Parasram plunders century as Reliance Hustlers take Mandholall Memorial Trophy

first_imgA blistering unbeaten century from former national Under-17 batsman, Rovindra Parasram, and an equally aggressive unbeaten half-century by former national T20 all-rounder, Ramesh Narine, lit up the Anna Regina Community Centre ground as Reliance Hustlers over-powered Reliance Veterans on Sunday.The special-arranged annual 15 overs softball memorial match was held in memory of the late former national under -19 cricketer, Shivanandan Mandholall, who passed away following a brief illness at the age of 30, six years ago.After winning the toss and batting, Reliance Hustlers got to an imposing 239-1, due mainly to an unbeaten 210-run partnership between Rovindra Parasram, who stroked 117 including 10 massive sixes and 8 exquisite fours, and Ramesh Narine’s brutal 93, decorated with 10 fours and 6 sixes.Rovindra Parasram celebrates his unbeaten 117…The only wicket to fall was that of Mark Austin for 15 as no bowler was spared the onslaught. In reply, the Veterans wilted early under pressure and lost wickets at regular intervals. They eventually reached 134-6 when the overs expired with only Ravindra Lall 42 (3×6 and 2×4) and Suresh Persaud, with an unbeaten 30 (4×4) showed some intent. Accurate bowling by Ryan Shivambar with 3-12 from 3 overs ensured that the Hustlers comfortably won by 105 runs. At the presentation, Ravindra Mandholall, brother of the late Shivanandan Madholall, expressed thanks to both teams for participating even as he reminisced on the promise and exploits that his brother displayed as a charismatic cricketer. He further disclosed that the occasion will continue annually with support from well-wishers and family members. At the presentation, Rovindra Pararsam received trophies for being man-of-the-match and best batsman, compliments of Devon Ramnauth and Platinum Lounge and Bar of Canada while Brian Shivambar also received a trophy, compliments of Krishna Arjune. The runners-up trophy was donated by Ravindra Mandholall while the winner’s trophy was donated by Rovindra Mandholall and daughter. Prior to the match, a minute’s silence was observed in memory of Shivanandan and Seeram Mandholall, the late father of the Mandholalls, who passed away three years ago. He, too, was a dynamic club cricketer (Elroy Stephney).last_img read more

