… Conference A final ends on controversial noteBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada — In 2014, Dant swept all before them, crowning an excellent debut season in the Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL). It was a similar performance this season, albeit under controversial circumstances.In last Sunday’s Conference A final, played at the Ashtonbee number one ground, Dant were given the championship on a platter after archrivals Sunshine conceded the game with skipper Mahendranauth ‘Bobby’ Parasnauth citing inconsistencies in the rulings of the umpires as regards pelting. The victory meant Dant had carted off the 10/10, 15-overs and the regular season (20 overs) titles.The victorious Enterprise players celebrate with their supporters.There wasn’t any controversy in the Conference B final, played on the number two ground where debutants Enterprise maintained their unbeaten season streak with an exciting four-run win over Carr Tec in their 20-over affair.The Conference A final promised much and the big contingent of Sunday morning spectators anticipated a riveting contest but their hopes were dashed with the disappointing end.Set a challenging 164 for victory after Dant had recovered from 69 for four to 163 without further loss, Sunshine were in a bit of bother at 50 for four in 9.3 overs when Sunshine, through their captain Parasnauth, refused to continue the game following more than a 15-minute stoppage. The umpires duly awarded the game to Dant.The controversy erupted after Azam Haniff was deemed to be “pelting” and was forced out of the attack during Dant’s innings and the dispute subsequently boiled over when, in the opinion of the Sunshine players, Dant’s Shaun Deonandan was guilty of similar atrocities and the umpires failed to acknowledge same. Attempts by OSCL executives to get the game restarted also failed.Earlier, Dant owed their recovery to a sparkling undefeated 94-run fifth-wicket partnership between skipper Looknauth Ramsuchit (45 not out) and Deonandan (40 not out). The two came together in the 13th over with their team struggling at 69 for four and proceeded to take away the game from Sunshine with some breathtaking shots.Ramsuchit slammed five sixes and two fours while Deonandan, who batted at number six instead of opening because of an hamstring injury, clouted four sixes and two fours as their team went into the break with great momentum. Opener Hemnarine Chattergoon supported with 25. Parasnauth was Sunshine’s best bowler with one for eight in four economical overs. Deonandan was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.Enterprise ended their fairy tale season on a resounding note but not before Carr Tec came close to stopping them in their tracks.Set 141 for victory, after limiting their opponents to 140 for seven in their allotted 20 overs, Carr Tec were left high and dry at 136 for five when their overs expired with MVP Rawle Scott unbeaten on 42 – an innings that included five towering sixes and a similar number of fours.Carr Tec were, however, undone by their tardiness in chasing down the total with their skipper Bharrat Latchman retiring hurt for 30, setting them back. Jeetendra Harrilall hit 27. Skipper Rabindra Diaram (MVP) finished two for 23.Diaram had earlier played a major role in his team’s recovery after they were precariously placed at 22 for four in the eighth over, sharing a face-saving 73-run fifth-wicket stand with Avinash Singh who blasted six sixes in a fine 51 while his skipper counted one six and two fours before he went via run-out. Terry Mathura, who caused the early damage, finished with two for 14 from his four overs.In Saturday’s semi-finals, played at the same venue, Sunshine defeated East Coast while Dant got the better of giant killers Rebels.At the presentation ceremony which followed, OSCL president Albert Ramcharran regretted the incident which occurred during the Conference A final. He congratulated the teams for another fine season and reminded them of the league’s presentation dinner and dance, set for Saturday, November 12 next.
The apparent scramble for the top job at the National Sports Authority (NSA) has gathered speed with three new names popping up in the latest twist to the unending chess game at play.Graphic Sports has gathered from insiders that Lt Col. Maxwell Bediako of the Ghana Olympic Committee and Grp Capt. Arko Dadzie, president of the Ghana Chess Association, have been proposed by some powerful personalities in Ghana sports for consideration for the post.A third choice, Emmanuel Gidisu Tetteh, a senior officer at CEPS division of the Ghana Revenue Authority and president of the Ghana Judo Association, seems to be the leading candidate now.The three new names have replaced the previous candidates comprtising former Black Stars player, Anthony Baffoe, and the controversy-strewn legal practitioner, Sarfo Abebrese, one of whom was earlier tipped to assume the post.Significantly, lobbyists have looked beyond the confines of the NSA itself from whose outfit the pair of current acting Director General, Alice Attipoe, and her deputy in charge of technical matters, Erasmus Adorkor, rank as biggest candidates for the post.Significantly, all the new names have come from the midst of the security services where most of the previous helmsmen at the NSA have come from. Madam Attipoe was chief adminstrative officer under the previous structure, the equivalent of deputy director general in charge of administration and finance, before assuming the vacant post in an acting capacity.It is unclear whether Lt Col. Bediako, the representative of the security services on the GOC, Grp Capt. Dadzie or Mr Tetteh will eventually accept the post.
