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Zenith Bank WBL: First Deepwater, Customs, Bounce BackZenith Bank WBL: First Deepwater, Customs, Bounce Back

first_img“From proceeding here, I believe that most teams have improved greatly since the first phase in Abuja. The games are closely-fought and we have recorded an upset already with GT 2000 beating Customs.“In the game involving Dolphins and Customs, the Border Girls gave a good fight despite losing to the defending champions. With developments like this, the competitiveness, which was lacking in the league, is gradually returning,” reasoned Ahmedu.The Elephant Girls coach said his team has been able to maintain high standard and win with wide margin because it got to Asaba about two weeks before the league dunked off, which gave his players the opportunity to train and get used to the court, which he termed as substandard.“With what I have seen here, I am happy that we got Asaba early to acclimatise and get use to the court and the environment. I am happy that the owners of the team, First Bank PLC have always supported ideas that will put the team in a good position to excel. I hope our performance will propel us to the title,” he added.He however blamed the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) for opting for Asaba for the second phase of the women’s league.“I must chide the NBBF for bring the league to Asaba. The upright board is made of wood as against fibre, which is approved by FIBA. There are other venues that have fibre uprights where they could have taken this phase of the league to. This is taking us back after we enjoyed tremendous time in Abuja,” reasoned Ahmedu.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After conceding to a rare defeat to AHIP on Tuesday morning First Deepwater bounced back to winning ways yesterday at the ongoing Zenith Bank Women Basketball League in Asaba. First Deepwater defeated Immigration Basketball Club 44-33 to leave the fourth day of the series in the Delta State capital with smiles.Custom also defeated Zamfara Babes 70-50 while the IGP Queens crushed FCT Angels 69-39. Coal City Queens lost 28-45 to Benue Princess.Coach Peter Ahmedu of First Bank Basketball Club who watched most of the games played yesterday commended the standard of the Second Phase of the Zenith Bank Basketball League,last_img read more

Europa: Arsenal Beats CSKA Moscow 4-1Europa: Arsenal Beats CSKA Moscow 4-1

first_imgFrance striker Alexandre Lacazette thursday marked his first Arsenal start for two months with two goals as they took control of their Europa League quarter-final by demolishing CSKA Moscow in the first leg.The Gunners scored four first-half goals, Aaron Ramsey’s side-foot finish setting them on their way.Aleksandr Golovin levelled with a sublime free-kick before Lacazette, who has recovered from a knee injury, made it 2-1 with a penalty after Mesut Ozil was fouled by Georgi Schennikov. Ramsey produced a brilliant third with an instinctive volleyed flick, with Lacazette adding a fourth after being picked out by the outstanding Ozil.Arsenal were unable to add to their tally in the second half but they will head to Russia’s capital for the second leg next Thursday with a commanding lead.Arsenal, who have won five successive games in all competitions, should have triumphed by a more handsome margin in what was a cracking match.Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed a great chance early in the second half, while Ramsey fired over the bar after keeper Igor Akinfeev had spilled the ball into his path.Ramsey’s hopes of a hat-trick disappeared when his curling 77th-minute shot hit the post.Nevertheless, Arsene Wenger’s side will be confident of reaching the semi-finals of a competition that provides a team sixth in the Premier League – 13 points off fourth place with seven games left – with their most realistic chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.Arsenal are certainly warming to the Europa League, collecting their eighth win from 11 games in the competition, scoring 27 times and conceding eight.Assuming there is no second-leg upset in Russia, they still need to negotiate a two-legged semi-final to reach the final in Lyon on 16 May.Yet the way they dismantled CSKA, who started their European campaign in the Champions League, was impressive although victory came at a cost.Wenger confirmed after the game that keeper David Ospina, who suffered an ankle injury on the eve of the game, will be out for between two and three weeks while Mkhitaryan, who was substituted, will miss Sunday’s game against Southampton with a damaged knee.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

