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Don Anderson | Jamaica make it to World Cup 2022 in Qatar?

first_img The drive by the JFF supported by the JOA to qualify for the 2020 Olympics is a step in the right direction. But this thrust needs significant support. The Government as facilitators and corporate Jamaica must come on board and complement this drive, as the youth will be the basis on which our football will grow. Already some 50 players have been identified for the Olympic qualifiers in order to transition from there to the world stage. The programme needs all the help possible. At nearly all venues lighting is adequate, at a time when television revenues play a critical part in the success of the game. In the absence of this, clubs and the national team will continue to struggle to earn adequate revenue to support the critical programmes needed for development. High level of professionalism demanded Properly structured Premier League Better Lighting for playing and as a revenue generator The RSPL provides the nucleus of the players that will strive for World Cup glory. But no team competing in the RSPL at this time is adequately funded to meet its expenses, including player salaries, nutrition for players, medical and other critical needs for players. But if this is the nucleus from which our national talent must come, this is not sustainable. The PFAJ is committed to play its part in this regard. We have to become far more professional in our approach. We have to put together a highly professional marketing proposal that speaks to the overall goal. How do we plan to achieve this? What the ultimate outputs are expected to be? Qualifying for Qatar in 2022 will take a concerted national effort, starting now, not 2020. But let us temper our expectations against the background of the above. I want to be one of the first to confirm my ride to Qatar, but we have to be mindful of what it will take to get there and put our collective energies to work. As a country, we are pretty hard on our sportspersons when we do not succeed as expected. Let us give this effort the biggest support possible. It will require no less. – Don Anderson is chairman of the Professional Football Association of Jamaica. But against the background of this general conviction, we have to face the stark reality that this is going to be a difficult assignment. Hence, we will have to temper our expectations going forward as there are several factors which we will need to overcome for us to get there. One of these is the absence of facilities and infrastructure, specifically good playing surfaces and club amenities. There are very few fields with playing surfaces that can enhance the skills of our players. The playing surface is critical in football, as a good first touch is essential for a team to play well, all other things being equal. The quality of our fields here does not lend itself to quick and good ball control and hence good passing. Several Premier League clubs have been working to improve their playing surfaces, but it remains a very tall order for them, financially. The absence of good playing surfaces will be a major drawback to cohesive play at the national level. As the curtain rises on the premier football competition in the world this week, we are asking ourselves, “Can Jamaica make it to the 2012 finals in Qatar”. The general feeling is “Yes, we can”. Jamaica Olympic Association President Chris Samuda was unequivocal in this regard in his football talk last week. As chairman (PFAJ), I declare my own support. Certainly Jamaica can qualify for the 2022 World Cup. – Our football has developed significantly since 1998. – We have unquestionably more good local players coming to the fore. – Our Premier League has matured over the years and is now highly competitive. We are enjoying a good run of success internationally, rising to 48th in the world ranking, so we are close to that 32-team bracket and have shown consistently that we can compete against the best. The programme to 2022 must be based on a structured and deliberate strategy to give the national team as much competition as possible over the next three years to qualifying. This will be buttressed by regular camps at which player evaluation is a central theme. Local players can be exposed to more organised and professional competition by seeking to get them playing in professional leagues across the world. Role of government Consistent Camps and Practice Games Hurdles to overcome Strong marketing approach needed There is a glaring need for significant improvement in the level of professionalism among clubs and at the national level. CONCACAF is on a drive to force a growing acceptance of a strong professional approach to the game at both club and the league levels. Next year, 2019, is mandated by them for all leagues to be fully professional, good playing surfaces, good lighting, good club facilities for players and spectators, good venue control, good administration, good and transparent accounting. There are rewards for compliance and penalties for non-compliance. Greater adherence to high professional standards will redound to the benefit of the clubs initially, and to the national programme. This will breed a new culture of excellence which will lead to the development of better players at club and national levels. If we expect the Reggae Boyz to qualify we must have a strategic drive to get there, starting now. It will require significant funding through a well-coordinated and prepared marketing proposal and plan. There are too many competing demands on Government’s relatively limited resources. Government must, however, be a facilitator. Developing from the youth levellast_img read more

