The Big 5 gets under way this week, and the big question everyone is wondering is whether anyone can stop Eureka?The defending champion Loggers are loaded with senior talent, have great pitching, offense and defense, and are a perfect 9-0 in their pre-league schedule.So it would seem fair to assume they are the heavy favorites.In sports, however, anything can happen, and about the only thing we can say with any certainty at this stage is that the rest of the Big 5 is not going to roll over …
21 January 2014 Team MTN-Qhubeka completed its first race of the season in Gabon on Sunday, with new signing Linus Gerdemann finishing fifth overall in the La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, Songezo Jim picking up the award for most combative rider, and Ferekalsi Debesay winning the fourth stage of the race.‘Really happy’ “I’m really happy with how things went,” Gerdemann declared at the end of the final stage. “To finish in the top five in my first race for over a year is good. I came here to get some racing in the legs and I felt very strong. I was also surprised by the level of the racing here. I think it was a very good advert for African cycling. “I wasn’t surprised by Ferekalsi’s win at all because from the first day he was so strong,” Gerdemann added. “The guys on the team are incredible and have huge potential and myself and John-Lee [Augustyn] in particular used his experience to help the younger guys. “I am excited for the season ahead,” he concluded.Aggressive The South African team was aggressive throughout the race and made the main escape of each day, which was the plan explained Sports Director Kevin Campbell. “Overall the team rode really well and we were in the racing every day, except for maybe today,” he said. “The guys were working well together and they really gelled, which is great for the first race of the season. Ultimately we would have liked a little more, but it doesn’t always go according to plan. “We’re happy to have won a stage,” Campbell added. “This is our third participation in the race and we’re happy to walk away with a victory. “We would have liked to achieve more in GC [general classification] and place a rider on the podium, but there was some really good opposition here this year.”Training Team MTN-Qhubeka will next turn its attention to training camps in South Africa and Mallorca, Spain, where the riders prepare for the South African National Championships and the European season, which is set to get underway shortly. SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue traveled to Indiana to participate in a series of events at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Among the events, the Secretary moderated the #SpeakAg Dialogues and delivered remarks at Opening Session 1B. Here are some of his remarks from the General Session.Speaker_SecretaryPerdue
Wriddhiman Saha slammed 93* off 55 balls as Kings XI Punjab beat the the Mumbai Indians by seven runs at the Wankhede to keep their playoff hopes alive.Saha, who was promoted up the order after Hashim Amla left, started the innings with a bang along with Martin Guptill.While Guptill fell for a breezy 18-ball 36 in the sixth over, Saha continued his onslaught to bring more misery to the Mumbai bowlers.The diminutive wicket-keeper batsman hit some magnificent shots and towering sixes to keep Punjab on the front-foot throughout the innings.He brought up his fifty off just 31 balls with a massive six off Harbhajan Singh in the 12th over.Saha struck fifty run partnerships with each of his partners in Guptill, Glenn Maxwell and Shaun Marsh but all perished, failing to keep their attack going.However, he kept the momentum going and finally ended with 93 as he ran out of overs to bring up his second IPL ton.The 32-year-old hit 11 fours and three sixes in his 55-ball innings and helped Punjab post a massive score of 230/3 from their 20 overs.Talking about his new role up the order, Saha said that he is ready to bat anywhere the team asks him to.”I am ready to bat at any slot. The ultimate goal is to win for the team,” he said.Saha, who was awarded the Man-of-the-Match for his brilliant knock said that the plan was to go hard right from the word go.”Our job was to go hard in the first six overs and the plan was to rotate strike if we did not get big shots. We had the momentum so Maxwell too asked me to go for shots. Once we got 100 in 8 overs, we always wanted to cross 200. We thought 220 was a par score,” he said.advertisementWhen asked about the plan during the last over and his mindset in such situations, he said that the goal is to get hold of anything that comes his way.”Pollard was a touch tired so yorkers were good options. Mohit tried his knuckle balls but when it did not work, he switched back to yorkers.” When boundaries are being hit, I anyway do not get to keep balls. The only goal was to gather whatever came my way.”The Punjab keeper signed off by saying that they will give their all in the next game as they chase a playoff spot.”We have nothing to lose, we will give it all in our next game. We would like to replicate our performance from the last two games,” he signed off.Punjab next play the Rising Pune Supergiant in their last game at Mohali on Sunday, May 14.
