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Burundian children narrate their ordeal in refuge

first_imgThe UN estimates more than 160 thousand people have fled Burundi since the crisis began. Hundreds more are crossing into neighboring countries every day. Many say they have witnessed violence and intimidation. In the huge refugee camp of Nyarugusu in western Tanzania, more than 60% of the refugees are children. Our reporter Dan Ashby joined two orphans making the journey through a mountain border pass by themselves. Related Thousands of Burundian refugees’ children enrol in Rwanda schools Nigeria’s Children Day Ghana receives 21 trafficked children from South Africalast_img read more

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Arteta: I went through a lot when I took Arsenal job

first_img Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Little Georgie Henley Has Grown Into A Beautiful Swan!What Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Stunning Asian Actresses No Man Can ResistAlbino Animals: A Rare Kind Of Ultimate BeautyWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest Car Manufacturers In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Loading… In addition to their poor results, a toxic atmosphere amongst the club’s support led to a bitter exchange with Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka. Arteta’s arrival was seen as a sign of a fresh start, and the Spaniard admitted he has been buoyed by the reaction he has received from those at the Emirates. “I went through a lot when I got here… I had eight or 10 players injured, and there were a lot of issues to deal with,” Arteta told Sky Sports.Advertisement Mikel Arteta has revealed that Arsenal was in a “difficult state” when he took over from Unai Emery in December. “The connection between fans, players and club was in a difficult state at that moment. We had to change that energy, the belief and the commitment from the players.” It took Arsenal a few weeks to get show any signs of improvement under Arteta, with the turning point coming in a New Years’ Day win over Man Utd. read also:Arteta ready to rebuild squad with three LaLiga starlets He added: “I was very pleased because everyone was on board with what we were doing. We started to win three or four games in a row and there was a much more positive mindset around the place.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Minister advises athletes not to ‘burn out’ before Tokyo Olympics

first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has advised Nigerian athletes to be more professional and not “burn out” as they prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The minister gave the advice at the 2020 “Women and Sports Dialogue” organised by Fame Foundation on Wednesday in Abuja. Represented by his Special Adviser on Media, John Joshua-Akanji, Dare underscored the need for Nigerian athletes to be physically, mentally and psychologically prepared for the Games “in order to achieve podium finish.” He said: “Ahead of every Olympics, athletes often thread with caution so as not to get injured or fagged out before the sports greatest fiesta. “Sadly, the opposite is always the case with Nigerian athletes as they compete in every opportune competition to earn money. “The resultant effect is that they are psychologically unprepared, physically drained and emotionally tired by the time the games at the Olympics begin.” Dare, however, emphasised the need for adequate preparation, welfare and motivation for the athletes to excel at the Olympics and beyond. He assured them that the Federal Government will continue to work with relevant stakeholders to ensure a good outing for Team Nigeria at the Tokyo Olympics. The minister specifically praised the resilience of Nigerian female athletes, describing them as crucial to the success of Nigeria at any international event. “Historically, Nigerian women have always been at the centre of our successes in sports with their exploits in major events like the Olympics, World Athletics Championships, Commonwealth Games, African Games and the World Cup in football,” he said. In her remarks, the Founder of the foundation, Aderonke Bello, said the event was organised to advocate, empower and inspire Nigerian women through sports. Bello said a draft blueprint at the end of the conference would be submitted to the ministry and other stakeholders for research and academic purposes. The conference, with the theme: “Creating a success blueprint for female athletes at the Olympics and beyond,” had dignitaries from the academia and sports in attendance.Tags: John Joshua AkanjiSunday DareTokyo 2020 Olympicslast_img read more

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Yonex-Sunrise India Open: Manali Sinha, Megha Morchana Bora In Main Round

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Assam shuttler Megha Morchana Bora and Manali Sinha entered into the main draw of women’s doubles at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2019 in New Delhi today. The duo staved off a stiff resistance from Anamika Kashyap and Sanghamitra Saikia to register a 24-22, 21-13 win which helped them to book a berth in the main round.It may be mentioned here that 8 singles players and 10 teams from India secured berths in the main draw after the end of the qualifying rounds. The main draw action at this World Tour 500 tournament starts on Wednesday. 2017 champion PV Sindhu starts her campaign against compatriot Mugdha Agrey. 2015 winner Kidambi Srikanth meets the tricky Wong Wing Ki Vincent in the first round.Also read: Local Sportslast_img read more

