Ricciardo savours Formula One success in Malaysia

first_imgBy Abhishek TakleSEPANG, Malaysia,(Reuters)-Daniel Ricciardo quenched his thirst for an elusive maiden win of the season with his trademark ‘shoey’ champagne celebration after winning Sunday’s Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix.“I need a drink,” the exhausted Australian, who took the lead after world champion Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes retired with a blown engine that caught fire, told his Red Bull team on the cooldown lap of a hot and sweltering race.Ricciardo, who led Max Verstappen in the first Red Bull one-two since the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix, wasted no time when he climbed the podium, pouring champagne into his racing boot and chugging it down in his now famous ‘shoey’ celebration.Verstappen, team principal Christian Horner and even third-placed finisher Nico Rosberg were urged to get in on the act until compatriot Mark Webber, who was on the podium to conduct the post-race interviews and had himself shared a ‘shoey’ with Ricciardo in Belgium, threw the boot into the crowd.“He’s had lots of second places this year,” Horner later told reporters. “It was great to see him get that victory.”Sunday’s win was the fourth of Ricciardo’s career but first this season. The 27-year-old from Perth last won at the 2014 Belgian grand prix but has come agonisingly close on several occasions this year.Ricciardo, on the podium after four of the last five races, lost what looked to be a certain victory in the showcase Monaco Grand Prix after a bungled pitstop handed it to Hamilton.A strategy call cost him victory in May’s Spanish grand prix, which Verstappen won on his Red Bull debut instead, while he very nearly caught Rosberg in the dying stages of the last race in Singapore, only to miss out by less than half a second“I’m not sure still what happened to Lewis,” said Ricciardo, who engaged Verstappen in a brief wheel-to-wheel duel that evoked memories of the infamous ‘Multi-21’ team-orders controversy involving former Red Bull drivers Webber and Sebastian Vettel. “I like to think it’s evened out today.”But while Ricciardo was savouring the sweet taste of success, not everybody enjoyed his return to the top of the podium, especially Rosberg who playfully pulled a sour face after sampling the ‘shoey’. “I hope he does not win any more races this year!” the German jokedlast_img read more

Soca Warriors suffer second straight loss in five days

first_imgSAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras, (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago’s Soca Warriors suffered their second defeat in five days when they went down 3-1 to Honduras in their second game of the CONCACAF final round 2018 World Cup qualifiers here Tuesday night.The visitors conceded first half goals through Romell Quioto in the 16th minute and Emilio Izaguirre in the 19th to be down 2-0 at the break, before pulling one back seven minutes following the interval courtesy of Carlyle Mitchell.However, any hopes of a comeback were squashed when Eddie Hernandez netted in the 81st minute.The defeat comes on the backs of last Friday’s 2-0 loss to Costa Rica at home and left the Trinidadians one form bottom of the six-nation group without a point.“We gave up two early goals and allowed them to get on top of us. I thought both goals were preventable,” head coach Stephen Hart said.“If I remember correctly, for one of the goals we were just physically manhandled. I am not pleased with the level of commitment. Maybe it’s the level of fitness, I would have to see the game again but we are not closing up space quick enough in the transition and getting back into our defending shape after we attack.“When we do attack, we’re leaving people in isolation so our filling of space both defensively and offensively, we have to put way more physical effort.”T&T fell behind when goalkeeper Marvin Phillips, a fifth minute replacement for Jan-Michael Williams, failed to keep out Quioto’s shot from just outside the box.Three minutes later, Phillips found himself beaten again this time through Izaguirre’s left-footed volley.The visitors hauled themselves back into the contest through Mitchell’s corner in the 52nd but T&T could not find the second goal to pull level.There was disappointment for them nine minutes from time when substitute Hernandez, who had earlier struck the crossbar with a header, put the cap on the performance with a clinical close range finish.last_img read more

