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South Africa mourns captain Meyiwa

first_imgOrlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana Skipper Senzo Meyiwa’s life was cut shot in a robbery in Vosloorus in the East of Johannesburg (Image: Orlando Pirates Facebook). • Ubuntu comes to the Big Apple• Kruse finds ubuntu on cross-country walk• International Literacy Day promotes understanding • Giggling Gourmet praises good food• Richard Maponya’s big dreams for SowetoRay MaotaThe South African football fraternity, fans and supporters, Orlando Pirates Football Club and South Africans at large are mourning the death of Bafana Bafana’s number one goalkeeper, Senzo Robert Meyiwa.News broke late on 26 October that Meyiwa had been shot dead during an attempted robbery on Sunday night, at the home of his girlfriend, Afro-pop singer Kelly Khumalo, in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, a metro in Gauteng. “We have to brake (sic) normal protocol. We can confirm that Bucs keeper Senzo Meyiwa has been shot and sadly declared dead on arrival at hospital,” said the SA Police Services official Twitter feed. The police reported that “the incident happened at around 20h00, Zamo Section in Vosloorus. Reward of up to R150 000 is on offer 4 any info that can lead to arrest”.Meyiwa last played on Saturday night, when the Buccaneers, as his club Orlando Pirates is known, defeated Ajax Cape Town 4-1 at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, in their Telkom Knockout quarter-final. The goalkeeper has been in exuberant form lately. His death comes in the week that the biggest soccer match in the country is to played, between traditional rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates on 1 November.Dr Irvin Khoza, the chairman of Orlando Pirates, asked the league to postpone the match in honour of Senzo. It was most likely that he would be buried on that weekend, although the burial would depend on his family. The Premier Soccer League’s Brand de Villiers confirmed the postponement of the match in his honour.“Senzo was not an ordinary player; he was the captain of the national team and Orlando Pirates,” said Khoza. “He came to Orlando Pirates at only 13 years old and I never thought he would be greatest of captains, but he showed us he could be.”Dennis Mumble, the chief executive of the South African Football Association, said: “Sincerest of condolences to Senzo’s family. We his South African family are in shock and mourning with them.”Born on 24 September 1987, in Umlazi, in Durban, Meyiwa played his grassroots football at a club called London Cosmos; he went on to join Orlando Pirates at the age of 13. He was the goalkeeper for the South African under-17 and under-20 national teams. He played a total of 137 games for Orlando Pirates and was part of the double and treble winning squad of the 2010/2011 and the 2011/2013 seasons. Pirates won six trophies during that period, including two league titles back to back.He made his debut for Bafana Bafana on 2 June 2013 in a 2–0 away victory against Lesotho. He was included in the South African squad led by manager Gordon Igesund for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, but made no appearances. Then new national coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba not only promoted Meyiwa to replace an injured Itumeleng Khune, but also made him captain of a team that has been in the doldrums for some years.Meyiwa responded to his promotion by leading the team to victories over Sudan and Republic of the Congo, and draws against Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria, a country against which South Africa traditionally struggle. For the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification, he played four times, with his last match being a 0–0 draw against Nigeria. He kept clean sheets in all the matches he played.Some of Meyiwa’s career highlights include: 2014 Nedbank Cup Champion; 2013/14 Africa Champions League runner up; 2010/11 Absa Premiership winner, Nedbank Cup winner and MTN8 Cup winner; 2011/12: Absa Premiership winner, MTN8 winner and Telkom Cup winner; 2008/09 Telkom Charity Cup winner, SAA Supa 8 runner-up, Jet Club PSL Rookie of the Month, Telkom Charity Cup runner-up and Vodacom Challenge runner-up; and, 2005/6 Premier Soccer League runner-up and Vodacom Challenge winner.Senzo is survived by his estranged wife, Mandisa Mkhize, Khumalo, and two children, one with each woman.South Africans took to social media to express their grief over Meyiwa’s death.“Beyond devastated at the loss of our captain and friend Senzo Meyiwa. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this terrible time,” tweeted Dean Furman, who plays for Doncaster Rovers in the third-tier in the English league, and for Bafana Bafana.Proteas cricketer Wayne Parnell said: “Saddened to wake up here in New Zealand and hear such horrific news about the passing of Senzo Meyiwa.”Mark Fish, a former Orlando Pirates player and Bafana Bafana legend, tweeted: “Devastated to hear the news about Senzo… Pirates and SA No1 goalkeeper… our thoughts are with your family… THANK YOU TRUE BUCCANEER!!”Maria Ramos, the chief executive of Absa Bank and Barclays Africa, and the former director-general in the National Treasury, tweeted: “On behalf of all my Barclays Africa colleagues, I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family of Senzo Meyiwa and the entire footballing community.”last_img read more

