first_imgThe appointment of James (Jimmy) Adams as the new West Indies director of cricket has been welcomed by every West Indian cricket enthusiast. I have looked and listened for a dissenting voice, but there has been none. James Adams is committed and qualified – simply the best man for the job. From his days as a student at Jamaica College, the story making the rounds at that time was that at a career day session at school, young Jimmy told the supervisor of the session that after leaving school, he wanted to be a cricketer. And that he did. He represented his country with distinction and was selected to be a part of the West Indies cricket team. There his skills, knowledge of the game and his leadership nous soon resulted in his elevation to captain of the West Indies cricket team, the ultimate prize, the zenith of achievement of a young Jamaican with a boyhood dream. He left West Indies cricket, not on his terms, but left secure in the knowledge that he gave his all to West Indies cricket. He did his best. His name surfaced again in coaching, in different countries – South Africa and England, finally settling as the coach of Kent in England, where it seemed (at last) that he was content. He was doing a good job, and the people of Kent loved him. Back home here in Jamaica, his father left this world for a higher calling, and it wasn’t long before rumours started to circulate that Jimmy might be coming home. The announcement that he had given up his job at Kent cemented the idea of a return to the West Indies, in the minds of his many admirers and fans. So, the appointment as the new director of cricket did not come as a surprise. However, every West Indian cricket fan who longs for the day when our regional representatives (with obvious natural talent) will WANT to play for US and not themselves, cannot wait for the start of his contract period. But his job will not be easy. He has signed on to work with a board who eschews independent thought and who mercilessly discards anyone who does not bow and scrape before the president and his appointees. The present West Indies Cricket Board has recognised that there ARE problems in West Indies cricket that have to be addressed and corrected, and has requested help from past cricket greats, lawyers, past prime ministers, and jurists of international standing to examine the structure of West Indies cricket and to recommend the necessary changes “to make us great again”. They all studied the present scenario, and to a man, ALL recommended the disbandment of the board itself, as it was universally recognised that the problem started at the top, and any corrective measure taken could not hope to succeed with the present structure in place. Notwithstanding these reports, written and presented, ALL were pooh-poohed and relegated to file 13, where gathering dust was the only action the board would permit to come from the many recommendations included in the treatise. As a direct result of this ‘inaction’ by the board to the many recommendations, West Indies cricket has continued a woeful slide down the rankings of countries that play the game, to the position where we are excluded from lucrative international competitions. Noted sports psychologist and former employee of West Indies cricket, Dr Rudi Webster, after welcoming the appointment of Jimmy Adams, has pointed out that he is coming to work for an organisation led by a president (and a board) who has done irreparable harm to the sport, and who refuse to step down and allow change that in no way could be worse than what now obtains. Jimmy Adams has joined a group of men, who apparently ‘carry feelings’ if they are not praised by players day in day out, no matter what the circumstance. He has joined forces with a group of men who will accept no ‘back-chat’ and who expect those that they appoint to ‘toe the line’, and obey the dictates of their friends and appointees. But, knowing James Adams, I am very optimistic. I do believe that his methods, honed in years of experience locally and internationally, will make a difference and may even lead to the change at the top, which is so vital to our success. Go Jimmy, go.last_img read more

first_imgTiger Woods, Ernie Els named captains of Presidents Cup in Australia “I’m really decided to go up in weight,” said Nietes in Filipino during his victory press conference on Wednesday. “I have no [hesitations], I’m really going to move up to 115.”Opting to fight in a bigger weight class doesn’t seem to be a hard decision to make for Nietes, who has built a reputation as fighter who never backs down from any challenge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Read Next Nietes’ move to super flyweight division, however, remains a topic for discussion by his team, which includes Aldeguer, trainer Edito Villamor and conditioning coach Nick Curson.Aldeguer said a decision will be made “in the coming weeks.”“Our conditioning coach will be flying in. Some discussions have to be made, but the good thing about this is this has been discussed long before when Donnie fought for the 112,” he said. “There had been discussions whether he’ll vacate and move up to 115 so there have been discussions for a year now.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters “Actually, I really want to fight at 115 because that’s where the big names and great boxers are. That’s where my dream fights are,” Nietes stressed. The 35-year-old Nietes has the likes of Juan Estrada of Mexico, former pound-for-pound king Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez of Nicaragua and WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand in his wish list.