Lone Star coach James Salinsah Debbah has named a 27-man squad for the Group A Day 6 crucial fixture away to Tunisia on Sunday, 4 September 2016 in Monastir.Liberia share top spot with Tunisia on 10 points each, with the West Africans having the edge on the back of a lone goal win in the reverse meeting between the two sides last September in Monrovia.The Monastir clash is one of the top-liners on the final day of the qualifiers as victory for either side will hand them the group’s automatic ticket to Gabon. The Lone Star almost blew the chances of qualification after giving up a two-goal lead to settle for a 2-2 draw with Togo in the penultimate fixture last June at home which saw ‘Les Eperviers’ move to eight points and remain in contention.As part of preparations for the decisive trip to Tunisia, the Lone Stars played a friendly with Morocco’s Team ‘A’ on 31 August 2016 in Casablanca to gauge their readiness before traveling to Monastir.Debbah, a journey man during his playing days, has called up the likes of William Jebor of Wydad Athletic Club (Morocco), Sam Johnson of Djurgarden (Sweden), Anthony Laffor of South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns amongst others in his quest for a positive result to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations for the third time in their history after 1996 and 2002.Meanwhile, Togo will face Djibouti in the other Group A at the same time in Lome.Full SquadGoalkeepers: Tommy Sango (LISCR), Garley James (Invincible Eleven)Defenders: Solomon Grimes(Nea Salamina, Cyprus), Trokon Zeon (LISCR), Gizzi Dorbor (Hapoel Afula, Israel), Teah Dennis(Al Ahli, Jordan), Dirkir Glay (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Omega Roberts (FK Donji Srem Pećinci, Serbia), Trokon Zeon, Gizzie Dorbor (Hapoel Afula, Israel), Dominic Tarpeh Doe (Unattached), Hilton Varney (BYC), Joel Johnson (Charlotte Independence, USA)Midfielders: Anthony Snorti Laffor (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Theo Weeks Lewis (Gabala, Azerbaijan), Murphy Oscar Dorley (FK Trakai, Lithuania), Saah Nyumah, Van Dave Harmon (BYC), Dioh Williams ( Gefle, Sweden)Forwards: William Jebor (Wydad Athletic Club, Morocco), Francis Grandpa Doe (NS Matrix, Malaysia), Sam Johnson (Djurgarden, Sweden), Sekou Konneh (Foruna Sittard, Netherlands), Mark Paye (BYC), Emile Daney, Dauda Bortu (Baerum SK, Norway) and Edward Junior Wilson (Perlis, Mayasia)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Action against Poverty is this year’s theme for Nelson Mandela International Day and South Africans are being encouraged to work together to uproot poverty.Sandiso Sibisi, one of the Play Your Part ambassadors, attended the event. (Image: Melissa Javan)Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. It was launched on his birthday, 18 July, in 2009 via a unanimous decision by the UN General Assembly. Mandela Day calls on us all, every day, to make the world a better place.Brand South Africa partnered with the Nelson Mandela Foundation on 10 May 2017 at Constitution Hill to launch a new theme for Mandela Day – ‘Action Against Poverty’. The launch took place in the form of an exhibition showcasing “Footsteps of Madiba” and members of the public were encouraged to take action and inspire change in their chosen action against poverty.The programme included messages of support by Unathi Msengana, Randall Abrahams, Isidingo Cast Members and Generations Cast members and it was covered by Morning Live on SABC 2, Expresso on SABC 3, Sunrise on ETV Sunrise, Cliff Central and Kaya FM.
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ESPN’s pre-season Football Power Index (FPI), defined as “a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season” has debuted. The rankings are compiled based off the results of 10,000 simulations. One of the categories you can rank teams in order of is remaining strength of schedule. Since the 2015 season hasn’t begun, the FPI strength of schedule rankings represent which teams have the toughest slates this year. Alabama tops the FPI strength of schedule rankings, and the top 20 is not surprisingly SEC-heavy. Twelve of the 20 programs are members of the SEC. ESPN SOS RankingThe full FPI rankings are available here.
