Chittorgarh: Haryana wrestlers dominated the Tata Motors Under-23 National Wrestling Championship as their men won four of 10 gold medals, mostly in heavier weight categories of the freestyle events which ended at the Gora Badi Indoor Stadium here on Sunday.They also won a silver and four bronze medals which were good enough for the state wrestlers to get the top perch and the overall championship title.The Haryana wrestlers logged 195 points, with Delhi closely behind (165) and Maharashtra at 139 points for the second and third spots. All the gold medal winners will represent India in the Bucharest Under-23 World Championships to be held in the Romanian capital from November 12 to 18. IANS
By Alan BaldwinLONDON, England (Reuters) – The time is right for cricket to return to the Olympics and a decision on applying for inclusion in 2024 will have to be made within months, the head of the sport’s governing body said yesterday.The founder of the modern Olympics, Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin, was enthusiastic about cricket, a sport dominated by Britain and former British colonies such as Australia and India, but it has only once featured in a Games – in Paris in 1900.“We need to make a decision by, I guess, July of this year so that we can submit an application by September,” Dave Richardson, chief executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC), told reporters.“And of course it’s not what cricket wants; it’s whether the IOC wants us.”The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will choose between 2024 bid cities Paris and Los Angeles at a meeting in Lima in September, with new sports also under consideration. Baseball and softball are set to return in Tokyo in 2020.Richardson said it did not matter which city won the bid.“Both (cities) would … probably be opportunistic for us, especially the U.S. option, but also in Europe,” he said at the SportsPro Live conference at Wembley Stadium.“You’d have to spend a little bit more money on cricket pitches in France than in the U.S. but it’s not impossible.”BENEFITS“I think the majority of the members, and certainly myself, think the time is right,” Richardson added. “I think we’ve come to the conclusion that the overall benefit to the game of helping to globalise it and grow will outweigh any negatives.”Richardson said any approach would be for cricket’s shortest Twenty20 format.The IOC had already made clear that there were limitations on athlete numbers, which would mean a competition of six to eight national sides at elite level.There have been concerns that Olympic inclusion could damage the sport’s own events, while clearing the calendar at a busy time of the cricket year would be another headache.The problems that golf suffered, with many top players not attending, could also count against cricket. Golf returned to the Games last year in Rio for the first time since 1904.England and West Indies could not compete as such. Britain represents England and the other home nations at the Olympics, while Jamaica and other Caribbean nations compete individually. However, India would have a real medal chance.“The benefit is not so much about which teams go to the Olympics,” said Richardson. “It’s more than once your sport is an Olympic sport, it provides access to government funding in countries where they need the money.”
The Wisconsin men’s and women’s cross country teams will head to the Les Bolstad golf course for the annual Big Ten Championships this weekend. The No. 2 men’s team will look to add to its trophy collection as it hunts for its 8th consecutive Big Ten title, while the women’s team will attempt to improve on last year’s 8th place finish.”I think we’re situated right where we want to be as a team,” men’s head coach Jerry Schumacher said. “And similar to past years, I think the team is improving as we go. Earlier season meets have indicated that I think we’ll be pretty strong when we compete.”Making up the top contingent of runners for the Badgers will be senior Simon Bairu — who has won the event as an individual the past two years — senior Bobby Lockhart, junior All-American Chris Solinsky — who won the Notre Dame Invite last month — senior Ben Gregory — who took 3rd at the Jim Drews Invite two weeks ago — and senior Anthony Ford.Having won seven consecutive titles, Wisconsin will definitely enter the competition with a bull’s-eye on its back, a fact that hasn’t