Donahue gives up one hit in 8 innings, has four on offense for TigersBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUSAU — Megan Donahue allowed just one hit and no walks in eight innings pitched to lead the Marshfield softball team to a dominating doubleheader sweep of Wausau East on Friday at East High School.The Tigers won 15-0 in three innings and 16-0 in five innings to wrap up their regular-season and conference schedule.Marshfield is now 16-5 overall and ends up 9-3 and in a tie for second place in the Wisconsin Valley Conference. East drops to 1-17 and finishes 0-12 in the Valley.In Game 1, Donahue threw a perfect three innings as the Tigers won via the 15-run rule. She also went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs. Emily Draeger added two triples and four RBIs, and Melissa Roberts drove in two for Marshfield.In the second game, Donahue struck out 10 in five innings for the Tigers. She had a double, a triple, and three RBIs at the plate.Roberts added three RBIs, Kaitlyn Konrardy hit a home run and drove in three, and Ashtin Zunker had three hits and scored twice for Marshfield.The Tigers host New Richmond in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal Wednesday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Game 1Marshfield 177 – 15 9 0Wausau East 000 – 0 0 5WP: Megan Doanhue. LP: Gabby Braatz.SO: Donahue 8; Braatz (2 1/3 inn.) 2, Emily Brubaker (2/3 inn.) 1. BB: Donahue 0; Braatz 2, Brubaker 1.Top hitters: M, Morgan Nordbeck 2 runs; Emily Draeger 2×2, 2 3Bs, 3 runs, 4 RBIs; Donahue 2×2, 2B, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Melissa Roberts 2B, 2 RBIs; Rhiannon Corozolla 2 2B, 2 runs; Madelyn Mews 2 runs.—Game 2Marshfield 280 42 – 16 15 0Wausau East 000 00 – 0 1 5WP: Donahue. LP: Brubaker.SO: Donahue 10; Brubaker 4. BB: Donahue 0; Brubaker 4.Top hitters: M, Jenna Jakobi 2×2, 2B, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Kaitlyn Konrardy HR, 3 RBIs; Nordbeck 2 runs; Donahue 2×3, 2B, 3B, 2 runs, 3 RBIs; Roberts 3 RBIs; Draeger 2B, RBI; Madison Derus 2×3, 2 runs; Ashtin Zunker 3×3, 2 runs, RBI; Casey Aschebrook 2 runs.Records: Marshfield 16-5, 9-3 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Wausau East 1-17, 0-12 WVC.
Arsenal boss Emery says Holding could face Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery says Rob Holding could be ready to face Manchester United tomorrow night.Holding missed the last six months of last season after a cruciate ligament injury in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford in December. Emery said, “After eight or nine months out, it’s a long time, and to recover he needs first to take it bit by bit, to take confidence, to get back to the performance levels we demand.“On Tuesday (in their Carabao Cup defeat of Nottingham Forest), I thought, ‘Wow! He’s coming, Rob Holding’. I don’t know if he is going to start at Old Trafford, but I want from him his spirit, his behaviour and commitment.“He really feels Arsenal Football Club and I want players like him in the dressing room. Last year, Rob started training and playing with us and he progressed a lot.“When he had his injury at Old Trafford, it was maybe at the best moment in his progress.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
NEW YORK — U.S. stocks are mixed in morning trading Thursday as technology and health care companies rise. Safer, high-dividend stocks in real estate and utilities are also climbing. Banks are falling, and smaller companies continue to lag their larger rivals.The European Central Bank said it will end its bond-buying economic stimulus program at the end of the year, but trimmed its forecasts for economic growth across Europe. Government bond yields in Europe are falling.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index added 5 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,656 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 113 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 24,640. The Nasdaq composite edged up 8 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 7,106.Trading has been turbulent this week, but the S&P 500 is on pace for its third gain in four days.The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 2 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 1,452. It’s fallen almost 17 per cent since setting a record high in late August, and over the last few days it’s traded at its lowest level since September 2017. Among other issues, that reflects investors’ fears about slowing economic growth in the U.S. and rising interest rates. Smaller companies are more vulnerable in times of slower growth, and they tend to carry higher levels of debt than larger companies do. Higher rates make those debts more costly.ECB ENDS STIMULUS: The European Central Bank said it will halt its bond-buying program, even though the region’s economy is slowing. It has been pumping money into the economy for almost four years and spent about $3 trillion in the process. The bank isn’t ending its stimulus program entirely, as it will continue to invest money from maturing bonds and will take other steps to encourage banks to lend money.Credit conditions around the world are gradually getting tighter, as the Federal Reserve has been steadily raising interest rates for three years and is letting its balance sheet shrink.European investors appeared to take the news in stride. Germany’s DAX advanced 0.1 per cent while the CAC 40 in France