Badminton News PV Sindhu breaks six-match losing streak, overcomes Tai Tzu Ying in the Badminton World Tour Finals

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Badminton News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Gunagzhou: Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu finally broke her jinx against world no 1 Tai Tzu Ying with a come-from-behind win in a thriller, while Sameer Verma outclassed Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto at the World Tour Finals in Guangzhou. After six successive losses in 13 meetings, Sindhu got the better of her nemesis Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei 14-21 21-16 21-18 in a Group A match that lasted a little over an hour. World No 14 Sameer, who qualified for the tournament at the last moment after defending his title at the Syed Modi International last month, dished out a dominating performance to beat the 10th ranked Sugiarto 21-16 21-7 in a 40-minute group B clash.  The 24-year-old Indian had lost the opening match against world no 1 and world champion Kento Momota.  Sindhu, who had finished runners-up in the last edition, gave ample display of her grit as she bounced back from a game down and erased a 6-11 deficit in the final game to record her first win over Asian Games champion Tzu Ying since the 2016 Rio Olympics.  In the 16-minute opening game, Sindhu couldn’t produce the winners initially and could only consolidate on the unforced errors of her rival. Tzu Ying, on the other hand, looked as impressive as ever with her deceptive strokes and technical acumen.  Read More | Tottenham come back from brink to qualify for Champions League last 16Sindhu was lagging 2-6 early on. Tai extended her lead to 8-4 after Sindhu went long and wide.  A couple of good looking shots helped Sindhu to grabbed two points before she lifted one to the net.  Two delightful shot with her racquet head on both sides of the court gave Tzu Ying a 11-7 advantage at the first break.  Read More | Hockey World Cup 2018: Netherlands shatter India’s dreamAfter the breather, Tzu Ying unleashed two cross court returns on Sindhu’s backhand to continue gathering points, reaching 15-8.  Sindhu grabbed the next three points before the Chinese Taipei shuttler produced a smash to break the run of points.  Tzu Ying’s acute angled strokes bothered Sindhu as she reached 17-12. A lucky net chord gave another point to Tzu Ying, who also played an eye-catching behind-the-back shot to win another point.  She grabbed six game points when Sindhu went to the net and sealed the opening game as the Indian went long.  In the second game, Tzu Ying made Sindhu run around the court with her acute angled returns but made many unforced errors herself.  Sindhu jumped to 6-3 with her rival missing the lines time and again.  At 3-6, a long rally ensued which ended with Tzu Ying’s incredible cross court stroke from the back of the court. A winner gave Sindhu a five-point cushion before she reached 10-4.  Tzu Ying grabbed two points before going long again, giving Sindhu a 11-6 advantage at the breather. Tzu Ying tried to stage a comeback but Sindhu managed to extend her five-point advantage, moving to 17-12. The Taiwanese girl went long and found the net as Sindhu moved to 19-13. Tzu Ying got another point before she miscued one to hand over six game points to Sindhu.  Tzu Ying saved two before serving out as Sindhu took the match to the decider.  In the final game, Tzu Ying led 3-0 early after Sindhu went long twice. The Taiwanese’s incredible touch helped her to extend it to 5-2. She caught Sindhu at the forecourt with her over-the-head cross court shot again.  Tzu Ying sent one to net and went wide again to allow Sindhu narrow down the lead but her angled strokes kept her ahead of the indian at 8-5.  Tzu Ying once again exploited the corners with her cross court returns and then Sindhu went long and this time Tzu Ying held a five-point advantage.  After the last change of ends, Sindhu made it 11-12 before Tzu Ying unleashed a body smash. But three unforced errors saw the Indian wrest back the lead, moving to 16-13 quickly.  An over-the-head cross court return took Sindhu to 17-13.The Indian added another point before going to nets. A body smash took Tzu Ying to 15-18. Sindhu reciprocated with a body blow and then a lucky net chord helped the Indian grab a four-match point advantage.  Tzu Ying caught the line by a whisker to stay alive and then Sindhu smashed wide to lose another match point.But the Taiwanese went wide again after another superb rally.  In the men’s singlesr, Sameer, who had come into the tournament with a 1-1 head-to-head record against Sugiarto, looked comfortable the Indonesian as his sharp game made life difficult for his opponent.  The Indian lagged 1-3 and 5-6 initially but he soon wrested the lead with four straight points before entering the break at 11-7.  Sugiarto tried to stage a comeback and narrowed the deficit to 16-17 but Sameer reeled off the remaining four points to earn the bragging rights.  In the second game, Sugiarto again took a slender 5-3 advantage but the Indian stamped his authority to move from 7-6 to 16-6 with a nine-point burst, and then slammed the door on his rival with another five straight points. last_img read more

