Bocca thriving for Guineas raid

first_img Press Association Jessica Harrington has expressed her delight at the form of Bocca Baciata ahead of the filly’s intended outing in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh later this month. The Group One contest on May 24 will represent a drop back in trip to a mile for Bocca Baciata, who also holds an entry in the Investec Oaks at Epsom. Harrington said: “She’s come out of her race at Navan very well. “I’m very happy with her and she’s on course for the Irish 1,000 Guineas.” center_img After ending her first campaign with a maiden win at Navan, the three-year-old confirmed the promise she had shown on the track last year when triumphant in the Listed Salsabil Stakes over a mile and a quarter back at the County Meath venue in April. That latest success has been significantly boosted by the subsequent performances of runner-up Pleascach and the third horse Diamondsandrubies. last_img read more

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Do You Know This “Lake Worth Kitten Dumper?”

first_imgA heartless crime caught on camera when man dumped three kittens in a brown paper bag near a dumpster behind a Lake Worth strip mall.WATCH: Who would do this? Animal Care and Control needs your help in identifying this man who dumped a bag of kittens next to a dumpster in Lake Worth. Please RT.https://t.co/vAnEaWs1XK pic.twitter.com/3kiFHhntsA— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) May 7, 2019 A cook at the Cup N Saucer was out back emptying a grease pan when he heard some rustling. He opened the bag and found the kittens clinging to life.Sgt. Dave Walesky with Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control said the focus is on finding the person who left the kittens to die which is a crime.Walesky added the three little kittens are doing well and someone already agreed to adopt them.If you have any information on this crime you are asked to please call Palm Beach Animal Control or Crime Stoppers.last_img read more

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Simona Halep retains No.1 WTA ranking

first_imgMadrid: Simona Halep of Romania maintained the world No.1 spot in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings released on Monday, despite the herniated disc back injury that has forced her to miss the WTA Finals, the eight-player, season-ending event currently being played in Singapore.Germany’s Angelique Kerber snatched world No.2 from Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, dropping her to third, while Naomi Osaka of Japan remained world No.4, reports Efe.Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic and Sloane Stephens of the United States both jumped two places to be ranked fifth and sixth, respectively, sending Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and Czech Karolina Pliskova to seventh and eighth.Russia’s Daria Kasatkina jumped four spots to world No.10 after claiming the Kremlin Cup title on Saturday, defeating Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, who rose 39 spots to world No.62 after becoming her country’s first-ever WTA finalist.Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza descended four places and is now world No.17 after losing to Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska in the second round of the Luxembourg Open on October 17. IANSlast_img read more

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Tsonga makes winning return, Johnson sets up Murray reunion

