Double award success for Sanchez

first_img The Chile international was named as PFA Fans’ Player of the Season on Tuesday afternoon, beating Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero to the accolade. Sanchez soon had another trophy to add to his cabinet after being announced as Player of the Year at the inaugural Facebook Football Awards. More than one million votes were cast across the globe, with the Arsenal forward taking the award ahead of Hazard and Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea. Tottenham’s Harry Kane was named Young Player of the Year at the Facebook Football Awards, while Arsene Wenger was voted best manager and Arsenal were chosen as best club in what was a north London-heavy vote. The 26-year-old has slotted in seamlessly since swapping Barcelona for th e Emirates Stadium last summer in a deal reportedly worth £35million. Sanchez has netted 16 goals and provided eight more in his first Premier League season – form which has been recognised by fans. Alexis Sanchez’s impressive first year at Arsenal has been recognised by two different supporters’ awards. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Vint overcomes adversity to lead Badgers

first_imgIf the men’s soccer team is hoping for a Cinderella season, they need look no further than senior goalkeeper Ryan Vint to wear the glass slipper.Pending the success of the season, of course, Vint’s story has echoes of a dramatic Hollywood screenplay. He redshirted his freshman year and has had to wait until now, his final year as a Badger, to start in goal. Not only that, but the 6-foot-2 captain overcame a childhood illness that caused him to spend a year of his life bound to a wheelchair.As a child, he was diagnosed with childhood arthritis, a disease that forced him to spend all of 4th grade in a wheelchair. “The doctors didn’t know if I would be able to walk again, let alone play soccer,” Vint said. “It’s something that I overcame, and it gave me the confidence to overcome a lot.”The story is an inspiring one that has inevitably shaped the drive of the senior captain. Vint has started the season off in good fashion, but unfortunately the team hasn’t had the same success.Despite finishing the UC-Irvine College Classic with a record of 1-3, Vint’s performance in net earned him the honor of being named to the all-tournament team. In the two games he played last year, Vint recorded two saves and allowed zero goals. The Badgers have a fresh start with the arrival of head coach John Trask, and seniors like Vint will undoubtedly play a huge role in the shaping of this young team.As a senior captain, Vint hopes to use what he has learned on the sidelines to lead the young team to a successful season.“I’ve learned that it’s all about the team and not so much about any individual player,” said Vint.His positive attitude as well as his unmistakable leadership role on and off the field is what earned him the position of captain this year.“We’re all really confident in [Vint] and in the team as a whole,” fellow captain Jon Rzepka said.Rzepka, who also redshirted his freshman year, has been with Vint since the beginning of their collegiate careers. The chemistry between the two captains is apparent as they joked about locker room dance competitions and Vint’s affinity for techno music.“Ryan’s quite the dancer. The two of us had a pretty big dance off going back and forth, and he’s got skills. I’ll give him that,” Rzepka said.Confidence is high on this Badger team as they hope to improve on their record from last year.“Obviously we want to win games. But I think making the NCAA tournament is the number one goal at this point.” Vint said.And after a rough start, the upcoming games in the Wisconsin Soccer Classic are crucial in order get the team on the right track.“These next two games will really set the tone for the rest of the season.” Coach Brad Swenby said.Swenby, who is in his first year as the goalkeeper coach, has worked with Vint a lot and seems confident in his ability to lead this team to a great year.Vint, who is no stranger to adversity, is certainly up for the challenge.As the Badgers prepare for their upcoming tournament games against San Diego State and Dayton at the McClimon Complex, the goalkeeper certainly knows what is at stake. But Vint isn’t worried about playing the role of Cinderella, that’s for others to decide. He’s just focused on winning soccer games and making it into the NCAA tournament.last_img read more

Shafer discusses Philips’ potential as kick returner, likens freshman to sophomore Estime

