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Jacket a perfect fit for Kevin

Jacket a perfect fit for Kevin

first_imgThe fairways have benefitted from recent rains and, in fact, it was no carts on fairways for many fairways, but not all. The greens played well, but there were some tricky pin placements.The weather was certainly very warm but without the odd relieving breeze that we have had other days.It has been almost three weeks since Kevin LaBar wore the Green Jacket. He has taken a liking to it as he showed again today how perfectly it fits him. Kevin’s score of 40 points had him in front, but close behind were two players on 39 points.Francis McGuigan, in a rare visit to Links, won that countback from another who we have not seen for some time, Gabriel Enright.George Mueller sat on his own at the 34 points mark for fourth place, followed by another countback for fifth and sixth.This was a three-way contest with all on 33 points, where Bill Stewart had the best back nine to beat Mike Firkin, while Rowan Lucas, in his last game this trip, was unlucky to miss out.Bryan Barrell and Iain Craigen both expected some headwear, just which way around. Bryan wore the “silly hat” for 9 points on a nine and Iain had his favourite “wig” for lowest score.Regular readers may wonder why six places!At Links, the organizers are usually able to breeze through the day, all systems work. BUT there are some days where people cannot fall into line. Late nights, no phone calls, yes, I am, no I’m not etc. Maurice changed the envelopes five times between 7.00 am and 8.44 am. Two flights, no, one flight, no…In the end “just do six places, phew!” Normal calm will resume tomorrow.Near pins: Bill Copeland (A flight), Tip Briney x 2 (B flight), and once again one “A’ flight pin went begging.Winners at Green Valley1st Place – Kevin LaBar (12) – 40 pts2nd Place – Francis McGuigan (16) – 39 pts c/back3rd Place – Gabriel Enright (17) – 39 pts4th Place – George Mueller (15) – 34 pts5th Place – Bill Stewart (20) – 33 pts c/back6th Place – Mike Firkin (24) – 33 pts c/backBest Front Nine (non-winners) Wayne Peppernell 19 ptsBest Back Nine (non-winners) Andrew Purdie 20 pts Winner, Kevin LaBar with Bryan Barrell (L) and Iain Craigen (R).Pattaya Links Golf SocietyRayong Green Valley Wednesday. Oct. 2 StablefordWhen Pattaya Links Golf Society went to Green Valley a month ago for the first time in a long time, it was being prepared for a Singha Competition and was in very good shape.Happy to say now, that standard has been kept up and the course is looking very good.last_img read more

