International referees for Schoolboys and Junior boxing tourney

first_imgTHE fourth annual Caribbean Schoolboys and Junior boxing tournament will see the participation of three international referee/judges. The three will come from Trinidad and Tobago, Guadeloupe and Dominica and will add to the level of officiating during the tournament.Leading the way is Trinidadian James Beckles, the highest-ranked referee/judge in the English-speaking Caribbean. Beckles is a Three-Star official and will host a seminar while in Guyana. One Star Jozef Faddoul of Dominica and Audrey Sabas of Guadeloupe will complete the team of foreign referees.They will join local One-Star Ramona Agard, Richard Braithwaite and Lawrence Assanah as the AIBA certified referees at the tournament. The Caribbean Schoolboys and Junior will be held at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall from Friday, August 16 to Sunday 18.The competition was birthed in Guyana in 2016 and this country has been crowned champion on the three previous occasions that it was held.last_img read more

Brown hungry for playing time

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAs the popular saying goes, “It isn’t the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”Badger running backs coach John Settle, however, has a different favorite canine-related phrase: “If he bites when he is a puppy, he’ll bite when he grows up.”The coach, now in his second year as an assistant at Wisconsin, commonly uses the expression as a way to describe his lineup of powerful young runners.The growing process for Settle’s crew hasn’t seemed to take long, as evidenced by the quick maturation of starting running backs P.J. Hill and backup Lance Smith — both sophomores who rank among the most talented rushers in the conference.This year has brought a new face to the ever-evolving running backs picture in Madison, as true freshman Zach Brown has quickly emerged as a player with, as Settle puts it, “eye-opening” talent and potential.It takes a certain situation for true freshman running backs to play at the D-I level, but the Royal Palm, Fla., native has put himself in the position to not only get playing time, but also contribute to a team considered by many to be as well-endowed in the offensive backfield as any team in the country.”Ever since [Brown] got here, he has been a great player for us,” fellow running back P.J. Hill said. “He caught onto the whole playbook really quick, and now when he’s on the field he looks very comfortable and confident — he knows where he needs to be and what he needs to do to help us (on offense).”For Brown, that has meant becoming more than the touchdown machine he was in high school, when he rushed for 1,062 yards and 16 touchdowns his senior year. That made him his school’s second all-time leading rusher, quite a feat considering the top-tier talent that comes out of Florida every year.Settles, who has coached multiple 1,000-yard rushers at the D-I level, knows what it takes to play as freshman running back in a system such as Wisconsin’s — the ability to block.”Usually the thing that separates the freshmen from those who play and those who don’t is how well they can block the linebackers closing in on them,” Settle said. “When you’re in a conference like ours, you’re going to have players who outweigh yourself by 30-40 pounds. Like I told Zach after the Illinois game, ‘Hey, this is the Big Ten, they’re only going to get bigger, and they’re only going to get tougher.'”Brown, who stands a stocky 5 feet 11 inches tall and is nearly 200 pounds, got all he could ask for with the Illini linebacking core this past Saturday, but he realized that even when he wasn’t the one toting the ball, he could still make a touchdown happen.”Football is a team game. When you are able to put other players in front of you, knowing that you may not be the focus of the attention out there, you can end up making everyone else around you just as successful,” Brown said. “If I do my job protecting [quarterback Tyler Donovan], then he can do his job and find Kyle Jefferson or David Gilreath for a touchdown.”UW fans are going to have to hope they see plenty more of that formula in the next couple of weeks, with senior wide receivers Luke Swan and Paul Hubbard both sidelined by injuries. Both freshman wide receivers are going to have quite an environment to “grow up” in this week, as the team must travel to one of the largest and loudest venues in the country in Penn State’s Beaver Stadium.Road games this year will be especially important for Brown, who must fill in as the No. 2 running back behind Hill. Settle said Brown performed as well as any true freshman he has ever seen, something he reflected in his weekly performance grades for his players. “Zach knew he was going to have to play on the road, and he prepared admirably for that challenge,” Settle said. “He personally brought it upon himself to call meetings with [fellow running back Quincy Landingham] to study film. That kind of thing is a very gutsy move by a freshman.”With another chance to prove himself on a national stage this weekend, Brown could let the inner beast inside of him out and finally take the bite he’s been waiting for.last_img read more

