DENVER (AP) — Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone says an antibody test revealed he had COVID-19.Malone says in an interview with CBS4 in Denver he wasn’t feeling well shortly after the season was suspended March 11. He reached out to the team’s medical staff to be tested but no tests were available at the time. Malone says he had an antibody test around Memorial Day weekend.Malone says the team doctor called up and told him he’d tested positive.Malone adds that he likes to say, “I got coronavirus and I kicked its butt.”His squad was in third place in the Western Conference when the season was halted. The league is working on completing the health and safety protocols for a restart at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida. DeWine says, “If the question was could that event occur today, the answer would be no. It would be extremely dangerous.”The hall is still evaluating its options and said no decisions have been made about the Aug. 6 game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium between Dallas and Pittsburgh, nor for the enshrinements two nights later.The hall reopened to a limited number of fans last week.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NBANuggets coach says he had COVID-19 LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Pro Bowl is headed to Las Vegas.The NFL announced Tuesday that the 2021 all-star game will be played at the new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday, Jan. 31 — one week before the Super Bowl in Tampa.Plans include what the league calls a week-long celebration of football and will include NFL FLAG Championship games and a Pro Bowl skills showdown in which players compete in a variety of events. There will be community and charity initiatives as well.In other NFL news:— Alcohol is suspected in a hit-and-run crash that led to the arrest of New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas in Northern California. According to the California Highway Patrol, Rosas failed to stop for a red light and plowed his Chevrolet SUV into the side of a pickup truck Monday in the city of Chico. The CHP says Rosas kept driving and then walked away from the SUV when it broke down. He was arrested a short time later on suspicion of hit-and-run and driving on a suspended license. Hubbard, who is black, suggested Monday he may boycott the program after Gundy was photographed wearing a T-shirt promoting the One America News Network, a cable channel and website that has been critical of the Black Lives Matter movement and praised by President Donald Trump.On Monday evening, Hubbard and Gundy appeared in a video together, with Gundy saying he would make changes.Gundy, who is white, took it a step further on Tuesday, saying “Black lives matter to me. Our players matter to me.”UVA-LOGOUniversity of Virginia changes logo to remove slavery reference Update on the latest in sports: June 17, 2020 Now that the U.S. Tennis Association’s proposal to hold its marquee event has been accepted — including a “bubble” setup with designated hotels, limited player entourages and a facility closed to the hundreds of thousands of people who usually attend the U.S. Open — the key question becomes: Who actually will end up competing on the blue hard courts in Flushing Meadows from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13?Some of the sport’s top names, including defending U.S. Open men’s champion Rafael Nadal along with No. 1-ranked players Novak Djokovic and Ash Barty, have expressed reservations about heading somewhere that was a hot spot for the COVID-19 outbreak.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NASCARDale Jarrett announces coronavirus diagnosis during TV showUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett says he has tested positive for coronavirus and now is in quarantine. MLB-OBIT-McCORMICKCy Young Award winner Mike McCormick deadCORNELIUS, N.C. (AP) — Former National League Cy Young award winner Mike McCormick has died at age 81.The San Francisco Giants say McCormick died at his home in North Carolina after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.McCormick played 16 years in the majors from 1956 to 1971 with the Giants, Orioles, Senators, Yankees and Royals. He had a 134-128 record with a 3.73 ERA with his greatest accomplishments coming with the Giants. Associated Press Botterill was fired three seasons into his tenure and after the Sabres failed to show any signs of improvement in extending what’s now a nine-year playoff drought.With a 30-31-8 record, Buffalo finished 13th in the Eastern Conference standings and one spot short of qualifying for the NHL’s expanded 24-team playoff.VIRUS OUTBREAK-MLB-YANKEESYankees president urges resumption of talksNEW YORK (AP) — New York Yankees President Randy Levine has called on the players’ association to resume negotiations with Major League Baseball to start the pandemic-delayed season. In 1967, he went 22-10, leading the league in