19Sep/20

DeNobrega wins 4th annual Felix Grenville memorial cycle road race

first_imgBy: Colin BynoeTEAM Evolution’s Paul DeNobrega returned two hours 42 minutes 53 seconds in winning the 4th Annual Felix Grenville Memorial Cycle Road Race in Berbice on Sunday, but Trojan Cycle Club as well as Team United members were not to be outdone from occupying positions among the top 10 finishers in the open category.DeNobrega won ahead of Shaquel Agard (Team United), Romello Crawford (Trojan), Andrew Hicks (Team United), Raul Leal (Carlton Wheelers), Walter Grant-Stuart (Continental Wheelers), Christopher Cornelius (Team Evolution), Deeraj Garbarran (Team United), Alonzo Ambrose (Team Alanis) and Briton John (Team United).The Masters category was won by Flying Stars’ Ian `Dumb Boy’ Jackson. Team Evolution’s Stephen Fernandes was second and finishing third was Steve Ramscuchit of Trojan Cycle Club.In the ladies category, Shenika Teixeira was first and was followed by Deanne Welch and Whitney Poyer respectively.From the outset of the event, the fans that turned out in support of the cyclist knew that the competitors would have had to dig deep to come out on top. The 6th staging of the event, but the fourth year it has become a memorial one, started in front of the late Guysuco Engineer’s residence in Canefield, East Canje, Berbice and proceeded to #51 Police Station on the Corentyne before turning back to finish at the place of origin.The event which was sponsored by Felix’s children, grandchildren and other relatives, in collaboration with the Flying Ace Cycle Club (FACC), saw riders from all the major clubs in Guyana take part.The race attracted 39 starters with all competitors/teams trying their outmost to formulate their strategy early on.DeNobrega, who won the event in 2015, made his mark on the Palmyra road, when he signalled his intention to break away from the pack.The riders made a flying start on the way to Rose Hall Estate, where Felix worked for a major part of his life.When they proceeded on the race route, it appeared to be an early cat and mouse game that saw team Trojan’s Romello Crawford take the early lead. Six other riders were hot on his heels, Andre `Padlock’ Green, Grant-Stuart, Silvio Innis, Cortis Dey, Hicks and DeNobrega.The leading bunch of cyclists were closely knitted, heading into No.19 road when they were confronted with a heavy north/easterly winds that slowed them up considerably. They maintained the tussle as they proceeded on the 65 miles ride.At the turnback point (No. 51 Village) the seven riders who were in the lead continued to push. Evidently the tactical manoeuvre continued to be a part of the race with the mental and physical attributes of the competitors being heavily taxed. The weather pattern changed, an extreme heat saw the riders having to use lots of water to cool down.In the sprint home, around Palmyra, heading into the Canje area DeNobrega made up his mind and swiftly surged ahead of his main rivals. Nearing the Canje turn, heading home with about 300m out, there was no stopping as he out sprinted Shaquel Agard.For the Juvenile cyclist who rode from Nand Persuad and Company Limited to the finish line, Zamal Khan took top honours followed by Johathan Ramsuchit, David Hicks and Kenwyn Collins respectively.The 10 prime prizes that were up for grabs saw Crawford, Green and Stuart take two each, while there was one each for Cortis Dey, Silvio Innis, Hicks and DeNobrega.Speaking at the simple presentation, daughter of the late Grenville Felix, Joan, said, “I’m etuis of the attendance, and I thank God for the safety of the riders, no casualties over the six years.” She was also high in praise of the Police outriders who did a professional job.The event, which is staged in collaboration with the Flying Ace Cycle Club, was first held in 2012 then in 2013, on his birthday. As a result of Mr Felix’s death late in 2013, it was decided to hold the race as a memorial event. Felix was one of the first local engineers trained by GuySuCo.last_img
17Sep/20

