THE race to the finals in Region #6 leg of Digicel School’s football competition is heating up nicely after Friday’s match between Manchester Secondary and Port Mourant Training School (PMTC)Due to overnight rain the pitch was soggy, but it didn’t deter the players from showing their determination to win.A small but vocal crowd, which included a few Siparuta fans watched as the two teams played to a goalless first half.Both sides created plays that may have resulted in goal-scoring opportunities in the first half. The defenders of Manchester Secondary had a tough outing as they cleared many possessions that ended up in their area.By halftime the score was nil all.At the resumption of play the small crowd became impatient and urged on the players from both sides. In response, there was an absolutely brilliant header from striker Joel Glasgow in the 57th minute.A corner from the right resulted in Manchester’s first goal. Minutes later PMTC found their range with a defensive lapse from Manchester. That resulted in a perfect past to striker Micheal Warner in the 70th minute. He savagely placed a well curve left foot shot, which ballooned to the net. That goal sent the PMTC players in a celebratory mood.Both teams were going for the kill in the closing minutes of the game. Manchester Secondary missed two opportunities to break away.But they sealed the deal in the final stages of the match. Shane Campbell displayed clever ball skills as he essayed an eye-catching pass to Pernel Tyndall. Tyndall wasted no time to blast home a shot that deflected from the PMTC defender and landed straight into the goal. The goalie was found wanting as he watched the ball sailed past him with ease. The goal was scored in the 88th minute of the 90 minutes regulation.Manchester Secondary will do battle against Siparuta on Monday at Skeldon Back Centre for a place in the semifinals.
Duro IkhazuagbeAfrican table tennis players have been urged to take a cue from Segun Toriola’s discerning qualities if they are to be anywhere near the feat the Nigerian star has attained in the game.Toriola who joined the elite Hall of Fame of athletes who have attended seven Olympic Games at Rio 2016, remains an ambassador of table tennis in the continent.President of ITTF Africa, Khaled El-Salhy, recalled Toriola’s sterling qualities while presenting an award to the Nigerian at the 2016 ITTF Africa Senior Championships holding in Agadir, Morocco yesterday. The Executive Council of ITTF Africa paid glowing tributes to Toriola for putting the continent’s table tennis on the world map as the first athlete in any sport in Africa to attain that height in the history of the Games.The ITTF Africa boss revealed that the decision to honour Toriola was taken by the Executive Council of ITTF Africa for his giant stride in the world.“It was the decision of the Executive Council to give such award to Segun Toriola, who is a legend of table tennis not only in Africa but also in the world following his great achievement of being the first African to make seven appearances at the Olympic Games from 1992 to 2016.“We also we believe that he has the chance to break his own record by making it to Tokyo 2020 with the quality he still possesses,” El-Salhy observed with enthusiasm.El-Salhy believes Toriola would serves as a role model for young players in Africa with his 100 per cent commitment to the sport on and off the table.“Toriola commitment to table tennis is 100 per cent and this is why he will remain an inspiration to young players in Africa.He is also an ambassador of table tennis when it comes to fair play. His excellent performance at every competition, couple with his humility, are traits that singled him out among other players in Africa,” ITTF Africa boss concluded.Meanwhile, ITTF Africa has unveiled the list of qualified teams for the 2018 World Team Championships holding in Sweden.In the men’s team list, Egypt and Nigeria qualified based on their performance at the Perfect 2016 World Team Championships held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in which they finished among the top 36 countries in the world.Togo also secured its place after finishing second in