Prep football: Benton escapes Fair Park in 4A first-round game

first_imgWhen Benton coach Reynolds Moore found out his Tigers would be playing Fair Park in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs, he wasn’t particulary pleased.In Week 7, Benton defeated its District 1-4A rival 42-22 thanks to three fourth-quarter touchdowns. Moore knew the Indians would be fired up for the rematch. He also knew Fair Park was a well-coached team and it wouldn’t be easy to beat a team like that twice.He was right. Fourth-seeded Benton avoided a big upset Friday night, edging No. 29 Fair Park 17-14 on sophomore Brooks Cram’s 31-yard field goal with 9 seconds left.The Tigers rallied from 14-7 down in the third quarter.“You’ve got to win to move on,” Moore said. “When that’s what you’re doing you can’t complain too much with a win.”The victory was the Tigers’ ninth straight. Benton (10-1) will host No. 13 McDonogh 35 (9-2), a 26-6 winner over 1-4A’s Woodlawn, in the second round Friday.The 17-point total was the lowest of the season for a Benton offense that came in averaging almost 40 points per game. The previous low came in a 28-21 victory over North DeSoto in Week 5.Benton gave up 242 yards rushing (according to the Benton radio broadcast) to Fair Park speedster Robert Rochell, but 142 of that came on a pair of 71-yard touchdown runs. The offense has been getting most of the credit for the Tigers’ success this season, but this time the defense stepped up.“I was really proud of their effort,” Moore said. “For a season where the offense had kind of picked the pace up and set the tone in a lot of games when we needed them the most they came through. A lot of the credit goes to our staff preparing our kids over on that side of the football and our kids executing the gameplan.”Benton quarterback Garrett Hable completed 25 of 42 passes for 158 yards with one interception, according to Benton radio. Jermaine Newton rushed 20 times for 82 yards. The Tigers amassed 264 yards to Fair Park’s 300. Benton took an early 7-0 lead on a 1-yard Newton run and Cram’s PAT. But Fair Park grabbed an 8-7 lead at the half on Rochell’s first TD run and a two-point conversion.“We felt we kind of moved the ball at will in the first half and couldn’t finish the drives,” Moore said. “We just missed a few passes, dropped a few passes, and weren’t protecting up front like we wanted to, like we had the last couple of weeks.“That was not just us. That was lot of them making it really tough on us. I knew that when the team is coached that well and you are seeing them a second time. That’s why you’re not too excited by a draw like that.”Fair Park went up 14-7 on Rochell’s second TD run early in the third quarter. But the Tigers stopped the two-point conversion attempt.Benton tied it on a 15-yard screen pass from Hable to Newton and Cram’s PAT with 3.6 seconds left in the third quarter.The defense came up with three big stops in the fourth quarter. And the offense was able to move into position for Cram’s field goal thanks to a couple of short passes and a longer one down the sideline to Clayton Festavan.“The defense did a good job getting a stop, and I thought we did a good job using our time outs and keeping some time on the clock and working the sideline there at the end,” Moore said. “We were able to get some short throws and hit a bigger one to Festavan down the sideline at the end that put us in position to win that game.”The field goal was only Cram’s third attempt of the year. He was one for two.Last year, Brooks’ brother Shane made an interception to help seal a playoff against Belle Chasse. The Cram brothers are the sons of Benton assistant coach Tim Cram.“It was neat to see that,” Moore said. “He does a real good job in practice. That was our best shot (to win the game) at that point. I thought he could hit it so I sent him out there and the kid did a great job and was clutch coming through right there.”Benton will next be facing a McDonogh 35 team out of New Orleans that held high-scoring Woodlawn to just a touchdown.“It’s an opportunity to play another South Louisiana team and maybe earn some respect for our area up here,” Moore said “They’re going to be a very athletic team. Their only two losses have come to Edna Karr and Warren Easton we know Easton (which defeated Benton last year in the playoffs) and what they bring to the table. No real shame in losing to them obviously.“And they played Karr very, very close. It’ll be a tough game matchup wise. We haven’t seen any film of them yet but you kind of know what they’re going to bring to the table, what kind of athletes they’re going to have, so we’ll have to be on top of our game and move the football better than we did tonight and finish drives.”— Russell Hedges, [email protected] Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Southampton transfer ‘practically done’, club awaiting windfall, will likely be disapointed

