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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – UWF baseball (28-16, 18-8 GSC) came in at No. 8 in this week’s National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division II South Region Top 10.The Argos battled through some tough games last week, losing twice by one-run at North Georgia before dropping two of three at Montevallo. The Argos played three total one-run games last week. Matt Jones starred for the team, racking up seven hits, including two home runs.This is the seventh straight week in the Top 10 for West Florida. The team has been ranked as high as fourth. The Argos checked into the latest Collegiate Baseball poll tied for 28th with GSC rival North Alabama.Tampa (32-7) came in at No. 1 in the South Region for the fourth straight week with 78 points and six first-place votes. Delta State (35-7) jumped to No. 2 while Florida Southern (34-5-1) dropped back to No. 3. Nova Southeastern (29-10) is fourth while Saint Leo (32-8) came in at No. 5. Montevallo (32-14), North Alabama (30-15), West Florida, Mississippi College (28-12), Lee (23-23) and West Georgia (27-16) rounded out the poll.The Argos currently stand at third in the GSC. The team has clinched a conference playoff berth, and will travel to Delta State for the GSC Tournament May 5-8.UWF returns to action tomorrow with a single game at Spring Hill (24-16, 15-1 SIAC). Start time is slated for 6:00 p.m.For the latest information on the Argos, follow the team on Twitter @UWF_Baseball.#ARGOS#Print Friendly Version
Kaori Icho won the 59-kg crown by technical fall over Katsuki Sakagami. Icho is the winner of three consecutive Olympic titles at 63 kg. The victory brought her total of national titles in the two divisions to 10.Kyoko Hamaguchi extended her record national championship haul to 16. The 35-year-old won the 72-kg category for the first time in two years.In men’s Greco-Roman, Hideyuki Otoizumi won the 66-kg division to earn his first Japan crown by defeating Ryutaro Matsumoto, who won the 60-kg bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Norikatsu Saikawa won his third straight 96-kg crown.Tomotsugu Ishida won his second consecutive 66-kg freestyle title, while Noriyuki Takatsuka won at 60 kg for his second career national championship and his first in six years. Saori Yoshida captured her 11th women’s 55-kg title on Monday, the final day of the Japan national championships.Yoshida, who has won 11 consecutive world championships and three straight Olympic gold medals in the division, defeated Chiho Hamada in the final to resume her nationals winning streak after missing last year’s competition. KEYWORDS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOS Still the best: Saori Yoshida (left) wins her 11th 55-kg title at nationals on Monday. | KYODO Saori Yoshida, Kaori Icho, London Olympics IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES When life resumes its normal course, the 46-year-old knows she would like to act as a sports ambassador and help tennis occupy a predominant place in the country, but she is not sure whether she will ever choose a career in coaching.“Am I going to be coaching? This topic has come up a numerous times, even before I decided to retire. Being an athlete, I’ve experienced firsthand and know what a tough job being a coach is,” Date said.“Depending on the age of the player, your coaching strategy is different. If I were to coach, I would have to learn a lot because playing is different from describing how to play in words to other people. At this point, coaching is not part of my future plans.”Though she might not see coaching as a calling, Date has done her share of mentoring to younger female tennis players, including Kurumi Nara, Risa Ozaki and Nao Hibino, who have all been ranked inside the WTA’s top 100.It is no wonder fans are hoping to see her return to the court as coach after a first career that ended when she was 26 and seemingly at her peak, and a second that lasted nine and a half years, through which Date proved she is well qualified for a post-athletic career in coaching.But in her mind, all signs are pointing in different directions.“So if not coaching, what do I want to do? When I look at Japan, the environment for the sport of tennis is not perfect. The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are coming up so I believe the world of sports will change going forward, but it’s not just about the Olympics,” Date said.