the fourth division at the Perfect 2016 World Team Championship in Malaysia.Others like Algeria, Congo Brazzaville, Tunisia, South Africa and Senegal qualified based on their results in the team event at the 2016 ITTF African Senior Championships.However, in the list of qualified team for women, Nigeria was missing following the absence of its female team at the ITTF Africa Senior Championships, with Egypt also topping the list based on the performance of her female players at the Perfect 2016 World Team Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in which they finished among the top 36 countries in the world.South Africa, Tunisia, Algeria, Congo Brazzaville and Morocco qualified based on their result in the team event of the 2016 ITTF African Senior Championships.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
As the USC men’s basketball team enters the second half of February with just the faintest of hopes of crashing the Big Dance in March, USC coach Kevin O’Neill understands the importance of simplifying his team’s focus, especially as it travels to the Bay Area, where it hasn’t swept since 1992.High hopes · After losing six of their last nine games, junior forward Nikola Vucevic and the USC men’s basketball players look to defeat Cal this weekend. Cal bested the Trojans earlier this season at the Galen Center. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan “We just need to play every game one at a time,” O’Neill said. “From there we will just see where we end up at the end of the year.”First up on the Trojans Northern California tour is a stop at Haas Pavilion tonight to take on an equally underperforming opponent in California.When the Trojans embarked on their Oregon road trip a month ago, the season held a lot of promise.But from poor perimeter defense to inconsistent guard play and untimely scoring droughts, what has transpired over the last 30 days has turned lofty goals into unfulfilled expectations.“We are not going to win 18 or 19 games,” O’Neill said. “We’d have to win the rest of them and I don’t know if we’re capable of that.”To add insult to injury, the Trojans (13-12, 5-7) haven’t won at Berkeley since January 2007 and have struggled mightily on the road during Pac-10 play this season, winning just one game in five contests.In addition to its road woes, USC has already lost to Cal (13-12, 6-7) this season, back on Jan. 22 when the Bears pulled out a narrow 68-66 victory at the Galen Center.Despite senior guard Donte Smith’s career-high 24 points on eight three-point baskets in their first meeting, USC could not contain the Bears’ physicality, primarily from junior forward Harper Kamp.Kamp led California with 19 points (10 of which came in the final seven minutes), but after landing an elbow to the jaw of junior forward Nikola Vucevic in the first half, USC’s interior post presence was essentially nonexistent.Vucevic — who comes into tonight’s 7:30 p.m. tip-off leading USC with 16.9 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game, finished the night with just six points, his lowest point total on the Pac-10 season.Although things remain bleak for the visibly frustrated Trojans with six games to play in their conference schedule plus the upcoming Pac-10 tournament, there is still time to save face in a season slowly fading away.And if USC can hang its hat on anything that rings of optimism, it has been its performance on Thursday nights.The Trojans are 4-1 on Thursdays this season, winning by an average of more than 16 points per game.Also, although the team played from behind for most of their 61-51 loss to Oregon last Saturday at the Galen Center, the backcourt duo of junior Jio Fontan and freshman Maurice Jones finally look as though they are starting to build some chemistry with one another.In defeat, the two guards combined for a season-high 12 assists — a much-needed boost for USC, who currently sits in last place in the conference with only 12 assists per game.The Trojans conclude their two-game road trip in Palo Alto, Calif. Saturday night to take on Stanford.USC’s 65-42 victory over the Cardinal (13-11, 6-7) on Jan. 20 was its largest conference win of the season.
