CECAFA U-20, Uganda optimistic of defeating Sudan

first_imgEritrea will play Djibouti at 2:00 pm while Uganda faces Sudan in the final last group A game at 4:00 Pm Pece Stadium.Sudan lead group A with four points, Uganda second while Eritrea and Djibouti are third and fourth respectively.*****URNShare on: WhatsApp Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Hippos head coach Morley Byekwaso has said his team will defeat Group A leaders Sudan, in the last group game in the on-going CECAFA U-20 challenge cup.Byekwaso in an interview on Wednesday says that he has been emphasizing ball possession and physicality as well as clinical finishing especially in the final third of the pitch.Byekwaso however says, Sudan is a matured team and needs to be approached cautiously.Mohamed Mousa the Sudan head coach says his players are confident and ready for their last group game.Mousa says during their training they focused on the defensive midfield and defence especially after seeing Uganda score five goals past Djibouti on Monday.last_img read more

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Who will win NBA title, Miami or Dallas?

first_imgSHARING A LAUGH—Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, left, jokes with teammate LeBron James during a practice session May 30, in Miami. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) by Stephen D. Riley and Perry GreenFor New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)—Sequels usually aren’t as good as the original, but the 2011 NBA Finals should be an exception. The Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks will face off in a championship series for the second time since 2006, and this time around there’s a lot more star power on both rosters.Heat star guard Dwyane Wade, with center Shaquille O’Neal as his teammate, outperformed Mavs star forward Dirk Nowitzki to win the 2006 championship, but now Wade has 2-time MVP LeBron James and All-Star Chris Bosh as running mates. Dallas has also upgraded its 2006 roster by adding future Hall of Fame guard Jason Kidd and veteran center Tyson Chandler, along with several strong role players. So, which team is better equipped to win Miami vs. Dallas, Part II?AFRO sports writers Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley argue it out:Green: Let me start by saying I’m no Dallas Mavericks fan. There’s just something about owner Mark Cuban that rubs me the wrong way, so when the Mavs advanced to face the Miami Heat in the NBA Final, I instantly became a Heat fan and will be one for the remainder of the series. But as much as I dislike Cuban, I must remain a realist: the man has pieced together one hell of a team that deserves to be the favorite to win the title. All odds favor Dallas to beat Miami in every facet of the game, from scoring to rebounding to defending. This team offers so much quality, veteran talent, with two Hall of Famers in the starting lineup and several great shooters coming off the bench. It’s almost not fair how much more complete a team Dallas is compared to Miami, and that’s why the Mavericks will win in six games.Riley: What’s not fair is what Miami will end up doing to the Dallas Mavericks for the second time in half a decade. The Heat made it this far in the postseason for two reasons: LeBron James and Dywane Wade. When you have two MVP-caliber players like that, plus a legitimate all-star in Chris Bosh contributing, what else do you need? This Miami roster has been playing the best lock-down defense we’ve seen this postseason. Defense wins championships and that’s how Miami will earn their second title in six years.Green: No doubt, Miami has played terrific defense. But I don’t think they’ve been tested for what they’re about to face in game one on May 31. Nowitzki has put on a postseason performance we haven’t seen the likes of since Michael Jordan in his prime. When I say the man hardly ever misses, I’m being literal. Put a hand in his face, it doesn’t matter; it’s still going in. You can’t even try to beat him up defensively because you’ll only send him to the foul line where he’ll make 90 percent of his shots. Nowitzki simply can’t be stopped, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Just ask the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, who were swept by Dirk and the Mavericks in the second round.Riley: Props to Dallas for sweeping the Lakers, but you don’t get anything extra for sweeping the defending champs. That’s a nice feat, but so what? The Lakers self-destructed and that’s why they were eliminated. Overall, Miami has been the more impressive team throughout the playoff. You say Dallas has a complete team, but so did the Bulls. Chicago finished with the NBA’s best record and was supposed to have the best reserve players with the most well balanced team offensively and defensively. But we saw what Miami did to the Bulls. LeBron put the clamps on MVP Derrick Rose and ended Chicago’s hopes of a premature championship appearance. Now he’ll do the same to Dirk.Green: LeBron did a great job defending Rose, but there is a difference between guarding a 6-foot,3-inch guard and guarding the greatest 7-foot-tall shooter in the history of the NBA. But if Dirk is off, Dallas still can lean on veterans Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Peja Stojakovic and Shawn Marion, who’ve all played very well this postseason. It’s just too much to compete against.Riley: I don’t care how many good players Dallas has on its roster. This is a superstar’s association and right now, Miami has the advantage in that category with LeBron and Wade. The only duo to counter that is Shaq/Kobe or Pippen/Jordan and since none of those four are playing, I’m going with the Heat.(Reprinted from the Afro American.)last_img read more

