KANDY, Sri Lanka (CMC):West Indies will attempt to avoid their second straight whitewash on Sri Lankan soil when they take on the hosts in today’s final One-Day International.Five years ago, the Caribbean side were swept 3-0 with the decisive third victory also coming here in the central Sri Lankan city.And though the visitors have already conceded the three-match series following defeats in Colombo and Hambantota, head coach Phil Simmons does not anticipate any problems motivating the West Indies for the finale.“My players have no problems being motivated,” Simmons told a media conference ahead of the encounter at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.“So whatever happened in the last two games does not hinder the motivation of the players.“We didn’t turn up for the [last] game. We didn’t bowl well and dropped too many catches. And in the batting, we didn’t put an innings together chasing 340-odd.“I think it was one of those days where all three facets of the game went wrong, but all we can do is continue to work as we have been working hard before, so we can correct it [on Sunday].” DISAPPOINTING GAME Searching for their first-ever series win in Sri Lanka, West Indies suffered disappointment in the opening game when they went down by one wicket defending 289, in a contest that ended in the last over.The second defeat was far more comprehensive, however, with the West Indies crashing to a heavy 161-run loss last Wednesday, in pursuit of 346.Despite those results, Simmons said they were aspects of both games which had been encouraging for the West Indies and which they needed to now build on.“From the first game, definitely the way we fought back after [conceding] 78 off the first 10 overs and in the second one, the way that we bowled in the first 10 overs,” Simmons explained.“So if we can put the two of them together [for Sunday], then we can get a complete 50 overs.”Note: Today’s match starts at 4 a.m. Ja time.
As you may have seen over the weekend, there is now some confidence from AS Roma’s side that they will be able to count on Chris Smalling next season. For as long as we can remember this season, the Serie A side have been trying to find a way to convince Manchester United to either sell to them at a slightly cut price or extend the loan of the centre-back, to no avail.However, reports from Italy over the weekend suggested a breakthrough had been made, with the Premier League club now open to extending the temporary deal by an extra season in exchange for a small fee and an obligation to buy.Corriere dello Sport on Monday go through the details, explaining it was Guido Fienga, the club’s CEO, who rang Manchester United to offer them €3m to keep him next season with a guaranteed fee in 2021.Embed from Getty ImagesIt’s written those in charge at Old Trafford found it ‘reasonable’, but before everyone starts celebrating, details, and important ones at that, need to be sorted out.Most importantly is the fee Roma would have to pay if certain conditions are met, with United refusing to go below €15m for now.As for said conditions, they also need to be detailed, expected to be linked to objectives such as the number of appearances Smalling makes and whether or not the Italians qualify for the Champions League.Beyond that, Corriere feel the ‘feelings are positive’, as the centre-back will now be able to continue as an ‘undisputed starter’ in Italy’s capital, as he aims to make Gareth Southgate’s squad for next year’s Euros.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Strategy Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoMake Money Online | Search AdsDo You Want To Make Money Online? Search Results HereMake Money Online | Search AdsUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 60? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoCar Novels[Photos] Waffle House Waitress Didn’t Know She Was Recorded While She Served This CostumerCar NovelsUndoVPN MentorHow To Watch American Netflix if You Are Outside The USVPN MentorUndoJobs in UK | Sponsored ListingsFinding a job in the UK might be easier than you thinkJobs in UK | Sponsored ListingsUndoBuzzAuraWhen Firefighters Rescued Puppies, They Suddenly Realized They Weren’t DogsBuzzAuraUndo
