The Latest: PGA Tour teams with Sanford Health for testing

first_imgThe Ukrainian league restarted last week without Karpaty. The team’s first game was canceled because of suspected virus cases and the league has now postponed two more matches.The league’s planned end date in mid-July is now in doubt.Karpaty says everyone who tested positive is in isolation and that training has been canceled for a two-week quarantine period.Karpaty player Egor Nazarina told Ukrainian TV channel Futbol that he didn’t believe anyone at the club had displayed symptoms of COVID-19.___ ___The Official World Golf Ranking will restart next week when the PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour hold official tournaments for the first time in three months.The ranking was frozen on March 15 as golf joined the rest of sports worldwide in shutting down sports because of the coronavirus pandemic.The European Tour does not resume until July 22. That leaves some players unable to earn ranking points.The OWGR board says major organizations such as the USGA and PGA of America have agreed to incorporate the March 15 ranking into whatever qualifying criteria they have involving the ranking. June 3, 2020 It could be held without fans but golfers like Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka are among those saying they are against that idea.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Athletic director Jamie Pollard says “the potential for infections and positive test results has always been very real for an organization like ours and we’ve been thorough and diligent in planning for such incidents.”The Big 12 is allowing Iowa State and other conference schools to have football players return June 15 for voluntary workouts.___A Ukrainian soccer team has found 25 cases of the coronavirus among players and staff.The Ukrainian soccer association says the cases at Karpaty Lviv came from tests on 65 people. None of the players or staff members have been named. Rory McIlroy remains at No. 1 going to Colonial next week in Fort Worth, Texas.___A part-time student worker in the Iowa State athletic department has tested positive for COVID-19 and four athletes are experiencing symptoms.ISU says the student worker notified the athletic department of the positive test last weekend.The four athletes from two sports began experiencing symptoms after being in close contact with individuals outside the athletic department who have been infected. Those athletes are in quarantine and awaiting test results. Associated Press Sanford Health is based in South Dakota and is title sponsor of a PGA Tour Champions event.The company has three mobile testing units it will deploy across the country. Each one has a driver and three lab technicians. A unit will be at tournaments from Saturday through Thursday before leaving for the next closest event.The tour says results from the PCR tests are expected back in a manner of hours. Senior vice president of tour administration Andy Levinson says it also allows ample testing without taking away resources from the community where the tournaments are played.The tour expects about 400 people to require testing at tournaments upon the restart. No spectators are allowed for the first five events on the PGA Tour.The first event is the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, on the PGA Tour. The smaller Korn Ferry Tour has an event at PGA Tour headquarters in Florida. ___The West Indies says three cricket players have turned down the chance to travel to England for the postponed three-test series that will be played in bio-secure environments amid the coronavirus pandemic.Cricket West Indies says Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul “all declined the invitation” to join the squad and “will not hold this decision against these players when considering future selection.”West Indies players must travel a month before the first test in Southampton starting July 8 in order to quarantine and begin training.The other tests will be played in Manchester starting July 16 and July 24. The Latest: PGA Tour teams with Sanford Health for testing ___The chief executive of the European Tour says the fate of this year’s Ryder Cup will be decided by the end of the month.Keith Pelley says in an extensive interview with the McKellar Journal podcast that the European Tour and the PGA will have “conversations” about the Ryder Cup now that the revamped schedules of both tours have been announced.Pelley says there will be “a direction at the end of the month.”The Ryder Cup is still on schedule for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin despite massive disruption to the sports schedule because of the coronavirus outbreak. The top health official in the Valencia region says Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini was irresponsible for traveling to Spain for a Champions League match with symptoms of the coronavirus.Ana Barceló says Gasperini “lacked responsibility” and “shouldn’t have made the trip” from a high-risk area knowing that he had COVID-19 symptoms.The 62-year-old Gasperini told Italian media he started feeling sick on March 9. That was a day before Atalanta played at Valencia in the second leg of the round of 16.Experts say the first leg on Feb. 19 in Milan was one of the biggest reasons why the virus was so deadly in Atalanta’s home city of Bergamo. The match has been dubbed “Game Zero” by Italian media.Barceló says the revelation by Gasperini shows that authorities were right by ordering the second leg to be played without fans. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The PGA Tour has announced a deal with Sanford Health to conduct COVID-19 testing of players, caddies and essential personnel five days before the season resumes. That applies to every stop on the PGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions and the developmental Korn Ferry Tour.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgOwner Dan Snyder said the decision followed discussions with federal, state and local officials. The plan can be reevaluated if conditions improve throughout the course of the season.In other NFL news:— Eagles coach Doug Pederson has returned to the team after missing less than two weeks because of the coronavirus. Pederson said he stayed engaged with the team virtually and watched practices on video while quarantining at home. The 52-year-old Pederson has led the Eagles to three straight playoff appearances and the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory following the 2017 season.