Gambhir says Aussies deserve credit for proving critics wrong

first_img(REUTERS) – Australia’s Test side deserve credit for impressive performances in the ongoing four-match tour of India, proving wrong a host of experts and pundits who predicted a whitewash for the home side, batsman Gautam Gambhir has said.Australia, who lost five of their last six overseas Tests against South Africa and Sri Lanka, faced the daunting task at the start of the series against an Indian outfit that were unbeaten in 19 consecutive Tests.Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh and captain Sourav Ganguly predicted a series sweep for Virat Kohli’s men but the visitors have fought hard and the series is tied at 1-1 with the final Test to come.“We should give credit to the Australian side which has played remarkably,” Delhi opener Gambhir, who is not involved in the current series, told the Hindustan Times.“Most players like Harbhajan (Singh) and Sourav (Ganguly) predicted a whitewash for India, but they have proved themselves brilliantly and with everything on the line, Australia will be a tricky opponent.”The series was slightly marred by an acrimonious row between the sides after India accused Australian captain Steve Smith of seeking advice from his dressing room over the use of the Decision Review System (DRS) in the second Test.However, Gambhir, who has played 58 Tests for India, said sledging was part of the game and it was hard for players to keep a lid on their emotions on the international stage.“It is fine to play hard and do whatever you can to upset the opposition till the time you don’t get personal,” the 35-year-old left-hander added.“These are not robots playing the game, and when you are playing for your country and there are so many expectations on your shoulder, emotions can take over sometimes.”The series concludes with the final Test in Dharamsala, which starts on Saturday.last_img read more

Nedd spins Guyana to innings victory over Windwards

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd routed Windward Islands with a magnificent seven-wicket haul to propel Guyana to an innings and 58-run victory over Windward Islands on the final day of their fourth round match in the Regional Under-19 Championship here yesterday.Led on first innings by 155 runs, the Windwards folded meekly in their second innings at St Paul’s for 97 as Nedd ran through the batting order with seven for 20.Nedd finished with match figures of 12 for 57 following his five-wicket first innings performance.Opener Wayne Edward top-scored with 20, as a few other batsmen got starts but failed to carry on.The Windwards looked in good stead at 63 for two but astonishingly lost five wickets for just two runs to decline dramatically, as the rot set in.In one over – the 26th of the innings – Nedd snatched three wickets with the total on 63 to put Guyana firmly in command.Earlier, the game appeared destined for a stalemate when Guyana batted on from their overnight 206 for four before declaring on 309 for nine.Adrian Sukwah top-scored with an unbeaten 68 to add to half-centuries by Kevlon Anderson (60) and Javid Karim (57) on day two, while captain Ronaldo Ali Mohammed chipped in with 29.Ali Mohammed put on 42 for the fifth wicket with Ramnarine Chatura (22) while Sukwah, who slammed four fours and three sixes in a 55-ball cameo, added 47 in an unbroken 10th wicket stand with Keshram Seyhodan (5 not out).Lee Louisy was the best bowler with three for 72 while Sealron Williams (2-73) and Shermill Lewis (2-78) were the other wicket-takers.last_img read more

