Dubbed as the â€˜El ClÃ¡sico Miamiâ€™, it will mark the first-ever match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid C.F. to take place in North America.Real Madrid and FC Barcelona both return to the ICC with the goal of adding another title to their already world-class resumes.Real Madrid C.F. will be making a record fifth appearance in the ICC, having played in every year of the tournamentâ€™s history.Speaking on the coming International Champions Cup matches, Brands and Marketing Director, StarTimes, Mr. Qasim Elegbede, said StarTimes remains commitment to delivering quality sporting content to its subscribers.â€œAt StarTimes, we put our subscribers first. Football is a highly engaging sport and the ICC games provide the opportunity for viewers to stay glued to their TV or phones on the StarTimes app while watching their favourite team play. We really are delighted to be impacting our customers positively with quality entertainmentâ€.He said StarTimes will be showcasing the best of these football actions live from the various match centres in China, USA and Singapore to the living homes of subscribers.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram La Liga champion FC Barcelona and defending UEFA Champions League winner Real Madrid are to meet in the pre-season International Champions Cup (ICC) tomorrow at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, USA.Pay TV Company, StarTimes, is set to bring live the match and all football games in the ICC fixture this weekend to its subscribers on its ST World Football and ST Sports Premium sports channels.
Roger Federer will head into the US Open starting today feeling optimistic he has overcome his injury concerns.The Swiss, 36, struggled with a back problem as he lost to Alexander Zverev in Montreal two weeks ago.But the third seed has been practising freely in New York and said: “I’m really happy how I’m feeling.” A hip injury has seenÂ Andy MurrayÂ join Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori on the list of absentees.That leaves Federer and top seed Rafael Nadal as the clear favourites, with the pair in line for a potential semi-final meeting.Federer has a 35-3 record this year, having taken his Grand Slam tally to 19 titles with wins at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.His hopes of winning a sixth US Open, and first since 2008, suffered a blow with the third of those defeats against Zverev in Montreal two weeks ago.A back problem restricted Federer in the final but he has recovered sufficiently to face American teenager Frances Tiafoe in the first round at Flushing MeadowsÂ on Tuesday.“Two weeks after the finals [in Montreal] is a long time, so because you’ve got two weeks you can take your time,” said the Swiss.“So the first week was really just trying to feel better, get better, get back on the court at some stage. I have been on the practice courts since last week. There you have it.“I have been playing sets the last few days, and I’m really happy how I’m feeling.”If Federer and Nadal were to make it through to the semi-finals it would be their first ever meeting at the US Open.“I’d be happy to play him here,” said Federer. “We never played in New York, so I think that would be fun for everybody involved. I don’t think we are both thinking that far ahead.”Nadal, who plays Dusan Lajovic of Serbia in the first round, said: “A lot of points and games to play, so now is not the moment to think about that.“For me, I think about Lajovic. That’s my goal.”The tie of the first round in New York pits Romania’s world number two Simona Halep against 2006 champion Maria Sharapova inÂ Monday’sÂ night session.The Russian, 30, returns to Grand Slam action for the first time since completing aÂ 15-month anti-doping suspension.Halep is one of eight women in with a chance of ending the tournament as world number one, but the 25-year-old has a 0-6 record against Sharapova.Asked how she felt when she heard the draw, Halep said: “My reaction was normal, because this year I had very tough draws every time almost.“Of course it was a little bit like, ‘How is this possible again? Just first round of a Grand Slam.’ But I felt OK.”Sharapova is currently ranked 147th and required a wildcard from the United States Tennis Association – something she was refused at the French Open in May.“About the wildcard, the tournament decided, so they can do anything they want,” said Halep. “It’s not my position to talk about this.“She’s coming back. She’s strong enough to come back, in my opinion. She has a lot of experience, and also many tournaments won.“So I think she’s OK. It’s going to be a big challenge, first round of Grand Slam to face her. She beat me six times. So maybe I will change this. We will seeÂ Monday.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The match between two of the sportâ€™s biggest stars – with 28 Grand Slam titles between them, plus personalities and marketability which have helped them transcend tennis – was one of the most eye-catching permutations when the Roland Garros draw was made last week.Spiky exchanges between the pair over the years have fuelled the narrative of a rivalry which, on court, has never been much of one.Williams, a 23-time Slam champion, has won 19 of their 21 previous meetings on tour – both of Sharapovaâ€™s wins coming back in 2004. â€œAny time you play against Serena you know what youâ€™re up against,â€ Sharapova said. â€œYou know the challenge that is upon you. You know, despite the record that I have against her, I always look forward to coming out on the court and competing against the best player.