England retain same squad for Windies ODI series

first_imgENGLAND have named an unchanged squad, minus the injured Alex Hales, for March’s one-day international series in the West Indies.Opener Hales fractured a hand as England lost 2-0 in their series in India earlier this month.England will play two matches in Antigua with a third in Barbados before the teams face each other again in England in the summer.The West Indies are ninth in the one-day standings, four below England.Sam Billings replaced Hales for the final ODI in the three-match series in India, and also opened the batting in the first of the Twenty20 matches against the same opposition.Asked about taking on the role, he told BBC Sport: “At the moment I am just focusing on these next two games if I get another opportunity.“I’ve just got to keep working hard at all aspects of my game.“It’s about being able to adapt from one to seven and offering as much as I can to the side.”England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).last_img read more

Barbados Pride finishes atop Group B after win over CCC Marooners

first_imgBARBADOS Pride secured first place in Group B with a 143-run win over Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners at Kensington Oval on Saturday evening.The Group B host finished 7-1 in pool play with their only loss coming to Jamaica. Barbados’ opponent in the semi-final stage will be the loser of yesterday’sLeeward Islands v Trinidad & Tobago Group A match at Coolidge.The win was set up by a trio of fifties from Kraigg Brathwaite (51), Shai Hope (62) and Jonathan Carter (79) as Barbados posted 294 for 8 after choosing to bat first. The bulk of the damage was done during a brisk third-wicket stand between Hope and Carter in which they added 119 in just 13 overs after coming together in the 29th over.CCC’s chase struggled to get momentum early after Jason Holder struck twice in the Powerplay. Ashley Nurse, the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, and fellow spinner Sulieman Benn took three wickets apiece to rip through the middle order and CCC were eventually bowled out for 151 in the 45th over.last_img read more

Cricket News Jason Holder says West Indies must improve sloppy fielding

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Jason Holder, the West Indies skipper, has said West Indies can take plenty of positives from the Vizag ODI but rued the sloppy fielding effort that saw them concede a total of 300+ for the second consecutive time in the series. “Unfortunately we didn’t win the game, but there are a lot of positives. Proud of the way the guys played and there are a couple of areas that we could improve. Sloppy fielding is something that we need to really improve on. Obviously we could have picked a few more wickets in the middle overs,” Holder said in the post-match presentation. Read More |Congress demands Modi’s apology to nation, to hold protests outside CBI offices across nation on FridayVirat Kohli, who broke plenty of records in his knock of 157*, was dropped on 44 by Holder off the bowling of debutant Obed McCoy. Ambati Rayudu, who sparkled with an aggressive 73, was dropped twice and this gave India plenty of momentum as they reached 321/6.Hetmyer, Hope magnificentWest Indies were boosted by a 143-run stand for the fourth wicket between Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope. Although the 19-year-old was dismissed for 94, Hope hung in and smashed 123* as the game ended in a tie. Holder praised the efforts of the two players. Read More | AIADMK hails Madras HC verdict on disqualification of rebel MLAs, says Palaniswami’s government has proven its stabilty “Shai Hope is a young talent and he played a magnificent knock. Unfortunately we didn’t get over the line, but still a lot of positives from this game. Also Shimron Hetmyer showed his consistency again. My run-out and obviously Hetty was upset that he got out in a crucial stage when we had a very good chance. I said it at the start that we want one of our top four to stay there till the end, and it was very good to see Shai bat till the end,” Holder remarked.Lost wickets at crucial timesAlthough the game ended in a tie, Hope, who smashed a second century and scored a crucial boundary off the last ball to tie the game, was gutted that the West Indies did not get over the line.“Disappointed we didn’t get the win, fought really hard throughout the game. We lost wickets at crucial stages, especially Jason. Needed to have wickets in hand and have someone finish the game,” Hope said. last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC World Cup 2019: Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka | Dream11 Predictions

first_imgNew Delhi: The seventh game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will feature Afghanistan and Sri Lanka locking horns with each other at the Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground in Cardiff on Tuesday. Both the team will be looking to register their first win of the tourno after losing one match each.On one hand, Sri Lanka faced embarrassment when they lost to New Zealand by 10 wickets. The Lankan innings crashed to 136 all out while the Kiwis chased down the total in the 16th over itself. From Sri Lankan side, only the skipper Dimuth Karunaratne could manage to put decent score on the board by hitting half centuryOn the other hand, Afghanistan lost their opening match to the defending champions. The match was held on June 1 at the County Ground in Bristol. Gulbadin Naib-led Afghanistan managed to put just 207 runs on the board which Aaron Finch and Co chased down easily with David Warner scoring half-century in his returning game in the Yellow jersey.So, if you were looking for the perfect Dream 11 team, then you should have one look at this team: Wicket-keeper: Kusal Perera, Kusal MendisBatsmen: Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hazratullah Zazai (VC), Dimuth Karunaratne (C)All-Rounder: Gulbadin Naib, Thisara PereraBowlers: Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Lasith Malinga. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

