Two United States Embassy officials yesterday met with executives of the Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) and the association’s Under15 cricket team, at 93 Dennis Street Campbellville, where the team was undergoing sessions ahead of their trip to the US, later this week. The team which includes national table tennis player Jonathan Van Lange and rising star Romeo Deonarine among others is set to participate in the annual Cricket Council United States of America Open Youth Tournament to be held December 20 – 23, at the International Cricket Council (ICC) approved Central Broward Regional Park, Lauderhill, Florida. Mark Cullinane, Deputy Chief of Mission and Violeta Talandis, Public Affairs Officer yesterday intermingled with the players of the GFSCA U15 team ahead of their participation in the T20 tournament.“We’re here to support the team in going to the United States,” Talandis told Stabroek Sports in an invited comment. “We’re very proud that they are going to the United States and we just want to see youths succeed in whatever they put their minds to. They work hard and they have a goal that’s all that counts,” she added.Apart from their encouraging words to the young cricket stars, the players were given tokens.Culliane, who briefly addressed the players, later tried his hand at bowling but quipped that he will stick with baseball. The team will be managed by former West Indies cricket captain Ramnaresh Sarwan and coached by former Guyana player Hubern Evans, both of whom reside abroad.
By Royston Atkins The Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) Friday evening held its annual awards ceremony for both its cricketers and hockey players at the club’s pavilion. Guyana Jaguars skipper Leon Johnson led the way after receiving two awards for his exploits as a first division batsman. He also copped an award for excellence as Guyana’s skipper, guiding the nation to five consecutive regional four-day first-class titles. West Indies Under-16 batsman Mavindra Dindyal and senior national player Ronaldo Ali – Mohammed were also the recipients of a number of awards for their handy and significant returns in 2019. Leading the list of hockey awardees were national stalwarts Marzana Fiedtkou, who maneuvered her way to the club’s 2019 most valuable player award while junior sensations Abosaide Cadogan, Makeda Harding, and Kareem McKenzie were recipients of various accolades.GCC continues to distinguish itself as one of the only few clubs which produce both national cricketers and hockey players.Just recently, GCC added another achievement to its rich history after it was awarded the Guyana Cricket Board’s (GCB) club of the year prize for its output in 2019. See below the full list of awardees for both cricket and hockey:Cricket Awardees: FIRST DIVISION 1. BEST BATSMAN – LEON JOHNSON2. BEST BOWLER – STEPHON WILSON3. BEST ALL-ROUNDER – RONALDO MOHAMMED4. BEST FIELDER – BERNARD BAILEY SECOND DIVISION 1. BEST BATSMAN – WINSTON FORRESTER 2. BEST BOWLER – STEPHON WILSON3. BEST ALL-ROUNDER – RONALDOMOHAMMED 4. BEST FIELDER – BERNARD BAILEY UNDER 19/17 1. BEST BATSMAN – MAVINDRA DINDYAL 2. BEST BOWLER – DARRIOUS ANDREWS3. BEST ALL ROUNDER – ZACHARY JODAH4. BEST FIELDER – RAUL SINGH UNDER 15 1. BEST BATSMAN – MAVINDRA DINDYAL2. BEST BOWLER – JOHNOTON SOOKLALL 3. BEST ALL ROUNDER – TADDEOUS LOVELL4. BEST FIELDER – ZACHARY JODAHEMERGING PLAYERSSENIOR 1. RONALDO MOHAMMED2. STEPHON WILSONJUNIORS 1. MAVINDRA DINDYAL2. ZACHARY JODAH3. TADDEIOUS LOVELL4. DARRIOUS ANDREWS5. ARIAN PERSAUD6. RAVILDO PHILIPS7. KRISHNA SINGH8. JOASH CHARLES SPECIAL AWARDS 1. LEON JOHNSON – MOST SUCCESSFULGUYANA SENIOR CAPTAIN2. RONALDO MOHAMMED – MAKING THEGUYANA SENIOR ONE-DAY SIDE3. ZACHARY JODAH – CAPTAIN OF THEGUYANA UNDER 15 TEAM4. MAVINDRA DINDYAL- MAKING THEGUYANA UNDER 15, 17 AND WI UNDER 15TEAMs5. TADDEIOUS LOVELL – MAKING THEGUYANA UNDER 15 TEAM6. KRISHNA SINGH – MAKING THE GUYANAUNDER 15 TEAM7. RICHARD JODAH – INVALUABLE COMMITMENT AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO CRICKET8. PETER PERSAUD-INVALUABLE SERVICE TOCRICKET (YOUTHS)Hockey Awardees:Female Most Valuable Player – Marzana FiedtkouOutstanding Female contributions on and off the field – Dominique DeGrootMost Valuable Male Player – Kevin SpencerMost Outstanding male contribution on and off the field – Dwayne Scott est Female Junior Player – Makeda HardingMost Promising Female Player – Abosaide CadoganBest Junior Male Player – Kareem McKenzieMost Promising Male Player – Meshach Sargeant
