The Raiders’ off-field drama now extends to the field — literally

first_img(John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)The Raiders, as you well know, have been trying to avoid … Somehow, someway, the Raiders found a way to play a home game on a field that’s worse than the Coliseum’s.That’s no small feat.In fact, the field in Winnipeg on Thursday night might be smaller.It’s all just another miscue and bit of drama in a Raiders’ preseason that seems to be defined by them. And from my vantage point, Antonio Brown’s helmet saga has nothing on a hole in the field.last_img read more

Community Builder: Farouk Abrahams

first_imgFounder: The Farouk Abrahams Goalkeepers AcademyWhy is Farouk a Community Builder?It all started with a burning passion to produce great goalkeepers. Farouk Abrahams, an accomplished football coach and player, believes you can have a fantastic club but, if your goalkeeper is erratic, the overall performance of your team will be poor.Almost seven years ago, Farouk presented to insurer Metropolitan his idea to launch a goalkeeper’s academy that would not only train talented youngsters for potential football careers, but also feed much-needed skills development into previously disadvantaged communities.Farouk believes that too many clubs in South Africa focus only on football development, disregarding the need for social upliftment. Farouk has built his academy on these principles, and it’s no surprise that the boys see him not just as a coach but also as a mentor and, for some, even a surrogate father.In his own words .“Beyond this academy is creating the structure for the boys to become good adults. Because if you are a good adult you are going to find something to do that is positive. You are going to find something worthwhile to live for. We are going to produce complete people and not just goalkeepers.”Fast FactsEvery Sunday, 80 to 100 children turn up for training.Today, The Farouk Abrahams Goalkeeper Academy in the Western Cape not only provides essential goalkeeper training, but also offers life skills in the form of HIV counselling, regular bonding camps, drug awareness campaigns, a feeding scheme and a school support system.The 20 best goalkeepers between the ages of 14 and 18 years are selected from the academy and placed in an advanced coaching school.Farouk was the goalkeeper coach for Bafana Bafana at the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan.How can I help?For more information on the Farouk Abrahams Goalkeepers Academy and how you can help, e-mail Christabell Kota.Story published on SAinfo on 4 June 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

Superb Proteas demolish England

first_img24 July 2012The South African cricket team scored one of its finest wins ever in the first cricket test against England at The Oval on Monday, triumphing by an innings and 12 runs. It was just the fifth time in history that a team has won a test for the loss of only two wickets.However, none of those previous victories came against a team of England’s stature; Andrew Strauss and company are currently ranked number one in the world.“It’s certainly an extremely proud moment for all of us,” South African captain Graeme Smith said at the post-match presentation.While the Proteas’ batsmen shone, piling up 637 for 2 declared in their only innings, Smith said it was the team’s bowling attack that made the big difference. “All credit to our bowlers, they set the tone for us in this test match and managed to finish it off on a really good batting wicket.”He reserved some individual praise for Hashim Amla, who made 311 not out to become the first South African to score a triple-century in a test match.‘An incredible achievement’“I must give credit to Hash. It was an incredible achievement from him,” reckoned Smith. “For a player of our team to go out and put in a performance like that, we’re extremely proud of him.”Amla, the easy choice for man of the match, was as humble as ever when asked what getting a triple-century at The Oval meant to him. “Obviously, I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to contribute and get a big score like that, but you can never do it alone. Fortunately, I had Graeme and ‘Jakes’ with me to guide me along and that was a lovely experience.”He, too, was quick to credit the South African bowlers for a job well done, saying: “Credit to our bowlers…the wicket was good to bat on, and they put in a fantastic job for us.”England captain Andrew Strauss credited the South African batsmen for their exceptional performances, but said he expected his bowlers to produce much better performances in the two remaining test matches.‘You’ve got to give them credit’“I think we’ve got an outstanding bowling attack,” he opined, “so I think you’ve got to give them South Africa credit for the way they batted, but I still back our bowling attack to take 20 wickets on most wickets, not this one, unfortunately.”After the first day at The Oval, England held sway as they finished play on 267 for 3, with opening batsman Alistair Cook on 114 not out. The following four days, however, belonged firmly to the Proteas.On day two, they captured the remaining seven first innings wickets for only 118 runs, with Cook adding just one run to his overnight score before being bowled by Dale Steyn. Jonathan Trott weighed in with 71 and Matt Prior with 60 as England tallied a very decent 385.There was also early success for England in the South African first innings as James Anderson trapped Alviro Petersen in front for a duck, with the total on one. By close of play, the Proteas had reached 86 for 1.A century in his 100th testOn day three, Graeme Smith became only the seventh player in history to score a century in his 100th test. He made 131 before turning a ball from Tin Bresnan into his pads and onto his stumps. He and Hashim Amla had put on 259 for the second wicket.Matters were not about to improve for England as Jacques Kallis replaced Smith.By stumps, Amla and Kallis had taken the total to 403 for 2 with some outstanding batting. Amla was undefeated on 183 and Kallis on 82.On day four, the Proteas advanced their total to 637 for 2 at tea, which is when Smith declared. Amla was on 311 not out and Kallis on an unbeaten 182. Their unbroken stand of 377 was the third highest by South Africa in test history.England’s bowlers had looked toothless as the South African batsmen dominated them, but it was a different matter when England batted as the Proteas’ bowlers quickly found success.Vernon Philander had Alistair Cook caught behind for a duck and Dale Steyn then had Jonathan Trott caught by De Villiers for 10.Clean bowledAfter working over Kevin Pietersen, Morne Morkel clean bowled him for 16, and Imran Tahir removed England captain Andrew Strauss, caught by Philander, to reduce the hosts to 67 for 4. At the close of play, England had reached 102 for 4.Ravi Bopara was an early victim of Steyn on the final day, but Ian Bell and Matt Prior then stuck around stubbornly and took the total from 117 to 203 before Prior was caught by Kallis off the bowling of Tahir.The new ball was taken and Steyn quickly showed why he is the world’s number one ranked test bowler. With a spell of 3 for 4 in 16 deliveries, he all but ended England’s resistance.He had Bell, England’s top scorer with 55, caught by Kallis in the slips with a beautiful away swinger and then dismissed Broad, caught behind for a duck, after the batsman tried to fend off a short ball. Graeme Swann followed after an 11-ball innings, easily caught in the covers by Petersen for seven.Steyn finished with the excellent figures of 5 for 56.Imran Tahir wrapped it all up when he trapped James Anderson plum in front for four to end with a return of 3 for 63 off 32 overs.England were all out for 240 and 12 runs short of forcing South Africa to bat again. The Proteas had secured their first victory at The Oval in 14 tests.The second test takes place at Headingley, starting on Thursday, 2 August. The Proteas have won their two most recent tests at the venue: by 191 runs in 2008 and by 10 wickets in 2003.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Shop the official Hidden Creatures merchandise