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ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Faf du Plessis boosts South Africa with win over Sri Lanka

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla blasted fifties and Andile Phehlukwayo put up a good all-round performance as South Africa got their build-up to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 off to a great start as they defeated Sri Lanka by 87 runs in the World Cup warm-up game in Cardiff on Friday. South Africa will be bidding to break their World Cup jinx and put in a strong show by winning the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time. Sri Lanka chose to bowl and immediately they were put under immense pressure thanks to some attacking cricket from Hashim Amla, who opened with Aiden Markram after Quinton de Kock was rested for the game.Amla opened up with two boundaries off Suranga Lakmal but the bowler had his revenge when he got rid of Aiden Markram for 21. However, Amla and skipper Faf du Plessis continued to attack the Sri Lankan bowling and the run-rate was close to six runs an over. Du Plessis raised the tempo by hammering a six and a four off Thisara Perera followed by two boundaries off Isuru Udana. Amla notched up his fifty in style with two boundaries off Jeffrey Vandersay while du Plessis raised his fifty with a couple of boundaries off Jeevan Mendis. The South African skipper continued to bat brilliantly by hammering two sixes and a four off Vandersay. The carnage continued with du Plessis hammering a six and a four off Mendis as he neared a century but Amla fell for 65.Du Plessis fell immediately for 88 but Rassie van der Dussen stepped up and maintained the aggressive tempo. The right-hander looked good but fell for 40 as South Africa threatened to lose steam towards the death overs. Phehlukwayo played some attacking shots and the innings ended with a flourish as Dwayne Pretorius and Chris Morris blasted 48 runs in the final three overs to help South Africa end on 338/7.In response, Sri Lanka lost Kusal Perera and Lahiru Thirimanne to Lungi Ngidi in the first three overs. The pacer, who had missed the 2019 Indian Premier League for Chennai Super Kings due to injury, was looking in great touch and in his first spell, he had figures of 4-2-6-2. Dimuth Karunaratne, the skipper, smashed two boundaries off Chris Morris while Kusal Mendis hammered three boundaries off Kagiso Rabada as Sri Lanka looked to fight.Kusal Mendis found the boundary regularly but his attacking innings ended when he fell for 37 to Phehlukwayo. Karunaratne reached his fifty while Angelo Mathews gave him good company but the asking rate mounted for Sri Lanka. Mathews and Karunaratne looked to break the shackles with a couple of boundaries off Imran Tahir and Dwayne Pretorius but Karunaratne fell to Rabada for 87 and Sri Lanka faced a big challenge.Mathews kept the fight going with a fifty but Dhananjaya de Silva struggled for 17 balls for just five runs as Phehlukwayo struck. The all-rounder was in fine touch and when Mathews perished for 64 to JP Duminy, the game was up for Sri Lanka. Phehlukwayo finished with four wickets and Sri Lanka lost by a big margin of 87 runs.Sri Lanka will now face Australia in their next warm-up game at Southampton on Monday while South Africa will take on West Indies at Bristol on Sunday. Sri Lanka was whitewashed 0-5 by South Africa before the World Cup.Faf du Plessis scored 88 and Hashim Amla smashed 65.Angelo Mathews and Dimuth Karunaratne smashed fifties for Sri Lanka.last_img read more

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IPL teams could be allowed to retain three players

