Honorable Mention: Jon Copeland, Incarnate Word; Dontrell Taylor, Nicholls; Julius Maracalin, Southeastern LouisianaDefensive Player of the Week: Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund, Southeastern Louisiana – Jr. – Linebacker – Dartmouth, Nova ScotiaAdeyemi-Berglund paced a Lion defensive effort that held No. 11/12 McNeese to 187 total yards in a 23-6 victory. The junior linebacker was responsible for two of SLU’s five sacks and led the Lions with eight tackles, four of which were for a loss. The yardage total was the fewest allowed by Southeastern since 2014. In his first season as a starter, Adeyemi-Berglund has a team-high six sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss. This is his first weekly award. Honorable Mention: Silas Stewart, Incarnate Word; Sully Laiche, Nicholls; Qua’Shawn Washington, Abilene ChristianSpecial Teams Player of the Week: Lorran Fonseca, Nicholls – Sr. – Kicker – Hercules, Calif.Fonseca broke another program record for the Colonels, booting a 56-yard field goal in the opening quarter on the road against Houston Baptist. The senior kicker was perfect in his duties for the second straight week, adding a 35-yarder while converting all five extra points. In just his second season, Fonseca now holds the school records for field goals made in a season (19), in a game (5), and longest field goal. The previous record for longest field goal conversion was 55-yards, set in 1999 by Kyle Leisher. Fonseca’s honor marks the second weekly accolade of the season.Honorable Mention: Tyler Slaydon, Lamar; Matt Cummins, Central Arkansas; Johnathan Tatum, Southeastern Louisiana FRISCO, Texas – Lamar University’s Jordan Hoy has been announced as the Southland Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week, while Southeastern Louisiana’s Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund has claimed the Defensive Player of the Week award. Nicholls place-kicker Lorran Fonseca wrapped up the conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week honor. The league made the announcements Monday morning. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Hoy grabbed his second consecutive weekly award after leading the Cardinals to an impressive 38-24 victory over a No. 19 Central Arkansas. Adeyemi-Berglund charged the Lion defense to limit a No. 11/12 ranked McNeese squad to just six points in a 23-6 win Saturday evening. Fonseca accounted for 11 of Nicholls’ 41 points in a dominant 41-20 performance over Houston Baptist.Offensive Player of the Week: Jordan Hoy, Lamar– Jr. – Quarterback – Rockwall, TexasThe junior quarterback guided an offense that recorded 512 yards of offense as LU defeated 19th-ranked Central Arkansas for the first time in program history. Just one week after rushing for a career-high 225 yards, Hoy flipped the script on UCA and completed 15 passes for a career-high 346 yards and four touchdowns. Hoy was responsible for five touchdowns Saturday (one rushing) as the Cardinals knocked off their second ranked opponent in the past three weeks. LU also pushed its win streak to four-straight games. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
The outside back caught the attention of National coach Michael Marum during his side’s grand final win to claim the Enga U18 schoolboys’ title in Wabag last month.Jiwaka U18 promising forward John Bit joins fellow schoolboy Benson Loma while Western Highlands schoolboy trio, Edwin Epape, Isaiah Tali and Mathew Jessy, and lone Simbu schoolboy, Illix Ali, have also been named in the squad.Marum said this is where the future of our game lies.“The academy is set up to groom these young players in the ethics of skills training and attitudes of discipline and commitment to be good rugby league players,” Marum said.The 22-man academy squad is:1. Paul Magua – Highlands Confederate 2. Frendao Rai – Highlands Confederate 3. Tracy Lawrence – Highlands Confederate 4. Delmaj Iveke – Northern Confederate 5. Patrick Tarutia – Northern Confederate 6. Jack Mocke – Northern Confederate 7. Garry Tobe – Madang Knights 8. Max Paul – Madang Knights 9. Dickson Gibson – Madang Knights 10. Pidi Paul – Madang Knights 11. Reggie Singura – Madang Royals 12. Joseph Moke – Madang Royals 13. John Ongul – Jiwaka 14. Peter Michael – Jiwaka 15. Hebert Daniel – Southern Highlands (Imbonggu) 16. Thompson Yakimbu – Enga Schoolboys 17. Benson Loma – Jiwaka Schoolboys 18. John Bit – Jiwaka Schoolboys 19. Edwin Epape – Western Highlands Schoolboys 20. Isaiah Tali – Western Highlands Schoolboys 21. Mathew Jessy – Western Highlands Schoolboys 22. Ilix Ali – Simbu Schoolboys.The academy squad training in Goroka starts on Monday, December 19, and ends on December 23, 2016.(Loop file picture)