JS Ineos Invention, the final of eight Dragon Class vessels ordered from China’s shipyards by Danish shipping company Evergas, has been delivered to its charterer INEOS.Back in 2013, Evergas ordered four identical vessels from the Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering shipyard in Qidong, China. The order was further expanded to eight vessels.Six ships from the batch were built at Sinopacific, while the remaining two, namely, JS Ineos Invention and its sister vessel JS Ineos Intuition, were constructed at Jiangsu New Yangzijiang shipyard in China.The carriers are purpose built for the transportation of ethane, although they can carry a wide range of petrochemical gasses and LPG.Each of the eight ships is 180 meters long and 27 meters wide, with a draft of approximately 9 meters.“With the delivery of … JS Ineos Invention to INEOS earlier this week, the first milestone of the project has been completed and all vessels are now in full operation and transporting Ethane from the US to Europe,” Evergas said.
Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement “The Man in the High Castle,” has been renewed for a third season run and Jason O’Mara is set to join the cast of Amazon’s centerpiece drama series. O’Mara will play a lead character in the book adaptation, Wyatt Price, an immigrant to the United States at the time of the Nazi invasion.. The “Vegas” actor will apply his native Irish accent in the upcoming Season 3 of “The Man in the High Castle,” opposite the returning cast of the show, according to Deadline. Most of the series regulars are confirmed to be reprising their role in Amazon’s flagship series, including Alexa Davalos as Juliana Crane, Rupert Evans as Frank Frink, and Rufus Sewell as John Smith.As an alternate history series loosely based on the written work of Philip K. Dick, the Amazon original series will continue to delve into life in the United States in the 1960’s, if it were taken over by the Axis powers.O’Mara, fresh from his recently ended role in ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” will be in the Amazon series as Wyatt Price, an Irish immigrant who traveled to New York shortly before Nazi forces took over the country. As summarized by Den of Geek, Price will get by under the Nazi regime as a black market runner and a hustler, doing whatever he can to survive the oppressive new government in the Neutral Zone. Price, despite his cynical line of work, still remains a steadfast believer in the country that America can be once it is free from the clutches of the Axis countries.Amazon has not yet revealed a timeline for the release of the third season of “The Man In the High Castle,” but fans can reasonably expect the show to air in late 2017 in the same way that the previous two seasons of the show started late in the year.The series will be taken over by “Bosch” executive producer Eric Overmyer, who will take over the production seat left vacant by Frank Spotnitz’s unexpected exit.By Edward Leano Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
How can the 2007 Patriots be the best NFL team ever when they didn’t even win the Super Bowl? Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Sept. 22, 2015), Nate Silver joins for a special one-on-one discussion with Chadwick Matlin (Neil Paine and Kate Fagan are out of town). Nate and Chad talk about a Boston University report that raised an alarm about long-term brain injury in NFL players and what it says about sample size. Then, Nate offers a defense of Elo, the power rating we use at FiveThirtyEight to rank teams and athletes in nearly every sport. What is Elo? How does it work? Are the 2007 New England Patriots really the best NFL team of all time despite not winning the Super Bowl?And to close out the show, a Significant Digit on a new accomplishment by U.S. soccer midfielder Carli Lloyd.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Below is a video excerpt and links to some of what we discussed on the show:Concussion watch: ESPN’s list of injuries in the NFL.The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University announced that 87 out of 91 former NFL players who donated their brains for testing after their deaths tested positive for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).The 2007 Patriots have the highest Elo rating of any team in the history of the NFL.Significant Digit: 5 x 5. Carli Lloyd’s hat trick in Sunday’s U.S. women’s national team win over Haiti makes her the fifth American with five international hat tricks. Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong.
