Calabar overcome tough Tivoli challenge in ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup

first_imgFamiliar with what it takes to reach the second round of the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup football competition, 2005 champions Calabar High saw off the physical and tactical challenges of lowly Tivoli with a 3-1win at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday.Mickel Graham sent them ahead four minutes into the match with a powerful close-range finish, while Lenworth Reckford finished off what could go down as the goal of the match via a 19-yard free-kick, which sizzled and sailed into the back of the net in stoppage time of the first half (45 plus one minute).The half-time score was 2-1 in favour of Calabar, which scored their third goal inside 58 minutes, as Roman Rallyns capitalised on a bad giveaway by goalkeeper Romane McKenzie.Tivoli’s consolation was scored through a 42nd-minute penalty, after Renardo Burgher was adjudged to slap Rajeem Lothian inside the penalty box. Dwayne Coke subsequently fired in low and hard.The result means that Calabar pulled into second position in Group A on 10 points, the same as defending champions Jamaica College, who have a superior goaldifference.It took the Red Hills Road-based school six games to qualify for the second round, while Jamaica College have played four, with three wins and one draw.Yesterday’s game was a tense battle which saw both teams concede possession and give up numerous fouls, eight yellow cards in total and a red card to goalscorer Dwayne Coke for a rash tackle late in the game.Of Calabar’s three wins, two losses and one draw, coach Bradley Stewart said he is “not necessarily satisfied”.”(We’ve) what we think is probably enough to take us to the next round, and we hope that by virtue of having this little rest period, we will get back to a better situation,” he added.Stewart added that the break will give them a chance to recuperate and get the players back to their best.Meanwhile, Tivoli’s coach said his young team, though eliminated, will be “rebuilding for next season”.last_img read more

Wiggins carries Timberwolves to 126-118 win over Clippers

first_imgThat’s when the Wolves pulled away to a 121-114 lead on a 3-pointer by Namanja Bjelica and five straight points by Teague.“We just stayed aggressive, attacked the rim a lot,” Wiggins said.Blake Griffin had a triple-double with 32 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists for the Clippers. But he had a technical and committed two big turnovers in the closing seconds.“I can’t be the one to get a tech in the fourth quarter. I put us in a hole and sort of started the onslaught of techs in the last four minutes,” Griffin said. “We got good looks, a couple calls didn’t go our way. At the end of the day, it wasn’t the calls.”One of those calls was a 3-pointer by Lou Williams in the left corner that got waved off when Montrezl Harrell was whistled for an offensive foul with the game tied 106-all.ADVERTISEMENT Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Playing short-handed, the Minnesota Timberwolves grew up a bit.Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 40 points and Jeff Teague added 30 to help them hang on for a 126-118 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night that snapped the Wolves’ four-game road skid.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Chung’s upset over Djokovic raises tennis profile at home Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Williams has scored 20 or more points off the bench in nine straight games, the longest streak among active players and tied for the third-longest streak since 1983-84. His 473 points since Dec. 22 are the most in the NBA.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Improved to 3-0 against the Clippers this season. … Crawford sat out with a sprained left big toe in his second game at Staples Center since leaving the Clippers as a free agent last summer. He played all 82 games last season. “It’s still sore, but it’s improving,” he said. “I’m hopeful every day.”Clippers: C DeAndre Jordan missed his fifth straight game with a sprained left ankle, but could return soon. His next game will tie Randy Smith (715) for the most in franchise history. … G Austin Rivers (right ankle) sat out his 10th straight game and could be two weeks from returning. … F Danilo Gallinari (left glute) is close to coming back. … G Jawun Evans missed the game with a sore abdominal muscle.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday in the middle of their three-game western swing.Clippers: Host Boston on Wednesday, reuniting Doc Rivers with the team he guided to the 2008 NBA title.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Without injured Jimmy Butler and Jamal Crawford, the Timberwolves overcame 56 percent shooting by the Clippers and made 33 of 39 free throws — led by Teague’s 16 of 17 — to win for the seventh time in nine games.“They are playing as well as anybody in the league, so to come in here and get a win, we did do a lot of good things,” Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We got great contributions from everybody.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkClippers coach Doc Rivers and assistant Mike Woodson were ejected with seven seconds left, two of four technicals the team received in the final 4:50. Their second straight loss dropped the Clippers into ninth place in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Denver for the final playoff spot.The Wolves led by five early in the fourth quarter only to have the game devolve into a back-and-forth affair in which neither team led by more than three until the final 2:44. “That hurt,” Griffin said.With Minnesota leading 121-118, Karl-Anthony Towns’ bad pass out of bounds gave the Clippers the ball. But they lost it in a wild scramble on the floor before Griffin regained it only to get called for a double dribble.Griffin turned it over again on an out-of-bounds pass before Rivers was tossed out after assistant Sam Cassell drew a technical on the Clippers’ bench. Woodson got a technical and then was booted.“I literally got thrown out for saying, ‘You guys gave us some tough calls tonight,’” Rivers said. “That was it. No swear words, nothing. … Just like players can lose their composure, officials can lose their composure as well. Sam got a technical for saying, ‘Three seconds.’ Blake said, ‘Over my back’ and got a technical.”Rivers added: “One ref told me I couldn’t talk. I thought I was the head coach. As long as I’m respectful, I can say whatever I want. … I guess you can give a guy a tech for anything.”Los Angeles was limited to one field goal over the final 2:44, when the Clippers made all four free throws.Harrell and Williams led another strong performance by the Clippers’ bench, chipping in with 23 and 20 points, respectively.“Not a great officiated game, but it happens in the NBA once in a while,” Williams said. “They got some calls that went their way that kind of shifted the momentum.”Towns finished with 11 points — well below his 20.2 average — and 17 rebounds.TRIPLE-DOUBLEGriffin notched his seventh career regular-season triple-double, and second this season. It was his third 30-point game of the season, and he just missed equaling his season high of 33 points.LOU WILL Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right trackcenter_img Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Trainer’s stock also rises

