0Shares0000Keagan Dolly (C) of South Africa challenges Libya’s Almoatasembellah Ali Mohamed during the sides’ 0-0 draw © AFP / ANESH DEBIKYJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Sep 8 – Libya forced a 0-0 draw with South Africa in Durban Saturday to remain surprise Group E leaders in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying competition.When the mini-leagues draw was made, former African champions Nigeria and South Africa were installed as favourites to fill the two places available for the finals in Cameroon. But with two of the six qualifying rounds completed, Libya lead with four points, South Africa and Nigeria have three each and the Seychelles are pointless.Algeria-born coach Adel Amrouche said he hoped the goalless stalemate at Moses Mabhida Stadium in the Indian Ocean port city would bring joy to the Libyan people.“Only football can bring the people together,” said the 50-year-old former coach of Equatorial Guinea, Burundi and Kenya.He was talking after deadly clashes in Tripoli last week between rival militias battling for control of the Libyan capital.Libyan national and club teams have had to host home matches outside the north African country because of safety issues since the 2011 death of dictator Muamar Kadhafi.“I am not coaching Libya for money — I want to help bring happiness to the people by taking the national team to the 2019 Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon,” said Amrouche.The match staged in wet conditions before a small crowd followed a predictable pattern with Libya putting virtually their entire team behind the ball whenever threatened.It led to an international that delivered little excitement and the match appeared destined to finish goalless long before the final whistle.“We battled to gain possession against physically strong opponents and then surrendered the ball too easily at times,” admitted England-born South Africa coach Stuart Baxter.Libya face Nigeria twice between October 8 and 16 while South Africa host and visit the Seychelles at the same time.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)
Red Bluff >> Nine Red Bluff Spartan swimmers swam in their last home meet Wednesday against Chico High School.Although the Spartans lost the meet, the following seniors received roses in honor of their dedication to the program: Nathan Fregoso, Jacob Patterson, Angel Hoffman, Ariel Lund, Ellie Fletcher, Julia Brandt, Emerson Marple, Lacy John and Jordan Johnson.Two of the seniors have left their names in the record books.Brandt, who has been ill with mononucleosis most of the season, swam in …
Kaylee Murphy and Makaila Napoleon each scored 18 points to lead the Eureka High girls basketball team to a 66-42 first-round North Coast Section Division-III playoff win over visiting Analy Tuesday night. “We used what we knew we had,” Eureka head coach Clifford Napoleon said. “We knew we had better athletes, and we knew if we pressed them we’d come up with some turnovers early.”The No. 3-seeded Loggers got off to a quick start, holding No. 14 Analy to just one field goal and three points …
There are some good spots in Cape Town for beginner windsurfers. This is not one of them. Bart de Zwart tests some high- wind equipment near Cape Point. Big waves give the opportunity to get some speed up coming in to the beach – and to get airborne going back out. (Images: Jennifer Stern)Jennifer SternWhen the wind is howling in Cape Town, most people batten down the hatches. But Stefan Gölnitz, Bart de Zwart, Gunther Baade, Jonas Holzhausen, Manuel Vogel and Frank Lewisch are not like most people. These guys come to the Cape because of the wind, not in spite of it.So the attendant at the gate of the Cape Point section of the Table Mountain National Park had to shake herself out of her inaction-induced reverie to sell them tickets. Not many people were braving the Cape of Storms with a howling southeaster blowing.But it was the perfect opportunity to test some wave-jumping boards and heavy weather sails, so the test team set off to play in the wind and waves.Gölnitz is a journalist for a Surf Magazin, the biggest windsurfing magazine in Germany and – strange as it seems – the best-selling windsurfing magazine in the world. Germany has well over 100 000 active windsurfers, which makes it probably the biggest windsurfing market in the world. This is partly because the newer craze of kite surfing, which has seduced so many windsurfers away, has not really caught on in Germany to the same extent it has in, say, South Africa.After a short session near the Cape of Good Hope, they moved off to Witsand – a popular spot for experienced boardsailors. And they went wild. There were a couple of intrepid kite surfers there when they arrived, but they were just getting out the water as the wind was picking up.Cool jobGölnitz has a pretty cool job. He has to do some nice travel articles, and he gets to play on the water more than most people who have regular jobs.But probably his favourite assignment is his six-week sojourn in Langebaan, where he and his colleagues test the latest, newest and hottest windsurfing equipment. They test light weather equipment in Italy, but they have to leave Europe to get really consistent high winds and big seas, so they come to Langebaan.This is the 12th consecutive year the Surf Magazin test team have used Langebaan as a location, and it has become an automatic choice. “In fact,” Gölnitz says, “if the water was warm, this would be maybe the best windsurfing destination in the world.”Langebaan, he says is the perfect base. The lagoon is calm and protected so they can test relatively light weather gear when the wind is not too strong. When it picks up – as it usually does in the afternoon – they can test racing gear, getting up to tear-blurring speeds across the turquoise lagoon.