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Malawi coach Tom Saintfiet drops demand for win bonus

first_imgMalawi coach Tom Saintfiet has dropped his demand to be paid a $10,000 win bonus should he lead the Flames to victory away to Nigeria in a decisive World Cup qualifier in September.The Belgian agreed with the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) in July that he would work for free but would be paid the sum should Malawi, who trail the African Champions by two points, progress to the play-offs.The news received mixed reactions with one fan going to court to seek an injunction against Saintfiet, although he failed because he was told he was not an interested party.Flames captain Joseph Kamwendo also reacted angrily to the news, saying the money could have been given to players who receive only $85 for a win.Speaking at a press conference in Blantyre on Tuesday, where he announced his squad for a friendly against Rwanda in Kigali on 14 July, Saintfiet said he was shocked by the way local media reacted to news of his deal.“The $10,000 was not my main motivation to come to Malawi. I came to Malawi to win over Nigeria and to qualify Malawi for the World Cup,” he said. “After I noticed that parts of the media were attacking me and the Federation about the $10,000, which was already a little bit strange as you know the former coach earned $20,000 as a monthly salary, I thought why not drop it and giving the money to charity.“For me money is not the motivation. I came here as a volunteer. I want to bring Malawian football to the next level and try to qualify them for the World Cup. I think if we win the money must go to youth development.”FAM president Walter Nyamilandu believes Saintfiet’s biggest motivation is to make a name for himself.“Reading between the lines, for him if we beat Nigeria his name is going to be all over the world and I think that is his motive that is his driving force,” said Nyamilandu.Nyamilandu said FAM has plans to hike the players’ win bonus for the match against Nigeria but could not divulge more information on how much each player will get. “The game bonus that our players get is not enough. The request to have the money raised has been rejected by government but we are now looking at digging deep into our coughers to set a good amount of money as a once of thing,” he said.Meanwhile. Saintfiet revealed he has dropped some players from the squad that played at the Cosafa tournament in Zambia for disciplinary reasons.“It’s not for me to talk about what happened at the Cosafa tournament. We have discussed it but I can mention to you that seven players were involved in the issue,” Saintfiet said.Nyamilandu added that some of the players involved have been issued with warning letters while others have had their allowances and bonuses withdrawn.Among the notable missing names from the 20-member squad are goalkeeper Simplex Nthala, midfielders Fischer Kondowe , Frank Banda, Young Chimodzi Junior and striker Gastin Simkonda. Malawi squad to face NigeriaGoalkeepers: Owen Chaima (Big Bullets), Charles Swini (Silver Strikers)Defenders: James Sangala (Free agent), Moses Chavula(CD Costa de Sol-Mozambique), John Lanjesi ( Blue Eagles), Harry Nyirenda (Black Leopards-RSA), Limbikani Mzava (Bloemfontein Celtic-RSA), Lucky Malata (Silver Strikers), Foster Namwera ( Ferroviario de Nampula)Midfielders: Joseph Kamwendo (Liga de Malcumana-Mozambique), Chimango Kayira(Big Bullets), Robert Ng’ambi (Platnum Stars-RSA), Phillip Masiye (Blue Eagles), Miciam Mhone (Blue Eagles), Peter Wadabwa (Thanda Royal Zulu-RSA)Strikers: Chiukepo Msowoya (Liga de Malcumana-Mozambique), Robin Ngalande (Wits Universtiy-RSA), John Banda (Kamuzu Barracks), Gabadhinio Mhango (Big Bullets), Esau Kanyenda (Polokwane United-RSA)last_img read more

