E’bo, L/Corentyne push for title claim in penultimate round

first_imgLower Corentyne’s victory over Essequibo in the previous round has now left the two teams neck-and-neck as they press for the SBF Petroleum/ Cricket Guy Inc., Jaguars 50-over Franchise League title when the fifth round commences today. Both teams are on 20 points with only net run rate separating the two sides while West Berbice and West Demerara remain in contention on 15 points, ahead of Upper Corentyne who have 14 points.East Bank are on 10 points, Georgetown are on five and a winless East Coast without a point. Lower Corentyne will face Romario Shepherd’s West Demerara at the Cumberland Ground, Canje, today while Essequibo takes on Amir Khan’s East Coast side at Lusignan.Kemol SavoryShimron Hetmyer’s West Berbice side will battle Leon Johnson’s Georgetown at Everest and East Bank will go up against Anthony Bramble’s Upper Corentyne at the Georgetown Cricket Club Ground, Bourda. Lower Corentyne have dominated so far in the tournament and has been the stand out team, especially with their win over the defending champions. With both bat and ball, the Veerasammy Permaul-led unit has been uncompromising.Leading from the front with the bat has been Jonathan Foo, who continues to push for national selection with 218 runs so far in five innings. Foo’s presence at the crease has restricted oppositions from getting through the middle order consistently. He has also shepherded West Indies Under-19 selectee, Kelvon Anderson.Anderson has already chalked up 137 runs from his five innings in addition to his two wickets. Foo also has two wickets. Lower Corentyne has relied on the services of seamer, Nial Smith, who continues to intimidate batsmen withJonathan Foohis fierce bowling. He has earned 14 wickets so far and has been well supported by left-arm spinners in his captain, Permaul with nine wickets in four matches and Kelvin Umroa with eight.Essequibo has showcased its ability to come out of tight positions which is probably why they are the defending champions with contributions coming from every player. Whether in front or behind the stumps, Kemol Savory has been the livewire in the team. Savory closely trails Foo on the run charts with 207 runs to add to his sharp work behind the stumps.Quentin Sampson has been the surprise package for the Cinderella County with his cameos often saving the side. Sampson has notched up 181 runs so far despite not scoring a half century.Additionally, their spin-heavy bowling department has been able to defend whatever the batsmen post on most occasions. Ahead of them alI are left-arm spinners, Anthony and Ricardo Adams with 10 and 11 wickets each while fellow left-arm spinner, Akinie Adams has seven wickets. In the face of the spin-dominated bowling attack, Ronsford Beaton has also put his hand up for a national recall with pace, bounce and mind games, earning him eight wickets at an economy rate of under four.last_img read more

Second leg of South American 10k runs off tomorrow

first_imgLocal road runners will be looking to mirror their success tomorrow following their outstanding performances during the first leg of the South American 10K which was staged last Sunday in Suriname. On the streets of Paramaribo, the trio of Winston Missigher, Cleveland Thomas and Jonathan Fagundes swept the podium while Sheama Tyrell and Kissanna Glenn finished 1-2 on the distaff side.Tomorrow on the asphalt of Georgetown, the five athletes will be gunning for the podium spots once again during the 17th staging of the event in the 592.However, according to President of the Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG), Aubrey Hutson, numerous international athletes including Kenyans will invade these shores on a quest to run away with the lucrative spoils. Last year’s winner, distance dynamo, Cleveland Forde will also be competing with the top podium spot on his radar.Hutson told Stabroek Sport yesterday that based on the information received from his counterparts from the continents of South America, North America, Africa and the Caribbean, some of the top and well-known road running athletes are readying themselves to compete in Guyana, where the winner of the male and female category, along with cash incentives, will be awarded a ‘real gold’ medal.  “The competition will be a lot stiffer” said Hutson. He also disclosed that with the aid of the Guyana Police Force, the entire 10K rout will be closed off to vehicular traffic. Only authorized vehicles will be allowed. Hutson further disclosed that Banks DIH Limited is a major sponsor of the event.The race will start on CARIFESTA Avenue from 15:00 hrs at the GTT Earth Station. From there, the athletes will proceed onto the Rupert Craig High, make a U-turn at the University of Guyana junction, and will then head onto the Kitty Public Road, into Vlissengen Road, onto Thomas Lands and into the National Park for the finish. See you there. (Emmerson Campbell)last_img read more