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PH bet Carlo Biado falls to Taiwan’s Kevin Cheng in WPA Players Championship

first_imgCheng showed nerves of steel in the deciding rack as he calmly sank pressure-packed shots on his way to cashing in $10,000. Biado bagged $7,000 for finishing second.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After Biado failed to sink the 4-ball, Cheng pounced on the blunder by winning the next four racks to grab a 9-8 rack edge in what eventually turned into a win-by-two format.The pair, however, reached the 11-11 limit that forged a sudden death rack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“When I was down 8-5 and he is shooting at an open table, I already know that I’m going to lose,” said Cheng.“The last few racks were very difficult and that’s when I got nervous again. I think I got lucky, but I also hit some very good shots at the end to take the match and the tournament.” Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MANILA, Philippines—Filipino cue artist Carlo Biado fell to Taiwan’s Kevn Cheng in the final of the World Pool-Billiard Association Players Championship, 12-11, at Griffs Billiards in Las Vegas.Biado blew an 8-5 rack lead in the best-of-nine match as Cheng went on a furious rally that came after the Filipino missed out on a routine hit.ADVERTISEMENT Rafael Nadal admits ‘hard to return to court’ after Monte Carlo shockerlast_img read more

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Germany held scoreless again in loss to Netherlands

first_imgVirgil van Dijk, Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum all scored to earn Netherlands a 3-0 win over Germany and left Joachim Low’s men still without a win or a goal in the Nations League.Liverpool defender Van Dijk pounced to nod home the loose ball on the half-hour mark after Ryan Babel had struck the crossbar with a header following a corner from Depay.Germany had chances to grab a leveller after the break, with substitute Leroy Sane steering a glorious opportunity wide. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! They were also denied what appeared to be a clear-cut penalty in the final 10 minutes when Arnaut Groeneveld tripped Matthias Ginter.However, Depay added an 86th-minute second on the counter-attack and Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum rifled in a third in stoppage time, securing Oranje’s biggest ever win over Germany.It leaves Low’s side in danger of relegation in League A Group 1, of which they are bottom, having drawn 0-0 with France in their first game.3 – The Netherlands have beaten Germany with a 3+ goal margin for the first time in history. Historic. pic.twitter.com/rDscgOKO64— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) October 13, 2018Germany enjoyed a bright start as Timo Werner poked wide when through one-on-one before Jasper Cillessen denied Thomas Muller’s first-time effort. However, Netherlands went ahead in the 30th minute, Van Dijk nodding into the net having reacted quickest after Babel’s header from Depay’s corner came back off the crossbar. Sane was guilty of squandering the best of Germany’s second-half openings as he fired wide when it seemed easier to score having been put through by Joshua Kimmich. Low’s side were then denied a penalty when Groeneveld looked to have tripped Ginter from behind, but referee Cuneyt Cakir was uninterested. Depay then secured the victory with four minutes to spare, staying onside to collect Quincy Promes’ pass and finish past Manuel Neuer, despite the keeper’s best efforts. There was still time for Depay to hit the crossbar before Wijnaldum steered into the bottom-left corner of the net after bamboozling Jerome Boateng to give Netherlands a win over Germany by three goals or more for the first time in history.Afgelopen! Oranje wint de derby met 3-0 van Duitsland!Lekker mannen!#NEDDUI pic.twitter.com/shXRytO8OQ— OnsOranje (@OnsOranje) October 13, 2018What it means: Germany still suffering after dire display in Russia The 2014 World Cup winners were dreadful in their title defence in Russia yet decided to stick with Low. After two Nations League performances, there have to be questions about his ability to restore this team to the top of world football. Netherlands, meanwhile, look a force under Ronald Koeman.  Depay is the main guy Netherlands were under the cosh for much of the second half but in Depay they had an outlet. Germany’s defence were constantly stretched by the Lyon forward, who kept his cool to add a crucial second.  Woeful Werner misfires again Germany were hoping that Werner would be their talisman in Russia, but he has not found the net since a June friendly with Saudi Arabia. He looked short on confidence here and Low needs a reliable goalscorer if he is going to turn things around.  What’s next? Koeman’s team travel to World Cup semi-finalists Belgium for a friendly this Tuesday. The Germans travel to France, the team that succeeded them as World Cup champions, for a meeting with the other team in this Nations League group. read morelast_img read more

