Tip-off is 6 o’clock. Benton (31-3) defeated No. 32 Livonia 86-41 in the first round last Thursday. Plaquemine (15-12) defeated No. 17 Edna Karr 43-40. Benton played without senior Emily Ward, the two-time All-Parish MVP, against Livonia. She suffered a sprained left ankle in practice two days before the game. The top-seeded Benton Lady Tigers host the No. 16 Plaquemine Green Devils in the second round of the Class 4A girls basketball playoffs Monday night at Benton. The winner faces the winner of No. 9 Salmen and No. 8 South Lafourche in the quarterfinals Thursday. Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Qua Chambers led the Lady Tigers with 20 points and Jada Anderson added 15. Both played little in the second half.
World Cup Can VAR finally end Ramos’ reign of terror? Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor Last updated 1 year ago 22:00 6/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(27) Getty Images World Cup Sergio Ramos Real Madrid Spain UEFA Champions League Primera División Opinion The Spaniard is as clever as they come but the use of technology should cast an even more unfavourable light on a true master of the game’s dark arts “We are going to have our first World Cup with VAR,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino declared in March . “It has been approved and we are extremely happy with that decision.”Sergio Ramos will have been less enthused by the news, as the use of Video Assistant Referees in Russia this summer – and hopefully beyond – will make it far more difficult for the Spain international to continue with the thuggery that has characterised his career.Whatever one thinks about the fall which ended Mohamed Salah’s participation in last month’s Champions League final , the mere fact that Ramos was involved was enough to cast doubt over whether the tangle of arms was intentional. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move As well as having taken Dani Alves down in eerily similar fashion in Cardiff the previous year, the Spain international also showed a total disregard for the welfare of his opponent by unnecessarily barging Alvaro Vadillo off the pitch as the ball run out of play in a Liga clash at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2011, resulting in a fall that left the Betis youngster with cruciate ligament damage. In short, even Ramos apologists would concede that the Real Madrid captain has plenty of previous. Of course, while the 32-year-old has long history of violence, he always possess sufficient audacity to cast himself as the victim. Kiev was no different. Admittedly, the reaction to the Salah clash was hyperbolic , given the lack of conclusive evidence of intent, and there is no way to prove that he was responsible for Loris Karius’ alleged concussion either, but the defender clearly elbowed the Liverpool goalkeeper in the face early in the second half.For different reasons, both Reds left the field in tears , but Ramos, true to form, laughed off his alleged involvement in his opponents’ anguish.”Damn, they’ve given this a lot of attention, the Salah thing,” he exclaimed afterwards. “I didn’t want to speak because everything is magnified. “I can see the play clearly: he grabs my arm first and I fell to the other side. The injury happened to the other arm but they said that I gave him a judo hold!”After the goalkeeper [Karius] said that I dazed him with a clash, I am only missing [Roberto] Firmino saying that he got a cold because a drop of my sweat landed on him!”In fairness, that would have been a humorous retort had it not been so wearily familiar, given that Ramos is a repeat offender who has spent well over a decade adding insult to injury. After he had been dismissed for viciously hacking down Lionel Messi in the dying seconds of Madrid’s 5-0 loss at Barcelona in 2010, he claimed, with a straight face, that he had not tried to hurt the Argentine.”I made a mistake, but I did not go in with the intention of causing damage,” he insisted. Presumably, Ramos’ motives were just as pure on the 23 other occasions on which he has been sent off while representing Real.The truly remarkable thing about his record haul of reds should actually be higher. For example, he only received a yellow for the horrific, two-footed lunge that put Levante’s Nacho Rodriguez out of action for six months with ligament damage in 2010.And that’s without getting into all of the off-the-ball incidents that have gone unnoticed – and, thus, unpunished – during his career, such as the cowardly punch he threw at former Atletico attacker Mario Mandzukic during a Madrid derby in 2014.The fact of the matter is that Ramos is and always has been a liability. He is not someone that can excel by operating exclusively within the rules of the game. He relies heavily on foul play to stop his opponents. Contrast this approach with the likes of Gaetano Scirea – who was never sent off – Paolo Maldini, Fabio Cannavaro, Javier Zanetti or Philipp Lahm: model professionals who outwitted opponents