Due to this fact, when selecting the greatest in historical past, Paes has no doubts: “For me, Federer is the greatest participant of all time. Rod Laver received the full Grand Slam as an newbie and as an expert, but for me what Roger has completed in his profession is unbelievable on all surfaces. “The battle continues … The legend of the doubles Leander Paes the license has been allowed to touch upon the titanic and historic wrestle that they keep Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer for being the tennis participant with extra Grand Slams in the medal winners.The Indian, who is near the retreat, spoke about it in the newspaper The Occasions of India: “I really feel that Nadal will beat the 20 Grand Slams of Roger Federer. On the different hand, in the case of fashion, should you’re somebody extra traditional and chic, Roger wins undoubtedly. In case you are a fighter, with extra coronary heart and energy, Rafa Nadal is your participant. But should you’re somebody extra cerebral, who likes math and steadiness, perfection, Djokovic is the greatest. “
Barça did not send any specific scout to the Bernabéu. It was, in first person, Quique Setién, enabled in a special box from which he saw Madrid-City. So he killed two birds with one stone. First, He saw Sunday’s rival. And second, he observed the tactical nuances of one of his most admired technicians, Pep Guardiola, which won in Chamartín with obvious details of expertise. For example, the surprising placement of the tips. De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva were the most advanced players in defense in the first half and made it difficult for the centrals to exit because Rodrigo and Gundogan were close together. Gabriel Jesus controlled the rises of Carvajal and also damaged it. And he wore it. So much that Sterling finished it off in the 1-2 play. De Bruyne, in addition, was again a harmful player for Madrid in the second half with the game between the lines.Seien confirmed some of his convictions. One of them, that the matches in Madrid are very long and weighs wear. And that in the Bernabéu the last minutes are determining very often. He won a match with Betis in the 94th minute, but he also missed a match with Las Palmas that won 1-3. Cristiano tied it in the 86th and 89th minutes. The heroic of Madrid influences, but also the desire to get messy when the result is not positive. He passed it against Levante and after 1-2 against City, with the consequence of the expulsion of Ramos.Setién knows that Barça is not the City. The citizens, to begin with, do not have Messi, which conditions the offensive game, but also the pressure. The defensive concepts should be others. What the Cantabrian is clear about is that He wants to be a protagonist in Madrid and will try to have the ball, wear and create doubts in Madrid. But he will ask for security with the ball to avoid plays such as the 1-0 of the targets against City. Another issue that worries Setién is The example of the first round match. Then, Madrid dominated the game with the presence of Casemiro, Modric, Kroos and Valverde in the center of the field. He is obsessed with matching that white presence. But You have doubts about whether to use Busquets, De Jong, Rakitic and Arthur (or Vidal) or surprise Zidane with some imbalancing factor like Braithwaite. If you follow the footsteps of Guardiola, it would contain in the first part and, following the example of Sterling’s entry, you could get Ansu or Braithwaite in the second part.Quique Setién is aware that it is impossible to trace two matches and that Barça must have enough personality to make their own plan, but from the Bernabéu he took several keys that can help his players receive more information with a view to Sunday. The Cantabrian will not decide until the end, although it seems to have at least seven fixed: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Junior, Busquets, De Jong, Messi and Griezmann. He will wait until the end to decide between Umtiti and Lenglet; and two midfielders between Rakitic, Arthur and Vidal except unexpected surprise with Braithwaite.
