Kannur: India Open gold medallist Bhagyabati Kachari and former world youth champion Ankushita Boro stormed into the quarter-finals with commanding performances at the fourth Elite Womens National Boxing Championships held at the Mundayad Indoor Stadium here on Thursday.Assam pugilist Kachari, representing RSPB, was on song and hardly broke a sweat in ending the challenge of Madhya Pradesh’s 2018 bronze medallist, Jigyasa Rajput 5-0 in 81kg. Kachari’s statemate Ankushita Boro (64kg) too had it easy in her pre quarter-final bout against Himachal Pradesh’s Earika Shekhar, whom she trounced 5-0.Haryana’s Nupur, also last year’s silver medallist, was sharp right from the beginning of her 75kg bout against Himachal Pradesh’s Sandhya. The latter had absolutely no answer to Nupur’s flurry of punches and conceded a 0-5 defeat. Nupur is making a comeback to the ring for the first time since the Asian Championships. Also breezing into the quarters was All India Police’s Lalfakmawii Ralte. IANSAlso Read: Assam girls Lovlina Borgohain, Bhagyabati Kachari ensure medal in Boxing championshipAlso Watch: Struggling for over six years! “The Bodo-Fight for Identity” documentary film to be screened soon
PARIS: French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie says the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics until 2021 has allowed him to shake off his injury troubles. The 33-year-old, who won gold at the London Olympics in 2012, said having a year off is “not that bad for him”.”I am happy to say I have no more injury, no more pain, for the first time in three years,” he said, reported Xinhua news agency. The former world record holder added that he is focusing solely on triumphing in Tokyo next summer. “My goal is not to jump high in every competition, but just to jump high one time. I’m trying to change course and focus on Tokyo,” he said. On Thursday, the Frenchman took part in the socially distanced Impossible Games, competing via pre-recorded video link from his back garden using a much-shortened runway. IANSAlso watch: Protests in City Demanding Justice for Rituparna
After reclaiming the No. 1 spot in men’s collegiate tennis, the Trojans have yet another cause for celebration: junior Yannick Hanfmann’s spectacular performance against crosstown rival UCLA last week earned him Pac-12 Player of the Week honors. This pair of triumphs for USC and one of its star players is a testament to the chemistry Hanfmann has built with the rest of his team.Best of the best · Junior Yannick Hanfmann upset UCLA’s Clay Thompson, the No. 1 singles player in the country, during the Trojans’ victory over the Bruins last week. Hanfmann is now 18-5 in singles play this season. – Jazmine Rolle | Daily TrojanHanfmann left everything he had on court one against the Bruins in the Trojans’ home success over UCLA on Friday, serving up dominating doubles play alongside senior Ray Sarmiento before also demonstrating his singles prowess in an upset of Clay Thompson, who is currently seated atop the national leader board. The No. 2 duo of Hanfmann and Sarmiento found its way to an 8-4 win over the Bruins’ Marcos Giron and Karue Sell, who are currently ranked No. 58 nationally.In his solo outing, Hanfmann was unyielding in his clash with Thompson, clinching the first set 6-4 before finding himself at a 1-3 disadvantage in the next. He would soldier on to win the second set 7-5 with a powerful finish over the star Bruin, which would bring USC to a 2-1 lead over UCLA. The Trojans eventually toppled the Bruins with a final score of 4-2.USC’s victory sealed its 7-0 finish in Pac-12 play for the season, with its undefeated record ensuring the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Pac-12 Tournament. This also marks the second time in the past four seasons that USC has finished regular-season Pac-12 play undefeated. The Trojans ended the season with a 25-2 mark overall, while UCLA boasts a 20-3 overall record and a 6-1 mark in conference play.The successful game against UCLA comes as the Trojans’ 16th straight win. Hanfmann’s defeat of No. 1 Thompson brought him to an 18-5 record in singles play on the season, and his doubles record with Sarmiento sits at 13-1.This is Hanfmann’s second conference Player of the Week award this season — the native of Karlsruhe, Germany was also honored after his team’s sweep of Florida and Georgia in the Pac-12/SEC Showdown in early February. Hanfmann’s teammate, junior Roberto Quiroz, has won the award twice, and Sarmiento has won once.