— The Bills have signed coach Sean McDermott to a multiyear contract extension. A person with direct knowledge told the Associated Press the contract is a four-year extension that runs through the 2025 season. McDermott is the first Bills coach to receive a contract extension since Dick Jauron in 2008 — though Jauron was fired the following year. — A report by the State Department’s internal watchdog confirms news reports that U.S. ambassador to Britain and Jets owner Woody Johnson has been accused of making “insensitive” and “inappropriate” remarks to embassy staff. The State Department Office of the Inspector General in a report Wednesday called for further internal investigation of the allegations. The report says State Department officials contend that no further investigation is necessary because Johnson understands the responsibilities of his diplomatic job. Johnson has been an ambassador since 2017 and is a friend and campaign contributor to President Donald Trump. The Big 12 board of directors approved a plan to begin fall sports after Sept. 1 after the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they would not play this fall. The Big 12 football schedule allows each team to play one non-conference game before league play begins Sept. 26. In other college sports news:— The Big East has joined the growing list of conferences not playing sports in the fall. The conference announced that men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball and field hockey won’t be contested. Georgetown is the defending national champions in men’s soccer.— The Big South Conference has decided to delay its fall sports seasons with hopes of playing in the spring. But it will allow football-playing members to schedule up to four non-conference games in the fall at their own discretion. Commissioner Kyle Kallander says the decision was made to protect student-athletes during the coronavirus pandemic. NHL-SCHEDULE Associated Press — The defending champs are trailing their series after third-period goals by Troy Stecher, Bo Horvat and J.T. Miller gave the Canucks a 5-2 win over the Blues. Horvat furnished two goals and Jacob Markstrom made 29 saves, blanking St. Louis after Jaden Schwartz tied it 2-2 midway through the second period. Elias Petterson also scored for the Canucks, who are seeking their first opening-round series win since 2011.NBA-BUCKS-ANTETOKOUNMPOBeast gets 1-game banLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) has been suspended for Milwaukee’s final game of the regular season.The NBA’s reigning MVP was punished for headbutting Washington’s Moe Wagner. MLB-SCHEDULEA’s top HalosUNDATED (AP) — The Oakland Athletics avoided a sweep while winning for the 10th time in 12 games.Stephen Piscotty, Matt Olson and Robbie Grossman homered for the A’s in an 8-4 victory over the Angels. Seven of the Athletics’ nine hits were for extra bases after they were shut out on Tuesday.Ramón Laureano made three nifty catches in center field as he awaits a decision of his appeal of a six-game suspension for charging Houston coach Alex Cintron on Sunday. — Byron Buxton homered twice, Miguel Sano (sah-NOH’) added a solo shot and Kenta Maeda (mah-EH’-dah) worked into the seventh inning for the Twins in a 12-2 pounding of the Brewers. Marwin Gonzalez and Jose Cruz Jr. each had two RBIs as part of Minnesota’s 15-hit assault.— Blake Snell pitched five shutout innings and the Rays backed him with a trio of 400-foot homers to beat the Boston Red Sox 8-5. Willy Adames (ah-DAH’-mehs), Brandon Lowe and Yoshi Tsutsugo (soo-SOO’-goh) all homered off Zack Godley, and Austin Meadows hit a solo shot in the ninth inning of Tampa Bay’s fifth consecutive win.— Kyle Hendricks pitched six strong innings Anthony Rizzo homered as the pair led the Cubs to a 7-2 win over the Indians. The Cubs are 12-3 in their first season under manager David Ross, matching the club’s 15-game start since 1970.— Brad Keller tossed two-hit ball over six scoreless innings before the Royals completed a 5-4 win over the Reds. Salvador Perez supplied a solo homer and three RBIs while Kansas City was building a 5-0 lead.— The Orioles also earned a 5-4 win over the Phillies as Rio Ruiz, Chance Sisco and Anthony Santander all homered. Baltimore reliever Miguel Castro wiggled out a jam in the eighth thanks to a fantastic diving stop by Ruiz. In other major league news:— Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal. Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29.— The Red Sox have placed outfielder Andrew Benintendi on the 10-day injured list with a right rib cage strain and recalled right-hander Ryan Weber from their alternate training site. Benintendi is batting just .103 this year after getting two hits in Tuesday’s game.NBA-NEWSNBA lays out plan for player guests to enter Disney bubble B’s top Canes in 2OTUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins were able to win the latest marathon hockey game in Toronto.Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zheh-rahn) scored early in double-overtime to give the Bruins a 4-3 win over the Hurricanes in Game 1 of their opening-round series.David Krejci (KRAY’-chee) put Boston ahead 3-2 59 seconds into the third period, but Carolina forced OT on Haydn (HAY’-dehn) Fleury’s goal midway through the period.David Pastrnak (PAHS’-tur-nahk) assisted on the game-winner after netting a first-period goal. It’s unknown if Antetokounmpo would have played in Thursday’s game against Memphis anyway, given that the Bucks have already secured the No. 1 overall seed in the NBA playoffs.Antetokounmpo will be eligible for Game 1 of the Bucks’ first-round series against Orlando.NBA-SCHEDULEPacers fend off RocketsUNDATED (AP) — The Indiana Pacers beat Houston for the first time in their last six attempts despite an outstanding performance by Rockets guard James Harden. Myles Turner had 18 points and reserve Edmond Sumner added a season-high 17 as the Pacers held off the Rockets, 108-104. Justin Holliday chipped in 18 points for the Pacers, including two free throws with six seconds left after Houston erased most of a 14-point deficit over the final 5:05. The game was postponed 15 hours to a rare late-morning start after Tuesday night’s Blue Jackets-Lightning series opener in the same Toronto arena went to five overtimes.In other first-round action:— The Islanders scored four unanswered goals to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 win over the Capitals in Game 1. Josh Bailey broke a 2-2 deadlock with a short-handed goal about seven minutes into the third period. The Islanders tied it on goals by Jordan Eberle and Anders Lee 1:54 apart bridging the second and third periods.— Carter Hart handled 27 shots and the Flyers opened their series by nipping the Canadiens’ 2-1. Joel Farabee netted the go-ahead goal late in the second period, 16 seconds after Shea Weber scored on a power play. Ivan Provorov also scored against Carey Price, who had 29 saves.