Boca Juniors Supporters Celebrate Despite Libertadores Loss

first_imgBuenos Aires: Thousands of Boca Juniors fans gathered here for the club’s annual Supporters Day despite sadness over the side’s loss to cross-town rivals River Plate in the Copa Libertadores final.The celebration on Wednesday was supposed to take place as usual at Boca’s La Bombonera Stadium, but the club management cancelled at last minute and closed the gates, blaming security “restrictions” imposed by the city government.Even so, fans lingered around the stadium and at the capital’s famous Obelisk, where police had been deployed.The first edition of Boca Juniors Supporters Day took place on Dec. 12, 2012.The event was held for the first two years at the Obelisk, but violence at that location forced Boca to move the celebration inside La Bombonera. IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Team India Sponsorship Transfer Raises Questions On Transparency

first_imgNew Delhi: Virat Kohli and boys are set to sport a new logo on their jerseys from September as Oppo will be replaced by Byju’s — the Bangalore-based educational technology and online tutorial firm — as the team sponsor. But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials believe that a fresh bidding process if Oppo isn’t keen to continue should have been the process as that would not only make it a transparent route, but also give the board an opportunity to get a better deal.Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI official said that rather than merely transferring ownership, looking at a fresh bidding process could have helped and also that would have been a transparent procedure.“Transparency is a bigger issue now than before. The question that is really playing on the mind is that what if a better value could have been obtained at this stage. Essentially the rights would have been assigned to another company without a process that is transparent,” the official pointed.Echoing the sentiments another official also pointed at how CEO Rahul Johri should have informed the board officials about the whole discussion on the transfer of sponsorship.“The most troubling thing is that the CEO appears to be clueless. Why are such important things not being communicated to the BCCI? Is someone under the misconception that he owns the BCCI instead of being employed by it? These are not day to day affairs for sure,” the official said.The Committee of Administrators (CoA) had a discussion on this in their meeting on June 7 and they wanted the legal team to look into the matter and get back to them. There was no mention of bringing the office-bearers into the picture.Oppo was paying BCCI Rs 4.61 crore per bilateral match and Rs1.56 crore for an ICC hosted match. Before that, STAR India used to pay Rs 1.92 crore per bilateral match and Rs 61 lakh for an ICC match. Star didn’t want to bid after their term got over as they didn’t want to invest at a time when there was internal turmoil in the board.Another official pointed at the turn of events with regards to team sponsors in the last few seasons and said: “There are only two alternate conclusions that can be drawn from this development and none of them are positive. One is that Oppo did not think continuing in that role was viable and the other is that Oppo is possibly making more from deal in which case it means that the true value had not been achieved in the first case,” the official rued. IANS Also Read: ‘Managing Indian Players’ Workload With Eye On World T20 Tough’last_img read more

Beharry supports Hong Kong Sevens-bound rugby team

first_imgTHE Beharry Group of Companies yesterday handed over a cheque for a substantial amount to the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) to aid in the National rugby team’s preparation for the April 7-9 IRB Hong Kong Sevens.Peter Green, GRFU president, highlighted that despite receiving travel and accommodation for the tournament in Hong Kong, ensuring that the team is properly prepared for the competition ahead has been a ‘headache’.Green said that Beharry’s contribution comes at a time when only the National Sports Commission (NSC) had stepped forward to help the team, noting “although we have received travel and accommodation in Hong Kong, we have to nevertheless procure our own funding for preparation work, not only locally, but the fact that we are travelling one week in advance”.He added, “It’s very important that the union and the players recognise Beharry’s effort towards helping Guyana Rugby in every way possible.”According to Green, Guyana, by virtue of being the region’s most dominant Sevens Rugby-playing nation have proved that the time has come for them to have a steady feel of competing against teams/countries that regularly feature at the IRB’s World Series.“We need to have the government fully involved and have them invest and match our sponsors dollar for dollar if not more. The goal of this year is out of the Hong Kong Sevens we show that we belong. This year (in November), is an important year for us because from the Caribbean Championships, we are looking to qualify for the Commonwealth Games and a number of other championships,” said Green.Beharry Group of Companies, through one of its brand representative, stated that the entity is proud of the GRFU and team and wishes them well as they embark at competing on the World stage once again.last_img read more