Nicaragua ‘thump’ Guyana 3 – 0

first_img– Guyana to face Bahamas tomorrowIT was not the result Coach Brian Joseph expected when Guyana went down 3 – 0 to Nicaragua in their opening game of the CONCACAF U-15 Championship in Florida, but the Guyanese youths will look to bounce back against the Bahamas tomorrow at 11:00am. Playing at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, Guyana looked shabby at best in their 90 minutes of play and their elementary mistakes from early resulted in Dorwin Corrales scoring Nicaragua’s opening goal just four minutes into the day’s action between the two sides.Roger Gomez doubled the lead in the 30th minute as Nicaragua closed the half with a 2 – 0 cushion. However, in the second half, Guyana seemed more comfortable on the pitch, and only conceded one more goal which came just after the resumption of play off the cleats of Osmin Salinas (47th minute). Guyana has been placed in Group E with Nicaragua, Cayman Islands and The Bahamas and following tomorrow’s game against the Bahamas, the Guyanese boys will close their group stage against the Cayman Islands on August 8.According to CONCACAF, the tournament will be played in two rounds, where for the first-round group phase, the 42 participating teams have been divided into three divisions according to the Concacaf Men’s Under-17 ranking as of 2019, ensuring sporting balance and a minimum number of four matches for each team.Division One will be made up by the top 14 ranked Concacaf teams, as well as Slovenia and Portugal. The 16 teams have been divided into four groups of four teams each (Groups A-D). After round robin play, the four group winners and the four second place finishers will advance to the quarterfinals to play for the Championship. The third and fourth place finishers will play an additional match to determine their final position in the division.Division Two will be made up by the next 15 best ranked CONCACAF teams and Israel. The 16 teams have been divided into four groups of four teams each (Groups E-H). After round robin play, the four group winners will advance to the semi-finals to play for the divisional championship. The second, third and fourth place finishers will play an additional match to determine their final position in the division.Division Three will be made up by the lowest 10 ranked CONCACAF teams. The teams have been divided into two groups of five teams each (Groups I and J). After round robin play, the group winners will advance to the divisional final, while the remaining teams will play an additional match to determine their final position in the division.”last_img read more

Messi and Rapinoe  win FIFA  Player of the Year awards

first_img…Sixth time for Argentina and Barcelona striker Lionel MessiBARCELONA’s Lionel Messi won the best men’s player at the Best FIFA Football Awards in Milan as Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk missed out on the top prize.It is the sixth time Messi has been voted the world’s best, after wins in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.The 32-year-old Argentine helped Barcelona win La Liga and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.United States forward Megan Rapinoe won the best women’s player award.Rapinoe claimed the top award after helping her country to back-to-back World Cup titles this year.Team USA’s 34-year-old co-captain, who won the Golden Boot (best scorer) and Golden Ball (best player) at the World Cup, beat teammate Alex Morgan and England’s Lucy Bronze.Klopp gets coach prize ahead of Guardiola and PochettinoLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was named men’s coach of the year after a season in which they beat Tottenham 2-0 to lift the Champions League.The Reds also finished second in the Premier League with 97 points – the third-highest tally recorded in the competition.Klopp was nominated for the award along with two other Premier League bosses – Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino.“It is great, nobody expected this 20, 10, five, four years ago that I would be standing here,” said Klopp, whose team have won all six league matches at the start of the 2019-20 season.“We know what an incredible job you [Mauricio Pochettino] did and what Pep did. I have to say thank you to my outstanding club Liverpool FC.“To the owners thank you, they gave me an incredible team. I have to thank my team – as a coach you can only be as good as your team is. I’m really proud of being manager of such an incredible bunch of players.”In accepting the award, Klopp announced that he is joining the Common Goal initiative set up by Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata. It means the Reds boss will donate 1% of his salary to the charity, which pledges to “generate social change and improve lives”.Alisson and Bielsa are also winnersLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson was also a winner as he took the best goalkeeper prize ahead of Manchester City’s Ederson and Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa won the fair play award after he ordered his team to allow Aston Villa to score an uncontested equaliser during their 1-1 draw in their Championship match in April.Bielsa’s side had gone ahead controversially when the Villa players stopped as they expected the ball to be kicked out of play when Jonathan Kodjia was injured, before the Argentine intervened.Eighteen-year-old Daniel Zsori won the Puskas award for the best goal with his spectacular 93rd-minute overhead kick for Debrecen against Ferencvaros, just after he came on as a substitute for his Hungarian league debut in February.His strike beat Messi’s chip from the edge of the penalty area against Real Betis and Juan Quintero’s powerful 30-yard free-kick for River Plate against Racing Club.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Before becoming the nation’s best receiving duo, Steve Ishmael and Ervin Philips became best friends

