Golden Jaguars go down 1-2 to Antigua and Barbuda

first_imgThe Golden Jaguars suffered their fifth consecutive loss to Antigua and Barbuda, going down to the host nation 2-1 yesterday in League-B of the CONCACAF Nations League at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. It was the second consecutive defeat for  Guyana in the confederation championships following their 4-0 home loss to the Jamaicans in the previous match.Quinton Griffith and Junior Benjamin ensured the hosts walked away with the victory in what was the 10th meeting of the nations, after recording first half strikes.The contest was effectively decided in the space of two minutes as Griffith and Benjamin scored in the 15th and 17th minute respectively. Emery Welshman scored Guyana’s consolation goal in the 51st minute. The 176th FIFA ranked Guyanese last tasted victory against the 168th FIFA rated hosts on November 2006, 13 years to this date.The Golden Jaguars starting XI consisted of Akel Clarke, Kevin Layne, Matthew Briggs, Sam Cox, Kadell Daniels, Clive Nobrega,  Neil Danns, Trayon Bobb, Elliot Bonds, Keanu Marsh-Brown and Welshman.The loss was the sixth for Guyana in their previous seven matches. Their only win during this period occurred against Aruba [1-0] in their Nations League opener. Similarly the loss relegated Guyana to  third position in the group standings while Antigua and Barbuda climbs to  second position. Meanwhile Group leader Jamaica will oppose Aruba today in the second match of the pool.last_img read more

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Lower Corentyne are new SBF Petroleum 50-over Champions

first_imgLower Corentyne were crowned champions in the SBF Petroleum-sponsored Cricket Guyana Inc Jaguars 50-over Franchise League after defeating Upper Corentyne by 231 runs at Cumberland while Essequibo’s 35-run loss against East Bank at Everest condemned them to second place yesterday. Essequibo’s loss saw them remaining on 25 points while Lower Corentyne’s victory with a bonus point saw them equaling Essequibo’s tally and crowned champions due to their head-to-head victory in the fifth round.Lower Corentyne took advantage of an eight-man Upper Corentyne unit to post 366-9 after winning the toss and opting to bat. Adrian Sukwah led the charge with a belligerent 98 coming in at six. Sukwah smashed nine fours and five sixes while sharing in a 98-run stand with Junior Sinclair who made 57, which included seven boundaries. Autoplay Autoplay1 of 3Kemol Savory collects his Most Valuable Player award from CEO of SBF Petroleum, Dorwain Bess, in the presence of Anand Sanasie.Skipper Leon Johnson struck a half century for Georgetown. (Royston Alkins photo)Sherfane RutherfordSinclair’s older brother, Jason, came in to blast 56 and join Sukwah as the pair added 72 for the sixth wicket. Dimitri Cameron was the most effective bowler, taking 3-69 and was supported by Alex Algoo who took 2-43.In reply, Algoo returned to stroke 56, decorated with three fours and two sixes.Junior Sinclair returned to claim 3-39 with his off-spin and earn the man-of-the-match title. Meanwhile, the former champions, Essequibo, were unable to counter a magnificent 96-ball 154 from man-of-the-match, Sherfane Rutherford. The 21-year-old, who was dropped on 97, smacked Ricardo Adams for back-to-back sixes to bring up his half century in 39 balls before flicking a four off of Adams to bring up his ton in 78 balls. Rutherford shifted gear towards attaining his feat of the highest individual score in the history of the competition, hitting 13 sixes and 11 fours. After Vishual Singh fell for 36, Rutherford and Ronaldo Ali-Mohamed shared in a 148-run stand for the sixth wicket in just 109 balls, which ended with Rutherford being bowled by Quentin Sampson (3-41).Ali-Mohamed pressed on to make 42 while Akini Adams took 2-47. Ricardo Adams took 1-72 and finished as the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 20 scalps.In the chase, Trevon France rocked the Essequibo top order to claim 3-35 while a few cameos kept Essequibo in the chase. Kemol Savory, who finished as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and leading run getter, scored a patient 45. David Williams also made 45 from 20 balls and give the Cinderella county hope.A sixth wicket partnership of 93 between Sampson and Anthony Adams almost brought the title back to Essequibo. Sampson clobbered 67 from 39 balls, hitting five sixes and four fours before being caught at backward point of off Rutherford.Essequibo’s hope of winning was extinguished when Anthony Adams was caught at point by Rutherford off of Trevon Griffith for 64 from 55 balls. He stroked five fours and two sixes. Rutherford swiftly wrapped up Essequibo’s resistance enticing Nealand Codogan into a drive only to edge to the wicketkeeper and taking a low return catch to stun the boisterous crowd and end Essequibo’s dominance.last_img read more

