ITTF Hungarian Open titles up for grabs with Chinese absent

first_img Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made15 Most Astonishing Staircases In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Actors Who Stay Famous For That One Movie They Did 10 Years Ago6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone A wildcard could be Slovenia’s Darko Jorgić who made the Europe Top 16 Cup final, losing to Germany’s Timo Boll who will not feature in Budapest. In the women’s singles, Japan also have the top seed in 19-year-old Ito Mima Ito, who boasts seven World Tour victories to date. The world number three will face familiar opposition from other Japanese players, world number nine Kasumi Ishikawa, number 11 Miu Hirano and number 17 Hitomi Sato, who are all among the top six seeds. Cheng I-Ching of Chinese Taipei is the third seed behind Ishikawa and will look to win her first singles World Tour event. Germany’s number eight seed Petrissa Solja won the Europe Top 16 Cup and looked good throughout. She is seeded one place ahead of Puerto Rico’s new Pan America Cup champion Adriana Diaz, who she will face in the last-16. Hong Kong, Germany, Chinese Taipei and home favourites Hungary sit as the top seeds in the men’s doubles with Germany’s Franziska in with a chance of two golds with his doubles partner Benedikt Duda. Both contenders in the women’s singles, Hirano and Ishikawa, hold Japan’s best chances of a medal in the doubles as fourth seeds, with the top seeds coming from Chinese Taipei in the form of Chen Szu-Yu and Cheng Hsien-Tzu.ITTF World Team Olympic Qualification: Nigeria is a dangerous team, admits Polish star Read Also: Ito sits as number two seed in the mixed doubles with partner Jun Mizutani, behind Hong Kong duo Wong Chun Thing and Doo Hoi Kem. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Plenty of players will fancy themselves as unlikely contenders for titles in the absence of the dominant Chinese at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Hungarian Open in Budapest. Loading… China sit top of the standings in both the men’s and women’s world rankings with 11 of the 20 top male and female players from the country. However, they will miss the tournament at Budapest Olympic Hall due to travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus outbreak. This mean’s that men’s world number five, Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto, comes into the competition as the top seed and is looking to win his first ITTF World Tour event since June 2018. The competition takes place from tomorrow until February 23. Harimoto, who won the ITTF World Tour finals in 2018 at just 15-years-old, has a good opportunity to get back to winning ways after 2019 was the first year the teenager failed to make a final in three years. Number two seed Hugo Calderano of Brazil will have confidence after cruising through the Pan America Cup to win a fortnight ago. The Brazilian’s best result in the ITTF World Tour came in 2018 when he lost the Qatar Open final to China’s Fan Zhendong, and he now has a prime opportunity to win his first title. Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov comes back from a fever that kept him out of the Europe Top 16 Cup and as third seed will be looking to win his first World Tour title in three years. His team-mate Patrick Franziska has never made a singles final, having specialised in the doubles, but will also hope to capitalise.last_img read more

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Daredevil Brewing Company earns ‘Grand Champion Brewery’ title

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The 20th annual Indiana Brewers’ Cup, the Indiana State Fair’s craft beer competition, was held at the Indiana Farmer’s Coliseum on Saturday, July 14. After a weekend full of tasting and judging, Daredevil Brewing Company was named Grand Champion Brewery.Additionally, within the professional division, Daredevil Brewing Company was also named Indiana Brewery of the year.  David Bordenkecher championed the home brew division and earned the title of Indiana Homebrewer of the Year.Held for the second time at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum, the Indiana Brewers’ Cup predates craft beer’s explosion in popularity and has solidified its place as one of the nation’s largest competitions for home and professional brewers. Professional brewers had 32 possible divisions to enter as did their homebrew counterparts. The event is a Master Championship of Amateur Brewing (MCAB) qualifying competition and is also a Midwest Homebrewer of the Year Circuit Event. In addition to attracting brewers from across the state of Indiana, the Indiana Brewers’ Cup drew competitors from across the country.In addition to the Indiana Brewers’ Cup being organized and presented by the Indiana State Fair, the Professional Grand Champion’s brews will be on tap for purchase during the Fair at “Indiana Beer, Wine & Spirits” presented by Visit Indiana located in the Grand Hall building.“The Indiana Brewers’ Cup brings the brewing community together to celebrate professional and home brewers, recognizes outstanding craft beer and shares the winning beer with our fairgoers,” said Haley Lamp, Indiana State Fair & Event Center programming and events manager.For more information regarding the results of the 20th Indiana Brewers’ Cup Competition, please visit www.indianabrewerscup.com.last_img read more