Chop Sioux: Wisconsin sweeps North Dakota

first_imgAARON BRENNER/Herald photoGRAND FORKS, N.D. — The Badgers flew as far north as they’ll go for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series when they took on North Dakota this past weekend. With everybody healthy and back in the lineup, the Badgers’ season may be headed in a similar direction.A 4-2 victory in come-from-behind fashion Saturday evening followed up a 4-3 win on Friday night, giving Wisconsin (7-9-2, 4-6-1 WCHA) its second sweep of North Dakota (7-8-1, 5-6-1) at Ralph Engelstad Arena in as many years.Saturday’s game between UW and UND indicated the second split of this season between these two teams, as the Fighting Sioux took a 2-1 lead late into the third period. But it was at this time Wisconsin’s veterans stepped up and stole a victory for the upstart Badgers, who have banished an earlier 1-8-0 slide into distant memory.With 3:31 remaining in the game, senior captain Andrew Joudrey took a pass from senior forward Jake Dowell, and sent a wrist shot off the left pad of UND goaltender Philippe Lamoureux. Senior forward Ross Carlson slapped the rebound into the back of the net to send home the eventual game-winner.”Joudrey made a nice pass. We work on that in practice, going far-side and making it bounce out,” Carlson said. “It’s a great shot, a great pass, and you could see it happen.”Carlson, who added an empty-netter with 1:21 remaining, had his best game of the year by far. Wisconsin’s active leader in career points coming into this year, Carlson doubled his season point total to date, earning two goals and two assists for four total points on the night.”It’s a big thing for us to come out here with the sweep up in North Dakota,” Carlson said. “They’re a tough team to play against up here, and they always come hard.”Just 97 seconds into the game, North Dakota got on the board with a power-play goal, when Brad Miller’s shot from a tough angle squirted through the pads of UW goaltender Brian Elliott. Defensemen Brian Lee and Chay Genoway earned helpers on the play.But the Badgers answered right back with a power-play goal of their own. Dowell’s wraparound slapshot was deflected in at 13:02; Jamie McBain and Carlson were credited with assists.The lone goal of the second period was a strange one. North Dakota took a 2-1 lead when Jonathan Toews cleared the puck from the zone, ending up on the stick of Robbie Bina, who had just finished serving a minor. Bina skated up on a breakaway and fired a shot over Elliott’s glove for the goal.”[The goal was] maybe a little bit of instinct, probably some good fortune,” said UND head coach Dave Hakstol. “But it was a good play to get it there. It was certainly a good play by Robbie. He finished it.”UW head coach Mike Eaves wasn’t happy with how the first period panned out Saturday, but was thrilled about his team’s effort down the stretch in snatching the comeback victory.”The bottom line was we survived the first period,” Eaves said. “The second period, things started to level out a little bit. We had some scoring chances before they scored. The timely bounce came out; they had a nice shot to get the lead. But we had a response after they scored. We just kept going with what we needed to do.”Hakstol was forlorn in trying to explain how his team managed to drop both points that, with a few minutes remaining, seemed well in hand Saturday night.”We made two mistakes. That’s the difference in the game,” Hakstol said.UW was also victorious in the series opener Friday night, scoring a 4-3 win in what turned out to be a more energetic game than the Saturday finale.It appeared the officials were content to keep both teams in line as they met for the first time since a series split back in Madison the weekend of Oct. 13-14. In all, 19 penalties were called, and both teams were able to take advantage.North Dakota went 2-for-6 on the power play. Ryan Duncan opened the game’s scoring with a power-play goal just eight minutes in — the first of his two goals Friday night — and Genoway knocked one in on the man advantage with 11:42 remaining, cutting UW’s lead to 4-3.But in between those two special teams goals for North Dakota, it was all Wisconsin in just their second game of the season scoring more than three goals. Joudrey answered back quickly from Duncan’s goal, knotting the game at one just 51 seconds later, and UW proceeded to score three out of the four second-period goals to gain the victory.Though the Badgers were just 1-for-7 on their power-play opportunities, McBain took a power play shot from the point that dribbled in past Lamoureux at 4:18 of the second period, giving the Badgers a 2-1 lead.Duncan got his second goal of the night midway through the 2nd, but the Badgers put the game away with a pair of goals at the tail end of the middle period. Dowell got an unassisted score, his 9th of the year, on an odd-man rush, followed by a physical goal by a sprawled-out Matthew Ford with 1:01 left in the period.”There’s three periods, and we’ve got to figure out how to play the whole damn game,” said Hakstol, whose UND team has struggled this season in the second period, being outscored 26-15 coming out of this weekend.Dowell said it was a confidence booster for a struggling UW offense that Lamoureux was benched for the third period in favor of Anthony Grieco.”Oh, definitely. But I didn’t realize that until midway through the third period,” said Dowell of Lamoureux being pulled. “For us to come out tonight, four different players score, is awesome for us. For us to spread that out, that has been our goal.”The Badgers were able to take advantage of their opportunities on both nights, something that has been a season-long struggle for an offense that was averaging fewer than two goals a game entering the UND series.”Things were just starting to go our way,” Ford said Friday night. “We were just shooting the puck, crashing the net, and the bounces went our way.”Carlson concurred, refusing to say whether Wisconsin is necessarily playing better than it did during its 1-8-0 slide earlier this year.”I wouldn’t say we’re different; bounces are [starting to] go our way. That’s the best way to put it,” Carlson said Saturday. “We’ve played hard all the way up to this. Bounces just weren’t going in for us, and now they are, so it’s a great feeling.”last_img read more

