By Jerry MackeyDUBUQUE, Iowa (June 3) – Joel Callahan topped the strong field of IMCA Modified drivers in in scoring the 20-lap feature win Sunday at Dubuque Speedway.Callahan took the lead near midway and held off Tyler Madigan at the checkers. Troy Bauer followed up a feature win at Farley Speedway on Friday night with another victory in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods. Bauer took the win over always tough Tyler Soppe. Sunday, June 10 will be Fan Appreciation night at Dubuque with everything half price, including admission and all concessions. In addition, a pre-race car show will be held beginning at 4:30 p.m. All kids will be given autograph books courtesy of the Richardson Motors Kids Club. Drivers will have cars on display and will be signing autographs prior to the races.
The East Central Trojans Wrestling team continue their winning ways this season by capturing The Wrestling Sectional Team Championship at Franklin on Saturday, February 1st, at Franklin County. Coach Adam Wolf’s squad won six individual weight titles en route to repeating as Sectional Champs and all Trojans Wrestlers participating also Regional bound. The overall team results. 2-Milan, 3-South Dearborn, 4-Rushville, 5-Lawrenceburg, 6-Franklin County, 7-Connersville, 8-Greensburg, 9-Batesville, 10-Union County.The Batesville High School wrestling team traveled to Franklin County to compete in Sections with 9 other teams. Despite the 9th place finish, The Bulldogs had a strong individual performance with half the team that participated in placing and 3 moving on to regionals.Sophomore Josh Mobley had the best finish with a 2nd place finish at 152. Mobley went 2-1 with a pin and a 9-3 victory. Josh lost in the finals to number 3 ranked Bryar Hall form East Central. JT Linkel went 3-1 on his way to a 3rd place finish at 145. Linkel had 1 pin and 2 decision victories. Alex Murphy went 2-2 finishing 4th with 2 pins. All three will be moving on to regionals next week in Richmond. Seniors Nick Nobbe and Axel Garcia both placed 6th at 160 and 170. Other participants were Jonathan Lamping at 126, Jonathan Schrank at 138, Jy’lil Chappell at 182, Christian Garcia at 195, and Brandon Manning at 220. The team placed 9th with 55 points.Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoFailed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoThe top four wrestlers from each individual weight class will advance to The Regionals at Richmond on Saturday, February 8th, starting at 9 AM.Congrats to our area qualifying wrestlers at The Sectionals and good luck at The Regionals.
New England Patriots star Tom Brady is slamming the media for suggesting he’s trying to mock the team’s owner Robert Kraft.Earlier this year, Kraft pleaded not guilty to charges he solicited prostitution at a Jupiter strip mall spa called Orchids of Asia.That spa bears a striking resemblance to a fictional spa in the new Netflix show “Living with Yourself” where Brady makes a cameo in the first episode.He’s seen walking out of the spa and taking a relaxed breath then asks another customer, “first time?” Brady looks sheepish and says it’s his sixth 6th…a nod to the number of Super Bowls he has won.Tom Brady answers questions about his cameo on a Netflix show and he wasn’t happy. pic.twitter.com/WpI7mrfGJy— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 19, 2019 Brady says the whole thing was shot on green screen and he had no idea what the final cut would look like. He is insisting the joke had nothing to do with the Pats owner.The TV show script was reportedly written before Kraft’s legal issues.