first_imgNext week, geocachers will begin searching all over the world for Hidden Creatures while adding up to 13 souvenirs to their profile. Add even more to this experience with the Official Hidden Creatures merchandise from Shop Geocaching.Hidden Creatures merchandise is being sold by 19 different shops in 11 countries thanks to our participating distribution partners!Shop nowShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedA look inside Hidden Creatures (infographic!)August 7, 2018In “News”Which Hidden Creature are you?June 12, 2018In “News”Uncover a new world of Hidden CreaturesJune 5, 2018In “News”last_img read more

PBA tweaks schedule to give way to 2017 Fiba Asia Cup

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “You have to understand also that it’s a big sacrifice also for the PBA. We have to play when your superstars are not there, and that affects also the attendance and the interest in the PBA,” said PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa.“But as what is said by the teams and the owners themselves, that’s a sacrifice they asked us to make, and that’s a sacrifice we’re willing to give for the success of this program.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ With the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup coming up, the PBA has made slight tweaks to its schedule as it is set to take a week-long break in the season-ending 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.After Sunday, August 6, the league will not hold games on Wednesday (August 9) and Friday (August 11) before returning to action the following Sunday, August 13.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA: Lyceum cruises to sixth straight win National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo PBA takes another breather on the following Wednesday, August 16, before going back to its normal programming on Friday, August 18.The PBA-backed Gilas Pilipinas squad will fly to Beirut, Lebanon on Sunday for the Asian championship where it will compete from August 8 to 20.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThrough the course of the continental meet, unbeaten Meralco and cellar-dweller Kia will play thrice, NLEX, Rain or Shine, Phoenix, GlobalPort, and Blackwater to see action twice, and TNT once.From the Fiba Asia-bound squad, Terrence Romeo, Gabe Norwood, Raymond Almazan, and Matthew Wright will miss two games for their respective teams, while Jayson Castro and Roger Pogoy will be inactive for the KaTropa’s August 20 game against Rain or Shine. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

a month agoLascelles motivates Newcastle for ‘six-pointer’ with Brighton

first_imgLascelles motivates Newcastle for ‘six-pointer’ with Brightonby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has branded Saturday’s clash with Brighton as a “six-pointer”.Both clubs are expected to fight to stay in the Premier League at the tail-end of the season.The 25-year-old said: “We’ve had another tough run to the start of the season. Playing Liverpool, Tottenham, and Arsenal is a tough start for anyone.”We’ve played some good football, and now against Brighton we need to be really pushing to get the three points out of that game.”These games are six-pointers. At home to Brighton, we’ve definitely got to fancy ourselves.”They could be competition for us, so anyone who’s going to be in and around us, we need to be taking points from. Saturday is the right time to do that.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Hafnia Sells Leases Back LR1 to Improve Liquidity

first_imgDenmark-based Hafnia Tankers has completed its first sale and leaseback transaction in the Japanese market involving the company’s LR1 tanker, MT Hafnia Africa.As informed, the 74,500 dwt vessel has been sold to “a large Japanese private ship owning company” with an 8-year bareboat charter back with annual purchase options from year four onwards.The company has an option to extend the lease to 12 years, according to Hafnia.“The transaction entailed a sale of the vessel at market value and a fully levered lease arrangement which gives rise to a positive liquidity effect of approx. USD 8.5 million and further adds to the already strong cash position. The profile of the lease arrangement allows the company to abide by its strict policy of maintaining a low cash-breakeven,” the company said in a statement.Following the completion of the transaction, the vessel has been delivered to an unnamed owner.Built at STX Offshore shipyard in South Korea in 2010, Hafnia Africa currently has a market value of USD 23.03 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.last_img read more

