Exactly 7 years ago Michael Essien received the 2006 BBC African Footballer of year Award in a colourful event in Accra.Ghana’s midfielder Michael Essien on Monday 4th June, 2007 was crowned the BBC African Footballer of the Year AwardThe A.C Milan ace then playing for Chelsea beat competition from team mate Didier Drodgba from Ivory Coast and Mohamed Aboutrika of Egypt to win the awardEssien received nearly twice as many votes as the Ahly and Egyptian national playmaker, Aboutrika and Drogba in a public vote organized in January.Farayi Mungazi who represented BBC at the ceremony being organized in Africa for the first time said “We at the BBC take pride in this Award because it is the only one decided exclusively by the fans.” Essien adds his name to the roll call of honour in football cycles that includes two Ghanaians, Abedi Ayew Pele and Sammy Osei Kuffour. Senegal’s El Hadji Diouf and Nigeria maestro Jay Jay Okocha, two times winner of the prestigious award are among the conquerors of the prize decided by fans across the globe.Egyptian Mohammed Barakat remains the first North African to win the award after clinching the 2005 trophy. Essien dedicated the trophy to his fans saying “I am grateful to all those who ensured I became the winner through your votes.” For the first time in the history of the award, the winner was decided live during the BBC World Service’s flagship African sports programme, Fast Track.The award takes into account the football calendar from January to December 2006 and includes domestic leagues, continental club competitions and international matches.
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Last Saturday saw the staging of Keith Lapsley’s President’s Prize. As is often the case in Dunfanaghy, conditions may have looked benign for those inside looking out, however it was a different story for the competitors who had to combat strong swirling winds throughout the day.While many players struggled, there was one man who emerged head and shoulders above anyone else. That was Danny Sweeney who had a fantastic score of 43 points and won by a very impressive four shots. According to his playing partners and, like Henrik Stenson last weekend, every shot went exactly where he wanted it to go, a phenomenon which is foreign to most of us!President Lapsley with Danny SweeneyIn second place was Nigel Doherty with 39 points. Nigel has come close in some of the majors recently and must be one of the favourites for the Captain’s Prize. In third place is another man who is no stranger to the winners’ circle, Neil McGinley with 38 points. Ger Dalton was fourth with 37 points and Tim Ryan finished in fifth place. The gross prize was won by Shane Greer. The past Presidents prize was won by James Brogan. James has been a stranger to our fairways over the last few months and it was great to see him back again on top form.President Keith said he would like to thank not only those who took part in the competition on Saturday but also the many well wishers for their cards and generous gifts. In the President’s scramble on Friday the 15 th , the winners were Sean Duffy, Billy Griffin and James T Sweeney with a great score of 44 points for 14 holes. In the Lady and Mr President’sMixed, the President and his good lady wife Gillian were pipped by Bill and Paula McCallion who had a terrific score of 60 poins. Junior Golf There was no junior golf last week but it will be business as usual again this week. Please note also that the President’s Prize for juniors will take place on Wednesday the 6th August with the Captain’s Prize on the 13th August. Competition Results:Wednesday Open – 13th July 20161 st Seamus Mc Cauley 42 pts2 nd Conor Hanna 42 pts botGross Brian Gilfedder 26 gross pts3 rd Damien Diamond Belvoir 36 pts Category Liam McKillion 33ptsLady and Mr Presidents Mixed SO – 14 th July 20161 st Bill & Paula McCallion 60 pts2 nd Keith Lapsley/Gillian Robinson 61pts President’s Scramble 14 Holes – 15 th July 20161 st S Duffy, B Griffin, J Sweeney 442 nd B McCallion, L Kelly, P Carelton 45 1/6Keith Lapsley President’s Day – 16 th July 20161 st Danny Sweeney 43 pts2 nd Nigel Doherty 39 ptsGross Shane Greer 32 gross pts3 rd Neil McGinley 38 pts4 th Gerard Dalton 37 pts5 th Tim Ryan 37 pts botPast President James Brogan 34 ptsCommittee Sean Ferriter 31 ptsCategory Geoff Rountree 36 ptsVisitor Paul Wallace 38 pts1 st 9 William Hamilton 20 pts2 nd 9 Brian Long 19 ptsNQ David Lapsley 41ptsNearest the Pin Sean Duffy Jnr 10’9”Longest Drive Ethan Lapsley 20Events for the week aheadPlease note that our open week starts this Wednesday 21st July. This is one of the most important weeks in our calendar year and your support would be very much appreciated. Bookings can be made online or by ringing