Cricket News WATCH: Shehan Jayasuriya, Kusal Mendis Collide Near Boundary During T20I Match Against Kiwis

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Sri Lanka cricketers Shehan Jayasuriya and Kusal Mendis collided during the second T20 International match against New Zealand. It was the final over where New Zealand requires seven runs of the six balls.The collision was such drastic that both the players instantly fall on the ground while trying to catch the ball at the long-on. It was Mitchell Santner who lofted the delivery for a boundary, however, Shehan took the catch but his body touched the rope and it was declared four runs by the field umpire.The official Twitter handle of New Zealand Cricket wrote, “Drama in the deep! A great catch from Jayasuriya but he collides with his teammate and goes over the boundary. Santner awarded SIX. Receiving medical attention now, hopefully all ok’’.This is not the first time that these two players and suffered injuries on the field, recently, both Mendis and Jayasuriya fell of the bikes while taking a victory lap inside R Premadasa Stadium.The guards and groundsmen on the stadium rushed to the cricketers because the duo struggled to get well from the autumn.The third T20I between Sri Lanka and New Zealand to be played on Friday in Kandy.last_img read more

‘Green Machine’ steamroll T&T

first_img24 – 17 to retain RAN South Zone 15s titleTWO tries from Avery Corbin, and one each from stalwart Richard Staglon and newcomerRichard Staglon on his way to scoring his try for Guyana against Trinidad.Ahmad Isaacs, as well as two conversions from Captain Ryan Gonsalves saw Guyana defeating rivals Trinidad and Tobago 24 – 17 to retain their Rugby Americas North (RAN) South Zone 15s title yesterday at the St Stanislaus College Ground.With the win, Guyana will now travel to Mexico City for their July 1 clash with the Mexicans; their second in as many years, for RAN’s overall title. The last time the two sides met, Mexico outclassed the ‘Green Machine’ 32 – 3.Meanwhile, despite the weather and a waterlog field, Guyana was able to claw their way from being down 5 – 0 in the early stages, after James Phillips scored for a try for the visitors, but the ‘Soca Ruggers’ would later miss their conversion.Successive tries by Staglon and Corbin and a conversion by Gonsalves, later saw Guyana closing the half 12 – 5, much to the delight of the vociferous crowd at the venue which was hosting Rugby for the first time, after the usual battle ground at the National Park was deemed unsuitable for play.Guyana’s Claudius Butts makes his way through the strong Trinidad defence (Delano Williams photos)It was a see-saw battle in the second stanza, with the two countries having their fair share of possession, but it was Isaacs who would break the drought for Guyana when he paced down the wing to score his second try of the championship, having scored one against Barbados.Gonsalves was not able to make good of the conversion, but Guyana was up 17 – 5. However the Trinidadians continued their relentless pursuit and was able to pierce Guyana’s ‘air tight’ defence to score through Karlon Alexander.Johnson Alleyne’s conversion meant that the Trinidadians were on the verge of a comeback, as the visitors put the score 17 – 12, but still trailed.With chants and loud cheers from the crowd, Corbin displayed the type of Rugby that placed him as one of the top players in RAN, when the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) soldier powered his way through the middle and staved off a bullish Trinidadian defence to score his second try of the game.Gonsalves scored the conversion to put Guyana up 24 – 12. But it was not over as yet.Trinidad and Tobago, with time running out, tried desperately to get back into the game, especially since a draw would’ve seen them through to face Mexico and hand them the title.The ‘Soca Ruggers’ could’ve only mustered a try (24 – 17) as time was not on their side and had to watch Guyana celebrate another title.Last year, Guyana had defeated Trinidad and Tobago 23-18 in the Twin Island Republic to win the title.last_img read more