ICC to join hands with Interpol to tackle corruption

first_img(REUTERS) – The International Cricket Council (ICC) will work more closely with Interpol as part of ongoing efforts to combat corruption in the sport, the governing body said on Wednesday.Alex Marshall, ICC’s general manager of its anti-corruption unit, met Interpol officials in Lyon last week to seek closer working relations, it added.“The ICC has an excellent relationship with law enforcement agencies in a number of countries but working with Interpol means we are connecting with their 194 members,” Marshall said in a statement.“Our focus is on education of players and prevention and disruption of corruptors. Where our enquiries reveal criminal offences have been committed, we will refer this to the relevant law enforcement organisations and this makes Interpol an important partner for us.”Cricket has suffered a series of corruption cases in recent years.In 2011, Pakistan’s Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were found guilty of taking bribes to fix part of a test match against England in a case that prosecutors said revealed rampant corruption at the heart of international cricket.Earlier this year, the ICC had granted Sri Lankan cricketers a 15-day amnesty to reportpreviously undisclosed information relating to corruption in the sport.It was followed by former captain and chairman of selectors Sanath Jayasuriya being handed a two-year ban for refusing to cooperate with any investigation conducted by its anti-corruption unit.last_img read more

Badgers resume Big Ten play on road

first_imgMEGHAN CONLIN/Herald photoLos Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant scored 81 points this past Sunday — the second-highest total in the NBA only to Wilt Chamberlain’s 100.The next basketball player to etch his/her name on that very same list could possibly be Ohio State’s Jessica Davenport when the Buckeyes host Wisconsin’s women’s basketball team tonight.Well, maybe that’s a little too much, but Davenport will certainly be able to score at will on the Badgers’ struggling team.Davenport — last year’s Big Ten Player of the Year — is coming off her second-straight Big Ten Player of the Week award highlighted by a 31-point performance at Michigan State, including the game-winning shot.Also, Michigan State — last year’s national runner-up — had a 23-game home-winning streak in East Lansing.And I forgot the fact that Davenport was fighting off double- and triple-team coverage the whole night.Simply put, Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone is going to have her hands full on the road trip to Columbus, Ohio.”We have a daunting task at Ohio State this week, but we played them well in the Big Ten Tournament for the most part last year,” Stone said. “They’re coming off a big win, and we’re going to go in there and give them everything we’ve got.”But in all reality, everything the Badgers have got probably won’t be enough versus the No. 7-ranked Buckeyes.The matchup with Ohio State in the second round of last year’s Big Ten tournament in which Stone mentioned was, in fact, a competitive game, with the Badgers as close as six points and the halftime score at 35-23.In the end, however, Davenport and Ohio State never looked back after intermission, en route to a commanding 70-46 victory.Many of the key components from both teams are back this year as well, so it may be absurd to even consider Wisconsin has a shot tonight, but the victory might not be the utmost objective in this game.This is a Wisconsin team that has struggled tremendously this season and recently snapped a five-game losing streak with a 75-48 win over Eastern Illinois Monday.To be fair, the Badgers have endured their fair share of injuries and suspensions throughout the entire year, but now it seems as though they may finally be close to full strength if Annie Nelson (shoulder) and Janese Banks (foot) are able to return.No definite word has been said on either’s status, but it is likely that both will play. Nelson and Banks each dressed for Monday night’s game but were kept out for precautionary reasons, and one thing is for sure — their returns will be more than welcome for a depleted Badger roster with only eight healthy players.”We’re banged up,” Stone said. “We need Janese [Banks] back and Annie [Nelson] as well.”While the team will be looking forward to Nelson and Banks getting back on the court, one bright spot has been the emergence of some of the Badgers’ younger players.Danielle Ward has been solid all year in her sophomore season and has established herself as Stone’s first option off the bench by averaging 10.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.Freshman Christine Spencer especially has stepped up in recent games — most notably Monday night versus Eastern Illinois.”The kids are growing, they really are,” Stone said. “A lot of people have stepped up. Chris Spencer had her career high [10 points].”Whether or not Nelson and Banks return unfortunately won’t play much of a difference in Wisconsin’s matchup with Ohio State, as Davenport is capable of having her way with just about anyone on the Badgers’ roster.Look out, Kobe.last_img read more