wins, and posted a 2.85 ERA. He completed 14 games and five shutouts and was the first San Francisco pitcher to win the Cy Young Award.SOCCERBayern Munich wins 8th straight Bundesliga titleBREMEN, Germany (AP) — Bayern Munich has secured its eighth successive German Bundesliga title with two games to spare after beating Werder Bremen 1-0 with a goal from Robert Lewandowski.The win on a wet night in Bremen put Bayern 10 points clear of second-place Borussia Dortmund, which can earn a maximum nine points from its three remaining games. Levine said the money difference between the feuding sides was not the primary obstacle but rather issues such as health and safety protocols and determining how to deal with a second wave of the new coronavirus.MLB has made three proposals, the last for a 72-game season starting July 14 that would guarantee about $1.23 billion. The union made offered two plans, the last for an 89-game schedule starting July 10 and salaries of $2.25 billion.VIRUS OUTBREAK-TENNIS-US OPEN‘Watch it on TV’: Gov. Cuomo OKs no-fan US Open tennis in NYNEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has given the go-ahead for the U.S. Open tennis tournament to be held in his state starting in late August — but without spectators — as part of the reopening from shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Junior won 26 races during his Cup career, including two Daytona 500s and the 2001 Pepsi 400 — four months after his father’s death at the same track in February.The late Mike Stefanik also was elected along with Red Farmer from the pioneer ballot. Ralph Seagraves was chosen as the Landmark Award winner for outstanding contributions to the sport.AMERICA PROTESTSOklahoma St. coach Gundy apologizes for wearing OAN T-shirtOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One day after Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard lashed out at coach Mike Gundy on social media for wearing a T-shirt promoting a far-right news channel, Gundy apologized. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-NFLOhio governor questions holding August Hall of Fame weekendCANTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says it’s “highly unlikely” that crowds of 20,000 or so would be allowed for the Pro Football Hall of Fame game and induction ceremony in August. Malone says, “I hope that going down to Orlando will be in a safe environment and we can limit the amount of people that actually get it.”In other NBA news:— LaMelo Ball’s bid to be a club owner in Australia hasn’t worked out. The American is expected to go early in the upcoming NBA draft. The Australian basketball league has announced that a license for the Hawks of the Australian league will go to a consortium led by ex-Philadelphia 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo. Ball’s business manager, Jermaine Jackson, told ESPN in April that the ownership of the financially struggling Hawks was a “done deal.” But the league later said it was exploring all options. Ball played 12 games for the Hawks last year before his season ended because of a bone bruise on his left foot. — Bam Adebayo thinks injuries could be more prevalent than usual when the NBA gets back on the floor next month, given the demands that will be on players’ bodies after a long layoff. Miami’s All-Star center is also thinking about the financial risks. Adebayo confirmed Tuesday that he is among five players — a group who could soon graduate from rookie contracts to extensions worth in excess of $100 million — seeking assurances from the NBA about if they’ll be protected in the case of catastrophic injury when the season resumes at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida.— Here’s some of what awaits NBA players going to Disney next month: game rooms, golf course access, cabanas with misters to combat the heat, fishing areas, bowling, backstage tours and salon services. It only sounds like vacation. The NBA described very specific plans to players and teams for the restart on Tuesday, doing so in a memo and handbook both obtained by The Associated Press. With safety being of the foremost importance during the coronavirus pandemic, players were told they will be tested regularly and must adhere to strict physical distancing and mask-wearing policies. CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia will change its athletics logos to avoid a design element that refers to the school’s history with slavery.A statement from the school’s athletics department said Monday that fans raised objections to the curves put on the handles of the crossed sabres below the V. The curves were meant to mimic serpentine walls on campus that were designed by Thomas Jefferson to hide the university’s slaves from public view.The school’s athletics director says she was made aware of the negative connotation. She says the new logos remove the curves on the sabre handles.NFL NEWSPro Bowl moves to Las Vegas; Giants kicker arrested The three-time Daytona 