Adessa Albert, destined for greatness

first_imgSHE’S a powerhouse on the track, from her athletic build to her speed. She commands attention when she charges, if for no other reason but because she’s just nine years old.When you find out that she’s from the mining town of Linden, you begin to understand the skills of this Pee Wee – Adessa Albert.Albert just this week gave a few eye-catching performances in the Girls’ Under- 10 category at the National Schools Championships. Those performances included new records in the 100m and long jump event, as well as taking the age group Champion title.It was in the sprints that spectators truly sat up and paid attention to the little Amelia Ward’s Primary School student, particularly in the 100m races.In her heat Albert ran the record-breaking time of 13.70 seconds, erasing a three-year-old 14-second record by Odessa France.When Albert returned in the final on Wednesday she won the event in 14.16 seconds, still a sight to behold as the petite girl in yellow and black outclassed her competitors.Over at the jumping pit she set the long jump record at 4.03m, erasing a previous 3.89m record, etching her name in the record books in her second year at Nationals.She also took gold in the 200m, which she won in a time of 29.49 seconds; while she finished second in the 400m with a time of 1:12.31s.Grooming to perhaps one day becoming the next big sprinting female in Guyana, Albert is another protégé, of renowned Linden coach Johnny Gravesande.The man behind the likes of World Youth Championships silver medallist Daniel Williams, and CARIFTA Games multiple gold medallist Chantoba Bright.Albert has been under Johnny’s tutelage since the age of six.Her accomplishments are coming as no surprise to her beaming mom, Kaisha Cummings, who began to observe Albert’s capabilities from a very young age and, encouraged by her daughter’s natural love for running, wanted to see how far she could go.“We didn’t decide for her to be an athlete she just loves the sport itself. She just likes running. If you send her out she would just always run instead of walk,” Cummings shared“We saw that she had potential, so we decided to join her in a club and see how she would perform. Since then she would be performing at different events.”Born at the Mackenzie Hospital, Albert began testing out her skill against others her age when she was three years old and attended nursery school.“She used to attend Royal Arts of Learning in Amelia’s Ward, and they would have sports and the children would take part so she took part from the first year of nursery. And from there she just continued running,” Cummings recalled.However, because the school was a private one it did not take part at the inter-school level of sports, limiting Albert’s chances of going to Nationals. So her mother transferred her to the Amelia’s Ward Primary, in 2015, to open up a door for her daughter to showcase her skill.That very year Albert qualified for Nationals and performed in the Girls Under-8 category. Even then, seeing this little girl charging to win after win had many commenting of the promising prospects for this young lady.Her mother boldly declared that she has high hopes to see Adessa go far. “I have future plans for her in athletics. Maybe even the Olympics.”last_img read more