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Nigeria goalkeeper Uzoho returns with a bang

first_img Loading… Uzoho joined the club from Deportivo La Coruna after three loan stints away from the club. Uzoho represented Nigeria under-17s at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Aged only 14, he was an immediate backup to Dele Alampasu. In October 2017 Uzoho received his first call-up to the Nigerian senior squad. He made his full international debut on 14 November, replacing Daniel Akpeyi in a 4–2 friendly win against Argentina. He was named in Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. By that time he was considered Nigeria’s first-choice goalkeeper. read also:Uzoho ready for new Cypriot First Division season He withdrew from the national squad in November 2018 due to injury. He was a squad member at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Francis Uzoho was in goal for Nigeria in the 3rd place match against Tunisia. In October 2019 he suffered a ligament injury in a friendly match against Brazil and underwent surgery in November 2019. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Uzoho suffered the long-term injury during Super Eagles’ friendly game against Brazil which ended 1-1 in October 2019. 10 months after that injury, the goalkeeper is delighted to have resumed training. “Wow, I can finally dive again,” he wrote on social media. While he was recovering from injury, the 21-year-old was able to secure a move to Cypriot club APOEL FC on a three-year deal.center_img Super Eagles goalkeeper Francis Uzoho has resumed training after recovering from a knee injury that kept him out for 10 months.last_img read more

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Holloway ponders Zaha loan return

first_img Press Association Winger Zaha, who completes a £15million switch to Old Trafford this summer, signed off in style by helping Crystal Palace to victory over Watford in the npower Championship play-off final. Zaha’s dart into the Hornets penalty area in the 15th minute of extra time ended with Marco Cassetti bringing him down, with Kevin Phillips dispatching the spot-kick. “I think he’d be silly to give me him back,” Holloway said. “Now we’re up it might be realistic, but who knows?” Ian Holloway admits he is tempted to ask new Manchester United boss David Moyes if he can borrow Wilfried Zaha next season.center_img He added: “He (Moyes) will know the task he’s got. Mine will be staying up, his will be winning every week. Good luck to him and good luck to us.” Zaha was in tears after the match, having given his all to ensure his boyhood club would be joining him in the top flight next term. “I’m speechless,” he told Sky Sports 1. “I’m exhausted and speechless and I don’t even know what to say. It’s my dream come true and this is all I wanted. “To leave Palace now, knowing they’re in the Premier League, that’s all I wanted. “I told myself I’d give all I can, I’ve given it 200 per cent and I’ve wanted it for so long. I just wanted to help out the team and I’m happy we actually made it. “Walking into the stadium with so many people was amazing and being able to play at such a great ground left me speechless. That’s all I wanted.” last_img read more

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Cahill lauds Chelsea’s attacking intent

