(USA TODAY) – Minus the stakes at play, it could’ve been practice: Four American women running on an otherwise empty track, honing their relay skills in advance of the actual competition.But there was far more up for grabs. Competing against themselves, their shadows and the clock, the U.S. women’s 4×100 relay team were in fact racing to defend their gold medal from the 2012 London Games, albeit under circumstances never before seen on the Olympics stage.As the anchor for the race, Morolake Akinosun, crossed the finish line with a team time of 41.77 seconds, tops among all qualifiers and significantly better than the time they needed to hit to advance, 42.70, and the U.S. team accomplished a first in the history of track and field: It took an entire day to complete a semi-final relay and yet still advanced to the final.“Honestly, I feel like it was just a glorified practice,” English Gardner said. “We just had fun out there. We were laughing and joking going in, staying light, and that was the whole point.”For Akinosun, Gardner, Tianna Bartoletta and Allyson Felix, the day started eight hours before under a brilliant Rio sky. It was a day of angst, missteps, fear and apprehension.In the morning, the team entered the second heat of the semi-finals as an overwhelming favourite to make today’s final and a serious contender for gold,.And the script stayed true to form until the second exchange – or, to be more precise, until the seconds before the second exchange, when a bump from a Brazilian runner in the adjacent lane propelled Felix into a tap-dance routine that sent the baton flying, for a moment taking with it the team’s hopes of defending their gold.Knocked off balance, Felix caught her toe on the polyurethane turf and, in yet another surreal moment, attempted to throw the baton to Gardner, waiting with her right arm stretched behind her back. Needless to say, relay batons are meant for handoffs, not forward passes.The baton fell; Gardner yelled. It was an utter disaster, the sort of worst-case-scenario nightmare that makes every relay event track’s equivalent of an egg toss – and then the USA were saved.First it was Felix, who had the peace of mind to tell Gardner to keep running, aware that any attempts at an appeal would demand that a strong effort be made to complete the race.Then it was the protest itself, filed by USA Track and Field and accepted by the Rio Games’ Jury of Appeals, which agreed with the assertion that Felix’s progress was impeded prior to the exchange.China, who held the eighth spot in the final before being bounced out by the USA, filed their own protest in response, which was denied.
AFTER setting a new national long course record at the Rio Olympics last August in the men’s 100m butterfly, Guyanese swimmer Hannibal Gaskin has done it yet again.Hannibal GaskinHe set an unofficial new national record in the short course length of the race last Wednesday, while competing at the ongoing FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Ontario, Canada.Meanwhile Guyanese Jamila Sanmoogan may have also clocked what could possibly be another national short-course record, when she competed in the women’s 50m butterfly yesterday at the Championships.In his event, Gaskin once again dipped below the one minute mark in the race and clocked 57.62 seconds, at the short course event, way surpassing the reportedly 1:03.50m national short course record held by Joseph Seguina since 2012.The Inter-Guiana Games (IGG) multiple gold medallist superseded the 58.57 seconds that he clocked in this race at the Summer Olympics a few months ago, giving him something to celebrate, despite finishing eighth in his heats, and 71 overall out of 87 swimmers.The time also suggests an improvement for the Goodwill Swim Meet gold medallist from the 1:01.47s he achieved at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, just over a year ago. However, the World Championships was also a long course meet.Gaskin and Sanmoogan are competing in Canada as part of a three-man team from Guyana which also includes another of the country’s season-best Andrew Fowler. Like Gaskin, both swimmers have also seen some development in terms of their timings for their events.A fellow Olympian, Sanmoogan was in her second event of the Championships when she was out in the women’s 50m butterfly. Swimming out of heat 2, Sanmoogan finished 64th of 73 swimmers and fifth in her heat. However, that tells nothing of the improved 30.35 seconds she made.The time is way lower than the alleged 35.29 seconds short-course record set by Britany van Lange in 2010 in Dubai.Sanmoogan shaved a second off the 31.38 seconds that she achieved last year August at the long course Kazan meet. Meanwhile, though she’s been focused on the shorter 50m freestyle for some time now, on Wednesday she shook things up a bit and took on the women’s 100m freestyle.She clocked a slower 29.39 seconds in her first 50m of the race, but finished the full race in 1:02.63s, ending 111th out of 127 swimmers.Fowler also swam yesterday. He was out in the men’s 50m freestyle putting together a personal-best 24.72 seconds swim. The time was just outside the 24.17 seconds record in the event that Onan Thom has held since 2006.He has also been showing continued improvement on the 26.03 seconds in which he had completed the event at Kazan. It also topped the 25.65 seconds he swam at a Barbados Invitational earlier this year.
