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first_imgEXPERIENCED campaigner Darren Mattocks held his nerve from the penalty spot to book Jamaica’s place in the semi-final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup as they triumphed 1-0 over Panama in a battle of attrition at the Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.In a game that saw few quality chances created by either side, Mattocks came off the bench to first win the spot kick and then convert it in the 75th minute, sending Jamaica through to the final four for a third consecutive tournament.  Only minutes after on to the field Mattocks headed a hopeful long ball into the area off the outstretched arm of defender Michael Murillo.After a brief dispute over who would take the spot kick, the forward wrested the ball away before placing it on the spot and firing past Panama goalkeeper Luis Mejia.  The goal was Mattock’s fifth overall in the competition.With defenders dominating the play for most of the afternoon, Panama had missed a golden opportunity to take the lead when  Abdiel Arroyo broke through on goal but blasted a shot into the side netting at the near post from close range in the 26th minute.The result will mean the Jamaicans will face the United States in the next round after the defending champions narrowly got by Curacao 1-0 in the day’s other game.last_img read more

first_imgThe Pac-12 conference announced that USC senior Victoria Ishimatsu was chosen as the Women’s Diver of the Year and coach Hongping Li was selected as the Women’s Diving Coach of the Year Monday.Both Ishimatsu and Li won their respective awards for the fourth consecutive year, becoming the first female swimmer/diver and coach duo to do so.Ishimatsu won her first career NCAA title on 1-meter springboard during the 2012 NCAA championships, supplementing an All-American performance on the 3-meter springboard.During the Pac-12 championships, she won the 3-meter springboard title for the fourth year in a row, becoming the first Pac-12 woman to do so and took home her third 1-meter springboard title.She also finished a career-best second in the platform final, securing her third straight Pac-12 Diver of the Meet honor.Li has amassed nine Pac-12 Women’s Diving Coach of the Year awards, the most in conference history. He has been the NCAA Women’s Diving Coach of the Year twice (2002 and 2006), and the 2009 Pac-10 Men’s Diving Coach of the Year. In his 13 years as USC’s head diving coach, his divers have won a total of six NCAA titles, 27 conference titles and have received 34 All-American honors.last_img read more

first_imgA film session beckoned Bart Houston, but he needed to make a quick phone call first.Bart Houston dialed his parents back in his hometown of Dublin, California, to tell them the news: In nine days, he would start as quarterback for the University of Wisconsin football team against Louisiana State University at Lambeau Field.His mother, Inge Houston, shrieked with excitement. His father, Guy Houston, a local politician, reacted more diplomatically, along the lines of, “you have this opportunity, now go out there and do it.”Football: Breakdown of Badgers’ upset over LSUThe Wisconsin Badgers played a spoiler game against fifth ranked Louisiana State University with a 16-14 upset victory in college Read…The fifth-year senior made his first start at quarterback Saturday since he led his team to a state championship his senior year of high school, where he was ranked a four-star recruit. It appeared then that Houston would have a smooth transition to the college game and would make an impact for the Badgers early in his career. The opportunity never arrived.When Gary Andersen took over the program for two years, he relegated Bart Houston to backup punter, in charge of kicking the ball rugby-style.“You always think you can do it earlier, but just wasn’t in the stars,” Bart Houston said. “I’m glad it happened.”None of that mattered Saturday, though. Bart Houston ran onto the field like Odysseus returning to Ithaca — he had finally made it home. Bart Houston is named after Packers legendary gunslinger of the same name (you’ve heard this already), so call it a homecoming for him.Football: Lambeau Leaps and revelry just minutes after ugly momentThe Lambeau Leaps into the stands afterward said it all for Wisconsin football. What the team accomplished Saturday was nothing short Read…“It makes it very special,” Bart Houston said of his first start coming at Lambeau. “It’s a great opportunity to play in front of our fans for this team and show what I can do.”Houston was shaky at times, throwing two brutal interceptions, but he maintained poise and led the Badgers to a 16-14 win against No. 5 LSU. He completed 19 of his 31 passing attempts for 205 yards.Just like his first four years in Madison, it wasn’t easy securing the starting role. He and redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook engaged in a tight quarterback battle, with no one truly emerging until Bart Houston over the final week or so of fall camp. UW head coach Paul Chryst had to make a difficult decision.Initially, it appeared Chryst would have no choice but to press Hornibrook into action. He was the better quarterback when camp first opened, and Bart Houston’s throws were often erratic and inconsistent.