UW feeling mile-high after Denver series

first_imgUW\’s Jordy Murray scores on a wrap-around attempt to give the Badgers a 3-1 lead Saturday. Wisconsin would hang on to win 4-3.[/media-credit]In the biggest game of the season, in front of the biggest crowd of the season, Michael Davies helped the Wisconsin men’s hockey team earn its biggest win of the season so far.Davies’ tip of Justin Schultz’s shot from the right boards gave the No. 3 Badgers a 4-3 lead with 6:30 left to play against the No. 1 Denver Pioneers. UW withstood a final barrage by DU to preserve the win Saturday night, breaking a six-game winless streak against the Pioneers.So once the sellout crowd of 15,237 finished counting down the last five seconds of the game, it meant a number of things.First, the Badgers took three of four points from the Pioneers, after skating to a 3-3 tie the night before. It also kept the Badgers in the thick of the WCHA regular-season title race; UW (14-6-4, 10-5-3 WCHA) is one of five teams separated by two points or fewer atop the standings.And as senior tri-captain Ben Street said, it was redemption for blowing a 3-2 lead with 1:56 to play to Denver the night before, and for coming out flat against Colorado College last Saturday.“I think taking three out of four points from Denver is always a good weekend. We had a bit of a sour taste in our mouth coming back from Colorado Springs,” he said. “We just wanted to play our game, we talked before the game, it was about us. We felt [Friday] night that we kind of were a little bit hesitant and wanted to see what they brought.”The Badgers’ win looked much more certain early in the second period.After a Jordy Murray wrap-around goal at the 6:25 mark in the period, UW had a 3-1 lead over DU, a head of momentum and a raucous crowd behind it.But Denver’s Rhett Rakhshani got the Pioneers to within one with an easy goal around a sprawled Brett Bennett to cut the lead to 3-2. An early third period interference penalty on Ben Grotting allowed DU to tie the game when Tyler Ruegsegger ripped a shot that went five-hole on Bennett.The intensity of the game was apparent in the easily visible momentum shifts.More often than not, it seemed either Denver or Wisconsin had the other team on its heels for extended periods of time.“In a game like this, there are these flow and ebbs where one team’s trying to get up, get the advantage, then the other team fights back,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “We had to battle back and stop doing those things and get the momentum back on our side.”“It’s about managing those swings and not getting uptight, not getting too nervous,” Street, who scored the Badgers’ first goal of the game, added. “If you need to take a few icings, take a few icings to slow it down. Definitely tonight with us being up and then them coming back to tie it, there was definitely those momentum swings. I thought we did a good job managing that.”The Badgers also managed something they hadn’t been able to accomplish since last February: they scored on DU goaltender Marc Cheverie.Until Blake Geoffrion was able to redirect a Davies tip at 4:31 of the third period in Friday’s game, Cheverie had a 183-minute shutout streak — spanning parts of four games — going over the Badgers.“I think it was good for our confidence; we had a lot of chances there, a lot of shots. After the first period we talked about getting more bodies to the net because Cheverie was seeing the puck too easy,” Geoffrion said. “It was just good to finally see a puck get by him.”That goal would open the floodgates for the Badgers. Down 2-0 early in the third, UW scored two unanswered goals following Geoffrion’s redirection to take a 3-2 lead. Davies took a beautiful feed from Derek Stepan to tie the game at two, and Geoffrion scored his WCHA-leading 17th goal of the season to give the Badgers the advantage.Seemingly just the sight of a puck getting past Cheverie was enough to spark UW’s confidence.“After their first goal, the building started rocking again,” DU forward Anthony Maiani said. “You knew they were going to get momentum going and it’s a tough thing to do. … It was tough, they took us right out of it.”Maiani tied the game with under two minutes and the teams ended up skating to a tie after overtime. UW goaltender Scott Gudmandson made some crucial saves in the extra period to ensure the Badgers would escape the game with at least a point.“I think the result was what you might expect from two top college teams in the hockey world,” Eaves said. “It was an interesting game, I thought we came out and played pretty well, had some good life, had some good scoring chances.”After breaking Denver’s five-game win streak over UW with Friday’s tie, the Badgers made a statement by hanging on for the win Saturday. Wisconsin’s success over the top-ranked team should mean it gets at least a share of first-place votes in the updated USCHO poll for the first time this season.Eaves made references after the win about national title-caliber play from the Badgers, while Street was content to just comment on the team’s growth.“I thought we responded real well tonight, to win the game like that is huge for our team; it shows maturity.”last_img read more

