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We’re going to beat Suriname at home – Jones

first_img… Guyanese contingent departs for IGG todayA contingent of 155, inclusive of athletes and officials, departed Guyana today for neighbouring Suriname, where they will compete at this year’s Inter-Guiana Games (IGG) from August 25 to 27.The games, a brainchild of former President Forbes Burnham, will be celebrating its ‘Jubilee Edition’ (50 years), having started in 1967 as a means of using sports to foster closer bilateral relations with Suriname.Guyana and Suriname will do battle in track and field, basketball, volleyball, swimming, cycling and football. With the exception of track and field and swimming, the other disciplines will have only male participants.IGG Basketball Kevon Wiggins“We anticipate that we should do fairly well since all the disciplines would have been participating at high level both locally and overseas throughout the year,” Director of Sport Christopher Jones told reporters yesterday at his Homestretch Avenue office.Jones said that he was pleased with the handling and preparation of the respective teams by the various associations, adding that he would have also been proud of the anxiousness of the athletes to represent the ‘Land of Many Waters’.“At least the ones at the various camps I’ve visited, they are excited and some of them had participated last year as well,” the Director of Sport said, noting, “their own prediction is they can win. There is hype and excitement amongst the Guyanese delegation to win these games.”Apart from track and field, cycling and volleyball where team Guyana rule supreme, the Dutch-speaking country hold the IGG titles for both basketball and football (male and female).TRACK AND FIELD TEAM:Girls: Toyan Raymond (100m, 200m), Binka Joseph (100m), Deshauna Skeete (200m, 400m), Kezra Murray (400m, 800m), Joanna Archer (800m, 1500m), Shaquka Tyrell (1500M, 3000m), Leyanna Charles (3000m), Chantoba Bright (long jump, triple jump), Tatyanna Blair (long jump, high jump), Virlyn Gibson (triple jump, high jump), Mian McPherson (shot put, javelin), Jamacia Scott (shot put, discus), Prudence Codrington (javelin, discus)Boys: Tyrell Peters (100m, 200m), Umkosie Vancooten (100m, 200m), Daniel Williams (400m, high jump), Samuel Lynch (400m, 800m), Daniel Melville (800m, discus), Murphy Nash (1500m, 5000m), Ronaldo Wishart (1500m, javelin), Rickie Williams (5000m), Anthony Williams (long jump, triple jump), Ronaldo Greene (long jump, triple jump), Tarique Boyce (high jump), Jermine Simmons (shot put, javelin and Lennox Henry (shot put, discus).Kenisha Headley and Quincy Clarke will coach the squad while Nadine Trotz and Carolyn Garraway will act as managers.BASKETBALL: Andrew Wiggins, Stanton Rose, Jermain King, Akeem Crandon, Timothy Thompson, Shamar France, Nigel Bowen, Jaheel Young, Aton Fileen, Jamal Gilkes, Andrew Johnson and Akil Vaughn.Abdullah Hamid is the team’s head coach, Kirk Fraser assistant coach and Troy Green manager.CYCLING: Adealie Hodge, Marcus Keiler, Cortis Dey, Jason Cameron, Shenika Barker, Yonka Barker and Deance Welch.SWIMMING: Andrew Gordon, Antonia Rodrigues, Daniel Scott, Nathon Hackett, Leon Seaton, Alex Winter, Nikita Fiedtkou, Teshana Hunter, Anna Isaacs, Accalia Khan, Kenita Mahaica and Lian Winter.VOLLEYBALL: Kirstoff Shepherd, Akil Vaughn, Omari Joseph, Hellod Singh, Andy Rohoman, Jaleel Roberts, Samuel Jordan, Ronaldo Bobb, Montel Denny, Daymyon Alahamad, Ronaldo Griffith and Kellon Leitch.IAAF World Youth silver medallist Daniel WilliamsFOOTBALL (FEMALE): Indera Amardeo, Vicky Jonannis, Althea Austin, Odessa Smith, Lendey Adolph, Anastacia Horsham, Shania Riley, Naomi Aaron, Ashana Williams, Stacy Adams, Amanda McKenzie, Tiandi Smith, Latesha Sutherland, Shontel Greene, Jamaica Hunte, Sasha Rodrigues, Anulissa Johnson and Selena Chan.Head coach Akilah Castello and assistant Tricia MunroeFOOTBALL (MALE): Jervis Cumberbatch, Simeon Hackette, Cecil Jackman, Jeremy Garrett, Kevin Padmore, Shomol Smith, Marriheo Eastman, Raushan Ritch, Orin Moore, Ryan Hackette, Ryan Dowding, Nixon Robertson, Chris Macey, Anton Peters, Shane Haynes, Brandon Atkinson, Sherral Daniels, and Lorenzo Miller.Head coach Sampson Gilbert.last_img read more


