O’Keefe akin to reliable Korean car – Panesar

first_imgBy Ian RansomMELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) – In motoring parlance, Australia spinner Steve O’Keefe is more a reliable Korean car than prestige vehicle but his “happy” mental state makes him a great addition to the team garage, according to former England bowler Monty Panesar.Recalled for just his fifth Test since his 2014 debut against Pakistan, O’Keefe took 12 wickets in the series-opening defeat of India, the biggest haul ever by a visiting spinner.Fellow left-arm spinner Panesar, who hopes to restore his own stalled international career, was hired by Cricket Australia to work with the team’s spinners before the tour and he saw enough in 32-year-old O’Keefe to feel he could play a big role.“When I first saw him, he asked me: ‘what do you think of my spin bowling?’ I said to him, ‘you’re like a Hyundai i30”, Luton-born Panesar told Reuters in an interview yesterday.“‘You’re very much unassuming. You’re reliable. You get from A to B and you get the job done.“I remember telling (the team management) before they left for India, I said ‘I feel like O’Keefe will have the most impact’.“That was my judgement and sometimes these things happen in cricket.”Panesar played the last of his 50 Tests at the Melbourne Cricket Ground during England’s 5-0 humiliation in the 2013/14 series but he returned Down Under last year to play grade cricket for Sydney club Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts.He faced O’Keefe in a match against Manly-Warringah last month and lasted only three balls before becoming one of the Australian’s nine victims in the first innings.O’Keefe had pulled out of the domestic ‘Big Bash’ Twenty20 competition to play more red-ball cricket in the lead-up to the India tour and Panesar was impressed with his application.“We had a chat at the game and I had an opportunity to look at his bowling,” the 34-year-old said.OFF-FIELD ISSUES“He very much sets up batsmen and looks to get them out. He’s an intelligent cricketer. He knows his limitations but he’s happy.“That’s what I was surprised by. He’s just happy with what he’s got and he just tries to make the best of that. He doesn’t try to be anyone else. He tries to be the best O’Keefe he can be.”Forty-five Tests separate the left-armers, but O’Keefe and Panesar have shared a similar battle to overcome sceptics about their abilities and also survived brushes with indiscipline off-field.When playing for county side Sussex in 2013, Panesar infamously urinated on a nightclub’s doormen and was fined by police for being drunk and disorderly.O’Keefe was fined by his cricket board last August for a drunken incident involving security staff at a Sydney hotel soon after returning home injured from Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka.The incident was a wake-up call for O’Keefe, who has steered clear of alcohol since and ploughed back into domestic cricket with renewed purpose.“Sometimes there are people out there who criticise you and that’s a test of how much you want to make a comeback,” said Panesar, who has battled to get back to his best since shoulder surgery in late-2015.“And also it’s a test of your self-belief and confidence.“O’Keefe was brilliant, he mentioned something happened in Manly and then he said to me it had been over 150 days that he hadn’t drunk.”Panesar’s cricketing future remains up in the air but he is in a peaceful state of mind since opening up last year about his struggles with mental health issues.O’Keefe’s effort in Pune had also added fuel to the fire for Panesar’s own hopes of reviving his England career.“Very much so. It’s a great story and it inspires people like us in our thirties to make that comeback,” he said.last_img read more

Read More »