— Nazem Kadri (NA’-zehm KA’-dree), J.T. Compher and Mikko Rantanen scored in an 83-second span late in the third period to send the Avalanche past the Coyotes, 3-0. Philipp Grubauer needed to make just 14 saves for his second career playoff shutout, helping Colorado take the opener of the series. Darcy Kuemper (KEHM’-pur) turned back 37 shots for Arizona. Harden scored 11 points while the Rockets reeled off a 14-2 run to get within 106-104. He poured in 45 points and tied his career high with 17 rebounds.Also around the NBA:— The Clippers wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the West as Paul George scored 27 points, and Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard had 26 in their 124-111 victory over the Nuggets. The Clippers took control with 13 straight points midway through the third quarter and never allowed the Nuggets to fully recover. — Mike Muscala nailed a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds and the Thunder overcame a 22-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Heat 116-115. Darius Bazley (BAYZ’-lee) contributed 21 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 18 for Oklahoma City, which outscored the Heat 34-15 in the final period.— Stanley Johnson scored the tiebreaking basket in the lane with 4.9 seconds remaining in the Raptors’ 125-121 triumph over the 76ers. Kyle Lowry and Chris Boucher each scored 19 points as Toronto improved to 6-1 in the restart.center_img The British Open announced in April it would be canceled this year.NFL-NEWSWashington to start the season without fans presentUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Football Team will at least begin the NFL season playing without fans in its stadium.The team says it plans to play home games at an empty FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, “out of an abundance of caution due to the rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic.” August 13, 2020 — Starling Marte homered and drove in four runs as the Diamondbacks battered the Rockies, 13-7. Rockets outfielder Charlie Blackmon began the game batting an astonishing .500 before going 0 for 4, ending his hitting streak at 15 games, and sliding his average to .472.— Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith provided back-to-back RBI doubles in a four-run first inning and hit consecutive homers in a five-run sixth as the Mets whipped the Nationals, 11-6. The fourth, fifth and sixth batters in the Mets’ lineup, Michael Conforto, Alonso and Smith, went 7-for-11 with eight RBIs, eight runs scored, three walks and a hit batsman in 15 plate appearances.— The White Sox picked up a 7-5 win over the Tigers as Tim Anderson had four hits and finished a double shy of the cycle. Anderson and Eloy Jimenez opened the game with consecutive home runs, but Chicago blew a 3-1 lead before Luis Robert hit a bases-clearing double. — Todd Frazier scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch while the Rangers plated five in the bottom of the eighth to beat the Mariners, 7-4. Texas rallied after Austin Nola and Daniel Vogelbach homered in Seattle’s four-run second.MLB-NEWS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSBig 12 moves ahead with fall sports UNDATED (AP) — The Big 12 Conference is moving ahead with plans to play college football and other fall sports. They will join the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conferences in taking the field amid the coronavirus pandemic. Elsewhere around the majors:— Gary Sanchez and Clint Frazier launched back-to-back homers and Aaron Hicks delivered an RBI double that put the Yankees ahead to stay in a 6-3 downing of the Braves. Frazier had three hits and scored twice while starting in place of outfielder Aaron Judge, who was scratched due to tightness in his lower body.— Magneuris Sierra poked a tiebreaking-two-run single in a three-run 10th that pushed the Marlins past the Blue Jays, 14-11 in Buffalo. Toronto lost despite smacking seven home runs, two by Travis Shaw.— Martín Maldonado (mahr-TEEN’ mal-doh-NAH’-doh) belted a three-run home run to back a strong start by Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) in the Astros’ 5-1 decision over the Giants. Greinke allowed one run and scattered seven hits over a season-high 6 1/3 innings for his first win of the year. — Justin Turner crushed a three-run homer in the eighth inning to give the Dodgers breathing room in a 6-0 shutout of the Padres. Tony Gonsolin fell one out short of qualifying for the victory, allowing two hits and striking out eight. Update on the latest sports MASTERS-NO FANSNo roars at Augusta as Masters to be played without fansAUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Masters will be on mute this year. The club has decided there will be no spectators at Augusta National when the rescheduled tournament is played in November.That means all three majors in this year of COVID-19 will not have fans.Golf is coming off its first major without fans last week at the PGA Championship. The U.S. Open, moved from June to Sept. 17-20 because of the pandemic, previously announced it won’t have spectators at Winged Foot. Ailing Marlins ready to goUNDATED (AP) — Marlins manager Don Mattingly says his players sidelined by a coronavirus outbreak are all asymptomatic.Mattingly says those players are feeling great and feel like they are ready to go, adding that some have applied for reinstatement.The Marlins placed 17 players on the injured list last week following an outbreak in Philadelphia that forced seven games to be postponed. The infected players returned to Miami to be quarantined, and will likely need rehab workouts before rejoining the team.Players on the COVID-19 injury list must be cleared by the MLB joint committee before returning. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — NBA players could be joined by some family members or close friends inside the season-restart bubble by the end of the month. And that raises the possibility of having a real, albeit small, cheering section for some playoff games. The opportunity to bring guests into the bubble at Walt Disney World will be only for teams advancing to the second round of the playoffs. The earliest any guest could satisfy quarantine rules and be reunited with a player is Aug. 31. In most cases, players would be limited to four guests. In other NBA news:— The league still hasn’t had a confirmed coronavirus case among players inside the season-restart bubble at Walt Disney World. The league released updated numbers showing that none of the 342 players who were tested daily since the league last released results on Aug. 5 has had a confirmed positive. There has not been a player positive yet since teams began entering the bubble more than a month ago. — Pacers coach Nate McMillan has agreed to a one-year contract extension. McMillan says the deal would add one year to his current agreement, which was set to expire after next season. McMillan has led the Pacers to the playoffs in all four of his seasons since taking the job in 2016. last_img read more

