FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailstevanovicigor/iStock(PHOENIX) — One day after reports that he had threatened to move the the team elsewhere, Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver said Thursday he is fully committed to keeping the team in place.“I am 100 percent all-in in keeping this team right here where we stand,” Sarver said in a video message posted to Twitter. “And I want to make sure that message comes across crystal clear to every one of you.”Earlier in the week, the Phoenix City Council delayed a vote on more than $200 million in renovations to the team’s stadium. The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday that Sarver had recently contacted a member of the council threatening to move the team to Seattle or Las Vegas if the renovation deal wasn’t approved.On Friday, Suns president Jason Rowley released a statement that indicated the team has had no discussions with any other city about potential relocation. Sarver has said he is looking to build a “first-class” practice facility in addition to improving the arena. The vote on those renovations will now be held on January 23.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. December 14, 2018 /Sports News – National Suns owner Robert Sarver affirms commitment to keep team in Phoenix Written by Beau Lund
The admissions process Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer File under “A” for admissions Thousands of applications pour in and filers like Malensky Oscar (left) of Long Island University and Joyce Zhang ’13 help shoulder the administrative burden of filing. Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William Fitzsimmons watches their work and assesses his impending workload. ?The tradition of careful, individual review of applications to Harvard College goes back to its earliest days. Each application receives as many as four readings prior to selection meetings. This month, 20 subcommittees meet for three to five days — each discussing an applicant for as long as an hour. Decisions are made by majority vote and are referred to the full committee, which makes the admission offers next month.Bill Fitzsimmons, the dean of admissions, said eager applicants sometimes augment the process with extra material. Musically talented applicants each year submit 2,500 recordings, which are sent to the Music Department faculty for review.Other applicants have sent in material ranging from the quirky to the outrageous: cookies and date bread, monogrammed pencils urging admission, mock issues of Time magazine with candidates as persons of the year, and photos of applicants in bedrooms freshly painted crimson. Perhaps the most shocking delivery was the life-size plaster of paris casting of an applicant. Long process Behind the scenes, admissions decisions are made by majority vote, with offers made in March. Projecting the future Sally White Harty, senior admissions and financial aid officer for Harvard College, projects student application essays for review during an admissions meeting. Each application receives as many as four readings prior to selection meetings. Group effort Associate Director of Financial Aid Kathryn Vidra (from left, pink shirt) helps Fitzsimmons and others review applications and materials. Under review David Evans (left), an admissions and financial aid senior specialist, considers applications in one of many meetings he’ll attend where applicants are often discussed for as long as one hour. Extra credit Fitzsimmons said eager applicants sometimes augment the process with extra material ranging from the quirky to the outrageous: One applicant sent in a life-size plaster casting of herself.
RelatedPosts Anichebe reveals club ambition Pickford pens new Everton contract Pickford signs new deal to stay at Everton Sunderland chairman Stewart Donald has begun the process of selling the club following fan protests against the owners, the League One (third tier) club said on Tuesday.Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League in the 2016-2017 season and immediately dropped to the third tier before being taken over by a consortium led by Donald in May 2018. However, following a goalless draw against Bolton Wanderers last month, supporter groups of the ninth-placed side issued a joint statement calling for the club to be sold immediately following a poor run of results. “Co-ordinated, ‘no turning back’ campaigns… against owners are highly unusual at any club particularly after 18 months. “Given these circumstances, and Donald’s sincere commitment on his arrival at Sunderland that ‘I won’t outstay my welcome’, the board feels that it has no option but to sell the club. “That process has now commenced. Owing to confidentiality agreements, there will be no further updates until a preferred bidder is identified,” Sunderland said in a statement. Donald, who met with Sunderland supporters in December and promised to invest in players in January, thanked fans and urged them to continue backing the team and manager Phil Parkinson. “We would also like to reassure those loyal fans that we are placing sufficient funds in the club to support the manager as he seeks to improve the first team in the next few weeks,” Donald said. Sunderland were beaten 2-1 by Charlton Athletic in the League One playoff final last season but have lost six and drawn eight of their 23 games in this campaign. “Whilst progress on the pitch has been slower than all associated with Sunderland would have liked, the club has become one of the very few in the EFL to be debt free and break even on an operational basis. “With that stable base… and with the team now back in contention for promotion, the board believes that Sunderland continues to head in the right direction,” the club statement added. Tags: Stewart DonaldSunderland
Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.It was Calhoun’s third home run in the past two games at Dodger Stadium and knocked the Dodgers out of their temporary perch atop the National League. The Arizona Diamondbacks won Saturday afternoon and moved a half-game up on the Dodgers at the end of the day.The Angels have won three of the five meetings with the Dodgers over the past week. Four of the five games have been decided by one run.“Sometimes you’re going to get beat. I got beat on this one,” said Jansen, the goat in two of the Dodgers’ Freeway Series losses. “He’s swinging a hot bat. Up and in is the zone where you can go on him. I wasn’t quite enough in. Mistakes like that, sometimes they get you. He got me.”There were plenty of mistakes to go around in this one. Jansen didn’t even make the last one this time.Justin Upton gave the Angels a 4-3 lead with a solo home run in the seventh inning. They took it into the bottom of the ninth but Chase Utley led off with a pinch-hit single and scored from first when Yasmani Grandal doubled over Upton’s head in left field. Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “I don’t know if he thought the ball might have been out of the ballpark, lost sight of it,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “But, yeah, we expect him to be at third off the bat.”Toles said he had a few things in mind – past baserunning mistakes where he was overly aggressive and Simmons’ strong throwing arm, in particular – and thought staying at second would be the wise thing to do.“I didn’t want to do anything risky,” he said. “There was only one out. I just didn’t want to chance it.“I’m not going to be that dude because you can ruin a rally.”Second thoughts kicked in when a passed ball by Angels catcher Martin Maldonado moved him to third – instead of scoring the tying run. Utley flew out to shallow left and Grandal struck out to end the game, stranding the tying run 90 feet away. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Chase Utley beats the throw to Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado and scores from first base on a double by Yasmani Grandal in the ninth inning to tie the game, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons scores past Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes on a single by Justin Upton in the first inning, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jose Alvarez reacts after striking out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal in the tenth inning to secure their 5-4 win, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt talks with pitcher Alex Wood, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Angels left fielder Justin Upton can’t catch a double by Los Angeles Dodgers Andrew Toles in the tenth inning, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Blake Parker, right, looks down after giving a run by Los Angeles Dodgers Chase Utley, left, in the ninth inning to tie the game, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun makes a leaping catch on a flyball at the outfield wall by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor in the first inning, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, left, celebrates with Mike Trout after hitting a home run in tenth-inning to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun watches his tenth-inning home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher catcher Yasmani Grandal looks on, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood after striking out two Angels batters in the sixth inning, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood throws to home plate against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, is greeted by Mike Trout after hitting a home run in tenth-inning to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to home plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood throws to home plate against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy (13) is greeted by manager Dave Roberts after scoring from third on a single by Cody Bellinger in the second inning against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Angels’ shortstop Andrelton Simmons can’t field a single by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Logan Forsythe in the second inning, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood, center, confers with shortstop Chris Taylor, left, and catcher Austin Barnes after loading the bases in the second inning against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Angels’ outfielder Kole Calhoun slides into second base after hitting a double in the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chase Utley passes third base coach Chris Woodward and scores from first base on a double by Yasmani Grandal