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Harvard grad Gordon hoping to make impact for Frontiers

first_img The right stuff: Frontiers running back Gino Gordon is relishing the opportunity to play in Japan. | KAZ NAGATSUKA “I was really, really interested,” Gordon, 24, said of his own reaction when he first learned of the possibility of coming to Japan to play football. “I really wanted to continue playing football. I really wanted to play at a high level.”Gordon said that Frank Fernandez, a fellow Harvard graduate who and now plays for the Obic Seagulls of the X League, told him to come over to Japan, and the offensive lineman put him in contact with Fujitsu through Brad Brennan, a former long-time Frontier wide receiver who’s now back in the States.“I mean, there was an opportunity here to play football and it was a good opportunity,” said Gordon, who arrived in Japan in late July. “And they (Fujitsu) have very, very talented running backs here. But I felt like I could contribute to them, help them get the X League championship, winning everything.“They believed in me and they kind of took this chance saying, ‘Hey, this guy really wants to play for us and help.’ I’m just really happy they were able to say ‘Yes.’ “After graduating from Harvard, Gordon tried to embark on a professional football career, but it didn’t work out. Now he’s in Japan and fortunate to continue playing the game. Although the way industrial league is set up is completely different from pro leagues in the States.Gordon didn’t take it negatively. He was impressed and has respect for the players who go about their double duties as company employees and football players.“First and foremost, I think it’s pretty amazing that everybody works a job and plays football,” he said. “I’m very, very impressed and amazed to see that they stay focused (in football).”Interestingly, Gordon compared the circumstances in the X League with the football life at Harvard, where anyone is required high academic standard.“It’s very similar to here,” Gordon said. “You have to do two things at a high level. You have to be able to study and compete at a high level. So there’s a lot of similarities in the X League and Ivy League.”Gordon, who stands at 178 cm and weighs in at 88 kg, said he received other football offers from other schools, including Stanford, Oregon and Boise State, but ended up choosing Harvard.“At the end of the day, my mother said, ‘You can never ever turn down going to Harvard,’ ” he laughed. “After she said that, I made my decision pretty quickly.”Last year, a pair of American quarterbacks played in the X League and impressed the fans with their arms. Especially former UCLA player Kevin Craft, of the IBM Big Blue, who wowed crowds as he threw for a league-leading 1,628 yards and 20 touchdowns in the five-game regular season.Now it’s Gordon, who was the co-MVP of the Ivy League in 2010 and is the first import running back in the X League, who has a chance to be special in the ground game to help the Frontiers. They’ve advanced to the league championship game four times, but never left it as winners.“I think sometimes it just happens,” Gordon referred to the misfortunes of the team. “Hopefully, we have that opportunity to win the championship now, and I’m glad I’m here to help them take the next step and win the championship.”Fujitsu’s off to a 3-0 start to the season and Gordon has amassed 258 yards rushing with five TDs. KEYWORDS Harvard, X League, Gino Gordon IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOS KAWASAKI – Fujitsu Frontiers running back Gino Gordon earned a chance to play in Japan and really cherishes the opportunity.Gordon was born to an American father, Charles, and a Japanese mother, Fujiko, in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture before the family moved back to Southern California when he was 3 years old. He played college football at Harvard University and graduated in 2011. Smart move: Harvard graduate Gino Gordon arrived in Japan to play for Fujitsu in late July. | KAZ NAGATSUKAlast_img read more

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Mantas tipped as favourites

first_imgRugby Union BY SIMON KESLEP Mantas are the team to watch out for in the Rookies 7s tournament open men division. Rookies 7s tournament director Sailosi Druma said Mantas are the Cup holders will be the team to compete against. “From the outset, Mantas look strong and definitely will be the team to beat again this year. Definitely the tournament gives some platform for new talents. The main message is for the players to enjoy the games and give their best,” said Druma. Mantas coach Max Katal last night told the Post-Courier after their last training session at Ela Beach that they will be fielding three teams in the tournament – one U20 team and two open men’s teams – Mantas and Sisilpak. “Training has been good and we are looking forward to the tournament. Normally in 7s, you do not really know until the end of the tournament if you will know the winners because anything can happen, any team can win,” he said. “With that in mind, we prepared to have a good crack and keep the Cup.” He said they are preparing as much as possible and doing the best they can in order to play a good game. “Our concern is to make sure that from our side we prepare well and make sure all the boys are not carrying any injuries. We want to bring ourselves to a level of fitness that will take us through all our pool games and then onto the finals,” said Katal. He said they are not lingering on their performance from last year given it has already lapsed. “It has already been history, not even the one we want two to four weeks ago. It is something that we cannot look back on. We are looking forward, whatever outcome we are happy to give the best we can,” said Katal. He said they will be relying on their regular performers in the team to take the lead and maintain the standard. His last advice to his players was to get a good rest and give their best performance.last_img read more