first_imgReports of Cedric Soares being of interest to Barcelona has caught the interest of the Portuguese media.The rumour of a move got a full page in A Bola today, as Sporting CP could be receiving a windfall if Southampton really do sell the player.A Bola don’t have a clue if Cedric is signing for Barcelona or not, as they only take claims from the British and the Spanish press to talk about it. But they seem to want to believe it and have therefore run with the story.The Portuguese newspaper goes over old Barcelona interest in Cedric, from when the player was at Sporting, as if to convince themselves even further. A Bola claims that despite watching him in Lisbon a few times, the Catalan club didn’t really need a right-back by then, which is a totally different scenario from now.However, the big Portuguese angle is how much Sporting could make from a transfer. Cedric was sold for only €6.5m in 2015, and the Portuguese side added a clause which means they would get 15% Southampton’s profits on a future transfer.A Bola takes the amount mentioned by the press to say Barcelona could pay €28.8m for Cedric, which would mean a profit of €22.3m for Southampton. So Sporting would get a  €3.34m share of the sale.Saying the transfer is ‘practically done’, A Bola are losing all basis with reality. As we’ve explained previously, Cedric has been one of a big number of right backs linked with Barcelona, and certainly not one of the most linked.There’s no big clamour in the Catalan media for Barcelona to get Cedric, and it’s the British and Portuguese media who are getting the most Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Strategy Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoDating.comFind out where single guys are hanging out in Tung ChungDating.comUndo美術寶1對1香港媽媽們注意了,速來領取適合4-12歲孩子的繪畫課,手慢無美術寶1對1UndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndo熱門話題生髮率無敵高!96%的禿頭都獲得改善!←這會不會長太多?熱門話題UndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndolast_img read more

Tower run packed with fun

first_imgBy ALANA MITCHELSON BEACONSFIELD Upper Primary School has won the prize for being the largest community group to complete the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Danger branch ‘should have been spotted’

first_imgBy Bonny Burrows The family of a Nar Nar Goon North resident who underwent major neck surgery after her vehicle…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Nelson’s Keaton Roch lifts Kootenay Ice into tie against South Island Royals

first_imgNelson’s Keaton Roch scored with six minutes remaining in the game to lift Kootenay Ice into a 3-3 tie with South Island Royals in BC Major Midget Hockey League action Sunday at the NDCC Arena.The power play goal by Roch allowed the host Ice squad to escape the weekend series with at least a point in the Major Midget standings.South Island double Kootenay 4-2 Saturday.Justin Podgorenko of Nelson, also scoring on the power play, and Tanner Costa of Castlegar also had goals for Kootenay. Kayden Peck, Brandon Tutte and Ben Berard replied for South Island.Saturday, South Island scored three consecutive goals in a wild second period to grab the first win of the series.After Korbyn Chabot of Cranbrook gave Kootenay a 2-1 lead, Cam Coutre, Ben Grist and Berard scored in a span of eight minutes to give the Royals a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes.Shawn Campbell of Castlegar opened the scoring for Kootenay while Peck had the other goal for South Island.Solomon Burk of Castlegar and Jason Mailhoit were in goal for Kootenay, which improves to 5-24-5 on the season.The Ice return to action this weekend in Nelson when the club hosts North Island Silvertips in a two game series beginning Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Sunday, the puck drops at 8 a.m. in the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

Cyril Farrell Interview on Over the Line

first_imgFormer All-Ireland winning Galway manager Cyril Farrell joined Gerry Murphy and George McDonagh on Over the Line on Monday night to discuss the possibilities of a knock-out championship this year, the current Galway squad and a look back at the All-Ireland win of 1980 and the recent documentary on the inspirational Iggy Clarke… print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

Spurs resigned to losing contract rebel Alderweireld but will demand £44m for him

first_imgTOTTENHAM are resigned to losing contract rebel Toby Alderweireld and will demand £44million for him, according to reports.Spurs have always stressed they are under no obligation to sell any players as they try and convince the Belgian to sign a new deal.1 Tottenham are reportedly ready to sell Toby Alderweireld in the summerCredit: PA:Press AssociationBut Dutch paper HLN are claiming the North London club will try and cash in on the defender in the summer.Talks between Alderweireld, 29, and Spurs chiefs have broken down over disagreements on how much the wages should be.His current deal has the option of a one-year extension and means he is under contract until 2020.But there is also a £25m release clause that will be activated in the summer of 2019 for the centre-back who has struggled with injury this season.Most read in footballRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashPicturedMADD FOR ITPrem aces Dele, Maddison & Grealish enjoy hard-earned break in sun-soaked IbizaLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesPicturedSOR SUBJECTNeymar’s ex-girlfriend Soraja Vucelic almost pops out of dress in steamy selfieThat means Spurs would have to sell in the next two transfer windows if they want to try and make as much money as possible.Manchester United have consistently been linked with a move as boss Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his defence for next season.PARIS BOUND? PSG join Manchester United and Barcelona in race for Tottenham contract rebel Toby AlderweireldBarcelona are also keeping a close eye on Alderweireld’s situation, who joined Spurs from Atletico Madrid in 2015.Reports earlier in the week suggested PSG were also looking at making a bid in the summer.Christian Eriksen’s amazing strike wins the Gillette Precision Play of the Weekendlast_img read more

