LUCKNOW, India, CMC – West Indies spin duo Jomel Warrican and Rahkeem Cornwall exploited friendly conditions to combine for nine wickets as the Caribbean side took control of their tour match against an Afghanistan Cricket Board XI here yesterday. Left-armer Warrican snatched five for 38 and off-spinner Cornwall, four for 54 – two accurate and unrelenting spells which saw the hosts crumble for 158 in their first innings and concede a 10-run lead to the Windies.Opener Javed Ahmad converted his overnight 21 into a top score of 56 but no other batsman shone.Sunil Ambris then slammed a stroke-filled 66 while Roston Chase fashioned a patient 57 as West Indies reached 217 for seven in their second innings at the close. Left-hander Shimron Hetmyer yet again got a start with 30 while Shai Hope got 20, but opener John Campbell (17) failed again along with Shamarh Brooks (7).Hamza Hotak again led the attack with three for 59 while fellow left-arm spinner Zia-ur-Rehman picked up two for 54.Resuming the second day at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Stadium on 49 for three, the Board XI started strongly as Ahmadi added 41 for the fourth wicket with Asghar Afghan (10). But Warrican and Cornwall quickly became acclimatized to conditions and asserted themselves, scything through the middle and lower order as the Board XI lost their seven wickets for 68 runs.Cornwall looked menacing throughout his 22-over spell and got generous turn while Warrican, who has played seven Tests, demonstrated immaculate control in his 23.1 overs. Warrican’s fifth wicket was the highlight of the day – Cornwall pulling off a tremendous low catch at first slip to dismiss Hotak to end the innings 20 minutes after lunch. Speaking to CWI Media at the ground after the day’s play, Warrican expressed great satisfaction with his performance and indicated he was eagerly looking forward to next week’s one-off inaugural Test here.“We had a plan to bowl them out under our total, so we were very clear in our minds what had to be done out there today, especially in the morning session,” the 27-year-old said.“They started at three wickets down for about 50 runs, so we were playing with just over 100 runs … things had to be very tight.” He continued: “The pitch helped us as spinners but as the ball got older it got softer, so you had to very disciplined and be patient. I did that today and that brought me the five wickets. “You had to vary your pace and work with what was available. I thought I did that really well and I believe I’m in the right frame of mind for when the Test starts next week.”In their second turn at the crease, West Indies lost Brathwaite in the second over without scoring, caught by the keeper low down in front of first slip off seamer Nijat Masood.Campbell was then trapped in front by Hotak after adding 39 for the second wicket with Ambris, paving the way for a 76-run, third wicket stand between Ambris and Chase. Ambris, promoted to number three, dominated the bowling in an enterprising 69-ball knock which included 11 fours and a six – a blow which easily cleared the 75-metre boundary at long-off by about 20 metres.Chase, meanwhile, continued his solid form with seven fours in an innings requiring 110 balls and spanning two-hours and 20 minutes either side of the tea.The match will conclude with today’s third day after both teams agreed to reduce the fixture from four days.
Thirteen-year-old Johnathan Van Lange confirmed that he is indeed a level or two above the rest of the field after he retained his boys’ under – 15 and 18 titles at this year’s Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) junior national table tennis championships which concluded last evening at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH). Meanwhile, spoils in the female category were shared by Thuraia Thomas who retained her under – 15 crown, however, she was defeated by Crystal Melville in the under – 18 final. The boys under– 15 final was contested between arch-rivals Van Lange and Kaysan Ninvalle in a repeat of last year’s showdown. Autoplay Autoplay1 of 3
Gandhi Youth Organisation (GYO) secured first innings points over Ace Warriors yesterday in the weekend’s lone fixture of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA), Noble House Seafoods, second-division, two-day competition at GYO. \GYO, batting first, piled on 272 for seven declared with the elegant left-hander Darshan Persaud stroking an unbeaten 61 to guide his side to a competitive first-innings score.
NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – Sourav Ganguly has roused India’s mighty cricket board from a three-year slumber and its push for an exclusive new tournament to be included on the international calendar is set to give the game’s governing body and other stakeholders sleepless nights. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which has been revitalised under Ganguly’s leadership, says it generates 75% of the game’s total revenue and wants commensurate clout when it comes to deciding how it is run.One demand is for a tournament involving the ‘Big Three’ of India, Australia and England plus another country to be slotted into an already bursting schedule, putting it on course for a clash with the International Cricket Council, which has enjoyed a period of calm in recent years at its Dubai headquarters.India’s ‘Super Series’ proposal is a concern to many in the game, including the executive chairman of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA), Tony Irish. “We want what is best for the global game,” the global players’ union chief told Reuters.“Ultimately what is best for the global game will also be best for each individual country, even for the ‘Big Three’.“FICA won’t be supporting proposals around scheduling, governance, or economic models which only benefit a few of the wealthier countries to the future detriment of the entire game.” FICA is also concerned that the ICC is pressing ahead with plans for a new international tournament of its own in the 2023-31 cycle without consulting the players.While some question why the ICC wants to add a new event to a calendar featuring a growing number of Twenty20 tournaments, the ICC is keen to introduce a new Champions Trophy-style tournament to improve its finances.FORMIDABLE ADVERSARY If it comes down to a battle of wills between Dubai and Mumbai over which new tournament gets the green light, the ICC is likely to find Ganguly a formidable adversary.The BCCI’s last serious attempt to assert its clout with the ICC came with the ‘Big Three’ revenue model, which in 2014 effectively put India, England and Australia in control of the game’s finances and administration.That model collapsed in 2017 and the board was subsequently run by a Supreme Court-appointed panel in an administration that ran until Ganguly was elected in October last year. India’s feisty former captain has made it clear he will make sure the BCCI gets its fair share of the pie.India coach Ravi Shastri summed up the BCCI’s position in a recent interview.“Why should you be a tame little duck? You have to demand your pound of flesh,” Shastri told CNN-News18. “That’s the revenue you bring to the table. If I bring that to the table, what do I get in return?”Ganguly and his colleagues have carried out behind-the-scenes talks with their English and Australian counterparts to garner support for the ‘Super Series’. The England and Wales Cricket Board has said it is “open” to discussing the proposal while Cricket Australia (CA) Chief Executive Kevin Roberts found the idea “innovative”.“There have been some formal and informal meetings, the content of which I am not in a position to share,” a CA spokesman said.CANVASS SUPPORT The ICC is not sitting idle and has sent out its top brass to canvass for its proposed tournament.ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney and commercial general manager Campbell Jamieson met Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officials in Dhaka last month.“They have met Malaysia’s prime minister, visited Australia and New Zealand, and they are going to America as well,” BCB chief Nazmul Hassan told reporters in Dhaka. “Those who are interested in hosting ICC events, they are visiting those countries and it will certainly raise the income of the member countries.”Sports historian Boria Majumdar says Ganguly will eventually get his way, though he might be a little more subtle in his negotiations than Shastri’s comments suggest.“The BCCI absolutely wants to assert itself in the ICC,” said Majumdar, co-author of the recently published “Dreams of a Billion” chronicling India’s Olympic campaigns. “It naturally doesn’t want to lose 13-1 in ICC votes anymore, like it has happened in the last couple of years.“But confrontation is not the way forward and no one knows that better than Sourav Ganguly.”
(Reuters) – Clubs playing in the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana have been offered an advance of up to 60% of their prize money so they can stay solvent during the coronavirus crisis, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said yesterday. A total of 76 clubs are still active in the two competitions, which are South America’s equivalent of the Champions League and Europa League.All receive money for qualifying and the sum increases the further they progress.Some have already furloughed employees and many players are training at home while in self-isolation. “Situations like this demand quick and exceptional responses,” CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez said in a statement.“With this advance, CONMEBOL will allow the clubs guarantees to meet their financial obligations with collaborators, backroom staff, players and contractors.”South American football has ground to a halt over the last few weeks as the coronavirus pandemic hits the continent. The finals of the two main competitions are due to be held in November.
(Reuters) – San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich yesterday issued an emotional statement about the death of George Floyd, saying the “country is in trouble” and that he is “embarrassed as a white person” to know that a black man can be still be “lynched”. Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last month after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, placed a knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes, triggered outrage, protests and civil unrest across the United States. Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder.“In a strange, counter-intuitive sort of way, the best teaching moment of this most recent tragedy … was the look on the officer’s face,” Popovich said in a stirring video posted by Spurs on Twitter https://twitter.com/spurs/status/1269282905861378049.“For white people to see how nonchalant, how casual, how just everyday-going-about-his job, so much so that he could just put his left hand in his pocket, wriggle his knee around a little bit to teach this person some sort of a lesson … and that it was his right and his duty to do it, in his mind. “I think I’m just embarrassed as a white person to know that that can happen. To actually watch a lynching.“I never thought I’d see that with my own eyes, in real time.”Popovich, 71, called on white people to raise their voices, speak truth to power “no matter what the consequences” and not let things lie. “Black people have been shouldering this burden for 400 years,” he said. “The only reason this nation has made the progress it has is because of the persistence, patience and effort of black people.“What’s it going to take? Two more black people with knees in their necks? I don’t think so, I don’t think that’s going to happen. “Our country is in trouble. And the basic reason is race.”
The Guyana Chess Federation, in an effort to raise the standing of the sport locally, recently began discussions with three prominent International Chess Federation (FIDE) personnel for guidance to design a programme to produce elite local players. The international officials on the federation’s radar are Sonja Johnson, Chairwoman- FIDE Planning and Development Commission, Victor Bologan- Executive Director FIDE Management Board and Attorney-at-Law, Ms Yolander Persaud- FIDE Ethics and Disciplinary Commission Councillor.The board’s objective of the ongoing discourse is to create a virtual chess incubator where local chess players will have one-on-one world-class training from reputable FIDE accredited GMs and IMs. “It’s time Guyana produces its first Grandmaster,” the federation communicated via a correspondence seen by Stabroek Sports. It added: “To achieve this ultimate goal, it’s necessary to enhance our lagging training capacity. The large pool of talented young players deserves the best environment and training tools to excel and play stronger and excellent chess.”This initiative and collaboration are being pursued in conjunction with the consulates of the USA, Russia, Cuba, India and China.At the conclusion of the discussions, a programme will be produced and presented for implementation. The programme will be integrated into the annual schedule of activities as the GCF moves forward, the release stated.