first_imgTHE eight IPL franchises are likely to be allowed to retain up to three players each before the player auction in the 2018 pre-season.Such a proposal was discussed by the IPL governing council in Delhi on Tuesday. The governing council will meet again next week to deliberate on the issue before making a final decision on November 14 at a workshop with all eight franchises.Although a final decision remains to be made, a BCCI official suggested that the three players could be a combination of two Indians and one overseas player, or two overseas players and one Indian. ESPNcricinfo understands that not all franchises have been keen on retaining players, but Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, the two teams that are returning to the IPL after serving a two-year suspension, were “keen” to retain a certain number of players.If the IPL allows the retention of a certain number of players, both these franchises would be able to pick their choices from the two teams that replaced them in the last two editions of the IPL: Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions.MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ben Stokes, Steven Smith, Brendon McCullum and Faf du Plessis are some of the prominent names that featured for Supergiant and Lions in the last two years.It is understood that the IPL chief operating officer Hemang Amin met with representatives of the eight franchises in the last few months to gather suggestions before a final plan is laid out at the franchise workshop next month.It is not just the number of players that should be retained that the franchises have different opinions about – they are also concerned by the purse that will be made available to them.Some of the richer franchises are keen to have a maximum purse of INR 80 crore as opposed to some franchises which are happy with INR 75 crore. The IPL governing council is likely to take a final call at its next meeting.One franchise official pointed out that the richer teams might want a bigger purse in order to spend big money to retain marquee players. The official suggested the IPL should consider a smaller purse as well as sticking to the retention policy it had used in the past.In 2014, when the retention policy was introduced for the first time by the IPL, every franchise was allowed to retain a maximum of five capped players.Back then every franchise had a salary cap of INR 60 crore, out of which a fixed amount would be deducted for every player retained. The break-up of the deduction was: Player 1 – INR 12.5 crore, Player 2 – 9.5 cr, Player 3 – 7.5 cr, Player 4 – 5.5 cr and Player 5 – 4 cr.Simultaneously the franchises could buy back additional players through the right-to-match-card option in the 2014 auction. On Tuesday, the IPL governing council discussed the right-to-match-card option, but there was no clarity on the issue. The right-to-match card essentially gives a franchise the first right of refusal to its players, allowing it to buy its player back after other franchises have completed the bidding process for him.In 2014 the number of right-to-match cards available to each franchise was dependent on the number of players already retained. A franchise retaining between three and five players had one right-to-match card, while a franchise retaining up to two players had two right-to-match cards; those not retaining any player had three cards to play.last_img read more

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Wisconsin looks to hold onto first against Illinois

first_imgDEREKMONTGOMERY/Herald PhotoThe last time the Badgers played at the Kohl Center, forward Alando Tucker spoke before the game to his teammates of wanting to make a statement.The result was a pounding of Penn State and the team’s only win in the last four games. The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team has the opportunity to make another statement, this one much louder, Tuesday night as No. 6 Illinois visits Madison.The Badgers will look to avoid falling out of first place in the conference for the first time this season.Last season, the unbeaten Illini headed into the Kohl Center with something to prove themselves, as they were still being questioned as true national title contenders by the national media. They responded by dealing UW their first Big Ten home loss under head coach Bo Ryan.”We know that people are coming into the Kohl Center thinking they can win now,” Taylor said, after Wisconsin’s loss at Michigan Saturday night. “We just have to come together as a team.”For the Badgers to return the favor and make their own statement will not be easy as Illinois brings not only the conference’s best defense to the Kohl Center, but also a pair of the best players at their position.The Illinois defense has been spectacular thus far this season, holding opponents to an average of only 56.4 points per game, not only the best in conference, but the seventh best in the country.The Illini are holding opponents to a paltry .386 shooting percentage and an even more meager .283 three point field goal percentage.As suffocating as the defense has been, the offense has not been able to keep pace, ranking among the middle of the pack in the conference in most offensive categories. However, that can be easily forgotten as Illinois boasts a one-two punch as devastating as any team in the country, with senior guard Dee Brown and senior center James Augustine.”When someone takes away something, it opens something else up,” freshman forward Kevin Gullikson said. “If they are driving and penetrating and dishing to Augustine in the post, that will hurt. Then if you take that away that will leave guys open on the outside where they have guys who can knock down shots.”Brown is one of the most decorated players in Big Ten history. He is the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year, has been named preseason conference player of the year twice in his career and has been named to an all-conference team every season.The speedy guard has been up to his old tricks again, averaging 15.1 points, 5.9 assists (2nd best in the Big Ten) and 1.7 steals a night.”He is an exceptional player,” UW senior Ray Nixon said. “He does so much for his team and gets his team going. Once he gets going, it is like a snowball effect for his whole team. He can drive and dish and has exceptional range, so he helps his team out a lot.””He’s right there at the top [among the best in the Big Ten]” Tucker said, before adding that one of Brown’s biggest assets has been that he makes those around him better.”We can’t stay so focused on Dee Brown that we slip and let other guys kill us.”Augustine presents his own set of challenges for Wisconsin. Unlike the Michigan big men, who enjoyed a great deal of success against UW, Augustine prefers to play facing the basket. He has almost always been overshadowed by Brown and Illinois’ other superstars, but the 6-foot-10, 235 lb. center has been a consistent force, averaging nine rebounds (third best in conference) and 13.7 points a game.”Augustine, he’s underrated. He has been doing a lot for the Illinois program, he is always solid,” Tucker said. “Augustine brings a different look. He sets ball screens and then creating off of that, he is one of the best at that. Augustine is very athletic and agile and he can step out and hit the 15 foot jumper.”The Wisconsin players insist that it is their own game that they most need to worry about, specifically increasing their chemistry to offset the personnel losses.”These players that are left, their responsibility [has] increased,” Tucker said. “I think they are starting to kind of understand what they have to do. We have a six-, seven-man rotation and everybody’s just going to have to pick up each other.””We have to play with what we have,” Nixon said. “With the guys out, everybody has to step up. Now that we have fewer guys playing, we need better efficiency from everyone.””We can slow them down, anybody can slow them down,” Tucker said.Fortunately for Wisconsin, that short rotation won’t get any shorter as they received positive news on the injuries sustained versus Michigan. Taylor, sophomore guard Michael Flowers (right knee) and freshman forward Joe Krabbenhoft (left leg) all practiced Monday afternoon and are expected to play.As has been the trend in the recent series, where Illinois has won three of the last four, the Badgers expect another tightly contested matchup.”It’s going to be a close game,” Tucker said. “We have to learn how to close [games] out and we can’t have costly turnovers. It’s time to come together and do what we have to do.”last_img read more

