Annandale mauls Cummings Lodge 8-0

first_imgDefending champion Annandale,  the Bishops’ High and Marian Academy were amongst the winners when the GuyOil/Tradewind Tankers Secondary School Football League continued yesterday at the Ministry of Education ground, Carifesta Avenue. Annandale mauled Cummings Lodge 8-0. Seon Haywood recorded a hat-trick in the 11th, 17th and 40th minute, while Colin Henriques tallied three strikes in the first, 28th and 65th minute. Adding a double was Omari Glasgow in the 10th and 55th minute. On the other hand, the Bishops’ High edged St. Stanislaus College 2-1. Malachi Richards fashioned a double in the ninth and 27th minute. For the loser, Joshua Kings netted in the 22nd minute.Similarly, Marian Academy needled Queen’s College 1-0. Ricardo Percival separated the two teams with a 10th-minute strike. The event continues today at the same venue with a doubleheader. At 15:00hrs, Charlestown will lock horns with President’s College, while Lodge Secondary opposes St. John’s from 16:30hrs.Complete ResultsGame-1 Annandale-8 vs Cummings Lodge-0Seon Haywood-11th, 17th and 40thColin Henriques-1st, 28th and 65th Omari Glasgow-10th and 55thGame-2St. Stanislaus College-1 vs the Bishops’ High-2 The Bishops High ScorerMalachi Richards-9th and 27thSt. Stanislaus ScorerJoshua Kings-22nd Game-3Marian Academy-1 vs Queen’s College-0Ricardo Percival-10thlast_img read more

New GFA president James looks to transform football in Georgetown

first_imgFollowing his election to the top post of the Georgetown Football Association [GFA] on November 2 last year, former FIFA International Referee Otis James sat down with Stabroek Sports to discuss the issues plaguing the association and his developmental plans for 2020. SS:-How would you describe the year 2019 for the GFA and the sport in a whole?OJ: – “2019 was a very challenging year for the GFA, there was a lack of football played and not working together until November when the new GFA team took over then the teams felt like something good is going to happen for them.”SS:-Given that the association was run by an Interim Management Committee [IMC] for more than a year, were they any major achievements realised and/or positive moments achieved in the year? Please list them and why? OJ:-“The IMC tried but the clubs of the GFA needed to support positive things when it happens. They came on board and started a tournament and tried to get the teams ready for elections. Never mind the challenges in football, the [respective] clubs ExCo needed to do the work. That was the main problem with the IMC but they tried.” SS:-Conversely, what were some of the low points for the GFA and football within the Georgetown area? Similarly, please state and why?OJ:-“The GFA will always have small problems here and there but not paying the teams after the tournament is not good so I will say that was the lowest point for the GFA and the IMC in 2019 conversely. But the main issue was the lack of good football pitches to transform the players and help them to improve their ability to become better players.”  SS:-Given your ascension to the top post, what are the major plans for your administration in 2020?OJ:-“The GFA in 2020 will be the year for football, it will be less talk and more football at all ages for male and female. Our main focus is to create a safe environment for our players and fans and a league that was missing since 2016. The GFA youth academy will be professionally organized with the top coaches, in the administrative department there is a huge problem all over the country. The GFA has plans to transfer the teams to clubs. The GFA will also play a major role in coaches’ education. They are the teachers of the game and if we don’t have good teachers you can’t have good students. Only then we can transform the game of football. The new GFA executive will be working very closely with the GFF, Government of Guyana and the Private Sector to develop and transform the world’s greatest sport in Georgetown.” SS:-What more needs to be done for the sport to be resuscitated in the GFA jurisdiction and are you satisfied with the level of governance of the sport by the current GFF administration? OJ:-“A lot more that needs to be done to put the GFA in a better position to execute the smooth running of football in Georgetown. The need for an office to run the day-to-day affairs as well as a place we can call home with a good playing surface where we can play tournaments, which will assist with finances to carry out more projects to help develop the sport.”last_img read more

