Russell responds to TJ requests

first_imgRussell Tennis Academy (RTA) director, Richard Russell, has responded to an email request from Tennis Jamaica (TJ), outlining steps that he will take to ensure that the selection of Jamaica’s Davis Cup team to the national trials are fair and transparent.Nine players were invited to the squad earlier this year by the RTA, which signed a contract in January with the then Aswad Morgan-led TJ administration. Russell, a former Davis Cup player, told The Gleaner that he offered his services free of cost after he learned that a lack of funding had prompted the local governing body to withdraw from the 2019 Davis Cup.The final team, chosen from invitees Randy Phillips, Jacob Bicknell, Dimitri Bird, John Chin, Damion Johnson, McCoy Malcolm, Roger Lyn, Nicholas Gore, and Cliff Dwyer, was to be selected by a six-member selection committee comprising Ryan Russell, Richard Russell, Leroy Brown, Joey Chin, Nicola Bicknell, and Cecil Bird.Johnson, however, pointed out that the selection committee included the parents of three of those players.In response to the concerns that were raised, TJ president John Azar on Sunday wrote an email requesting that Russell ensure that any monetary commitment made to the association would be maintained regardless of who was named in the final team, that more players be invited to trials to ensure fairness, and that three members of the five-­member committee be from TJ, with no member being either a parent or immediate family ­member of any player in the squad.Russell told The Gleaner ­yesterday that he had replied to the email yesterday stating that as long as there is no variation in the RTA’s two-year contract, funding would be assured and that an invitation to trials would be extended to as many players as possible.Russell pointed out that all Davis Cup players would be selected solely on the basis of winning at the trials.“I confirmed that there was one parent on our committee, and that’s Nicola Bicknell. The ­parents have nothing to do with the ­selection of the team because squad members are ­chosen based upon ­performance at ­trials,” Russell said.last_img read more

Rugby. Tackled

first_imgWith four semi-final slots on offer and a new champion certain, make sure our experts and ex-pros keep you in the know.Our team includes World Cup winners and award-winning writers. There’s tough tackling ex-Leicester Tigers and England player Ben Kay; former Wasps and England captain Lawrence Dallaglio; alongside former Bath and England fly-half Stuart Barnes. Completing our line-up is Owen Slot, the three times rugby writer of the year; Stephen Jones, who has covered every World Cup since the inaugural one in 1987 and deputy rugby correspondent Alex Lowe. Together, they make sure they tackle every talking point.CTA button: Subscribe nowlast_img read more

WVU WR Mario Alford very familiar with SEC football

first_imgMark Richt has a hunch Georgia took a look at West Virginia senior receiver Mario Alford when he was at Georgia Military College.He’ just can’t remember.“I do not recall getting involved with him,” Richt said Wednesday. “I just don’t remember the name, but I’m bad with that. I tend to forget. There are just so many names that cross your desk. I’m sure he’s a special player, though.”According to Alford, Richt’s teammates know how special he is.“I talked to Georgia players and they see what I do on film and see some of the games,” said Alford, who caught 27 passes for 552 yards and two touchdowns in his first year at WVU last season. “They tell me how much they wish they could have gotten me.”[youtube Greenville, Ga., native, Alford is looking forward to returning to his home state to play against No. 2-ranked Alabama at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta – but first things first.Got to get tickets for family and friends.“I’m trying to get too many in the game,” said a laughing Alford, who grew up a hour away from Atlanta. He’s never played in the Georgia Dome. “Family, friends, high school coach, everyone that supported me back home. I’m trying to get 15, but I know half my family is tailgating outside. I’m going to try to get at least 12 to 14 tickets.”Alford lived even closer to the Georgia/Alabama border and had a fondness for the Crimson Tide.‘I always thought Alabama was a great school,” he said. “They were always on top of everyone else. Growing up, I watched games and they had that name. Alabama, you know. They won championships and all that.Alford said Georgia, Kentucky and Ole Miss recruited him coming out of Greenville High. A Class 1A state champion in the 100-meter dash, Alford said the three SEC schools offered him a scholarship, but indicated they were concerned about his ACT score.Still eyeing Georgia, Alford said he was going to go to there out of juco, but things didn’t work out.“They didn’t want to wait until December to pick me up,” Alford said. “That’s how that happened.”Alford is one of four WVU players from Georgia, but the Mountaineers have many more players from states with at least one SEC school. Twenty-four are from Florida, nine from Texas, two from South Carolina and one from Mississippi and Tennessee.So they have an idea of what to expect Saturday.“We know it’s going to be real crazy,” Alford said. “We’re going to have the adrenaline pumping and all that.”last_img read more

