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Laing joins MLS-designate Minnesota United FC

first_imgNational left back Lance Laing has joined Major League Soccer (MLS)-designate club, Minnesota United FC, the club announced on Tuesday on its website through the link http://www.nasl.com/news/2015/12/15/jamaican-international-lance-laing-j….Laing is one of six NASL All-Star selections this year to be snapped up by Minnesota, who are hoping the Jamaican can add to their record-setting offence as they look to make the step up from the North American Soccer League (NASL) to the more prestigious and lucrative MLS by the 2017 or 2018 season.Minnesota’s sporting director, Manny Lagos, told NASL.com news they played against Laing for many years in the NASL and are excited to get the player.”Seeing his growth from Fort Lauderdale to last season in Edmonton gives us the belief he will continue to grow and excel. As a player, he always presented us with challenges to play against and we’re just really excited to have a player like that on the roster,” he stated.The 27-year-old has played every NASL season since the modern-era league began in 2011 and is the only player to be named in the NASL Best 11 three times. He has been a NASL All-Star for the last two years.The Trelawny native first represented his country at the Under-17 level. He made his national senior team debut in 2008 against El Salvador and most recently played in the 2015 Copa America, where he starred against Lionel Messi and Argentina and the 2015 Gold Cup, helping Jamaica to a historic second-place finish behind Mexico.He began his professional career in 2007 at Harbour View FC and moved after three seasons to his native parish club Village United, then playing the local top-flight. The defender then moved to Fort Lauderdale Strikers, where he played for two years.”I’m very happy to be cheered on by Dark Clouds and their fans. I have always felt (from) playing here that Minnesota fans are the best in the League and I can’t wait to be on the right side of their cheers. It’s an honour to be joining a team that has so many great players and great coaches. It’s going to be a great team to be a part of,” Laing told NASL.com.last_img read more

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Miller bags 400th first class wicket

first_imgKINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC):Veteran opener Devon Smith carved out his 26th first-class hundred to keep Windward Islands Volcanoes afloat after left-arm spinner Nikita Miller grabbed his 400th first-class wicket to put Jamaica Scorpions on course for victory in their ninth-round encounter here yesterday.At the close of the penultimate day at the Arnos Vale Stadium, Volcanoes were battling on 245 for four following on in their second innings with the left-handed Smith unbeaten on a superb 125.He was accompanied by rookie Kavem Hodge on 27 not out, with the pair having posted 44 for the fifth wicket and eeking out a small lead of 33 for Volcanoes.Miller picked up two for 61 to move to 401 first-class wickets in his 80th game after starting the game with 496 scalps.He had earlier finished with three for 70 as Volcanoes, resuming their first innings on 149 for five, were dismissed for 223 on the stroke of lunch.Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs was the main destroyer with five or 95, claiming four of the five remaining Volcanoes wickets to fall in the morning session for the addition of 74 runs.All-rounder Kyle Mayers struck 32 off 51 balls with four fours and Hodge, 23 off 54 deliveries with three boundaries, but neither could carry on.Forced to follow on by 212 runs, Volcanoes were propelled in their second innings by Smith, who anchored two partnerships up front. He put on 46 for the first wicket with Tyrone Theophile, who made 19, and then collaborated in a 131-run, second wicket stand with Jerlani Robinson, who hit a positive 64.All told, Smith faced 272 deliveries in just under four and a half hours at the crease and lashed eight fours.AT SIR VIVIAN RICHARDS CRICKET GROUND, IN NORTH SOUND, ANTIGUA: Guyana Jaguars, following on by 240 runs, were 108 for two in their second innings on the penultimate day of their ninth-round game in the Regional four-day championship at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground here yesterday.Scores: HURRICANES 430 (Montcin Hodge 149 not out, Gavin Tonge 59, Kieran Powell 55, Daron Cruickshank 43, Keacy Carty 33, Orlando Peters 29; Chris Barnwell 2-68, Veerasammy Permaul 2-77). JAGUARS 190 (Shiv Chanderpaul 48, Rayon Reifer 45, Vishaul Singh 25; Gavin Tonge 4-37, Rahkeem Cornwall 3-59, Alzarri Joseph 2-34) and 108 for two (Leon Johnson 51 not out).AT THE NATIONAL CRICKET CENTRE, IN COUVA, Trinidad: Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, following on by 170 runs, reached 117 for one in their second innings at the close on the penultimate day of their ninth-round clash yesterday.Scores: PRIDE 396 (Kraigg Brathwaite 123, Kevin Stoute 66, Roston Chase 59, Shai Hope 52, Omar Phillips 49; Yannick Ottley 2-10, Rayad Emrit 2-66). RED FORCE 226 (Kyle Hope 77, Yannick Ottley 37; Kemar Roach 4-45, Jomel Warrican 3-44) and 117 for one (Kyle Hope 67 not out, Imran Khan 39).SCOREBOARDSCORPIONS 1st Innings 445VOLCANOES 1st Innings(overnight 149 for five)D Smith run out 26T Theophile b D Thomas 16J Robinson c McCarthy b Jacobs 31G Pope b Miller 14+S Ambris c D Thomas b Miller 50K Cottoy lbw b Jacobs 8K Hodge c Palmer b Jacobs 23*L Sebastien c Miller b Jacobs 6K Mayers c (sub) Brown b Jacobs 32M Matthew not out 10D Johnson c Blackwood b Miller 8Extras (b6, lb1, nb2) 6TOTAL (all out, 71.2 overs) 233Fall of wickets: 1-43, 2-48, 3-72, 4-138, 5-146, 6-165, 7-174, 8-194, 9-215, 10-230.Bowling: Gordon 5-0-17-0, McCarthy 8-1-25-0, D Thomas 5-1-16-1 (nb1), Miller 27.2-6-70-3, Jacobs 25-3-95-5, Campbell 1-0-3-0.VOLCANOES 2nd Innings (following on)D Smith not out 125T Theophile b Campbell 19J Robinson c Blackwood b Miller 64G Pope lbw b Jacobs 4+S Ambris c Blackwood b Miller 1K Hodge not out 27Extras (b2, lb1, nb2) 5TOTAL (4 wkts, 87 overs) 245Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-177, 3-194, 4-201.Bowling: Gordon 7-1-19-0, McCarthy 10-4-29-0, Campbell 21-2-66-1, Jacobs 20-0-67-1 (nb2), Miller 29-7-61-2.Position: Volcanoes lead Scorpions by 33 runs.Toss: Jamaica Scorpions.Umpires: Deighton Butler, Gregory Brathwaite.last_img read more

