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Avram Grant wants Black Stars bonus issue resolved

first_imgGhana Coach Avram Grant wants the Youth and Sports Ministry and the Ghana Football Association to find a solution to the team’s outstanding winning bonuses so his troops are motivated for the task ahead.The Black Stars are starting another World Cup qualification campaign this Friday with a first leg game against Comoros Island in Moroni.Joy Sports sources indicate that the team have not been paid their winning bonuses in their last two 2017 AFCON qualifiers against Mauritius and Rwanda.The talk ahead of the Comoros game has been about whether the winning bonus should be slashed from $10,000 to $5000. The players have not been happy about this development, with team leader Asamoah Gyan voicing out their displeasure publicly.Sports Minister Mustapha Ahmed announced at the Ghana FA’s Ordinary Congress on Tuesday that he wants to hold a meeting with the FA and the Black Stars players to discuss the imminent reduction of the winning bonus.In response, Avram Grant, who has been tasked to qualify the team for the 2018 World Cup and also win the 2017 AFCON, wants the authorities to quickly deal with the issue. “One of the things they brought me here to do was to make new standards after what happened at the World Cup. So all I want is proper things must be put in place to ensure we do that without any difficulty,” said Grant.”I’m not here to blame anybody. I want to find a solution, and my way is a solution so I hope they will find a solution to this issue.”“I hope they will find a solution because one of the things that everybody knows around the world is the pressure that is on the players. They need to restore quiet into the team’s camp.”“Let’s face the facts. The fact is that this team after I arrived has always given 100% commitment. The results are good. We need to be professional off the pitch and I hope they will find a solution for this.”Grant’s call echoes similar sentiments from Andre Ayew, and Charles ‘CK’ Akunnor. Click to readPHOTOS: Black Stars touch down in Comoros, begin final preps Comoros v Ghana: 10 quick facts about Avram’s current Black StarsGrant feels vindicated with Samuel Tetteh’s call up– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Crosby relieved to return with Olympic gold

first_imgCanada forward Sidney Crosby, far right, stands with teammates for the Canadian national anthem after beating Sweden 3-0 in the men’s gold medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Sidney Crosby’s second Olympic experience was last dramatic and just as rewarding.Crosby returned from Sochi, Russia, with his second Olympic gold medal, this one as the captain of the Canadian team. Leading a national team certainly brings a different sense of responsibility, but the same expectation.“I think everybody feels a sense of pride, but also a sense of relief knowing you were able to do what everybody expected,” Crosby said Wednesday. “It’s not easy to win, but to be able to go in there with the goal of winning and achieve it is a great feeling.”Now, Crosby and fellow Canadian gold medalist Chris Kunitz are ready for a return to normalcy in the NHL, joining head coach Dan Bylsma and five Olympic teammates, including Russia’s Evgeni Malkin, as the first-place Penguins prepare for a stretch run that features 24 games in 46 days.“It’s good to get into a routine again,” Crosby said. “Managing rest is something we definitely have to keep in mind.”Canada steamrolled through Sochi, allowing three goals in six games for its third gold medal in the last four Olympics and record ninth overall.“Everybody talks about our defense, but I think we were able to control the puck a lot in the offensive zone and when you do that teams don’t get a lot of time or energy to come against you,” Crosby said.The Canadians, who became the first team to go unbeaten through the Olympic tournament in 30 years, never trailed, a dominating effort that culminated in back-to-back shutouts of the United States and Sweden in the semifinals and gold medal game.“The last three games, especially, we were at our best, but I think we got better as it went on,” Crosby said. “The scores were close, but we felt like we controlled the last three games and played the way we wanted to.”Once again, Crosby’s shining moment came in the gold medal game, this time during the second period against Sweden when he deked goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to the ice before depositing a backhander across the line.“We hadn’t had a two-goal lead that often up to that point and with the way we had been playing to get a two-goal lead was nice,” Crosby said. “I think that was going through my mind more than the fact that I hadn’t scored yet.”It didn’t carry the weight of his Golden Goal, the 2010 overtime game-winner against the Americans, but Crosby’s first goal of the tournament effectively clinched the gold medal for the defensive-minded Canadians.“It was a great experience,” Crosby said. “Obviously, winning makes it better.”It was a different experience for Malkin, who came up empty at the Olympics after the host Russians were eliminated on their home soil in the quarterfinal round by Finland.“It’s not easy, it’s always tough,” Malkin said. “I remember in Vancouver we lost and now it’s worse.“Of course it’s pressure, we played at home. I know everyone played hard, 100 percent, we played together and I think it’s tough to have lost.”Bylsma understands Malkin’s disappointment and challenged his star forward to channel the emotion and try to help the Penguins to a deep run in the Stanley Cup playoffs.“They had the Olympics at their venue,” Bylsma said. “This was their gold medal to win. There’s disappointment. I talked to Evgeni and probably the third thing out of his mouth (was) Stanley Cup. We need to come back here and focus on that.”last_img read more

