Weatheralls beefs up in Bristol with HBSV buy

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What to expect from Chelsea’s Europa League opponents Dynamo Kyiv

first_imgAdvertisement Oliver Young-MylesWednesday 6 Mar 2019 4:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link682Shares Dynamo Kyiv eliminated Olympiacos in the last round (Getty Images)Chelsea will be looking to maintain their post-Carabao Cup final momentum when they welcome Ukraine’s most historic club Dynamo Kyiv to Stamford Bridge in the Europa League last-16 first leg on Thursday night.Maurizio Sarri and Kepa Arrizabalaga’s squabble at Wembley is fast becoming a faded memory with Chelsea delivering back-to-back Premier League victories in London derbies since their agonising shootout defeat to Manchester City.Having put Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham to the sword in their last two games, Chelsea will be looking to inflict similar pain on Dynamo Kyiv who are currently positioned second in the Ukrainian Premier League.AdvertisementAdvertisementAlthough Dynamo have become accustomed to that position in recent years due to Shakhtar Donetsk’s rise, they remain a stellar name in European football and a side not to be underestimated. Here is all you need to know about Chelsea’s Europa League opponents…ADVERTISEMENTStar man – Viktor Tsygankov Dynamo Kyiv have lost just one of their previous eight games (Getty Images)How they could line up:Boyko; Kedziora, Burda, Kadar, Mykolenko; Buyalskiy, Harmesh, Sydorchuk; Tsygankov, Shaparenko, SidcleyMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Spanish striker Fran Sol scored the winning goal for Dynamo in their last Europa League game against Olympiacos (Getty Images)Having already secured top spot in Group K, Dynamo were beaten 1-0 by Jablonec in what was effectively a dead rubber of a final game. In the last-32, they edged out Olympiacos 3-2 on aggregate with an 89th-minute equaliser from Verbic in Piraeus proving pivotal.Recent form: LDWWW Comment What to expect from Chelsea’s Europa League opponents Dynamo Kyivcenter_img Benjamin Verbic is out through suspension (Getty Images)Slovenia winger Benjamin Verbic, who has three Europa League goals to his name this season, is ruled out of the first leg through suspension.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEuropa League story so farDynamo Kiev dropped into the Europa League at the group stage following their Champions League elimination at the hands of Ajax in the third qualifying phase. The Dutch giants progressed at Dynamo’s expense courtesy of a 3-1 aggregate win which doesn’t look too bad given they’ve just sent Real Madrid packing with a 4-1 win at the Bernabeu in the last-16…AdvertisementThey didn’t get off to the greatest start in the group stage, drawing their opening two games against Kazakhstan’s Astana and Czech Republic’s Jablonec 2-2, but they soon picked up with back-to-back wins over Rennes followed by a 1-0 away win over Astana. Viktor Tsygankov has scored 11 goals for Dynamo Kiev this season (Getty Images)Considering he had lined up on the club’s right-wing for just under a decade, it was a shock to see Andriy Yarmolenko finally fly the nest to join Borussia Dortmund in 2017. That Dynamo had the perfect replacement waiting in the wings helps explain why they were happy to let their long-time talisman depart.Viktor Tsygankov doesn’t have the same superhero physique as Yarmolenko, yet he too is a left-sided attacker who generally does his most devastating work on the opposite flank. The 21-year-old has exceptional pace, balance and close control enabling him to slalom his way out of oncoming challenges.He is also Dynamo’s primary source of creativity too, as highlighted by the fact that his 20 chances in the Europa League this season is only bettered by three players including Chelsea’s much-maligned Willian (25). Of his four European assists this season, two have come via set-pieces highlighting his ability over dead-ball situations too.With nine goals in 20 Ukrainian Premier League matches and a further two in the Europa League, Tsygankov also possesses an eye for goal and his all-round threat will have to be marshalled carefully by Chelsea’s defensive players.One to watch – Vitaliy Mykolenko Advertisement Vitaliy Mykolenko made his senior debut for Ukraine in November (Getty Images)Tsygankov is hardly a grizzled veteran himself having only turned 21 in November but 19-year-old left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko has even less experience having only established himself as a first-team regular during the current campaign.The teenager is every bit the modern day full-back, possessing the stamina of a middle distance runner as well as a sprinter’s acceleration and he spends much of his time flying forward to play his part in attacking moves.A return of two assists and a goal from six Europa League appearances this season highlights his ability to make an impact in the final third. During the 3-1 group stage victory over Arsenal’s upcoming opponents Rennes, he headed in Dynamo’s second of the game before assisting the third for Mykola Shaparenko, himself another promising talent.Although Mykolenko has caught the eye going forward, he is also solid defensively ranking top in Dynamo’s squad for interceptions made (24) in the Europa League and joint-first for successful tackles (16).AdvertisementAdvertisementThe manager: Alyaksandr Khatskevich (Getty Images)Something of a club legend for Dynamo during his playing days, Alyaksandr Khatskevich was a member of the team spearheaded by Andriy Shevchenko and Serhiy Rebrov that captured the imagination during the mid to late 90s.During an eight-year spell with Dynamo between 1996-2004, Khatskevich won seven domestic titles and four Ukrainian cups before taking in short spells in China and Latvia prior to ending his career where it all started with Dinamo Minsk in Belarus.Khatskevich has managed Dinamo Minsk, Belarus U18s, Vitebsk, Dynamo Kyiv’s reserve team, Belarus’ senior team and finally, Dynamo Kyiv’s senior team since 2017. He is yet to win a major trophy in charge of Dynamo but did guide them to a Ukrainian Super Cup success over Shakhtar last July.Team newsDynamo travel to west London without a few members of their first-team squad including experienced defender Josip Pivaric who was a member of Croatia’s World Cup runners-up squad. He is absent after undergoing knee surgery last month.Mikkel Duelund, a versatile attacking midfielder signed from FC Midtjylland last summer is also sidelined with an ankle injury while Spanish striker Fran Sol – a winter signing from Dutch club Willem II – is unavailable due to a shoulder problem.last_img read more