first_img Branislav Ivanovic scored the only goal as Chelsea pulled themselves level with City in second in the table, just two points behind leaders Arsenal. Defender Cahill claims there was never any intention of sitting back and playing solely to cancel out the title favourites. The England international said: “It makes me laugh when people say that. “But we were disciplined defensively with the two midfielders and centre-backs staying solid. “It was a class performance. We had to weather the storm for the first 10 or 15 minutes but the work-rate was fantastic and we managed to get the result we deserved overall. “Jose has the CV for a reason. He is obviously a top-quality manager and we worked on a few things in the last couple of days which he was adamant we put into practice. “It did pay off for us and we defended solidly with a fair share of the ball. “The club is a massive club and when you have that and massive players, and you add a massive manager, I think it combines really well. Gary Cahill has laughed off suggestions Chelsea were planning to ‘park the bus’ at Manchester City and joined the chorus of approval for manager Jose Mourinho’s tactics. Press Association Mourinho masterminded a significant victory in the Barclays Premier League title race as the Londoners claimed a deserved 1-0 win over previously free-scoring City at the Etihad Stadium. With City having scored 115 goals in all competitions, it was assumed Mourinho might adopt defensive tactics but he more than matched City at their own game with a fine display of counter-attacking football. “He is experienced and it is all new for me but it is working well at the minute. We are playing well and doing what he asks of us.” Mourinho played down his side’s title chances after the game but the Blues are clearly in the reckoning. Their performance was an excellent response to last week’s frustrating goalless draw with West Ham and they will look to maintain the momentum as they host Newcastle on Saturday. Centre-back Cahill, who was outstanding alongside John Terry on a night of high intensity, said: “I thought every single person put in a shift and played well. “We know we have quality in the side but we had the desire to chase and break up play numerous times. “We had loads of possession against West Ham and it was a blow to drop two points at home. “Now we are on the end of a positive win away from home so we can’t afford to throw that away at the weekend against a tough team. “We are at home, we should be buzzing with confidence and ready to go again.” City made the better start with Yaya Toure and David Silva having early chances but Chelsea then took charge with Ramires testing Joe Hart before Ivanovic fired in a fine left-foot shot from 18 yards. With Eden Hazard and Willian tormenting the City defence, the visitors could have had more and Samuel Eto’o, Nemanja Matic and Cahill all hit the frame of the goal. Silva had two late chances as City searched for an equaliser but Chelsea were not to be denied. They were the first team since Birmingham in November 2010 to prevent City scoring at home. Cahill, 28, said: “Just before we left the hotel we saw the TV saying they had not failed to score at home since 2010, so hearing that 10 minutes before we set off had us buzzing. “They have quality players but they also have strength and power and sometimes they steamroller teams. I’ve seen them out-muscle teams and then their quality comes through. “We needed to match that from the off and I thought we did. Our creative players were creative and we defended really well and we got a clean sheet, which is rare.” There were numerous stars for Chelsea but the performance of £21million Matic, who arrived from Benfica last month as Juan Mata left for Manchester United, did earn praise. Cahill said: “When you are winning people don’t tend to say too much. “A fantastic world-class player has left the club, no doubt about it, but we have added another great player and he has started two matches and been fantastic in both of them.” last_img read more

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Aubameyang Leads Cast as Hosts Gabon Name Final Squad

