Yucaipa falls to Murrieta Valley

first_img“I kind of got this feeling going into this match and after they scored the goals in the first quarter, I started to know it,” said Yucaipa senior Melissa Morris. “I knew we had to step it up, but we just couldn’t. They beat us with decent speed and their counter attack.” The match, a home game for Yucaipa, was played at Redlands East Valley High School because the T’birds do not have a pool in accordance with CIF guidelines. “We play and practice in a pond compared to this,” said Yucaipa coach Brian White. “It was not the reason for the loss.” White hopes his team learns from the experience. “It was kind of hard to tell exactly what Murrieta Valley did because they did whatever they wanted. I told our team not to quit.” Yucaipa (15-14) could not get by the Nighthawks’ defense until sophomore Kim Carr scored with three minutes left in the match. Murietta Valley took an 8-0 lead after all-CIF goalie Kristen Stragier heaved in a length-of-the-pool shot at the buzzer to end the half. REDLANDS – Yucaipa’s inexperienced girls water polo team was able to stop the Murrieta Valley scoring machine on its first four possessions, but couldn’t do much after that as the Thunderbords were routed 17-1 by the the Nighthawks in a CIF-Southern Section Division V quarterfinal match on Tuesday. Murrieta Valley (29-1), which holds D5’s top ranking, was led by all-Southwestern League players Sydney Sonoda and Torrey Kylander. Sonoda scored four goals and Kylander had three and three assists. center_img Yucaipa got to the quarterfinals after defeating Colony High School 9-3 in a first-round match last week. The Nighthawks scored on 17 of 26 shot attempts while Yucaipa mustered only one goal on 15 attempts. Murrieta Valley advances to play the Cathedral City-Corona Centennial winner in a semifinal match on Friday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Liverpool transfer news: Turkish giants eyeing move for Reds forward

first_img latest smart causal Liverpool forward Divock Origi is wanted by several clubs as his time at Anfield looks numbered. silverware How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? gameday cracker England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 1 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings ALTERED Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes revealed The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP center_img SORRY NEW ERA Origi has since returned to Liverpool for pre-season but is not expected to play a key role for Jurgen Klopp this season and, therefore, a move away has been mooted.The Reds would prefer to offload Origi permanently, with Watford considering a bid, but they are demanding £26m for the former Lille frontman.According to reports in Turkey, both Besiktas and Fenerbahce are keen on snapping up Origi but Liverpool’s valuation could throw the move into doubt. predicted Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Most Popular Premier League News Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Both clubs are therefore proposing season-long loan deals, with an-option-to-buy clause included should the Belgian’s temporary stint prove successful. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Out-of-favour Liverpool striker Divock Origi is wanted on loan by Besiktas and Fenerbahce, according to reports in Turkey.The young Belgian spent last season out on loan at German side Wolfsburg and scored seven goals in the Bundesliga.last_img read more

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Six Donegal brothers ploughing their way to TV fame tonight

first_imgA family of skilled farmers from Donegal will be featured in a special edition of RTE’s Nationwide this Wednesday evening.The Simms brothers from Milford have gained attention at the National Ploughing Championships as all six of them are competing in Carlow this week.RTE cameras will meet Matthew, Lee, Gary, Alan, Andrew and Ivan Simms tonight to hear about their events and preparations.  Competitiveness clearly runs in the family, as eldest brother Matthew is coach to the Republic of Ireland ploughing team. Tune in to Nationwide on RTE One from 7pm this Wednesday, 18th September, to see the show.Don’t miss #RTENationwide this evening, Wed 18th Sept, from the Ploughing Championships in Co Carlow –@KennedyMary chats to the Simms brothers from Co Donegal, all six of them ploughing over the three days on @RTEOne 7pm & RTE+1 8pm @rte @DonegalHour @dgldemocrat @donegalpage RT pic.twitter.com/WntxH8fUgS— RTÉ Nationwide (@RTENationwide) September 18, 2019Six Donegal brothers ploughing their way to TV fame tonight was last modified: September 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:agriculturefarmingnational ploughing championshiprte nationwidesimmslast_img read more

