… crowned champions of 2019 Smalta Girls Pee Wee footballBy Stephan Sookram ON a soggy night in Georgetown, it took one ‘Chance’ for North Georgetown to be crowned champions of the 2019 Smalta Girls Pee Wee football champions.Martha Chance’s double sealed the deal for the eventual winners over defending champions West Ruimveldt in a 2-1 nail-biter of a contest last evening at the Ministry of Education ground.Martha Chance scores goal number one in North Georgetown’s 2-1 win over West Ruimvedlt in the final of the Smalta Girls Pee Wee competition. (Delano Williams photo)Chance’s opening goal in the 11th minute set her aside from the rest of the players on the field. She dribbled two defenders before putting her shot high in the right corner, far out of the reach of the goalkeeper.The North Georgetown bench roared after the goal, but their lead was short-lived.Danella Lewis’ 15th minute shot, which flew past the keeper, meant that the scores were back level, as the West supporters streamed onto the field in celebration with their players.Visibly upset at the equaliser, North Georgetown, led by Chance begun bombarding the opposition with shots from all parts of the field but to no avail.Eventually, the half ended and even before the commencement of the second half, North Georgetown side were back on the field, sitting in their playing positions. And from the whistle, they carried the fire.Chance was the point of their attack, oftentimes shooting just steps into the opposition half.On every attempt, she tested the goalkeeper’s skill, inching closer and closer to the goal that seemed inevitable.When she finally did it, she did it in style; a curling free kick just tall enough to clear the heads of the defenders but producing enough dip into the goal, which sent the crowd into frenzy.And when the final whistle went, it was a mad scramble by little schoolgirls running to their players and coaches to celebrate their win.Chance picked up the Most Valuable Player award as well as the Most Goals with 22 while North’s Ayanna Griffith won the Best Goalkeeper.In handing over the winners’ trophy, Ansa McAl, through their corporate Communications Officer Treiston Joseph, contended, “There were no losers tonight; you all are winners because you are building a tradition that cannot be erased.”In the third-place playoff, Tucville beat Redeemer 3-2 on penalties Smith Memorial finished fifth, St Stephen’s sixth, Timehri Primary seventh and South Ruimvedlt eighth.
EL SEGUNDO — For two days as a vortex of Anthony Davis-related trade rumors have circled the Lakers, the potential brokering chips of a deal have been asked what it’s like to handle the whispers that they could be on a new team by next month.Here’s a rather Zen take from Kyle Kuzma: “It’s always a good thing when you hear trade rumors. That’s what everybody always says.”Kuzma is one of several Lakers considered to be a part of any package for Davis, one of the NBA’s most coveted two-ways stars who is now on the trading block. The Lakers are widely understood to be the most aggressive suitors for the 25-year-old, five-time All-Star, who requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.The most obvious assets they have to offer are their stockpile of 23-and-younger talent, including Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Ivica Zubac, as well as draft picks. This has led to a flood of open discussion across the sports landscape about what combination of Lakers could net Davis by the Feb. 7 deadline, creating a potential dream pairing with the 6-foot-10 standout and LeBron James. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBy all accounts, Kuzma has been a perfect fit as a Laker so far, outperforming his No. 27 overall selection in 2017 to become the Lakers’ second-leading scorer this year (19.1 ppg). But he said he’s not bothered by the suggestion that he might get dealt.“It means you have value, and it means potentially you gonna be in this league a long time, people want you,” he said. “For us, it’s all about controlling what you can control, because at the end of the day, it’s a business. You can’t control your destiny in this league, but you can control your work ethic and how great you wanna be. You can be great anywhere.” Like the rest of the basketball world, Kuzma has heard about Davis’ trade request. But he insisted the potential consequences of that request on his own career have not haunted him this week: “Not really, couldn’t care less, honestly.”Kuzma’s attention has been directed on getting back to the court after missing the last two games with a hip strain. The injury had bugged him since an off-day session in Houston when Kuzma said “I felt like something popped” and then had a “stabbing sensation” in his left hip.He scored 32 points against the Rockets, then played against Golden State and Minnesota before the pain finally caught up with him and kept him from playing. He went through shootaround on Tuesday morning, but Coach Luke Walton wasn’t satisfied that he was moving well enough to play.On Wednesday, Kuzma participated in “most” of practice, which Walton took as a hopeful sign that he could be back by Thursday against the Clippers. He’s still officially listed as questionable.“Sometimes I’m hard-headed and I want to play and I play through things,” Kuzma said. “At the same time, you have to think about what’s best for the team. You don’t want to be out there struggling and holding the team back plus individually.”LEBRON JAMES OUT FOR CLIPPERS GAMEThough Walton suggested that the Lakers were still hoping that James could join the team for their final game at Staples Center before the All-Star Break, moments later the Lakers said James will officially miss his 18th consecutive contest with a strained groin.It should be noted that James seems tantalizingly close to a return for the first time in over a month: He went through all parts of Wednesday’s practice including five-minute scrimmage sessions, and has been cleared for contact. It seems the last milestone he needs to reach is feeling confident enough to return to games.“It’s health-wise and getting to trust again,” Walton said. “He hasn’t played basketball in a long time and it’s one of those injuries that he’s aware of and the trainers are aware of that you don’t mess around with. So when he and the training staff feel confident that he can go full go and not be at risk of re-hurting himself, then he’ll play.”Walton seemed to push the assertion that the Lakers had a “second plan” against the Clippers in case James could play before the team declared him out. The Lakers have gone 6-11 without James in the lineup.The Lakers are two games behind the Clippers in the loss column in the Western Conference standings. The season series could be an important tiebreaker at the end of the year, and the Clippers already won the first of four meetings when James could not play.In other injury news, Josh Hart (left knee tendinitis) did not participate in Wednesday’s practice, instead getting treatment. He’s questionable for Thursday’s game. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error