Rohit hundred trumps Smith, India win series

first_imgBENGALURU, (Reuters) – Rohit Sharma smashed a scintillating century and Virat Kohli starred in another successful chase as India beat Australia by seven wickets in the final one-dayer yesterday to complete a 2-1 series victory. Steve Smith’s first ODI hundred in three years had propelled Australia to 286-9, although the tourists at one stage looked set for a 300-plus total at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.Rohit’s 119 laid the foundation for India’s chase and Kohli made 89 as three premier batsmen of their era shone in a mouthwatering contest.Steve SmithEarlier, Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and elected to bat but the touring side did not get the strong start they expected from their openers. David Warner fell cheaply and Finch ran himself out after an almighty mix-up with Smith as both finished up at the same end.Smith redeemed himself with a typically fluent knock, adding 127 runs with the in-form Marnus Labuschagne (54), before wickets started tumbling at the other end.Kohli took a stunning one-handed catch to send back Labuschagne and Mitchell Starc, promoted in the order as a pinch-hitter, fell in the same Ravindra Jadeja over. Smith could not be denied his ninth ODI century, however, and the prolific Australian made a run-a-ball 131 before holing out in the deep.Jasprit Bumrah bowled with characteristic parsimony and Mohammed Shami (4-63) produced a string of yorkers to hurt Australia who lost their last five wickets for 51 runs.India suffered a blow before beginning their chase with opener Shikhar Dhawan hobbling off after hurting his shoulder while fielding. KL Rahul, who batted at numbers three and five in the last two matches, made 19 opening the innings with Rohit whose 137-run stand with Kohli put India on course for victory.Fed juicy half-trackers by the Australian spinners, Rohit smacked half a dozen sixes in his 29th ODI century.The elegant right-hander, named 2019 ODI Player of the Year last week, also completed 9000 ODI runs in his 224th match. Kohli occasionally struggled to read Adam Zampa’s googly but kept India on course after Rohit’s departure.Shreyas Iyer made a brisk 44 not out to help India home with 15 balls to spare as the hosts, thumped by 10 wickets in the first game, came from behind to win the series.last_img read more

No Hetmyer, Reifer returns

first_imgThe Guyana Jaguars yesterday named the squad for their fourth round West Indies Championship clash against Jamaica Scorpions which begins today at the Providence National Stadium and excluded out-of-favour West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer. Hetmyer was recently left out of the West Indies side for their series against Sri Lanka due to fitness but despite calls from cricket enthusiasts for him to build back up his reputation in order to get back in the side, the 23-year-old was not listed in the 13-man squad.On Tuesday veteran cricket commentator Joseph `Reds’ Perreira said that the left-handed Guyanese batting maestro should use the Regional season to score heavily ahead of his expected recall to the West Indies side.   Today’s match bowls off at 09.30 hours and the table leaders have made one change, Raymon Reifer returning in place of Ronaldo Alimohamed.Guyanese Assad Fudadin wants his side, the Jamaica Scorpions, to be more patient and execute better.The bottom-of-the-table Scorpions, the only team yet to secure a win so far, will be without Rovman Powell and Brandon King due to West Indies duties. Peat Salmon and Oraine Williams are the replacements.Speaking to this publication on the eve of the contest at the venue, Reifer, who suffered a concussion in the second round and missed his side’s third match stated, “I’m pretty much happy to be back and I’m happy to be in good health and stuff so it’s a plus.”Reifer, 28, posited that his side does not need to change much in order to continue their dominance and beat the Scorpions. “I don’t think we need to change a lot in order to get that edge over Scorpions. We just need to continue playing that good brand of cricket that we have been playing and the result will take care of itself,” he said.Meanwhile, Guyana-born Scorpion player, Assad Fudadin, called on his side to express patience and execute better in all departments.Guyana Jaguars’ Raymon Reifer returns to the side after an injury protocol.“I would say [we need to execute better in] batting, bowling and fielding, have a bit more patience… I think we will stand a better chance if we are a bit more patient in whatever we do and a bit more thoughtful in whatever we try to execute,” the 34-year-old batsman reckoned.   While he said the loss of King and Powell, was a big blow, Fudadin pointed out that their replacements are both capable of doing the job. “That’s why they have been picked and we have full confidence in them,” he declared.Looking at his side’s performance so far in the tournament, the left-hander opined, “I’m not going to say things haven’t gone well, we had two good games, we have been playing very good cricket and it’s just we have to string some wins now.”Guyana Jagaurs squad: Leon Johnson (captain), Anthony Bramble, Vishaul Singh, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Chadrapaul Hemraj, Christopher Barnwell, Raymon Reifer, Kevin Sinclair, Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo, Tevin Imlach, Keon Joseph, Nial Smith. Jamaica Scorpions squad: John Campbell (captain), Assad Fudadin, Jermaine Blackwood, Paul Palmer, Nkrumah Bonner, Denis Smith, Peat Salmon, Derval Green, Marquino Mindley, Nicholson Gordon, Patrick Harty, Jamie Merchant, Oraine Williams.last_img