There is unlikely to be any relegation from the English Premier League if the season ends with no more play possible because of the coronavirus outbreak, Brighton and Hove Albion owner Tony Bloom has told British media.Premier League clubs met on Friday to discuss possible models for finishing the season but all options remained hypothetical after the U.K. government extended lockdown restrictions for another three weeks.Brighton were two points clear of the relegation zone with nine matches remaining when the league was brought to a halt on 13 March. If the season ended with no more play possible, Liverpool would claim the title and Norwich City, Aston Villa and Bournemouth would be for the drop.Relegation means a financial hit somewhere in the region of $100 million and Bloom thought it unlikely that the required 70 percent of clubs would vote to send the three teams down.“It would be very difficult to relegate somebody, particularly from the Premier League, if the season hasn’t played out,” Bloom said.“You may get a title winner, obviously Liverpool deserve it, you may use that criteria for European qualification, but I do not see how anyone can vote for that, certainly the percent needed for teams to get relegated.”With some teams having more matches remaining than others, another proposal is that a club’s final position be decided by the average number of points they have won per game.Bloom thought that option even less likely to succeed.“I don’t foresee a situation, if the season’s not played out, that teams will get relegated on a points-per-game basis,” he said.“I just don’t think it’s fathomable that a team which is not allowed to play out the season may lose out on 0.2 points based on this system, and also it does not take into account the strength of the team you have not played.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Ashton Broyld hadn’t played in close to a month. Questions about when he would play a significant role for Syracuse arose. Some of them might have been answered Friday night.The freshman running back earned a good chunk of playing time against Connecticut, finishing with 58 yards on 11 carries. His performance was good enough to make him the Orange’s second-leading rusher on the day. It was the most he’s run for since Sept. 15 against Stony Brook when he rushed for 61 yards.Head coach Doug Marrone said Broyld has worked hard in practice to see time on the field after being relegated to the sideline since Syracuse’s game against Minnesota on Sept. 22, when he made a critical, drive-killing fumble.“I thought he did a nice job when he went in there. He carried the ball well, he had some nice reads. He had some bad reads,” Marrone said. “He’s worked hard. An opportunity presented itself, we just didn’t put him in in the end, we had him in a package.”Broyld rushed for no gain on his first carry of the game, which came on the Orange’s first drive of the second half. He wouldn’t get another chance until the third quarter, but he made the most of it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUp 37-10, Syracuse had a second-and-11 at its own 49. Broyld took the handoff and exploded for 18 yards, and he took another carry to help move the Orange down to the Huskies’ 33. It set up a 47-yard field goal from Ross Krautman to make the score 40-10 SU.In a game where the Orange’s rushing game provided the bulk of the team’s offense, Broyld’s contributions were key.On Syracuse’s next drive in the fourth quarter, he picked up 47 yards on eight plays. Marrone said it was a good chance to give Broyld some time on the field.“I give him credit because he worked hard during practice and earned the right to get back on that field to do a good job,” Marrone said. “And I thought he did a nice job tonight.”Back in actionSyracuse tight end Beckett Wales had his biggest game of the season on Friday. He hauled in four catches for 69 yards to go with his first career touchdown.Wales caught his first pass in the second quarter and went 18 yards to move Syracuse from the Huskies’ 46 to their 28. After Connecticut stuffed Adonis Ameen-Moore for a loss of 1 yard, quarterback Ryan Nassib found Wales wide open in the right side of the end zone for an easy 3-yard touchdown.His biggest catch, though, came at the end of the third quarter.SU had a third-and-4 at the UConn 45, and Nassib found Wales open near the right sideline. Wales took the pass for a 30-yard gain to move Syracuse down to the 15.After not playing in the entire second half against Rutgers and seeing his backup, David Stevens, provide most of the production, Wales returned to his role as being a dependable receiver for Nassib.