Mahatma Otoo leads three-man shortlist for SWAG Premiership Player of the Year

first_imgIn-form Hearts of Oak captain Mahatma Otoo heads a three-man shortlist for the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) Premiership Player of the Year.But the Ghana international must fend off competition from Amidaus captain Yahaya Mohamed and Kotoko midfielder Michael Akuffu.Otoo leads the scorers chart in the Ghana Premier League with 17 goals with one match left to the end of the season.His purple patch of form has made him the most sought-after locally-based Ghanaian player.Mohammed, on-loan from Kotoko, has banged in 11 goals as a midfielder for the promoted league side.Akuffu made the cut after impressive displays for the defending league champions who are on top of table ahead of this weekend’s final round of matches. The winner will be announced at the Awards Gala on Saturday 29 June at the Banquet Hall, State House, Accra.last_img read more

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Clippers chase Celtics from the start, but can’t catch up in loss

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousBoston Celtics forward Daniel Theis, left, of Germany, and guard Jaylen Brown, right, go after a rebound along with Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Celtics won 113-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis #27 fouls LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell #5 in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan #6 gets past Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes #46 Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris #13 asndf Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum #0 in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBoston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown #7 goes to the hoop against LA Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell #0 in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers forward Wesley Johnson #33 gets past Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris #13 for a layup in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis #27 goes up to block a shot by LA Clippers forward Sam Dekker #7 in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell #5 gets past Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier #12 for a dunk in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers guard Lou Williams #23 stops and pops from the outside in the fist quarter. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell #0 dives past Boston Celtics guard Shane Larkin #8 for the ball in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers forward Sam Dekker #7 goes up for a shot against LA Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell #0 in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan #6 reacts to being called for a foul in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan #6 is blocked by Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris #13 and Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving #11 in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell #5 dunks the ball in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Sam Dekker, right, shoots as Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, left, and guard Kyrie Irving, right, reach in on Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell, right, dives for a loose ball along with Boston Celtics guard Shane Larkin during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, right, steals the ball away from Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic, of Serbia, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown #7 shoots over LA Clippers forward Wesley Johnson #33 in the second half. The Los Angeles Clippers were defeated by the Boston Celtics 113-102 in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown #7 can’t get the ball from LA Clippers forward Wesley Johnson #33 and LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan #6 in the second half. The Los Angeles Clippers were defeated by the Boston Celtics 113-102 in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers shouts to players in the second half. The Los Angeles Clippers were defeated by the Boston Celtics 113-102 in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers guard Lou Williams #23 and LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin #32 have a word with the official in the 2nd half. The Los Angeles Clippers were defeated by the Boston Celtics 113-102 in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Boston Celtics guard Shane Larkin #8 steps out of bounds and into the hands of LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers in the 2nd half. The Los Angeles Clippers were defeated by the Boston Celtics 113-102 in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier #12 drives the lane against LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan #6 in the 2nd half. The Los Angeles Clippers were defeated by the Boston Celtics 113-102 in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan #6 does not protest being called for a foul in the 2nd half. The Los Angeles Clippers were defeated by the Boston Celtics 113-102 in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum #0 is blocked by LA Clippers forward Wesley Johnson #33 in the 2nd half. The Los Angeles Clippers were defeated by the Boston Celtics 113-102 in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum #0 is blocked by LA Clippers forward Wesley Johnson #33 in the 2nd half. The Los Angeles Clippers were defeated by the Boston Celtics 113-102 in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan #6 goes for a layup against Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis #27 in the 4th quarter. The Los Angeles Clippers were defeated by the Boston Celtics 113-102 in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers forward Sam Dekker #7 is blocked by Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum #0 under the hoop in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Celtics won 113-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, and Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, right, compete for a rebound along with Celtics forward Daniel Theis, second from left, of Germany, and Clippers center DeAndre Jordan during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Celtics won 113-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Celtics won 113-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown right, and Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell go after a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Celtics won 113-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, shoots as Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis, of Germany, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Celtics won 113-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Celtics won 113-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis, left, of Germany, and Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell go after a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Celtics won 113-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace, left, shoots as Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Celtics won 113-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis, left, of Germany, and guard Jaylen Brown, right, go after a rebound along with Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Celtics won 113-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis #27 fouls LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell #5 in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 41Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis #27 fouls LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell #5 in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Clippers looked more like themselves Wednesday. Kinda. Sorta.DeAndre Jordan returned to their lineup after a five-game absence because of a sprained left ankle, the first games his missed because of an injury during his 10-season career. He also entered their record book by tying Randy Smith for the most games played with 715.But, instead of being energized by the 6-foot-11 center’s return, the Clippers seemed locked in a 48-minute slow-motion loop. They were a step behind the Boston Celtics all night, unable to play catch-up when it mattered most before falling 113-102 at Staples Center.Related Articles “They executed on every point they wanted to and we just did a poor job of slowing them down,” Blake Griffin said of the faster and more efficient Celtics. “You have to give them credit for the way they played, but we have to be better.”Boston got ahead and stayed there, building a double-digit lead in the third quarter and maintaining it in the fourth. Kyrie Irving scored a team-leading 20 points to go with eight rebounds and seven assists for the Celtics, who ended a four-game losing streak. Jayson Tatum added 18 points.Lou Williams couldn’t save the Clippers, who lost their third in a row.No one could.“We didn’t play with energy,” Williams said. “We just got our (tails) kicked tonight.” Clippers center DeAndre Jordan enters the franchise’s record book center_img Williams scored 20 points on 6-for-18 shooting, the 10th consecutive game he’s scored 20 points or more in a reserve role, the longest streak by an active player in the NBA. Blake Griffin scored 23 points and Jordan had 15 points and 14 rebounds in his first game since he was injured Jan. 11.“I thought he looked OK,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of Jordan. “He wasn’t explosive. He had a couple of dunks, but you could just see he was ready to play, but he clearly wasn’t 100 percent. He didn’t roll a lot, which is part of our offensive package. He didn’t get behind the defense a lot.“I was happy to have him on the floor.”The Clippers went to Jordan right from the start.So did the Celtics.Boston’s Hack-A-D.J. began late in the first quarter, which might or might not have been a record for the earliest start to the intentional fouling this season. Or any other. Jordan made only 7 of 13 free throws, so maybe Celtics coach Brad Stevens was on to something.There were few signs of rust in the other, more polished aspects of Jordan’s game after his layoff, however. He shifted into beast mode in the paint in the early going, converting lobs for dunks and pulling down rebounds at will against the short-handed Celtics.Boston played without Al Horford, who was elbowed in the head during the Celtics’ loss to the Lakers on Tuesday and held out for precautionary measures. Stevens said tests indicated Horford did not suffer a concussion, but the Celtics wished to err on the side of caution.The Celtics also were without guard Marcus Smart, who suffered a laceration on his hand while in his hotel room. Stevens said the Celtics were looking into the incident, which resulted in a trip to the hospital and an unknown number of stitches, and couldn’t provide further details.In the end, it didn’t matter that neither played.The Celtics were good enough without them.“I thought for the first time in a while our guys got despondent by their ball movement and their attack,” Rivers said. “They have so many athletes. They were really, like, targeting some of our guys with their foot speed. Offensively, we were average, too, (Wednesday).“Give them credit. You knew how they were going to come out after losing (Tuesday) night.” The fighting spirit that characterized their play recently, including while they went 3-2 during Jordan’s absence, was missing. Their shooting suffered and their defense did, too. The more they searched for answers, the more they seemed to suffer.last_img read more