first_imgJerwin Ancajas’ 10th round knockout of Mexican Israel Gonzalez in Corpus Christi, Texas, Sunday night, proved to be a windfall for his trainer too, as Joven Jimenez was flooded with inquiries from those interested to join his stable.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Go for Gold coach says Jerwin Gaco injury ‘nothing serious’ LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Among those who expressed interest were Australian and Chinese boxers, who are willing to train in Survival Camp, which Jimenez and Ancajas put up in Brgy. Ramirez, Magallanes, Cavite.“Of course, they (foreign boxers) will pay,” said Jimenez, a former amateur boxer and Navyman. “Jerwin and I will be joint partners.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMeanwhile, promoter Bob Arum told the LA Times Monday that Manny Pacquiao’s opponent for his next fight slated April 14 at Madison Square Garden in New York will be known within the week. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases View comments Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreaklast_img read more

Creative thinking needed to keep sugar alive – Professor Rose

first_imgGAWU’s 21st Delegates CongressDespite its many challenges, both globally and locally, the sugar industry in Guyana will remain alive through creative thinking, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana (UG) and historian, Professor James Rose has declared.Former UG Vice Chancellor, Dr James Rose addressing delegatesAddressing the opening of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) 21st Delegates Congress on Sunday at Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Dr Rose pointed to the current challenges faced by workers arising from the global economic and financial crises and increasing poverty in the world.Delegates awarded for their long and dedicated serviceHe also noted that the sugar industry in Guyana, over its long history, has experienced many challenges, but through creative thinking, it has managed to cope and overcome the obstacles.He stressed that a similar approach was needed today and urged that all stakeholders work together.GAWU President Komal Chand expressed optimism that the industry could be turned around and placed on a sustainable footing through certain diversification initiatives.Chand said workers were the industry’s most important asset and accused the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) of an uncaring approach in recent times.He called on GuySuCo and, more particularly, the Interim Management Committee (IMC), to end its hostility towards the workers and the Union.Chand also called on workers to “stand up and defend their rights” in the face of the “massive challenges” which they were confronted with at this time, while calling for a total rejection of the reprivatisation of the industry.He reiterated the need for unity among workers, while stressing the need for support and cooperation to rebuild the industry. Chand cautioned against those who were looking to sow division among the workers.GAWU said that the delegates condemned GuySuCo for its “attack on workers’ rights and benefits which they vowed to safeguard”.“They were especially dismayed by the decision of the Corporation not to grant paid release and assist in transportation for sugar workers attending the Congress, and this they emphasised was discriminatory.”According to Chand, some workers reported that intimidating tactics were also employed by certain GuySuCo personnel to prevent workers from attending the Congress. These efforts to undermine the Union’s highest decision-making forum, he noted, were roundly condemned. “The workers also stressed the need for unity among all workers in the bargaining units of the Union and workers in Guyana generally since only through their togetherness and working-class unity, they would be able to overcome their various challenges,” the Union stated.Meanwhile, the Union elected a new 52-member General Council on Tuesday, the final day of the three-day congress.The new General Council, charged with managing the affairs of the Union, at its first meeting will elect its new executive.The Congress also “unanimously approved” nine resolutions which addressed safeguarding and defending workers’ gains in the sugar industry; rejecting reprivatisation and closure of the sugar industry; education and training; unity of the working class; the National Insurance Scheme (NIS); wage/salary improvements and Annual Production Incentive (API); solidarity with the workers of Wales Estate; the public health situation and solidarity with all working oppressed peoples as well as world peace.The Congress, held under the theme “United Struggles for Workers’ Rights, Democracy and a Secure Future”, was attended by some 500 delegates from the Union’s 14 bargaining units across the sugar belt.Twenty-three members were also rewarded for their long and dedicated service in the development of GAWU.last_img read more

