Studying the form

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Talk of the towns: Glos, Herefords and Worcs

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Illegal gambling suspect nabbed

first_imgILOILO City – A woman facing illegal gambling charges was arrested yesterday on General Luna Street, City Proper. The court recommended a P30,000 bail bond for the suspect’s temporary liberty./PN Ma. Concepcion Elizan was taken to the Iloilo City Police Office Station 1.center_img She was caught around 11:40 a.m. on the strength of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Juana Editha Panigbatan-Nafarrete, of the Regional Trial Court 6th Judicial Region.last_img

Edgbaston Turns Blue As ICC Delivers ‘One Day For Children’ Campaign

first_imgBirmingham: Edgbaston turned blue on Sunday as the ICC Cricket for Good, in partnership with UNICEF, delivered the pinnacle event of the tournament, the eOne Day for Children campaign, with a special celebration at the England versus India World Cup match here.The sell-out fixture will see players from both the world’s top ranked one-day sides in special #OneDay4Children branded kit, celebrities and legends of the game participating in unique activations, and fundraising both in the stadium and across the live broadcast, while over 24,000 spectators join in the action at Edgbaston.The money raised throughout the campaign will support UNICEF’s work for children in cricket playing nations across the world, as the sport’s one billion fans unite to ensure children have the chance to learn, play and be healthy. A core focus of the activities on Sunday will be to maximise fundraising from the in-venue and broadcast audience.Tournament broadcasters Sky and Star Sports will ensure that the #OneDay4Children experience reaches television audiences around the globe, while the ICC’s commercial partners are supporting the event with in-match donations.Uber is pledging $500 for every 4 hit during the match while Booking.com is donating 500 pound for every wicket taken. In addition, Gray Nicolls has created a limited edition light blue bat for the day, with 25 per cent of proceeds going to UNICEF, a statement said.ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “ICC Cricket for Good have enjoyed a long relationship with UNICEF, and we are thrilled to deliver eOne Day for Children’ alongside them today. We hope that fans in the ground, across the UK and around the world get involved and donate and show the power of the global cricket community to help children play, learn and be healthy.” IANSAlso Read: Bees Cause Players to Hit The Ground During 2019 ICC World Cuplast_img read more

Leavey undergoes repairs

first_imgThe main entrance to Leavey Library is currently closed as construction work is taking place underneath the entrance to waterproof Leavey’s basement.After leaks in the basement occurred, USC Facilities Management Services decided to invest in replacing the existing underground waterproofing system.“This is a maintenance project intended to replace the waterproofing membrane to stop leaks to the basement below and improve the paving leveling system above the membrane,” wrote Joe Back, associate senior vice president for campus development and facilities management, in an e-mail.The replacement of the waterproofing system requires the removal of the stone slabs outside the main entrance. These slabs will be reinstalled before the project is completed, and they will appear the same as before, said Hugh McHarg, executive director of communications and public programming at USC Libraries. The waterproofing that is currently being done should last for 10 to 15 years, he said.Construction fencing has been put up around the work, which forced the closure of Leavey’s main entrance. Instead, the library has opened a side entrance on the west side of the building.Although the leakage in the library’s basement is not major, FMS wanted to fix it in order to preserve the quality of the building, McHarg said.“There’s just one room that’s currently used as a storage room downstairs that had some leak issues when it rains, but otherwise [the leaks don’t] really affect the collections or any of the areas where students gather,” he said.Leavey’s hours of operation and services will not be affected by the construction.“There’s nothing that’s closed off [in Leavey Library]. All the collections are available; all the services are available. The only issue is having to close the front entrance,” McHarg said.The project began on Oct. 11 and is expected to be completed shortly after Thanksgiving.“We have set a finish date of Nov. 29,” Back said. The library entrance, however, is expected to open by Nov. 20, McHarg said.Funding for the project is coming from FMS operating funds.During construction, students must use the side entrance to Leavey Library, said Stephen Metzger, a freshman majoring in business administration (cinematic arts).“[Though] it’s a little bit of an inconvenience, nearly every student on campus uses Leavey in some form or another and any improvements are welcome.” Metzger said.last_img read more

