Syracuse’s depth struggling to overcome Knutson’s shaky play

first_img Published on February 6, 2019 at 11:04 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew Guzal Yusupova stood behind the service line, bounced the ball and leaned back to serve. It was set point during the opening set against No. 19 Virginia’s Amber O’Dell, and Yusupova had just hit a forehand shot into the net. On the second set point, O’Dell overshot a rally to drop the set.O’Dell bounced her racket off the ground in frustration. The UVA freshman couldn’t recover and Yusupova’s straight-set victory trimmed Syracuse’s deficit to 3-2. But it wasn’t enough, as Gabriela Knutson lost her match at first singles.After last Sunday’s loss to Boston College, Yusupova’s winning streak increased to three matches. Knutson, on the other hand, had three straight losses. Heading into the ITA National Indoor Championship in Seattle this weekend, No. 10 Syracuse (4-2, 0-2 ACC) hasn’t handled Knutson’s recent struggles in singles. The Orange are undefeated when Knutson wins in first singles and are 1-2 when she doesn’t. While Yusupova has shined in her first couple of conference matches, the bottom half of the lineup hasn’t contributed enough for SU to pull out victories as its lost two straight matches.“It just comes down to a few points here or there,” senior Dina Hegab said.For Syracuse, victories haven’t come as easy as earlier in the season. The Orange opened their season by dropping only two matches in their first two wins. Against Purdue on Jan. 27, Knutson lost in three sets to No. 19 Silvia Ambrosio. Knutson called it “(Women’s Tennis Association) WTA tennis,” but that Ambrosio made more plays in the end.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAgainst Virginia, Knutson gave up too many “loose points.” Tied 4-4 in the second set on break point against Virginia’s Meghan Kelley, Knutson sprinted up to the net to play the volley. Instead, Kelley smashed the ball past Knutson. Later that set, trailing 5-3 in the tiebreaker, Knutson double faulted. After the second fault, she didn’t shake the racket, swing her hands or shout at herself like she did earlier in the match. All that followed was a sigh.“It was like a battle with myself, I got up and then I got down,” Knutson said. “It was just up and down, and I hate that.”Two days later, Knutson lost in straight-sets to BC’s unranked Yufei Long in the Orange’s eventual 4-3 loss. Freshman Sofya Treshcheva, who plays at sixth singles, won her first two matches of the year. Then, it took her until last Sunday to pick up her third. Wearing a black arm protective sleeve that stretched from her right shoulder to wrist, Treshcheva dropped her match in straight sets to Virginia two days before that. Hegab clinched four matches in a row for Syracuse to start the season, but hasn’t won a set since.When SU’s struggles in doubles are combined with a Knutson loss, Hegab and Treshcheva need at least one point between the two of them to accumulate four points. Against Virginia, one would have been enough. Against BC, they both needed to win. Neither happened.In those losses, Yusupova carried the latter half of singles slots. After spending her time the last two years in the top of the lineup at Washington State, she’s found success at fourth singles. But her teammates, specifically at fifth and sixth singles, need to follow.The Orange advanced to Seattle for the first time in program history through their depth. Despite Yusupova’s success, shaky doubles play and Knutson’s singles struggles have hurt the Orange. If Syracuse wants to break out of its losing spell, the fifth and sixth singles slots need to rebound.“We’re deep,” head coach Younes Limam said. “And we know that we can get those singles (points).” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Flying Eagles off to Cairo on Two–match Tour

first_imgNigeria’s U20 men’s football team, the Flying Eagles, saturday left for Cairo for a two –match tour of Egypt as part of the team’s preparations for the qualifying series of the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations.Head Coach, Paul Aigbogun will lead the new group that is being put together with the mandate not only to return the Flying Eagles to the Africa U20 finals which they missed last year, but also to qualify for the FIFA World Cup and go one better than the Class of 1989 and Class of 2005 that won the silver medals.The trio of Elkanemi Warriors’ Nur Mohammed, Ikouwem Utin of Enyimba FC and Plateau United’s Eneji Moses, who impressed with the Super Eagles B at the African Nations Championship in Morocco earlier in the year, are in the 23 –man squad that will face the Junior Pharaohs. Kano Pillars’ Nazifi Yahaya, Nasarawa United’s Douglas Achiv and Akwa United’s duo of Duarw Nuhu and Adeshina Gata are also in the contingent.Team Administrator Aliyu Ibrahim Lawal told thenff.com that the Flying Eagles will take on the Junior Pharaohs on Tuesday, 27th March and Thursday, 29th March, with both matches to hold in Alexandria.The seven –time African champions will be up against the winner of the preliminary fixture between Sierra Leone and Guinea Bissau in the first round of the qualifiers, with the first leg to hold in either Bissau or Freetown in mid-May. Niger Republic will host the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

