Syracuse looks to improve on power plays, overall by cleaning up faceoff execution

first_imgSyracuse has won the faceoff battle just once in four conference games this season.If Jessica Sibley is taking the faceoff, she’s trying to overpower her opponent. If it’s Stephanie Grossi, she’s looking to simply get her stick on the ice faster.“I think (Sibley) kind of rules by physicality. She gets in there and tries to take the other girl’s stick,” Flanagan said. “Steph being a little more diminutive size … she relies on her quickness and her smarts.”So far this season, Grossi has been the better of the two, winning 50.2 percent of draws to Sibley’s 47.8 percent. As a team, SU (3-4-5, 2-1-1 College Hockey America) will look to improve upon its 47.8 faceoff percentage when it takes on Vermont (6-4-1, 1-2-0 America East) at Tennity Ice Pavilion on Friday and Saturday. “Faceoffs are critically generally speaking, puck possession,” Flanagan said. “But particularly to break it down, when we’re on the power play to win that faceoff, to have puck possession.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThough Grossi is just a freshman, Flanagan said she has been the team’s best faceoff taker this season. A smart player, Flanagan said, Grossi understands that trying to win the puck cleanly every time is not a good strategy.A lot of it has to do with luck, Flanagan said, as the puck might not be dropped cleanly or an opposing forward might pick up a puck that SU won. But recognizing when a player is struggling in the circle is key to Grossi’s success.“If you know you lost the draw previous to that center, you’re losing a lot, just tie it up, don’t lose the draw cleanly,” Grossi said. “But if you know you can win it, go for the win.”Sibley is taller and stronger than Grossi and she uses her strength to her advantage when the puck is dropped. She said that if she’s not winning draws, she throws her body into the opponent and hopes to knock the puck loose for one of her teammates to gather.She also said she sets her feet on the hash marks and her stick parallel to the ice, she starts to shake her stick, something that helps her focus while confusing her opponent. But it hasn’t been producing results so far this season. “Sibley’s been good in the past. Sibley’s just been struggling lately with her overall faceoffs,” Flanagan said. “She’s just got to work at it … I think for her, it’s a matter of paying attention to who you’re against.”Although winning or losing the faceoff battle hasn’t directly translated to the standings for SU, Flanagan says they’re vital to the game. Faceoffs on power plays and penalty kills are the most important because if the team with the advantage wins the puck, it is more likely to keep possession than off an even-strength draw.In a tie against Penn State, Flangan said, SU was 0-for-7 on faceoffs in the defensive zone during the penalty kill. Then he added that it was no surprise the Nittany Lions scored on two of their four advantages.In that instance, Syracuse was hurt by its inability to win faceoffs, and it will look to turn the area into a strength moving forward. “You have to be watching the puck,” Flanagan said. “You have to not only be good with your hands and your stick like I said, but you have to understand you may have to engage physically.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 13, 2014 at 12:10 amlast_img read more

Festival of Football continues in Tipp

first_imgThe FAI’s Festival of Football will continue in the county today.The week long event kicked off in Tipperary yesterday with visits to several clubs including Burncourt Celtic, Donohill, Rearcross and St Michael’s AFC. Today FAI chief John Delaney and his delegation will take in Clodiagh, Churls, Killavilla, BT Harps, Holycross, Peak Villa and St Kevin’s/Two Mile Borris.last_img

