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Algeria set to seal top spot against Tanzania

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first_img Tags: AFCON 2019AlgeriaGroup CKenyaSenegalTanzania Algeria will finish top of Group B if they avoid defeat against Tanzania on Monday. (PHOTO/Agency)AFCON 2019Tanzania vs AlgeriaAl Salaam Stadium, CairoMonday, 01-06-2019 @10pmAlgeria set to finish group C with a perfect record when they face off with Tanzania in Cairo.The Foxes are in great form in the competition and are yet to concede at this year’s showpiece whereas Tanzania have lost both their opening two games. They lost to Kenya 3-2 despite taking the lead twice in their previous game.Tanzania have lost 9 of their previous last 14 games in all competitions while Algeria have won 6 of their last matches.Algeria have never lost to Tanzania, winning two and drawn three in the five meetings between the two sides.Algeria recorded their second victory in the group against one of the tournament favourites Senegal, thanks to a Youcef Belaili second half strike.The Algerians need a point to officially seal top spot of the group whereas the Taifa Stars cannot make it to the next level of the event.They will look up to the energetic attack that consists of Riyad Mahrez, Sofiane Feghouli and Baghdad Boudjenah.Tanzania will have their hopes in Simon Msuva and Mbwana Samata for their first victory in the showpiece.The other games on Monday-Namibia vs Ivory Coast @8pm-South Africa vs Morocco @8pm-Kenya vs Senegal @10pmComments last_img read more

Jordy Smith aims high in home waters

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first_img A standout performer in the variable conditions that the Mr Price Pro can dish up, Smith is looking forward to the challenges Ballito will produce up this year. Having earned a total of nine heat wins on the World Tour so far this season, Smith, currently ranked eleventh in the world, has produced mixed results and is looking to the Mr Price Pro Ballito as preparation for the J-Bay Open. ‘A great opportunity’ “I find surfing Primes a great opportunity to fine tune my surfing, especially in the lead up to a World Tour Event,” he explained. “It’s sometimes easier to stay focused when you surf every day. Too many lay days in a row can be the biggest distraction.” The festival will include free music concerts at Salt Rock on 3 and 4 July, while a Food and Wine Festival takes place on 1 and 2 July.Corporate social investment The RedCap Foundation has been selected as the event’s Corporate Social Investment program. Active in the region since 2010, the Foundation’s health and education programmes impact low-income communities in KwaDukuza. SAinfo reporter With a second place finish to Julian Wilson in one of the most exciting finals in Mr Price Pro history in 2013, the competitive beast in Smith will settle for nothing less than going one better in 2014.‘I want to win three in a row!’ “I’m really looking forward to trying to bring the trophy back to South Africa,” Smith said. “I love nothing more than winning in front of the home crowd and winning in Ballito would be the ultimate preparation for J-Bay. I want to win three in a row!”center_img Renowned as one of the biggest beach festivals on the African continent, the Mr Price Pro Ballito is expecting approximately 100 000 fans to soak up the non-stop entertainment over the seven days. ‘A world-class wave’ “When it’s on, it’s a world-class wave. You can get ‘backdoor-like’ barrels, then as it drops it becomes really high performance, especially with the wind blowing into the rights,” he said 19 June 2014 Surfing superstar Jordy Smith is set to return to home waters in the South African leg of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour, starting with the Mr Price Pro Ballito on the KwaZulu-Natal coast, which runs from 30 June to 6 July. Taking place at the crucial half-way mark on both the ASP Qualifying Series and ASP World Tour, the event will see the world’s best surfers flocking to South Africa for the back-to-back ASP Prime-rated Mr Price Pro Ballito and J-Bay Open, which is back as a stop on the elite ASP World Tour, and runs from 10 to 21 July. Top results at home One of the most dominant athletes on home soil over the past five years, Smith thrives on performing in front of a home crowd. His results include clinching victory at the Mr Price Pro Ballito in 2010 followed by a runner-up finish in 2013. He also claimed back-to-back victories in J-Bay (Jeffreys Bay in the Western Cape) in 2010 and 2011. “There is always something special about competing at home,” Smith said in a statement in Tahiti this week. “It’s mainly being familiar with the waves and having the support of family and friends.”last_img read more