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ATA SENIOR ALL NATIONS DEPOSITS DUE!

first_imgA BIG REMINDER TO ALL SENIOR PLAYERS FOR THE 2005 ALL NATIONS TOUR: Your deposit and acceptance forms are due back to the ATA office by TOMORROW- WEDNESDAY 20th. These must be in or you will be in danger of losing your position on the tour. Please contact Maree Curran or Dave McMurray at the ATA office (02) 6285 2703 if you need more information.last_img

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Second Drop-off Win For Queensland

first_imgBy BEN HARRISQueensland won their second drop-off match of the night, this time in the women’s 35’s, at the State of Origin series in Port Macquarie.The Maroons took out the Women’s 30’s 3-2 in a drop-off in the 3.50pm time slot and their Women’s 35s used the extra-time to sink New South Wales’ hopes of a win in the Women’s 35’s.Queensland won the match 5-4 with captain Tracy Upton leading by example with two touchdowns in the first half.Queensland were too good for the Blues in the Men’s 50s, winning that match 3-2.Levelled at 1-1 at half-time, Queenslanders William McLean and captain-coach Brian Prove scored touchdowns in the second half to give them the all-important victory in game one.But not to be out done, New South Wales hit back and won the Men’s 35’s, and the Men’s and Women’s 20s.After a slow start in the Men’s 20’s, New South Wales managed to score six touchdowns to Queensland’s three in the opening half.Although both sides scored three touchdowns a piece in the second stanza, New South Wales looked like they had plenty of petrol left in the tank.Simon Lang scored a double as did Scott Bundy for New South Wales.The Women’s 20;s match was one-way traffic for the Blues.New South Wales set-up their 6-1 victory with a dominant first half performance.Touchdowns to Samantha Rodgers (2), Rachel Beck, Liz Cunico and Talia Yarden saw New South Wales lead 5-0 at half-time.New South Wales coach Nick Smith said the start was very promising.“It was a very well-rounded performance for the team. A great all-round win,” Smith said.“[Queensland] Will come back at us hard tomorrow morning but the girls will be up to the challenge.”At 5-3 at half-time in favour of the Blues, the Men’s 35’s match was poised to go either way.But led by two touchdowns to Ahmad Daizli in the second half, the Blues managed to get over their rivals 10-6.Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the State of Origin action: State of Origin – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausRelated LinksQueensland win in drop-offlast_img read more