Amity Affliction drummer selling up at Norman Park

first_imgThe Norman Park unit Ryan Burt has listed for sale. Picture: from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by The unit, which is listed through Caiti Shaw of Place – East Brisbane.It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and parking for two cars and is listed for offers of more than $429,000.It has been recently painted throughout and has three separate balconies.Burt said it felt like he was constantly tour and they would be hitting the road again shortly.“I head over to Europe at the end of this month for a tour, after that we are going on a bit of a break to record the next album,’’ he said. The Amity Affliction with Ryan Burt (left).THE Amity Affliction drummer Ryan Burt has listed his Norman Park unit for sale, as he prepared to head off on a European tour.Burt, bought the unit at Vectis St, almost three years ago.“We bought it mainly for the location, it backs onto a park and it’s a pretty open plan, it was one of the bigger apartments we could find in that price range,’’ he said. The apartment complex at Norman Park. Picture: group’s most recent album, This Could Be Heartbreak, was released in August last year.Burt said once he sells he was keen to try and remain in the Norman Park area.The group originally formed in Gympie in 2003. Its upcoming tour will take in Australia, Germany the UK and Ireland.last_img read more

An African-American Woman Reflects on the Transgender Movement

first_imgPublic Discourse 4 June 2015My parents never bought Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, or Snow White. They weren’t stories told in our house or movies played on our TV. There was no Princess Tiana then, but my parents only showed us films with “colored” princesses: Mulan (Asian), Pocahontas (Native American), and Jasmine (Arab). We also loved the African animals of The Lion King. We never idealized whiteness in our house. None of this was done overtly, though it may have been intentional. Only in retrospect did I realize the kind of tacit self-love my parents were embedding in us.Still, it wasn’t enough. Around the age of thirteen, I realized that the world was telling me that light skin and “good hair” were better, skinny was better, and whiteness was better. In fleeting moments, I wished I could be white. I begged my mom to straighten my hair, and she did. I went through sometimes unreasonable means to lose weight, and I tried to keep my somewhat light skin out of the sun.If I had gone to my parents begging them to be white, I think they might have laughed, cried, comforted me, and worried what they did wrong as parents. But what if I had told them not only that I wanted to be white but that I actually was white? What if I had declared that the race of my body simply didn’t match that of my mind? I think they would’ve been deeply troubled.The Bluest EyeThe famous Toni Morrison book, The Bluest Eye, parallels this idea. The main character, Pecola, is a dark-skinned girl who desperately wants blue eyes. By the end of the story, she has blue eyes—or at least, she believes that she does. We, as the readers, don’t applaud this. In fact, by the end of the novel, we think Pecola has lost her mind. We know that it’s not really blue eyes she wants, she wants something much deeper—love, acceptance, respect, honor . . . the intangible human desires we all crave but are not equally given. We know that she has not received this, but instead is a victim of perpetual abuse, and there is no easy solution to her problems.But what if it were really possible for me to become white or for Pecola to acquire blue eyes? Would that be the end of the story—the happily ever after? Would changing our physical appearance magically erase all our issues of self-esteem and self-worth?No, of course not. The eyes and the skin color were never the problem: racism and abuse were. We would only be putting a Band-Aid on the real issue. The many men and women who “passed” as white during America’s shameful Jim Crow era may have gained the social privileges bestowed by being white, but they also lost their heritage, their family ties, and their integrity, thanks to the lie they were forced to tell every single day.Race, Sex, and GenderBut what if, instead of wanting to be white, I wanted to be a man? What if, instead of crying to my parents that I was really a white person, I told them that I was really a man and that I desperately wanted to change my body to match my mind? If, in this scenario, you think that my parents should applaud my courage, accept my new gender identity, and run to the nearest surgeon, please ask yourself: “Why?”There’s no doubt that race and sex are two very different issues. Race is a social construct invented during the era of slavery. Before the European enslavement of Africans, there were no united “black people” in Africa, and there were no united “white people” in Europe. Thanks to slavery, the labels of black and white became a convenient way to continue