“The first week I was pressing,” Bart Houston said. “I was trying to get there too fast, but it’s a process … I just took a step back and played my game. I didn’t overdo it and try to make too many plays. I just let it happen.”His coach saw the same progress. Bart Houston’s performance at Illinois last season (22 of 33, two touchdowns and two interceptions) also allowed Chryst to feel comfortable putting Bart Houston under center for Week One.In photos: UW fans’ fairytale comes true with Badger win at LambeauThe football game this Saturday couldn’t have been any more magical for Wisconsinites as their two pride and joys were Read…At the same time, Chryst said, he’s improved since then.“I think he definitely has a better grasp of what we’re trying to do,” Chryst said regarding Houston’s performance against Illinois. “I think he also, through the number of reps he’s had, understands his strengths and weaknesses. I think both of them came out in that game. I think he did that early in camp. He was pressing, and that was good for him to have to go through and deal with it. I think he does have more knowledge of what we’re trying to do, and I think he’s got more knowledge of himself.”On the other side of the competition is a young, disappointed quarterback in Hornibrook, who by no means played himself out of the job. It was a tough pill for Hornibrook to swallow, but he praised Bart Houston’s perseverance in reaching the starting role after years of waiting on the sideline.“Obviously, for the fans and everybody, to see a kid that went through everything [Bart Houston] did and stick with it through different coaching changes, it’s good for a kid like that to get his chance,” Hornibrook said.Football: Chryst doesn’t want Badgers to rest on upset winAfter one of the biggest wins in program history against a Louisiana State University team many experts picked to make Read…Bart Houston also said the competition was beneficial for him but that it didn’t matter anymore. He has a job to do now.“What we’re trying to do is get this team and get this offense to win games for us,” Bart Houston said. “It’s over.”last_img read more

first_imgThe fight went the distance but the American was awarded the bout on a unanimous point decision. It’s Pacquaio’s third professional defeat and he said he was disappointed with the result.Just moments after winning the ‘fight of the century’, Floyd Mayweather Junior has reaffirmed he intends to step into the ring just one more time.  The victory means Mayweather’s unbeaten record now stands at 48 fights and he said after the fight that there’s just one more bout to go.last_img read more

first_imgIn the dying moments of the game Drom were awarded a penalty for a foot block and David Collins calmly slotted home to send the game to extra time on a 1-14 to 3-8 scoreline.Loughmore pushed on and ran out winners by one point winning 1-16 to 3-9 after extra time.Afterwards Loughmore’s David Kennedy spoke to Tipp FM sport and he praised Drom & Inch’s contribution to a fantastic game.He also said the intensity of last night’s game will stand to Loughmore going forward in the Championship. Loughmore were crowned champions after extra time…Drom had led the way at half time by two points on a 2-4 to 1-5 scoreline.Tommy Nolan and Jamie Bergin combined well for scores for Drom Inch while Evan Sweeney and James Egan kept Loughmore in touch.Paul Ryan’s dismissal for a second yellow card meant Loughmore got a foothold on the game.last_img read more

first_img Danish Ansari Written By The women’s division in WWE has performed extremely well over the years and WWE SmackDown has treated the fans to some of the most entertaining matches they have ever seen. Also Read | WWE SmackDown: Braun Strowman Vs Tyson Fury, Will It Happen?A look at some of the best women’s rivalries on WWE SmackDownBayley vs Charlotte FlairCharlotte’s father used underhanded tricks and tactics to gain an edge over his opponents for years. His daughter was on the other side of it throughout her rivalry against Bayley. Charlotte, however, won the final battle as she closed the bitter rivalry by claiming a record 10th Women’s Championship.Asuka vs Becky LynchAsuka and Becky Lynch were involved in an interesting rivalry on WWE SmackDown earlier this year. The feud ended with Asuka digging deep to defeat Becky Lynch at the Royal Rumble PPV. Lynch won the Women’s Royal Rumble match the same night and soon captured the Raw Women’s Championship after the win. Lynch and Asuka never had a one-on-one fight since then. Also Read | WWE SmackDown: Know Where To Watch Upcoming SmackDown Live MatchesBecky Lynch vs