I can handle Sunderland responsibility – GyanI can handle Sunderland responsibility – Gyan

first_imgSunderland striker Asamoah Gyan is confident he can handle the expectation of being the first-choice striker at the Stadium of Light.The 25-year-old is currently the club’s only fit forward following Darren Bent’s move to Aston Villa, and injury to Danny Welbeck and Fraizer Campbell.“I don’t doubt my quality, whether I am playing with two strikers or just one,” Gyan told BBC Newcastle.“I think my game is impressive so far, and it’s a good thing for the team.”The Ghana international has responded well thus far, taking his goal tally for the season to 10 in 28 appearances with the opener in Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur, before Michael Dawson and Niko Kranjcar secured all three points for the visitors.However, defeat means the Wearsiders have now lost three straight games. “It’s sad that we have lost three games in a row, but the whole team is playing well,” Gyan added.“Unfortunately we concede silly goals, but if we keep on concentrating on the game then we can do much better because we are playing good football.”Sunderland signed Gyan from French Ligue 1 club Rennes in August 2010 for a club record fee of £13m.Source: BBClast_img read more

Deputy Sports Minister calls for reforms in national teams’ travel arrangementsDeputy Sports Minister calls for reforms in national teams’ travel arrangements

first_imgThe Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports has called for major reforms in Ghana sports; emphasising on “international engagements”.Paul Enam Hadzide said matters relating to travelling of the national teams need major needs to be looked at to save the country’s name. Speaking to sports programme, Joy Sports Link on Joy FM Saturday, Mr Hadzide said the changes should start with the country’s national teams.“We have to drive major reforms…even before the Commonwealth Games, we had started pushing for some reforms as far as the travel of national teams and federations are concerned.”I think that we should push hard on it and ensure strict compliance,” he told host Nathaniel Attoh.His comment comes a month after he was reinstated by President Nana Akufo-Addo following police investigations which cleared the minister of any wrongdoing in the Commonwealth Visa Scandal. At least 50 persons who claimed to be journalists and were in Australia to cover the Commonwealth Games were arrested and repatriated for bearing false identities.Related: Deputy Sports Minister, Acting NSA DG suspended over visa scandalIt was not clear at the time how the suspects obtained visas to travel out of the country.Reports suggested some officials from the National Sports Authority as well as the ministry facilitated the fraudulent visa acquisitions for them.The incident embarrassed the country with the Australian authorities said to be tightening travel arrangements for otherwise genuine Ghanaians who may be travelling to Australia for business and or pleasure. Related: Akufo-Addo reinstates Deputy Sports Minister, NSA Board ChairMr Hadzide was subsequently suspended and later reinstated by the President after full investigations into the matter.Mr Hadzide added that the Sports Minister himself, Isaac Kwame Asiamah is working to ensure that there are changes in the sports sector.“…when we met the federations some time ago he announced a 10 point agenda a shift from the status quo was what we were pushing. We need to make sure that we enforce those our regulations to the latter,” he said.Watch the video of the discussion below:last_img read more

LA Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell downplays right foot injuryLA Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell downplays right foot injury

first_imgHONOLULU >> The positive vibes that stemmed from a warm climate, pleasant beaches and training camp optimism dissipated. Instead, the Lakers experienced a development Thursday that has been a depressing theme throughout three trying seasons.Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell missed the end of day’s two-hour morning session at Stan Sheriff Center because of a bone bruise in his right foot. Russell does not know how the injury happened, but his optimism turned true that he would play in the team’s evening session, which was closed to the media. “I feel fine,” said Russell, who said he just needs to ice his foot. “It’s just a little bruise.”Still, Russell conducted his post-practice interview sitting on a chair. Moments later, Russell walked off the court with a noticeable limp. The success or failure of Kobe Bryant’s 20th NBA season won’t rest on what he does in training camp. But the Lakers’ star still showed some promising moves during portions of “>Thursday’s morning scrimmage that was open to reporters. At small forward, Bryant sank most of his mid-range jumpers and threw crisp passes to teammates. Bryant also dunked softly with two hands on a fast break.“That’s his hot spots,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said of Bryant. “If we can get him on the elbow, mid-wing and mid-post, he can be so effective for us as he was today. He was making shots, making passes and making plays for other guys.”Bryant sat out of the Lakers’ evening session for the second consecutive day, using that time for treatment and rest. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Russell played in portions of the Lakers’ full-court scrimmage that was open to reporters, showing off a mix of scoring and passing. He also completed some light shooting drills afterwards. But Russell sat out of the Lakers’ sprinting exercises.• VIDEO: Lakers writer Mark Medina recaps Day 3 of training camp in HawaiiLast season, the Lakers fielded a roster that missed an NBA-record 324 games due to injury. The Lakers have a combined 827 games because of injuries the past three seasons. Still, Russell maintains he will not become one of those casualties.“Five more hours, I’m ready to go,” Russell joked. Highlight reellast_img read more