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Sports will be a major beneficiary from oil and gas

first_imgGuyana is about to enter the greatest phase of economic development in the country’s history. We are about to become an oil and gas producing nation.And, according to Frederick McWilfred, Head of the Political Division at the Ministry of the Presidency, this will result in the availability of unprecedented levels of resources for the development of sports. He made the statements during the closing ceremony of this year’s ‘Nationals’ on Friday night at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora.In front of the thousands gathered at the facility, McWilfred, who was speaking on behalf of the unavoidably absent Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon, further stated that sport “will be a major beneficiary in the use of those resources through the provision of adequate sports facilities in every community, in every region, on the coastland and in the hinterland.” McWilfred highlighted how sport can benefit individuals and the economy.“The government recognises that sport contributes to social cohesion, improved health and wellness, increases pride in country and community, generates economic benefits and contributes to the development of stronger communities,” he said.“There is considerable evidence of the role of sports in delivering a wide variety of benefits to the communities and individuals, including economic benefits. Sports can contribute to economic prosperity, increase employment opportunities and raise skill levels,” he added. McWilfred then pointed out that in 2010, sport and sport-related activities contributed £20.3 billion to the British economy.“Our government is supremely aware of the importance of sports and how it can be a vehicle through which we can realise the good life which our government works on every day to provide for the people of Guyana,” he said.McWilfred concluded by listing the budget allocations and numerous projects the government has embarked on since taking office. “One can only imagine the effect on the quality of our athletes and of sports generally when our government’s long term objective to provide state-of-the-art facilities in each regional capital in our country is realised,” he said.last_img read more

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Australia sniff series victory

first_imgMELBOURNE, (Reuters) – Australia marched toward a dominant series victory over New Zealand yesterday after dismissing the visitors cheaply and building a mammoth 456-run lead on day three of the Boxing Day test. Leading 1-0 after thrashing the Black Caps in the Perth opener, Tim Paine’s Australia pushed to 137 for four in their second innings at stumps after routing the tourists for 148 in a firestorm of pace bowling at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Replying to Australia’s first innings 467, New Zealand were bowled out 120 runs short of forcing the hosts to bat again, but Paine sent his batsmen back out to pile on the agony.At the close, Matthew Wade was 15 not out, with Travis Head, the first innings centurion, on 12.The equation is bleak for Kane Williamson’s men, who had hoped for a result in Melbourne to keep the series alive to the third and final match in Sydney next week. No team has ever scored more than 417 runs in a fourth innings at the MCG, and none has ever chased down more than 332 to win at the venue.  Dominated by Australia’s batsmen in the opening two days, New Zealand crumbled in the face of formidable fast bowling.  Pat Cummins was chief tormentor, underlining his claim as the format’s premier exponent with a blistering display of pace and precision.He led Australia’s bowling with 5-28 to continue a brilliant year.“I’ve had a pretty good run lately so I can’t see it getting too much better than what the last year’s been but hopefully I can maintain it at that level,” 26-year-old Cummins, the year’s leading wicket-taker, told reporters. He was scarcely better than team mate James Pattinson, the fiery 29-year-old quick claiming 3-34 in his return to the side as replacement for the injured Josh Hazlewood.Only opener Tom Latham scored more than 20 runs for New Zealand, but after raising a tough half-century, he promptly gave up his wicket for 50, one of Cummins’ four caught-behind victims.Thousands of New Zealanders had flown across “the ditch” to watch their team’s first appearance at the MCG in 32 years, many with hope of a better show than the 296-run capitulation in Perth. Instead, they have seen another disaster unfold in the wake of Williamson’s decision to send Australia in to bat after winning the toss.Adding to the gloom, their pace spearhead Trent Boult suffered a fracture in his hand when struck by a Mitchell Starc ball while batting after lunch.Having missed Perth with a rib injury, Boult will head home after Melbourne and miss the Sydney test. “It’s obviously gutting news for Trent and also for our group to have someone like that ruled out with his injuries,” said Latham.  In a rare highlight for New Zealand, seamer Neil Wagner captured his 200th test wicket when he dismissed Steve Smith for seven, the fourth time he has scalped the master batsman in the series.But Head and Wade stood firm in the final overs to ensure Australia will return on day four with victory all but assured.“Fair play to Australia the way they bowled,” said Latham.“They were relentless and didn’t really let us have anything, unfortunately.”last_img read more

