EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest Posts Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Bio BANGOR — Most teenagers can’t say they have been punched in the face by a professional fighter.Jayda Bailey isn’t like most teenagers. The 15-year-old aspiring mixed martial artist spent her summer training in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her Ultimate Fighting Championship idols. Holly Holm — a UFC fighter slated to face women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in November — spared Jayda no blows while sparring.“She gave me a double-bloody nose,” Jayda says. “It was amazing.”Jayda, a Hermon High School sophomore who wrestles with the Bucksport team, developed a passion for mixed martial arts three years ago — around the time Rousey began soaring into national prominence. With women’s MMA on the rise, Jayda is part of a growing group of female fighters challenging gender stereotypes regarding toughness.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBut in the early stages of this trend, Jayda’s peers don’t exactly understand her involvement in the sport.“She’s different, so people will razz her at school,” says Jayda’s father, Jassen Bailey. “Even fighters get bullied a bit.”Jayda describes herself in school as “awkward” and “that little, quiet kid who people think it’s OK to pick on.” But for three hours a day, six days a week (except during high school wrestling season), she escapes to MMA gyms in Bangor and Augusta, where she transforms into her alter ego, “Lil Killah.”“It’s like I have a second life,” the 5-foot-3 fighter says inside Young’s MMA gym in downtown Bangor. “I come here, and I’m a totally different person.”Jayda has been involved in martial arts since age 5, when Jassen enrolled her in taekwondo classes for self-defense skills. She stuck with it for years, though she says its formal style never really “sparked an interest” in her.Jayda tried out more conventional sports throughout her childhood in search of that spark. Jassen laughs while remembering his daughter on the basketball court, looking as smooth as a kid trying to throw a medicine ball.“I’ve never been athletically gifted,” Jayda says. “I’m shocked that I’ve actually found a sport I have a future in.”At age 12, Jayda began training at Young’s, where she discovered boxing, kickboxing, grappling, wrestling and jujitsu — all the disciplines that comprise mixed martial arts.Jayda kicks an opponent while sparring at Young’s. PHOTO BY RICK MCHALEShe became hooked.Young’s MMA owner and coach Chris Young says Jayda has developed into a well-rounded fighter over his three years training her.“She’s very unique. That’s for sure,” Young says. “You don’t see a lot of kids — I don’t need to say girls — putting the kind of time she puts into this. I have professional fighters on my team who don’t put in as much time as she does.”Jayda quickly advanced from children’s lessons to adult classes, where she practices with fighters twice her age. UFC fighter and Bangor native Emily Kagan noticed Jayda’s potential and used her connections to get Jayda into the exclusive Jackson Wink MMA Academy in Albuquerque. Jayda spent eight weeks training with, and getting beat up by, UFC fighters.“I was this little fan girl among all these pros,” Jayda says. “It was inspiring being around fighters who actually made it. My dreams became real.”Jayda’s ultimate goal is to become a UFC fighter. She plans to continue honing her skills in the individual techniques before her 18th birthday — the minimum age at which she can enter an MMA cage match.Jayda’s jujitsu coach in Augusta, Jarod Lawton, says she has the potential to “go all the way.”“It’s just a matter of time,” Lawton says. “She has all the ingredients to become a professional fighter.”One of those ingredients, Lawton says, is having a supportive dad. Jassen drives Jayda to every practice and across New England regularly for competitions.“It has become everything I’ve ever wanted to do,” Jayda says. “I’ve started caring less about what people think about it. Everyone has their own judgments.”Jayda’s maturity makes it easy to forget she’s only 15. But the mention of Ronda Rousey instantly pulls away that veil, exposing a giddy teenager.