IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 PARIS – Japan’s Yoshie Onda failed in her quest for a second straight figure skating Grand Prix title when she surrendered her overnight lead and settled for second at the Lalique Trophy on Saturday.Onda, who became the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Prix when she triumphed at the Bofrost Cup in Germany last week, led after the short program but was unable to execute a triple axel and fell on a triple lutz, handing the gold to American Sasha Cohen. “I made some mistakes but I’m satisfied with the way I’m skating at the moment,” said the 19-year-old student from Aichi Prefecture.Takeshi Honda, who won the Skate Canada International for his first Grand Prix victory outside Japan two weeks ago, finished third in the men’s competition. Honda, second after the short program, put his hand on the ice on a quadruple jump in an error-strewn free skate.American Michael Weiss leaped from fifth place to win gold. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES
Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide are looking to become the first team to win consecutive SEC titles since Tennessee did it in 1997 and 1998.The greatest preseason college football spectacle is on the horizon.Next week, the SEC Media Days will once again descend upon Hoover for four days of talking football and fans missing work to see their favorite coach and player at the Wynfrey Hotel.A friendly FYI. When Auburn and Alabama show up, the lobby can get a little crowded.Media comes from near and far for media days. You never know what one will ask, but here are five questions — or more — that should be fired out to the SEC’s finest.Is the SEC national reign over?After the conference won seven consecutive national titles, its teams have come up short the last two seasons. Florida State ended the run by edging underdog Auburn in the last title game of the BCS era and Ohio State knocked out top-seeded Alabama in the semifinals of the first College Football Playoff.The Buckeyes are favorites to repeat as national champions. While the SEC may have as many as nine teams ranked in the AP preseason Top 25 with the Crimson Tide and Tigers near the top of that poll, TCU, Oregon, Baylor, USC, Michigan State, Clemson and Georgia Tech are viable playoff contenders, too.So does the SEC have one team that can battle through the toughest league from top to bottom, win the conference title game and two playoff games to win a national title?Can Alabama win back-to-back SEC crowns with a new starting quarterback?Blake Sims did alright in replacing AJ McCarron as he was the X-factor in Alabama’s SEC championship season. Having Biletnikoff Award-winner Amari Cooper certainly helped the cause, but Sims did his part in helping Alabama have a record-setting season under first-year offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.Florida State transfer Jacob Coker was expected to replace McCarron, but Sims won the job — and 12 games as a starter. Now entering his fifth and final year of college, Coker should start this season.The last team to win consecutive league titles was Tennessee in 1997 and 1998. The Volunteers replaced a senior — Peyton Manning — with Tee Martin and not only won the SEC again, but beat Florida State to capture a national championship. Can Coker duplicate what Martin did back in 1998?Is the SEC West overrated?It was considered the toughest division in college football, but bowl season proved otherwise.Only Arkansas and Texas A&M won their bowl games, but Texas and WVU finished with a combined 13-13 record. On the flipside, Ohio State stunned Alabama, TCU battered Ole Miss by 39 points and Georgia Tech ran for a ridiculous 452 yards in its 49-34 victory over Mississippi State.Auburn and LSU lost by three points each to Wisconsin and Notre Dame, respectively, but the SEC West came up short in a big way in the postseason.In retrospect, those teams built their resumes by beating each other. Mississippi State got props for winning at LSU and rocking Auburn at home. Mississippi had its biggest win against then-No. 1 Alabama at home. Then the Tide took down the top-ranked and unbeaten Bulldogs in November in Tuscaloosa.The SEC West has had a team in the national title game or now the College Football Playoff in each of the last six seasons, but not having a team in the playoff this season will only fuel the overrated talk.Is this Georgia’s year to win the SEC?The Bulldogs were five yards away from putting an end to Alabama’s back-to-back national title run. Had Georgia won the SEC title game, it would have roasted the Irish nearly as bad as Alabama did in Miami.Georgia finished 12-2 and appeared poised to win it all in 2013, but have lost eight games the last two years. However, the Bulldogs are once again favorites to reach the conference championship game mainly because of Heisman Trophy candidate Nick Chubb. Replacing an injured Todd Gurley, Chubb rushed for 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns last season as a freshman.Mark Richt is a good coach, but has Georgia played to its full potential under him? The numbers say the Bulldogs haven’t, but will that change this season?Are Arkansas and Tennessee for real?For teams that won just seven games last season, Tennessee and Arkansas are getting a bunch of preseason love. The Razorbacks are looking more and more like the smash mouth teams Bret Bielema built