Month: August 2020

August 31, 2020

Wiltshire, Baksh grab squash titles

first_imgShomari Wiltshire and Mohryan Baksh walked away with the Category-A and B titles respectively following unbeaten records, when the Farfan and Mendes Junior Skills Level Tournament concluded yesterday at the Georgetown Club Inc. courts, Camp Street.  Wiltshire defeated Samuel Ince-Carvalhal 11/5, 11/3, 11/7. On the other hand, Baksh brushed aside Kirsten Gomes 11/8, 11/4, 11/4. Also, Tianna Gomes secured the Category G title over Jnae Singh 11/6, 11/1 to conclude her campaign with a perfect record.On the individual side of the presentation, Tianna Gomes and Dhiren Persaud walked away with the Most Outstanding Girl and Boy trophies while Safirah Summer and Abhinav Singh copped the Most Improved Girl and Boy accolades respectively.  The results follow:Category A WINNER              Shomari WiltshireSECOND PLACE Samuel Ince-CarvalhalTHIRD PLACE      Nicholas Verwey  Category BWINNER               Mohryan BakshSECOND PLACE Kirsten Gomes THIRD PLACE      Lucas Jonas Category CWINNER               Louis DaSilva SECOND PLACE Zachary PersaudTHIRD PLACE      Shiloh AsregadFOURTH PLACE Lajuan Munroe Category D WINNER              Dhiren PersaudSECOND PLACE Rayad BoyceTHIRD PLACE      Beau Fernandes FOURTH PLACE Lucas Persaud Category EWINNER              Grant Fernandes SECOND PLACE Safirah SumnerTHIRD PLACE      Matthew Spooner Category F WINNER              Abhinav SinghSECOND PLACE Brenno DaSilvaTHIRD PLACE      Bradley Walton FOURTH PLACE Demetri LoweFIFTH PLACE       Rylee RodriguesCategory GWINNER              Tiana GomesSECOND PLACE Solomon Ince-CarvalhalTHIRD PLACE      Jnae Singh FOuRTH PLACE    Nandishraj SinghFIFTH PLACE       Kassie WalcottComplete ResultsCategory AShomari Wiltshire defeated Samuel Ince-Carvalhal 11/5, 11/3, 11/7,Nicholas Verwey Michael Alphonso 11/7, 12/10, 11/5 Category BLucas Jonas defeated Ethan Jonas 11/0, 11/3, 11/8Mohryan Baksh defeated Kirsten Gomes 11/8, 11/4, 11/4 Category CZachary Persaud defeated Louis DaSilva 6/11, 11/8, 11/2, 11/7Lajuan Munroe defeated Joshua Verwey 12/10, 11/7, 9/11, 4/11, 11/6Category DDhiren Persaud defeated Rayad Boyce 6/11, 11/2, 11/9, 11/1Beau Fernandes defeated Teija Edwards 11/4, 11/6, 11/7Category EGrant Fernandes defeated Kayden Pyneandy 11/7, 10/12, 11/5Safirah Summer defeated Matthew Spooner 11/4, 13/11Category FBradley Walton defeated William Escarragga 7/11, 11/2, 11/4Demetri Lowe defeated Rylee Rodrigues 11/8, 11/8Abhinav Singh defeated Brenno DaSilva 11/9, 11/7, 11/9Category GKassie Walcott defeated Mya Dean 11/9, 11/0Solomon Ince-Carvalhal defeated Nandishraj Singh 11/5, 11/3Nandishraj Singh defeated Mya Dean 11/8, 11/9Tiana Gomes defeated Jnae Singh 11/6, 11/1last_img read more

