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Diamond League France sees McPherson and Day place in 400m run

first_imgJamaica’s Stephenie Ann McPherson and Christine Day picked-up second and third positions in the 400 metres hurdles at the 12th stop of the Diamond League series in France on Friday.McPherson, a 400m finalist in Rio de Janeiro, clocked 50.33 seconds to finish behind American Natasha Hastings who won in 50.06 seconds.Day improved on her Olympic Games form to place third in 50.75 seconds.McPherson was the quickest out of the blocks from lane five and opened up a slight lead on Hastings.However Hastings began accelerating after 200 metres and came off the final curve level with McPherson and into a tight finish in the final 80 metres before the American pulled away in the finals 10 metres to take victory.McPherson’s victory earned her a one point lead for the 400 metre Diamond Trophy ahead of Olympic champion Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas.Another clash over the 200 metres between Diamond League leader Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands and Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson, who won Olympic Gold over the 100 and 200 metres, did not take place.Thompson, who also won the 100 metres at the Lausanne Diamond League, opted out of the Parish Diamond League and returned to her training camp in Italy to prepare for upcoming meets.last_img read more

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South Africa seeks greater African role in UN Security Council

first_imgSouth Africa, China share opportunities for cooperation in UN Security Council Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s president, speaks during the United Nations General Assembly seen on a laptop computer in Hastings on the Hudson, New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 22. 2020. The United Nations General Assembly met in a virtual environment for the first time in its 75-year history due to the pandemic. Photographer: Tiffany Hagler-Geard/Bloomberg via Getty Images Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s president, speaks during the United Nations General Assembly seen on a laptop computer in Hastings on the Hudson, New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 22. 2020. The United Nations General Assembly met in a virtual environment for the first time in its 75-year history due to the pandemic. Photographer: Tiffany Hagler-Geard/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesSouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday urged greater African representation at the UN Security Council as well as a stimulus package for the continent as it confronts Covid-19.Ramaphosa, who holds the rotating leadership of the continental body, the African Union, made the call in a remote speech to the United Nations General Assembly.“The current composition of the Security Council does not reflect the world in which we live,” Ramaphosa said by video.“We repeat our call for greater representation of African countries on the Security Council, and that this is taken up with urgency at the intergovernmental negotiations.”“It is only through a reformed and inclusive UN Security Council that we will be able to collectively resolve some of the world’s most protracted conflicts,” he said.South Africa is serving its second year as an elected non-permanent member of the Security Council.It has long pressed for reform of the Security Council, which has five veto-wielding permanent members — Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a similar pitch in remarks Monday.“Without comprehensive reforms, the UN faces a crisis of confidence,” he said.Ramaphosa also called for a “comprehensive stimulus package for African countries” and the freezing of interest payments on external and public debt for African countries, as the continent battles to recover after reallocating resources to fight Covid-19.His country — the worst affected by the coronavirus on the continent, recording more than 660,000 cases and nearly 16,000 deaths — is faced with scandals over corruption and missing funds earmarked for the pandemic.“We must deal decisively with the rot of corruption that is robbing our people of the opportunities and services that are their right,” said Ramaphosa, who won last year’s elections on promises to fight graft.He also called on the UN to curb racial prejudice and intolerance.“As a country that has known too well the anguish of institutionalized racism, South Africa supports the demands for swift action against racism, whether committed by individuals, companies, officials, or a state,” he said.Related South Africa elected to UN Security Councilcenter_img Africa pushing for permanent representation in UN Security Councillast_img read more

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Dominica Netball Association aspiring to compete internationally

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 377 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img LocalNewsSports Dominica Netball Association aspiring to compete internationally by: Dominica Vibes News – August 29, 2017 Share President of the DNA Regina WalshThe Dominica Netball Association (DNA) hopes to compete at the international level after becoming affiliated with the international netball body once again. Vice President of the DNA Dinnia Joseph on Thursday August 24 2017 explained that most netball associations in the Caribbean which decide to compete internationally do so because of their affiliation to the international body. Therefore in the case of the DNA she said, “We at this time we are now affiliated, we have paid our dues and we are getting back affiliated to the international body so in the near future we hope to be competing at the international level.”In the meantime they are focused on the Caribbean Netball Association (CNA) Tournament which has been revived. She revealed that Dominica had not competed in a tournament for twenty years, a number of which was due to the CNA not hosting a tournament. This year the Caribbean tournament will be held in Saint Lucia from October 8 to 18. The ten member national senior team which will compete in the tournament has been sponsored by Fast Cash. This sponsorship was nine thousand, nine hundred dollars was used to purchase two full sets of uniforms for the entire team. “Our intention is to go there, get our feet back in and go on from there in terms of preparing for international competition,” Joseph said. Meanwhile the DNA’s President, Regina Walsh said that the team is in training and she knows “they can give a good account of themselves”.Of competing in a regional tournament after so many years she said it will “auger good for us”. Walsh added that government’s plans to build an indoor Multisport Facility will finally give netball a home on the island. “We have no place now for training but with the new indoor complex we feel that netball will be going places. We can host local leagues, regional leagues and international leagues because you know sports tourism you can get any team from anywhere since you have the right facility,” she expounded.last_img read more