“And,” he adds, “Swartriet is a short drive away when we want to do wave jumping.“And Cape Town is close by, so we can go to Big Bay to surf or to Cape Point and Witsand. There are so many good sites in just an hour’s drive.”Gölnitz says it’s not only the quality of the wind and sea conditions – fabulous as they are. It’s also the general vibe of Cape Town. “We’ve done the tests in Egypt and the Caribbean before,” he says. ‘But it’s boring. There’s nothing to do when you’re not sailing. In Cape Town, if the weather is bad, we can go to a movie or to the Waterfront. Or even play golf.”A bit of translation may be needed here. Bad weather for Gölnitz means no wind, regardless of how sunny and warm it may be.They are based for the whole six weeks at the Cape Sports Centre. It’s conveniently right on the beach and it has the facilities to effect repairs if necessary. And it’s the centre of action for windsurfers, kite surfers, paddlers and cyclists with all manner of active happenings going on all the time, so it’s a vibe they can relate to.They need to test an enormous amount of equipment so it’s fortunate for them they have a sponsorship with a German airline, otherwise the cost of flying about 600kg of gear from Europe to the tip of Africa and back again would be prohibitive. And that’s not even the half of it. The rest is brought over by the manufacturers themselves.International windsurfingThe first week of their stay is a real who’s who of international windsurfing. The top equipment manufacturers in the world fly in to Cape Town with a selection of gear they’d like tested, and then they spend a few days in Langebaan networking, pushing their products and – of course – sailing.After that first week, the team gets down to the serious work of testing the gear. It sounds like a cushy job but it really is hard work.The other five members of the team are not journalists, but are mostly semi-professional or professional windsurfers – either teaching windsurfing or running shops. It’s mid-winter in Germany when any sensible person would be sitting in front of a log fire with a mug of glühwein, or – at most – skiing, so business is slow for the water sports industry.While their skill is an essential ingredient in their being part of the team, size also does count. The team consists of three pairs of sailors of similar weights – two light, two medium and two heavy.And they don’t just go out there and have fun. They will perform specific tasks with a range of different boards and sails, and they take copious notes. Then they spend hours in the evening comparing their opinions, and recording their scores.The result is the most authoritative review of windsurfing equipment in the world. Keen boardsailors from other countries have started to learn German just so they can read it.While it’s not a holiday, and they are here to work, six weeks is a long time so many of the team are joined by friends and family for a week or two, and they certainly enjoy spending time in Cape Town. They’ve got another couple of weeks, and then it’s back to a European winter – but that’s not too terrible a fate. There’s skiing and glühwein, and Christmas with real trees and homemade stollen.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesInto the big-wave DungeonsThe agony and the ecstacy The adventure starts here Useful linksSurf MagazinCape Sport
New Delhi: Mining baron Anil Agarwal-led Vedanta Ltd Friday posted an 11.8 per cent decline in consolidated profit at Rs 1,351 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, mainly on the back of decline in commodity prices. The company had posted a consolidated profit “attributable to owners of Vedanta Ltd” of Rs 1,533 crore in the year-ago period, Vedanta said in a BSE filing. Consolidated income dropped to Rs 21,754 crore in April-June 2019, from Rs 22,624 crore in the year-ago period. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalVedanta’s Chief Executive Officer Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan, at the post-earnings conference call, said the primary reason for the drop in profit was decline in commodity prices. In a statement, the company said its “Attributable PAT (was) at Rs 1,351 crore, down 12 per cent Y-o-Y. “We continue to strengthen our position as one of the largest diversified natural resource businesses in the world with our strategy focused on value-added growth. Our businesses stayed resilient in a quarter with low commodity prices and uncertain market environment and we continued to ramp up across the key verticals, zinc & oil & gas,” Venkatakrishnan said. “Silver is outperforming as we climb up the ranks among the top global silver producers. Aluminium business is steadily moving towards its target cost,” he said. The company’s gross debt stood at Rs 59,517 crore. The company said it has a strong financial position with total cash and liquid investments of Rs 30,774 crore.
