Uemura lifts silver in World Cup

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 MADARAO, Nagano Pref. – Japan’s Aiko Uemura placed second in the women’s dual moguls at a World Cup freestyle skiing event on Saturday.Compatriot Tae Satoya failed to go beyond the second qualifying round. In the men’s field, Yugo Tsukita, who claimed the silver medal at the World Championships earlier this month for the best finish ever by a Japanese man at the worlds, was fourth. center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img

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Azarenka Wins Western & Southern Open After Injured Osaka Withdraws

first_imgVictoria Azarenka won her first title since 2016 by walkover after Japan’s Naomi Osaka pulled out from their final in the Western & Southern Open at Flushing Meadows on Saturday because of a left hamstring injury.“I’m sorry to have to withdraw today with an injury,” Osaka said in a written statement. “I pulled my left hamstring yesterday in the second-set tiebreak and it has not recovered overnight as I had hoped.“This has been an emotional week and I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support.”The 22-year-old two-time Grand Slam winner defeated Belgium’s Elise Mertens on Friday in their semi-final after she had initially said she would not compete in the match in a protest over racial injustice in the United States.Belarusian Azarenka came through a tough three-setter against Britain’s Johanna Konta to make the final of the tournament which was the final tune-up for the US Open, which starts on Monday.Meanwhile, despite the nature of her win, the victory is still a milestone for the Belarusian who claims a first singles title since completing the Sunshine Double in 2016. In 2019, she had reached the Monterrey Open finals but had to concede the match part-way against Garbine Muguruza because of a leg injury.After her Western & Southern Open success, Azarenka will play Austria’s Barbara Haas in the first round at the US Open while Osaka will play fellow Japanese Misaki Doi in the first round.Related2020 French Open: Injured Osaka Pulls Out Of Claycourt MajorSeptember 18, 2020In “Tennis”2020 US Open: Naomi Osaka Wins Third Grand Slam Title After Stunning Comeback Against Victoria AzarenkaSeptember 12, 2020In “Featured”Southern & Western Open: Naomi Osaka Withdraws From Semis In Protest Over Police Shooting Of James BlakeAugust 27, 2020In “Tennis”last_img read more

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Capon and Rowland named on bench versus Wales U18s

first_imgTom Rowland and Will Capon are listed among the replacements for the clash at Paarl. The side opened the ‘U19 International Series’ with a 24-8 victory over France on 11 August in Stellenbosch. They next face Wales on Tuesday, 15 August (1.15pm BST – live on S4C’s facebook page) and have made a number of changes as head coach John Fletcher looks to give the entire 26-man squad game time on the tour. “It was always the plan to give everyone as much game time as we can, so we want to give every player a start out here as it’s a development tour,” said England U18 coach Peter Walton.“We want them all to have a start each before we play South Africa Schools in the final game.”England U18 team to face WalesOllie Hassell-Collins (London Irish, St Paul’s School), Tom Seabrook (Gloucester Rugby, Dean Close School), Cadan Murley (Harlequins, Bishop Wordsworth’s School), Cameron Redpath (Sale Sharks, Sedbergh School), Tom de Glanville  (Bath Rugby, Beechen Cliff School), Kieran Wilkinson  (Sale Sharks, Kirkham Grammar School), Ollie Fox (Yorkshire Carnegie , New College Pontefract), Tom Willis (capt) (Wasps, The Henley College), Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester Rugby, St Peter’s High School), Richard Capstick (Exeter Chiefs, Exeter College), Alex Coles Northampton Saints, The Perse School), Josh Basham London Irish, Wellington College), Nick Rigby (Worcester Warriors, Warwick School), Beck Cutting (Worcester Warriors, Bromsgrove School), George Head  (Harlequins, Tonbridge School). Replacements: Tom Rowland  (Bristol Rugby, Bristol Grammar School), Will Capon (Bristol Rugby, Bristol Grammar School), Joe Heyes  (Leicester Tigers, Wyggeston & QEI College), James Scott (Worcester Warriors, Malvern College), Sam Moore  (Sale Sharks, Sedbergh School), Will Porter  (Wasps, Merchant Taylors’ School), Sam Spink (Wasps, Wellington College), Nick David Worcester Warriors, Warwick School). Results & fixturesFriday 11 August: England U18 24-8 France  – Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch Tuesday 15 August: England U18 v Wales – Paarl Gymnasium, Paarl (1.15pm BST)Saturday 19 August: England U18 v SA Schools – City Park, Athlone (1pm BST)last_img read more