escaped Schumacher.”I think the Big Ten is always strong,” Schumacher said. “It’s probably one of the stronger, if not the strongest cross country conference in the country, there’s probably five ranked, top 25-30 teams in the country in the Big Ten right now, so it’s never an easy meet, so you especially can’t have any mistakes and expect to do your best.”Joining Wisconsin in the rankings is No. 11 Iowa, No. 17 Michigan, No. 22 Indiana, No. 23 Minnesota and No. 26 Ohio State. Iowa, Michigan and Indiana all ran in the Pre-NCAA meet two weeks ago and took 4th, 6th and 8th place respectively. Indiana is led by senior All-American Sean Jefferson, while Michigan and Indiana have a contingent of top runners.Minnesota ran against Wisconsin two weeks ago at the Jim Drews Invitational and finished a close second. With the addition of their two all-regional runners, senior Erik Grumstrup and junior Antonio Vega, who had been out most of the year with injuries, the competition looks stronger than ever in its push to outrun Wisconsin. Talent alone, however, does not win meets.”Things got to go your way that day,” Schumacher said. “We’re working really hard on doing things right and trying to put ourselves in the best position to win and when we get there that day there’s going to be a few other teams there in the same position. …Whoever has that best day that day is probably going to leave there the team champion and we’re preparing to be that team.”The women enter the meet unranked after placing 16th at the Brooks Pre-Nationals meet two weeks ago. Head coach Jim Stintzi has several strong runners, including junior Katrina Rundhaug, who was the 14th-place finisher at the Pre-Nationals meet, but the team has struggled this season. Part their struggle can be attributed to injuries, but with the Badgers healthy, they’re looking towards a solid showing at Les Bolstad.”We’re obviously really excited about heading into the Big Ten championships,” Stintzi said. “We are healthier than we have been earlier in the season. We returned A’ Havahla Haynes, who was second team all-conference last year; she’ll be back for the big Ten championships so she’ll help us come along. I think that we’ve made considerable progress since last year, although we’re probably not where we should be. So our goal for the Big Ten championships is to take another step in that direction.”UW’s biggest rival will be No. 2 Michigan, who is the favorite to win the meet and took first place in the Pre-Nationals meet two weeks ago by placing all five of their scorers in the top 22, and the No. 6 Illinois team which finished 5th at that meet. No. 11 Minnesota, No. 23 Michigan State and No. 30 Iowa are the other three ranked Big Ten teams.”I think that if we would put everything together this year, we could be competitive enough to be a top-25 team,” Stintzi said. “So that would be a step in the right direction and if we’re not a contender next year, we’ll be awfully close.”
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 23, 2014 at 2:55 pm Contact Josh: firstname.lastname@example.org DURHAM, N.C. — Inside the Schwartz-Butters Athletic Center on the Duke University campus is a mural dedicated to the 2013 Blue Devils’ National Championship-winning men’s lacrosse team. Directly adjacent to the Wingate Memorial Trophy and above the team’s roster is a picture that sums up the entire national title game.A Blue Devils player is huddled over a Syracuse player, winning a battle at the faceoff X.In May, the Blue Devils overcame a 6-1 deficit with a 12-1 run to capture the title, thanks in part to winning 7-of-8 faceoffs in the second quarter and all seven faceoffs in the third. After the game, Syracuse head coach John Desko told Duke coach John Danowski to buy faceoff specialist Brendan Fowler “a big steak.”On Sunday — in a rematch of last year’s championship bout — Fowler won a convincing 24-of-31 draws, and Duke (8-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) defeated Syracuse (4-3, 0-3 ACC) 21-7 in front of 3,215 at Duke’s Koskinen Stadium. Blue Devils attack Deemer Class recorded 10 points (6 goals, 4 assists), while Myles Jones and Jordan Wolf both added five goals.“Obviously, we’re rooting for our defense and faceoff units, but it’s never pinned on one group of guys or one individual,” Syracuse attack Kevin Rice said. “It was a collective team loss.