first_imgFootball lawmakers, IFAB, allow each competition to determine the level of accuracy of their VAR systems, because there is no specific law on the width of the offside lines.The Premier League will discuss the use of VAR, including offside decisions, at a club meeting next month.Towards a new ChampionsOn the other hand, Ceferin has confirmed that an agreement between European clubs on a new format of the Champions League is “very close”, after the talks held before the UEFA Congress in Amsterdam this week.The president of the highest European football body met Monday with the Premier League executive president, Richard Masters, and senior representatives of the five largest leagues in European football. “We have to stay together. We have to debate the future of European football. We will all have to give in to something, but in the end, the decision will be made by the UEFA Executive Committee. With debate, I think we will agree very soon because we know what are the principles of the European sports model and, especially, football. ” The European Club Association holds its 24th General Assembly in Budapest on March 30 and 31. UEFA will impose thicker lines for offside decisions reviewed by the VAR in the Champions League and the Europa League in an attempt to favor the scoring production next season, as announced by its president, Aleksander Ceferin, in a Sky Sports interview. In fact, the new lines could come into force in the Eurocup It starts in June. Aleksander Ceferin said he has been in talks with the arbitration officials of the presiding organization to implement the changes that ensure the teams are not “ruined” by a wrong decision. “An offside one centimeter is not out of play, because that is not the spirit of the rule. And it has to be a clear and manifest error for the VAR to intervene. Therefore, thicker lines are essential, because they are now drawn subjectively and are not exact. For a centimeter you can ruin a club’s season with a wrong decision. ““There is also the question of hands, which is poblematic, but I don’t know what to do exactly about. We are discussing a lot with our referees. “last_img read more

first_imgCD Tenerife lives its seventh consecutive season in the Second Division since it returned to the silver category in the 13/14 season. During this period, up to nine technicians have been on the bench for Rodríguez López. The first on this list is Álvaro Cervera, who got the promotion in the 12/13 campaign. The Guinean coach led the island team in the Second Division the first season after the return and 23 days of the following year. In total he added 65 clashes to the front of the representative from Tenerife in which he had 21 victories, 15 tied and 29 defeats.If you have to highlight your own name among the last coaches, that is Josep Lluís Martí. The Balearic strategist arrived on the island in November 2015 to replace Raúl Agné. At that time Martí took a team in decline and was in a delicate situation. However, in his first experience at the head of a bench, the Mallorcan was able to redirect the situation and finish in 13th position. After the cold water jug ​​due to frustrated ascent, the island team had to rearm its staff. Soccer players who had given a great performance like Amath, ´Choco´ Lozano or Gaku Shibasaki finished their contracts. Despite this, the entity was reinforced with renowned players such as Longo, Juan Villar or Malbasic to return to fight for the top of the table. The high expectations were not met and Martí was dismissed midway through the championship. The Balearic coach is, with 98 matches, the second coach who has led Tenerife the most times in the Smartbank league, only behind José Luis Oltra.Since the Majorcan’s departure, the Rodríguez López bench has been characterized by constant instability. Joseba Exteberria was in charge of supplying Martí. The Basque made a good end of the campaign and the island team was close to entering the Playoff. Last year the insulars suffered until the end to achieve permanence. Exteberría’s stay on the island was quite ephemeral, because after five clashes without adding a victory he was terminated. Later they went through the blue and white club with more pain than Gloria Oltra, in its second stage and Luis Cesar Sampedro.In the current season, López Garai, Sesé Rivero, as interim, and now Rubén Baraja complete the list of technicians. After 31 days played in the SmartBank League, the Blue and Whites occupy the twelfth place with 39 points in their locker. The islanders chain a total of ten wins, twelve losses and nine draws.On the offensive level, the team led by Baraja has 36 goals. As of today, the maximum producer is Dani Gómez, who has six goals. The striker on loan from Real Madrid had a difficult start, but has established himself as indisputable since the arrival