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSSaints agree to terms with QB Winston on one-year contractUNDATED (AP) — Jameis (JAYM’-ihs) Winston has found a landing spot. Mancini had a malignant tumor removed shortly before turning 28 on March 18. Writing a first-person article for The Players Tribune, the 28-year-old says has been undergoing chemotherapy since April 13. He says the treatment will take six months and expects to make a full recovery.Mancini hit .291 with 35 homers and 97 RBIs for last-place Baltimore in 2019.VIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLAP sources: MLB opening options include 3 regional divisionsNEW YORK (AP) — People familiar with the discussions tell The Associated Press that Major League Baseball is exploring various options that could allow the season to start if the medical situation allows. — Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland has been arrested in South Carolina for resisting arrest and other offenses. Breeland, who is from Charlotte, was arrested in York County, just south of the North Carolina-South Carolina border. Breeland was also charged with driving with an open container of alcohol, possession of marijuana or hash and driving without a license. Breeland had seven tackles and an interception in the Chiefs’ 31-20 Super Bowl win over San Francisco two months ago. — Joe Staley says he has been taken aback by the tributes that have poured in from former 49ers teammates, coaches and competitors since he announced his retirement. The limelight in the NFL is usually reserved for players who catch, run or throw the ball, not the behind-the-scene workers who help make all that happen. But Staley is deserving of it after making six Pro Bowls, the NFL all-decade team and helping the 49ers reach the Super Bowl twice in his 13-year career.— The Kansas City Chiefs have released two-time Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt. Colquitt’s 15-year career with the Chiefs allowed him to set numerous franchise records, including the most games played and most postseason appearances. Colquitt posted a farewell on Instagram late Monday in which he said that “all things come to an end, sometimes sooner than you hoped, prayed and pleaded for them to.” Colquitt stopped short of saying he was retiring. He turns 38 next month.— The Houston Texans have released veteran safety Tashuan Gipson just one year after signing him to a three-year, $22.5 million contract. Gipson started 14 games for Houston last season before landing on injured reserve because of a back injury. The 29-year-old Gipson had 55 tackles and three interceptions in his one season with the Texans.— A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent wide receiver Rashard Higgins has agreed to a one-year contract to stay with the Cleveland Browns. Higgins clashed with former Browns coach Freddie Kitchens last season. A fifth-round pick in 2016, Higgins had only four catches for 55 yards last season as he also dealt with a knee injury. In 2018, Higgins had 39 receptions for 572 yards and four touchdowns. Included is a plan in which the 30 teams could be split into three regional divisions. Teams could be restricted to playing within their region.That idea, if used, would break up the traditional alignments of the American and National Leagues. It also would cut travel.In other virus-related baseball news:— The Pittsburgh Pirates are suspending retirement benefits for members of the team’s baseball operations staff in an effort to cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. General manager Ben Cherington says the team has been searching for ways to find savings with the 2020 season on hold indefinitely with much of the country locked down in hopes of stemming the spread of the virus. The temporary suspension of retirement benefits is part of an effort to avoid any potential personnel cutbacks.— Major League Baseball has told teams they could decide their own ticket refund policies. Spring training was suspended on March 12 and the regular season was delayed from its scheduled March 26 start because of the new coronavirus pandemic.  A revised schedule has not been announced, and teams had treated the missed games as postponements and not announced refund policies. — The Pittsburgh Steelers have picked up the fifth-year option on All-Pro outside linebacker T.J. Watt. Watt, Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in the 2017 draft, is coming off a stellar 2019 in which he had 14 1/2 sacks and was selected to the Pro Bowl for the second time.— The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent defensive lineman Christian Covington on a one-year contract. Covington played for the Dallas Cowboys last year after spending four seasons with the Houston Texans, who selected him in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL draft. Covington started a career-high six games for the Cowboys and had a personal-best 28 tackles.— The Chicago Bears signed defensive tackle John Jenkins. Jenkins appeared in 16 games and made five starts for Miami last season, getting one sack. He has also played for New Orleans, Seattle, Chicago and the New York Giants since he entered the league in 2013.