Annandale steamrolls QC 6-0

first_imgDefending champion Annandale crushed Queen’s College 6-0 when the GuyOil/Tradewind Tankers u18 Secondary School Football League resumed on Saturday at the Ministry of Education ground, Carifesta Avenue. Colin Henriques bagged a brace in the 50th and 62nd minute, while John Roopnarine, Ajaye Sobers, Seon Heywood and Omari Glasgow netted in the 14th, 18th, 36th and 54th minute respectively.Meanwhile, President’s College bested St. Stanislaus College 2-0. Jushawn Bayley fashioned a double in the 51st and 60th minute. Also, Charlestown and St. John’s College battled to a 1-1 stalemate. Kurt Carrington scored for St. John’s College in the third minute while John Simon equalised three minutes later for Charlestown. On Saturday at the same venue, Lodge Secondary defeated the Bishops’ High 3-1. Derwin George bagged a double in the sixth and 66th minute, while Earl Grant added a goal in the 54th minute. For the loser, Makayah Smith netted in the 35th minute.last_img read more

Dhoni denied India contract amid retirement speculations

first_imgNEW DELHI, (Reuters) – The Indian cricket board signalled it is ready for life without Mahendra Singh Dhoni after dropping the long-serving wicketkeeper from its list of centrally contracted players today. The former captain quit test cricket in 2014 and has not played for India since taking a break after the team’s semi-finals exit at the 50-overs World Cup in England last year.Coach Ravi Shastri said earlier this month that Dhoni, who will turn 39 in July, could be considered for this year’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), however, seemed to have made up its mind and Dhoni, who has stonewalled retirement talks in his rare media interactions, was conspicuous by his absence in the 27-player list. In the new list, captain Virat Kohli, opener Rohit Sharma and pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah have retained their place in the A+ grade, worth 70 million Indian rupees ($986,923) a year.The 11 players grouped in the A grade with retainers of 50 million rupees include Rishabh Pant, who is seen as Dhoni’s successor in limited-overs cricket.Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha was promoted to grade B where he joins opener Mayank Agarwal and three others who will earn 30 million rupees each. The final group comprises eight players with retainers of 10 million rupees for the period from October 2019 to September 2020.Dhoni, who was in grade A in the previous list, remains India’s most successful limited-overs captain who led the team to World Cup victories both in the 20-overs (2007) and 50-overs (2011) formats.Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed and Ambati Rayudu also missed out on a contract. Grade A+ – Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit BumrahGrade A – Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh PantGrade B – Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal Grade C – Kedar Jadhav, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Manish Pandey, Hanuma Vihari, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundarlast_img read more

Lorenzo Sanz: Former Real Madrid president dies after contracting coronavirus

first_img(BBC) Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz died yesterday after being hospitalised with coronavirus. Sanz, 76, was president at the Bernabeu from 1995-2000, a period in which Real won the Champions League twice.“My father has just died,” wrote Sanz’s son Lorenzo Sanz Duran on Twitter.“He did not deserve this end in this manner. One of the best, most courageous and hard working people I have seen in my life. His family and Real Madrid were his passion.” Sanz signed players such as Roberto Carlos, Clarence Seedorf and Davor Suker during his time in charge of the 33-time Spanish champions,He lost the 2000 presidential election to Florentino Perez, which sparked Real’s big-spending ‘Galatico’ era.Sanz’s son Fernando, 46, played for Real Madrid from 1996-1999 before spending the final seven years of his career at Malaga.last_img read more