Comeback Kings Man Utd in Barcelona to Pull off Another Stunt

first_imgUnited have already beaten the odds once in this campaign by stunning Paris Saint-Germain on their own turf in the previous round and now need another huge performance at the Nou Camp to reach their first semi-final in the competition since 2011.The players arrived at the team hotel by coach, where they were greeted by a small gathering of supporters looking to catch a glimpse of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s outfit.A few police officers were also on hand to watch over events as United’s smartly dressed stars cut a relaxed and focused mood as they made their way towards the hotel.Alexis Sanchez was named among United’s travelling contingent with the Chilean having been sidelined for the last six weeks because of a knee injury.Sanchez returns to bolster an attack that failed to register a shot on target in the first leg loss. Nemanja Matic and Matteo Darmian are also part of the 22-man squad.United head into Tuesday’s clash having got back into winning ways at the weekend with a 2-0 victory over West Ham United at Old Trafford in the Premier League.The result kept alive the Red Devil’s hopes of reaching the top four and booking a spot in the Champions League next season.In the other game of the evening, “Unstoppable” Cristiano Ronaldo returns to the Juventus team to face Ajax in the Champions League quarter-final second leg.The Portuguese scored in the 1-1 draw at the Johan Cruyff Arena last week, but was one of several players rested for Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at SPAL.“Cristiano has extraordinary quality,” said boss Massimiliano Allegri.“In certain moments he becomes an unstoppable player and you can see it on his face.”Fellow forward Mario Mandzukic will miss the game with a knee injury, with Allegri saying: “He has struggled to train at 100%. These games will be better suited to players who are in their best condition, because they have to give absolutely everything.”Ajax’s biggest worry is about midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who hurt his hamstring in Saturday’s 6-2 win over Excelsior. Coach Erik ten Hag said they were confident he would be able to play.“Frenkie himself will have to decide if he is ready, and eventually I decide if he will play,” said Ten Hag.Ten Hag said he was is optimistic his side can cause another upset, having beaten Real Madrid, European champions for the past three years, 4-1 at the Bernabeu in the last roundShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Ronaldo back as Juventus takes on Ajax in TurinManchester United’s stars arrived in Barcelona yesterday as they look to pull off another stunning Champions League comeback this evening.The Red Devils trail the Spanish champions 1-0 following a first leg quarter-final defeat at Old Trafford courtesy of a Luke Shaw own goal.last_img read more

