Japan to file petition with FILA

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Under FILA rules, countries whose wrestlers do not compete in continental championships do not qualify for berths at the world championships, which double as a qualifying event for next year’s Beijing Olympics. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img The Japan Wrestling Federation will file a petition with FIlA, world wrestling’s governing body, asking that Chiharu Icho be allowed to compete at this fall’s world championships, JWF chief Tomiaki Fukuda said Tuesday.Icho was scheduled to wrestle at the Asian Championships in Kyrgyzstan last week but withdrew after she hurt her lower back. The Athens Olympic women’s 48-kg silver medalist hoped that by weighing in her participation in the tournament would be recognized, but she was disqualified after coming in over 48 kg. When that happened, Fukuda, who is also vice president of FILA, said it is possible that FILA may not allow Icho to appear at the world championships.last_img read more

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Badminton world No. 1 Kento Momota slightly injured in crash in Malaysia; driver dies

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR – A van carrying Japan’s Kento Momota, the world No. 1 men’s badminton player, crashed into a truck early Monday morning, killing the driver, while Momota and three other passengers escaped with only slight injuries.The accident came just hours after Momota won the Malaysia Masters. Japanese coach Yu Hirayama, trainer Akifumi Morimoto and William Thomas of England were also on board, according to a statement from the Fire and Rescue Services Department. KEYWORDS Kento Momota poses with his medal after winning the Malaysia Masters on Sunday in Kuala Lumpur. | AP IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 badminton, Kento Momota, Malaysia Masters center_img RELATED PHOTOS According to a statement from the Serdang district police, Momota suffered a broken nose as well as injuries to his lips and face.The accident happened on a major highway before dawn as the group headed for Kuala Lumpur International Airport in a van, official news agency Bernama reported.“The victim’s body and all the injured were sent to” a hospital in the administrative capital Putrajaya, Norazam Khamis, a senior official from the Depart of Fire and Rescue Services, was cited as saying.Hours before the crash, Momota had easily defeated Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen 24-22, 21-11 in a boost for his preparations for the Tokyo Olympics.The 25-year-old enjoyed a stellar 2019 season, winning a record 11 titles, including the World Championships, Asia Championships and All England Open.“It’s truly tragic, especially involving a badminton icon like Momota,” Malaysian sports minister Syed Saddiq told reporters, after visiting the injured in a hospital south of the capital.But he added that those hurt were “recovering well, (and) all four are also in stable condition”.The others hurt suffered facial, leg, hand and head injuries, according to the police. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

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United Brothers and Stingerz win pre-season titles

first_imgSoftball BY SIMON KESLEP United Brothers are title holders of the Port Moresby men’s softball after defeating Yokomo 10-7 on Sunday at the Bisini diamonds. For the women’s division, Stingers held off a determined Saints side to register a 6-3 win. Both associations pitched off pre-season for three weekends and teams managed to turn up and freshen up with their good innings of play given the long off-season break. The men’s finals between United Brothers and Yokomo went down the wire to a full seven innings before central umpire Moses Tolingling signaled game over. Yokomo took the early lead at the completion of first inning 4-1 with good batting order resulting in runs scored by Zale brothers, Micah and Taki, Kelly Upaupa and Roland Meli. Brothers managed to close in on fielding with hurler Michael Parom taking charge on the pitching mound and collective fielding effort from fellow team mates. Several fielding errors by Yokomo turned into scoring opportunities for Brothers as they added five more runs in their favor. The third inning was a scoreless turnaround for both teams before substitutions came into play with Clifford Kouse and David Upaupa stepping in for Yokomo and Tony Williams for Brothers to take lead in the remaining innings of play. Young stars in both teams also stood out on the batting mound especially Yokomo’s Jack Tarasomo and United Brothers Elthony Daple. The change resulted in two homers for Yokomo by Clifford Kouse and Kelly Upaupa but they were contained in fielding by Brothers who managed to pull off the three-run margin win. United Brothers 10 (Gerald Pokanau, 2 Gimi Ora, Elthony Daple, Mikes Parom, 2 Joe Kudada, Glen Niggins, Venon Wam, Mike Avosa) defeated Yokomo 7 (David Upaupa, Micah Zale, Taki Zale, 2 Kelly Upaupa, Clifford Kouse, Roland Meli). Other results for men; Yokomo 4 d Brown Eagles 0, United Brothers 12 d Bears 9, in the womens division Stingers 9 d Mariners 1, Saints 9 d Gazelle 3, Gazelle 12 d Mariners 1.last_img read more

