Concerts Committee plans virtual semester

first_imgWhile Instagram Lives are low-budget and more manageable to set up, such interactive events can amass huge crowds and provide ample opportunity for music promotion and merchandise sales. Travis Scott held a similar event on Fortnite, with almost 12 million viewers from around the world in attendance.  “If the artist wants to post about it, I wouldn’t be mad because then all of their fans can come too,” Gibbs said. “At the end of the day, I just want as many people to enjoy our events as possible.”  While the future of live shows may currently be uncertain, Gibbs, Kronenberg and the Committee are actively working to provide entertainment and events for USC students.  “We’re definitely going to try and have some sort of virtual programming, whether that be panels or special smaller events with either student artists or non-student artists,” Gibbs said. Concerts Committee co-executive director Samantha Gibbs, along with her team, is now dealing with a colossal dilemma: How can the organization do its job when concerts and big crowds are prohibited for the time being? Stepping into its mid-Spring semester role, Concerts Committee’s new executive board is entering uncharted territory this coming school year. Alongside co-director Faiz Haque, Gibbs and the rest of the team have been challenged to drastically alter the traditional Welcome Back Concert held every August.  While traditional large, in-person events like the Welcome Back Concert and Conquest! are out of the question, Concerts Committee is quickly pivoting toward providing entertainment for students at a socially acceptable distance — virtually. Having previously featured artists such as Saweetie, Migos, Gunna, Playboi Carti, Trippie Redd and Still Woozy, Concerts Committee works with agents to book performers for its events, which are free to USC students.  The transition to a digital interface will force the Committee to think outside the box, experiment with new methods of viewer engagement, promote smaller online events and partner with more student artists. However, Concerts Committee views the many challenges of the current virtual-only landscape as an opportunity.  While the exact format and headliner of the event are yet to be announced, Concerts Committee is working to make sure it’s a virtual music experience like no other.  Because events will be online, Concerts Committee is in an unprecedented position to publicize them to a much wider audience than usual, perhaps opening it to not only the USC community but each artist’s fans as well.  Ben Kronenberg, the assistant director of marketing for Concerts Committee, acknowledged that his responsibilities this semester will be a far cry from the average school year. He said that the now-typical Instagram Live concert content is overdone, often unengaging and as a result, “disheartening.” He will work closely with his creative teams to find new ways to reach out to and engage students and get people excited about a digital event. Jared Khan, a junior majoring in quantitative biology and an avid concertgoer, recently attended a 100 gecs music festival on the Minecraft platform. He said he enjoyed the novelty of the experiential event, noting that it was “more of an emulation of a real concert versus a passive viewing party.” Khan was also quick to point out that it was not identical to a typical concert experience. While Concerts Committee hasn’t yet officially confirmed any events, opening up virtual events would be an opportunity to publicize both the Committee and some of USC’s own artists, Gibbs said. USC Concerts Committee is responsible for orchestrating some of the biggest and most exciting events of the school year. From the Welcome Back Concert to Conquest! and Springfest, members of the committee create and coordinate unforgettable live music experiences for USC students.  The organization recently teased the opening acts for its Welcome Back event. Partnering with the Black Student Assembly, Concerts Committee announced via Instagram Aug. 10 that its event will feature Kyle Lux and Jordyn Simone, two up-and-coming artists and USC students.  In typical years, Concerts Committee employs a variety of methods to reach students and promote their events, using a mixture of digital and terrestrial marketing strategies, such as social media platforms, email blasts, on-campus promotion and tabling on Trousdale Parkway. However, with campus life disrupted by a virtual semester, the Committee is forced to get creative in its outreach methods. Unlike Instagram Live concerts that have become commonplace during the lockdown, Gibbs said that Concerts Committee is brainstorming ways to make the virtual concert experience as interactive and creative as possible for attendees.  “We’re trying to pull something together that’s really interesting and unique from what we’ve seen previously with livestreams and stuff like that,” said Gibbs, a senior majoring in communication. “We’re just trying to make it so that whatever we do is something enjoyable and something maybe different than what we’ve seen over the past few months.” Tentatively planning to livestream its music events, the committee is working to create engaging and inimitable experiences for students logging on from around the globe.  Crowds that once filled music venues at McCarthy Quad turn to virtual means of the concert experience due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Ling Luo | Daily Trojan) Springfest 2020 was supposed to be held in late March in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum but was canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus. With a nearly empty campus in August and restrictions imposed on large gatherings, sporting events and live shows in L.A. County, Springfest won’t be the last concert cancellation.  “Everyone in any role anywhere now has to really learn what resilience is and how to … make the best out of the situation,” Kronenberg said.last_img read more

Shafer: Young players to get opportunities as season dies down

first_img Published on November 18, 2014 at 1:20 pm Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_ With the season winding down and bowl eligibility gone, Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer is looking to the team’s youth.The Orange (3-7, 1-5 Atlantic Coast) has two games remaining, starting with Pittsburgh (4-6, 2-4) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Heinz Field. In those contests, Shafer is looking to see the younger players on his team further tested in a game environment as they try to send SU’s seniors off with some wins, he said on his weekly Tuesday teleconference.Shafer said he is particularly looking to his quarterbacks and offensive line as places where less experienced players are likely to feature.“I think any time you get a chance to find a lot out about young quarterbacks, it’s a good thing,” Shafer said.Freshman quarterback AJ Long was limited in the bye week after missing SU’s 27-10 loss to Duke on Nov. 8 with a nerve issue in his arm but he, along with sophomores Austin Wilson and Mitch Kimble were set to practice Tuesday, Shafer said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShafer also said some previously injured offensive linemen have a chance of returning in some capacity this week, but that they would be limited in practice.Right guard Nick Robinson and offensive tackle Michael Lasker joined already-sidelined right tackle Ivan Foy in missing the Duke game. Jason Emerich took the majority of snaps at center with regular starter John Miller injured. Sophomore guard Alex Hayes debuted at right guard due to Robinson and Lasker’s injuries.Left tackle Sean Hickey and left guard Rob Trudo have also been fighting through injuries this season.Said Shafer: “So you’ll still see an opportunity to watch the kids practice that haven’t played a ton of football up front, which is always big.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Doubles dominator: Billy Bertha

first_imgFor the third consecutive season, senior Billy Bertha was part of a doubles team that won the Milwaukee Tennis Classic, this time paired up with junior teammate Alex Robles.[/media-credit]The Wisconsin men’s tennis team is determined to get back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since its 2009-10 campaign, and with the help of its senior captain, Billy Bertha, the Badgers may accomplish their prospective goal.The son of Sue and Bill Bertha – both Wisconsin alumni – the Whitefish Bay native was a five-star recruit who was ranked No. 29 in the nation (No. 1 in Wisconsin) when he committed to UW.Rich in experience, Bertha has the skills and knowledge required to lead this Badger squad back to the NCAA Tournament this upcoming spring. During his sophomore season, Bertha was blessed with his doubles partner, Marek Michalicka, who finished his career with the second-best singles winning percentage (.735) in Wisconsin men’s tennis history. “Billy knows how to handle different situations because he was on that Sweet 16 team a couple of years ago with Michalicka,” head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. “It was probably one of the best teams we’ve ever had here at Wisconsin, so he knows what it takes to get to that level and he’s trying to get himself and his team back to that level that we were once at.”Bertha and Michalicka went 18-5 (17-5 at No. 1 doubles) during the 2010-11 season, and while it was nice defeating three nationally-ranked doubles opponents that year, Bertha took more than just wins away from his time on and off the court with Michalicka.