ICC World Cup This Italian Tennis player shouts ‘Bomb should explode’ on Wimbledon in fit of anger

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Fabio Fognini crashed out of the third round of Wimbledon.Nick Kyrgios deliberately blasted the ball at Rafael Nadal’s body.Bernard Tomic was stripped of his entire USD 56,600 prize money on for tanking in his first round match. highlightscenter_img Wimbledon: Fabio Fognini may face a fine for saying “a bomb should explode” on Wimbledon, All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis said on Monday. The Italian 12th seed made the outburst during his straight-sets third-round defeat to US world number 94 Tennys Sandgren on Saturday. “It’s fair to play here? Damned English, really. Damned, really. Wish a bomb would explode on this club. A bomb should explode here,” he fumed in Italian. He apologised afterwards, which Lewis said would be taken into account.”It was one of these heat of the moment comments. It was a very unfortunate comment and Fabio was good enough to apologise straight away,” the Wimbledon supremo said. “It wouldn’t surprise me in the end if there was a small fine but I think we will certainly keep it in context, and readily accept the apology.”During the first week of the championships, Australia’s Bernard Tomic was stripped of his entire USD 56,600 prize money on for tanking in his first round match, which was over in just 58 minutes. “Generally the behaviour has been outstanding,” said Lewis. “There’s been one or two high-profile incidents. But if you look back over the years, there’s always something going on. It’s one of the beauties of tennis, that it’s a head-to-head contest and emotions and passions run high and sometimes they slightly overspill in a way that there have to be some sanctions.”Meanwhile, Australian hothead Nick Kyrgios will not face action after he admitted deliberately blasting the ball at Rafael Nadal’s body during his defeat to the Spanish third seed. “It’s very common in doubles where players aim at the opponent. It’s part and parcel of being a professional tennis player,” said Lewis.    “That and underarm serving are very much within the rules of the sport.” Kyrgios hit two underarm serves during the match on Centre Court and also had a lengthy rant at the umpire. “Some of the conversational discussion Nick had with the umpire is maybe worthy of scrutiny,” Lewis added.last_img read more

Cricket News India vs South Africa 1st Test: Wriddhiman Saha To Play, Rishabh Pant Dropped From Playing 11

first_imgNew Delhi: India vs South Africa, 1st Test: Wriddhiman Saha will return to international cricket action after 22 months as India decided to drop Rishabh Pant for the first Test match against South Africa at Visakhapatnam. India captain Virat Kohli on Tuesday confirmed that Saha will keep wickets for India ahead of Pant.  21-year-old Rishabh Pant had failed to impress in recent matches scoring just 58 runs in the two-Test series against the West Indies. He has also failed to play any big knocks in the limited-overs matches. Pant has so far played 11 Tests, scoring 754 runs at an average of 44.4.While Saha has scored 1164 runs from 32 Tests at an average of only 30.6, the 34-year-old is considered a safer choice behind the wickets. He also has shown decent form with the bat scoring two 60s against West Indies A prior to being left out of the XI for the Tests. He scored 60 against South Africa A in Mysore recently.Virat Kohli also confirmed that India are set to go into the game with two spinners in the form of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. Rohit Sharma is set to play as an opener.”We are in no hurry with Rohit Sharma as opener. He will be given time and space to find his rhythm and the way he wants to play at the top,” Kohli said at the pre-match press conference.The first Test starts on Wednesday at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Football News Cristiano Ronaldo Scores 701st Goal, Juventus Stay On Top In Serie A

