Dina Asher-Smith backs new athletes’ union after Diamond League changes

first_imgGREAT Britain’s 200m world champion Dina Asher-Smith says she will support the Athletics Association, an athletes’ union formed in response to changes to the Diamond League programme.American two-time Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor launched the body to “fight for athletes’ rights”.“You know you always have my support! Let’s do this,” tweeted Asher-Smith.The 200m and triple jump were two of four events cut from the regular 2020 Diamond League programme.The 3,000m steeplechase and 200m will still feature at 10 of 15 Diamond meetings, while two will stage the discus and triple jump events.None of the four will be included in the Diamond League final in Zurich in September.Diamond League chairman and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Lord Coe said the changes were intended “to create a faster-paced, more exciting global league that will be the showcase for our sport”.However Taylor said “separating the events can only damage this sport we all love”.“We will fight for athletes’ rights and ultimately demand a seat at the table and a say in how our sport is run and how the sport can grow and evolve without ripping out its core.”He invited fellow athletes to email to register their interest and follow the organisation’s social media accounts.Britain’s Adam Gemili, who expressed surprise at the Diamond League’s announcement on Wednesday, retweeted Taylor’s manifesto.Athletes already have two voting positions on the 26-person IAAF Council with competitors at the recent World Championships in Doha balloted on who should represent them as part of the Athletes’ Commission.French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie and New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams are among those elected.“We are fully supportive,” an IAAF spokesperson told BBC Sport of the Athletics Association’s creation.“The more athletes involved in the decisions made in the sport the better the sport will be.”(BBC Sport)last_img read more

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Sinclair, Smith the new caps in Guyana Jaguars Regional 4-day squad

first_imgPACER Niall Smith and all-rounder Kevin Sinclair are the new caps in the Guyana Jaguars 13-man squad named ahead of the Regional 4-Day Tournament.Five-time winning captain Leon Johnson will lead the strong side named yesterday, which features the usual suspects along with the pair of newbies.Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Chris Barnwell, Vishaul Singh, Anthony Bramble, Devendra Bishoo, Keon Joseph are among the experienced players Johnson will have at his disposal.Niall SmithFollowing the two practice games, Hemraj scored a ton, Bramble struck an unbeaten fifty, Joseph and Bishoo both had 5-fers and Smith a 4-wicket haul.Sinclair, the Windies U-19 youth player also hit and fifty in the first game and bagged 3 wickets to further push his case.Meanwhile, Jaguars star players Keemo Paul, Shimron Hetmyer and Romario Shepherd are currently on West Indies duty.Once available, Shepherd will join the competition for the second round.Guyana Jaguars 13-man squad: Leon Johnson (captain), Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Christopher Barnwell, Vishaul Singh, Devendra Bishoo, Tevin Imlach, Keon Joseph, Raymon Reifer, Anthony Bramble, Veerasammy Permaul, Niall Smith, Kevin Sinclair. Esaun Crandon – coach, Shivnarine Chanderpaul – assistant coach/manager, Neil Barry – physiotherapist.last_img read more

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Wisden 2020 Almanack names Russell as 2019’s leading T20 cricketer

first_imgIN its 2020 Almanack, Wisden has named Andre Russell as their leading Twenty20 cricketer in the world for 2019.Following an outstanding year in both franchise and international levels, Russell scored 1 080 runs in total in T20 cricket, at a strike rate of 182 and also took 46 wickets.According to Wisden, “His exploits with Kolkata Knight Riders – 510 runs and 11 wickets – won him the Most Valuable Player award. His tally of 52 sixes was 18 clear of the next (Chris Gayle), and not far off Gayle’s IPL record 59, in 2012. Yet it was Russell’s ability to overhaul seemingly impossible targets that set him apart.”Russell credited his rise to the lessons learned while serving a one-year anti-doping ban between 2017 and 2018 – the suspension triggered after he missed three tests,” Wisden said.“I changed my mentality since I got banned,” Russell said. “I was slacking off. I was big. I was lazy. I wasn’t practising hard. I came back stronger, leaner, more muscular. I’m hitting the ball effortlessly for six.”The Jamaican all-rounder competed in five domestic T20 competitions, from the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL to the Dhaka Dynamites in the Bangladesh Premier League, making the most of every opportunity to stamp his authority as one of the best players in the world in the format. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