Arsenal and Leicester keen on striker, €30m could be enough, 19…

first_imgNikola Kalinic’s future at Fiorentina may have some interesting developments before the next summer, with Arsenal and Leicester City now linked with the player. Frequently linked to several European clubs, the striker keeps impressing with a record of 19 goals scored this season so far.Italian newspaper Tuttosport has an article today saying the player’s agent will be sitting with Fiorentina in the next week, and the intentions from both sides will be discussed.Kalinic has a €50m release clause, and in case of signing a new contract, Fiorentina will not change this figure for less. However, it’s believed that an offer of at least €30m should be enough to convince La Viola to sell the 29-year-old.When speaking of the interested sides, Tuttosport mention Schalke 04, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal and Leicester City.It’s worth recalling that the player has previously been linked to Chelsea, Everton, West Ham and several other Premier League sides earlier this season.Arsenal interest would be surprising, with Arsene Wenger expected to go for more high profile targets, and Craig Shakespeare already has a variety of options at Leicester Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a City, Trade With Your Neighbors, Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoDating.comTop Successful Single Men in Tung ChungDating.comUndo美術寶1對1香港媽媽們注意了,速來領取適合4-12歲孩子的繪畫課,手慢無美術寶1對1Undo熱門話題生髮率無敵高!96%的禿頭都獲得改善!←這會不會長太多?熱門話題UndoSmart Tech TrendOver 50? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndolast_img read more

Missouri looks for more offense against Kentucky

first_imgCOLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Maty Mauk insists he’s never doubted himself. The Missouri quarterback promises to get the offense back on track for the final month of the regular season.”We’re moving in the right direction,” Mauk said. “There’s nothing to do except get better, and our guys are ready to do that. All it is, is repetition.”Speaking of confidence, Kentucky just showed its commitment to second-year coach Mark Stoops. The Wildcats (5-3, 2-3 SEC) have more wins this year than the past two seasons combined and were competitive in a two-touchdown loss to top-ranked Mississippi State week.Stoops is signed through 2019 for a total of $21.75 million.”Mark is guiding our program in the direction we all want it to go and we are proud to reward that,” athletic director Mitch Barnhart said in a statement.Mauk threw for just 141 yards last week in a victory over Vanderbilt and completed just 11 of 23 passes, but threw for two touchdowns with no interceptions. Another positive sign was a season-best 58 yards rushing.”I think Maty has always made plays with his feet,” coach Gary Pinkel said. “Big plays ignite players and offenses and defenses.”The offense totaled one touchdown the previous two weeks, but Pinkel denounced chatter that Mauk had been discouraged as “blown way out of proportion.”Simplifying the game plan helps, too.”You’re obviously trying not to put him in situations where it’s like he sitting there going, ‘Oh, my gosh. What is this?’” offensive coordinator Josh Henson said. “I know his stats don’t blow you away, but we also had two drops and one of those was another third-down conversion.”Mauk threw for a career-best five touchdowns last year against Kentucky, four to since-transferred Dorial Green-Beckham.The Tigers (6-2, 3-1) had twice as many runs as passes last week and are likely to again emphasize the ground game again Saturday against the Wildcats. But Mauk said he won’t be afraid to air it out against a vulnerable defense that’s allowed 40-plus points the last two games.”I’m going to be ready to take a shot, because now they’re going to be worried,” Mauk said. “’Is he going to run? What is he going to do?’”Things to watch for in Kentucky-Missouri:LOOKING UPThough the Wildcats have lost two straight, the 5-3 start remains the school’s best since 2008. The Wildcats had two victories last season and in 2012.With a month to go, the Wildcats’ 253 points already tops any of the three previous season totals and the 31.6-point average is nearly two TDs more than 2012. Another statistical positive: They have 13 interceptions, 10 more than all last year, including three apiece by Marcus McWilson and A.J. Stamps.Missouri won 48-17 last year, yet came away impressed.”I remember saying after that game, ‘Well, this team’s a lot better than I think they think they are,’” offensive lineman Mitch Morse said.WHISTLE STOPMissouri had 100 yards in penalties on 14 calls last week. That’s not normal for a program that stresses discipline.STRONG FINISHERSMissouri was 4-0 last November, far outpacing expectations on a run to the SEC East title. The schedule is favorable this year, with remaining opponents a combined 4-14 in conference play.”Once you start getting that winning streak going, you just have to use that mojo that the team has going,” wide receiver Bud Sasser said.PLAYER TO WATCHKentucky’s Alvin “Bud” Dupree has 20 career sacks, most among active SEC players. He has four sacks this season and is six shy of the school career record by Oliver Barnett from 1986-89. Dupree has four sacks this season.last_img read more