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Man United fall to Burnley as fans turn on U.S. owners

first_imgMANCHESTER, England, (Reuters) – Manchester United’s Champions League qualification hopes suffered a blow with a 2-0 upset at home to Burnley in the Premier League yesterday, as the Old Trafford fans vented their anger at the club’s U.S. owners. Goals from Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez ensured victory for Sean Dyche’s Burnley on a night when United looked nothing like a ‘big six’ team.United fans chanted protest songs aimed at the Glazer family, who have owned the club since 2005, while their team fell to a second straight loss.After Sunday’s defeat by leaders Liverpool amidst criticism of the club for failing to secure any new additions so far in the January transfer window, there is an air of crisis around United. The club’s decline since the departure of manager Alex Ferguson after their last Premier League title in 2013 shows no signs of being reversed and the fans clearly put the blame on the Glazers and their chief executive Ed Woodward more than manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Thousands of fans flooded out of Old Trafford well before the end of the game while the hardcore supporters in the Stretford End chose to stay and continue to make their feelings known.“(In the) 84th minute I saw people get up and go. That is unheard of at this stadium. Seeing people leave with disdain on their face. It is an embarrassment. The downward spiral in seven years has been remarkable,” former United defender Rio Ferdinand said in his role as a match pundit for BT Sport. The defeat leaves United fifth in the standings, six points adrift of Chelsea who currently occupy the fourth Champions League qualification spot.Wood fired Burnley ahead in the 39th minute with a half-volley on the turn after a simple free kick routine in which Ben Mee headed the ball down into the path of the New Zealand international.The Clarets, who move up to 13th place, doubled their lead, seven minutes after the break, through striker Rodriguez who blasted into the top corner after a smart exchange with Wood. United had a last-minute header from Luke Shaw ruled out for pushing but created few clear cut chances as Burnley held on for their first victory at Old Trafford since 1962.“It’s mad that. It’s a great feeling. The lads have come in the dressing room buzzing,” said Burnley-born Rodriguez.“These are the moments you work hard for. We stopped them playing. We showed our qualities to keep the ball and hurt them. “That two-goal cushion was good for the team. This result means everything,” he added.The Clarets, deserved winners, had drifted towards the relegation zone after four straight losses but this victory, following Sunday’s win over third-place Leicester City has steadied the ship.last_img read more

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Hooper bags five, Barrackpore earns draw

first_imgGuyanese off-spinner, Eon Hooper bagged his second five-wicket haul of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board National League two-day tournament to earn Barrackpore United a draw with Endeavour Sports Club over the weekend. Playing at Endeavor, Barrackpore won the toss and elected to bat where they posted 193 all out in 49.3 overs before containing the hosts to 155 all out in 71.1 overs.With a first innings lead of 38, Barrackpore declared on 151 for five in their second innings, setting Endeavour 189 to win. The hosts however, held on for a draw after reaching 123 for nine at stumps.Barrackpore’s first innings centered around Adrian Cooper who stroked eight boundaries, including a six on his way to a run-a-ball 62. He was supported by Hooper, who contributed 38 from 56 balls, laced with three fours and one six. Deen Charles (22) and Darron Beckah (14) also provided useful contributions for Barrackpore as Stephen Shadick picked up seven for 47 in 23 overs. Chris Pattia complemented Shadick with two for 21.Hooper returned to pick up five for 41 in 25 overs to stifle Endeavour’s batting order. He got support from Ramesh Brijlal who copped three for 38 from 16 overs.In Barrackpore’s second innings, a brisk 36 from Cooper who added 47 for the second wicket alongside Shiva Rambaran (22). Joshua James (35) and Cephas Cooper (21 not out) pushed the total up before the declaration. Shadick picked up five for 51 to bring his match haul to 12 wickets. Endeavour were kept in line by Rambaran who took five for 23 while getting support from Brijlal (3-52) and Hooper (1-20). Shadick top scored with 25 while Guyanese, Krishna Deosarran made 19.last_img read more

