Home invasion suspect drives himself to jail in stolen jeep

first_imgA Port St. Lucie man who is accused of attacking and robbing an 80-year-old man in a home invasion drove himself to jail in the victim’s stolen jeep.On Wednesday, police released surveillance photographs of the suspect on social media.Police arrested 40-year-0ld James Simpson on Thursday when he decided to drive himself to the jail in the vehicle he told after seeing himself on the news and social media.Simpson attacked the elderly man in his home and stole his credit cards, and the victim’s Jeep Wrangler.Port St. Lucie police Sgt. Lisa Marie Carrasquillo said a neighbor found the victim lying on the floor of his home Tuesday and called 911.Simpson is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, aggravated battery on a person 65 or older and home-invasion robbery Port St. Lucie Police DepartmentPolice say James Simpson drove himself to jail in this Jeep Wrangler that was stolen during a home invasion in Port St. Lucie.last_img read more

Umpire Cumberbatch – a man of `impeccable integrity’

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Prominent jurist and former national cricketer, Prakash Moosai has described late former international umpire Clyde Cumberbatch as a man of “impeccable integrity.”Speaking during a tribute at the funeral for Cumberbatch on Friday last, Moosai said the Trinidadian had always carried the highest values and these had always been evident during his umpiring career.“The man was a man of impeccable integrity and he did what he thought was right and honest,” Justice Moosai told mourners gathered at All Saints Anglican Church.“For that, Trinidad and Tobago and the West Indies region owe him a lot because they were able to get someone who was so independent, full of integrity and impartial.”Moosai, who played 20 first class matches for Trinidad and Tobago during the 1980s, said though Cumberbatch took officiating very seriously, he was often lighthearted off the field.“Clyde had this no nonsense demeanour on the field of play but when he was off, he would always share a drink with the players and have a chat,” he recalled.Former umpire Vivian Johnson, secretary of the West Indies Umpires Association, also said Cumberbatch had been defined by his integrity.“Clyde would always be remembered as a man of tremendous integrity,” the Jamaican said.“I umpired with him and shared a close relationship with a man I saw as a mentor.”Cumberbatch passed away a week ago after falling ill at home and failing to recover after being rushed to hospital.The 81-year-old stood in 12 Tests during a 14-year career between 1981 and 1995, and also officiated in 26 One-Day Internationals…He was eulogised by his son Robert at the service attended by prominent local administrators administrators Baldath Mahabir, Lalman Kowlessar and Deryck Murray.last_img read more

Masai’s Giants of Africa Camp Opens in Lagos

first_imgThe youth focused camps kicked off in Rwanda from August 7 to 9, Uganda from August 10 to 12, Kenya from August 13 to 15, and then Nigeria holding from August 19 to 21. It will hold in Ivory Coast from August 23 to 25 and conclude in Senegal with boys’ and girls’ camps from August 26 to 28.“Sport can change the world,” said Ujiri, a former Nigeria international. “Africa must rise and the way we get there is together. One of Giants of Africa’s fundamental mottos is – Dream Big. We believe that basketball can be used as a tool to educate and develop youth around the world to accomplish their dreams.“In addition to training coaches in each country and building infrastructure, we strive to serve as role models for these kids to learn from and be motivated by hard work. We feel a deep sense of responsibility to help them develop as athletes and be good citizens within their community.”Giants of Africa summer camps ‎bring together elite and emerging coaches from across Africa and internationally. The skills sessions are tailored to develop aspiring basketball athletes both on and off the court. Sessions over the course of three days will focus on helping players develop athleticism, enhance life skills, set goals and inspire them to accomplish their dreams.In each country, Giants of Africa is participating in outreach projects in each local community. In Rwanda the team opened a new court at Rafiki Club. Kenya community outreach included a project impacting the neighbourhood of Kayole. The Giants of Africa team will be visiting Little Saints Orphanage in Nigeria, Cite d’Ivoire Orphelinat De Bingerville in Ivory Coast and will support the SEED project in Senegal.An indigene of Nigeria, Ujiri’s love of basketball paved his way to becoming the first African-born General Manager for a major North American sports team and he never forgot his roots, or the opportunities presented to him.Inspired by the NBA’s ‘Basketball Without Borders’ programme, Giants of Africa exists to create those same opportunities for not only African youth, but also for coaches and mentors who go back to their own homeland to influence future generations. Since the Giants of Africa camps began more than 100 camp attendees have moved on to high school or university in the United States, with around 20 now playing professionally in Europe.Giants of Africa 2017 camps have been made possible with the support of partners including the NBA, Nike, Nestlé Milo, Ecobank, MLSE Foundation and Sportscorp Travel.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Giants of Africa, the organisation founded by Toronto Raptors President, Masai Ujiri, will begin its annual camp on Saturday. The venue this time is the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.GOA officials confirmed that the kids for the training are already in Lagos for the Saturday tip off. The event is being held in six countries this year.Dedicated to supporting the growth of basketball in Africa, Giants of Africa is hosting skills camps in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Senegal.last_img read more

