Wyn Jones set to equal McCaw record for most Test appearances

first_imgThursday Oct 22, 2020 Wyn Jones set to equal McCaw record for most Test appearances Wales skipper Alun Wyn Jones will equal the world Test match appearance record when he turns out for Wales against France in Paris on Saturday. Wyn Jones reaches the incredible milestone set by New Zealand legend, Richie McCaw.ADVERTISEMENTThe 35-year-old lock plays his 148th game for Wales and the British and Irish Lions.Paying tribute to Jones, head coach Wayne Pivac said: “It is a fabulous achievement. He epitomises what a great rugby player is all about.“He is a true professional on and off the field, and a gentleman of the game. On the field he leads by example and you can’t ask more of your captain. We are very privileged here in Wales to have him.”Wales’ first match for seven months sees a return for centre Jonathan Davies, who has not played Test rugby since suffering a knee injury during the World Cup last year, while Pivac has named uncapped Gloucester wing Louis Rees-Zammit and Ospreys hooker Sam Parry among the replacements.The side is packed with experience, including a 96th cap for wing George North, while scrum-half Rhys Webb edges out Gareth Davies to make a first Wales start in almost three years, and Dan Biggar wears the number 10 shirt.In the pack, hooker Ryan Elias takes over from shoulder injury victim Ken Owens, with Cory Hill partnering Jones in the second row and Aaron Wainwright starting at blindside flanker in tandem with back-row colleagues Justin Tipuric and Taulupe Faletau.ADVERTISEMENTPivac said: “The players are excited. It has been a long time and we can’t wait for Saturday. We have six matches this autumn, and the game against France helps us get back into our stride, international rugby-wise.”Wales play their delayed Guinness Six Nations game against Scotland next week, and Pivac will use the match at Stade de France as full-blown preparation for that encounter.RELATED VIEWING: ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life Reports10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Celtic FC players, manager take ‘significant’ reduction in salaries amid COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgLondon: Celtic FC has announced that its players and coach Neil Lennon have volunteered to take a significant reduction in salaries amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The Scottish champions announced on Friday that Lennon and the entire first-team squad, as well as several members of Celtic’s backroom and executive staff, have agreed the cut and to defer “a significant proportion of their earnings” between April and June.“We are well aware of the economic realities and are very willing to play our part in recognising them. We will come through this in unity and then look forward to the challenges ahead,” Lennon said in a statement.“We also know that many within society, including our own support, are facing distress and, in some cases, tragedy,” he added.Celtic FC, chasing a ninth successive league title, were 13 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership when domestic action was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak which has so far claimed over 1,00,000 lives across the world.“I would like to pay tribute to Neil and the players for their desire to play their part,” Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said.“I am also grateful to my own executive team for the commitment they have devoted to this outcome in very difficult working circumstances.”Rangers, Celtic’s arch-rivals, have also announced that coaches, players and directors would take a three-month wage deferral.Premier League clubs Southampton and West Ham have also announced the same. IANSAlso Read: Will consider running for AIFF president in future: Bhaichung BhutiaAlso Watch: Sellers take advantage of helplessness of panic stricken citizens by overpricing commoditieslast_img read more

