3 men nabbed for ‘stealing’ bags of cement

first_imgThe suspects were detained in thelockup cell of the Talisay City police station, facing theft charges./PN They were 24-year-old Jeneper Medez,31-year-old Jimbo Bayabado, and 30-year-old Benjie Paresan. Their allegedcohort Junjun Panes, meanwhile, managed to flee. According to police investigation, thesuspects were accused of stealing 30 bags of cement from DVS Construction.Company checker Benjie Almario nabbed them around 1:20 p.m. on Nov. 6. center_img BACOLOD City – Police arrested threemen who allegedly tried to cart away bags of cement at a construction site inBarangay Dos Hermanas, Talisay City, Negros Occidental.      last_img read more

Rita Stenger

first_imgRita Stenger , 87, of Lawrenceville, Indiana passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2016.  She leaves behind her beloved husband of 66 years, Earl.  She is also survived by her loving children:  Mike (Liz) Stenger of Sunman, Earl Jr. (Marty) Stenger of Brookville, John (Linda) Stenger of Harrison, and Jeff (Rhonda) Stenger of Lawrenceville; Susan (Tim) Dietz of Batesville, Christy (Steve) Eckstein of Greensburg, Andrea (Chuck) Hartman of Morris, and Sandy (Jay) Whitehead of Lawrenceville.  Her memory will remain alive and well among her 22 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  Rita also leaves behind her sister, Frances Bischoff, of St. Leon. Visitation is June 15, 2016 from 5pm-8pm at the All Saints Parish – St. Joseph Parish Life Center in St. Leon, starting with rosary at 4:45 pm.  Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:00 am on June 16, 2016 at the All Saints Parish – St. John the Baptist campus in Dover. Memorials can be made in Rita’s honor to the Sunman Area Life Squad, Margaret Mary Hospice, or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Rita was preceded in death by her parents: Amos and Marie Beneker; her sisters: Mildred Stenger and Lillian Knue; her brothers: Jim Beneker, Wilfred Beneker, and Paul Beneker. Rita was a member of All Saints Parish in St. Leon. She was an avid bowler, and also loved fishing, gardening, baking, flowers, dancing, music, spending time looking through her treasure of pictures, coin collecting, and of course, time with her family.last_img read more

Vinicius form forces Zidane to change Real Madrid system

first_imgThat is according to the front page of Friday’s edition of Diario AS, which claims Zidane is now preparing his strongest Madrid side to have both the teenager and the former Chelsea star in his attack, playing in a system with Karim Benzema at the head.The Brazilian has now started in each of Madrid’s last two games – the wins over both Real Sociedad and Real Mallorca, against whom he scored the second goal of the game. Vinicius – who is now in his second full season in the Spanish capital following his 2018 switch from Flamengo – has forced his way into Zidane’s strongest line-up, despite an array of other attacking options at the club.Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio and Isco are other options that could be used by Los Blancos in attack but Vinicius looks set to play a huge role in the run-in for the Spanish title.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Read Also: Video: Vinicius clips Real Madrid in front against Real Mallorca The great form of Vinicius Junior in recent matches has forced Zinedine Zidane to change his system to accommodate both the Brazilian and Eden Hazard.Advertisement Loading…last_img read more

Redknapp hopeful over Remy

first_img Remy is back at QPR after failing a medical with Liverpool, with Redknapp confirming the former Marseille striker will be ready to face Hull in Saturday’s league opener. “You hope that doesn’t happen,” said Redknapp of the chance a rival could poach his in-demand forward due to his £8.5million buy-out clause. “But at the end of the day if he’s got a buy-out clause there’s very little you can do about it I would imagine. “That would be the worst scenario. “I don’t think he would want to do that either to us, he’s a good lad, he’s got a good relationship with the chairman. “With a week to go before the window closes we all need to know where we’re going, I don’t think he would suddenly walk away the day before. “I think he’s too decent a guy to do that.” Redknapp believes Remy would only leave QPR for Champions League football. Loic Remy is “too decent a guy” to leave QPR just hours before the transfer window closes, according to manager Harry Redknapp. Redknapp remains confident of holding onto the France striker despite continued interest from rival Barclays Premier League clubs. The QPR boss admitted he does fear a last-minute swoop from one of the Premier League big guns – but hopes to have the 27-year-old’s future resolved long before the September 1 transfer deadline. “I sat down with him when he came back but I didn’t have to persuade him, we sat down and he just said ‘look, I’m back, I want to play, I’m here’,” said Redknapp. “So unless something comes up, Champions League or something massive for him, he would like to stay here and play. “And he’s shown that attitude every day on the training ground, I couldn’t have asked for more from him. “He’s been great, he’s worked hard, he’s done his running, he’s got himself fit, he’s a proper professional and that’s all you can ask. “There have been several clubs that have rung up about him, in the Premier League, but I don’t think that they would be clubs that he would particularly want to leave QPR for. “We hope Loic will stay, he’s a fantastic player and his attitude since he’s been back has just been absolutely first-class. “He’s trained great and we’re hoping that he’ll be here at the start of the season – but you never know. “I’m not trying to sell him because we don’t want to sell him. “For me really, he should be a £20m striker, in comparison to others that are getting sold for £12m. “To have lost him for the amount that we were going to, he would have been too cheap. “And to have him back here is fantastic for us. “I want to keep him, the chairman wants him to stay, and we hope that he does stay. “When I looked at what he was going to go for to Liverpool, it was a fantastic buy for Liverpool at that money. “So their loss is our gain I think.” Press Associationlast_img read more

