US women set to defend hoop title at world tourney

first_imgUSA’s Breanna Stewart, left, and Odyssey Sims, right, pressure Canada’s Tamara Tatham, center, during the second half of a women’s exhibition basketball game, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Bridgeport, Conn. USA defeated Canada 76-51. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)While the U.S. women’s basketball team is a heavy favorite to win another gold medal at the world championship, the Americans have shown some unusual vulnerability.The U.S. has only lost once at the worlds since 1998, but suffered a rare defeat in an exhibition game against France last weekend.That setback raised a few eyebrows heading into the tournament, which begins Saturday in Istanbul.“There are a lot of really good teams in the tournament and we’re one of them,” said coach Geno Auriemma “For us or anyone else to think we’re anything more than that is not being really objective about this whole thing.”The Americans ran through the 2012 London Olympics winning by an average of 34 points and have more than half of that team back in Turkey. Point guard Sue Bird, who will become the first U.S. player to compete on four world championship teams, will help lead the U.S. offense.Bird said she wasn’t aware of the milestone, “it’s kind of surreal in a way.”One reality she is used when it comes to playing for the U.S. is the limited training as a team.While other nations have been together for months preparing for the worlds, the Americans didn’t finalize their roster until Tuesday. What the team lacks in preparation, they make up for with talent. The roster is headlined by Diana Taurasi, Angel McCoughtry and Maya Moore.One potential thorn for the U.S. is a lack of experienced post players.Two-time Olympians Candace Parker and Sylvia Fowles are out with injuries. That just leaves Tina Charles and Candice Dupree as the only experienced posts.They do, however, have 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner, who will be making her debut on the U.S. national team. She was the WNBA defensive player of the year and set a record for most blocked shots in a game and season. Griner recently was cleared to join the team after suffering a retinal injury in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals.“I think my role will be blocking shots, playing defense and protecting that paint,” said Griner, who didn’t play in the loss to France. “I’m happy with that, because I love defense.”The Americans have a relatively easy draw facing China, Serbia and Angola in preliminary pool play. The U.S. has won all 11 meetings with China and Angola and will be facing Serbia for the first time.Only Russia and Australia have caused problems for the U.S. in major international tournaments since 1996. The Russians handed the Americans their only major loss in the last 16 years in the 2006 world championship semifinals, but they didn’t qualify for Istanbul.Australia was leading the U.S. at the half of the semifinals of the London Olympics before falling by 13. The Aussies chances of a repeat performance took a huge hit as stars Lauren Jackson and Liz Cambage both are out with Achillies tears.That doesn’t mean the U.S. won’t be challenged.France made an incredible run to win a silver medal in 2012 and has confidence after beating the Americans by four points on Sunday. They are led by WNBA players Sandrine Gruda and Celine Dumerc.Turkey has been improving over the past few years and has the added advantage of playing at home in front of a spirited crowd.“They are going to be very tough to beat,” Auriemma said. “I think if you’re the home team like the Czech Republic was in 2010 there’s some emotional benefit you get from that, provided you play well.”___Follow Doug on Twitter at read more

