Wagner’s strike proves ‘Goal is money’; dethrones Sparta Boss

first_imgA capacity crowd saw West Ruimveldt’s ‘Gold is Money’ dethrone Sparta Boss to become the new champions of the Georgetown Zone of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Competition which ended on Saturday night, at Demerara Park.The tournament which has enjoyed massive turnouts from Day One, once again demonstrated why its popularity among the fans is second to none.Randolph Wagner, who has been one of the leading players in the tournament, saved the best for last when he fired in the lone goal of the game in the 26th minute to ignite huge celebrations among the thousands of supporters of the team.The former champions who have been experiencing one of their leanest periods in the street format, saw a lapse in concentration account for the goal, after Sheldon Shepherd overcompensated in attack only to expose the goal and Wagner finished a pass from the back with aplomb.With the newly-installed ‘Guinness Goal’ still in effect in the final three minutes of the game, Sparta Boss attacked with menace, but the youthful ‘Gold is Money’ unit remained dogged in defence and ensured that there would be no three-peat for the former champs, as referee Wayne Griffith finally blew the whistle to set off a euphoric scene among the winners’ supporters.For the win, ‘Gold is Money’ went home with $500,000, the winning trophy and an automatic berth in the national playoffs, while Sparta Boss won $250,000 and a trophy.Earlier, in the third place playoff, Leopold Street showed no mercy for Bent Street with a 3-0 drubbing, thanks to a Guinness Goal from Tyrese Forde in the 27th minute, while Orandel Williams 9th minute strike had given them the early lead.Leopold Street went away with $200,000 and a trophy, while Bent Street collected $100,000 and a trophy for their efforts.In the Plate Section, North East La Penitence grabbed the $60,000 winner-take-all on offer with a narrow 1-0 win over Kingston. Kelvin Morre’s 26th minute effort was all it took to secure the win.Meanwhile, Guinness Brand Manager, Lee Baptiste, speaking after the conclusion of the night’s proceedings, said he was heartened by the support from the fans and communities and promised that the event is here to stay.He also commended the work done by the Guyana Police Force throughout the tournament, adding that their excellent job did not go unrecognised. The tournament was coordinated by Three Peat Promotions.Attention now turns to the West Side which is expected to commence their tournament in January at the Pouderoyen Market Tarmac.last_img read more

Donnie Simmons paves way for fellow Stepinac grad, URI lineman Dwayne Scott

first_imgIn 20 years at Archbishop (New York) Stepinac High School, Mike O’Donnell had never had a player offered a scholarship before his senior season.That was until Donnie Simmons, a 17-year-old speedy defensive lineman, grew into his frame and started garnering early interest from colleges. Simmons received an offer from Akron and also attracted Ohio, but ended up committing to Syracuse before playing his way to all-league and all-state honors as a senior.“Donnie helped put us on the map more of being a football program and since then, more and more kids are going to play in college,” O’Donnell said. “Since then, we got kids to want to come to the school because of the level of football we’re playing. I think Donnie was a pioneer for us.”Of the kids who’ve benefited since Simmons graduated in 2010, one will play his first college game against Simmons and Syracuse when Rhode Island visits the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. on Friday. Dwayne Scott, a freshman offensive lineman for the Rams, was a standout at Archbishop Stepinac and was inspired by Simmons and his state championship-winning team.And while it’s unlikely that Scott will see the field and find himself blocking Simmons — who is expected to be a Week 1 starter for the first time in his five-year career — he’ll be in the same building as the player who helped pave his football future.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We always said it, ‘We want to be like that 2010 team,’” Scott said. “It’s hard to put into words how good they were. We knew it and guys like Donnie, he pushed us to put in work.”Simmons and Scott are completely opposite players. At 6 feet, 2 inches and 264 pounds, Simmons uses speed around the edge to mask his small frame for a defensive end. At 6 feet, 2 inches and 304 pounds, Scott uses strength first and is always polishing his athleticism. Simmons’ goal is to run around players. Scott’s goal is to hold them in front of him.But their high school selves shared the common goal of playing college football, and Simmons visited White Plains, New York during breaks and told Scott and his teammates what the experience at Syracuse was like. The training, the facilities, the competition — Scott and his teammates sat around the weight room and listened intently to Simmons’ stories.Then Simmons would work out with the team, and Scott saw what it took to be a D-I football player.“Any time you get to work with a college player and you’re in high school, it can only make you better,” Scott said. “When Donnie came back to work out those times, you saw what it took.”On Friday, Simmons’and Scott’s paths will converge before they go entirely separate ways.After redshirting as a freshman and then missing all of 2013 with a torn ACL, Simmons sees 2015 as his chance to finally prove what he can do. Scott, on the other hand, is joining an offensive line that returned four starters and seven players with college playing experience. It will be the beginning of the end for Simmons, and the beginning of it all for Scott.For both of them, it all took root with Simmons’ success.“I tried my best to lead the way, so others could implement that same mindset to achieve great things,” Simmons said. “Not just staying at one level, just going for that highest peak and the best of your ability.” Comments Published on September 1, 2015 at 10:59 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Stars, Golden Knights win Game 7s to reach Western finals

