Singer Shanead Music Turns to Afrobeat on New Single, ‘Dance For…

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – Having done R&B and reggae-influenced songs, singer Shanead Music tried something different on ‘Dance For Me’, her latest song. It is a nod to Afrobeat, arguably the hottest sound in pop music.‘Dance For Me’ was released in early August by the Marley-owned Tuff Gong International. It is co-produced by E7E Music/Davila Music Group.Being a fan of Afro Beat stars Seya Shay, Tiwa Savage, Maleek Berry and Rotimi, Shanead Music first experimented with the genre on Pressure, a song released early this year.“I love their instruments and they have a specific rhythm that makes them so authentic and original that it touches everyone. I love how it makes people feel,” she said.The Texas native, whose father is American and mother from Trinidad and Tobago, added that Afro Beat’s growing appeal can help her reach a wider market. The sound, which originated in Nigeria, has produced a number of major stars including Davido, a Nigerian-American who has collaborated with high-profile acts like Chris Brown.Pressure also had elements of soca, a beat with roots in Shanead Music mother’s homeland. She lived in T&T as a child with her grandmother and visits the country regularly.Growing up in the Eastern Caribbean made her appreciate soca acts like Destra Garcia, Kes The Band,Machel Montano, Fay-Ann Lyons and Patrice Roberts. She also cites South African reggae singer Lucky Dube and American soul singer Fantasia Barrino as influences.‘Dance For Me’ caps a busy period of recording for Shanead Music. Her latest songs, which includes Me and Searching, will be part of a bigger project.“We are definitely cooking up something new for the world to take in and enjoy,” she said.last_img read more

Dominica Cannot Afford Another Lockdown – Davidson Valerie

first_img Tweet Share Share Dominica cannot afford to return to the similar situations of being in lockdown according to Acting Deputy Chief of Police, Davidson Valerie.From March to June 2020 the Government embarked on drastic and necessary measures which included total lockdown with a view of preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Dominica.“Dominica cannot afford to return to a similar situation,” Valerie stated.He added, “We must make every sacrifice to ensure that we don’t return to that period”Meanwhile, Valerie says the Police continues to partner with the customs and excise departments of the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority in monitoring Dominica borders.“Those officers have very strict instructions to deal with anyone found illegally entering or leaving the commonwealth of Dominica. And they will use every legal means necessary to deal with the offenders,” the Acting Deputy Chief of Police said.He also urged all citizens to adhere to the warnings and advice given by the relevant authorities and the police.“The commonwealth of Dominica Police Force pledges its commitment to enforce the law of the commonwealth of Dominica and will do whatever is practicable to prevent illegal entries to Dominica and to bring the perpetrators to justice,” he noted. Sharing is caring!center_img FeaturedLocalNews Dominica Cannot Afford Another Lockdown – Davidson Valerie by: – September 11, 2020 Share 175 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

PVL: Ella de Jesus signs for Creamline Cool Smashers

first_imgMANILA – After three seasons with the BanKo-Perlas Lady Spikers, veteran libero Jorella “Ella” de Jesus agreed to bring her talents to the Creamline Cool Smashers ahead of the 2020 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) season.There, she will reunite with her former Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles head coach Anusorn “Tai” Bundit and teammates Alyssa Valdez and Julia Morado.De Jesus, Valdez and Morado were part of Ateneo’s starting six that vanquished defending University Athletic Association of the Philippines women’s volleyball title holder De La Salle University Lady Spikers in 2014.Creamline has now more weapons on its arsenal by signing de Jesus, who can also play the role of a spiker, aside from key players Valdez, Morado, Jessica Galanza, Michele Gumabao, Pau Soriano and Kyla Atienza.The team is on a bid for its third straight PVL Open Conference championship after sweeping last year’s edition highlighted by a finals series versus the Petro Gazz Angels. PVL announced that it will tentatively start its 2020 season with the Open Conference rather than the usual Reinforced Conference since imports might not be available due to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic./PN After spending three seasons with BanKo-Perlas Lady Spikers, veteran libero Ella de Jesus (center) joins the Creamline Cool Smashers before the 2020 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) season begins. Creamline is on a bid for its third consecutive PVL Open Conference title. DAYTIME VIEWlast_img read more