“He was really good both at tennis and in how he conducted himself,” Bertha said. “Whether it was training, tennis or school, I learned from him how to be a better team leader and how to manage myself both on and off the court.”Bertha’s current doubles partner, junior Alex Robles, said he sees the same type of leadership characteristics in Bertha. “A lot of kids on our team are from outside the United States so part of being a good leader is guiding them,” Robles said. “He’s been guiding them and showing them what’s expected at practice and making sure that they keep up with their studies so that our team has a good overall GPA.”Some team captains would shy away from this specific leadership role, with five of the eight players on the roster from countries outside the United States, but that doesn’t fit with Bertha’s style.“I think [having many international players] is cool,” Bertha said. “We’re a melting pot and you don’t normally get that at any other schools and as one of only three Americans on the team, I get a different perspective from other people and their culture.“I’m kind of taking [the international players] under my wing if you will. Telling them how college tennis works here in the U.S. and also with classes, school work and especially in the social realm.”While noting expectations can only go so far, Bertha and the team have already been getting the positive results so far this season.Those results started last month at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic, where, for the third straight year and with his third different doubles partner, Bertha won the doubles championship. One would think being a part of three separate doubles teams in as many years would come with some breakdowns in chemistry, but not for Bertha, and not for this Badgers team.“Everyone that plays for us knows how we play doubles so when I played with Alex [last month] we both played pretty well,” Bertha said. “I was serving well the whole tournament, while Alex was returning the ball real well so we are a natural fit. I think finding the right chemistry between [doubles] teams and just going out there and executing is going to be key to our success this year.”With half of the team as underclassmen, executing right away will naturally be a challenge due to the lack of experience this Badger team employs.“We have a lot of potential and that could be seen as a negative,” coach Van Emburgh said. “We have eight good players who can play anywhere in the lineup for us and we want to use that and make sure it’s used as a plus this year and in the future.“When push comes to shove, I think that all eight guys will be up for every match whether it be in the fall or in our season in the spring,” Van Emburgh added.Getting the team “up for every match” is a task perfectly suited for a student-athlete of Bertha’s caliber; one who, as coach Van Emburgh put it, “leads by example, tries to make the right choices, and is the hardest working player on the court.”last_img read more

16 year-old shooter Manu Bhaker becomes first Indian woman to clinch gold at the Youth Olympics

first_img LIVE TV FOLLOW US In other events, India’s budding paddlers Archana Kamath and Manav Thakkar won their respective singles matches of the group stage. Kamath beat Malaysia’s Javen Choong 4-2 while Thakkar defeated Slovakia’s Aleksandra Vovk 4-1. Even the Indian hockey team produced a clinical show as the they thrashed Austria 9-1.Though, India’s rising badminton sensation Lakshya Sen was made to toil hard against Danylo Bosniuk in the first game before he regained his composure to overcome the Ukrainian 23-21, 21-8. The country is being represented by 47 athletes at the ongoing Games, its biggest ever contingent. 1 year ago Sophie Choudry to Vinta Nanda: ‘He Will Pay! They All Will!’ Manu Bhaker had strolled through the qualifications round with ease, but was made to toil hard in the final round. She had slipped midway through the round, but held her nerves to clinch gold with a score of 236.5. Russia’s Enina went tooth and nail with the Indian finishing second with a score of  235.9. By doing, she has become India’s first female athlete to win the yellow  metal at the Youth Olympics. SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 9th October, 2018 20:24 IST Written By COMMENT WE RECOMMENDcenter_img 1 year ago #MeToo: Swara Bhasker Blasts Apurva Asrani, Says How Can We Hold Perpetrators Accountable Based On Anonymity? Last Updated: 9th October, 2018 21:07 IST 16 Year-old Shooter Manu Bhaker Becomes First Indian Woman To Clinch Gold At The Youth Olympics 16 year-old shooter Manu Bhaker has lived up to her billing by claiming India’s second gold medal in the 10m pistol event at the 2018 Youth Olympics. Digital Desk The shooter from Haryana  rose to prominence after winning her first medal at the 2017 Asian Junior Championship. Continuing her exploits, she won 9 gold medals at the 2017 Kerala national Games, with the highlight of her outing being defeating World Cup medallist Heena Sidhu.At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which