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first_img… Botofago lose againCOOMACKA continued their good showing to reach the semi-finals with another upset win, this time over Silver Shattas 4-3, while Amelia’s Ward Panthers dealt Botofago a virtual knockout blow Wednesday night in day four action, when the Upper Demerara Football Association’s (UDFA) yearend football championship continued at Mackenzie Sports Club ground.On another night of unlikely victories Coomacka from the Mines in Linden shattered the hopes of number one seed in this tournament, Net Rockers, by scoring a thrilling 4-3 win over Silver Shattas, thus earning a safe passage after topping Group A.Coomacka started out well by getting the lead in the 26th minute through Lionel Peters (Jr) and that lead was doubled when Wheatano Thom found the back of the net in the 34th minute.Shattas responded and cut that lead when Felix Inniss nudged home for them. When the first half ended Coomacka were leading 2-1 and they extended that lead through Keron Charles in the 52nd minute. When Gary Savory made it 4-1 with a 59th minute strike, it seems over bar the shouting for a Coomacka win.However, Shattas rebounded and reduced that advantage when Jermaine Samuels scored in the 61st minute making it 4-2. Andy Norville got his name on the scorers’ sheet in the 90th minute but it was not enough to force additional time, and Coomacka prevailed 4-3 to reach the final four.It left top seed Net Rockers to play one game against Shattas for academic interest because neither can advance ahead of Coomacka.In the other game of the double-header after losing their opening matches Amelia’s Ward Panthers and Botofago met in a battle to see who would come out on top.In the end it was Panthers who inflicted another loss on Botofago who now face elimination in Group C. Panthers took the lead through Dellon Luke in the 26th minute and led at half time 1-0.In the 61st minute Romeo Allen sent them up 2-0 then Bevon Hinds closed out Botofago with his 78th minute strike for a 3-0 win.Tonight, two more matches are down for the MSC ground. In game one Hi Stars meet Capital FC from 09:00hrs to be followed at 21:00hrs by Topp XX versus Aroiama.last_img read more

first_imgHome-based trio Rashid Sumaila, Stephen Adams and Fatau Dauda will appear before the World Cup Commission of Inquiry on Monday, 28 October.The three players were members of Ghana’s World Cup squad and will be made to give an account of what happened in Brazil.Last week, the Commission of Inquiry was left disappointed after senior members of the team failed to show up a day after beating Guinea 3-1 in Tamale in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.Ghana’s players at the tournament have been accused of misbehaving and displaying a lack of commitment.They defied government’s plea and threatened to boycott Ghana’s final Group match if they did not receive their appearance fee.Also, Black Stars management team members Felix Ansong, Kwame Ofosu Bamfo, George Afriyie and Yaw Boateng Gyan will also face the three-man fact-finding body. Ghana FA spokesperson Ibrahim Sannie-Daara has also been invited.last_img read more

first_imgManchester City’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League suffered a major blow as they lost a two-goal lead at CSKA Moscow.Sergio Aguero tapped in Edin Dzeko’s pass to give City the lead in a near-empty stadium with fans banned over previous CSKA disturbances.James Milner slid home the second and then hit the post, before Seydou Doumbia converted from six yards.Doumbia was fouled late on and Bedras Natcho levelled from the spot.Leaky CityManchester City have conceded in 10 straight Champions League matches – 18 goals in all – and have not won since beating Bayern Munich in December 2013.The impact of Doumbia from the bench helped prevent a seventh successive defeat in the Champions League for CSKA but his tumble under a challenge from Aleksandar Kolarov will anger the visitors. Kolarov seemed to simply stand his ground in the 18-yard box but the Hungarian referee pointed to the spot in a moment that may end City’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages for just the second time in four attempts.Manuel Pellegrini’s side now have two points from three games in Group E after losing at Bayern Munich and drawing at home to Roma.Acoustics inside Arena Khimki were unusual with only sporadic crowd noise as a result of a ban on supportersThey beat CSKA home and away in the group stages of last year’s competition and will have to beat them at Etihad Stadium in two weeks to stave off another early exit for one of Europe’s richest clubs. Pellegrini blames cold Moscow weatherPellegrini had vowed in pre-season to improve on his side’s recent European performances but also raised concerns before kick-off that the closed ground – a Uefa punishment for past violent and racist behaviour from the home side’s fans – could provide a strange challenge for his players.Those worries were fully realised as City conceded for the 10th Champions League game in a row and threw away a two-goal half-time lead they had comfortably merited.The echoes of a handful of dignitaries, stewards and youth-team players could be heard early on inside the Arena Khimki when Ahmed Musa and former Manchester United player Zoran Tosic both flashed efforts just wide from range.But silence met Aguero’s opener when Dzeko raced on to David Silva’s through ball to provide a tap-in and an 11th goal in as many games for the Argentine.City’s remaining group fixturesDateOpponent5 November CSKA Moscow (home)25 NovemberBayern Munich (home)10 DecemberRoma (away) After Aguero’s fifth goal in three games against CSKA, he turned provider when his scuffed cross-shot allowed Milner to race in and double the lead.The England midfielder smashed against the post moments later when well placed and his miss would ultimately prove costly as the hosts – fresh from a 6-0 win over Kuban Krasnodar at the weekend – stunned their visitors after the break.As City eased off – creating no meaningful opening in the second half – their hosts grew in confidence and Musa drilled an effort across goal for substitute Doumbia to convert.The English champions have faced Bayern Munich three times in the group stages, as well as Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Real Madrid, Napoli and Villarreal, as Uefa’s seeding system – based on past European performance – has worked against them.That system will change from next season – and City may well welcome an easier draw, because once Natcho’s late penalty eluded Joe Hart, their chances of a run to this year’s final in Berlin look decidedly slim.     VIDEOlast_img read more

