Grove Hi Tech rebound to beat Kuru Kururu Warriors in opener

first_imgA SECOND-half double off the boot of Vincent Chin piloted Grove Hi Tech to a solid 4-1 win over Kuru Kururu Warriors in the first match of the GFF/Pele Alumni Frank Watson U-15 Intra Association League, East Bank Football Association (EBFA) leg, which kicked off last Saturday with a single match.Following the march past which attracted ten of twelve possible teams, home team Grove and their arch rivals Kuru Kururu Warriors – based on the Linden Soesdyke Highway – squared off in the inaugural match of the league, the EBFA being the first association to commence the Intra Association tournament.Teams have been on pause for almost one year but were finally given the opportunity to showcase their skills with the aim of coming out as the inaugural champions, but more importantly players would be aiming to be good enough to be called to the Academy Training Centre team, a precursor to national selection.Watched by the president of GFF, Wayne Forde, along with EBFA president and Secretary Franklin Wilson and Wayne Francois, the Under-15 players played with passion from the first whistle with former EBFA female junior player of Diamond United, Diane Angoy, the referee in charge.The fast-paced match saw both teams enjoy a fair amount of ball possession but it was the Warriors who drew first blood in the first minute of added-on time in the first half. Matches lasted 70 minutes.Carl Punous nudged one past Hi Tech goalkeeper Ramesh Persaud, who also stood between the uprights in the club’s Ralph Green Under-11 campaign, but had to stand down in the final two matches because he had turned 12.Despite the fact that they were a goal down going into the final 35 minutes, the home team never lost focus and their higher level of fitness made the difference in the long run.The Warriors found the going tough as the game motored on and it was the Hi Tech boys who turned up the heat to the extent that they fired in four unanswered goals to take full points.Zewdi Francois was the first on the score sheet for the home team with the neutralising goal in the 53rd minute that broke the back of the highway boys. Seven minutes later, the go-ahead goal came off the boot of Vincent Chin, his first of two, in the 60th minute.Captain Devon Padmore doubled the advantage in the 63rd minute to put the game way beyond the reach of the Warriors who could not find an answer to the relentless offensive raids by the home team.The icing was put on the cake with three minutes to full time, Chin achieving his double in the 67th minute of an entertaining match which saw a number of talented players on show.last_img read more

AVB delighted to have Essien back

first_imgChelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas spoke of his joy at seeing Michael Essien return to first-team action in the victory against Sunderland.Essien made his first appearance of the season, coming on as a second-half substitute during the Blues’ 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.The player’s recovery from a knee injury is a massive boost for Villas-Boas, who said: “It is very, very gratifying for the team to have him back.AdChoices广告“To see a player make the switch so quickly from a reserve-team game to full Premier League intensity in such a short time is amazing.“You have to compliment our medical department. They’ve reduced for at least a month Michael’s return to the team.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Students fight back at Relay for Life