Hosts France came from behind to beat the Republic of Ireland, who finished with 10 men, and reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.The Republic got off to a stunning start, leading in the second minute, as Robbie Brady converted a penalty after Shane Long was fouled in the box.But the French hit back through Antoine Griezmann, who nodded in the equaliser before driving in the winning goal.Shane Duffy was then sent off for a professional foul on Griezmann.Didier Deschamps’ side will face England or Iceland in the next round at Stade de France onSunday, 3 July.However, defender Adil Rami and midfielder N’Golo Kante will miss the match through suspension, after picking up their second bookings of the tournament.Striker Long had said before the match that his side were not motivated by “revenge” as the sides met for the first time since Thierry Henry’s controversial handball led to the Republic’s elimination in a World Cup qualifying play-off in 2009.This was the Irish’s first appearance in the knockout stages of the European Championship and their pocket of fans dressed in green at one corner of the stadium in Lyon responded with delight as Paul Pogba bundled over Southampton’s Long and Brady converted the spot kick via a post.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Swansea City player Andre Ayew has backed his younger brother Jordan Ayew of Aston Villa to come good in the English Premier League.Andre has almost always grabbed the headlines after each Swansea City game since joining the Welsh club form Olympique Marseille in the summer.The situation has however been different for Jordan Ayew who struggled to get his debut goal and has since scored twice for relegation threatened Aston Villa.Black Stars vice-captain Andre Ayew in an with RMC said when asked if he was worried about brother Jordan Ayew who is not playing much at Aston Villa:“No, he is playing, he has started 4 or 5 games. He has scored 2 goals. It is true that his debuts were difficult, a new coaching staff, a new team, a new country. “He needed a bit of time but he is really starting to throw himself into it and when I speak with him he seems at ease, at home and it is good because I really think that he has the ability to explode in this league. I hope that one day, if we can, we will play again together in the same club.”Jordan Ayew who used to play together at Olympique Marseille with Andre joined FC Lorient before transferring to English Premier League side Aston Villa in the summer.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Baseball’s hope is that it stays strange, at least through October, and doesn’t take a turn for the worse. As the country deals with the continued spread of coronavirus and contemplates the potential need for a return to restrictive lockdowns, MLB will be sending 900 or more athletes plus coaches and staff traveling around the country for the next two months, visiting some of the current hotbeds of the pandemic. The Dodgers, for example, will visit Houston and Phoenix on their first road trip. Those two cities have more than hot weather in common right now.“We haven’t traveled. We don’t know really what that’s going to be like,” Dodgers utilityman Kike’ Hernandez said last week. “Thinking about all of us in this clubhouse and the accountability that we have for all of us to stay healthy because, I mean, none of us wants to be the reason why a few people test positive or we don’t want to be the reason why the season gets put in jeopardy. So, it’s not only the guys that are in your clubhouse that you’ve got to be accountable for. You also have to think about the other team, the umpires and all of the hotel people and the bus drivers and all that. I think that’s going to be a different talk there.“For now, being in LA, just coming to the field and going back home, I feel safe for now. Things could be a little different in two weeks but for now I feel safe. I think we’re doing as good a job as a team, as an organization here, keeping us safe and following all the rules. I think we’re doing a good job of that so hopefully all 29 other teams can do the same thing and we can play 60 games and have a full postseason and have a champion and all the normal things that would happen in a normal year.”None of those 29 other teams have as much invested in this year as the Dodgers.Before the pandemic hit, the Dodgers swung big, adding former American League MVP Mookie Betts to an outfield that already includes last year’s National League MVP, Cody Bellinger. With mega-millions free agency in his immediate future, the trade for Betts was a big gamble — one that got even bigger through the long months without baseball when there was plenty of time to wonder if Betts would ever put on a Dodgers uniform in a game that counted. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start LOS ANGELES >> Things are about to get weird.The coronavirus pandemic has rocked our world, remaking the sports landscape along with everything else. ‘Fight Island’ has been born along with ‘bubbles’ and ‘snitch lines’ as different sports try their own ways to bring games back into our lives — and revenue back into their coffers.Major League Baseball has chosen neither life in a bubble nor on an island. Instead, they will try to forge on with the most unique — and shortest — season in baseball history, one featuring fan cutouts and fake crowd noise in empty stadiums, air high-fives, socially-distanced dugouts and mysterious injured list moves (though there really is no mystery).