Ahmed, once again, eyes high personal goals

first_imgUW AthleticsAlmost one year ago exactly, Mohammed Ahmed was on top of the world.Having just completed the race of his life April 29, 2012 in Palo Alto, Calif. at the Payton Jordan Invitational, the UW men’s long-distance track runner had easily qualified for the Olympic “A” standard – the time required for an athlete to compete in the Olympic Game’s themselves.Just a few months later at the 2012 London Olympic Games, Ahmed fulfilled the lifelong dream of many athletes after he competed and finished 18th in the 10,000 despite only being 21 years old.Almost overnight, Ahmed had become one of the superstar athletes on campus – having his accomplishments tossed around with the likes of Montee Ball’s 39 touchdowns and the men’s basketball team’s Sweet 16 run.But, with the immense training and preparation needed for competition in the Olympics, Ahmed has redshirted during this year’s outdoor track season to help give him a full year of eligibility with the Badgers (indoor/outdoor) in 2014 after redshirting in 2012’s indoor season to prepare for the Olympics. The decision to redshirt was made during last year’s outdoor season.After pushing through a cross country season in the fall – one where Wisconsin’s runner-up finish in the NCAA Championship and he personally finished eighth, good for an All-American nod – Ahmed feels he hasn’t met his immensely high personal standards after the Olympics at Wisconsin.“I didn’t perform that well, I had a really, really down period the last six or seven months after the Olympics,” Ahmed said. “So right now I am just trying to regroup. It takes a lot of mental and physical energy to go to the Olympics.“I feel like all of the energy that I put in going to the Olympics is one of the reasons why I didn’t perform well during the cross-country season or during the indoor season.”That’s a surprising comment considering Ahmed recorded personal bests in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters during the indoor season. But, this is a runner who considers finishing 18th in the Olympics at such a young age a disappointment.“I kinda had to make myself forget about all of the experience that I gained, for example the Olympics,” Ahmed said. “At times I don’t even let myself think that I went to the Olympics, that title is wiped from my head – mainly because I felt like I didn’t perform well there – so I came back from the Olympics hungry to improve.”For Ahmed, taking the first step back to where he wants to be will begin this summer when he vies to earn a place on the Canadian World Track and Field Championship team before the World Championships begin Aug. 10 in Moscow.Having already represented his country at both the Olympics and the Junior World Championships in 2012 and 2010, respectively, Ahmed is using his time off from collegiate competition to gear his training specifically for World Championship qualifying – noting that there are a few key differences between training for the two competitions.“Running for the school is tough, you come out of indoors and you don’t really get any down time, you just go right into the season, and your training gets interrupted by having to go and race,” Ahmed said. “I wanted to get the opportunity where I had several months to of training before I go to the World Championships so that I will be more prepared.”Only a few weeks into his redshirt season, distance running coach Mick Byrne said that Ahmed has already made a good deal of progress and is on track to put up a good showing should he qualify for the World Championships in August.“He has been training really hard, training has been going well,” Byrne said. “He has been getting stronger; the plan is for him to continue to get better.”Still, the decision to redshirt this spring was not an easy one for the senior.Having come up through the ranks with some of the other runners, Ahmed’s last race with fellow long-distance runner senior Maverick Darling during the indoor season – who is in his final year of eligibility this spring – was a tough one for two runners who have had so much success in their shared time at UW.“The easiest word to describe him is as a brother,” Ahmed said. “We love working out together; we love competing against each other. I’m always looking for him and he’s just not there now.“After the Arkansas meet – the Indoor National Championships – him and I were sitting there talking and we realized that was our last race together in a Wisconsin uniform. We were both kind of star struck and surprised by that.”(Factual inaccuracies that appeared in the original publication of this article have been corrected)last_img read more

Softball: Badgers struggle against Minnesota pitching, look to bounce back versus Purdue

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin softball team hosted the No. 11 Minnesota Golden Gophers in a doubleheader Wednesday at Goodman Diamond.The story of the game was Minnesota’s ace and reigning Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, Amber Fiser. The Badgers were unable to handle Fiser’s nine innings of stellar pitching across two games of work.Wisconsin dropped both games to the Gophers by scores of 8–2 and 10–3.Softball: Young Badger core look to leave lasting impact on Wisconsin programThe 2019 University of Wisconsin softball team (31-8, 8-5 Big Ten) has already had an outstanding, record-breaking season that’s put Read…In the first game, Wisconsin only had two hits to match their two runs. Ally Miklesh and Kayla Konwent each drove in a run, but the Badgers were only able to take advantage of the few mistakes Fiser made, including Jolie Fish being hit by a pitch and Kelly Welsh reaching base on an error.But, it was the Gopher offense that got the best of junior pitcher Kaitlyn Menz, as they put up ten hits and eight runs, including a two-home run game from Maddie Houlihan.Fiser only pitched the first four innings for Minnesota as the Gophers left the top of the fifth inning with a comfortable 8–11 lead. The second half of Minnesota’s one-two-punch pitching duo, Louisiana State University transfer Sydney Smith, entered the game for the Gophers and sealed the win.Fiser picked up the win and struck out ten Badgers in four innings, the tenth time she’s done so all season.Just when it looked like Wisconsin had done their time with Fiser for the day, she stepped back into the circle to start game two of the doubleheader.It was the same story for the Minnesota pitching staff, as Wisconsin only tallied three hits — two from Taylor Johnson — and three runs.Haley Hestekin started the game in the circle for Wisconsin. Hestekin came out strong, only allowing three hits and one run through the game’s first four innings.But, it was the third go-around in the Minnesota batting order that spelled trouble for Hestekin and the Badgers. Minnesota would go on to score five runs in the fifth inning and four more in the sixth.Once again, the Badgers had buried themselves in a hole that was hard to come back from.With much to learn from this doubleheader, the Badgers will play their last road series and penultimate Big Ten series against the Purdue Boilermakers.Softball: Konwent leads Badgers to best start in program historyAs the University of Wisconsin softball team teeters in and out of the top 25 rankings, being ranked at all Read…Coming off of being swept by Northwestern, Purdue will have a similar mindset as Wisconsin, with both looking to find some late-season momentum.Purdue boasts a 6-11 Big Ten record, not to be deceived by their powerful offense. The Boilermakers possess five players in their starting rotation hitting above .300. Leading Purdue is senior infielder Jenny Behan, who bats .357.Wisconsin will also most likely face the pitching duo of Sydney Bates and Kaitlynn Moody. With 59 combined appearances in the circle, their usage is a near guarantee.The games will start from West Lafayette, Indiana, Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at noon. Games can be seen live on BTN Plus or followed from uwbadgers.com.last_img read more

