“I think this country likes me,” joked the 24-year-old. “For me, this golf course is pretty much the same as the one where I won in Shenzhen. “I like this type of golf course with water and the target golf. I enjoy being in China and I’m going to try my best the next few days to do the same things I did in April.” Levy is a close friend of both Wattel – whose flawless 66 was achieved despite cracking the face of his driver during the round – and Ryder Cup star Victor Dubuisson, who returned a two-under-par 70 and is helping inspire the new generation of French players. “No French player has won a major or something like that, but I think we have a good mix between the older generation and young generation,” Levy added. “Victor played the Ryder Cup this year and I think it showed all the French players it’s possible to play a big event like that and be in position to be in the Ryder Cup in France in 2018. “For my part I’m thinking only about that, to be in France in 2018 at Le Golf National, it’s an amazing place. I think we will have, I hope, two or three players on the Ryder Cup in 2018. “We have a good generation. Every year some French players win and new players come on the European Tour.” Graeme McDowell, who won the French Open at Le Golf National earlier this season, was two shots behind Levy after shaking off jet-lag to card a 67 in the first event of the Tour’s Final Series. “I got here Tuesday morning and haven’t really been feeling my best the last couple of days,” said McDowell, who was knocked out in the group stage in the defence of his Volvo World Match Play Championship a fortnight ago. Press Association “It’s the first sort of long trip of the year for me and the body took a little bit of time to catch up. Thankfully I felt much, much better this morning and the energy level has felt good. “The golf course is fairly soft due to the rain. It’s playing very long (7,600 yards), but the greens are very receptive and you can attack a few pins. “I’ve had a lot of yardage in my hand most of the day out there. We counted up, I think I had seven iron shots from outside of 200 yards on this golf course. Certainly for a guy like me who doesn’t hit it maybe as far as some of the other guys, I have to be precise with my iron play and putt well, and I putted well today. That was one of the keys.” McDowell’s Ryder Cup team-mates Thomas Bjorn and Jamie Donaldson were among a six-strong group on four under par which also featured England’s Oliver Wilson, who won his first European Tour event – the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship – on his 228th appearance at the start of October. Wilson started on the back nine and covered it in 32 before picking up another shot on the third, the 34-year-old dropping his only shot of the day on the ninth when his approach plugged in a greenside bunker. Justin Rose signed for a level-par 72 after recovering from being four over par after his first four holes, the world number six having run up a triple-bogey eight on the par-five 13th. But Ian Poulter struggled to a two-over-par 74 which contained five bogeys and three birdies and left the world number 43 joint 62nd in the 78-strong field. France’s Alexander Levy made the ideal start to his bid for a third European Tour title of the season – and second in China – in the BMW Masters on Thursday. Levy, who won the Volvo China Open in April and the rain-shortened Portugal Masters three weeks ago, carded a flawless opening 65 at a damp Lake Malaren to finish seven under par, one shot ahead of compatriot Romain Wattel, Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts and Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo. Starting from the 10th, Levy birdied his first four holes and picked up another shot at the par-three 17th to reach the turn in 31, before recording further birdies at the second and ninth.
Athens: Spectators will not be allowed inside the historic Panathenaic Stadium on Thursday during the Olympic flame handover ceremony for Tokyo 2020, the Greek Olympic Committee said on Monday.The ceremony will take place in the presence of Greece President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and a small delegation of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, said the Hellenic Olympic Committee. “The Panathenaic Stadium will be closed to the public,” it said. It was earlier announced that the Greek leg of the Olympic torch relay was canceled. The move comes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to a halt to most sporting events worldwide. “Tokyo 2020 has been informed that the Greek leg of the Olympic Torch Relay has been canceled.” IANSAlso Read: An olympic flame lit amid uncertainty due to coronavirusAlso Watch: BJP city committee organizes Coronavirus awareness programme in Guwahati on Monday.