were held at Gold Coast, Australia, Manu Bhaker made India proud by winning the gold in women’s 10 m air pistol at an age of 16. She scored 388/400 points in the qualifying round and secured a gold by setting a new record at the CWG of 240.9 points. Given her achievements at such a young age, Manu Bhaker was given the honour of being India’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Youth Olympics, which was held on streets of Buenos Aires. Now, after her recent feat she has repaid the confidence of her coaches by ensuring the country’s flag was flying high. Touted as the country’s hottest medal prospects at the Youth Olympics, 16 year-old shooter Manu Bhaker has lived up to her billing by claiming India’s second gold medal in the 10m pistol event. Earlier in the day, weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga opened India’s medal gold medal account by claiming top honours in the men’s 62kg category. WATCH US LIVE 1 year ago Olly – official mascot unveiled for Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018last_img read more

‘Treat Betting like Tobacco’…Labour pledges to end betting firms sponsoring football clubs

first_img Cross-party think-tank calls for £100 monthly limit on gambling August 5, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Winning Post: Political flip-floppery leads to uncertainty for casinos August 3, 2020 Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson, wants UK football to ‘play its part in tackling the country’s hidden epidemic of gambling addiction’.A new Labour policy proposal, will seek to end football club shirt sponsorships by bookmakers and gambling related firms.Watson has stated to The Guardian newspaper, that the Labour Party will pledge to curb ‘the power of gambling firms’, protecting society’s vulnerable and limiting the exposure of gambling services to UK minors.The Labour Deputy makes his statement, as the industry awaits the government’s delayed October review of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) and advertising standards and practices.Detailing Labour’s pledge, Watson points to the high density of betting firms’ currently sponsoring English Premier League football clubs (9 out of 20 sponsored by gambling services).“Shirt sponsorship sends out a message that football clubs don’t take problem gambling among their own fans seriously enough. It puts gambling brands in front of fans of all ages, not just at matches but on broadcasts and highlights packages on both commercial television and the BBC.”At present, Football Association rules prohibit youth teams from being sponsored by gambling firms. Furthermore, The FA does not allow for gambling services to be promoted on junior/minor football club kits.Watson, however, believes that current policy is insufficient with regards to protecting minors, and has detailed that Labour will likely take a strict advertising approach relating to industry services, replicating marketing and promotional standards set for the Tobacco industry in 2005.  “Just as tobacco companies were banned from sponsoring sporting events and putting their logos on branded goods because of the harm smoking can cause,” he said, “it’s right that we recognise the harm problem gambling does and take gambling logos off football shirts.”Labour’s pledge for stricter gambling standards, comes as the Industry’s leadership are reported to be reviewing betting marketing and promotional practices. This week, independent gambling group Sky Betting and Gaming announced the closure of its Affiliate Marketing program ‘Affiliate Hub’ citing ‘regulatory concerns’ attached to marketing and promotions by partner websites.last_img read more

Joe Buck is broadcasting everyday life events to stay fresh during quarantine— Joe Buck (@Buck) March 22, 2020″This is called negotiation, ladies and gentlemen,” Buck says. “Michelle on the left, is trying to prepare dinner. Wyatt on the right, fighting back a yawn, dressed like kind of a half-assed Fred Flintstone. And he’s now — he wants to watch Blippi, folks. Oh, and he’s hit his mom! He has hit his mom! Mom is playing it up! Wyatt is crying! All hell has broken loose inside this house, quarantine Day 7. For us, it’s about Day 13. But they’re hugging. Everything has come back together.”MORE: Amy Cole brings the heat in game of catch with husband Gerrit ColeBut Buck is using the downtime to keep the vocal cords loose — the broadcaster is urging Twitter users to send him videos so he can produce commentary over, which sounds like it could make for riotous Twitter content.  If you were wondering what the Joe Buck is up to while the sports world is halted, then wonder no more.The Fox Sports broadcaster, known for his dulcet, monotone vibes seems to be doing just fine in the midst of his coronavirus quarantine, narrating Buck household festivities to perfection. I have good news for you -While we’re all quarantined right now without any sports, I’d love to get some practice reps in. Send me videos of what you’re doing at home and I’ll work on my play-by-play. Seriously!— Joe Buck (@Buck) March 22, 2020Buck says that if a video is posted, the original user of the video must pledge to donate something to COVID-19 relief efforts. A noble cause for the Noble Pipes of Buck. All we need is a “slamma-lamma ding-dong!” or two, and this will all be fine.Things we’d love to see Buck broadcast:Making lunchDoing the dishesMaking the bedCleaning the garageVacuumingCan someone get Kevin Harlan to narrate sandwich making?last_img read more