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Couch Potato Weekend: 72 hours of football

first_imgFRIDAY4 p.m., NFL Network: NFL Fantasy Live. Start the weekend push to setting your lineup with some news and analysis from around the league.6 p.m., CBS Sports Network: Tailgate Fan — Texas vs. Oklahoma. Highlights of the pregame show of spirit from last week’s Big 12 game. Expect a couple of recipes to be shared as well.7 p.m., WUXP-30: Franklin at Ravenwood. Unbeaten Ravenwood’s offense (30 point average margin of victory) might be as good as its defense.7 p.m., ESPN: Fresno State at Boise State. Broncos are 1-3 in past four games when Jay Ajayi doesn’t rush for at least 100 yards.11 p.m., Fox Sports 1: Countdown to Kickoff. The first pregame show of the weekend gets you started for a full Saturday.SATURDAY 8 a.m., ESPN: College GameDay. The crew heads to Tallahassee for the second time this season to preview Florida State’s game against Notre Dame.9 a.m., SEC Network: SEC Nation. The conference’s pregame show sets up at Ole Miss, where the Vols visit.10 a.m., NFL Network: Playbook. Sterling Sharpe and Brian Billick break down the X’s and O’s for the Week 5 matchups.11 a.m., SEC Network: Furman at South Carolina. Gamecocks should end two-game losing streak before starting SEC run of Auburn, Tennessee and Florida.11 a.m., ESPN: Kansas State at Oklahoma. Sooners, who have won 11 in a row at home, rank second in the Big 12 in rushing offense. Kansas State leads the conference in rushing defense.11 a.m., ESPN2: Iowa at Maryland. Big Ten division leader Hawkeyes have won three in a row. Maryland receiver Stefon Diggs is a big-time playmaker.11 a.m., Fox Sports Tennessee: Syracuse at Wake Forest. Both teams’ most recent game was a loss to Florida State.11:30 a.m., WUXP-30: Virginia at Duke. After Blue Devils beat Georgia Tech last week, every game in ACC Coastal affects the division lead.2:30 p.m., WTVF-5: Texas A&M at Alabama. CBS gives us a brief break from one of the Mississippi schools. Alabama’s offense has just three TDs in past two weeks, and must try to outscore the SEC’s top offense.2:30 p.m., WKRN-2: Rutgers at Ohio State. Both teams have big-time passing offenses.2:30 p.m., ESPN: Michigan State at Indiana. Division-leading Spartans have won four in a row and their defense will focus on NCAA rushing leader Tevin Coleman (1,060 yards).2:30 p.m., ESPN2: UCLA at California. Each team already has two Pac-12 losses.2:30 p.m., ESPNU: Clemson at Boston College. Tigers QB Deshaun Watson’s absence because of injury might make this a close game. Eagles lead the ACC in rushing.2:30 p.m., Fox Sports Tennessee: N.C. State at Louisville. The Cardinals have the nation’s top defense, but will be challenged by possibly the ACC’s top offensive line (the five starters have played every snap the past three weeks.).2:30 p.m., SportSouth: Kansas at Texas Tech. The teams are a combined 0-6 in Big 12 and Jayhawks have lost 26 consecutive road games.2:30 p.m., Fox College: UAB at MTSU. The Blazers have their highest win total (four) in 10 years. Blue Raiders will use passing game to try to regroup after first conference loss.2:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network: Cincinnati at SMU. Bearcats have some excitement in QB Gunner Kiel, but defense is worst in NCAA.3 p.m., SEC Network: Georgia at Arkansas. Week 2 without Todd Gurley means the Bulldogs must be prepared to match big plays with Hogs, who have lost 15 consecutive SEC games.5 p.m., Pac-12 Network: Colorado at USC. The Trojans have allowed 166 rushing yards in past three games and have Pac-12’s top rusher (Javorius Allen, 781 yards, 7 TDs).6 p.m., ESPN: Tennessee at Ole Miss. Talking about Ole Miss starts with defense — Rebels have forced