Cameroon begin defence of Africa Cup of Nations crown with victory

first_imgCAMEROON began the defence of their Africa Cup of Nations crown with victory over Guinea-Bissau in Group F.Yaya Banana opened the scoring for the Indomitable Lions, heading low into the net from Karl Toko Ekambi’s cross.Stephane Bahoken capitalised on a defensive mix-up three minutes later to seal the points for Clarence Seedorf’s side.Cameroon’s tournament preparations were disrupted by a row over bonuses, with the Indomitable Lions squad staging a sit-in protest before departing for Egypt.The five-time winners started slowly in Ismailia but grew into the game, as the first half progressed, spurning several good opportunities to break the deadlock before the interval.Christian Bassogog twice failed to hit the target from good positions, while Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa side-footed wide from Bassogog’s pass.Full-back Joyskim Dawa Tchakonte and captain Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting both forced fine saves out of Guinea-Bissau goalkeeper Jonas Mendes, before quick-fire goals from Banana and Bahoken secured the win.Piqueti went closest for Guinea-Bissau, heading against the post from Nadjack’s delivery.Cameroon are next in action against fellow tournament favourites Ghana on Saturday (18:00hrs BST), while Guinea-Bissau take on Benin later that day (21:00hrs BST). (BBC Sport)last_img read more

