CPL tickets go on sale today

first_imgTICKETS for the Guyana leg of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) are scheduled to go on sale today at the CPL Guyana Office located at 238 Camp and Quamina Streets, Georgetown.According to a release from CPL Guyana Inc., patrons can purchase their tickets from 09:00hrs to 17:00hrs, Mondays to Fridays and 09:00hrs to 13:00hrs on Saturdays, according to a release from CPL Guyana.Tickets are expected to cost $5 000 for the Red and Green Stands; $3 000 for the Orange Stand and $2 500 for the Grass Mound.Corporate companies/organisations wishing to purchase tickets can contact the ticketing office for further details on how to do so.Four exciting and high-quality matches are set to be played in Guyana, with the host team (Guyana Amazon Warriors) taking on the Jamaica Tallawahs on August 17 from 20:00hrs; Trinbago Knight Riders on August 19 from 12:00hrs; Barbados Tridents on August 20 from 18:00hrs and St Lucia Stars on August 22 from 18:00hrs.This year the organisers have put in place many security features to prevent counterfeiting and, unlike some other venues, tickets for the Guyana National Stadium are numbered to match the seat numbers which will eliminate the possibility of overcrowding.For further information on ticketing contact the CPL Guyana office on 231-5344, 231-2035 or 225-5840 and by e-mail – cplguyana@gmail.com.Patrons are asked to make early purchases so as to avoid the rush as we get closer to match days, the release concluded.last_img read more

Revenge on the Nerds

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoThe last time the Wisconsin football team played Northwestern, the results were literally nightmarish — 51 points allowed, 674 yards given up and one heart-wrenching loss. Just a single day before the anniversary of the debacle, the Badgers exacted revenge upon the hapless and in many ways hopeless Wildcats, manhandling them 41-9 in front of a packed Camp Randall Stadium Saturday. “We did look at last year’s film, and it was tough to watch,” senior linebacker Mark Zalewski said. “I think the guys that played in that game did take it personal, and it kind of was a payback game. We don’t play them again for a couple of years, and it’s a great way to go out after what happened last year.” “Last year we got embarrassed down there,” senior strong safety Joe Stellmacher said.The impressive victory led to UW earning a top-25 ranking for the first time this year, coming in at No. 25 in Sunday’s Associated Press poll. P.J. Hill continued to assert himself as the next great Badger back with 249 yards on 35 carries, both career-highs, including a 60-yard touchdown romp on UW’s second play from scrimmage. “Yeah, it impressed me a lot,” Hill sheepishly said after looking at his numbers following the game. “I like being a work horse. It’s good for me and the team. I just go out there and play.”Meanwhile, the Badger defense, motivated by the memory of last season’s embarrassing performance in Evanston, shut down the Northwestern attack, holding the Wildcats to just 216 total yards.”Credit Wisconsin’s defense for stepping up and continually halting our chances,” Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald said. Wisconsin so thoroughly shut down the Northwestern offense that the only consistent weapon the Wildcats showed was quarterback Andrew Brewer. While only throwing for 94 total yards, Brewer ran for 80, accounting for more than 80 percent of the Wildcat offense on the day. Meanwhile, Wisconsin quarterback John Stocco again played like the smooth, cool, veteran offensive conductor he was expected to be coming into the season. The fifth-year senior was ruthlessly efficient, slicing up the Northwestern secondary like a doctor performing an autopsy. Stocco completed 16 of his 21 passes for 220 yards with one gorgeous touchdown toss to an outstretched Luke Swan in the corner of the end zone from 14 yards out. “John has hit a rhythm,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said. “He’s definitely a guy that has seen everything. That’s the part that you can’t put a price tag on with John … It’s really hard to rattle him.”The only blemish on the signal caller’s stat sheet was a terrible head-scratcher of an interception with time winding down in the second quarter. With under three minutes to play in the first half UW was threatening to add to its 17-9 lead over Northwestern when Stocco, pressured by the Wildcat pass rush, threw a pass up for grabs in the end zone, which was promptly intercepted by Marquice Cole. “I’m surprised by the throw he threw down there,” Bielema said. “It’ll be one that I’m sure he’d want to take back.”The turnover was the final miscue in a first half that was loaded with them, as the Badgers allowed Northwestern to hang around much longer than they should have by giving away possession three times in the first half. In addition to Stocco’s pick Paul Hubbard fumbled twice, the second of which forced the junior receiver, whose hands have been questioned, from the game. “They couldn’t stop our offense,” Stellmacher said. “Those three turnovers in the first half, they just killed us. I mean, it could’ve been a blowout early if we hadn’t turned the ball over.” The Badgers came back and scored on three of their four possessions in the second half to take the fight out of the Wildcats.”The way we performed in the first half was not an indication of what this football team can do,” Bielema said. “They came out in the second half with a little fire and spunk and we were able to create some things.” The knockout blow came as time wound down in the third quarter when UW turned the table on the Cats in the turnover battle. With Northwestern pinned down at their own 23-yard line, Brewer threw an ill-advised pass toward the sideline, which was picked off by senior safety Joe Stellmacher, who took the ball 25 yards and to the house.”I was actually surprised I caught it, because I messed up my thumb pretty bad last week at Indiana,” Stellmacher said. “It just happened to come into my hands and I showed that Berlin speed going down the field.””It was kind of a gimme,” joked linebacker Mark Zalewki.Besides the turnover, the only true downside was another anemic showing by the Wisconsin kick return team. Northwestern attempted an onside kick to open the game but failed, giving Wisconsin possession at their own 38 yard line. This was significant because it was the first time since the season opener in Cleveland against Bowling Green that the Badgers had the ball past the 20-yard line following a kickoff. On true kickoffs, Wisconsin has not brought the ball past the 20 on its last 16 kickoffs, 10 of them being returns with six touchbacks. The only true return Saturday was by Jarvis Minton, who reached the 16-yard line on his only return. “Hopefully we’ll get better athletes on the field and be able to have success,” Bielema said, before pointing out that it is hard to practice kickoffs when the defense limits opponents to so few points. “We didn’t [give up] many points, so we only had those two opportunities.”last_img read more