Magistrate’s Court cannot hear US extradition case – Defence Attorneys

first_img2011 US murderAttorneys Nigel Hughes, Darren Wade and Bernard DaSilva, representing fugitive Troy Thomas, stated at Monday’s extradition proceedings that their client could not be extradited.Troy ThomasThomas explained to the Magistrate’s Court that it had no jurisdiction to hear the case and there were violations of his client’s rights to be protected as a Guyanese citizen.Additionally, the string of lawyers requested that the matter be called at the High Court, where it could be well-addressed.The oral submissions continued as Attorney Wade disputed that the extradition treaty between the United States of America (USA) and Guyana was ever introduced into local law, and therefore it would have no effect, alluding to several cases in the past.On behalf of the USA, Stacy Gooding made her appearance and revealed that she would need some time to review the cases, since she was not presented with them before.In light of these circumstances, the matter was adjourned until April 11 and was transferred to the Providence Magistrate’s Court, where Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus would continue to preside over the case.Thomas, a Guyanese American, is wanted in New York in connection with the murder of Keith Frank in 2011. Frank was shot multiple times after a confrontation outside a nightclub. Thomas was recognised as the alleged murderer after which he moved to Guyana and has not since visited the USA. After receiving information that he was residing in Guyana, the USA had issued a warrant for him earlier this year.last_img read more

Motor Sports Etc.

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NASCAR on FOX analyst Darrell Waltrip was asked about the controversy surrounding his brother Michael’s car, which failed inspection after qualifying for the Daytona 500. Inspectors found a foreign substance in the intake manifold and confiscated the car. “I asked him what the story is. And I’ll say this, when he said he didn’t know anything about his engine, he wasn’t lying,” Darrell Waltrip said. “He knows diddly-squat about engines.” … Troy Aikman is entering his second year as a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series team owner. He and Roger Staubach own Hall of Fame Racing with Tony Raines as driver of their No. 96 Chevrolet. Aikman, who won three Super Bowls as quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, said there are some similarities between football and running a NASCAR team. “The most important thing, and I know Roger believes this as well, is that the successes that I’ve been able to have, at any level or whatever the field might be, it’s about having good people good talented people who are team players,” said Aikman, who played quarterback for UCLA. … The 2007 NHRA Summit E.T. Drag Racing season begins Sunday at Irwindale Speedway. The event marks the first of eight scheduled for Irwindale’s eighth-mile drag strip. Gates open at 7 a.m., with eliminations set to begin at 1 p.m. Admission is $10. last_img read more

Ibrahimovic v Costa: Who would you rather have?

