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Back to the Umpire

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first_imgWhile Sally & I were having lunch with Ray & Celia Gibson the other day, Ray & I started talking about the good old days when we both played baseball at Batesville High School.  When Ray & I played, you had one plate umpire and one base umpire and their word was rule.  If Pots called you out on strikes, you could argue till the cows came home, but you were still going to be out!If you watch baseball today, you have to put up with long delays while 2 or 3 umpires go over to the phones and call New York.  One of the umpiring crews is sitting in an electronic studio watching plays come in from all baseball sites.  They take the play cel by cel until they make a decision.  This is supposed to take only a couple minutes, but it stretches to as much as 5 on many occasions.  No wonder an average game takes 3+ hours to complete.Ray made this comment “give the game back to the umpires” and let’s play ball!!last_img read more

Kennedale hosts opening night for IMCA Modified Red River Tour

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first_imgKENNEDALE, Texas – The inaugural IMCA Red River Modified Tour takes drivers in three divi­sions to six tracks in Texas and Oklahoma. Pre-entries are in hand from nearly 130 drivers from nine states.IMCA Modified features May 26 at Kennedale Speed­way Park, May 27 at Heart O’ Texas Speed­way, May 28 at 281 Speedway, May 30 at Devil’s Bowl Speed­way and May 31 at Grayson County Speedway all pay $1,000 to win. The final Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event of the week is June 1 at Southern Ok­lahoma Speedway, with a top prize of $1,500.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Smiley’s Racing Prod­ucts Southern SportMods race for $500 to win and a mini­mum of $50 to start each night. All events are draw/redraw and will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Ra­zor Chassis South Central and EQ Cylinder Heads South­ern Region, Texas State and special series points, but no track points will be awarded.Series champions will be crowned in each division; Modified and Stock Car champions become eligible to qual­ify for their respective race of champions during the up­coming IMCA Speedway Motors Su­per Nationals fueled by Casey’s.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars are on May 26 and 27 pro­grams.Smiley’s Racing Products hosts an off-day lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29 at its 103 Gross Road location in Mesquite. Tour drivers can visit the facil­ity and pick up any parts they need that day.Questions can be directed to Tour Director Selby Holder at 254-715-5742.IMCA Modified drivers pre-entered include Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche; Chase Allen, Midlothian; Drew Armstrong, Benton, Ark.; Rusty Belcher, Southmayd; Chris Bragg, Springtown; Chance Brown, Merkel; Mark Carrell, Redmond, Ore.; Robbie Daniels, Tom Bean; Cory Davis, Eunice, N.M.; Bo Day, Greenville; and Peter DeGrote, Granbury.Colin Deming, Hobbs, N.M.; J.P. Dowell, Killeen; Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.; Chris