Montfort, Gordon roaring with Jaguars

first_imgCanada national players, Jeremy Gordon and Mark Montfort have thrown their support behind the Guyana Jaguars to win the Cricket West Indies Colonial Medical Insurance Regional Super50. Both men are former national players of Guyana and spoke to this newspaper ahead of the tournament which is set to bowl off today but will see Guyana playing their first match tomorrow  against West Indies Emerging Players.Montfort was ecstatic about Jaguars’ chances of winning, replying, “Guyana of course but they will have to play good cricket,” when asked who he is supporting for the tournament.Jeremy GordonGordon, who returned to Canada with the national side after their participation in the International Cricket Council’s Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers reckoned, “the team is a pretty balanced side,” and welcomed the inclusion of the newbies. Montfort shared a similar view, stating, “I saw the team and it is a pretty good mixture of experience and youth.”The Jaguars have brought in Ronsford Beaton and Jonathan Foo who make a return to the side as well as Kemol Savory and Nial Smith who have both earned maiden call-ups.Montfort added, “Foo and Beaton have been around, they both will be making a comeback and looking to have a great season and will take their games to the next level, Beaton is getting back there and Foo is keen on living up to his potential.” Gordon said that he has followed the Cricket Guy Inc.’s local franchise extensively and has seen the newcomers’ performances to be commendable.“It is good to see Beaton and Foo back in the team and really good to see Nial Smith and Kemol Savory who were both very impressive in the Franchise tournament for their respective teams got rewarded with maiden call-ups for the Super50 team,” Gordon said.Montfort admitted, “I don’t know much of them [Savory and Smith] or have I seen them play but  from what I read they are really good and they did well in the franchise cricket to deserve a call up.” Gordon opined that the tournament is there for the picking especially for the Jaguars who has a lot of depth in both departments and one of the fittest sides in the region.From the composition of the 14-man squad, in theory there are 11 bowling options with the exception of Tagenarine Chanderpaul and wicket keepers, Anthony Bramble and Kemol Savory.The spin-department is expertly led by left-arm spinners, Veerasammy Permaul and Gudakesh Motie along with Chandrapaul Hemraj while Foo and Ramaal Lewis will handle the off-spin and captain, Leon Johnson who can bowl leg-spin. The seamers are formidable as well and will feature Raymon Reifer, Christopher Barnwell, Clinton Pestano, Smith and Beaton. These players are also capable batsmen.“I think Guyana is definitely a favourite to win the tournament, there is a lot of depth in their batting, I believe Guyana has batting all the way down to nine or 10 and the bowling looks good with Beaton, Permaul, Motie, Smith, Barnwell and Reifer who are both handy with bat and ball,” Gordon noted.Optimistic about their chances, Gordon posited, “I think Guyana needs to play fearless cricket but smart cricket as well just back their natural abilities because the tournament is theirs’ to lose.”However, Gordon was wary of the side missing a few key players who are off to represent West Indies against Afghanistan but did not look at it as a loss but an opportunity for other players to step up. “Those guys [who are with the West Indies] are key players who would be missed for sure, having said that most of the teams will be missing key players as well, I see this as an opportunity for the younger guys and the senior players to step up in their absence and perform for the team,” Gordon stated.last_img read more

