CAF president Issa Hayatou expects a new host for the Africa Cup of Nations to be confirmed in the next two to three days.African football’s governing body confirmed on Tuesday that Morocco would no longer host AFCON next year, following a stand-off with the Federation Royale Marocaine de Football (FRMF) over concerns surrounding the Ebola virus. With CAF vehemently opposed to switching the dates and the FRMF eager to move the competition, it was also confirmed that Morocco will not feature in the tournament. Hayatou explained on Tuesday that a new host is set to be confirmed this week while also defending the decision to strip Morocco of the competition. Asked by France 24 whether there would be one host or a number of co-hosts, he explained: “Do not anticipate, wait for two or three days. “Once you postpone this event, it will open the door for everybody to ask for a delay of any competition and we will no longer be credible and cannot organise anything. “We will hurt our sponsors and partners. Everyone will say we are not ready and finally it is CAF that will pay the piper. That is what I told the Moroccans. “We cannot sign our death warrant because if we postpone this event, it will be very deadly for African football.” Hayatou also went on to express his disappointment at the situation, stating that Morocco’s planned hosting of the FIFA Club World Cup in December demonstrates their ability to host AFCON as well. “We have been in contact with the FRMF,” he continued. “I led a delegation to Morocco and we had much dialogue with them that the Africa Cup of Nations, which is our main event, cannot be postponed because this is the credibility of the Confederation. “They said the reason was Ebola but when we see also that Morocco is in the process of organising the Club World Cup, only 25 days before the Africa Cup of Nations, you understand that this is an argument that must be quickly erased. “This has led us to this decision. I fully understand the position of CAF and it was absolutely necessary to end this standoff with the FRMF.”
WICHITA, Kan. – The Drake University women’s tennis team heads to Wichita, Kan. for the start of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship on Friday. The Bulldogs begin quarterfinal action as the three seed and face the sixth-seeded Missouri State at 2 p.m. on Friday.The winner of that match will play at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Crestview Country Club against the winner of No. 2 Southern Illinois and No. 7 Northern Iowa.The Bulldogs closed out the regular season with a pair of dominating victories over Bradley and Illinois State last weekend. Drake fell to the Bears, 4-3, in Springfield, Mo. earlier this month. The Bears took a quick 2-0 but the Bulldogs battled back to tie it up 3-3. MSU’s Faty Khamissi defeated Summer Brills, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 to secure the win for the Bears.Senior Maddie Johnson, who recorded her 100th singles victory on Sunday, is on a 11-match winning streak and leads the team with a 15-3 dual match record. Sophomore Tess Herder has come on strong for the Bulldogs of late as she is on a five-match winning streak for a 12-7 dual match record. Freshman Joeley leads the squad with a 16-5 doubles record and has went 7-3 in her last 10 singles matches.The Bears split their remaining two duals of the regular season, defeating Evansville, 7-0, before falling to Southern Illinois 6-1. MSU only have two players with a winning singles record, Ema Turudija and Khamissi. Turudjia holds a 13-10 record and has gone 8-2 in her last 10 matches, while Khamissi has a 12-10 record. Print Friendly Version
OAKLAND – At every waking hour, Draymond Green has professed to think about one thing and one thing only. The Warriors’ forward wants to reclaim the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award. In about five months, Green might receive his wish.“He’s always in that conversation,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “There’s only a handful of guys that will be in that conversation every year. Draymond is one of them.”So is Utah center Rudy Gobert, who won last season’s DPOY award at Green’s expense. …
ST. LOUIS — Erik Karlsson scored with 14:37 left in overtime to lift the Sharks to a controversial 5-4 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final on Wednesday at Scottrade Center.Karlsson took a pass from Gus Nyquist and beat Blues goalie Jordan Binnington for his second goal of the game that gave the Sharks a 2-1 series going into Game 4 on Friday.The Blues left the ice outraged that Karlsson’s goal was allowed to stand. The puck had come to Nyquist after a …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After the first round of planting and heavy rains and colder weather shortly thereafter, farmers around Ohio have had to make some tough decisions about what to do with fields that didn’t do so well in the early going. Now that the calendar is getting ready to turn, the choices on what to do in those fields are becoming more limited. Account Manager Brad Ott talks about the replant decision process as June approaches in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.