Students protest Trump at inclusion rally

first_imgNearly 250 people, some wearing “protect Roe v. Wade” hats and holding a poster with the slogan “Trojans vs. Trump,” gathered Wednesday at E.F. Hutton Park for the Rally for Inclusion and Tolerance. The rally was led by Professor Tania Modleski, who expressed the importance of supporting those who feel impacted by the upcoming administration.Falling on Jan. 18, two days before the inauguration, the rally at USC followed UCLA’s #J18 initiative, which encouraged faculty and schools to teach, organize and resist, according to Modleski.Modleski read the #J18 intentions, which include teaching about the agendas of the new administration, organizing against violence directed toward minorities and resisting the institutionalization of ideologies.The rally featured speeches, poems and book passages from faculty members and professors from the University. Niels Frenzen, director of the Immigration Clinic at the Gould School of Law, spoke about the uncertainty for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy caused by President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign, which impacts undocumented students, including USC students. Frenzen also expressed concern regarding the incoming administration’s potential use of raids to find and deport undocumented immigrants.“We don’t know what the new president is going to do with DACA,” Frenzen said. “This lack of clarity and lack of knowledge in regards to what the new administration is planning on doing in the immigration area contributes to their fear. We haven’t seen raids in decades. Are we going to go back to that?”Frenzen also invited those in attendance to “know their rights” and shared handouts explaining immigrant and constitutional rights in both English and Spanish with those in attendance.William Vela, director of El Centro Chicano, also expressed his concern with the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.“This is a surreal time,” Vela said. “I keep telling my students that I have never seen anything like this. I can’t tell you what’s going to happen because I just don’t know.”Despite this, Vela remained optimistic.“I really do see the positive in this,” Vela said. “I think it will bring us closer and help us understand who we are.”Bryn Ziegler, a junior majoring in fine arts, attended the rally and said that the administration “threatened the people she loves.”“I care about racism, sexism and xenophobia not getting a foothold in our country, now that we’re moving toward progress,” Ziegler said. “It’s important to feel that there are people we can go to and people who care about this as much as I do, as a student.”Modleski said that Trump’s victory was unexpected, and that she anticipated he would not prevail.“It’s unbelievable that this could be happening,” Modleski said. “This man stood for building walls and registries for Muslims, encouraged hate speech [and was] the worst misogynist.”For many like Modleski and those who attended the rally, Donald Trump’s campaign and platform perpetuated negative stereotypes and normalized hate speech toward minorities.Karen Tongson, an English and gender studies professor, also spoke at the rally. Tongson read a passage from the Queer Nation Manifesto and invited those in attendance to “build a community of lovers.”Modleski said she hopes that rallies like these prompt USC to protest injustices.“This rally isn’t going to accomplish miracles, but it’s a way for people to come out and speak out for those who are vulnerable,” Modleski said. “I really hope this rally changes how people see this institution and how this institution acts.”Modleski also invited those in attendance to events happening near USC on the cusp of the Presidential Inauguration, including a walkout planned for Friday at 11 a.m. Viet Thanh Nguyen, a professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, also encouraged everyone at the event to follow the words of Martin Luther King Jr. and “break silence every day.”“People like John Lewis and Martin Luther King Jr. used stories and rallies and protests to change the story of what America was, is and should be,” Nguyen said. “Whenever it’s a time to break silence, it takes courage, but it also takes imagination.”In Photos: Tolerance Rallylast_img read more

Women of Troy host Hartwick College

first_imgAs spring break comes to an end, people enjoy being able to share stories of places they’ve traveled to and fun activities they did. The USC women’s water polo team will not find it hard to join the conversation as the No. 1 Women of Troy (18-0, 4-0) had a successful three-game road campaign that landed them in Honolulu last week.The Women of Troy asserted their dominance over three powerhouse opponents in a brief two-day stint. In the first day of action, the squad posted a 15-5 victory over No. 14 Indiana. Despite a varied collection of offensive production led by freshman driver Stephania Haralabidis’ hat trick, it was the team’s stiff defense that propelled the conquest. In the rout, USC held the Hoosiers scoreless for more than 16 minutes spanning from the second quarter to the final period, helping them build an insurmountable lead.Anchoring the terrific USC defense was reigning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week and senior goalie Flora Bolonyai, who accounted for 12 saves in the triumph.“She’s definitely someone you can count on. Hearing her voice in the cage directing and telling you what to do makes things a bit easier,” said senior driver Olivia Cummins. “Knowing that we have a great goalie as our final line of defense gives us great confidence as a defender.”Saturday’s agenda was a bit more crowded, featuring a day-night double-header. Still, the Women of Troy remained poised and handled business as usual. In the day’s opening 12-3 throttling of No. 12 Long Beach State, three different Trojans recorded hat tricks capped off by junior two-meter Eike Daube’s fourth-quarter excellence.After an intense meeting with the 49ers to begin the day, the Women of Troy did not let fatigue set in and wasted no time jumping on host Hawai’i. The Cardinal and Gold registered the first 10 goals of the contest before allowing the Rainbow Wahine to squeak one through just before halftime. Two different USC players tallied first-half hat tricks, including junior driver Monica Vavic’s second of the trip. After totaling six saves through the first three quarters, Bolonyai was relieved by sophomore goalie Alegra Hueso, who finished off a 14-6 victory for the Women of Troy.“We put in a lot of work during the week so it was building off the momentum of things that we’ve learned, what we’ve been practicing, and applying it to the game,” said senior two-meter and captain Maddie Rosenthal. “After a really hard week of practicing, you want to prove that you can apply the new stuff that you’ve learned.”Creating big leads has been a common occurrence in the early stages of the season for USC, opening the door for many underclassmen to gain invaluable in-game experience and display the depth of USC’s talent.“I love being able to get a lead and have the young girls get in and show the coaches and us what they’ve been working for. Everyone is competing,” Cummins said. “We are on a team but everyone is competing for playing time. I love when everyone is able to get a chance to get in and show how hard they’ve been working.”Vavic’s performance over the course of the tropical trip earned her a third career MPSF Player of the Week award, her first of the season. USC’s No. 8 all-time leading scorer registered nine total goals over the three-game span and is just five goals away from climbing another spot in USC’s record book.The standout junior will be able to continue her pursuit tomorrow afternoon as the Hartwick Hawks (15-8) make the trip to challenge the unbeaten Women of Troy at home in the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.Though they have just returned from a lengthy road trip facing three top-tier opponents, the Women of Troy are focused and ready to do what it takes to continue their success in the pool.“We start preparing at the beginning of the season for every team,” Cummins said. “We are definitely going to study their players, know their best shooters, their drivers, two-meters, defenders and take it like every other game.”The Women of Troy are not the only hot team entering the contest and need to account for a hot Hartwick squad. The Hawks enter the game having won six of their past seven games, including an impressive 15-12 road victory over No. 8 Loyola Marymount.Cummins and the Women of Troy put their unblemished record on the line with game time slated for 5:00 p.m on Thursday.last_img read more