first_imgLast Updated: 5th September, 2020 09:35 IST Stars, Golden Knights Win Game 7s To Reach Western Finals Joel Kiviranta completed a hat track 7:24 into overtime to give Dallas a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday in Game 7, sending the Stars to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2008 SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Joel Kiviranta completed a hat track 7:24 into overtime to give Dallas a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday in Game 7, sending the Stars to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2008.Kiviranta moved away from the crease just before his quick shot on a pass from Andrej Sekera from behind the net. Kiviranta was playing only his third postseason game, on the ice for the series finale with Andrew Cogliano unfit to play, after the 24-year-old forward scored once in 11 regular-season games.It was only the seventh Game 7 hat trick in NHL history, and the first since Wayne Gretzky for the Los Angeles Kings in the 1993 conference finals.Dallas will play Sunday night against Vegas, a 3-0 winner over Vancouver in a Game 7 later at Rogers Place. There had never been an NHL Game 7 played at a neutral site before the two games.The Avalanche, who also lost in Game 7 of last season’s conference semis, were trying to get to their first conference final since 2002, and forced Game 7 after being down 3-1.Alexander Radulov scored two goals for Dallas, tying it at 3 with 8:32 left. That was only a couple of minutes after Radulov came out of the penalty box for an interference penalty.But in a series when the two teams combined for 57 goals, and were tied four times in the finale, they scored 10 seconds apart late in regulation. Colorado had a 4-3 lead with 3:40 left in regulation after Vladislav Namestnikov scored his second goal of the game. But 10 seconds later, Kiviranta scored his second goal.Stars goalie Anton Khudobin made 40 saves.Nazeem Kadri had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche. They played without captain Gabriel Landeskog (unfit to play) and didn’t get a point from scoring wizard Nathan MacKinnon for the first time in 15 games this postseason.GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3, CANUCKS 0Shea Theodore finally solved Thatcher Demko with 6:08 remaining in the third period and Vegas edged Vancouver Canucks 3-0 in Game 7 of their second-round series.Theodore’s goal was the first in 138:40 for the Golden Knights against Demko, the rookie who had brought Vancouver back from a 3-1 deficit in the series and held off Vegas for most of this game, too. Then Theodore scored a power-play goal on a wrist shot from the blue line that slipped through traffic and past Demko, who had made 98 consecutive saves.Alex Tuch and Paul Stastny added empty-net goals.Vegas outshot the Canucks 36-14 in the game and 127-55 over the final three. It was barely enough. The Golden Knights will face Dallas for a berth in the Stanley Cup final.Robin Lehner had his third shutout of the series, and his sensational glove save on Brock Boeser in the second period kept the game scoreless.Image credits: AP LIVE TV COMMENTcenter_img First Published: 5th September, 2020 09:35 IST Written By FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News last_img read more

Accra Works Out: April edition to parade celebrities and national icons

first_imgPrimeval Media-powered Accra Works Out(AWO), a monthly aerobic session held on the last Saturday of each month on the multi-purpose court of the Accra Sports Stadium, comes off this Saturday, April 25.AWO is a brand that has grown in relevance and has become a very attractive feature of each month for members of the working class who use the sessions to de-stress.National stars and icons from the entertainment industry have joined the AWO wagon, several of whom are expected to join corporate personnel on the multi-purpose court of the Accra Sports Stadium this Saturday between the hours of 7am to 9am for AWO.“In the coming days, we shall be chronicling the celebrities who have confirmed their participation in this month’s AWO”, Communications Director of Primeval Media, Mr. Jeffery Asare intimated.last_img read more