Strong IGG table tennis team named

first_imgTHE Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) has named a strong team to represent the country in the table tennis competition of the multi-sport Inter-Guiana ‘Goodwill’ Games. Players are expected to begin group training from today as they prepare for the October 20-24 event in Guyana. The team, which comprises six core players and four backup players, includes Boys: Shemar Britton, Elishaba Johnson, Kyle Edghill, Miguel Wong, and Nicholas Romain, while on the distaff side there are Priscilla Greaves, Selenas Jackman, Nevaeh Clarkson, Davonna Best, and Aneka Phillips.The team is largely made up of players who were selected for the event last year before that hosting of the Games was cancelled. Although the players have all been training individually with their respective clubs, national coach Linden Johnson said that the team will begin training collectively from today at the National Gymnasium.Johnson hinted that training for the squad will be tough because all the players have pressing academic commitments. They also have to work with the availability schedule of the Gymnasium since other sporting disciplines will be using the facility in their preparations.Johnson indicated that while the training will be tough for the players, they have all signalled their willingness to make the sacrifice to put in the work needed.“The training will be effective from tomorrow. We had to work out the schedule for training because not only table tennis will be training for the Games so we had to make way for other sports also at Gymnasium.“We will play from 17:00hrs. Some of our players are at school so they will come off sometimes at 20:30hrs, after lessons, and these players will train from about 21:00hrs to 23.00hrs. They are making the sacrifice to do the training,” Johnson said.The Guyana team will compete with a team from Suriname at the Games, and rumour has it that Suriname is looking to field a fierce team. Johnson says the Guyana side will not be taking any chances and will be preparing as hard as ever.“The Goodwill is just around the corner and we want to take no chances with Suriname; also they might be bringing players from Holland, so we have to get our strongest team. We’re going to be training every day.It’s a pretty good team, we have a lot of confidence in them as a team. Even though they haven’t been training as a team as yet, they’ve all been doing their individual training, so we stand a good chance,” Johnson commented.Apart from table tennis, teams from Guyana and Suriname will also compete in athletics, swimming, volleyball, futsal and basketball. Both athletics and swimming have already named their teams for the event. Athletics has a 28-member team while swimming has a 12-member team, as well as two reserves.last_img read more

A rookie stars, but it isn’t Lonzo Ball as Lakers lose to Jazz, 96-81

first_imgWalton said that was a primary component of his postgame message to his young squad.The Lakers feel they had as good a draft as any team in the NBA in June. Ball is already a star, and Kuzma and Josh Hart, taken at the back end of the first round, have proven themselves worthy of rotation minutes.On Saturday, Mitchell, drafted 13th by the Jazz, outshone all of them.“Any rookie who can contribute in the NBA is impressive,” Walton said before the game. “Whether it is Kyle, Josh Hart, Mitchell, Lonzo.”Mitchell added three steals to his 9-of-16 shooting performance and scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half.“I know what he can do,” Ball said. “As you can see he’s a very good basketball player and helps his team every night.”Ball finished with nine points on 3-of-10 shooting, with each of his makes coming from beyond the arc. His two rebounds were a season-low, and his four assists were the fewest he had logged since opening night against the Clippers’ tenacious Patrick Beverley.Brandon Ingram led the Lakers with 16 points, while Jordan Clarkson contributed 15 off the bench.Walton said he was pleased with Ball’s three 3-pointers, but he thought the rookie struggled with the size of the Jazz, whose defense is anchored by All-Star center Rudy Gobert.“I think sometimes he got in there, might have over-penetrated,” Walton said, “but we’re being real picky because we’re asking him to get downhill and to (make plays) and tonight it happened to be Gobert waiting for him down there.”As a whole, the Lakers shot just 5 for 22 from 3-point range. A night earlier against Toronto they misfired on 20 of their 23 shots from the arc.“It is a long season,” Ball said. “We just started. … The defense, that’s the priority right now. As long as that is good we are not really worried about (shooting).” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“He just came flying in,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said, “got that tip dunk which electrified the home crowd, as it should have. He probably hit that next three because of how good he was feeling on the tip dunk.”Separated by 12 seconds, it was those two plays with Ball on the wrong end that the Lakers rookie focused on after the they lost 96-81 to the Jazz on Saturday at Vivint Smart Home Arena.“Put this loss on me,” Ball said. “If you think about it, that kind of changed the course of the game. We were coming back. Two dumb plays by me and they got up.”What had been a 15-point deficit at the end of the first quarter was down to six late in the third when Kyle Kuzma hit a 3-pointer to pull the Lakers within 70-64. After the outburst by Mitchell, who led all scorers with 22 points, the Lakers faced an 11-point deficit entering the final period.“That was a huge one,” Walton said. “That was kind of a teaching point how one play at this level can change the entire game. We had all the momentum at that point. … The arena was quiet. We didn’t box him out.” On the Lakers’ next play, Ball threw a pass right to Jazz forward Joe Johnson, who found Mitchell for a 3-pointer. Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma returns to Utah newly minted as rising star Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img PreviousUtah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) dunks in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) dunks the ball over Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) and Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, left, battle for the ball in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsUtah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) dunks as Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) looks on in the second half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, center, drives to the basket as Utah Jazz’s Derrick Favors (15) and Rudy Gobert, right, defend in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) lays up the ball as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) dunks the ball against Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. (7) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) reacts after being called with a foul against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) dunks in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) dunks the ball over Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)NextShow Caption1 of 9Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) dunks the ball over Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)ExpandSALT LAKE CITY – Lonzo Ball positioned himself under the basket for what should have been a routine rebound. A 3-point attempt went up, and Ball traced its course with his eyes.He glanced over his right shoulder a moment too late to save himself from the ensuing humiliation.Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz rookie Ball called a “real good” friend and the man he was supposed to box out on the play, came soaring in for a one-handed tomahawk dunk as Ball leaned back to avoid impact.Related Articles Heisler: Can someone from Lakers tell LaVar Ball to shut up? Brandon Ingram says he’s ready to become Lakers’ next great closer last_img read more