Africa will host its first ever NBA match later this year. An exhibition match will be played in Johannesburg on August the 1st. But organizers hope it is just the starting point. As Dan Williams now reports
He played all 120 minutes of the game as the Stars picked up the victory.Jonathan Mensah had conceded the penalty that the USA equalised with so, it’s not surprising that this particular memory would stick with him.It was the goal that took the Black Stars into the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time and was scored by a player who probably shouldn’t have been on the pitch. “I remember this legend @ASAMOAH_GYAN3 vomited anything he ate or drunk before Ghana vs USA in the 2010 WC. This man right here still laced up and played 120 minutes and got the winner for us. All time leading scorer but above all a great man, Happy b’day legendary man.”Goals from Kevin-Prince Boateng for Ghana and Landon Donovan for the USA had taken the match to extra-time.Gyan then took down a long ball on his chest, held off a defender and fired home Ghana’s winner. Former Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan’s commitment to the senior national team over the years has been well documented.However, the extent of this commitment might still have been understated.A number of people, including his teammates took to social media to share their experiences with Asamoah Gyan on his 34th birthday on Friday.According to Gyan’s Black Stars teammate, Jonathan Mensah, the player always left everything on the line when he represented the country.One such moment at the 2010 World Cup saw a very sick Gyan suit up for the national team against the USA in the Round of 16.With Gyan having scored two goals already at the tournament, losing him for the match against the USA would have been a huge blow for the Stars.However, Gyan, who Jonathan Mensah said, in a tweet wishing the NorthEast United player well on his birthday, “Vomited anything he ate or drunk before Ghana” still started the game for the Stars.
WADA, the German Olympic committee and anti-doping bodies have backed calls for Russia’s outright ban from Rio — that would be the first time a country has been banned from an Olympic Games over doping.But the Association of Summer Olympic Federations and other groups have urged caution, pointing to the ethical issues of punishing athletes who have never failed drug tests.The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has already barred Russian track and field contenders from Rio after an inquiry into widespread state-sponsored doping in the sport.The CAS will rule on whether the IAAF had grounds to impose a blanket ban on a national federation, since such a suspension inevitably punished athletes with no positive drug test on their record.IAAF president Sebastian Coe attended a CAS hearing in Geneva on Tuesday ahead of the ruling.IOC executives also ordered a reanalysis of all samples by Russian athletes taken at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, vowing punishment against anyone who helped competitors cheat.Because the Sochi Games are so tainted, the IOC said it would not give backing to any international sports events in Russia.It called on “all International Olympic Winter Sports Federations to freeze their preparations for major events in Russia.”This includes world championships and World Cups, the IOC said, calling for winter federations “to actively look for alternative organisers.”In hidingThe Russian Olympic Committee has acknowledged doping problems but insists that collective punishment against possibly clean athletes would leave “the integrity of the Olympic Movement… endangered.”Senior sports and political leaders in Moscow have also questioned the credibility of McLaren’s key witness, the former boss of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov, who admits he was central to the cheating scheme.Rodchenkov is in hiding in the United States and is wanted by Russia.McLaren said his team uncovered forensic evidence that proved Rodchenkov’s claims that Moscow set up a cheating system following the country’s poor performance at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games.Share on: WhatsApp Lausanne, Switzerland | AFP |The International Olympic Committee barred Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko from the Rio Games and withdrew backing for international events in Russia over a state-run doping programme, but delayed ruling on a complete ban on the country until after a key court case on Thursday.With the Rio Games due to start on August 5, the IOC executive committee held emergency talks Tuesday on what Olympic president Thomas Bach called a “shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport and on the Olympic Games” by the Russian government.