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Diane James favourite as UKIP keeps the Woolfe from the party door

first_img Submit Share Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon With the short priced favourite, Steven Woolfe, now out of the running after missing the nomination deadline by a reported 17 minutes, candidate Diane James has taken his place as the 1/3 odds-on favourite to replace Nigel Farage. Naomi Totten, Betfair A UKIP party spokesperson said of the decision: “By a clear majority of NEC members Steven Woolfe MEP’s application was considered to be ineligible as a result of a late submission and as such he did not meet the eligibility criteria. His membership of the party was not in question.”Woolfe became an MEP for the North West in 2014 and was considered the strong frontrunner to replace the outgoing Farage. James meanwhile is MEP for South East England and entered politics after a 30 year career in the field of healthcare.Questions have been raised about her candidacy after two remarks in 2015. In addition to stating she was ‘not at all interested’ in succeeding Farage, she somewhat controversially praised Vladimir Putin saying: ““I admire him from the point of view that he’s standing up for his country. He is very nationalist. He is a very strong leader. He is putting Russia first.”A week is a long time in politics of course, and a year an eternity, and yesterday Ms.James announced that she would be standing with the following statement: “I will lead Ukip to ensure that we have a laser focus on how the government is implementing its ‘Brexit means Brexit’ promises, so that we can control both our own borders and negotiate quality bi-lateral trade deals.“I will build upon the phenomenal achievements of Nigel Farage in ensuring that Ukip engages with voters who feel left behind and disconnected from our democratic process.”Naomi Totten, Public Relations Manager at Betfair, said: “Steven Woolfe has attracted a huge amount of support in the market and was being backed as short as 1/8 before missing the nomination deadline by 17 minutes.“Diane James had been second in the market but her price has unsurprisingly plummeted to odds-on favourite since the party decided that Steven Woolfe would not be allowed on the ballot however he remains a 6/1 shot as there is still a chance that the decision could be overturned.”last_img read more

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Playtech launches Warner Bros ‘DC Entertainment’ slot titles

first_imgShare Submit Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Playtech has announced that it has partnered with Warner Bros’ ‘Consumer Products’ division, gaining the gaming rights for its DC Entertainment catalogue.The content partnership will see Playtech develop six slot games featuring DC titles. Playtech marketing announced that it will initially launch two slots themed on DC’s 1960’s Batman Classic TV Series; ‘Batman & Catwoman Cash’ and ‘Batman vs The Joker’.Planning for 2017, Playtech detailed that its games team would release further exclusive DC Entertainment titles in partnership with Warner Bros.The additional titles include Superman I (1978), Superman II (1980), Man of Steel (2013) and Green Lantern (2011), that are due to be released by the end of this year and in early 2017.Shimon Akad, COO, Playtech, commented on his firms new content: “Our announcement at ICE this year generated significant global demand in anticipation for the launch of these exciting DC branded games.“I’m extremely proud of our collaboration between Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Playtech’s innovative development studios. The Batman Classic TV Series games, that will rapidly be followed by Superman I, Superman II, and Man of Steel and a whole host of other DC Super Hero branded games, are a premium addition to our best-performing range of the industry’s leading progressive jackpot slot content and will provide our licensees and DC Super Hero fans with the ultimate Batman gaming experience.”last_img read more

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Ravens appear to be bracing for potential Rice holdout