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Monmouth County Checks Fuel Pumps for Accuracy

first_imgMotorists and boat owners may feel like they’re paying too much for fuel – even though prices have come down in recent weeks – but annual inspections for accurate measurement at all fuel pumps in Monmouth County have turned up very few violations.From left, Freeholder Serena DiMaso and Monmouth County Department of Weights and Measures employees, Deputy Superintendent Evan Berman and Assistant Superintendent Chris Trezoglou, conducted  gas meter testing at a Brielle marina.Recently, Freeholder Serena DiMaso joined a team from the Monmouth County Department of Weights and Measures at Hoffman’s Marina in Brielle to check gasoline and diesel pumps at the dock for accuracy of volume and price. All pumps at the marina were accurate.“Inspectors at the county weights and measures department are the unsung heroes of the Monmouth County consumer,” DiMaso said. “Motorists and boat owners can be assured they are getting what they pay for. Inspectors check every pump to ensure that the price is calibrated properly and actual volume being pumped is correct. The work they do touches the lives of consumers every day.”This year’s inspection came as the average price throughout New Jersey was $3.27 per gallon, and higher for diesel fuel.In addition to checking weighing and measuring devices such as gasoline pumps, scales and oil delivery trucks, the county assures the accuracy of every consumer product sold by weight, measure, count, volume or time. Every device used in trade and almost every product sold in the marketplace is regulated in one way or another by Weights and Measures.Like any other weighing or measuring device in Monmouth County that is used in trade, fuel pumps must be inspected and tested by the Monmouth County Department of Weights and Measures every year. This year inspections began in late April and should be completed by mid-July. By the time inspections are completed, inspectors will have checked 5,000 pumps at 202 service stations and 19 marinas.“Most gasoline pumps are accurate,” said Ben Peluso, superintendent of the Department of Weights and Measures. “The majority of individuals who operate these stations are honest and hard working people. However, from time to time, violations do occur and if they are serious enough a summons is issued and a complaint is filed in the local court.”Results of this year’s gasoline pump inspections won’t be available until August.Two things that a consumer should do when purchasing fuel: make sure the pump has been reset to zero before the attendant begins to put product in their vehicle, and look for a current, dark blue weights and measures sticker on gasoline pumps that will show they have passed inspection.Anyone who has a concern or question about any station should call the Monmouth Department of Weights and Measures at 732-431-7362.last_img read more

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Little Silver Police Officer Found Guilty of Four Counts of Official…

first_imgFREEHOLD – A Monmouth County jury found Little Silver Police Officer Steven Solari guilty on Thursday of four counts of second-degree official misconduct, third-degree hindering the apprehension of oneself and assault in connection with a 2009 incident in the borough, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia presided over the five-week trial culminating with the conviction of Solari.Solari is scheduled to be sentenced by Vernoia on Jan. 17. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, with a mandatory five-year period of parole ineligibility on each of the four official misconduct counts; five years on the hindering apprehension count; and six months on the assault count.“No one is above the law, especially not members of the law enforcement community who hold the public trust, and who are sworn to uphold the law by protecting and serving the general public,” Gramiccioni said.Little Silver Police Chief Daniel Shaffery said, “As police officers we are held to a higher standard and we must maintain those high standards to deserve the trust the public provides us on a daily basis.”Evidence presented during the trial revealed Solari performed a welfare check on an adult male at a private residence in Little Silver on Dec. 20, 2009 at the request of the individual’s mother – but the event ended with Solari arresting the man and placing him in handcuffs. During the course of the arrest, the man suffered a head injury, severe bleeding and eye irritation after being sprayed by Solari with pepper spray.An ambulance on scene was ready to transport the victim to a nearby hospital but, in violation of departmental procedure, Solari transported the victim to police headquarters for processing. During processing, Solari attempted to take booking photographs of the victim, but the victim did not cooperate during the taking of a side-profile photograph. An agitated Solari responded by punching the handcuffed victim multiple times in the head, knocking him into a metal filing cabinet where the victim struck his head. The injured man was eventually transported to Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, where he was treated and released the following day.Within days of the incident, Solari submitted a police report that contained numerous false statements in an effort to conceal his crimes, including a claim the man “began to lunge” at one of the first-aid responders who was in the room at the time of the assault. However, both first-aid responders and the victim testified there was no “lunge,” but rather that an angry Solari assaulted the victim because he would not pose for the booking photograph.In a further effort to conceal his crimes, Solari also approached one of the first-aid responders on three separate occasions – twice while in police uniform – instructing the witness to tell anyone asking about the incident to “just remember he lunged.”The charges resulted from an investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office in conjunction with the Little Silver Police Department.The case was prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Melanie Falco of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office’s Financial Crimes & Public Corruption Unit.last_img read more