first_imgWeaknesses:Zlatan’s biggest strength is arguably his greatest weakness – his ego. The Swede famously fell-out with Pep Guardiola, notoriously clashes with the media and sometimes rubs his teammates up the wrong way.Similarly, Costa’s aggressive nature sometimes counts against the Spaniard and he recently missed three-games for a stamp on Liverpool’s Emre Can.You might say that Costa, like Ibrahimovic, will not destroy you for pace, but you offer them space at your peril.VerdictIf you had to pick a player for an entire season, Costa is your man, strong, robust and guarantees you a goal every other game, the Spaniard may not have the same technical ability or swagger of Zlatan, but he is ruthless and highly effective where it matters – 17 of his league goals have come from 18 yards or closer.Zlatan, by his own admission, is a wonderfully gifted footballer, and in a one-off game, he would be your man – capable of winning a game single-handedly with moments of genius. The Swede’s unpredictability is his biggest weapon and few others command the aura that Ibrahimovic carries with him.Ultimately, both are brilliant strikers, and leaders of their team and it will intriguing to see who comes on top over the two legs, as the one with the more goals will likely impact who advances to the quarter-finals.Watch Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s top ten goals:Watch Diego Costa’s top ten goals for Atletico Madrid:Football fans, who would you choose – Ibrahimovic or Costa? Comment below… Strengths:Zlatan is a physical specimen, 6ft 5in in stature, but with phenomenal levels of athleticism – as Joe Hart will know after his stunning overhead kick for Sweden against England in 2012.The Swede can score in all sorts of ways, and it’s difficult to argue with his scoring record and trophy cabinet to match.Costa is the complete team player, and the ideal Jose Mourinho player. He embraces the physical side of the game – as Emre Can will testify to – but is a menace in the box and rarely allows the opposition defence a moment to breathe.The Spaniard looks after the ball with great skill, retains possession in tight areas and brings other players into the game. What a dilemma to have – Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Diego Costa? Who do you go for? The pair are among the best strikers in world football and will go head-to-head as PSG and Chelsea clash in the Champions League Round of 16.Both lead their clubs with a talismanic-like aura – Blues fans embrace Costa’s robust, no-nonsense approach, while Parisians worship Ibrahimovic’s classy arrogance.Costa is a hard-playing, ruthless centre forward who has embraced the physicality of the Premier League, whereas Zlatan is intelligent and skilful, but both are capable of deciding a game in an instance.But who is better and who would you have in your side, the arrogance of the Swede or the aggression of the Brazilian-born Spaniard? talkSPORT takes a look…Statistics:Zlatan has been the better of the two in Europe this season  – in a group including Ajax and Barcelona – the Swede has bagged two goals in three games.Costa on the other hand, has struggled to find the form that helped Atletico Madrid to the final last season, and he has yet to score or assist in five games against relatively inferior opposition – Schalke, Sporting Liston and Maribor.However, domestically the Spaniard is a class apart, scoring 17 goals in 19 matches to help Chelsea to a seven-point lead over leaders Manchester City, while Ibrahimovic has 11 in 17 – still respectable, but PSG sit third in Ligue 1, behind Lyon and Marseille. 3 3 3 What a dilemma to have – Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Diego Costa? Who do you go for? The pair are among the best strikers in world football and will go head-to-head as PSG and Chelsea clash in the Champions League Round of 16. last_img read more