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Second-half latest: Chelsea 1 Tottenham 2 – Spurs close to victory at the Bridge

first_imgGary Cahill’s 58th-minute goal hauled Chelsea back into the derby at Stamford Bridge, where Tottenham must win in order to keep their slim title hopes alive.Goals from Harry Kane and Son Heung-min put the visitors in control before Cahill got in front of Toby Alderweireld to control Willian’s right-wing corner and then poked the ball in with his left boot.With the home fans desperate for their team to ensure their London rivals do not win the Premier League, Chelsea’s players responded with a high-tempo start.But they were undone 10 minutes before half-time when a neat Spurs move culminated in Erik Lamela cleverly threading the ball through to Kane, who rounded keeper Asmir Begovic before applying the finish.And after Branislav Ivanovic gave the ball away a minute before the interval, Christian Eriksen played in Son, who coolly steered the ball past Begovic.Chelsea had gone close to taking an early lead when Cahill headed wide from Cesc Fabregas’ left-wing corner.Fabregas then had a chance but side-footed wide from the edge of the penalty area after being teed up by Diego Costa, who later had a powerful shot tipped over by keeper Hugo Lloris.At the other end, Danny Rose shot wide from 25 yards, Son sent a left-footed effort well wide, and Kane fired over with a long-range free-kick before eventually breaking the deadlock.There was controversy soon after Son’s goal. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino broke up a scuffle between Willian and Rose near the touchline, and during a melee that followed Spurs’ Moussa Dembele appeared gouge Costa’s eyes.Cahill and skipper John Terry returned to the heart of the Chelsea defence following their respective injuries, while Eden Hazard was dropped to the Blues bench.Hazard replaced Pedro at half-time and forced a near-post save from Lloris as Chelsea attempted to get back into the game.Tottenham, who have not won at the Bridge since 1990, remained a threat and Begovic twice saved to deny Kane, keeping out a header and a low shot from the England striker.But Pochettino’s side then switched off a set-piece and were punished by Cahill, whose goal raised the hopes of Chelsea fans that their team could yet get the result that would confirm leaders Leicester as champions.Costa almost equalised but was unable to reach Hazard’s low cross, before Begovic saved from substitute Ryan Mason to prevent a Tottenham third.Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic (Oscar 77); Willian, Fabregas, Pedro (Hazard 45); Costa.Subs: Amelia, Baba, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Traore.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Stenson lifts South African Open title

first_img19 November 2012Sweden’s Henrik Stenson captured the South African Open, co-sanctioned by the European and Sunshine Tours, at the Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate on Sunday, finishing three shots ahead of runner-up George Coetzee of South Africa.It was his first title since The Players Championship in May 2009. It was also his first European Tour title since the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in February 2007. Between those two victories, he clinched the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City in December 2008.‘Very pleased’“I’ve had to fight hard the last few years on the golf course and I’m very pleased to pick up this win,” he said after securing victory.“When it takes that long between wins, you wonder if there will be another. You’ve just got to fight hard and put the work in. In this game you need to put a lot of effort in to get something back.“I’m very relieved to have won this one,” he added.Stenson’s victory, only the second by a Swede in the South African Open after Mathias Gronberg in 2000 and just the fourth by a European, was built on his first two rounds – 66 and 65 – which left him on 13-under-par 131 at the halfway mark. That was three shots better than first round leader Merrick Bremner, who had fired a superb eight-under-par 64 to open his challenge.DP World Tour ChampionshipThe victory clinched a place for Stenson at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, and the win could hardly have been timed better. The top 60 players on the European Tour are invited to the tournament and the Swede had entered the South African Open in 59th place. He ended it in 45th position.Victory also ensured another return to South Africa for Stenson as it secured him a place at the 2013 Volvo Golf Champions, which will be played at the Durban Country Club.Coetzee put in a charge in a bid for victory and drew level with Stenson on the ninth hole after the Swede found the water, but Stenson kept his nerve to record birdies on the 10th, 16th and 17th, while Coetzee birdied the 11th and bogeyed the 15th, to go on to a three-shot victory.‘I played aggressively’“I played aggressively coming in and made the birdies, and luckily George didn’t, but George played well and will get that win sooner or later,” Stenson commented.“Every win has a special meaning. I’ve won some great tournaments in my career, but winning these traditional championships is always special.“It’s very humbling to get your name on a trophy that has so many great champions. Gary Player is on there 13 times, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to match that,” he said to laughter from the media.Low scoringCoetzee had rocketed into contention after he fired a sensational nine-under-par 63 in the third round. That effort was bettered by defending champion Hennie Otto on Sunday. After average rounds of 71, 72 and 75, he shot a stunning course record 10-under-par 62 to move up to a tie for ninth in the final standings on eight-under-par 280.Third place was shared by South Africa’s Thomas Aiken and Germany’s Martin Kaymer, both of whom closed with five-under-par 67s to end on 275, one shot behind Coetzee.Charl Schwartzel, too, carded a 67 and finished alone in fifth place on 277.LEADERBOARD Henrik Stenson (Swe) 66, 65, 69, 71, 271George Coetzee (RSA) 70, 70, 63, 71, 274Thomas Aiken (RSA) 73, 66, 69, 67, 275Martin Kaymer (Ger) 70, 70, 68, 67, 275Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 68, 68, 74, 67, 277Magnus Carlsson (Swe) 68, 67, 68, 76, 279Darren Fichardt (RSA) 68, 70, 68, 73, 279Tommy Fleetwood (Eng) 70, 69, 71, 69, 279Michael Jonzon (Swe) 68, 69, 71, 72, 280Hennie Otto (RSA) 71, 72, 75, 62, 280 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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South Africa’s largest maize crop in history