“The call from Florentino Pérez is the one that surprised me the most”

first_imgHow do you carry out so much change of city ?: “We have been changing cities a lot. He bought his house in Madrid when he came to Atlético.”Did you miss the benches ?: “He wanted to enjoy the grandchildren, but the last team he coached was three years ago. In China he really enjoyed it. He had many offers, but he didn’t want to train any more.”He was a very soccer man: “I don’t know if there is anyone in the world who watched more soccer games than him. There were times when he watched three games at once.”Thanks: “At this moment I am at a loss for words to thank all the expressions of affection. I am sorry that he left so soon and that he could not be fired as he deserved. When all this happens, he will have the tribute and funeral he deserves.”Pantic: “Radomir’s house was open 24 hours”Along with Dusan Antic, he was also Milinko Pantic, player that his father signed for Atlético de Madrid and who was very close to the Serbian coach personally.Pain after loss: “I lack words to describe what he has done for me, thanks to him my family and I are here. He was a very different person in everything, not only in soccer. He was very intelligent. Apart from a great coach, he was a great father and friend of Everyone. His house was open 24 hours for everyone. A happy guy who infected you. He had no enemies. “First contact with Antic: “We met in ’85 in the Partizán. He was a scout and I played as in Segunda B here. Thanks to him, the Partizán signed me. We had a friendship of many years.”Arrival at Atlético: “It was not an easy decision because he was very happy in Greece. He was a God there, although he was a small team. It was a challenge when he called me. I wanted to work with him. We met a bit late but he could not sign me for Zaragoza Perhaps it would have been better to arrive for me with four years younger, but I think I did what he asked. “What do you miss most in the absence of the mister ?: “I am missing everything from the mister. We were very close. The last time we were with him was December 19, but I have been many times with him in the hospital until he entered the ICU. I was convinced that he was going to save himself, because it was not a disease to die for, although it was serious. Then it got a little complicated and it is a shame because it left us very soon. He was a person who never complained of pain. I never heard him say this or that hurts me Once he injured his ankle and he could not foul with me and it was the only time I heard him and it was because he could not foul. “Role in Atlético: “He was a very smart guy. He knew how far he could go. He had it clear, I sent him a video with my goals and he was clear that he wanted this type of player to supply balls to Kiko and Penev. He worked using his head, but things in life, I scored my most important goal with my head “. Dusan Antic, son of the recently deceased Radomir Antic, passed this Wednesday by the microphones of The Stringer of the SER Chain to talk about the figure of his father, the only coach who has trained Atlético, Real Madrid and Barcelona, ​​among others. Were you surprised by the love for your father ?: “The displays of affection have been incredible and from everywhere, not only from fans, but also from other types of people. I lack words to thank the words they have had towards my father. It would be unfair to mention some and not others. My father He was sick, but it didn’t seem serious. He was improving a lot, but he got a bacterium that is only found in hospitals and it left us in two days. “Any calls that especially surprised you ?: “I did not expect Florentino Perez to call me. He promised me that he would receive the Bernabéu recognition because it was Real Madrid’s history and he showed his affection to the whole family. He is very grateful. At first, when everything happened, Butragueño called and people who had more to do with my father. Ceferin sent a telegram to the family. We were also contacted by a lot of players, but it would be unfair to name just a few. “The emptiness that Radomir leaves: “You cannot imagine the incredible emptiness that has left us. We are at home with my mother, but my father has left a void that you