Pakistan fold for 191 on opening day in Karachi

first_imgLAHORE,  (Reuters) – Fast Bowler Lahiru Kumara and spinner Lasith Embuldeniya picked up four wickets each to help Sri Lanka bundle out hosts Pakistan for 191 in the first innings on the opening day of the second and final test in Karachi yesterday. Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam struck fifties with opener Abid Ali, who made 38, the only other batsman for the hosts to reach double digits after captain Azhar Ali won the toss and chose to bat first.In reply, Sri Lanka reached 64 for three in their first innings at the close of the day’s play with Pakistan’s fast bowlers doing all the damage.Oshada Fernando was the first to fall to Pakistan’s young fast bowler Shaheen Afridi for four while captain Dimuth Karunaratne was out for 25, dragging Mohammad Abbas on to his stumps. Abbas also dismissed Kusal Mendis for 13, leaving former skipper Angelo Mathews, unbeaten on eight, and nightwatchman Embuldeniya to take Sri Lanka to stumps.Earlier, left-arm seamer Vishwa Fernando gave Sri Lanka a brilliant start by sending back Pakistan opener Shan Masood and Azhar, who has not scored a fifty since his 134 against New Zealand in December, 2018, in the space of three deliveries.Azam, who made 60, added 55 with Abid for the third wicket and another 62 for the fourth with Shafiq to steady the innings for Pakistan. Left-arm spinner Embuldeniya, who came into the side for injured fast bowler Kasun Rajitha, got Babar out stumped and also took the wickets of Harish Sohail and tailenders Mohammad Abbas and Shaheen Afridi to wrap up the innings.Kumara bowled at a brisk pace during the entire day and dismissed Mohammad Rizwan and Yasir Shah in consecutive deliveries to add to the wicket of Abid.Shafiq fell in a soft fashion when he top edged Kumara to fine leg to fall for 63, ending Pakistan’s hopes of posting a score in excess of 200. Both sides were forced into changes in the bowling department due to injury and illness.Pakistan added experienced leg-spinner Yasir Shah for fast bowler Usman Shinwari, who is down with fever, while Sri Lanka included Embuldeniya in the side.The two-match series, part of the World Test Championship, marks Pakistan’s first tests on home soil since the 2009 militant attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore. The weather-hit opening test at Rawalpindi ended in a draw.last_img read more

Lucrative prizes at stake at today’s Wiltshire birth anniversary dominoes tourney

first_imgThe country’s top dominoes teams will swing into action this afternoon from 2pm at the Turning Point Sports Club where the lucrative Mark `Jumbie’ Wiltshire birth anniversary dominoes competition will be played. Today’s competition follows hot on the heels of the recent Pull-a-Rama competition organized by Orin Boston and also held at the Turning Point venue.That competition was won by Colin Mc Ewan Jr.,This time, however, it will be team play, that will win the day as teams such as Mix up C&, Spartans, Phantom, Gold is Money, Thunder, Players, C6 and others vie for the first prize of a whopping $175,000, which according to Wiltshire, Senior Organising Secretary of the Georgetown Dominoes Association, is guaranteed. The second, third and fourth-placed teams will receive $75,000, $35,000 and $20,000 respectively.There are a number of additional prizes with the Most Valuable Player set to receive $10,000 and the best female player in the tournament $5000.Wiltshire said that all teams are required to walk with a good pack of dominoes and that there will be no excuses as the tournament will start promptly. The entrance fee per team is $12,000.last_img

IOC: Tokyo 2020 won’t be canceled over coronavirus crisis

first_img(Field Level Media) The games will go on. That’s the message from the International Olympic Committee at the start of a two-day meeting with organisers of the 2020 games in Tokyo.“I would like to make it clear again that we are not considering a cancellation or postponement of the games. Let me make that clear,” organising committee president Yoshiro Mori told top IOC officials in Tokyo yesterday.The declaration comes after Toshiro Muto, the CEO of the Tokyo Olympics committee, commented that he was “seriously worried that the spread of the infectious disease could throw cold water on the momentum toward the Games.” Muto changed his tune the next day. Japan has at least 250 confirmed cases of coronavirus.The summer Olympics are scheduled to begin in five months.Multiple sporting events have been canceled in China, including the indoor track and field championships, Formula One Chinese Grand Prix and the Blue Bay LPGA tournament. Chinese athletes are being prohibited from traveling.last_img read more