first_imgThe country’s largest maize crop is expected later this year, says the Department of Agriculture. We look at the positive effects of this on exports and food security.South Africa is expecting its largest maize crop in history in 2017, says the Department of Agriculture. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa could expect its largest maize crop in the country’s history, said the Crop Estimates Committee of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Daff).The yield of maize is expected to be just more than 15-million tons, 101% higher than the 2016 crop, despite the drought.“The three main maize producing areas, namely the Free State, Mpumalanga and North West provinces, are expected to produce 83% of the 2017 crop,” said the department.The bumper harvest is expected to have a knock-on effect on food prices, by bringing them down.Drought reliefDespite the recent drought in Southern African, caused by the El Niño climate phenomenon, there was more than double the average recorded rainfall in January and February, according to local weather services.In November 2016, Daff also received R212-million from the National Disaster Centre for drought relief efforts for farmers.Earlier this month, it provided an update on the money spent.“With the allocated funds, Daff has managed to assist 74,335 farmers. Currently, Daff has distributed 613,481 bags of animal feed and 3,790 tons of lucerne.” In total, the department had spent R210-million of the allocated funds.Effect on exports and food securitySurplus maize would most likely be exported, said Grain South Africa. “Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, those are three countries that have ordered a lot of maize from South Africa,” Grain South Africa CEO Jannie de Villiers told Reuters.South Africa’s domestic consumption of maize was approximately 10.5-million tons, he said. Anything over that could be exported, showing the resilience of the country’s agriculture sector.The increased harvest could also improve food security in South Africa.The World Health Organization (WHO) defines food security as a state in which all people in society have enough food always for an active and healthy life. “Food security as an umbrella term includes the availability of food that is nutritious and safe, and an assured ability to procure and acquire food of good quality in a socially acceptable way.”After a 10-year study, which started in 1999, the WHO concluded that food security in South Africa had increased. It cited government programmes such as feeding schemes in schools and social grants as positively contributing to people having more food.“Although the measures and programmes initiated by the South African government appear to be beneficial, they need to be run more effectively to further alleviate food insecurity,” the report read.Statistics South Africa found similar results in its 2016 General Household Survey. “The percentage of South African households with inadequate or severely inadequate access to food decreased from 23.9% in 2010 to 22.3% in 2016,” the organisation said.“The percentage of households that experienced hunger decreased from 23.8% to 11.8% while the percentage of individuals who experienced hunger decreased from 29.3% to 13.4% over the same period.”Other harvest grainsThe remaining grain forecast is largely unchanged, except for dry beans.Sunflower seeds remain unchanged at 853,470 tonsSoybeans remain unchanged at 1.2-million tonsGround nut crop remains unchanged at 86,600 tonsSorghum remains unchanged at 153,480 tonsDry beans increase by 1.94% to 68,450 tonsSources: Daff, World Health Organization, Stats SA Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Upcoming Webinar | Safe and Sound: Caring in Our Community

