Each Wednesday for the past three-weeks, children between the ages of eight and 12 have been coming together for the Basketball Federation of Papua New Guinea’s (BFPNG) Pikinini Hoops program.Not only are kids being taught fundamental skills like dribbling, passing and shooting, they’re also learning important life values including friendship, teamwork and enjoying their sport.It comes at a time with yesterday being the United Nations International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.“We are seeing young people from a wide variety of backgrounds coming together each Wednesday to have fun with each other,” said BFPNG Chief Executive Officer, Joel Khalu. “Most are too young to understand now, but what these kids are actually doing is help break down barriers through basketball.“It’s exciting for us to see them on this journey. Papua New Guinean’s love their sport and we want to be the leading National Federation that’s educating kids about vital things like fair-play and sportsmanship.“At this age, it’s most important that sport is fun. We want our younger players to learn to love the game, so they become life-long hoopers. If we can do that, we’ll be encouraging them to live healthier, while also helping combat things like non-communicable diseases,” said Khalu.Khalu added the Pikinini Hoops program has shown growth since its inception, with almost fifty participants showing up at this week’s session at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre.“We started with fifteen in week one and now we’re up to fifty just two weeks later. It’s fantastic,” said Khlau.The Hoops for Health initiative has one more session scheduled to be held next Wednesday April 12, before it will break over the Easter holiday period.
Garbiñe Muguruza (Photo from her Facebook page)BRISBANE, Australia — French Open champion Garbiñe Muguruza finished off a first-round match for the first time at the Brisbane International, and extended Sam Stosur’s unhappy run in the process with a 7-5, 6-7 (2), 7-5 win on Monday.The fourth-seeded Muguruza saved three set points in the first and rallied from a break down in the third to finish off in 2 hours, 45 minutes on a humid afternoon. In two previous trips to the season-opening tournament, Muguruza struggled with injuries and hadn’t completed a match.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:39SEA Games 2019: Nicanor rallies to bring home 1st fencing gold for PH01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND We are young Federer wins 1st match on return; France beats Germany Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Senators to proceed with review of VFA Svitolina, the only player to beat both Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber in 2016, opened with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Olympic champion Monica Puig.Kuznetsova beat American Louisa Chirico 6-2 6-4 and Vinci was pushed all the way in a 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5) win over qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko.American qualifier Asia Mohammed advanced with a 7-6 (5), 6-1 win over Donna Vekic, and Zhang Shuai of China beat Laura Siegemund 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3.In the men’s draw, another of Australia’s local hopes went out in the first round with No. 8-seeded David Ferrer beating error-prone Bernard Tomic 6-3, 7-5.Nicolas Mahut advanced to the second round with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over fellow Frenchman Stephane Robert and Kyle Edmond held off American qualifier Ernesto Escobedo 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6).ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus MOST READ Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town “It was a battle,” Muguruza said. Stosur “played very well today. She served like a beast. It took three hours for that battle to see what happens in the end.”Muguruza beat Stosur in the French Open semifinals last year and went on to beat then No. 1-ranked Serena Williams in the final to claim her first major title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngThe loss extended a slump for Stosur, the 32-year-old Australian who hasn’t won a competitive singles match since the first round of the U.S. Open in September and hasn’t advanced past the second round at her home tournament in Queensland state.No. 5 Svetlana Kuznetsova, No. 6 Elina Svitolina and No. 8 Roberta Vinci were among the women’s seeds advancing Monday. In a late match interrupted by thunderstorms, seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov needed three match points before beating Steve Johnson 6-2, 6-3 on center court. Play on outside courts was postponed to Tuesday. –John Pye /ATMSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
