Valvoline continues to back Nathan Rahaman

first_imgPOPULAR Lubricant brand Valvoline has continued its backing of Nathan Rahaman for the upcoming GT- Motorsports Grand Prix.At a presentation earlier this week, Rahaman received sponsorship from the brand’s local supplier, Sankar’s Auto Works.Rahamans said, “(I am) very appreciative. Valvoline has been a sponsor for three generations in the family and I am happy to be driving with their name alongside,” he stated.E-Networks, Altitude Bar and Grill, and Atlantic Marine Supplies are his other sponsors.Meanwhile the Guyanese, who enters the 125cc X30 junior class for the first time locally this season, has set his benchmark as the touring Jamaican Tommi Gore.The two are no strangers to each other having participated in the inaugural Caribbean Junior Karting Academy Trophy JCKAT earlier this year in Barbados.But this will be their first encounter on Guyanese soil.“I know he (Gore) has driven (here) before, but we are going to beat him. This is home turf and we have been practising a lot and I think we could overthrow him here,” 125cc competitor Nathan Rahaman boasted on Wednesday.Nathan will be joined by Jeremy Ten-Pow, Rayden Persaud, Paige Mendonca and Zachary Persaud.The other categories at the Grand Prix will be the 60cc Kids Cup, 60cc Baby Cup, 125cc Seniors and Masters, and Easy CupJamaican Colin Daley Jr and Zachary Boodram from Trinidad and Tobago will also compete.last_img read more

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Salkute leads Syracuse, suffers from frustration in Syracuse’s 4-set loss to Boston College

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ After Syracuse dropped the third set to Boston College, right-side hitter Monika Salkute was the first to jog to the other side of the court. She looked up at the scoreboard showing she was leading the team with nine kills — even though she actually had 12 at the time — but the Orange was trailing two sets to one.Down by eight in the fourth set, SU surrendered consecutive points on a block error and bad set by Salkute. At match point for Boston College, head coach Leonid Yelin removed her for the first time in the game.Salkute had gone the entire fourth set without recording a kill.“I took her out not because it was obviously everyone could saw it was done deal, but I took her out just because I saw so much frustration,” Yelin said.In front of a crowd of just 128 at the Women’s Building on Sunday, Salkute delivered mixed results and Syracuse (8-18, 1-13 Atlantic Coast) lost to Boston College (11-14, 6-8), 3-1. While leading the team with 12 kills and 13.5 points, Salkute also committed five attack errors and struggled to a .194 hitting percentage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“As a player who never played in this position I can say good,” Yelin said about Salkute’s statistics for the game. “ But … what kind of player you want to see playing on the right side, definitely numbers it not there.“That’s not bad. Compared to other two outside hitters’ numbers — negative —it looks awesome. Great, but …” Yelin said before shrugging and setting his hands on the table in front of him.In the first set, Salkute was the majority of Syracuse’s offense. She recorded six kills, but a miscommunication between her and libero Belle Sand let a serve drop in for an ace and forced Yelin to sigh and take his first timeout.In the second set, with the score 22-21, Salkute served an ace that landed on the line. Then she hammered a ball into the other side of the court for a point, clenching her fists, closing her eyes and screaming, “Yes!”A few points later, Salkute set to outside hitter Silvi Uattara for the set-winning kill. The pair jumped in the air and high-fived as they walked off the court for the break.But late in the third set, Salkute dove and missed a ball in the back left corner of the court. Yelin motioned to the referee for a timeout. When she smashed a ball into the net in the fourth, Salkute put her head down and Yelin took another time out.“I think she did OK,” middle blocker Lindsay McCabe said of Salkute. “I think everyone on the team had points where they played great and points where they didn’t play so well.”At times Salkute was cheering for a point or smiling and swinging her arms coming out of a time out by Boston College. But other times she was yelling “S—” after digging the ball poorly.Until the last point of the game, Salkute was the only player Yelin had yet to substitute out.Yelin said she plays an important role at that position that no one else can fill. Even when she’s struggling he doesn’t have another player to replace her with, he said.Salkute played well, relative to her teammates, Yelin added.She was the only one of the three hitters to have a hitting percentage that wasn’t negative. Her 12 kills were more than the 10 that Uattara and Stacey Smith, the other hitter, combined for.But Salkute’s mistakes at the end of the match were completely due to frustration, Yelin said, and that’s why he took her out.Said Yelin: “There was no point to leaving her in.” Comments Published on November 16, 2014 at 9:22 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more