â€œI think there is a lot of things in her game that sheâ€™s done much better than I have. Numbers donâ€™t lie.â€Sharapova is competing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, having been refused a wildcard entry in 2017 after serving a doping ban.Williams, who was playing just her seventh match after returning from having a baby, has so far played down her chances of winning a joint-record 24th Grand Slam singles title.But against Gorges she underlined her credentials, dominating from the start with a break in the fourth game and she took the first set with an emphatic smash. She got an early break in the second set too before the German staged a brief fightback to level at 2-2, but another Williams break in the next game put the match out of Gorgesâ€™ reach.â€œItâ€™s really special to be here again,â€ said Williams. â€œThis time last year I was pregnant and I was having a tough time and then I had a tough birth so every match at this stage of my return is a bonus.â€Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Returning three-time champion Serena Williams set up a highly-anticipated French Open last-16 match against long-time rival Maria Sharapova by beating Germanyâ€™s Julia Gorges. Williams, playing her first Grand Slam since giving birth, won 6-3 6-4 against 11th seed Gorges.Earlier yesterday, Russian two-time winner Sharapova beat sixth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-2 6-1. Williams, 36, and Sharapova, 31, will meet in the fourth round tomorrow.Williams eased to victory over 29-year-old Gorges, who reached the worldâ€™s top 10 for the first time this year, in just one hour and 15 minutes.
Wrestling fans in Nigeria will, on Monday, have an opportunity of watching history being made as the first-ever WWE pay-per-view event featuring women superstars will be exclusively live on DStv.The event, scheduled to take place in New York with all four women’s championship belts on the line, will be live on SuperSport 8 (channel 228) at Tuesday midnight and repeated in the evening at 6pm on SuperSport 9 (channel 229). GOtv viewers can catch the special event on Friday 2 November at 7:30pm on SuperSport Select 3 (channel 33).The most anticipated bout of the night is between the Raw women’s champion, Ronda Rousey, as she takes on Nikki Bella, who is threatening a “Bellalution”. The two combatants, who were once allies, would square-up in what will be a grudge bout, with Bella threatening to her more prominent opponentAlso on the card, SmackDown women’s champion, Becky Lynch, will defend her title against Charlotte Flair in a last woman standing match.The “Irish Lass Kicker” and Flair heiress will do battle in the first-ever Last Woman Standing match at the historic event. This will be the third encounter between both fighters, with Flair winning the first when Lynch got herself intentionally disqualified, and the second ended in a brawl.Other match-ups include NXT women’s champion Kairi up against Shayna Baszler; and a double tag team fight between Alexa Bliss and Mickie James versus Trish Stratus and Lita. There will also be a triple tag team bout between Sasha Banks, Bayley and Natalya vs The Riott Squad, consisting of Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan.Also lined up for the event is the final of the Mae Young Classic, as well as battle royale for a future title shot featuring the very best of talented youngsters in the sport.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram WWF’s-Ronda-Rousey
Football fans around Central New York were still talking about the one-of-a-kind result Sept. 27 at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, the Lakers not getting a touchdown or field goal, yet winning 4-0 because it earned a pair of safeties in the fourth quarter.All that mattered to the Lakers, though was that it got a much-needed victory and that, in order to build on it, needed to at least produce a few more points on its visit to Camden.When the Blue Devils kept Cazenovia scoreless in the first quarter, there was a brief concern that this was yet another game the Lakers would have to tough out through unconventional means. Tags: Cazenoviafootball For the second week in a row, the Cazenovia football team ventured on the road and kept a Class B East division opponent off the scoreboard.Only this time, the Lakers actually paired that defensive dominance with a few trips to the end zone.Cazenovia’s 24-0 shutout over Camden Saturday night was the team’s third win in a row following an 0-2 start and second consecutive shutout, and far more conventional than what had taken place eight days earlier. All of that changed, though, when in the second period Cazenovia moved it to Camden’s 24-yard line and Ryan Romagnoli broke his team’s touchdown drought, following good blocks all the way to