first_imgTHERE were no signs of rust from a returning Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Shanghai and Steve Johnson set up a clash with Andy Murray.Jo-Wilfried Tsonga marked his return from injury at the Shanghai Masters with a comfortable first-round win over Florian Mayer.The world number 13 had not played since he was forced to retire from his U.S. Open quarter-final with Novak Djokovic with a knee issue.But he showed little signs of rust yesterday as he saw off Mayer 6-3, 6-2 in just 71 minutes.Tsonga was the only seed in action in Shanghai, but teenager Alexander Zverev provided a further demonstration of his talent with a straight-sets win over John Isner.Steve Johnson also progressed, but Ivo Karlovic is out of the ATP 1000 event after his defeat to Vasek Pospisil.Tsonga went into his meeting with Mayer having won all five of their previous encounters.And the German was unable to end his wait for a victory against the former Australian Open finalist, as he paid the price for wasting two break points in the opening game of the match.The Frenchman took full control after winning the opening set and, though Mayer fought hard to save four match points, his effort proved in vain, as the ninth seed set up a clash with Janko Tipsarevic.With just five places separating the two in the rankings, Zverev’s contest with Isner looked set to be a hard-fought one.But that did not prove the case as the 19-year-old German showed why he sits above the American in the rankings, the world number 21 winning 6-4, 6-2.Known for his booming serve, Isner found himself behind on the ace-count 9-5, with both players losing just seven points on their first serve. However, Isner won only seven points on his second serve and was punished as Zverev broke four times.Johnson narrowly missed out on beating Andy Murray in the quarter-finals at Rio 2016, but will have a chance to avenge his Olympic loss after seeing off Martin Klizan 6-4, 6-3.The American required only 61 minutes to end the Slovakian’s challenge, and will now aim to dent Murray’s bid to end the year as world number one.But Karlovic’s tournament is over despite the Croatian sending down 14 aces against Pospisil, the Canadian coming through to face Grigor Dimitrov or Richard Gasquet.Viktor Troicki is also into round two following a routine 6-2, 6-4 triumph against qualifier Lukas Rosol, but Joao Sousa is out after going down 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 to Benoit Paire.There were also three-set wins for Kyle Edmund, Nicolas Almagro, and Taylor Fritz while Mischa Zverev overcame Zhang Ze in straight sets.last_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUNDATED (AP) — Oregon star guard Sabrina Ionescu has become just the second unanimous selection as The Associated Press women’s basketball player of the year.Ionescu received all 30 ballots from the national media panel that selects the Top 25 poll each week. She averaged 17.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds this season as well as having eight of her 26 career triple-doubles. The only other unanimous pick was UConn star Breanna Stewart in 2016.South Carolina’s Dawn Staley is the AP’s women’s basketball coach of the year. Staley claimed 20 of 30 votes after leading the Gamecocks to a 32-1 overall record, including a 16-0 mark in the Southeastern Conference.Northwestern’s Joe McKeown (mih-KYOO’-ehn) is the runner-up with five votes.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 24, 2020 — The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been postponed due to the outbreak. The latest postponement means there will be no Formula One races until the middle of June at the earliest. The race at the Baku City Circuit was scheduled for June 7. The first seven races of the Formula One season had already either been postponed or canceled.— Former Olympic swimming champion Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa says he has contracted the coronavirus. Van der Burgh retired from competitive swimming but says he has been struggling for two weeks with the illness. He is also adding his voice to concerns for the well-being of current athletes if the Tokyo Olympics are held as scheduled in July and August.NFL-NEWSPats get a QB, cut longtime kickerUNDATED (AP) — The New England Patriots have dropped their longtime kicker and picked up a quarterback. Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — Southeast Missouri has hired Kansas State assistant Brad Korn as its new basketball coach. Korn had spent the past five seasons with the Wildcats, the past four as an assistant coach. He helped the school to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a share of the Big 12 regular-season two years ago. Korn takes over for Rick Ray, who was fired after going 51-104 in five years with the team and was 7-24 this past season.In other men’s basketball news:— Andy Kennedy has been introduced as the new men’s basketball coach at UAB. Kennedy began his college coaching career with Cincinnati in 2005-06 before a 12-year run at Mississippi. He went 245-156 at Ole Miss, winning one conference tournament and earning two trips to the NCAA Tournament. Kennedy has had 10 20-win seasons as a head coach.WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-PLAYER/COACH OF THE YEARSabrina Ionescu is unanimous choice Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-TOKYO GAMESTorch relay begins, even as possibility of Games delayTOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympic torch relay will start Thursday as planned in northeastern Japan’s Fukushima prefecture — but with no torch, no torchbearers, no public, and little ceremony. The Patriots said goodbye to another longtime staple of their two-decade run of championships, releasing kicker and franchise leading scorer Stephen Gostkowski. The three-time Super Bowl champion has spent his entire 14-year career in New England.Gostkowski has long passed Adam Vinatieri as the Patriots’ leading scorer with 1,775 points.The 36-year-old Gostkowski started the first four games of 2019 but struggled, missing a career-high four extra points after not missing more than three in any of his previous 13 NFL seasons. He was placed on injured reserve in October and underwent season-ending hip surgery.Brian Hoyer is now in the running to become Tom Brady’s replacement after accepting a one-year contract with the New England Patriots. The 34-year-old twice served as Brady’s backup and will compete with Jarrett Stidham and Cody Kessler for the starting job. Hoyer played four games and had one start with Indianapolis last season, completing 54% of his passes for 372 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions.Elsewhere in the NFL: — A person with knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press the Redskins are acquiring quarterback Kyle Allen from the Panthers. Allen was 5-7 as the Panthers’ starter last season, completing 62% of his passes for 3,322 yards, 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He will complete with second-year pro Dwayne Haskins for the starting job and is reunited with Washington head coach Ron Rivera, who was Allen’s coach last season.