cannot imagine. With my father we have gone to the Camp Nou or the Bernabéu and he never had problems with no fan. He stopped to sign autographs and take pictures. “Disease: “He had improved a lot, but they put him in the ICU to protect him from the coronavirus. They moved him and that made him feel bad and in two days he left us. He caught a bacteria on Saturday and on Monday he left. We couldn’t say goodbye to him as we wanted. “Atlético de Madrid: “I know that he had a great relationship with Enrique Cerezo and with many people from Atlético. When all this happens, I suppose they will contact us to do anything. My father would have been 25 years old as an Atlético partner this year. My father was of football, he has never said it belonged to any team. He really likes the new stadium, but the collapse of Calderón did not go well for him. “Milinko Pantic: “Pantic for him was not a footballer, it was as if he were his son. He always counted on him for all the events at home.”Was it very familiar ?: “He always had time for his grandchildren and said that it was a privilege to enjoy them. My children also went to see them play soccer, but less because I did not want to put pressure on them. I enjoyed the children very much. He was a better father than a coach, that’s for sure He went to all the Atlético matches with us because we are all partners. “last_img read more

In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgMemorial semi-finalsAll the semi-finalists in both the male and female divisions of the Howie Chin Memorial Prep School football leagues have been confirmed. The competition is in its fifth year and run by the Manchester Football Association.In the boys’ competition, there is a three-way tie on 14 points involving Knox, Belair and surprise package Charagape. Unbeaten Knox and Belair are in pole position, based on their higher goal average, with the boys from Knox ahead by one goal.Defending champions Mount St Joseph complete the final four. However, they have been far from convincing, winning three matches and losing twice.They, however, secured their spot earlier this week with their most impressive display so far – a 5-0 flogging of Yabnel. Coy Grant led the way with two goals.Belair are on course to land the female title, having recorded four straight wins. Their 12 points are seven more than Mt St Joseph, on five, while Knox have three.Claude McKay semi-final spotRed-hot Spit Fyah go into their quarter-final clash with eight-ranked Tamarind Tree bubbling with confidence, as the post-season begins in the Jamaica Domino Council Association League at Caymanas Park with four matches. All games begin at 11 a.m.Spit Fyah crushed Giants 300-204 in the end-of-round final last Sunday to cop their second title of the season. They had also won the mid-season title earlier in the competition, after they beat arch-rivals Caribbean Classic. In other quarter-final games, Caribbean Classic take on Eradication; Giants oppose Right Stuff and Waterhouse United will knock cards with Naggo Head Strikers.Passagefort, Waterford to continue rivalryDefending champions Passagefort United will continue their intriguing battle with arch-rivals Waterford in the semi-finals of the South East St Catherine Constituency Domino League, which is sponsored by MP Colin Fagan, at seven o’clock tonight at the Garveymeade Sports Club.Last Sunday, both teams were locked at 114-114 apiece when a power outage forced a premature end to the match. It will continue where it ended. Ken’s Wildflower, who are awaiting the winner of that clash, booked their spot in the final as they humbled Westmeade Rising Sun 250-227 last Sunday.Ken’s led by 35 points (125-90) at half-time. The final will be on Sunday, November 22, at Caymanas Track Limited.Portsmouth on topPortsmouth Primary showed that they are the team to beat in the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Primary Netball League with a big 18-4 win over Independence City Primary at the Portsmouth Primary Court last Wednesday.Trishana Gray (12 goals) and Shakera Baker (six goals) led Portsmouth’s scoring, while Arifa Wilson scored all of Independence City’s four goals.This was Portsmouth’s second win in as many matches and they lead Zone One with maximum six points. Ascot Primary are second on three points as they defeated Waterford 10-8.Horizon Park netball rally’s second roundClaude McKay High created history when their Under 14 and Under 16 teams made it to the second round of the ISSA age-group competitions for the first time.Their Under-14 team made the cut on Tuesday when a hat-trick by Renardo Hall gave them a 4-0 win over Edwin Allen in Franfield. They ended their North Clarendon zone on 13 points.The Under-16 team had a more difficult passage, earning nine points from two wins and a draw to advance with surprise zone winners Thompson Town.They defeated Clarendon College 1-0 and also edged Kellits 