THE International Karate-Do Organisation Academy of Guyana (IKO) has congratulated His Excellency, Irfaan Alli, on becoming Guyana’s Ninth executive President.In a release, the body, through its chairman, Shihan Jeffrey Wong, said, “Please permit me this opportunity to congratulate you on your recent swearing in as the Ninth Executive President of the Cooperative Republic and the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) on its electoral triumph.”“We wish you every success in your mandate. We are confident in your astute leadership to lead all the people of Guyana to progress and prosperity.”“Esteemed Excellency, the IKD Academy of Guyana stands ready to support you and your government, as we firmly believe that sport has a huge role to play when it comes to nation-building, as it helps in elevating the qualities of discipline, determination, teamwork and a passion for fitness in the psyche of a nation.”
Published on March 7, 2017 at 12:10 am Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org Gabby Cooper spoke with Brittney Sykes and Alexis Peterson the night before the biggest game of her life. The team was out for dinner and the next day it was set to match up with then-No. 7 Notre Dame in a game that would eventually shatter the attendance record.The discussion wasn’t about Cooper’s 10-percent shooting performance from 3 against North Carolina six days prior. It wasn’t about whether the freshman had the confidence to perform against a Top 10 team. Those were conversations of the past.Instead, the three discussed the antics that they would be pulling when they hit shots and run the score up on the Fighting Irish. Peterson and Sykes — the top two scorers in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the leaders of this year’s teams — told the freshman shooter that they needed her.“I felt like I had to step it up even more,” Cooper said, clapping her hands together as she recounted the interaction between the three teammates. “I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to come out here tomorrow and shoot all the 3s and make them.’ We were hype.”Some nights, Cooper thrives. Other nights, she doesn’t. Her role as 3-point specialist for No. 21 Syracuse (21-10, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) hasn’t changed — she’s started in every game she’s played in — but her performances have. She’s learned through 30 games that to succeed beyond the arc, she has to put bad performances behind her. It’s led to four of her five best scoring performances coming since the start of February.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCooper said she wasn’t expecting as a big role as she ended up getting to start the year. Through her first seven games, she shot 72 3-pointers, notching 61 points, but she made just 23.6 percent of her shots from 3.SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said Cooper’s struggles were part of her growth process as a freshman. But then he gave her only 20 minutes of playing time in a Nov. 27 loss to DePaul, after Cooper had shot only 4-of-15 from 3 the night before. She rediscovered her stroke at the Florida Sunshine Classic, shooting 5-of-12 from 3 against Old Dominion for a season-high 19 points. But she remained largely inconsistent.The UNC game on Feb. 12 marked the second time in a month that she had shot 1-of-10 from downtown. After her already-shaky start to the season, Cooper’s role as 3-point specialist looked unstable.Then, “the game happened,” Cooper said. Cooper torched the Fighting Irish defense, scoring 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting, nearly leading the Orange to a momentous upset in front of a record 11,021 fans. When Cooper walked off the court, the UNC game was a blip in her distant memory. The debate regarding her ability to perform beyond the arc in a big game ended.The good games stick in your memory, and the bad games leave quickly, Cooper said.“When she’s struggling, she remains aggressive,” Hillsman said. “And that’s important for us. She adds a dimension to our game.”Last Friday against No. 13 Duke, the Blue Devils’ defense swallowed up Peterson and Sykes, holding the All-ACC duo to only 22 combined points. The ball thrust into Cooper’s hands most of the night and the freshman threw up 16 shots from 3, six of which fell for 18 points to pace the Orange. On her fourth 3-pointer of the game, Cooper became SU’s all-time freshman leader in 3-pointers made, with 68.It didn’t matter that Cooper had been on a two-game cold streak entering Friday. What mattered was Cooper found her stroke again.