first_imgSteve Ishmael remembers meeting Ervin Philips during the summer before their freshman seasons. Then-head coach Scott Shafer called for a team meeting. The wide receiver from Florida recalls gravitating toward the then-running back from Connecticut.“Erv just has this little swagger to him,” Ishmael said. “I went up to him, said ‘What’s up’ and we just clicked after that.”Ishmael was immediately one of the top weapons for Syracuse during his freshman and sophomore seasons before having an underwhelming campaign a year ago, considering his expectations going in. While Ishmael thrived, Philips was shuffled around the field his first two seasons before breaking out as an inside receiver last year.Now, the two seniors are in the middle of career-best seasons as the two main weapons in the Orange’s (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) passing attack. The two don’t just lead SU in receptions, they lead the entire country. Philips recently set a school and ACC single-game record with 17 catches and Ishmael just tied SU’s record of five-straight games with 100 or more receiving yards. He’s already set a career high in receiving yards, before even reaching the halfway mark of this year.For all their production on the field, the two are also best friends off it. Head coach Dino Babers called them “an item,” and the duo isn’t shying away from filling their role as the team’s offensive leaders.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We talk about that every day,” Philips said during training camp. “We’ve been roommates for three years, so we talk about that all the time. That really doesn’t phase us.”Ishmael and Philips didn’t get to pick roommates their freshman year, but have lived together ever since. The two push each other to be better players on the field, but their competitive nature doesn’t just apply to football.Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorThe two play video games against each other, Ishmael said, mainly the NBA 2K series. Ishmael said that he’s the better player and that the two keep a record of their games on a sheet of paper. As of training camp, Ishmael said that he was way ahead.“I’m killing him man,” Ishmael said. “Sometimes he’ll get me though. I keep it real, but I’m better than him for the most part.”Senior linebacker and two-time captain Zaire Franklin likened Ishmael and Philips to the wide receiver version of himself and fellow linebacker Parris Bennett. He met both receivers before starting at SU, going on his official visit with Ishmael.“Steve’s the most competitive person I ever met in my life,” Franklin said. “But Erv’s the only person that I guess can deal with that. Steve is very intense, especially when it comes to video games.”Their yin-yang personalities mirror their style of play, where the two get along just as well. Ishmael works the outside and relies on his size and strength, particularly in his hands, to reel in catches against smaller defensive backs. Philips relies on speed and quick bursts off the line to find openings in the middle of the field.Ishmael said he feels a different level of chemistry with Philips on the field than he does with any other receiver. The two will talk things out and can frequently be seen chatting before a play or on the sidelines. At home, Ishmael said they’ll vent about missed opportunities and plays they could have made to impact the last game they played.“We work off each other,” Phillips said after the North Carolina State game.The two started seriously discussing this season ever since they got back from winter break a year ago, Ishmael said. They texted each other during the time off, sharing their disappointment as they watched other teams play in bowl games they’ve only dreamed about.Both receivers have been adamant that they don’t care about the record-breaking numbers they’ve put up. The two friends look and sound very different, but they have one shared goal of leading Syracuse to a place this senior recruiting class has yet to experience: a bowl game.“It’s our senior year,” Ishmael said, “we really want to do this for the school and not for ourselves, but for the coaches, for the school, and just have a blast our senior year.“Just go out with a bang.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 5, 2017 at 7:20 pm Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langerlast_img read more

