THE Guyana Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (GBBFF) will flex off its 2020 season next month in Linden. According to president of the federation, Keavon Bess: “This year we will add several competitions to our local roster and to start that off, we will be introducing the Mr Linden Classic, which would share the stage with the Novices Bodybuilding and Fitness Championship on February 15, 2020.”Bess, who highlighted his federation’s plan via social media, added that the event is scheduled to be held at the Lichas Hall.After the two competitions, executives have planned a similar event for Berbice, but this time it will be an Intermediate Championship and the Mr Berbice Classic. Additionally, the highly anticipated Mr Guyana, Mr Physique and Ms Bikini (Senior Championships) are set for July this year.Bess noted that bodybuilders would also aim to excel on the international stage. He said that Guyana would send two teams to Colombia at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships. One team to participate on stage and the other to represent the federation at the CAC Congress, with the objective of presenting a bid to host the illustrious event in 2022.“It’s gonna be a great year for the sport of bodybuilding in Guyana.”Last year Mr Guyana was won by Marlon Bennett after former five-time champion Kerwin Clarke had opted to focus solely on international competitions.Clarke himself had earned a gold medal in the light middleweight division at the 2019 CAC Championships, while former Mr Physique Yannick Grimes had won a bronze in his category. As last year, the 2020 Mr Physique battle is also expected to be heated with the Grimes vs Emmerson Campbell clash, while competitors such as former Mr Physique Novices winners: Tariq Dakhil and Delroy Phillips and Renaldo Caldeira and Johnathan Jeffrey will also look to excel.Bennett is no sure win this year; especially if former multi-CAC champion Sylvan Gardner, who won the U-154 pound battle at Stage of Champions IV, decides to compete. Also turning back time last year was Lindon ‘Muscles’ Burnett, who was impressive at Stage of Champions in the U-176 division before winning the middleweight category at the Clinton Sammy Classic in T&T last November.Some of the other big names expected to own the stage this year are Caerus Cipriani, Carlos Petterson Grifith, Derran Harris and Julio Sinclair.Rosanna Fung was a dominant force in the Ms Bikini category last year, but a number of outstanding competitors have been dormant and if they return, it should make for an exciting female battle.
Junior wide receiver Michael Pittman recorded two touchdowns against Colorado on Oct. 13. (Josh Dunst | Daily Trojan)As the Trojans come off an ugly loss in Utah, they look to right the ship at home against Arizona State on Saturday after a performance that left unanswered questions. The team surrendered a two-touchdown lead, giving up 34 unanswered points as Utah stormed back to win the game in convincing fashion. The Trojans now stand at 4-3 with slim chances of making the Pac-12 Championship. They’ll have the perfect opportunity to get back on track this week, as they face a struggling 3-4 ASU team at the Coliseum, where the Trojans still hold the second longest home game win streak in college football. “This is a big Pac-12 game that keeps you tied up at the top [of the Pac-12 South], and it’s a game that we need,” head coach Clay Helton said.USC offense vs. ASU defenseUSC’s lack of offensive identity manifested against Utah when the defense failed to find a way to move the ball. The run game remained stagnant, just like it had the previous week, as they faced a dominant Utah rush defense. The team gained only 73 yards on 31 carries but most of that yardage came in garbage time. The offensive line has struggled to create any kind of consistent push off the ball in the run game for weeks, making it difficult for running backs senior Aca’Cedric Ware, sophomore Stephen Carr or redshirt sophomore Vavae Malepeai to get going in the past two contests. The passing game fared just as poorly against Utah which presented a major issue as that had been the Trojans’ only source of offense the previous week. The deep ball that had been so successful against Colorado vanished, as freshman quarterback JT Daniels went 6-of-16 for 89 yards and threw two interceptions. A hit late in the second half knocked him out of the game with a concussion. His status for the ASU game is still unclear. As of Thursday, Daniels had not cleared concussion protocol. If he isn’t able to play, sophomore quarterback Jack Sears will take his first game snaps as a Trojan after redshirt sophomore Matt Fink broke his ribs against Utah.