“He wants the biggest fights out there,” said ALA promotions chief Mike Aldeguer, who has handled Nietes since day one. “He’s waited for so long.”Aldeguer even recalled his old conversation with Nietes, who had just climbed to the flyweight class then.“I remember before, the reason why he moved up to 112, I think a lot of you noticed, is because ‘Chocolatito’ and Estrada are at 112,” Aldeguer said.“But right after he moved up to 112, they moved up to 115 so I saw his face, I remember he came to me and said ‘sir, wala na pala si Chocolatito they moved up already’ and I told him it’s okay and I saw his patience and that’s Donnie for you. He just works hard and he wants to get the title and then, now this was a big break for him.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES AFP PHOTOSDonnie Nietes needed only three fights as a flyweight to convince himself that he’s primed to fight at the 115-pound division.Nietes, the current IBF flyweight world champion, so far, has dominated his three opponents at flyweight with a pair of lopsided wins over Edgar Sosa of Mexico and Komgrich Nantapech of Thailand and a stoppage of Juan Carlos Reveco of Argentina just last month.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgTIP INSKnicks: F Kevin Knox missed his seventh game with a sprained left ankle. Knox thinks he’s ready to play. Fizdale isn’t so sure. “He’s not making the diagnosis — my 19-year-old rookie. I told him I want him to play 5-on-5 first. I know he feels great, but at the same time we have to be sure.” … G Courtney Lee has yet to play this year with neck spasms. “I couldn’t (give an estimate),” Fizdale said. “I have no idea. I’m hoping soon, just for his sake. He’s been such a pro, and he’s been really engaged, but I know it’s killing him.” . G Tim Hardaway was held to seven points in 24 minutes. He suffered a back injury in the first quarter, but returned to the game.Wizards: F Otto Porter was out with a bruised left big toe. Brooks said the injury was day-to-day and didn’t know if Porter would practice Monday. …Wall hit three 3-pointers. He has 500 in his career. … C Dwight Howard was assessed a Flagrant-1 foul, when he attempted to block Kanter’s shot midway through the second quarter.SMILING HOWARDHoward scored 10 points and had 10 rebounds in 31 minutes in his second game. He missed the first seven games with a sore backside.“If you want me to judge him after two games, he did pretty good,” Brooks said. “I like his enthusiasm. I like his smile. He’s a good-looking guy, and he uses it all the time.”Howard said the smiling was a sign of weakness. “I was smiling because I was saying, ‘Damn, I can’t get off the ground tonight.’”Brooks called a play for Howard to catch a lob.“I was like, ‘Coach, my legs are not there, yet, so I have to keep smiling my way through it.’TECH TALK Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Things turned around on Sunday as John Wall scored 26 points, Bradley Beal added 22 and the Wizards defeated the Knicks 108-95.The win left Brooks sounding a bit more upbeat when asked what he most liked about the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“That I didn’t see triple digits,” Brooks said. “It was nice to see it below 100.”After the Knicks cut a 13-point third quarter lead and tied the score for the third time at 86-all with 9:13 to play, Washington held New York to just nine points. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nets keep turnover-prone 76ers winless on the road Markieff Morris had 16 points and Jeff Green scored 14 for Washington, which won for the second time in nine games.“I don’t know what sparked it, but that’s what we needed,” Beal said. “It was put together for the whole 48 minutes for the first time. In games past, we’d play a good first half or a good second half.”The Knicks, who fell to 3-7, were led by Enes Kanter’s 18 points and 12 rebounds. Trey Burke had 13 points.Washington forced 20 New York turnovers. That was a season high for the Wizards.“We were very careless with the ball tonight, and they deserve a lot of credit for that,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said.ADVERTISEMENT WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 05: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards passes the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half of a preseason NBA game at Capital One Arena on October 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Will Newton/Getty Images/AFPWASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Wizards entered their game against the New York Knicks with the NBA’s worst defense and mired in a five-game losing streak. In eight games, the Wizards had given up an average of nearly 124 points.That led Washington coach Scott Brooks to make a wry observation: “We’re leading a lot of the categories in the wrong way.”ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Besides Howard’s flagrant, New York C Mitchell Robinson was called for a technical. Wall and Knicks G Allonzo Trier were called for a double technical.“It’s important that they’re not going to back down from anybody,” Hardaway said.“They don’t care who it is. I’m happy they did that. If I was in that situation, I probably would have gotten thrown out the game.”3-POINT WOESWashington limited New York to 5-for-27 shooting on 3-pointers (18.5 percent). In their first eight games, the Wizards gave up at least 10 3′s.