The Guyanese contingent continues to impress at the Big Apple Cricket Club (BACC) in New York, putting in standout performances in the Eastern American Cricket Association Division One T20 on Sunday, September 16.The double-header saw BACC do battle with, and completely dominating, the Gladiators CC and Scorpions CC. The first match was against the Gladiators; and BACC, in opting to bat, made a commanding 196-2, with Guyanese Martin Pestano-Belle coming off an unbeaten 113 in the previous game to frustrate theMartin-Pestano-Belleopposition by adding 106 alongside his opening partner Khaleem Bux, who made 74; the duo combining for a partnership of 196.The Gladiators were then sent in to bat, and they were restricted to 108 for 7 in 20 overs. Guyana’s Winston Forrester led the bowling attack, bagging 3 – 9 from 4 overs, with support from Trevon Garaway, who chipped in with 2 – 27 runs.In the second match of the day, BACC demolished Scorpions, bowling first and restricting them to 126 for 7 in 20 overs.Yet again, Forrester was among the wickets, while Garaway, Pestano-Belle and Jamal Romain claimed a wicket each.In reply, BACC chased their target of 128 in 9.2 overs, with the captain, former youth Guyanese player Jamal Hinckson, blasting 67 as Pestano-Belle chipped in with 29 and Forrester was not out on 25.
Here, AFP Sport looks at how the Premier League’s top six have fared so far this season and what they can aspire to come May.Liverpool (1st, 51 points)Despite manager Jurgen Klopp’s demands for Liverpool fans to remember it is still only December, the anticipation that their time has come after nearly three decades without a title is growing with every game.Still unbeaten with their only dropped points coming in creditable draws with City and away to Chelsea and Arsenal, it is an incredible defensive record — conceding just seven goals in 19 games — that has turned Klopp’s side from entertainers into title contenders.“What we wanted to do all the time (was) create a situation, a basis for the rest of the season and now the first part of the season is over,” said Klopp after thrashing Newcastle 4-0 on Boxing Day.“What we said as well is that we want to create our own history. We are the first Liverpool team in the Premier League to be unbeaten in 19 matches.”More history beckons for Klopp if he can be the first Liverpool manager since Kenny Dalglish in 1989-90 to win the league.Tottenham (2nd, 45 points)Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has inspired his side to second in the Premier League despite a myriad of off-field problems © AFP / Glyn KIRKNo new stadium, no new signings but so far no problem as Mauricio Pochettino’s burgeoning reputation as one of the world’s top coaches continues at Tottenham.The question remains whether Spurs’ squad has the stamina to keep going with the demands of four competitions in the new year.But they show no sign of slowing down having scored 11 goals in their last two games to thrash Everton and Bournemouth.“Over the last six months we haven’t complained about anything,” said Pochettino. “The one thing we have kept is the belief and being positive and we have created a bubble. We are in this position because we have worked a lot and the players really believe.”Manchester City (3rd, 44 points)Defeat at Leicester on Boxing Day was Manchester City’s third in four Premier League games © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYUntil mid-December, City seemed the same side that steamrollered all before them to win the title with a record 100 points last season.But a shock run of three defeats in four games has left the champions desperately needing to beat Liverpool at home on January 3 to haul themselves back into the title race.However, Pep Guardiola believes matching their points tally from the first half of the season will still give City a fighting chance at becoming the first team to retain the Premier League in a decade.“In a normal situation we are fighting to be champions,” said Guardiola. “If we make the same number of points in the second part of the season we are fighting to win the Premier League.“But the reality is there are another two teams and they are better.”Chelsea (4th, 40 points)It has been a mixed start to life in England for Maurizio Sarri © AFP / Ben STANSALLMaurizio Sarri’s revolution of Chelsea’s style brought immediate results as the Blues kept pace with Liverpool and City in the early weeks of the season before three defeats in six games by Spurs, Wolves and Leicester.Chelsea do remain well-placed to at least return to the Champions League next season in fourth, but with Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata failing to win Sarri’s trust, they could do with another striker in the January window to ease the goalscoring burden on Eden Hazard.Arsenal (5th, 38 points)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored a league-leading 13 goals so far this season © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONUnai Emery could not have asked for a tougher start to the task of replacing Arsene Wenger after 22 years in charge of the Gunners with defeats by City and Chelsea in his first two games in charge.However, the Spaniard quickly won the confidence of the Arsenal fans as a 22-game unbeaten run in all competitions followed to propel them back into the fight for a top-four finish.There remain some defensive deficiencies for Emery to iron out as defeat at Southampton and a 1-1 draw at Brighton on Boxing Day illustrated, but Lucas Torreira looks like the sort of tough-tackling midfielder Arsenal have been lacking for some time and they also boast the league’s top-scorer in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Manchester United (6th, 32 points)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has restored some optimism to Old Trafford © AFP / Oli SCARFFFrom the moment Mourinho started lashing out at the quality of his squad and his superiors in pre-season it seemed like he was again set to implode in his third season in charge of a big club.By the time the axe finally fell, United were already 19 points off the top and 11 behind fourth place.Solskjaer’s appointment was one made with the aim of making everyone, not least their own players, remember what Manchester United once were and so far it has worked.Far tougher tests lie ahead for the Norwegian than Cardiff and Huddersfield, but there is at long last an air of optimism around Old Trafford.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000History beckons: Jurgen Klopp is on the brink of delivering Liverpool’s first league title since 1990 © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 27 – A congested festive fixture list can often prove decisive in determining the destination of the Premier League title, but an action-packed Boxing Day also marked the halfway point of the league season with Liverpool surging into a six-point lead at the top.Tottenham, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal have also shone at different stages of the season so far, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as caretaker manager has even offered some hope for Manchester United after the dismal final days of Jose Mourinho’s reign.