They may be nothing quite like sweeping a mid-season tournament to keep momentum rolling for the Ohio State women’s volleyball team.OSU (5-1) took the Maryland Invitational tournament by storm, defeating both Binghamton and Seton Hall, 3-0, before clinching a tournament sweep in come-from-behind fashion by defeating Maryland, 3-2, on Saturday. While the Buckeyes swept their first two matches over the weekend, they struggled early in its third match against Maryland. The Terrapins took the first two sets, but the Buckeyes fought back and eventually won.“After the (first) game, everyone was just kind of frustrated, but we wanted to stay optimistic and be fired up,” senior outside hitter Emily Danks said. “We realized that we are in this for the long haul and that this game wasn’t over. We weren’t going to go down without a fight.”OSU coach Geoff Carlston said he understood that trailing on the road isn’t an easy obstacle to overcome. So, when his team refocused its energy in the last three sets, he said he was very proud of the way it handled adversity.“It takes a lot of energy and a lot of concentration to come back down 0-2 on the road,” Carlston said. “It’s not easy to do. I’m very, very happy for our team that we were able to come back.”Danks, senior outside hitter Mari Hole and junior defensive specialist Davionna DiSalvatore were named to the all-tournament team, with Danks being named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.“Emily was a stud tonight, an absolute stud,” Carlston said. “Mari also played very well for us tonight. They are our senior leaders. They are the ones who we look to, who the team looks to and they’re vital. If they don’t play or keep their head up, there is no way we come back and win tonight.”Danks and Hole said they were honored by their awards, but gave most of the credit to their teammates.“Oh yeah, it was a huge honor, there were a lot of talented players at this tournament,” Danks said. “I’m so proud of this team, I can’t even tell you. I look around at every player and I wouldn’t pick anyone else to be on my team in terms of talent, leadership and work ethic.”Hole agreed.“It’s always an honor to be recognized,” Hole said. “This is a confidence booster to our team because three of us got recognized, and without our teammates, we wouldn’t have gotten this honor.”Danks had 24 kills to lead all attackers against Maryland, which is a career-best, and contributed three blocks and eight digs. Hole had 13 kills and 13 digs, as she recorded her first double-double of the season.Next weekend, the Buckeyes will compete in the Western Kentucky Tournament, where they will face in-state rival and No. 10 Dayton, along with games against IUPUI and host Western Kentucky.Hole said the team’s 5-1 start gives it confidence for its upcoming tournament and the rest of the season.“We all know that Coach scheduled a tough season because we are such a strong team,” Hole said. “So coming up with such a great start and getting this fifth win is such a confidence booster.”Danks also credited the team’s success because of the Buckeyes’ bench, which consists of sophomore middle blocker Anna Faul and freshman outside hitter Katie Mitchell.“We had great help off the bench, and they set the world on fire when they came into the game,” Danks said. “It just kind of shows how good our team is with so much depth at every position.”