Elliott, Abilene; Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan.; John Gober, Poolville; Jason Gomez, Princeton; Joe Gomez, Blue Ridge; David Goode Jr., Copperas Cove; William Gould, Calera, Okla.; and Kevin Green, Waco.Matt Guillaume, Haslet; Mike Hansen, Dickinson, N.D.; Brint Hartwick, Quitman, Ark.; Hardy Henderson, Harker Heights; Tyson Henson, Bonham; Simon Hernandez, Princeton; Garrett Higgins, New Waverly; Jason Hilliard, Cache, Okla.; Jeff Hoegh, New Caney; Danny Hogue, Abilene; and Brandon Hood, McGregor.Jason Hunter, Poolville; Allen Juelch, Durant, Okla.; Raymond King, Wylie; T.J. Lackey, Springtown; Matt Lynch, Cleveland; Christopher Luttmer, Saint Jo; Justin McCoy, Waxahachie; Josh McGaha, Abilene; William McGuire, Belton; David McKay, Van Alstyne; and Robert McKinney, Alvarado.Raymond McSpadden, Buda; Matt Martin, Alvarado; Chad Melton, Mineral Wells; Erik Miles, Haltom City; Talon Minten, Seguin; Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; Mike Moore, Springtown; Chris Morris, Taylor; Justin Radcliff, China Spring; Shawn Ritter, Keystone, Iowa; and Nick Roberts, Des Moines, Iowa.Danny Rodgers, Midlothian; Shawn Sandegren, Montgomery; Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz.; Jesse Schwettmann, Tatum; Mark Shipman, Grandview; Cody Shoemaker, Decatur; Riley Simmons, Susanville, Calif.; Marvin Skinner, Mansfield; Ryan Slott, New Waverly; and Tyler Stevens, Searcy, Ark.Kevin Sustaire, Emory; Charlie Thieme, Fort Worth; Max Thomas, Quinlan; Dillon Tindall, La Grange; Danny Turner, Brenham; Eric Tomlinson, Waco; Rodney Twardeski, Huntsville; Kyle Whitworth, Leonard; Ryan Williams, Waxahachie; and Fred Wojtek, Blackwell.Pre-entered IMCA Sunoco Stock Car drivers are Westin Abbey, Comanche; Charlie Brown, Tuscola; Caleb Crenshaw, Fort Worth; A.J. Dancer, Red Rock; Markiss Harcrow, Killeen; Shannon Hartline, Ivanhoe; Brandon Hood, McGregor; Billy Lindsey, Merkel; Vernon Owens, Leander; Jason Riddle, Balch Springs; Justin Roberts, Sachse; Kevin Rogers, Emory; Andy Roller, Waco; Ranger Shipman, Grandview; Justin Wierenga, Killeen; Gary Williams, Bonham; and Shelby Williams, Bonham.Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod pre-entries have been received from Tyler Bragg, Springtown; Nathan Buchanan, Tool; Devin Chambers, Marietta, Okla.; Chris Cogburn, Robinson; James Craig, Denison; Rowdy Day, Greenville; Riley Dickson, Whitesboro; Joseph Doremus, Springtown; Chris Florio, Copperas Cove; Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove; John Freeman, Runaway Bay; Donnie Hix, Sadler; Eric Kimbro, Lawton, Okla.; Sid Kiphen, Gatesville; Kasey Kuykendall, Howe; Robert McCutcheon, Prosper; and Kamera McDonald, Keller.And Tres Miller, Cache, Okla.; Kenneth Montgomery, Huntsville; Dustin Mooney, Forney; Greg Moran, Sherman; Justin Nabors, Kemp; Jacob Pirkle, Midlothian; Scot Raney, Sherman; Trevor Raney, Sherman; Danner Shipman, Grandview; Blaine Shives, Leonard; Brian Short, Denison; James Skinner, Burleson; Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie; Chase Vineyard, Davis, Okla.; Wesley Warren, Fairfield; Rodney White, Ector; and Thomas Wyatt, Tom Bean.last_img read more