Bomber four win medals at Kootenay Swim Championships

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsEver had a great experience from opening one of those smaller presents from under the Christmas tree?That’s what the B.C. High School Speed Swim Championships will see from the L.V. Rogers Bombers when the provincial event hits the water in two weeks on Vancouver Island.The four-swimmer contingent from LVR proved the smallest of teams could provide the greatest of results following competition at the Kootenay High School Swim Championships Sunday at the NDCC Pool.“I was impressed at how well our kids did,” said LVR teacher sponsor, Dave Afford after the morning meet. “Niallan (Collier) is swimming very well. (My daughter) Rebecca placed well in the meet and Devyn (Parker) had a real good meet.”“Devyn is young but she is very strong and competed very well today,” Afford added.Collier, swimming winter club which means the Grade 11 student competes in a different category than summer club competitors, dominated the meet with some very fast times.Collier topped the podium in boy’s 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke, 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter individual medley.Grade 12 swimmer Rebecca Afford was the next best Bomber on the medal ride, capturing bronze in girl’s 50-meter freestyle and gold in 50-meter breaststroke. Afford finished fifth in both 50-meter butterfly and 100-meter individual medley.Parker, perhaps made the biggest statement for the Bombers placing  third in girl’s 50-meter backstroke.Parker’s remaining results had the Grade 10 student finishing fourth in both 100-meter freestyle and 50 meter butterfly and sixth in 100 meter individual medley.Meanwhile Milde did not claim a medal but the Grade 10 swimmer still turned in some great swims against Grade 12 competition. Milde took eighth in boy’s 50-meter freestyle, fifth in 50-meter backstroke, fifth in 50-meter breaststroke and eighth in 50-meter butterfly.The meet attracted swimmers from throughout the Kootenays, including teams from Stanley Humphries in Castlegar, Grand Forks, Rossland, J. Lloyd Crowe in Trail and the Selkirk Storm of Kimberley.The top three swimmers in each race automatically qualify for provincials November 19-20 on Vancouver Island at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.Afford said the Bomber four will be there, provided the quartet can garner the necessary funds to make the trek. “At this point, yes,” said Afford when asked about the trip. “We just have to figure out how to get there.”And, when the Bomber four steps on to the starting blocks, what does the sponsor think will happen?“I think Niallan could to very well at provincials,” Afford said. “And Rebecca has a chance at placing in the breaststroke.”Afford said the championships are open, meaning there are no divisions to separate the younger from older competitors. “That makes it very tough on the younger swimmers,” he admitted. [email protected]last_img read more

North Peace Credit Union will close for system maintenance

first_imgUpdate – NPSCU has decided to delay the work this week.  For more details, Click Here North Peace Credit Union members will not be able to do any banking from July 10th to 13th.The Credit Union will be conducting system maintenance to improve efficiency, and to update older technology.- Advertisement -Spokeswoman Breana Harrison says members will not be able to access their accounts through the Credit Union’s ATM or by telephone banking and online banking.[asset|aid=1620|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1eba4ca0b6f7ee744d3b4458cc1ec5de-Breana Harrison 1_2_Pub.mp3]However, members will be able to use their debit cards at stores and at other ATM machines.Advertisement Harrison says the Credit Union scheduled the system maintenance over the weekend to cause as little as inconvenience as possible.When the system maintenance is complete, Harrison says members will notice a few changes.[asset|aid=1621|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1eba4ca0b6f7ee744d3b4458cc1ec5de-Breana Harrison 2_1_Pub.mp3]The Credit Union will be re-opened on July 14th.Advertisementlast_img read more

Man City are favourites on Sunday, but Chelsea look strong

first_imgThe Community Shield is the weekend football highlight – although the beginning of the new domestic season has been overshadowed by a quite magnificent Olympic Games.Over the next three weeks I’ll look at each of the three local teams’ chances for the forthcoming season as well as previewing that weekend’s fixtures. I’ll start with Chelsea.The Champions League and FA Cup holders are 11/5 outsiders to win the Wembley curtain-raiser in 90 minutes, with Premier League winners Manchester City the 13/10 favourites with the draw at 12/5.It promises to be an intriguing match and one which will give us an insight into how manager Roberto Di Matteo sees his starting XI for next weekend’s trip to Wigan. I think the 11/5 is too big for Chelsea despite their surprise 3-1 reverse at Brighton last weekend.Chelses boss Di Matteo has every reason to be optimistic.The Blues are 9/2 to wrestle back the title with Manchester United 13/5 and City even-money to win it again.Correct me if I am wrong but they only nicked the title in extra time against 10-man QPR, who knew they were safe. Some of the odds suggest they won at a canter.We have any number of Blues specials at BetVictor and a few that caught my eye included:Top London club: 8/13 (certainties)Season match bets (handicap):Chelsea – 4.5 points v Arsenal EvensChelsea +3.5 points v United 4/5Chelsea + 6.5 points v City 4/5Chelsea – 9.5 points v Spurs EvensWe have a season-long handicap on the Premier League, offering 15/1 for every club with Manchester City scratch and the rest having a handicap:Thus PL Handicap 2012/13; EW ¼ First 4 and ALL Clubs at 15/1; handicaps include:Man City ScratchUnited +3Chelsea +6Arsenal +10Spurs +15Liverpool +16Fulham +33QPR +37Other Blues specials:To go through the 2012/13 league season undefeated: 250/1To be undefeated in the league at Stamford Bridge: 20/1To be undefeated away from home in the league: 66/1What will Chelsea win? Markets include:No trophies: 1/2Any major trophy: 6/4Premier League and FA Cup: 25/1Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup: 250/1Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup: 750/1Top Chelsea Premier League goalscorer:Torres: 6/4Sturridge: 4/1Hazard: 6/1Lampard: 8/1Oscar: 10/116s bar.Chelsea have three league fixtures during the month of September; QPR (A), Stoke (H) and Arsenal (A) and we are asking how many points and wins will they pick up in the month?League wins in September?Under two: 5/4Two: 11/10Three: 9/2Points in September?Under six: 6/5Six or seven: 23/20Over seven: 9/2For all your weekend odds check out week, as well as previewing the opening day, we will look at the season-long prospects for Fulham as we see them at BetVictor.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Reserve Bank forecasts higher growth

