GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Kashima, known for his specialty in the pommel horse, won the bronze medal in the discipline at the 2002 world championships.He became the first Japanese to win the pommel horse world title the following year and went on to win the pommel horse bronze in addition to the team gold at the Athens Olympics.Last year, Kashima overcame a chronic shoulder injury to win the pommel horse bronze again at the world championships in November. Japanese gymnast Takehiro Kashima, a member of Japan’s gold medal-winning team at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, underwent shoulder surgery last week and is expected to miss this year’s world championships, sources close to him said Wednesday.Kashima had surgery last Friday at a hospital in Chiba Prefecture after dislocating his left shoulder and intends to focus on rehabilitation by skipping the world championships to be held in Aarhus, Demark, in October. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
El Teniente is the world’s largest copper mine and situated 120 km south of the Chilean capital, Santiago.“This event will go down in the history of our country,” added Romero.Chile’s Rios, 37, is a former world No. 1 who collected 18 ATP titles before retiring in 2004.Argentine 30-year-old Coria retired in 2009 after reaching three in the world and claiming nine titles. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Sport will plunge to new depths in March when former professional tennis players Marcelo Rios and Guillermo Coria contest a match 1,500 meters down inside the world’s largest copper mine.“A tennis court of clay and cement will be built at a depth of 1,500 meters” organiser Juan Romero told El Mercurio newspaper. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES
Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn looks on during the the NCAA football game between Auburn Tigers and Georgia on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in Auburn, Ala. Georgia defeated Auburn Tigers 20-13.Auburn (5-5, 2-5 in Southeastern Conference) barely attempted any passes beyond 10 yards down the field Saturday against a Georgia defense that held them to 90 yards of total offense in the second half.After watching his running game and defense give Auburn a 10-3 lead, a confused and frustrated Malzahn was forced to watch his program crumble to a fourth straight conference loss at Jordan-Hare Stadium.“We had to make these plays and make these boys quit,” Georgia linebacker Jordan Jenkins said.Through a frustrating third quarter that saw the home team pick up just one first down, Auburn continued to juggle its quarterbacks between the ineffective Jeremy Johnson and the clearly injured Sean White.Auburn Tigers quarterback Sean White (13) walks off the field after the NCAA football game between Auburn Tigers and Georgia on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in Auburn, Ala. Georgia defeated Auburn Tigers 20-13.White, who is trying to manage a left knee injury suffered three weeks ago at Arkansas, was inserted for the first time with Auburn up 10-3 with 8:33 left in third quarter. The redshirt freshman proceeded to throw four straight incompletions during one stretch where none of the passes had high likelihood of finding an Auburn receiver. Malzahn’s only response to why White was on the field was because it was the coaching staff’s plan to play both quarterbacks all week and “felt like that was a good time to put him in there”. White finished the game 1 of 5 for 1 yard in the pass game and the Auburn offense gained a total of five yards when White was behind center.“I was comfortable enough to go out there and play,” White said about his injured left knee. “I wish I could have played better for my team and have more success but I didn’t. It just didn’t happen.”After two weeks of constantly saying being aggressive was needed in the pass game, Auburn had just 2.3 yards per attempt and 4.1 yards per completion. Johnson, who look reinvented in the previous week’s win, was a shell of the confident football player that left College Station, Texas. The Montgomery native never challenged the Georgia defense vertically down the field and finished with just 61 yards passing and his seventh interception of the 2015 season.Georgia (7-3, 5-3 SEC) came into Saturday allowing 6.3 yards per attempt this season but led the conference in passing yards per game at 173.9. The Bulldogs relied on a resurgent defensive effort and no mistakes on offense to spark a come-from-behind road victory.“It went about the way we thought,” Georgia head coach Mark Richt said. “It was a great job by our defense getting three turnovers and just playing stout late.”Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn talks to an official during the the NCAA football game between Auburn Tigers and Georgia on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in Auburn, Ala.Malzahn suffered just his third loss when leading or tied after three quarters since taking the head-coaching position at Auburn. In what he then described as an “uncharacteristic” special teams mistake of his program, Georgia took the lead on a 53-yard punt return that saw Malzahn simply put his arms up as Isaiah McKenzie trotted into the end zone. While he may have been searching for a flag on what he thought was an obvious hold at midfield, Malzahn might have been wondering at the same time where the game had done so horribly wrong.“We didn’t win and that’s the bottom line,” Malzahn said. “Maybe one group needs to step up but we just didn’t score enough points to win today.”Saturday’s loss represents Auburn’s fifth straight SEC home loss under Malzahn and the man who started his coaching career at Auburn with a 12-1 record is now 11-9 in his last 20 games against Football Bowl Subdivision competition.Auburn will try to get to bowl eligibility next weekend when they host Idaho, which has one of the worst statistical defense in FBS this season, for 3 p.m. kickoff. Georgia linebacker Jordan Jenkins (59) forces Auburn Tigers quarterback Sean White (13) to fumble during the the NCAA football game between Auburn Tigers and Georgia on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in Auburn, Ala. Georgia defeated Auburn Tigers 20-13.AUBURN – Similarly its effectiveness on the field, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn couldn’t find many words afterwards to describe his passing game Saturday.In a demoralizing 20-13 loss to Georgia in a key rivalry game, Auburn left Jordan-Hare Stadium with just 62 total passing yards, four three-and-out drives and no confident quarterback in the locker room.“We just didn’t get it done,” Malzahn said in a refrain he would repeat constantly after the game. “We weren’t very balanced.”The 62 passing yards is Auburn’s second-lowest number during Malzahn’s tenure with the Tigers and the head coach was forced to watch a 10-3 lead slowly evaporate into another confusing home loss. The lowest was a 35-yard performance in a 55-23 victory at Tennessee on Nov. 9, 2013 when quarterback Nick Marshall ran for 214 yards.“I think we had a couple opportunities but we just couldn’t get it done,” Malzahn said. “We didn’t make enough explosive passing yards. That was a big factor.”
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… Net Rockers nip Winners Connection 1-0, Eagles United boot out champions BotofagoBy Joe ChapmanTOP-ranked clubs Eagles United and Net Rockers scored riveting wins in their semifinals of this year’s Upper Demerara Football Association’s GT Beer year-end football championship on Friday night.Colwyn Drakes-Eagles UnitedTheir clash in the final on New Year’s Day will be a fitting finale to a year in which they have played unbeaten in the Senior League football competition.The first game featured second seed Net Rockers, who, by the slimmest goal difference margin, were surpassed, as Eagles United got the number one ranking and will face Winners Connection for a place in the final.That game was a tough one for both teams trying to dominate each other but failing to really get their momentum going.The Rockers opened their foray as early as the third minute with a cross but their finishing was poor, as the ball went wide of the mark, then Winners goalkeeper Shaquille France was able to intercept two other such attempts.But Winners Connection got into the match when in the 11th minute after a run down the right wing their chance went wide of the goal.Five minutes later, Winners had a nice buildup down the right flank but the cross eluded two of their front men in the goalmouth while a third connected but the ball went wide.In the 17th minute Rockers forced France to come off his line to snatch the ball. Two minutes later France was forced to parry a shot then a header by Winners went just over Rockers goal crossbar.Omar Brewley –Eagles UniedShane Luckie’s shot went over the crossbar, as the Rockers continued their search and Winners were able to get a nice cross but it was held in the goalmouth by the Rockers goalkeeper Compton Burnett in the 41st minute.Then to end the first half Rockers goalkeeper was called upon to effect another save.After that first half of trying by both teams the Rockers goalkeeper held a shot from outside the 18-yard box in the 49th minute.A chance opened up close to the18-yard box but Winners failed to find the back of the net. The Rockers defence stood up to another