of the coach from Valladolid.On the other hand, on the defensive side the Blue and Whites have conceded the same goals they have scored. Although in the last clashes the islanders have found the defensive solidity that has allowed them to move away from the bottom of the table. In fact, Adrián Ortolá has kept his goal to zero in three of the last four games played. With these numbers we will have to wait until the end of the season to find out if the Pucelano coach’s project has continuity. The 2016-2017 season is without a doubt the best of the last period in the silver division. In that course those of Martí returned to excite the fans and managed to enter the playoff, finishing fourth in the league. However, they could not certify the long-awaited promotion to the First Division after falling defeated in the final tie against Getafe (3-2).last_img read more

first_imgMeggie Ochoa, the Philippines’ bemedaled jiu-jitsu athlete, on Saturday launched the Fight to Protect movement, which aims to shield children from sexual abuse through sports.Ochoa, who added an Asian Games bronze medal to her growing collection of awards two months ago, said she founded Fight to Protect to fulfill a purpose bigger than any fight she had been in on the mat. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “Fight to Protect’ is really a movement that aims to raise awareness on child sexual violence through sports, ” Ochoa told during the program launch at Victoria Sports Tower in Quezon City. “We’re using jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai as a platform to attract people and to make them interested and since they’re already here that’s when we’re gonna make them aware. We have experts and they’re talking about the issue and how everybody can get involved.”“After winning the world championships in 2015, I had this question in my head about purpose like why am I doing what I’m doing? Of course, I love fighting for the country, but I felt like there was still something missing,” Ochoa said. “Then, I read this article about this girl from Mexico and from the age of 12 to 16 years old, she was raped 43,200 times and I was just mind blown. I could not believe that was happening in this world. I researched and found out that here in the Philippines, the issue is also so real and it’s really, really bad.”Meggie Ochoa launches ‘Fight to Protect’The 28-year-old Ochoa, who also teaches jiu-jitsu to kids at Safe Haven Community Center and Children’s Home, said her faith played the most significant role in her advocacy.“I met a few people but what really changed is developing a relationship with God. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and savior and that’s when everything became clear,” she said.“I knew that the Lord created me for jiu-jitsu and that jiu-jitsu does not stop at competitions, jiu-jitsu does not stop at winning medals. I knew that I was called for this because I felt so strongly about this and I knew that God was actually building my platform in the past. The reason why I won those past titles and why I’m winning because he allows me to do so and because he’s building my platform to do something about this issue.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil UAAP: Kouame drops 33 as Ateneo crushes FEU for share of no. 1 View comments SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold PLAY LIST 02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Members of the Philippine jiu-jitsu team and Safe Haven also performed jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai demonstrations during the program launch.Fight to Protect also supports Plan International Philippines’ #NOTFORSALE campaign that aims to make the end of commercial sexual exploitation of children a national priority, Child Rights Network Philippines’ fight to #ENDCHILDRAPE that hopes to increase the age to determine statutory rape from 12 to at least 16 years old and the Philippine Children’s Ministries Network, International Justice Mission’s drive to eliminate online sexual exploitation of children in the Philippines.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

