first_imgDoes it bother you like it does me when you set up award ceremonies for people and they don’t show up?  It is not uncommon today for a high school sports team to have a year-end banquet/awards ceremony and the MVP recipient is not there because they decided to work at McDonald’s instead.  This happens more times than you would think.When people my age were in school, if there was an awards ceremony, everyone would come.  I guess today awards are not that important.  In fact, in the latter years that I was coaching I would wind up each year with a stack of ribbons that no one chose to pick up.Even adults today seem to be too busy to attend celebrations and award programs that are set up for them.  How often do you read or see where a professional athlete doesn’t bother to attend ceremonies?  People are elected to the All-Star game or Pro-Bowl and refuse the honor.  They use excuses like I am too tired, I might get hurt, etc.  Does it all go back to the T-ball era when everyone was given a trophy for just showing up?  Now awards seem to mean little or nothing to them.last_img read more

Leopold Street installed as favourites after crushing Mocha

first_img– Sizzling semi-finals predicted tomorrow nightWHO can stop the resurgent Leopold Street is the ‘million dollar’ question being asked by most pundits after witnessing them reproduce a crushing display, this time against the previously unbeaten Mocha who they defeated 4-1 to set up a semifinal date with Future Stars tomorrow evening, at the National Gymnasium.Playing in the second game of the quarter-finals on the exciting inaugural Guinness Cage/Three Peat Promotions Indoor Championship on Saturday night, Leopold Street, led by their in-form Captain Okanie Fraser and the skillful Omallo Williams, who both netted a brace they outmuscled a strong Mocha team with consummate ease to leave the bookmakers with no choice, but to install them as firm favourites to lift the title.However, the most impressive performance of the night must go to Ol Skool Ballers who continued to show no fear for any opponent as was demonstrated in their hard fought 2-0 triumph over another previously undefeated team in Albouystown ‘A’ who many felt were on the cusp of producing their best results in many years.Joel McGarrell and the diminutive and prolific Roy Cassou had other ideas as they set up victory with solitary strikes to book a date with the experienced Back Circle squad that has moved into contention almost unnoticed.Back Circle made it to the last four after coming from behind twice, before winning a penalty shootout against a strong West Front Road ‘Gold is Money’ unit.In the other quarter-final matchup, Future Stars, one of the more electrifying teams in the championship scraped past North Ruimveldt in fortuitous circumstances following a Jermaine Beckles strike that ricochet off the backboard, before slamming onto the feet of defender Gerald Gritten and landing in the goal.Up until then it was a closely fought contest with the outcome hard to predict.The fans had their monies worth and all four semi-finalists Captains are promising to lift their game even further to entertain the fans come tomorrow night.Over $800,000 in prize monies and trophies will be up for grabs with the winner set to receive $400,000 and the championship trophy, while second, third and fourth place finishers will take home $200,000, $100,000 and $50,000 along with trophies respectively.Apart from Banks DIH under its Guinness brand the other sponsors are: Star Party Rentals, Faye Joseph, Claude Geddes Recreational Sports Club, National Sports Commission, Windjammer International Hotel & Cuisine, Woodpecker Trophies & Sport, Y.K Investments & Pawn Shop, Henry Chase, Jai Signs, Trophy Stall of Bourda Market, John Fernandes Ltd, E-Networks Inc and the Bike Shop of Robb Street.Meanwhile, the Organisers are extending thanks to the sponsors, fans and ranks of the Guyana Police Force for their support throughout the championship.The night’s full results are seen below:Game-1Albouystown-A-0 vs Ol Skool Ballers-2Joel McGarrell-35thRoy Cassou-36thGame-2Leopold Street-4 vs Mocha-1Leopold Street ScorersOkanie Fraser-4th and 17thOmallo Williams-28th and 34thMocha ScorerAmos Ramsay-6thGame-3Back Circle-2 vs Gold is Money-2Back Circle won 2-1 on penalty kicksBack Circle ScorerStephon McLean-14th and 17thGold is Money ScorersJamal Haynes-8thJamal Pedro-10thGame-4North Ruimveldt-0 vs Future Stars-1Jermaine Beckles-14thSemi-finals matchups:Ol Skool Ballers vs Back CircleFuture Stars vs Leopold Streetlast_img read more

Opponent preview: What to know about the Pittsburgh Panthers

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse snapped its losing streak with a 79-72 win over Georgia Tech last Saturday, the first win in four games for the Orange. On Wednesday, Syracuse (15-12, 8-8 Atlantic Coast) will look for a second-straight victory when it travels to Pittsburgh for a 7 p.m. tip-off. The Panthers (15-13, 6-11) enter Wednesday following a three-point home loss to Virginia last Saturday and have lost their last four in a row. Below is the Pittsburgh scouting report before Wednesday night’s tipoff.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 72-45Last time they played: The Orange jetted out to a 20-point lead over the Panthers in the first half before hanging on for a 69-61 win. The Pittsburgh offense appeared puzzled early in the game and failed to break through Syracuse’s 2-3 zone defense. As the game carried on, Syracuse’s offense struggled too. Joe Girard III finished the game having shot 25% from the field while the ACC’s leading-scorer Elijah Hughes had just 10 points. Leading the Orange’s forward group was Marek Dolezaj with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Quincy Guerrier added 10 points and eight rebounds. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Pitt report: Pittsburgh has lost its last four games and has scored more than 60 points in just one of those matchups. Its field goal percentages both inside and beyond the arc rank in the bottom 300s nationally, including a 29.2% 3-point field goal percentage.  Outside of a high forced turnover rate, not much on the Panthers stat sheet jumps off the page. No player averages more than 12.3 points per game and Pitt lacks a dominant down-low presence. It’s the exact opposite of the formula that’s beaten down on Syracuse this year.How Syracuse beats Pitt: Syracuse beats Pittsburgh by playing the first half it did a few weeks ago. The Orange forced the Panthers to shoot outside jumpers and scored from all over the floor through the first 20 minutes. If Buddy Boeheim didn’t cool off after an 18-point first half Syracuse may have ran away with that game. Syracuse’s offense hasn’t been a major issue over the last few games and shouldn’t be on Wednesday night either. The Orange needs their usual contributors to play well and they can waltz away from Pittsburgh with an easy win.Stat to know: 34 — With a 34% offensive rebounding percentage, Pittsburgh ranks 342nd worst in the country. KenPom odds: Syracuse has a 49% chance to win the game, with a projected final score of 70-69 in favor of Pittsburgh.Player to watch: Justin Champagnie, guard No. 11The freshman from Brooklyn leads Pittsburgh in points (12.3) and rebounds (7.1) per game. At 6-foot-6, Champagnie plays a guard-forward hybrid and could end up across Hughes for parts of the game. If Pitt wins on Wednesday, watch for a dominant double-double from Champagnie.  Comments Published on February 26, 2020 at 12:37 am Contact Josh: | @Schafer_44last_img read more