Charlotte FlairBecky Lynch has arguably become one of the biggest stars in WWE. Her rivalry with Charlotte which saw her as an underdog through the most part of the feud definitely helped her capitalise and build upon the heat Charlotte has been receiving from fans for being majorly pushed to the top since being brought onto the main roster; your answer in case you wonder why almost every rivalry on this list involves Charlotte Flair.Becky’s rant against the WWE and Charlotte made her an immediate fan favourite as she headlined the PPV which generated the loudest of reactions from the WWE Universe. It was this rivalry that made her an unprecedented accomplishment for a female star and got Becky Lynch her first Women’s Championship win.Naomi vs Charlotte Flair This was another brief rivalry on WWE Smackdown. Since Charlotte was drafted back to Smackdown Live, there was a lot of excitement amongst fans who were expecting a feud between these two talented women down the line. It wasn’t too long before the two clashed in a one-on-one action which showcased the potential both these women have in the ring. Naomi and Charlotte broke out some of the best sequences during the fight.  Also Read | WWE SmackDown Draft 2019: PredictionsWWE: More memorable rivalries to comeWWE has taken major steps in the last two years to assure that women would get what they deserve. From longer matches to more titles and opportunities, and finally main-eventing PPVs. Ever since the Women’s evolution, the ladies have been major milestones, and on October 28 this year, they are looking to do it again with the first-ever all women’s PPV event.Also Read | WWE: Kevin Owens Is No Longer Listed As An Active WWE Superstar! LIVE TV FOLLOW US First Published: 10th October, 2019 22:49 ISTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Last Updated: 10th October, 2019 22:49 IST WWE SmackDown: Biggest Rivalries In Women’s Wrestling In Recent Times WWE SmackDown is home to some of the best women rivalries we have seen in the history of WWE SmackDown. Read on to know what are the most memorable ones.last_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error JeffMillerOCR on TwitterIf the 2017 Dodgers don’t win the World Series, their historic season will be remembered as a failure.And if this is such a profound statement, how come that’s already the third time I’ve made some version of it?Folks, any chance I had of ever being considered profound ended years ago, on the occasion of making, in print, career joke No. 100 that used the word wiener. Please. The Dodgers, more than any of us, realize they have to win the final game of this baseball season or they’ll lose everything else they’ve accumulated along the way.That reality is undeniably true and remarkably unfair, and no one really cares if it’s fair or not because the Dodgers brought this on themselves by being so darned dominant in the first place.They could have avoided these stark circumstances by losing at a pace more heady than Sports Illustrated publishes a magazine. Once-a-week is ridiculous in baseball, a game where even the winning team typically makes at least 24 outs.Yet, the Dodgers of late have insisted on eluding defeat at a level dating to the sport’s very origins.They could stumble now and still easily win more than 110 times, which wouldn’t break any big-league records, even though their winning has come to sound precisely like a broken record.center_img Still, what happens from April to September in baseball assures nothing once October arrives. If anyone understands that, it’s Clayton Kershaw, right?So, as much as the Dodgers have demolished everyone in their path – their lead for the sport’s best record entering Wednesday was eight games – they eventually will face an opponent that’s undefeated in the postseason: fate.And fate can have entirely different ideas about what’s required to be a champion.“Our goal is to win 11 games in October,” Manager Dave Roberts said during the team’s most recent homestand, repeating something he has uttered frequently and knowingly all summer. “We’re far from that right now.”No, this isn’t the NBA, where an individual player can so influence the outcome of games that everyone today expects Golden State to win the title again in 10 months.Baseball’s playoffs can be much more fickle, of course, to the extreme point of one injured player, performing on one healthy leg, greatly determining everything with one gargantuan swing.Hey, there’s a reason Kirk Gibson is a storybook legend around here.Since that 1988 championship – the Dodgers’ most recent – six wild-card teams have won the World Series, including the 2002 Angels. Six others have reached the World Series before finally losing.Not one of those 12 teams entered the playoffs favored to win anything, never mind everything.Only two of the past 20 teams to win at least 100 regular-season games went on to claim the World Series, numbers that seem almost as unlikely as the statistics of Cody