500 winner and 1999 Cup champion made the announcement during NBCSN’s Hall of Fame announcement show on Tuesday.The 63-year-old Jarrett told viewers that was why he didn’t return to the television studio with the rest of the crew. He says the only symptom he has is a slight cough that he’s has gotten better each day since his test last week.NASCAR HALL OF FAMEEarnhardt Jr. headlines NASCAR’s 2021 Hall of Fame classUNDATED (AP) — Longtime fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. will join his late father in NASCAR’s Hall of Fame next year, the feature attraction in the class of 2021. VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLTrudeau says he’s open to ‘hub city’ ideaOTTAWA (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is “open” to the NHL operating a playoff “hub city” in Canada as long as it is allowed by local health authorities.If the NHL returns to play amid the coronavirus pandemic this summer, it would start with the playoffs and with 24 teams, preferably split between two hub cities.The league has narrowed down its potential sites to 10 cities, including Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver in Canada. The NHL has said it will not choose a Canadian city if players are subject to the 14-day quarantine currently in effect at the border. Jerome Boateng played a perfectly weighed ball over the defense for Robert Lewandowski to control on his chest and hit past the goalkeeper for his 31st Bundesliga goal this season.In other international soccer news:— Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is worried that Premier League players are risking injury by returning after an “incredible lack of preparation” and has no idea what to expect when his team plays Arsenal on Wednesday. The top English clubs are resuming play after as little as three weeks of contact training following the lockdown caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Guardiola’s team is facing a game every three or four days in an effort to finish the domestic season by Aug. 1. Guardiola said he does know which players are ready to play at the top level and will have to rotate “absolutely all the players.”HORSE RACING-BELMONTTiz the Law is class of Belmont field, Triple Crown favorite NHL-SABRES-BOTTERILLSabres fire GM BotterillBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have fired general manager Jason Botterill in a dramatic change-of-course three weeks after co-owner Kim Pegula said his job was secure.The Sabres promoted senior vice president of business administration Kevyn Adams as Botterill’s successor.Botterill’s dismissal represents a major reversal for the Pegulas, coming three weeks after Kim Pegula told The Associated Press: “He’s our GM. Our plan is to continue with him.” UNDATED (AP) — Tiz the Law looks every bit like the best 3-year-old in the world and is the Triple Crown favorite, even with the races being run out of their normal order.It’ll take something spectacular Saturday from a watered-down field to prevent him from becoming the first New York-bred horse to win the Belmont Stakes in over 130 years. Tiz the Law has the same owners and trainer as Funny Cide, who fell just short of the Triple Crown in 2003.A Belmont win would complete 82-year-old trainer Barclay Tagg’s personal Triple Crown and make Tiz the Law the front-runner for the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby.
There is no decision yet on how to allocate the CONCACAF Champions League slot that typically goes to the tournament champion.___Kansas State will allow 25% capacity at its football stadium for games this season after getting approval Monday from the county commission. That means a maximum crowd of just under 15,000 fans.The Big 12 Conference is allowing schools to set their own attendance policies based on local jurisdictions.The Riley County Commission reviewed the rest of Kansas State’s return-to-play protocols, too. Fans will be required to wear face coverings where 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. Tailgating will not be permitted in parking lots controlled by the school. There will be no reentry. There also will be hand sanitizing stations and other protective measures. The Southeastern Conference allows players to opt out of the season because of COVID-19 and remain on scholarship.Johnson started all 12 games last season, allowing only one sack. His father, David, was hospitalized this summer because of the virus.“I will be forever grateful for my time here at Ole Miss,” Johnson wrote Sunday night on Twitter. “God bless and Hotty Toddy.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: USTA cancels junior events through Oct. 12 One plus for fans: With the elimination of tailgating and reentry, the school will allow beer and wine to be purchased in general seating sections for the first time. Alcohol sales had been limited to luxury suites.