Ex-defense minister Ishiba is people’s choice for next Japan PM: Polls

first_imgFormer Japanese Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba is the most popular choice among the public to be the next prime minister, media opinion polls showed, as the race kicks off to succeed Shinzo Abe after his abrupt resignation last week.Ishiba has about 34% of the public’s support, more than double the 14% for Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the second-most popular choice, a weekend Kyodo News survey showed.A Nikkei/TV Tokyo poll showed Ishiba with 28% support, followed by current Defense Minister Taro Kono with 15%. Suga came in fourth place with 11%, the poll showed. The surveys highlight a split between public opinion and internal Liberal Democratic Party politics.Suga – a longtime lieutenant of Abe’s in a key supporting role – is expected to get the backing of the faction led by LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai and of other major factions, local media reported, putting him in a favorable position.That would make it an uphill battle for Ishiba, a vocal Abe critic who unsuccessfully challenged the out-going premier in the last LDP leadership race in 2018 and is considered less popular within the party.Another potential candidate, LDP policy chief Fumio Kishida, came in last place in both of the public opinion surveys. Abe’s resignation announcement on Friday, citing the worsening of a chronic illness, set the stage for the party leadership election, which public broadcaster NHK said was likely to place around Sept. 13 to 15.The LDP president is virtually assured of being prime minister because of the party’s majority in the lower house of parliament.Brad Glosserman, deputy director of the Center for Rule-Making Strategies at Tama University, said Suga was the safe bet in terms of internal LDP dynamics, but might not be ideal come election time. A general election must be held by late October 2021.”He doesn’t seem to have either the charisma or the vision to push Japan in a new direction. He seems to be the eternal Number Two – he delivers on promises made by his boss,” said Glosserman. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Truell targets listing to capture business from UK LGPS pools

first_imgEdi TruellTruell is “a great fan of Brexit”.“If properly negotiated and structured it should be an enormous opportunity for Britain and the British economy,” he said.The Truell family has the vast majority of its assets in what is becoming DCAG.With around £300m (€334m) of assets under management, the investment company holds a diverse portfolio, including exposure to companies involved in big data, infrastructure and healthcare.As DCAG, it plans to concentrate on private equity to begin with and then include other asset classes such as real assets. About Edmund ‘Edi’ TruellA financier, Truell has held myriad positions in the financial services industry. He is known in the UK pension fund world as the co-founder of the Pension Insurance Corporation, the defined benefit insurer, and his subsequent position as chair of the London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA) from January 2013.He was instrumental in pushing forward the collaboration between LPFA and Lancashire Country Pension Fund that led to what is now the Local Pension Partnership. He resigned in August 2015 to set up an advisory board for the partnership and to work as an unpaid adviser on pensions and investments to then London mayor Boris Johnson.The idea was for Truell to drive forward collaboration between public sector pension funds for investment in infrastructure and housing in London and across the rest of country, with Johnson eyeing the creation of a “Citizens’ Wealth Fund”. More broadly the intention was that Truell would advance the cause of pension consolidation across the LGPS and UK public sector pension funds more generally. Within the LGPS, this consolidation is now happening in the form of the creation of six new asset pools in addition to the already operational LPP and London CIV. Disruptive Capital, the private equity business and family office of Edi Truell, is going public in a bid to attract investment from the country’s emerging local authority asset pools and other “sophisticated” investors.It intends to list on Switzerland’s SIX stock exchange as Disruptive Capital AG (DCAG), with ambitions to develop into a larger private asset manager.“DCAG, backed by highly successful families, aims to develop into a ‘one-stop solution’ for sophisticated investors, including pension funds,” it said in a statement.“Significant co-investment opportunities are offered on a deal-by-deal basis to its investors to give them the ability to tailor their own asset allocation around that of DCAG.” Speaking to IPE, Truell – the self-proclaimed architect of the consolidation of UK public sector funds – said one of the motivations for listing was to facilitate investors exchanging their current portfolios, “plus or minus more cash”, for listed shares in DCAG.The new asset pools being formed by local government pension schemes (LGPS) in the UK were inheriting “a whole ragbag of stuff” from their member pension funds, and it was these historical portfolios that they could swap for shares in a single listed vehicle, according to Truell.He said the government was pushing pension funds to use listed vehicles rather than more complicated partnerships and other such investment structures, because it made governance easier from the perspective of the pension funds.Another motivation for listing Disruptive Capital, according to Truell, was to make it easier to raise capital quickly so that the company could act as cornerstone investor for some of the large transactions it had underway.Asked why Disruptive chose Switzerland for a listing, Truell said it was one of few stable markets around and that moving family assets back to the UK did not appeal on account of “the political risk of Jeremy Corbyn and his nice friends”.“It doesn’t seem like a sensible place for a long-term vehicle to be,” he said. “We prefer to have our assets in Switzerland rather than subjected to political vagaries.”last_img read more

