The £3bn (€3.5bn) North Yorkshire Pension Fund (NYPF) has launched a tender for an insurance-linked securities (ILS) mandate in connection with an “urgent” review of its investment portfolio.The local government pension scheme (LGPS) said it was carrying out the review in light of interest rate fluctuations and “performance of some of its fund managers”.“This has proven to be more turbulent as the UK conducts its Brexit negotiations and the Pension Fund Committee wishes to mitigate the risks associated with this at short notice,” it said in a tender notice.The fund would like to introduce some new lower-risk asset classes to its portfolio to remove some of the exposure to these risks, it added. The 2014 Tour de France went through YorkshireSource: Welcome to YorkshireThe pension fund wants to start mitigating risks as soon as possible, and said it needed to be in position to start investing in ILS by June.This was because ILS “can only be accessed twice a year” and the next intake was in June.The pension fund was planning to allocate 3.3%-5% of total assets to the ILS mandate(s), according to the tender, which would be equivalent to around £110m-£165m.The fund indicated it would cut back its equity exposure to fund the shift to ILS.As at 31 March 2017 49% of the pension fund’s assets were invested in equities, plus 8% in diversified growth funds.Its next biggest investments were in UK public sector bonds (14%), and in pooled UK property funds (8.3%). It has a £55,000 allocation to a local private equity fund.North Yorkshire Pension Fund’s investments gained 24.7% in the year to 31 March, 2.9 percentage points above its benchmark. Over five years it has returned 13.6%, 2.2 percentage points above the benchmark.The pension fund is a member of the £43bn Border to Coast Pensions Partnership, which will operate the pooled investments of 12 LGPS funds.In the beginning, investors in ILS were mainly hedge funds. Pension funds increased their participation in the market in recent years, with large Nordic and Dutch pension funds the pioneers.Smaller pension funds, especially in Switzerland, entered the market later, although a Swiss pension fund recently noted that ILS and catastrophe bonds had become quite expensive, especially when hedged in Swiss francs. Catastrophe bonds, or cat bonds, are a type of ILS. According to offshore law firm Appleby, figures published by the Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX) and Artemis, an ILS data provider, 2017 was a record year for cat bond issuance ($12.6bn/€12.2bn), with ILS listings on the BSX also reaching a high of almost $26bn.See IPE’s March 2016 and December 2017 magazines for in-depth coverage of insurance-linked securities It also said it wanted to reduce its overall exposure to equities following a recent material improvement in the fund’s solvency level.NYPF said it was considering introducing one or more ILS mandates in this context, noting that the returns from ILS depend on underlying risks that are ”very different from those of traditional assets”.“This facet is unique,” it said. “Allocating to ILS therefore helps in building a more robust overall portfolio with a strong risk/return profile.”
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The Dutchman, rather optimistically, thought about claiming the goal, but decided against it. There was no doubt the second goal of the night belonged to Depay, though. The £25million signing latched on to Pierazzi’s woeful backpass and tapped the ball past Bingham. United allowed San Jose back into the match just before the break though when Shea Selinas turned Schneiderlin and squared for Fatai Alashe, who tapped in from close range. Johnstone was the only survivor from the first-half team as United manager Louis van Gaal made 10 changes at half-time. Pereira, who impressed in Seattle last weekend, timed his run perfectly to nod Jesse Lingard’s cross past Bingham and United strolled to another win against poor opposition. Next up for the Red Devils is a match against a much tougher opponent – Barcelona – on Saturday. Ferguson would have given Morgan Schneiderlin the hairdryer treatment for his error, which allowed the hosts back into the match after United had gone 2-0 up courtesy of goals from Juan Mata and Depay. But on the attack, United looked impressive and were well worth their second tour win. Sir Alex Ferguson watched from the stands as Memphis Depay scored his first Manchester United goal in a simple 3-1 win over San Jose Earthquakes. Depay took advantage of a woeful backpass to roll in his first United goal after Mata’s chip sailed in at the back post to put the visitors ahead at the Avaya Stadium. And substitute Andreas Pereira ensured United maintained their 100 per cent tour record with a header after wholesale changes at the break. The match, very much unlike the first of the tour against Club America, started at a quick pace and Sam Johnstone, in goal instead of the injured David de Gea, had little to do. Even though the game was far from a sell-out, the atmosphere inside the 18,000-capacity stadium was good. The only time the San Jose Ultras were muted was when a plane landed at San Jose airport, which is over the road from the Earthquakes’ home. Depay provided the majority of the early excitement, turning Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi twice before driving a low shot at David Bingham. Before kick-off, Wayne Rooney spoke confidently about breaking the 20-goal barrier this season, but he swung and missed at a simple chance in the eighth minute after a good run by Luke Shaw. United again poured forward down the left, but this time they came up with a goal. Ashley Young squared to Mata, whose chip floated over Depay’s out-stretched leg into the net off the far post. Press Association