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIncumbent faceoff specialist Chris Daddio was replaced in the starting lineup by Joe DeMarco. The freshman from Massapequa, N.Y., won three of the first five faceoffs of the game, but only won three of the 11 he took in total. With a steady rain falling and the center of the field mostly turned to mud, DeMarco said he struggled getting traction and digging into the ground.It was a nightmare from the start for the Orange, as rain began falling during the national anthem. Although Syracuse jumped out to an early 2-1 lead with goals from Derek DeJoe and Nicky Galasso, Duke responded with seven straight goals to end the quarter.Josh Dionne gave the Blue Devils a 3-2 lead when he intercepted a clearing attempt and placed a shot into a wide-open net. Wolf scored his first of the afternoon 14 seconds later after diving low and shooting underneath SU defender Brandon Mullins.Dionne and Wolf’s goals were the second and third of a 10-0 Duke run. From the 9:41 mark of the first quarter to 12:18 of the second quarter, Jones and Class each scored three goals, as the Blue Devils raced to an 11-2 lead.For most of the afternoon, it was Duke’s outside shooting that stifled the Orange.“We jumped into a zone defense and thought that would slow them down. But everything was just going their way offensively in the first half,” Desko said.It wasn’t until the 7:16 mark of the second quarter that Syracuse ended the 10-0 run.Randy Staats ran toward the cage from the right side and threw in a nifty backhander by Duke goalkeeper Luke Aaron to cut the deficit to 11-3. With 49 seconds left in the half, Staats found a cutting Billy Ward who beat Aaron to make it 12-4.But just 25 seconds later, Christian Walsh — who finished with six assists — found Class to give the Blue Devils a convincing 13-4 halftime lead.“They have tremendous offensive players,” Syracuse goalkeeper Bobby Wardwell said. “I think they took something like 57 shots, so, if you take that many shots in a game, you’re going to score.”Just as it did in the first and second quarters, the Orange scored two goals in the third. Kevin Rice scored at 8:23 to cut a Blue Devils’ lead to 14-5, and Staats scored another highlight-reel goal to make it 16-6.But it was all part of an effort that was nowhere near enough.One week after winning just 4-of-25 faceoffs against Johns Hopkins, the Orange claimed just 7-of-31 against Fowler as he burned SU once again.“The answer is definitely out there,” DeMarco said. “We’re definitely getting closer.” Comments
A year ago, the USC women’s water polo team notched an NCAA title, bolstered by the legwork of a senior-laden roster. In 2011, it will look to follow a similar path, but with a much younger, more inexperienced group.Strong debut · While starting for the Women of Troy as a freshman last season, two-meter Patricia Jancso finished second on the team with 45 goals. Jancso looks to build on her success during her sophomore campaign in 2011, which begins Saturday. – Daily Trojan file photo Headed by the reigning national coach of the year Jovan Vavic, the No. 2 Women of Troy remain poised for a repeat despite roster turnover, as they return All-Americans senior driver Joelle Bekhazi, senior two-meter Kristen Dronberger and sophomore two-meter Patricia Jancso. The trio accounted for a sizeable portion of last year’s goal count, as Jancso and Bekhazi finished with a combined 101 goals on the season. Dronberger finished with seven during the NCAA Tournament alone.“At the beginning of the season every year there is great excitement and hope,” Vavic said. “The girls are extremely focused and ready to go.”Some pundits, however, worry that the loss of highly regarded players, such as All-MPSF-first-team goalie in Tumua Anae and Cutino Award-winning two-meter Kami Craig, could hamper the team’s ability to compete on the national stage. Nonetheless, the Women of Troy have yet to lose the confidence that carried them to a 25-3 season a year ago.“It’s impossible to replace some of the players we lost,” Vavic said. “You just don’t replace them, but hope that the younger girls are ready to shine. We have some of the best players in the nation in Dronberger and Jancso. The strength of this team will be in our returning players.”Although largely relying upon their returning players, the Women of Troy have also started to look at some of the newer players, who are preparing to prove their own abilities in the pool. Vavic couples an incoming recruiting class, featuring some of the world’s best talent, with several returners who did not have many playing opportunities in 2010. All will be counted upon to continue the team’s recent track record of success.