NBA coach, scout evaluate Luka Doncic, Deandre Ayton and other top rookies

first_imgMORE: Four reasons why Mavs find themselves in West playoff raceSporting News checked in with an NBA assistant coach and a league scout to break down the eight rookies leading the way in playing time. Wendell Carter Jr., BullsNumbers: 26.0 minutes, 11.4 points, 47.0 percent shooting, 20.8 percent 3-point shooting, 7.4 rebounds, 1.6 blocksLowdown: The Bulls considered trading up at the draft to select Texas’ Mo Bamba, but considered Carter a good fallback plan. He has panned out already.Scout’s/coach’s take: “His numbers have not been as loud as some of the others, but he has played as well on both ends of the floor as anyone in this rookie class. He has great footwork, great vision and a really, really high basketball IQ, even at his age (19). He can be a little too aggressive on the defensive end, and he is prone to foul trouble, but that goes with the territory when you’re a rookie.”He is a smart shot-blocker — he doesn’t necessarily chase blocks. He is a good rebounder on both ends. I like his high-post game, even though his shooting has been inconsistent. That will work itself out. He is going to be a solid big man on both ends for a long time, if not a star.”Outlook: The Bulls have struggled and fired coach Fred Hoiberg, but the team was beset by injuries early in the year. As more players return, look for Carter to get more comfortable in his role as a rim protector, rebounder and No. 3 or 4 scorer. (Getty Images) Luka Doncic, MavericksNumbers: 32.6 minutes, 18.1 points, 43.8 percent shooting, 38.2 percent 3-point shooting, 6.5 rebounds, 4.3 assistsLowdown: Doncic had been wowing European scouts for years before entering last year’s draft, and he was considered a possibility as the No. 1 pick before the Suns settled on Deandre Ayton. Dallas moved up from the fifth spot to select him.Scout’s/coach’s take: “He plays like a 25-year-old, like he has been in the league for five years. He is a great start-and-stop ball handler, he can keep the defense off balance and his court vision is excellent. The real difference you see is that the NBA has changed the rules so much so you can’t touch guards away from the ball or when they have the ball. In Europe, you can still wrestle those guys if you’re a defender.”So for him, the NBA is a lot less physical, and he is taking advantage.”Outlook: Doncic has been the league’s most productive rookie, and he has established himself as the Mavs’ franchise player going forward. (Getty Images) (Getty Images) Jaren Jackson Jr., GrizzliesNumbers: 25.5 minutes, 13.9 points, 51.9 percent shooting, 34.5 percent 3-point shooting, 4.6 rebounds, 2.0 blocksLowdown: The question about Jackson entering last year’s draft was his toughness, and as the Grizzlies scrambled to find the right fit for the No. 4 pick, Jackson was a gamble. He’s already earned a starting spot, however, and the trust of coach J.B. Bickerstaff.Scout’s/coach’s take: “There were games at Michigan State where he would disappear, and even before that, in AAU ball, there were questions about whether he had the toughness for the NBA. But he has so much raw ability and he is putting that to use, and he is not getting pushed around at all.”Offensively, he is like the analytics dream, because everything he gets is either in the paint or at the 3-point line. He almost never shoots midrange jumpers. And he shouldn’t. He has a nice stroke from the 3-point line, he has a good hook shot he uses in the paint and he is so athletic. He is a great finisher at the rim.”The defense, you kind of knew that was going to be there, and he makes his mistakes being too aggressive and getting into foul trouble. But that’s what rookies do. He is already a very, very good two-way player and has a chance to be great.”Outlook: Jackson has started all but two of the Grizzlies’ games, and he has been crucial to their impressive 14-9 record. Bickerstaff has been giving him more and more minutes as the season has gone on, and that should continue. He only turned 19 in September — he still has as high a ceiling as anyone in the rookie class. Trae Young, HawksNumbers: 29.2 minutes, 15.7 points, 37.7 percent shooting, 23.9 percent 3-point shooting, 7.3 assistsLowdown: The Hawks were willing to drop down from the No. 3 spot — and their shot at Doncic — to take Young, banking on his prowess as a shooter/playmaker ideally suited for the modern game. But Young’s shooting has not lived up to its billing.Scout’s/coach’s take: “They are asking a lot from him, so I don’t think it is a surprise to see the struggles he has had so far. But the big worry was his size, and that’s been the most glaring thing. He does not finish through contact at the rim. He has a hard time with that. You can be physical with him on the perimeter, and I think that really throws off his game. And defensively, you can manhandle him. He does not fight through screens.”He’s a good playmaker and the shooting will come around, but physically, he is a big question mark.”Outlook: The Hawks need another star to take pressure off Young, and that will likely have to wait until the 2019 draft. He is skilled, but can’t carry a team alone. Deandre Ayton, SunsNumbers: 31.3 minutes, 16.0 points, 60.0 percent field-goal shooting, 10.2 rebounds, 2.5 assistsLowdown: Because of his combination of skill and power, Ayton was widely seen as the hands-down choice for the first pick, and the Suns surprised no one by choosing him. He played lackluster defense in college, however, and that remained a concern heading into the NBA.Scout’s/coach’s take: “He does get lost defensively out there. He played out of position a lot at Arizona, and he has a lot to make up and a lot to learn, which is fine for a 20-year-old. But he has a hard time in the pick-and-roll and just doesn’t make good, quick decisions.”Offensively, he’s probably been better than I thought. He’s been a good midrange shooter, and he should be able to stretch that out to the 3-point line eventually. That’ll be the next step for his offensive game.”Outlook: Ayton needs work defensively, but the Suns have struggled as a team defensively, and it’s hardly all his doing. For now, he has established himself as the inside force to counter Devin Booker’s outside prowess. (Getty Images) The 2017 NBA Draft yielded an exceptionally productive group of rookies, with 10 regular rotation players getting 24-plus minutes per game. That was up from two the previous year, and seven in 2015-16.The 2018 draft class, so far, has given the league nearly as many rotation players as the previous year’s class — and those players, arguably, have been more productive. There are eight 2018 draftees playing better than 24 minutes this season, and what stands out in looking at each one is that there is likely to be much improvement ahead. (Getty Images) (Getty Images) (Getty Images) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, ClippersNumbers: 27.6 minutes, 10.7 points, 46.7 percent shooting, 36.1 percent 3-point shooting, 3.3 rebounds, 3.0 assistsLowdown: There were a handful of front offices that had Gilgeous-Alexander — who blossomed in the second half of his freshman season at Kentucky — as the top point guard in last year’s draft. The Clippers angled to select him all along, and moved to the No. 11 spot to do so.Scout’s/coach’s take: “At his size (6-6), he plays a little bit of a combo guard game, and they use him that way. They play him with Avery Bradley and Lou Williams and (Patrick) Beverley. He is pretty imposing defensively, and for a rookie, he is a really, really good and smart defender.”But he can rebound, he can make plays and he has gotten more comfortable as a shooter. He’s a little like an Eric Bledsoe — not as explosive, but bigger and a better shooter.”Outlook: Gilgeous-Alexander impressed coach Doc Rivers enough in training camp to be declared a rotation player, then was inserted into the starting five in early November. The Clippers have gone 11-3 since then, and Gilgeous-Alexander is likely to keep his starting spot for the near future. Lowdown: Bagley was billed as a high-ceiling offensive player who would struggle to defend in the NBA. The Kings passed on Doncic with this pick, a controversial decision, but Bagley has been an effective weapon off the Kings’ bench.Scout’s/coach’s take: “He’s been pretty much as advertised. You see the potential on the offensive end and his athleticism and, I think, you have to give him a decent future. Not an All-Star, but a solid offensive player. It’s still about defense, though, and whether he is going to hurt you on that end. He’s been blocking some shots, and that’s nice, but he lets up too much individually defensively, and takes too many gambles looking for the blocks.”Outlook: The Kings front office wants to see Bagley play more, and that’s been a source of friction with coach Dave Joerger. But the franchise has a lot invested in him, and will give him a chance to shine. (Getty Images) Marvin Bagley III, KingsNumbers: 24.1 minutes, 13.0 points, 51.0 percent shooting, 30.4 percent 3-point shooting, 6.8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks Collin Sexton, CavaliersNumbers: 29.2 minutes, 14.8 points, 44.4 percent shooting, 46.2 percent 3-point shooting, 3.2 rebounds, 2.5 assistsLowdown: Sexton came into the league as a tough, score-first point guard out of Alabama, and after a slow start drew some criticism from team veterans, Sexton has come on.Scout’s/coach’s take: “He has obviously been better since he became a starter. He has been more confident. His shot has gotten better. I think Larry Drew is a good coach for him — he is a solid guy when it comes to development. But when you watch Collin, I think you can still see he has a lot more to do to get better.”He can get much better at finishing in the lane if he learns a floater. He has got to be able to finish layups after contact. He is not doing that well right now. He’s got to see the floor better — he can be a Kyle Lowry kind of point guard. His midrange game and his 3-point game, those have been good. But he can get better.”Outlook: Sexton has been the starter at point guard since George Hill went down with an injury in early November. In 14 games as a starter, he has averaged 17.9 points on 45.9 percent shooting, including 51.7 percent from the 3-point line.last_img read more