first_imgTraumatic Experiences: Impacts and CopingIt’s no secret that children and youth can be profoundly impacted by instances of trauma and community violence. With all the latest research on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), we can see that the effects of trauma and violence experienced during childhood can have lasting, lifelong consequences. Military families can also face unique circumstances and challenges around violent and traumatic events. In knowing this information, the question truly becomes what can parents, educators, and service professionals do to help children cope during and after a traumatic experience?One fantastic organization that provides tools and resources for many topic areas is Sesame Street for Military Families!Sesame Street for Military Families is a free, bilingual website with information and resources on a variety of topics with military families in mind. Several of these topics include deployments, homecomings, injuries, grief, self-expression, as well as trauma and community violence.On January 17, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. ET, Sabrina Huda and Antonio Freitas from Sesame Street for Military Families and the Sesame Street Workshop, will be facilitating a 90-minute webinar on the impact of childhood trauma and community violence, where they will highlight resources and activities to help children cope, as well as strategies that assist with self-care following a disturbing event.Participants can also receive FREE continuing education credits for this event! If you are unable to attend the live event, the webinar will be archived for viewing at your convenience. CEUs will be available for the archived event until January 17, 2020.We hope you will join us for this important webinar and share with others who may be interested in learning with us!Kids Serve Too SeriesKids Serve Too! is a webinar series designed to support service providers and education professionals who work with military children and families. This Sesame Street for Military Families and Military Families Learning Network collaborative webinar series invites you to explore resources and strategies related to community violence, military relocation, military caregiving, and young children with special needs.Learn more about the series, sign up for the mailing list and take a look at the other webinars in this series on the Kids Serve Too homepage!Kids Serve Too –  Homepagelast_img read more

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It’s more than just a game for Afghanistan’s cricketers

