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first_img[Jen Small/ The Badger Herald] Junior Deme Morales had a big weekend, recording a team high 17 kills and 13 digs in UW’s Friday matchup with Kansas.The Wisconsin volleyball team came in as not only host to, but as a favorite to win the InnTowner Invitational. The Badgers started play Friday against Kansas with a perfect 6-0 record and a new No. 25 ranking. Although they finished second with a 2-1 record for the tournament, UW had to fight through injuries to get to that point. After losing senior Annemarie Hickey earlier in the week, and juniors Courtney Thomas and Dominique Thompson playing through injuries, the Badgers needed someone to step up.That someone was junior Deme Morales.Filling in as outside hitter for the injured Hickey, Morales began her explosive weekend Friday, recording a team high 17 kills and 13 digs. She set career highs in both of those categories as well total attacks, 47, and blocks, four. Head coach Kelly Sheffield was happy with the way Morales stepped up on such short notice.“We had to change our lineup about 48 hours ago,” Sheffield said after losing Hickey for the weekend. “I thought Deme Morales was really, really good tonight. She’s a warrior, has a heart of a lion.”“It felt awesome,” Morales said on having such a big Friday night. “I know I need to get that going sooner if we want our team to excel.”And excel is what Morales and the rest of the Badgers did Saturday. Bouncing back from the loss to Kansas, UW had a four set win over Milwaukee and a three set win against Bowling Green to close out the tournament with a record of 2-1.Saturday, Morales continued her strong performance with 12 kills and 13 digs against Milwaukee, before closing out the tournament with another eight kills and eight digs against Bowling Green. Her three game performance earned her all-tournament honors alongside teammate, junior setter Ellen Chapman.After such a promising weekend from Morales, she will be looking to build on her performance as the team heads into its final nonconference tournament this weekend and Big Ten play. Effort and being a team player will help her do that.“Selling out every game,” Morales said about how she’ll continue her success for the rest of the season. “Trying to help out my teammates and be as much of a team player as I can be every single game.”Carlini makes home debutThe InnTowner Invitational was also the first chance for Badger fans in Madison to see 2012 Gatorade National Player of the Year Lauren Carlini. The freshman setter led the Badgers with 44 assists per game and managed to add on 14 digs per game. Despite playing in earlier games this season, Carlini was anxious to play her first game at the Field House.“I usually don’t get butterflies before I play, but today I definitely had some butterflies…not in a nervous way, just anxious,” Carlini said. “The crowd especially was amazing, and the atmosphere felt awesome.”Carlini’s presence was especially felt in the second game against Milwaukee as she turned in a 50-kill, 20-dig performance. Sheffield was happy with how Carlini played but knows she has some things to work on as well.“I thought she had her moments where she was really good, and then there were other moments where she looks like it was her third college match,” Sheffield said. “She’s awfully, awfully talented. She and I will watch some film, and there will be some things that she wished she hadn’t done, but that’s part of the growing process.”After the tournament was over, Sheffield raved about Carlini’s work ethic.“[Carlini] is a perfectionist, she wants to be great,” Sheffield said. “She studies the game. We had two matches today and she’s up there watching film of not just opponents, but studying herself. She was in video; probably watched two or three hours of video today on top of the two matches. She’s trying to be really good.”If the InnTowner Tournament is any indication, Carlini could become a crucial cog in the team as they look to begin a challenging Big Ten schedule in the coming weeks.last_img read more


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first_imgROSEAU, Dominica, CMC – The High Court will meet on Friday ahead of Monday’s sitting to hear an application from seven people, including a former government minister, seeking to postpone the December 6 general elections to February next year.Former Antigua and Barbuda attorney general, Queen Counsel Justin Simon is leading a battery of lawyers representing the seven persons who say the elections should not take place unless procedures are fully in place to hold the poll.They have named the President of Dominica, Charles Savarin, the Chief Elections Officer, the Cabinet of Dominica, the Attorney general and the state-owned DBS radio.High Court judge, Justice Bernie Stephenson, will hear the matter on Monday but it comes up for direction on Friday with the legal representatives from all sides expected to be present.The seven – former agriculture minister and political activist, Atherton Martin, the president of the Concerned Citizens Movement, Loftus Durand, Nicholas George, Dr. Irving Pascal, Oswald George, Atherly Robin and Dale Laurant – are seeking an interim injunction restraining the parties concerned from holding the elections on December 6, or an any other date, prior to February 5, 2020 unless the procedures are fully in place to hold the elections.In their application, the seven are arguing that the elections should not be held until the names of ineligible voters are removed from the list and all objections filed before November 19 are dealt with in accordance with the law.Further, they say that voter Identification cards must be issued only to eligible voters.They have also filed an interim order against the state-owned DBS radio, restraining it from discriminating against any political party or candidate in the upcoming general election in any way.The applicants have in the past joined the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP) in calling for electoral reform, but the ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP) government has accused opposition legislators of undertaking measures preventing the necessary legislation from being debated in the Parliament in the past.In the last general election, the DLP won 16 of the 21 seats in the Parliament with the remainder going to the UWP.CMClast_img read more


