OFFSIDE WITH KEN GADAFFI: Vol 1.36

Fighters Down Smart Dragons in Bayon Cup Clash

With a mere two weeks to go before the final four playoffs, the weekend’s Bayon Basketball Cup action featured a clash between two undefeated teams: the Extra Joss Fighters and the Smart Dragons.

The Smart Dragons were looking for revenge after falling to Extra Joss in their February first round encounter, however changes in the competition schedule by organizers resulted in key players such as Ben Laird and Dmitriy Bykon missing action.

The Dragons made a strong start, leading 21-17 at the end of the first quarter. But Maniago and Jomar Santos struck back to outscore the Dragons 28-22. At halftime, the Fighters had restored their lead to 45-43.

By the end of the third, the Fighters had extended their lead to 60-56. In the decisive final quarter, Tayyaba Adam (32 points) and Jamie Bloom (24 points) attempted to rein in the gap, but the Dragon’s defense was unable to deal with the threat of Santos at the other end. Santos finished with 36 points leading to an invaluable 85-75 win for the Extra Joss Fighters.

On Sunday, Extra Joss Fighters took to the court again to defeat Loda Wang 90-61, extending their unbeaten record.

After a blowout defeat to An Hui on Saturday, Bayon Air could not concede defeat to Wat Koh. Despite their new 2-meter-tall Chinese addition, Bayon Air had not been able to contain An Hui’s strong starting five, although against Wat Koh, Bayon Air looked to make the better start.

However Wat Koh doggedly fought their way back as Sok Samnang tied the game with a buzzer beater 59-59 in the last second of the game. In overtime, none of the teams could create a gap and  Bayon Air edged in to win 70-68.

An hui defeated Youth 157 by a s much as 22 points , Ty fashion saw off Kunzhou 64-28 and Chuan yu were better than Lanchan jang 53-37.

In the final game of the weekend, the Smart Dragons bounced back from their previous day’s defeat, getting the better of Guang Dong in an 80-27 win.

OLYMPIC MOVES BEGINS IN CAMBODIA

Cambodia On Sunday began to celebrate the  Olympics movement for the first time at the premises of Bak Touk High School. The Program being sponsored by one of the International Olympic Committee Top Partners Cocacola is being held in collaboration with the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia and the Ministry of Education Youth And Sports will see the 4 top schools receive a  total of 10,000 dollars to the  for use in the construction of schools  sports  facilities or development of school  libraries.

This is an international sports program, which has been organized around the world with the aim of improving the health and quality of life through sports, with special focus on the next generation, the youth and adolescents. Sunday’s events include generic competition for the public to exercise martial bokator tournament game match-ups, paint, photography, sports and competition for high school students Baktouk volleyball Cup slalom race football and Aerobic gymnastics. Participants will have the opportunity to get sports equipment such as sweat shirts, hats cloth bangles health monitoring equipment.

The main purpose of the program is to create fun and friendship habit of playing sports into the everyday lives of students and the public at a time when sport seems to be overlooked and falling, especially in modern mobile technology. Students and the public will participate and support all of the Olympic Movement for Health.

This program was organized by Coca-Cola in collaboration with the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia and supported by the Ministry of Education and Youth and Sports.

NagaWorld Ready for Singapore Cup

Nagaworld FC are set to confront Global FC of Philippines in the qualifying preliminary round of the RHB Singapore Cup this weekend on May 28.

Head coach of the Casino Backed team Meas Channa seems reluctant to evaluate his team’s chances of overcoming the Philippines. “ I don’t know if they are strong or weak, kind of, but I expects 50 percent chances of us defeating them “ He said.

NaGa World defeated National Police 2-1 in week 8 fixtures of the MCL last weekend To boost their chances ahead of the Singapore Cup.

The squad of 18 players and 5 officials are expected to depart Cambodia for Singapore on May 26 for the clash against Global FC’s which will be held on Saturday, May 28 this weekend.

CMAC and Western in Cup Clash

CMAC FC and Western FC will face off this afternoon at the National Olympic Stadium in an all-C-League clash in group C of the 2016 Hun Sen Cup second stage group round, while group leaders Phnom Penh Crown FC travels to Kampot in their fourth group stage match.