Beach Recycling Works at Eastoke Frontage

first_imgBeach recycling works on the Eastoke frontage, Hayling Island, are in full swing now, according to the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP).“We are planning to carry out the beach recycling in order to build up the beach crest width along the developed Eastoke frontage, in order to maintain the first line of defense against coastal flooding,” reported ESCP.The works started on 2nd October 2017, and are expected to last for a period of 4 weeks.ESCP also added that the works will involve heavy earthmoving machinery working along the beach, transporting shingle from areas of build up to depleted groyne bays along the Eastoke frontage.This will restore the beach to the recommended standard of protection for the winter period.During the project, the contractor – JT Mackley & Co Ltd – is planning to recycle approximately 25,000m³ of shingle.[mappress mapid=”24490″]last_img read more

Day to forget for McIlroy

first_img McIlroy followed up his BMW PGA Championship victory at Wentworth on Sunday with a superb 63 in the first round in Ohio to open up a three-shot lead, but the Northern Irishman had a day to forget on Friday. Most of the damage was done on a disastrous opening nine where three consecutive double bogeys saw him go out in 43 at Muirfield Village. Starting on the back nine, McIlroy bogeyed his opening hole, the par-four 10th, before parring 11 and picking the shot back up on 12. It went rapidly downhill after that, though, as double bogeys followed on 13, 14 and 15 before two pars and a further bogey saw him reach the turn four shots off the lead. That represented a 12-shot collapse on the back nine from Thursday where he had picked up two eagles, three birdies and a double bogey to record a 31. McIlroy did manage to turn things round a bit on the back nine though, picking up birdies on the second and seventh while only dropping the one shot in between as he ended the day on three under par overall. Despite that partial recovery though, McIlroy found himself seven shots behind Paul Casey midway through the second day as the Englishman roared clear at the summit. Casey shot a 66 on Thursday to sit in the three-man group immediately behind McIlroy alongside Americans Bubba Watson and Chris Kirk, and he picked up where he left off with an eagle and two birdies in his opening six holes on Friday. That left the 36-year-old on 10 under for the tournament and with a three-shot lead over the rest of the field. Watson was his nearest challenger, the American one under after two on Friday, while Kirk was one shot further back having parred his opening two holes. Dane Thorbjorn Olesen was the clubhouse leader on six under after shooting a 67 that included seven birdies and two bogeys. Rory McIlroy was brought crashing back to earth on the second day of the Memorial Tournament as he carded a six-over-par 78 to tumble down the leaderboard.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Woman discovered to be alive at Detroit funeral home

first_imgA 20-year-old woman was found to be alive after she had been declared to be dead and taken to a Detroit funeral home, officials said.The Southfield fire department said paramedics tried to revive the 20-year-old woman for 30 minutes on Sunday, but she showed no signs of life.“The Oakland County medical examiner’s office was contacted and given the medical data,” the department said. “The patient was again determined to have expired and the body was released directly to the family to make arrangements with a funeral home of their choosing.”However, at the James H. Cole funeral home they discovered the woman to still be alive. She was breathing.The staff at the funeral home called Detroit emergency medical crew and the woman was rushed to the hospital.Officials have not released the woman’s name and her condition is unknown.last_img read more

Cricket News India vs Australia 2nd Test highlights: Hosts ahead by 175 runs, game evenly poised