in Wisconsin and Tennessee has had consecutive top five recruiting classes under Butch Jones.Is that enough to seriously challenge the Alabamas, Auburns and Georgias of the SEC world? Don’t think so, but if Arkansas and Tennessee live up to expectations, they could very well be undefeated when they meet Oct. 3 in Knoxville. Wouldn’t that be something?Bonus questions. Is Jeremy Johnson the SEC’s best QB and is Steve Spurrier done at South Carolina?He’s only thrown for 828 yards in his two years at Auburn, but the 6-foot, 5-inch, 240-pound Johnson looks more like an NFL prospect than any other SEC starting quarterback. Plus he has the nation’s top receiver — D’haquille Williams — at his disposal and plays in one of the nation’s best offenses.Dak Prescott is probably the top returning starter because of how he took command at Mississippi State. He’s a dual threat and a leader. Maty Mauk is solid at Missouri, but neither he nor Prescott has the tools like Johnson. He lacks the experience, but Johnson has shown when given a chance, he can flat out ball.As for Spurrier, this just feels like an ideal time for him to bow out. This has nothing to do with his age, either. The 70-year-old coach knows he’s at a program that hasn’t had a history of winning championships, but the Gamecocks played way below his standards in going 7-6 last season.South Carolina gave up an average of 40 points in their six losses.Spurrier is under contract through the 2018 season. The contract calls for him to serve as a special assistant to the university president and athletic director when he’s done coaching. If South Carolina plays just .500 this season, that special assistant gig will begin to look more appealing to Spurrier.Go Mobile, Montgomery! Download our apps here
Cricket For the first time in seven years, the Black Caps’ premier batting award has been won by someone other than Kane Williamson or Ross Taylor. Opener Tom Latham secured his first Redpath Cup on Wednesday, day two of New Zealand Cricket’s virtual awards for the 2019-20 season, as the country’s top first-class batsman. Senior swing bowler Tim Southee was a shoo-in as the Black Caps’ top bowler in test cricket and had his name etched on the Winsor Cup for the first time since 2014. Latham scored 875 first-class runs in the awards period, and in nine tests scored 608 runs at an average of 40.53 as he was named opener in the International Cricket Council’s world test team of 2019. His highlight was a match-defining 154 against Sri Lanka in oppressive Colombo humidity in August, which spurred New Zealand to a series-levelling second test victory. His run production slowed in five tests against Australia and India but he ended with dual knocks of 52 on his home ground Hagley Oval as the Black Caps swept the touring side 2-0. “This season we faced some of the very best bowling attacks in the world and Tom was an absolute rock at the top for us,” said Black Caps coach Gary Stead. “Even in Australia when we were under severe pressure he managed to dig in and deny them for extended periods of time – it’s that courage and determination I really admire.” Williamson and Taylor both had lean first-class seasons by their stellar standards, particularly the skipper who averaged just 28 in eight tests. Taylor averaged a solid 39 in nine tests, including a solitary century against England at Hamilton and going on to overtake Stephen Fleming as New Zealand’s top test runscorer. Southee secured his third Winsor Cup to end a five-year period of either Trent Boult or Neil Wagner winning the top bowling award. After he was curiously omitted from the third test team against Australia in Sydney, Southee stormed back at home with 14 wickets against India, the world’s top-ranked test side. In eight tests in the awards period, Southee snared 40 wickets at 21.47 and was a key figure in victories in Colombo, Mount Maunganui (against England) and Wellington and Christchurch against Virat Kohli’s touring side. “The test win in Colombo was really special as we were able to bounce back from a defeat in Galle in challenging conditions,” Southee said. “The way we played our test cricket at home this summer was especially pleasing. To beat England first up was a great effort and then to perform so well against a very good Indian side was immensely satisfying.” In domestic cricket, Black Cap-in-waiting Devon Conway won his second successive men’s domestic player of the year award after topping all three runscoring charts for Wellington Firebirds. The South African, who becomes eligible for New Zealand selection in August, began the season by plundering 327 not out against Canterbury at the Basin Reserve and didn’t let up. He amassed 701 Plunket Shield runs at an average of 87; 553 Ford Trophy runs at 55 and strike-rate of 99, and 543 Super Smash runs at 67, and strike-rate of 145. Northern Spirit’s Katie Gurrey won women’s domestic cricketer of the year, and took out the Ruth Martin Cup for batting after she totalled 992 runs across the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield and Super Smash campaigns. Title-winning Wellington Blaze seamer Jess Kerr was rewarded for her break-out season by winning the Phyl Blackler Cup for domestic bowling, after topping both the T20 wicket-taking tables with 20 wickets at an impressive average of 10. The NZC awards continue on Thursday with the presentation of the one-day international and T20 international silverware.