a turnover in 29 consecutive games and have NCAA-leading 12 interceptions. Vols say Jalen Hurd is totally healthy now.6 p.m., ESPN2: Missouri at Florida. Gators will use Jeff Driskel and Treon Harris at QB. Tigers have won five consecutive SEC road games.6 p.m., ESPNU: Georgia Tech at North Carolina. Best QB matchup of the day. Tech’s Justin Thomas and Carolina’s Marquise Williams are two of eight QBs in country who lead their team in both rushing and passing. Thomas has rushed for 448 yards in past four games.6 p.m., CBS Sports Network: Utah State at Colorado State. Rams QB Garrett Grayson needs 136 yards to become school’s career passing leader.6:30 p.m., SEC Network: Kentucky at LSU. Kentucky has 11 interceptions, but the Tigers will likely keep giving the ball to RB Leonard Fournette.6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network: Nebraska at Northwestern. Both teams already have a Big Ten loss. The Wildcats defense has allowed four touchdowns in three Big Ten games.6:30 p.m., WKRN-2: Titans on 2 Final Countdown. Thirty minutes of Titans preview of game against Washington with coach Ken Whisenhunt.7 p.m., WKRN-2: Notre Dame at Florida State. A win will be a playoff resume highlight for one of the teams. Talk of Jameis Winston’s eligibility has taken some of the focus away from Irish QB Everett Golson and his nine turnovers in the past three games.9:30 p.m., ESPN: Stanford at Arizona State. A rematch of last season’s Pac-12 title game, and both schools are on track to win their division again.9:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network: Hawaii at San Diego State. Aztecs RB Donnel Pumphrey has 11 rushing TDs in six games.SUNDAY8 a.m., CBS Sports Network: That Other Pregame Show. Start the NFL day with a fast-paced show that includes contributions from the regular CBS crew. The final hour usually focuses on fantasy football.8 a.m., ESPN2: Colin’s Football Show. ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd gives commentary on pro and college games.8 a.m., NFL Network: NFL GameDay Morning. Analysis and news from reporters at NFL stadium game sites.9 a.m., ESPN: Sunday NFL Countdown. Three hours to get you ready for the pro games.9:30 a.m., WZTV-17: Butch Jones Show. Tennessee coach reviews Vols game vs. Ole Miss.10 a.m., ESPN2: Fantasy Football Now. Get the latest news from ESPN analysts and reporters before you set your lineup.10:30 a.m., WZTV-17: Titans All Access. Magazine-style program featuring the Titans.11 a.m., WZTV-17: Fox NFL Sunday. News and analysis from around the league with the most Super Bowl rings on one set.11 a.m., WTVF-5: The NFL Today. Game previews and analysis from around the league, usually including a report from site of Titans game.Noon, NFL Network: NFL GameDay Live. The six-hour show provides immediate highlights, press conference and fantasy football updates.Noon, WTVF-5: Titans at Washington. Titans are looking for a winning streak. Redskins are looking for respectability (no 1-5 team has ever made the playoffs).Noon, WZTV-17: Carolina at Green Bay. Packers are looking for a fourth consecutive victory. DE Julius Peppers will be busy chasing Panthers QB Cam Newton.3 p.m., WZTV-17: New York Giants at Dallas. Tony Romo tries to show he is the best QB on the field as the Cowboys begin a three-game homestand.7:30 p.m., WSMV-4: San Francisco at Denver. Colin Kaepernick has one INT in past four games, but faces a top-four defense.9 p.m., SEC Network: SEC Rewind: 2012 Texas A&M vs. Alabama. See Johnny Manziel’s Heisman moment as the Aggies upset the top-ranked Crimson Tide.9 p.m., Pac-12 Network: One on One: Mike Leach & Chris Petersen. If you ever wanted to know how to succeed on offense, this is the show to watch.last_img read more