Badgers bash Boilermakers with ground game

first_imgWisconsin running back John Clay stretches for a touchdown with Purdue defenders draped over him. The bruising back scored three times Saturday.[/media-credit]On the first play from scrimmage Saturday for the Wisconsin football team, junior tight end Lance Kendricks took the ball on a handoff and sprinted 21 yards down the sideline.Then the Badgers fed sophomore running back John Clay the ball five straight times for 28 yards and two first downs against the Purdue defense.And just when a play-action pass seemed inevitable, freshman running back Montee Ball got in on the action, rushing for 13 yards and a first down.By the time UW was celebrating a 1-yard touchdown plunge from Clay, the Badgers had rattled off 11 straight runs for 80 yards on the game’s opening drive and the tone was set for the eventual 37-0 rout.Just like UW head coach Bret Bielema planned it.“Just taking advantage of what we see on film,” Bielema said of the Badgers power run game. “We thought we would be able to do that. … I [didn’t] see them being able to match up with us in the run game and our big personnel groupings in.”Wisconsin continued to press its advantage on the ground throughout the game, running 53 times for 266 yards while only attempting 19 total passes.Scoring 24 points in the first half, UW quarterback Scott Tolzien went to the air merely 10 times against a smaller Boilermaker defense.“I think our first half was real clean,” UW guard John Moffitt said. “That first drive was a great drive.“We were lighting them up on the run game, and that was working, so when it’s working, it’s working.”Much like Badger fans last saw against Minnesota, Clay ran with power and efficiency, finishing the game with 123 yards on 24 carries and three touchdowns.Just as importantly, the bruising back didn’t take any negative yardage and punched in all three TD runs from the goal line.“It’s great blocking for a guy like John,” Moffitt said. “He gets the yards, he fights for the yards. That kind of fight really gives us all a fuel. It helps us sustain longer drives.”The proverbial dagger was driven into the Boilermakers’ heart when freshman David Gilbert — celebrating his 18th birthday — leapt over the Purdue punt wedge and rejected Purdue punter Chris Summer’s boot.UW cornerback Aaron Henry scooped up the loose ball and walked into the end zone with less than five minutes remaining in the half to put the Badgers up by 24 points.“Offense, defense, special teams — those guys went out there with an attitude and played for four quarters, something we have been trying to get done since that first game,” Bielema said.While the Badgers pounding the rock on the ground should surprise no one, giving four carries to Kendricks for a whopping 22.8 yards per carry and 91 total yards was a bit of departure from tradition.Although Bielema said the play was installed a few years back when former Badger tight end Travis Beckum was around, the changeup proved a formidable weapon to go along with offensive coordinator Paul Chryst’s favored wide receiver end-around.The junior tight end almost took one to the house on UW’s first drive of the third quarter, churning out 54 yards on the sideline before getting stopped at Purdue’s 4-yard lineFor the game, Kendricks finished with two receptions for 21 yards — less than one fourth of his yards gained on the ground.“I was actually trying to beat out Clay,” Kendricks said. “We had a competition going.”Joining in Kendricks’ surprise offensive contributions was true freshman wide receiver Kraig Appleton.Limited to only run blocking so far this season, the highly-touted wideout finally caught his first ball late in the third quarter and added a second reception at the start of the fourth quarter.As Appleton put it, “the wait is over.”