See clever first goal of the GPL season, scored by Asante Kotoko’s Justice Blay [VIDEO]

first_imgAll 18 sides involved in this season’s Ghana Premier League would have been hoping for great starts to the campaign.But even Asante Kotoko, playing at home against Eleven Wonders, could not have dreamt of the start they made.Inside two minutes, they already had the ball in the back of the net.It was not just the first goal Kotoko had scored this season, it was also the first goal netted by any club in the season.A short corner from the Porcupine warriors caught out the Wonders defence and a cross into the box was headed home powerfully by Blay.The goal was even more important as it was the only one Kotoko scored in the game, picking up all three points with a 1-0 win.The goal was the first of 25 scored across the nine venues on Sunday.The opening day victory was sweetened even further by news that their rivals, Hearts of Oak had lost at home to Berekum Chelsea.Take a look at the clever goal below:last_img read more

No Smith, Jets Hunt Backup QB

first_imgNEW YORK – Geno Smith might be able to avoid the short-term injured reserve list.The New York Jets quarterback had his jaw broken by a punch from then-teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali on Aug. 11, and had surgery two days later to have metal plates and screws inserted. Smith is expected to miss six to 10 weeks, leaving his availability uncertain for the regular season.Short-term IR is one option for the Jets, but Smith wouldn’t be able to play until he was on the list for at least eight weeks.“Based on the timeline for his recovery, it’s a possibility,” General Manager Mike Maccagnan said during practice, “but I would say it would not be likely.”Maccagnan said Smith is likely to miss the first four games of the regular season, putting a potential return around Week 6 — after the Jets’ bye week.With Ryan Fitzpatrick the starter and rookies Bryce Petty and Jake Heaps behind him, the Jets are exploring veteran options.“I don’t want to necessarily put a timeframe on it, but it is something we’re looking to do,” Maccagnan said. “We have the ability to do that, potentially, for the rest of training camp.”They brought Matt Flynn in for a physical last week, but didn’t work him out. He was released by New England last week after dealing with a hamstring issue, and New York was still very much interested in signing him. The 30-year-old Flynn has also been with Green Bay (twice), Seattle, Oakland and Buffalo.It would appear to make sense for the Jets to bring in a veteran as insurance for Fitzpatrick, who was acquired in March from Houston. He’s healthy after having his season end last December because of a broken leg.Still, the Jets would be in a precarious position if Fitzpatrick were to get hurt early in the season because of the lack of experience behind him at the quarterback spot.Maccagnan acknowledged the Jets have “talked to other teams” about trades, but the GM also will track the waiver wire and free-agent market.“There’s nothing pressing on that front right now,” Maccagnan said of a trade. “I think most teams are kind of evaluating their own quarterback situations. That would probably, I would imagine, become more of a possibility as we get later on in training camp.”Smith was at the team meeting, and coach Todd Bowles said he briefly chatted with the injured quarterback both Aug. 17 and Aug. 18.“We didn’t have a two-hour conversation or anything,” Bowles said, “but he was able to open his mouth and everything.”With Fitzpatrick taking over as the starter, Bowles said last week there is no guarantee Smith will automatically get the job back when he’s healthy — particularly if Fitzpatrick and the team are playing well. Despite that, Fitzpatrick insisted there’s no tension or weird feelings among the two quarterbacks.“It’s fine,” Fitzpatrick said. “We’re both professionals.”Both Bowles and Maccagnan expect Smith to be able to participate in all meetings at the facility “very soon,” although physical activity will still be up to the doctors.“No time soon,” Bowles said. “He’s got a good, another week and a half, two weeks, maybe.”Meanwhile, Fitzpatrick has gotten four full practices under his belt with the starting offense, developing a better rapport with the receivers and feeling even more comfortable in Chan Gailey’s offense.The fact he played under Gailey for three seasons in Buffalo was a major reason the Jets went after Fitzpatrick in the off-season. That has guys such as Brandon Marshall feeling pretty good about Fitzpatrick — whether he’s a short- or long-term solution this season.“It’s his offense,” Marshall said of Fitzpatrick. “He knows this offense probably just as well as Chan. That’s exciting and it makes everyone feel comfortable.”Fitzpatrick and the starters played just one series in the preseason opener last week at Detroit, but they are expected to get a few more series against Atlanta on Aug. 21.“There’s a big-time balance between staying healthy and getting work,” Fitzpatrick said. “I think health certainly outweighs that. Being healthy for the season is certainly more important than going out there and lighting the world on fire in preseason.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more