Baylor University says it has told its entire baseball team and staff to self-quarantine after learning that three TSA agents in San Jose, California who tested positive for COVID-19 had “indirect contact” with the school’s travel party earlier this week. Baylor said the team will self-quarantine in Waco, Texas, or at their permanent residence. The school said no players, coaches or staff are showing any symptoms of the coronavirus. ___4:55 p.m.Russia is offering to host more European Championship games as UEFA considers whether the tournament can go ahead.Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says Russia, which hosted the 2018 World Cup, could hold more than its scheduled three group games and one quarterfinal match in St. Petersburg. Matches were scheduled to be held in empty stadiums but the French league made its decision in an emergency meeting a day after President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on television.No indication has yet been given as to when the league could resume. The league says it will next meet on Tuesday following a UEFA meeting.___9:55 a.m.Everton has become the third Premier League soccer club to put its entire playing squad in quarantine after a player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus. Associated Press 11:50 a.m.Soccer in Scotland has been suspended following a similar move in England.The Scottish Football Association and Scottish Professional Football League say games are off until “further notice.”Six first-division games were scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the Old Firm game between Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic.___ The Latest: US bobsled, skeleton, luge all called off The Hellenic Olympic Committee says a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit Thursday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony.The committee says it took “the difficult but essential decision to cancel the rest of the program of the flame relay on Greek territory.”It says the decision was taken in coordination with the health ministry and the International Olympic Committee.The handover of the Olympic Flame to the Tokyo organizing committee will go ahead as scheduled on March 19 at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.___ 10:40 a.m.The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday.The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday.All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums.Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside. The league made the decision after canceling the season because of the coronavirus outbreak. It will be the first time since 1940 that no team will be declared champion.Games were suspended two weeks ago when the Swiss federal government prohibited large public events.___10:45 a.m.India and South Africa have called off the two remaining one-day cricket internationals and decided to reschedule the series. No new dates have been set for the races but governing body FIA says it expects to begin the F1 season in May when it reaches Europe with the Dutch GP.___1:25 p.m.The first three stages of this year’s Giro d’Italia cycling race in May will no longer be held in Hungary.Writing in a Facebook post, government commissioner Mariusz Revesz says the decision came because of the coronavirus crisis in Italy and Hungary’s declaration this week to ban large outdoor sporting events. The decision comes after the NCAA announced Thursday that its winter and spring championships would be canceled as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus. Some but not all conferences have announced that their spring sports teams would not continue their regular seasons.An athletics official at an East Coast school told The Associated Press that the NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee sent an email notifying schools of the eligibility decision. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to release the information.The official read the content of the email but declined to forward a copy because the official’s university monitors outgoing emails.“The Council Coordination Committee agreed that it will be appropriate to grant relief for the use of a season of competition for student-athletes who have participated in spring sports. The committee recognizes that several issues need to be addressed related to providing the additional season of competition, including financial aid implications. The committee will also discuss issues related to seasons of competition for winter student-athletes,” the email read.___ 5:45 p.m.The Badminton World Federation has suspended all tournaments from Monday to April 12.The tournaments affected include the Swiss Open, India Open, Orléans Masters, Malaysia Open, and Singapore Open.The suspension of the circuit comes into effect following the completion of the All England Open on Sunday in Birmingham.The decision severely impacts Olympic qualifying, which closes on April 30. The BWF previously said it will not change the qualifying window, but said on Friday it “will make a further announcement on regulations related to Olympic qualification points” later. ___1:45 p.m.The World Synchronized Skating Championships have been canceled because of the coronavirus outreak.U.S. Figure Skating and the International Skating Union made the announcement Friday, citing concerns over the spread of the virus and the United States’ ban on travel from Europe.The event had been scheduled for April 3-4 at Lake Placid, New York. The World Synchronized Skating Championships had been held every year since 2000, including four times previously in the United States.