___The CFL has canceled its 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It marks the first year the Grey Cup won’t be presented since 1919.The nine-team league announced the move Monday, dashing hopes of a shortened season in the hub city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The decision comes after the CFL couldn’t solve a number of issues in an effort to try to salvage a season.“Our league governors decided today it is in the best long-term interests of the CFL to concentrate on the future,” Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement. Furman of the Division I Southern Conference is postponing all fall nonconference sports due to the coronavirus pandemic.Athletic director Jason Donnelly said Monday the decision came after last week’s announcement that the league was pushing all its fall conference athletic competition and championships to the spring. Furman plays football in the Championship Subdivision.Donnelly says the school in Greenville, South Carolina, made the decision to protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches and staff, and fans.___There will be no fans at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium for NFL and MLS games played in September. The Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United say the coronavirus pandemic forced the decision. The USTA also has canceled all adult Category 1 events, comprising the Adult, Open, Family, and Age divisions, through the end of the year.The decision to cancel was made to ensure the health and safety of all those involved since interstate travel required for the tournaments carries an increased risk of contracting the disease. The USTA said different regulations, restrictions and quarantine periods at the sites of the events and in the home states of the players were considered. ___Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn says his players have had 33 positive tests for COVID-19 this summer. August 17, 2020 “We are absolutely committed to 2021, to the future of our league and the pursuit of our vision of a bigger, stronger, more global CFL.”Unlike other major leagues in North America, the CFL does not have the luxury of a billion-dollar television contract. While its deal with TSN has become more lucrative over the years, the CFL remains a gate-driven league — a major problem when fans aren’t allowed in the stands.___Mississippi starting center Eli Johnson says he won’t play football this season.Johnson announced on Twitter that he’ll sit out the season and focus on completing his master’s degree in criminal justice in December. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___ Due to the situation surrounding COVID-19, the United States Tennis Association has canceled all national junior events through Oct. 12. Associated Press Malzahn says one staff member also tested positive earlier this summer. The Tigers and other Southeastern Conference teams opened preseason camp Monday ahead of a season scheduled to start on Sept. 26.Malzahn says Auburn had no positive tests last week, but four players are still going through the testing protocols. He expects results back by the end of the week.He says the school has administered 863 tests among players, an average of more than seven times each. Staffers have had five tests each.Linebacker Chandler Wooten and backup defensive back Traivon Leonard have opted out playing this season.___ The teams say they will continue to collaborate with local and national health officials before deciding on the possibility for fans in games after September.The Falcons will play at least two home games without fans — against Seattle on Sept. 13 and against Chicago on Sept. 27.“The health and safety of our fans is our top priority,” said Steve Cannon, CEO of the Falcons and Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank’s sports and entertainment group. Cannon said the decision was made “after thoughtful consideration and collaboration.”Atlanta United previously announced there would be no fans for three games: Aug. 22 against Nashville SC, Aug. 29 against Orlando City SC and Sept. 2 against Inter Miami CF.___ Soccer’s U.S. Open Cup has been canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The 2020 tournament was suspended in early March shortly before it was supposed to kick off. The final was to be held on either Sept. 22 or 23.Officially called the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, it is the longest-running soccer tournament in the United States and gives amateur teams a chance to take on the pros, setting up the chance for an intriguing Cinderella team to advance far into the tournament. The winner earns a spot in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football’s Champions League.The U.S. Soccer Federation announced Monday that the Open Cup couldn’t be staged this year because the pandemic affected teams’ ability to travel, limited or eliminated fans at games, and necessitated strict testing protocols.The teams that were invited to participate this year will be invited next year instead.