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Gould loses to Trump at German Masters

first_imgMartin Gould crashed out of the German Masters on Thursday after a 5-1 defeat to Judd Trump.The Pinner potter could only look on as UK Championship runner-up Trump made four breaks over 50, including an 84 in frame four.Gould’s best of 32 came in the opener as he tried to fight back from a 66-0 deficit, but Trump held on to win the frame.AdChoices广告The world number six then took the next one in two visits, but Gould got on the board in a tight third frame.However, Trump controlled the rest of the match, scoring heavily enough to keep Gould at arm’s length and book a quarter-final with Mark Selby.World number 26 Gould is next in action on 17 February when he plays Jak Jones in the Welsh Open.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Club chief claims Manchester United are keen on midfielder – Urges…

first_imgIn case you weren’t aware, there’s a big scouting conference in Holland this week, and pretty much anybody who is anybody is attending. WyScout are holding the two-day event, and it’s seen clubs from all around Europe, including the big-boys, turn up.TuttoMercatoWeb have been all over it as a result and while there have been speaking to people from all walks of the football world and this has seen them learn some interesting information. The latest is regarding Manchester United.While most of those they’ve talked to have remained tight-lipped, some attendees have been happy to share tidbits of information on the people they represent and what certain clubs are up to.Embed from Getty ImagesEdward Burleson, who is the Director of scouting in Europe for MLS side Kansas City, was happy to talk and just so happened to reveal that Manchester United are interested in Gianluca Busio.Busio is a central midfielder who has enjoyed something of a breakout year, with four goals and two assists in 31 games in all competitions so far.That’s caught Manchester United’s attention, and they’re one of several clubs keeping track of him.“He’s a great talent. He is a player who can play safely in Europe,” Burleson told the website.“He has great technique, he is a smart player, a box to box and he works hard. For me, if it wants to be successful at high levels, it must change soon.“If he wants to make a great career, he has to go to Europe soon. Then the technician will decide his future, and I honestly don’t think he will let him go because he is a great talent, a product of our youth sector and a player of which we are proud.“Inter? Yes, I also know about Manchester United. These are things that came out. We also had an offer, even if not from Inter. But we didn’t let him go.“I don’t know if and when it will happen, maybe in a year or between two. But what is certain is that the pressure on Busio is always greater, given the many clubs that are coming forward.”by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 50? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndolast_img read more

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Bravo, Russell axed as Chase, Campbell gain recall

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Left-hander Darren Bravo has been sent packing for the one-day series against India starting next month, with injury-plagued all-rounder Andre Russell also overlooked in a 14-man squad announced yesterday by West Indies selectors. Both players featured in the Windies’ failed ICC World Cup campaign in England where they had little impact in their limited appearances, as the Caribbean side finished ninth, only ahead of last-placed Afghanistan.From that World Cup squad, speedster Shannon Gabriel and off-spinner Ashley Nurse have also been dropped, along with batsman Sunil Ambris who was called up as an injury replacement for Russell.Meanwhile, veteran opener Chris Gayle has been included in the 14-man squad after making an about turn on his retirement, with the trio of opener John Campbell, all-rounder Roston Chase and seamer Keemo Paul called up for the three-match series which bowls off in Georgetown. Interim head coach Floyd Reifer said the composition of the squad reflected the start of the rebuilding effort with the next World Cup in mind.“We have to start planning now for the World Cup in 2023 and we are looking for a solid squad that we can work with over the next four years,” said Reifer, who was appointed back in April.“We want to build them into a consistent winning team in this format, so that they have a real chance of success in four years’ time. “We had a number of young players in the last World Cup squad. We played some decent cricket. We were in match-winning positions, but we just didn’t win the key moments or finish off the games. “The players have learnt a lot from the World Cup, and we are looking to improve their skills, their mindsets and playing together as a team. The more they can play together, the better it will be for them.”Bravo is one of the major omissions, especially since it comes less than a year following his return to international cricket from a two-year hiatus, owing to a nasty public squabble with former Cricket West Indies president Dave Cameron. However, in 16 One-Day Internationals since, he has managed only 244 runs at an average of 22 with a single half-century. He played just three matches in the World Cup and batted only twice, scoring 0 and 19 in those outings.Overall, he averages 30 from 110 ODIs.Russell, recently named in the T20 International squad subject to a fitness test, had a similarly frustrating World Cup campaign, scoring 36 runs from three innings and claiming five wickets. He limped out of the tournament with a chronic knee injury which dogged him throughout and hampered performances.Campbell and Chase, meanwhile, have been handed opportunities to press their claim for permanent spots in the side. The left-handed Campbell averages nearly 50 from six ODIs, fuelled largely by a sparkling 179 in his only innings in the Tri-Nations Series in Ireland back in May while Chase averages 21 from 16 ODIs with a single half-century.Paul, a promising 21-year-old, played the last of his 11 ODIs last December before being sidelined with injury.“It is good to have Keemo, John and Roston back, and they will help to bring further balance to the team,” Reifer said of the trio. “Looking ahead to the series, I think we have a lot to build upon following the World Cup.” Gayle provides the bulk of the experience in the unit with 10 393 runs from 298 ODIs, along with 25 hundreds but is coming off a low-keyed World Cup where he managed only 242 runs at an average of 30.He is two months away from his 40th birthday and in the twilight of his career but Reifer endorsed his presence in the Jason Holder-led squad.“Chris is a very valuable player and he brings a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge. He lends a lot to any dressing room and it is great to have him in the squad,” Reifer pointed out. The opening ODI is set for August 8 with the remaining matches on August 11 and 14 at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.SQUAD – Jason Holder (captain), Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas.last_img read more