“We treated everybody as a hot player, no matter who he was,” Brooks said.UP NEXTKnicks: Host the Bulls on MondayWizards: At the Mavericks on Tuesday MOST READ LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia midfielder George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo tries to find a way past the Mathare defense during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on September 30, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKISUMU, Kenya, Sep 30 – Mathare United came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with champions Gor Mahia at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Sunday, on the day K’Ogalo were laying their hands on their 17th Kenyan Premier League title.Gor had gone ahead through goals from Jacques Tuyisenge and Humphrey Mieno in either half, but Mathare fought back with substitute Klinsman Omulanga pulling one back before Cliff Nyakeya restored parity from the spot. Under the sweltering mid-afternoon Kisumu heat, the game didn’t have much pace with both sides taking time to pass the ball around the simmering turf, pace hugely slowed down by the scorching 2pm heat.Mathare were building up from the back, young keeper Job Ochieng being hugely involved.However, it was Gor who broke the deadlock after eight minutes when Tuyisenge scored his 14th goal of the season after beating the offside trap to face Ochieng one on one and calmly place the ball beyond him.It was a positive start for Gor who were coming into the tie on the backdrop of three losses on the trot and with the feel good factor of the trophy day awaiting them, it was a brilliant way to get the party started.Gor Mahia striker Ephraim Guikan goes past the Mathare keeper Job Ochieng during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on September 30, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMathare though were not about to let their hosts take them for an evening stroll and gave a fight and had chances of their own. In the 20th minute, Clifford Alwanga tried his luck with a shot from distance but it flew straight to keeper Peter Odhiambo.Four minutes on the turn, Gor had another brilliant opportunity to double their lead when Ephraim Guikan was sent through by Tuyisenge, the Ivorian doing everything right but placing the ball inside the net.Guikan did well to beat keeper Ochieng one on one but his eventual shot at goal was heroically cleared off the line by a sliding Samuel Olwande.The Slum Boys having dodged a bullet increased their forays upfront and on the half hour mark, keeper Odhiambo was forced to work extra hard flying to his right to block a volley from Alwanga after a corner had been flicked his way on the right.Gor Mahia defender Karim Nizigiyimana turns away from Mathare United’s John ‘Mavado’ Mwangu during a Kenyan premier League match at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Sunday September 30, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluK’Ogalo had another great chance five minutes to the break off a counter when George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo won the ball on the left and raced into the box, but his shot placed to the bottom left of Ochieng’s goal missed the target by a whisker.In the second half, Gor put their hands firmly on the steering wheel with Mieno scoring the second goal seven minutes after the restart, thumping home the ball from inside the box after a poorly defended corner.Mathare made changes with Daniel Mwaura and Omulanga coming on to strengthen the attack and the drew one back in the 67th minute when Omulanga tapped into an empty net when Mwaura had cut back a cross for him after going past keeper Odhiambo.The Slum Boys completed their comeback 10 minutes from time when former Gor Youth midfielder Cliff Nyakeya converted from the spit after Omulanga had been pushed from the back by Gor hard man Joash Onyango.Gor put in some hard work in the final 10 minutes to try get off with a win, but they could not get a goal to pick all three and raise the party mood.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgThe Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is kicking off his election campaign in his second home of British Columbia, just like he did in 2015.Four years ago, Trudeau was on a plane headed for Vancouver when then-prime minister Stephen Harper asked the Governor General to dissolve Parliament.Trudeau will headline another West Coast campaign launch this evening in the riding of Vancouver Kingsway, a seat held by the New Democrats for over a decade.- Advertisement -Speaking to reporters earlier today outside Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Trudeau said starting the Liberal campaign in B.C. felt right in 2015 and feels right again in 2019.He says his decision to launch from Vancouver four years ago instead of Ottawa was criticized by some as a terrible mistake — but that his party eventually showed that campaigns happen across the country.Trudeau also capped off his 2015 campaign with a rally in North Vancouver, an area where his mother grew up and that his grandfather, James Sinclair, represented for 18 years as a Liberal MP.