Zaheer meets South Australia Minister

first_imgAdelaide, June 15 : Indian cricket great Zaheer Khan has met South Australia’s State Minister for Investment, Trade and Tourism, David Ridgway here, it was announced on Friday.Zaheer and his wife Sagarika spent time bonding over lunch with Ridgway and his wife Meredith. This comes after he was felicitated by the Adelaide Oval for his contribution to cricket, according to a release.The 39-year-old Zaheer, who played his last of the 92 Tests in 2014, spent a week-long holiday across picturesque South Australian destinations such as Adelaide, Barossa, Kangaroo Island and Fleurieu Peninsula.At the Adelaide Oval, Zaheer along with wife Sagarika spent a day discovering different experiences at the stadium and reliving fond memories from his happy hunting ground where he has played several international games. IANSlast_img read more

India outclass Ireland in second T20I

first_imgDublin, June 29: Powered by half centuries from Lokesh Rahul and Suresh Raina and a collective bowling effort, India registered their biggest T20I win after convincingly thrashing minnows Ireland by 143 runs in the second and final T20 International, to pocket the two-match series 2-0 here on Friday.India’s spin twins Yuzvendra Chahal (3/21) and Kuldeep Yadav (3/16) once again starred with the ball as the Irish batsmen continued to be at sea, before eventually crumbling to their second lowest T20I total. Also Read – Meghalayan mid-fielder Phrangki Buam joins ISL side FC Goa Chasing a mammoth 214, mainly built around half tons from Rahul (70 off 36 balls) and Raina (69 off 45) and a late order cameo from Hardik Pandya (32 not out off 9), Ireland could never recover from the early wickets as the Indian bowlers put on a collective effort to bundle them out for a meagre 70 in just 12.3 overs.Coming back to the T20I side after a six-year gap, pacer Umesh Yadav drew first blood for the visitors with the wicket of opener Paul Sterling (0) off the second delivery of the Irish innings. Also Read – COVID-19: Football team observes ‘social distancing’ during match, loses 37-0He doubled the joy for the Indians with the wicket of William Potterfield (14) in his second over before debutant Siddharth Kaul joined the party with his maiden international wicket of the other opener James Shannon (2).With the home side reeling at 22/3, leg spinner Chahal broke through the defences of Andrew Balbirnie (9) before Hardik Pandya packed back new man Kevin O Brien for a duck.Down to 30/4 at the end of the powerplay, Chahal struck again with the wicket of Simi Singh for another duck before chinaman Kuldeep Yadav sprung into action with the quick dismissals of skipper Gary Wilson (15) and George Dockrell (4). Also Read – Big push to sports infra in Mizoram, gets Khelo India State CentreChahal then came back to end tailender Stuart Thompson’s brief stay that saw him scoring a 9-ball 13 before Kuldeep Yadav completed the proceedings by getting last man Boyd Rankin (10) stumped by Dinesh Karthik.Earlier, India decided to test their bench, making four changes to the playing XI which also saw a change in the batting order with skipper Virat Kohli opening the innings with Lokesh Rahul. Also Read – Manipur’s Thounaojam Kritina Devi all set to be part of the FIFA U-17 World CupComing back to the side after missing Wednesday’s opener, Rahul grabbed his chance with both hands, smashing a quickfire 36-ball 70, comprising three fours and six sixes to set the tone with a 102-run second wicket stand with veteran Raina, who also made the most of his chance with a 45-ball 69, including five fours and three sixes.Pandya (32 not out off 9 balls; 4×1, 6×4) then applied the finishing touches to the innings, milking 39 runs off the final two overs to push India’s total past the 200 run mark for the second consecutive time.Brief Scores: India 213/4 (Lokesh Rahul 70, Suresh Raina 69, Hardik Pandya 32 not out; Kevin O Brien 3/40) beat Ireland 70 (Gary Wilson 15; Kuldeep Yadav 3/16, Yuzvendra Chahal 3/21, Umesh Yadav 2/19) by 143 runs.last_img read more