Brandon Wu kicked off the 120th U.S. Open with a drive into the right side of the fairway at Winged Foot.That’s considered a great start.Hitting fairways is paramount at Winged Foot. For starters, it’s tough to advance the ball very far. But the greens are severe, and the bunkers are as much as 8 feet deep. That explains why only two players out of 750 who have started the previous five U.S. Opens at Winged Foot finished under par.Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will get an early start Thursday, though they begin on opposite ends of the West Course. The opening round began with cloud cover. The rest of the week is expected to feature plenty of sunshine and mild weather, unusual for a U.S. Open.Then again, it’s been 113 years since the U.S. Open was played in September. It was moved from its traditional June spot in the calendar when golf shut down for three months in America because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Latest: After 2 holes, Spieth in trouble at US Open He first made bogey from the fairway when his shot rolled down to the bottom of the green and he three putted. And then it got worse.Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa were waiting on the second tee when Spieth in the group ahead arrived in a golf cart. His tee shot got caught in a tree and he had to return to the tee to play his third. He wound up with a double bogey and was 3 over after two holes.Spieth has not won in three years. He was eliminated after the first round of the FedEx Cup playoffs. And then he missed the cut last week in the Safeway Open.___7:30 a.m. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):9 a.m.Jordan Spieth already is facing an uphill battle after only two holes at the U.S. Open. September 17, 2020 Associated Press ___More AP golf: https://apnews.com/apf-Golf and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
THIS weekend’s first round of the National Drag Championship is fast approaching and the proverbial warnings are already being sent out.One workshop on the East Bank of Demerara, in particular, is sending strong messages to the faster classes.S&D Performance, with owner/mechanic Shawn Persaud, believes that it has what it takes to cause an upset come this weekend.S&D, who have five cars entered in this weekend, are confident that their machines will be able to retain all their titles and maybe even give the unlimited class a run for their money.Shawn, the 1000ft eight and 10-second champion cars of the GMR&SC Drag Championship 2018 are both housed under the garage with Shawn’s son Damion holding the 10-second title.Apart from the two Caldinas, Persaud’s shop also has included two Mazda RX-7s belonging to Peter Daby as well as Randel Daby’s Toyota Supra.It is unclear what challenges they bring to the Ekanoo/Magnus GTR, recently acquired by Team Mohamed’s Enterprise, but one thing is for sure, the times will be longer.However, the team is confident of putting on a good show, come this weekend.Meanwhile, Chronicle Sport has been able to confirm more than 90% of the newly-constructed launch pad at the South Dakota Circuit.Cars were seen testing on the venue yesterday ahead of Sunday’s meet and the unofficial feedback is one of pleasure.The interest by international competition in drag racing locally is now renewed with the installation of the pad.That, along with the fact that the strip is being extended from 1000ft to 1320ft or a quarter-mile, is also something that the local dragsters are keen on trying.Competition is also expected from Suriname.Ticket prices for fans desirous of witnessing the action will cost $1 000 for adults and $500 for children.The event is sponsored by Mohamed’s Enterprise, BM Soat Auto Sales, Motor Trend Service Centre, Delco Ice Factory, Trans-Pacific Motor Spares, Supreme Ventures, Air Services Limited, PowerLine Auto, Cyril’s Taxi, Omega Brokers, E-Networks, Prem’s Electrical, Miracle Optical, Choke Gas Station and Super Bet, R. Kissoon Contracting Services, Top Brandz Distributors and Hand-in-Hand Insurance.