Edwards urges T&T to take ‘bull by the horns’ PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Veteran winger Carlos Edwards has reiterated the importance of taking early initiative when Trinidad and Tobago meet Panama in the first of two crucial World Cup qualifiers starting next week. Currently one from bottom of the CONCACAF final round of qualifiers, Trinidad will attempt to launch a comeback against Panama and then against confederation giants Mexico four days later. “It is something where we need to take the bull by the horns. As players, we have to take responsibilities,” said the 38-year-old, a member of the historic 2008 side which qualified for the World Cup in Germany. “We know what is at hand, and we know what it takes to win a game. I can say that the guys know this. They will go out there and put their best foot forward when they cross that white line.” Mbappe gets first call up PARIS, France (AP): Teenage forward Kylian Mbappe has been rewarded for his scintillating club performances with Monaco with his first call up to France’s national team. The 18-year-old Mbappe, whose speed and skills have led to comparisons with France great Thierry Henry, was included yesterday in coach Didier Deschamp’s squad for a World Cup qualifier in Luxembourg and a friendly against Spain. Deschamps called up three other newcomers in his list of 24 players: Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy, Marseille winger Florian Thauvin, and highly-rated Lyon midfielder Corentin Tolisso. Mbappe made it 11 goals in 11 games when he scored in a 3-1 win on Wednesday as Monaco eliminated Manchester City on away goals to reach the Champions League quarter-finals. He had scored in the first leg and so far this season has netted 17 goals. Hayatou’s reign ends ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP): Issa Hayatou was voted out as president of the African soccer confederation yesterday after 29 years in charge, ending his tenure as FIFA senior vice-president. Hayatou’s 34-20 loss to Ahmad in a vote by the Confederation of African Football’s member countries delivered a seismic shake-up for soccer on the continent, which Hayatou had led since 1988. The 70-year-old from Cameroon left the congress room briefly without commenting when the result was announced, led away by the arm by one of his aides. He returned to conduct other business. New CAF president Ahmad, who is from Madagascar and goes by one name, was held aloft by officials.
FINAL SAY Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) competitions director George Forbes said yesterday that Kingston College (KC) has no further room to appeal its decision to disqualify 800 metres runner Colin Rowe at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships earlier this month. The North Street-based institution had written a formal appeal to ISSA about Rowe’s disqualification after he was adjudged to be in breach of IAAF rule 163.2b, in his seventh-place finish in the Class One boys 800m. This rule outlaws jostling for position in the race, and obstruction. If he had not been disqualified, KC and Calabar High would have ended Champs equal on points, but the purple and whites would have won the championships based on number of events won overall. Forbes said that IAAF’s rules and guidelines have protected ISSA from further dealing with the matter, should KC decide to take it further. “It went through the jury of appeal, and the rules are quite clear: The jury of appeal has the final say. Not even the Court of Arbitration for Sport can overturn that appeal ruling,” Forbes told The Gleaner. He said that this also means KC cannot even go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, but should the school decide to take the matter to court, he will not try to stop them. “KC can do whatever KC wants to do,” he said. “We can’t stop them from taking it to court. The rules are quite clear that it can’t be overturned. The IAAF website states this. The jury of appeal is the final arbiter on the matter.” The Gleaner visited the school to speak to officials, including principal Dave Myrie and track and field head coach Neil Harrison, but were told all relevant members of staff were absent from the premises at the time. Neither Myrie nor Harrison answered subsequent phone calls.
Mother’s Day was extra special for Stacy-Ann Facey.For the Sunshine Girl who is gearing up for this weekend’s three-Test series against Barbados, her son is everything. As it relates to her mom, no one compares.”My biggest motivation is my son. My mother is my hero,” declared Facey.”He gives me the drive whenever I feel like I need to quit or I need to give up. It’s like he’s like a vision. Whenever something goes wrong and I feel like it’s time, it’s like he’s there saying, ‘Mommy, you can’t give up’,” she declared of her five-year-old.”Whenever I feel I’m going down or I feel depressed, he’s there. I have to keep it strong for him,” she added.Facey reciprocates those feelings for her mother, Janet Reid.”She’s been there for me ever since,” she stated.”She’s the one who’s keeping my son right now,” said Facey, referring to the times when she is away training with the Sunshine Girls or studying at the G.C. Foster College.”She’s so supportive and she’s there. Mi just haffi love her!” Facey added.Her passion does not stop there as she pours a great deal of energy into the clear number-one sport for females in this country.”I had to choose between basketball and netball, and I chose netball,” she admitted, noting the importance of playing for Jamaica.”To be a Sunshine Girl is everything. To go and represent your country is such a wonderful feeling.”Already, the Kingston Hummingbirds and G.C. Foster College defender has been capped 17 times for Jamaica. A former Under-21 Jamaica representative, Facey’s experience also includes playing at the Netball World Cup, Commonwealth Games and a Test series against Barbados.For the May 19-22 series against Barbados, Facey, who plays the goalkeeper, goal defence and wing defence positions, is ready for action.LOOK FORWARD TO THE SERIES”I’m looking forward to the series,” she said. “We’re going out there to compete and we can’t let Barbados beat ‘wi’. Never! Because they’re beneath us and they should stay there, because we’re trying to be in the number-one spot right now, so we can’t let a lower team (beat us). No matter if half of our players aren’t here, we have to keep strong.”In terms of championing the world, Facey, who turns 24 in August, has strong belief in the Sunshine Girls’ capabilities.”I’ve a good feeling about it. We can do it, ‘enuh’. We just need good resources and good support and a strong foundation to move forward,” she observed.