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Milan: Cristiano Ronaldo and Miralem Pjanic sealed a 2-1 win for Juventus over Bologna to consolidate top spot in Serie A. Ronaldo was presented with a special jersey before kick-off to mark his 700th career goal scored playing for Portugal during the week. The 34-year-old hit his 701st after 19 minutes, with Pjanic adding a second eight minutes after the break following a blunder by Brazilian defender Danilo, who had earlier pulled Bologna level. The defending champions are now four points clear of second-placed Inter Milan, who travel to Sassuolo on Sunday.  Atalanta stay third after throwing away a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Lazio, with fourth-placed Napoli closing the gap to just one point after Arkadiusz Milik’s double saw off Verona. “The road is the right one, but we need to work on some details. It was a good match blighted by three or four errors,” said Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri whose side host Lokomotiv Moscow in Champions League action on Tuesday.Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic returned to the bench in Turin after his second course of chemotherapy as he battles cancer.  And the visitors were given reason to hope of snatching a rare point against the Turin giants when Danilo responded to Ronaldo’s opener with a 29th-minute volley. But Pjanic sealed victory with his third goal in four games in the 54th minute amid chaos in front of the Bologna goal.Bologna keeper Lukasz Skorupski denied Ronaldo and in-form Gonzalo Higuain late before both the crossbar and Gianluigi Buffon frustrated Federico Santander’s push for a last-gasp equaliser for the visitors who slip to 12th place. “We watched the Santander goal again, it was offside so VAR would have ruled it out,” said Sarri. “But I told the lads we mustn’t sit back on a lead, we should attack, otherwise we leave ourselves in these risky situations to the very end.”   Immobile punishes Atalanta  Serie A leading scorer Ciro Immobile’s late brace of penalties helped Lazio wipe out a three-goal deficit in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Atalanta. Atalanta, who travel to Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday, had led 3-0 with 21 minutes to go at the Stadio Olimpico. But Immobile scored from the spot on 69 minutes and less than 60 seconds later set up Joaquin Correa for the second, before capping the comeback two minutes into injury time with his ninth goal in eight league games this term.  “With penalties, nobody can understand a thing nowadays,” blasted Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini. “Immobile went for a walk, felt someone touch him slightly and dived.Even more, on the second penalty, Immobile put his foot in front of De Roon.”   Colombian Luis Muriel scored a first-half double for the Bergamo side as compatriot and star striker Duvan Zapata was sidelined injured. Alejandro Gomez got the third eight minutes before the break in a rematch of last season’s Italian Cup final which the Romans won.But the visitors lost momentum after the hour mark. Immobile got one back from the spot after being brought down by Jose Luis Palomino and then combined with Correa for their second.  Immobile earned a late penalty after a Marten de Roon foul, celebrating wildly after converting to grab a dramatic point before Lazio’s Europa League trip to Celtic next week. “I’m losing years of my life kicking penalties in the 90th minute,” said 29-year-old Immobile, after scoring his third league goal from the spot this season.Also Read | Ukraine Reach Euro 2020 Despite Ronaldo Milestone, Racism Mars England Win In BulgariaPolish striker Milik scored in either half as Napoli got back to winning ways at the Stadio San Paolo, after a goalless draw at Torino before the international break, before their Champions League trip to Salzburg.  “I started the season with fitness problems so I’m hungry now for goals,” said Milik, who also scored as Poland qualified for Euro 2020 during the week. Verona drop to 13th place.last_img read more

ACU looks to extend streak vs SLU

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditAbilene Christian (16-10, 11-4) vs. Southeastern Louisiana (6-20, 3-12)University Center, Hammond, Louisiana; Saturday, 5 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Abilene Christian looks for its fifth straight conference win against Southeastern Louisiana. Abilene Christian’s last Southland loss came against the Northwestern State Demons 73-69 on Feb. 5. Southeastern Louisiana has dropped its last six games against conference opponents. February 20, 2020 For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com ACU looks to extend streak vs SLUcenter_img Associated Press FAB FRESHMEN: Southeastern Louisiana’s Ty Brewer, Byron Smith and Nick Caldwell have combined to account for 43 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 43 percent of all Lions points over the last five games.POTENT PAYTEN: Payten Ricks has connected on 37.9 percent of the 195 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 21 of 48 over his last five games. He’s also converted 85.7 percent of his foul shots this season.SLIPPING AT 72: Abilene Christian is 0-7 when it allows at least 72 points and 16-3 when it holds opponents to less than 72.STREAK STATS: Southeastern Louisiana has lost its last four home games, scoring an average of 70 points while giving up 79.8.DID YOU KNOW: The Abilene Christian defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 28.6 percent of all possessions, which ranks the Wildcats second among Division I teams. Southeastern Louisiana has turned the ball over on 22.3 percent of its possessions (ranking the Lions 329th, nationally).___last_img read more