the end zone.Even more important was Evan Murray’s 32-yard field goal that extended the Lakers’ margin to 10-0 by halftime, a shot of momentum that carried over into the third quarter.Twice, the Lakers moved it on Camden’s defense, and each time Romagnoli finished it off, scoring on runs of five and 11 yards.But just one TD was needed here as, once again, the Lakers’ defense dominated from start to finish, never letting the Blue Devils put together any kind of consistent production.Now Cazenovia returns to the portable lights at Buckley-Volo Field this Friday to welcome Central Valley Academy for a 6:30 kickoff, both teams sitting at 3-2 and tied for third in B West behind undefeated Oneida and New Hartford.The Thunder arrive in Cazenovia fresh off its own shutout, having blanked Chittenango 21-0 a night before the Lakers’ win at Camden.A 14-point second quarter put CVA in charge, with Cole Brewer catching TD passes of two and 66 yards from Michael Dihrberg and then scoring again in the third period on a 14-yard pass from Dihrberg.It won’t get easier for the Bears this Friday as 5-0 New Hartford visits, the Spartans determined not to look ahead to a potential league-championship showdown with Oneida in the Oct. 18 regular-season finale.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story
It was what gymnastics teams from Jamesville-DeWitt/Fayeteville-Manlius and East Syracuse Minoa/Liverpool had worked for ever since last winter, Section III championships on the line.Last Friday’s sectional meet at Valley Gymnastics climaxed a busy October and ultimately produced four gymnasts who advanced to next February’s state meet – Zoe Potamianos, Rylee Fishkin and Rachel McKean from J-D/F-M, plus Delia Korseniewski from ESM/Liverpool.Fishkin scored 9.3 on uneven bars to finish fourth in Level I to go with 9.1 on the vault and 9.15 on floor exercise, while Potamianos was fourth on the vault with a 9.3 of her own.With an all-around score of 36.225, Fishkin took sixth place as New Hartford’s Miranda Smith won with 38.825, which included 9.8 on the vault, 9.75 on uneven bars, 9.65 on balance beam and 9.625 on the floor.Moving to Level II, Korseniewski was the all-around champion with 35.6, scoring 9.45 on her beam routine and 9.05 on the floor as she added a winning 8.9 on the vault and 8.2 on uneven bars.Catherine Rizzo won the Level II uneven bars for J-D/F-M with 8.35 Hayden McGinn scored 8.3 on the vault and 8.2 on uneven bars, improving to 8.85 on the beam. ESM/Liverpool’s Madide Crooke had an 8.6 floor routine.At Level III, J-D/F-M’s Gwyn Botto won the all-around with 30.85, which included 8.45 on the floor and a winning 7.4 on uneven bars. Georgiana Paparo scored 8.25 on the vault to get sixth place.J-D/F-M had gone through a competitive meet with Central Square last Tuesday night, improving its overall record to 4-1 by defeating the Redhawks 139-131.Fishkin dazzled with a 9.5 on beam and 9.3 in both uneven bars and floor , winning on each apparatus on her way to an all-around score of 36.2.McKean’s 34.5 all-around total included a 9.2 beam routine and an 8.2 on the vault, where Potamianos and Rachel Wells both scored 8.3.Rizzo’s 8.4 on uneven bars put her in third place, while Potamianos scored 9.1 on the floor to finish second to Fishkin as Wells put up a 9.0 floor routine.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: gymnasticsJ-D/F-M
A bigger game followed on Thursday night, the Lakers against state no. 14-ranked Marcellus in a game moved to Chittenango High School’s turf field after all of the heavy midweek rains that inundated the Sean Googin Sports Complex.But the change of venue did not bother Cazenovia one bit as it got a 3-1 victory over the Mustangs that helped clinch, for the Lakers, the OHSL Liberty National division regular-season championship.It was tied 1-1 at halftime thanks to Matt Kershaw’s goal for Marcellus, but Cazenovia went in front in the second half as, Spires tacked on two more goals, with the other going to Max Michael. Charles Aronson contributed an assist.Chittenango had its own challenge last Tuesday when it faced state no. 20-ranked Westhill, and while it did get on the board, the Bears still lost to the Warriors in another 3-1 decision.Then, on Friday, the Bears faced state Class C no. 6-ranked Bishop Grimes, and scored twice in each half, yet still was unable to overcome a slow start on defense as it lost 6-4 to the Cobras.The 4-2 deficit Chittenango faced by halftime made the ultimate difference, though Sean Larsson did net a pair of goals and single goals went to Arthur Paul and Abraham Alpuerto, with assists credited to Mikel Pascual and Anthony Roberts.Ultimately, Grimes’ start duo of Byam Mugushu and Deng Mawien subdued the Bears, Mugushu pouring in four goals and one assist as Mawien earned the other two goals.Still, the Bears’ 9-6-1 mark meant a Section III Class B playoff berth as a no. 8 seed, playing at home this Wednesday against no. 9 seed South Jefferson, the winner to get either top seed General Brown or Holland Patent in the quarterfinals.As for Cazenovia, its 12-4 mark translated into a no. 5 seed. If the Lakers defeated no. 12 seed Lowville in Wednesday’s opening round, it could face no. 4 seed Westhill. who has to get past no. 13 seed Oneida, in the quarterfinals, bringing the two sides that have battled in the sectional final each of the last three years (won by the Warriors each time) together two rounds earlier.