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first_imgItalian giants Inter Milan have completed the signing of Ghana star Kwadwo Asamoah on a free transfer from Juventus.The 29-year-old has put pen to paper on a three-year deal with Luciano Spalletti’s side.According to a statement published on the Serie A website on Monday, Asamoah officially signed for Inter on May 17, with the domestic heavyweights confirming the deal on their official website today. ”Inter can announce that a contract has been agreed with Kwadwo Asamoah that will run from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021,”Asamoah confirmed in May that he would not be renewing his contract with Juve, despite a new offer being on the table, after representing the Old Lady for six years. Since moving to Turin in 2012, he won six Serie A titles with the Italian giants, as well as four Italian Cups. His contract officially ended on June 30.His time with Juventus was ravaged by injuries, although he still managed to win 13 trophies featuring 156 times and scoring five goals in Serie A, the Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana, Champions League and Europa League.last_img read more


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first_imgBarbara CoatsBarbara Ellen (Coulter) Coats died on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at Golden Living Center in Wellington at the age of 65.Barbara was born the daughter of James and Lois (Crane) Coulter on Tuesday, January 16, 1951 in Wichita.Survivors include her daughter, Robin Creamer of Wellington; son, Ken “Allen” Davis of Colorado; granddaughters, Joslyne Creamer of Wellington and Sophia Davis of Texas: sisters, Carol Slovacek of Dodge City, Patty Coulter of Wichita, Ruth Coulter of Wichita and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, JD Coulter.Memorial services for Barbara will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 9, 2016 in the Corzine Cemetery, Corbin. Pastor Phil Wylie will officiate.In lieu of flowers, the family asks for contributions to the Bryce Day Memorial Foundation. All donations will be used to assist with funeral expenses. Contributions may be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more


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first_imgLeo Messi continues with his insatiable voracity when it comes to devouring record after record. This Sunday he consumed one more in his long professional career by becoming the Barcelona player with the most Classics played (43), surpassing Xavi Hernández (42), with whom he shared that record since last December. In fact, In the history of the Classics, there is only one player who still surpasses the Argentine. This is the Real Madrid center, Sergio Ramos, who with 44 games is at the top of the table. In the white club, the defender Manolo Sanchís was, until Sunday’s game, the player with the most Classics by counting a total of 43. Below Sergio Ramos and Messi, are Paco Gento (42) and Andrés Iniesta (38). Interestingly, two players from Barcelona face the top positions after today’s game. Both Gerard Piqué and Sergio Busquets accumulate 38 Classics each, thus tying with the mythical midfielder from La Mancha. A step below is the historic Real Madrid striker, Raúl González, with 37 Classics.In any case, it won’t be the last record Messi has Xavi as his victim. And is that the Argentine crack sum 717 games as Blaugrana for the 767 Egarense. That means that if things do not change much, next season we will have a new record within Leo’s reach: becoming the player with the most games in the club’s history.last_img read more