“I was just thinking, ‘Do as I would do at practice,’” he said. “How you practice is how you play, and I am a firm believer in that.”With the Badgers on a two-game losing streak and the Boilermakers riding high after beating Ohio State and Illinois, most pundits predicted a close win one way or the other.For most people — emphasis on most — a 37-0 blowout was completely unexpected.“Do I think [some people] will be surprised? Absolutely,” Bielema said about the margin of victory. “But if you ask anybody that is in this football family, they wouldn’t be.”last_img read more

Judge dismisses wrongful death case

first_imgA wrongful death lawsuit, filed  against the university by the parents of two USC graduate students who were shot off campus last year, was dropped Friday by a Los Angeles judge. The lawsuit was filed in May.The parents filed the suit seeking unspecified damages and claiming that USC misled them into believing that the school was one of the safest in the nation. USC gave their sympathies but said the case was baseless, according to the Los Angeles Times.In memoriam · A lawsuit filed by the parents of the two Chinese international students who were slain in April 2012 was dropped Friday. — Daily Trojan File PhotoSuperior Court Judge Michael Johnson dismissed the case by citing insufficient legal arguments.Alan Burton Newman, the attorney for the parents of Qu and Wu, said he plans to appeal the decision, claiming that if it were not for the misrepresentations, the engineer students would have studied elsewhere.Ming Qu and Ying Wu, 23-year-old electronic engineering students, were shot and killed off-campus April 11, 2012 while sitting in Qu’s BMW around 1 a.m. They were near the intersection of 27th Street and Raymond Avenue.According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the two were found dead after an apparent robbery that turned deadly; Wu was found in the passenger seat and Qu stumbled to a nearby residence.Wanzhi Qu and Xiahong Fei, Qu’s parents, and Xuyong Wu and Meinan Yin, Wu’s parents, argued that the university is responsible for areas beyond the campus. The suit alleged that USC “provided no patrolling” in the neighborhood where the shooting occurred and persisted with a “clearly misleading” portrayal of safety after the incident.But the parents did not have evidence of the university’s responsibility for off-campus crimes committed by people not affiliated with USC. The judge said that even if USC misrepresented the safety of the surrounding area, these misrepresentations did not directly lead to the shooting.The lawsuit alleged that USC claimed on its website to be “ranked among the safest of U.S. universities and colleges, with one of the most comprehensive, proactive campus and community safety programs in the nation.” The suit also stated that USC provides 24-hour security on campus and in the surrounding area.USC attorney Debra Wong Yang told the Times the university security can only stretch so far. She said the incident occurred in the third tier of security, where officers respond to incidents but do not patrol.The neighborhood where the incident occurred ranks 27th out of 209 L.A. neighborhoods for violent crime, according to a Times analysis of crime data.Bryan Barnes and Javier Boldon, both 20-years-old and from South Los Angeles, were charged with the killings and robbery.Yang could not be reached for statement.last_img read more