SB : Syracuse uses clutch hitting, manufactures runs to defeat Binghamton

first_img Comments Published on April 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: | @nicktoneytweets If Jasmine Watson timed her swing a split second better, the ball would have flown over the left-field fence. Instead, her monster cut sent a line drive into foul territory, kicking up a cloud of dirt when it landed in the Syracuse bullpen.But when hitters like Watson couldn’t locate their home run swings, they took walks and did whatever they could to extend the inning. Once in scoring position, SU pounced when it counted. The Orange scored each of its six runs with two outs in a 6-1 win in the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader against Binghamton at Skytop Softball Stadium. Carey-Leigh Thomas provided the biggest hit – a three-run home run in the fifth inning that accounted for half of SU’s scoring – but she was just one of many players who came up with big hits with two outs. The Orange went on to sweep the doubleheader with a 2-0 victory over the Bearcats in game two.Head coach Leigh Ross said the clutch hitting in the first game was a deciding factor.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘To pick up those extra hits with two outs makes a difference,’ Ross said. ‘You end up being able to breathe a little easier later on.’ SU earned that breathing room in the fifth inning. That inning – sparked by Watson’s walk – was a case study on how SU’s recommitment to patience at the plate led to clutch hitting and runs batted in. Before Thomas put the game on ice with a three-run center field shot, SU held an unconvincing 2-1 lead. But Watson earned her way to first after eight pitches. Watson’s pinch runner, outfielder Emily Thompson, went from first to second on a wild pitch. And catcher Lacey Kohl walked to extend the inning even further, prompting louder and louder cheers from the SU dugout.‘That just shows we all have each other’s backs when we hit,’ Kohl said. ‘We don’t always need the huge hits, but we knew we were onto something.’It didn’t take long for that something to happen. With two outs and runners on first and second, hitting coach Wally King said there ‘wasn’t any base for Carey-Leigh Thomas to walk to.’ Thomas said after King nodded to her and signaled that she could swing freely, she knew it was time to make Bearcats starter Kristen Emerling pay for those walks.‘That pumped me up,’ Thomas said of her coach’s swing-for-the-fences signal.If her teammates weren’t on base, Thomas’ centerfield shot would not have been as severe a blow. But that home run scored Kohl and Thompson too – and Thomas said she wouldn’t have had a shot to get that home run without Watson’s and Kohl’s patience. ‘I knew I had to score my teammates,’ said Thomas. ‘Coaches tell us to lock in because we never want to leave people on base, and everyone did their job in the first game to make sure that happened.’By manufacturing runs, SU scored its base runners rather than leaving them hanging. In the sixth inning, outfielder Shirley Daniels legged out a single as the leadoff hitter before stealing second base. And again, with two outs, SU scored when Lisaira Daniels doubled her sister home. SU earned an early lead by deploying the same tactics. Kohl reached second and stole third. With two outs left and Thomas at the plate, Kohl scored on a wild pitch by Emerling.Kohl said that inning, and the innings that followed, showed that her teammates will do whatever it takes to score runs and keep the at bats coming. ‘Nobody ever wants to be the third out, no one on this team wants to be last in anything,’ said Kohl. ‘Two outs or not, we’re trying to score.’ nctoney@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Former Syracuse soccer player Gogo Kollie uses childhood struggles, mother’s death to guide future