Western FC trails CMAC in third place on six points after their opening group game defeat to Crown in April. Both CMAC and Crown maintain perfect records in their respective outings. Crown leads the pack with a goal difference of +36 to CMAC’s +11.

The third group C game will see Kampong Speu province host the winless Pailin Province.

In group D, C-league side and 2014 Cup winners National Police Commissary FC will look to build on their 11-0 thrashing in their last Cup game when they welcome Siem Reap Angkor to the Olympic Stadium for an evening matchup. Siem Reap sits a mere point behind their C-League opposition after winning their two opening group games against Kratie Province and Preah Vihear Province.

NagaWorld FC, finalists in last season’s cup and league, take to the road to face Preah Vihear while the final group game is an all-provincial battle between Svay Rieng Province and bottom of the group Kratie Province.

The Metfone C-League has taken a short break for the Cambodian National team to attend to their 2019 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup qualifiers’ playoff round double-header against Timor-Leste.

The qualifier’s playoff round games will be played over two legs, with the first leg set for June 2. The second leg will take place at Phnom Penh’s National Olympic Stadium five days later on June 7.

Kenya’s Olympic Training Ground

ITEN, Kenya (Reuters) – In Kenya’s western town of Iten, known as the “Home of Champions” for drawing runners to train from around the world, athletes rise to pound the track and dirt roads at dawn.

Kenyan athletics stars such as marathon world record holder Dennis Kimetto and Olympic 800 metre champion David Rudisha have slogged through their race preparations here, as well as Britain’s double Olympic and world champion Mo Farah and a host of others.

At 2,400 metres (7,900 feet), the altitude makes Iten an ideal location for established middle- and long-distance racers to
build their endurance and stamina.

The town also draws less experienced athletes aspiring for glory in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August, and disabled sportsmen and women aiming to compete in the Paralympics.

“I hope to be able to participate in the Rio Olympics this year,” said Ly Nary, a 43-year-old Cambodia runner in one Iten camp who is getting ready for her first ever Olympics.

“The biggest obstacle is to keep on working to improve your ability and to overcome your injuries when they do happen,” said Ly Nary, Cambodia’s First female Olympic Marathon runner.

Mourinho Set for United

AFP/Steven Griffiths

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

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LONDON (AFP) – Jose Mourinho is on the verge of fulfilling his dream of managing Manchester United after Louis van Gaal’s troubled two-year reign at Old Trafford came to a bitter end.

Van Gaal said he was “very disappointed” to be sacked on Monday just 48 hours after leading United to victory in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace.

Missing out on a lucrative Champions League place proved the final straw for the club’s United States-based owners, the Glazer family, and they didn’t let United’s first piece of silverware since the 2013 retirement of legendary boss Alex Ferguson stop them from wielding the axe.

With van Gaal having cleared out his desk at United’s Carrington training ground after talks over a settlement for the final year of his three-year contract, which had been worth a reported £6.4 million per year ($9.2 million, 8.2 million euros), the path is clear for former Chelsea manager Mourinho to be confirmed as the new United boss on Tuesday.

Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December after a miserable campaign marred by a series of rifts with the club’s star players that eventually became intolerable to owner Roman Abramovich as the team, champions just months earlier, languished near the relegation zone.

Now the 53-year-old will hope to restore his reputation by restoring the sparkle to United’s own tarnished image.

Raptors Pull Even with Cavs

Toronto (Reuters) – Kyle Lowry scored 35 points and DeMar DeRozan added 32 as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-99 on Monday to tie the Eastern Conference finals at two wins each.

In winning their second consecutive game, the Raptors led by as many as 18 points during the second quarter and were ahead by 16 at halftime. However, the Cavaliers trimmed the lead to one early in the fourth quarter.

The teams changed one-point leads in the fourth quarter, but when Lowry made a driving layup with 22.5 seconds to play, the Raptors led by six points.

The Raptors stopped the Cavaliers on their next possession.

Bismack Biyombo, who finished with five points and 14 rebounds, missed two free throws with 4.3 seconds left, but it made no difference.

DeMarre Carroll added 11 points for Toronto.

LeBron James led Cleveland with 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Kyrie Irving added 26 points. Channing Frye scored 12 points and Kevin Love 10 for the Cavaliers.

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