Trojans set for showdown with Bruins

first_imgAfter a two-game losing streak in mid-October, it appears as if USC is back on track.In consecutive weekends, the No. 2 USC men’s water polo team (18-2, 3-2) has posted a total of three wins, two coming against top-10 ranked opponents, in order to position itself back into the heart of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title race.“I think that winning these close matches is toughening us up,” said USC coach Jovan Vavic after the Trojans claimed victories over No. 6 UC Santa Barbara and No. 7 Pacific. “It certainly gives us confidence going into any game, knowing that we can win.”Last defense · Junior goalkeeper Joel Dennerley makes a save during a Cal match earlier this season. The Trojans will face UCLA on Saturday. – Katelynn Whitaker | Daily Trojan But a Saturday showdown against crosstown rival No. 3 UCLA will certainly test the notion that the Trojans’ recent performances were all but an aberration.“They are an experienced team,” Vavic said. “Their best players are seniors. It’s definitely going to be a great challenge for us.”Whether challenging or not, it remains more than evident that the Trojans have had their fair share of success against the Bruins thus far in 2010.On Oct. 3, USC notched a 9-8 win over its heated rivals in the finals of the SoCal Tournament following freshman driver Nikola Vavic’s goal with 35 seconds remaining. The victory marked their eighth consecutive tournament championship, sending the Trojans to the top of the polls.Similarly, USC also defeated the Bruins by a score of 11-10 in the finals of the NorCal Tournament a month earlier. Despite holding an 8-4 lead heading into the fourth quarter, the Trojans surrendered six goals in the final frame, allowing UCLA to knot the score up at 10 apiece, before a goal by junior driver Peter Kurzeka put them on top for good.“We learned they don’t give up,” Vavic said. “They play tough. In both games, they were down by three or four goals and they came back to tie the game. They’re very competitive.”But as it’s to be expected in a heated rivalry, where both teams have won five out of the last seven national championships, it might be smart to discount past performances.“It’s always a little extra special when you play a crosstown rival,” Vavic said. “We always get a little bit more excited about these games. Last year’s championship game was against UCLA too, so it does add a little bit to it.”But if the Trojans are capable of recording their third win against the Bruins thus far in 2010, it’ll be largely because of sound play on the defensive end.In the team’s last defeat, an Oct. 16 home loss to then-No. 2 California, the team surrendered a total of 12 goals in a game in which it trailed 8-2 at halftime.An admittedly frustrated all-MPSF junior goalie Joel Dennerley took responsibility for the loss, but Vavic was quick to note that some of the team’s defensive issues were more of a collective problem.“I’m not worried about Joel; he always delivers when it counts the most,” Vavic said. “You know, our defense did not help him, and in some of those games we played in and allowed so many goals it was not just Joel but our defense that had trouble.”Provided the Trojans can continue their improved play as of late, those expected to show up at McDonald’s Swim Stadium could walk away more than pleased in what is expected to once again be a heavily attended contest.“I hope our crowd is a good one,” Vavic said. “I hope to see a lot of Trojans there. But it’s a big game for UCLA as well. They’ll bring their fans. It’s going to be a great atmosphere.”last_img read more

