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Pitbulls ravage Knockers; Bounty trounce Vintage

first_imgHOCKEY action remained the centre of attention at the National Gymnasium on Tuesday night as the Guyana Hockey Board continued its LUCOZADE-sponsored indoor league In the first game, the GCC Pitbulls held nothing back in their demolition of the Old Fort Knockers.The scoring for the Pitbulls began as early as the 3rd minute with Shaquille Leung leading the charge. However, Stephon Sprosta three minutes later drew the Knockers level through a penalty corner.The Pitbulls would go on to assume the lead in the 8th minute with Meshach Sargeant scooting home before extending the lead through Leung two minutes later.Knockers’ Robert Brumell pulled one back a minute later but Mark Sargeant’s 13th minute strike made it 4-2; Brumell added his second of the night and his team’s third in the 15th minute.Leung returned in the 16th to reconstruct that two-goal lead at the half in favour of the GCC side and complete his hat-trick.On the return, a trifecta of goals from Leung 22nd, 27th and 33rd ensured that the Pitbulls were now miles ahead of their competition though Stephon Sprosta managed to complete his hat-trick in the 38th as the game ended 8-4.In the second game of the evening the GCC Bounty side overcame their Vintage counterparts 8-3.Devin Hooper’s 2nd minute penalty corner followed by his penalty shot in the 10th had Vintage ahead early.However, the Bounty side managed to untie themselves from that bind and draw level with their counterparts, due chiefly in part to successful conversions from Kevin Spencer in the 12th and Peter DeGroot in the 15th.In the second half, Daniel Hooper in the 26th gave the Bounty side the lead for the first time in the game with Spencer adding his second in the 30th.Steven Xavier joined the party for Bounty a minute later before Hooper completed his second in the 36th and Kareem McKenzie got on the score sheet in the 37th.Eric Hing inked his name on the score sheets with two minutes to go but the side could not deny Spencer his hat-trick which came in the 39th and the 8-3 victory that followed a minute later.last_img read more

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Third-string quarterback Jack Sears impresses in Trojan debut

first_imgRedshirt freshman Jack Sears looks for receivers against Arizona State on Saturday at the Coliseum. (Ling Luo | Daily Trojan)The life of any backup quarterback is generally filled with uncertainty. The competitions during summer and fall camp practices, the struggles to develop chemistry with receivers and backs due to limited practice time, the time spent relaying calls and encouraging teammates from the sideline, waiting for an opportunity to make their own mark.For redshirt freshman Jack Sears, the one thing he could feel certain about was his own playing ability. When he finally got his chance to take the field on Saturday against Arizona State, he made sure audiences knew that he had what it takes to play at the collegiate level.“It’s been a while since I’ve been in a game setting,” Sears said. “We did our best in fall camp and my entire time here.”Despite playing in a losing effort, Sears showed flashes of brilliance and the capacity to lead a football team.“I felt comfortable in the second half and guys never stopped believing in me,” Sears said. “It was fun to rally with them and keep competing. We fought to the very end.”On the day, Sears went 20-of-28 passing for 235 yards with two touchdowns. Additionally, Sears was a factor on the ground, participating in a number of designed roll-outs, options and runs, including a 22-yard burst to set up a touchdown drive at the end of the first half. Sears was not the most statistically impressive passer on the roster on Saturday — that title went to redshirt sophomore wideout Tyler Vaughns, who threw a 36-yard touchdown to junior receiver Michael Pittman in the third quarter. However, Sears was capable of producing when called upon for the USC offense.In fact, out of qualifying passers, Sears finished fourth among Pac-12 quarterbacks in terms of passer grade, according to PFF College. Finishing ahead of talented signal callers such as Stanford’s K.J. Costello, Utah’s Tyler Huntley and Arizona State’s Manny Wilkins, Sears clearly stood out compared to the expectations most would have of a backup quarterback.The most impressive factor of Sears’ performance, however, was his ability to lead the Trojans back from a daunting deficit. With just under two minutes left in the first half, USC trailed the Sun Devils by 17 points and had yet to show any life on the offensive side of the ball. Aside from a brilliant Vaughns punt return for a touchdown following Arizona State’s first drive, USC had been shut out. Yet, Sears was able to drive his team 90 yards down the field to cut the deficit to 10 by halftime. Coming out of the break, Sears again carved through the Sun Devils’ secondary to bring USC within 3 points, and 25 seconds later, USC took the lead.While the defense and special teams would falter and the Trojans would go on to fall for the first time at home since 2015, Sears made sure to leave a lasting good impression with a 48-yard heave for a touchdown to Vaughns in Sears’ last play from scrimmage.From the perspective of head coach Clay Helton, this type of performance was anything but out of the ordinary for the San Clemente native. “[Sears] practices like a starter, and today he played like a starter,” Helton said after the game.Helton continued to shower the redshirt freshman in praise for his performance.“I thought [Sears] did a tremendous job,” Helton said. However, Sears does not have a particularly clear path to playing time. With presumptive starter JT Daniels cleared to resume practicing following a concussion suffered on Oct. 20 at Utah, Sears will likely serve in a backup role once again this weekend when the team travels to Oregon State.This should not spell the end of Sears’ chances to contribute moving forward. Sears and Daniels both have freshman eligibility and considering how tumultuous the season has been, it is unlikely that a week-to-week starter is guaranteed, let alone one from year-to-year. Additionally, should Daniels show further health concerns, it is possible that Sears could once again get the nod over Fink.It wasn’t long ago that a San Clemente quarterback took a loss in his first start as a Trojan.While Jack Sears may not have performed as well as former USC quarterback Sam Darnold, he certainly showed enough on Saturday to make it clear that he is capable of being an effective starter when called upon for USC.“I love these guys; I’ve been with them for over two years,” Sears said of his teammates. “I believe in what [Helton is] doing here. Every down, every play, no matter what’s going on. I love this university.”last_img read more