“We have some younger players that didn’t play many minutes last year, who want to prove themselves,” Vavic said. “We also have a great recruiting class. We’re looking at Flora Bolonyai from Hungary to make a big impact in the goal, and we also have two girls that came off of the junior national team; [two meter] Madeline Rosenthal and [two-meter] Colleen O’Donnell.”The team itself is looking forward to being able to prove to the nation that they are still competitive and a team to be reckoned with.“We’re going to upset a lot of teams,” Bekhazi said. “Our team is young, ready, focused and have some fire in them to unleash. I think we’re going to end up surprising a lot of people.”The Women of Troy have historically been the team to beat, especially after their NCAA title last year. The team believes that it has the talent and preparation to rise back into the No. 1 spot, as long as injuries are kept at bay.“The coaches have prepared us well and I think this team is a pretty good team. The preparation and what we did during the whole offseason before is going to help a lot,” Jancso said.On tap for USC is this weekend’s Stanford Invitational, where they will face Indiana at 10:50 a.m. before an evening clash against crosstown rival UCLA. On Sunday, an early 8 a.m. matchup against Hawai’i is on the horizon, before USC’s opponent in the afternoon game is determined.But in spite of the team’s arduous slate, it has maintained a focus on the season as a whole.“We want to go to the NCAA tournament, that’s obviously our goal,” Vavic said. Every single conference game this season is a big game. Our opponents are really dangerous, and we have to be prepared.”
Published on February 7, 2018 at 10:24 pm Contact Nick: email@example.com | @nick_a_alvarez Digna Strautmane pivoted right and was met with a burgundy-colored jersey. She spun left and found another. With one option remaining, the 6-foot-2 forward straightened up and held the ball over her head.Standing in front of Syracuse’s bench, Quentin Hillsman watched Strautmane squirm and crept toward the play. He beckoned for Strautmane to shoot. With incessant swings at the ball, the Hokies knocked Strautmane down. Hillsman stomped onto the court as soon as he heard the referee’s whistle.It was Feb. 1, and Syracuse was locked in a defensive battle against Virginia Tech. Strautmane led SU in points, but that didn’t save her from Hillsman’s anger. The Orange trailed in the fourth quarter and was en route to its first home loss of the season. After the game, head coach Quentin Hillsman called his team “indecisive” in crucial moments. This was one of them.Aside from a few hesitant moments, SU’s freshman forward has stood out in recent weeks. Strautmane has won the conference Rookie of the Week award twice. She hasn’t scored single-digits points since Jan. 18 against Miami. In her last four games, she’s posted point totals of 16, 25, 20 and 22. This increased production comes after a four-game stretch in which she scored 17 points total.Syracuse has gone 2-2 in those games and ranks eighth in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Hillsman said SU’s five remaining conference games are all “urgent” if SU wants to comfortably make the NCAA Tournament. The Orange (17-7, 5-6 ACC) will need Strautmane to further her development and continue executing if it looks to roll through the final stretch of its conference gauntlet, which starts against Wake Forest (11-13, 3-7) on Feb. 11.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Digna is adjusting to the speed of the game,” said Vonn Read, SU’s associate head coach. “We play a little bit faster than they do over there, so she’s having an adjustment with that. She’s getting better every single day. I think you’re seeing that on the court.”“Over there” is Europe, where Strautmane played for multiple youth-level Latvian national teams. Most college freshmen need to acclimate from the high school game to college. Strautmane has had to tweak her style of play to fit into a different country’s “toughest conference,” Hillsman said.Paired with fellow freshman Amaya Finklea-Guity, Strautmane has also needed to adjust without an upperclassman center to guide the youthful froncourt. SU graduated four starters. and one of the few returners who had post experience, Desiree Elmore, hasn’t dressed for a game this season.