LONG TERM GOAL RAISING HIS GAME Jamaican basketball centre Samardo Samuels has signed a multi-million-dollar two-year deal with top Spanish professional basketball club Barcelona. The contract signed two weeks ago with the two-time Euro League champions is valued at approximately US$2.6 million. It was the most valuable contract signed by the former Cleveland Cavalier, whose previous best contract was valued at US$1 million. The 26-year-old Samuels played three seasons with the Cavaliers. After being released by the Cavaliers in 2013, the 6-foot nine centre played two months in Israel with Happoel Jerusalem before joining Dinamo Milano in the Italian League. With Samuels on the roster Milano won the Italian League title in 2014. Milano were dethroned this past season losing in seven games in the semi-finals to eventual champions Dinamo Sassari. The former Louisville Cardinal explained that getting into the Spanish League and playing for a top club will help him raise his value as a player and could eventually pave a path back to the NBA as a starter. “This is great. I get to go over and play with one of the best basketball teams in Europe, playing against the best players and improving my game,” Samuels told The Gleaner. Samuels’ mentor Ajani Williams, the immediate past president of the Jamaica Basketball Association, praised the deal with Barcelona saying it will also help the player’s longer term goals. “This deal will further underwrite his long term goals of putting away money for retirement, and I think he has a chance to further increase his value. I also still think he has a good shot at the NBA if he wants it. But right now the math has him earning more in Europe than the NBA today,” Williams said. The first order of business, though, is winning championships at Barcelona. “When I win titles, the people in the NBA can appreciate my talent and give me the opportunity I deserve,” said Samuels, who played off the bench during his short stay in the NBA. He was full of praise for his former club Milano, which he said helped him raise his game and earned him this contract with Barcelona. “If I didn’t go to the Italian League I wouldn’t be here having this conversation,” said Samuels who is visiting Jamaica so he can obtain a Spanish visa. He reports to training camp on August 27.
“We did a good job of sticking in there and keeping our heads up” Leonard said.VanVleet scored nine of his 11 points in the final quarter as Toronto won its 10th straight home meeting with the Pacers. Indiana has not won in Toronto since March 1, 2013.Oladipo scored 20 points for the Pacers, who made only 5 of 18 shots in the fourth, scoring 11 points.“Everything just went their way,” Oladipo said.Pacers coach Nate McMillan said turnovers were to blame for his team’s late collapse. Indiana finished with 23 turnovers, including six by Oladipo and five from fellow guard Darren Collison.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ “Tonight their pressure bothered us,” McMillan said. “Just poor execution down the stretch.”Bojan Bogdanovic scored 18 points, Myles Turner had 10 points and 14 rebounds and Domantas Sabonis had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Indiana.Toronto shot 4 for 22 from 3-point range through the first three quarters, but made 3 of 8 in the fourth to avoid a season-worst performance from long range.“It takes a lot of energy to play that bad then that good at the end,” VanVleet said. “It was a roller coaster of emotions and energy and effort.”The short-handed Raptors were without starting point guard Kyle Lowry, who missed his third straight game because of a sore left thigh, and center Serge Ibaka, who was inactive because of a sore right knee. VanVleet and Siakam returned to the starting lineup after missing Sunday’s loss at Denver because of back soreness. Forward Norman Powell returned after a 21-game absence caused by a left shoulder injury.Toronto trailed 88-75 less than two minutes into the fourth, but battled back to tie it 92-all on Siakam’s driving layup at 4:12.Oladipo restored Indiana’s lead with a jump shot at 1:36, but VanVleet’s long 3-pointer with 25 seconds to go put Toronto up one, 97-96.With Indiana looking for a potential winning basket, Toronto’s Danny Green forced Oladipo into a jump ball with less than three seconds remaining. The Raptors recovered the ball and Green sealed it with a pair of free throws.Indiana led 58-50 at halftime and was ahead 85-75 after three.NO FEAR Utah Jazz turn to defense to take down Golden State Warriors Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) celebrate defeating the Indiana Pacers in an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — After seven straight wins, Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers suddenly are having trouble finishing.Fred VanVleet hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 25 seconds left and the Toronto Raptors rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Pacers 99-96 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum VanVleet said he’s never afraid to shoot, even when he starts 1 for 12 from the field, as he did Wednesday.