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Chase Willard earned the other goal, with Bryan Roca picking up an assist. Though Tylar Moss and Jack Donovan scored for Skaneateles, Cazenovia goalkeeper Ethan Baker turned away 10 other shots.Now Cazenovia would venture to Whitesboro, looking to avenge a 3-0 defeat to the Warriors on Sept. 27. And it nearly did so, but the Lakers fell just short in a 3-2 defeat to the Warriors.Brian Pezzi proved the focal point for Cazenovia’s attack, not only netting a goal, but assisting on Spires’ tally. Nick Gugino also picked up an assist. Tags: boys soccerCazenoviaChittenango What the Cazenovia boys soccer team hoped for was that the effort it put out Oct. 10 in a 4-2 road victory over Skaneateles would translate into a strong final week of the regular season that, by the end, produced an OHSL Liberty National division regular-season title.That Skaneateles game, played at Hyatt Stadium, was a confidence-booster, since Skaneateles entered it holding a no. 13 state Class B ranking, an 11-3 record and also owned a four-game-win streak.None of that helped against Cazenovia’s star forward, Joe Spires, who constantly burned the host Lakers’ defense and ultimately produced a three-goal hat trick.
Toward the end of their respective regular-season efforts, the indoor track and field teams from East Syracuse Minoa and Christian Brothers Academy both traveled to Utica College.Taking part in the sixth Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association meet of the winter, the boys Spartans finished fourth out of 23 teams with 56 points as the girls were 10th with 20 points.Nick Berg won for the ESM boys in the 1,000-meter run, his time of two minutes, 39.34 seconds beating out CBA’s Joel Gaffney, who finished second in 2:43.41. Spencer Carnival, Scofield Sol, Jordan Sanson and Dan Tovar were third in the 4×400 relay in 3:59.56. Bennett Ferrari took ninth place in the pole vault and Logan Cowell was 10th in the shot put, with Kevin Hasty 11th in the weight throw.ESM’s girls had Rhiannon Butchko prevail in the high jump, one of three girls to clear 4’10”, but doing so with fewer misses than Baldwinsville’s Karen Ekure and New Hartford’s Bianca Durso.Rachael Ladd was second in the 3,000-meter run in 11:11.35 behind Clinton’s Taylor Harvey (11:03.21). Kaleigh Maloof finished ninth in the 55 hurdles.CBA’s Michael McMahon went 10:10.78 at 3,200 meters to finish third. The Brothers’ Isabella Cannizzo was fourth in the girls 1,500-meter run in 5:12.28, four spots ahead of Ladd in eighth place. ESM also was eighth in the 4×200 relay.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Berg also got second place in the 1,600-meter run in 4:35.19, just behind Central Valley Academy’s Nolan Stone (4:34.93), with CBA’s Zach Medicis getting third place in 4:36.44.Rocky El was victorious for the Spartans in the triple jump, going 42 feet 5 ½ inches, well clear of Baldwinsville’s Owen Weaver (40’9 ¼”) in second place.Michael Parks was second in the high jump by clearing 5’8”, got second place (8.16 seconds) to Utica Proctor’s Saleh Eltayeb (7.86) in the 55-meter hurdles, with Rocky El third in 8.31 seconds. Tags: CBAESMindoor track and field
A team put together by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges will visit USC this week for the final part of the university’s reaccreditation process.Every 10 years USC goes through the reaccreditation process, which gives a school credibility as an institution of higher education, said Robin Romans, associate provost for Undergraduate Programs and accreditation liaison officer.“Accreditation is a process of quality assurance that’s developed in the U.S. It’s a way to ensure that institutions are fulfilling their mission and meeting the public’s expectation of accountability,” Romans said.All top universities in the nation are accredited, Romans said, with the WASC being the sole institution that can accredit schools in California.Attending an accredited university benefits students immensely, he said.“It certainly says that your degree is of high quality,” Romans said.Accreditation is also necessary for universities to be able to award government aid from state or national grants.It takes three to five years for universities to go through the accreditation process, which consists of three stages. The process for USC’s most recent accreditation began in 2005, and the school is expected to be reaccreditated in February.According to Romans, the chances of USC not getting reaccredited are next to zero; the process doesn’t worry the university.