first_img Published on August 27, 2014 at 11:33 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+ Scott Shafer said Wednesday that he wasn’t happy with Syracuse’s kick returning last season, and pegged freshman running back Ervin Philips as the potential solution. “He’s an excellent football player,” Shafer said. “He has a lot of similar traits to Brisly (Estime) — quick feet, great vision, the ability to get out of breaks.”Estime emerged as one of SU’s primary return options last season, but will be taking more reps in the offense and punt return in the upcoming year. That leaves a spot for Philips as one of the team’s kick returners, a position the Orange didn’t list in its two-deep depth chart that was released on Monday. After being discussed by Shafer and teammates throughout training camp, Philips didn’t crack the depth chart as a running back while  Prince-Tyson Gulley, Adonis Ameen-Moore, George Morris II and Devante McFarlane all did. Shafer said that Philips’ athleticism would allow him to not just play tailback, but also cornerback, nickelback and slot receiver for SU. Because of his age and potential, the head coach added that he wasn’t always sure if using Philips so soon was the best idea. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut he wanted to play the best possible team against Villanova in the Carrier Dome on Friday night.“When Brisly was back there we made some strides, so I want to give Erv Philips a chance to go back there and do his thing,” Shafer said. “I think he’s going to be a great football player for us and I think he can help us right away.” Commentslast_img read more

Tennis opens season strong

first_imgIn doubles, Kulikov and Valdes won their match against junior Silivia Chinellato and Davies in an easy two sets. Weissmann and Willson and freshman Salma Ewing and Neffa both lost their matches, which prevented the Women of Troy from beating the Gamecocks 5-0. Kulikov had one of her best matches as a Trojan, coming back from a 0-6 first set in her match against junior Mia Horvit. Both Neffa and Valdes easily finished off their matches against senior Rachel Rohrabacher and sophomore Megan Davies respectively. The men’s tennis team plays against South Alabama and UC Santa Barbara at Marks Stadium this Saturday. Women’s tennis’ next match is at Marks Stadium against Loyola Marymount University on Jan. 31. Senior Logan Smith prepares for the season by scrimmaging teammates in practice. (Emily Smith/Daily Trojan) The Women of Troy won both doubles matches against Australia and three out of four singles matches. The doubles teams consisted of sophomore Alexa Corcoleotes and junior Sydney Van Alphen, and junior Becca Weissmann and freshman Danielle Willson. Weissman and Willson had the closest match for the women’s team, narrowly winning against Australia 7-6. After a dominating day for both teams, the Trojans quickly recuperated for their first regular season match the following day. For doubles, the No. 1 seed team of junior Brandon Holt and Smith defeated South Carolina pair senior Yancy Dennis and freshman Raphael Lambling by a score of 6-1. In addition, sophomore Daniel Cukierman and Frye won their match to win the doubles point for the Trojans. As for singles, the Men of Troy only lost one match, as Harry Bourchier beat Bulis in a game that went right down to the wire. The rest of the singles players consisted of Smith, Frye and DeVine, who all won their matches with ease.center_img Singles had their fair share of wins as well, as sophomore Ana Neffa, Weissmann and Wilson all won their matches in two sets. The only loss for the Women of Troy was from Van Alphen’s two-set defeat to Australia’s Katherine Westbury. The single players had to put up a fight, but Cukierman, senior Laurens Verboven and freshman Jake Sands all won their singles matches to give the Trojans a sweep against the Gamecocks.   The women’s team started off NCAA play strong as well, beating the No. 13 South Carolina Gamecocks in a memorable comeback. The Women of Troy ended up beating the Gamecocks 4-1, but it would not have been possible without the gutsy fight from Neffa, senior Rianna Valdes and junior Angela Kulikov. All three players powered their way through tough first set losses to beat their opponents in three sets. After a full week at the Australian Open in Melbourne, the USC men’s and women’s tennis teams took care of business in exhibition matches against players from the Tennis Australia National Team and in their first regular season matches against the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. On the men’s side, the No. 5 Trojans took care of business against No. 25 South Carolina. Winning by a score of 4-0, the Men of Troy went undefeated in both singles and doubles matches. Both teams faced off against the Tennis Australia National Team on Jan. 20. The men went undefeated in doubles play, while only one singles player endured a loss. Two USC doubles teams consisting of freshman Mor Bulis and junior Riley Smith, and freshman Bradley Frye and redshirt junior Jake DeVine, faced off against the Australian National Team. Bulis and Smith won against an Australian doubles team 6-4. last_img read more

