Best FIFA Shortlists to Be Announced Today

first_imgThe nominees for the Best FIFA Football Awards will be revealed today in four categories.The public will vote for the winner from a shortlist of the top 10 players and coaches in 2019 in each group.The first set of nominees will be announced at noon for the best women’s coach, followed by the best men’s coach an hour later. The top 10 best women’s players will be revealed at 2:00pm and the men’s an hour later.Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric won the men’s prize for best player in 2018 – the first time in 11 years Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi failed to come out on top in a world footballer of the year award.Portugal striker Ronaldo came second, while Liverpool’s 2017-18 Premier League top scorer Mohamed Salah was voted in third.France manager Didier Deschamps – whose side beat Modric’s Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final – was named best men’s coach.In the female category, Brazil legend Marta picked up her sixth award as best women’s player after leading her country to the Copa America Femenina title.She beat Germany captain Dzsenifer Marozsan in second, while Norwegian Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg came in third.Lyon’s Reynald Pedros led his side to the league and Women’s Champions League double in his first season in charge and picked up the women’s coach award.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Lorenzen keys UW offensive attack

first_imgAs the Badgers’ volleyball team opened the Big Ten season this weekend with victories over the No. 5 Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Iowa Hawkeyes, the passing game once again proved to be vital to their success.Wisconsin came into the 2005 season with a reputation as a strong offensive team with their big outside hitters Aubrey Meierotto and Maria Carlini, middle blocker Sheila Shaw, and redshirt freshman Audra Jeffers stepping in at rightside hitter.However, head coach Pete Waite has strived to make his team known for more than just their offensive power, as passing and defense have been a vocal point of his practice sessions.The importance of the Badgers’ passing game was apparent in the season’s home opener as they defeated No. 11 UCLA with sophomore setter Jackie Simpson leading the way with 41 sets.As Wisconsin tipped off against the Gophers in the Big Ten season opener this past Friday at the UW Field House, the significance of their passing game became even more evident.With the Badgers off to a sloppy start early on in the contest with Minnesota, Waite turned to junior setter Katie Lorenzen, as Simpson was struggling to get UW’s hitters the ball.Lorenzen provided Wisconsin with an energy boost off the bench and helped will them to a 3-2 victory with 25 assists. She also tallied three blocks and a career-high six kills with no errors in nine attempts (.667 attacking percentage) in the match.”It was huge the way Katie Lorenzen came in here and got us on track,” Waite said. “She basically got the win for us and she basically gets the game ball for this one … if we gave game balls out.””It seemed like we [were] kind of disjointed out on the court,” he added of the decision to turn to Lorenzen. “It wasn’t totally Jackie’s fault, I think the passing was off also and they’ve got some great servers on their team.”We were just looking for someone to come in and steady us out. I think even when Katie started in there she was struggling with her location a little bit, but as she got out there and settled down she was great.”Lorenzen’s impact didn’t come immediately when she entered the game, but she gained more confidence with each point to which she contributed en route to victories in game two, four, and five.”I was a little nervous when I went in. I felt like my hands were shaky, but the team just brings a ton of energy. The crowd was awesome tonight so I got a lot more confidence with every point,” Lorenzen said.In fact, Waite was riding Lorenzen’s momentum into the Iowa match Sunday as she started for the first time since Oct. 15 of last year.”Katie came off the bench on Friday and did an awesome job,” Waite said. “She won the match for us basically, came in and just changed the tempo of things, got us on track and had an awesome match so I thought she really deserved the start.”But with the Badgers off to another slow start Sunday in the first match, Waite turned back to Simpson at setter.”As [Lorenzen] started [Sunday], I felt she wasn’t quite as crisp as we needed. The tempo and personality of the team wasn’t as high as we needed,” Waite said of his decision to return to Simpson.For Simpson, she holds no grudge in being benched and actually looks at it as more of a learning experience in improving her fundamentals in only her second season.”[I need to work on my] early draw and hold my phrase on the follow through — those two things, and then everything else will just fall into place,” Simpson said.”It’s all about consistency and that’s the thing we’ve been striving for, so it’s just finding that,” she added.Whoever gets the nod at the setter position, Waite knows that he can turn to his bench in almost any situation after Lorenzen’s ability to step up this weekend.”We’ve got two very good setters and on any given day, they’re going to step in like any position we have out there — middles, rights, lefts, DS’s — people will come in and help us out,” Waite said.last_img read more