LVG wary of play-off

first_imgLouis van Gaal hopes to avoid a “tricky” Champions League play-off by beating Arsenal to third place in the Barclays Premier League. Arsenal and United used to fight each other for titles, but advantage in the race for third place is on the line when the two teams lock horns at Old Trafford on Sunday. Although Arsenal have a match in hand, defeat at Old Trafford would mean they drop to fourth place, one point behind United. Still, Van Gaal would have taken fourth place at the start of the season or at the beginning of November after United had won just three of their opening 10 league games. The Dutchman is proud of his achievements, particularly when he considers how many changes he has had to make since he took charge last July. “It was a big challenge because when I came here, a lot of players were here,” he said. “I let a lot of players go. We have let go more than 15 players go and we bought only five players and we did it with a different team as the year before. “We want to be the champion. Now at the end we want to be third because it is still possible.” Van Gaal is happy to have achieved his aim of turning Old Trafford into more of a fortress again. Under David Moyes, United lost seven times at home in the league, but since their opening-day defeat to Swansea, Van Gaal’s team have only lost twice at Old Trafford – to West Brom and Southampton. Only Chelsea have a better home record this season. “I said at the beginning of the season, that we have to be so strong that everybody has the fear to come to Old Trafford,” Van Gaal said. “I think that we have succeeded in that goal.” Having finished in fourth for six of the last nine seasons, Wenger knows all about the accompanying Champions League play-off ticket. Van Gaal knows how hard it can be to qualify for the Champions League through the preliminary stages too having squeezed past Skonto Riga with Barcelona in 1997 and he is keen to avoid another difficult playoff. “We can say we have qualified for the Champions League, but that is not true,” the United manager told MUTV. “Maybe Liverpool cannot chase us anymore but we have to play a game before the entrance into the Champions League and that game is always tricky. It is not easy. There are not existing any easy games any more. “We can give pressure to Arsenal and that is what we want to do on Sunday.” Van Gaal watched on with angst as his star-studded Barca team struggled past their Latvian opponents 18 years ago. Despite the presence of the likes of Luis Enrique, Pep Guardiola and Luis Figo, Barca went 1-0 down to Skonto at the Nou Camp and needed a last minute winner from Hristo Stoichkov to edge the first leg 3-2 before taking the return fixture 1-0. Much bigger fish lie in wait for United next year. Although they would be seeded, Van Gaal’s team could face the likes of Monaco or Lazio in the playoff, which would take place in the final two weeks of August. Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: USA Diving suspends all activities for 30 days