offensive move by Winners Connection in the 57th minute, as bad technique was on display. The player shot over the crossbar in the 67th minute.But the Rockers fought back but their play down the left wing saw France bring off a nice save. Then two consecutive plays from the Winners brought them nothing as the chances were squandered towards the end of regulation play.However, the Rockers squeezed in the lone goal of the night in the 16th minute of extra time. Striker Denzil Fordyce delivered that decisive lead, feigning a ball that bounced off the opposing goalkeeper Darius Frank to his left, backing goal then switching to his right to unleash a crisp left-footer around the six-yard box to make it a 1-0.The second game was far more entertaining between Eagles United and Botofago, whoo started with a first shot to goal when in the ninth minute a free kick on the right was diverted by Eagles goalkeeper.By this time it seemed that Botofago were getting the better of the exchanges and player Jamal Haynes then caused the Eagles goalkeeper Yannick Simon to punch sway a shot into goal in the 13th minute.Both teams were aggressive but the Eagles scored from a free kick outside the 18-yard box by Omar Brewley that rushed through but Botofago goalkeeper misjudged the force.In the 22nd minute Botofago by then looked the better side as their players were running at the aggressive Eagles side who fielded the more experienced players.Then goalkeeper Simon thwarted another offensive play by Botofago coming off his line in the 40th minute. Another shot to goal was again taken by Simon as the first half ended 1-0.Two more chances were offered the Botofago side, as they looked organised but did not score. Then in the 67th minute Botofago saw their best chance come and go, the ball from the left side was played goal-wards but it was headed over the crossbar.Eagles were up to the task of defending their 1-0 advantage, but in their quest to remain on top they fouled and gave Botofago a chance from outside on the right.The free kick shot, taken by Donavon Francis, was perfectly taken and went to the far corner beating Simon all ends up.That 1-1 score remained but before that second session ended a free kick was headed over the Eagles crossbarIn extra time play Eagles sent a nice cross that crashed into the crossbar and on the other side in transition play Botofago also saw their chance bounce off the crossbar. However, Eagles went ahead 2-1.Botofago then gained a corner and Eagles defended the ball aimed at goal then Frank was able to do likewise for his team. However Botofago gained a free kick, from a reckless tackle by Eagles right back. Jashwan Moore’s kick shot scored for a 2-2 tally in the 118th minute and the game then went into penalty kicks.Both sides scored the five mandatory penalty kicks but in sudden-kick death Eagles scored their first attempt and Botofago missed their penalty kick, thus allowing the Eagles side to prevail 6-5 and advance into the final.
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Nine of the Big Reds’ games have been played with running clocks in the second half, because they led by at least 35 points after halftime.Fairfield said his players are mentally locked in because many of them played in last year’s D3 state championship game, which the Big Reds lost 29-28 in a last-second heartbreaker to Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.“They have unfinished business,” Fairfield said. “What they’ve accomplished so far has already been done (by previous Muskegon teams). What they haven’t done is win a state championship. They are very aware of that. They are reminded every day by the community and the media.Clinton Jefferson Jr. finds room up the middle for Muskegon. Photo.Tim Reilly“You can only hear that so much, and it makes you stay focused.”But the deeper the Big Reds go in the playoffs, the more dangerous their opponents will be. That will certainly be the case on Saturday, when Muskegon meets up with No. 5 DeWitt in regionals at Grand Haven High School at 1 p.m.The Big Reds are playing at Grand Haven for the second straight week due to sloppy field conditions at Hackley Stadium. The winner will advance to the state semifinals.DeWitt is no stranger to the state playoffs. The Panthers have qualified for the postseason every year since 2006, and 16 of the past 17 seasons.They advanced to the 2013 Division 3 state finals, where they lost to Zeeland West 34-27.Last year they had something in common with Muskegon – a loss to Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, which came in regionals, 35-28.