‘Not the freshman he once was,’ defender John-Austin Ricks scores like a forward‘Not the freshman he once was,’ defender John-Austin Ricks scores like a forward
The Syracuse defense entered this season needing to replace the No. 2 overall pick of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft in Miles Robinson. Add the other four draft picks, and former defensive staple Louis Cross, and the Orange was forced to bring in 15 new players.Of those, none has experienced an increased role like John-Austin Ricks. The sophomore defender made 20 appearances last year, but started in fewer than half of those games. He played wingback the majority of the previous season and had just one goal, falling behind the regular defensive rotation of Robinson, Cross and Kamal Miller.But since Robinson’s departure for the MLS and Cross’s graduation, Ricks has emerged as a regular in No. 7 Syracuse’s (4-2-1, 0-1-1 Atlantic Coast) defensive rotation, either in the back three or at wingback. His offensive output has jumped, tripling his season total for goals (three) just more than a third into the season.“He’s not the freshman he once was,” Miller said. “… He’s really stepped up and has been playing like he’s been here forever.”When Syracuse employs a 4-4-2 formation or Ricks moves up to wingback in a 3-5-2, he prefers to push up on offense. Other times, Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre can shift formations and move Ricks elsewhere because “he has that flexibility.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRicks is not like most defenders, because, Miller said, he is more versatile. Rather than stick around marking the opposing team’s forwards, he moves upfield with the offense. The Orange often plays the ball to Ricks as it enters the opposing half of the field. He has become a facilitator, working alongside midfielders Mo Adams and Hugo Delhommelle often to create offensive opportunities.Andy Mendes | Digital Design Editor“Just using that skill back there, in a back three, (McIntyre) puts a lot of responsibility on us to get the attack going,” Miller said.The offensive nature of Ricks started in his youth career and lasted through his sophomore year of high school. He had played center midfielder or forward, before making the change to center back. Playing up top helped develop “that killer ball,” as McIntyre called it.That was in reference to Ricks’ first goal of the season, against Princeton Sept. 1. A man-down, Syracuse’s counter attack shot ricocheted off the post. Players fought for possession until Delhommelle took control. Ricks saw open space to Delhommelle’s right, about 30 yards from the goal. After corralling the pass, Ricks chipped the ball just over the outstretched diving arm of Jacob Schachner to even the score in an eventual 1-1 tie.Because of his flexibility and aggressiveness, Ricks has positioned himself in front of the net multiple times. Later in the Princeton game, a through ball found its way to a darting Ricks. The one-timer missed wide left, his only missed shot in four attempts.“I like to take risks,” Ricks said. “It’s not always the best thing to do. I like to try to go forward when I can. I don’t like to keep the ball back.”Josh Shub-Seltzer | Contributing PhotographerRicks’ two other goals came off corner kicks. The first, against Oregon State on Sept. 12, was a header toward the back post. A charging Beaver defender tried to stop short, but the ball bounced off his chest and into the back of the net. Three games after scoring the game-tying goal, Ricks scored the game-winner.The second goal came against division rival and No. 17 Louisville. Delhommelle took the corner kick and sent the ball into the packed penalty area. Ricks was in the front of the pack near post, but a header sent the ball far post and into the back of the net.Ricks emerged from the scrum grabbing his shirt, nodding his head emphatically. As if to prove, in his first full season as a core player on the Syracuse backline, this can be his breakout year.“I felt like I was hiding last year,” Ricks said. “… I want to be an impact player.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 18, 2017 at 10:35 pm Contact Charlie: email@example.com | @charliedisturco
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Hearts of Oak are through to the semi-final of the MTN FA Cup where they will meet premiership title chasers, Medeama.The Phobians managed to pip second-tier side, Gold Stars 2-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday in the quarter-final to give them a chance to pick silverware come the end of the season.Striker Gilbert Fiamenyo scored the opener from the spot in the second half before Owusu Bempah sealed victory in added time to keep David Duncan’s side in the Cup competition as Gold Stars finished the game with ten men.Hearts of Oak, who are currently 8th in the Premier League see the FA Cup as their only realistic chance of silverware this season, says captain Mahatma Otoo.Otoo says the team will be aiming to win the FA Cup for the fans this season.“Looking at the league, it will be very difficult to win it but the FA Cup is what we are targeting to win and I want us to win it for our fans,” Otoo said. The domestic double hopes of Medeama is still on after the Mauves sailed through to the semi-finals of the MTN FA Cup on Sunday.Medeama defeated Heart of Lions 2-0 in the quarter-final clash at the T&A Park to reach the last four.However, they have a cracker ahead of them in the Cup competition as they will meet Hearts of Oak in the semi-final fixture in June.Goals from Godbless Asamoah after six minutes and an 88th minute strike by Victor Ayirey gave Medeama the home win.Medeama are sitting top of the Premier League log and will be hoping for better finish in both competitions. It was not a happy return for Angelo Arkhurst Dedon to Kumasi as it was Asante Kotoko, his former side who booked their place in the semi-final of the MTN FA Cup.The Eleven Wise coach was meeting his former side since taking up coaching, having played for Kotoko over a decade ago.Michael Helegbe won the day for the Porcupine Warriors, inspiring Kotoko in the 2-1 win over the second-tier side after 120 minute of thrilling football at the Baba Yara Stadium.Helegbe gave Kotoko the lead after Michael Akuffu had missed a penalty but Wise drew level through Justice Ampaw to send the game into extra time.Four minutes into the start of the first half of extra-time, Helegbe again came to Kotoko’s rescue with a beautiful lob to edge home. But it was a nervy finish as Wise tried to push the game into penalties but Kotoko held on to reach the semis where they will face Amidaus Professionals.