Wilhemsens Smart Rope Steals the Show at SMM

first_imgVisitors at this year’s SMM trade show in Hamburg, Germany, have been challenged to walk a mile in seafarers shoes and test out Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s smart rope system.The rope was put on display at the company’s stand and visitors were invited pull the rope and see what they are made of as the system provides real-time pull load results.The system, dubbed Timm’s Smart Ropes, is constructed using the company’s Timm Acera range and an embedded load sensor. It provides real time information about usage, tension and overall health of the rope ushering in a new era for mooring practices that have been pretty outdated.Wilhemsen said that the digital system reduces the chances of mismanagement prolonging the life of a mooring rope.The system is accompanied by an interactive dashboard intended for the ship’s crew, called the Digital Mooring assistant, that provides the information on the state of each rope in real time.Aside to the smart mooring rope for ships, that stole the show at the fair, Wilhelmsen Ships Service presented a host of digital products at SMM today.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

NBA Power Ratings And Playoff Odds Playoff Power

The NBA regular season ends Wednesday, and the playoffs begin Saturday. And with that in mind, we’re going to shake things up a bit with regard to FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings.Until now, we’ve ranked every team according to a projection of its true talent over the upcoming week — and the upcoming week only — using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. (For more details on the original methodology, see our introductory rankings post.)But this week, with many teams resting key players in preparation for the playoffs, we’re ranking every team according to its projected playoff power rating. This means we’re projecting every team to be at “full strength” in terms of minutes given to players who will be available for the postseason, instead of only projecting for the next week. Playoff probabilities and expected end-of-season wins are still driven by projected minute distributions over the next few days, but the power ratings themselves have been geared to capture the talent that each team is bringing into the playoffs.With the playoffs being emphasized more in our ratings, it’s fitting that the San Antonio Spurs rank in the top two for the first time since early February. They’ve won 11 straight games, a run backed up by the underlying talent of one of the league’s best teams.The Atlanta Hawks also benefit from our switch to “playoff power” — while Thabo Sefolosha’s bizarre season-ending injury hurts their chances of winning the championship, we’ve boosted the playing time for many of their good players who have consistently been listed as day-to-day in the injury report in recent weeks.As for teams on the fringe of the playoffs, we noted last week that the Boston Celtics were basically a coin flip to make the playoffs, battling it out with the Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers for one of the two remaining postseason slots in the Eastern Conference. A week later, the Celtics have all but completely claimed their spot; our model now gives them a 98.9 percent probability of making the playoffs.By the same token, the Heat have almost completely dropped out of the race, with just a 2.4 percent chance of qualifying for the postseason. That leaves the Nets and Pacers to fight over one spot with two games left per team. Our calculations give Brooklyn the inside track largely because of the team’s possession of the tiebreaker over Indiana, in addition to an easier remaining schedule (the Nets face the No. 9 Chicago Bulls and No. 23 Orlando Magic; Indiana faces No. 7 Memphis and No. 15 Washington).Out West, the race for the No. 8 seed is between the New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Pelicans have the edge in our simulations. Oklahoma City is marginally more talented, according to RPM, and is even projected to win fractionally more games on average, but New Orleans holds the tiebreaker over the Thunder.In no small part because of those tiebreakers, there’s a 45 percent probability that the Nets and Pelicans will be the final two teams to slip into the playoffs when the season ends Wednesday. read more

Dyche frustrated as Burnley fall short in Greece

first_imgBurnley manager Sean Dyche was left frustrated after his team lost to Olympiakos on Thursday night and defender Ben Gibson picked up a red card.The Clarets will have to overturn a 3-1 deficit next week at Turf Moor to stand any chance of making it to the group stages of this season’s UEFA Europa League.Chris Wood penalty cancelled our Kostas Fortounis’ early strike however, a second half header from Andreas Bouchalakis gave the Greeks a second half lead before Fortounis sealed the win from the spot after Ben Gibson handled in the box.“My thoughts are those brilliant fans there that have travelled over, and I feel for them,” Clarets boss Dyche said, according to BT Sport.“Because they just want to see their team play in Europe (with) 11 players. Nothing else.”Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“We’ve been told varying things about what can go on in these games and I think we’ve experienced a lot.”Asked about the importance of having a strong referee in front of a partisan crowd in Greece, Dyche told Clarets Player: “Well, I’ve got to be careful, as usual, what I say.”“But for the life of me I don’t understand why he’s booked Ben Gibson (again).”“The first one maybe but the second one he’s gone to block a shot and it’s hit his hip, its hit his hand. How can that be deemed deliberate handball? It’s just an impossibility.”“No, it certainly wasn’t,” the Burnley boss said. “But, you know, we have to take it on the chin and get on with it as we do.”last_img read more