The Latest: Bucks providing fund for part-time arena workers

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Milwaukee Bucks have established an emergency relief fund for part-time employees of FiServ Forum, the team’s home arena. The FFT says it has approved the scheme that will also benefit clubs, coaches, instructors, officials and tournament organizers affected by the health crisis.The FFT says practical arrangements for the allocation still need to be discussed.The ATP and WTA announced this month that the men’s and women’s professional tours would be suspended until at least July 13. Wimbledon has been canceled because of the deadly virus while the start of the French Open has been postponed from late May to late September.___Florida State offensive lineman Andrew Boselli says he had the coronavirus and detailed some of what his famous father went through in his own fight against COVID-19. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 King says it’s about “bringing together our community of prominent women athletes and leaders to empower, support and inspire young girls — and each other — during this unprecedented time.”Sports broadcaster Cari Champion will moderate the hour discussion, streamed on YahooSports.com.___On what would have been the final day of the Masters, ESPN will show some masterful spellers.The network says it will broadcast a seven-hour marathon of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Sunday. Rizzo also said Friday on a conference call with reporters that the Nationals are partnering with chef José Andrés to distribute tens of thousands of meals per day to people in need in parts of Washington.__Portuguese officials have defended Cristiano Ronaldo after he left home and was seen training with other people at a soccer pitch amid a national lockdown to stem the coronavirus outbreak.The incident occurred on the island of Madeira, his birthplace. He was observed shooting a ball at a goal with someone playing goalkeeper, along with two other people. They all appeared to be several meters apart.“Cristiano did solely a few minutes of exercize and from that comes no harm to the world,” regional health authority Carlos Ramos said. The son of former NFL lineman Tony Boselli says in a first-person account he wrote for Florida State’s athletic department website that he dealt with the worst of the virus for about three days.The Seminoles’ lineman wrote that he wants “everyone to know just how hard it was. I spent days feeling miserable” and his healthy 47-year-old father with no underlying health conditions “spent three days in the intensive care unit.”Tony Boselli is now back home and Andrew Boselli says he and his family are recovering from the massive scare. He says his brother and mother also dealt with the virus.Andrew Boselli says he’s looking forward to being around fellow students and teammates again but added a word of caution by writing “the only way for that to happen is listen to the experts and follow their guidance.”___ The Russian sports minister says it’s time for international authorities to “turn a new page” and forget the country’s Olympic doping ban because of the coronavirus pandemic.The World Anti-Doping Agency barred Russia from the Olympics for four years after ruling last year that doping data from a Moscow laboratory had been manipulated. The Court of Arbitration for Sport is to rule on whether the ban is valid but hearings have been delayed because of the health crisis.Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin says the virus outbreak means the parties in the legal proceedings should avoid a ruling against Russia because it would fracture the Olympic movement.He adds that “when you see that everyone is isolated and everyone is at home … people understand that now there are priorities and there are issues which go on the backburner. The priority is the future of the Olympic movement.”Matytsin says sanctioning Russia would damage the Olympic movement and says the country is prepared to host more international sports events once the virus outbreak recedes. Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says one team employee — not a player — tested positive for the coronavirus and is “on the road to getting better.”Rizzo says no players for the reigning World Series champions have shown any symptoms of COVID-19 at any point and so no one has been tested.He said the team’s medical staff checks in each day with every player and staff member.According to Rizzo, the employee who got the illness was at the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, and now is home and his quarantine has ended. Rizzo said the employee is fever-free and symptom-free.Rizzo did not identify the person who was sick other than to say it is not someone who plays for the Nationals — “and we’re going to keep it at that.” The GM said the person tested positive “well after” the Nationals already had shut down their facilities in Florida and Washington. April 10, 2020 The Latest: Bucks providing fund for part-time arena workers “All citizens can go out and do some physical exercize as long as they do not gather in big groups and keep their distance from other people they may encounter while exercizing,” Ramos said. “So I think that Cristiano did only what we have seen.”Portugal has been under a state of emergency for three weeks. People are confined to their homes, but they can leave to exercize individually. The country has more than 15,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 435 deaths. ___Basketball’s Sabrina Ionescu, soccer’s Carli Lloyd and swimming’s Katie Ledecky are among the athletes who will help young girls and women stay mentally and physically fit during the coronavirus pandemic.The Women’s Sports Foundation and Yahoo Sports are launching #WeKeepPlaying, a live-stream event on Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT. They’ll join tennis great Billie Jean King and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in taking questions from young athletes and providing tips on resilience and training. This year’s spelling bee has been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. It had been scheduled for late May at its usual location, a convention center outside Washington. Scripps hopes to reschedule the bee at an undetermined time this year.ESPN has televised the bee since 1994. On Sunday, it will first show the 1997 bee, which was memorably won by Rebecca Sealfon of Brooklyn, New York. Sealfon’s excitement when she was given her winning word of “euonym” — a name well suited to the person, place or thing named — became a classic spelling bee moment when she yelled out each letter.ESPN will also show the 2004 bee won by David Tidmarsh of South Bend, Indiana, and the 2008 bee won by Sameer Mishra of Lafayette, Indiana. ___ The French tennis federation has set up a support plan worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help professional players facing financial problems because of the coronavirus pandemic. Turkmenistan is set to restart its suspended soccer league amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Central Asian nation will become part of a small group of countries around the world where professional soccer is being played despite the virus outbreak. That includes the former Soviet nations of Belarus and Tajikistan, as well as Burundi and Nicaragua.The eight-team Turkmenistan league was suspended on March 24. The national soccer federation says it will resume on April 19. Fans will be allowed to attend games.Turkmenistan has not reported any cases of the coronavirus.___ Associated Press The Bucks Emergency Relief Fund will provide financial relief for part-time employees of the arena’s food and beverage provider, housekeeping employer and parking partners.The relief fund also will assist part-time employees at the Menominee Nation Arena. That’s the home arena for the Wisconsin Herd, the Bucks’ NBA G League affiliate.So far, the Bucks have provided $500,000 in financial assistance to the part-time employees, and an additional $500,000 is on the way through the relief fund.NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and All-Star forward Khris Middleton have contributed $100,000 each. All their Bucks teammates have committed to donate to the cause. Bucks ownership is matching all player donations.___last_img read more