Double delight – Gaynstead secure junior and senior urban netball titles

first_imgGaynstead High School won a historic double in schoolgirl netball at the Leila Robinson Netball Courts yesterday as the Dalton Hinds-coached teams took the junior and senior titles at the ISSA Urban Schoolgirl Netball Competition yesterday. The junior team defeated Norman Manley High 29-27 before their seniors carved out a 33-27 win over St Catherine to secure the school’s first senior title. Hinds, who saw his teams come close last year before losing to St Catherine and Excelsior in the respective finals, was, as expected, pleased with the double success. “We have been waiting three years for this, and this is testimony to our excellent programme at Gaynstead. The girls have worked hard all season, and I am happy the younger ones were here to see this. Gaynstead will rule supreme for years to come,” said Hinds. In the senior encounter, Gaynstead, motivated by their junior team’s earlier success, took early control of the game, rushing into a 10-3 first-quarter lead, much to the delight of the vociferous Gaynstead supporters. However, it was a different affair in the second quarter as St Catherine rallied, scoring seven unanswered goals late on to come within one point as Gaynstead took a slim 15-14 lead into the half-time break. With national player goalkeeper Latanya Wilson making several crucial interceptions to nullify St Catherine’s attacks, they regained control of the game in the third quarter. Despite another gallant effort at a comeback, St Catherine found it difficult to cut into the lead, with Gaynstead going into the third quarter 26-20 in front. St Catherine found themselves playing with six players as centre Chevelle-Lee Thompson was disqualified from the game for unsportsmanlike behaviour late in the final quarter. Playing with only six players was always going to be difficult for the Phyllis Thompson-coached team, with Gaynstead making the most of the advantage to pull off their win. Earlier, it was a very exciting affair in the junior final, with both teams putting on a spectacle for the fans. St Catherine and Excelsior had earlier finished third in the respective categories. St Catherine stopped St Hugh’s 27-21 in the junior competition, while Excelsior had a 36-31 win over The Queen’s School in senior action.last_img read more

BLUES PLAYOFF HOPES FALL JUST SHORT

first_img Box Score The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s hockey team dropped a 6-1 decision to the York Lions on Saturday night (Feb. 10) at Canlan Ice Sports. The Blues wrap up the 2017-18 regular season with an 11-15-1 record, just shy of the final playoff berth.Midway through the second, with the score evened at 1-1, the Lions scored two goals within 37 seconds and the Blues were unable to dig themselves out.Andrew Hunt made 25 saves in his last game representing U of T.Fifth-year forward Dean Klomp opened the scoring in his last game as a Varsity Blues off a nice pass from Curtis Harvey just 5:23 into the contest. The Lions responded quickly though, getting one behind Hunt just 37 seconds later.The Blues put a lot of pressure on the Lions to start the second period, but weren’t able to solve goalie Mack Shields. York’s Daniel Nikandrov potted a shorthanded goal at 10:16, which was the first of three goals in the frame.Despite missing the playoffs, Toronto had a great second half of the season. The Blues came out of the December exam break and won seven out of 10 games before dropping their final two contests. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Story Links Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