August 31, 2020

Carmelo scores season-high 25 as Blazers romp

first_img(Field Level Media) Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 25 points on 10-for-20 shooting, and the visiting Portland Trail Blazers cruised to a 117-94 win over the Chicago Bulls last night. Anthony connected on 4 of 7 attempts from beyond the arc in his fourth game with the Trail Blazers. CJ McCollum scored 21 points and Damian Lillard notched a double-double with 13 points and 12 assists for Portland, which snapped a four-game losing streak.Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 18 points on 6-for-13 shooting. Wendell Carter Jr. fell just shy of a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds, and Tomas Satoransky contributed 11 points, five rebounds and five assists.Chicago endured its fifth loss in seven games. The Bulls trailed by as many as 28 and were outrebounded 55-37. Portland led 105-79 when Nassir Little entered the game for Anthony with 7:49 to go in the fourth quarter. Anthony watched from the bench the rest of the way after his best performance since Nov. 2, 2018, when he scored 28 points for the Houston Rockets in a win over the Brooklyn Nets.Entering the fourth quarter, the Trail Blazers held a commanding 92-72 advantage. The Bulls trailed by as little as five points with 10:55 remaining in the third quarter, but Portland closed the session on a 30-15 run.McCollum started the scoring binge with a jump shot, and Skal Labissiere finished it with a jump shot from 16 feet. In between, Anthony hit two jump shots and a free throw to help Portland pull away. Portland led 62-54 at halftime. The Trail Blazers established an eight-point lead thanks to a strong second quarter in which it enjoyed a 35-26 advantage over the Bulls.Trail Blazers guard Rodney Hood padded the halftime lead when he hit a step-back jumper as time expired. Hood’s buzzer beater followed a basket by McCollum with 6.3 seconds to go before the break.Chicago held onto a 28-27 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Bulls trailed by six points before closing the quarter on an 11-4 run, which included 3-pointers by Coby White and Thaddeus Young.last_img read more

August 31, 2020

Guyanese women’s team selected for World Teams TT C/ship in S/Korea

first_imgGuyana’s female national table tennis team has served its way into the history books after they were selected by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) to participate in the 2020 World Teams Table Tennis Championships scheduled for March 22-29 2020 in Buscan, South Korea. The announcement was made by the Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) which hailed the women’s selection as significant for the sport here. “This is significant for Guyana’s table tennis brand since male and female players have represented Guyana at the singles edition of the world table tennis championships in 2003, 2005, and 2013,” a GTTA press release noted. It added: “Guyana has never had a representative national team male or female represented at the world championships. This would signify the first time in the history of the sport that a Guyana national team would participate as a unit at the World Championships.” The GTTA noted that they were informed of Guyana’s qualification via an email from  Dimosthenis Messinis, ITTF World Tour Manager, indicating that Guyana’s national female team was given the final slot for participation in the women’s team competition. The GTTA posited  that recent performances from Trenace Lowe, Chelsea Edghill, Natalie Cummings, Jody Ann Blake and Priscilla Greaves in international competitions such as the Commonwealth Games, the South American Games in Bolivia, silver medal finishes in the Caribbean championships and Pan American qualification, went a long way in securing the slot to South Korea.  The championships will  serve as  preparation for the continental Olympic trials scheduled for April 14-19, 2020 in Rosario, Argentina and other key international engagements. While the GTTA has not named the final squad for the March event, it noted that Edghill, Lowe, Natalie Cummings, Pricilla Greaves, and Blake among others are some of the names high on the list to represent Guyana. Only Cummings participated in the recent senior nationals.last_img read more

August 31, 2020

Platini’s appeal against ban dismissed by European Court of Human Rights

first_img(Reuters) – Michel Platini, the former head of European football’s governing body UEFA, has lost his appeal at the European Court of Human Rights against his four-year ban from soccer. The court announced yesterday that a seven-member panel had dismissed Platini’s application against world governing body FIFA’s 2015 decision and maintained his human rights had not been violated.“The court found in particular that, having regard to the seriousness of the misconduct, the senior position held by Mr Platini in football’s governing bodies and the need to restore the reputation of the sport and of FIFA, the sanction did not appear excessive or arbitrary,” the court said in a statement.Platini was banned from football for eight years by the world soccer’s governing body along with former FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Both men denied wrongdoing. The ban was over a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2.10 million) made to the Frenchman by FIFA in 2011 with Blatter’s approval for work done a decade earlier.Platini’s ban was reduced to four years on appeal by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).last_img read more