Trojans look to defend NorCal tournament title

first_imgLast season at this time, the No. 1 USC men’s water polo team was an unknown, brimming with talent but overloaded with untested youth, needing an opportunity to prove it had arrived as a serious national title competitor.Chasing history · With 655 career saves, senior goalie Joel Dennerley is 20 saves away from the No. 1 spot on USC’s all-time career list. – Mannat Saini | Daily TrojanThe 2010 NorCal tournament served as that platform. In three straight days, the Trojans (2-0) defeated then-No. 1 California, No. 2 UCLA and No. 5 UC Irvine en route to earning the tournament title.Entering the NorCal tournament at the University of Pacific in Stockton, Calif., this weekend, there are no outstanding questions that need to be answered.“We’re looking really good,” USC coach Jovan Vavic said. “There are certain games where our offense has looked excellent. It’s early in the season, where most of our guys are returning, so we are a really confident group right now.”In the semifinal contest against Cal last season, the Trojans cruised into halftime with an 8-4 lead, but almost relinquished that advantage in the second half before surviving with a 12-11 victory, in large part because of current senior goalie Joel Dennerley’s exploits. The championship match against No. 2 UCLA was almost a repeat of the semifinal match, with current senior driver Peter Kurzeka burying his third and decisive goal of the game with seconds left to elevate the Trojans past the Bruins, 11-10.Strategically, Vavic believes his team’s performance in odd-man situations this weekend will determine whether the Trojans can notch another NorCal tournament title.“We’ve been focusing on extra-man and down-man situations, because usually when you go in a tough tournament, how you perform in those types of situations decides who wins,” Vavic said. “We have some things to work on in the next couple of days, but our work so far has been encouraging.”Aside from the addition of freshman driver Konstantinos Genidounias, who debuted for the Trojans last week after competing in the FINA Men’s Junior World Championships, the Trojans will bring, for all intents and purposes, the same squad as last year.“We’re really only taking up one new player to NorCal, and that’s [Genidounias],” Vavic said. “He has proven that he’s a really talented player, so I think he’s going to get a lot of playing time.”USC will face West Valley Junior College — the No. 16 seed — in its first matchup Saturday at 8 a.m. A win will likely pit the Trojans against No. 6 UC Irvine at 2:40 p.m. From there, USC would advance to the semifinals to play either No. 5 Pacific or No. 4 Stanford.“After those first two rounds, it’s going to be Stanford and Pacific,” Vavic said. “Pacific is a much-improved team. They’re good in every area. They have a strong two-meter man, they have a good lefty outside shooter, they have a good goalie, so I think the game between those two is going to be really close, especially since it’s at Pacific.”If the Trojans advance past the semi-final round, No. 2 Cal or No. 3 UCLA likely awaits.“Regardless of whom we see in the second or third round, it’s going to be challenging, and nothing is given when you’re playing so many good teams,” Vavic said.last_img read more

Volleyball gets back to business with new coach at helm

first_imgView Gallery (3 Photos)Winter and the winter sports season are slowly drawing to a close here at Wisconsin, and although brighter days and greener pastures are fast-approaching with spring on the horizon, many of the sports teams are about to head into a hibernation of sorts, at least competition-wise. However, the volleyball team is not among those with a break, and it is actually one of the few teams with a fall season and a spring season – albeit a shorter one for the latter.Spring football practice started Saturday and so began the Andersen Era of Wisconsin football, but only five days earlier and a few hundred feet away at the Field House, the Sheffield Era of Wisconsin volleyball also debuted with the first practice under new head coach Kelly Sheffield.But for many of the players including sophomore Courtney Thomas, sophomore Ellen Chapman and junior Annemarie Hickey, it wasn’t their first time playing since the fall season culminated at the end of November. While all the players spent a few hours a week at the gym in the offseason, a little more than a week before practice began, the trio of players in Thomas, Chapman and Hickey had a very special opportunity to showcase their skills.Beginning Feb. 22, the three players traveled to Colorado Springs, Colo. for the three-day U.S. National A2 team tryouts, a team that features the premier talent in the college level.As for how the opportunity came about for the three players, it was not a roundabout process but instead a very direct proposal as Hickey explained.“Coach just called me up one day and was like, ‘Hey do you want to go to the USA tryout?’ Obviously, I wasn’t going to turn that down. It’s a great experience, a great opportunity. You get to play with some of the best people in the world for volleyball,” Hickey said.For the first time for all three players, it was a chance to play with the best players that college volleyball has to offer instead of against them. And although it was a great opportunity to simply play alongside the best in the business, there was more to the experience than just that, which Sheffield found out his players had done in the report from the tryouts.“The reports that I got back were that they had really good tryouts,” Sheffield said. “It’s one thing to tryout, but it’s another thing when you’re playing against top notch competition of being able to bring it. It sounds like our players were able to bring it, so we’ve got talent here.”It was supposed to be a three-day tryout and learning opportunity for Chapman, Hickey and Thomas, but it blossomed into more than that thanks to some bad weather. The flight for Madison scheduled for Sunday night was cancelled due to a snowstorm, which allowed the three Badgers an opportunity to bond with their new assistant coach Brittany Dildine for the first time since she joined Sheffield at Wisconsin. The players were able to realize not only who Dildine was as a coach, but also as a person, yielding a fun, positive experience for all four, and forging their new relationships in both the coaching and personal realms.“Even from when she first picked us up from the airport when we first got to Colorado Springs, I never really knew her before that, so it was really neat getting to know her and seeing that’s she not just a coach to us. She is like a friend,” Chapman said.The individual experiences in Colorado Springs are symbolic as they transition into what the spring season for volleyball is all about. Much shorter than the fall season with the biggest difference being no championships on the line, the Badgers spring schedule – consisting of three games and a tournament this year – is geared toward the improvement of the individual rather than the team, which Sheffield discussed after the first practice.“I’ve always thought the spring was about the individual and the fall was about the team. This is kind of different when you’re a new coach coming in because you’re trying to learn about each of them individually but you’re trying to put some of those pieces together, as well. The spring, there’s not that worry about the next match. You can totally put all your energies on just getting better,” Sheffield said.Not only does the spring season allow for the players to concentrate on their own development, it also allows for a new coach in Sheffield and his coaching staff to get to know and understand his players whom he only recently met.“Right now it’s just about learning each other. I’ve got to learn who they are and what they’re capable of, and they’ve got to learn me and what our expectations are and how we run things,” Sheffield said. “We try to have a gym where there’s a lot of learning going on, a lot of competing going on and just start building from there. This is day one. Rome wasn’t built in day.”Regardless of how Wisconsin fares this upcoming spring season, the new life and foundations that are a part of spring ball will be the most important in paving the road to success come fall and in the seasons to come in the Sheffield Era.last_img read more

