Chelsea fires manager Antonio Conte after 2 years in charge

first_imgFILE – In this Saturday, May 19, 2018 file photo, Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte holds the trophy after winning the English FA Cup final soccer match against Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London. Chelsea has fired manager Antonio Conte after a two-year tenure in which he won the English Premier League and FA Cup. The London club said on Friday, July 13, “We wish Antonio every success in his future career.” (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, fileAntonio Conte’s protracted divorce from Chelsea was finalized on Friday when he was fired after a two-year tenure in which he won the English Premier League and FA Cup but failed to gain the power he craved at the London club.Chelsea began a terse, four-sentence statement on its website, “Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ CR7 ice-cream and pizza: Ronaldo mania is in full swing Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Chelsea seeks a 13th permanent manager under Abramovich’s ownership, and at possibly the most turbulent period of the Russian billionaire’s trophy-filled reign.It emerged in May that Abramovich had yet to have his British visa renewed amid a crackdown by authorities on associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Chelsea also halted plans to redevelop Stamford Bridge, citing an unfavorable climate to invest in the 500 million pound ($665 million) project.Conte leaves amid reports in the British and Italian media that former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri will take over at Chelsea for next season.Sarri’s future has been up in the air since Napoli hired Carlo Ancelotti as its new coach in May. Sarri spent three years at the club and led it to two runner-up finishes and a third place, playing an entertaining and high-energy brand of football like that seen at Man City under Pep Guardiola, Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino, and Liverpool under Juergen Klopp.Sarri didn’t win a major title at Napoli, however, and that would not be tolerated at Chelsea.As Conte and many of his predecessors have learned, even winning trophies is no guarantee of job security at Chelsea under Abramovich.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments The club’s 64-word announcement was eventually made on Friday, ending with: “We wish Antonio every success in his future career.”Conte still had a year left on a revised deal he signed last summer after delivering the fifth Premier League title since Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003. Only the pay was improved, though, with Conte’s contract still running for just another two seasons — hardly a show of commitment by either the club or its manager.The Italian’s main gripe for the past year was Chelsea’s failure to land the signings he really wanted for its Premier League title defense. Chelsea was beaten to the signing of Romelu Lukaku by Manchester United and then Fernando Llorente by Tottenham, for example.“The club decides every player,” he moaned last season.Winning the FA Cup by beating Manchester United at Wembley Stadium in May — and getting one over his great managerial rival, Jose Mourinho — proved to be Conte’s last hurrah and maintained his record of winning a trophy every season he has been in charge of Juventus — where he won the Serie A for four straight years — and Chelsea.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Leaving Stamford Bridge was always the likely outcome for Conte following a season in which Chelsea missed out on Champions League qualification after a fifth-place league finish, 30 points behind champion Manchester City. The Italian coach regularly grumbled about his failure to exert control, particularly over transfers.Contrast that to the end of his first season at the club, where Conte was feted for leading Chelsea to the league title by seven points after a record-breaking run of 13 straight wins in the middle of the season, sparked by an inspired and bold change of formation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Conte took preseason training this week at Chelsea’s practice base in Cobham with players who hadn’t featured at the World Cup, but reports emerged in the Italian media on Thursday saying Conte had been fired. That speculation only intensified when Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas and former Chelsea captain John Terry paid tribute to Conte on social media.“Thank you boss,” Terry wrote on Twitter. “Great man, Great manager. I wish you every success in the future.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

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Blind School to Celebrate 37th Anniversary

