Australian Polosak to become firstwoman to umpire men’s ODIs

first_imgMUMBAI (Reuters) – Australia’s Claire Polosak will become the first woman to officiate in a men’s one-day international when Namibia play Oman in the final of the World Cricket League Division 2 in Windhoek later on Saturday.The 31-year-old never played cricket but blazed a trail in 2017 when she became the first woman to stand in a men’s top-level match when New South Wales played a Cricket Australia XI in a one-day match in Sydney.“I am thrilled to be the first woman to stand in a men’s ODI and how far I have come as an umpire,” Polosak told the International Cricket Council (ICC) ahead of Saturday’s match.“It really is important to promote women umpires and there’s no reason why females can’t umpire in cricket. It’s about breaking down barriers, creating awareness so more females can come into the role.”Polosak has officiated in 15 women’s ODIs, the first one in November 2016 between Australia and South Africa, and has also taken field in the semi-final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2018 between England and India and four matches at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.Namibia and Oman both secured ODI status after finishing in the top two positions of the table in the ICC World Cricket League Division 2.“Congratulations to Claire for this fantastic achievement of becoming the first woman umpire to stand in a men’s one-day international,” said Adrian Griffith, ICC senior manager – umpires and referees.“It is one thoroughly deserved and a result of her hard work and perseverance. She is a role model for women who want to get into officiating and proves how successful they can be once they are on the right path and get the opportunities.”last_img read more

Syracuse women’s cross-country looks to qualify for NCAAs with strong finish at Northeast Regional

first_img Published on November 13, 2014 at 12:04 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ The Syracuse women’s cross-country team looked exhausted and discombobulated at the Atlantic Coast Conference championships on Oct. 31 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The team finished eighth and its bid for the NCAA championship race no longer looked secure.“They had a really, really bad day,” said SU head coach Chris Fox in a telephone interview after the race.The ACCs were the second consecutive race in which the women’s squad ran poorly, dating back to Oct. 17 when they finished No. 12 in Wisconsin’s Meet of Champions.But the women’s team will have another chance when it races Friday in the Bronx, New York, at the NCAA Northeast Regional. SU hopes to get back in stride as the pressure mounts to make the NCAA championships. The upperclassmen leaders are managing the pressure while preparing the team with its season-long strategy in what will be the biggest race of their year so far.A victory would automatically qualify the Orange for the NCAA championships, but Fox is confident that a top-five finish would also squeeze SU’s women’s team into the national field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe men’s cross-country team won the ACC championship and has not officially clinched a bid for nationals, but it’d be difficult to not receive a bid. There’s pressure on the men to do well at this race, Fox said, but not nearly as much as there is on the women, who will be without junior Beth Wright this Friday due to injury.Steadying, soothing confidence comes from senior Jessie Petersen.“We haven’t shown it the past two races, but we can compete with anyone,” Petersen said. “And I expect this team to take us (to nationals).”Junior Maura Linde is a leader for the women and said one of the biggest factors in calming everyone before the race is to keep a positive attitude during workouts. That, along with making herself accessible, is how upperclassmen ease worries of the runners unaccustomed to these pressures.“At this point when I was a freshman, I was freaking out,” Petersen said. “I’m calm now because of my experience. (The upperclassmen) help keep people calm.”The help extends to practice as well as the race itself as the Orange plans to run this race with the same strategy it’s used all season.Margo Malone runs farthest ahead, then Petersen and sophomore Sydney Leiher work in tandem. A small group comprised of Linde, Haley Cutright and Rebecca Skodis run just behind Petersen and Leiher.The women employ a chain, which allows for communication and encouragement amongst the runners.The chain broke in the ACC championship as Leiher, who Fox called the “fulcrum,” battled dehydration. She finished 72nd when Fox expected her to finish in the top 20.Because a spot in nationals is on the line, practices have decreased in intensity throughout the week and the upperclassmen ensure no one tries to do too much.“We need to rest up,” Linde said. “You can’t get any better three days before, all the training is done.”Thursday night before the race, the girls have a team dinner to relax. Petersen says they try to steer conversation to anything but the race and its pressures.Two minutes before the gunfires to signal the start of the race, the team huddles in a pack at the starting line. Petersen usually jumps in the middle, yelling to fire up the team.With points garnered from the regular season, Fox believes that the women will qualify for the NCAA championships if they finish No. 5 at the Northeast Regional meet.“But they should be — they are — better than that,” Fox said.If the women win the race, they will receive an automatic bid, ensuring their spot in the NCAA championships.But with anything lower, doubts remain.“We’ll probably be OK for nationals if we finish second,” Petersen said. “But anything other than a win will be disappointing.” Commentslast_img read more