— The Seahawks landed some needed depth in the secondary by acquiring cornerback Quinton Dunbar from the Redskins for a fifth-round pick. That’s according to a person with knowledge of the move. Dunbar had a career-best four interceptions last season for Washington and started 17 of the past 18 games he played for the team.— Cowboys center Travis Frederick is retiring from the NFL at 29. The 2016 All-Pro says he could no longer perform at his highest level after returning from a neurological disorder that sidelined him for the 2018 season.— A person familiar with the situation says the Panthers have agreed to terms with former XFL quarterback P.J. Walker of the Houston Roughnecks and former Raiders linebacker Tahir Whitehead. The person says Walker agreed to a two-year contract and Whitehead will get a one-year deal. Financial terms were not known.— The Giants have reached agreements on one-year contracts with running back Dion Lewis and wide receiver Corey Coleman. Lewis spent the past two seasons as Derrick Henry’s backup in Tennessee and rushed for 209 yards on 54 carries last season before being released this month in a salary-cap move. Coleman didn’t play in the NFL last season after catching five passes for 71 yards and a touchdown in eight games for the 2018 Giants.center_img Only four teams advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals before the remaining Round of 16 games scheduled on March 17-18 were postponed.In other sports-related developments stemming from the coronavirus:— The top three Canadian junior hockey leagues have called off the remainder of their seasons and playoffs. That means the Memorial Cup trophy given out to the national champion will not be awarded for the first time in its 102-year history.— The Spanish soccer federation and the Spanish league say the suspension of professional soccer in the country will continue until government officials “consider that they can be resumed without creating any health risk.” The soccer competitions had been initially suspended for two weeks, but the government said Sunday that the country’s state of emergency would likely be extended, meaning the entire nation may have to remain in lockdown until at least April 11.— Australian soccer’s A-League has suspended its season indefinitely. That brings an end to all professional football competitions in Australia and New Zealand until the coronavirus pandemic passes. Update on the latest in sports: — The Jets and linebacker James Burgess have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, according to his agent. Burgess started the final 10 games of last season at inside linebacker for the Jets after injuries decimated the position. The 26-year-old linebacker is a favorite of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who also coached him in Cleveland. Burgess finished second on the team to Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams in total tackles with 90.— The Cardinals have agreed to terms on one-year contracts for safety Chris Banjo and defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard. The 30-year-old Banjo played in 13 games last season for Arizona and was a valuable contributor on special teams. The seven-year veteran also provides depth in the secondary. The 26-year-old Bullard played in nine games last season and started six.— The Falcons have reached agreements with wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, a former first-round pick of the Vikings, and guard Justin McCray. That word comes from a person familiar with the deals, which won’t be official until Treadwell and McCray pass physicals. The Falcons also have re-signed cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson to a one-year deal. NHL-PREDATORS-INGRAMPredators sign goaltender Ingram NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed goaltender Connor Ingram to a three-year contract worth $2 million at the NHL level.The 22-year-old Ingram posted a 21-5-5 record for the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals this season. He ranked third among AHL goaltenders with a .933 save percentage, third with a 1.92 goals-against average and tied for third in wins.Ingram was a third-round pick by Tampa Bay in the 2016 NHL draft. He played for Canada in the 2017 World Junior Championship.MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSSoutheast Missouri finds a hoops coach — Russia has backed the International Olympic Committee’s approach of taking time to consider postponing the Tokyo Games and condemned the body’s critics. Russia was faced with sending a neutral team to the Tokyo Olympics under sanctions from the World Anti-Doping Agency. But those measures can’t be implemented until there’s a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where hearings have been delayed by the coronavirus outbreak.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSChampions League final postponedUNDATED (AP) — UEFA (yoo-AY’-fah) has formally postponed the Champions League final scheduled to be played on May 30 in Istanbul.UEFA says no decision has been made on a new date, amid a shutdown of European soccer due to the coronavirus pandemic that has no end in sight. There will be an Olympic flame — that arrived on March 12 from Greece — carried in a lantern and transported by a vehicle along what organizers hope will be empty roadsides, and with curious onlookers practicing social distancing to avoid spreading the coronavirus.National broadcaster NHK has reported the plan, as has Japanese news agency Kyodo. The Games are set to open in July, but there has been growing pressure for a postponement.In other Olympic developments:— USA Gymnastics says a majority of senior national team members have indicated in an anonymous survey that they were in favor of the games being pushed back from its scheduled July opening. USA Gymnastics President Li Li Leung says the organization would not specify how long of a delay it is asking for but added that most respondents were pushing for a year. USA Swimming and USA Track and Field also have called for a postponement to the games..— Nearly seven in 10 U.S. Olympic hopefuls say they don’t think the Tokyo Games will be fair if they are held in July. The finding is prompting leaders of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee to conclude “it’s more clear than ever that the path toward postponement is the most promising.” USOPC sent a survey over the weekend to more than 4,000 athletes for details on how the coronavirus pandemic has influenced their training and their feelings about the upcoming games.last_img read more

