Annai Secondarycrowned champs of KFC Football tournament

first_imgANNAI Secondary defied the odds on Sunday evening to be crowned champions of the second edition of the Petra Organisation’s KFC Goodwill football tournament.Played at the Ministry of Education ground on Carifesta Avenue, the game was tense in the lead up but by the final whistle, the margin was 2-0 in favour of Annai over Lodge Secondary.Annai stayed true to their attacking mindset and from the first whistle they got started causing trouble in the Lodge backline.The Region Nine team wasted little time in going for goal, having three tries on the goal in less than 10 minutes into the game.However, it was eventual Most Valuable Player (MVP) Junior Rodrigues who opened Annai’s account in the 20th minute.Annai Secondary players display their trophy for winning the KFC Goodwill series. (Elvin Croker photos)He pounced on a volley from a corner piece to send a screamer past the goalkeeper and send those in attendance into frenzy.Niaaz Mohamed doubled the team’s lead just three minutes later after some fancy footwork allowed him to ‘dance’ into the box and deliver a low shot that was just out of the diving Lodge keeper’s hands.At the half, Annai were leading but on the resumption, Lodge came out fiercely. Try as they might, however, they could not pierce the backline of the hinterland team.In the third-place playoff earlier in the evening, Shiva Boys made light work of DC Caesar Fox (Waramadong) Secondary 3-1. Adica Ash, the tournament’s highest goalscorer, added two more goals to Stephen Thomas’s opener in the 15th minute being the other goal.last_img read more

Durant one of NCAA’s finest

first_imgThere are certain days that are just too good to be true. That’s how Thursday was shaping up to be. I had only one class scheduled, and it was the first day of the tournament. I was all set to skip that class and write a running diary of my day watching three games at once. It seemed too good to be true. It was.I found out that my midterm in Politics of Sports was scheduled smack dab in the middle of the day. Ninety percent of the class probably signed up for it just because the word “sports” was in the title, and now we’ve missed the first round of the tournament!So there went the running diary and my comfortable position lounging in my chair all day.At least the selection committee did me the favor of scheduling the Badgers’ game for Friday, so I didn’t have to miss my exam.One thing I noticed when watching the games was that CBS kept running these Naismith candidate spotlight features. Sure, it’s probably contractually obligated, but do they really need to do these? At this point, isn’t the Player of the Year race almost over?All year long, candidates have come and gone. For a while, Alando Tucker looked like he was the frontrunner with huge games against Marquette, Pittsburgh and Ohio State. Then Kevin Durant happened.Durant basically decided that nothing was going to stop him. This, by no means, takes anything away from Tucker. This season he has been nothing less than exceptional for the Badgers. With all respect due to Tucker, his season just doesn’t quite measure up.But Durant has that aura around him. When he touches the ball, you know something is going to happen. He is at his best in the biggest games and always seems to come up with the big shot.In Texas’ triple overtime game against Oklahoma State and double-OT game against Texas A&M, Durant hit clutch shots to extend both games. In Texas’ Big 12 tournament game against Oklahoma State, Durant cold-bloodedly nailed a 3 off an offensive rebound to put Texas ahead for good in the final minute. All told, Durant set the Big 12 Conference tournament scoring record — he tallied 92 points in only three games — in a conference that has seen the likes of Danny Manning, Marcus Fizer and Bryant “Big Country” Reeves. Even more impressive, Durant is doing all this as a true freshman. Put into context by my roommate Dylan after a ridiculously emphatic Durant dunk: “He’s the same age as one of those punk freshmen we have over before the football games.”When you think about it that way, Durant is simply remarkable. To think, a year ago at this time he was trying to figure out which hottie-bo-bottie from his high school he was going to ask to prom. Now he is out there coldly sinking NBA-range 3s to win the game in front of 20,000 screaming fans, and he doesn’t look like he is even fazed one bit by it.His stats measure up to the accolade as well. On the season, Durant ranks fourth in the NCAA in both points and rebounding, a testament to the overall quality of his game. On top of that, he is not a bad defender, either. While there is still an outside chance Tucker could bring home one of the POY awards with a deep tournament run propelled by great individual efforts, the award is Durant’s to lose at this point, and so far he has shown no signs of choking when the pressure is on. Ben Voelkel is a sophomore majoring in political science. Want to make a case for someone besides Durant for POY? E-mail him at bvoelkel@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

High Point’s Chris Young has transformed from faceoff specialist to prolific scorer