Former Meghalaya CM gives up Ampati seat

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Goa Congress demand medical bulletin on Parrikar’s health

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ICC World Twenty20- Yuvraj, Harbhajan among probables for World T20 WC

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first_imgYuvraj Singh, who has started training after recuperating from a rare germ cell cancer, was on Wednesday named in India’s 30-member list of probables for the September-October World Twenty20 Championships in Sri Lanka.Seasoned off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, 32, who has been on the sidelines for a quite some time due to poor form, has also been included in the squad.A few promising youngsters such as all-rounder Mandeep Singh and wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha and domestic veterans such as batsman Ambati Rayudu were picked in the list announced by the BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale.Paceman Laxmipathy Balaji, who last played an international match in 2009, is also part of the provisional list which will be pruned to a 15-member squad at a later stage.Yuvraj, who started practicing in Bangalore’s National Cricket Academy after undergoing chemotherapy in the United States earlier this year, was targeting a return to international cricket with the World Twenty20 Championships.In the T20 format, he is best remembered for his astonishing six sixes off one Stuart Broad over at the 2007 edition of the mega-event.The 30-year-old Yuvraj was expected to make the cut at least in the preliminary list given that the selectors were themselves keen on having the flamboyant left-hander back in the squad.”I think a guy who has won the World Cup for us deserves to come back,” chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth had stated.Surprise picks in the squad are long-forgotten Balaji, who has not played any Twenty20 for the national team. In fact, Balaji’s last ODI appearance for the country was back in 2009 against Sri Lanka.advertisementThe rest of the squad features players who have been in and out of the team on a rotational basis.Youngsters in the line-up include batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who would be filling up for Sachin Tendulkar in the upcoming tour of Sri lanka. Shikhar Dhawan, who endured an indifferent tour of the West Indies with the India A squad, has also been included.The IPL effect was there to be seen in the squad with the selectors including 20-year-old all-rounder Mandeep Singh in the squad.The Kings XI Punjab player, who is a former under-19 captain, has been rewarded for his fine performance for Kings XI in the IPL.Rayudu has also got in on the merit of his consistent IPL performances for Mumbai Indians.Regular stars such as Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and pace spearhead Zaheer Khan have been expectedly included.The Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, R. Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav, Ashok Dinda, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Rahul Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Robin Uthappa, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Mandeep Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, Naman Ojha, Dinesh Karthik, Praveen Kumar, L Balaji.last_img read more

18 days agoEngland coach Southgate insists Chelsea pair Abraham and Tomori in squad on merit

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first_imgEngland coach Southgate insists Chelsea pair Abraham and Tomori in squad on meritby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland manager Gareth Southgate insists Chelsea pair Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori are in his squad on merit.The pair have been included in the England squad on merit and not in an attempt to lock down their international futures, Southgate has said.Abraham, whose father is Nigerian, has never been capped in a competitive game for England but has made two friendly appearances for the Three Lions. Abraham’s Chelsea teammate, Tomori, was born in Canada and is also eligible for Nigeria through his parents.”I don’t think it’s ethically right just to give a player a cap to make sure they can’t play for somebody else,” said Southgate. “So, the two boys that are in the squad this time, Fik [Fikayo Tamori] and Tammy, are in on merit. I’m not going to guarantee that they’re going to get on the pitch, but they’ve both been part of our junior system right the way through.”Fik came in a little bit later than Tammy but has been part of the youth team that won the World Cup and as far as we’re concerned, born in England, Tammy, the two boys have been developed through English football, they’re English players and I’m sure they have huge desire to play for England at senior level.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Much left to fight for beyond legalization pot activists say as they

