Khan ends FACC 2016 season on a high

first_imgBERBICIAN Zaman Khan ended the 2016 Flying Ace Cycle Club’s (FACC) cycling season on a high note last Sunday, winning the club’s 28-mile road race in convincing fashion.The event, which was opened to FACC members only, saw Khan and other juvenile riders benefit from a five-minute head-start after being sent on their way by Guyana Police Force (GPF) `B’ Division Coordinator of the Police Community Relations Department, Assistant Superintendent Keith Williams, at 09:15hrs at Tacama Turn, Stanleytown, New Amsterdam, Berbice, from where the participants of the GPF `B’ Division-sponsored event proceeded to the Rose Hall Town Arch before turning back for the finish line at Main and Alexander Streets, New Amsterdam.Relishing his five-minute advantage, Khan, the national juvenile road race champion, rode at a steady pace and captured all six prime prizes that were on offer and crossed the finish line unchallenged.Second was Curtis Dey, while veteran cyclists Sybrone Fernandes and Samuel Mootoo placed third and fourth respectively.By winning the overall event, Khan automatically won the juvenile category ahead of Rakheel Gordon, Ralph Seenarine and Alex Burnett in that order.The event was coordinated by the club’s coach Randolph Roberts.Trophies for the event, which was held under the theme `Youth Cycling Against Crime’, were donated by Acting Commander `B’ Division, Senior Superintendent Errol Watts, Senior Superintendent Kevin Adonis, Superintendent Budnarine Persaud, Assistant Superintendent Keith Williams, Inspector Clay Rose, businessman Sherwin Ford, Crystal Net Internet Café, the Foster Family and Naziam Khan among others.last_img

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Vermont capitalizes in overtime to stave off Orange in high-scoring battle

first_img Published on November 15, 2014 at 12:18 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Goalie Jenn Gilligan called it a blatant penalty.After the game, Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan went straight to the referee to ask why a trip was not called on Vermont on the deciding play of the overtime period.“It was a breakdown in the offensive zone,” SU defender Kaillie Goodnough said, “we hustled back and it was just a crappy play.“Not much to be said, it happened.”After a long SU possession to open the overtime session, the puck came out of the SU zone and into Vermont’s possession. While fighting the Orange’s Akane Hosoyamada for the puck in her offensive zone, a Vermont player appeared to dive down and trip Hosoyamada.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNo penalty was called and UV forward Brittany Zuback grabbed the puck. She sent a shot wide but gathered her own rebound and jammed home a wraparound goal 1:42 into overtime to push Vermont (7-4-1, 1-2-0 Hockey East) past the Orange (3-5-5, 2-1-1 College Hockey America), 6-5, on Friday night before a crowd of 198 at Tennity Ice Pavilion.“I lost it behind the net and now it’s in the back of my net,” Gilligan said. “Just a fluke goal.”After matching three-goal periods to open the game, Syracuse played a tightly contested, physical game into overtime against Vermont. SU played its best offensive game of the season but faced an aggressive Vermont team that matched Syracuse’s offensive intensity.“We knew it was going to be a dogfight in the third period, we felt that coming,” Flanagan said.He was right. Less than 40 seconds into the period, SU was on the power play.For the first time since injuring her head in the second period, Goodnough was back on the ice to start SU’s advantage. Thirty-two seconds later, she proved valuable.Goodnough received a pass at the right point and sent the puck through the center of the ice to a cutting Jesscia Sibley who gave SU a 4-3 lead.“It was a nice shot from the point and I got a tip on it, straight in,” Sibley said.Flanagan said Goodnough’s return was “an infusion of energy” for the team. The defender said it felt good to be able to come back and make a difference so quickly.With less than 14 minutes remaining, Vermont’s Bridget Baker beat SU center Stephanie Grossi on a faceoff in the UV zone and sent the puck straight up to a streaking Zuback. The play caught Goodnough off guard and Gilligan was left to face Zuback one-on-one.With a toe drag and a wrist shot, Zuback tied the game.“I hadn’t seen that play before and it happened so fast that I didn’t really have time to react and they beat me,” Goodnough said. “That was crappy.”Though Goodnough was unfamiliar with the play, Flanagan called it “older than the hills” and said his defenders need to be more aware.Vermont struck again just three minutes later when Vermont’s Amanda Pelkey fired a shot from the right circle into Gilligan, who tried to deflect the puck up and away.The puck went up in the air and center Dayna Colang batted it out of the air and into the net.Vermont gave the Orange a chance to tie it up with eight minutes remaining when forward Klara Myren was called for interference.Grossi sent a pass to defender Nicole Renault who was coming in from the left point. The Vermont defender went to the ice to try for a block, but Renault shot high and beat goalie Madison Litchfield, tying the game at five.The remaining seven minutes and 45 seconds were back and forth, leading to the overtime winner for Vermont.“We played well down the stretch in the third and into overtime,” Flanagan said. “It was kind of a broken play, to lose it like that is very deflating.” Commentslast_img read more