But when the divisions were realigned for this season, Los Alamitos was left out of I-AA, where perennial powers Mater Dei, Artesia, Dominguez and Centennial now reside. Instead, the Griffins were put in I-A, but coach Russ May warned not to let the division fool you. DIVISION I-AA Top seeds: 1. Mater Dei (24-3), 2. Artesia (24-2), 3. Dominguez (18-7), 4. Gahr (24-4). Local teams: Downey (16-12), Mayfair (19-6), Lakewood (13-13), Compton (23-3), La Mirada (19-7), St. John Bosco (15-12), Poly (17-10), Centennial (19-5), Jordan (18-9), Wilson (15-12), Bellflower (10-15), Warren (16-11). Outlook: Obviously, the Monarchs and the Pioneers are the favorites to reach the Honda Center on March 3, but don’t discount the Dons, Gladiators or the Tarbabes. Duke signee Taylor King (28 ppg) leads Mater Dei, but it already lost once this season to Artesia. Arizona State signee James Harden had another fine year for the Pioneers and if he’s having a bad night, then 6-10 sophomore forward Renardo Sidney and Malik Story, who’s committed to USC, are more than capable of picking up the scoring slack. Both Dominguez coach Russell Otis and Gahr coach Bob Becker did fantastic jobs with their squads and both teams are battle- tested after splitting their games this season in the San Gabriel Valley League. Look for Compton to play Gahr in the quarterfinals after the Tarbabes won the Moore League for the first time in 10 years. They have one of the area’s most talented players in junior forward Demar Derozan, and throw in 6-9 forward Edgar Garibay and you have a powerful 1-2 punch. Another team that figures to be tough to beat is Mayfair. The Monsoons lost twice this season to Artesia, but they shouldn’t be overlooked. Jonathan Wills can carry a team and if all goes as planned, Mayfair would meet Mater Dei in the quarterfinals. Centennial had another good season under Rod Palmer, winning the Pioneer League. It plays Jordan on Friday, but if the Apaches are going to make some noise, they would have to beat Artesia in another quarterfinal game Feb. 23. Finals: Mater Dei vs. Artesia. DIVISION I-AA Top seeds: 1. Redondo (22-4), 2. M.L. King (24-3), 3. Los Alamitos (22-4), 4. El Toro (23-3). Local teams: None. Outlook: Redondo enters the playoffs on a five-game winning streak and King has two pretty good scorers in Eric Wise (18.7 ppg) and Carlon Brown (17 ppg) to fall back on. But, this is really Los Al’s division to lose. The Griffins are playing their best basketball of the season as is 6-9 forward Corbin Moore, who’s been a monster since he lost his starting spot 10 games ago. Couple Jones, Amberry’s and Moore’s scoring and the fact that this team knows how to win big games, it makes it very difficult not to pick them to reach the finals once again. Their toughest test might be in the second round where they could play the winner of the Dos Pueblos/Leuzinger game. Each team is tough and if Los Alamitos can get past that game, that should serve as springboard to the title. Finals: Redondo vs. Los Alamitos. DIVISION IV-A Top seeds: 1. Twentynine Palms (24-2), 2. St. Anthony (23-3). 3. Whittier Christian (24-4), 4. La Salle (21-5). Local teams: Valley Christian (20-6). Outlook: If a Coach of the Year award were to be given out before the playoffs, Valley Christian’s Bryan Branderhorst would have already won it. After an absolutely miserable season by V.C. last year, Branderhorst has turned around the Crusaders, who finished in second place in the Alpha League behind Jeff Rochon (13 ppg), Blake De Jong (11 ppg) and Kurtis Korver, whose cousin Kyle plays for the 76ers. Of course, St. Anthony’s Glenn Marx hasn’t done that bad of a job himself. The Saints won a league title (Santa Fe) for the first time in 19 years and Howard Douglas and Michael Cotton are as good as it gets. In addition, St. Anthony’s schedule was tough and the team is battle-tested. Finals: Twentynine Palms vs. St. Anthony. DIVISION V-AA Top seeds: 1. Maranatha (17-8), 2. Pacific Hills (17-8), 3. L.A. Adventist (20-3), 4. Fairmont Prep (18-9). Local teams: Avalon (13-6). Outlook: Maranatha and Pacific Hills tied for first place in the Delphic League, so no surprises there. But the team to really look out for is L.A. Adventist. The Eagles know how to put the ball in the basket and that’s going to make them difficult to beat. Twice this season, they scored more than 100 points and four times, they scored 80-plus. Finals: Maranatha vs. L.A. Adventist. L.A. CITY SECTION CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION Top seeds: 