Trojans prepare for UCLA grudgematch

first_imgIn what is a historically lopsided rivalry, it will take a few more generations of Trojan athletes to bridge the 37-85 all-time series deficit against the No. 4 UCLA men’s volleyball team.Eager to continue that arduous ascent to .500 after having won its previous two games against the Bruins, the No. 1 USC men’s volleyball team (5-0, 5-0) will square off against UCLA (6-2, 1-1) tonight in a 7 p.m. match at the Pauley Pavilion.Leadership · Despite struggles against UCLA in seasons prior, senior opposite Murphy Troy and USC look to achieve their best start since 1994. – Brandon Hui | Daily Trojan History is largely irrelevant to a USC team that has only ceded one set all season, as the Trojans are outperforming their opponents in nearly every statistical category imaginable.In fact, the only category in which the Trojans have not been besting their foes this season is home attendance, as the Trojans have averaged a paltry 550 spectators per game at the Galen Center, albeit only through two games.“I expect this to be the toughest test so far,” said coach Bill Ferguson. “They’re a big, physical team — just like we are — with a great middle blocking core. We expect it to be a crazy evening, as there’s so much history between these two programs.”Come tonight, however, the Trojans will try to temper their excitement and not let the rivalry distract their focus from their own individual game plans. A recurring theme in all player interviews this season has been the Trojans’ dedication to fine-tuning their own skills and game plans,while not concerning themselves with other teams’ scouting reports.“Like every game, it’s about the serve-and-pass battle,” said senior setter Riley McKibbin. “If we continue to do that, we’ll be fine. We want to jump on them early. Every game against the Bruins is important, but they’re also just another team in a long season.”UCLA enters the game fresh off of an efficient three set-win against Pepperdine after having struggled against Long Beach State — a match they lost in five sets. Outside hitter Gonzalo Quiroga and quick hitter Weston Dunlap lead the attack with 75 and 74 kills, respectively.Despite the early season success and the accolades the Trojans have received, ranging from their continuous No. 1 ranking to senior opposite Murphy Troy’s National Player of the Week award, perhaps the greatest reason for optimism moving forward is that this team feels it has yet to hit its stride.“One of our strengths has been our steadiness, especially with our play in the middle,” Ferguson said. “In most cases, we’ve been able to run our offense the way we want. We weren’t satisfied with our passing last night or in some of our other games. We can be so much better.”last_img read more

Sportradar nets European Handball Federation data deal

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Share Sportradar has agreed a long-term partnership with the European Handball Federation (EHF) and EHF Marketing GmbH (EHFM) which will include official data collection and distribution to media organisations and betting operators.The agreement, which will run until 2030, will see Sportradar utilise its technological capabilities to develop new solutions for data analysis and identify new insights to improve the sport.David Lampitt, Managing Director of Sports Partnerships at Sportradar, said: “We have a longstanding relationship with EHF and EHFM and we are delighted to have further extended our partnership to secure a long-term data and distribution rights agreement.“We will be working alongside them to continue to grow the sport via our extensive network of media and betting partners.”In addition, Sportradar will become the ‘official data partner’ of EHF and EHF Marketing’, authorising the collection and distribution of official EHF data from over 1,500 national team and beach handball matches and more than 750 European Cup matches to multiple media and betting entities.The agreement will include the Men’s and the Women’s EHF EUROs and their Qualifiers, the EHF’s younger age category events, the European matches of the World Championship Qualification and the Beach Handball EUROs.On the side of EHF Marketing, the contract includes all matches in the EHF Champions League Men and Women, the EHF European League and the EHF European Cup.David Szlezak, Managing Director of EHF Marketing, added: “It is absolutely vital to offer high quality and accurate data from the EHF’s club competitions. With this new cooperation, we are adding to the top-level scouting we have already achieved with Sportradar.“For example, right from the first rounds, data collected in the new EHF European League will be on EHF Champions League standards. We are looking forward to working with Sportradar over the next decade to realise the full potential of this data.”The extended alliance strengthens Sportradar’s portfolio of partnerships with Handball leagues, which already includes HBL (German Handball Bundesliga), DHB (German Handball Association), spusu LIGEN (Handball League Austria) and HBF (German Handball League Women).Martin Hausleitner, Secretary General of the European Handball Federation, concluded: “As European handball enters a new era, the agreement with Sportradar is another important piece of the puzzle to elevate our sport to new and unprecedented heights.“We are making a significant step forward, not only in terms of the number of matches we are offering live scouting for, but also when it comes to the depth of data available for our fans and partners.” David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020last_img read more