Rivalry contains different flavor

first_imgOf the previous 72 meetings between USC and Notre Dame, at least one team has been ranked in the Associated Press top-25 poll all but nine times.This season marks the 10th time.Wide-eyed · Junior quarterback Matt Barkley, pictured here as a freshman against Notre Dame on Oct. 17, 2009, is 1-0 as a starter against the Irish. He missed last year’s edition of the rivalry because of a high ankle sprain. – Brandon Hui | Daily TrojanThough the Trojans and Fighting Irish have compiled a combined nine wins this season — against three losses — both finished outside the top-25 poll this week, receiving 107 and 87 votes, respectively, in what would equate to No. 27 and No. 28 in the poll.It marks the first time in the history of the poll that a 5-1 Trojans team has not been ranked.Despite USC’s postseason ineligibility and Notre Dame’s two losses, the game will still continue to hold plenty of value for many.“It means a lot to the school, alumni and people here,” junior quarterback Matt Barkley said following Tuesday’s early morning practice. “To us, it is just another game that we have to win.”Last week at California, Barkley passed for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Saturday’s contest against the Irish will mark Barkley’s second visit to South Bend, Ind.As a freshman, Barkley completed 19 of 29 passes against the Fighting Irish, throwing for two touchdowns and one interception.He did not, however, play in last season’s game because of a high ankle sprain sustained the week before in a 36-7 loss at Oregon State.“I remember it being electric and not hostile like Autzen [Stadium] or [Ohio State’s] Horseshoe,” Barkley said. “It is a classic stadium that gets me fired up and it probably will for the other guys, too.”Senior linebacker Chris Galippo noted that familiarity also makes Saturday’s showdown all the more unique.“Most everybody on this team was recruited by Notre Dame,” Galippo said.Last November, the Irish defeated the Trojans 20-16 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.But until last season’s meeting, USC had won eight straight games over Notre Dame, dating back to 2002 — Pete Carroll’s second season as the team’s coach.“So many coaches and players work over the years to start the streak and keep it going,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “When you’re playing a game without your quarterback, you hate to lose a streak when all of your guys aren’t there.”Kiffin noted that it was difficult to watch game film from last year’s loss to Notre Dame.“I don’t think it will ever leave,” Kiffin said of the defeat. “This week brings it back because you have to watch it again and learn from the tape.”—Junior tailback Curtis McNeal was USC’s leading rusher against Cal last week with 86 yards on 17 carries. He hopes the team’s strong play carries over this weekend as well.“It’s a big game,” McNeal said. “They beat us last year, but we’re on a roll and we have to keep it going.”McNeal is listed as the starter on the depth chart along with senior tailback Marc Tyler, who suffered a dislocated shoulder against Cal. It is unknown whether Tyler will be healthy enough to play against Notre Dame.—On Sunday and Tuesday, Barkley and sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods worked on their accuracy after having noticeable issues with timing against Cal.Woods believes he was not affected by his performance last week.“We still got the win by a good margin against Cal,” he said. “I just have to be ready for Notre Dame.”—The Trojans were pleased with their victory against the Bears and hope to repeat their performance this Saturday.“The offense did a great job in controlling the ball and not turning it over,” Barkley said. “Although we had to settle for some field goals, we are putting points up on the board and that’s what matters to us.”last_img read more

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Nnadozie: No Repeat of History against France…