first_img2 April 2012 South Africa’s economy is expected to grow by 3 percent in 2012 – higher than previously forecast – on the back of a favourable global outlook, says Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus. The Reserve Bank’s earlier forecast was for a 2.8 percent growth in 2012. The Bank also changed its growth forecast for 2013, expecting the economy to grow at 3.9 percent from an earlier forecast 3.8 percent. Marcus delivered the Bank’s monetary policy committee (MPC) statement in Pretoria on Thursday. Marcus said the outlook for the country’s mining sector continued to disappoint, while the recovery in the manufacturing sector was expected to continue. Trends in gross fixed cap formation were also encouraging, Marcus said. South Africa’s interest rate was cut by 50 basis points to 5.5 percent in November 2010. The MPC left the rate unchanged at every meeting in 2011. The Bank also left rates unchanged at its January 2012 meeting.Sapalast_img read more

Santos, Matias rule Senior Masters in Sletba Open

first_imgThe other top finishers were Alfred Kang of SJCBA with 1755, and Daboy Mendoza of Sletba and Jack Interia of ATBA-Gruppo, both with 1730.The top five finishers received cash prizes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe finals for Group 2 will be held Saturday afternoon, while the finals for Group 1, or Masters category, rolls off on Sunday.The Masters division is paced by Kevin Cu, seeded since he is the defending champion, Krizziah Tabora of TBAM-Prima and a member of the national pool, Dennis Gallardo of Sletba-GMTBC, and Jason Ko of Sletba./asu Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Olympics: US interested in Winter Games bid BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CJ Peralta says QC judge followed rules in giving nod to raids on militant offices PLAY LIST 01:16CJ Peralta says QC judge followed rules in giving nod to raids on militant offices00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Ed Santos of Pasig Bowling Association bagged the Senior Masters championship of the 21st Sletba Open during the finals held Friday night at the Sta. Lucia Mall Bowling Center in Cainta, Rizal.Santos scored 1,790 pinfalls in the 8-game series to thwart the valiant bid of Samuel Matias, a member of the Philippine paralympic team, who finished with 1759 to place second.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

PM Holness Extends Condolences to the People of the UK Following Terror Attack

first_imgPrime Minister Andrew Holness today (May 23) wrote to the British Prime Minister Theresa May to extend condolences to the people of the United Kingdom following a terrorist attack in the city of Manchester last evening.Yesterday, news emerged that there was an explosion at an arena in the city of Manchester where thousands of persons, particularly young people, had been attending a concert.“It was with both a great sense of shock and profound sadness that I learnt of what has now been confirmed to be yet another callous and vicious terrorist attack on the people of the United Kingdom. The Government and people of Jamaica join me in extending our deepest condolences to the Government and people of the United Kingdom, especially to the families of those who were killed and the scores who have been injured, resulting from this senseless attack on innocent persons,” said Prime Minister Holness.The prime minister condemned the attack, saying that “no attack on people at any time, in any part the world is acceptable.”He said Jamaica stands firmly with the people of the UK and pledged the country’s support in assisting in the fight against terrorism.“My Government and its people commit to support every collective effort at the national, regional, hemispheric and international levels to fight this scourge of terrorism that threatens the attainment of our development goals and most importantly our human existence,” said the prime minister.Prime Minister Holness also saluted the courage of the city officials and the people of Manchester who displayed great selflessness and generosity of spirit in the face of danger.He said Jamaica will continue to pray for the people of the UK during this difficult time.last_img read more

