Defending 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-10th
Following 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.”
BENGALURU, (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.
MIAMI, 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.
MINSK/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.
MANCHESTER, 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.
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 StumbleUpon
With 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.
The 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 >>>