with guile and grace.When faced with real talent – Ronaldinho or Messi – Ramos almost inevitably resorts to violence. Alongside another hatchet man, Pepe – whom he will face when Spain tackle Portugal in their World Cup opener in Sochi on Friday – Real’s deadly defensive duo spent years taking it in turns to kick lumps out of rival defenders.When such crude tactics haven’t worked, the most ill-disciplined player in Liga history has seen his deficiencies brutally exposed – see his horror show against Ronaldinho at Camp Nou in 2005, or almost any game against Messi. Of course, Ramos’ willingness to take the fight to the opposition, along with his crucial interventions in major matches for Real, have rightly earned him a reputation as a great leader. But aggression and goals do not make a defender truly great.In truth, he is blessed to have proven himself as a robust and prolific centre-half in a golden era for Spanish football (no defender had more shots on goal across Europe’s big five leagues last season). Take a long look at the stats for 2017-18 and you’ll see that while he rarely makes costly errors – just one led to a shot on his own goal – and is a good distributor of the ball, he is by no means defensively exceptional in relation to his peers. Indeed, there is one truly outstanding defender in the Real backline and it is not Ramos but Marcelo, who made more clearances and won more headers than his skipper last term.Interestingly, whereas one would understandably assume that Ramos would flourish when it comes to doing the ugly side of defending, he won only 47 tackles in 44 games in all competitions in 2017-18. Tellingly, he gave away 59 fouls – the second-highest tally for a centre-half in Europe’s Big Five leagues – meaning Ramos is more likely to take his opponent rather than the ball.In short, he is one of the most prolific and ruthless centre-halves the game has ever seen but should not be remembered as a great exponent of the art of defending. Of course, he will not care. He has nothing but contempt for sportsmanship. As far as he is concerned, winning is all that matters and the ends justifies the means.But, worryingly for him, maybe such an abhorrent attitude will no longer prove so successful. VAR may be far from flawless but it should at least shine an unfavourable light on the idiscretions of Ramos and his fellow masters of the ‘dark arts of defending’.The less room in which they have to hide in the future, the better for everyone involved.
SADavid [email protected] WADion [email protected] VICDavid [email protected] NSWJocelyn [email protected] Touch Football Australia is excited to be one of the sports chosen to be involved in Sporting Schools, working closely with primary and secondary schools around Australia to deliver Touch Football. Touch Football Australia would like to thank the Australian Sports Commission for its support with this program.Touch Football is a sport that provides an unobstructed, continuous pathway for both boys and girls to participate equally, often on the field at the same time. At the end of 2016 Touch Football Australia had 694, 427 participants and has set itself the strategic goal of achieving 1,000,000 participants by 2020.Touch Football Australia can offer a range of Field Officer (coach) delivered or teacher delivered packages to suit all needs of your school as well other modified services that Sporting Schools funding can be used for.Please visit the Sporting Schools website for all information on Sporting Schools including:How your school can apply for fundingClosing dates for funding applicationsHow much funding your school is entitled toThe packages Touch Football Australia offersOnce you have received notification of your funding, you can access the Australian Sports Commission’s Sporting Schools Online Booking System, submit your booking request and we will make arrangements for your selected package to be delivered at your school before you know it!For more information please download the Sporting Schools Packages or contact the relevant staff member in your state. Touch Football Australia’s Sporting Schools Packages on offerWe thank you for your involvement in the Sporting Schools Program and the contribution you make to promoting and delivering Touch Football in schools!If you would like further information on the Program, please feel free to email your state based contact or browse the Frequently Asked Questions document below.Frequently Asked Questions StateNameEmail QLDRae [email protected] TASDes [email protected] NationalJolanta [email protected] NTGeorge [email protected] ACTMark [email protected] Sporting Schools and AffiliatesThe Sporting Schools Program is a fantastic opportunity for affiliates to promote their junior competitions and develop players and coaches in their area.Please click below to view the Powerpoint that outlines how affiliates can get involved in the Sporting Schools Program.Affiliates and Sporting Schools For further information, please contact Jolanta Moore on 02 6212 2800.
RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland struggling to make Liverpool clashby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRed Bull Salzburg’s star striker Erling Braut Haaland is struggling to be fit for Wednesday’s visit to Liverpool in the Champions League.The 19-year-old frontman has plundered 17 goals in 12 appearance for the Austrian side this term, including a hat-trick in their Group E opener with Genk earlier this month.However, the Norwegian forward is now a doubt for the game with illness, with the club’s sporting director detailing the importance of the next 48 hours.Sppeaking to Viasat, Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund: “The next two days are important. He is checked by a doctor every day.”He’s sick, and we don’t quite know when he will be back. Hopefully over the next few days.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The No. 10 Ohio State men’s volleyball squad came back from a 2-1 deficit to beat No. 15 Loyola-Chicago 3-2 in the MIVA Tournament Championship Match on Saturday.OSU pulled ahead in the first game and maintained its lead until Loyola tied it up at 14.The game stayed close with 13 tied scores, but OSU pulled out the 30-28 victory with a final kill from sophomore opposite-hitter Shawn Sangrey.Loyola came back in game two to tie up the match score at 1-1. The Ramblers maintained the lead for the duration of the game and won 30-25.Tied at four in game three, Loyola pulled ahead 9-4 and kept its lead until OSU tied it up again at 22. Tied at 24, three consecutive kills pushed the Ramblers ahead to a 27-24 lead. After an OSU error, Loyola won 30-26, taking the lead in the match 2-1.“Our serve got a little bit better late in game three and that put them out of system, and then you can get your block set up and you can dig a few balls, but we didn’t necessarily turn them into points,” coach Pete Hanson said. “We gave them a sense that they had some room to breathe and then they rolled out game three and beat us.”Loyola pulled ahead early in game four at 4-2, but the Buckeyes quickly took over with a 9-4 lead. Loyola trailed for the rest of the game, allowing OSU a wide-margined 30-20 win.“Sangrey got on a serving run and that just sucked the wind out of their sails,” Hanson said. “You need a guy to sometimes do that, to just get you two or three points. Once we got that, then it was a pretty easy game and I think that momentum just built going into game five.”In the 15-point fifth game, the Buckeyes pulled out of an early 4-4 tie and momentum carried them to a 14-9 match point lead. A kill from senior opposite-hitter Ted Schoenfeldt secured the game and match win for OSU.“I kind of knew the ball was coming to me before the play,” Schoenfeldt said. “It was a good pass, I was ready for it, and couldn’t ask for a better feeling putting that ball away in game five.”Schoenfeldt, who had a career-high 12 blocks and 11 assists, was named the most outstanding player of the tournament. He was also named part of the MIVA all-tournament team along with teammates Steven Kehoe, John Klanac and Sangrey, who had 22 kills and a match-high 26.5 points.“This is what we played for all year,” Schoenfeldt said. “We train hard —I think we are the hardest-trained team in the nation as far as volleyball goes. We get in the weight room three days a week, lift hard. Preseason we really pushed ourselves to the limit to get to this point, and we’re not finished yet. We still have two more matches as far as we see it, and we’re going to do our best to win the national championship.”OSU received its third-consecutive automatic bid to the NCAA Championship as a No. 4 seed to play No. 1 seed Stanford, who will host the semifinals.“It’s going to be a huge match for us,” Hanson said. “But our kids have nothing to lose and we’re riding a -game winning streak and hopefully we can just play good volleyball and just see what happens.”
