DEFENDING Guyana Open female golf champion Joann Deo took top honours in the Maersk Sealand golf tournament held last Saturday at the Lusignan Golf Club.Playing off a 21 handicap, Deo shot a Gross 86 for a Net 65.Second place went to Azrudeen Shaw who also accumulated a Gross 86, with a Net 68 easing out Robert Hanoman who recorded a Gross 96 and a Net 68 off a handicap of 28.As was the case in the previous week, short rough made it another good day for the high handicappers who were not penalised for wayward shots.Best Gross went to Patrick Prashad with a 79, and Nearest to the Pin went to Bholawram Deo.In comments at the presentation ceremony Maersk Sealand’s Country Manager Derek Stoby said the shipping line was happy to sponsor the tournament as part of the company’s belief that sport should be a part for a well-balanced and healthy life style.As such, he assured members this would be an annual event.
When Candy Yee sits in the stands at a USC sporting event, she is doing more than just watching students play a game; she is cheering on the students that she has come to consider her children.“We’ll sit in the stands and we’ll see them playing like it’s my son or daughter out there,” Yee said. “It makes you proud of them. It makes you proud to be a Trojan.”Sweet stuff · Alumna Candy Yee works at the sports information desk in Heritage Hall on Thursdays and Fridays. She writes a blog about USC news and sport events. – Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanYee and her husband, Jim, are regular fixtures at most home sporting events, but many students know them as the smiling faces, always ready with a cheerful greeting and some candy at the Heritage Hall information desk on Thursdays and Fridays.They began volunteering at the information desk about six years ago, but Yee had already been a member of the Trojan Family for nearly 50 years. In 1964, she moved from Houston to Los Angeles to begin her undergraduate degree in elementary education at USC.“It’s football that brought me in,” Yee said of her decision to attend USC over Columbia University, UC Berkeley and UCLA.It was more than just football that made her stay. As a student, Yee was involved in a variety of student organizations, including the election committee, the Amazons (now the Helenes) and the Delta Phi sorority.After graduating, she kept coming back, attending athletic events with her husband. She became a member of Town and Gown and the Trojan Guild. All three of her children were accepted to USC, and one of her daughters attended.“My daughter was also in Helenes,” Yee said. “It was kind of an honor to have her in it.”After retiring from 37 years as a teacher in Los Angeles, Yee heard about an opening for volunteers at the Heritage Hall information desk from a friend and she and her husband decided to volunteer.“I missed being with children,” she said. “A lot of the athletes that come in are like [my] kids.”Their official job is to help direct visitors and provide more information about USC, but when other volunteers suggested they give out candy, Trojan Candy was created.“We put some [candy] up, and then we started doing more and more different things,” Yee said. “Certain kids came, and they liked certain things so we’d make sure we had it next time, and it’s just kind of grown.”Now, students who stop by the information desk when the Yees are volunteering are treated to a variety of snacks, from a bag of chips to a candy bar. Most of their regular visitors are athletes, but many students and staff members also stop by for a hello and a snack.“[I love] meeting anybody that goes through Heritage Hall,” Yee said. “I love to meet the people and talk to them. I’ve been known to run out after people because I recognize their faces.”Yee said she knows about three-quarters of the football team, as well as many volleyball, basketball and track athletes. Redshirt sophomore De’Von Flournoy is one of many football players who began visiting Yee his freshman year.“On Wednesdays, I look forward to Thursdays knowing that before my 2:15 meeting, snacks will be here,” Flournoy said. “It’s one of the many traditions here.”Though free snacks might be the initial draw, Yee’s personality is the reason many students come back.“She’s very approachable,” Flournoy said. “It’s not like she just sits here and says hi. She actually asks about how you’re doing and offers an endless supply of goodies.”Yee and her husband pay for the snacks themselves, so they ask visitors for one simple favor — an interview and a photo for Yee’s blog, TrojanCandy.com.“All over the years, when I came to ’SC, I had thought about being a journalist,” Yee said. “I had really wanted to be one of the reporters that interviews the athletes, but in 1964 women didn’t interview athletes.”Yee now has the opportunity to fulfill her dream of interviewing athletes through her blog, which she and her husband began in 2008. The inspiration, however, was not originally to interview students, but to provide alternate sports coverage.“I call [the Los Angeles Times] the UCLA Times,” she said. “They always say nice stuff about UCLA, but put down USC. It’s not fair.”Yee uses her blog, Trojan Justice: The (UC)LA Times Watchdog, to critique the Los Angeles Times coverage, where she also reports on sporting events and interviews with Heritage Hall visitors.
