Former Ireland coach Adrian Birrell, who is now an assistant with the Proteas, will help provide the inside information for their first meeting since the last World Cup. South Africa coasted to a 131-run victory on that day but Birrell knows that Ireland have traded off more fancied teams underestimating them as they have made a habit of pulling off World Cup giant-killings. Already, Ireland have beaten West Indies at this tournament and are well placed to progress out of their group for the second time in the past three World Cups. Birrell coached Ireland for five years from 2002 and he believes that their World Cup record should surprise no-one given the developments they have made over the past decade. “They have a strong culture and play an attractive brand of cricket,” he said. “They have a number of good players and since probably 2005 a lot of their players are county players playing cricket full-time, they are playing professionally. “In every World Cup they seem to beat a full-member team. They did that in 2007 when they beat Pakistan and Bangladesh and tied with Zimbabwe. “There is the famous win at the 2011 World Cup against England and they have already beaten the West Indies here, it’s very realistic. “We are taking them seriously, they are a good team.” Birrell pin-pointed Ireland’s batting as their strength – especially their ability to chase after they ran down scores of 304 and 278 to beat West Indies and the United Arab Emirates respectively at this tournament. Press Association “They bat long and deep,” he said. “They know how to chase targets; four out of the top 10 World Cup chases are Ireland chases, three of them over 300 and two against full members.” That record is now four of 11, following Sri Lanka’s winning total of 312 for one against England on Sunday, but Birrell added: “We are fully aware of what they can do, I am probably more aware than most. We will be prepared come Tuesday.” Ireland are one of only three unbeaten teams at the World Cup – alongside India and New Zealand – but will be underdogs against South Africa after they pulverised the Windies by 257 runs last time out on the back of AB de Villiers’ supreme unbeaten 162 from 66 balls. The Proteas do have a couple of injury concerns, however, with JP Duminy (strain) and Vernon Philander (hamstring) both doubtful after they missed the Windies match last Friday. Porterfield admitted keeping De Villiers quiet was almost an impossible task, especially at the same batsman-friendly ground that Chris Gayle made the first-ever World Cup double-century last week. “It obviously will be a challenge,” he said. “You can sit all day and talk about him and different theories and plans and whatever, but you’ve got to stick it on with your best ball and how you go about things. “You don’t have to reinvent the wheel or change how you play against one player.” Ireland face a critical week in their bid to reach the quarter-finals with three games in eight days. After playing South Africa they meet Zimbabwe and India in quick succession. “I don’t think it’s a difficult (run),” he said. “There’s been quite a break between games and we always knew that this was the way that the group stage was going to work for ourselves, so we’ve been building up towards that. We’ve put in a lot of yards in the time we’ve had off – that’s going to stand you in good stead later on in the tournament when the games come thicker and faster.” Any element of mystery that Ireland might still retain against the full-member nations will be all but cancelled out when they meet South Africa in Canberra on Tuesday.