___6:20 p.m.Sampdoria has announced that four more of its players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as a club doctor.The club says after forward Manolo Gabbiadini tested positive on Thursday, it carried out tests on defender Omar Colley, midfielder Albin Ekdal, forward Antonino La Gumina, and midfielder Morten Thorsby, who all had light symptoms, and they also tested positive. The second ODI was scheduled to be played in Lucknow on Sunday and the third game in Kolkata on Wednesday. The first game was washed out by rain in Dharmsala earlier this week.___10:30 a.m.The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, has been postponed until a later date. Augusta National did not indicate when the Masters would be played. That means there will be no golf at least for the next month. The Masters began in 1934 and only World War II has kept it from being played. This was the biggest shoe to drop for golf. The PGA Tour already canceled the next three events leading up to the Masters. Tiger Woods was to be going after his sixth green jacket.___ 10:25 a.m. The group hopes to eventually reschedule events where possible.___6:35 p.m.The International Table Tennis Federation is suspending all activities — events, development and foundation — from Monday to the end of April.The ITTF executive committee will hold an emergency meeting on Monday. The positive result prompted Madrid’s basketball and soccer teams to enter quarantine because they share some facilities at the club’s training center.Thompkins wrote on Twitter he was “feeling great and just waiting for the virus to pass.”Spain has declared a state of emergency for two weeks to try to contain the virus.___11:50 a.m. ___12:30 p.m.The last remaining Six Nations rugby match was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Welsh Rugby Union had earlier insisted its match against Scotland on Saturday in Cardiff would go ahead, but changed its mind by mid-afternoon.It’s the fourth match in the championship to be postponed and means the entire final round, scheduled for Saturday, is off. Nuremberg was due to play St. Pauli on Sunday but the club has asked the German soccer league to postpone the game.Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday was called off after Hannover decided on Thursday to quarantine its players for 14 days.___1:55 p.m.The Greek Olympic committee says it is suspending the rest of its torch relay because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. USA Bobsled and Skeleton said Friday that it is canceling its national championships, which were to take place later this month in Lake Placid, New York. New USA Bobsled and Skeleton CEO Aron McGuire says “we must exercise caution when it comes to the safety of the athletes” amid the coronavirus pandemic.Also Friday, USA Luge said all of its remaining on-ice programs for the season in Lake Placid — including training sessions, youth screening camps, fantasy camps and the Masters championships — are off as well. USA Luge also is delaying its open house for the team’s new indoor refrigerated training center. It was to have been unveiled April 4.USA Luge CEO Jim Leahy says “out of an abundance of caution … we felt it necessary to terminate the season at this point.”___2:45 p.m. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):2:50 p.m.Sliding season in the U.S. is over. National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman says players and staff have been told to stay away from the rink and self-isolate while the league is on a hiatus of uncertain length.Bettman said in a phone interview Friday with the Associated Press and the league’s website that, to his knowledge, no players or league employees have tested positive for the new coronavirus. But he added that he isn’t certain there isn’t someone who might not be feeling well and is awaiting test results.He told owners the first positive test result by any player would be a game-changer and that the decision to pause the season came after that happened in the NBA.Unlike NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who said his league’s season would be suspended at least 30 days, Bettman would not put a timeframe on the NHL’s break. Bettman said several contingencies are being worked on about resuming the season and still awarding the Stanley Cup, but he would not give a definitive date on when that would have to happen or how long into the summer things could go.Bettman also said it is not the NHL’s independent call when to return to games and did not rule out the possibility of playing in empty arenas. He said games would only resume when the situation is safe. 12:40 p.m.The Paris-Nice cycling race won’t finish in Nice because of the coronavirus outbreak, and will instead be stopped one day early at the end of Stage 7 on Saturday.The final stage would have taken the race on a 113.5-kilometer (70.5-mile) loop north of Nice. Instead, the race will stop in Valdeblore la Colmiane.___11:10 a.m. The English Premier League has been suspended after three clubs put their entire playing squads in self-isolation because of coronavirus.The league had expected to continue with a full schedule this weekend with fans, but later decided to suspend all matches until April 3 “at the earliest.”The same suspension applies for the three lower divisions overseen by the English Football League and to England’s top two women’s divisions.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, leading to the cancellation of the match against Brighton on Saturday. Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also had a positive test on Thursday, while Everton said Friday that a player had reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus and said its squad was self-isolating.Two more clubs said some players or staff would isolate. Bournemouth said Friday that reserve goalkeeper Artur Boruc and four members of staff had symptoms consistent with the virus. Leicester said Thursday that three players had “extremely mild illness” and would self-isolate as a precaution. ___10:30 a.m.The England cricket team’s test series in Sri Lanka has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The England and Wales Cricket board says it made the decision for the players to return home after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket.England was set to play the first test of its two-test series on Thursday, with the second test set for March 27. The Japan Open next month had already been postponed, but Friday’s decision also affects Olympic qualifiers for Asia, Europe and Oceania next month.An announcement will be made next week regarding the Hong Kong Open and China Open, both in May, the ITTF said.___2:30 p.m.The NCAA will extend the eligibility of athletes on spring sports teams one year to make up for the season lost to the new coronavirus. The first three stages of the Italian race were scheduled to take place in Hungary in May but the country has banned large outdoor sporting events. Race organizer RCS Sport says the entire race was postponed after they were informed by the organizing committee of the Hungarian stages that those three legs could not be held on the scheduled dates.RCS Sport says “all parties have agreed that they are determined to work together to enable the Giro d’Italia to depart from Hungary at a later time.”___2:10 p.m.The first Bundesliga game has been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak. The league board says there is an increasing number of suspected coronavirus cases affecting German clubs.Three second-division players have tested positive for the virus. Bundesliga club Paderborn said its coach tested negative, hours before his team was due to play Fortuna Düsseldorf, and that it was waiting for test results from an unspecified number of players.___11:10 a.m.The Swiss hockey league will not have a champion this season. ___1:45 p.m.The Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Bahrain GP was scheduled to be held next week — at an empty track — and the inaugural Vietnamese GP was set to be held in Hanoi on April 5.The first four races of the Formula One season have all been called off. The season-opening Australian GP and the China GP were previously postponed. The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.”Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 13, 2020 NASCAR and IndyCar have each called off their races this weekend. NASCAR was scheduled to run Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway without spectators but said Friday it is calling off this weekend and next week’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.IndyCar was scheduled to open its season Sunday on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, but suspended it’s season through the end of April. Four races are affected. ___11:20 a.m.The German soccer league has suspended its season, dropping a plan to play this weekend in empty stadiums. The Six Nations says “we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the U.K. and global sports industries.”It’s the first time the championship hasn’t been completed on schedule since 2001, when Ireland was hit by an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.___12:25 p.m.The Real Madrid basketball player who tested positive for the coronavirus was American forward Trey Thompkins. Revesz says Hungarian and Italian race organizers would seek contract modifications so the Giro can start in Hungary some other time.___1:20 p.m.German club Nuremberg says its whole team and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after defender Fabian Nürnberger tested positive for the coronavirus.The second-division club decided to conduct tests after two players from previous opponent Hannover tested positive for the virus. Sampdoria says they are all in good condition in their own homes in Genoa. The same applies for club doctor Amedeo Baldari.The rest of the team, as well as the staff and directors, are also in self-isolation at home. The club’s offices and training facilities have been closed and all sporting activity has been suspended. ___5:10 p.m.The London Marathon scheduled for April 26 has been postponed to Oct. 4. Bremen senator for the interior Ulrich Mäurer says Werder Bremen’s home game against Bayer Leverkusen on Monday won’t be played as scheduled.The game was supposed to be played without any fans in the stadium, but Bremen mayor Andreas Bovenschulte says the decision was taken to call it off because of fears that several thousand fans would have gathered outside the stadium.Thousands of Paris Saint-Germain fans gathered outside the stadium on Wednesday during a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund.Events with more than 1,000 participants were already banned in a bid to contain the virus outbreak.The rest of the Bundesliga’s 26th round was due to be played without fans present. UEFA has postponed all Champions League and Europa League games because of the coronavirus outbreak.The quarterfinal draws in both competitions, scheduled for next Friday, have also been postponed.The decision comes four days ahead of a meeting to decide the European soccer calendar, including the possible one-year postponement of the 2020 European Championship.___3:35 p.m. “We know how disappointing this news will be for so many — the runners who have trained for many months, the thousands of charities for which they are raising funds, and the millions who watch the race every year,” event director Hugh Brasher said.Previously, coronavirus fears have forced the Barcelona Marathon originally scheduled this Sunday, to be postponed to Oct. 25, and the Paris Marathon on April 5 to be shifted to Oct. 18.The Rome Marathon set for March 29 was canceled earlier.