oppression, but they are a relatively new way of identifying one’s self.But sex is not a human invention. Yes, gender roles are culturally created. Still, that does not erase the fact that every human being (except intersex individuals, who represent a tiny percentage) is born with a distinctive set of physical and biological attributes that constitute them as male or female. That is a truth that cannot be erased with time.Self-Love as a VirtueWhen we want to be something other than our true authentic selves, that is self-hate. A black person who wants to be white is practicing self-hate, and so is a man who wants to be a woman or a woman who wants to be a man. We live in a climate of incredible self-absorption, but we won’t encourage people to love the body they’re in? We tell women to love their curves and love their age and love the skin they’re in but we won’t tell them (and men) to love the sex of their bodies?We cry out about the horrors of female genital mutilation, yet we allow the practice in our backyard. We ignore the cries of patients who wake up from surgery full of remorse. We ignore their suffering and delude them with the promise of quick fixes and instant happiness. At The Federalist, Stella Morabito quotes a man who, upon waking up from his surgery thought, “What have I done? What on earth have I done?”Eerily, in his Vanity Fair interview, Jenner echoes this man as he recalls his own thoughts after his ten-hour face feminization surgery: “What did I just do? What did I just do to myself?” Another post-op patient says in an online forum, “I am grieving at how I have mutilated my body.” Here at Public Discourse, Walt Heyer has written about the regret he experienced after his sex-change surgery.We are playing a dangerous game. A man or a boy whose penis has been surgically removed can’t go back in time and return to his God-given nature. What if we spent the money we spend on surgery and drugs on therapy and learning self-love? We should be teaching a message of self-acceptance instead of buying into the latest surgeries or believing we’re born in the wrong body.The Slavery of FreedomParadoxically, the more our society tries to free itself from gender stereotypes, the more it becomes enslaved to them. By saying that people can be born in a body of the wrong gender, transgender activists are saying there is a set of feelings that are only allocated to women and another set for men. Therefore, they believe, those who feel things that do not conform to their sex’s acceptable set of feelings must outwardly change their gender to match their mind.Why are we colluding with narrow ideas of femininity or masculinity? What does it mean to “feel” like a woman? Should we question that idea as much as we have questioned ideas of a “woman’s place” or a “man’s role”? When did we come to accept the idea of “gendered thoughts” or “gendered feelings”?As a linguistic student of Arabic, I recently learned that women and men are not opposite so much as they are complementary. The idea that one could feel opposite from one’s biological gender is actually nonsensical, linguistically and in reality. Men and women are different, but not so categorically that one can feel as though he or she were the other. We are full human beings, free to think as we wish without questioning our authenticity as men or as women.“Bruce lives a lie. She is not a lie,” says Bruce Jenner in his interview with Diane Sawyer. Bruce, now Caitlyn, Jenner, told Sawyer that he has a “soul of a woman,” that he spent his life “running away from who I was.” At the time of that interview, Jenner’s voice and appearance are strikingly different from what they have been in the past, but not drastically enough to give the illusion of being female. Admittedly, Jenner looks much more feminine on the cover of Vanity Fair. Still, if he chooses to go through gender “reassignment” surgery, he will not become a woman but merely an illusion of one. As Dr. Paul McHugh, former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital, has written, “‘Sex change’ is biologically impossible. People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women.”People opposed to the transgender movement are often accused of being bigots. In truth, I—like many others—harbor no hate for people who suffer from gender identity disorder. Rather, I feel deep compassion and concern for them in their suffering. As someone in the field of psychology, I hope we can one day find a more holistic, less invasive means to treat this disorder. However, I will concede that I find something quite insulting about the entire phenomenon. It is an insult to the other sex to think that by “dressing like them,” “talking like them,” or claiming to “feel like them,” you can therefore be them. Being a man is about more than wearing a suit, and being a woman is about more than putting on makeup. If we feel confined in our bodies, perhaps it is not our bodies we should try to correct but our spirits we should reconnect with. read more