Lackluster Sun Bowl provides fitting end

first_imgThe Sun Bowl didn’t go as most people thought it would. Georgia Tech, with a 6-7 record at the time, beat the Trojans 21-7 in a game most assumed USC would easily win. It was really just a fitting end to a season that was about as disastrous as they come. From preseason No. 1 in the Associated Press poll to a 7-6 record, the Sun Bowl encapsulated the season into 60 minutes: turnovers, defensive lapses and a lack of discipline.No, senior quarterback Matt Barkley didn’t make his triumphant return from injury to lead the Trojans to a win, which would have brought in a positive offseason. Instead, he was on the sidelines, chatting it up with players, unable to really do anything. Now, there were certainly a lot of bad things that happened in this game. They will be brought up quite soon, actually. But there were a lot of good things that Trojan fans can hold onto going into the 2013 season.First, though, are the negatives. Where to begin?A reasonable starting point would be with Barkley’s replacement, redshirt freshman Max Wittek. Now, it’s fair to point out that it was just his second career start. He showed glimpses of brilliance against No. 1 Notre Dame in his first start, though those glimpses were hard to find against the Yellow Jackets.Wittek overthrew junior receiver Robert Woods and sophomore All-American Marqise Lee the entire day en route to a 14-for-37 passing performance. He threw for just 107 yards and tossed three interceptions to go along with the game’s lone touchdown. It wasn’t so much the numbers that told Wittek’s story on this New Year’s Eve game. It was his decision making. He stared down receivers. He was late on most throws. Those throws sailed over receivers or into the hands of cornerbacks. It was not a good sight for fans looking for positives heading into the offseason, considering Barkley is heading to the NFL.Perhaps more frustrating, however, was the performance of the defense. And it wasn’t that the defense even played badly. Quite the opposite, actually. The defense held up its end of the bargain; it was just put in terrible positions because of the offense’s lackluster performance.But there were so many instances when the defense could have gotten a big third-down stop and Georgia Tech’s triple option gashed them. There were numerous long runs by Yellow Jacket quarterbacks — they even had more touchdown passes than USC did. There was a huge missed tackle by junior cornerback Nickell Robey in the red zone that seemed to be the nail in the coffin. As was the case most of the year, USC’s defense just couldn’t get off the field when it needed to. Throw in Woods’ intention to enter the 2013 NFL Draft after the game, and the whole day was disastrous.But lost in the 14-point loss were a few positives that the Trojans can take with them, though they won’t make up for the embarrassment that took place in El Paso.The main one was the running of junior running back Silas Redd. Redd, who was in and out of the lineup for much of the season, came back strong in the game, running for 88 yards and catching a scoring toss from Wittek. He ended up rushing for 905 yards on the season with nine touchdown runs despite missing a game and playing in two contests where he had just three carries. Redd announced that he will return to the Trojans for his senior season, which bodes well for the team.Breaking in a new quarterback in 2013, USC will need to rely more on the running attack that coach Lane Kiffin tended to avoid. Having Redd running strong will be incredibly valuable. If he runs anything like he did against the Yellow Jackets, he should rush for more than 1,000 yards pretty easily.And, speaking of the quarterback that will have to be broken in, it would be foolish to say Wittek is out of the running with heralded recruit Max Browne in the mix. Wittek still has a lot of potential. He has a huge arm, and that arm was evident in the game (even if it meant the pass went over Woods’ outstretched arms). He is a big, mobile quarterback who can move around the pocket and extend plays to the outside when need be. And perhaps most importantly, he is still very young. He has some time to let his head develop to where arm is. Remember, Barkley’s struggles weren’t cured overnight.Protecting Wittek will be a trio of tackles:  freshman Max Tuerk, sophomore Aundrey Walker and redshirt junior Kevin Graf. Now, the line didn’t protect as well as it could have at times in 2012. But in the bowl game, they made some holes for the running backs and did not let Wittek get sacked. It’s little things like this that could make all the difference next season for the young signal caller.The Sun Bowl was a pretty rough game for fans to tolerate. It was probably tough for players as well. But there were some promising signs that could bode well for the 2013 Trojans. The agony of the 2012 season has to sink in before those signs can come to fruition, though. Hopefully, it’s worth the wait.last_img read more