However, Khan pointed out that the CBN also demonstrated that it was not immune to the criticism that money supply was running well above target, and to try to reassure on this front, the CBN pledged to redouble efforts to bring narrow money growth back within its preferred benchmark range.“The proof is likely to lie in what actually ends up happening to money supply growth. All of the data, including CBN financing of the government, will be carefully scrutinised going forward. For now, the only clear takeaway is that there are no imminent plans for further FX liberalisation. FX will continue to be rationed, with key sectors being prioritised. There are no immediate plans for a real policy tightening as such.“Could the CBN cut rates later this year? While this remains our core view, much will also depend on the level of debate at the MPC. What is clear from the publication of the personal statements of MPC members from the previous November meeting is that achieving a consensus around future policy decisions may be difficult.“The MPC gets to decide – broadly – on the policy rates that are voted on (the MPR, the corridor around the MPR, the CRR, the liquidity ratio etc). But the ‘real action’ in terms of monetary policy may well have been the extent of money supply creation by the CBN, independent of these variables. Therein lies the policy dilemma,” she said.Also, in his note on the outcome of the MPC meeting, FXTM Research Analyst, Mr. Lukman Otunuga, said the accelerating inflation levels remained a major cause for concern and stumbling block to Nigeria’s economic recovery. This, according to him was however not enough to prompt the central bank to raise interest rates from the record 14 per cent level.“The fact that the nation is currently entangled in a fierce battle with cost-push inflation has created unease with concerns already heightened over the CBN running low on ammunition. It must be understood that the cause behind the incessant rise in consumer prices is the disparity between the official and black market exchange.“Many producers in Nigeria do not have the ability to purchase the naira on the official exchange and are forced to use the black market which inevitably will make the products more expensive. The additional costs are reflected in prices which punish consumers and spark higher inflation levels.“While most have suggested that the black market should not exist, it is the simple fundamentals of supply and demand that fuels this exchange. There is a possibility of the Central Bank of Nigeria accepting that the black market represents the true value of the naira which should encourage further devaluations on the official exchange this year in a bid to reclaim stability,” Otunuga stated.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Chief Economist, Africa, Standard Chartered Bank, Razia Khan has predicted that inflation in Nigeria would decelerate this year, on a pronounced base effect and better agriculture growth.Khan, while commenting on the outcome of Tuesday’s monetary policy committee meeting, in which the monetary policy rate and other policy instruments were retained, added that at the meeting, the committee signalled future policy easing was yet to come.She noted that while the MPC decision was largely expected, the key takeaway from the meeting was what was being signalled regarding future policy.“Some element of mixed messaging appears to be creeping in. On the one hand, we had a repeat of much of what we had heard last year: that the economy – although expected to recover – remains in a vulnerable position. Nonetheless, inflation is expected to decelerate on a pronounced base effect and better agriculture growth, and the CBN may even – at this meeting – have been signalling future policy easing yet to come,” the economist added.
This season, consistency has been the name of the game for the No. 1-ranked USC sand volleyball team. From top to bottom, all five Women of Troy pairs have produced quality wins in a steady fashion, and it was no different this weekend at the 2015 Pac-12 Invitational in Santa Monica. After beating Arizona State by a 4-1 score and sweeping No. 10-ranked Arizona 5-0 twice, the Women of Troy (24-0) claimed their second consecutive Pac-12 Invitational title and remained perfect on the season.In total, USC dropped just three sets over the course of the day, while their two 5-0 sweeps of Arizona upped their total to 16 sweeps on the year. Some milestones were met on the day as well, as the sophomore tandem of Nicolette Martin and Allie Wheeler won all three of their matches and recorded their 25th win, making them the fourth USC pair to do so this season. Furthermore, the No. 5 pair pair of senior Bria Russ and freshman Jenna Belton also won all three of their matches on Saturday and are now just one win away from also reaching that 25-win plateau. Russ herself finished the regular season with a perfect 24-0 mark in duals.USC