Men’s basketball’s future is bright with talented recruits

first_imgSt. Patrick’s Day, a holiday usually reserved for luck, was anything but for the No. 8-seeded Trojans as they dropped their first round contest of the 2016 NCAA tournament 70-69 to the Providence Friars.In the wake of their heartbreaking last-second loss, there is still much to hope for next year.Although it is phrase most famously championed by Chicago Cubs fans, both the Cubs and the Trojans have the opportunity to make deep playoff runs. For the latter, 10 players will be returning from their 2015 roster, including two practice team players in walk-on junior guard Kurt Karis and Louisville transfer sophomore guard Shaqquan Aaron who both sat out this past year.This postseason feeling should not be for disappointment, but for confidence and anticipation for even bigger experiences next season.Considering that many had the Trojans not making the tournament, let alone sweeping UCLA, the 2016-2017 campaign should be the most anticipated season in nearly a decade.Looking at the projected 2016 roster, the Trojans have as much talent as any team in the nation.In the paint, USC just lost two big forces in junior forward Darion Clark and sophomore forward Malik Martin, who each plan to transfer to other Division I schools. Although Martin was highly recruited out of high school, he disappointed in his two seasons with the Trojans. The 6-foot-7 Clark was undersized, but underrated considering his exceptional rebounds-per-minute statistic amidst a team with five players 6-foot-9 or taller.Clark and Martin’s absences will affect the team, but not necessarily in a negative way.Freshmen forwards Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu, two 6-foot-11 players with shooting and rebounding abilities, now have the opportunity to become the Trojans’ primary big men in 2016.The interesting situation with the Trojans is not that they don’t have enough talent at the moment, but that they have too much talent. And while some may see this as a problem in terms of losing players or team chemistry, from a coaching perspective, this is the best thing that could happen to the Men of Troy.Considering the Trojans won nearly as many games in 2015 as they did in 2013 and 2014 combined, the fact that they were able to collect three top recruits in Jonah Mathews, De’Anthony and Harrison Henderson was something nobody could have predicted when head coach Andy Enfield first arrived in Los Angeles.Nearly every player on the court can make shots. Boatwright, sophomore guards Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart, and junior guard Katin Reinhardt, combined for 236 3-pointers last season, shooting 39 percent combined.With Reinhardt transferring, however, there will be an opportunity for another off-the-bench shooting guard to step up. Stewart will most likely earn the starting guard spot with his consistent shooting ability.The Trojans can play defense when they want to, but the problem down the stretch last season was that they could not do so with consistency. After all, it was their lack of defense on the final play against Providence in the first round of the NCAA tournament which allowed Rodney Bullock to score.This season was outstanding, but with the added maturity that the Pac-12 and NCAA tournament brought to the Trojans, 2016 should include a much deeper postseason run.last_img read more

Seven Trojan baseball players were chosen in MLB draft

first_imgJunior pitcher Connor Lunn was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 11th round. Lunn was initially the Trojans’ closer, but he emerged as the Trojans’ best starting pitcher as the year progressed. He won seven games while striking out 79 batters in 83 innings, comprising a 3.69 ERA on the season. Two Trojan pitchers were selected by the Kansas City Royals. Junior pitcher Austin Manning was taken in the 19th round after striking out 25 batters through 21 innings in relief for the Trojans. Manning was joined on the Kansas City draft board by sophomore Augie Sylk, the final Trojan to be selected. Sylk spent the majority of the season recovering from an injury and only appeared in one game for USC. His name was called in the 38th round.  Junior outfielder Blake Sabol was selected in the seventh round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sabol led the team this season with 13 stolen bases, 3 home runs and 22 RBIs. He was a consistent presence in the Trojans’ lineup, starting in every game for USC the past two seasons. “So thankful for the [Pittsburgh Pirates] organization for giving me the opportunity to play the game that I love for a living,” Sabol wrote in an Instagram post following his selection. “Today is just a new beginning and one step closer to reaching the dream I’ve been pursuing since I was a little boy.” Seven USC baseball players were selected in the 2019 MLB Draft last week. The Trojans were selected on the second and third days of the event, adding to a record total of 340 selections — more than any other NCAA school. Stubbs’ brother Garrett recently made his Major League debut on May 28 — catching for the same Astros organization that took the younger Stubbs in the 10th round. The San Diego Padres selected junior outfielder Matthew Acosta in the 12th round. Acosta was USC’s most consistent offensive performer, leading the team with a .319 average, 7 home runs and 40 RBIs.  Redshirt junior catcher CJ Stubbs finished off the Trojans’ day two selections after getting drafted by the Houston Astros in the 10th round. Stubbs finished this season with 6 home runs and an .844 OPS. Stubbs was mainly a pitcher for the Trojans in his first two seasons, but he had to sit out his third year due to his Tommy John surgery. After recovering, Stubbs returned as the Trojans’ primary backstop for 2019. Daily Trojan file photo Junior pitcher Chris Clarke was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the fourth round. Clarke, the highest drafted baseball player from USC since 2014, was the first Trojan selected in the draft. The Westlake Village native had an exceptional 1.03 ERA in 52.1 innings as a reliever this season. Clarke began his career at USC as a starter, but he rose as a dominant force out of the bullpen in his last season. This draft included the most Trojans since the program record of twelve picks in 2016. All seven will have until July 12 to decide if they will return to USC for another season or forgo the remainder of their college eligibility to begin their journey to the big leagues with new clubs.last_img read more

