Officials for the Town of Palm Beach are planning to close all public beaches for Labor Day Weekend to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.The announcement was made Monday on the Town’s website:“Considering the fact that Labor Day weekend traditionally attracts very large crowds of beachgoers, the decision to close the beaches was made to avoid ‘ super spreader’ events,” the statement said.The closures will begin on Friday and run through the Tuesday after Labor Day.Palm Beach has seen a 7.1% increase in Covid since last week according to numbers provided by the Florida Department of Health.
THE residence of the president of the Guyana National Dominoes Federation (GNDF) Faye Joseph will be a hive of activity on Sunday when the entity stages a grand Champion of Champions Part 2, commencing promptly at 14:30hrs.According to a release from the GNDF, only teams who won tournaments during the 2017 season are allowed to participate and among those vying for supremacy are Mix Up, 300, All Seasons, PH, Gold For Money, TNT, Turning Point, Thunder, Gangster, Beacons, Masters, Rage, Angels, Medicare, Strikers, Assassins, Transport, GT and Frankie’s.The guest teams are Delta Force, National Insurance Scheme (NIS), Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), NA Killers, Scramblers, Determine and Orange Walk.The tournament will be played on a two-in one-out knockout basis with an entrance fee of $15 000 per team.The winners will walk away with a whopping $175 000, the second-placed team $75 000 and third-placrd $40 000. There’s also an incentive prize of $10 000 for the Most Valuable Player (MVP).All GNDF rules will be in effect at the 1223 Gaulding Place, South Ruimveldt venue.For more information teams are asked to contact Mark ‘Jumbie’ Wiltshire on 665-5855.
The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (7-8-1, 2-5-1 Big Ten) will travel to East Lansing to take on the Michigan State Spartans (6-7-1, 4-3-1) in a weekend series that spans Friday and Saturday night.After winning just one of their last five games, this is a crucial road trip if the Badgers want to stay inside the top 20.As of right now, they’re ranked No. 19 in the country but are the only ranked team without a winning record. Against an unranked Spartan squad, they’ll likely need to sweep the series if they want to hold their spot.Men’s Hockey: Inconsistencies continue to plague Wisconsin against MinnesotaThe No. 19 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (6-7-1, 1-4-1-1 Big Ten) struggled immensely against the University of Minnesota Read…Michigan State is led by senior goalkeeper John Lethemon, whose 94% save rate is the best in the Big Ten and fourth-best in the country.Lethemon gives the Spartans a big boost when they’re down a man on the power play, and has helped them obtain a conference-best 89.5% penalty kill rate.They’re stellar on the defensive end and have allowed just 2.5 goals per game. But their offense is relatively average, which means Wisconsin can push the puck and fire away on goal without having to worry too much about a star on the other side.The Spartans’ leading scorer, senior Patrick Khodorenko, has six goals on the season to go along with seven assists. As a whole, the squad is averaging just 2.4 goals per game, and Wisconsin is undefeated this year when allowing two or less, meaning it should be a favorable matchup.Men’s Hockey: Inside Caufield’s early experiences as a BadgerThe immense hard work of Wisconsin Hockey’s recruitment has finally paid off. Freshman forward Cole Caufield is climbing the ladder Read…Leading the way for Wisconsin’s offensive attack are freshman sensations Cole Caufield and Alex Turcotte.Caufield, who scored his conference-leading tenth goal of the season last Sunday, has been on a tear all year. He sits atop the Badgers’ scoring leaderboard with 18 points.Despite a quiet string of outings from Turcotte — he hasn’t recorded a point since Nov. 16 — he still remains one of Wisconsin’s top options, and is tied for second in goals (6) and third in points (15).They’re paired up with the maestro of the team, Linus Weissbach, who has a team-high 13 assists on the year, to round out the front line.Men’s Hockey: Wisconsin splits first series with No. 3 Notre Dame in thrilling fashionThe No. 16 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (6-6, 1-3 Big Ten) split a home series this past weekend Read…On the defensive end, Wisconsin will hope K’Andre Miller and team captain Wyatt Kalynuk can hold off the Spartan attack as the offense goes to work.The duo isn’t too shabby around the net either, as Miller has scored five goals and Kalynuk three of his own. There’s only been two games in which one of them hasn’t recorded a point. Between Miller and Kalynuk, they’ve combined for 24 points on the year.Between the posts for the Badgers is Daniel Lebedeff, who has had an up-and-down campaign to this point. His 89.9% save rate is good but not great, and holding the Spartans under two goals would be huge for his confidence.Expect the Badgers to pressure the net and leak out for fast break opportunities. It may leave Lebedeff one-on-one a few times, but as long as he can buckle down and make a few big saves, Wisconsin should win the series.You can catch Friday’s game on BTN+ and on WIBA at 6 p.m. Saturday’s matchup will also be on BTN+ at 6 p.m. but broadcast on WTSO. You can also follow along live @BadgerMHockey on Twitter.