in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher pitcher Blake Parker follows through against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Andrew Toles, right, makes a catch in front of left fielder Enrique Hernandez on a flyball by Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani draws a base on balls after pinch hitting in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney (28) smiles after his day is done as manager Mike Scioscia, left, makes a pitching change in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dylan Floro waits for the ball after giving up a solo home run to Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton in the seventh inning, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts applauds a running catch by left fielder Enrique Hernandez on a line drive by the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout in the seventh inning, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chase Utley beats the throw to Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado and scores from first base on a double by Yasmani Grandal in the ninth inning to tie the game, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)NextShow Caption1 of 25Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chase Utley beats the throw to Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado and scores from first base on a double by Yasmani Grandal in the ninth inning to tie the game, Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)ExpandLOS ANGELES – A 162-game schedule leaves plenty of time for rebirths.The Dodgers have enjoyed theirs, touching rock bottom 10 games under .500 in mid-May but climbing into first place this week.Kole Calhoun is having his now.Calhoun turned on the first pitch he saw from Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen in the 10th inning Saturday, sending it over the wall in right field to lift the Angels to a 5-4 victory over the Dodgers. Upton froze on the line drive by Grandal, reacting too late as the ball sailed over his head. It wasn’t his worst play of the game. That was still to come.The Dodgers loaded the bases that inning but couldn’t push across the go-ahead run. Angels reliever Jose Alvarez struck out Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger and got Joc Pederson to fly out to Mike Trout on the warning track – part of a 2-for-14 day by the Dodgers with runners in scoring position (both hits came in the second inning).Jansen retired the first two Angels batters in the 10th, bringing up Calhoun.“Since he’s come back from his oblique, he’s been banging balls,” Angels starter Andrew Heaney said. “There’s no denying that he’s seeing the ball, he’s squaring it up when he gets one over the plate. It’s fun to watch.“It’s the Kole we all know.”For the first two months this season, it must have been his evil twin playing right field for the Angels.When Calhoun went to the DL on June 1, he was batting a worse-than-dreadful .145 with a .374 OPS and only three extra-base hits in 50 games. Given a chance to press the re-set button, he has hit .288 with eight home runs in 24 games since returning including a 14-for-43 (.326), six-homer run so far in July.“I’m just getting some good pitches to hit and putting some good swings on them right now,” Calhoun said. “Every day is kind of a work in progress.”The Angels still had work to do.With one out in the bottom of the 10th, Andrew Toles drove a fly ball towards the wall in left field. Upton gave chase, turned the wrong way and stumbled as the ball hit his glove and glanced off.“It was a high sky and I had to turn my back on the ball and know where to find the ball in the end,” Upton said. “Couldn’t quite find it. When I found it in the last second, I tried to turn and catch it. I didn’t know where I was.”Toles shared his confusion. Unsure if the ball was going out, had been caught or not, Toles slowed down between first and second base. When Upton recovered and got the ball to shortstop Andrelton Simmons, Toles elected to stay on second.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error While plenty of attention centered on LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in guiding Cleveland to the 2016 NBA championships, Mozgov averaged 6.3 points on 56.5 percent shooting and 4.4 rebounds. The Lakers are in dire need of upgrading their center position after deciding not to resign Roy Hibbert, who posted a career-low in points (5.9) and anchoring a defense that ranked 27th in points allowed (106.8). Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw also coached Mozgov with the Denver Nuggets.Other front-court candidates include Whiteside and Atlanta’s Al Horford. But Whiteside narrowed his choices down between Miami and Dallas, according to The Vertical. As of Thursday, Horford did not indicate any interest with the Lakers. Charlotte forward Nicolas Batum also has shown interest in the Lakers, though the versatile swingman is expected to seek a max offer from the Hornets. Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson has more affection for purple and gold after morphing from the 46th pick of the 2014 NBA Draft into one of the team’s starters. The Lakers extended a qualifying offer worth $2.7 million to Clarkson, though the rest of his free agency seems uncertain. The Lakers could immediately offer Clarkson a four-year deal worth $88.9 million. That would mark a higher upgrade than opposing teams offering him a maximum of $57.8 million over four years or $34.1 million over three years. The Lakers have the luxury of matching any offer sheet Clarkson receives. But the Lakers may not have the luxury of stomaching the consequences. Under the so-called Gilbert Arenas rule, the Lakers could pay Clarkson around $5.5 million through the next two seasons before paying him $22-23 million the following two years. But that could eat into the Lakers’ future spending power when they presumably have more to offer free agents. Things seemed less certain for the rest of the Lakers’ free agents. The NBA’s version of speed dating started at a frenetic pace. Executives from all 30 teams called prospective free agents beginning at 9:01 pm. PT on Thursday both to express interest and set up future meetings.Unfortunately for the Lakers, they were stood up before any first dates. First, the Lakers could not land a meeting with Kevin Durant, stripping them of any hope to land the seven-time NBA All-Star to replace Kobe Bryant. Second, the Lakers received no indication Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside would consider them. Third, it currently remains unclear if the Lakers can land a meeting with Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan or Atlanta’s Al Horford. So on the first night of free agency, the Lakers settled on something else. They aggressively pursued Cleveland center Timofey Mozgov, according to The Vertical. So much that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak reportedly reached out to Mozgov when free agency began at 9:01 p.m. PT on Thursday. So much that the Lakers and Mozgov are reportedly nearing agreement on a deal worth four years at $65 million. The Lakers expect veteran forward Brandon Bass to receive a lucrative offer elsewhere after opting out of his player option worth $3.1 million. The Lakers are unlikely to retain reserve forward Ryan Kelly and reserve center Robert Sacre. The Lakers extended $1.1 million qualifying offers to reserve forward Tarik Black and reserve guard Marcelo Huertas to make them restricted free agents, though their futures seem uncertain. The Lakers do not plan to resign veteran Metta World Peace, though are amenable toward inviting him for a spot on the training camp roster in September. Meanwhile, Boston free-agent shooting guard Evan Turner has expressed interest in about six NBA teams, including the Lakers and Celtics, according to league sources familiar with the situation. The 27-year-old Turner provided a jack-of-all-trades role through two seasons in Boston, averaging 10 points, five rebounds, and five assists over 27.8 minutes per game.Questions arose about Turner’s 3-point shooting after only shooting 24.1 percent last season. Yet, Turner made up for that with an efficient mid-range game by shooting 52.9 percent from shots within 12-14 feet, according to NBA.com
Arcuri, a graduate of Nelson Minor Hockey, played 38 games last season for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise before bolting to the Kings before the roster deadline.The Nelson native scored four times while adding 20 assists for 24 points for the Leafs.In 20 games with Powell River after leaving the KIJHL, Arcuri scored one goal for four points.This season, Arcuri played five games with the Kings tallying one assist and 12 penalty minutes.“In speaking with Cole after the trade you can tell he is a mature young man and we believe he will fit in seamlessly with our group,” Pierce said.Merritt is currently second in the tough Interior Division behind leading Penticton Vees with a 7-4 record.The 6-foot, one-inch, 170-pound Arcuri was rested for both of the Cents weekend games, overtime wins over West Kelowna and Victoria.Merritt travels to Vernon Friday to meet the Lakers before hosting Arcuri’s former team, Powell River Saturday. Former Nelson Leaf Cole Arcuri is leaving the BC coast for the sunny interior.The Merritt Centennials acquired the 18-year-old blueliner from the Power River Kings last week for future considerations in a deal between the two BC Hockey League teams.“We are excited to be added a player of Cole’s ability to our group,” said Cents coach Luke Pierce.“We believe his upside is very high, he is a very strong skater who has the potential to create offense from the back end.”
Mallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the celebration by selecting the Neptunes Team of the Week.The team includes, Locke Finley, Matthew Holitzki (Jr. Assistant Coach), Cynthia Pfeiffer (Head Coach), Madeline Holitzki, Laurel Nixon, Leah Eberle, Olivia Cowan, Joanna Blishen, Elissa Centrone, Evan Chouinard, Kallie Badry, Keira Badry, Morgan Robertson-Weir, Lachlan Bibby-Fox, Imogen Cowan, Enna Cowan, Hannah Malenfant, Ella Chouinard, Jaylen Rushton and Chloe Malenfan. Good things do come in small packages.The Nelson Neptunes did not let numbers get in their way as the Heritage City Swim Club came out on top and finished the Kootenay Summer Swim Association season in first place.The overall team was calculated by taking overall points and dividing it by number of swimmers who attended the meet, and Neptunes edged out second-place Kimberley and third-place Castlegar.