“They’ve won 12 straight conference championships,” Fairfield said. “They haven’t lost a conference game in 11 years. They get in the state semis or finals just about every year. They were one or two plays away from beating St. Mary’s last year.“We’re not just playing an experienced playoff team. That’s a hungry team that believes they should have won last year. It should be a heck of a game, a great challenge. It would have been a great state final.”This year DeWitt is 10-1. The Panthers opened their season with a 33-30 loss to Grand Rapids Christian. They’ve won everything since then, including a revenge victory in the first round of the playoffs over GR Christian (42-10) and a district final win over Cedar Springs last week (36-12).Muskegon’s Taylor Smith rushes up the middle. Photo.Mitchell Dixon MSD PhotographyThe Panthers are dangerous through the air and on the ground. They have amassed 2,053 yards passing with 33 touchdowns and 2,508 yards rushing with 27 touchdowns.Dewitt quarterback Blake Garfield is one of the top passing quarterbacks in the Lansing area with 29 touchdown throws.His favorite target is Noah Koenigsknecht, who had more than 700 yards receiving with 12 touchdowns in the regular season.The Panthers reportedly rely on several different running backs, including David Locher and Darron Weber.Dewitt can clearly put up points, but the Panther defense will have a real challenge trying to keep the Big Reds out of the end zone.Muskegon is led by senior quarterback La’darius Jefferson, who may be the best dual-threat QB in the state.He has amassed 1,555 yards on the ground on 145 carries with 23 touchdowns. He’s completed 65 of 110 passes for 1,103 yards with 19 touchdowns and only two interceptions.He’s done all that despite spending considerable time on the bench in the second half of blowout victories.“If we had continued to let him carry the ball he probably would have broken every state record there is,” Fairfield said. “We’ve been kind of holding him back, but this is his time, and he’s playing with an attitude.”If Dewitt somehow finds a way to slow Jefferson on the ground, the Big Reds have a slew of very good backs who would probably be featured runners at any other school.They include Clinton Jefferson Jr. (740 rushing yards, 9 touchdowns), Lonnie Clark Jr. (709 yards, 12 touchdowns), Davion Mccall (526 yards, 6 touchdowns) and three others who have rushed for at least 100 yards this season.Clinton Jefferson Jr. is also the team’s top receiver with 22 receptions for 361 yards and eight touchdowns. 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Bakewell Guyana has joined the growing list of sponsors supporting the Guyana Football Federation [GFF] Super 16 championships, presenting a cheque for an undisclosed sum towards the successful staging of the competition at the entity’s Triumph location. According to a press release from the GFF, General Manager, Rajin Ganga, presented the cheque on behalf of the company to GFF boss Wayne Forde.Ganga during brief remarks, stated that the company is pleased to continue the long-standing tradition of supporting the development of the sport, adding that late owner Naeem Nasser would have been happy to support the sport which he loved and invested in during his lifetime. Forde thanked the company for its continued commitment and investment, adding that the entity has displayed over the years a true commitment to sports development in Guyana.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Cricket West Indies has hailed the “restart” of the women’s international programme after announcing yesterday that the regional side would tour England next month for a “bio-secure” series comprising five Twenty20 Internationals. The series will be played at the Incora County Ground in Derby from September 21-30, marking the first international women’s tour since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cessation of cricket last March.“We are delighted to be able to confirm this tour and re-start our Women’s programme,” said CWI chief executive Johnny Grave.“It has been a real challenge to put everything in place at short notice but knowing that our women’s team will be hosted in the same bio-secure environment as our men’s team, following all the established protocols, has enabled us to confirm the tour in under two weeks since we first spoke to the ECB about the potential opportunity. “We are very proud to have restarted men’s international cricket with the ECB and its great that we can now bring back Women’s International cricket too.”West Indies Women had been expected to host South Africa last June but the series was predictably scrapped because of the outbreak of the pandemic.However, following the Windies men’s successful tour of England last July for a three-Test bio-secure series, CWI