Saturday’s football scrimmage represents the culmination of what Jim Tressel said has been a positive spring, he told the media during the annual Ohio State football coaches clinic on Friday. “Through 13 practices this has been as an attentive and a positive spring as I’ve ever been around,” Tressel said. Because many starting positions are up for grabs, he said, everyone feels they have a chance to earn playing time. “A lot of guys haven’t been in games and this is opportunity,” Tressel said. Tressel said quarterback Terrelle Pryor and the four other players suspended for the first five games of next season for receiving improper benefits have only helped to facilitate the high level of play and competition this spring. Tressel will join the five suspended players for not properly reporting their infractions. “Some of the guys that don’t get to play early in the year are making sure that those young guys are working so that we have as good a team as we can possibly have,” Tressel said. “I think all the oars are in the water.” But water, or more specifically rain, is exactly what Tressel said he is worried about for Saturday’s scrimmage. “I just hope we don’t have a monsoon here on Saturday,” Tressel said. The team will play in the rain, but Tressel said he won’t take any chances with lightning. “I’m tough,” Tressel said, “but I ain’t as tough as lightning.” In the event of lightning, Tressel said the scrimmage would not be continued indoors and the team would proceed to its scheduled picnic. As for whom to watch on Saturday, Tressel mentioned one sleeper most people might not have expected. “As for a dark horse,” he said, “let me throw Verlon Reed.” The scrimmage will be in a different format this year, and will instead pit the offense against the defense and use a scoring system that can crown one unit victorious against the other. The new format, Tressel said, was the players’ idea. “They wanted to see how good the offense would be against the defense on the last day of spring,” Tressel said. “I thought it was a good idea.” The Jesse Owens Spring Game will take place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
Three hard fought sets brought the defending national champions to a record of 2-2 on the season as the eighth-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team fell to seventh-ranked Penn State. The Buckeyes never allowed PSU to run away with the match. Although the Nittany Lions swept OSU, each set was won with a small edge — 22-25, 23-25, and 17-25. A service ace from PSU’s redshirt senior setter Edgardo Goas gave the team a 5-3 lead. From then on, the Nittany Lions maintained a two-point lead throughout most of the first set. Miscommunication by PSU caused the ball to drop midcourt, and an attack error tied the game at nine. The Nittany Lions pulled ahead, 15-17, and OSU was forced to call its first timeout. A service error by junior middle blocker Grayson Overman put the set at 18-20. Freshman outside hitter, Michael Henchy, and redshirt freshman middle blocker, Shawn Herron, had consecutive kills to tie the set at 21. As PSU reached set point, OSU called its second time out before the Buckeyes watched a close serve from Aaron Russell land in bounds to take the first set. The second set was much like the first. PSU kept a comfortable two to three point lead during most of the set. It wasn’t until late in the set that the Buckeyes began to close the gap with a three-point run. An Overman kill and two PSU errors made the score 19-20. A PSU serve sailed into the net giving momentum to the Buckeyes. Senior opposite Shawn Sangrey and Herron assisted on a block, while Mik Berzins, a senior outside hitter, got a kill to tie the game at 23 a piece. The Buckeyes thought they had arrived at set point, when confusion among the referees stopped the game. PSU was awarded a point before it was quickly revoked and the serve was replayed. The Nittany Lions officially reached 24-23 prior to a Herron ball handling error which sealed the set. OSU was 12-for-29 in kills in the second set, while PSU attacked 6-of-26. In the third set, a ball handling error by PSU junior middle blocker Nick Turko tied the set at six. Tom Comfort, a junior opposite from PSU, had a kill to tie the teams again at eight. Sangrey’s serve sailed out of bounds giving PSU a four point lead, 12-16. Late kills from Berzins and Sangrey gave OSU a chance to turn the game around. At 17-23, the Nittany Lions succeeded in taking the match with two more well-placed kills. OSU’s head coach Pete Hanson said he wasn’t happy with the way his team received serves. “(Penn State) is a physical team and we couldn’t get the ball to the setters like we wanted to,” said Coach