Clippers, Steve Ballmer unveil plan for potential multi-billion dollar, privately funded arena

first_imgWhile Leonard was briefed on the possibility of a new arena — which Ballmer said will be entirely privately funded — it wasn’t something meant to convince the 2019 Finals MVP to choose the Clippers. For Ballmer, it was more about showing the All-Star that he is committed to improving the franchise.”I want it to be beautiful,” Ballmer told ESPN. “But I want it to be about basketball. I want it to be comfortable. But I want it to be about basketball.” Related News Thunder’s Sam Presti disagrees with Paul George’s claim that trade to Clippers was ‘mutual’ NBA trade rumors: Clippers inquired about these stars before dealing for Paul George He continued: “Being in L.A., the free-agency thing will always be a little more important to us. That means we’ve got to invest in the player’s experience.”The building does face opposition from Madison Square Garden, which owns The Forum, which sits less than a mile away from the proposed site for the new arena in Inglewood, California.The litigation surrounding the proposition could take a while to figure out, but Ballmer sounds confident the plans will come to fruition.”This is really going to happen,” Ballmer said he told Leonard. “Obviously we have to go through the process… the lawsuits that Madison Square Garden has brought, but we are feeling confident that we can build our stadium in Inglewood.”Ballmer wants the building to hearken back to college basketball, with large sections devoted to rows and rows of stands completely absent of suites and boxes.He wants to have a portion of the seats behind one basket from the floor to the top row dedicated to fans, and above all else — noise.”I want it to be a noisy building,” Ballmer said of the section he dubbed “The Wall of Sound.” “I really want that kind of energy; think Oracle has been that way, Utah, Portland has got good energy. I think our Clipper fan base is a little more tenacious. They’re people (who have) decided they’re sticking with us, and now I think we will get new kinds of fans with Paul and Kawhi joining us but I think it is a hardcore fan base. I think that we can get real noise, real energy in the building.” Three takeaways from Kawhi Leonard, Paul George Clippers press conference Clippers owner Steve Ballmer certainly aims high.The former CEO of Microsoft and majority owner of the Clippers unveiled plans Thursday for a new multi-billion dollar, state-of-the-art facility, one day after the team officially announced the acquisitions of All-NBA players Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. Ballmer said he’s aiming for the stadium to be ready by 2024. Leonard and George might not ever play there, as both could be free agents after the 2021-22 season.But Ballmer was clear, while this was something to show off to the team’s new star players, this is about more than them. It’s about the Clippers’ brand.”I don’t want to say it was a major milestone in the meeting but we did share because it is another statement that we are really committed,” Ballmer said. “I don’t know how it’s humanly possible but I still occasionally get a question about it; will your team move to Seattle? We are building our billion-dollar-plus house here in Inglewood, California.”last_img read more