Rigondeaux dominates Agbeko to retain titles

first_imgWBA/WBO world super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (29-5, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The technically superior Rigondeaux completely shut down Agbeko and won 120-108 on all cards.Judges Eugene Grant (120-108), Ron McNair (120-108) and Robin Taylor (120-108) all had Rigondeaux winning every round.The King Kong lost his IBF and WBC Silver Bantamweight bout to Abner Mares in 2011 and has since struggled to get a shot at the International stage.He recorded a 12 round Unanimous decision over Luis Melendez in March this year to secure the IBO Bantamweight titleHow Guillermo Rigondeaux entered the ring on Saturday night How Joseph Agbeko entered the ring on Saturday NightHow Guillermo Rigondeaux outclassed Joseph Agbekolast_img read more

Former Dodger Pedro Martinez among four elected to Hall of Fame

first_imgMcGwire was listed on 10 percent of ballots. Former Dodgers Kent (14 percent), Fred McGriff (12.9), Gary Sheffield (11.7) and Nomar Garciaparra (5.5) also fell short of induction. All will remain on the ballot next year.Johnson, the 6-foot-10 left-hander who ranks second all-time in strikeouts, led all players with 534 votes (97.3 percent). Martinez was next with 500 votes (91.1). Both pitchers were on the ballot for the first time.Smoltz (455 votes, 82.9 percent) was inducted on his first ballot appearance and Biggio (454, 82.7) his third.Martinez said that he honed his famous intensity while climbing the Dodgers’ minor-league ladder.“As I was coming up in the minor leagues, I was faced with a lot of adversity,” he said. “Those adversities drove me to make sure every step I took, I was aware of. … Half an hour before the game I became a serious, focused person. The negativity out there, telling me ‘No, I can’t,’ when I knew I could transform my mindset, my body. “Everybody I saw out there, I saw as a challenge. I saw everybody as an enemy, I saw everybody like in the jungle — I kill to survive. That’s the chip on my shoulder everybody thought I had.”Dodgers management had concerns about Martinez’s slight frame when they traded him. A serviceable leadoff hitter and second baseman, DeShields’ career did not approach Hall of Fame standards. He was an outstanding base stealer who played three seasons in a Dodgers uniform then was allowed to walk as a free agent. Martinez pitched four seasons for the Expos, winning the 1997 National League ERA title at age 25. He was traded to the Boston Red Sox in 1998 and won four American League ERA titles over the next seven years. Martinez retired after the 2009 season with a 154 career ERA-plus, second all-time.Martinez credited his older brother Ramon, a Dodgers pitcher from 1988-98, for his veteran tutelage early in his life.If he had never been traded to the Expos, Martinez said, “I probably would have developed into what I wanted to be, eventually.”Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio and Johnson will be inducted July 26 as part of the Hall’s induction weekend July 24-27 in Cooperstown. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Martinez needed only three minor-league seasons to break in, reaching the majors in 1992 at age 20. He pitched parts of two seasons in Los Angeles, mostly as a reliever, then was traded to the Montreal Expos in November 1993 for Delino DeShields. History might regard this as one of the most lopsided trades of all-time. Martinez won 10 games before the trade and 209 after.“I did have faith that I could do something special for my family once I was given the opportunity,” Martinez said on a conference call with reporters Tuesday. “I took advantage of it. I appreciated it. I respected it. I did it with integrity. I did it like there was no tomorrow.”There is no tomorrow for manager Don Mattingly, whose 15th and final chance to be voted into the Hall of Fame as a player passed quietly. He was named on 50 ballots, or 9.1 percent of the 549 ballots cast. To gain induction, a player must be listed on 75 percent of ballots.Piazza was listed on 69.9 percent of all ballots. He has seen his support increase each of his three years on the ballot, up from 57.8 in 2013 and 62.2 percent in 2014.center_img Former and current Dodgers dominated the 2015 Hall of Fame ballot. Hitting coach Mark McGwire is 10th on the all-time home run list. Jeff Kent hit 351 home runs as a second baseman, more than anyone, including 73 with the Dodgers. Former 62nd-round draft pick Mike Piazza injected even more power to the catching position.None of them, however, became a Hall of Famer on Tuesday. The only inductee with Dodger ties was a 5-foot-11 pitcher from the Dominican Republic whose time in Los Angeles was brief but memorable.Pedro Martinez will be joining Craig Biggio, John Smoltz and Randy Johnson in Cooperstown, N.Y. It’s the first time three pitchers have been voted into the Hall of Fame in the same year.History — and now a bronze plaque — will credit the Dodgers for signing and developing one of the greatest pitchers of all time. last_img read more