Don Bland tames Rayong Green Valley

Don Bland tames Rayong Green Valley

first_imgPSC Golf from The Golf Club Sports Bar & GrillMonday, August 1, Rayong Green Valley – Stableford1st Don Bland (4) 41 pts 2nd John Emmerson (9) 39 pts (cb)3rd Dan Avon (14) 39 pts4th Noel Pittard (4) 37 pts Our regular Monday fixture was populated with 18 of Pattaya’s finest clubbers, which for low season was a decent turnout. The skies above were “fontoc boy-boy” as the locals say and by the time we got to the course it had turned out beautiful. Right now, Green Valley is in tip-top shape so there should be no excuses for not shooting well here.The Australians were out here in full force and being the tough competitors they are, we were in for a battle royal as Noel, Don, Steve and resident Sugar Ray were our mates representing the Southern Hemisphere.Don Bland.As it turned out, Don Bland was anything but and turned in his card with a big 41 circled at the top. Well played Don – and also good luck to you and Noel up in Siam Reap as well.John Emmerson beat Don Avon on count back with 39 as Noel Pittard just missed out with his 37, good but not quite enough Noel!Wednesday, August 3, Phoenix – Stableford1st Peter Fagerlund (23) 40 pts2nd Chris Parr (19) 35 pts3rd Roger Verville (12) 33 ptsIt is so nice to hop over to a course in less than 30 minutes and that is one huge benefit of Phoenix. After the recent rains and wind the course was a little leafy but the greens-keeping staff were out taking care of the carnage. The heat was a factor today and my fellow walkers were starting to question the decision to go cartless on the day. We survived, but next time a buggy would be in order for sure.Scandie visitor Peter Fagerlund was sensible and took the cart option and maybe it helped him to score the 40 points to be our winner on the day. Peter is a big lad and his game should improve quickly with a few lessons, so watch out!Chris Parr is a regular visitor to Pattaya from upcountry and a recent addition to The Golf Club gang and we are glad to have Chris on board.  Chris was kind enough to get in a round of drinks before heading out to the airport. We quickly headed back to The Golf Club for our Wednesday Steak Night and a few bevvies, of course.Friday, August 5, Treasure Hill – Stableford1st Steve Grant (9) 35 pts2nd Henry O’Brien (19) 32 pts3rd David Shelton (7) 27 ptsAfter last month’s PSC Monthly Medal here we just had to come back. Apparently the Saha Group recently bought the course and we observed a great deal of work being done by several dozen staff. There are lots of new but mature tree plantings, improved or new cart paths and decorative features as well being attended to. The only thing I would attack straight away is the 18th green. Get your approach shot close to the pin and it won’t be an issue! I am sure this repair is on their agenda, so be patient, it will be worth the wait.There is great camaraderie on a trip like this one to Soi Dao.The course was designed by Yoshikazu Kato who also designed the legendary Blue Canyon in Phuket and Kabinburi Sport Club where we will be on our road trip in early September. Treasure Hill is a great track and if you have not played here you really should put it on your list.You can’t make many mistakes on this course and expect to win, and Steve Grant did little wrong on the day. The greens proved faster than they looked but not a problem for Mr. Grant.Someone who shall go unmentioned took a choked down driver on the 215yd 2nd par 3 and stuck it to 8 feet, then sunk the birdie putt only to find out we did not have a 2’s comp on the day.  No, it wasn’t Seamless this time, he was up at Soi Dao.We returned Friday afternoon to The Golf Club in a mere 40 minutes door-to-door, well worth the trip and good luck to Treasure Hill in their improvements to this great course.August 2 – 4, Soi Dao Highlands Road TripIt was a busy week for The Golf Club as in addition to our Pattaya schedule, we also ventured out once again to Soi Dao for the monthly road trip. Teacher Jez was the main instigator for this outing and had to get another trip in before school starts. It turned out to be a good idea.Timing is everything and after loads of rain last week, the ground was moist and springy but not a drop touched a head on the trip as the clouds lifted to a beautiful week in the mountains. The hills were so alive you could almost hear Julie Andrews!There is great camaraderie on a trip like this and everyone pitches in with wine and cheese, nibbles for après golf, and a few litres of quality spirits.It was so good to see Papa Mikey Craighead back with us to show Soi Dao rookie Dale Shier the lay of the land on this Dennis Griffiths (Phoenix, Thai C.C.) designed layout. Soi Dao is a special place and this trip was very special for Roger Kohler and Bob Newell as they glided along over the three day tour with some of their best golf seen recently to demolish the competition. Well played lads!Tour Tip: Soi Dao Highlands has a low season special of 2,200 baht for a single golfer that includes 2 days unlimited golf green fees from check-in and 1 night hotel room with breakfast, a great deal at a great course.Thanks to all for participating in this week’s fixtures, and don’t forget to check us out on facebook/golfclubpattaya for updates, musings, and scandals in general.The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro, off Soi Buakhao and Soi Diana junction. We can be reached on 085 434 3377 or pattaya4golf@gmail.com and our is www.golfclubpattaya.com.last_img read more

Steelers slammed 30-17 by hated Ravens in wild card

Steelers slammed 30-17 by hated Ravens in wild card

first_imgBaltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (55) celebrates after intercepting a pass by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) in the fourth quarter of an NFL wildcard playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Ben Roethlisberger was helped to his feet and walked slowly to the sideline, trying to clear his head from a hard hit and a night that didn’t go his way.Postseasons don’t usually end at Heinz Field. Not like this. Not to hated Baltimore.Without injured All-Pro back Le’Veon Bell, the Steelers were one-dimensional on offense and didn’t do nearly enough to stop the Ravens, who snapped a three-game playoff losing streak against their bitter rivals with a 30-17 victory on Saturday night in the AFC wild-card game.The Steelers (11-6), who had to settle for field goals instead of touchdowns in the first half, closed within 20-15 in the fourth quarter but gave up 10 straight points. Roethlisberger, forced from the game for a few plays with a neck injury after he was sacked with Pittsburgh down by 15 and desperately driving, threw an interception in the end zone with 2:57 left to seal the Steelers’ fate.Roethlisberger finished 31 of 45 for 334 yards and threw two interceptions. He was sacked five times by the Ravens, who were in his face for four quarters and finally got to leave Pittsburgh victorious following three agonizing playoff losses.Following the game, Roethlisberger slowly dressed at his locker, grimacing as he pulled his short over a large wrap around his right hand.The black and gold were black and blue.With Bell sidelined by a hyperextended right knee, the Steelers only rushed for 68 yards and weren’t able to keep Baltimore’s defense from pinning back its ears and going after Big Ben.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Gearóid McInerney returns for Galway

