first_imgTHE curtains of the Stag Elite League will come down tonight with a triple-header at the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Ground, Camp Ayanganna.A Victoria Kings versus Monedderlust clash at 16:00 hrs will kick off the day’s proceedings, followed by Top XX tackling Buxton United, while the final game of the evening brings together the home side (GDF) and rivals Fruta Conquerors.The GDF by virtue of their superior points (27 points) were already crowned champions of the league, which means the outcome of their clash with Fruta Conquerors (22) game will not change the present standing of the top two teams.This leaves the two top teams playing for their pride with GDF wanting to maintain their unbeaten run and Fruta Conquerors wanting to prove that Army men are not unbeatable.However, in games one and two, there is a lot to play for since should Victoria Kings (11), lose to Monedderlust (3) and Top XX (4)lose to Buxton United (12), there will be a change at the bottom of the table with Monedderlust FC moving to fifth place and Top XX FC to the bottom of the table.Should Victoria Kings win against Monedderlust and Top XX defeat Buxton United, then there will be a mid-table change with Victoria Kings moving into third place and Buxton United to fourth. The table will remain the same if both Victoria Kings and Buxton United win their respective games.In summing up the second installation of the STAG Elite League, Guyana Football Federation’s Competitions Director,Ian Alves believes “the newly-added clubs demonstrated improved play as the league progressed. However, there were some challenges with the condition of venues which resulted in venue changes to at least two matches.”This final match-up of the season will also signal the top four teams which will advance to the ‘Big Four’ tournament. The bottom two teams will find themselves in relegation zone.The Stag Elite League is the senior league of the GFF and seeks to, among other things, provide a space for consistent and competitive engagement of footballers while facilitating disciplined players of a high technical and tactical ability to be identified and or selected for national duties.Meanwhile, a release from the GFF stated that patrons will be given a chance to win fabulous prizes including family meals,compliments of Church’s Chicken;jerseys and caps,compliments of Jialing, and cash vouchers and Gilette hampers compliments of Ansa Mc Al.The grand patron prize will be a JIALING 250cc motorcycle,compliments of Automobile Power Products. Admission to the venue is GYD$500.last_img read more

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS? Michael Flowers would have made a great cornerback.Flowersintercepted a pass intended for Drew Neitzel with 30 seconds left, and hisdriving layup was the difference in No. 8 Wisconsin’s 65-63 victory overMichigan?State on Saturday that sent the Badgers to the Big Ten titlegame. Well, Flowers’ strip and score and a whole bunch of fouls.TheBadgers were able to overcome a rough day offensively thanks in part to theSpartans’ foul trouble. No. 19 Michigan?State was called for 30 fouls andhad four players foul out ? three in one 56-second span alone.“I’mvery disappointed in the outcome,” said Michigan?State coach TomIzzo, who was so upset he had to stop several times to compose himself in hispostgame news conference. “I don’t plan on getting over this today. Idon’t plan on getting over this tomorrow. On Monday I’ll get over it.”TheBadgers, meanwhile, are just happy to keep playing after rallying from 12 downin the second half. They reached the Big Ten tournament championship for asecond straight year, and the fourth time in five years. Wisconsin (28-4) willplay either Illinois or Minnesota, both of which need to win the title to getan NCAA bid.Wisconsinhas now won nine straight, and 22 of 24.“Idon’t think words can really describe what the guys did in the comeback,”Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. “Probably the best way to describe it is toput a DVD on, watch it again and make your own observations.”TheSpartans (25-8) certainly have their thoughts about the outcome, but they’renot fit for the public. They were in foul trouble from the start of the game,averaging a foul a minute at one point in the first half. Leading scorer RaymarMorgan, and big men Goran Suton, Drew Naymick and Idong Ibok all fouled out,and Isaiah Dahlman was the only one of the 12 Spartans who played who didn’tget at least one foul.Michigan?Statehad more fouls (14) than field goals (11) in the first half, and Izzo wasforced to cobble together lineups that rarely are seen outside of practice.Despiteall that, Neitzel and freshman Kalin Lucas not only kept the Spartans in thegame, they almost pulled off the victory. Neitzel, who has had an up-and-downyear, had his second big game in a row, leading all scorers with 26. Lucas had18.