Lorain tops Avon on senior night, 71-45, thanks to pressure defense

first_img Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42 LORAIN1217172571 AVON149111145 Related TopicsAvonAvon Boys BasketballAvon EaglesLorainLorain Boys BasketballLorain Titans LORAIN, OHIO– Senior night couldn’t have gone any better for the Lorain Titans, as they topped the Avon Eagles, 71-45, and got a big lift from their seniors in the process.Coming into Tuesday night’s game, senior Jaiden Sledge’s season-high was 12 points. He surpassed that number in the second quarter and ended the night with 16 points. Sledge, who transferred from Amherst before this school year, scored eight of the Titan’s first nine points, including two three pointers.“I felt great, all my butterflies got out of me and I just felt good from there,” Sledge said. “It felt good because it’s senior night and my teammates tried to get me the ball as much as they can, and I try to score as much as I can. I was shooting my shots in rhythm.”“He has brought so much positivity to not only our basketball program, but the whole school,” head coach John Rositano said. “There’s not a person, there’s not anybody in this school who doesn’t love the kid. He’s always got a smile on his face, just a great kid. And we are so happy that he made the choice to come play for us.”David Weatherington, the only other senior on Lorain’s roster, also had a solid game with 10 points, including two buckets in the second quarter to help the Titans regain the lead heading into the halftime break.Behind Sledge’s quick eight points, the Titans jumped out to a 9-3 lead to open the game. Avon responded with a run of their own and took a 10-9 lead on a 3-pointer from Dean Emerine. After trading buckets, the Eagles held onto a 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.The Titans buckled down defensively a couple of minutes into the second quarter, however, and started on a run of their own. Five quick points from Sledge and a layup and a dunk from Taevon Pierre-Louis started the Titans out on a 9-0 run to take a 21-14 lead. Pierre-Louis, Weatherington and Levell Hall all contributed transition buckets that helped balloon that lead to as many as 13 points. Avon went on a 7-0 run to close out the half, however, giving the Titans just a six-point halftime lead.At halftime, the Titans stressed the importance of defensive pressure. That showed in the third quarter as they began to play tighter defense in the full court as well as the half court, causing a lot of Eagle turnovers and easy transition buckets.“In the second half we started to play a lot of solid defense so when we started playing solid defense, their team started to struggle and our team started scoring the ball more,” Weatherington said.“I thought we made it difficult for them,” Rositano said. “Especially in the second half where we got some turnovers and some run-outs, where we could score without letting them get in their half court defenses, then we’re just that much better.”Pierre-Louis opened the second half with back-to-back dunks giving the Titans a 10-point lead. Nine of Avon’s 11 points in the third quarter came from Ryan Maloy, seven of which were free throws. By the end of the third frame, Lorain started to pull away with a 46-34 lead.Midway through the final quarter, Lorain led by 20 thanks to seven quick points from Devon Grant. In the end, the Titans’ pressure proved too much for Avon.Pierre-Louis led Lorain with 17 points, while Grant added 16 to go along with Sledge and Weatherington’s outputs. Emerine had 15 points for Avon, while Maloy added 13.When it comes down to it, Tuesday night was a solid win for Lorain, and a good way to send out a senior class that shares the same characteristic.“They’re not flashy, but they’re just solid,” Rositano said. “Solid basketball players, great kids. Like I said, when you have two seniors that provide character, the chemistry of the team is a lot easier.” 1Q2Q3Q4QFINAL Ashley Bastocklast_img read more