Pillars Supporters Embark on Enlightenment Campaign for Fans

first_imgUchenna IyokeTowards sustaining the friendly atmosphere that prevailed at the Sani Abacha Stadium last season, Supporters Club of Kano Pillars recently organised an enlightenment campaign for fans and other stakeholders of the club as the club hosts the official kick-off fixture of the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League season. Sani Abacha Stadium, according to stats from the last season recorded the highest average turn-out of fans and while the season was largely incident free, the club was fined for crowd restiveness and ordered to organise a session on good conduct for their supporters.Last Saturday, a good number of the Masu Gida faithfuls gathered at the Kano Pillars Stadium on France Road in Kano to participate in the awareness programme which was aimed at avoiding the isolated disturbance of last season.The event was anchored by Mallam Nasiru Ibrahim, the chairman of Kano State Referees’ Council and also featured a novelty football match between two academy sides which served as simulation of real match situation.The programme sought to provide fans education on rules of the game and interpretation of referees’ decisions. Nasiru used a microphone to explain calls for infringement as the two academy sides played.In the course of the novelty match, the game was usually halted each time the whistle was blown and detailed explanation was provided the fans for the call made.He supplemented the on-field tutorials by reading extracts from existing and new laws of the game, citing reasons why the fans should be law abiding and embrace the spirit of fair play.“Football is a round leather game played between two teams, but it goes a long way to unite people from different races, religions, culture etc. We must understand the do’s and don’t’s of the game for us to be good ambassadors”, stated Nasiru.He also emphasized on why the fans must desist from encroaching on the field of play, pelting of match officials and visiting teams with objects such as sachet water etc and other forms of crowd trouble.The referee advised the Pillars’ followers to avoid any attempt at such unruly behaviours. He said: “No team had ever been successful by means of violence but would always face the possible outcome of bringing the game to disrepute which ultimately ruins the chances of achieving the desired result in the league”, he charged.Chairman of the Pillars Supporters Club, Bashir Idris Mu’azu, stated that the scheme is an enlightenment campaign geared at educating every fan of the club to abide by the rules of the game.“We designed this awareness session so that our people can be in the know and avert every form of misconduct before, during and after every match. This will go a along way to stabilize the good image we have been trying to parade as a reputable club,” he noted.The enlightenment programme which lasted for about two hours was graced by all and sundry with the presence of the Chairman of Kano State Sports Commission, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadimma, Chairman Kano Pillars Board Tukur Babangida, Bashir Idris Mu’azu (chairman supporters club), Kano Referees Association led by Nasiru Ibrahim and large number of soccer loving fans in the state.Kano Pillars have won the Nigerian top flight league four times and are adjudged to have the largest fan-base in the country.The Sai Masu Gida players are currently in Kaduna preparing for the new season. They start their campaign with a home fixture against FC Ifeanyiubah on Saturday 14th January at the Sani Abacha Stadium.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