GIRLS WATER POLOSOUTHERN SECTION All games at 3:15 p.m. Division III wild card South Pasadena 10, Warren 5 Cerritos 7, Rowland 6 TUESDAYBOYS BASKETBALLL.A. CITY SECTION All games at 7 p.m. Invitational Division first round San Pedro at Reseda TODAYBOYS BASKETBALLSOUTHERN SECTION Division I-AA wild card Wilson 62, Torrance 47 El Segundo 40, Bellflower 39 Warren at Dana Hills Division IV-A first round Valley Christian 56, Milken Community 50 Division V-AA first round Woodcrest Christian 85, Avalon 59 GIRLS BASKETBALL L.A. CITY SECTION Invitational Division first round Santee at San Pedro BOYS SOCCER SOUTHERN SECTION Division I wild card Westlake 1, Cabrillo 0 Division IV wild card Lynwood 2, Artesia 0 Irvine 2, Norwalk 1 Division VI wild card St. Paul at Redlands Adventist GIRLS SOCCER SOUTHERN SECTION Division III wild card Fullerton 7, Bellflower 1 Division IV wild card St. Joseph 1, El Rancho 0 Division V first round Arroyo 2, Lynwood 1 Division VI wild card CAMS at Azusa Calvary Chapel Downey 4, Oxford Academy 0 TODAYBOYS BASKETBALLL.A. CITY SECTION All games at 7 p.m. Championship Division first round Palisades at King-Drew Narbonne at Westchester GIRLS BASKETBALLSOUTHERN SECTION All games at 7:30 p.m. Division II-AA wild card Los Alamitos at St. Bonaventure GIRLS SOCCERL.A. CITY SECTION All games at 3 p.m. Championship Division first round South East at San Pedro Narbonne at Marshall Banning at Garfield Fairfax at South Gate Carson at Sylmar GIRLS WATER POLOSOUTHERN SECTION All games at 3:15 p.m. Division I first round Bell Gardens at Foothill Millikan at Irvine Mater Dei at Wilson El Toro at Los Alamitos Poly at Corona del Mar Division III first round Chino Hills at Downey FRIDAYBOYS BASKETBALLSOUTHERN SECTION All games at 7:30 p.m. Division I-AA first round Downey at Westlake Lakewood at Mayfair South Torrance/J. Serra winner at Compton La Mirada at Lawndale St. John Bosco at Gahr Servite/Verbum Dei winner at Dominguez North Torrance at Poly Jordan at Centennial Warren/Dana Hills winner at Artesia Division I-A first round Huntington Beach/Tustin winner at Los Alamitos Division IV-A second round Webb/L.A. Baptist winner at St. Anthony Division V-A second round Tarbut V’Torah/La Sierra Academy winner at L.A. Adventist GIRLS BASKETBALLL.A. CITY SECTION All games at 7 p.m. Championship Division first round Banning at Taft Eagle Rock at Carson King-Drew at L.A. Wilson BOYS SOCCERL.A. CITY SECTION All games at 3 p.m. Championship Division first round Banning at South East Huntington Park at Narbonne Carson at Bell San Pedro at Chatsworth Marshall at South Gate GIRLS SOCCERSOUTHERN SECTION All games at 3 p.m. Division I first round Chaminade at Los Alamitos Lakewood at El Toro Esperanza at Poly Trabuco Hills at Wilson Millikan at Mater Dei Division III first round Glenn at Sunny Hills Beverly Hills at La Mirada Corona Centennial at Mayfair Division V first round Beaumont at Downey Citrus Hills/Yucca Valley winner at Bell Gardens Warren at South Torrance Mountain View at Valley Christian Division VI first round Oxford Academy/Calvary Chapel Downey winner at Mary Star St. Matthias at St. Paul SATURDAYGIRLS BASKETBALLSOUTHERN SECTION All games at 7:30 p.m. Division I-AA first round Riverside Poly/Glendale winner at Poly Compton at Fullerton San Marcos at Lynwood Millikan at Santa Margarita Jordan at Bishop Montgomery JSerra at Wilson Sonora at Gahr Dominguez at Moorpark Division I-A first round Artesia at J.W. North Mayfair at Huntington Beach Palos Verdes at Cerritos El Toro at Glenn Division III-AA first round Savanna at St. Paul Mary Star at Jurupa Valley Division IV-AA first round Capistrano Valley Christian at St. Matthias St. Anthony at New Roads Desert Christian at Whitney Division V-AA first round Kern Valley at L.A. Adventist Division V-A first round CAMS at Pilibos BOYS SOCCERSOUTHERN SECTION All games at 3 p.m. Division I first round Schurr at Wilson Crespi/Quartz Hill winner at Millikan San Clemente at Los Alamitos Jordan at Royal Division III first round Santa Ynez/Crescenta Valley winner at Paramount Santa Fe at La Mirada Warren at El Rancho Saddleback/Norco winner at Bellflower Division V first round Valley Christian at La Puente Division VI first round Linfield Chr./Ontario Chr. winner at Avalon 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Pablo Farias of Argentina has been named as James DeGale’s opponent for his fight at Glow, Bluewater, on Saturday 23 March.DeGale will defend his WBC Silver belt at the Kent venue, where he beat Frenchman Hadillah Mohoumadi last year.It will be the Harlesden super-middleweight’s first outing since a points victory over rugged Colombian Fulgencio Zuniga in December.DeGale, who recently opted to give up the European title and was previously British champion, is hoping to fight for a world title later this year.Farias, 25, has been beaten only twice in his 26 professional fights.One of those defeats was by disqualification and the came against world champion Arthur Abraham.See also:DeGale opts to give up European titleDeGale set for March title defence’This will be my year’ declares DeGale ahead of Farias 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