“It’s easy to be confident when you’re playing great, but how confident can you be when you’re struggling some?” Hillsman said. “I always thought she was confident no matter what, and that’s what we need her to do.”Cooper is now 878 minutes into her collegiate career. She said matter-of-factly she’s comfortable in her role and is used to being a mainstay on the court. She averages 29.3 minutes per game for SU and has taken 263 3-pointers on the season, averaging 8.8 points per game – the fourth-best mark on the team.Cooper didn’t expect to play nearly three-quarters of games and make more 3-pointers than any freshman in the ACC. But she’s not complaining, because the same freshman who once carried doubt is poised to help lead the Orange into the NCAA tournament.She’ll be stationed where she always is. Behind the thickly painted semi-circle that sits 20-feet-9-inches from the hoop. Behind the line that has been both make and break for Cooper dozens of times in her first season at SU. Behind the line that has been her best friend, and worst enemy, since November. It’s the one place Cooper has come to know best and the only place from which she sees herself fit.“That’s my spot,” Cooper said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Gonzalez also singled and scored the Dodgers’ first run in the second inning, finishing 3 for 4. Carl Crawford and A.J. Ellis also hit home runs, and Dodgers starter Zack Greinke pitched seven efficient innings, retiring the final 13 batters he faced.“For him to go through those first three innings at 61 pitches and be able to throw four more clean says a lot about how he was able to settle in and get the ball to the back end of our guys,” Ellis said of Greinke.The Cardinals loaded the bases in the top of the first inning with none out, but Greinke came back to strike out Matt Adams and get Yadier Molina to hit into a double play.What could have been a quick ending to the game — and the season — turned into a minor speedbump. The Dodgers never trailed in the game.“If they’re able to score two, three, four runs there, not only does it give them a lead, it’s an emotional back-breaker for us,” Ellis said. “It actually gave us some good momentum going forward.”Added Greinke: “I was real nervous out there with that situation and trying to make a good pitch and get Adams to chase and get (Molina) into a double play.”Greinke pitched seven innings, allowing six hits, two runs, one walk and striking out four. He retired the final 13 batters he faced, then turned the ball over to Brian Wilson for a scoreless eighth inning.Gonzalez’s first homer, off Cardinals starter Joe Kelly, broke a 2-2 tie. Crawford made it 4-2 with his fourth home run of the postseason with another no-doubt blast halfway up the right-field bleachers in the fifth inning. Ellis’ first postseason home run gave the Dodgers an insurance run off Edward Mujica in the seventh.Ultimately, it didn’t matter that Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez bravely played six innings before the pain of a fractured rib became too much to bear. He finished 0 for 3 with a strikeout and grounding into a double play. Neither he nor Dodgers manager Don Mattingly gave an update about Ramirez’s condition after the game. He is expected to be a game-day decision Friday. Jansen survived a pair of runs in the ninth inning that made the final score deceptively close. He ultimately struck out the side, including pinch-hitter Adron Chambers as the potential go-ahead run to end the game.Juan Uribe’s RBI single off Kelly gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Greinke helped his own cause later in the inning, driving in Yasiel Puig with an RBI single.The Cardinals got both runs back in the third inning. Matt Carpenter led off with a single and scored on Carlos Beltran’s line drive off the center-field fence. Beltran went to third base when Dodgers center fielder Andre Ethier overran the ball.Matt Holliday doubled to right-center field to score Beltran and tie the score 2-2. That inning ended with another double-play groundout by Molina, who finished 0 for 4.“That was huge as well,” Ellis said. “Kept us where we needed to be. To me, those (double plays) were the two at-bats that changed the game.”Kelly gave the Dodgers fits for seven innings in Game 1. The Dodgers must have been taking notes: They collected seven hits and four runs in five innings off the Anaheim native, handing him the first postseason loss of his career.The Dodgers hit four home runs in a playoff game for just the third time ever. The last time came in Game 1 of the 1978 National League Championship Series. The Dodgers’ first baseman hit two of a team record-tying four home runs Wednesday afternoon in a 6-4 victory over the Cardinals to send the best-of-7 series back to St. Louis.The Dodgers trail 3-2, needing a win Friday behind Clayton Kershaw to keep their World Series hopes alive.“We’ve been in a tough situation since late June. Very similar to where we could have easily folded the season and not be in this situation,” Gonzalez said.“The worst team in the major leagues,” added closer Kenley Jansen.Wednesday’s win was reminiscent of the Dodgers’ midseason rally, saving their best baseball for their most desperate moments. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The 25th anniversary of Kirk Gibson’s home run came and went, and the Dodgers still did not have a home run in the National League Championship Series. As Tuesday night crept up on Wednesday, with the specter of elimination looming, Adrian Gonzalez was asked if his team could erase a 3-1 deficit without hitting a ball out of the park.“Absolutely,” he said.Less than 24 hours later, Gonzalez wasn’t taking any chances.