F-M field hockey stopped by B’ville; ESM reaches Class B final

first_imgThe Bees were 8-9 going into the game, but that record did not reflect the circumstance that made this game dangerous for F-M, starting with the mere fact that the game was at B’ville’s Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.Also, the Bees had played a first-round sectional game on Oct. 23, defeating Auburn 5-1, while F-M was off for nearly two weeks.Plus, both regular-season games between these sides were close, the Hornets prevailing by 1-0 and 2-1 margins, so B’ville knew that it could compete with F-M. A top seed in a post-season tournament guarantees only that the team which holds that honor will get severe challenges from anyone wanting to knock the favorites from its perch.East Syracuse Minoa, the no. 1 seed in the field hockey Section III Class B playoffs, was quite aware of this dynamic even before it entered post-season play – and if it wasn’t, what happened to Fayetteville-Manlius in a similar situation would prove instructive.Even with its 12-1-1 record and Salt City Athletic Conference regular-season title, the Hornets were unable to get out of Monday’s sectional semifinals, beaten 1-0 by no. 4 seed Baldwinsville. Tags: ESMF-Mfield hockeycenter_img The Bees were able to have a fair amount of scoring chances during the first half as F-M struggled to get on track. One of those paid off when, just past the midway point of the half, a penalty corner saw Leah Tuch pass it to Emma Brushingham, and the senior backhanded a shot past Hornets goalie Claire Grenis.That one-goal margin held until halftime, but once intermission was over F-M began an all-out attack to try and get even.Pinned in its own end, the Bees had to surrender 11 penalty corners. It took every bit of effort from the Bees’ defense to withstand all of these chances and, when it was needed, goalie Sarah Smiley was strong, too, officially credited with four saves, but also steering other shots just wide of the target, all the way to the final horn.ESM, meanwhile, would have to travel to Central Valley Academy to take part in Tuesday’s Class B sectional semifinal against no. 4 seed Whitesboro, but easily handled the assignment, prevailing 4-0 for the Warriors.This match featured perhaps the quickest scoring burst in sectional playoff history.Already, the Spartans had a 1-0 lead thanks to Maggie Saunders’ goal 7:05 into the first half, and were ably protecting that lead when, with less than three minutes left in the half, Rileigh White converted on a penalty corner off a feed from Mary Searle.Right after, ESM had gained possession again and, on a breakaway, Grace Stone’s hard shot found the net a mere seven seconds following White’s tally. What was a close contest was suddenly 3-0, and Whitesboro never recovered.A last-minute goal by Searle helped seal ESM’s berth in this Sunday’s final at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill against defending champion Holland Patent, who shut out Cortland 2-0 in the other semifinal game.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Glo Backs Special Olympics Contingent to 2019 Summer Games in UAE

first_imgTelecoms data grandmasters, Globacom, has thrown its weight behind Nigeria’s quest to excel at the next Special Olympic World Summer Games slated for Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, from Thursday, March 14 to Thursday, March 21, 2019.Nigeria will join other 171 countries to compete for medals in track and field events, featuring athletes with intellectual disabilities; among them being those with Autism, Down’s syndrome and several forms of learning disorders.To boost the Nigerian contingent’s performance at the games, Globacom is sponsoring some of the team members to the Olympics. Executive Director, Legal Services of Globacom, Mrs. Gladys Talabi (left), presenting Globacom’s sponsorship cheque to Miss Teju Ogunlela (centre), At a brief presentation ceremony at its Mike Adenuga Towers head office in Lagos on Wednesday, the company presented cheques to three of the beneficiaries.The beneficiaries who received their cheques include; Miss Tejumola Ogunlela, aquatics; Chima Maduakor – Track and field; Oyinkansola Givens Joseph – Badminton.The donation is meant to cover the cost of training and travel for the individual athletes.Presenting the cheques to the athletes, Globacom’s Executive Director of Legal Services, Mrs. Gladys Talabi said that it was not the first time the company was supporting the Nigerian Contingent to the Special Olympics, recalling that in 2011, Globacom sponsored the Nigerian contingent who returned from Athens in Greece with a total of 27 medals comprising nine gold, nine silver and nine bronze medals.Talabi said that the company was sponsoring this year’s participation because it believes in the goals of the games, which include, among other things, to improve lives of the special children, helping them to reach their full potential, and to create greater social inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.She commended the young athletes, for their courage and determination even in the face of disability.According to her it was not compulsory that the team should win medals, saying that the fact that they were bold enough to dare in spite of their challenges was victory on its own.“You are already champions for daring to step out to compete on the world stage; your spirit and your courage have made you winners,” she said, adding that Globacom is strongly behind them in their quest to make the country proud.Also speaking on behalf of the Nigerian contingent to the Special Olympics, Mr. Adeola Oladugba was full of appreciation for Globacom.He promised that the team would make Globacom, all the sponsors and the nation of Nigeria in general, proud.Mr. Bode Ogunlela, father of one of the athletes, on behalf of all the parents said that Globacom has contributed to the happiness of the special children.The beneficiaries, who are challenged with different kinds of speech and hearing impediments, also made brave and bold attempts to express their gratitude to their sponsors.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Ballon d’Or the talk of the town

