Mandalay (Myanmar): Dangmei Grace scored a brace as the Indian women football team defeated Indonesia 2-0 in the AFC Olympic Qualifiers Round 2 match here on Wednesday.Grace (27th, 67th) scored once in each half as the team in blue took control of the proceedings right from the first whistle.Speaking later, head coach Maymol Rocky said: “We wanted to start our qualifying campaign on a winning note and we have done so. Indonesia proved to be tough opponents that committed bodies in defence but we found a way to gather three points.’’ Keeping their winning momentum alive after the success of their 5th consecutive SAFF title win, the Indian women heaped pressure on the opponents from the opening minute.Some crafty work down the wings by Sanju and Ratanbala Devi caused havoc on the opposition defence that was unable to read the play of the Indian women.Sanju’s cross in the 24th minute caused chaos in the Indonesian defence, with one defender almost turning it into an own goal before clearing the lines.Sandhiya’s run in the 26th minute, after she was found by Sanju, caught the Indonesian defenders napping. Her stinging shot from inside the box was saved by Indonesian custodian Riska Julianti but Dangmei Grace applied the finishing touches from close range to give India the lead in the next minute.In the 67th minute, Dangmei Grace again applied the finishing touches to a shot from Sumithra Kamaraj that was haphazardly parried away by Riska Julianti and fell in front of her – to double India’s lead. The midfield then dominated possession and kept Indonesia on their toes. India take pole position in Group A of the Olympic Qualifiers Round 2. (ians)Also Read: SPORTS NEWS
MATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoWhile the dreaded week of midterms may be over for many on campus, the UW volleyball team still has a big test on its schedule this weekend.The Badgers will be leaving the friendly confines of the Fieldhouse to embark on a two-week road trip beginning this weekend with matches at Michigan State and Michigan.Now approximately halfway through the season, these conference away games against Big Ten opponents will be a crucial test for head coach Pete Waite’s team heading into the stretch run of the schedule.”Every time you go on the road, those teams are cranked up,” Waite said. “They’ve got all their friends and family there, so you’ve got to really focus and stand up to every bit of energy that they throw at you.”I think our last time out at Purdue and Illinois, it was great that we stood up to both of them,” he continued. “This is big because if we get by this with a couple of wins, we can start looking at the second half now.”While Michigan State and Michigan may not be two of the better teams in the Big Ten at 2-6 and 3-5 in conference play, respectively, the Badgers know the importance of every Big Ten match if they want to stay in the hunt for the conference championship.”You definitely can’t overlook any weekend in the Big Ten because they’re all difficult and every team is going to come at you with their best game,” senior co-captain Sheila Shaw said.But with a rematch against third-ranked Penn State (Wisconsin lost 0-3 in the earlier outing at the Field House October 8) the following weekend, overlooking Michigan and Michigan State may be an unintentional habit.”We’re always going to have that Penn State match in our mind, but we’re definitely focused for the Michigan games as well,” freshman Audra Jeffers said.As always, Waite emphasized the consequences of overlooking any Big Ten team on any given night.”You can’t [overlook any team] because if we mess up this weekend then we’re history and it doesn’t mean anything when we go to Penn State,” Waite said. “We want to make sure that we take care of business now and then we can look next Monday at the next week.”With that mentality in mind, preparation this week has been the same as any normal week of practice.”You prepare the same way all the time; it’s just a matter of who you’re playing that week,” Waite said. “We’ve got Michigan State and Michigan — they’re a little different style of teams, everyone’s a little bit different, but in general, we’re always trying to improve ourselves, work on something on our side of the net.”However, Waite has been adjusting Wisconsin’s offensive attack for Michigan’s defense, as sophomore libero Stesha Selsky is one of the best back-row players in the conference with 5.43 digs per game.Also on the Badgers’ scouting report for this weekend is Michigan State’s sophomore outside hitter Katie Johnson, who currently ranks second in the conference in kills with 5.21 per game.Once again, passing will be crucial for Wisconsin’s success.”Passing is huge for us,” Jeffers said. “When we’re passing well, the rest of the game is going really well so if we just stay focused on our passing right away and keep that consistent throughout the entire match we should do really well.”Waite has shuffled between sophomore Jackie Simpson and junior Katie Lorenzen at setter, so it could be perceived that the Badgers’ passing game is in a bit of a flux, but Wisconsin’s big hitters have repeatedly said that both Simpson and Lorenzen have gotten the job done.”They’re both very good setters, really confident and work very hard for our team,” Shaw said. “I think us as hitters feel really comfortable with either one of them going in. They’re great setters and it doesn’t matter who we have in.”Aside from all of the pre-game aspects, Shaw said that it always comes back to playing Wisconsin’s style of game no matter what.”It just comes back to us — focusing on our game and just trying to solidify our defense and offense and keep it crisp,” Shaw said.
Chairman of the Racers Grand Prix committee, Glen Mills KINGSTON, Jamaica – The spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has resulted in the postponement of premier track and field meet, Racers Grand Prix, but officials have expressed hope it can be held in August.The fifth staging of the meet, which was awarded gold status during the newly formed 2020 World Athletics Continental Tour, was set to be held at the National Stadium on June 13.However, chairman of the organising committee Glen Mills informed World Athletics in an April 2 letter that the meet would be deferred because of the ferocity of the virus, local and global restrictions on travelling and gatherings, quarantine procedures, and the inconclusive timeline of the impact of the virus.“It is now clear that our only choice is to postpone the date of this year’s meeting of the Racers Grand Prix – Kingston Continental Tour Gold meeting,” said Mills, who is also president of Racers Track Club.“We are now hoping to be able to reschedule the meeting for a date in the latter half of August. Of course, this is subject to the agreement of World Athletics, in keeping with your overall schedule. It is also subject to the availability of the stadium and the hotel on this new date.”The meet was one of 10 in the new series designed to accommodate athletes from several disciplines cut from the Diamond League for 2020. These included the triple jump, discus, 3,000-metre steeplechase and 200 metre. For these core disciplines, ranking points would have been allotted at the same level as the Diamond League.“We remain grateful that the world body recognised the type of meet that we were putting on, which has been of the highest quality,” said Mills. “And though the postponement of the event is unfortunate, once we receive the all-clear, we will ensure the meet delivers on every level.”“We encourage athletes to follow the World Health Organization guidelines and those of their local leadership to reduce the risk of catching the coronavirus. And we also encourage them to focus on their well-being and to find innovative methods to stay fit during this period,” he added.Among the athletes who had confirmed their participation at the Racers Grand Prix were 200m World champion Noah Lyles of the United States and world record 400m holder and Olympic champion Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa.The World Athletics Continental Tour series was set to begin on May 10 in Tokyo, Japan and would also have included the Fanny Blankers Koen Games in Hengelo, Netherlands; the Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland; and the Skolimowska Memorial in Silesia, Poland.CMC