Will the Giants trade Madison Bumgarner? ‘It’s impossible to say’Will the Giants trade Madison Bumgarner? ‘It’s impossible to say’

first_img“I just figured, until they take (the Giants uniform) away from me, I’m not going to think about it that way,” Bumgarner said. “Mindset is a big thing for me. I feel like that’s a negative light on what we’re trying to do, because we’re trying to win. I’m not focused on whether it’s my last start or not or whether they’re going to decide to make moves or not.”The Yankees, Twins, Brewers, Braves and Astros have all been linked to a potential deal for Bumgarner. President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said the Giants were still evaluating their options when he spoke with reporters over the weekend.”It’s impossible to say what the next 10 days are going to present, both in terms of what our opportunity to contend is going to be and continue to be and what opportunities the market is going to present,” Zaidi said, via MLB.com. Related News Bumgarner holds a 5-7 record with a 3.65 ERA in 21 starts so far this season.“I feel like I’ve done a good job of blocking it out,” Bumgarner told MLB.com about the trade rumors earlier this month. “Sometimes it’s easier said than done, obviously. But winning solves everything. I’m just trying to win the game. It doesn’t matter what may or may not happen. All we can control is what’s going on right now.”The four-time All-Star has spent his entire 11-year MLB career with San Francisco. He has won three World Series and taken home two Silver Sluggers during his time with the team. MLB trade rumors: Mets believe they can ‘still get a solid return’ for Zack Wheeler despite injury MLB trade rumors: Red Sox could pursue White Sox slugger Jose Abreu, Blue Jays reliever Daniel Hudson MLB trade rumors: Are the Yankees interested in Rangers starter Mike Minor? The Giants’ trade deadline plans remain unclear.San Francisco was expected to be sellers this month and was reportedly planning to move ace Madison Bumgarner. The team, however, has won eight of its last nine and entered play Monday just 2 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot.last_img read more

Lightning vs. Sabres: Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov lead Tampa Bay in win at 2019 NHL Global SeriesLightning vs. Sabres: Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov lead Tampa Bay in win at 2019 NHL Global Series