World Cup delay could be IPL’s gain

first_imgNEW DELHI, (Reuters) – India’s cricket board will not push for the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia to be postponed but would consider staging the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the October/November slot if it becomes available, a senior BCCI official has told Reuters. This year’s IPL, which is worth almost $530 million to the BCCI, has been indefinitely postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic while the World Cup, which is scheduled to begin on Oct. 18, is also in jeopardy.Reports in Australian media have suggested India’s influential board may look to push for the World Cup to be postponed to open up a window for the IPL.World Cup contingency plans are on the agenda at next week’s International Cricket Council (ICC) board meeting but BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal said India would not be recommending it be pushed back. “Why should the BCCI suggest postponing the Twenty20 World Cup?” Dhumal told Reuters by telephone.“We’ll discuss it in the meeting and whatever is appropriate, (the ICC) will take a call. “If the Australia government announces that the tournament will happen and Cricket Australia is confident they can handle it, it will be their call. BCCI would not suggest anything.”While Australia has seen new infections of the novel coronavirus slow to a trickle and is gradually easing travel curbs and social distancing restrictions, hosting a 16-team World Cup would be a Herculean task for Cricket Australia. Dhumal questioned whether the tournament should go ahead if it had to be played without spectators and said the Australian government would play a key role in any decision.“It all depends on what the Australian government says on this – whether they’d allow so may teams to come and play the tournament,” he added.“Will it make sense to play games without spectators? Will it make sense for CA to stage such a tournament like that? It’s their call.” Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts was  yesterday guarded about the prospects of staging the tournament as scheduled. “We don’t have clarity on that one, yet. But as the situation continues to improve, you never know what might be possible,” he said.“It’s ultimately a decision for the ICC.”The ICC has said it was unlikely to make a final call on the fate of the World Cup until August but some boards are in the process of making contingency plans in the event of a postponement. While the BCCI recognised an open October-November window would suit the IPL, Dhumal said there was no point in making plans until there was some certainty about the World Cup.“If we have the window available, and depending on what all can be organised, we’ll decide accordingly,” he added. “We can’t presume that it’s not happening and go on planning.”last_img read more

Guyana Olympic Association, Sports Commission willing to help with return of stranded boxers

first_imgThe Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) and the National Sports Commission (NSC) are willing to assist the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) to bring home the quartet of boxers stranded in Cuba. This is according to President of the association, K Juman-Yassin and Director of Sport, Christopher Jones after the four boxers were recently granted permission to return.Juman-Yassin told Stabroek Sport yesterday that the GOA received a letter from the GBA requesting assistance to bring the boxers back.K. Juman-YassinHe has since agreed to help the GBA and the boxers who have been stranded on the island for the past two months. Juman-Yassin could not put an amount on his pledge since according to him, a figure is still yet to be determined to bring home the athletes since commercial flights are currently grounded in Cuba due to the ongoing pandemic.The four pugilists, Keevin Allicock, Colin Lewis, Desmond Amsterdam and Dennis Thomas departed on January 4 for a three-month training stint ahead of the Olympic Qualifiers which was scheduled to be held in March. Their sojourn was made possible by the GOA and the NSC which provided the US$30,000 needed to cover the cost for stint.Christopher Jones Meanwhile, Jones stated “that the NSC will assist in whatever little way it can” since “the return of the boxers is of utmost importance to us.”The NSC is also currently covering  the additional cost of food and accommodation of the quartet since they were scheduled to return home on March 19. Jones noted a payment of $1.9M was recently dispatched.A conditional approval granted by the government for the return of 300 Guyanese paved the way for the return of the four boxers.last_img read more

Three winners for Paddy as bettingexpert charge is ‘Postponed’

first_imgWe will be taking on bettingexpert, Timeform and a rotation of guests, with the focus on a specific Wednesday race meet.Throughout the year we will keep record of points won each week, points won on average and points won overall for each.The guest tipsters will compete as one team, with their points added together as one leaderboard entry.The new tips will be published on Wednesday ahead of the race meet, and the results will be available on Thursday.For the purpose of the competition, we will assume that all selections are backed with 1 point.Lost tips will count as 0 and won bets will be added to the leaderboard at SP value.For example, if bettingexpert backs a winning horse at 8/1, they will get 8 points. Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020center_img Submit Paddy Power and Timeform shared the spoils in the Tipster Challenge at York, with both returning a highly creditable 9.71 points. A trio of winners for Power, Director of Communications for the Irish bookmaker, helped the Guests to open up a 25.50-point lead at the top of the leaderboard.Across the day, our experts were only able to record points from Idaho, Postponed and Oceane, with Boom The Groom, Syphax and The Wagon Wheel taking surprise victories in the other three races. SBC News and Stephen Harris of bettingexpert both returned a disappointing 2.71 points.Race Winners at York:Boom The Groom – 11/1Syphax – 16/1Idaho – 5/6Postponed – 15/8Oceane – 7/1The Wagon Wheel – 13/2Tipster Challenge Week 30 Leaderboard: 1Guests9.715.57167.18 2bettingexpert2.714.72141.68 3SBC News2.714.60138.04 4Timeform9.713.46103.86 RankTipsterWeekAverageTotalRankTipsterWeekAverageTotal Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020last_img read more