“Oh-oh my God,” Jayda says. “I swear, I do everything in the name of Rousey. I’m obsessed.”The arm bar — a Rousey classic — has become Jayda’s favorite move.Until Rousey, the UFC didn’t even have a women’s division. Its president, Dana White, had always maintained he would never allow women into the sport. Rousey changed his mind.In late 2012, White, who happens to be a Hermon High School graduate, announced the formation of a women’s division and installed Rousey as its first champion — a title she has yet to relinquish.Young says it’s no coincidence women have started to outnumber men in some of his classes in recent years.“They’re starting to realize that this isn’t just a sport for men anymore,” Young says. “It’s girls like Jayda who are paving the way.”Still, the UFC isn’t exactly inviting to women. The company offers only two women’s weight classes — strawweight and bantamweight — compared to the men’s eight.And the sight of scantily clad ring-card girls always confused Jayda as a kid.“I’d see them on TV walking around in high heels, a bra and underwear,” Jayda says, “and I remember thinking, ‘Why aren’t they in the cage fighting?’”This kind of one-dimensional representation of women hasn’t made things easy for female fighters. Jayda says she has heard every reason for why girls shouldn’t fight, ranging from “they’re not strong enough” to “girls shouldn’t mess up their pretty faces for that.”Jayda takes a deep breath. She has yet to suffer any serious injuries from MMA, but those words appear to have left an impression.“People assume girls aren’t as tough as guys,” Jayda says. “We can do what they can.”Jayda says the first punch she ever took to the face stung for a couple seconds, but she got used to it.“Your face builds up a tolerance,” she says. “It sounds so much worse than it really is.”As for delivering blows – Jayda says that gets easier, too.“First, you feel apologetic,” she says. “Then, you feel empowered.”Jayda has heard the phrase “hit like a girl” used as an insult so many times growing up, she came up with a standard response years ago.“Thanks,” Jayda will say. “Maybe you can learn to hit like that someday.”Jayda poses with her martial arts championship belts. PHOTO BY RICK MCHALEJayda has won martial arts tournaments across New England. Most notably, she is a two-time “Black Fly” Brazilian jujitsu champion — an annual state tournament in Rangeley.Before competitions, Jayda says she will stare down her opponent, refusing to break eye contact. Everything else — the crowd, her nerves, her timid high school self — fades away.“Just breathe,” Jayda will think to herself. “Remember all the people who told you that you couldn’t do it. Then do it.”Jayda says winning those tournaments — hearing her name booming over the intercom while receiving a gold belt — often reduces her to tears.“It’s just like, I went through all that hard work and actually accomplished something,” she says. “For a half second, you feel like you’re important.”Jayda plans to return to Albuquerque next summer to train among the best of the best. And while most teenagers won’t go on to become professional athletes, Jayda Bailey isn’t like most teenagers.To sponsor Jayda, visit her website at lilkillah.com.
PRINCESS She Is Not with Trinidadian jockey Nicholas Patrick mounted on the mare stormed past a star-studded field to cross the finish pole first and take the 10th Guyana Cup feature event for horses classified A and Lower on Sunday at the Port Mourant race track.With revenge in the minds of jockeys, two-time defending champion C.P Got Even was under pressure from the starting gates with $4M and 1800 metres away.The animals were off to an even start with Princess She Is Not of the Shariff Racing Stables maintaining the early lead to win handsomely by about four lengths from Jack in my Style, Lady Budapest and Just call me Boss.The winner received an additional $500 000 cash bonus and the winning jockey $50 000.Other winners on the day were Isn’t She Charming, Red and Lovely, It’s my Choice, Cat Massiah, Quiet Strom, Awesome Cash, Royal Cash and Mystery Man.Colin Ross was crowned the champion jockey, while the Jumbo Jet stable was declared the champion stable.Meanwhile, chief organiser Nazrudeen Mohammed Jr said the event was a huge success and an incident-free one. He promised an even larger event next year.The mega event was staged in observance of Guyana’s 50th Independence anniversary.$30M in cash and trophies were distributed to first- to fourth-place winners.The 10th running of the Guyana Cup will go down in the annals of history as the biggest horse race meet in Guyana so far where thousands turned up to witness their favourite horses and jockeys.
