Togo replace coach Tom Saintfiet with Claude LeRoy

first_imgTogo have appointed Claude LeRoy as their new national team coach to replace Tom Saintfiet.Frenchman LeRoy, 68, has worked on the continent for almost 30 years and has coached at a record eight Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.He has signed a three-year contract and is tasked with trying to qualify Togo for the 2017 Nations Cup in Gabon.Togo are third in their qualifying group, two points behind leaders Liberia, who they play away in June.LeRoy admitted: “We need a miracle to qualify for the 2017 Nations Cup, perhaps as the best second-placed team.”However, Le Roy has the pedigree to turn around Togo’s fortunes. He guided Cameroon to the 1988 Nations Cup title and has only failing to reach the quarter-finals once.Among the other countries he has coached at the continental championship are Senegal, Ghana, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Lakers blow out New York Knicks behind 29 points from Jordan Clarkson

first_imgPreviousNew York Knicks center Enes Kanter, left, of Turkey, tries to shoot as Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram defends during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, right, shoots as New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley defends during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, dunks as New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, left, of Latvia, watches during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, right, has his shot blocked by New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, left, shoots as New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, of Turkey, defends during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr., top, dunks as New York Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn defends during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, right, of Turkey, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis defends during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, right, of Latvia, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle defends during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr., right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez defends during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, left, of Turkey, tries to shoot as Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram defends during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, right, shoots as New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley defends during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 9Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, right, shoots as New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley defends during the first half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES – Alex Caruso tracks the days with an app on his phone. He knows exactly how many more he has left with the Lakers, each one representing an opportunity to make an impression, to build a career.“I only get 45 days,” Caruso said, “so I’ve got to make the most of them.”Caruso is one of two players on a two-way contract, meaning he spends most of his time with the South Bay Lakers, where he is a leader and a top scorer, averaging 18.4 points per game. It is those 45 days with the big club for which the contract provides, however, that he holds most sacred.“Getting opportunities like this is what guys in my position live for,” Caruso said on Sunday, which he of course knew was his 24th day with the Lakers. Six-foot-five with a receding hairline that has been the subject of social media ridicule courtesy of Golden State star Draymond Green, Caruso could easily be mistaken for the winner of a “Laker for a Day” raffle.“He may not look the part,” forward Larry Nance Jr. said, “but that is an NBA player. There’s no doubt in my mind. It doesn’t shock us. We’ve seen it in practice, we’ve seen it in training camp. Seeing it in the game is no surprise.”And yet, with Lonzo Ball sidelined for the immediate future with a sprained left knee, the Lakers may have stumbled into an answer at point guard. Caruso, at the very least, gives Walton another option along with Tyler Ennis, who has started the last five games but went scoreless with two assists in 11 minutes on Sunday.Clarkson first encountered Caruso in college, when he played at Missouri and Caruso starred at Texas A&M.“I used to hate playing against AC in college,” he said. “One of them pesky dudes getting in you defensively. Get people involved. It’s good we got him on the squad.”Caruso was the first player off the bench in Walton’s third quarter shuffling, which saw him stick with a lineup that featured Clarkson, Nance, Julius Randle, Corey Brewer and Brandon Ingram for most of the second half.In the first half, the Lakers (17-29) shot 51 percent to build a 67-63 lead, but the Knicks (21-26) had buried 59.1 percent of their shots, including 6-of-13 on 3-pointers.“Free-flowing,” was how Walton described it, and that was concerning.“When games are like that,” he said, “either team can win down the stretch.”So with a captive audience at halftime, Walton stressed the importance of defense. Within two minutes, every starter had been pulled from the game.Corey Brewer made a 3-pointer with 4:10 remaining in the third quarter to give the Lakers a 90-89 advantage. The Lakers scored the final 10 points of the quarter to take 97-89 lead into the final period.“We just stuck with them because they were playing hard and playing the right way,” Walton said.Caruso first caught the Lakers eye at summer league in Las Vegas, when he scored 18 points and contributed nine assists in a win over Sacramento early in the tournament. Executives Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka quickly put a two-way contract in front of Caruso, who happily signed.Before Sunday, however, Caruso had made little impression in games with the Lakers.“I feel like he hasn’t been as aggressive when he has had his opportunities with us, as far as how good of a player he is,” Walton said.Against the Pacers on Thursday, Caruso played a then-career high 28 minutes, scored five points added four assists and drove the lane for a highlight-worthy dunk.“ I think at times I can get a little bit too robotic trying not to mess up rather than just going out and playing and let the game come to me.” Caruso said. “But I think I’m starting to grow out of that.”He has time to show what more he can offer. Twenty-one days, in fact. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWhen his team allowed the New York Knicks to score six quick points after halftime in Sunday’s, Coach Luke Walton turned to his bench and summoned Caruso. The second-year guard entered the game with 10:11 left in the third quarter.Caruso never checked back out, scoring 9 points and adding 7 assists to help the Lakers beat the Knicks 127-107.Jordan Clarkson followed up his 33-point outburst Thursday against the Pacers with 29 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds, and Julius Randle erupted for 27 points and 12 rebounds.But it was Caruso who seemed to give the Lakers their biggest spark.A “very intelligent” player, and “tough,” according to his coach, Caruso may be a bit of a mystery to casual fans. Even within the Lakers locker room he is known to be quiet, opening up most when the conversation shifts to the English Premier League and Caruso’s club of choice, Manchester City.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Gloucestershire’s Alison wins inaugural senior title