Football draw to take place this morning

first_imgThe Round 2 b draw is due to take place just after 8.30. It will contain the four winners of round one Tyrone, Wexford, Armagh and Louth in bowl one while Tipperary Galway, Derry and Meath will be in Bowl 2.last_img

Logistics Delay D’Tigress Arrival in Lagos

first_imgThe national women’s senior team, the D’Tigress, failed to arrive Lagos yesterday from the United States of America to continue the build up to the FIBA 2018 World Cup due to logistic reasons.According to an earlier schedule released by the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), D’Tigress who are currently in Atlanta, USA, were to arrive Lagos on Tuesday night but flight cancellations forced the stay back.NBBF Board Member, Col. Sam Ahmedu (rtd) who is with the team said, “There are no suitable flights as their travel plans are being done all the way to Spain for ease of movement of the players.” Since the team’s movement is hinged on availability of flight, Ahmedu admitted that no date has been fixed for the team’s arrival in Lagos for now.“We are aware that a lot of people are eager to see the team train back home, but the continued delay is nobody’s fault,” Ahmedu continued.He assured basketball stakeholders that the delay will in no way affect the team’s training as the Coach Otis Hughley-led technical crew have continued with their training sessions as they await the next directive.The current African champion will tip off their World Cup campaign against Australia on Saturday, September 22 at the Arena Santiago Martin, San Cristobal De La Laguna, Spain.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Whats Your Favorite Fair Food? WBKB Reporter Star Connor Finds Out!

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIt’s that time of year again, and who doesn’t enjoy food at the fair? That’s why WBKB Reporter, Star Connor went around to chat with locals and tourists at the Alpena County Fair to see what was their favorite food at the fair! Check it out.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena County Fair, Fair foodContinue ReadingPrevious Brush Pick Up Reminder for the Week of Aug 7th-11thNext Alpena Senior Citizens Center Pays Tribute to Pickin for People Bandlast_img

Help send Underwater Robotics Club to international competition

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The Alpena High School Underwater Robotics Club will soon gear up for their international competition in Kingsport, Tennessee this summer. In order to compete, the students need your help raising funds to get there.The club recently won first place in the Great Lakes Regional Competition. In the past, they placed top 5 in the world.The students will have a hot dog sale right outside of Neiman’s Family Market in Alpena.You may drop off your donation, meet the team, and learn more about the Underwater Robotics Club.The sale starts Saturday, June 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious New PFAS site confirmed in Oscoda TownshipNext Bodybuilding in Northeast Michiganlast_img read more