Forbes Burnham Memorial Three-Stage cycle race: Hicks edges Husbands to win first stage

first_imgBERBICIAN cyclist Andrew Hicks edged Stephano Husbands to win the first stage of the Annual Forbes Burnham Three-Stage Cycle Road in Berbice on Sunday.Hicks, a member of WS United Cycle Club of Trinidad and Tobago, returned a winning time of one hour 03 minutes 34 seconds in the 36-mile event, which got underway in New Amsterdam, Berbice at 07:00hrs and proceeded to Rose Hall Town, Corentyne, before returning to the place of origin for the finish.According to reports, Hicks, a member of the Trojan Cycle Club of Berbice, was among a pack of eight cyclists, who broke away from the Canje Bridge and continued to distance themselves from the other starters.With approximately two miles from the finish line on the downward journey, Husbands attacked the leading pack and soon after, Hicks responded and joined the Team Coco’s rider and eventually went ahead to finish one wheel ahead of Husbands.Husbands’ teammates Hamzah Eastman and Jamal John placed third and fourth respectively, some 30 seconds after Hicks and Husbands had crossed the finish line.Continental Cycle Club’s Geron Williams finished fifth.The final two stages of the event will be staged on Sunday as the participants will wheel off from Kara Kara, Linden/Soesdyke Highway and complete the second stage on Homestretch Avenue.The third and final stage will get underway later in the day from Homestretch Avenue. The riders will proceed to Belfield, East Coast Demerara and return to the place of origin for the finish.last_img read more