“She’s growing into her role and understanding that we have to have her score consistently in order to put up a good fight,” ” said guard Isis Young.Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorStrautmane’s offensive hot-streak isn’t the product of a single shot or play. Hillsman defined her style of play, the ability to shoot and drive, as a “luxury” earlier in the season. Strautmane possess a catch-and-shoot jumper, but she can also break down defenders off the dribble and work her way inside like a guard.In nonconference games, SU was led by Tiana Mangakahia and Miranda Drummond. In recent weeks, teams have keyed in on Drummond and severely limited her impact. Drummond, a redshirt-junior, has scored 25 points total in her last three games. She is averaging 15.3 per game this season.As Drummond’s production has dipped, Strautmane has become an integral piece of SU’s offense.Sometimes, the Orange will call set plays to give the 6-foot-2 forward a wide-open 3-pointer. One such play occurred against Virginia Tech. In the third quarter, with SU down four, Mangakahia drove right and used a Finklea-Guity screen to gain separation on the right wing. While two defenders readied for the impending pick-and-roll play, Strautmane flashed to the top of the 3-point arc, caught a pass and launched a deep ball.Another common SU play features two guards and a forward flanking the 3-point line, a big standing in the high post and Strautmane jogging along the baseline. Through a string of passes, Strautmane will react to the defense and find an empty corner for a wide-open 3.“Digna has been fantastic,” Hillsman said earlier this season. “She’s been playing really well for us, she can play three positions.”Strautmane’s increased production has come in the moments when she hasn’t hesitated to take a shot or debated whether to drive inside. In her last three games, she has taken 56 shots, her highest three-game total this season. Half of those attempts have been 3s, which is in line with SU’s 3-point reliance in conference play. Since the Miami contest, she’s raised her points-per game total from 8 to 10.1.Even when Strautmane recorded 22 points against then-No. 4 Louisville — an eventual 84-77 loss — on 9-for-20 shooting, she admitted that she needed to drive more. In the fourth quarter, as SU mounted a failed comeback, Strautmane caught an inbounds pass, faked a handoff to Mangakahia, spun around two defenders and laid the ball in off the glass.“Coaches are working with me,” Strautmane said after an 18-point win against Pittsburgh on Jan. 21. “I’m trying to get better. I hope it’s going to get better.”It has, and Syracuse will need it to continue. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Mayweather, who boasts a flawless 49-0 record as a boxer, previously stated clashing with McGregor was ‘possible’, while McGregor posted a mock-up promotional photo via his social media.Joseph Parker v Carlos TakamJWhite told The Dan Patrick Show of the situation: “[McGregor] is under contract with the UFC. Listen, if Floyd wants to fight Conor, call me Floyd.”McGregor previously said: “I’m open to discussions; come at me. But I hold the key, and it’s me who holds the key to the fight game.“I am open-minded. I am open to discussion. I love competition. I love fighting. It would be nice to make that fight if the fans were interested and wanted to see it.”Should McGregor step in against Mayweather, legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach has been tipped to coach the Crumlin man, and Roach told boxingscene.com: “They did ask me if I’ll train him. I said ‘Sure, bring him down’.“I’d like to see [him], meet the guy and see what he has. He seems like a nice guy.”McGregor, who has operated primarily as a featherweight (145lbs) in the UFC, recently stepped up to welterweight (170lbs) only to suffer a submission defeat to Nate Diaz.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Floyd Mayweather has been invited to open discussions over fighting Conor McGregor by UFC president Dana White.‘Money’ officially retired from the sport of boxing back in September but rumours continue the American will end his period of inactivity by taking on Ireland’s controversial mixed martial artist McGregor.