Alabama notebook: Lineman Womack commits to Tide

first_imgTUSCALOOSA – Matt Womack, an offensive lineman from Mississippi, flipped from LSU and committed to Alabama over the weekend.Womack, a three-star athlete, announced his decision on his Twitter page.“After many weeks of thinking, I’ve decided to change my commitment from LSU to The University of Alabama,” Womack wrote. “There’s no place like it! Roll tide.”Womack signed a financial aid agreement with the Tigers, but that didn’t bind him to LSU. He still took trips to Alabama. The offensive tackle also considered Ole Miss.He’s a 6-foot-7, 320-pounder from Magnolia Heights High in Senatobia. Womack is ranked the No. 15 prospect out of Mississippi, according to 247 Sports.Alabama has 23 commitments for the 2015 recruiting class. Womack is the fifth offensive lineman but first considered a tackle. ■ Ohio State news: Alabama faces Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, and the Buckeyes will be without their offensive coordinator Tom Herman, who won the Broyles Award for being the top assistant of the year.Herman accepted the head coaching job at Houston, according to Fox Sports.Whoever replaces him must prepare a third-string quarterback to face the Crimson Tide’s defense, ranked 11th nationally in total defense and fourth in scoring. ■ Robinson honored: Offensive tackle Cam Robinson was named to the ESPN True Freshman All-American team. Robinson started every game in the position that protected the quarterback’s blind side and overcame ankle injuries.last_img read more

Anushka-Virat Kohi Anushka Sharma Instagram Chat

first_imgMany people asked about Virat Kohli in Instagram chats. Under what circumstances do you seek Kohli’s help? That was another question Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are a very popular couple. The couple got married in 2017. Kohli has often said that his relationship with Anushka helped him whenever he had a mental crisis in his cricket career. During Kovid’s time, several pictures of the two together had garnered attention on social media.Looking at the personal lives of the stars is a trend among people. Anushka’s answer to such a question has now received much attention. The question is, ‘Have you had children for three years after marriage?’ But Anushka answered this question in a very interesting way.Anushka was asked this question during a question and answer session on Instagram. ‘Aren’t the people around you asking if you had any children?’ Anushka’s reply was ‘No, no one.’ Anushka also said that such questions are only on social media. The answer was indirectly intended for the questioner.Read Also: Controversial advertisement: Petition seeking arrest of KohliMany people asked about Virat Kohli in Instagram chats. Under what circumstances do you seek Kohli’s help? That was another question. Anushka said she was seeking Virat’s help to open the bottle’s lid and lift the heavy chairs. Anushka said that it is enough to lose in any game to annoy Virat and that Virat hates losing so much. Get all the Latest Malayalam News and Kerala News at Indian Express Malayalam. You can also catch all the Latest News in Malayalam by following us on Twitter and Facebook Web Title:Virat kohi anushka sharma instagram chatlast_img read more