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Veteran DaMarcus Beasley a calming force on U.S. backline at World Cup

first_imgDaMarcus BeasleyDaMarcus Beasley during team training at Sao Paulo FC. (Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports)SAO PAULO — The art of reinvention usually doesn’t apply to elite athletes. Bodies break down. Age creeps up. Careers have an expiration date.Then there’s DaMarcus Beasley, who revitalized his national team career by making the transition from speedy winger to left back. He hopes to extend it even further when the United States faces Belgium on Tuesday in the Round of 16.At 32, Beasley became the first American to play in four World Cups and through three games he has played every minute. Before the tournament in Brazil, only 22 players in history had played in four World Cups, an exclusive group that includes the likes of Pele and Maradona.MEXICO-NETHERLANDS: Dutch win brings up flopping debate again“He’s just smiling, he’s just enjoying every second of it. He’s in his fourth World Cup and it seems like he gets younger and younger,” coach Jurgen Klinsmann says.“I love that statement,” mother Joetta says with a laugh. “Because that means I’m getting younger too!”Eleven members of the Beasley family — a complete starting line-up — made the trip to Brazil. “Seeing him out there is amazing,” says Beasley’s father, Henry. “The journey is never-ending, it just keeps replaying.”COSTA RICA-GREECE: Costa Rica hangs on, wins in penalty kicksHis parents have been to every one of his World Cups, and also have watched his club games across the globe — at home in MLS and in England, Scotland, Holland and Mexico.Beasley was just a teen when he made his first World Cup squad in 2002, and now at age 32, he’s a father. His daughter, Lia, is 3 1/2 months old. He video chats with her daily — if only she could chat. And he has spent his free time shopping for gifts for her.“And he has good taste,” Joetta says.Whenever — if ever — his career comes to an end, Beasley’s legacy will be significant. He ranks in the Top 5 all-time in U.S. appearances (119) and top 10 in goals (17) and assists (13).BRAZIL-COLOMBIA: Why it will be best match of World CupTwelve years ago Beasley didn’t know what his role would be heading into the 2002 World Cup in South Korea until he found himself in the starting lineup against powerhouse Portugal in an opening upset victory. Four years later, he was a starter in the midfield in Germany and was a reserve at the 2010 World Cup.Four years ago, it seemed as if Beasley had played in his last World Cup. After seeing just 11 minutes in South Africa, Beasley saw action in only three national team games the following year. In 2012, he made one U.S. appearance.Last year he reinvented himself as a left back, though there wasn’t any grand design behind the plan. With two players out with an injury, Klinsmann needed someone at the spot. Beasley got the opportunity and went on to lead the team with a career-high 17 appearances in 2013.LANDON DONOVAN: Admits he rooted against U.S. after being cutFor Beasley, the hardest part of the transition was resisting the urge to go forward since he’s an attacker at heart. That balance, of choosing when to push forward and when to stay back, is a continual tug. “Back in those days I wanted to score goals and make the last assist, but now it’s a different mindset and I’ve taken on a new position, a position I like. It lets me get up and down when I have the chance, but for me being on the field is great,” he said.Against Belgium, the backline will be tested by a galaxy of stars — Dries Mertens, Eden Hazard, Kevin Mirallas. Though Beasley hasn’t distinguished himself as one of the best fullbacks on the field (see Fabian Johnson) he has held his own.“He never gets tired,” Klinsmann says. “You want to go home at three o’clock at night, and say, ‘DaMarcus, do you want to kick the ball around?’ He’s right there.”On a backline of World Cup rookies, Beasley helps soothe the jitters. “He is just a calm force,” says Omar Gonzalez, who made his first start against Germany. “I feel like he never gets shaken up.”Beasley says it’s a trait he’s always possessed. “I like big games. I like being under the lights, I like playing in front of 80,000 people and for me, it takes out the nerves. For me, playing in World Cups or in the Champions League semifinals, that’s where you show you belong in this position,” he says.After four World Cups, Beasley isn’t ready to reflect on his accomplishments. “I’ll talk about that after I’m done playing.”If that time ever comes.His mother isn’t so sure. Russia in 2018? “My suitcases are ready,” she says.last_img read more