Tradition · Members of the Trojan Knights stand with the Victory Bell at a rally the organization hosted in Hahn Plaza Wednesday. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanThe Trojan Knights hosted a rally in front of Tommy Trojan Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the return of the Victory Bell, the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual USC and UCLA football game.The bell gets painted in the colors of the winning school. Though the bell has remained “true blue” for the past three years, it was restored to cardinal and gold when USC reclaimed it after Saturday’s 40-21 rout of the Bruins.Members of the Trojan Family stood before Tommy Trojan and awaited the band, who marched in at noon accompanied by the Song Girls.After leading the band in “Fanfare” and “Fight On,” band director Arthur C. Bartner pumped up the crowd.“Did we beat the Bruins?” he yelled, receiving cheers in response.Bartner then gave a speech about the true symbol of gameday,“Now people think it’s Tommy Trojan, people think it’s Traveler, no! It is the sword,” he said. “But we’re not here to honor the sword; we’re here to honor the Victory Bell!”After the band played “All I Do is Win,” Dr. Bartner introduced Clay Helton, USC’s newly permanent head football coach.Helton thanked the Trojan family for their support at the football games the past season and commended the players for “fighting through some adverse conditions to bring home the Pac-12 South championship,” before ringing the bell.The Trojan Marching Band then played “Tusk” before Bartner presented fifth-year senior Cody Kessler, who spoke about his experience as a third-year starting quarterback.“I couldn’t think of a better way to end my career playing at the Coliseum by beating UCLA and bringing home the Victory Bell,” Kessler said.He also proceeded to ring it, drawing claps and cheers from the audience.The rally ended with the So-Cal spell out and “Conquest.”Students, faculty, staff and others in the community then received the opportunity to ring and take a picture with the Victory Bell. University President C. L. Max Nikias was among those who rang the bell.Andrew Li, a freshman majoring in business administration, attended the rally.“I’m glad we finally got to have the Victory Bell back at USC for the first time in three years,” he said. “Hopefully we can have it here during all four of my years.”The Knights obtained the Victory Bell from the UCLA Rally Committee Monday. The Victory Bell has been a completely student-run tradition since the Knights stole it from UCLA in 1941 and a deal was brokered by the student body presidents of both schools in 1942.Will Orr, president of Trojan Knights, went to retrieve the bell along with other senior members and partake in the tradition for the first time, since USC hasn’t won since he’s been at school.“To be able to come back around senior year as president, go over to UCLA and just to pull the bell out of the heart of Westwood was one of the best days ever,” he said. “I couldn’t ask for anything more.”Repainting it was a long and involved process, according to Donald Annarella, communications director for Trojan Knights, After retrieving it from Westwood, the Trojan Knights spent five hours sanding off the UCLA blue paint before painting the bell cardinal.“The Victory Bell is a symbol both schools hold in high regard,” Annarella said. “It only adds to our prestige, image and tradition when we actually have the bell and maintain it.”The Trojans have two more important games before the end of the season, but for now the University celebrates the conquest of UCLA.“We are very, very proud to bring the Victory Bell to USC,” Helton said.