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Celebration of Sport Week returns to Ashton Gate for 2018

first_img The programme:Monday (May 21st) sees the Bristol City Community Trust’s Disability Football programme showcased in the morning, before the Community Foundation’s Project Rugby takes centre stage in the afternoon.On Tuesday (May 22nd), the focus switches to Bristol City Community Trust, with youngsters once again given the opportunity to emulate their heroes on the hallowed Ashton Gate turf. Participants from the Trust’s Premier League Primary Stars programme will take to the field in the morning followed, in the evening, by the prestigious Woodcock Shield final.Wednesday (May 23rd) is Bristol Rugby Community Foundation’s chance to shine, as boys and girls from a range of programmes take to the pitch for a series of tag and invasion games – while the older generation, from the Community Foundation’s Walking Rugby programme, exhibit their skills in the South Stand concourse.On Thursday (May 24th) close to 1,000 children from BSF’s Forever Sport PE and Sports Coaching programme will descend upon the stadium to take part in a wide range and diverse offering of sports. Children will experience dodgeball, cricket, football, rugby and jailbreak to name a few. The week culminates with an afternoon of corporate tag rugby with the Foundation’s Nascence Project, as local businesses take to the field before enjoying an evening of networking at the stadium. You can keep up to date with the action on Twitter (@BSFound), Facebook (Bristol Sport Foundation) and online at www.bristol-sport.co.uk/community. Following on from the success of last year’s event, Celebration of Sport Week brings together four sporting charities – Bristol Sport Foundation, Bristol City Community Trust, Bristol Rugby Community Foundation, Bristol Flyers Community and Bristol Jets Community – with festivals, exhibitions and activities taking place throughout the stadium. The highly-anticipated week is a chance for the charities to invite participants from their community programmes to Ashton Gate and celebrate the role that sport plays in many of our lives.  During the week, the charities will deliver training sessions, festivals and education workshops in the comfort of the 27,000-seat arena whilst giving people the chance to play on the same turf that so many of their heroes have graced. “Last year was the inaugural Celebration of Sport Week – and what a week it was,” said Bristol Sport Foundation’s chief community officer Ben Breeze.“This year, it’s set to be bigger and better and we are delighted to, once again, open up Ashton Gate Stadium for community usage and give the people who access our programmes the chance to come together and celebrate the progress they have made.“Bristol Sport Foundation and its partner charities continue to impact the lives of thousands of people across Greater Bristol, and Celebration of Sport Week is, as the name suggests, a huge celebration of the work being delivered.”last_img read more

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Recruitment department change

first_imgDay joined in October 2015 as European Scout and became Head of UK Scouting as City’s recruitment evolved.City Chief Executive Officer Mark Ashton said: “Recruitment is a massive area of the game and Mervyn has played a significant part in our progress to date. We wish him all the best and thank him for his services.”last_img

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LeBron, Walker make history in Charlotte