Orioles Need to Practice What They Preach

first_imgAndy McPhail started that idea years ago; after moving Erik Bedard for Adam Jones (a move that panned out pretty damn well).  But those are the smart (and tough) decisions the organization has evaded, since their resurgence in 2012.  Take emotion out of your moves; basically make decisions with your head and not your heart. If the slugger is not in your future plans or budget, then why not recoup as much as possible for players the Orioles will have control over for the next seven-eight years.  Teams would be lining up with their best offers to acquire the services of a power-hitting first baseman with two years left of team control. In the end, he is the owner and that is his prerogative; he can basically run his “business” however he so chooses (even if that means spitting in the face of those who fatten his pockets; but that’s a different story, which is already well reported by the WNST staff). If Angelos is going to stick to that “business plan” (if you want to call it that), then the team must operate as such. The point is that if you want to pretend that Baltimore is such a “limited” market than put your business plan in place as such.  Do not keep stringing along the hopes of fans holding out that the team will actually sign a Shin Shoo-Choo; start following the same model of successful “limited” market teams, like the Tampa Bay Rays. We all know the real story there; the owner refuses to open his wallet, knowing he is going to take $3.50 from every household in the Baltimore area for his MASN network. The reports circle every offseason how much Angelos grosses from his TV deal, but we all know that money will never be re-allocated to the roster, while he is in charge. Now the team is in the same bind with former Cy Young Award Winner, David Price.  Since their actual resources are limited, they understand they cannot retain him under their budget.  In turn, the Rays, a perennial winning franchise in baseball, is looking to deal one of the top five best pitchers in the entire MLB. Before last season, they traded away a pretty good top-of-the-rotation starter in James Shields. In return they only received…the top prospect in baseball in OF Wil Myers and the Royals best pitching prospect, Jake Odorizzi.   Every offseason for the past ten or so years, we hear about those players that the Orioles are “interested” in acquiring.  Whether it is Mark Teixeira or Zack Greinke or Nelson Cruz, everyone knows the real story; the team will not pony up enough to garner their services, but cry that those players would not sign in Baltimore. So as a fan base, this is a plea for the the organization to stop with this nonsense. It is time for the Orioles front office to embrace the “limited market” mantra they have been spewing for years. Stop acting as if the team will be actual players in the offseason; start acting like the team that will build from within. The team traded away Closer Jim Johnson, one year too late and could not capitalize on his value at the time.  A contending team like the Dodgers or Tigers or Cardinals (I know I’ve said this before) would have given up an everyday player or at least some top level prospects in return if they would have pulled the trigger last offseason. Instead, the Orioles received a struggling 25 year, who was demoted to Triple A in 2013. And why? Because they understand value and have a business plan in place for the next several years.  They are stocked with young talent on throughout their farm system and continually replace players, like Price or Shields, with more top prospects.   We have heard it all offseason; we have heard it for the past decade. After Orioles owner Peter Angelos was quoted saying Baltimore is a “limited market.” GM Dan Duquette has reiterated those sentiments, discussing the minute “resources” and trying to stay “competitive” against the likes of the Yankees and Red Sox.   The Orioles brass seem to have little grasp of this concept, especially after standing still for the past two offseasons.  The tough moves are always the hardest, but will always help in the long scheme of things.  If the front office has no intentions of keeping around some of the team’s “star” players in the not too distant future, (i.e. Chris Davis) then why not make the tough decision now.   The same goes for fan favorite Matt Wieters; he’s been a gold-glover and an All-Star, but is he really worth the $100 that his agent (noted Orioles pain in the ass, Scott Boras) will ask for. The question is now what can you get in return for an overworked catcher, who is slow and cannot hit above .250?  If they would have considered moving Wieters before last season, they would have returned several top prospects and MLB players, while his value was at an all-time high.  Now, no one can even be  sure Wieters can get back even one everyday player or starting pitcher. But then again this is the Orioles we are talking about. They will bank you parking your butt in the seats at Camden Yards for the next two seasons, to watch “Crush” hit bombs towards the warehouse.  All the while, you handing them money for tickets and hot dogs and beers and merchandise.last_img read more