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which commissioned an independent inquiry into Russian doping, has led international calls for Russia to be banned from Rio over revelations of widespread state-run doping at the Sochi Winter Olympics and other major events in Russia.But the IOC said after the talks it will first “explore the legal options with regard to a collective ban of all Russian athletes for the Olympic Games 2016 versus the right to individual justice.”It is also waiting on a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling on Thursday on an appeal by 68 Russian athletes against an IAAF ban from the Rio competition.Mutko barredThe controversial Mutko, a long-time ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was the highest-profile casualty of the first sanctions as the IOC grapples with the biggest doping scandal in Olympic history.He has denied any wrongdoing and said he expects his deputy to be cleared as well.But the IOC ordered a disciplinary commission to look into his ministry’s role in what Monday’s report called a “state-dictated failsafe system” of drug cheating that included Russia’s secret service swapping dirty urine samples for clean ones through a hole in a wall in Sochi.Lead investigator Richard McLaren says he has conclusive evidence that the four-year doping scheme was directed by the sports ministry with the FSB intelligence agency.As a consequence, the IOC said it will not grant any Rio accreditation “to any official of the Russian Ministry of Sport or any person implicated in the (McLaren) report.”That includes Mutko, who has denied that the government directed the doping programme. He told the Interfax news agency he was hoping for a “reasonable” decision from the IOC on Russia’s participation in Rio.Mutko said he has suspended five top deputies, including his number two Yury Nagornykh, described as the point man for running the cheating scheme.Key ruling due
Submitted by City of LaceyMagic, marimba music, and a myriad of reptiles will delight all ages at the Lacey Community Market in Huntamer Park this Saturday, August 9. In addition to free entertainment, the market will also feature more than 60 vendor booths offering flowers, produce, food, bakery treats, hand-crafted gifts, and re-purposed treasures.The theme of Saturday’s market is Family Fun Day! Kids will enjoy free face-painting, hands-on activities, balloon animals, and inflatable rides including the 21-foot mega-slide and a bounce house. The entire family will be entertained at our main stage by “Reptile Man” Scott Petersen and his menagerie at 11:00 a.m., the joyful Mukana Marimba band at noon, spell-binding magician Michael Budd at 1:00 p.m., and a Zumba dance party at 2:00 p.m.In addition to unique vendors, great food, activities and entertainment, the market also offers plenty of free parking and a pet-friendly atmosphere.The Lacey Community Market is held every second Saturday in the summer at the beautiful Huntamer Park, just four blocks from the freeway on Woodland Square Loop at College Street, behind the Lacey Fred Meyer. Market times are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. New vendors are welcome. More information can be found on the city’s official website at www.ci.lacey.wa.us/market. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0
JOCKEY PRAT WINS FIRST RACE ON COMEBACK SINCE BEING INJURED SEPT. 17 AS HE TAKES $75,000 BLUE NORTHER WITH BELVOIR BAY; MILLER TRAINEE GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:36.15 –30– PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $80,136 INTO WEDNESDAY, TOTAL PICK SIX POOL SHOULD APPROACH $500,000ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 27, 2015)–English-bred Gender Agenda sat close to the pace and saved ground throughout en route to winning Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, she broke from post positon 10 among a field of 12 fillies and mares three and up and shadowed favored Glory and Mike Smith until well inside the sixteenth pole, when she took charge in the final 50 yards, holding off the late charge of runner-up Stormy Lucy by a neck while getting a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:50.29.“I was afraid we were going to be too close to the lead, but when I saw the slow pace (24.16, 49.17, 1:14.35, 1:38.64), I knew we were okay,” said Bejarano, who got his second of what would be three wins on the day. “Out of the gate, I let the favorite go and tried to force her to the lead. I just put us second and followed them.Fifth behind Stormy Lucy in the Grade I Matriarch at Del Mar on Nov. 29, Gender Agenda was off at odds of 10-1 and paid $23.80, $10.40 and $6.80. Owned by Santa Anita Chairman Keith Brackpool, Alon Ossip and Timothy Ritvo, the 4-year-old filly by Holy Roman Emperor improved her overall mark to 18-5-3-3. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $287,108.“This filly’s been unlucky,” said Brackpool. “She’s had full fields in almost everything she’s gone up against. I’m thinking, ‘When are we going to get a decent shot?’ He (Rafael Bejarano) rode her beautifully today. She rated beautifully and she’s a nice filly.”Stormy Lucy, who won the Matriarch with Kent Desormeaux up at odds of 65-1, validated that effort by running a huge second from off the pace, finishing a nose in front of pace setting Glory.“I got out too late,” said Desormeaux. “She was best today…”The second choice at 4-1, Stormy Lucy paid $5.80 and $4.20.Ridden by Mike Smith, Glory seemingly had conditions to order, as she made an easy lead and set what appeared to be moderate fractions.