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Salim 7 crowned champions of GRUPA Sevens Rugby Festival

first_imgSalim 7, one of the squads drawn from Cosmos Buffaloes Rugby Club won the Ghana Rugby Union Players Association (GRUPA) Sevens title after a fiercely contested final against Large Star, a squad from Titans Rugby Club at the Accra Sports Stadium. 3 tries and 3 conversions was what Salim 7 needed as they cruised to 21 points with Large Star trailing with 0 point at the end of proceedings in the finals. Salim 7 will go into the history books as the first ever winners of the GRUPA 7s Rugby Festival in the unprecedented tournament organized by a player’s union in Africa.In what looked like a big day for Cosmos Buffalos Rugby Club, their second team named as Buffalos placed third as they scored Zanzibar 21 to 14. Team Buffalo scored a late 7 points to snatch the needed victory leaving team Zanzibar which was drawn from Dansoman Hurricane Rugby Club to settle for the fourth position A total of 10 teams from different clubs across the country participated in the festival which brought together several Rugby dignitaries and stakeholders to witness the beauty of the fastest growing sport in the country.The winners were presented with prizes and other exciting packages from the sponsors of the event. The Rugby festival was a delight to behold as kids showcased their talent whiles the ladies also displayed rugby at its best. Spectators also enjoyed themselves in a kicking competition and the winners walked away with prizes.President of GRUPA, Mr. Michael Ako Wilson highlighted in an interview that he was pleased with the success of the programme due to the massive turnout, participation and maturity displayed in all the matches.  “The objective of the festival is to create unity, camaraderie and for players to network. As you can see we had a lot of people attending the festival, the games were fantastic and were of the highest standards”. He was grateful to the sponsors and the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) for their support and hinted that GRUPA Sevens Festival will be an annual event with participation from other countries. Mr. Wilson used the opportunity to appeal to corporate bodies to invest in Ghana Rugby since the major challenge has been funding.  The general captain of the national rugby team also stated that what was witnessed by fans was just the tip of the iceberg and promised a very exciting competition when the Ghana Rugby Club Championship kicks off on November 7th, 2015. The General Secretary of GRFU, Mr. Abdul Aziz Issah couldn’t hold back his joy at the achievement of GRUPA in organizing the festival and being the pioneers of such an initiative. He told the media in an interview that, “We [GRFU] are very proud of GRUPA, its members and what they have accomplished today. It has never happened before and I know other countries will emulate”. He was impressed with the improvement in the games and was hopeful that Ghana rugby will reach higher heights with more guidance, training programmes for clubs, good facilities and courses to upgrade the coaches.  Mr. Aziz lamented about the lack of funding which has stifled the development of rugby in the country. He wants all stakeholders and the sports authorities to commit resources to push Ghana rugby to reach higher heights. “Financing has always been our problem. It is our President, Mr. Herbert Mensah who comes to our aid but it cannot always be so. We need the support of government and the corporate bodies to develop the game”. International Brands Ghana, importers of T’ Best Natural Juice was the official beverage sponsor for the event. Wish Bone Commodities Limited, producers of Royal Atlantic Tuna were official partners with support from Largestar Batteries.   á§last_img read more

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Morris’ 88th minute goal gives US Gold Cup title

first_img“I was nervous. It was my guy that scored on the goal, so I was trying to make up for it any way that I could,” Morris said. “Obviously. I take responsibility for that. But luckily I could put one in the back of the net.”Jermaine Taylor tried to clear with a header and the ball was knocked by Clint Dempsey with a leg back to Morris. It was the fifth international goal for the 22-year-old Morris, who tied 16-year-old Canadian Alphonso Davies for the tournament lead with three goals.“That was like a dagger in the heart,” Jamaica coach Theodore Whitmore said.The U.S. extended its unbeaten streak to 14 games (9-0-5) under Arena, who became the first coach to win three Gold Cup titles.“Bruce brought in a new energy,” goalkeeper Tim Howard said. “He just gave us a tremendous lift.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH PLAY LIST 01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend U.S. captain Michael Bradley earned the Golden Ball at the tournament’s top player.The Americans had a chance in the 19th minute when Altidore’s swerving 30-yard shot was parried by Blake, who dived left and then beat Kellyn Acosta to the rebound at the 6-yard box. Acosta collided with Blake and appeared to kick the keeper’s right hand before Jamaica’s Damion Lowe cleared. Blake’s hand was wrapped but he couldn’t continue and was replaced by Miller four minutes later. As Blake left the field, he acknowledged the cheering fans with a wave of his left hand, then later emerged for the medal ceremony with his hand bandaged after receiving seven stitches. Nothing was broken.“It was a very unfortunate situation. What to say? Very sad situation,” Whitmore said.Altidore put the U.S. ahead with a curling shot past Miller’s outstretched right hand into the upper corner of the net just beneath the crossbar, his 39th goal in 108 appearances.Lawrence, who scored in a 1-0 semifinal win Sunday against Mexico, took another corner kick in the 75th minute moments after Alvas Powell’s shot from close range deflected off Graham Zusi — a sequence that had Howard yelling at the defense.Using a lineup with about half its regular starters — the rest are in preseason with European clubs — the U.S. reached its record 10th final. The Reggae Boyz were a surprising final opponent after they stunned Mexico in a semifinal Sunday to reach the title match for a second straight time.With 18 of 22 starters from Major League Soccer, this was a rematch of the 2015 Gold Cup semifinal won 2-1 by Jamaica at Atlanta. For the first time since replacing Jurgen Klinsmann in November, Arena kept his lineup unchanged. He inserted the 34-year-old Dempsey in the 55th minute.Chunks of turf came loose yet again at Levi’s Stadium, the $1.2 billion, 3-year-old home of the NFL San Francisco 49ers. The field has been an ongoing issue.The Americans hope for momentum built during this run as they prepare to resume World Cup qualifying. The U.S faces Costa Rica in a rematch of the Gold Cup semifinal on Sept. 1 at Harrison, New Jersey, and play four days later at Honduras. The hex concludes against Panama on Oct. 6 in Orlando, Florida, and at Trinidad and Tobago four days after.“We’re not worried one bit about World Cup qualifying today. I can promise you that,” Bradley said. “This was about a group of guys winning a trophy and that’s been the only goal.” NCAA postpones Thursday games United States players celebrate after beating Jamaica 2-1 in the Gold Cup final soccer match in Santa Clara, Calif., Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA—As the victorious American players bounced so hard the podium shook, medals round their necks, a beaming Bruce Arena in the back raised his arms to the air right along with them as gold confetti began to fall.The U.S. resurgence is off to an impressive start since Arena returned late last year. Another CONCACAF Gold Cup crown, and now on to more important business: qualifying for next year’s World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Arena already was looking ahead.“We’re a long way from qualifying for a World Cup, and that’s the objective, for sure,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Former Stanford star Jordan Morris scored a tiebreaking goal in the 88th minute, and the United States beat Jamaica 2-1 on Wednesday night for its sixth Gold Cup title and first since 2013.Jozy Altidore’s goal on a 28-yard free kick in the 45th minute beat backup goalkeeper Dwayne Miller after Jamaica captain Andre Blake left early with a hand injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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