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Scorpions ready for Jaguars test

first_imgCaptain Nikita Miller says staying in front will be the top priority of leaders Jamaica Scorpions heading into their sixth round WICB Four-day Tournament fixture against two-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars at Sabina Park, starting today.The top-of-the-table contest will see Jamaica with a record of three wins, a draw and a defeat, looking to extend a three point advantage over the Jaguars, who are second following results of two wins, two draws and a defeat.The 10-round tournament is completed by Barbados Pride in third, Windward Islands Volcanoes in fourth, Leeward Islands Hurricanes in fifth and Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in sixth and last position.”It’s a big game between two teams who have ambitions of winning the tournament,” was the way Miller summed up the contest.”But we are ahead and they are chasing, and the hope is that at the end of the game it will remain that way.”The Scorpions, who after losing their opener away to the Jaguars, has since grown from strength to strength and are coming off back-to-back wins, and will be seeking to continue that momentum.BRUSHED ASIDEThis, however, according to Miller, can only be had if his batsmen continue to show their worth as they did at home to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and away to the Leeward Islands Hurricanes.Led by enterprising young batsmen Brandon King, opener John Campbell, Jermaine Blackwood and Andre McCarthy, the Scorpions brushed aside the challenge of the Hurricanes by an innings and 73 runs, while against the Red Force they were 132 runs victors.”In our recent successful games it is our batting that brought us through, and gave us the confidence we really needed,” outlined Miller.”We are therefore looking forward to this to continue, as our bowling is always there and there about.”In addition to the left-arm spin of Miller and the leg-spin of Damion Jacobs, the Scorpions bowling unit has been bolstered by the return of fast bowlers, Jerome Taylor and Marquino Mindley.The pair has replaced the injured Reynard Leveridge, and Gavon Brown, respectively.Guyana with Shivnarine Chanderpaul in their line-up will additionally look to emerging batsmen Leon Johnson, Vishaul Singh and Rajendra Chandrika to spearhead their batting, while as it relates to their bowling much will be expected of left-arm spinners GudakeshMotie and VeerasammyPermaul.”It should be a close contest as Guyana is a good team and have good players in their team,” Miller said.last_img read more

International coaching heavyweights seek Asian Cup success

first_imgView comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title James Harden still unstoppable, rallies Rockets past Warriors in OT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia FILE – In this Nov. 5, 2018, file photo, Philippines national football team’s new head coach Sven-Goran Eriksson attends a press conference in metropolitan Manila, Philippines. Two decades ago, Sven-Goran Eriksson and Marcello Lippi coached against each other in the Italian league. The famous tacticians are just two of a number of high-profile international coaches preparing for the 2019 Asian Cup that kicks off in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Sven-Goran Eriksson and Marcello Lippi coached against each other in the Italian league more than 20 years ago. The famous tacticians are just two of a number of high-profile international coaches preparing for the 2019 Asian Cup that begins in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.The tournament, expanded from 16 teams in 2015 to 24 teams in the United Arab Emirates, is the biggest ever. It remains to be seen if the competition, with venues also in Dubai, Sharjah and Al Ain, is the best.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Australia, South Korea and Japan are also expected to be in the running for the final that takes places on Feb. 1 in Abu Dhabi.Australia is defending champion after winning the 2015 edition at home although the Socceroos will be without European-based stars such as Mathew Leckie and Aaron Mooy. South Korea, led by former Portugal boss Paulo Bento, also has injury issues but possesses the biggest name in Asian soccer in Son Heung-min.The in-form Tottenham Hotspur attacker will miss the first two group games and arrive in time to take on China on Jan. 16, although he has apologized to the club for leaving mid-season.“I feel sorry for my teammates, the fans and the coaching staff,” Son said. “It’s difficult. Sometimes you think it’s a bit sad, but it is also important for my country. I hope I can keep my form for the national team and when I come back here again as well.”Japan, one of the few countries with a domestic coach in Hajime Moriyasu, was Asia’s most successful team at the 2018 World Cup and is also considered to be a front-runner.Some talking points:EXPANSIONIncreasing the number of participants from 16 to 24 has opened the door for new teams such as Kyrgyzstan, the Philippines and Yemen. It also means that only eight teams will be eliminated in the group stage with 16 progressing to the second round.POLITICSNever far from the surface in Asian soccer. United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar in 2016. Saudi Arabia and Qatar, 2022 World Cup host, meet in the group stage and while clubs from the countries have met in the Asian Champions League, tensions are likely. There is also a chance of South and North Korea, technically still at war, meeting in the knockout stage. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew As it stands however, the team enters the tournament with just one win in its last seven games, a run that includes disappointing draws against Palestine, India and Bahrain.“The players have performed well in the training camp we had,” Lippi, expected to retire after the tournament ends, said.Host UAE has another high-profile Italian coach with performances under Alberto Zaccheroni disappointing. Zaccheroni took AC Milan to the 1999 Serie A title but in 11 games in 2018, the UAE, 1996 finalists, scored just seven goals.Regional rival Saudi Arabia has been in better form under Argentine coach Juan Antonio Pizzi, who led Chile to the 2016 Copa America title. Compatriot Hector Cuper has been appointed by Uzbekistan.Former Real Madrid and Portugal boss Carlos Queiroz has genuine hopes of winning with Iran, Asia’s top-ranked team according to FIFA. Queiroz has been in charge since 2011 and is the longest-serving coach in the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ CONFLICTBoth Yemen and Syria have a chance to make some international headlines that do not involve the ongoing conflict taking place at home. Soccer continues to survive and Syria especially has ambitions of progressing to the last eight and perhaps beyond.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the likes of Eriksson, in charge of the Philippines, or Lippi and China, success is not necessarily about winning the trophy. Eriksson, appointed in October, would simply like to survive the group stage in the country’s first appearance in the competition.“I think at this Asian Cup, with this generation of players, the Philippines have the chance to show that football is good in the Philippines and qualifying for the Asian Cup will help,” said Eriksson, who took England to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in 2002 and 2006.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“If we can go through that will mean a lot for the country.”For Lippi, coming to the end of an disappointing two-year spell in charge of China, success would be any sign that the country, still to win the Asian Cup, had made progress. 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RUGBY: LETTERKENNY 1STs BEGIN SEASON IN STYLE AGAINST VIRGINIA