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French Cup Review: Lowly Les Herbies Secure Final Place

first_imgThird-tier league side Les Herbies have booked an unlikely place in the French Cup final after they saw off another third-tier side Chambly in their semifinal clash on Tuesday night.Florian David and Ambrose Gboho scored for Les Herbies either side of the halftime interval to secure a 2-0 win over Chambly.The giantkillers will now face the winner of the other semifinal between Caen and PSG on Wednesday night for a place in the final match scheduled for May 8.Relatedlast_img

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Mach-1 renews IMCA Sport Compact title sponsorship through 2021 season

first_img“We are excited to continue the support of a growing class that supports the vision of IMCA as well as eco­nomic racing,” said owner Gary Mach.  The Abbott, Texas company has renewed its title sponsorship agreement for the 4-cylinder class and will pro­vide a portion of $1,000 point funds to be paid to top 10 drivers in the division in 2019, 2020 and 2021. The latest agreement takes Mach-1 through an 11th consecutive season as the divisional sponsor. Mach-1 began giving Sport Compact contingencies in 2009 and became the division’s first title sponsor in 2011. More information about Mach-1 support and consulting services is available by calling 254 537-3040, by email at gary@mach-1r.com and at the www.www.mach-1R.com website. Forty-three track and 11 state Sport Compact champions were crowned in 2018. Ramsey Meyer of Pierce, Neb., raced to his career second national championship while Howard Watson of Weatherford, Texas, earned national rookie of the year honors. center_img ABBOTT, Texas – Competitors in IMCA’s Sport Compact division will enjoy their association with Mach-1 Racing Solutions for another three seasons.  All drivers in the division are required to display two Mach-1 decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund shares. That decal will be included in the packet they receive after purchasing their 2019 competitor’s license. “The support Mach-1 shows our Sport Compact division remains resilient and we are thrilled to announce their extension for the next three seasons,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder.last_img read more

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State-of-the art mill boosts dairy

first_imgBy DANNY BUTTLER A WORLD-class feed mill was officially opened in Pakenham yesterday. The $12.8 million mill at Ridley AgriProducts’…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Flat Tracker Roller Derby Queens bounce around in Castlegar