welcomed four other up-and-coming conference teams to the Pac-12 Invitational this weekend, including No. 8 UCLA (9-4), No. 10 Arizona (15-3), Arizona State (6-11) and California (7-12). USC would start off against the winner of the “play-in” game between the No. 4-seed Arizona State Sun Devils and the No. 5-seed California Golden Bears. ASU prevailed in the earliest match of the day, pitting them against USC in the first round of the tournament. On the bottom of the bracket, No. 2-seed UCLA would face off against No. 3-seed Arizona, where the Wildcats came out victorious.In the first round of the double-elimination style bracket, the No. 1-seed Women of Troy started the morning off against the No. 4-seed Arizona State Sun Devils. USC struck first and got wins from their four and five pairs, as Belton and Russ at the five spot delivered an easy 21-5, 21-7 win over ASU’s Frances Giedraitis and Kwyn Johnson. Then, Martin and Wheeler at the four spot notched a 21-7, 21-13 win over Mia Rivera and McKenzie Willey. The sophomore pair of Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes would clinch the dual match over on court one, handing Bianca Arellano and Macey Gardner a 21-12, 21-11 defeat. The No. 3 pair of seniors Eve Ettinger and Meg Norton added a fourth point to the team total with a 21-9, 21-19 beating of Whitney Follette and Halle Harker, while the last pair to finish was USC’s No. 2 tandem of junior Alexa Strange and sophomore Sophie Bukovec. ASU’s Jordy Checkal and Bethany Jorgensen squeaked out a close 25-23 win in the first set and rode that momentum into the second, handing Strange and Bukovec a rare 25-23, 21-17 loss on the day. Still, USC registered a 4-1 win against the Sun Devils and moved on to the semifinals of team play.The Women of Troy would then face off against a ranked team in the No. 10 Arizona Wildcats. Belton and Russ would score USC’s first point at the five spot once again, recording a 21-10, 21-12 win over Arizona’s Hailey Devlin and Sarah Seiber. The next team to score a point would be the No. 1 pair of Claes and Hughes, who beat Arizona twins Madison Witt and McKenna Witt by an identical 21-14, 21-14 score. It would be the upperclassmen of USC that clinched the dual, as the No. 3 pair of Ettinger and Norton handed Emily Kiser and Rachel Rhoades a 21-8, 21-12 loss. Strange and Bukovec at the two spot would record their first win of the day with a 21-18, 21-17 win over Kaitlyn Leary and Kendall Polan, while Martin and Wheeler at the four spot completed the 5-0 sweep with a 21-12, 26-24 nail biter win over Arizona’s Taylor Arizobal and Allie Cook. The win over the Wildcats propelled USC into the title match, but the Women of Troy would have to wait to see who their next opponent would be.The Arizona Wildcats had to face off against the ASU Sun Devils in the loser’s bracket in order to have a chance to advance to the finals and face USC. Ultimately, the Wildcats prevailed over the rival Sun Devils by a 3-2 score. An hour after the Women of Troy had beaten the Wildcats, the two teams would meet again in the championship match of the Pac-12 Invite. It would be déjà vu for the Women of Troy, as once again USC swept the Wildcats, 5-0. This time, USC got on the board first with a win on court three, as Ettinger and Norton handed Kiser and Rhoades a 21-5, 21-13 defeat. Belton and Russ at the five spot defeated Devlin and Seiber 23-21, 21-7, while the No. 1 pair of Claes and Hughes clinched the victory and the Pac-12 Invite crown with a 21-18, 21-14 win over the Witts. Bukovec and Strange handed Leary and Polan a 21-17, 21-19 loss on court two, and Martin and Wheeler clinched the sweep with an exciting three set win over Arizobal and Cook by a 21-16, 21-23, 15-11 score. By the end of the day, USC added three more wins to their total to remain perfect on the season, while handing No. 10-ranked Arizona just their second and third losses all year.The Women of Troy are hoping to carry the momentum into the postseason when they head off to the AVCA Championships held in Gulf Shores, Alabama, in early May.
PHILADELPHIA — Eric Devendorf leaned in from the perimeter of the huddle and gave a simple order to his team, one fitting for the enigmatic former Syracuse guard.“This is where we step on they neck,” he said aggressively.Boeheim’s Army had stretched a three-point second-half lead to 14. It was the first time since the opening minutes 15th-seeded Basketball City NYC was comfortably in the rearview, and the SU alumni had a chance to put them out of sight completely following a timeout with under 12 minutes left in the game. And courtesy of a balanced scoring effort – Devendorf led seven players in double figures with 14 – second-seeded Boeheim’s Army eased to a 87-59 win in the opening round of The Basketball Tournament at Philadelphia University on Saturday night.They will play the Broad Street Bullies (Temple alumni) on Sunday at around 4:15 p.m. in the Round of 32.