first_imgLETTERKENNY RUGBY NOTES:Senior First Team: Letterkenny begin season in style Letterkenny 1st XV 31 – Virginia 8The new season began well at Dave Gallagher Park with a visit from Cavan Club, Virginia on what turned out to be a very warm and sunny day giving near perfect conditions, on a wonderful pitch. The Letterkenny men started off quite rusty as expected, in the first game of the season. New Captain Andrew Gibson soon settled his men though and the hard work in preseason, soon showed as they built phase after phase eventually allowing 2nd Row Ben Mortimer to break the line and get a try beneath the posts.Virginia responded with pressure, pushing right to the Kenny try line but the defence was strong and they couldn’t get through. They were rewarded however with 3 points from a penalty in front of the posts. Another try for Kenny from wing Cian Curran gave them a strong lead at the half time. 12-3 to Letterkenny.The 2nd half was dominated by Letterkenny. Tries from Darragh Nolan, John Anthony McFadden and prop Rae Clarke, really showcased of this Letterkenny sides potential. Some great conversions from full back Bryan McGinley added to the tally. A late break away try from Virginia gave the visitors some consolation, but there was still no taking away from this very good Letterkenny performance.Letterkenny 1st XV: Chris Digimas, Gary Canning, Rae Clarke, Ben Mortimer, Kevin Durran, Terence Gallagher, Craig Herron, Ciaran Clarke, Conal Sheridan, Andrew Gibson (C), Cian Curran, Sean Deery, John Anthony McFadden, Darragh Nolan, Bryan McGinley. Next week see’s the 1st XV host Strabane in the first round of the Gordon West Cup. The 2nd XV are starting their season with a visit to Carrickfinn to play Tir Chonaill, at the airport._______________________________________________________________At Youth level Letterkenny had a great start, hosting City of Derry on a beautiful day.Under 14s won 24 – Nil with 2 tries from Fantastic Fabio, one each from Mya Alcorn, Adam Quinn and conversions from Bobby McGettigan and Charlie Worth. Letterkenny really outclassed a Derry side that lost heart from early on, even though they showed ability. The rematch should be good.Under 16s won 28 – 7 with tries from Will Douglas, Oisin McGarvey, Oran Wilson and Ciaran Aitken plus 4 straight conversions from Fionn McGarvey. This was always a very one sided affair, but the Derry team never gave up trying, so it was very entertaining. All players got an outing. Under 18s won 37 – 20 and it was a hard, fast, physical display, which saw Letterkenny start well with two tries by Adam Quinn and Hughie Merlehan and one conversion by Ryan Mortimer leaving them ahead by just 2 points at half time, because Derry came back with two tries. But the second half saw Kenny take control, adding 3 more tries from, Kieran Sweeney, Ryan Mortimer and a stunning Sam MacGinty ‘Solo’ after catching a restart kick from the gifted boot of Ryan Mortimer – he ran the pitch, ducking and diving past four tackles to cross the line. Again Ryan Mortimer converted twice along with an earlier perfect 2 penalty kicks. This contest was a wonderful Derby and the after match fun showed what the game is all about. Owen Ferry from Derry got an especially ‘warm’ reception coming off the pitch from the locals.RUGBY: LETTERKENNY 1STs BEGIN SEASON IN STYLE AGAINST VIRGINIA was last modified: September 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Letterkenny Rugby Club noteslast_img read more