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Wisconsin steam rolls Purdue

first_imgRAY PFEIFFER/Herald PhotoWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Inside the Wisconsin football team’s locker room, written on the dry erase board with marker was just one thing: 1-0.While it was just the latest appearance of UW head coach Bret Bielema’s team motto, it just as well might have been the defense’s ideal goal for Purdue quarterback Curtis Painter’s stat line: one interception, zero touchdowns.”All week, that’s all we heard is how these guys are ranked top of the Big Ten in everything,” sophomore cornerback Allen Langford said. “We took it real serious as a defense to go out there and shut down a real good offense.”Having heard all week long about how dangerous and explosive the Purdue offense was, the Wisconsin defense played inspired football and shutdown the vaunted Boilermaker attack, carrying the Badgers to a 24-3 victory at Ross-Ade Stadium.”We definitely saw what they did to a lot of other teams in the Big Ten,” sophomore cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu said. “We really didn’t expect to play this well, so we are really happy and really satisfied, but we have to keep getting better.”Freshman running back P.J. Hill, held in check for most of the game, came alive in the fourth quarter and had another impressive day, rushing for 161 yards and two touchdowns.”It was a P.J. Hill game,” Bielema said when asked if it was a Ron Dayne-like effort by the freshman tailback.”That’s the mentality that the offensive line and the running backs have,” Joe Thomas said. “You can see it in their body language how they aren’t running to the ball as quick, they aren’t jogging on and off the field, they are lazing up to the line of scrimmage, you can tell they don’t really want to be out there taking a beating from P.J. anymore.”The true heroes of the game though were the Wisconsin defenders, who held a Purdue offense that was averaging over 33 points a game to just a single field goal. The output was the lowest point total by a Purdue team since 2003.”When you play a good team, you have to maximize opportunities, and they are a good football team,” Purdue head coach Joe Tiller said. “Obviously, they’re a good football team. So I think it’s a combination of them being a good football team and we needed to be perfect, and we were not.”Early on, Painter, the reigning conference Offensive Player of the Week, appeared very out of synch, consistently missing open receivers and looking uncomfortable in the pocket, which, according to Bielema, was by design.”There are two ways to attack a quarterback: physical pressure and mental pressure,” Bielema said. “We seemed to be able to create some confusion and some errant throws.””You could kind of tell he was looking bothered and getting the ball out quick, even when his receivers weren’t done with their routes he was throwing the ball, so I think he was doing a little bit too much thinking out there,” Ikegwuonu said. The UW secondary also did its job when passes were completed, holding the Boilermakers, who average 327 yards a game through the air, to only 187 passing yards. Defenders hoped that the effort might silence questions about the level of competition the Badgers have been playing this year. “You hear it: ‘UW haven’t beaten anybody, blah, blah, blah,'” senior safety Joe Stellmacher said. “We beat a team that is 5-2 today and a quality opponent on their own field, in a tough place to play.””Everyone has been down on us, saying we haven’t really faced anyone, and I just think we proved what we could do,” senior linebacker Mark Zalewski said. “They are the No. 1 offense in the conference and came out and played well.”Still, despite the outstanding defensive effort, the game was close into the third quarter as Wisconsin was unable to capitalize on opportunities, leaving points on the field. “It was a pretty sloppy game in the first half, but for them to end up with just three points, I feel we fared pretty well,” defensive tackle Jason Chapman said. One such instance came at the end of the first half when the Badgers were in striking range with the clock winding down. With 19 seconds left, quarterback John Stocco hit P.J. Hill for an 11-yard gain for a first down to stop the clock. However, when the clock restarted, the offense was sluggish getting to the line, and Stocco fumbled the ball while trying to spike it to set up a field goal attempt and time ran out. “I think they put Vaseline on the ball,” Stocco joked after the game.Coming out in the second half, Purdue looked poised to tie the score, driving down to the Wisconsin 20-yard line in eight plays. But the offense stalled and missed a 37-yard field goal, giving the Badgers an opportunity to break the game open. UW capitalized on that opportunity, piecing together a 12-play scoring drive highlighted by a 25-yard strike from Stocco to receiver Paul Hubbard on third and seven. “It was kind of a challenge for us to come out and play better in the second half, leaving points on the field,” Stocco said. “I think that pass (to Hubbard) was a turning point. We’d struggled a bit, and then to get down there and score, I think it gave us a bit of momentum.”last_img read more