— The 2021 NFL draft will be held in Cleveland from April 29 to May 1. The dates were announced following the completion of a unique, stay-at-home draft that went smoothly despite logistical obstacles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. TV ratings soared over the weekend as fans soaked in every moment. The NFL officially awarded Cleveland the 2021 NFL draft last year. The Browns will be celebrating their 75th anniversary next year. Details are still being finalized, but the draft will be held at locations around FirstEnergy Stadium and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.NFL OBIT-HARLAND SVARE The unrestricted free agent quarterback has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints.Winston was the first overall pick in the 2015 draft and the starting QB for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He’ll serve as backup to Drew Brees in New Orleans.Winston is coming off a season in which he led the NFL with 5,109 yards passing and ranked second with 33 touchdown passes, but he also led the NFL in interceptions with 30. That made Winston the first QB in NFL history to have at least 30 TDs and 30 interceptions.In five seasons with the Buccaneers, he has passed for 19,737 yards and 121 touchdowns while throwing 88 interceptions. The Bucs went 28-42 in games Winston started.In other NFL developments: Associated Press Update on the latest in sports: April 29, 2020 — The 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course is delaying the start of ticket sales until August. Tickets were originally set to go on sale to those who registered online in May. Instead, PGA Championship tournament director Scott Reid said that with the world grappling with the coronavirus pandemic it was not appropriate to ask potential spectators to make purchasing decisions at this time.— The Atlantic Coast Conference will bring its men’s basketball tournament back to Greensboro, North Carolina in 2023 after this year’s tournament there was canceled near the midway point due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ACC is headquartered in Greensboro, which has hosted the tournament 27 times, the most of any location.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 NASCAR, like other sports, has been shut down for weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic.In other virus-related developments:— The head of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says he disagrees with suggestions by some scientists and doctors that a vaccine for COVID-19 is needed to hold the games. John Coates is an International Olympic Committee member from Australia and a lawyer. He says he has read the opinion but doesn’t agree. Coates says, “the advice we’re getting from (the World Health Organization) says we should continue to plan for this date and that is what we’re doing.” Coates offers no details on how athletes from around the world could safely enter and exit Japan without spreading the virus.— Athletes in track and field can apply for money from a $500,000 fund to help them get through the coronavirus pandemic. World Athletics and the International Athletics Foundation have launched the fund to help athletes who’ve lost income because competitions are suspended.— Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt says the school will cut nearly $7 million from the athletic budget in the upcoming school year, including eliminating performance bonuses for himself and Red Raiders coaches. Hocutt told A-J Media in Lubbock, Texas that deeper cuts may be needed if college football can’t play a full season. Former Giant Harland Svare, Rams, Chargers coach dies at 89EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Harland Svare, a starting linebacker on the Giants’ 1956 NFL championship team and later the team’s defensive coach, has died, He was 89. He died on April 4 at a nursing home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. For many years, Svare also held the distinction of being the NFL’s youngest head coach at 31 years, 11 months. He was elevated from defensive line coach to head coach by the Los Angeles Rams midway through the 1962 season.MLB-ORIOLES-MANCINI CANCEROrioles 1B Mancini expects to miss season to treat cancerBALTIMORE (AP) — Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini is undergoing chemotherapy for stage 3 colon cancer and expects to miss the season if major leaguers return this summer. — The maker of Louisville Slugger baseball bats is producing non-medical masks to help benefit food banks. Louisville-based Hillerich & Bradsby says in a release its Maskonic masks are reusable, water repellent and treated with a bactericide that lasts up to 10 washes. The mask was inspired by the company’s Bionic gloves line. Company president and CEO John Hillerich says it “was a natural progression, particularly in a time of global crisis” when personal protective equipment is needed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Hillerich says the company has channeled its production and supply chain toward making masks for the public.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NASCARNASCAR race may take place in Charlotte without fansCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The governor of North Carolina says NASCAR can hold the Coca-Cola 600 without fans at Charlotte Motor Speedway at the end of May if health conditions do not deteriorate in the state.Gov. Roy Cooper says he and state public health officials have had discussions with NASCAR and the speedway. Cooper says he believes the race can go forward on Memorial Day weekend for the 60th consecutive year.last_img read more