FIBA’s `New Competition System’ could have serious consequences for the Caribbean

first_imgBy Peter HaynesFORTY-ONE countries representing the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC), the territories from Central and South America, along with the USA and Canada will be sending delegates to Puerto Rico next week – March 23 to 25 – for the Regional Congress. Also attending will be delegates from FIBA Americas Executive Council and the Central Board of CONCENTRABA (Central America and CBC).This Congress will have far-reaching consequences on the future of Basketball, particularly the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC), as the main focus of the discussions will be the revision and adoption of the Group’s Constitution. The revision is intended to bring them in line with FIBA’s Constitution.During the three days, there will also be a session for FIBA’s Regular Congress, which will review among other matters the governing body’s recently implemented ‘New Competition System’. The new system will provide for countries playing in two groups and each team playing home and away matches in a round-robin league to decide the final four top teams.Currently, evaluations are being conducted by a FIBA team to member territories in the Caribbean, to determine whether they satisfy the international body’s regulations for members to host competitions.The Home and Away Competition system is initially intended to provide greater exposure to aspiring players. The Home and Away matches will begin in November this year and will continue in February and June 2018.However, participation will be extremely expensive, placing serious financial and organisational pressure on the member associations. Satisfying the financial aspect of hosting a FIBA-sanctioned tournament is a must to be granted to host a tournament.The major constraint to be presented to potential hosts is the requirement that host countries must have “indoor” facilities – FIBA is not flexible with this requirement. Of greater concern for member countries will be financing accommodation, ground and air transportation, both for themselves and the visitors, if they do not have an indoor facility.Some of the requirements to be in place at the indoor facility will be adequate locker rooms, showers and bathrooms and medical arrangements. Also, the accommodation must not exceed a certain mileage from the playing venue.It will be recalled that the Guyana Basketball Federation and the Ministry of Sport spent millions of dollars on the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall to ensure approval for this country to host the Under-16 Championships last year.In fact, it must be noted that the evaluative team made preliminary and follow-up visits before Guyana received the green light to host the Championships.In the Caribbean, Guyana is rated as having one of the best indoor facilities apart from Cuba and Puerto Rico.It is understood that FIBA is not flexible on its regulations for granting approval for a tournament. From the outset, a significant percentage of Caribbean territories will not satisfy the required regulations, particularly the “indoor” facility, hence they could be eliminated from the competition by default.The alternative or a possible arrangement for these non-compliant Caribbean territories would be to meet the cost for their opponents on their scheduled “home” game by making arrangements and paying for the game to be played in a nearby island with the required indoor facility.The majority of the CBC members are known to not be in strong financial position and may have to withdraw from the tournament.Unfortunately, it is understood that the cash-strapped member territories cannot expect financial assistance from FIBA.last_img read more