Former MLB star Kenny Lofton rips Alex Rodriguez, other PED users for hurting his HOF chances

first_img MLB 2019 preview: NL West position battles to watch Former MLB star Kenny Lofton says he might have a better case for the Baseball Hall of Fame if not for Alex Rodriguez and other former PED users.Lofton, who played 18 MLB seasons before retiring in 2007, hasn’t been on the Hall of Fame ballot since 2013, when he fell below the cut-off line in his first year of eligibility. He told the New York Post he’s mad the ballot is full of guys who cheated during baseball’s infamous “steroid era.” “You’ve got Fox having a guy who got caught with PEDs doing the World Series. I can’t even watch the World Series now,” Lofton said. “That’s sad, you have a game that I love, I played 17 years in it, and you have Major League Baseball allowing a guy that knowingly cheated the game twice, and he’s the face of baseball, doing the World Series. That is not cool.“To see somebody who cheated the game blatantly is doing the World Series? Come on, people. You’re basically telling kids nowadays that it’s OK to cheat the game of baseball.” “I just don’t like it. It pisses me off when they still talk about the guys who did PEDs still have the opportunity to get in. You cheated the game,” Lofton told The Post. “Look at somebody like Pete Rose not in the Hall of Fame. I’m not saying what Pete Rose did was right, but his numbers that he put up were real numbers. If it’s all about numbers, guys who cheated the game shouldn’t be in. PED guys piss me off. I just get irked every time I hear people talk about it.”Lofton is particularly incensed that Alex Rodriguez, who was suspended for the entire 2014 season after testing positive for testosterone and human growth hormones, is working as an MLB analyst for ESPN and Fox. Related Newscenter_img MLB 2019 preview: AL West position battles to watch Lofton, 51, has a good statistical case for eventually being voted into the Hall of Fame. The six-time All-Star logged 2,428 career hits and scored 1,528 runs. He won four Gold Gloves and led MLB in steals five times. His career WAR of 68.2 is similar to or better than the WAR posted by outfielders such as Tim Raines (69.4), Tony Gwynn (69.2), Andre Dawson (64.8) and Dave Winfield (64.2). All those players from Lofton’s era are in the Hall of Fame.Lofton told the Post he feels Eras Committees voters, who consider HOF prospects who have fallen off the BBWAA ballot, will one day recognize his all-around talent.“They know the era I played in and all the things I was dealing with,” Lofton said. “I played against steroids guys and I still was competing during that time. At my position, I felt like I stood out. I just feel like the Veterans Committee should look at my defense and my offense and what I did on the base paths.”last_img read more

Semenya loses court challenge against IAAF testosterone rules

first_imgAlthough they rejected Semenya’s appeal, the judges urged the IAAF to treat their DSD regulations as a “living document,” which could be continually revised as they are applied and new information about their impact becomes clear.Experts have argued that achieving excellence in sport is a combination of training and commitment as well as genetics and that barring people from competition over a single genetic factor has no scientific basis.In a rare intrusion into the world of sport, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution in March branding the IAAF rules “unnecessary, humiliating and harmful”.Seema Patel, a senior lecturer in law at Nottingham Law School, called the CAS ruling “bitterly disappointing.”“A female who has naturally higher levels of testosterone in her body should not be prohibited from competing with women, just as a female who is naturally taller than the average woman should not be prohibited,” Patel said in a statement.Patel also questioned whether a sports court had the competence to deal with “human rights matters.”Semenya’s testosterone levels are not publicly known, but she is unlikely to be the only athlete affected by rules compelling female runners in certain categories to cap their testosterone levels at five nanomoles per litre (nmol/L) of blood.The two athletes who finished behind her in the Rio Olympics 800m, Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and Kenya’s Margaret Wambui, have also faced questions about their testosterone levels.Semenya has 30 days to appeal, in a challenge that would be heard by the Swiss Federal Tribunal.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Caster SemenyaLausanne, Switzerland | AFP | South African runner Caster Semenya on Wednesday lost her court challenge against IAAF rules forcing female athletes to regulate their testosterone levels, but judges voiced concern with the application of the “discriminatory” regulations.Semenya, a double Olympic champion, was fighting measures imposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) that compel “hyperandrogenic” athletes — or those with “differences of sexual development” (DSD) — to lower their testosterone levels if they wish to compete as women.A three-judge panel at the Court of Arbitration for Sport said even though the rules are “discriminatory…such discrimination is a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means of achieving the IAAF’s aim of preserving the integrity of female athletics in the Restricted Events.”But the three judge-panel voiced “serious concerns” about the viability of rules moving forward.The IAAF said it was “grateful” for the CAS ruling and that the rules — first adopted last year but suspended pending the legal battle — will come into affect on May 8.“Sometimes it’s better to react with no reaction,” Semenya said on Twitter after the verdict was announced.But her advocates — which include a global coalition of nations, scientific experts and human rights defenders — are certain to be less restrained.– Fairness –The IAAF insisted the rules were essential to preserve a level playing field and ensure that all female athletes can see “a path to success”.The governing body has stressed that DSD athletes with male levels of testosterone benefit from increased bone and muscle size in a manner similar to males who have gone through puberty.last_img read more