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Rebels, Aynsley spoil the Civic Centre’s 75th Birthday Bash

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsMaybe it’s a good thing the Nelson Leafs don’t play any of their games in the Civic Centre Arena.Ryan Aynsley rained on the 75th anniversary gala by scoring three times to lead the Castlegar Rebels to a convincing 5-0 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs Saturday night at the Civic Centre Arena.The contest was played in former home to the Heritage City franchise as part of a 75th anniversary party to honour the grand old lady.“This was just an old fashion spanking tonight,” said a beleaguered Leaf coach Chris Shaw, searching for any explanation for Saturday night’s showing.The loss was the first in six meetings for the Leafs, 7-3 in its last 10 games.It was evident from the opening face off the Leafs were in tough against the Murdoch Division power. Maybe it was the fact Castlegar was trounced 7-3 Friday in Osoyoos by the Coyotes. Whatever the reason the Rebels were in an ugly mood and jumped all over the home side, out shooting Nelson 17-4 in the opening frame. “It was a lot of fun playing in front of a lot of people,” said Aynsley, adding to his KIJHL scoring lead with a Pierre Mcguire four-point Monster Night performance. “We were pumped up too. We knew coming into this rink that it was going to be different for (Nelson) also. We just worked hard and played a simple game and took it from there.”Despite controlling the play, Aynsley, who made his last game with Castlegar a memorable one, was the only goal scorer of the first period. Aynsley now joins Trail Smoke Eaters of the B.C. Hockey League for the remainder of the junior hockey season.Castlegar had plenty of chances to increase the lead — especially late in the period when Colton Malmsten wallpapered Rebel forward Diego Bartlett to into the boards. Malmsten was whistled for a five-minute major by referee Mike Page.During the penalty kill Gavin Currie was hit with a two-minute minor for tripping giving Castlegar a five-on-three advantage.Nelson weathered the storm to get out of the period.Castlegar took a 2-0 three minutes into the second when Anthony Delong scored an unassisted marker. Then it was Castlegar’s turn to play undisciplined hockey, earning the visitors six consecutive minor penalties.However, it was Aynsley that would do the scoring, as the speedy forward out skated Riley Henderson to the puck before snapping a high shot past Marcus Beesley in the Nelson nets.Nelson had a chance to get back in the game with a two-man advantage late in the period. But Andrew Walton stood tall in the Castlegar nets to deny the Leaf shooters.“When you have an opportunity on a five-on-three, you’ve got to bury those chances,” Shaw said when asked if this was a turning point in the game. “Especially with the way the momentum was going in the second period.”“I told the guys the Hockey Gods are looking at us right now and here’s your chance get back into the game . . .. It was a matter of execution and our big guns didn’t executive today,” he added.Defenceman Erik Alden and Aynsley, with a solo effort in the slot area in front of Beesley, completed the scoring in the third for Castlegar.Andrew Walton turned aside 12 pucks in the period for a game total of 25 shots as Nelson tried desperately to a least spoil the shutout.ICE CHIPS: The weekend was not a complete waste for Nelson, which edged Spokane 3-2 in overtime Friday night at the NDCC Arena. Former Braves Joel Stewart scored the winner. . . . Leaf center Gavin Currie has his three-game point streak snapped Saturday. During the three games Currie registered eight points and over a nine-game span had 17 points. . . .Nelson played the contest with only four defenceman as Braeden Hikichi was a game time scratch due to sickness. Forward Brennan Foreman took a few shifts on the blueline in the third period for Nelson. Rearguards Raymond Reimer and Walker Sidoni did not play due to injury. . . . The Leafs continue to struggle against Murdoch Division opponents. Nelson is 7-10 on the season against divisional rivals and has yet to defeat the two powers in the Murdoch, Castlegar and Beaver Valley. Fourth-place Nelson, 15-12, is 8-2 outside the Murdoch. . . .Leaf rookie Adam Wheeldon did not play Saturday after suffering a concussion during Friday’s game against Spokane. Wheeldon, still experiencing headaches Saturday, says he does not remember leaving the ice and expects to be out of the lineup for two to three weeks. . . .Leaf forward Tanner Burns has left the team due to personal reasons. GM Chris Shaw said he will attempt to trade Burns to a team closer to his home in Vernon.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Abrosimoff scores hat trick to pace U18 Selects past Oso Negro