1. Fairfax (19-5), 2. Westchester (19-5), 3. Polytechnic (21-4), 4. Chatsworth (19-7). Local teams: Narbonne (10-17), King-Drew (22-6). Outlook: It goes without saying that both Fairfax and Westchester are not only two of the best teams in the L.A. City Section but in the entire country. Fairfax, ranked No. 7 in the state, only lost to nationally ranked opponents such as Oak Hill Academy and St. Patrick of N.J. Chace Stanback (26.7 ppg, 11 rpg) is probably going to be the Player of the Year. Look out for King-Drew though. Despite the fact, it was seeded 11th, the Golden Eagles are a tough team to beat. They average almost 80 points a game in their run-and-gun style and Aaron Hill (21 ppg) is having a great year. Sterling Miller is also solid, recording nearly a double-double every game. Finals: Fairfax vs. Westchester. INVITATIONAL DIVISION Top seeds: 1. Bell (17-6), 2. Roosevelt (18-8), Huntington Park (17-4), 4. University (19-12). Local teams: San Pedro (10-19). Outlook: Bell probably should have made the Championship Division but playing in the lowly Eastern League probably hurt it come seeding time. However, it won’t be a surprise if the Eagles, led by Daniel Torres (16.9 ppg) are the ones standing at the end. Finals: Bell vs. Huntington Park. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Even though today is Valentines Day, the Los Alamitos High boy’s basketball team doesn’t need any gifts because it already got a sweetheart deal from the CIF. Last season, the Griffins won their first CIF Southern Section title in school history when they defeated Jordan, 71-61, in the Division I-AA championship game. “It’s a tough division and maybe more importantly, it’s really balanced top to bottom,” May said. “I can think of 11 or 12 teams from just looking at our bracket that can win the title.” The Griffins enter the playoffs on a roll. Behind senior guard Cameron Jones and 6-foot-9 senior forward Clint Amberry, who are averaging 18 and 16 points a game, respectively, Los Alamitos (24-4) won the Sunset League title with a perfect 8-0 record and it’s currently riding a 16-game winning streak. The Griffins will begin their quest to win a second straight CIF-SS title at 7:30 p.m. Friday night when they host the winner of tonight’s Huntington Beach/Tustin game. “It’s a new year and a new team, but we do have three starters back from last season’s squad,” May said. “Hopefully some of the experience from winning a championship will carry over to this year.” Here’s a look at the rest of the divisions:
DOHA, Qatar – Justine Henin reached the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open after beating Alicia Molik of Australia 6-2, 7-6 (9). The second-ranked Henin, who won the Dubai Open last week, saved two set points in the tiebreaker and wasted four match points. Man sentenced in Jackson case INDIANAPOLIS – A man who hit former Indiana Pacers guard Stephen Jackson with a car during a fight outside a strip club last fall was sentenced to two years in prison. Deon Willford was convicted Feb. 12 of felony battery and a misdemeanor charge of failure to stop at the scene of an accident. Smith, the 2005 NFL coach of the year, led the Bears to a 15-4 record and their first NFC championship in more than two decades last season, where they lost to Indianapolis in the Super Bowl. Henin advances to quarterfinals DOHA, Qatar – Justine Henin reached the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open after beating Alicia Molik of Australia 6-2, 7-6 (9). The second-ranked Henin, who won the Dubai Open last week, saved two set points in the tiebreaker and wasted four match points. Man sentenced in Jackson case INDIANAPOLIS – A man who hit former Indiana Pacers guard Stephen Jackson with a car during a fight outside a strip club last fall was sentenced to two years in prison. Deon Willford was convicted Feb. 12 of felony battery and a misdemeanor charge of failure to stop at the scene of an accident. Dawson reunited with his father SEOUL, South Korea – More than two decades after he was lost in a South Korean market and eventually adopted in the United States, Olympics skier Toby Dawson was reunited with his father on Wednesday. They embraced, and Dawson said a Korean phrase he had learned for the meeting – “I’ve been waiting a long time, father.” Hugging his son at a hotel, Kim Jae-su teared up. Chicken toss out at Kansas State MANHATTAN, Kan. – The chicken toss has been declared off limits at Kansas State. For years, Kansas State students have smuggled live chickens into