first_imgThe Daily Observer has been reliably learned from a credible source that one patient was on Tuesday, March 25, quarantined at the JFK Medical Center in Sinkor, Monrovia, after health practitioners noticed symptoms of the Ebola virus.Our source, who asked not to be named, said the patient had come from one of those regions in Lofa region, where at least three confirmed Ebola deaths were reported by authorities of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Monrovia.Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale and his Deputy, Dr. Bernice Dahn, had told a news conference Monday, March 24, that five of six persons, who recently crossed into Liberia from Guinea, had died from the Ebola virus. They clarified that three of the five died in Liberia, while the other two, upon their return to Guinea, also expired. The sixth is critical and being treated at a health facility in Zorzor, Lofa County.Senior authorities at JFK Medical Center could not be reached for comment as their mobile phones were said to be switched off after we had tried more than five times.GANTA CITY Two suspected Ebola cases were diagnosed at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital on Monday, March 24, and the patients were immediately transferred to the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia, Dr. Claude Monga, Acting Chief Medical Officer of Ganta Hospital disclosed.Speaking to a team of journalists on Tuesday, March 25, Dr. Monga revealed the two patients were transferred because the Ganta hospital didn’t have anywhere to keep such patients.He said one of the patients, believed to be a nine-year-old girl, was brought from Guinea and was vomiting and excreting blood, days after she was admitted at the hospital. After discovering her condition, she was immediately transferred.He also noted the other patient didn’t vomit or excrete blood, but had been having persistent fever for the past five days and was also transferred.Dr. Claude said Ebola’s symptoms sometimes take five to ten days before they can actually be identified.He said since there is a possibility of the virus being spread to the nurses, especially those in the Emergency Room/ER, they have been instructed to wear protective gear that covers their entire bodies.“We have warned our nurses in the ER that before admitting any patient the doctor should be contacted because we do not want to mix up suspected cases with other patients,” he said.The news of the spread of Ebola in the Mano River Basin is said to be creating some serious concern among the citizens as well as the medical practitioners in Nimba.The Liberian border with Guinea at Ganta City has the highest amount of road traffic, channeling regular business activities between the two countries 6 days a week.  This makes a Ganta a highly populated economic hub which also connects Southeastern Liberia to the rest of the country. At the Nimba Superintendent’s Induction Ceremony in Sanniquellie on 24th March, the Medical Doctor at George Way Harley Hospital in Sanniquellie, Dr. Lorene C. Cooper, called the local government, including members of the 53rd Legislative Caucus to make funding available to set up a center in the county for suspected Ebola patients.She warned the public to be careful with how they interacted with others, especially family members that come down with persistent fevers.“There is nowhere in Nimba to take patients that may come in with this deadly sickness, she added.Despite the alarming news of the virus raging havoc in Guinea, where at least 60 persons have died, our Nimba Correspondent said, Guineans interviewed in Ganta showed very little concern and appeared unaware of the prevailing health situation in their country.“It is only in Liberia, we are hearing about this kind of news,” one of them, who is very frequent across the border, said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgMinister Flomo (right) signs one of the contracts while his deputy, Robert Fagans, looks on.The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) through the Smallholder Agricultural Productivity Enhancement and Commercialization (SAPEC) project on Monday, December 24, 2018, signed and awarded over US$3,353,775.03 in contracts to eight local construction companies.The beneficiary companies are Liberia Reconstruction Development Company (LRDC), JEAMCCO, Tarhini Construction, Bong Infrastructure, Justmart Engineers (Liberia) Ltd., Perfect Trading and Construction Services, Afro Construction Company and JLN B360.The contract, which was signed between the MOA/SAPEC and contractors at the Project Management Unit (PMU) MOA annex in Fendell, is intended for local contractors to build and rehabilitate the Robersport market, Grand Bassa market, particularly in Compound 3; Construction of the Geeken Market in Grand Kru County; the renovation of the Kakata Market Building and the renovation of the Pleebo Market in Maryland County.Others include the renovation and expansion of Philadelphia technology transfer center in Maryland, Kaweaken Market and the Kaweaken technology training center, respectively.At the signing and award ceremony, Agriculture Minister Dr. Mogana S. Flomo, urged contractors to implement the projects according to the plan.He said, “Today is another good time for us at the MOA, because we are about to begin some of our works that are intended to improve the lives of our poor people, the farmers and people from the community.