D43’s Robbins has big plans

first_imgSan Bernardino. Rough town. Problems aplenty. No place for the faint of heart. He became District Administrator Oct. 1. He oversees 12 leagues and about 275 teams and 3,300 children, ranging in age from 5 to 18. The district includes leagues in San Bernardino, Highland, the mountain communities, Mentone and part of Redlands. But it is in the city of San Bernardino that Robbins is especially focused. “The programs are smaller in the less-affluent neighborhoods such as at Blake, the Kiwanis Knights of Columbus (KKC), San Bernardino and Del Rosa,” Robbins, 45, said. “I’m trying to get out there in the community and be positive and get business sponsorships and foster a spirit of cooperation between our 12 leagues.” Among the things Robbins tells businessmen is that if they sponsor a team, maybe it will remove kids from the street who otherwise might be vandalizing their businesses. “Randy is very organized and very structured,” said Lydia Whitehead, the president of Civitan LL. “He’s also willing to take some suggestions. In the past we’ve had some DA’s who have not been so flexible.” Robbins on Oct. 1 succeeded Debbie Morgan, who served as the District 43 DA for two years. Morgan took the place of Chuck Wilkinson, who was forced to resign under pressure by the other league presidents due to his methods and what they described at the time as questionable business practices. Wilkinson in an e-mail to The Sun in 2004 said he resigned due to failing health. Such a figurative black eye is enough to make one such as Robbins wince. He has been involved in Little League since 1991, serving as a coach, manager, umpire, league president, umpire chief and assistant district administrator. Robbins and wife Debbie have also served since 1998 as the Team 14 host for Washington at the Western Regional LL tourney. When the Washington state champs come to San Bernardino, the Robbinses help them get acclimated, entertain them, act as tour guides, etc. “I think he’ll do a great job,” said Elliott Bruce, the president of Wildwood LL. “Since I became president of Wildwood he’s always been there if I needed someone to talk to or if I needed clarification on a rule. He’s a great guy for the job.” Robbins and his helpers are using every device they can think of to promote Little League. They are employing the Internet, posting flyers, mailing out postcards, addressing community groups, etc. A target group is the lower-income families that make up so much of San Bernardino. “A lot of it is demographics,” said Whitehead, explaining why some of the leagues like Newmark and Wildwood are so well-stocked with players and volunteers, while others aren’t so fortunate. “Lower-income families don’t always have the structure of having parents at home to provide encouragement. If we’re lucky enough to get the kids to sign up in the first place, they sometimes don’t follow through on what they’re supposed to do. We’ll see the kids at the park hanging out, but not dressed for the games and with their team.” The lack of accountability is frustrating for Little League officials. It is especially so considering the sport is very low-cost for what one receives, and free for many. “Our flyers expressly say that we will not turn away a kid (due to lack of funds),” Pryor said. “Everyone is welcome to play. That’s a philosophy of Little League and I don’t know if every league advertises it, but we do.” Pryor said in the 10 years he’s been involved with Blake, only about 20 percent of the participants have paid their fees in full. (Leagues compensate through fund-raising, sponsors and snack bar revenue). Pryor is passionate about keeping kids involved, and for good reason, he intimated. “I know that my program means more than just getting kids off the couch,” he said. “My program keeps kids out of trouble and out of jail.” To illustrate, Pryor mentioned a pair of brothers who were in his program. One dropped out while playing juniors and the other played until he was 18. The one who dropped out is now serving time for burglary, while the other is in college. Making sure as many participants as possible have fun is part of the challenge. According to the National Institute for Child-Centered Coaching, 72 percent of children between 8 and 13 years of age drop out of organized sports. A study by the Youth Sports Institute found two of the top five reasons for children quitting sports were “not having fun” and “too much pressure.” Asked how he would combat such a trend, Robbins said: “That’s a good question. Each league has to handle those issues. One thing that we stress is to not have too much competition at the lower age levels, especially. And to be firm when coaches get too aggressive. The board of directors can’t let managers run roughshod over kids and other managers.” Robbins has other goals. He also wants to improve the lagging girls’ softball program, promote the Challenger Division for physically and developmentally disabled players and increase participation at the Big League level (ages 16-18). Regarding the latter he has persuaded the well-known Ray Imbriani to act as a consultant. “I think Little League is the best youth sports program out there,” Robbins said. “I didn’t create the model, but I believe in it. “If we can get the at-risk kids off the streets through baseball or other programs, then we’ll improve society.” For more information on District 43 Little League, log on to www.ca-district43.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Last year in Junior Softball we had a girl who was in and out of trouble,” Pryor said. “After an all-star game she threatened the other team, that she’d `shoot someone’ or something like that. The coaches and me were all over here.” The girl was ejected, but has been welcomed back this year. Pryor explained why. “Where else is she going to be if not here?” he said. “Will she be on the streets saying something like that and getting shot because someone takes her seriously?” Such dramatic instances may be rare in Little League, but they do occur. That is why Robbins and his army of league presidents and volunteer coaches are so dedicated to helping the city’s youth and keeping them out of trouble. It is especially Robbins’ goal to boost participation by lower-income children throughout the city. center_img Some are trying to make a stand. Like new District 43 Little League administrator Randy Robbins and Allen Pryor, the president of Blake Little League. Pryor played in cushy Newmark Little League as a youth, with its well-tended infields and solid parental support. But now he runs Blake LL, encompassing the tough streets of Muscoy and the rest of West San Bernardino. last_img

