Islanders’ Simon, Ladyjacks’ Miller Take Home Weekly Volleyball Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Chloe Simon and Stephen F. Austin’s Maddie Miller are the Southland Conference Volleyball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday.The Islanders (12-9, 5-3 SLC) claimed a pair of wins last week at home over Sam Houston State and on the road against Houston Baptist. Simon led the charge for the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi offense, notching 35 kills over the two-game stretch for a 4.38-kills-per-set average and a .291 hitting percentage. Heading into the week, the Islanders are halfway through their Southland Conference schedule and will return to their home court Thursday evening against Nicholls. The honor marks the first of the season for Simon.Stephen F. Austin (20-1-0, 8-0) kept its amazing 13-game win streak alive in week seven with a pair of victories at home against Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana. Miller anchored the SFA defense to a pair of sweeps, extending the Ladyjacks to 34 consecutive set wins. Stephen F. Austin will have the opportunity to keep its win streak alive this Thursday on the road against Central Arkansas. Miller’s award marks her second of the season.Offensive Player of the Week: Chloe Simon, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Jr. – Outside Hitter – Katy, TexasSimon averaged 4.38 kills per set in a pair of Islander victories last week. The junior outside hitter tied a then-career high 16 kills in a victory over Sam Houston State Thursday night. She then followed suit with another career-high 19 kills against Houston Baptist Saturday. The junior recorded double-doubles in both matches, notching 10 digs against the Sam Houston State and 14 more against Houston Baptist.Honorable Mention: Abbie Harry, Central Arkansas; Alexis Warren, Northwestern State; Karlee Wilkerson, Southeastern Louisiana; Corin Evans, Stephen F. Austin.Defensive Player of the Week: Maddie Miller, Stephen F. Austin – Jr. – Libero – Lorena, TexasMiller scooped up 19 digs in SFA’s sweep of Nicholls Thursday evening before adding 22 more on Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana. The junior’s 22 digs against the Lady Lions marked the third time in Southland Conference play that Miller has registered 20 or more in a match, rounding out her week with a 6.83 digs per set average and 41 digs in total.Needing just six sets to dispatch the opposition, the Ladyjacks held their foes to a collective .144 attack percentage. No Southland opponent has posted an attack percentage higher than .167 against SFA this season as the Ladyjacks have yet to surrender a set in league play. The team’s 34 consecutive set victories currently stand as the nation’s longest active win streak. Miller’s stellar defensive play has helped SFA rise to ninth nationally in opponent hitting percentage (.142).Honorable Mention: Emily Doss, Central Arkansas; Shelby Pullins, New Orleans; Lizzy Low, Southeastern Louisiana; Carissa Barnes, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.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.last_img read more

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Ramos and Rodríguez shine in Santos, a great event for beach tennis

first_imgSunday ended the primary main event of the 2020 beach tennis season. It was held in town of Santos, in Brazil. It was a BT400 or ITF $ 35,000 event, relying on the terminology of the Worldwide Tennis Federation. He highlighted a sensible Spanish couple, shaped by Antomi Ramos, a Canary who has develop into world primary in this self-discipline, and Gerard Rodríguez, Catalan with whom he already received gold on the World Video games final October. Each reached the ultimate successful favourite {couples} to win this event. Within the first spherical they knocked down a native couple, Arouca / Santos, 6-4 and 6-2; in the second spherical, to different Brazilians, the Russo brothers, 6-4 and 6-2; in the quarterfinals, 6-2 and 7-6 to Vigon and Chaparro; in the semifinals, to Cappelletti and Giovannini numbers 2 and 5 of the world rating, and already in the ultimate they misplaced in opposition to Calbucciy Burmakin, 1 and Four of the rating, by a results of 6-2, 4-6 and 9-11. They received to have match level with the service of Ramos in the tremendous tie-break of the third set. Beach tennis is likely one of the quickest rising sports activities in Brazil at the moment. The event introduced collectively greater than 600 gamers from completely different classes competing on Santos beach, in which greater than 30 tracks had been mounted for the event.last_img read more