first_imgAFCON 2017Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leads the cast for Gabon as the hosts became the first team to name their final 2017 Africa Cup of Nations squad. The team captain and Borussia Dortmund star will lead the home players out for the opening game of the tournament against debutants Guinea-Bissau on 14 January in Libreville.Gabon have also named Sunderland midfielder Didier Ndong despite the player being left out of November’s World Cup qualifier in Mali.Ndong was in the capital city Libreville but failed to turn up for international duty ahead of the Mali game last month, forcing the Gabonese Football Federation [Fegafoot] to send him back to England.But a remorseful Ndong, who held clear-the-air talks with Fegafoot has been included in a 23-man Panthers squad.Other names to make the final party include Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina, Bruno Ecuélé Manga of Cardiff City and China-based striker Malick Evouna.Gabon coach José Antonio Camacho included three domestic-based stars and also placed three players on standby for the biennial Africa Cup of Nations, which runs between 14 January and 5 February.The 2012 quarterfinalists are the first of the 16 participants to announce a final squad for the tournament on home soil.As well as taking on Guinea-Bissau in Group A, the hosts will also face four-time winners Cameroon and Burkina Faso, runners-up in 2013.Gabon will be hosting the continental tournament for the second time. They previously co-organised the competition with Equatorial Guinea in 2012.Squad:Goalkeepers: Didier Ovono (Oostende, Belgium), Yves Stéphane Bitséki Moto (CF Mounana), Anthony Mfa Mezui (unattached).Defenders: Lloyd Palun (Red Star, France), André Biyogho Poko (Karabukspor, Turkey), Aaron Appindangoye (Stade Lavallois, France), Franck Perrin Obambou (Stade Mandji), Bruno Ecuélé Manga (Cardiff City, Wales), Yoann Wachter (CS Sedan Ardennes, France), Johann Serge Obiang (Troyes, France), Benjamin Zé Ondo (Mosta FC, Malta)Midfielders: Mario René Junior Lemina (Juventus, Italy), Junior Serge Martinsson Ngouali (IF Brommapojkarna, Sweden), Levy Clément Madinda (Gimnàstic, Spain), Guélor Kanga Kaku (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia), Merlin Tandjigora (Meixian Hakka FC, China), Didier Ibrahim Ndong (Sunderland, England), Samson Mbingui (Raja Casablanca, Morocco)Forwards: Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Malick Evouna (Tianjin Teda FC, China), Denis Athanase Bouanga (Tours, France), Serge Kevyn Aboue Angoue (Uniao Leiria, Portugal), Cedric Ondo Biyoghe (CF Mounana)Standby: Axel Meyé (Eskisehirspor, Turkey), Johan Lengoualama (Raja Casablanca, Morocco), Donald Nzé (AS Pelican)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Eskridge’s blocked punt spurs Syracuse comeback; Offense continues to struggle in the red zone

first_img Published on October 28, 2012 at 10:30 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Related Stories UNBELIEVABLE: Syracuse completes 2nd-half comeback with late scoring drive to shock South FloridaSyracuse defense struggles to contain South Florida’s Daniels in victoryIseman: Syracuse can’t be counted out yet after displaying resolve in comeback win against South Florida TAMPA, Fla. — In the swarm of Syracuse defenders who collapsed on South Florida’s punter, Durell Eskridge executed what his head coach called for all week.Doug Marrone told his special teams unit it needed to block a punt. So Eskridge did just that Saturday night, making a game-changing play when he barreled through the USF protection and knocked Justin Kann-Brockhaus’ kick down in Syracuse’s 37-36 win over South Florida at Raymond James Stadium.The play helped shift momentum in favor of the Orange and started to send the Bulls to a deflating collapse.Syracuse trailed 23-10 early in the third quarter when the Orange defense forced a South Florida three-and-out. On the Bulls’ ensuing punt attempt, Eskridge came through with the block and recovered the loose ball to give SU possession.“We’ve been going over that play all week,” Eskridge said. “Coach Marrone, he knew I could get there. And we’ve just been going over it over and over again.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEskridge said he knew he just needed to run straight through the Bulls’ punt protector in the middle, and if he did that, the protector on the outside would slide over to help out. That opened up the outside for Eskridge to get to the punter.With good field position, Syracuse marched down to the South Florida 4 yard line, setting up a touchdown run by wide receiver Alec Lemon on an end-around that cut the deficit to six.Eskridge’s block was a big moment for an embattled special teams unit that has struggled since the first game of the season.“My team, they told me that I changed the whole game around and I knew I had there,” Eskridge said. “I knew we needed a big play at that moment and I came through, and we came together as a team and we pulled this out.”Red-zone struggles returnOvershadowed in Syracuse’s comeback 37-36 victory were the Orange’s struggles in the red zone.After Syracuse began running the “Tank” package with Lewellyn Coker at fullback and Adonis Ameen-Moore at running back against Pittsburgh, SU enjoyed more success converting on short-yardage and goal-line situations.“It’s very frustrating. You know you want to help out the O-line who grind every play,” SU running back Jerome Smith said. “It’s more just wanting to help your team out.”In a rough first half that sent the Orange into the locker room down 20 at halftime, Syracuse left points on the board on several failed red-zone opportunities. SU went 70 yards on its first drive of the game, moving down to the 5 yard line.A quarterback keeper for no gain, followed by a Smith run for just 2 yards and an incomplete pass quelled Syracuse’s chances for a touchdown, and the team settled for a field goal.Then in the second half, the Orange once again marched inside the 5 yard line, this time down to the 4. Smith went 3 yards on two plays to get to the 1. But a false start penalty on Syracuse brought it back 5 yards, and Ross Krautman missed a 22-yard field goal attempt to end the drive empty-handed.The Orange’s failed attempts to get the ball into the end zone from within 5 yards changed the game. Syracuse went into the break down by 20 in a game that should have been closer.Though the Bulls defense is last in the Big East in total defense, rushing defense and scoring defense, the unit put up a strong effort on Saturday.“They did a great job. They slanted, they hit hard,” Smith said. “They did a great job overall, though, especially in the red zone.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Sports Ministry makes sporting infrastructure ‘free & accessible’