Bombers flying high after Day one of 2016 BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships

first_imgOh so close but yet so far away for the L.V. Rogers Bombers at the 2016 BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships in Campbell River.Still a shot a the Final Four remains in the cards for the Kootenay Reps after the Bombers finished Day one of the 16-team tournament tied for top spot in Pool D with Seycove of North Vancouver — both teams finishing with four points on identical 1-0-1 records.However, the Bombers could have been the driver’s seat had it not been for a late game collapse against Ladysmith.Leading 3-1 with time running out after already posting a victory in Game one, the Bombers saw the Vancouver Island squad score twice in a nine-minute span to draw 3-3 with LVR during round robin action Thursday afternoon. LVR appeared to be in control against Ladysmith. Goals by Naomi Perkins, Darion Voisard and Laurel Halleran put the Bombers in the driver’s seat. But a few defensive breakdowns allowed Ladysmith to cut the lead to 3-2 before evening the score a 3-3 before the final whistle sounded to end the game.LVR opened the tournament earlier in the day with a resounding 3-1 win over Burnsview of Delta.Perkins continued her assault as LVR’s highest scoring forward in school history by netting three goals.Keeper Hanna Quinn was solid between the pipes as well as the back line of Emma Wheeldon, Maya Ida and Emily Taylor.LVR and Seycove meet Friday in the final round robin match at 9 a.m.The winners advances to the semi finals while the loser drops into consolation round action.The tourney final goes Saturday at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Whitecaps Youth Soccer Campers

first_imgMore than 100 players from the area flocked to the Lakeside Pitch to participate in the Whitecaps Kootenay Youth Soccer Camp.Mallard’s Source for sport would like to salute the players with Team of the Week honours.Some of the players got together for a Team Photo with Marcos Bustos of the Vancouver Whitecaps.last_img

Panathinaikos Greek Hoop Champs

first_imgFor the first time in seven years, Panathinaikos didn’t have to play its perennial rival and archenemy Olympiakos in the final for the Greek Cup and it made this year’s title a lot easier. The Greeks won their 15th title with a runaway 90-53 destruction of Aris of Thessaloniki, although it was a tight game for a half.In the semi-finals, Panathinaikos had beaten the European champions Olympiakos, who suffered through a mediocre season the domestic league after riding high last year.Aris looked like it was heading toward a possible upset after holding Panathinaikos to a 40-40 after being up by as much as five points. The second half was an execution, with the winners outscoring Aris, 50-13 in an absolute obliteration in basketball terms, destroying any sense of tension.The easy win, played on Crete, came without the injured James “Airlines” Gist, a former University of Maryland star, that seemed to give Aris an impetus as its young players struggled mightily against the favorites, backed by an experienced coach, Milan Minic, who had already done the seemingly impossible by getting his team to the final.Ramel Curry, scorer of 17 points in 21 minutes, was voted the Most Valuable Player of the final.It was the 19th consecutive season with at least one trophy for the Greens, who are also three points clear at the top of the league.“This was a very good start, it is the first title of the season,” said team captain Dimitris Diamantidis.Unlike the wars between fans when Olympiakos played Panathinaikos, the final was quiet in the stands, especially after Panathinaikos gave Aris fans nothing to cheer about in the second half.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more