first_img Published on May 7, 2015 at 9:23 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Emmanuel Kollie was trained to find home on his own if violence broke out.At 11 years old, he walked three miles from his house in Daloa, Ivory Coast to visit his sister, Rose. It was 9 in the morning on a scorching hot Thursday, and people gathered in the streets to exchange goods.That’s when Kollie heard gunshots for the first time. He started shivering and thought he was going to die. Masses of people began running, even police officers, and Kollie followed suit.He ran the entire three miles back to his mother, Lucy Johnson. She told him to go to his aunt’s, since her house was where the family normally gathered. Kollie ran another six or seven miles, and laid flat on the floor for three or four hours.“You can’t be idiotic and stand up because you might get shot,” he said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text**Kollie traveled a lot, mostly just to stay alive.That included stops in Liberia, Ivory Coast and Guinea before moving to the United States in 2005. He’s spent time in Philadelphia, a junior college in Colorado and now Syracuse, where he’s played soccer the past two seasons and will earn his Bachelor’s Degree from this weekend. And while his mother died in February from diabetes, what she taught him through a rocky childhood inspires him to eventually return home.Despite the struggles, he’s done it all with a vibrant personality and embraces his heritage — something his mother instilled in him. He doesn’t regret anything about growing up in Africa, and knows he can make strides now because of what he’s already survived.“If you haven’t been through hell and hot water,” he said. “…you don’t know what it takes.”**Kollie doesn’t remember many specifics from the first six years of his life in Liberia, but has heard stories of the struggle.He talks about how local businesses would last less than two days before being ransacked by rebel forces. He discusses his mother refusing to eat the small amount of food she’d accumulated just so her kids could. He uses the metaphor “the country never sleeps,” because it literally couldn’t afford to.But Kollie remained carefree. His love for soccer was forged in Liberia, where he’d play on dirt fields without shoes. It was then that his father gave him the name he’s now called by, Gogo.“You put him down when he was much, much younger and before you look, he’s somewhere else,” Rose said, chuckling. “He’s just going around the place.”After moving to Ivory Coast, Gogo and his friends made makeshift soccer fields wherever they could find space. The fields were 20 meters wide and long and miniature goals served as nets. Gogo couldn’t afford cleats — it wasn’t until he was 14 that a friend gave him his first pair — and either played barefoot or in sandals that closely resembled Crocs.The Kollies didn’t have a kitchen and had only an outdoor bathroom. Gogo was sometimes sent home from school because his mother hadn’t paid the proper tuition. Still, he said it was a time in his childhood he actually enjoyed.But on top of that, there was the violence.Rebels would come into the town and brainwash kids, handing teenagers guns and forcing them to kill people. To escape it, the Kollies went back to Liberia for a month until another round of ceasefire in November 2002.The same evening, the Kollies began walking to the border of Guinea. The walk took two days. Rebel forces would shoot at people who tried to drive.“I don’t know how many kilometers it is, but it’s legit,” Gogo said.In Guinea, Rose said the United Nations bought a plot of land and cut down trees to make room for tents for refugee families. Up to 25 families lived in one tent, there were no mattresses and candles were the only source of light at night.But after two or three years, they got their chance to leave.**When Gogo’s Aunt Eva sent for the Kollies from the U.S., a series of questions had to be answered. Date of birth, exact relation and available housing, among others, all had to be confirmed before Gogo, his nephew, Rose and their mother came over.They flew into John F. Kennedy Airport at night in 2005, and Gogo’s vision of America was coming to fruition.“I think the government purposely do this, they bring you to the country at night so you can see all the lights and stuff,” Gogo said. “When you see light, you’re like, ‘Yes!’”After not leaving his temporary New York City hotel for a week, Gogo moved to Philadelphia. The first morning he woke up, he questioned if he was still in the U.S. since the place was so dirty.And at school, it didn’t get any more glamorous. Gogo was made fun of for talking like a typewriter. He was afraid to talk in class because of his accent. There even came a time that he resented his culture.At John Bartram (Pennsylvania) High School, there were three metal detectors. Kids carried guns and knives to school and would fight on Fridays. One day, Gogo was being pressed so hard that he put a kid in a headlock and started punching him.But when John Dunlop, the head coach at Father Judge (Pennsylvania) High School, noticed Gogo through the nearby Starfunder non-profit organization that helped kids with education through soccer, Gogo got his big break.Dunlop said the Kollie’s house was the size of a garage and that they literally had no money. Dunlop knew Gogo’s mother worked as a maid, and thought he deserved a better chance. Father Judge’s tuition was $5,000 but the Kollies couldn’t afford that. So on top of the financial aid the school provided him, Gogo’s club coach, Paul Ferreira, paid for the rest and Gogo attended high school for free.In the hallways, he wore what Dunlop called goofy red and yellow reading glasses and kids would scream “Gogo, Gogo!” within two weeks of him enrolling. Gogo could be his extroverted self since he didn’t have any girls to impress at the all-boys school. On the field, he earned first-team All-Catholic League and first-team all-state honors.“He was electrifying,” Dunlop said. “If you don’t know him, you have no idea who this kid is and what he’s been through. And then when you find out everything, it’s like amazing.”After high school, Gogo attended Otero (Colorado) Junior College for three years. He was homesick, not eating the right food and stressed out living on his own for the first time. But it proved he could sustain himself, and an opportunity to move back east eventually opened up.Nick Bibbs, Gogo’s friend and a former SU midfielder, suggested that former Orange assistant coach Mike Miller give Gogo a look. Miller saw raw talent that could be developed in a structured environment, gave Gogo a chance and he joined Syracuse before the 2013 season.But in his first year with the Orange, Gogo’s flashy, individual play struggled to adapt to head coach Ian McIntyre’s desired style. He made up excuses for missing practices and played only five games in 2013. And in his second season, a knee injury prevented Gogo from even dressing for a single game.“Everything happens for a reason, like I don’t regret me being in Syracuse,” Gogo said. “After going through all this, it makes me a different person.”**It was 7 a.m. on Feb. 10 and Gogo was woken up by a call from his sister, Nancy. He didn’t pick up, but when she called again and he heard his aunt’s tears on the other end, Gogo knew his mother had passed.She had been in the hospital for almost two months, even spending some time in a coma. Gogo would sit in her hospital room over winter break and talk to her, even though he knew she couldn’t respond.He was never emotional about his mother’s death because he couldn’t believe it. But over spring break at the funeral was when it really hit him and to this day, whenever Gogo’s tired, he says he’ll dream of his mother five or six times if he falls asleep.Though she’s gone, he carries what she taught him toward his future, a future that he never envisioned including college.“What he’s had to overcome to get where he is now is remarkable,” Miller said. “The fact that he’s going to leave with a Syracuse degree is unbelievable.”Time after time, Gogo emphasizes how he’s proud of his roots and never regrets being born into struggle.“If you don’t know where you came from, you don’t know where you’re going.”Gogo rattles off the saying, among other quotes his mother would tell him. It inspires him to return home one day to create a non-profit organization for kids that educates them through soccer, a game that was introduced to him in Liberia and has guided him since.Sitting on the couch in his South Campus apartment, 10 days from graduation, he’s quick to point out a player on his team in FIFA. It’s George Weah, the only Liberian-born player to be named FIFA World Player of the Year.He has finished icing his knee after a workout in the hot sun, more than 4,600 miles from where he was born. He leans back, extends his arm and taps his knuckles to the Liberian flag hanging on his wall.“This is me, this is who I am. My mom had a great impact on my life with that,” he said. “The fact that she gone, I can sustain myself, I can do better stuff with my life.” Commentslast_img read more