first_img Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 08:19 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 09:29 (IST) Pant gets an edge and it goes past the gap in the slips for a boundary to third man. Every run that India makes piles on the pressure for Australia.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 09:07 (IST) All eyes will be on how Hanuma Vihari bats with Kohli now. In the Oval Test, he had shown application on a difficult deck and impressed with his compact technique.  11:14 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 12:09 (IST) 14:27 (IST) 07:57 (IST) 12:55 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 09:37 (IST) 11:02 (IST) WICKET! Ishant strikes and Handscomb’s failures continue. Full ball and it nips back in late, Handscomb plays down the wrong line and gets hit on the back pad, Australia lose their third.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 13:12 (IST) 11:21 (IST) WICKET! That is another poor stroke from Travis Head. Twice, he has fallen in the third man area. Short and wide from Shami, Head flashes hard and the catch is taken by Ishant Sharma. Poor stroke under the conditions, just when Australia looked settled.  EDGED and GONE! Finally, Australia get the massive wicket of Virat Kohli and it ends one of the best knocks you will see. Cummins bowls a full ball outside off and Kohli edges it to Peter Handscomb at second slip, the ball is dying as Handscomb gets his fingers underneath the ball, after the third umpire has a look, Kohli is given the marching orders.  Australia have taken the lead past 50 as Finch gets a streaky boundary to the third man fence off Ishant.  12:33 (IST) 10:57 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In A warm welcome to one and all on day 3 of the Perth Test. It is not a good start for India as Ajinkya Rahane edges a flat, straight ball from Nathan Lyon to depart for 51. Sharp catch by Tim Paine and India suffer an early jolt. 08:26 (IST) New Delhi: Virat Kohli’s brilliant knock stole the show on day 3 of the Perth Test. His 25th century, his sixth overall in Australia put India on course to take the first-innings lead but Nathan Lyon ran through the tail to pick up his 14th five-wicket haul as Australia managed a slender 43-run lead. In response, the Indian bowlers took wickets at crucial intervals but Usman Khawaja’s solid knock has stretched their lead to 175 at the end of day 3. With the pitch offering plenty of movement for the pacers, a target in excess of 250 or 300 could prove to be difficult for the Indian team to chase. (SCORECARD) Another chance missed! Finch is late on the pull shot and the ball hits the glove, Pant dives to his left but he cannot take the catch. This will not impress India one bit. 11:37 (IST) 14:50 (IST) DROPPED! Cheteshwar Pujara at slip drops Marcus Harris off Ishant Sharma. This could prove to be costly. India cannot afford to let these slip. That is lunch on day 3. Australia have regained the initiative by getting rid of Kohli and Mohammed Shami cheaply. With India have a long tail, can Australia establish a decent lead? Join us in 30 minutes to find out.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In CATCH DROPPED! Pant flays a full ball back to the bowler who is on his followthrough but he cannot hold on to the catch. The deficit is now under 100 as the bouncer from Starc goes awry and Tim Paine leaps but cannot get to it.  The partnership between Harris and Finch is looking strong. Australia have stretched the lead and India are under the pump slightly. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Nathan Lyon gets Jasprit Bumrah and he ends up with yet another five-wicket haul. Australia lead by 43 runs and this will be vital in the context of the game. If they can set India a target of over 300-350, then they can realistically look to win this Test match. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In That will be tea on day 3 n Perth. Aaron Finch has gotten hit on the finger and he is getting some treatement. That is tea as well. One hopes that the right-hander is fine.  13:05 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In A four and a big six by Pant off Lyon. He has taken control here and India would be aiming to get the deficit down further. 13:44 (IST) 09:46 (IST) Umesh Yadav is somehow hanging in there but Rishabh Pant is unable to find the boundaries. The deficit is still 66 and Australia will be hoping for a lead in the range of 40-50.  07:53 (IST) Pant and Kohli are looking to take the attack to the opposition. With the deficit now under 100, they can now think about taking a lead. Anywhere in the range of 50-100 will be gold.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 10:38 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Head and Khawaja are building a decent stand as the lead crosses 150. The Indian pacers are getting variable bounce and every run from here could give them some worries.