12 Jan

NP Oscars finish second at Zones

first_img**SubmittedIn one of the most bizarre finishes anyone has seen, the North Peace Oscars fell victim to a much better team on Saturday, losing 91 – 51 to the Kelly Road Roadrunners.  It took a bit longer to complete than most games.  Four minutes into the first quarter with Kelly Road already up by ten points, a put back jam by the Roadrunners big man damaged the basket at Prince George Secondary School.  With repair out of the question it was decided that the game would be completed at another venue.  After packing up everything and everyone, the game was restarted at College Heights Secondary School, about twenty minutes from PGSS up the hill along Highway 16.  It probably didn’t matter where the game was staged.  On this day Kelly Road came with their best game and North Peace had already played as well as they could against Prince George Secondary on Friday.  As if to put some sort of punctuation mark on the victory, the Roadrunners were still running a full court press with under four minutes left in the contest while up by forty points. “As a team, we’re happy with second.  We came here, played some good basketball, beat a good 3A school (PGSS) twice and extended Kelly Road to their max in our first game on Thursday.  I think our players learned a lot about themselves and about basketball in general.  We are not yet good enough to represent the Zone at the Provincial level … we wish Kelly Road all the best … with some good fortune they’ll win a couple of games.  They are definitely the top team in the North right now.”  Assistant Coach Mike Brown was speaking by cell phone as the Oscars bus rolled northward out of Prince George with the expectation of being home near midnight tonight. The North Peace Ookapiks were second in the girls division finishing behind Prince George Secondary but ahead of Kelly Road and South Peace.  No details of the girls games were available.- Advertisement –last_img read more

6 Jan

“I want to go home,” says China’s veteran Italian coach Lippi

first_img0Shares0000“I want to go home,” said China’s Italian head coach Marcello Lippi. © AFP / Lillian SUWANRUMPHAMILAN, Italy, Oct 1 – China’s veteran Italian head coach Marcello Lippi has confirmed that he will more than likely retire when his contract with the Asian side expires early next year.The 70-year-old former Italy and Juventus coach expects to leave management after the Asian Cup in January. “I want to go home,” he told Radio Anch’io Sport. “I have a contract that expires on January 31, at the end of the Asian Cup.“We’ll see after that, but I think it’ll be my last experience. Am I likely to leave China in February? Yes.”A former defender who played most of his career with Sampdoria, Lippi has spent 36 years in management.He led Juventus to five Serie A titles and their last Champions League triumph in 1996, as well as guiding Italy to victory in the 2006 World Cup.He took his first coaching position outside Italy six years ago with Guangzhou Evergrande who he guided to three Chinese Super League titles.Lippi took over the China national side in 2016 and is reported to be the best-paid international coach in the world on wages of between $23 million and $27 million a year.China failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more