“We have Kei Nishikori who is one of the iconic men’s players and he is one pillar in tennis right now, but I want the sport of tennis to be much more deeply rooted in Japan, so that tennis isn’t just a tentative thing but a long-term established sport in Japan.”In order for that to happen, Date says improvements in facilities and software are needed, and these are areas she feels she can contribute by sharing her insight and experience.Date, who underwent knee surgery in April last year, said she got used to playing through pain after 41, when she felt like she suddenly hit the age barrier and needed more than a good night’s rest to recover from pain and fatigue.She feels like if she had the medicine, science and technology available to players today when she started her career — with a wooden racket — her first career would have lasted longer.But when she looks back at what she was able to accomplish, even without modern-day conveniences, she is proud to know she was able to age gracefully as a player, standing on the court until the very end and playing her game until the last minutes.Knowing how demanding a tennis player’s life can be with a very short offseason and hardly any break between tournaments, Date had to make a point about the tremendous pressure fans put on athletes like former world No. 4 Nishikori, which can be both a privilege and a burden.“I think it’s an extraordinary achievement for him to be in the top five considering his height and build. I know that some people think that his goal should be to become a Grand Slam champion, but I think he deserves credit for what he has already accomplished,” Date said.“I’m not saying he’s satisfied with his current situation, but please be reminded that he now has a wrist injury. All athletes, no matter how young, struggle with injury and even (world No. 1 Rafael) Nadal had to leave the tour with a knee injury. So I want everyone to understand how difficult it is to maintain one’s position.”When asked how she was able to become one of the few Japanese survivors in top-level tennis, Date said for her, like with every player she has seen at the top, hating to lose is a bigger factor than loving to win.“When I was 18 my coach told me to quit if I’m not able to participate in the Grand Slam within a year. I had just started my career and I didn’t understand anything about professional tennis then, but I believed I had to get there,” Date said.“It’s really that strong will that brought me there. It’s about having a goal. And to continue to win, I believe you have to have a strong hatred of losing. That’s the secret. People think I was born a champion but that’s not true. I placed third in the very first tournament I competed in when I was eight. I would always lose and cry as a child. But I’ve always hated to lose,” she said. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Kimiko Date KEYWORDS RELATED PHOTOS Former world No. 4 Kimiko Date said Wednesday she has yet to give life after sport a serious thought, as she is still going back and forth between strange emptiness and ecstatic relief now that she has retired from competitive tennis.“There’s a sentiment of sadness but at the same time, I’m relieved that I don’t have to worry about my condition every morning when I wake up. I do feel reassured and liberated,” said Date, who ended her career with a straight-sets loss at the recent Japan Women’s Open. Kimiko Date speaks during a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan on Wednesday. | KYODO
CAIRO – The Super Eagles of Nigeria resumed full training on Friday after Thursday’s light training and recovery session with the duo of Odion Ighalo and Ahmed Musa training separately from the rest of the squad as they continued their recovery from Wednesday’s exertions against South Africa in the quarterfinals of the 2019 AFCON.Friday’s training session, the first since Nigeria discovered the identity of their opponents, The Desert Foxes of Algeria, for Sunday’s semifinal clash, saw fullbacks Chidozie Awaziem and Shehu Abdullahi join their teammates after both also sat out yesterday’s session although Abdullahi also did personal aerobic drills separate from the rest of the team.With Super Eagles legend and former two-time Africa Footballer of the year Nwankwo Kanu on hand to cheer the team at the Aero Sports Club, Cairo, Head Coach Gernot Rohr ran the rule over the team as he continues to assess his players ahead of the clash against the Desert Foxes.Nigeria beat South Africa 2-1 at the Cairo International Stadium on Wednesday to progress to the semifinals while Algeria ousted Ivory Coast to set up a meeting with the three-time champions on Sunday at the Cairo International Stadium for a spot in the final.RelatedINSIDE AFCON 2019: Musa, Ighalo Return to Full Training with the Super Eagles After Fitness ScareJuly 13, 2019In “AFCON”INSIDE AFCON 2019: Super Eagles Engage in Intensive Training Ahead of Semifinal ClashJuly 11, 2019In “AFCON”INSIDE AFCON 2019: Super Eagles Observe Final Training With Complete Squad Ahead of South Africa ClashJuly 9, 2019In “AFCON”