Holtby, Caps Top Line Throttle the Defending Champs, 4-1

first_imgAfter a clunker on Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks, it was expected that the Washington Capitals would come out with energy against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night at the Verizon Center, and that they did. Washington received goals from T.J. Oshie, John Carlson, Matt Niskanen, and Alex Ovechkin as they pulled away in the 3rd period for a 4-1 victory to improve to 2-1 on the young season.Oshie scored on the power play at 8:48 after Viktor Tikhonov took a silly penalty. Tikhonov went after Tom Wilson after #43 hit Hawks captain Jonathan Toews in the defensive end and as is the case so often, if you take a bad penalty, the other team usually scores with the man advantage. The Caps only allowed one shot on goal in the first 10 minutes and only five in the first frame to get off to a much needed good start. Washington’s top line of Oshie, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Ovechkin was clicking and the third line of Jay Beagle, Jason Chimera, and Wilson was flying around creating energy and putting the body to Chicago.The second period, however, would be where Chicago would make their push given that they played on Wednesday night in Philadelphia (a 3-0 loss). Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby had no interest in seeing his club lose the early lead and he was stellar stopping 17 shots on net, many of which were of the quality variety. Carlson notched his first goal of the season on a point blast that Scott Darling had no chance on because Marcus Johansson was running a perfect screen in front of him. That goal came shortly after a point blank Holtby save. Chicago’s efforts yielded no tallies, primarily thanks to #70.In the final frame, the Caps looked more like the team from the first period throttling Chicago and holding them to just five shots on net. The lone Hawks goal came shortly after Niskanen’s tally, which was the result of a super pass from Johansson. “Jojo” did the dirty work behind the net and then found #2 all alone at the top of the slot. Chicago’s Victor Svedberg would be the only one to dent Holtby, who never saw the shot. But Coach Barry Trotz commented afterwards that he really liked the way his team didn’t panic and shut the Blackhawks down the rest of the way. Washington’s top three lines did a super job of hemming their opponents in their own zone and as a result the game became a relatively stress free win down the stretch.Overall, this was an encouraging game. Granted the Blackhawks played on Wednesday and had to travel from Filthy, but they are still a strong team with Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Marian Hossa up front and Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook on defense.The Caps received strong performances from several players. Holtby was deservedly the first star, but Carlson, Kuznetsov, and Johansson were at the top of their respective games.Andre Burakovsky had a rough first two periods, but the 20 year old is adjusting to the center position after playing mostly wing last spring. #65 seemed to have his best period of the season in the third frame and confidence is so important to that young man. He was finally skating well and playing his game instead of looking like he was over thinking things on the ice.Chimera continues to pick up where he left off in the playoffs and used his speed to keep Chicago on its heels. Wilson has really improved and was a physical force creating space for his line mates. He does an excellent job of getting under the skin of his opponents.The Capitals now face the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night at the Verizon Center with a chance to go to 3-1 before heading away on their western Canada trip. The Canes are in the Auston Matthews sweepstakes so if the Caps bring the energy and play smartly, they should win. There is also a chance that Nicklas Backstrom, who had offseason hip surgery, could make his season debut.Notes: The Caps only took one penalty on Thursday (a questionable roughing call on Ovechkin) while Chicago was in the box only twice. Coach Trotz noted that the Blackhawks don’t take many penalties and he was happy that his club moved its feet and didn’t take any penalties of the lazy variety. Overall, referees Francois St. Laurent and Marc Joannette let the players play the game, and that was pleasing…shot attempts were 55-54 for Chicago and face offs were dead even at 23 apiece…Carlson led the Caps in ice time at 25:01 while Keith played 22:13 for the Hawks (he logged 9:01 in the first period alone).last_img read more

Rookie tight end Boyle only real injury concern for Ravens

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — Rookie tight end Nick Boyle was the only player missing from Thursday’s practice due to health reasons as the Ravens moved closer to their Week 11 meeting with St. Louis.The fifth-round pick continues to wear a walking boot on his left foot after missing his second straight practice. Baltimore signed tight end Chase Ford off the Minnesota practice squad earlier this week, which would appear to indicate that Boyle is in danger of missing his first game of the season.Baltimore welcomed left guard Kelechi Osemele and outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil back to practice after both sat out with knee ailments on Wednesday. Osemele and Dumervil were both listed as full participants, leaving little doubt about their availability for Sunday’s game.Linebacker Daryl Smith and defensive end Chris Canty both received veteran days off as they regularly do on Thursdays.For St. Louis, two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Robert Quinn was again listed as a non-participant with a hip issue while starting right tackle Rob Havenstein continues to deal with a calf injury. The Rams did not practice on Thursday, meaning their injury report was only an estimation if they had.Below is Thursday’s full injury report:BALTIMOREDID NOT PARTICIPATE: TE Nick Boyle (foot), DE Chris Canty (non-injury), LB Elvis Dumervil (non-injury)FULL PARTICIPATION: LB Elvis Dumervil (knee), G Kelechi Osemele (knee)ST. LOUISDID NOT PARTICIPATE: OT Rob Havenstein (calf), DE Robert Quinn (hip)FULL PARTICIPATION: C Tim Barnes (concussion), DE Chris Long (knee)last_img read more