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BATON ROUGE – LSU coach Johnny Jones isn’t quite ready to guarantee greatness for the Tigers.Talented as they appear, there are too many unproven players in key roles for that.“It’s still a learning time and a learning phase for our basketball team,” Jones said. “We’ll go through some growing pains.”Jones, a former LSU player and assistant, is entering the third season of what he considers his dream job, and is hoping his team comes together quickly enough to end a six-year NCAA tournament drought.One of LSU’s top returning players, 6-foot-8 forward Jordan Mickey, doesn’t hide his optimism regarding the squad Jones has assembled.“We have the makings to be a great team,” Mickey said. “We have all the pieces we need.”Mickey is not alone in his optimism. The Tigers were picked to finish fourth out of 14 teams in the Southeastern Conference in the league’s preseason poll.Call it a vote of confidence in not only sophomores Mickey and 6-10 forward Jerrell Martin, but also in transfer guards Josh Gray and Keith Hornsby, as well as freshman 7-1 center Elbert Robinson.The three newcomers will fill voids left by the departures of big-man Johnny O’Bryant III, and guards Andre Stringer and Anthony Hickey.The Tigers won 20 games last season, which was good enough for an NIT invitation.Here are some other things to know about this season’s revamped LSU squad, which opens play against Morehouse on Nov. 7:NEW GUARDS: Gray, who’ll man the point, and Hornsby, a 6-4 shooting guard, are new to LSU but not inexperienced. The 6-1 Gray is a junior college transfer from Odessa, where he averaged 34.7 points per game. “He’s a different athlete than what we had on the team last year,” Mickey said. “He’s a bigger guy, a bigger defender. … He’s able to finish over big guys and be able to rise up and shoot the ball well.” Hornsby sat out last season after transferring from UNC-Asheville, where two seasons ago he averaged 15 points and four rebounds. He said he and Gray have been developing good chemistry in practice. “Since we have been playing together, we have seen signs of brilliance,” Hornsby said. “I can’t wait for everyone else to see it too.”YOUNG LEADERS: LSU’s only two returning players who had significant roles last season are Mickey and Martin, both true sophomores who said they understood they’d have to take on greater roles off the court this season. “Mickey and I are taking on more of a leadership role,” Martin said. “We went into the preseason working hard, getting our teammates more involved and teaching them the right things because we are veterans now. We definitely try to make each other and everyone better.”MOTIVATED MARTIN: Martin averaged 10.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in his first season at LSU, when he was named to the SEC all-freshman team, and did so despite dealing with nagging injuries and switching back and forth between the wing and power-forward. This season, Martin is about 15 pounds lighter, making him more explosive, Jones said. “He worked really hard during the offseason,” Jones added. “We’re looking for some big things from him.”AT THE LINE: LSU shot only 67 percent from the free-throw line last season, but Jones expects that to improve this season. “I hope that I recruited some free-throw shooters,” Jones said, noting that he recently watched Hornsby hit 50 of 53 and Gray hit 50 of 54 during a foul-shooting drill. “That’s a big plus for you when you have good free throw shooters.”MIDDLE MAN: Jones is hoping Robinson can catch on quick in his transition from high school to a starting center spot in the physical SEC. Last season, Robinson averaged 12 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks as a high school senior in Garland, Texas. “With Elbert being a freshman, certainly the speed of the game and those things, he’ll have to continue to grow,” Jones said.
