GPL Review: 6 facts from matchday 2

first_img1.    15 goals were scored on matchday 2.  Hence 30 goals have been scored in 15 matches of the Ghana Premier League. This gives an average of exactly 2 goals per game. Ashantigold’s outstanding game with Kotoko could increase the goal tally.2.    The 4-2 game between Techiman City and Hasaacas is the highest scoring game of the season so far recording six goals.3.    Hearts of Oak, Dreams FC and Wa All Stars are the team yet to concede in the Ghana Premier League. Incidentally, they are the only teams with a hundred per cent record to the start of the league. 4.    Dwarfs and Aduana Stars are the only teams yet to find the net after two matches.Kotoko have also failed to score but they have played only one game so far.5.    Week 2 witnessed two away wins in the Ghana Premier. Hearts of Oak’s 2-0 win over Medeama and Wa All Star’s 1-0 win over Aduana Stars.6.    Eric Kumi received the first red card of the Ghana Premier League after being sent off for two bookable offences.  –Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more

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Dodger fans feeling high cost of World Series tickets; brokers file suit against club

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start They sat in the upper deck, in the right field corner, holding World Series tickets that cost $795 apiece.They were happy to be in the ballpark, but angry about the prices they had to pay.“It’s a little bit on the ridiculous side,” said Fernando Llamas of Norwalk. He paid $795 on StubHub for his ticket in section 38, his seat seemed as close to the 76 gas station in the parking lot as it was to home plate.“They should be more affordable,” he said. “It makes you question whether you can come out to the ballpark.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Larry Katz, a Red Sox fan from San Diego, paid $850 on StubHub.“It’s a rip-off,” Katz said. “But for me to take my kids, it’s worth it.”Lindsey Johnson paid $900 on StubHub for her seat, and she was sitting next to her friend Amanda Reynolds, who paid $650.Johnson, of San Diego, said she expected to be gouged.“Any franchise would do it,” Johnson said. “Sure it pisses me off, but it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.”Lindsey Johnson, of San Diego, left, and Amanda Reynolds, of Irvine, wait for Game 3 of the World Series on Friday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. Johnson paid $900 for her ticket and Reynolds paid $650 for hers. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire What the fans didn’t know was that a lawsuit claims the Dodgers pulled the ultimate squeeze play, manipulating ticket prices on the secondary market for the World Series, shutting out long-time ticket brokers and driving up prices for fans.Four ticket brokers – Renaissance Ventures of Connecticut, Broadway Hospitality Group of New York, Venue Kings Ticket Brokers of Canada and 714 Tickets of Orange County – have accused the team of blocking them from buying season tickets and World Series tickets this year, choosing instead to funnel thousands of tickets to Houston-based Eventellect, a move that destroyed the competitive market for secondary tickets and kept the costs high for fans, according to the suit.Spokesmen for the Dodgers and Eventellect did not return emails requesting comment. Both are required to answer the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Oct. 29.The Dodgers have not been playing fair, the lawsuit says.“When only a single broker sells the tickets … the Dodgers control the market,” said Jonathan Genish, an attorney at Blackstone Law, which represents the ticket brokers. “This leads to outrageously inflated ticket prices for fans and more profits for the Dodgers and their new mistress, Eventellect.” On Oct. 25, ticket prices on StubHub, the leading secondary market website, started at $325 – plus fees – for Game 3, $475 for Game 4 and $385 for Game 5 (if necessary). Those prices had dropped from the $700 range after the Dodgers lost the first two games of the World Series in Boston, making the games at Dodger Stadium less desirable.A couple of hours before the first pitch, some tickets were available at Dodger Stadium ticket booths for under $300.“If the Dodgers were up 2-0, these tickets would be through the roof,” Genish said. “They’ve taken all the tickets away. They gave them to one broker. They manipulated the market.”The 21-page lawsuit doesn’t ask for a specific amount in damages because the Dodgers still have a chance to win the World Series, Genish said. Now that the Dodgers have a chance to win the title, “the case became extremely valuable … worth tens of millions of dollars,” Genish said.The lawsuit says the Dodgers “groomed” ticket brokers for years, enticing them to buy season tickets with the promise of huge payoffs if the team played in the postseason. In general, ticket brokers don’t make much money on regular-season ticket sales.The playoffs and World Series are where they have the opportunity to make exponentially higher profits. But not this year.In January, the Dodgers decided not to sell season tickets in bulk to most of their long-time brokers. In February, the Dodgers went into business with Eventellect, a ticket-seller that also handles baseball’s Houston Astros and the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association.Genish said the Dodgers get a kick-back when Eventellect sells tickets.“By almost completely dismantling its previous broker network and entering into this exclusive arrangement, the team was able to maintain control of approximately 15,000 season tickets,” Genish said. “As a result, (the Dodgers) retain a majority of the profit when those tickets are resold on the secondary market by Eventellect.”The lawsuit claims the Dodgers have funneled about 26,000 tickets (15,000 season tickets plus 11,000 single-seat tickets) for each World Series game to Eventellect. In other years, as many as 200 brokers would have been allowed to buy up those tickets and sell them for whatever the market would yield, competing with each other on the price.Genish said the Dodgers did not have a public sale of World Series tickets. Instead, the team’s website offers ticket seekers a link to StubHub.com, the top site on the secondary market. The StubHub.com tickets are controlled by Eventellect.When the Dodgers and Eventellect partnered in February, the deal became the “largest secondary ticketing partnership, perhaps in history” according to the website ticketnews.com. Terms of the deal were not made public, but ticketnews.com reported a source estimated Eventellect paid a nine-figure sum, “making the partnership by far the most valuable known in the ticketing world, at least in terms of a single team.”The fans at Game 3 of the World Series were happy to be part of a bucket-list event, but they weren’t happy about the prices they paid.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Wade can only watch as DeJuan Blair, Spurs beat Heat