We will win fight against coronavirus, says marathon great Kipchoge

first_imgNAIROBI, (Reuters) – Eliud Kipchoge, the world’s greatest marathon man, reckoned his first reaction was shock when he heard at home in Kenya that the 2020 Olympic Games had been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. That shock soon gave way to disappointment — but then defiance.“We will win this fight against the COVID-19,” the barrier-breaking Kenyan, who’s widely considered the world’s finest runner, said in an interview with Reuters.And the man who last year became the first to run a marathon in under two hours confirmed he can see himself refreshed and ready to defend his marathon title in a rearranged Tokyo Olympics next year. For the moment, though, the 35-year-old insists his only concern is to care for his family at their home in Eldoret.“I am totally concentrating on my safety, I am totally concentrating on the safety of the whole family,” he said.“The virus has really hit us in a hard way. That’s why you need to focus.” Kipchoge explained he had been relaxing at home when he heard of the Tokyo postponement.“I was a little shocked and I had to go back, just to think more. I think and then I said, ‘it’s not a bad idea to actually postpone’.“You know the Olympic Games is whereby everybody wants to participate … it’s in the dreams of every sportsman in this world..” Kipchoge thinks a delayed Olympics could actually benefit his title defence.“It’s a great time for us to go back, train again and we will come back with a lot of energy,” he said.The pandemic has led to the postponement or cancellation of sporting events around the world, including the London Marathon, which next month was scheduled to be Kipchoge’s first outing since October’s landmark one hour, 59 minutes, 40 seconds run in Vienna. Even though the run in Austria did not count as a world record because of the special conditions, the feat captured the world’s imagination and brought Kipchoge a whole new level of fame.London had promised the mouth-watering prospect of a head-to-head with Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the only other sub-2.02 marathoner, but Kipchoge said he was yet to think too far ahead about competing in the rescheduled race on Oct. 4.RUNNING ALONEKenya has confirmed 42 coronavirus cases, including one fatality, with the country having imposed restrictive measures to arrest the spread of the disease. It even affects their brilliant runners. So Kipchoge misses the camaraderie of running with his team mates, hanging out with them afterwards and telling stories.“It’s hard to run alone. When you have people around, the pace is okay, you just talk when you are running. You enjoy the run,” said Kipchoge, who hopes to resume serious training by May.Asked whether the Olympics could be his last race, Kipchoge said it was too early to say. “I am seeing myself still running again in 2021,” he said. “Let the year ahead (come) first, we will make a big decision after the year ended.”In the meantime, Kipchoge has enjoyed spending time with his wife Grace and their three children, reading, visiting his farm and respecting government instructions about staying home as much as possible.“Have some steps to run on, just let us keep fit. Read some newspapers, be with the family, watch good movies together,” is his message to other athletes. “Together within a couple of months to come, this COVID-19 will go away.“My priority number one is to get the virus away, come back with one mind, one thinking, one line of actually standing and competing.”Sports News March 30, 2020 / 6:08 AM / Updated 4 hours agoWe will win fight against coronavirus, says marathon great KipchogeOmar Mohammed 4 Min ReadNAIROBI (Reuters) – Eliud Kipchoge, the world’s greatest marathon man, reckoned his first reaction was shock when he heard at home in Kenya that the 2020 Olympic Games had been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.That shock soon gave way to disappointment — but then defiance.“We will win this fight against the COVID-19,” the barrier-breaking Kenyan, who’s widely considered the world’s finest runner, said in an interview with Reuters.And the man who last year became the first to run a marathon in under two hours confirmed he can see himself refreshed and ready to defend his marathon title in a rearranged Tokyo Olympics next year.For the moment, though, the 35-year-old insists his only concern is to care for his family at their home in Eldoret.“I am totally concentrating on my safety, I am totally concentrating on the safety of the whole family,” he said.last_img read more