was down 0.1 per cent. Britain’s FTSE 100 index was little changed. Bond prices rose and yields fell in the U.K., Germany, France and other countries.QUACKING ABOUT A DEAL: Insurer Aflac rose 4.6 per cent to $44.86 after it confirmed reports that it’s in discussions with Japan Post Holdings about a possible investment. Aflac said the Japanese shipping and financial conglomerate might take a minority stake in the company.CLEANUP IN AISLE FOUR: CVS Health fell after the New York Post reported that a U.S. District Court judge appears likely to block its purchase of health insurer Aetna at a hearing next week. CVS announced the closing of the $69 billion Aetna deal in late November after the U.S. Department of Justice cleared it. But Judge Richard Leon has reportedly said in hearings that he still has concerns about the antitrust implications of the deal. Citing sources close to the case, the Post said Leon might issue an order barring the two companies from integrating their operations.CVS fell 2.5 per cent to $72.66, and it’s down 8.6 per cent since an earlier hearing on Dec. 3.GE JUICED UP: General Electric climbed 10 per cent to $7.39 after JMorgan Chase analyst C. Stephen Tusa upgraded the stock to “Neutral” from “Underweight” saying it believes the risks and rewards to the stock are balanced. GE has lost almost 60 per cent of its value this year and has plunged almost 90 per cent since the beginning of 2017. The company recently replaced its CEO and slashed its dividend in an attempt to shore up its finances, but analysts are concerned that several of its businesses are years away from being profitable.BREXIT: British Prime Minister Theresa May won a confidence vote among lawmakers from within her Conservative Party, which means she won’t face another leadership challenge for at least another year. Earlier this week the pound fell to 20-month lows after May pulled a vote on her Brexit divorce deal with the European Union. It’s recovered slightly since then.BONDS: Bond prices were little changed. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note remained at 2.90 per cent.ASIA: The Japanese Nikkei 225 index gained 1 per cent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng jumped 1.3 per cent while the Kospi in South Korea added 0.6 per cent.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 113.61 yen from 113.22 yen. The euro fell to $1.1344 from $1.1367. The British pound edged down to $1.2630 from $1.2634.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose 1 per cent to $51.68 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, rose 0.3 per cent to $60.31 per barrel in London.____AP Markets Writer Marley Jay contributed. He can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAPMarley Jay, The Associated Press
New Delhi: The debate on whether India skipper Virat Kohli is as good or better than the legendary Sachin Tendulkar shall not die down any time soon. But former Australia leg-spinner and current Rajasthan Royals brand ambassador Shane Warne has a fun take on this. Asked on and off about the two and who he considers best, Warne says he “would not wish to bowl to either of the Indian batsmen”. As the Royals prepare for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League, Warne said while Viv Richards was the best ODI batsman he has seen, he would like to judge Kohli once his career is done. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenGoing back to who he would bowl to, Warne joked that he would rather bowl to someone like former South Africa batsman Daryl Cullinan — known to have been his bunny during their playing days. “Sachin in the mid 90s and also Brian Lara in the mid 90s were a class above everyone else. Not so much in the later half of their careers, but in that phase of four to five years from 1994-95 they were just a class above. “Virat and Sachin are two completely different players altogether, but they are greats. None (I would wish to bowl to) actually (Warne laughs). To me both are terrific players, I couldn’t chose one,” he said. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery”To me we all know Don Bradman was the best batsman and that is unanimous. Outside that, to me Viv Richards was the best player I saw. I would rather bowl to someone else. Bring me Cullinan to bowl to, he is easy. “To me the best ODI batsman I have seen would be Viv and Virat. His record is just insane — that how good he is. It is just so hard to judge a player when he is playing,” he added. Commenting on his role with the Royals this year, Warne said he was looking forward to the role of promoting the franchise as also he would look to find some time to go and have a chat with the players. “I love the evolution of the IPL, the passion of the fans and the evolving of the tactics of the players. I have been a captain and coach for four years, I was a consultant, I was a mentor with the team last year and now a brand ambassador. “I will be working more off field this year, spreading a word on the Royals globally which is pretty cool. But yes, I will try and have some interaction with the players at some stage. I have really enjoyed it,” he recollected. Royals batsman and former Australia skipper Steve Smith will look to make his return to the world stage — post the 12-month ban for his part in the Sandpaper Gate fiasco — with the IPL and Warne believes that he is a class act and he will definitely return to action a lot more hungry.