Bellinger.That’s 2 for 20 or a batting average of .100, much too close to what Brandon McCarthy is hitting this year and proof that, in a series as short as a homestand, simple luck matters like raw skill.The Chicago Cubs had the best regular-season mark in 2016 and rode that success to a title that ended a century-plus worth of disappointment.Two years earlier, the Angels entered the postseason with a baseball-best 98 victories. That team didn’t win again, losing the division series to Kansas City in a sweep.In fact, over the past decade, only four teams that finished with the best record or tied for the best record won the World Series.That history says the Dodgers, if they do end up leading baseball in victories, still have a better chance of not being champions.All of which means nothing at the moment other than the truth that the Dodgers face much more uncertainty as it relates to winning the 2017 World Series than their success today suggests.Sorry, I’m not trying to be a downer, just a realist, one taking a realistic look at the unpredictable future of a team performing at an unreal clip.Want something uplifting? OK, what do the Dodgers have in common with the Cleveland Cavaliers?Both teams have had one three-game losing streak since the beginning of June, and the Cavs stopped playing more than eight weeks ago.During that past homestand, I asked Roberts about the possibility of the Dodgers being too good too soon.“I think people who feel like they’re peaking too soon aren’t confident fundamentally or in the foundation of what (they) have,” he said. “The foundation of where we’re at and the talent that we have, this is who we are.”That, too, has become a regular response from Roberts. The “Who We Are Dodgers.” Maybe it’s not as catchy as the “Ya Gotta Believe Mets,” the “We Are Family Pirates” or the “Cowboy Up Red Sox.”But the “Who We Are Dodgers” does fit them. All this winning stopped being fluky long ago. This is who the deep, talented Dodgers are in the second week of August.What remains to be seen is who they’ll be in the fourth week of October, understanding that those two teams won’t necessarily be one.last_img read more

first_imgD’Angelo Russell impressed Byron Scott in his pre-draft workout to spark comparisons to Magic Johnson and Chris Paul.But Scott remains undecided if Russell will start at point guard for the Lakers’ season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday at Staples Center. Scott described Russell’s last three practices as “pretty good.” Scott also praised Russell for “playing with more energy and was much more aggressive” after telling him to focus more on defense. So why the indecision?“It’s based on his development,” Scott said. “We have to figure out what’s best for him right now. What’s best for him is what’s best of the team as well.” Bryant waxed nostalgic about facing Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett, who enters his 21st NBA season.“It brings a smile to my face,” said Bryant, who played against Garnett in the 2008 and 2010 NBA Finals. “I remember about making my decision (to skip college) and speaking on the phone with him about going through his first season.”Bryant also sounded sentimental about former Minnesota executive and coach Flip Saunders recently dying of cancer. “He and I would have a lot of conversations on the sideline. He was extremely animated,” Bryant said of Saunders, who coached him in the 2004 NBA All-Star Game. He’s very passionate about the game and always in good spirits. It was a shock to me. He will be sorely missed.” New investmentBryant partnered with a venture capital firm to close a $15 million investment in The Players’ Tribune. Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter founded the company, which allows athletes to provide first-person essays. Bryant called the move “a smart investment” before offering a joke.“If they were doing a vote on the top players in the league, I probably wouldn’t be 93,” Bryant said, referring to ESPN’s player ranking on the Lakers’ star. “They have a higher level of expertise.” Staying afloatThe Lakers will have a float in the 127th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. The float will feature a replica of the NBA championship trophy, a large basketball and 16 stars representing the championships the Lakers won. The Lakers will also feature Bryant’s jersey and their nine retired jerseys, including Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, James Worthy and Jerry West. Injury updateAfter missing Monday’s practice because of soreness in his right hamstring, guard Marcelo Huertas practiced on Tuesday without any restrictions. Scott said he expects Huertas will play in the season opener. Kobe Bryant deferred questions about Russell’s role to Scott. But Bryant did not sound concerned about Russell despite the rookie averaging 6.9 points on only 39.6-percent shooting in eight exhibition games.