Rangers accept £10m loan from Newcastle owner Ashley’s Sports Direct firm

first_img Mike Ashley 1 Glasgow Rangers are to lend £10million from Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct firm, the cash-strapped Scottish club have announced.Describing their current financial condition as “perilous” in a lengthy 7am statement to the Stock Exchange, the Rangers board revealed they were in “immediate need for a substantial injection of capital” and Ashley’s offer represented their best option.The loan will be secured against Murray Park, Edmiston House, Albion Car Park, and the Club’s registered trademarks – but not Ibrox.The move spells the end of attempts by the Three Bears – wealthy fans Douglas Park, George Letham and George Taylor – to have their own loan offer accepted.It was their promise to match Ashley’s deal whilst demanding Ibrox remained unsecured that forced the Newcastle United owner to drop the stadium from the terms of his agreement.In return for the money – which will be paid to Rangers in two £5million tranches – Ashley will be able to nominate two more directors to the Light Blues board. His associates Derek Llambias and Barry Leach are already serving as chief executive and financial director.As well as that, Rangers will transfer 26 per cent of its holding in Rangers Retail Ltd (RRL).RRL was a joint venture set up by the club and Sports Direct, with Rangers in control of 51 per cent and Ashley’s company controlling the rest. Fans, however, were already concerned that it was overly beneficial to Ashley.Now as part of the new loan deal, the club has also agreed that from the 2017/8 season, for the duration of the loan, any future shirt sponsorship proceeds “will be for the benefit of RRL”.In their statement to the Stock Exchange, the board said: “The Board of Rangers announces that Rangers Football Club Limited has entered in to agreements with Retail Limited and associated companies, to provide a long term on-going credit facility of up to £10m.“The Company’s financial condition has been perilous for a number of months exacerbated by lower than expected match attendances. The Directors have implemented a cost cutting program with which they have made significant progress.“There is however an immediate need for a substantial injection of capital, and the Directors have considered a number of options.“The terms negotiated with SD (which are reversible in respect of the Facility) represent the optimum combination of quantum and duration of funding, allowing the Company time to arrange permanent capital which can be used for strengthening the playing squad.“The Facility is structured in two separate interest free tranches. £5million will be available immediately for working capital purposes and for the repayment of the credit facilities with MASH Holdings Limited which was entered into on 27 October 2014.“All rights and security associated with the MASH facility will be cancelled. The Club will transfer 26 per cent of the share capital in Rangers Retail Limited to SD for the duration of the Facility, which will be transferred back, at no cost, upon repayment of all outstanding sums owed by Rangers and its subsidiaries to SD. There is no specified repayment period for the first tranche of the Facility.“The Facility is to be secured by (1) a floating charge over the Club’s assets and (2) fixed charges over Murray Park, Edmiston House, Albion Car Park, and the Club’s registered trademarks.“None of the security that is being given to SD covers Ibrox Stadium, which is specifically excluded and remains in the full ownership of the Club, free from any security.“SD will also have the right to nominate two directors to the board of Rangers for the duration of the Facility, any such nomination will be subject to regulatory consent pursuant to the AIM Rules and other regulatory bodies“If the entire sum drawn down is repaid, the Facility will be deemed to be terminated, all security will be released, the 26 per cent of RRL will revert to the Company and all rights of SD to nominate Directors to the Board of the Company will cease.“The second tranche of £5million, which repayable five years after drawn down, will be used, if required, for working capital purposes and is subject to due diligence by SD prior to drawn down.“The Company has also agreed that from the 2017/8 season, for the duration of the Facility, any future shirt sponsorship proceeds will be for the benefit of RRL.“RRL will declare a dividend of a total of £1,610,000 prior to the Transfer.“The Club will use the proceeds of its share of this dividend, inter alia, to repay sums owing to SD in respect of the cessation of onerous leases on unprofitable stores entered into by a previous Rangers management team.“The Directors would like to thank all the Rangers Stakeholders who showed an interest in helping the Company.”Chairman David Somers said: “The Board has sought for some time to establish a long term funding solution for the Company in order to create a platform of stability to build for the future.“This Facility begins this process and we very much hope that it will be augmented with further permanent capital in due course.“In addition, the executive team have made strides in addressing the cost base of the Company in order to improve our financial condition and working capital profile.“We very much hope that we can now move away from having to seek short term funding solutions and can focus our efforts towards investing in the first team playing squad, a return to profitability and to re-establishing Rangers in the top league in Scottish Football and in due course, to European competition. The Board now calls upon all shareholders to rally together to achieve this goal.”Ashley has now strengthened his grasp on the money streams entering the club, but the balance of power could yet swing away from him in the coming weeks if Dave King succeeds in routing the board at the general meeting he has called.last_img read more

