R&D Engineering Inc. supports Jefford Classic X

first_imgR&D Engineering Inc. on Wednesday handed over its support for the upcoming Jefford Track and Field Classic X, scheduled for Sunday, August 11 at the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) ground, Linden.Founder of the Classic, Edison Jefford, thanked the construction company for its support, indicating that the gesture will sponsor the Masters Male 60m and one other event. Jefford said that the cash incentives will go directly to the athletes as opposed to the clubs.According to Jefford, securing the athletes’ cash prizes was a top priority of his and he is heartened by the support to ensure that the athletes are rewarded properly after they compete at the meet in Linden. He said that athletes will collect their incentives immediately at the prize-giving ceremony after their respective events.A total of $2M will be handed out directly to the athletes in Linden. Each event carries a total purse of $80 000 with the winner carrying home $40 000, second place $25 000 and third place $15 000. Jefford indicated that he has already secured the athletes’ cash prizes and medals.Managing Director of R&D Engineering, Reginald Roach, said that his company will continue to be associated with Jefford and is proud to offer him support for a venture he came to him with many years ago.last_img read more

Men’s basketball: Hayes, Koenig named to preseason all-Big Ten team

first_imgThe Big Ten announced Wednesday that Wisconsin men’s basketball juniors Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koening earned spots on the conference’s all-Big Ten squad.Hayes was chosen unanimously by a panel of the league’s media.The honor comes as a first for both players, and marked the second-straight season two Badgers have earned the honor. Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker made the cut last season.Men’s basketball: Hayes, Koenig named to preseason watch lists for positional awardsThe Wisconsin men’s basketball team may have lost two of the country’s best players in Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker Read…On a team featuring three future NBA players (Kaminsky, Dekker and Duje Dukkan) both Hayes and Koening had breakout sophomore campaigns.Hayes finished 2014-15 ranked second in rebounds per game (6.2) and poured in 12.4 points per contest. Koening assumed starting point guard duties when Traevon Jackson went down with a foot injury in January and never looked back. Over his 24 starts last season, Koening averaged 11.5 points per game while shooting 44.2 percent from three-point range.Under head coach Bo Ryan, 12 players have now made preseason all-Big Ten teams. Michigan State has had just as many selections in that time span.Joining Hayes and Koening this year are Indiana’s James Blackmon Jr. and Yogi Ferrell, Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff, Maryland’s Jake Layman and Melo Trimble, Michigan’s Caris LeVert, Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine and Purdue’s A.J. Hammons.Trimble was selected as the conference’s preseason Player of the Year.last_img read more