“When we got up 14, we just needed to extend that lead,” Devendorf said. “That’s what we did.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on July 16, 2016 at 9:11 pm Contact Matt: email@example.com | @matt_schneidman Boeheim’s Army jumped out to a 10-2 lead, punctuated by an emphatic slam from Hakim Warrick. The former SU forward known best for arguably the most important defensive play in program history (the game-sealing block with 0.7 seconds left in the 2003 national championship game) drove baseline and palmed the ball before posterizing an innocent defender and smirking while Brandon Triche grinned and flung both his hands in the air.“I just wanted to show ‘em I still got it,” Warrick said with a grin. “I think cause I’m old I only got a few a game, but I can still get up there.”Five players made multiple buckets in the first half, led by C.J. Fair’s nine points on 3-of-8 shooting. Fair flew cross-country from Las Vegas to Baltimore and attended his uncle’s wedding following his final NBA Summer League game on Friday night. The 2014 All-ACC first teamer scored in a variety of ways, including his patented “pivot on the low block, lean into the defender with his right shoulder and float a left-handed shot off the glass and in” that helped earn him consensus All-American honors two years ago.Basketball City wouldn’t go away, though, down only five at half, and Rhamel Brown delivered his own posterization on Rick Jackson to go along with what seemed to be a 3-point bucket in response to every Boeheim’s Army score.“We’ve got a lot of people that everybody recognize so everybody’s gonna step on our throat,” Baye Moussa Keita said. “We’re gonna have to do the same thing to them.”That’s exactly what they did, heeding Devendorf’s orders, and a tightly contested game became somewhat of a farce.After Terrence Roberts flushed a two-handed dunk, he made sure to hang on the rim a little extra and rip at the net on his way down. Devendorf urged the team to not relent so as to intimidate opponents. The frustration was tangible for Basketball City, as Tyran De Lattibeaudiere slammed the ball to the court with two hands heading into a timeout.And a game that was once in doubt finished anything but. Comments Related Stories Meet Boeheim’s Army: Hakim WarrickMeet Boeheim’s Army: C.J. FairMeet Boeheim’s Army: Brandon TricheMeet Boeheim’s Army: Eric DevendorfMeet Boeheim’s Army: Terrence Roberts Facebook Twitter Google+
In their first series since winning the national championship in March, the Badgers swept the Lady Lions with 24 goals and no reply over the weekend at the Kohl Center.[/media-credit]Scoring 24 goals in the first series of the season is nothing to complain about.Extending its unbeaten streak from last season with a 13-0 win over the Lindenwood Lady Lions, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team has gone 29 games without a loss.Nearly every Badger scored on the weekend, as all four freshmen found the back of the net. The only goalless Badger was sophomore Natalie Berg, who had four assists.“It was really good,” said freshman defenseman Katarina Zgraja, who scored her first career goal Friday. “After you get your first goal, you’re more comfortable with the puck and you just feel good.”Wisconsin held advantages in experience, talent and overall conditioning over Lindenwood, and senior forward Hilary Knight’s second goal of the game epitomized the series.Twenty seconds after her first goal, Knight took the puck up the ice following the faceoff. She flipped the puck over the last defender and shot it past Lindewood’s goaltender, Taylor Fairchild, putting the Badgers up 2-0.“I always practice lifting it up and knocking it down and try to be a little creative – add a little spice to what we’re doing,” Knight said. “I like to have fun, and fortunately, that time it worked out.”Knight and junior forward Brianna Decker each finished the day with a hat trick, while senior forward Brooke Ammerman and freshman forward Katy Josephs scored two goals apiece.Head coach Mark Johnson was pleased to see contributions from most of his team so early in the season.“Everybody got their feet wet, everybody had a lot of ice time and it’s nice to see everybody make a contribution,” Johnson said. “It’s good. If I’m a freshman, I got to play a lot, I made a contribution, so those jitters that maybe young kids have hopefully may be eased a little bit.”In the drubbing, Wisconsin outshot Lindenwood 72-3. For the weekend, the Badgers put 132 shots on goal to Lindenwood’s 14.Both sophomore goaltender Alex Rigsby and junior Nikki Kaasa saw time in net this weekend. Both games, Kaasa relieved Rigsby in the third period, facing about as many shots as Rigsby had in the previous periods.