“Everything right now is strange,” Dodgers outfielder A.J. Pollock said of the health and safety protocols that are a part of baseball in 2020. “The whole world is strange. I think we’re all just getting used to being strange.” Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “There were numerous times over the last few months I wondered if we’d ever see this happen,” admitted Dodgers manager Dave Roberts who would be the optimistic one in a room filled with optimists.Even with the subtractions of the winter taken into account (gone are Hyun-Jin Ryu, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda, Alex Verdugo and, by his own choice, David Price), the addition of Betts takes a team that dominated the NL last year and won a franchise record 106 games and made it better.They will only have 60 games to prove it in the regular season. Only twice during their current run of seven consecutive NL West titles have the Dodgers led the division after 60 games (2015 and 2019).“Hey, you gotta take what’s given to you and 60 games is all we have,” Hernandez said. “I think that we have the talent to know what is happening. We’re very aware that anything could happen in a 60-game season. There’s no small enemy, when it comes to a 60 game season.“There’s gonna be a 60-game season and there’s going to be a postseason just like if we played 162 games. … So I think we just got to look at 60 games, do whatever it takes to reach the playoffs and once we reach the playoffs we just look back like we just played 162 games and we’re here in October and we’re ready to do what we want to do, which is get to the World Series again and win it this time.”That might be the only thing that would make all this worthwhile for the Dodgers. But would winning a World Series after the shortest — and strangest — season in MLB history be a legitimate way to end the 32-year wait for another championship in LA? The Dodgers were the short-season champions in 1981, winning the World Series after a labor strife-abbreviated regular season (110 games), and any asterisk has been lost to the mists of time.But everything in our lives in 2020 comes with an asterisk. Any championship won after a 60-game regular season featuring a number of players opting not to participate could be seen as less legitimate even than the trash can-aided title won by the Houston Astros in 2017 — truly ironic if the Dodgers are the champions of this year’s pandemic pennant race.“No, not at all,” Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager said when asked if this season’s championship would feel less satisfying. “Everybody is going through the same thing. Everybody is playing the same amount of games. Everybody has the same issues as everybody else.“To be the last man standing is to be the last man standing.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
“It’s as good as it gets in our game and any team that ever played this game. That’s as good as it gets, that starting five.”That’s why they are who they are, that’s why they are champions and to be able to add a guy like DeMarcus to it.”That’s what great teams do, they add a piece and keep adding the right pieces.”Game recognize game. pic.twitter.com/JtgAsqzhFI— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) February 11, 2019 Wade’s Heat tam suffered a 120-118 loss Sunday to the Warriors in his final game at Oracle Arena and the retiring star rates Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Cousins as five of the best.Asked about the Warriors’ starting lineup, Wade said: “That’s as good as it gets. I know DeMarcus is working his way back, but they play off each other very well. Related News Dwyane Wade doesn’t believe there’s ever been a better starting five than the Warriors’ formidable lineup right now.The Warriors signed four-time All-Star DeMarcus Cousins after defending their NBA title last year and are favorites to be crowned champions for a third season in a row. Lakers star LeBron James not surprised by high-flying 76ers
It’s almost time for March Madness to start.At this time of the season, not everyone stands an equal chance of making the 2019 NCAA Tournament field. Some are guaranteed an at-large bid, while others will have to rely on winning their conference tournament game to make it in. The games will be broadcast on TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV, with the Final Four (April 6) and national championship game (April 8) on CBS.A full breakdown of the 2019 tournament schedule with dates and locations for each round is listed below.MARCH MADNESS 2019:Bubble team tracker | List of automatic bids2019 NCAA Tournament scheduleRoundSiteDatesFirst FourDayton, OhioMarch 19-20First/Second roundsHartford, Conn.March 21, 23First/Second roundsSalt Lake CityMarch 21, 23First/Second roundsDes Moines, IowaMarch 21, 23First/Second roundsJacksonville, Fla.March 21, 23First/Second roundsTulsa, Okla.March 22, 24First/Second roundsColumbus, OhioMarch 22, 24First/Second roundsColumbia, S.C.March 22, 24First/Second roundsSan Jose, Calif.March 22, 24South RegionalLouisville, Ky.March 28, 30West RegionalAnaheim, Calif.March 28, 30East RegionalWashington, D.C.March 29, 31Midwest RegionalKansas City, Mo.March 29, 31Final FourMinneapolisApril 6National championshipMinneapolisApril 8 MORE: Watch the NCAA Tournament selection show with fuboTV (7-day trial)That said, everyone’s goal remains the same: to be among the 68 teams announced on Selection Sunday.Here’s everything to know about how to follow Selection Sunday 2019, including how to watch the selection show live on TV and stream online.When is Selection Sunday 2019?Selection Sunday will take place March 17, 2019, the third Sunday of the