Embattled Chelsea boss vows to fight on

first_imgAndre Villas-Boas has again insisted that he has the full support of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich – but knows he needs a victory against Birmingham in the FA Cup on Saturday.The under-pressure Chelsea manager faces an important week, with a Champions League showdown with Napoli also on the horizon.But despite poor results and reports of player unrest, Villas-Boas remains defiant.AdChoices广告He said: “I think the owner has full trust in me and we will continue to progress with the ideas we have. My authority is total because it is the owner’s authority.”However, failure to see off a Championship side at home would turn up the heat on the 34-year-old, who accepts his team must show a marked improvement.“I think everybody understands that we need more,” he admitted.“The results have not been impressive, so responsibility must be shared with players and management. We need results to put ourselves back on track.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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McKinnon, Harry take top spots at Queensway Security Service/GSSF Steel Challenge

first_imgRYAN McKinnon and Dr Pravesh Harry were winners in the recently concluded Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF) Queensway Security Service shoot last weekend.The match was well attended by members of the GSSF. They competed in two SCSA Divisions: Production and Limited.At the opening ceremony, thanks were extended by the Match Director, Mrs Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon to the Match Sponsor, Queensway Security Service Inc.The leading security company, located of 153 Regent Road and Oronoque Streets, Bourda, Georgetown, has over the years continued to recognise shooting as a sport.Range Master, Mr Dallas Thomas, then delivered his Safety Charge and Reminders to participants and spectators and introduced his team of Range Officials for the afternoon to ensure that the strict safety rules were adhered to.A special addition to the match was announced which was the Unclassified Category, to facilitate the beginners, who all had the additional privilege of first-hand competition coaching during the match, by the National 2018 Top Practical Shooters, Ryan McKinnon and Pravesh Harry.The match was then declared open and the 2 squads began what later turned out to be a very closely contested match in both divisions, as shooters commenced firing on the four stages: 5 To Go, Some & Hope, The Pendulum and Roundabout.McKinnon (87.77 seconds) overcame John Phang (88.44 seconds) and Dale Hing (105.89 seconds) respectively, while in the Limited Division, Harry (74.96 seconds), beat out Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon (118.55 seconds) and David Dharry (120.09 seconds).In the Unclassified Beginners category, Kyle Jagan (206.51 seconds) won ahead of Brian Backer (207.98 seconds) and Aadil Baksh (211.03 seconds)At the presentation ceremony, the Match Director thanked the Range Master, the Match Committee and Officials for ensuring the efficiency and high safety standards with which the match was run.last_img read more

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High Rollers thrash Amazings to clinch Linden’s Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’

first_imgBEFORE a full house at the Mackenzie Market Tarmac, the High Rollers steamrolled their way to the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Linden Championship, by destroying the Amazings by a 6-1 margin.It was the largest margin of victory in a final in the history of the tournament. The contest was already done and dusted at halftime, with the ruthless High Rollers leading by four goals.Jonah Simon opened the gates with a sixth- minute strike; that was followed by a Jehu Regis’ effort two minutes later.Anfernee Barrow then extended his team’s advantage compliments of an 11th minute effort. The deal was sealed when Antoine Gill found the back of the net in the 15th minute.Amazings, who were nothing remotely close to their name, finally got on the score sheet, as Kevin Dornick scored.The aforementioned was nothing more than a consolation, as Captain Omar Brewley netted a ‘Guinness Goal’ (GG) [a goal scored in the final three minutes of regulation and extra time counts as two] in the 39th minute to commence the championship celebrations.For their thrilling performance, the High Rollers walked away with $400,000 and the winner’s trophy. They also earned the right to represent the zone at the National Championship. On the other hand, Amazings collected $150,000 and a trophy.Meanwhile, in the third-place play-off, Capital Storm dismissed Silver Bullets 4-1. Akeem Singh struck a brace in the fourth and 24th minutes, before completing the result with a (GG) in the 30th minute.For Silver Bullets, Jermaine Samuels netted in the first minute. Capital Storm pocketed $100,000, while Silver Bullets had to settle for $75,000.The event continues in the month of June with the Bartica Championship. The other major sponsor of the event is Colours Boutique.last_img read more