___12:50 p.m. On Thursday, the men’s tennis tour suspended all ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour tournaments for six weeks, through April 26.Women’s events have been called off one by one through April 12.The next Grand Slam tournament, the French Open, is still scheduled to begin May 24 in Paris.Also Friday, the U.S. Tennis Association said it is suspending all of its sanctioned events through April 20.That includes USTA Pro Circuit tournaments, along with adult, junior and wheelchair tournaments. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to delay the start of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament by two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament will now start on April 15 instead of March 29.___11 a.m.The French soccer league has suspended all matches indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak. The ECB says “we look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series.”The decision was announced with England playing in a test warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.England also has tests scheduled at home against West Indies in June and Pakistan in late July and August.___11:15 a.m. According to state news agency Tass, Chernyshenko says “we absolutely could expand the tournament program.”He adds that “Russia is ready for however the situation develops, we have plans.”___2:50 p.m.The Giro d’Italia cycling race has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday.Everton says the club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff. Its training complex has been closed down along with its stadium, Goodison Park.Everton is scheduled to play Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday.However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps.___ A spokeswoman for the women’s professional tennis tour says the WTA is going to wait “a bit more time” to make decisions on whether any additional scheduling changes might be needed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Amy Binder writes in an email to The Associated Press on Friday that the WTA “has an obligation” to players and tournaments “to provide playing opportunities.”She adds that the WTA is communicating with upcoming European clay-court and grass-court tournaments.Binder says it is important to move quickly but also not to “simply react.”She says the WTA expects to make a decision “in the week ahead.”
THE Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club has continued its drive to combat the effects of the covid-19 pandemic by ensuring that those most vulnerable are assisted.Well into their fifth donation, the club late last week donated hampers for patients of the Oncology and Nephrology departments as well as to the COVID 19 unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital.According to reports, the club has been seeking the assistance of its members via monetary or other contributions to prepare the hampers for the persons of the various units.“We continue to help in the fight against this dreaded Pandemic, COVID-19,” the club said in a statement.
Two graduate students were fatally shot early Wednesday morning in a car in front of a residence on Raymond Avenue near 27th Street, according to Dept. of Public Safety Capt. David Carlisle.The Los Angeles Police Department responded to the scene, where one female, 23-year-old Ying Wu, and one male victim, 23-year-old Ming Qu, were transported to California Hospital where they were pronounced dead.Chloe Stepney | Daily Trojan[Update 11:15 a.m.] At some point after being shot, Qu fled from the car to a nearby porch to seek help, according to LAPD Cdr. Andrew Smith. The suspect in the case is said to be male. No other details on the suspect have been released.Michael L. Jackson, vice president for student affairs, and Todd Dickey, senior vice president of administration, released a joint statement to the university community at approximately 10:51 a.m:“Our community is saddened and outraged by this callous and meaningless act. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims’ families and friends and all who knew them at USC. The university is reaching out to those affected, offering counseling and support.The Los Angeles Police Department and our Department of Public Safety are working aggressively to solve this crime.This incident occurred outside the neighborhood areas where over the past several years we have steadily increased our security presence, adding dozens of security and license plate recognition cameras, uniformed officers, and yellow-jacketed security ambassadors. However, tragedies such as this morning’s remind us that we all need to be continuously vigilant about safety and security.While crime in our community is low compared to other areas of Los Angeles, we want to reassure you about ongoing efforts to promote safety in the neighborhoods around campus, including a public safety task force for students, parents, faculty and staff; a community safety task force with the USC Family of Schools; and a collaboration on public safety issues between the Department of Public Safety and the area’s neighborhood councils. These efforts, among others, have succeeded in significantly improving safety in our surrounding community.”[Update 10:00 a.m.] Both victims were in their 20s and of Chinese descent. Richard French, a spokesperson for the LAPD, said the female was found inside a late-model BMW and the male victim was found outside of the vehicle. The LAPD received a report of shots fired in the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue shortly after 1 a.m.[Update 9:15 a.m.] LAPD Officer Gregory Baek said they suspect the shooting was an attempted carjacking, though the investigation is ongoing.“At this time, what we have is a tragic loss of [USC students],” Carlisle said.Names of the victims have not yet been released as the victims’ families are contacted.“The circumstances surrounding the shooting are unclear. USC’s Department of Public Safety is working closely with LAPD on the investigation,” said Carlisle in the Trojan Alert sent at 6:25 a.m.The car where the victims were shot has been removed from the scene, where LAPD is still investigating the shooting, as of 7:45 a.m.Raymond Avenue between 27th and 29th streets is closed to traffic.View