first_imgEverton has become the third Premier League soccer club to put its entire playing squad in quarantine after a player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday.Everton says the club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff. Its training complex has been closed down along with its stadium, Goodison Park.Everton is scheduled to play Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday.However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps. Two more clubs said some players or staff would isolate. Bournemouth said Friday that reserve goalkeeper Artur Boruc and four members of staff had symptoms consistent with the virus. Leicester said Thursday that three players had “extremely mild illness” and would self-isolate as a precaution.___10:30 a.m.The England cricket team’s test series in Sri Lanka has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The England and Wales Cricket board says it made the decision for the players to return home after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket. Associated Press 11:50 a.m.NASCAR and IndyCar have each called off their races this weekend. NASCAR was scheduled to run Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway without spectators but said Friday it is calling off this weekend and next week’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.IndyCar was scheduled to open its season Sunday on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, but suspended it’s season through the end of April. Four races are affected. ___11:20 a.m. That includes camps, conferences and any travel to gatherings.The sport’s governing body is also recommending all sanctioned activities be suspended for the same amount of time. Its board of directors will meet Sunday to discuss plans for international competitions.___2:55 p.m.Florida Gulf Coast’s women’s basketball team was to play host to the ASUN Conference championship game at Alico Arena in Fort Myers, Florida on Sunday, before the tournament was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Eagles got a celebration in anyway.The team gathered Friday at its home gym, with no fans present, to cut down the nets in celebration of winning the league title. FGCU was the league’s regular-season champion but did not have any elaborate on-court celebration when that title was clinched because it wanted to save the real party for an NCAA Tournament berth.FGCU associate head coach Chelsea Lyles tweeted Friday that the team didn’t celebrate the regular-season championship when it happened “because we knew we had bigger goals we wanted to accomplish. So today we danced, cried, cut down our net and celebrated our Regular Season Championship. A celebration of a fantastic year.”___2:50 p.m. The event had been scheduled for April 3-4 at Lake Placid, New York.The World Synchronized Skating Championships had been held every year since 2000, including four times previously in the United States.___6:20 p.m.Sampdoria has announced that four more of its players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as a club doctor. 2:45 p.m.A spokeswoman for the women’s professional tennis tour says the WTA is going to wait “a bit more time” to make decisions on whether any additional scheduling changes might be needed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Amy Binder writes in an email to The Associated Press on Friday that the WTA “has an obligation” to players and tournaments “to provide playing opportunities.”She adds that the WTA is communicating with upcoming European clay-court and grass-court tournaments.Binder says it is important to move quickly but also not to “simply react.” March 13, 2020 The rest of the Bundesliga’s 26th round was due to be played without fans present.___1:45 p.m.The Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Bahrain GP was scheduled to be held next week — at an empty track — and the inaugural Vietnamese GP was set to be held in Hanoi on April 5. She says the WTA expects to make a decision “in the week ahead.”On Thursday, the men’s tennis tour suspended all ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour tournaments for six weeks, through April 26.Women’s events have been called off one by one through April 12.The next Grand Slam tournament, the French Open, is still scheduled to begin May 24 in Paris.Also Friday, the U.S. Tennis Association said it is suspending all of its sanctioned events through April 20. The decision severely impacts Olympic qualifying, which closes on April 30. The BWF previously said it will not change the qualifying window, but said on Friday it “will make a further announcement on regulations related to Olympic qualification points” later.___1:45 p.m.The World Synchronized Skating Championships have been canceled because of the coronavirus outreak.U.S. Figure Skating and the International Skating Union made the announcement Friday, citing concerns over the spread of the virus and the United States’ ban on travel from Europe. ___5:45 p.m.The Badminton World Federation has suspended all tournaments from Monday to April 12.The tournaments affected include the Swiss Open, India Open, Orléans Masters, Malaysia Open, and Singapore Open.The suspension of the circuit comes into effect following the completion of the All England Open on Sunday in Birmingham. The Swiss hockey league will not have a champion this season.The league made the decision after canceling the season because of the coronavirus outbreak. It will be the first time since 1940 that no team will be declared champion.Games were suspended two weeks ago when the Swiss federal government prohibited large public events.___10:45 a.m. Sliding season in the U.S. is over.USA Bobsled and Skeleton said Friday that it is canceling its national championships, which were to take place later this month in Lake Placid, New York. New USA Bobsled and Skeleton CEO Aron McGuire says “we must exercise caution when it comes to the safety of the athletes” amid the coronavirus pandemic.Also Friday, USA Luge said all of its remaining on-ice programs for the season in Lake Placid — including training sessions, youth screening camps, fantasy camps and the Masters championships — are off as well. USA Luge also is delaying its open house for the team’s new indoor refrigerated training center. It was to have been unveiled April 4.USA Luge CEO Jim Leahy says “out of an abundance of caution … we felt it necessary to terminate the season at this point.”___ The club says after forward Manolo Gabbiadini tested positive on Thursday, it carried out tests on defender Omar Colley, midfielder Albin Ekdal, forward Antonino La Gumina, and midfielder Morten Thorsby, who all had light symptoms, and they also tested positive.Sampdoria says they are all in good condition in their own homes in Genoa. The same applies for club doctor Amedeo Baldari.The rest of the team, as well as the staff and directors, are also in self-isolation at home. The club’s offices and training facilities have been closed and all sporting activity has been suspended. ___5:10 p.m. 11:15 a.m.UEFA has postponed all Champions League and Europa League games because of the coronavirus outbreak.The quarterfinal draws in both competitions, scheduled for next Friday, have also been postponed.The decision comes four days ahead of a meeting to decide the European soccer calendar, including the possible one-year postponement of the 2020 European Championship.