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Czech-mate: U.S. gets win on clay

first_imgOSTRAVA, Czech Republic – Andy Roddick beat Tomas Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (4) Sunday to give the United States a victory over the Czech Republic and a place in the Davis Cup quarterfinals. The United States won the series 4-1 and will next play Spain on hard courts in Winston-Salem, N.C. It will be a rematch of the 2004 final in Seville, where the Spanish hosts beat the Americans on clay. Roddick is 8-0 in decisive Davis Cup matches. With an overpowering serve and solid baseline game on the slow clay court, the fourth-ranked American overcame a partisan crowd and one of the game’s rising stars. The Americans had not won a Davis Cup World Group series on clay in a decade. Berdych, ranked No. 12 and his country’s biggest star at 21, maintained the pressure, and Roddick was the first to crack. In the seventh game of the firstset, the Czech hit a couple of baseline winners and sealed the game with a subtle drop ball. It was all he needed to win the opener. “I played almost without mistakes in the first set. I got onechance and used it,” Berdych said. “But then I started making mistakes. and he improved his play.” Roddick then seized the initiative. He broke at the first opportunity in the second set and suddenly the Czech was making errors. Roddick started winning the longer rallies and evened the score at one set apiece. Roddick broke again in the first game of the third set. His growing confidence silenced the crowd as its home player increasingly lost his touch. In the fourth set, neither could figure out how to counter the other’s serve until the tiebreaker. At that point, Berdych showed his age and Roddick his experience. He drew the Czech into long, winning rallies, and when Berdych double-faulted it was not be long until Roddick was raising his fists in victory. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “We saw today why Andy Roddick is the fourth best player in the world,” Czech coach Jaroslav Navratil said. In the concluding match, which had no bearing on the outcome, Camarillo’s Bob Bryan defeated Lukas Dlouhy 7-6 (5), 6-4. The United States leads all nations with 31 Davis Cup titles; but the Americans are looking to end their longest Davis Cup drought, which dates to 1995. “It is a statistic I don’t like,” the 24-year-old Roddick said. “Especially considering I have been on the team for my seventh year now.” Other World Group winners in the first round were Sweden (at Belarus), Germany (home against Croatia), Spain (at Switzerland), France (home against Romania), Argentina (at Austria), Belgium (home versus Australia) and defending champion Russia (at Chile). last_img read more

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DONEGAL WOMAN WINS DRIVING INSTRUCTOR OF YEAR – AGAIN!