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By Dave TomczakLocalSportsJournal.comNORTH MUSKEGON – The seniors of the North Muskegon girls soccer team have never lost a conference game.So falling behind early to Whitehall in Monday’s West Michigan Conference tournament championship game was no reason to panic.North Muskegon’s No. 18 Abby Grevel battles against Emma Thompson. Photo/Leo ValdezAnd they didn’t. The state-ranked Norse remained calm, turned on their amazing scoring machine, and rallied for a 9-4 victory over the Vikings on their home field.Leading the way was Sophie Mueller with a four-goal performance while Gwenna Pitts added three.The Norse claimed their fourth straight conference title, and sealed up a perfect 40-0 career conference record for the five seniors on the squad – Kendal Hoops, Alya Pitts, Grace Berends, Abby Grevel and Reyna Johnson.“It was a good test for us to get down and battle back,” Grevel said. “It’s a good test for the postseason.”“There always pressure to keep it going,” said Hoops. “Once you get to be the best, everyone is coming for you.”North Muskegon improved to 16-2 overall on the season and 10-0 in conference play. Whitehall fell to 14-3 overall and 7-2 in the conference.Whitehall, a talented team in its own right, definitely gave North Muskegon something to think about.Grace Vanderwoude races for the ball against Whitehall’s No. 16 Lexus Bilek. Photo/Leo ValdezThe Vikings stunned the home crowd 10 minutes into the game when Kacey Jeffries raced down the far sideline past defenders and sent a perfect centering pass to Maggie Evans, who nailed the ball into the top right corner of the net to give her team a 1-0 lead.But the Norse didn’t seem affected by the deficit at all, controlling the action in Whitehall’s’ end for the next six minutes.Finally, Hope Johnson’s centering pass found Mueller, who fired the ball low and left to tie the game at 1-1 with 23:44 remaining in the first half.North Muskegon scored the game’s next three goals, with Mueller making it 2-1 with 18:11 left in the half, Hope Johnson scoring on a penalty kick with 8:49 remaining, and Mueller scoring again with 6:07 left.Jeffries scored for Whitehall about a minute later, and North Muskegon led 4-2 at halftime.The Norse maintained the pressure in the second half, generating four shots on net in the first three minutes, and eventually scoring the next four goals.Sophie Mueller leads the fast break for North Muskegon. Photo/Leo ValdezMueller netted her fourth goal of the game on a penalty kick four minutes into the half, and Gwenna Pitts scored the next three goals in a span of 16 minutes to put NM up 8-2.“We talked at half about being more multidimensional and moving the ball around more,” said North Muskegon Coach Ryan Berends. “When we do that, good things happen.”Evans scored her second goal for Whitehall with 9:06 left in the game to cut the deficit to 8-3, and Emma Thompson scored on a penalty kick three minutes later to make it 8-4.Grace Berends finished off the scoring for the Norse with 1:48 left, helping send her and her fellow seniors out with a perfect conference record.“It’s really unique from other teams,” the Norse midfielder said. “We’re really close as a team. 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Longines Masters of Paris to go ahead, say organisers Statement issued today by the organisers of the Longines Masters of Paris:Longines Masters of ParisSolidarity with the victims of November 13th & Maintaining the 2015 Edition with enhanced securityFollowing the tragic events in Paris last Friday, the EEM Team immediately shared in the sorrow of the families of the victims and the national mourning declared by the President of France.As organizer of international equestrian events, the EEM team was particularly moved by the demonstrations of solidarity and empathy expressed all over the world. The visual tributes in blue, white and red and the performing of the French national anthem “La Marseillaise” on stages across continents truly speak to unite us in the pursuit of freedom and liberty.EEM confirms that the next edition of the Longines Masters of Paris, alongside the Salon du Cheval de Paris, will be held as expected from December 3rd to December 6th, in Hall 5B of the Parc des Expositions in Villepinte.More than ever before, this edition will be a celebration, bringing to life the universal values so well represented by our sport: Respect, Courage, and Tolerance.As organizers, EEM and its partner the Salon du Cheval are putting in place increased security measures (bag checks, entry controls and security personnel) and working with official law enforcement authorities to optimize security at the event.The EEM team remains at your disposal to answer all of your questions and concerns. Tags: Longines Masters of Paris, Salon du Cheval de Paris 18 November 2015, 14:39 Home » Disciplines News » Showjumping News » Longines Masters of Paris to go ahead, say organisers email@example.com
