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New Era Newspaper Tuesday July 25, 2017

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22 SPORT Tuesday, July 25 2017 | NEW ERA Photo: Huffington Post Staying put... LeBron James has no plans of leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron won’t waive No-Trade clause for Cavaliers LeBron James is reportedly planning to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers until the end of his contract. According to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com, James won’t waive his no-trade clause now or at any point during the 2017-18 season. He can be a free agent next summer if he declines his .6 million player option for 2018-19. New general manager Koby Altman will have some tough decisions to make heading into the season after the Cavaliers struggled to keep up with other top contenders in the arms race this offseason. Per Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, Cleveland attempted to acquire both Paul George and Jimmy Butler but was unsuccessful. Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving has since requested a trade and would like to be sent to one of the Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat or New York Knicks. “Irving was tired of being Robin to James’ Batman,” the reported stated. “... Irving felt the time had come to take his destiny into his own hands. He wanted to be the centerpiece of a team.” While James not wanting to waive his no-trade clause is a positive sign, there are still plenty of question marks for the organization going forward. Additionally, there is no guarantee the four-time MVP stays beyond next season. Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reported in June that the Los Angeles Lakers or Los Angeles Clippers could be possible destinations and speculation has only grown. With James not willing to waive a no-trade clause, the Cavaliers could be left with nothing at this time next year. - bleacherreport.com In high spirits … Event organizers applauded all the sponsors, notably the main sponsor in the shape of Ohlthaver & List group and sponsors of the various age groups, such as Omnitel Namibia (U/7), Valco Pumps & Valves (U/ 9), Financial Consulting Services (U/11), Martin Krafft (U/13), Elwere (U/15) and Mobipay (U/17) as well as to the parents of the Soccer Academy who assisted to make this youth tourney a huge success. Rammies youth football tourney a great success Staff Reporter Windhoek One of Namibia’s oldest football clubs, Ramblers, hosted its 10th edition of its annual Ramblers Soccer Academy (RSA) Youth Football Tourney in Windhoek recently. The annual youth gathering attracted a significant number of youth football academies catering for a plethora of different age groups, starting from U/7, U/9, U/11 and U/13 as well as U/15s and U/17’s. Apart from hosts Ramblers, other participating teams came from as far as Swakopmund, Otjiwarongo, Rosh Pinah, Uis and various teams from the capital city of Windhoek. A record number of 76 teams comprising over 500 young footballers displayed their skills much to the delight of a record number of attendees that included parents, family, friends and the real McCoys of the gathering – the players. The tourney is particularly vital for the growth of football in Namibia, as starting at an early age teaches the child/player valuable lessons that can be taken through into adult life. “Values such as discipline, fair play and unity are taught through sport and this event is the best platform for the youth to meet, play and compete on a higher level,” said Ralf Behrens, a youth coach of RSA. The full results in the different age groups were as follows: U/17 1. Swallows FC 2. Ramblers Soccer Academy 3. Delta Secondary School Windhoek U/15 1. Ramblers Soccer Academy 2. SKW 3. DTS U/13 – A Stream 1. Swallows FC 2. SKW A 3. Ramblers Soccer Academy A U/13 – B Stream 1. Ramblers Soccer Academy B 2. SKW B 3. Teenagers FC from Swakopmund U/11 – A Stream 1. Ramblers Soccer Academy A 2. DTS A 3. SFC A from Swakopmund U/11 – B Stream 1. KFA – Windhoek 2. SFC B from Swakopmund 3. SWK B U/9 – A Stream 1. ACFA A 2. DTS A 3. KFA A from Rosh Pinah U/9 – B Stream 1. SKW A 2. DTS B 3. KFA B from Rosh Pinah U/7 – A Stream 1. SKW A 2. Swallows FC 3. Ramblers Soccer Academy A U/7 – B Stream 1. SKW B 2. DTS B 3. Ramblers Soccer Academy B Future stars … A new modus operandi was introduced with the A and B streams for the four age groups from under-7 to under-13 this year, resulting in more competitive matches in the various age groups instead of seeing results where an A team beats a B team with a high score.