first_imgFIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ – Nigeria – FIFA.comNigeria team at FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 – FIFA.comFIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 Duro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportAs Nigeria’s Super Falcons take on host France today at the ongoing Women’s World Cup in Rennes, goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie has promised Les Bleues will not be as lucky as they were during their friendly clash last year.The 18-year old goal tender was between the sticks when France hammered Falcons 8-0 in that friendly. DINAN, FRANCE – AUGUST 13: Chiamaka Nnadozie of Nigeria during the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 group D match between China PR and Nigeria at Stade du Clos Gastel on August 13, 2018 in Dinan, France. (Photo by Catherine Ivill – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images) But Nnadozie is adamant that history won’t repeat itself. “I know they will feel relaxed, thinking that they may score more than eight goals this time again,” observed the Falcons keeper who kept a clean slate in her first World Cup action against South Korea last week.She however admitted that today’s clash was going to be tough, given the fact that the hosts have maintained 100 per cent start to their campaign with two victories.“It’s going to be a tough game. They (Les Bleues) are one of the best teams in the competition, but we are letting them know that it’s not going to be like that again.“That (defeat) was last year. I know we are not going to lose. We are going to make our country proud,” Nnadozie reassured Nigerian fans ahead of the game.Coach Thomas Dennerby handed Nnadozie her first World Cup starting shirt against Korea last Wednesday with the confidence that the Imo-born goalkeeper was not going to disappoint.Nigeria entered the second match against Korea under the pressure of knowing that only victory would preserve realistic hope of a top-two finish in Group A after conceding 0-3 to Norway in her opening game. And Nnadozie responded with a clean sheet in the 2-0 victory for the African champions.“My coach called me and said, ‘This is your time’,” Nnadozie told FIFA.com yesterday. “It was a dream that came true.”Nnazodie’s rise in Nigerian women’s football has been rapid.She started playing football as a 12-year-old and was quickly elevated into the U-17 and U-20 national teams.Last year she pulled on the gloves at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and displayed her potential in a Player of the Match performance against Haiti in Brittany. It was in that tournament that Nnadozie set her sights on returning to France for the senior global finals.“I knew it was going to come true, because when I was coming up my coach used to tell me, ‘Work hard, you will get there’,” she said. “I really worked for it. Every time at training, I gave it my best. Even if I was tired, I would keep pushing.”Nnadozie carried only one target into France 2019.“I told myself that before the end of the tournament, by God’s grace, I must keep goal in one match,” she said. “When I was called upon to keep goal, though I was a little bit scared, I encouraged myself, I told myself, ‘Come on, you’ve been doing it during the friendly matches, so you have to do it now’.”Nnadozie achieved her pre-tournament goal in a performance against Korea Republic that demonstrated poise and maturity beyond her years. She became, at 18 years and 186 days, the youngest goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet at the Women’s World Cup.“After the match, when I saw the post, I was so happy,” said Nnadozie. “A young girl like me getting a good record, I was so proud of myself.“I am so proud of the defence. They did great. I know I can’t do it without them – they made it possible for me,” she observed further.Nigeria’s power-playing trio – Desire Oparanozie, Rita Chikwelu and Francisca Ordega – all must play with caution as they are each on a yellow card and would be ruled out of the Round of 16 if they are cautioned against the Les Bleues this evening.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Ghana ready to shock opponents in World Hockey League

first_imgGhana’s Black Sticks will open their Hockey World League Round 1 account against rivals  Nigeria at Theodosia Okoh Hockey Stadium on Friday afternoon. Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria as well as Namibia will battle each other for qualification to the second round which is the knockout stage.In terms of FIH Hero World Rankings, the men’s teams are ranked as follows: Namibia (78), Nigeria (53), Ghana (43) and Kenya (38), while the women are ranked: Nigeria (62), Kenya (40) and Ghana (29).Head coach of the female team Ebenezer Frimpong says they are poised to shock opponents.“The team is psychologically ready for the tourney and we are physically ready but doing some small touch offs.” “The head coach has spoken to all players and every player is ready for the battle,”This is the second international hockey event to be hosted in Ghana. The country finished third in the last event, Hockey African Cup for Nations.last_img read more

Panthers defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. cited for marijuana possession, other charges

first_imgThe Panthers issued a statement Wednesday evening. “The club is aware that Bryan Cox Jr. was cited by law enforcement today. We are in the process of gathering information and have been in contact with the NFL and Bryan. We will have no further comment at this time.”Cox, the son of former Dolphins All-Pro linebacker Bryan Cox, has played 18 games for the Panthers since being signed as a free agent out of Florida. He has 16 career tackles. Panthers defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. was cited by police Wednesday on several charges, including possession of marijuana.According to multiple reports, the third-year player was on his way to Charlotte from the Panthers’ training camp in Spartanburg, South Carolina, when a North Carolina state trooper pulled over his 2015 Nissan on suspicion of going 90 mph in a 65-mph zone on I-85. Police cited him for speeding, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.last_img read more

