Kennard takes home honor after strong performance

first_imgUSC senior defensive end Devon Kennard was named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week on Monday for his outstanding play in the team’s 30-13 victory over Hawai’i to open the 2013 season.In a game that the Trojan defense dominated, Kennard recorded three tackles, including two tackles for loss and one sack, two pass breakups and one quarterback hurry.The Lott IMPACT Trophy is awarded to a defensive college player at the end of the year to the player who displays the best personal character and athletic performance.Before the season began, Kennard was named to the Lott Trophy Award watch list.Kennard is a fifth-year senior who was sidelined all of last season because of a torn pectoral muscle injury.The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Kennard started his career at USC as a defensive end but was moved to outside linebacker at the end of his freshman year. In his sophomore season, he was shifted again to middle linebacker, then moved back to defensive end his junior year.Now, Kennard plays in a sort of defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid spot that better suits his skill set.Kennard was voted to be one of the team captains for this season along with Hayes Pullard, Marcus Martin and Marqise Lee.The Lott IMPACT Trophy was named in honor of Ronnie Lott — a two time All-American who played for the USC Trojans. Lott went on to win four Super Bowl rings with the San Francisco 49ers, 10 trips to the Pro Bowl and a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.last_img read more

Irish fighters in boxing action today

first_imgLight-flyweight Brendan Irvine will be first into the ring when he faces American Nico Hernandez.Light Welterweight Dean Walsh and Middleweight Michael O’Reilly will also be in action.last_img

Nigeria Targets Knock out Stage Ticket as Eagles Play Guinea

first_imgAFCON 2019 CRACKERWith the lone goal win in the opening match against Zimbabwe on Saturday night behind them, Super Eagles of Nigeria look set to be the first country to reach the second round phase of the AFCON 2019 tournament if they secure another win this afternoon against Syli Stars of Guinea.The privilege to be the first country to reach the next stage is achievable, courtesy of early kick off of the Group B encounter which is ahead of other matches that could produce potential qualifiers later in the night. The match at the 20,000 Alexandria Stadium, no doubt is the star match of the group considering the pedigree of the two nations in continental football although the Guineans are yet to win the precious title in all their years of participation.After the 1-1 scoreline in their opening account against minnows, Madagascar, the French West African nation will have to contend with putting in their best and avoid any slip against Nigeria whom her coach Gernot Rohr had promised a good fight after a rather not too impressive performance against Burundi last Saturday.“We had some sick players coming here because of the weather when we’re training in Asaba. But I believe they will be okay and we can have fully fit team against Guinea in our next match,” stressed Rohr ahead of the cracker today.The team is also boosted by the return of Samuel Kalu who has been declared fit to play for the team after his health problem last Friday before the opening match.“Kalu had a problem on Friday when he fell sick as we are doing some drills on corner kicks. He was rushed to the hospital and fortunately, the doctors said it was a problem of dehydration and not heart problem as many speculated.“He is okay now and the morale of my players is very high and ready to move mountain against any opposition here including Guinea whom we face next,” the Franco/German tactician told journalists yesterday.However, for the opposing coach Paul Put, he has a score to settle with Super Eagles going by the previous encounter against Nigeria in the competition.While in charge of Stallions of Burkina Faso in 2013 edition of the tournament in South Africa, he was able to level score at 1-1 at group stage against Late Stephen Keshi’s side but when both sides met again in the final match of the competition, it was Sunday Uba’s lone strike that gave Nigeria her third AFCON trophy win as against his then side who were gunning for their first continental glory.A win for Super Eagles today and if Madagascar upset Burundi in the other group match tomorrow, Guinea will be in precarious situation of elimination or has to go through the banana skin of third best losers’ spot.Later tonight, Egypt and Uganda could secure their respective passage into the next stage if the host win against DR Congo and Uganda do same with the match with Zimbabwe.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Gallery: Lukaku First Training Session With Manchester United

first_imgRomelu Lukaku settled straight to work with Manchester United, as he joined the rest of the squad in Los Angeles for United’s first training session of their pre-season tour, barely an hour after his official announcement.It is the Belgian striker’s first training with his new teammates after moving to United from Everton for £75m on a five-year contract. A deal that could further rise to £90m with the option of another 12-months. RelatedLukaku Returns To Manchester United TrainingNovember 9, 2018In “England”Lukaku Scores First Manchester United Goal – VideoJuly 18, 2017In “England”Lukaku Ruled Out of Manchester United Friendly With Inter MilanJuly 19, 2019In “England”last_img read more