Hetmyer inspires West Berbice to three-wicket win with 114

first_img.. wins also for Essequibo and Lower CorentyneGUYANA and West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer hit a fluent century as West Berbice wrapped up a three-wicket win over East Coast in round four of the Franchise League three-day tournament yesterday at the Bush Lot ground.Resuming on 27 without loss, and needing a further 251 runs for victory, the hosts hardly faced any trouble as Hetmyer stroked 114 off 127 balls, inclusive of seven fours and five sixes, as West Berbice reached 281-7.West Berbice openers Raffel Estriado and Artley Bailey were able to see off a disciplined first hour from the visitors’ bowlers, and in the process took their opening stand to 79 which was the foundation for the run chase.During that period Estriado brought up his fifty off 98 balls, but just when both batsmen looked settled leg-spinner Amir Khan (2-63), broke the promising partnership when he trapped Estriado leg before wicket for 55.Soon after Bhaskar Yadram bowled Bailey for 19 at 81-2 before Hetmyer and Avishkar Sewkarran joined forces, and were making easy headway until the interval on what turn out to be a batsman-friendly surface.At the interval Hetmyer was on 26 while Sewkarran on 34. Soon after the hosts lost Sewkarran to Cordel Mars (1-24), for 35, but the left-handed, Hetmyer remained in complete control of the chase.He dominated the proceedings with consummate ease. He showed his class and brought up his fifty off 66 balls before registering his century off 120 deliveries, but when he was finally dismissed to pacer Simon Royston (2-19), the hosts were within sight of the victory target.Javid Karim (4), was caught and bowl off Bhaskar Yadram (2-80), while Sherwyn McPherson (10), and Gudakesh Motie (26), were dismissed off Khan and Royston respectively.Meanwhile, at Tuschen; Essequibo completed a three-wicket win over Georgetown. Resuming from an overnight 155-5, 38 runs behind their victory target, Essequibo reached 194-7, with Ricardo Adams unbeaten on 116. Mark Williams made 43. Scores in the match; Georgetown 117 and 245; Essequibo 170 and 194-7.At Young Warriors; Lower Corentyne comfortably defeated East Bank by 114 runs. Set 289 for victory, the visitors, resuming from an overnight position at 43-5, East Bank were bowled out 175. Ronaldo Ali-Mohamed made 51. Nial Smith claimed 5-27 while spinner Kasim Khan had 4-59.At Port Mourant; the game between Upper Corentyne and West Demerara ended in a tame draw.West Demerara asked to follow on, with 184 runs first innings deficit, were 371-5 when both captains decided to call off play. Akshaya Persaud was unbeaten on 151. Raymond Reifer made a brilliant 88 while Romario Shepherd contributed a solid 61.The fifth round bowls off on Friday.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgAnd if he doesn’t, it will be hard to forget about the sixth hole. Fowler missed an 8-foot par putt, and as he stepped over to tap it in, his putter scuffed the green and nudged his ball about an inch. He then tapped in for a double bogey.The cut was looking to be about 1 over, though it could fall to 2 over if the wind picks up.Fowler could use the extra two days. He hasn’t had a top 10 since January and has fallen out of the top 30 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014.MLB-NEWSAnother positive test, another postponement for Cardinals August 7, 2020 Associated Press — World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his season debut for the Washington Nationals on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles. He has been sidelined in 2020 by a nerve issue in his pitching hand. Nationals manager Dave Martinez says the tingling in Strasburg’s right thumb is gone and nothing in the pitcher’s mechanics has changed. Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer’s status was not immediately clear after he left his most recent start because of a hamstring problem. Scherzer was going to throw off flat ground Friday to test his leg.— Federal prosecutors say a former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Prosecutors in Texas say Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court. Kay was communications director for the Angels. Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. Prosecutors are accusing Kay of giving the fentanyl to Skaggs.NFL-NEWSNewton says he’s ready to go in New EnglandUNDATED (AP) — New Patriots quarterback Cam Newton is a week into the latest step in his career. He says he isn’t as much concerned with replacing Tom Brady or silencing his doubters as with proving to himself that he’s still capable of performing at his highest level. Mike Hoffman scored his Florida-leading third goal and fifth point of the series but the 10th-seeded Panthers wound up one-and-done for their fifth consecutive postseason appearance.NBA-SCHEDULE White, Poeltl lead Spurs past short-handed Jazz 119-111LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Derrick White scored 24 points, Jakob Poeltl added 19 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs got a much-needed win over the short-handed Utah Jazz 119-111. Lonnie Walker and Rudy Gay each added 14 points for the Spurs. San Antonio moved into 10th place in the Western Conference and is a half-game ahead of the surging Phoenix Suns. The Suns are 4-0 since the NBA restart but were idle Friday. Gay scored 10 points during one stretch in the third quarter to help open a 16-point lead. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL PLAYOFFSIslanders advance with 5-1 win over PanthersTORONTO (AP) — Anthony Beauvillier scored twice and the New York Islanders beat the Florida Panthers 5-1 to clinch an NHL best-of-five preliminary round playoff series in four games. Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal had a goal and assist each in a game the Islanders never trailed. Semyon Varlamov stopped 24 shots, Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored an empty-netter and the Eastern Conference’s seventh-seeded Islanders bounced back from a 3-2 loss in Game 3 on Wednesday. NBA-WILLIAMSON OUTPelicans resting Zion Williamson against WizardsLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have scratched rookie Zion Williamson from the lineup for Friday night’s game against the Washington Wizards.The team designated Friday a rest day for the NBA’s top overall draft choice after he scored 24 points in 22 minutes in the Pelicans’ 140-125 loss to Sacramento on Thursday.The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Williamson has seen his playing time limited after missing nearly two weeks of practice in July to attend to a family medical matter. The former Duke star has played as few as 14 minutes and not more than 25 minutes in a game since the Pelicans resumed their season July 30. UNDATED (AP) — Friday night’s game in St. Louis between the Cardinals and the Cubs has been postponed after another St. Louis player tested positive for COVID-19. Major League Baseball said the game was called off to allow more time for additional testing and to complete the contact tracing process. The Cardinals have been off since last Friday, when two players returned positive coronavirus tests. Eight players in total have tested positive, including star catcher Yadier Molina.The Cardinals spent five days in quarantine in a Milwaukee hotel before finally being cleared to travel back to St. Louis late Tuesday, when they returned negative tests for the second straight day. They got workouts in at home and had been prepared to return to the field Friday. In other MLB news:— Major League Baseball has announced changes to the regular-season schedule to account for 21 games postponed in the first two weeks by coronavirus issues, and a few clubs are looking at unusual finishes. The Phillies and Marlins are set to play seven times in five days next month. Miami will finish the season playing 27 games in 23 days, a stretch featuring no days off and four doubleheaders in a 10-day span. Philadelphia is slated for six doubleheaders in 60 games, meaning 20% of their games this season will be just seven innings long. Miami was already scheduled to host Philadelphia for four games Sept. 10-13. The series has been extended to include a game on Monday, Sept. 14, and doubleheaders have been scheduled for that Friday and Sunday. The St. Louis Cardinals, who have been out of action since July 31 because of an outbreak, have added three doubleheaders against the Brewers to a previously scheduled series to make up their three games postponed last weekend. The 2011 No. 1 overall draft pick says he’s full go after back-to-back injury-plagued seasons in Carolina. He also says there’s no ill will toward the Panthers after they released him in March with one year remaining on a five-year, $103.8 million contract. In other NFL news:— New York Giants long snapper and Pro Bowler Zak DeOssie has retired. DeOssie, who spent all 13 of his seasons with the Giants, announced his retirement on Friday in a statement released by the team. The decision was known to many months ago, but DeOssie did not confirm it until now. A 2007 fourth-round draft pick out of Brown, he won Super Bowls with the Giants in his rookie year and again in the 2011 season. He earned Pro Bowl berths in 2008 and ’10.