‘Keep Your Five Alive’ now set for Thursday start

first_img– fixtures remain the sameOpening night action last Saturday forced into reschedule, Kevin Adonis, organiser of the sixth Annual ‘Keep Your Five Alive’ indoor competition, has now set this Thursday for kickoff in this year’s event.The action is set to be held at the National Gymnasium.According to Adonis, the forced rescheduling was due mainly to his adherence to a mandate from the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) that cautioned against the appearance of players participating in the current Elite League.Adonis said he received from the GFF a letter which, among other regulations governing the tournament, barred all players who’re participating for clubs in the Elite League from appearing for their community teams in his indoor competition.“This recent development ordered by the GFF ultimately forced me to reschedule the opening night from last Saturday to this Thursday, to ensure that teams have the opportunity to discuss the directive set by the Federation in order to avoid any (negative) consequenceof their decisions,” Adonis explained.He said it is unfortunate that the order was not part of an earlier notification he had received from the GFF, because it would have allowed him sufficient time to have discussions with the teams confirmed to participate in the event, so as to avoid the unfortunate cancellation of the previously announced opening night’s action.He, however, disclosed that he intends to meet with the governing body shortly to address all issues related to the requirements stipulated by the GFF, so that further delays or miscommunication would not occur.Teams have been drawn from Georgetown, Linden, Berbice, West and East Bank Demerara and East Coast Demerara, and prize monies in excess of $1million will be up for grabs.He disclosed that thirty-two of the best teams in the country have been assembled, including defending champions West Front Road’s Gold is Money and beaten finalist Future Stars.Among the other teams making the shortlist are: Sparta Boss, Bent Street, Leopold Street and most of the zone champions of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Competition.In opening night action, Rhythm Stars (Mocha) tackle recently-crowned Berbice Guinness champions Trafalgar, and this encounter will be followed by the clash between Agricola and Broad Street.Kingston then square off against Swag Entertainment out of Linden, before NK Ballers take on Sophia.In the final game of the night, Leopold Street play host to Melanie Damishana of East Coast Demerara.The fixtures for the next two playing days are seen below.On Thursday, July 12, Buxton Diamond engage West Demerara Showstoppers, while the young Uprising team from the East Coast go up against Linden’s Silver Bullets.ESPN then collide with East Coast BV, before Ann’s Grove and North East La Penitence take to the court.The rejuvenated Tiger Bay unit then faces California Square, before Sparta Boss and Tucville bring the curtains down on the evening’s activities.On Saturday, July 14, Albouystown and Upsetters get things going, before Future Stars and Alpha Warriors square off.Back Circle then tackle Kitty Hustlers, before Linden’s Dave & Celena All Stars go up against Bent Street.The reigning champs, West Front Road, then close the night with a clash against Alexander Village.Suggested photo: Action.last_img read more

Ronaldo hits 701st goal as Juve pull clear in Serie A

first_imgThe 34-year-old hit his 701st after 19 minutes, with Pjanic adding a second eight minutes after the break following a blunder by Brazilian defender Danilo, who had earlier pulled Bologna level.The defending champions are now four points clear of second-placed Inter Milan, who travel to Sassuolo on Sunday.Atalanta stay third after throwing away a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Lazio, with fourth-placed Napoli closing the gap to just one point after Arkadiusz Milik’s double saw off Verona.“The road is the right one, but we need to work on some details. It was a good match blighted by three or four errors,” said Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri whose side host Lokomotiv Moscow in Champions League action on Tuesday.Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic returned to the bench in Turin after his second course of chemotherapy as he battles cancer.And the visitors were given reason to hope of snatching a rare point against the Turin giants when Danilo responded to Ronaldo’s opener with a 29th-minute volley.But Pjanic sealed victory with his third goal in four games in the 54th minute amid chaos in front of the Bologna goal.Bologna keeper Lukasz Skorupski denied Ronaldo and in-form Gonzalo Higuain late before both the crossbar and Gianluigi Buffon frustrated Federico Santander’s push for a last-gasp equaliser for the visitors who slip to 12th place.Bologna’s Serbian coach Sinisa Mihajlovic is undergoing treatment for cancer © AFP / Marco Bertorello“We watched the Santander goal again, it was offside so VAR would have ruled it out,” said Sarri.“But I told the lads we mustn’t sit back on a lead, we should attack, otherwise we leave ourselves in these risky situations to the very end.”– Immobile punishes Atalanta –Serie A leading scorer Ciro Immobile’s late brace of penalties helped Lazio wipe out a three-goal deficit in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Atalanta.Atalanta, who travel to Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday, had led 3-0 with 21 minutes to go at the Stadio Olimpico.But Immobile scored from the spot on 69 minutes and less than 60 seconds later set up Joaquin Correa for the second, before capping the comeback two minutes into injury time with his ninth goal in eight league games this term.“With penalties, nobody can understand a thing nowadays,” blasted Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini.Polish forward Arkadiusz Milik celebrates after scoring his first goals for Napoli this season. © AFP / Carlo Hermann“Immobile went for a walk, felt someone touch him slightly and dived.“Even more, on the second penalty, Immobile put his foot in front of De Roon.”Colombian Luis Muriel scored a first-half double for the Bergamo side as compatriot and star striker Duvan Zapata was sidelined injured.Alejandro Gomez got the third eight minutes before the break in a rematch of last season’s Italian Cup final which the Romans won.But the visitors lost momentum after the hour mark.Immobile got one back from the spot after being brought down by Jose Luis Palomino and then combined with Correa for their second.Immobile earned a late penalty after a Marten de Roon foul, celebrating wildly after converting to grab a dramatic point before Lazio’s Europa League trip to Celtic next week.“I’m losing years of my life kicking penalties in the 90th minute,” said 29-year-old Immobile, after scoring his third league goal from the spot this season.Polish striker Milik scored in either half as Napoli got back to winning ways at the Stadio San Paolo, after a goalless draw at Torino before the international break, before their Champions League trip to Salzburg.“I started the season with fitness problems so I’m hungry now for goals,” said Milik, who also scored as Poland qualified for Euro 2020 during the week.Verona drop to 13th place.0Shares0000(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo and Miralem Pjanic celebrate scoring © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Oct 20 – Cristiano Ronaldo and Miralem Pjanic sealed a 2-1 win for Juventus over Bologna to consolidate top spot in Serie A on Saturday.Ronaldo was presented with a special jersey before kick-off to mark his 700th career goal scored playing for Portugal during the week.last_img read more