Srihari Nataraj Qualifies for 200m Backstroke Final in 18th Asian Games

first_imgJakarta: Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj advanced to the finals of the men’s 200 metre backstroke competition of the 18th Asian Games here on Thursday. Nataraj secured the third place in Heat-1 after clocking 2.02.97 minutes and was placed seventh in the final list.Advait Page, another Indian in the fray, could not make it to the finals after he clocked 2.06.85 minutes to be placed fifth in the Heat-2 and 12th overall. IANSlast_img

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Poised to take the next step, Syracuse opens season at Asics Invitational

first_img Published on August 29, 2013 at 1:09 am Contact Danny: dacuneo@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse has been a perennial power. The Orange has been ranked in the Top 10 since Aug. 28, 2008.Yet under Ange Bradley, Syracuse has never claimed a national title. The 2013 Orange is prepared to take the next step, starting with a pair of games in the Asics Invitational in Hempstead, N.Y., against Quinnipiac on Friday at 2 p.m. and either Hofstra or La Salle on Sunday.“We need to grow, we need to get our leadership to continue to develop,” Bradley said, “and take ownership and hold accountability to the standards of Syracuse (field) hockey that have been set before them.”To get leadership to develop, Bradley has organized a “leadership team” within the roster. Back Laura Hahnefeldt and forward Lauren Brooks are the designated gameday captains. Back Anna Crumb and goalie Jess Jecko lead the team off the field, and newly transferred forward Kati Nearhouse is the team’s practice leader.Taking ownership and holding accountability falls upon the older members of the team. Out of the 21 players, nine are freshmen, making it the job of the rest of the team to help the younger players with the transition to top-level Division I field hockey.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSeniors like Leonie Geyer are trying to lighten the burden on the underclassmen by engaging more with the freshmen in a hands-on approach. Even Geyer, the only unanimous all-Big East selection last season, has room to improve.“I’m trying to talk much more on the field now, setting up the forwards because I’m in the midfield and I have to set them in the right lines,” Geyer said.Geyer said the team is really young but has been making great strides in the preseason.“They were here all summer, working on their stick skills and their athleticism,” Geyer said, “and I think they’re doing really well.”Geyer mentioned helping the younger players with their technique, both during and after practices.Sophomore forward Emma Russell echoes her sentiments.“It’s challenging for us,” Russell said, “but we need to do it because the younger girls are going to have to do that next year.”This ownership and accountability carries over to the practice field as well. But as Geyer points out, too much pressure may not be a good thing.“I think in the first two weeks of preseason we put a bit too much pressure on ourselves, on the senior class,” Geyer said, “so we have to step back a little bit.”Russell, though, sees it a different way from her teammate, and considers the pressure as more of a challenge.“I wouldn’t necessarily call it pressure, I think we all know where we want to go and we all know that we want to get back to the final four,” Russell said, “It’s more just training harder and making sure we’re doing the right things to get us back there.”The Orange will try to heed the words of Bradley as it journeys into unfamiliar territory. Syracuse enters the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013, a conference that includes seven top 20 teams. Bradley looks forward to the benefits of a tough schedule.Said Bradley: “I think it will help us learn to win the last game of the season.”The national championship, that is. Commentslast_img read more

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Women of Troy extend dominant streak