first_imgUSC students and members of the community gathered on Cromwell Field this weekend to participate in Relay for Life, a 24-hour walkathon that raised $40,525 for the American Cancer Society.Miss Relay · Eric Gaurderman, a sophomore majoring in computer engineering, participates in a pageant event during Relay for Life. – Christopher Roman | Daily TrojanCampus organizations and individuals formed teams and pledged to have at least one member walking the track for the duration of the event, which began at noon on Saturday and concluded with a closing ceremony Sunday morning. For many students affected by cancer, the event was a chance to take action against the disease.“The first day that I came to college, my grandpa passed away from cancer,” said Kim Artounian, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience. “I was driving up from Arizona to USC when we got the call and the first week I got involved with Colleges Against Cancer and Relay.”Colleges Against Cancer is a national organization with chapters at many colleges and universities. At USC, the club sponsors a number of cancer related events. The biggest event of the year is Relay for Life, which involves almost a year of planning. Relay for Life is one of the biggest fundraisers for the American Cancer Society, with relays taking place around the world. Teams compete with each other to raise money before the event, and on-site fundraisers raise additional funds throughout the event.“There was a man who just came back from a relay in Brazil, and he said he’s been to over 250 relays in his lifetime,” Artounian said. “He said he does it because the American Cancer Society supported him when he was battling cancer — that makes you realize how special the relays are.”In addition to the 24-hour walk, there were several events throughout the day as entertainment for the participants. The event began with the Survivors Lap, in which cancer survivors took the inaugural lap to begin the relay.Later in the day, the Luminaria ceremony was held. where candles were lit to remember the lives lost to cancer and those currently battling the disease. Teams also competed against each other in the Relay Olympics with mini-games such as a ring toss.“This has been a transition year for us, and we did a lot of restructuring of the committee,” said Megan Trieu, the production chair for Relay for Life. “We’re trying to build and make this an even bigger event for next year.”One change made this year was the addition of the Fight Back committee that encouraged students to take action against cancer beyond participating in the  relay. One example was donating hair, and students from the Paul Mitchell Cosmetology school volunteered to cut hair for students who wished to donate more than eight inches.“It’s great to see the diversity of groups represented at Relay,” said Sarah Urke, a sophomore majoring in human biology. “You have really big groups like the band, but it was great to see some smaller organizations out here as well, and you could see USC and the surrounding community coming together to fight back against cancer.”last_img read more

New format means clubs need to hit the ground running

first_imgThat’s according to Tipp FM analyst Tom McGrath, who says the new formats adopted for both codes means that a poor result early on could put paid to a club’s chances of making the knock-out stages.The draws for the 2016 county competitions and most of the divisional ones were made at The Dome, Semple Stadium yesterday evening.Only the pairings for the West and North Tipperary Senior Hurling Championships remain to be decided.last_img

Leinster and Ulster in Pro12 action tonight

first_imgLeinster and Ulster are both in action tonight in the Guinness Pro12.Johnny Sexton is set to make his first appearance of the season when he lines out for Leinster against the Ospreys at the RDS.Meanwhile, Ulster face a tricky visit to Scotland to face the Glasgow Warriors. Both games kick-off at 19:35.last_img

Capleton granted bail

first_imgPopular entertainer Capleton, was offered bail when he appeared in a Corporate Area court on Monday after being arrested and charged with rape.Capleton, whose real name is Clifton Bailey, was arrested last weekend by detectives assigned to the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offence and Child Abuse (CISOCA).It’s reported that early Saturday, Capleton hired a female hairdresser who met him at a hotel in the business district of New Kingston. The police report that while at the hotel, he forcibly had sexual intercourse with the woman.Related: Jamaican artiste Capleton arrested on rape chargesBail amounting to J$200,000When he appeared in court, the judge who offered bail amounting to J$200,000 ordered the entertainer to refrain from contacting the complainant. Meanwhile, Capleton’s attorney, Christopher Townsend has been critical of the police in their handling of the matter. In an interview with Radio Jamaica on the weekend, Townsend said there are also issues involving the complainant. “I can also confirm there is also a dual investigations because the young lady who made the report is also being investigated for extortion so that investigation is ongoing. We anticipate that she will also be in custody shortly. I am quite concerned because it certainly demonstrates that there is one side of the police force that is blind to what the other side is doing,” he said.last_img read more