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But he s not just big and fast, either. He s very agile, has good technique and moves, and is absolutely relentless. Most of the BIW voters hadn t seen Griffen in person (although they had via video and digital footage) before last spring. But his reputation got to the Southland before he did. I kept hearing stories about how big and how fast and how good he was, Garry Paskwietz, who helps produce high school football coverage for the Fox Sports Network, said. Paskwietz was skeptical. I thought no one could be that fast at that kind of size, he said. Then Paskwietz went to Citrus College to see for himself. I was blown away, Paskwietz conceded. Allen Wallace was at Citrus that day, too. It was one of those kind of performances where, if I hadn t been there and someone had told me about it, I would have said No way! the publisher of SuperPrep Magazine and National Recruiting Editor for Scout.com said. I mean, come on, most running backs don t run that fast. Then, again, seeing is believing. And I saw him do it (run sub 4.5 40s) twice, Wallace said. Griffen, as one would imagine, had a senior season that bordered on the spectacular, helping his team to a 12-1 record by sacking quarterbacks 16 times and rushing for 1,200-plus yards and scoring 20 touchdowns from his running back position. Can you imagine 160-pound high school defensive backs trying to tackle a future NFL defensive end with sprinter s speed? Scary stuff. But Griffen is going to leave the ball carrying to his teammates, and opponents he ll try to separate the ball from, when he slaps on a USC uniform. There is no doubt in my mind that, if he wanted to, he could be a big-time running back in college, Paskwietz said. If any skepticism still existed about his football-playing ability certainly, no one questioned the legitimacy of his listed size or his speed after his trips to Southern California last spring it once and for all ceased to exist after his trip to San Antonio earlier this month for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Approximately 80 of the most high-profile high school football players in the country were invited and split into East and West squads. Among those on the West were BIW selections Donovan Warren (Poly), Chris Galippo (Servite) and Jimmy Clausen (Oaks Christian). Clausen (who graduated in December and enrolled at Notre Dame recently) lived up to the considerable hyperbole that has existed about him for the better part of four years during practices and the game, which was won by the West. Warren cemented his reputation as the best cornerback prospect in the West by doing a nifty job covering his teammates in scrimmages and then the best the East had to offer in the game. And Galippo? Well, the future Trojan s play in the game he was the MVP drew comparisons to Brian Urlacher, a pretty decent linebacker for the Chicago Bears. As for Griffen, well . . . how difficult must it be to block anyone that fast and that big? In my mind, at least, he was clearly the best defensive lineman in that game, Paskwietz said, after watching all of the practices and the game. Said Rick Kimbrel, the Western Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com, after watching Griffen toy with the East s offensive linemen, He s a freakish athlete . . . he does things a coach just can t teach. Added Biggins: All of those Eastern guys (who run East Coast-based Internet recruiting sites) were getting their first chance to see him and they couldn t believe him. Griffen was just killing guys in the practices. Yes, seeing is believing and then some, when you re watching Griffen. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Griffen is the top vote getter for the 31st edition of the Best in the West team, the Press-Telegram s annual look – courtesy of some of those who spend an extraordinary amount of time looking at, and comparing, the elite college prospects locally, regionally and nationally – at the very best in the Western states. And the seeds of that rating in which four of the seven voters rated him No. 1 and the other three had him second were planted when Griffen attended a scouting combine (sponsored by Scout.com) at Citrus College in May and then USC s camp in June. Like most everything else in life, when it comes to evaluating high school football talent, seeing is believing. And when most of the seven members of the Press-Telegram s Best in the West advisory committee laid eyes on Everson Griffen of Agua Fria High in Avondale, Ariz., last spring, they were believers. At Citrus, he measured at just under 6-4, weighed in at 264 pounds and was clocked at 4.46 over 40 yards. That 40 time is sizzling for NFL prospects at running back and wide receiver. For a 17-year-old defensive lineman who weighs 260-plus pounds, that s absolutely freaky. And that s one of the reasons Griffen who intends to sign a letter of intent with USC on Feb. 7 picked up the nickname The Freak back when he attended a football camp at the University of Arizona two years ago. That s a freakish combination of size and speed, Greg Biggins, a BIW voter and the National Recruiting Editor for StudentSports.com, said of Griffen.