Novak Djokovic Wants ATP And Davis Cups Merger

first_imgNovak Djokovic on Sunday called on the rival ATP and Davis Cups to combine in order to survive as he prepared for the Dubai Championships.Djokovic, who recently won his eighth Australian Open title and led Serbia to the ATP Cup trophy last month, made his plea prior to starting this week as top seed at the Aviation Club.“In my opinion, they have to merge,” the world number one said of the two competitions, which are held less than two months apart at the end of one season and the start of the next and he believes should become “one super cup”.“That’s necessary because for me personally it will be very difficult to play every single year both competitions, so I’m going to have to choose,” said the 32-year-old, president of the ATP Player Council.“I don’t think this is (a) sustainable model for our tennis.”Djokovic dropped major hints that the Davis Cup, which has eliminated the classic home-and-away format in favour an 18-team Finals held over a week in Madrid, needs the most repair work.“What I don’t like with Davis Cup is you don’t have a possibility to play at home any more,” he said. “ATP Cup was like playing at home for us (Serbia) because we had a tremendous support in Australia.”But Djokovic also cautioned that the ATP Cup, which will stay in Australia for the forseeable future, has its own drawbacks.“It’s (to be held) 10 years in Australia. It’s really difficult to call these competitions World Cups because is there no ‘world’ if you keep it in one place for 10 years.“For 99 percent of the nations, they will not have the possibility for many, many years to host a tie at home.”RelatedNovak Djokovic Endorses ATP Cup Set To Begin In 2020November 15, 2018In “Tennis”Novak Djokovic Returns To World Tennis SummitNovember 5, 2018In “Tennis”Nadal Aims To Carry Good Form Into 2020December 21, 2019In “Tennis”last_img read more