LGBTI people need to know Brexit will put our rights at risk

first_imgI commissioned the report – Brexit: LGBTI Impact Assessment – without knowing all the facts myself.But it seemed clear to me that nobody in the UK Government was thinking about LGBTI people in this process. And, while GSN has never published a formal report of this nature before, someone needed to look out for our community.Now I have read what the experts say, I can see that we lose so much as LGBTI people.Why should LGBTI people care about Brexit?The UK Government’s current view is that they can jettison the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights – the highest standard of protection for LGBTI people currently available in international law – as superfluous. That certainly indicates trouble may lie ahead.If you think that your sexuality or gender identity has little to do with what you stand to lose in the Brexit process, this report may alarm you. It sets out that LGBT rights have been driven forward by our EU membership and are underwritten by it. And it argues that LGBT people are even more likely than others to use rights granted by the EU.The UK Government has stated we will not lose LGBT rights on the day we exit the EU. That is likely true, although this report shows we will lose benefits. Moreover, Europe will no longer drive the agenda on sexuality and gender identity rights in the UK, as it has  for two decades.Even more seriously, we will lose the EU’s guarantees on the rights we have. LGBT Britons have frequently relied on those guarantees and there is no UK constitution to replace them.LGBT people in this country remember the spectre of Section 28. We know therefore, that an unfriendly future government can enshrine homophobia or transphobia in law.Our UK community is also well connected to LGBTIs in other parts of the world. As such, we have witnessed many examples of politicians reversing their rights with devastating consequences. GAYSTARNEWS- This is how Brexit could hurt you as an LGBTI person in the UKWill Brexit mean no LGBT rights protections? You can still decideThis is why a gay MP is calling for another referendum on BrexitRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lgbti-people-need-to-know-brexit-will-put-our-rights-at-risk/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Should we be crying over our lost rights as the UK prepares for Brexit? | Photo: Gustavo Ferlizicenter_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Brexit will leave UK LGBTI citizens worryingly vulnerable, says a new report from leading human rights lawyers we publish today. Britain has advanced in its overall attitudes to LGBTI people. But many of the senior UK politicians backing Brexit have openly homophobic and transphobic records. Trusting the future of the rights we have worked so hard to achieve to their goodwill seems to me to be reckless.What can we do about it?Immediately after the June 2016 Brexit vote, we saw that attitudes can rapidly change on the streets. In July, August and September of that year, hate crimes against LGBTI people rose 147%, measured against the same period in 2015.As a community we can pretend this danger isn’t looming. Or we can do what we have always done – take responsibility personally and collectively for the protection and promotion of our rights.I believe we are well-motivated to act. A straw poll carried out by Gay Star News just before the 2016 Brexit vote indicated that 77% of our readers wished to remain. More generally, polling since the referendum has seen a slow, but consistent, shift to scepticism about Brexit.Brexiteers have argued that pro-EU voices in the UK should silently accept the course they are now plotting for us. But it is an exercise in democracy to openly argue for the future we wish to see.I am deeply indebted to the report’s authors for taking on my commission pro-bono and for providing their unparalleled expertise on this subject. I hope their words will be read with care, and their warnings heeded, before it is too late.Read more about Brexit: The LGBT Impact AssessmentYou can download, read and share the full report here:You can also read our summary of the report, and what you can do about it, here.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more