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 11, 2019 at 11:30 am Contact Eric: estorms@syr.edu Chris Young knew he couldn’t miss again. On Feb. 6, then-unranked High Point traveled to Durham, North Carolina, to face then-No.2 Duke. Young had already scored three times, but an earlier doorstep-shot got stuffed and the miss stayed with Young. So in the fourth quarter, Young noticed empty twine up three, ripped and scored. Just three years earlier, Young was at Penn State, struggling for playing time as a faceoff specialist — the position he’d been recruited for at two different schools. But with a background in box lacrosse, Young grew up playing every position. After the seventh game of the 2017 season, Young stopped taking tries at the faceoff-X. Now a permanent attack, he scored 16 goals in 14 games his redshirt-sophomore year. This season for No. 13 High Point (9-2, 3-1 Southern), he’s already scored 36 in 11, a per-game scoring-average high enough for ninth in the nation (3.27). Once under-recruited as a faceoff specialist, Young went off the board at 28th overall in this year’s Major League Lacrosse Draft, taken by the Ohio Machine. “The way that he plays attack you would think he’s been playing it his whole life,” teammate Asher Nolting said.While playing box lacrosse in Canada, Young idolized Shawn Evans who proved to Young, now at 5-foot-8, that he could be dominant in the sport despite a lack of size. Young grew up training with his older brother, Sean, who played as a defenseman for Syracuse and was drafted 37th overall in the 2015 MLL Draft. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textYoung attended The Hill Academy, a sports-focused center in Ontario. There, he “basically learned everything” about lacrosse. Young worked on stick skills, off-ball movement and, most importantly, how to win a faceoff. His talent at the faceoff-X earned him interest from Robert Morris, where he committed in 2015.But then Young spoke with Penn State head coach Jeff Tambroni who said there was a spot for him at the faceoff-X. Young connected with PSU in a way he hadn’t with RMU. On the field, though, Young struggled to get playing time and felt “lost in the shuffle” at such a big school. After deciding to transfer, he said he fell in love with High Point despite not knowing if his role would be any different. Alex Woodall, the Panthers’ former faceoff option, transferred and opened up a spot in the starting lineup.Courtesy of High Point AthleticsIn his first season at High Point, he remained at the X, winning 33-0f-94 in 2017.  But coaches believed that Young’s versatility could transfer to attack. After splitting time in the beginning of the season, Young took his last draw against Providence on March 11, 2017. In 2018, Young’s attacking prowess had developed. Young is a true crease attackman, High Point offensive coordinator Ken Broschart said. Young rarely leaves a 10-yard radius around the net and pairs with it his rides that make him one of the best in the country, Broschart said. Young kept adapting to the position at a collegiate level. Broschart noticed Young’s developed lacrosse IQ have made him an even more well-rounded player, especially in terms of his hands and finishing. With High Point down 3-0 early to then-No. 9 Virginia on Feb. 18, Nolting fired a pass inside to Young. Young shot but hit the shaft of the goalie’s stick and the ball bounced away. “I don’t think I could’ve missed that if I had a baseball bat in my hand,” Young joked to Nolting shortly after. For the rest of the contest, Nolting said the rest of the attack “loosened up.”Despite a slow start, it was a turning point for the group. The Panthers scored the next five goals and went on to win 14-13.Nolting said he and his teammates often jokingly give Young a hard time that he has the easiest job on the team since all he has to do is catch and shoot. In the two years since switching to attack — from being a specialist to a top-option — Young has embraced it.“I think a lot of players are the same even at the highest levels,” Broschart said. “A lot of players do a certain thing and (Young) does something that’s really unique in terms of how he finishes where you really have to change your whole slide package around him, you know you can’t leave him on the crease.” Commentslast_img read more

Ladies semi finals day at Wimbledon.

first_imgFirst up on Centre Court the Spaniard, Garbine Muguruza faces 2012 finalist, Agnieszka Radwanska.That will be followed by the meeting of five-time champ Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.last_img

Kwesé Free Sports Signs Oshoala as Brand Ambassador

first_imgAlso a Super Falcons star, Asisat was named; best player and highest goal scorer at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada, and best player and second highest goal scorer with the Super Falcons at the 2014 African Women Championship in Namibia.Aware that a lot of young girls look up to her for inspiration, she launched the Asisat Oshoala Foundation to mentor and groom young girls who aspire to be the best they can be in their chosen endeavour, not necessarily football, and giving them a new lease of life. The foundation has in recent times reached out to little kids in orphanages across Lagos, devoting her time in well-meaning charity causes particularly in her home country, Nigeria.General Manager, Kwesé Free Sports Nigeria, Chichi Nwoko explained that Kwesé Free Sports will support the Asisat Oshoala Foundation as part of its commitment to youth development through sports.“We believe that Asisat exemplifies what Kwesé Free Sports stands for. We want to be the vehicle through which she tells the story of women through her foundation”, Nwoko said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram 24-hour sports TV station, Kwesé Free Sports (KFS) UHF 32, has signed the 2017 African Women’s Footballer of the Year, Asisat Oshoala, as its brand ambassador in Nigeria.The Nigeria professional footballer and Dalian Quanjian F.C. forward, will become the face of the Kwesé Free Sports brand promoting the channels’ sporting content and supporting its initiatives. She will feature in Kwesé Free Sports’s advertising commercials encompassing radio, television, print and digital. She will make appearances at Kwesé Free Sports events and feature as a guest analyst in its studios.Arguably Nigeria’s best female footballer, Asisat Oshoala’s honours include; the African Women’s Footballer of the Year 2014, 2016 and 2017, and the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2015.last_img read more