Syracuse sends seniors off in style

first_imgMuch of the afternoon belonged to the stellar play of junior right fielder Shirley Daniels but reminders that it was Senior Day at Syracuse University softball field abounded.Orange and blue streamers were wound around the bleacher railings, as color-coordinated balloons whipped in the wind. A white banner carrying the image of a softball diamond and the jersey numbers — 33, 7, 21, 16, 5 and 4 — of each graduating player superimposed onto their corresponding positions on the field, was draped along the left field fence.Sunday’s 9-4 win against Providence was captain Morgan Nandin’s last-ever game at Syracuse Softball Stadium. The win inched Syracuse into the Big East tournament and gave Syracuse the win it needed to claim the three-game weekend series against Providence.It was a bittersweet adieu for a player who has become a defensive stalwart and fixture of consistency at shortstop over four seasons.“I wish there was like eight years of eligibility,” Nandin said after the game. “I want to keep playing but we ended on a great note.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’m really happy with the way I’m playing and it took like four years for me, mentally, to figure out this game. I’ve only figured out 20 percent of it but there’s no way you can figure out this whole game, Nandin said. “It’s tough that it’s coming to an end.”A pre-game ceremony honored each of the graduating players — Emily Thompson, Gabby Torzili, Stacy Kuwik, Ashley Dimon, Ronnie Grant and Nandin, who generated one of the crowd’s loudest responses. Over the press-box intercom, an announcer blared the impressive line of records Nandin accumulated during her time donning a Syracuse jersey — first all-time in games started, second all-time in double plays turned, among them.At the top of the third inning with one out, Nandin provided the home crowd one parting glimpse of the stealth acrobatics that’s become routine over the years. A Providence batter hit the ball between third baseman Corinne Ozanne and Nandin. Nandin dove to the left, ending up on her stomach and containing the ball from traveling any further. Nandin caught a glimpse of the batter, who was half-way to first and made a spot-on throw to first baseman Jasmine Watson for the out.Nandin picked herself up and dusted her dirt-covered knees, remaining straight faced as she resumed her post between second and third. In the rafters, the awestruck crowd wavered between silence and hushed murmurs, unsure of how to respond to the unlikely play.On the field, Nandin didn’t crack a smile — like all the times that came before it, she didn’t let on.“I try and pretend I do those plays all the time. On the inside, I’m like jumping up and down,” she said.Syracuse closed out Senior Day and the season on a high-note but the team knows there’s still work left unfinished. In a season that’s marked by growing pains and adjusting to the departure of key players from last season’s team, Syracuse looks to use the momentum they’ve generated in the last stretch of the season in post-season play.Center fielder Grant said, compared to the start of the regular season, the team’s managed to come together. Grant closed out the game by sliding to snag a fly ball for the Providence’s final seventh inning out — a fitting end for her final game at Syracuse’s softball stadium.“I wanted it … I knew that was a big hitter. I really wanted the ball,” she said, as a smile broke across her face. Comments Published on May 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm Contact Debbie: dbtruong@syr.edu | @debbietruong Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories Daniels carries Syracuse into Big East tournament with standout Senior Day performancelast_img read more

16Sep/20

Gabby Cooper experiences struggles of Syracuse’s 3-point heavy offense

first_img Published on November 29, 2016 at 10:24 pm Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ In Syracuse’s home-opener against Rhode Island on Nov. 11, freshman Gabby Cooper threw up 18 3-pointers.She made just four.In the Orange’s next game, Nov. 14 in the Carrier Dome against Siena, Cooper again relentlessly heaved shots from beyond the arc, this time attempting 14 3-pointers.She made three.After the Rhode Island game, SU head coach Quentin Hillsman was asked whether Cooper needed to relax with the 3-pointers. He said he almost took her out a few times for not shooting enough. In his offense, Hillsman said, open shots need to be taken.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“That was one of the more difficult things to adjust to,” Cooper said. “Sometimes you don’t feel ready to shoot.”Shooting just 23.6 percent from the 3-point line in the first seven games of her freshman campaign, Cooper has experienced the tough love that comes with running as a guard in Hillsman’s deep-ball offense. She’s shot at least 10 3-pointers in four of SU’s (4-3) games this season but has made only 17 of her 72 attempts.When Syracuse recruited Cooper, she said she expected to receive significant minutes on the court. But after playing 194 minutes already this season, the third highest total on the team, even Cooper admits that she didn’t expect to be playing this much, and she didn’t expect to be shooting nearly as many 3s.Hillsman said at the beginning of the season that the Orange would have to rely on 3-pointers to survive this season. After the team’s national championship appearance last year — a by-product of its heavy reliance and success with 3-pointers — Hillsman said the team “has no other choice” than to live or die from 3-point range.But after losing guard Brianna Butler following last season, the SU staff knew it needed a third guard to complement Alexis Peterson and Brittney Sykes. That’s where Cooper came in.“(Cooper) can make shots, she’s athletic enough and she’s smart enough,” assistant coach Tammi Reiss said. “The biggest thing was, could she pick the schemes up quick enough to learn everything to play? Gabby’s a very smart player. “With Cooper tasked to replace Butler’s stellar numbers from the 3-point line, this reliance on 3s has been rough for SU in the early part of the year. Syracuse has lost three of its last four games and dropped nine spots to No. 20 from No. 11 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.In SU’s 62-61 loss at Drexel last Monday, the Orange shot just 28 percent from 3-point range, and it hasn’t shot above 34 percent since Nov. 11.Still, Hillsman said, when players such as Cooper are on the court shooting 3-pointers, even if the shooters don’t make every shot, it spreads out the floor and opens up the middle for inside players like center Briana Day.“Either they come and guard me and give the lane to (Peterson) and (Sykes), or they don’t guard me and I pull up and shoot it,” Cooper said.The 5-foot-10 Cooper said playing in Hillsman’s offense has taught her that if she isn’t ready to shoot, it’s her fault that she’s missing open looks on the basket. She said she has to get ready to shoot all of the time if she wants the number of looks from beyond the arc that Hillsman asks for.And even though Cooper’s numbers aren’t where she would like them to be right now, she’s learning that the more open looks, the better. The makes could come as the season goes on.“She’s doing well, she’s taking her shots when she has them and being aggressive for us,” Hillsman said. “We have to give her a lot of credit, she’s a freshman, she’s a baby playing in a huge environment.” Commentslast_img read more