Men’s basketball: Badgers fall 69–74 to in-state rival Marquette in overtime

first_imgThe 125th chapter of the I-94 rivalry took place this Saturday, this time in the brand-new Fiserv Forum that is home to the Milwaukee Bucks.The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team traveled just 77 miles down the interstate to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles. The Badgers are currently ranked No. 12 in the nation but they fell short with a score of 69–74 to the Golden Eagles, giving them their 58th win in the series. Though Wisconsin still leads the series 67–58.There was no breathing room in this back and forth battle as no team led by no more than six points at any point. The game was so close it even took an extra five minutes in an overtime period to decide the winner. A lack of composure is ultimately what lead to the fall of the Wisconsin offense at the end of the game and what helped Marquette cling to a small lead before winning by five.Men’s basketball: Nate Reuvers may be next in long line of great Badger big menStarting forward Nate Reuvers has quietly been having a stellar season for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team. Perhaps Read…Marquette missed six consecutive free throws which allowed the Badgers for three attempts to cut into their four-point deficit with under a minute left to play. D’Mitrik Trice missed a three-point attempt coming off a ball screen, only before turning the ball over on the very next possession. Wisconsin’s final attempt to stay in the game was another missed three-point attempt, this time missed by Brevin Pritzl.Marquette finished plus five in the rebound margin which they used to dominate the Badgers 14–2 in second-chance points. On top of that, Wisconsin had an uncharacteristic number of fouls with 21 which lead to the Golden Eagles converting 22 of 34 on free throw attempts.Ethan Happ had yet another tremendous game and led all scorers finishing with 34 points and 11 rebounds while shooting at an impressive rate of 76.2 percent. Happ simply just did not get as much help as was necessary, Trice finished with 10 points, Reuvers had 11 points and Alem Ford tallied eight points, but besides that, most of the Badgers were quiet tonight.Men’s basketball: Badgers hold on in close contest versus RutgersThe Big Ten proved itself once again to be one of the most brutal conferences to play in from top Read…Markus Howard led the Golden Eagles to a victory with 27 points and four assists and shot 12 for 15 from the free throw line. The Hauser brothers, Joey and Sam, combined for five three-pointers and a total of 28 points in the win. Despite only shooting 35.4 percent from the field, the Golden Eagles found a way to win by controlling the boards and containing Wisconsin from beyond the arc.Wisconsin is back in action Thursday when they take on Savannah State at the Kohl Center.last_img read more

Moe Neal, Lakiem Williams trending up in this week’s stock watch

first_img Published on September 3, 2019 at 12:10 am Contact Eric: | @esblack34 Despite a shaky passing game, No. 22 Syracuse (1-0) took down Liberty (0-1), 24-0, on Saturday night in its season-opener.SU’s defense forced four turnovers and held the Flames to minus-4 net yards on the ground. Meanwhile, the Syracuse offense looked unstable throughout, although its running backs accounted for touchdowns in each of the final three quarters.Here’s whose stock is up or down after the Orange’s shutout of Liberty.STOCK UP Moe NealAdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU’s senior running back led the way both on the ground and through the air, registering a game-high 143 yards from scrimmage. Neal set a career-high with 54 receiving yards and went untouched on a 42-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter that served as the final score of the game. He was the most explosive player for a Syracuse team that otherwise had very few sparks on offense.Lakiem WilliamsAfter playing in seven games and recording just four tackles during his first year with the Orange, Lakiem Williams dominated in his first Syracuse start. The former Butte College star led SU with 11 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss, adding 1.5 sacks as well. Serving as the replacement at middle linebacker for reigning ACC tackles leader Ryan Guthrie, Williams filled his role, and then some.Defensive LineIt’d be unfair to single out any one player from the Syracuse defensive line, which manhandled the Flames at the line of scrimmage. Alton Robinson and Kendall Coleman played well as expected, combining for eight tackles and 2.5 sacks. But SU’s interior defensive linemen stepped up, as Josh Black (four tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery), Curtis Harper (two tackles, 0.5 sacks) and Kingsley Jonathan (0.5 sacks, forced fumble, fumble recovery) all contributed to the success up front.STOCK DOWNTommy DeVitoKarleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design EditorThe replacement for one of the most productive Syracuse quarterbacks of all time struggled in the season-opener, finishing 17-for-35 with two interceptions and zero touchdowns. DeVito looked out of sorts all night, struggling with overthrows and miscommunication with the SU receivers. He looked comfortable scrambling out of the pocket, but was far from the confident, capable quarterback that Syracuse fans saw in flashes last year. With under two weeks until SU’s matchup with No. 1 Clemson, DeVito and the SU passing game have just one game to remedy the issues they had on Saturday.Offensive Line StabilityJust when it seemed like the Orange had finally found the offensive line rotation they wanted, it was reshuffled again when Sam Heckel left due to injury in the second quarter. Babers declined to speculate whether or not Heckel will return versus Maryland in his weekly press conference on Monday, but Heckel is listed on this week’s depth chart at center along with Airon Servais, who moved from left tackle to center — his former position. Carlos Vettorello shifted from right tackle to left and Ryan Alexander filled in Vettorello’s stead. The offensive line was already surrounded by questions heading into the season, and Heckel’s injury doesn’t help. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Thurles CBS storm to Dean Ryan title

first_imgThe Thurles goals included a brace from Jack Lanigan and one from Stephen Ferncombe. Thurles CBS have clinched the Dean Ryan Cup following a dramatic second half comeback.They trailed Midleton CBS by 7 points midway through the second half – however they score 2-7 in the remaining minutes with the Cork school only adding 2 points in reply.Thurles CBS eventually ran out winners on a scoreline of 3-15 to 2-15 in Clonmel. Photo © Tipp FMlast_img