“She ran great,” said Smith. “If the grass was a little firmer, maybe she would’ve hung on, but she ran great.”Off at 5-2, she paid $3.80 to show.There were no winning tickets in Sunday’s Pick Six, resulting in a carryover into Wednesday of $80,136. Wednesday’s total Pick Six pool should approach $500,000. First post time for an eight-race card is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m. Sidelined due to multiple spinal fractures and a collapsed lung sustained in a spill at Los Alamitos on Sept. 17, jockey Flavien Prat returned to action on Saturday at Santa Anita and the native-Frenchman registered his first win on the comeback trail in Sunday’s $75,000 Blue Norther Stakes, as he guided the Peter Miller-trained Belvoir Bay to an emphatic 7 ¼ length win while covering one mile on grass in 1:36.15.Breaking from post position three in a field of nine 2-year-old fillies, English-bred Belvoir Bay sat a close second behind eventual third-place finisher Sweet Queen for the first half mile and then assumed command, opening up by six lengths as the field straightened for home.Off at 5-1, Belvoir Bay, who is owned by Team Valor International and Gary Barber, paid $12.20, $5.00 and $4.00.“It’s a good sensation,” said Prat, who was accompanied by his team of physical therapists in the Winner’s Circle. “My body healing is a gift.”A well beaten ninth in her U.S. debut going a mile on soft turf at Belmont Park Oct. 31, Belvoir Bay notched her third win from seven overall starts. With the Blue Norther winner’s share of $46,620, she increased her overall earnings to $88,831.Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, 7-5 favorite Family Meeting paid $3.20 and $2.60, while pacesetting Sweet Queen, with Alex Solis up, paid $5.00 to show.Santa Anita will embark upon a special five-day holiday week of live racing on Wednesday, with first post time at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.
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Callum Hudson-Odoi & Bayern Munich: Why quitting Chelsea would be career mistakeby Chris Beattie9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: A move to Bayern Munich? In January 2019? Well, for Callum Hudson-Odoi, that would be a career mistake.Fresh from a first Cup semifinal. A first Wembley appearance. For all that at just 18 years of age. Hudson-Odoi still appears to be leaning towards jumping ship and quitting Chelsea for Bayern.Even the most cynical inside his camp must acknowledge, Chelsea – to a man – are doing all they can to convince the kid to stay. The manager is playing him. The coaching staff are praising him. His senior teammates – those who boast league winner’s medals – are telling him to stick with them and stay. Even an 18 year-old Wayne Rooney, before skipping out on Everton, never was afforded such treatment. Yet with Bayern now reaching the threshold set: £40m – a fourth offer inside ten days. The Germans have also shown Hudson-Odoi how much he is wanted in Bavaria.And having seen the success of good friend Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund. Having been charmed by Hasan Salihamidzic, Bayern’s sporting director. And excited by the career path Bayern have mapped out. The good money is on Hudson-Odoi quitting Chelsea and ‘re-launching’ his first team career in Germany.For this column, such a decision would be a mistake. Not a career killer. But definitely one to set the winger’s progress back. The word is Salihamidzic has convinced Hudson-Odoi with assurances he’ll arrive to replace the departing Arjen Robben. He can even have the Dutchman’s No10 shirt if wants it.Dortmund did something similar when convincing Sancho about leaving Manchester City. The England starlet, at the time still yet to make his first team debut, handed the coveted No7 shirt vacated by Ousmane Dembele after his bitter split to Barcelona.And having watched from afar as Sancho has lit up the Bundesliga this past year, you can understand the attraction. Growing up with Sancho. Regarding him as a friend and a peer. Of course Hudson-Odoi is going to want the same – and fancy himself to achieve just that.But Bayern and BVB are two very different clubs. Two clubs with different demands of their players. And very different expectations. At Dortmund a title challenge is a bonus. At Bayern, it’s a must. The simple argument to be made (and yeah, we’ll throw it in here for the sake of it) is if James Rodriguez, of Real Madrid, the captain of Colombia… if he can’t get a game at Bayern, then just what is going on between Hudson-Odoi’s ears to believe he can?But to be fair, Bayern are undergoing a phase of major transition. Robben will leave in the summer. As will Franck Ribery. And emerging to take their places are the rapidly improving Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman. Youth. Pace. Excitement. Indeed, those in Hudson-Odoi’s corner would cite former Arsenal winger Gnabry as a clear indicator that Bayern will back young players in the mode of both attackers.But Gnabry’s success has been a slow burn. As he even stated before Christmas, “I’ve always had to take two steps back for one step forward”. Five years Hudson-Odoi’s senior, the impact made by Gnabry this season has only come after serving a two season apprenticeship at Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim. And of course before that, there were