OVERSEAS-based Guyanese motor racer Calvin Ming continues to create history after producing a flawless array of driving in the FIA NACAM F4 championships last weekend at the newly constructed Merida circuit in Mexico. Ming is the first driver to record a win at the newly constructed circuit in the Yucatan Peninsula and did so in fine style by producing a technical race.Speaking after the race, Ming said, “I want to thank my team for an incredible weekend. They had the car working. Unfortunate about the last race, but we are both okay.”Starting on pole for the first race, the Guyanese fell back to second but managed to stay on the tail of the then race leader before slingshotting to victory by more than six seconds.His 1:29.776 seconds was the fastest recorded during race one with a qualifying time of 1:28.494, leaving his RAM Racing team-mate Manuel Sulaiman to finish second on the 3.4km trackHe was also clocked at a top speed of 310km over the 17-lap race, continuing his run in the championship.In Race two yesterday, starting in sixth spot, Ming continued to showcase his class and produce history, by winning a five-car fight for the lead and recording his second win of the day, becoming the first man to win two races back to back on the circuit.Unfortunately, a racing incident between Ming and his team-mate saw both men out of the race as Ming’s car caught fire. The quick response of the marshals, however, ensured that both drivers were unscathed.
Cahir man Tommy O’Donnell was named Man of the Match.Meanwhile, Cahir defeated Kanturk in the Cork Charity Cup.The Tipp side won 20-17 in the Rebel County. They won 23-13 in their Pro12 opener at Scarlets.James Cronin and Ronan O’Mahony went over for Munster while Tyler Bleyendaal kicked both conversions and two penalties.Ian Keatley, who replaced the injured Simon Zebo, also kicked a penalty.
SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Raj Sarkar COMMENT FOLLOW US Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche kicked off Women’s MMA in the UFC with their incredible fight at UFC 157 on February 23, 2013. The women’s division that looks stacked and incredible in recent times started its journey with Liz Carmouche and Ronda Rousey’s inaugural fight. However, now there is sad news for fans since none of them are tied up with the UFC anymore. Ronda Rousey left the promotion after two back-to-back defeats against Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes. Rousey went on to make her career in the WWE and now seeks to enjoy her retired life. However, it has now been declared that Liz Carmouche has also been released by the UFC. Despite several unsuccessful attempts at the world titles, Liz Carmouche remains a true pioneer of the sport. The world title challenger has an MMA record of 13 victories and 7 defeats but she is one of those women who revolutionalised the entire women’s MMA for all the right reasons. It is sad for UFC fans to bid goodbye to Liz Carmouche but ‘Girl Rilla’ has got all the opportunities to test herself at other leading MMA promotions of the world.Also Read | UFC: Justin Gaethje Baits Conor McGregor For A Future Fight By Ridiculing His ComebackAlso Read | UFC: Gina Carano Reveals How Dana White Ruined Her Mega-fight With Ronda Rousey Last Updated: 7th December, 2019 16:46 IST UFC Bids Goodbye To Liz Carmouche, The 1st-ever UFC Women’s Fighter Alongside Ronda Rousey UFC has recently released Liz Carmouche and Renan Barao from their roster. Know more about Liz Carmouche and her great journey in the women’s division of UFC Also Read | UFC: Conor McGregor Defends Jose Aldo’s Bantamweight Debut At UFC 245UFC news: Liz Carmouche is no longer there in UFCThe American veteran had an unsuccessful attempt at the women’s flyweight title in her last fight against Valentina Shevchenko and it is pretty clear that Carmouche’s charm is no longer alive as far as UFC top officials are concerned. According to latest American media reports, Carmouche is now a free agent and she can continue her MMA journey with several other emerging promotions like the Bellator MMA or ONE Championship. However, UFC fans are still desperate for a re-match between Liz Carmouche and Valentina Shevchenko.Also Read | Ronda Rousey Releases Trailer Of Her Upcoming Documentary Online, Video Goes Viral WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV First Published: 7th December, 2019 16:46 IST