New Delhi: Airtel Africa, a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel that provides services in Africa, Tuesday posted a net profit of $89 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, on account of increase in data consumption and Airtel Money penetration. The company had posted a loss of $33 million in the same period a year ago. Its revenue increased by 6 per cent to $781 million during the reported quarter from $736 million in the corresponding period of 2017-18. “Increase in Data & Airtel Money penetration led to faster net revenue growth,” Airtel Africa said in its quarterly report. For year ended March 31, 2019, Airtel Africa posted a profit of $412 million while it had reported loss of $138 million a year ago.
OSU junior forward Nichelle Prince (7) dribbles the ball during a game agaisnt Minnesota on Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost 1-2. Credit: Sam HarrisThe Ohio State women’s soccer team’s season added at least one more game to its season Monday night after the Buckeyes were selected to compete in the NCAA Tournament.OSU finished the regular season with a 10-6-3 (4-4-3 Big Ten) record, and will host the Dayton Flyers in the first round at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, with a 6 p.m. scheduled kick-off. The Flyers come to Columbus with a 9-9-3 regular season record, also having captured the Atlantic 10 Tournament championship.This tournament bid marks the 11th time the Buckeyes will compete in the NCAA Tournament, and is the seventh in the last eight seasons. OSU joins seven other Big Ten teams in this year’s tournament, including Minnesota, Penn State, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Michigan and Nebraska. With their last matchup being on Oct. 26 versus Penn State, the Buckeyes will have had a total of three weeks’ rest before Saturday’s game. Dayton presents a tough lineup for OSU, as junior forward Alexis Kiehl is tied for the NCAA lead in total goals scored this season with 20. The winner will move on to the next round, facing either Northern Kentucky or West Virginia, who OSU played in the regular season.
After leaving Ohio State’s win over TCU on Sept. 15, junior defensive end Nick Bosa has been sidelined with a core muscle injury with no timetable for return. In Monday’s press conference, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said Bosa will be getting reevaluated this week in Philadelphia, but could not really say whether or not the defensive end would return to the field this season. “I am hoping,” Meyer said. Bosa has been seen at Ohio State practices and on the sideline during games, but only in street clothes.Meyer also said junior linebacker Malik Harrison and junior defensive end Jonathon Cooper are back with the team this week after being sidelined for the Minnesota game after being placed in concussion protocol. Redshirt junior defensive lineman Robert Landers was deemed probable while Meyer called redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette questionable for Saturday’s game against Purdue. In special teams, Meyer said redshirt senior kicker Sean Nuernberger suffered a strained groin prior to the start of the game against Minnesota. Sophomore kicker Blake Haubeil started in Nuernberger’s place and hit three field goals, being named by the coaching staff as the special teams player of the week. Meyer also said sophomore left tackle Thayer Munford is “sore,” but probable heading into Saturday. Meyer praises Justin Hilliard With the injury to Harrison, redshirt junior linebacker Justin Hilliard had the opportunity to play significantly more on defense than he usually does. Meyer said he was happy to see a player like Hilliard get the opportunity to play. “He’s one of my favorite players, favorite families,” Meyer said. “He’s a guy that means so much to us on the kicking game. He played pretty good. Not great, but pretty good.”Hilliard recorded five tackles, including two solo tackles, against Minnesota on Saturday, with two broken up passes in the middle. With the biceps injuries Hilliard faced, Meyer compared his journey to former Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who started his collegiate career sidelined due to injury. Meyer said the redshirt junior linebacker still has a ways to go, but has shown growth. “You never give up on a player,” Meyer said. “Keep working with him.” Meyer prepares to defend Rondale MooreOver the first six games of the season, Purdue has put together one of the more dynamic offenses in the Big Ten, recording the No. 4 scoring offense in the conference, averaging 33.5 points per game and beng one of two offenses in the Big Ten to average over 500 yards per game, the other being Ohio State.Much of that success has been helped by the emergence of Purdue freshman wide receiver Rondale Moore. In six games, Moore has become on of the core dynamic playmakers in the conference, recording 100-yard performances and a touchdown in four of the six games. Even though Meyer has not studied Purdue at length yet, he said Moore does bring something to the table. “Just explosive player,” Meyer said. “I studied him in the return game. And he’s a guy you have to be careful with in the return game. He’s a dynamic player.”