Highpoint Health restructuring to ensure future of high-quality, affordable care

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first_imgLawrenceburg, IN—This week Highpoint Health laid off 31 employees (less than 5% of the workforce) and reduced the hours of 50 employees, 23 of whom will move to part-time. Highpoint Health, like many rural hospitals across the nation, is facing significant financial challenges. This includes an increase in expenses, a decrease in patient volume, a reduction in reimbursements alongside a higher number of uninsured patients and increased regulatory burdens.“We’ve already taken decisive action aimed at enhancing our revenue cycle, reducing expenses and exploring growth opportunities,” said Michael Schwebler, President and CEO of Highpoint Health. “However, a significant decrease in patient volume has made it necessary for us to right-size our workforce. This decision was made only after careful consideration and will not affect the high-quality care we provide our patients.” “Our hearts and prayers go out to the employees affected by this reduction in force,” said Schwebler. Departing employees will receive severance pay based on length of employment, tuition assistance to the end of the current semester, and either conversion or portability for voluntary term life. Highpoint Health is also working with St. Elizabeth Healthcare and WorkOne Southeast to help displaced employees find jobs. For employees whose hours have been reduced to part-time, Highpoint Health is offering health insurance for three months at the full-time rate.Schwebler attributes the decrease in patient volume to a changing healthcare delivery system. More and more procedures that were inpatient are performed in an outpatient setting. Additionally, increased competition has significantly impacted the number of patients admitted to Highpoint Health.“Equally as challenging as rising costs and a decrease in patient volume is the ongoing challenges we face getting reimbursed for the services we provide,” said Schwebler. “While this problem certainly isn’t unique to us, rural hospitals do treat a population that tends to be older, poorer and sicker when compared to national averages.”According to Schwebler, this means Highpoint Health relies more heavily on reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid, which pay below the cost of care. Not to mention, rural hospitals have the same regulatory burden as other hospitals, despite lower patient volumes. Ultimately, the price for compliance is often higher than for larger, urban facilities. “We’re proactively addressing our challenges so Highpoint Health can continue to deliver quality and affordable care to our community,” said Schwebler. “By reducing costs, we can continue to achieve our strategic objectives, remain financially stable and grow well into the future.”last_img read more