first_imgField Level Media: LeBron James had 41 points to match a record held by Michael Jordan and lead the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers to a 118-105 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. James has now scored at least 10 points in 866 consecutive games, tying the record held by Jordan, now the Hornets’ chairman. James, who started the streak on Jan. 6, 2007, tied Jordan’s mark in the second quarter on an alley-hoop dunk off a pass from JR Smith. Jordan’s streak spanned 1986-2001.James, who added 10 rebounds and eight assists, wasn’t the only one who had a record-setting night.Kemba Walker scored 21 points and broke the franchise record for career points at 9,841, passing Dell Curry (9,839), and the franchise mark for free throws made at 2,003, passing Gerald Wallace (1,999). Timberwolves 126, Hawks 114Karl-Anthony Towns made history, scoring a franchise-record 56 points and leading Minnesota to a bounce-back win over Atlanta in Minneapolis.Towns’ career-high total topped the Minnesota mark previously held by Mo Williams (52 points). He posted the third-most points scored in a game this season while adding 15 rebounds and four assists. Celtics 97, Jazz 94Jaylen Brown scored 21 points and drilled a 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left to lift Boston to a stunning win over Utah in Salt Lake City.Donovan Mitchell scored 22 points to lead Utah. Ricky Rubio tallied 14 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, and Rudy Gobert contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Jazz lost for the third time in five games. Clippers 111, Suns 99Tobias Harris made five 3-pointers as part of a 27-point effort to help Los Angeles post a victory at Phoenix.Austin Rivers contributed 18 points, eight assists and three steals as the Clippers defeated the Suns for the eighth straight time and moved within one game of the Utah Jazz for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot. Lakers 103, Mavericks 93Brook Lopez scored 22 points, 17 of them in the first half, and Julius Randle added 20 points and 10 rebounds as Los Angeles defeated visiting Dallas.Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 17 points, none of which came in the fourth quarter. Dennis Smith Jr. scored 14 for the Mavericks, who lost for the sixth time in their past seven games.76ers 118, Knicks 101 Despite losing All-Star Joel Embiid to a facial contusion early in the second quarter, Philadelphia pulled away in the second half to beat visiting New York.Without Embiid, the 76ers used balance to win their 44th game and stay within a half-game of Cleveland for the third seed in the Eastern Conference. Six 76ers finished in double figures.Grizzlies 108, Trail Blazers 103 Minus All-Star point guard Damian Lillard, Portland didn’t have quite enough to win on the second night of a back-to-back, as Memphis snapped the Trail Blazers’ seven-game road winning streak. It was the Grizzlies’ second win in as many games after they lost 23 of their previous 24 outings.Lillard was in Portland, awaiting the birth of his first child. His regular backcourt mate, CJ McCollum, led the Trail Blazers with 42 points while shooting 16-of-25 from the field.Nets 111, Magic 104 D’Angelo Russell had 16 points and 12 assists, and Brooklyn finally held on to a late lead in a win at Orlando.DeMarre Carroll added 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Joe Harris had his second straight productive game off the bench with 14 points for the Nets, who snapped a three-game losing streak.last_img read more

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Bailey leads GCC to 2nd two-day title

first_imgBernard Bailey’s maiden 10-wicket match haul spurred Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) to their second Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA)/Noble House Seafoods two-day second division title after drawing their match against Police Sports Club but taking first innings points at GCC on Sunday. Police made 107 in their first innings and GCC resuming on 80-3 on day two managed a 37-run lead as they were bowled out for 144 in 69.2 overs. Police then accelerated their second innings to declare on 151-9 in 30.3 overs, setting GCC 102 to win since Police were penalised 12 runs for missing the pace bowling rate by two overs. GCC finished on 88-3 to draw the game. Ronaldo Ali-Mohammed and Yeudister Persaud finished as the leading run getters in the two groups with Ali-Mohammed being awarded the Most Valuable Player of the group stage while Nkosie Barker finished with the most wickets.Manager at Noble House Seafoods, Richard Jodah said the company was dedicated to the development of youths and cricket while President of the GCA, Roger Harper spoke at length of the keen competition but warned the players on the thin line when it comes to exuberance and aggression, noting that there were instances that went against the spirit of the game.Georgetown Cricket Club were crowned the GCA Noble House Seafoods Second division two-day champions. (Romario Samaroo photo)GCC established the lead just 10 overs into the day but Hemchand Persaud broke the 43-run partnership between Ali-Mohammed and Timothy McAlmont with Ali-Mohammed departing for 33 from 85 balls. Persaud struck the very next ball, removing Joshua Wade for a first ball duck. Zachary Jodah was watchful in his innings, not bothered by what was happening amongst the busy Police in the field, facing 43 deliveries for just one run before falling to off spinner, Pernell London.Stephon Wilson also fell without scoring as GCC quickly lost their last few wickets with McAlmont top scoring with 42 from 99 balls.London was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-3 with Persaud and Jason Heyliger taking two wickets each. Police raced to clear their deficit before lunch, going in at 70 with Reginald Rodrigues putting on a 41-run stand for the opening wicket with Paul Tyndall. Rodrigues was later dismissed by Bailey before Savory was snapped up by Ali-Mohammed but the match was at a virtual stalemate with the field spread to the boundary for over an hour as the two seamers operated for 15 overs each. In the back end of the innings, Police lost their way with three run outs while Wilson pulled off a spectacular low diving catch coming in from mid off as Police only found solace in Tyndall who finished unbeaten on 73 from 92 balls. Bailey added to his six wickets in the first innings to take 4-84, finishing with 10-120 while Ali-Mohammed collected 2-60 before the declaration.Bailey said fast bowlers had to work extra hard on the wicket but all he did was put the ball in the right areas with his plans being to just keep a consistent line. He noted that Police batted patiently making it extra hard for the bowlers.GCC were rocked in their chase for an outright win with Heyliger picking up three quick wickets but Ali-Mohammed’s unbeaten knock of 26 was enough to see the game to the end and he walked away with the $100,000 first prize. Khemraj Jaikaran, skipper of GCC said all credit should go to the Police for playing a good game, noting that the youngsters in the team really won it for them with some exceptional fielding and excellent bowling, especially from Bailey.Keston Harcourt who captains Police said they lost the game in the first innings and would have felt comfortable had they posted 170-odd. Harcourt expressed his unhappiness with some of the decisions, noting that in his opinion there was a lot of indiscipline from the players but nevertheless congratulated GCC.last_img read more