–Golden jaguars skipper rubbishes opinions on team’s composition GUYANA booked their first trip to the CONCACAF Gold Cup (men’s tournament) following a 2 – 1 win over Belize on Saturday night at the National Track and Field Centre in Leonora.Approximately 5,000 football-crazed fans crammed into the ‘West Side’ venue as Neil Danns scored in the 16th minute when he converted from the penalty spot, while Emery Welshman’s goal in the 43rd minute was seen as the ‘game-winner’ since Belize’s Elroy Kuylen equalized in the 25th minute.However, despite the team’s historic achievement, some fans took to social media to voice their concerns on the team’s composition of mostly overseas-based players– a disquiet that didn’t sit well with Captain Samuel Cox– who was emotional in the post-game press conference when voicing his displeasure at the fans’ view.With the exception of Gregory Richardson, Sese Norville, Alex Murray, Kevin Layne, Trayon Bobb and Pernel Schultz, Johnson’s team is made up of players who compete in the top tier of football in the USA (Warren Creavalle), Canada (Emery Welshman), Trinidad and Tobago (Sheldon Holder), Suriname (Akel Clarke), Finland (Walter Moore), Norway (Reiss Greenidge) and England (Cox, Callum Harriott, Neil Danns, Keanu Marsh-brown, Ronayne Marsh-Brown, Stephen Duke-McKenna, Anthony Jeffrey, Kadell Daniel, Marcel Barrington, Elliot Bonds, and Terence Vancooten).‘The winner’ – Emery Welshman (#10) celebrates his goal against Belize, which he scored in the 43rd minute; a goal that turned out to be ‘golden’ and the goal that sealed Guyana’s berth at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.“I’ve seen the ups, I’ve seen the downs, I’ve seen things that people don’t even know about, but I’ll tell you what, every single player from behind the scenes worked their socks off and we have made history! It has never been done in this country before,” a passionate Cox told the room full of reporters.The UK-based player, who has been part of the programme for the past five years, was vociferous in stressing “we are the greatest team to achieve something ever in this country, so we need to appreciate that, whether it’s foreign-based, local-based, I don’t care, it doesn’t matter because we’re all one – one country, one team – one dream – simple as that!”The side, according to many pundits, was labelled as one of the best-composed sides ever assembled in Guyana in the last decade with Callum Harriott, who competes in the English Football League Championship with Reading FC, League Two side Newport County’s Keanu Marsh-Brown, former ‘Gunners’ Anthony Jeffrey, and Reiss Greenidge being the debutants.Meanwhile, upon his arrival last year, Head Coach Michael Johnson stated that his stint as being at the helm of the Golden Jaguars will be a failure if he didn’t help Guyana to advance to the confederation’s premier football tournament.Johnson listed players such as Harriott and Keanu Marsh-Brown as ‘pivotal’ to the country’s continued success, telling Chronicle Sport that “these players are playing at the top end of the spectrum in England and you can’t place a value to what they bring to this team.”Danns was also showered with praises by Johnson who called the Bury FC midfield maestro the ‘backbone’ of the Golden Jaguars.“Within the training camp, the standard in the training was the best for me since I’ve been here, but not just the standard for the foreign-based players, but also the locally-based players,” Johnson reflected.Emotionally overjoyed, Johnson said that the team will take a couple of days to soak in their achievement, but will head back to the drawing board with the aim of being competitive and giving a good account of themselves at the June 15 – July 7 CONCACAF tournament.THE GOLDEN JAGUARS SQUAD THAT CREATED HISTORY: Goalkeepers – Alex Murray, Sese Norville and Akel Clarke.Defenders – Sam Cox, Elliot Bonds, Terence Vancooten, Reiss Greenidge, Ronayne Marsh-Brown, Walter Moore and Kevin Layne.Midfield – Neil Danns, Stephen Duke-McKenna, Anthony Jeffrey, Kadell Daniel, Warren Creavalle and Trayon Bobb.Forwards – Sheldon Holder, Gregory Richardson, Pernel Schultz, Callum Harriott, Marcel Barrington, Emery Welshman and Keanu Marsh-Brown.
