Sekondi Stadium undergoes rehabilitation ahead of FirsTrust G6 tournament

first_imgThe Essipong Stadium in Sekondi is undergoing rehabilitation ahead of the maiden edition of the FirsTrust GHALCA 6 tournament.The tournament which takes place between January 7 and January 10 will see all seven matches played at the Essipong Stadium.With a week to the tournament, organizers have decided to check on the playing field to get it in the right state for the four-day event.The grounds men have been watering the pitch to get it back to life after the harmattan weather killed some of the grass while engineers have been working on the generator which will power the floodlights during the night matches.The opening match will be between league champions AshantiGold and FA Cup winners Medeama immediately followed by Hearts-Aduana Stars on the same day. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Ibrahim Tanko eyes managerial role in Ghana

first_imgFormer Ghana and Kotoko striker Ibrahim Tanko has revealed he will be interested in taking up a coaching role in Ghana as and when the opportunity arises.The former Cameroon assistant coach, who holds a UEFA License A coaching badge, was of the view it will be an honor to steer the affairs of a Ghanaian club or national team.“It is everyone’s dream to coach his country.”“I started coaching eight years now. I was in Japan for two years, I was in Cologne, I was in Cameroun for two and a half years.”“So I think I am ready to coach any team in Ghana if the chance is there. I am not waiting I still have an issue with Cameroun so if we finish, I will know what to do next.”“When quizzed if he will be interested in coaching the Black Stars in the future, Tanko was emphatic in his response.” He answered: “Oh yes.”Tanko was assistant coach to German Volke Finker for two and a half years and played for the Black Stars between 1996 and 2004. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Adonis Stevenson’s condition improving ‘towards stable’ after Oleksandr Gvozdyk knockout

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15But Michel posted on Twitter on Sunday to say the 41-year-old had recently improved.”Update on Adonis @AdonisSuperman: The state of Adonis has gone from critical towards stable from yesterday to today which is relatively good news. He is in controlled sedation to facilitate his recuperation,” Michel wrote. “His family, his wife Simone and Groupe Yvon Michel would like to thank the many people who have taken the time to send comforting messages. New information will be published as we get it. No other comments will be made until then.” Adonis Stevenson’s condition is improving “towards stable”, according to the boxer’s promoter Yvon Michel.Stevenson lost his WBC light-heavyweight belt on Saturday night after being knocked out in the 11th round by Oleksandr Gvozdyk. The Canadian was carried from the ring on a stretcher and taken to hospital, where his condition was initially described as critical.last_img read more

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John Wall says he shouldn’t have played against Cavaliers after scoring just 1 point

first_imgBradley Beal helped lead the Wizards with a team-high 27 points, but he expressed frustration with how the team played. Washington had won three straight before losing to the Cavaliers and Beal called it “unacceptable.””This game was unacceptable on many fronts,” Beal said. “We’ve got to be disciplined. We didn’t come out with the same focus we had the last three games.”The Wizards (11-15) will have a day off before facing the Pacers (16-10) on the road Monday. NBA wrap: LeBron James flirts with triple-double as Lakers down Grizzlies Wall also indicated he didn’t look at his stats because he already knew he had struggled. “I didn’t have to look at it,” he said. “I already knew it without looking at it. First game of my life. One free throw. No field goals.” He told reporters after the game that he has been dealing with a bone spur in his left heel and shouldn’t have played Saturday because he couldn’t run around the court, according to the Associated Press.”I couldn’t move,” he said. “Couldn’t run. Probably shouldn’t have played. That’s my fault. … I’ve had it for a while.” Related Newscenter_img Wizards guard John Wall didn’t have a strong performance against the Cavaliers — and he knows it. Wall didn’t make much of an impact in Washington’s 116-101 loss to Cleveland on Saturday, scoring a career-low one point off a free throw and he didn’t complete any field goals or 3-pointers.  Why did LeBron James give a Grizzlies arena employee his game shoes?last_img read more