“We know USC will be reaccredited,” Romans said. “For USC, the important part of accreditation is what we learn from peers at other academic institutions who serve on our visiting team.”The first stage is the institutional proposal, which was submitted to the WASC committee in October 2005. In this report, the university accreditation team stated the mission of USC and what it hoped to accomplish. Goals cited in the report were to achieve interdisciplinary education and to be a learner-centered institution, according to Romans.After the WASC accreditation committee accepted USC’s proposal, the university moved on to stage two: the capacity and prepatory review. In this report, USC had to show the WASC that the university had the capacity and means needed to fulfill the goals in the first report.The committee answered questions regarding the diversity and competence of its faculty, among other things. Similar questions were answered about the student population. The report also focused on undergraduates and how to improve qualifications, increase retention and graduation rates, and enhance diversity.The visiting team, chaired by former president of Harvard University Derek Curtis Bok, includes six distinguished faculty members from universities around the nation and one from New Zealand.“One of the interesting parts of accreditation in the U.S. is that it includes a peer review component,” Romans said. “When they review our presentation, visit campus and make recommendations, they do so from the vantage point of faculty members at other research universities.”When the visiting team comes to campus, they will meet with several groups and write a report, with recommendations to USC. The team will then be talking to faculty, various administrators, staff members and students.Any student can and is encouraged to participate in the accreditation process by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. Commenters’ identities will be held from USC’s accreditation team.Romans says that it is important for the WASC committee to see what students have to say because it could raise issues that the university might have overlooked, and this can lead to new recommendations or critiques for USC.“It’s important that your institution learns from itself. You foster a culture of self-improvement that way,” he said.
California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakayue said a decision about whether or not the court can rule on the overturn of California’s ban on same-sex marriage could be reached as soon as next week, according to the Los Angeles Times.In Nov. 2008, California voters passed Proposition 8, which defines marriage as a union strictly between a man and a woman. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court, which is currently hearing the case to repeal Proposition 8, has called upon the California Supreme Court to make the ruling to determine whether citizens can defend a law in court.A DADT panel discussed issues of spousal benefits for same-sex couples in the military. – Rachel Bracker | Daily TrojanBenjamin Lopez, a legislative analyst and lobbyist for the Traditional Values Coalition of California, argued that since California citizens voted Proposition 8 into law it is the duty of the state to uphold the sanctity of marriage, and in the State’s absence the people should inherit that right.“There is currently a dilemma, where the decision of the people is not being properly ruled in the court,” Lopez said. “Proponents of Proposition 8 and their attorneys have a right to defend Proposition 8 in court if Schwarzenegger and Brown aren’t going to.”Attorney Theodore B. Olson, a lead lawyer for the repeal of Proposition 8, argued in a letter to the California Supreme Court that the federal law mandates that the state, not the people have the right to defend a law in court.“It is clear that California law vests the Attorney General — not private litigants — with the authority to represent the State’s interest in litigation,” Olson wrote. “Proceedings would needlessly delay a decision from the 9th Circuit … and intolerably prolong the denial of plaintiffs’ constitutional rights.”Vincent E. Vigil, the director of USC’s LGBT Student Resource Center, believes that the current attempt to repeal Proposition 8 reflects the changing opinions of Californians in regards to same-sex marriage.The attempt to repeal Proposition 8 has revived the debate over same sex-marriage in the State of California.“You can clearly see by recent polls that people’s mindsets have changed on same-sex marriage,” Vigil said.Vigil attributes the changed public opinion to non-profit equality organizations, which have continued to educate the public on same-sex marriage since the passage of Proposition 8.“Proposition 8 doesn’t incorporate the current mindset of the voters.” Vigil said.Supporters of Proposition 8 argue that the proposition accurately reflects the views of California voters.Vigil said he thinks the issue of same-sex marriage is being unfairly utilized as a political tool.“[Same-sex marriage] is a political issue that conservatives and some liberals are using to get votes, and it’s sad that people’s values and freedoms are in the middle of this political mud slinging,” Vigil said.Some students, such as Monroe Ekilah, a freshman majoring in computer engineering and computer science, say same-sex couples should be entitled to all the legal benefits of marriage, regardless of personal views.“I disagree with Proposition 8 because the legal benefits override the morals,” Ekilah said. “I don’t have to agree with [same-sex marriage].”