TIGER Bay Youth Group were over the weekend crowned Champions of the ‘A’ Division Commander third Annual 5-A-Side Football competition, which was held at the National Gymnasium.The competition was played among 13 male teams and five female teams, all from the Police Youth Groups.The male teams comprised Yarrowkabra, Circuitville, Tiger Bay, Mocha, Albouystown, North Ruimveldt, Golden Grove, Central, Timehri North, Grove, Agricola, East Ruimveldt and Ruimveldt. The five female teams were from Tiger Bay, North Ruimveldt, Agricola, Albouystown and East Ruimveldt.At the end of the first round Tiger Bay, Albouystown, North Ruimveldt, Central, Grove and East Ruimveldt emerged winners from their matches to go through to the second round along with Ruimveldt who drew a bye for the males.After a number of exciting matches, the Tiger Bay Police Youth Group emerged the winners of the competition ahead of North Ruimveldt in second place and Albouystown were adjudged third.Orin Moore from the Tiger Bay Youth Group copped the trophy for Most Goals after netting 10 throughout the competition for his team and Darron Niles from Albouystown Youth Group was given the Most Valuable Player (MVP) trophy.Meanwhile, in the female showdown East Ruimveldt Youth Group came in third place behind Tiger Bay who got second and Albouystown who copped first place.Tineshia Thorne walked away with the Most Goals Trophy after scoring five goals in the competition and the MVP award went to Royesitia Cossou, both from Albouystown Youth Group.The presentation of trophies and medals was done by Superintendent Phillip Azore, W/Assistant Superintendent Sonia Herbert and representatives from the Guyana Football Federation (GFF).
Newly elected CAF Executive Committee member Kwesi Nyantakyi will meet President Mills at the Castle this afternoon to thank him for government’s support for his bid.Joy Sports sources say the two will discuss among other things, Nyantakyi’s new role and how that will impact on Ghana Football.The two are also expected to discuss national team issues including the Black Stars Nations Cup qualifier to be played later this month.The meeting is expected to improve the relationship between government and the GFA.New sports Minister, Kofi Humado will be at the meeting.In an unrelated issue Aduana Stars have denied the alleged knife attack by their Coach Herbert Addo on a fan after Wednesday’s disappointing draw with Liberty Professionals. This follows investigations conducted by officials of the club.Management of Aduana Stars says there is no proof that a supporter was chased by the Local Black Stars coach with a knife.Source: Joy Sports/Ghana
Ghanaian striker Yakubu Mohammed has shamed Orlando Pirates coach Roger De Sa by scoring his debut goal in the South African top flight to hand Maritzburg United a priceless win over Polokwane City on Saturday.Mohammed had arrived in South Africa early last month to originally sign for the Buccanneers from Ghana Premier League side AshantiGold.He was however labelled an ‘unfit’ player after being given only 30 minutes in a game during his trials with Pirates. Coach Roger De Sa later passed a damning verdict on the Ghanaian – claiming he was simply not fit enough to be signed.“He had one session and after 30 minutes he pulled off. He was out of breath and he couldn’t keep up,” he said.“So I mean really are we going to sign a player who can only do 30 minutes of training?“You must remember that if you are going to bring in a foreigner he must be better than what you have. “That’s why our national team struggles, because every foreigner that arrives here with a half a CV, we sign. We’ve got to think local if they are not better than the locals.”De Sa’s damning comments over the player raised several doubts of the quality of the Ghana Premier League as Mohammed was one of the leading performers in the Ghanaian top flight.Mohammed with a battered reputation however managed to impress Maritzburg coach Ernst Middendorp who decided to hand the forceful striker a four-year deal.The former Ghana Premier League Goal King contender wasted no time at all in repaying the massive faith reposed in him.After sending his powerful free-kick over the crossbar in the fifth minute, shooting wide of the upright seconds later, Mohammed blasted in off a rebounded free kick in the 68th minute to send the home crowd into frenzy. His spectacular strike happened to be the match winner that hands Maritzburg their first win of the new season.Mohammed’s strike despite bringing great joy to followers of the Team of choice will leave fans of rivals Orlando Pirates ruing their missed chance of signing such a quality striker due to a suspected case of incompetence and impatience on the side of their coach Roger De Sa.
The 33-year-old completed his £1.5 million switch to the Italian giants on Monday and is adamant that United will get back to winning trophies after a difficult 2013-14 campaign.He wrote, in a statement posted on the club’s official website: “After a great deal of thought I have decided the time is right for me to leave Manchester United. It is the biggest decision of my career as this club is, and will always remain, in my heart.”Joining and playing for Manchester United has been a privilege, a dream come true and my time here has been so memorable. Through the good times and the bad times we have all stuck together and remained loyal. I have always said you don’t just join Manchester United, you join the family and long may that tradition continue.”This club is steeped in history and I feel privileged to have become a part of that. Over the past nine years I have met and worked with some incredible people, many of whom will remain friends for life. I would like to thank everyone at the club – teammates, coaches and in particular all the staff who made every single day in Carrington or at Old Trafford a special day.”An immense thank you to Sir Alex Ferguson for making it all possible, for giving me the privilege to be a captain, to be inspired by the legend of Manchester United and to understand that nobody is bigger than the club.”My biggest thanks go to the fans. We have had some fantastic times together, we lifted all of those trophies together and that night in Moscow will live with us all forever. Every single time I stepped out in that shirt I knew I was playing for the badge and for a very special club. “My passion for this club will live on and I know you guys will go on to enjoy more success in the coming seasons.”