Bulldogs Dirt Road Basketball Results

first_imgBatesville 5th Grade BlueMadison 25, Batesville Blue 20Batesville Blue 35. Connersville White 21Batesville 5th Grade White Greensburg 46, Batesville White 7East Central 24, Batesville White 6         Batesville 4th Grade @ Batesville High SchoolBatesville 39, Connersville 26Brayden Maple 11, Cayden Drake 9, William Kuisel 7, Lincoln Garrett 4, Owen Enneking 4, Caleb Mohr 2, Landon Raver 2Batesville 24, North Decatur 2 Brayden Maple 7, William Kuisel 6, Trenton Jordan 6, Owen Enneking 3, Ethan Schneider 2Good luck to all teams.  Go Bulldogs!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Paul Drake.last_img

Boynton Beach Police Searching for Missing Mom and her Two Children

first_imgBethany’s 9-year-old son Adanoi Zajac was seen helping her load up the CRV in the Marriott parking lot in the overnight hours.Her daughter, 6-year-old Ostara Zajac has been previously seen at the hotel with her mother and brother. Police in Boynton Beach are looking for a missing/endangered woman and her two children.37 year old Bethany Keen is believed to be driving a white Honda CRV with Florida tag DVR-M05 with a rug on the roof.Keen’s 9 year old son and 6 year old daughter are reportedly with her.Police said Keen has a history of neurological disorder.last_img

