High-riding Molynes United ‘A’, UWI Pelicans in JN Open League title showdown

first_imgThe dream run of Molynes United ‘A’ in the JN Open League Sunshine netball competition continued on Thursday inside the National Indoor Sports Centre, as for the second time in two days they got the better of a Mico team.After eliminating defending champions Mico ‘B’ in the quarter-finals on Tuesday, Molynes United upstaged Mico ‘A’ 20-18 on Thursday to advance to today’s final, which will be played at 6 p.m.Their opponents will be UWI Pelicans, who had an impressive 36-25 win over Waulgrovians ‘A’ in their semi-final.Mico ‘A’, the best attacking and defensive team in the competition, were without the services of ace goal shooter, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid. Even then, they were expected to win.However, Molynes jumped into a quick 3-0 lead and led 5-4 at the break. Both teams had a battle royal up to the half-time as they went into the break even at 9-9.For the next two quarters it was anybody’s game. Mico shooters, led by goal shooter Tanielle Roberts and goal attack Stephanie Anderson, found it very difficult to score, while Molynes shooters Shantal Slater and Kara Christie were finding it easier to make their shots.”We are very elated; we worked hard, we trained hard and we executed well,” said Molynes captain Stacy Mullings.”We stuck to our game plan and it worked. After beating Mico ‘B’ we knew it was going to be a tough challenge as Mico ‘A’ is a good team, but we just remained disciplined and listened to our coach,” added Mullings.Slater scored 11 from 12 attempts, while Christie had nine from 10. For Mico ‘A’, Roberts had 16 from 24 tries.In the earlier game, it was smooth sailing for the Conrad Parkes-coached UWI Pelicans after a competitive first quarter, where UWI led 9-8.However, it was all UWI Pelicans from there as they led 20 -14 and 27-20 at the end of the second and third quarters.Goal shooter Thristina Harwood top scored for the winners with 29 goals from 33 tries, while goal attack Rebecca Robinson scored eight from 10. For Wualgrovians ‘A’, former UWI player, Ladonna Lamonth, had 20 goals from 25 attempts.Meanwhile, Speg ‘A’ and UTech Knights will meet in the Open B League final at 5 p.m., after both teams won their semi-finals on Thursday. Speg ‘A’ defeated Molynes United ‘B’ 37-26, while UTech Knights stopped Tivoli Gardens 37-22.last_img read more

Cancer-hit Lee announces badminton comeback bid

first_imgKuala Lumpur, Nov 8 (AFP) Malaysian star Lee Chong Wei Thursday said he plans to return to badminton after successful treatment for nose cancer, insisting he had no intention of retiring.The ex-world number one said he could resume training as early as next month and was targeting a competitive comeback at the All England Open in March.”I finished all my treatment… and have recovered very well,” a cheerful and a healthy-looking Lee, 36, told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur.”I want to come back to court,” he said, adding: “As of now, I am not retiring.” The three-time Olympic silver medallist was making his first public appearance since his shock diagnosis was announced in September.Lee, who returned from treatment in Taiwan last month, said it was his “dream” to play in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which would be his fifth Summer Games.”This is my dream. But health is most important,” he said, adding: “I just try my very best because I love my country… and I love badminton.” Lee, who enjoys superstar status in Malaysia, was diagnosed with early-stage nose cancer, forcing him to pull out of the Asian Games and world championships.On the advice of his doctors, he travelled to Taiwan for treatment during which he lost five kilos (11 pounds). He returned to Malaysia a month ago.”This is a time that is very tough for me,” said Lee, who has slipped to eighth in the world rankings.Nose cancer is perhaps the biggest blow suffered by Lee, who was banned after testing positive for a proscribed anti-inflammatory at the 2014 world championships.Lee returned to the sport in 2015, after authorities accepted he took the drug inadvertently. AFP BSBSadvertisementlast_img read more

Liverpool and Arsenal target Mahrez to cost £100m

first_imgTransfers Mahrez ‘will cost more than £100m’ in the summer, claims Leicester boss Puel Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:27 1/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City Getty Transfers Leicester City Premier League Riyad Mahrez The Foxes’ manager has hinted at the steep price tag attached to his star midfielder as Arsenal and Liverpool appear interested in a move Leicester City manager Claude Puel believes star attacker Riyad Mahrez could “cost even more than £100 million” in the summer transfer window.Mahrez, 26, has been linked with a move away from the Premier League side, with Arsenal and Liverpool among those reportedly interested.The Algeria international has recaptured some of his best form this season, scoring seven times and assisting seven in 23 league games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Puel believes Leicester will keep Mahrez through January despite the reported interest from rivals, and the price tag could be big if they sell him next summer.”Maybe in the summer he will cost even more than £100m,” Puel told reporters.  “It’s just rumours, noise about him. “We can see Riyad smile, enjoying his football, enjoying to play with his team-mates.“After the training session he continues to play, I wanted him to stay rested, but it’s perfect.”Riyad Mahrez, Leicester CityMahrez claimed the PFA Players’ Player of the Year Award in 2015-16, when he helped Leicester to a fairytale title success.Puel said the attacker was nearing his best once again and he expects it to continue.”The good ambition for him is to continue this hard work, to show his consistency game after game, until the end of the season,” he said.”He has come back at a good level: he is clinical, with assists, with goals, and it’s important he continues this work and shows people the player he is, without the ball [and] with it.”He is making progress. It’s a good thing of course, [if] he continues all season with us.”last_img read more