Tuesday, July 25 2017 | NEW ERA SPORT 23 nduro race roduced reworks at arm Abbabis Staff Reporter Farm Abbabis The quartet of Henner Rusch (KTM), Joern Greiter (KTM), JL Oppermann (Honda), Jurgen Gladis (KTM) and Shannon Rowland (Honda) were in excellent form during round five of the Bank Windhoek National Enduro Championships at Farm Abbabis last weekend. The gathering, proudly sponsored by Monster Energy, saw riders grilling each other in their respective classes with the leaders all registering victories on a very well prepared and demanding race track, in hot weather conditions. In the Open Motorbikes Class, Rusch (KTM) took the championship lead with his 3rd victory of the season in the absence of Marcel Henle (KTM) who could not start as a result of injury. Corner Visser (Sherco) again proved his good finishing 2nd in the process strengthening his 3rd WINDHOEK overall position while Guenther Gladis (KTM) tariled in 3rd place on home turf, ahead of Kai Hennes (KTM) in 4th spot. Jorn Greiter (KTM) remains the man to beat in the Senior Motorbike Riders Class this season as he secured his 4th win of the season to extend his championship lead. Werner Wiese (KTM) finished 2nd while the battle for 3rd place was probably the most exciting of the day as Stefan du Plessis (KTM) ended the race one second ahead of David Brown (KTM) after more than three hours of adrenaline pumping racing. In the Clubmans Motorbike Class, championship leader Jurgen Gladis (KTM) crossed the the line in 2nd spot after the first lap, behind Duard Wiese (KTM) who enjoyed an excellent first lap. However, early in the 2nd lap, Wiese suffered technical difficulties and had to retire leaving last year’s off-road Bike Class champion Kurt Hartung (Yamaha) to take The sixth annual Mental Health Sports Day was commemorated at the Windhoek Central Hospital this weekend, with various sporting activities taking place. Close to 100 people from the Windhoek Central Prison, Central Hospital, Gobabis Prison, Ministry of Health and Social Services and general public attended the event. Participants competed in football, volleyball, netball, track events and fun games, with the winners receiving medals at the end of the day. The event, which was officially opened by Raphael Tuhafeni Hamunyela, the commissioner-general of the Namibian Correctional Service (NCS), was held under the theme ‘No health without mental health’. Delivering his keynote address, Hamunyela said the NCS continues to work with the Ministry of On familiar territory... Jurgen Gladis flying on home turf in the Club2man’s Class. 2nd spot to earn his first podium finish in this class, ahead of Gunter Grassreiner (KTM) in 3rd. Keanu Weber-Trianus (KTM) took the championship lead in the Offroad Bike Class with 2nd place with Jaco Husselmann (KTM) claiming 1st place leaving Chris Snyman (KTM) to pick up the pieces for 3rd place. In the Development Class for youngsters, Levin Quinger (KTM) continued his winning streak to finish 1st ahead of Jeandre Godfrey (Yamaha) on a demanding track. Health and Social Services towards the provision of quality health care services for offenders in its care. He said the partnership between their institutions has grown stronger since 2014. “This agreement is aimed at ensuring better access to specialised staff, including psychiatrists, who are very limited in Namibia,” he said Hamunyela said currently there are 155 State President’s Decision Patients throughout Namibia with In the Open Quads Class, J L Oppermann (Honda) impressed with an immaculate and very fast ride to finish 1st. Gary Rowland (Honda), who had won at Uis, ended 2nd ahead of Abner Abner (Honda) adrift in 3rd place. Shannon Rowland (Honda) took victory in the Ladies Quad Class ahead of Julia Moth (Yamaha), who overcame technical difficulties to finish 2nd. The National Enduro Championship returns to Otjihase, east of Windhoek, on the 12th of next month. Battle of the young titans… Namibian Enduro Development Mixed Class for Bikes/Quad riders battle it out at Abbabis Farm, last weekend. Mental Health Sports Day commemorated in Windhoek various forms of mental health conditions. There are also 66 patients at the Forensic Psychiatric Unit of the Windhoek Central Hospital’s Mental Health Care Centre, where the NCS provides safe custody through correctional officers. “Mental illness is stigmatised and rarely spoken about in Namibia, hence the need to have days like today to empower people and open up conversations on the issue,” added Hamunyela. - Nampa More SABC sports presenters sacked A group of eight sports presenters and analysts has been shown the door by the beleaguered SABC, bringing the number of casualties to 13. The eight were fired, allegedly because the public broadcaster could not afford to pay them because it is going through financial difficulties. Sunday World has learnt football legend Marks Maponyane and coach Mike Mangena, together with Papi Khomane, Rabbie Moripe, Gloria Brown and Fabian McCarthy were issued with letters by SABC sports management in June informing them of the SABC’s intention not to renew their contracts when the new soccer season kicks off. Also included on the list was Soccer Laduma presenter Tshepo Mabona. Former referee Sylvester Ndaba, who is known for his critical reviews of PSL games on the Monday night highlights show SoccerZone, has also been red-carded. The eight sports entertainers will join David Kekana, Lindani Mbense, Kwena Moabelo, Christopher Bongo and Cudjoe Amankwa who were given their marching orders earlier this month. Metro FM sports presenter Robert Marawa was also let go in one of the most shocking moves yet by the SABC. Sunday World reported two weeks ago the group escalated their dissatisfaction with the process that led to their dismissal and sought the intervention of the interim board. Mabona confirmed he was booted out by the SABC, but claimed the process was unfair. “I was informed four days before the end of my term that my contract would not be renewed. I was told that I have been extremely professional and not a single complaint had been received about my performance, but that the company is not doing well financially,” he said. Mabona also said he recently snubbed a meeting called by management to discuss their dismissal letters and had instead sought legal advice. “I received a meeting request at 11.51am for a meeting at 1pm, which I did not attend. I did not find it respectful to be given such short notice. I have not heard any formal communication from any official at the SABC and I have forwarded the termination letter e-mailed to me on July 4 to my legal adviser. I have no birth right to a position at the SABC, but I think fairness should have been applied in dealing with independent contractors,” he said. SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said: “The matter is being handled by management. We are dealing with them based on their contracts and the matter has also been elevated to the board, and it’s been handled at that level.” - www.sundayworld.co.za

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