Lille are in a desperate rush to raise €30m in sales in order to comply with the French football financial watchdog “the DNCG”Les Dogues’ were in serious danger of being demoted to Ligue 2 for this season by the DNCG after failing to sell players during the January transfer window to make room in its financial space.Now GetFootballNewsFrance reports that Lille’s financial problems remain and that they must generate €30m from player sales before the end of the month.Should they fail to do so, then they will next punishment from the DNCG.As a consequence, Lille will be unable to use their new signings Loïc Rémy, Rafaël Leao and Jérémy Pied.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.Winger Anwar El Ghazi is one of the players that Lille will likely sell with Ligue 1 rivals Rennes & St Étienne having both expressed an interest, while English Championship sides Aston Villa and Leeds United have also been linked.Although the Dutchman agent, Jorge Mendes, is yet to comment on the player’s future.Nicolas Pépé and Adama Soumaoro have also been linked with an exit from the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.Lille finished in 17th place in the 2017/18 Ligue 1 table and one point above the relegated Toulouse.
We tell you more details about Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to not attend The Best awards organized by FIFA this Monday in London, England.The Best awards organized by FIFA will happen this Monday in London, we are ready to live a historic day in which neither Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo are favorites to win the main award of the evening. We already confirmed that the Barcelona captain will attend the ceremony as his club’s ambassador, plus he is nominated for the Puskas Award for his goal against Nigeria in the World Cup but he is unlikely to win it. But the bigger story is Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence from the gala, the Portuguese forward has been going through some difficult times after leaving Real Madrid and he feels like the world of football is currently against him personally because he obviously thinks he should win all the awards this year. This is the real reason why the Juventus player has decided to skip this ceremony like he already did with the UEFA Awards recently, not attending that gala to honor his former Real Madrid teammates was seen as a low point of his career because he lacked class in the way he took losing the Player of the Year award to Luka Modric. It’s clear that Ronaldo is still going through a hard time after “breaking up” with Los Blancos, the wounds are still fresh and he prefers to concentrate on Juventus.🙌 @Cristiano & @fbernardeschi make it a super Sunday 🙌🗞➡️ https://t.co/vEeFlwvkwS #FrosinoneJuve ⚪️⚫️ #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/kheQn3sWWf— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 23, 2018Ronaldo’s political reason for not attending the gala.But the player has already been instructed by Juventus to not make any statements, the club will take care of giving the reasons for the Portuguese forward to not attend the ceremony. The Italian giants have the perfect excuse to explain Ronaldo’s absence from the ceremony, which is their Wednesday Serie A match against Bologna. According to a Diario AS report, they consider Ronaldo needs to be rested for this match after he played this Sunday against Frosinone and scored his third goal for Juventus. Attending the gala in London on Monday, would leave Cristiano with very little time to rest properly for this crucial match and they don’t want him to perform under pressure for not having the rest he required. Juventus are currently going through a perfect start of the season in all competitions despite not having Cristiano Ronaldo performing at his very best, but the club doesn’t want him to get distracted now that he’s started to score the goals at least in Serie A. The Champions League problems the star had last week, affected Ronaldo’s confidence as he could miss more than one match and the club wants to keep him as happy as possible for the domestic competition.✌️ Goals. ✌️ Match-winners. 