Badminton News Srikanth enters pre-quarterfinals of World Championship

first_imgChina: India ace Kidambi Srikanth struggled past Spain’s Pablo Abian in a three-game match to enter the men’s singles pre-quarterfinals at the BWF World Championship here on Wednesday.The fifth seeded Indian recovered from a slump during the hard-fought contest to see off Pablo 21-15 12-21 21-14 in a second-round match that lasted 62 minutes.Srikanth, who had clinched four titles last year, will lock horns with Malaysia’s Daren Liew, a former world no 10, who had won the 2012 French Open Super Series.Srikanth erased a 2-4 and 6-8 deficit in the opening game before gaining upper hand with a 16-13 lead. He then reeled off four points to reach game points. Pablo tried to recover but the Indian quickly pocketed the opening game.ALSO READ | Indian juniors bag six medals at Jordan TT meetIn the second game, Srikanth had opened up a 6-3 lead but Pablo rode on a six-point burst to move ahead.The Indian made it 10-12 but the Spaniard registered seven straight points to enjoy a healthy lead to eventually roar back into contest.In the decider, Pablo managed a slender 11-9 advantage at the break but Srikanth turned the tables and then surged ahead to shut the door on the Spaniard.ALSO READ | Ramkumar, Paes make early exit from Atlanta Open For all the Latest Sports News News, Badminton News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Fitness enthusiast Theodore Henry to launch Boot Camp-style programme

first_imgBy Rawle ToneyHE was known as one of the most-feared inside-centre and prop players in the Caribbean during his rugby days, but now Theodore Henry is transferring that energy into getting people in shape; calling it COVFIT-19.What started as a casual workout for him and close friends to stay in shape during the COVID-19 pandemic, has blossomed into full-blown Boot Camp-like training, attracting scores of persons from around the city and even further afield – those who are desirous of using a rigorous work-out to stay fit.The dreadlock-wearing fitness enthusiast and head coach for the country’s National Sevens Rugby team, said COVFIT-19, a term he crafted to stay fit during the Coronavirus pandemic, has now spiralled into something he hopes will drive the nation to staying fit and healthy.“Officially I want to launch a fitness club where I will be targeting the various sporting teams to come and get their fitness levels to an elite standard. I will also be doing personal training, group sessions for persons who are trying to lose a bit of weight or burn some fat,” said Henry.Rain? No problem. It’s clear that the weather doesn’t stop Theodore Henry during his workout programme.Asked about the response so far, he pointed out it has been “alarming and growing daily, but right now I have been trying to keep it to a minimum because of the COVID-19 situation. Every week I have about two-to-three new persons joining.”At present, he added, because of the pandemic, training is only done between 5:30am and 8:30am at D’Urban Park, and as soon as the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted or permitted, evening sessions will be held.In 2016, Henry joined USA’s Clint Smith and Kenya’s Bernard Ouma, who both averaged 4.93 out of five and graduated at the top of their class, following a three-month International Coaching Course and General Conditioning from the University of Physical Education in Budapest, Hungary.Henry was the lone Guyanese at the course which saw 25 participants from over 14 countries and his participation was made possible by Guyana Olympic Association (GOA).Back then, upon his return, he had told Chronicle Sport his International Coaching and General Conditioning Diploma meant he can work with any sports team representing Guyana, and not just Rugby.He also recently wrapped up his personal trainer certification and currently is working on being certified as a sports nutritionist.Known for his integral role in helping Guyana to secure many regional titles as a player and coach, Theo, as he’s also popularly called, revealed that he had fallen in love with fitness during his playing days in rugby, adding “as most persons would know, we were one of the fittest teams in the Caribbean.“Testimony is in the fact that we were able to win six consecutive (regional) titles – all due to fitness; I mean our skill level improved over the period of time which was superior to other teams, but our fitness made us more dominant.”Meanwhile, Henry has cautioned that if persons are thinking about joining his programme, they should be prepared to work hard, since he’s adamant that no shortcuts will be taken.“If you’re coming to my programme, you need a specific goal and I will scientifically design a programme to reach that goal. I will assist you with the nutritional part of it as well, so you’re going to get a complete package. You’ll get the physical part as well as the guidance as it relates to the dos and don’ts in terms of food,” Henry said.Interested persons can contact ‘Theo’ on telephone number 629-1403.last_img read more