— New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker has been formally charged with four counts of robbery with a firearm in connection with a fight at a cookout in May. Broward County state attorney Mike Satz says Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who also was arrested, won’t be prosecuted because of insufficient evidence. Baker is accused of stealing cash and watches from four men. The punishment in event of a conviction is a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life in state prison. Baker surrendered to jail on May 16 and was released on bond. His next court date hasn’t been announced.— The San Francisco 49ers have signed defensive lineman Dion Jordan to a one-year contract. The deal adds another former first-round pick to San Francisco’s talented line. Jordan was the No. 3 overall pick by Miami in 2013 but has never lived up to his billing because of injuries and substance abuse problems. He has been suspended 32 games over his career for violating NFL rules on substance abuse and performance-enhancing drugs and has also had two operations on his knee. BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Former Florida State University center Michael Ojo died on Friday after collapsing during training in Serbia, according to his former team, Red Star Belgrade. He was 27.The Nigerian-born basketball player was taken to a hospital in the Serbian capital, but doctors failed to resuscitate him, Belgrade media reported. Local media reported that he died of a heart attack.Ojo was reported to have tested positive for the coronavirus but recovered.After going undrafted in 2017, Ojo moved to Europe where he started his professional basketball career with FMP Belgrade. In 2018, he signed with the regional Adriatic League champions, Red Star Belgrade, where he was hugely popular among the club’s fans. Williamson has averaged nearly 17 points and about 19 minutes in the Pelicans’ four games in the Disney complex. He has averaged 22.4 points in 23 total games this season after missing the first 44 games of his rookie campaign while recovering from right knee surgery.The Pelicans’ playoff hopes have faded with three losses in their past four games. They might need to win all of their final four regular-season games to have a chance to qualify.PGA CHAMPIONSHIPMissed 6-inch putt could be costly for FowlerSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Rickie Fowler shot a 69 on Friday in the PGA Championship to finish two rounds at 2-over 142. That probably will be right on the cut line for whether he makes it to the weekend at the Harding Park. Update on the latest sports — Linebacker Vic Beasley reported to the Tennessee Titans on Friday, and he has been activated off the Reserve/DidNot Report list. The Titans also put defensive lineman Jack Crawford on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, meaning he had either tested positive for COVID-19 or has been quarantined after coming in close contact with someone who’s infected. — The Detroit Lions are preparing to host fans at all eight regular-season home games, although it’s uncertain how many will be allowed to attend. The NFL club said Friday that season-ticket holders can opt out of purchasing tickets for the 2020 season if they want. The team also is offering various incentives for fans who defer payments to the 2021 season instead of asking for refunds. Fans and employees at Ford Field would be required to wear face coverings. Designated gates and entry times would be assigned to fans. The team says the ability to host fans at a reduced capacity depends on local and state approval.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSBig Sky joins Pioneer League in dropping fall footballUNDATED (AP) — The Big Sky Conference has postponed its football season until spring and called for the FCS playoffs to be moved to the second semester as well. The Big Sky’s decision Friday all but officially ends any chance of the FCS playoffs being held in the fall. The FCS playoffs are an NCAA-sponsored event unlike the College Football Playoff which crowns a champion at the highest level of Division I. The NCAA announced earlier this week each of its three divisions would determine whether national championship events should be held in fall sports. The Big Sky, traditionally one of the strongest FCS conferences with Montana, Eastern Washington and Montana State, said it will attempt to play an eight-game conference schedule in the spring.In other pandemic-related developments:— The Pioneer League says it won’t play a fall football schedule but would consider playing a football season at another point in the school year if feasible. The 11-team Pioneer League spans from the Midwest to the West Coast. The conference said in a statement the challenges related to team travel, meeting state, local and institutional health requirements and COVID-19 mitigation strategies led to the decision. — The NCAA Division II South Atlantic Conference is postponing its fall sports schedule until the spring of 2021. The league said its impacted sports are men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball. The league is made up of 13 schools in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.— The Southeastern Conference will require football players and others in direct contact with the program to be tested at least twice weekly during the season. The league on Friday released its initial COVID-19 requirements for fall sports, including football. In football, the testing will typically come six days and three days before competition. Coaches, staff and other personnel will be required to wear face coverings on the sidelines at sporting events this fall. The initial guidelines include testing requirements, procedures for infections and contact tracing and protocols for quarantine and isolation. The rules, which also apply to volleyball and soccer, were recommended by the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force. — Maryland senior quarterback Josh Jackson has opted out of the upcoming football season, leaving the Terrapins with very little depth and experience at the pivotal position. Jackson is the most prominent of six Maryland players who have decided not to play in 2020 for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic. He played in 10 games last year for Maryland after transferring from Virginia Tech. He went 98 for 207 for 1,274 yards and 12 touchdowns with six interceptions. His backup was Tyrrell Pigrome, who transferred to Western Kentucky during the offseason.— North Carolina defensive backs D.J. Ford, Javon Terry and Bryce Watts have opted out of playing this season due to concerns about the coronavirus. The team had previously announced that offensive lineman Triston Miller would not play due to “family reasons.”— Duke coach David Cutcliffe says long snapper Ben Wyatt and offensive tackle Jacob Rimmer have opted out of playing this season because of concerns about the virus. Last week the school announced that 25 athletes had tested positive over the previous three weeks as they began returning to campus for voluntary workouts, with nine in mandatory isolation. The school said all cases involved no or mild symptoms. SERBIA-BASKETBALL PLAYER DIESBasketball player dies during training in Serbialast_img read more