first_imgDespite some questionable officiating, faulty timekeepers and a few missed opportunities, the No. 1 USC women’s water polo team played past distractions on Saturday to pick up both wins of a doubleheader against Cal State Bakersfield (10-18, 0-4 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) and Brown (12-13, 2-2 Ivy).The Women of Troy (18-0, 4-0 MPSF) continued their undefeated season with flair, easily dispatching the CSUB Roadrunners 19-6 in the early game and finishing the job with a 16-5 victory over the Brown Bears immediately after.Along with adding two wins toward their overall record, USC gets to add an important MPSF win to their conference record — a win that will come in handy when trying to land the No. 1 seed in the MPSF conference tournament.Against the Roadrunners, the Women of Troy offense came alive in blistering fashion, scoring six unanswered goals to begin the game. CSUB scored its first goal of the game midway through the second quarter, but USC responded effectively with four more goals of its own before the half was over.After a strong first half, the Women of Troy were less sharp to begin the third quarter, coughing up multiple turnovers and suffering ejections that led to three Roadrunner power- play goals. USC was outscored 3-2 in the quarter, but the team bounced back in the fourth to put the game away for good.Sophomore Eike Daube, who proved to be the most prolific USC scorer on the day, opened the scoring in the final quarter, slipping by a Roadrunner defender and rocketing the ball past the goalie. Sophomore Monica Vavic and junior Kaleigh Gilchrist each added goals before the Roadrunners got on the board for the first time. All told, the Women of Troy would outscore CSUB 7-2 in the quarter and ultimately win the game 19-6.Daube was especially impressive, scoring a career-best five goals in the first game and tacking on three more against Brown.“Eike was excellent shooting-wise,” USC head coach Jovan Vavic said. “She was eight out of nine [shooting], and it was really encouraging to see her have the best games of the year for herself.”Against Brown, Daube led the team in scoring again, followed by juniors O’Donnell, Hannah Buckling and Olivia Cummins, each with two goals apiece. The Women of Troy featured two different goalies in the game, with junior Flora Bolonyai making four impressive saves in three periods and freshman Alegra Hueso saving a goal in the fourth quarter.The Women of Troy swarmed on defense, allowing only 11 goals on the day, most of which came when the team was down a defender because of an ejection. The defenders swatted away most shot attempts, and Bolonyai and Hueso blocked the few that reached the cage.“We know that our defense is the main component of our game,” senior co-captain Dominique Sardo said. “From here up until the NCAAs, we live by the motto that ‘defense wins championships.’”But offensively, USC was even more dominant. The Women of Troy had an unrelenting attack throughout both games and were particularly efficient in power-play situations.“The best part of our game was our 6-on-5,” Jovan Vavic said. “We shot 13 for 17 in those situations, which is very, very good.”Usually accompanying those power-play goals was a flurry of passes, another sign of an unselfish USC offense. Junior co-captain Gilchrist was an excellent facilitator on offense, racking up 8 assists to go with her 4 goals over both games.“Our team did a great job making extra passes, which led to easier scoring opportunities,” Monica Vavic said. “Kaleigh Gilchrist had eight assists between the two games, so having people like her able to find the open player really makes our team a much more dangerous offensive team.”The Women of Troy will play next at Loyola Marymount on Thursday, April 4.last_img read more

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80,794 Badger fans saw UW Athletics debut hard stance against sexual assault