Egypt pins Africa Cup of Nations hopes on Salah

first_imgSalah began attending Nagrig’s modest sports club when he was eight years old.“I coached Mohamed Salah when he was still a child and his talent was clear from the day he was born,” Ghamri Abdelhamid Al-Saadani, his coach then, recalled to AFP.He said Salah’s success was not built on talent alone: “He had an iron will and huge amounts of perseverance.”Encouraged by his football-mad father, Salah moved on to Tanta, the main town in his home region of Gharbeya, before moving to Cairo. Opportunities in Europe soon beckoned, starting with Swiss club Basel.In 2014, Salah moved to Chelsea but success did not come in that first stint in England. It was only when he moved to Roma that the goals began to flow and he earned his move to Liverpool.Salah make no secret of his religion, falling to his knees after he scores. His wife Maggie, wearing a headscarf, and his daughter appeared on the pitch at Liverpool’s Anfield home on the last day of the Premier League season.Compared to the excesses of Premier League footballers, Salah leads a modest life.Back home, his distinctive smile and curly hair features in TV adverts, on billboards and on wall murals.He has made a point of speaking up for women in the Muslim world.“I think we need to change the way we treat women in our culture. It’s not optional,” Salah said after he was chosen as one of Time magazine’s Top 100 most influential people in the world.He has also lent his highly visible support to anti-drug campaigns aimed at teenagers.With the idolisation comes the inevitable media attention and Salah has hit out at journalists who besiege his house in Nagrig where he still spends holidays.“I call that a lack of respect for my private life and a lack of professionalism,” he tweeted.Yet that outburst did not prevent him posting, a few days later, photographs of his toned stomach as he sunbathed.Share on: WhatsApp Mohamed Salah. PHOTO via @MoSalahCairo, Egypt | AFP | Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah will carry the hopes of the Africa Cup of Nations hosts on his slender shoulders just weeks after winning the European crown with his club.Egyptians say that all 97 million of their compatriots will be rooting for Salah when the Pharaohs kick off the tournament against Zimbabwe on Friday.Salah, 27, will also be hoping to banish the nightmare of last year’s World Cup in Russia when he played with a barely healed shoulder injury, Egypt were eliminated in the first round and their hosts in Chechnya used the team for political purposes.He comes into the tournament on a high, having scored the second-minute penalty that put Liverpool on their way to winning the Champions League final against Tottenham in Madrid.The Egyptian also won the Golden Boot for the top scorer in England for the second season in a row, although this time his 22 goals were equalled by Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who share the award with him, making it an all-African affair.Liverpool though were pipped to the Premier League title by Manchester City.“As soon as Salah touches the ball, he’s dangerous,” Tunisia player Naim Sliti told AFP after facing Egypt in a qualifier.“You just mustn’t let him get the ball, because something always happens when he has it.”Salah’s mood and fitness contrast to this time last year when his shoulder was injured as he was wrestled to the ground by Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos in the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev. He had to go off and Liverpool lost 3-1.Although clearly not recovered, Salah arrived in Chechnya for the World Cup and was promptly paraded with the republic’s president Ramzan Kadyrov.He was only fit enough to be a substitute in the first two games but returned for the final match against Saudi Arabia and scored, but could not prevent Egypt slumping to a third defeat.The World Cup debacle also revealed that Salah’s supporting cast is nowhere near the level of their star man — everything revolves around him.“The Egypt coaches plan their tactics around Salah,” said Karim Said, chief editor of sports website Yalla Kora.– ‘Sacrifices’ –Leading his country to its eighth African title would be the crowning glory for the man who grew up in the Nile Delta village of Nagrig.After Liverpool beat Spurs in this year’s Champions League showdown, an emotional Salah said: “I made many sacrifices for my career. I came from a small village and went to Cairo. To be an Egyptian at this level (of the football world) is unbelievable.”last_img read more

