No. 9 UWF Defeats NAIA No. 15 Berry (Ga.) 7-2

first_imgNo. 9 UWF Defeats NAIA No. 15 Berry (Ga.) 7-2 PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 9 West Florida men’s tennis team (5-6, 2-1 GSC) picked up another win over an NAIA opponent by defeating 7-2 No. 15 Berry (3-2) on Wednesday, March 18 at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Complex in Pensacola. The Argonauts earned their fifth win of the season, as they dropped only two points against the Vikings.The Argonauts started strong in doubles, as they won two out of three matches. Andrey Pozhidaev (freshman/Sochi, Russia) teamed with Kevin Ducros (freshman/Aix-en-Provence, France) to defeat 8-2 Stan Atema and Daniel Mician in the first spot. The Vikings responded pulling a win at the second spot to tie the match at 1-1, with Marcelo Lebrao and Adam Clifton defeating 8-4 Argos Nathan Rosenfeld (freshman/Miami, Fla.) and Sean Gunnels (freshman/Mobile, Ala.). In the third spot, Luis Arboleda (senior/Medellin, Colombia) teamed with Jose Ycaza (senior/Guayaquil, Ecuador) and got 8-5 win over Marcelo Peterlini and Chris Clark to give the Argonauts the 2-1 lead entering the singles action. In the singles action West Florida squad was also stronger than the Vikings, as the Argos won five of the six matches. The Argonauts earned two easy 6-0, 6-1 wins in the first two matches finished to earn the 4-1 lead over the Vikings. Mike Lue (freshman/Richmond Hills, Ontario) defeated Mician, while Leandro Schujmann (sophomore/Porto Alegre, Brazil) defeated Jonathan Surls respectively in the fifth and sixth spots. Gunnels defeated Clifton with a 6-1, 6-4 score in the fourth spot, giving the Argonauts the fifth point to secure the team victory over the Vikings. Rosenfeld played in the second singles position and beat Atema with a 6-2, 6-3 score. The Vikings earned their second point in the third singles when No. 41 Arboleda fell 6-4, 6-3 to Peterlini. First Argonaut singles player Pozhidaev earned the squad’s seventh and final point by defeating Lebrao with 6-3, 6-4 score. Adding up the score from singles and doubles, the Argonauts earned a 7-2 victory over the Vikings. With the win West Florida improves to a 5-6 overall record, while the Berry drops to a 3-2 record. West Florida will now have a tough opponent ahead, when it faces Division I No. 5 Mississippi (12-2) on Thursday March 19 at 1:00 pm. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit Andrey Pozhidaev (UWF) def. Marcelo Lebrao (BC) 6-3, 6-4#2 Nathan Rosenfeld (UWF) def. Stan Atema (BC) 6-2, 6-3#3 Marcelo Peterlini (BC) def. Luis Arboleda (UWF) 6-4, 6-3#4 Sean Gunnels (UWF) def. Adam Clifton (BC) 6-1, 6-4#5 Mike Lue (UWF) def. Daniel Mician (BC) 6-0, 6-1#6 Leandro Schujmann (UWF) def. Jonathan Surls (BC) 6-0, 6-1Doubles#1 Pozhidaev/Ducros (UWF) def. Atema/Mician (BC) 8-2#2 Lebrao/Clifton (BC) def. Rosenfeld/Gunnels (UWF) 8-4#3 Jose Ycaza/Arboleda (UWF) def. Peterlini/Chris Clark (BC) 8-5Print Friendly Version Sharecenter_img Andrey Pozhidaev (Photo by John Blackie) last_img read more

Barcelona president, Bartomeu insists Messi already playing under new contract

first_imgBarcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has calimed that Lionel Messi is already under the terms of his new contract.While Messi agreed to a contract extension until 2021 in July, the Argentina captain is yet to officially put pen to paper on the contract with the La Liga giants.It has raised doubts over Messi’s future at Camp Nou, following Neymar’s world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.The La Liga giants have continually insisted the 30-year-old will sign his contract and Bartomeu provided another update on Thursday.“We will take the photo with Messi’s signature, hopefully before the end of the year, but the contract has been signed by his father, who has the power of his image rights,” Bartomeu told 8TV.“This contract is signed until 2021 and he is already playing under it.”last_img read more