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Cricket News ICC Women’s World T20 – Harmanpreet Kaur’s India Face Uphill Task Against Dominant Australia

first_imgNew Delhi: The year 2020 is the year of Twenty20 Internationals. The first major tournament of the year will start on Friday and it is the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. The first match will see a resurgent India women’s cricket team, led by Harmanpreet Kaur, take on the might of Australia, the four-time World T20 champions. This tournament is set to break all kinds of records, right from gender representation to massive crowds predicted for the final which will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 8. India and Australia will be playing in the Women’s World T20 for the fourth time, with Australia having won two matches. However, India won their last encounter in the 2018 World T20 clash in Providence, Guyana and they will be determined to repeat that performance again. For India, they only have themselves to challenge.Before the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, Harmanpreet Kaur spoke about the need of the Indian cricket team to avoid big game tournament pressure if they have to achieve success. In the last three years, India have made giant strides in women’s cricket but they have stumbled in heart-breaking fashion. In the 2017 Women’s World Cup, India were on the cusp of creating history but a sensational collapse thanks to Anya Shrubsole’s 6/46 resulted in a nine-run loss in the final to England. In 2018, a dodgy team selection call in the omission of Mithali Raj saw India lose the Women’s World T20 semi-final to England again.In 2020, during the Women’s T20 tri-series tournament involving Australia and England, Smriti Mandhana’s fifty had put India on course for a win but they a sensational collapse of 7/29 saw Australia win by 11 runs. Australia, on the other hand, have been simply dominant. Apart from 2016, where they lost in the final, they have been dominant in all facets and they will be the odds-on favorite heading into the opening game in Sydney. They do have some areas of concern, particularly with Alyssa Healy. The Australia woman wicketkeeper was the Player of the tournament in the 2018 edition but heading into the 2020 edition, she has been struggling for form. However, Australia possess the quality of Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry, Jess Jonassen and Beth Mooney. Their batting and bowling, on any given day, helps Australia over the line.Team NewsWith Tayla Vlaeminck ruled out of the World T20 for Australia and with Alyssa Healy’s form dodgy, Australia have a couple of team composition issues to be worried about. With India overly reliant on the top four, India will be determined that their under-cooked middle order steps up to the plateHarmanpreet Kaur’s India are overly reliant on the top order to deliver results. (Image credit: Getty Images)India Predicted XI: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Taniya Bhatia (wk), Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh, Shikha Pandey, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Arundhati Reddy, Radha YadavAustralia Predicted XI: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes, Nicola Carey, Annabel Sutherland, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Erin BurnsWeather ReportThe weather in Sydney for the opening game is cloudy and there are chances that rain could play a part in the match. The maximum temperature of 22 and a minimum of 18 degrees will make the conditions comfortable for the players but one will be hoping that rain stays away.Time And VenueDate: Friday, February 21Time: 1:30 PMVenue: Sydney Showground Stadium, SydneyWho said what?”This year, we have a few new faces in the team. Shafali has been doing very well, and we are very happy for her. She understands her game very well. She is a very important part of the team,” Harmanpreet Kaur heaps praise on youngster Shafali Verma.Also Read | All-Round Ellyse Perry Sinks India In Women’s T20I Tri-Series”There will always be pressure involved in playing a big event like the World Cup, regardless of where it is played. Everyone starts on an even keel; there is no real advantage or disadvantage to playing at home. It’s going to be a massive challenge,” Australia skipper Meg Lanning. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Messi tightened; Kovid did not come for inspection Sports…

first_imgനൗകാമ്പ്‌Crisis in Barcelona is unbearable. Lionel Messi did not attend the Kovid test, which was conducted on players prior to the pre – season. The Argentine, who has said he wants to leave Barcelona, ​​is adamant in his decision.Messi has stated that he does not want to take part in the training of the team starting today. Barcelona have not yet made a clear response to the 33 – year – old’s demand. The move to oust club president Josep Maria Bartomeu and persuade Messi continues. The absence of the 33-year-old from the Kovid check put further pressure on the Barcelona board.Under new coach Ronaldo, Barcelona’s preparations begin today. It was preceded by the Kovid inspection at Noukamp. All the key players except Messi took part in the test on Sunday morning. Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal and Gerard Pique have all been linked with a move away from the club. All of them will be in line for today’s training as well.Meanwhile, the Spanish league has made it clear that the contract will remain in place if Messi leaves Barcelona. Free delivery will not take place. With this, the club that owns Messi will have to pay Barcelona Rs 6,100 crore in addition to the player’s salary. Messi’s legal advisers have come out against this. If Messi is confirmed to be leaving Barcelona, ​​the final decision on the financial deal will be in court. Deshabhimani is now also available on Telegram. You can subscribe to the Telegram channel for more news and updates. Other newslast_img read more