Curacao and Malta licensed Pinnacle has become the first online betting operator to open markets on Drone Racing.Updating the market, Pinnacle marketing declared that it would publish odds on the ‘2016 Drone Racing World Championship’ at Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii (October 20-22).The bookmaker disclosed that it would trial Drone Racing as a market, by offering odds on the outright winner of the event (Pinnacle market prices).Drone Racing has emerged through the rapid expansion in drone ownership worldwide helped by significant reductions in drone size and cost.Companies such as DJI (with its new Mavic Pro) and GoPro (with its new Karma) are producing professional-grade drones with high definition video cameras for less than $1,000 allowing backyard enthusiasts to train to a pro standard. The natural aspiration of these budding pilots is a starting spot at the World Championships. For those that don’t become Top Guns, they can use their knowledge to bet at Pinnacle where winners are always welcome.Publishing Pinnacle’s Drone Racing market Harry Lang, Marketing Director commented: “Drone Racing has come from nowhere to be ‘the next big thing’ in tech sports innovation.“It’s fast paced, hugely exciting and has a low barrier of entry for new competitors. Plus the capacity of the drones to send live footage from within races makes for incredibly engaging streamed content. We’re happy that Pinnacle is the first bookmaker to offer our leading odds on a new sport with such huge potential.”Pinnacle’s trading team backed Lang’s comments, stating: “When pricing the Drone Worlds it was quite exciting to delve into a new sport with such potential. What I was looking for was overall progress and possible improvement in piloting race-to-race coupled with recent wins and overall rankings.“Using the information available I was able to compile our opening odds, but given the high-speed and constantly changing tracks I’m expecting plenty of action from both drone experts and fans alike.” StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Submit Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 Share
While the Orioles have celebrated the return of Brian Roberts and could have Nick Markakis back by the end of the next homestand, the status of left fielder Nolan Reimold remains a different story entirely.Prior to the start of a three-game series with the New York Mets, manager Buck Showalter told reporters Reimold won’t be back before the All-Star Break and the news could be even worse depending on the advice of a second cervical specialist. The 28-year-old was scheduled to seek a second opinion on Monday.Still experiencing tingling and weakness on his left side after two epidural injections, Reimold underwent an MRI last week and has not played since April 30 while dealing with a herniated disc in his neck. The Orioles haven’t mentioned surgery as a possibility — at least, publicly — but it has to be part of the discussion with the outfielder not responding to shots and an extended period of rest.In 67 at-bats this season, Reimold was hitting .313 with five home runs and 10 runs batted in before landing on the disabled list.If the long-term prognosis isn’t favorable for Reimold to return this season, it leaves a major hole in left field that the Orioles have tried to fill on an interim basis with the likes of Endy Chavez, Steve Tolleson, Ryan Flaherty, and — most recently — Steve Pearce. With apologies to those players, it would be very ambitious to expect that combination of players to provide sufficient production for a club entering Monday only 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Yankees.Of the nine regular positions in the lineup, the left field slot has posted the second-worst OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) behind second base and second-worst batting average (.227) behind third base.The discussion of potential trades has heated up in recent weeks, with starting pitching being the No. 1 priority. However, should the Orioles pursue another outfield bat if the price is right?With so many teams still viewing themselves as potential buyers with the addition of a second wild card in each league, few hitters have been mentioned as potential trade bait. However, one name that’s consistently come up is veteran left fielder Alfonso Soriano of the woeful Chicago Cubs.Now 36 years old and still owed a total of $36 million in 2013 and 2014, Soriano won’t even be considered by teams unless the Cubs are willing to pay a substantial portion of his remaining salary — something they seem more than willing to do to move him. He is hitting .266 with 12 homers and 41 runs batted in after hitting .244 with 26 homers and 88 runs batted in in 2011.If the Cubs are willing to absorb $27-$30 million of the estimated $47 million owed to Soriano over the next 2 1/2 seasons, would you be willing to part with a Chris Tillman or a Xavier Avery — and perhaps another throw-in — to bring the veteran to Baltimore?Soriano is a below-average outfielder but could settle into the designated hitter role in the final two years of his contract. For a club not in a position to deal its top prospects but capable of taking on more payroll, Soriano is a name the Orioles should at least consider if the Cubs are willing to fork over gobs of cash to help pay for one of the worst contracts in baseball history.Ultimately, starting pitching will remain the Orioles’ top priority should they remain in the race by the end of July, but losing Reimold for the season would force executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette to take a long look at left field.Again, it’s not a move I would automatically endorse — especially when looking at Soriano’s age and limitations in the field — but it’s the type of move the Orioles can make without parting with an elite prospect.