first_imgWhen university officials approached Badgers’ running back Dare Ogunbowale about participating in the University of Wisconsin’s “Its On Us” partnership, it dawned on him that it was an important opportunity to take a stand on something he strongly believed in.UW joined the national “It’s On Us” campaign against sexual assault earlier this month. As part of the campaign, a series of videos featuring student leaders will be played at home games, the first of which was broadcast before 80,794 fans at the Wisconsin football team’s 24-7 win over Purdue Saturday, Oct. 17.80,794 Badger fans saw UW Athletics debut hard stance against sexual assaultWhen university officials approached Badgers’ running back Dare Ogunbowale about participating in the University of Wisconsin’s “Its On Us” partnership, it Read…Along with Ogunbowale, the video featuring several prominent figures on Wisconsin athletic teams. Ogunbowale has been active on the anti-sexual assault scene recently, having also participated in a video from the student organization “We’re Better Than That: Men Against Sexual Assault.”“It was just something that we got approached about and something that I couldn’t really turn down,” Ogunbowale said. “It’s a big problem and nobody really talks about males’ roles in it. A lot of times they view women as a victim. It was definitely something I really wanted to be a part of.”UW athletes take stand against sexual assaultIn a two minute YouTube video, four University of Wisconsin varsity athletes took a stand and raised their voice against Read…UW outside linebacker Joe Schobert didn’t appear in the video, but said that by seeing high-profile members of campus, including student-athletes, the message may be better received by the public.“Obviously it’s big if people know who you are to kind of get the word out,” Schobert said. “I don’t think anybody in the world wants somebody to get sexually assaulted. Obviously on college campuses there’s a lot of problems with alcohol.”Schobert said the video and overall initiative can have an impact even if it stops just one sexual assault going forward, but he hopes it will have a broader effect.Ogunbowale said he would have helped with the campaign regardless of whether he was a student-athlete or not, because of the seriousness of the issue.“I don’t think I did it just because my voice carries,” Ogunbowale said. “I just did it because it’s such an important topic that I wanted to show I was on board with it.”These initiatives have come on the heels of the Association of American Universities Sexual Assault Climate Survey results, which revealed that nearly 28 percent of undergraduate females are victims of sexual assault at UW.Sexual assault results discussed at ASMAt Wednesday, Sept. 23’s ASM meeting, Dean of Students Lori Berquam and University Health Services Director Sarah Van Orman continued Read…Athletics Director Barry Alvarez said in a statement that partnering with “It’s On Us” reinforces the department’s commitment to keep all UW athletes and students safe.“We are constantly educating our staff and student-athletes about creating an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported,” Alvarez said. “’It’s On Us’ shares a message to our fans across the country that we can create an environment that supports survivors.”https://youtu.be/k1fayQxKw9EIn a world where major sports leagues, like the NFL, have been ridiculed for how they handle athletes’ punishments in abuse cases, the opportunity for athletes to advocate for causes like the “It’s On Us” campaign can help reverse the narrative that athletes get a free pass when it comes to issues like this.“No matter where you are, people make bad decisions,” Schobert said. “Especially sometimes with athletes, just from past things that have happened in the whole world of sports that get a bad rap. So when people stand up or say something like that, it brings a good message and people can look to that.”last_img read more

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Draws made for County Senior Championships

first_imgCounty Senior Hurling Championship First Rd Draws 2018.Dan Breen Cup, 16 Teams – Roinn 1. 4 Groups of 4×4Group 1Nenagh Eire Og v RoscreaMullinahone v Clonoulty RossmoreGroup 2Kilruane MacDonaghs v ToomevaraEire Og Anacarty v KillenauleGroup 3Thurles Sarsfields v Carrick SwansDrom and Inch v Upperchurch DrombaneGroup 4Loughmore Castleiney v KiladanganPortroe v Borris IleighSeamus O Riain Cup, First Round Draws12 Teams – Roinn 2. 3 Groups of 4×3Group 1Burgess v JK BrackensSt Marys v BallingarryGroup 2Silvermines v Templederry KenyonsClonakenny v NewportGroup 3Lorrha Dorrha v Moycarkey BorrisBallina v Holycross BallycahillCounty Senior Football Championship First Rd Draws 201816 Teams – 4 Groups. 4×4Group 1Loughmore Castleiney v Drom and InchKilsheelan Kilcash v JK BrackensGroup 2Moyle Rovers v Arravale RoversGaltee Rovers v Upperchurch DrombaneGroup 3Killenaule v KiladanganBallyporeen v CahirGroup 4Ardfinnan v Clonmel CommercialsAherlow Gaels v Eire Og AnacartyCounty Intermediate Hurling Championship First Rd Draws 2018.21 Teams, 3 Groups of 4×4 and 3 Groups of 3×3Group 1Ballinahinch v Moyne TempletuohyLattin Cullen GaelsGroup 2Carrick Davins v Cashel King Cormac’sThurles Sarsfields v CappawhiteGroup 3Borrisokane v Drom and InchGaltee Rovers v Arravale RoversGroup 4Sean Treacys v Moyle RoversGortnahoe GlengooleGroup 5Kiladangan v Golden KilfeacleKilsheelan Kilcash v Ballybacon GrangeGroup 6Knockavilla Kickhams v Shannon RoversMoneygallCounty Intermediate Football Championship First Rd Draws 201815 Teams – 3 Groups. 4×4 and 1 Group. 1×3Group 1Grangemockler Ballyneale v Clonmel CommercialsFr Sheehys v FethardGroup 2Loughmore Castleiney v Moyle RoversMoycarkey Borris v Moyne TempletuohyGroup 3Clonoulty Rossmore v Cashel King Cormac’sBorrisokaneGroup 4Clonmel Og v Rockwell RoversCarrick Swans v Golden Kilfeacle The draws for the county senior hurling and football championships were made last night.Tipp FM’s Stephen Gleeson has the details.last_img read more