first_imgThe Mango Town campus of the School for the Blind was over the weekend a scene of excitement and jubilation as the students and their teachers celebrated the school’s 37th anniversary in a grand style. The occasion, which was climaxed with playing football between the blind students and students from the nearby death school, was interestingly witnessed by a cross-section of the community dwellers. The Friday’s indoor ceremony was also attended by an array of government officials, who mainly came from the Ministries of Health and Social Welfare, and Education as well as representatives from institutions that are giving helping hands to the institution. The School for the Blind located in Mango Town, Virginia, outside Monrovia is run under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education (MOE) in collaboration with authorities at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW.) The institution was established on February 26, 1977 through a launch of a pilot project initiated by the MOE and MOH/SW in partnership with the Helen Keller International. Since that time, the school has been functioning under the motto: “With our Seeing Hands, We Shall Overcome.” Like any other institutions in Liberia, its fenced-in campus suffered the damaging effects of the country’s decade-long crisis, which left the authority and students spread out. This and other factors contributed to the delay in the celebration of its 37th anniversary until Friday, March 29, “because of several factors that included a lack of money to meet other expectations, but thanks to Providence for the intervention of authorities at the MOE that provided the needed amount of money for the successful holding of the program.Earlier in her keynote address on the theme, “Changing what it Means to be Blind,” the deputy Health Minister for Planning, Research and Development, Yah Mantor Zolia, challenged the students and their administrators to consider blindness as ordinary disability, which does not exclude those afflicted from achieving in life. Relating to the life of a little blind boy, Benjamin Underwood, to the students, Mrs. Zolia said that in the life of the boy, there were purposes. That was how she cautioned the students to follow Little Underwood example by being focus to go through the academic struggle and attain the level of education and skills in trade, “because anyone who suffered blindness is rehabilitated to take on the societal responsibilities at certain level of education.” According to her, despite being blind, Little Underwood was enabled to map a detailed psychological or metal plan of his surroundings; something she urged any of the students to also do, “because they too, like Little Underwood, can conquer the world of darkness by going through the rigor of education.” Another blind person who Mrs. Zolia urged the student to copy the example in life was Helen Keller–who was both blind and deaf. She told the students and their administrators that Helen overcame visually insurmountable (impossible) obstacles to live an extraordinary life.“Character cannot be developed in ease and quitetude, only through experience of trials and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved, Mrs. Zolia quoted one of her memorable phrases from one of Helen’s published books to the delight of the blind students.On that note, she admonished the students to redefine blindness through their respective individual attitude, the social support (education, training) and or daring vision where they would in turn, be valuable to the society.     Madam Zolia also challenged the visually impaired students not to reduce themselves by becoming street beggars, but to overcome their condition to pursue education to the fullest.“Do not depend on material support or handouts, but to seek education to realize your God-given potentials, because to have an insight without the necessary visual ability does not inspire anything in life,” Madam Zolia urged. For the Principal of the School, Jackson M. Suah, the event was put off until Friday, March 29, “because of hurtles that characterized the earlier planning stages.” He said that the pending activities included field day; an event that involved the visually impaired students playing football, kickball, running track and field, and other activities that involved using physical strength with other students in the community.Other activities that accompanied the just-ended celebration, according to Mr. Suah, included holding a lecture series with a focus on HIV/AIDS and preventable diseases–specifically those found in the tropics that are likely to affect the students.  Apart from holding the program, Mr. Suah disclosed that the school lacked basic equipment, such as teaching aides for the instructors, support staff, and students. Meanwhile, Mr. Suah has commended institutions like the American-based Links Incorporated, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which is a subsidiary of the World Bank, the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), and Super Petroleum for their continued support to the institution. While, he remains grateful to these entities for helping the school, Mr. Suah asked them to once again come to the aid of the administration on the occasion of its 37th anniversary by adding up to the ongoing rehabilitation works of the campus and the anniversary focus project–soon to get underway. To contribute to the pending anniversary project, the audience, mostly members of the high table raised the amount of US$120 in cash, while others made pledges that would make the project success. However, the ongoing rehabilitation works of the campus is funded by the government through the MOE.  While on a guided tour of facilities being renovated, Mr. Suah told reporters that facilities such like the annexes of the boys and girls dormitories, the classrooms and the administration building parts of the exercise.Meanwhile, Mr. Suah has launched a project to construct a new administration annex of the school to alleviate stockpiling of their books and other important instructional materials in non-spaced room.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Christopher Ram displayed tantrums of 5-year-old – CoI Chairman