Soccer Karawa U-17 youth team of Hoods Lagoon in the Rigo coastline was crown the champion of the Southern Conference PNGFA U-17 Youth Festival at Bisini Soccer Oval in Port Moresby today. The boys from Hoods Lagoon produced a remarkable performance upsetting Port Moresby Soccer Association team two 2-0 to crown the champion. The raw talented boys from Central Province displayed outstanding defence which prevented the Selan Elizah-coached side from finding the back of the net throughout the game. Karawa found confidence early in the match as they dominating territory and possession putting Keivali Iga through who tapped past Joshua Mathew for the opening goal. PMSA regrouped with Kingsford Gai and Ricky Elizah working overtime probing for and opening but Karawa’s Moi Amona and Seba Gima holding the back. PMSA looked likely to score in the second half with some promising runs by their striking duo Ricky Elizah and Henry Rossi but poor execution to convert their plays into points left PMSA disappointed in the end. Karawa’s super-sub Pouna Rupa did not disappoint his throng of fans hitting home the winner in the 60th minute to send them into frenzy. Karawa has several more opportunities but were thwarted by PMSA goalkeeper Joshua Mathew. For the girls, PMSA orange had to sweat their guts out to hold off PMSA green to win 2-0 to claim the U-17 girl’s title.
Softball BY SABRINA GALATAU Minor premiers United Brothers competing in Port Moresby softball men’s A-grade competition are yet to get back into full swing training this week. The competition was hosting its finals when the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in the Government calling a state-of-emergency that brought a halt to the finals. Club Coach Tony Daple said they were able to fit in a couple of gym sessions and field sessions but have not been into the full swing of things which is expected to change this week. “Our training has been what we are expecting it should have been with the SoE causing a disruption to our preparation,” he said. He added that the boys have been looking forward to again getting back on to the diamonds and start games soon. With the limitations of movement and social gatherings, there are planned fundraising events that are hard to organise. As a sport, we have limited support,” Daple said. “We are grateful for the companies and individuals that continue to support our games; it will be difficult to find corporate support during these financial trying times,” Port Moresby Men’s Softball Association vice president Aloysius Daveona. Daveona said it is exhausting when the season is prolonged and it does not give much time for the association to prepare for the upcoming season 2020-2021. In regard to the safety measures, the players have been keeping their distances and ensuring they are adhering to the social distancing factor while waiting for the games to resume. Daple added that contributing to the success of the club is their top sponsor Anti Pest PNG who has supported the club with uniforms and other items, including funding and merchandise.
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(Reuters) A day before his team plays its first playoff game in six years, Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown said star big man Joel Embiid won’t be on the court for Game 1. Speaking on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Friday, Brown said of Embiid, “He will not play in Game 1.” Brown did, however, then leave himself some wiggle room:“From that point going forward, we’ll figure some stuff out. But unless something remarkable happens … I don’t plan on him playing in Game 1.”The third-seeded 76ers open their best-of-seven series against the Miami Heat at 8 p.m. ET tonight in Philadelphia. Embiid is recovering from a fractured orbital bone in his left eye and has practiced on a limited basis with a dark protective mask, dubbing himself “The Phantom of the Process.”Embiid was injured March 28 in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz. One concern at the time of the injury was Embiid’s vision. While he is in the concussion protocol, Embiid has said there have been no complications with his vision or recovery.“I think everybody knows me, and everybody knows that I love playing,” he said recently. “If it was my decision, I would probably play. Actually, I wouldn’t say that because I don’t think I’m ready to play, because it still doesn’t feel all the way right. “Like I said, it’s unlikely, but you never know what can happen, maybe one of these days I’m going to wake up and it’s all going to be gone. But we just got to see how it feels day-by-day.”The All-Star averaged 22.9 points and 11.0 rebounds in the regular season.