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Spring game was better than last

first_imgAnother spring game is in the books for the USC football team, and it appears there is much to look forward to when the program returns for the season in the fall. The spring period is always welcome, as it provides a small sampling of next year’s squad while briefly breaking up the very difficult eight-month period without any college football.This year was no exception, as Trojan fans across the country paid close attention to the development of underclassmen to see who might start next season. Many key players from last year dominated in the spring, demonstrating improved skillsets across the board especially on offense.Quarterback Cody Kessler, who put up great statistics last season, looks more mobile and fluid in his movements. A former high school basketball star, Kessler came into USC heralded as somewhat of a dual threat. Though no one was confusing him with Braxton Miller when he was recruited, he was evaluated as a new age quarterback and fellow quarterback recruit Max Wittek fit the more traditional drop back role.In his two seasons at the helm, Kessler hasn’t really displayed much mobility. Occasionally, he has made some big plays with his feet that show his athleticism does actually live up the hype. For the most part, however, it seems as if his bulky knee brace keeps him situated in the pocket. There is no question Kessler can move, and if he is even fleeter footed this year than he was last, it will add an entirely new dimension to the USC offense.The Trojans don’t need him to be Marcus Mariota back there, but if defenses have to respect his running ability, Steve Sarkisian’s up-tempo downhill running scheme can operate on full cylinders. Keith Price, who was the quarterback under Sarkisian at Washington, wasn’t as good of a running quarterback as his predecessor Jake Locker, but he was still a threat to run. This kept defenses honest and allowed the Huskies skill position players to excel.If Kessler can occupy the attention of an extra linebacker on every play, it can open up lanes for Justin Davis and Tre Madden, as well as seam routes for whoever ends up playing tight end, much like it did for running back Bishop Sankey and tight end Austin               Sefarian-Jenkins at Washington.In addition to Kessler, wide receiver JuJu Smith appears to have taken the next step in his development as a wide receiver. Smith, who dominated older cornerbacks as a freshman last season, has sharpened his route running skills and has taken over the role of number one option from departed receiver Nelson Agholor. If Smith continues to demonstrate the manic work ethic he has become known for in the past year, he will go down as one of the greatest wide receivers to play at USC.He has a rare combination of power and speed that is more impressive at his current stage of development than Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and Agholor had entering their respective sophomore seasons. All three had excellent careers as Trojans and came on strong during their sophomore years. It will be interesting to see if Smith can match or eclipse their sophomore campaigns.Though Smith will be the primary target, there are a bevy of other options to also throw to. Redshirt sophomore Steven Mitchell has been amazing this spring. Mitchell, who dominated the Los Angeles high school circuit at Bishop Alemany in the San Fernando Valley, has finally recovered from the ACL injury that sidelined him for a full season. If he can stay healthy, he will be a presence during the season.Flanking Mitchell will be sophomore Ajene Harris, who came on strong as a true freshman during the early part of last season. Though injuries and some troubles learning the entire playbook slowed him down, Harris is a dynamic threat who can make plays in space. As showcased in the spring game, Harris also played quarterback in high school at Crenshaw and can be used to carry out a trick play or two during the season.These are only a couple of the players who impressed during the spring. Though the team is still not at full strength, it was a promising set of practices for the future of Trojan football. One should never set their hopes too high after the spring, but it’s good to remain cautiously optimistic with the team the Trojans look to put out on the field next season.last_img read more