In a game marked by first-half fouls and a 10-minute power outage, the Women of Troy managed to create enough offense to take down the University of Texas-San Antonio 74-56 at the Galen Center.The Women of Troy (3-3) were led by sophomore forward Cassie Harberts, who scored 15 points. Senior guard Jackie Gemelos contributed 13 points as USC shot 39.7 percent from the field. The Roadrunners (2-5) had only two players in double figures.“It was one of those games you just had to keep working in it,” USC coach Michael Cooper said. “Sometimes you have to find a way to win ugly, and this was it.”The first half saw a lot of fouls, with six coming from the UTSA in the first two and a half minutes of the game. USC took a 16-point lead into the half because of 10 first-half points from Harberts. Gemelos chipped in with six first half points to give the Trojans 36 points at intermission.Meanwhile, the defense played tough, surrendering only 20 points to the Roadrunners and forcing them to shoot only 23.3 percent from the field.The biggest storyline of the first half, however, might have been the power outage that sent the game into an extra 10-minute recess. All the lights in the stadium went off, and when the scoreboard came back on, the overhead lights were off. Despite the delay, the USC women came out strong after the delay and outscored UTSA 16-6 to end the period.“[The game] was indicative of the lights going out,” Cooper said lightheartedly.The second half featured much of the same, with USC taking a 20-point lead at the 11-minute mark. The second half surge was led by freshman guard Ariya Cook, who scored six consecutive USC points during one stretch. With about six minutes left in the contest, Cooper took out the majority of his starters and gave his role players minutes to close out the game. Cooper had much praise for Harberts after the game.“Cassie is our anchor in the middle, offensively and defensively,” Cooper said. “We expected her to do a lotfor a sophomore. She’s getting it done, and tonight was an indication of that. As long as she’s active down there … we’re gonna be successful.”The Women of Troy have had an up-and-down season thus far, and Cooper acknowledged that his team is not playing where they need to be.“We’re gonna be okay. We’re learning from [losses] and our job is to keep winning and get ourselves ready for Pac-12 play,” Cooper stated. “We have to be more disciplined offensively and defensively … we gotta box out and we haven’t really gotten into where we’re hitting shots yet … We’re gonna continue to work on those aspects of our game and work on our shooting, and hopefully that turns around. And when our shooting comes, hopefully our defense will follow behind.”The Women of Troy will next face No. 24 Gonzaga in Spokane on Dec. 4.
