rock at the X the past two seasons. He’s been one of the best in the country at his position. But there’s a glaring weakness. He knows it. He assumes opponents know it. His performance at the end of games has been dismal at times. In Syracuse’s overtime losses to Johns Hopkins and the Blue Devils, Williams folded in the fourth quarter and overtime. The game-changing faceoff has seemingly always been out of his reach. But in the ACC tournament, there was nothing he had to reach for. There were no late comebacks, largely because of his dominance late in the game that held opponents at bay. He combined to go 9-of-13 in the fourth quarter in the conference tournament to seal the Orange’s title. That’s as encouraging a sign as any from this past weekend.Jon Mettus: Syracuse has always had the potential, it was just a matter of putting the pieces together. The Orange was ranked No. 4 prior to the year and started out 5-0 before hitting the rough stretch against Johns Hopkins, Duke, Notre Dame and Cornell that had people wondering if it was even an NCAA tournament team. Three of those developed from blown fourth-quarter leads into overtime losses. What you’re seeing now is a much improved defensed spurred by the emergence of Molloy in net. Without him, SU doesn’t win the ACC title, which is why he was voted MVP. SU has a spread out attack that’s hard to stop and Williams is back in his groove at the X.Paul Schwedelson: I’m going to be the corny guy here, but every roundtable needs that guy anyway, right? Defense wins championships. And that’s what happened. Molloy played absolutely out of his mind with impressive save after impressive save. But then he also kickstarted Syracuse’s offense and directly contributed to at least two goals in the title game. His MVP honors are 100 percent deserved. And the Orange’s slide-and-recovery game really picked up. Deemer Class and Myles Jones, one of the best offensive midfielder duos in the nation, were held to just two goals and no assists. North Carolina’s Michael Tagliaferri and Luke Goldstock combined for no goals. All in all, it came down to SU’s defense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text2. Can Syracuse carry over its level of play from the ACC tournament to the NCAA tournament? Why?C.G.: It’s hard to argue that it won’t, especially when Syracuse put it together against two elite teams in the span of three days. But the NCAA tournament is a different animal. Just ask last year’s SU team that shocked the college lacrosse world with a loss in the quarterfinals. Sure, a fortified defense and goalie situation probably gives the team more confidence than it had a month ago. But the NCAA tournament selection committee likes to avoid early-round rematches. SU’s best asset against Duke and UNC was familiarity. There’s only so much that can be extracted from two exciting ACC tournament wins and a sure-fire game against Colgate on Saturday. The unknown is what will stop Syracuse.Courtesy of Michael J. Okoniewski | Syracuse Athletic CommunicationsJ.M.: Syracuse is a wild card going into the NCAA tournament, as is UNC, which SU beat to get to the conference title game. This has been a weird season of lacrosse as a whole and the Orange kind of epitomizes that. You couldn’t watch the last seven minutes of the ACC championship on TV, but it was probably the best stretch of lacrosse for the Orange all season. Five unanswered goals to turn a one-score game into a near-blowout. A 4-for-5 performance at the X by Williams. SU is peaking right now and its ceiling is high. But one slip up would likely mean an early exit from the tournament. Ultimately, though, if Molloy continues to play lights out, the offense will find a way to score and the Orange will be a very tough team to beat.P.S.: Absolutely. Syracuse’s downfall earlier in the year was never a lack in ability. It just hadn’t made key plays down the stretch of games. Against Duke in the ACC championship, Williams won 7-of-8 faceoffs in the fourth quarter. The Orange scored five straight goals after the weather delay to bury the Blue Devils. Things are coming together for SU at the right time of year and that’s what head coach John Desko had been preaching since January. Replacing five of its top six scorers from last year was a daunting task and it seems as though Syracuse is really clicking now.3. What is Syracuse’s biggest weakness now that the goalie/defense situation seems to be settled?C.G.: In a convoluted sort of way, the depth of the Orange offense might emerge as team’s biggest weakness in the NCAA tournament. As it looks on paper, the team boasts one of the most spread out offenses in the country. Usually a good thing when the whole operation isn’t a one-man band. But against a lockdown defense (Notre Dame and its 7.75 goals allowed per game, for example), can someone like Sergio Salcido or Tim Barber take the reins on offense? If primary attack threats Nick Mariano and Dylan Donahue are shut off, the reliability of SU’s secondary offensive pieces seems questionable. To spin the question a different way, this scenario is going to be the team’s greatest test heading into May. It might stand as the biggest weakness if SU’s not playing on Memorial Day weekend.J.M.: I still think Syracuse’s biggest weakness is its defense — Molloy excluded — specifically, its man-down defense. Don’t get me wrong, the D is much improved from the one we saw blow multiple late leads in the middle of the season, but the Orange has allowed man-up goals on more than 47 percent of its opponents’ chances. That percentage ranks 62nd in the country. Four of North Carolina’s seven goals in the ACC semifinal game came on the man-up, which was the only reason the Tar Heels were still in the game. With SU averaging three penalties per contest, a poor man-down showing can easily spoil an entire game.P.S.: I’m still interested to see how Syracuse’s offense will do against a top-tier defense. So far this season, the Orange has only played two teams ranked in the top 25 in goals allowed per game nationwide. That’s Notre Dame (seventh), which SU scored just seven goals against, and Army (sixth), which it scored nine goals against. In the NCAA tournament, it’s probably going to take 10 goals to win games. Syracuse’s balanced attack with Dylan Donahue running the show and feeding to dynamic midfielders like Salcido and Mariano has been pretty good. But I don’t know if it’s been spectacular. And based on seeding, there’s a chance the Orange will end up playing a team with a stellar defense like Notre Dame, Maryland (ranks tied for ninth), Navy (ranks first), Yale (ranks eight), Loyola (ranks tied for ninth) or Brown (ranks 14th). Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 6, 2016 at 4:41 pmlast_img read more