Ryan Crawford Turf Club horse race meet set for Monday

first_imgDESPITE the inclement weather, connections of the Ryan Crawford Memorial Turf Club (RCMTC) will go ahead with the planned one-day horse race meet set for Monday, at the club’s facility Alness Village, Corentyne, Berbice.Six races are carded for the day with the feature event being the Three-Year-Old animals over 1300 metres for a winning purse of $240 000 and trophy.The animals classified J and Lower are set to race over a distance of 1000m for a first prize of $200 000 and trophy.The winner of the 900m race for Two-Year-Old horses will take home $150 000 and trophy.There is the L1 and Lower 1000m contest for pole position takings of $100 000 and trophy.The L2 and Lower race is another 1000m affair for a winner’s take of $80 000.A L3 Unclassified event for animals over 1200m carries a first prize of $60 000 and trophy.A number of sponsors are on board including Banks DIH Limited, Colin Elcock and Attorney-at-Law Rajendra Poonai SC.Entries will close today and interested person can still contact Marcel Crawford Jr on 678-5342 or 696-9009.last_img read more

South Florida storms Syracuse’s defense to thwart comeback attempt

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — The ingredients of a comeback were there.Jordan Fredericks made three defenders miss before outrunning the South Florida defense for a 30-yard touchdown reception. A sack-fumble two plays later set up a 7-yard touchdown run for Eric Dungey. In less than five minutes the Orange sliced South Florida’s three-touchdown lead to seven points with 5:41 left in the third quarter and an entire fourth to play.The wheels were turning, and then they stopped. A key ingredient was missing. Syracuse needed its defense to show up. Outside of that sack-fumble, it never did.“We got outplayed, out-coached, everything,” said Chuck Bullough, SU’s defensive coordinator. “When the score is like that there is nothing else you can say.”The score was 45-24, with the Bulls (2-3, 0-1 American Athletic) offense sprinting past the Orange (3-2, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday. South Florida attacked SU’s defense on the edge and, when it found success, never deviated from that plan. The result was 536 total yards, 179 on the ground for USF running back Marlon Mack and 35 second-half points that stiff-armed SU in the third before burying it in the fourth.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter the game, Syracuse could have described the loss in a lot of ways. There was a painfully slow offensive start. Unfamiliar heat and humidity. It was the first road game of the season for a young team. A late-hit penalty by freshman safety Kielan Whitner extended a Bulls scoring drive when the Orange trailed 31-24 and still had a puncher’s chance in the fourth.But none of that could change the fact that SU gave up more points than it was ever going to score, and no one denied that.“They were just getting to the edge. They really have a lot of good athletes,” Zaire Franklin, SU’s middle linebacker, said. “… They definitely had the ability to get the edge before we could contain and they did that really well all game. I think they had a strong game plan coming in and I think they just executed it to the best of their abilities.”USF starting quarterback Quinton Flowers couldn’t throw downfield consistently. His only big passing gains, aside from screens, came on back-to-back plays in the third when a 28-yard completion led to a 42-yard touchdown on a reverse flea flicker. Other than that, the Bulls were equally predictable and clinical, dialing up stretch handoffs and screen passes that Syracuse could anticipate but not stop.On the last play of the first quarter, Flowers hit Tyre McCants with a wide receiver screen on second-and-15. SU cornerback Julian Whigham was sealed by a block and McCants sprinted 56 yards to the Syracuse 2-yard line. USF then scored on the second play of the second quarter to take a 7-0 lead.It was more of the same in the fourth quarter, with the Orange down a score and the Bulls setting the edge with strong blocking. USF converted a third-and-14 with an 18-yard wide receiver screen. Then collected back-to-back first downs on outside runs to the left side. Whitner’s penalty came three plays later and a 2-yard touchdown run from Flowers sealed Syracuse’s fate.“I thought they blocked better than we got off blocks,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said. “There’s a lot of instances where it’s man-on-man and you have to win that battle. Across the board, they beat us far more times than we beat them.”With the rest of the team in the locker room after the game, SU linebackers coach Clark Lea talked to his unit in the hallway. On that 18-yard screen in the fourth, outside linebacker Parris Bennett had a clear shot at Ryeshene Bronson but didn’t bring him down. Marqez Hodge, opposite Bennett, whiffed on a few chances to bring Flowers down in eventual scoring drives. The consistent success on bubble screens and outside runs was, in part, the linebackers’ faults.So Lea told them to stay the course, that missteps happen and that the next performance has the ability to erase this one. When his teammates went to change out of their uniforms, Franklin hung around to talk to Lea one-on-one. Lea patted him twice on the left shoulder pad when they finished and offered some final advice.“There’s always going to be some tough times,” Lea said to Franklin.Then Franklin dipped into the locker room and the metal door clicked behind him. In the coming weeks, the captain can only hope the defense will do the same. Comments Related Stories Fast Reaction: Syracuse defense falters in 45-24 loss at South Florida Published on October 10, 2015 at 9:16 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jessecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Ken Griffey Jr. was just as ‘cool’ then as Patrick Mahomes is now