The Guild of Creative Art’s ‘Garden Theme’ Exhibit, May 7…

first_imgw/photos and moreThe Guild of Creative Art’s “Garden Theme” – An All-Media, All- Member ExhibitMay 7 – June 1, 2016Delight your senses, allergen free, with images from a summer garden!  The Guild of Creative Art’s “Garden Theme” exhibit will be on display in the Main Gallery from May 7 – June 1, 2016. The Garden Party/reception will be held on Saturday, May 14th from 4 – 7pm.  Please call the Guild to register and let us know what you would like to bring in terms of refreshment!  732-741-1441 by May 11th.  Guild Painters, Photographers and Sculptors will display garden-inspired works in a variety of media including acrylic, collage, colored pencil, fiber, fine craft/sculpture, mixed media, oil, pastel, and watercolor.In addition, small works by Guild Exhibiting and Associate members – reflecting an assortment of media and subject matter – will be on display in the studio.The Guild is located at 620 Broad Street, Shrewsbury NJ 07702. Telephone 732-741-1441;; guildofcreativeart.orgGuild Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8am-4:30; Thursday 8am-6pm and Saturday from 10am-3 pm.  The Guild is closed Mondays, except for classes.  Free admission , and free on-site parking .This program is made possible in part by Monmouth Arts through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  The Guild of Creative Art is a qualified organization of the New Jersey Cultural Trust.Attached:“Rain Chain”, Photograph by Marilyn Baldi of Tinton Falls“In My Life”, Photograph by Marc F. of Island Heights“Delight” Watercolor by Tera Yoshimura of Red Bank“Queen Ann’s Court” Watercolor by Lisa Grob of Wall“Beauty and the Botanical” Watercolor by Randy Mayer of Atlantic Highlands SHREWSBURY – The Guild of Creative Art’s “Garden Theme” exhibit will be on display in the main gallery from May 7 – June 1. The Garden Party/reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14.Guild painters, photographers and sculptors will display garden-inspired works in a variety of media including acrylic, collage, colored pencil, fiber, fine craft/sculpture, mixed media, oil, pastel, and watercolor.In addition, small works by Guild exhibiting and associate members – reflecting an assortment of media and subject matter – will be on display in the studio.The Guild is located at 620 Broad St., Shrewsbury; 732-741-1441;; guildofcreativeart.orgGuild Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 8 a.m. to 6 pm. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free admission, and free on-site parking .This program is made possible in part by Monmouth Arts through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  The Guild of Creative Art is a qualified organization of the New Jersey Cultural Trust.last_img read more

Baba, the world champion behind the untouched costumes of Fuenla

first_imgHe wanted the chance that, when making his motto, Fuenlabrada stole the slogan of life from his props. Baba Sule is ‘Pride and Humility’. Few members of the Azulona family better summarize the essence of a phrase that, in the case of this Ghanaian, is a philosophy of survival. Baba has made news in recent months for being responsible for the shameless costumes with which Madrid leave each visiting stadium. Several of these rivals have celebrated the education of Fuenla in social networks by complimenting this exercise of education and responsibility without name and surname. But he has them: Baba SuleBoth live tattooed with a perennial smile, unable to be erased despite the fact that life itself has cornered this world champion more times than any human being would have resisted. But Baba is more than that. Baba is a colossus with a light body and hard jet skin. As his soul almost indestructible in the face of adversity. Baba is an example.He was with the ball at his feet, when, as a player, he won the 1996 U-17 World Cup against Brazil by Julio César, that central who signed Real Madrid from Valladolid in the late 90s. The now responsible for cleaning the garments of Fuenlabrada played in the core with style and forcefulness. A lead pen. Gold in the eyes of any scout.José Martín Otín, Petón signed him for his representative agency, for Bahia and, despite raining offers from Germany, that summer of 96 he went to Mallorca, where he coincided with Ernesto Valverde, the former coach of FC Barcelona. ‘Txingurri’ loves it. Nothing new under the sun. No one is able to hate Baba and his messy smile. That arrival in Mallorca the beginning of a golden path was promised that, alchemy of destiny, ended up transformed into a pit of misfortunes. First, they discovered hepatitis. Then they yielded it to the Orense, where it broke ulna and radius. Despite this, Real Madrid signed him for his quarry and gave it to Leganés, where in the first game he broke his knee. A year later he relapsed and, When operating, an infection poisoned his joint. Result: eight games in four seasons. He tried his fortune in Second B, but football said enough. I had to survive.And Baba survived what he could: from an electrician to a department store. He was also a driver. For that task he recruited him again Peton, what He put him at the controls of the car that led De Gea to Atlético’s training when he was still a kid. Illescas – Majadahonda every day. Always speaking in English, the language that Baba taught to perfect the Manchester United goalkeeper. Chapter that treasures with childhood nostalgia and that was a prologue to his landing at Fernando Torres, where he now enjoys the deed of feeling in Second with no more pretense than smiling day after day. “While there is work, you have to be happy,” he repeats as an eternal mantra. This is Baba. Pride and Humility.last_img read more