“He was able to throw a few routes on air today, but he has not been cleared for contact,” Helton said after Thursday’s practice. “With it being late in the week and still not cleared, its 50/50 at best if he’s even cleared. It’s probably leaning more toward not.”The way the coaching staff approaches the offensive game plan will probably vary heavily based on which quarterback begins the game under center. If Daniels is the starter, expect the offense to try to replicate what worked for them against Colorado with an explosive deep passing game. “I think [head coach Tee Martin has] done a nice job of saying, ‘Hey we’re not going to reinvent the wheel, we’re going to do things that [Sears] can handle,’” Helton said. The one thing that has worked for the Trojans is junior receiver Michael Pittman — he’s been the only consistent bright spot on the offense, as he’s gone for 262 yards and three touchdowns in the last two contests.Luckily for the Trojans, they’ll face a Sun Devil defense that’s ranked No. 65 in pass defense and No. 66 in rushing defense, offering them the perfect opponent against which to find their groove.“I thought we paid ultra attention to detail this week on trying to get fundamental technique things fixed, so we’re not losing those one on one battles that we lost last week,” Helton said.ASU offense vs. USC defenseThe ASU offense is a three-headed monster, led by redshirt senior quarterback Manny Wilkins. Wilkins has played at a high level this year, completing about 63 percent of his passes for nearly 1,800 yards and 11 touchdowns compared to only two interceptions. He benefits from having one of the best receivers in the country to throw to in junior N’Keal Harry, who will likely be the first receiver to have his name called in next year’s NFL Draft. Harry is a dynamic force on the outside, with tremendous size at 6-foot-4 and special explosiveness. He’s accumulated 572 yards and six touchdowns on the year. The duo will be a tough challenge for a USC secondary that was shredded last weekend, as Utah junior quarterback Tyler Huntley torched them for 341 yards and four touchdowns. Both USC safeties struggled mightily against Utah. Senior Marvell Tell and freshman Talanoa Hufanga both found themselves lost in coverage and missing tackles badly throughout the night. One of the few bright spots for the Trojan pass defense from last week was the performance of the pass rush, which collected five sacks despite having been subpar throughout the year and losing their best player in senior linebacker Porter Gustin due to injury. However, the tackling defense displayed will be a serious problem if it carries into this matchup. Sun Devils sophomore running back Eno Benjamin is a playmaker in the backfield, with 753 yards and seven touchdowns. His ability to make defenders miss in open space could be a serious issue for the Trojan defense if they play like they did last week.“They’ve had a good week of preparation and now it’s time to go play the game,” Helton said. “It’s going to be fun to play in the daylight and be back in the Coliseum.” Prediction: USC 24, ASU 20Though in their current condition it’s not a stretch to think USC could lose to any team, especially if Daniels can’t play, expect them to find a way to keep their home win streak alive. The ASU defense shouldn’t be too tough of a challenge, allowing the offense to find a bit of a groove and for Daniels to regain some confidence. Though the ASU offense features serious playmakers across the board, the USC defense will likely continue to bring a solid pass rush and improve their tackling. Expect them to pull this one out — although it might not be in impressive fashion.
The head of the Qatar 2022 World Cup has rejected calls for the tournament to be awarded to another country.Governing body Fifa is expected to move the tournament to winter to avoid Qatar’s high summer temperatures.And Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said the tournament might have to move location if a suitable time to play in Qatar could not be agreed.But Hassan al-Thawadi, chief of the Qatar bid, insists there is “no reason” why they should not host the event.“We’ve worked very, very hard to ensure we’re within the rules of the bidding, within the rules of the hosting agreement,” he told BBC Sport.“At the same time we’re delivering on all the promises that we’ve made. We’re working very hard to deliver it. The commitment is there.” Fifa president Sepp Blatter is determined to switch the 2022 World Cup to the winter as summer temperatures can reach 50C in the Middle Eastern country.Blatter, 77, has admitted the governing body may have made a “mistake” in awarding the tournament to Qatar in the summer.“[Qatar] is the right place, the Middle East is the right place,” said Al-Thawadi.“We are representing the Middle East, it is a Middle Eastern World Cup, so it is the right place. The Middle East deserves to host a major tournament.”FA chairman Dyke told the BBC in August that a summer World Cup in Qatar, who defeated rival bids from South Korea, Japan, Australia and the United States in December 2010, would be “impossible”.The Premier League has taken an opposing stance, with chief executive Richard Scudamore insisting the tournament should go ahead in the summer. However, Europe’s leading clubs have said they are “open” to the possibility of a winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022.Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of the European Club Association (ECA) believes it is “probably” better to switch the finals to winter.The ECA is an independent body representing the interests of Europe’s leading clubs. Ten English clubs are members – Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Everton, Fulham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle and Tottenham.