Golf: Italians want to host Ryder Cup

first_imgThe Italian Golf Federation is bidding to hold the 2022 Ryder Cup.It’s earmarked the Marco Simone club near Rome.Austria, Denmark, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Turkey are also thought likely to be in the running when the winning bid is announced next year.last_img

McDan Open West Africa reaches final as Ghana-Nigeria rivalry is renewed

first_imgThe age-long sporting rivalry between Ghana and  Nigeria will be rekindled as the big McDan Open West Africa Championship reaches its final on Saturday July 2 at the Centre court of the Accra Stadium.The men’s final will see a thriller between Ghana’s Wisdom Na-Adjrago and Michael Moses of Nigeria while Sarah Adegoke, also from Nigeria plays Ghana’s Kate Coleman for the ladies top prize. Ghana’s second seed, Wisdom Na-Adjrago, who traces his origins to the Koforidua Tennis Club in the Eastern Region of Ghana battles Michael Moses of Nigeria in what could have been expected considering the fine form displayed by both players throughout the tournament.In the semi finals Na-Adjrago exhibited admirable mental strength as he fought through the first set and managed to scale through winning  6-4. This first set battle was staged amidst cheers from a divided home crowd as both Na-Adjrago and Palm are from Osu, the suburb of the Ghana capital Accra, where the Stadium is located. The second set saw an improved performance from Na-Adjrago who utilized his speed and dashes towards the net to place some shots beyond Palm’s reach. The latter was to lose steam only after the second game leaving Na- Adjrago to take over. Spot on service and good smashes which were strong enough to elude Palm resulted in a 6-3 finish.Michael Moses on the other hand lived up to the pre-semi final talk to send a strong message home when he staged a fight back from a set down to win the best of three against Burkina Faso’s Joel Meda. Nigeria’s top seed Moses who is right-handed started well in the first set with good play in the first two games. But faulty service and other unforced errors handed the points to Burkinabe who had the final in sight at that point. The first set ended 2-6 in favour of Meda. Little did the many fans gathered know that the Nigerian would shake of the jerkiness and move into his true elements. Moses consistently hit shots past Meda with both his right forehand and double back hand, which earned him a 6-2, 6-4 result in the remaining two sets.Kate Coleman of Ghana will hope for a first Women’s Title at the McDan Open as she clashes with the tough and witty Nigerian fourth seed, Sarah Adegoke.The ladies semis saw a one sided battle between Ghanaian teenager, Naa McKorley and Nigeria’s Sarah Adegoke. McKorley who has been under the by Ghanaian tennis legend Odartey Annan and Coach Ayi Dartey, fought hard but was unable to break the more experienced Adegoke. The game ended  6-1, 6-1. Kate Coleman breezed into a second straight final after beating Antionette Cruickshank, 6-4, 6-1.Coleman will be hoping to right the wrongs of last year’s edition where she lost to Francisca Nyarko, who is currently in the US.The headline sponsor, McDan Shipping together with supporting sponsors, West Blue Consulting , Twellium Industries have combined efforts put up an attractive prize package. for the men it is 1000 us dollars, a big trophy, a full kit and beverages while the ladies champion wins a trophy 800 US dollars a trophy and beverages. All kit components are being provided by Babolat Ghana.Dignitaries expected to grace the final are Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Vincent Oppong Asamoah, Minister of Environment Science and Technology, Mahama Ayarigah,  Dr Daniel McKorley, Executive Chairman of the McDan Group, Ms Valentina Mintah, CEO of West Blue Consulting,  Mohammed Kwawtharani, Managing Director of Twellium Industries, the Chief Executive of the National Sports Authority, Mr Joe Kpenge and Mr Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, Minister of State at the Presidency. Follow Nathaniel Attoh on instagram @citizenattoh, on facebook Nathaniel Attoh Citizen Attoh and on twitter @niiattoh5last_img read more