Hurling 2020 committee to unveil it’s proposals today.

first_imgThe introduction of an advantage rule, the replacement of players sent of for two yellow cards and one on one penalty’s are just some of the proposals that the hurling 2020 committee will make today.The committee under Chairman Liam Sheedy may also propose a separate refereeing body for hurling, the suggested changes which will be voted on at congress next month will be unveiled at Croke Park.last_img

US Open: Nadal Through to Fourth Round

first_imgAny concerns over the Spaniard’s fitness after he withdrew from this month’s Cincinnati Masters because of fatigue have been dispelled here with two ruthless displays in his two matches.The 18-time Grand Slam champion did not face a single break point against Chung, who was a top-20 player and Australian Open semi-finalist last year.He sealed the first set with an ace, the second when he forced the South Korean to hit long and then took victory on his first match point with a rasping forehand winner.Last year Nadal reached the semi-finals here but was forced retire at the end of the second set against Juan Martin del Potro because of a knee injury.On his way there he had come through two four-setters and a five-setter, which he says took their toll, and so the fact he has reached the second week at Flushing Meadows by spending little more than four hours on court could help him.Belgian GP: Leclerc Takes Pole Ahead of VettelCharles Leclerc set a scintillating lap to beat Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel to pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix. The 21-year-old, still seeking a first career win, was a massive 0.748 seconds clear of his four-time world champion team-mate.Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was second quickest after the first runs but was pipped by Vettel on their last laps after the world champion failed to improve. Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas was fourth ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.Vettel grumbled about “traffic”, saying: “What a mess, what a mess, what a mess,” on the radio before swearing.But in truth Leclerc was in a world of his own – Vettel had actually been 0.1secs quicker than his team-mate in the first sector of their final laps and Leclerc out-paced him by 0.4secs in the second sector and 0.2secs in the third.And Vettel did not appear to have any more trouble with traffic than the other Ferrari.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Rafael Nadal powered past Chung Hyeon into the US Open fourth round, capitalising on the extra rest he enjoyed before facing the South Korean.The Spanish second seed, who had a walkover in the previous round, had not played since Tuesday and it showed in a dominant 6-3 6-4 6-2 win. By contrast, Chung had come through three rounds of qualifying and spent nine hours more on court.With defending champion Novak Djokovic and 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the opposite side of the draw, Nadal has – on paper at least – a more favourable route to a potential fifth US Open final.last_img read more

Caribbean can end AIDS if it speeds up progress

first_imgIn a recently released report, UNAIDs has indicated that the Caribbean region could attain testing and treatment targets putting it on course to end its AIDS epidemic.This goal can be achieved, UNAID said, if the region increases its response to the disease.According to the report, Ending AIDS: progress towards the 90-90-90 targets, in order to speed up progress the region must ensure more people living with HIV are diagnosed and that there are higher levels of viral suppression among those on treatment.“The region has achieved remarkable progress in expanding HIV services,” said UNAIDS Regional Support Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Dr. Cesar Nunez, “We need to continue work to ensure that we leave no one behind.”TargetsThe report gives a detailed analysis of progress and challenges toward achieving the benchmarks set to help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goal target of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The targets are set for 90 percent of all people living with HIV to know their status; 90 percent of diagnosed people are targeted to access sustained antiretroviral treatment; and 90 percent of all people accessing treatment to achieve viral suppression by 2020.Caribbean on track to reach treatment targetsThe report said the Caribbean has achieved strong progress related to getting people living with HIV on treatment and reducing deaths due to AIDS, but pointed to gaps that remain.In the region four of five people living with HIV who know their status are accessing antiretroviral therapy. This means the region as a whole is doing a fairly good job at starting people on treatment following diagnosis. Haiti is the only country in the region to achieve the second target of at least 90 percent of diagnosed people on treatment.52 percent declineHIV treatment coverage has contributed to a 52 percent decline in AIDS-related deaths in the Caribbean over the last decade, while some 52 percent of people living with HIV in the region are on antiretroviral therapy. However the region is lagging behind on HIV testing and viral suppression, the report stated.last_img read more