Abia Warriors Goalkeeper Shot in Ibadan, Hospitalised

first_imgAbia Warriors goalkeeper Charles Tambe is currently receiving treatment at the University Teaching Hospital (UCH), Ibadan after he was shot by thugs on Friday.Tambe returned to Ibadan to reunite with his family following the suspension of the Nigeria Professional Football League due to the coronavirus pandemic.According to the statement issued by Abia Warriors’ sporting director Patrick Ngwaogwu, the former Shooting Stars and Lobi Stars goalkeeper was shot on his way for his morning exercise routine. “He is not a rascal. He went for his morning walk out at about 07:00 this morning in Apata area, Ibadan where he stays with his family,” Ngwaogwu said, per BSN Sport.“They accosted him and collected his wristwatch and handset. And shot him on the hand.“He is presently in UCH, receiving treatment. The club is very much on top of the situation.”Tambe joined the Umuahia-based outfit last September, and he recently appeared in a video posted by the club urging fans to stay safe amid the Covid-19 pandemic.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Sulemanu Tetteh qualifies for 2020 Olympic Games boxing event

first_imgGhana’s Sulemanu Tetteh will be representing the country in this year’s Olympics Games boxing tournament in Japan after he grabbed a ticket by placing 3rd in the African qualifying tournament on Friday in Dakar, Senegal.Tetteh, who is the captain of the Black Bombers team, managed to get a 4-1 decision over Juliano Marina of Mozambique in the men’s flyweight playoffs.Across three rounds, Tetteh managed to land some good punches and use his experience to get the result. He won the first and third rounds and that helped him get the decision going his way.Tokyo 2020 will be Tetteh’s second Olympic Games after he took part in the 2012 Games in London.He will hope that his team mates- Samuel Takyie, Samed Shakul and Jesse Lartey- will also win their playoff bouts on Saturday so they can also book places in the Tokyo 2020 Games.last_img read more