NBA playoffs 2019/Bucks vs. Celtics: 3 things that could decide the seriesNBA playoffs 2019/Bucks vs. Celtics: 3 things that could decide the series
Boston and Milwaukee are two of the most talented teams in the conference, and the floor will be filled with stars throughout the series.Here are three things that could decide the matchup. Related News Malcolm Brogdon injury update: Bucks guard (foot) out at least first 2 games vs. Celtics This promises to be a good one.The Celtics and Bucks will face off in the Eastern Conference semifinals, with Game 1 set for Sunday (1 p.m. ET, ABC). Both teams enter the series coming off of sweeps, as the Bucks dominated the Pistons from start to finish while Boston went unchallenged by the Pacers. NBA playoffs 2019: Updated odds to win the championship The Celtics’ chemistry The Celtics entered the season as the favorites to win the East after reaching the conference finals in 2017-18, but they were inconsistent for large stretches.Boston was just 20-14 at one point in late December and it lost four in a row as recently as last month. Since then, however, the Celtics finished with wins in six of their last eight regular-season games and looked dominant in their four playoff matchups against the Pacers.The Celtics, led by Kyrie Irving, appear to be hitting their stride at the right time, which could pose a threat to the top-seeded Bucks. Malcolm Brogdon’s potential returnThe Bucks’ playoff rotation could get even deeper.Milwaukee is expecting Malcolm Brogdon to be back on the court at some point this round, coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters earlier this week, though he likely won’t play in the series’ first two games. The 26-year-old guard has been out since suffering a minor plantar fascia tear in his right foot in mid-March.Brogdon had a fantastic season, as he averaged 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 28.6 minutes per game. He’s a knockdown shooter and also a solid creator next to Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.Brogdon’s return — as long as he’s completely healthy — will provide a big boost to Milwaukee’s offense.Boston’s options to guard GiannisAntetokounmpo will be a matchup nightmare for Boston.The 24-year-old has developed into one of the best players in the NBA and is the front-runner to win the MVP award this season. At 6-11, he’s difficult to stop in transition and when he attacks the rim. The Celtics could start with Jaylen Brown on Antetokounmpo, and Gordon Hayward also should spend time covering him. Depending on lineup construction, center Al Horford may be asked to guard him, as well.None of these options is ideal, but the Celtics will need to find one that works in order to win the series. The absence of Marcus Smart — who’s sidelined with an oblique injury — has a chance to hurt Boston here, as he’s the team’s best defender. NBA playoffs 2019: Gordon Hayward, Brad Stevens discuss Celtics’ sweep of Pacers
Why 49ers’ six-year extension for Kyle Shanahan is truly a big dealWhy 49ers’ six-year extension for Kyle Shanahan is truly a big deal
At one point, before a fallout with the front office timed with the opening of the Michigan job, Harbaugh seemed destined to be that West Coast offensive-minded keeper for which the 49ers were desperately looking post Walsh and Seifert. Shanahan is now the real answer.Without the 49ers, Mike Shanahan wouldn’t have enjoyed a great showcase as offensive coordinator under Seifert that parlayed into leading the Broncos to two Super Bowl victories. It only makes sense that Mike’s son Kyle will remain part of the plan to bring the 49ers back to that level of glory.Kyle Shanahan may have been once deemed that young hot-shot play-caller who needed to learn to become a complete coach. The 49ers’ patience in him to deliver paid off. They have seen plenty enough to give him a good