Man City Compound Watford’s Relegation Woes

first_imgPREMIER LEAGUEWatford failed to ease their relegation fears in the wake of Nigel Pearson’s surprise sacking as they were hammered 4-0 by a Raheem Sterling-inspired Manchester City.Defeat means the Hornets’ battle to stay up will go to the final day of the season on Sunday, when they visit Arsenal. Pearson became the Hornets’ third managerial casualty of the campaign on Monday, leaving Under-23 coach Hayden Mullins and his assistant Graham Stack in charge for their final two games.And they could hardly have had a tougher first assignment than against City, who completed the double over them with this win, at an aggregate score of 12-0 – a joint Premier League record for one team against another in a single season.Sterling took the game away from the home side before half-time, firing in a rising shot to open the scoring before doubling the advantage by following up his own saved penalty – awarded for a foul on him by Will Hughes.Phil Foden added a third after Ben Foster had parried a Sterling shot before Aymeric Laporte nodded in from Kevin de Bruyne’s free-kick.City’s fourth straight league win could have been even more emphatic but Gabriel Jesus had an injury-time header ruled out for offside.This could well be important to Watford, with goal difference potentially a crucial deciding factor going into the weekend.The defeat leaves the Hornets 17th, three points above Aston Villa and Bournemouth – all three clubs have the same goal difference of -27.A Villa victory over Arsenal later on Tuesday will mean the Hornets start Sunday in the bottom three, with their fate no longer in their own hands.Pearson’s sacking came out of the blue, as the former Leicester boss was still within sight of securing Premier League survival – the remit given to him on his appointment in December.Having taken over with the club seven points adrift at the bottom of the table, he won seven of 20 matches – results that not only lifted them out of the bottom three but also gave him the best win percentage of any Watford boss since they were promoted in 2015.Pearson, though, is now the past and Mullins, his players and the rest of the club are left to consider a worrying present and potentially devastating future.They were outclassed by City, barely allowed a kick in what amounted to an exercise in damage limitation from the moment the visitors broke the deadlock.They were allowed just 23.7% possession and managed just two shots at goal, neither on target. The only time they threatened in any way was when substitute Danny Welbeck got in behind the City defence but saw a tame, poked effort saved by Ederson.That goalkeeper Foster was the Watford player who attempted the most passes (29) tells a story in itself.So too does the fact their team pass total was a paltry 232, against the visitors’ 750. City midfielder Rodri alone made 131.All they can do now is hope that Villa fail to get a result against Arsenal and that they can then get something themselves against a Gunners side who beat City just a few days ago.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Maryland blows out Syracuse women’s lacrosse 19-9 in semifinal, ends SU’s season for 4th straight year