At the end of every pep rally at Desoto (Texas) High School, Donald Miller would challenge one of his best runners to a sing off. Chevis Armstead, both an all-state hurdler and singer, stepped up in front of the entire school against his track and field coach with a microphone in hand.On top of finishing first and third in the 110-meter hurdles in the state meet his final two years of high school, Armstead concluded an all-state singing career to complement a standout athletic one. Now a freshman at Syracuse, Armstead has brought both talents to SU as he ranks sixth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in the 60-meter hurdles (8.05) and is a vocal performance minor.“He’s done a great job,” assistant coach Dave Hegland said. “He’s a super-talented guy, just based on the things he’s done in high school and watching him through the fall, he’s shown himself to be a really good athlete.”In his first year with the Orange, Armstead balances perfecting his technique on the track with playing the piano and singing. Now in season, he’s turned his focus to mastering the intricacies needed for a collegiate hurdler.In transitioning from high school to college, Armstead noted that his biggest change has come at the beginning of races.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The main thing that has changed so far is my acceleration out of the blocks,” Armstead said. “I didn’t really do much acceleration out of the blocks in high school and during practice, so here they’ve really helped me adjust that, and it’s really shown in my races.”For a hurdler, the start is arguably the most important part of the race, especially in a distance as short as 60 meters. Proper acceleration from the gun is necessary in order to propel hurdlers over the first hurdle. Hip rotation could be perfect, footwork could be perfect, but if the start is lackluster the likelihood that a hurdler’s trail foot hits the back end of the hurdle skyrockets. Often times in hurdle dashes, one hurdle hit can slow a runner down just a fraction of a second, which can drastically change a runner’s place in a short-distance event.Armstead’s improved acceleration was perhaps most notable in the third meet of this season at Penn State. The freshman was able to explode out of the blocks and take a powerful first step, gaining solid traction, planting his foot down where he was able to launch himself for a great second step. Armstead was able to jump out early into a solid position and maintain his standing the rest of the way, ultimately finishing in seventh place for the Orange.Looking toward improvement, Armstead uses the mindset of “one more.” There is always something to improve upon, he says.“My clearance over the hurdle isn’t as good as I’d like it to be. I hit the hurdle with my trail leg a lot, so if I could improve on that, that’d be great.”When Armstead arrived at Syracuse, he was already a skilled technical hurdler. Coaches haven’t changed much in that regard.In high school, it was music that helped him expand his overall profile and give him enough push off the track to grow on it. It’s the intangibles that he’s working to expand now, just as they helped him blossom in high school.“I think there are some things he may be able to tweak as he gets older,” Hegland said, “but the freshman year is just about getting experience, staying healthy and developing some confidence.” Comments Published on February 22, 2016 at 9:43 pm Contact Matt: email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+
Published on May 27, 2016 at 12:15 am Contact Sam: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Sam4TR Class of 2017 fullback Connor Koch committed to Syracuse as a preferred walk-on, he announced via Twitter on Thursday night. Go Orange! ? pic.twitter.com/4kFakYgRmz— Connor Koch (@connorkoch_) May 26, 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+ Koch is not ranked by any major recruiting sites. The 6-foot-3, 248-pound Koch runs the 40-yard dash in 4.86 seconds, per his Hudl.com profile. He played fullback and inside linebacker at the Woodberry Forest (Virginia) School.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textReceiving a preferred walk-on commitment this far ahead of National Signing Day is rare. But, according to Scout.com, Syracuse coach Mike Hart went to his high school to see two of his three-star teammates but immediately noticed Koch. Two days after Hart’s visit, Koch committed, per Scout.Koch becomes the fourth member of the 2017 class after Buffalo, New York native Isaiah McDuffie’s decommitment Wednesday. Koch is the third offensive player, joining Florida wide receiver Sharod Johnson and New Jersey quarterback Tommy DeVito.The Orange roster currently does not have a fullback on it. There are four true running backs listed: redshirt senior George Morris, sophomores Jordan Fredericks and Dontae Strickland and freshman Moe Neal.Track the entire Class of 2017 here.Here are his junior year highlights, via Hudl: Comments