Dominican Republic to host Caribbean Club Championship

first_imgMIAMI, United States, CMC – The Dominican Republic’s Felix Sanchez Olympic Stadium will host the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship this year. CONCACAF announced here yesterday that the semifinals, third-place match, final and playoff match will be staged at the venue in Santo Domingo from May 8-13.Five clubs are participating: Arcahaie FC (Haiti), Cibao FC (Dominican Republic), Club Atletico Pantoja (Dominican Republic), Waterhouse FC (Jamaica), and the to be confirmed 2020 CONCACAF Caribbean Shield Champion.“The Flow CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship is the pinnacle of club football in the Caribbean, providing fully professionalized leagues and their teams with a clear pathway to Confederation wide tournaments,” said CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio. “After an exciting group stage in Jamaica earlier this year, we are pleased to bring the finals to the Dominican Republic capital of Santo Domingo for what should be a thrilling fourth edition of this important championship.”The group stage of the 2020 Flow CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship kicked off on January 29 in Kingston, Jamaica, with six teams battling for four semifinal spots. Group A saw Jamaican club Waterhouse power to a first-place finish with a draw versus Cibao FC of the Dominican Republic and a win over Haitian club Don Bosco. The Dominican club claimed the second place in the group, with two ties.In Group B, Atletico Pantoja of the Dominican Republic finished top of the group, with victories over reigning FCCCC champions Portmore United of Jamaica and Haiti’s Arcahaie. The Haitian side secured a semifinal spot with a win over the Jamaican co-hosts. The group winners will face the second-place finishers of the opposite group. The two semifinal matches are scheduled for May 8. The third place-match and final, which will determine the Caribbean representatives in the 2020 Scotiabank CONCACAF League and 2021 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, will be played on May 10.Once the 2020 CONCACAF Caribbean Shield Champion fulfills the CONCACAF Regional Club Licensing criteria required to participate in a Confederation wide club competition, an additional playoff match will be disputed on May 13, between the fourth-place finisher of the Caribbean Club Championship and the Shield Champion.The winner of that game will claim the last spot for Caribbean clubs in the 2020 Scotiabank CONCACAF League.last_img read more

Fans turn to Belarus to fill void as virus puts sport on hold

first_imgMINSK/MOSCOW, (Reuters) – With professional soccer at a virtual standstill around the globe, fans in need of their weekly fix are turning to the Belarusian Premier League to fill the void as it carries on with matches despite the coronavirus outbreak. The league, one of Europe’s least glamorous competitions whose teams rarely reach the group stage of UEFA’s elite Champions League, is drawing foreign fans’ attention and a string of new broadcast deals.It has said it has no intention of postponing matches or cancelling the season it began earlier this month.While most of its teams, perhaps with the exception of BATE Borisov and Dinamo Minsk, are unknown to the majority of soccer fans, the league is making the most of stoppages to the world’s top competitions. The decision to carry on and allow fans into stadiums has helped the Belarus Football Federation get broadcasting deals with sports networks in 10 countries, including Russia, Israel and India, where fans have been left with nothing to watch.“This is an unprecedented situation,” said Alexander Aleinik, a federation spokesman.One of the networks broadcasting Belarusian matches is Ukraine’s Sport-1. Although it began broadcasting the league late last year – prior to the coronavirus outbreak – because many Ukrainians play in Belarus, viewers have been surprised by Belarusian league’s quality.“We didn’t expect them to have a decent league over there,” said Viktor Samoilenko, head of Poverkhnost Ukraine, which produces Sport-1, among other channels. “We didn’t know this before because we didn’t show the matches.”Belarus has so far reported 94 coronavirus cases but has taken few measures to curb the outbreak. President Alexander Lukashenko, who has held power in the former Soviet nation of 9.5 million people since 1994, has downplayed the need for social distancing and bragged that he continues to play ice hockey and embrace fellow players.“It’s better to die standing than to live on your knees,” he told local television on Saturday after a hockey game. “There are no viruses here (at the rink)… I don’t see them.”Thanks to the Belarusian league’s growing viewing figures, Dinamo Minsk’s popularity has spiked on social media, especially among English speakers. Alexander Strok, a club spokesman, said he hopes the international attention will motivate players to step up their game.“We hope it will improve the level of the game because the players may get more responsible,” he said.Yuri, a Dinamo Minsk supporter, believes the current interest in the Belarusian league could eventually open doors for their players to move to bigger teams in Europe.Yet when European soccer resumes, he hopes fans will still flip the channel to the Belarusian league. “They will not only watch English or Italian leagues, but also the Belarusian one from time to time,” he said.last_img read more