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Osimhem, Ndidi Dropped as Ighalo Listed in Last 10 for CAF…

first_imgAs the list is prune to 10, the only Nigerian who made the cut is Odion Ighalo, the top scorer at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations who also features for Chinese clubside,Shanghai Shenhua.However, Ighalo has a packed field to contest with when a further cut is made, possibly from 10 to five and later to the top three.Among those jostling are the usual top three suspects, Mohamed Salah of Egypt and Liverpool, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon and Arsenal as well as Sadio Mane of Senegal and Liverpool.Also in contention is the man whose prowess wrecked Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations’ semifinal, Riyad Mahrez of Algeria and Manchester City.Still in contention areAndré Onana of Cameroon and Ajax, Hakim Ziyech of Morocco and Ajax, Ismail Bennacer of Algeria and AC Milan, Kalidou Koulibaly of Senegal and Napoli as well as Youcef Belaili of Algeria and Ahli Jeddah.According to a press release by CAF, the current shortlist of 10 is the result of conclusion of the first phase of the voting which was done by CAF Technical & Development Committee and a panel of media experts with emphasis on the nominees’ performance of during the year under review, 2019.The final phase of voting for the men’s and women’s African Player of the Year, as well as the male and female Coach of the Year, will be selected by Head Coaches/Technical Directors and Captains of senior national teams from CAF Member Associations.In the African Women’s Player of the Year, two Nigerian players also dropped out from the original 10 released last month.With the list now reduced to five, only Asisat Oshoala made the cut as Uchenna Kanu and Chiamaka Nnadozie are eliminated.The women footballers still in contention are: Ajara Nchout (Cameroon & Valerenga), Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Barcelona, Gabrielle Onguene (Cameroon & CSKA Moscow), Tabitha Chawinga (Malawi & Jiangsu Suning), Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & Beijing Phoenix FC).Expectedly, no Nigerian footballer is in the list of Interclubs Player of the Year as a result of poor showing of Nigerian clubs in the continents.Those in contention are; Anice Badri (Tunisia & Esperance), Kodjo Fo Doh Laba (Togo & RS Berkane / Al Ain), Taha Yassine Khenissi (Tunisia & Esperance), Tarek Hamed (Egypt & Zamalek) and Youcef Belaïli (Algeria & Esperance / Ahli Jeddah)The Interclubs Player of the Year, it was gathered, will be decided upon by the Head Coaches and Captains of the group phase of the current season of CAF Interclubs competitions.The remaining shortlists of award categories are:In the Youth Player of the Year category included , Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmund), Krépin Diatta (Senegal & Club Brugge), Moussa Djenepo (Mali & Southampton), Samuel Chukwueze (Nigeria & Villarreal), Victor Osimhen (Nigeria & Lille)The award winners for each category will be announced during the CAF Awards ceremony on Tuesday, 7 January 2020, at the Albatros Citadel Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada, Egypt.The event will celebrate African footballers and officials who have distinguished themselves during 2019. There will also be several new award categories in recognition of exceptional contributions to African football and inspiring individuals.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Odion Ighalo Femi Solaja with agency reportFormer Super Eagles striker and highest goal scorer at the last AFCON 2019 in Egypt, Odion Jude Ighalo is the only Nigerian in the final 10-man shortlist for the prestigious African Footballer of the Year awards.In the the same vein, the duo of Wilfred Ndidi and Victor Osimhen are no longer in contention for the ceremony after dropping out of the original 30-man shortlist compiled by CAF.last_img read more

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