first_imgGUYANA’S One Star boxing referee/judge Romona Agard created history recently by becoming the first Guyanese referee/judge to be selected to officiate in the South American Youth Championships which is scheduled for Chile during the month of September.Agard was notified of the accomplishment by way of a letter from the America’s Boxing Confederation (AMBC).The experienced official said she is elated to be recognised by the AMBC who has recognised the hard work she has been doing over the years.She also extended gratitude to her husband Menard Wilson (also a referee), as well as Guyana Boxing Associations president Steve Ninvalle and other executives of the GBA for their support.Agard, the chairperson of the GBA’s Referee/Judge Commission, gained her One Star badge last December following success at examinations in Barbados after the GBA paved the way for her and Richard Braithwaite to attend courses there.last_img read more

first_imgAfrica’s best table tennis playing nations – Nigeria and Egypt are scheduled to renew their rivalry at the ITTF Africa Cup holding in Agadir, Morocco.Egypt as the defending champions will be relying on their stars – Omar Assar and Dina Meshref who are hoping to hold on to the title they won at Yaounde 2015 in Cameroon.According to the President, ITTF Africa, Khaled El-Salhy, the favourites for this tournament are Nigeria and Egypt but countries like Congo Brazzaville, Algeria and Tunisia would not be pushovers when the championship serves off on July 1.The three-day championship serves as qualifications for the ITTF World Cups with winners in the men and women events representing the continent at the prestigious tournaments holding later in the year.Every country competing at the championship are expected to register four players made up of two men and two women while defending champions – Egypt will have six players made up of three male and three female taking part in the competition.Already as part of his efforts to excel at the tournament, men’s singles defending champion, Egypt’s Omar Assar is at present competing at the China Open in order to be in top form for the continental tournament.The tournament initially scheduled to be hosted by Mozambique, was awarded to Morocco after the inability of the Mozambique government to confirm its readiness to host the championship.The ITTF Africa boss, however, lauded the Morocco Table Tennis Association (MTTA) for accepting to host the competition within a short notice.“The Executive Council (EC) of ITTF Africa decided to step down the event from Mozambique due to lack of communication and delay in signing the contract by Mozambique. The new host – Morocco will host the tournament in Agadir at the same venue and hotel that hosted the 2016 African Championship last October,” he said.“I understand that it is quite difficult for any nation to host a major event in short time but we count on the experience of MTTA having hosted many international events in the last five years. I believe they have a very good hospitality and venue,” El-Salhy added. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ For the second consecutive possession, Amaya Finklea-Guity saw an opening behind her and thrust her right hand in the air. Kiara Lewis stalled outside the 3-point arc in SU’s season-opener against Ohio, locked eyes with Finklea-Guity and lobbed a pass toward the right block. Lewis’ pass beat Ohio’s defensive rotation, giving Finklea-Guity a clear path to the basket.But her shot bounced off the backboard, the side of the rim and back into play. It was the second straight sequence the junior had missed a chance from the same spot. As Finklea-Guity dropped her head and jogged back down the court, Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman turned toward his bench and pointed at Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi.“(Finklea-Guity’s) just missing shots,” Hillsman said. “She’s getting good looks.”Finklea-Guity wasn’t the focal point of No. 18 Syracuse’s (4-3) offense during her first two seasons, but she was thrust into a larger role when the Orange lost their top two scorers from last year. She tried to add new aspects to her game over the summer with new assistant coach DeLisha Milton-Jones — a stronger pivot down low, a mid-range jumper like Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi and an assortment of face-up moves. Players said they noticed. So did Hillsman. But through seven games, Finklea-Guity has only scored double-digits once, instead stumbling into a defense-oriented role similar to last year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’ve been working to make more mid-range, just trying to open up more in the post,” Finklea-Guity said on Nov. 20. “That’s really been my focus, I haven’t been doing it that much in the last three games.”A lack of scoring hasn’t cost her a starting spot, though. Finklea-Guity’s patrolled the middle of SU’s 2-3 zone and taken every opening tip-off for the Orange, but this season hasn’t been the breakout year she and high school coach Alex Gallagher said it would be. Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorThey said she’d be on the court for more than her height, more than her blocks and more than her rebounds, like she was in her final two years at Noble and Greenough (Massachusetts) School when she averaged 16.8 points and 14.5 rebounds as a senior. As a freshman with the Bulldogs, Finklea-Guity had the size to immediately become an asset to Gallagher’s lineup, but still lacked simple keys to be a post player. Until she was 10, Finklea-Guity had never played the sport and was just starting to complement defensive skills.Finklea-Guity’s size allowed her to snag rebounds over smaller opponents as a freshman, but she played sparingly, often as the 15th player to see the court. She played in the middle of Noble and Greenough’s 2-3 zone — just like the 6-foot-4 center does now — and eventually developed enough offensive skills to average a double-double and become the nation’s No. 5 post player in her recruiting class. “She went out and put me in a spot where she had to be one of our top five kids,” Gallagher said.Finklea-Guity was recruited to be the Orange’s starting center from the first game in 2017-18, Hillsman’s long-term replacement to twins Bria and Briana Day. That year, she averaged 24.6 minutes per game — still her highest — but only 5.3 shots.Heading into this season, Finklea-Guity knew she’d have to produce more on offense. She returned to Noble and Greenough to train with Gallagher and her mother Paula and ran through mid-range jumper drills. She’d start in the corner and work her way around the edge of the paint, imitating her spots in Syracuse’s two-guard sets. But she slowly stepped back, inch by inch, as the season neared. So far this season, that practice has rarely paid off. Besides scoring 11 points in 13 minutes against Houston on Nov. 28, Finklea-Guity hasn’t recorded double-digit points. She takes almost all her shots at the rim but is shooting 43.6% overall. Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorShe’s gotten into good positions but hasn’t converted. A cut to the left block against Maryland Eastern Shore didn’t lead to a bucket when a Gabrielle Cooper pass bounced off her leg. Neither have chances in transition or from offensive rebounds. “It happens,” Hillsman said. “It happens with jump shooters, it happens with post players, it happens with players on the floor just in general.”After Finklea-Guity subbed out after making a free throw against the Bobcats, she strolled down the SU bench and stopped for a brief second next to Hillman.“Just get to the middle and then turn around and make the layup,’” Finklea-Guity recalled Hillsman saying. “‘That’s all I need you to do.’”Four minutes later, she checked back in. With the clock ticking under 10 seconds, Finklea-Guity threw her left hand in the air as she cut across the paint. She received a Taleah Washington pass, spun left and finished a layup as the buzzer sounded. Without pumping her fist or showing emotion, Finklea-Guity simply circled back toward the bench. Comments Published on December 1, 2019 at 9:15 pm Contact Andrew: | @CraneAndrewlast_img read more

