FOLLOWING the rescheduling of matches from yesterday, due to the consistent rainfall, the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Georgetown Zone will commence today at the National Cultural Centre tarmac, Mandela Avenue with 14 matches.According to an official release from tournament coordinators Three Peat Promotions, “The decision to reschedule the matches from the East Ruimveldt tarmac to the National Cultural Centre tarmac was due to the heavy rainfall which inundated the playing area and environs.”The release added, “The opening night will now witness an increase in matches from the original 10 scheduled fixtures.. 14 games will be staged on the opening night and we expect an electrifying atmosphere as the teams tussle for the early momentum heading into the latter stages of the tournament.”In the opening match at 19:00hrs, Bad-A-Yard will oppose GTI Ballers, while Broad Street will oppose Stabroek Ballers at 19:20hrs and Kingston battle North East La Penitence from 19:40hrs.At 20:00hrs, West Front Road will battle Smyth Street, while North Ruimveldt tackle Judgement Yard at 20:20hrs, Bent Street engage Norton Street from 20:40hrs and Tucville face-off with Sophia Bullies at 21:00hrs.In the eight fixtures from 21:20hrs, Channel-9 Warriors will match skills with Gaza Squad, while Alexander Village lock horns with Upsetters at 21:40hrs and Festival City battle New Market Street from 22:00hrs.In the final four fixtures, California Square oppose Queen Street Tiger Bay at 22:20hrs, East Front Road clash with Future Stars at 22:40hrs, Back Circle confront Trap Squad from 23:00hrs and Sparta Boss meet Ol Skool Ballers at 23:20hrs.The event will continue on Saturday at the Albousytown tarmac. Winners of the overall event will walk away with $500 000 and the championship trophy along with automatic qualification for the National Playoffs.The runners-up, third- and fourth-placed finishers will receive $250 000, $200 000 and $100 000 respectively.The event is also sponsored by Colours Boutique.
Whatever chance the USC men’s basketball team had at notching its first Pac-12 win of the season Thursday against Colorado took a serious hit less than five minutes into the contest.Another one bites the dust · Sophomore guard Maurice Jones scored 13 points Thursday but shot 4-15 from the field. The Trojans have yet to win a conference game and will face Utah Saturday at home. – Daily Trojan file photoOn a drive to the basket, sophomore forward Dewayne Dedmon’s knee collided with an opposing defender, causing the 7-footer to fall to the floor in pain.Dedmon would not return to the court and was later diagnosed with a sprained knee, leaving USC (5-16, 0-8) with just six available scholarship players.With an alarming lack of depth, the Trojans were essentially hopeless against visiting Colorado (14-6, 6-2), which ran off 37 first-half points en route to a 74-50 victory in front of an announced crowd of 3,147 at the Galen Center.“All this injury stuff has caught up to us,” USC coach Kevin O’Neill said. “Without Dewayne in there, we’re just outmanned. We’re playing two walk-ons in our rotation. Every player on our team is playing more minutes than they can handle right now.”The Trojans, whose last win came on Dec. 19 against Texas Christian, were in a hole early, as the Buffaloes opened the game on a 7-0 run. Their first point didn’t come until Dedmon knocked down a free throw about three minutes into the opening half.USC shot just 33 percent from the field over the first 20 minutes of action, while Colorado put up a solid 12-of-24 shooting performance, including 4-for-8 from 3-point range, en route to an 11-point lead at the break.That lead would only balloon in the second half.“Colorado is a good basketball team,” O’Neill said. “They have vets. They have depth and they deserve to win.”Five players would finish with double-figure point totals for the Buffaloes.With Dedmon on the bench wearing a brace on his knee for the remainder of the game, the Trojans never got going on offense, as they registered 24 points over the course of the final 20 minutes. Collectively, they shot 32 percent from the field for the entire game.“Sometimes it goes your way, sometimes it doesn’t,” O’Neill said. “We don’t have a junior, senior class to anchor the team and we don’t have the kind of depth to sustain the kind of injuries we’ve had.”Most of the scoring that did occur derived largely from sophomore guard Maurice Jones and freshman Byron Wesley, who finished with 13 and 12 points, respectively. It marked the second consecutive game Wesley finished in double figures.“Byron’s going to be a really, really good player,” O’Neill said. “I don’t have any question about it. He’s playing the four spot and playing 40 minutes. He’s playing hard.”Unfortunately for Jones and Wesley, they don’t have much help left, as Dedmon became the latest player to be sidelined with an injury.“We just have to figure out how everybody can step up and do different things to help fill the void,” Dedmon said.Though the status of the sophomore forward, who is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Friday, is unknown, four players have already been sidelined with season-ending injuries in senior guard Jio Fontan, redshirt junior forward Aaron Fuller, sophomore forward Curtis Washington and redshirt sophomore forward Evan Smith.“We’re pinned,” O’Neill said. “There are no moves right now. There’s no quick fix. We’re adding a ton of players next year and have a ton of guys returning.”But there are still 10 games left in conference play this season, and on Saturday, the Trojans host Utah in what might prove to be their best chance to grab a win in conference play.The Utes (5-15, 2-6), who earlier in the season registered an eight-game losing streak of their own, have yet to win a game on the road this season and recently dismissed their leading scorer, senior guard Josh Watkins. Watkins had been averaging 15.6 points and 4.8 assists on the season.Tip-off at the Galen Center is set for 8 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.