and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have again collaborated to ensure the staging of international cricket amid the ongoing pandemic. CWI said it had held “detailed discussions” with the ECB and confirmed that the medical protocols used during the men’s tour would be replicated.As expected, all matches will be played behind closed doors with players tested for COVID-19 before being placed in a secure bubble.Clare Connor, the ECB’s managing director for women’s cricket, said the series marked the continued adaptation of world cricket to the new COVID-19 environment. “We’re grateful to the West Indies for the pace and determination with which they have worked with us over the last couple of weeks,” Connor said.“We’re all still adapting and will need to continue to adapt to the sporting landscape left by COVID-19.“That does not mean that we will give any less focus to the women’s and girls’ game and we’re totally committed to continuing our ambitions in that area.” Grave, who also successfully negotiated the men’s tour, said the “relevant approvals” had been sought from Caribbean governments for the use of chartered flights to transport players and for COVID-19 testing to be mounted.The women’s touring squad is expected to be announced in coming days.TOUR SCHEDULE:September 21 – 1st Vitality IT20 September 23 – 2nd Vitality IT20September 26 – 3rd Vitality IT20September 28 – 4th Vitality IT20 September 30 – 5th Vitality IT20
Cameroon have banned captain Samuel Eto’o for 15 matches after the forward incited his team-mates to refuse to travel to Algeria for a friendly international last month, the FA said.“Samuel Eto’o, in his role as captain, incited his team-mates to refuse to travel to Algeria,” the Cameroon football federation (Fecafoot) said on its website.The federation’s disciplinary committee added that midfielder Enoh also “lacked respect for the vice-president of Fecafoot”.The players have 10 days to appeal.Striker Eto’o, 30, four-times African Footballer of the Year, and Ajax Amsterdam’s Enoh, 25, were summoned to a hearing on Monday after Cameroon’s players went on strike in November, forcing the abandonment of the friendly in Algiers.Cameroon’s players said they had not received money promised for their appearance in a four-nation tournament in Morocco the previous weekend. The loss of Eto’o, who joined Russian Premier League club Anzhi Makhachkala from Inter Milan for a record salary in August, is a huge blow to Cameroon’s hopes of qualifying for the 2013 African Nations Cup and the 2014 World Cup.The qualifiers for the 2013 Nations Cup begin on February 28 with a first-round match against Guinea Bissau. Cameroon’s first World Cup qualifier will be in June against Democratic Republic of Congo.Cameroon surprisingly failed to qualify for next year’s Nations Cup in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea and new coach Denis Lavagne has just started rebuilding his squad.Left back Benoit Assou-Ekotto was also fined one million CFA francs (£1,280) for failing to turn up for the Morocco tournament.The Tottenham Hotspur player also has 10 days to appeal.
ABC(LOS ANGELES) — After being job-shamed online for working at Trader Joe’s, former Cosby Show star Geoffrey Owens about the uptick his professional life has taken since. “There’s no job that is better than another. They might pay better, have better benefits, but actually, it’s not better,” Owens said last month on Good Morning America, after a photo of him bagging groceries at went viral and garnered hateful comments.That interview triggered an outpouring of support from fellow actors, as well as a handful of job offers, including filmmaker Tyler Perry, who cast him in his hit show The Haves and the Have Nots.“There is a little sense of mischief, I think, to Tyler as well as generosity because, you know, I had just said, ‘I don’t think I would really feel comfortable getting offered work, you know, because of the situation,’” Owens said. “And darn. What does he do? He offers me work.”In fact, Perry wrote a character specifically for Owens.“I said, ‘Hmm, I got something for you. I’ll write a senator in, make you a senator in this,’” Perry told GMA.“I called him up and the next week I had written him into 11 shows,” Perry added. “But when he showed up the first day, I saw him in costume, I had 20,000 more ideas running in my head for him.”Since his Trader Joe’s photo went viral, Owens said he’s received more TV offers and an outpouring of support.“Maybe this is the cause that’s actually going to bridge the divide in our country,” he said. “Maybe this is it. This is the way that we come together.”Owens’ debut on The Haves and the Have Nots airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.