Cato has set program records this season and plans to try out for the Olympic trials.[/media-credit]In the realm of track and field, multi-event athletes are often labeled by the number of events they compete in. Pentathletes compete in five events, heptathletes in seven, decathletes in ten and so on. In the case of Wisconsin sophomore track and field star Japheth Cato, numbers barely mean a thing.Cato – recruited as a decathlete – recently dominated the pentathlon circuit and conversely labels himself as a heptathlete. Owning plenty of prefixes to the tag “athlete,” it’s safe to say Cato can be found at any track meet, and when he shows up, he’s usually succeeding.In order to excel, multi-event athletes such as Cato must to be able to cross different track and field barriers depending on the event. From running to throwing, with a taste of jumping intertwined, these athletes need to be the best all-around competitors at any meet, which is exactly what Cato has tried to be since arriving in Madison.“I just came in with the mentality of let’s blow the roof off the Big Ten and do the best I can do,” Cato said. “Wherever I end up is where I ended up.”Cato soon found himself on top of his competition early in his career, placing first in the heptathlon at the 2011 Big Ten Indoor Championship. The then-freshman fell just short of the Wisconsin school record for points in his first time taking part in the seven-event competition.A fantastic supporting cast has helped polish Cato for the heptathlon, allowing the sophomore to master the intricacies of completely different events. UW Track and Field head coach Ed Nuttycombe has played an essential role in Cato’s impressive performances, helping him become a stronger competitor every day in practice.“[First] you simulate it in practice; you talk, you teach, and they learn, sometimes by doing things incorrectly,” Nuttycombe said.Cato’s closest teammates are another reason for his success. Fellow heptathlete David Grzesiak described how the core of multi-event athletes relies on the group for individual success.“The whole group really pushes each other, and certain people have certain strengths,” Grzesiak said. “He is obviously really fast and really good in the jumps area, and that pushes us to match what he does. At the same time we try to teach him stuff about the throws that he doesn’t know so well.”Above all, Cato cites a family member as vital to his success and inspiration.“I think the person who has helped motivate me the most is my father,” he said. “He’s definitely the one who looked up stats of decathletes, and he’s the one that asked me, ‘Do you want to be on the Wheaties box?’”The influence of all these people together has helped make Cato a successful heptathlete, so it comes as little surprise that he flourished this past weekend at the Frank Sevigne Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.Competing in the heptathlon, Cato had a day to remember. The sophomore placed first in the pole vault, long jump, high jump and 60 meter hurdles, compiling an overall score of 5,939 and surpassing the nearest competitor by more than 200 points. Better yet, Cato broke the Big Ten heptathlon record, outdoing former Minnesota athlete Ben Jensen’s tally by 170 points. If that weren’t enough, the mark left Cato in great heptathlon standing, as the performance was the ninth best performance in NCAA history.“I keep telling people that I feel kind of historic now, that I’m an historical figure.” Cato said jokingly. “It just feels good.”Regardless of his record-bashing laurels, much of Cato’s career still remains ahead of him. Last spring he was chosen to compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships, but came up short and recorded a score much lower than what he was hoping for. With that in the back of his mind, Cato enters the 2012 season with resentment for his weak finish a season ago etched in his mind, determined to impress a national audience at the 2012 NCAA Championships.“I’m not that person; I’m way better than that,” Cato said. “I want to show the world, the country and everybody who knows me, how good I can actually be.”Given his dominating performance this past weekend, Cato will get his chance. His heptathlon score currently ranks second nationwide and automatically qualified him for the NCAA Indoor Championships later this month. His coach sees that opportunity as a moment for Cato to shine. “It’s about doing it at important events,” Nuttycombe said. “Although [this weekend] was a great step forward, the two biggest events are yet to come. You would hope that if you are doing the right things and if he is in the right frame of mind, there are two more opportunities to improve.” Being selected to compete at such a prestigious event ranks particularly highly among Cato’s goals, as he likens it to an important childhood memory. Yet, this goal does not seem out of reach for Cato. His determination and abundance of supporters make that dream a realistic one for the ever-ambitious track star. “If you could think of your first roller coaster ride, how your stomach drops, sinks and it’s like a euphoric feeling, that would definitely be the feeling,” he said. “I’m definitely looking towards trials, if I can make it. The sky is the limit for me.”