“Yeah, my dad made a comment after the game on Friday, ‘Not a lot changed as you went out on the ice in the third period,’” Kaasa said. “My defense, everybody played great this weekend, especially with us being short on players, definitely a good week to get our feet wet.”Friday night’s season opener could not have set the tone for the weekend in a better way.After watching a 2010-11 season recap video and finally dropping their national championship banner, the season opener was undeniably emotional for the Badgers. Nevertheless, UW was able to stay focused in skating to an 11-0 shutout win.“[Knight] and I both looked at each other after the banner dropped and we said we got the chills,” Decker said. “We know it’s the start of a new season and we just have to be ready to go.”The game began slowly. Both teams had only practiced for about a week with their coaches, so things weren’t expected to click instantly.Following a one-goal first period, the Badgers didn’t look back in scoring 10 goals throughout the remaining 40 minutes. Not only did Wisconsin dominate Lindenwood in its first Division I game, it absolutely trounced the newcomer, out-shooting them 60-11.With a short bench, the large majority of UW’s roster saw plenty of ice time. Specifically, the freshmen proved they can keep up with their defending national champion teammates.On the Badgers’ fifth goal of the night, freshman forward Blayre Turnbull sent the puck through the crease to waiting freshman forward Karley Sylvester who sent it into the net.“It means a lot,” Sylvester said of the goal. “In the beginning, I was super nervous – all of us freshman were. After the first shift, we got it out. Scoring in my first game, that’s pretty exciting.”“I think we’ve got a really good group of freshman girls coming in,” sophomore defenseman Kelly Jaminski added. “Even tonight it showed. They work hard, so I think that’s exciting. That’ll be good because it helps our season keep going hard.”As the most experienced Badger blue liner, Jaminski led UW’s defense while senior Brittany Haverstock and juniors Stefanie McKeough and Saige Pacholock are skating with the Canada National Team for the weekend. Junior Alev Kelter is also playing with the Wisconsin women’s soccer team.The sophomore scored her first two career goals as a Badger Friday night – both from the blue line – and also notched three assists on the night.“New people stepped up today and it was really exciting to see that,” Decker said. “Our depth is as strong as it was last season and that’s what is going to be a big threat for us.”
Liam Heffernan’s side beat Burgess by 0-14 to 0-08 in today’s North SHC Final Replay in Nenagh to lift the Frank McGrath Cup.Just like the original game last week, the first half was a slow enough affair, with Nenagh going in 0-05 to 0-03 up at half-time.Midway through the second-half the sides were level on 0-07 apiece, but Nenagh pulled away, thanks in no small part to the efforts of corner-back John Brennan, who was named man-of-the-match.
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“It’s getting there. I’m able to do more stuff,” he said Friday. “It feels good. Everything feels strong. Just kind of waiting on this thing (the PICC line). The good thing is I’m able to do a lot of stuff now so when it comes out hopefully I won’t have a whole lot to wait. I don’t know. We’ll see.”Pollock said he has spoken with a number of fellow athletes who had to deal with similar infections. He didn’t have to go far to find one with a horror story.Dodgers coach Chris Gimenez was in spring camp with the Chicago Cubs in 2016 when he fouled a ball off his left leg. A bruise developed just above his ankle and his leg became swollen.Days later, the swelling had not gone down and Gimenez woke up feeling as if “my leg was on fire.” He wound up in the hospital with the veins in his leg turning red as the infection spread.“At first, they didn’t know how to stop it,” Gimenez recalled of the doctors’ attempts to treat it with a variety of antibiotics. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error As the infection progressed unchecked, Gimenez’s doctor told him it was possible he might have to amputate his leg to prevent it from spreading through his bloodstream into his heart.“He said, ‘Listen, I’m going to go home for the night. When I get back at 6 o’clock in the morning, we’re going to check this,’ ” said Gimenez, who retired following the 2018 season and joined the Dodgers’ coaching staff this year. “ ‘If this does not go down, we’re going to have to potentially consider taking your leg to save your life.’ ”Gimenez said he “ate a ton of ice cream” that night, his mind racing over the possibilities. In the morning, the infection had not progressed. It slowly began to recede, the doctors finally having hit upon the right medication. By early May, Gimenez was back playing.Pollock will make no predictions about how soon he will be back on the field, saying only that there is a preliminary set of targets but “I’m not there yet.”Things have also changed in his absence. Rookie Alex Verdugo has taken over as the primary center fielder and is playing very well both offensively (a .322 average and .896 OPS) and defensively.