Bristol City Vice-Chairman Discusses the Club’s Independent Kit Making

first_imgThrough their own company ‘Bristol Sport’, they have created a model that may set a strong trend. Getting the bigger picture and a glimpse into their kit game from behind the scenes, we spoke to Vice-Chairman, Jon Lansdown as he discusses why they broke away from convention. Creating a sports manufacturing brand is a separate business in its own right, isn’t it?“It is. Just making the kit for us, one club, is a business in itself and you certainly very quickly become focused on the quality of the product. For example, making sure it can’t get ripped off a players back is something we can’t have happen because then suddenly your brand is doubly associated with that and you haven’t got anyone else to blame if it goes wrong. On the other side to that, it is something that presents so many opportunities as well and it has definitely progressed well over the five years we’ve been working as Bristol Sport.””You get more ambitious as you go and you get more comfortable in the designs as well because we get to refine them. So there’s definitely been a growth of the model but it’s been great to be able to do things from the start, for example a purple kit. We’ve wanted to do that for years but we couldn’t because no one could provide us with the right colourways and the right numbers. Just having the flexibility to try new things, that’s something I try and challenge to people across the business. Where we can try and do things differently, we should. Obviously don’t do it for the sake of it but make sure you take the right opportunity because you can do it.”Creating product for professional standards, what are the challenges you face there?“The creative bit is obviously the fun side of it as a football fan. When you grow up with the game, you learn what you do and don’t like in a shirt as well as bringing feedback from across many areas of the club. I guess the difficult challenge is that you’re not a Nike or an adidas with the base of thousands of kits in the archive to start from, so when you say you want your collar to look a certain way and it comes back completely different, we have to learn the finite detail very quickly and we need to start designing from a very specific starting point otherwise you can go down the line producing ten different collars all of which aren’t right. A real small element can bog you right down and also if you get a small element wrong it can ruin the whole kit. We started the process a few years back with a classic and simplistic design for that reason. Since then we’ve been gaining in confidence and developed the designs through the year on year learning.”What does the design process look like?“As soon as you’ve finished one, you move onto the next. To be honest, even before that, you’re always trying to refine those touch points such as labels and those details that people may not even notice but they make it more of a solid product as a whole. So once a kit is done we work through those but then you move onto the next and start with the fabrics and the design. From a personal point of view, I always like a simple, classic design. While over the last five years we’ve been trying to give a nod to previous shirts, we’re trying to make sure they’re contemporary so we’re not just replicating a previous kit. It’s important to tip our cap to the past kits as it gives us an opportunity to create something new but also give the fans something they can relate to. That kind of thinking is the freedom making our own kits gives us. It can be like a writer’s block in a way because for me, the kit we made last season was a nod to one my favourites with the pin stripe but we’re always looking to improve having already got to a place where we’re really pleased with the product.”On the creative side, you can obviously be more experimental, is that freedom something you’ve been able to experience?“You’re always trying to take influence from as many different places as you can whilst also having an idea as to what you think will work. It’s important to obviously get the fan influence where you can. Having the robin on one of our kits this year is an example of that. Again, last year with the pinstripe shirt and an iconic purple away kit, it means that this year we needed to go looking for other elements the fans are craving. It might be one that splits opinion but whenever we’ve done polls in the past, it usually comes back that half the fans want to see the robin back on the shirt so being able to deliver that in the way we have one one of the shirts is a real positive and again differentiates the shirts and is something we wouldn’t have been able to do before.”What do you think of personally when you see the likes of Spurs having an away kit that is the Barcelona training kit and that templated trap other clubs fall into?“It was one of the frustrations that led to us coming out of the previous deal we had. There was a lack of control and we couldn’t try something expressive because if it was successful, we couldn’t reorder it as it would take months to arrive so for us now, if we catch something at the right time of year, we can turn around large orders in six weeks and replenish our stock as we go. So we can be far more nimble in the way we work. If something is successful for us then we have the opportunity to go again and so ultimately we have that freedom to be creative. Also it is nice just to be different. Right from the kit on the pitch to the training wear. If you’re two clubs playing in an adidas kit then your training wear is just going to be the same as someone else’s but a different colour and I just think that whole sense of belonging for a supporter is so important. We want to have that sense of belonging and give our supporters something unique.”Have you seen the explosion of jersey culture on a global level?“For us, we’re always looking to do something different and perceptions change over time. When we were younger, you’d have to wear your posh shoes in a nightclub but now people will wear their best trainers and jeans, it’s just the next step. Why shouldn’t you be able to wear a stylish football shirt in a nightclub? Some of those link ups are interesting though and really pushing boundaries. On a club level, quite often supporters can go both ways when these things happen, some of them won’t like a link up or collaboration but at the same time, from a pure aesthetic point of view, some look very smart.”What has the response been to the Bristol Sport kits over the last few season in comparison to say adidas kits before?“It’s generally been massively positive. I’d say that’s because we’re doing things we’ve never been able to do before. Whether that’s the design or the colourways, we’ve been able to do things that people want. It’s also been able to let us do some really unique things. We give a replica shirt out as part of all junior season tickets. Because we can control the manufacturing process, the numbers, the quantity and everything else, it means that as part of a £50 season ticket, each child gets a shirt. That means the young kids of Bristol, when we do holiday camps and that sort of thing, it has a real impact. It’s nice to be able to deliver something we wouldn’t be able to do if we were tied into contracts with other brands.”It must be refreshing to see kids wearing a Bristol City shirt over the likes of Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea etc…“It was definitely a frustration for me when I was younger. I would have rather seen a kid wearing a Bristol Rovers shirt than a Man Utd one because you want them to feel attached to the city and their local team. By being able to give our young season ticket holders a shirt, it’s great to see the ambition of more Bristol City shirts out there come to fruition.”Aston Villa are a club who have also experienced a real win from moving away from a more traditional manufacturer. Could you see this becoming a trend from sides in the Championship and below?