After grinding out a series of 1-0 wins on the road against Big Ten rivals Indiana and Purdue last Friday and Sunday, the No. 12 Wisconsin women’s soccer team (10-1-0, 4-1-0 Big Ten) looks to stake their claim as conference favorites with a pair of home games this weekend against Ohio State and No. 7 Penn State.So far in Big Ten play, the Badgers have been nearly flawless. Besides one last-minute loss on the road against Michigan, Wisconsin has been merely untouchable at home and on the road, with a tally of nine goals scored to just two scored against them. The Badgers’ past three opponents have fallen victim to shutout losses, as the experienced back line of redshirt senior Alexandra Heller and junior Briana Stelzer, combined with redshirt senior goalkeeper Genevieve Richard, continue to consistently frustrate premiere Big Ten strikers.Ohio State brings an interesting scenario coming into this Friday’s matchup, starting at 7 p.m. at the McClimon Complex. While their overall record (5-6-0, 2-3-0 Big Ten) is far from impressive, the Buckeyes are coming off of a commanding 3-1 win over Northwestern Sunday. In addition, the return of some key pieces for Ohio State has Wisconsin head coach Paula Wilkins seeing the Buckeyes as a legitimate threat.“One of the things I know about Ohio State is they have the return of Nichelle Prince, who hasn’t played other than this past weekend,” Wilkins said. “So when you have a player who’s a good goal scorer and can create some danger in the front half I think every team will build in confidence, and I think you saw that against Northwestern. I think it just kind of raises your confidence and it’s the same with us having Cara [Walls] come back. I think it’s going to be a similar effect.”Wisconsin senior forward Cara Walls, who had been out with injury since the start of Big Ten play, finally got back on the field last Sunday against Purdue, recording one shot in 73 minutes of play. Walls, who has scored a staggering seven goals in seven games this season, appears to have returned just in time to counter a revamped Buckeye attack.Similarly, Ohio State’s star sophomore striker Nichelle Prince made her debut last Sunday after missing the entire season up to that point. Prince scored a team-leading 13 goals for the Buckeyes last season and received second-team all conference honors.Perhaps the biggest test of the season is looming for the Badgers as they await the arrival of Penn State (10-1-0, 5-0-0 Big Ten) at noon on Sunday. With a combined nine wins and just one loss between the two teams in conference play, there’s little question to the heavy implications of this matchup.Looking to dethrone the Nittany Lions atop the Big Ten standings, redshirt senior Kodee Williams said the return of her offensive counterpart, Walls, will pay huge dividends against the apparent brick wall that is Penn State’s back line. The Nittany Lions enter the weekend allowing only 0.82 goals per game.Although the second game of any given weekend is usually more physically demanding than the first, Williams believes both teams are “in the same boat” since Penn State will be in action Friday as well, at Minnesota. Williams did, however, emphasize the need for every player to be ready if their number is called off the bench.“We just have to make sure that we’re treating our bodies right and getting prepared because we’ll be putting in a lot of minutes. We’ll probably go pretty deep in our bench,” Williams said. “So we really need everyone this weekend especially because it’s pretty much a fact that it will be a tougher game on Sunday.”If there’s one concept Wilkins has emphasized above the rest, it’s that the Big Ten is won or lost Sundays.As an eighth year coach, Wilkins is more than familiar with the increasingly difficult physical demands of the season as the games add on. The important part is keeping everything in perspective.“Our fitness standard coming into the season was good,” Wilkins said. “I think sometimes it’s hard to manage because of how many games that we have in a row. I think the bigger part here is to manage their health, so that’s what we’re trying to do right now and making sure they’re fresh for the games.”