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Dogara: National Assembly Opposed to Activities Inimical to Sports Devt

first_imgHearing begins on NFF Bill, two others at House of RepresentativesJames Emejo in AbujaThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara wednesday reiterated the determination of the National Assembly to oppose any activity that is likely to pose adverse effect on the development of sports in the country.He said the sector should be encouraged given its role as a unifying tool for peaceful coexistence.Speaking at the opening of a Public Hearing on three sports related bills, Dogara expressed hope that the bills when passed into law will improve administration and management of the industry, establish institutions and agencies that will enable it realise its full potentials and capacity. He also called on stakeholders to make meaningful contributions that will enrich the proposed laws.“These Bills represent elements of change required to reposition the Nigerian Sports sector. To state that the sector has been on a steady downslide is stating the obvious. Hence, to concretise strategy on effective administration and management of the industry as well as establish institutions and agencies to enable it realise its full potentials and capacity is most timely for the sanctity of the sector and integrity of Nigeria in the comity of nations.“The sport industry is one of the critical sectors of the economy. Over the years, sport has become a global economic and business undertaking; the need to get serious in this context cannot be overemphasised. Most importantly the sector represents a safe haven for the youths, where they are, in most cases, recognised nationally and internationally. Most importantly perhaps is the reality that sports has remained one of the greatest unifying factors to Nigeria as a nation for we all are indebted.“The cardinal aim of the third Bill, to establish Nigeria Sports Anti-doping Agency devoid of internal or external interference is very crucial, particularly to comply with the express requirements of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Nigeria being a signatory. Also, the Bill will not only create awareness among athletes but restore the integrity and confidence in sporting activities.“The National Assembly, as partner in the Nigerian project, will not condone activities inimical to the development of the Sports industry. I assure you that members of the committee, who are seasoned administrators and professionals in varied disciplines, understand the magnitude of the task before them and are prepared to consult extensively on these Bills to arrive at logical and functional conclusions.”The three bills are (i). A Bill for an Act to repeal the Nigerian Football Association Act, CAP. N110, Laws of the The Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and re-enact the Nigeria Football Federation Act to Provide for the administration of the game of football in Nigeria;(ii). A bill for an Act to provide for the administration and management of sports in Nigeria, establishment of sports institutions and facilities, harness sports for development;(iii). A Bill for an Act to establish the Nigerian Sports Anti-doping Agency responsible for carrying out the functions of Nigeria Anti-doping Code in accordance with the various international standards and to encourage and promote drug-free sports and recreation in Nigeria.One of the sponsors of the three bills, Hon. Abubakar Kannike Garba (APC, Kwara) said the bills chronicled the responsibility of the sports commission regarding what it can and cannot do and provide the opportunity to tap into the private sector which would be more comfortable in investing in sports contrary to when the government is in charge of the sector.He said the bill would help the Sports Commission to stand on its own and be able to sign contracts with private investors.A former Minister of Sports, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, former Directors- General of the National Sports Commission, Dr Patrick Ekeji and Malam Al Hassan Yakmut and 2nd Vice-president of the NFF, Malam Shehu Dikko, were amongst stakeholders in the sports sectors that made contributions yesterday at the public hearing at the National Assembly in Abuja.Dikko gave the five major framework of the new NFF Bill to repeal the NFA Bill as follows:1. Recognises the NFF as the body to manage and regulate football activities in Nigeria in line with its statutes as approved by FIFA;2. Recognises the NFF statutes as drafted by its members and approved by FIFA as the supreme Laws for the Governance of the functioning of the organisation, administration and operations of the NFF;3. Recognises that the statutes of the NFF may be amended from time to time in accordance with the procedures and process stipulated in the statutes;4. Recognises football as a national asset and thus entitled to special privileges, concession and from time to time to receive grants, subventions and or appropriation from the government in furtherance to its objectives and functions and to facilitate the overall development of football in Nigeria and lastly;5. The Bill technically is to provide the framework of the minimum provisions to ensure good governance, management, and operations of the NFF and in line with FIFA.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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#Donkomi: Kudus Mohammed undergoes Ajax medical [PHOTOS]

