Young ‘Soca Warriors’ in action again

first_imgTHE Brian Williams coached U-20 ‘Soca Warriors’ will again be in action at the Leonora Stadium when they confront a combined selection of Elite clubs this evening from 19:00hrs.Last Friday, the visitors defeated an Alpha United selection 2-1,at the said venue and today Head Coach Brian Williams is expecting another win as he continues preparation of his charges for next month’s CFU U-20 finals to be staged in Curacao.The ‘Dreadlocked’ Williams, who made his senior International debut for T&T here in Guyana in 1979 against Suriname, in a World Cup play-off, expects another positive result tonight with his ‘second string’ squad.The Young ‘Soca Warriors’ visit here, on a one-week training camp, also gives Guyana’s Golden Jaguars head coach Jamal Shabazz an opportunity to look at the local-based players in the provisional squad,selected for next month’s crucial 3rd round matches against Suriname and Jamaica.Among the local stars expected to be on show tonight for the combined selection are: Vurlon Mills, Dwight Peters, Dwayne Jacobs, Dominic Garnett and Trayon Bobb.last_img read more

Seattle’s Breanna Stewart named WNBA MVP

first_imgIn this photo taken May 2, 2017, Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) and guard Jewell Loyd (24) react as they pose for WNBA basketball official photos during the team’s annual media day, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in Seattle. T(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Stewart was given the award Sunday prior to Seattle opening its best-of-five semifinal playoff series against Phoenix. Stewart finished with 372 total points in the voting, easily outpacing Dallas’ Liz Cambage, who finished second with 231 points. Stewart received 33 of 39 first-place votes. Washington’s Elena Delle Donne finished third in the voting and Los Angeles’ Candace Parker was fourth.“I think each award I’ve won for its respective level means a lot, but to be the MVP of the WNBA, the best league in the world, it’s at the top,” Stewart said before Game 1. “And to do it with this franchise, this team, my teammates I couldn’t have imagined it any other way.”Stewart was the league’s rookie of the year in 2016, but had her finest professional season this year. She averaged 21.8 points and 8.4 rebounds as Seattle went 26-8 in the regular season. She had 22 games of 20 or more points scoring.Stewart, who earlier this month was announced as the AP Player of the Year, is the second Seattle player to win MVP. Lauren Jackson was named MVP three times in her career.Stewart said it’s been a transformative year for her, beginning with the revelation late last year she was sexually abused as a child. She has partnered with RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) to raise awareness and has met with members of the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center.“This year was made possible by going through really hard things. It’s been the story of my life,” Stewart said. “Any successes along the way was made possible by people lifting me up through struggles and by me having the courage and focus to turn my pain into fuel.”Her latest cause is voter registration. Stewart had custom shoes created for Game 1 in an effort to draw attention to getting young voters registered for the upcoming November elections.“This year in particular for me is a story of transformation and introspection,” Stewart said. “From #MeToo to equality, finding my voice and elevating my game became intertwined in my journey. My hope is as a country we can do the same thing.”Natasha Howard was given the league’s most improved award and Sue Bird received the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship award also on Sunday before the game. SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart has been announced as the WNBA MVP after a season where she finished second in scoring and led Seattle to the best record in the league. FILE – In this June 10, 2016, file photo, Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart shoots over Connecticut Sun’s Morgan Tuck during the second half of a WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)last_img read more

Column: Triple G-Canelo rematch should be must-see TV

first_imgIn this Sept. 15, 2017, file photo, Canelo Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin pose during a weigh-in in Las Vegas. Golovkin’s trainer says his fighter was insulted when Alvarez tested positive for a performance enhancing drug that caused their planned May middleweight title rematch to be postponed. (AP Photo/John Locher, File) LAS VEGAS (AP) — For a sport often given up for dead, boxing is suddenly very much alive.Turn on the TV and there’s probably a fight on from somewhere. Tune in, and there’s a good chance even the most casual boxing fan will find something to like.The heavyweight division is coming back, and there’s a group of welterweights so talented they are bringing back memories of the 1980s, when fighters like Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns and Marvelous Marvin Hagler ruled the ring and the biggest fights were magical affairs staged outdoors on the Las Vegas Strip.Networks are getting into bidding wars for fights, and a string of new deals means there’s more boxing on free television than ever before.And, of course, there’s Saturday night.That’s when Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez step into the ring at the T-Mobile Arena to try to settle what they couldn’t the first time around in a hotly anticipated showdown with the middleweight title at stake. The fight is a rematch of their draw last September, and this time both fighters have made it clear they just don’t like each other.It’s a combination that should make this a pay-per-view worth reaching into the wallet for, though it’s not cheap. Boxing still insists on a buy-in for its biggest fights, and at $84.95 to watch at home, this fight needs to deliver in a big way to justify the cost.Whether it does won’t be known until the two actually get into the ring together in a fight delayed from May after Alvarez tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. But there’s a lot to like about two big punchers meeting to settle things at 160 pounds the way fighters used to do it back in the day.“I believe it will be a big drama show,” Golovkin said. “I wanted the first fight to be a big drama show, but he wouldn’t fight me.”Golovkin’s complaint about Alvarez not standing toe-to-toe with him in the first fight isn’t his only issue with the rematch. He also believes Alvarez is a cheater, and dismisses his claim that eating tainted meat in his native Mexico led to the positive test for clenbuterol.“It’s very strange because we know what happened. He was caught for doing illegal substances,” Golovkin said through an interpreter. “As far as his stories about the meat, you have to be really stupid to believe these kind of stories after being caught doping.”Golovkin’s other complaint centered on the purse split for the fight. Alvarez, who was a proven pay-per-view draw, got 70 percent of the take in the first fight, and was supposed to get 65 percent in the second, had it happened in May as planned.But Triple G stood his ground, finally getting a 45 percent share after already booking another fight elsewhere that would have paid him only a fraction of the millions both he and Alvarez will make for their showdown.All of which, of course, has raised some bitter feelings in the Alvarez camp.“It’s definitely more personal now. I really don’t like him,” Alvarez said. “It’s personal, and I take it that way. It will make me train harder and give it the extra push to knock him out.”The fight itself is a classic matchup that has the potential to deliver more than the first fight, a good scrap that lacked the drama of knockdowns and ended in a draw that satisfied neither fighter. Whether it does largely depends on the chances both fighters take — or refuse to take.Golovkin, the Kazakh who lives in Los Angeles, thought he won the first fight easily, even though one judge had it 118-110 for Alvarez. Golovkin did win the early rounds and seemed to be controlling the action until he faded late in the fight.Golovkin, who has knocked out almost everyone put in front of him (38-0-1, 34 knockouts) has vowed to be more aggressive in the rematch. Alvarez, too, says he has some new tricks he will pull out to try to regain a fan base upset with him after his positive test for PEDs.Whatever the strategy, it’s the kind of fight that might have taken place it in the 1980s, when the best fought the best under the stars at Caesars Palace. Boxing is on a roll again, and the biggest fight of the year should set a tone for the sport moving forward.A year after they first met, Golovkin-Alvarez II is once again must-see TV.___Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg@ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberglast_img read more