“For(Neitzel) to play the way he did the last two days, I’ve always said goodthings happen to people who work hard and stick to it,” Izzo said, chokingup. “I think he deserved what he got as far as his play. I don’t think hedeserved what he got as far as the game went.”Neitzelconverted a three-point play, and Lucas sandwiched two jumpers around a freethrow to give Michigan?State a 63-61 lead with two minutes to play. MarcusLandry tied it with a pair of free throws with 1:41 left.Aftera Wisconsin turnover, the Spartans were trying to get the ball in Neitzel’shands. But Flowers, a member of the Big Ten’s all-defensive team, read thefreshman point guard perfectly, stepping in and grabbing Lucas’ pass before itgot anywhere close to Neitzel.“Iknew they were probably looking for Drew Neitzel,” Flowers said. “Ifhe doesn’t have the ball, he can’t score, so I over-covered him.”Flowerstook the ball in for the easy layup, and Wisconsin had a 65-63 lead with 27seconds left.TheSpartans were hoping to get the ball to Neitzel again, but Wisconsin’s stingydefense wasn’t giving them anything. Lucas finally put up a layup, but itrattled off the rim and Brian Butch grabbed the rebound. Michigan?Stategot one more chance after Jason Bohannon missed a pair of free throws andTravis Walton got the rebound, but Neitzel had the 6-foot-11 Butch in front ofhim and his 3-pointer missed bounced off the rim.“Wewere down (12), and we were saying, ‘It’s going to come on the defensiveend,’” Butch said.Butchled the Badgers with 19 points, and Landry had 18. Joe Krabbenhoft had hisfourth double-double of the year with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Wisconsin isnow 11-3 against Michigan?State since Ryan arrived in 2001, including twowins this year.“Rightnow, we’re trying to be the most opportunistic team in the country,” Ryansaid. “We don’t care who gets (the ball) or where, but if we can getwithin 15 feet in, you’ve got a better shot at getting to the free throwline.”Wisconsinwasn’t making its free throws early, and the frequent stops-and-starts seemedto keep the Badgers from getting into any kind of rhythm. Despite Naymick andSuton picking up their third fouls in the first three minutes of the secondhalf, the Spartans opened with a 10-2 run that put them up 39-29 with 15:26 toplay. They would later push the lead to 53-41 on 3-pointers by Neitzel andLucas and a pair of free throws from Morgan.Butthings unraveled in the 56-second span from 6:06 to 5:10 when Ibok, Naymick andSuton all fouled out. The Badgers made six of seven free throws, and Butchadded a 3-pointer to pull Wisconsin to 55-54 with 4:23 to play.last_img read more

first_imgPresident Akufo-Addo, on Monday, 2nd December 2019, as part of his 3-day tour of the Greater Accra Region, inspected the new Madina Zongo Astroturf.The turf, whose construction commenced when the Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party government assumed office, was built to create a conducive environment for the training and development of sporting talent in Zongo communities.Even before its commissioning by the President, on the 15th and 16th of November, the national soccer team, the Black Stars, trained on the Madina AstroTurf prior to enplaning for Sao Tome and Principe for their 2021 Africa Cup of Nation qualifying match.Already, five Astro turfs, with spectator stands and dressing rooms, have been constructed across the country. In addition, five recreational parks were completed in 2019 for use at Bolgatanga, Salaga, Yeji, Tafo-Kumasi, and Akim Oda.These parks were provided with green turfs, inner perimeter fencing, reserve player seats and mechanized boreholes for grass maintenance.The Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development, Sheikh Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, stated that his Ministry is currently executing 62 projects across the 16 regions of the country, which include the construction and rehabilitation of schools, access roads, drainage systems, water systems, street lights and the provision of furniture for schools.He noted that, under the Zongo Cuisine Promotion Project, over 500 women have been trained in branding, food packaging, financial literacy, and business registration and documentation.Additionally, Sheikh Dr. Mustapha Hamid indicated that to end open defecation and improve upon sanitation within inner-city communities across the country his Ministry has constructed 250 in-house toilets under the Inner-City Household Toilet Project.The beneficiary-households are in Bukom, Sempe, Chorkor, Chemu-ɛnaa, Mudor, Adedenkpo, Osu Alata, Osu Anorhor, and Adabraka, and added that this initiative will serve over 5,000 individuals.Earlier, President Akufo-Addo inspected and commissioned several housing projects being undertaken by the State Housing Company Ltd.The housing projects, which are being solely financed by the State Housing Company, include Phase 1 of Marlow Court. This comprises 32-unit apartments and six (6) four-bedroom houses.The project is 90% complete and is expected to be completed in December 2019.The President also inspected Phase 2 of the Marlow Court, which is made up of 64-unit apartments, eight (8) 4-bedroom houses, and thirty-two (32) 3-bedroom houses, which are expected to be completed in December 2021.Other ongoing State Housing Company projects include SHC Gardens, which is 75% complete, and a 32-unit Maliah Court, which is 30% complete, and with completion set for December 2020. Source: citinewsroom.comlast_img read more