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REIMS, France:ItalY-based Reggae Girlz Allyson Swaby and Trudi Carter are both eagerly awaiting today’s FIFA Women’s World Cup game against Italy at the Stade Auguste-Delaune. The match, which gets under way at 6 p.m. (11 a.m. Jamaica time), will see the pair facing three of their AS Roma teammates and many others, who they have come up against during the past Serie A Femminile campaign. Swaby and Carter, two of only seven non-Italian players on the 24-member squad, helped AS Roma to a fourth-place finish in the championships alongside Italian internationals – defender Elisa Bartoli, midfielder Annamaria Serturini and third-string goalkeeper Rosalia Pipitone. Carter, who missed much of the season after recovering from a knee injury, admitted that this was the game that she was most looking forward to. “This is the game that I am really looking forward to, of course, because I actually play in Italy for AS Roma, so I know how they play and three of my teammates are actually on the team as well. I’m really excited about the game,” Carter told The Gleaner. Useful players Swaby, a mainstay in Roma’s backline all season, is also particularly excited to come up against her fellow Giallorossi and knows that her familiarity with the style of play and some of the players can prove useful for Jamaica.“I am looking forward to playing against some of my teammates and some who I have competed against in the past. It’s comforting to know the style that we are expecting to see, but also, they are incredible players, so that brings nerves into the game because I respect them all and I know how talented they are,” Swaby said. She added that while she has kept contact with her Italian teammates while here in France, they have not really been talking about their game against each other. “We haven’t really been talking about our game too much; we’ve just been comparing our experiences a little bit, but no real deep conversation about the game. We had been joking about it throughout the season, just the odds of Jamaica and Italy meeting in the same group with two Jamaicans on the Roma team. It’s really exciting and it feels like it has all come full circle this year,” Swaby smiled. The big defender also gave her opinion on whether she believes more of her Jamaican teammates have the quality to play top-flight, high-level international club football. “Yeah, of course. Making it to a World Cup is a huge achievement, and you don’t end up here by chance, you end up here because you are a great player, and so just based on that, I think all of our players have the potential to be on any team as long as they stay on the path that they are currently on and continue to develop,” Swaby said. Meanwhile, Carter, an Arnett Gardens native, said that playing in the World Cup and representing a top club in the world is a clear sign to every youngster in Jamaica and beyond that one’s background does not have to determine their future. “It’s amazing to grow up from the ghetto, where there is a lot of violence, crime, and people dying and everything, and to now be here competing at the highest level. I am extremely thankful and grateful. It really shows those little girls back in Jamaica that dreams come true once you believe and never give up,” Carter said.
Kentucky Wildcats guard Tyler Ulis (3) shoots the ball against Wright State Raiders forward Parker Ernsthausen (22) in the first half at Rupp Arena.LEXINGTON, Ky. — Get used to this, the fawning over Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis by opposing coaches. It’s going to happen a lot over the next few months.First came Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski on Tuesday night in Chicago, after Ulis picked his team apart, waxing poetic about Ulis’ face. A winner’s mug, a leader’s visage, he swooned.Next up: Wright State’s Billy Donlon on Friday night in Lexington, after Ulis torched his team in an otherwise underwhelming 78-63 Wildcats win. Donlon left the kid’s face out of it, but his praise was equally effusive.“Tyler Ulis never panics, he never gets nervous,” the coach said. “He makes the right decision every single time. He doesn’t hit a home-run play unless it’s a home run. He never strikes out. When he comes off a ball screen, he never gets it wrong. And that’s really hard to guard. When he’s in transition, he never gets it wrong. That’s really hard.”Ulis followed his career-high 18 points against the Blue Devils with a new career-high 21 against the Raiders. He made a combined 11 of 22 shots, 16 of 18 free throws, had 11 assists, four steals and only two turnovers in those two games.“He seems totally in control,” senior forward Alex Poythress said. “He seems so poised out there. Nothing rattles him, which is what we need. I hope he continues playing at the level he’s playing.”Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:9f76620774973c9e763126be Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-373932-4624198372001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Without him, the Cats might’ve gotten a scare Friday night. Wright State trailed by just three points after seven minutes when Ulis went on a one-man, 6-0 run by swishing a floater, nailing a pull-up jumpshot and driving to draw a foul for two free throws.He continued to penetrate and get to the line – and, among other highlights, nailed a sweet step-back jumper and threw a no-look, behind-the-back pass for a dunk – to help UK build the lead to 20 with 5:26 to go in the game. That earned him a break.But in the 87 seconds Ulis was on the bench, the Raiders cut the deficit to 14.“When he went out, we let them back in,” Cats coach John Calipari said. “I didn’t want to play him as many minutes as he played. But I said, ‘I want to win a game more than worry about not playing him.’ If we can’t win without him on the floor, then he’ll be on the floor every minute.”He means it, too. Ulis played all 40 minutes against Duke, then 36 against Wright State. He played 37 minutes in the season opener. It’s quite a step up for a guy who came off the bench and averaged just 23 minutes per game last season as a freshman – when he dealt with shin splints that he claims are no longer an issue.“I didn’t die from it, so we’re all good,” Ulis said of the increased workload. “Everyone likes to play. No one wants to come out. So it’s not a problem for me. I worked on my body all summer so I can be more durable and I’m just trying to play when I need to.”After two assists and five turnovers to start the season against Albany, Ulis has produced 16 assists and only three turnovers the last three games. He’s averaging 14 points and playing like a potential all-American who is going to keep earning postgame praise from the other side.It would be difficult to find another point guard who’s had a better week — and there can’t be many (any?) who are as irreplaceable on their roster.“This is his team,” freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe said. “When he feels as though we need points, he’ll go get the points. But most of all, he’s a great leader and he’s a floor general.”Kyle Tucker can be reached at (502) 582-4361. Email him at [email protected] .
Share this:FacebookTwitter JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – At first the Campbell County Commission thought that the problem with the floor and walls at the county animal shelter had been fixed, but the work carried out last December turned out to be seriously flawed.Then the commission received an offer from another contractor to correct the problem with the porous floors and walls that has kept the shelter unable to board animals for several months.At its regular February meeting they recessed for a week in order to give the Animal Control Committee a chance to further review the proposal and make a recommendation. Then they were forced to recess again in order to review what was possibly a better offer.Instead, the commission decided last week to save money and have the work carried out in-house by the county maintenance department. Building and Grounds chairman Ralph Davis reported at Monday night’s workshop that the county’s workers were unable to start the job last week because of competing demands at the jail. The committee then was notified that the county employees cannot do the job because they are not certified to work with the specific epoxy needed to seal the concrete.For months the shelter has been forced to avoid taking in animals except for strays and rescues, which are immediately farmed out to temporary foster homes or other shelters in nearby counties.Now the commission must again back up and start at square one, and will vote next Monday on a motion to let the repair work out for bid and invite the competing companies, Stonhard and Southern Concrete Concepts, to fight it out for the job, which will cost somewhere in the range of $40,000.“We desperately need to get open,” shelter director Patricia Siwinski told commissioners at Monday’s workshop, “We have 163 animals in our program, all farmed out to foster homes, paid boarding and other private shelters.”Deborah Pemberton also spoke at the workshop to urge the county to get the shelter open, while several other people signed up to speak but later declined, all present to push for action on the shelter.Other citizens addressed the commission on a range of concerns ranging from Paul Baxter addressing the still unresolved problem with the proposed rock quarry to a complaint from another speaker about ambulance service vehicles lacking portable radios.David Prater gave the commission a short history lesson about the World War II troop train wreck south of Jellico and plans to erect a monument, on Highway 25 if the state approves the site, or in downtown Jellico.Ralph Davis also added that the Sanitation/Solid Waste Committee voted to recommend hiring a full time certified mechanic to service sanitation vehicles, using savings from three part time employees to cover the salary.One topic that commissioners did not discuss at the workshop was the controversial rock quarry, and nothing has been reported about further discussions with Potter Southeast or any possible legal action. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/11/2020-6AM