Nunavut MLA charged with assaulting spouse

first_imgAPTN National NewsA member of Nunavut’s legislature is facing criminal charges from an incident earlier this week.Pangnirtung MLA Adamee Komoartok has been charged with assaulting his wife in Iqaluit last weekend.This is not the first time Komoartok has been in trouble while sitting in the legislature.In 2009, Komoartok was censured by his fellow MLA’s after he admitted to a drunken incident in Ottawa.Assembly officials have declined to comment on the case.Komoartok has not been seen in the legislature since Monday.last_img

US approves 13 billion sale of artillery to Saudi Arabia

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration signed off Thursday on selling more than $1.3 billion in artillery to Saudi Arabia, giving a vote of confidence to the Saudi military as young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman concludes a marathon tour of the United States.Since Prince Mohammed arrived in the U.S. two weeks ago, the administration has green-lighted more than $2.3 billion in arms sales to the kingdom, including more than $1 billion in missiles while the crown prince was in Washington. The latest deal includes about 180 Paladin howitzer systems, artillery-firing vehicles on tracks. The vehicles look like a combination of a tank and a cannon, and launch 155mm shells.The Trump administration told Congress on Thursday that it plans to approve the sale, the State Department said, triggering a 30-day window in which lawmakers could act to try to stop it. Typically, the administration obtains informal approval for such deals from key lawmakers before making them public, indicating that Congress is unlikely to act to block the sale.The Defence Security Cooperation Agency, part of the U.S. military, said the sale would “contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States” by boosting the capabilities of a key U.S. partner that contributes to “political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.” The agency said the artillery would help the Saudis modernize their military and improve their ability to co-operate with the U.S. military.Yet the sale comes amid continuing concerns in Congress and by humanitarian groups about alarming rates of civilian casualties inflicted by the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen. Even President Donald Trump has raised his concerns about that in the past, and for a while, the U.S. stopped selling certain munitions to the Saudis while demanding that they improve their targeting. The U.S. is not engaged in the Saudis’ bombing campaign in Yemen, but has supported the coalition with refuelling , targeting information and other logistics.The Trump administration and the United States more broadly have laid out the red carpet for Prince Mohammed, the 32-year-old heir to the throne, who is on an ambitious mission to modernize Saudi Arabia and improve its image in the West. After stops in Washington, New York and Boston, the crown prince has spent this week on the West Coast meeting with prominent business and entertainment leaders. He plans a final stop in the energy hub of Houston on Saturday before returning to Saudi Arabia.During Trump’s visit to Riyadh last year — the first stop on his inaugural foreign trip — the two nations announced that the U.S. would sell $110 billion in military equipment to Saudi Arabia. They said the deal could grow to $350 billion over a decade and include tanks, combat ships, missile defence systems, radar and communications, and cybersecurity technology. Tens of thousands of U.S. jobs could be created, the State Department said at the time.But no details were announced then, owing in part to the fact that the individual sales require approval from Congress that Trump by himself could not guarantee. Officials said the $1.3 billion in artillery and $1 billion in missiles announced during Prince Mohammed’s visit are both part of that broader package.___AP National Security Writer Robert Burns contributed to this report.___Reach Josh Lederman on Twitter at read more

OSC gathering info on cryptocurrency trading platforms after complaints

first_imgTORONTO – The Ontario Securities Commission is gathering information on several cryptocurrency trading platforms after it received a number of complaints.The regulator says the platforms, and any businesses that allow cryptocurrencies that are securities to trade on them, may be offside securities laws.It says any platform that offers this type of trading must determine whether it is a marketplace. Marketplaces are required to comply with the rules governing exchanges or alternative trading systems.The regulator says to date, none have been recognized as an exchange, or exempted from recognition.The move by the Ontario regulator comes amid the rise of initial coin offerings, which may be used by companies as an alternative way to raise money.With little regulation, initial coin offerings have raised worries about possible financial scams.last_img read more