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Syracuse men’s basketball is never out of a game because of its full-court press

first_img Published on March 2, 2017 at 10:51 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Jim Boeheim isn’t afraid to let everyone in an arena know when his team is desperate, when he has no other choice but to change his defense.Then, he turns to the press.It propelled the Orange to the Final Four last year, overcoming a 14-point deficit with 10 minutes left in the Elite Eight. And it’s what has led to three comeback wins in the past month.“At that stage, you’re desperate. You’re just trying to fly around and make a play,” said Syracuse’s head coach. “It’s been at the end of games. … You’re down 10, it’s a desperation situation and you just try to make the play and make something happen. … There’s no other chance but to force a turnover.”The Orange (17-13, 9-8 Atlantic Coast) has trailed by double digits in eight straight games. Outside of a 20-point loss at then-No. 7 Louisville, the contests were decided by an average of 4.3 points and SU went 4-4 in the eight-game stretch. Even in the three games Syracuse lost, the press made it close.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn many ways, the full-court press salvaged the Orange’s entire season. Boeheim applies the tactic sparingly and knows a good team can figure out a way to beat it easily once it adjusts. But in short segments, SU has relied on the press to climb back into games in which it previously had no chance.“It catches (opponents) by surprise. They don’t expect it,” freshman forward Taurean Thompson said. “We don’t use it all game and then all of a sudden they take a breath. They’re not ready for it. I don’t think they prepare for it as much in practice.”At the start of the season, Boeheim said his team would likely press more because of the depth he had at his disposal. SU used it in nonconference play to test out what he had. Early on, his players didn’t execute the scheme to his standard.After a season-opening 28-point win over Colgate on Nov. 11, Boeheim said the press was horrendous.“I guess they can’t do it,” Boeheim said when asked why it was ineffective. “Why did Donald Trump become president? I don’t know.”A week and a half later, Boeheim explained Syracuse would need the press at some point later in the year. That’s why he was experimenting in games such as a 42-point win over South Carolina State. Even as late as 14 games into the year, Boeheim cited it as an area for concern. After a 15-point loss at Boston College, he described the press as something “we can’t do.”Two months later, the press is a key reason SU is still in the mix for an NCAA Tournament bid. Instead of playing the nine or 10 players like Boeheim expected, Syracuse uses only six or seven each game as a result of injuries. The starting lineup now consists of four first-year players and a sophomore. Once they meshed together, the press improved, too.Sophomore forward Tyler Lydon attributes the press’ success to the urgency with which he and his teammates play it. Tactically, not much changed from the full-court approach, graduate transfer Andrew White said. Except recently, Syracuse’s press is causing turnovers unlike in the beginning of the year.“I’m amazed at how effective it is and how infrequently they use it,” Pittsburgh head coach Kevin Stallings said. “I wish I could do that is what I’m trying to say.”With SU down 10 against North Carolina State late in the second half, Boeheim flipped to the press from his traditional 2-3 zone. The Orange forced four turnovers down the stretch, pushing the game into overtime and eventually winning.A week later, SU pressed with the same amount of time remaining against Clemson. The Tigers committed three late turnovers and Syracuse won at the buzzer.“They take away the primary pass, they get you in the corner, they take away the second pass to the guy taking it out, they take away the middle pass,” Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said. “You’ve got to attack it quickly or you’re going to be in trouble. It’s an outstanding press.”Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner said opponents can’t simulate it in practice. The Orange ranks as the 12th tallest team in the country, per Kenpom.com. As opponents try to play cautiously to protect leads, SU pounces when it should be squirming.Considering Syracuse’s short rotation, playing defense for 94 feet isn’t an option for more than a few minutes at a time. Lydon and White both have played every second in the Orange’s last 10 games. They can only go so far until fatigue sets in.But the infrequency with which Boeheim uses the press is part of what makes it so effective. In short spurts, it accomplishes what it needs to.SU’s hopes of reaching the NCAA Tournament are dangling. But with only one regular-season game left and the ACC tournament remaining, the press is why Syracuse is never out of a game.“We work on it all the time. Every year,” Boeheim said before the season. “We work on our press every year a lot. Almost every practice. And some years we just don’t use it much at all and other years it’s been very important for us.”This year it has been the latter. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Munster’s O’ Connell returns for Zebre Clash