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a month agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Beating Portsmouth just unforgettable

first_imgSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Beating Portsmouth just unforgettableby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRalph Hasenhuttl has lauded his Southampton players after an “unforgettable” win over local rivals Portsmouth.Saints won 4-0 at Fratton Park, their first win at the venue since 1984, to book their place in the Carabao Cup fourth-round.Speaking after the game, an elated Hasenhuttl said: “We will not forget this evening, and the fans too.”It was a fantastic atmosphere until the end and to score four goals here is fantastic.”It is more than only reaching the next round. It is about reaching the hearts of the fans.”I am very happy for them (the Saints fans).”I knew it was massive game for them and I think we really didn’t start well in this game but the players knew they had to fight for every inch and after the 1-0 it was a much better game for our side.”After the 2-0 I was not sure if this game is done for us so you never know if they make the 1-2 then suddenly everything is alive again and it gets difficult for you. At 3-0 you know it is done.”It was a hard job to do but the guys did it well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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PM Trudeau to speak in Calgary on oil market access

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – The Calgary Chamber of Commerce is hoping the Prime Minister has some answers as to why there was next to no mention of dealing with the Western Select oil price differential issue in Wednesday’s economic update.Trudeau is in Calgary on Thursday in order to make a few stops. Trudeau will be making an affordable housing announcement, speaking to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, talking with energy leaders along with Energy Minister Amarjeet Sohi, and meeting with Mayor Naheed Nenshi.Finance Minister Bill Morneau made a short mention that the oil and gas sector was suffering on Wednesday, but nothing more.Chamber President and CEO Sandip Lalli said this deserves as much attention as several other sectors received in the report.“The sense of urgency to address that oil price differential that’s costing Canadians $80-million a day, I mean it’d be great to address that with the same sense of urgency that the federal government has addressed other sectors in other regions of the country.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to speak at the Chamber of Commerce about market access.last_img read more

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Delhi Police starts Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in Dwarka

first_imgNew Delhi: In an attempt to involve citizens in the process of ensuring safety in the city, Delhi Police on Saturday started the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme (NWS) and Automated Boom Barrier System in Dwarka in Sanskriti Apartment. Under this scheme, residents of the society will be responsible for keeping an eye out for suspicious activity in their areas. With the NWS in place, residents will be able to keep each other apprised of any suspected illegal activities in their neighbourhood, according to a statement issued by police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice said that the mechanism of Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, which aims at enhancing the security of a neighbourhood by harnessing the capabilities of its residents, has been revived as the main thrust area of the people-police interface. Police said officers from Sector 23 officers will from time to time check in on residents to keep tabs on whatever information they might have developed. In addition to this, Sanskriti Apartment will also start using Automatic Boom Barrier System. With this procedure in place, vehicles belonging to residents of the society will be given a permit setting them apart from outsiders’ vehicles. All vehicles without the permit will have to pass through a sophisticated security screening procedure before they can enter or leave the premises. Anto Alphonse DCP (Dwarka District) and Additional DCP RP Meena interacted with the residents regarding the safety and security in their area.last_img read more

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Ohio State mens basketball trying to turn improvements into wins at Wisconsin