Brazil 2014:Ghana to commence camping on May 25

first_imgGhana will begin camping for the 2014 Brazil World Cup finals on 25 May, the Ghana Football Association has confirmed.This will be one-week after all the major European Leagues (where the majority of Ghana players are based) have come to an end.Preparations will continue until 11 June, a day before the official opening of the tournament.Venue for camping and opponents for international friendly matches will be confirmed early next year.“We will be discussing with a number of match organizers and agents; probable opponents we will be playing during the preparation period, ” Ghana FA president Kwesi  Nyantakyi revealed.“We will also be looking at possible venues for our preparations; the incentive or package for the team; issues of psychology, physiotherapy, medical issues to make our team is fully prepared for this World Cup competition. ”last_img read more

MLB and coronavirus: A doctor answers questions about COVID-19 for the 2020 baseball season

first_imgMLB has faced many challenges in its history, including labor stoppages and wars. Now it faces a global pandemic.The coronavirus stopped the season in the middle of spring training, forcing Opening Day from March to July 23, and the country’s landscape now is no better than it was some months ago. So far, there have been ample numbers of players who have tested positive for the coronavirus and ample numbers of players who likely won’t see the field any time soon. While some have already returned to their teams, that doesn’t mean the aftereffects of the disease won’t play into their lives. Likewise, the pandemic will, indubitably, hurt the sport this year in some form or fashion.MORE: Complete list of MLB players who have opted out of 2020 seasonSo how exactly will players be affected? Does MLB stand a chance at completing its season?Sporting News spoke with Dr. Scott Weisenberg, a clinical associate professor of medicine and director of the Travel Medicine Program at New York University Langone Health. An infectious disease specialist, Weisenberg detailed some of the side effects, potential long-term health effects and MLB’s general plan for playing in 2020.(Editor’s note: Answers have been edited for length and clarity.)SPORTING NEWS: Can you explain what players recovering from a positive COVID-19 test could be dealing with?DR. SCOTT WEISENBERG: So people who have coronavirus can have a range of symptoms, from having no symptoms whatsoever to having very mild symptoms, to having severe symptoms — oftentimes pneumonia-like symptoms with cough, fever — but a lot of other systemic symptoms. For people who have symptoms, in many cases they go on for weeks, and sometimes with some relapse. In the sickest patients those symptoms could go on for months.But, that said, the average outpatient who’s not sick enough to come into the hospital could be sick for a couple days, or they could be sick for a couple weeks. There’s lots of individual variety. Some of them may not have any symptoms at all. The recovery from COVID-19 also varies a lot between individuals. There are some people who are never sick, or better in a couple days. Many people who are sick for one to three weeks, it’s going to take them a while to get their strength back. So, there’s just a lot of individual variation. Someone who’s sick enough to be in the hospital may take over a month or longer to get back into normal health, as far as being able to exercise at their normal rates.But there are others who recover much quicker than that, so it’s all going to be very individual, on a case-to-case basis for those people who are ill enough to end up in a hospital. That would be the sicker proportion of the people will get COVID-19 — there’s lots of people who are not nearly that sick and will recover much faster.SN: Aside from death, what is a worst-case scenario players could face concerning their long-term health?SW: We’re really still learning this. There’s some concern about whether there’s any long-term lung problems, particularly in patients who are sicker or even maybe in patients who are less sick, but this is really still being worked out.There’s a risk with blood clots. Players travel a lot, which is already a prospective for blood clots before you throw in coronavirus. I’m not sure it’s totally worked out with those additive effects, or synergistic effects. So those are the things which would probably be the first things I would think about.Coronavirus can affect somebody’s general energy and maybe exercise tolerance, things like that, but there’s really not enough long-term or short-/medium-term data on that to say how it’s going to affect the average individual, other than what we know from other viral infections.For people who are tired and worn out at the end of infection, like people with mononucleosis, for example, there’s people who are better in a week and there’s people who would take some three months to kind of get back to their normal self. That’s been true with coronavirus as well. There’s certainly individuals who really are not able to get back to their previous exercise routines for a while and there’s others who recover quicker.SN: A COVID-positive player has to test negative twice in a row before returning to play. Is there a lasting threat, even after they test negative, to pass the coronavirus to other teammates?SW: Certainly for outpatients, who are the vast majority of patients, people are most contagious just before they get sick, and for the first couple of days after they get sick.When the CDC (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) does symptom-based screening — which is not what Major League Baseball is doing — they use a cutoff of 10 days. In other words, based on the available knowledge, it would be extremely unlikely to transmit the disease once you’ve been sick for several days. Counting 10 days is the cutoff for that.Major League Baseball is doing a test-based clearance system, so they have to do the two negative tests. The idea is: If you have two negative tests, particularly if it’s been more than 10 days, and if somebody wasn’t severely ill in the hospital and receiving medications that impaired their immune