Diego Maradona has been fined 9,000 dirham [£1,600] by the United Arab Emirates Football Association for verbally abusing a rival coach.Maradona, head coach of Al Wasl in the UAE, made remarks about Al Ain coach Cosmin Olaroiu after losing a fiery match 1-0 in November. The Argentinian complained that Olaroiu celebrated his side’s winning goal in an unprofessional manner, labelling the manager “quite rude … he should learn some manners”.Olaroiu responded by referring to Maradona’s previous substance abuse issues and also took aim at his dress sense.“Maradona doesn’t always have a clear mind because of his life,” Olaroiu said. “I don’t take drugs. My life is clear. Who is Maradona as a coach? He should respect his work and should never come to matches by wearing short pants.”The UAE FA disciplinary committee dismissed a separate complaint filed by Al Wasl, which accused Al Ain fans of throwing stones at its supporters after the match.Al Ain executive Carlo Nohra said Maradona’s punishment was justified and that his club were now satisfied. “We are happy a decision has been taken in this case,” Nohra said. “This was never really about Maradona but curbing coaches behavior toward one another. We all felt this behavior should have been picked up by the league anyway.”Since arriving in the Emirates, Maradona has been the subject of much controversy after claiming referees have been biased against Al Wasl, and the Argentine was also involved in a physical altercation with a club supporter during a photo shoot.
Usually paired with smaller companions like Kevin Hart or Moana, Dwayne Johnson is for once the diminutive one in “Rampage,” a hopelessly bland and bizarrely self-serious monster movie.Johnson plays primatologist Davis Okoye in Brad Petyon’s adaption of a classic 1986 arcade game. Naturally, Okoye has some covert military history but — like so many highly trained international commandos — he’s now working at the San Diego Zoo. His time is especially focused on a hulking albino gorilla named George. They are pals, Davis and George, who fist-bump and play pranks on one another. This image released by Warner Bros. shows Naomi Harris, left, and Dwayne Johnson in a scene from “Rampage.” (Frank Masi/Warner Bros. via AP) 1 of 5 This image released by Warner Bros. shows a scene from “Rampage.” (Warner Bros. via AP) The two are actually a winning pair, but “Rampage,” unfortunately, isn’t the Rock-and-monkey buddy comedy (“The Guerrilla and the Gorilla”?) we might crave. “Rampage” is professional-looking, thanks to the well-integrated effects artistry of Weta Digital. We have become spoiled, perhaps, by affecting computer-generated primates thanks to the “Planet of the Apes” franchise. But George (played with motion capture by Jason Liles) still holds his own in the monkey-movie kingdom.And Johnson, so recently in the jungle for “Jumanji,” remains a truly indefatigable movie star capable of carrying even the most half-baked of premises with colossal charisma. “Rampage” would surely sink a less sturdy action star, yet even here the wayward mishmash of monster-movie tropes only seem to ping off him like bullets deflected by Superman.The objective of the original 8-bit video game was to, while controlling one of three giant monsters (a gorilla, dinosaur or werewolf), reduce a city to rubble. Naturally, a story of such pathos and originality brought Hollywood rushing with a check for millions.What the film’s writers — Ryan Engle, Carlton Cuse, Ryan J. Condal, Adam Sztykiel — have come up with from this skeletal concept is something overly elaborate and curiously humorless. The film opens ominously in space, where a genetic experiment has created a giant mutated rat that chews up the space station’s crew, but not before an escape pod with three samples shoots back to Earth.The canisters of serum land alongside an alligator in the Florida Everglades, a wolf in Wyoming and at George’s habitat in San Diego. Each quickly swells massively while simultaneously becoming increasingly aggressive. (With a slightly different trajectory, we might have gotten a more unpredictable mutant trio like maybe a cockatoo, a koala and Keith Olbermann. Now that would be interesting.)The company behind the trials tries to quietly recapture the lab results. Malin Akerman, the fine actress of “Billions,” plays its ruthless chief executive, alongside her more clueless brother, played by Jake Lacy. Meanwhile, a consortium of military and government agencies try and fail to capture or kill the beasts as they converge on Chicago. Naomie Harris plays a genetic engineer.But the only performance really of note in “Rampage” is by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays an agent for an unnamed government agency with wild-eyed, cowboy abandon. The scenery might be digital, but that doesn’t stop him from trying to chew it all.As a product that reunites the director and star of “San Andreas” and “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” ”Rampage” is similarly forgettable popcorn fare that, in almost every scene feels like a knockoff of something else. And it should be funny. Movies about giant mutant animals that flock to the Windy City really ought to be funny. Morgan seems to be the only one to realize that in monster camp like this, go big or go home.