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Tribes drop millions into slots battle

first_imgSACRAMENTO – For all the money presidential hopefuls might spend to win California’s February primary, far more may be bet on a lesser-known battle to expand Indian gambling. Four wealthy Southern California Indian tribes are preparing to spend as much as $80 million to defend deals they struck with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature. The deals would give the tribes 17,000 new slot machines – enough to fill eight Las Vegas-sized casinos. In exchange, they would share profits with California’s cash-strapped general fund, which faces a multibillion-dollar deficit. The tribes – the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians near Temecula, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in Palm Springs, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians near Cabazon and the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation near San Diego – already have contributed more than $44 million to promote their compacts. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonTribal leaders say they believe the deals will be a winner with voters, but they’re not taking any chances. Opponents have put four referendums on the Feb. 5 ballot to overturn them. The tribes are expected to add tens of millions of dollars to their campaign in the coming weeks and have purchased so much commercial air time that some political analysts say it could cut into the number of presidential ads voters see before the election. Despite the onslaught, an unlikely band of opponents believes it can stop the tribes. A racetrack owner, competing tribes and a casino-workers’ union pooled their money for a signature-gathering drive to put the deals on the ballot. They’re banking on an Indian-gambling backlash and say they can convince voters that the deals aren’t nearly as sweet as they sound on TV. The group has raised $9 million but already spent nearly half that, mostly to qualify the referendums, which will appear on the ballot as propositions 94-97. Despite the lopsided fundraising, a recent Field Poll of likely primary voters showed supporters of the tribal gambling compacts only narrowly outnumbering opponents. Nearly one in four voters remains undecided. “I think it’s a real toss-up,” said Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles. “The `no’ side has a real advantage because people are naturally inclined to vote against controversial measures, but the `yes’ side, with the tribes, has a significant fiscal advantage.” The tribes have been using that advantage to promote their message – that the deals can help California with its fiscal crisis. The state faces an estimated $10 billion to $14billion shortfall, largely due to falling revenue from the meltdown of the housing market and increased spending. Schwarzenegger has promised to declare a fiscal emergency next month, likely triggering budget cuts. The tribes have blanketed television airwaves from Sacramento to San Diego in recent weeks with ads promising that the gambling deals can help. They say the compacts will generate $9 billion for the state over the next two decades, although opinions differ about just how much money the state will receive. Under the deals, the four tribes would increase the minimum amount they pay annually to the state from $76 million to more than $131 million, combined. They also would pay the state 15 percent to 25 percent of their profits on most new machines. The Agua Caliente and Sycuan tribes would be allowed to increase the number of slot machines they operate from 2,000 to 5,000. The Morongo and Pechanga tribes would be allowed to more than triple – to 7,500 – the number of slot machines they operate. How much the state would take in is up for debate, especially in the next 18 months as California faces its estimated $10 billion to $14 billion shortfall. The state’s nonpartisan legislative analyst, Elizabeth Hill, issued a report late last month saying California will initially get less than what the ads suggest. The ads and the governor’s finance team have said the state will get about $400 million annually until 2030. Hill calculates the compacts will produce about $120 million for the current budget year and another $280 million next fiscal year. The ballot fight has delayed any potential casino expansion, a reality that contributes to her lower estimate. Hill also says it naturally would have taken the tribes years to ramp up their casino operations so the state could get is full share. She estimates the compacts will not produce $400 million in state revenue annually until 2012. Combined, that means revenue from the four tribes would fill just 3 percent of the state’s estimated budget gap in the coming year and a half. At the most, the $400 million in annual payments to the state would account for less than one-half of 1 percent of California’s general fund budget. Regardless of the different estimates, the amount of money is significant to the state, said Roger Salazar, spokesman for the Coalition to Protect California’s Budget & Economy, the committee run by the four tribes opposing the referendums. “What we’re talking about are hundreds of millions of dollars each and every year,” Salazar said. “When the state starts talking about cutting programs and releasing prisoners, all those hundreds of millions of dollars are going to go to help something. “I think voters are smart enough to realize that hundreds of millions of dollars, year after year, is real money.” Opponents of the compacts say that money may never materialize because the compacts don’t contain strong enough guidelines for how the tribes count slot machines from which the state shares a profit. They say the deals also prohibit truly independent auditing of the tribes’ profits, and that if the tribes install all 17,000 slot machines it would amount to a 30 percent increase in Indian gambling. The expansion also would concentrate a third of all gambling in the hands of just four of the state’s roughly 60 casino-operating tribes. Tribal casinos across the state already operate nearly 60,000 slot machines and took in $7.7 billion in revenue in 2006, according to a private, nationwide analysis of tribal gambling revenue released earlier this year. Nevada’s casinos took in revenue of $12.6 billion in 2006, according to the report. The coalition opposed to the four compacts consists of the United Auburn Indian Community east of Sacramento, the Pala Band of Mission Indians in Riverside County, Unite HERE International Union and Terry Fancher, managing partner of the parent company of the Bay Meadows and Hollywood Park race tracks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Summer’s looking swell for L.A. surfers