Read More »

Two more victories for Badgers

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoAfter playing for more than a month on the road, the No. 9 Wisconsin volleyball team finally returned home to the Field House to take on Purdue and Indiana.The Badgers looked to build on momentum from winning their last nine matches and did just that, as the Badgers defeated the Hoosiers 30-17, 33-31, 30-16 Saturday.”We’ve been saying that Indiana’s a much improved team from a year ago, and it’s dramatically different,” head coach Pete Waite said. “We had a solid first game, and we were playing really well, but they picked it up. They not only hung with us, they had the lead there for a while, and we had to fight back.”Wisconsin never trailed in the first game as they cruised to a 30-17 win. The Badgers out-blocked the Hoosiers 4-1 in Game 1 and held them to a .049 hitting percentage while hitting at a .414 clip themselves.However, the second game was more of a struggle for the Badgers. Indiana jumped out to an early lead at 12-8. Wisconsin kept battling back but was not able to grab the lead until the very end.With a kill from their top hitter Erica Short, the Hoosiers were able to get their first game point of the match, but the crowd of 7,707 wasn’t going to let the Badgers lose. Wisconsin fed off the energy from the crowd and squeaked out a 33-31 victory.”When you see all those people stand up, it just gives you such an adrenaline rush,” Simpson said. “There is nothing better than that.”From there, Wisconsin came out of the locker room and was able to win Game 3 easily to secure its second straight home sweep.”Our hitters made a lot of errors tonight,” Indiana head coach Sherry Dunbar said. “We hit .117 which is probably one of the lowest we hit all season. You hit .117 — you’re not going to be very successful in this conference.”However, Dunbar did give credit to Wisconsin for keeping their hitters off their game.”[Wisconsin is] very experienced,” Dunbar said. “They are a good all-around team. There are some teams out there that have some good athletes and have one or two great players. They are balanced and have a great setter. The setter does a fantastic job spreading out that offense. We had two freshman middle blockers most of the time, and it is tough to read her. She does a great job running a balanced attack.”Wisconsin was lead by Dolgner with 16 kills. Freshman Allison Wack — who got her first start at home — added 12 kills while hitting .391. Defensive specialist Megan Mills also got involved with the offense when two digs dropped on Indiana’s side for kills. The Badgers again out-blocked their opponent 10.5 — 6, with Simpson and Reineke leading the way with five apiece.”We didn’t put up huge blocking numbers tonight, but I think again we disrupted a lot of things at the net on their side,” Waite said. “Erica Short — at times can have 25 to 30 kills — hit .030. I think that says a lot for what we did at the net.”In their first home match since the Inn Towner Invitational in August, the Badgers swept the Boilermakers Friday 30-25, 30-23, 30-19 in front of 4,863 fans.”I was really pleased with our match and the way our team came out,” Waite said.Wisconsin started the first game trading points with Purdue until the score was tied at 12. The Badgers then went on a 10-3 run to pull away from the Boilermakers and win Game 1.”They weren’t overexcited going into the first game,” Waite said. “They didn’t make a lot of errors and were just steady throughout the match. I think that just says a lot for the mindset coming out of the locker room to start with. Even being in the locker room in our pre-game talk, there are times you can feel a huge amount of energy, and I didn’t feel that.”Sophomore outside hitter Brittany Dolgner and senior middle blocker Taylor Reineke lead the team with five kills apiece.The second game also saw both team trade points early on. With the score tied at 17, Dolgner took over the match, hitting five kills and a block during a 13-6 UW run to finish the game.”In between Games 2 and 3 [our goal] was to finish and not let [Purdue] get that third game like we had last weekend in both matches,” Waite said.The Badgers were able to finish off the Boilermakers by picking up their defense in the third game. Wisconsin out-blocked Purdue 6-0 — including four solo blocks — in the third game alone.For the match Wisconsin finished with 11 blocks — including seven solo blocks — while keeping Purdue to a .137 hitting percentage. Junior middle blocker Audra Jeffers led all players with three solo blocks.After the match, several players were quick to praise senior setter Jackie Simpson for running a great offense.”Jackie was really on tonight,” Reineke said. “Her setting was outstanding, and I think the hitting percentages can be attributed to our passing.”We really started it off really strong and that gave Jackie a good ball, and she was able to distribute evenly. I think [Purdue’s] block might have had a tough time trying to read her because she’s pretty good.”Purdue was lead by Danita Merlau with 12 kills, Stephanie Lynch and Gurnell added seven and six kills, respectively.With the pair of victories, the Badgers remained undefeated in Big Ten play and extended their winning streak to 11 matches. Wisconsin also remains tied atop the conference standings with Penn State, who beat Minnesota over the weekend.last_img read more

Read More »

Syracuse retires McNabb’s jersey at halftime of Wake Forest game

first_img Published on November 2, 2013 at 2:29 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+ As Donovan McNabb’s gaze crossed over his recently unveiled jersey hanging on the Carrier Dome wall above Section 330, a smile spread across his face.McNabb was standing near midfield when his lips perked up and widened, revealing his hearty smile. Former teammates on the field and fans throughout the Dome turned to look at the newly immortalized white jersey at halftime of the scoreless Syracuse-Wake Forest game on Saturday.“This is a very special occasion for me because it’s a chance for me to be here with family and my former teammates,” McNabb said. “None of this would’ve been possible without all of my teammates standing behind me right now.”After redshirting his first year at Syracuse, McNabb started every game for the next four. He led the Orange to a 35-14 record from 1995-98, breaking the school record for passing yards as a junior and leading SU to the Orange Bowl as a senior. He finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting that season, completing a career-best 62.6 percent of his passes and tallying 30 total touchdowns — 22 with his arm and eight with his legs.In 2000, he was named Big East Player of the Decade for the 1990s.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the Dome, before the black curtain was dropped, SU Athletics played a tribute video of McNabb’s SU career on the video boards. Then, Athletic Director Daryl Gross presented McNabb with a framed jersey of his own.McNabb, dressed in an orange tie and handkerchief, lifted the plaque up toward the SU fans.“Syracuse will be back,” McNabb said, “but we’ll never forget playing here on this field.” Commentslast_img read more