first_imgMaroon assisted on the insurance goal, and eventual game-winner, by Yanni Gourde in the third period. In 12 games with the Lightning, the 2019 Stanley Cup champion now has four points (goal, three assists) in 12 games. Nikita Kucherov got the Bolts on the board less than four minutes into the game  WITH his second goal in his last six games; however, he did have a low-bridge hit on Vladimir Sobotka that forced the centerman out of the game with an apparent lower-body injury.Sam Reinhart netted both goals for Buffalo; he now has seven goals and 13 points in 15 games this season. His second tally made it a one-goal game but the Sabres could not find the back of the net again. Linus Ullmark, one of four Swedes that suited up for Buffalo in the contest, made 31 saves, including 26 at even strength.NHL Global Series 2020: Bruins, Predators headline European slate of gamesThe other Swedish nationals that played for the Sabres include 19-year-old defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, who won silver at World Juniors in 2018 for Tre kronor and forwards Marcus Johansson, Johan Larsson and Victor Olofsson. Defenseman Lawrence Pilut, who was recalled from Rochester (AHL) for the games, was a scratch on Friday.In October, Sweden topped non-North American countries with 79 players on season-opening rosters, representing 11.4 percent of the League’s 690 total players.With the loss, Buffalo has now lost four straight and has been outscored 19-9 in their last six games (1-4-1), a far cry from where it started the season (8-1-1 through 10 GP). It’s also been an interesting start for the Lightning, who won a league-record 62 games last season; the win was only the second for Tampa Bay in its last five games, and the Bolts are now 7-5-2 on the season.Buffalo and Tampa Bay will wrap up the Global Series on Saturday with a 1 p.m. ET contest.Sporting News has the scoring and highlights from the Lightning’s win over the Sabres below.Lightning 3, Sabres 2(All times Eastern)Third period: Lightning 3, Sabres 24:51 p.m. — Tampa Bay holds on to win 3-2.4:44 p.m. — Linus Ullmark makes multiple saves as Pat Maroon bangs at the puck a few times on the doorstep.4:41 p.m. — Sabres’ Jack Eichel takes a tripping call with under six minutes left and his team down by one.4:36 p.m. — GOAL. Sam Reinhart with the wicked wrister from the high slot makes it a one-goal game again. It is Reinhart’s second of the game. Lightning lead 3-2.4:31 p.m. — Back to even strength.4:28 p.m. — After scoring an insurance goal, Gourde takes a high-sticking penalty on the very next draw. Sabres second power-play of the game; they’re 0-for-1 in the game.4:27 p.m. — GOAL. Yanni Gourde crashes the net and buries the loose puck. Pat Maroon, who missed the last two games with an upper-body injury, gets the primary assist. Lightning lead 3-1.4:23 p.m. — Back to even strength.4:17 p.m. — Rasmus Ristolainen nails Alexander Volkov after he makes the play along the boards — hit looks up high although Volkov was a bit hunched over. Steven Stamkos goes after Ristolainen and there’s a big meeting between the benches. Jeff Skinner and Ondrej Palat get coincidental roughing minors. Ristolainen called for interference giving Lightning a power play.4:11 p.m. — Third period is a go. Second period: Lightning 2, Sabres 13:54 p.m. — Second period comes to a close and we have a one-goal game. 3:48 p.m. — The crowd has come a little alive with that goal.3:46 p.m. — GOAL. It’s officially a goal. The ruling on the ice has been overturned. Lightning lead 2-1.3:44 p.m. — Wait. Hold on. The referee waved it off right away so now it’s being reviewed. Reinhart did hit the puck down from high up — but did not look above the crossbar from replays.3:44 p.m. — GOAL. Sam Reinhart deflects point shot from Rasmus Ristolainen in front of the net.How does one say “deflection” in Swedish?📺: NBCSN💻: https://t.co/ioVhW8K1yt pic.twitter.com/oDa07ljVod— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) November 8, 20193:37 p.m. — There is 7:25 left on the clock in the second period. Tampa Bay leads 2-0 and are outshooting Buffalo 21-12. The arena is pretty quiet.3:25 p.m. — Lightning now 1-for-2 on the power play.3:23 p.m. — Johan Larsson with a solid shorthanded chance — actually two chances — as he chips the puck past the Lightning defense and comes out of the corner. Andrei Vasilevskiy with the big stops.3:20 p.m. — Sabres’ Jake McCabe hits Brayden Point with a high-stick to the face — although called for roughing officially. Bolts are already 1-for-1 with the man advantage.3:17 p.m. — Sabres will be down a center for the rest of the game.Vladimir Sobotka will not return to tonight’s game.— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) November 8, 20193:12 p.m. — Nothing doing for the Sabres.3:11 p.m. — Second period begins with the Sabres on the power play for 54 seconds.First period: Lightning 2, Sabres 02:53 p.m. — Now it’s Buffalo’s time on the power play as Erk Cernak is called for interference.2:49 p.m. — GOAL. Victor Hedman’s one-timer from the point is deflected just above the blue paint by Alex Killorn. Lightning lead 2-0.A Victor Hedman 🚀.@TBLightning 🚨🚨 pic.twitter.com/pBb2VZ6rTG— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) November 8, 20192:47 p.m. — Tampa Bay heads to the power play as Rasmus Dahlin is called for interference on Pat Maroon. Dahlin is one of five Swedes on Buffalo’s roster.2:42 p.m. — Buffalo’s Vladimir Sobotka takes a shot and then is hit low (and kinda late) by Nikita Kucherov. He is helped off the ice as Ralph Krueger has a few choice words for the referees.2:32 p.m. — Some pushing and shoving in front of the Sabres net after the whistle as Mathieu Joseph goes hard to the net.2:22 p.m. — GOAL. Brayden Point with the sweet saucer pass to a streaking Nikita Kucherov who buries the one-timer from one knee. He entered the game with one goal in his last nine games. Lightning lead 1-0.THE PASSANDTHE FINISH. 😳 pic.twitter.com/5Mrn0RRZiL— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) November 8, 20192:20 p.m. — Jeff Skinner with a couple of good looks early including a deflection that just went wide off a Brandon Montour point shot. Skinner shows some disappointment on the bench.2:16 p.m. — Game on!Pregame2:14 p.m. — Legend Markus Naslund drops the puck.Legendary. 🇸🇪#NHLGlobalSeries pic.twitter.com/wn710wa5xY— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) November 8, 20192:11 p.m. — Swedish anthem played beforehand.The Swedish anthem was performed after our anthem tonight and…CHILLS! 🇸🇪 #NHLGlobalSeries pic.twitter.com/LZgybU3EEs— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) November 8, 20192:08 p.m. — Victor Hedman introduced. “And from Örnsköldsvik…”All the love for Heddy tonight! 😍#NHLGlobalSeries pic.twitter.com/favdb1WB7C— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) November 8, 20191:41 p.m. — Warmies.Warmups are underway in Stockholm! 👊#NHLGlobalSeries pic.twitter.com/5gYqtB3PTI— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) November 8, 20195:36 a.m. — Morning skates in Stockholm.Sabres’ lineup versus Tampa Bay:Olofsson-Eichel-ReinhartSkinner-Johansson-SobotkaVesey-Mittelstadt-ShearyGirgensons-Larsson-OkposoMcCabe-RistolainenMontour-MillerJokiharju-DahlinUllmark pic.twitter.com/bwsp37eQKH— John Vogl (@BuffaloVogl) November 8, 20195:34 a.m. — It looks like the Bolts’ lone Swede is a go for the game.Victor Hedman on ice for #tblightning optional skate, so good sign he’s playing tonight— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) November 8, 2019ThursdayTon of Victor Hedman fans here in Stockholm #TBLightning pic.twitter.com/LD95PaXUyt— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) November 7, 2019#tblightning practicing at the Globe. Victor Hedman there again, a good sign he’ll play Friday pic.twitter.com/h5TnzJVX3A— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) November 7, 2019 The 2019 Global Series continued Friday with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabres facing off in Stockholm, Sweden, for the first of back-to-back games.Victor Hedman and Pat Maroon, who returned to the lineup after missing the last two games with injuries, each netted assists in the contest. Hedman, the lone Swede on Tampa Bay’s roster, fired a shot from the point that was deflected in by Alex Killorn to give the Lightning a 2-0 lead in the first period. Despite questions surrounding his availability this week, the 2018 Norris Trophy winner led all skaters on both teams with 25:47 TOI.last_img read more