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Fernando Alonso to return to Formula 1 with Renault in 2021

first_imgFernando Alonso is set to return to Formula 1 with Renault next year.The Spanish two-time world champion, who will be 39 later this month, has signed and will be confirmed soon, sources have told BBC Sport.Alonso will return to the outfit with whom he won his World Championships, and for whom he has already driven twice during his career.He left F1 in 2018 and is due to make a third attempt to win the Indianapolis 500 with McLaren in August.A spokesperson for Renault said the team “declined to comment on rumours”.Alonso will partner Frenchman Esteban Ocon and replace Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who is moving to McLaren at the end of this season. Why is he coming back?When he left the sport, Alonso said he was doing so because he had “achieved in F1 more than I dreamed of and it’s time to achieve bigger things outside F1”.But Alonso is known to have been in talks with Renault since November last year, and in May this year his adviser, Flavio Briatore, said he was “motivated and ready to return to F1”.Insiders say they believe his time away from F1 has reminded him that no other motorsport comes close to the level of satisfaction possible at its pinnacle.But Alonso will have to accept he is unlikely to be competitive straight away. Next year, teams will have to use the same cars as in 2020 as a result of a rule change introduced because of the coronavirus crisis, and the Renault was a midfield car at the season-opening race in Austria at the weekend.Alonso will hope the new technical rules being introduced in 2022 in an attempt to close up the field, as well as a budget cap on teams, will enable Renault to compete close to the front. A stellar careerAlonso won his world titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006In addition to his two world titles, Alonso has won 32 grands prix, which puts him sixth on the all-time list, and is regarded as one of the greatest racing drivers in history.He also narrowly missed out on another three World Championships – in 2007 with McLaren, and in 2010 and 2012 with Ferrari.But he has not won a race since the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix, and his final four years in F1 with McLaren were a frustrating battle for a team in decline and, initially, in denial about that fact.McLaren have since started a revival – they finished fourth in the constructors’ championship last year, overtaking Renault.Since leaving F1, Alonso has become a two-time winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours, adding victory in 2019 to his first win in 2018, and also competed in the Dakar Rally. The Spaniard has set himself the target of winning motorsport’s so-called triple crown, for which he needs to add the Indy 500 to the Monaco Grand Prix and Le Mans victories he has already achieved.Alonso starred on his debut at Indy in 2017, driving a McLaren-branded car run by Andretti Autosport.But a second attempt last year with a newly established McLaren team ended in embarrassment, after he failed to qualify because of what the team admitted was a series of organisational failures.It remains to be seen what he will say about his ambition at Indy beyond this year, as the USA’s most famous race usually clashes with the Monaco Grand Prix.last_img read more

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Andrelton Simmons’ return to Angels delayed by ‘noticeable’ limp

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield After progressing quickly, the Angels sent him to rookie-level Orem (Utah) to play games on Tuesday and Wednesday. He was then to be re-evaluated to determine if he was ready to be active.Sean Johnson, one of the Angels trainers, was in Orem and detected the limp.“He noticed it so he made the call that we probably should back him off for a couple days and then re-evaluate him,” Ausmus said. “That being said, I texted Simba and he said he’s fine.”Ausmus added that this doesn’t look like a serious setback.“We don’t expect it to be anything long term,” he said. “We know he can play a game. we want to make sure he is prepared to play multiple games. That’s more what it’s about.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone TORONTO — Andrelton Simmons won’t be returning quite as quickly as it seemed.During the second day of his rehab assignment on Wednesday night, Simmons had “a noticeable limp,” Manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday, so the Angels sent him back to Anaheim to slow down the rehab.Ausmus said Simmons will not be active this weekend in St. Louis, as seemed likely a couple of days ago, but still could be activated on the upcoming six-game homestand.Simmons suffered a Grade 3 left ankle sprain lunging to try to beat a play at first on May 20. Although the Angels never gave a specific timeframe for Simmons to return, other similar injuries have required rehab periods of eight to 12 weeks. Simmons is not even five weeks removed from the injury.center_img The Angels recalled Dustin Garneau to take Smith’s place. Garneau, who is out of options, had been with the team for two weeks while Smith was out with a concussion. Garneau was designated for assignment after Smith returned, but he cleared waivers and remained in the organization. When they needed to add Garneau back to the 40-man roster on Thursday, the Angels had a spot open from releasing pitcher Cody Allen.ALSOShohei Ohtani had a night off on Thursday because the Angels wanted to get Justin Upton a start at designated hitter. Upton is just returning from missing two and a half months with a sprained toe, so Ausmus had him just start two of the four games in the outfield on Toronto’s artificial turf. …Mike Trout came into Thursday’s game with a career .631 slugging percentage at Rogers Centre, the highest for any opponent with at least 120 plate appearances.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Griffin Canning, 2-3, 3.93) at Cardinals (RHP Michael Wacha, 4-3, 6.00), Friday, 5:15 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros SMITH TO ILCatcher Kevan Smith was placed on the injured list because of a sprain in his left hand. The Angels do not have a timeline for Smith’s return. He left the team to see a hand specialist.Ausmus said Smith felt something on a check swing during Tuesday night’s game.“It bothered him then it bothered him the rest of the game,” Ausmus said. “He came in the next day and barely could hold a bat out in front of him because he was sore.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Comic Con, Clippers opener could bring horror to LA freeways