NAMILCO is official sponsor of RHTYSC first division team

first_imgTHE NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour has been confirmed as the new official sponsor of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, MS (RHTYSC) first division team. At the official launching recently, NAMILCO Managing Director, Bert Sukhai, told the 13 players present, that his company was proud to be associated with RHTYSC.He expressed confidence that the team would be perfect representatives of the Thunderbolt Flour brand. NAMILCO, he stated, strongly believed in investing in sports and education. The company which was founded in 1969 is a strong supporter of sports in Guyana especially football and cricket.Chief Executive Officer of the club, Hilbert Foster, reassured NAMILCO that the team would represent their brand with pride, passion, dedication and most importantly results.Foster said the first division team, as it has done in the last 28 years, would achieve success via a simple formula – hard work, dedication and team unity. The NAMILCO brand would be promoted throughout the Ancient County and it is our hope that this sponsorship would be a long-tern one.The team was sponsored by Gizmos & Gadgets for the last nine years and has produced a number of players for Berbice, Guyana and the West Indies including Test player Assad Fudadin and ODI player Royston Crandon.Meanwhile, the club has plans to feature some of its female West Indies players at the First division level against weaker teams, as part of its development programme.The team would also undertake a number of personal projects under the sub-headings of Education, Charity, Anti-Drugs, Anti-Suicide, Sports, Support to Senior Citizens, Anti-Alcohol and Religion among others.last_img read more

Mushfiqur fifty helps Bangladesh end India T20 jinx

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI (Reuters) – Bangladesh ended their 20-overs jinx against India after Mushfiqur Rahim’s unbeaten half-century helped secure their seven-wicket victory in the first Twenty20 International on Sunday.Their bowlers laid the platform for a memorable victory against their mighty neighbours by restricting India to 148-6 at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.Mushfiqur, dropped in the deep on 38, made 60 not out and featured in a crucial partnership with Soumya Sarkar as Bangladesh finally humbled India in this format at the ninth attempt.Rajkot hosts the second Twenty20 of the three-match series on Thursday.Earlier, touring captain Mahmudullah elected to field after winning the toss ending speculation about the match being scrapped because of Delhi’s notorious smog.Air pollution in New Delhi and surrounding towns reached the worst levels so far this year on Sunday, with authorities having already declared a public health emergency and ordered the closure of schools.Home captain Rohit Sharma hit a couple of boundaries before falling in the first over from Shafiul Islam.Frontline batsmen KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer both looked comfortable but could not convert the starts they got.A subdued Shikhar Dhawan (41) hit his first six in the 15th over but was run out just when his team wanted him to accelerate.Rishabh Pant made 27 and India milked 30 runs from the last two overs but they still settled for a sub-150 total against Bangladesh’s eight-bowler attack.Bangladesh lost Liton Das in the first over but Mohammad Naim and Soumya kept them on course with a 46-run stand.Yuzvendra Chahal removed Naim but Soumya (39) and Mushfiqur effectively killed off the contest with their 60-run stand.Skipper Mahmudullah pulled debutant Shivam Dube for a six to seal a memorable victory for his team.last_img read more

Kenyans win Guyana leg of South American 10K Road Race

first_img-Missinger finishes second after gruelling battleBy Faizool DeoKENYAN runners Alex Ekesa and Veronica Jepkosgei were able to march through a large field of local and several international athletes in the scorching afternoon sun to win the male and female divisions of the Guyana leg in the South American 10K Road Race yesterday afternoon in Georgetown.A battle between first-leg winner Winston Missinger (Guyana) and Ekesa highlighted the race, which moved off from the GTT Earth Station on Carifesta Avenue, proceeded east to the University of Guyana junction before the runners headed west back up the Rupert Craig Highway, into Vlissengen Road and turned into Thomas Road for a finish in the National Park.Kenyan Veronica Jepkosgei was the first female across the line.Ekesa, who will celebrate his 40th birthday in the coming weeks, paced the race from start to finish. Cleveland Thomas (second in the first leg) and GDF’s Tyshon Bentinck attempted to stay with the Kenyan in front early but soon the leading pack was trimmed.Guyanese Nathaniel Giddings then took the lead with Ekesa, while several runners stayed just behind, including Missinger, who was comfortable in the middle of the first pack with Jonathan Fagundes (third in the first leg), Trinidadians Matthew Hagley and Shirvan Baboolal and St. Vincent and the Grenadines Junior Ashton.By the turn at the UG’s junction, the runners were separated and the battle between Ekesa and Missinger began. Giddings attempted to stay with the pack and for some time, he was third, but then the Trinidadian pair caught him.Baboolal, who fell at the junction, was able to recover well and soon it was the Trinidadians who were battling for third. Although Hagley attempted to reach the leaders, Ekesa and Missinger were too fast.Missinger, who later said that he was looking to keep up with the Kenyan until the final 800M so that he could sprint to the finish line, was able to partially execute his plan.The visiting runner was too strong and just before the 8K mark, he broke free of the Guyanese.Missinger’s finishing pace was obvious in the end, but he could not catch the Kenyan. According to the official timings, Ekesa finished in 32 minutes and 43 seconds, while second place Missinger finished in 32 minutes and 57 seconds.Trinidadians Hagley and Baboolal crossed the line third and fourth respectively, while Ashton finished fifth.Jepkosgei, who finished 13th overall, beat off the other females in the race. She finished ahead of St Vincent’s Linda Mc Dowall and Guyanese Abidemi Charles.Since Ekesa did not take part in the first leg of the 10K, Missinger is still in the lead of the three-leg competition.He is hoping to take part in the final leg, which is slated for Panama.last_img read more