PMU appoints French racing figurehead Philippe Augier as new Chairman

first_img Submit ANJ takes charge of new French gambling era June 22, 2020 PMU begins search for President as Méheut steps down May 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share Related Articles FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 French horseracing operator PMU has confirmed the election of Philippe Augier as new Chairman leading its corporate governance initiatives.Augier’s chairmanship was ratified following PMU’s annual general meeting and has received the approval of key racing stakeholders France Galop, as French horseracing’s governing body, and Le Trot – the operating company of French racing venues.The appointment sees PMU act swiftly to replace outgoing Chairman Bertrand Méheut, who ended his two-year tenure last May by announcing that he had chosen to pursue personal projects.A recognised figurehead within French racing and politics, Augier has served as President of Normandy’s Commune of Cote Fleurie, spearheading a number of the province’s cultural and heritage directives.Augier has also served as Chief Executive of French acing stud rights auctioneer l’Agence between 1989 and 2006.Speaking to Le Parisien newspaper, Augier commented on his appointment: “Horseracing has been part of my daily life for 50-years so I am happy and very proud to become PMU chairman.“I am also honoured to participate in the sport’s recovery, necessary after what our country has experienced and to see it further improve. We must already think about the development of this great company.”Augier will oversee PMU Group CEO Cyril Linette, who in 2019 launched PMU’s new executive strategy, revitalising French horseracing engagements by upgrading France Quinté + pool betting systems and undertaking new marketing campaigns targeting the wider general public.last_img read more

Video: I’m ready to return to management – David Moyes

first_imgDavid Moyes says he is ready to revive his managerial career after his ill-fated tenure at Manchester United.In his first broadcast interview since losing his job at Old Trafford in April, the former Everton boss, 51, told the BBC: “I am ready to return.”I have enjoyed the time off but I have got to wait on the right job and make sure it’s one that I want.”Moyes was sacked after less than 10 months in charge of United, following 11 successful years at Goodison Park.The Scot believes he can repair his reputation and prove his critics wrong.”I’m really ambitious,” he said. “I would never have left Everton for anybody but an ambitious football club. And I thought Manchester United would have given me that opportunity. “It didn’t materialise that way, so I am hoping that the next club I join gives me the chance to build a team, because I think that is what I am good at.A spectator dressed as the Grim Reaper taunted Moyes in his last game in charge of Manchester United”I also think that I am good at spotting and identifying young players, not only young players, but players. “Over the years, we have brought in a lot of players at Everton and I think that they worked well. So if the opportunity came, then hopefully I will be able to make it work.”Moyes won widespread acclaim for consistently guiding Everton into the upper reaches of the Premier League on a limited budget, and led them to the qualifying stages of the Champions League in 2005.But he presided over United’s worst Premier League season having been chosen by Sir Alex Ferguson to succeed him after a trophy-laden reign.He says he would prefer to return to English football but is open to working abroad.”I’ve had several people contact me about jobs,” he added. “None of them have turned round and said ‘here is a job it’s yours’. “But people have asked me if I have had any interest in jobs. The clubs that have come calling, I just felt that they weren’t right.”Man Utd under MoyesDefeated in Champions League quarter-final by Bayern MunichBeaten in League Cup semi-final by SunderlandLost at home to Swansea in the third round of the FA CupFive points from a possible 24 against Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal Defeat against Everton confirmed club would miss out on Champions League for first time since 1995-96Moyes said he will “know when the right club comes along”.He added: “I needed a little bit of time just to make sure that I am ready, and I am feeling good to go back.”Moyes denied he would only entertain offers from clubs involved in European competition.But he said he had enjoyed his Champions League experience with United, who reached the last eight under him before exiting to Bayern Munich. “Getting to the quarter-final in the Champions League wasn’t a bad feat,” he said.”I really enjoyed it – embraced it, actually loved the Champions League nights, and we did well.Play media Moyes – from ‘Chosen One’ to sacked”We came up against Bayern Munich and we were a little bit unfortunate not to get ourselves through.” Moyes has spent the summer relaxing, attending coaching conferences, and travelling, and says he has now recovered from the bruising experience he endured at Old Trafford.”It’s the first time I’ve had off in about 30 years,” said Moyes.”I’ve been involved in football since I was a young boy. I’ve enjoyed doing things you don’t get the opportunity to do when you’re in the job.”When you’re in the job, you’re full on all the time. I’ve played some great golf courses, enjoyed a bit of horse racing, spent a bit of time with the family so it’s been good.”Moyes found out about his dismissal by United from the media after a series of poor results.He remains bound by a confidentiality agreement in his severance deal, but the manner of his departure still hurts.Moyes (right) was sacked after a meeting with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward”I got the job and I expected it to be a six-year plan,” he said. “I signed a six-year contract… disappointed it didn’t go to plan. I expected to be given an opportunity to fulfil that and it wasn’t what was expected.”It was really difficult when I lost the job initially because I didn’t really see it coming, even though I had been losing games.”I knew that it could be difficult but I joined a club that I felt stood behind their managers, made sure they supported them in difficult times. And, you know, Sir Alex had difficult times when he first took over.”And I do understand that the landscape has changed a little bit in football, but I think that United always stood for the right things and I expected them to do what was right with me.”United replaced Moyes with Louis van Gaal, who has won titles with Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AZ Alkmaar and coached Netherlands at this year’s World Cup in Brazil.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo awarded with European Golden Shoe trophy for record fourth time