Windwards edge TT in Regional Under-17

first_img… Guyana, Barbados also winWINDWARD ISLANDS ended Trinidad and Tobago’s unbeaten run at the Cricket West Indies Regional Under-17 tournament on Sunday with a narrow two-wicket win in their fourth and penultimate round match at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Tarouba.Sent in to bat, the hosts, winners of the 2016 competition, were dismissed for 148 runs in 36.4 overs with Avinash Mahabirsingh topscoring with 63, off 61 balls, with 10 fours and a six.S. Gerson was the chief destroyer for the Windwards with 4-17 while G Serieux chipped in with 2-29.Set a revised target of 147, under the Duckworth-Lewis system, the Windwards reached 149-8 in 47.2 overs, with Serieux leading the way with 54 while J. Alexander was unbeaten on 22. D. Auguste also struck 22 for the victors.Mahabirsingh returned with the ball to take 3-22 and Jayden Seales 3-23.Entering today’s final round of matches, TT have a record of three wins and one loss, while the Windwards have two wins, a loss and a no-result – similar to Barbados.The Leeward Islands and Guyana each have two wins and two losses, while Jamaica were beaten in all four of their matches to date.At the National Cricket Centre, Couva, Barbados took care of the Leewards by 19 runs.Rashawn Worrell hit the first century of the tournament – 101 (114 deliveries, 12 boundaries and one six), while N. Reifer, M. Forde and T. Gibson each made 31, as the Bajans tallied 258-9 in their allotted 50 overs. Z, White got 2-38 for the Leewards.Despite P. Miller’s 42, T. Francis’ 38 and D. Benta’s 32, the Leewards were only able to muster 239-9 in their 50 overs in response. R. Headley did the damage with the ball with 4.44 while Forde took 2/.7.And, at the Queen’s Park Oval, St Clair, Guyana trounced Jamaica by 81 runs.The Guyanese posted 182-4 in 50 overs and then dismissed Jamaica for 101.Final Round Fixtures for today: – Trinidad and Tobago vs Leeward Islands, National Cricket Centre, Couva; Guyana vs Barbados, Gilbert Park, Couva; Jamaica vs Windward Islands, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Tarouba. (Extracted from Trinidad and Tobago Newsday)last_img read more