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Football: Takeaways from Saturday’s victory against New Mexico

first_imgSaturday’s slow start and eventual 45–14 Badger victory over New Mexico illuminated many of the pressure points and strengths of this Wisconsin squad.Jonathan Taylor is good at running fast and far with the football (though fumbles still an issue)Full disclosure: That’s a repeat subheading from last week. That’s as much about Taylor’s consistency as it is my laziness.Jonathan Taylor dazzled Camp Randall with the best statistical game of his young career. He rushed for 253 yards and three touchdowns, setting off Heisman-sirens every which way.The first quarter began slowly for the sophomore, where he ran for 34 yards in the frame. Sure, for a mortal, a 34-yard quarter is nothing to scoff at — but for “JT23,” such a quarter is like Ted Williams batting .280.To make matters appear worse, early on in the second quarter, after a 39-yard run by fullback Alec Ingold, Taylor fumbled in the red zone, costing Wisconsin surefire points.Football: Jonathan Taylor’s record day gives UW 45–14 win over New MexicoWarming up took a few quarters in Madison Saturday, but Wisconsin found their second-half mojo, eventually thrashing New Mexico 45–14. Read…After the game, despite the team’s win and Taylor’s otherwise incredible play, questions of Taylor’s fumbling problem bombarded Head Coach Paul Chryst, Taylor and many of his teammates.It doesn’t need to be repeated that Taylor’s frequent fumbling has besmirched many of his best showings and reared its head in any discussion of his talents.“Any running back when he puts the ball on the ground is gonna come back mad, with fire in his eyes,” offensive lineman Michael Deiter said. “And JT, he does it every time.”Deiter wasn’t the only one with high praise for Taylor’s ability to respond to miscues.Football: Jonathan Taylor earns Big Ten Player of the Week after dominant performanceJonathan Taylor is back and he’s up to his old Jonathan Taylor antics. Taylor, who opened up the season as Read…Quarterback Alex Hornibrook also commended Taylor’s resilience.Chryst had Taylor’s back as well, saying “Not one of these guys is going out there and saying ‘I’m gonna try to fumble right here’…[Taylor] is competitive and he cares about this team.”As for the man himself, Taylor said all the right things as usual.He said Chryst always talks to him about responding to adversity and being there for his teammates. In response to questions regarding his fumbling issue, Taylor echoed the same sentiments he’s been saying for over a year.“Ball security is important,” Taylor said. “I’m looking forward to a great week of work.”Chryst dispensed some wisdom to close out his brief remarks regarding Taylor’s fumbling.Football: Safety Patrick Johnson leaves programPatrick Johnson, a safety for the University of Wisconsin football team, left the program Wednesday morning citing personal reasons. The Read…He mentioned how everyone on the team has things they need to work on, tighten up, and will be focused on during the week before their next contest against BYU.“This is what’s neat about football,” Chryst said. “Everyone can do a little bit better.”Hornibrook to A.J., againSaturday’s game was Taylor-made (That pun has been seen elsewhere, but @BHeraldSports Tweeted it first, thank you very much). Not only did Taylor have a career day, but Hornibrook decided he only really felt like tossing the ball to his receiver A.J. Taylor.Hornibrook only had 11 passing attempts, and of the eight completions, five of them were to A.J. Taylor for a total of 134 yards. Including an unbelievable Odell Beckham Jr.-esque one-handed grab down the sideline that had Camp Randall losing its collective mind.Volleyball: Wisconsin gets back on track versus North TexasThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team rebounded in a big way as they downed North Texas in a quick Read…“To be honest with you I really wasn’t thinking. I saw the ball and I thought it was going to be a little further than it was so I  was slowing down to jump for it and I guess the guy had my hand … and I decided to go for it and it worked out,” Taylor said.With regard to comparisons of his catch in the Orange Bowl, which may have been even more impressive, Taylor said “I don’t even know what happened in the Orange bowl, I think that was God.”With sophomore receiver Danny Davis returning next week after suspension, A.J. Taylor should be able to find more space on the field as he won’t be the clear-cut first option for defenses to focus on.Danny Vanden Boom could be the greatest quarterback to put on shoulder padsI’m not ready to say he’s the GOAT yet, but I’m also not aware of any quarterback with a more pristine stat sheet than the Badgers’ backup quarterback, redshirt freshman Danny Vanden Boom.Vanden Boom was 28-0 as a starter in high school, leading his Kimberly High School team to back-to-back Wisconsin state championships.Men’s soccer: Badgers’ road woes continue in IllinoisAfter falling to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in tough conditions 3–0 Friday night, followed by a 0–0 draw against Bradley Read…Now, his college career begins with one pass and one touchdown as he came in to relieve Hornibrook in garbage time, late in the game Saturday.“It’s all downhill from here,” noted comedian Paul Chryst.DISCLAIMER: As far as I am aware Vanden Boom is also undefeated in the NFL.Scott Nelson continues to be a favoriteWatching redshirt freshman safety Scott Nelson play is a wonderful thing.Early on it seemed like the young fella was everywhere on the field, making one tackle after another. Later, in a play Chryst credited as the turning point of the game, Nelson used a heavy pass rush to his advantage and picked off a pass for the first interception of his career.It’s exciting to see a young member of the secondary already having such a huge impact on the defensive side of the ball. Considering Nelson will only get better, and increase his football IQ, it’s hard to think the Badgers won’t have a truly elite safety in their secondary for a few years to come.last_img read more