With no Anthony Davis deal, Magic Johnson plans meeting with Lakers players, report says

first_imgLakers president Magic Johnson plans to meet with his players this weekend in Philadelphia after weeks of Anthony Davis trade rumors didn’t come to fruition ahead of Thursday’s deadline, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday, citing two unidentified sources with knowledge of the situation.Johnson planned the meeting because, according to the report, he sensed the Lakers “have been weighed down by the persistent trade rumors.” Lonzo Ball celebrates after Lakers don’t trade him at deadline Related News The Times lays out the broad topics for the meeting:— The Lakers, 28-27 and 1 1/2 games out of the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference, need to focus on the 27 regular-season games remaining. — The Davis speculation, while difficult especially for those players mentioned in potential trade scenarios, is part of the business. And the focus of that business for the Lakers is winning championships. Ivica Zubac and Michael Beasley eventually were traded, but Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope remain with the team.— Every player will be given a chance to speak, with Johnson hoping to have an open dialogue with his team so they can all move forward together, one Times source said.The meeting comes at an opportune time. Johnson can tell the team that he was impressed with its buzzer-beating road victory Thursday over the Celtics (35-20), ahead of another nationally televised game Sunday against the 76ers (34-20), who also are in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race just ahead of the All-Star break.last_img read more

Tree triumphs in South Africa

first_img30 Jan 2012 Tree triumphs in South Africa Toby Tree, a member of the England boys’ squad, gained his first individual triumph on foreign soil when he won the Gauteng North Open at Pecanwood Golf Club in South Africa. A closing round of 70 for 271, 17 under par, left him two strokes ahead of Zander Lombard and four clear of another Springbok in Brandon Stone. Tree (picture © Tom Ward), the 17 year old from the Worthing club in Sussex, bettered par in all four rounds over the course situated north of Johannesburg. An English victory looked remote when his opening 69 left him eight strokes behind Scotsman Paul Shields, who shot a sensational 61. But while Shields added a second round 75, Tree secured two eagles including a two at the 18th hole, to romp round in 66 for 135 which left him a shot behind the new leader Lombard, who added 68 to his opening 66. Round three saw Tree sign for eight birdies, three coming at the closing three holes, in another 66 for 201, which saw him edge a shot in front of Lombard going into the final day. Then, despite an eagle and four birdies, he carded 70 yet increased his advantage over Lombard who returned 71. Overall, the England boy international and former English under 14 and under 16 Champion, had three eagles and 21 birdies in his four rounds. Leading final scores: 271 T Tree (Eng) 69 66 66 70 273 Z Lombard (SA) 66 68 68 71 275 B Stone (SA) 67 72 67 69last_img read more

Ronaldinho finally released from Paraguayan prison – but he’s not completely free yet!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Reuters/APAdvertisement 2alnjjNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsv7qWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9cv9k( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) n414Would you ever consider trying this?😱6kg8Can your students do this? 🌚5Roller skating! Powered by Firework Brazilian footballing icon Ronaldinho became the centre of controversy last month after he was arrested in Paraguay for allegedly entering the country with fake passport. A month has passed since the former Barcelona and AC Milan star was put in detention, as court hearings and new facts turned up in the case, as the player’s lawyer pushed for a bail. Now, Ronaldinho has finally seen himself out from the prison after 32 days- but has been put in house arrest in a hotel. Advertisement Image Courtesy: Reuters/APAlong with his brother Roberto de Assis Moreira, Ronaldinho arrived in the country with fake passports, arranged by a charitable foundation named ‘Angelic Fraternity’, which invited the iconic footballer for an event.However, after police seized their rooms at the Resort Yacht & Golf Club Paraguayo for the fake ids, the brothers were put behind bars in Asunción, the capital of Paraguay last month.Advertisement The 2005 Ballon d’Or winner’s laywer Sergio Queiroz was already pushing for a temporary bail,, gave clearance to Ronaldinho and his brother for being oblivious about the passports being faked.Despite new allegations were raised towards the foundation’s administrator Dalia Lopez, and also a businessman named Wilmondes Sousa Lira for giving the brothers the fake ids, an appeal for bail was at first rejected by the court in March.Advertisement However, the 40 year old former attacking midfielder and his brother is now out of his detention, but is now put under house arrest in Hotel Palmaroga, located in downtown Asunción, as Judge Gustavo Amarilla confirmed to reporters in a news conference.“I have the assurance of the hotel managers that they, at their own expense, can observe house arrest there,” the judge said.Due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic, the city is observing a lock down, and the hearing had to take place through mobile communication with the defence lawyer and public prosecutor.During his time in detention for more than a month, the 2002 World Cup winner had no shortage of popularity amongst the inmates, and even took part in a recent prison football match, and scored 5 goals.Also read-Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh discuss the changing landscape of the Indian dressing roomMahesh Bhupathi’s 2-year-old niece brightens up bleak times with her message to Covid-19 Advertisementlast_img read more