Swag Entertainment wins PNCR 60th Anniversary Futsal title

first_img– large turnout enjoys Diamond Jubilee celebrationsLINDEN’s Swag Entertainment was crowned the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) 60th Anniversary Futsal Champion after squeezing past Bent Street by a 2-1 margin in the final last Sunday at the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) Hard Court, Linden.Watched by a large gathering of supporters and well-wishers, the two finalists, despite a scorching first period went to the break with none managing to score, thereby setting up an anticipated and riveting conclusion and they did just that.Swag Entertainment’s Shane Luckie broke the deadlock in the 12th minute when he unleashed a stunning left foot volley from just outside the penalty area to grab the lead for the host.Four minutes later he was back in action with another strike of quality, firing a fierce left-footer into the goal from the left side.Bent Street’s John Waldron made the clash interesting when he netted in spectacular fashion in the 18th minute, but that was all in vain as the final whistle sounded two minutes later to hand Swag Entertainment a well-deserved victory.Swag Entertainment was presented with the winning trophy by Chairperson of the Organising Committee, Minister Annette Ferguson, who committed to hand over the $200,000 first prize at a later date.Bent Street received the runner-up prize of $100,000 and trophy, while Broad Street and Ol Skool collected $50,000 and $25,000 respectively for their third and fourth place finishes.Earlier in the semi-final action, Swag Entertainment beat Ol Skool Ballers 3-2 with Keon Sears firing in a brace, while Deon Charter added the other. Roy Cassou and Joel McGarrell netted for the losers.Bent Street defeated Broad Street 3-1. Travis Lyken, Sheldon Profit and John Waldron were the goalscorers, while Anthony Barrow netted the lone response for Broad Street.last_img read more

CWI records third consecutive year of surplus

first_img(CWI Media) – Cricket West Indies is reporting three consecutive years of surplus following its achievement of the target set for the financial year (2016 to 2017) which ended September 30.President, Dave Cameron remains optimistic that “the policies in place and the newly formulated strategic plan will continue to keep the organisation’s financial management efficient, even as we look ahead to what could be considered a difficult year ahead up to September 2018.”The Board of Directors, at its last quarterly meeting for 2017 held in Nevis, December 2-3, has accepted the recommendations for the five-year strategic plan which seeks to produce world-class players and winning teams, unlock the full potential of the Windies brand, achieve equity of opportunities throughout the sport in the region and increase the number of Caribbean people involved in the playing of the sport.The focus of the five-year plan has been informed by a series of stakeholder consultations with the policy and operational teams which examined both the internal and external environments of the organisation.CRICKETAs early as January, the organisation will make a series of key announcements regarding new player-contracts, a player registration system, venues for the region’s hosting of the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Championship and the push towards the strengthening of the regional competitions in all formats.The next quarterly meeting for the Board of Directors is due in March 2018.last_img read more

The Latest: Bayern Munich returns to action in Bundesliga

first_imgBayern last played on March 8 before the Bundesliga was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.Bayern starts with Robert Lewandowski up front after the Poland forward recovered from a shin injury during the time the league was suspended.France international Kingsley Coman is also on the bench with the winger not having played since injuring his leg against Chelsea on Feb. 25.Bayern can go four points clear of second-place Borussia Dortmund with a win as it chases an eighth successive German title.___ ___Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is in favor playing without fans for a long time if it helps “save” soccer clubs amid financial uncertainty.The English Premier League hopes to re-start games by mid-June in empty stadiums amid the coronavirus pandemic.A World Cup winner with France, Lloris says “it’s important that soccer restarts, for today and tomorrow.”He adds that “if we have to play behind closed doors for a long period of time in order to save soccer, then we have to.” Lloris currently trains at his club every other day with “specific time slots” for each player, adding that “sometimes we pass each other, but from very far away.”In a newspaper interview with Nice-Matin, Lloris says that arriving at training already dressed in his kit reminds him“of when I started out and my grand-parents would drop me off at training.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 May 17, 2020 Associated Press center_img Russia has relaxed border restrictions for athletes and coaches in a move that will help soccer to restart in the country next month.Since March Russia has barred most foreign arrivals in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Now the government says athletes and coaches will be allowed in if they have a contract with a Russian sports team or organization. They will have to spend 14 days in isolation on arrival and will be observed by doctors.The government says “the decision will help professional sports organizations, including Russian Premier League soccer clubs, to resume training after the lifting of restrictions related to the spread of the new coronavirus.”The Russian Premier League aims to restart June 21 though some of its foreign stars headed home during the outbreak and have yet to return.Lokomotiv Moscow said Saturday that its 35-year-old Peruvian winger Jefferson Farfan had contracted the virus. Club chairman Anatoly Meshcheryakov told the RIA Novosti news agency that Farfan was in Moscow and had not been hospitalized. Farfan hasn’t played this season due to injury. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___German soccer champion Bayern Munich has returned to action for the first time in more than two months with a league game at Union Berlin. The Latest: Bayern Munich returns to action in Bundesligalast_img read more