“It’s early stages but it keeps the momentum going and in the next couple of weeks we have one of the best strikers in the world coming back. “You can’t look too much at it (being top). But you’d rather be there than be at the bottom and what it does is that the more you are up there the more aggression and will and desire you have to stay there. “It’s only four games in, but we’ve had four tough games and we have only lost once in the last 16 odd games so we are getting a level of consistency and that was the biggest thing for me. “Coming here there was no consistency in the performance and now we are just churning out wins and if we can’t win we are drawing games with resilient performances like in the last 25 minutes here. “But I believe we will get better and more fluent as the season goes on so we are happy to be there and it gives us the fight to stay there.” For Swansea, the meeting with Liverpool kicked off a testing week which includes a Europa League trip to Valencia and Sunday’s league visit to Crystal Palace. But Rodgers believes his former club can cope with the demands of fighting in four separate competitions. He said: “It is a tough ask but the one thing I’d say Swansea have which we did not have last year is a strong squad. Monday’s 2-2 draw with Swansea, dominated by Jonjo Shelvey as the former Liverpool midfielder had a hand in all four goals, sent the Reds back to the summit of the standings by a single point as the Merseysiders continue the fine run of form they put together towards the end of last term. Few are expecting the Anfield side to launch a fully-fledged title assault, but Rodgers believes they have shown they can keep themselves in the picture with Uruguay international Suarez returning from his 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic later this month. Press Association “Our squad was very thin last year and we were trying to operate on four fronts. You look through this squad and there is a strong squad here and some of the players have been here for a while and others that are new in. “The Europa League certainly tests your squad. It will be a tough game against Valencia but I am sure Michael will want to do well in the competition, but then they come back and have got another tough game at the weekend. “But I am sure they will cope. They have got a good squad and I hope they do well.” Swans boss Michael Laudrup is well aware of the demands his team face, but felt their performance against Liverpool was an encouraging start to a congested run of fixtures. He said: “The second half was our best performance so far this season. It was very important for us to produce that as it is the first of seven games in less than three weeks. “We have the four Premier League games, two in the Europa League and a Capital One Cup game as well. So to start like this with a good result against a good team and an excellent performance is great for us to build on.” Brendan Rodgers believes his Liverpool side are capable of maintaining their challenge at the top of the Barclays Premier League table, particularly with Luis Suarez close to a return to action.
This upcoming lobster mini-season is in danger of being canceled after authorities in the Keys wrote a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis urging him to prevent the event from happening.The village of Islamorada sent the letter to the governor stating their fear that the season would send an influx of visitors to the area while the number of COVID cases continue to rise.While Islamorada wants the event canceled in their area, Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker says that they do not plan to cancel mini-season in Palm Beach.Baker says she feels it is safe to continue because charter dive boats have been mandated to operate at half capacity.
THE Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) National Schools Basketball Festival (NSBF) U-19 quarterfinals showcased the best of the U-19 talent on the local circuit.There were three games played on the night, one blowout, one close encounter and one nail-biter that proved to be the game everyone was waiting to witness the entire tournament.In the first game of the night, Kwakwani Secondary made light work of Mackenzie High blowing them out of the water to show why they were defending champions winning 61-28. Led by the triple threat of national guards in Troy David, Stanton Rose and Damair Gladstone who had 10, 12 and 11 points respectively, the team cruised to victory. Kemmol Benjamin, Dillon Wallace and Jamal Gilkes registered 9, 7 and 6 points in the win also. For the outmatched Mackenzie side, Tim Veshon scored 8 points with Daniel Anthony supporting him with 7 points.The second encounter saw Linden Technical Institute spoiling the coming-out party for Jaleel Duke and his President’s College side in a game that finished 47-33. Led by Akinni Wilson’s 13, LTI continued their tradition of advancing to the final rounds to compete for a title. From the outset, President’s College, pushing the tempo and looking very threatening, while doing so behind Duke’s quick scoring.However, the tide soon changed as the Linden side started to lock down on defence and convert on offence. For Akinni, it was balanced scoring with an inside-out approach – whatever the defence gave him he took. He was supported by Tahquille Johnson’s 9. On the President’s College side, Jaleel Duke posted 14 points in the losing effort with Anton Fileen contributing 11.Sherland Gillis at line to close out the win for NAMS (Daniel Haynes photos)The final game of the night was definitely the one fans paid their money to see. New Amsterdam Multilateral Secondary (NAMS) took on St Rose’s High and won in a game that went into overtime and finished 36-29.From the tip, both teams seemed evenly matched, trading baskets after the initial feel-out process was over. It was not just a battle of big men and point guards, but a battle of coaches, with Rose’s Courtenay Taylor and NAMS Willon Cameron having both coached alongside each other at the National level.The battle of the ‘bigs’ that was expected turned out to be the mitigating factor with NAMS’ Neil Wills, and Sherland Gillis contributing 10 points each for their side, with points coming at crucial moments. For Rose’s it was the duo of Akil Vaughn and Leon Ross who held the offensive giant Wills to such a low total.Gillis was the X Factor for the NAMS side, and he seemed to find himself making the right basketball plays at the right moments. The first being a steal with seconds to go in the game leading to him being fouled and able to put away the game at the free throw line after Rose’s took the lead with a minute to go.For Rose’s it was Shamar Huntley whose 15 points stood out in the losing effort. There was much to be taken away from the game as in the overtime period the three-point shooting of Rose’s went awry. There were missed calls on both ends and the foul game ultimately contributed to the game’s outcome.Akinni Vaugn making a move for two of his points.Gillis was once again put at the line and made them count for the win. Coach Willon Cameron on how the win came to be stated “It was wanting it at all times, we fight and that’s what we’re about.”AN emotional coach Taylor also gave his input stating, “It was always going to be a competitive game given the fact both teams are similar in their make-up and how they play.”“The teams know each other as well through the friendship developed over the years but what played the separator in the teams was the officiating,” continued Taylor.The semi-final rounds tip off today and promise much more action. The tournament is sponsored by Digicel, Banks DIH Limited and Beharry Group of Companies.