14-year-old missing for the 5th time

first_imgAfter running away on four previous occasions, Chandrawattie Dindial, 14, of West Minster, West Bank Demerara, has gone missing again, according to her father Ramlakhan Dindial on Thursday.Missing: Chandrawattie DindialReports are that on Friday last, the girl’s parents left her home alone as they went to work. However, when they returned, she was nowhere to be found. Father Dindial told Guyana Times when he queried with neighbours; he was informed that she was last seen on the veranda of the home at 12:00h.He relayed that when she did not return home after 24 hours, a report was lodged at the Brickdam Police Station. He was then referred to the Criminal Investigation Department of the La Grange Police Station, where the girl’s alleged boyfriend known as Leon Archer of Grove, East Bank Demerara, was brought into custody. This was done because she was with him on the previous missing occasions.While initially denying having contact with the teen, Archer eventually informed the Police that he had spent some time with her on Friday last, after which he gave her $200 and placed her in a route 42 bus. He refuted claims that he is aware of her location after putting her in the route 42 bus.“When we go by the boy she run away with Saturday, the boy say he never see she at all. Then we go by one of she friend, not too far from the boy, a street away and she said that me daughter and Leon went by she house. When the police cyar he at La Grange deh now, then he admit seh well he put she inside the 42 bus,” the father stated.Dindial is asking that if any member of the public has any information on the whereabouts of Chandrawattie Dindial, they report it to the nearest police station or contact him on numbers 592-691-5622 or 592-680-6747.last_img read more