Scout Gaming to provide fantasy sports through UK licence

first_img Share maintains momentum against COVID-19 impacts August 19, 2020 12 operators holding existing agreements with Scout Gaming can now introduce its DFS services in the UK market after the company secured a licence to provide its fantasy sports solution.The Group’s CEO Andreas Ternström said that it had refused to shy away from the “toughening regulatory environment trend” by securing the B2B licence from the UK Gambling Commission.It is an extension to Scout’s B2C licence, which enables them to offer its products services to external brands operating in the UK market.Ternström commented: “We are delighted to have been awarded a B2B licence from the UKGC, allowing us to address yet another regulated market with great potential.“Scout is a recognized leader in B2B solutions for fantasy sports and pool betting. To date we have signed 12 licence agreements with operators, several of which have existing operations in the UK, where they now can introduce our services.”He added: “With a toughening regulatory environment trend ongoing, not only in the UK, operators need to look for new ways of acquiring players and broaden their target group.“We build games that speak to a different kind of audience, one that is generally more well educated and with higher levels of income. The skill aspect also attracts the younger generation who has grown up playing skill based games on their game consoles, computers and hand held devices.“The rare combination of skill game and gambling, mixed with high level of excitement makes our games particularly appealing to the savvy punters.”Scout Gaming Group has also shown its hand in the US by partnering with Metric Gaming to develop new products, although the future of DFS across the pond has been clouded somewhat by a judge in Albany ruling that it is a form of gambling and should be considered illegal in New York. Submit StumbleUpon Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Related Articles Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Petrović released a list of players for Eurobasket 2013

first_imgManager of basketball team of BIH Aleksandar Petrović has released the list of players which will be playing at the basketball competition ‘Eurobasket 2013’ which is being held in Slovenia.In the premises of Basketball Association of BiH, Petrović read the list of players to play in the matches which will be played from 4 September.The list of players: Zackary Wright, Muhamed Pašalić, Filip Adamović, Nihad Đedović, Nemanja Gordić, Marko Šutalo, Ante Mašić, Dalibor Peršić, Adin Vrabac, Mirza Teletović, Edin Bavčić, Miralem Halilović, Nedžad Sinanović, Elmedin Kikanović, Andrija Stipanović, Jusuf Nurkić.( read more

School’s Almost Out

first_imgBy John BurtonAfter two decades at Ranney School, headmaster announces his retirementRanney School Head of School Dr. Lawrence S. Sykoff with ninth-grade students, from left, George Timmins, Alexis Auletta, and Jacqueline Lee.TINTON FALLS – The last nearly 20 years have brought a lot of changes, Dr. Lawrence S. Sykoff observed this week as he sat down to talk about his time as head of school at the Ranney School.While there have been changes in technology, education and in the actual facility, there have also been personal changes.“I think anyone who’s been in a position for 20 years changes with the school,” Sykoff said. “I think I really learned to value the people I met along way. I think all of that changes you.”Sykoff is looking toward his latest change, as he prepares to step down as the school’s head at the end of the 2012-13 school year.When Sykoff arrived at Ranney back in 1993, he remembered the facility had 12 Apple computers. “And we really thought we were cool,” he said, showing a smile over that quaint remembrance. The school now has more than 500 computers on campus and has established a laptop-to-laptop program for students to communicate with each other.There have been other, more significant changes in the past 20 years, Sykoff said. During his tenure the student population doubled to its current total of approximately 820 in the school’s pre-K-12 grade and the facility has grown by 150,000 square feet on the campus’s 61 acres off Hope Road.A major factor at the school has been the rise of the Internet, which Sykoff said, has had a significant impact on education and how the school provides that education. Twenty years ago, he said, students studying about Europe would go to the encyclopedias or other volumes and look up the entries.“Now,” he said, “students would use Skype and talk to people in Europe.“I think because of technology, students have more access to information at an earlier age,” he said. “We have a parent body that places an emphasis on 21st-century thinking.”Over the years the school, which was established in 1960, has continued to formulate and execute continuing three- and five-year plans to ensure it progresses and advances. Sykoff said he is a strong advocate for what he called “deliberate strategic planning,” a subject on which he has written books and given talks to professional groups.“The key is being great by choice,” he extolled.There have been numerous times that Sykoff has seen students begin at Ranney at age 3 and continue until 12th-grade graduation. When they arrive they get teddy bears and when they leave many continue their relationship with the headmaster and have a lifelong friendship.When they arrive, he said, “They call me the ‘teddy bear man.’ And when they graduate they call me Uncle Larry.”Over the years, students have remained in contact with him inviting him to college, law and medical school graduations and weddings. He recently attended the commencement ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis for two former students.Thinking back, he said he “will never forget that look in students’ eyes when I hand them their diplomas. They just sparkle.”As for his future, Sykoff, who is 64, said that it would be “maybe not retiring but rewiring.” He will continue to be part of the school community beyond June 2013, in a limited, advisory capacity and will be “helping with the transition of leadership.”He also plans to continue his work with various charitable organizations he has been working with over the years.“My charity work has always been very important to me,” he said.For the school’s future, he expects there will be more of what the school, which is still relatively young, has begun to see, as former students send their children and continue to establish that legacy.That legacy is one of “scholarship plus character,” he stressed.“Good students and good people,” Sykoff said. “That’s the legacy.”last_img read more