MAYOR DRUMS UP SUPPORT FOR LETTERKENNY BAND!

first_imgThe Letterkenny Senior Accordion Band would like to thank the Mayor of Letterkenny Pascal Blake for his kind sponsorship of their side drums.Pascal is pictured here presenting his donation to our treasurer Triona Callaghan. He also tried out the drums for himself when he joined the band at their Christmas Recital in The Letterkenny Shopping Centre on Sunday afternoon.Thanks again for your ongoing support Pascal and for being a good sport.“We may even call on his drumming skills again in the future,” said a spokesman.  MAYOR DRUMS UP SUPPORT FOR LETTERKENNY BAND! was last modified: December 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Senior Accordian BandMayor Pascal Blakelast_img read more

Barry Doherty ends term as Kilcar manager

first_imgKilcar’s 2017 Donegal SFC winning manager Barry Doherty has stepped aside at Towney after three years at the helm.Doherty is tipped to be replaced by John McNulty, who last managed the club in 2015 when they lost to Naomh Conaill in the Donegal SFC semi-final.Having taken over from Martin McHugh right at the start of the 2017 season, Doherty guided Kilcar to an All-County Football League and Donegal SFC title in his first year in charge. A 0-7 to 0-4 win over Naomh Conaill preceded an Ulster Club win over Scotstown before losing to Slaughtneil from Derry in an entertaining provincial semi-final. Kilcar retained the Division 1 crown in 2018, but were beaten in the quarter-finals of the 2018 Donegal SFC by Naomh Conaill and the semi-finals this year, when they went down to Gaoth Dobhair.Barry Doherty ends term as Kilcar manager was last modified: December 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:barry dohertykilcarlast_img read more

Cameroon squad refuse to board plane to Africa Cup of Nations over unpaid bonuses

first_img Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Cameron boss Clarence Seedorf is facing a crisis ahead of the start of the Africa Cup of Nations Most of us paid fully or partially our air tickets from our clubs to the team’s camp for the Afcon preparations.During camping in Madrid and Doha, no player, among the final 23 or the excluded 14, was paid participation premium.Our camping in Doha, our trip to Yaounde and the eventual trip to Cairo were all sponsored by Qatar.A presidential decree dating back to 2014 states that all bonuses, participation fees for friendly matches and camping must be paid to the players before the start of a major tournament like the Afcon.We have even accepted a 25 per cent slash in our regular bonuses ahead of the upcoming Afcon but unfortunately, they are not honouring this.We deplore the poor communication between the players and football officials of this country.This disorganisation led to the refusal of players like Joel Matip, Stephane Mbia and Nicolas Nkoulou to come to camp.We wish that the future generation of players would not suffer a similar disregard as us and those who preceded us. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:03Loaded: 15.74%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:03 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Cameroon’s open letter 1 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 latest Cameroon refused to board their plane to Egypt on Thursday ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations 2019.AFP claim they were told by a federal official that the players did not take their scheduled flight from Yaounde, with the tournament due to get under way on Friday night. The disagreement between the Indomitable Lions and the Cameroon Football Association is down to a variety of factors, most notably unpaid bonuses.And to date there seems little prospect of the two parties coming to an agreement, with the players reportedly demanding £53,000 each.The union are only prepared to offer them half that, however.In an open letter to the general public, signed by all 23 players, the Cameroon squad explained their stance. getty TROPHY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT SORRY OFF JIBE gameday cracker Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ revealed MOST READ IN FOOTBALL This is not the first time the Cameroon squad have taken such decisive action, as back in 2014 – ahead of the World Cup in Brazil – they also refused to board a plane due to disputes over bonuses.According to state television station CRTV, the players informed Seedorf of their decision not to travel before returning to their base at the Mont Febe hotel, where they wait for action to be taken.Cameroon are due to face Guinea-Bissau in their opening game of the tournament on Tuesday evening. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Michel Platini has been arrested as part of an investigation to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatarlast_img read more