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first_imgDania Bogle, Senior Gleaner Writer FANS OF athletics may have heard the name Paul Francis as the master strategist behind Jamaica’s gold medal in the women’s 4x400m at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Beijing, last August. Others know him as the younger brother of MVP Track and Field Club head coach, Stephen Francis and one of the club’s founders. Athletes at the University of Technology (UTech) know Francis as head coach of the women’s track team and for four years between 2010 and 2014 their classmate. Francis was 44 years old when he decided to go back to university. He had started in the 1980s at the University of the West Indies and dropped out after a year. He was accepted to do a degree in Business Administration at UTech in 2005 and opted out; but on February 2, 2010, what started out as a minor car accident, would change Francis’ life forever. While travelling on Highway 2000, he had a minor accident and when he left the vehicle to inspect the damage, was hit by a passing car which crushed his right leg. That exacerbated an injury Francis had suffered in 2008. “One day after training, I was fooling around on the track with a football and twisted my ankle and it just …broke. So I was walking around with a noticeable limp from two years before,” Francis told The Gleaner. After three weeks in hospital he was told his leg had developed an infection, and would have to be amputated. Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association president, Dr Warren Blake, one of the island’s most noted orthopaedic surgeons, conducted the operation. “Of course, I would have felt a deep remorse on hearing that I would have had to lose half of one of my legs and like any normal human being, I buss a bawl,” he shared. NO LOOKING BACK “After that bawl, never again have I looked back and regretted or thought that I am disadvantaged because I have a disability.” Francis, an IAAF Level IV certified sprint and hurdles coach, and Area Technical Official, was fitted with a prosthetic leg that August. The amputation made him reevaluate his position. “I did not see myself being able to demonstrate a high knee drill or a start to any athlete, and I thought that would somehow reduce my premium as a coach, and I thought it would be an excellent idea to ensure I try to expand my knowledge in terms of the administration of the sport because sport is my passion. I didn’t want to be somebody who had to sit down and rely on people,” he said. In 2010, a long-time dream of local track and field icon Dennis Johnson, who was for many years head of sports at UTech, the Bachelor of Science in Sport Science would come to fruition. “So as soon as I heard it was on, I jumped at it,” Francis, who turns 50 in April, said. There were days when Francis, who graduated with a degree in Sports Management, would go to classes on crutches as his prosthetic limb caused soreness. “Each day, I got a little stronger in terms of how to manage my own body. I had years of coaching experience and every sporting event doesn’t need only players, but it also needs strategists who are going to guide or coach the team. So oftentimes I played that role but at no point did I refuse myself from any practical activity because of my disability. I took part in every one of them,” he said. Being a full-time coach and student can be difficult, but Francis said difficulty is relative. “I thought I was blessed. It was simply a thing of managing your time. I have always considered myself a realist. In most situations I prefer to see a bottle as half full rather than half empty, and one of my most dominant philosophies is that no matter how bad a situation you think you are in there are many who are worse and they have survived it, therefore you can too.” Francis works very closely with his brother, and while he is the more celebrated, has nothing but great love and respect for the job his brother is doing. FIRST ATHLETE He was Stephen’s first athlete as he coached him in the discus while he was at Wolmer’s. “I have zero reservation about the kudos and recognition Stephen gets. I am his biggest admirer. He is bright. He is working at his passion and he uses all his available resources to ensure that he keeps improving at what he does. I feel a bit ashamed sometimes when people big me up because I think that he deserves most or all of the praise,” he said. Since graduating, Francis has started his own events planning business and is enthusiastic about his future. “You can either choose to lie down and die or you can choose to get up and live. I chose to live,” he said.last_img read more


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first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Trinidad and Tobago Red Force were propelled by Jeremy Solozano’s maiden first-class hundred, but Jamaica Scorpions were making a strong reply on the second day of their Regional First Class Championship here yesterday.Solozano, in his first outing of the championship, hit 110 to help lift Red Force to 271 in their first innings, after the hosts resumed on 145 for five at Queen’s Park Oval. Wicketkeeper Steven Katwaroo struck 45, while tail-ender Marlon Richards chimed in with 26.Seamer David Bernard Jr picked up three for 25 to spearhead the Scorpions attack.Scorpions then lost John Campbell for two to the eighth ball of the innings with the score on three, but recovered to reach 119 for three at the close.Andre McCarthy was leading the fightback on 49 and was partnered by former skipper Tamar Lambert on 12.Captain Paul Palmer made 35, his first double figure score in five innings this season.Rookie seamer Daniel St Clair struck a crucial blow before tea when he had the left-handed Campbell caught at the wicket.Palmer and Barbadian Kirk Edwards, who scored 19, then repaired the innings in a 43-run, second-wicket stand, taking the visitors to the break at 36 for one.The right-handed Edwards perished in the sixth over after tea, lbw to off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine, but Palmer combined with McCarthy to add 27 for the third wicket.Palmer, whose previous innings yielded nine runs, faced 70 balls in nearly 1-3/4 hours at the crease and stroked five fours before going bowled by leg-spinner Imran Khan.Any thoughts Red Force had of making further inroads were quickly dashed as McCarthy and Lambert, in his 97th first-class match, came together to see Scorpions safely to the close in an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership worth 46.The right-handed McCarthy has struck seven fours in a breezy 66-ball knock, while Lambert has batted just over an hour and counted two boundaries.Volcanoes beat HurricanesAT WINDSOR PARK: Windward Islands Volcanoes defeated Leeward Islands Hurricanes by eight wickets on the second day of their third-round game here yesterday.Scores: HURRICANES 24 for seven declared. (Kevin McCLean 2-2, Mervin Matthews 2-6, Kenroy Peters 2-12) and 170 (Nkrumah Bonner 64, Shane Jeffers 30; Liam Sebastien 5-75, Alston Bobb 4-48). VOLCANOES 140 (Tyrone Theophile 62, Andre Fletcher 31; Alzarri Joseph 7-48, Rahkeem Cornwall 2-28) and 56 for two (Johnson Charles 21 not out).AT GUYANA NATIONAL STADIUM: Barbados Pride, replying to Guyana Jaguars’ first innings of 337 all out, were 60 for four at the close on the second day of their third-round match here yesterday.Scores: JAGUARS 337 (Vishaul Singh 121, Leon Johnson 74, Assad Fudadin 42, Raymon Reifer 32, Shimron Hetmyer 24; Kevin Stoute 3-40, Roston Chase 2-28). PRIDE 60 for four (Veerasammy Permaul 2-24).last_img read more