Marshall, Pittsburgh agree to 2-game series

first_imgThe Pittsburgh cheerleaders take the field before the team for the NCAA football game between Pittsburgh and Akron on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Marshall and Pittsburgh have agreed to a home-and-home football series in 2016 and 2020.Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said Tuesday the Thundering Herd will visit Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Oct. 1, 2016. The Panthers will play in Huntington on Sept. 26, 2020.It will mark the first meetings between the schools.Hamrick says his goal has been to bring quality, nationally recognized programs on a home-and-home basis to Huntington, and “the addition of Pitt is another step in that process.”Marshall also has home-and-home arrangements with two other Atlantic Coast Conference teams, Louisville and North Carolina State.last_img read more

STRONACH GROUP NAMES JOE MORRIS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF WEST COAST OPERATIONS, HIGHLY RESPECTED RACING EXEC TO STEP DOWN AS TOC PRESIDENT, EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 9

first_img(Sept. 14, 2015)–The Stronach Group announced today that Joe Morris has accepted the position of Senior Vice President of West Coast Operations for the Stronach Group, effective Nov. 9, 2015. Morris will step down as President of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) at that time.As Senior Vice President of West Coast Operations, Morris will oversee operations at Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields and San Luis Rey Training Center, and will report directly to Keith Brackpool, Chairman of West Coast Operations. In addition to his experience as President of the TOC since 2013, Morris previously served as General Manager of Golden Gate Fields and Vice President of Operations and Sales for the Stronach Group from 2011 to 2013.“We are so very pleased to welcome Joe Morris back to the Stronach Group,” said Brackpool. “Joe is an invaluable member of the California racing industry, and as we both further develop our facilities and our racing experience here in California, we believe this appointment will allow for continued growth and success for all involved.”“I am very proud of the accomplishments of TOC board and staff and the direction the organization has taken over the last two and a half years,” said Morris. “It has been a very productive and rewarding time for me,” he added, “but I’m excited at the opportunity to work with the Stronach Group again. I look forward to working with Keith and having the chance to advance two of California’s iconic racetracks and the greatest racing in the country.”TOC Chairman Mike Pegram noted, “We have made great strides over the past couple of years and are indebted to Joe for his unrelenting efforts, which have resulted in numerous benefits for our owners and the industry in general. Although he will be greatly missed, we are fortunate that Joe will continue to play an important role in California racing.”last_img read more

