LGC executive hosts successful golf tournament

first_imgDESPITE damp ground conditions due to heaven rains on Friday evening, highly spirited golfers took to the Lusignan Golf Course in the usual effort to ensure they were in the Winners Row, as the LGC Executive kicked off its Caricom-weekend tournaments on Saturday.In the Winners Row were Aasrodeen Shaw, Troy Cadogan, William Walker, Lekhnarine Shivraj and the greatly-improving Eureka Giddings.The LGC’s second tournament – CARICOM Day tournament – is set for today from 9:00hrs.In Saturday’s tournament, instead of playing three Flights, the Executive decided on a simple medal-play format in which the first 5 better net scores were awarded trophies.Best Net score and champion, Aasrodeen Shaw (68/14) – 1st, indicated “My allround game was great today. Despite somewhat wet ground conditions, I adapted well and my driving, chipping and putting were good, giving me the lead.”  The other winners were: Troy Cadogan (71/26) – 2nd, tied with William Walker (71/13) – 3rd; Lekhnarine Shivraj (72/16) – 4th; and Eureka Giddings (73/28) – 5th, tied with Kevin Dinanauth (73/5).Troy and Eureka had better ‘back 9’ scores which gave them the edge over William and Kevin respectively. Of honorable mention was Pope-Emanuel London who turned in a score of  74/21.Club captain Chatterpaul Deo, in congratulating the winners, noted that the golfers did well to offer such great support in light of some last minute changes that had been made to accommodate the tournament.Club president Aleem Hussain was heartened by the support and was excited about the Caricom Day tournament when he hoped to improve on his performance on Saturday.last_img read more

Big payday for Spieth

first_imgHis four shot victory at the Tour Championship in Atlanta also won him the FedEx Cup – with the prize money from both combined resulting in the huge payout.Spieth’s also the new world number one.last_img

Kearns says Tipp can’t afford mistakes

first_imgKearns says his side’s semi-final win gave him plenty of food for thought…Our build-up to live commentary on the big match will begin at 1.30 on Sunday afternoon – with coverage brought to you in association with Tipperary Co-Op Supervalu, Tipperary Town. Tipperary will have to eliminate some of their defensive failings if they’re to have a chance of winning the Munster senior football final this weekend.Manager Liam Kearns says the team can’t afford a repeat of the closing stages against Cork last time out when they square up to Kerry on Sunday in Killarney. Tipp are seeking to win the provincial title for the first time in over 80 years.last_img

Ireland seek first ever win against All Blacks

first_imgMeanwhile, the All Blacks have recalled Aaron Smith at scrum-half after missing their win over Australia through suspension.Prop Jack McGrath is well aware of the task facing the side this evening.Kick off in Chicago is at 8.00pm Irish time.Also in the Autumn Internationals today, Wales and Australia resume their rivalry at the Principality Stadium at 2.30pm, and then at 3.30pm the Barbarians face South Africa at Wembley. Joe Schmidt’s side are in Chicago to face a New Zealand side who are overwhelming favourites to come out on top after winning their last 18 games in all competitions.The Ireland head coach has opted for experience in his starting 15, with Rob Kearney and Jared Payne named at full-back and centre respectively.Tipperary’s Donnacha Ryan is also in the team.last_img read more