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Sciver, Jones fifties send England into finals

first_imgInaugural tournament winners, England marched into tomorrow’s final of the Women’s World T20  after brushing aside India by eight wickets in the second semifinal at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua yesterday. They will play Australia who trounced the West Indies earlier in the day.With the aroma of barbecue engulfing the ground and dancers and loud music entertaining the 10,000 in attendance, India lost their final eight wickets for just 23 runs as they crawled to 112 all out in 19.3 overs to which England responded with a commanding 116-2 in 17.1 overs with Amy Jones and Natalie Sciver stroking half centuries.The former champions began their chase to reach their fourth final unsteadily, with Radha Yadav flighting one of her left arm spin deliveries to Tamsin Beaumont who slogged it into the hands of Arundhati Reddy at mid wicket for one while Danielle Wyatt fell to the same shot to  off-spinner, Sharma. However, a 91-run third wicket partnership between Jones and Sciver steered their side to victory.The pair milked the gaps well, taking quick singles with Sciver finding the gap several times on her way to an unbeaten 52 in just 39 balls while Jones pounded three fours and a six to bring up her maiden fifty in 45 balls, eventually remaining unbeaten on 53.Earlier, the formidable Indian batting line up with the absence of Mithali Raj were off to a blazing start as vice-captain, Smriti Mandhana and Taniya Bhatia rocketed to 43 runs before Mandhana was dismissed on the final ball of the sixth over. Mandhana’s short stay at the crease was stroke-filled as she dispatched  Sciver, Anya Shrubsole and Danielle Hazel to the boundary. She was especially brutal to Sophie Ecclestone who she smacked for two fours and a six but her 23-ball innings worth 34 runs was contrastingly closed with an ever so slightly push back to Ecclestone.Jemimah Rodrigues and Harmanpreet Kaur looked settled but while attempting a second run, not even a dive could get her to the crease as she departed for 26, consisting of three boundaries.Kaur and Krishnamurthy were both dismissed in the 16th over with Krishnamurthy getting too early into her sweep as the ball took the edge of the blade and popped into the air for an easy  catch by Amy Jones behind the stumps while Kaur also gave a leading edge into the hands of backward point to depart for 16. Heather Knight, with her offspin sat on a hat trick with the wickets of Dayalan Hemalatha and Anuja Patil and the poor running between the wickets was capped off with the run out of Deepti Sharma.India’s collapse condemned them to only 11 boundaries, inevitably  equalling their lowest total in the format for 2018, in the process giving Knight her best bowling figures in the format, 3-9.last_img read more

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Poland adds further restrictions to online gambling framework

first_img Related Articles Share Share Submit StumbleUpon Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 To the surprise of gambling stakeholders, the Polish government has rejected amendments to liberalise its online gambling framework, instead choosing to add further operator restrictions.With foreign operators expecting Polish regulators to add online casino and poker provisions to its online gambling framework, the Polish Council of Ministers announced that slot games would be restricted to play on state-owned lottery operator Totalizator Sportowy.The council’s amendments will surprise Polish licensed betting operators, who expected the amendments to implement new business conditions in-line with European Union market policies.Defending its stance, the Polish Council of Ministers stated that its restriction on slot games was needed since it was “the most addictive form of gambling” which should be monitored by a state-owned enterprise.Furthermore, the council has made no changes to its unpopular 12% tax on sports betting turnover, despite numerous ministers stating that Poland should follow Denmark’s lead and implement a 20% charge on betting revenues.The new amendments implemented by the council, are set to be forwarded to the European Commission for review. However, industry commentators have stated that with continued high taxes  and further product restrictions Poland is unlikely to become a an attractive market proposition for international operators. EGBA calls for enhanced collaboration on consumer rights August 11, 2020last_img read more

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Richard Simmons loses ruling in defamation case against “National Enquirer”

first_img Related FilmMagic/Rodrigo Vaz(LOS ANGELES) — Looks like Richard Simmons has lost his defamation suit against the National Enquirer and Radar Online, Variety reports.On Wednesday a judge in Los Angeles issued a tentative ruling suggesting that he would be dismissing the case.  Simmons sued in May over stories that claimed he was in the process of becoming a woman.Quoting the ruling, Variety reports that Judge Gregory Keosian ruled that being misidentified as transgender doesn’t inherently mean someone has been defamed.“While, as a practical matter, the characteristic may be held in contempt by a portion of the population, the court will not validate those prejudices by legally recognizing them,” Keosian ruled.At a hearing on Wednesday, lawyers for the fitness guru had argued that the intent of the National Enquirer story was to ridicule Simmons.“The object of the National Enquirer was to do everything they could to humiliate this person,” Simmons attorney Neville Johnson argued. “They made it up entirely out of whole cloth. I submit that when you make something up intentionally… and put it on the cover, there’s an inference you can make that somebody’s reputation is going to be harmed.”But the judge sided with an argument made by the defendants attorney Kelli Sager that, “There is nothing inherently bad about being transgender.”Judge Keosian is expect to issue a final ruling shortly.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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Kinders first choice

first_imgBy KATELYN PINAL CARDINA’S new kindergarten enrolment system has been judged a success with a majority of families receiving offers…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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