Sibley, Stokes dig deep to give England solid start

first_imgMANCHESTER, England, (Reuters) – Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes ground out patient half-centuries as England battled to 207 for three at the close on day one of the second test against the West Indies at Old Trafford yesterday. England were wobbling on 81 for three before Sibley and Stokes shared an unbeaten 126-run stand to give the hosts the upper hand on a day when only 82 overs were bowled after rain delayed the start.Opener Sibley remained unbeaten on 86 while Stokes also took his time to get settled on a damp pitch before reaching 59 not out at stumps.“Dom concentrates very well. He’s willing to bat for long periods of time and that’s what we needed at the top,” England coach Chris Silverwood told Sky Sports. “Those partnerships have put us in a great position. We’ve got to back it up tomorrow.”West Indies had won the toss and chosen to bowl to take advantage of seam-friendly conditions but it was off-spinner Roston Chase who dismissed opener Rory Burns and Zak Crawley.Chase trapped Burns lbw for 15 at the stroke of lunch before Crawley flicked the first ball of the second session straight to Windies captain Jason Holder at leg-slip. England skipper Joe Root, who missed the first test to attend the birth of his child, stitched together a 52-run partnership with Sibley to stabilise the innings before edging an Alzarri Joseph outswinger to Holder at slip to depart for 23. Sibley was handed two lifelines, dropped at short-leg to deny Chase a third wicket and again on 68 when a thick outside edge off Shannon Gabriel flew to second slip where Holder dropped the catch.England are without Jofra Archer after the fast bowler breached the team’s bio-secure protocols while Mark Wood and James Anderson were rested. Pace bowlers Stuart Broad, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes were named in the side. West Indies, who won the first test in Southampton by four wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, named an unchanged team. The series is being played in a bio-secure bubble without spectators in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.last_img read more

TEDx speaker Marcus Tandler to speak on player acquisition at iGaming Super Show

first_img Internet Vikings appoints Peter Ekmark as new CEO November 6, 2019 Share Submit The iGaming Super Show is pleased to announce that Marcus Tandler will be the keynote speaker at the Player Acquisition Strategies conference taking place on Thursday 9th June.Marcus Tandler wowed TEDx attendees in Munich when he described the highly complex future of web search in an elegantly simple flurry of slides that created a film-like strip of imagery conveying his incredible vision.Marcus will be speaking in ‘The future of search and SEO’ keynote session taking place onThursday 9th June 2016 at 12:00 in conference room 3.As an iGX speaker, Tandler will provide a brand-new, updated version of his vision to an industry that competes in the SERPs at the very highest level. The future of search and SEO will be presented in a unique, easy to understand but hard to forget presentation that will leave you breathless.Alex Pratt, Managing Director of iGaming Business, said: “Marcus’ talk in Munich was one of the most memorable sessions from the TEDx conference. We are delighted to have a speaker of his calibre at Player Acquisitions Strategies and the iGaming Super Show. This session highlights the growth of the conference over the last few years and really spearheads the quality content that is on offer.”Marcus added: “SEO is still one of the most powerful tools within the online marketing toolbox. The times have changed though – there are no shortcuts anymore, it’s really about solid SEO craftsmanship these days, continuously improving your website’s quality to achieve sustainable results. The goal is to make your users happy, always aiming for the best possible result.”Player Acquisition Strategies 2016 will be held on the 9th June 2016 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre in Amsterdam as part of the iGaming Super Show Related Articles Share All-in Translations prepares for All-in Global rebrand July 11, 2019 How sports betting is influencing the tools of success in affiliate marketing September 16, 2019 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Nike uniform unveiling brings little change to Ravens’ look

first_imgWith plenty of hype surrounding Nike’s unveiling of its new NFL uniforms on Tuesday, Ravens fans expecting major changes were only left disappointed.The only noticeable difference in Baltimore’s uniform is a different collar, which is standard across the league and Nike explains in greater detail than I care to rehash in this space. The Seattle Seahawks were the only team to trumpet significant changes to their uniforms, with a look that vaguely reminds you of the trendsetting Oregon Ducks at the collegiate level.Performance changes have been made to all 32 teams’ uniforms, focusing on how the jerseys and pants feel and fit to players.For the many fans who flocked to Twitter at 11:00 a.m. and waited nearly an hour for the unveiling that took place in New York City, the event felt all too much like an episode of Access Hollywood.Lots of waiting and exciting promises that ultimately resulted in a return of little substance.last_img read more