first_img Gloucestershire’s Alison Kelly came from four shots off the pace to become the first winner of the England Senior Women’s County Champion of Champions’ title.Kelly, from Cirencester, finished the 36-hole event at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire, on six-over par and won by two from Cheshire’s Barbara Jamieson (Heswall.)She was delighted to win the inaugural competition, commenting: “I didn’t know when I entered the senior championship in Gloucestershire that this would happen so it was a real bonus.“I don’t usually play in the bigger senior events because I’m a teacher and they’re usually during term-time.” Kelly takes specialist workshops in STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – in Gloucestershire primary schools.Her win was made even more special because it was at Frilford Heath – where Kelly’s parents were members until recently – and because the trophy was presented by England Golf President-elect Jenny Clink, a stalwart of Gloucestershire women’s golf.After yesterday’s first round Kelly was four behind Jamieson, who posted an opening score of level par 70 on the Green course.Today Kelly’s plan was simple: “I just went out to have a reasonable game, I wasn’t thinking of winning particularly, but of having a tidy round.” She did exactly that, going round in two-over 72 to overtake Jamieson, who finished on eight-over. Third place went to Dorset’s Jane Southcombe (Yeovil) who finished on 10-over (77, 73).Kelly took up golf as a girl and has played in Kent, Oxfordshire – where she was runner-up five times in the county championship – and Gloucestershire. This is her third spell as senior county champion and she has also been county junior organiser and a long-standing member of the women’s team.She insists she has retired from county golf although she is planning to support the team at Women’s County Finals at Royal North Devon, later this month, when Gloucestershire will be aiming to win back the title.Click here for full resultsImage copyright Leaderboard Photography 9 Sep 2018 Gloucestershire’s Alison wins inaugural senior title Tags: Alison Kelly, Champion of Champions, County, Senior, Womenlast_img read more

Selkirk Saints continue with record-setting season, score weekend wins over SFU and TRU

first_imgThe Selkirk College Saints continue to make this season as one for the history books.The Saints defeated rival Simon Fraser University Clan 2-1 in shootout to set new B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League records for wins (20) and points (40) Saturday at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre in Burnaby.Thomas Hardy scored the deciding marker in shootout, beating Clan netminder Graeme Gordon through the legs to seal a Saints victory.Justin Sotkowy scored for Selkirk to give the visitors a 1-0 lead before Trevor Milner drew the Clan even with seven minutes remaining in regulation to force overtime. Five minutes of four-on-four play solved nothing, meaning that Selkirk moved on to their first shootout of the season. Sotkowy put the Saints ahead in the second round, only to see Jono Ceci reply on SFU’s third shot.Stephen Wolff was outstanding in goal for Selkirk, stopping 37 of 38 shots fired his way and turning aside shootout attempts from Milner and Colton Graf.Selkirk opened the two-game road weekend in Kamloops by topping Thompson Rivers University 6-4. Missing a handful of top players, including league-leading scorers Jordan Wood and Logan Proulx, the Saints jumped out to a 4-1 lead but had to win the game late after TRU had come back to draw even with six minutes remaining. Scott Swiston opened the scoring when he capitalized on a turnover low in the WolfPack slot and roofed a backhand shot over Shane Mainprize.TRU responded off the stick of Scott Bollefer but Connor McLaughlin restored the Selkirk lead minutes later when he redirected a Dylan Smith point shot. The Saints scored twice in the early going of the second period on a pair of goals from Beau Taylor to go up 4-1, but a couple of defensive lapses proved costly as TRU scored shorthanded twice in 33 seconds to draw back within one. Selkirk held the lead through most of the third period until Tyler Jackson redirected a Jarrett Martin pass for the equalizer.But, as they have many times this season, the Saints dug deep and scored the winner with 3:50 remaining in regulation as Jackson Garrett deflected home a Lucas Hildebrand point shot.Taylor then completed the hat trick with six seconds remaining to cap the scoring. “We knew that it was going to take a full team effort to pick up the win tonight with some key guys missing, and that’s what we got,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”Beau came through with a big game and our D did a great job of getting pucks to the net for three tip-in goals.” Alex Sirard picked up his 12th win of the season, stopping 29 shots.Selkirk will wrap the regular season with a home-and-home series against Eastern Washington on March 1st and 2nd and open the playoffs at home on March 8th against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.last_img read more