Defending champs Shiva Boys start on winning note

first_imgDefending champion Shiva Boys of Trinidad and Tobago commenced their title defence in the perfect manner, brushing aside highly touted Region #9 unit Annai Secondary 3-0 yesterday in the 2nd Annual KFC Goodwill Series at the National Training Center, Providence. Adica Ash was the difference between the teams as he recorded a timely hat-trick to seal the vital result. Ash found the back of the net with a clinical strike in the 23rd minute, breaking the resistance of the Annai rearguard. This proved to be the only conversion of the first half.Shiva Boys hat-trick hero Adica AshHowever, Ash made his presence felt twice in the second period to put the game beyond the reach of the local outfit. The wily Ash sealed his double with a powerful shot in the 66th minute, before returning in the 89th minute to apply the final nail in the coffin, in the process sealing his hat-trick. Meanwhile, Region #7 unit Desrey Fox Secondary, formerly known as Waramadong, defeated recently crowned GuyOil champion Lodge Secondary 3-1. Ovid Andrews recorded a double in the 32nd and 67th minute, while Whitaker Paul added a goal in the 35th minute. For the loser, Dorwin George scored a penalty kick in the 53rd minute. The event which concludes on December 22nd will resume tomorrow with the final round of group stage matches. All matches will now be staged at the GFF National Training Center, Providence. Below features the list of matches for the final group round.last_img read more

Dias downs Bajan in an exciting duel

first_imgFormer national player Denis Dias collected Guyana’s most convincing win on the second evening of the inaugural BCQS International Masters Squash tournament at the Georgetown Club squash court, last night.   Dias who was a regular feature in the Guyanese set up a few decades ago, defeated Bajan Errol Pilgrim in an exciting five-setter which he clinched 11-5, 11-6, 8-11, 8-11, 11-4 in the over 65 bout.  Lloyd Fung A Fat also etched his name into the winner’s row by downing Frank Jordan (Bar) in straight sets, 11-4, 11-7, 11-9 to deliver another win for the host, this time in the over 55 category. Denis Dias Those wins were the highlight of the evening for the host after a few of the other local players suffered defeats.   Wayne Alphonso went down to Tony Roach (Bar) 0-3, while Joe Mekdeci who had an excellent opening match, failed to replicate his heroics as he was defeated by Mark Sealy (Bar) 0-3 in their over 45 contest. Similarly, Winston Findlay (BVI) got the better of Tony Farnum 3-1 in an over 65 duel. Those were the results up to press time.  The championship ends today.last_img read more

Reports: Rockets to sign veterans Carroll, Green

first_imgThe Houston Rockets are keeping busy during the All-Star break, with plans to sign veteran forwards DeMarre Carroll and Jeff Green, according to multiple media reports Monday. Green, who has been a free agent since the Jazz waived him on Dec. 24, is expected to sign a 10-day contract as early as Tuesday, according to league sources at ESPN. Sources indicate he will be offered a deal for the rest of the season if he feels comfortable enough to commit to it.Carroll, who took a buyout from the San Antonio Spurs on Monday after playing only 15 games (averaging 2.2 points, 2.1 rebounds a game), needs to clear waivers before signing with the Rockets.“I don’t know what went wrong, what happened,” Carroll said via the San Antonio Express-News about his short stint with the Spurs after signing as a free agent last summer. “I felt like San Antonio was going to be a great place for me, for my talents, but it didn’t work out.” The 6-foot-6 Carroll, 33, is in his 11th NBA season, having started his career with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2009 after they made him a first-round pick in that year’s NBA draft.During the 2010-11 season, he played for the Rockets, and also had stints with the Denver Nuggets (2011-12), Utah Jazz (2011-13), Atlanta Hawks (2013-15), Toronto Raptors (2015-17) and Brooklyn Nets (2017-19). In 569 career games, he has averaged 9.0 points and 4.3 rebounds.The 6-8 Green, also 33, has career averages of 13.0 points and 4.4 rebounds a game while playing for eight NBA franchises, beginning his 13-year career with the Seattle SuperSonics in 2007-08. During his time with the franchise that became the Oklahoma City Thunder, Green was teammates with current Rockets players James Harden and Russell Westbrook. His other stops included the Boston Celtics, Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards.last_img read more