Anambra State emerged champions of the 9th edition of the South-East Cricket Championship tagged Chuma Anosike Cup played at the Government College, Afikpo, Ebonyi State.Team Anambra defeated Enugu, represented by University Of Nigeria’s Cricket team in a keenly contested final by five wickets to dethroned the defending champions.UNN Cricket team batted first and scored 96 runs for the loss of six wickets, Obinma Chisom scored 26 runs off 24 balls, Onwuliri Nnaemeka scored 12 runs off 9 balls while Pascal Okoye could not scored beyond 14 runs off 22 balls. Team Anambra’s Nwundike Nzubechi took 2 wickets in 3 overs, Chisom Adaogu also 2 wickets in 2 overs while Chijioke Ezeaguba and Okoye Dumebe all took 1 wicket each to end the first innings.In the second innings, Team Anambra scored 97 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 14.2 overs.A sensational 14-year-old Ndekwe Chiemelie Emmanuel of Regal Secondary School, Nri, Anambra unleashed his talent at the competition, scoring 35 runs off 16 balls. Madu Victory augmented the tally with 23 runs off 17 balls while Adaogu Chisom could not score beyond 5 runs off 10 balls.Izunna Onwuachu of Team Enugu took 2 wickets in 2 overs, Walter Omefuchkwu took 2 wickets in 3 overs, Henry Okafor and Prince Ogue got a wicket each which was unable to stop the Team Anambra forces of Madu Victory and Ndekwe Chiemiele.Team Ebonyi defeated Team Anambra by 1 wicket in the female category.The sole sponsor of the South East Cricket Championship, Chuma Anosike described the 9th edition as amazing and a big success.Anosike said the talent displayed by cricketers showed that South East players could not be over looked when it comes to the business of cricket, pointing out the 14-year-old’s performance in the tournament was really exciting.“Chiemele did beyond my imagination and it takes someone that has lion heart to stabilise the team at the verge of losing and this boy turned around the fortune which is so amazing.“This 9th edition has showed that South East is getting there and I want the 10th edition to be bigger and more colourful. The talents discovered in this tournament will be monitored,” he concluded.The host state of the next edition of South East Cricket Championship will be announced later in the year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Italian club, Inter Milan are eager to pen-down Belgian top goal scorer, Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United.The striker has emerged as Inter’s prime target ahead of the upcoming season.Antonio Conte is has long admiration for the centre-forward and he tried signing him for Chelsea but there were no substantive approach from Chelsea.Romelu Lukaku is the subject of a formal bid and move for Inter Milan who have outcast Argentine, Mauro Icardi.Inter Milan sporting director, Piero Ausilio has met with Manchester United’s officials over the likely transfer of the big Belgian striker.The English club is reported to be demanding for £75 million outright cash with no installationsHowever, the Italian giants are reported to be offering a two-year loan offer worth £40 million with an option to buy after the third year for £25 millionAfter the meeting, Ausilio disclosed:“It was an official approach between two important clubs. We’ll see what happens. All the players we’re following are targets we’ve agreed with Antonio Conte. We want to satisfy his request within certain financial parameters.”The Manchester United striker has made it clear to United top hierarchy that he is hopeful of departing Old Trafford after being told he will not be the teams first-choice striker in the upcoming season.The Belgian goal machine is in contract with the Red Devils until 2022 with an option for an extra year after joining from Everton for £75 million.
Small forward Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors scored 17 and 21 points in the Warriors’ two victories over the Clippers this season.Utah small forward Gordon Hayward torched the Clippers for 33 points Wednesday. Hayward made 5 of 7 from 3-point range and it was his 3-ball that gave the Jazz a 96-79 lead with three minutes to play.Rivers was asked what can be done against wings like that.“We have to defend them better,” he said. “We could trap, we could do things. You know, I thought Austin (Rivers) did a great job on Hayward; I think he scored four points on him.“But that’s not the guy we want. We don’t want our point guard guarding the 3 all day. That doesn’t make a lot of sense for us even though it was effective. So we just gotta keep working. Harrison Barnes, he hurt us. But tonight, Hayward hurt us more.”Scouting the PelicansNew Orleans began the season 1-11, but has won three in a row over San Antonio and Phoenix twice to move to 4-11. They are being led by power forward Anthony Davis, who is averaging 23.