first_imgPhotographs have emerged of Ghana and FC Nordsjaelland midfielder Kudus Mohammed undergoing a medical ahead of his move to Dutch side Ajax Amsterdam.The 19 year old reportedly agreed a deal to join Ajax on a 5 year contract that will see Nordsjaelland pocket around $10 million in transfer fees.The former Ghana U-17 star scored on his national team debut with the Black Stars in late 2019 and has also enjoyed an impressive season with his club which has seen him record 11 goals in 25 appearances for FC Nordsjaelland.Prior to agreeing to the deal with the Eredivisie side, clubs like Galatasaray and Besiktas had inquired about his availability.last_img read more

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Ghana duo buries Barcelona at San Siro

first_imgA superb second half performance saw AC Milan beat Barcelona 2-0 in the first leg of the Uefa Champions League match played at the San Siro.Ghana’s Kevin Prince Boateng opened the Milan account early in the second half only for his counterpart, Sulley Muntari to put the icing on the cake late on.Barcelona had dominated possession for most part of the first but it was Milan’s El-Shaarawy who wasted the best opportunity when he was put through.With just Valdes to beat El-Shaarawy had a terrible last touch which gave room for a late clearance by Puyol.Still it was the Italians who looked dangerous on the counter with Kevin coming close to scoring when his deft touch to sublime cross whisked just wide.Barcelona were hugely impressive with their delectable passing game but created little in front of goal. Back from recess it was Milan who were buoyed by the first half performance and took the game to the visitors.Kevin Boateng shot the home side ahead in the 56 minute when a perfectly taken free-kick took a ricochet of the Milan player before the Ghanaian connected.Muntari who had been a little silent in the game increased the Milan tally with a half volley on his superb left foot.2-0 it ended in favour of the Italians, leaving Barcelona on a brink of being eliminated at the one sixteenth stage of the Champions League.They would have to score three unanswered goals before they can ensure a smooth qualification into the quarter final stage of the competition.last_img read more

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Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest 2020 start time, TV channel, odds, records & past winners