first_imgMALIBU – The waves rolled in as precision half-pipes, perfect 6-footers curling toward the beach. While residents along Atlantic and Gulf coasts girded for a fearsome hurricane season, Southland surfers waxed their boards Friday for what some expect to be a surf’s-up summer. “I’m so excited,” said Britlyn Coleman, 16, of Malibu, pointing her 9-foot-4 longboard toward the breakers off Surfrider Beach. “It starts to get, like, a vibe to it – like, whoa, a good summer now.” They predict that steady southern storms and neutral Pacific currents – between a warm El Ni o and a cold La Ni a – will make for glassy summer surf with few riptides. “Along the beaches, it’ll be average or slightly better-than-average for southern-facing beaches – Malibu to County Line,” said Nathan Cool of Newbury Park, chief forecaster for wetsand.com, a popular surf prediction site. “These storms will definitely make for a good surfing summer – not flat surf, but not dangerously big, either.” While they hunt the Internet each day for positive surf predictions, most surfers took a laid-back approach when it comes to prognosticating their favorite pastime. Patzert said researchers are able to predict high surf only a week in advance, using satellite images of ocean typhoons and knowledge of the “great storms of the roaring ’40s and ’50s.” “My board’s waxed. I’m good to go. And I’m optimistic,” said Patzert. “But that’s not based on anything scientific – it’s just the surfer’s credo.” Internet predictions have changed surfing, some say for the worse, as everyone with a board becomes as savvy toward summer swells as a seasoned oceanographer. But Bill Robinson, captain of lifeguard operations for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, is among the seasoned few who can predict the next day’s surf based on the swells that roll past Malibu Pier. “We’re gettin’ some pretty good swells this year,” said Robinson. “It’s lookin’ pretty good. … With the Internet, everybody drops work and as soon as there’s a swell, they’re here.” A milky mist rose off Malibu as the sun broke to highlight dozens of surfers north of Malibu Pier. The sea, 58 degrees last week, had warmed to a relatively toasty 65. Longboarders mingled with shortboarders. Valley surfers lined up with Malibu locals. “Shredders” kept their distance from less skilled “barneys” or “kooks.” Pelicans hovered past a roiling sea. “I’m ready to go,” said Chris Wilder, 48, of Santa Monica, readying his four-fin quad. “It’s a good day today and when the tide comes in, it’ll be even bigger,” said Ray Torres, 63, of Simi Valley, waxing his 10-footer. “Whatever the summer brings, it’s usually good enough. There haven’t been many summers where it isn’t good, especially here.” dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2As news of the third major swell of spring swept over the Internet, surfers paddled like penguins through morning June gloom to meet the breakers offshore. Friday’s 4- to 6-foot swells, formed by a storm deep in the Southern Hemisphere off Antarctica, had taken nine days to cross the 4,700 miles to Southern California. “Waves are the great travelers of the ocean,” said Bill Patzert, research oceanographer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Ca ada Flintridge. “Some of those great swells will barrel out of the Southern Hemisphere, across the Equator and take dead aim at southern-facing California beaches.” Patzert, a surfing veteran of the North Shore of Oahu, was loathe to predict high surf until the end of summer, while other forecasters see a better-than-average season. last_img read more

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Five signings for Everton should they sell wanted striker