Don Mattingly says Dodgers center-field job is open for competition

first_img“To me in general, young guys don’t do real well sitting on the bench,” Mattingly said. “For Joc to be here, he should be playing a lot. If he’s going to be here in L.A., he should be playing a lot. It’s not going to do him any good to sit on the bench.”Pederson saw limited action in 18 games last September, batting .143. Camp will be an important barometer of his progress at the plate, but his glove might earn him the job.Jansen still unsignedCloser Kenley Jansen is one of four players who will exchange salary arbitration figures with the Dodgers on Friday if he cannot reach agreement on a 2015 contract sooner.Jansen returned from his native Curacao for a workout at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. He did not say whether he is discussing a multi-year or one-year contract at this point.“That’s what you have a good agent for,” Jansen said. “I’ll leave that in Adam (Katz)’s hands.”Jansen saved a career-high 44 games in 49 chances last season, third in the National League. He’ll get a decent-sized raise from the $4.3 million he made in 2014, his first year of arbitration eligibility. The Dodgers haven’t taken a player to arbitration since Joe Beimel in 2007.AlsoGM Farhan Zaidi said in a radio interview that the Dodgers will “definitely be a player” for free agent Yoan Moncada. Moncada, a 19-year-old infielder from Cuba, still hasn’t been cleared to sign with an MLB team by the U.S. government. In the meantime, he’s reportedly drawn wide interest and is expected to command a large signing bonus — a situation that favors large-market teams with money to spend on international prospects. Don Mattingly declared the Dodgers’ center-field job an open competition for spring training Wednesday. Barring injuries, it might be the only position competition in camp.Veteran Andre Ethier is still on the roster. So is the recently acquired Chris Heisey and prospect Joc Pederson, 22, who is considered the team’s center fielder of the future. Who will win out?To hear the Dodgers’ manager tell it, the job might not go to whoever swings the hottest bat in the Cactus League. Mattingly said that improving the club’s defense is among the top priorities, with pitchers and catchers scheduled to report in less than five weeks. “I think we have to be more consistent, especially up the middle,” Mattingly said. “Up the middle was our biggest issue. We were playing different guys at center, short, second — Dee (Gordon) mostly at second — but for the most part not a lot of true consistency through the middle.”The Dodgers committed 107 errors last season, second-most in the National League. Measured by errors, Mattingly’s observation holds up: the middle was a problem.Shortstop Hanley Ramirez committed 16 errors, third-most among National League shortstops. Gordon’s 12 errors tied for second-most at his position. Matt Kemp, who began the season as the Dodgers’ center fielder, tied for second among all NL outfielders with seven errors.Not coincidentally, all three players are gone. While Jimmy Rollins and Howie Kendrick have already been tabbed as the Dodgers’ shortstop and second baseman, center field is still a question mark.The job appears to be Pederson’s to lose. He is already considered by management to be the best defensive center fielder in the organization. If for some reason Pederson doesn’t claim the job outright, he could be tabbed for another season at Triple-A — at least at the outset.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: USA ‘motivated and hungry’ for Spain matchup, coach Jill Ellis says

first_imgLindsey Horan scored the fastest goal of the World Cup so far before Tobin Heath’s shot deflected in off Jonna Andersson for an own goal, meaning USA scored a record 18 times in the group stage.Three-time champions USA look among the strongest sides in the competition, though they could face hosts France in the quarterfinals, but Ellis is not getting carried away. Related News “We know after two matches we were done and we have complete control of the players, with the medical team, we knew who was at 100% and we knew we had a knockout match on Monday that was the most important one.”So, on the basis of that we discussed it, talked possibly more than ever about the starting XI, the coaches and players, we want to involve them in the decisions as well. When we looked at the plan for the match and how to go about it we didn’t think in advance it was important to be first or second.”We knew when we prepared this it would be Spain, Canada or Netherlands, three different teams and we know we didn’t have a lot of time between the games. Playing tonight, a bus trip tomorrow then we need to recuperate for Monday, the most important match.” Women’s World Cup 2019: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels, results for every match “This team is firmly rooted on the ground. There’s a humility, the players have played the game for long enough to know you have to earn every result,” she told reporters. “When you have a group of players with self-belief…nine times out of 10 players can be very talented to make the roster but they need that quality and it is pivotal at a World Cup. “Sometimes it is the mentality that is really important. To have players with self-belief makes my job a lot easier as they are certainly motivated and hungry.”USA’s leading goalscorer Alex Morgan came off at halftime and Julie Ertz was an unused substitute, but Ellis is not unduly worried about the fitness of either player going into the knockout rounds.She added: “Alex took a knock in the first half and I think it was more being smart about it, and similar to Julie who took a hip contusion. It’s a zero-risk game in terms of having players available for the next round.” pic.twitter.com/Mty5LasZCE— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 20, 2019Peter Gerhardsson defended his eyebrow-raising team selection, making seven changes, after defeat left his Sweden side facing a last-16 meeting with Canada on Monday.”It was the most difficult starting XI I’ve ever selected as there was so many parameters to consider,” Gerhardsson said.  Jill Ellis feels motivation will not be a problem for the United States ahead of their last-16 matchup with Spain at the Women’s World Cup, but hailed her side’s humility.USA wrapped up the group stage with three wins out of three after Thursday’s 2-0 defeat of Sweden in Le Havre and will now take on Spain in the next round on Monday.last_img read more