Olympic qualifiers: Ghana draw Kenya as race for Africa slots continue

first_imgThe female national hockey team could not get past their Kenyan opponents on Tuesday in the 2019 African Hockey Olympic qualifiers, sharing the points in a 1-1 draw at the Stellenbosch University, South Africa.The result won’t come as a surprise to some as the Ghanaian team have never recorded a victory against the Kenyans in all their encounters drawing 3 and recording a single defeat against the East Africans.Both teams came into the game with victories in their previous match with a Vivan Narkuor inspired Ghana eased to a 3-1 victory over Zimbabwe while Kenya struggled to a 1-0 victory over Namibia.Kenya took the lead early on as Rhoda Kuira converted a Penalty Corner in the 7th minute but 2019 SWAG female hockey player of the year, Mavis Berko would equalise for Ghana in the 21st minute also from a Penalty Corner.Ghana next faces Namibia on Saturday 17th August 2019 while Kenya will face Zimbabwe on Thursday 15th August 2019.last_img read more


Clear Lake man given suspended sentence for burglary charge

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — A Clear Lake man who entered an Alford plea to a burglary charge has been given a suspended prison sentence and probation. 27-year-old Aaron Pankratz was charged with second-degree burglary after being accused of forcing his way into a home in the 600 block of South 8th Street in Clear Lake on May 4th, where he allegedly assaulted two of the residents as they came out of a second-floor bedroom. Pankratz originally pleaded not guilty to the charge, but during a plea change hearing held in July entered an Alford plea to one count of third-degree burglary. With an Alford plea, a person does not admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a likely conviction. District Judge DeDra Schroeder this week sentenced Pankratz to a suspended five year prison sentence and placed him on five years probation. Pankratz was also fined $750, which was suspended.last_img read more


Bolt headlines Jamaica’s World Championship team

first_imgKingston, Jamaica | AFP | Sprint superstar Usain Bolt is one of three Rio Olympic gold medalists leading a 59-strong Jamaican team named Monday for next month’s athletics World Championships in London.Bolt has said he intends to run the 100m and the 4x100m relay at the worlds, his final event before retiring.He’s one of two reigning world champions, along with sprint hurdler Danielle Williams, who will be defending titles they won in China two years go. Elaine Thompson, who won the Olympic Sprint double last year in Rio, and Omar McLeod — the first man for the Caribbean island to win Olympic 110m hurdles gold — are also in the team published by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association.The team also includes sprint hurdler Hansle Parchment, shot putter O’Dayne Richards and 400m runner Shericka Jackson — all individual medalists in Beijing two years ago.Fedrick Dacres, the second ranked male discus thrower in the world, will attend his second World Championships.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more