Sources: Tony Lokko ‘agrees personal terms with Hearts’

first_imgTony Lokko is on the verge of joining beleaguered Hearts of Oak on a two-year deal, sources close to the Accra-based club say.It is also understood that personal terms have been agreed for the former coach of Tema Youth FC and Amidaus Professionals, who was only recently fired by Kumasi Cornerstones.However, our source says it will be tricky in deciding whether to sack current boss Herbert Addo or force him to resign. Addo, is under a lot of pressure following a streak of bad results the team has been on.Lokko’s sign-on fee is said to be about 60,000 Ghana cedis. According to the source, Addo’s days at Hearts are numbered following the side’s exit from the CAF Confederation Cup and poor run in the league, where they lie 13th position. Addo, a former Local Black Stars coach, has seen a spike in calls for his head after Hearts exited this year’s MTN FA cup after losing to 2013 champions Medeama at the weekend. According to reports, top officials of the Phobians have held closed-door negotiations with the promising young trainer over the possibility of taking over the Hearts job.The reports indicate that the management have initiated the negotiations for the services of Tony Lokko and they are only waiting for Togbe Afede XIV, the Board Chairman’s approval before his announcement.This will be the second time he has been linked to the Hearts coaching job, the first being before Addo was given the hot seat.Herbert will not go quietlyLast week, Herbert said he has no intentions of quitting the game after four decades of coaching.  “I have to go back and check my CV to see if I have achieved everything that I have wanted to achieve then I will go and rest,” he said after their 2-1 loss to Hasaacas at the Accra Sports Stadium a week ago.“In Ghana we don’t have good retirement benefits so I have to keep on working to get something. I can retire next year. If you look at my CV, Manchester City boss Manuel Pelegrini [and I] went on the same coaching course and he is still into coaching [just] as I am.”Sometimes you might have the right job but in a wrong country.”Hearts are staring down the barrel of relegation and face Aduana in Dormaa this weekend. Should Lokko get the deal, he would be Hearts’ fifth coach in two years.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter @Joy997FM. Get more with the #JoySports hashtag on Facebook/Twitter.last_img read more

Zion Williamson out to avoid ‘what ifs’ in March Madness

first_imgZion Williamson does not want to be left with any “what ifs” from Duke’s NCAA Tournament appearance as he bids to lead the Blue Devils to a national championship.Williamson, a lock to be the first overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, put on a show as Duke overcame a sloppy start to defeat North Dakota State 85-62 in the first round on Friday. March Madness 2019 wrap: UC Irvine gets first ever tournament win; Liberty upsets Mississippi State Asked what coach Mike Krzyzewski said to them at halftime, when Duke’s lead was just 31-27, Williamson told ESPN: “We were kind of playing nervous. He told us to just calm down, just relax, just play Duke basketball. “Once he told us to be ourselves and play Duke basketball we really turned it up.”It’s one of those things where we don’t want to look back and say, ‘Man we should have won or we could have won it’. We don’t want no ‘what ifs.’ We’re just going to leave it all out there and hope for the best outcome.”Most Points by Duke Freshmen in Big Dance Debut2019 | ZIN: 25 points (12-16 FG)2018 | MB35: 22 points2015 | Big Jah: 21 points(And did you see this block) pic.twitter.com/JXh81KrlB5— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) March 23, 2019On his individual performance in leading Duke to a 54-point second half, Williamson said: “That’s just something within me, deep down, if I see my team in a sticky situation. I want to be the one to pull us out. I just happened to be in the right spots. Williamson, playing at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia in his home state of South Carolina, scored 25 points in 30 minutes in a stunning display. Duke next plays Sunday against UCF.Duke has not won the national title since 2015, but Williamson is determined to make sure his only season as a collegiate athlete does not end in disappointment. Related News “I remember watching March Madness, live-streaming it in high school, in middle school – just watching the intense games and telling myself I was gonna be a part of that.”So, I think [Thursday] night, when I was sitting in my hotel room, I was like, ‘I’m actually here.’ It’s very exciting. That’s my main goal, to win the national championship. Individual awards, if you know me, I don’t really care about them.”The national championship, that’s the one where I’ll look back 20 years from now and go, ‘Yeah, we won it with that group, and that group was really special.’ “last_img read more