CWI offers condolences on the passing of the late Tony Cozier’s wife

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies (CWI) Tuesday extended condolences to the Cozier family on the passing of Mrs Jillian Cozier (nee McKinstry), the widow of legendary cricket journalist Tony Cozier. Mrs Cozier died on Sunday in Barbados. She was 76.CWI President Ricky Skerrit said:“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs Cozier and I want to extend deepest sympathy to her son Craig, daughter Natalie, grandchildren Jodi, Laila and Kailee and the entire family. Jillian was herself a cricket enthusiast in a cricket loving family. Mrs. Cozier was a pillar of strength to her husband, Tony, whose work in cricket journalism was worldwide and world class.”Craig Cozier, who is himself now a leading cricket statistician and broadcast producer, also paid tribute to his mother.He said:“She was a wonderful lady. She was the rock in the family. My father travelled for over 50 years covering cricket and she was always there to make sure things were in place. She played hockey for Pickwick Club and loved all sports. She was dedicated to her family and will be fondly remembered by all who she came into contact with.”May she rest in eternal peace.The late Tony Cozier was the son of Jimmy Cozier, a well-known cricket writer in the Caribbean, who began writing on cricket as a teenager in 1958. He studied journalism at Carleton University, Ottawa, and played hockey for Barbados and club cricket for Wanderers and then Carlton.Cozier’s first commentary was made during the West Indies-Australia series in 1965, and he was an ever-present voice for five decades thereafter. He also worked extensively for overseas television and radio stations. As a writer, he was prolific in newspapers, magazines and books.Incidentally, Tony died on May 11, 2016 while his wife succumbed on May 10, 2020, one day shy of four years since his departure.The Guyana Chronicle Sports Desk extends sincere condolences to the bereaving family.last_img read more

FIFA adds voice to protests over Floyd’s death

first_imgBERN, Germany (Reuters) – World soccer’s governing body FIFA has joined sports leagues, teams and players around the globe to express solidarity amid outrage over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed in police custody in the United States.The National Football League, National Hockey League and National Basketball Association have put out statements about the racial injustice that sparked protests across the U.S. but Major League Baseball has yet to make an official statement.From those four leagues, 74 of 123 teams (60%) have issued statements on the protests according to research by Axios. Only four of the NBA’s 30 teams have not issued releases while fewer than half (15) of the NFL’s 32 teams and just a third (10) of MLB’s 30 clubs made statements.Across those leagues the loudest support has come from the players, including Los Angeles Lakers’ Lebron James, New Jersey Devils defenceman PK Subban, Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl-winning quarterback Patrick Mahomes and New York Yankees slugger Gincarlo Stanton. Charlotte Hornets and owner and former NBA great Michael Jordan and golfer Tiger Woods, who rarely speak out on social issues, have also called for change.The voices of outrage, however, are being heard well beyond U.S. borders.Several soccer players protested during matches in Germany’s top-flight Bundesliga at the weekend, with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Achraf Hakimi displaying undershirts with the message, ‘Justice for George Floyd’ on Sunday. The German Football Association (DFB) said it was reviewing the incidents.England international Sancho was shown a yellow card after removing his shirt but the DFB said it was not due to his message but because he broke the rules on removing shirts.FIFA UNDERSTANDS FIFA, an organisation that has had zero tolerance for players expressing personal views about politics, religion and social issues on the field, has asked competition organisers to use “common sense” with athletes who show messages of protest over Floyd’s death.In a statement yesterday, the global soccer body said it “fully understands the depth of sentiment and concerns expressed by many footballers in light of the tragic circumstances of the George Floyd case.” It added that applying the laws of the game was the responsibility of competition organisers, such as domestic leagues, who FIFA said “should use common sense and have in consideration the context surrounding the events.“FIFA had repeatedly expressed itself to be resolutely against racism and discrimination of any kind…. FIFA itself has promoted many anti-racism campaigns which frequently carry the anti-racism message at matches organised under its own auspices,” it added.Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has urged cricket’s world governing body, the International Cricket Council, and its member nations to speak out against social injustice. “@ICC and all the other boards are you guys not seeing what’s happening to ppl like me? Are you not gonna speak against the social injustice against my kind…,” he wrote in a series of tweets.“Now is not the time to be silent. I wanna hear u,” the St Lucia all-rounder, who led West Indies to Twenty20 World Cup titles in 2012 and 2016, said. His former team mate Chris Gayle also posted a statement on social media saying “Black life matters just as any other life!”Formula One drivers followed Lewis Hamilton’s lead on Monday after he criticised those in what he called the “white-dominated sport” for failing to speak out about Floyd’s death.Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc said on Twitter he had felt “out of place and uncomfortable” sharing his thoughts on social media about the situation but realised he had been “completely wrong”.last_img read more