Ruth or Mary in the shop. Please tell your golfing friends and bring them along to enjoy our course and sample our food afterwards in the Vardon lounge.Function room for private partiesWe have hosted a number of private functions in the clubhouse recently and these have proved to be a great success. If you, or someone you know, is organising a private function please be aware that the clubhouse is available free of charge, with exclusive use for the occasion. So far, the feedback that we have been getting is that the golf club is the ideal venue for parties of up to one hundred people. Please make contact with Sarah if you are interested in holding a function at the clubhouse (074 91 36335)DUNFANAGHY GOLF CLUB HOST LAPSLEY’S PRESIDENT’S PRIZE was last modified: July 20th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:dunfanaghy golf club notes july 2016
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kenyon: Man Utd paying for dumping Mourinhoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Kenyon says Manchester United should never have replaced Jose Mourinho with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Reds struggled to see off Rochdale, 17th in League One, in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, progressing eventually on penaties.Solskjaer’s side were also widely condemned after being humiliated in the Premier League last Sunday, losing 2-0 at West Ham . They now face a tough test against a confident Arsenal side. Former United chief Kenyon said: “If you put me in charge of a great club and you needed to appoint a manager, my first thought would be José Mourinho.“He’s intelligent, he’s relevant and has vast experience. He isn’t outdated. I just think he needs the right club. I’m sure that you’ll see Mourinho be a part of a great club again.”He added: “The key is to give him the adequate structure and organisation to make sure he’s a part of everything.“I was the first to express my disappointment when he left United because I think he could have been a part of that great leadership structure.“No one better than him knows what United represents. José is far from being an irrelevant and outdated manager.”
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies or position of Atlanta Black Star or its employees Michael Jordan’s arrogance — and poor sense of style — got him banned from the posh private La Gorce Country Club in Miami more than his fashion faux pas.The NBA icon and owner of the Charlotte Bobcats violated a dress code at the swanky country club by wearing cargo pants, according to myriad reports. Golfers are required to wear a collared shirt and Bermuda shorts while playing.But when a club official approached him on the 12th hole and asked him to change his wardrobe, Jordan refused. Arrogant. Not good and just plain old arrogant. The country club might be stuffy and over the top, but it is the rule and everyone else abides by them . . . except Jordan.No problem, La Gorce contends. Just do not show up to play there again, Mr. Jordan.Now here’s a statement from Jordan’s public relations office:“Michael Jordan did wear cargo pants . . . He had been there many times before and had worn cargo pants previously, and had never been made aware that he was violating any dress code. This time, he was made aware of the violation on the 12th hole, and at that point . . . he did refuse to interrupt his game, and return to the clubhouse and change. We were not aware that he is not allowed to return to La Gorce. I guess it’s their loss – as MJ is a great golfer, and a great guest.”Four things: Jordan is not a great golfer. He’s a hack, like most golfers in the world. Two, he’s a hack despite playing more than most golfers in the world and on the best courses, meaning he’s probably a little worse than a hack.Third, he’s obnoxious and arrogant. “It’s their loss?” the statement said. Really? Seems the private club will go on just fine without Jordan spraying balls all over the place and tearing up the turf.And fourth, Jordan, once a fashionable guy, has fallen off considerably. He dresses like he’s from the back roads of North Carolina. Oh, wait; he is.None other than GQ magazine tweeted, “Michael Jordan’s style: so bad, it gets him kicked out of places.” In an article, GQ writes that Jordan could be “the worst dressed man in the universe.”Jordan made $60 million in endorsements last year, according to Forbes. Nike’s Jordan Brand has annual revenues of more than $1 billion, with his brand’s shoes controlling 71 percent of the American basketball shoe market.Forbes estimated Jordan’s net worth at $500 million in 2010, a number it believes will increase. Jordan owns 80 percent of the Bobcats.If only all that money could buy Jordan some class and humility.