By Rajiv BisnauthBERBICE closed the shortened opening day of their second round Hand-in-Hand Under-19 Inter-county three-day encounter against Essequibo on 107-6 yesterday, at the Lusignan Community Centre ground.Essequibo, deciding to bowl first, utilised the conditions well with off-spinners Amit Persaud (3-53) and Lance Roberts (3-14), claiming three wickets apiece. Junior Sinclair struck an even 50 off 104 balls with one four and a six.The 18-year-old Alex Algoo, who struck 175 in round one, made 22 off 50 balls with one four and a six. Garfield Benjamin and Nigel Deodat were left unbeaten on 13 and 10 respectively when play ended after 43 overs.The start of play was delayed by a number of soft patches on the pitch, but ground staff did their best in rectifying the issue. After four inspections by the umpires, the start of play was given the green light.However, grey skies prevailed and a sharp shower just after 13:00hrs further delayed the start of play.That shower had left the bowlers’ run-ups somewhat soft, and after two additional inspections by the umpires, play eventually commenced at 15:00hrs.Winning the toss and deciding to bowl first, Essequibo opening bowlers, Ellian Whyte and Adrian Rankirpaul, bowled well but Berbice openers Algoo and Sinclair were solid. Despite the gloomy conditions, the right-handed pair added 42 runs for the first wicket.However, a double bowling change worked for the Essequibians. Persaud broke the promising opening stand when he dismissed Algoo. Thereafter, Berbice lost Jeetendra Outar (2), Kelvon Anderson (5), Seon Glasgow (3), Shamar Angel (0) and Sinclair in quick succession.Benjamin and Deodat then survived some testing moments to the close. Play is scheduled to start at 09:30hrs today.Berbice, the defending champions, drew their first round game against the Select Under-17 team while Essequibo suffered a humiliating nine-wicket defeat against leaders, Demerara, in their first-round encounter.
THE Georgetown Club Ltd squash courts was a hive of activity on Thursday as the 2019 KFC Senior National Squash Championships continued.The four semifinalists in the Ladies Open were decided as all the tops seeded players won in straight sets.The most competitive of the quarterfinals was the match between national Under-17 & U-19 Junior champion Abosaide Cadogan and her former junior teammate Sarah Lewis.The first two games were really close with Abosaide eventually winning the match 11-8, 11-9, 11-5.No 1 seed Ashley Khalil easily disposed of Lydia Fraser 11-2, 11-1, 11-3 while her Pan Am Games teammate No. 2 seed Taylor Fernandes had a slightly tougher time but defeated Madison Fernandes 11-2, 11-8, 11-2.In the last quarter-final match former junior player Gabby Fraser outplayed national Under-15 junior champion Kirsten Gomes 11-5, 11-5, 11 0.In the Men’s Open round of 16 they were no upsets as all the seeded players progressed to the quarter-finals.No.2 seed, former national champion Nyron Joseph defeated Samuel Ince-Carvalhal 11-4, 11-6, 11-7 while both 3/4 seeds, former national champion Regan Pollard and current national Junior Under-17 & U-19 champion Shomari Wiltshire advanced easily.Regan defeated national junior Under-15 champion Michael Alphonso 11-2, 11-4, 11-6 while Shomari beat Adam Alves 11-3, 11-3, 11-5.Former national junior player Damien Da Silva beat Ian Mekdeci 11-8, 11-3, 11-7 while former national player Robert Fernandes disposed of national Junior Under-13 champion Mohyryan Baksh 11-7, 11-6, 11-2.Nicholas Narain and Javed Ali had an intense battle with the second game proving to be the crucial game in the match. Nicholas easily won the first game 11-3 but had to pull out all the stops before eventually winning the second game 13-11.Nicholas then won the third game 11-6. In the final match played, Peter Michael De Groot used all of his experience to withstand the challenge of promising junior player Nicholas Verwey.Peter Michael easily won the first game 11-2 but Nicholas came out with a different game plan in the second game and won it 11-5. The third game was crucial but Peter Michael prevailed with a 12-10 win.Peter Michael would finally close out the match with a 11-6 fourth game win. Top-seeded Jason Ray Khalil did not have to break a sweat as his opponent Josh Abdool gave him a walkover.There were two matches in the veterans Over-50. Joe Mekdeci defeated Tony Farnum 11-2, 11-7, 11-7 while Garfield Wiltshire beat Medhi Ramdhani 11-3, 11-4, 11-8.Play continued yesterday evening with two more Over-50 Men’s matches, one Men’s Over-40 match, Men’s Open quarter-finals and Plate matches in both the Men’s and Women’s Open.