first_imgKillybegs driving instructor, Diane Harvey, who has become the first Approved Driving Instructor in the country to win a Road Safety Authority “Leading Lights” award in two successive years, pictured here with Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and Ray D’Arcey after receiving the award at a ceremony in Farmleigh.Killybegs driving instructor, Diane Harvey, has been named Approved Driving Instructor of the Year by the Road Safety Authority for the second successive year.This is a unique achievement which no other driving instructor in Ireland has earned.She was presented with her “Leading Lights” award yesterday at a function at Farmleigh House, Dublin, by RSA chairman, Gay Byrne. Said Diane (34): “I am delighted to get this recognition. I was amazed to get the Leading Lights award last year and I never expected to win it two years in a row.”A total of 29 awards were presented under various headings at yesterday’s ceremony, which was attended also by sporting great, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and RTE presenter, Ray D’Arcey.Three years ago, she set up her own business, “D’s School of Motoring & Training” and in 2011 she won the Donegal Enterprise Award sponsored by Donegal Local Development Company Ltd.From the outset, she has focused strongly on road safety and has taken an active part in a number of safety events in conjunction with Donegal County Council and Shell Ireland.  DONEGAL WOMAN WINS DRIVING INSTRUCTOR OF YEAR – AGAIN! was last modified: December 12th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Diane HarveyDriving InstructorKillybegslast_img read more

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Warriors’ Kevon Looney on his potential longevity, free agency and more

first_imgOAKLAND – The man seemingly never stops working. At some point, though, Warriors forward Kevon Looney had a rare free moment in practice when he wasn’t studying film, lifting weights, improving his jump shot or completing conditioning drills.Then, Warriors coach Steve Kerr shared with Looney earlier this week his prediction on how his NBA career will unfold.“Your career may not end up being glamorous,” Kerr told Looney. “But it’s going to be really productive and long.”The reason? Looney …last_img read more

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Facebook’s OpenGraph is Coming to the Mobile Web

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement curt hopkins What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … “Where we’re going from here is a platform strategy. We’re going away from a one-off app strategy,”In other words, OpenGraph’s going mobile, in more ways than one. Goin’ MobileFirst, Facebook considers and will approach further development of OpenGraph as a platform with infinite reach. Second, you’ll soon see OpenGraph elements, like the Like button, growing out through unconnected mobile apps, as they already have through the non-mobile space. Facebook, after all, counts its mobile users at 150 million.The “‘Like’ button for the entire Web” has now become the Like button for the post-Web world. Whether that is a good thing is highly debatable. That it is in fact a reality is not. Social Intelligence One of the examples Tseng gave, according to CNET, was of a location-aware coupon program that would gather feedback from friends and acquaintances. (Though if the current state of that technology is any indication, this example may remain just that for a while.)The melding of app and social is happening apace. If Facebook’s intuition is right, it will continue, especially in the area of marketing and commerce. Tseng was quoted on VentureBeat. “If you can actually layer on top of [location] some kind of social intelligence — not just the fact that I’m near Starbucks, but the fact that 30 of my friends really like this frappuccino over the last couple months — I’ve got an interesting use case.”For a certain value of “interesting” anyway. Not necessarily thrilling, but maybe profitable. Tags:#Facebook#mobile#web Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Facebook’s new head of mobile products, Eric Tseng, spoke today at MobileBeat 2010, introducing a new approach to the company’s OpenGraph.last_img read more

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Video Editing Quick Tip: Swapping Clips in Premiere Pro

first_imgSwapping clips in Premiere Pro is exceptionally easy and quick thanks to this helpful shortcut.Ready for the easiest quick tip ever? The Swap Clip feature in Premiere Pro is as useful as it is simple and easy to remember. For the times when you’d like to move a clip to different place in your timeline without leaving empty gaps, this shortcut places the clip where you want and fills in the space you left empty.How to Swap Clips in Premiere Pro1. Choose the Intended ClipFirst, just find the clip you wish to relocate.2. Swap the ClipNext, hold down Command+Option (or Control+Alt for PC) and drag the clip to where you’d like and drop it down. You’ll see the rest of your work move over and fill in the left-open space. As you can see, the space where the clip was previously is now filled by the clips before it that have been pushed back in the timeline. It’s magical, don’t you think?This quick tip is easy and practical for your workflow when doing any type of work in Adobe Premiere. Check out our previous post — How to Trim Clips to the Playhead — for another quick blast of timeline knowledge.Know of any other quick shortcuts for moving clips around in Premiere Pro? Share in the comments below!last_img read more

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