Other Sports Lewis Hamilton wins historic 1000th Formula One race with win in Chinese Grand Prix

first_imghighlights Lewis Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix for the sixth time.The 2019 Chinese Grand Prix was the 1000th race in Formula One.The next race will take place in Azerbaijan. Shanghai: Lewis Hamilton won the 1,000th Formula One Grand Prix Sunday after grabbing the lead from Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the first corner and powering to victory in blustery Shanghai. Hamilton, who started from second on the grid, took the world championship lead after romping home to win the Chinese Grand Prix by more than 6.5 seconds from Bottas, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel third. Max Verstappen of Red Bull was fourth and Charles Leclerc in the second Ferrari was fifth.    This was world champion Hamilton’s sixth victory at the Chinese Grand Prix and second in a row this season. “To have a one-two (for Mercedes) is really special in the 1,000th grand Prix but the start was where it made the difference and the rest is history,” said the Briton. Hamilton was pipped for pole position by Bottas by just 0.023 seconds in qualifying and had said that he was “struggling with the car”.RELATED    But the Finn laboured out of the blocks, allowing Hamilton to nip in and grab the lead at the first corner.    “I lost it on the start, honestly, shame about the start, I got some wheel spin on the start line,” said Bottas, who also relinquished his hold on the standings after three races.    Talented 21-year-old Leclerc meanwhile pulled off the same trick at the start at the expense of his team-mate Vettel, darting into third.    There was more early drama when Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat tangled with both McLarens of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz, earning the Russian a drive-through penalty.    On lap 11, four-time world champion Vettel leapfrogged back in front of Monaco’s Leclerc into third following radio orders from Ferrari telling the youngster to let him pass.    “We do our job, stay focused,” Leclerc — agonisingly denied victory last time out in Bahrain after his Ferrari lost power late on — was informed on team radio after he briefly protested.    Back at the front, the 34-year-old Hamilton began pulling away, establishing a more than five-second gap on Bottas with a third of the race gone.    With five-time world champion Hamilton — winner in Bahrain two weeks ago — serene up top, the real battles unfolded behind him.    Vettel, under pressure after a number of unforced errors going back to last season, went wheel-to-wheel with Verstappen after both pitted for fresh tyres.    Vettel, Bottas and then Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon, who missed qualifying after a nasty crash in final practice, all exchanged fastest laps. On lap 38 of the 56, it was Leclerc and Bottas who had a skirmish in the compelling battle for second.    Leclerc then pitted and was momentarily held up by a comparatively sluggish change of tyres.    Nico Hulkenberg, who qualified eighth for Renault, saw his race come to an early conclusion after the team retired his faltering car. Norris and Kvyat were also forced out before the end. The fourth race of the season takes place on the streets of Baku, in Azerbaijan, in a fortnight.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Regional Under-19 three-day cricket:

first_imgT&T make strong start as Guyana, Barbados make inroadsBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago made a strong start to their title defence, taking honours on the opening day of their first-round match in the Regional Under-19 three-day championship against Windward Islands here yesterday.Sent in at Conaree, T&T were dismissed for 233 with Saiba Batoosingh top-scoring with 60, Leonardo Julien getting 42 and captain and opener Navin Bidaisee chipping in with 27.Dillon Douglas (3-27) and Lee Louisy (3-59) were the leading bowlers with three wickets apiece.At the close, the Windwards were reeling on 68 for five in reply, after Bidaisee (2-0) and Aaron Maniram (2-19) claimed two wickets apiece to wreck the innings.The Windwards were cruising at 51 without loss after Wayne Edward (39) and Johann Jeremiah (19) staged a solid opening stand but five wickets then tumbled for 17 runs to leave the innings in strife.Earlier, T&T had been slumping at 58 for three before Batoosingh anchored two successive partnerships to put the innings back on course.The right-hander faced 72 balls and struck nine fours, adding 51 for the fourth wicket with Christian Thurton (26) and a further 40 for the fifth wicket with Aaron Maniram (18).When Batoosingh and Maniram fell in the space of two deliveries to leave T&T on 151 for six, Julien found an ally in Avinash Mahabirsingh (19) to post a valuable 47 for the seventh wicket.At Verchilds, Ramnarine Chatura struck 62 as Guyana, opting to bat first against Leeward Islands, were bowled out for 220.Chatura counted nine fours and two sixes in a 116-ball knock and got support from opener Raymond Perez who gathered 48 off 114 deliveries with four fours and three sixes.Kian Pemberton (3-51) and Zawandi White (3-56) were the leading wicket-takers with three wickets apiece.Guyana lost Aley Algoo without a run on the board but Perez put on 43 for the second wicket with Kevin Sinclair (20) to revive the innings.When the innings collapsed to 120 for six, Chatura stepped up to post 52 for the seventh wicket with Richie Looknauth (14).In reply, the Leewards stumbled to 17 for one at the close, still 203 runs behind.At St Paul’s, opener Shian Brathwaite and Kilano Brathwaite struck contrasting half-centuries but Barbados lost their last seven wickets for 83 runs to be dismissed for 192 in their first innings.Shian smashed 66 off 62 balls with seven fours and four sixes while Kilano’s 53 was a patient knock, requiring 172 balls and including just two fours.Shian and Kadeem Alleyne (10) put on 51 for the first wicket while Kilano added 30 for the fourth wicket with Nico Reifer (10) but wickets tumbled steadily thereafter.Kristoph Virgo (3-43) and David Bird (3-53) both finished with three wickets apiece.In reply, Jamaica were reduced to 11 for two with left-arm spinner Camarie Boyce grabbing both wickets.last_img read more

Denver Broncos build around Drew Lock in the NFL draft

first_img___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: AP NFL: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Elway selected Penn State speedster KJ Hamler with the 46th pick in the second round of the NFL draft Friday night, 24 hours after using the 15th overall pick on Alabama standout Jerry Jeudy, the highest wide receiver ever selected by Denver in the common draft era. In the third round, Elway added protection for his second-year QB by drafting LSU center Lloyd Cushenberry, who was named first-team All-SEC in 2019.Elway didn’t neglect his defense, either, selecting Iowa cornerback Michael Ojemudia and Arkansas D-tackle McTelvin Agim in the third round.Elway has five more picks Saturday.Ojemudia will help fill the void left by the departure of Chris Harris Jr. to the Chargers this offseason, and Agim solidifies a refurbished defensive line that includes trade acquisition Jurrell Casey. “I really couldn’t hear him just because my family was yelling and we were all crying,” Hamler said. “So it was kind of hard to hear him, but I hope he has that in mind. I would love to return kicks and punts.”The Broncos’ once-formidable offense has been stuck in neutral for five years and last season Denver averaged a meager 17.6 points a game, 28th in the NFL, as their playoff drought reached four seasons.A tweaked hamstring before the NFL scouting combine prevented Hamler from challenging John Ross’s record of 4.22 seconds set at the 2017 combine.“I won’t say I think I was going to break the record, but I was going to be in the equation,” Hamler said. “I was going to be in the conversation — 4.2 was the only thing on my mind.”He said his hamstring is fine now: “I’m fully healthy. I’m fully recovered. I’ve been running real good.” April 24, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditJohn Elway pledged to give Drew Lock more weapons and better protection in an NFL draft teeming with wide receivers and offensive linemen. He delivered.The Denver Broncos general manager provided Lock with with two terrific targets and added an athletic center through the first two nights of the NFL draft.. Denver Broncos build around Drew Lock in the NFL draft Associated Press Even though he’s undersized, Hamler stood out even in a class of wide receivers like none other.Hamler said he was surprised when Elway picked him after spending his first pick on Jeudy, but he said he was eager to team up with Jeudy, Courtland Sutton and former college teammate DaeSean Hamilton in Denver, where he expects to quickly make his mark.“I’ve been an underdog my whole life. I’ve always had something to prove just because of my size,” Hamler said. “I had to develop in other areas to help out. So, my dog mentality, I do that on and off the field. I don’t take nothing from nobody. I don’t back down from nobody. It’s like a David and Goliath story. I’m the smallest guy with the smallest frame, but I’ll give you everything I’ve got.”Ojemudia said facing the likes of Jeudy, Hamler, Sutton and tight end Noah Fant in his first training camp will microwave his NFL education.“I mean, that’s going to be big,” Ojemudia said. “It’s going to be harder than the games sometimes.” The jewel of Day 2 for Denver, though, was Hamler, who provides a jolt to the Broncos’ offense and special teams.“I think I bring to the table speed, quickness, playmaking ability,” Hamler said. “I’m versatile, I can play outside and I can play in the slot. I can return kicks and punts. I’m a playmaker.”Hamler, who is generously listed at 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds, is elusive with an uncommon burst of speed and has modeled his game after DeSean Jackson and Steve Smith.The Broncos see him as a Tyreek Hill-type playmaker who can also serve as Denver’s kick returner and help the Broncos chase down Hill and the Super Bowl champion Chiefs in the AFC West.Hamler wasn’t sure if Elway told him he’d also return kicks.last_img read more