first_imgThe quartet are all set to feature at some point in Thomond Park.Meanwhile, Munster captain Peter O’Mahony is making good progress in his return from shoulder surgery and has resumed some light contact work while Keith Earls, Luke O’Dea and Gerhard van den Heever are all back running with the province.last_img

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Team Tombim Secures Maximum Points from Group Phase

first_imgChristian Paul, the second singles player for the Abuja based team, got the first point when Chinedu Iwuagwu of Team Anambra scratched trailing 3-6, 0-2. Former national champion Henry Atseye won the second men’s singles beating Michael Chima 6-3, 7-5 and Loveth Donatus defeated Ezinne Maduike 6-3, 6-1 in the women’s singles.Team Tombim, which had promised to approach this last tie with all seriousness, brought out their best combination of Moses Michael and Paul in the mixed doubles and they duly delivered – beating Chima and Tochukwu Eze 7-6, 7-5.Both teams will still have to play today starting 10 am for the three points from two reverse singles and the mixed doubles.Meanwhile, Team Civil Defence will gun for the leadership of the White Group when they take on Team Kalotari in Kaduna Friday Nov 18 and Saturday Nov. 19. Civil Defence, the runners-up last year will secure the maximum points having won their previous three round robin ties.The second semi-final spot will be decided after the Team FCT versus CBN Futures match taking place in Lagos between Nov. 29 and 30.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NCC TENNIS LEAGUEDefending champions Team Tombim secured maximum points from the round robin phase of the NCC Tennis League when they overwhelmed Team Anambra to grab an unassailable 4-0 in the seven match decider taking place at the Abuja National Stadium Tennis Centre.The tie is the last round robin match for both teams and Tombim will lead the Blue Group with the maximum 12 points. The team would now await the runner-up from the White Group to be decided in a forth night.last_img read more

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All roads lead to Caribbean American Heritage Festival

first_imgThe Pembroke Pines City Center will the venue hosting the Caribbean American Exhibition and Festival on June 24.There will be several multi-cultural exhibits themed under health and wellness, arts, craft, island and Latin foods, Ska, Reggae, Zumba, Latin and R&B music fusion.Great family entertainment will also be on offer including hoola hoop, limbo, kite making and a children’s fun zone.last_img

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Lakers must blend new offensive set with Kobe Bryant’s return

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I was really torn on putting it in now or waiting until the summer to go over it with the younger guys and add it,” said Scott, though he is not assured of coaching past this season. “But the coaching staff was like, ‘You know what? You might as well give them a taste of it now.’”The Lakers could use any help to end an eight-game losing streak and bolster an offense that ranks 27th out of 30 NBA teams in points per game (97.5) and 30th in field-goal percentage (41.4). “The biggest thing is to find ways to keep them as interested as much as possible. This set has done that,” Scott said. “This set also gives guys more of an opportunity to play. It’s not like you have two guys in the parking lot. This is five guys on the court who will all have the chance to touch the ball.”But will the Lakers manage to do that with Bryant playing?“We’ll run it the same way. He’ll get his shots. He’ll find his places,” Clarkson said. “The offense will be fine with him.”Leadership trainingClarkson and Randle may represent part of the Lakers’ long-term future, yet both feel more inclined to lead with their work ethic over their words. “I still got to grow in that area,” Clarkson said. “Coach talks to me about all the time about being more vocal.” Rest for the wearyAmong all the things that will bring a smile to Scott’s face, no amount of rare victories or youth development will make the Lakers coach feel as elated as what could happen in nearly a month.Then, Bryant will play in his final game in the Lakers’ season finale against the Utah Jazz on April 13 at Staples Center. “I want him to be able to walk off the court,” Scott said. “That’s the main thing I want to accomplish this season.”How does Scott assure that happens?“Lots of rest and not taxing his body,” Scott said. “He’s at this point in his career where I feel he doesn’t need to practice. He knows about basketball as well as all of our guys put together.” As Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson mused, “He’s a basketball genius and will figure it out in two seconds.”But how do the Lakers find the balance between adhering to the offensive principles while maximizing Bryant’s scoring abilities?“I don’t think it’ll be a problem,” Lakers forward Julius Randle said. “We’ll create spacing and move the ball. It’ll help us operate and make plays for each other.”Scott tweaked his offense last week during Thursday’s practice that he described as “one set with a ton of options.” That left little time for the Lakers to prepare before Friday’s loss to Memphis.Yet, Scott said he reverted to a motion offense his summer-league team ran to prepare for the 2016-17 campaign. center_img It has taken about four days of practice for the Lakers to report feeling comfortable with a new offensive set that puts an added extra emphasis on floor spacing and ball movement.It apparently has taken Kobe Bryant only a few moments before mastering it without even practicing it.“I told him a little bit and he was like, ‘Yeah I got it,’” Lakers coach Byron Scott said, smiling. “It’s not a big deal.”The Lakers (11-49) also enter Tuesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets (17-42) at Staples Center insisting it is not a big deal on how they will continue blending this new offensive set with Bryant’s presence amid his expected return after nursing soreness in his right shoulder.last_img read more