first_imgLast Updated: 13th October, 2019 15:20 IST Sports Ministry Makes Sporting Infrastructure ‘free & Accessible’ With an effort to further the Fit India Movement and to make playfields and sporting infrastructure accessible, the Sports Ministry has introduced various steps COMMENT First Published: 13th October, 2019 15:17 IST READ | “Mary Kom is destined to win Tokyo Olympic gold”: Akhil KumarTo ensure focussed use of the available infrastructure, each stadium is being earmarked for a specific sport. JLN will host football leagues, training, and competitions organized by federations, while IG stadium will be earmarked for wrestling, boxing, judo, and badminton. Shooting competitions will be hosted at KSSR and hockey and swimming at National Stadium.READ | JapanVsScotland Rugby World Cup match continues, despite typhoon alert WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Suman Ray center_img Written By With an effort to further the Fit India Movement and to make playfields and sporting infrastructure accessible, without fee, to all sportspersons across the country from November 1, the Sports Ministry recently has taken some steps. The Sports Ministry has decided to allow national and state sports federations, leagues and clubs to organize sports events in all sporting facilities owned by the government, free of cost. The sporting facilities will also be accessible free of cost to coaches training athletes who are not part of camps organized in Sports Authority of India centers. The decision was taken with the view that people must have access to playfields and sporting infrastructure so that the culture of playing sport and therefore of fitness, becomes a way of life for Indians.READ | R Praggnanandhaa wins World Youth Chess Championship in U-18 categoryIn the first phase, stadiums in Delhi including Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Indira Gandhi Stadium, Major Dhyanchand Stadium, and Karni Singh Shooting Range will be opened up for state and national federations to host competitions, tournaments and leagues of all sporting disciplines. The Federations and Leagues will not be charged for use of the facilities in these stadia.The new policy will also allow non-SAI coaches to train their athletes at the stadium without any charge, provided that the coach has a minimum of at least 10 wards under his or her training. Training sessions can be booked by a coach online from November 1 and the coach can charge a reasonable training fee from his or her trainees.Youngsters who aren’t training for any sport professionally will also have access to these stadia and can play a game of their choice by advance online booking against available slots. They would have to get their photo identity cards made from the Sports Authority of India at a nominal cost.READ | Japanese Grand Prix: Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel grabs pole position LIVE TV Speaking of this first-of-a-kind decision to provide access to government’s sporting infrastructure to federations and the sportspersons free of cost, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Kiren Rijiju said, “The Sports Ministry is going all out to promote the Fit India Movement, which has been envisioned by our Honourable Prime Minister. In India, there aren’t enough playfields where children and those interested in fitness and sports can pursue a sport. The Sports Ministry has at its disposal some of the best sporting infrastructures of the country and needs to be utilized for the benefit of promoting the sporting culture and ecosystem in the country. We had a meeting with all NSFs and all of them are very happy with this decision, and some of them have already submitted their plans to host leagues and tournaments in the coming months. The intention of the ministry is to increase the use of existing sports infrastructure by 3 times in the next 3 months. I am sure this step will not only promote fitness but will also prompt more youngsters to compete in sport and help us identify more talent for the country.” FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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