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Plunkett expresses desire to play for USA after England snub

first_imgTHE past one year has been a roller-coaster ride for England fast bowler Liam Plunkett. The right-arm bowler who bowled a fantastic spell of 3-42 in the final of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup was suddenly dropped after the tournament.The selectors have not picked him in the limited-overs lineup ever since. He was an instrumental figure in carrying England to the World Cup win, picking up 11 wickets from seven matches.However, the selectors might have realised that the age factor is going against Plunkett. The fast-bowler is 35 years old now and might not be fit enough to play the next World Cup in 2023. He was recently left out from the 55 players that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have called up for the training.However, all is not lost for Liam Plunkett at the international stage. The ageing pacer could appear for the United States of America at the international level. Plunkett’s wife, Emeleah Erb is an American citizen. During an interaction recently, he expressed his desire to shift to the United States and settle down there. He also said that he wouldn’t give up the opportunity of playing for the USA.The pacer has given a clear indication that he would be considering a future with the USA national cricket team. Plunkett told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Tuffers and Vaughan Show, “It would be nice to be involved in some sort of cricket over there. My kids might be American, so it would be quite cool to say to them that I played for England and the US.”“I’m English and I’ll always be an Englishman, but if I’m still fit and there’s an opportunity to play at the highest level, why would I not take it? If I go over there and end up being a US citizen, or have a green card, I can help the development, especially being someone who has just finished with England. It would be nice to get involved in that,” he further added.The Surrey bowler needs to have a three-year residential qualification for playing cricket for the USA. Recently, South African spinner Dane Piedt also moved to the USA and expressed his desire to play for them. (CricTracker)last_img read more

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Fro-yo shop 21 Choices reopens for USC students

first_imgWith the imminent redevelopment of University Village, 21 Choices, the frozen yogurt shop located in the area, is about to close up shop -— but not before taking a few final weeks to show its appreciation to USC students.At the end of the semester, 21 Choices will have to vacate its current location, along with the rest of the shops and restaurants in University Village. The frozen yogurt shop — which primarily serves USC students and routinely closes over the winter holidays — remained closed into the new year, but recently reopened for the last few weeks of the semester.Tony Husson, who co-owns the shop with his brother, said briefly reopening before closing the location is their way of showing their gratitude to the students who have been loyal customers.“We want to say thank you to the students,” Husson said. “They’ve been a pleasure to serve.”To make the reopening possible, Husson had to limit the shop’s operating hours. 21 Choices will only be open from 3-10 p.m. Monday- through Thursday, the hours with the greatest student traffic.Husson owes the reopening to two USC students, Lauren Rados and Emily Williams, who told him they wanted to see the shop reopened. Rados and Williams came into the shop when it was still closed earlier in the semester and suggested that Husson consider limited hours.“I was in the store one day trying to figure out how to do this,” Husson said. “And we did what they said and it’s working.”Williams and Rados have always been dedicated customers and were disappointed when the shop didn’t reopen in January and are sad to see it closing again at the end of the semester.For Williams, the quality of the product as well as the atmosphere made 21 Choices special.“We were very adamant about it reopening and told him how much it meant to us,” Williams said. “It’s amazing yogurt, we love it. But we would also use it as a great outlet. A place to meet and talk and hang out.”Most of the new staff at 21 Choices are USC students, an intentional decision by Husson. Many of them were customers themselves, picked out of line and invited to apply for a position. By offering flexible hours and paying $12 per hour, Husson hopes to make working at 21 Choices — even if only for a short while — a positive experience.“We really want to set up a system where outgoing and friendly students serve other students,” he said. “They can work even one hour if they want. But that hour should add to their life.”Leesa Danzek, a sophomore majoring in political science, recently started working at 21 Choices and is one of the students who was invited to apply for a job when she came in as a customer. Danzek says she’ll be sad to see the store close.“I wish it would stay open,” Danzek said. “From my experience so far, it’s always packed and there’s always a line out the door. Everyone loves it.”The plan is for the shop to stay open at least until the first week of May, but Husson hopes to be able to stay open until graduation. He hopes to treat graduating seniors to free frozen yogurt on the last day of classes to thank them for being loyal customers.The eventual demolition and redevelopment of University Village has been a part of USC’s Master Plan since 21 Choices opened at the location in 2009. Husson hopes to be able to come back to a new location in the USC area, ideally on campus.last_img read more