first_imgJust when you thought there was no room left on Cristiano Ronaldo’s mantelpiece, the Real Madrid superstar has been handed another trophy.On Tuesday, Ronaldo attended a ceremony in Madrid where he was awarded with the European Golden Shoe.The award recognises the top scorer in Europe’s domestic leagues and Ronaldo’s tally of 48 goals in 35 Liga appearances last season saw him collect the prize.He was joined at the ceremony by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and coach Rafa Benitez.”I want to thank everybody who has come here; the Portuguese ambassador, my manager, my president, the institution of Real Madrid, the fans,” he said. “This is a beautiful moment in my sporting life. Receiving a fourth Golden Boot in an honour and a privilege.”This trophy is very important for me and I want to thank my team-mates and all the people who have helped me. It’s a special moment. I’m not satisfied yet though; I still want to be more. I want a fifth and a sixth if it is possible. I know it will be difficult. “We want to win the league, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey. We’ll see each other again next year, I hope.”It is the third time Ronaldo has won the Golden Shoe at Madrid after previously collecting the trophy for 20101-11 and 2013-14.He also won in 2007-08 with his 21 goals for Manchester United and is the only player to have won it four times.Great rival Lionel Messi is the only player to have won the award three times, with greats such as Gerd Muller, Eusebio and Thierry Henry only managing it twice.Madrid president Perez said: “Just a few days ago he became the highest scorer in the history of Real Madrid with 324 goals. Cristiano is the only player to win four Golden Boots, though his talent, his devotion and his love of having the ball. He is an undeniable legend of the football world. “His profile is enormous and his statistics confirm the dimension of this player. He has won every title and nobody should forget that Cristiano still wants much more. He has never let these awards allow him to slip into complacency and that is in line with the identity of Real Madrid.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Celtics have ‘little to no concern’ Kyrie Irving will leave for Lakers, report says

first_imgA report that surfaced this week said Kyrie Irving had an interest in reuniting with LeBron James with the Lakers. But another came out Friday completely disputing that fact.The Celtics “have little to no concern” Irving will leave Boston to join James in L.A, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. “The Lakers are not seen by Boston as a serious threat to steal Irving away,” the report states.Irving told fans before the season he would be open to re-signing with Boston, but when the report came out recently that Irving would be open to reuniting with James, those same fans were understandably perturbed. Related News Irving addressed the media Friday and said he would discuss his free agency on July 1.He was also rumored to have said he doesn’t owe anyone “s—” when it comes to where he signs.That might be something for Celtics fans to worry about, even if the team brass isn’t worried about an exodus to L.A. Celtics brass though is apparently not concerned about the possibility of him heading to L.A. New York, on the other hand, is a different story.In Celtics circles, some fear if the Knicks are able to sign Kevin Durant this coming offseason — which is seemingly the team’s biggest plan for after the year — the prospect of Irving leaving for New York “could spell trouble for Boston’s chances of holding onto” the All-Star guard, according to the report. Kyrie Irving on future with Celtics: ‘Ask me July 1’last_img read more