first_img 5 5 Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen) – The former Manchester United striker could prove to be the most attainable target for Ronald Koeman this summer. Leverkusen are willing to allow the Mexican to depart the BayArena – despite scoring 11 league goals – and should be available for a relatively low fee, given he has one year left to run on his current contract. 5 Moussa Dembele (Celtic) – The 20-year-old has been a big hit in the Scottish Premiership after bagging 32 goals since joining Celtic from Fulham last summer. The French forward is also a target for Italian giants AC Milan, but Dembele could be tempted by the lure of European football and the bigger wages on offer at Goodison Park. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – Koeman played up to rumours that Rooney could make a dramatic return to Goodison Park after a 13-year spell with Manchester United. Believing he would make the Toffees ‘stronger,’ Rooney could be tempted to take the Dutchman up on his invitation, and see out the remaining years of his career back on Merseyside. Fernando Llorente (Swansea City) – Another striker who could provide a similar impact to Lukaku – although, as a short-term option. At 32, the former Spain international is unlikely to improve upon his record of 15 Premier League goals, but could prove to be a wise addition alongside a big-money arrival. Everton might have to prepare for life without star man Romelu Lukaku.The 24-year-old striker, who scored 25 Premier League goals last season, has decided where he wants to play next season.Lukaku has been heavily linked with a return to his former club Chelsea, while Manchester United and Bayern Munich have also been credited with an interest in the prolific front man.But, if the Toffees ace does decide to leave Goodison Park this summer, who will Ronald Koeman turn to in a bid to replace the Belgian?Click the right arrow above to see who could be the man to come in for Lukaku at Everton… 5 Anthony Modeste (FC Koln) – Presents more of a like-for-like replacement for the potentially departing Lukaku. A powerful striker, capable of holding up play, Modeste scored 21 times in 27 Bundesliga games and is likely to command a hefty price tag. West Ham are also said to be monitoring the 29-year-old’s situation closely. 5last_img read more

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Tottenham star could join Inter Milan for as little as £12m

first_imgInter Milan are preparing a cheeky £12 million bid for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele this summer.The 30-year-old is into the final 12 months of his contract at Spurs – with the north London outfit expecting him to leave the club. IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tottenham, however, have previously been holding out for around £30 million for Dembele.The Belgium international, who is preparing to face England in the World Cup third-place Play-off, joined Spurs from Fulham in 2012 for £15 million. Latest transfer stories from talkSPORT.com Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets 1 Dembele is currently on international duty with Belgium at the World Cup Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST center_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LIVING THE DREAM targets The Belgian is attracting interest from China and he has several lucrative offers on the table from there.Inter Milan are also keen on Dembele though and, according to TMW, they hope they can land him for just £12 million.In an intriguing turn of events however, city rivals AC are also keen on securing his signature.The Italian club believe that should be enough to land the midfielder, given he has just a year to run on his current contract. REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED moving on Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti last_img read more

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BIG NIGHT AHEAD FOR LETTERKENNY AC AT ARENA 7

first_imgLetterkenny Athletic Club will launch its International Track and Field event at 9.00 pm in Arena 7 tomorrow night (Thurs). This will be followed by the final draw of the LAC Silver Circle, when €3,500 in prize money will be up for grabs.It has been a busy year for the club to date and all those who purchased a ticket in the fundraising draw are welcome to come along to Arena 7 for is expected to be a great night.Light refreshments will be served.Having staged the first four minute mile in Donegal last year at the Danny McDaid Track at the Aura Leisure Centre, the club will announce details of another top international track and field meet which will take place on Friday, July 10th.BIG NIGHT AHEAD FOR LETTERKENNY AC AT ARENA 7 was last modified: May 27th, 2015 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)last_img read more

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WAINFEST 2015 LAUNCHED AT GLENVEAGH CASTLE BY LAUREATE NA NÓG

first_imgWainfest 2015 was last night launched by Laureate na nÓg and children’s author Eoin Colfer following an evening of enthralling story telling in the splendid surroundings of Glenveagh Castle.Wainfest, a book and art festival organised by Donegal County Council’s Cultural Services division will take place between the 10 and 17 of October and promises to deliver the biggest ever line up of quality events and performers. There will be over 100 attractions including 21 authors, storytellers, artists, designers and scientists packed into one week. Wainfest was launched following the Laureate na n-Óg’s Once Upon a Place Donegal Tour where the audience of more than 50 children and adults were treated to tales of fairies and talking frogs as well as stories about growing up the olden times of the 70’s and 80’s by Eoin Colfer and his wonderful team of professional story tellers.The Once Upon a Place tour focuses on fantastic places: extraordinary settings in which to stage very special and memorable storytelling events that spark children’s imaginations and bring the magic of story and of books to young people in an experiential way and where better to do this than at Glenveagh Castle.Speaking following the event Eileen Burgess, Cultural Services Donegal County Council said “launching Wainfest 2015 as part of this tour was an extremely fitting and memorable experience for everyone involved including the many children and young people who participated in the evening”.She added “we are delighted to have the Laureate na n-Óg Eoin Colfer and his team here in Donegal for the Once Upon a Place tour and if this evenings performance is anything to go by the children of Donegal are in for a wonderful treat during this tour”. This is the 19th year of the festival and 2015 brings many changes including the inclusion of a family programme separate to the very successful events schedule for primary schools.Festival highlights in the school programme include:Author visits by Patricia Murphy and Gerard WhelanHistory workshops with Michael MoylanVisits to libraries by Open Farms and small animalsSEAI workshopsSuil na nÓg Junior Cert Art Exhibition at the Regional Cultural Centre, LetterkennyThis year’s Wainfest will also be book-ended with family events on both Saturdays.On Saturday October 11, Monster Story Parties will take place in Buncrana, Bundoran, Carndonagh, Central Letterkenny and Milford libraries from 11am. The event will incorporate stories and arts and crafts under the theme of Monsters with the run up to the Halloween break.And on Saturday, October 17, the event will close the festival with the Family Fun Day in Letterkenny which centres around the Wimpy Kid and the Dinosaur that Pooped shows at the Regional Cultural Centre.Competitions While all this is going on there will be two competitions. One gives participants the opportunity to win €200 worth of new books for your school library. Every time a child borrows books from the library in October their names will be entered into a draw for this.The other competition will be based around social media, whereby names will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 40 free (20 for each show) tickets to the Wimpy Kid and Dinosaur that Pooped shows when they ‘like and share’ the family events post.Donegal County Council wish to acknowledge Europe Direct who sponsor a majority of the Schools Programme; Irish Design 2015 who funded a design event; Crafty Kids and Easons who are sponsoring some of the family events and Booknest Library Suppliers who are sponsoring the books for the competition.WAINFEST 2015 LAUNCHED AT GLENVEAGH CASTLE BY LAUREATE NA NÓG was last modified: September 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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)last_img read more