Nokia X Gets Axed By Microsoft

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Android#Microsoft#Nokia#Nokia Lumia#Nokia X#Satya Nadella#smartphones#Stephen Elop#Windows Phone 8 center_img Related Posts Adding insult to injury, Microsoft will kill some of the Nokia X Android smartphones that Nokia released earlier this year.“We plan to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows. This builds on our success in the affordable smartphone space and aligns with our focus on Windows Universal Apps,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in an email explaining the 18,000 job cuts coming to Microsoft, including 12,500 from the Nokia division.See also: Why Microsoft Won’t Immediately Kill The Nokia X SmartphoneMicrosoft was never really happy that Nokia built and Android smartphone right before the acquisition of the smartphone manufacturer became official earlier this year. Reports said that Microsoft thought the Nokia Android phone was “embarrassing.” One source was overheard at a Nokia dinner at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February saying, “Microsoft is a Windows company.” Nokia twisted the fork on Microsoft a little bit with the Nokia X announcement, even if Microsoft claims to have known the plan all along. That’s why the Nokia X ran Android in the background but utilized Microsoft’s cloud and core services, instead of Google’s.At least that was the theory.In conversations with both Microsoft and Nokia executives at various industry events this year, each and every one said that there were no plans to kill the Nokia X series of Android devices.“Essentially the story is that Microsoft wants to connect the next billion people to the cloud,” said Jussi Nevanlinna, Nokia’s VP of product marketing for smartphones at Nokia before the acquisition, to ReadWrite in an interview in February. “What we bring is very wide reach. We have access to these consumers … We are a volume platform to connect the next billion people to Microsoft’s cloud and services.”When asked about what Microsoft thinks of the Nokia X smartphone during Mobile World Congress earlier this year, VP of Windows Phone at Microsoft Joe Belfiore hedged his bets.“We have a terrific engineering relationship with Nokia. What they do as an independent company is what they do. They will do some things we are excited about and some things that we are not excited about,” said Belfiore.As recently as Microsoft’s Build developer conference in April this year, Nokia VP of marketing for smart devices Hans Henrik Lund unequivocally said that the Nokia X would continue into a second generation.“Oh absolutely. Of course they will. Because again, it makes sense. Because we can get consumers onto Microsoft services as opposed than potentially going to Google services,” Lund said in an interview with ReadWrite.New Nokia X devices are unlikely at this point at Microsoft focuses on its Lumia portfolio. In an email announcing the layoffs to the Nokia team, former Nokia CEO and current VP of devices at Microsoft outlined the strategy for device manufacturing going forward.We will be particularly focused on making the market for Windows Phone. In the near term, we plan to drive Windows Phone volume by targeting the more affordable smartphone segments, which are the fastest growing segments of the market, with Lumia. In addition to the portfolio already planned, we plan to deliver additional lower-cost Lumia devices by shifting select future Nokia X designs and products to Windows Phone devices. We expect to make this shift immediately while continuing to sell and support existing Nokia X products. Currently, three sizes of Nokia X Android smartphones running Windows cloud services are on the market around the world. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Women’s World Cup: Sara helps Germany beat Spain 1-0