NASSAU, Bahamas, CMC – Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, who on the weekend toured the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, described the power of Hurricane Dorian, that left a trail of death and destruction as – “Category Hell” and not that the Category 5 designation used by meteorologists.“Dorian was Category Hell – but he was not powered by a devil. We have always had many hurricanes, but now they are more intense and more frequent, and they are powered by climate change.”The UN Secretary-General said it was key for the international community to learn two things from the monster storm which struck on September 1, killing at least 50 people, while around 1,300 are still reported missing. “We need to stop climate change, we need to make sure that we reverse the present trend when climate change is running faster than we are, and second, that countries like The Bahamas that do not contribute to climate change – but are in the first line of the devastating impacts of climate change – deserve international support, to be able to fully respond to the humanitarian emergency, but also for the reconstruction and the building resilience of the communities on the islands,” Guterres said. Although Tropical Storm Humberto brought ominous new rainfall to the island nation over Friday night, before moving away, the UN chief – who spent much of the day talking to Bahamians and showing solidarity with those affected – was able to visit what one Government minister later described as their “ground zero”, of Abaco and Grand Bahama, on Saturday morning.Taking to Twitter, he said he was “horrified” by the level of devastation. “I’ve never seen anything like this” he noted, despite spending 10 years in some of the most crisis-ridden parts of the world, as head of UN refugee agency (UNHCR).Guterres spoke to international emergency responders and Bahamians involved in the Government relief effort in Abaco, after surveying the scene.“I have to say that I have seen in my life in different capacities, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, cyclones, I don’t remember seeing such a systematic level of devastation,” he said. “Even when I came two years ago to Dominica, this kind of systematic destruction is unique.”Thanking all of the search and rescue workers from nations far and wide, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN agencies on the ground, Guterres said that the destruction he had witnessed was “a demonstration of how dramatic natural disasters are becoming, increasing in intensity and in frequency and how vulnerable countries like the Bahamas are in relation to these natural disasters.”“It is clear that this acceleration is very much linked to human activity, triggering climate change, and, of course, the Bahamas are not contributing much to climate change,” he said. “So, this solidarity is absolutely essential, and the international community needs to be able to express it very strongly.”Guterres thanked them all for working “with an enormous determination, and enormous solidarity, and enormous generosity” in “very tough conditions.”The UN chief noted that although some skeptics of the aid effort expressed a view that middle-income countries like The Bahamas should not be supported in the face of disasters like Dorian, “it’s a wrong idea, especially with middle income countries that have high levels of vulnerability to external shocks, they are not responsible for.”Now is obviously still the emergency phase, he said, “but then there will be reconstruction, resilience, recovery; and this will require massive investments, from the Government, and international support, of course, will be absolutely essential”.Guterres said the expectations of all Bahamians would need to be carefully managed, praising the extraordinary effort on the part of the Government and people, to deal with the devastation that will impact the economy and society for months to come. He said the international community has a “huge responsibility to support the Bahamas”, adding that as Secretary-General, he would be “saying that “everywhere I go”.As the UN chief left the Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, later on Saturday, the UN said one Government minister thanked him for speaking to the world about the reality Bahamians now find themselves in.“I really thank you on behalf of the Prime Minister and the people of our country, for taking the time, and coming and looking at ‘ground zero’ for yourself,” the UN quoted the unidentified minister as saying.
SHANGHAI — Klay Thompson made 5 of 6 3-pointers and scored 25 points to help the Golden State Warriors rout the Los Angeles Lakers 115-89 in a preseason game in Shanghai on Friday night.David Lee added 16 points and Draymond Green had 14 points and six rebounds for the Warriors, who followed up their 100-95 win over the Lakers in Beijing on Tuesday with another victory.Shanghai native Yao Ming, who watched the game courtside, got a huge cheer from the crowd before the game, but the loudest ovation went to the injured Kobe Bryant when he joined the Lakers bench in the fourth quarter.Bryant is sitting out the start of the season as he recovers from a torn Achilles tendon. Pau Gasol was the only Lakers player in double digits, scoring 16 points. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error