Uganda sends 10 athletes for all Africa paralympic games

first_imgSome team Uganda members take selfies at the departures section at Entebbe Airport.Kampala, Uganda  | THE INDEPENDENT |  Uganda has sent ten athletes to the inaugural All Africa Paralympics Games. The games that started yesterday will climax on February 29th in Rabat, Morocco.  Uganda’s team left on Monday afternoon aboard a, Emirates flight.The 10 athletes are among the 1,200 people expected to compete in the Games that were mooted in 2018.  It is seen as an event that would become an official multi sport event held every four years ahead of the Paralympic Games.The Games will act as a Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games qualifier in some events including athletics, Goalball, blind football and power lifting. Other events are sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball and Taekwondo.However, Uganda is fielding athletes in only athletics, mainly track and field events including the short races of 100m, 200m, then javelin and long jump.   The team has been accompanied by six government and technical officials including the Coach Jameson Ssenkungu and the Senior Administrative Secretary of National Council of Sports, Ivan Mugowa.The 10 athletes include 8 males and 2 females. They include 2016 Paralympics T46 1,500m silver medalist David Emong who will run T47 1500m alongside team mates Abdul Karim Lubega and Richard Ocira.      Fred Masisa and Sam Mubaje will compete in the T47 100m and 400m events while Wilfred Ocen from Gulu University is eyeing the T37 100m and 200m events.Al Bashir Bwaga will compete in the T47 400m, 100m and long jump events and Alex Wilson Legu will participate in T47 Long jump, 100m and javelin events.   The female athletes, Peace Oroma from Makerere University will compete in the T12 100m and 200m events while Monica Ilalo of Kyambogo University will take on F12T12 100m, 200m and javelin events.    Coach Ssenkungu told Uganda Radio Network that he is optimistic that 5-7 of the athletes will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Paralympics.  The Paralympics will run from 25 August to 6 September.Mugowa, who is also the Head of delegation says that NCS is hopeful as well that most players will qualify. He added that government has funded 100 percent of the delegation’s budget including purchase of air tickets.The Games come a month after the initial dates of January 26th to 31st were changed. The delay was because Morocco changed its sports minister and informed the Africa Paralympic Committee that it had cancelled the event.However, Ssekungu says that the change in dates affected preparation of the team and therefore the players were summoned last week at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole for a 5 day training.******URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

No. 11 Penn State takes step forward in dismantling Pitt

first_imgHe got one. Just a half later than he would have liked.The Nittany Lions pummeled Pittsburgh 51-6 in the slop at Heinz Field on Saturday night, scoring the game’s final 45 points and pouring it on in the pouring rain. Still, Franklin found himself as focused on his team’s uneven first 29 minutes as he was on its dominant final 31.“I’m pleased with where we’re at, but we’ve got to take another step,” Franklin said after beating the Panthers decisively for a second straight season. “We have to play better in the first half. Because depending on how things go, you might not be able to come back. You might not be able to recover.”Penn State (2-0) recovered in time to post the third-largest margin by either team in a series that dates back 125 years. Still, the blowout seemed unlikely for most of the opening two quarters. Pitt (1-1) pushed the Nittany Lions around at times behind running back Qadree Ollison and only trailed thanks to a series of penalties, special teams gaffes and some curious playcalling.Things turned late in the first half when the Nittany Lions stuffed Pitt on a fourth-and-3 at the Penn State 4 to preserve a one-point lead. Minutes later Pitt punter Kirk Christodoulou botched a snap, dropped the ball and the Nittany Lions recovered. It took three snaps for Trace McSorley hit KJ Hamler for a 14-yard score to put Penn State up 14-6.Still, Franklin felt there should have been more. Miles Sanders ran for a career-high 118 yards in his return to his hometown but also had about 40 yards chopped off a long gain in the first half thanks to an illegal block behind the play. Sanders then had a 64-yard touchdown reception wiped out early in the second half when Juwan Johnson was called for offensive pass interference.They’re the kind of miscues Franklin wants his team to avoid with Big Ten play looming later this month. The team he saw in the second half looked capable of competing for a conference title. The one in the first half? Not so much. It’s why he couldn’t get too excited even after his defense limited Pitt to just 69 yards in the second half.“We shouldn’t need to make adjustments. We should be doing that from the beginning,” said Franklin, whose team hosts Kent State next week. “We played really good clutch defense in the first half. As the season goes on, we won’t be able to get away with that with some of our opponents.”Still, the one-sidedness of the final two quarters was startling. The running room Ollison found while rolling up 125 yards in the first half vanished. He actually lost six yards in the second half and Pitt could muster little else. Quarterback Kenny Pickett was under siege for most of the night.“We try to thrive on stopping the run and obviously we didn’t do as great a job in in the first half,” Penn State cornerback Amani Oruwariye said. “But we knew if we stop the run, make them one dimensional we can win the game and that’s what we tried to do in the second half.”There were no such offensive issues for the Nittany Lions, though Franklin’s decision to have McSorley in the game and throwing with Penn State up by more than 30 in the fourth quarter raised some eyebrows. Franklin stressed he wasn’t running it up on Pitt so much as trying to impart a lesson after the Nittany Lions allowed Appalachian State to score 28 points over the final 13:39 of regulation to force overtime in the opener.“We gave up a bunch of points in the fourth quarter last week and I wanted to make sure we were able to finish the way we should have,” Franklin said.Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi shrugged when asked if he felt the Nittany Lions were trying to prove a point, something that could carry over when they meet for the 100th time at Beaver Stadium next September.“I coach Pitt football,” Narduzzi said after suffering his worst loss since taking over the Panthers in 2015. “I don’t coach for anybody else. That’s on them. You’ve got to sleep at night. It’s just where we are right now. We’ll have another shot. We’ve got another shot. It ain’t over.”___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP— Penn State head coach James Franklin expected a response from his players after dodging an upset in its opener against Appalachian State. Penn State wide receiver Mac Hippenhammer (12) celebrates with offensive lineman C.J. Thorpe (69) after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. Penn State won 51-6. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)last_img read more