first_imgPlanning a weekend trip to downtown Los Angeles? Do so at your own risk.L.A. Live is host to some big draws this weekend, which means big crowds, which means more cars on the road, which means tons of traffic.The 110 Freeway might prove difficult to traverse thanks to a comic book confab, a concert and the Los Angeles Clippers’ home opener.• RELATED STORY: Stan Lee promises a Hulk of a Los Angeles Comic Con As far as the Los Angeles Police Department is concerned, it’s business as usual, according to Lt. Melody Hainline of LAPD’s Central Traffic Division.“Because of the way the streets are gridded down there, the traffic should be flowing really well,” she said.While the streets may not be clogged, the freeways probably will, so proceed with caution.Or you could take Metro. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The newly christened Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con, formerly known as Comikaze, is expected to bring at least 90,000 people to the Los Angeles Convention Center today through Sunday, according to convention center spokeswoman Alexa Michelle Diaz.Comic Con kicked off this evening at 5 p.m. and runs all day Saturday and Sunday.There will also be lots of people next door at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. Live, where the Pet Shop Boys are slated to perform Saturday at 9 p.m. • RELATED STORY: How the Clippers’ roster looks to start 2016-17 seasonThen the Clippers host the Utah Jazz for their home opener at the Staples Center Sunday at 1:30 p.m. last_img read more

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Expect Clippers’ 3-point surge against Pelicans to be exception, not the rule