Read More »

Water polo looks for a rebound after UCLA loss

first_imgMatt Karatsu | Daily TrojanAfter a long weekend at home, the men’s water polo team looks to shake off its first defeat of the season as it hits the road for three games this weekend. While the Trojans finished in second place at the tournament, their games leading up to the championship came down to the wire. Even with their successes, they know they must keep working if they want to get back to winning.“I think we started most of the games pretty well,” senior driver Blake Edwards said. “We just fell apart in the second and third quarter and put ourselves in the situation where we had to come back from behind. The biggest thing was probably just our defense. Last season, our defense was the best aspect of our game, and this tournament we really let ourselves down in that area. We just need to get on the same level and get that cohesion back.”With a focus on improved defense for this weekend’s games, they are looking to use these games to put the changes they have made into effect. More than anything, they are looking to keep improving their game so that they are prepared for when it comes down to the finals at the end of their season. That being said, the players are more concerned with what they are doing this weekend than what their opponents are doing.“I think the most important thing is that we just address our own issues and weakness,” Edwards said. “And, that we work really hard this week, watch the film, study ourselves, worry about playing our own game. Ultimately, [it’s] getting our defense back.”Not only will the Trojans be playing their first game since losing to UCLA, but they also will play away for the first time since the Aggie Roundup two weekends ago. Even though they have had the luxury of having home pool for such a long period, the Trojans are ready to embrace the positives that away games offer.“It is always much better and much more comfortable playing at home with the support of your own crowd,” Edwards said. “But we also like road trips as well. Playing away, it’s always good to stay together and spend a bit more time discussing and hanging out with your team.”The Trojans’ first game this weekend will also be the first of the short Lancer Invitational. They face Cal Baptist and then Fresno Pacific right after on Friday. Then, they will head to Malibu in order to take on Pepperdine. However, they have a routine that will keep them preparing for each game the same. The younger members of the team may need guidance to do, but the older members of the team are ready to teach them the ropes.“Preparation and routine should stay the same every game, no matter who the opponent is,” Edwards said. “For the senior guys, we have been doing the same thing every year, so it is just about us passing on how we prepare for games to the younger guys.”last_img read more

Read More »