LOCAL RUNNERS SAN ONOFRE, WILD DUDE & COASTLINE ALL PROMINENT, ALONG WITH MIDWEST INVADER SUBTLE INDIAN, IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 KONA GOLD STAKES AT 6 ½ FURLONGS

first_imgWILD DUDE: One of three Jerry Hollendorfer-trained entrants, this 6-year-old Florida-bred horse by Wildcat Heir was second, beaten one length by San Onofre, as the even money favorite in the Los Angeles Stakes April 16 with Kent Desormeaux up. He’ll be reunited with Rafael Bejarano on Saturday, and although he drew the rail, he is a perfect two for two from that post and will hope for a lively pace. A winner of the Grade I, six furlong Santa Anita Sprint Championship four starts back on Oct. 3, Wild Dude is a four-time graded stakes winning sprinter who also took Del Mar’s Grade I, six furlong Bing Crosby Stakes on July 26. A nationally prominent sprinter dating back to February, 2014, Wild Dude, who is owned by Hollendorfer and Green Smith, Jr., is 21-7-5-4 overall with earnings of $975,232. DREAM SATURDAY: Owned by Top Racing, LLC, he’s been away since Aug. 9 at Saratoga and will be making his first start for Hollendorfer on Saturday. Third, beaten 2 ¼ lengths three starts back in the Grade I, seven furlong Carter Handicap at Aqueduct on April 4, this 5-year-old horse by Any Given Saturday has an impressive local work tab to his credit as he seeks his initial stakes win with Mike Smith aboard for the first time. With a win from two starts at 6 ½ furlongs, Dream Saturday is 12-4-2-1 overall with earnings of $198,156. SUBTLE INDIAN: A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Indian Charlie, Subtle Indian comes off a huge gate to wire win in the Grade III, six furlong Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn Park on April 10. Trained by Robertino Diodoro and owned by Mercedes Stables, LLC, Subtle Indian, who broke from the rail in a field of nine, won the Count Fleet by 3 ¾ lengths and dating back to Jan. 15, rattled off four consecutive sprint wins at Oaklawn. With seven wins from nine overall starts, Subtle Indian figures to be well-backed in the betting with regular rider Ramon Vazquez shipping in for what his connections hope will be his fifth consecutive win. With six of his seven wins coming at Oaklawn Park, Subtle Indian has earnings of $500,300. KAFISTER: Trained by David Bernstein, this 6-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Kafwain is a nose shy of having won three starts in a row. A game nose winner of a six furlong classified allowance here on March 25, Kafister, who was claimed by Bernstein for $20,000 some 16 starts back in March, 2014, has been in the money in his last seven starts, winning his last two. Owned by longtime clients Alan Aidekman and Gaylord Ailshie, Kafister is razor sharp, but will be making his first added money start since running fourth in his third career start, Santa Anita’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. Kafister, who will be ridden for the first time by Flavien Prat, is 26-11-3-4 overall with earnings of $324,450. THE GRADE II KONA GOLD STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 9 (of 11)                                                                                     ARCADIA, Calif. (May 18, 2016)–With recent graded stakes winner San Onofre leading the way, several locally based sprinters such as Wild Dude, Coastline, Cherubim, Sahara Sky and Kafister, along with out of state invaders Subtle Indian and Dream Saturday, all loom dangerous in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes, for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs. Named for trainer Bruce Headley’s Eclipse Award winning sprinter (2000), the Kona Gold has attracted a wide-open field of 10. Wild Dude–Rafael Bejarano–122Souper Knight–Abel Lezcano–120Cautious Knight–Santiago Gonzalez–120Coastline–Tyler Baze–120Cherubim–Tiago Pereira–120Dream Saturday–Mike Smith–120Subtle Indian–Ramon Vazquez–120Kafister–Flavien Prat–120Sahara Sky–Martin Garcia–120San Onofre–Edwin Maldonado–120Saturday is Preakness Day at Santa Anita. Admission gates will open early at 8 a.m. First live race post time is at 12 noon. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. SAN ONOFRE: Trained by Karen Headley, bred by her father, trainer Bruce Headley and owned by the family’s Matson Racing, San Onofre relished his outside post position in the Grade III, 5 ½ furlong Los Angeles Stakes on April 16, as he stalked a fast pace and went on to an authoritative one length win under Edwin Maldonado. A 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Surf Cat, San Onofre will again break from the far outside and will hope for a similar trip in the Kona Gold. With four wins and as many seconds from 11 starts at Santa Anita, San Onofre has six wins from 13 overall starts and earnings of $402,385. SAHARA SKY: Trained and owned in-part by Hollendorfer and Kim Lloyd’s Sweetwater Stable, this 8-year-old son of Pleasant Tap gained national acclaim when he won the prestigious Grade I Metropolitan (Mile) Handicap at Belmont Park in May, 2013. A dedicated deep closer, Sahara Sky’s last win came eight starts back in Santa Anita’s Grade II, seven furlong San Carlos Stakes in March, 2014. Third, beaten one length in the Kona Gold 13 months ago, Sahara Sky, who is now based with Hollendorfer at Golden Gate Fields, was likely in need of his a last race there, as he had been away nine months prior to finishing fifth in a six furlong classified allowance on April 23. Classy Sahara Sky, who will be ridden for the first time by Martin Garcia, has three wins from seven starts at 6 ½ furlongs and is 25-8-4 overall, with earnings of $1,180,238. COASTLINE: One of two Phil D’Amato-trained horses in the lineup, this 5-year-old horse by Speightstown comes off a good second, beaten a length and a quarter, by top sprinter Kobe’s Back here in the Grade II, seven furlong San Carlos Stakes on March 12. Originally based in the Midwest, Coastline, who is owned by Agave Racing Stable or Jaam Racing, Inc., won the restricted Clockers’ Corner Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf two starts back and will be making his fourth start for D’Amato in the Kona Gold. In his first-ever start at 6 ½ furlongs on dirt, Coastline should be mid-pack early with Tyler Baze riding him back. A winner of five of 20 overall starts, he has earnings of $396,806. CHERUBIM: Trained by D’Amato, this 5-year-old Henny Hughes gelding posted a game nose victory in a 6 ½ furlong classified allowance at Los Alamitos on April 22 but will take a steep raise in class in the Kona Gold. Prior to his win at Los Alamitos, Cherubim had been idle since running second in the restricted Pirate’s Bounty Stakes going six furlongs at Del Mar on Sept. 7. Owned by Gerald Frankel, Cherubim, who is 13-3-5-1 overall, will be making his first graded stakes assignment with regular rider Tiago Pereira set to ride back.last_img read more

Casillas answers Piqué for his memory of 2-6

first_imgOn May 2, 2009, Guardiola’s Barcelona took the Bernabéu with an overwhelming victory in the League. A 2-6 in which Piqué participated with one of the goals and today he has underlined it in the networks. The Barcelona central has posted a message on Twitter with the message “11 years!” to commemorate and celebrate the anniversary of that victory. In addition, he has added the video in which the defender marks the final 2-6. Casillas has picked up the gauntlet and, through the same social network, has answered the defender with an “11 + 2 = 13” in reference to the number of Champions that Real Madrid has in its showcases. No one has added more than the white team. Casillas, in particular, has won three with Real Madrid. Meanwhile, Piqué has four, three with Barcelona and one with Manchester United. That triumph of Barcelona in the league in 2009 raised blisters at the White House and Piqué wanted to rescue that moment. In addition to him, they scored Henry (2), Puyol and Messi (2) by Barcelona. Real Madrid managed to score two goals through Higuaín and Sergio Ramos. Guardiola’s Barcelona won and in the end took the League with a total of 87 points.last_img read more