Charles Barkley talking hockey? Charles Barkley talking hockey – and at Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, no less.Sir Charles joined NBC’s Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones on Wednesday to discuss the first period of Blues vs. Bruins, which ended with the Blues ahead 2-0. Barkley couldn’t recall the name of St. Louis rookie goalie Jordan Binnington, but he knew “the goalie stole the show” in the first 20 minutes as Binnington withstood Boston’s constant pressure. MORE: Every previous Game 7 in Final history, ranked”Thanks, Gary Bettman, for the tickets. Love ya, brother,” Barkley said.A lot of Twitter was befuddled by seeing Barkley (and his fashion choice) on their screens, but some of it was complimentary, too:Who dressed Barkley????— Scott Zolak (@scottzolak) June 13, 2019did charles barkley just call sidney crosby “cindy crawford”— BIN RACCOON (@russbengtson) June 13, 2019Charles Barkley dressed up like he going to a parent teacher conference pic.twitter.com/j9iFQFhsv3— link (@1nolink) June 13, 2019why does charles barkley look like the head pharmacist at a best buy pic.twitter.com/NTgzmQ4jqD— hot take jake (@jakeguidry) June 13, 2019Charles Barkley does not listen to Philadelphia sports talk radio, I guess pic.twitter.com/EvhQVIr2Xd— Dan McQuade (@dhm) June 13, 2019Charles Barkley looks like he doesn’t wanna pay for a baggage fee so he’s just gonna wear everything on the plane. pic.twitter.com/DkAGTD4yRH— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) June 13, 2019Charles Barkley is a better hockey analyst than most of NBC’s regular guys.— Dave (@baltimoredavey) June 13, 2019Charles Barkley killing it as usual during NBC’s #StanleyCupFinal intermission: ‘I always root for the team that never won a championship — because I’m on that list.’ Sir Charles rooting for @StLouisBlues. Pals with Blues coach and ex-Flyer Craig Berube from their days in Philly— Michael McCarthy (@MMcCarthyREV) June 13, 2019 One hockey name Barkley does know: Sidney Crosby. Chuck put Crosby in the same sentence as NBA superstar Kawhi Leonard when asked to make a hockey comparison to the Klaw.If @kawhileonard was a hockey player, who would he be?Charles Barkley immediately had a response: Sidney Crosby. pic.twitter.com/XFaEB6j22v— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) June 13, 2019Barkley said before the game he was on vacation, but a friend in a high place hooked him up with the visit to TD Garden in Boston.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by United Way of Thurston CountyUnited Way of Thurston County announced a Make the Match campaign to raise extra funds for its Community Care Fund. Text-donating has revolutionized the ease and effectiveness of giving money to charities and through community partners, United Way is launching a text-donating application to raise money that supports local non-profits preparing children to be resilient, learn and succeed.In Thurston County, 63 percent of low-income kids don’t start kindergarten with the skills they need to be successful and 1,123 children were recorded homeless in 2013. United Way understands the importance of addressing such community conditions and helps to find solutions in collaboration with partners.In effort to increase fundraising, United Way received support from OBee Credit Union to launch the campaign using Cafe Give, a social fundraising platform. In addition, Puget Sound Energy Foundation will help leverage donations through a dollar for dollar match up to $10K.“Puget Sound Energy is dedicated to helping address local needs and priorities in our community, and our Foundation is honored to help double United Way’s fundraising power through this match,” said Farra Vargas, PSE manager of energy efficiency outreach.Supporters can text “UNITED” to 5-5-1-5-5 to donate or pledge. Those who text the keyword will be directed to a website where they can complete their donation or pledge and announce their contribution through social media.“The text-donating application allows donors to give what they can via their mobile phone or social media,” said Lee Wojnar, United Way board president and marketing vice president of OBee Credit Union.“Advocates of the campaign are encouraged to use their personal social media pages to inform their followers of United Way’s efforts and how they can also contribute.”“We’re embracing the power of social media and mobile giving to shake up our fundraising efforts,” said United Way Communications Director, Michelle Rodriguez. “This is simply a new way for us to reach the online community, strengthen partnerships and increase donations.”United Way continues to build strong relationships with community partners such as local nonprofits, government and businesses to leverage more investing and volunteering in the community. For more information about how to support United Way of Thurston County, go to www.unitedway-thurston.org or call (360) 943-2273.