“For me, it was a big game. I was able to help the team a lot, which is great,” Wales said. “It was a big game for us.”Return of Coach P.Paul Pasqualoni made his return to the Carrier Dome, eight years after being fired as Syracuse head coach by athletic director Daryl Gross.Pasqualoni was the Orange’s head coach from 1991 to 2004, and left with a 107-59-1 record. He presided over some of the best years in Syracuse’s football history, including trips to the Fiesta, Gator and Orange Bowls.After stints as a defensive coordinator with the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys, Pasqualoni is in his second year as the Huskies head coach. He said during the week that his trip back to Syracuse was strictly about the game, void of any sentimentality.The way his team played, it wasn’t a happy homecoming for Pasqualoni.“The people were great, the people were awfully nice. We just felt we could’ve done a lot better tonight,” Pasqualoni said. “We’ve played a lot of years of football and it was good to be here tonight.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 21, 2012 at 11:33 pm Contact Chris: firstname.lastname@example.org | @chris_iseman
The USC women’s basketball team traveled to Westwood on Sunday to take on rival UCLA. They fell to the Bruins 71-60, and their record is now 11-6, 3-3.The Women of Troy got off to a strong start against the Bruins, but UCLA seized the game behind a strong second-half effort, sending USC to a loss at Pauley Pavilion.Senior forward Alexyz Vaioletama led the Women of Troy with 17 points and 12 rebounds for her fourth career double-double. Freshman guard McKenzie Calvert added 12 points, while senior forward Kaneisha Horn fell just shy of a double-double with 9 points and 10 rebounds.UCLA’s Kari Korver led all scorers with 23 points. Nirra Fields finished with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Jordin Canada added 15 points and 6 rebounds, all in the second half.“It was a tale of two halves,” said head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke. “UCLA came to play the second half, and USC didn’t. We rebounded well in the first half, executed in the first half, played with a lot of intensity, and in the second half, I thought we were unfocused. UCLA got some momentum going and made some big plays down the stretch.”The atmosphere was what can be expected of a crosstown rivalry game, with fans cheering on their teams and both sides giving it their all. The Women of Troy, looking for vengeance after suffering a 59-52 loss to the Bruins at the Galen Center, came out strong, jumping out to an early lead and managing to hold onto it despite constant pressure from UCLA. The Bruins only led for 45 seconds in the first half, as USC took a 32-26 lead heading into halftime.Vaioletama led all players with 13 points and 7 rebounds in the first half. Horn added 9 points and 8 rebounds for the Women of Troy. Korver led the Bruins with 9 points at the half, while Fields had 7 points and 4 rebounds. Both teams committed 10 fouls and 9 turnovers and had similar field-goal percentages (38 percent for USC, 31 percent for UCLA), but USC had a 26-18 edge on the boards, including 9-6 on the offensive glass. However, USC struggled from behind-the-arc, going 0-for-9 on three-point attempts, compared to 3-for-10 for UCLA.“Like coach said, it was intensity,” Vaioletama said about the team’s first-half play. “For us, it was getting out on their three-point shooters, and us executing and attacking their defense and rebounding. That was a big key for us. They’re lengthy and they’re very athletic, but we needed to box out and rebound down the stretch and we didn’t.”The second half was a completely different story, as UCLA came storming out from the opening whistle. Korver scored UCLA’s first 10 points to cut USC’s lead to 40-36 while the addition of Canada into the UCLA rotation helped provide a spark for the Bruins. After a first half featuring only two lead changes, the second half had five.Junior guard Brianna Barrett hit two free throws to tie the game at 60 with 3:06 remaining and the game looked to be going back-and-forth until the final buzzer. The Bruins seized the momentum, putting USC away with an 11-0 run.UCLA dominated the boards after halftime, grabbing 28 second-half rebounds to USC’s 16 and shot 47 percent from the field to USC’s 33 percent. While the Women of Troy were able to knock down a couple of 3s, they finished the game hitting only two of 19 attempts.The Women of Troy will look to bounce back at home against California (12-5, 4-2 Pac-12) on Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. and No. 11 Stanford (13-5, 5-1 Pac-12). They will then go back on the road to take on No. 9 Oregon State (16-1, 6-0 Pac-12) in Corvallis on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 2:30 pm and Oregon (8-9, 1-5 Pac-12) on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. All games will be available on the Pac-12 Network.