Rio Paralympics 2016: Russia banned after losing appeal

first_imgRussia will not compete at next month’s Paralympics in Rio after losing an appeal against a ban imposed for state-sponsored doping.The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) upheld the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) ban on all Russian competitors.The IPC made the decision in light of the McLaren report, which detailed a state-sponsored doping programme operated by Russia.The Paralympics begin on 7 September.The IPC’s decision to ban the entire Russian team “was proportionate in the circumstances”, according to the Cas panel, which said it would publish the full grounds for its decision later.It added that the Russian Paralympic Committee did not file any evidence contradicting the facts put forward by the IPC. The IPC’s decision is in contrast to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which chose not to hand Russia a blanket ban from the Olympic Games.The IOC was widely criticised for ignoring the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) recommendation to ban Russia.Instead, each individual sporting federation was given the power to decide if Russian competitors were allowed to compete. A three-person IOC panel then had the final say.In the end, more than 270 Russian athletes were cleared to compete at the Olympics, with Russia winning 56 medals in total and finishing in fourth place in the medal table.Russia had been set to take 267 competitors across 18 sports to the Paralympics. The Cas statement added that it had not looked at the “natural justice rights or personality rights” of individual Russian athletes in making its decision. Russia’s Paralympic team’s lawyer, Alexei Karpenko, confirmed the decision was final, saying they would try to file an appeal with the Swiss Federal Supreme Court, but it would take between one and two years for the court to consider the case.”So I’m afraid Russian Paralympians will not be going to the Games in any case,” Karpenko added.Margarita Goncharova, a three-time Paralympic gold medallist in athletics, is among the Russians who will miss out on competing in RioIPC president Sir Philip Craven, who has described Russia’s anti-doping system as “broken, corrupted and entirely compromised”, and claimed it put “medals over morals”, said he was “greatly encouraged” by the Cas decision. He said it was “not a day for celebration”, adding: “We have enormous sympathy for the Russian athletes who will now miss out.””It is a sad day for the Paralympic movement,” said Craven. “But we hope also a new beginning. We hope this decision acts as a catalyst for change in Russia and we can welcome the Russian Paralympic Committee back as a member safe in the knowledge that it is fulfilling its obligations to ensure fair competition for all.”Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said the ban was “political” and “not within legal framework”, while lawyer Karpenko called it a “black day for the sports judiciary”.He said: “I can only express huge disappointment at the ruling. The rights of Russian Paralympians have been blatantly violated.”Regardless of whether the Russian Paralympics Committee is guilty of the charges, punishing innocent athletes and not allowing them to defend themselves – which was an opportunity afforded to the Russian Olympics athletes – this is a flagrant violation of human rights.” Russia won 80 medals, inclduing 30 gold, at the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics – the most in a single Winter ParalympicsRichard McLaren, a Canadian law professor, published a Wada independent report that found Russia’s sports ministry manipulated urine samples provided by its athletes between 2011 and 2015.The report identified 27 samples relating to eight Para-sports, five of which are summer sports, including some governed by the IPC.The IPC also found evidence that samples were swapped during the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, adding that it planned to reanalyse every Russian sample given at the event. Paralympics going ahead despite major cutsThe Paralympics are going ahead as planned, but face major budget cuts as Rio’s organising committee has not raised enough to fund the event because of Brazil’s struggling economy and poor ticket sales.Cuts will affect venues, workforce and transport. Delayed travel grants will now be paid to athletes, but 10 countries may struggle to get teams to Rio.last_img read more

Kings coach Luke Walton sued for alleged sexual assault, report says

first_imgCan confirm Kelli Tenant filed a lawsuit accusing former Lakers coach, current Kings coach, Luke Walton of sexually assaulting her while he was an assistant with the Warriors. The Kings declined to comment saying only that they’re aware of the report and are gathering information— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) April 23, 2019The TMZ report states that Walton met Tennant at a hotel in Santa Monica, California, to discuss a book Tennant was writing. Tennant reportedly wanted Walton to write the book’s foreword and the conversation was moved to Walton’s hotel room, where she alleges the incident occurred.The Kings on Monday released a statement addressing the matter: “We are aware of the report and are gathering additional information. We have no further comment at this time.”The Kings have issued a statement regarding sexual assault allegations against their new coach, Luke Walton, as reported by TMZ.”We are aware of the report and are gathering additional information. We have no further comment at this time.”— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) April 23, 2019The Warriors and Lakers also issued statements late Monday, saying they weren’t aware of the allegations.”We became aware of the alleged incident and story this evening and are in the process of seeking more information. We’ll have no further comment at this time,” the Warriors’ statement read.  Likewise, the Lakers said the allegations were never reported to the team.“This alleged incident took place before Luke Walton was the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers,” the team’s statement said. “At no time before or during his employment here was this allegation reported to the Lakers. If it had been, we would have immediately commenced an investigation and notified the NBA.”The Lakers and Walton agreed to mutually part ways in mid-April after the team finished 2018-19 with a 37-45 record and missed the playoffs. Sacramento then hired Walton one day later. Kings coach Luke Walton is being sued for an alleged sexual assault, according to TMZ Sports.The former Lakers coach allegedly made unwanted advances toward sports reporter Kelli Tennant while he was an assistant with the Warriors, according to the TMZ report and the Los Angeles Times.last_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Rockets’ Chris Paul demands trade; James Harden offers ultimatum