On the block: Syracuse vs. Michigan

first_imgCenterRakeem Christmas starts for Syracuse, but Baye Moussa Keita gets the bulk of the minutes for the Orange. Keita has played the best basketball of his career lately. Everything has started to click for the 6-foot-10 Senegal-born Keita, who sputtered through most of the season. He carried Syracuse in the Big East tournament semifinals against Georgetown and in the third round of the NCAA Tournament against California. But Keita will be up against Mitch McGary, one of the best centers in college basketball. McGary didn’t start for Michigan at the beginning of the season and played minimal minutes. But he has been one of the best players in the tournament so far, scoring 17.5 points per game. Advantage: Michigan Power ForwardC.J. Fair has been Syracuse’s rock all season. Guards Michael Carter-Williams and Brandon Triche have had peaks and valleys, but Fair has been consistent throughout. Fair scored in double digits in 27 of Syracuse’s last 29 games. He relies on his mid-range jumper and attacking the basket. Glenn Robinson III, a former five-star recruit, has shown flashes of greatness so far in the NCAA Tournament after a topsy-turvy regular season, averaging 13.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He has the shooting and driving ability to bust Syracuse’s zone, but he may not have the experience to do so.Advantage: Syracuse Related Stories Not just yet: Boeheim reiterates he doesn’t plan on retiringLong and winding road: Beilein arriving at Final Four stage with decades of help, friendship from BoeheimCoaches reflect on Rice video, defend professionCarter-Williams, Burke renew 10th-grade duel in Final FourSyracuse-Michigan promises showdown of in-form shooters Southerland, Stauskas Point GuardMichael Carter-Williams has been unstoppable of late, averaging 18 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 4.5 steals over Syracuse’s last two games. The 6-foot-6 point guard is a nightmare matchup for opposing teams. He’s one of the best distributors in the country and is tough to contain when he doesn’t settle for jump shots. But Michigan has an electrifying point guard of its own in Trey Burke. Projected by many as a Top-10 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, Burke is lightning quick, drains 3s – including his game-changer against Kansas – and finishes at the rim. The point guard matchup is a dandy.Advantage: Michigan Small ForwardSyracuse’s downtown specialist James Southerland hit 83 3s on the season while shooting 40.3 percent from beyond the arc. Against Michigan, though, Southerland won’t only be counted on to shoot. He’ll play a key role in Syracuse’s matchup zone and will have the daunting task of closing out on Nik Stauskas, one of the premier shooters in the country. Stauskas, a Canadian sniper who’s shooting 45 percent from 3 and 85 percent at the line, doesn’t miss often when he has space. Southerland and Stauskas are two of the smoothest shooters in the game. Either one could dominate on Saturday, but Southerland gets the slight edge for his rebounding and defense.Advantage: Syracuse BenchBaye Moussa Keita, Jerami Grant and Trevor Cooney come off the bench for Syracuse. Cooney has scored in just one of the Orange’s last five games – a seven-point performance against Montana. But he’s capable of lighting it up from downtown. Grant’s best game of the season came against his brother Jerian and Notre Dame on Feb. 4. He hasn’t scored in double figures since then, but he can produce inside when called upon. Scrappy point guard Spike Albrecht gets minutes off the bench for the Wolverines, and Jon Horford and Jordan Morgan split time at forward. Both teams rely heavily on their starters, but Keita, who plays starters’ minutes, gives Syracuse the slight edge off the bench.Advantage: Syracuse -Compiled by Trevor Hass, asst. copy editor, tbhass@syr.edu, @TrevorHass Comments Published on April 6, 2013 at 3:18 pm Shooting GuardAdvertisementThis is placeholder textBrandon Triche has been streaky all season. He has scored 20-plus points seven times, but he has also scored in single figures 10 times. Triche is certainly capable of lighting it up from downtown, but he’s shooting just 29 percent from beyond the arc on the season. His leadership will be key on Saturday. Tim Hardaway Jr. will likely guard Triche. Hardaway, the son of five-time NBA all-star Tim Hardaway, may pose problems for Triche. Both players thrive in big games but are inconsistent. Triche is a better defender and smarter player.Advantage: Syracuse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Boxing: KSI wants to face more celebrities; calls out Jake Paul for a fight