first_imgThe promo for the MLB Network documentary “Junior” — which will feature Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. — comes with a ringing endorsement from LeBron James.  “He makes the game of baseball cool,” James says.   Ditto with Mahomes 30 years from now. He might not hold the sports world quite like James or Tom Brady, who is the only player who sells more jerseys. Yet given Mahomes has a NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP award with his name on it before turning 25 – he has been able to capture the imagination of those who follow him. There is nothing cooler than that. Griffey Jr was all of that. The sweet left-handed swing. The wall-climbing catches. The backwards hat. For a generation of 90s baseball fan, Griffey Jr was the coolest athlete in all of sports. Griffey Jr.’s 1989 UpperDeck rookie card was the grail for a generation of collectors.  While James might be this generation’s Michael Jordan, Griffey’s iconic match is evolving in another sport in the present day.  Think Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes II. To understand Griffey and just how cool he was, the younger generation should draw the comparisons with Mahomes.  The smile Sometimes it starts with the smile. Griffey’s smile alone showed a youthfulness that engulfed baseball at the right time. “The Kid” hit 19 homers as a rookie in 1989, and  by 1990 he was hitting between Cal Ripken Jr and Mark McGwire in the All-Star game.  Mahomes, meanwhile has become a meme machine with his smile and “froggish” voice, but his rise with the Chiefs is undeniable. He threw 50 TDs in 2018 and led Kansas City to a Super Bowl championship the following seasons.  Grand entrance Griffey played his first five career games on the road, but his debut in the Kingdome with the Mariners was memorable. He hit a home run off Chicago’s Eric King on the first swing.  Mahomes did not take long to make an impact as a first-time starter in 2018. He threw for four TDs in his first start that season against the Chargers – then followed that up with a six-TD performance against the Steelers.  Style In the 1990s, kids wanted to be Junior. How many times did you try to replicate that swing in the backyard – even if it was impossible? Whether it was a shallow fly ball in center or full-speed leaping catch at the wall, Griffey Jr became the ultimate highlight-reel centerfield. Of course, you had to wear your hat backwards like Griffey did when he won the Home Run Derby in 1994, 1998 and 1999.  Mahomes, meanwhile, is part of a full-scale evolution at the quarterback position. Mahomes can run, but it’s that laser arm – one cultivated through baseball, of course – that helped the Chiefs after 35.3 points per games in 2018. It’s more than that, however. Simply go out in the backyard and play back-yard football with your kid and his friends. How long will it take for the first no-look pass?  Father-son relationship  Griffey had the unique opportunity to play with his father Ken, and the tandem made history by hitting back-to-back homers on Sept. 14, 1990. Junior even had time to steal a catch from his father from time to time.  Mahomes, meanwhile, is the son former pitcher Pat Mahomes, who enjoyed a serviceable career from 1992-2003. The father-son duo famously embraced in the immediate aftermath of Super Bowl LIV after Mahomes II led a fourth-quarter comeback in a 31-20 victory.  Cool factor  Does the comparison fit?  For 1990s kids, Junior was that guy – and baseball was still at the forefront of the national consciousness. Jordan, Joe Montana and Wayne Gretzky were more dominant in their sports, but they weren’t The Kid. Every kid wanted to be Junior – and 30 years later that swing, those catches, that hat – and yes, that elusive UpperDeck card — will rush back with this documentary. You had to have that Mariners hat in 1993. Hey, that’s why you cheered for him. last_img read more

Everton manager search: Toffees step up Ronald Koeman chase

first_img Ronald Koeman with former Everton boss Roberto Martinez 1 Everton are growing increasingly confident of luring Ronald Koeman away from Southampton, according to reports.The Toffees are still searching for a new boss after sacking Roberto Martinez earlier this month.Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is understood to have earmarked Koeman as his top choice to succeed the Spaniard.Koeman has worked wonders at Southampton since arriving at St Mary’s in 2014 and the south coast club are hoping to tie him down to a new contract.But the Dutchman, who has a year left on his current deal, has yet to commit his future to the Saints.And, according to the Daily Mirror, Moshiri is confident of he can turn Koeman’s head by offer him a huge contract and transfer warchest.Everton are hoping for a positive development over the 53-year-old this week but are also talking to other candidates if they cannot convince him to leave Southampton.Unai Emery – who masterminded Sevilla’s third successive Europa League success earlier this month – is on their list of contenders.last_img read more