first_imgRossland’s Gnarlies Angels and the Babes of Brutality of Salmo continue to be the talk of the West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League following the latest stop on the tour Friday in Castlegar.Gnarlies Angels took care of the Dam City Rollers while Babes of Brutality got past a short-staffed Lumber Jackies of Nelson in the second leg of Friday’s twin bill.The Castlegar stop is the fourth of the season in the league.Friday, the Gnarlies, with a few of key players resting, powered past the improving Dam City Rollers. Penalties proved to be the undoing for the Rollers, which continually found players jammers in the box instead of on the floor.In the nightcap, the Lumber Jackies needed to use players from rival Killjoys for the match against the Babes.The League is back in action July 8 at the Nelson and District Community Complex Arena.Game action has the Killjoys meeting the Babes of Brutality and the Lumber Jackies up against Dam City Rollers.This is the final regular season game of the season.In Castlegar on July 23 is the first round of the playoffs featuring the fourth-place team in regular season standings meeting the fifth-best squad.Semi Final round goes August 19 in Rossland with the second and third teams playing to see which club advances into the final September 10, also in Rossland.Kannibelles fifth at Best of the WestThe Kootenay Kannibelles — an all-star team of players from the West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League — made it look easy during the Best of the West Roller Derby Tournament Saturday in the Okanagan.The Kannibelles defeated Saskatchewan 190-76 and Calgary 180-105 to finish fifth in the eight-team event.Rules in a Roller Derby GameFlat Track Roller Derby uses many of the same rules of the older banked track sport seen on television during the 60’s and 70’s.Each heat begins with a pack of blockers lead by two pivots. The two jammers from each team, who score the points, start a 10 meters behind the pack and begin skating when the last blocker crosses the pivot line.The jammers work their way through the pack of blockers to score points. However, only the lead jammer will score points.The season opened in Rossland in April.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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SJV-Monmouth an instant classic

first_img BY DOUG McKENZIE Staff Writer Lancers hope for rematch with Golden Falcons BY DOUG McKENZIEStaff Writer PHOTOS BY CHRIS KELLY staff Above, St. John Vianney’s Shantel Brown takes a shot to the face while trying to drive past a Monmouth Regional defender during the Lancers’ loss to the Golden Falcons in Tinton Falls on Saturday. At left, Courtney Calderon shoots over the Monmouth defense. Saturday’s match-up between St. John Vianney and host Monmouth Regional had all the hype of a heavyweight championship prize fight. In one corner, the top-ranked Lancers, led by one of the top playmakers in the state is point guard Shantel Brown. The Lady Lancers entered the game at 9-4, but an impressive 9-4 when you consider the quality opponents they’ve faced. With players like junior forward Courtney Calderon, junior forward Kristine Perez, and experienced seniors like Kat Gooch and Colleen Light, as well as some talented underclassmen in sophomore Alisa Apo and Jessica Nimbley, it was easy to see why the Lancers are considered the team to beat in the Shore Conference. And in the other corner, the underdog Golden Falcons — the second-ranked team in the Shore, but a squad still reeling from an upset loss to a good Colts Neck team two days earlier. The Golden Falcons may have been caught looking ahead a bit last Thursday, and the Cougars took full advantage, executing a strong defensive game plan to top the athletic Monmouth team, 32-29. Colts Neck held Monmouth scoreless in the third quarter of that game, and shut out Monmouth’s top player Kristen Dalton, leading many to predict a similar outcome on Saturday when the defensively savvy Lancers strode into the Falcons’ Tinton Falls gym. Needless to say, Monmouth was ready for them. The Falcons posted what is being called the biggest victory in the program’s history, knocking off the Lancers, 59-55, behind Dalton’s 16 points and eight rebounds. It wasn’t easy, as Brown’s fifth 3-pointer of the game just beat the fourth-quarter buzzer to force overtime. But in the extra session it was all Monmouth, as the Golden Falcons outscored the Lancers 8-4 to get to 13-2 on the season. Vianney was led by Brown’s 23 points — a heroic effort from the senior as she seemingly carried the team on her back for much of the game. However, in the extra session it was clear that the Falcons were the fresher team, and the final result reflected that. Monmouth Regional was looking forward to this game all season as a chance to prove itself the equal of the top team in the Shore, and one of the most respected programs in the state. As for St. John Vianney, it was yet another game against another good team looking to make a point in beating the Lancers. Surely they were disappointed with the loss, as any great competitor would be. But the Lancers have been down this road before, and know that there are plenty of big games to come over the next few weeks. They’ll have plenty of shots at redemption. These two teams may very well meet again in a couple of weeks in the Shore Conference Tournament, where they seem destined to be the top two seeds. If they do meet again, expect another classic.last_img read more