BY EMMET RUSHE: The rise of the smoothie is a bit of a phenomenon. The global market for smoothie consumption is set to hit approximately $8 Billion this year and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.Driven by a new health-consciousness among consumers, today’s on-the-go convenience of gulping down your vitamins and minerals is appealing to more and more of us.Most of us consider smoothies a healthy but a sweet snack, consisting of fruit and possibly yogurt, or other ingredients like peanut butter or soy milk.The most convenient (and cheapest) way to make the drink is by using frozen fruit. The making of smoothies goes back to the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s with the invention and use of both blenders and refrigerators.Smoothies became associated with the health food industry in the Sixties through people like Jack Lalanne, the renowned health and fitness guru, who was one of the earliest advocates of juicing and nutrition.Today, with the trend toward organic and natural foods, smoothies have come into their own.The only problem that I see when people make or buy smoothies is they are mostly fruit and fruit juice, with very little else in them. Precision Nutrition coach Ryan Andrews has the same opinion on juice bar smoothies;‘Honestly, these store bought and juice bar type shakes are just barely better than a fast-food milk-shake.’‘They’re typically sweetened heavily with sugar, loaded with poor protein sources, and missing many of the nutrients found in whole foods.’Sure, you can have them as a treat, as a way to get your fruit and veg intake in an easy and convenient way, but they can be so much more.They can be an easy way to get a meal in, without actually cooking, you just have to plan them out the right way. A typical store bought smoothie looks like this;• Contains high levels of sugar• Include low quality protein sources• Rely heavily on processed ingredients• Use too many artificial componentsAn upgraded smoothie would look like this;• Contain minimal sugar and artificial ingredients• Use high quality protein sources• Include whole sources of fruit and vegetables• Provide fibre and healthy fats The first thing you should do before starting to make smoothies is get a good blender.I spent years with the cheaper varieties and spent more time trying to get the consistency right and then trying to clean the jug, than I did actually enjoying the smoothie.The ‘Nutri Ninja’ or the ‘Nutri bullet’ would be the two that give you a great smoothie every time.During my time studying for my Precision nutrition certification, I learned a few ways to upgrade the smoothie into a ‘Super Smoothie’Not all of the steps below are mandatory. Feel free to play around with the ingredients.If you don’t want a topper, leave it out.If you want extra veggies, go for it.If you are trying to keep your calories down, you can manipulate variables like portion sizes, and carb and fat amounts.Pick a liquid• Water• Almond milk (unsweetened)• Cow’s milk• Soy milk (unsweetened)• Hemp milk (unsweetened)• Iced green teaLess liquid = thick shakes.More liquid = thin shakes. 4-8 oz is a good starting point for each serving.Pick a protein powder• Whey protein• Casein protein• Pea protein• Rice protein• Hemp protein• Other proteins or protein blendsFind the protein supplement that you like best.1-2 scoops should be sufficient (25-50 g).Pick a veggie• Dark leafy greens: Spinach / kale• Pumpkin / sweet potato• Beets / beet greens (roast and remove skin first)• Cucumber / celery• Powdered greens supplementSpinach is usually your best bet, as it is virtually flavourless in your Super Shake.Add 1-2 handfuls.Pick a fruit• Apples• Bananas• Berries• Cherries• Dates• Pineapple / mangoToss in half a banana to give the shake an excellent consistency.You can use fresh or frozen fruit.Aim for 1-2 cupped handfuls.Pick a healthy fat• Walnuts• Flax, hemp, chia seeds• Cashews• Almonds• Peanut and nut buttersWhen blended well, nuts and seeds give the shake a nice, rich consistency.1-2 thumb lengths are usually enough.Pick a topper• Coconut• Cacao nibs / dark chocolate• Greek Yogurt• Oats / granola• Cinnamon• Ice cubes (if using fresh fruit)Add oats if you need extra carbs. Add Greek yogurt if you want more protein and a smoother consistency.For all of these, a little goes a long way, so don’t overdo them.An example of how you would put this together would be as follows;Apple Cinnamon SmoothieNotes: put all ingredients in a blender and enjoy!Ingredients:2 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk1 Granny Smith apple (cored, sliced)½ frozen banana1 tsp cinnamonStevia (to taste)5 ice cubesThere you have it, the ultimate guide to building a super smoothie.There are literally endless combinations that you can put together for these.Play around with the ingredients and enjoy.