first_imgThey are not giant-killers yet, but Afghanistan’s cricketers are certainly not lacking in ambition. All-rounder Karim Sedeq says by 2020, his team will be ranked at the top. Judging by how they pushed India to a tight 23-run win at the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka on September 19, he,They are not giant-killers yet, but Afghanistan’s cricketers are certainly not lacking in ambition. All-rounder Karim Sedeq says by 2020, his team will be ranked at the top. Judging by how they pushed India to a tight 23-run win at the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka on September 19, he could be right.An Afghan boy bowls on a frozen lake in Kabul.Afghans have raced to rank 14 in the world, up from 39 in 2005. They may not have marked their card yet in four World Twenty20 games-in 2010 against South Africa and India in the West Indies; and in September against India and England. But they are fearless, spirited players with an unshakable belief that cricket will save their war-torn nation.”It’s more than a game for us,” says Hamid Shinwari, the head of the Afghan Cricket (AC) board. “The happiness of the Afghan people is at stake. Through this game we can establish peace in Afghanistan.” Shinwari, 30, is an earnest man whose mission is to ensure Afghanistan is the good news story of world cricket. The country’s history as a battleground where poverty, misery and ignorance are the norm, makes the triumphant march of their plucky cricket team in the midst of a protracted war a heart warming tale. It has been made into an award-winning documentary called Out of the Ashes, which concentrated more on the inter-personal politics of the team than its cricket-playing prowess. Even as losers, the Afghans get the winning share of media coverage.The International Cricket Council (ICC) picked Afghanistan and Ireland as the two developing members to play with the big guys in the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. They were drawn with India and England, while the Irish were grouped with Australia and the West Indies. After talking up a big game, the Afghans rattled India with some fine batting and bowling. Openers Sehwag and Gambhir were lost cheaply to an exhilarating burst from the tall left-arm pacer Shapoor Zadran, and a famous upset didn’t look impossible. But they were let down by sloppy fielding, and India survived four dropped catches to post 159/5. The inexperienced Afghan batsmen then fell to Indian spin. Two days later, England came prepared and slammed them for 196/5, before bowling them out for 80 in 17.2 overs. Afghanistan were saved from utter humiliation-which looked likely at 26/8-by a welcome 44 runs from Gulbodin Naib.advertisementMen play cricket in front of the ruins of the Darul a man palace in KabulFor Shinwari, AC’s chief executive officer, being picked for Sri Lanka is in itself a victory. “A few years ago, we were playing Jersey (the English Channel island),” he says. The team’s success, for a country desperately in need of it, has propelled cricket into the national consciousness. Players, officials and fans insist it’s now Afghanistan’s national sport.That’s a significant claim. Afghanistan is divided along ethnic, tribal, linguistic and religious lines. Until recently, cricket was associated solely with Pashtuns, and shunned by the Tajiks, Uzbeks and Hazaras who make up the rest of the 30 million population. All national team members are Pashtuns, whose territory straddles the border with Pakistan. They learned to play cricket while living in refugee camps there, among the millions who fled the country when the former Soviet Union invaded in 1979. Most remained in Pakistan during the civil war that followed. When the Taliban fell to the US-led invasion following 9/11, many refugees returned, and brought cricket with them.Star batsman Sedeq’s family fled Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan when he was three years old. Upon arrival at a refugee camp in Peshawar, he says, “Every day, Pakistani tv had live telecasts of cricket, so every day cricket was entering my mind. So I started playing.” Sedeq played club cricket in Peshawar, and eventually established a team of refugees that he says did so well-finishing runners-up in a local club tournament-that they were thrown out of the league. “They said this is Pakistan, and you don’t play here. So we were banned,” he says with a wry smile. By this time, the Taliban had been routed and Sedeq’s family returned to Jalalabad. His older brother, Taj Malik Alam, established the national team with the endorsement of President Hamid Karzai, and became their first coach, launching Afghan cricket on the path to the 2010 World Twenty20 in the West Indies. Today, the team is supported by ICC’s global development programme. Grants of US $700,000 (Rs 3.7 crore) a year are supplemented with advice on playing, coaching, umpiring and administration, as well as opportunities to compete.Afghanistan is an “affiliate” nation in the global hierarchy; promotion to “associate” is likely at the ICC’s annual general meeting in mid-2013. Tim Anderson, ICC’s global development manager, said apart from a boost in annual funds to $1 million (Rs 5.3 crore), associate status will make little difference to the team. “If you’re a good affiliate, you get the same as a good associate. No affiliate is anywhere near as good as these guys, so they are in a unique situation. They don’t play affiliates, but play Ireland, The Netherlands, Kenya, Scotland and Canada-the best associates.”advertisementThe Afghan team at the 2012 World T20 match against India in Sri LankaShinwari bemoans that Afghanistan have played only two ODI matches-against Pakistan in February and Australia in August, and wonders aloud why the regional powerhouses, including India, will not give them a game. “Afghanistan is the only affiliate which has the capacity to play against any international team,” he said. Both ODI matches were played in the United Arab Emirates, where the Sharjah Cricket Club share their 25,000-seater stadium with Afghanistan, so the team have somewhere to call “home” when playing international matches as long as war at home continues. Afghanistan lost both matches, but not without putting up a valiant fight, validating their brag-as they did in Sri Lanka-that they will soon be a force in world cricket.They have a long way to go before they join the Test-playing league. ICC’s Anderson says he understands Shinwari’s impatience, but he notes there is “a big gap between associates and full members. Afghanistan wants to play the big boys, but they’re not big boys yet”. The “big boys”, such as India and Australia, have packed international cricket schedules, as well as IPL commitments and rarely have time to squeeze in matches they don’t have to play. All this cricket, says Anderson, means the powerhouses are too busy to accommodate minnows. “Ultimately, members have to agree to play each other,” he says, adding: “Everyone wants to play India, and the Indians have to decide what’s right for them.”Though the Afghan squad has been professional since 2009, AC declined to give details of salaries, beyond a statement by spokesman Nasratullah Wafa that “it is a good amount”. Back home, the team spend most of their time practising and watching videos of their associate rivals and Test teams, Wafa said. Half-a-dozen batsmen had spent time at the privately run Global Academy in Pune in late 2011, but AC hopes India would be as generous as Australia in its support for cricket in Afghanistan. Shinwari says, “So far, India’s support has been minimal. Their government has promised to help us build a few stadiums in a couple of years, but is yet to sign the agreement.”Australian star Michael Hussey compares the impact of cricket on Afghan society with that in Australia, where shortened forms of the game have led to soaring popularity. “It’s about bringing people from different cultures and nations together. There are many cultures and nations represented in Australia, and T20 is a vehicle to bring a diverse range-old, young, different colours, women, races-into something we can enjoy and fall in love with,” he says. “Cricket has great values-being part of a team is very important. There’s the old saying, that you can have a champion team and a team of champions, and the champion team will always win. It’s about playing together, the values and ethos of team membership and cooperation. To have something like cricket that everyone can play, participate in, watch and enjoy, gives them hope.”advertisementFigures from AC suggest Afghanistan is starting to mirror the rest of South Asia-where any patch of rough, empty ground is transformed into a pitch by youngsters using homemade bats and balls. Across the land, village teams are playing matches, and even in remote towns, a carpet thrown over a patch serves as a pitch. Kabul, the capital, and Jalalabad are leading the development: Both cities have stadiums that the Taliban used as execution grounds, but which now attract huge crowds-8,000 in Kabul and 15,000 in Jalalabad-when the national or Under-19 teams play.At least 2,000 teams play at the senior level, including in provincial, regional and national tournaments, and AC plans a weekly competition in Kabul for 10-15 teams from next year, which it hopes will become the national template. It wants to develop a premier league to feed talent into the national side. Already, it says, many schools have introduced cricket, with 20,000 boys and 1,000 girls playing in junior tourneys. There are teams in 32 of the country’s 34 provinces, and selector Raees Ahmadi says around 600 boys turned up in Kabul for a recent tryout for the Under-16 team. So far, they are mostly playing the shortened forms of the game. Authorities are doing their best to make the game a force for national unity-planning, for example, to have players drop surnames that denote ethnicity or tribe.Sedeq, whose brother Aftab Alam is in Afghanistan’s Under-19 side, says it is natural the national team is made up of Pashtuns as “we went to Pakistan during the war and learned cricket; others fled to Iran where there’s no cricket”. He has no doubt where his team is headed. “Maybe in 2020, Afghanistan will be world number one, two, or three,” he says.last_img read more