first_imgCHESTER, Pa. — Again and again Maryland fans cheered. A revolving door of players in white jerseys ran to hug awaiting teammates. Syracuse tried switching goalies, faceguarding different players, anything.For the first time this season, Syracuse found itself in a nightmare where nothing worked.The SU senior class that brought the program to consistent national relevance, but failed to win in the biggest moments, had a final chance to reverse that narrative. But after the first few minutes, the result was never in doubt. In nine tries, the seniors never beat Maryland.“(Maryland) is a step ahead of everybody right now,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “We were just hoping to trip them up, that they had an off game. It didn’t happen for us.”Last year, Maryland had to stall ball to beat Syracuse. This year, the clock ran on its own.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith the mercy rule running clock on for a good portion of the second half, the Orange fell to the Terrapins on the season’s final weekend for the fourth year in a row. No. 1-seeded Maryland (22-0, 5-0 Big Ten) steamrolled fourth-seeded Syracuse (19-6, 5-2 Atlantic Coast), 19-9, on Friday night in front of a crowd of 7,906 at Talen Energy Stadium. SU and UMD played comparable games in terms of draw controls, groundballs and shots. But Maryland simply overwhelmed SU in the Orange’s worst loss since 2011.“Maryland stepped on the field with a level of confidence of the defending national champions,” Gait said. “They made very few mistakes. It’s very hard to get to No. 1 and very few teams do it in women’s sports. I worked at Maryland when we won seven in a row. You get a level of confidence … that allows you to build confidence to the young players.”Syracuse star Kayla Treanor compared Maryland to Connecticut women’s basketball, that when a women’s team wins, they dominate for a long time. The Orange doesn’t have that mentality yet, she said.In an effort to disrupt the confidence, SU threw multiple defensive schemes at Maryland, faceguarding three players or none or some combination. The Terrapins solved each one.Alice Mercer, UMD’s All-American defender who faceguarded Treanor all night, said her team did not prepare for any specific player. Maryland practiced its defensive slides and doubles normally. Mercer held Syracuse’s career points’ leader to a single goal.The Terrapins took advantage of Syracuse’s different defenses. When SU shut off three players, UMD head coach Cathy Reese pulled the three out and said she had confidence in her other four players to use the extra space to dodge and produce.Neither Jen Giles nor Taylor Hensh had started a single game this season but they combined for five goals in the first half.Syracuse goalie Allie Murray did not make a save on the 10 shots she faced in the first — and 13 she faced in the game. Gait lifted the Notre Dame transfer with four minutes before halftime in favor of Bri Stahrr, who hadn’t played in nearly two months.The Orange trailed 10-3 at the break. In 25 halves played against Maryland in Gait’s tenure, Syracuse had never scored seven goals.The Orange needed something different. But it got more of the same.Murray played almost 10 more minutes in the second half. She saw three shots and three goals. Stahrr re-entered.This was supposed to be the season to break the cycle.Maryland returned five starters. Syracuse returned double that, added an aggressive goalkeeper with experience and put its best player on the draw control. Fusing freshman talent on offense and defense — Nicole Levy and Alexa Radziewicz, respectively — with veteran units gave the Orange depth.There were stumbles, like losing three of five in March, but the pieces added up to Syracuse playing its best lacrosse heading into the tournament.“It’s do-or-die at this point,” SU assistant coach Michelle Tumolo said before the tournament. “If there’s a year we could do it, it’s this year. We have everything we need.“It’s championship or bust.”The Syracuse coaching staff watched calmly from the sideline on Friday. There was no yelling, no frantic huddles, no pointing fingers despite a 57-15 disparity in fouls. Tumolo spent most of the game with her hands clasped above her head on her flat-brimmed hat, seemingly in exasperation.The coaching staff watched as Syracuse’s slowly slipped away.The loss means the best player in program history finished her career without the only award she ever wanted. It means the No. 1 recruiting class of 2012 finished without ever finishing a season No. 1 in college. It means a program defined by success until the season’s final weekend finished another year without a championship.“I hope the senior class wouldn’t be remembered (for never being able to beat Maryland),” Treanor said. “I think we were pretty good. We always ended up short. Real close though.”Before Maryland annually ended the Orange’s season, it was Northwestern. Before Treanor left Syracuse without a national title, it was greats Alyssa Murray, Katie Rowan and Tumolo.“One… More… Time!” the red-and-white section of the stands yelled.Under the brightest lights women’s lacrosse has to offer, players in blue jerseys with orange numbers walked off the field disappointed. The location, final score, and names of those players mattered little.On Friday night, this season ended the same way as the past three. Like it always has for Syracuse. Comments Published on May 27, 2016 at 10:21 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Barca Look to bounce back in Clasico