By Simon EvansLIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Liverpool, inspired by two-goal Egyptian Mohamed Salah, took a big step towards the Champions League final with a 5-2 win over AS Roma in their semi-final, first leg at Anfield yesterday.Two late Roma goals, however, will give the Italians, who came back from 4-1 down to beat Barcelona in the previous round, some hope of an upset in the return game next Wednesday.A pair of superbly-taken goals from Salah, against his former club, gave Juergen Klopp’s side a 2-0 lead at halftime and Liverpool simply ripped Roma apart after the break.A Sadio Mane goal then two Roberto Firmino goals put Liverpool 5-0 up and Klopp felt comfortable enough to take off Salah, who had been outstanding. Yet Edin Dzeko struck for the visitors in the 81st minute and four minutes later Diego Perotti converted a penalty to generate some tension for the return in Rome.Liverpool fans left Anfield with some of the shine of a wonderful attacking display removed by the two late goals and they may wonder why Klopp decided to take off Salah and why their team took the foot off the gas.Just as against Manchester City in the previous round, Liverpool had shown the sheer potency of their attacking trio. If Roma’s defence struggle half as much at the Stadio Olimpico, Liverpool will surely be heading to Kiev for the final on May 26 to face Bayern Munich or Real Madrid, who meet in the other semi-final today.Roma began brightly, unfazed by the Anfield atmosphere, as they closed down Liverpool and attacked with intent down both flanks. The mood of the home crowd worsened in the 18th minute when midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was taken off on a stretcher with what appeared to be a serious injury after a sliding tackle on Aleksandar Kolarov.Liverpool looked edgy and they came close to falling behind when Kolarov unleashed a fierce drive from 30 metres which keeper Loris Karius rather unconvincingly got a hand to as the shot thundered against the crossbar.That served as a warning for Klopp’s side, who responded in devastating fashion. STUNNING FINISHMane should have scored in the 29th minute when put through after brilliant work from Firmino but the Senegalese forward shot over the bar with only keeper Alisson to beat.Moments later Mane was set up again by his Brazilian team mate but blasted wildly off-target from a promising position inside the area and his frustration was enhanced when he had a close-range effort correctly ruled out for offside. It was Salah who broke the deadlock in the 35th minute with a stunning finish, cutting in from the right and then leaving Alisson helpless as he floated a perfect left-foot shot into the far corner.Defender Dejan Lovren should have doubled the lead but hit the bar with a free header from a corner and that was the last let-off for the Italians.Salah made it 2-0 with his 43rd goal of the season when Firmino sent him clear. With Alisson advancing he beat the Brazilian with a deft chip that was straight out of the repertoire of former Liverpool great Kenny Dalglish. Some teams might have considered a 2-0 halftime lead a scoreline to be defended. Klopp’s side, however, are far from cautious and they took full advantage of some awful Roma defending.Mane was rewarded for his persistence in the 56th minute, sliding a low finish into the net after the unstoppable Salah had broken down the right and put the ball on a plate for his team mate.Salah then danced past Juan Jesus and played a similar low cross into the path of Firmino, who made no mistake to make it 4-0. Firmino made it 5-0 in the 68th minute when the shell-shocked Roma defence left him unmarked at a corner and he headed in.Bosnian Dzeko pulled a goal back for Roma nine minutes from the end after he collected a wonderful floated pass from Radja Nainggolan and drove past Karius.A single away goal would probably not have been enough to give Roma any real hope for the second leg but when James Milner was ruled to have handled in the area, substitute Perotti slotted home the penalty to keep some tension in the tie.
Embed from Getty ImagesChris Robshaw has signed a new three-year contract at Harlequins.The former England captain, 31, has made more than 200 appearances for Quins since making his debut for the club in 2005.AdChoices广告“I am extremely proud to have re-signed with the club who gave me my first chance as a player and I’ve cheered for since I was a child,” he said.“The coaching team have recruited well and we have our sights firmly set on getting silverware this year.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Manchester United’s poor form in away matches continued as the Red Devils’ clash against AZ Alkmaar ended in a goalless draw in the Netherlands. Prior to the clash, the Old Trafford club entered the tie as the favourites, but the Eredivisie dominated the match on Thursday. AZ created more chances, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side failed to register a single shot on target in 90 minutes.Norway international Fredrik Midtsjø started for the Dutch side in midfield and after the final whistle, he spoke to VG.The 26-year-old stressed he was surprised at the way Manchester United played against his side and also admitted AZ’s latest opposition did not make it difficult for them.“When you grow up watching United under Sir Alex Ferguson, where they used to say win about every match, what we were expecting today was not what I expected. I was expecting more from the players we met,” Midtsjø said.Embed from Getty Images“It is perhaps the intensity of their game; they lack a bit of it. It is just too easy to play them. But it’s easy for me to stand and say that when I stand here and have had a good match. We made it difficult for them.