Attheraces.com rolls out sectional timing service for Jumps Racing

first_imgShare Simon Rowlands ends tenure as Chair of racing’s Bettors Forum December 3, 2018 StumbleUpon Ascot adds three-year extension to Sky Sports Racing deal August 14, 2020 Submit Attheraces.com is due to give punters the ability to study racing form in more detail after launching a new sectional timing data service. The new service, which will be developed by attheraces.com sectional timing expert Simon Rowlands, will colour-code split times from eleven racecourses owned by Arena Racing Company (ARC), which will identify fast, even and slow sectors relative to “par times”. Powered by Total Performance Data (TPD), the attheraces.com service already shows sectional and stride data from all ATR’s UK Flat racing fixtures. The Flat racing sectional data and colour code system is also widely used in Sky Sports Racing broadcasts.Rowlands explained: “As with Flat racing where the benefits of sectionals have been proven time and again, jump race results are often determined by the pace at which races have been run. Go too fast early and you will pay for it late; go too slow early and you may be left with too much ground to make up at the business end. “The only truly accurate and consistent way to measure these things is through sectionals. These TPD figures make that possible to an extent that did not previously exist.”Punters will also be able to view energy distribution charts, efficiency gradings and sectional speeds (mph) for every runner across the early, mid and late parts of each race.Attheraces.com has also confirmed that it will condense racing data from earlier sections of each jumps race, while also delivering a more extensive analysis of last mile data. It is hoped that the new function will give punters more control and the ability to select how they see information published.Matthew Taylor, Director of New Media and Innovation for At The Races, added: “It has been an ambition to extend our sectional timing service to jumps racing for some time and we are delighted to launch with all ARC jumps courses this season. We think attheraces.com visitors will use this new data in conjunction with our pace charts, archive video and form database to generate even greater insight into horse racing over jumps.” Related Articles Colin Hord named new chairman of Horserace Bettors Forum September 4, 2019 Sharelast_img read more

Angels 2020 spring training preview: outfield

first_imgAs the Angels head toward the first workout of spring training on Wednesday, we are providing a breakdown of how they stand with their roster. Players acquired this winter include the method of their acquisition in parentheses. Today, the final installment looks at the outfielders. (Previously: starting rotation| bullpen, catchers and infielders.)2019 RECAPMike Trout was Mike Trout, winning his third MVP award after hitting .291 with 45 home runs and a 1.083 OPS. Trout won the award despite playing with a sore foot for a month, an injury that eventually required surgery that cost him the final three weeks of the season. Kole Calhoun also provided solid production in right field, showing that his midseason turnaround in 2018 was legit. He hit a career-high 33 homers, with a .792 OPS. Left field was the problem spot for the Angels, with Justin Upton missing almost all of spring training with a knee injury, then spraining his toe just before Opening Day. Upton didn’t come back until June and he played 63 mostly disappointing games before getting shut down again with a knee injury. Upton’s absence allowed the Angels to give a shot to Brian Goodwin, who responded with a breakthrough season, hitting 17 homers with a .796 OPS in 136 games.HOW IT LOOKS RIGHT NOWIt looks a lot different than people expected a couple of days ago, but pretty much the same as it looked a couple of weeks ago. The reported deal that would have sent Joc Pederson from the Angels to the Dodgers has not happened, and is reportedly unlikely to happen at all, which means the Angels still have an outfield of Upton, Trout and Goodwin. That’s certainly passable, particularly with the best player in the majors in the middle, and Upton looking to bounce back to his normal production in left field. Goodwin had never played as much or as well as he did with the Angels in 2019, so it remains to be seen if he will be able to keep up that production. The Angels also might send infielder David Fletcher out to right field once in a while. The leading candidate to win the fourth outfield job is probably Michael Hermosillo.THE NEXT LAYERJo Adell is looming, having been ranked among the top five prospects in baseball by several outlets. Adell, who turns 21 in April, will get a chance to win the Opening Day right field job, but the Angels are likely expecting him to return to Triple-A initially. He spent just 27 games at Triple-A to finish last season, struggling to a .676 OPS with no homers. If he has any extended hot streak at Triple-A, or if there’s an injury in the majors, he should get the call. Brandon Marsh, the Angels’ second-best prospect, is also going to be at Triple-A. Although Marsh is not the caliber of prospect as Adell, he is a year older, so he might reach the majors first. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img MOVE THEY COULD MAKEWhen it looked like the Angels were getting Pederson, their outfield was going to be loaded. Now, there is room for improvement. They could still pick up a free agent such as Cameron Maybin or Kevin Pillar. Both are right-handed hitters, and Pillar is especially good against left-handed pitchers, so he could platoon with the left-handed hitting Goodwin. Either could also serve as a defensive replacement for the 32-year-old Upton, whose age and recent knee injuries have contributed to him losing a step or two in the outfield.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more