Gearóid McInerney returns for Galway

first_img8 Johnny Coen 1 James Skehill 12 Jonathon Glynn The Galway Team to Play Limerick in the All Ireland Senior Hurling Final on Sunday has been named. Gearoid McInerney has recovered from injury to start in the centre back position, with Joseph Cooney being restored to the attack. McInerney comes in for club mate Niall Burke. Elsewhere the team is along expected lines. The throw in on Sunday is 3.30pm and the game is live on Galway Bay Fm. 4 John Hanbury 10 Joseph Cooney 7 Aidan Harte 6 Gearoid McInerney 2 Adrian Tuohy 5 Padraic Mannion 3 Daithi Burke 11 Joe Canning 13 Conor Whelan 15 Cathal Mannion 9 David Burke (Capt.) 14 Conor Cooney print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

APOEL ready to be crowned champions

APOEL ready to be crowned champions

first_imgBy Iacovos ConstantinouThe Cyprus football championship comes to an end on Sunday with leaders APOEL needing just a point away to Ermis Aradippou to clinch the title. Three teams – AEK, Apollon and Omonia – are level on points in second place, but with their European involvement guaranteed following APOEL’s midweek Cyprus Cup win, these games will be of little interest.More than 4,000 APOEL fans are expected to travel to the Ammochostos stadium in Larnaca to see APOEL try and secure the point needed to win their third consecutive championship and first ever back to back league and cup ‘double’. Few will bet against the Nicosia giants achieving their goal especially as their opponents, Ermis, released a host of first team players a few weeks back and have been fielding a largely inexperienced side with players as young as 15 getting some playing time. APOEL’s stand-in coach Gustavo Manduca will be without Vinicius and Sergio who are suspended while winger Aloneftis is also set to miss out after picking up an injury in the cup final. Germany’s Lanig is expected to replace Vinicius while Artymatas will probably slot in at the back.Apollon, who were favourites for the title just a few weeks ago but imploded, will want to give their disappointed fans something to cheer about while Omonia impressed with their attacking play this season making for an exciting game.AEK, perhaps the most entertaining team this season, can secure second place irrespective of the other results if they take all three points against Anorthosis at the GSZ stadium.The remaining three (Group B games) are: AEL vs Nea Salamona, Doxa vs Ethnikos Achnas and Ayia Napa vs Othellos Athienou.All group A games will be played on Sunday with the Group B ones played a day earlier. All six games begin at 17.00.last_img read more

Sovereign Wealth Fund: a Proposed Framework for Guyana’s Petroleum Sector (Part 5)

Sovereign Wealth Fund: a Proposed Framework for Guyana’s Petroleum Sector (Part 5)