___ 12:50 p.m.National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman says players and staff have been told to stay away from the rink and self-isolate while the league is on a hiatus of uncertain length.Bettman said in a phone interview Friday with the Associated Press and the league’s website that, to his knowledge, no players or league employees have tested positive for the new coronavirus. But he added that he isn’t certain there isn’t someone who might not be feeling well and is awaiting test results.He told owners the first positive test result by any player would be a game-changer and that the decision to pause the season came after that happened in the NBA.Unlike NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who said his league’s season would be suspended at least 30 days, Bettman would not put a timeframe on the NHL’s break. Bettman said several contingencies are being worked on about resuming the season and still awarding the Stanley Cup, but he would not give a definitive date on when that would have to happen or how long into the summer things could go. The second-division club decided to conduct tests after two players from previous opponent Hannover tested positive for the virus.Nuremberg was due to play St. Pauli on Sunday but the club has asked the German soccer league to postpone the game.Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday was called off after Hannover decided on Thursday to quarantine its players for 14 days.___1:55 p.m. ___12:40 p.m.The Paris-Nice cycling race won’t finish in Nice because of the coronavirus outbreak, and will instead be stopped one day early at the end of Stage 7 on Saturday.The final stage would have taken the race on a 113.5-kilometer (70.5-mile) loop north of Nice. Instead, the race will stop in Valdeblore la Colmiane.___ The Real Madrid basketball player who tested positive for the coronavirus was American forward Trey Thompkins.The positive result prompted Madrid’s basketball and soccer teams to enter quarantine because they share some facilities at the club’s training center.Thompkins wrote on Twitter he was “feeling great and just waiting for the virus to pass.”Spain has declared a state of emergency for two weeks to try to contain the virus.___ ___ 10:25 a.m.Baylor University says it has told its entire baseball team and staff to self-quarantine after learning that three TSA agents in San Jose, California who tested positive for COVID-19 had “indirect contact” with the school’s travel party earlier this week. Baylor said the team will self-quarantine in Waco, Texas, or at their permanent residence. The school said no players, coaches or staff are showing any symptoms of the coronavirus. ___4:55 p.m.Russia is offering to host more European Championship games as UEFA considers whether the tournament can go ahead. The Greek Olympic committee says it is suspending the rest of its torch relay because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.The Hellenic Olympic Committee says a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit Thursday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony.The committee says it took “the difficult but essential decision to cancel the rest of the program of the flame relay on Greek territory.”It says the decision was taken in coordination with the health ministry and the International Olympic Committee.The handover of the Olympic Flame to the Tokyo organizing committee will go ahead as scheduled on March 19 at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896. The German soccer league has suspended its season, dropping a plan to play this weekend in empty stadiums.The league board says there is an increasing number of suspected coronavirus cases affecting German clubs.Three second-division players have tested positive for the virus. Bundesliga club Paderborn said its coach tested negative, hours before his team was due to play Fortuna Düsseldorf, and that it was waiting for test results from an unspecified number of players.___11:10 a.m. 11:10 a.m.The English Premier League has been suspended after three clubs put their entire playing squads in self-isolation because of coronavirus.The league had expected to continue with a full schedule this weekend with fans, but later decided to suspend all matches until April 3 “at the earliest.”The same suspension applies for the three lower divisions overseen by the English Football League and to England’s top two women’s divisions.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, leading to the cancellation of the match against Brighton on Saturday. Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also had a positive test on Thursday, while Everton said Friday that a player had reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus and said its squad was self-isolating. 3:35 p.m.The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to delay the start of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament by two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament will now start on April 15 instead of March 29.___11 a.m. The Latest: USA Diving suspends all activities for 30 days The Giro d’Italia cycling race has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The first three stages of the Italian race were scheduled to take place in Hungary in May but the country has banned large outdoor sporting events. Race organizer RCS Sport says the entire race was postponed after they were informed by the organizing committee of the Hungarian stages that those three legs could not be held on the scheduled dates.RCS Sport says “all parties have agreed that they are determined to work together to enable the Giro d’Italia to depart from Hungary at a later time.”___2:10 p.m. The NCAA will extend the eligibility of athletes on spring sports teams one year to make up for the season lost to the new coronavirus.The decision comes after the NCAA announced Thursday that its winter and spring championships would be canceled as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus. Some but not all conferences have announced that their spring sports teams would not continue their regular seasons.An athletics official at an East Coast school told The Associated Press that the NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee sent an email notifying schools of the eligibility decision. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to release the information.The official read the content of the email but declined to forward a copy because the official’s university monitors outgoing emails.