Powell century helps Scorpions overcome stiff challenge from Canada

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC) – Rovman Powell struck an exhilarating hundred to help Jamaica Scorpions overcome a stiff challenge from minnows Canada and register their second win of the Super50 Cup here Saturday night.Chasing a very competitive 244 at Warner Park, Scorpions rebounded from a nightmare start when the innings lay in strife at one run for two wickets in the second over, to overhaul their target in the 44th over and complete a four-wicket victory.Powell was at the forefront of the effort, finishing unbeaten on exactly 100 off 67 balls, an innings that transformed the complexion of the game.The West Indies right-hander belted four fours and eight sixes after arriving at the crease in the 25th over with Scorpions still up against it at 96 for four. He received valuable support from Nkrumah Bonner who made 49 from 62 balls and in-form opener Assad Fudadin who made 37.Nitish Kumar had earlier continued his excellent form with a top score of 65 from 62 balls, a knock that laid the foundation for Canada’s 243 for six off their 50 overs, after the North Americans opted to bat first.Kanwarpal Tathgur chipped in with 39 while opener Jeet Metha got 33 and Shreyas Movva, a breezy 26 down the order.Hoping to kickstart their Group A campaign, Scorpions were put under pressure by Kumar who entered at the fall of the first wicket to inspire three key stands to put the Canada innings in good stead.First, he put on 60 for the second wicket with Metha before adding a further 42 for the third wicket with Harsh Thaker (18) and 34 for the fourth wicket with Tathgur.All told, Kumar struck four fours and one six before falling in the 34th over, fending off a short ball from Oshane Thomas (2-61) and giving the West Indies fast bowler a simple return catch.Jamaica then had the worst possible start to their run chase when Aldaine Thomas missed a swipe at left-arm spinner Mann in the second over and was bowled without scoring, and Jermaine Blackwood (0) drove to cover point two balls later and was taken low down by substitute Harmandeep Singh.Fudadin started the rebuild in a 52-run third wicket stand with Andre McCarthy (23) before continuing it in a 43-run fourth wicket partnership with Bonner.Left-hander Fudadin’s dismissal in the 25th over, caught at the wicket cutting at off-spinner Thaker, left Scorpions somewhat shaken but Powell asserted himself on the innings with a dominant knock.The right-hander inspired a 92-run, fifth wicket stand with Bonner before putting on a further 38 with Grenadian Denis Smith (16) for the sixth wicket, to turn the tide for Scorpions.Powell’s first fifty required 27 balls and included half-dozen sixes and he needed only another 41 balls to reach triple figures.last_img read more