“He’s been out here shooting for 45 minutes,” Bryant said. “If he continues to stay that course, he will be just fine. My responsibility is to show him the intricacies of the game.” Yet, Bryant conceded his uncertainty whether the Lakers make the playoffs partly because of the team’s young roster. “It all depends on the learning curve,” Bryant said. “Once you get out there and start playing and you have to travel and get on the road and work through the nuances of the schedule, that’s when you really learn.”Memory lanecenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgAuthorities have confirmed that the search for the missing plane flying Cardiff City’s record signing Emiliano Sala to South Wales has been called to an end.The aircraft carrying the striker from Nantes disappeared on Monday, losing contact with air traffic control near Casquets lighthouse – around eight miles north west of Guernsey in the English Channel. “Those who met Emiliano described a good-natured and humble young man who was eager to impress in the Premier League.“The response from the football community has been truly touching and we place on record our sincere thanks to those who have sent messages of support.“We also thank everyone involved with the search and rescue operation, and continue to pray for Emiliano, David Ibbotson and their families.” The search reconvened on Thursday morning, but was called off in the early afternoon after officials felt they had exhausted their options.A statement from Harbour Master Captain David Barker, released by Guernsey Police, reads:”My team have just met to review the search and rescue operation which has been underway since the plane disappeared on Monday night.”Despite the best efforts of air and search assets from the Channel Islands, UK and France, which has covered an area of approximately 1,700sq. miles – with a significant amount of this searched more than once – and having examined mobile phone data and satellite imagery, we have been unable to find any trace of the aircraft, the pilot or passenger.”There has been over 24 hours of continuous searching, with 80 hours combined flying time across three planes and five helicopters. Two lifeboats have also been involved, as well as assistance from various passing ships and fishing boats.”We reviewed all the information available to us, as well as knowing what emergency equipment was on board, and have taken the difficult decision to end the search.”The chances of survival at this stage are extremely remote.”Next of kin have been informed of this development, and my thoughts go out to the family of the pilot and passenger at this most difficult of times.”This has been a very thorough and extensive search, co-ordinated from the Guernsey-based Joint Emergency Services Control Centre and has seen exemplary co-operation from all countries involved, for which I would like to extend my personal thanks.”The final aircraft searching for the missing plane and those on board has now landed. Although we are no longer actively searching, the incident remains open and we will be broadcasting to all vessels and aircraft in the area to keep a look out for any trace of the aircraft. This will continue indefinitely.”3.15pm Update.Please read the attached statement.Unless there is a significant development, there will be no further updates— Guernsey Police (@GuernseyPolice) January 24, 2019Tributes continue to pour in for the missing 28-year-old as well as pilot Dave Ibbotson.In a club statement on Thursday, Cardiff owner Vincent Tan said: “Monday evening’s news shook everyone at Cardiff City FC to the core.“We were looking forward to providing Emiliano with the next step in his life and career.last_img read more

first_img MLB hot stove: Bryce Harper not considering short-term deals The Yankees remain in play to sign free agent Manny Machado while the Padres have been ‘very aggressive’ with their offer to him, according to a report from SNY.San Diego would “commit significant money” to Machado, but some close to the 26-year-old star want him to think about accepting a short-term deal with the Yankees, the report says. Related News Machado has made four All-Star teams and won two Gold Glove awards in his seven-year MLB career.The Yankees have had an active offseason. They’ve already traded for starter James Paxton and signed free agent infielders Troy Tulowitzki and DJ Lemahieu, among other moves.center_img The Phillies and White Sox are also still interested in signing Machado, according to the report, which cites unidentified league sources..@martinonyc reports that the Yankees are “still in play” for Manny Machado while they are also keeping an eye on extension talks between the Rockies and Nolan Arenado— SNY (@SNYtv) February 12, 2019Machado, who was sent from the Orioles to the Dodgers before the trade deadline, registered a .297/.367/.538 slash line in 162 total games in 2018. He also hit 37 home runs and tallied 107 RBIs. MLB hot stove: Giants to offer Bryce Harper short-term deal, report sayslast_img read more