Anichebe focused on Everton

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first_img He added: “But it is becoming more and more evident that with the injuries I have had over the last two years or so, I have to manage my body accordingly. That’s why I feel the best thing for me at the moment is to concentrate on club football. “Without club football there is no international football and everyone at Everton was with me every step of the way during my injuries and rehabilitation. “I didn’t feel that the Nigerian Football Federation was there for me the in the same manner, which was especially disappointing given that I got the injury representing my country. “But I don’t blame anyone for this nor do I have any issues with anybody from the NFF or Stephen Keshi our coach. He has done a fantastic job and is building a team that Nigerians can be proud of.” Anichebe was a member of Nigeria’s silver medal-winning under-23 team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, from where he progressed to the senior side. He has since missed out on selection for a World Cup and this year’s African Nations Cup, which was won by Nigeria. Anichebe added: “The time is just not right for me to resume my international career as of yet but I would certainly love to represent my country in the not-too-distant future.” The striker, who has become the Toffees’ first-choice attacking threat in recent weeks as a result of Nikica Jelavic’s dramatic loss of form, is set to lead the line again in this weekend’s Merseyside derby at Anfield – where the Blues have not won since 1999. Striker Victor Anichebe is putting his international career on hold in order to focus on Everton. Last week, Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi claimed the 25-year-old was not returning his calls and, as a result, he had not selected him for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers. Anichebe has now revealed international duty has been put on the back-burner as he wants to repay his club for the faith they showed during a long spell of injury. Two serious knee problems curtailed his availability from 2009 onwards and when he did finally return to fitness, a groin injury playing for Nigeria in September 2011 meant another four months on the sidelines. And he told BBC Sport: “I owe it to the club to manage myself correctly. I have always been proud to represent my country.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Solskjaer urges Bellamy to play on

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first_imgCardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes he can convince Craig Bellamy to prolong his career as the striker prepares to return from injury against former club West Ham. But Solskjaer hopes he will get the chance to work a while longer with the veteran forward. He said: “We have spoken together obviously and my thoughts are to play as long as you can, if you can play football and you feel you can justify your performances. “That is my job now and of course Craig wants to get performing and get back out there, so hopefully I will motivate him and inspire him to prolong his career. “He has been training with us for a week and is looking really sharp to be fair. He will be involved tomorrow and is in the squad. He is back and available.” Having enjoyed a winning start as Bluebirds boss courtesy of last weekend’s FA Cup victory at Newcastle, the meeting with West Ham comes with an altogether different pressure. The Hammers have shipped 11 goals in cup defeats against Nottingham Forest and Manchester City in the past week, and sit 19th in the Premier League table having not registered a top-flight win since the end of November. Cardiff are themselves just a point above the drop zone, and victory over the Hammers would give them some valuable breathing space with away trips to Manchester City and Manchester United looming. But Solskjaer does not feel Saturday’s meeting is a “must-win” encounter. “There is never a must-win game at this part of the season, you cannot tell players you have to win,” he said. “If we get a performance like the Sunderland performance we can get a result. So performance is first and foremost, you cannot think about consequences all the time. “We have to improve step by step and get the performances and play like we want to. It is nice to win but we can never say we have to win.” Solskjaer has already added to his squad with the acquisition of Magnus Wolff Eikrem from Heerenveen. A move for Molde’s Mats Moller Daehli is also in the offing, while Cardiff have also approached Hannover over striker Mame Biram Diouf. But the Norwegian manager was coy when asked for an update on deals for the duo. He said: “With respect to the other clubs, I don’t think I can speak too much about them. There are other names as well, we will announce something if something happens.” But the Cardiff boss was delighted to have captured Eikrem who, like Daehli and Diouf, he worked with during his time at Manchester United. He said: “The boy was very close to playing for Man Utd. He was there five years so it must have been a dream for him and hopefully I can fulfil it, but he needs to perform “He is a player I have admired since he was a kid. The first time I saw him he was 12 and you could see he was hungry to get on the ball all the time and he likes to give players presents with his passing. His passing range is his strength, as is his vision. “From that boy he has now outgrown me and he is bigger than me. He is getting towards being the Premier League midfielder we always thought he would be, now it’s about performing on the pitch when he gets chances. “I think he compliments the other players we have, I would never have signed him for the sake of it, he compliments what we have. The four or five central midfielders we have now have different attributes. You might say he has a little bit no-one else has.” Saturday’s clash at Cardiff City Stadium will be Solskjaer’s first Premier League game as a manager, and will also see Bellamy available for the first time in two months after hamstring and knee injuries. The 34-year-old has already retired from Wales duty and had previously hinted he could hang up his boots for good at the end of the current campaign. Press Associationlast_img read more

