Cardiff Devils bring down Giants in Belfast

first_img The Giants came from behind three times to beat the Devils 4-3 after overtime on Friday but were on the wrong end of another close-fought encounter on Saturday. Trevor Hendrikx opened the scoring for the Devils in the first period and Joey Martin doubled the lead on the power play in the second before the Giants finally broke through five minutes into third period thanks to James Desmarais. Press Association Jake Morissette restored the Devils’ two-goal advantage two minutes later and although Brandon Benedict finished an impressive play from the Giants to make it 3-2, the Welsh side held out in a thrilling finale. Manchester Giants secured their second regulation win of the season with a 6-4 success at Coventry Blaze, who went down to a fourth defeat. David Phillips cancelled out Russell Cowley’s first-period opener for the Blaze early in the second before a double from Ross Venus sandwiched Matty Davies’ effort for the visitors to leave the home side 3-2 ahead at the end of the second period. But Storm hit three times without reply in the third period through Patrik Valcak, Grant Toulmin and Vinny Scarsella and although Ashley Tait pulled one back for the Blaze, Toulmin completed the scoring. Bobby Chaumont, Riley Wetmore, John Dolan and Lou Dickenson were on target for Dundee Stars in their 4-1 win at Fyfe Flyers, who replied through Ryan Dingle. Braehead Clan beat Edinburgh Capitals 5-1 in their league game which also doubled up as a Challenge Cup clash. Nate Fleming gave Capitals the lead in the first period, but Braehead hit back in style through Stefan Meyer, Marcus Gotz, Alex Leavitt, Chris Bruton and Lee Esders. center_img Cardiff Devils gained revenge on Belfast Giants by securing a 3-2 win in Northern Ireland to open up a two-point lead at the top of the Elite League table.last_img read more

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Forde cops sixth consecutive Massy 10km title, Scott wins women’s title

first_imgBy Tamica GarnettGUYANA’s Cleveland Forde,nicknamed Little Kenyan,orchestrated a tactical win over Winston Missigher and Nathaniel Giddings,to take his sixth consecutive Massy 10km Road Race men’s title yesterday, while Ashanti Scott capitalised on the absence of several leading female distance runners to capture the win in the women’s category. Forde covered the distance,on the East Bank of Demerara from Diamond to Massy’s Ruimvelt location, in a time of 33 minutes and 10 seconds, to champion the event as Missigher once again failed in his bid to clinch another win over Forde,since beating him in the Jubilee 10 km Road Race.The time was a five-second improvement on the time that Forde clocked in the event last year, when the route was from Vreed-en-Hoop to the Massy’s Office,but it was still behind the 32.39 that he clocked for his win at the Caricom 10km Road Race in July; leaving him still unable to attain his wish of going below the 30 minute barrier.‘Little Kenyan’ Cleveland Forde crossing the finish line for the win in the Massy 10km Road Race yesterday (Adrian Narine Photo)‘Little Kenyan’ Cleveland Forde crossing the finish line for the win in the Massy 10km Road Race yesterday (Adrian Narine Photo)Commenting on the race,Forde said it was all about “consistency in training and determination” that lead him to the win.For the second place finish,Missigher covered the distance in 33 minutes, 30 seconds.Giddings was just behind Missigher,clocking 33 minutes and 33 seconds for third place.Cleveland Thomas finished fourth (34m.01s),while Quacy Morian was fifth (35m.16s).Commencing with some 65 runners, things started to really thin off as the pack came out of the final 3km, with Thomas leading the way and Forde strategically keeping close by.Another thinning of the pack would ensue as things got down to the final 3km.With Thomas dropping back,the new leading pack consisted of Forde, Missigher and Giddings. With about 1km to go, Missigher and Giddings were left to battle it out for second place, as Forde established himself firmly in the lead.From there, it was all over and Forde eased his way to the finish line to pick up his win. Forde now has his sights set on participating at the Venture Credit Unit 5km in Trinidad later this month, and the upcoming Courts 10km Road Race in Guyana. The 30 year old will use all of these events in his preparation leading up to his participation in the South American 10km.Among the females, it took Scott some 42 minutes and 21 seconds to make her way in, and another four and a half minutes for Alicia Jack to take the second place finish. The third to cross the finish line was Shyon Boyer in a time of 49 minutes and 32 seconds.In other results of the day,Claudrice Mackoy won the female junior category,while Odwin Tudor won the male title. Micheal Dividson took the master’s 40-54 win,and Ian Archibald prevailed in the men’s 55 and over category. On the distaff side,the master’s title was won by Cyrleen Phillips.Following the completion of the early morning event, Massy Group of Companies Country Manager, Persaud, congratulated the winners and conveyed his gratitude to all the participants who took part in the event;making it another successful year.President of the Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG), Aubrey Hudson, was also on hand to thank all those who participated.last_img read more

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Arsenal’s Mkhitaryan to Miss Europa Final against Chelsea

first_img“It’s the kind of game that doesn’t come along very often and I admit, it hurts a lot to miss it.”As a result of political tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia, Mkhitaryan has missed club matches played in Azerbaijan in the past.“We have written to UEFA expressing our deep concerns about this situation,” read an Arsenal statement.“We have thoroughly explored all the options for Micki to be part of the squad but after discussing this with Micki and his family we have collectively agreed he will not be in our travelling party.“Micki has been a key player in our run to the final so this is a big loss for us from a team perspective.“We’re also very sad that a player will miss out on a major European final in circumstances such as this, as it is something that comes along very rarely in a footballer’s career.”UEFA responded to Arsenal with a statement that said: “Working alongside Arsenal FC, UEFA sought and received assurances regarding the player’s safety in Azerbaijan from the highest authorities in the country.“As a result of these guarantees, a comprehensive security plan was developed and given to the club.“While the club acknowledges the efforts that UEFA and the Azeri government have gone to in this matter, we respect the personal decision not to travel with the player.”The Azerbaijan FA said they were “disappointed” that Mkhitaryan would not be travellingIn a statement, the AFFA said: “We very much regret this unwarranted decision taken. Whilst we recognise the right to make a personal decision not to travel, we would like to reiterate that as the host country Azerbaijan has provided all the necessary guarantees required by UEFA to ensure the personal safety of Mr Mkhitaryan.“There is no reason whatsoever to put in question the seriousness of these guarantees provided by Azerbaijan.”Arsenal, who finished fifth in the Premier League, will qualify for next season’s Champions League if they beat Chelsea.It would be their first European trophy since they won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994.Arsenal manager Unai Emery said: “He wants to play with the team, but he spoke with his family and decided not to go.“It’s a very, very personal decision and we need to respect him. I don’t understand the political problems but I must respect his decision.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not play in the Europa League final against Chelsea on 29 May.It is understood the Armenian, 30, feared for his safety on the pitch in Baku, Azerbaijan.“Having considered all current options, we had to take the tough decision for me not to travel with the squad to the Europa League final,” said Mkhitaryan.last_img read more

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