2-1. They had drawn 1-1 encounters against Lennon and Thompson Town. The traditionally-heralded Clarendon College failed to make the cut.The result is significant for coach Orville Beckford and the James Hill-based Claude McKay, as they did not contest the daCosta Cup competition this year. club TT LeagueThree Division Two matches were played last night as the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Table Tennis Jamaica National Table Tennis Club League continued. In the results, JPS blanked hosts Duhaney Park 5-0, Supersonic B drubbed visitors Blue Diamond All-Stars 4-1, and hosts UWI edged Swallowfield Chapel Smashers 3-2.The league continues tomorrow at 6 p.m. with JDF at home to Swallowfield at Up Park Camp and The Gleaner at home to Emancipation Park at North Street in two Division Two matches.McKoy wins Burger King walk race againAt 42, Olivia McKoy’s dream to represent her country again may well be over, but her drive to participate and keep her body fit appears far from diminished.McKoy topped Natasha McKenzie who won the Knox 7K road walk race two weekends ago in Manchester. It was the second-straight time she had beaten McKenzie.In the first Burger King-sponsored road race in Mandeville, McKoy defeated pre-road race favourite and the woman considered the best in Jamaica Paula Sinclair of Kingston. McKenzie was third.McKoy’s win was even more remarkable than the Mandeville leg as her final time of 37 minutes was four minutes quicker than the nearest female.Looking fit and strong, the former Jamaica Olympian won her second-straight road race when she won the Burger King Portmore leg of the run/walk road series.Having completed her second win, she says she wants to make the road race and walking circuit her new domain.”Given all that I’ve been through I thank God for this, it means I can continue to believe in myself.”This conclusion is significant, given her troubles at the event last year when she was disqualified after it was deemed by the race organisers that she ran instead of walking the distance.She also said she is keen to get her technique right as once she is fit, “no one can beat me”.She currently resides in the Lincoln area of Manchester and although qualified with a first degree from an athletic scholarship abroad, she remains unemployed.Mandeville Street Gun championship tomorrowCompetitive shooting returns to Mandeville when the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC) will host the final leg of its National Street Gun championship.The event, which starts at 11 a.m., will be hosted tomorrow at the Lincoln range, six miles south-west of Mandeville. However, the match will go beyond the usual limits of a club match as it is designed for all kinds of shooters, particularly amateurs.No carry-on rigs are allowed, hence only the regular firearm license issued by the Firearm Licensing Authority will be engaged.Stages for the championship will mirror local danger scenarios the licensed firearm holder is likely to face. Expected designs include playing dominoes, gardening, bathroom, driving and lying down.The range will be open from as early as 8:30 a.m. to accommodate last-minute practice sessions.Howie Chin UWI win in Naggo Head make perfect startNaggo Head Primary School battled from a goal down to register a 3-1 victory over Belmont Park in the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Chubby Portmore Primary Football League last Thursday.Damion Abraham scored a hat-trick of goals to lead Naggo Head to victory and they now lie third in Zone Two with six points from two games.In other games in the zone joint leaders Bridgeport (seven points) clipped Greater Portmore 2-0 and Waterford (seven points), another co-leader, registered a similar 2-0 win over Ascot Primary.Independence City Primary lead Zone One with seven points after they were held 0-0 by Southborough Primary. They are followed by defending champions Portsmouth and Gregory Park with four points apiece, following their 1-1 draw, while Kensington Primary (three points) won their first-ever game as they edged Port Henderson Primary 1-0. Kensington made their debut last season.In games on Tuesday, Portsmouth defeated Port Henderson 3-1, with goals from Duvarn Webb (second minute), girl player Jada Douglas (40th), and Justin Robinson (50th). Independence City came from behind to beat Kensington 3-2. Jaheem Johnson with a double strike (33rd, 49th) and Dante Brown (30th) led Independence City to victory. Alex Brown (10th) and Brian Berket (57th) scored for Kensington.Spit Fyah eyes in U14, U-16 new closing dateThe closing date for entries for the Horizon Park Primary School netball rally has been pushed back by a week to Friday, November 20. The rally will be held on Friday, November 27 on their school grounds, starting at 8 a.m.The organisers said the event will be “unique, thanks to the special arrangements and efforts of their