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Women of Troy claim two singles titles

first_imgDespite splitting up this weekend, the women’s tennis team found success in Palm Springs, Calif., and Las Vegas with junior Danielle Lao and freshman Zoe Scandalis each taking home the singles title in their respective tournament.In Las Vegas at the Freeman Memorial, Scandalis ran the table to bring home the championship, taking down three top-70 players, including two top-10-ranked Pac-12 rivals.Getting served · Junior Danielle Lao won the singles title at the Freeman Memorial in Las Vegas. The squad is ranked 16th nationally. – Daily Trojan file photo The freshman dismantled UCLA’s Robin Anderson, the nation’s No. 8 singles player, in straight sets in the semifinals.Once in the title game, Scandalis faced what could easily be the greatest challenge of her short USC career thus far in Stanford’s Mallory Burdette. Burdette was a doubles All-American and paired with Hilary Barte to win NCAA doubles championship last year. This year, Burdette was the country’s top-ranked singles player coming into this weekend.Scandalis roared back from an early 6-7 defeat in the first set to steal the second game in a 7-6 (5) tiebreaker that seemed to sap all the energy out of Burdette. Scandalis finished off her Pac-12 rival with a 6-3 victory in the third set, defeating the top two seeds in the last two rounds.On top of Scandalis’ day in the singles department, fellow freshman Sabrina Santamaria paired with sophomore Kaitlyn Christian, who bowed out before the quarterfinals of the singles bracket after a loss to Anderson, as the second seed in the Freeman Memorial. As the No. 3 doubles team in the country, the duo advanced to the final match after Christian exacted some revenge on a UCLA squad that featured Anderson, making their personal record even at 1-1 on the day.In the finals, the UCLA pair of Pamela Montez and Courtney Dolehide, who ranks 23rd nationally, were too much for Christian and Santamaria, as the duo fell 8-4. Despite the loss, USC coach Richard Gallien has much to be excited about, especially with the high level of play he is getting from the younger team members.The Women of Troy seemed to have rivaled Stanford’s number all day and besides Scandalis’ take down of the Cardinal’s two singles players, the team of Scandalis and junior Valeria Pulido upset the tandem of Burdette/Nicole Gibbs 8-3 in the quarterfinals.In La Quinta, Calif., Lao took down Virginia’s Emily Frasor in straight sets, 7-6 (5), 6-0, to win the National Collegiate Tennis Classic. Lao not only defeated Fraser, but she beat Virginia’s Li Xi in a three-set thriller in the semifinal match.In the doubles bracket, senior Alison Ramos paired with Lao to make it all the way to the final match only to fall 8-6 to the Virginia duo Fraser and Xi, who exacted some revenge on Lao after their loss in the singles tournament.As the younger team members gain more game experience, the high expectations for this team are that much closer to being reached.last_img read more

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Could Clippers’ resilient streak prove a predictor of continued success?