LNP Ready for Armed Robbers

first_imgWith Christmas barely three weeks away, the Liberia National Police (LNP) Director Chris Massaquoi has announced what he considers to be a last warning to those engaged in armed robbery.Director Massaquoi in a statement warned suspected armed robbers and their accomplices to desist or the police will be left with no alternative but to return fire whenever they come under attack by suspected armed robbers.He said the police will have no regret if someone gets killed in the exchange of fire, warning that, “The Police Support Unit (PSU) and the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) have been instructed to decisively deal with any armed robbery situation in a more robust manner to save lives and properties.” “I would like to appeal to grandmothers, grandfathers, husbands, wives, friends, relatives and the owners of those armed robbers to tell their children to stop. Tell them to stop. Do not blame the police when we react. Do not blame us. If anything happens to your children who are out there at night committing armed robbery, do not blame the government, do not blame the LNP, because we will not relent to shoot back if we come under attack”, Director Massaquoi said in the presence of foreign diplomats.He made the statement over the weekend during the graduation program for about 105 LNP officers as the Sixth Batch of the PSU held at the National Police Training Academy in Paynesville, outside Monrovia. The training of the officers, an LNP statement said, was facilitated by the Government of France through its Embassy in Monrovia. The officers were trained in crowd (protest or riot) control by the French National Gendarmerie.According to Director Massaquoi, the homes of peaceful residents have in recent times been broken into by suspected robbers who took away personal belongings under gun point at night, warning that such behavior will have to stop or the consequences be will be felt.“The police will do what is expected to protect the people of Liberia from the hands of evil minded individuals who continue to rain mayhem on peaceful residents”, Massaquoi added.He called on Liberians not to panic about the UN Mission drawdown from the country, maintaining that the LNP was reaching its full potential to fill any gap that would be created as the result of the pull out of UNMIL.French Ambassador to Liberia, Joel Godeau, said since 2010, France has been providing special assistance to the PSU by organizing yearly training focused on Mob Democratic Management.The French envoy stated that for three weeks, two experts of the French Gendarmerie, Lieutenant Emmanuel Touze-Peiffer and Adjutant Jacky Calonne, shared their experiences with the 105 LNP officers.He noted that during the training, the 105 officers received sophisticated techniques to maintain law and order.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

National Budget Hearing Begins Tuesday

first_imgMembers of the Legislature’s Budget CommitteeThe Joint Budget, Public Accounts, Expenditure and Audit Committee of the 54th Legislature has announced the beginning of scrutiny of the 2019/2020 Budget in the tune of US$532 million on Tuesday, July 30, which is inarguably part of the Legislature’s oversight and appropriation functions.The Legislature’s Budget Committee comprises members from the Committees on Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning and Public Accounts & Expenditure, from the House of Representatives and the Senate. The membership is about members of the Legislature.According to the schedule from the House’s Press and Public Affairs Bureau, over 40 governmental revenue generating entities are expected to appear in closed-door hearings between Tuesday, July 30 and Friday, August 9.The 11-days undisclosed hearings will commence daily at 10:00 a.m. in the House’s 1st Floor Conference Room of the Capitol Building.Heads of Ministries and State Owed Enterprises are requested to submit copies of their 2018/ 2019 budget Performance Reports, income statements, statements of cash flow and statements of retained earnings and strategic plan, as required by the Public Financial Management Law of 2009.The Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) will be the lead or seated entities throughout the revenue forecast.The two institutions will be joined by the National Port Authority (NPA) on the first day, Tuesday, July 30.On Wednesday, July 31, the institutions that have been invited include the Liberia Petroleum Refining Corporation, Liberia Maritime Authority, Liberia Telecommunication Authority, Ministry of Mines and Energy and the Ministry of Transport.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Justice Ministry, the Liberia National Police, the Liberia Immigration Service, the Liberia National Fire Service and the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications will appear on Thursday, August 1.The revenue forecast hearing will also be held on Friday, August 2, with the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in attendance. Others are the Liberia Business Registry, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the Ministry of Public Works.The chairman and co-chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Budget, Rep. Thomas Fallah and Sen. Morris SaytumahOn Monday, August 4, the revenue component of the 2019/2020 Budget will continue with the Forestry Development Authority, Ministry of Health, John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Liberia Medical and Dental Council, Liberia National Board of Nursing and Midwifery and the Liberia Medical and Health Product Regulatory Authority.The Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Center for National Documents, Records, and Archives, Liberia Institute of Public Administration and the Liberia Land Authority will appear on Tuesday, August 6; while on Wednesday, August 7, the Judiciary, Liberia Domestic Airport Authority, Roberts International Airport, Environmental Protection Agency and the National Housing Authority will in attendance.The Liberia Electricity Corporation, the Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation, the National Transit Authority, the National Identification Registry and the National Lottery Authority have been invited to appear on Thursday, August 7, while Monrovia City Corporation and the Paynesville City Corporation will join the revenue forecast hearing on Friday, August 8.According to the House’s Press and Public Affairs Bureau, the expenditure revenue of the 2019/2020 will be announced hopefully on Friday, August 8.It may be recalled that after 57 days of delay on the submission of the 2019/2020 budget, the draft budget was submitted on Friday, June 28.Following the submission of the draft budget, there were ‘hitches’ on the commencement of the scrutiny of the draft budget because of the failure to provide supporting fiscal documents including the Fiscal Outturns (2018/2019), Budget Framework Paper (2019/2020), the Budget Annex- Public Debts (2019/2020), and the Gender Budget Statements (2019/2020).Others were the Consolidated State-Owned Enterprises Budget Annex (2019/2020), copies of the 2019/2020 Draft Budget to all members of the 54th Legislature, the Revenue Projection Template and Forecast (2019/2020).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sorubim well dry – ExxonMobil