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Barras squad announced

first_imgThe Hebou PNG Barramundis:1.         Assad Vala (Captain)2.         Vani Vagi Morea3.         Lega Siaka4.         Tony Ura5.         Sese Bau6.         Mahuru Dai7.         Damien Ravu8.         John Boge Reva9.         Alei Nao10.       Jason Kila11.       Chad Soper12.       Kipling Doriga13.       Norman Vanua14.       Jack Vare-Kevere15.       Charles Amini JnrCoach: Joe Dawes“The World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe are arguably one of the most important tours in our recent history not just in terms of possible World Cup qualification but also in respect of cementing our ODI rankings for the future,” said CPNG chairman of selectors, Daniel Faunt.“The Cricket PNG Selection Panel have selected a 15-man squad which comprises the core group of players who travelled to Dubai at the end of 2017.”The 10 teams taking part in the Qualifier will be split into groups of five teams.PNG is in Group A which is made up of the West Indies, Ireland, the Netherlands and winners of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2.Group B is formed by Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Hong Kong and runners-up of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2.The ten teams will be fighting for the two available spots available in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.“Notable exclusions from that tour include Nosiana Pokana, who was not eligible for selection and Dogodo Bau, who has missed selection also on basis that we have elected to include some variation within our bowling group.“In that regard, we have selected Charles Amini Junior who provides us with a leg spinning option, middle order batting depth and dynamism in the field.“We have also selected Jason Kila primarily due to his left arm orthodox spin capability which we feel is a missing piece of our attack.“Jason’s pedigree as a batsman is also well known and he is an excellent fielder also.“Both Charles and Jason will add variety to our Barramundi attack particularly in the spin bowling department which is an area we feel that has been lacking in recent times.”last_img read more

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Everton appoint Ancelotti as new manager

first_imgEverton named former Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager on Saturday, giving him on a 4-1/2 year contract.The Italian replaces Portuguese Marco Silva, who was sacked after the Premier League club’s 5-2 defeat by Merseyside rivals Liverpool this month.“This is a great club with a rich history and a very passionate fan base. There is a clear vision from the Owner and the Board to deliver success and trophies,” Ancelotti said.Ancelotti, who has won the Champions League twice with AC Milan and once with Real Madrid, left Napoli after falling out with chairman Aurelio di Laurentis.The 60-year-old now faces a different sort of challenge in revitalising Everton, who are three points above the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s home game against Arsenal.Ancelotti previously managed Chelsea, winning the Premier League and FA Cup in his first season in 2009-10, before being sacked after a trophyless second campaign.He has also won domestic league titles with Italy’s AC Milan, France’s Paris St Germain and Germany’s Bayern Munich.Everton said on Thursday that interim boss Duncan Ferguson would remain in charge for the Arsenal match.Ancelotti’s first match in the dugout will be against Burnley at Goodison Park on Boxing Day.last_img read more

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Still No Detailed Plan to Rebuild Healthcare Delivery System