“Rampage,” a Warner Bros. release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for “sequences of violence, action and destruction, brief language and crude gestures.” Running time: 107 minutes. One and a half stars out of four.MPAA Definition of PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP This image released by Warner Bros. shows Dwayne Johnson in a scene from “Rampage.” (Dwayne Johnson via AP) This image released by Warner Bros. shows Jeffrey Dean Morgan in a scene from “Rampage.” (Warner Bros. via AP) This image released by Warner Bros. shows Naomie Harris in a scene from “Rampage.” (Warner Bros. via AP)
By The Nelson Daily SportsThe Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Final is now down to a best-of-three series.Timely scoring and a 21-save performance from goalie Alex Ross powered the Castlegar Rebels to a 2-0 victory over the Osoyoos Coyotes in game four of the KIJHL Final Wednesday night at the Complex in the Sunflower City.Game five in the series is set for Friday in the Osoyoos Sun Bowl where the Desert Dogs have been almost unbeatable.The teams return to Castlegar for game six Saturday at 7:30 p.m.If necessary, game seven will be played Monday in Osoyoos.Second period goals by Kootenay Ice affiliate player Jesse Knowler, with his eighth of the playoffs, and Taylor Anderson, was all the scoring Castlegar would need. The Rebels out shot the Dogs 14-7 in the frame.But this night belonged to Ross who completely frustrated the Coyotes through 60 minutes.Castlegar out shot the Dogs in the game 28-21.
BY MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent Holmdel returns all seven starters from 23-3 team I t is safe to say the Holmdel boys tennis team has emerged as one of the top teams in New Jersey.Last season the Hornets finished with an overall record of 23-3, winning the Monmouth County and Shore Conference tournaments. The team also made it to the Central Jersey Group III final in the NJSIAA state tournament.And this season, Holmdel has all seven starters from last year.“We’re definitely strong,” head coach Chuck Chelednik said. “We have a good and experienced team, and all of the guys improved and learned from last year. Our goals would be to repeat our performance last season.”The Hornets certainly have shown to be capable of replicating their success from last spring, surging to a 10-1 record to start the 2011 season. They are in first place in the Shore Conference A Central Division with a 3-0 mark.Competing in the Bryan Bennett Memorial Tennis Tournament at Delbarton School, Morristown, Holmdel defeated Delbarton for the first time in Chelednik’s 12 years as head coach. The Hornets advanced as far as the semifinals, where they lost to Morris Knolls, 3-2, on April 10.The Hornets also posted impressive victories over Shore Conference powers Christian Brothers Academy and Marlboro, both by identical scores of 5-0 last week. Chelednik noted that Holmdel has been posting wins even when the team’s top player, sophomore Derek Liu, has a record of 5-4 against the high-caliber competition the Hornets have been facing.Holmdel currently is undefeated in doubles matches. Seniors Neeve Nikoo and David Lyu are 10-0 and juniors Ganesh Natarajan and Michael Li are 7-0.“This is definitely one of the best teams I have coached since 2002 when we won the Tournament of Champions,” Chelednik said. “It’s another year with the same guys, with another year of experience. Other teams don’t have the depth and numbers we have, and that separates us from other teams.”Senior Charlie Seifer (8-3) plays second singles for Holmdel, and junior Daway Chou-Ren (6-2) plays third singles. Freshman Sam Joynson (6-0) and senior JacobYang (3-0) have undefeated personal records.On Sunday, the Hornets topped St. Augustine, 4-1, andLenape, 4-1, to advance to the Moorestown Classic championship match, which has yet to be scheduled because Saturday’s matches were rained out.The Hornets, who hosted the first annual Holmdel Tennis Classic on Wednesday, are slated to face Red Bank Regional and Raritan on Thursday.This year’s Shore Conference Tournament begins with first-round action on April 29. The Hornets will no doubt be the top seed.The Monmouth County Flights Tournament will be heldApril 29 through May 1 at Tindall Park in Middletown.