Grand Forks dumps coach, wins first of the KIJHL season in dramatic style Friday against Columbia Valley

first_imgBreak out the champagne; the Grand Forks Border Bruins won for the first time in the 2011-12 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.And the Bruins achieved the victory in dramatic style.Five different players scored to rally the Bruins from a 3-1 deficit en route to a 5-4 win over the Columbia Valley Rockies Friday in Invermere.And Grand Forks achieved feat minus popular head coach Brent Batten, relieved of his duties earlier in the week.Behind the bench for the Bruins was Batten’s assistant Matt Zamec.Tyler Wagner pulled the Bruins even and Brendan Jackson scored the winner with 5:34 remaining in the game to seal win number one of the KIJHL season.Grand Forks, winless in 23 previous games, was the only winless team in the KIJHL before Friday’s monumental victory.Mitchell Nishimura, Austin Lee and Nathan Corey also scored for Grand Forks.Jeremy Mandoli was in goal to record the win for Grand Forks.Saturday, the Bruins were brought back down to earth as Fernie routed Grand Forks 9-1 before suffering a 14-3 shellacking Sunday at the hands of the Golden Rockets.The game concluded a three-game road trip through the Eddie Mountain Division for the Boundary City squad.last_img read more

Windies seek Sri Lanka redemption in T20 series

first_imgKANDY, Sri Lanka, (CMC): Captain Darren Sammy believes the two-match Twenty20 International series which gets underway today (8:30am Jamaica time) represents West Indies’ best chance of securing a result on what has been a hugely disappointing tour of Sri Lanka. The Caribbean side were swept by handy margins in the two-Test series and suffered a 3-0 clean sweep in the rain-affected One-Day International series that followed, leaving them without success on the tour. However, Sammy said T20 represented a format in which West Indies were most comfortable and therefore was expecting the side to be successful. “I think we’re now playing a format which we enjoy, in a place where we have played it the best, and the last time we were here we had good memories so we’re looking forward to the tournament,” said Sammy. “It is a different format and one we’re pretty good at so we’re looking forward to the contest.” The former Test and one-day captain, Sammy was one of three players joining the limited overs squad already here, with the pair of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard also arriving. And with the likes of Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels and Sunil Narine already in the line-up, West Indies are expected to be a handful for the hosts. Under Sammy, West Indies won the Twenty20 World Cup back in 2012 when they beat Sri Lanka in the final, and still have fond memories of the triumph. This year, however, they have not played a competitive series for several months but Sammy does not expect this to be a hindrance especially with several key players involved in a Twenty20 leagues across the globe this year. “The last international T20 we played was back in January in South Africa but after that we’ve played a few tournaments [as players],” Sammy explained. “Some of our guys are playing all over the world but we have put in some practice yesterday and today (Sunday), so hopefully the rest of the squad that has been here they should be acclimatised to the conditions and will be looking to bring their experience and play a format we enjoy playing.” Sri Lanka have selected a youthful squad for the series, with the likes of Binura Fernando and Jeffrey Vandersay and all-rounder Shehan Jayasuriya, included to face the Windies. Sammy said, however, West Indies would not be taking anything for granted as T20 came down to execution on the day and not personnel. “Whichever opposition we play we will pay them the full respect that they deserve, especially in T20 that narrows the gap between the number one and number eight side,” he pointed out. “Whoever executes on the day, the team that sticks to the basics and absorbs pressure the most or apply the pressure the most, normally end up victorious. It’s going to be good contest between bat and ball especially with Sri Lanka coming from winning the one-day and the Test series. “They are a good side playing at home and I believe we have a good side as well. We just hope on the day cricket is the winner, and also West Indies.” SQUAD – Darren Sammy (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor.last_img read more