“I actually don’t see why a Premier League club couldn’t do that. Unless you are a top, top club and were given a massive deal from one of the big brands – even then you will just be cutting something up a different way as then it will come down to the numbers you shift – I think it’s only a matter of time before club’s decide to go down a different route. If you’re really breaking boundaries, it would be one of the top clubs that decides to do something like that, which would open eyes but their commercial focus may be elsewhere. I definitely think it makes sense for certain other clubs. It’s interesting to see what Villa have done. It’s not a business model we’ve taken out to the market or anything like that because it’s not our main focus.” Talking specifically about the 18/19 football kits, what has the response been to them in comparison to other seasons?“Certainly in terms of having the robin on the shirt. That’s been hugely positive and we’ve seen a lot of good feedback on that. It was nice to be able to do a bit of retro training wear behind that too. The anthem jacket is one of those that when you see it for the first time, it has a great impression. An old fashion shell suit on a modern fit, it’s great to be able to do something like that, that you know people will love. Those are probably the overriding feelings and response we’ve had from this seasons kits. Nods back to kits in the mid-eighties though by shifting the placement of the bar that runs through the middle, it’s a nod to the past but a new design all the same.”You also chose to bring back the Robin. Where did the decision come from and why now?“It’s something we’ve always been aware of and in researching, there’s been approximately a 50/50 split, probably just a bit more in favour of the current crest but that’s still a lot of supporters. People like myself, when I was a teenager, we had the robin so it’s something a lot of fans grew up remembering our badge as and would really appreciate it. I think the kits from last season had been built up to for four seasons as somewhere we really wanted to get to so from there it was a case of where next. The timing just felt right and it would work with the colours. It also meant we could be a bit more experimental with the away kit as a special edition almost. It means by doing that, we can connect with a number of fans and produce something they genuinely want to wear. Also it’s not just creating something retro for the sake of it, this will be worn on pitch by the players too.”Do you think this model is here to stay? How long do you plan to keep Bristol Sport the kit supplier for Bristol City?“It will be, yes. Just because of the opportunity and freedom it gives us. I think it would take a very different proposition to make us think otherwise and it would almost present so many more hurdles to go back in a way. You’d have to get used to lead times, lack of control and everything else that it would have to be for serious financial reasons for us to go back to how it was. Even if we were to get promoted to the Premier League, I don’t think that would make enough of a difference for us to go another way. I’d love to be in that position to find out of course (!).” What are the aspirations for Bristol Sport as a manufacturing brand – is it simply to serve the needs of Bristol City or would you like to open it out to the market?“I think in time we could. We’ve got the expertise and the experience, it just falls into a priority list. Right now it’s not top of that list. First of all, we want to service our own teams. If someone came to us then obviously we’d need to gauge it and we’ve done a number of small things for others but right now, it’s not something we’re actively going out there and promoting. With us it’s about the bigger picture as a whole. Hopefully people can start to say, “I like what they’re doing there” with the multi-sport approach, the stadium and future developments and they might say, “we’d like you to help us develop that here”. That overall model is something we’re developing and it could be the way many teams structure themselves in the future. The thing is with that still, is that I wouldn’t ever want to just replicate a model or structure. We’re independent and we may be able to help others be independent too. If we were to make kits for others then it would be about giving them the opportunity and for someone to want to do that they’d need to buy into that bigger way of thinking too.”You must talk to other clubs about going down the route you have, what has the response been from the industry as it were?“You do get a lot of interest but lower down the leagues there’s less people doing more jobs so often a longer kit deal is just easier as it looks after itself. The reality of it means that unless it was a league wide deal or one club had a multi-sport approach like we do then it is more of a function rather than something where someone can focus on doing something differently. The club in question would need to have the capacity to do it.” In search of top flight football, Bristol City continue to battle it out in the Championship. One tier below the Premier League, they’ve taken measures towards creating a sustainable football club.Article courtesy of SoccerBible and photography by Dominika Scheibinger.Their next game is against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday 7th October, and tickets are available by clicking below.BUY TICKETS On a personal level, what’s your relationship like with football kits, do they unlock memories for you?“I definitely feel that way. That emotional connection is something we wanted to give people by bringing back the robin. I found an old England shirt on eBay recently from the early 90s and it had that effect on me, all of a sudden it brings back the memories of my first World Cup and you start to want that in your life. Although I may have only been six or seven, that’s what’s amazing about football, those feelings stay with you forever. Hopefully with the robin, people get that feeling of say standing on the terraces watching Stockport away. It’s something real.”What’s been your favourite Bristol City shirt and why?“It’s a tough one. I really do like the pinstripe we had last year because it referenced one of my favourites from my childhood. The ones you’ve got big memories attached to always stand out. The promotion shirt from a few seasons ago was special for that reason.” When Bristol Sport was first formed, was making your own kit something that was always on the agenda?“It wasn’t the reason we set up Bristol Sport but at the time of setting it up, we were coming to the end of a deal with our kit supplier anyway and so we were looking at all the options – whether that was a new or different supplier – and one of the options that came out of those discussions was whether we should source our own kit to give us more flexibility. It started becoming a realistic option to source our own and put our own Bristol Sport brand on it.”What were the contributing factors to making that decision?“Being in the position where we could do that firstly was obviously a contributing factor but taking that opportunity was important. We had just been in a contract where you’re just getting template kits, you’re being shown colour kits for away kits you could have and then you’re being told the minimum orders and they were just numbers we couldn’t have. That experience means you never really feel that close contact with what should be a really emotional product that we all hold close.””Signing off a home shirt would be more like you’re just being told you’re getting a red shirt not a green one and these are top end brands, you’d only have a choice of 2-3 templates and the one you’re signing off actually looks nothing like the finished product. You also know that other clubs would have had these kits previously or it might be their training-wear that you have as a first team shirt. It all means you’re left feeling like you don’t have that identity, which is so important to a club.”last_img read more