THE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) and their membership will gather today at the Park View Hotel from 10:00hrs, for the Ordinary Congress.However, the federation’s president, Wayne Forde, though not being specific, stated the Congress will see a representation from the GFF’s 22 members.According to Forde, while the Convocation was sent to each of their 22 members, some were reluctant to respond within the specified time, even after the federation had expanded the deadline period.“No one was left out; all of our members were sent the convocation on a timely manner and a few failed to respond in time; even as we called, emailed, extended the deadline, a few didn’t respond in time,” Forde said, when asked specifically about the representation of the four Elite League clubs.STAG ELITE LEAGUE FIASCOAlpha United, Slingerz FC, the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) and Pele refused to participate in the second staging of the STAG Elite League, calling the GFF’s move to expand the league from eight to ten teams illegitimate under the context of breaching the constitution.The Wayne Forde-led GFF thought it was best to invite Linden’s Topp XX and Victoria Kings from the East Coast of Demerara to be part of the STAG Elite League, but, the four aforementioned clubs argued that the federation’s constitution clearly states that in order for the clubs to be part of the league, they will first have to be a member for the GFF, using Article 9 and 10 of the constitution which speaks specially to membership.Forde, speaking exclusively to Chronicle Sport yesterday, however, when asked if the Elite League fiasco will be a topical issue at tomorrow’s Ordinary Congress, said, “No.”. I think out of courtesy, the Executive Committee will explain to our members how things went down and may answer whatever question they might have, but I don’t see this issue being a big issue tomorrow (today).”INVESTIGATION INTO MEXICO GAMEForde confirmed that the Fruta Conquerors Football Club has tabled a motion mandating that an investigation be launched into the scandalous-switched Mexico FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifier.Guyana were due to face Mexico at the Guyana National Stadium during their historic run at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier. However, the GFF sold the hosting rights for the game which was then hosted at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.“Be It Resolved: That this May 27, GFF Congress mandates the executive of the GFF to commission an investigation within 14 days of this Congress’ consent into the fiasco of the Mexico-Guyana game in the USA and have a report of the findings presented to the next Ordinary Congress,” the motion stated.“This is something that our executive committee would support because that investigation is going to be very wide-scale and as such it will cost us (the GFF) a lot, but now, with the congress calling for it (an investigation), we can now lobby FIFA for the funding to make that happen since it will have to be independently done,” Forde said.The Fruta Conquerors’ motion also asked: “Be it Further Resolved: That this investigation address whether any oral or written contract was entered into with players and staff for that game and if the-then GFF was a party to the same.”Forde also said that he campaigned on the grounds of unearthing the truth behind the proposed motion by the Conquerors club and as such, it is something that will have the fullest support of the GFF.
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(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Ezequiel Carrera (41) catches a fly ball for an out on Milwaukee Brewers’ Hernan Perez in the second inning of a spring training baseball game Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMilwaukee Brewers’ Yasmani Grandal (10) gestures as he heads toward home plate with a two-run home run in the fifth inning of the team’s spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) takes a lead off first base in front of Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Travis Shaw (21) in the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) is congratulated by teammate Hyun-Jin Ryu following his home run in the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo (61) is forced out at second base by Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Hernan Perez on a ball hit by Ezequiel Carrera during the second inning of a spring training baseball game Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Milwaukee Brewers’ Corbin Burnes (39) pitches during the fourth inning of the team’s spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) is congratulated by third base coach Dino Ebel (12) following his home run in the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Italian sausage Guido wins the Milwaukee Brewers’ sausage race before the bottom of the sixth inning during of a spring training baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Brewers Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Brewers