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Round Two of the PowerAde Isotonic South East Queensland Touch League (SEQTL) produced some close and exciting results at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s White Hill Reserve Complex on Friday 15 June 2007.In balmy conditions, teams across all six divisions settled into the second week of the season well to conjure quality performances across the board.In the Premier Men’s Open division, University-Rebels (Uni-Rebels) and Dodgers played out a tense 2-2 draw on field one in the PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Match of the Round.2007 Australian Men’s Open World Cup hero Nathan Jones was outstanding for Dodgers, whilst veteran Graham White produced an inspirational game for the Rebels boys.In the 8.10pm game on field seven, Colts continued on their winning way with an impressive 5 –2 victory over the Southern Storm. Colts, with Barry Denduck leading the way, had too much firepower for a willing Storm side that was spearheaded by Queensland Men’s Open Origin player Ryan Pollock, who did not deserve to be on a losing team.In the late game at 9.00pm on Field One Country Club United (CCU) disposed of Tigers 5-1 in emphatic fashion. Young gun Michael Baartz stood out for CCU, whilst Josh Cattell never stopped trying for Tigers.In the second Round of the PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Open competition, Uni-Rebels, Crushers, and CCU emerged victorious from some absorbing contests.In the early game at 7.20pm on field seven, Uni-Rebels got home 3-0 over Colts in a very willing contest.The scores were locked at 0-0 at half time, but defending champions Uni-Rebels did best to finish off their second half opportunities to claim the three premiership points.Lauren Mc Donald and Australian Women’s Open star Teena Mc Ilveen were best for Uni-Rebels, whilst Colts 2007 World Cup representatives Peta and Hayley Rogerson and youngster Savannah Pratten gave their all for Colts.In the PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Open Match of the Round on field one at 8.10pm, Crushers defeated Dodgers 6-3 in an entertaining encounter.Crushers, inspired by an outstanding performance by current Australian Women’s Open Vice Captain Amanda Judd, banded together to produce a great team effort to claim their first victory of the season.Judd was in scintillating form with the football in hand, and led the way defensively with several big plays to pilot her team to victory.National Youth Squad member Bindi Hammett, Sharon Searston, and Melissa Cragg also played strongly for Crushers whilst Michelle Gilpen, Rachel Stevenson, and Emma Giarola tried hard to lift Dodgers.In the late game on Field Seven at 9.00am CCU got home 4-3 in a tense battle over former archrivals Southern Storm.These two great clubs battled in eight consecutive Grand Finals from 1997-2004 and history demands that these games are always keenly contested.CCU, with a strong list of players on their roster were always going to be tough to toss once they clicked, and their victory over a talented Southern Storm combination adds further weight to this contention. Queensland Open Schoolgirls star Lizzie Campbell was the standout for CCU, whilst National Youth Squad star Ali Brigginshaw was the Storm’s most dangerous player.In PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Men’s Open Round Three action on Friday 22 June 2007, Southern Storm confront Tigers on Field One at 7.20pm.Dodgers and CCU will meet in the 2006 Grand Final rematch on Field Seven at 8.10pm, whilst Uni-Rebels will tackle Colts on Field One at 9.00pm to complete the round.In PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Open Round Three fixtures, competition front-runners Uni-Rebels will look to continue on their winning way against a confident CCU outfit on Field Seven at 7.20pm.Southern Storm will meet Crushers at 8.10pm on Field One, and Colts with an edict from Coach Craig Morrow to improve their ball control and rucking intensity, will battle with Dodgers in the late game at 9.00pm on Field Seven.Round Three PowerAde Isotonic action also continues in the Men’s and Women’s Two and Three A/B divisions on Friday night with first games commencing at 6.30pm.For full results and fixture schedule please visit the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association web-site at: www.bmta.com.au
Robertson deflects praise to Liverpool teammate Clyneby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool full back Andy Robertson is not one to have an inflated ego.And despite praise from then Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho after Liverpool’s 3-1 win over the Red Devils, Roberston was in a graceful mood.He preferred to talk up his teammates for their impressive performances in the league win.He said of Mourinho’s comments after the game that he ran all day: “It is just part and parcel of my game, I will keep on going until the end.”I got a bit of space, particularly second half and the gaffer is always banging on to me and Trent, more so this season, that we have to be more involved and I was just tried to do that.”Special mention goes to Clyney today, being out for so long and my God, he done brilliant. He has had his struggles with injury but he put in a first-class performance and that just sums up our squad at the minute.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Lovren insists Liverpool feel no pressureby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren does not believe pressure is an issue for the Reds.It is the best chance the club have experienced to win the Premier League in a long time.They are now six points ahead of Tottenham and seven up on champions Manchester City.But Lovren believes no one is under pressure in the Reds dressing room, as they are only concerned about performing in the next game.”It’s only about us and that’s how we should do it always. We learn from these previous seasons,” the defender said to the club’s official website.”There’s no pressure. In the previous years, yes, but now when you look in the dressing room, when you go into Melwood in the morning, everybody is happy, nobody talks about anything other than the next game.”We can’t talk about something that will happen in five or six months. We go game by game and we will see where we finish. “For us, every game is a final. It’s good to hear all these positive words but we don’t live on these positive words, we live on winning games.”