Girls basketball: Airline, Benton can’t quite pull off upsets

first_imgRussell Hedgesrhedges@bossierpress.com The Airline Lady Vikings and Benton Lady Tigers came close to pulling off upsets in the first round of the high school girls basketball playoffs Thursday night before falling.In class 5A, the No. 26 seed Lady Vikings lost a heartbreaker to No. 7 Ponchatoula 52-48 in overtime in Ponchatoula.In Class 4A, the No. 19 Lady Tigers fell to No. 14 West Ouachita 50-40 in West Monroe.Haughton and Louisiana New Tech at Plain Dealing play first-round games on the road tonight.Haughton (24-8), the No. 27 seed in 5A, visits No. 6 Destrehan (27-1). New Tech, the No. 20 seed in Class 1A, plays No. 13 Ascension Catholic (14-13) in Gonzalez.The Airline-Ponchatoula game was nip-and-tuck all the way.The Lady Vikings trailed by three at the half and then rallied to tie it at 31 going into the fourth quarter.Ponchatoula (24-5), the District 6-5A champion, led by three in the fourth quarter but Airline came back again and tied it. The Lady Vikings had a chance to win in regulation but the Green Wave forced a turnover with six seconds left.Airline was whistled for a foul with one second left but Ponchatoula missed the front end of a one-and-one and the game went into overtime.The Green Wave took control early in the overtime period, racing to a five-point lead.Senior Jasmyn Carswell, a McNeese State signee, led Airline (17-13) with 17 points. Junior guard Kei McCoy added 15. Junior guard Madison Rowland scored nine.At West Monroe, Benton overcame a slow start to make a game of it.The Lady Tigers trailed 18-7 after the first quarter and then dominated the second. West Ouachita (22-10) led 20-19 at the half.Benton (20-12) trailed by only two, 31-29, going into the fourth quarter, but the Lady Chiefs pulled way for the win. Premier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoInstant Voice TranslatorInstant Voice Translator (43 Languages) Takes Hong Kong By StormInstant Voice Translator|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. Here’s How It’s Driving Future Global Trade.StanChart by CNBC Catalyst|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDating.comTop Successful Single Men in Tung ChungDating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStrategyCombatIf you own a Computer, then you have to play this Game. No Install.StrategyCombat|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Nines option for Western Sydney Stadium launch