NGO issues scholarship to St George’s trio

first_imgThe Centre for Guyanese Progress has handed out scholarships to three underprivileged students. The students, who attend the St George’s High School were selected based on their sport and academic performances. Curwin Glasgow, Ezekiel Pellew and Sierra Samuels are the recipients. It was revealed by the school that the students, who have shown significant potential in sports, have been doing well but are prevented from excelling holistically because of the economic and financial difficulties they face. The scholarship, which is an initiative of a teacher at the school, Mashaka Scott, was presented recently. The acting Headteacher of the school, Donna Zammett, said that she was moved by the performances and significant potential of the students, thus the reason why she endorsed the initiative after Scott suggested it. They subsequently made a plea to the NGO for assistance. Meanwhile, Scott explained that the students will receive support by acquiring their school texts, support in their sport pursuits and other school supplies including stationeries, books and financial assistance to aid them in getting to and from school. Gavin Alleyne, a member of the NGO, said that the organization was started with the intention of providing assistance to the less fortunate. He said that they were approached and immediately agreed to help, recognizing that education is one of the most important pillars in society.The three students expressed their gratitude and assured that they will not disappoint as they are focused on doing their best.  “We are truly grateful and thankful for this as it is a surprise to us… we never thought that we were going to get this level of support,” Curwin said.last_img read more

Sunshine Girls quartet hunker Down Under

first_imgPERTH, Australia,  CMC – Several Jamaican stars who compete in Australia’s Super Netball League have opted to hunker down here together after the tournament was suspended until June 30 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Australia has already recorded 2 475 cases and nine deaths from the COVID-19 virus and the league organisers recently took the decision to delay the start of the marquee tournament from May 2.Adelaide Thunderbirds’ Shamera Sterling, Melbourne Vixens’ Kadie-Ann Dehaney, Jodi-Ann Ward of Collingwood Magpies and West Coast Fever’s star shooter Jhaniele Fowler, all of whom represent Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls, assembled here this week as the country moved into partial shutdown in an attempt to prevent the further spread of the virus.With the coronavirus also impacting Jamaica, the Caribbean island on Sunday night closed its borders to passenger traffic and officials here said it was important the players felt a sense of togetherness during the difficult period. “What we have done is worked with the other clubs who have got Jamaicans and brought them here to Perth,” said Netball Western Australia chief executive, Simon Taylor.Netball South Australia chief executive, Bronwyn Klei added: “We’re devastated for Shammy (Shamera Sterling) that she’s unable to return home to Jamaica, but we’re so pleased she will be able to find comfort in staying with Jhanielle, Kadie-Ann and Jodi-Ann.”There is no word, however, on if fellow Jamaicans Romelda Aiken who plays for Queensland Firebirds and Shimona Nelson who turns out for Magpies, have returned home. The six Jamaicans are part of 22 international players signed to the league, with Trinidadian Samantha Wallace – who represents reigning champions New South Wales Swifts – completing the Caribbean presence.Swifts general manager, Nikki Horton, said earlier this week decision had been left with the international players on returning home.“Our internationals haven’t come to a final decision on that at the moment, but that should be very, very shortly in terms of a decision whether they go home or not,” Horton said. “We’re working with them on a case-by-case basis, because it depends on where they come whether borders are open to actually get home.“What’s at the forefront of our minds is their wellbeing and their welfare, and being with their families at this time.”Trinidad also closed its borders on Sunday night as the country ramped up measures to fight the spread of the virus. Globally, the pandemic has resulted in nearly 460 000 infections and almost 21 000 deaths.last_img read more