Innis appointed interim head of referees dep’t

first_imgThe Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has appointed Executive Committee member Dion Innis, as the Interim Head of the Head of Referees Department with immediate effect, following unsuccessful public advertisements to fill the position. This was disclosed in a release from the federation. According to the correspondence, “Innis, Executive Committee Member with oversight for the referees programme, will perform the duties of the position including the following: to assist the Referees Committee; to implement decisions adopted by the Referees Committee; to carry out all tasks related to the logistics of refereeing; to carry out all administrative duties of the refereeing department; to implement programmes to develop the Referees according to the guidelines approved by the Referees Committee; to organise courses for Referees, Referee Instructors and Referee Assessors and to appoint Referees for various competitions.”The release further said, “Mr. Innis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role and will embark immediately on the development of a broad Referees Development strategy, in consultation and partnership with the all stakeholders. Innis was also a former FIFA-accredited referee. The GFF continues to look for a suitable person to permanently fill the position.”last_img read more

RAP deemed a success by participants

first_imgThe just concluded virtual Referees Assistance Programme (RAP), the first to be hosted utilising the online platform, has been deemed a major success by the participants. “The thought of RAP 2020 on an online platform for the first time because of the COVID 19 got me excited and I wasn’t disappointed,” FIFA Referee Maureese Skeete was quoted as saying in a press release from the Guyana Football Federation (GFF).“I’m now in a better position theoretically to make the best decisions when I’m back out on the field of play,” he added.According to Skeete, the course content, materials and technology were excellent and he was impressed by the delivery of the different instructors on the platform. “The fact that FIFA & the GFF are finding ways to keep us updated with the new Law changes and materials during these difficult times is commendable,” he declared.The annual three day seminar was held   July 24th, 26th and 27th for the duration of two and half hours daily and attracted 35 participants.Among the areas covered during the sessions were injury treatment, nutrition/fluid intake, review of the Laws of the Game 2020/2021 changes and clarifications, handball and challenges. “The course, held under the auspices of the FIFA Regional Development Office, was led by FIFA Regional Development Officer, Javier Santos, and he was assisted by Instructors Jeffery Solis and Alan Brown of Costa Rica with IT support from Mark Cahen of the CONCACAF Refereeing Department. Local Technical Instructors were Ingram Johnson, Abdulla Hamid, Sherwin Moore and Fitness Instructor Lindley Langhorne.”Meanwhile, Head of GFF’s Refereeing Department Dion Inniss, during brief remarks said, “Training and development of referees is an ongoing process: this medium of training in an online environment is novel and has been fully embraced by the match officials. I was very impressed with how quickly the participants adapted to the use of the online tools. At the beginning there was some apprehension as to how this will work, especially considering that the internet connectivity is not the best in most parts of Guyana.”He added, “The difficulties encountered were minor and there was maximum participation from referees in the safety and comfort of their homes. The department intends to intensify our online programmes to prepare referees for the restart of outdoor activities whenever that time comes. I wish to thank the FIFA Development Office for facilitating the 2020 RAP Course.”last_img read more

