POLICE ‘G’ Division continues to lead the way in fostering community development and active participation in the field of sports.In this regard, recently the Anna Regina Legend and Scout Police Youth Group has undertaken to adopt the Henrietta Sports Ground with the intention to transform and maintain the recreational facility.This is one of several grounds that the Force, in collaboration with other stakeholders, has been able to build community-related partnerships involving young people.Former Commissioner of Police, Seelall Persaud, initiated the establishment of Police Youth Groups on the Essequibo Coast which has since grown in stature with over twelve groups being formed in several communities including Suddie, Affiance, Lima Sands and CharityIn addition, the Affiance Number 1 and Lima Sands grounds were rehabilitated by the Force with assistance from other donors. In a brief statement, the Police Youth Group declared that the initiative is in keeping with the policy of ‘maximising green and open spaces’.The ‘G’ Division Police Force, through its Youth Groups, has been quite active participating in several sporting disciplines including cricket, football, circle tennis, basketball and volleyball. Meanwhile the Henrietta ground needs fencing, a pavilion and to be upgraded with additional earth to prevent it from being easily flooded.The community in Henrietta meanwhile has welcomed the step to intervene, given the increasing population which is being starved of sporting activities since the ground is in an unplayable condition at present. (Elroy Stephney)
FOR the first time ever, Junior Hockey players in the U-13 and U-16 Boys divisions from the Queen’s Park Cricket Club (QPCC) in Trinidad and Tobago will be visiting Guyana to enjoy friendly competition against the local youths.The historic visit, which is scheduled for January 25-26, is made possible by their sponsors C3 Centre, BMW Trinidad, Terra Caribbean, 10 Sixty One Consulting and ProSport Caribbean.QPCC’s Junior Hockey Academy was founded by Rob Wyatt about 5 years ago, with Darren Cowie (former national captain) as the head coach of the programme. From very humble beginnings the QPCC Junior Academy has grown from strength to strength, winning a number of domestic national club titles in Indoor and Outdoor Hockey.Rob Wyatt, founder and head of the Academy Programme indicated, “It is critical for the development of all our junior players in the region to gain some exposure to overseas competition. It gives us an opportunity to assess how our players are developing and to learn from other programmes in the region, so that collectively hockey in the Caribbean region can continue to improve.”It is hoped that this is the start of more regular fixtures between Trinidad and Guyana, with the Guyanese junior players reciprocating a visit to Trinidad later in the year.Wyatt added, “This is the first time that Junior Club hockey players in Trinidad have been supported by a number of corporate sponsors. This is a direction that we have to head in to enable us to better facilitate and fund our programmes. We are extremely proud to be representing our sound sponsors who are responsible for the success of our efforts and the development of our academy.”President of the Guyana Hockey Board (GHB) Philip Fernandes similarly expressed the huge benefit to the local hockey-playing community that this visit brings.“For the first time the junior boys of this age group will be exposed to foreign competition which builds relationships and character along with bringing great motivation and excitement to the young players of Guyana,” Fernandes said.Fernandes complimented coaches Robb Wyatt and Darren Cowie for initiating this tour and said that the clubs of Guyana are all committed to making the effort to have the young Guyanese players pay a return visit to Trinidad to continue the exposure.
THE Chairman of the Caribbean Steering Committee for Boxing Steve Ninvalle has organized a virtual seminar for coaches to be conducted on September 20.The seminar will be conducted by respected chairman of the AIBA Referees/Judges Commission American Ray Silvas.Ninvalle explained that Silvas will work with Caribbean coaches to update them on what Referees and Judges look for during fights. “We think it is important for our coaches to be equipped with the knowledge of how Judges score fights and what are considered infringements by the referee.Many coaches are not fully aware of some of these rules which can result in an “unconscious” defeat of our boxers,” Ninvalle said.This is the third such seminar to be organized by Ninvalle in a short span of time.Just last weekend Silvas completed a two-day seminar for R/Js from the English-speaking Caribbean, Haiti, Curacao and Suriname. Over one hundred and fifty officials participated in the event which marked the largest gathering of Caribbean referees and judges ever.In July, Ninvalle who is also Vice President of the 43-nation Americas Boxing Confederation organized a virtual seminar for coaches in the English Speaking Caribbean which was conducted by Puerto Rican Jose Lauren. Eighty officials from the Caribbean participated.
The third-ranked USC women’s water polo team (13-1) is taking a break from tournament play this weekend to face UC Irvine at 1 p.m. on Feb. 28. Almost halfway through the regular season, the Women of Troy have had their ups and downs.Senior Monica Vavic has been exceptional up to this point, as the No. 2 scorer in USC history is just five goals shy of tying for first. She started the season with 191 career goals and is now at 250. Vavic has been racking up goals left and right, including a USC and MPSF record-breaking performance of nine goals in one game. While head coach Jovan Vavic always maintains his focus on the upcoming game, he also acknowledged how special it is to see Monica thrive in her senior season.“It is special because her brother was at one point the No. 1 scorer, and I know that she is really respectful of her brother and she wants to go in his footsteps,” coach Vavic said. “We really constantly stress unselfishness and making an extra pass and being a team player, so it is special for me to see that she is playing well, and for a scorer, she is really more than that.”The whole team started out the season very well, going 10-0 and sweeping opponents at the UCLA Invite, Triton Invitational and Lancer Invitational by a combined goal margin of 229-30. Offensively, the team looked unbeatable. At the Lancer Invite, freshman Brianna Daboub went 8-for-8 in shooting and sophomore Brigitta Games was 8-for-9. In addition, freshman goalie Victória Chamorro is allowing, on average, 3.6 goals per game. All these new players were not only gaining experience, but also confidence. However, last week was a bump in the road for the Women of Troy. At the UCI Invitational, they encountered teams with more talent and suffered their first loss of the season to UCLA, 3-5. They would place third in the tournament after beating California. While USC expected to win the tournament last week, as coach Vavic pointed out, there are positives to take away from it.“I think that overall in the tournament our defense was pretty consistent,” he said. “We gave up 4.5 goals on average and that’s very good considering we have a freshman goalie. I think she has been playing pretty well and has been consistent so that’s a big positive because at the beginning of the season that was our biggest question mark.”The UCI Invitational, as coach Vavic notes, had astonishing similarities to last year’s NCAA tournament. In both tournaments, USC lost to UCLA in the semifinals by a score of 3-5 and beat Cal to earn third place. While the Women of Troy have looked good early this season, they still have a long way to go on their mission for another NCAA championship. Yet, he believes this is a different team and a different year, and he is focused on UC Irvine.“UC Irvine is a very tough team, a well-coached team, and we are preparing for that,” coach Vavic said. “We are in good shape and just got to take care of business in training. That’s the number one thing.”
Mike Phillips isn’t involved at all – with Lloyd Williams on the bench.Wing Hallam Amos is preferred to Alex Cuthbert in the starting fifteen, while Jamie Roberts, George North and Alun-Wyn Jones are among the players to return.England have made three changes to their starting line-up.Owen Farrell starts at fly-half, replacing George Ford, who drops to the bench.Sam Burgess will form a centre partnership with Brad Barritt, as Jonathan Joseph hasn’t recovered from a chest problem.Number eight Billy Vunipola is in for injured Ben Morgan. They used several players who are not part of their 31-man World Cup squad in a training session yesterday.That’s against tournament regulations, but World Rugby is happy that it wasn’t a deliberate breach of the rules.Gareth Davies has been given the nod to start at scrum-half for Wales in Saturday’s match against England at Twickenham.
King Faisal owner Alhaji Karim Gruzah has called on the Disciplinary Committee to fast track their process in dealing with the Hearts protest against Asante Kotoko.The Phobians finally filed a protest with the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association against rivals Kotoko for fielding striker Obed Owusu, whom they claim was unqualified in their 2-1 defeat against them in a First Premier League game.Alhaji Gruzah who still has a pending court case with the GFA, has advised the Disciplinary Committee, to quickly deal with the case and come out with a verdict before the season comes to an end.“I will advice the Disciplinary Committee to pronounce verdict on the case before they play the match day 28 games,” he told Joy Sports.“It is very important we settle this matter before the season comes to a close.”“I have been doing football for a very long time and I know what I’m talking about, the disciplinary committee must save all of us the trouble to come out with the verdict as soon as possible.” –Follow Benedict on Twitter: @KwesiBenedict. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtag
In the final round, he came in two under par to finish the tournament with a total of 211. Rising junior Temple golfer Conor McGrath finished tied for 7th place and set a Lookaway Golf Club course record on July 28 while participating in the 107th Pennsylvania Amateur Championship from July 27-29. Sophomore golfer Conor McGrath tees off at the first hole during the City 6 golf tournament at Huntingdon Valley Country Club on Nov. 9, 2019. | COLLEEN CLAGGETT / THE TEMPLE NEWS Rising junior Anthony Barr also participated in the tournament. He started with a 69 in the first round, but shot above par in his last two rounds and finished tied for 35th. His score of 141 after two rounds put him only four strokes back from the lead. “I wish I could have that first day back but I’m happy that I was able to make the most of it,” McGrath said. “I’m pretty pleased to have scraped out a top-ten finish because that puts me into all the tournaments for next summer,” McGrath said. “I went out with honestly no expectations for [the second round],” he added. McGrath’s next outing will be at the Joseph H. Patterson Cup in Mt. Laurel New Jersey on August 4-5, he said. McGrath finished the second round with 64 shots, finishing eight under par. This beat his previous personal best of 66, he said. He scored 77 on the first day of play. He wished he could have replayed the round, he said. McGrath spoke to friends and teammates, including his brother Liam McGrath, a rising redshirt-senior, after the round. They encouraged him to put Monday behind him and focus on the next two days.
After starting brightly, the Bulldogs scored the opening try of the game through winger Marcelo Montoya and for the first 35 minutes were arguably the team with the greater share of momentum.But an error by Adam Elliott in the 32nd minute, a penalty against Josh Morris and a knock-on call against Morris as he lunged desperately to stop James Roberts from scoring gifted Brisbane territory and possession which they duly turned into two tries and a 10-point lead at half-time.The possession flow continued to run the way of the home side to start the second half but the Canterbury defence held firm until successive penalties for interference on players chasing kicks gave the home side the impetus with which to score three tries in the space of six minutes.Hasler wouldn’t be drawn on the impact of the penalties in what has become an ambiguous area, instead highlighting the errors prior to half-time that allowed Brisbane to gain the ascendancy.”We’re pretty disappointed with the outcome and the performance tonight,” Hasler said.”I thought we were really good early to be honest. I thought we got away to a good start but again we were probably our own worst enemies.”We just had the momentum our way and we had a couple of crucial errors which were momentum changers for us.”For much of the second half the Bulldogs resembled a boxer stuck on the ropes and holding on for dear life, Brisbane using the weight of possession nudging up near 80 per cent to pound away at the try-line until the opposition relented.Besides Josh Reynolds trying in vain to rein in an Anthony Milford kick the Bulldogs went 15 minutes without touching the ball, captain Aiden Tolman conceding the lack of possession had to eventually take its toll.”It was hard that start of the second half,” Tolman said.”I thought we started the first half really strong. We probably didn’t deserve to be two tries down that first half but we were and we had to come out and complete and we didn’t.”When you give any team that much possession in that field position sooner or later you’re going to crack.”On the back of the [9-4] penalty count, repeat sets that they got, they were too good tonight and they made us pay.”Like they did in their last start win against the Knights the Bulldogs made a late change to their starting team by shifting Moses Mbye into hooker, pushing Michael Lichaa back to the bench and promoting Matt Frawley into the halves.After playing five minutes against the Knights Lichaa only featured for eight minutes against the Broncos, Hasler still to decide how they will line up in future as the mathematicians are brought in to assess their finals hopes.”We’ll have a look at it,” Hasler said.”We just thought we’d mix it up a little bit. We started that way two weeks ago against Newcastle.”There were a couple of soft tries there but I thought our boys tried pretty hard for tonight. Their execution again let us down.”
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The Raptors dropped to 7-5 after winning two straight.“They are the best team in the NBA right now, 12 in a row,” Lowry said. “They’re playing unbelievable, everyone is picking up slack.”Jayson Tatum’s acrobatic layup with 1:26 remaining in the fourth quarter put the Celtics up 95-90.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lowry’s 3-pointer with 5:32 left in the first quarter moved him past Andrea Bargnani (6,581 points) into fourth place on Toronto’s scoring list. Vince Carter is third with 9,420 points.TIP-INSRaptors: DeRozan had 20 or more points for the seventh straight regular season game in Boston and is averaging 22 points in that stretch. … Norman Powell left the game with a right hip pointer.Celtics: Boston held an opponent under 100 points for the 11th time in its last 12 games. Opponents are averaging 92.2 points during the winning streak. … Rozier scored at least 10 points in a career-best three straight games.UP NEXTRaptors: Continue a three-game trip Tuesday night against Houston.Celtics: Visit Brooklyn on Tuesday night in a tuneup for Thursday night’s home showdown with defending champion Golden State.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He’s playing young again,” teammate Terry Rozier said.Horford had 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists against his former team in Atlanta on Monday night, the same day an elbow to the head from Kent Bazemore sent him into the NBA’s concussion protocol. Horford also missed nine games last season with a concussion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHorford disagreed with Rozier’s assessment, thinking he’s playing even better.“I don’t know if young Al Horford played like this, to be honest,” the former four-time All-Star said. “You know, it’s been years of just working on my game and try to play this new way.” Boston Celtics’ Terry Rozier (12) and Jayson Tatum (0) celebrate at the buzzer as Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry (7) and Fred VanVleet walk off the court after an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)BOSTON — Al Horford turned back the clock in his return from a two-game absence with a concussion.Horford scored 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting to help the Boston Celtics hang on to beat the Toronto Raptors 95-94 on Sunday for their 12th straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson United States beats Belarus to win its 18th Fed Cup title DeRozan missed a potential go-ahead stepback jumper with 19 seconds remaining. Tatum got the rebound, but elbowed Fred VanVleet in the face for an offensive foul that was confirmed by video review.DeRozan had another look to give Toronto the win, but missed a turnaround jumper with 2 seconds left. Serge Ibaka scooped up the rebound, but lost the ball as time expired.“He shook him, he was wide open, vaulted up, and I’ll take that shot 999 times out of 1,000,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said about DeRozan’s effort.Brown, who was guarding DeRozan on the final possession, was a bit surprised himself that the shot didn’t go down.“That’s a shot that DeMar DeRozan probably hits nine times out of ten,” Brown said. “I got a late contest, but he missed this one so we’ll take the win.”STREAKINGBoston’s 12-game winning streak is tied for its third-longest in the last 30 years. The Celtics also won 12 straight from Jan. 11-Feb. 3, 2009. Toronto has never snapped an opponent’s winning streak of 10 or more games in franchise history, according to Elias Sports Bureau.MASKED KYRIEIrving visited a facial specialist Sunday and was fitted for a mask after being injured Friday. 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