After giving up early lead, Brewers bested by Braves

first_imgYovani Gallardo (2-2) left the game Monday in the 6th inning after giving up a home run to David Ross.[/media-credit]ATLANTA (AP) – Chipper Jones said it might have taken a little more than a big hit from Alex Gonzalez, a strong start from Jair Jurrjens and a homer from backup catcher David Ross for the Braves to finally beat Yovani Gallardo.Jones kidded a little witchcraft might have been involved.Gonzalez hit a three-run double to give Atlanta the lead and the Braves finally solved Gallardo, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 on Monday night.Gallardo began the day 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA in five career starts against Atlanta, including a two-hit shutout in a 1-0 win on April 5 in Milwaukee.“We snapped the head off a chicken and, I don’t know, exorcised a demon,” said Jones joking around.Ross hit a homer in the third inning before the Braves knocked Gallardo (2-2) out of the game in the sixth. Gonzalez cleared the bases with his double before scoring on a single by Nate McLouth.The four runs Gallardo allowed in the sixth matched his total allowed over 37 1/3 innings in his first five starts against the Braves.“He’s been scuffling a little as of late,” said Jones, who had two hits.Jurrjens appears to be gaining momentum.Jurrjens (3-0) gave up two runs on seven hits and no walks in 7 2/3 innings. He had four strikeouts as he continues his comeback from a frustrating 2010 season shortened by injuries.“It’s not so much what I’m doing, I’m just pain-free,” Jurrjens said.Gallardo allowed nine hits and five runs in five-plus innings. He matched his season high with four walks while striking out seven.The right-hander has allowed four or more earned runs in five straight starts, leaving his ERA at 6.10.“I thought he looked better this time than he did his last outing,” said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke of Gallardo. “Still isn’t like we saw in the first couple games, but we thought it was better. Rhythm was better.“The walks hurt him but I didn’t think they hit the ball that hard. This guy is used to being in every ball game that he pitches. He’s used to keeping that run total down. I’m sure he’s getting a little frustrated with it but I think there is improvement there.”The Brewers took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on Yuniesky Betancourt’s two-run triple. Jurrjens retired the next 11 batters before giving up infield singles to Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez in the eighth.The double by Gonzalez in the sixth drove in Jones, Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman. Jones and Freeman reached on walks from Gallardo.Jason Heyward walked off Zach Braddock in the seventh, moved to third on Jones’ double and scored on a head-first slide on Freeman’s broken-bat fly ball to center field.Ross hit his third homer in his 19th at-bat. Ross plays behind All-Star Brian McCann, who has two homers in 97 at-bats.“It’s nice to give Mac a night off and perform well,” said Ross, who added that his work behind the plate wasn’t difficult.“Jair Jurrjens, when he’s pitching like that, it makes my job easy,” Ross said.Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he may continue to pair Ross with Jurrjens as a way of giving McCann a rest every five games.Closer Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for Atlanta.last_img read more