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PH women’s football team reaches AFF semis

first_imgDel Campo scored again late in the firsthalf while a costly mistake from the Singaporean goalkeeper gave her the hattrick in the opening minutes of the second half. MANILA – The Philippine women’s nationalfootball team reached the semifinals of the 2019 AFF Women’s Championship aftera 4-0 win over Singapore at the IPE Chonburi Stadium 1 in Chonburi, Thailand. The lead was doubled at the sixth minutecourtesy of Quinley Quezada. Thailand, on the other hand, will faceVietnam./PN The Malditas will vie for a championshipspot when it battles Group B leader Vietnam, which won all of its three matchesin lopsided fashion for nine points total. Alisha del Campo opened the scoring forthe Malditas in the opening minute on Friday after shocking the defense of theSingaporeans. The Marnelli Dimzon-mentored women’sfootball team ended the group stage with nine points, winning all but theirgame against host and defending champion Thailand on Aug. 21.last_img read more

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Cardinals at Browns Wednesday Injury Report

first_imgThe Browns and Cardinals took the field for the first time today for their upcoming game on Sunday at First Energy Stadium. Here’s the official injury report turned into the NFL from today’s session. Related TopicsBrownsCardinalsJosh McCownNFL Practice Report CLEVELAND BROWNS LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE WednesdayCB Justin Bethel (foot), S Deone Bucannon (elbow), LB Dwight Freeney (finger) DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. WednesdayWR Andrew Hawkins (concussion), TE Rob Housler (hamstring), RB Duke Johnson (not injury related), QB Josh McCown (right shoulder, ribs), S Jordan Poyer (shoulder), DE Randy Starks (not injury related), T Joe Thomas (not injury related) FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE Practice Report WednesdayWR John Brown (hamstring), TE Darren Fells (shoulder), WR Brittan Golden (groin), LB Alex Okafor (calf), CB Jerraud Powers (hamstring), DT Frostee Rucker (quadricep), C Lyle Sendlein (ankle) LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE WednesdayRB Isaiah Crowell (ribs), DE John Hughes (knee), QB Johnny Manziel (right elbow), WR Marlon Moore (hamstring), CB K’Waun Williams (hamstring) ARIZONA CARDINALS at CLEVELAND BROWNS Matt Loede ARIZONA CARDINALS WednesdayS Tashaun Gipson (ankle), CB Joe Haden (concussion, finger), LB Craig Robertson (ankle) DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICElast_img read more

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Cavs Can Clinch #1 Seed Monday, But It’s Far from A Guarantee