“The Council Coordination Committee agreed that it will be appropriate to grant relief for the use of a season of competition for student-athletes who have participated in spring sports. The committee recognizes that several issues need to be addressed related to providing the additional season of competition, including financial aid implications. The committee will also discuss issues related to seasons of competition for winter student-athletes,” the email read. Bettman also said it is not the NHL’s independent call when to return to games and did not rule out the possibility of playing in empty arenas. He said games would only resume when the situation is safe.___12:30 p.m.The last remaining Six Nations rugby match was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Welsh Rugby Union had earlier insisted its match against Scotland on Saturday in Cardiff would go ahead, but changed its mind by mid-afternoon. The first four races of the Formula One season have all been called off. The season-opening Australian GP and the China GP were previously postponed.No new dates have been set for the races but governing body FIA says it expects to begin the F1 season in May when it reaches Europe with the Dutch GP.___1:25 p.m.The first three stages of this year’s Giro d’Italia cycling race in May will no longer be held in Hungary. Writing in a Facebook post, government commissioner Mariusz Revesz says the decision came because of the coronavirus crisis in Italy and Hungary’s declaration this week to ban large outdoor sporting events.Revesz says Hungarian and Italian race organizers would seek contract modifications so the Giro can start in Hungary some other time.___1:20 p.m.German club Nuremberg says its whole team and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after defender Fabian Nürnberger tested positive for the coronavirus. ___10:40 a.m.The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday.The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday.All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums. ___11:50 a.m.Soccer in Scotland has been suspended following a similar move in England.The Scottish Football Association and Scottish Professional Football League say games are off until “further notice.”Six first-division games were scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the Old Firm game between Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic. The first Bundesliga game has been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bremen senator for the interior Ulrich Mäurer says Werder Bremen’s home game against Bayer Leverkusen on Monday won’t be played as scheduled.The game was supposed to be played without any fans in the stadium, but Bremen mayor Andreas Bovenschulte says the decision was taken to call it off because of fears that several thousand fans would have gathered outside the stadium.Thousands of Paris Saint-Germain fans gathered outside the stadium on Wednesday during a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund.Events with more than 1,000 participants were already banned in a bid to contain the virus outbreak. The French soccer league has suspended all matches indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Matches were scheduled to be held in empty stadiums but the French league made its decision in an emergency meeting a day after President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on television.No indication has yet been given as to when the league could resume. The league says it will next meet on Tuesday following a UEFA meeting.___9:55 a.m. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):3:02 p.m.USA Diving is immediately suspending all of its activities for 30 days because of the coronavirus outbreak. The London Marathon scheduled for April 26 has been postponed to Oct. 4.“We know how disappointing this news will be for so many — the runners who have trained for many months, the thousands of charities for which they are raising funds, and the millions who watch the race every year,” event director Hugh Brasher said.Previously, coronavirus fears have forced the Barcelona Marathon originally scheduled this Sunday, to be postponed to Oct. 25, and the Paris Marathon on April 5 to be shifted to Oct. 18.The Rome Marathon set for March 29 was canceled earlier.___ Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside.The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.”Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 India and South Africa have called off the two remaining one-day cricket internationals and decided to reschedule the series.The second ODI was scheduled to be played in Lucknow on Sunday and the third game in Kolkata on Wednesday. The first game was washed out by rain in Dharmsala earlier this week.___10:30 a.m.The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, has been postponed until a later date. Augusta National did not indicate when the Masters would be played. That means there will be no golf at least for the next month. The Masters began in 1934 and only World War II has kept it from being played. This was the biggest shoe to drop for golf. The PGA Tour already canceled the next three events leading up to the Masters. Tiger Woods was to be going after his sixth green jacket. It’s the fourth match in the championship to be postponed and means the entire final round, scheduled for Saturday, is off.The Six Nations says “we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the U.K. and global sports industries.”It’s the first time the championship hasn’t been completed on schedule since 2001, when Ireland was hit by an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.___12:25 p.m. The ITTF executive committee will hold an emergency meeting on Monday.The Japan Open next month had already been postponed, but Friday’s decision also affects Olympic qualifiers for Asia, Europe and Oceania next month.An announcement will be made next week regarding the Hong Kong Open and China Open, both in May, the ITTF said.___2:30 p.m. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says Russia, which hosted the 2018 World Cup, could hold more than its scheduled three group games and one quarterfinal match in St. Petersburg.According to state news agency Tass, Chernyshenko says “we absolutely could expand the tournament program.”He adds that “Russia is ready for however the situation develops, we have plans.”___2:50 p.m. That includes USTA Pro Circuit tournaments, along with adult, junior and wheelchair tournaments.The group hopes to eventually reschedule events where possible.___6:35 p.m.The International Table Tennis Federation is suspending all activities — events, development and foundation — from Monday to the end of April. England was set to play the first test of its two-test series on Thursday, with the second test set for March 27.The ECB says “we look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series.”The decision was announced with England playing in a test warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.England also has tests scheduled at home against West Indies in June and Pakistan in late July and August.___last_img read more