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Search for Emiliano Sala suspended; Cardiff wanted different travel arrangements

first_imgAfter a search all day Tuesday for Sala and pilot Dave Ibbotson, Guernsey Police stated “the chances of survival are at this stage, unfortunately, slim” if there had been a crash landing on water.Still, the operation resumed Wednesday, with a focus on a scenario whereby those on board had managed to board the plane’s life raft, but police postponed their search at 5:10 p.m. local time after finding “no trace” of the aircraft.1/25.10pm updateAfter an intensive search using multiple aircraft and one lifeboat over the last nine hours, we have found no trace of the missing plane.With the light now fading, the search will shortly be suspended for the night.— Guernsey Police (@GuernseyPolice) January 23, 2019There had been speculation around Sala’s decision to take the small Piper Malibu plane to Cardiff, with some reports suggesting the flight had been organized by the club, but Dalman says they had wanted the 28-year-old to travel to Paris before boarding a commercial flight to the Welsh capital.”We have looked into this quite thoroughly and it’s evident that Cardiff took the responsibility to offer the player arrangements, which would have been commercial flights, which would have meant getting the train from Nantes to Paris and then Paris to Heathrow and driving up,” he told Sky Sports News. “And the player’s reaction to that was that he wanted to make his own arrangements, which would’ve been much quicker. We will continue to collect data to try to understand exactly what happened at this end.Tu es plus qu’un joueur, @EmilianoSala1.#PrayForSala pic.twitter.com/P5D9wtkoTK— FC Nantes (@FCNantes) January 22, 2019″Whether he did it from a Nantes point of view or with his agent, we are trying to ascertain that. We will reach a conclusion in two days.”Everything points to a tragic accident.”Dalman confirmed that Sala’s sister is traveling to Cardiff to meet with CEO Ken Choo and manager Neil Warnock. Cardiff City wanted Emiliano Sala to take a commercial flight to Wales from France, club chairman Mehmet Dalman said Wednesday, with police having called off the search for the missing soccer player after a second day.Sala, who was confirmed as Cardiff’s record signing on Saturday after opting to leave Ligue 1 team Nantes, was on a private aircraft that disappeared near the Channel Islands on Monday, the French Civil Aviation Authority confirmed.  “It has been a difficult couple of days, but the family of football has really been very supportive, not just within Cardiff but across the world. We are very grateful for the support we have received,” he said.”It’s just tragic. We will continue to hope and pray but we also have to be realistic. It doesn’t look good at this very moment. The sister of Sala is on her way to Cardiff, where Ken Choo and Neil will meet her and talk. This is a must: we must show our human side in such tragic circumstances.  “You can’t train for an event like this. Everyone is pulling together.”last_img read more

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