Luchini named to Maine Running Hall of Fame

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first_img Latest Posts Latest posts by Liz Graves (see all) Luchini named to Maine Running Hall of Fame – August 12, 2020 MDI Hospital to begin contact tracing – August 5, 2020 Biocenter_img Liz GravesReporter at Mount Desert IslanderFormer Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor. ELLSWORTH — One of Louie Luchini’s favorite moments in his running career, which has included two appearances at Olympic trials, illustrates why cross-country really is a team sport.It was the NCAA Men’s Division I Cross-Country Championship meet in 2003, held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.Luchini was a senior on the Stanford team and not only did the Cardinal runners win the title, they did so by one of the largest margins of victory ever, finishing with 24 points.“It was such a team race,” Luchini said. “Our top guy was this guy Ryan Hall, who went on to huge things. He could have won the race if he cared only about his race.” Instead, Hall finished second individually and also “set the exact pace we wanted” to help the team achieve their best possible collective performance.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“There’s way more strategy than people realize in running, to make the race work for your whole team,” he said. “Basically, every guy on our team was a state champion,” but everyone learned to “put the egos aside and do what’s best for the team. We had a team with over 30 guys of varying abilities, and I think it just made us stronger.”The state senator and Ellsworth High School head coach was recently named to the 2020 class of the Maine Running Hall of Fame, though the formal induction banquet is being postponed until next year.Luchini began running competitively in middle school, which is when he first crossed the radar of longtime former Ellsworth American sports editor Hugh Bowden.“I already was following the high school running career of his brother Joey, who also was a superb runner,” Bowden said. “But the two of them were as different on a race course as night and day. Joey had considerably shorter legs and always reminded me of ‘the little engine that could’… and he did. But Louie’s legs were longer, and he ran with such grace that it almost seemed poetic.”Luchini enjoyed getting to know Bowden, too. After high school meets, he said, it was sometimes a toss-up whether to go hug your coach or to go hug the sportswriter. “You just couldn’t wait to go talk to Hugh Bowden,” he said.Jim Newett was in his first years as principal of Ellsworth Middle School when Luchini was a student there. He wasn’t officially a coach anymore, “but as a runner myself, I had a natural connection to the kids who ran cross-country and track,” he said.And seeing their principal run his own races was an inspiration to the kids, Luchini said.“We always wanted to be as tough as Jim Newett. He’s such a humble, nice guy, but man, he can dig down deep when he’s running,” Luchini said. “I wish I could run that hard.”With the Ellsworth High School team that he now coaches, Luchini carries on many of the traditions from Andy Beardsley, who he was coached by and then joined as an assistant coach.Beardsley would stress with his students, “You get out of it what you put into it; the harder you work and the smarter you work,” Luchini said. But also, “all my coaches have always kept it really fun.”The Ellsworth cross-country team still does a mud run, getting super dirty and then running through town. Being in some of the team’s training spots in the woods, decorated with runners’ names including his own, is sometimes “like going back in time,” he said.Luchini’s runner-up finish in the Foot Locker National Cross-Country Championship in December 1998, as a high school senior, is an all-time proud moment for the school and the community. The banner still hangs in the gym.When Luchini signed with Stanford University, where he studied human biology, his one condition was that the team make at least one trip to a race in Maine. He wanted to run against his brother Joey again, and also in front of Maine fans.So, the Stanford men competed in the Murray Keating Invitational at UMaine. Normally the team would swoop in before a race and leave directly afterward, Luchini said, but for this one they managed an extra day in Maine. He took the whole team to Acadia National Park to run on the carriage roads. And they enjoyed sweets from the former Larry’s Pastry (Larry’s owners Launa and Ron Picard also used to send him care packages to California).“What a year it’s been!” The Ellsworth American proclaimed in the Dec. 17, 1998, edition, the week Ellsworth High School senior Louie Luchini finished as runner-up in the Foot Locker National Cross-Country Championship. FILE PHOTOAfter college, he hired a sports agent and signed as a pro just before the 2004 Olympic trials in Sacramento. It worked out that Frank Gagliano, who had coached at Georgetown and was the reason Georgetown was on Luchini’s short list when choosing a college and a college team, had just taken a pro coaching job in Palo Alto.Gagliano, sometimes called “the Godfather of Track and Field,” is a legend, Luchini said. “He’s an amazing guy and still a close friend to this day.”While on the pro contract with Nike, he competed in Olympic trials in 2004 and 2008. He battled injury in between, and that experience gave him insight he now uses to help the runners he coaches stay safe.“Runners naturally want to push through everything,” he said. It can be hard to tell whether “something you’re feeling is an ache or something that’s gonna develop into an injury.“I’m very injury-prone,” he continued. “When I do a lot of racing is when I get hurt.” So now, “I sit my athletes out a lot of races,” to help ensure they can get to championship season healthy.“The great thing with running is that you really compete against yourself,” he said. “It doesn’t really matter where you finish in the race, you get to compete against yourself week in, week out.”Luchini was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2010 and served there until 2018, when he was elected to the state Senate. He’s part of a line of local runner-legislators that included the late Bill “Flattop” Pinkham.After his high school national championship meet, Luchini said, Pinkham and Eddie Povich brought him down to the State House and presented him with an award.That was extra meaningful, he said, because “I’d talked to Bill and he’d given me running advice since I was a little kid.”Robin Emery of Lamoine, “Maine’s First Lady of Road Racing” and a fellow Hall of Famer, organizes the annual Flattop 5K in honor of Pinkham.“Bill was the guy that did it for the people,” she said. “I think Louie is sort of the same way.” And, she added with a grin that was detectable even over the phone, “We always vote for him because he’s a runner.”In the local running world, state Rep. Brian Hubbell said Luchini “has always been, remarkably, somehow both royalty and everybody’s best friend.” Hubbell and Luchini were seatmates in the House before Luchini moved to the Senate.“He is as brilliantly effective at moving policy as he is at winning races,” Hubbell said, “and I think he is largely successful because, unlike most politicians, he doesn’t depend on the spotlight for his political juice. I assume that weathering the attention of national competition and the pressures of the Olympic trials cures that disposition.“He is more than smart enough to understand that, to be successful, you must understand the landscape and field of competition, engage the discipline of months of preparation and possess the instinctive confidence of knowing precisely when to make the necessary move that terminally drops any opposition in such a way that competitors want only to shake your hand afterward, wryly believing that, in some way they don’t yet fully understand, they just participated in something excellent.” Keene appeals his 2019 murder conviction – July 30, 2020last_img read more