catcher Yasmani Grandal, left, signals to the first base umpire as the Dodgers’ Russell Martin bats during the second inning of Thursday’s Cactus League game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu pitches in the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu pitches in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Milwaukee Brewers’ Yasmani Grandal (10) is congratulated by third base coach Ed Sedar (0) following his home run in the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu pitches in the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu pitches in the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu pitches in the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich signs autographs before a spring training baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Young fans wait for autographs before a spring training baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws to the plate during the first inning of Thursday’s Cactus League game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)NextShow Caption1 of 18Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws to the plate during the first inning of Thursday’s Cactus League game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)ExpandTHE GAME: Justin Turner hit a three-run home run but the Milwaukee Brewers roughed up several Dodgers relievers on the way to an 11-5 win Thursday afternoon in Maryvale, Ariz.PITCHING REPORT: Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu prepped for a possible Opening Day start by pitching into the sixth inning against the Brewers, the first Dodgers starter to go that deep this spring. He retired 12 of the first 13 batters he faced but gave up a two-run home run to Yasmani Grandal in the fifth and back-to-back singles to start the sixth. … Pedro Baez, Caleb Ferguson and Dylan Floro were charged with a combined seven runs in 1-2/3 innings. Ferguson gave up a three-run home run to Tyler Saladino. Floro retired just two of the seven batters he faced.HITTING REPORT: Turner’s home run was his second of the spring. He is batting .457 (16 for 35) in the Cactus League. … Max Muncy spent part of his Wednesday on the minor-league fields taking at-bats. He doubled in his first at-bat and went 2 for 4. For the spring, though, he is batting .179 (7 for 39) with 14 strikeouts. “I think all hitters kind of get their timing at different points in time,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “To be honest with you, as long as Max is staying in the strike zone I think, for me, he’s got a simple enough swing. I think he’ll be fine.” … Chris Taylor continues to struggle as well. He struck out twice and walked against the Brewers and is now 9 for 50 (.180) with 19 strikeouts this spring.BACK TALK: Left fielder Joc Pederson left the game in the third inning after experiencing spasms in his lower back while trying to beat out a ground ball to shortstop. “It flared up a little bit running down the baseline,” Pederson said. “I figured it was smarter to come out of the game and get some treatment. … Just want to be extra, extra cautious right now heading into the season.” Roberts said he expects Pederson to be available on Friday. 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SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV scheduleIt’s been even longer for Purdue — though not much longer. The Boilers last were in the Final Four in 1980, when center Joe Barry Carroll and guard Keith Edmonson got the team through a regional final against a pre-Mike Krzyzewski Duke squad.One of them will break its Final Four drought following the South Region final at Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center on Saturday. Virginia will shed the heartbreak of misspending high tournament seeds so often in the past half-decade. Or Purdue will chase the demons that stole key contributors such as forward Robbie Hummel in 2010 and center Isaac Haas in 2018 with poorly timed injuries.Virginia, No. 1 seedCoach: Tony Bennett, 13 years (10 at Virginia)Overall record: 32-3Scoring leader: De’Andre Hunter (15.1 ppg)Rebounding leader: Braxton Key (5.4 rpg)Assists leader: Ty Jerome (5.3 apg)Famous non-athlete alum: Journalist Katie CouricPurdue, No. 3 seedCoach: Matt Painter, 15 years (14 at Purdue)Overall record: 26-9Scoring leader: Carsen Edwards (23.8 ppg)Rebounding leader: Nojel Eastern (5.6 rpg)Assists leader: Ryan Cline (3.4 apg)Famous non-athlete alum: Comedian Jim GaffiganMORE ELITE EIGHT PREVIEWSDuke-MSU | Zags-Tech | Kentucky-AuburnBest individual matchupPurdue PG Nojel Eastern vs. whomever he draws as an assignment. Eastern showed with his dominant first half against Tennessee’s Admiral Schofield what a force he can be at that end of the floor. Schofield had only a single point until Eastern got into foul trouble and Painter had to switch the matchup. Eastern could be used against any member of UVA’s elite perimeter trio: Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy or De’Andre Hunter. Which will Painter see as the key to the operation? This is an