Seven big players for CPL 2020

first_imgAFTER months of downtime, a galaxy of T20 stars and specialists will return to action in CPL on August 18. That will be followed by IPL on September 19. ESPNcricinfo picks out seven players for whom this CPL could mean a big deal.Sunil Narine (Trinbago Knight Riders)Asif Ali pulls through the leg side, England v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Ageas Bowl, May 11, 2019“You can’t let a guy with a broken finger win games.” That was the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots coach Robin Singh talking about Narine after the offspinner claimed 2 for 10 in his four overs to help Trinbago Knight Riders secure a home qualifier in the last CPL.That was in October. Since then Narine hasn’t played top-flight cricket, thanks to that finger injury. The Knight Riders went down to eventual champions Barbados Tridents in the second qualifier and subsequently Narine missed West Indies’ tour of the subcontinent.Narine has warmed himself up by playing the Central Super League (CSL) – a T10 tournament – but is he fit and ready for the CPL, and then the IPL? Can he also rattle off quick runs at the top? If Narine is indeed back to top form, he could play a key role for Knight Riders on the usually spin-friendly tracks at home in Trinidad and carry that form into the other Knight Riders franchise in the IPL.Carlos Brathwaite (Jamaica Tallawahs)He just turned 32, but Brathwaite must know his career is at crossroads. In 2019, he not only lost the T20I captaincy but also his spot in the West Indies team across formats. Then the Patriots, where he had played from the team’s inception four seasons ago, did not retain him despite his leading them to play-offs in 2019 CPL.Luckily, the Tallawahs have picked him for this CPL, allowing him another opportunity to prove his worth and regain his position in West Indies squads. The T20 World Cup will now be played in October 2021, but Brathwaite knows he will face stiff competition from not just Kieron Pollard, West Indies’ white-ball captain, but the two other senior allrounders in Dwayne Bravo, who came out of T20I retirement earlier this year, and Andre Russell.Shimron Hetmyer (Guyana Amazon Warriors)Shimron Hetmyer became the youngest player to score a century in the CPL, at age 21, Jamaica Tallawahs v Guyana Amazon Warriors, CPL 2018, Lauderhill, August 18, 2018The 23-year-old is among the most exciting batsmen in the Caribbean, so much so that Andy Roberts recently picked him out as one for the future. However, Hetmyer probably hasn’t had enough game-time in the lead-up to the CPL, having pulled out of the England tour, citing concerns around the Covid-19 situation. Earlier, in IPL 2019, he got only five games at Royal Challengers Bangalore and managed only 90 runs at an underwhelming strike rate of 123.28. A productive stint on the spin-friendly tracks in Trinidad & Tobago may not be a bad way to tune up for the IPL, which will be played on fairly similar pitches out in the UAE.Chris Lynn (St Kitts & Nevis Patriots)The hard-hitting Australian opening batsman missed last CPL after he signed for the Euro T20 Slam which has failed to take off. Subsequently, Lynn lost his place in Australia’s T20I side, which led to his taking a swipe at the selectors.But Lynn did bounce back, blasting 113 not out off 55 balls in PSL 2020. He will now reunite with his Lahore Qalandars team-mate and fellow Australian, Ben Dunk at Patriots. Can Lynn regain his big-hitting form and then make a seamless switch to Mumbai Indians in the IPL later this year?Chris Green (Guyana Amazon Warriors)The 26-year-old off-spinner has taken over the captaincy of Amazon Warriors from Shoaib Malik, who has pulled out of the league, but their rivals Knight Riders may keep an even closer eye on him. Green was suspended from bowling due to an illegal action in January, earlier this year, after Kolkata Knight Riders had snapped him up for his base price of INR 20 lakh in the IPL auction. Brendon McCullum, who is head coach for both Knight Riders’ teams, had also backed Green to overcome the setback.Chris green is the Guyana Amazon Warriors captainAfter undergoing remedial work, Green’s action was cleared in June, but with the Covid-19 pandemic disrupting the cricket calendar, he’s yet to test it out in a high-profile game.Rovman Powell (Jamaica Tallawahs)Another all-rounder, who is in West Indies’ mix, Powell will have to juggle batting, bowling, and captaincy this CPL. After shellacking a 38-ball century in the Super50 Cup in 2019, Powell was back in West Indies’ T20I side for the Sri Lanka tour. However, he did miss a major chunk of the CPL that year due to injury, and Tallawahs finished at the bottom, with just two wins from ten games. The Chris Gayle-Ramnaresh Sarwan controversy has soured Tallawahs’ build-up, and the onus is now on Powell to rouse the team.Asif Ali (Jamaica Tallawahs)Asif Ali pulls through the leg side, England v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Ageas Bowl, May 11, 2019After a hot streak in PSL in 2018, when he helped Islamabad United win, Ali became a T20 globetrotter, earning gigs in the Mzansi Super League, Bangladesh Premier League, and Global T20 Canada. This, however, will be his first taste of the Caribbean Premier League. Ali doesn’t quite have recent form on his side: he scored a mere 81 runs in seven innings in PSL 2020 at an average of 16.20 and strike rate of 150. Having also been jettisoned from Pakistan’s white-ball sides, can Ali serve a reminder of his power-hitting?last_img read more