The final of the second annual Banks Beer 100-ball bash is set for tonight and will see a replay of the previous edition’s final as hosts, Enmore Community Center Cricket Club taking on rivals and defending champions, Lusignan under lights beginning at 19.00 hours. Prior to the main event, fans will witness Enmore Masters taking on Floodlights select XI at 11.00 hours followed by the battle for third place between Lusignan East and Strathavon Sports Club at 14.30 hours and the awards ceremony for the East Coast Cricket Committee at 18.00 hours.In the first semi-final, Enmore defeated Strathavon by 61 runs after Imran Hassan’s 61 allowed them to post 145 for seven with M. Ronald taking 4-34 for Strathavon. In reply, Strathavon were bundled out for 84 with Chaitram Balgobin and Satash Jainarine taking two wickets each.Meanwhile, in the second semi-final, Lusignan SC got past counterparts, Lusignan East by eight wickets. Lusignan East were rolled over for 96 as T. Persaud top scored with 33 and K. Amsterdam chipped in with 21. However, it was two wickets each taken by Vickram Doonauth, Chandrapaul Ramraj, Vishnu Ramjeet and Robin Williams that contained the East side. Lusignan SC were then powered past their target with Williams returning to hammer an unbeaten 64 and supported by Ramjeet with 25 not out. A. Sammy took 2-14 for Lusignan East. ECCCC team: Bheemraj Ramkelawan(Capt), Yuvraj Dayal, Satash Jainarine, Amir Khan, Imran Hassan, Ranjeet Hiralall, Rudolph Singh, Vishwanuth Ramlakhan, Chris Surat, Navindra Gobin, Hemraj Garbarran, Chaitram Balgobin and Vivikanand Ishwardin.Lusignan SC: Shazam Ali- (Capt), Rajpaul Basdeo, Robin Williams, Vishnu Ramjeet, Gavin Boodwah, Kumar Bishundial, Azad Mohamed, Vickram Doodnauth, Chandrapaul Ramraj, Somnauth Bharrat, Steve Ramdas, Jagdesh Dowlatram and Deokarran Kumar.
(Reuters) – Former England defender Trevor Cherry has died aged 72, his former club Leeds United said yesterday. Cherry made 486 appearances for Leeds, winning the English league title in 1974, and played alongside Norman Hunter, who died this month aged 76 from the coronavirus.“Leeds United are shocked and deeply saddened by the news that club legend Trevor Cherry has passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 72,” the Championship club said in a statement on their website.Cherry, who represented England 27 times, also played for Huddersfield Town and Bradford City, becoming player-manager of the latter club.
(Reuters) – The National Football League (NFL), the only major American sporting league so far largely unaffected by the coronavirus outbreak, says it is on course to begin its season on time in September. “We plan announcing late next week the full regular season schedule that begins with Kickoff on September 10 and culminates with the Super Bowl in Tampa February 7, 2021,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to Reuters.Each team is expected to play 16 regular season games as per usual, though the league is evaluating contingency plans should this prove untenable, multiple media outlets have reported.It is yet to be announced whether fans will be allowed to attend games. While other major sporting leagues, including the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Major League Baseball (MLB), have shut down due to the coronavirus, the NFL has been able to buy time before making any major decisions.Its season ended in early February, shortly before evidence of a major coronavirus outbreak in the United States became widely known.Some areas of the U.S. are now starting to emerge from lockdown as rules are relaxed even as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rises in some states. Last week’s NFL draft attracted record U.S. television ratings in a country starved of live sporting action.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, CMC – The important qualifier West Indies Women were scheduled to compete in, to secure a place in next year’s World Cup in New Zealand, has been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A new date for the tournament is yet to be decided, the International Cricket Council (ICC) disclosed yesterday, in a statement confirming the postponement of the 10-team tournament that was to be held July 3 to 19 in Sri Lanka.Against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic which has forced travel restrictions and social distancing measures, and halted sports across the globe, cricket’s world governing body said it had consulted with members and the relevant government and public health authorities and decided to postpone that qualifier as well as the start of the qualification pathway to the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2022.“Our priority during this difficult period is to protect the well-being of players, coaches, officials, fans and the whole cricket community and we will take well-informed, responsible decisions in relation to both postponing events and resuming international cricket,” said ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley. “We will work in partnership with the members to find an appropriate window to reschedule these events as soon as is safe and practical to do so.”The Women’s World Cup Qualifier was set to be contested by hosts Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and the United States, with the top three teams qualifying for the February 6 to March 7, 2021 Women’s Cricket World Cup.At that global event, a total of 31 matches, including the semi-finals and a final, are scheduled to be played, as reigning champions England defend their title. In its yesterday statement, the ICC also said that the two remaining ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Regional Qualifier Division 2 events are being monitored and kept under review: the Africa event is due to take place in Tanzania between August 7 and 14 and the Asia event between December 1 and 9 in Thailand. The Division 1 events in all five regions are scheduled to take place in 2021.