OSU junior forward Marc Loving (2) goes up for a shot during a game against Maryland on Jan. 31 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 61-66. Credit: Muyao Shen | Asst. Photo EditorAlthough the Ohio State men’s basketball team put forth a much better effort against Maryland on Sunday, it still lost.Sure, it was only by five points, 30 fewer than when the two teams met in mid-January, but OSU coach Thad Matta wouldn’t call it a moral victory.He’s “never been a big fan” of them, he said after the 66-61 loss. But, as the Buckeyes get set for a road game against Wisconsin on Thursday at 7 p.m., Matta acknowledged that his team gained some confidence from taking the now-No. 4 Terrapins down to the wire.“I told the guys what a drastic improvement from two and a half weeks ago,” Matta said on Wednesday. “There is some good things happening.” Players reinforced the team’s overall disdain for so-called moral victories, but they did say they feel like the 30-point improvement against one of the nation’s top teams serves them well heading into the Badgers’ hostile environment.“It just shows that if we play the right way, we can play with, and potentially beat, anybody,” sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop said.Freshman forward Mickey Mitchell added that despite coming up short, they “did a lot of things better.”One area, though, that the Buckeyes still need to improve upon is finishing out the first and second halves on the right note. For such a young team, having just two 20-minute periods can be a change of pace. With that comes the potential for focus and intensity to wane as play progresses. Fixing that has been a focal point in practice.“We kind of have mental lapse, lose our minds a little bit,” Bates-Diop said. “Take a deep breath, one possession at time … and just execute.”If OSU cannot manufacture that consistent focus and avoid costly mistakes down the stretch, it will continue to cost it against the Badgers and beyond, Matta said. Parallels on paper Based on what the stat sheet indicates, there are a lot of similarities between the Badgers and Buckeyes.The team’s averages are within two points of each other offensively, while opponents are averaging just a one-point difference. OSU sits at seventh in the Big Ten standings. Wisconsin is No. 8.Even with all the similarities, both statistically and in regards to the game’s impact on conference seeding, the Buckeyes’ approach is the same.“Every game for our team has significant importance,” Matta said. “I just want us to go out there and play our best basketball.”For that to happen, OSU will have to take care of what Bates-Diop calls Wisconsin’s “three-headed monster.”The Badgers’ troika consists of juniors Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig and redshirt freshman forward Ethan Happ. Combined, the trio scores 61.7 percent of Wisconsin’s points and collects close to half its rebounds.Bates-Diop said the whole team needs to “key in on those guys” to have a chance to win. Matta shared his player’s assessment, but he warned that too much attention on three players could lead to an unsung hero stepping up.“You can’t let another guy get going,” he said.Beyond the Badgers After Thursday night’s showdown at the Kohl Center, OSU will have a few days off before preparing for a rematch against Northwestern. OSU won the first meeting 65-56 on Jan. 6.The Buckeyes and Wildcats are set to play on Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. read more

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Bucks take down Michigan advance to round of 16

The Ohio State men’s tennis team opened up the 2010 NCAA tournament this past weekend at home, downing both Western Michigan and Michigan to advance to the field of 16.The No. 4-ranked Buckeyes opened play Saturday afternoon against the Mid-American Conference Tournament champion Broncos and made quick work of their opponent, winning 4-0.Despite a 12-day layoff, OSU was able to grind it out early and come out on top in the end, advancing to take on Big Ten rival Michigan in the second round on Sunday.“Whenever you have a block of two weeks or so when you don’t play, it’s rough,” OSU coach Ty Tucker said. “It’s always difficult to see how they are going to be out there but the guys responded well.”The Buckeyes returned to the Stickney Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon in front of a packed house to take on the Wolverines. Coming off Saturday’s win in which Tucker said the Bucks were able to “shake the rust off,” his team came out strong on Sunday, grabbing the doubles point to take an early 1-0 lead.While juniors Matt Allare and Balazs Novak were able to garner the first two singles points with relative ease, the four other singles matches were dog fights.“Michigan always plays us tough,” Tucker said. “Bruce Berque always has his guys ready to play, they love the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry, and it was a battle out there.”After Michigan snagged its first point, freshman Dino Marcan gutted out his three-set match 6-7, 6-1, 6-2 and clinched the OSU victory, 4-1.   “I was kind of excited that I was able to clinch it,” Marcan said. “I always like to rely on my teammates when I am not doing well, but it was pretty exciting to clinch it.”  With the win, the Buckeyes will head to the University of Georgia on Friday for the round of 16 and the chance to take on another Big Ten foe, the Wisconsin Badgers.Although Tucker’s team was just one match away from a national title a year ago, he said his team’s focus goes no further than its next match.“The expectation is to play as good as we can against Wisconsin and see where that takes us,” he said.   Tucker said he is confident in his team’s ability and resiliency.“I feel comfortable that our guys come to play. They battle and compete and do what they have to do to win the matches,” Tucker said. “I haven’t seen a Buckeye yet rollover for even five minutes.” read more

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