Inter Milan agree personal terms with Atletico Madrid defender Godinby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan are closing on a deal for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin.Sky Italia says Godin has agreed to join Inter for €6m per year once his Atletico contract expires.The veteran will play out the season in Madrid before moving to Milan.The Uruguay international will sign a two-year contract worth €6m per season, including bonuses, with the option for a third campaign.It’ll be €4.5m guaranteed, along with various team and individual bonuses to take it up to €6m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
UCLA, the No.11 seed in the South, just upset sixth-seeded SMU 60-59 in truly bizarre fashion. The Bruins had possession of the ball after an awful SMU turnover, trailing by two points with less than 30 seconds remaining. They ran their offense and got the ball in the hands of point guard Bryce Alford, who had hit 8-of-10 three-pointers up to that point.Alford launched an off-balance three-pointer from the left wing. From the release, it looked like it was going to fall short. SMU center Yanick Moreira thought the same thing, and he jumped up to corral what he thought would be an airball.Except, it wasn’t. Moreira was ruled to have goaltended the shot, and Alford was awarded what would be the game-winning three-pointer. SMU’s final two shots fell short.Did the refs get it right? You be the judge.
Raheem Sterling has been heavily criticized by England fans after getting a tattoo of the gun on his leg but Kevin De Bruyne doesn’t understand why the fans are so rough on the player.The Belgium international is Sterling’s teammate at Manchester City and after hearing the wave of criticism towards him, he was really surprised by that – and he insisted that Sterling is a good guy and great player.De Bruyne spoke about Sterling’s character and qualities as he said, according to Sky Sports:Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Raheem is an unbelievable player. When he plays for England I don’t know what happens but there is always criticism about Raheem and I don’t know why.”“He’s a very good guy, he’s one of my guys and we’ve been together since day one. We have a good chemistry, we play well together and he’s only 23.”“I don’t know many guys that can show that capability of playing at that age in the Premier League.”
Recommended for you TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:goverment, Hon Sharlene Robinson, job creation, Pdm Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 Oct 2015 – There is a dire need of jobs and the People’s Democratic Movement Party leader is slamming the PNP Administration for what she believes is a nonchalant attitude to getting residents working. Hon Sharlene Robinson chides the government for boasting about some $200 million dollars in various bank accounts. “We continue to hear the cries and can say to you that the creation of a Jobs Policy and the management of jobs will be a top priority for a PDM Government. The attitude of this Government in their “we will get to it, when we get to it” attitude when PDM raise issues that affect our people continues.” The PDM continues in that media statement issued today, with a plea for the government to change its approach and to stop ignoring what is good for the people. TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 21, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas Department of Labour, in a strategic alliance with the Ministry of National Security is launching its first public awareness campaign with component two (2) of the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), which is the component related to at-risk youth skills training.This programme would directly engage the Department of Labour’s Public Employment Services (PES) Unit by providing data from the surveys to help in the facilitation of job placement for the programme participants. Specifically, the public awareness activities will be attached to the recruitment and application process for the upcoming soft skills and technical skills training during the first quarter of 2018. The campaign is targeting the completion of 500 pre-surveys filled out by at-risk youth with an accompanying post-survey to be completed after the training. These surveys, for practical purposes, will have a tri-part function of screening, application and a monitoring and evaluation tool.The completion of these surveys will not only provide pertinent data in the assessment of placement for unemployed persons, but also serves the purpose of meeting the Citizen Security and Justice Programme’s projected deliverables for its Annual Operation Plan for 2017.The launch of the public awareness campaign, to be held at the Department of Labour’s Rosetta Street location will allow for the general public and the media to be informed of the Citizen Security and Justice Programme’s purpose, the process for applying and details on the planned training sessions.The projected launch date for the Citizen Security and Justice Programme is Monday, November 27th, 2017. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp