Tipp footballers poised for possible promotion

first_imgLiam Kearns’ men are top of the Division 3 table following yesterday’s 2-15 to 2-11 victory over Offaly in Tullamore.In a dramatic encounter at O’Connor Park the Premier’s goals were scored by All-Star Michael Quinlivan and Robbie Kiely.The victors had George Hannigan sent off in the first half while the Faithful County finished the game with 13 players. Tipp’s manager was pleased with the manner in which his side overcame the challenges they facedlast_img

Ambassador Prays for Nigeria, Russia Final

first_imgThe Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Nigeria, Nikolay Udovichenko has said that he is looking forward to Nigeria and Russia clashing in the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday, 15th July 2018.“I want to congratulate the NFF and the Super Eagles for Nigeria’s qualification for the FIFA World Cup. Please be assured that the Russian Federation is fully ready to host the competition. We have received a lot of requests from the host cities on what special characteristics the Nigerian team have. They want to be fully prepared in all aspects to receive the Super Eagles.“From the depth of my heart, I am hoping that your team makes it to the final in Moscow on 15th July, to play against Russia.” Udovichenko spoke on Tuesday afternoon as he received a delegation from the Nigeria Football Federation, led by its President, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick.Pinnick thanked the Ambassador for his good wishes, while noting that Nigeria’s first feel of Russian soil ahead of the FIFA World Cup ended in a sweet victory over Argentina in a friendly match in Krasnodar. “We helped you to beat Argentina because they had beaten your team in another friendly a few days earlier.“We have good relationship with the Russian Football Federation, and we desire to establish good relationship with your embassy here so that ourselves and other Nigerians going to the FIFA World Cup will have no problems with regards to entry visa.”Pinnick stated that the NFF has come forward this early to parley with the embassy because the football body is keen to have all visa applications treated and dispensed with latest end of April 2018.Consul of the Embassy, Mr. Diuitri explained that football fans wishing to be at the FIFA World Cup finals in 2018 must have their match tickets and Fan ID, “which will enable them to travel round Russia during the finals at no extra cost.”Also at the meeting were Dr. Mohammed Sanusi (NFF General Secretary), Ivan Lydkin (attaché), Ademola Olajire (Director of Communications), Tunde Aderibigbe (Head of Protocol), Calistus Ebare (Pinnick’s media aide) and Ayo Olu Ibidapo (NFF Communications Department).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

GFA dissolution: Dr. Kofi Amoah leads five-member gov’t committee to manage football

first_imgGovernment has turned to a businessman Dr. Kofi Amoah to lead a five-member committee to oversee football administration in the country as it takes steps to dissolve the Ghana Football Association over a bribery scandal.Dr. Kofi Amoah will work with President of the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) Cudjoe Fianoo, three-time African player of the year Abedi Pele, football legend, Rev Osei Kofi and a sports journalist and lawyer Eva Okyere.Photo: Rev. Osei Kofi in his hey daysGovernment has also appointed popular TV presenter Dan Kweku Yeboah as the spokesperson for the committee.Dr. Kofi Amoah once toyed with the idea of buying English club Portsmouth and was in charge of organising Africa’s biggest football game CAN 2008 in Ghana. The business man has links with FIFA and owns popular entertainment center Citizen Kofi. Questions still surround Abedi Pele who was once banned in 2007 by the GFA for match-fixing after his Division One side Nania FC beat Okwawu United 31-0. The former Olympique Marseille player also has connections with FIFA and was an ambassador for South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 World Cup finals. He was nominated in 2001 to contest for GFA president but later withdrew.Rev Osei Kofi, called the ‘wizard dribbler’ in his football days is usually seen on TV discussing football matters. The Asante Kotoko star turned down a financial incentive to play in Europe at his prime in 1969.The Interim Management Committee replaces the GFA executive committee which government has indicated can no longer operate.All GFA officials were relieved of their posts after an investigative documentary captured scores allegedly collecting bribes and breaching GFA/FIFA ethics. The scandal has resulted in a FIFA ban of President Kwesi Nyantakyi for 90 days. He has since resigned.Government is determined to dissolve the association which is a private company. The Attorney-General Gloria Akuffo has called the GFA “an obscene emblem of scandal, corruption and an illegal enterprise” after she pleaded before an Accra High Court for an injunction on the GFA.It secured an injunction to stop GFA officials from carrying out their duties after some two officials were blocked from traveling to Russia to represent Ghana at a FIFA meeting.last_img read more

Angels leave Winter Meetings with unfinished business

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Besides starters Mike Trout, Justin Upton and Kole Calhoun, the Angels have Peter Bourjos and Michael Hermosillo as the primary competitors for the fourth outfield spot.ALSOThe Angels sent left-handed reliever Conor Lillis-White to the Chicago Cubs to complete the Tommy La Stella trade from last month. Lillis-White, 26, had a 3.88 ERA and 12.3 strikeouts per nine innings this season at Double-A and Triple-A. He was the Angels’ 32nd-round pick in 2015. …The Angels did not make a selection or lose anyone in the major-league portion of the Rule 5 draft. Reliever Jeremy Rhoades was perhaps the most vulnerable Angels prospect who was unprotected. A 25-year-old right-hander, he posted a 2.54 ERA at Double-A and Triple-A in 2018, and he has allowed two runs in 13 innings this winter in the Dominican Republic. First baseman Jared Walsh, whom the Angels left off the 40-man roster despite Eppler’s assertion he could be in the mix for major-league playing time this year, also went unselected. …In the minor-league portion, the Angels took right-handed starter Matt Esparza from the Cleveland Indians. Esparza, a 2015 draft pick out of UC Irvine, missed almost all of last season rehabbing from injury. The Angels lost shortstop Julio Garcia to the Milwaukee Brewers, shortstop Alberto Triunfel to the St. Louis Cardinals, catcher Mitch Ghelfi to the New York Mets and shortstop Riley Unroe to the Atlanta Braves. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Eppler said he isn’t looking at further moves with his outfield.“We are very complete in the outfield area,” he said.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Many of the top free-agent starting pitchers have gone off the board. Dallas Keuchel is the best remaining free-agent starter, while pitchers like Yusei Kikuchi and Gio Gonzalez could also be possibilities for the Angels.Sonny Gray and Julio Teheran are obvious fits for the Angels as trade candidates.Aside from acquiring more pitching, starting and relief, the Angels also need a catcher. Yasmani Grandal, Wilson Ramos and former Angel Martín Maldonado are the most notable free-agent catchers. Pittsburgh’s Francisco Cervelli and Toronto’s Russell Martín are both available in trade.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The one move the Angels did make – unofficially – at the Winter Meetings was agreeing Wednesday with first baseman Justin Bour on a one-year, $2.5 million deal. The agreement won’t be official until Bour’s physical.Bour goes into the mix with Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani, who are both coming back from surgery. Ohtani is not expected to be ready at the start of the season, leaving Pujols as the DH and Bour as the first baseman. Pujols also figures to need time off from playing first when Ohtani is the DH, so Bour can do that. LAS VEGAS — Billy Eppler arrived at the Winter Meetings with a cough, and he left with a new first baseman, more information … and the same cough.The Angels’ general manager, who had trouble talking to his professional counterparts and the media throughout the four days in Las Vegas, said the team moved closer to adding more players.“We’re making progress on trying to understand what’s reality and what’s not reality,” Eppler said. “We tried to identify some targets that seem to be within striking distance. We’ll see what today and the rest of today and tomorrow and next week brings, and go from there.”Eppler also said some of the trades they had been working on “turned out to not be really realistic at this time.” Although he didn’t rule out trade talks, he indicated at the moment he’s looking more toward free agency. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone last_img read more

LeBron James rallies Lakers past Bulls, ending their 5-game losing streak

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions “I was a little winded at first, a little rusty,” he said, “but got back into a little bit of a groove.”The Lakers identified defense as a catalyst: The Bulls shot just 41.7 percent from the field after their blistering start. Robin Lopez led the Bulls with 20 points, as Chicago was officially eliminated from playoff contention. The Bulls played without Zach LaVine, who is the team’s leading scorer.The Lakers won’t turn away any breaks they get. While James recognized the playoff chances as “slim to none,” he said he hopes the team can grow from upcoming games against playoff-bound teams such as Toronto, Detroit and Milwaukee on this trip.And then there’s the personal side for him – the one that just won’t quit.“I live being professional,” he said. “I live playing every game like it’s my last. No matter what’s going on. You finish out strong. That’s just who I am.” “That second quarter, we all just started playing with a little more joy, just played a little bit more free,” James said. “We got defensive stops, we were flying around, guys were moving the ball and everybody just felt a part of it.”James’ dunks were the headliners, as he bullied his way to the rim with a youthful spring: “I always feel bouncy,” he offered. But others took ownership in some of the game’s big moments.Despite being moved to the bench, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit a handful of back-breaking 3-pointers, going 4 for 8 from deep in his 24-point night. Returning from an ankle sprain after a two-game absence, Kuzma shook off first-quarter rust and helped the Lakers take their first second-half lead with a three-point play.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt was a strong road performance for James, who finished with 36 points and 10 rebounds. And most importantly for the Lakers, the team finally won – cutting off a five-game losing streak that has cratered the team’s playoff hopes and, at times, their spirit.Things seemed to be going down that path again for the Lakers, who trailed by as much as 20 in the first half before James, who played 33 minutes despite the Lakers’ regulation of his playing time, helped lead them back within striking distance.“Lackluster” might not be a strong enough word for the Lakers’ start. At times, it seemed like sleepwalking. Inattentive play on defense and on the glass allowed the Bulls to open a 34-16 lead after the first quarter.A 12-point third quarter by Kuzma helped spark a 22-5 run that broke in the Lakers’ favor. Veterans such as JaVale McGee (10 points, 11 rebounds, three blocked shots) and Rondo (14 points, 10 assists), who have been flagging in recent weeks, helped press the Bulls defensively.It started in the second quarter, when the Lakers produced a 39-26 edge to close the gap by halftime. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs PreviousLos Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) and guard Rajon Rondo (9) talks late in the second half against the Chicago Bulls in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. At left is guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1), (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)Lakers guard Rajon Rondo glides to the basket for two of his 14 points in front of Bulls guard Kris Dunn (32) during the first half of Tuesday’s game in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)The Lakers’ Johnathan Williams is fouled by the Bulls’ Lauri Markkanen during the first half of Tuesday’s game in Chicago. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsCHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James dunks against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: Lauri Markkanen #24 of the Chicago Bulls dunks against the Los Angeles Lakers at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lakers defeated the Bulls 123-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers blocks a shot by Kris Dunn #32 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives past Wayne Selden #14 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope dunks against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) dunks against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: Shaquille Harrison #3 of the Chicago Bulls drives to the basket over Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lakers defeated the Bulls 123-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket past Lauri Markkanen #24 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers is fouled by Cristiano Felicio #6 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) goes to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers center Moritz Wagner (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots against Lauri Markkanen #24 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) goes to to the basket against Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (42) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: Lauri Markkanen #24 of the Chicago Bulls shoots over JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lakers defeated the Bulls 123-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives against Lauri Markkanen #24 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket past Otto Porter Jr. #22 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket past Otto Porter Jr. #22 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: Cristiano Felicio #6 of the Chicago Bulls dunks over Mike Muscala #31 of the Los Angeles Lakers at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lakers defeated the Bulls 123-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) goes to the basket against Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (42) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) goes to the basket past Chicago Bulls forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: Lauri Markkanen #24 of the Chicago Bulls tries to get off a shot between JaVale McGee #7 and Josh Hart #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lakers defeated the Bulls 123-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) goes to the basket past Chicago Bulls guard Wayne Selden (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers blocks a shot by Kris Dunn #32 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: Andre Ingram #20 of the Los Angeles Lakers passes around Brandon Sampson #44 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lakers defeated the Bulls 123-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: Lauri Markkanen #24 of the Chicago Bulls dunks against the Los Angeles Lakers at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lakers defeated the Bulls 123-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: Head coach Jim Boylen of the Chicago Bulls encourages his team against the Los Angeles Lakers at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: Andre Ingram #20 of the Los Angeles Lakers passes the ball against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lakers defeated the Bulls 123-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers tries to get off a shot between Wayne Selden #14 and Ryan Arcidiacono #51 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lakers defeated the Bulls 123-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: Johnathan Williams #19 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots over Shaquille Harrison #3 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lakers defeated the Bulls 123-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) grabs the ball next to Chicago Bulls forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dunks in front of Chicago Bulls guard Antonio Blakeney (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James gestures after making a basket against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (42) dunks in front of Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton gestures to players during the second half against of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) goes for a dunk against the against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dunks on an alley-oop in the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dunks on an alley-oop against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dunks in front of Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles as he leaves the court during a game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lakers defeated the Bulls 123-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: Head coach Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers argues with a referee during a game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lakers defeated the Bulls 123-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) celebrates after his 3-pointer against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles as he leaves the court during a time out after hitting a three point shot against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lakers defeated the Bulls 123-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers talks with a teammate during a game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lakers defeated the Bulls 123-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers guard Andre Ingram heads to the other end of the court during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) and guard Rajon Rondo (9) talks late in the second half against the Chicago Bulls in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. At left is guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1), (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)Lakers guard Rajon Rondo glides to the basket for two of his 14 points in front of Bulls guard Kris Dunn (32) during the first half of Tuesday’s game in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)NextShow Caption1 of 49Lakers guard Rajon Rondo glides to the basket for two of his 14 points in front of Bulls guard Kris Dunn (32) during the first half of Tuesday’s game in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)ExpandCHICAGO — LeBron James engineered a dunking exhibition that was well worth the price of admission on Tuesday night.A reverse jam off a full-court bounce pass from Kyle Kuzma was sweet enough that the United Center game operations crew decided to play it on the jumbotron in slow motion. In the fourth quarter, Josh Hart tossed one up off the backboard, leaving James to finish with another reverse flush.Later in the locker room, Hart and Kuzma quibbled over who had the better assist, while Rajon Rondo gave both “a thumbs down” for their artistry. It was all in good fun – in fact, the fun was the point. That joy that has been lacking for the last week-and-a-half, the spirit the Lakers (31-36) believe they need to win games again, was finally found in a 123-107 win over the Chicago Bulls (19-50).“You get caught as professionals so many times this day and age, social media, everybody is so tight and tense when they play basketball,” Kuzma said. “We just need to try to have fun, play the game like we did when we were kids in high school and college. I think if we can do that the next 15 games, lay it all out there, that’s all we can really ask for right now.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

PNG’s spectacular Games showcase to world

first_imgThe night extravaganza of traditional and modern performance closed at 21:45pm, as PNG Commonwealth gold medalist DIka Toua climbed 50 steps to deliver the relay baton which has travelled throughout the country in the last 100 days.Later, fireworks light the sky, with the Games declared open.    Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was a happy man, declaring that all “sporting facilities built (for the Pacific Games) are world class.”He also wished good luck to the 4000 athletes who will be competing in the next two weeks, and encouraged them to take the PNG experience back with them to their own countries.Meanwhile, the Pacific Games Council President Vidyah Lakan proclaimed that the 2015 Port Moresby Games could be the greatest ever.Prince Andrew passed on greetings to the athletes from the head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth.Security before, during and after the closing ceremony was well organised, with many spectators freely walking into the BSP (Sir John Guise) Stadium and leaving at the end of the opening ceremony.Port Moresby has shown its Pacific neighbours that PNG means business in trying to top the medal tally for only the second time in the Games’ history. PNG only came first in medal ranking during the 1991 Pacific Games which was hosted on home soil.last_img read more

Residents without cellphone service in Region 9

first_imgOver the last few days, residents of Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) have been significantly inconvenienced owing to the disruptions to mobile service from telecommunications giant, GTT.The mobile service went down on Saturday last, greatly impacting business operations and leisure activities in many areas across the Region.GTT mobile subscribers were unable to send or receive calls, text messages or access the Internet.Reports indicate that residents of North Rupununi and Central Rupununi have been particularly affected, since commercial activities are abundant in those areas.Residents have also expressed concern that GTT failed to promptly inform the public of the disruption to the service and to keep them updated on progress in addressing the matter.In a Facebook post, parliamentarian Alister Charlie vented about the lack of customer service.“Come on GTT, be professional and let the subscribers know exactly what is happening and how soon will the service be restored,” he posted.Contacted for a comment on the matter, the company explained that the disruption was as a result of damage to equipment at its Lethem facility.On Tuesday, GTT Public Relations Officer (PRO) Allison Parker advised that the information would be broadcast on the recently-commissioned radio station in the Region.According to the statement from the company, engineers are working to replace the equipment and conduct urgent repairs.In apologising for the inconvenience caused, the company announced that mobile services should be restored fully today.last_img read more

Bandit shot after robbing DeWillem teen

first_imgTwenty-four-year old Kevin Benn of John Street, Campbellville is now under Police supervision at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) after he was shot by a security guard following a robbery on a teen last night.The bandit, in the company of two others teenagers, was apprehended after attempting to rob 18-year-old Navendra Rampersaud and his friend, Ramesh Sooklall.The Inews understands that the incident occurred at around 21:15hrs on Hincks Street, where the two victims had just exited a taxi. According to reports, the teens were pounced upon by the three men one, of which was armed with a knife, and Rampersaud was relieved of his cell phone.However, when the second perpetrator attempted to rob Sooklall, an argument ensued, and this prompted the three men to flee the scene.Ranks on patrol in the area at the time were informed, and promptly responded to the scene. They gave chase with the assistance of MMC security patrol, and were able to catch up with the three men on King and Regent Street.One of the bandits attempted to relieve the security of his firearm but was, however, shot to his right side neck. The security guard received injured to his mouth.Both men were taken to GPHC, where they were treated. The security guard was sent away while Benn remain under Police supervision at the medical facility.His accomplices, a 19-year-old of Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara and an 18-year-old of Sophia, Greater Georgetown, were taken into Police custody pending charges.last_img read more

Liverpool spank West Ham to climb second

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool made it 4-1 through Sadio Mane on 77 minutes. Mane scored off the inside of the post after Andrew Robertson’s cross.LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 24 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes a welcome mid-season break has refreshed his side at the perfect time after a 4-1 thrashing of West Ham on Saturday.In their first outing since beating Porto 5-0 in the Champions League 10 days ago, Liverpool moved up to second in the Premier League with the prolific front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all on target. “It was intense, it was aggressive, it was angry, it was full of desire. I saw everything I wish to see in a game of football and it’s not often you see that,” said Klopp.Liverpool spent four days in Marbella after their heroics in Porto as their early exit from the FA Cup ensured a weekend off.“As a football manager you like it if you can work with your team. If you can prepare a team for each game, it would make football much more attractive if you gave the teams more time to prepare the things,” added Klopp.Salah continued his incredible scoring streak by netting for the sixth straight game to take his tally for the season to 31.Liverpool are now a point clear of rivals Manchester United, who host Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.“It’s a nice moment, but nothing more,” added Klopp. “If Man United win tomorrow then we were second for a few hours and I am not sure that is too important to be honest.”Klopp’s side have now scored 103 goals in all competitions this season, and showed their intent early on when Firmino cut the ball back for Salah, who clipped a low effort at goal which rebounded back off the post.Marko Arnautovic carried the sporadic first-half attacking threat for the Hammers and attempted an audacious chip from the corner of the box only to see Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius get fingertips on the ball before it struck the underside of the crossbar.– Can got ball rolling –Liverpool’s persistence paid off just before the half-hour mark as they took the lead from a Salah corner.His high in-swinging delivery was met by Can who outjumped and outmuscled French veteran Patrice Evra on his West Ham debut to head the ball into the net.Liverpool added their second six minutes after half-time as Salah benefitted from some determined play by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.The Reds midfielder bundled his way through the Hammers defence and fortuitously passed it to Salah, who clinically found the far corner of the net.Shortly afterwards Liverpool’s grip on the game tightened further when Can won the ball immediately from Adrian’s kick up field and lifted it over the top of the West Ham defence for Firmino to chase.Adrian raced off his line to try to intercept, but Firmino was too quick and his touch took him past the visiting goalkeeper before he slotted into an empty net in front of the Kop.That should have sealed it for Liverpool but within a minute of Michail Antonio’s introduction, the substitute pulled a goal back to create a few nerves.However, Liverpool reasserted their authority and Mane completed a perfect afternoon when he tapped in Andrew Robertson’s low cross 13 minutes from time.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Sporting Lisbon vs Arsenal: Live commentary, kick-off time and team news

first_img MONEY ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Arsenal are looking to make it three Europa League group game wins on the bounce by beating Sporting Lisbon in Group E.Unai Emery’s side are on a ten-game winning streak and tore Leicester to shreds in their 3-1 win on Monday night. FOOTBALL LATEST Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade BEST OF 1 Arsenal produced a brilliant second-half performance to beat Leicester Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move center_img REVEALED And victory here would be put them in pole position to qualify from the group.Sporting also have two wins from their opening matches and have a fearsome home record, unbeaten here in 2018.What time is kick-off?This Europa League Group E clash is set for Thursday, October 25.Kick-off is at 5.55pm.How can I listen on talkSPORT?You can hear live commentary of this game live on talkSPORT from 5.30pm.Tune in via all the usual means – DAB radio, our mobile apps or by using the web player. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Confirmed Team NewsSporting Lisbon XI: Ribeiro; Ristovski, Coates, André Pinto, Acuña; Petrovic, Gudelj, Battaglia, Bruno Fernandes; Nani, Montero.Arsenal XI: Leno; Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Holding, Xhaka; Guendouzi, El Neny, Ramsey; Welbeck, Aubameyang, Mkhitaryanlast_img read more