Japan’s table tennis players assemble for first exhibition since pandemic

first_img KEYWORDS Tomokazu Harimoto (left) competes against Kasumi Ishikawa in their match during Monday’s event at Ota City General Gymnasium. | T. LEAGUE RELATED PHOTOS Kasumi Ishikawa competes during Monday’s event. | T. LEAGUE GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES table tennis, Tomokazu Harimoto, Kasumi Ishikawa, T.League Jun Mizutani, the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics men’s singles bronze medalist, withdrew from the event at the last minute after feeling unwell.No spectators were allowed into the arena for the event, which was hosted by the T. League. But it offered the fans, who watched remotely on television and via the internet, some entertaining matchups that they would not normally be able to see.In the first part of the event, the T. League select squad competed against a combined squad of the men’s and women’s national teams. The T. League players edged out Japan’s representatives 5-4.Later, the men’s and women’s national select squads squared off against each other with the men’s team handed handicaps, such as point deficits and being unable to serve. The women’s team beat the male players 2-1 in the unorthodox contest.Despite being able to train more than athletes in contact sports during the lockdown, players welcomed a chance to finally face off against real opponents.“It was the first game we played in half a year,” said Ishikawa, a two-time Olympic medalist, after the event. “I was happy to play in actual matches. Hopefully, we’ll start playing more matches from this point on and this was a great first step for that.”The 27-year-old veteran said she had played many practice games but was nervous to compete with a lot of people observing her performances.Nevertheless, Ishikawa cherished the opportunity, in part because she was able to take on male players such as Harimoto, the 17-year-old phenom currently ranked No. 4 worldwide.“I don’t think I’ve played against male players in front of a crowd, but it was so much fun,” Ishikawa said. “We played against each other a lot when he was in elementary school. But this was perhaps the first time since then. My serves didn’t really work against him anymore.”Harimoto, who won silver at last year’s ITFF Men’s World Cup in Chengdu, China, hit the court hoping to fuel his growth as a player, despite the event’s casual nature.“Honestly, I’ve had some worries as I’ve just been practicing,” Harimoto said. “But I could try things I’ve worked on and my worries have disappeared today.”Organizers instituted stringent guidelines to limit the risk of infections ahead of the event. Yoshihito Miyazaki, an assistant chief director of the T. League, said that everyone who was set to appear on court, including players, officials and staffers, was required to take an antigen test.All tested negative for the virus.Reporters and photographers were restricted to a press area in the stands and all interviews were conducted online.“While the coronavirus is still spreading, we don’t have to be too afraid of it and gained confidence through the event tonight,” Miyazaki said. “(Japanese table tennis) had to resume competitions, and we thought it should be us, the T. League.”The league will open its third season on Nov. 17. The nation’s top male and female table tennis players assembled at Ota City General Gymnasium on Monday for a special one-day event, giving fans an opportunity to watch many of the country’s elite talents compete for the first time since the start of the pandemic.Participants included top players from the professional T. League as well as both the men’s and women’s national teams. The national team select squads included globally noted players such as Tomokazu Harimoto and Kasumi Ishikawa. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Accident On Southbound Sterling Highway Expect Delays

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Accident on Southbound Sterling Highway from MP 143 to MP 144 Expect delays, lane closure, long delays, road blocked, be prepared to stop, clearing in progress, emergency vehicles on road, maintenance equipment on the roadway, repairs in progress. This is a developing story.. Refresh for updates.last_img

Female Sea Otter Pup Rescued From Homer Thanks To Volunteers

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A female sea otter pup was rescued by plane last week from Homer and transported to the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward. The little otter pup is now securely in the care of the staff at ASLC and “doing quite well thanks to the generous efforts of many different people!” In a statement from ASLC, many of our wildlife response patients have to be flown in from various parts of Alaska, but it is rare we have animals transported to the local airport right in Seward. Due to the Swan Lake fire and consequent closure of the Sterling Highway the team had to find a different method to pick up this 3 week old pup from Homer.The community came together to transport the otter to the Center, including a donated flight by local pilot, Duke Marolf. The Homer Vet Clinic offered to overnight the pup until Marolf was able to assist with the pick-up.center_img Stay tuned this Friday for a video update on this little pup.last_img read more