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Guyana Mixed Martial Arts Karate Association win several medals in New Jersey

first_imgMEMBERS of the Guyana Mixed Martial Arts Karate Association registered podium finish in several events when they competed in the North American Federation of Martial Arts International Championships, which was recently held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.Seven karatekas earned medals. Leading the charge was Azariah Duncan, who stormed to first-place finishes in traditional kata, kumite and freeform.Chandrapaul Sukha finished first in kumite and earned two silver medals in freeform and traditional kata. Altaf Singh finished first in traditional kata, second in kumite and third in freeform karate.In the black belt division: Zafar Lee Ramnarine finished second in kumite, second in traditional kata, third in freeform karate and third in weapons, while Raul Joseph finished third in traditional kata, and Abrar Wahid third in kumite and 3rd in freeform karate.Master Lloyd Ramnarine, who made a return to competition after 18 years, finished first in kumite and also received a special award from Grandmaster Jose Torres.According to information from the association, Ramnarine promised his students that he would compete alongside them in the future.Ramnarine also congratulated each student who participated in what was described as a very rigid international martial arts championship.He thanked sponsors: Anand Persaud Dental Lab, Dougie Beer Garden in Bagotstown, Howard Restaurant in Eccles, National Horse Racing, Atlantic Marine Supply and Silvie’s Variety Store, He also extended special thanks to Republic Bank for sponsoring Azariah Duncan.Meanwhile persons interested in learning martial arts can become a member of any of the associations’ schools. Students will benefit in the following areas: self-control, self-defence, self-discipline and overall health improvement,.The schools are Iron Fist Martial Arts Academy located in Diamond/Grove Primary School, Vreed-en-Hoop Martial Arts Academy located opposite Royal Castle, Herstelling Tiger Martial Arts Academy at the NDC building, Invisible Kicks Martial Arts Academy in La Parfaite Harmonie and Red Dragon Martial Arts Academy located at the Belle West Primary School.Contact can be made with instructors on 698-6727, 673-0823, 698-7456, 266-2869 and 622-4857.last_img read more

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Three Brazil goals disallowed in draw with Venezuela

first_imgBy Richard MartinSALVADOR, Brazil (Reuters) – Copa America hosts Brazil had three goals ruled out and missed a series of chances, as they were held 0-0 by Group A rivals Venezuela on Tuesday.Roberto Firmino had a goal chalked off late in the first half after the referee awarded a foul against the hosts, before substitute Gabriel Jesus found the net on the hour mark only for a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review to deem Firmino offside in the build-up.Philippe Coutinho looked to have finally found the winner when he netted from close range but VAR intervened again.Brazil lead the group on four points ahead of Peru, who beat Bolivia 3-1 earlier in the day and also have four points.Brazil meet Peru in their final group game on Saturday with both sides needing only a draw to seal their place in the quarter-finals. Venezuela have two points while Bolivia are without a point, with the two facing each other on Saturday.The top two in each group are guaranteed a place in the last eight, along with the two highest-ranked teams finishing third.Brazil made a brighter start than in their 3-0 win over Bolivia in the tournament curtain-raiser but failed to take their chances as David Neres and Firmino missed the target and Richarlison was thwarted by Venezuela goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez.Venezuela tightened things up at the back and nearly took a surprise lead when all-time top scorer Salomon Rondon narrowly missed the target with a near-post header.Richarlison was taken off at halftime and replaced by Manchester City striker Jesus, who instantly livened up Brazil’s attack but failed to help provide a goal.The final whistle was greeted by loud boos from the unimpressed 39 000 supporters at the Arena Fonte Nova, the hosts again failing to attract a full house after underselling the opener, with over 10 000 seats left empty this time.last_img read more