TORONTO — Despite thousands of fans celebrating in the streets after the Toronto Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks to become the Eastern Conference champions last night, Toronto police confirmed that no arrests were made following the team’s historic win.Police spokeswoman Katrina Arrogante says it’s “impressive” that Torontonians stayed out of trouble after fans spilled out of Jurassic Park, the outdoor fan zone beside Scotiabank Arena, and into the streets of Toronto to party into the early hours of Sunday morning.On Saturday night the Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 100-94 to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time.Thousands of fans took to the streets chanting “We the North” and “Let’s go Raptors” while police cars, TTC buses and streetcars honked in celebration.Arrogante says even though she said she became aware of video footage that showed Raptors fans running through traffic and dancing on top of TTC streetcars, “nothing came of it” and police were able to ensure public safety.Arrogante says officers were called to various spots around the city to assist with crowd control and directing traffic, but no one was arrested.She says police will be out again Thursday night while the Raptors play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors in Game 1 and she hopes fans will continue to have fun safely.The Canadian Press
More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. The Los Angeles Clippers announced Tuesday that All-Star forward Blake Griffin has sprained his MCL and could be out for two months. On this week’s show (Nov. 30, 2017), Neil, Chris and Kyle break down how this could affect the once-promising team and whether there’s any hope for the rest of the Clippers’ season. On Monday, the Memphis Grizzlies fired head coach David Fizdale after the team lost eight straight games. The news took the league by surprise, with many players and coaches speaking out against the firing. We take a look at why Fizdale was fired now and which other coaches might be in trouble. Plus, a small-sample-size segment on the Portland Trail Blazers.Here are links to what we discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Over at The Ringer, Kevin O’Connor asked, “Where do the Grizzlies go from here?”Kyle took a look at the NBA’s best defenders. Embed Code By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner
Ohio State freshman forward Kaleb Wesson (34) looks to drive in the second half of the game against Penn State in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals on Mar. 2 in Madison Square Garden. Ohio State lost 68-69. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 5 Ohio State has faced No. 4 Gonzaga before and it did not end well for the Buckeyes. The Bulldogs handed first-year head coach Chris Holtmann his first loss at the helm of the Buckeyes in what is still the largest loss of the season, an 86-59 defeat.Both teams have come a long way since then. Ohio State lost two of its next three games, but then finished the season going 19-4 in the remaining 23 games. Gonzaga, on the other hand, lost its next game against Florida, but finished the regular season with a 27-4 record and claimed both the West Coast Conference regular-season and tournament championships.Projected Starters:GonzagaG — Josh Perkins — Junior, 6-foot-3, 190 lbs., 12.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.3 apgG — Silas Melson — Senior, 6-foot-4, 194 lbs., 9.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.3 apgF — Zach Norvell — Freshman, 6-foot-5, 205 lbs., 12.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.3 apgF — Killian Tillie — Sophomore, 6-foot-10, 210 lbs., 13.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.7 apgC — Johnathan Williams — Senior, 6-foot-9, 228 lbs., 13.7 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.6 apgOhio StateG — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 12.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.9 apgG — Kam Williams — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-2, 185 lbs., 8.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 0.7 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.8 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 19.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.7 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 10.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.1 apgScouting GonzagaGonzaga has everything that gives Ohio State trouble. It is a team with a significant size advantage that can score from 3 if it needs to and relies on strong post play with big, athletic guards who shoot well. For those reasons, Ohio State was unable to even come remotely close to the Bulldogs in its early season loss. Aside from center, where freshman Kaleb Wesson has a 42-pound advantage over senior Johnathan Williams, Gonzaga is bigger at every position in the starting lineups. The physicality and size advantage is part of the reason the matchup last time was not close.Typically this season, Ohio State has been able to outscore its opponents in the paint and win the battles on the glass. But against Gonzaga, Ohio State was outscored in the paint 36-22 and outrebounded 35-31. This is not an uncommon trend for Gonzaga this season. The Bulldogs have the fifth-highest 2-point scoring success rate of any team in the country at 58.7 percent and hold opponents to a miniscule 43.7 percent rate, sixth-lowest in the nation. They have also dominated opponents on both sides of the court in rebounding, owning the sixth-highest rebounding margin in the country at plus-8.6.Gonzaga is not just a big team, however. It also possesses quite a lot of speed and athleticism. Against Ohio