system like steroids, then it would be very unlikely for that same person to transmit the disease to other people after 10 days with two negative tests.Again, there are some exceptions for the most sick patients who have received medication to suppress their immune system. That number may go on a little bit longer. The other problem that they will certainly run into is that there are many people who have recovered and are not thought to be contagious, based on the best medical science, but will have positive nasal tests — the PCR tests — that go on for weeks, and sometimes months.There you run into a situation where somebody is probably not contagious. They are recovered, at least as far as acute illness, and yet they are still testing positive. That will certainly occur in some individuals who have a positive test and can’t get cleared to go back (to work) because they keep having positive tests. We see the same problem with people in the hospital and people are trying to go to another facility and need a negative test for that purpose.SN: So, to clarify: For someone who tests positive from a nasal test, there’s no real threat to still pass on the virus to someone else?SW: One of the things I think that there’s a consensus in the medical community is that for people who are in the recovery phase, that a positive test does not mean that you are contagious to other people.The CDC guidelines do have this testing-based policy and they’re being extremely conservative, and of course it’s hard to get to the point where you say it’s 100 percent. There was a study in South Korea, looking at people who were positive more than a month after their original infections, and some of them still even with recurrent symptoms, they couldn’t find any evidence that those individuals transmitted the virus to other people.So these people who have persistently positive PCRs, and are otherwise recovered, are extraordinarily unlikely to pass on the virus to other people.SN: Let’s say a player is exposed to the coronavirus on a day he’s not tested. How quickly would he be able to spread to teammates?SW: This is not entirely clear, but it looks like if you’re exposed today, you’re not going to be positive today. You could get sick anywhere between, say, two days and 14 days from now. For most people it’s about five days.When you first start turning positive — at least in one study — the virus is at lower levels and it peaks over the next day or two. So, basically doing every-other-day testing is a reasonably aggressive approach. So that an individual who is in the incubation stage would very be likely picked up before they transmit to their teammates, or they have a high risk of transmission to teammates.But, since there’s going to be some risk, there’s going to be a possibility somebody tested negative today and they’re positive tomorrow and is not going to get tested again until the next day. That’s where all the social distancing, mask-wearing indoors, all the things that the rest of society should be doing, and Major League Baseball still needs to do.And when you’re outdoors, those risks are not zero but they’re substantially lower. Once someone is on a field, and they have a brief exposure during that day, that’s going to be fairly low-risk.SN: How difficult will it be for MLB players to avoid exposure?SW: As long as there’s widespread disease in the community, it’s going to be very difficult to avoid exposures outside of the baseball realm, and then bringing those back in. Every-other-day testing will hopefully pick those up quickly and avoid transmission within the baseball community. Even if the player is extremely cautious and does not go out, if they have a 14-year-old son goes out and brings that back into the household (then they are exposed). The transmission for this virus are mostly prolonged, close contacts. So household contacts are a major risk.Both the players and everyone in the household has to be extremely cautious about exposures to others, and all those people have to avoid prolonged, close, indoor contact with other people. That’s bars, restaurants, when schools open. It’s just hard to imagine that at some point players are not going to get infected from their household members and community members, and then they’re going to end up testing positive. Hopefully not transmitting to their teammates and other people in the MLB program, but they will certainly have cases.SN: The NBA and MLS are both dealing with bubble situations. Travel increases the risk of contracting the coronavirus. What are your general thoughts on a bubble plan vs. teams traveling in 2020?SW: I think having a bubble gives you a more controllable environment. Like I said, as long as there’s widespread disease in many communities around the United States, other family members, or the players themselves if they do go out, are going to be at risk of picking up the disease from their community and then bringing it back into the baseball community. So it’s really going to depend on what happens everywhere else.Hopefully, we start seeing a decrease in community spread within the next couple of weeks, through all of the progressive public health measures, like what happened in New York. The less disease in the community, the less risk there’s going to be a player’s bringing it back into the baseball community. Otherwise, it will be very difficult.  SN: As a doctor in New York City, what would you tell people about the importance of wearing a mask?SW: I don’t blame people (for not wearing masks), because there was so much confusion in the medical community in February and March, and even into April on this issue. But there is no question that the vast majority of the virus transmission for coronavirus is enclosed, prolonged contacts from people who are breathing, talking or coughing.You don’t have to be symptomatic to spread the disease, and wearing a mask reduces the transmission of this virus from person to person. That’s true with different types of masks, including the type we wear in the hospital as well as a cloth mask that are in the community. None of them are perfect, but they all work to reduce transmission significantly. There is no question about that.last_img read more