Consultations, assistance needed before rice cultivation – farmers

first_imgWales Estate conversionBy Shemuel FanfairWith less than four months before the closure of sugar operations at Wales Estate, West Bank Demerara, cane farmers have expressed concern over a lack of consultations on the future of the entity. This comes in light of the surprise announcement by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) that it intends to convert some 485 acres of lands at Wales Estate into rice cultivation, another industry which has seen challenges with the collapsed guaranteed markets.One farmer told Guyana Times that a combine can cost as much as $40 millionOn Saturday, Guyana Times spoke with several farmers, some of who only found out about the conversion plans through the media. The farmers are of the view that Government through its relevant agencies should provide monetary and infrastructural expertise to assist them in the transition from sugarcane cultivation to rice. Previously, the farmers had stated an unwillingness to transfer their produce to Uitvlugt Estate, which is located on the West Coast of Demerara, citing cost factors, distance and infrastructural inadequacies on the route. When the shutdown was disclosed earlier this year; La Retraite, West Bank Demerara cane farmer Roger Caryll said he was making preparation to cultivate permanent crops such as mangoes and citrus. He however noted on Saturday that he must now drop these plans as the estate announced the supposed rice conversion. Caryll expressed scepticism over the entire transition, citing that even at this point, he was not engaged in any consultations.“Up to now, dem an tell we nothing yet, they never come to we and sit down with we [and] dialogue… we want to see them,” the farmer noted, adding that from the consultations farmers can also offer meaningful recommendations on other diversified industries.He appealed for Government’s assistance for farmers to embark on the new venture.“If the Government come in and help we with finance [we can] go into the rice business… you got to plough down all them cane field, then you have to level, it’s a lot of work,” he noted.Caryll added that the transition to rice requires heavy financial investment. He noted that since this crop is new to them, farmers would have to purchase seed paddy, water pumps, tires, a combine, and specified tires for the tractors.Meanwhile, La Grange farmer Mohamed Khan, who has been into sugar cane cultivation for almost 40 years, signalled his intention to transition to rice cultivation. Khan however noted his fears over the change, pointing out that cane is more durable and weather-resistant that rice. He also stated that rice is a time sensitive crop and explained that rice farmers have been forced to cut their crops early due to the recent unsettling weather which has pounded rains on various parts of the coastland.“You plant cane one time and it grow 15-20 years but rice has to be done on a regular basis… when you don’t cut [rice] in time, you incur losses… cane is much more feasible for us,” Khan noted.The veteran farmer stated he will plant 20 acres next year but will be cautious on any expansion beyond that amount, given the reduced prices which farmers have been receiving. Since the collapse of the Venezuela rice deal, farmers are receiving between $1800-$2200 per bag of paddy. Several millers have citied financial difficulties as justifications for not paying balances owed to farmers.These concerns have made one farmer so cautious about the move that he plans to assess the transition before opting to engage in rice cultivations. Cane farmer, Mootooveren told Guyana Times when sugar operations at Wales cease, he will sit out one year before he joins the industry. The farmer further vented his frustration over having invested some $7 million in the sugar industry, only to sell off or “scrap” many of his farming equipment.“Wa de use? Nobody nah gone wan buy da,” Mootooveren stated, in reference to his trailers and other equipment.The general consensus for farmers attached to the Wales Estate is that they cannot afford the cost factor to transport their canes to Uitvlugt. Many also expressed that farmers alone should not bear all of the investments to convert their lands for rice cultivation, in addition to bearing the brunt of purchasing all the requisite farming equipment. Some are also waiting to see if GuySuCo will assist with proving equipment for rice cultivation.One farmer explained that a combine can run up to as much as $40 million, while a stakeholder stressed that lending agencies may be hesitant to assist farmers in rice cultivation due to the uncertainty of the sector. Meanwhile, residents of Wales have noted an upsurge in armed and unarmed robberies in the community, with many fearing that this will increase once the estate closes its doors.Before the rice conversion announcement came, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder had expressed that the estate would be converted into dairy manufacturing.last_img read more

Hope springs fourth

first_imgWith two road games remaining, the Matadors (14-14, 5-7) still have a shot to finish fourth to earn a first-round bye in the conference tournament beginning March 7 in Anaheim. Northridge nearly blew most of an 11-point lead in the final four minutes, and Solomon HorseChief’s 3-pointer with 1:48 to play put Pacific (11-15, 5-6) down 69-67. Chitwood tipped in a Jason Hill miss to give Northridge a four-point lead, and Rai Colston and Chitwood made enough free throws to keep Northridge ahead. Chitwood scored 19 points, Jonathan Heard added 16 with five rebounds and two steals, and Thomas Shewmake scored 13 with 13 rebounds. “We had some letdowns but I knew we wouldn’t quit,” Heard said. “We came together as a team. It’s our last home game, so this was a big win for the seniors.” Northridge made 26 of 41 free throws, compared with 15of 18 for Pacific (11-15, 5-6). At least Northridge went to the line more than its opponent – something that’s happened infrequently this season. “We can be a very good team if we play hard and do the little things,” Shoemake said. “We just need to buckle down. I think we’re over the hump.” After the game, coach Bobby Braswell grabbed the microphone and implored the spectators to give Northridge support in the Big West tournament. “I’m happy for the seniors, and I think all of our guys played well the entire game,” Braswell said afterward. “There’s an immaturity factor we have to deal with because things are still going to get tough down the stretch. We’re going to have win close games like we saw tonight.” HorseChief scored 15 points, Michael White added 14 and C.J. Morgan scored 13 for Pacific. “To finish fourth would be good for us,” said Calvin Chitwood, whose two free throws with 26 seconds left gave Northridge a four-point lead. “I think we still have the potential to be a great team. If we play well, I think we’re unstoppable. I really do.” gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com (661) 257-5218 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img There’s still hope in Cal State Northridge basketball circles after a 76-73 Big West victory Saturday over University of the Pacific at the Matadome. The victory was Northridge’s second in a row, breaking a nine-game series losing streak. last_img read more