Former Fox executives indicted in U.S. FIFA corruption probe

first_imgNEW YORK, (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors yesterday accused two former 21st Century Fox Inc executives of paying millions of dollars in bribes to secure lucrative rights to soccer matches, the latest charges in a long-running investigation of corruption surrounding FIFA, soccer’s world governing body. The former Fox executives, Hernan Lopez and Carlos Martinez, were indicted in Brooklyn federal court on wire fraud and money laundering charges along with Gerard Romy, former co-chief executive of Spanish media company Imagina Media Audiovisual SL, and Full Play Group SA, an Uruguayan sports marketing company.Prosecutors said the defendants bribed soccer officials to secure media and marketing rights to soccer tournaments using shell companies, sham consulting contracts and other methods to conceal the scheme.“It’s shocking that the government would bring such a thin case,” said Matthew Umhofer, a lawyer for Lopez. “Mr. Lopez can’t wait to defend himself at trial.” “We are certain a jury will swiftly exonerate Carlos, as these charges are nothing more than stale fiction,” said Steven McCool, a lawyer for Martinez.Lawyers for Romy and Full Play could not immediately be reached for comment.The U.S. investigation into corruption in the world of soccer became public in 2015 with the announcement of criminal charges against a slew of officials and others. More than 40 individuals and entities have been charged, and at least 26 people have pleaded guilty. According to the indictment, Lopez, 49, served as chief executive officer of a Latin American Fox subsidiary, while Martinez, 51, served as its president. They worked with Full Play to channel millions of dollars to officials at CONMEBOL, the South American soccer federation, in exchange for rights to events including the Copa Libertadores, the region’s most popular club tournament, prosecutors said.Romy, 65, took part in a scheme to bribe officials of the Caribbean Football Union and Central American Football Union to secure rights to World Cup qualifying matches, prosecutors said.The alleged illegal conduct occurred before the Walt Disney Co. acquired most of 21st Century Fox Inc in 2019. Former CONMEBOL head Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay and former Brazilian soccer chief Jose Maria Marin, were convicted after a trial in 2017 and sentenced to prison.Marin, 87, was granted early release last month because of the health risk posed to elderly or otherwise vulnerable prison inmates by the coronavirus pandemic. Napout, 61, remains in prison and is seeking early release.last_img read more

English conditions one of the toughest says Reifer

first_imgGuyana Jaguars all-rounder, Raymon Reifer reckons English conditions are one of the hardest to maneuver. Speaking to the media via virtual press conference yesterday the 29-year-old posited, “I think playing in England is one of the toughest conditions you are probably going to face,” but gave his seal of approval to the West Indians after the first two days of their first warm up match.Playing among themselves, Kraigg Brathwaite registered 84 while Shai Hope and John Campbell made 83 and 49 respectively. Reifer explained, “I don’t think the batting is a cause for concern obviously, this is our first game back since our First-Class cricket back in March so this is our first cricket game back and some of the batters had some good scores.”In the contest Reifer also bagged a five wickets in 11 balls and confessed, “I’m pretty happy with the performance today it’s just something I have to keep building on and I’m enjoying it at the moment as much as I can.” The left-hand seamer, whose first international tour was to England but did not receive his maiden Test cap at the time reflected on that tour and its aid in preparing him for the possibility of a second Test appearance.“In 2017, that was actually my first tour in international cricket and it thought me a lot in what’s required to even last a test match in terms of fitness, understanding the lines, lengths, when its time to attack or defend and build some dots, that helped me to go back to first class cricket and taking my game to another level,” he said.Reifer downplayed speculations of his inclusion in the XI for the first Test but rather informed the media that “I’m definitely looking forward [to playing], it is always my dream to play test cricket and play as much test as possible and for me it is just about continuing to put in the work and if that opportunity comes or when it comes I can grab it with both hands.” The Barbados-born all-rounder went on to add “For me I’m trying to improve everyday weather batting bowling or fielding so I could make use of it when or if called upon…I still have another innings to go with both bat and ball and it’s just I think going out there and finishing as strong as possible, we still have another four-day and I guess the selection will take care of itself.”last_img read more