first_imgDeja Bron.Yes, we’ve been here before … annually for four years … with LeBron James in the NBA Finals against the Warriors, who won two of the previous meetings and led the third 3-1 before LeBron led the Cavaliers in their historic rally to win the 2016 title.We’re off to a thrilling, almost shocking start with the Warriors in predictable post-Rockets lethargy and the Cavs blowing Game 1 before losing in overtime. I’d still put the over-under on Cleveland wins at one, in which case the Cavs can try to rally from 3-1 down again.A lot changed in a week and it’s not good news in Lakerdom. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Warriors looked set to fall with the Rockets about to go up 3-2 when Chris Paul, who had scored nine of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, missed a turnaround in the lane and fell awkwardly with 51 seconds left in Game 5.Signaling he was really hurt, he didn’t get up and run back to play defense. (The Warriors didn’t score with Quinn Cook missing an open 3-point attempt.)That ended Paul’s season and, ultimately, Houston’s. The Rockets who opened double-digit leads in Games 6 and 7 but burned out and were run over in both with Coach Mike D’Antoni’s already short playoff rotations down a man they couldn’t afford to lose.More fans than Houston’s winced at the sight of CP3 limping, including those in Lakerdom.The Lakers’ anticipated pursuit of James and Paul George always depended on a number of things happening, which seemed to be thisclose to coming true. Their young team had shown promise. LeBron and George appeared to have no better options. VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it George’s Thunder had lost in the first round with Carmelo Anthony disappearing, showing the PG-Melo-Russell Westbrook combination didn’t work.LeBron’s Cavaliers had to rally from 3-2 to beat the young Celtics without Kyrie Irving. Showing how little that impressed anyone, the Cavs then became historic Finals underdogs with VegasInsider.com listing them at 10-1 meaning Warriors bettors had to put up $10 to win $1.Had the Rockets won a title, they still would have pursued James but not with their current desperation after falling short yet again … which is necessary since they’d have to dump most of their players.For his part, LeBron would have been leery about the way joining a title winner would have looked. Kevin Durant is still being sneered at for joining the Warriors and they were coming off their 2016 Finals loss to the Cavaliers.What had only been speculated upon is now happening … or being speculated on so much, it might as well be happening … after the New York Times’ Marc Stein assured a questioner on Twitter that “Paul has already begun his recruitment of James.”Speculative as it was, it’s safe to assume. James and CP3 aren’t just close, they’re best buddies with Paul the godfather to LeBron’s oldest child, LeBron Jr.Moreover, that means something to James. LeBron, CP3 and Melo have talked throughout their careers about their desire to play with each other outside the Olympics if they ever got the chance.Nor will it bother James to be in a second-tier market like Houston, rather than a glamor capital like Los Angeles. If the best players usually want the brightest lights and the biggest stage, LeBron is 180 degrees different. It has always been a personal conceit that wherever he is is a marquee market. He wasn’t even 21 as a young NBA player when he began convening an annual marketing conference – in his hometown of Akron, not even nearby Cleveland – obliging his sponsors to show up there.It’s true that LeBron owns two pricey homes in Brentwood, suggesting that he is, indeed, thinking about the Lakers … but that might mean little in the end.“These days it doesn’t matter because you can be known and be a star from anywhere – anywhere in the world,” Maverick Carter, LeBron’s point man, recently told syndicated talk show host Rich Eisen.“I mean, could he sell a few more sneakers if he was in a gigantic market like Boston, Chicago, New York, or L.A.? Maybe. But not as much as if he wins. What matters the most is if he wins. When you win as an athlete, that matters the most.”Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.In the end, it will depend on what feels right to James.The Rockets would have to move everybody except Paul, James Harden, Clint Capela, Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson to clear enough cap space.(They could keep Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker if they can find a taker for Anderson, the stretch four who fell into disuse, but with two years and $41 million left on his contract, it remains to be seen if GM Daryl Morey can pull that off.)Who knows?Maybe LeBron would prefer to be The Man, as he always has been, with George and the young Lakers, rather than a big piece in an ensemble cast on a team in a town that has always belonged to Harden.Dwyane Wade manfully moved over for James in Miami, becoming another of his close friends, but LeBron knows how hard situations like that can be. Philadelphia also will reportedly be in the picture, suggesting the 76ers aren’t high on their potential with Markelle Fultz, who’s no longer as universally admired as he was before his lost, injury-filled rookie season.Related Articles Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever First, the 76ers have to straighten out this story about GM Bryan Colangelo and burner Twitter accounts linked to him, or his wife, that tweeted bad things about 76ers players. Whether or not Colangelo did anything wrong, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe speculate that Colenagelo might be fired to eliminate any question … because they intend to pursue LeBron.Of course, you can hear CP3 from here:Don’t worry about it, Bron. We’ll bring in a bunch of minimum salary guys like Mike Miller, who followed you all over the league, to make open shots and rebound. We’ll plow those [email protected]#$% Warriors under and I’ll shimmy in front of Steph Curry until he gets dizzy and falls over.Let’s see, am I forgetting any LeBron suitors?Oh, right, the Cavaliers. They’re still in the Finals, the show before the real show.center_img Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie last_img read more