first_imgThe Catalans’ task is made all the more difficult given forward Neymar’s suspension. But Barca coach Luis Enrique insisted after their 3-0 aggregate defeat by Juventus that his side would be ready to bounce straight back up.“It will be difficult to lift my players up after this, but it will be easy to motivate them. We have the best stimulus that any Barcelona fan could ask for which is that we play against our eternal rival. There’s no better place to go than the Bernabeu.“We have the chance to get back in the fight for La Liga in a six-pointer against the side top of the league. I love being involved at a club as ambitious as this.”Madrid will be looking to a rejuvenated Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored five in his last two appearances and netted his 100th Champion League goal with a hat-trick against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.The Portuguese scored the goal that essentially sealed Madrid’s last La Liga crown in 2012’s 2-1 victory over the Catalans and will be looking to repeat the feat for Zinedine Zidane’s men this weekend.“I don’t know if there’s a category for him. What you see Cristiano doing is really impressive. The goals, the way he finishes them, in such key, important moments,” said Zidane of the No 7.“He always knows when there’s an important occasion, he’s going to be there. It is out of any sort of category. There are few players who can to do what Ronaldo has done and we all know that.”Madrid will be without defenders Pepe and Raphael Varane for the game, while Dani Carvajal, Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale all have question marks over their fitness heading into the game.Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid will look to further tighten their grip on third place as they travel to Espanyol on Saturday, while the weekend’s action culminates on Monday with a Basque derby as Eibar host Athletic Bilbao.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After sealing their place in the Champions League semifinal, Real Madrid can take a huge step towards claiming a first La Liga title in five years when they host great rivals Barcelona in El Clasico on Sunday.An injury-time Sergio Ramos equaliser ensured Madrid maintained a six-point cushion over Luis Enrique’s side when the sides met earlier this season, and with Los Blancos currently three points ahead with a game in hand, victory would leave Barca trailing by the same margin with only five to play.Real are unbeaten since February, winning 10 of their last 12 games. In contrast, Barcelona have won just two of their previous five in all competitions and were dumped out of Europe in midweek.last_img read more

Dispute prevents Angola coach from travelling

first_imgAngola coach Gustavo Ferrin failed to travel with his squad for the start of their African Nations Cup preparations because of a dispute over his unpaid salary, Angolan press reported on Tuesday.Ferrin had not been paid for four months, the sports daily Jornal dos Desportes said, and spent Monday in discussion with the Angolan Football federation while his squad headed to the south of the country to begin their training.A 25-man squad, excluding the country’s European-based contingent, will spend the next three weeks at altitude in Lubango and play warm-up internationals against Gambia, Cameroon and Rwanda.Ferrin’s future was unsure, the newspaper added, suggesting that he might be on the verge of departing. The Uruguayan signed a two-year deal in July.Angola open their Nations Cup campaign in Johannesburg on January 19 against Morocco. They meet hosts South Africa and the Cape Verde Islands in their other two Group A matches.last_img read more

Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Arsenal 1

first_imgTottenham defeated Arsenal 2-1 in the English Premier League on Sunday to move seven points clear of their north London rivals.First-half goals from Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon were enough to take Spurs back above Chelsea and into third place in the standings.Per Mertesacker pulled one back for the visitors in the 51st minute at White Hart Lane but, despite a glut of late chances for both sides, a fiercely contested and entertaining encounter finished in favour of Andre Villas-Boas’ in-form team.Tottenham’s fourth consecutive Premier League win has lifted them to within two points of second-placed Manchester City, who travel to Aston Villa on Monday night.Arsenal’s seventh league defeat of the season leaves them five points adrift of the Champions League qualification places with less than a quarter of the season remaining.Bale set Spurs on their way in the 37th minute with his 10th goal in eight games as he once again demonstrated what a threat he is in the central role that Villas-Boas has assigned him. But this was no one-man show. The home team had heroes all over the pitch as they mixed disciplined, resolute defence with some thrilling counter-attacks.A strong second-half fight-back proved in vain for Arsenal, who made one change from the team that beat Aston Villa last weekend, with Aaron Ramsey replacing the injured Abou Diaby.Gylfi Sigurdsson was rewarded for his equaliser in the 3-2 win over West Ham by getting thenod over Lewis Holtby, while Benoit Assou-Ekotto came in for the injured Steven Caulker. Jermain Defoe was named as a substitute following a month on the sidelines.The opening quarter of the match was played at a frantic pace, with both teams urgently compressing the space to keep chances to a premium. Arsenal were marginally the more composed of the two sides, finding spearhead Olivier Giroud with some good ammunition, but the Frenchman lacked the quick reflexes to execute effectively.Wenger’s team undid their good work of the opening 35 minutes with the kind of static defending that has become all too familiar in recent years.In the 37th minute, Bale’s run between the centre-backs was spotted by Sigurdsson and his sumptuous pass was seized upon by the Welshman with almost effortless ease. Barely breaking stride, Bale slotted it to the left of goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.Chants of ‘Gareth Bale, he scores when he wants’ were followed by ‘When the Spurs go marching in’, after Lennon emerged victorious in another one-on-one with Szczesny three minutes later to send the home fans wild.The Arsenal defence were lamentable in trying to prevent Lennon collecting Scott Parker’s pass, but the winger deserves great credit for the manner in which he coolly rounded the keeper to double his team’s advantage. Five minutes into the second period, the visitors got a foothold in the match through a well-worked set-piece routine.Theo Walcott’s corner from the left was met at the near post by Mertesacker, who arched his neck muscles expertly to flick the ball with the back of his head past Hugo Lloris.Wenger went full throttle in search of at least one more goal. Tomas Rosicky replaced Carl Jenkinson as Ramsey slotted in at right-back for the last half-hour.As Arsenal poured forward in search of a second, Spurs exploited gaps in their defence.Sigurdsson bizarrely opted to square the ball when put through one-on-one with Szczesny, while Defoe and Bale also wasted good chances to put the game out of the visitors’ reach. Despite their second-half wastefulness, Spurs held firm to clinch a victory that their focus and commitment deservedlast_img read more