Tipp ladies crowned Munster Intermediate champs for first time

first_imgGerry McGill gained new impetus after the interval and had drawn level by the 50th minute.The decisive blow for victory was struck by Mullinahone’s Lorraine O’Shea in the dying emebers of the tie.Her goal put Tipp ahead and they never relinquished that advantage to claim the silverware. The Premier County beat Clare 1-16 to 1-13 in the provincial final, which was played in the Mallow GAA complex.Clare started the match very well and goaled through Ciara Hickey after four minutes.The Banner maintained their grip on the game up until the break, by which they led Tipp 1-16 to 1-13.last_img read more

PKL points table: Dabang Delhi KC and Bengal Warriors top PKL chart

first_img 9 PUNERI PALTAN 12 6 11 3 -71 42 Q = Qualified for playoffs P = Matches Played W = Matches Won T = Matches Tied 7 JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS 20 8 10 2 -18 52 RANK TEAM P W L  T  SCORE DIFFERENCE POINTS Devika Pawar 4 U MUMBA 19 10 8 1 37 59 First Published: 1st October, 2019 10:45 IST (Q)1 DABANG DELHI KC 20 15 3 2 83 82 (Q)3 HARYANA STEELERS 19 12 6 1 24 65 LIVE TV 12 TAMIL THALAIVAS 20 3 14 3 -117 31 11 TELUGU TITANS 18 5 10 3 -39 39 5 BENGALURU BULLS 19 10 8 1 12 58 8 GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS 20 6 12 2 14 45 SUBSCRIBE TO US (Q)2 BENGAL WARRIORS 20 13 4 3 95 78 10 PATNA PIRATES 19 6 12 1 -1 40 PKL playoffs are fast approaching. For this PKL season, top six teams will be advancing to the playoffs. As per the current PKL standings, Dabang Delhi KC, Bengal Warriors and Haryana Steelers have already qualified for the playoffs, which will begin on October 14, 2019. The selection of teams is based on the points earned along with the score difference. After U Mumba defeated Tamil Thalaivas on Monday, September 30, Gujarat Fortunegiants and Patna Pirates have been knocked out of the race for the playoffs. U Mumba have moved ahead to the fourth spot (59 pts) on the PKL points table. Dabang Delhi KC is right on top, with Bengal Warriors following closely with 78 points. Haryana Steelers are ranked fourth on the PKL points table, after registering a win over UP Yoddha.  Also read | PKL Playoffs: Brief Overview Of The Playoffs Scenario For This SeasonBengaluru Bulls and UP Yoddha are ranked fifth (58 pts) and sixth (58 pts) respectively on the PKL points table. Both teams, along with U Mumba, have a chance to qualify for the PKL playoffs. Jaipur Pink Panthers, Gujarat Fortunegiants and Puneri Paltan take up the seventh, eighth and ninth position. Patna Pirates are ranked tenth with 40 points, while Telugu Titans are ranked eleventh with 39 points. Tamil Thalaivas occupy the twelfth spot on the PKL points table.Also read | PKL 2019: Tamil Thalaivas Vs U Mumba Live Streaming, Where To WatchPKL POINTS TABLE Written By They needed a win and @U_Mumba get one in style with CHE 32-36 MUM! 😍Keep watching #VIVOProKabaddi:⏳: Every day, 7 PM📺: Star Sports and Hotstar#IsseToughKuchNahi— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) September 30, 2019 COMMENT Also read | PKL 2019 Top Defenders: Sandeep Kumar Dhull, Vishal Bhardwaj And MoreThe above-mentioned teams play PKL 2019 in a double round-robin format. Each team has to play each other twice. After the league stage is complete, the teams will advance to the playoffs, which include two eliminators and two semi-finals. Whichever two teams win the rounds, will compete in the finals. Also read | PKL 2019: Tamil Thalaivas Vs U Mumba Match Result, Highlights 6 UP YODDHA 18  10 6 2 -19 58 FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 1st October, 2019 10:45 IST PKL Points Table: Dabang Delhi KC And Bengal Warriors Top PKL Chart PKL 2019 playoffs are to start on October 14. With Dabang Delhi KC, Bengal Warriors and Haryana Steelers already qualified, here are the points table updateslast_img read more