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.His rebounding totals over the past three games are 18, 19 and 17. When Doc Rivers brought in the likes of Wesley Johnson, Josh Smith, Lance Stephenson and Paul Pierce during the offseason, it appeared the Clippers on paper might have their best roster in franchise history.What’s on paper doesn’t always translate onto the court, however, and that has been the case here.The Clippers on Wednesday night hosted a Utah Jazz team that came in 6-7. The Clippers had defeated them 13 consecutive times.Tied at halftime and down by five after three quarters, the Clippers (7-8) again folded down the stretch. With three minutes left, they were down by 17 on their way to a 102-91 loss. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It was their eighth loss in 11 games since starting 4-0.Trying to blend the aforementioned four with key reserves like Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford, as well as with the starting five, has so far been a failure.“It depends on the group,” said Rivers, whose team plays host to the New Orleans Pelicans at 7:30 p.m. Friday. “I have had young teams, veteran teams, and really each year it just depends on your group mindset. So far, clearly it has been difficult because they haven’t done it.“Like I told the guys after the game, I have to do a better job. I have got to figure it out. They have to figure it out. We have to figure it out together. But we are just too inconsistent. We are not a consistent basketball team and we have to become that.”Wings hurt Clippers
“Ain’t no mental break,” Jansen told reporters after Saturday night’s 12-inning victory. “I don’t need a mental break… Just got to figure out some stuff. I think (Sunday) will be a great day to figure out my stuff, sharpen up, and be ready to go.”Roberts was unswayed by — though appreciative of — the determination expressed by his closer, who’d been sidelined with an irregular heartbeat.“You want players to want to … feel that they don’t need a blow,” said Roberts, who indicated Jansen would be available for the Dodgers’ upcoming series at Texas. “That’s a good thing, that players want to be in there and feel they’re the best option.“But in my opinion, a day [off] would be good.”In addition to having off Sunday and Monday (for travel), Jansen also might benefit from some mechanical tweaks, Roberts said. “There’s something to predictability,” Roberts said. “Any time any player is predictable, then you’re margin for error kind of gets smaller. Hitters tell you if you need to make an adjustment, the swings tell you. So if guys are as consistently on a certain pitch or location, then you’ve got to continue to adjust and play that cat and mouse.“With Kenley, [guys] look up in the zone and right-handers look out over [the plate], that’s a fact. So [he needs] to be able to pitch to different quadrants — that’s a conversation I know Kenley is open to.”INJURY UPDATESRoss Stripling in on schedule to return Tuesday. Lower back inflammation kept the Dodgers’ right-hander out of action for more than two weeks, but following a successful simulation Saturday, Roberts said he would be good to go.This season, Stripling moved from the bullpen into the starting rotation when Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Kenta Maeda and Walker Buehler were out.Now, with those starters healthy again, the Dodgers faltering bullpen could use Stripling, who’s been effective in relief, posting a 0.59 earned-run average in 11 relief appearances this season.Otherwise, the Dodgers intended to remain cautious with Joc Pederson, who suffered a bruised knee after fouling a ball of his knee in Friday’s game.He sat with right-hander Brett Kennedy on the mound Saturday and was to be limited to only pinch-hit duty Sunday, too, said Roberts, who sent him to the plate in the sixth inning, when Pederson drew a walk and scored off right-hander Robert Stock.Additionally, the plan remains for the Dodgers to recall Julio Urias in September (when the active roster expands), Roberts said. On Friday, the club reinstated Urías from the 60-day disabled list and then optioned the 22-year-old left-hander to Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.Urias, who had left anterior capsule surgery on his shoulder in June 2017, is expected to pitch in relief. Kenley Jansen hasn’t been Kenley Jansen since returning from a stint on the disabled list Aug. 20.With the Dodgers leading 4-3 in the ninth inning Saturday, the Dodgers’ usually reliable right-handed reliever was called in for his third appearance and first save opportunity since being activated. But his 93-mph cut fastball to Austin Hedges missed over the middle of the plate and Hedges homered to tie Saturday’s game 4-4.It was Jansen’s first blown save since July 6 and the fifth run in three games he allowed since returning.Manager Dave Roberts suggested after that game, and again before the start of Sunday’s contest, that Jansen would benefit from a breather. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