–A few years ago, I was at the Berekum Golden City Park for a CAF Champions qualification clash between the Blues and CotonSport Garoua from Cameroon.Chelsea had taken the Ghanaian league scene by storm. The deep pockets of millionaire businessman Emmanuel Kyeremeh transformed the side from also-rans to one filled with the crème de la crème of players on the domestic front, including Emmanuel Clottey (pictured below). The big guns including Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Hearts of Oak and Ashgold could simply not compete with the newfound wealth and fame of the provincial club. How money makes a difference the globe over. Incidentally, London side Chelsea who were perennial FA Cup and League Cup winners come to mind. Enter the millions of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and they simply have not been the same since the turn of the millennium. Money can’t buy classFor Berekum Chelsea, this was a period to make a statement and rub shoulders with some of the very best on the continent. Moise Katumbi had revamped giants TP Mazembe to win back to back African honours in 2009 & 2010 and even make it to the final of the FIFA Club World Cup against Inter in the United Arab Emirates. Berekum Chelsea couldn’t be that far off as long as Kyeremeh pumped in millions into the administration of the club.I left Accra with my crew hoping to catch a glimpse of the heroes that had made the side a fearsome one in the previous twenty four months here in Ghana. Top guns from FA such as President Kwesi Nyantakyi, current Black Stars management committee chair George Afriyie and others were at the Stadium, which looked more like a community park at the time. Just when we touched down at the match venue, we were instructed by a top official of the club that we could not film the game. I did not necessarily have any qualms with that. My curiousity got me to further proceed by asking why that was the case. The answer I was given shocked me to the core. Hear him: “The ref [Ali Lamyagari from Mauritania] has told us that he does not want to see any cameras at the stadium. The cameras would make it impossible for him to help us. Since we need a healthy lead to take to Cameroon for the second leg, we cannot sacrifice our huge investments for you. You would have to stop filming now.” PerplexedI’m not too sure if that made sense to me, a journalist who had travelled well over eight hours to get to Berekum. I am not too sure what exactly the referee was going to do in their favour either. I’d heard and read all kinds of dubious means deployed especially by African clubs to advance in continental club competitions from allegedly bribing match officials to various modes of intimidation but this was new. At a time where the passion for the game on the continent was literally dying and western football taking over the screens, I thought this was a great time for soccer fanatics beyond Berekum to fully appreciate their effort on screen via our coverage even if it was just going to be highlights the day after. European football and the lads who are adored all over the globe has hit the zenith due to television. Qualifiers of Europe’s first and second tier continental club football competitions (Champions League and Europa League) are broadcast all over the globe. Is it an irony that my five-year old nephew can mention the top players of the various European clubs off his head and cannot do same for the First Capital Plus Premier League? But for season 2014/15 where games are relayed on DSTV, we barely get to see the local lads in action. Not to talk about the financial challenges in acquiring satellite TV! With thousands cheering the team to victory, Berekum Chelsea squandered all the opportunities that came their way and to add insult to injury, the referee on the day was so fair I wondered what he may have been supposedly been asked to “take care of”.Happening againFast forward a few years down the line and this sadly was to be repeated. Hearts of Oak, down from a 4-0 deficit in the first leg against Esperance Sportive de Tunis were scheduled to play the Tunisians in the 2nd leg of a crucial final eliminator into the Group stages of the CAF Confederations Cup. The sad events of Berekum happened again as pressmen were “whipped into line” if they dared filmed the tie. I found it ludicrous that a club with a century plus history behind it would stoop that low all in an attempt to overturn a 4-0 deficit. Is it that they did not believe in the capacity of their players to overturn the first leg fiasco? Interestingly, the man in charge of the game – just like in the Berekum case – was one of Africa’s finest in Bakary Papa Gassama (below pictured).Yes, the same man who was in charge of the opening and final games of CAN 2015. As fate would have it again, the Phobians also drew against the Tunisians. Coincidence?It is about time clubs in Africa invested in their playing and technical bodies to translate into results on the pitch. This crude means of achieving results are only short term which would affect the club going forward. The quality of this Hearts of Oak side is nowhere near the standard of Esperance and that was clear from the first leg. Herbert was rightCoach Herbert Addo in a post match interview was unequivocal in his comments when he said that the North Africans were more professional in their approach. How on earth did the Phobians not know – per their own account – that it was this cold in North Africa and that they also needed certain kinds of football boots on matchdays? A healthy loss, perhaps 1-0, in the first leg could have put the Phobians in good stead as far as qualification is concerned if they had adequately prepared.The club is being handled by experienced hands from what I know and this should not be the best way of achieving results by a club as big as Hearts.–Kwame Dwomoh-Agyemang is a Joy Sports producer and has covered Ghana’s football scene extensively.