Spring practice sees changes in offense

first_imgFootball reached the halfway mark of spring practice on Tuesday, completing its seventh session at Howard Jones Field with cold wind gusts and a mix of storylines.A Different OffenseSenior wide receiver De’Quan Hampton, who appeared in 12 games last season as a backup, expressed disappointment about former quarterback Cody Kessler’s unwillingness to target a variety of receivers last season.Hampton added that he wasn’t the only receiver who felt that way, and that the two quarterbacks competing for the starting job this spring — redshirt junior Max Browne and redshirt freshman Sam Darnold — along with redshirt sophomore Jalen Greene spread the ball around more and have stronger arms.“I know Cody was more accurate, but Max, Sam and [Greene], they just have some arms,” Hampton said. “I know that if I have a deep ball, I have to run, otherwise it’s going by me — especially with the wind blowing.”Under new offensive coordinator Tee Martin, the Trojans appeared to be going deep more often.“It’s the play calls,” Hampton said. “They’re emphasizing to the quarterbacks that ‘we need to take these shots.’ It’s there.”One of the criticisms of Kessler while he was under center at USC was that he did not take shots downfield often enough and opted for check-downs instead.“It just gives me more feeling like there’s a 50 percent chance the ball’s going to go your way,” Hampton said of the new offense. “It just lets me know we’re going to spread this around. We’re about to eat.”Martin said that he has not game-planned for more deep passes; rather, the quarterbacks themselves are taking the initiative.“A lot of guys play at receiver, so a lot of guys will get the ball,” Martin said. “It’s good how the quarterbacks trust a lot of guys. It’s not that one guy that they’re keying in on. They’re really spreading the ball around and going through their progressions.”Martin revealed that the team learned 80 percent of the offense in three days, but much to his pleasure, there have been much fewer hiccups than expected.“Credit [that] to veteran experience,” Martin said. “We have quarterbacks who’ve been here that understand the concepts and what we’re trying to get done with the way we operate in our offense.”Quarterback BattleWhile Browne has held the edge in the quarterback position thus far, head coach Clay Helton said Tuesday was Darnold’s best practice of the spring. Helton was confident that Darnold completed over 70 percent of his passes.“I thought he was efficient, accurate,” Helton said. “I thought he played very fluid and timely. The ball came out quick. [In the past], he was holding onto the ball and making sure it was open. Now it’s just spitting out.”Browne, who has two more years of experience than Darnold, felt confident in his performance.“I feel comfortable,” Browne said. “I feel right where I want to be. I feel like I’m leading well, executing well, being efficient out there, which is all I can ask for.”A new Justin DavisSenior running back Justin Davis is looking to be more poised as one of the most experienced members of the backfield, aiming to focus on the bigger picture.“I’ve got to learn how the offense works, how the defense blocks, how the receivers move,” Davis said. “I can’t just worry about myself now. I’m past that now. I have to worry about the game as a whole and not just my part.”Davis said he can’t wait to run behind a stellar offensive line that is returning all its starters.“It’s the perfect right moment now,” Davis said. “We can get the running game going and turn some heads this fall.”last_img read more

Galway to bring case to Croke Park

first_imgHaving been rejected by Leinster, Galway hurling chiefs says they will take their case for improved terms and recognition in the Leinster championship to Croke park.Tribesmen CEO John Hynes says they want home games, an improved financial agreement and for their under 21’s and minors to be entered into Leinster or an equivalent structure.He says they’re not happy with the current situation especially at underage level.last_img