INSIGHTS PREVIEW: Listen To Us – The Hunt Family

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis“I honestly feel like northern Michigan is not for black people.” Find out why one Alpena woman feels this way. WBKB Reporter Elijah Baker investigates race and ethnicity issues right here in our own backyard. You can watch the full Insights report this Sunday, April 8 at 11 a.m. on WBKB.Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Family Fun Day a hit for kids on spring breakNext INSIGHTS PREVIEW: Listen To Us – The Dave Familylast_img read more

Super Bowl 53: Rams QB Jared Goff calls loss to Patriots the toughest he’s ‘ever had’

first_imgRams quarterback Jared Goff was left hurting after his team’s loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl 53 on Sunday.Goff completed 19 of 38 passes for 229 yards with an interception as the Rams suffered a 13-3 loss in Atlanta. The 24-year-old said the offense failed to live up to expectations, regretting their performance after the Rams managed to hold Tom Brady and the Patriots to 13 points.”Kills, kills and it hurts me so much just knowing how well our defense played against that team, against Tom, to play that well defensively and us not hold up our end of the bargain,” Goff told a news conference. Related News Super Bowl 53: Three reasons why the Rams lost Super Bowl 53: Three takeaways from the Patriots’ win over the Ramscenter_img “It’s the toughest loss I’ve ever had. It kills. It’s terrible,” he said.”There are some good things you can take from it, but right now there’s nothing.”It’s a game I wish I would’ve played better, I wish we would’ve played better offensively as a whole, I wish I could have a million plays back but there’s nothing you can do about it, you’ve just got to learn and move forward.” “It’s our job to score points and we didn’t do that.”#LARams fall short in Atlanta— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) February 4, 2019Goff was leading the Rams on a potential game-tying drive in the fourth quarter, but he was intercepted by Stephon Gilmore.While he was focusing on moving on, Goff said there were several moments he wished he could have again.last_img read more

Sharks’ Joe Thornton ties Gordie Howe for ninth all time in career assists

first_imgCurrently playing in his 21st season, the veteran center had two assists on Kevin Labanc’s first and third goals of the night in San Jose’s 5-2 over Edmonton Saturday night. The hat trick was the first of Labanc’s career.  Joe Thornton continues to add to his Hall of Fame resume.  With his two apples, Thornton tied Detroit Red Wings legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe for ninth all time in career assists (1,049). Thorton is also now one point behind Teemu Selanne for 15th on the all-time points list (1,459). Hat trick for @Str8ToTheBanc! 🎩🎩🎩And Thornton ties Gordie Howe for 9th all-time in assists! #HockeyDay— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) February 10, 2019MILESTONE ALERT: With his appearance tonight, Joe Thornton ties Shane Doan and Johnny Bucyk (1,540) for 15th on the NHL’s all time list #SJSharks— San Jose Sharks PR (@SanJoseSharksPR) February 10, 2019Selected first overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Jumbo Joe now has 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists) this season. Many are speculating this will be his last year in the NHL.last_img read more