first_img Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 7th August, 2020 09:54 IST A’s Coach Apologizes For Apparent Nazi Salute Oakland Athletics bench coach Ryan Christenson has apologized for raising his arm during a postgame celebration in what looked like a Nazi salute Written By Oakland Athletics bench coach Ryan Christenson has apologized for raising his arm during a postgame celebration in what looked like a Nazi salute.Christenson made the gesture while greeting closer Liam Hendriks following the A’s 6-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday.Hendriks immediately pushed Christenson’s arm down and cameras then showed him laughing and briefly raising his arm a second time.Christenson faced criticism after video of the gesture circulated on social media.“I made a mistake and will not deny it,” Christenson said in a statement issued through the team. “Today in the dugout I greeted players with a gesture that was offensive. In the world today of COVID, I adapted our elbow bump, which we do after wins, to create some distance with the players. My gesture unintentionally resulted in a racist and horrible salute that I do not believe in. What I did is unacceptable and I deeply apologize.”The A’s called the gesture “offensive” and apologized for it.“We do not support or condone this gesture or the racist sentiment behind it,” the team said in a statement. “This is incredibly offensive, especially in these times when we as a club and so many others are working to expose and address racial inequities in our country. We are deeply sorry that this happened on our playing field.”The 46-year-old Christenson played six years in the majors from 1998-2003. He later spent several years coaching in the minors before becoming bench coach for the A’s in 2018.Image credits: AP COMMENTcenter_img First Published: 7th August, 2020 09:54 IST LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more