The University of Maryland is the 13th team in the history of the Big Ten Conference. Maryland’s Board of Regents voted “overwhelmingly” to approve the university’s application to the Big Ten, and current conference university presidents assembled for a Monday conference to unanimously approve the school’s admittance. Maryland’s move to the Big Ten will take effect July 1, 2014. Maryland athletics, which bears the nickname “Terrapins,” a kind of turtle, will abandon the Atlantic Coast Conference after nearly six decades of membership. Maryland is expected to negotiate down the ACC’s $50 million exit fee to help facilitate the conference switch. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith welcomed Maryland and its fans to the conference during a Monday press conference at the Fawcett Center. Elsewhere on campus, OSU students are split when it comes to the Big Ten’s latest addition. Maryland President Wallace D. Loh said talks about the school’s move to the Big Ten began to heat up about two weeks ago. The Big Ten move, Loh said, will help stabilize its athletics department’s finances. “This is, today, a watershed moment for Maryland,” Loh said during a Monday press conference at the university’s student union in College Park, Md. “Membership in the Big Ten is in the strategic interest in the University of Maryland. As members … we will be able to ensure the financial stability of (Maryland athletics) for decades to come.” As Loh spoke, he was joined on an elevated platform by coaches from 15 of the university’s 20 athletics teams, as well as athletic director Kevin Anderson, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and university Chancellor William E. “Brit” Kirwan, a former OSU president. Smith extended a welcome to the entire University of Maryland community. “We look forward to having you as a member of our family and embracing your rich tradition and everything that you mean to higher education and intercollegiate athletics,” Smith said. “It’s a great move for our conference. When you think about where the landscape is today (and) what is happening in intercollegiate athletics, there is going to be, and, I think, as we move toward the future and years out, there will continue to be some change. Maryland is a great addition to our conference, so we’re looking forward to getting down to the details of trying to deal with the scheduling issues.” Rutgers could be added as the Big Ten’s 14th team Tuesday, according to multiple reports. Smith did not comment on that possibility, however, saying instead, “today is about Maryland.” Delany also declined to comment on the possibility of a Rutgers addition during the press conference in College Park. The president of Maryland since Nov. 1, 2010, Loh spoke of having to face student-athletes after a commission decided to cut teams from the university’s athletic department. Maryland cut seven of its sports programs were cut earlier this year due to a multimillion-dollar deficit, according to a Washington Post report. Men’s tennis, men’s and women’s swimming, competitive cheer, women’s water polo, men’s cross country and men’s indoor track and field were the casualties of Maryland’s financial troubles. Loh said he hopes no Maryland president will ever have to cut a Terrapins team again, a sentiment echoed by Anderson. “For me, the most important thing today is that no future Maryland athletic director will ever have to look in young men and young women’s eyes and say that you can’t compete anymore,” Anderson said, “that you can’t wear the colors for this school.” Anderson confirmed that the school would reinstate the commission to determine which of the seven previously-cut sports can be brought back. The positive effect of Big Ten inclusion on the College Park community came to light quickly, but OSU students said they were skeptical of the Maryland addition. Travis Opritza, a first-year in civil engineering, said he has little faith that the Terps will be able to play with the Big Ten’s football elite. “I don’t really think they’re on par with a lot of the Big Ten schools, particularly like Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin,” Opritza said. “There’s a lot of tradition with football in the Big Ten and I don’t know if Maryland will be able to keep pace with that more than anything else.” Nicole Baitt, a third-year in human nutrition, said the continued addition of teams dilutes the Big Ten and sacrifices tradition. “The Big Ten should only be 10 teams. The conference is about tradition. Penn State, Michigan State, Michigan – those are all teams we play every single year so when you start diluting it, there’s more teams to play in the season (and) we’re no longer going to be playing those teams every year and it ruins the tradition of the Big Ten and the competition and rivalries.” The super-conference theory Stated simply, Smith thinks the idea of intercollegiate athletics morphing from a fragmented system of many smaller conferences to a system of significantly fewer larger conferences is possible. A mega- or super-conference featuring upwards of 16 athletic programs could be in play down the line, Smith said. “I can’t project other conferences’ thinking, but as I think through the geography of what’s going up and trying to set yourself up for legitimate opportunities to win championships, and you look at the revenue opportunities, I think you’ll see more expansion down the road by other conference(s) and getting to larger conferences.” A neighbor for Penn State Penn State University received consideration in the Big Ten’s discussion about adding Maryland. PSU was the Big Ten’s first-ever expansion project when it became the 11th member of the conference in 1993. As the new member of an already established conference and the eastern-most school on the Big Ten map, PSU teams lacked rivals. Smith said that by adding Maryland to the fold, PSU will finally have a geographic rival. “We have a member in Penn State University that, in some of our views, needed to have, geographically, some colleagues, and I think Maryland offers that,” Smith said. “They offer a neighbor.” Stagnation elimination Standing pat wasn’t an option for the Big Ten, Smith said. The conference needed to continue expanding and Smith used the Big 12 as the case study to prove his point. Smith said that expansion would continue, both for the Big Ten and elsewhere, and stabilization in the current market place would not have been achieved by holding at 12 members. “I don’t think we could have sat still for that goal, reaching stability,” he said. “We added Nebraska (in 2011) – that was one team. That didn’t cause (other conferences) to add just one team. They added multiple teams. “(Conference) consortiums are going to look at what’s in their own best interest relative to positioning themselves to be the best that they can be, regardless of the Big Ten or regardless of the Big 12, who is sitting at 10 (members).And my thought (the Big 12) probably won’t last a whole lot of years at 10.” Todd Avery contributed to this article.
Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier (2) and redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby (1) make a tackle during the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 7 in Indianapolis. OSU lost to Michigan State, 34-24. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS – The Ohio State defense allowed six touchdowns and 603 total yards to the Michigan offense in the two teams’ regular-season finale Nov. 30, but that didn’t cost OSU its chance at a second consecutive undefeated season.One week later, the 34 points it gave up to the Michigan State offense in the Big Ten Championship Game did.That defense allowed 438 total yards, four touchdowns and two field goals Saturday as OSU (12-1, 8-1) fell to the Spartans (12-1, 9-0), 34-24.Although the Buckeyes were able to score 24 consecutive points and put up 374 total yards against a Spartans defense that came into the game allowing just 11.8 points and 237.7 total yards per game, the plays allowed by its own defense proved to be too much.OSU gave up five plays of 20 or more yards to the Spartans on Saturday. Three of those — a 72-yard pass from Michigan State redshirt-sophomore quarterback Connor Cook to redshirt-junior wide receiver Keith Mumphery, a 33-yard pass from Cook to redshirt-junior wide receiver Tony Lippett and a 26-yard run by redshirt-junior running back Jeremy Langford — were touchdowns. A 48-yard pass completion from Cook to sophomore wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. set up the Spartans’ other touchdown, while a 34-yard run by Langford set up one of the Spartans’ field goals.“It is what it is,” defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said of his unit’s struggles. “Guys got to make plays. We got to put them in situations where they can make plays. There’s no finger-pointing.”For the second straight week, the OSU defense allowed its opponent’s quarterback to have a career-best performance. After giving up 451 passing yards and four touchdowns to Michigan redshirt-junior quarterback Devin Gardner Nov. 30, the Buckeyes allowed Cook to throw for 304 yards.“Disappointed with our pass defense,” coach Urban Meyer said after Saturday’s loss. “We have to get this fixed. We’re going to get back to work.”Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said the defense’s struggles to defend the pass against Michigan State were a result of miscommunication.“We just got to do better,” Shazier said. “Everybody did their best out there, and we just got to rally up and just get ready for the next week, just keep practicing.”That struggling pass defense’s cause was not helped when redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby went down with a knee injury in the third quarter. He would eventually return to the game, but Meyer said it hurt the OSU defense not to have him on the field for a stretch.“Take a great player off the field, that’s an issue,” Meyer said of Roby, adding that sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves “didn’t screw it up” and played fine when he entered the game in Roby’s place.Although the Michigan State offense ranks just 83rd nationally with 384.6 total yards per game and 60th nationally with 29.8 points per game, Fickell said the quality of that unit was another factor in OSU’s defensive struggles.“You got to give (Michigan State) credit,” Fickell said. “They did a good job. (Cook) threw the ball in the right spots and guys got to cover, guys got to rush, guys got to get there when they pressure.”Still, as OSU prepares to finish its season in what will likely be a BCS bowl game, its defense has to bounce back. After giving up 34 or more points just twice in its first 11 games, OSU has allowed that many points in each of its last two games.Fickell said the defense has to “get better as a group.”“Football’s the greatest team sport known to man because it takes 11 guys,” Fickell said. “You have 10 (defensive players playing well) out there and they’re going to find that one guy. That’s what we got to make sure we do a better job (of) is all stick together through those adverse situations.”