National Signing Day tracker 2020: Live updates, top recruits & classes for college football signing dayNational Signing Day tracker 2020: Live updates, top recruits & classes for college football signing day

first_imgFollow along as Sporting News tracks the official signings of the class of 2020 (all class and recruit rankings reflect 247Sports Composite):NSD 2020: Updated class rankings | Top 100 recruitsCollege football National Signing Day tracker 20205-star commitments, signings— Jordan Burch (No. 8 overall, No. 2 DT) has signed with South Carolina.Jordan Burch is officially a Gamecock!#GarnetGang20 pic.twitter.com/dv4OnLNpwC— Gamecock Football (@GamecockFB) February 7, 2020— Broderick Jones (No. 11 overall, No. 2 OT) has signed with Georgia.Signed ✔️Welcome @millionairemov3 ‼️#GoDawgs #ATD pic.twitter.com/FaCc0jQNVJ— Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) February 5, 20204-star commitments, signings— Avantae Williams (No. 44 overall, No. 2 S) has signed with Miami.— Sedrick Van Pran (No. 59 overall, No. 1 C) has signed with Georgia.— McKinnley Jackson (No. 61 overall, No. 9 DT) has signed with Texas A&M.— Alfred Collins (No. 62 overall, No. 2 SDE) has signed with Texas.— Xzavier Henderson (No. 66 overall, No. 11 WR) has signed with Florida.— Jahmyr Gibbs (No. 75 overall, No. 8 RB) has signed with Georgia Tech.— Malachi Wideman (No. 116 overall, No. 22 WR) has signed with Tennessee.— Reggie Grimes (No. 123 overall, No. 8 WDE) has signed with Oklahoma.— Kevontre Bradford (No. 129 overall, No. 13 RB) has signed with LSU.— Jalen Berger (No. 135 overall, No. 15 RB) has signed with Wisconsin.— Ashaad Clayton (No. 171 overall, No. 17 RB) has signed with Colorado.— Javon Baker (No. 199 overall, No. 34 WR) has signed with Alabama.— Malik Hornsby (No. 200 overall, No. 8 DUAL) has signed with Arkansas.— Alex Huntley (No. 214 overall, No. 20 DT) has signed with South Carolina.— Princely Umanmielen (No. 242 overall, No. 9 SDE) has signed with Florida.— Michael Drennen II (No. 246 overall, No. 6 APB) has signed with Kentucky.— Ty’kieast Crawford (No. 288 overall, No. 19 OT) has signed with Kilgore College.— Dwight McGlothern (No. 277 overall, No. 19 CB) has signed with LSU.— Daijun Edwards (No. 279 overall, No. 21 RB) has signed with Georgia.— Jayson Jones (No. 318 overall, No. 32 DT) has signed with Oregon.— Cameron Martinez (No. 322 overall, No. 14 ATH) has signed with Ohio State.— Marcus Henderson (No. 334 overall, No. 15 OG) has signed with Arkansas.— Kelvontay Dixon (No. 342 overall, No. 15 ATH) has signed with Texas.— Jamil Burroughs (No. 344 overall, No. 34 DT) has signed with Alabama. — Jadon Thompson (No. 352 overall. No. 59 WR) has signed with Cincinnati.— Joshua Eaton (No. 355 overall, No. 26 CB) has signed with Oklahoma.— Damarcus Beckwith (No. 389 overall, No. 18 ATH) has signed with Tennessee.Top 10 recruiting classesTeamConference (rank)Commitments5-stars4-stars3-stars1. GeorgiaSEC (1st)2541562. AlabamaSEC (2nd)2541743. ClemsonACC (1st)2351264. LSUSEC (3rd)2431475. Ohio StateBig Ten (1st)2531486. Texas A&MSEC (4th)26213117. AuburnSEC (5th)26016108. FloridaSEC (6th)2511769. TexasBig 12 (1st)19114410. TennesseeSEC (7th)230139 National Signing Day 2020 is here, offering one final opportunity for teams to finish up their 2020 recruiting classes before turning to spring football.While the early signing period has become the de facto national signing day — only nine players of the top 100 players in the country remain unsigned — there still are plenty of talented players left who have yet to make their collegiate decisions. Where they sign will go a long way in determining the final class rankings for 2020.last_img read more

Ray Saunders to become England Golf President 2014Ray Saunders to become England Golf President 2014

first_img Ray Saunders, a past President of Kent and a former chairman of the EGU Championship Committee, has accepted the nomination to become President Elect of England Golf for the year 2013 with a view to becoming President in 2014. The 72 year old has been a keen supporter of golf and football for most of his life and is surprised and delighted to be considered for the presidency. “I was surprised to be asked,” he said. “Surprised, because at times I haven’t conformed to convention. For example, when I was Chairman of the Championship Committee we changed the format of the English Amateur Championship, which didn’t go down well in certain quarters. “But this is a massive honour and I don’t believe anyone from Kent has been president before. I can’t recall anyone and I’m certainly looking forward to it.” Ray was born in Fulham just before the Second World War and joined the Metropolitan Police as a 19 year old. He stayed for seven years during which most of his duties were confined to the notorious area of Soho. He also played for the Met soccer team which won the Police Championship in 1966, beating Liverpool at Anfield. He had earlier had trials with Fulham but was disappointed not to be signed when the likes of Alan Mullery and George Cohen were. However, he has always been, and remains, an avid Fulham fan. On leaving the police in 1966, he and a partner went into wholesale and retail business with shops in Leytonstone, East London, selling confectionery and tobacco. That lasted until 1979 when another change came when he joined a firm of chartered accountants in the West End and became their financial advisor until he retired in 1999. Living in Kent, he has been a member of the Mid Kent Golf Club for over 40 years and in 1986 was asked by the late Eric Green to run the county colts’ team. He did that for six years during which his youngsters won the South East League South and the playoffs against the South East North champions on two occasions. Meanwhile, Ray became involved with a charity Channel swim. With five others, he completed the crossing from France to England to raise funds for the National Heart Foundation after losing several friends with heart problems. Ray became Kent golf captain for four years in 1992, again winning the South East League and playoffs. Between 1996 and 1999, he completely revamped the county’s coaching system with improved results. In 1999, he became Kent President for four years and became the county’s representative on the South East and its voting member with the English Golf Union (EGU). By then a qualified referee, he joined the EGU Championship Committee in 2000 and became chairman in 2006, again for four years. He still acts as a referee for England Golf, Kent and various events in the south east but grows increasingly concerned about players not supporting county golf. “But I can see it from their viewpoint that they have so many tournaments to play in and you can’t blame them for furthering their golfing careers by doing so,” he adds. Ray and his wife Eileen recently celebrated their Golden Wedding and they have two children, a boy and a girl, three grandchildren and another on the way. Ray’s other passion is his ever-growing library of golf books, most of which are the histories of golf clubs. “I now have around 300 and am always looking to add to the collection,” he says. 28 Aug 2012 Ray Saunders to become England Golf President 2014 last_img read more