USC swim takes eighth place at NCAAs

first_imgNotching two national titles, the Trojans placed eighth out of ten teams in the three-day NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas, on Saturday.Out with a bang · Senior swimmer Cristian Quintero won his first-ever NCAA title over the weekend, finishing first in the 500-yard free. The Venezuelan also finished second in the 200-yard free and third in the 100-yard free. – Will Ehart | Daily Trojan“We were disappointed to finish eighth after taking fourth last year, but we came away with two national titles and a lot of experience for next year’s team to build upon,” head coach Dave Salo told USC Trojans. “Cristian has been a workhorse all season long and put up some great performances to lead the team.”Though senior Cristian Quintero helped the Trojans land their fourth consecutive top-eight finish over the weekend, the team dropped four spots from its championship performance last year. USC entered the weekend ranked No. 4 in the nation, justifying Salo’s frustration with an eighth-place finish. The Trojans ended the meet with 182 points, beating Stanford and Indiana in the rankings. California won the overall team title with 468.5 points.Despite a perhaps disappointing overall finish, the meet was not without its resounding triumphs. Quintero, freshmen Reed Malone and Dylan Carter and senior Dimitri Colupaev cruised through the 800-yard free relay, securing USC’s first NCAA title in the event since 2002 and its eighth in program history. The quartet’s 6:13.09 was just more than a half-second off USC’s all-time record.Quintero, inarguably the team’s leader, didn’t leave his last NCAA championship without securing his own personal victories. The senior won his first career NCAA title in what would be his last 500y free race, and by a sizable margin. Quintero clocked in at 4:10.02, just .22 seconds off of USC’s record time in the race. Quintero sustained at least a one-second lead on his opponents, finishing with a time that made him the eighth-fastest swimmer ever in the race.“I feel awesome,” Quintero told USC Trojans after his victory. “Since the beginning I felt really strong. I knew I had this. I had this in me all the time. I’m really proud of this. I’m really glad with my last performance. It was my last 500 free and I really wanted to make a good performance and I did.”Quintero finished second in the 200y free and third in the 100y free and helped guide his relay team, comprising Colupaev, senior Jack Wagner and freshman Santo Condorelli, to sixth place in the 400y free.The Caracas, Venezuela native is the first Trojan to win All-American honors in the 100y, 200y and 500y free events since USC’s Hungarian Olympian Bela Szabados accomplished the feat in 1999.Other Trojans who got into the scoring mix include sophomore Ted Singley and junior Cary Wright, who went 26-27 in the 1650y free.Junior Luca Spinazzola placed 26th in the 200y back and junior Andrew Malone was 36th in the 200y breast.last_img read more

Time Machine: Keith Smart’s shot with four seconds left sinks Syracuse, 74-73, in national championship