first_imgMAKING AN IMPACT—Spurs’ rookie Dejuan Blair shoots as Miami’s Anthony Tolliver, (35) and Shavlik Randolph, (42) defend during preseason basketball action in Miami, Oct. 11. MIAMI (AP)—San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich quickly pointed out that former Pitt and Schenley star DeJuan Blair only had one defensive rebound Sunday night.“Not good enough,” Popovich said, barely keeping a straight face. So far, Blair is showing the Spurs—and probably the rest of the NBA—that he’s certainly good enough. The rookie scored 28 points on 11 of 13 shooting, 15 of those points coming in the final 7 minutes, and the Spurs erased an 11-point deficit entering the fourth quarter to beat the Miami Heat 95-93 in a preseason game. “He’s a real mobile, agile player, even though he’s got the girth that he has,” Popovich said of the 6-foot-7, 265-pound Blair, who’s noticeably slimmer than he was playing college ball at Pittsburgh. “It’s a heck of a gift.”The Heat were without several regulars, including reigning NBA scoring champion Dwyane Wade.Blair’s steal and layup with 3 minutes left helped the Spurs take control, and further illustrated why he’s looked like the steal of the NBA draft so far in preseason. The 37th overall pick last June had 16 points and 19 rebounds in San Antonio’s only other preseason game so far.“It’s just hard work and my teammates trusting in me and just trying to adjust to the system,” Blair said. “I’m not showing it, but it’s problems for me. Adjusting to the system is kind of hard, but I’m getting it.”As Blair got dressed after the game, guard Keith Bogans was at the next locker, having a sandwich and some Doritos. Blair lamented that neither of those are among his culinary choices these days, as he tries to slim further down.It’s paying off.“He’s a character guy. He’s a quality guy,” Popovich said. “He’s a hard worker and obviously, he has a passion for the game.”last_img read more

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Poch not surprised that Roy Keane thinks Man United should sign Harry Kane

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO has answered Roy Keane’s suggestion that Manchester United should make a move for Tottenham striker Harry Kane.Former United captain Keane said last Sunday that the Red Devils should sign the England ace to solve their attacking woes.2 Mauricio Pochettino has responded to Roy Keane’s comments about Harry KaneCredit: EPAUnited are currently 14th in the Premier League table having scored just 10 goals in their opening nine matches this season.Ireland legend Keane said after the 1-1 draw with Liverpool that bringing in Kane was a simple solution.He said on Sky Sports: “Go and get Kane from Spurs. Easy, just go and get him.”He’d score 20 goals a season for you with his eyes closed.”2 Keane said United should make a move for the Spurs aceCredit: Getty Images – GettyAnd Spurs boss Pochettino has responded to Keane, heaping praise on the seven time Premier League winner.And he believes it’s no surprise that Keane rates Kane so highly.He said: “I heard the comment. Of course I respect him and admired him when he was a player.”He was the kind of player who you want beside you, or as a centre-back like me you want him in front of you.”Whenever I listen to him he is very clinical in his comments.”Of course he loves good players and Harry Kane is a fantastic player. We more than agree Harry Kane deserves everything.”United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also commented on Keane’s suggestion before their 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League last night.Solskjaer hailed Kane as ‘a fantastic goalscorer’, but said his focus was still on the attackers he currently has at his disposal.The Norwegian said: “Roy’s quite straightforward, isn’t he?”For us, it’s working hard. Getting Anthony Martial back is going to be a massive boost for us and I’m sure when Anthony comes back that’ll help Marcus Rashford as well.MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own club”With the forwards we’ve got, with the pace and the skills, I’m looking forward to the next few weeks.”I have to say I like someone who can finish half a chance and he does that. He’s one of the best, but he’s a Tottenham player.”There aren’t many Robert Lewandowskis and Harry Kanes. They’re like Alan Shearer, Ruud Van Nistelrooy – fantastic goalscorers.”last_img read more