(BBC) – FORMER India captain MS Dhoni will miss a tour of the West Indies – to join up with his army regiment instead.The wicketkeeper-batsman is an honorary lieutenant colonel of a reserve force called the Territorial Army in India.Following increased speculation about his future, the 2011 World Cup winner is now set to spend the majority of the next two months with his regiment.“MS Dhoni is not retiring from cricket right now,” said a senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official.“He has made himself unavailable for the tour of the West Indies as he will be spending two months with his paramilitary regiment,” the official told PTI.The 38-year-old veteran of 350 one-day internationals struggled for form as India went out of the World Cup in the semi-finals.He retired from Test cricket in 2014.It is reported that Dhoni revealed his decision to Indian cricket’s governing body before today’s selection committee meeting.The upcoming tour begins on August 3.
THE venues for the 2021 ICC Women’s World Cup in New Zealand have been revealed, with the final of the prestigious ODI tournament to be held under lights at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval.The tournament will kick off with an opening weekend at Auckland’s Eden Park, while matches will also be played in Wellington, Hamilton, Tauranga and Dunedin.The semi-finals will be held at Tauranga’s Bay Oval and Hamilton’s Seddon Park, while newly installed lights at Hagley Oval will ensure the decider can be held as a day-night blockbuster.In all, the 2021 ODI World Cup will feature 31 matches between February 6 and March 7 next year.Australia captain Meg Lanning would no doubt relish a return to Bay Oval, a venue where she has struck three of her 13 ODI centuries.Australia last toured New Zealand in early 2017, a campaign that saw them play at Bay Oval and Eden Park’s outer oval, while they also played three ODIs at the Tauranga venue in 2016 alongside two T20Is at Wellington’s Basin Reserve.The remaining venues will largely present an unknown to the Australians, if scheduled to play there. Ellyse Perry is the only current squad member to have played at Seddon Park, while none of the current group has played at Dunedin’s University Oval or Eden Park proper.The complete draw will be revealed in March.While Australia’s thoughts are currently firmly on the upcoming T20 World Cup, to be played on home soil from February 21 and culminating in the final at the MCG on March 8, the 2021 ODI World Cup is another tournament they will be desperate to succeed in after a disappointing campaign in the UK in 2017.After heading into that event as red-hot favourites, they were bundled out of the tournament in a shock semi-final loss to India, while hosts England went on to win the final at Lord’s.“Our goal was to ensure all 31 matches will be played at the best venues, encompassing a geographic spread that ensured as many Kiwi sports fans as possible get to engage with the tournament,” ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup CEO Andrea Nelson said.“It was great to see the enthusiasm from so many cities bidding for a chance to welcome the best players in the world to their backyard.”Currently, only Australia, New Zealand and defending champions England have qualified for the eight-team tournament.New Zealand qualify as hosts, while Australia and England’s strong performances across the current edition of the ICC Women’s ODI Championship – a three-year, round-robin competition to determine the four teams who automatically qualify alongside the host nation – have secured their spots.Two of Pakistan, South Africa, India, West Indies and Sri Lanka will join them following the final round of the Championship, while the remaining two spots will be decided at the World Cup qualifiers in Sri Lanka later this year.
EAST Demerara Football Association (EDFA) in collaboration with Victoria Scorpions Football Club launched the EDFA Easter Cup on Thursday,The competition was launched at Victoria Community Centre.The trophies which are up for grabsThe tournament will be played on a knockout basis and will feature 9 teams from the East Coast Demerara corridor.The teams are: Plaisance United, Paradise FC, BV/Triumph United, Buxton Stars, Melanie FC, Dynamics FC, Golden Stars and Mahaica Determinators and co-organisers Victoria Scorpions. The competition starts on March 26, and concludes on April 12, 2020.Some of the sponsors for the tournament are: Lester Mining, GUYOIL, Farfan and Mendes Group of Companies, Cuffy’s Metal Works and Fabrication, Healthy Choice Ital Bar, Kojo Huntley, Shawn Douglas, Banks DIH, and HGPTV.