Moving the chains…San Francisco treat

first_imgHey, I know most of us “baby boomers” remember this excerpt from the popular jingle from the ’60s; “Rice-a-Roni the San Francisco treat.” Most of us will not readily admit it but there were always a few boxes of Rice-a-Roni up in the cupboard to get you through just a few days before the “eagle” was scheduled to fly and dough was low.  Hey, a “jumbo” sandwich, some RAR always tasted like “mo.” This past Sunday the Pittsburgh Steelers were handed a San Diego delicacy; “Ravens” under glass by the Chargers, who made the Ravens with their “sometimey” Quarterback Joe Flacco and his hot and cold offense appear as if they were willing and able to jump into the frying pan of the 2011 post season. All the Steelers had to do was defeat the San Francisco 49ers, the St. Louis Rams and the Cleveland Browns and the “Holy Grail” otherwise known as home field advantage would have been theirs. However, on Monday night Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin decided that starting Ben Roethlisberger, whose health was less than 50 percent, gave his team a better chance of winning the game than 2nd or 3rd string QB’s Charlie Batch or Dennis Dixon. Instead Steelers became a real treat for the 49ers and three picks and a fumble by Roethlisberger definitely satisfied the hunger pangs of the team from “Frisco.”Anyone could’ve performed better than the injured Roethlisberger. Sometimes courage can evolve into selfishness and foolishness.  I’ve said this many times, when Pittsburgh loses the chance to host a playoff game the taxpayers who helped pay for Heinz Field also lose the chance to make money. Big Ben has his dough. The decision to start Ben Roethlisberger was ill-advised and Mike Tomlin and anyone else who affirmed or supported the choice should be taken to task. There were two power outages at Candlestick Park.  The power just may have gone out on the Pittsburgh Steelers season regardless of their 10-4 record. The Pittsburgh Steelers “treated” the San Francisco 49ers to a 20-3 victory, shhh……………last_img read more

2nd Banana

first_imgThere are many, many reasons that the CEO is the guy sitting at the top of the food chain. Why the president of the company is the president and the vice-president is one heartbeat away from the first chair as opposed to “being the heartbeat.” The “backup” quarterback of the Steelers is Byron Leftwich. He is the man, behind the man, Ben Roethlisberger who has performed as the top banana in three, count em, three Super Bowls and has walked away with two rings. If not for an interception that was returned for a touchdown and a few sleepwalking moments in the Steelers secondary in Super Bowl XLV it is quite possible that Roethlisberger could have pulled off the trifecta and have replicas of three Lombardi Trophies in his own personal trophy case. When the Steelers took the field on Sunday night against the Ravens to fight for the AFC North Division crown, they did so with more than a small bit of trepidation. They did not know what to expect from Leftwich, their resident clipboard holder who when he was not injured has been pretty much a part of the “sideline” brigade. Don’t get it twisted folks, because where there is a general in command, there must always be a colonel, major, captain and lieutenant holding up the rear? That being said very few people except military history junkies know the names of the colonels that sat under General Dwight D. Eisenhower or Douglas McArthur. Why are their names not indelibly etched in our psyches? Well, because they were what, 2nd bananas. Now these comparisons are not meant to knock Leftwich. In past seasons there have been many occasions that Ben Roethlisberger has looked like anything but a starting quarterback. Plus, he was placed in an environment that provided him with the supporting cast needed to win. He had an above average offensive line. He had a running back whose bust is being forged as we speak for the Hall of Fame. Oh, by the way there was a lights out defense that always ranked near or at the top of the NFL. If the top brass of the Steelers were petitioned by “Big” Ben to draft a player or two, then hey I don’t see anything wrong with listening to his suggestions because organizations should at least attempt to accommodate their top performers.When Steelers Hall-of-Famer Dermontti Dawson was asked who was one of the toughest players for him to block he cited Cincinnati Bengals D-Lineman Kimo von Oelhoffen. Pittsburgh ultimately signed Von Oelhoffen which came back to haunt the “Bungles.” During the 2005 Wildcard Playoff game against Cincinnati, Von Oelhoffen fell into Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer’s left knee. The injury to Palmer was severe. Shortly after Palmer’s injury, the NFL rules committee modified the rule regarding low hits on quarterbacks. The so-called “Kimo Clause” now requires that defenders take every opportunity to avoid hitting a quarterback at or below the knees when the quarterback is in a defenseless position looking to throw with both feet on the ground. Hey ya’ll take a glance at this if you will. During the past few years the NFL sorta, kinda re-sculpted it’s rulebook to handcuff the traditionally bloodthirsty Steelers defense because as we all know Steelers cornerback Mel Blount was the prime reason that bump and run defensive coverage was put out to pasture.Let’s talk about another Steelers first string quarterback. “Slash” otherwise known as Kordell Stewart had three offensive coordinators in three years. His best offensive lineman Leon Searcy and his best wide receivers Yancy Thigpen and Charles Johnson were allowed to depart. Every performer, regardless of their natural ability, may not be equipped to function at an above average level when the national spotlight is focused on them. There were times at the beginning of his career that Ben Roethlisberger wilted like a week old rose when the spotlight shined on him but as time evolved as we have all come to know about him, he usually shines when all of the marbles are on the line.Leftwich remains a good quarterback. He is not as great as he was but hey, who is? It used to require 30 minutes for me to cut the grass. It now takes me 120 minutes. Oops, I will not lie to “yinz’ guys and dolls. Takes me 30 seconds to hand out the dough for someone else to do it. None of us that God permits to get old will be able to perform the things at 60 that we did at 30. Please just remember that second banana does not equal second class.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741. Bruce can also be heard on the ‘Odd Couple Sports Show’ where he is the AFC North and NFL analyst. The show is hosted by Adam Ragle streaming live on the WCWA Fox Sports Toledo 1230AM. Bruce is featured on Tuesdays from 10-11am during the NFL season. Listen to Aubrey’s archived “Odd Couple” segments on: www.worldspeakconnnection.com click on “Fair Catch.”)last_img read more