important decision, because diminishing the essential component is an important part of empowering the other Purdue defenders. One guess is he will start with Guy and use Edwards, who did a solid job with Tennessee PG Jordan Bone, against Jerome. That way Edwards isn’t having to chase Guy around screens and can preserve his energy for offense.Most eye-popping statThis is Virginia’s fourth 30-win season in the past six years. In that same period, Kansas has three and Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky have two.Virginia wins if …The Cavaliers’ greatest asset on this day is its offense, not its defense. This might surprise you, but the Boilermakers’ defense can be streaky. UVA has three first-rate offensive players in Guy, Jerome and Hunter, and 5-9 freshman guard Kihei Clark is adding punch by hitting 3s while defenders are preoccupied with those other guys. Virginia played almost exclusively in its win over Oregon with a smaller lineup, but expect reserve big man Braxton Key to get a longer look against the Boilers. This may not be an overpowering offensive team, but it is an elite offense, ranking third in Division I in efficiency, 20th in effective field goal percentage, seventh in 3-point shooting and second in limiting its own turnovers. Virginia last appeared in the NCAA Final Four in 1984, a year after Ralph Sampson completed a career that many expected would make the Cavaliers a regular at that gathering. Now, he’s in the stands cheering on nephew Braxton Key.A lot of time has passed. Purdue wins if …Either Carsen Edwards or Ryan Cline, preferably both, can continue the hot shooting they’ve demonstrated in the tournament. Together, they have shot 42.2 percent from long range in the three NCAA Tournament games and accounted for a combined 30 points per game with those 3s. Yes, that is an accurate stat: 30 points per game. Virginia’s pack-line defense is designed first to protect the lane and the rim. That does not mean the Cavaliers are ineffective at defending the perimeter. They are No. 2 in the nation at defending the 3-pointer. What Purdue has in its favor here is that neither Cline nor Edwards is a typical 3-point shooter. Most are looking for space and a clean look at the goal to be effective. Edwards has a quick release and can hit his shot comfortably against a tight defense, so long as he is in rhythm and not contacted. Cline needs a little more room and thrives off the dribble handoff, but he creates some of his own with his uncommon, backward body lean. UVA might struggle to impact their effectiveness. It might be up to Edwards and Cline to be “on.”MORE: Why your team won’t make the Final FourElite Eight pick: VirginiaIt seems a lot to ask for the Boilers to shoot themselves through another huge game against an opponent this good. Although their best assets may be designed to make Virginia’s defensive system less impactful, those assets also are more prone to a bad night than an attacking wing or a low-post scorer might be. It hasn’t been that long since Edwards slumped through nearly all of February, or since Cline opened the NCAA Tournament hitting 1 of 11 from long range against Old Dominion. Virginia will run effective offense against the Boilers by finding the weak spots in their alignment, and Purdue doesn’t have the answers to cover for those problems.
Let’s flip the script KP Luka #MFFLA post shared by Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) on Jul 28, 2020 at 7:07pm PDTWilliamson following in MJ’s footstepsWhen it comes to number one draft pick Zion Williamson, believe the hype.The Pelicans rookie has not missed a beat since debuting in January, quickly making his presence known around the NBA competition.Likened to James during his college days with Duke, Williamson has averaged 23.6 points per game in his first 19 games – the most by any player through 19 career games since Chicago Bulls and NBA legend Jordan (25.6).Williamson has helped fill the void left by Davis in New Orleans and the Pelicans – 10th in the Western Conference with a 28-36 record – will be hoping the 20-year-old can lead the organization to just their second playoff appearance in five seasons.Keep an eye on Nets’ LeVertThe Nets will be far from full strength in the NBA bubble. Superstars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are both sidelined through injury, while DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, Wilson Chandler and Taurean Prince have opted out. Step up Caris LeVert.LeVert has been much improved since re-joining the starting line-up with the playoff-chasing Nets. In his first 14 games off the bench, he was only averaging 11.1 points, 2.7 assists and 2.6 rebounds as Brooklyn went 5-9.Since returning to the starting five, the 25-year-old is averaging 24.1 points, 5.3 assists and 4.8 rebounds through his last 16 games. More importantly, the Nets (30-34) boasted a 9-7 record to be seventh in a congested Eastern Conference. But, after months of waiting, the New Orleans Pelicans-Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers-Los Angeles Clippers