The Least Crowded Halloween Party of 2016

first_imgShare This!Welcome back to what has become a yearly tradition: predicting the least crowded Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party. We’ll look back at last year’s recommendations in a bit and give you the full 2016 list, but first make sure you check out our dedicated page for a complete list of dates as well as a thorough description of what the Halloween party is.In short, if you’re looking for the best 2016 Halloween Party to attend, we recommend Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Each of the past three years we recommended the equivalent party, September 17, 2013, September 16, 2014, and September 15, 2015. In 2013 it turned out to be the party with the lowest wait times by our calculation, while last year’s came in fourth. Last year’s didn’t do so great (as you can see in the chart below). The reason we still recommend that day is because the calendar of parties this year is much more like the ones in previous years. 2015 saw fewer parties and they began on September 15–later than in any other year that we’ve tracked. More on this below.The entire list of parties and how we rank them can be found below, but here are some general rules:September is less busy than October. There are exceptions, of course, but you are more likely to see crowds at the October parties.Tuesdays are generally less busy than other days. Sundays and Fridays are busier than other days. Sunday, September 18, 201613 Friday, October 7, 201626Sold out 1 day in advance in both 2013 and 2015, and 2 days in advance in 2014. Friday, October 28, 2016Highest Wait Times Thursday, September 8, 20164 Sunday, September 11, 20163 Tuesday, October 25, 20167Sold out 1 day in advance in 2013 and 7 days in advance in both 2014 and 2015. Sunday, October 30, 201612 Sunday, October 16, 201625Sold out 1 day in advance in 2014. Monday, October 31, 201624Sold out 27 days in advance in 2013, 71 (August 21) days in advance in 2014, and 89 (August 3!) days in 2015. Crowds will be heavy for character meets and parades. Oof, 2015 was a little rough on our predictions. On average we were off by 6 places, which is terrible by our standards (3.5 was our previous low), but we believe that we have identified the reasons for our missteps.Some of what happened was that 2015 parties were just plain busier than they have been in the 4 years we’ve been tracking. We track the wait times for several attractions that we find are good indicators for crowds. The average wait for all of these attractions during the Halloween parties was 10.8 minutes in 2012, 10.6 in 2013, and 9.3 in 2014. In 2015 the average wait was 12.3 minutes. Yes, averaging a 12 minute wait is not bad, but that represents a 20% increase over previous years.What also messed with us a little is that the range was much smaller, with only 4.7 minutes separating the average low and average high (that is normally a minute higher). The higher times and smaller range means that the margin of error was very thin: for instance, the 10th place party and 20th place party had average wait times less than minute apart.More than anything though, we didn’t take into account that the parties were just plain starting later in September. The first 2015 party was September 15–the latest the parties started from 2012-14 was September 11. That removed the early-September parties from 2014 that were lightly attended and packed all 25 parties into about 45 days. This particular problem is non-existent this year since the 2016 Halloween parties begin September 2. The increased crowds? That we’re not so sure of.Now let’s get on to this year’s rankings. Here are our predicted rankings of attraction wait times at each of the 2016 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties. One important note is that we rank these based on attraction wait times. You will see that some of the higher-ranked parties sold out well in advance meaning that they were crowded. There are some parties–especially the late-October ones–where a large percentage of visitors chooses to enjoy the parades, trick-or-treating, and character meets rather than the rides. We present the chart below in order to give you as much information as we have so that you can make an informed decision.[Please note that prices have not yet been released for the 2016 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party dates. This page will be updated once they are out.] Friday, September 2, 20162 Tuesday, October 6, 201548 Tuesday, September 22, 2015210 Friday, September 30, 20166 Sunday, October 2, 201616 Party DateAttraction Wait Times RankNotes Monday, October 10, 201617Sold out 1 day in advance in 2013 and 2014. Thursday, October 27, 20168Sold out 28 days in advance in 2014 and 14 days in advance in 2015. Before we get to the 2016 party rankings, let’s revisit our predictions from last year to see how accurate we were. Here were our top 5 recommended party days and how they turned out: Sunday, October 23, 201619center_img Tuesday, October 18, 201615Sold out 1 day in advance in 2015. Thursday, October 20, 201621 Thursday, September 29, 201611 Friday, September 16, 201614 Tuesday, September 13, 2016Lowest Wait Times 2015 Party DateProjected Wait Time RankActual Measured Wait Time Rank Thursday, October 6, 201618Sold out 1 day in advance in 2013. Tuesday, September 20, 20169Sold out 1 day in advance in 2015. Friday, September 23, 201620Sold out 1 day in advance in 2013 and 2 days in advance in 2015. Sunday, September 27, 2015316 Thursday, October 13, 201622Sold out 2 days in advance in 2013 and 1 day in advance in 2014. Friday, October 21, 201623Sold out 1 day in advance in 2014 and 2 days in advance in 2015. Friday, September 18, 2015512 Friday, October 14, 201627Sold out 1 day in advance in 2014. Tuesday, September 15, 2015Lowest Wait Times7 Tuesday, October 4, 20165 Tuesday, October 11, 201628 Sunday, September 25, 201610Sold out 1 day in advance in 2015. Our wait times only include attractions−not character meet and greets, special shows, or parades. The characters, in particular, often have long lines, especially for rare characters like the Seven Dwarfs. Regardless of which party you attend, some of the character lines will be long. If those are a must do, do them as early in the evening as possible.To determine all of the above, we looked at posted wait times from key attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, it’s a small world, and The Barnstormer. We narrowed it down to times between 7pm and midnight, which is when the park is limited to party guests.Remember that, in general, the wait times during the Halloween parties are quite low, averaging only about 12 minutes last year (and 10 before that). If there are any attractions that you have really been wanting to do, experiencing them during the Halloween party might just be the time.Looking for more information? Erin Foster wrote an amazing overview of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party that will help you whether this is your first trip or your 100th (and if it’s your 100th, you might have a problem…being too awesome). You may also want to check out Derek Burgan’s Six Reasons why He Loves the Halloween Party for even more Halloweenieness (that made up word is even a stretch for me).If you consider yourself handy with the camera, or if you simply want better pictures, you can’t go wrong with Tom Bricker’s tips on photographing the Halloween party.Now that you are armed with the most powerful weapon…knowledge, you can plan your 2015 trip to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This blog post will help you find all of the party dates and prices.Hopefully this analysis will help you choose the best Halloween Party to attend. Make sure to check back here later, where we’ll soon be breaking down Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, as well.last_img read more