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Battle for golf supremacy this weekend

first_imgTHE Lusignan Golf Club (LGC) will be the place to be this weekend as players and spectators prepare for the first major two-day event of the year, one in which all the top players in the country will compete for bragging rights.This year, the Ministry of Business – Department of Tourism, headed by Director General Donald Sinclair, came on as the main sponsor for the event.Sinclair was extremely happy to be a part of the tournament stating, “With the sport of golf rising to national importance in the country, interest has grown in the game and we now have excellent golfers who are able to perform creditably on the world stage”.Meanwhile, president of the LGC, Aleem Hussain, stated that this year promises to be a magnificent showdown as many international golfers will challenge the local players for the title of best golfers in Guyana.“This tournament will showcase the tremendous talent we have and prepare our players for the Suriname Open in a few weeks,” he stated.There will be a battle because defending champion Avinash Persaud who will have to fight off Munaf Arjune, Chandra Lakeraj, Richard Haniff, Mike Mangal, Patrick Prasad, Kassim ‘Suga’ Khan, Kevin and Sando Dindanauth and Hussain to retain his title.In the other Men’s flights, there will be fierce competition as the huge expected field will jostle for the winners’ circle with top players such as Troy Cadogan, Guillermo Escarraga, Miguel Oviedo, Angel Amaris, Mario Acuna, Jordi Pinol, Jeremy Fernandes, George Bulkan, Ivan Gavira, Mauro Gamargo-Ramiro, Aasrodeen Shaw, Carlos Carbo, Clifford Reis, Ian Gouveia, Imtiaz Subhan, Lekhnarine Shivraj, Mahindra ‘Rommel” Bhagwandin, Ayube Subhan, Mahindranauth Tewari, Maxim Mangra, Parmanand ‘Max’ Persaud, Pur Persaud, Pope Emanuel London, Rabindranauth Persaud, Robert Hanoman, Maurice Solomon, William Walker, Brian Hackett, Jax Harry, Brian Glasford, Roy Cummings, Pandit Haresh Tiwari, Robin Tiwari, Paton George, Eon Blue, Kalyan Tiwari, Mike Guyadin, Lloyd Fungafat, Colin Ming, Carlos Adams, Rohan Albert, Hardeo ‘Curry’ Ganpat, Pastor Ragnauth,, David Harry, Mark Lashley, and Gavin Todd along with approximately 12 other local and international golfers expected to participate, along with past presidents Hilbert Shields, Jerome Khan and Oncar Ramroop.Nine-time Guyana Open Women’s Champion Christine Sukhram will make her first 2019 appearance in an effort to show that she is still the top female golfer in the country while former Guyana Open women’s champions Shanella Webster and Dr Joaan Deo, along with Anasha Ally, Errin Mitchell, Kari Emhling and Eureka Giddings will do their best to wrest top honours from the field.Christine, who has dominated the women’s field for many years will be tested this year but feels that her talent and ability will withstand the competition.For more information please contact the club at 220-5660 or visit their Facebook page – lusignangolfclub.last_img read more

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Lady Jags eyeing Women’s U-20 World Cup Qualification