“If you don’t want me to shoot, then I’ll be on the bench,” he said.BACK-TO-BACKIndiana lost on the second night of a back-to-back for the first time this season. The Pacers came in 5-0 in such games.TIP-INSPacers: Indiana has lost 13 of the last 16 regular-season meetings with Toronto. … Thaddeus Young scored 11 points.Raptors: C Jonas Valanciunas (left thumb) missed his third straight game. Valanciunas had surgery Dec. 12 and is expected to miss four weeks. … The Raptors played the first of six straight games against Eastern Conference opponents. … Powell suffered a split lip in a collision with Sabonis in the first, but returned. He scored two points in 15 minutes.UP NEXTPacers: Visit Brooklyn on Friday night.Raptors: Host Cleveland on Friday night. One night after he missed a pair of free throws in the final 10 seconds and Indiana surrendered a tip-in at the buzzer in a 92-91 loss to lowly Cleveland that ended a season-long winning streak, Oladipo and the Pacers stumbled again.Oladipo turned the ball over twice in the final minute Wednesday — once when he failed to get across mid-court within eight seconds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I made a mistake, I guess,” a downcast Oladipo said. “I can’t do nothing about it now except learn from it.”Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points, Pascal Siakam had 17 and Greg Monroe 13 as Toronto snapped a two-game losing streak. The Raptors, who have the best record in the NBA at 24-9, avoided their second three-game slump of the season. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk
Dear Editor,The lies and deception of the Alliance For Change (AFC) continues to wreak havoc in the lives of Guyanese. Every day is markedly accentuated by the nefarious activities of its leaders, executive members and some cardholders.Ever since the AFC was thrown into the deep by the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) to justify its 40 per cent share in governance and to resurrect its ‘dead meat’ status, one AFC leader and his cohorts have launched a weekly campaign on a Berbice TV station, peddling a bundle of lies and deceptive statements. It was claimed by Khemraj Ramjattan on the Alliance on the Move programme that People’s Progressive Party (PPP) supporters are intimidating people from putting their names on the AFC’s candidate list. He further said the Guyana Police Force will be called in to deal with these PPP supporters. This is so far from the truth since numerous evidences have surfaced on Nomination Day that the AFC has fraudulently signed the ‘backers form’ in order to validate the nomination of its candidates.Most strikingly this fraud was perpetrated in the Public Security Minister’s village by one of his cohorts who is also the CPG Liaison Officer in the area. I have seen the evidence and have spoken to the person whose name, his wife’s name and daughter’s name appeared on the AFC’s ‘backers form’. He has vehemently denied that they signed the form and has since signed an affidavit to that effect. I have also seen this revealed by an article in Guyana Times where a ‘dead person’ backed the AFC’s nominee in the same area. I am wondering if dead persons will also vote for the now dead AFC. Is it a case of the dead backing the dead? Shouldn’t the Public Security Minister not now call in the GPF to investigate this electoral fraud?The AFC has lost all credibility since it coalesced with APNU and this just seems to suggest that the AFC and the People’s National Congress (PNC) are cut from the same cloth. Since 2011, I have been writing about the corruption and cronyism within the AFC which seems to have gotten progressively worse. It must be recalled that dead persons voted solidly for the PNC during its 28 years of dictatorship. Now certain persons have omnipresence qualities since they are overseas and signed the AFC’s backers form at Number 51 Village at the same time! Or is it that they have invented travelling at the speed of light?In addition, the AFC’s promises continue to pour in like there is no tomorrow. The promises of repairs and construction of streets, the erection of street lights, the granting of lands, employment, gun licences and almost anything under the sun will immediately catapult Aladdin and his wonderful Lamp into the second spot! But with all these promises, the AFC has to resort to fraud and deceit to be able to barely scrape nominations in just four Neighbourhood Democratic Council areas out of 18 in Region Six. Dead meat it is!Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuf
Just over one week after alert prison officers foiled a plan to smuggle illicit items into the Lusignan Prison, a routine search on Monday at the East Coast Demerara facility unearthed a quantity of contraband items, including a ganja plant and over 30 improvised weapons.The search, which was carried out by ranks of the Joint Services, lasted some three hours, the Police said in a release on Wednesday.In addition to the ganja plant and the 31 improvised weapons found in the possession of inmates, other prohibited items found include: eight cellphones; 10 cellphone batteries; five cellphone chargers; two SIM cards; two memory cards; 11 pieces of metal pipes; nine pieces of wood; seven phone cards; one tattoo machine, along with ink; three ziplock bags with cannabis; one small bottle of cannabis seeds; one packet of cigarettes, and a quantity of ziplock bags.This incident comes on the heels of the June 11 attempt to smuggle contraband items. It was reported that just after midnight on June 11, Police and prison ranks stationed at the eastern towers of the Lusignan Prison spotted a male wearing a hoodie emerging from the nearby bushes.A “warning shot” was fired causing the suspect to flee back into the thick vegetation. The area was immediately combed, but the man was nowhere to be found. Nevertheless, the ranks discovered a bag containing a number of illicit items such as a lighter and cellphones, along with accessories.The smuggling of contraband items remains a perennial problem within the prison system and while authorities have been working to curb the practice, several prison officers have been caught facilitating the illegal trade, which is said to be “big business”.In fact, only last month, two prison ranks were charged and remanded after they were found with a parcel containing marijuana, which was given to them while on duty at the Georgetown Public Hospital.The culture of contraband smuggling has proven fatal on repeated occasions. A similar raid back in March 2016 led to inmates setting alight an entire holding block inside the Camp Street penitentiary, resulting in the deaths of 17 inmates. Just over a year later in July 2017, a riot broke out at the same facility when inmates started another fire that completely gutted the Georgetown Prisons. During that inferno, over a dozen inmates escaped and went into hiding. A few days later, 13 prisoners, including some who were moved from the burnt-out Camp Street prison, dug their way out of the Lusignan Prison.Authorities were able to recapture all but two of the escapees. The Director of Prisons earlier this year reassured the public that the search for the remaining escapees has not been abandoned.
However, Wenger has stated that there has been no contact with clubs regarding a move for the player this month. He told a press conference, as quoted by Sky Sports: “I expect nothing, I am focused on tomorrow’s game. When solicitations happen you respond, at the moment it’s very quiet.”Sanchez’s current deal at Arsenal will expire at the end of the season when he will be able to sign for a new club as a free agent.The 29-year-old, who was signed from Barcelona in 2014, has made 19 Premier League appearances this campaign, scoring seven goals and providing three assists.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000According to reports surfacing on Monday night, Premier League leaders Manchester City are aiming to bid Sh4.1bn (£30m) to sign the Chile international in the current transfer window.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 9 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed the club have not been contacted with regards to a transfer move for star forward Alexis Sanchez.According to reports surfacing on Monday night, Premier League leaders Manchester City are aiming to bid Sh4.1bn (£30m) to sign the Chile international in the current transfer window.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Foy received 38 percent, Dantona got 33 percent and Mikels ended up with 28 percent. Foy and Dantona will face off in November for the Fourth District seat. Foy said he was excited by the results and stressed his commitment to cutting government waste and promoting law enforcement. “We believed in the voters, and the voters believed in us and what we stood for and what we wanted to accomplish,” he said. “At the end of the day, the voters in this county want to be able to walk the streets and be protected; they want their homes, their schools and their businesses to be safe.” Dantona echoed that his campaign resonated with voters, saying, “We were able to put together a large group of people who cared about the issues and cared that they were being ignored.” Mikels said during the campaign that she had done a good job during her three terms of helping keep Ventura County financially sound and trying to reach fair resolutions when it came to disputes involving development, but Dantona said constituents were concerned the area was growing too fast and that Mikels tended to side with developers against residents. SIMI VALLEY – Judy Mikels had been through plenty of campaigns before in which opponents attacked her record on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors and said it was time for a change. And she trounced them. But this time around, in her bid for a fourth term representing the Simi Valley and Moorpark areas, two political unknowns somehow caught up to her, putting an end to a 12-year run on the board. Mikels ended up third Tuesday night behind Peter Foy, a businessman and rancher, and Jim Dantona, a consultant. On Wednesday, she wasn’t available for comment, but her campaign coordinator, Jarrod DeGonia, said she was surprised and disappointed. “The voters have made their decision, and she respects it,” he said. “Now is a time to re-evaluate what the future holds for her and her family.” Foy started