first_imgThe Cleveland Cavaliers enter Monday still atop the Eastern Conference standings in first place with two games remaining in the regular season.Many fans and players alike are sure to be tired of the regular season and ready for the playoffs to start, but although it may come as a surprise, we still have some meaningful basketball games to watch in early-April.If the Cavs would have taken care of business more early in the season, they could be resting LeBron James and/or Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, etc.But right behind the Cavs in the standings, the tenacious Toronto Raptors are only two games out of first place.What is important to remember in this playoff picture is that Toronto won two of three regular season head-to-head meetings against Cleveland, so if the teams finish with the same record to end the regular season, the Raptors would get the number one seed.Maybe this is meaningless anyway. Last season, the Cavs were the #2 seed and swept the #1 Atlanta Hawks, even with Irving banged up and Love on the sideline.But this season has taken on a different life than last year. The Cavs were riding a wave of adrenaline and consistently exceptional play after starting the 2014-2015 season 19-20, and finishing the regular season 34-9. This season, inconsistency has been the identity of the team. To make matters a bit more interesting in the playoffs, this Eastern Conference is not the laughingstock of a year ago.Toronto may not have the same regular season record as the Hawks did in 2014-2015, but they are still only two games behind the Cavs. And if so many people view the Cavs as a championship-caliber team, what does it say that the Raptors are breathing down their necks?Toronto has two things that the Hawks did not in 2014-2015… Their names are Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. Both of them have developed into star players.If they played in a bigger market and had more games on national television, maybe they would get the credit they deserve.Stars always come out and shine in the NBA Playoffs. The cream always rises to the top in the big games. And Toronto is a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference. Lowry and DeRozan are both veteran players now who have been through the grind of a couple postseasons, and should not be taken lightly in a seven-game series.If Toronto gets the #1 seed, there is potential for a Game 7 matchup between the Cavs and Raptors north of the border.The Cavs have played much better at home this season, as most teams do, but even if someone is of the opinion that Cleveland will still get the win, it can’t make the game any easier if it’s on the road.The Cavs have maintained first place in the East through all the ups and downs of the season. That has been one of the saving graces that supporters of the Wine and Gold can always fall back on.What’s there to complain about? The Cavs are still in first. If they choke at the end of the season, that argument then falls flat. But the same people who scoff at losses to bad teams and don’t read anything into the regular season will most likely then fall back to the argument of “Who cares? It doesn’t matter if the Cavs are the #1 seed anyway.”The most frustrating aspect about this situation is that they should not even be in this position right now. With all the talent and potential for greatness that this team has they should have locked up the #1 seed a week ago.It’s not like they are in the West with Golden State, San Antonio, and OKC. But some of the credit has to be given to Toronto. They have kept up the pace for most of the season.Meanwhile, the rest of the East is fighting tough all the way to the finish.All the Cavs have to do to clinch the #1 seed is win one of their next two games against Atlanta or Detroit. Seems easy enough, right?It won’t be as easy as it sounds.Atlanta is in a four-team race for the third-seed in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks currently hold third place, just one game ahead of the Celtics and Heat, while Charlotte is two games back in sixth place.Atlanta wants to maintain third place for a number of reasons, but most importantly because it means they would not have to face the #1 seed (which we hope to be the Cavs) until the Eastern Conference Finals, assuming they make it that far.If the Hawks are able to win a first-round series against most-likely the Charlotte Hornets, their next series would be against either Toronto or Detroit, as it stands.For this reason, the Hawks will be bringing their “A” Game to Cleveland on Monday night.Meanwhile, the Cavs appear to be in that “ready for the regular season to end” mode. A loss to the Bulls on Saturday night and the Pacers the game before that shows they are not overly concerned with finishing the season strong.Regardless of whether that is the right or wrong approach, fans should not expect the Cavs to come out and win easily against a Hawks team that will be giving their all at Quicken Loans Arena.It would not be a surprise at all if the Hawks win.The Raptors, on the other hand, would love to snatch the one-seed from Cleveland on the last day of the season. They play the lowly 76ers on Monday night, and the almost-as-lowly Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.It would be reasonable to expect the Raptors to win both of those games.The playoff picture may very well be determined by how the final night of the regular season goes.Let’s say the Cavs fall to the Hawks, hypothetically. If they win, then we’re all set and Cavs are the one-seed. But if it comes down to the last day, the Detroit Pistons, who are just as motivated as the Hawks, come to town.Detroit currently sits in 8th place in the East with the same record as the Indiana Pacers, who hold the tiebreaker between the two teams.The Pistons will want to do everything they can to get the seventh-seed. They won’t know the result of the Raptors vs. Nets game on Wednesday night, which starts at the same time as their game. The bottom line is that Atlanta and Detroit will be playing 100 percent with extra motivation to drive them in their two meetings against the Cavs.Do we know that we can expect the same out of the Cavs?The safe money is on “No.”Toronto’s favorable schedule and the Cavs timely matchups against teams in the thick of the playoff race will make these last two games interesting.Hopefully the Cavs can settle everything with a win on Monday night and they can rest LeBron on the final game of the season. Something they could already have been doing for the past week had they not piled up a number of losses to bad teams this season. But to the fans who don’t care if the Cavs get the #1 seed, do they care if LeBron gets rest either? It’s not like that would ever come back to haunt them down the road.To the fans who don’t care if the Cavs get the #1 seed, would you prefer having a less-rested LeBron and a more difficult postseason road, which could involve a potential Game 7 in Toronto? Is that a more ideal scenario than clinching home court? Fans can keep telling themselves none of it matters, but if the Cavs do end up choking and finishing the season on a four-game losing streak, all of this may play a big factor in their run to the championship.Let’s see if they put all this to rest on Monday night. 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Cleveland Browns To Keep Training Camp In Berea For “The Immediate Future”

first_imgThere was a request by the Browns back in February for Ohioans to help pay the five-million dollar cost in order to put a practice facility close to Ohio State University. Those plans seem to be nixed as of Wednesday.Browns VP of Communication Peter John-Baptiste talked to reporters about the decision Wednesday.“After evaluating all aspects and conversations about potential training camp sites, we have decided to keep training camp in Berea for the immediate future. While we greatly appreciate the efforts of and our discussions with representatives from the city of Columbus, Franklin County and Ohio State University, we believe it is best for our football team, our organizational goals and our fans to continue to host training camp in Northeast Ohio.”So for now, Berea will remain home of the Cleveland Browns training camp. Just like it has been since 1992. CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Cleveland Browns announced on Wednesday that they will be keeping their training camp in Berea for “the immediate future”. There had been talks of moving it to Columbus in the year 2018, but those plans have since been put to rest.Tom Withers of the Associated Press was one of the first to report the news. Elijah Mooneyham has been a dedicated sports fan his whole life. Born and raised in Cleveland, he has his best days when his hometown teams are winning. Elijah is currently on-air talent/producer on two shows, The Main Event and The Moon Hour, where you can find on AllSportsCleveland.com. He also has an insane passion for professional wrestling, so catch his opinions on the world of professional wrestling. Eli Mooneyham Related TopicsCleveland Browns Training Camplast_img read more