Golden grapplers battle for section titles

first_imgThe Golden League sent 56 wrestlers into the Southern Section Central Division individual championships Friday at Brea Olinda High, where action concludes today, with 14 weight-class finals scheduled between 5 and 7 p.m. Antelope Valley (16-4), which won its first league title since 1987 and advanced to last week’s Div. V Dual Meet title match, is represented at Brea Olinda by 11 wrestlers, including returning Masters Meet qualifier Eric Timson and five other league champions. Three-time league champion Josh Purpus leads a team-maximum 14 qualifiers for Highland (32-9), which finished second in the Golden League and lost 34-30 to champion Royal of Simi Valley in the Div V Dual Meet tournament. Two-time league champions Jeff Merrill (112) and Kevin Plunkett (215) lead an eight-entry Lancaster contingent. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Quartz Hill (seven entries), Palmdale and Knight (six each) and Littlerock (five) also opened postseason individual competition at Brea Olinda, with the top five wrestlers in each class advancing to the Feb. 24-25 Masters Meet at Fountain Valley. Timson, who has gone 34-3 with 24 pins at 140 pounds this season, came within one victory of qualifying for the state meet last season, then won his first league title this season, following three consecutive second-place finishes. Timothy Javines (145), Myron Castro (160), Justin Paulson (171), Luis Michel (189) and Willie Carranza (103) are the Antelopes’ other league champions at Brea Olinda. Purpus, Jon Vaughn (119), Gerry Galaviz (135) and Ryan Gifford (152) are league champions for Highland. Other Golden League champions at Brea Olinda are Lancaster’s Irvin Garcia (130) and Palmdale’s Giovanni Sarran (heavyweight). Dual Meet finals: Antelope Valley and Highland made a strong showing at the 16-team Div. V Dual Meet finals at Kaiser last week, the Antelopes reaching the title match for the first time and three-time section dual-meet champion Highland giving two-time champion Royal its closest match of the day. “It was our toughest match of the whole tournament, I thought,” said Kevin Dunn, Royal’s junior standout, who is ranked No. 2 in the state at 119 pounds. Antelope Valley received another solid performance from Timson and a huge win from Javines, whose near-fall in the closing seconds of the final bout against No. 2 seeded Cajon secured a 37-36 semifinal victory that gave the Antelopes their first section title-match appearance. “I knew that I had to win so that we could get to the final,” said Javines, a senior who took a 34-6 record into section individual competition. “I did my thing and I ended up winning.” Javines said the Antelopes’ success at the Dual Meet finals exceeded what he thought they could accomplish this season. “We thought we could win league,” he said, “but we surpassed our expectations.” Looking ahead: Highland coach Mike Young is looking forward to next season after doing better than he expected with a young team that had seniors in only half of the 14 starting weights. “We had a lot of young kids in our lineup,” Young said after the quarterfinal loss to Royal. “I was real proud of the way they wrestled. When you’re the eighth seed you face the first seed in the second round, and we gave it a heck of a go.” Royal, which lost just once all season, didn’t clinch the win over Highland until the next-to-last bout of the match. “This team is a young group of kids in a year that was supposed to be rebuilding,” Young said. “Granted, we’re second in the league in a tie, and, granted, we’re out in the quarterfinals in CIF to the top seed, but I don’t think we have anything to be ashamed about this group. “I tell you what, look out for this group next year. Some my top kids are coming back next year – Randy Wallerstein, Gerry Galaviz, Ryan Gifford, Mike Larkin.” Dave Shelburne, (818) 713-3609 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Is this how Arsenal’s starting XI could look next season with four new signings?

first_img 11 11 11 2. Centre back: Shkodran Mustafi – The German international was a £35m signing last summer and endured a mixed campaign due to form and fitness. There is clearly quality there and a Confederations Cup win with his nation will no doubt buoy him going into the new season. He is likely to play on the right side of a back-three. 11 11 8. Centre midfield: William Carvalho – With a replacement for Santi Cazorla sorely needed in the centre of the pitch, it might come in the form of the more defence-minded Carvalho. Arsenal’s switch to a 3-4-2-1 means they could do with a more solid spine and the Sporting Lisbon star should provide it, if he makes the rumoured move this summer. He’s an accurate but unspectacular passer who can keep things ticking. 6. Left wing-back: Sead Kolasinac – Arsenal’s first signing of the summer, Kolasinac joins on a free transfer from Schalke, and there is plenty of optimism over his role in the team next season. Wenger needed to freshen up the left flank and he could excel in a wing-back position. The 23-year-old scored three and assisted five in the Bundesliga, while averaging 2.8 tackles and 3.2 interceptions per game. 4. Centre-back: Rob Holding – It wasn’t expected the ex-Bolton man would make much of an impact last season, but injuries and suspensions saw him thrown in at the deep end. His displays in the latter stages of the campaign, and in the FA Cup final, should see him given another chance this coming year. We’re now into July, the summer transfer window is officially open, and Arsenal’s attention seems firmly on strengthening their squad.The north London outfit have already landed Sead Kolasinac, who joins on a free from Schalke.His arrival has excited many, and more are likely to follow him to the Emirates, which is a thrilling prospect, especially if they can hold onto Alexis Sanchez too.France strike ace Alexandre Lacazette appears to be an imminent signing, while other players are being linked with a switch to the Emirates.But how will that alter manager Arsene Wenger’s starting XI? Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Arsenal line up for the 2017/18 campaign… 5. Right wing-back: Hector Bellerin – Poor form saw Bellerin demoted to the bench in the second half of the season and he’s had to earn his place back in the starting line-up. His attitude, though, has been praised and he should return to top form next term, and continue to improve. 11 11 11 11 7. Centre midfield: Granit Xhaka – Swiss star Xhaka made a promising start to life at the Emirates, but things quickly took a turn, with his discipline a major concern. He hugely improved in the final few weeks of the season, though, and while some might view his debut year with Arsenal a failure considering the large transfer fee, he has the ability to build on his end of campaign displays. 3. Centre back: Laurent Koscielny – About to turn 32, the France centre-back is entering the back end of his career at the top level. He’s struggling with persistent injuries but is still able to put in a superb shift when it matters most, making him a vital leader for the Gunners. 11 10. Attacking midfield: Alexis Sanchez – Sanchez carried Arsenal for most of last season, finishing as the club’s top scorer by 12 goals. He scored 24 and assisted 10, so it’s little surprise reports suggest he’s unhappy by a lack of direction at the Emirates. He’s the main man for the club and they need to prioritise getting him to sign a contract extension. 11 9. Attacking midfield: Gelson Martins – Reportedly on the way from Sporting Lisbon in a £70m double deal with Carvalho, Martins will add pace and flair to a pedestrian midfield. He could cause havoc moving inside from the right flank, allowing Hector Bellerin to get forward. 1. Goalkeeper: Petr Cech – check out our predicted 2017/18 Arsenal XI by clicking the right arrow above… – Cech is coming to the end of his career, but for now, he is firmly the first choice goalkeeper for Arsenal. He started 35 of the Gunners’ 38 league games last season and will remain a regular next term. 11. Centre forward: Alexandre Lacazette – A £52million deal to sign Ligue 1 hotshot Lacazette could be done in days as the Gunners finally land a player who is a proven 20-goal striker. His arrival will see Olivier Giroud having to tough it out on the bench again next year.last_img read more