August 31, 2020

Looknauth sets sights on national selection

first_imgTwenty-year-old off-spinning all-rounder, Richie Looknauth has blossomed into one of the shining lights around the local cricket fraternity and now sets his sights on breaking into the Guyana Jaguars side. A former national youth player, Looknauth is among those in the Cricket Guy Inc., Academy Programme, which serves as a nursery for the Guyana Jaguars franchise, a team he hopes to play for in the next two years.“I’m not too bothered by what people say but I am just leaving that in the selectors’ hands and continue to dish out good performances to merit my selection,” Looknauth told Stabroek Sport.“I’ve set myself over the next two years to put in the hard work and establish myself as one of the best in the country,” he added. Since joining the structure in 2017, Looknauth has shown vast improvement and has established himself as one of the pillars of both Cornelia Ida and Everest Cricket Club in the West Demerara and Georgetown associations.“I don’t really feel pressured when I go out to play in the associations but you back yourself to do well. You train hard all week and you come out there looking to implement into your game what you’ve been preparing for,” he declared.Looknauth says he has benefited a lot from the academy system. “The academy system helped me a lot, from the moment I started in 2017 to now, I’ve seen a lot of improvement. I’m bowling a lot in the practice sessions and I learn a lot from the senior guys in the camp,” he disclosed.The right-handed batsman walked away with the best all-rounder of the year award last season for his Georgetown club, scoring 460 runs and taking 21 wickets.Looknauth was also integral to West Demerara’s Franchise in the Jaguars 50-over league, taking 10 wickets with an economy rate of just three. He also made useful contributions with the bat, including a top score of 41 against Essequibo. However, it was not smooth sailing for the off-spinner, who was heavily criticized for his bowling action. But nevertheless, he has remedied his action due to the efforts of the academy.“It’s a very good system the Guyana Cricket Board has put together I must give credit to them because you have a lot of coaches focused on different aspects of your game and work with you to improve. For me, it helped a lot because when I started I had a certain action but they helped me improve and being among the guys there isn’t much time to relax, you are consistently competing among each other,” he stated.last_img read more

August 31, 2020

It’s useless to fight FIFA

first_img“Come on and support the Normalisation Committee, it happened to us also and now we are better off.” This has been the advice of Clinton Urling, former chairman of the 2014 FIFA Normalisation Committee appointed in Guyana, to the ousted T&T Football Association (TTFA) executive being led by William Wallace.Urling sought to clear the air on whether it was the world governing body for the sport of football, FIFA, which puts out the funding in the case of a normalisation committee scenario to clear the debt of the TTFA, or if it was incumbent of the normalisation committee to come up with innovative ideas, as well as source funding.William WallaceHe told Guardian Media Sports on Friday that the chairman of the FIFA appointed normalisation committee Robert Hadad will have 100 per cent power, discretion and responsibility to come up with initiatives and plans to solve the issues of the embattled football administration and FIFA will check it first, before providing the funds. Officials of the football association recently raised concerns about the little to no progress the committee has had to date under Hadad, a concern that comes almost two months after FIFA, on March 17, agreed to implement the normalisation committee in T&T, based on the burdening debt that was said to be some $50 million and no means or measures to put the association back on a stable footing.Hadad, who was appointed alongside his deputy Judy Daniel, an Attorney and environmentalist, and Nigel Romano, who is a retired banker, has since encountered steady resistance from Wallace and his team of vice presidents Clynt Taylor, Joseph Sam Phillips and Susan Joseph-Warrick, for use of the TTFA letterhead and to secure use of the TTFA’s bank accounts, as well as emerging concerns from new contractors claiming monies from work done on the controversial “Home of Football” in Balmain, Couva.Urling said while he does not want to impose, he believes that Wallace and his team should join forces with Hadad and his team if they really love the sport of football and the country, saying in Guyana they had to do the same thing. “In fact, the situation in Guyana was worse than what we see in T&T. The normalisation committee brings a sort of influence for the business and other communities and it is a tremendous help. Back home, it helped us with securing sponsors and land etc. We just had to work with the normalisation committee and instead of the two years given, we were able to turn the sport around in a year.”Urling then turned to Wallace and company, saying it is useless trying to fight FIFA through the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland, as the sport’s governing body acted within its legal right to appoint a committee.“There is no other document clearer than the FIFA Statutes, so I can’t understand why a legal person would attempt to convince the TTFA members that they have a fighting chance. The fact is that they cannot win the FIFA. Okay, let’s say that the TTFA wins the FIFA at the CAS, then the FIFA would simply invoke its clause that refers to no political interference and still ban the TTFA. Who is to say they would not do it, they have done it before, so who suffers then, isn’t it the country and the sport.” “I sympathise with Wallace and his team, I know how they feel, but emotions have no place in law. In fact, I could recall back in 2015, there were talks to appoint a normalisation committee in T&T under the then president Raymond Tim Kee, so it really does not make a difference if it is appointed now.”Urling, a businessman by profession said his main concern is if the sport will be properly managed after the exit of the normalisation committee in two years, saying the TTFA must determine where the debt came from in the first place so that the managers of the sport don’t fall back into the same problems they are facing now. (Reprinted from Trinidad Guardian)last_img read more

August 31, 2020

Will the ICC cancel or postpone the T20 World Cup?