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Nikiski Considers Third Fire Station

first_imgThe service area would build the station on a piece of property they already own at the intersection of Holt Lamplight and the Escape Route. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Nikiski Fire Service Area may soon build a third fire station, increasing the percentage of residents living within 5 miles of a station to 70%. The benefit of adding a third station, apart from the faster response time to fires in the region, would include an area-wide reduction of fire insurance costs for the area. Administrators say “fire insurance ratings estimate the new station will save around $500K annually for citizens of the proposed area.” Administrators say the third station has been considered for more than a decade, and is part of their 10 year plan, but was put on hold in the past due to poor economic conditions. Now, they say, there is enough in the service area’s fund balance to pay for the $2.5-$3 million station without asking residents to pay for general obligation bonds.center_img If it is built, the station will likely be furnished with equipment from the two existing fire stations and staffed by volunteers. Comments or concerns can be voiced at NFSA Fire Board meetings, via e-mail to nikiskifire@kpb.us, or call or stop by Station #1.last_img read more

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Jeon surges into four-shot lead

first_imgITAKO, Ibaraki Pref. – South Korea’s Jeon Mi Jung shot a bogey-free 7-under-par 65 on Saturday to charge into a four-stroke lead over Sakura Yokomine and Nikki Campbell heading into the final round of the Philanthropy LPGA Players Championship.Jeon began the day two shots behind overnight leader Yokomine and made six of her seven birdies in a back-nine 30 on her way to a 10-under 206 total after three rounds. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img

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Nishikori prevails over Dimitrov in opening round of Shanghai Rolex Masters

first_img RELATED PHOTOS SHANGHAI – Kei Nishikori advanced to the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov on Tuesday night.Nishikori, playing with his left knee heavily taped due to tendinitis, broke Dimitrov in the opening game of the match, then held serve before breaking again in the ninth to claim the set in 38 minutes. Both players blasted away from the baseline, but Nishikori got the better of it with his deep returns and precise placement of repeated winners.The Bulgarian made 20 unforced errors in the first set, while Nishikori committed just six.Nishikori, who lost in the quarterfinals last week in Tokyo, is seeded 12th here.The Shimane native fell from 13th in the rankings last week to 18th this week after failing to defend his title at the Rakuten Open.Dimitrov, better known on the tour recently as Maria Sharapova’s boyfriend, is ranked 28th.A key moment in the contest came in the fifth game of the second set, when Dimitrov failed to convert on four break point chances. Nishikori held to move ahead 3-2, then stayed on serve and closed out the match in 1 hour, 21 minutes by breaking Dimitrov in the 10th game.“He played much better in the second set. He served better,” stated Nishikori. “I was able to play well on the important points. That was the difference.”When the challenge came in the second set, Nishikori said he knew he had to step up his game.“I tried to be aggressive then,” he commented. “There were several tight points. I just tried to not get too defensive and stay on the offensive.”The match marked the first meeting ever between Nishikori and Dimitrov.Nishikori will play either Austria’s Jurgen Melzer or Croatia’s Ivan Dodic in the second round.This is the third time Nishikori has played in the Shanghai Masters. His best finish came in 2011, when he lost to Andy Murray in the semifinals.When asked if he felt more pressure and responsibility when playing in Asia, Nishikori responded in the affirmative.“I do enjoy playing in Japan and in Asia,” he noted. “I always hope to do well in these events.”In other first-round action, former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, who was in the tournament as a wild card, fell to Italy’s Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-2.Ninth seed Richard Gasquet of France was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by unseeded Canadian Vasek Pospisil. The loss made Gasquet the first seeded player to be knocked out.France’s Gilles Simon, the 13th seed, was later eliminated by unseeded compatriot Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-3.Several players, including Nishikori, are still vying for a spot in the ATP World Tour Finals next month. The top eight players in the Masters Series rankings will face off in London. Top seed Novak Djokovic, new world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer, the fifth seed, have first-round byes.Heavy rain from Typhoon Fitow again disrupted the tournament schedule. All matches on the outer courts were canceled. Kei Nishikori, Shanghai Rolex Masters IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KEYWORDS Aiming for the top: Kei Nishikori competes against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in the first round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Tuesday night. Nishikori beat Dimitrov 6-3, 6-4. | KYODOlast_img read more