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairChairman of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the Camp Street Prison riots, Retired Justice James Patterson has described the actions of Guyana Bar Association President Christopher Ram as “outrageous” after he walked out of the CoI on Wednesday.In a strongly worded statement issued late Friday afternoon, Justice Patterson said the attorney “displayed the tantrums of a five-year-old who cannot get his way on the ball field”.Attorney Christopher Ram departing Commission hearings on WednesdayChairman of the CoI into the Camp Street Prison riots, retired Justice James Patterson“This he did on the 20th March, 2016 ultima by throwing tantrums and slamming the door to the CoI Hearings Room and made off with his bat and ball because he was not allowed to bat first,” the statement added.The CoI head noted that he has not seen such “petulance and disrespect” in his nearly 55 years since being called to the Bar.Justice Patterson further added that “Mr Christopher Ram’s conduct widely reported in the press reflects the very nadir of ethical display in the practice of what has always been known as ‘the noble profession’… It is unfortunate that practitioners like [Ram] have traduced this glorious heritage and lofty in exchange for the standards and mores of a cad and bounder. The linguistic and behavioural glory that once prevailed, yes, right here in Guyana, have yielded to the conduct and manners of the gutter… we can disagree without being disagreeable while submitting with grace to lawful and established authority.”Ram was however commended for offering his services to the Commission, “pro bono” – free of charge.The statement further explained that attorney representing the Joint Services, Selwyn Pieters was also upbraided for some of his statements. Justice Patterson also observed that Pieters profusely and sincerely apologised for his actions.It was also noted that the Commission has been “hamstrung” by time constraints to fulfil its mandate to conclude the CoI in “a matter of weeks”.“Unfortunately, counsel on both sides of the Bar table ostensibly in pursuit of the interests of their respective clients have rebelled against the imposition of time constraints imposed by the Commission. This guillotine on the time given to counsel to conclude cross examination, especially where irrelevance infiltrates, is necessary for otherwise counsel would proceed inexorably on,” the release stated.It was during the cross-examination of Deputy Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels that the Bar Association opted to withdraw, citing time constraints in examining witnesses and what Ram described as “improper, unethical and unprofessional” objections being raised by the attorney representing Joint Services.“Mr Chairman, I am not going to take this interruption from the other side unless it’s a proper point of objection, we had enough from that side,” Ram had expressed.last_img read more

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Prisoner stabbed during brawl at Magistrates’ Courts

first_imgA teenager was on Monday morning stabbed by his co-accused moments after they were all sentenced to stand trial at the High Court for the murder of Dr Perry Mars, the Professor who was killed in May 2016.The men were reportedly in their holding cells when the incident occurred.City Magistrate Leron Daly had earlier ruled that the Prosecution was able to make out a Prima Facie case against the five teenagers for them to stand trial.Drama erupted at the Court after the teenager’s screams were heard as he was being attacked by two of his co-accused.The accused who was stabbed being escorted by Police to an ambulance (News Source photo)The young man was stabbed to his abdomen with a weapon allegedly stashed in the holding cell.An ambulance was called to the scene and the injured teen was quickly rushed to Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) where he is said to be in a stable condition.Unconfirmed reports suggest that the teen was stabbed due to an issue over the case.Last year, the Professor’s lifeless body was discovered by his wife with his hands and feet bound at their Prashad Nagar home. Security footage taken from the dead man’s home led to the identification and arrest of his killers.The man had just re-migrated to Guyana and was said to have been familiar with the teens, who would usually assist him with chores.On the day of the incident, the man was allegedly badly beaten and strangled by the defendants, who escaped with valuables.Neighbours reportedly identified the suspects after they saw them leaving the dead man’s premises. The valuables were also recovered in the teens’ homes in Sophia and Campbellville.On the day of their arrests, family members were left in a state of disbelief and reportedly told investigators that none of them acted in a suspicious manner.They were all remanded until the trial begins at the High Court.last_img read more