For Keshi, the Light Dims

first_imgStephen Okechukwu Keshi meant different things to different people. To some he was a leader, to some he was controversial, and to others he was a mafia. To the football authority, he was arrogant. However, one indisputable thing about him was his record-he remains the longest serving Super Eagles captain, led Nigeria to her first World Cup appearance, captained the national team to win the first African Cup of Nations outside the shores of Nigeria and capped it all by leading Nigeria as coach to win the 2013 AFCON (the second man to do so as a player and coach). He opened the floodgate for Nigerians to play professional football abroad. Belgium became the Mecca for Nigeria footballers while he was at Anderlecht and his house was the melting point for Nigeria footballersBarely six months after his wife, Kate, lost the battle to cancer, Cardiac arrest Stephen Keshi’s life in Benin City in the early hours of Tuesday at the age of 54. Confirming his death, his brother and manager, Emmanuel Ado, said. “It is true, my brother has passed on. He has gone to meet his wife,” Ado said. Keshi’s beautiful football story started at the famous St. Finbarrs College, a school noted for its football prowess and the former Super Eagles Coach, alongside Henry Nwosu, Wakilu Oyenuga, Nathaniel Ogedengbe among others were regular members of the Finbarrs’ side that revolutionised school football, not only in Lagos State but in Nigeria as a whole; it was not a surprise therefore, when the team went on to win the 1977 edition of the Principals’ Cup Competition in Lagos State.Keshi and Nwosu were later to be called up and played for the Junior Eagles, (as the Flying Eagles was called then). And later on they were called up again to the Green Eagles in preparation for the 1980 African Cup of Nation’s competition, but it was only Nwosu that made the final 22-man list for the Nations Cup, while Keshi fell short of the requirements.He was quick to put the disappointment of not making the 1980 AFCON team, and he went on to play for Wema Bank and ACB before relocating  to Benin City to play for New-Nigerian Bank of Benin and winning the WAFU cup twice.He finally made it to the Super Eagles team, debuting in the friendly game against Uganda in 1981 in Benin during preparations for the final World Cup qualifier against Algeria. He was later to play his first competitive match for the Super Eagles against Algeria in Lagos, coming in as a substitute for Christian Chukwu in the second-half.The Big Boss made his Nation’s Cup debut in Libya, in 1982; scoring two goals in Eagles 3-0 triumph over Ethiopia in the opening match. But as a result of Nigeria’s early elimination from that tournament, the eggheads of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA, sacked the Brazilian Coach, Otto Gloria and appointed Adegboye Onigbinde, who was quick to appoint Keshi captain of the new -look Eagles, which he led to a silver medal in 1984.In 1985, Keshi’s national team career nose-dived, when he was banned for two years by then NFA, alongside Henry Nwosu, Bright Omokaro, Sunday Eboigbe, and Clement Temile. Keshi for reporting late to the Eagles camp. In spite of tendering an apology to the leadership of the NFA for a pardon, and Keshi was left with little choice than to leave the shores of the country in continuation of his football career.Keshi left for the Ivory Coast that gave him the opportunity to play soccer without NFA’s clearance and played for` ASEC Mimosas and later on Stella Football Clubs of Abidjan. His sterling performances caught the attention of Belgian scouts, where he consequently earned a professional contract in Belgium. There he vigorously played for FC Lokeren and RSC Anderlecht where he won several titles as a key player with Anderlecht.His high-point being having played the finals of the European Cup Winner’s Cup Competition in 1990, and losing narrowly in extra time to Juventus of Italy.Keshi later on played for Strasbourg FC of France, a second division side, which he helped earn promotion to the first division. He later on played for RWDM of Belgium before relocating to the United States for MLS soccer.At the National team level, Keshi’s truncated career was reignited in 1987. He helped Nigeria qualify for the AFCON 1988 – MAROC ’88 – losing narrowly to Cameroun in the finals. Keshi, was re-appointed Super Eagles Captain after an interregnum of four  years. The Super Eagles under his leadership failed to qualify for the World Cup in Italy in 1990.After the 1990 World Cup failure, Dutch man Clemens Westerhoff was charged with the task of rebuilding the Eagles, which he achieved with support from Keshi. The Eagles finished runners-up in the AFCON, 1990 in Algeria; finished in third place in AFCON 1992 in Senegal and won the AFCON, 1994 in Tunisia. That same year, the Eagles qualified for the 1994 World Cup competition for the first time in the United States of America.After the 1994 World Cup, Stephen Keshi left the national team with the ovation at its loudest. He studied for his coaching Diploma and his first coaching assignment was as an assistant coach to Bonfree Jo, during preparations for the 2000 Nations Cup competition.As a consequence of a faltering 2002 World Cup qualifying campaign, Bonfree Jo was sacked; Keshi assisted Amodu Shaibu in tinkering the Eagles. The World Cup ticket was eventually won by Nigeria under the tutelage of Keshi and Amodu. However, after a semi-final loss to Senegal at the 2002 Nation’s Cup competition, which was blamed on a players’ revolt, Keshi and Amodu were sacked by the NFA, for what was perceived to be the coaches’ sympathy for the players. Keshi thus missed the opportunity to help in coaching the Eagles at the 2002 World Cup!In another turn of events, Togo snapped up Keshi, to help tinker their national side. It was to be his first fully fledged assignment as coach; he did not fail, as he helped Togo, qualify for their first ever World Cup finals, in Germany. However, misfortune struck him once again, when he was sacked, as a consequence of having lost all the first round games at the 2006 Nations Cup competition, coupled with a disagreement with Emmanuel Adebayor. He thus missed another opportunity to take a national side he helped qualify for the World Cup.The Togolese later made up for this, reappointing him, after the 2006 World Cup. He later coached Mali and qualified them for the 2010 Nations Cup competition in Angola. A not- too impressive performance in Angola saw the Malians terminate his contract. When the Nigeria job became available, in 2010, he contested with Samson Siasia, for the plum job. Siasia was selected – largely due to the overwhelming public opinion in favour of Siasia’s appointment. When Sissia failed, the job came naturally to Keshi. In 15 months, Keshi remarkably turned around the fortunes of the Super Eagles, unexpectedly, making them the African Champions to the bargain.After taking over as coach of Nigeria in 2011, Keshi led them to victory in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa and then guided them into the Round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil where they lost to France.He was only the second man to win the Africa Cup of Nations as a player and coach – after Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary – following his success 19 years earlier when he was a key defender for the Nigeria team.Keshi was regarded as an iconic figure in a golden generation of Nigerian players that included Finidi George, Rashidi Yekini, Jay-Jay Okocha, Samson Siasia, Daniel Amokachi and Sunday Oliseh. He made a total of 64 appearances for Nigeria and scored nine goals.Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick led the tributes to Keshi, saying: “This is devastating. We have lost a superhero.”FIFA’s new secretary-general Fatma Samoura, currently head of the UN Development Programme in Nigeria, tweeted: “The football family has lost a great member.”Nigeria and Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike called Keshi a “true legend” and said: “You will forever stay in my heart the big boss RIP.”Ghana Football Federation president Kwesi Nyantakyi described Keshi as “a great man and a noble spirit” and a “shining example of dedication to football and to footballers”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img