Arsenal vice-captain Jordan Nobbs signs new contract with Arsenal

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first_imgLONDON: Arsenal vice-captain Jordan Nobbs has signed a new contract with the club. The England international has made 206 appearances to date, scoring 66 goals since joining Arsenal from Sunderland in 2010.During her time with the club, Jordan has won the Barclays FA Women’s Super League title three times, the Women’s FA Cup four times, and the FA Continental Tyres League Cup five times.Jordan has also made 60 appearances for her national team, scoring seven goals.“Arsenal is my everything now,” said Jordan in a statement after putting pen to paper. “I think football has overtaken my life since the age of seven, but I think I’ve got Arsenal in my blood now and I’m very proud to say that. I think I’ve got some great years to come.”“Putting football aside, she personifies what Arsenal means,” said head coach Joe Montemurro. “To have players staying here for pretty much their whole career is something that’s very, very special from a coaching perspective. They’re unique situations in coaching and we wish her all the best going forward.” (IANS)Also Read: Arsenal players agree to 12.5 % pay cut amid COVID-19 crisisAlso Watch: COVID-19 prevention: Kamrup(M) district administration selling vegetableslast_img read more

GABF selects Sileena Arjune for FIBA’s Adelante – Women in Basketball Programme

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first_imgTHE Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) announced, yesterday, that it had selected their Youth and Women’s Leader, Sileena Arjune, to participate at the FIBA Adelante – Women in Basketball Programme.The programme, which runs for six weeks, virtually, each Monday beginning May 11, is geared toward strengthening and growing the capacity of each Federation.Sessions will be approximately two hours long. There will be an in-person meeting in Miami in the summer of 2021.“I am of the belief that the ADELANTE programme would equip me with the requisite knowledge, skills and guidance needed to create and implement plans to culminate active male and female participation in basketball at all levels in my country.More so, I am an avid lover of sports and I’m open-minded and interested in partaking in opportunities which can enable me to better equip myself with skills which can transcend into everyday life and projects for betterment of one’s self and community,” Arjune said in an invited comment.Arjune further noted that “It has been an absolute pleasure to have been selected into this programme and I intend to utilize all opportunities presented to implement my project whilst garnering much needed guidance and skills to complete the programme successfully to implore the upcoming female leaders in Guyana to follow same to ensure the proliferation of male and female participation in Basketball at all levels.”GABF’s General Secretary, Patrick Haynes, said he was pleased “to have nominated Sileena for the FIBA’s Adelante Program and the GABF has committed to support her throughout the duration of the programme as she will be our champion in promoting and growing women’s basketball for the next five years.Sileena has been a consistent advocate for women’s development, diversity and inclusion from her early high school years. She will add value to any forum and is an excellent contributor, communicator and leader.”Topics have been selected based on the quality of speakers and a series of ‘How To’s’ that will create a solid foundation for all participants.FIBA Americas noted that the first year will be via Zoom Meetings which provides flexibility to have elite keynote speakers.The first speaker for this series will be New Zealand’s first female Prime Minister, Jenny Shipley. She will be speaking and highlighting how to identify true allies, using real-life problems, and how to come out of these situations successfully.Together, with the GABF, Sileena has been identified a special project for completion during Adelante. In addition to personal education from international keynote speakers, participants will learn skills and ideas for implementing the project.There will be quarterly phone calls and an on-going mentorship programme, with plans to have a culminating experience during the week of the 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney, Australia (September – October 2, 2022) for successful participants.Participants will spread their knowledge to future female leaders in their National Federation and the basketball community in their country.Arjune’s project will be the incorporation of 3×3 and 5×5 basketball into the Secondary Schools’ Physical Education Curriculum, with provisions for coaches and mentors to liaison with the school’s educators to provide guidance on drills and skills and hosting of competitions by volunteering their services as officials.With the engagement of players at a young age, this enables participation at grassroot level and can foster development throughout the high school years, allowing students to have the game of basketball transcends into their lives after school with the opportunity to play for a club, or pursue a sports-based scholarship.With the advent of basketball being actively played at all levels, this can increase the interest of sponsors and the establishment of a female league.last_img read more