sponsors”. There will also be special awards for most disciplined team and leading goalscorer.For assistance with registration, contact Vaswani Samuels at 981-8114. The cost of registration is $2,500.BoJ, NCB in Jam Clear Cup finalDefending champions Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) and National Commercial Bank (NCB) will meet in the 2015 Western Sports/JNBS-sponsored Norman Goodison InterBank Jam Clear Cup final tomorrow at Winchester Park, starting at 3 p.m.NCB defeated JNBS 5-2 in their semi-final match last Sunday at Winchester Park. Sheldon Maragh scored a brace in the fifth and 36th minutes, and Damion Walker also had a double, scoring in the 50th and 68th minutes. AndrÈ Messam scored the other goal for NCB in the eighth minute. Romario Atkinson (15th) and Chevon Williams (22nd) scored for JNBS.BoJ won the inaugural Jam Clear Cup competition and are going all out to defend their title. Coach Anthony Patrick will be looking to Red Stripe Premier League players Dawyne Smith and Akeen Themstead, Antonio Hall, Mark Powell, Roger Buckner, Dasean Meeks, Patrick Campbell and goalkeeper Paul Allen for their second hold on the trophy.National Under-17 coach Paul Edwards will try to win his first InterBank title and he will rely on former Harbour View goalkeeper Lavar Williams, Messam, Walker, Calnet Gray, Maragh, Dwayne Salmon, Zadok Howard and Ceyon Francis for victory.The winner will play InterBank champions Scotiabank in the Champion of Champion matchup on Sunday, November 22, at the same venue.JPS, Supersonic,last_img read more

Van Gaal back under scrutiny

first_img Put simply, 2016 has to start better than 2015 ended for the Dutchman. “If anything, we are all playing for our own futures as well,” United defender Chris Smalling said, with the team having fallen five places adrift of the Champions League places. On paper, Swansea looks the ideal opponents for United to get back to winning ways: No manager following Garry Monk’s firing on December 9, one place above the bottom three, only one away win – against last-place Aston Villa – this campaign. Yet the Welsh club has won its last three games against United, all 2-1, including a home-and-away league double last season. What Van Gaal must ensure is that United play the same way as against Chelsea, when his players were more positive, took more risks with their passing and looked to play more forward. United’s fans could see the team was trying and seemed to warm to Van Gaal and his players. But how long will the goodwill last? “Inside of the club, the players are willing to fight for every metre, the manager is willing to fight, the members of staff are willing to fight and the board is very confident in the staff and the manager,” Van Gaal said. Above sixth-place United, the top four is separated by just four points heading into the second half of the season. It is the most unpredictable of title races, with surely few predicting that Leicester and Tottenham would be in the Champions League positions at the turn of the year. MANCHESTER, England (AP): It speaks volumes about Manchester United’s current plight that a 0-0 draw at home against a team languishing just above the Premier League’s relegation zone represents an encouraging sign of progress. That’s how far a mighty club has fallen, with the stalemate with Chelsea on Monday appearing to give some breathing space for under-pressure manager Louis van Gaal. Lose to manager-less and relegation-threatened Swansea at Old Trafford on Saturday, though, and United will put Van Gaal even closer to the brink. The record 20-time English champions are winless in their last eight games in all competitions, marking their worst run of form since 1990, and have collected only three points from their last six league games. Almost as worrying for United is that the team has scored only one goal in its last four home games. Van Gaal may say he enjoys the backing of the United board, and has backtracked on previous comments that he could quit as manager, but there might be no way back if Swansea leave Old Trafford with three points. PLAYING FOR OUR FUTURE Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has 16 assists so far this season, and is only four off the Premier League record held by Thierry Henry. Ozil must like his chances of getting even closer on Saturday when his table-topping side hosts Newcastle at Emirates Stadium. Henry, one of Arsenal’s greatest players, set the record in the 2002-03 season and believes it will get broken by Ozil. “The guy is just amazing,” Henry said. “Finally we’re starting to see what type of player he can be. It’s his vision, he always puts the ball where you need it. He sees everything, and when you play with a player like that, anything can happen at any time.” Arsenal are ahead of Leicester on goal difference, with Man City three points back in third place. ASSIST KINGlast_img read more