Vainglory’s Super Evil Megacorp and ESL announce production partnership

first_imgSuper Evil Megacorp, the developer of mobile MOBA Vainglory, and esports production group ESL announced a partnership to bring regular programming into the game’s competitive circuit. The live streamed events will begin June 24 with the start of the summer season of the regular high-tier competitive league, Vainglory8.“We’re very excited to partner with Super Evil Megacorp and work in tandem as leaders in mobile esports,” said Sean Charles, VP of Publisher and Developer Relations, ESL, in a press release. “Vainglory has inspired the mobile gaming industry by sustaining a viable esports ecosystem and we are pleased to bring mobile esports to the top with Super Evil Megacorp.”“Partnering with ESL to bring broadcasts of the Vainglory8 to more viewers across more channels only makes sense for us;”  Bo Daly, Co-Founder & President of Super Evil Megacorp, also stated in the release, “as we strive to serve our players and fans, and to keep our place as the leading mobile esport, we want to partner with top talent of esports production, and that for us is ESL.”ESL is the world’s largest esports event and production company, hosting events for the likes of Valve and formerly League of Legends. The group, owned by Turtle Entertainment, also owns an online competition platform that runs tournaments for a wide selection of games, including Vainglory, Dota 2 and mobile first-person shooter Critical Ops. SEMC and ESL UK partnered already to produce the Spring Season Championships in London, England in late May. It was held live in the city’s famous O2 arena and brought teams from around the world to compete for the season’s championship title. According to press releases by ESL and SEMC, the productions will continue into the end of the 2017. This will likely culminate with this year’s instance of the Vainglory World Championship, held previously in Hollywood’s famous TCL Chinese Theater. There are no plans thus far to continue into the 2018 season. Esports Insider Says: This felt inevitable, but it only spells good things for the mobile gaming scene. Bringing in ESL’s brand gives the game’s esports circuit a better reputation, and Vainglory’s leagues get a boost of value. Here’s hoping it amounts to solid numbers, as this could make or break mobile competition.last_img read more

Multiple Weekend Deaths Over Michigan Lakes

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Police say a 27-year-old Lansing man was found floating face down Saturday night, in Lake Michigan at Holland State Park.Across the state in Wayne County, a 61-year-old man drowned in Belleville Lake. Another incident involved a 23-year-old woman who disappeared while swimming at Clear Lake, in St Joseph County.In Northern Michigan, authorities recovered the body of a 52-year-old Grayling man on Sunday morning, after he jumped into Lake Margarette in Crawford County on Saturday afternoon.Police say the victim, Mike Stanley, jumped into the water to retrieve an item that fell overboard and wasn’t able to get back to his boat due to high winds. As temperatures are getting warmer and permitting water activities, it is important to take necessary safety precautions.“Stay with a buddy, don’t go out by yourself…at least it’s not recommended to venture out by yourself. Have a buddy with you have a form of communication, let somebody know where you’re going,” said Officer Andrew Babione of the St. Ignace Coast Guard.Officer Babione also advises to never leave you’re capsized vessel, even if you think you can swim to shore, and always wear a life vest.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena’s 911 Director Gurisko ResignsNext SAFER Grant Would Help Local Fire Departments Save Money & Hire Trained First Responderslast_img read more

Australian Open 2019: Schedule, draw, how to watch, live stream Grand Slam tournament