It’s about having fun for the two Nelson expansion roller derby teams

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe beauty of the West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League is that there are never losing teams, only winners.Fans will get a chance to witness joy on the track Friday at the NDCC Arena when the league hosts its final regular season bout — a bout featuring both expansion teams from Nelson.“Many derby girls (myself included) will tell you that after a bout, they have no idea what the score was,” said Nicole Courson of the Lumber Jackies on the eve of the final bout of the regular season — Friday at 7 p.m.“You try and watch it but there is so much going on and every jam is so different and exciting you can’t always track the score,” Courson added.The Lumber Jackies bat second during the doubleheader against the ever-improving Dam City Roller of Castlegar. First jam goes at 9 p.m.Kicking off the evening is the Killjoys, the other Nelson squad, up against Salmo’s Babes of Brutality.It was in the fall when more than 40 women took to the Trafalgar gymnasium to begin training for the 2011 season.Courson said the skaters looked like a bunch of Bambies on ice during that first session.“Within six months we went from putting on skates (for the first time for most of us) to playing in a bout,” Courson explained. “This is almost unheard of in any other league, but we have great trainers and incredibly dedicated skaters that made it possible.”Organizer gave the two Nelson teams a break to open the season, scheduling the two teams against each other.The Lumber Jackies won that inaugural contest.However, since that game in April it’s been a huge learning curve against the other three stronger teams — Dam City Rollers, Babes of Brutality and Rossland’s Gnarlies Angels.Not a big deal according to Courson.“When you lose a bout, you learn a lot . . . and you take it to the next bout you play,” said Courson.“At the end of the night, win or lose, everyone does a victory lap and no one can wipe the smiles off their faces. “Everyone always has the best time of their lives  — with that much camaraderie and sportsmanship among over 100 women, every single skater truly does feel like a winner.”Flat Track Roller Derby uses many of the same rules of the older banked track sport seen on television during the 60’s and 70’s.Each heat begins with a pack of blockers lead by two pivots. The two jammers from each team, who score the points, start a 10 meters behind the pack and begin skating when the last blocker crosses the pivot line.The jammers work their way through the pack of blockers twice, scoring points on the second time through.However, only the lead jammer can call off a jam.Gnarlies Angels and Babe of Brutality lead league standings.The Dam City Rollers of Castlegar are third followed by the two Nelson team.The Lumber Jackies face a huge test during the final bout when the club meets Dam City.“Every derby game plan is essentially the same: skate hard, hit hard, be quick on your feet and strong to your core,” said Courson when asked about game strategy heading into Friday’s tilt.“There are so many strategies and techniques in this sport that it is definitely half mental, and every jam is different in the circumstances around which you plan your strategies. “It’s a very think on your feet sport, so the ‘game plan’ is based in simple techniques like making and breaking up “walls”, helping and hindering the jammers, etc. . . . But the smart little plays that will win the game vary with every jam.”And in the end it’s all for a good time.EXTRA JAM: Half of the profits from Friday’s double-header action at the NDCC Arena are being donated to West Kootenay Habitat for Humanity. . . .Tickets can be picked up in advance at RossVegas in Rossland, Gerick Cycle and Sports in Trail, Mountain High Lighting in Castlegar, West Kootenay Scuba Shop in Salmo and Phat Angel in Nelson. . . .Doors open at 6 p.m.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more