Evan Jenkins | Staff Photographer Utilizing that same full-court press defense and quick-strike offense, Syracuse turned things around with a 16-0 run in the third quarter.“We’re never going to be the victim,” Hillsman said. “Victims lay down.”But even that run wasn’t enough to stop the Huskies from winning their 73rd consecutive game. It only trimmed a 33-point deficit to 17.Hillsman described the matchup on Monday between two teams, “one that’s great, one that’s trying to be great.” While his team was for a stretch, only UConn achieved what it wanted.“Streaks are meant to end,” UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said on Monday before pausing. “Some day.”Tuesday wasn’t that day.After losing to No. 2 Notre Dame by 11 points in the ACC championship game, Hillsman boldly proclaimed that his team could still be playing one month later.“Everybody starts off 0-0,” Hillsman said, “so we should get two games at home, we play pretty well at home. We should have moved up somewhere 4 seed, we should be a pretty high 4 seed, go on the road to a very favorable matchup, win those two, Final Four, win that one, championship game, win that one, cut down some nets.“Normally that’s how it works.”Each part of Hillsman’s path went exactly according to plan until Tuesday.SU’s matchup with women’s basketball’s goliath was too much to handle. And for the fourth straight season, UConn was the team celebrating on the season’s final day. It’s not how Hillsman envisioned it, but for the rest of the sport, that’s how it works. Comments INDIANAPOLIS — Cornelia Fondren walked off the court and hugged Quentin Hillsman. Then she hugged Alexis Peterson. And then she took a seat on the bench and watched the final minute of her career tick off the clock. She joined Brittney Sykes, Brianna Butler and Taylor Ford, the group that made up Syracuse’s best senior class in program history as their magical season of firsts came to an end one short of the ultimate prize.Sykes stood on the sideline with tears in her eyes absorbing the moment.“I was just taking in the last few seconds on the clock to realize what we accomplished this year,” she said. “…We’re going to forever remember this feeling.”As the confetti rained down from the rafters at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Fondren walked to the locker room with her jersey pulled up over her eyes. Peterson walked off the court with a smile on her face waving to the crowd. After setting record after record, it was Connecticut celebrating the most significant one on Tuesday night.For the first time in women’s college basketball history, a team won its fourth consecutive national championship. No. 1 seed Connecticut (38-0, 18-0 American Athletic) beat No. 4 seed Syracuse (30-8, 13-3 Atlantic Coast), 82-51, to claim its 11th title in program history.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Breanna Stewart, the North Syracuse native and former No. 1 recruit in the country, was a freshman at UConn, she said her goal was to win four rings. Mission accomplished.“Well, you come here to win the game, obviously,” said Hillsman, SU’s head coach. “I thought in spurts we played pretty good, but we have to be able to rebound the ball and do the little things to beat great teams.”Within the first six minutes of the game, center Briana Day picked up two fouls. After each one, both she and Hillsman complained to the refs. But just like everything else Syracuse did on Tuesday, it didn’t matter. Nothing could derail the Huskies on its coronation night, even a 16-point third-quarter run.Sykes hit the Orange’s first basket of the game, but on UConn’s next possession, Stewart answered with a mid-range jumper. Taylor Ford hit SU’s first 3 of the night, but on UConn’s next possession Morgan Tuck backed down Bria Day and made her layup at the rim look easy. Brianna Butler, the nation’s leader in 3-pointers, hit her first. But on UConn’s next possession Moriah Jefferson beat the buzzer with a 3 of her own while falling down.At the end of the first quarter, SU was already down by 15.“I don’t think it was nerves at all,” Sykes said. “We came into the game just as confident as UConn was. We were just rushing some shots and we weren’t really getting our defense set up.”A month ago, Peterson said Syracuse could compete with the best team in the country. After winning 16 of its last 17 games, the Orange couldn’t. Seemingly every time SU made a successful play, it was followed up with an unsuccessful one. Connecticut picked apart Syracuse’s full-court press, its half-court 2-3 zone and dominated by getting fouled and making 20 shots from the free-throw line. Published on April 5, 2016 at 10:48 pm Contact Paul: email@example.com | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+
Photo © – Tipp FM Fellow countryman Luke Donald missed the cut – finishing 3-over. Rory McIlroy suffered with a back problem to reach level par after the first two rounds at the Players Championship golf.The former world number one is nine shots off leader Louis Oosthuizen at the halfway stage.England’s Ian Poulter is in contention – four strokes behind the South African – on 5-under-par.