#TrainSmartFor more information, contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118?ref=hl* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BUILDING A SUPER-SMOOTHIE! was last modified: October 18th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmet rushefitness columnGuidesuper smoothie
Top row from left: Jaynaid Rayes, Ewan Douglas, Isaac McIlwaine, Callum Orsi, Tiernan McFadden.Bottom row from left: Dylan Coyle, Matthew Murray, Gaetano Cinquenani, Rory Gardiner, Jack Gibbons, Cuan Brophy, David HenryCoach: Derek PlumbLetterkenny Rugby Club’s Under 12’s team were invited to play at halftime during the Ulster v Munster Pro12 match last Saturday.These eager and talented young lads were welcomed on to the pitch at halftime to the roars of the 15,000 capacity crowd at the Ravenhill stadium where they played against City of Derry Under 12’s team.The Manager, coaches & players say it was a privilege to be invited by Ulster Rugby and Pro12 for an amazing opportunity and the club see great futures ahead for this 12’s team. They look forward to meeting their friends from City of Derry again when they play the Under 12’s again this Saturday at Dave Gallaher Park, Letterkenny. RUGBY: LETTERKENNY U12s HEAR THE RAVENHILL ROAR was last modified: January 5th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Harry Kane – 7Tried his best to influence the game but lacked service and had to do a lot of work on his own.Sub: Heung-min Son – 6Immediately effective. After such an electric display against Chelsea, why didn’t he start?Sub: Christian Eriksen – 8See above. Had to start, but boy did he take his chance when he got it.Sub: Eric Dier – N/A Tottenham kept alive hopes of qualification for the Champions League knockout stage with a crucial 1-0 victory over Inter Milan on Wednesday night.Substitute Christian Eriksen struck with ten minutes remaining to give Spurs the victory they needed at Wembley to stay in the competition. Aurier was impressive A resilient and determined Inter side appeared destined to get the point they needed to qualify for the knockout stages, before Dele Alli picked out Eriksen in the box, who smashed the ball into the roof of the net.Spurs climb above Inter with one match remaining and the north Londoners know victory at Barcelona will secure progression from the group, which at one stage seemed so unlikely.How did Mauricio Pochettino’s men perform individually? Scroll down to find out.Hugo Lloris – 6Made some important saves in the second half, including a fantastic stop from Ivan Perisic at his near post. 5 5 Serge Aurier – 7Another decent display from the right-back. Kept Perisic quiet and offered threat going forward.Toby Alderweireld – 6Happy to be back next to his regular partner Jan Vertonghen and the pair kept the dangerous Marco Icardi under wraps.Jan Vertonghen – 7Like he’d never been away. An imperious display from the Belgian on his return from injury, but somehow managed to miss a header from a yard out. Ben Davies – 5A tad wasteful by his high standards – failed to find a decent cross all night.Moussa Sissoko – 8His regeneration into one of Spurs’ best players continues. Created the goal with a fantastic drive from deep.Harry Winks – 6A busy night for Winks, who saw plenty of the ball and came close to a fantastic goal when he hit the crossbar from distance. Vertonghen was superb despite his miss 5 Kane did plenty of good work on his own 5 Lamela was not at his best Erik Lamela – 5Lucky to stay on the pitch after a horrible two-footed challenge and his decision-making in the final third was poor.Dele Alli – 7Fairly anonymous for most of the game, but showed fantastic awareness for the Eriksen goal.Lucas Moura – 6Flashes of brilliance from Moura, who did plenty of work off the ball before he was taken off. Eriksen was the match-winner 5