Follow on, time at crease crucial to outcome -says Brooks

first_imgHeading into the final day’s play in the second Test between West Indies and England, Shamarh Brooks reckons passing the follow-on total and the time spent at the crease will be instrumental in deciding the outcome of the match. England were 219 runs ahead with eight wickets in hand after West Indies were contained to 287 in their first innings. England reached 37 for two at the close of play.Speaking to the media at the virtual press conference, the West Indies middle order batsman said that England are in a tough position owning to the fact that his side cleared the follow-on total, thus making it difficult for the hosts to push for the win.“Definitely,” he responded when asked about the importance of clearing the follow-on while adding, “I mean yesterday (Saturday) being rained out is a crucial day lost in this Test match and we knew the situation having had to come today and try to bat as long as possible.” He went on to note, “Yes it is a runs game and trying to save the follow on is important but the more time we bat, the harder it makes for England to come and get a result in this game.”Brooks explained, “I guess they know they are behind the eight ball and they know they need to make some runs in this game and I guess those are the two guys to really take it to us so it wasn’t surprising at all to see them open the batting.”When asked about the score England could possibly post in order to force a result, the Barbadian replied, “I personally think they are going to give us 360-370 to let us bat, it all depends on the time they spend to get those runs I think we just need to make it as difficult as possible and make them spend as much time out there batting so they don’t get the opportunity to bowl to us.” If West Indies do bat a second time, the 31-year-old related that the start is going to be crucial as well as the team’s position on chasing the target or playing for the draw.“I think the start is going to be most important, I think most innings start well. I guess we will have to come to a decision if we are going to chase the runs or look to make it a draw game so I guess as a team we will discuss that and choose the best way forward,” he said.Brooks clarified that pushing for a win is not out of the question but dependent on the target set. “[I am] Not saying chasing the runs is out of the question but it depends on how much they give us to chase, I still think the wicket is a decent wicket to bat on, as I said before the new ball just did a bit out of the ordinary this evening and it is something to look at so I believe after you see out that new ball then you can look at chasing the runs,” he stated.Brooks reflected on what he saw during the Caribbean side’s innings and indicated that the new ball played an important role in putting the game in the position it currently is in.“Well if you look at some of the dismissals after the new ball was taken like [Jermaine] Blackwood’s for instance, that ball kept really low, I mean I didn’t see that when I was batting earlier when they were bowling their older ball so I guess that new ball really did play a big part in terms of the loss of wickets we did had and I guess credit must go to Stuart Broad, I think he came back and bowled with the new ball along with [Chris] Woakes,” he reckoned. He further added, “When I went out there the ball wasn’t as hard early on, I found that that ball was playing relatively ok, it was when the new ball came back then the ball started to misbehave a bit so I guess it would have been in the back of our minds that the new ball in our side of the innings but watching how it played this evening when they batted I think it was really good so you never know what could happen tomorrow [today].”last_img read more

DreamHack announces CS:GO tournament series

first_imgShare BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020 ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit DreamHack has announced two $250,000 (£171,634) CounterStrike: Global Offensive tournaments for 2016. These will be known as DreamHack Masters tournaments.Tomas Lyckedal, DreamHackThis brings the current total prize pool of DreamHack CS:GO tournaments to $1m (£686,539) for 2016.Tomas Lyckedal, Business Development Director at DreamHack stated: “We are extremely proud to introduce DreamHack Masters in Malmö, to offer both Swedish and Danish fans the first dedicated stadium experience for CS:GO.”“We’re looking to beat the production quality of DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca, which was our most successful CS:GO event ever.”The initial DreamHack Masters event, which will feature 16 of the world’s top teams, will take place April 16-17 in the 15,500-seater Malmö Arena.This report is courtesy of Winning Post: UK racing must put its best foot forward … July 20, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Nektan to reverse corporate losses with completion of significant partner contract

first_img Share Share Related Articles Issuing a market update for its six month H1 2015/16 performance (period ending 31 December), London AIM mobile gaming operator Nektan Plc has reported that its operational losses increased to £3.6 million.The losses represent a 55% increase on its comparative H1 2014/15 results of -£2.3 million. However, Nektan governance were encouraged with the firms revenue performance which had increased 550% to £1.6 million, highlighting that the company had recorded month-on-month compound revenues.Nektan governance declared that the company was awaiting to complete a significant partnership contract valued at £7 million that would boost corporate revenues in H2 2015/16. The contract is expected to implemented by June 2016.Once fully implemented, Nektan governance stated that it expects the company to hit its EBITDA beak-even mark.Jim Wilkinson, non-executive Chairman of Nektan, commented on corporate progress“Nektan has a very strong and strengthening strategic position in the US through our Respin JV and a fast growing European business. With a reduced cost base and the high growth rates being achieved, we believe that the Company will start fulfilling its undoubted potential. We are also pleased to announce the addition of Graham Bradshaw to Nektan’s senior management team as interim Finance Director (a non PLC board position) with immediate effect. Graham is a Chartered Accountant who has held a number of senior finance positions including Group Financial Controller at Sportingbet PLC and a Director in Audit & Corporate Finance at EY.” StumbleUpon Nektan ceases trading on London AIM May 18, 2020 Submit XLMedia completes takeover of July 17, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020last_img read more