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An unpublished Futre documentary recorded 16 years ago sees the light

first_imgMourinho, in the documentary about Futre. A documentary in which Queen’s own music serves as a common thread, since the birth of Paulo Jorge Dos Santos Futre in Montijo, Portugal, on February 28, 1966. With images of everything and the story of those who knew him, helped, accompanied, were his rivals. Since Aurelio Pereira, its discoverer, also from Cristiano Ronaldo years later, Figo and Mourinho going by Luis Aragonés, Cruyff and a Raúl who recognizes that Futre was his “idol”. King Don Juan Carlos handing the Cup to Futre. “I always tried to find him for the teams I was on, a different, atypical footballer, “says Johan Cruyff in the documentary. “The arrival of Futre at Porto marks the future of Porto and Portuguese soccer,” says a young Mourinho who later also stressed that “it is not easy for an Atlético player to be loved throughout Spain.” “Paulo Futre was a threat to Madrid”, argues Michael Robinson. “One of the best wingers in the world, with Gento “, in Luis’s word. “A reference and a legend”, word of Torres. And from that step that has moved, that left the riverbank in the direction of Canillejas, but it took his name in the suitcase. Pau-lo, pau-lo, fu-tre, fu-tre, as high as that January 19, 1997. “One of the best memories of my childhood. This is how my father’s documentary beginsWith these words, Paulo Futre’s oldest son, Paulo Jr., raised the curtain on his Instagram account (@futremendo) a jewel that will excite all athletes: a documentary about the figure of his father, which reviews his entire career, recorded in 2004 but which did not see the light at the time. “Just today in quarantine I convinced him,” continues Paulo, “to publish it so that people can entertain themselves a little,” he adds. The link, in his biography of his Instagram profile, takes the fourteen minute long documentary which is a journey into the past. To the football of before, the Calderón of the cement-filled seats, the south bottom rises and falls, that scream, paulo-paulo-fu-tre-fu-tre, Exciting, a lot. It all begins with that moment, which is one of the best memories of his childhood. January 19, 1997, the delivery of the Atlético gold and diamond badge to his father by “his godfather”, Don Jesús Gil. From a plater in a car workshop to an idol in the worldEveryone agrees on something: that lanky, long-haired, irrepressible boy was the one who opened the doors abroad to everyone else in Portuguese football, the one who took two and a half hours to move from Montijo to Lisbon, to train in Sporting, and he had bad grades, which is why his father introduced him to the job market: plater, in a car shop, his 13-year-old black and white photos, with his face full of grease, with the monkey wrench, at the bottom of a car they testify. But Paulo loved soccer, the ball. Rui Costa tells it. Aurelio Pereira says so. Arthur Costa. It is in all the videos, Futre glued to the lime, lightning, undetectable, removing rivals from above as if they were fluff on the shoulders. His move to Porto, the Champions League final against Bayern, the signing by Atlético, his last name in the stands, increasingly roaring, that goal to Buyo in the Copa del Rey. Raúl, in the documentary about Futre.last_img read more

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Warriors contributed to U-19s success, says Khan

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC): A leading Guyana Amazon Warriors official believes the franchise contributed to the success of the country’s Under-19 team’s recent success in the West Indies Cricket Board tournament staged in Jamaica. Omar Khan, the team operations manager, said four members of the title-winning squad had been a part of the Amazon Warriors set up during the recent Caribbean Premier League, and had benefited from important training and other vital career-enhancing information. “It is indeed very heartening to us in the Guyana Amazon Warriors team to follow the success and development of the Under-19 players who were part of the Guyana Amazon Warriors squad for the CPL 2015,” the Guyana Times quoted Khan as saying. “It must be noted that Shimron Hetmyer was selected as a full member of the Guyana Amazon Warriors team for the CPL and Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford and Akshaya Persaud were all part of the training camp held prior to the CPL. The Under-19 players were given every opportunity to participate in all the activities of the Guyana Amazon Warriors camp and coach Carl Hooper himself spent a lot of time advising the Under-19 players on their respective game development,” Khan said. In last Sunday’s final, they beat Jamaica by four wickets to crown themselves champions for the second straight year.last_img read more