MASON CITY – For the first time since the 2015-16 season, the NIACC men’s basketball team has landed at least one player on the all-Region XI first team.Freshmen Deundra Roberson and Quentin Hardrict were both first-team selections for the Trojans, who advanced to the regional tournament title game for the first time since 1995.Roberson averaged 16.6 points per game and Hardrict averaged 15.5 points per game.Roberson led the Trojans with 65 3-point goals and 64 steals.Hardrict led the team with 161 assists, which currently ranks 10th in NJCAA Division II.Also for the Trojans, freshmen Wendell Matthews and James Harris were both second-team all-region picks.Matthews averaged 15.0 points per game and led the team with 249 rebounds. Harris averaged 13.2 points per game and was third on the team with 43 three-point goals and 128 rebounds.NIACC’s Mark Mohl was selected as the region’s coach of the year. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Martin Jones made 24 saves to continue his hot streak and lead the San Jose Sharks to a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Barclay Goodrow, Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks, who won their fifth straight. Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves for the Wild. For Jones, it was his third shutout and 34th win of the season. Twenty-five of those wins have come since the start of December, the best total in the league over that span. OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kalani Brown had 17 points and seven rebounds to help No. 1 Baylor defeat No. 13 Iowa State 67-49 in the Big 12 Tournament championship game. Brown, a 6-foot-7 senior center, was named the Most Outstanding Player for the tournament. Baylor won its 10th Big 12 title and ninth in the past 11 years. Alexa Middleton led Iowa State with 18 points while Bridget Carleton, the Big 12 Player of the Year, was held to 13 points on 6-of-16 shooting. Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly said his team will learn a lot from the loss. The Cyclones (25-8) shot just 38 percent from the field. Iowa State tied the game at 37 in the third quarter, but Baylor again responded and led 48-44 heading into the fourth. Fatigue set in for the Cyclones, and Baylor took advantage, outscoring the Cyclones 19-5 in the final quarter. MASON CITY – The NIACC women’s basketball team landed three players on the all-Region XI first team.NIACC’s Mandy Willems, Jada Buford and Autam Mendez all earned first-team all-region honors. Also for the Lady Trojans, Tahya Campbell was a second-team selection and Kelcie Hale was a third-team pick.Willems, who was the Region XI tournament MVP, was selected as the league’s player of the year. NIACC’s Todd Ciochetto was selected as the region’s coach of the year.It is the second straight season that the Lady Trojans have placed three players on the first-team all-region squad. Last season, Taylor Laabs, Mikayla Homola and UU Longs were first-team picks.Willems is averaging 24.6 points per game heading into the Division II national tournament. She leads the nation in free throw percentage, sinking 92.8 percent of her attempts. She also leads the nation with 171 3-point goals and ranks second in Division II with 787 points. Willems set an NJCAA single-game for three-point goals in one game with 13. Three times, she scored 45 or more points in a game.Buford, who was selected to the all-tournament team, averages 19.3 points per game, shooting 43.9 percent from the field. She is ranked ninth in the nation in overall points scored, tallying up 619 in 32 games heading into the national tournament.Mendez, who was also an all-tournament selection, had eight double-doubles during the course of the 2018-19 season. She averages 16.0 points per game, along with 8.8 rebounds. Mendez leads the team with 273 rebounds.Campbell averages 12.5 points per game. Campbell is second on the team with 90 assists and third on the squad with 157 rebounds.Hale averages 8.8 points per game. Hale, who was an all-tournament team selection, is fourth on the team with 68 assists and fifth on the team with 46 steals. DALLAS — Former Newman and NIACC baseball player Bryce Ball has been named the National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Ball, a junior at Dallas Baptist University, helped lead the Patriots to a perfect 4-0 mark last week hitting .429 (6-for-14) with four home runs, a team-high nine RBI, and posted a team-best 1.286 slugging percentage. In a 7-2 win over the Sooners, Ball delivered his first home run of the week, followed by a 4-for-4 performance in the series opener at Oral Roberts that saw him hit three home runs. For the week, Ball led DBU with 18 total bases, drew five walks, and posted a .550 on-base percentage. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have released right guard Mike Remmers and declined an option on safety Andrew Sendejo’s contract, clearing more than $10 million in space under the salary cap. Remmers moved from tackle to guard last season, his second with the Vikings, but the offensive line continued to be a source of trouble. Sendejo had been the primary starter next to Harrison Smith since 2013, but a groin injury limited him to five games in 2018.