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Villa out to end Vipers’ League and Cup double hopes

first_imgVipers have defeated Villa twice this season, both in the leagueStanbic Uganda CupSC Villa vs Vipers SCMutessa II War Memorial Stadium, WankulukukuSunday, 27-05-2018Vipers will go into Sunday’s Uganda Cup semi final first leg away to Villa knowing that a first ever league and cup double is very much with in their reach.After sealing the league triumph on Friday by defeating UPDF FC 4-1 at the St. Mary’s stadium in Kitende, the Venoms will head into Sunday’s fixture confident they can go past a side from whom they collected maximum points in the league on two occasions.The Venoms whose only triumph in the competition came in 2016 defeated their Sunday opponents home and away in the league this past season.But Villa will have other ideas on their mind as the Uganda Cup is their only chance of saving arguably the best season the club has had in more than 10 years.The Jogoos led the league for a long while, seating on top of it for the most number of day until the final few weeks where they ended up finishing third.They have won the cup right times, with their last coming in 2015 in one of the most controversial finals ever witnessed in recent years.What the coaches are saying.Wasswa Bbosa, SC Villa.“We lost two league games to Vipers this season which will surely motivate us and make it more interesting.“During those games, we made many mistkes that we will have to correct if we are to stand any chances of defeating them because they are such a strong side which can be seen in the fact that they are already champions of the league.“All in all, a are so ready to combat them as the cup is our only chance of winning a crown this season.Miguel da Costa, Vipers’ SC.“Its not easy because there is little recovery time for the players as they only played the final league game on Friday.“We appreciate that this point of the season, you play six or seven matches in one month so we did all we can to prepare them physically for this game.“It is still not easy but hopefully we did our best.“The game against UPDF and this one are different and since it is a two legged affair, we will approach it cautiously.This is the first leg of their semi finalThe second leg will be played next weekend at the St. Maty’s Stadium in Kitende.The other semi final will be played on Monday as Synergy hosts defending champions KCCA FC in Masaka.Match Stats:Head to Head.This will be the third meeting between the two sides this season.They may twice in the league with Vipers winning 1-0 on both occassions.SC Villa have won only only two of the last 16 meetings between the two sides (D6 L8).SC Villa.Villa head into the game on a run of four games without victory (D2 L2), including a last day league defeat at home to Bul.The Jogoos have lost two of their last three home games, after going on a run of 31 minutes defeat.Against their fellow top three sides, Villa have won only one and lost the other three games so far.To get here, Villa defeated Ndejje University and KJT at the round of 16 and quarter finals respectively.Vipers SC.Vipers have gone 21 games in all competitions minus tasting defeat (W18 D3).Away from home, the Venoms have gone 11 games unbeaten (W8 D3).To get here, they defeated Kira United at the round of 16 before a quarter final win over Kansai Plascon.Comments Tags: miguel da costaSC Villastanbic uganda cupvipers scwasswa bbosalast_img read more

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