first_imgUnited States Oil Giant ExxonMobil, on Friday announced having reached total depth on the Sorubim Well in the Stabroek Block and coming up dry.“Unfortunately, the well did not encounter commercial quantities of hydrocarbons. Exploration wells come with a certain amount of risk, and this is particularly true in frontier areas like Guyana. Success is not guaranteed. We have had great exploration success in Guyana with seven previous discoveries: Liza, Liza Deep, Payara, Pacora, Snoek, Ranger, and Turbot. Skipjack and now Sorubim are what we call ‘dry holes’,” the company said in a statement.The Stena Carron drill shipThe company said it began drilling the Sorubim well on the Stabroek Block on April 3, 2018 and the Bob Douglas will complete this well and then move to begin drilling the Liza Phase 1 wells. The Stena Carron drill ship will continue to explore and evaluate other areas of the block.The Stena Carron is currently drilling the Liza 5 well, which will likely be followed by a new prospect, called Long Tail.Guyana will officially begin oil production in 2020.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres. Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is the operator, and holds a 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd, Hess Corporation’s subsidiary, holds a 30 per cent interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 per cent interest.Since ExxonMobil’s 2015 oil find, Guyana has attracted international attention and precipitated intense sensitisation exercises. In May 2015, Exxon confirmed that more than 295 feet of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs were encountered at its Liza 1 exploration well.In late June 2016, Exxon’s drilling results at Liza 2 revealed more than 58 metres of oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs in Upper Cretaceous formations. The well was drilled to 5475 metres at 1692 metres water depth. Drilling results confirmed recoverable resources to be between 800 million and 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent.The company had announced that it made its third significant discovery in its drilling explorations offshore Guyana. Its partner, Hess Corporation, had noted that the Liza 3 exploratory well’s net value could be US$6.2 billion, based on calculations from the Bank of Montreal (BMO) Capital Markets.Drilling on Payara began on November 12, 2016, with initial total depth reached on December 2, 2016. In January of 2017, the oil giant announced it had struck some 95 feet of oil reservoirs in its Payara-1 well, targeting the same type of reservoirs as the well’s Liza counterpart.Oil was discovered in the Turbot-1 well in October of 2017. According to the oil company, following the discovery, the well reservoir was 75 feet deep. Drilling has been ongoing at the Turbot well since August 2017.More oil was found at the Pacore-1 drill site, some 107 miles from the coast of Guyana. This would be the seventh major find by Exxon since May 2015. It is understood that additional exploration drilling is planned on the Stabroek Block for 2018, including potential appraisal drilling at the Ranger discovery.last_img read more