Share Share Submit StumbleUpon UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Racing DiRSG launches LGBT+ awareness module for PRIDE June 25, 2020 Related Articles Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity July 28, 2020 Former jockey Darren Egan has been suspended from racing for 12 years after participating in ‘a conspiracy which struck at the heart of the sport’. Egan was found guilty of corruption charges last November, but the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has now confirmed he is suspended until November 22, 2027.The former leading apprentice was found to have engaged in a conspiracy with unlicensed individual Philip Langford, who at the time was given an immediate exclusion order which will remain in place for at least the next 15 years.A BHA disciplinary panel said Langford laid Egan’s rides between June 17 and July 16, 2013, with the jockey charged with deliberately riding to lose in two of those races – at Chepstow (Imperial Spirit) on July 12 and at Bath (Tregereth) on July 16.Egan, who has not ridden in Britain since October 2013, declined the BHA’s invite to provide details of any mitigating circumstances which could have reduced the length of his suspension. The BHA disciplinary panel said that Egan sent an email dated November 23 last year, in which accepted he had committed wrongdoing but that he “desperately” needed money.A BHA statement read: “It can of course be said on Egan’s behalf that he was relatively young, that he was still an apprentice, and that the corruption was initiated and pushed forward by Mr Langford.“But Egan was a willing participant. In his email, he explains that he knew what he was doing was wrong but that, ‘I needed the money desperately’. The panel was unable to see any reason for mitigation in that or in anything else of which the panel was aware.”Last Thursday, Langford sent a written submission to the BHA, who said it “contained no identification of mitigating factors” and that he was the “instigator of the conspiracy”.
Share Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 StumbleUpon ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 Related Articles Better Collective secures esports vision by acquiring HLTV.org for €35m February 28, 2020 Share Submit After another unpredictable day in the Tipster Challenge Series at Ascot last week, Sarah Shannon of 21bet has signed up to represent the Guests in Week 16 at Chester. Sarah has been a sports writer for the 21bet team since the UK’s newest bookie launched back in March.She is a passionate tipster and a qualified sports journalist with over four years’ experience in the sports betting industry. Sarah is also currently on a roll having tipped ten winners and four each-ways at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.Today she will be going toe to toe with Stephen Harris of bettingexpert and Timeform. Here you can find tips from each of them for the 7 races. The action gets underway at 2:10:____________________________________2:10SBC News: Fiery CharacterA winner at Newmarket and trained by Dascombe, who is looking for a third winner in this race.bettingexpert: Fiery CharacterCreated a good impression when making a winning debut and has got an excellent draw in stall two here.Timeform: Fiery CharacterNewmarket debut winner might be able to lead from the 2 box and can provide local trainer Tom Dascombe with a third winner in this race since 2010.21bet: Awesome AllanAwesome Allan made a strong start to the flat season with a win on his debut at Windsor. He will appreciate similar going in the ground and should be considered for the race.____________________________________2:40SBC News: SomehowMade an impressive reappearance at Leopardstown and represents a yard that has won 4 of the last 8 Cheshire Oaks races.bettingexpert: Diamonds Pour MoiHails from a stable that has made a bright start on the turf and he may offer more value than the O’Brien trained favourite.Timeform: SomehowIt’ll be a big surprise if there isn’t more to come from Somehow and this daughter of Fastnet Rock can provide Aidan O’Brien with a fifth Cheshire Oaks winner.21bet: Diamonds Pour MoiThe filly made a winning start to her career back in November and, with her entry into the Oaks later this year, she looks to be something special and gets our vote.____________________________________3:10SBC News: Steve RogersAn improving stayer with a good draw and a recent comfortable success at Kempton.bettingexpert: No HereticComes here fit from hurdling, has a good draw in stall 4 and the booking of Spencer catches the eye.Timeform: Steve RogersTook his form up another notch with a comfortable success at Kempton and Roger Varian’s progressive stayer looks to have plenty going for him from what should be a handy inside draw.21bet: Gang WarfareThe five-year-old has won his last two outings on the all-weather and is capable of transferring that form to the turf.____________________________________3:45SBC News: MukaynisEncouraging signs on seasonal debut at Kempton, and should be able to compete here.bettingexpert: MukaynisReturns to a track where he has a good record and should strip a lot fitter than a recent reappearance.Timeform: KimberellaOn a favourable mark, just denied in Great St Wilfrid off 7lb higher last summer and is taken to build on an encouraging reappearance at Ripon recently.21bet: RoudeeArrives at this race in fine form having won at Doncaster on his first outing at Doncaster before going close at Epsom. He showed plenty of ability in those races and is one to consider.