first_imgEditor’s note: The article below is a republished story from The Daily Orange’s coverage of the Syracuse and Indiana NCAA Tournament matchup in men’s basketball on March 30, 1987. NEW ORLEANS — He had spent the last five minutes of the game building up to this one final moment, and with his Indiana University team trailing 73-72 with four seconds remaining, Hoosier guard Keith Smart had the shot he wanted.It was a 16-foot jumper on the left side of the basket and if he missed the shot Syracuse University would go home with a 72-73 win and its first NCAA basketball championship. If he made it, the Hossier’s would take home their third title under coach Bob Knight.“We worked it around for about 10 seconds,” Smart said. “And I knew time was running out, so I just took it.”What the 6-foot-1-inch junior took was an off-balance jumper that went through the net and gave Indiana a 74-73 win over SU Monday before 69,959 fans at the Louisiana Superdome and a nation-wide television audience.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Smart made a great play,” SU coach Jim Boeheim said. “Somebody had to make a play at the end and Indiana made a great play — that’s why they won the game.”That the Hoosiers, who end the year with a 30-4 record, had a chance to win, was attributed to Smart’s play in the last five minutes and free-throw shooting problems by the Orange.Smart scored 10 of Indiana’s last 13 points in the game and tied the at 63, 68 and 70 each time it looked like SU might pull away.And with SU winning 73-70 with 38 seconds left, Smart rebounded a missed Howard Triche free throw and sank an 8-foot jump shot on the other end to make the score 73-72.Triche had made the first end of the one-and-one, but his miss on the second shot, followed by Derrick Coleman’s miss on a one-and-one, ended SU’s chances of winning the game.Sophomore point guard Sherman Douglas led Syracuse with 20 points and seven assists and wasn’t holding his head down after the loss. “I think we should be proud of the season we had,” Douglas said. “We weren’t expected to go as far as we did. This team is really proud of itself.”Junior center Rony Seikaly, who averaged 24 points in 5 prior tournament games, chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds.“We are all disappointed, but I’m sure when we think about it later, there’s no question this was a great season.”Coleman’s 19 rebounds was the second highest total ever in a NCAA championship game. The record of 21 was set by Ed Spivy of Kentucky in the 1951 championship game, when Kentucky defeated Kansas State for the title.“I came out trying to be aggressive on the board,” Coleman said. “I just wasn’t quite aggressive enough for us to win.”Boeheim, though visibly disappointed, said he took solace that his team took part in what he considers a great basketball game.“I’ve been involved in a lot (basketball games) of them,” Boeheim said. “You could certainly put this one there and say it’s one of the great ones. One great shot made the difference.”And the difference was a national championship trophy, which will head to Bloomington, Ind. For a third time instead of spending the next year in Syracuse. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 2, 2017 at 8:30 pmlast_img read more

Fan reactions to Syracuse’s 72-63 win against Connecticut

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Imama Chides Rangers Players for Opening Day Flop

first_imgThe current league champions started their title defence in the worst possible manner on Sunday afternoon when they lost the Oriental derby 2-1 in front of their fans at “The Cathedral” as the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium is now known.Speaking to after the defeat, Amapakabo attributed the loss to the low performance of some of his players, without mentioning any one in particular.“When the game started, we had about seven players that did not come to the party,” began Amapakabo.“So when you have up to seven players that are not up there, and these are same players that few months ago were champions of Nigeria, we managed to hope as best as possible that the result would come at the end of the day (but it did not).” lamented Imama who started the game with 10 of the players that were part of the title winning side last term.Rangers only goal of the game was scored by former Akwa United striker Fortune Omoniwari who was making his Rangers debut and despite his team’s apparent lack of goals in recent games, Imama remains unruffled. Rangers lost on penalties to FC Ifeanyiubah in the Nigerian Charity Cup last Wednesday after a goalless encounter“We are creating the chances which is good. It is my responsibility to see that they start scoring and we will improve on that. It is a long season and we started last year by losing away (at Kano Pillars), we have 37 more games to play and I’m sure we will get it right.” he enthused.Rangers play on the road to Nasarawa United in tomorrow’s midweek clash and perhaps may reverse their poor start.Their hosts, Nasarawa United, secured an opening day draw at Confederation Cup hopefuls, Wikki Tourists on Sunday and will be playing their first game in their home ground in Lafia in two years after playing all of last season in Makurdi due to renovation works at the Lafia Township Stadium.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Fisayo DairoEnugu Rangers Technical Adviser Imama Amapakabo has decried the performance of some of his key players in the club’s opening day of the 2016/2017 NPFL loss to Abia Warriors.last_img read more

Double glory as Black Meteors, Black Queens qualify for 2015 All Africa Games

first_imgGhana has secured double qualification to the 2015 All Africa Games after the Black Meteors and Black Queens overcame their opponents.The Black Queens were the first to book their slot away in Zimbabwe after battling to a 2:2 draw in Harare.The Queens held on to their 2:1 first keg adavantage to qualify 4:3 on aggregate.Later in Tamale, the Black Meteors overturned a 1:0 first leg deficit by beating Mozambique 2:0. A first own goal put the Meteors ahead before Bright Agyei sealed qualification with a decisive second goal in the second half.The All Africa Games will be held in Congo later this year and the Black Meteors are the defending champions in male football following their gold-medal winning get in Maputo four years ago. –last_img