Governor’s 911 Working Group Includes Local Officials

first_imgThe working group was recently created through Administrative Order 317, which calls for first responders, rural and urban community leaders, telecommunications experts, lawmakers, and other Alaskans to make recommendations to the governor on how to improve 911 access and safely move forward with consolidation of Alaska State Troopers dispatch. Both Knopp and Micciche are non-voting members. There are nine voting members, and recommendations will be sent to the governor by September 1. One of the major flaws in the current system is that emergency responders are unable to track the location of calls from cellphones in much of the state, both in rural communities and in many popular recreation areas near urban hubs. Location tracking technology for emergency calls already exists in most other states. However, this technology is cost prohibitive for many of Alaska’s rural carriers, and exemptions to the new system need to be made so that no community loses telecommunication services. Representative Knopp was appointed by House Speaker Bryce Edgemon: “The goal here is simple: make sure Alaskans all over the state can pick up the phone and call for help in case of emergency. This is a life and death issue, and we owe it to the people we represent to make sure we get 911 and dispatch reform right. I look forward to a productive working group process.”center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Representative Gary Knopp, Senator Peter Micciche, and Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce will all serve on Governor Mike Dunleavy’s 911 and Dispatch Consolidation Working Group. The issue of local job losses at existing dispatch centers across the state must be weighed by the working group. Other challenges to confront include the question of how the State of Alaska can move toward consolidation of dispatch centers in a way that ensures mobile technology is ready on day one, while also making sure the project stays on budget and preventing the state from facing a scenario where a natural disaster in one location shuts down 911 completely.last_img read more

Blackburn v Fulham line-ups: Two Whites midfielders missing, Rovers make four changes

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Fulham make two changes to their side for the trip to Blackburn Rovers, with Sakari Mattila and Luke Garbutt starting in a five-man midfield.Head coach Slavisa Jokanovic keeps faith with the 3-5-2 formation used in the 3-1 win over QPR on Saturday, with Mattila replacing Scott Parker and Garbutt coming in at left-wing for the injured Lasse Vigen Christensen.There is no Rohan Ince on the bench, but Tim Ream and January signing Zakaria Labyad are both named as substitutes.AdChoices广告Former Blackburn midfielder Tom Cairney starts against his old club.Rovers make four changes with captain Grant Hanley restored to the line-up after a shoulder injury, replacing Elliott Ward.Elliott Bennett comes in for Craig Conway and boss Paul Lambert changes his strike partnership, with Chris Brown and the fit-again Danny Graham ousting Tony Watt and Simeon Jackson.Blackburn Rovers: Steele; Marshall, Duffy, Hanley, Spurr; Lenihan, Evans, Gomez, Bennett; Brown, Graham. Subs: Raya, Henley, Watt, Ward, Grimes, Conway, Jackson.Fulham: Lonergan; Madl, Burn, Amorebieta; Fredericks, Matilla, O’Hara, Cairney, Garbutt; Dembele, McCormack. Subs: Lewis, Richards, Ream, Hyndman, Kacaniklic, Labyad, Smith.last_img read more

Big Reds hold up against determined Grand Haven, win 64-57 in district tournament opener