FC Copenhagen 0 – 2 Chelsea

first_imgChelsea eased the pressure on manager Carlo Ancelotti as they cruised to a win over Copenhagen in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.Nicolas Anelka seized on a misplaced pass from ex-Blues winger Jesper Gronkjaer to fire the visitors ahead.The Premier League club added to their lead when Frank Lampard’s reverse pass found Anelka and he drove in a second.Ancelotti’s men were dominant but £50m striker Fernando Torres could not register his first goal for the club.It was all too easy for Chelsea as the lacklustre Danish champions looked every bit like a team that had not played a competitive game since 7 December because of their league’s winter break.With the visitors desperate to keep alive their Champions League hopes after being knocked out of the FA Cup last Saturday and their chances of defending their Premier League crown seemingly over, Copenhagen had a chance to add to Chelsea’s misery. Instead, a timid home side stood off their opponents and the Blues were too good not to take advantage and earn a commanding lead for the return leg at Stamford Bridge on 16 March.Ancelotti paired Anelka with Torres in attack as Didier Drogba dropped to the bench and the duo, helped by some poor defending, responded with a performance of hunger and desire, which was also epitomised by their team-mates.Anelka grabbed the glory with the goals but, if the finishing prowess of Torres had been as clinical as his partner’s, the Spaniard would have scored his first goal for Chelsea since his January move from Liverpool.However, while Anelka ruthlessly punished Gronkjaer by powering in a shot from just inside the edge of the area to put the Blues in front after 17 minutes, Torres failed to round off some of his pace and movement with a goal.The Spanish forward’s first real chance came when an off-target Ramires shot left him with a sight of goal but his first touch let him down and allowed Copenhagen keeper Johan Wiland to fend away the danger. Torres jinked his way into a promising opening as he produced the type of play which unnerves defenders, but his poked shot was again saved by Wiland.A lunging Mathias Jorgensen tackle was next to foil Torres as Chelsea dominated proceedings but failed to add to their lead.Copenhagen appeared to be fearful of the Blues and this was apparent when Anelka was allowed the time and space to turn and shoot at goal with his effort going high.Visiting keeper Petr Cech was belatedly called into action when he had a Martin Vingaard long-range shot to save after the break.The Danes had drawn against Barcelona at the Parken Stadium in the group stages earlier this season but could not rediscover the same sort of form as they looked a yard off the pace. And Chelsea wrapped things up when Anelka again showed Torres how to finish with a first-time shot from Lampard’s exquisite pass.After a faltering season, it was a welcome win for Ancelotti’s side and a surprisingly comfortable one given the fact Copenhagen had never before suffered defeat at home in the Champions League.Source: BBClast_img read more