If you’re a fan of the USC football program — yes, there are a few of you out there — and want a line on which high school players the Trojans will be signing to national letters of intent on Feb. 7, you’ve come to the right place. A year ago Coach Pete Carroll’s program signed 10 of the 20 first-team selections from the Press-Telegram’s Best in the West team. And Carroll & Co. aren’t through yet. The best cornerback in the West, Donovan Warren of Long Beach Poly, who finished fifth in the balloting of the seven-member BIW Advisory Committee, may also slap his signature on a USC LOI. Warren has narrowed his choices to the Trojans, UCLA, Cal and Michigan. A year ago USC signed the top four BIW finishers (Stafon Johnson, Allen Bradford, C.J. Gable and David Ausberry) and six of the top seven among its 10 BIW first-team recruits. The representation looks to be even more impressive this time around. The Trojans may do even better than that on Feb. 7. As of Saturday, 11 of the 20 first-team members of the 31st BIW squad have committed to USC, most recently Malcolm Smith of Woodland Hills Taft, who announced Friday that he would follow his brother (senior wide receiver Steve Smith) and become a Trojan. If the Trojans, as anticipated, do get Warren’s signed letter, they are projected to get five of the top six finishers, seven of the top 10 and 10 of the top 14. No, the talent pool in Trojanland isn’t drying up any time soon. UCLA (Brian Price of L.A. Crenshaw and Akeem Ayers of L.A. Verbum Dei) and Oregon (Kenny Rowe of Long Beach Poly and Myles Wade of Portland Central Catholic) are the only other programs expected to sign as many as two first-team choices. Notre Dame (Jimmy Clausen of Westlake Village Oaks Christian), Colorado (Ryan Miller of Littleton, Colo., Columbine), Cal (Jahvid Best of Richmond, Calif., Salesian) and Washington (Chris Izbicki of Kirkland, Wash., Lake Washington) are the other programs expected to sign BIW first-team choices beginning on Feb. 7. WHO WILL be some of the prospects you’re reading about when you’re perusing the 32nd Best in the West team, with the best the western class of 2008 has to offer? There appears to be a proverbial plethora of elite running backs in the current junior class. Some of the best of those include Darrell Scott (who apparently is transferring from Moorpark to Ventura St. Bonaventure), Milton Knox (Van Nuys Birmingham), Ryan Brass (Corona Centennial), Wes Fletcher (Placentia Valencia) and Delano Howell (Newhall Hart) There is already a Internet-driven buzz that the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Scott (3,194 yards rush and 45 touchdowns last season) could be the nation’s top running back prospect next season. Among the better junior quarterbacks are Dayne Crist (Sherman Oaks Notre Dame), Dominique Blackman (Carson) and Drew McAllister (Danville, Calif., Monte Vista). The first two are bigger than the average high school defensive end: Crist (6-5, 224) and Blackman (6-4, 238). D.J. Shoemate (Anaheim Servite), who committed to USC last summer, missed all but the first game of his junior season with a foot injury. But he could be the best wide receiver prospect in the 2008 BIW class. Other wide receivers who will be heavily recruited include another Orange County-based player, Warren Reuland (Mission Viejo), as well as Kemonte Bateman (L.A. Crenshaw). A couple of guys who will rate among the very best prospects, nationally, at their position next season are tight ends Blake Ayles (Orange Lutheran) and Austin Holt (South Jordan, Utah, Bingham). The 6-4, 233-pound Ayles caught 43 passes for the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 and State Div. II champion last season. Among the exceptional offensive linemen among current juniors are Jurrell Casey (Long Beach Poly), Khalid Holmes (Santa Ana Mater Dei) and Matthew Kalil (Anaheim Servite). Casey was also a devastating defensive lineman for the Jackrabbits last season. Holmes (his brother, Alex, was a tight end for the Trojans and Kalil (his brother, Ryan, is a starter at center for Pete Carroll) have distinct ties to the USC program. Going over to defense, linebacker Maurice Simmons (Compton Dominguez), the CIF SS Southeast Division Defensive Player of the Year, is already being heavily recruited. Other defensive prospects of note include: cornerback/safeties Brandon Leslie and Robert Golden (both of Fresno Edison), end Jamarr Jarrett (San Marcos, Calif., Mission Hills), safety Rahim Moore (L.A. Dorsey), linebacker Dewitt Stuckey (Stockton Lincoln) and end Kavario Middleton (Lakewood, Wash., Lakes). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Arsenal have confirmed the departures of winger Ryo Miyaichi to German club St Pauli and defender Semi Ajayi to Cardiff.Japan international Miyaichi joined the Gunners in January 2011 but made only a handful of first-team appearances, spending loan spells at Feyenoord, Bolton, Wigan and FC Twente.Ajayi, meanwhile, signs for the Bluebirds following a loan at the end of last season, having moved to Arsenal from Charlton’s academy in 2013.The club said in a statement on their website: “Everyone at Arsenal would like to thank both Ryo and Semi for their contributions to the club, and wish them well for their future careers.” 1 Miyaichi
On-loan West Ham star Manuel Lanzini West Ham WILL buy on-loan Manuel Lanzini for just £7.4million, according to the chief executive of his parent club Al-Jazira.Lanzini has been one of the stars of Slaven Bilic’s new-look Hammers since arriving on a season-long loan from the UAE Pro League side in the summer.The 22-year-old has scored four Premier League goals in 13 appearances and talk has already turned to making his move permanent.And now Al-Jazira chief executive Ayed Mabkhout says he fully expects West Ham to shell out a fee of £7.4m to complete the deal.Mabkhout told the National: “If they decide before April 30 to buy Lanzini then they have to pay €10m.“If they pay it we will take it.“There have been no discussions with West Ham until now, but I think they’re going to do it.“His performance has been very good up to this moment and they need the player, but we have to wait for something official.” 1