first_imgToday’s edition of this SWF series presents an overview of the SWFs around the world, such as in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In so doing, this article seeks to put into perspective the rationale for their development by these countries, their roles in the global financial markets, and to the countries’ economic development.Overview of SWFs in AsiaSWF assets of Asian countries currently account for about 40 percent of total global SWF assets. The growth of Asian SWFs is a relatively new phenomenon, which emerged as a consequence of two economic factors. Firstly, as the large, export-driven East Asian countries accumulated enormous foreign currency reserves, policy makers started evaluating the desirable level of reserves. The second factor was that the U.S dollar (the main reserve currency), depreciated significantly in recent years, and the returns of these reserve investments came under scrutiny. Thus it was decided to establish SWFs as a tool to address these issues (World Bank, 2014).On the contrary, other large SWFs in East Asia, such as Singapore and Malaysia, were originally established in order to enhance the efficiency of managing government’s holdings in domestic corporations, which were accumulated in the process of government-led economic development. These funds then started to invest internationally, and today these funds operate more like a commercial investment company. Additionally, a few countries, namely Brunei and Timor-Leste, had established their SWFs with commodity revenues as savings or stabilization funds. These types of funds have relatively less need for short-term income streams. Rather, they need high, long-term returns with prudent levels of risk, so as to support productive investment in growth-enhancing and poverty-reducing spending on needed infrastructure, such as agriculture, health, education and basic service delivery.In history, however, it was evidenced that in some instances these funds have actually amplified, rather than mitigated, the adverse effects of oil and gas windfalls (World Bank, 2014).China’s SWFChina’s SWF, the China Investment Corporation (CIC), was established in September, 2007 – and is one of the largest SWFs in the world. The CIC was created to improve the rate of return on China’s $1.5 trillion in foreign exchange reserves and to absorb some of the country’s excess financial liquidity. The CIC is a semi-independent, quasi-governmental investment firm mandated to invest a portion of China’s foreign exchange reserves. The CIC reports directly to China’s State Council, conferring it with the equivalent standing of a ministry, and the State Council’s leader.A number of international finance experts had expressed some concerns about the recent growth in SWFs, and the CIC in particular. Some analysts had argued that major shifts in SWF investments could potentially disrupt global financial markets and the U.S economy. On the other hand, other analysts were less concerned about SWF and the CIC, and welcomed their participation in international investment markets (CRS Report for Congress, 2008).Nonetheless, China responded by maintaining that the CIC will prove to be a source of market stability. But despite its reassurances in this regard, there were calls for greater oversight and regulation of SWFs. Some experts suggested elements to be included in such guidelines, such as standards for transparency, governance and reciprocity. It was also suggested that the United States review its laws and regulations governing foreign investments in the United States, with the possibility of implementing special procedures or restrictions on proposed investments by SWFs – inclusive of limits of SWF ownership of U.S companies, financial reporting requirement, and restrictions on types of equity investments SWFs can make in U.S firms (CRS Report for Congress, 2008).Arab Sovereign Wealth FundsKuwait Investment AuthorityThe Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) is mandated to achieve long-term returns on Kuwait’s surplus oil revenue and to provide an alternative source of government income for when the country’s oil resources are depleted. The KIA is set up as an autonomous government institution, and is responsible for the management and administration of the Future Generations Fund (FGF) and the General Reserve Fund (GRF), as well as any other fund entrusted to it by the Kuwait Minister of Finance (Behrendt, 2008).The SWFs of Abu DhabiThe Emirate of Abu Dhabi controls three relevant SWFs: the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), Mubadala Development Company and the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC). All three of these funds, over the course of several decades, were established to manage the emirate’s oil and gas income, strengthen its position in the regional and global oil markets, and eventually help diversify Abu Dhabi’s economy away from risks posed by volatile oil markets (Behrendt, 2008).Dubai SWFWhile Abu Dhabi and Kuwait have managed their foreign investments through SWFs for decades, Dubai’s portfolio of SWFs was developed only just over a decade or so, in an effort to benefit from global investment opportunities. As such, Dubai does not have an extensive track record of managing the government’s external assets. Dubai’s investment landscape was fairly fragmented, and private ownership appeared to be much more dominant there than other countries (Behrendt, 2008).last_img read more