Allderdice, Brashear in final City League 2018 regular season battle before playoffs

first_img TOUCHDOWN!—Allderdice’s Rashaun Caldwell is lifted into the air by teammate Kenny Hardin, as the Dragons defeated Brashear, 28-13, Oct. 11. ALLDERDICE’S RASHAWN HARVEY is met by multiple Brashear Bulls in the hard-fought contest at Cupples Stadium, Oct. 11. DALEN DUGGER of Allderdice airs it out… THE BRASHEAR CHEERLEADING SQUAD… ALLDERDICE CHEERLEADERS…center_img THE ALLDERDICE CHEERLEADERS… BRASHEAR’S MAX TOWNSEND is a hard man to flag down, as he is a major player for the Bulls. Brashear lost to Allderdice, 28-13, at Cupples Stadium, Oct. 11. (Photos by Andre Swinton Jr.) Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Ohio State twists CFP race; ND is in

first_imgThe twist the playoff race has been waiting for came Saturday. The debate, for now, is between Ohio State and Oklahoma. History suggests it was inevitable. The top four had never stayed the same for three straight weeks until this past one, and to expect it to hold steady for two more was unrealistic.Still, how thoroughly No. 10 Ohio State dismantled No. 4 Michigan was startling, and it could cause the College Football Playoff selection committee to rethink a lot of what has happened so far with the Buckeyes. We could be heading toward a Big Ten vs. Big 12 in the board room where the committee meets. The essential questions: Which team has the worse defense, No. 6 Oklahoma or Ohio State? Does hanging 62 points on No. 4 Michigan make up for allowing 49 to Purdue? The Buckeyes have done both.How far the Buckeyes (No. 10 CFP) move up Tuesday could be telling and important. They should go past Washington State, which was sitting at eighth but lost the Apple Cup on Friday to Washington. But can they bounce all the way to sixth, edging ahead of the Sooners, who beat West Virginia to reach the Big 12 title game? Kyler Murray and Oklahoma have won four straight games in which they have allowed at least 40 points. The Sooners’ defense is terrible. Ohio State’s has been a little better.Ohio State gets No. 20 Northwestern (8-4) next week in Indianapolis to make one more statement. The Sooners (11-1) get a rematch with Texas (9-3), with a chance to avenge a three-point loss in October.Aside from the ugly loss at Purdue, the Buckeyes have had close calls against Nebraska (4-8) and Maryland (5-7). The Sooners dodged upsets against Texas Tech (5-7) and Oklahoma State (6-6).Ohio State has beaten Michigan, Penn State (9-3) and Michigan State (7-5). OU has beaten West Virginia (8-3) and Iowa State (7-4).Neither Ohio State nor Oklahoma looks championship caliber, but the playoff needs four teams and those two might be the choices.BOOK ITOne of the four playoff teams is pretty much set. Quarterback Ian Book and No. 3 Notre Dame completed a 12-0 season by gritting out a victory at Southern California. There has been some 2012 flavor to this Notre Dame season, with a few close calls against so-so teams. The USC game was not inspiring.And of course, any mention of the 2012 Fighting Irish brings back memories of the noncompetitive BCS championship game against Alabama. Could we be heading for a redux? Well, first off, it is way more likely Notre Dame plays Clemson than Alabama.Clemson has looked Alabama-ish at times, though not Saturday night when the Tigers gave up 510 yards passing in a lopsided victory against South Carolina.This Notre Dame team seems better and deeper than the 2012 team. Also, better coached. That could help. The reality is Alabama and Clemson appear to be a good deal better than everybody else in the country and whether it’s Notre Dame or Ohio State or Oklahoma, there is a good chance neither semifinal will be particularly competitive.The Irish earned their spot even if the end result isn’t pretty.WHAT NOW HARBAUGH?Jim Harbaugh has led Michigan out of the darkness that was the Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke eras, but even those failed hires in Ann Arbor never produced an embarrassment like this: 62 points, the most ever allowed by the Wolverines in a regulation game, against the rival against which Michigan judges itself.Michigan will go to a glitzy bowl with a chance to win 11 games and finish in the top 10, but getting exposed in every way possible by this Ohio State team should make Harbaugh question everything. Harbaugh has accomplished much at his alma mater except the most important thing: The gap between the Buckeyes and Wolverines is still vast.TUA OR KYLERMurray’s magnificent performance against West Virginia on Friday night breathed some life into the Heisman Trophy race, but Tua Tagovailoa answered on Saturday with maybe his best performance of the season.The Alabama quarterback was 25 for 32 for 324 yards and five touchdowns in the Iron Bowl against Auburn. Tagovailoa also ran for a score.The case for Kyler is a little weird: Oklahoma’s defense is so bad that Murray faces more pressure to deliver than Tagovailoa, whose team has yet to play a close game. It’s true, but it doesn’t seem fair to hold Alabama’s dominance against Tagovailoa.Tua should still be considered the favorite heading into championship weekend. If he comes up big against No. 5 Georgia in the SEC championship game, Tagovailoa will become the first Alabama quarterback to win the Heisman.Who else could be invited to New York City for the Heisman presentation? Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins’ stock is up. Washington State’s Gardner Minshew’s stock is down. Will Grier of West Virginia still should be under consideration. And that’s probably about it.PLAN B — AS IN BROHMWhat to make of Purdue coach Jeff Brohm’s declaration after the Boilermakers became bowl eligible against Indiana?“I want Louisville to do what’s best for them,” Brohm said. “I’m a fan. But right now I’m the coach at Purdue and this is where I want to be and I like it here.” After a rivalry game, what else can Brohm say? Brohm grew up in Louisville and was a star quarterback for the Cardinals, who are in the market for a new coach. There is no doubt Brohm is the coach Louisville fans want. If Brohm does indeed want to stay in West Lafayette, Indiana, if he is too loyal to his team and the school to bolt after just two seasons, we should all know quickly.Purdue and Louisville are both done playing and with the early signing period looming Dec. 19, there is no reason for an extended courtship. It should take only a few days for Louisville to know if it must move on to Plan B, whatever that might be.AROUND THE COUNTRY: LSU got no help from the officiating and lost a record-tying seven OT game at Texas A&M. The loss might cost the Tigers a spot in a New Year’s Six game to Florida, which also finished 9-3 and beat the Tigers … Kliff Kingsbury probably made the decision easier for Texas Tech by losing to Baylor to finish 5-7. Kingsbury is 35-40 overall and 19-35 in the Big 12 in six seasons at the school where he played quarterback. It is likely change is coming in Lubbock … Also in trouble: North Carolina’s Larry Fedora after Tar Heels finished 2-10. … Safe: Rutgers coach Chris Ash. … Teams that finished strong with bowl eligibility on the line and grabbed a sixth victory: Wake Forest, Tulane, TCU and Baylor. Kansas State, on the other hand, blew a 17-point fourth-quarter lead at Iowa State to miss out on a sixth victory. Could that have been Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder’s last game at Kansas State?___Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 Ohio State running back Mike Weber, left, celebrates his touchdown against Michigan with teammate quarterback Dwayne Haskins during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Michigan 62-39. 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Attack on Jemele Hill is typical, right-wing talking points

first_imgJemele Hill John N. Mitchell, Philadelphia Tribune Staff WriterThe stories that came up on Monday when I Googled the name of award-winning journalist Jemele Hill did not surprise me.I searched Hill’s name because I wanted to see how far conservative pundits would go in an effort to contort the words from her recent opinion piece for The Atlantic into something nonsensical and fallacious.Hill, now a staff writer for The Atlantic, saw her star ascend in September 2017 when she infamously called President Donald Trump a white supremacist on Twitter. At the time, Hill was a co-host on ESPN’s Sportscenter, the sports network’s most high-profile show.She has since become a favorite target of the right.Hill argued that now is the time for elite Black athletes, who make hundreds of millions of dollars for predominantly white colleges and universities, to begin attending historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).Her position is that the billions of dollars in television money and other sizable financial windfalls that predominantly white colleges and universities reap by having Black athletes, such as Zion Williamson and Kyler Murray, the top selections in this year’s NBA and NFL drafts, respectively, would eventually find their way to Black schools if athletes such as these opted to attend them. And she’s right. Sports fans will want to watch the very best athletes, and television networks will find them wherever they attend college.The struggles of HBCUs are well documented. They are fighting daily for their existence. The reasons for this are manifold and in many cases institutional.HBCU graduates don’t have as much money to give because they’re not earning as much as their white counterparts.Pay gaps continue to widen between African Americans and whites, and the disparity is most acute when factoring in a college education. According to research by the Economic Policy Institute, Black college graduates earned 13% less per hour than their white counterparts in 1979 and 22% less per hour in 2015.Hill’s premise is rooted in what minority communities have understood for years — that when the American Dream, as it frequently does, is not working out for the vast majority of the members of marginalized communities, changes must be made. And what could be more American than using the natural resources of one’s community — in this case the athletic gifts of young African-American student athletes — to strengthen the financial health of HBCUs?Still, FOX News’ Tucker Carlson, whose show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” has lost advertisers due to its often unpalatably racist nature, offered up the ridiculous notion that Hill was advocating for the resegregation of higher education.Carlson literally told University of Maryland professor Jason Nichols that the “triumph over segregation was held up as comparable to storming the beaches at Normandy.”He might be right, but it is disingenuous of him to cloak Hill’s suggestion that elite Black athletes opting to attend HBCUs would be an effort by Blacks to resegregate. More realistically, it is a typical right-wing talking point that comes from the same playbook that also tells African Americans that a “victim mentality” and the “Democratic plantation” are bigger problems than actual racism and a bigoted commander in chief.If handfuls of African-American blue-chip athletes decide they are going to go to Howard University or North Carolina A&T, it will not be an indication that the sky is falling or that the status quo is no more. And it certainly won’t be evidence that there is some desire among Blacks who did experience what life was like before Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka have an urge to do so.But something radical must happen to help struggling HBCUs in need of money, resources and revenue streams that presently aren’t getting it done.Hill’s idea could begin changing this in small increments. And what better group for this to begin with than members of Generation Z?John N. Mitchell has worked as a journalist for more than a quarter century. He can be reached at [email protected] and Tweet at @freejohnmitchel.https://www.phillytrib.com/commentary/johnmitchell/mitchell-attack-on-hill-is-typical-right-wing-talking-points/article_a3f6926a-d4b2-59cd-b792-afe904e19a7d.htmllast_img read more