Grant Murphy stepped up in his 1st-career game as a short-stick midfielder

first_img Published on March 7, 2018 at 11:02 pm Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.edu Syracuse players quickly swarmed Ryan Simmons, whose game-winning goal lifted the Orange over Army in triple overtime. The attention then quickly turned to goalie Dom Madonna, who completed the 45-yard dart to put Simmons in position to score.But when freshman defender Grant Murphy opened his locker after the win, his phone wouldn’t stop buzzing. In the minutes from the final goal until he reached his locker, Murphy received 15 Snapchats and 15 texts, he said.“It was just a barrage from everyone,” Murphy said. “All from family, and teammates and friends.”In his first ever game as a short-stick defensive midfielder, Murphy captured the final ground ball that led to Simmons’ game-winner. While Simmons and Madonna stood in the spotlight following Syracuse’s (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) come-from-behind victory against the Black Knights, Murphy made one of the biggest plays of the game while playing out of position. Prior to that game, Murphy had only even held a short stick a handful of times in his life, he said.“That was the first time ever in a game scenario,” Murphy said. “In practice maybe two or three times and none in my high school career.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMurphy had grown up playing defense in his hometown of Woodlands, Texas. At Woodlands (Texas) High School, Murphy was the only freshman on the varsity roster.“You could see the writing on the wall that he was going to be talented,” Woodlands head coach Keith Tintle said. “Right off the bat … he had the natural ability.”Murphy thrived with a long pole in high school, earning U.S. All-America honors as a junior and senior before making his way to SU.Murphy did not see any action in the team’s first two contests against Binghamton and Albany, but with Tyson Bomberry and Andrew Helmer out with injuries against Army, the Orange needed to call on its bench.Murphy waited on the sidelines during the first half. His parents, Mandy and George, watched from their home in Woodlands. They saw him on television during the first half, standing by the coaches with his long pole. During the third quarter, SU volunteer assistant coach Steve Scaramuzzino motioned to Murphy to get ready to check in, but as a short-stick defensive midfielder.“(Scaramuzzino) said ‘Get ready’,” Murphy said. “He gave me a brief rundown of our entire defense and clears and rides in a matter of minutes.”Moments later, Mandy heard her son’s name called over the broadcast. Murphy scooped a ground ball, and when she saw the camera close in on his No. 90 jersey, she saw him with the short stick.“We were in complete shock,” Mandy said. “I was very nervous, he’d never been put in that situation before.”Murphy was just as nervous. He never had to play any offense with a short-stick.On offense, Murphy hesitantly caught and passed the ball, he said, afraid he would turn it over. But defense felt natural. When the fourth quarter came to a close, Murphy remained on the field. And he continued playing through both overtime periods.“Frankly I was a little surprised to see him out there,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “But with how he performed, he just got more and more runs.”As his play continued, teammate Nick Martin walked over to Murphy and told the freshman that he thought Murphy would make the play in overtime that would “seal (the game).” And he did, scooping a ground ball out of the faceoff scrum in triple overtime to give SU possession, which ultimately led to to the game-winning goal a little more than 20 seconds later.When Murphy opened his locker after the game and saw the endless notifications on his phone, he first opened the messages from Mandy, who was still in shock.“I’m like ‘Have you been practicing at short-stick middie?’” she said. “I asked him if he even had a short stick and he said, ‘No I had to borrow one.’”His family members weren’t the only ones in shock. Many of Murphy’s teammates didn’t know that he would be playing out of position either. His only response to them for why he was playing out of position was simple: “Anything to get on the field,” Murphy said.The only people who really had any idea that Murphy could see game experience with a short stick were members of the coaching staff and Tintle, whom Murphy told at an alumni lacrosse event over break, Tintle said. Murphy was surprised to hear the possibility raised as well.But he may continue at the new position. Against Army, Murphy scooped three ground balls. In SU’s 12-11 win over Virginia on Sunday he played as a short-stick defensive midfielder again, adding a ground ball and a shot on goal. Moving forward, with Bomberry and Helmer still injured, Murphy will likely see a lot of playing time, Desko said.“It’s nice to know that he can rise to the occasion.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Read More »

Great Lakes MATE-ROV Competition gets first sponsor ever for annual event

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — Students who utilize marine remotely operated vehicles will have quite a bit to compete for in this upcoming regional MATE ROV Competition.Members of the First Federal/mBank Community Foundation stopped by the Sanctuary’s “Maker-Space” this evening to drop off a donation. The $900 will help provide awards and patches at the upcoming Great Lakes MATE-ROV Regional Competition. It’s the first time the competition has had a sponsor. Members of First Federal/mBank also got to take a look at some of the ROVs that students are working on.For the students, it was a chance to showcase their hard work.“When you put it [ROV] in the water, and it runs, and all of your work has come together, it’s my favorite part because it just comes together!” said Student Lydia Thomson.For the donors, it was a great chance to see why so many students are pursuing robotics and engineering.“This is a great initiative for young people to learn about the environment and what can be done to study it, and then, hopefully, what we can do to make the environment better, ” said Marty Thomson, Director of First Federal/mBank Community Foundation. “Plus, the mechanics and the electronics and everything else is just amazing.”The regional competition takes place this upcoming spring. Last year, Alpena’s high school team won the regional and placed fifth at the world competition. Students make their ROVs to present and compete in different challenges. Alpena expects to have some strong competing ROVs this year.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Donation, First Federal/mBank Community Foundation, GREAT LAKES MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER, Great Lakes MATE-ROV Regional Competition, Maker-Space, MATE ROV Competition, Sponsor, Thunder Bay National Marine SanctuaryContinue ReadingPrevious MSP Alpena post requests tips on stolen walletNext Photo of the Day for Tuesday, April 2last_img read more

Read More »