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Real Madrid begin scuffle for Mourinho’s signature to replace Solari

first_imgReal Madrid want to give Jose Mourinho a route back into football in the summer.The Spanish giants are looking to replace Santiago Solari, who they only appointed as their head coach last month, when the season comes to a conclusion.And Diego Torres, who wrote a book on Mourinho’s first spell at the Santiago Bernabeu, has reported in newspaper El Pais that Real and president Florentino Perez are keen to bring him back.They would look to pay him €20million (£18m) annually after increasing an initial offer of €15m (£13.5m). Discussions have taken place since October.Real are also planning to appoint him on July 1, as that would mean avoiding a €5m (£4.5m) penalty fee to Manchester United. Mourinho was dismissed as United manager on Tuesday morning after a chastening defeat at Liverpool on Sunday. He left with the club down in sixth, and has since been succeeded by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on an interim basis.But Real believe the Portuguese manager is the man to replace Solari.The former Real B manager has suffered two 3-0 defeats at the hands of Eibar and CSKA Moscow after signing a deal to keep him in the post permanently until 2021.A survey of Madrid members suggested that re-appointing Mourinho, who managed Real between 2010 and 2013, would be a popular move.The Portuguese manager previously took charge of Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013Even Marcelo, who fell out with Mourinho during his spell at Real, has backed him as a manager. “It is a real pity because he (Mourinho) is a great coach,” he said.“It is a real shame that he is without a club and it is not my place to say that he should return to Madrid, but I have a lot of appreciation for what he did for me at the club.”He will be handed a significant transfer budget and influence over transfers. RelatedManchester United To Sack Mourinho If……..November 13, 2018In “England”How Man Utd Sack is Affecting Mourinho’s ReputationJanuary 11, 2019In “Europe”Mourinho Lieutenant Rui Faria To Leave United Post This SummerMay 13, 2018In “England”last_img read more

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New Flyers coach Alain Vigneault on first days of training camp: ‘Obviously, there’s a process to this’

first_imgTeam president and general manager Chuck Fletcher named Vigneault the 21st head coach in team history on April 15. Vigneault replaces Scott Gordon, who served as interim coach after Dave Hakstol was fired last December.The Quebec City native continues to emphasize skill and creativity as he prepares for his 17th season as an NHL head coach. He previously coached the Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers. He led Vancouver and New York to the Stanley Cup Final in 2011 and 2014, respectively, losing both times.Vigneault said he liked the pace and intensity of the early practices, and he especially liked what he saw from the newly formed trio of Kevin Hayes, James van Riemsdyk and 23-year-old Oskar Lindblom, who has been experimenting playing on the right wing, a change for the natural left-handed shot.”I’ve really liked the way Kevin Hayes has worked and sort of led his two linemates, his two teammates, with and without the puck,” Vigneault said. “For us, we wanted to get a look a Oskar on the right side. We’re probably going to try him there during exhibition. Like I mentioned (Friday), being able to play more than one position is a bonus. I have liked that line. I’ve liked their work ethic. I’ve liked how they competed so far.”Hayes signed a seven-year contract with Philadelphia in June after the Flyers acquired his negotiating rights from the Winnipeg Jets. He is expected to center one of the team’s top three lines.Vigneault is familiar with Hayes from their days together with the Rangers, but otherwise, he will be evaluating players he has not coached at the NHL level. The entire Flyers’ new coaching staff — Vigneault is flanked by former NHL head coaches Michel Therrien and Mike Yeo and former Flyers forward Ian Laperriere — will need time to adjust. Vigneault said he is focused more on implementing his system before exhibitions begin than on looking too hard at individual players.  The Flyers will play seven games in the preseason — two each vs. the Rangers, New York Islanders and Boston Bruins and finally a game vs. Swiss club Lausanne HC in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Sept. 30. Vigneault said he will skate most of his veteran players in “three or four” exhibitions this month and give the rest of the playing time to younger players fighting for roster spots.In particular, 22-year-old defenseman Philippe Myers could make the opening-night roster with a strong camp. Top forward prospects Joel Farabee and Morgan Frost are also in the mix — Farabee even skated on a line with team leaders Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier to open camp.”There are some guys I want to see more,” Vigneault said. “Some guys we obviously need to make decisions on. There are some guys that will probably play five out of seven. It’ll be a lot of fun. We’ve got some decisions to make. That’s what you want in camp. You need surprises. We need some of these young kids to step up and force us into some decisions. That’s how your team gets better. We’re going to give them obviously an opportunity to do that.” New Philadelphia Flyers coach Alain Vigneault told reporters on the second day of training camp Saturday that introducing a new roster to his system will be a continuous theme of the preseason.”We’ve seen different things we’ve been working on, as you guys can tell,” Vigneault said, via a transcript of his session. “We’ve been working on our D-zone coverage. We’ve looked at our neutral zone forecheck. Today, we touched a little bit on our offensive forecheck. We’re going through the three zones without the puck. Tomorrow we’re going to touch more with the puck and what we need to do. We’re trying to get everybody on the same page. Obviously, there’s a process to this and that’s where we’re in to right now.”last_img read more