first_img FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT Written By First Published: 28th November, 2019 22:42 IST 9 months ago WWE: Bobby Lashley challenges Dan Bilzerian, Logan Paul and others for WrestleMania 36 LIVE TV YouTuber turned boxer KSI is planning to return to the ring after defeating Logan Paul. The two fighters faced off in a highly anticipated re-match on November 9. Well, if you were expecting a trilogy fight with Logan Paul, then KSI is clearly not interested in that. The 26-year-old defeated Logan Paul via decision and he has no interest in fighting him again. After a super fight, KSI is eyeing something bigger in his future bout.Also Read: KSI: YouTube Star’s Salary, Net Worth, Earnings From Logan Paul FightBoxing: KSI wants to fight more celebritiesThe super-fight between KSI and Logan Paul turned out to be highly beneficial for both the men in terms of money. KSI clearly wants that ‘big-pot’ again. In an interview with The Ring, KSI said that he is interested in fighting celebs who are capable of drawing more attention. The British Youtuber called himself a businessman and said that a fight with a journeyman won’t generate numbers for him. Also Read: Fans Watch Logan Paul Vs KSI Rematch For Free Via Streamer’s GlassesAlso Read: UFC: Logan Paul Is Interested To Fight In UFC; Wants To Face Conor McGregor WE RECOMMENDcenter_img Also Read: Logan Paul Boastfully Mocks CM Punk, Dillon Danis After Losing To KSIKSI was asked whether he would love to fight pop-star Justin Bieber or not. He ruled out the possibility with a laugh. Justin Bieber challenged Tom Cruise for a fight a few months back but later ruled it out. Justin Bieber clearly is not in KSI’s mind at this moment, but Jake Paul is. KSI feels that he can fight Jake Paul if he proves that he is better than Logan Paul. According to KSI, Jake Paul is worse than Logan Paul so he needs to fight AnEsonGib (YouTuber) first. KSI promised to square-off against Jake Paul if he manages to defeat Gib in a boxing fight. KSI further revealed that there are more celebrities outside YouTube whom he would love to face, but the 26-year-old did not take any name. WATCH US LIVE 9 months ago UFC: Logan Paul is interested to fight in UFC; wants to face Conor McGregor 9 months ago KSI: YouTube star’s salary, net worth, earnings from Logan Paul fight Raj Sarkar Last Updated: 28th November, 2019 22:42 IST Boxing: KSI Wants To Face More Celebrities; Calls Out Jake Paul For A Fight After defeating Logan Paul, KSI wants to fight more celebrities in a boxing match. Jake Paul too is on KSI’s mind. Know more about KSI’s future opponents. 9 months ago Logan Paul boastfully mocks CM Punk, Dillon Danis after losing to KSI 9 months ago Fans watch Logan Paul vs KSI rematch for free via streamer’s glasseslast_img read more