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De Jesus banking on Lady Spikers’ winning tradition as they face ‘thirsty’ Tigresses

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—-With La Salle at the disadvantage in the Final Four for the first time in the decade, the Lady Spikers’ season could end as early as Saturday as they face a feisty University of Santo Tomas side, which holds the win-once edge.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The Lady Spikers are also gunning for a fourth straight title, something that hasn’t been done since University of Santo Tomas won seven consecutive from 1985 to 1991.De Jesus’ team can be treated as someone of a rebuilding squad after the leadership troika of Mary Joy Baron, Kianna Dy, and Dawn Macandili all left in 2018.Baron was the Season 79 MVP and Season 78 Best Blocker while Dy and Macandili were one-time winners of the Finals MVP plum in Seasons 78 and 80, respectively.Macandili was also named as the league’s Best Receiver twice and Best Digger once.Left from Season 80’s championship squad are Season 79 Finals MVP Desiree Cheng, Tin Tiamzon, May Luna, and Aduke Ogunsanya but in terms of individual notoriety none of them—with the exception of Cheng—can matchup to the ones who left.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES But Ramil De Jesus is banking on De La Salle’s championship tradition to bolster the Lady Spikers back into UAAP women’s volleyball finals.“There are times that winning tradition alone, even though I don’t have that strong of a lineup, is enough,” said De Jesus, who’s the head coach of F2 Logistics in the Philippine Super Liga, in Filipino Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Sometimes the players carry this pride with them. Like this year, I can’t say that I have the strongest of lineups but they themselves believe that they are strong.”La Salle won its first title in 2000 and has since become the most dominant team in the UAAP for two decades compiling a total of 11 championships. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Semenya case: A clash over ensuring an even playing field Still, De Jesus is confident that his team still has that championship moxie few players in the league has.“This winning faith is a big thing for us because the players still believe that they’re still one of the best,” said De Jesus, whose team had always carried that twice-to-beat advantage since Season 71.De Jesus added that the Lady Spikers must want it more than the Golden Tigresses, who last won the title in 2010 and had missed the Final Four in five of the past six seasons.“I told them that UST is thirsty for that win because it’s been a long time since UST has been to the finals,” said De Jesus, who owns all of La Salle’s 11 titles. “We should want those wins more to get back to the finals.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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