Recommended for you Click to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe most interesting handball story in Skopje this summer was destiny of Serbian goalkeeper Strahinja Milic (25) who has a long-term contract with Macedonian TOP team RK Vardar Skopje. The guy which nickname is Jambo because of his size (between 130 and 150 kilos) didn’t began preparation with his team-mates because of problems with kilograms. RK Vardar’s coach Raul Gonzales didn’t want to take him with the first team during pre-season, so Milic had to work by special program.After 50 days of work with RK Vardar second team, Milic got a chance to join his old team-mates in week before the first match at VELUX EHF Champions League 2015/2016 against French Montpellier. But, he lost 20 kilos! Obviously, he had a strong motivation to become slim as lot of media attention was about his possible transfer to the biggest domestic rival – RK Metalurg.However, Arpad Šterbik won’t be alone at the start of the European season. Petar Angelov has problem with his back, so Milic could be the first replacement. Slim Jambo… ShareTweetShareShareEmail VIDEO: Ristovski is hero of RK Vardar Strahinja Milic about his crisis: I watched handball like I was never playing “Warm up” and “Stoilov’s dance” to announce very interesting season Related Items:RK Vardar, Strahinja Milic Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The screams of relief and celebration from South Carolina’s players in the hallway outside their Verizon Arena locker room left little doubt about exactly how badly they wanted to reach their first women’s Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game.Now they’d like to add the school’s first conference tournament title to their growing resume as well.Led by 16 points from Alaina Coates, the No. 3 Gamecocks (29-2) mounted a furious second-half comeback to avoid being upset in the semifinals for a second straight year with a 74-54 win over LSU on Saturday.They did so after trailing by as many as 11 points in the first half before shooting a remarkable 18 of 23 (78.3 percent) from the field in the second while winning their first SEC tournament semifinal game in three chances.The top-seeded Gamecocks — who have risen from SEC afterthought to national power in seven seasons under coach Dawn Staley — were upset by Kentucky in the tournament semifinals last year. They’ll now face the Kentucky-Tennessee winner in the championship game on Sunday“It means that we’re doing the right things, we’re doing it the right way,” Staley said. “Sometimes doing it the right way requires you to be a little bit more patient than we would like … It means our program is continuing to grow.”South Carolina appeared on the verge of faltering in the semifinals for a second straight year, falling behind 24-13 early in the first half.However, the Gamecocks outscored the fourth-seeded Lady Tigers (17-13) 47-23 in the second half — led by Tina Roy, who scored 12 of her 15 points after intermission.Raigyne Moncrief had 20 points to lead LSU, while Dashawn Harden added 19 — including 17 in the first half. The Lady Tigers, who have reached the NCAA tournament in three straight seasons under coach Nikki Caldwell, were trying to reach their first tournament championship game since 2012.“It was a well-fought game for about 30 minutes,” Caldwell said. “My young team, they’ve got to grow and learn from this and understand that you’ve got to play with that same intensity for 40 minutes.”The Lady Tigers led 35-31 early in the second half after a drive by Harden. South Carolina, though, followed with a 26-7 run to go up 56-42 and put an emphatic finish on what had been a struggle for much of the game.After opening 1 of 6 from the field, Roy hit four straight 3-pointers in the second half — including a banked shot from the left side of the floor to put South Carolina up 60-43. She finished 5 of 10 from behind the arc.“I know I missed a few in the first half, but in the second half my teammates just encouraged me to keep shooting the ball,” Roy said. “And they eventually started falling.”Aleighsa Welch had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Gamecocks, the back-to-back SEC regular-season champions, while Coates added eight rebounds and was 8 of 11 from the field.The Lady Tigers lost by 24 points in each of their two defeats to South Carolina earlier this season, but they led by as many as 11 in the first half before settling for a 31-27 halftime lead.Harden spearheaded the surprising surge, scoring the first nine points for LSU and hitting all five of her first-half 3-pointers — finishing with 17 points in the half.“It was fun, but it wasn’t enough,” Harden said.
Ireland struck in the 18th minute when Kevin Doyle headed home a cross from Marc Wilson. But the Irish couldn’t hold the lead against short-handed Costa Rica.In the 41st minute, defender Giancarlo Gonzalez was handed a red card. The Ticos never stopped hustling and tied the game at 1 in the 64th minute. After a foul in the penalty area crease, Celso Borges scored on a penalty kick, sending the large throng of Costa Rica fans into a cheering frenzy.Just two minutes later, Ireland had a chance to take the lead on a penalty kick. But Robbie Keane, who has scored seven goals and three assists for the Los Angeles Galaxy this season, was stymied by goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton.With two minutes of stoppage time winding down, a fan ran on the field and attempted to hug Costa Rica forward Bryan Ruiz. The fan was ejected from the stadium.Following the game, several fans were tackled by security on the field.Costa Rica qualified for its first World Cup since 2006 and is in Group D with Uruguay, Italy and England. Costa Rica will open play against Uruguay on June 14.The Ticos are ranked 28th in the latest FIFA rankings.Ireland is 70th in the rankings and failed to qualify for the World Cup. The last time Ireland played in the World Cup was 2002.