EU Breaks Down €30 Million Project Donor Fund

EU Breaks Down €30 Million Project Donor Fund

first_imgThe European Union (EU), one of Liberia’s major donor partners, has disclosed that it is considering some strategies to employ in the use of the recently donated €30 million Euros in order to have the needed impact on communities and people for whom it is intended. The donated amount was recently announced for Liberia to support the Cocoa and Fishery sectors.In an interview with the Daily Observer on Friday, January 13, Alberto Menghini, Head of Cooperation Section-Resilience, EU Delegation to Liberia, underscored solicitation of views of beneficial groups as one of the strategies.According to Mr. Menghini, they have over the time realized that community ownership is absent in the implementation of projects in Liberia, something they believe needs to change so that beneficiaries will have full participation.He said the EU implements its projects through non-governmental organizations including ZOA, BRAC, APDRA, among others, and they have been doing fairly well over the period.Nevertheless, the EU Head of Cooperation-Resilience indicated that perhaps due to poor project design and incapacitated institution, they are unable to meet their set goals.He said EU considers the €30 million Euro project as an emergency, emphasizing that despite many supports that have come to Liberia, many Liberians still “go to bed without food on their table.”Menghini also indicated that realizing their goals and objective for the €30 million will require close supervision by the EU.This aspect, he said, will require him and others to go into the field where projects are implemented to directly interact with beneficiaries so as to establish whether or not they are receiving the needed impact.Furthermore, Menghini said they have now decided to liaise with the media organize excursions into the field to interview beneficiaries on the impacts of projects. This way, he suggested, journalists would be able to find out whether or not beneficiaries are participating in the project.He said while the EU is not afraid of criticism, they want journalists to clearly and honestly establish facts about the impacts of EU’s projects on communities so that the general public will develop informed opinions. He added that they also intend breaking down their activities into simple communication terms to help the public understand what they do.Based on this communication concept, Mr. Menghini said they have set up a Facebook page where activities of EU will be published and people will be welcome to engage and comment.The EU official mentioned land rights, bad roads and “petty corruption” as problems they have noticed as constraints they faced in implementing agricultural projects in the country.With land, he said when communities and individuals are entitled to it and are free to make available portion by their discretion, projects will forge ahead and the impacts will be felt.He lauded the Liberian government for work done to connect parts of the country by road, but said there are still challenges faced as to how farmers get their goods from the farm to market.Corruption, according to him, is done when commercial drivers are compelled to pay illegal fees to police and immigration officers at checkpoints.He said when this is done; drivers in turn levy high costs of transportation fares on farmers which adversely affect consumers in terms of prices of commodities. While still in the position to support Liberia in its socio-economic drive, the EU Cooperation Section head, however, emphasized that the “dependency syndrome” remains a worrisome situation in Liberia.He said “I would like to hear Liberians asking partners what do you want us to do instead of telling them (partners) we want you do this for us. International support cannot serve as engine for the development drive of Liberia, but Liberians should be able to drive their own development.”Meanwhile, of the €30 million Euros announced by the EU, €7 million will go to Fisheries while €8.5 million is allotted for cocoa. Menghini said the cocoa industry has a huge commercial potential that investing therein will empower farmers to yield fruits of their labor.According to him the €7 million Euros to the Fishery sector will be used to help organize the Bureau of Fisheries and to also foster legal formality that will support licensing of fishing vessels in Liberia’s territorial waters.€2 million of the €30 million will go to the Ministry of Agriculture for support to that arm of government while the remaining €12 million will go to selected communities.Mr. Menghini said benefiting communities will decide what to be done with the €12 million and in line with their decision, EU and partners will use it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Amid hotshot passers, old men Brady and Brees roll on