Trying to fix Ravens defense starts up front

first_imgThe problems exist all over the field for a Ravens defense stewing during its bye week.Ranked 26th in total yards allowed and tied for 17th in points surrendered, the Ravens no longer face questions of whether they can regain their long-enjoyed status as one of the elite defenses in the NFL. Truthfully, just improving enough to be a middle-of-the-pack unit would be a welcome change after allowing more than 180 rushing yards in each of the last three games and surrendering 43 points in Sunday’s loss to the Texans, the most allowed by the Ravens since 2007.Frustrated fans are calling for wholesale changes, seeking new signings, trades, or even a new defensive coordinator. The Ravens aren’t pulling the plug on Dean Pees, who has had to adapt to significant personnel losses in his first year in the position, and the likelihood of bringing in any new players to make a significant impact is remote at this point in the season.To improve upon a defense on pace to be one of the worst seen in Baltimore since the franchise’s inception in 1996, Ravens coaches and players alike will need to look from within for the answers.“Personnel-wise, there’s not a whole lot you can do, really,” coach John Harbaugh said. “I like our players. Our players are most definitely good enough to get the job done, and we’ll just continue to improve there. Does that mean young guys? We’re going to keep developing the young guys, and as those guys emerge, sure, they are going to get an opportunity.”The blame for the struggles belongs to everyone invested, but the root of the Ravens’ biggest problems — the poor run defense and inability to sustain a consistent pass rush — starts up front where the Baltimore defense has been thoroughly controlled at the line of scrimmage. And that’s where Harbaugh’s suggestion of relying on young players grows more unsettling.Aside from All-Pro defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who is now struggling with nagging knee and shoulder injuries, the Ravens haven’t seen any of their other defensive linemen emerge to fill the void left behind by veterans who’ve departed in recent years. Terrence Cody, Pernell McPhee, and Arthur Jones have made little impact after being entrusted to assume bigger roles this season. Paul Kruger and Courtney Upshaw weren’t able to consistently get after the quarterback in the absence of five-time Pro Bowl pass-rusher Terrell Suggs. And a returning Ma’ake Kemoeatu has faded after a strong preseason to supplant Cody as the starting nose tackle.Those shortcomings have led to the Baltimore defensive line being dominated at the line of scrimmage, failing to maintain gap control and allowing offensive linemen to get to the second level to block linebackers. The front four hasn’t made life difficult for opposing quarterbacks, who have then been able to pick on struggling cornerbacks.The linebackers and secondary haven’t played well either, but their best chance for improvement starts with the defensive line, whose play impacts every level of the defense.“[It’s] a work in progress. We’re not where we’ve been in the past, obviously,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve been a dominant run front. We’ve been able to play the run with seven in the box and pretty much dominate the run. We’re not there right now. So, that’s what we’ve got to work towards.”Figuring out how to fix it is the biggest problem as Pees has already employed a rotation of defensive linemen, with none making a consistent impact other than a healthy Ngata.Cody has regressed so significantly since a strong start last season that he’d taken only roughly 30 percent of the team’s defensive snaps this season prior to Sunday when Kemoeatu was inactive due to a knee injury. The 2010 second-round pick has made only 12 tackles after collecting 34 in 2011 and doesn’t command the double teams you’d like to see to free up inside linebackers to make plays. Neither he nor Kemoeatu have handled the nose tackle position with any level of consistent effectiveness.The combination of McPhee and Jones hasn’t made anyone forget about veteran defensive end Cory Redding, who left in free agency in the offseason. Emerging as the steal of the 2011 draft for the Ravens with six sacks during his rookie season, McPhee added weight to become a three-down defensive end and has dealt with the effects of arthroscopic knee surgery in the spring. Lacking the explosiveness he displayed as a rookie, he has only 16 tackles and 1/2 sack and saw his playing time drastically reduced on Sunday, taking part in only 20 percent of the defensive snaps after playing in roughly 70 percent of the defensive plays through the first six weeks of the season.CONTINUE ON NEXT PAGE >>>last_img read more