Stage 12 of the Tour de France is expected to be one of the most decisive of this year’s race.On Bastille Day, the riders will battle for the yellow jersey on the slopes of the infamous Mont Ventoux.Defending champion Chris Froome leads the standings, with Ireland’s Dan Martin in third place and just 31 seconds behind the race leader ahead of today’s action.
The contingent will begin campaign at the WJC with the aim of amassing global ranking points as well as test their might ahead of the AJCC which serves off on April 7.Solanke who is the only Nigerian seeded in the boys’ singles will be aiming for the title having featured in previous editions of the WJC without making it to the podium.Solanke will compete alongside Augustine Emmanuel and Abayomi Animashaun will compete in the junior boys’ team event which serves off today April 1, while the quartet of Jamiu Ayanwale, Taiwo Matti, Musa Mustapha and Mustapha Mustapha will compete in the boys’ cadet team event.Vivian Oku, Rofiat Jimoh and Iyanuoluwa Falana will slug it out in the junior girls’ team while Sukurat Aiyelabegan and Sadiat Akeem will compete in the cadet girls’ team event.Besides the team event, the players will battle for honours in the singles and doubles events of the WJC.The AJCC serves as qualification for the 2019 World Junior Championship holding later in the year and Nigeria will be returning after missing the last two editions in Tunisia and Cote d’Ivoire.Also, the team will be aiming to dethrone defending champion – Egypt in Accra next week.Ghana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) promised an exciting tournament being the first time the West Africa will be staging an international table tennis tournament in the last 16 years.According to Ghana Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah, Ghana would host a befitting tournament. “We are grateful to ITTF and ATTF for choosing Ghana as host of these important competitions and for us we are excited that this is in line with our ideals of growing all sports from grassroots levels. We have been working hard to revive our school sports because we know we have the potential to be among the best in sports. I am also using this opportunity to charge the Ghana Table Tennis Association to focus on schools across the country to be able to discover new talents that will make our country proud at the 2023 African Games which we are hosting,” Isaac Asiamah said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A 12-man Team Nigeria contingent will this morning begin campaigns at the ITTF World Junior Circuit (WJC) and African Junior and Cadet Championship (AJCC) holding in Accra, Ghana from April 1 to 13.There are 10 other nations competing against Nigeria at the WJC which serves off this morning to 5 at the Sports Emporium in Accra, Ghana.National junior champion, Azeez Solanke leads 11 others to the WJC and AJCC.
