Update on the latest sports

first_imgHome sweet home: Rebensburg gets 1st downhill win in GermanyGARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg has her first career win in a women’s World Cup downhill, and it came on a slope just over 40 miles from her home as family and friends looked on.After two months of rather disappointing results, Rebensburg had a near-flawless run Saturday to beat Italy’s Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) by 0.61 seconds. Ester Ledecka, the Czech athlete competing on both the Alpine skiing and snowboarding World Cup circuits, finished 0.83 behind in third.Brignone’s third straight podium finish in a downhill helped her close the gap on leader Mikaela Shiffrin in the overall standings to 190 points. The American three-time overall champion is taking a break from ski racing since the death of her father, Jeff Shiffrin, last week.FRANCE-RAPE ACCUSATIONS An investigative update released Friday by the National Transportation Safety Board says there wasn’t any sign of engine failure in the Jan. 26 crash northwest of Los Angeles. The update doesn’t say what caused the crash, but it indicates the pilot was only 100 feet from the cloud tops when he suddenly descended. The update reinforces the notion that the pilot became disoriented while trying to get to clear skies.Investigators also believe that since a tree branch at the crash site was cut, the twin engines were working and the rotors turning at the time of impact. All four of the helicopter’s blades had similar damage.TENNIS-FED CUP-US-LATVIAWilliams remains perfect in Fed Cup; US leads Latvia 2-0EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Serena Williams remains unbeaten in Fed Cup singles matches. Nearly five years after she last played singles in a Fed Cup competition, Williams defeated Jelena Ostapenko in straight sets Friday night to give the United States a 2-0 lead over Latvia. She is now14-0 in Fed Cup singles matches.Williams’ 7-6, 7-6 victory put the U.S. on the cusp of advancing to the Fed Cup Finals in Budapest, Hungary, in April. The U.S. needs just one victory in the best-of-five matchup to advance.Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin gave the U.S. an early advantage with a dominant 6-2, 6-2 win over Anastasija Sevastova in last night’s first match.PGA-PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AMTaylor still leads after 36 holes Update on the latest sports Sagstsrom falls 1 stroke behind at LPGA’s Vic OpenBARWON HEADS, Australia (AP) — Ayean Cho shot a 2-under 70 on a difficult day for scoring to take a one-stroke lead over Madelene Sagstrom after three rounds of the LPGA’s Vic Open in Australia.Choi had a three-round total of 12-under 205. Canada’s Alena Sharp was in third, two strokes behind Cho after a 70.The tournament at the 13th Beach Golf Links also features a European Tour men’s tournament running alongside the women’s event. In the men’s event, Min Woo Lee eagled the 18th hole for 4-under 68 to take a three-stroke lead over three-time European Tour winner Marcus Fraser and fellow Australian Travis Smyth.WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S DOWNHILL Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditKOBE BRYANT-HELICOPTER CRASHKobe Bryant helicopter had nearly cleared blinding cloudsLOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators say the helicopter that crashed and killed Kobe Bryant and eight others was almost out of blinding clouds when it plunged and slammed into a Southern California hillside. February 8, 2020 PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Canadian Nick Taylor remains the leader heading into the third round of the PGA’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am.Taylor birdied four of his last five holes at Pebble Beach Friday for a 66 to take his first 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour. He is at 14-under 129.Jason Day is two shots back after an 8-under 64. Day made two long birdie putts across the green, holed a 40-yard wedge for eagle on the dangerous par-5 14th and made a couple of big par saves to move into contention.Defending champion Phil Mickelson also got in the mix with a burst of four straight birdies after the turn at Monterey Peninsula. He made bogey on the long par-3 ninth to finish his round of 7-under. He was three shots behind.LPGA-VIC OPEN French skating chief resigns amid sexual abuse scandalPARIS (AP) — The long-serving head of France’s skating federation resigned Saturday amid suspicions that he covered up for a coach accused of rape and sexual abuse by former figure skaters.Announcing his resignation today, Didier Gailhaguet denied protecting the coach and cast blame on a former sports minister. He said no one at the federation was aware of alleged wrongdoing.Paris prosecutors opened a criminal investigation this week into accusations from 10-time French champion Sarah Abitbol that she was raped by skating coach Gilles Beyer from 1990-1992, when she was a teen.Two other former skaters have also accused Beyer, and denounced a lack of support from the federation. Associated Press DOPING-SCHOEMANEx-Olympic swim champ blames contamination for failed testUNDATED (AP) — Former Olympic swimming champion Roland Schoeman is blaming contaminated supplements for a failed doping test last year. The South African claims that he didn’t knowingly take the banned substance (GW501516), which failed medical trials and is considered a cancer risk.Schoeman was banned for a year by world swimming body FINA (FEE’-nuh). His ban ends on May 17 and he says he’s still aiming to compete at the Tokyo Olympics. He won three medals at the 2004 Athens Games including gold in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. He’s also a three-time world champion.last_img read more

Henry, Hardat cop top prizes at RHTY&SC cricket academy

first_imgTHE 29th annual award ceremony of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS (RHTY&SC) concluded last Friday with an impressive closing ceremony at the St. Francis Training Centre.The academy, conducted by Delbert Hicks and Eon Hooper, was described as a huge success.Under-13 players Eon Henry and Trisha Hardat, copped the major awards at the closing ceremony. The impressive Henry won the Overall Player-of-the-Academy award while Hardat was named Female Player-of-the-Academy by the coaches.Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster stated that the management of RHTY&SC was overwhelmed by the large registration of 105 young cricketers.The main objectives of the academy were to improve the cricketing skills of each player, to educate the players of the tradition, rules, history of the game and to get them to understand their roles of sports ambassadors.Foster, who also serves as president of Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), stated that RHTY&SC has a rich tradition of success to uphold, and as such, uses the academy each year to nurture new talents for the future and to further develop existing talents.The academy over the years has developed players like Esaun Crandon, Assad Fudadin, Royston Crandon, Abdel Fudadin, Khemraj Mahadeo, Delbert Hicks, Eon Hooper, Renwick Batson, Shawn Grant, Junior Sinclair, Kevlon Anderson, Shawn Pereira, Shemaine Campbelle, Erva Giddings, Sheneta Grimmond and Shabika Gajnabi.Assistant Secretary/CEO Simon Naidu, who served as the Director of the Academy, hailed the outstanding work of Hicks and Hooper, who both worked beyond the call of duty to make sure that every player was looked after individually. Club members Keith Hicks, Ravindranauth Kissoonlall, Tyrone Pottaya, Phil Archer and Pamie Brusch were also praised for their contribution.Each member of the academy who successfully participated received an educational package worth $2 500 while the top awardees received special prizes including bicycles, cricket gear, clocks, photo frames, caps and t/shirts.The top awardees at the academy, selected by the coaches were: Best batsman – Kamalchand Ramnarace, Best Bowler – Christopher Deroop, Best All-rounder – Xavier Henry, Best Fielder – S. Hardat, Most Disciplined – Dorasammy Mahadeo, Most Improved – Tameshwar Deonandan, Best Female – Trisha Hardat, Disciplined Junior Player – A. Batson and Cricketer-of-the-Academy – Eon Henry.last_img read more