Returning from the glitz and glamour of Madison Square Garden, the Ohio State men’s basketball team returns home to the Schottenstein Center to play the Lipscomb Bisons.The Buckeyes return from New York City with a split in their games against two ranked teams, the North Carolina Tarheels and the California Golden Bears, in the 2K Sports Classic.Lipscomb brings an 0-3 record to Columbus. Having given up 92 points to Tennessee Tech in its last matchup, Bisons coach Scott Sanderson points to his team’s defense.“We can talk and analyze it and turn it upside down, but the bottom line is that we are not good enough defensively,” Sanderson said.OSU (3-1) will look to build upon its play in NYC and ride the momentum that two good showings against Top 15 teams provided. “It was a great win for the team and a great win for the program and it gives us good momentum,” junior guard Evan Turner said about the Bucks’ 76-70 win over Cal. “It has been a good stretch of games. I’m just trying to play hard.”Turner continues to score points and grab rebounds at an electrifying pace. The California game marked the fourth straight game in which he has posted double digits in both points and rebounds. OSU coach Thad Matta knows that a balanced team is best, but also understands when it is time to ride his best horse.“He is a guy we have to lean on at times to kind of carry us through,” Matta said of Turner.Working center Dallas Lauderdale and his injured right hand back into the lineup has also proven a benefit to the team. Lauderdale scored eight points and had seven blocked shots against the Golden Bears.“Dallas has been inching his way back in,” Matta said. “He gives us a different look both offensively and defensively.”OSU will tune up for next week’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge tonight against Lipscomb and Saturday against St. Francis University.
Members of the OSU volleyball team huddle together during a game against Florida Gulf Coast Sept. 5 at St. John Arena. OSU won 3-1Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The LanternAfter falling to 0-2 in Big Ten play, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team (11-5, 2-2) won back-to-back matches against No. 8 Nebraska (9-4, 3-1) and Iowa (8-7, 0-4) over the weekend.With the return of freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer, the Buckeyes defeated the Cornhuskers on Saturday in front of 8,041 fans in Lincoln, Neb., in five sets (25-27, 27-25, 23-25, 25-17, 16-14).The Cornhuskers were coming off a 3-1 victory over No. 3 Penn State Friday night.Leading the Buckeyes in kills was junior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell, who led all players with 23, followed by senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger and junior outside hitter Katie Mitchell who had 20 and 19, respectively. Senior setter Taylor Sherwin led all players in assists with 59. Sophomore libero Valeria León led all players in digs with 22, followed by Campbell with 20 and Sherwin with 19.The game was the team’s first win against a ranked opponent this season. The last win against a ranked opponent came against then No. 14 Purdue in a 3-1 set win in Columbus on Nov. 9, 2013.Against the Hawkeyes, the Buckeyes had the added benefit of junior middle blocker Andrea Kacsits, who played in her first match of the season Friday night after coming back from an injury.The Buckeyes beat a Hawkeye team that had lost it’s prior three matches heading into the matchup in just three games (25-19, 25-17, 25-22).Campbell led all players in both kills and digs with 12 and nine, respectively. Sherwin led all players in assists with 36. Mitchell led the Buckeyes in service aces with three. She and Sandbothe led all players in blocked shots with one each.Jess Janota, a freshman middle blocker, and native of Concord, Ohio, had five kills for the Hawkeyes.After Saturday’s game, Mitchell summed up what gave the Buckeyes such a successful weekend after.“Taking perspective of simple things. One step at a time, one game at a time (and) taking care of what we needed to do,” Mitchell said.She added the key to winning at Iowa was focusing on the current game and not looking forward into the future.Freshman defensive specialist Kalisha Goree praised the team’s ability to work together“When we communicate better, that’s when we get (the) win,” she said.With their two conference wins, the Buckeyes are tied with Michigan State (9-6, 2-2) for eighth in the Big Ten.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to Columbus this week after being away for over a month and are set to face No. 16 Illinois (11-4, 3-1) on Wednesday at 7 p.m., followed by Northwestern (13-2, 3-1) Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Correction: An earlier version of this article stated OSU is scheduled to play Northwestern on Friday, when in fact, they are set to play on Saturday.
AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso has hinted that Gonzalo Higuain’s injury will be monitored in the coming days.Higuain went off injured against Udinese, and with games against Juventus and Betis coming up this week, Milan fans are frustrated with the long list of injured players.“It’s no coincidence that we give players a recovery day after games, but many of them are here at Milanello for treatment today,” Gattuso revealed, according to Football Italia.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Pipita will be evaluated in the coming days and we hope it’s nothing serious. Franck [Kessié] is in a bit of pain but that’s normal when you play so often. He has a high threshold and can play with pain.“We hope to recover [Hakan] Calhanoglu and [Davide] Calabria because they are very important players for us and we need to recharge our batteries in the two games before the international break.”Milan could only wrap up the tie against Udinese late in the game
Former Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar recalled the moment of his remarkable save against Lionel Messi in 2010Under Jose Mourinho, Inter were drawn against Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Champions League that year and entered the second leg with a 3-1 aggregate lead.Things didn’t start well for Inter at Camp Nou as they attempted to protect their advantage from Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona team with Thiago Motta’s sending-off forcing them to play with 10-men for more than an hour.Gerard Pique had given the Catalan’s the lead with an 84th-minute goal before Bojan Krkic had an injury-time goal ruled out to secure Inter a 3-2 aggregate victory.But one of the main talking points for the game was Cesar, who saved Messi’s goalbound curler from 20 yards brilliantly by tipping it wide.Nearly nine years later and the retired Brazilian still fondly recalls the moment while discussing his three best saves.“I would say that my save to deny Messi at Camp Nou was my best one,” Cesar told the club website.“It was an almost impossible save as the ball was almost behind me when I got to it.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“In second place would have to be my save which prevented Thomas Müller from scoring in the final.“I would rate the save I produced to deny Aquilani in a Serie A match against Roma as my third-best one.”Inter would go on to win the Champions League that year along with the Serie A and Coppa Italia to become the first-ever Italian club to win the treble.“The treble is my biggest dream that ever came true,” added Cesar.“It sounds like something easy to say, but it was an incredible achievement from all of us. There was a special energy at the club during that season. We knew we could do something special and we did it.“Being an interista, to win with this shirt is something difficult to describe. A unique emotion that I share with my fans. I feel one of them”.
Carlo Cudicini recalled his time alongside Petr Cech at Chelsea where they competed with each other for the number one goalkeeping jerseyBefore Cech’s arrival in 2004, Cudicini had been the undisputed number one at Chelsea for the last four years and was even named the Premier League’s best goalkeeper of the 2002/03 campaign.But once Cech was at Stamford Bridge, Cudicini was instantly demoted to the bench as the Czech enjoyed record-breaking success with Chelsea.Cudicini spent the following four and a half years being Cech’s backup before he left for Tottenham in January 2009.However, the Italian only has fond memories of his time alongside Cech who announced his retirement this week from football at the end of the season.“We were fighting for one place and we always gave 120 per cent because we knew if we weren’t able to do our job somebody else would have stepped in,” Cudicini told Chelsea TV.“I tried to push Petr very hard when he was playing, trying to make sure his concentration was always top, and I’m sure that he thought to do the same when I was playing in cups and other games.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It’s easy to get along well with Petr because he’s such a smart guy, an intelligent guy.“He has so many hobbies so we developed a friendship which is still there, still strong and hopefully it will carry on to be like that.”Cech’s first season at Chelsea was especially remarkable given his quick adaption to English football which saw him only concede 15 goals and make a record 21 clean sheets in the Premier League at the age of 22.“If you think, in his first season he was still very young,” said Cudicini.“I said many times that it’s never easy to make the transition between other leagues and the Premier League and he was unbelievable. He had the record for clean sheets and it was a brilliant season.”Nowadays, the Italian has retired from playing football and works as an assistant coach back at Chelsea.