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first_imgCannabis activists say although this year’s 4-20 celebrations across the country will likely be the last before recreational pot use becomes legal, there’s still a lot to fight for.The federal government has committed to making marijuana legal by the summer, but the task of regulating the sale and consumption of the drug has been handed down to the provinces and territories.Lisa Campbell with the Ontario Cannabis Consumer and Retail Alliance said she doesn’t think 4-20 events across the country will disappear with the new legalized system — but they will likely evolve.“There is still a lot to fight for, including cannabis lounges, consumption spaces and having special events permits. But there comes a certain point where you can shout from the sidelines or you can put down your protest sign and have a chance to work with government to influence policy,” Campbell said.“For me and my activism, I’ve gone from fully disobeying the law and civil disobedience to now pausing my illicit activity and trying to find a way to work in the legal market.”The provinces have been rolling out their plans on regulating legalized pot. Ontario, for instance, intends to sell marijuana to people 19 and older in up to 150 stores run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. Consumption in public spaces or workplaces will be banned.Campbell said she wants to see a mixed retail model in the province, with regulated lounges and bars where marijuana can be purchased and consumed.“The only benefit to government stores is that argument that if you’re going to regulate it like alcohol, that we also need to have all these other licences that we have for alcohol,” Campbell said. “So, for example, at festivals there should be the ability to have a vapour lounge that is like a designated area like a beer garden, where you can purchase and consume cannabis.”She acknowledges that the province’s Ministry of the Attorney General has finished its consultation on cannabis consumption spaces, and it will take some time before changes are made.April 20 has long been a day to celebrate cannabis and the culture that surrounds it. In cities such as Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, pot enthusiasts gather by the thousands in public squares, defying the authorities.People starting to gather at Nathan Phillips Square for #420day celebrations, despite organizers not being able to obtain permit from city https://t.co/rUj6N7RN1S pic.twitter.com/ZL19KM7hho— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) April 20, 2018But Campbell noted that 4-20 isn’t just about having a massive outdoor smokeout anymore; there are events such as cannabis business speeches from CEOs from publicly traded companies, as well as movie nights with cannabis edibles.She did say, however, that she’s concerned police will crack down harder on this year’s 4-20 events.“While legalization is exciting, I also think a lot of people are fearful,” she says.Abi Roach, the owner of Toronto’s Hotbox Cafe, says she has heard similar concerns from customers as police continue to crack down on illegal pot dispensaries in the city ahead of this summer’s legislative change.She says with legalization looming, her activism will also centre on creating safe public spaces for cannabis consumption and fighting against what she called the “white-collarization of cannabis.“It’s the corporate takeover of big alcohol, big pharma, big tobacco, now taking over cannabis and creating a business that never really existed, looking for a customer base that isn’t interested in it,” Roach said.“I think the problem that not only corporations are going to have, but also the government stores, is how do you get my customers — the people we have been serving for the last 18 years — to switch from their current purchasing ways and go to the legal government stores?”She says governments need to include the current industry, which has been flourishing for decades, into the legal framework.“And that’s not happening and that’s what we’re fighting for,” she said.last_img read more