first_imgAlthough all those 3-pointers helped keep the Clippers close, they couldn’t make up for the team’s 17 turnovers, the 15 offensive rebounds they allowed or their ill-timed lulls in the first and third quarters.If anything, Rivers found an issue with the Clippers’ proliferation of 3-pointers.“The problem with all those 3s, they all were long rebounds – and we didn’t come up with one,” he said Tuesday before practice at the Clippers training facility. “It led to like eight points in fast-break points.“So I liked the 3s, (but) I didn’t like our transition D after a missed 3. That’s something we’ll show on film today, because I thought all but one should’ve been covered. We didn’t do a good job of getting back on those shots.”WALLACE GETS ONETyrone Wallace’s 3-pointer with 9.2 seconds left in the third quarter Monday cut the Pelicans’ lead to 94-88 – and gave the young, attacking guard his first basket from distance this season. He’s now 1 for 11.It’s not that Wallace hasn’t made 3-pointers before, although he hasn’t made them at a rate that he – or the Clippers – likely would prefer.In 64 games over two G League seasons, Wallace went 30 for 124 from deep. In four seasons at Cal, Wallace took 404 3-pointers and made 118 (for a 29.2 percent percentage).In 30 games with the Clippers last season, he was 10 for 40.“I knew it was my first one,” Wallace said. “I hadn’t made one, obviously. I think anyone would know, but in the moment of it I wasn’t like ‘Oh, wow, I made my first one.’ We were trying to come back and trying to win a game.Related Articles PLAYA VISTA — In character as the NBA’s fourth-best 3-point shooting team, the Clippers made 50 percent of their 3-point attempts in Monday’s 121-117 loss to New Orleans.Out of character for the team averaging fewer than 25 3-point attempts per game (the second-fewest in the NBA), the Clippers took a season-high 36 attempts from behind the arc, letting it fly from deep as if they were Boston Celtics, who average the third-most 3-point attempts in the league.Seven Clippers made at least one 3-pointer, led by Danilo Gallinari’s best-as-a-Clipper six. Tobias Harris hit five, Avery Bradley (who entered the game having made 32 all season) drained three. Lou Williams, Tyrone Wallace, Mike Scott and Patrick Beverley – who has now made 23 of his last 47 attempts from deep through 15 games – all made one.The heavy dose of 3-pointers was a product of circumstance, not design, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said: “Defensively, the way they were playing, they were so pulled in, we just got a lot of 3s.” Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Rivers has been consistent this season, insisting that the Clippers – who are averaging 115.3 points per game, fourth-most in the NBA – don’t need to take more 3-pointers, even if it’s en vogue to incorporate an onslaught of them into the game plan.“We have a lot of good shooters, it’s something we can do every game,” Gallinari concurred. “Sometimes it’s better, sometimes it’s not great.” Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 In retrospect, he said, “it felt good. First one of the year, now I can settle in a little bit, hopefully. I work on my shot every day, y’all see me in here after practice, before practice. It’s something I have to continue to work on, but it does feel good to see it go down.”Even without a consistent 3-point shot in his repertoire yet, Wallace has increasingly contributed to the Clippers’ cause this season. He’s shooting 46 percent from the field and averaging four points per game, but he’s scored in double figures in 15 of the past 30 games.“I’m not waiting for him to break it out this year and start pulling up for four, five 3s (a game),” Rivers said. “I want him to stay who he is. But the fact that he shot it and that he works on it every day … that’s what he has to do. If Ty starts making 3s, he’ll be virtually unguardable with the way he can get downhill.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img read more

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Dodgers’ laser-like focus on defense might be working

first_imgPHOENIX — The lasers are working. Or something is.The Dodgers’ wholehearted embracing of advanced statistical analysis in defensive positioning — including laser range-finders to the annoyance of the New York Mets — has made them one of the most efficient defensive teams in baseball.Using metrics that focus on the number of batted balls in play that are turned into outs, the Dodgers rank second in the National League behind only the Chicago Cubs at 72 percent. According to Baseball Prospectus’ numbers, the Dodgers are turning flyballs into outs at a slightly higher rate than they did a year ago.Evidence the lasers are working — or that the Dodgers are getting more innings from a more athletic group of outfielders who are better defenders? “I’m right there with you. I don’t think you can really say,” Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson said. “Joc (Pederson) is a very talented outfielder. (Yasiel) Puig obviously has all the tools to be a Gold Glover. I definitely think I’m a better defender than I’ve played.”The subtleties of positioning are not going to be easy to spot, however. Balls that might have dropped if an outfielder had positioned himself without input aren’t going to declare themselves in the box score.“I’m sure it’s helping,” Thompson acknowledged. “But when you’re out there in the game, you’re not thinking about that.“The game is always evolving. They’re just trying to do what teams have always done but with more precision. This is just a way to take advantage of all the resources that are available.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is convinced all the resources have made a difference. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “Yeah, I think it makes a huge difference. It really does,” Roberts said, crediting coaches Chris Woodward and George Lombard with spearheading the defensive efforts in positioning and preparation. “It takes a lot of time to kind of sift through all the information, what makes sense. A lot of our stuff is pitcher specific. Every pitcher that we have has a specific chart and that’s a credit to our guys.“That’s the one part of our team that has been consistent — catching the baseball and being in the right spots. That’s a big reason why we’ve found a way to keep ourselves in this.”Montas has momentumHard-throwing right-hander Frankie Montas threw 69 pitches over four innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday, his second consecutive four-inning start for the OKC Dodgers and his first since his minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignment officially ended.Wednesday’s start was the equivalent of a final spring training start for Montas, who is at a point where he becomes an option for the Dodgers’ starting rotation.“I think that’s fair,” Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said before Montas pitched.In seven games (four starts) since returning from surgery to remove the first rib on his right side, Montas has a 2.25 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and — most impressively — 22 strikeouts and only three walks in 16 innings.Right-hander Kenta Maeda was feeling better Wednesday after being struck in the right leg by a line drive during Tuesday’s game. He was walking around the clubhouse before Wednesday’s game with no noticeable limp and the Dodgers are optimistic at this point that he will make his next scheduled start Sunday at home against the Milwaukee Brewers.But Montas could be an option to replace either rookie Julio Urias or right-hander Mike Bolsinger in the major-league rotation. Urias has pitched better in each of his four starts and is scheduled to go again Friday against the Brewers. Bolsinger, however, is 1-4 with a 5.76 ERA and seven home runs allowed in his five starts. He has failed to finish five innings twice.Meanwhile, Ross Stripling is not an option to rejoin the Dodgers’ rotation any time soon.Stripling was at Chase Field on Wednesday and went through a bullpen session with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt before the game. He is currently working out at Camelback Ranch and has made short one- or two-inning appearances in extended spring training games.The Dodgers intend to cap Stripling’s innings this season — his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery — and are using this month to limit his workload. Stripling said he expects to be re-assigned to a team by the end of June.“Hopefully I’m out of there when they say or I’ll probably go nuts,” said Stripling who already spent one summer in Arizona while rehabbing from the elbow surgery.last_img read more