“It is music and dancing that makes me at peace with the world.” – Nelson Mandela (Image: BBC) Sello Hatang Chief Executive Officer Nelson Mandela Foundation 27 11 547 5600 [email protected] • Songbird Abigail Kubeka remembers songs for Mandela • National order for ‘Free Mandela’ songwriter Jerry Dammers • Jazz inspired by Mandela • Mandela and more at the Durban International Film Festival • Mandela: a life in booksSulaiman PhilipAtticus Finch, the champion of To Kill a Mockingbird, is the ideal fictional hero. He is the calm at the centre of the book, the polite strength who believes in the mind above the fist. Finch, played by Gregory Peck in the film, is the archetype of a certain kind of manliness – a self-assured poise expressed through lessons taught to his children. He shows leadership through quiet strength. Atticus Finch made you want to say: “That is an ideal of manliness that matters, that we should strive for.”At one point he says: “Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It’s knowing you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” It is lessons like these that bring to mind Nelson Mandela, a South African hero who comes closest to the heroic fictional ideal. Mandela’s heroism and idealism set him above most, and his life has inspired artists to create great works. He is the canvas on which artists express ideas about the world and how it should be.In music, Mandela influenced artists across genres stretching back to his life in prison. When American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author Gil Scott-Heron released Johannesburg in 1975, heroic Mandela was just an idea. His example influenced lyrics such as “glad to see resistance growing”.More than a decade later, in 1987, Mandela was three years from being released unconditionally from prison, a day that few in South Africa could imagine. The country was in the middle of an oppressive state of emergency, when any opposition to the apartheid government was met with force. Bright Blue boomed into this world, deeply influenced by the country in which the band was born. The music was a mix of the eighties English pop of white suburbia, the swing and swagger of township jive, and the African rhythms and harmonies of mbaqanga.It was one of many South African bands at the time, all mixing up a uniquely South African sound and urging an end to apartheid. But the song that separates Bright Blue from their contemporaries was written while Dan Heymann was serving in the South Africa Defence Force, the old apartheid army into which all white males over the age of 18 were conscripted for two years. The melancholy Weeping, with its sly dig at the apartheid regime in the intro – hinting at the then-banned ANC anthem Nkosi Sikelel iAfrika – lifted the song with its moving, angry lyrics and iconic saxophone break into one of the most important South African songs.Pop is not the only genre inspired by Mandela, and an opera influenced by him is not a disparate idea. Madiba loved music and the Mandela Trilogy opera brings together different genres that sound-tracked his life. It is a polished piece written by South Africans that tries to unravel the enigma of a man whose life seemed to be an open book.The opening act, with its Xhosa choral pieces, deals with his youth in the Transkei. The second act, with its township jazz soundtrack, is the most vibrant and covers his life up to the Rivonia Trial. The optimistic finale is Madiba free from prison and balancing the demands for freedom now with the realities of leadership. It is trite but beautifully captures the spirit of the nation throwing off the shackles.In the years after he stepped down from the presidency, Mandela was known to have enjoyed sitting in his Houghton home in Joburg, watching the sun set while listening to classical music. His biography, Long Walk to Freedom, inspired composer Wilhelm Kaizer Lindemann to produce Hommage à Nelson M, for cello & percussion, Op.27.And the youth orchestra at the Frank Pietersen Music Centre in Paarl, founded in 1970 as an outlet for disadvantaged youth, has won international acclaim for its orchestral piece, A Song for Mandela.Pablo Picasso once said that art exists to wash the dust off our souls. Artists, however, need inspiration, and they find it in the best of us. Artists have used Madiba’s example to fill in the Technicolor glory of the world of which Nelson Rohlihlala Mandela dreamed.