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Bumrah is really troubling the Australian batsmen. The wicket is getting even more unpredictable with the bounce being variable. A target in excess of 300 will be very tricky for India.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Aaron Finch has retired hurt and he has been taken to the hospital for some x-rays. Australia would be hoping that it is nothing serious. Usman Khawaja has joined Harris out in the middle, who starts out in grand style by crunching a short ball to the deep cover fence for a boundary. 13:50 (IST) Another four by Virat Kohli and India have reached 250. Australia are starting to get very worried here. If they can get one more wicket before the lunch break, they can then go after the tail. 08:57 (IST) Kohli is being kept off strike for most of the overs as he slowly makes his way through the 80s. However, he continues to be in great touch and is showing no signs of pressure.  Driven down the ground by Vihari. Cummins floats a full ball and the batsman drills it down the ground for a lovely boundary. India continue to erase the deficit without much hassles. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 10:32 (IST) Harris is hit on the helmet by a nasty bouncer from Bumrah. The physio checks on him but he is alright.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. 09:04 (IST) Good heat maintained by Pat Cummins. Tim Paine is rotating his bowlers around. Only four overs remain for the new ball and that will be a vital period for both teams. 13:20 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 11:41 (IST) 08:42 (IST) Virat Kohli nears the 90s with a magnificent drive through deep extra cover. Nathan Lyon gave it too much air and he was duly punished. Next ball, Kohli gets a leading edge but luckily there is no fielder. The second new ball is now available for Australia and this will be the key.  WICKET! That is just what the doctor ordered for Australia. The partnership is broken. Hazlewood gets this delivery to straighten in the corridor outside off stump and Vihari pokes at it. Falls for a gritty 20 but Kohli is still there.  09:21 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The deficit is now almost below 100. If Kohli can stay there, this game will slip out of Australia’s grasp very quickly. If they cannot reap dividends with the new ball, then the game is up for Tim Paine’s side.  11:50 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Kohli is in that zone now. After caressing Starc to the deep cover fence, Kohli latches on to a short ball from Hazlewood and cracks the upper-cut over the third man fence for this first six. Australia are starting to get deflated now.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma begin proceedings and both are getting movement and bounce of the deck. Ishant, in particular, is getting inswing and is troubling Aaron Finch.  Virat Kohli, you legend! An absolute champion! Drives Mitchell Starc down the ground for a boundary to bring up his 25th century and his sixth in Australia. He equals Sachin Tendulkar’s mark with that feat. What an absolute legend. I have run out of adjectives 12:00 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 10:37 (IST) 09:11 (IST) WICKET! Lyon gets his third wicket. Ishant chips a flighted delivery back to the bowler and India are sinking fast. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 12:24 (IST) 09:55 (IST) Harris and Khawaja strike some wonderful boundaries as Umesh Yadav misses his line and length. India cannot afford to give away runs so eaily. Australia’s lead has crossed 100. Even Mohammed Shami is struggling for rhythm. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Almost a catch! Starc bangs it short and Vihari upper-cuts the ball to third man. He nearly picks ut Nathan Lyon who is positioned there but the ball just lands in front of him. 08:06 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET! That is a brain fade from Harris. He has suffered a huge lapse in judgement here. Bumrah angles this good length ball in and it zips through, Harris is expecting that the Perth bounce will take it over but the ball hits the top of off stump.  We are back for the second session. Can Australia wrap the tail up quickly or will Pant help India get the deficit down to a manageable level? WICKET! Shami gets Marsh with a short ball and Australia are reeling a bit here. However, Handscomb and Khawaja get some crucial boundaries to push the lead closer to 150.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET! Nathan Lyon gets his fourth wicket and Pant holes out to long on for an aggressive 36. He tried to get India close to the target but does not time this one well. Third time he has fallen to Nathan Lyon in this series.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 08:32 (IST) 08:36 (IST)last_img read more