16Sep/20

Jack Grealish is set to declare for Ireland.

first_imgThe 19 year old signed a new deal on Tuesday with Aston Villa.He is set to make his Irish senior debut in a friendly against the USA in November.The full back had also been tempted by England despite playing all his underage international football for Ireland.last_img

30Aug/20

Paysafe Group signals US betting intent with ‘Single Point API’ launch

first_img SBC’s Year In Review: September’s big betting news December 27, 2019 Skrill launches ‘Knect’ next-level rewards programme November 22, 2019 Share Share StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Paysafe hires former Barclays UK platform lead Sujit Unni as new CTO February 14, 2020 Global payments and e-merchant services provider Paysafe Group has stated its corporate intent to lead transactional services within the liberalised US sports betting market in 2019 and beyond.Yesterday at the ICE London 2019 conference, Paysafe leadership announced the launch of its industry-specific ‘single point API’, which will deliver a unified payment platform/solution for all igaming/betting incumbents.Launching its new vertical, Paysafe states that it will deliver the most comprehensive and secure global payments solution for all industry incumbents, utilising the scale of its flagship Paysafe processing systems capacity, further supported by its digital wallets Skrill and NETELLER and online prepaid solution Paysafecard.Targeting future growth, within the saturated igaming/gambling space for payment processing incumbents, Paysafe leadership is clear that its ‘new horizons’ lie stateside post-PASPA.Having commissioned sports betting consumer research in 2018, Paysafe details that 23% of US betting consumers consider ‘the availability of payment methods as a key differentiator’, with a further ‘42% of bettors surveyed’ stating that they would use a different payment method for wagering transactional services.Karim Ahmad – Paysafe GroupAt a technical level, Karim Ahmad – Paysafe Chief Product Officer details the advantages that a single-point API would deliver to multiple stakeholders.Ahmad underlines streamlined checkout experiences, deeper reporting on financial transactions across user verticals, higher product customisation and atomisation of transactional processes.“Players want payment options which are seamless and secure, and which they don’t notice. Whether it’s traditional payments, digital alternatives or future innovations, it needs to be effortless. Paysafe has over 20 years’ experience in the payments industry and has spent a number of years partnering with leading businesses in the iGaming space, helping them to operate and scale at speed. Our solutions are established and widely recognised in this sector and cover the broadest range of payment methods, which is why Paysafe is now the unquestioned partner of choice for the iGaming industry”last_img read more

30Aug/20

UK recovery sees 888 confident of delivering on 2019 expectations

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Superbet doubles down on Lucky7’s challenger investment  July 27, 2020 Related Articles Share Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 London-listed enterprise 888 Holdings is confident of delivering on its full-year 2019 earnings expectations after closing the year with revenues at an “all time high” for December trading.888’s strong H2 performance was ‘underpinned by the continued success of the Group’s Orbit casino platform’ which was launched across a number of regulated markets. It also sustained improved revenues across its sport betting verticals.In the UK, 888 continued its market recovery supported by increased revenues, reflecting its sustained focus on engaging with and entertaining recreational customers.This 2019 recovery has been further aided by a diverse regulated market mix, with the firm detailing sustained growth across Italy and strong performances in the re-regulated markets of Romania and Sweden.Itai Pazner, Chief Executive Officer of 888, said: “The Group has delivered solid progress in the second half of the financial year underpinned by continued momentum in Casino and Sport. We are very encouraged by the growth in new customers during 2019 with a record of more than one million new customers signing up to 888’s brands during the year. In addition, we were very pleased to end the year with a record revenue month in December.“We have delivered a strong recovery in our UK business underpinned by a clear and unwavering focus on entertaining recreational customers in a safe and secure environment. Continuous investment in further enhancing responsible gaming processes and tools across all markets will remain a key focus for the Group.“888 has entered 2020 with good momentum across several regulated European markets and, underpinned by further investment in our team, marketing and product development, we remain focused on achieving further progress in the US. With 888’s core strengths as a responsible operator with outstanding technology and diversification across a number of regulated markets, the Board remains confident of further progress in the year ahead.” LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020last_img read more