“And, we are happy because all of us here are a part of this process and we are making history that will be narrated by those that will come after us; so we want to thank all of you for being part of this history.”Dr. Flomo explained that the MOA has had too many times where people have said “we do nothing and we are receiving huge amount of money without implementing any project; and most of the time people are saying these things based on the implementation of the project. So, those of you we have trusted with contracts to do certain work, we will be expecting you to do your best and make us proud.”He told the contractors that they want to make sure that MOA, under his administration, changes the story going forward because for all the of money being pumped into the agriculture sector there appears to be little or no impact.Minister Flomo in photo with contractors and MOA staffs after the signing ceremony.Flomo said Government of Liberia led by President George M. Weah is under serious pressure to work and make sure that citizens of this country are satisfied, especially when it comes to food insecurity.He further urged the contractors that these are the basic activities that will tell the citizens that the Government is working, “so our engagement with the communities [is to say] that this is the Government of Liberia’s project; these projects are supported by our partners, donors, but they are all Government’s projects.”Dr. Flomo said most of the time, staff at the Ministry do not let the people know that these are government projects or what the government is doing. “So, as we implement, let us tell them that this is government work, this is what government is doing in your community.”William Kawalawu, the project coordinator of SAPEC at the MOA said the objective of the project is to increase on a sustainable level, the income of smallholder farmers and rural entrepreneurs, particularly women, youth and physically challenged persons.He stated that the Project is funded by the government of Liberia, Global Agriculture and Food Security Program/World Bank and the African Development Bank.Kawalawu said the signing of the contracts has to do with component two of the SAPEC project, which talks about value addition on marketers and production.He added that the MOA also wants to add value addition, provide linkage to Government fund to the market and at the same time provide good environment for marketing.“Want to make the farmers’ produce more competitive on the market, so this is why, today, we are signing these contracts,” the SAPEC project coordinator said.In remarks, the General Manager of Perfect Trading and Construction Services, Foraday G. Moore, who spoke on behalf of the contractors, lauded the Government through the MOA for providing them the opportunity to participate in the rebuilding process of Liberia.He told the MOA staff that with the confidence reposed in them, they will do their best to work in time to produce quality job.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThey note that a resident observed a substance surfacing in Brenot Creek. A sample was taken and passed onto the District where it was discovered the contaminant levels exceeded Canadian Water Quality Guidelines.The district is currently unable to comment on the quality of water wells in the proximity of the contaminated site. More information on the water quality of Lynx Creek will be provided as soon as it becomes available.- Advertisement –last_img

first_imgGo Rory! Kavanagh will be in midfield for Sunday’s match with MayoGARDAI are asking Donegal fans travelling to Sunday’s match to avoid Monaghan and Cavan if at all possible.The one-way system will not operate in Monaghan and continuing roadworks will cause massive delays from Emyvale.Gardai are asking fans to travel on to Armagh and then Newry on their journey to and from Dublin. However many fans in north Donegal are planning to travel via Belfast – with dual carriageway and motorway all the way from Portglenone to the capital.With Cavan fans also travelling to Croke Park for their 2pm clash with Kerry, traffic through the county on Sunday is expected to be very heavy. DONEGAL FANS PLANNING TO TRAVEL VIA BELFAST AND ARMAGH TO CROKE PARK was last modified: August 2nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:DONEGAL FANS PLANNING TO TRAVEL VIA BELFAST AND ARMAGH TO CROKE PARKlast_img read more