Mariners use trades to continue building toward future

first_imgLast Updated: 2nd September, 2020 08:15 IST Mariners Use Trades To Continue Building Toward Future Jerry Dipoto expected a quiet lead-up to the trade deadline. The only player the Seattle Mariners general manager knew he wanted to and could move with ease was pitcher Taijuan Walker Jerry Dipoto expected a quiet lead-up to the trade deadline. The only player the Seattle Mariners general manager knew he wanted to and could move with ease was pitcher Taijuan Walker.The last thing Dipoto planned on was a massive seven-player swap that ended up landing the Mariners a couple of prime prospects they have long coveted.“We’re excited about the group we’re building,” Dipoto said. “Frankly, when we made the Taijuan Walker deal I really did think that we were probably done and that would be the extent of our activity. But it took on a little bit of a different light.”Seattle ended up making four trades before Monday’s deadline but the most notable was the seven-player deal with San Diego that landed the Mariners four players with the potential to contribute to their rebuilding plans.Taylor Trammell, one of the top 100 prospects in the minors, headlined the trade. But the depth of the deal is what made it successful for the Mariners, who also added infielder Ty France, pitcher Andres Muñoz and catcher Luis Torrens.Torrens and France will get the chance to play for the Mariners during the final month of the season. Muñoz probably won’t be a contributor until the middle of 2021 as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.And Trammell? He’s headed to Seattle’s alternate training site for the rest of this season to join a stable of talented outfield prospects that could all be ready for the majors around the same time.“It feels almost impossible to imagine that, from the time we started this process in September of 2018 to where we are today, that it could have gone much better,” Dipoto said. “Certainly we’ve not hit on everything that we’ve done, and we never expected to. And we know that attrition will not allow this to go 100% as we had planned. Which is why continuing to create layers and waves, and build that depth that’s critical to building from within, is an important factor and we’ll continue to do that.”Seattle is on pace to finish with another losing record in the truncated 60-game season, but in Dipoto’s eyes the season will be viewed as a success. Seattle has seen outfielder Kyle Lewis blossom into a contender for AL rookie of the year. J.P. Crawford looks to be the club’s shortstop for the future. Justus Sheffield appears to have locked up a spot in the pitching rotation and while Evan White has struggled at the plate, his defensive prowess developed in college and the minors has been apparent.But Dipoto noted that’s only half of what Seattle is developing with its eye on the future. He’s been pleased with the work being accomplished at the team’s alternate training site at its Triple-A facility, where top prospects Jarred Kelenic, Logan Gilbert, Emerson Hancock and others have been getting regular work.It’s not the same as what they would have received with the major league club, but it’s keeping the Mariners’ rebuilding plan going forward.“I hate to say when you’re not winning games at the major league level with the frequency that we would like that it’s going extraordinarily well, but it’s going better than extraordinarily well for us,” Dipoto said. “Over the last year and a half, I’m not sure we could have painted a picture that has gone much better, learning so much about our young players, watching prospects continue to develop.”NOTES: Seattle claimed RHP Walker Lockett off waivers from the New York Mets. Lockett was designated for assignment on Aug. 26. He was 1-0 with a 5.63 ERA in two appearances this season for the Mets with one start. He made four starts last season for the Mets.Image credits: AP Written By FOLLOW US First Published: 2nd September, 2020 08:15 IST COMMENTcenter_img Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TVlast_img read more