Amid hotshot passers, old men Brady and Brees roll on

first_imgNew England has similar questions to answer, and they will magnify after the playoffs. Brady has had an inconsistent season with little established talent around him. His only dependable veteran target is Julian Edelman, and the protection has been spotty at best. Unlike Brees, who still has the mobility to make plays outside the pocket, Brady is pretty much stationary.He’s also perhaps the greatest pocket passer ever. Surely, the fiery, often combative (on the field) Brady is the most accomplished quarterback with his six rings. To ever dismiss him is foolish, and the Patriots are 12-3, just like the Saints.But there are more negative vibes around Brady than ever. His passer rating could wind up his lowest since 2003. His contract ends after this season. There have been rumblings he wants out of New England, whether by retirement or, if you can imagine, by joining another club as a free agent.Brees hasn’t been drawing those kinds of headlines, of course. Then again, while he’s been the face of the franchise in New Orleans, Brady for years has been the face of the NFL.Brady notes that there really is not a status quo in sports — not even for a quarterback with nearly two full decades of play on his resume.“Yeah, there’s a lot of new pieces and you’re always trying to incorporate from week to week,” Brady says. “And every year, it’s a little bit different, the challenges are different. You just can’t rely on, ‘Oh well, we’ll just do exactly what we used to do,’ or, `We’ll do exactly what we did last week.′ You have to kind of reinvent yourself every week. How the game plan takes shape and what guys are asked to do in order to execute takes shape.“It’s always a little bit of a challenge, but football season is not supposed to be easy. It’s a hard grind for us. … We’re in the middle of it, we’re deep into it and just got to have the mental toughness and the competitive stamina to keep showing up every day and working as hard as you can to be ready to compete when we’re called upon.″That’s something Brady and Brees always have been able to do. Entering their 40s has had no effect. The same might be true when they are 50. No, 40-year-old quarterbacks should not still be setting NFL records. Yet Brees always seems to be doing so.And certainly 42-year-old QBs don’t even belong on the field. But Brady has the Patriots in position for — not that most of America wants to read this — a fourth straight trip to the Super Bowl, and his 10th overall, with six wins.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The influx of hotshot arms, from Patrick Mahomes to Lamar Jackson, from Carson Wentz to Deshaun Watson, has captured so much attention through the football galaxy. Still, it’s the two 40-somethings who lord over the quarterbacking universe, possibly for their final seasons.Adding spice to their continued presence center stage are the stats. Consider the career touchdowns passing mark that Peyton Manning held until Brees broke it in Game 14 for the Saints. He now has 544, beating Brady to the record in part because New Orleans has a more dangerous, dependable and varied attack than does New England these days. Brady is at 539. When Pops met Martin’s son Santino LATEST STORIES Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Robredo refuses ‘unfair’ tag; asks critics to read her drug war report PLAY LIST 02:19Robredo refuses ‘unfair’ tag; asks critics to read her drug war report01:56PNP demonstrates proper disposal of confiscated firecrackers00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Brandon Ingram scores 31 as Pelicans surprise Nuggets While neither passer is a stats freak, they certainly are aware of the numbers they have compiled.“Obviously, before the season you know you are a certain distance away, but then once the season starts, you just focus on winning games and doing what I need to do as a quarterback of this team to put us in the best position to succeed,” Brees says. “With that, I guess the statistics come, and maybe they add up, and then all of a sudden, you’re close enough to be within striking distance of some of those things.”With Michael Thomas running routes for him, Brees could always be closing in on unthinkable numbers. Thomas already has broken the single-season record for receptions with 145, and he caught 42 of those from Teddy Bridgewater while Brees was sidelined for five games with a thumb injury.The presence of Thomas, running back Alvin Kamara, a solid offensive line and coach Sean Payton could be enticing enough for Brees to come back next year. Or he could walk away from the NFL with nothing to prove, particularly if the Saints can win a second NFL title since he ventured to the Big Easy in 2006. That’s certainly doable: If New Orleans beats weak Carolina on Sunday while Green Bay and San Francisco lose, the Saints will be the NFC’s top seed. A simple victory over the Panthers earns a bye.New Orleans could wind up in an odd position for 2020 at quarterback because Bridgewater will be a high-demand free agent. The Saints would love to hang on to the 27-year-old Bridgewater, who went 5-0 replacing Brees. But at what price if Brees is still around?ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ FILE – In this Aug. 22, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) greet each other after an NFL preseason football game in New Orleans. Between them, Brady and Brees have played 38 pro football seasons, 39 if you count 2008 when the New England star wrecked his knee in Week 1, and could be doing so against each other on Feb. 2 in a little thing called the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Bill Feig. File)Between them, Tom Brady and Drew Brees have played 38 pro football seasons, 39 if you count 2008 when the New England star wrecked his knee in Week 1. Both probably should be long retired and counting the days until their induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Instead, they’re still slinging away — and could be doing so against each other on Feb. 2 in a little thing called the Super Bowl.ADVERTISEMENT Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientistlast_img
You can’t hide, UK doping chief warns

You can’t hide, UK doping chief warns

first_img0Shares0000Alberto SalazarLONDON, June 5- Athletes who try to beat drug tests by micro-dosing risk ruining their reputations in the future, a leading UK Anti-Doping official said on Thursday.The practice of micro-dosing, in with athletes administer repeated small doses of prohibited substances that do not show up under most current testing procedures, has been put in the spotlight by allegations made against Olympic champion Mo Farah’s coach Alberto Salazar this week. Micro-dosing is one of the unethical practices in which it is alleged Salazar indulged at his headquarters in Oregon, according to a BBC Panorama documentary broadcast on Wednesday.Salazar has protested his innocence, with officials remaining confident retrospective testing will eventually expose drug cheats to the world.UK Anti-Doping’s head of science and medicine, Nick Wojek, said: “We have the ability to store samples for up to 10 years so if new techniques become available to test for prohibited substances, we can sanction athletes we were not able to catch in real time.“That is the objective – to use research grants to develop tests so that if we are not catching them now we have got a greater chance in five to 10 years’ time.“Hopefully that helps provide the deterrent that if you are doping now and we’ve got your sample, you are not in the clear.”There is no suggestion Farah has broken any rules and the Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion told the BBC: “I have not taken any banned substances and Alberto has never suggested that I take a banned substance.”Some of the allegations centre on Farah’s training partner Galen Rupp, who finished second behind the Briton in the 10,000m final at the 2012 Olympics in London.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Makwatta stars as Ulinzi dump Leopards out of Top 8