Tom Brady still has a grudge with Max Kellerman for 2016 ‘cliff’ comments

first_imgThe words were absurd then, and they’re still absurd now. It’s one thing to say Brady’s numbers might decline as he gets older. It’s another to say he’s “going to be a bum.” I get Kellerman needs to say crazy things to get attention/better ratings, but if you say those things then you need to be prepared for the backlash.Fast forward three years later (almost to the exact day) and Brady got his subtle revenge of Kellerman. On Instagram Stories, Brady posted a photo of him throwing a football 61 mph. (Tom Brady / Instagram) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/6e/d1/tom-brady-radar_727xfg3xnocs1xiqllo8znkbi.jpg?t=-1641959509&w=500&quality=80 Tom Brady has accomplished a lot in his career, and he hasn’t really shown any signs of slowing down. But that didn’t stop ESPN’s “First Take” analyst Max Kellerman from saying, in 2016, that Brady was “going to fall off a cliff.”MORE: Max Kellerman farted all throughout this ‘First Take’ debatecenter_img For comparison, here’s a list of every QB at the NFL Combine in the last 10 years to throw 60+ mph:1. Josh Allen, 622T. Baker Mayfield, 602T. Bryan Bennett, 602T. Logan Thomas, 60In other words, Brady throwing 61 mph at 41 years old (he turns 42 in August) is very impressive. He’s also made three Superbowls appearances (winning two) and won two MVP awards since Kellerman’s comments in 2016.last_img read more

Rodger Dwyer, 67, Wellington: Nov. 1, 1946 – Aug. 15, 2014

first_imgFrank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Rodger DwyerRodger Frank Dwyer, age 67, lifelong Wellington resident, died early Friday morning, August 15, 2014 at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita, KS.  He was a retired Manufacturing Manager and had worked at GEC for 34 years.Rodger was born on November 1, 1946 in Wellington, KS to Carl F. Dwyer and Betty J. (Washburn) Dwyer.  He attended school in Wellington and was a 1965 graduate of Wellington High School.  Rodger also received an Associate’ s Degree from Butler County Community College in Engineering.  He served in the United States Army with 101st Airborne Division from 1967 – 1970 and was a Viet Nam Veteran.Rodger married Brenda M. Green on June 3, 1972 at the First Christian Church in Wellington, KS.He was preceded in death by his father and one sister, Beverly Griffith.Survivors include his loving wife of 42 years, Brenda Dwyer of Wellington; two sons, Ryan Dwyer and his wife Lori of Olathe, KS and Christopher Dwyer of Kansas City, MO; mother, Betty Thompson of Wellington; sister, Pam Brosius of Hanford, CA; and two grandchildren, Lauryn and Dylan Dwyer of Olathe.Funeral Services will be held at the First Christian Church on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 10:00 A.M.  Pastor John Bliss and Pastor Don Bryant will officiate.  Interment will follow the service at Prairie Lawn Cemetery.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday, August 18, 2014 from 1 to 8 p.m.Memorials have been established with the First Baptist Church Building Fund in lieu of flowers.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home. To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

The City of Wellington street department is crack-sealing Edgewood Drive today

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The City of Wellington Street Department has finished crack-sealing on Crest Ridge, Highland Court and W. 18th Street (Crestview Heights Addition).Crack-sealing will begin today on Edgewood Drive.Look for continuous updates on routes & status of crack-sealing for more up-to-date information so that residents will know which days they should not park on the streets in their area.Crack sealing consists of blowing debris out of cracks and sealing them with an oil based material to prevent water from getting underneath the street surface. In order to be effective, we must have access to the full length of all cracks withinthat block of street.Please do not park on these streets Monday-Friday between8 a.m. and 5 p.m. during this period of time.For more information, please contact the Street Department at 326-7831.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more