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McGeever: These lads have a chance now to impress at senior level

first_imgThe Tipp Minors lost out on All Ireland glory in Croke Park yesterday when they lost to a convincing Kerry side…the final score was Kerry 4-14 Tipperary 6 points. For several of the players, it was their second time loosing an All Ireland final this year after the hurlers were beaten by Galway…however Charlie McGeever rubbished claims that tiredness had anything to do with his side’s performance. He said the players must now turn their attention to performing at Senior against the good teams in Munster.  Meanwhile, the homecoming for the Tipperary Minor Footballers will take place this evening in Monroe The team are expected to arrive at about 6-15pmlast_img read more

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Official Ghana XI vs Tunisia: Afriyie Acquah starts, Kasim Nuhu returns

first_imgGhana head coach, Kwesi Appiah, has named Afriyie Acquah in the team to face Tunisia in the AFCON Round of 16 clash on Monday evening.The Empoli midfielder came off the bench to put in a creditable performance in Ghana’s 2-0 win against Guinea Bissau in Suez.Ghana will line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Acquah expected to form a double pivot midfield with Mubarak Wakaso and Thomas Partey just in front of them.Captain Andre Ayew is expected to take the place of Kwabena Owusu on the left flank.Kasim Nuhu, who is returning from suspension, will start at center back alongside John Boye.Ghana XI vs TunisiaRichard OforiAndy YiadomBaba RahmanJohn BoyeKasim NuhuMubarak WakasoAfriyie AfriyieSamuel OwusuThomas ParteyAndre AyewJordan AyewKick off is at 9pm local time, 7pm in Ghana and will be live on Citi TV.last_img read more

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5-Year Sentence of Nigerian Kidnapper Challenged

first_imgLawyers representing David Safranu, a Nigerian national sentenced to five-year imprisonment for kidnapping, have challenged the judgment of Criminal Court ‘D’ announcing an appeal before the Supreme Court.The lawyers are contending that the defendant was not on trial for conspiracy to commit terrorism, which the trial jury relied upon to pronounce him guilty.Instead, he was on trial for terrorism, a capital offense and first degree felony that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years, which prosecution could not established during the entire proceedings.However, the jurors in their verdict acquitted defendant Safranu from the charge of terrorism, one of prosecutions main demands.He was charged in September 2012 by the government with multiple crimes including; terrorism, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy and facilitation for his role in the kidnapping of an American citizen, Christiana Andrainpoulus.But, Judge Yussif Kaba insisted that criminal conspiracy was one of the charges levied against the defendant, as such, evidence before the court proved his guilt.He made that clarity when he confirmed the initial guilty verdict on criminal conspiracy entered against the defendant by the trial jurors.Interestingly, the crime is bailable under the law. However, judicial sources hinted to the Daily Observer that the defense team was considering every legal means to secure a bail bond for Safranu’s release from further detention, pending the Supreme Court’s ruling.Madam Andrianopoulos was kidnapped in 2012 when she arrived in the country aboard an SN Brussels flight from the United States of America.She complained that her kidnappers engaged her in a lengthy conversation and subsequently escorted her into a very dark car before holding her at gun point.According to her, while under gun point her suspects took her into a house where they kept her in captivity for three days under severe torture. She claimed that the men stripped her naked, tied her legs and threatened to take her life by attempting to cut her fingers and toes; all the while demanding US$5 million.“They said I was a spy, a CIA spy and tied me to a chair and tied my legs and threatened to take my life. Their boss claimed he was a rebel leader,” Andrianopoulos claimed. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more