Ezekiel Elliott explodes for 274 yards Ohio State holds on for 3427

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – With No. 1 Ohio State’s offense struggling and the team trailing in the second half, the thought of an upset was very much alive in the minds of the home crowd at Indiana.Running back Ezekiel Elliott was sure to put an end to that talk.The junior rushed for 243 yards in the second half, including touchdown runs of 55, 65 and 75 yards, and the Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0) held off the Hoosiers (4-1, 0-1) in the final seconds to grab a 34-27 victory.“In games like this, big plays are what’s going to spark the team,” Elliott said. “The O-line did a great job blocking, and they made it easy for me.”Redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas said after the game that the team was happy to take the victory, but knew it would have to improve as Big Ten play wears on.“It’s the start of Big Ten ball, and it’s great to win on the road in a tough environment, but we’re a little bit down, we’re going to get it corrected and bounce back,” Thomas said.After the first 11 plays of the game resulted in minimal yardage, Indiana got going with a 12-yard screen pass to junior running back Jordan Howard on third down. Maintaining an uptempo, hurry-up offense, the Hoosiers brought the ball into the red zone, but OSU stood strong to hold them on third down. A 34-yard kick by redshirt sophomore Griffin Oakes was good, giving Indiana a 3-0 lead.The first quarter for OSU featured just one first down, while being outgained by the Hoosiers 114-36 and outscored 3-0.The Hoosiers picked up at the OSU 25-yard line to begin the second quarter and used a pair of 3rd-and-8 conversions to get the ball to the three. From there, sophomore running back Devine Redding pounded the ball in with a couple of carries, putting Indiana up 10-0 early in the second quarter.“We were just killing ourselves,” Elliott said. “We weren’t giving ourselves a shot, and that’s something we’ve been doing all season and we have to eliminate that.”The Buckeyes finally got on the board on their next drive as passes of 26 yards to redshirt senior tight end Nick Vannett and 21 yards to junior H-back Dontre Wilson helped get the ball to the Indiana 5-yard line. However, the drive stalled from there, forcing OSU to settle for a field goal and a 10-3 deficit.After a fumble by redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall stopped OSU’s chance to tie the game, the Hoosiers were unsuccessful on three plays inside their own 20-yard line.Instead of punting, however, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson called for a fake punt, which was blown up by redshirt junior linebacker Joe Burger for a loss. The Buckeyes were unable to find the end zone despite starting at the Indiana 13-yard line, but redshirt senior Jack Willoughby converted his second field goal to make the score 10-6.After stopping a nine-play Indiana drive from resulting in a score, OSU embarked on a nine-play drive of its own. Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott found the end zone on a screen pass, but an illegal block on redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller negated the score. After a sack and a fumbled snap, OSU was forced to settle for a 43-yard field goal — which clanked off the right upright to keep the score 10-6 at the half.Jones completed 13 of 17 passes in the first half for 200 yards, but the Buckeyes managed just 14 total rushing yards. The Buckeyes were hindered by three penalties for 47 yards but outgained the Hoosiers 214-169, including 178-55 in the second quarter.After OSU’s first drive of the second half resulted in a three-and-out, Elliott took matters into his own hands on the next one.Following a rush of 14 yards by Miller on the first play, Elliott ran eight yards before exploding for a 55-yard scoring run to give the Buckeyes their first lead, 13-10.Elliott took the carry up the middle before veering to his left and outrunning the Hoosier defense down the field before diving for the pylon.The OSU defense continued to stand strong with the lead in hand, not allowing the Hoosiers to gain a yard on three straight offensive possessions.After getting the ball to the red zone with a chance to pad its lead after the third straight three-and-out, however, Jones’ pass was intercepted by Indiana sophomore linebacker Tegray Scales and taken to midfield. On the next play, sophomore quarterback Zander Diamont — in the game in place of injured starter Nate Sudfeld — found sophomore receiver Simmie Cobbs Jr. for 28 yards.Two plays later, Diamont and Cobbs again connected, this time for 13 yards into the red zone. A play later, the Hoosiers retook the lead with an 11-yard run by Redding — his second score of the day.Redding, seeing an increased workload because of an injury sustained by Howard — who came into the game leading the nation in rushing — finished with just 45 yards on 30 carries, but added the two scores.Down by four, Elliott again changed the direction of the game.On a 4th-and-short from the Buckeyes’ own 35-yard line, Elliott took a shotgun handoff from Jones and exploded up the middle, going mostly untouched in a 65-yard touchdown run.“It was a great call, a great scheme by the offense, and I really didn’t have to do much but outrun the (defensive backs) to score,” Elliott said.One play into the fourth quarter, the Buckeyes found another way to find the end zone as Jones lofted a pass 23 yards to an open Thomas. The score was the fourth touchdown catch of the year for the redshirt junior and gave OSU a two-score cushion.Marshall’s second fumble of the game gave the Hoosiers the ball back at midfield, which they turned into a 34-yard field goal to make the score 27-20.While Marshall was the game’s leading receiver with six catches for 110 yards, OSU coach Urban Meyer said after the game that his tendency to fumble is something that has “got to change.”“We’re turning the ball over at an alarming rate, and that’s obviously a difference in the game and at some point that’s going to bite you,” Meyer said.With the crowd starting to get loud again, Elliott put a stop to the momentum yet again, carrying it 75 yards for his third score of the day on the first play following Indiana’s field goal.“We like to have big plays,” redshirt junior guard Pat Elflein said. “We did that last year too, big passes or big runs. We thrive off those big plays.”Elliott finished with 274 yards rushing on 23 carries, a career high and more than enough for his 10th consecutive game of more than 100 yards on the ground. The rushing total was tied for the second most in a single game in OSU history.Refusing to go down quietly, Diamont rolled out to the outside and ran 79 yards on Indiana’s first play of the drive to bring the score back to a one-touchdown margin.OSU stuck to the ground on its next two drives, barely moving the ball and giving Indiana a pair of chances to tie or take the lead.The first drive resulted in a three-and-out, but the Hoosiers were able to move the ball on their second try, getting as far as the OSU 5-yard line with less than a minute left.OSU stuffed a first-down run by Redding before a false start penalty. Now needing 10 yards to keep the game alive, Diamont’s second-down pass was knocked away and a third-down run only went for a yard.With one more chance to tie the game or take the lead, the snap sailed over Diamont’s head, forcing him to run back 20 yards and heave a desperation pass into the end zone, which was knocked away to seal the victory.“We knew they only had nine seconds so they’re going to have to chuck it up, and we have to bat the ball down,” junior safety Vonn Bell said. “It’s a sense of relief that the defense, they stood up and took the challenge, and that’s a good sign right there.”Jones finished 18-of-27 for 245 yards, one touchdown and one interception.OSU outgained Indiana, 517-402, though Indiana led 21-13 in first downs.The Buckeyes are next set to return home to face Maryland on Oct. 10. Kickoff is set for noon at Ohio Stadium. OSU players before a game against Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana. OSU won 34-27. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo Editor read more