first_imgHarden reportedly has not responded to any of Paul’s attempts to communicate with him this offseason.“There’s no respect at all, on either side,” a source told Yahoo Sports. “They need to get away from one another. Chris doesn’t respect James’ standing in the league, and James doesn’t respect the work Chris has put in to this point.” It all came to a head after the Rockets lost in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs. Paul then asked to be traded while Harden offered his ultimatum.According to Yahoo Sports, Paul and Harden went nearly two months during the season without speaking to each other while the former Clippers guard reportedly repeatedly complained to coach Mike D’Antoni about how the offense ran with the 2018 MVP on the court. Related News Paul would love to be traded, but his contract makes that difficult. He signed a four-year, $160 million deal last offseason and it might simply be too much money to move.That contract has been a point of contention in the front office as well as owner Tilman Fertitta has reportedly complained about it ever since.It is unclear how this situation will be resolved, but for now, it looks like a relationship that simply cannot be salvaged. Rocket GM Daryl Morey dismisses reported James Harden-Chris Paul tension The town isn’t big enough for Chris Paul and James Harden.Paul has demanded the Rockets trade him while Harden has gone to the organization and said “It’s him or me,” according to a report from Yahoo Sports.last_img read more

NBA Draft 2019: Zion Williamson at a loss for words after being selected by Pelicans

first_imgWilliamson averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 points per game during a historic freshman year at Duke in 2018-19.New Orleans might have some exciting times ahead. NBA Draft 2019: Zion Williamson overcome with emotion after being selected No. 1 overall Williamson struggled to say much more and his mother followed with words of praise.”He’s worked since he was five (years old) for this moment,” Sampson said. “When you know it’s coming but you just can’t really…you just kind of wait for it to happen.”I’ve seen somebody who believes in the process. Who put in the work. And who put those naysayers aside and just continued to do what he was asked.”Williamson was able to gather himself toward the end of the interview and had one message for Pelicans fans ahead of the 2019-20 season: “Let’s dance.” NBA Draft 2019 rumor roundup: A complete list of trades, news, notes and morecenter_img “I wouldn’t be here without my mom. She did everything for me.”What a moment for Zion Williamson, who shed tears after being drafted No. 1 overall. #NBADraft pic.twitter.com/WBVSRPr04K— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 20, 2019″I mean, I don’t know what to say,” Williamson told ESPN after his name was called. “I didn’t think I’d be in this position. My mom sacrificed a lot for me. I wouldn’t be here without my mom. She did everything for me. I just want to thank her.””She put her dreams aside for mine,” Williamson continued. “She always looked out for the family first, before herself.  Related News Zion Williamson was very emotional after being selected with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. The 18-year-old star broke down and shed tears after being chosen by the Pelicans. He made sure to thank his mother, Sharonda Sampson, for all she did to make his dream come true.last_img read more

Southland Gives Back: Colonels Combat Hunger in On-Campus Event

first_imgTHIBODAUX, La. –The Nicholls Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) committed its efforts to fighting hunger on the Colonels’ campus. The Colonels partnered with Mom’s Pantry in order to combat on-campus food insecurity within the Thibodaux community, collecting nonperishable, ready-to-eat meals and toiletries to disperse among Nicholls students in need.The SAAC-led event was set up prior to the Thanksgiving in order to collect food for students who were unable to travel home for the holiday. The goal was to provide these students an opportunity to obtain a free and accessible meal during the Thanksgiving holiday. Within the opening four hours of the food drive, the SAAC collected 625 items.“As student-athletes, we were excited to give back to our peers and provide meals to those who need them,” said Nicholls’ SAAC President Emily Venable. “No student should have to struggle to find their next meal, especially during the holidays. We hope that our donations lessen the burden on these students.”Mom’s Pantry is located on the Nicholls campus and is a pantry packed with food that is openly accessible to students at all times throughout the school year. The program is part of the Helio Foundation, which was created to address high rates of food insecurity on university campuses, including the Thibodaux community.As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions this holiday season.last_img read more