MLB trade news: Diamondbacks acquire pitcher Zac Gallen from Marlins

first_img#Dbacks acquire right-handed pitcher Zac Gallen from the Marlins in exchange for infielder Jazz Chisholm.Welcome to Arizona, @zacgallen23! pic.twitter.com/bv1eEv7GUj— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) July 31, 2019Gallen, 23, has been fantastic in limited time in the Marlins’ rotation posting a 1-3 record with a 2.72 ERA in seven games (seven starts) and 36 1/3 innings pitched. He also struck out 43 batters after he went 9-1 with a 1.77 ERA to start the year in Triple-A. The Marlins have received Jazz Chisholm in return. He is the team’s No. 1 prospect and the No. 59 prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. Related News MLB trade rumors: Nationals acquire Daniel Hudson, Roenis Elias, Hunter Strickland The Diamondbacks are adding.Arizona has acquired pitcher Zac Gallen from the Marlins, the team announced Wednesday. MLB trade rumors: Yankees, Rays still interested in Ken Giles despite elbow issue Arizona remains engaged in trade talks for lefty Robbie Ray. The Astros, Yankees and Rays reportedly are also going after him, so this very well could be a move to make up for losing the lefty at the deadline, which ends Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET. MLB trade rumors: Brewers acquire Drew Pomeranz, Ray Black from Giants for top prospectlast_img read more

Dennis Rodman gets probation after DUI arrest in California

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano The Los Angeles Times says the 56-year-old was ordered to complete a nine-month alcohol program and pay $390 in fines.Rodman was arrested Jan. 13 in Newport Beach after being pulled over for a traffic violation. Police said he failed field sobriety and breath tests.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHis attorney, Paul Meyer, said the sentence reflects Rodman’s commitment to treatment. Meyer said the Hall of Famer has accepted responsibility for his sobriety. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ LATEST STORIES UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffercenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Mavericks’ Matthews likely out for season with leg fracture GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings FILE – In this June 17, 2017, file photo, former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman arrives at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing after a flight from Pyongyang. Rodman was sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading guilty to two misdemeanors stemming from a January DUI arrest in Southern California. Rodman pleaded guilty Monday, March 12, 2018, in Orange County to one count of driving under the influence of alcohol and one count of driving with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit of .08 percent. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)LOS ANGELES — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman was sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading guilty to two misdemeanors stemming from a January DUI arrest in California.Rodman pleaded guilty Monday in Orange County to one count of driving under the influence of alcohol and one count of driving with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit of .08 percent.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Cantwell shifts game date, site

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 2:15 p.m. Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary’s football game against Daniel Murphy has been switched to Thursday night at St. Matthias High School. Daniel Murphy will be the home team. The game originally was scheduled to be played Friday night at St. Bernard High School. Cantwell is coming off last week’s season-opening, impressive 27-13 victory over defending Santa Fe League champion Salesian.last_img

‘Good win for Arsenal fans today’ – Gunners fans react to anti-Wenger protests

first_img Arsenal fans made their feelings about Arsene Wenger known 1 Arsenal recorded a run of the mill 1-0 win over Norwich City on Saturday evening, but the game was memorable for a different reason.The increasing frustration with Arsene Wenger came to the fore, as a number of fans held up banners and signs with an anti-Wenger message.It was not the entire stadium, with many fans still backing the Frenchman, but it is evident that support for Wenger is decreasing with every passing week.The protests were not missed by social media users, and we collect some of the best reactions below…last_img