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000AFC leopards’ utility player David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng makes a point during the Mashemeji Derby against Gor Mahia at the Kasarani Stadium on May 19, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 20 – AFC Leopards head coach Cassa Mbungo says he will switch defender David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng back to his preferred central defensive role for the remaining three games of the season.Ochieng played in his preferred role in the final 20 minutes of the Mashemeji Derby against Gor Mahia on Sunday and showed his true quality, marshalling the backline well having played as a holding midfielder since he rejoined Ingwe at the start of the second leg. “I had to take him (Cheche) into defense because there had been many mistakes in the defense and for him, he fits there perfectly. He is an intelligent player with a very good football brain and the experience he has makes it easy for him to make decisions,” Mbungo said after the match.AFC leopards’ utility player David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng dribbles forward during the Mashemeji Derby against Gor Mahia at the Kasarani Stadium on May 19, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe added; “I had been using him in central midfield because we were short in that area and the players we have are very young. But now we will have to play him there in defense until the end of the season,”“Next season I believe we will get some experienced players in that role and we will be better,” the Rwandese tactician stated.Ochieng, speaking to Capital Sport after the match says he is ready to fit into any role given to him and give his best for the team.AFC Leopards’ head coach Cassa Mbungo shouts instructions on the touchline during the Mashemeji Derby against Gor Mahia at the Kasarani Stadium on May 19, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It was a tough match and I think were it not for the small mistakes, we would have competed very well. I was comfortable playing in defense just as I have been in midfield but now I would also love to concentrate on playing at the back for the remaining part of the season,” stated the defender.The decision to stick to playing in midfield might have cost the experienced stopper a place in Kenya’s team for the African Cup of Nations, but he believes reverting back to defense will show his quality.Meanwhile, Mbungo says he was pleased with the performance of the team saying it was far better than the first leg where they lost 2-0.“The result was not good but the performance of the players was encouraging. If you compare with the first leg, I think we did better. It is only that we conceded all the goals from small mistakes in defense but from what I saw today, we can build on for a great campaign next season,” stated the Rwandese gaffer.AFC Leopards will now look to finish the season stronger in their next three games as they look to push into the top eight.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgThe Supreme Court will rule today on whether Multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferer Marie Fleming can end her life with assistance.Ms Fleming, who is originally from Lifford, took the legal challenge so she can die peacefully at home with her partner Tom Curran without him being convicted and jailed.The former university lecturer took her appeal to the seven-judge court after losing a legal challenge at the High Court in Dublin. Mr Curran admitted he is prepared for the worst and revealed his partner will consider taking her case to Europe if defeated again.“We are not expecting them to overturn the judgment of the High Court,” he said.“We will just have to wait and see, and we will have to look at it from there.“Europe is an option, it depends on the judgment. If there’s something in it that will allow is to go further, we will. “But I’m preparing us for the worst and I’m assuming it will go against us,” added the 65-year-old carer.Ms Fleming (59) can only move her head, lives in constant pain and cannot swallow.She suffers choking sessions which she fears will eventually kill her, the court was told during a four-day hearing in February and March.It is not yet known whether she is well enough to attend the hearing, but Mr Curran will be there supported by his partner’s children Corrinna and Simon and his son David.Ms Fleming, who is in the final stages of MS, is not asking for someone to kill her, but wants assistance in putting a mask to her face or fitting a cannula in her arm, which she would activate by shaking her head or blowing into. DECISION IN MARIE FLEMING ‘RIGHT TO DIE’ CASE EXPECTED TODAY was last modified: April 29th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:MARIE FLEMINGright to dieSUICIDElast_img read more

first_imgA man has denied attacking his neighbour fracturing his cheekbone after a cow strayed onto his land in Milford.Hugh McBride, aged 44, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court charged with assaulting next-door neighbour Gerard McGarvey at Golan, Milford on July 8th, 2015. Mr McGarvey claimed that on the morning of the alleged incident, he went to retrieve a cow which had strayed onto his neighbour’s land.However, when he went onto the lands he claimed he was attacked by McBride.Mr McGarvey, aged 51, said that at 8.30am on the morning in question he was going to work at Milford Mart when he noticed a cow at the back of McBride’s house.He went to take his cow out but he said McBride shouted at him not to open the gate or come onto his lands.Mr McGarvey walked on and he said McBride began to push him but he continued to walk past him.When he did, he said he suddenly felt a blow to the right side of his