Only TEN players report for Ghana’s first training session ahead of crucial World Cup qualifiers

first_imgJust TEN players showed up for Ghana’s first training at the Accra Sports Stadium on Monday morning ahead of next month’s crucial 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Sudan and Lesotho.The session under the direction of coach Kwesi Appiah was to give the players their necessary preparation with the non-residential camping.But with several players in action for their clubs over the weekend and some expected to play on Wednesday releasing the players for international duty before the specified FIFA timescales for the release of players will be a challenge.But captain Asamoah Gyan led by example by boycotting an end of season awards ceremony in UAE to catch a plane to be able to honour head coach’s Kwesi Appiah’s call.The Al Ain striker was joined by Kwadwo Asamaoh, Christian Atsu and Maritzburg defender Awal Mohammed.Youngsters Richmond Boakye-Yiadom, Baba Rahman and Isaac Cofie took part in the session which lasted for close to two hours. They were joined by the three locally-based goalkeepers Fatau Dauda, Daniel Agyei and Stephen Adams.But the two home-based outfield players Rashid Sumaila and Mahatma Otoo were absent as their clubs Kotoko and Hearts respectively have called them up for their midweek matches.Italy-based midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu sought permission from the coach to visit his family in the Brong Ahafo Region.He is expected to join camp on Tuesday while those based in France are expected for Tuesday’s training session as they will arrive in the country on Monday.According to FIFA rules clubs must release players seven days before qualifiers which counts in favour of the clubs for the release of the Ghanaians. The total number of players who trained fell short of expectations with many of the European leagues ended.Training continues tomorrow (Tuesday) hopefully with an improved size before the team’s departure to Ethiopia on Wednesday for camping.last_img read more

Ghana XI v Mali: Grant makes six changes as Boakye-Yiadom starts

first_imgAvram Grant has responded to criticism of his selection with six changes to the Ghana team that to Senegal on Saturday.The Black Stars will start with Daniel Amartey after first choice Jonathan Mensah failed to recover from an injury sustained against Senegal. John Boye will be the youngster’s partner.In goal, nine after losing his spot, Fatau Dauda comes back in post ahead of the much-maligned Razak Braimah.Harrison Afful remains one of Ghana’s consistent players in the last two years, but he will have Jeffrey Schlupp coming in after the Leicester man missed the recent Afcon.The team will play a 4-3-3, with Rabiu Mohammed and Emmanuel Agyemang Badu back in the starting lineup after six games following the overtaking performances of Afriyie Acquah and Mubarak Wakaso as the Afcon wore on.Ghana’s speedy lineup is punctuated by the presence of Christian Atsu and Frank Acheampong on the flanks with the target man being Italy-based Richmond Boakye-Yiadom, whose consolation strike against Senegal is rewarded. Captain of the day Andre Ayew plays alongside in attack.Ghana XI v Mali: Fatau Dauda; Harrison Afful, Jeff Schlupp, Daniel Amartey, John Boye; Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Rabiu Mohammed; Frank Acheampong, Andre Ayew, Christian Atsu; Richmond Boakye-Yiadom.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more