The KIG JEEP Junior and Mentor Doubles Tennis Classic is scheduled to serve off on Saturday at the Liguanea Club, New Kingston, at 9 a.m.The Junior and Mentor programme is the brainchild of Llockett McGregor and is part of his mandate to invest in junior players on multiple levels.The concept, which began six years ago, was forged because of the apparent disconnect between juniors, seniors, and past players.Judith Denton, sales and marketing manager at KIG JEEP, said that they got involved in sponsoring the event because of the intent behind the tournament.”Kingston Industrial Garage is very pleased to be associated with an event that encourages ‘giving back’ and which has the potential for positive, lasting effects on the development of young tennis players in Jamaica,” said Denton.This unique tournament features amateur players (21 and over), partnered with young players on the junior tennis circuit, enjoying competitive action on the courts.The adult amateurs are meant to form a bond with their junior partners and will, hopefully, follow their progress on and off the courts, offer encouragement, advice, and continued moral support.”Adult amateurs select a junior’s name and they’re teamed with them as doubles partners. The mentors are expected to continue in the juniors’ lives, whether it’s on court or off court, providing moral support and encouragement,” McGregor said.Amateurs and juniors alike are invited to sign up to participate, by today, through their respective clubs’ notice boards, Tennis Jamaica, or directly with McGregor at the Liguanea Club.As part of its sponsorship arrangement, an extensive range of KIG’s Jeep vehicles will be shown at the event, and participants, patrons, and members of the Liguanea Club are invited to see and experience the brand at leisure.Trophies will be awarded to the winners and runners-up following the conclusion of finals on Saturday.
28 May 2012South African and international police are working together to curb a suspected international drug smuggling unit following the seizure of 1.1 tons of narcotics with a street value of R36-million in Tulisa Park outside Johannesburg on Saturday.The seizure was made during a joint operation between elite police unit the Hawks, the South African Police Service (SAPS) Crime Intelligence, and customs officials from the South African Revenue Service.The narcotics were packaged in fraudulently labelled packs, including pet food cans, tobacco and coffee packages, said national police spokesperson Captain Dennis Adriao.It is believed that the consignment of drugs was destined for international markets.Initial tests conducted at the scene indicated that the drugs were hashish.“The success of this seizure was attributed to information received from a member of the public and weeks of investigations, which identified the storage facility where the narcotics were being stored,” Adriao said.“The storage facility … was part of a freight service that stores consignments and then also dispatches the freight to various parts of the country and overseas.”Police also found a large tortoise, which was identified by the NSPCA Wildlife Unit as a leopard tortoise – an approximately 50-year-old female.“The tortoise didn’t have any food or water and was being kept together with the narcotics consignment. We believe that the tortoise could have been destined for the international markets as well, especially the Asian countries.”No arrests have been made as yet, but the Hawks were still following up on information, Adriao said.Source: BuaNews
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez rued the little things that went wrong in San Beda’s 107-105 loss to Lyceum in double overtime in its last game in the NCAA Season 93 elimination round.Only a free throw separated victory and defeat for the Red Lions, who missed out of a chance thwart the Pirates’ historic sweep bid and keep the regular Final Four format.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LATEST STORIES Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Perez grateful for immense trust from ‘hero’ Robinson Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “We have a good chance of winning that game but in the end, it just boiled down to one free throw,” he said, citing Robert Bolick’s split from the free throw line in the last 1.5 seconds of the first overtime period which could have decided the game.“It boiled down to easy layups, misses, and they got defensive rebounds, and then we fouled. It’s just little things that hopefully we can learn and look forward for the next round.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Pirates completed the record-setting 18-0 finish while snapping defending champions’ 15-game winning streak and forcing them to play in the stepladder semifinals without a twice-to-beat advantage despite their no. 2 record.Still, the multi-titled mentor was glad with how the Red Lions fought against the Pirates, noting that hope is still not lost in their title retention quest despite missing out on the Final 4 bonus. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “We nearly won the game but we didn’t finish it. I just told the players that even though we lost this game, we still have another chance of getting into the Finals,” he said. “We just lost twice-to-beat advantage (because of the stepladder semis). We’re just on a bye and waiting for a knockout match. We just made life hard for us, but at least we showed that we can beat Lyceum.”But Fernandez warned San Beda that as much as the players want to get back at Lyceum in the big stage, it has to focus on the task at hand which is the stepladder semifinals.“Our main goal right now is not to look for LPU. Our focus is on the semifinals and who we’re gonna play next because until now, we still don’t who are opponent is in the stepladder,” he said. “Let’s forget LPU first. Let’s manage that semifinals win. Right now, we’re staying focused on what we have to do and focus on the next game.”ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight
The Andy Roddick Foundation (ARF) will host its inaugural celebrity golf tournament April 14-15, 2013 in Austin Texas.The tournament will take place at the Spanish Oaks Golf Club, lauded by Golf Digest as one of the top courses in Texas.Many of Andy Roddick’s friends – professional athletes as well as entertainers – as well as other high profile personalities will participate in the event.“I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of great performers and athletes over the years, and we’ve been able to support each others’ efforts to make a difference in our respective communities. I’m looking forward to many of them joining me in Austin for this first-ever event,” Roddick said.Amateur golfers of all skill levels are invited to compete in a four-person scramble format. This annual 18-hole golf classic will feature a variety of games and competitions, including longest drive and closest-to-the-pin contests as well as a silent auction and raffle. The kick-off party will feature the 1980s cover band Spazmatics on April 14, and the tournament will begin with a 10 a.m. shotgun start on Monday, April 15.Roddick, who recently announced his retirement from tennis, is now spearheading ARF’s new growth strategy with the foundation’s CEO, Jeff Lau. “We’re really excited about hosting the first-ever golf tournament to support the foundation’s efforts to help underserved youth learn lessons in character and leadership,” said Lau.In 2000, Roddick established ARF to make a difference in the lives of youth in underserved communities, and in 2004 was awarded the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for his charity efforts.For sponsorship or entry information, call 512-298-1960 or email [email protected]:PR Newswire
The Senior Bowl, held in Mobile, Ala., is an opportunity for senior football players to showcase their talents in front of pro scouts and coaches. And Former Ohio State football players Ross Homan and Dane Sanzenbacher were invited to the field. Homan and Sanzenbacher understand the importance of the opportunity. “The best players in the nation are out here, competing and trying to showcase their skills,” Homan said. Being at your best and separating yourself from the rest is something Homan said is crucial in a game like this. “It’s very important. You’re always being evaluated every time you step on the field,” Homan said. “It’s a huge job interview; that’s the way I look at it.” Sanzenbacher agreed. “It’s an opportunity for you to show your talents and stand out from everybody else,” he said. Since the Sugar Bowl, Homan and Sanzenbacher have been training for the NFL draft process. Both were recently invited to the NFL Combine, and both said they plan to attend. During practice, Homan said coaches and scouts have been telling him to keep doing what he is doing and to relax and play to his ability. Sanzenbacher, who was a late addition to the Senior Bowl, had his first day of practice Tuesday, and said the competition there is one of a kind. “You can’t really replace that competition. It makes everybody better,” he said. “You’re working with some of the best players in the nation and it makes every rep that much more critical.” Being so close to the NFL, Homan said he is ready to make the most of the opportunity. “It’s a dream come true,” he said. “I have dreamed of it since I was a little kid, and now I have the opportunity to make it a reality.” Sanzenbacher said the feeling is surreal. “It’s weird. It doesn’t feel that close,” Sanzenbacher said. “There’s still a lot of steps that you need to go through to actually put on that jersey and play in the NFL.” Homan’s ultimate goal is to be a success and leave nothing undone. “Just be successful; just have no regrets,” Homan said. “Never look back and wish I could have done this or could have done that.” Sanzenbacher has different ambitions. “(I want) to put myself in a position to be successful after football,” Sanzenbacher said. “Obviously you want to play well and take (football) as far as you can, but ultimately, while you’re playing, set yourself up for the future.” Neither Homan nor Sanzenbacher has a preference of what team he would like to compete for. They said would just be grateful for the chance to play in the NFL. Sanzenbacher said he would never forget the experiences he had playing for OSU. “It kind of made me the football player that I am,” he said. “Being able to run out on Senior Day, to get your name announced as captain and your family on the field was definitely up there for me.” What Homan will remember most about OSU is his success on the team. “The close games, battles, sealing the deal on Big Ten championships,” Homan said. “Everything we’ve won, I’ll keep memory of.” The Senior Bowl will be televised at 4 p.m. Saturday on the NFL Network.
[dropcap]C[/dropcap]rystal Palace have not won in the league at Anfield for 24 years and surely the script doesn’t say that is going to change today of all days.It’s all about Steven Gerrard today on his final Anfield appearance for Liverpool and he will be given of honour ahead of the match.Gerrard made his debut at Anfield as a substitute, playing the final few minutes against Blackburn Rovers on 29 November 1998.Since then he has made 708 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool, scoring 185 goals not to mention his 114 England caps, many of them as captain.Aside from the sentimental issues of the day, this match looks quite tricky for punters as it’s pretty much a dead rubber.Palace are more than safe of relegation and Liverpool are resigned to the fact that qualification for the Champions League is now beyond them.Both sides are also now fading. Brendan Rodgers’ side have won just two of their last seven Premier League games, whereas Palace have now lost four in a row.Anfield will be buzzing and it’s hard to think of any other outcome but a convincing Liverpool win – and if they get a penalty I’ll give you one guess as to who might be taking it ?Liverpool v Crystal PalacePremier League5.30pm SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Feb 2015 FA Cup C Palace 1-2 LiverpoolNov 2014 Premier C Palace 3-1 LiverpoolMay 2014 Premier C Palace 3-3 LiverpoolOct 2013 Premier Liverpool 3-1 C PalaceOct 2005 Carling Cup C Palace 2-1 LiverpoolApr 2005 Premiership C Palace 1-0 LiverpoolNov 2004 Premiership Liverpool 3-2 C PalaceFeb 2003 FA Cup Liverpool 0-2 C PalaceJan 2003 FA Cup C Palace 0-0 LiverpoolJan 2001 League Cup Liverpool 5-0 C PalaceLiverpool to be winning at both HT and FT makes plenty of appeal at around 5/4 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK LIVERPOOL to be winning at HT and FT for 10 points at around 5/4 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 51.19 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321