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Colombian fined for illegal entry

first_imgA Colombian national on Tuesday appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts slapped with fraud and illegal entry charges.Forty-eight-year-old Luis Eugenio Marcia Torres of Colombia made his first appearance before ChiefLuis TorrezMagistrate Ann McLennan.Torres through a translator pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on May 20, at Moleson Creek, Springlands, Corentyne, with intent to defraud, he uttered to a Police Constable, a Colombian passport in favour of himself. The passport contained a forged arrival and departure stamp, having being granted a Republic of Guyana tourist and business visa of the said passport purporting to show that it was issued by the Central Immigration and Passport Office, knowing same to be false.Torres however admitted to the other charge which read that on April 14, at Charity, Essequibo, he entered Guyana by sea and disembarked without the consent of an immigration officer.The foreigner was represented by Attorney Paul Fung-A-Fat, who told the court his client arrived in Guyana on April 14 on vacation. The lawyer stated that Torres passed through immigration when unknowing to him, a forged entry stamp was placed on his passport. According to the lawyer, it was not until Torres attempted to leave Guyana via Moleson Creek that he realised the error.Fung-A-Fat told the court that his client acknowledged his guilt for overstaying his time in Guyana. However, due to his lack of knowledge of the English language, he fell prey to scammers. Torres was granted $50,000 bail for the fraud charge and fined $20,000 for illegal entry.He is scheduled to return to court on June 1.last_img read more

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Vreed-en-Hoop residents affected by improper garbage disposal

first_imgResidents of Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara (Region 3) are calling on the relevant authorities to implement a proper garbage disposal facility, as the community has been subjected to improper garbage disposal for a number of years.They blame this untenable situation on vendors who dispose of their refuse in an unacceptable manner.During the day, the area becomes crowded with small businesses and vendors,A section of the garbage at the ferry stellingwhom the residents believe are the architects of this garbage problem. The situation wherein commuters access speedboat taxis at the ferry stelling to cross the Demerara River is also being blamed for the garbage situation.Persons residing in the area have expressed concern at the amount of waste being dumped in the area by both visitors and those who use the stelling for their livelihood. They related that at the end of the day, when all have gone to their respective communities, the residents are the ones who remain in the garbage-filled environment and trenches. It is due to this that they experience flooding during the rainy season, as the drainage system becomes clogged, making it difficult for water to escape. As such, people find it difficult to get to work and school when it floods.“I ain’t know what to say about this garbage problem! (It is) very, very disturbing, because we are the persons living in it. They go away, but we have to see it all the time, not only on the road corner, but in the trench,” said a resident who has requested anonymity.Another resident of the area has pointed out that vendors are not the only ones littering the environment, those who live in the area are doing likewise. Instead of paying for garbage disposal, they dispose of all the household waste in the trenches. Plastic materials, Styrofoam containers and animal carcasses are dumped in the drains and remain lodged, creating an awful smell.She stated, “They don’t want to pay for the garbage truck to pick up their garbage, most of them; so they throwing it in the trench, and it blocking up. Most days when the rain fall, my yard does be (flooded).”Vreed-en-Hoop residents are calling on the authorities in charge to take action against persons who dispose of garbage in an unsightly manner, jeopardizing their health and well-being. Persons residing in the area have demanded that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) address this matter at the earliest.last_img read more

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Big Bam opens for night skiing

first_imgThe Big Bam Ski Hill is now open for night skiing.Starting this week, Big Bam will be open from 7-10 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.As well, the hill in Taylor will continue to operate on weekends, from 10-4, for as long as the snow lasts.- Advertisement -Visit www.bigbam.ca for more.last_img

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Local Precipitation Numbers

first_imgIf today’s forecast is accurate it looks like the Fort St. John region will officially finish the month of May with 46.6 millimeters of precipitation.That’s 6.8 millimeters above the monthly average and we received 80 percent of it, in two days, as a result of 18.8 millimeters of rain and 18.4 centimeters of snow from the same storm on the 21st and 22nd.That noted Environment Canada also says the calendar year precipitation total for the area is now up to 114.5 millimeters.- Advertisement -That however, is still 13.3 less than the five month norm of 127.8 millimeters, and if we’re going to get even with the average, after six months, we’ll need to get 84.7 millimeters in June.last_img

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