first_imgUlster Senior League Results & Reports 16.03.14Results from the League CupGroup A Bonagee Utd 0 3 Drumkeen Utd.Swilly Rovers Cockhill CelticGroup BLetterkenny Rovers 2 2 Derry City Res. Fanad Utd. Finn Harps Res.ReportsGroup BSpoils SharedLetterkenny Rovers 2 Derry City Res. 2Letterkenny Rovers and Derry City both remain unbeaten in group B of the Ulster Senior League cup following a share of the spoils in cold and blustery conditions at the Aura centre on Sunday afternoonRovers took the game to the visitors from the off and following early chances by Kevin McGrath and Stephen O’Donnell they deservedly took the lead from the penalty spot on 18 mins. Oisin McMenamin did well to win possession before taking the ball into the box where he was fouled attempting to round keeper Michael Lynch and referee Paul Duddy had no hesitation in giving Letterkenny their fourth penalty in 5 games. In the absence of veteran striker Darren McElwaine, it was another veteran in Stephen O’Donnell who made no mistake firing low into the left hand corner. Derry came more into the game and got back on level terms after 37 mins following a defensive mix up and it was Conal Kelly who took advantage with his shot taking a deflection and the ball looped over Jason Quinn ensuring the teams went in level at half timeRovers started the second half brighter and following good efforts from a Jason Doherty header and an Oisin McMenamin strike it was McMenamin who put the hosts ahead on 72 mins. A long clearance from defence was won in the air by the returning Paddy McNulty and his header fell into the path of the former Harps man who ran clear and finished into the roof off the net with consummate ease. Derry came back into the game after the goal as Letterkenny didnt really push on and came close through a Ryan Doherty free kick and a couple of half chances through Ronan Curtis….However Curtis was not to be denied as he scored the equaliser on 83 mins following good work by Michael Barr on the right hand side and his cross was converted by Curtis despite the very close attentions of Jonathan Minnock from 7 yards out. Derry in fact could have got all three points but for the intervention of Kieran Doherty who made a remarkable goal line clearance 4 mins from time to deny Ryan Doherty.Both teams will be happy with the point and will fancy their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals of the competition when the League cup resumes at the end of June. These teams meet again in the opening game of the league at the Aura centre next Sunday again.Harps Win in FanadFanad Utd. 1Finn Harps Res 2Group ABonagee Utd. 0Drumkeen Utd. 3Drumkeen travelled to near neighbours Bonagee to play their first game in this seasons League Cup, and deservedly game away will all three points thanks to goals from Michael Carroll, Gary Patton and Darren Cassidy. Drumkeen started the game well and had the Bonagee defence on the back foot for much of the opening period, with Conor Carlin’s pace causing a few problems for the home side. Mickey Rodgers side took the lead in the 29th minute, when a corner from David Shovlin was met by a Michael Carroll header at the front post. Drumkeen did test Darren Smyth’s goal on a few occasions before the half but it remained one nil going in at the break.Bonagee did start the second period much better and did almost equalise in the 49th minute through Kevin Barr effort from the edge of the penalty area. David Shovlin played a ball into the area in the 62nd minute to substitute Gary Patton, and with the Bonagee bench calling for a handball against the Drumkeen man, Patton coolly lobbed the ball over Smyth for goal number two. The final goal came with seven minutes remaining on the clock. With the Bonagee players caught flat-footed, Shovlin played a quick free to Gary Patton wide on the right and his cross was emphatically thumped home by Darren Cassidy from fifteen yards out. Ref Tommy McAreeSwilly Rovers 1Cockhill Celtic 3Victory for Cockhill Celtic in this entertaining game played before a large crowd in Swilly Park.Swilly lost Ryan Shields and David Fisher to injury in the first half, which upset their rhythm and game plan somewhat. Swilly went ahead on seven minutes when Gareth Colhoun released Calvin Mooney, who chipped the keeper for a delightful goal. Garbhan Friel equalised for Cockhill on 36 minutes, when he fired home from 15 yards. Friel went on to convert a penalty after a foul in the box. Gerry Gill wrapped matters up with 10 minutes remaining, when his free ended up in the Swilly net. Dylan Hegarty went close for Swilly near the end as his volley required a stunning save from Gavin Cullen in the visitors’ goal. Swilly defended strongly throughout as Cockhill piled on the pressure. Best for Swilly were Dylan Hegarty, Gareth Wade and Laurence Toland, while Garbhan Friel, Gerry Gill and Malachy McDermott shone for Cockhill.FixturesSunday, March 23rd at 2pm except where statedFour Lanterns Ulster Senior LeagueCockhill Celtic v Bonagee Utd. Ref. P. CollFanad Utd. v Drumkeen Utd. Ref. V. McLaughlinFinn Harps Res. v Swilly Rovers Ref. S. TonerLetterkenny Rovers v Derry City Res. (3pm) Ref. T. McAreeUSL: ROVERS HOLD CITY, EASY FOR DRUMKEEN AND HARPS WIN IN FANAD was last modified: March 16th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Derry City Reservesdrumkeen unitedFinn Harps ReservesLetterkenny RoversUlster Senior Leaguelast_img read more