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Luke Goldstock grew past his desire to play for SU and into his leading role with North Carolina

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: April 14, 2017 at 8:02 p.m.North Carolina head coach Joe Breschi saw Luke Goldstock play for the first time at the Maverik Showtime in Connecticut. He knew the sophomore in high school had potential.“I just remember his shot, and I was like woah,” Breschi said. “I told him to come by for a visit because I knew we could do something with that.”Goldstock wanted to stay home at home to play out his collegiate lacrosse career. After receiving offers from both North Carolina and Maryland, the then-sophomore in high school called the Syracuse coaching staff. SU told the Niskayuna (New York) High School product they wanted to wait to see how his junior season played out.Goldstock totaled over 140 points in his junior campaign. But, the offer never came.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textInstead, Syracuse will be tasked with stopping the senior attack when No. 17 North Carolina (6-5, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) hosts No. 1 Syracuse (9-1, 3-0). After not recording a start in his first season, the senior captain has started all 46 games for the Tar Heels over the last three seasons. In his sophomore season, he broke a 24-year-old single-season scoring record by pouring in 50 goals for the Tar Heels. Eleven games into his final season, the 2016 Tewaaraton Award nominee ranks second on the team with 28 points, one behind junior attack Chris Cloutier.“I’m a shooter,” Goldstock said. “… I’m best when I let my teammates draw attention and then leave me open where I’ve got a free shot.”Goldstock’s rise into one of UNC’s top scoring threats began in the garage of Niskayuna assistant coach Patrick Williams during the summer following his freshman year of high school. He was too undersized to break into the JV starting lineup as a freshman. So the then-5-foot-5 lanky attack began with basic BFS (bigger, faster, stronger) training. These exercises focused on bench presses, squats and deadlift.Courtesy of Jeffrey A. Camarati | UNC AthleticsInitially, a lack of mobility limited Goldstock in the exercises. By the next summer, the now-varsity starter had surpassed Williams basic training program. Williams, who is not a certified strength and conditioning coach, turned to YouTube videos from Olympic lifting coach Greg Everett. What initially began as a small group in Williams garage, grew into a full-team workout at the school facilities. The BFS training was replaced with more advanced Olympic lifts: jerks, cleans and overhead squats. By the time Goldstock was entering his senior season, the team was completing sets of overhead squats followed by quarter-mile sprints.“I wanted to push him,” Williams said. “And more importantly, he wanted to be pushed.”In the summer following his junior season, Williams told the players to find a partner of equal size to fireman carry — a drill in which you throw someone on your shoulders and carry them — 100 yards down the field. He then matched himself with Goldstock claiming they weighed around the same. The then-180-pound attack hauled his coach the length of the football field. He finished first as usual. After crossing the goal-line Goldstock gasped for air and looked at his coach in dismay.“180 pounds my ass,” Goldstock chirped to his coach.He was right. Williams estimates his weight to be around 205 pounds at the time.The work with Williams paid off. Goldstock was a high school All-American his junior and senior year at Niskayuna. When he arrived on campus at Chapel Hill he stood 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds. Since then he has grown another two inches and added 15 pounds to his frame.“Never once did we do anything lacrosse,” Williams said. “It was just in the weight room. Blood sweat in tears in a different way.”But the hard work led to an opportunity to play for North Carolina, not Syracuse. Since breaking the starting lineup his sophomore season, Goldstock has faced SU four times and scored seven goals in those games.In a 2014 game against Syracuse, Goldstock posted four goals in a 17-15 win at Chapel Hill. He used his size to score the first, pulling away from a scrum with a ground ball and finishing the ball in the net. In his next two goals, he flashed speed and quickness first scoring with his right hand then his left.“He is a big offensive leader for them.” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “… He wants to get into shooting spots. He’s very smart he’ll put his defender in a spot where he wants his defender to slide and then he has the space to get that shot in.”Breschi knew that with some time, Goldstock would develop into that offensive threat. Now it’ll be up to the school that shunned him to figure out a way to slow him down. Comments Published on April 14, 2017 at 3:36 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44last_img read more