Controversy-marred World Series Hockey postponed till Feb 29

first_imgThe crisis engulfing the national game was finally resolved on Monday when organisers of World Series Hockey (WSH) decided to postpone the league till after the Olympic Qualifier.The WSH, organised by Nimbus Sport on behalf of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF), was scheduled to be held from December 17 to January 22, but with Hockey India (HI) scheduling a national camp during that period, a clash between the two federations was on the cards.The International Hockey Federation (FIH) recognises HI as the sole governing body for the game in the country and does not sanction the WSH.With HI making it clear that players missing the national camp will not be considered for selection, the Indian players were in a quandary as the WSH had offered them lucrative amounts.The Pakistan Hockey Federation had also asked its players to shun the WSH.However, with the league postponed till after the Qualifier, to be held in New Delhi from February 15-26, the players can now focus on ensuring that India does not miss out on the Olympics for the second consecutive edition.The WSH will now start on February 29, with the final on April 1. The decision was taken by the organisers on IHF’s request, but they claimed the players, coaches and match officials were committed to the event. IHF blamed HI for “intimidating” the players.”We are extremely saddened by the intimidation tactics adopted by HI to try and deprive Indian hockey players of an opportunity to earn a living from the sport of hockey,” IHF president RK Shetty said in a statement.advertisementHe alleged that HI changed its schedule to ensure that its camp clashed with WSH.”The original schedule for WSH was made on the basis that the national preparatory camp for the Olympic Qualifier was to start on January 24. This date was communicated by HI officials in writing to players in March.”Hi chose to reschedule the camp to December 11 with the obvious intention of disturbing the players and their preparation for WSH.  This rescheduling was done after the announcement of WSH dates,” Shetty said.He said the postponement was done in the players’ interest.”With the express intent of protecting our national players from further harassment from Hockey India, IHF has requested WSH to take the high ground and adjust the dates.”For all their bravado, it is a big setback for the WSH just days before its beginning. Several international players had already landed in the country. Nimbus had said that preparations were in the final stages. It is a blow to Nimbus, especially with the Indian cricket board terminating their contract for matches in the country. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have also moved to probe alleged irregularities in their deals with the company.last_img read more