Wily veteran Julio Urias comes through again for LA Dodgers

first_img“In the beginning, I felt strange. But now, I feel like I’m a part of this level and I belong here. That’s the biggest difference.”Urias faced the Cubs in his second big-league start on June 2. That day in Wrigley Field he allowed six runs on eight hits (including three home runs) in five innings.Facing them again at home Saturday, the Cubs’ first three batters reached base — a leadoff walk to Dexter Fowler, a single by Kris Bryant and an RBI single by Anthony Rizzo — to produce a run. Surprisingly, Ben Zobrist followed with a sacrifice bunt and Urias took over from there.He struck out Addison Russell and Jorge Soler to minimize the damage and the Cubs got just one more runner to second base against Urias, who matched his professional-high by going six innings for the second consecutive start. He threw 94 pitches, gave up six hits (all singles), walked two and struck out eight.“I think he’s being more aggressive,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said when asked for the ways Urias’ growth is showing at the big-league level. “I think early on he was trying to understand the major-league strike zone. It’s a little bit tighter east and west (inside and outside) and here in the big leagues it’s a little more liberal north and south (up and down). LOS ANGELES >> Julio Urias is an older, wiser man than he was back in … June.The rookie left-hander held the Chicago Cubs to one run over six innings and the Dodgers held on for a 3-2 victory Saturday afternoon.Urias has given up just one run in 14 2/3 innings since turning 20 earlier this month. He is 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over his past four starts (with two relief appearances and another win mixed in).“I feel a lot more confident,” Urias said through an interpreter. “A couple starts ago, I started picking up my confidence and that really helped moving forward. “I think early on in his starts he felt he was getting squeezed. But the stuff that he has, he can trust his stuff and be more aggressive in the strike zone.”Urias has said he has received advice on that from catchers Yasmani Grandal and A.J. Ellis (before he was traded) as well as pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. Roberts added Clayton Kershaw to the list of those who have talked with Urias to help him move toward his potential.“I feel a lot more confident now,” Urias said. “You know that you have the confidence with your catcher to throw whatever pitch is necessary, and that’s helping.”Urias helped himself as well, using his bat to add to the crucial two-run third inning after Corey Seager matched the Cubs’ first-inning run with a solo homer in the bottom of the first.Andrew Toles led off the third with a double. After showing bunt, Urias pulled back and slapped a single through the left side of the infield. With runners at the corners, Chase Utley and Justin Turner drove in runs with singles.That was it for the Dodgers’ offense. Cubs manager Joe Maddon went to his bullpen early and the Dodgers had just one more hit in the game. Cubs relievers retired 17 of the final 18 batters after Turner’s RBI single, including the last 13 in order.That made it nail-biting time when Roberts went to the bullpen in the seventh inning. Setup man Pedro Baez took nearly a half-hour to face five batters. He gave up two hits, walked two, made an error and was called for a balk, making it a one-run game by the time he gave way to Adam Liberatore.“We’re going to continue to let him know that tempo is important,” Roberts said of Baez’s constant threat to pace of play. “But he’s really a cerebral guy and he’s trying to think through things and execute. I don’t think he’s really cognizant of how the game comes to a standstill. It’s a constant conversation.”Liberatore, Jesse Chavez and Kenley Jansen combined to close it out, retiring the final seven batters in order after Baez’s left the scene.Jansen said he was pitching “angry” after suffering his sixth blown save of the season Friday night against the Cubs.“I have to figure out how I can be angry all the time out there,” Jansen joked after striking out two of the three batters in the ninth. “I didn’t get many hours of sleep last night, thinking about letting my teammates down. I wanted to be out there again.“I know I’m not perfect but I want to be. Whenever you have a tough loss like that, I feel like I let everyone down. That really bothers me.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Watch LeBron James’ 3-pointer send Lakers and Spurs to overtime

first_imgRelated Articles One lucky fan hit a half-court shot to win $30,000. LeBron James decided to shoot his shot from long range and it paid off for the Los Angeles Lakers, who were behind the San Antonio Spurs for most of the game.James’ shot left 2.4 seconds on the clock but eventually sent the Lakers and Spurs to overtime tied at 128. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions James was not the only person in the Staples Center to find success from long range. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error A sign of things to come for the Lakers this season. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more

Watch out Messi, here come the footballers at RoboCup

first_imgNagoya, Japan | AFP | With steely focus, player number 3 scored a stunning opening goal in the first few minutes of the high-stakes football match between a dominant Bordeaux and their plucky Chinese opponents.But as the crowds cheered, the pint-sized player, known as Arya, showed none of the customary swagger of triumphant strikers. In fact, robot number 3 and its teammates showed no emotion at all as they continued to exterminate their rivals’ hopes of victory at RoboCup 2017 in Japan.The game, which Bordeaux won 4-0, was one of the gripping final matches in a four-day event that saw about 3,000 researchers and engineering students from 40 countries displaying the prowess of their latest robotic inventions on the football pitch.Ranging in design from humanoids with human faces to more skeletal contraptions, the robots were programmed to be self-directed and played strategically without being given instructions.The robots “see” using a camera installed in their heads, while installed with artificial intelligence (AI) to recognise the spacing and objects in the sight.The annual championship, which was held in the central Japanese city of Nagoya, started 20 years ago when a computer beat the top human player in chess, “a big event which prompted computer engineers to set the next goal”, said Itsuki Noda, the president of the RoboCup Federation.“Unlike chess, football players have to read constantly changing situations and choose the best movements while competing against rivals,” he said.“Also, football requires very good teamwork, which was a completely unresearched area for computer engineers. To solve the riddle, we chose soccer for the robots’ next challenge.” Technologies have since advanced so that robots can make autonomous judgements and cooperate with others, said Noda, also the principal research manager at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.That ability to play as a team was the “winning factor” in Bordeaux University’s triumph, according to associate professor Olivier Ly, who acted as coach and positioned his team’s players.“We developed lots of features on the team play… The robots play together, try to do some passes,” he said.The Chinese team deployed highly mobile robots that, unafflicted by injury concerns, were quick to bounce back to their feet after falling over.But it was not enough to match the French team.As the match ended and the humans celebrated, the lifeless robot players were quietly packed away into suitcases.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