his problems with Tony Pulis at West Brom…Gnabry has been through the wringer and come out the other side. All that went before has prepared him for the demands of Bayern. For Hudson-Odoi, to leave everything he’s established at Chelsea, to just start again from scratch makes little sense. A foreign country. A foreign language. Where no time is granted a young player to make and learn from his mistakes. Hudson-Odoi would be taking a huge – and unnecessary – gamble.He’ll be leaving a career at Chelsea which is suddenly in motion. A locker room where he has the respect – even admiration – of senior players. Title winners. Leaders of nations. At 18 and at a club the size of Chelsea, Hudson-Odoi is the envy of his peers. Is he really going throw all that away at the risk of becoming the next Renato Sanches…? TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd hero Neville: Solskjaer still has work to doby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must continue to prove he can permanent manager of the club.Sunday’s win over Tottenham Hotspur took Solksjaer’s record to six wins from six since taking over as caretaker manager in December.But Neville believes his former teammate still has prove his worth to win the top job.”Before the game, I said if Manchester United lost the game, the result should not determine the outcome of the next United manager,” Neville told Sky Sports.”One thing I will say is because Manchester won, it shouldn’t determine the outcome of the Manchester United manager.”It shouldn’t be like that. We shouldn’t flip from week to week as to whether Solskjaer should be the Manchester United manager at the end of the season or not.”It’s something that I think will need to be looked at in April or May when there’s been a body of work put in.”But it’s been a wonderful start. I’m delighted for him as a person because he’s a brilliant person. He’s a thinker of the game and you’ve seen that in the first half against Tottenham.”He’s come through the coaching ranks in the right way.”He’s done his grounding, if you like, in the reserves at Manchester United. He’s gone away to Norway and done well at Molde. He’s come back and had his bad experience at Cardiff which I think most managers would say that you need. He’s gone back to Molde and now he’s got a little break.”It might be the break of his life but there’s still a lot of work to do. He won’t be getting carried away because he’ll recognise there’s still a lot of work to be done.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool fullback Andrew Robertson: Too soon to consider tableby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool fullback Andrew Robertson says they won’t focus on their Premier League leadership – just yet.The Reds, looking to capture their first ever Premier League title, sit five points clear of reigning champions Manchester City but Robertson claims they will not get carried away.Robertson said, “We’re not looking at the table just yet, there is still a long, long way to go.”Don’t get me wrong, it’s lovely to be five points clear but there are going to be twists and turns this season, as there were last season.”We’ve got off to a good start but it’s about keeping that going and keeping the momentum.”If we keep winning our games, that’s all that matters. But we won’t look at the table until it gets interesting.”
Twitter/@winnalexComedian Daniel Tosh, host of Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, really really really hates the Alabama Crimson Tide. On several occasions, he has ripped both Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin on his show, and that continued with last night’s episode.To reiterate his disdain for everything Crimson Tide, a shirtless Daniel Tosh made two Alabama alumni on his writing team get temporary Auburn neck tattoos and yell “War Eagle.”#WarEagle @danieltosh @heartofauburn @wareaglereader pic.twitter.com/7g9wUUQawq— Laurie (@winnalex) August 3, 2016The two writers really don’t seem to mind the gag. Many Alabama fans probably wouldn’t be nearly as cool with it, although you know what you’re in for as an Alabama fan working for Tosh. We’re really unsure of the context here, or why Tosh decided to pull this with college football a few months away, but for him there is no bad time to troll Alabama fans.On a previous episode of his show, Tosh, a Miami Dolphins fan, read excerpts from an unauthorized Saban biography to children, in which the Alabama head coach gives sex advice to his players. The comedian, who bears a resemblance to Lane Kiffin, also made fun of his doppelganger amidst some salacious rumors that emerged about him last September. He also took shots at the College Football Playoff committee for Alabama’s ranking last November.Alabama isn’t the only college football target in Tosh’s cross-hairs, though. He also took a very NSFW shot at Michigan, which drew the ire of Wolverines Jourdan Lewis and John O’Korn on Twitter.Alabama isn’t going anywhere, and Tosh.0 was renewed for a ninth season this past March. You can expect that this won’t be the last time he decides to work his hate for the Crimson Tide into the show. If so, he probably won’t have too much trouble picking up some Auburn fan viewers along the way.[War Eagle Reader]