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Loss to Rams adds to U. woes

first_imgE-mail: sor@desnews.com FORT COLLINS, Colo. — It’s been a long time since the Utah basketball team was as bad as 5-11 at this point of the season, 34 years to be exact.It’s been even longer — 54 years — since the Utes started a conference season 0-3, which is their record after a dispiriting 73-57 loss to Colorado State Tuesday night at Moby Arena.This time there was no chance for the Utes to win in the final minute as had been the case in their last three games and four others this season.The Utes were out of this one after a 13-0 run by the Rams late in the first half and showed little gumption the rest of the way. The loss left Ute coach Ray Giacoletti practically speechless afterward.”What do you want me to say, guys?” a glum Giacoletti said after emerging from the locker room. “At some point, enough’s enough. I’m tired of losing. I’m tired of doing things a certain way. … I don’t care who’s coaching the team or what the circumstances are, you stand up and go get something done.”Giacoletti said he couldn’t think of one player that had a good game Tuesday night.Johnnie Bryant actually had decent numbers, with 16 points, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range, three steals, two assists and no turnovers in 32 minutes. And freshman guard Luka Drca exceeded his season total of field goals with three — all 3-pointers — and finished with 11 points.But starters Luke Nevill, Shaun Green, Stephen Weigh and Lawrence Borha all had off nights.Green had 11 points, but fouled out and had four turnovers with no assists, while Nevill had just 10 points and five rebounds, going against Colorado State’s two 7-footers, Jason Smith and Stuart Creason. Borha had three turnovers in 13 minutes and Weigh had more turnovers than points in his 14 minutes.”We had 12 turnovers the first half — we have to handle the basketball. We got outrebounded by 15. You’ve got to put a body on people and box out,” Giacoletti said.After trailing by 10 at the half, the Utes couldn’t score a field goal until the 12:54 mark of the second half when Bryant sank a 3-pointer. But by that point it was 52-30 and even though another Bryant three and two treys by Drca brought the Utes within 12, it was too little, too late.Colorado State had a balanced attack with three players, Jason Smith, Tyler Smith and Tim Denson scoring 13 points, Cory Lewis 12 and Creason nine. They finished with 35 rebounds to Utah’s 20 after the Utes had outrebounded their first two MWC opponents by an average of 15.”I was pleased with the intensity, the effort,” said CSU coach Dale Layer. “It’s another step in the right direction.”When asked how the players reacted to the loss, Giacoletti said they “had blank looks on their faces.”The Ute players say they’re still hopeful about the season and say they just need a win to get over the hump.”Once we get our first win, it will be easier to get wins after that,” said Nevill.”We are really talented. We need one win and we’ll be really good after that,” said Drca. The Utes’ next chance will be Saturday night at New Mexico against another 0-3 MWC team. Then its back home for a home game against No. 15 Air Force Tuesday night. GAME NOTES: This was the largest CSU victory over Utah since 1992 when the Rams won 67-48 in Salt Lake … All 12 Utah players who traveled played at least six minutes … Colorado State shot 52.4 percent from the field, but only 35.3 from 3-point range. Utah shot just 41.3 percent for the game … The Rams defeated the Utes twice last year, winning 84-78 here and 69-61 in overtime in Salt Lake … CSU plays in Salt Lake on Feb. 7. last_img read more

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