How did Ravens inside linebackers stack up to rest of NFL in 2019?

first_imgThe Ravens recorded the best regular season in franchise history, but where did their individual players stack up across the NFL in 2019?Whether it’s discussing the Pro Bowl — Baltimore had a record-tying 13 selections — or determining postseason awards, media and fans spend much time debating where players rank at each position, but few watch every player on every team closely enough to form any real authoritative opinion.Truthfully, how many times did you watch the Tampa Bay offensive line this season? What about the Atlanta Falcons linebackers or the Detroit Lions cornerbacks?That’s why I respect the efforts of Pro Football Focus while acknowledging their grading is far from the gospel of evaluation. I don’t envy the exhaustive effort to evaluate players across the league when most of us watch one team or maybe one division on any kind of a regular basis.We’ll look at each positional group on the roster in the coming days, but below is a look at where Ravens inside linebackers ranked across the NFL this past season followed by the positional outlook going into 2020:SafetiesRunning backsCornerbacksWide receiversDefensive linemenTight endsPatrick Onwuasor2019 defensive snap count (including postseason): 503PFF ranking: 73rd among off-ball linebackers Skinny: Viewed by many as a priority to extend after a strong 2018 season, Onwuasor flopped in his move to “Mike” linebacker and suffered a Week 5 ankle injury that cost him two games. The 27-year-old remained a solid blitzer upon returning to the weak-side spot, but he surrendered a 118.6 passer rating in coverage and was closer to being an afterthought than an impact player in the second half of the season. Josh Bynes2019 defensive snap count (including postseason): 431PFF ranking: sixth among off-ball linebackers Skinny: The October signing of the Super Bowl XLVII champion slowed the heartbeat of a position group in total disarray after the opening month of the season. Though not an every-down player in Baltimore’s multiple defense, the 30-year-old Bynes saw more action than any other inside linebacker down the stretch and was quite solid in coverage, proving to be a crucial in-season addition.L.J. Fort2019 defensive snap count (including postseason): 270PFF ranking: n/a Skinny: After previously drawing offseason interest from the Ravens, Fort also arrived after Week 4 and was graded favorably by PFF in more situational playing time. A good special-teams player and a capable nickel linebacker, the 30-year-old signed a two-year, $5.5 million extension in November and is the only safe bet to be part of the inside linebacker picture in 2020 at this point.Chris Board2019 defensive snap count (including postseason): 64PFF ranking: n/a Skinny: The North Dakota State product created some buzz last summer and looked like he might be the next undrafted inside linebacker to earn a starting gig in Baltimore before late-summer injuries slowed his momentum. That preseason hype proved to be a greater indictment of former fourth-round pick Kenny Young, however, as Board played only a few defensive snaps after Week 4. Otaro Alaka2019 defensive snap count (including postseason): 0PFF ranking: n/a Skinny: A good preseason landed the rookie free agent from Texas A&M on the 53-man roster, but a hamstring injury eliminated any chance of him getting a look at inside linebacker as Alaka was placed on injured reserve in late September. He’s a name to watch this spring and summer, but the Ravens didn’t see enough of him as a rookie to assume he’s a viable rotation option at this point.2020 positional outlookFew would fault Eric DeCosta’s decision not to match the market-altering contract the New York Jets gave four-time Pro Bowl selection C.J. Mosley — especially after the ex-Raven missed all but two games with a groin injury in 2019 — but gambling on the youth and athleticism of Onwuasor, Young, and Board proved to be unwise, prompting an in-season reconstruction that worked surprisingly well. Still, there’s a reason why so many mock drafts have projected Baltimore to take Oklahoma’s Kenneth Murray or LSU’s Patrick Queen with the 28th overall pick. Even with the increasing popularity of the dime and nickel packages in recent years, a three-down linebacker would help stabilize the front seven and leave the Ravens less vulnerable against the run, a deficiency that was exposed in the playoff loss to Derrick Henry and Tennessee. The Ravens don’t need to find the next Ray Lewis, but drafting an inside linebacker early, re-signing Bynes to platoon with Fort, and continuing to develop Alaka and Board as long-term depth options would put the Ravens in better shape at this position for 2020 and beyond.last_img read more