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Black Mambas crowned champions of Betway Talent Search 2019

first_imgThe quest for the next big star in football climaxed at the Sukura Wembley Park as Black Mambas emerged as champions of the third edition of the Betway Talent Search.The search started three weeks ago in two zones- Northern and Southern zones.Teams across the country battled out for glory in the zones and an eye for the bigger price on Saturday, August 3, 2019.Six teams made it to the finals in Accra, Sukura Wembley Park- Desire FC, Satellite FC, Red Devils, Green Buffalos, Black Mamba, and White Scent.After an all-play-all contest, Black Mambas emerged as champions of the third edition of the Betway Talent Search.Why Betway Talent SearchAs the tournament progressed, Country manager of Betway, Ghana, Magnus Rex Danquah Jnr revealed the reason for Betway to undertake such an event. “Betway Talent Search is basically to empower unprofessional players. It is built for people playing in the division one and two and not those in the premier league.Because by now if you are between the ages of 18 to 25 and you are not in the premier league, then you are short of chances to be exposed to talents, good coaches, and good management.So this is basically to expose them to right scouts and good teams.”On the innovation of this year’s edition“Usually we used to deal with individuals players. So we open up to individual players to come and showcase what they have.But after the whole programme, if you look for teams for these players, people come out from anywhere claiming they are the player’s managers.And that hinders the chances of these footballers making it anywhere.So this year, we decided to deal with the teams itself. So the team, together with its hierarchy show up.So if there is a scout who is interested in any of the players, you talk to the management and things pick up from there.”Monetary factor“This year we have put in a little motivation in there.There is the money factor.So the players are not just playing for pride.They are also preparing for the season ahead as this also serves as a preseason for them.”The effect of the talent to the premier league clubs“We are doing this as a pre-season for all the other clubs and not only the four teams sponsored by Betway.So what we will do is, we will put up a roster which will include the names of the promising players and the position they play.So it does not have to be AshGold, Aduana Stars, Medeama, or Liberty Professionals to be interested in these players.Therefore if a club like Accra Hearts of Oak or Kotoko or whoever is looking for a left-back, we will publish the list of the players on the roster.Or you can get in touch with any of the people in the technical team and we would supply you with the player needed.Even so, we are helping them make their work easier.”Benefits derived from the previous edition“Few of the players who have made it in season one and two are playing in Europe, the local league and some African countries as well.So in general, it has been good so far”last_img read more

Clippers lose to Pelicans without injured guards Austin Rivers, Lou Williams

first_imgActing as a playoff spoiler was all the Clippers had left. Season-ending injuries to guards Patrick Beverley, Avery Bradley, Jawun Evans and Milos Teodosic and forward Danilo Gallinari torpedoed their chances at a seventh consecutive playoff appearance.Doc Rivers wasn’t going to allow the Clippers to go down without a fight Monday.“Just like last week, when we were watching games, hoping that team would beat that team, and we wanted them to play well,” he said. “I just think you have to. It’s our job to protect our product. All of us. There are some teams that have done the tanking stuff.”Related Articles For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 All the injuries left the Clippers with a nine-man rotation against the Pelicans. Wesley Johnson and Tobias Harris started at the forward spots with DeAndre Jordan at center, a recognizable front court. Two rookies, C.J. Williams and Tyrone Wallace, started at the guard positions, however.The bench was comprised of Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Boban Marjanovic and Sindarius Thornwell. Everybody played and everyone scored, although Marjanovic headed to the locker room briefly to be checked for a hand or wrist injury and played only two minutes in the first half.New Orleans controlled play from the opening minutes except for a few brief minutes in the second quarter, when the Clippers rallied for a 43-41 lead on Thornwell’s 3-pointer. The Pelicans regrouped and raced away to a 59-49 lead by halftime. They were never in jeopardy again.Thornwell led the Clippers (42-39) with a career-high 20 points on 9-for-14 shooting.Anthony Davis scored 28 points for the Pelicans (47-34). Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates PreviousNew Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo, left, and forward Anthony Davis congratulate each other as time winds down in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 113-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, center, shoots as New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic, right, of Montenegro, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, dunks as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 113-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsNew Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, drives by Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, goes up for a dunk as New Orleans Pelicans forward E’Twaun Moore watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward C.J. Williams, center, shoots as New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, defends and guard Jrue Holiday watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell, center, shoots as New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo, left, and forward Darius Miller defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, top, and Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan reach for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, left blocks the shot of Clippers forward Tobias Harris during the first half of Monday’s game, at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell, top, dunks over New Orleans Pelicans guard DeAndre Liggins, left, as forward Sam Dekker watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 113-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New Orleans Pelicans forward Darius Miller, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic, of Serbia, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 113-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic, left, of Serbia, playfully keeps the ball away from New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis after a whistle was blown during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 113-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic, right, of Serbia, shoots as New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 113-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, and New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis reach for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo, left, and forward Anthony Davis congratulate each other as time winds down in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 113-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, center, shoots as New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic, right, of Montenegro, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 18Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, center, shoots as New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic, right, of Montenegro, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The NBA playoff race returned to Staples Center one final time. The Clippers were eliminated from contention with Saturday’s loss to the Denver Nuggets, but the New Orleans Pelicans needed a victory Monday night in order to clinch a spot in the postseason.Clippers coach Doc Rivers patched together one more makeshift lineup and did what he could to make life difficult for the Pelicans and maintain the integrity of the game. Guards Austin Rivers and Lou Williams couldn’t play because of nagging elbow and ankle injuries.The Clippers played without six injured guards in their 113-100 loss to the Pelicans. Doc Rivers said he hoped Austin Rivers and Williams could play in the season finale Wednesday against the Lakers. The others were lost to the team days, weeks or months ago.Tanking was not an option for the Clippers despite their many injuries.center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “Everybody’s playing except for Lou and Austin,” Doc Rivers said.Well, everybody who was healthy enough to play was available to play.“We’re hoping,” Doc Rivers said when asked whether Austin Rivers and Williams would play Wednesday. “Both of them were really struggling the last couple of games. They played and so once we were eliminated, we just thought give them a break for one game and bring them back.”Doc Rivers said he intended to play them Monday, too.“I brought Lou and Austin in and said, ‘Can you go?’ and they said, ‘Yeah, but we don’t think we should go.’ The trainer didn’t either,” Doc Rivers said. “I was planning on playing them anyway. I just think there’s teams out there that are trying to get in and they’re hoping we play well.” Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more