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Then the Clippers gave up leads of 14 points and 10 points against the San Antonio Spurs on Nov. 15, but again they managed to hang on for the victory.“It’ll be worth our while in the closing months of the season, just to have some of these tight games (and) be able to pull them through,” said reserve star Lou Williams, who wielded the dagger in that victory and in each of the previous two.On Saturday in Brooklyn, the Clippers clawed their way back after trailing by as many as 15 points midway in the first half.“You could see everybody was searching,” Rivers said after the game. “There were so many little contributions from this team.”Related Articles But the 10-5 Clippers — who will play at Atlanta (3-13) on Monday and then at Washington (5-10) on Tuesday — have continually fought to get into games, or to stay in them. So far, they’ve won most of those battles, including rallying Saturday after a lethargic start in Brooklyn, where they willed themselves to a 127-119 victory over the Nets.With the win, they extended their winning streak to four games, all of which have been hard-fought tests.Against the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 10, the Clippers let a 15-point lead slip away in the second quarter but pulled out the victory in overtime anyway.“I keep saying we’re a blacktop team, we’re a team that should have been playing outside with chain nets. That’s who they remind me of, a rough, tough-minded, close group,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said after that victory, when he also offered a prediction based on that notion. “We’re going to win a lot, we’re going to lose some, but we’re going to be there.”Against the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors on Nov. 12, the Clippers blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead and trailed to start overtime, but they didn’t wilt, winning a second consecutive game in overtime. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates “The fact that you can go down by three points in overtime after giving up that lead, and then coming back and winning the game, says a lot about your team,” Rivers said. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has quickly become a key cog on a team that’s proving itself a resilient bunch, a topic another Canadian point guard has been speaking about a lot lately.Steve Nash and the player development experts that he cites from one of the world’s foremost soccer academies, Barcelona’s La Masia de Can Planes, have come to regard resilience as the No. 1 predictor of success.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“Not feet, skill, vision, athleticism, speed, strength,” Nash said recently on Bill Simmons’ podcast. “Resilience.”No NBA-watching pundit expected Gilgeous-Alexander’s Clippers would be tied with the Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder for the second-best record in the Western Conference almost a quarter of the way into the season. Gilgeous-Alexander’s contributions have been important in the recent victories: He blocked Eric Bledsoe’s floater to set up the winning shot against the Bucks and then had a block and two big rebounds against Golden State. Despite early foul trouble against the Spurs, he was on the floor late to hit a big-time jumper as the Clippers clung to a one-point lead.But in Brooklyn, Gilgeous-Alexander was on the bench for all of the fourth quarter — which didn’t change the Clippers’ working narrative, Rivers said.“What you love about the team is I didn’t  bring Shai Gilgeous-Alexander back in, and he was the guy cheering the most,” Rivers told reporters in Brooklyn. “That’s this team, and that’s why we can win games.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 last_img read more

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Uganda Cubs edged out in race for U-17 FIFA World Cup slot

first_imgUganda Cubs held Nigeria but were edged out on points. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Cubs have been ejected from the on-going U-17 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Dar es salaam, Tanzania.The Cubs missed out on booking a semi final berth and a FIFA World Cup slot after drawing 1-1 with the Golden Eaglets on Nigeria in a Group A game played at the Chamazi Stadium in Saturday.Nigeria topped the Group with 7 points, while Angola who stopped Uganda in an earlier game also picked a 4-2 victory over Tanzania to finish second on 6 points.Uganda scored first through substitute Alou John Kokas after 67 minutes before Ibrahim Jabaar leveled matters on 74 minutes.At the National Stadium Angola’s Pedro Osvaldo netted a brace, while Leson Tome and Davide Nzanza were also on the score sheet. The home side had Omary Omary and Agiri Ngoda finding the goals. The two teams join Cameroon in the U-17 Afcon semis as well. Cameroon qualified on Thursday after picking their second win in Group B.“I am happy my boys have achieved their first objective of qualifying for the the World Cup. Now we can focus on the semi finals of the U-17 Afcon,” said Nigeria’s coach Manu Garba.Uganda Cubs coach Samuel Kwasi Fabin said it was hard luck for his boys. “The boys played well, but we should have done better especially in the opening match that we lost to Angola,” he added.The last group B games will be played on Sunday with Cameroon facing Senegal and Morocco battling Guinea. Group AP   W   D    L    F  A      PtsNigeria    3    2    1    0    7    5 –  +2    7Angola    3    2     0    1    4    3 –  +1    6Uganda   3    1     1    1    4    2 –  +2    4Tanzania  3    0     0    3    6   12-  +6   0 Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more