EURO2016: Slovakia v England: There’ll Be No Friends Today, Says Skrtel

first_imgAhead of today’s crucial clash between Slovakia and England at the ongoing Euro2016 Championship, Martin Skrtel has warned that there will be no friendship on the pitch between him and his Liverpool teammates appearing for the Three Lions.The combative Slovakia captain has been with Liverpool since 2008 and is something of an expert on his side’s final group opponents, given that he shares a dressing room with England squad members Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge.“It’s not a normal situation for me, but we’re professionals and it’s all part of the job,” said the centre-half. “Everyone will be giving their all for their team and doing their very best to win the game.”So will the man that Reds fans like to call “Terminator” be making his legendary physical presence felt against his club colleagues? “Always!” smiled the 6’3 (1.91m) stopper, who has just endured a frustrating club season marred by injuries and a lack of playing time.“We’ll see what happens. I know them and they know me, though there’s more to the match than just that. It’s a game between two nations, and England have got one of the best teams in the world. In a match like this there are no such things as friends. You can maybe be friends before or after the game, but not on the pitch,” observed the Slovakia skipper.Though an admirer of Sturridge, who secured England’s late win against Wales and is regarded by Skrtel as a “great player”, there is no question of the 31-year-old defender focusing solely on his club-mate or whoever else may form the opposition front line today. “There’s not just Sturridge, Jamie Vardy or Harry Kane. There are not just the strikers and the midfielders. There are 11 players we have to beat.”Skrtel is well aware that Slovakia would be ill-advised to focus their attention on the individual gifts of England’s stars. The eastern Europeans, who have nothing to lose on what is their first EURO appearance, will continue to bank on their strengths, as their skipper explained: “The smaller countries have probably got more team spirit, especially when they come up against the big countries.“The pressure will be on the English, though I think they have enough experience to be able to handle it,” said the four-time Slovakian player of the year. “It’s all going to come down to what happens on the pitch, and I think we can reproduce our performance against Russia. We showed heart, character and motivation.”Even in pointing to the qualities of Slovakia’s attacking linchpin Marek Hamsik, who came up with an assist and a goal against Russia, Skrtel nevertheless preferred to put the accent on the team cause. “He did more than just score. He worked for the team for 90 minutes. He played very well and he’s a very important figure for us.”While the England rearguard may be short of inside information on the elusive Hamsik, captain Skrtel knows everything he needs to know about the men he will be marking today.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more