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Syracuse men’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about North Carolina

first_imgSyracuse (11-7, 3-2 Atlantic Coast) travels to No. 11 North Carolina (16-3, 4-1) on Monday at 7 p.m. in Chapel Hill in search of its first road victory of the year. North Carolina is coming off a 96-83 win over No. 9 Florida State while the Orange has won three of its last four games, its best stretch since November. SU has yet to beat a ranked team and hasn’t yet won on the road, however. Monday provides that chance in a Final Four rematch.Here’s what you need to know about the Tar Heels.All-time series: North Carolina leads, 8-4Last time they played: The Orange lost, 83-66, to the Tar Heels in the Final Four in Houston on April 2, 2016. Top-seeded UNC converted on 53.8 percent of its field goals compared to SU’s 40.9 percent. Trevor Cooney (22 points), Malachi Richardson (17 points) and Michael Gbinije (12 points) — each of whom played his final Syracuse game that night — led the way for the Orange in the scoring department. SU was also outrebounded 43-31. North Carolina pounded Syracuse inside with 50 points in the paint, too much for the Orange to handle.The North Carolina report: The Tar Heels average 14.4 seconds per possession, which ranks 10th in the country, per Kenpom.com. North Carolina likes to push the pace and score in transition when it has the chance. Junior Joel Berry averages 16.2 points per game, ranks 67th in the country in offensive rating, per Kenpom and leads UNC at point guard. In addition to Berry, three other players average double-digit points: junior guard/forward Justin Jackson (17.9), senior forward Isaiah Hicks (12.7) and senior forward Kennedy Meeks (12.5). While UNC has depth off the bench, those four are the key names to know.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think they’re probably one of the top three, four teams in the country when they play their game,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “They’re a tremendous basketball team. Lot of veteran guys, lot of big guys, veteran guards. I think they put up a bunch of points today against a really, really good Florida State team. So they’re really good. It’ll be a great challenge.”How Syracuse beats North Carolina: Syracuse needs to play near flawlessly. And the Orange hasn’t done that much this year. To pinpoint just one area would be severely overlooking how much better North Carolina is, at least on paper. The Orange’s defense must be active the way it was in wins against Miami, Pittsburgh and Boston College. Its offense must flow from the point guards commanding the team, from Andrew White and Tyus Battle knocking down 3-pointers and from Tyler Lydon scoring inside. The Tar Heels rank fourth nationwide with 89.3 points per game and 11th in adjusted offensive efficiency, per Kenpom. That means SU’s defense must be in tip-top shape to slow them down and its offense must be equally as good to hang around.Stat to know: 42.3 — North Carolina’s offensive rebounding rate, per Kenpom. That ranks No. 1 in the nation.Player to watch: Kennedy Meeks, forward, No. 3Meeks poses a dangerous threat for the Orange because of his ability to both score and rebound. He leads the Tar Heels with 9.5 rebounds per game and his 12.5 points per game have mostly come around the basket. Meeks shoots on 25.7 percent of possessions when he’s in the game, which ranks 395th in the country, according to Kenpom. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 15, 2017 at 5:53 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more

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Police needs help searching for missing Alpena man

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. – Michigan State Police needs your help finding a missing man from Alpena.Troopers say 46–year–old Scott Allen Isaacson was last seen near Halley Road on Sep. 25.Isaacson weighs 196 pounds and stands 5 feet 6 inches tall with blonde hair.Isaacson has a teardrop tattoo under his left eye and a spider tattoo on the right side of his neck.Anyone who has seen or know of Isaacson’s whereabouts should contact the Alpena Post immediately, 989-354-4101.WBKB spoke with Amy Isaacson, Scott Isaacson’s wife, on the phone. She wanted us to share this about her missing husband.“He’s never gone this long without talking to me,” she said. “I just need to know he’s okay. I love him. I just want him to come home.”Contact reporter Elijah Baker for story ideas at elijah@wbkb11.com.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious US government pours $1 million into Oscoda’s water crisisNext Presque Isle Community begins journey to restore Old Presque Isle Lighthouselast_img read more