SACRAMENTO – Democratic Party members, volunteers, campaign workers and candidates flocked Friday to the Sacramento Convention Center to open a convention to decide how strong a challenge will be mounted against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in the fall. The three-day convention represents a chance for candidates of all levels to shmooze with party volunteers and seek endorsements, and for the party to agree on its platform for the year. The headline events will come today, when Controller Steve Westly and Treasurer Phil Angelides vie for the party’s official gubernatorial endorsement. Angelides, a former party chairman, had been the front-runner in the race, but has fallen behind more than 10 points in recent polls as multimillionaire Westly outspends his rival by reaching into his own deep pockets. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe endorsement pitches will come this morning and the votes will be cast by written ballot tonight, with the hand-counted results expected late. Winning the endorsement takes a 60 percent vote, and political analysts believe Angelides to be the favorite to win at least a simple majority with this particular crowd of party activists. Westly has said he would be happy if neither candidate reaches the 60 percent mark. “I think that anything less than an endorsement for Phil Angelides will be perceived as a defeat,” said political analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the University of Southern California, who is attending the convention. “If he doesn’t win the endorsement outright, it’s not going to turn the momentum back to Angelides.” Candidates of all levels popped in and out of caucus meetings all day Friday, making pitches to groups representing Latinos, veterans, seniors, American Indians and other Democratic constituencies. Both Westly and Angelides were followed around all day by cadres of T-shirted volunteers shouting their candidates’ names as they marched from caucus to caucus. The pitches varied slightly, with each tailored to the unique audience. When Westly spoke to the environmental caucus, he touted his record opposing offshore drilling, supporting the Million Solar Roofs bill, and supporting a plan to have California adopt the Kyoto environmental protocols, which Washington has failed to sign. “I’m running to be the greenest governor this state has ever had,” Westly said. Angelides, who received a far louder and more enthusiastic reception at the environmental caucus, said he wants the state to be a leader in fighting global warming and protecting the coast and said he was the first to fight Schwarzenegger on environmental issues. “If you believe in a Democratic Party that’s progressive, if you believe that we win by being what we are, not Arnold Lite, vote for me,” Angelides said, in a dig at perceptions that the moderate Westly has some political similarities to the governor. As the candidates worked the crowds, political vendors set up shop outside the meetings, pitching everything from obscure candidates to wacky bumper stickers and T-shirts, mostly with anti-Bush slogans like “My child is an honor student but my president is an idiot.” Ultimately, party members hope they can at least all agree on one point this weekend – their common goal to defeat Schwarzenegger in the November general election. “I think a lot of people, even those who voted for Schwarzenegger in that recall, have regretted their vote for him,” said Beverly Thomas, a delegate from the city of Antelope, a suburb of Sacramento. “It was a crazy time and people were just mesmerized by the movie star. “But people I know, Republicans and Democrats, many of them regret that vote.” California Democratic Party political director Sam Rodriguez said the party will look to harness those feelings in keeping an eye on the same ultimate goal. “Democrats are walking into this convention united,” Rodriguez said. “There’s competition for delegates in getting them to vote for one or the other candidate, but we come out of this convention united, going after the grand prize of the governor’s seat.” email@example.com (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Under-21s boss Luigi Di Biagio has stepped up to take charge of the senior team Luigi Di Biagio has been confirmed as Italy’s interim head coach for the March friendlies against Argentina and England.Italian Football Federation (FIGC) vice-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta last week said Under-21s boss Di Biagio, 46, would be offered the chance to take control of the Azzurri on a temporary basis.The former Roma and Inter Milan midfielder was on Monday formally appointed as Giampiero Ventura’s short-term successor for the game against Argentina at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium on March 23 and a showdown with England at Wembley four days later.Italy, who failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia due to a play-off defeat to Sweden, are still keen to find Ventura’s replacement following the veteran tactician’s departure in November.Costacurta has publicly revealed a desire to speak to current Chelsea boss Antonio Conte – formerly in charge of the Azzurri – and Carlo Ancelotti. Roberto Mancini has also been linked with the vacancy.