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) is scheduled to meet on May 28 via teleconference and, chief among the items on its agenda, will be the T20 World Cup. Scheduled for October 18 to November 15 in Australia, the ICC T20 World Cup is one of the most lucrative events on the ICC calendar and since there has been no major cricket competition this year such as the IPL, the upcoming World Cup takes on added importance.One of the issues the ICC board, which consists heads of member territories, will tackle will be whether to go ahead with the T20 showpiece event, reschedule it or pull the plug on the tournament altogether.It is thought that most of the territories will be hoping the ICC could pull off the staging of the tournament since most boards have been affected financially by the coronavirus pandemic which has virtually brought all cricket it its knees. Simply put, no World Cup will mean no revenue sharing from the ICC and territories such as the West Indies, whose president Ricky Skerrit has already described is financial situation as “ICU”, will be hoping that it does come off so as to revive its ailing financial situation.CWI, according to reports derives 40 per cent of their total revenue from the ICC with another 40 per cent of their revenue coming from television mainly from the Indian and United Kingdom markets.Should the T20 World Cup not be played  CWI stands to lose their share of the revenue which the ICC would have gotten from rights holder Star India. One expects that the ICC will postpone the decision on the staging of the event for as long as it possibly can even as it looks to see whether the bilateral tours between England and the West Indies and England and Pakistan can take place.But unless there is a dramatic breakthrough in the current situation it will be difficult to see how the T20 World Cup can take place even though there has been a burst of optimism from Cricket Australia.According to CA’s Chief Executive Kevin Roberts, earlier this year, “Cricket Australia is working closely with the ICC, the Local Organising Committee and the Australian government so we have a comprehensive understanding of exactly what it will take to be able to play the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 in October in Australia as planned…We are also jointly exploring all other options in relation to staging the event and will take the right decisions at the right time so we can host a wonderful celebration of the sport and keep everyone involved safe and well.” One of the options being mooted is the staging of matches at  bio centric venues.This proposal, a sort of a litmus test,  is being looked at for the bilateral tours between England and the West Indies and Pakistan if those tours do take place but housing the 16 World Cup teams will be an altogether different kettle of fish.Additionally, the players will have to be quarantined on arrival and there is no telling what would be the impact, what might happen should there be a positive test or two among the world’s superstar cricketers. The ICC big wigs will also have to debate the issue of the `empty galleries’ whether the World Cup, if it does go ahead should be played to empty stadiums, bereft of crowds.Whatever might be the issues affecting the staging of the World Cup, Covid-19 is the biggest obstacle and in the end, the decision just might hinge on the financial health of the cricket nations against the physical health and overall safety of the players.last_img
August 31, 2020

Women’s sport faces generational loss from COVID-19 cuts: NZ agency

first_imgWELLINGTON,  (Reuters) – Women’s sport might need a generation to get back recent gains if it is left “by the wayside” during the COVID-19 pandemic as organisations focus on getting men’s competitions back on track, the head of a New Zealand women’s advocacy agency told Reuters. Rachel Froggatt, chief executive of Women in Sport Aotearoa, said that while the New Zealand government had pledged support for women’s sport the coronavirus shutdown threatened to stifle the momentum of the last few years.Women’s cricket, soccer, Australian Rules, rugby league and rugby union competitions have gained traction in Australia and New Zealand but many organisations have been quick to pull funding and end seasons for women’s sport during the pandemic.“The fear we had was that women’s sport would go by the wayside as they concentrated on getting men’s sport up and running,” Froggatt told Reuters yesterday. “If women’s sports gets put on the shelf and treated like they’ll come back to it when they have the time and money again, then we are looking at a generational loss.”Women’s sport has seen progress in “peaks and troughs” over the last 25 years but the last five have brought consistent upward momentum, Froggatt said.“The feeling I was getting both internationally and domestically was that we were on a wave that was starting to build,” she added. “I think the fear at the moment is that COVID-19 will set that back and unpack a lot of the successes.”Despite the concerns, Froggatt said there were signs they could survive the fallout.The women’s World Twenty20 cricket final between Australia and India in early March attracted more than 80,000 to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, a sure sign of the increasing popularity of women’s sport, she said. New Zealand’s government has also provided NZ$265 million ($163.96 million) to help sports organisations mitigate the worst financial effects of the pandemic.Froggatt said she had been told Sports Minister Grant Robertson had been “very firm” on ensuring that women’s sports was treated equally in the dispersal of the funding.New Zealand sports administrators were also prepared to fight for women’s programmes, she added. Another reason for optimism, Froggatt said, was the rise of more women in positions of authority at global governing bodies such as FIFA’s Sarai Bareman and World Rugby’s Katie Sadleir.“The sports sector has experienced an enormous shock and what we have seen is completely unprecedented,” she said.“We have a very long road ahead of us. We will have to keep reminding people of the value of women’s sports.”last_img read more