Radiography of Madrid after seven months: the goal and the defenseRadiography of Madrid after seven months: the goal and the defense

first_img12 Militao (992; 17th)Another example of a player surpassed by demand and expectations. The 50 million investment today it seems too many. Militao, who despite this has made a fix in the calls of Brazil, has not threatened the welfare states of Ramos and Varane. Starting with him, Zidane’s men have won six games, lost four and tied one, with a slightly favorable goal balance: 17-16. He has not scored or assisted, while in Porto, in 2018-19, he made five goals and distributed four assists. The coronavirusLogically, also in sport, it has been a turning point. The season of Real Madrid, in the midst of many doubts, she was stopped by the health crisis after seven months of competition. Until then there was an alternation of light and shadow. The balance is good in goal and defense: 35 goals against in 39 games (0.89 on average) and 14 goals (18.18% of the total) and 18 assists in attack. Areola (674; 20º)Better sensations than data, which is still worthwhile being where it is. Has fitted 9 goals in 8 games (1.12 on average) and he has scored 3 doors to zero (37.5%). His stop percentage is discreet, 59.09% (that of Courtois, 72.92%), but in the club he has really liked his adaptation to the role of second goalkeeper. Worker, collaborator for the good atmosphere of the locker room, his transfer until June might not be his end at the Bernabéu. 5 two Marcelo (1,495; 11th)It still does not recover its old level, but streaks has offered better impressions than last season, the one that put him in the pillory. For it Zidane has put a cable in it, in the antipodes with the Brazilian of a Solari who promoted Reguilón. Statistics portray his offensive assets and his defensive debts: with him Madrid scores every 38 minutes and fits every 28; without it, every 77 and every 127. 2. 3 Carvajal (2,910; 5th)It has gone from less to more, losing even in the last stretch of 2019 the ownership in the Selection. Madrid, however, has missed him when he has not been: four wins and three losses without him. Its hierarchy and importance, in fact, led Odriozola to leave on loan in January. Mendy (1,638; 10th)One of Zidane’s big bets in terms of reinforcements, completely successful in view of its performance and how it has fallen into the hobby. Mendy has been presented as a rock in defense and a pylon hammer in attack, the heir to a left lane for which Marcelo, however, promises to fight. Nacho (641; 22º)His most difficult season since he settled in the first team. A difficult knee injury, the level of Ramos and Varane, and the commitment to Militao (€ 50m) have heeled him. Zidane recognizes his values ​​and his worth, but It has only taken him in nine games, three of them in the Cup. His versatility has helped him, acting six times on the sides.center_img 6 Sergio Ramos (3,033; 2nd)The captain, reliable although with some lapse in defense, as in the recent night of Villamarín, has differentiated himself since August in functions of ‘9’. With 7 goals, he is, equal to Rodrygo, the second top scorer of a template with wet gunpowder. 4 Varane (3,000; 3rd)The most regular of the Madridista back line. The knee has respected him, has found regularity, exceeded 300 games in white and taken a step forward in responsibility when it comes to taking the ball. To that we must add three goals and one assist. 3 Courtois (2,865 minutes; 6th of the squad)This more than half a year has proven his signing (around 35 million) and silenced the memories of Keylor Navas. The Belgian’s records are unquestionable: 26 goals in 32 games (0.81 average) and 15 goals to zero (46.87%). Zamora, after Casillas’ in 2007-08, is again a real goal in Madrid. 13 one Odriozola (434; 23rd)Weighed down by the weight of the shirt, With errors as notorious as his unnecessary expulsion in the Mallorca debacle, he went on loan to Bayern in winter. In Munich it has hardly fared better, only 70 minutes, But it is still his great opportunity to demonstrate what led him to Madrid and La Roja.last_img read more