DeSean Jackson tenders apology for anti-Semitic remarks, “It is a promise to do better”

first_img COMMENT LIVE TV Last Updated: 8th July, 2020 16:45 IST DeSean Jackson Tenders Apology For Anti-Semitic Remarks, “It Is A Promise To Do Better” The DeSean Jackson apology was issued twice after the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver stirred controversy after his anti-Semitic posts on social media. SUBSCRIBE TO US— Desean Jackson (@DeSeanJackson10) July 7, 2020 First Published: 8th July, 2020 16:45 IST Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson issued an apology for his insensitive remarks about the Jewish community and “promised to be better.” The wide receiver got embroiled in a controversy after he posted an anti-Semitic message on social media. DeSean Jackson posted a quote that he attributed to Adolf Hitler while in another post, Jackson expressed his admiration for Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam. Also Read | Eagles Acquire Wide Receiver Marquise Goodwin From 49ersDeSean Jackson Jewish comments, what is Anti Semitism?Anti-Semitism is the hostile behaviour towards Jews and the belief that the Jewish community is inferior to other communities. Such notions may also include prejudiced views about Jews. On Saturday, DeSean Jackson posted a quote to his Instagram handle, attributed to Hitler that read white Jews “will blackmail America. (They) will extort America, their plan for world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were.” He then shared a couple of posts on Instagram expressing his admiration for Louis Farrakhan, who has also been identified as an anti-Semitic by the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center. While the posts have been now deleted, the NFL player grabbed the attention of the league, the Eagles and the fans for his controversial remarks. The NFL released a statement on Tuesday calling DeSean Jackson’s posts “highly inappropriate, offensive and divisive.” The league also said Jackson’s views don’t fit well with NFL’s values of “respect, equality and inclusion.” The controversy comes at a time when the NFL is trying to rectify its past mistakes with dealing with racism within the league.Also Read | Reigning World Series Champions Nationals Resume Training Despite Positive Coronavirus CasesPhiladelphia Eagles released a statement this week where the team stated they have spoken to the player about his offensive posts and will be taking appropriate action soon. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie as well GM Howie Roseman are Jewish. According to ESPN, DeSean Jackson has apologised to the team and is willing to educate himself and also work with the Jewish community. The report also states that Jackson’s representatives have contacted Chabad Young Philly in order to discuss ways for the wide receiver to work with the organisation. Also Read | Upcoming MLB Free Agents Have Fewer Games To ImpressDeSean Jackson apologyThe first DeSean Jackson apology came through his Instagram handle where the wide receiver said he did not realise what the passage – that was attributed to Hitler – was saying. Jackson apologised in a video message. center_img FOLLOW US Written By DeSean Jackson apology statement The second DeSean Jackson apology came when the Eagles star issued a statement via social media after his meeting with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. “I want to apologise to the Jewish community, Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, Doug Pederson, the Eagles organization and our fans for the insensitive and ill-informed posts that I shared on my social media,” DeSean Jackson wrote in his statement. “My intention was to uplift, unite and encourage our culture with positivity and light. Unfortunately, that did not happen. I unintentionally hurt the Jewish community in the process and for that I am sorry!””This apology is more than just words – it is a promise to do better. I will fully educate myself and work with local and national organizations to be more informed and make a difference in our community. I will consider my words and actions going forward. I will seek out voices from other communities and listen to their words, thoughts and beliefs. In a time of division, I am committed to doing my part in making this world a better place for our children.” WATCH US LIVE Sujay Chakraborty Also Read | DeSean Jackson apology: Carson Wentz Embracing Eagles’ Decision To Draft Jalen Hurts(Image Credits: AP, DeSean Jackson Twitter Handle) last_img read more