“I feel like I’ll be able to help contribute in whatever fashion when I come back,” Pollock said. “It’s a pretty unique opportunity to play for a team like this. We’ve got a lot of baseball left so I’m just trying to get back as quick as I can and try to add to what we already have.”TURNER OUTDodgers third baseman Justin Turner was not in the starting lineup on Friday, his second day off in a row since experiencing some discomfort in his left hamstring while scoring the tying run in Wednesday night’s ninth-inning rally.Turner declined to answer questions about his status Friday afternoon. With Kenley Jansen’s help from a few lockers away, though, he was able to diagnose it as “a barrel-ache.”Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “He’s been getting too many hits lately,” Jansen joked. “His bat needs a rest.”Turner (who hit .341 in May) did go through a light workout under the supervision of a trainer, but he did not do any full-speed running and only limited agility drills.“We just didn’t want it to get to the point of being something serious,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said of Turner being held out of the lineup. “We think we got out in front of it and we expect him back soon.”ALSODave Roberts was not at Friday’s game. He was in San Diego attending the high school graduation of his son, Cole. In his absence, bench coach Bob Geren managed the game. Friday was also Roberts’ 47th birthday.UP NEXTPhillies (LHP Cole Irvin, 2-1, 5.60 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 5-0, 3.46 ERA), Saturday, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), KTLA/Ch. 5, MLB Network (out of market only), 570 AM LOS ANGELES — There is not an actual black cloud that follows A.J. Pollock around. It has just seemed like that at times.“I’ve had some bad luck,” the Dodgers outfielder said of his latest setback. “I’ve had some great experiences in baseball too. But, man, yeah – what are you going to do? I’ve kind of learned you just keep moving forward whatever the situation is. It’s going to be fun to come back and play for this team. They’ve been a lot of fun to watch.”Pollock has been out for more than a month so far after developing an infection in his right elbow. The infection led to surgery during which doctors removed the plate and screws inserted after a previous elbow injury – one of a series of setbacks that have limited Pollock to 113 games or fewer in four of the previous five years.In order to fully eradicate the infection, Pollock has a PICC line in his left arm delivering antibiotics into his bloodstream. The catheter has to remain in place until June 12 – a six-week course of antibiotics. Pollock had the stitches removed from his right elbow last week, allowing him to increase his workouts. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies
FOREST CITY — A boil order is in effect for the City of Forest City. The order went into effect at about 2:15 this morning due to loss of pressure in the water system caused by a water main break, which city officials have isolated.Residents are being told to boil water for cooking, drinking, and teeth brushing until further notice, and to conserve water whenever possible.
DES MOINES — The convictions of two north-central Iowa men in separate murder cases have been upheld by the Iowa Supreme Court, but they each could get a new trial after their cases have been sent back to district court to see if their constitutional rights to a fair trial due to the make-up of the jury pool have been violated.Peter Veal of Lake Mills was convicted of first-degree murder in July 2017 by a Webster County jury for the November 2016 murders of Caleb Christensen and Melinda Kavars in Mason City. Veal’s trial was moved from Mason City to Fort Dodge after a change of venue request was granted due to pre-trial publicity.Antoine Williams of Charles City was convicted by a Floyd County jury in October 2017 of second-degree murder for the June 2017 murder of Nathaniel Fleming outside a Charles City apartment complex.In both cases, appeals were made because of the lack of African-Americans in the jury pool. The Iowa Supreme Court in their written rulings say it appears there were no African-Americans on the jury panel for Williams’ trial, while Veal’s pool only had five African-Americans out of 153 potential jurors, below the percentage of adult African-Americans in Webster County.The Supreme Court affirmed both men’s convictions and sentences, but remands their cases back to district court to allow further consideration of their claims that the juries were not drawn from a fair cross-section of the community in violation of the Sixth Amendment. The Supreme Court says if the district court rejects their claims, their convictions and sentences shall stand. If the district court accepts the claims, the defendants would receive a new trial.