first_imgRugby League The NRL is exploring the option of using next year’s return of the Nines tournament to launch the new Western Sydney Stadium. With the Nines to move from Auckland to an Australian city when it returns to the rugby league calendar in 2019, NRL.com has been told NRL officials are negotiating a possible deal to open the 32,000-seat stadium with the two-day event. The original completion date for the new stadium was estimated to be March 2019, however the NRL would need construction to move ahead of schedule to be ready for an early February tournament. Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne are also in negotiations with the governing body to bring the event to their city, with Auckland’s four-year run to come to an end. NRL.com understands Brisbane is viewed as the front-runner to host the tournament next year, however it could hinge on the future of the struggling Global Rugby Tens tournament, which is the brainchild of Duco Events. Duco is also the New Zealand-based organisation in partnership with the NRL for the Auckland Nines, however the appetite for its return across the ditch has diminished from both parties. The NRL is hopeful of a compromise that will likely mean the rugby league Nines is played in Brisbane and Auckland would host the Rugby Tens, which is currently played at Suncorp Stadium on the same weekend the NRL wants to lock in. However, the Western Australian government, which is looking to attract major sporting events to Perth to fill the new 60,000-seat stadium, is in pursuit of the Nines. The NRL will play a round-one double-header featuring the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Melbourne Storm and New Zealand Warriors in Perth next month, and has also secured a deal to play State of Origin at the facility in 2019. The idea of moving the Nines to WA is attractive for the governing body, which also has had some interest from the Victorian government to bring it to Melbourne.last_img read more

Prep/College Softball Results

first_img Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Auto (360p) 720p HD About Connatix V56892 College Softball: 1080p HDcenter_img 1/1 About Connatix V56892 360p St. Thomas 4, St. Ben’s 1(Mackenzie Wenner hit a solo homerun for the Blazers)St. Thomas 8, St. Ben’s 0(Rachel Nelson threw 5 1/3 innings with 11 hits and 6 earned runs for the Blazers.  St. Ben’s is 18-15 but is out of contention for a MIAC playoff spot)Prep Softball:Fergus Falls 9, Tech 5last_img

South Africa call up Olivier, Morris for final two Tests

first_imgCAPE TOWN, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa have added seamer Duanne Olivier and bowling all-rounder Chris Morris to their squad for the final two Tests against Australia, but appear to have closed the door on a return for paceman Dale Steyn.Olivier, Morris, uncapped Wiaan Mulder and Morne Morkel will all be considered to replace suspended fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, who has been named, for the third Test starting at Newlands on Thursday.Rabada, the number one-ranked Test bowler, could still play if he succeeds in his appeal against an International Cricket Council (ICC) decision to award him three demerit points for his reaction to dismissing Steve Smith in the second Test.His brushing of the Australian captain’s shoulder took him past eight points, triggering an automatic two-match suspension that would mean he missed the final two contests of a series currently level at 1-1.South Africa are likely to look at the Newlands pitch before deciding what type of bowler will be best suited, and have also left their options open for the fourth match in Johannesburg.Rabada’s appeal was heard yesterday, where he was represented by renowned advocate Dali Mpofu in the hope of having the demerit points from the Port Elizabeth win rescinded.Should he be successful, he will be free to feature in the final two games and add to the 15 wickets he has picked up in the series to date.Steyn had targeted a return in Johannesburg, but his recovery from a heel problem is not going smoothly, having already abandoned one comeback attempt in a domestic four-day game.“Circumstances have forced us to name a large squad at this stage so that we can cover all possible options,” Cricket South Africa’s national selection panel convener Linda Zondi, said in a media statement on Sunday.“We have retained the 15 players who produced an excellent performance to level the (second) Test in Port Elizabeth.“Olivier was the pick of our bowlers for South Africa A in their tour match against Australia while Morris has been in excellent form in domestic cricket, taking four wickets in an innings and making more than 150 runs, including a century, for the Titans, in the (domestic four-day) Sunfoil Series.”Squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Theunis de Bruyn, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Wiaan Mulder, Lungisani Ngidi, Duanne Olivier, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada.last_img read more