Lobi Stars striker Anthony Okpotu says he is thrilled after emerging top scorer in the just-concluded 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.Okpotu ended the season with 19 strikes (including three hattricks), one goal better than former MFM FC goal poacher, Stephen Odey who led the scorers chart for most part of the campaign.In an exclusive chat with www.busybuddiesng.com , the 23-year old attributed his achievement to hardwork and perseverance.“I feel very, very happy that I’ve been able to score 19 goals,” he said.“Individually, it’s a great achievement for any player to become the highest goal scorer of the league.“I will just attribute it to keeping to God’s words, hardwork, dedication and perseverance.”The former Al Ittihad of Libya marksman also dedicated the ‘Golden Boot’ award to God and his teammates amongst others.“I will dedicate the Golden Boot back to God because if not for him, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve that feat.“Secondly, (I will dedicate it) to the less-privileged; the orphans all around the world. I have this strong feeling that I can do something for them.“Thirdly, (I will dedicate the award) to my teammates, because if not for their support, I wouldn’t have been able to score that 19 goals. I cannot do it alone.”Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Okpotu-September-11.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Okpotu-2-September-11.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Okpotu is part of the home-based Super Eagles squad representing Nigeria at the on-going 2017 West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Cup of Nations in Ghana.Related
Black Stars Captain, Andre Dede Ayew , scored his sixteenth goal of the season to seal victory for his Swansea side at the Liberty stadium against Sheffield Wednesday.Ayew, who has been very impressive for the Welsh side, once again scored in a win that could prove decisive in the Swans’ race for the Championship playoffs.Liverpool loanee Rhian Brewster put Swansea in front from close range in the 52nd minute, before Ayew doubled their lead with a penalty in the 66th minute, after Connor Roberts was wrestled to the ground by Adam Reach.Atdhe Nuhiu headed in an injury-time consolation goal for Sheffield Wednesday.Steve Cooper’s side are now eighth in the Championship and back within four points of the play-off places with five matches left this season.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clayton Kershaw, 28, Dodgers PitcherLast year’s rank: T17With Matt Kemp and Zack Greinke gone and Yasiel Puig’s hype having subsided, Kershaw is the undisputed face of one of baseball’s biggest brands. The Dodgers’ ace could supplant Kobe Bryant as the active athlete in L.A. with the most influence within his organization. A “down year” in 2015 for Kershaw (16-7, 2.13 ERA) didn’t add to his collection of Cy Young awards, but he is one of his generation’s best pitchers.Top 50 Most Powerful in Southern California Sports • Introduction• Photo Gallery
Could this be the final time LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard play as opponents? Only time will tell with rumors circulating that Leonard has his heart set on signing with a Los Angeles team in this summer’s free-agency circus, but until then, the two find themselves in completely different end-of-season scenarios.The Lakers (31-36) finally put an end to their five-game losing streak on Tuesday by beating Chicago, the fourth-worst team in the NBA. Sitting seven games back of the final West playoff spot, the Lakers have virtually waved the white flag in the past few days, shutting down players like Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball and announcing that they’d be limiting LeBron’s minutes. What time is Lakers vs. Raptors? The Lakers and Raptors tip off on Thursday, March 14, at 8 p.m. E.T.Lakers vs. Raptors TV channel, live streamThe game will be broadcast as part of TNT’s national telecast. It can also be streamed live online with fuboTV, which offers a free trial.Where is Lakers vs. Raptors being played? The Raptors return home to Scotiabank Arena in Toronto for the first time in three games. They’ve lost just two of their past eight games in their home arena. The Lakers are 13-20 on the road. MORE: Watch Lakers vs. Raptors live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)The Raptors (48-20) occupy the No. 2 seed in the East and are the only other team outside of Milwaukee to secure a playoff berth. Despite their spot in the standings, Toronto has struggled since the trade deadline when it acquired Marc Gasol and signed Jeremy Lin, going just 4-4 in their last eight games. The Raptors lost, 126-101, to a 17-win Cleveland team on Monday, even with Leonard back in the lineup after taking a game off.Toronto won the only previous matchup between the two teams this season, 121-107. Serge Ibaka, who was recently suspended three games for fighting Cavs forward Marquese Chriss, had a career-high 34 points in the win over the Lakers.