month. The 2019 NCAA Tournament’s selection show starts at 6 p.m. ET, and the full field of 68 will be revealed by region — a departure from alphabetical order last year. CBS is changing its format this year amid criticism and sharp viewership drop in 2018. Selection Sunday show TV channel, live streamThe 2019 NCAA Tournament’s hourlong selection show will be broadcast nationally on CBS, a change from TBS in 2018. You can watch a live stream of the selection show online with NCAA March Madness Live, available here, or by signing up for fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trail.Greg Gumbel will host the show in studio, joined by analysts Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis breaking down the field. Selection committee chair Bernard Muir will join the group for a live interview to discuss the bracket after the reveal is completed.The show will shift to CBS’s social media platforms on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube for the final hour.MORE: SN’s updated March Madness 2019 bracket projectionsPrintable 2019 NCAA Tournament bracketYou can get a blank, printable NCAA Tournament bracket here to fill out during the Selection Sunday show. Sporting News will update the bracket with tournament teams following the show. Here is Sporting News’ latest NCAA Tournament bracket projection.NCAA Tournament 2019 selection formatThe NCAA announced changes to its selection process for 2019. For the first time, the selection committee will be using the NCAA Evaluation Tool, also called NET, as the primary evaluation tool for seeding the March Madness bracket. It replaces the controversial RPI system used since 1981.Still confused? Check out Sporting News’ Net rankings 101 explaining the new process.When is March Madness 2019?March Madness starts with the “First Four” games on March 19-20. Those games will take place in Dayton, Ohio. The first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament begins March 21.
Submitted by Sarah Lane for FirstLight Home Care Shopping for holiday gifts for friends or family members suffering from Alzheimer’s or other dementia can be tricky. You may be unsure about what they enjoy or what they’re capable of doing. When choosing a gift, think about their personality, their hobbies, their abilities and their favorite pastimes.As someone trained to care for those with dementia, here are a few gift suggestions I know work well:A family calendar. Give your loved one a personalized calendar that includes pictures your family — grandchildren, children, nieces, nephews, cousins, anyone who is close with your loved one. In addition to photos, take the time to fill in special dates like birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and family reunions.Buy them a CD full of their favorite songs by their favorite singers. Music can help those with Alzheimer’s to remember enjoyable events and times from their past marked by specific songs or groups.Comfortable clothing. Any clothing that you’re buying for a loved one with Alzheimer’s should be comfortable, easy to put on or take off and machine washable. Consider items like sweatshirts, sweatpants, pajamas, sweaters, slip-on shoes or a warm robe.Identification bracelets. This gift is especially great if your family member is prone to wandering from the house. Identification bracelets are available from many different providers and help to ensure that your loved one makes it home safely if they leave the house unattended.Video entertainment. DVDs of movies, musicals or plays can be a great gift and also rekindle wonderful memories from the past. Make a list of their favorites and pick them up as they’re available. You can also purchase tickets for a movie, play, sporting event or a fun day trip with friends and family.My favorite part of the Holiday Season is the time we get to spend together with extended family. My family has lived in the Olympia area for four generations, so as you might imagine, I have aunts, uncles and dozens of cousins nearby. All month long there are wonderful family functions for us to enjoy each other, reminisce and reconnect.As your family gathers at “home” over the holidays, try to involve your loved one suffering from dementia in the festivities. Let them help you put together the decorations, prepare food or set the table for the family meal. They will enjoy the party and feel accomplished because they helped to contribute something to the celebration. For loved ones who are in the later stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia, another great activity is to take a car ride around their old neighborhoods looking at holiday light displays.With the family together, you might also want to take the opportunity to collectively assess how things are going for your aging loved one. Has their cognitive condition worsened? Is their living situation still healthy and safe for their capabilities? Should they be receiving some regular, or additional, care? FirstLight HomeCare offersSarah Lanecustomized services based on what they need. Our trained, compassionate caregivers are outstanding, and can help them live a quality and independent life in their home – and give you peace of mind.From our FirstLight HomeCare family to yours, we wish you a wonderful Holiday Season!Sarah Lane is a certified Home Care Aide and owner of FirstLight HomeCare — South Sound. To learn more about home care, respite care, dementia care, or any of the non-medical home care services offered by FirstLight HomeCare, give Sarah a call at 360-489-1621 or go to www.southsound.firstlighthomecare.com. Facebook21Tweet0Pin0