The Latest: Braves 1B Freeman matching Ryan’s donation

first_img___4:20 p.m.The Austrian soccer league is making plans to extend its suspension until May and take advantage of UEFA’s decision to postpone the European Championship.The Austrian Bundesliga says its clubs agreed they could restart in early May and play until the end of June.The league says “should the situation in general ease and make a resumption of play possible, the clubs will immediately consult about concrete start dates and draw up an alternative schedule.” 12:36 p.m.Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey hasn’t ruled out the prospect of holding some spring football practices, but he’s not all that optimistic.Sankey says on a conference call with reporters that “practically that window’s pretty narrow.” The SEC and other conferences have canceled championships for spring sports and spring football games, and suspended athletic activities until at least April 15.“That doesn’t mean we’ll be back to normal practice activities April 16,” Sankey said.He also cited federal recommendations limiting the size of gatherings. The Latest: Braves 1B Freeman matching Ryan’s donation ___3:30 p.m.Spanish soccer team Alavés says 15 people in its club have become infected with the coronavirus: three players, seven members of its coaching staff and five other employees.The club had already reported that two members of its staff were infected.Valencia and Espanyol said earlier this week that their clubs have also been hit by the virus. Belgium’s national security council earlier said all gatherings, cultural, social, festive and sporting activities have been prohibited until the same date.The league says it will decide which matches can be rescheduled once training has resumed.The league also says it will pay the second instalment of an 800,000 euro ($862,000) solidarity fund to amateur clubs to help them cushion the economic weight of the pandemic.___1:35 p.m. The race was initially set for June 13-14.The new date will also impact other races on the World Endurance Championship’s calendar.___4:50 p.m.FIFA is looking to set up a hardship fund to help soccer stakeholders affected by the coronavirus outbreak. FIFA says it will “analyze if a support fund at global level will be required” and how it might operate.A conference call with the presidents of FIFA and the six continental governing bodies agreed to proposals made Tuesday by Gianni Infantino.Infantino’s offer for FIFA to donate $10 million to the World Health Organization was approved.Soccer’s stalled season could be delayed beyond its traditional June 30 finish so FIFA will look to amend or have temporary rules relating to player contracts and trading windows.___ Clubs in the top two soccer leagues in Sweden say they do not want to start the new season until the beginning of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Swedish soccer association must now decide whether to accept the clubs’ request.The season was due to start on the weekend of April 3-4.The clubs say in a statement that their decision is supported by broadcasters, fans and the country’s main supporters’ union.The clubs say “work remains on establishing a new plan for the year and sorting out the exact dates for the start and other rounds.” The entire hotel will be given up for medical workers if necessary.___1 a.m.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region.“Everything we do together makes a difference,” Ciara said in a video posted to her Twitter account. “And together we will conquer this tough time that we’re going through.” UEFA moved the European Championship to 2021, freeing up space for European leagues to finish seasons disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak before many players’ contracts expire on June 30.___8:50 a.m.The Western Athletic Conference has canceled all competition and championships for the remainder of the academic year.The WAC had previously suspended all competition, but the conference’s board of directors voted Tuesday to cancel all spring sports. The decision falls in line with the NCAA’s cancellation of its winter and spring championships. Valencia said Monday that 35% of its squad and coaching staff are infected, while Espanyol said on Tuesday that six members of its squad and staff have it.All three clubs say their infected members are in good health.___3 p.m.All training sessions at Belgian professional soccer clubs have been suspended until at least April 5 because of the coronavirus outbreak.center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):2:05 p.m.Another Atlanta sports star is following the lead of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Associated Press Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman says he’ll match Ryan’s donation of $50,000 to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which distributes food to the needy, and $50,000 to the Giving Kitchen, which aides food service workers who are financially hit by the coronavirus outbreak.In addition, Freeman says he’ll donate another $25,000 to the Salvation Army.___4:55 p.m.The 24 Hours Le Mans endurance race has been postponed for three months because of the coronavirus outbreak and will now run from Sept. 19-20. The WAC’s decision affects men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball.___3:40 p.m.Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora says the country’s top soccer league is likely to resume on May 3.Spadafora says “then we will evaluate whether it’s open to the public or not.” According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimović has set up a fundraiser to help Italian hospitals in the center of the coronavirus outbreak.According to the website accepting donations, Ibrahimović has donated 100,000 euros ($109,000) to the fund. It quickly raised a further 10,300 euros ($11,300).The site states that all the money raised will be “directly donated to Humanitas to help strengthen the intensive care and emergency units of Milano, Bergamo, Castellanza and Torino’s hospitals.”Italy has been the second hardest hit country with more than 31,000 cases of the virus.The 38-year-old Ibrahimović rejoined Milan in January from the Los Anegles Galaxy. He has also played for Italian clubs Inter Milan and Juventus. March 18, 2020 ___1:20 p.m.Premier League team Chelsea is making a hotel located on the grounds of its Stamford Bridge stadium available free of charge for London’s medical workers during the coronavirus outbreak.The club says Russian owner Roman Abramovich will cover the costs of providing the accommodation for staff of the National Health Service who “will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes.”Chelsea says the offer is initially for a two-month period and will be reconsidered depending on circumstances. Italy was one of the first countries to suspend its soccer leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak.Italian soccer federation president Gabriele Gravina says starting on May 3 should allow the league to finish by June 30 but if that’s not possible “there must be a change in format.”Gravina also says “a salary cut for soccer players can not be a taboo in this period of emergency.”___3:35 p.m.last_img read more