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first_img1 Matthew Etherington is training with West Ham as he bids to find a new club.The 32-year-old was released by Stoke at the end of last season and is now in the hunt for new employment.And Etherington, who played for the Hammers between 2003 and 2009, is back in east London to keep up his fitness levels.As it stands, it is unclear whether manager Sam Allardyce is considering offering the former Tottenham man a deal at at Upton Park. Matthew Etherington last_img


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first_img Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal with new signings Radamel Falcao and Daley Blind 1 Manchester United entertain Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, and United fan Raj Mangat believes Louis Van Gaal must alter his tactics following the Red Devils’ £150 million investment over the summer, as he explains here…The Red Devils are still searching for their first win of the campaign, having collected just two points from their opening three league fixtures, coupled with the humiliating 4-0 defeat at MK Dons in the Capital One Cup second round.Van Gaal has opted for a 3-4-1-2 formation at United, the same system he used to great effect with Netherlands at this summer’s World Cup, but so far his players look like a fish out of water with the new set up.The system is suited to counter-attacking football, and with United expected to dominate games, the Dutchman must revert to 4-3-1-2 for the team to truly flourish.After a frustrating 18 months at Old Trafford, optimism is high again, but the six new summer recruits, namely Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria will be expected to hit the ground running.Van Gaal said it will take three months before United fully adapt to his philosophy.But, with Ed Woodward demanding a top-three finish this season, the pressure is on for the Dutchman to reverse the teams’ fortunes instantly, and the new signings provide options to change the shape.The defensive three is a new concept for Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling, and the players look uncomfortable with how they’re being asked to play.Even with the addition of Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind, the latter of who is well versed with Van Gaal’s methods, a back three does not suit the players at the Dutchman’s disposal.Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young have been unconvincing as wing-backs and there is no guarantee Luke Shaw or Rafael with adapt to such specialist positions.Reverting to a back-four will enable Shaw to bed into the team in his favourable left-back slot, while Rojo and Jones are more than capable of developing a solid centre-back partnership.In Di Maria, United have a genuine world-class talent, one who is an all-round team-player, can drop-deep, run with and without the ball at speed, pick out a pass, and inject pace into the team.Last season, he was arguably Real Madrid’s best player and was instrumental in the Spaniards finally winning ‘La Decima’, putting in a ‘man of the match’ performance in the Champions League final.A role as a wing-back in the 3-4-1-2 has been mooted, but that would be restrictive, and the Argentine thrived as part of a midfield trio in Madrid.Blind is the modern-day utility-man, who can operate a number of positions, providing an unglamorous but effective role for the team.At the World Cup he operated as a left-wing back for the Dutch, but last season with Ajax he won the Eredivisie’s Player of the Year award playing in defensive-midfield, and that role at United would allow Di Maria, and Herrera to operate further forward.Furthermore, 4-3-1-2 would get the best out of Juan Mata.The Spaniard is a divisive figure, and while he may lack pace, he is a top-quality No.10, proven in the Premier League.He can both create and score and his seven goals and five assists in 18 appearances last season is a fine return, especially given it was during United’s worst run in two decades.Up front, it’s a case of picking from Robin Van Persie, Falcao and Wayne Rooney.Given the Colombian’s recent return from injury, the loan signing from Monaco may well have to content himself with beginning his United career on the bench, but it is a welcomed problem for Van Gaal to have.Whoever the Dutchman picks, he needs to drop 3-4-1-2 and United need to go back on the front-foot and their new arrivals lend themselves perfectly to that.And only then will the fear factor return for the 20-time Premier League champions.Manchester United’s strongest line-up for the new season?last_img read more


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first_imgKaren and Martin celebrate with their medals.It’s a few years since he was called Master O’Donnell.But class is a thing that never grows old!Martin O’Donnell, an adopted Donegal man who now resides in Glenswilly, is renowned for his agility on the track and his time spent with the Olympian Club in his native Derry. The Donegal County Council engineer recently competed in the Masters All Ireland Championships.He finished up with 2 bronze medals in M40 category with a third place finish in the 60m with a personal best time 7.77secs and another third place in the 200m in 25.59secs.Martin’s younger sister Karen, who coaches with the Olympian club and helped out with Glenswilly Community Games and Glenswilly Summer Camp, was first in 400m W35 category and collected a gold medal.Congrats to both and no doubt the athletics scene in Glenswilly and the neighbouring parish is in safe hands for many years to come. MARTIN BRINGS IT HOME FOR THE ‘AUL BOYS’! was last modified: April 5th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:athleticsdonegalMARTIN O’DONNELLlast_img read more