first_img1. Simona Halep, Romania2. Angelique Kerber, Germany3. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark4. Naomi Osaka, Japan5. Sloane Stephens, United States6. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine7. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic8. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic9. Kiki Bertens, Netherlands10. Daria Kasatkina, Russia11. Aryna Sabalenka, Belarus12. Elise Mertens, Belgium13. Anastasija Sevastova, Latvia14. Julia Goerges, Germany15. Ashleigh Barty, Australia16. Serena Williams, United States17. Madison Keys, United States18. Garbine Muguruza, Spain19. Caroline Garcia, France20. Anett Kontaveit, Estonia21. Wang Qiang, China22. Jelena Ostapenko, Latvia23. Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain24. Lesia Tsurenko, Ukraine25. Mihaela Buzarnescu, Romania26. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia27. Camila Giorgi, Italy28. Hsieh Su-wei, Taiwan29. Donna Vekic, Croatia30. Maria Sharapova, Russia31. Petra Martic, Croatia32. Barbora Strycova, Czech RepublicAustralian Open women’s singles draw— Ricky Dimon (@Dimonator) January 10, 2019Odds to win the 2019 Australian OpenMEN’S SINGLESNovak Djokovic+120Roger Federer+550Rafael Nadal+600Alexander Zverev+750Andy Murray+2000Marin Cilic+2000Nick Kyrgios+2000Dominic Thiem+2500Karen Kachanov+2500Kei Nishikori+3300Milos Raonic+3300Stan Wawrinka+3300Denis Shapovalov+4000Chung Hyeon+4000Kevin Anderson+4000David Goffin+5000Grigor Dimitrov+5000John Isner+6600Kyle Edmund+6600WOMEN’S SINGLESSerena Williams+400Naomi Osaka+800Simona Halep+900Angelique Kerber+1000Elina Svitolina+1000Aryna Sabalenka+1200Karolina Pliskova+1200Caroline Wozniacki+1400Garbine Muguruza+1600Sloane Stephens+1800Madison Keys+2000Petra Kvitova+2000Jelena Ostapenko+2500Maria Sharapova+2500Victoria Azarenka+2500 MORE: Watch Australian Open quarterfinals live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)In the men’s bracket, No. 1 Novak Djokovic is vying for a record seventh Australian Open title. Here is all the information you need to watch the 2019 Australian Open, including a complete TV schedule and betting odds.You can follow live round-by-round scoring updates and results here.When is the Australian Open?The 2019 Australian Open will begin Monday, Jan. 14, and last a fortnight. The women’s singles final will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, while the men’s singles final will be held on Sunday, Jan. 27.How to watch on TV, live stream onlineThe tournament will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2 and the Tennis Channel. The men’s semifinals and both the men’s and women’s final will air on ESPN. The Open quarterfinals matches can also be streamed live online with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.2019 Australian Open scheduleAll times EasternJan. 13 — First round, 7 p.m., ESPN2Jan. 14 — First round, 9 p.m., ESPN2Jan. 15 — Second round, 9 p.m., ESPN2Jan. 16 — Second round, 9 p.m., ESPN2Jan. 17 — Third round, 11 p.m., ESPN2Jan. 18 — Third round, 9 p.m., ESPN2Jan. 20 — Round of 16, 9 p.m., ESPN2Jan. 21 — Quarterfinals, 9 p.m., ESPN2, fuboTVJan. 22 — Quarterfinals, 3 a.m., ESPN2, fuboTVJan. 22 — Quarterfinals, 9 p.m., ESPN2, fuboTVJan. 23 — Quarterfinals, 3:30 a.m., ESPN2, fuboTVJan. 23 — Women’s semifinals, 10 p.m., ESPN2Jan. 24 — Men’s semifinal, 3:30 a.m., ESPNJan. 25 — Men’s semifinal, 3:30 a.m., ESPNJan. 26 — Women’s final, 3:30 a.m., ESPNJan. 27 — Men’s final, 3:30 a.m., ESPNMORE: Live round-by-round scores, resultsAustralian Open draw: Men’s bracketHere’s the full list of seedings for the men’s draw with the complete bracket displayed below.1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia2. Rafael Nadal, Spain3. Roger Federer, Switzerland4. Alexander Zverev, Germany5. Kevin Anderson, South Africa6. Marin Cilic, Croatia7. Dominic Thiem, Austria8. Kei Nishikori, Japan9. John Isner, United States10. Karen Khachanov, Russia11. Borna Coric, Croatia12. Fabio Fognini, Italy13. Kyle Edmund, Britain14. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece15. Daniil Medvedev, Russia16. Milos Raonic, Canada17. Marco Cecchinato, Italy18. Diego Schwartzman, Argentina19. Nikoloz Basilashvili, Georgia20. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria21. David Goffin, Belgium22. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain23. Pablo Carreno Busta, Spain24. Hyeon Chung, South Korea25. Denis Shapovalov, Canada26. Fernando Verdasco, Spain27. Alex de Minaur, Australia28. Lucas Pouille, France29. Gilles Simon, France30. Gael Monfils, France31. Steve Johnson, United States32. Philipp Kohlschreiber, GermanyAustralian Open men’s singles draw— Ricky Dimon (@Dimonator) January 10, 2019Australian Open draw: Women’s bracketHere’s the full list of seedings for the women’s draw with the complete bracket displayed below.center_img The 2019 Australian Open begins Jan. 13, marking the start of a new tennis season.This year’s tournament features a field packed with notable names, including the return of Serena Williams, who skipped the 2018 Australian Open after winning it a year earlier. Williams, a seven-time Open champion, remains one Grand Slam victory shy of Margaret Court’s singles record of 24 — a mark she hopes to break in 2019.last_img read more

Castro admits De Ocampo irreplaceable

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “I’m still not used to it because he’s our captain, our vocal leader and that what makes him the anchor of the team,” said his former teammate Jayson Castro on Wednesday after the KaTropa edged NLEX, 112-107, in their first game without the veteran forward. “And you can’t really replace a Ranidel in your team.”“Trade has been done and we have no choice but to move forward and embrace the change. No one person can replace RDO. It takes everybody pitching in,” echoed TNT head coach Nash Racela in a text message to on Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCastro knows exactly what he’s talking about having shared six championships with de Ocampo. Both won a couple of Finals MVP awards during those title runs.“It was sad when we found out that he got traded, but I guess there’s a reason why he was traded to Meralco,” said Castro, who was also teammates with de Ocampo with Gilas Pilipinas. The 35-year-old de Ocampo visited TNT practice to bid farewell to the team, which he played for eight seasons.Castro said de Ocampo told the team to just “accept” the change and “move on.”“That’s basketball. And it’s something we have no control over,” the explosive guard said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Winning start A costly, catty dispute finally settled A costly, catty dispute finally settled Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Golovkin skips birth of daughter to train for title fight LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Break new ground Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRanidel de Ocampo can space the floor, break down his defender in the post and has a knack for hitting big shots.De Ocampo was traded to Meralco on Monday and TNT will surely miss all of those and so much more.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