Emery fully focused at PSG

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first_imgDespite the ongoing uncertainty surrounding his future at Paris Saint-Germain, head coach Unai Emery is adamant that he remains fully focused on his responsibilities at the clubRecently the PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi had revealed that Emery’s future at the French capital is in doubt, after the Spaniard secured the club their seventh Ligue 1 title in dominant fashion by thrashing last season’s winners AS Monaco 7-1 on Sunday.Former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel is the favourite to succeed Emery at the Parc Des Princes stadium for next season with PSG growing increasingly impatient with their target of winning the Champions League.But Emery has now downplayed these reports that have suggested that he has already been told that he will be released at the end of the season.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“Regarding various information which has emerged over recent days, I would like to make it clear that I am still focused on Paris St Germain and the objectives that we have left and that neither I nor anyone representing me has met with any other club.” he wrote on Twitter.En relación a diferentes informaciones que han salido en los últimos días, quisiera dejar bien claro que sigo centrado en el Paris Saint-Germain y en los objetivos que nos quedan, y que ni yo ni nadie en mi nombre se ha reunido con ningún otro club.— Unai Emery (@UnaiEmery_) 19 April 2018After their 3-1 win over Caen in the semi-finals of the French Cup, PSG are now looking at completing a domestic treble this season with the club having already won Ligue 1 and the French League Cuplast_img read more

Eriksson likes the England squad

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first_imgSven-Goran Eriksson used to coach the England national team himself a while ago and he insisted that he likes the squad that Gareth Southgate announced for the upcoming World Cup.The Swede insisted that the squad has got a lot of young and talented players in it which means that they will be hungry for a success a lot and it can help the whole team to reach at least the semifinals.The former Albion head coach spoke about this team selection as he said, according to Sports Mole:Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I like the squad. There are a lot of young players, hungry players that want to show what they can do.”“I like the strikers because they can do things on their own, they have pace and they can score goals. I’m very curious to see how they will do. On the counter-attack, having those players available can be very, very dangerous.”“I hope they can go further than I did and reach a semi-final. If so, everything is possible. I hope for Southgate and the players, but especially for the country and the fans. It would be great for them to have a team going further than the quarter-finals.”last_img read more