first_img… GFF president believes qualifying is realisticBy Rawle ToneyPRESIDENT of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), Wayne Forde, believes that the Dr Ivan Joseph-led Women’s U-20 side have what it takes to go all the way, as Guyana prepare for CONCACAF Women’s U-20 World Cup Qualifiers in the Dominican Republic, where they will open against Nicaragua on February 23. Following their opening game on ‘Republic Day’, Lady Jags will suit up against Puerto Rico on February 25, and will close their Group D play against Mexico on February 27.Speaking to Chronicle Sport yesterday, Forde said the Guyanese women, who played undefeated during the preliminaries, are currently working hard behind the scenes and on the pitch to give a good account of themselves, and show that they belong among some of CONCACAF’s top-playing nations.Following confirmation from FIFA that Costa Rica and Panama will co-host the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, in August of 2020, and that CONCACAF has been awarded one additional slot (four in total), the Confederation announced changes to its World Cup Qualifying tournament, to be hosted in the Dominican Republic between February 22 and March 8, 2020.CONCACAF announced on Monday, that their Council had determined that Costa Rica and Panama, as host countries of the World Cup, will automatically qualify to the World Cup and will no longer participate in the 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship, meaning that the two remaining slots in the World Cup will be determined via the 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship.“We don’t plan on doing anything different that we’ve done when we played here. I know the girls are working hard and that we’re having some talent-spotting, but I think we have a good chance. Despite the quality of the opponents, I know the girls are going to work hard because of what’s at stakes – the World Cup,” Forde stated.Forde lamented that the team’s goal is to qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, and added that realistically, it’s also a chance for the GFF to test their women’s programme against some of the top teams in the confederation.“I think this also gives us a chance to rub shoulders with some of the top teams in CONCACAF and will also tell us just how far we’ve come, where we want to go and how much harder we have to work to get there. We will take away as much as we can from this experience,” Forde noted.Forde also sees Guyana’s participation as a “major achievement for the country,” taking into consideration that not much emphasis was placed on women’s football at the level below the senior women’s – the Lady Jags.For the group stage of the 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship, to be played at the Felix Sanchez Stadium and Panamericano Stadium, in Santo Domingo and San Cristobal, respectively, Guyana (top-ranked team in qualifying Group A) and St Kitts and Nevis (top-ranked team in qualifying Group B) will be replacing Costa Rica and Panama for the group stage of the final championship.In Group C, the United States, Honduras, Dominican Republic and Cuba will go head-to-head, while Group E is set with Canada, Jamaica, Guatemala and El Salvador. Group F conprises Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago, St Kitts & Nevis and Cayman Islands.For the Round-of-16, Bermuda (third-place finishers in qualifying Group A) and Barbados (third-place finishers in qualifying Group B) will occupy the positions vacated by Guyana and St Kitts & Nevis.All knockout round matches (round of 16, quarterfinal, semifinal and final) will be played in a single match elimination format, with the finalists will qualify to the FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup 2020.last_img read more

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Kuggeleijn, Chase deny Patriots as Zouks win again

first_imgTAROUBA, Trinidad, (CMC) – St Kitts and Nevis Patriots crumbled under the pressure of a record run chase and plummeted to a 10-run defeat to St Lucia Zouks to remain winless in the Caribbean Premier League here yesterday.In pursuit of a venue-high 173 at the Brian Lara Stadium, Patriots started strongly but then fell away badly in the middle overs, as Black Caps seamer Scott Kuggeleijn with four for 33 and West Indies off-spinner Roston Chase, with three for 12, tore through the innings with an impressive four-over spells.Former Test captain Denesh Ramdin, in his first season with Patriots, top-scored with 46 from 35 deliveries while opener Evin Lewis chipped in with 29 from 20 balls, but neither carried on and the remainder of the Patriots batting collapsed around them.Tail-ender Sheldon Cottrell slammed a cameo 11-ball 26 not out at the death but the effort was a little too late, leaving patriots adrift on 162 for eight from their allotted 20 overs.Opener Andre Fletcher had earlier top-scored with a chancy 46 off 33 balls as Zouks gathered 172 for six off their 20 overs to mark the highest total of the tournament.Mohammad Nabi smashed an unbeaten 35 off 22 deliveries to give Zouks impetus towards the end while Trinidadian Mark Deyal punched a 17-ball 30 and Najibullah Zadran supported with 28 from 24 balls.Sent in, Zouks lost Rahkeem Cornwall to illness in the third over with the score on 17, the burly all-rounder forced off with a spell of dizziness after making just four.But Deyal arrived to rip into Patriots’ bowling, combining with Fletcher to stretch the first wicket stand to 73 with entertaining stroke-play.Fletcher, put down on 21 and then again on 38, struck six fours and one six while the left-handed Deyal smashed three sixes – all clean blows over mid-wicket.Off-spinner Jon-Russ Jaggesar (2-29) then prised out both Fletcher and Roston Chase (4) to trigger a slide which saw five wickets tumble for 35 runs, and suddenly Zouks were tottering on 137 for seven at the start of the 18th over.However, Nabi changed the complexion of the innings, belting a four and three sixes as Zouks gathered an important 35 runs from the last three overs.In reply, Patriots lost wickets constantly and quickly found themselves 54 for three in the seventh over.Chris Lynn (14) was brilliantly caught at square leg by a leaping Najibullah Zadran in the third over, Joshua DaSilva (1) holed out to long on in the fifth over off Chase who then had Lewis caught behind cutting after striking four fours and two sixes.Ramdin, who belted two fours and sixes, tried to rescue the run chase, posting 34 for the fourth wicket with Ben Dunk (5) and a further 25 for the fifth wicket with Kieran Powell (7).However, once Powell miscued to the keeper off Kuggeleijn in the 14th over and Ramdin skied the same bowler to Nabi at long on in the 16th over, the run chase fizzled.last_img read more