basketball games against Kansas, then thrown them onto the court – mocking their rival’s Jayhawk mascot. But an animal rights group objected to the mistreatment of chickens, and the school issued an open letter to fans this week calling for an end to the practice. Szczerbiak out for the season BOSTON – Celtics forward Wally Szczerbiak will have season-ending ankle surgery next week. Szczerbiak has missed significant time four of the last five seasons because of injuries. Federer triumphs again in Dubai DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Roger Federer extended his career-best winning streak to 38 matches, defeating Daniele Bracciali 7-5, 6-3 Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Dubai Open. The top-seeded Federer will next face seventh-seeded Novak Djokovic, who beat Rainer Schuettler 7-6 (5), 6-3. Defending champion Rafael Nadal edged Igor Andreev 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (2). Next for Nadal is Mikhail Youzhny, who topped No. 6 Tomas Berdych 7-6 (6), 6-3. – From wire reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!,LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The Chicago Bears signed coach Lovie Smith to a four-year contract extension through the 2011 season on Wednesday night. They also signed general manager Jerry Angelo to a contract extension through the 2013 season. Smith, the 2005 NFL coach of the year, led the Bears to a 15-4 record and their first NFC championship in more than two decades last season, where they lost to Indianapolis in the Super Bowl. Henin advances to quarterfinals LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The Chicago Bears signed coach Lovie Smith to a four-year contract extension through the 2011 season on Wednesday night. They also signed general manager Jerry Angelo to a contract extension through the 2013 season. Dawson reunited with his father SEOUL, South Korea – More than two decades after he was lost in a South Korean market and eventually adopted in the United States, Olympics skier Toby Dawson was reunited with his father on Wednesday. They embraced, and Dawson said a Korean phrase he had learned for the meeting – “I’ve been waiting a long time, father.” Hugging his son at a hotel, Kim Jae-su teared up. Chicken toss out at Kansas State MANHATTAN, Kan. – The chicken toss has been declared off limits at Kansas State. For years, Kansas State students have smuggled live chickens into basketball games against Kansas, then thrown them onto the court – mocking their rival’s Jayhawk mascot. But an animal rights group objected to the mistreatment of chickens, and the school issued an open letter to fans this week calling for an end to the practice. Szczerbiak out for the season BOSTON – Celtics forward Wally Szczerbiak will have season-ending ankle surgery next week. Szczerbiak has missed significant time four of the last five seasons because of injuries. Federer triumphs again in Dubai DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Roger Federer extended his career-best winning streak to 38 matches, defeating Daniele Bracciali 7-5, 6-3 Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Dubai Open. The top-seeded Federer will next face seventh-seeded Novak Djokovic, who beat Rainer Schuettler 7-6 (5), 6-3. Defending champion Rafael Nadal edged Igor Andreev 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (2). Next for Nadal is Mikhail Youzhny, who topped No. 6 Tomas Berdych 7-6 (6), 6-3. – From wire reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Wayne Rooney is expected to return to Manchester United’s starting XI against Norwich on Saturday.The United captain has missed the last three games with an ankle injury, but Louis van Gaal confirmed in his pre-match press conference that the 30-year-old has come through training unscathed this week.Rooney is in line to make his 500th appearance for the club at Old Trafford.United could also welcome back Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera against the Canaries, while Ashley Young has an outside chance of featuring.“Three or four players are coming back,” Van Gaal said.“They have trained a full week – Rooney has, for example. It is possible he can play, but we have to wait and see.“We have to decide if they can play or not because some players like Herrera have already been ‘out of the office’ for three or four weeks.”Rooney has only scored once for the club since October, and Van Gaal added: “I hope when he plays he scores a goal, because it is a big day for him.” Wayne Rooney 1