Ghana will be taking part once again in the World Adventure Minigolf Masters (WAGM) currently being held this year in Kungalv, Sweden. Team Ghana arrived earlier this week for training ahead of the championship and will be captained by President of Ghana Minigolf Federation (GMF) Talal Fattal and feature Ghana’s top players including Africa current Minigolf champion Kelvin BoatengThe other players are: Solomon Addai, Kwaku Asare, Richard Amoah and Maruf AhmedThe tournament will feature over 90 players from 14 countries and will be competed feverishly over three days which teed off yesterday.Secretary General of Africa Minigolf Federation Talal Fattal added “Ghana is the only African country to have taken part in the past three World Cup Minigolf events and our aim this year is to rank among the top Minigolf countries in the world to encourage other African National Minigolf federations to participate in next year world adventure masters Minigolf slated for Austria 2020.”GMF will be hosting the first edition of the African Minigolf cup of nations (AMCON) in Accra from September 27-29.
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Bill Simmons on the Colin Cowherd show today suggested Julian Edelman to the Lions could be happening soon. Here’s the audio. Around the 8-minute mark https://t.co/ChB3kQ2dDM— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) April 2, 2020FREE AGENCY GRADES: What do Bucs earn for Brady deal?Other than the fact the Bucs employ Brady and the Lions are led by two men who spent a lot of time in the Patriots organization — general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia — moving Edelman to another team makes no sense.The Bucs already have a dominant wide receiver who spends half of his snaps in the slot in rising superstar Chris Godwin. What they really need is a Breshad Perriman replacement to play off Godwin and opposite Mike Evans in 11 personnel sets. Tampa also has a developing diminutive dasher in the Edelman mold in second-year receiver Scotty Miller.As for the Lions, they were pleased with the play of former Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola last season, enough to re-sign him to a one-year, $5.5 million deal to keep being productive in the slot between Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. There’s no room for Edelman to be a receiving factor in that offense, especially considering second-year tight end T.J. Hockenson should have a more prominent role.The Patriots also can’t afford to move Edelman. They have less than $900,000 in salary cap space, second-lowest in the league behind the Chiefs. Trading Edelman would cost them $5.3 million of his $9.6 cap number in dead money. Besides, they need Edelman themselves, much more than the Bucs and Lions do. The 33-year-old, signed through 2021, caught 100 of 153 targets for a career-high 1,107 receiving yards with six touchdowns last season. The Patriots had all kinds of issues elsewhere at wide receiver in 2019, and in the wake of tight end Rob Gronkowski’s retirement, Edelman was one of two reliable targets for Brady from wire to wire, along with running back James White.As the ultimate possession receiver who gets open everywhere with a consistently high catch rate, Edelman is key to helping the Patriots’ new starting QB, which is looking more like either second-year player Jarrett Stidham or a drafted rookie with only Brian Hoyer re-signed to replace Brady on the roster. It stands to reason that Edelman takes on a bigger role as a safety valve, not a lesser one.Edelman has been attached to Brady his entire 11-year career with the Patriots, so it might be convenient to think it should be his time to move on, too. The reality is, in what will already be a trying transition without Brady, undergoing it without Edelman would be a lot more difficult. Tom Brady left the Patriots for the Buccaneers in NFL free agency. That doesn’t suddenly mean his longtime go-to wide receiver, Julian Edelman, should soon be following him out of New England.Tampa Bay created the early steam for Edelman rumors because of Brady going there. Now, Detroit is the latest rumored destination mentioned for Edelman by The Ringer’s Bill Simmons during his guest spot on Fox Sports’ “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on Wednesday.