29Aug/20

Richard Commey reveals plans to help upcoming boxers

first_img–By: Nathan Quao/citinewsroom.com/Ghana IBF Lightweight champion, Richard Commey, may be enjoying his reign now as one of the kings of the division but he wants to see Ghana get more world champions in future and he wants to help in that regard.He revealed on Monday at the Jubilee House that he would provide some boxing equipment to boxers in Accra to help their development in the sport.He stated this when he presented his belt to the President, Nana Akufo Addo.“I spoke to my manager and I decided that it was not going to be all about me. It is about producing more world champions from Ghana and so, every year, I plan to give some equipment to the young boxers because they are very good.I will leave Ghana at the end of this month and come back around June with some more equipment. It will not be about Ga Mashie but it will for the whole country. As much as we can, we are trying to help nurture more world champions.”President Akufo Addo, commended Commey for the gesture and for winning the world title in February this year after knocking out Isa Chaniev in  New York.The President added that Commey would get a car and an amount of GHS 50,000.Commey got the chance to fight for the crown after Mikey Garcia vacated it in favour of fighting Errol Spence Jr for the welterweight title.Commey is expected to make a defence but the details are unknown. What is known is that Commey has plans to fight Vasyl Lomacheko to unify the IBF,  and the WBO and WBA belts currently held by Lomachenko.last_img read more

29Aug/20

“Never Again”: Remembering the darkest day in Ghana football

first_imgRecalling the eventTwo of Ghana’s most successful football clubs, Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko met in a league match in Accra in another episode of their intense rivalry at the time.With the game starting at 5 pm, the Accra Sports Stadium was full at 10 am, according to Joseph Wilson Sey, who officiated the game. He made that disclosure two-years ago In an interview with TV3’s Yaw Ofosu.After a goalless first-half, Lawrence Adjei shocked the home side, Accra Hearts of Oak, in the 60th minute of the game.The Phobians equalised through Ishmael Addo 17 minutes after the opener and they went 2-1 up with just 10 minutes left to play as Addo grabbed his second goal of the day. Asante Kotoko fans argued that the goal should have been ruled out as Addo was thought to have been offside.According to Joseph Wilson Sey, his decision to allow the goal to stand was accurate and the fans did not have to react the way they did.“People say my assistant raised his flag, yes he did. But for a different infringement. The infringement was for the same attacker but they already had the advantage.The laws of the game say you should play on and so I allowed the game to continue and the assistant brought his flag down.And where this gentleman moved to pick the ball had nothing to do with a foul. By law, everything was perfect. He picked the ball and scores.Yes, some people made noise, it ended and we continued the game.I did nothing wrong and I have no guilt. I feel bad someone losing their father, brother but the blame that we triggered the event is totally false”.Some angry Kotoko fans broke portions of the plastic seats at the stadium and threw it onto the running tracks and the field, disrupting the game.The police responded by firing canisters of tear gas towards the upset fans in a bid to stop their actions.In turn, the fans tried running away from the tear gas in order to find relief and that led to some major problems at the ground.With the gates of the stadium locked and medical officers not found, the hour-long chaos led to the death of 116 people due to comprehensive asphyxia (chest compression) i.e. an inability to breathe and ten others reported dying out of trauma and many other left injured.AftermathThe Ghana Police Service was blamed by some sections of the general public for the incident as it was reported that the security service over-reacted leading to misbehaviour and indiscriminate actions.The Sam Okudzeto commission of inquiry, that was  set up by then-Ghana president, John Agyekum Kufuor, to look into the carnage, fingered six police officers and recommended their prosecution.All six officers – Chief Superintendent of Police, Koranteng Mintah, ASP Faakyi Kumi, ASP Frank Awuah, ASP Frank Aryee, ASP John Naami and ASP B.B. Bakomora – were each charged with 127 counts of manslaughter, but were later acquitted after a submission of no case was upheld by a court.The commission of inquiry recommended improvements at the various stadia in the country such as security and first aid facilities, and that nationwide rapid response teams should be set up.LessonsThe Accra Sports Stadium has seen various renovations and improvement with a major uplift done prior to the hosting of the AFCON 2008. The upgrades included more exits to help fans leave the stadium in a rush without any issues if the need ever came up.The current GFA, headed by Kurt E.S Okraku, ahead of the new Ghana Premier League season ran a No Hooliganism campaign in a bid to fight improper fan conduct at the various match centres.The then Chairman of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Herbert Mensah, has memorialized that tragedy with a fund, the Stadium Disaster Fund and other series of events.In 2016, an annual Memorial “May 9th Cup” was set created to mark the day symbolize an event which must never happen again. On May 9, 2001, 126 spectators at the Accra Sports Stadium lost their lives with many more injured and the memory of the day still remains with people in a different way after 19 years.The incident is the worst of its kind in Africa and it has become part of the story of Ghanaian sports as it is marked each year.last_img read more