In national television debut, SU drops 2 in doubleheader versus Louisville

first_img Comments SoftballIn the first nationally televised games in team history, the Syracuse softball team failed to step up under the spotlight. The Orange (23-19, 7-7 Big East) lost both games Wednesday to Louisville (29-15, 8-5) in a doubleheader broadcast on ESPNU.A combination of defensive miscues by Syracuse in the field and lack of clutch hitting at the plate caused the Orange to drop both games. SU lost the first game to the Cardinals 6-2 and fell in the second contest by a score of 7-4. Syracuse made four errors and stranded 21 runners on base over the course of the two games. Missed opportunities were the story as the Orange failed to prove that it belongs among the best of the Big East.The first inning of game one set the tone for the entire doubleheader. Syracuse loaded the bases in the top of the first, but sophomore pitcher Jenna Caira flew out to center to end the threat. A throwing error by shortstop Morgan Nandin allowed Louisville to score an unearned run in the bottom of the first.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe 1-0 score held until the bottom of the fifth, when things unraveled for Caira on the mound. Louisville scored five runs, including a two-run blast by Chelsea Bemis.Syracuse showed some fight in the sixth inning. The Orange cut the lead to 6-2 and loaded the bases with two outs. But once again, it could not secure a timely hit. Sophomore Lisaira Daniels struck out looking to end the rally.The Orange’s strong finish in game one didn’t carry over to the second game.Another throwing error by Nandin and a wild pitch by Stacy Kuwik allowed the Cardinals to score a run in the first inning.After a Hallie Gibbs RBI single tied the game in the top of the third, the Orange crumbled in the bottom of the inning. An error by Kuwik, two wild pitches and another home run by Bemis added up to four runs for Louisville, giving the Cardinals a 5-1 lead.Syracuse had two more chances to get back in the game. With the score 5-2 in the sixth inning, leadoff hitter Veronica Grant struck out with the bases loaded and two outs. In the seventh, pinch-hitter Meghan Boston struck out with runners on first and second and two outs to end the game.Daniels stole two bases in game two, setting the all-time single-season record for Syracuse with 22 stolen bases.The bright spot of the doubleheader for SU was the performance of senior pitcher Brittany Gardner. Gardner, who was relegated to mop-up duty after a poor performance against Providence, pitched in relief in both games, allowing two runs in four and two-thirds innings.Syracuse returns home to play a three-game series against Connecticut this weekend.Women’s lacrosseJunior goalkeeper Liz Hogan recorded a save at the buzzer to preserve a 7-6 victory for No. 10 Syracuse (10-4, 5-1 Big East) against Cornell (4-8) in Ithaca, N.Y., Wednesday.Senior Jackie DePetris and freshman Michelle Tumolo combined for the first two goals of the game, both coming in the first 10 minutes of the first half. DePetris capitalized on Tumolo’s pass for the first goal, and then returned the favor by dishing to Tumolo on the second. Senior Christina Dove got in on the action with her 45th goal of the season, an unassisted shot at 16:01 to give the Orange its largest lead of the half at 3-1. Cornell found the back of the net two more times before the end of the half to tie the score at three apiece before halftime.Freshman Tegan Brown scored the first goal of the second half on a free-position shot before DePetris scored again off an assist from Tumolo to push the score to 5-3. But the Big Red wouldn’t go away, scoring three unanswered goals to take a 6-5 lead with 10:23 remaining in the game. Syracuse took the lead back for good with two unassisted goals less than a minute apart. The first, scored by Dove, tied the game with 8:06 remaining, and the second, scored by Brown at the 7:22 mark, gave the Orange the lead again, 7-6. Syracuse had possession late in the game but turned the ball over in its defensive end with 32 seconds remaining to give Cornell a chance to tie the game. The Big Red’s shot with seven seconds left on the clock went wide, and Hogan’s save on Jessi Steinberg’s shot at the buzzer gave Syracuse its third consecutive win.DePetris and Tumolo led the Orange with three points each, while Dove and Brown each added two points to their season totals. Johnson led Cornell with two goals and an assist.The Orange has one day’s rest before hitting the road for a pair of conference battles. SU first travels to Cincinnati for a 5 p.m. tilt with the Bearcats Friday before heading to Louisville to take on the Cardinals for a 1 p.m. matchup Sunday.— Compiled by The Daily Orange sports staff Published on April 21, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC ready for long awaited season opener