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City cements tax rate increase

first_img [asset|aid=2738|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=56b4e26c416c8bfb17be9f12bd0b31a5-lantz tax rate 1_1_Pub.mp3] So, Councilors unanimously voted to increase the tax rate by 2.5%, and use funds from the Assessment Stabilization Budget to make up the $192,400 difference. Money in the Assessment Stabilization Budget comes from surpluses in previous budgets, and acts as a safety net incase assessment numbers fluctuate.However, Councilor Lori Ackerman says that money will need to be replaced as soon as possible. Advertisement Fort St. John residents will dish out 2.5% more on municipal taxes this year than in 2009.But it could have been more, because City Staff initially recommended that the rate be increased by 3.55% at Monday’s Council meeting.- Advertisement -The proposed leap was a result of changes to property assessment numbers. On April 1st, the B.C. Assessment Authority released its revised numbers. In total, Fort St. John residential properties decreased by more than $6 million. If the property assessment numbers remained the same as they were in January, the City would have been safe to collect 2.5% more from residential property owners. But since many assessments decreased, the City needed to find a way to collect an additional $192,400 for its operational budget.But Mayor Bruce Lantz said he wasn’t comfortable with springing an additional percentage point onto taxpayers.Advertisement [asset|aid=2739|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=56b4e26c416c8bfb17be9f12bd0b31a5-ackerman tax rate 1_1_Pub.mp3] Lantz says if the City doesn’t have any surplus money to repay the Assessment Stabilization Budget, and requires funds in 2011, it will have to increase taxes. [asset|aid=2740|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=56b4e26c416c8bfb17be9f12bd0b31a5-lantz tax rate 2_1_Pub.mp3] Mayor Lantz says the City hopes to repay the Assessment Stabilization Budget within a year.center_img By Christine Rumleskielast_img read more

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Clasico too soon for Dembele: Valverde

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele (C), pictured stretching out at a team training session on December 9, 2017, has not played since tearing his hamstring at Getafe in September just three games into his Barca career © AFP/File / Josep LAGOBARCELONA, Spain, Dec 16 – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde insisted throwing the club’s record signing Ousmane Dembele back into action for next weekend’s Clasico at Real Madrid would be “premature”.Dembele hasn’t played since tearing his hamstring at Getafe on September 16, just three games into his Barca career following a 105-million-euro ($124 million) move that could rise to as much as 145 million from Borussia Dortmund. “We are staying with the same plan. We think he will be ready in January,” said Valverde on Saturday after Dembele returned to training this week.“Any other plan would be premature and run a risk.”Victory over Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday will open up an 11-point advantage for the Catalans over Madrid ahead of their trip to the capital next weekend, albeit Real would have a game in hand.However, Valverde refused to admit that Barca can deliver a knockout blow to Madrid’s chances of retaining the title with victory at the Bernabeu.“We don’t know what will happen, but our job is obviously to try and win both games,” added Valverde.“It doesn’t concern me that people speak so much about the Clasico before tomorrow’s game, but we won’t make that mistake.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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GAA: DONEGAL BOSTON DEFEAT CONNEMARA TO REACH O’BRIEN CUP FINAL

first_imgDonegal Boston Gaelic Football Club defeated a valliant Connemara Gaels in the Semi Final of the Pat O Brien Cup on Sunday in Canton.The Galway men were underdogs going into the game however they were leading at half time 1-07 – 0-02. The Gaels had the initiative for the first 30 minutes, but ran out of juice for the second as Donegal gradually chipped away at the lead, and by the time all was said and done, had plenty to spare.The second half began with four unanswered points from Donegal who must have realised that they were in a game when they found themselves looking up a fairly steep hill. Michael McGinty came in at corner forward for the northerners and Donegal’s attack took on a whole new set of teeth.Combined with the leadership of Brian White in midfield, Donegal launched a comeback.  The boys in green eventually levelled with The Tribesmen after a goal from Robert (Rocky) Ivers.The Gaels had a last chance to claim a victory when they were a awarded a penalty with only a few minutes left in the game, however keeper Peter Boyle (Ballyshannon) got down well to save David Mc Donagh’s kick.Donegal will now meet the high flying Wolfe Tones in the final of the competition. * Are you playing gaelic games overseas? Share your glories with us back home in Donegal by emailing info@donegaldaily.com  GAA: DONEGAL BOSTON DEFEAT CONNEMARA TO REACH O’BRIEN CUP FINAL was last modified: May 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: DONEGAL BOSTON DEFEAT CONNEMARA TO REACH O’BRIEN CUP FINALlast_img read more