Alpena Adult Drug Court In Need Of Funds

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe adult drug court has found it’s way in the midst of a battle. The program that helps so many lost federal funding last week.A major program that helps former addicts recover from their battles is losing funding.“It kind of begs the question, why? What did we do wrong there’s an assumption that we did something wrong, and we did not,” Honorable Thomas J. LaCross said.The adult drug court was denied federal funding reducing 3 quarters of its subsidy that provides case management operations. An important meeting was held inside of district court Wednesday to discuss the future of the program.The enhancement grant, which makes up $133,000 of the program, was sliced to 0. Over 122 applicants from across the country applied for the grant, but only 34 were awarded. Wednesday’s meeting was to address the public on how the Alpena community could pull together to fill the gap.Judge LaCross said adult drug court is highly needed to keep graduates on track.“Without drug courts people generally commit crimes 60% of the times within 2 years of their offense. When they’re in a drug court it’s usually around 30% so it’s better,” he added.According to Judge LaCross, Alpena’s drug court is one of the best in northeast Michigan.“Our drug court has a recidivism rate of 19%, 1.9% which is very, very good,” he added.Drug court meets every Wednesday at 10 am inside of the district court courtroom. LaCross plans on holding more informational gatherings in the future in hopes to gain funding support.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Shooting Suspect Arraigned in CourtNext Alpena High School Creates ‘POWER’ to Promote Good Deedslast_img read more

UEFA Champions League Preview: Atletico Madrid v Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona’s hunger to win the UEFA Champions League may be greater than ever after being dealt a two-window transfer ban last week.The Camp Nou outfit were handed the punishment by FIFA a day after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their quarter-final tie for irregularities found in their transfer dealings at youth level.A transfer embargo of that magnitude would likely weaken Barca over the coming seasons, so Gerardo Martino’s men will be keen to make the most of their opportunity this time around.Atleti – aiming for their first semi-final appearance since 1974 – hold the away-goal advantage heading into the second leg, but may be forced to do without star striker Diego Costa, who limped off with an injured hamstring after 30 minutes last Tuesday.Costa, who has scored seven goals in six Champions League starts this season, subsequently sat out his side’s 1-0 win against Villarreal in the league on Saturday and remains a doubt as Atleti prepare to host this week’s return leg.The three previous domestic meetings between the sides pointed to this tie being a hotly contested affair, and the first leg did not disappoint. Diego, who came on for the injured Costa, opened the scoring for Atleti in the 56th minute, before Neymar levelled matters 15 minutes later.The result was the fourth draw between the sides in all competitions this season.However, the hosts’ home form should give them cause for optimism, having won 16 of their last 17 home games in UEFA competition.That said, Barca have not lost for four years at Atleti, and will need to maintain that run if they are to reach a seventh successive semi-final.The sides currently occupy the top two spots in the Spanish top flight – Atleti are one point clear of second-placed Barca – and the last two-legged tie between them, the Spanish Super Cup, was won on away goals by the Catalan giants.  While conceding it would have been nice to head into the second leg with a kinder scoreline, Barcelona’s Xavi claims the need to win could benefit his side.”Atletico cut down the space,” he said. “It’s not easy to create chances, and we have to be fluent in the game and move the ball quickly.”It’s a really tough match. We’d have liked to have gone there with a better result, but it all depends on us.”We have to win and that benefits us because we’re a team built to attack, but we are facing an opponent who is just the opposite.”In addition to Costa, Atleti have question marks over the fitness of Arda Turan (groin), while Barca will be without Victor Valdes (knee), captain Carles Puyol (knee) and Gerard Piquelast_img read more

Gov’t admits Black Stars bonuses for Mauritius win still unpaid

first_imgThe Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports has admitted that government has still not paid the Black Stars winning bonus, allowance and per diem from their last competitve victory.The team is yet to receive their bonus from the 2017 AFCON qualifier against Mauritius which they won 7-1 in Accra.There was unclear information as to whether government had fulfilled its obligation but speaking to Asempa Sports on Monday, Vincent Oppong Asamoah promised a speedy settlement of the matter.“I am sure the Black Stars winning bonus and allowance will be paid into the account of the players after they play their next qualifying game.”Match report: Ghana 7-1 MauritiusSources say the bonuses owed the players for beating Togo in an Accra friendly a week ahead of the qualifier are still pending. He also went ahead to talk about the preparation of team Ghana ahead of the upcoming 2015 All Africa Games slated for Congo Brazzaville.“The preparation of team Ghana is ongoing, I see a lot of improvement and seriousness in the team now. I think Team Ghana is going to perform well and win more medals for Ghana and for themselves as well”.He also denied the rumor that the President of the Republic of Ghana has instructed the Finance Minister to release the $4 million budgets for the games to National Sports Authority.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more