In his first year on the Hall of Fame ballot, Roy Halladay received 85.4 percent of the 425 votes cast — the same percentage as Edgar Martinez, who was in his last year on the ballot — and easily cleared the 75 percent threshold necessary for enshrinement. The induction ceremony is Sunday in the field next to the Clark Sports Center, just about a mile from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. This year’s ceremony will have a feeling of sadness, though. Halladay, of course, died in a plane crash in November 2017 and will be represented by his family in Cooperstown. His wife, Brandy, will give Halladay’s acceptance speech. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNHere are a few Halladay thoughts and stats ahead of the ceremony. One Cooperstown voteI’m blessed to have a vote for the Hall of Fame, and I voted for Halladay as one of my 10 choices. As part of a way-too-brief overview of Halladay’s career, here’s some of what I wrote:From 2001 through 2012, Halladay won two Cy Young awards — one in each league — and finished in the top five of the Cy Young vote five other times. He fashioned a 3.07 ERA and 3.12 FIP, with an excellent 4.45 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He had eight seasons with a bWAR of at least 5.3, including three over 8.0. He led his league in innings pitched four times and in complete games seven times. Halladay threw a no-hitter in the first playoff start of his career and finished with a 2.37 ERA in five postseason starts.Because of his relatively late arrival as an ace and his relatively early career exit because of injuries, Halladay’s overall numbers fall a bit short of the average Hall of Fame starting pitcher. The average Hall starter has a 73.4 bWAR and 61.8 JAWS, and Halladay finished at 64.3 and 57.5. Those numbers, though, are far above the “worst” starting pitchers in the Hall.Playoff no-hitterIn any circumstance, a playoff no-hitter would be an incredible feat. When Halladay turned in his brilliant performance — in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds — he wasn’t pitching in ordinary playoff circumstances. Halladay was 33 years old, a veteran in his 13th MLB season. The first 12 years, his seasons ended short of October, and Halladay had made no secret of his desire to finally pitch in the postseason. He would have preferred that it happen in Toronto, but as his time in a Blue Jays uniform rolled toward a finish, he wanted to be traded to a playoff contender (Toronto won just 75 games in 2009 despite a brilliant season from Halladay.). The Jays granted him that wish at the 2009 Winter Meetings, shipping him to Philadelphia — a team that won the 2008 World Series and reached the final round again in 2009. And even with those heavy expectations, Halladay was brilliant in the Philadelphia spotlight. He allowed a total of three runs in his first four starts for the Phillies, then threw a perfect game against the Marlins on May 29 (more on that in a moment). He was dominant the entire season, leading the NL in complete games (nine), K/BB ratio (7.30) and innings (250 2/3) while fashioning a 2.44 ERA and walking just 30 hitters all season. After the postseason, it was announced that he won the NL Cy Young award, garnering all 32 first-place votes. Yeah. He was that good, and all of that built expectations toward that first playoff start.So what’d he do? Doc threw a damn no-hitter. Jay Bruce drew a two-out walk on a 3-2 pitch in the fifth inning, and that was it. No other Reds player reached first base safely. Halladay’s gem was only the second no-hitter in MLB postseason history; the other was Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series. Perfect gameHalladay allowed at least five earned runs in a start five times in 2010. He followed up four of those five hiccups with brilliant outings that ended with a 0 in the opponents’ run column when Halladay left the mound. One of those in particular stands out. Pitching at home on May 18, Halladay allowed six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Red Sox, a game the Phillies lost 8-3. His next start was on the road in Miami. The first batter of the game, Chris Coghlan, worked the count to 3-2 and thought he’d drawn a walk with the sixth pitch of the at-bat, but home-plate ump Mike DiMuro called it strike three and Coghlan’s at-bat was done. Jorge Cantu nearly had a hit in the eighth inning, but third baseman Juan Castro made a nice play on a sharply hit one-hopper to record the out. And Mike Lamb hit a long fly ball in the ninth, but that fell just short, too. Aside from those oh-so-close moments, the Marlins would have had the same level of success with Whiffle Ball bats at the plate against Halladay. The Phillies didn’t do much at the plate against Josh Johnson, either, scoring their lone run with the help of a third-inning error by Cameron Maybin, but that one tally was plenty for Halladay. No free passesIn his disastrous 2000 season — you know, when he posted a 10.64 ERA in 19 games (13 starts), the worst ERA for any pitcher with at least 65 innings in a season — Halladay walked 42 batters in 67 2/3 innings, an average of 5.6 walks per nine innings. But he spent the next several months completely revamping his approach to pitching — mentally and physically — and returned to the majors as a different pitcher.In his first Cy Young season, 2003, Halladay pitched 266 innings — the most in the bigs since 1991 and a number nobody has reached since — and walked just 32 hitters. Think about that. In nearly 200 more innings, Halladay walked 10 fewer hitters. He had 14 starts of at least six innings during which he didn’t walk a single batter. And that year wasn’t a fluke. Far from it. It was a new path to success. Halladay pitched at least 220 innings eight times in his career, and he walked fewer than 42 batters in six of those seasons.