chance to being the longest-tenured coach in franchise history. The 49ers didn’t need to wait a full six seasons of Kyle Shanahan to decide to lock him into six more. San Francisco announced a new contract extension for Shanahan on Monday that now keeps him connected with the organization through the 2025 season.Fresh off leading the 49ers to an NFC championship and seeing them fall just short of wining Super Bowl 54, it was a no-brainer for the 49ers to ensure keeping Shanahan around well beyond 2022. What it also means, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, is that Shanahan is now one of the five highest-paid coaches in the NFL. That would suggest Shanahan is the latest coach to make $9 million or more per season and puts him in exclusive company with his contemporaries. When Forbes released its list of highest-paid coaches in January. Bill Belichick ($13 million) was on top, followed by Pete Carroll ($11 million), Jon Gruden ($10 million), Sean Payton ($9.8 million) and John Harbaugh ($9 million).What do those five coaches have in common? They are all Super Bowl winners. Note that going a little further down on the list, you will find two more longtime coaches with rings, Mike Tomlin and Andy Reid (both at $8.5 million per season).MORE: The 25 best NFL coaches without a Super Bowl ringThe 49ers reportedly giving Shanahan more than Reid despite being on the losing side is very significant. They believe in Shanahan, 40, being successful for a long time and eventually lifting up the franchise’s first Lombardi Trophy since the 1995 season.Should Shanahan see the end of his current deal in San Francisco through at least 2025, that would mean he would be coaching the 49ers for at least nine seasons. Between George Seifert in 1996 and Shanahan in 2017, the 49ers went through eight coaches in 21 years. Steve Mariucci and Jim Harbaugh combined to be on the job for 10 of those years.Consider Seifert, succeeding the late great Bill Walsh, coached the 49ers for eight seasons. Walsh led the 49ers to three rings before Seifert’s two in a span of 10 seasons.
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Arda Turan leaves Basaksehir and seeks new destinyArda Turan leaves Basaksehir and seeks new destiny
Arda Turan played on December 1 his last minutes as a Basaksehir player. As reported by the Turkish club this morning, this Sunday, the player and the president met to terminate the contract that united them. “We would like to thank Arda Turan, one of the most important players in Turkish and international football on a hundred occasions, their efforts and we wish them success in the rest of their career, “added the Ottoman city as a whole. He wants to retire at GalatasaraySince the Istanbul club they have already made it clear, they want Arda Turan to finish his career at the Galatasaray and the Turkish midfielder also seems willing. Fatih Terim, former coach and now coach of Galatasaray, publicly acknowledged his intention to return. “Arda is an important figure for Galatasaray. I don’t know what will happen in January, as we will. Arda is a fan of Galatasaray. Our club always hugs her children. I think Arda Turan deserves to retire here,” he said.The Turkish team will try to sign this winter market with what Arda is not expected to rejoin, as such, the ranks of Barcelona. With the culé set he has six months left on his contract and is not expected to demand a price in a possible move.Internal sources in the Besiktas they also ensure that Eagles They think about the signing of Arda Turan. Abdullah Avci, the Besiktas coach, has a very good relationship with Arda. Avci was the coach of Basaksehir Last season. The contract that has been terminated was the transfer with which Arda Turan is again a player, for all intents and purposes, of FC Barcelona. The Turk has a contract with the Blaugrana team until June 30.