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We will try not to show you such ads again. $20.00$233.61 Other ENDS IN (3879) (35309) ENDS IN Add Comments (Max 320 characters) By Steve GunnLocalSportsJournal.comMUSKEGON – In Monday’s newspaper, the Detroit Free Press picked the Muskegon boys basketball team to advance all the way to the Final 4 in the Division 1 state basketball tournament.If the Big Reds are going to get that far, they will have to show a lot of poise against some very tough opponents who would love to end their winning streak.The Big Reds showed that they can do that on Monday against an extremely determined Grand Haven squad.Muskegon overcame a halftime deficit, battled through some tense moments in the second half and held its composure down the stretch. The result was a hard-fought 64-57 victory for the Big Reds in front of their home fans on the opening night of March Madness.The Big Reds, now 18-3 and the winners of 15 straight games, advance to Wednesday’s district semifinal game against Grand Rapids Union at 7:30 p.m. at Redmond-Potter Gymnasium.DeAndre Carter scoops his way through the lane for Muskegon. Photo/Tim Reilly“I will take it easy, I will take it hard, one point or 30 points,” Muskegon Coach Keith Guy said about winning a game in the tournament. “I’m just thankful these guys were resilient enough to make it through some of the tough stretches we had, and a couple of good stretches they had. Our guys bounced back and made a few more plays than they did.”The hero for the Big Reds was junior guard Vern Nash, who made lots of big plays when they mattered the most, even while battling a case of strep throat.With Muskegon clinging to a 45-43 lead after three quarters, Nash went to work, hitting a three-pointer midway through the quarter to extend the Big Reds’ lead to six points, nailing a driving layup with 2:27 remaining to keep the lead at six, then calmly making 7 of 7 free throws down the stretch to ice the victory.Nash had 12 points in the fourth quarter and totaled a game-high 21. De’Andre Carter added 12 points for Muskegon while Billie Roberts chipped in 10 from the paint.Those performances backed up the words of Coach Guy, who insists his Big Reds still have plenty of offensive options, even if opponents key on leading scorer Jarvis Walker, who was limited to nine points on Monday.“We’re a team of balance,” Guy said. “People come in and try to take guys away, and I’m okay with that, because we have a lot of guys who can play.”The Buccaneers demonstrated right away that they were not afraid to go toe-to-toe with the Big Reds. They scored the first four points of the contest and led 19-13 at the first buzzer. Senior guard Bryce Taylor had the hot hand, scoring eight of his 19 points in the first quarter.Billie Roberts tires to make his way through the lane against the Grand Haven defense. Photo/Tim ReillyMuskegon scored the first six points of the second quarter and tied the game 19-19, but Grand Haven answered with an 8-2 run to take a 27-21 lead with about four minutes left in the first half.The Bucs clung to a 29-27 edge at halftime. Muskegon was a bit cold from the floor in the first two quarters, missing some easy shots and converting only 9 of 22 field goal attempts.Muskegon opened the third quarter with a 7-0 run, and a lot of fans probably suspected that the Big Reds were about to take control. But again Grand Haven fought back, despite severe foul trouble for two starters, and scored the next six points to take a 35-34 lead with 4:14 remaining in the quarter.The teams traded buckets for the rest of the third, and the Bucs got the last points when they held on to the ball for the final minute to get the last shot. The intended shot missed the mark, but Taylor scooped up a loose ball and hit a layup at the buzzer, leaving Muskegon with a 45-43 lead after three.Senior guard Casey Constant had the hottest hand in the third for Grand Haven, scoring eight of his 19 points.Muskegon held its lead throughout the fourth quarter of the physical, scrappy contest, when Nash hit his two big baskets, then showed a ton of composure by hitting all seven of his shots from the line.The Big Reds were a perfect 14-for-14 from the free-throw line. Grand Haven was 3-for-6.“I thought we did a good job of keeping our composure (down the stretch), knowing it was a 32-minute game and not an eight-minute game,” Guy said. “Every year we play Grand Haven in districts and its always a war.“We talked about it before the game. We said they are going to make some runs, we’ll make our runs, and we just hope we can make more runs than they do.” Report a problem This item is… Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Report a problem This item is… Twelve DEAL OF THE DAY Bestseller (5153) DEAL OF THE DAY Share Not relevantlast_img read more