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Fireworks on the 4th looks promising

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis ALPENA, Mich – Lafarge made a generous offer to the Alpena community.In a statement released yesterday the cement plant said they will match every dollar the community raises for this year’s fireworks show.The estimated budget for the fireworks show is 23,000.If the funds are not raised, it is a possibility that a smaller show can take place but that is determined by the vendor.President and CEO of Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce, Adam Poll, said that they did active fund raising at their office on Chisholm Street yesterday.Adam is optimistic about the fireworks show happening on the 4th of July but he is also mindful of the financial hardships some in the community may be facing.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Michigan participates in work share programNext Virtual church service is not enoughlast_img read more

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Mahatma Otoo named on best player list

first_imgFormer Hearts of Oak captain Mahatma Otoo is on a five-man list for the most valuable player award in last season’s MTN FA Cup competition.After helping the Phobians to semi-final finish, Otoo makes the list following Monday’s announcement of the award categories for the 2013/2013 Awards for the Cup competition on Saturday, August 31 at the Banquet Hall , State House in Accra.Also nominated for the MVP prize are Michael Helegbe (Kotoko) Joseph Gordon (Medeama), Moro Abubakar (Hearts of Oak) and Frederich Acheampong (Rainbow FC).Evans Adotey who led Medeama to win the Cup has been nominated for the Coach of the tournament award alongside Kotoko’s Didi Dramani, Hearts of Oak’s David Duncan and Tony Lokko of Amidaus Professionals.Award categories;Defender of the tournament Rashid Sumaila – KotokoGodfred Rockson – MedeamaKwabena Edusei – KotokoEmmanuel Ofori – AmidausMost Valuable Player of the tournamentMichael Helegbe – KotokoJoseph Gordon – MedeamaMahatma Otoo – Hearts of OakMoro Abubakar – Hearts of OakFrederich Acheampong – Rainbow FCDiscovery of the tournamentJoseph Gordon – MedeamaBen Arthur – AmidausFrederich Acheampong – Rainbow FCEmmanuel Laryea – Mighty Jets Goalkeeper of the tournamentIddrisa Salia – Edubiase UtdFatau Dauda – AshantiGoldTop scorer of the tournamentMaxwell Ashirefi – Nania FCRobert Ghansah – Eleven WiseCoach of the tournament Evans Adotey – MedeamaDidi Dramani – KotokoDavid Duncan – Hearts of OakTony Lokko – AmidausHighest scoring clubAsante KotokoReferee of the tournamentJoseph LampteySamuel GyasiJohn AtikeseOtis Oppong Asst. Referee of the tournamentIbrahim AdamsAshitey ArmahSafo AdadeShine Ayiteylast_img read more