Former Orioles outfielder Gibbons calls it quits at age 35

first_imgFormer Orioles outfielder Jay Gibbons retired from baseball Monday after nine years in the big leagues and several more in the minors trying to recapture the prosperity he once enjoyed in Baltimore.The 35-year-old’s decision was announced by the Milwaukee Brewers organization after he had played for their Double-A and Triple-A affiliates this season.Playing for the Orioles from 2001 through 2007, Gibbons hit .260 with 121 home runs and 405 runs batted in in 779 games. Gibbons was named the club’s most valuable player in 2003 after hitting 23 home runs, driving in a career-best 100 runs, and posting a .277 batting average.The outfielder and occasional first baseman also found success in 2005 when slugging 26 home runs and driving in 79 runs in only 139 games. That production prompted the Orioles to sign Gibbons to a four-year, $21 contract prior to the 2006 season, a move the club would regret given after would take place over the next two years.Gibbons’ career will forever be linked to steroids after a 2006 Los Angeles Times report revealed former teammate Jason Grimsley had told federal agents the left-handed hitter used anabolic steroids. While the story was denounced by Gibbons, he would then be the subject of a Sports Illustrated report a year later saying he received shipments of performance-enhancing drugs from an Orlando-based pharmacy over a two-year period earlier in his career.He was also cited in the infamous Mitchell Report and suspended 15 days at the start of the 2008 season for violating baseball’s drug policy.Released by the Orioles prior to the start of the 2008 season despite having two years remaining and nearly $12 million owed on his contract, Gibbons would toil in minor league baseball for three years before finally making it back to the major leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010 and 2011. The left-handed hitter batted .269 with six home runs and 22 RBIs in 61 games over two seasons with the Dodgers.Gibbon’s retirement comes after he hit a combined .253 at Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville this season.last_img read more

Hushpuppi: How Criminal Mastermind Nearly Stole $124m From Premier League Club

first_imgThe unnamed EPL club was one of several businesses including a US law firm and a foreign bank targeted by Hushpuppi and his gang of global scammers who authorities say specialised in business email compromise (BEC) frauds and other scams to launder hundreds of millions of dollars.“Abbas and others further conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from other fraudulent schemes and computer intrusions, including one scheme to steal £100 million (approximately $124 million) from an English Premier League soccer club, the complaint alleges,” the US Department of Justice said in a statement on Friday.The 37-year-old Abbas, more commonly known as Huspuppi was arrested along with Olalekan Jacob Ponle, also known as Woodberry and 10 others.All 12 suspects were arrested in six simultaneous raids carried out by the e-police unit of the Dubai Police.A video put out by Dubai Police alleges that the suspects defrauded over 1.9 million victims of about Dh1.6 billion (about N169 billion). Items worth Dh 150 million (N15.845 billion) were also seized in the raid.Police also recovered 13 luxury cars worth about Dh 25 million (N2. 640 billion), 21 laptops, 47 smartphones, 15 memory storage devices, 5 external hard drives and 800, 000 email addresses of potential victims from the gang.The operation which led to their arrest was codenamed Fox Hunt 2 and took four months of painstaking investigations into their nefarious activities during which their social media activities were monitored and used to track their locations.The fraudsters allegedly perpetrated their scams by hacking into and taking over corporate emails after which they initiate or hijack communications with clients of the companies and redirect financial transactions and bank details to their own accounts.If convicted of conspiracy to engage in money laundering Hushpuppi who has already made an initial court appearance would face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in US federal prison.Related Internet fraudster Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi, masterminded an audacious bid to scam an English Premier League club according to indictment papers released by United States law enforcement authorities.According to the US Department of Justice, Hushpuppi and his team of scammers hatched a fraudulent plan to steal £100 million (approximately $124 million) from an English Premier League side.The scheme, US authorities said, was one of several fraudulent schemes being actively planned by Hushpuppi and his criminal enterprise before they were apprehended and for which they will face criminal charges.Hushpuppi was arrested in the United Arab Emirates last month but was extradited to the US on Thursday, 2 July where he faces several criminal charges for fraud and money laundering.last_img read more