Five cases of influenza confirmed in Cerro Gordo County

first_imgMASON CITY — At least five cases of the flu have been reported in Cerro Gordo County.The County Health Department’s infectious disease nurse Jeni Stiles says when compared to previous years, these first confirmations of influenza in the community this year are a little later than typical. “Last year I think our first case that we confirmed was maybe toward the beginning of December, and so maybe a little bit later than usual. Our confirmations are done by the State Hygienic Lab, so that’s saying we know for sure that a test has been sent down there and has been confirmed. Doctors offices do rapid testing, so we know that the flu probably is in our area before then, however it’s just not confirmed yet.”Four of the five confirmed cases in Cerro Gordo County have been with H1N1 strain. Stiles says that strain is covered by this year’s flu vaccine and it’s not too late to get a flu shot. “It’s important to get it as soon as possible. Now that we know for sure that there’s influenza activity in our area, you want to get it as soon as possible because it takes a couple of weeks for the vaccine to take effect. We’ll continue to have vaccine available through the flu season which goes through June 30th, so we will ensure that we always have vaccine for anybody ages six months and older available here.”Stiles reminds us that influenza is more of a respiratory illness and not the “stomach flu” that is connected with norovirus-type illnesses. “So we’re going to see fever, aches, chills, some people can have a sore throat, some people can get a cough. It’s going to be very severe. A lot of times people will have body aches and that, it’s going to be more severe than their regular cold. Sometimes people have a hard time differentiating whether they have the cold or the flu, but the flu is going to be more severe.”Stiles says if you have the flu, the best thing you can do is stay home. “Don’t go anywhere. Don’t go to school, don’t go to work. If you suspect you have the flu and you need to seek medical attention, obviously you want to go to the doctor. There are anti-virals that they can put you on if you are diagnosed early enough to decrease the severity of the illness. Make sure about good personal hygiene habits, making sure you are washing your hands frequently, keeping your hands away from your face, your eyes, your nose your mouth. Staying home when you are sick and taking good care of yourself, eating well and getting plenty of rest.”If you are wanting to get a flu shot you can go to the County Department of Public Health’s Walk-In Immunization Clinic at 22 North Georgia in Mason City weekdays from 10:00 AM-Noon and from 12:30-4:00 PM.last_img read more

Britt man sentenced to 30 years on sexual abuse charges

first_imgBRITT — A Britt man who originally faced 12 sexual abuse-related counts has received a 30-year prison sentence after entering into a plea agreement with prosecutors. 73-year-old Paul Dewitt was charged last August with six counts of third-degree sexual abuse and six counts of incest. He was accused of sexually abusing a female victim six times between July and December of last year. Court documents state that Dewitt admitted to authorities to committing the sexual acts. As part of a plea agreement, Dewitt entered an Alford plea to three counts of third-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony. An Alford plea means the defendant is not admitting guilt but acknowledges there’s enough evidence for a likely conviction. Dewitt was sentenced on Tuesday to ten years in prison on each of the three charges, with the sentences to be served consecutively. He was also fined $3000.last_img read more