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Dodgers leaning against sending Julio Urias to bullpen

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. >> Julio Urias said he took a starting pitcher’s approach to his most recent Cactus League appearance Thursday, even though he pitched only the fifth and sixth innings. Speaking through an interpreter, the 20-year-old left-hander said he worked on sequencing each batter as if he would face him two or three times in a game.That’s OK by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who said he doesn’t like the idea of putting Urias in the bullpen to limit his innings during the regular season.“The slow ascension, or ramp-up, there’s a case for that,” Roberts said. “The alternative would be to shut him down in the middle of the season. We did that a little bit last year. There’s got to be a balance.”If the Dodgers don’t choose to ramp up Urias’ innings on a start-by-start basis, or shut him down at mid-season, they could also send him to extended spring training in April. In every working draft of Urias’ innings map, the 20-year-old will be available to pitch as much as possible in September and October. Brock Stewart has been shut down from throwing due to shoulder fatigue, and Roberts said he isn’t sure when the right-hander will pick up a baseball again.“As I understand it is not serious,” Roberts said. “He just got a little fatigued and there’s soreness in his shoulder.”Stewart made five starts for the Dodgers last year, won two, and figured to be near the top of the team’s Triple-A depth chart to start the new season. He made two Cactus League starts this spring, pitching 3 1/3 innings and allowing seven runs.Now, Stewart will have to start from “square one” when he is cleared to throw again. That all but rules him out from being ready to pitch, at least as a starter, when the regular season begins April 3.“I don’t want to guess right now,” Roberts said. “When he picks up a baseball again, we’ll see how he feels.”AlsoKenta Maeda will start today’s game against the Angels, swapping places with Rich Hill, who will start Tuesday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds instead. … Outfielder Andre Ethier is still making progress back from a lower back/hip injury and will not play in either end of a split-squad doubleheader today. Ethier is “going to take a few more days away from baseball activities and slowly get back in there,” Roberts said. As a 19-year-old last year, Urias threw a career-high 127 2/3 innings between the regular season and playoffs. Urias will add to that number this year if he stays healthy. The innings limit will be removed next year, Roberts said.The Dodgers signed Urias as a 16-year-old amateur out of Mexico and the front office has carefully, creatively guarded his workload since.“The industry’s not used to a guy like Julio who’s advanced pitching-wise,” Roberts said. “We threw a lot at him last year and he handled it with flying colors. There’s really no right answer.”Stewart shut downcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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