Dethroned World Boxing Organisation (WBO) super bantamweight champion, Isaac Dogboe, will battle with Black Stars and Athletico Madrid’s ace Thomas Partey for the coveted MTN Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) Sports Personality of the Year Award to be held later this year.The annual awards ceremony to honour the nation’s illustrious athletes will see the two top contenders of the highest award on the night being given a run for their money by football administrator Anthony Baffoe who is also gunning for the enviable honour for the second time after winning the 2016 top prize.The list of the over 40 nominees who are to be rewarded in their various disciplines was released last Saturday in Accra.Partey will also challenge four others, namely John Antwi, a loanee from Egyptian club Al Ahly; Kotoko goalie Felix Annan, Kassim Nuhu of German club, Hoffenheim, and Joseph Aidoo of Genk in the Belgian First Division for the Male Footballer of the Year award.For her superb performance at the recently held Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay, Black Maiden’s striker Mukarama Abdulai will contend with Black Queen’s Faustina Ampah and Black Princesses’ Grace Asantewaa for the Female Footballer of the Year award.The stakes will be high for Coach of the Year award as hockey takes centre stage, with Ebenezer Frimpong of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Boakye Danquah (Exchequers) and Richmond Attipoe also of Exchequers vying for the award on the night. Two teams will compete for the national team of the year award: The Ghana Rugby Men’s team, The Ghana Eagles, and national wrestling team, The Golden Arms.The president of the Ghana Armwrestling Association, Charles Osei Assibey, will compete against Evans Kojo Yeboah, president of the Ghana Badminton Association, for the president of the year award.Lightweight world title hopeful, Richard Oblitey Commey, will have a straight fight with Isaac Dogboe for the professional boxer of the year award, while Janet Amponsah and Jesse Lartey will scoop the athlete of the year and amateur boxer of the year, respectively.National ping pong top seed Derek Abrefa and female ace player Celia Baah Danso will be rewarded with the male and female table tennis players of the year award, respectively.Alberta Ampomah and Haruna Tahiru will take home the Armwrestler of the year award in both the female and male categories, respectively, while Michael Arko and Rafatu Inusah take awards in male and female rugby players of the year. In para-athletics, Frederick Assor and Haruna Tahiru will go home with respective awards and golfer Kojo Barni takes home the professional golfer of the year award.Female athlete Hor Halutie is expected to be rewarded the prospect of the year, while ping-pong player Samuel Akayade and hockey ace Dennis Ababio will receive awards for dedication and valour.Boxing promotion outfit, Cabic Promotions will take the award for promoter of the year. There will be eight special awards for individuals, corporate entities and persons on the night.They are the Binatone Ghana Limited, Greater Accra Handball Association and kickboxer Jonathan Euro.The rest are Casely Hayford Hall, Ghana Revenue Authority, Akwasi Frimpong, Kofikrom Pharmacy and Albert K Frimpong.
The last time he pitched in Miami before Sunday was last Sept. 10, when Hill threw seven perfect innings. He was then removed due to a pitch-count restriction with much ballyhoo. Manager Dave Roberts faced no such dilemma this time.Besides the fact that Hill’s fingers have been blister-free since May, he allowed a double to Ozuna to begin the second inning. Hill got out of that jam and mostly succeeded in avoiding stressful situations. The left-hander allowed just one run on five hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out nine, two shy of his season high.“The last five or so outings have been really good,” Hill said. “Today was no different: just attacking the hitters. Austin (Barnes) did a great job behind the dish.”“He was in complete control today,” Roberts said of Hill. “Some of the best stuff he’s had all year.”Since compacting his windup with help from pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, Hill has a 1.45 ERA in five starts dating to June 21. He has 44 strikeouts in 31 innings over that span.Sunday, he pitched all five innings with a lead.Turner’s solo home run against Marlins starter Chris O’Grady (1-1), his 11th this season, gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Turner’s sacrifice fly in the third inning allowed Logan Forsythe to tag up and score the Dodgers’ second run.Chris Taylor’s triple, followed by a single by Barnes, made it 3-0 in the fourth inning.Miami got its only run against Hill in the fifth inning on a fluky infield single by a future Hall of Famer.With one out, former Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis lined a double to left field. A single by J.T. Riddle sent Ellis to third. With the ninth spot in the batting order due up, Marlins manager Don Mattingly removed O’Grady and inserted Ichiro Suzuki.Suzuki’s 3,055th career hit was a tapper back to the pitcher’s mound, and it caught Hill off balance. The pitcher fell down. Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager retrieved the ball but had no play as Ellis scored easily.“They hung in there. They were fighting. You could see it,” Roberts said. “For us to still find a way to win says a lot about our guys.” MIAMI >> The Dodgers won their ninth consecutive game Sunday. Their 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins completed their 11th series sweep and lifted their record to 64-29, the best mark in baseball.After a day off Monday, the Dodgers will begin a two-game series against the Chicago White Sox in their most comfortable position this year. They hold a 101/2-game lead in the NL West over the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks, who lost their fifth consecutive game Sunday. Only the Houston Astros lead their division by a greater margin.It remains to be seen if the Dodgers’ current streak — 29 wins in their past 33 games — is their new reality or a mere twist of fortune. Either way, it’s been short on drama. The Marlins at least made the series finale interesting at the end.After Dee Gordon reached on an infield single off Brandon Morrow to begin the eighth inning, then advanced on Kenley Jansen’s balk — his first in six years — he scored on Christian Yelich’s single to narrow the Dodgers’ lead to a single run. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jansen ultimately locked down a save, his 23rd in 23 tries this year. Even that required a diving stop by Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner on a ground ball to his left, robbing J.T. Riddle for the game’s final out.“I think a lot of offensive guys are going to be really happy to get out of this place,” Turner said of Marlins Park. “If we were at home at Dodger Stadium, we might have hit 20 homers this series, but this place is enormous. They have a very athletic outfield, they cover a lot of ground. They made a lot of good plays today. The whole series, really.”The most memorable play Sunday was a wall-scaling, home run-robbing catch by left fielder Marcell Ozuna, reaching high above the rail to snatch Kiké Hernandez’s blast before it could fall in the Dodgers bullpen in the sixth inning. The Dodgers made five other outs on the warning track.Ultimately the long outs didn’t matter. Dodgers starter Rich Hill (6-4) continued his resurgence by pitching five strong innings, and the bullpen survived its eighth-inning hiccup. The Dodgers hadn’t swept a three-game series against the Marlins since 2008.“Today’s win was a great team win,” Hill said. “You saw great defense. The offense came through. And the bullpen has been tremendous. You can say that it starts with the starters. It’s really all 25 guys in here that are coming to compete every single day and bringing their best out on the field. It’s a lot of fun to see.”