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A young shop-owner is recovering after she was threatened at gunpoint and had her car stolen during an armed robbery last night.The young woman had a handgun pointed at her when two men raided a shop in Porthall, Lifford.The woman was in the shop at around 7.15pm when the two men arrived and threatened her. The demanded cash from the cash register and also demanded the keys of her car – a black BMW 316.The two men made their getaway at high-speed towards Strabane and eye-witnesses said they later saw the car cross the Lifford Bridge at speed.The woman was left shocked but was not hurt following her ordeal.No shots were discharged during the raid in which a small amount of cash was stolen. A Garda spokesman has appealed for anyone who was in the vicinity of Porthall in Lifford between 6pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday evening to contact them.“This was a very serious incident and the young woman was left very shaken after her ordeal.“We are liaising with the PSNI as we believe the stolen car may have been driven across the border.“Anybody who may have noticed anybody acting suspiciously around Porthall in Lifford on Wednesday evening is asked to contact Gardai,” he said.  SHOPOWNER HELD AT GUNPOINT AND CAR ROBBED DURING VICIOUS HEIST was last modified: January 6th, 2012 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:BMWLiffordrobberylast_img read more

first_imgTraining camp for the USA U19 Women’s World Cup Team will begin on July 7, with the official 12-member team to be selected prior to its departure for Italy.Print Friendly Version Baranczyk has compiled an impressive 99-61 record in five seasons at Drake, including a 61-29 mark in league play. Baranczyk has had nine players earn 16 all-conference selections, four MVC Freshman of the Year award winners and two MVC Player of the Year winners during her tenure. Starting in 2014-15, the Bulldogs have recorded three-consecutive 20-plus win seasons under Baranczyk. It is the first time since 1999-2002 this has occurred at Drake. “We are excited about Natasha and Jennie joining the U19 World Cup staff in Colorado Springs to assist with training camp,” said USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee chairman Jennifer Rizzotti. “Both have made significant impacts in their respective programs by bringing their teams to consecutive postseason tournaments. Equally important, they have both developed multiple all-conference players in their respective conferences. These young athletes will benefit from their knowledge and passion for the game as they aim for the seventh consecutive gold medal in our U19 age group this summer.” COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Drake women’s basketball head coach Jennie Baranczyk will serve as a court coach for the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team trials next month, USA Basketball announced Thursday morning, April 27. Baranczyk and Georgetown head coach Natasha Adair will assist the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team coaching staff of head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio (Pittsburgh) and assistant coaches Kamie Ethridge (Northern Colorado) and Charlotte Smith (Elon) during team trials, which will take place May 18-21 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The court coach selections were made by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee.center_img In her fifth season, Baranczyk guided Drake to the 2017 NCAA Tournament behind a MVC Tournament title and an outright MVC regular season championship. The Bulldogs went 28-5 record (single-season win total tied a program record) and had a program-record and MVC-record 22-game winning streak. Drake finished 18-0 in regular season play, the first time a MVC team has gone undefeated in conference action. Baranczyk was named the 2017 MVC Coach of the Year and espnW Mid-Major Coach of the Year for her team’s outstanding 2016-17 season. Six-time defending U19 gold medalists, the United States will look to make it seven gold medals in a row at the July 22-30 event in Cividale del Friuli and Udine, Italy. Athletes eligible for this team must be 19 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1998) and U.S. citizens. “It is an incredible opportunity and dream come true to be a part of USA Basketball,” said Baranczyk. “You grow up watching the players and the coaches from the USA compete for a gold medal. It doesn’t matter the capacity just the opportunity to be involved, you give everything you have to help maximize basketball’s potential around the country. It will be a great chance to represent Drake and Des Moines at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.”last_img read more