2020 has not brought Benzema goals, at least for now. The French striker, the main white scorer resource, is going through his first drought in a season in which he was demonstrating the regularity that was almost always missed during his ten previous seasons in the team: he has not seen a door since December 15, when he scored in the last breath the draw of Madrid against Valencia in Mestalla (1-1) in LaLiga. He did not participate in the Spanish Super Cup played in Arabia by a bruise on his left leg, but still enjoyed enough opportunities in these 41 days without seeing goal. In Salamanca, much of the encounter was shy, but he left two good chances at the end of his contest, without success. He will look for that guy tomorrow in Valladolid, where he will lead the white attack again, probably with Rodrygo. An opponent against whom he has a good record: five goals in eight games against the Spaniards. Better yet in Zorrilla, where he has seen the door three times in three duels, two in the win by 1-4 last year, in which it was the last game of Santiago Solari in front of Madrid; the next day the return of Zidane became official. He has played five games and 364 minutes since his last target: 90 ’against Barcelona, 90’ against Athletic, 81 ’in Getafe, 28’ against Sevilla and 75 ’in Salamanca against Unionistas. There are 364 minutes in which he has shot 14 times, eight of them between the three sticks; a ratio of auctions in those five games of 2.8 per game (against Sevilla, he did not try once), below the 3.33 that has been averaging this course. The generation of opportunities is not Benzema’s problem: He is the player who has made the most shots both in total (66) and between clubs (35). Messi already sees Benzema in the rearview mirrorThe drought that Benzema is going through is a new phenomenon for Madrid this season: before it, it had not chained more than one match without scoring in LaLiga (in September it was two days, but did not dispute one of them). Not surprisingly, he has made 16 of the 58 goals of Real Madrid this course, almost 28%; what whites are missing is a squire in the attack that accompanies Benzema. Rodrygo has six goals, but has not scored since December 11 (in Bruges) and in LaLiga, since October 30; Bale has barely made three goals, Vinicius two, Jovic (with whom the minutes are played) one …That white dependence on the goals of the French took him to the top of the provisional classification of Pichichi during the first leg of the course: he made 12 goals in his first 16 league games. But Messi, who missed five of the first seven days due to injury, already looks at him in the rearview mirror: the Argentine has 14 goals, two more than Benzema. And with a much smaller participation: the culé scores a goal in LaLiga every 90 minutes; Benzema has fallen to 133 ’, or what is the same, you need a match and a half to score a goal.With his numbers at the beginning of the season, Benzema planned to sign his best League since he is in Madrid; the record has it set in the 24 goals he scored in 2015-16, at the orders of Benítez first and Zidane later. It is time to fix it, but right now it plans to stay in 23 targets. Although Madrid does not care about the drought of its ‘nine’, which enjoys all the confidence of Zidane: The renewal is already underway with him until 2022. The agreement will be announced at the end of this course.Near the 500 clubIn Salamanca, Benzema played his 491 game with the Real Madrid shirt; He is the 15th player with the most matches played in white and approaches the club of the 500 matches, which today has only 12 members, of which only Roberto Carlos is a foreigner (although Marcelo, with 499, is at the gates to enter) He has won 335 duels (68%) and has scored 238 goals.
The Voinjama, Kolahun and Foya road corridors are in very deplorable condition as the raining season reaches its peak, commuters have said.Reports from the three administrative districts speak of businesspeople, farmers encountering serious difficulties to travel on the road in Lofa County.Reports also revealed the presence of large potholes in various parts of the road.Travelers and farmers have reported that the extensive use of the road by bigger commercial trucks has contributed to the poor road condition.They said the regular seven hours travel time from Monrovia to Voinjama City now takes nearly 12 hours by commercial vehicles.“It took us nearly 12 hours from Foya to Monrovia and most of our produce got rotten due to the prolonged drive from our farm areas in Lofa County,” a farmer said.As a result, commercial drivers have begun to hike transportation fares to and from the affected areas in Lofa County, travelers said.Interviews conducted with farmers on Monday and Tuesday at the Red-light market in Paynesville exposed the need for an urgent attention to fix the affected roads in Lofa County.Businessman Moses B. Mulbah, 55, told the Daily Observer Tuesday that majority of his profit margin was used to transport his goods.“The trip cost me a lot of money because the transportation fares have gone high up to reach Monrovia,” Mulbah said.Cocoa and Coffee farmer Kollie B. Yonkedeh, 50, said too much money was spent to transport the few bags of the processed coffee and cocoa to Monrovia.“I’m now constrained to seek the sale of my produce to the nearest markets of Guinea-Conakry and Sierra Leone,” farmer Yonkedeh lamented.Peanut and bitter balls producer Kebbeh G. Karzaku, 45, said she is not happy because of the high cost of transportation.“Out of the eight bags of the peanut and bitter balls that I brought to Monrovia, five bags got rotten on the highway,” Madam Karzaku said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)