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Chelsea: Why Robert Di Matteo’s Sacking Shouldn’t Surprise Anyone

first_imgRoberto Di Matteo only won the Champions League last season, now he’s the first manager to win the Premier League’s dreaded sack race.He only had the transitional Blues four points from the summit of the league table and certainly not playing any worse football than the rest of Britain’s flawed elite.But make no mistake, this is Chelsea—Roman Abramovich’s club.There is no room for failure at Chelsea. Silverware amassed didn’t cut Jose Mourinho or Carlo Ancelotti any slack, so why should Di Matteo be any different?If Abramovich believes his club aren’t genuine contenders for the league title, severance payments be damned, revolution version 12 is coming.If his club doesn’t at least make the semi-finals of Champions League competition, the goods in the shop window start to look a lot more appealing than the in-house furniture. It makes no difference that the team is only in the Champions League because of results achieved under Di Matteo—immediate success is what counts.There’s a reason the Italian was offered a mere one-year contract in the summer. While it may be a slight exaggeration to suggest the Russian owner expected him to fail, there never seemed to be much trust between the two.European glory only delayed the Italian’s unavoidable fate—the one-year contract was more of a reluctant “thank you” for services rendered rather than an expression of faith.This is not to wholly disparage Abramovich, though. Chelsea are only disappointed to be facing Champions League elimination rather than just glad to be in the thing because of his money and backing.If he wants to hire and fire more often than a Serie A president, then that’s his lookout. Chelsea Football Club stopped being a democracy behind the scenes long ago. His purchases this summer were, for the most part, forward-thinking and with positive intent.He wants an attractive, continental game played at Stamford Bridge, and though that’s what was delivered through August and September and even in parts of October, he clearly doesn’t feel Di Matteo is the man to deliver this long term.Pep Guardiola, on the other hand, may just be.last_img read more

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Felix Annan ruled out for one month

first_imgAsante Kotoko keeper Felix Annan has been ruled out one month after he suffered an injury in their opening league fixture against WAFA last Saturday.The 22 year-old shot stopper  was stretched off the in 24th minute after clashing with first goalscorer Charles Boateng.The former WAFA keeper had to be stretchered off the field and endured double agony as his side lost 2-0 at Sogakope Park.Scans have revealed that Annan will only be out for a month.Annan has now joined the club’s ever-growing injury list which include, Isaac Amoako, Kwame Boateng, Frank Sarfo Gyamfi, Dauda Mohammed, Theophilus Nyame and Jackson Owusu.Kotoko’s next league fixture is another away game against Medeama after their game with Ashantigold was postponed due to the involvement of the Miners in continental action. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Daytona veteran arrested for threatening mass shooting online

first_imgAn Army veteran from Daytona Beach is behind bars after posting a comment on a YouTube video threatening to murder as many people as possible, police say.According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, 45-year-old Leo Arong was arrested Thursday after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement notified the sheriff’s office of threats posted on YouTube during a PBS News Hour Livestream.Deputies say he made anti-Semitic comments and compared himself to the El Paso shooter.Deputies also say he made comments criticizing the state’s Red Flag Law.According to the sheriff’s office, after multiple agencies interviewed Arong’s neighbors, he was found at his home where he admitted posting the comments but said he didn’t mean what he wrote and that he was spoofing another user.A search warrant was obtained for his home, which included his cell phone and laptop, but no guns were found. During the investigation, detectives learned that he is a U.S. Army veteran and that there have been concerns for his well-being and signs that he could be in need of veterans services.He was charged with making written threats to kill or harm in a mass shooting or act of terrorism, which is a second-degree felony. He is currently being held without bond at the Volusia County jail.No other information is available at this time.last_img read more

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