first_imgThe major consensus among Ghanaians has been that we should not participate in this year Rio Olympic Games with many of the view that considering Ghana’s poor record of winning medals at the last two editions of the multisport event, it will be proper not to waste the tax payer’s money on just the 16 athletes qualified athletes for this year’s games.But National Sports Authority boss Joe Kpenge in an exclusive chat with Joy Sports has stated that although he would have wished Ghana qualify more athletes, we should back those that are going to represent the country“If we want to send athletes there, we want to send the best, if 15 or 20 are the best, who are medal hopefuls, then that is okay that we don’t send a large contingent there,” he said.“So if these can guarantee us some medals, some honor, so we should appreciate that.”Kpenge wishes Ghana was sending more athletes to the games, we should still support the few athletes that are going. The Olympics being the powerhouse of all sporting events, it would be a shame to not have Ghana represented.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

first_imgMark Cuban arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Las Vegas. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban apologized Thursday to Trayvon Martin’s family over his choice of words in a videotaped interview in which he addressed bigotry and prejudice.Cuban even revealed some of his own prejudices in the interview with Inc. magazine, and said he believes everyone has “prejudices and bigotries” on some level. But after his words — which came with the NBA still dealing with the fallout over racist remarks made by now-banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling — created a stir in social media and other circles, Cuban took to Twitter to offer his apology.“In hindsight I should have used different examples,” Cuban wrote. “I didn’t consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that.”Cuban also said he stands by the substance of the interview.Martin was the black Florida teen who was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in February 2012. Martin was wearing a hooded sweatshirt — commonly called a “hoodie” — that night, and that particular piece of clothing became a rallying cry for those who demanded justice.Zimmerman was eventually acquitted.“We’re all prejudiced in one way or the other,” Cuban said in the Inc. interview. “If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it’s late at night, I’m walking to the other side of the street. And if on that side of the street, there’s a guy that has tattoos all over his face — white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere — I’m walking back to the other side of the street. And the list goes on of stereotypes that we all live up to and are fearful of.”When shown that excerpt of the interview Thursday, Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat cringed.“It’s just a sensitive time,” Bosh said.Cuban has not revealed how he will vote on June 3, when NBA owners are scheduled to cast ballots on a motion to oust Sterling and force him to sell the Clippers. Cuban has called the comments made by Sterling “abhorrent,” adding that there is “no place for racism in the NBA, any business I’m associated with.”Cuban has, however, cautioned that the Sterling matter is a “very slippery slope.”“While we all have our prejudices and bigotries, we have to learn that it’s an issue that we have to control,” Cuban told Inc. “It’s part of my responsibility as an entrepreneur to try to solve it, not just to kick the problem down the road because it does my company no good, does my customers no good, does society no good if my response to somebody and their racism or bigotry is to say ‘It’s not right for you to be here, go take your attitude somewhere else.’”Cuban also told Inc. that he knows he is not perfect, and that “it’s not appropriate for me to throw stones.” The magazine has a 2½-minute clip of Cuban speaking about the topics on its web site, along with about an hourlong appearance — with the Mavs owner discussing many matters — at its Growco Conference in Nashville on Wednesday.“We’re a lot less tolerant of different views and it’s not necessarily easy for everybody to adopt or adapt or evolve,” Cuban said.___Cuban excerpt: read more

first_imgCarlos Fernandez went through the DAZN microphones after the defeat in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals against Athletic.Semifinals: “In the end we knew the difficulty of the tie. There is no need to draw any conclusions. It’s a 180-minute game. The team has given everything and the tie is fully open.”Three defense: “The idea was to adjust their output and there were times when we were late. We felt better. We could not score, but the tie is still open.” Play off: “They are long qualifiers, 180-minute games and you don’t have to go crazy in the first game despite what Athletic demands in your field. The team has been up to par. We leave with the feeling that we have left 90 minutes to the final. “Copa del Rey: “What began as a long adventure, a competition with a new format allows you to reach this type of qualifiers. We have achieved it and now we will give everything to reach the final.”last_img read more