his campaign just this spring and said he wanted to cut government waste, boost law enforcement and help the county recoup the costs of the federal government’s failure to control illegal immigration. Herbert Gooch, a California Lutheran University political science professor and authority on Ventura County politics, said Wednesday he was still shocked to see Mikels defeated. He noted that voter turnout in Ventura County was only 23.5 percent – unusually low for a gubernatorial primary election – and said that worked against Mikels. Although the race was nonpartisan, Foy, 50, and Mikels, 60, are Republicans, and Dantona, 57, is a Democrat. “The low turnout shrunk the number of voters toward the ideological core of both parties,” Gooch said. firstname.lastname@example.org (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
BY NIAMH DAVIS: The running season is upon us; the triathlons have begun and different types of competitions are popping up everywhere. Whether it’s a 5K, a 10K or a 15K, whatever it may be, it is tough on the body and you need to know how to look after any aches, niggles and pain.Studies have shown that long term runners who do not do adequate types of warm up, cool down or manage the injuries that accumulate over the miles, suffer serious consequences such as surgery for knee replacements, osteoporosis and irreversible degeneration of cartilage in the joints. It’s not all gloom and doom though.Here are a few common running injuries that can be managed simply with a bit of know-how.The dreaded shin splints: This term is over used and given to any runner that gets a bit of pain in the shin.True shin splints are not so common. More likely the pain is just a tight tibialis anterior (the muscle on the outside of the shin bone) and will only take one session with a sports therapist or physio to have it rubbed out which will ease the pain. When it comes to the joints that get the most impact of your run, (hips, knees and ankles), it’s important to manage any pain you may feel.It’s safe to use ice on most areas of pain for 10-15 mins every other hour to reduce any swelling. This may cause slight temporary stiffness in the joint but this will go back to normal soon after the area warms up. Deep heat or freeze gel are also good alternative options that can work well for some people on joints and painful spots. Lower back pain can be caused by a lot of different things. It is very rare that two people have the same pain for the same reason so it is important to take a few days off and get it looked at by a professional.For those who are not suffering with specific pain it is still important to follow some basic steps to maintain muscles and joints. Everyone is different and if you are planning to start running long term then it is a good idea to go to your local sports therapist or a personal trainer experienced in running to help you set up goals and create a personalised warm up and mobility plan.If at any stage during your training plan or a competition you feel a sharp pain or feel like you have injured yourself then stop and get it seen to as soon as possible.In my experience a warm up before a run should not consist of static stretching (holding one pose for 30-40 seconds) it should be full of different movements that mimic the action you’re going to be doing during the race.Start with warming the joints, roll out your joints starting from the ankles all the way up to your neck and add a few light bounces on the spot to prepare your joints for the next stage (2-3 minutes in total). Start to increase your heart rate; exercises like high knees, heels to bum and walking lunges and finish up with a brisk walk or a light jog.Do not skimp on the warm up, it will help prevent injuries so do spend time with it and find what works for you.Do the static stretches and use a foam roller on your legs after you have completed the run.Time spent on a cool down, as well as a sports massage within 48 hours after a race or a tough training session, will prevent muscle soreness over the next few days.If, for any reason, you can’t get for a massage then a nice warm bath with Epsom salts and another good stretch before bed is the next best thing.Training is about getting to know your limits and improving constantly so remember to keep adapting your maintenance to suit the type and amount of exercise that you are doing.Prevention is key and if in doubt don’t be afraid to ask other people’s advice and seek information from someone qualified and experienced in the field.Columnist Niamh Davis is a neuro-musclar physical therapist based at Fit-Hub, Mountain Top, Letterkenny.Her Facebook page is here:https://www.facebook.com/Neuromuscular11/?ref=ts&fref=tsNIAMH DAVIS’ SPORTS INJURY CLINIC: WARMING UP AND COOLING DOWN AS IMPORTANT AS THE RACE was last modified: April 16th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Advicecool downsDonegal Dailysports advicewarm-ups
Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Alex Sandro is the subject of a transfer tug-of-war between Man United and PSG 1 RANKED IN DEMAND PSG are unlikely to do business until after July 1 due to Financial Fair Play regulations which may give United time to work on a deal of their own.Either way, it has been suggested that Juve will demand at least £60m for the Brazilian, who scored four goals in 26 Serie A outings last term. moving on Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED LIVING THE DREAM Paris Saint-Germain have held talks with Juventus regarding a summer swoop for key Manchester United target Alex Sandro.The flying full-back nearly joined Chelsea last summer but the deal failed to materialise and he stayed put at Juve. targets targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer His sparkling form continued throughout the season and now United are the latest club attempting to lure him to England.But those plans could be about to fall through as well, with French champions PSG stealing a march on United in the race to sign the 27-year-old.According to Tuttosport, PSG officials this week held talks with their Juve counterparts at a hotel in Milan regarding the sale of Sandro. LATEST Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Latest transfer gossip on talkSPORT.com
Tags: African Stars FCallan kyambaddeCAF Champions Leagueerisa ssekisambuJohne RevitaKCCA FCMike MutebiSimon Serunkumatop KCCA FC are the defending StarTimes Uganda Premier league champions. (PHOTOS/File)CAF Champions LeagueAfrican Stars FC vs KCCA FCSam Najoma Stadium, WindhoekSaturday, 10-07-2019KCCA FC have on Wednesday morning departed for Namibia ahead of their CAF Champions League first round game.The reigning StarTimes Uganda Premier league champions will take on African Stars at the Sam Najoma Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the first leg.A contingent of 35 personnel headed by FUFA’s Rogers Byamukama and two KCCA FC Board representative in Aggrey Ashaba and George Okello, has left the country at 6:50am via Entebbe Airport.They are expected to have two stop overs in Kigali-Rwanda and Johannesburg-South Africa before finally landing in Windhoek, Namibia later in the day (Wednesday).The contingent that has departed, comprises of 18 players, 7 coaches, 2 doctors, 2 media personnel and 2 administrators.Among the players, it is surprising that Allan Kyambadde was missing.Allan Kyambadde (left) is not part of the team that has travelled to Namibia.The former SC Villa midfielder has gone AWOL since the Uganda Cranes victory over Somalia last weekend, failing to return to his club for training.He was also not part of the team’s official season photo that was taken on Wednesday and it is understood that Kyambadde is seeking for a move away from KCCA FC.Also missing from the team are the three summer arrivals. Erisa Ssekisambu, John Revita and Simon Serunkuma have all been left home as the Kasasiros bid to earn an early advantage in the tie.Among the travelling team, three players will be making their continental debuts. These are; Kasozi Nicholas and newly promoted players from the club’s soccer academy Kato Samuel and Sadat Anaku.The return leg is on Friday 23rdAugust 2019 at StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo.The traveling contingentAdministratorsAggrey Ashaba (chairperson), Kirunga Michael (Finance Manager), George Okello, Kaddu Moses (Manager Administration and Operations), Magero Moses Mwanje (Public Relations Officer) and Babirye Aminah (Photographer/ Media Officer)The technical teamMike Hilary Mutebi (Manager), Byekwaso Morley (Assistant Manager), Kaddu Badru (First Team Coach), Kiwanuka Daniel (Goal Keeper Coach), Magera Jackson (Asst Coach 1), Malinga Richard (Asst Coach 2), Kabuye Robert (Asst Coach 3)The playersGoal keepersLukwago Charles (Captain) and Jamil MalyamunguDefenders Peter Magambo, Ssenjobe Eric, Kato Samuel, Fillbert Obenchan, Kizza Mustafa, Achai Herbert, Musana Hassan.MidfieldersBukenya Lawrence, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Sadam Juma, Gift Ali Abubakar, Kasozi NicholasForwardsSadat Anaku, Okello Allan, Mike Mutyaba and Kaddu Patrick.Comments
Weightlifting as a sport has caught a lot of attention recently. It is about an athlete’s discipline in which he/she attempts to lift maximum weight of a barbell loaded with plates of different weights. The two competition lifts in order are snatch and clean and jerk. Each athlete receives three chances to lift, the total of the highest two lifts are combined and that determines the result in a particular category. The categories can vary for male and female.More on Ajay’s winIndian athletes now take up this sport and also succeed in it. A recent example is Ajay Singh. Singh won a bronze medal in the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championship 2017. This championship was held at Kathmandu, Nepal.He bagged the third place in 77 kg men’s junior by lifting 143 kg in snatch and 172 kg in clean and jerk. India’ tally was coming out to be two in the championship and his victory increased the count by one and made it three.Other winnersApart from Ajay there were many more athletes that made India proud earlier in this international championship.S Nirpupama Devi had won bronze in 69 kg women youth category and Konsam Ormila Devi from Manipur had won gold medal in the 44 kg category.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to email@example.com