Tyson Bomberry, Austin Fusco selected in 4th round of 2019 MLL Draft

first_imgTwo Syracuse long poles, Tyson Bomberry and Austin Fusco, were selected in the fourth round of the Major League Lacrosse draft on Saturday night.Fusco, a redshirt senior midfielder, was selected by the Charlotte Hounds. The Boston Cannons selected Bomberry, a senior defender.Both players will be eligible and added to active rosters upon the completion of their collegiate careers.Bomberry’s played 32 games for the Orange, causing 29 turnovers and scooping 66 ground balls. Fusco’s forced 34 caused turnovers and 92 ground balls as SU’s main LSM during his career. Both are two-time captains.The No. 13 Orange (3-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) host No. 15 Rutgers (4-2) on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on March 11, 2019 at 12:03 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Graham Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

The World Cup’s Finest with Optimove’s Motti Colman

first_img Share Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 In The World Cup’s Finest we ask various individuals to delve into their own personal history of football’s quadrennial showpiece extravaganza, selecting a number of favourites as well as revealing what is their very first World Cup memory.Today we hear from Motti Colman, Director of New Business at Optimove, who addresses a belief that Paul Gascoigne was going to end a 24-year wait by leading England to World Cup glory in 1990, speaks of running around a hotel following a Mark Wright headed finish to secure progression and discusses a Zinedine Zidane performance which he hails as “probably the best individual performance of all time”.  Favourite World Cup:TeamSpain, 2010.  Football played at its purest form. When they got in possession of the ball, they were untouchable.Goal Michael Owen (England v Argentina, 1998).  After Euro 96 we were still buzzing and I really believed we could go all the way. There was so much hype re Owen pre tournament, and when he did that against our bitter rivals, I thought the messiah had arrived.Player Paul Gascoigne (Italia 90).  I think his performances there left a mark on everyone and helped carve out the start of the premier league era.  I cried with him when he got his yellow against Germany, and I genuinely believed he was going to win us the World Cup.GameFrance v Brazil, 2006.  Zinedine Zidane is my favourite player of all time and he came out of retirement just to play in the World Cup. His performance in this match is probably the best individual performance of all time, and I watch this YouTube clip (below) once every 2 months or so. He played Brazil’s golden generation off the park and they all congratulated him after he knocked them out.KitEngland, 1990.  It’s where my love of football really started and that kit, that tournament, those tears, will stay with me forever._________________________________________________________________First World Cup Memory:21 June 1990 (England v Egypt).  I don’t remember watching the first 2 games, but I do remember that everyone had drawn in the group and that we needed to beat Egypt in the final game. I watched it in a hotel in Bournemouth with my grandma and I remember running round the hotel when Mark Wright scored.The World Cup’s Finest is to be a regular feature during the Russia World Cup, profiling a different individual each week day. Related Articles FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Submitlast_img read more