first_imgHe Mutua Madrid Open won’t see the mild in this 2020 on the tracks of the Magic Field, Though as confirmed final week, the group of the event will accomplish that just about. In the first occasion, a luxurious poster was introduced with the presence of Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Lucas Pouille, Carla Suárez and Angelique Kerber, amongst others, to which we should add essential additions. The Masters 1,000 has introduced this Monday the participation in the virtual event of David Goffin, Kristina Mladenovic, Karen Khachanov and Eugene Bouchard, for sure, well-known figures of the racket that augur present at the controls of the competitors.It must be remembered that the event (from April 27 to 30) may have a donation of 150,000 euros in each tables (ATP and WTA), from which the winners will be capable of determine the quantity that they provide to the tennis gamers with the most financial issues at the second and, moreover, a complete of 50,000 euros that can go solely to scale back the social influence of the Covid-19 pandemic.last_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES Despite serving as one of the KaTropa’s elder statesmen, Williams is hell-bent on representing the league’s seniors as he seeks to contribute alongside these fresh bloods.“I hope to see more from myself and I expect more from myself. We’ll see,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next He’ll gladly take this one, though, as he looks to follow up a strong showing last season that saw him win his second Bogs Adornado Comeback Player of the Year award and a spot in the Mythical Second Team.“My body feels good. I think it’s more so on my mind that’s getting healthier. I’m just trying to keep myself healthier, eat right. I’m thankful that people notice the difference,” he said, owing his resurgence to his improved conditioning.“When you get older, you got to pay more attention to your body, listen to it and take care of it, eat right, get rest, and workout. That’s what I’m trying to do,” he said.Also playing a factor for Williams’ vintage form is TNT’s youth revolution, with the Fil-Am forward admitting that he feels rejuvenated playing with young guns like Roger Pogoy and Troy Rosario.“The PBA has always been a young man’s league. I knew that early on when I came in. And I know you just got to prepare for it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Long lines in Venezuela to pay with ‘Petro,’ the state cryptocurrency PLAY LIST 03:36Long lines in Venezuela to pay with ‘Petro,’ the state cryptocurrency00:50Trending Articles02:15Trump signs Anti-Semitism order at Hanukkah event02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThere’s an extra oomph in Kelly Williams’ game on Friday.Seemingly turning back the hands of time, the 35-year-old was all over the court when TNT opened its campaign in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup against Rain or Shine, with him skying for rebounds, hustling for loose balls, and even delivering rim-rattling dunks.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Spurs bounce back behind Aldridge, clobber Kings Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Williams wound up with 11 points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes on the floor as he was one of the few positives coach Nash Racela can look at for the KaTropa.“Kelly showed it last season. The expectation this conference, this season was to continue what he was doing previously,” Racela said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe 2008 PBA Most Valuable Player, however, feels that he’s still far from his peak form.“I still don’t feel as conditioned as I was before at this point.” Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

first_imgCabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Alvin Pasaol added 12 markers and nine rebounds, while Rian Ayonayon got 11 points, five boards, and two assists.Vince Tolentino also contributed 11 markers, two rebounds, and two dimes for Marinerong Pilipino, which forced a three-way logjam for the pole position at 7-2 with CEU and Akari-Adamson.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 folk“We’re on a roll and we want to keep on rolling going to the playoffs,” said coach Koy Banal. “Hopefully, we can bring this winning attitude going to the playoffs.”The Skippers jumped on the Coffee Lovers early, establishing a 31-16 lead late in the first quarter after a Kyle Toth triple which set the tone for the remainder of the game. View comments MARINERONG PILIPINO 99 — Robles 19, Pasaol 12, Ayonayon 11, Tolentino 11, Banal 9, Babilonia 6, Eboña 6, Iñigo 5, Terso 5, Lopez 4, Subido 4, Tratter 4, Toth 3, Brill 0.GAMBOA COFFEE MIX-ST. CLARE 83 — Dionisio 17, Bitoon 13, Jackson 13, Pare 13, Fontanilla 7, Hallare 6, Rubio 6, Acuno 4, Rebugio 4, Alcober 0.Quarters: 31-18, 56-32, 80-55, 99-83.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Crabbe, LeVert star as Nets nip Grizzlies In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Marinerong Pilipino shot 50-percent from the field and even took a 30-point lead, 66-36, with a Robles triple at the 7:11 mark of the third quarter.It was a dominating display of basketball from the Skippers as all but one of the 14 players Banal inserted got a field goal.Aris Dionisio paced Gamboa-St. Clare with 17 points and 10 rebounds, as Chris Bitoon, Trevis Jackson, and Mohammed Pare all had 13 markers apiece.The Coffee Lovers remained at sixth place carrying their 5-4 card.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino booked its ticket to the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup playoffs after steamrolling Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare, 99-83, Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Billy Robles anchored the charge as he fired 13 of his 19 points in the first half to help the Skippers coast to their sixth straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters 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 awardlast_img read more