first_imgAaron Abrosimoff scored three times to spark the Nelson U18 Selects to a 5-3 victory over Oso Negro on opening night of the Men’s Open Soccer League at the Lakeside Pitch.”I believe we made the statement we were looking to make,”  said Selects coach Chris Parenteau.”However, that was just one good game.  Next week we play the Hume InnKeepers, Oso Negro’s rival, and they will be very difficult.”Parenteau, back coaching since taking eight years off from the sidelines, was optimistic opening the season against the Men’s Open Indoor Champs challenging his players to make a statement in our opening Men’s League game.”Our first game is against the Indoor Champions,” he said. “Let’s catch them by surprise and show the rest of the league that we mean business this year.” However, the start did not go well as Oso Negro twice held one goal leads. “I thought that conceding the first goal would completely deflate our team,” said Parenteau, “and that we might lose the confidence that we had started the game with.”But Abrosimoff scored a natual hat-trick to give the Selects a 3-2 advantage at halftime.The U18’s started the second half the same way they started the first, pressing high and attacking hard. Central attacking midfielder, Jonah Thiele, scored an immaculate volley from a beautiful cross by right back, Jack McKimm, to make the game 4-2. Oso Negro responded by winning a free kick on the edge of the U18’s penalty box, from where Whitecaps Kootenay Academy Head Coach and Nelson Youth Soccer Technical Director made no mistake, slotting his shot into the top left corner, bringing the game back to a one-goal game. However, the U18’s team captain and defensive central midfielder secured the U18’s victory by skillfully lobbing the ball over the approaching Oso Negro’s goal keeper to a final score of 5-3.The U18 Nelson Selects play their next game against the Hume InnKeepers on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. at the Lakeside Fields. Hume opened the season with a 3-1 win over Old Dogs.In the other game Tuesday the Old Dogs meet Oso Negro.last_img read more

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PSG ‘to bid £12m for Cole’

first_imgParis St-Germain’s ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is ready to table a £12m bid for Blues and England star Ashley Cole, according to the Daily Mirror.Cole is believed to be a target for Ancelotti along with Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard, while Jose Mourinho is said to be keen to take Raul Meireles to Real Madrid.Torres to Russia?The Mirror and the Daily Mail suggest another former Chelsea boss, Guus Hiddink, is keen to sign Chelsea striker Fernando Torres for bid-spending Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.Anzhi are planning to offer £35m for Torres, the Mail say, while the Mirror claim it will be more like £45m.And The Sun claim Chelsea are ready to spend £35m on Real Madrid’s Argentine winger Angel Di Maria.The Mail also report that Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic will snub interest from CSKA Moscow and that Fulham are pressing ahead with a move for Trabzonspor striker Burak Yilmaz as a potential replacement for Andy Johnson.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Meier charges Sharks win in return from injury

first_imgSAN JOSE — Timo Meier rejoined the Sharks lineup and offered a quick reminder of why he’s so important to the Sharks forward group.Meier scored a goal and picked up two assists as the Sharks earned a 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at SAP Center Wednesday night.With Meier sidelined for three games with an upper-body injury last week, the Sharks produced a 1-2 record, scoring just four five-on-five goals. On Tuesday, the Sharks found the net three times in five-on-five situations, …last_img