Moeen masters India as England wrap up series win

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, England, (Reuters) – Moeen Ali spun England to a 60-run victory over India in the fourth test as the hosts sealed a series victory over the world’s top-ranked nation with a match to spare yesterday. Set 245 for a series-levelling victory, India were bowled out for 184 with the recalled Moeen taking four for 71 to go with the five wickets he took in India’s first innings.None was more crucial than that of India skipper Virat Kohli who shared a gritty 101-run fourth-wicket partnership with Ajinkya Rahane after India had slumped to 22-3.Kohli, who survived an early review against Moeen, looked set having reached a patient 58 but he fell to the off-spinner just before tea. India’s last six wickets went down for 51 runs and although Ravi Ashwin blazed away for 25 to hold England up he was eventually trapped lbw by all-rounder Sam Curran.England lead the series 3-1 with one match to play.Skipper Joe Root praised his side’s strength of character after they had slumped to 86-6 on day one and picked out Moeen’s return as key. “I think today it was the best I’ve ever seen him bowl in an England shirt,” Root said of all-rounder Moeen who was left out of the opening three matches of the series.“Credit to the group. We were really up against it on that first morning. Couldn’t be more proud of the group.”India began the day by ending England’s second innings for the addition of only 11 runs to leave an absorbing test balanced on a knife edge.While 245 looked reachable, a worn pitch together with India having only three times successfully chased 200 plus for victory outside Asia meant the odds favoured England.   England seamers James Anderson and Stuart Broad took full advantage of the helpful conditions to rip out India’s top order — leaving the visitors’ hopes in tatters. In the third over KL Rahul had his off stump removed by a full-length Broad delivery that shot through at ankle height.Anderson sent Cheteshwar Pujara, whose century helped India establish a small first-innings lead, back to the pavilion lbw after rapping him on the back thigh with an inswinger.SQUARED UP Opener Shikhar Dhawan struck three boundaries in his 17 but fell in next over, thick-edging to Ben Stokes at gully after being squared up by a beauty to leave India reeling on 22-3.Kohli and Rahane both got the benefit of reviews, however, as the visitors limped to lunch on 46-3.England were incensed not to have Kohli out lbw off Moeen after replays failed to show conclusively that the master batsman had got an edge.After lunch Kohli began to work singles and twos with Rahane also showing good technique against spin duo Moeen and Adil Rashid and India’s fans in the ground began to dream of victory. There was no panic from England, though, and with tea approaching Moeen got the prized wicket of Kohli.Having just seen Kohli survive a half chance from his previous delivery, Moeen got another ball to climb out of the rough and catch the glove before looping up into the grateful grasp of Alastair Cook at short leg.Kohli looked deflated as he trudged off and shortly after tea India were in deep trouble as Hardik Pandya edged a rising Ben Stokes delivery to second slip where Root took a great catch.Rishabh Pant mounted a brief attack with a feisty 18, launching Moeen for a six, but his aggression cost him as he holed out to Cook in the deep. When Moeen pinned Rahane lbw for 51 India’s last hope had gone. Stokes got his second wicket by removing Ishant Sharma for a duck and Moeen had Mohammed Shami caught slogging.“England were braver in tough situations than us,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation in which Moeen was named man-of-the-match. “It’s been a very competitive series and we will not throw in the towel in the last game.”last_img read more

Sports Minister, Dare, Graces Rejuvenated Sports Festival in Ilorin

first_imgNigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has said that the importance of grassroots sports development cannot be over emphasised.He said this while speaking to newsmen at the grand finale of the Kwara State Sports Festival on Saturday.He added that the resuscitation of the sports event was a step in the right direction. “This is where we want to be when it comes to sports development and by that, I mean the promotion of grassroots sports development. We want to see the commitment of state governors to grassroots sports development. “Fifteen years after the last sports festival was held, we are having this, so there is a renaissance taking place and I am always very glad when I see the youth involved in sporting activities. We are looking for young talents that we can nurture in athletics, weight lifting, boxing and I am really glad to be here.”The Minister who also spoke on the flagging off of the Unity Torch by President Muhammadu Buhari in preparation for the National Sports Festival at the State House, Abuja, said the event will also serve to further develop sports in Nigeria.He also assured stakeholders the readiness of Team Nigeria in athletics at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games.“What happened yesterday with Tobi Amusan, who is now globally seeded No. 2 by World Athletics signposts the future of Nigerian athletics.“We have the Tobi Amusan, Ese Brume, Blessing Okagbare, Divine Oduduru. This country has one of the best relay teams about the third or the fourth in the world at the moment, we were second before and we are trying to reenact where we were before when it comes to relay. So athletics wise we are ready for the Olympics.”The Kwara State Sports Festival was held at the Kwara Sports complex with the Minister as special guest. The Governor of the State, Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman resuscitated the event 15 years after the last festival took place.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more