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Ogun State Coach Yara Passes On

first_imgA member of the Ogun State Football Association Board between 2001 and 2003, he was Secretary, Ogun State Sports Council Management Technical Committee (1991-1998), Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports, Zone 1 (Lagos, Ogun and Oyo) Technical Committee (1992-1998), Assistant Director of Sports (1996-1998) and Deputy Director of Sports (1998-2000) after which he voluntarily retired for government service.Some of the numerous merit awards Baba Yara was decorated with include Ogun State Football Association Award (1981), Ogun State Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON) Award (1996), Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Zone 1 Headquarters Award (1998) and the Ogun State Sports Council Award (2001).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A prominent Ogun State-born football coach, Ayoola Ayanleye Olusegun, who was fondly known as Coach Yara has passed on.Born of humble and highly religious Ijebu-Ode muslim parents, his education started at Baptist Day School, Kaduna from 1951-1957, after which he relocated to Ijebu-Ode where he continued from 1958-1962 at Ijebu-Ode Secondary Commercial College and obtained the Secondary School Certificate.In 1978, Coach Yara, as he is fondly called, left the shores of Nigeria and proceeded to the Hungarian College of Physical Education, Budapest. Before his departure, he had obtained a Diploma in Coaching and the International Trainer’s Licence. Other sports certificates obtained by him include the FIFA Coaching Course Professional Certificate and the International Olympic Committee Certificate, respectively in 1985 and 1995. This lover of artistic football and ardent supporter of Manchester United Football Club of England had previously obtained the Preliminary Coaching Certificate and the Advanced Football Coaching Certificate in 1970 and 1971, respectively.last_img read more

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Patience Key for Mo Farah Ahead of Titles Defence

first_imgFarah will be heavily tipped to emerge victorious from both events, given his imperious form since winning in London in 2012.He has won nine out of 12 5,000m races while boasts a 100 per cent win ratio from five 10,000m runs in the aftermath of the day dubbed Super Saturday.Farah was one of the star acts on a day when he, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford won gold medals in track events on the same night.With focus now turning to this year’s Games in Rio, Farah is almost ready to launch the defence of his titles.Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ, Farah said: “It’s difficult because winning a double was easy but to win another double when most of my opponents have had four years of preparation? It gets harder.“It’s not going to be as easy as London. It’s going to be hard but I’m going to have to stay patient, believe in myself and my ability and keep doing what I’m doing.“Anything can go wrong so I just have to stay patient, stay on my feet and keep doing what I’m doing. I’ve ticked most boxes so there’s just a tiny bit more to go in training in terms of tuning in.“There are just a couple of key sessions where I’m not going to tell you exactly what they are. Other than that, I’m good to go.”Farah is one of the most experienced members of Team GB, which is aiming to return from Brazil with between 48 and 79 medals.He admits that even with all his successes of the past, he is anxious about what the future holds.“I get nervous of course. I will be nervous on the line,” he added. “It all just depends on that certain moment – where you are, if you’re listening to certain music walking out, warming up. I don’t know, you just get through it.“It’s the Olympics. That is every athlete’s dream and most people love to compete in the Olympics. Most people will be there to support us.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Mo Farah believes patience will be the key as he bids to become the first man in 40 years to defend the 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic titles.The 33-year-old is aiming to repeat the feat of Finland’s Lasse Viren, who won both titles at the 1972 Games in Munich and the 1976 Games in Montreal.last_img read more

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