Those Esso Medal of Achievement recipients included:For for most improved, most dedicated and most sportsmanlike went to Sawan Bhabra, Xavier Tinholt, Ryder Nash, Dane Jones, Nathan Jackman and Sebastien “Seabass” Conne-Corrent in the Atom Division.In Peewee House, winners included Wyatt Groenhuysen, Ryan Durocher and Jack Steer.In Peewee Rep, winners were Nathan Medeiros, Dakoda Fizzard, Reid Gerrand, Joe Laren, Karim Nephin and Matthew Lehr.Bantam House were Ethan Grill, Pax Arrowsmith and Jackson Cousins.Bantam Rep were Carson Pottle, Logan Smart and William McLeod.Midget House winners were TJ Winters, Charles Curiston, Noah Marsh, Ben Price, Kyle Patton and Mike Zarikoff.Midget Rep were Jake Laplante, Adam Volansky and Matthew Zwick. Nelson Minor Hockey concluded its 2016-17 season with a recent Awards Banquet at the Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus.Former NHLer Mike Laughton conducted the ceremony with the highlight of the night being the awards to the players.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute all of the winners with Team of the Week honours.Picture are players who won the Esso Achievement Awards.
Tears of disappointment were replaced with ear-to-ear grins after the L.V. Rogers Bombers posted a 2-0 victory over Arch Bishop Carney of Vancouver in the Bronze Medal Match Saturday at the BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships Saturday at the Lakeside Fields.Sofia Arcuri scored a header in the second half to break a scoreless tie lifting the Bombers to the victory, and the school’s second medal in as many years.In 2016, LVR defeated St. Thomas Moore in shootout to claim the Provincial Crown. However, this year the Knights of Burnaby had the last laugh, not only eliminating the Bombers from a run a two consecutive Provincial Titles Friday, but also edging Okanagan Mission of Kelowna 1-0 in the Championship final to capture the 2017 Banner.Saturday, it took a lot of intestinal fortitude for the Bombers to grind out this victory.Despite looking fatigued from playing its fifth game in three days, the Bombers managed to get through the first half unscathed.Then in the second half, Arcuri got on the end of an Emily Taylor cross to head the ball into the net through a maze of players.LVR added some insurance with time running out in the game after the Arch Bishop Carney keeper was called for a foul outside the 18-yard-box.After the keeper was served up a red card for the infraction, Taylor stepped up to the ball to score the game’s final goal on the free kick.Hanna Quinn once again finished with a clean sheet, the fourth of the tournament for LVR — which only surrendered one goal in the entire tournament.Most of the players on this team will now flip the switch over to Nelson Youth Soccer Rep program to push for a Provincial B Cup medal.
After breaking John Mills All-Age and Junior High’s 19-year winning streak at the championship in 2014, Windward Road All-Age and Junior High have set their sights on a third successive hold on the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Junior High Athletics Championships title when the 38th renewal begins at the National Stadium this morning at 9 a.m.Nearly 30 schools will be participating, with the champions set to earn $500,000 worth of running spikes courtesy of hosts INSPORTS. Clarendon’s Osborne Store are the lone entrants from outside Kingston and St Catherine.The Oral Whilby-coached Windward Road defeated John Mills by 92 points to end the Ransford Spaulding-coached team’s dominance in 2014. Then in 2015, they amassed 520.5 to claim the championship by 70 points over their archrivals.Although not overly confident, Windward Road’s head coach, Whilby, expects his team to make it a three-peat.”We can make it three in a row. We have the team to do so and we are very mindful of the job at hand and are ready to defend this title,” he said.”This team is not as strong as last year, and we are not looking for that margin of victory (70 points) this time. If we do it by a single point, I will be happy, but it will be a keenly contested championshipsSpaulding expects his team to put up a strong challenge, but is not making any predictions.”My team is always ready, whether or not we have a good team. I am not a person to call results, but I can tell you we are going to give a good account of ourselves. Our deficiency was in the junior (primary) area (last year), and I believe we have made strides in that area and we have some top athletes in the senior section. so we are coming to do our best and to perform. I can’t say we are going to win, but our objective is to win,” he added.