Lady Bulldogs Fall To Lady Trojans On The Diamond

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs hosted The East Central Lady Trojans Monday night in what proved to be a hot hitting night for the Trojans. The Bulldogs left 8 runners in scoring position while only getting 1 run across the plate.  2 big innings in the 2nd and 6th inning was all the Trojans needed to put the game away 11-1.Key performers for the Bulldogs were Whitney Axsom, Sarah Meyer and Ellie Waechter going 2-3.Bulldogs are now 5-15 overall, 2-9 in conference play. They will travel to North Decatur for a non conference match up!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Todd Reed.last_img read more

Breaking: NFF adopts PPG, sets new date for league kick off

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation has resolved to adopt Points Per Game format for the 2019/2020 league season.The football body in a statement on Friday stated that the adoption of PPG was after a holistic consideration of all the issues affecting the leagues, including the status of the leagues before the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement said: “The impact of the pandemic-induced disruptions, the health, safety and movement restrictive measures in the country, the potential protocols for football resumption, the costs, the financial status of the leagues and clubs, CAF calendar and resolutions of the various leagues were taking into consideration.“The NPFL ends at current Matchday 25 and the Points Per Game (PPG) table will be used to rank the teams in order to ensure sporting merit and sporting fairness.“The names of the Top 3 (three) clubs on the NPFL final PPG table as at Matchday 25 shall be submitted to CAF to represent Nigeria in the 2020/2021 CAF Inter-Club competitions (2 slots for CAF Champions League and 1 Slot for CAF Confederation Cup).“There will be no promotion to, or relegation from, NPFL for the 2019/2020 season.”Meanwhile, the NPFL 2020/2021 season is slated to kick off from September/October 2020 and end May 2021 subject to the full reopening of the country and the approval of the health authorities. The Nigeria Football Federation has also declared the Nigeria National League 2019/2020 season, which is at Match day 3 to 5, and has been on break since December 17, 2019 null and void, saying there will be no promotion to or relegation from NNL.The NNL 2020/2021 season will start from September/October 2020 and end May 2021 subject to the full reopening of the country and the approval of the health authorities.The NFF also promised to work with the NNL, participating clubs and other stakeholders to ensure a successful fresh start from September/October 2020.The Nigeria Women Football League, the NationWide League 2019/2020 season and the Aiteo Cup have also been aborted.The 2019 AITEO Cup Winners will be presented to CAF for the 2020/2021 CAF Inter-Club competition, while Nigeria’s second slot in the CAF Confederation Cup is reserved for Federation Cup winners. The AITEO Cup 2020/2021 season is to start from September/October 2020 and end May 2021 subject to the full reopening of the country and the approval of the health authorities.All dates for the 2020/2021season to start are subject to the directives of the Federal Government in line with COVID-19 protocols.In addition, the full enforcement of licensing regulations and financial controls for the NPFL will commence from the 2020/2021 season.All clubs are required to comply, failing which they will be barred from participating.RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians The Nigeria Football Federation will formally take the resolutions to the next General Meeting of its Congress for ratification.In the meantime, these resolutions have been formally communicated to the Federal Ministry of Youth and Social Development.Tags: CAF Champions LeagueCAF Confederations CupCOVID-19Nigeria Football FederationNigeria Nationwide LeagueNigeria Professional Football LeagueNigeria Women’s Football Leaguelast_img read more

Owner’s visits are ‘fantastic’ – AVB

first_imgChelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has played down the significance of club owner Roman Abramovich’s recent training-ground visits.Abramovich’s presence at Chelsea’s training base in Cobham has increased speculation that Villas-Boas’ position is under threat following his team’s poor results.The Russian billionaire is reported to have told him that he will be axed if the Blues fail to qualify for the Champions League this season.AdChoices广告Villas-Boas described his conversations with Abramovich as “short, accurate and precise.”He added: “Just because there is a physical presence doesn’t mean conversations have just started. They were going on before.“As for the owner being present, you can speculate about whatever you want but for us it’s fantastic.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Syracuse is a Sweet 16 sleeper

first_imgThe little guys of March have all been eliminated from the NCAA Tournament.Thanks for the memories, Stephen F. Austin, Middle Tennessee and Arkansas-Little Rock.In many ways, this postseason fiasco is all about the little guys. Their magic against the powerhouses never fails to appease college basketball fans’ morbid fascination with seeing their brackets crumble.And while this Sweet 16 features exactly zero real underdogs, there is one particularly intriguing team still hanging around.Of course we see you, Syracuse.The Orange racked up 13 losses on the season. This meant that Jim Boeheim’s not-so-star-studded team was on the bubble to even make the field of 68. However, after its self-imposed postseason ban just a year ago, ’Cuse squeezed its way into the tourney and now has officially completed its return to primetime.Because of Northern Iowa’s historic collapse against Texas A&M, Syracuse is really the last team remaining that truly feels like an enigma.Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Duke also finished with 10 or more losses this season, but these teams were grabbing headlines with regularity. The Wisconsin hype train was fairly calm this season after the Badgers’ postseason run a year ago, but Notre Dame and Duke always seem to find the limelight.Syracuse’s season was a different story.The Orange’s four-game skid in the middle of the season certainly didn’t help this group leap to the forefront of media attention, nor did the team’s losing five of its last six games leading up to the NCAA Tournament.Many fans likely saw the perennial powerhouse casually hanging out in the bottom right corner of the bracket and didn’t think much of it. Yet although Syracuse-Dayton appeared the definition of a tossup, the Orange clobbered the Flyers.Surely Boeheim’s team didn’t have the ability to compete with Michigan State in the second game. Well, the Spartans somehow lost by nine to a sneaky good Middle Tennessee bunch. This set up nicely for ‘Cuse, who wrecked the Cinderella team from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.Next up for Michael Gbinije and Malachi Richardson: Gonzaga. Gbinije and Richardson are Syracuse’s two leading scorers, but this team has flown so far under the radar that these names don’t really resonate like, say, Carmelo Anthony, Scoop Jardine or C.J Fair. The Bulldogs of Gonzaga cruised into the tournament as an 11-seed and simply dominated two quality teams in Seton Hall and Utah en route to the Sweet 16.While this may look like a friendly draw for the good folks from Spokane, the admonition from a completely neutral columnist at a student publication is very real. Proceed with caution. Syracuse does not have a tremendous amount of pressure heaped upon its shoulders. Its zone seemingly always gives opposing coaches headaches in March and its balanced scoring at the offensive end represents a well-rounded, versatile attack.The Carrier Dome, traditionally a cathedral of college basketball greatness, was seemingly just another gym this season. In fact, this middling ACC team was actually treated as such. ‘Cuse went .500 in conference play and looked perfectly average, yet these guys appear to be hitting stride at the perfect time.As a program, having storylines — or even a roster — begging for television exposure during December obviously gets you nowhere in March. ‘Cuse is a legitimately dangerous team that could manage to escape the Midwest region if this upward trajectory continues against a talented Gonzaga side.Josh Cohen is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Cohen’s Corner,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

Celtic to find out next Champions League opponents

first_imgPhoto © – pixabay Kick off is at 7.30 Linfield hope to earn their spot in the second qualifying round by seeing off Florita tonight.Celtic await whoever comes through the tie.The Belfast side bring a 1-0 lead into tonight’s second leg in San Marino.last_img