For as long as head coach Bo Ryan has been at Wisconsin, the Badgers have boasted one of the best home court advantages in all of college basketball. Under Ryan, the team has a home record of 210-22 (.950) and managed to go 16-1 last season at the Kohl Center.Here are five must-see games taking place in Madison over the course of the 2015-16 season.Men’s basketball: Three takeaways from Wisconsin’s win over UW-River FallsThe Wisconsin men’s basketball team took the floor for the first time of the 2015-16 season and downed UW-River Falls Read…Dec. 12: MarquetteAfter going through a rebuilding period and missing the NCAA tournament the past two seasons, Marquette is back under second-year head coach Steve Wojciechowski with a formidable team led by redshirt sophomore guard Duane Wilson and standout freshman forward Henry Ellenson.And while Marquette is not in the preseason AP Top 25, there is a chance they could prove their worth by mid-December when they visit Madison.Regardless of either team’s ranking, it is always a battle when the two schools go up against each other, as they have split their past two meetings at the Kohl Center.Dec. 29: PurduePurdue was the surprise team in the Big Ten last season, finishing in fourth place after being projected in the preseason to finish towards the bottom of the conference standings.No one is sleeping on the Boilermakers this year, however, as the team opens up the season ranked No. 23 in the AP Top 25 and considered a legitimate contender for the Big Ten championship.This could end up being a nightmare matchup for the Badgers, as Purdue will feature their 7-foot senior forward A.J. Hammons against an undersized Wisconsin frontcourt. The big man gave UW all they could handle on both sides of the ball in last year’s Big Ten tournament, and now, the Frank Kaminsky-less Badgers will have an even tougher time slowing down Hammons.Jan. 9: MarylandBarring any unforeseen circumstances, this will be Wisconsin’s most important game of the season as Maryland is considered one of the best teams in the country this season, boasting a No. 3 preseason ranking. There will be countless storylines as this matchup approaches beyond the fact UW will be upset-minded.First, it will be star freshman Diamond Stone’s return to Wisconsin after the Milwaukee-native surprisingly chose to attend to play for Maryland instead of UW. Expect the Badger students to rain plenty of boos on Stone as soon as he steps on the Kohl Center floor.This will also be a game of revenge for Wisconsin, as Maryland was one of only two Big Ten teams to defeat the Badgers last season when they topped them 59-53 in College Park. The loss ended what was a 10-game winning streak at the time for UW, so Wisconsin will be looking to return the favor this time around when the game is played at home.Jan. 17: Michigan StateThis will be another game of revenge — except this time, it won’t be for the Badgers.The last time Wisconsin and Michigan State met was in last season Big Ten tournament championship game, and UW prevailed after a comeback that was nothing short of a miracle. The Spartans knew they should not have lost that game, and they will more than likely come into the Kohl Center with a vengeance.Undisputed best: Wisconsin captures Big Ten tournament title in thrilling overtime win over Michigan StateCHICAGO – Michigan State was on its way to its second straight and third Big Ten tournament championship in the Read…Michigan State will be lead by senior forward Denzel Valentine, who brings a unique energy and enthusiasm to the court. His ability to spread the floor and bang down low with bigger forwards will prove to be a challenge for both Wisconsin’s wings and its forwards.Jan. 26: IndianaAfter a couple of down years where Indiana head coach had to recover from losing his prized recruits, the Hoosiers are back in the conversation for a Big Ten championship, entering the season at No. 15 in the AP Top 25.In last year’s meeting, the Badgers wiped the floor with the Hoosiers, winning 92-78 behind 23 points from Frank Kaminsky. But this year, Indiana returns nearly all of its key pieces from last year’s team and will be a much more difficult test for Wisconsin this time around.Senior point guard Yogi Ferrell is one of the country’s best point guards and has the makings of an All-American, while his running mate in the backcourt, sophomore James Blackmon Jr., is one of the most explosive athletes in all of college basketball. Both will look to wreak havoc on a largely inexperienced UW backcourt.Men’s basketball: Bo Ryan reloads 2015-16 rosterAfter two consecutive banner-raising seasons, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team will embark on the 2015-16 season Friday night against Western Read…
Gibraltar have confirmed that next September’s home Euro 2016 qualifier with the Republic of Ireland will be played in Faro, Portugal.There had been speculation that the game would be moved to London, following problems with the stadium Gibraltar have been using, the Estadio do AlgarveBut the Gibraltar FA have revealed these problems have been addressed and they are committed to playing all of their games in the group in the stadium.