USDA seeks comment on loan guarantee programs

first_imgDES MOINES — The USDA is seeking public comment on changes it claims will make it easier for rural communities to get loans for major projects.Four loan guarantee programs reassure banks they’ll be repaid when towns borrow for infrastructure. Johnathan Hladik, at the Center for Rural Affairs, says more banks might be willing to work with rural communities under the plan, but he says rural leaders should review it with a skeptical eye.“There’s every reason to think that this was something that was developed with banks in mind,” Hladik says. “So just to be sure, it’s going to be important for us to read that fine print and to make sure it’s a positive for those communities.” The proposal would streamline the process and is intended to reduce red-tape, according to a U.S.D.A. statement. That could entice more banks to participate. Hladik says the change might make things easier for towns, or it might make more money for large banks.He has a recommendation for community leaders considering the loan guarantee programs. “Take a look at what these regulations look like and what those restrictions look like because this cannot be something that is good for banks only, it’s got to be good for the community,” Hladik says. Done right, he says, it could achieve the USDA’s stated goal of encouraging private investment in rural communities for efforts like rural water, wastewater, energy, and community-building projects.The public comment period goes through mid-September and the rule is slated to take effect on October 1st.last_img read more

Thurston County Seeks Citizen Volunteers

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston CountyOLYMPIA – Thurston County is looking for volunteers to serve on advisory boards, committees, and commissions.   These groups meet on a regular basis and make recommendations on important issues to the Board of County Commissioners.  Current vacancies include positions on the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council, Agriculture Advisory Board, Board of Equalization, Thurston County Fair Board, Historic Commission, Parks Board, Planning Commission, Regional Support Network (RSN) Mental Health Advisory Board, Storm and Surface Water Advisory Board, Veterans Advisory Board, and the Water Conservancy Board.Please visit the Thurston County website at www.co.thurston.wa.us/bocc to obtain an application or call Danielle Westbrook at (360) 786-5414 for more information. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

One of the 10 most wanted criminals by the Civil Guard arrested in Bulgaria

first_imgSome of the 10 most wanted criminals by the Civil Guard have been arrested in Bulgaria for belonging to a dangerous criminal organization dedicated to the introduction in Spain and the rest of Europe of large amounts of cocaine from South America and money laundering.The man had gained 50 kilos to change his physical appearance and planned to flee to Venezuela in the next few days.The detainee, of Spanish nationality, was claimed by the Spanish judicial authorities since 2013, when the police, within the framework of the ‘GOBE’ operation, culminated with the involvement of more than 150 people and in which the suspect had the fundamental role of seeking objectives interested in introducing significant amounts of cocaine.In fact, the Civil Guard states that it was the person in charge of receiving those shipments in Spain, as well as raising the money to pay for the narcotic substance at source. A Spaniard was arrested in Bulgaria among the 10 most wanted. Image: Civil Guard He had gained 50 kilos to change his appearancecenter_img Thanks to citizen collaboration and coordination between the Civil Guard, the Bulgarian Police and the Sirene Offices of both countries, it was possible to place that person in a very specific area of ​​the Bulgarian city of Varna, where he had long resided and that he planned to leave definitively in the next few days to Venezuela.The possibility was also considered that the individual, in addition to carrying falsified documentation, could carry firearms in their movements and have significantly changed their physical appearance, being able to have gained more than 50 kilos.201 people arrested in 2018 The Flee of Justice team of the Central Operating Unit (UCO) of the Civil Guard, arrested a total of 201 people during the past year, all of them claimed for compliance with various procedural measures both by the Spanish judicial authorities in the framework of their powers, as by foreign authorities.This figure represents a significant increase with respect to the 159 people arrested in 2017 by this same department, claimed by European Detention and Delivery Orders, and International Detention Orders.The 26 cases of foreigners fleeing Spain, the 26 cases of Germany, 23 of Romania, 19 of Italy and 17 of France stand out. The Civil Guard has moved to several countries to participate in the location and detention of 24 people claimed by Spanish authorities for crimes committed in our country, highlighting the number of actions carried out in Colombia, Romania, France, Argentina and Sweden.Regarding the types of crime that have led to these arrests, three stand out for homicide or murder, two for child abuse and the rest would be framed within the scope of criminal organizations, 16 arrests corresponding to drug trafficking, 9 for fraud, three for money laundering and the rest by different types.last_img read more