Bernie Sanders is suspending his campaign for the Democratic nomination for president. His leaving the race sets a clear path for former Vice President Joe Biden to challenge President Trump in the fall. Sanders had been the front-runner in the race after victories in Nevada and New Hampshire. However, Biden’s huge win in South Carolina changed the race. Still, Sanders took weeks to make the decision to drop out even though his path to victory was very narrow.Sanders had been a favorite with young voters and claimed during the campaign that he alone could defeat the President because of all the new voters that would turn out for him. However, those new voters never materialized during the primaries. Sanders calls himself a Democratic-Socialist. Biden and others argued that anyone calling themself a socialist would not be able to defeat Trump in a general election. Bernie Sanders is expected to make a statement at 11:45 a.m. ET after announcing he’s suspending his campaign for the Democratic nomination for President.Please join me at 11:45 a.m. ET for a special message to our supporters, live on our social media and https://t.co/vreIiWfeoS.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 8, 2020
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, center, walks off the field with Dolphins outside linebacker Jason Trusnik (93) after the team defeated the New England Patriots 24-20 in an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)By now the Miami Dolphins’ season was supposed to be over, with little left to do but make sure quarterback Ryan Tannehill still had all his body parts and the NFL had an answer for what really went on in the locker room.But something happened on the way to another losing record. Something clicked just when everything seemed to be falling apart after a 300-pound offensive lineman left the team saying he had been bullied.Columnists, opponents and fans questioned the team’s leadership, saying the coaches had ceded control to guard Richie Incognito and his bad-boy antics. But instead of imploding, the Dolphins came together. Instead of tanking, they found ways to win.“Kind of a blessing in disguise,” tackle Bryant McKinnie said.Now the Dolphins are squarely in the playoff hunt, a surprise team peaking at just the right time. With two very winnable games left they control their own destiny in a season when they couldn’t even control the locker room.Players say coach Joe Philbin’s calm response to the November crisis put them on the winning path.“Adversity is either going to make your team strong because the leader is going to rally and pull everyone together, or make you disintegrate because the leader is panicking,” said Patrick Lencioni, who writes on leadership and team building in business. “Clearly he did not panic.”The team was floundering even before Jonathan Martin walked out and Incognito was sent packing. The Dolphins had lost four straight games to fall to 3-4, and the uproar over bullying threatened to further fracture a fragile team.Owner Stephen Ross expressed his outrage.“Changes need to be made,” he said.But changes weren’t made, at least big ones. Replacements were brought in for Martin and Incognito and they proved capable. The coaching staff remained intact and general manager Jeff Ireland still has his job.But as NFL investigators traveled to Miami to interview everyone about what Incognito said or did to Martin, other things began to change.Miami started to win. The line, with backups replacing Martin and Incognito, gave up fewer sacks and opened up more room to run.And on Sunday, a fill-in safety playing his first NFL game intercepted a pass in the end zone to seal an upset over New England and put the Dolphins in the driver’s seat for their first playoff appearance in five years.“With all the distractions, everybody still wanted to win,” McKinnie said. “We found a way to remain focused.”No stranger to adversity, Philbin was still mourning the accidental death of his 21-year-old son days earlier when he was given his first head coaching job in the NFL in January 2012.His total focus became rebuilding the Dolphins. A four-game losing streak this season didn’t shake his plan, and neither did the scandal.“He laid that plan out from the very first day he was here, and he never wavered from it,” defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said. “Amidst all of the peripheral things that have been going on here during the course of the season, he just stayed the course each and every day and provided the leadership to the players in the team meetings and to the staff in the staff meetings about, ‘Hey we are doing things the right way. We are going to continue to move forward and try to build the best organization in the NFL.’ Nothing has ever changed.”In the process the stoic Philbin has gone from being on the chopping block to being mentioned as a possible coach of the year candidate.“I haven’t heard any of that,” Philbin said. “Again, we are all concentrating as a team and an organization. This is important. We talked about the fourth quarter and playing well in December. These guys have been hard at it since July 21st. We need to finish this season strong.”Lencioni, who wrote the book “Five Dysfunctions of a Team,” said it could be that the bullying and team leadership was not as bad as thought. That’s certainly the perception of Dolphins players, who stuck up for Incognito.“If the media is tough on them and they’re sticking together, that’s a unifying force,” Lencioni said. “But it requires credibility on the part of the coach. If the coach is a jerk with no credibility then the whole ‘Us against the world’ thing probably implodes.”With four wins in the last five games, the Dolphins have a chance to be remembered for more than having a bully in the locker room. It could be the rare team that becomes unified in the face of controversy.Instead of worrying about the loss of Martin and Incognito, players have embraced the personnel they have. That includes safety Michael Thomas, who was picked up off the San Francisco 49ers practice squad and made his NFL debut on Sunday against the Patriots.Many of his new teammates said they didn’t even know who No. 31 was until he picked off Tom Brady with seconds remaining to seal a game that the Dolphins of old would have probably lost. That didn’t stop them from embracing Thomas in celebration.“Teamwork really is a huge competitive advantage when you can actually make a team play like a team. They may have less talent on the field now but they have a better team,” Lencioni said.“And that may be the real story of the Miami Dolphins of 2013.”