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Samu Saiz: “We must make good the point against Albacete”

first_imgGirona missed a golden opportunity last Sunday to place third in the table and continue to shorten the distance with the second classified, Zaragoza. In spite of this, the rojiblanco costumes are satisfied with the point harvested before the Mirandés in Anduva (1-1) because it allows them to continue with the good dynamics (they already accumulate six games without falling) and outside they have found more regularity because It is necessary to go back until January 19 to see the last setback at home, on day 24 against Tenerife (1-0). The sensations are good and morale increases in the face of an end of course that seems exciting.Pep Lluís Martí is satisfied with the response of the team in Anduva because he disrupted his starting block to give the alternative to players with less prominence in the last duels and although not all responded in the best way, in general they complied. And it is important to highlight Samu Saiz and Jonás Ramalho. Occupied the posts of Borja García, substitute, and Alcalá, sanctioned, respectively, and left good feelings. Saiz was happy for the work done, but could not hide that “we left annoyed because with the 0-1 I think we had the game on track. But we must continue working, be calm and make good point against Albacete in Montilivi. team is prepared and looking forward to doing so, “he started and then explained that “The wind, especially in the first part, did not let play. Although we endure well, strong.” Of course, it was not enough to maintain the result because in the second half, “in an isolated play they tied us.” The two goals of the match came from the penalty spot and the fact of not having managed to endure the 0-1 also left some bitter feeling in Ramalho: “I think we had the game under control and it was a shame that we missed two points. Although it is always positive to add visitors. We thought that the team that scored first was going to take all three points, but it wasn’t like that and now it’s time to prepare the duel against Albacete. “ Girona enjoys a rest day on Monday and it will not be until Tuesday when it returns to work, in La Vinya, to start preparing the game against Albacete. Martí will recover Pedro Alcalá for the axis of the defense, but he will not be able to count on Pablo Maffeo, That will cycle. Montilivi must remain a fortress (in 2020, Girona has not lost at home) to continue dreaming of direct ascent.last_img read more

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Watford confirms that Deulofeu will go through the operating room

first_imgJürgen Klopp’s men conceded their first defeat so far in the league, receiving a blunt 3-0 against a Watford who got three important points in order to achieve permanence. The ‘reds’ were frustrated thus the possibility of finishing the season undefeated in the league and match the Arsenal deed, which in the 2003/04 campaign he became the only team to get it. Gerard Deulofeu must undergo surgery on his right knee after being injured last Saturday in the match against Liverpool. In his official Twitter account, Watford has confirmed that the attacker undergoes a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and a tear in the meniscus. Therefore, and as Pearson announced in the post-match press conference, the Spanish will miss the rest of the season.The action in which Deulofeu was injured occurred during the first part of the game that Watford on Vicarage Road against the Premier League leader, Liverpool. At half an hour of play, the Catalan end collided with the Dutch central Virgil Van Dijk, producing a sharp turn in his right knee. The player of the ‘hornets’ could not get up and had to leave the field on a stretcher and with oxygen.last_img read more

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