YONKERS, N.Y. – On November 26-27, 2016, the Over-30 Men’s Team of the Yonkers Krylati Soccer Club took part in the inaugural Cup of Legends Soccer Tournament in Chicago. The team is named Krylati Karpaty after the famous Ukrainian soccer team from Lviv and is affiliated with the Yonkers branch of the Ukrainian American Youth Association (UAYA). SUMA Yonkers Federal Credit Union is the team’s main sponsor. The Cup of Legends Soccer Tournament was a historic event that had attracted veteran all-star professional players from the United States, Ukraine and all throughout Europe, many with national team experience. The tournament was organized by Igor Sklyarov (USSR Olympic champion in Seoul in 1988, Russian National Team player, player for FC Dynamo Moscow, and husband to five-time gymnastics world champion Natalia Yurchenko), who is now a youth soccer coach and scout in the Chicago area. Yonkers Krylati Karpaty finished respectably in fourth place in the competitive eight-team tournament that also included the Ukrainian National Team (Ukraine), FC Odesa (Ukraine), Dynamo (Los Angeles), the Chicago Connection, host club Chicago United, Chicago Poland and Chicago Bulgaria. In the final, the Ukrainian National Team won 3-2 against Chicago Connection, and in the consolation game, host team Chicago United won 3-1 against Krylati Karpaty. Odesa Ukraine defaulted and was meant to play in the third-place match, which opened the chance for Krylati.
Alex Len averaged a very respectable 12.5 points and 10 rebounds per game for his Phoenix Suns from the All-Star break through the end of the 2015-2016 season. One could easily discount the statistics as a product of a losing team trying to develop a young big man, but that would be a disservice to the player. The truth is that from the All-Star break on, almost half the league’s teams were trying to develop their young players for next year. The other half would be very satisfied if their big men put up the numbers Len posted for the Suns. In a 12-game stretch immediately after the break, Len joined some elite company in posting an average of 17 points, plus 12 rebounds per game, with nine straight 10-plus rebound games (eight of which were double-doubles).
PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Vasyl Lomachenko (7-1, 5 KO) retained his WBO junior lightweight title against Nicholas Walters (26, 1-1, 21 KO) of Jamaica on November 26 in Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan arena. Walters retired after the seventh round, resulting in a win for Lomachenko. Referee Tony Weeks asked Walters if he wanted to continue before the start of the eighth round and Walters replied, “No, I don’t.”
By the seventh round, Lomachenko had landed 33 percent of the punches he had thrown (30 out of 90). Walters had landed nearly 15 percent (five out of 34). Promoter Bob Arum, overseeing his 2,000th event after 50 years in boxing, noted, “We watched a modern master, a magician in action tonight.
PARSIPPANY, N.J. – A team of Ukrainian wounded warriors – some of whom were ATO veterans who were undergoing rehabilitation in medical centers in Washington, Chicago and Philadelphia – participated in the 41st U.S. Marine Corps Marathon on October 30 in Washington. Nearly 100 members of the Ukrainian community came out to support the Ukrainian soldiers. The course began and finished at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va., while passing the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, the town of Rosslyn, Georgetown, the National Mall and Crystal City. Also participating were representatives of the U.S. Marine Corps, the British-American charity Allied Forces Foundation, Ukrainian volunteer groups in the U.S.A., journalists and a team of wounded soldiers from Georgia. Vadym Sviridenko, a former soldier of the 128th mountain brigade, said that Ukraine’s soldiers dedicated their run to all Ukrainian military personnel who lost their lives or health while combating Russian aggression against Ukraine.
• Elina Svitolina and Lesia Tsurenko advanced to the second round of the VTB Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow on October 15-23. The two Ukrainian players earned a bye in the first round. In women’s doubles, Lyudmyla and Nadiia Kichenok won 6-2, 6-4 in the first round against Raluca Olaru of Romania and Arantxa Parra Santonja of Spain. Olga Savchuk and Anastasia Rodioniova of Austria played against Timea Babos of Hungary and Anastasia Pavlychenkova of Russia. • Sergiy Stakhovksy lost 4-6, 7-6(4), 2-6 against Jordan Thompson of Australia in the quarterfinal of the Vietnam Open on October 10-16 in Ho Chi Minh City.
• Ukraine’s junior women’s fencing foil team finished in fourth place at the Timisoara Foil Junior World Cup team tournament in Timisoara, Romania, on September 10. Ukraine earned 36 points, and in the third-place match lost 36-45 against Japan. • Ukraine’s men’s epee team won bronze after defeating Switzerland 45-31 in the third-place match at the European Championships in Torun, Poland, that concluded on June 25. Ukraine’s men’s saber team finished in 10th place, the women’s epee team finished in eighth place, and the women’s foil team finished in seventh place. Gymnastics
• Ihor Radivilov’s signature maneuver was accepted by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), along with four other skills in men’s gymnastics, for consideration by its Men’s Technical Committee at the Olympic Games.
Three Ukrainians selected in first round of 2016 NHL draft
The theme of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft held in Buffalo, N.Y., on June 24-25 was first-round Ukrainian bloodlines. Matthew Tkachuk, son of Keith Tkachuk, Jakob Chychrun, son of Jeff Chychrun, and Kieffer Bellows, son of Brian Bellows, were all selected in the first round – three famous Ukrainian sons drafted in the top 19 selections. Seeing a Ukrainian prospect go in the first round of the NHL draft is becoming an annual tradition. (On a personal note, quite a thrill for this hockey fanatic to be writing about second-generation Ukrainian hockey stars-in-the-making after chronicling the careers of their dads. No way of getting around the fact yours truly has been around the rink a few hundred times in the past few decades.)
• On October 16, Ukraine, represented by the Ukrainian American Sports Club Tryzub, won 4-3 in penalty kicks after the match ended in a scoreless draw against the U.S.A, in the quarterfinal of the Philadelphia International Unity Cup at La Salle University in Philadelphia. Ukraine advances to the semifinal against the Ivory Coast on October 23 at Temple University. In the knockout round, Ukraine won 8-0 against Italy on October 8. In the group stage, Ukraine won 3-2 against Guatemala on September 10, won 5-0 against Sudan on September 18 and won 6-0 against Bhutan on September 25. The final match is scheduled for November 5 at Citizens Bank Park.