first_imgWhat a bunch of hot dogs.It’s a tradition almost as old as time — long before humankind roamed, Nathan’s has been holding its annual Independence Day hot dog eating contest since dinosaurs walked the earth. (T-Rex faced extinction without a single win, by the way. Short arms and all.) But since the official sanctioning of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, the contest has taken place since 1967, with the July 4 date set since 1979, making for an Independence Day staple. This year, the odds are strictly slanted in Joey “Jaws” Chestnut’s favor once again, with his reign of dominance stretching over the last decade plus. He’s the winner of 12 of the last 13 tourneys, with Matt Stonie breaking Chestnut’s streak of eight consecutive titles in 2015. Chestnut would start a new streak in 2016, winning the last four years’ worth of events, consuming 287 frankfurters over that span and keeping the Mustard Belt strapped firmly around his waist.Punchers punch, shooters shoot, eaters eat. Coronavirus or not, the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest will go on as scheduled this July 4. Here’s what you need to know about the 2020 event: MORE: Odds & betting guide for Nathan’s contest 2020What time is the hot dog eating contest?Date: Saturday, July 4Time: Noon ET | 9 a.m. PTThe 2020 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is scheduled to start at noon ET on Saturday, July 4. The women’s championship will be up first at noon, with the men’s following.What channel is Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on?TV channel: ESPNLive stream: ESPN appThe Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest will be broadcast on ESPN in 2020.If you want to further disgust yourself and/or revel and bask in the glory of gluttons, you can catch the replays at the following times:NetworkDateTimeESPNNewsSaturday, July 42 p.m.ESPN2Saturday, July 44 p.m.ESPN2Saturday, July 48 p.m.ESPNNewsSaturday, July 49 p.m.ESPNNewsSunday, July 512 a.m.ESPNNewsSunday, July 52 p.m.ESPN2Sunday, July 511 p.m.Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest oddsIf you feel like putting your buns on the line and want to place few sheckles down on the iron stomachs of the competitors, here’s some of the things you can bet on come Saturday, courtesy of Sports Insider:Joey Chestnut or the field (men’s competition)Chestnut -1500The field +600Men’s winner hot dogs consumedOver 71 1/2 -160Under 71/12 +120Will the men’s record (73 hot dogs consumed) be broken?No -400Yes +250Miki Sudo or the field (women’s competition)Sudo -1500The field +600Women’s winner hot dogs consumedOver 40 1/2 -165Under 40 1/2 +125Will the women’s record (45 hot dogs consumed) be broken?Yes -170No +130Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest winnersReally, nothing before the arrival of Takeru Kobayashi should count, considering he changed the face and stomach of competitive eating.YearWinnerHot dogs eatenTime2019 men’sJoey Chestnut7110 mins.2019 women’sMiki Sudo312018 men’sJoey Chestnut7410 mins.2018 women’sMiki Sudo372017 men’sJoey Chestnut7210 mins.2017 women’sMiki Sudo412016 men’sJoey Chestnut7010 mins.2016 women’sMiki Sudo38.52015 men’sMatt Stonie6210 mins.2015 women’sMiki Sudo382014 men’sJoey Chestnut6110 mins.2014 women’sMiki Sudo342013 men’sJoey Chestnut6910 mins.2013 women’sSonya Thomas36.752012 men’sJoey Chestnut6810 mins.2012 women’sSonya Thomas452011 men’sJoey Chestnut6210 mins.2011 women’sSonya Thomas402010Joey Chestnut5410 mins.2009Joey Chestnut6810 mins.2008Joey Chestnut5910 mins.2007Joey Chestnut6612 mins.2006Takeru Kobayashi53.7512 mins.2005Takeru Kobayashi4912 mins.2004Takeru Kobayashi53.512 mins.2003Takeru Kobayashi44.512 mins.2002Takeru Kobayashi50.512 mins.2001Takeru Kobayashi5012 mins2000Kazutoyo Arai2512 mins.1999Steve Keiner21.512 mins.1998Hirofumi Nakajima1912 mins.1997Hirofumi Nakajima24.512 mins.Hot dog eating recordsWhile Kobayashi changed the game, Chestnut made it his. “Jaws” has broken his own world record on multiple occassions, and now holds the record for the five most hot dogs eaten. Aside from being king of the hot dogs, Chestnut holds world records for jalapeno poppers, buffalo wings and gumbo, among other foods. He most recently set a record in Big Macs eaten in February, with 32 engorged in 38 minutes.Men’s record YearContestantHot dogs eaten2018Joey Chestnut742016Joey Chestnut73*2017Joey Chestnut722019Joey Chestnut712016Joey Chestnut70* Chestnut’s 2016 record was set at the Giant National Capital BBQ Battle just nine days before the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.Women’s recordSony Thomas set the record for hot dogs eaten in 2012, but reigning, defending, six-time Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest champ Miki Sudo has a good shot to break the record this year.YearContestantHot dogs eaten2012Sonya Thomas452017Miki Sudo412009Sonya Thomas412011Sonya Thomas402007Sonya Thomas39last_img read more

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