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LABOUR ARD FHEIS: PROTESTORS STORM GARDA BARRICADES AMID CHAOTIC SCENES

first_imgPROTESTORS had to be forced back as they tried to storm Garda barricades during a demonstration outside the Galway Ard Fheis of the Labour Party today.Furious Labour delegates condemned the skirmishes accusing those behind them of being undemocratic.Dozens of protestors from Donegal had travelled to today’s protest, mainly from Falcarragh and Gortahork as well as Inishowen. However around 100 protestors broke away from the main demonstration to force their way through Garda lines.Earlier a tricolour-draped coffin was left at the main entrance of the conference with a red Labour rose placed on top of it.Slogans such as “Labour Party, we know you; You’re a f—ing Blueshirt too”were chanted.A copy of the conference agenda was burned amid chants of “Revolution, revolution.” Gardai were forced to use pepper spray to protect themselves. More than 20 uniformed gardaí were forced to retreat and form a cordon at the entrance. Protestors dispersed around half an hour later.This morning anti-austerity campaigner Ryan Stewart spoke out as Environment Minister Phil Hogan issued what campaigners called a ‘new threat’ – he warned homeowners to pay the controversial €100 household charge or risk losing their tax clearance certificate.“How long are this government going to propogate fear to try to get people to comply,” said Stewart today.“The people have shown their disapproval. 902000 out of 1.8 million – not 1.6 million. You might think that the numbers aren’t important, but the latest government spin shows how important the numbers are to them.“They want to get to a point where they can say the ‘majority’ have complied. Ignoring this, how, when the law of the land shows that a legally incorporated company is a separate legal entity to those who control it, can the government withhold a clearance cert from a legally tax compliant company? Simple answer. They cannot.” Mr Stewart added: “This shower are taking us for fools, and dreaming up possibile penalties in order to frighten people into complying because people are not buying in to their rubbish. The lunatics are running the asylum now.”Speaking in Kilkenny this afternoon, Minister Hogan vowed to purse those who haven’t paid, saying letters will be sent to householders from local authorities reminding them of the penalties and interest relating to non-payment.Full details of how the system will work will be announced early next week. The Cabinet will discuss the issue on Tuesday.The Labour party is into the second day of its Ard Fheis in Galway. LABOUR ARD FHEIS: PROTESTORS STORM GARDA BARRICADES AMID CHAOTIC SCENES was last modified: April 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LABOUR ARD FHEIS PROTEST: ‘LUNATICS RUNNING THE ASYLUM’ SAYS DONEGAL PROTESTORLABOUR ARD FHEIS: PROTESTORS STORM GARDA BARRICADES AMID CHAOTIC SCENESlast_img read more

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JURY WATCHES VIDEO OF DONEGAL HOUSE SIEGE

first_imgJudge Keenan JohnsonA JURY has watched video footage of the night furniture, bottles and iron bars were chucked at Gardai during a two-hour house siege.Two videos, recorded by Gardai on their mobile phones, were shown at Letterkenny Circuit Court at the trial of a man accused of a breach of the peace and causing criminal damage. John Boyle (25) of 14 Leck Cottages, denies the charges in the case before Judge Keenan Johnson.Two other men who were found hiding in the attic of the house have pleaded guilty to their part in the incident. One of them -Eddie McLaughlin – appeared as a defence witness in the case.Thirteen people were arrested in the house after gardaí moved in following a two-hour stand-off at 72 Thornbury, Letterkenny, during the disturbance on October 13, 2011.Garda reinforcements were sent from Ballybofey to help deal with the situation.A 20-minute video of the incident – recorded by Garda Leanne Harraghy – was shown to the jury.During the incident men hiding their faces with scarves or items of clothing could be seen throwing furniture and items from the house at Gardai dressed in riot gear below.Hot liquid, an iron bar, bits of broken furniture and bottles were thrown from the house, it has been alleged.In her evidence Garda Harraghy said that when she went to the scene around dawn on the date of the siege, items including an iron bar were thrown at her.She also alleged she had been spat on from an upstairs window of the house.On the video, men could be heard shouting ‘piggy b*******’ at officers. One of them had shouted ‘No Surrender’ over and over again whilst another voice could be heard demanding 20 Benson & Hedges cigarettes.Someone also shouted ‘Keep er lit’.Eventually gardai could be seen in the footage breaking down the front door and then had to remove a barrier made up of broken furniture.McLaughlin, serving a prison sentence at Castlerea, told barrister Peter Nolan, acting for Mr Boyle, that it was he who had thrown items including a clothes horse at Gardai.Asked why he was giving evidence for Mr Boyle, McLaughlin replied: “Because he was charged with something he never done.”He said he didn’t remember seeing Mr Boyle involved in any acts of criminal damage during the siege.Earlier a neighbour living next to the siege house told the court that she was unable to leave for her work at Letterkenny Hospital after Gardai had advised her it was too dangerous to leave the house.The trial continues…..JURY WATCHES VIDEO OF DONEGAL HOUSE SIEGE was last modified: February 12th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CIRCUIT COURTJohn Boyleletterkennysiegestand-offTHORNBERRYlast_img read more