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf delivered a wide-ranging address to the nation last Wednesday, pointing to a number of plans her government envisages toward post-Ebola recovery.  She rightly included improvement in the healthcare delivery system, as well as education, agriculture and Liberian participation in business.But she spoke in generalities and presented no specific outline of what she intends in each of these areas.The Address could be described as essentially lackluster (bland), primarily because she spoke in generalities, gave us no bold prescription of how she and her government intend to jumpstart the economy, and most especially the revitalization of the healthcare delivery system.She herself and many other partners have stressed that the Ebola epidemic was allowed to wreak its  deadly havoc and do it so rapidly because of the weak healthcare system in all three countries—Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.This is what led the People’s Republic of China, through its Ambassador, Zhang Yue, to announce last October his government’s pledge “to work with other international partners to help [rebuild] and modernize Liberia’s health sector in the post-Ebola period.  Similar pledges followed from the Americans and the European Union.  This newspaper has been pleading with the government to seize this golden opportunity and devise a comprehensive and detailed plan for the revitalization of healthcare in Liberia.  But we have yet to see one.  The Ministry of Health (MOH) reacted verbally to our last  Monday Editorial on this subject, saying that indeed a plan had been devised.  But the plan is not that impressive.In her address, the President mentioned a ten-year program for the training of healthcare professionals, improving and expanding services at primary and secondary healthcare centers, upgrading county hospitals and establishing three regional hospitals. She further spoke of what she called “the repositioning of John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFK) to meet its envisioned role as a national referral center.”There were, however, no specifics.  Which healthcare professionals does she intend  to train—are they nurses, paramedics or medical doctors—or all three?  How does she intend to do that?   Both the Tubman National Institute for Medical Arts (TNIMA) and most especially the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine are crying for help.  We recently reported that the College’s students’ allowances, like the salaries of faculty and staff of the university itself, are eight months in arrears.  Does the President know this?  What plans are in the offing to fix that, then move on to the larger question of reequipping and expanding the college? George Fahnbulleh, a top commentator on the Observer web site, wrote that “with a 3% net population growth rate, Liberia will have an estimated population of 6.74 million in 2030 and will need . . .  approximately 1,752 doctors to meet [the] average.”  According to him,  we need to produce 105 new doctors every year for the next 15 years?  This, it seems to us, underscores the urgency of immediately addressing the needs of the Medical College.What intervention plans has the government for the West African Post Graduate Medical College?  The college needs its own campus, with well equipped buildings and a topnotch teaching staff to train medical specialists.  Are there any plans for that?Where exactly upcountry does the President intend to place the three referral hospitals?  And which healthcare centers are targeted for improvement and expansion?  What are JFK’s own plans for revitalization? Recent statistics show that our maternal death rate is rising.  That is a sign that infant mortality is not far behind.  Yet there is only one Liberian gynecologist at the JFK—the Chief Medical Officer himself, Dr. Billy Johnson; and only one pediatrician, Dr. Sia Camonor.  Numerous other specialists are lacking at the nation’s leading referral hospital.  What are the JFK’s own plans for training specialists or reengaging Liberian medical specialists in the Diaspora?Herein lay the urgent need to build the West African Post Graduate College of Medicine.    We pray that the President and her Health Ministry team, in collaboration with the partners, especially the Chinese, Americans and EU, will as soon as possible devise the plan, so that we may begin the urgent task of rebuilding our healthcare sector and turn Liberia into one truly healthy nation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Tripped feeder lines responsible for Kingston power outage – GPL

first_imgCitizens around Georgetown were faced with a power outage at 20:56h last evening due to “a line trip along two Kingston feeders (F3 and F4),” according to the Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL) in a press release on Tuesday.It was explained that the power outage affected residents of Kingston, Cummingsburg, Alberttown, Lacytown and Werk-en-Rust.GPL relayed that upon conducting a comprehensive investigation, it was revealed that the feeders contained five burnt switches that are suspected to have occurred as a result of a lightning strike.Despite the damage, the feeders were removed and temporary efforts to reinstitute power to the affected areas began at approximately 22:16h in Kingston. The last location regained electricity at 22:57h.Corrective works commenced around noon on Tuesday and were completed successfully by 13:00h, during which time, GPL noted that, an interruption in the supply of electricity to sections of Lacytown and Werk-en-Rust was unavoidable.GPL said that it sincerely regrets the inconvenience caused.last_img read more

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Treu drafts Adema to replace debutant Owila

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, July 16 – National 7s head coach Paul Treu, has recalled fly-half Biko Adema, to replace Nakuru RFC eighth man Martin Owila in the 12-man squad that is in Glasgow preparing for the Commonwealth Games that kicks-off next weekend.According to communication from Kenya Rugby Union, Owila who was set to make his debut in the shorter version of the game was unable to get his United Kingdom visa processed in time. This forced the technical bench call-up Adema who left Nairobi Wednesday to link up with the rest of squad in Scotland after Treu omitted him in his initial squad. Owila was part of the national 15s squad that failed to qualify for next year’s Rugby World Cup after falling at the final hurdle 10-28 to Zimbabwe in their last match of the Confederation of African Rugby Division 1A championship in Madagascar.Kenya who will be using the Club Games as part of preparation for 2014-15 HSBC Sevens World Series that will see the top four qualify directly to the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, will be looking to improve their 2010 performance where they were eliminated by Australia in the Main Cup quarter-finals.Shujaa who are drawn in Pool B will open their campaign against Cooks Ireland next Saturday before taking on Trinidad and Tobago then wrap up with a tricky South Africa in their final preliminary round match.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more