😍😍#FinoAllaFine ⚪️⚫️ #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/TW8LQF7iLLKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 23, 2018The consequences of Cristiano Ronaldo not attending are several, his absence from an award show in which he is nominated for the second time this year will send a negative message to everyone about his predisposition to honor his peers in the sport. But also, Cristiano Ronaldo is nominated for the Puskas Award for his amazing goal against Juventus last season when he was still playing for Real Madrid, but the Portuguese forward has an even smaller chance to win this trophy than he would have if he attended the event. FIFA usually doesn’t recognize the people who don’t honor their invitation to their events, this is why Gareth Bale’s goal against Liverpool in the Champions League final is the clear favorite to win this award. Cristiano Ronaldo would become the first player to win two Puskas Awards in history, after the one he won back in 2009 when the recognition was created by FIFA. Back when the Portuguese forward still played for Manchester United, his goal against FC Porto in the Champions League gave him the first ever Puskas Award in history. The bicycle kick goal he scored against Juventus last season, is arguably the best goal for this year’s prize but Ronaldo will miss on the chance to pick it up.🙌 @Cristiano 🙌⚪️ #ForzaJuve ⚫️ pic.twitter.com/e54qzhD9ib— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 23, 2018What do you think about Ronaldo’s reasons for not attending The Best Awards organized by FIFA? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 4, 2017 – Kingston – The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has allocated an additional $350 million to the National Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of Jamaica to continue the provision of loans to the operators of small and medium-sized tourism enterprises (SMTEs).The allocation represents the second tranche of the $1-billion TEF/EXIM Bank Jamaica loan facility, which was launched in September 2016 with an initial $300 million capital injection by the tourism entity. The facility enables the industry stakeholders to access between $5 million and $25 million at five per cent interest for five years.Among those eligible are operators involved in spa and wellness; gastronomy – restaurants and food-related businesses; small accommodations; shopping and galleries; attractions; knowledge networks; and sports and entertainment as well as manufacturers and suppliers.Speaking at the official handover at the Tourism Ministry in New Kingston on Wednesday, August 30, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the loan facility was a critical financial lifeline that had allowed and would enable more sector stakeholders to create jobs, generate growth and facilitate economic well-being.Additionally, he said it represented the Government’s acknowledgement of the entities’ integral role in the tourism value chain.“The idea was born out of the need to build capacity within the sector and provide financial support to enterprises that would better enable them to capitalise on business opportunities to better participate in the supply chain of the sector,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett advised that the first tranche of the loan facility has been fully disbursed, and encouraged other entrepreneurs not yet accessing the provision to take advantage of it to grow their businesses.EXIM Bank Managing Director, Lisa Bell, disclosed that the entity has, to date, processed more than 28 loan applications totalling $509 million under the programme. She said applications totalling $408 million have been approved, with disbursements totalling $311 million.The applications processed for approval fall in the categories of: attractions – $84.5 million; small accommodations – $105 million; gastronomy – $25 million; linkages – $32 million; shopping networks – $30 million; manufacturing – $47.5 million; services – $48.4 million; spa and wellness – $12. 5 million; and domestic tours and car rentals – $125 million.“We are very pleased about that, because we knew this programme could be revolutionary, not only because of its attractive terms and conditions but it really would put funding into the hands of those who needed it,” Mrs. Bell said.She further noted that the Bank has received an additional 25 qualified expressions of interest totaling approximately $470 million.In 2015, the World Bank noted that formal SMTEs contribute up to 60 per cent of total employment and up to 40 per of national income in emerging economies.In the Caribbean, these enterprises contribute more than 90 per cent of employment and 70 per cent of the gross domestic product.For more information on the loan facility, persons may call the EXIM Bank at (876) 630-1400 to make an appointment; visit its offices at 85 Hope Road, Kingston 6; or website at www.eximbankja.com.