Former Ajax and Nigeria midfielder Sunday Oliseh on Tuesday night was ecstatic with the 1-0 slim win of the Dutch side over Tottenham Hotspur in the first leg clash of the UEFA Champions League semifinals duel at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.Oliseh who made a total of 54 appearances in the Eredivisie for the in-form team between 1997 and 1999 scoring eight goals took to Twitter to express his elation at the victory in the first leg.“Extremely happy for Ajax. Great day for Amsterdam!!” “Once an Ajacied, always an Ajacied!!” the onetime defensive midfield maestro who won the Dutch league with Ajax in the 1997/1998 season and the KNVB Cup in the 1997/ 1998, and 1998/1999 seasons tweeted.Ajax claimed the bragging rights after the first leg meeting thanks to a 15th minute goal scored by Donny Van De Beek.On April 17 Oliseh had tweeted the following as Ajax overcame Juventus that paraded five-time world player of the year winner Cristiano Ronaldo:“Ajax in the Champions League semis is probably the best news,for saving world club football as we know it in a long time: a built team and playing its style as opposed to buying stars to win.” Purposeful team, hard work pays, if u know how! Extremely pleased for my ex club and d fans.”The return leg of the semifinals holds next week Wednesday with Spurs needing two clear goals to reach the final.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sunday Oliseh
PLANTATION, FL – Broward County Transit (BCT) has been awarded a $17 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) under its Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities program. The grant is part of $423 million in transit infrastructure grants awarded nationwide. BCT was one of only six transit agencies across the country to receive the maximum award of $17 million under this program.The funds will be used to rehabilitate and reconstruct several outdated buildings at BCT’s Copans Road Operations and Maintenance Facility. In addition, money will be used to develop infrastructure to support battery-electric buses and other support vehicles. The project will also build a state-of-the-art training and education center that will allow BCT to educate and train its current and future workforce.BCT will use the $17 million grant toward the total project cost, estimated at $51 million. The additional cost will be covered by Transportation Surtax revenue.“The rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Copans Road Operations and Maintenance Facility will directly improve fleet reliability with the introduction of new technologies and modernized maintenance equipment, which will, in turn, contribute to a more cost-effective and reliable bus fleet. These improvements, in addition to a well-trained, growing workforce, will enable BCT to offer improved services to our residents and visitors,” said Broward County Transportation Director Chris Walton.The project will play an important role in BCT’s objectives to maintain its facilities, provide cost-effective and reliable service, and support the expansion and improvement of Broward County’s public transportation system.
The euphoria and Momentum is gradually building up for this weekend’s titanic duel between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko in match day 22 of the GLO Premier league in Accra.The two most glamorous teams in the country have not played too well in the premier league this season but that will not take anything away from the rivalry that exists between the two sides.Truth is, the buzz that characterized such encounters in the past has not been the same the last few years and the actors who once upon a time provided thrills have been explaining why.Emmanuel Amarh Senegal, a former Hearts of Oak defender recounted a day when Hearts beat Kotoko in Kumasi and said it was a special day for him.He urged players of both clubs to try and generate excitement in the game by playing good football.Former Asante Kotoko striker Prince Adu Poku, the man regarded as the original Prince of goals stressed the need for the club to groom players. He said the current system was not helping the club.Emmanuel Osei Kuffuor, one of the few players who have played for both Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko said the two clubs must intensify their training when they have to meet.Source: Joy Sports/Ghana