Kwiff rapped by the ASA over TV advert

first_img Share ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 For the second consecutive week, online sports betting app Kwiff, was caught up in the rulings from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).Two elements of the advert caused complaints, however only one of which led to a complaint being upheld. The upheld complaint was with regards to the voice-over in the ad, which stated: “What does getting Kwiffed feel like? It feels like the end of a school day. The teacher says no homework tonight. But there was one thing I need you all to do. I need you to pop all these bubbles for me. Do you think you could do that?” The ad then showed the men’s reactions, who were excited in a childlike manner by the idea of popping bubble wrap. The ad then featured scenes of the men popping bubble wrap with great enjoyment.The ASA cited that it considered popping bubble wrap was mostly enjoyed by young children and therefore concluded that the scenes showing the men popping bubble wrap depicted juvenile behaviour, which was prohibited in gambling ads under the BCAP Code.On the other hand, the ASA dismissed the complaint that the ad was of particular appeal to minors, stating that although the ad was set in a classroom, it did not resemble a modern classroom. It meant that following on from last week’s warning where the ASA told Kwiff to be careful with regards to advertising misleading odds in its adverts, this week the ASA told Kwiff to cease using the advert in question in its current form and warned them against displaying ads that feature juvenile behaviour. The ASA also dismissed a complaint over a previously modified advert placed by Paddy Power, which , featured a jaded casino security guard singing to the tune of “Papa Loves Mambo” while watching through monitors the casino customers gambling. With regards to this complaint, the ASA deemed the ad did not portray, condone or encourage gambling behaviour that was socially irresponsible, or portray gambling as indispensable or as taking priority in life over other commitments. Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more

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Thousands turn up for Nhyira FM Health walk in Kumasi

first_imgThousands of residents in Kumasi, corporate staff and fan club members and the military joined Multimedia staff for Nhyira FM Health Work on May Day.The event was meant to promote a healthy lifestyle, social as well as business networking.Organized in partnership with Delayman Capsules, it was a moment for old friends and relatives to engage in aerobics and other activities at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.It recorded one of the most impressive attendance for a single event in recent times. The event gave workers opportunity to exercise their muscles after long hours at work.Some participants who spoke with Nhyira News after the event say aside the normal exercise, socialization was a major factor.last_img read more