clashes will headline the 2019-20 season restart in Orlando, Florida.Inside the Walt Disney World Resort bubble, 22 teams will resume their regular seasons before the playoffs.2 days until the NBA Restart!THANK YOU to the best fans in the world#24in24 #WholeNewGame pic.twitter.com/KGhu4Rn0oy— NBA (@NBA) July 28, 2020The Milwaukee Bucks topped the NBA standings at the time of the postponement, while the Los Angeles Lakers were flying in the Western Conference.Using STATS data, we look at the best-performing players prior to the hiatus as LeBron James eyes a fourth championship ring and Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo chases a maiden title.Red-hot LeBronAfter a tough first season in Los Angeles, James has returned to his brilliant best in 2019-20. Before the coronavirus-enforced break, the four-time MVP catapulted himself into the mix for a fifth Most Valuable Player honor by leading the Lakers – who have played 63 of their 82-game regular season – to a Western Conference-best 49-14 record.As the 35-year-old superstar prepares to resume his bid for another NBA crown, James leads the league in assists per game with 10.6. If he maintains his pace, James would be the third-oldest player to lead the NBA in assists per game behind two-time MVP and Phoenix Suns great Steve Nash – who did so in both 2009-10 (age 35-36) and 2010-11 (age 36-37). The former Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers forward has also been averaging 25.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game this season.James, whose maiden campaign at Staples Center was cut short by a Christmas Day injury almost two years ago, was playing some of his best basketball alongside All-Star recruit Anthony Davis before the March suspension. In five games that month, James averaged 30.0 points and 10.6 assists per game, while shooting 55.7 per cent from the field. It is the only time in the last 30 years that any NBA player has averaged 30.0-plus points and 10.0-plus assists on 55.0-plus per cent shooting in a calendar month (minimum five games played). The NBA finally returns on Thursday and it’s been a long-time coming.Not since March 11 have players taken to the court and fans watched official games due to the coronavirus pandemic. Flight 23 back cleared for takeoff! Felt damn good being back out there last night with the Gang! Beautiful game it is! Missed & Love you BASKETBALLA post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Jul 24, 2020 at 8:12am PDT Giannis – The Greek FreakThe Eastern Conference-leading Bucks (53-12) are on track for their first NBA title since 1971 thanks to superstar MVP Antetokounmpo after Mike Budenholzer’s side lost in the Conference Finals last season.Antetokounmpo – expected to go close to winning back-to-back MVPs – has not taken a backward step since being crowned the league’s best in 2018-19, averaging 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game for the high-flying Bucks this season.The only players to average 25/13/5 in a season are Elgin Baylor (1960-61), Wilt Chamberlain (1963-64 and 1965-66) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1972-73 and 1975-76).Full squad in the bubble. pic.twitter.com/UsWPi5SOha— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) July 28, 2020Harden firing RocketsJames Harden’s standing among the greats is often debated but there is no doubting his quality and importance to the Houston Rockets.Harden has established himself as a scoring machine in Houston since joining the Rockets from the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012, especially from beyond the arc, and after averaging 36.1 points last season, the 2018 MVP is at it again.In 2019-20, Harden – now partnered with fellow All-Star Russell Westbrook – is averaging 34.4 per game. The only players to average 34-plus points in back-to-back seasons are Wilt Chamberlain (six straight from 1959-60 to 1964-65), Baylor (three straight from 1960-61 to 1962-63) and Michael Jordan (1986-87 to 1987-88).The Rockets – sixth in the west with a 40-24 record – are relying heavily on Harden to lead the two-time champions to their first NBA Finals appearance since 1995.Dallas’ dazzling DoncicIf you thought Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic was a one-season wonder, think again.The reigning Rookie of the Year continues to take the NBA by storm, elevating the Mavericks (40-27) into a legitimate playoff threat after Dallas missed the postseason for a third consecutive year last term.A first-time All-Star this season, Doncic is averaging 28.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game for the much-improved Mavs in 2019-20.The 21-year-old Slovenian sensation – who is forming a formidable combination with fellow international star Kristaps Porzingis – is looking to join Oscar Robertson (five times), Jordan (1988-89), Harden (2016-17) and Westbrook (2016-17) as the only players to average 28/8/8 in a season. 