State, it scored nine fast-break points to the Buckeyes’ zero and converted 17 points off turnovers. This type of offense is one that could give the Buckeyes plenty of issues the second time around. Ohio State has struggled against teams with a fast-pace offense and against any team with a size advantage. Likely no player will give Ohio State more issues again than junior guard Josh Perkins. Standing 6-foot-3, he is taller than either of the Buckeyes’ starting guards and gave the team a lot of issues in the first meeting. He dropped 20 points on the Buckeyes in the last game between the teams, making 6-of-9 3s and two free throws. Though he is not quite of the same caliber as Penn State sophomore guard Tony Carr, who has combined to score 83 points in his team’s three wins against Ohio State, Perkins’ ability to both score from 3 (40.4 percent 3-point success rate) and inside (49.6 percent 2-point success rate) combined with his size and athleticism will provide the Buckeyes with a significant challenge. Where’s Wesson?For the first time this season, Wesson played fewer than 10 minutes. The freshman center logged just seven minutes in his team’s 81-73 win against South Dakota State while the team deployed a smaller lineup that leaned heavily on Wesson’s older brother, sophomore forward Andre Wesson, and a trio of guards. Wesson made his first career start against Gonzaga and fouled out after recording 25 minutes. But in his second game against the Bulldogs, he will need to be ready to give the Buckeyes even more minutes. The drastic size disadvantage for Ohio State means the team will need its biggest player to provide production in the paint if it hopes to come away with the win.The Bottom LineOhio State and Gonzaga play very similar games. Both can score from beyond the arc when they need to and both tend to dominate in the paint. But Gonzaga plays the same game significantly better than Ohio State.This Ohio State team could be better than the one that lost 86-59 to Gonzaga on Nov. 23, but this is still one of the toughest possible second-round matchups the Buckeyes could have drawn. It would be a major surprise if the Buckeyes came away with the win.Prediction:Gonzaga wins 82-68
AS Monaco manager Thierry Henry has backed the club’s decision to appoint Bouabdellah Tahri as a member of the medical staffThe Monégasques have brought in the former distance runner in order to aid the players with mental preparation and their respective injury problems as they bid to turn around their disastrous start to the 2018/19 campaign.Currently, Monaco are 19th in Ligue 1 with just three wins from their opening 16 matches.Henry’s own arrival as the new head coach has done little to change their fortunes with Monaco winning just two games under the Arsenal legend.Now Henry hopes the appointment of a 2009 World Championship bronze medallist will have the desired impact.“I didn’t know him personally, but I think it is a good thing for the club,” said Henry, according to Fox Sports.“We know what he achieved in his professional career. It’s great for the club, he’s not the only one who just joined us in Monaco.“Every team needs it. We had one at Arsenal, one at Barcelona, they are everywhere. That’s it.”How Dagba become one of PSG’s regulars Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 21-year-old full-back Colin Dagba had a very difficult time to break into professional football, but now he’s one of PSG’s regular players.Monaco will take a trip to the Groupama Stadium on Sunday to face Lyon, who are fourth in Ligue 1 and qualified for the Champions League knockout stages on Wednesday by drawing 1-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk.And Henry is well aware of the challenge that awaits his Monaco side in what will be their first Ligue 1 game for two weeks after last weekend’s fixture against OGC Nice was postponed due to riots in Paris.“We have to play this game now,” added Henry.“Winning two games in a row is just anecdotal. You know that we couldn’t play our game against Nice and it may have been better for us to have another win.“That’s what I would have hoped for. We’ll play away once again. It’s going to be a tough game in Lyon.“It is never easy to play them away especially when they just went through in Champions League.”The Lyon-Monaco game will begin at 21:00 (CET) on Sunday.
West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini reveals Samir Nasri wants revenge after missing the last six months of action due to a drug ban.The Frenchman who recently signed a six-month deal with the Hammers after training with the club for a month, was banned for 18 months for doping offences, backdated for a year.Nasri impressed in his Hammers’ debut against Birmingham in the FA Cup, looking like a player that hasn’t lost his touch or finesse despite not having played competitive football for 13 months prior to it.Pellegrini has backed the former Arsenal playmaker to be the player that lit up the Premier League with the Gunners but in particular with City where the pair won the league title in 2014.Report: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…The manager said, according to Football. London:“I think they [West Ham fans] can expect a lot from him because he is a top player. The way he continues having some minutes, when he is used to playing 90 minutes again he will be a top player at this club.”“He wants revenge also and for me it is so important to give him the opportunity to work with us so I hope we will recover the same Samir Nasri that we saw three or four years ago with me at Manchester City.”“[Revenge?] About the ban of twelve months or more, to decline his career. From Arsenal, City bought him. From there his career declined without doubt.”