“I am still one of the best in my sport despite my age. My consistency in table tennis which sees me playing in two top regular clubs in Europe remains an added advantage for me as I continue to play in world-class competitions,” Toriola noted.He is the first African to compete at seven Olympic Games, Toriola was honoured at Rio 2016 and now he wants to continue to shift the goal post by making his eighth appearance at an Olympic Games.“Being 42 years old is one thing, being fit enough to continue playing top table tennis at top level is another.” He continued, “I am very discipline and I religiously follow the things that will continue to aid my fitness in the game. Come Tokyo 2020, I will still be good to represent Nigeria in top grade international competitions until after the Tokyo Olympics.”Toriola believes with the feat achieved by Aruna Quadri in Rio, both of them can inspire a younger generation of Nigerians to take up the sport.“The recognition of my achievements by the IOC at the Rio Olympics was a very good one” Toriola added, “This serves as a motivation for the young table tennis players and a boost for them to work hard and do well in their career.“They now know that when they distinguish themselves, they would be recognised by the international sports federations.”“The fear of not having any top rated Nigerian player doing well at the international circuit for a long time was one of the reasons I prolonged my playing career. I was scared not having any quality players to hand over to when I retire,” he revealed.However, Toriola said that with the emergence of Aruna he can begin to think of leaving the stage.“But with the emergence of Aruna Quadri, I can now retire peacefully with rest of mind that, there is somebody worth continuing from where I stop. But this won’t happen until after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I am still very active and even then the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation has asked me to continue for now,” added Toriola.He admitted that some countries were asking him to take up coaching job with their federations.“Some countries approached me in Rio to take up the full-time job as national team coach, but I turned all the requests down as I am not ready to quit yet,” he remarked.The hard working player made his debut at the Olympics Games in Barcelona in 1992. He competed at Atlanta 96, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi SolajaThe hope of younger table tennis players to rise to stardom may have to wait a while following the decision of Nigerian ping pong legend, Segun Toriola, not to step down yet from the Olympian height for the new generation to mount the podium.At age 42, Toriola was recently at the last Olympics Games inducted into ‘Club 7’ with other players who have participated in seven Games.But yesterday, Toriola told ITTF newsletter that he still hopes to be at the next Olympics in four years time in Japan.
Trinidad and Tobago’s dream of making a second World Cup appearance is fast becoming a nightmare after a listless 1-0 home loss to CONCACAF hexagonical group leaders Mexico on Tuesday.Diego Reyes’ sealed victory for the Mexicans with a second-half header, to send his team clear on nine points. Trinidad and Tobago were regulated to cellar dwellers on three points as a result.Reyes, scored his first international goal off a Miguel Layun corner.The Mexicans were not without luck however as a first half strike by Trinidad and Tobago’s Joevin Jones was incorrectly ruled offside. Just after 30 minutes, Jones was sent through down the left and drove home from an acute angle, but the officials would have none of it.Mexico gradually gained the ascendancy in the second half and semed to turn off the throttle after Reyes opened the scoring.Mexico made five changes to the team which beat Costa Rica on Friday, while, the hosts made just one change, brining in Aubrey David to replace Carlos Edwards in defence.The visitors went close to opening the scoring in the 18th minute when Hernandez and Raul Jimenez combined, but the former missed the target with his header.In other CONCACAF qualifying matches the United States and Panama drew 1-1 and Honduras and Costa Rica finished with the same result.