Makwatta stars as Ulinzi dump Leopards out of Top 8

first_img0Shares0000Ulinzi Stars midfielder John Mark Makwatta leads team-mates in celebration after scoring the opener against AFC Leopards.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya May 1- Enosh Ochieng scored in stoppage time as Ulinzi Stars beat AFC Leopards 3-2 to eliminate Ingwe in the KPL Top Eight tournament on Saturday at Nyayo National Stadium.Ulinzi will now join two-time champions Tusker FC in the semi-final after the Brewers bundled out GOtv Shield champions Bandari 2-1 in the early kick-off played at the same venue. Ulinzi who had scored first in the early minutes of the game found themselves trailing after winger Clifton Miheso notched a brace but John Mark Makwatta scored his second goal of the match to restored parity in the 81st minute before substitute Ochieng rounded off the keeper to seal the victory.Makwatta took advantage of a defensive mix up between Leopards keeper Lucas Indeche and Solomon Nasio to shoot into an empty net from outside the area to open the scores in the fifth minute.Despite suffering an early set back, Leopards managed to rise and played better than they had in the previous three matches, passing the ball well and being more incisive in attack.Head coach Ivan Minnaert had been forced to put up a patched team with Nasio playing at left back while winger Simon Abuko was pulled back to start as a right back.Tom Murila was also handed a rare starting berth, being thrown up front behind main target man Kepha Aswani.Ulinzi Stars shot stopper James Saruni was called into a superb save in the 10th minute, leaping to his left before palming away an effort from Hedmond Mauda who had found acres of space on the right.Three minutes later, Ingwe top scorer Kepha Aswani came close with a header flushing inches wide of goal.Leopards continued to dominate the game, searching for an equalizer knowing only too well it was a knockout match with no second chance.Miheso was a threat all afternoon from his area of operation on the left and Sylus Shitote stepping in for the injured Brian Birgen had a torrid time marking him.The speedy winger broke through on the left in the 38th minute but his well weighted low cross rolled infront of a gaping goal mouth with no one available to give it even the slightest of touches into the net.Ulinzi however managed to come back into the high-paced match and Mark Bikokwa should have done better with a 38th minute chance that was saved by Indeche’s feet after a swift counter attack.Kevin Amwayi was gifted with the ball on the left after a missed control by Abuko, but he could not punish the mistake as the ball rolled under his feet and out for a throw-in.Leopards were the first back into the pitch from the break and it showed just how spirited they were to put their season back on track.Eight minutes after the restart, Ingwe were back on level terms after Miheso took a sweet shot from outside the box from an Ulinzi defensive lapse.Six minutes later, he made it two with a wonderfully taken freekick that leaped over the wall and into the bottom left of James Saruni’s goal.Immediately, Ulinzi head coach Robert Matano made a double substitution with Joseph Kuria and Mark Bikokwa coming off for Churchill Muloma and Enosh Ochieng.Amwayi should have had Ulinzi back level in the 62nd minute but his curling effort on his favorite left foot was well tipped over by Indeche.Ulinzi put up a spirited fight and Makwatta had a swerving shot from the edge of the box go wide in the 68th minute with Job Muhati who had just come on for Cliff Kasuti heading wide alone at the far post from a Sylus Shitote cross.Ulinzi’s persistence paid off superbly at the stroke nine minutes from time, Makwatta striking a superb effort with his weaker left foot from the edge of the box.Ulinzi managed to pile more pressure and they got the winner in added time, Ochieng rounding off the keeper after being played through by Makwatta.-Tusker advance-Humphrey Mieno celebrating after scoring Tusker FC’s second goal against Bandari FC in the KPL Top 8.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaIn the earlier kick off, Humphrey Mieno struck twice in the same fashion as Tusker remained on course for a third KPL Top 8 title.The Dockers had put themselves into the lead early in the first half through a superb Edwin Lavatsa strike in the 12th minute.Tusker pulled level in the 20th minute with Mieno tapping into the net after Ronald Musana had pulled back a deep cross from Timonah Wanyonyi.Antony Ndolo should have doubled the tally for Tusker but he wasted a brilliant chance alone inside the box shooting straight to Wilson Obungu.Mieno made it two15 minutes after the restart when he easily nodded home from a Jackson Macharia low pass in the box.On Monday, Sofapaka face Muhoroni Youth in the third quarter final before defending champions Gor Mahia square it out with debutants Ushuru FC at Nyayo National Stadium.The two matches will be preceded by the final of the KPL Under-20 tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more