“It’s United, so you have to have some respect for the players and the club, but we knew we had a chance. They won only 1-0 against Astana and have struggled in that match. We’re glad we’re on a par with them, but the way it evolved, it would have been good with three points here.“We were the ones who stood for the chances in the match. Then you feel that you are a little disappointed.”Midtsjø’s teammate Teun Koopmeiners echoed the sentiment to De Telegraaf.“Of course, I dreamed of this as a kid, of playing football at this stage. But playing well against Manchester United is not an achievement, but winning is. So, we were just disappointed in the dressing room. Because we felt that we should have won,” he said.Solskjaer made eight changes to the starting XI after the 1-1 draw against Arsenal and De Telegraaf suggests the Manchester United manager gave ‘less importance’ to the Europa League.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndo熱門話題來自日本的抽脂丸讓胖了10幾年的她變成靚女!熱門話題UndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉（今晚試試）Keto减肥Undo
Latvian motorcyclist Kārlis Sabulis won the 16th place on the “Golden Horse” track in Ķegums on Wednesday in the first race of the fourth stage of the world championship – Riga “Grand Prix” in the most prestigious MXGP class, while Matīss Karro was in the 28th position. Content will continue after the ad Advertising The victory in the race was celebrated by the experienced Italian motorcyclist Antonio Cairoli.At the beginning of the trip, the qualification winner Armīns Jasikonis, who had a broken “start car”, failed. The Lithuanian got stuck in the starting line and for this reason the Dutchman Jeffrey Herlings remained outside the top twenty.The leader of the race was the Spanish Jorge Prado, but after a few laps he went to change the front wheel, so Kairoli took the first position. Meanwhile, Sabulis took the 14th position in the first lap, but Karro was in the third tenth.Kairoli held the lead until the finish, the second was finished by the Frenchman Roman Fever, and the third was Herlings. Jasikonis fought for eighth place.Sabulis climbed to 13th place after Prado’s failure, but lost two positions in the middle of the race. In the last lap he retreated to the 16th place. Meanwhile, Karro finished in 28th position.Before that, Paul Jonas’ teammate Jasikonis won in the qualification, but Sabulis and Karro took the 24th and 33rd place in the competition of 34 motorcyclists, respectively. In MXGP class the second trip will start at 16.10. The competition is broadcast live on the channel “Best4Sport TV”.The MXGP World Motocross Championship returned to the track in Ķegums over the weekend after a five-month break. At the beginning of March, only two stages took place – the “Grand Prix” of Great Britain and the Netherlands.In the MXGP class, Latvia will not be represented by the leading Finnish motorcyclist Pauls Jonass from the “Rockstar Energy Husqvarna” unit, who broke two ribs during training, injured his back and will not drive in Ķegums.On Sunday, Sabulis finished the stage in the 22nd place in the overall classification of the Latvian “Grand Prix”, but Karro ranked three positions lower.The stage of the World Championship on the “Golden Horse” track is taking place for the 12th time.On the Ķegums track in Latvia, three consecutive stages of the FIM motocross world championship take place. Another stage will take place from 14 to 16 August.
MELBOURNE, (Reuters) – The mental health of cricketers confined to biosecure bubbles during COVID-19 will be tested over the next two years, and Australia’s staff are working hard to prepare players for the challenges, limited overs captain Aaron Finch said yesterday. Finch will lead a 21-man squad to England for a T20 international series starting Sept. 4 in Southampton, followed by a one-day series at another bio-secure venue in Manchester.Some of Finch’s squad are also expected to travel to United Arab Emirates for the Indian Premier League before returning to Australia to prepare for India’s tour during the home summer.To mitigate the risk of infections, players’ movements will be heavily restricted during competition, which could take a toll on their mental wellbeing, said Finch. “I definitely feel it’s going to be a real issue and a real factor over the next couple of years, in particular,” Finch told reporters in a video call.“It’s going to be something to monitor heavily. Because it could be a few months that guys are in these bio-bubbles and being stuck in a hotel room by yourself for a couple of weeks on end – or four-five months … that could be really tough.”Melbourne-based Finch, along with about five million other people in Australia’s second city, has been locked down for all but a few weeks since March as authorities battle to control COVID-19 outbreaks. Finch said the Australian team’s sports psychologist Michael Lloyd had tailored plans for players and was talking to each about recognising “when things might be a little bit off”.The 33-year-old opener added that players were on notice about adhering to biosecurity protocols, a month after England paceman Jofra Archer was sanctioned for a breach during the test series against West Indies.“We’ve been really strong with the guys in the last couple of weeks …. Because at the end of the day, if that falls over then we’re all out of jobs.”