first_imgValenciennes (France): Germany brushed off the absence of injured star player Dzsenifer Marozsan to beat Spain 1-0 on Wednesday and take control of Group B in the women’s World Cup, virtually assuring themselves of missing the rampant United States in the last 16. Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Sara Daebritz earned the Germans a hard-fought three points by pouncing three minutes before the break ahead of dithering Spain defender Marta Torrejon, who only had to clear the ball after her goalkeeper Sandra Panos did well to save Alexandra Popp’s header. “I thought I could get to the ball so I just slid into it, and it was fantastic to score,” Daebritz told German broadcaster ZDF. Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s side, who will be without Lyon playmaker Marozsan for at least another match after she broke her toe in their opening 1-0 win over China, are almost assured of topping the group. They are three points clear of Spain and are one better on goal difference, meaning they need a point against bottom side South Africa on Monday to be completely sure of coming out on top. That would leave whoever finished second below them to face the Americans, who were in ominous form on Tuesday as they racked up a record 13-0 win over Thailand, while the Germans would take on one of the four best third-placed finishers who will make the last 16. “Our goal was always to win the group, and now we are on the way to doing so. We want to win our third game too,” added Daebritz.Related News Tottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as manager MSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final Asked by reporters if watching the USA dismantle Thailand was “extra motivation” for her side to win the group, a smiling Voss-Tecklenburg said “both teams knew they didn’t want play the winners of Group F”. Second-placed Spain, who were wasteful despite dominating possession and will rue Nahikari Garcia somehow slicing wide when clean through in the 14th minute, should still qualify but face a trickier test against China on Monday. They risk being caught by the Chinese or South Africa, who aim to boost their own qualification hopes on Thursday in Paris after losing their opening games. ‘Special’ Oshoala sinks South KoreaEarlier Nigeria coach Thomas Dennerby hailed forward Asisat Oshoala as “special” after her goal helped the Super Falcons to a 2-0 win over South Korea and took them close to qualifying for the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup for the first time in 20 years. Oshoala struck 15 minutes from the end with a super burst and finish to seal the win after a comical own goal from Kim Do-yeon, who somehow hooked a long ball back past onrushing goalkeeper Kim Min-jung, had put Nigeria ahead in the 29th minute. “She’s very special because no-one has the speed she has,” the Swede said the lightning quick 24-year-old after a huge win, just their second in the World Cup since 1999. The victory for Dennerby’s side left the unfortunate South Koreans pointless after their first two games in Group A and put Nigeria level with France and Norway on three ahead of their crunch clash in Nice later on Wednesday. Nigeria can now legitimately hope for a place in the last 16 regardless of what happens in their last group match against the tournament-hosting French thanks to the best third-placed teams going through. The three points they have could well be enough to see the Super Falcons through to the knockout rounds for the first time since 1999, when they reached the quarter-finals in the US. However Dennerby is targeting a result against France in Rennes on Monday to remove all doubt. “France are a very good team, if we come out of that with one point we’ll all be very happy,” Dennerby added. South Korea meanwhile face an uphill task to go through as they face a strong Norway side in their final group match next week. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting worldlast_img read more

Mumbai crush Tamil Nadu, to take on Gujarat in Ranji Trophy final

first_imgRiding on debutant Prithvi Shaw’s brilliant century, defending champions Mumbai cruised into the final of the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy after defeating Tamil Nadu by six wickets in the semi-final here on Thursday.Mumbai, the 41 times champions, will now take on Gujarat in the final at Indore’s Holkar Stadium from January 10.The 17-year-old Shaw scored 120 off 175 deliveries in the second innings to join Sachin Tendulkar, Amol Muzumdar, Ajinkya Rahane, Jatin Paranjpe and Sameer Dighe, among others, as Mumbai batsmen to score centuries on first-class debut.Shaw shared three crucial partnerships with Praful Waghela, Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav to take his team over the line.Chasing a target of 251 on the final day of the match, Mumbai openers Shaw and Praful Waghela (36) put up a 90-run stand before the latter was caught by Vijay Shankar off Baba Aparajith.Thereafter, Shaw teamed up with Shreyas Iyer (40) to put on a 91-run stand for the second wicket before forging a 57-run third wicket stand with Suryakumar Yadav (34).Shaw, who consumed 152 deliveries to get to his ton, laced with 13 hits to the fence and one over it, perished ten runs short of the finish line.Shaw mistimed a slog sweep off Aushik Srinivas and was well taken by a running T. Natarajan near the midwicket boundary.After that, Mumbai skipper Aditya Tare (4 not out) and Siddhesh Lad (1 not out) ensured there were no further hiccups as Mumbai looked on course for their 42nd Ranji title.For Tamil Nadu, Aushik Srinivas took two wickets while Baba Aparajith and Vijay Shankar picked up one wicket apiece.advertisementBrief Scores: Tamil Nadu 305, 356/6 declared lose to Mumbai 411, 251/4 (Prithvi Shaw 120, Shreyas Iyer 40, Aushik Srinivas 2/73) by six wickets.last_img read more