High Commissioner: SAFA scandal will not affect AFCON 2013

first_imgSouth Africa’s High Commissioner to Ghana, Jeanette Ndlovu, believes that in spite of a recent betting scandal that allegedly implicates five officials of the South African Football Federation; the effective organisation of AFCON 2013 will not be hindered.She believes that although the development was unfortunate, the immediate measures taken to replace the five officials as well as investigations launched into the matter will help keep the focus on organising the tournament.Madam Ndlovu, speaking on Wednesday’s edition of the Joy Sports AFCON Diaries, said, “it is very unfortunate. I think that anytime you have the kind of money involved in any enterprise such as football, you will find people being tempted and try to cut corners and make money and so forth. This is very disappointing for South African football fans.”“However, the position that has been taken currently is that the investigations are ongoing and fortunately people like Danny Jordan have stepped forward to say that they want to help with the organistation of the AFCON. Also Pinky Lehoko is now acting CEO and she played an active role in the organisation of the South Africa 2010 World Cup,” she reported.The President of South African Football, Kirsten Nemantandani, and four members of his administration have been suspended following the fixing of results of four friendly matches that South Africa played in preparation for the 2010 World Cup.Investigations by FIFA indicated that the friendly games against Thailand, Bulgaria, Guatemala and Colombia were pre-arranged to benefit an Asian betting syndicate. Despite this unfortunate occurrence, H.E. Jeaneatte Ndlovu is convinced that fans will still enjoy the tournament and have fun. “The truth of the matter is that, that one incident should not stop us from having fun and make sure that we support our own continental tournament.”Meanwhile, the South African High Commission in Ghana is making provisions for as many home fans as possible to acquire visas to watch the tournament in person. Matches will be played in five venues, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Thekwini, Rustenberg, and Mbombela, while the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg will host the opening and final matches only.South Africa last hosted the tournament in 1996 with Bafana Bafana winning the tournament after defeating 1994 hosts Tunisia, 2-0.last_img read more

Read More »

Young BiH handball players defeated Serbia with 36:33

first_imgBiH young handball team defeated yesterday Serbia in an exhibition match which was played in Kakanj with 36:33, reports FENA.Young BiH handball players played against Serbia two days ago, when the match ended in a draw (26:26). Both matches were played as a part of preparations of BiH team, led by Zdenko Grbavac, for World u-21 Tournament.BiH U-21 team:Denis Serdarević (Fenix Toulouse Handball/Fra), Josip Ćavar (Redbergslids/Swe), Amer Novljanin (Midtjylland/Dan), Enes Skopljak (Bosna Prevent), Ivan Miličević (Čapljina), Andrija Bubalo (Varel/Ger), Muhamed Zulfić (Bosna BH Telecom), Josip Ereš (Izviđač Mi Grupa), Petar Bubalo (Varel/Ger), Elis Memić (Bosna BH Telecom), Josip Perić (Bosna BH Telecom), Said Ajkunić (Drott Halmstat/Swe), Stefan Janković (Borac m:tel), Tarik Kasumović (Gotzenhain/Ger), Ivan Milas (Borac m:tel), Nemanja Bezbradica (Borac m:tel), Elmir Građan (Borac m:tel) and Damir Halilković (Bosna BH Telecom).last_img read more

Read More »

Shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap bow out in first round of French Open

first_imgAdvertisement 7mNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsa4z7Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecu08n( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) g58kWould you ever consider trying this?😱y5ivwCan your students do this? 🌚951loRoller skating! Powered by Firework Following Subhankar Dey’s inspiring win over Tommy Sugiarto on Tuesday, rest of the Indian shuttlers were looking forward for another field day in the ongoing French Open. But unfortunately, Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap and Sameer Verma, all crashed out of the opening round in the men’s singles event of the tournament on Wednesday.Advertisement Srikanth who fought hard against second seed Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei, lost 15-21, 21-7, 21-14 in 55 minutes. While Kashyap surrendered to Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus, losing 11-21, 9-21 in a one-sided clash. Sameer Verma too suffered the same fate as he lost 22-20, 18-21, 18-21 to Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto.Advertisement With these three losses, Subhanker Dey is now India’s only remaining hope in the men’s singles contest. Having already progressed to the second round, he will face Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia.Even in the opening round of the mixed doubles event, India’s challenge ended prematurely as, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Ashwini Ponnappa and Pranaav Jerry Chopra-N Sikki Reddy slumped as well.Advertisement While Chopra and Reddy lost to England’s Chris and Gabriellle Adcock 13-21, 18-21, Rankireddy and Ponappa rallied on till the end ultimately losing the tie 17-21, 18-21 against fourth seeded Seo Seung Jae and Chae Yujung of Korea.Meanwhile in the first round of the women’s singles, P. V. Sindhu began her campaign yesterday, with an easy victory over Michelle Li. Sindhu, ranked as the world number six, struggled of late before finally beating Li 21-15, 21-13 in a match which lasted 44 minutes only. She will now face world number 26 Yeo Jia Min of Singapore in the second round of the French Open. Advertisementlast_img read more

Read More »