first_imgHis early days seem so remote now, almost as if they belong to another player. ‘I started really young’, Aradori recalls, ‘I was just a kid playing all kinds of sports: soccer, obviously, but also swimming and skiing. Then I fell in love watching Kobe Bryant and that was it’. Pietro began playing in Team 75, a club his father, a genuine hoop fanatic, had created in Lograto, a tiny town in the north side of the country, not far from Brescia. Sweating within the walls of a small gym, trying to emulate Kobe (and Tracy McGrady, another of Aradori’s favorites) while learning the fundamentals of the game, Pietro began a journey that took him all around Italy and Europe, only to get back home on a cold and foggy November night. Serving as Italy’s captain in the crucial win against Lithuania in FIBAWC Qualifying on the hardwood of the brand new PalaLeonessa in Brescia, Pietro lived a moment he will never forget.‘It felt almost like a dream come true, playing with the national team in my hometown and being the captain was something I dreamed about since I started launching shots in that old gym way back in Lograto’. The dream of leading the azzurri to the World Cup, though, was not granted to Aradori, he earned it. ‘I worked so hard to get where I am right now, spending almost every summer of the last 15 years playing through all the youth academies and whatnot’. There’s no need to explain why Pietro is so proud of his achievements with Italy, especially because the path that led him here has not always been paved with fulfillment. ‘Eurobasket 2017, the defeat against Serbia in the quarterfinals was brutal, but we all felt like our disadvantage in terms of length and physicality was insurmountable’. The real blow had come a year before in Turin, where the azzurri suffered an overtime loss to Croatia, which cost them the chance to travel to the Rio Olympics. ‘That was bitter for sure’, Aradori remembers the disappointment as he walked out of the PalaIsozaki, recalling ‘it was the toughest moment of my career with the national team’. Nonetheless, Pietro believes that his best days in azzurro are still ahead of him. ‘People treat me like I’m veteran, which I am in many ways, but I started really young and I still have a lot to accomplish’. Having just stepped into his thirties, Aradori is definitely entitled to claim his rights to a promising future, because the last two years have seen Italy cruise through the qualifying rounds with a compelling, yet composed pace. ‘It’s been interesting, due to the distance between each window of games and the different set of players on call from time to time, but Coach Sacchetti’s done a great job by including a bunch of guys who barely had a chance to play, up to that point, and by giving them a real opportunity to make a contribution’. The next chapter of this story will take place in China, where Italy will need all the championship experience available to feed the dream of snatching up a medal. Aradori can provide that for sure, for that’s where his recent glory with Segafredo Virtus Bologna comes in handy. ‘It’s been an overwhelming sensation, the BCL final four weekend is another memory I will take with me for life’. Again, the triumph over Iberostar Tenerife was the successful landing after a troubled flight. ‘This last year has been a tricky one and halfway through the season it looked like we were headed towards a huge bust’. A change in the head coaching role and some roster adjustments later, and the team went on a roll that ended with a historic result. ‘It’s still hard to believe that our names will be written in Virtus Bologna’s history forever’. Ten years after its last major trophy, the club and its many fans finally had a reason to celebrate.‘It was great to get that winning feeling once again. I mean: I want to win every single time I step on to the court, but it’s really hard, especially at a Champions League level’. Aradori knows what he’s talking about, given his long resume filled with Euroleague competition amongst his seasons with Siena and Cantù. ‘The Champions League has gotten better and tougher every year, it’s now a grind to get to the end of it’.  Pietro Aradori just had a career-defining season, now he’s ready to take it up a notch for his national team.It’s hard to establish what makes for a ‘defining season’, especially given the way basketball works nowadays: a twelve month, non-stop, worldwide rollercoaster. Looking back at Pietro Aradori’s latest campaign, the label seems appropriate.  After all, resilience and self-confidence have carried Aradori throughout his career, ‘if I hadn’t worked as hard as I had, practicing my skills and pursuing my goals, I would’ve never gotten even near to where I am at right now’. Amongst his all time heroes, he mentions Marco Pantani and Jonah Lomu, both icons of endurance and inner strength who encountered a premature death. The All Black legend’s autobiography is a regular presence on Aradori’s nightstand and will travel with him to China. On the other hand, Bomber, his french bulldog, another regular presence in his life and a lucky charm for Italy’s captain, will stay home. ‘I will provide him with an azzurri headband and rely on his support in front of the TV screen’, says Aradori, probably only half-joking. So while Bomber will be barking at the moving picture of his best friend from somewhere in Italy, Pietro will be in Foshan and elsewhere in China doing what he’s been doing since he was just a little kid: playing ball. As the competition evolved, so did the game of basketball, and Aradori managed to keep up with it. ‘I feel like I’m a better, more skilled, all-around player right now. A few years ago I was focused on scoring, especially in my breakout season with Biella, where I was the team’s first option on offense’. Things have changed when Pietro embraced the challenge of playing at the higher level: ‘when you find yourself amongst very deep, very talented teams you have to give up some of your minutes and shots, forget about your box-score and highlights in order to blend into the overall chemistry’. And that’s what Aradori has done in the latest part of his career, becoming a reliable three-point shooter (39,1% from the deep in Legabasket) and an overlooked rebounder (3,9 rebounds per game in Legabasket, a substantial result for a guard of his size). Pietro earned his reputation by perpetually scoring in double digits, but these days he’s inclined to do whatever it takes to help his team win, even if it means sacrificing shots and diving to recover loose balls. But make no mistake, while more than willing to jump sideways for a hustle play, Aradori is not afraid to look straight at the rim and step up in crucial moments. An avid consumer of crime fiction, when asked to solve the hypothetical mysterious case of who’s more likely to take the final shot with the game on the line in the upcoming World Cup, Pietro gives a clear answer: ‘if I had the ball, I would probably pass it to Marco (Belinelli) or Danilo (Gallinari)’, then, after a brief moment of silence, he clarifies ‘that would mean that I’m doubled by the defense, on one foot, back to the basket, otherwise I’m taking that shot!’.center_img A linchpin for Italy’s national team, Aradori helped the azzurri make their way back to the FIBA Basketball World Cup after 13 years, while also leading Segafredo Virtus Bologna to a  stunning victory in the Basketball Champions League. Despite being ‘only’ 30 years old, Aradori has the experience of someone far older: 14 seasons in 12 different teams as a professional player and more than 200 games with Italy’s national teams. last_img read more