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C.K Akunnor will stay with Ashgold – Kudjoe Fianoo

Chief Executive Officer of Ashanti Gold football club (Ashgold), Kudjoe Fianoo has said his club is still in talks with coach C.K Akunnor on his future with the Obuasi based club.

He indicated that, Ashgold is still the first option for the coach.

“I can confirm C.K Akunnor is almost with us”, he stated on Asempa FM’s Ultimate sports show Thursday.

Coach C. K Akunnor last season accepted an offer to help his childhood club survive the 2016/2017 league season but revealed he may not stay with the club next season.

But on , Mr. Fianoo said they are working assiduously to keep CK Akunnor as coach.

“I am yet to meet C.K Akunnor since he returned from….. but I am very positive he will continue with Ashgold next season. The club is his first option and I will sit with him tomorrow to discuss his terms” he said.

The former Dreams FC Manager helped Ashgold to finish 12th on the league table with 41 points in the 2016/2017 premier league season.

 

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Ghana/Asempa Sports/ Abigail Sena Sosu

Basketball clinic for children

Children under the ages of 10 and 15 would have the opportunity to meet NBA star, David West, at an innovative coaching clinic to train and mentor them.

The clinic, which is slated for August 15, would be held at the University of Ghana basketball courts at Legon.

David West, a player of Golden State Warriors, is expected to lead the coaching clinic and would be supported by basketball professionals, T.J. Warren of the Phoenix Suns and Rasual Butler of the San Antonio Spurs, as well as leading coaches from Ghana.

According to Africa All Access (AAA), the organisers of the clinic, the event is expected to bring together talented players from the various regions of the country for a day of instruction and personal interaction with the NBA players.

David West

The AAA added that the clinic would also include a “Solutions HUB” which will showcase new technologies as part of a holistic approach to engage the young players.

“This is a very personal project for me. I am committed to doing what I can to activate and support young people in Africa,” West stated.

“Athletics is the conduit, but it goes much deeper than that. I want to work with the communities, with leaders to bring broader solutions as well as address healthcare, education, entrepreneurship and technology innovation,” West said.

The AAA is a collaboration of David West and his partners at the African Union – US Mission in Washington DC, Zoetic Energy and New Generation Power International.

 

 

 

 

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VIDEO: I consult Mallams, Pastors – Asamoah Gyan

Skipper of the Ghana Black Stars Asamoah Gyan has stated that he works with spiritual fortitude, admitting that he consults Mallams as well as Pastors when playing football matches.

Speaking to Radio and Television show host Deloris Frimpong Manso on her entertainment programme ‘The Delay Show’, Asamoah Gyan indicated that the public has demonized the use of ‘Mallams’ in sports. He added that football is a ‘spiritual work’.

He noted that ‘Mallams’ are just like pastors but in the Islamic religion and as such there was nothing wrong with consulting them to pray for an individual.

“You can’t just rise up and say you’re going to play football because it is a spiritual exercise. You will need spiritual fortitude before you get into play and it’s not just for football but every other work”, Gyan told Delay.

He admitted that he has a spiritual father who fortifies and prays for him before he sets off to play a football game.

There have been continuous debates about whether or not African sportsmen use voodoo to ply their trade.

 

Source:adomonline

 

NBA Playoffs: Bradley Scores 29, Celtics Power Past Wizards, 123-101

BOSTON (AP) Avery Bradley scored a playoff career-high 29 points, and the Boston Celtics beat the Washington Wizards 123-101 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Al Horford added 19 points, seven assists, and six rebounds. Isaiah Thomas was also active, scoring 18 points and handing out nine assists.

Game 6 is Friday night in Washington. Boston led by as many as 26 points, negating Washington’s physicality by spreading the floor and knocking down 16 3-pointers. John Wall had 21 for the Wizards, who haven’t won a playoff game in Boston since 1982.

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citifmonline.com

Raptors, Spurs advance to second round

Kawhi Leonard tallied 29 points as the San Antonio Spurs advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs with a 103-96 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday.

Tony Parker delivered 27 points for the Spurs, who eliminated the Grizzlies by winning the Eastern Conference series in six games.

“He is playing at an MVP level and I hope he can keep it going because we are going to need him in the next round,” said Parker of teammate Leonard.

The Spurs next face the Houston Rockets in a best of seven series that gets underway on Monday.

Elsewhere, DeMar DeRozan delivered 32 points as the Toronto Raptors rebounded after blowing a 25-point second half lead to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 92-89 to reach the second round.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 12 rebounds for San Antonio, who won for the first time in Memphis this season.

The Grizzlies got 26 points from Mike Conley and 18 from Marc Gasol. This was Conley’s fifth straight game with 20 points or more.

Zach Randolph finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

San Antonio survived a strong challenge from Memphis by outrebounding the Grizzlies 46-28.

DeMar DeRozan led Toronto making 12-of-24 from the field, including a dunk with 48 seconds to play against Milwaukee in Game Six of the Eastern Conference QuarterfinalsDeMar DeRozan led Toronto making 12-of-24 from the field, including a dunk with 48 seconds to play against Milwaukee in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Memphis was a good test and now his team is better prepared to go on a long postseason run.

“One thing I do like is Memphis is a heck of a defensive team and they play rock ’em, sock ’em. That gets you ready for anybody you are going to play,” Popovich said.

“This was a chance for a lot of our guys who haven’t been with us a long time to see how it works in the playoffs. The kind of tenacity … and that anything can happen. We have had big leads, other teams have had big leads, and you lose them. It is tough, people are hungry, they want to win.”

Parker’s best playoff game

Veteran Parker shot 78.6 percent from the field (11-of-14), the best he’s ever shot in a postseason game.

“I was just trying to be aggressive and my teammates were setting great picks for me,” France’s Parker said.

In Milwaukee, the Raptors used a 9-0 surge late in the fourth quarter at Milwaukee’s Bradley Center arena to win the first-round Eastern Conference series, eliminating the Bucks in six games.

Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs drives past Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies during a 103-96 Spurs victory in Game 6 of the Western Conference QuarterfinalsTony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs drives past Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies during a 103-96 Spurs victory in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals

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Toronto advances to face the second-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round, a rematch of last season’s East finals.

DeRozan led the way for Toronto on Thursday. He made 12-of-24 from the field, including a highlight reel dunk with 48 seconds remaining. Kyle Lowry added 13 points for the Raptors.

Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 34 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 47 minutes, but made just seven of 13 attempts from the free-throw line. The Bucks made only 18 of their 28 foul shots.

The Raptors led by as many as 25 in the third quarter before Milwaukee finally got their act together. The Bucks closed the quarter on a 15-3 run to make it a 74-61 game heading to the fourth.

Toronto led by six in the fourth when Serge Ibaka drew his fourth foul, but a 14-0 Milwaukee run put the Bucks up 80-78 with just over three minutes to play.

Jason Terry nailed a long range three-pointer to make it a one-possession game with 16 seconds left but DeRozan closed it out from the foul line.

Source:pulse.com.gh

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