Persaud warms up for year-end main event with title win

first_img2018 Lusignan Open Golf Tournament…Defending eight-time Guyana Open Champion Avinash Persaud swept the A Flight to capture the Lusignan Open Golf Tournament following last weekend’s two-day extravaganza.The return of the Lusignan Open after years of absence saw the return of top-level golf over a two-day period which teed off Saturday. Groups went off in 10-minute intervals as planned. It was a day of pleasant surprises as golfers strove to improve on first day’s scores and many of them did indeed.In the end, it was the reigning golf champ Persaud, who managed to beat off some stiff competition over the weekend to clinch the major title. In the A Flight (Handicap 0-9), second day’s better gross performers were: Persaud with 72; Chandra Lakraj, 76; Mike Mangal, 79; Kassim Khan, 80; and Patrick Prashad, 80.While this established Persaud as the clear gross winner, it showed the tenacity ofThe winners pose with Club President and Captain. From left to right: President Aleem Hussain; Imtiaz Subhan; Chandra Lakraj; “Pur” Persaud; Maurice Solomon; Avinash Persaud; Joaan Deo; Mohanlall Dinanauth; Paton George; Kassim Khan; Lekhnarine Shivraj; and Captain “Chen” Deogolfers to significantly cut that first-day lead of nine which he held in the A Flight. In other Flights, Joaan Deo and Maurice Solomon were crowned champions.In the B Flight (Handicap 10- 18), second day’s better gross performers were: Joaan Deo with an amazing 80 (10 points of the previous day’s score) upsetting the order of that group; Lekhnarine Shivraj, 84; Satrohan “Robin” Tiwari, 86; Aasrodeen Shaw, 87; Aleem Hussain, 89; Kalyan Tiwari, 89; and four ties at 90 – Parmanand “Max” Persaud, Ian Gouveia, Lakram Ramsundar and Rabindranath “Ravi” Persaud.In the C Flight (Handicap 19-28), gross performances on the second day were: Maurice Solomon – a splendid 90 (nine strokes off the first day’s play); Imtiaz Subhan, 96; Philbert London, 110; Lloyd Fung-A- Fat – a fascinating 111 (27 strokes off the first day’s play);Second day’s Top Net scores in each category were as follows: A Flight – Chandra Lakraj – 68 (a superb nine-stroke improvement on the first day) beating Avinash for the second day’s Net performance; Avinash Persaud, 70; Mike Mangal, 71; Patrick Prashad, 71; Kassim Khan, 73; Vishnu Seecharran, 79; and Mohanlall Dinanauth, 80.In the C Flight, Net scores were: Maurice Solomon, 68; Imtiaz Subhan, 74; Lloyd Fung-A-Fat, 83; Philbert London, 88; Eion Blue, 87; and Maxim Mangra, 90.Combining first and second day’s scores produced the following results: Best Gross – A Flight, Avinash Persaud, 144; B Flight, Joaan Deo, 170; and C Flight, Maurice Solomon, 148.The three Best Net winners for each Flight were as follows: A Flight – 1st Persaud 140/2; 2nd Chandra Lakraj 145/9; and 3rd Kassim Khan (tied with Chandra) 145/8. B Flight – 1st Deo 138/16; 2nd Lekhnarine Shivraj 145/17; and 3rd Patanjalee “Pur” Persaud 149/17. C Flight – 1st Maurice Solomon 145/22; 2nd Imtiaz Subhan 150/22 and 3rd Philbert London 167/22.The Longest Drive (approximately 325 yards or 297 metres) was won by Mohanlall Dinanauth (a former Guyana Open Champion) while the Nearest to The Pin (about one metre or three feet) was Paton George.Prizes awarded for total performance over the two days were Best Gross only in each category, and 1st to 3rd Best Net in each category. There was also a prize for the Longest Drive and the Closest to The Pin on the second day.President Hussain expressed the Club’s sincere gratitude to all the sponsors who were involved in making this Lusignan Open 2018 the huge success it was. Sponsors included Banks DIH, ANSA McAL Trading Ltd, Kissoon’s Furniture, Foodtown Restaurant, CIDI Beverage Company, Grand Coastal Hotel, Peppy’s, Progressive Auto Rental, AN Electronics, Game Express, Builders Lumber Yard, Ramchand’s Auto Spares, Chetson’s, Sylvie’s Variety Store, Brusters Guyana, RRT Enterprise, Steve’s Jewellery, Tropical Woods Lumber Yard, Marriott Hotel Guyana, Aracari Resort, and Nex Gen Global Marketing.last_img read more

Christie takes hike, suspended

first_img“We hadn’t really gotten to it yet,” Dunleavy said. “But with Mobley being out, potentially for a while, everything starts shifting to that direction, positive for his case.” Christie, 36, is in his 15th NBA season. With that experience, a 10-day contract is worth approximately $70,000. By missing two days, he forfeited $14,000 of pay. How the departure transpired blindsided the coach. “I’m surprised by it because I liked him,” Dunleavy said. “I thought he worked hard, thought he was a good teammate, and I just didn’t think he’d bail. That wasn’t even a thought.” Duo out Christie did not report to the Clippers for their practice Monday and did not play Tuesday, which would have been the final day of his second 10-day contract. He voided the contract, and the Clippers took the formal step of putting him on the team’s suspended list Tuesday. With Cuttino Mobley out with a strained groin, Christie figured to get significant playing time on the final day of his contract. Today, the Clippers would have been forced to decide whether to sign him for the remainder of the season, and coach Mike Dunleavy said no decision had been made on whether the team would keep him. The Clippers played their first game after the All-Star break without two starters – Mobley (strained groin) and Chris Kaman (flu). Kaman could be back for the team’s next game, Saturday against Golden State. But Mobley’s status is uncertain. Strangely, Mobley went through a sweat- inducing, pre-game regiment, although that regiment consisted mostly of shooting. “You can’t really tell about groins,” Mobley said. “You just have to let them rest. The slightest thing off the court can mess it up. You have to stay off of it as much as possible, or at least don’t move it as much.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img LOS ANGELES – Doug Christie’s on-court antics are among the most bizarre in the NBA. For example, he raises his hand approximately 50 times per game as a love signal to his wife, Jackie. So perhaps it was within his character that his departure from the Clippers also was bizarre. last_img read more