Hanson. OSU will host the Sacred Heart University Pioneers on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The Big Ten is considered by some to be the premier conference in college basketball this season. Four Big Ten teams are ranked in the top-14 of the Associated Press’ top-25 poll. No other conference has more than four teams ranked in the top-25. In the ultra-competitive Big Ten, the difference between winning the conference and finishing in the middle of the pack could be determined by a team’s ability to protect home court. The Ohio State men’s basketball team will have a chance to do that Tuesday when they host Iowa (13-5, 2-3 Big Ten). “You’ve got to protect home court in this league,” said junior guard Aaron Craft. “It’s very tough to win and be there at the end if you lose some home games.” Iowa travels to Columbus riding a two-game winning streak, after losing its first three Big Ten games. But even in losses, the Hawkeyes have proved to be a competitive ball club, falling by four to No. 7 Indiana and by three to No. 13 Michigan State. “They’ve been right there,” said coach Thad Matta of Iowa’s close losses. “They are playing great basketball right now. Our guys are fully aware of what we have to do and how we have to do it.” Tuesday’s game will also provide an opportunity for No. 14 OSU (13-4, 3-2 Big Ten) to find another scorer to aid Deshaun Thomas. The junior forward leads the Big Ten with 20.8 points per game, but scoring has not come easy for the other Buckeyes. In Saturday’s loss to Michigan State, Thomas scored a game-high 28 points, but no other Buckeye scored more than six. Craft said part of the problem is OSU’s lack of execution within the offense. “With the offense that we run, there are definitely multiple options and multiple places for different guys to score,” Craft said. “I think that at times we don’t look at those options, we kind of focus on one part of the play, and that’s part of the problem. We’re kind of taking parts of the play for granted. We have a lot of guys that are capable, it’s just finding some consistency.” Thomas agreed. “With the offense we’ve got, anyone can score,” Thomas said. “Our offense is for anyone to get a shot off. I have faith in my guys; there are guys on this team that can score in double-digits. We’ve just got to be patient within our offense and anybody can be that second scorer.” The Buckeyes are set to tipoff with Iowa Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the state Assembly on Thursday said the state government is taking all possible measures to become self-reliant in fish production in the next few years.”We are moving towards becoming self-reliant in fish production and have been able to bring down the fish deficit in terms of consumption drastically. Around 700 agricultural ponds have been identified for fish cultivation and fish rearing has been taken up in 75,000 ponds in the state that have been renovated under the Jal Dharo Jal Bharo scheme. We have distributed fishlings across the state for encouraging fish cultivation in waterbodies,” Banerjee said in reply to a query on fish cultivation from Trinamool Congress MLA Jyotirmoy Kar. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Chief Minister also mentioned that the state Fisheries and state Tourism departments have joined hands to develop the concept of fish tourism in the state.State Fisheries minister Chandranath Sinha said Fish Tourism has already been introduced at Nalban and Henry’s Island near Bakkhali in South 24-Parganas.”Tourists who visit these places are provided with the opportunity of angling. The fish caught by them is cooked and then offered to them as part of their lunch,” he added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn Bengal, the demand for fish is 18.84 lakh metric tonnes per year and the production is 17.42 lakh metric tonnes. Around 1.5 lakh metric tonnes is exported every year. Thus, there is a dearth of 1.72 lakh metric tonnes and the state has to import from other states particularly Andhra Pradesh to make up forthe deficit.”People in Bengal have a special liking for small fishes like mourala, puti, bata and similar fishes. These fishes are hardly consumed by other states in the country. So, we are also taking steps to ensure that people can relish these kinds,” the Chief Minister said.It may be mentioned that the state Fisheries department has adopted Moyna model in nine districts where river water is being channelized to ponds for fish cultivation at a brisk pace.”We have plans to have 15 districts under the Moyna model by this year,”Sinha said.He added that efforts are also being taken up for cultivating Ilish (Hilsa) in three waterbodies under the department.