head and claimed that McBride said to him “Hit me, hit me, hit me.”Mr McGarvey said he walked on saying “I never reacted or I did not do anything to provoke him. I just wanted to take my cow out.”The court was told from the outset that there is a long-running dispute between the men over a right-of-way between the neighbours which has been ongoing for more than 5 years.Dr Karena Hanley told the court that she attended to Mr McGarvey when he attended her surgery.She said he had been a patient of hers for many years and that he was in obvious distress when he called to her clinic in Milford.She noticed redness to his face and it was swollen and asked Mr McGarvey to return to see her on July 14th.She then suspected he may have a fracture to his cheekbone and when she sent him to the Emergency Department of Letterkenny University Hospital it was confirmed and Mr McGarvey had to undergo an operation.Mr McBride denies the charge.The trial, before Judge John Aylmer, is expected to last two days.Farmer accused of breaking neighbour’s cheekbone in row over cow was last modified: May 9th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgSOCCER: Donal O’Brien Ulster Inter-Provincial side got their preparation for the All-Ireland Intermediate title underway last night at the Finn Valley Centre, Ballybofey.O’Brien’s squad played their first friendly ahead of the competition which kicks-off on Friday, 2nd October against the Munster Senior League. In what was a competitive and entertaining friendly with Derry City’s U19 side, O’Brien will be happy with his sides performance.They took the lead after just two minutes when Davitt Walsh expertly dispatched his effort with a superbly placed finish with his left foot.Derry took a while to settle – but when they did they caused problems for Ulster and deservedly through level midway through the half.In the second-half, Derry got off to a flier and took the lead just two minutes after the restart. However, O’Brien’s charges took control and equalized thanks to a penalty from Darren McElwaine.Ulster squandered some great chances to win, while McElwaine and Jonathan Minnock saw their efforts crash off the woodwork late on.Ulster play Dergview next Wednesday before they head to Dublin for the tournament the following weekend.Ulster play Munster on Friday night, Connacht on Saturday and then face Leinster on Sunday afternoon.O’Brien’s side are aiming to win the competition for a third successive year.The squad is as follows: Gavin Culllen, Mark Moran, Malachy McDermott, Brendan Fildara, Christy McLaughlin, Peter Doherty, Gerard McLaughlin, Jimmy Bradley – (Cockhill Celtic ) Jonathan Minnock, Mark Forker, Darren McElwaine (Letterkenny Rovers) Eugene Ferry, Declan Lynch, Gareth Breslin (Bonagee United) Laurence Toland (Swilly Rovers) (Davitt Walsh, Shaun McElwaine (Fanad United) Shay Dunlop, Ryan Doherty, Stephen Mills (Derry City)SOCCER: ULSTER INTER-PROVINCIAL SIDE DRAW WITH DERRY CITY IN WARM-UP FIXTURE was last modified: September 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:soccerSportlast_img read more

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team has signed a pair of guards in Teyvion Kirk and Tai Bibbs to National Letters of Intent for the 2017-18 season, head coach Ray Giacoletti announced on Wednesday, Nov. 9.Kirk is a 6-3 point guard from Joliet, Ill., attending Joliet West High School. Kirk is a consensus top-20 prospect in Illinois for the class of 2017 and a top-five ranked point guard. After helping his high school team to a 21-10 record last season including the Class 4A sectional title, the team has earned a preseason ranking in the top 5 for this upcoming season in the state of Illinois.”Teyvion will bring a competitive edge and attitude to this program from his first day on campus,” Giacoletti said. “He is a pure, pass-first point guard who relishes in making others around him better. He plays with a tremendous basketball IQ and he will have the unique ability to impact the game on both ends of the court.”Kirk is one of five NCAA Division I players to come from the AAU All-In Young & Reckless team. Playing in the NY2LA Association, the team is recognized nationally and ranked as a top 5 AAU program in the state of Illinois.Bibbs, a 6-2 guard from West Chicago, Ill., is ranked alongside Kirk as one of the top-five senior guards in the state and is also a top-20 prospect in Illinois.Playing for West Chicago High School, Bibbs helped his team to a 22-7 record last year to win the school’s first basketball conference title in its 113-year existence. He was named first-team all-conference for his contributions and was also named the MVP of the West Chicago Thanksgiving Tournament and to the all-tournament team of the prestigious DeKalb Holiday Tournament.”Tai comes to Drake with a limitless amount of potential and God given talent,” Giacoletti said. “He is a relentless hard worker both on and off the basketball court. That is exemplified with his basketball accomplishments on top of his 4.0 GPA. Tai is capable of playing both guard positions and possesses the ability to defend multiple players by using his long frame and versatility.”Kirk and Bibbs will join a roster that is only slated to lose one senior heading into the 2017-18 season. The current edition of the Bulldogs is set to begin their season on Friday, Nov. 11, when they host South Dakota in the Knapp Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:35 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more