CAF Champions League Resumes With Epic Quarterfinal Matches

first_imgMamelodi Sundowns is a South African football club based in Pretoria. They are the current CAF Champions League holders and 2016 CAF Club of the Year.Domestically, Sundowns have won the league title a record (7) times and hold the joint record of three National Football League Championships. They are the only South African team to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup. Key player – Sibusiso Vilakazi (Midfielder) Union Sportive Médina d’Alger popularly referred to as USM Alger. The club founded in 1937 is based in the city of Algiers.In 2015, they finished as Runner-up in the CAF Champions League. Key Player – Oussama Darfalou (Forward) Al-Ahli Sports Club, known as Al Ahli Tripoli is a Libyan football club based in Tripoli and the second most successful Libyan club in history, having won 12 Libyan Premier League titles, six Libyan Football Cups and a Libyan Super Cup.On the continent, they’ve recently become frequent campaigners notably in the CAF Champions League. Key player – Mohamed Al Ghannudi (Forward) The Étoile Sportive du Sahel, a sports club from Sousse in Tunisia is considered to be one of the best from that part of Africa.They won the CAF Champions League in 2007, finished Runners-up in 2004 and 2005. Key player – Rami Bedoui (Defender) The CAF Champions League takes center stage this weekend as eight teams left standing off the 55 who started the journey battle for a place in the semi-final.Profile of the (8) teams:Clube Ferroviário da Beira is a Mozambican football club based in Beira; the Estádio do Ferroviário serves as their home stadium. The team gained prime support mostly as a result of being Colonial Champions in 1974.On the continent, they have been competitive since 1994 when they made it to the second round of the African Cup Winners’ Cup. Also, they recorded appearances in the CAF Confederation Cup. Key player – Chelito Omar (Midfielder) Wydad Casablanca is a Moroccan sports club based in Casablanca, Morocco. The team is well known in Africa by its fans called ‘Winners’ – The rivalry with neighbors Raja makes the derby between Raja and Wydad one of the most popular derbies in world football.On the continent, they’ve achieved a level of success as winner of the CAF Champions League in 1992, and Runner-up in 2011. Key player – Fabrice N’Guessi Ondama (Striker)center_img Espérance Sportive de Tunis is a sports club based in Tunis, Tunisia. The Stade El Menzah is the club’s home stadium. They’ve made 13 appearances in the CAF Champions League from 1999 till date – emerging champions in 1994 and 2011. Key player – Taha Yassine Khenissi (Forward) Fixtures:16 Sep: Ferroviario Da Beira vs Union Sportive Médina d’Alger16 Sep: Al Ahly Cairo vs Esperance Tunis17 Sep: Mamelodi Sundowns vs Wydad AC Casablanca17 Sep: Al-Ahli Tripoli vs ES SahelTop Scorers:Saladin Said (Saint George) – 7 GoalsMuaid Ellafi (Al-Ahli Tripoli)- 6 goals Al Ahly Sporting Club is an Egyptian sports club based in Cairo, Egypt. They are tagged as “the club of the century” for the record number of trophies won across board – a record 39 national titles, 36 national cups and 9 national super cups.On the continent, The club has 8 CAF Champions League titles, 1 CAF Confederation Cup title, 6 CAF Super Cup titles and 4 African Cup Winners’ Cup titles.Internationally, Al Ahly has won the Bronze medal in FIFA Club World Cup 2006. Key player – Amr Gamal (Striker) Relatedlast_img read more

Asante Kotoko settle Esperance debt

first_imgThe debt owed Tunisian club, Esperance and FIFA over the wrongful registration of striker, Emmanuel Clottey in 2015 has been settled, Asante Kotoko announced.Executive Chairman, Kwame Kyei, paid the Tunisians to clear the fine imposed on the club by the world football governing body, FIFA.A $240,000 fine was slapped on the club by FIFA, comprising $180,000 for the player’s transfer, $45,000 representing accrued interest and $15,000 for the failure to respect a FIFA decision.Thus $30,000 was paid to the Tunisian side after reaching an agreement with them to write off the $45,000 accrued interest on the total figure. FIFA gave Kotoko up to May 17, 2020, to settle the debt or face a transfer ban on the national and international fronts.“Dr Kwame Kyei has paid the amounts due Esperance and FIFA in the Emmanuel Clottey issue,” club Spokesperson, Kennedy Boakye-Ansah confirmed.“Thirty thousand ($30,000) US Dollars go to Esperance as an addition to the $150,000 owed Kotoko for the transfer of Kwame Bonsu.“The Executive Chairman also paid $15, 000 to FIFA. We are grateful to Dr. Kyei and also to Ashford Tetteh Oku of Close Marking Consult for the smooth closure of this case,” he concluded.last_img read more