Super Dull: Lakers lose to Knicks, 92-80

first_imgNEW YORK >> Well before nearly everyone in the country became glued to their televisions, the Lakers and Knicks produced something far less captivating unworthy of prime-time viewing.It didn’t match the talent that Super Bowl XLIX boasted, or did it mirror the entertainment level the Super Bowl commercials offered. Instead, the Lakers’ 92-80 loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday at Madison Square Garden validated ESPN’s recent decision to drop the national telecast in favor of showcasing Chris Paul’s celebrity bowling tournament. The Lakers (13-35) ended their recent nine-game losing streak with a surprising double-overtime win this week against the Chicago Bulls, who boast the Eastern Conference’s fourth-best record. But the Lakers quickly returned to mediocrity against the Knicks (10-38), their win moving them in a tie with the Philadelphia 76ers for the Eastern Conference’s worst record. “When we can get to the point where we can play like we did against Chicago where we’re all sharing the ball and playing together, we’re OK,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “But when we get in a game and try to do it on our own, we’re not very good. I thought we looked at New York’s record and thought, ‘I can get mine.’” The Lakers offered nothing with their shooting percentage (35.5 percent), ball movement (15 assists) or defense (Carmelo Anthony posted 31 points on 13-of-25 shooting through three quarters). Though the Lakers offered a production hardly worthy of Broadway, a few sub-plots still emerged. Lakers forward Nick Young admitted feeling “very disappointed” over an absence because of a coach’s decision. Scott reported beforehand he felt inclined to sit Young until he completed a full practice after missing the previous two games because of a sprained right ankle. The Lakers do not plan to practice until Tuesday in Milwaukee. Incidentally, Young had played only nine minutes last week against Houston after Scott disapproved of his effort and body language. “It’s very tough, especially coming back and wanting to play in the Garden and be a part of the team,” Young said. “I don’t know what’s going on. I felt good today.”The injury bug took another turn after it inflicted the Lakers with season-ending ailments to Kobe Bryant (right shoulder), Steve Nash (back), Julius Randle (right leg) and Xavier Henry (left Achilles tendon). Lakers forward Jordan Hill played just over seven minutes of the game before straining what he believed to be his right hip flexor. Hill soon walked gingerly to the locker room and will learn more on Monday about his injury when team doctors evaluate him. “It’s hard to say. I should be fine,” said Hill, though he noted he could sit out a couple of days to a couple of weeks. After he said those words, Hill struggled to sit by his locker. It looked just as painful to watch the Lakers. Without Bryant or Young, the Lakers had no one to produce offensively. The most egregious offenders included reserve forward Carlos Boozer (19 points on 6-of-15 shooting), starting rookie point guard Jordan Clarkson (19 points on 6-of-13 shooting) and Wayne Ellington (7 points on 2-of-12 shooting). The Lakers’ starting lineup recorded one assist from Clarkson, while Jeremy Lin posted seven assists albeit with only four points on a 1-of-3 clip.“I have to move the ball,” Clarkson said. “I was letting it stay in my hands a little bit too long. I’m going to get better every game.”If only the Lakers could assure themselves that about their own play.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Weah to Probe 2015 County Meet Opening

first_imgMontserrado County Senator, Amb. George M. Weah is investigating the kickoff of the 2015 National County Meet, amidst the stoppage of the usual US$350,000 from the government.Senate Plenary mandated the Montserrado County Lawmaker, who is former world class player, in its Tuesday’s Session to lead a specialized committee to probe the unsupported 2015 National County Meet, and advice the Senate in a week.The choice of Senator Weah’s Committee was owing to a communication from Rivercess County Francis S. Paye, indulging his colleagues not to allow the County Meet to kick-off in March because there is no government’s budgetary support.Senator Payne urged his colleagues to postpone the County Meet to October, considering sufficient time and government’s support.He said enough time should be given for preparation for the 15 counties and there must be adequate financial support from government as in the past.It may be recalled that Youth and Sports Ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs has set the Annual National County Meet in March.The 2015 County Meet would officially begin in March and run through the Easter week in April to last for about three weeks.The official kick-off will be held in Sanniqullie, Nimba County; and all the 15 counties have been placed in four regional groups for the first rounds to be played at venues in Nimba, Bong, Grand Gedeh and Margibi Counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more