A former head of Brazil’s football association has been jailed for four years for corruption.Jose Maria Marin, 86, was one of seven FIFA officials arrested at a hotel in Zurich in May 2015.He was convicted of accepting bribes from sports marketing companies in exchange for contracts to broadcast tournaments such as the Copa America. In addition, Marin was fined $1.2m (£920,000) and ordered to forfeit $3.34m (£2.59m).He was sentenced in a Brooklyn federal court by judge Pamela Chen and he is the first official to be sentenced as part of an American investigation into corruption at FIFA.Marin, a former governor of Sao Paulo, was last year found guilty of six of the seven counts against him, relating to money laundering and wire fraud conspiracy.He was convicted alongside Juan Angel Napout, who led South America’s football governing body CONMEBOL. He will be sentenced at a later date.Peru’s Manuel Burga was cleared of taking bribes by a jury in the USA.Marin’s lawyers say he will appeal against the sentence.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Tuesday morning’s election process will begin today with 11 individuals contesting for the six slots allocated to the Premier clubs on the National Executive Committee.This will be followed by the election of four individuals to represent the Division One clubs on the National Executive Committee later in the dayAll Delegates from the Constituent bodies, 48 Division One Clubs and 16 Premier League Clubs are to take note of the time, date and venue for the elections.Below is the full list of aspirants who are contesting to be elected as representatives of the Division One and Premier Division respectively:DIVISION ONE1. Kweku Abaka Eyiah (Tarkwa United)2. Wilfred Kwaku Osei (Tema Youth) 3. John Frederick Mensah (Ebusua Dwarfs)4. Fred Crentsil (Techiman City)5. Ronald Joojo Duncan (Proud United)6. Otuo Acheampong Barima Boadaa (Asokwa Deportivo)7. Oloboi Commodore (Sporting Mirren) 8. Kofi Poku (D’International)9. Kurt E.S. Okraku (Dreams FC)10. Ebo Kobina Appiah (KFC Samosa)11. Jones Abu Alhassan (RTU)PREMIER LEAGUE 1. George Afriyie (Liberty Professionals)2. Kingsley Osei Bonsu (Bechem United)3. Kofi Manu (B.A. United)4. Delali Eric Senaye (Inter Allies)5. Samuel Opoku Nti (Asante Kotoko) 6. Kodjo Fianoo (Ashgold)7. Frank Nelson Nwokolo (Hearts of Oak)8. Albert Commey Aryeetey (Aduana Stars)9. Nab Benjamin Eyison (Hasaacas)10. Emmanuel Larbi Amoah (Medeama) 11. Frederick Acheampong (New Edubiase)–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
“Javonte Smart will be held from today’s game against Vanderbilt,” a statement from LSU read. “This is done only in an abundance of caution and as a result of the lack of clarity provided regarding media reports and reported wiretaps involving Head Coach Will Wade. This decision does not suggest, in any way, wrongdoing or knowledge of wrongdoing on Javonte’s part or his family. Javonte and his family have been fully cooperative and open with university officials. The decision to hold Javonte from today’s game is a difficult and disappointing one for everyone involved. Javonte is a valuable member of the team, the university and the LSU family. The university and NCAA continue to review the matter in order to come to a resolution as quickly as possible.”If Smart continued to play and was found to be ineligible, the Tigers could be forced to vacate all victories in which he appeared. Removing him from competition ahead of the regular season’s end could be the best move for LSU’s postseason success. The Tigers will be without their head coach and a key player against Vanderbilt.Freshman guard Javonte Smart will not play on Saturday and coach Will Wade will not be present either for the team’s matchup with the Commodores. An FBI investigation uncovered a phone conversation of Wade’s, which led it to believe he violated NCAA rules by making Smart an illegal offer. Smart is averaging 11.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 2018-19 and has seen an uptick in production as of late.The 25-5 Tigers could clinch a Southeastern Conference regular season title with a victory over the Commodores.LSU is riding a four-game winning streak and enters the weekend ranked No. 10 in the country. It will take on Vanderbilt at 8:30 p.m. ET. Related News LSU suspends coach Will Wade after he’s caught on wiretap discussing recruiting ‘offer’