RICHEST SINGLE GAME LONDON (AP): Fulham secured a return to the Premier League after four years away and a windfall of at least US$210 million by beating Aston Villa 1-0 in the second-tier English playoff final yesterday. Tom Cairney netted probably the most lucrative goal he’ll ever score by calmly sidefooting home a finish in the 23rd minute at Wembley Stadium, ensuring that Fulham joined Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff in getting promoted from the League Championship. Villa, captained by former Chelsea defender John Terry and seeking to get back in the top flight after a two-year absence, dominated the second half and Fulham’s players’ bid to defend their lead was made even harder when defender Denis Odoi was sent off in the 70th minute for a second yellow card. They succeeded and will play in the Premier League for the first time since relegation in 2014 ended 13 straight seasons in the world’s wealthiest and most-watched division. By winning the sport’s richest single game, Fulham guaranteed future additional revenue of at least US$210 million from prize money and broadcast deals, according to the sports business group of accountancy firm Deloitte. Fulham finished third in the regular season, making them the highest placed of the four teams that entered the playoffs. Many pundits felt that Slavisa Jokanovic’s side played the best football in the second tier. “After we missed out on promotion, a lot of people wrote us off,” Cairney said. “We got a lot of stick, but football won today. Football won.” Fulham is owned by Shahid Khan, who recently placed an offer to buy Wembley for about 600 million pounds ($840 million). He also owns Jacksonville Jaguars and wants an NFL presence in London.
In a release, Grange expressed similar views. “Khadija has been a great role model not just on the football field but also with her league team, the Lady Volunteers, and her national team, the Reggae Girlz. She has demonstrated the ability to rise above personal tragedy by keeping her eye on the ball. “It must have been very difficult to have lost four brothers and still find the fortitude to pursue her dreams. It gives me even greater pleasure in congratulating her knowing that she is from Spanish Town. I want young ladies across the country to look at her and the other Reggae Girlz and see what is possible in life,” her statement said. Grange is the member of Parliament for St Catherine Central, which also includes Spanish Town. Grange added that the award was even more significant since Shaw was the first female winner. “The world is taking notice of Jamaica’s women’s football and this is further encouragement to players at all levels that despite their circumstances, with the right attitude, approach, and support, they can make it on the international stage,” Grange said. Menzies also said that Shaw deserved the award. “As was explained in the (Guardian) article, Khadija has been through a lot of adversity, but she has set goals and wants to achieve them … and she is on target.” he said. “It (award) will create a lot of respect for her from her teammates, the media, and people who are just getting to know who she really is,” he added. Similar views National senior women’s coach Hue Menzies and Minister of Sport Olivia Grange have described 21-year-old football star Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw as an exceptional role model for the nation’s young females. Both Menzies and Grange said Shaw is a shining example for young ladies faced with adversity after she became the third recipient of the United Kingdom’s The Guardian newspaper’s Footballer of the Year award yesterday. Shaw, Jamaica’s leading player in the historic qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France next year, joins other world superstars such as Italian Fabio Piscane in 2016 and Spain’s and Manchester United’s, Juan Mata in 2017, as winners of the award. The award was conceptualised three years ago and is bestowed on a player who has done something remarkable, whether by overcoming adversity, helping others, or setting a sporting example by acting with exceptional honesty, and Shaw was the person the Guardian thought best matched these criteria in 2018. “Most young ladies who live in poor communities that are struggling should look up to Khadija,” Menzies told The Gleaner. “She is a perfect role model. She has created history for her country, family, and her community. You can’t have a better person for those young girls to look up to.”