SHAH’S MIGHTY BELLAFINA CHARGES TO 5 ¼ LENGTH SCORE IN GRADE I, $400,000 SANTA ANITA OAKS; PRAT & CALLAGHAN TEAM FOR 1 1/16 MILE WIN IN 1:45.47WITH 100 QUALIFYING POINTS IN-HAND, IT’S ON TO THE GRADE I KENTUCKY OAKS ON MAY 3 ARCADIA, Calif. (April 6, 2019)–With an economy of motion generally reserved for the game’s greats, Kaleem Shah’s Bellafina waltzed to a widening 5 ¼ length victory in Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks under Flavien Prat. Trained by Simon Callaghan, the bay daughter of Quality Road got a mile and one sixteenth in 1:45.47.Tactical as always in the early running, Bellafina, who broke from the outside in a field of four sophomore fillies, sat a perfect trip with Prat, as she loomed a measured third around the far turn and easily accelerated away from runner-up Flor de La Mar leaving the quarter pole.“It worked out perfectly,” said Callaghan. “She relaxed great, did exactly what Flavien wanted and she was there when he wanted her, so it worked out as we hoped. We weren’t sure what the tactics were going to be on the inside of us and we didn’t want to commit to going to the lead because then we could be pressured. We figured staying out wide made sense.”With the only bad race on her form a fourth place finish in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies three starts back on Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs, Bellafina, who came of a gate to wire score going a flat mile in the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes here Feb. 9, was off at 1-5 and paid $2.60 and $2.10 with no show wagering.Out of the Malibu Moon mare Akron Moon, Bellafina notched her third Grade I win in the Oaks and sixth overall victory from eight starts. With the winner’s share of $240,000, she became racing’s newest millionaire with total earnings of $1,068,000.“We were a little wide on the first turn,” said Prat, who has ridden Bellafina in all eight of her starts. “I didn’t want to get in any trouble, so I got her to be comfortable and relax. At the three eighths pole, she ducked out a little and the others got away from us. We regrouped and when we made our move and got the lead, I was quite confident. I’m looking forward to the Kentucky Oaks (Grade I, 1 1/8 miles on May 3). I’m confident that she will run better than she did in the Breeders’ Cup.”Ridden by Joel Rosario, Flor de La Mar went head and head with Chasing Yesterday and was clearly second best on the day, as she prevailed over the half sister to 2015 Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah by 3 ½ lengths. Off at 6-1, Flor de La Mar paid $3.60 to place.With 170 Kentucky Oaks qualifying points on the line, Bellafina collected 100, Flor de La Mar 40, Chasing Yesterday 20 and Slewgoodtobetrue picked up 10 points.Fractions on the race were 24.10, 47.88, 1:12.51 and 1:38.43.
Dear Editor,The tossing out of the No-Confidence Motion against the Town Clerk of Georgetown by the Mayor at last Monday’s statutory meeting of the Council turned out to be nothing more than a comedy of errors.First, I would like to know under what authority was the Mayor acting when she disallowed the motion? Could she counsel the citizenry as to who or what gave her that authority?Second, it is clear that the Mayor does not understand the difference between legal opinion and legal advice.It is wholly unacceptable for the Mayor to adopt the guidance sought and obtained from an Attorney who is the husband of a sitting Councillor, privately by the Town Clerk, and consequently use it to disallow the No-Confidence Motion brought against him (Town Clerk) which was on the agenda for discussion.It must first be noted that this recent advice provided by the Attorney was given privately to the Town Clerk, and not requested by nor provided to the Council. So how could the Mayor take action on private advice given?This is not a court order or an official proclamation by a Judge (or panel of Judges) nor is it a legal opinion sought or obtained by the Council. How was this private advice even placed on the agenda or tabled before Council? Clearly now, a precedent has been set so that every and any municipal employee against whom disciplinary action is being brought can run to their private Attorney, get some legal advice in their favour, hand it to the Mayor and then they will tie the Council’s hands. Completely incongruous!Another serious concern I have about the Georgetown Municipality is their tractability when it comes to adherence to the laws of our country and the conditions of employment of their workers. How is it that no confidence motions were successfully effected against other Town Clerks but can’t be used against this one?What happened at the last meeting amounts to collusion. It should be obvious to everyone watching that the ‘Terrible Trio’ have no intention of being separated, that protection is being provided to a small group, and that a fear exists within City Hall that if there is any infiltration or opening up of the clandestine assemblage there, that many dirty secrets will come to light.It is clear that in the foreseeable future, there will be no accountability, transparency or democracy at City Hall. Suddenly records that were missing for years have popped up after threats were issued of prosecution.Regards,Deodarie Putulall