Carter causes further trouble for Guyana Jaguars

first_img(CMC) – JONATHAN Carter’s unbeaten half-century underlined a steady Barbados Pride response as Guyana Jaguars found themselves slipping further behind heading into the penultimate day of their second round contest today.Replying to Jaguars’ 209 all out, the hosts reached the close on yesterday’s second day on 239 for three with the left-handed Carter unbeaten on 61.Left-handed opener Shayne Moseley scored 46, captain Kraigg Brathwaite chipped in with 40 while in-form left-hander Kyle Mayers was eyeing another half-century on 36 not out.Guyana’s bowlers struggled, however, as the home side batted in partnerships, and were already 30 runs in arrears.Pride clicked from the start of the day at Kensington Oval when fast bowler Chemar Holder picked up the last two wickets to finish with two for 39, as Jaguars failed to add to their overnight 209.Left-handed Tagenarine Chanderpaul was left unbeaten on 66 which required a marathon 6-¾ hours off 280 balls.Moseley and Brathwaite then posted 69 for the first wicket to deny Guyana any success in the first session and take the hosts to lunch on 51 without loss.Brathwaite faced 80 balls and struck six fours in two hours before becoming the first casualty, caught at gully fending a short ball from fast bowler Niall Smith.Test batsman Shamarh Brooks put on a further 27 for the second wicket with Moseley but perished for just 10, caught low down at first slip driving at left-arm pacer Raymon Reifer.Moseley batted slowly, facing 158 balls in 3-¾ hours and hitting two fours before being forced to retire hurt, but not before he had added 37 with Carter.Unbeaten on 17 at tea with Pride on 132 for two, Carter carried his side in the final session, posting a further 41 for the third wicket Shane Dowrich (25) and 65 with Mayers in an unbroken fourth-wicket stand.Carter has faced 159 deliveries in just over three hours and counted eight fours while Mayers, who hit a hundred in the first round, has stroked five fours and a six in a breezy 59-ball knock.last_img read more

On court coaching carousel goes ’round

first_imgSometimes, recruiting can get ugly in collegiate athletics.Such was the case this past fall when highly touted prep star Eric Gordon decided to attend Indiana University after originally committing to Illinois.The move left some puzzled, while others accused Hoosiers head coach Kelvin Sampson of stealing Gordon from the Illini. And Sampson’s hands were tied to making an excuse as he had just left the University of Oklahoma amid recruiting violations.While Sampson says tempers haven’t flared between him and Illinois head coach Bruce Weber, Tuesday night was the first time the two have publicly met when the Hoosiers played the Illini.”There will be party hats and balloons and I think there will be a great welcome for me, don’t you?” Sampson snickered in the Big Ten Teleconference Monday.Weber, on the other hand, declined to comment on anything regarding Sampson, Gordon and the whole situation.No rules were broken when Gordon, a senior at North Central High School in Indianapolis, went against his verbal commitment and signed on with the Hoosiers; but looking back, Sampson said, he wishes he had handled things differently.”The first thing I would do is call the coach and let him know that contact has been made with us,” Sampson said. “No excuses. That’s something that I should’ve done, but I know that the [Gordon] family was making contact on both ends, but no excuses. I should’ve picked the phone up and called Bruce.”But now that the so-called fiasco is months behind them, Sampson is simply concerned about his team’s play on the court and believes Weber feels the same way.”Bruce is just like me — we’re more interested in coaching our teams at this point,” Sampson said.Teacher versus petWhile Weber now has his coaching match-up against Sampson out of the way, he will have another much-hyped game when the Illini travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to face Matt Painter’s Boilermakers.The two head coaches’ relationship goes way back, as it was Painter who spent five years under Weber as an assistant at Southern Illinois. Also, Weber helped Painter land his first head-coaching job with the Salukis.Both Gene Keady protégées, Saturday’s game is one Painter said he would just rather not play.”I’d prefer not to play the game, to be honest with you,” Painter said. “[Weber’s] been great to me. He gave me an opportunity as an assistant coach when I was 28 years old and gave me a lot of responsibility as an assistant coach.”Nevertheless, the game will go on, and Painter knows it will be a very important one for both squads hoping to kick-start their respective disappointing Big Ten starts.”As far as the match-up, both of us are struggling a little bit right now,” Painter said. “I think in the next couple games you’re going to see whether Purdue or Illinois is going north or south, and it’s very important that both of us get this win on Saturday.”The second comingPenn State sophomore forward Jamelle Cornley has quietly become the Nittany Lions’ sidekick to preseason Big Ten selection Geary Claxton this season, posting 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.The 2006 Big Ten Freshman of the Year has been playing so well that he has been drawing comparisons to his father.”I remember Jamelle Cornley’s dad (Hank) playing at Illinois State,” Minnesota interim head coach Jim Molinari said. “Basically, they play the same way. Hank was a tremendous competitor and so is Jamelle.”Hank Cornley recorded 1,350 career points for the Redbirds and was an NBA Draft selection by the New Jersey Nets.In just his second year in Happy Valley, Jamelle Cornley is shaping up to be just as good as his father was back in the day.”Jamelle’s played solid,” Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis said. “He’s a competitive guy, and we hope he can continue to do that for the rest of the Big Ten season.”last_img read more