After Roy Williams falls and leaves, No. 5 UNC outlasts Clemson

first_imgLATEST STORIES Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief After the game, Williams shook hands with Clemson coach Brad Brownell in the hallway. He was smiling and speaking to fans and friends, feeling better after his latest bout of what he called “benign positional vertigo.”He said he whipped his head around quickly to call for Seventh Woods to get in the game when the condition struck. Williams said he felt good enough that he planned to return to the bench with about four minutes left. “But we were up by seven,” he said smiling. “And I didn’t want to jinx it.”Turns out, the Tar Heels almost did that on their own — the 70-63 lead cut to two in the final seconds — before holding on for their fifth straight win and 12th in the past 13 games.Cameron Johnson had 19 points with six 3s of his own, and Luke Maye had 13 points and 10 rebounds.The Tigers (17-12, 7-9) closed to 80-79 on Mitchell’s foul shots with 10.3 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT Brownell said he watched video of the final drive. “It was tough, it was tough,” he said.It was the fourth time this ACC season Clemson lost on the final play.Marquise Reed led Clemson with 24 points, and Elijah Thomas had 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Tigers played without starter David Skara, who had an upper body injury in a win at Pitt this past Wednesday night.Williams, 68, has had vertigo before in games, leaving a win over Boston College three years ago.Johnson said players were concerned when it happened but told at halftime Williams would be fine.“We had to trust our trainers were going to take care of” Williams, Johnson said. “We had to turn our attention to Coach Rob and try and get the win for him.”BIG PICTURENorth Carolina: The Tar Heels struggled at times with Clemson’s defense, which ranks third in the ACC in limiting points. But North Carolina’s outside shooting — it finished with 13 3s — helped pull this one out.Clemson: The Tigers were seeking a late-season signature win to solidify their NCAA Tournament chances. But it was another heart-breaking close call for a club that’s lost five ACC games by eight points or less.WHITE’S PLAY White looks to have broken through that freshman, late-season wall some experience with his second big game. He had 34 points with six 3s in beating Syracuse last time out. He was 9 of 16 for his 28 points against Clemson.CLEMSON’S CLOSE CALLSThe Tigers have had their share of last-second heart break in ACC play. It started in January with a Braxton Beverly’s long 3-pointer as time expired in a 69-67 loss at North Carolina State where Clemson led 66-60 in the final minute. There were back-to-back, one-point losses at Miami and Louisville before this.UP NEXTNorth Carolina goes to Boston College on Tuesday night.Clemson plays at Notre Dame on Wednesday night. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Robinson, the former Florida State coach who spent the past 16 seasons with the Tar Heels, took about 30 seconds before he told his players that Williams would be OK and it was time to concentrate on basketball.“If I waffle, what do you thing those guys are going to do?” Robinson said. “They’re going to fall apart.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsInstead, the Tar Heels hung tough. Coby White had 28 points behind six 3-pointers, and North Carolina (24-5) maintained a share of first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, tied with No. 2 Virginia at 14-2 with a week left in the regular season. They also survived a tight finish, when the Tigers cut a seven-point lead to two. The outcome wasn’t certain until Shelton Mitchell lost the ball driving into two North Carolina defenders in the final seconds.Williams wasn’t there to see it. He sustained an episode of vertigo a minute before halftime, falling in front of his team’s bench and getting led into the locker room. He did not return for the final 20 minutes.center_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra North Carolina’s Garrison Brooks dunks while defended by Clemson’s Elijah Thomas (14) and Hunter Tyson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)CLEMSON, S.C. — After coach Roy Williams fell in front of North Carolina’s bench and had to be helped off, assistant Steve Robinson didn’t have much time to be concerned. Robinson and the Tar Heels had a game to finish.No. 5 North Carolina survived a wild finish without Williams, holding on to beat Clemson 81-79.ADVERTISEMENT UNC’s Roy Williams falls near bench, helped off court Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View commentslast_img read more

