Evans Aryee ‘dethrone’ Dimpson Doodo of number one squash spot

first_imgEvans Aryee of the Tesano Squash Club in Accra disposed off his club mate Dimpson Doodo of his number one spot on the ranking table in Ghana after winning the Movie House Squash Masters Tournament hosted by the 4 Garrison Officers Mess Squash Club over the weekend.Playing from a strong field of over 40 seasoned squash players across the country, Evans played with so much confidence from the preliminary stage of the event beating all those who came his way by straight sets before finally settling scores with old foe Dimpson Doodo.Aryee and Dimpson displayed astounding skills and stamina in the final match which was decided after an hour and half of a best of five sets.Going into the final game on a set apiece, Aryee showed a lot of resilience and great skills, making sure he dealt with all the dangerous shots from his opponent to the admiration of the fans present at the event.Evans Aryee won the competition for the first time since its inception five years ago. The young enterprising player attributed his win to the hard work he put in the final month preceding the event.”I put in a lot of hard work, training extra hours all to get me in shape for this tournament”. It was evident that a hard a lot of stamina in the final moments of the final set which gave me the advantage over my club mate”. Evans Aryee further called on the Ministry of Youth and Sports to turn attention to Squash and help in the development of the game in the country.“The ministry should also give the game of squash some attention like the other sports including football, boxing and athletics,” he said.”Now that the game has been included in the All Africa games and other international competitions the Ministry can help us to also participate and lift the flag of Ghana high”. “We have what it takes to take the continent by storm and we need just some push from the authorities,” he added.Meanwhile, captain of the 4 Garrison Squash Club Lawyer Francis Coffie, is amazed at level of competition from the participants and is encouraging the youth to embrace the game of squash.“The performance exhibited by the players has been of high quality and is a vast improvement from what we saw last year. I pray the players can keep up with the standard displayed and we promise to organize more tournaments next year to make the game of squash more attractive”.last_img read more

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NBA free agency: Kevon Looney would ‘love to stay’ with Warriors

first_imgKevon Looney wants to remain with the Warriors.The 23-year-old forward has spent his entire four-year career in Golden State. His contract will expire after the playoffs and he said last weekend he hopes to re-sign with the team. NBA playoffs 2019: Warriors’ Klay Thompson says he ended slump by jumping in the ocean Warriors’ Steve Kerr on Stephen Curry’s Game 4 struggles: Great players ‘bounce back pretty quickly’ Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he wants Looney to be in the team’s long-term plans.“I was terrified all last year, after we denied the option, that we were going to lose him,” Kerr said. “He was great last year. But it was a bad free-agent market for the players last summer. People just didn’t have money. So, we got lucky in terms of being able to keep him. And he’s turned into such a good player for us.“I’m really, really hoping that we can keep him long term and that we can give him the contract he deserves, and he can make some good money and we can enjoy having him on our team for many years.”Looney said he appreciated his coach’s comments.“It’s good to have that kind of support from the coach,” Looney said. “I hope it works out.”Looney averaged a career-high 6.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game for Golden State in 2018-19.The forward’s role has increased in the playoffs as Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins suffered a torn quad early in the team’s opening round series against the Clippers.Looney tallied 19 points and five rebounds in 19 minutes in Golden State’s Game 2 loss and followed that up with 10 points in 17 minutes in a blowout victory. He also added seven rebounds and two assists in Game 4.Kerr praised Looney’s contributions when he met with reporters before that game.center_img “I’d love to stay here,” Looney said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “I like being on this team. I want to be there when Chase Center opens later this year.”The Warriors declined Looney’s fourth-year option in October 2018, which made him a free agent after last season. But, Looney inked a one-year, $1.6 million deal to stay with Golden State. Related News “For two years now, he has been a rock for us,” Kerr said. “I really hope that (he’s) here. I want him to be here for a long time. I think everybody in this locker room wants Loon to be rewarded for his effort.”The Warriors originally selected Looney out of UCLA with the 30th pick in the 2015 draft.last_img read more

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