Bugisu defeats Teso to reach Drum quarter finals

first_imgBugisu’s James Alitho (left) celebrates with Muwada Mawejje (right) at the StarTimes stadium on Sunday (Photos by FUFA media)FUFA Drum 2018Bugisu 2-1 TesoStarTimes stadium, LugogoSunday, 24-062018Bugisu became the eighth team to reach the 2018 FUFA Drum quarter finals after a win over Teso in the re-arranged fixture.The initial game was abandoned after 75 minutes last week due to crowd trouble and it was resolved that it would be re-played at a neutral stadium this past Sunday.Bugisu who went into the game needing to avoid defeat so as to progress to the next round ended up walking away with all three points despite falling behind in the first half.Teso who were missing both Cranes captain Denis Onyango and striker Emmanuel Okwi took the lead at the half hour mark thanks to a Bright Star’s Opejo Kokas’s goal.Five minutes inside the second half Bugisu Captain Nicholas Wadada scored a stunning goal to equalize for the visitors before Muwada Mawejje scored the winner in the 77th Minute to give Busigsu the victory.Bugisu’s captain Nicholas Wadada scored his side’s equalizer on SundayTeso’s Wills Otong was shown matching orders after his second booking in the 90th minute.As a tournament custom, Muwada u was named Man of the Match accolade and was handed the sum of shillings One Hundred thousand (100,000) Shillings by the FUFA 2nd Vice President Darius Mugoye who was also the Chief Guest representing the FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo.Muwada Mawejje (right) won the man of the match accolade on SundayBugisu joins group A winners Busoga as the two teams that qualify for the quarter finals from that particular group.Acholi, Buganda, Kampala, Bukedi, West Nile and Ankole are the other six that made it to the last eight.Final standings after the last group games:Group A1. Busoga 13pts2. Bugisu  13pts3. Teso      08pts4. Sebei    0ptsGroup B1. Acholi     11pts2. Buganda 10pts3. Lango 08pts4. Kigezi 04ptsGroup C1. Kampala  12pts2. Bukedi     09pts3. Bunyoro   07pts4. Rwenzori 03ptsGroup D1. West Nile 11pts2. Ankole      09pts3. Tooro        08pts4. Karamoja  04pts*The top two qualified for the quarter finalsThe Quarter finals match ups:Saturday 30th June 2018-Ankole Province vs Busoga Province-Bugisu Province vs West Nile Province-Bukedi Province vs Acholi ProvinceSunday 1st July 2018-Buganda Province vs Kampala ProvinceComments Tags: BugisuFufa Drum 2018Tesolast_img read more