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KENT DESORMEAUX, WHAT A VIEW, WINNER: “He was coming off the bridle today, there’s no way in the last month or two that he let me ride him like he let me ride him today. I think the horse is starting to figure (Kenny and me) out more than the other way around. He can obviously run and the time on the track shows you how tough the going is today. He ran a mile in 1:35 last time and he stuck his neck out and got a mile in 1:39 today. True champion, heart of a champion.“I’m feeling like more trainers ought to put me on more horses (laughs).” JUDY JOHNSTON, PART OWNER/BREEDER, WHAT A VIEW, WINNER: “I feel fantastic. He likes the rain, he likes everything. The rain didn’t bother him one bit.(On seeing the red and white silks coming in first) . . . “It gives you a little thump in your heart. It’s always just as exciting as our first race. It really is just unbelievable. That horse, when he’s going around there, it’s just like the first time you ever saw him. Just as exciting as when I was only 13 years old.” JOCKEY QUOTES TRAINER QUOTES KENNETH BLACK, WHAT A VIEW, WINNER: “What a ride. I would have never given those instructions. I didn’t give him instructions – he knows the horse better than me. But going into the first turn, I was questioning his tactics. There was no speed in the race, and he’s sitting fifth or sixth and three off him. I would have bet every dime I had that he’d be on the lead when he turned down the backside. I think this horse will run longer if we want him to. We aren’t going to fix what’s not broken.” NOTES: The winning owners are Sal Berumen, Robert Riggio and the Elwood Johnston Trust, et al.
GREAT POTENTIAL GOOD PERFORMANCE “My performance was really good throughout. I scored a few goals and had a few assists, and in the final, I had a good performance. It was a great feeling helping them to their first championship,” he said. “Football-wise, I really like the city. I really enjoy the football, the style of play. They are more technical, more touches, and as such, and it really suits my game. I feel at home there. Even before you go on the field you are ready to play because you are playing in a country where the people love football, so your game goes up without you doing anything different just because of the energy. So those things motivate me … if nobody is in the stands, you won’t have any motivation. “Apart from Arnett or Waterhouse, you don’t really get that vibe when you are playing here,” he pointed out. “Any player who used to play overseas and comes back here can tell you it’s a different feeling when you are lacing up your boots,” he insisted. Although the player is currently a free agent, he is constantly in contact with his agent and expects to join a team soon, as he is looking for an even better 2016. “I want the best for myself, so, God’s willing, He will provide something. I will just continue to play hard and play my football. If you are playing good football, you are going to stand out no matter where you are, and that is all I want to do: try and improve in any way possible. That is the aim, to get better for 2016,” he added. “At one point (Winfried) Sch‰fer saw one of my videos and showed some interest, but in terms of a follow-up, I didn’t hear anything. “I have been performing internationally from I was little and in the games that I played, I showed I have the potential to be in the national team. “Now the older me has learned a whole heap more, is smarter and more experienced. It’s just to get the opportunity as I am always looking to play for my country,” the player who turns 31 in April told The Gleaner. Priestly has spent the last five years abroad, plying his trade in Azerbaijan, the United States, Finland and Bangladesh and thinks playing for the national team would also give his family a chance to see him perform in person. “Playing for the country would give me an opportunity to let my family come to my games. That is something I look forward to, but it’s up to them (selectors),” he added. The flamboyant and tricky playmaker, who is commonly called ‘Boogie’ locally, was a crowd favourite since joining Antigua GFC at mid-season in October, and he found the experience of playing in a football-mad country like Guatemala very inspiring and encourages local players to try and break into the international market to gain experience in like environments. Almost a decade after playing the last of his six games for the Reggae Boyz, creative midfielder Akeem Priestly still has the hope, desire and will to represent his country. The former Harbour View player just completed the Guatemala top-flight season with Antigua GFC, playing a starring role in their first-ever championship. The well-travelled player, who made his senior international debut at age 19 against Guatemala, believes he still has something to offer at the international level and thinks he is playing well enough to earn a recall. “I did multiple interviews in Guatemala and they (reporters) asked me why I am not playing for the national team. They watch the team (Jamaica) and say what I show I could definitely make the team. But I tell them it’s beyond my control,” admitted Priestly.