Thunder’s Paul George fumes at NBA officiating: ‘Somebody’s got to look into this’

first_img NBA wrap: Rockets end 76ers’ 28-game, 100-point streak in win “I don’t understand it. It’s a piece of s— being on that floor. We’re giving everything we got. We’re playing hard. We’re getting grabbed, we’re getting scratched, clawed, held, shoved. And there’s nothing for it. The officials just get to walk out, and there’s nothing that penalizes them for not officiating the game the right way.”I come out here and I do my job, and that’s to play and be a professional. I don’t know if it’s [NBA commissioner] Adam Silver that’s got to [look into] this. We expect the officiating to be professional as well.”It’s just got to be called right. When we step on that floor, we [have] got to feel like we are going to get a fair shot, a fair chance.”Thunder’s Paul George blasts off on referees after fouling out in loss to Clippers pic.twitter.com/rYnBCqm9bv— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) March 9, 2019George acknowledged he was likely to be fined for his comments, adding: “I’m going to lose money on this. We speak up, we lose money. There’s nothing that I can do to change that. It is what it is. There’s gotta be a change, but there’s nothing that I can do.”Thunder coach Billy Donovan said his team was guilty of “too much fouling.””Our guys are playing hard and competing,” Donovan said, per ESPN, “but there is no reason for Lou Williams to get to the free throw line 20 times”We’ve got to know that. Our guys are playing really hard and are really competing, but we are fouling too much away from the ball when we don’t have to.” “It’s bad officiating. I’m sorry, it’s just bad officiating,” a clearly infuriated George told reporters. “We don’t get a fair whistle. We haven’t gotten a fair whistle all year. Somebody’s got to look into this.”It’s getting out of hand, where we somehow just walk teams to the line. And there’s nobody that gets more contact. If I don’t speak for myself, I speak for Russ. There’s nobody that gets more contact than Russ going to the basket. And it’s just crazy. Related News Kawhi Leonard not interested in joining LeBron James, Lakers, report sayscenter_img Los Angeles was 31 of 46 from the free-throw line, with Williams making 10 of 15. Williams finished with a game-high 40 points in 34 minutes off the bench.The Thunder shot 26 free throws, making 17. Paul George launched into a lengthy attack on officiating in the NBA after the Thunder’s loss Friday to the Clippers, stating: “Somebody’s got to look into this.”George, Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams all fouled out in the last four minutes of the game as Oklahoma City went down 118-110.last_img read more

Blues re-sign key backs

first_imgPhoto by: DIANNE MANSON/GETTY IMAGES Caption: Matt Duffie will reform his back-three combination with Michael Collins for the Blues Next Super Rugby season Collins confirmed to Stuff in June that he had re-signed for another season with the Blues after his venture north from Otago for 2017 had proved so successful.Now the Auckland franchise have announced that Duffie and Nanai have both committed through until the end of 2019, which establishes some much needed continuity in their back-three stock.The numbers support a view that the Blues’ attack had made necessary improvements. They scored 58 tries in 2017 – an increase of more than 30 per cent over the previous year, with the quartet of wing/fullbacks (including Rieko Ioane) responsible for over 40 per cent of them.That was double the number of tries scored by the wing/fullbacks last year.”It is an indication that as a unit we did move forward with more quality ball from the forwards, but also our desire and ability to take advantage both of front-foot possession and of counter-attack opportunities with their outstanding speed and skillset,” said Blues coach Tana Umaga.”Matt Duffie took time to adjust from rugby league but this year has shown to be among the best wings in the competition with his aerial skills and ability to beat players.”Matt has become an important member of our leadership group and club, reflected by winning the Club Person of the Year.”Umaga said Nanai was “an exciting open-field runner” and added that Collins had “quickly asserted himself as an excellent fullback in all aspects of the game”.Said the Blues coach: “Collectively this trio, along with Rieko, enjoyed an excellent season and we believe all will take another step forward in 2018 and beyond.”last_img read more