Off-duty Policeman chauffeured defendants to Wales Station

first_imgBoxing Night fatal stabbing…submitted statement eight months laterPolice Lance Corporal Benjamin Dufu, testifying at the ongoing Boxing Night fatal stabbing matter at the High Court, disclosed that he drove his motorcar, PRR 5757, into the Wales Police Station whilst giving defendants Vishawantie Ragnauth and Nyron Thakurdyal a lift.Accused: Vishawantie RagnauthThe duo are on trial for the December 26, 2014 murder of 39-year-old miner Sunil Ramsundar at Patentia, West Bank Demerara (WBD).At Thursday’s hearing, the witness, in his evidence-in-chief, told the court that he was stationed at the Ruimveldt Police Station, and while off-duty, he was dropping his wife home at Patentia after they had attended a family function in the nearby village of Good Intent. When passing to go home, he saw a male and female running on the southern side of the road, appearing to be ‘panicking and afraid’.He realised that he knew the woman from the “Two Field”, Patentia area. Dufu said he knew her as “Shelly,” a name another witness had confirmed on Wednesday.The jury also heard on Thursday that at about 22:15, Dufu went out on the Wales public road when he saw the same two persons standing on the road. He said he stopped his car and they went into the back seat, but the duo never said anything to him, or he to them.“The male started talking on his cellphone, and I heard him say: ‘Pick me up at the park. One of them get stupid and I jook he up’. When I heard that, I realised that they might have committed an offence, so I drove my car into the Wales Police Station compound,” the Lance Corporal outlined.Accused: Nyron ThakurdyalDufu said he reported the matter to Constable Solomon, who took the duo out of his vehicle. Lead by Prosecutor Lisa Cave, the witness said he became fearful that the man had a weapon in his possession, and noted that he only offered them a drop because it was ‘holiday time’ and because he had recognised the female.Dufu claimed that he was going to take them to a ‘popular area’. He explained this to be either the Stanleytown junction, Bagotville junction, or at the Demerara Habour Bridge. He stressed that he was heading to Georgetown when he took them in, and that they were surprised when he took them to the Police Station. He added that they shouted: “Oh my God! Oh my God!” at that point, and he added that the man was using expletives as he was being removed.Under cross-examination by the duo’s defence attorney, Nigel Hughes, Dufu admitted that eight months after his encounter with them, he provided Police with a statement. He claimed that one of the reasons why it took that long was due to him being informed that he would be told when to provide his statement, which he did in August, 2015.He rebuffed Hughes’s suggestions that he was lying to the court. The matter continues before Justice Sandill Kissoon next week Monday.According to Police reports, the incident occurred at about 22:00h on December 26, 2014, when Sunil Ramsundar’s sister was allegedly being assaulted by her daughter Vishawantie and Vishawantie’s reputed husband, Thakurdyal. At that time, reports stated, the now deceased man had intervened, and this reportedly resulted in a heated argument, during which Ramsundar was stabbed about his body. He collapsed on the spot, and was pronounced dead on arrival to the West Demerara Regional Hospital.last_img read more

EBD man accuses GWI staff of presenting fake disconnection list

first_imgA Herstelling, East Bank Demerara (EBD) man is accusing the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) disconnection crew of fraud by extorting monies after threatening to disconnect the water supply when visiting homes.Jaichan Jaikaran, a resident of Herstelling, told Guyana Times on Wednesday that he was visited by two GWI staffers on Tuesday, who presented a list to him claiming that they were there to disconnect his water supply since he is $5000 in arrears.Jaikaran claimed that he received a GWI bill on Monday last, which showed that the outstanding balance was $650. The man explained that he showed the two staff the bill, but they insisted that he was on the disconnection list. He noted that he then told the men that he will go right away to make the payment, but he was told that because he is already on the list they will disconnect him. He said the men then suggested that he gives them a part of the reconnection fee.To avoid any altercation with the two men – one of whom he knows – Jaikaran stated that he gave them the money. He said he went to the GWI office in the area to make the payments.According to Jaikaran, he went to a query clerk to get the balance on his bill only to be told that it was $650. He said that the clerk further informed that his address was not on the disconnection list.He said he then explained what had happened but the clerk insisted that he was not on the disconnection list.“One of them is a regular, which does come to read the water meter. Sometimes he does drop the bill but the other one had a key which the employee does normally get,” the man told Guyana Times.“I explained to her that these two fellas came and what they did and she check the disconnection list and we weren’t on the list so they had their own list,” he added.When this publication contracted GWI’s Peter’s Hall office, Head of Concerns, Rhonda Nurse explained that a disconnection campaign is ongoing for persons but consumers are required to make payments at their offices and not to employees.When the issue of Jaikaran was raised with her, she said she responded that, “You have to visit the office. If they decide to give the staff them money on the road, that’s up to them. We don’t allow customers to pay individuals or staff on the road.”She, however, did not address the issue of the fake disconnection list.last_img read more

Time Change tonight – except for the Peace Region

first_imgIn a 1974 referendum vote, Peace River Regional District Communities voted to change our time zone to Mountain Standard Time all year round.The referendum had four options on it, including the Mountain Standard Time and Mountain Standard with Daylight Savings Time.Most residents wanted the second option, but accidently voted for Mountain Standard Time without Daylight Savings Time. Canadians who are sleep deprived get a small break this weekend as most of Canada switches from daylight saving time to standard time.Before going to bed tonight, most of the country will turn their clocks back one hour, and enjoy an extra hour of sleep, except for Fort St. John and the BC Peace Country.  We do not follow daylight savings time and our time will stay the same.There are a number of other places in Canada where the time change does not apply — most notably Saskatchewan, which stays on standard time all the time.- Advertisement -Daylight time returns next March 14th.While the time change means most Canadians will get an extra hour of sleep, those working Saturday overnight shifts get the short end of the stick.They have to spend an extra hour on the job.Advertisementlast_img read more