Brady Anderson named special assistant to Duquette

first_imgPRESS RELEASEThe Orioles today announced numerous promotions within, and the re-structuring of, the Baseball Operations department.Orioles Hall of Famer Brady Anderson has been named Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations. He will assist Dan Duquette with player relations and player development and oversee conditioning throughout the organization. A veteran of 15 major league seasons, 14 with Baltimore, Anderson ranks among the top 10 in Orioles career batting leaders in 12 categories. He also holds the club single-season records for total bases, home runs, extra-base hits and hit by pitch. Anderson was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 2004.John Stockstill, previously the Orioles’ Director of Player Development, has been promoted to Director of Player Personnel. In his new role, Stockstill will oversee the day-to-day operation of the minor league system as well as help to procure talent for the organization at the Major League level. Stockstill is in his seventh year with the Orioles.Tripp Norton has been promoted to Director of Baseball Administration. Norton will negotiate major league player contracts and oversee budgeting for the entire baseball operation in this role. Norton is in his 15th season with the organization. He started with the Orioles in 1998 as Player Development Administrator and spent the last 12 years as Assistant Director of Player Development.The Orioles also promoted Ned Rice to Assistant Director of Major League Operations. Rice will work with closely with Norton on contracts, waivers and rules as a liaison with the Labor Department of Major League Baseball. He initially joined the Orioles in 2005 as a public relations intern.Mike Snyder has been promoted to Assistant Director of Scouting and Player Development. Snyder will work closely with John Stockstill on player personnel and oversee administration of the club’s scouting operations. He originally started with the organization as a baseball operations intern in 2009.Rick Peterson has been appointed the Orioles’ Director of Pitching Development. In his new role Peterson will oversee the organization’s pitching development program. Peterson has 12 years of experience as a major league pitching coach, most recently with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010. He was also the pitching coach for the Oakland A’s (1998-2003) and New York Mets (2004-08), guiding staffs which finished in the top three in the American League in ERA every season from 1999-2003, including league-leading ERAs in 2002 and 2003. In addition to his on-field experience, Peterson is co-founder of a company that offers biomechanical analysis and developmental programs for pitchers that improve efficiency and minimize the risk of injury.Mike Boulanger has been added as the organization’s Minor League Hitting Coordinator. Boulanger will oversee the developmental programs of the organization’s hitters. He joins the Orioles from the Texas Rangers organization, where he served as Minor League Hitting Coordinator for the last five seasons. Before joining the Rangers, Boulanger spent three seasons as a manager in the Boston farm system and the five years prior to that as a manager in Minnesota’s organization. He compiled a career 497-496 record in his nine seasons as a minor league skipper, guiding three teams to the postseason.Sarah Gelles has been added to the Baseball Operations staff as Baseball Analytics Coordinator and Ben Werthan has joined the club as Advance Scouting Coordinator. Both were interns in the Orioles’ Baseball Operations department in 2011.The club previously announced the additions of Lee Thomas as Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, Fred Ferreira as Executive Director of International Recruiting, Ray Poitevint as Executive Director of International Baseball, Gary Rajsich as Director of Scouting, and Danny Haas as National Crosschecker.A complete list of the Orioles Baseball Operations staff is below.MAJOR LEAGUE OPERATIONSExecutive Vice President, Baseball Operations Dan DuquetteSpecial Assistant to the EVP of Baseball Operations Brady AndersonSpecial Assistant to the EVP of Baseball Operations Lee ThomasDirector, Baseball Administration Tripp NortonAssistant Director, Major League Operations Ned RiceCoordinator, Team Travel Kevin BuckCoordinator, Baseball Operations Bill WilkesSCOUTINGExecutive Director, International Recruiting Fred FerreiraExecutive Director, International Baseball Ray PoitevintDirector, International Operations David StockstillDirector, Scouting Gary RajsichAssistant Director, Scouting and Player Development Mike SnyderAdministrator, Scouting Marcy ZerhusenPLAYER DEVELOPMENTDirector, Player Personnel John StockstillDirector, Pitching Development Rick PetersonCoordinator, Minor League Instruction Brian GrahamCoordinator, Minor League Hitting Mike BoulangerCoordinator, Minor League Administration Maria ArellanoANALYTICSCoordinator, Baseball Analytics Sarah GellesCoordinator, Video Michael SilvermanCoordinator, Advance Scouting Ben Werthanlast_img read more