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — A day after Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice said he outplayed his rookie contract, general manager Ozzie Newsome was asked about his franchise player’s statement at the Ravens’ pre-draft luncheon in Owings Mills on Wednesday.And there was no disagreement.“That was a rookie contract, so yes,” Newsome said. “I’d like to think that every player with the Ravens that we draft hopefully outplays their first contract.”By placing the franchise tag on Rice in early March, the Ravens prohibited him from becoming an unrestricted free agent and ensured he would remain in Baltimore for the 2012 season.Reports indicate Rice does not plan to report for the start of the team’s offseason workout program in less than two weeks and may hold out during minicamp without a new deal in place. Rice would not face any disciplinary action should he decide to skip organized team activities or the preseason.The slow pace of negotiations and Rice’s comments make it easy to conclude the Ravens are preparing for a holdout from their most dynamic offensive player.“That’s something we talk about when we put the tag on him,” Newsome said. “What are the consequences and what are the unknown consequences that could happen? Up until a guy actually signs his franchise tender, he’s not under contract and we’re not allowed to ask him to come to our mandatory minicamp. We understand those things. … We’ve experienced that before.“We’ll be prepared, and I think Steve [Bisciotti] made a great statement that I read. Whenever Ray shows up, he’ll be ready to play. There’s no doubt in our mind.”With running backs Marshawn Lynch and Arian Foster signing long-term extensions with their respective teams earlier this offseason, there was optimism that the parameters for a new Rice contract were falling into place. However, it appears Rice and agent Todd France are still looking for dollars more closely resembling the lucrative deals signed by Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson and Tennessee’s Chris Johnson over the last two years.The Ravens and Rice have a July 15 deadline to reach an agreement on a long-term deal before the running back is required to play for the $7.7 million franchise tender for the 2012 season. A new contract would not only lock up the two-time Pro Bowl back for the foreseeable future, but it would likely create $2-$3 million of salary cap room — something the Ravens could use this offseason.“We’re happy with the progress that we’re making with negotiations,” Newsome said. “To say that from where he was to where we’ve put the franchise tag on him, that’s a significant increase.”Newsome not biting on ReedIn what’s become virtually an annual occurrence, Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed raised a few eyebrows recently with some cryptic comments regarding his future and a continued desire for a new contract.Talking out of both sides of his mouth, Reed has expressed the possibility of playing another four to five years at one point while also failing to make a definitive statement that he will return in 2012. It’s all just par for the course with the future Hall of Fame free safety.“I have not had a conversation with Ed since our last game to be honest,” Newsome said. “As of right now, whoever we play in that first game this year, I anticipate Ed Reed being our starting free safety. That’s as much information as I have at this point.”The 33-year-old Reed has one year remaining on his current contract and carries a $7.2 million base salary this season.Cornerback contracts in works?The Ravens are in negotiations with cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Cary Williams in hopes of reaching long-term extensions with each, according to Newsome. Both players are restricted free agents, with Webb having received the first-round tender and Williams getting the second-round tender in March.There has been plenty of talk that teams could pursue Webb — and would be willing to part with a first-round pick to sign him — but no signs point to the Ravens being in danger of losing the fourth-year cornerback.“We are involved in negotiations with both,” Newsome said. “What the status is, I don’t know. I haven’t seen [vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty] today. I only saw him once, but our restricted guys are guys that we would like to extend to longer-term deals.”Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is also a restricted free agent and was given the second-round tender as well. Ravens fine with Flacco’s proclamationUnsurprisingly, the first question leading off the pre-draft press conference related to quarterback Joe Flacco’s comments to WNST.net earlier this week in which he stated his opinion that he’s the best quarterback in the NFL.Newsome repeated the general sentiment that many have expressed in defending the quarterback for simply sharing the confidence he has in himself. However, the Baltimore general manager was quick to point out how Flacco will need to back up his words with his preparation and play on the field.“I don’t think any player, any coach, any [general manager] does not think that they are the best at what they do,” Newsome said. “And, for Joe to say that, I think it’s a common thing. The aspect of it that I think we also look at that if you make a statement like that, then you also have to prepare yourself to be the best. I’m sure that Joe is also doing that.”Listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of the pre-draft press conference in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault.last_img read more

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

first_imgHonorable Mention: Boxing-Antonio Tarver vs. Lateef Kayode (Saturday 9pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime), Gabriel Rosado vs. Joel Julio (Friday 9pm from Bethlehem, PA live on NBC Sports Network); WNBA: Minnesota Lynx @ Washington Mystics (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Pro Lacrosse: MLL Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Denver Outlaws (Saturday 9pm from Denver live on ESPN3.com)10. Zac Brown Band (Thursday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Capital Jazz Fest feat. Indie.Arie, Bill Cosby (Friday-Sunday Merriweather Post Pavilion); Radiohead (Sunday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Miranda Lambert/Jerrod Niemann (Sunday 4pm Jiffy Lube Live);  City and Colour (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live); Smile Empty Soul (Saturday 5pm Recher Theatre); Crossfade (Monday 7pm Baltimore Soundstage); Dandy Warhols (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); The Used (Wednesday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Victor Wooten (Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre); Dr. John (Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); Rhett Miller (Monday 8pm Jammin Java)I’d watch ZBB do just about anything, but this was as good as anything I’ve seen them do…My favorite tune from Thom Yorke and the boys?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKd06s1LNikFor more traditional country folk, I sorta dig this Jerrod Niemann tune…I wish I didn’t have to admit to digging this tune…9. Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival (Saturday & Sunday 12pm Oregon Ridge); Guy Torry (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Corey Holcomb (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); “Man on a Ledge” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Glenn Clark’s first ever “Hogfest” (Saturday)That’s right. For the first time in my (still?) young life, I will be roasting a pig Saturday. It’s all thanks in part to ABC Rental Store in Rosedale. A talented young man I listen to on the radio is always talking to me about them. I think his show is called “The Reality Check.” I PRAY my results make me as happy as George W. Bush…Also, I will be hosting a qualifier for the Olympic KanJam team Saturday (more on Twitter @OlympicKanJam). I expect the day to look much like this…last_img read more

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