____________________________________4:20SBC News: MaljaaProgressive horse who showed himself to be a strong finisher with a hat-trick of wins last year.bettingexpert: Canny KoolShaped better than the bare form a few times last season and seems sure to be primed after 220 days off the track.Timeform: MaljaaThe way he progressed in this headgear towards the end of 2015 suggests he should be up to making his presence felt this year, and this looks a nice starting point for him.21bet: MaljaaThe four-year-old rattled up a hat-trick of wins over this distance last year. Although being featured earlier in the season, that is his preference, and he looks the best on the card today.____________________________________4:55SBC News: MulkShould show enough improvement on Newmarket debut to take this race.bettingexpert: ExotericLooks sure to improve for middle distances as a 3-y-o and could offer better value than Mulk.Timeform: MulkShaped really encouragingly when second on his debut at Newmarket’s Craven meeting and it’s hard to see past him here.21bet: MulkThe three-year-old showed plenty of ability when finishing a narrow second behind Sky Kingdom at Newmarket on his first career outing, and is expected to perform well in this maiden stakes.____________________________________5:25SBC News: Red VerdonShown progression in each of his races and should go up against Zzoro in the final race of the day.bettingexpert: So CelebreHails from a yard in good form under both codes and the booking of De Sousa catches the eye on this seasonal bow.Timeform: Red VerdonEd Dunlop has his string in rude health and Red Verdon can provide the stable with another winner on the back of a highly promising reappearance at Doncaster.21bet: ZzoroThe Charlie Hill-trained three-year-old was narrowly beaten on his seasonal debut at Newmarket. Facing a step-up in distance, he does make a strong case here.____________________________________
With two guys asking for trades this week (Martin Erat and Dmitry Orlov), things went from bad to worse on Thanksgiving Eve as the Capitals turned a 3-1 first period lead into a 6-4 defeat to Ottawa.It was a terrible loss for Washington primarily due to a lack of focus and effort. There are also holes in the talent department on the back end too, but more on that later.The Caps came out skating, something you must do against a very fast Senators club, and as a result, they had the lead and the momentum. Then Chris Neil, who is known for physical and dirty play, took a run at defensemen Nate Schmidt drawing an obvious penalty in the process. What happened next, was the start of the end for the Caps. Defensemen Tyson Strachan immediately went after Neil taking an instigator penalty, five for fighting, and a 10 minute misconduct to take the Caps off of a power play that could have put them up 4-1. It was a bad decision at the wrong time for a guy who really should be playing in Hershey.Ottawa received a spark from the play while the Caps seemed to get their boots filled with cement. The Senators would out shoot the Caps 19-3 in the second period tying the contest up and then they dominated Washington in the 3rd period to take a 4-3 lead on their third power play goal of the game. Ottawa was flat out too fast and determined for Washington and they repeatedly went to the net for screens and deflections while many of the Caps defenders failed to get position or tie up their sticks. It was absolutely terrible defense by the Capitals. A big part of that problem is the lack of talent on the back end. Strachan, Schmidt and Alex Urbom simply aren’t NHL players at this point in their careers. This is a big reason why the Caps are giving up lots of shots night after night (Ottawa had 40 on Wednesday) and the goaltending is starting to wear out. Braden Holtby started strong in this game but he faded giving up some goals he’d like to have back. But when your defense allows too many players in front of the net and can’t consistently close gaps on the ice, your goalies are going to get lit up eventually. You also can’t score when the other team has the puck.Therefore, it is up to Coach Adam Oates, assistant Calle Johansson, and GM George McPhee to make some upgrades on the back end. Whether it is inserting Orlov, trying someone else from Hershey, or making a trade for some defensive help, something has got to give.The Capitals are fortunately still sitting at 12-11-2 after this four game losing streak (0-3-1) thanks primarily to the outstanding play of Alexander Ovechkin and John Carlson this season. Carlson was great again tonight throwing seven pucks on net and his individual effort at the blue line drew a penalty and then #74 tied the game with three minutes left on the ensuing face off. It’s too bad that Mike Green’s awful night (3 minor penalties and shoddy d-zone play) and Schmidt’s inability to close on a streaking Senators forward resulted in the winning goal just 64 seconds later. Green was pretty bad on Wednesday after two games where he seemed to be on the upswing. Bottom line is #52 needs a steady NHL partner to be most effective and he does not have that with this defensive crew make up right now.There were several other passengers in this one up front. Troy Brouwer was -3 and he continues to struggle this season. Mikhail Grabovski had a poor showing as well.As for the penalty kill, it’s dropping like a bag of wet cement lately. The Caps are losing too many face offs and they are allowing too much traffic on their goaltender. The Caps rely heavily on Karl Alzner and Carlson to kill penalties and when the team gets into penalty trouble, like it did on Wednesday, it severely impacts the Capitals ability to win the puck possession battle because their top duo spends much of their energy while shorthanded. It’s a bad situation right now with the lack of experience on the back end.So on Thanksgiving Eve, a game that started so promising, turned into a disaster and the way Ottawa skated all over the Capitals was telling.It was an ugly defeat from the lack of effort and focus along with a shortage of talent on defense.Worst loss of the season for the Caps? Absolutely.
Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan stated that he thought that his team would be relatively quiet during free agency, and for good reason. The Caps still need to sign restricted free agents Braden Holtby, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Marcus Johansson and they were roughly $19M or so under the cap heading into this week.While there were numerous deals that occurred during the early portion of NHL free agency, including the Penguins trading for Phil Kessel and Mike Green signing a three year, $18M deal with the Detroit Red Wings, MacLellan stayed true to his words throughout the majority of the day and didn’t make anything more than minor moves, re-signing restricted free agent forward Stan Galiev and depth defensemen Taylor Chorney for $700K.In addition, on Tuesday, the Columbus Blue Jackets boldy traded for center Brandon Saad from Chicago, so some Metropolitan division teams appeared to be improving their forward cores.With Joel Ward and Eric Fehr on the open market and unsigned, there was the thought that the Caps GM might be trying to bring both back to at least keep pace with some of the other teams in the division up front. It seemed that MacLellan’s patience was paying off in that regard with Ward and Fehr still available late on Wednesday night. Then lightning struck the Capitals, but in a good way.Washington was able to ink 33 year old forward and three time Stanley Cup winner, Justin Williams, to a two year deal at $3.25M per season. The dollar amount and term are likely lower than what Ward will receive on the open market and the former King, Hurricane, and Flyer is a slightly younger player (Ward is 10 months older) with a wealth of championship experience.Williams, who missed the post season this year with a tired Los Angeles team, is a smart player who has incredible possession numbers over the past five seasons. I watch a lot of Kings games and he is as intelligent and solid a player as they come. He can play anywhere from first line right wing to third line right wing giving the coaching staff a lot of flexibility with their lineup decisions.While he isn’t speedy, he is very clutch, and his nickname, “Mr. Game 7,” is well earned, he’s 7-0 in those tilts (h/t @VogsCaps).This move, combined with the promotion of Philip Grubauer to back up goalie, along with the projected improvement from Kuznetsov and Andrei Burakovsky (rookies last season), and the expected better season from Tom Wilson has the Caps positioned to be a strong contender in the Eastern Conference once again.Sure the loss of Green will hurt some, but Washington is expecting Dmitry Orlov and Nate Schmidt to help fill the void on the blue line. You can also expect Matt Niskanen to step up on the offensive side of the puck now that he’ll get more power play opportunities that went to old number 52.MacLellan still has work to do to get the three big RFA’s (70, 92, and 90) signed, and he has roughly $14.4M to achieve that (h/t to @AlexPrewitt and @GeneralFanager). It would be ideal if he can ink those three and also find a way to bring back Fehr, too, since he can play third line center as well as wing.But a day that looked to be a sad one in Caps history with the departure of Green, who was always a class guy in the community, with the fans, and the media during his 10 year tenure, turned out to be much more positive with the surprise signing of Williams.The game is always played and decided on the ice, but the Capitals organization and their fans should feel even better about their club with the addition of a proven winner, in Mr. Game 7. Williams should help a Caps franchise that has struggled to win those contests (4-10 in game 7s) throughout their 40 year history.Notes: Caps development camp will be held at Kettler IcePlex next week (July 7-11). All four draft picks, including first round choice Ilya Samsonov from Russia (22nd overall), are expected to attend…MacLellan signed center and face-off/penalty killing specialist, Jay Beagle, to a three year deal at a cap hit of $1.75M per season on Monday.