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, May 30, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Showers and thunderstorms today can bring half to 1.5″ rain totals. Tomorrow rains continue over the southern half of the state, adding another .1″-.6″. Coverage of today’s rains are 100%, and coverage in the south tomorrow will be 80%. The northern half of Ohio will see clouds and sun for Friday afternoon.  Scattered showers return Saturday afternoon, starting in northern Ohio and working their way south. Rains continue through Sunday, and can bring anywhere from .25″-1″ to 80% of the state. The map at right shows rain totals through Sunday evening. No change in the start of next week with two dry for Monday and Tuesday. We see drier potential for late in the week too, on Thursday into Friday. Yesterday we took Wednesday drier and the entire week through the weekend drier as well. This morning, we continue to look for that, although models are still not putting together a fully convincing argument, and some have gone a little wetter again. For now, we are leaving our new drier forecast alone, and will take a look at new data through the day today. We at least need Wednesday to be fully dry to put together a good window. If our forecast holds, that would give at least 5 dry days in a row next week.  The weekend is a point of contention this morning. Models have inserted some threatening moisture to our west for overnight Friday night and Saturday. This is a tough call, but we have to at least look for a chance of moisture there, for the time being. There is a chance that moisture misses, like we saw yesterday, but we need to keep the chance in mind, and be ready to go as soon as possible, because of concern about any window closing sooner than we are seeing at the moment.  A new look at the extended period, has us dry now Saturday afternoon through Tuesday morning (11th), but then chances of rain from Tuesday afternoon through Friday the 14th, with combined totals of half to 1” and 80% coverage. However, confidence is low in timing and amounts…there has been such a wet pattern over the past few weeks, even models are having trouble zeroing in on dry breaks in the pattern.last_img read more

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Democrat Paul Wellstone, wife and daughter die in airplane crash

first_imgVoting rites: Floral tributes at Paul Wellstone’s Washington officeThe voice that was raised in protest in the US Senate hearing on the George W. Bush Administration’s resolution to go to war with Iraq is now silenced.Democrat Paul Wellstone, the dissenter, his wife Sheila, their daughter Marcia Markuson and five others,Voting rites: Floral tributes at Paul Wellstone’s Washington officeThe voice that was raised in protest in the US Senate hearing on the George W. Bush Administration’s resolution to go to war with Iraq is now silenced.Democrat Paul Wellstone, the dissenter, his wife Sheila, their daughter Marcia Markuson and five others died tragically in an airplane crash on October 22.It was on a sombre note that some 20,000 people packed into two sports stadiums on the University of Minnesota campus to remember Wellstone. The service was at once a sad memorial for close friends and a spirited political rally for Democrats desperate to retain control of the Senate.Former President Bill Clinton, former vice-president Al Gore, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, actor Michael J. Fox and at least half the Senate attended.The family asked Vice-President Dick Cheney to stay away, ostensibly because they did not want the event to be overwhelmed by the security men and the protesters that follow him.But it is believed that the Democrats were uncomfortable at the prospect of Cheney, who urged Republican Norm Coleman into the race against Wellstone, benefiting from the news coverage of the service.According to a Democratic Senate aide, the service was chronicled by at least 110 newspaper reporters, 70 radio stations, 22 photographers and 34 television crews. Former vice-president Walter F. Mondale is slated to replace Wellstone on the forthcoming ballot.The crash of the campaign plane in which Wellstone was flying came a few days after it became evident that Wellstone’s vote against the resolution in the Senate pushed him ahead of his Republican challenger by 10 percentage points.advertisementTwo years ago, Governor Mel Carnahan of Missouri had also died in another campaign plane crash and was eulogised by then President Clinton in a similar service. Incidentally, Bush is expected to campaign in Minnesota with Coleman a couple of days before the ballot.Wellstone, who was the chairman of Senate Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs Subcommittee of the Foreign Relations Committee, also had a soft corner for the subcontinent.Espousing peace in the subcontinent, he stressed the need to establish a framework for reconciliation between India and Pakistan and expressed concern that China’s nuclear strategic arsenal build-up would fuel the nuclear arms race in the subcontinent.last_img read more

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