first_imgFor No. 25 USC, it’s just three days away.With an up-and-down off-season behind them, the Trojans can finally turn their attention to their season opener Saturday against Minnesota.Though some questions regarding the team still linger, junior safety and recently appointed captain T.J. McDonald was excited with how the defense has come together during spring and fall camp.Back and ready · After missing the 2010 season because of eligibility issues, junior tailback Curtis McNeal is vying to start Saturday’s season opener against Minnesota. – Chris Pham | Daily Trojan — “We’re just a year better than we were last year,” McDonald said. “We were a young defense last year with a new coaching staff. Now we know what their expectations are and they know what kind of players they have and what to expect from us.”While the progress made by the defense is assuring, USC coach Lane Kiffin was quick to point out that the Trojans’ defense, which ranked 84th in the country in total defense last year, has not proved anything yet.“Until you play, it doesn’t really change very much,” Kiffin said. “Even though we feel better and look better, and we’re bigger, stronger and faster, until we prove it, it doesn’t matter.”Junior quarterback Matt Barkley was pleased with the way the offense was clicking during practice and felt confident that it was game-ready.“I think we are [ready for the season],” Barkley said. “I think there are always a few things you need to tweak before game day, but overall I think we’re ready.” — Tackling was an area of concern for the Trojans last season. Coaches cited a lack of depth as the main reason for not tackling during practice. This year, however, USC has more bodies, more depth and tackling has been stressed more heavily.Whether the defense has improved its tackling will be made evident early Saturday, as Minnesota’s mobile quarterback MarQueis Gray, who is listed at 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, will test the Trojans’ defense.“He’s a huge quarterback, so when we tackle him, we have to make sure we don’t get beat taking chances,” McDonald said.  “We just have to wrap him up and take him to the ground.”Gray, who only attempted eight passes last year, rushed for 110 yards on 23 carries in the Gophers’ last three games of the season.center_img A year ago, junior running back Curtis McNeal, had to watch as his team prepared to begin the season at Hawai’i without him. During fall camp last year, McNeal was ruled academically ineligible and did not play a single snap for the Trojans.What a difference a year makes.Just a couple weeks after Kiffin declared McNeal had been ruled eligible and could play this year, McNeal saw his name listed at the top of the running back depth chart (along with sophomore Dillon Baxter, redshirt freshman D.J. Morgan and freshman Amir Carlisle).Though the backfield might seem crowded to some, McNeal is just happy to be out there.“I’m just amazed right now because I’m really playing football this year,” McNeal said. “We’re just four days away and I’m ready to go.”With no definite starter listed and last year’s leading rusher senior Marc Tyler suspended indefinitely for comments made to TMZ, the competition for starting running back has yet to be decided by the coaching staff. — Carlisle left practice Tuesday with an undisclosed injury and is listed as day-to-day.Senior linebacker Chris Galippo practiced at full speed after returning from a shoulder injury that had plagued him most of camp. Kiffin was still skeptical as to whether or not Gallipo is ready for game speed.“I’m still nervous about it,” Kiffin said. “This is a lot different than a real game. We’ll throw him out there and hopefully he’ll do well.”Senior defensive tackle Armond Armstead remained out with an undisclosed medical condition.  Kiffin noted that team doctors have yet to clear him for football activities.last_img read more