DraftKings Week 4 Monday Night Showdown: Picks, advice for Bengals-Steelers NFL DFS

first_imgDraftKings Showdown Picks: Bengals at SteelersCAPTAIN (1.5x points, 1.5x price): WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers ($15,600)This is the slate to keep things simple. The player with the highest potential for a massive game is JuJu. True, we have James Conner in the lineup, too, but we wouldn’t be able to fit the other five guys if we went with the slightly more expensive Conner as our captain. The Steelers should have a good offensive performance at home on Monday night, and JuJu should be at the center of it. FLEX RB James Conner, Steelers ($10,600)The cheaper Joe Mixon isn’t a bad play in concept, but we’ve structured this lineup around the Steelers dominating this football game, and so we need to have Conner and not Mixon. There’s less competition with Conner for snaps, and he should get a slice of basically all the rushing and receiving back success that Pittsburgh has on Monday night. FLEX QB Mason Rudolph, Steelers ($9,600)Rudolph wasn’t great in his first start, but he found a way to connect on long touchdowns to Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson. We’re betting on that happening again, and he’s going to complete enough passes, even if they’re short, to have a decent enough floor-ceiling combo. FLEX TE Tyler Eifert, Bengals ($5,200)Eifert’s gonna get a lot of love next week because of a great matchup against Arizona, but we like him in this game, too. The Steelers should use new acquisition Minkah Fitzpatrick to help shut down the John Ross/Tyler Boyd combo, so Eifert should have some room and is a top red-zone target for Cincinnati.FLEX WR Auden Tate, Bengals ($4,800) Bengals vs. Steelers is a classic AFC North matchup that we get to watch on Monday Night Football in Week 4, but this year’s first meeting doesn’t have quite the same luster as it has in past seasons. Ben Roethlisberger’s season-ending elbow injury means it will be a duel between Andy Dalton and Mason Rudolph. With neither defense impressing this year, there are plenty of options for a DraftKings Showdown lineup that can end your Week 4 DFS action with a bang.We’re leaning toward the Steelers here because Dalton’s past prime-time struggles. After a number of Showdown lineups where we have avoided the best players as our captains, it’s all JuJu Smith-Schuster in that slot this week. He’s just too good relative to most of the options on this slate, and there isn’t an obvious cheap choice to lead the way. We’re also going to rely on James Conner and Mason Rudolph, so the Steelers need to deliver as expected for this lineup to pay off on Monday night. Ten targets and eight catches a week ago make Tate a bargain at this price because he should see similar playing time in Week 4, too. He’ll certainly receive the least attention of the Bengals’ wideouts. FLEX TE Nick Vannett, Steelers ($4,200)It’s hard to know if Vannett can possibly be ready for full involvement in his Steelers’ debut after being acquired from the Seahawks, but with Vance McDonald likely out, he’s going to have to be. Rudolph liked targeting McDonald, albeit close to the line of scrimmage, so Vannett should at least get some receptions in this one.last_img read more

Aussie and Kiwi sports stars in 4 Pacific Games events

first_imgThese sports are – rugby sevens, sailing, taekwondo and weightlifting.Their participation is setting a pathway for the Games to become continental.It will be the first time the two countries have taken part in the Games since the event started in 1963.The Pacific Games Council (PGC) approved a proposal to allow Australia and New Zealand to take part following an agreement between the Oceania National Olympic Committee and the Pacific Games Council.Oceania is the only region without a Continental Games and athletes from the region had to go to other competitions and regions to try to qualify for the Olympics.The four sports Australia and New Zealand will be allowed to compete in initially were chosen because it is believed that the other Pacific countries could compete against them.last_img read more