IOWA CITY — Iowa’s seniors hope their final game in Kinnick Stadium ends with a victory when they host Illinois. Offensive lineman Levi Paulsen says it will be an emotional day for him.Quarterback Nate Stanley says the key will be to focus on the outcome.Kickoff between Iowa and Illinois on Saturday is scheduled for 11 o’clock, with the pre-game at 9 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO — Today’s other championship games10:00 — 8-Man — #1 Audubon vs. #3 Don Bosco7:00 — 3A — #1 Solon vs. #2 Epworth Western Dubuque TODAY:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — Class A football state championship game — West Hancock vs. Grundy Center — pre-game 1:00, kickoff 1:30AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa men vs. North Florida — pre-game 5:00, tipoff 6:00 IOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeye men’s basketball team plays host to North Florida later tonight. The Hawkeyes are 2-1 while North Florida is 4-1 and made 21 three pointers in its last game.That’s Iowa coach Fran McCaffery who would like to see sophomore Joe Weiskamp get it going offensively. Weiskamp is averaging just over 10 points per game and is just three of 11 from three point range.Tipoff is scheduled for 6 o’clock tonight, with the pre-game at 5 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO. IOWA CITY — Kathleen Doyle scored 21 points and the Iowa Hawkeye women erased a 13 point deficit to edge Princeton 77-75 in overtime in Iowa City. Hawkeye coach Lisa Bluder,Iowa is 3-1 and heads to the Puerto Rico Classic next week.Mason City native Makenzie Meyer played 39 minutes, scoring 19 points, grabbing seven rebounds and handing out three assists. Megan Meyer did not play. You can hear Iowa’s two games at the Puerto Rico Classic next Wednesday and Thursday on KGLO, with Wednesday’s game against Cincinnati starting at 2:30 and Thursday’s game against Townson starting at noon. AMES — A senior class that has helped turn Iowa State into a consistent winner will play its final game in Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday when the Cyclones host Kansas. Linebacker Marcel Spears is part of a class that endured a coaching change shortly after getting to campus.Spears says a winning attitude has been installed in the program.Kickoff at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday is scheduled for 11 o’clock. CEDAR FALLS — West Hancock faces Grundy Center in the Class A state football championship game this afternoon at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. It’s the first trip to the state title game for the Eagles since 2011, who have had a perfect 12-0 season after falling in last year’s semifinal round to Hudson. Coach Mark Sanger says his team had a bad taste in their mouth after that loss to Hudson and have been working hard since the first week of practice to get to the championship game.Sanger says Grundy Center is a very athletic ballclub that will give his team a challenge.Grundy Center is 11-1 after beating St. Ansgar in last week’s semifinals. You can hear live and local coverage of West Hancock football today on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com, with the pre-game show starting at about 1 o’clock, with kickoff at the UNI-Dome scheduled for shortly after 1:30. CEDAR FALLS (AP) — Trae Berhow had 20 points as Northern Iowa rolled past Cornell College 88-66 on Wednesday night.James Betz had 16 points for Northern Iowa (6-0), which earned its sixth consecutive victory to open the season. AJ Green added 15 points. Spencer Haldeman had 11 points for the home team.Marcus Quirk had 12 points for the Rams. Devin Davis added 11 points. Jordan Magnani had 10 points.Northern Iowa takes on West Virginia on Tuesday. MASON CITY — 2nd-ranked NIACC won seven of ten matches to down 19th-ranked Iowa Western 26-15 in a conference dual last night at the campus gym. Christian Minto at 165 pounds scored a 19-3 third-period technical fall win over Noah Rutjens, with Holtan Truax the other wrestler for NIACC scoring bonus points with a pin at 197. Other winners by decision for NIACC were Clarence Lee-Green at 125, Brock Luthens at 133, Hunter Luke at 141, Tony Mendoza at 149 and Rendon Miller in overtime at 184. NIACC is 2-0 in duals this year and will wrestle at the Coe College Invitational on Saturday in Cedar Rapids.
DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Public Health over the weekend reported 22 more people with COVID-19 had died while nearly 500 more people have had positive tests.On Saturday, the department said nine more people had been reported dead while 214 more people had tested positive.On Sunday, 13 more people had been reported dead to bring the state’s total to 265 deaths linked to COVID-19. 287 more people had tested positive to bring the total to 11,959 total cases.The Iowa Department of Public Health says 5154 people have recovered from coronavirus. The Associated Press contributed to this report
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new survey of bankers in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states inched upward in May from April’s record low, but still remained profoundly low as efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the rural economy.The overall index for the region rose slightly to 12.5 from April’s record low of 12.1. Any score below 50 suggests a shrinking economy. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says nearly three of every four bankers surveyed reported restructuring farm loans to deal with weak farm income.Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.