first_imgHe’s a good guy. He deserves to be rewarded with the Ballon d’Or: he’s had his best-ever season and won the lot with Bayern Munich. Football is a team game, but you have to admit that he’s played a decisive role in every match.” German tennis legend Boris Becker champions Franck Ribery’s claim“All things being equal, the trophy should definitely go to Franck Ribery. In my opinion, he’s the clear winner. […] For me, the winner should be first and foremost the player who does the most to help his team to win. It’s the same in the NBA: the best player of the season should be part of the best team and in 2013, the most dominant team in Europe was Bayern Munich.”French NBA star Nicolas Batum, of the Portland Trail Blazers“If I had to vote, I’d give it to Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s a player who always gives his all.”The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy“Messi has had a lot of injuries over the past year, which is why I think Cristiano should win the Ballon d’Or.”Argentina legend Diego Armando Maradona”They are all great players, huge names and top athletes. I’d find it a tall order to choose just one of them because they’re all fantastic players.” Greece and Olympiacos forward Kostas Mitroglou”Franck Ribery is my favourite. If he doesn’t win it this time around, he never will. He’s won practically everything there is to win with his club. He recently picked up the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award and he’s still in great form. In my opinion it should definitely go to Ribery.”Monaco midfielder Jeremy Toulalan “Cristiano and Messi are very good players, while Ribery has won the lot. They are three great players and this is the toughest Ballon d’Or to call in the history of the trophy.”UEFA President and former France player Michel Platini“You can never rule out Lionel [Messi]. A lot of people vote for the prize; he’s won it four times and is hugely popular all around the world. I’d laugh a lot if he won it.” Barcelona and Spain defender Gerard Pique“If the Ballon d’Or comes, I have room for it.” Cristiano Ronaldo during the official opening of his museum in his native Madeira”I voted for the Spanish players because they haven’t had as much recognition as they’ve deserved over the last few years and I didn’t want to get involved in a Real Madrid-Barcelona war – it’s as simple as that.”Spain coach Vicente del Bosque lifts the lid on his 2013 Ballon d’Or picks”My wife has already prepared a place for it above the fireplace in the living room. I try not to think about it too much, but she really believes [it’s my year].”2013 Ballon d’Or finalist Franck Ribery talks to L’Equipe about his chances of scooping the awardlast_img read more

Barça already values ​​signing a replacement for Dembélé

first_imgThe next hours will be decisive. The signing, in addition, could not play Champions since UEFA closed last Monday the deadline to register players from the winter market. In LaLiga, names like Rodrigo or Willian José seem to be one of the few possible options. As AS learned, Barça already values ​​the signing of a forward. Bearing in mind that Dembélé’s withdrawal will be long-lasting and that Barça may not discharge him in the next six months, LaLiga will allow the Barca club to incorporate a player if the Barca club finds a replacement of guarantees. At this time the meetings and conversations of the technical leadership of the club with the directors are multiplied, but there is practically a consensus to immediately seek a signing.Attempts to sign Rodrigo and Aubameyang failed, Cedric Bakambu (28 years old) was one of Eric Abidal’s bets. The same Franco-Congolese striker of Beijing Gouan revealed the negotiation with the Barca club. It was Josep Maria Bartomeu who finally discarded the operation by not considering it as guarantees. Now the international market has closed, which prevents the options of Trincao and Bakambu for more than in China the market closes on February 29. However, the situation has become limited with the long-lasting injury of Dembélé. Barça has only two strikers purely from the first team, Messi and Griezmann, and the collaboration of the young Ansu sensation.last_img read more