28Aug/20

Nigeria names Chan squad for CIV

first_imgHead coach of the Nigeria national team, Stephen Keshi has called up 24 players for the 2014 African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifier against the Ivory Coast.Seven members of the Nigeria squad to the 2013 Fifa Confederations Cup were selected.The squad is comprised of two goalkeepers, eight defenders, five midfielders and nine strikers.Enugu Rangers defender, Chibuzor Okonkwo who was part of the Nigeria Under-23 side that finished in second place at the football event of the 2008 Olympic games was also called up to the squad.Bayelsa United winger, Gomo Onduku who was also called up and he voiced his delight at the development.“I am very happy at this news and I will always give my best to defend the colours of my country. I thank the coach for showing faith in me,” Onduku told supersport.com on Tuesday. Keshi had earlier hinted that the Eagles will be approaching the game with seriously while he fielded questions in Fortaleza, Brazil following Nigeria’s ouster from the 2013 Fifa Confederations Cup.“We would go back home take a few days rest and prepare for our CHAN qualifiers against Ivory Coast in the coming days and hopefully we should be able to make it through,” he said.The game against the Ivory Coast will be played on Saturday, July 6 in Kaduna.The African Nations Championship is a football tournament which was first announced on September 11, 2007.It is played between the best national teams of Africa, exclusively featuring players who are active in the national championships and qualified to play in the ongoing season. Expatriate players, regardless of where they play, even in Africa, may not qualify to take part in the competition.The squadGoalkeepers: Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers); Daniel Akpeyi (Heartland)Defenders: Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars); Benjamin Francis (Heartland); Kunle Odunlami (Sunshine Stars); Ezekiel Bassey (Lobi Stars); Umar Zango (Kano Pillars); Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine Stars); Chibuzor Okonkwo (Enugu Rangers)Midfielders: Sunday Mba (Rangers); Ayo Saka (Enyimba); Olufemi Oladapo (3SC); Emeka Eze (Enugu Rangers); Mohammed Ajia (Bayelsa United) Forwards: Muhammad Gambo (Kano Pillars); Obinna Nwachukwu (Heartland); Gomo Onduku (Bayelsa United); Ifeanyi Ede (Enyimba); Anthony Okputu (Lobi); Pius Samson (Ranch Bees); Festus Ajah (Union Bank); Oghenekaro Etebo (Warri Wolves); Dele Olorundare (Sunshine Stars)© supersport.comlast_img read more

26Aug/20

Angels’ Shohei Ohtani wins AL Player of the Week award, upcoming schedule still TBA

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Shohei Ohtani, who hit three homers and carried a perfect game into the seventh inning of his only start of the week, was named American League Player of the Week on Monday.The Angels’ two-way phenom from Japan enjoyed a historic week, becoming the first player since 1919 to win two games and hit three homers within the first 10 games of a team’s season.Ohtani’s first start, on April 1, was not included because it was during the previous week. Ohtani hit .462 with three homers in his three starts at DH during the past week. He also pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out 12, on Sunday. His perfect game ended with one out in the seventh.Meanwhile, at least one sports betting site now has Ohtani as the favorite for AL MVP, just ahead of Mike Trout. Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Manager Mike Scioscia said Monday that he doesn’t expect any of Ohtani’s early success to affect him, just as the struggles in spring training didn’t cause an issue.“Shohei said it the best ‘There’s a long way to go,’” Scioscia said. “He’s going to continue to work hard. I wouldn’t expect anything different from him if he has success or struggles. He’s going to continue to move forward and try to get better.”Scioscia also wouldn’t commit to when Ohtani will hit or pitch next. Scioscia said he’ll be available to be in the lineup as the DH on Tuesday. His next start on the mound is expected to be Sunday, although the Angels still haven’t announced their starters for Thursday, Friday or Saturday yet.“We’re not going to look that far ahead right now,” Scioscia said. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more