SCJ Adds 50 years of Combined Industry Experience to Marketing Team

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the SCJ AllianceIn less than two weeks, SCJ Alliance added half a century of industry expertise to its marketing team with the addition of two employees: Cynthia Tallariti, with 30 years of marketing experience in the architecture and engineering industry, and Andrea Weston-Smart with 20.Andrea Weston.Photo courtesy: SCJ AllianceSCJ is a nationally-recognized, multidisciplinary consulting firm specializing in civil engineering, transportation planning and design, environmental and urban planning, landscape architecture and design, and public outreach.“The addition of these two women solidifies the strong foundation of our team,” said Cathy McKay, marketing manager. “The knowledge they bring with them and relationships they’ve built over the years are invaluable resources for the firm.” Cynthia Tallariti is joining the SCJ Alliance marketing team. Photo courtesy: SCJ AllianceSince its founding eleven years ago, SCJ has grown steadily to a dynamic team of close to 80 employees in six locations across Washington.Headquartered in Lacey, SCJ has been nationally recognized multiple times for growth, award-winning projects, and as a great place to work. In addition to Lacey, the company also has offices in Centralia, Seattle, Ballard, Wenatchee, and Vancouver.last_img read more

Florenzi is already one more in Mestalla

first_imgWhen Celades aligned the starting players against Celta, all eyes automatically rested on Alessandro Florenzi. The Italian debuted when he had barely participated in two sessions with the team and in the 52 minutes he was on the green, he showed that the coach was right to start. Thus, the Valencianista closed his participation with 25 good passes, several dangerous arrivals by the band, a shot to the squad and, above all, a defensive level more than remarkable. His performance was rewarded with a standing ovation, which chanted him. And upon reaching the bench il Capitano greeted the members of the group one by one, demonstrating that his nickname is a definition of the type of soccer player he is. With the first one he did not stop talking during the occasion to the ball stopped to be placed correctly and also to organize the ball out. And with Wass he ended up coming together so that one could hardly say that it was the first time they played together.center_img The Italian said at the end of the game “It had been very easy to fit in” since the team has “welcomed him very well”. But in addition to the good work of the group, the side put his part to adapt on the pitch to his teammates. Therefore, he talked with two of the players who control the times of the game, Parejo and Wass.last_img read more

Linden Police probing rape of 6-year-old

first_imgPolice in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) are probing the rape of a six-year-old child.Guyana Times understands that a 44-year-old man of Wisroc, Wismar, Linden, has been arrested and questioned in relation to the incident. This newspaper was told that he has since been released on $50,000 station bail pending the probe.A Police source confirmed that as a condition for the station bail, the man is required to report daily at the Police station. E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander, Linden Lord has indicated that legal advice has since been sought on the way forward.Region 10 recorded the highest cases of child abuse in Guyana in 2017, with a 22.1 per cent of the country’s total. Director of the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA), Ann Greene, had confirmed that most of the reported cases in the region came from Linden. According to information from the Agency, the overall rate of child abuse for Guyana in 2017 is 15.8 children per 1000 of the national population of children. Greene had stressed the importance of understanding “rates” in terms of population size when looking at the number of children being abused, as she pointed out that according to the rates, Region 10 had the highest. She also indicated that Region 10 had the highest rate of child neglect and sexual abuse.last_img read more