August 31, 2020

Djokovic, Nadal and Serena enter U.S. Open tune-up

first_img(Reuters) – Former champions Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Serena Williams have all entered next month’s Western & Southern Open in New York, which will serve as a tune-up for the U.S. Open, tournament organisers said yesterday. Organisers of the Aug. 20-28 event, which was relocated from Cincinnati this year because of COVID-19, said defending champions Daniil Medvedev and Madison Keys are also among the initial entries.The ATP Masters 1000 event will be the first on the men’s calendar since play was suspended in March because of the virus. Among the other early entries on the men’s side, which includes 40 of the top 43 ranked ATP players, are world number three Dominic Thiem, 2017 champion Grigor Dimitrov and Marin Cilic (2016).World number three Karolina Pliskova, who won the event in 2016, is the highest-ranked player on the women’s side that will feature 39 of the top 53 players in the world. The women’s WTA Tour will signal the return of the professional circuit with the Palermo Ladies Open in the Sicilian capital from Monday.last_img read more

August 30, 2020

Texans’ Yates trying to follow Flacco’s rookie script in postseason

first_imgIt was only three years ago that Joe Flacco found himself in a similar position to Texans rookie quarterback T.J. Yates, who faces the biggest challenge of his infant career in taking on the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round this Sunday.Preparing to play his first road playoff game against the Miami Dolphins, a game in which the Ravens won 27-9, Flacco wasn’t caught up in the moment of playing in the postseason a year after starring for the University of Delaware. Instead, the nonchalant rookie was simply focusing on what he needed to do to prepare to get a victory.“I wasn’t really thinking about playing on the road at the time; it was kind of just what we had to do,” Flacco said. “It was the position we were in, and we had to go get a win. There’s a lot to be made about playing at home [versus] playing on the road. But, the bottom line is when you’re out on the field and when you’re out there running plays and trying to execute them well, you’re not really thinking about, ‘Man, I’m not at home today. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to hit this pass as easily.’”Unlike Flacco, who was a first-round pick and had a full season of starts under his belt by the time the Ravens traveled to Miami in the first round of the playoffs, Yates was forced into this position after injuries to starting quarterback Matt Schaub and backup Matt Leinart. And though he helped guide the Texans to a 31-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the wild-card round last Saturday, the fifth-round pick went from being inactive every week to the Texans’ starting quarterback in a matter of a week in late November.To his credit, the North Carolina product hasn’t crumbled under the pressure of taking the reins of an AFC South champion team that had Super Bowl aspirations before Schaub was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury. Playing in a pro-style offense under Tar Heels coach Butch Davis in Chapel Hill, Yates has a solid grasp of Houston’s system in a limited amount of playing time. Even if his skill set falls short of Flacco’s abilities, listening to teammates describe his demeanor makes you think of the Baltimore signal caller.“He’s very confident in what he can do,” Houston wide receiver Andre Johnson said. “If something is bothering him, he does a great job of hiding it. He doesn’t show it. He doesn’t show when he’s frustrated or anything. He just stays calm.”That resiliency will be tested on Sunday more than at any point at any level of his football career as Yates tries to become the first rookie quarterback to defeat the Ravens in Baltimore since Arizona’s Jake Plummer did it at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 23, 1997.On that day, a 22-year-old Ray Lewis stared across the line of scrimmage at Plummer, just like he will at Yates at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday where the Ravens haven’t lost all season as they try to advance to the AFC championship game for just the third time in franchise history. The vaunted Baltimore defense will undoubtedly try to rattle the 24-year-old by bringing pressure early and often.Holding up against a Cincinnati defense in the friendly confines of Reliant Stadium is one thing, but standing up to a Ravens defense whose play rises to another level at home is another.How much can the unit affect the young quarterback, who was holding a clipboard on the sideline when the teams met back in mid-October?“I don’t know,” Lewis said. “You can probably only tell by how hard you hit him, if you get to him early. You really can’t tell. We understand that they have a rookie quarterback, but we also understand that they are the No. 2 rush offense in football.”Of course, the 36-year-old linebacker is exactly right. Since taking over the starting job due to attrition, Yates has been more caretaker and less playmaker as the Texans have relied even more heavily on their running game. Playing the final six games of the regular season, the 6-foot-4 quarterback threw only 134 passes with three touchdowns and three interceptions.Continue >>>last_img read more