CWI open to Windies players ‘quarantined’ for England tour

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first_img(CMC) – Cricket West Indies (CWI) is open to West Indies players being quarantined for the tour of England to come off, but it would want four weeks of preparation and has outlined that and other considerations to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).That confirmation came Tuesday from CWI CEO Johnny Grave who said the ECB would report next Monday, May 18, on their proposals for the tour going forward.West Indies were scheduled to begin a three-Test tour of England on June 4 but the COVID-19 pandemic has forced a postponement. No new date has been announced but media reports have indicated that the ECB is looking at July 8 for the start of the series.Monday’s virtual meeting between the ECB and CWI will come a week after the United Kingdom government released a document entitled ‘Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy’ which stated that sport behind closed doors for broadcast could resume on June 1.“In light of what UK government announced a day or so ago, we expect to hear from the ECB in terms of much more progress in developing their plan for what would be, in their opinion, a safe tour,” Grave said on the Mason and Guest radio show here on Tuesday night.“Obviously, the first thing that the ECB needs to get is the UK government clearance on that tour and then it will be for us to consider the plan, consult with the players and ultimately get a decision from our board of directors whether to go through with that tour or not.”Grave said the West Indies has not set a deadline for the ECB to decide on its end whether the tour is still possible. However, he said there are some specific arrangements which need to be made.“We fully expect the quarantine for two weeks, but within our discussions with the ECB we would expect to be in a facility that allows us to train outdoors, so we’re talking about cricket venues that have hotel accommodation on the site, and therefore the entire practice facility as well as hotel accommodation would be in a bio-secure environment,” he said.“We’ve said to the ECB we want four weeks minimum, from landing, to prepare and to acclimatise and get used to the conditions. Obviously, that would involve testing and quarantine as well. So, there’s really no deadline from us, as it’s very much an England home tour. Any deadlines would really be dictated by the ECB and their calendar,” added Grave who said he was hopeful the series would be held.CWI chief selector Roger Harper who also appeared on Mason and Guest, said thought was being given to the composition of a squad for the series.“We’ve contacted a number of players to tell them that there’s a possibility that this tour could be on, keep yourself in shape and that you’ll be considered,” he said.The ECB announced late last month that no professional cricket will be played in England and Wales until at least July 1, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.It said the start of the season remained subject to ongoing advice from government and health experts, and continued consultation with all broadcast partners to determine the optimum way to fulfil fixtures both domestically and internationally.Apart from hosting West Indies, England are scheduled to play Pakistan, Australia and Ireland this summer.last_img read more

Abuja Rubicon, Kaduna Deebee, Ibadan Jericho shine at MTN/Kano 2016 Polo

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first_imgAbuja Rubicon, Ibadan Jericho and Kaduna DeeBee Farmers, have emerged as first set of winners at the on-going MTN/Kano International Polo Tournament.The Dantata Cup, the first major cup of the prestigious event was decided before a full house at the legendary Usman Dantata polo ground, as the resilient Abuja Rubicon team won the gold, defeating six other opponents.The Abuja Boys, powered by the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, were clearly the stars of the tournament, as they added the Ado Bayero Cup played in honour of the immediate past Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Ado Bayero, to their trophy haul. Before clinching the royal crown, the Abuja Rubicon team, made up of the quartet of Lado Aliyu, Idris Badamasi, Malik Badamasi and Jamilu Mohammed, had put themselves in pole position after overcoming tournament favourites, Kano Titan, 412-3 in their opening game of the Dantata Cup cracker before facing defending champions, Lagos Marina in the final.While Rubicon easily eased past the Lagosians 9-1 for their double titles win, Bashir Dantata, the legendary Chairman of Kano Polo pivoted his Kano Dantek squad to a runner’s up finish after out placing Kaduna EMC side 8-61/2 in the Dantata Cup series.Ibadan Jericho gave the South-west contingent plenty to celebrate as they clinched a sensational MRS Cup victory by defeating home boys, Kano Triple K. The explosive final was decided by sudden death scored by Dozie Onwuli after the two arch rivals laboured to 3-3 draw at the end of the final chukka.Other major cups to be carted home by the best playing teams in the opening stages of the Kano grand polo fiesta include the Kura Mohammed Cup, Dantata and Sawoe Cup, and the Sani Abacha Cup played in memory of the former Head of State.Dignitaries including the former Governor of Kaduna State, Ramalan Yero, the Chiroman of Kano, members of the National Assembly, business gurus and thousands of polo buffs from cross the country were present to witness the first stage of the prestigious MTN Kano polo festival.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more