Inside the creation of a football field at Yankee Stadium

first_img Comments Less than an inch of grass will separate the 2018 iteration of a football field at Yankee Stadium from those of years’ past. In the last 13 games housed in the stadium, since its 2009 opening, football programs played on what DeLea Sod Farm owner Rick DeLea described as short cut grass.DeLea’s short product, normally suited for the Yankees outfield, New York City Football Club soccer games or tee boxes on golf courses around the country, is too short for football, he said. It doesn’t have the stability for the wear and tear from the “Clydesdales,” as DeLea describes football players.So this year, as skepticism of playing on the soccer grass rose, DeLea outsourced to Tuckahoe Turf Farms in Hammonton, New Jersey, a company which supplies five NFL teams.“If that’s what it takes to put the right product in, for this instance, for the football game,” DeLea said, “that’s what we’re doing just to make sure the Yankees got the right field going on there.”On Saturday afternoon, when No. 12 Syracuse (8-2, 6-2 Atlantic Coast) and No. 3 Notre Dame (10-0) walk out of their respective dugouts, a professional grade football field will span more than 50,000 square feet from home plate deep into the outfield. At the center, an estimated 35-by-45 foot Shamrock Series emblem will pop out of the grass. Field goal post netting dropped in by cranes will bookend the freshly groomed playing surface. And in Syracuse’s first top 15 matchup in 20 years, the labor of love will be one fit for the moment.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter decades of football games at Yankee Stadium, the MLB’s most successful franchise didn’t host a football game in the final 21 seasons of the old building. When the new stadium was built, it was meant to be a one sport facility, head groundskeeper Dan Cunningham said. But switching over the field has become commonplace for Cunningham and his grounds crew, who have hosted hockey games, boxing matches and concerts among other events. In 2015, the stadium became home to the New York City Football Club, an MLS franchise, and DeLea estimated the field is switched over 17-19 times per year.“These are some big boys and they have the ability to — they can do some damage in a hurry on a field,” 30-year groundskeeper Cunningham said. “That’s something we’re not really accustomed with … it’s just a different beast. Football, to me, is very nerve racking.”With the first football game in mid-November, field transformation started soon after the Yankees were eliminated from the playoffs in early October. The dugout railings are uplifted and decked over so the corners of the end zones can nestle in where Yankees players normally spit sunflower seeds. Cunningham and his crew taper down the infield “skin,” the term they use for the dirt comprising the basepaths.  Cunningham estimated his crew shaved off about one and one quarter inches of “skin” to accommodate for the thick cut sod. The New Jersey bred grass, known as “Gameday Sod,” by Tuckahoe Turf Farms business administrator Allen Carter Jr., is a mix that’s been tested by mimicking the field conditions of customers such as the Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers. DeLea Sods and his crew, along with Cunningham and the Yankees grounds crew, finished matting down 375 of the 4-by-35 foot rolls last Friday, eight days before the game. DeLea compared the longer, thicker grass used this year to tree roots: The taller the tree, the deeper its roots.On the field, the rolls are matted together by a sidekick, a large tractor-like machine that pushes each strip of grass together. Laying down the field takes about three days between his 12 workers and the Yankees crew, DeLea said.“When our sod arrives at their stadium,” Carter said, “once it’s laid out and lined with white paint, it’s ready to be played on.”For the most part, the painting is “kept in house” Cunningham said, as his crew lines the field and paints the iconic “N-Y” logo below home plate. But since 1996, Kunath Signs Co., a commercial sign company out of Teaneck, New Jersey, has been responsible for many lettering projects, including playoff emblems and football logos.Kunath Signs Co. owner David Hollenbach said this year’s logo, which features the Statue of Liberty, the NYC skyline and a metro train, consists of five colors. Standard paint rollers and brushes will color center field in blue, gold, green, white and silver to make the logo pop, Hollenbach said. The day before heading to the Bronx, Hollenbach anticipated a 10-hour day for his six-to-eight man crew to fill in the logo.Kunath also paints the emblems on the first and third baselines for the Yankees when the circumstances require it. Hollenbach joked that when he first started in the late ‘90s, it was a guarantee to paint three logos, one for each round of the playoffs. But because the Yankees have won one World Series since the new stadium’s inception, Hollenbach’s baseball workload dipped.“Then football came around,” Hollenbach said. “The last couple of years, to be honest with you, I’ve made more money lettering football than I have baseball.” Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on November 15, 2018 at 12:19 am Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44last_img read more

ATP | Djokovic sweeps Khachanov and maintains the number one

first_imgIn simply 4 video games, the order and unshakable self-discipline of Djokovic, which retains him undefeated this course (16-0), took a volunteer Khachanov out of the recreation, who began with the concept of ​​planting his face, however lastly didn’t have his day or, slightly, the Balkan ruined it. With 14 factors in a row to interrupt it’s a clean kick, he took benefit and then prolonged it to 5-1. He confused himself in his subsequent service, however then sentenced the relaxation. The second spherical was the identical course, with a break of Djokovic for 3-1, once more clean, and one other to shut the recreation. By the method, your afternoon with the left, to border.“I don’t know if it’s for thus lengthy, however I really feel good and I’m enjoying very nicely,” he stated when requested if he’s doing the finest tennis. “I do know that Karen can do higher, he has not had an important day, however I’ve been very strong,” he stated to excuse the position of Muscovite, and clarified that his seriousness will not be at odds with the pleasure of enjoying tennis: “Be focus is critical, however it’s a must to get pleasure from it too. Execute the plan in the very best method, however have enjoyable too. ” “The expertise of enjoying a few years and being calm, one thing that may not all the time be achieved, however I’ve labored quite a bit mentally and emotionally,” he concluded. With that philosophy appears to be thrown for a fifth title in Dubai. In contrast to Nadal, Djokovic doesn’t disguise that the number one is one of his predominant aims, particularly beating the file of weeks at the prime of the rating that Federer has with 310. Properly, the Serbian will add a minimum of three extra, till 282, after sweeping Karen Khachanov (double 6-2 in 67 minutes) and entering into the semifinals of the Dubai ATP 500. Going from the quarterfinals was the indispensable situation to forestall Nadal from taking him again from the throne with a hypothetical closing victory in Acapulco.The battle will proceed in Indian Wells (March 12-22) and it will likely be essential what everybody does from right here to Saturday. This Friday, Djokovic will face a Frenchman, Monfils or Gasquet; whereas Nadal will search this Thursday (05:00, Movistar Deportes) for the penultimate spherical of the Mexican Open towards the Korean Soonwoo Kwon. Now, Nole accumulates 9,900 for the 9,440 Rafa has. last_img read more