MBB : SU’s Midnight Madness to take place Oct. 14

first_img Published on September 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 In a way, this year’s Midnight Madness celebration was inspired by Juli Boeheim. The wife of Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim works closely with Galaxy Communications to plan the annual celebration, and her knowledge of Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness event stuck with CEO Ed Levine.‘Juli’s always been talking to us about Kentucky,’ Levine said. ‘So my No. 1 goal was to do a bigger Midnight Madness than Kentucky. That I definitely want to do.’With that in mind, Levine and his staff have booked three acts that he hopes will form ‘the biggest Midnight Madness in the country as far as entertainment value.’The annual event to celebrate the beginning of the men’s and women’s basketball seasons is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 14, in the Carrier Dome. Rapper and actor Tone Loc headlines the bill along with the acrobatic act Russian Bar Trio and Deena from Jersey Shore.Tone Loc, whose real name is Anthony Smith, was most popular in the late 1980s and early ‘90s. The 45-year-old is scheduled to perform his hit songs ‘Wild Thing’ and ‘Funky Cold Medina’ while accompanied by the SU Dance Team. ‘Wild Thing’ ascended to No. 2 on the U.S. music charts in 1989 and ‘Funky Cold Medina’ peaked at No. 3.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTone Loc will be joined by Russian Bar Trio, an acrobatic act that appeared on the television show ‘America’s Got Talent.’ The group will perform its ‘death-defying feats’ at center court.Rounding out the night’s entertainment is Deena from the hit television show Jersey Shore. Deena, whose full name is Deena Cortese, will sign autographs and interact with the crowd.Levine said these three acts provide both an old-school element and something for the young people of today.‘We wanted something that would appeal to just about everybody,’ he said. ‘There would be something for everybody there, so even casual basketball fans would want to come to the event.’Midnight Madness is free to the public but requires a general admission ticket that limits seating to the lower level of the Carrier Dome. Tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, Oct. 5, with a limit of four per person at the Carrier Dome box office, Schine Student Center and various AmeriCU locations in the Syracuse area.Once the hype melts away, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will partake in drills and a scrimmage. There will also be a dunk contest.The crown jewel of Levin’s best-ever Midnight Madness is still in the works. He said he traveled to ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn., to make a pitch for SU’s event to be broadcast on ESPNU.Each year, ESPNU covers a handful of Midnight Madness events around the country. But prior to this season, Levine said Syracuse wasn’t eligible to be on television.‘This is the first year ever that we’ve done Midnight Madness on the actual first day you could do Midnight Madness,’ Levins said. ‘We never were able to talk to ESPN about coming up here because for years we were doing it a day late or a week late or 10 days late.’Though ESPN has not confirmed whether or not it will be in the Carrier Dome on Oct. 14, Levine said talks between the two sides have been positive. He said getting this event televised would be the ‘finishing touches’ on a great event.‘I’m keeping my fingers crossed,’ he said.The men’s basketball team enters the 2011-12 season led by head coach Jim Boeheim, who is in his 36th year at the helm. Most critics peg the Orange as a top-10 team for the upcoming season behind four returning starters — Scoop Jardine, Kris Joseph, Baye Moussa Keita and Brandon Triche.Syracuse posted a record of 27-8 last season with a disappointing loss to Marquette in the round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament. Expectations for this season are much higher with the veterans returning to the Orange and another strong recruiting class.On the women’s side, Syracuse will certainly be aiming for the NCAA tournament this season. SU narrowly missed the big dance a season ago and finished with a 25-10 record overall.Quentin Hillsman returns for his fifth season as the head coach of the Orange. He also has his two top scorers back from last season in junior center Kayla Alexander and senior forward Iasia Hemingway.mjcohe02@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more