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NBL: Titans, Warriors off to winning start

first_img Tags: KIU TitansNational Basketball LeagueWarriors (Agency Photos)National Basketball League 2019Saturday, 13-04-2019MTN Arena, LugogoMen-KIU Titans 106-75 Kampala University -Falcons 59-63 Sharing Youth -KCCA Men 61-75 Warriors  Ladies:-MUK Sparks 41-62 KIU Rangers-YMCA Lady Hamsters 42-77 UCU Lady Canons-A1 Challenge 87-61 UMU RavensLugogo: Denis Balungu produced a game-high 30 points as 2017 FUBA National Basketball League losing finalist got off to a flying start in the current campaign.Balungu added seven rebounds and two assists as the Brian Wathum side defeated debutants Kampala University (KU) 106-75 on Saturday night.Despite eventually losing the game, Kampala University took the first quarter 23-22 much to the shock of revelers. Ironically, Balungu made only six points in the second quarter.KU were further put to the sword in the third as the Titans took it 26-13, to increase their advantage to a comfortable 26 points.After also winning the third 28-23, warriors eventually won the game 106-75 to climb on top of the standings.Aside from Balungu’s 30, Michael Bwanga and Captain Sudi Ulanga contributed 21 and 17 points respectively with substitute Henry Okoth adding 10 in the winning effort.For Kampala University, Ahmed Kassa top scored with 19 points, followed by Joram Kato and Moses Mugisha who put out 11 and 16 points respectively.Later in the evening, 2012 League champions Warriors overcame KCCA Men, 75-61 to also get off to a winning start.Deng Maker was the star of the show, grabbing his first double-double of the campaign as he scored 14 points and collected 10 rebounds in the win for Warriors.Samad Imran and Mark Opio also came up with the goods, scoring 10 and 13 points respectively.Joint league record winners Falcons, on the other hand, put out a spirited fight before falling 59-63 to a hard Sharing Youth team.Playing in a Chicago Bulls-like Jersey, the six-time champions led the first quarter 21-11 but failed to capitalize on their early start to allow Sharing Youth mounted a comeback.David Donat and Caesar Kizito put up 25 and 11 points respectively for the Nsambya based side.Francis Karoro scored 19 points for Falcons, Dickson Asiku (19) and Douglas Uwizera (11) also hit double point figures for the sleeping giants.In the Women’s division, National Basketball League new comers MUK Sparks and YMCA Lady Hamsters were handed a baptism of fire in their opening games.MUK and YMCA lost 41-62 and 42-77 respectively to KIU and UCU in that order.Last year’s finalists UCU won the first three quarters before switching off the beast mode to lose the last quarter 13-14 but the damage had already been inflicted.The Lady Canons were big value for the result, having the trio of Zainah Lokwameri (21 points, 15 rebounds), Maimuna Nabbosa (21, 3 rebounds) and Shakira Nanvubya (15 points, 5 rebounds) register double point figures.Sunday’s fixtures:Sunday, April 14Ladies.-Angels Vs Nkumba Lady Marines – 11:00 AM-A1 Challenge Vs YMCA Lady Hamsters – 1:00 PMMen.-Our Saviour Vs JKL Dolphins – 3:00 PM-Ndejje University Vs UCU Canons – 5:00 PMComments last_img read more

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