Pirates waste little time putting Byrd to work

first_imgNew York Mets’ Marlon Byrd hits a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Marlon Byrd waits his turn during batting practice before a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright) WILL GRAVES AP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t wasting any time putting newly acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd to work.Byrd will bat cleanup on Wednesday night when the Pirates host the Milwaukee Brewers. Pittsburgh acquired Byrd and catcher John Buck from the New York Mets on Tuesday hoping to bolster its offense as the franchise searches for its first playoff berth in 21 years.The 35-year-old Byrd says he was a little stunned about the trade, which came on the same day the Mets were giving fans at Citi Field T-shirts celebrating Byrd’s tremendous season. Byrd joked he didn’t even pick up a T-shirt before joining Buck for the six-hour drive from New York to Pittsburgh.Byrd says he has some unfinished business of his own. The 12-year veteran is still waiting to make his playoff debut. Byrd, 35, is hitting .285 with 21 home runs and 71 RBIs this season and will give Pittsburgh needed depth in the outfield while leadoff hitter Starling Marte recovers from a wrist injury. Buck, 33, is batting .215 with 15 home runs and 60 RBIs. Since the beginning of the 2010 season, Buck’s 63 home runs as a catcher rank third in the majors. He is expected to back up Russell Martin.Pittsburgh is searching for offense to take some of the pressure off a pitching staff that has carried the team for long stretches during the first five months of the season. The Pirates lead the majors with a 3.21 ERA, though there have been signs of wear and tear this month. Pittsburgh is 11-12 in August and has seen a 4-game lead over St. Louis two weeks ago turn into a virtual tie.Byrd has been red hot since the All-Star break, hitting .311 with 11 doubles, three triples, six home runs and 20 RBIs in his last 38 games. His presence should help an offense that is batting just .244 on the year, including an abysmal .223 with runners in scoring position, the second-lowest average in baseball.The 19-year-old Herrera is hitting .265 with 11 home runs and 56 RBI for Class A West Virginia.last_img read more

Bearkats Earn Spot in Championship Match With Win over Lady Demons

first_imgCONWAY, Ark. – No. 2 Sam Houston State earned a trip to the Southland Conference Tournament Championship Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 win over No. 3 Northwestern State inside the Farris Center in Conway, Ark. The Bearkats were led by double-digit kill figures from Ashley Lewis (15), Breanne Chausse (14) and Catherine Krieger (10).Set OneSam Houston State stole the opening set by a final score of 25-22 after six kills from sophomore right side hitter Chausse. The Bearkats combined for a .289 hitting percentage while limiting the Lady Demons’ offense to a .171 attack average. SHSU’s Morgan Janda, Ashleigh Traylor and Addison Miller each presented three digs to help thwart Hannah Brister’s six kills.Set TwoBrister and Alexis Warren upped the ante in set two, combining for 10 of Northwestern State’s 15 kills as the Lady Demons registered a .275 hitting mark. The Bearkat defense stepped up for the challenge, however, and employed 17 digs, led by six from Miller. Offense proved to be the difference maker for Sam Houston State as Lewis tacked on seven more kills to push the Bearkats to a .350 attack percentage in the 25-23 win.Set ThreeNorthwestern State came storming back with a 25-23 victory in the third set, avoiding the sweep and extending the match to a fourth set. Brister produced six of the Lady Demons’ 17 kills along with seven digs to limit the Bearkats to a .146 hitting percentage. Warren and Darria Williams provided the statement punches for Northwestern State, scoring the final two points in a set that featured 12 ties and six lead changes.Set FourSHSU matched its best offensive performance in the final set, ringing up 17 more team kills on the shoulders of Lewis and Krieger who combined for nine successful attacks. NSU reached for a late comeback after back-to-back kills from Brister cut the Lady Demon deficit to 24-22. The Bearkats persisted, however, and concluded the set with a 25-22 victory in order to seal the 3-1 match win.Sam Houston State moves on to the Southland Conference Tournament Championship where it will face the winner of No. 1 Stephen F. Austin and No. 4 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Opening serve is slated for a 3:05 p.m. CT inside the Farris Center in Conway, Ark. The match will be an exclusive presentation of ESPN+, available via ESPNPlus.com and the ESPN app.last_img read more