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Joakim Noah elevates, steadies Clippers on new journey

first_imgThe Clippers arrived on the NBA’s closed campus at Walt Disney World Resort five players short, and since then have had others take leave to attend to trying personal matters, including the deaths of loved ones. Lou Williams was among the Clippers who was excused for a funeral – and then prescribed a 10-day quarantine after returning to the bubble because his excursion to Atlanta included a much-discussed stop at a strip club, reportedly for chicken wings.“Overall, it’s like our team has dealt with a lot of adversity outside the bubble already,” Noah said Monday, following the Clippers’ third and final scrimmage, a loss to the Sacramento Kings. “But this is definitely something that we can overcome. We’re a strong group, and I’m proud to be part of this team.”Noah – the 2014 Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time All-Star – remains staunchly appreciative of the opportunity to compete for the title that’s evaded him through 12 NBA seasons. He’s especially grateful, he said, because an Achilles injury last September almost robbed him of this shot.Still, he’s getting support from outside the bubble as he forges toward the goal.“For sure, I’m reaching out to my family and they’re there for me,” Noah said. “And it feels good to be able to talk to them. Overall it’s not too bad, we have a lot of resources. But overall, it’s tough to live without your freedom, you know? That’s a sacrifice we gotta make right now, to be able to play basketball.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Noah impressed as the only bona fide big man on the floor for the Clippers in their first two bubble scrimmages, contributing five rebounds and three assists in a win against Orlando, solid in his first 15 minutes of NBA action since March 23, 2019.In Exhibition No. 2, a 105-100 victory against Washington, Noah finished with six rebounds, five blocks, a steal and a team-high five assists – including a pass he slipped to Patrick Patterson, in stride, for a layup, and another he delivered to Rodney McGruder for a 3-pointer after spotting a corridor in the Wizards’ defense, open just long enough to get the ball through.“He’s an elite passer. We already knew that,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. “What I love was the screening and rolling. He is so used to coming towards the ball and getting the ball, and we are asking him to do something completely different, and that’s screen-and-roll more. He’s still getting used to it, but I thought … he did a great job. He also is starting to notice the more talent we have on the floor, the more they are going to double-team.“You give him the ball in the middle of the paint, he’s just a great decision-maker.”His teammates say they’re enjoying their experience alongside the skilled, 6-foot-11 facilitator.“When he has the ball in his hands, you know he’s going to try to make something good happen,” said Terance Mann, the Clippers’ rookie guard. “When he has it, it’s just a bunch of cutting, making plays away from him so he can find us – his IQ is awesome.”So is his camaraderie, the Clippers say.While Ivica Zubac was away, quarantining after being diagnosed with the coronavirus in early July, he said Noah was in constant contact, engaging him, motivating him, filling him in.“Joakim, ever since he came to the team, we’ve been close, and we’ve been talking a lot about the game,” Zubac said. “Even when I was at home and he was here in Orlando, he was hitting me up every day, talking about everything we did at practice, lots of stuff here in Orlando.Related Articles Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — “They can put us in a bubble away from our people but our spirits will have to stay strong.”So began Joakim Noah’s Instagram message four weeks ago, posted as he was about to join his new teammates for a wild basketball journey inside the NBA bubble.The Clippers are expected to contend for the organization’s first championship when NBA play begins again; to help with that, they brought aboard Noah, signing the savvy veteran initially to a 10-day contract that later was cemented for the rest of the season and, without guarantee, through the next, too.The 35-year-old is there to add size and depth at center, to scrap and spur ball movement, but most of all, to lend his presence and perspective, so valuable in what’s already proving to be a challenging experience for the Clippers ahead of their restart opener Thursday against the Lakers.center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I think he’s been through a lot. He’s got like a lot of experience, one of the best defenders in this league, and I think I’ve got a lot to learn from him.”That’s the idea, said Noah, who played in 60 playoff games for the Chicago Bulls, making it as far as the Eastern Conference Finals in 2011, when they were denied a Finals berth by LeBron James and the Miami Heat.“Zu’s in a great situation,” Noah said of Zubac. “He has a great coach, he has great players around him, he’s a young talent with a lot of skills. And with my story, I’ve been in situations where we’ve come close to winning championships and it didn’t happen, so it’s really about not taking any opportunity for granted, especially on a championship contender and making the best of your opportunities.”last_img read more

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