LRA Bids ITAS Consultant Farewell

first_imgThe Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Elfrieda Stewart Tamba has applauded the excellent services provided by an Integrated Tax Administration System (ITAS) Consultant, hoping that he will return to the country to continue aiding efforts aimed at putting the LRA on a modern revenue collection trajectory. “The LRA is an infant organization that requires enormous technical assistance in its drive to improve service delivery and to be a model revenue authority within West Africa and the world. We appreciate the technical support you provided our MIS Division and we look forward to working with you again when the extension of Adam Smith Support to the LRA is consummated by the IPFMRP/World Bank,” CG Tamba told Mr. Sintayehu Mitiku on Friday, August 12, at a farewell luncheon held in his honor.Mr. Mitiku spent eight months at the LRA as ITAS Implementation Advisor as part of support to the LRA by Adam Smith International under the IPFMRP Donor Funding Basket. He worked with the Management Information System Division (MISD), with specific focus on improving the application of the Standard Integrated Government Tax Administration System (SIGTAS) — a modern tax administration system designed to facilitate tax administration and improve revenue.CG Tamba said Mr. Mitiku was leaving when the project he was working on was not complete and hoped that the World Bank will shortly complete the extension of the Adam Smith contract. “We are hopeful that the extension would be made so that the project is completed; and by so doing, achieve our vision to introduce e-service, that is electronic payment and electronic filing, to tax payers.” CG Tamba said.According to the Commissioner General, engagements with Mr. Mitiku showed that he is a professional and dedicated person, and the LRA remains thankful to him.Both Deputy Commissioner Generals for Administrative Affairs (Oliver N. Rogers, II) and Technical Affairs (Decontee King-Sackie) also lauded Mr. Mitiku for his selfless services to the LRA and hoped that he returns to complete the e-service and related projects critical to enhancing service delivery at the LRA. “For the short time that you have been here, the impact you have made in the institution has been felt,” Mrs. King-Sackie said. “Even though you came as an ITAS international Consultant, you did not only confine yourself to that. You provided significant help in other areas, whether it was directly related to SIGTAS or not…you were willing to share and reach out. That, the LRA really appreciates what you’ve been able to do.”The DCGTA said the LRA will do the necessary to have Mr. Mitiku return to complete the projects, saying “we need people like you to help us put our reforms on the right trajectory to have it sustainable in the long term.”In a brief response, the honoree said he was pleased to have worked with the LRA and that he was excited by the honor and recognition. Mr. Mitiku said he is willing to return because he did not complete what he started, a press release from the LRA said yesterday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Let The People Decide

first_imgDr. Augustine KonnehBy Prof. Augustine Konneh, PhD2017 will be remembered in the annals of our history as a defining year. It is the first year since 1944 when one democratically elected government of Liberia will succeed another. Liberians took the first step on October 10, by going to the polls in droves to vote for their President and members of the House of Representatives. Because none of the 20 presidential contestants met the constitutional requirement of 50% Plus One, Presidential run-off between the two leading parties, the Unity Party (UP) and the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) is scheduled for November 7, 2017.All things being equal, the scheduled run-off election between the Unity Party (UP) and the Coalition for Democratic Congress (CDC) is a critical juncture in our journey to a New Day in our dear country. This is the point where the road to prosperity and stability must be taken.After taking the first step in voting for our leaders on October 10, 2017, we must now complete the journey to be led by a tried, tested, trusted and dependable leader. We must choose a President that will give us new roads, resourceful industries, profitable work, quality education, and peaceful communities. We will be better-off with Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, a leader that will guarantee every Liberian “freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear.”I call on all Liberians to vote their conscience and country as we continue this journey to this New Day. All of us traveling on this journey, from every corner of our precious country, must stand together for peace and prosperity.  I call on all our people in every county, district, chiefdom and clan to come out and vote for a new President whose government that will reflect every facet and shade of Liberia, so that we can all together reach the New Day. It is a choice worth making.  I call on the young people, women, men, and the disable to come out and vote for this day. By the single act of expressing our franchises as citizens of this great Republic, God willing, we will have a visionary leader that is competent, prepared, experienced and qualified to lead our country to a period of greater peace, enlarged freedoms, and inclusive governance.   It is therefore time our people to decide their future.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more